Hello there today on my book blog a reviewing of – BETRAYAL AT RAVENSWICK by Kelly Oliver-

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About Betrayal at Ravenswick

Publisher: Historia (March 10, 2020)
Paperback: 240 pages

What’s the best way to purge an unfaithful husband?

Become a spy for British Intelligence, of course.

Desperate to get out of London and determined to help the war effort, Fiona Figg volunteers to go undercover.

It keeps her from thinking about Andrew, her philandering husband.

At Ravenswick Abbey a charming South African war correspondent has tongues wagging.

His friends say he’s s a crack huntsman. The War Office is convinced he’s a traitor. Fiona thinks he’s s a pompous prig.

What sort of name is Fredrick Fredricks anyway?

Too bad Fiona doesn’t own a Wolseley pith helmet. At Ravenswick a murderer is on the prowl, and its not just the big-game hunter who’s s ready to pounce.

Readerss Favorite Award for Best Historical Novel

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Thank you @kellyoliverbook and @tlcbooktours for gifting me this fun, entertaining series #TheBetrayalAtRavenswick and #HighTreasonAtThe⁣GrandHotel

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

Betrayal at Ravenswick by Kelly Oliver is the first installment in the Fiona Figg Mystery series. Set in 1916, in the midst of World War Fiona Figg is the head filing clerk at the War Office. 

When Fiona Figg’s husband returned from war she soon discovers that he has been cheating on her with secretary of all people. Braving the backlash she keeps her held high and divorces him. Plunging herself, five months after marriage os dissolved, into an incredible opportunity for a new start.

Fearing that she might run into her ex and his new wife in London. When offered a job as a spy for British Intelligence she jumps at the chance.

The British intelligence is highly suspicious of a big game hunter and journalist, who is on his way to a Countess estate at Ravenwood Abbey.

Fiona is then sent to Ravenswick Abbey to spy on a South African war correspondent named Frederick Fredericks. Fiona cleverly disguising herself as a male physician and entering the countess household.

Kelly Oliver delivers quite the page turner of a cozy mystery. With a delightful heroine that easy to root for with her snarky attitude and quick wit. The atmospheric details were nicely done. The comic timing and dialogue was fresh and spot on. I was completely engaged as Kelly Oliver’s narration is seamless and carries through till the end.

Excited to to start the book in this delightful mystery series.

About High Treason at the Grand Hotel

• Publisher: Historia (January 5, 2021)
• Paperback: 276 pages

Paris. 1917. Never underestimate the power of a good hat… or a sharp hatpin.

Sent by the War Office to follow the notorious Black Panther, file clerk turned secret agent Fiona Figg is under strict orders not to get too close and not to wear any of her usual “get-ups.”

But what self-respecting British spy can resist a good disguise?

Within hours of her arrival in Paris, Fiona is up to her fake eyebrows in missing maids, jewel thieves, double agents, and high treason.

When Fiona is found dressed as a bellboy holding a bloody paperknife over the body of a dead countess, it’s not just her career that’s on the block.

Her next date might be with Madame Guillotine.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

About Kelly Oliver

Kelly Oliver grew up in the Northwest, Montana, Idaho, and Washington states. Her maternal grandfather was a forest ranger committed to saving the trees, and her paternal grandfather was a logger hell bent on cutting them down. On both sides, her ancestors were some of the first settlers in Northern Idaho. In her own unlikely story, Kelly went from eating a steady diet of wild game shot by her dad to becoming a vegetarian while studying philosophy and pondering animal minds. Competing with peers who’d come from private schools and posh families “back East,” Kelly’s working class backwoods grit has served her well. And much to her parent’s surprise, she’s managed to feed and cloth herself as a professional philosopher.

When she’s not writing mysteries, Kelly Oliver is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She earned her B.A. from Gonzaga University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is the author of thirteen scholarly books, ten anthologies, and over 100 articles, including work on campus rape, reproductive technologies, women and the media, film noir, and Alfred Hitchcock. Her work has been translated into seven languages, and she has published an op-ed on loving our pets in The New York Times. She has been interviewed on ABC television news, the Canadian Broadcasting Network, and various radio programs.

Kelly lives in Nashville with her husband, Benigno Trigo, and her furry family, Mischief and Mayhem.

Find out more about Kelly at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Takakush: Genus Magic #1

Today I am celebrating the release of this beautiful new dark Fantasy, Takakush by Raine Reiter!

You can also win a signed copy of this stunner below!



Takakush: Genus Magic #1

Publication Date: January 25th, 2021 (Today 🎉)

Genre: Mature YA/ NA/ Urban (Dark) Fantasy

When Professor Elena Lukas returns to her cozy Pacific Northwest hometown with a broken heart, she’s plunged back into the fate she tried to escape. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Elena must now dedicate her life to a powerful ancient Lithuanian goddess. Although she is prepared to live as a priestess hiding in a contemporary tourist town, she arrives to find that a series of so-called animal attacks have terrorized her forest.

With the help of a handsome detective from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Elena uses her expertise in invasive and endangered species to identify that these are no normal animal attacks. The woods are stalked by a dark, mystical creature bent on ravaging the area in an attempt to quell its insatiable hunger. When her little sister goes missing, Elena realizes that the beast can only be vanquished if she is brave enough to face it in-person, embrace her identity as a high priestess, and expose her powers to the man she is growing feelings for.

Raine Reiter weaves together an empowered, female-centered narrative with rich descriptions of nature and an ever-present sense of mystery. Her vivid, flowing prose takes readers of dark fantasy into a world that looks and feels real, while still evoking the enticing paranormal creativity shared by authors such as Richelle Mead and Kat Richardson.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

A riveting paranormal, Takakush by Raine Reiter is steeped in folklore, along with elements of a darkish fantasy.

Takakush is rich with imagery making for the perfect atmospheric read,

Professor Elena Lukas returns home to Swan House, her family’s Inn and Retreat. With its cozy array of ornate gingerbread gables, and covered verandas.

Leaving behind her Job, and a broken engagement she goes home to start her life anew. Welcoming her back are three most important women in her life, her younger sister Gabby, her mother Mina, and her beloved Nana Ragana. The woman in the Lukas family are a long line of dedicated priestess to a powerful ancient Lithuanian goddess.

Boone Anderson is a Detective Sergeant, from Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Investigating a series of bizarre animal attacks when his path cross with young Elena Lukas a visiting professor of Ethnobiolgy at Rainforest University.

The woods are being stalked by a mystical creature, that both Boone and Elena must work together to stop its vicious attacks. In a series of events Gabby, Elena’s sister has gone missing things really take off.

Raine Reiter delivers a well-written, unique and twisty read here, that had impressed within the pages of this book. Fast paced with an enjoyable plot line made for an enjoyable reading experience.

The way that the details were revealed to us was extremely well-done and the setting was creepy with atmospheric imagery. The story was brilliantly executed, from start to finish. Told in multiple POV’s, that gives the reader an insightful look to actions and and feeling of. each of the characters. The character development and complex relationships, were superb. The setting and world building are stunningly brought to life under Reiter precision narration. I loved the way the plot unfolded, and was completely invested in the storyline.

Rich in folklore with just the right amount of suspense makes for delightful book.


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About the Author

Raine cavorts in the wilds of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with her dog, Luke, and writes Northwest Gothic. Her first novel Takakush will be published on Amazon in January 2021. This is the first book in the Genus Magica Series.

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The Danish King’s Enemy By M J Porter

Welcome to my stop on The Book Blast for The Danish King’s Enemy
Series: (The Earls of Mercia, Book 2)
Author: MJ Porter
#HistoricalFiction #BookBlast #CoffeePotBookClub

Book Title: The Danish King’s Enemy

Series: (The Earls of Mercia, Book 2)

Author: MJ Porter

Publication Date: 20th December 2020 (please note this is a rerelease of Viking Enemy, which was a rerelease of Ealdormen)

Publisher: Independently Published 

Page Length: 211 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Every story has a beginning.

Leofwine has convinced his king to finally face his enemies in battle and won a great victory, but in the meantime, events have spiralled out of control elsewhere.

With the death of Olaf Tryggvason of Norway, England has lost an ally, and Leofwine has gained an enemy. And not just any enemy. Swein is the king of Denmark, and he has powerful resources at his fingertips.

In a unique position with the king, Leofwine is either honoured or disrespected. Yet, it is to Leofwine that the king turns to when an audacious attack is launched against the king’s mother and his children. But Leofwine’s successes only bring him more under the scrutiny of King Swein of Denmark, and his own enemies at the king’s court.

With an increase in Raider attacks, it is to Leofwine that the king turns once more. However, the king has grown impatient with his ealdorman, blaming him for Swein’s close scrutiny of the whole of England. Can Leofwine win another victory for his king, or does he risk losing all that he’s gained?

The Danish King’s Enemy is the second book in the epic Earls of Mercia series charting the last century of Early England, as seen through the eyes of Ealdorman Leofwine, the father of Earl Leofric, later the Earl of Mercia, and ally of Lady Elfrida, England’s first queen.


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 The Danish King’s Enemy is free to read with #KindleUnlimited subscription.

Author Bio:


M J Porter 


I’m an author of fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed) and historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest), born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since AD1066. 


I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!


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Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift + Review + Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift + Review + Tour

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing date: January 19th, 2021

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The first book in an epic, heart-pounding fantasy duology about two royal heirs betrothed to be married, but whose loyalties are torn, and a ruthless enemy who threatens their world, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh. 

Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people. 

Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who’s mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child. 

Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery’s most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet. 

Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross…and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead. 

Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery’s fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it’s complicated and bound for greatness or destruction. 

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

A vast magical system, vigilantes, secret identities, enemies to lovers.

Along with an arranged marriage twist makes for a fast paced enjoyable read.

Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift is the first installment in the Wickery duology, a fantasy series about two young royals whose have been betrothed to each other from an early age. Unfortunately they are rivals that have never seemed to be able to able to get along. Corresponding to each other through letters, they come to the conclusion that they are not right for each other and A marriage would be disastrous undertaking. Because of there extensive time away from each other, they have no idea what each other looks like.

Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a neighboring kingdom that possesses more magic. He is a highly competitive wizard who’s mastered all nine colors of magic at an academy. Who has been gone from his home since a young child, who has been out of touch with the realities of what it takes to be ruler of a kingdom.

Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, she is a talented witch on the verge of taking her royal ceremony test. A bold girl who wants nothing more than her people to see her worth.

These two fiercely competitive love interests happen to come together under a series of events. Only their true identities have been withheld from each other.

The authors writing was superb, she kept the intricate magical system easy to comprehend. The characters are well developed and I enjoy to do more POV‘s between the two main characters. The unique magical system stands out with its i nine different elements that correspond to color /deities

This was a riveting addictive read. I loved the complex, color-based magical system, along with the diverse culture with two kingdoms.

CAST IN FIRELIGHT by Dana Swift is the story of young royal casters, arranged marriages, secrets identities along with enemies-to-lovers romance!

Dana Swift started making up fantasy worlds when she was eleven years old and hasn’t stopped since. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned degrees in English and Advertising. While in college, Dana competed as a saber fencer and learned a thing or two about fighting, parrying and how it feels to fall in love with your sparring partner. She currently lives with said husband in Miami, Florida. 

January 18th

Wishful Endings – Review & Interview

Nerd in New York – Review & Mood Board

Bookishfairytail – Review, Favourite Quotes, & Mood Board

Paperback Jedi – Review & Playlist

Fall Into Reading – Review & Favourite Quotes

Avni Reads – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Cast in Firelight

Alissa’s booktopia – Review & Mood Board

January 19th

Young at Heart Reader – Review, Mood Board & Top 5 Reasons to Read Cast in Firelight

Yours A-fiction-ately – Review & Favourite Quotes

A Backwards Story – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Cast in Firelight

The Bookish Dweeb – Review & Playlist

Lost Girl In Bookland – Review & Favourite Quotes

The BookSnom – Reviews & Favourite Quotes

January 20th

Sophie’s Reading Corner – Top 5 Reasons to Read Cast in Firelight

Note To The World – Review & Favourite Quotes

dinipandareads – Reivew & Book Look

One More Chapter – Review

Loveleighreading – Review & Favourite Quotes

Lu is lost in books – Review & Favourite Quotes

& She Reads – Review & Favourite Quotes

January 21st

Kait Plus Books – Interview

The Book Dutchesses – Review, Favourite Quotes & Top 5 Reasons to Read Cast in Firelight

Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Review

Confessions of a YA Reader – Promo Post

The Clever Reader – Top 5 Reasons to Read Cast in Firelight

being.myshelf – Review & Book Look

January 22nd

Always, Bookish Lovers – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Cast in Firelight

Books Over Everything – Review

Fall Into Reading – Review & Favourite Quotes

Starlight Reads – Review & Book Cover Love

Grownup Fangirl – Mood Board & Promo Post

Mallory Books – Review, Playlist & Journal Spread

What She Will Read – Review & Favourite Quotes

January 23rd

Stocked Up on Starbooks – Review

Endless Pages – Favourite Quotes & Book Look

B for Bookslut – Review

Fantastically Bookish – Review

Portrait of a Book – Review & Mood Board

Adventurous Bookworm – Review & Favourite Quotes

January 24th

Justice For Readers – Review & Interview

Thin Bookish Girl – Review & Favourite Quotes

The Book View – Review & Mood Board

Becky’s Book Blog – Review – Review

Nerdy Book Mama – Top 5 Reasons to Read Cast in Firelight

Basement.Bookcase – Review & Favourite Quotes

January 18th

TBR and Beyond – Promo

Wishful Endings – Blogger’s Choice

Bookishfairytail – Blogger’s Choice

Paperback Jedi – Blogger’s Choice

Fall Into Reading – Blogger’s Choice

Avni Reads – Blogger’s Choice

Alissa’s booktopia – Blogger’s Choice

January 19th

kathreadsya – Book Look

Young at Heart Reader – Blogger’s Choice

Yours A-fiction-ately – Blogger’s Choice

A Backwards Story – Blogger’s Choice

The Bookish Dweeb – Blogger’s Choice

Lost Girl In Bookland – Blogger’s Choice

The BookSnom – Blogger’s Choice

January 20th

Fangirl Pixie Books – Promo

Sophie’s Reading Corner – Blogger’s Choice

dinipandareads – Blogger’s Choice

One More Chapter – Blogger’s Choice

Loveleighreading – Blogger’s Choice

Lu is lost in books – Blogger’s Choice

& She Reads – Blogger’s Choice

January 21st

thesunandalltheotherstars – Review & Favourite Quotes

simplybeccamee – Review

The Book Dutchesses – Blogger’s Choice

Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Blogger’s Choice

The Clever Reader – Blogger’s Choice

being.myshelf – Blogger’s Choice

Note To The World – Blogger’s Choice

January 22nd

Always, Bookish Lovers – Blogger’s Choice

Books Over Everything – Blogger’s Choice

Fall Into Reading – Blogger’s Choice

Starlight Reads – Blogger’s Choice

Grownup Fangirl – Blogger’s Choice

Mallory Books – Blogger’s Choice

What She Will Read – Blogger’s Choice

January 23rd

Rampant_Reading – Review & Book Look

pagcturncr – Review

Booktallie – Review & Favourite Quotes

Endless Pages – Blogger’s Choice

Fantastically Bookish – Blogger’s Choice

Portrait of a Book – Blogger’s Choice

Adventurous Bookworm – Blogger’s Choice

January 24th

rochreads – Review

Little Free Librarian – Review & Favourite Quotes

Justice For Readers – Blogger’s Choice

Thin Bookish Girl – Blogger’s Choice

The Book View – Blogger’s Choice – Blogger’s Choice

Nerdy Book Mama – Blogger’s Choice


Today is my stop on the GEORGANA’S SECRET BLOG TOUR

#GeorganasSecret, #HistoricalRomance, #RegencyRomance, #InspirationalFiction #ChristianFiction, #ArlemHawks, #BlogTour

Join the virtual blog tour of GEORGANA’S SECRET (Proper Romance Regency), Arlem Hawks’ highly acclaimed debut historical romance novel January 11  February 14, 2021. 

Over forty-five popular blogs specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with excerpts, spotlights, and reviews of this new Regency-eranovel set aboard a Royal Naval ship. 

#GeorganasSecret, #HistoricalRomance, #RegencyRomance, #InspirationalFiction #ChristianFiction, #ArlemHawks, #BlogTour


Title: Georgana’s Secret (Proper Romance Regency)

• Author: Arlem Hawks

• Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction

• Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (January 12, 2021)

• Length: (320) pages

• Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1629727929

• eBook ASIN: B08Q5MW1SG

• Audiobook ASIN: B08RLRZ65Q

• Tour Dates: January 11 – February 14, 2021


A Regency romance on the high seas. Two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love.

As a young girl, Georgana Woodall dreamed of beautiful dresses, fancy balls, and falling in love. However, when her mother dies, she cannot face a future under the guardianship of her abusive grandmother and instead chooses to join her father on his ship disguised as his cabin boy, “George.”

Lieutenant Dominic Peyton has no time in his life for love, not with his dedication to His Majesty’s Royal Navy claiming his full attention. While trying to adjust to a new crew, he strives to be an exemplary officer and leader. When he sees the captain’s cabin boy being harassed by the crew, he immediately puts a stop to it and takes the “boy” under his wing. After discovering a number of clues, Dominic deduces that George is really a woman. Knowing that revealing the cabin boy’s secret would put her in serious danger from the rowdy crew, Dominic keeps silent and hides his growing affection for her.

Georgana is quickly losing her heart to Dominic’s compassion and care but is convinced nothing can come of her affection. She cannot continue to live her life on the sea, and having already missed too many seasons in London, her chances of being welcomed back into polite society and finding a suitable husband are quickly slipping away.


“Hawks crafts a spellbinding tale featuring rich characters and raw emotions set against the atmospheric backdrop of sea life in all its danger and beauty. Georgana is a tough protagonist holding her own in a world dominated by men, while Peyton’s charm and sensitivity marks him as a true gentleman. A hidden identity, flirtation, and treachery make for a rousing tale to captivate lovers of historical romances.”— Publishers Weekly

“This tale felt sweepingly cinematic at times and was both action-packed and heart-wrenching with an immersive narrative.”— Katie Jackson,

Arlem Hawks wove a magnificent tale of adventure and deception and delivered a happy ever after that was as unconventional as the rest of the story. With so many stories of romance out there, it is refreshing when one comes along that is very different than the stories that I am used to. A little adventure always livens things up fabulously.”— Emily Flynn, Reading with Emily

“Fans of sweet love stories as well as readers who fondly remember those marvelous old traditional Signet Regencies will quickly succumb to the siren song of Hawk’s expertly crafted novel, which delivers the perfect blend of Jane Austen-smart romance and Patrick O’Brian flavored seafaring adventure. Teen romance readers will cheer on the plucky heroine as she finds the courage to forge her own path in life and love.”— Booklist, starred review

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

Thank to Shadow Mountain Publishing, for my gifted book

Georgana’s Secret is a standalone high seas romance that is set to the Regency Period. A delightful stunning debut by the author Arlem Hawks.

Set in 1811 as the Napoleonic Wars were raging, Great Britain and France fought for European supremacy.

Navy captain’s daughter Georgana Woodall suffered under the hands her paternal grandmother, when her father is away at sea. On a return trip home Captain Woodall becomes aware of the abuse being inflicted on his young daughter. He takes thing into own hands and disguises his daughter Georgiana, as a cabin boy named George.

Aboard the HMS Deborah, a ship in the English Royal Navy, Georgana has an adventurous time keeping her identity secret. Being aboard the three hundred man ship for three years she is crosses paths with Lieutenant Dominic Peyton. Dominic Peyton reaches out to help young George in helping him self defense from the bullying of the other cabin boys.

When a friendship develops and Georgana soon looses her heart to Dominic. This comes with all kinds of complications that causes for some heightened tension. A moving and delightful book, one the captured my whole heart. Right from the start, with young Georgiana suffering the horrific abuse dealt out by her grandmother. To the her trials and struggles she has to overcome aboard an English Navy’s ship. All the while keeping her identity well guarded.

The sigh factor along with the pitch perfect dialogue had me transported into this beautiful book. The author has created an engaging and courageous heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures you will be captivated right from the beginning.I found this story to be entertaining, well thought out, perfectly paced, exciting.An unforgettable story told through a brilliant narrative. The atmospheric imagery, along with intricate details, makes this a treasure amongst the many books in the Regency genre. A riveting adventure, along with the perfect amount of romance makes this a book a treasure on my bookshelf.

Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks is the perfectly sweet high seas regency that features the Twelfth Night trope

I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy


Arlem Hawks began making up stories before she could write. Living all over the Western United States and traveling around the world gave her a love of cultures and people and the stories they have to tell. With her travels came an interest in history, especially the history of her English heritage. When she isn’t writing, Arlem is baking her characters’ favorite foods, sewing Regency dresses, learning how to play the tin whistle, and water coloring. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two children. Having previously published four historical romance novellas, Georgana’s Secret is her debut novel.







Jan 11My Jane Austen Book ClubExcerpt

Jan 11Austenprose — A Jane Austen BlogReview 

Jan 12Wishful EndingsReview

Jan 12Lu Reviews BooksReview 

Jan 13Lady with a QuillReview

Jan 13Timeless NovelsReview

Jan 14Reading is My SuperpowerReview

Jan 14The Bibliophile FilesReview 

Jan 15Randi Loves 2 ReadReview

Jan 16The Christian Fiction GirlExcerpt

Jan 17Nurse BookieReview

Jan 18The Silver Petticoat ReviewReview

Jan 18Heidi ReadsReview 

Jan 19BookfooleryReview

Jan 20Captivated ReadingReview 

Jan 21Greenish BookshelfReview

Jan 21Bookworm LisaReview

Jan 22Among the Reads Review

Jan 23Gwedalyn’s BooksReview

Jan 24My Bookish BlissReview

Jan 25Wishful EndingsExcerpt

Jan 25Christian Chick’s ThoughtsReview 

Jan 26Relz ReviewzReview

Jan 27The Lit BitchReview

Jan 28Reading with EmilyReview 

Jan 29Books, Teacups & ReviewsReview 

Jan 30A Darn Good ReadReview

Jan 31From Pemberley to MiltonSpotlight

Jan 31Impressions in InkReview

Feb 01Austenesque ReviewsReview

Feb 02Laura’s ReviewsReview

Feb 03Literary Time OutReview

Feb 04Chicks, Rogues & ScandalsExcerpt

Feb 05The Bluestocking Review

Feb 05Library of Clean ReadsReview

Feb 06The Caffeinated BibliophileSpotlight

Feb 07So Little Time…Spotlight

Feb 08The ReadathonReview

Feb 09The Book Diva ReadsExcerpt

Feb 09Books and Socks RockReview 

Feb 10Our Book ConfessionsReview 

Feb 10Encouraging Words from the Tea QueenSpotlight

Feb 11Rosanne E. LortzReview

Feb 11Jorie Loves a StoryReview

Feb 12Fire & IceExcerpt

Feb 13Cup of Tea with that Book, PleaseReview

Feb 14Book Confessions of an Ex-ballerinaReview




Beauty Among Ruins by J’nell Ciesielski

Welcome to my stop on Beauty Among Ruins
by J’nell Ciesielski

@JnellCiesielski @ThomasNelson @hfvbt  

Beauty Among Ruins
by J’nell Ciesielski

Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Thomas Nelson
Paperback, eBook, & Audiobook

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Scottish



In Ciesielski’s latest sweeping romance, an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War, and a wounded Scottish laird comes face-to-face with his past and a woman he never could have expected.

American socialite Lily Durham is known for enjoying one moment to the next, with little regard for the consequences of her actions. But just as she is banished overseas to England as a “cure” for her frivolous ways, the Great War breaks out and wreaks havoc. She joins her cousin in nursing the wounded at a convalescent home deep in the wilds of Scotland at a crumbling castle where its laird is less than welcoming.

Alec MacGregor has given his entire life to preserving his home of Kinclavoch Castle, but mounting debts force him to sell off his family history bit by bit. Labeled a coward for not joining his countrymen in the trenches due to an old injury, he opens his home to the Tommies to make recompense while he keeps to the shadows. But his preference for the shadows is shattered when a new American nurse comes streaming into the castle on a burst of light.

Lily and Alec are thrown together when a series of mysterious events threatens to ruin the future of Kinclavoch. Can they put aside their differences to find the culprit before it’s too late, or will their greatest distraction be falling in love?

‘A Scottish lord and an American socialite discover love during WWI in this gorgeous historical romance from Ciesielski (The Socialite)…The undercurrent of mystery and Ciesielski’s unflinching approach to the harsh realities of wartime only enhance the love story. Readers are sure to be impressed.’ –Publishers Weekly

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

A heart felt gorgeous historical romance!

This was an exquisite literary delightful tale. Lily Durham, is a headstrong American socialite. Her parents seeking to curb her reckless behavior, so they send her to England to stay with her cousin Elizabeth.

Things take a different turn when a declaration of war is announced, and The Great War erupts. Lilys parents wisely have her extend her stay on with her cousin. The two woman do some nurse training and find themselves in Scotland at a large Estate turned convalescence home for injured soldiers. Lilly really comes into her own and excepts the challenge presented before her. She has a vivacious personality that can not be contained.

Doing all he can for the war effort, laird, Alec MacGregor has opened up his home, Kinclavoch Castle, to help those in need physical and mental care. All the while while dealing with his own inner turmoil. Within the going’s on at the estate, Alec and Lilly’s paths cross.

I have to say this was a romance that I absolutely adored. A broody heart stopping Scotsman, and a feisty American.

There is also some mystery regarding sabotage, kidnapping to keep the reader on their toes. Will the two be able to put aside their differences, and work together to stop the the threatening menace?

When Lily’s family finally demands her to return to her home stateside, or risk her financial stability. Lilly will face a tough decision, will she be able to choose what is right for her own heart?

The author creates a compelling historical storyline that captures the the human struggles of heart. The characters are brought to life was superb characterization. The rich atmospheric imagery was delightful, and I fell in love with the beautiful surroundings.

Excited for this Authors next release

With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.

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The Healer of Briarwood by MK McClintock!

Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast for 

The Healer of Briarwood by MK McClintock!

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The Healer of Briarwood
by MK McClintock

Publication Date: December 15, 2020
Trappers Peak Publishing
Paperback & ebook; 260 pages

Series: Montana Gallagher Series, Book 7
Genre: Historical/Romance/Victorian



A man with a healer’s touch. A woman with a healer’s heart.

Doctor Finnegan Brody tends his patients, keeps to himself, and vividly remembers the heartaches and trials from the Civil War and why he devoted his life to healing. He watches the townspeople live their lives, loving and laboring alongside one another, and wonders if one day he will give a woman as much time and dedication as he gives the people of Briarwood.

Katharine Kiely has a deep-rooted stubbornness to never give up, even if it means leaving behind her comfortable life by the sea to protect her father’s health and help expand his empire. When she finally arrives in Briarwood to convince the Gallaghers a spur line should cross their land, nothing goes as she expected.

Finn, with his knowledge of healing the people, and Katharine, who learns how to heal with her heart, join together as the townsfolk of Briarwood face challenges and choices that could alter their way of life forever.

Welcome to Briarwood and Hawk’s Peak, where friendship, love, and hope conquer overwhelming odds.

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More in the Montana Gallagher Series

Gallagher’s Pride
Gallagher’s Hope
Gallagher’s Choice
An Angel Called Gallagher
Journey to Hawk’s Peak
Wild Montana Winds
The Healer of Briarwood

About the Author

Award-winning author MK McClintock is devoted to giving her readers books laced with adventure, romance, and a touch of mystery. Her novels and short stories take you from the rugged mountains of Montana to the Victorian British Isles, all with good helpings of daring exploits and endearing love stories. Her works comprise multiple series, including: Montana Gallaghers, British Agents, Crooked Creek, and Whitcomb Springs. She enjoys a peaceful life in the Rocky Mountains where she is writing her next book.

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The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson

Hello, Lovelies ,

Today is my stop on The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson. This is second book I have had the pleasure of reading by this very talented author. Thanks so much to Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours for the invite to this tour.

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The Vanishing at Loxby Manor
by Abigail Wilson

Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 336 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Regency



A story of second chances and secrets, this mysterious Regency romance will transport you to 19th-century England as one young lady reunites with her childhood love to find his missing sister.

Her friend is missing.

After five years abroad, Charity Halliwell finally returns to Loxby Manor, the home of dear friends—and her lost love. No longer a young girl, she is now haunted by a painful secret and the demise of her dreams. Instead of the healing and happiness she hopes to find, she encounters a darkness lurking in the shadows of the once-familiar house. When her friend, Seline, disappears the very night of her arrival, Charity is determined to uncover the truth.

Her only hope is the man who broke her heart.

Branded a coward, Piers Cavanaugh has lived the last five years as an outcast far from his family home. When his sister presumably elopes with a stable hand, Piers joins forces with an unlikely partner—the one woman he thought he’d never see again. Together they launch an investigation that leads to strange nightly meetings in the ruins of an old abbey and disturbing whispers of a secret organization. The more they learn, the more desperate the situation becomes.

The house seems determined to keep its secrets.

As they struggle to piece together the clues, Charity and Piers also endeavor to rebuild their friendship. One cryptic letter changed everything between them. To find happiness they will have to overcome the grief and shame keeping them apart. But first they must discover why Seline vanished and confront the growing fear that she may never return.

Settle in, because once you start The Vanishing at Loxby Manor, you won’t be able to put it down.

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Praise for The Vanishing at Loxby Manor

“Vanishing at Loxby Manor cleverly combines Regency romance with Gothic intrigue, and the result is a suspenseful, thoroughly entertaining read. Charming and lovely.”—Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of In the Shadow of Vesuvius

“Like each of Wilson’s novels, The Vanishing at Loxby Manor drew me in from the start and didn’t let go. From the heartfelt characters to the twists that kept me guessing, I relished each turn of the page. Wilson is a master at historical mystery, and I cannot wait for her next story.”—Lindsay Harrel, author of The Joy of Falling

“Abigail Wilson’s latest Gothic romance hits the notes readers have come to expect from her talented pen: romance, shadows and intrigue and a brilliantly executed atmosphere. She is a master at her craft and a rare stand-out in a popular genre.”—Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

“Weaving a shadow of mystery among the gilded countryside of Regency England, Wilson’s tale of love lost, buried shame, and secret societies is a delicious blend of romance and intrigue. Splash in gorgeous historical Regency details, and murder brewing around every stone, and readers will be burning through the pages until the riveting end.”—J’nell Ciesielski, author of The Socialite

“A gothic romance that is filled with great characters and a mystery that unfolds chapter by chapter. A perfect blend of mystery, family relationships, lost years, and star-crossed love. Be warned, you won’t be able to walk away from these characters.”—Cara Putman, award-winning author of Flight Risk

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

This is Abigail Wilson Wilson’s fourth Regency romantic suspense

I Immensely enjoyed reading her last novel Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey. It’s a treasured book in my library. So when opportunity to be able to read her latest book, I literally jumped at it.

Charity Halliwell fell in love with Abigail Wilson weaves a stunning mystery here in the story along with rich period details. The author writing definitely stands out, with her seamless narration that holds the plot line together. The twists are perfectly executed and you won’t see them coming. Her ability to create a second chance romance, that captures your heart, with out overshadowing it doesn’t mysteriousness of the novel was fabulous.

This novel was filled with compelling characters and I really liked everything that each of them brought to this story throughout the novel. They each had their role to make this a tense reading experience. So many secrets that you will find yourself questioning everyone along with their motives. The book is rich in atmospheric details, along with the pitch perfect dialogue that is authentic for the time period. The gothic style writing is absorbing and I couldn’t get enough. The setting and tone was a joy to read.

I highly recommend this book this book with its secret society and treachery set to a lovely historical mystery.

Loved piecing all those puzzle pieces together, I am sure you will too Cavanagh, heir to Loxby Manor. Even though things didn’t work out for them. She shelved her feelings or lost love to the back of her mind even know her heart never really got over it,

Charity is a gracious young lady, quite and attentive.

Recently returned from being away for five years at Ceylon, she is now a houseguest at her childhood friends home at …Loxby Manor. While she was away with her parents at Ceylon, an Irreversible incident occurred. Happy to unite with her vivacious friend Seline, things take on a sinister track. When her friend doesn’t return after an secretive nighttime escapade Charity steps up and questions her friends disappearance, even though she faces challenges from Seline Cavanagh’s own family.

Abigail Wilson weaves a stunning mystery here in the story along with rich period details. The author writing definitely stands out, with her seamless narration that holds the plot line together. The twists are perfectly executed and you won’t see them coming. Her ability to create a second chance romance, that captures your heart, with out overshadowing it doesn’t mysteriousness of the novel was fabulous.

This novel was filled with compelling characters and I really liked everything that each of them brought to this story throughout the novel. They each had their role to make this a tense reading experience. So many secrets that you will find yourself questioning everyone along with their motives. The book is rich in atmospheric details, along with the pitch perfect dialogue that is authentic for the time period. The gothic style writing is absorbing and I couldn’t get enough. The setting and tone was a joy to read.

I highly recommend this book this book with its secret society and treachery set to a lovely historical mystery.

Loved piecing all those puzzle pieces together, I am sure you will too

Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.

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Loxby Manor


Hello again honeybees,

and welcome to my stop on Waiting For The Night Song

Forge Books
Publisher :
Forge Books; 1st edition (January 12, 2021)
Language: : English
Hardcover : 336 Pages

On Sale: 01/12/2021
ISBN: 9781250269188336 Pages

Praise for WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG“Julie Carrick Dalton’s deftly constructed, urgent yet slow-burning debut novel reads like a warning from the frontlines of our rapidly deteriorating natural world.” —Omar El Akkad, American War“Both a timely and timeless literary mystery, Waiting for the Night Song is as seductive as it is smart, blending the allure of Julie Dalton’s beloved rural New Hampshire setting with the dark undercurrents of a community’s racial divisions and betrayals. This is a story of love, of home, of friendship and family, of a childhood’s innocence and an adult’s comeuppance, all of which are in the line of fire in this beauty of a page turner.” —Michelle Hoover, award-winning author of Bottomland and The Quickening“Human nature clashes with Mother Nature in this riveting and heartbreaking coming of age story— gorgeously written, and wonderfully told. With its combination of powerful themes and intensely immersive setting, fans of Delia Owens will swoon to find their new favorite author. A phenomenal debut!” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, award-winning author of The First to Lie“Dalton writes masterfully of human relationship and the fraught relationship humanity has with ecology…put it on your lists NOW.” —Michael Zapata, author of The Lost Book of Adana Moreau“I marvel when I come across a book that is at once timely and timeless…It’s a novel that burns–figuratively and literally–with sharp prose and uncommon wisdom. Do yourself a favor and have a look for yourself.” —Peter Geye, award-winning author of Wintering“Waiting for the Night Song is a beautiful book that is also a hell of a read. Complex characters, unforgettable setting, taut storyline, big ideas.” —Ashley Shelby, author of South Pole Station“Smart and searingly passionate, Dalton’s absorbing mystery debut explores many timely issues including global warming, female friendships, childhood secrets, and the lengths we take to protect them — Waiting For The Night Song is an illuminating snapshot of nature, betrayal and sacrifices set in the evocative New Hampshire wilderness.” —Kim Michele Richardson, award-winning author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek“A killer, gorgeous debut that tackles love, racism and even climate change. Waiting for the Night Song will break your heart, leave you breathless and wanting more.” —Rachel Barenbaum, bestselling author of A Bend in the Stars“Dalton weaves the vagaries of friendship, the wonder of the natural world, and the power of truth to create a powerful and unforgettable story.” —Erica Ferencik, bestselling author of The River at Night and Into the Jungle“Dalton’s debut is a story of friendship, family, and the consequences of acting out of fear, especially when those actions are performed to protect those we love. The storytelling is made even more vivid by the way the novel practically breathes the woods of New Hampshire.” —Booklist

“Stirring…a taut novel that builds suspense to the very end.” —Publishers Weekly

A startling and timely debut, Julie Carrick Dalton’s Waiting for the Night Song is a moving, brilliant novel about friendships forged in childhood magic and ruptured by the high price of secrets that leave you forever changed.

Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface?

An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie’s memory then all her other years combined.

Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.

Waiting for the Night Song
is a love song to the natural beauty around us, a call to fight for what we believe in, and a reminder that the truth will always rise.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

Waiting for the Night Song is about a deep childhood friendship that’s shattered by a dark secret. The story follows two young girls, Cadie and Daniela, through a summer full of adventure and minor misdeeds until a traumatic event drives them apart.

“Truth hides in fissures and hollows, in broken places and empty parts. It can be buried, crushed, or burnt, but the truth will always rise

Waiting for the Night Song is about a deep childhood friendship that is shattered by a dark secret. Cadie and Daniela witnessed a traumatic event over twenty ago.

Cadie Kessler is a entomologist researching the pine beetle from the Rockies to her New Hampshire hometown where the beetles are laying waist to the trees. Leaving them dead and perfect for forest fires.

When she hears from estranged childhood friend, Daniela Garcia. It seems the past has come back, to haunt both Cadie and Daniela when a body is discovered from twenty seven years earlier.

A thrilling coming-of-age book intertwined with a murder mystery. Waiting for the Night Song shifts between the present and “The Summertime ” when the friendship was shattered, and the events happened that the two girls have tried so hard to forget.

A thrilling book that draws you in with its suspense, racial issues, and climate change.

It also is about friendship and family ties.

Photo Credit: Sharona Jacobs
Julie Carrick Dalton grew up in Maryland and on a military base in Germany. As an adult, she bounced around from Seattle to Dallas to Virginia, before finding her true home in Boston, where she has lived for more than twenty years. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, Electric Literature, and other publications. She contributes to The Chicago Review of Books, DeadDarlings, and The Writer Unboxed. A Tin House alum and graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, Julie holds a Master’s in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard Extension School. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of writing fiction in the age of climate crisis. Mom to four kids and two dogs, Julie is a passionate skier, hiker, and kayaker. She also owns and operates an organic farm. Please excuse her dirty fingernails.
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In the Garden of Spite Book Review

  • Publication Date: January 19, 2021
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
  • Author: Camilla Bruce
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Page Count: 480


An audacious novel of feminine rage about one of the most prolific female serial killers in American history–and the men who drove her to it.

They whisper about her in Chicago. Men come to her with their hopes, their dreams–their fortunes. But no one sees them leave. No one sees them at all after they come to call on the Widow of La Porte. The good people of Indiana may have their suspicions, but if those fools knew what she’d given up, what was taken from her, how she’d suffered, surely they’d understand. Belle Gunness learned a long time ago that a woman has to make her own way in this world. That’s all it is. A bloody means to an end. A glorious enterprise meant to raise her from the bleak, colorless drudgery of her childhood to the life she deserves. After all, vermin always survive.

In the Garden of Spite tells the chilling tale of Belle Gunness also known as the Black Widow of LaPorte. Belle is considered to be one of the first female serial killers in America.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

This is a true crime historical fiction account of the notorious Belle Gunness

This is grisly and dark book that will have you mentally messed up.

A brilliantly executed nightmare-inducing tale. The notorious Belle Gunness, known as “the Black Widow of the Midwest” who is thought to have murdered at least fourteen and quite possibly up to forty people between the years of 1884 and 1908.

Let’s go back to the reason why she has become this Momonstrous prolific serial killer. Brynhild Paulsdatter Storset, a young girl born into a family of poor farmhands in Selbu, Norway. In Bruce’s reconstruction of Brynhild’s backstory, our protagonist becomes pregnant at seventeen, but when she demands the father to marry her, the young man tries to kill her instead. As the body count keeps rising she emigrates to American!

I warn you this is not a tale for the faint. You should know this right now.

The Last King by M.J. Porter Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on The Last King by M.J. Porter, hosted by  Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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The Last King
by M.J. Porter

Publication Date: April 23, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 314 pages

Series: The Ninth Century, Book One
Genre: Historical Thriller



They sent three hundred warriors to kill one man. It wasn’t enough.

Mercia lies broken but not beaten, her alliance with Wessex in tatters.

Coelwulf, a fierce and bloody warrior, hears whispers that Mercia has been betrayed from his home in the west. He fears no man, especially not the Vikings sent to hunt him down.

To discover the truth of the rumours he hears, Coelwulf must travel to the heart of Mercia, and what he finds there will determine the fate of Mercia, as well as his own.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Last King by MJ Porter is the first installment in The Ninth Century Trilogy

A bold and bloody start to a military historical fictional series of the last king of independent Mercia. Ceolwulf a Saxon warrior who later becomes king.

A fast moving book that centers on Ceolwulf close band of hardened warriors fighting of the never ending hoards of the Viking Raiders. If you enjoy in-depth detailed military battle scenes than this is a book for you. The author doesn’t hold anything back, with her in your face language and gore. Do take note this not a book for the light hearted historical fiction readers. The author MJ Porter uses first person POV to give Ceolwulf’s story. This insightful look at what this warrior and those that follow him go through as they face the trials set before them to hold back an invading force. What immediately grabbed my attention in this story was the perseverance of the characters. An rip roaring charged book, that grabs your attention, as you are thrown into this warrior tale.

Atmospheric, riveting and intensely entertaining!

I’m an author of fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed) and historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest). I was born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building, told from a very young age that it housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia and that our garden was littered with old pieces of pottery from a long-ago battle, it’s little wonder that my curiosity in Early England ran riot. I can only blame my parents!

I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!

Not sure where to start your journey through Early England? Here are some pointers.

If you like action-adventure, with a heavy dose of violence, foul language and good old camaraderie – The Ninth Century series is for you, starting with The Last King, or The Seventh Century, starting with Pagan Warrior, has a little more politics to go with the set-piece battles.

If you like stories about the forgotten women of history, then the Tenth Century series, starting with The Lady of Mercia’s Daughter, is a good place to begin. Or, The First Queen of England, with a little more romance.

If you’re interested in the last century of Early England (before 1066) then The Earls of Mercia series is for you.

If you want to read it all, then you can read in chronological order, or mix it up. The series weren’t written in chronological order.

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The Good Doctor of Warsaw Review

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Today I have a Review of The Good Doctor of Warsaw

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The Good Doctor of Warsaw

By Elizabeth Gifford

Set in the ghettos of wartime Warsaw, this is a sweeping, poignant, and heartbreaking novel inspired by the true story of one doctor who was determined to protect two hundred Jewish orphans from extermination.

Deeply in love and about to marry, students Misha and Sophia flee a Warsaw under Nazi occupation for a chance at freedom. Forced to return to the Warsaw ghetto, they help Misha’s mentor, Dr Janusz Korczak, care for the two hundred children in his orphanage. As Korczak struggles to uphold the rights of even the smallest child in the face of unimaginable conditions, he becomes a beacon of hope for the thousands who live behind the walls.

As the noose tightens around the ghetto, Misha and Sophia are torn from one another, forcing them to face their worst fears alone. They can only hope to find each other again one day . . .

Elisabeth Gifford grew up in a parsonage. She writes for The London Times and the Independent and has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford University and a Masters in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College. She lives in Kingston upon Thames in England.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

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A gripping emotional book set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw.

A young couple Misch and Sophie meet at lecture being given by the respected and renowned Dr Janusz Korczak. Seen through their eyes, Elisabeth Gifford has based this heart wrenching story on true and actual events inspired by the Polish communities that suffered the affects of the Nazi occupation during World War Two.

A moving novel, that has been meticulously researched Misha and Sophia’s true love story comes to life. Dr Korczak, the humanitarian child psychologist and advocate for children. Passionate both Sophia and Misha find themselves working for the great doctor. Eventually there relationship deepens and the two become engaged. The war is weighing down and hitter moves to take Poland. Thinking it will be like the first war with Germany occupying Poland, no one is prepared for what happens next

Elisabeth Gifford brings the past to life, and those that were affiliated with Dr Korczak. The doctor was famous for his humanitarian work with children, a child psychologist and renowned writer. This is a exceptional book written so we the reader feel the struggles and heartbreak of the people coming together to take care of children. In 1940, German created the Warsaw Ghetto, the doctors orphanage was relocated The storyline is all consuming and writing flows as you are pulled into Misha and Sophia take as it unfolds. The city of Warsaw and its people see some of the most brutality besides those sent to the death camps. This is a heroic tale of the people who cared for so many, the children and that of Warsaw it’s self.

Dr Korczak went with the children even though he had repeatedly been offered shelter on the “Aryan side”. He always refused these.



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Author: Jenny Lecoat

ISBN: 9781525806414

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

Publisher: Graydon House Books

An extraordinary story of human triumph against impossible odds

The year is 1940, and the world is torn apart by war. In June of that year, Hitler’s army captures the Channel Islands–the only part of Great Britain to be occupied by German forces. Abandoned by Mr. Churchill, forgotten by the Allies, and cut off from all help, the Islands’ situation is increasingly desperate.

Hedy Bercu is a young Jewish girl who fled Vienna for the island of Jersey two years earlier during the Anschluss, only to find herself trapped by the Nazis once more–this time with no escape. Her only hope is to make herself invaluable to the Germans by working as a translator, hiding in plain sight wIth the help of her friends and community–and a sympathetic German officer. But as the war intensifies, rations dwindle, neighbors turn on neighbors, and Hedy’s life is in greater danger every day. It will take a definitive, daring act to save her from certain deportation to the concentration camps.

A sweeping tale of bravery and love under impossible circumstances, Hedy’s remarkable story reminds us that it’s often up to ordinary people to be quiet heroes in the face of injustice.

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THE GIRL FROM THE CHANNEL ISLANDS is a riveting unforgettable tale of bravery, friendship, and love. Based on a true story of a young Jewish girl named Hedwig Bercu (Hedy) during World War II.

Jenny Lecoat debut novel has propulsive storyline, offering both drama and historical authenticity to appeal to anyone interested in WWll historical fiction.

Set in the English Channel Islands, 1940. Hedy is a Jew who recently escaped Austrian Anschluss to the island of Jersey.

Leaving behind the horrors of Vienna Austria Hedy Berkus arrives to the shores of Jersey, located in England’s British Isles. Fleeing for her life because of her Jewish Heritage. Hoping she is safe far away from the long arm of.Nazi regime.

Everything comes crashing down when in June 1940. The inhabitants of the Channel Island of Jersey can only watch as the German army invades.

The invading force takes complete control of their island without any opposition to stop them. They have been abandoned by the British, and forced to fend for themselves. The locals of Jersey are resilient people endure a lengthy occupation that will last to the very end of the war.

Hedy Bercu nightmare has become her reality, again she finds her nationality under persecution. This is immersive novel that show the local of Jersey island as strong willed and courageous people. Hedy is a wonderfully developed character, and the author seamlessly writing flows perfectly as the storyline develops. She is brave and driven by inner strength as she tries to hide her identity an takes a job at the German headquarters as a translator. When her paths cross with the German officer Kurt, nothing prepares both of them. The romance is done in a way that doesn’t overshadowed the true theme of the novel, but you will your heart captivated by it.

The Girl from the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat’s is compelling book

It will significant interest those readers who enjoy World War II based historical fiction

Jenny Lecoat was born in Jersey, Channel Islands, where her parents were raised under German Occupation and were involved in resistance activity. Lecoat moved to England at 18, where, after earning a drama degree, she spent a decade on the alternative comedy circuit as a feminist stand-up. She also wrote for newspapers and women’s magazines (Cosmopolitan, Observer), worked as a TV and radio presenter, before focusing on screenwriting from sitcom to sketch shows. A love of history and factual stories and a return to her island roots brought about her feature film Another Mother’s Son (2017). She is married to television writer Gary Lawson and now lives in East Sussex. The Girl from the Channel Islands is her first novel.

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Jersey, Channel Islands

Summer 1940

THE SUN’S HEAT HAD BEGUN TO MELLOW, AND the gulls were cruising for their final catch of the day when the siren sounded. Its wail climbed and fell, calling out over the jumbled slate roofs and church spires of the town, and across the patchwork of potato fields beyond. In St. Aubin’s bay, where the waves lapped and fizzed on the sand, its warning finally reached Hedy’s ears as she lay dozing by the sea wall, and woke her with a jolt.

Rising in slow motion, she scanned the sky. Now she could also hear a faint, tinny whine in the east. She tried to steady her breathing. Perhaps it was another false alarm? These warnings had become a daily event these past two weeks, each time the reconnaissance planes merely circling, then disappearing back out to sea with cameras crammed full of blurry images of main roads and harbor walls. But this time something was different. The engine sound contained a note of brutish intent, and now several tiny black dots were emerging in the distant blue. The whine became a hum, and the hum a strident drone. Then she knew. This was no reconnaissance mission. This was the start. 

For days now, the islanders had watched the black smoke rise and mushroom on the French coast, felt the vibration of the distant blasts pulse through their bellies and rattle their bones. Women had spent hours counting and recounting the tinned foods in their larders, while the men squashed into banks to withdraw the family savings. Children had yelled their complaints as gas masks were forced over their heads. By then, all hope had vanished. There was no one here to deter the aggressors, nothing between them and their shimmering prize but flat blue water and an empty sky. And now the planes were on their way. Hedy could see them clearly now, still some distance away, but from the outline she guessed they were Stukas. Dive-bombers.

She spun around, looking for shelter. The nearest beachside café was almost a mile away. Stopping only to grab her wicker bag, she sprinted for the stone steps leading to the walkway above,and took them in three bounds. At the top she scoured the promenade; a hundred meters toward First Tower was a small seafront shelter. It contained nothing but a single wooden bench on each of its four exposed sides, but it would have to do. Hedy hurtled toward it, grazing her shin as she mistimed the leap onto the low plinth, and threw herself

 against the bench. A moment later she was joined by a panic-stricken young mother, probably not much older than herself, gripping a small white-faced boy by the wrist. By now the planes were over St. Helier harbor, one arcing across the bay toward them, the noise of the engine so thunderous that it drowned out the boy’s screams as the woman pushed him to the ground. The violent rat-a-tat of machine-gun fire stung Hedy’s ears as several bullets found the sea wall and zinged off in random directions. A second later, a distant explosion shook the shelter so hard Hedy thought the roof might collapse. “Was that a bomb?” The woman’s face was ashen beneath her tan.

“Yes. Near the harbor, I think.”

The woman gave her a brief, confused look. It was the ac- cent, Hedy knew—even in a moment like this it still set her apart, marked her out as an alien. But the woman’s attention quickly turned back to her child.

“Oh my God,” she muttered, “what have we done? My husband said we should have evacuated when we had the chance.” Her eyes fixed on the sky. “Do you think we should have gone?”

Hedy said nothing, but followed her companion’s gaze upward. She thought about her employers, the Mitchells, staggering onto that filthy, inadequate cargo boat with their screaming child, and nothing but a change of underwear and a few provisions stuffed into a brown packing case. At this moment, with the aroma of burning aviation fuel in her nostrils, she would have given anything to be with them. Her knuckles turned yellow on the slatted bench. Corkscrews of charcoal smoke drifted across the bay, and she could hear the little boy beside her sobbing. Hedy swallowed hard and focused on the questions bouncing around her brain like a pin- ball. How long now before the Germans landed? Would they round people up, stand them in front of walls to be shot? If they came for her, then…? There was no point finishing that thought. Anton, the only person on this island she could call a friend, would be powerless to help her. The shelter vibrated again, and she felt its fragility.

Hedy remained crouched silently, listening to the planes loop and dive and the crack of explosions a mile away, until at last the sound of the engines began to fade into the distance. An aging gentleman with disheveled white hair stumbled toward them, and stopped to peer into the shelter.

“The planes have gone,” he called. “Try to get home as quickly as you can. It can’t be long before they get here.” Hedy’s eyes fixed on his jacket, which was covered in dust and uneven patches of blood. “Don’t worry, it’s not mine,” the man assured her. “Old fellow walking near the harbor took a bullet in the leg—we had to get him to the hospital.” “Are there many hurt? Or…?” Hedy glanced toward the

little boy, not wanting to finish the question.

“Some, yes.” The man’s voice faltered a little, and Hedy felt a surge of anguish. She pressed her fist to her lips and swallowed again before he continued: “They bombed a line of potato trucks waiting to unload at the harbor. I mean, for God’s sake, what’s the point of that?” He shook his head and gestured toward his destination. “Hurry now.”

The man hastened away. Hedy hauled her shaking body to its feet, wished the woman good luck and set off along the promenade toward the town, wondering how on earth she would get back to the Mitchells’—assuming the house was still there. She tried to hurry, but her skinny legs felt weak. She imagined Hemingway cowering beneath the sofa in the empty living room, his gray feline fur stiff with terror. Already she was half regretting disobeying Mr. Mitchell’s instruction to have him put down. The animal’s trusting eyes had melted her heart at the door of the vet’s surgery. Now she wasn’t even sure if she’d be able to feed herself, never mind a cat.

By the time she reached the outskirts of St. Helier town she could hear the bells of the ambulances and the random shouts of desperate men trying to work as a team. Smoke rose in missing, some wandering aimlessly, and one old couple on a bench, sobbing. Hedy walked on, forcing herself to put one foot in front of the other, deliberately edging her mind to- ward reality. The seas around the island were probably already full of U-boats. Soon she would once again be surrounded by those gray-green uniforms and hear the barking of orders. She pictured the bang on the door, Wehrmacht hands grabbing at her elbow, the house abandoned with dirty dishes still on the table. Anything was possible now. She recalled only too well the way the Germans had behaved in Vienna.

Especially toward Jews.

She pressed on, pushing her body weight forward, willing herself home. She needed to reach Hemingway and give him a hug.

Excerpted from The Girl from the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat, Copyright © 2020 by Jenny Lecoat Published by Graydon House Books

Restitution By Janet Lee Berg

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Book Title: Restitution

Series: Sequel to “Rembrandt’s Shadow”

Author: Janet Lee Berg

Publication Date: 30th September 2020

Publisher: Koehler

Page Length: 262 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

“Restitution” is the riveting, multigenerational story of Sylvie Rosenberg, a Holocaust survivor traumatized by the memory of her art dealer father forced to trade paintings with the Nazis in an attempt to save their large extended family.  Sylvie’s adult life in 1970s New York is plagued by survivors’ guilt and bitterness.  But when her self-destructive ways threaten to upend the life of her Vietnam-vet son, Sylvie finally needs to face her demons.  She returns to Holland to confront her past and fight the Dutch judicial system for the return of the masterpieces, but the battle proves far more difficult than Sylvie imagined…


Weaving in tragic true events from her own family history, Berg offers a sensitive story of history, romance, and humoralong with detail from the extensive research of Lynn H. Nicholas, the world’s leading expert on art pilfered during WWII. Over 80 years later, the real family still awaits justice and the return of artwork that continues to hang on museum walls, without noting their tragic history…    


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Michael blamed his mother for many things, including letting  his father walk out on them. My father’s a stranger to me. I lost him  the same day I lost my first tooth. Michael could still see his six-year old self in the mirror staring hard at the hole where the tooth had  been, the toothbrush bristles against his sore gums. He remembered  his tears running into his mouth, the salty taste mixed with blood.  But he could hardly remember the back of his father’s head when  he had slammed the front door and walked out without looking  back. Maybe by the time a new tooth replaced the empty spot his  father would be back. But he didn’t come back, not even long after  Michael’s adult tooth emerged. 


Mom forgot to put a quarter under my pillow that night. What  did I know, a dumb little Jewish kid? I never enjoyed the splendor of  the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus . . . no way was I ever going to believe  in the tooth fairy. Or in my father. I kept that pain to myself. I guess  we all collect our own little secrets. 


Michael wasn’t just an only child. He was a lonely child. He didn’t  have much of a family and he wondered why, trying to put the puzzle  together: his famous grandfather, the world-renowned art dealer;  his grandmother, the socialite who had the servants dress the four  children in their best clothes. Michael envisioned them running  through the three-story house in Holland all those years ago. 


Michael heard a few obscure anecdotes about the once aristocratic family he’d never met; her siblings were still living in  Europe. He could see the angst on his mother’s face as she told him, particularly when she mentioned Gretta’s name. 


One thing his mother made perfectly clear was that people were  not to be trusted, even family. “The ones you especially have to be  leery about,” she had said, “are the ones that profess their love for you.” 


He knew in the later years exactly who she was referring to. His  mother wanted to be the only one in Michael’s life because she would  never abandon him—not like his father had done. Never! And she  had done everything in her power to keep her only Jewish son apart  from that gentile girl named Angela. 


After a night out drinking with the guys, Michael had become  irrational. With a hangover, he had enlisted in the Army the next  morning. He immediately knew he had made a grave mistake. Soon  after, he and Angela separated. The girl was right all along—Michael  wasn’t strong enough to stand up to his mother. Ironically, when  Michael had lost his will to live, Sylvie reached out to his Christian  girlfriend and told her where to find him. “Tell him the truth, Angela.  Only you can. Tell him the secret his mother kept from him his  entire life.” 


Michael finally confronted her. 


“How could you not tell me that I have a brother, Mom? You  could have told me ten, fifteen years ago. He could have been part  of our family after Dad walked out.” 


“I’m sorry, Michael,” she had repeated over and over through  the tears. “I know it was a terrible secret to keep from you. Believe  me, I lived with the guilt.” She turned away. “I can’t talk about this  right now. Please, don’t make me . . . I never could tell you because  I wasn’t sure you’d forgive me. I wasn’t sure I had forgiven my own  sin,” she whimpered. 


“Stop! I don’t believe in sins. Being human means you’re allowed  to make mistakes. And mistakes can be forgiven.” 


Sylvie had covered her mouth in shame. “I was so young,  Michael.” 


“I would have understood,” he said.


Michael imagined his mother as a young girl who missed her  father and who had only known about showy dresses and expensive  jewelry back in her homeland. She had witnessed the suffering of  others during the war and feared the same horror could befall her  own family. Still, it was difficult for him to ignore her shallow lifestyle. 


During college, Michael rebelled against Sylvie’s materialism. He  practiced meditation, read Indian philosophy, and smoked a lot of  weed. It wasn’t until the day he met Angela, when he shed his sandals  on the beach and ran into the ocean waves to rescue the gentile girl,  that he saved himself from going under.


Janet Lee Berg 


Janet Lee Berg is a native New Yorker with a residence in Charleston, SC.  She is also author of several other works of fiction and children’s books and has had her work featured in the local, regional, and national press.  A journalist in the Hamptons, Janet Lee Berg has interviewed numerous celebrities and pursued an MFA in Creative Writing, under the direction of published professors including Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes.  


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A Man of Honor, or Horatio’s Confessions

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A Man of Honor, or Horatio’s Confessions
by J.A. Nelson

Publication Date: December 9, 2019
Quill Point Press
Paperback, eBook & AudioBook; 414 pages

Genre: Historical/Thriller/Mystery



Winner of two silver medals
Best First Book, Fiction
Best Cover, Fiction
Awarded by the IBPA (2020)

2020 Notable Indie, Top 100 – Best Indie Book Awards, Shelf Unbound

Finalist, Literary Fiction
14th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (2020)

A Man of Honor tells the fictional tale of how one mans oath gave birth to the legend of Hamlet.

How far would you go to keep a deathbed promise?

Surrounded by the bodies of slain monarchs, a dying prince extracts a promise from his friend, Horatio: “Tell my story.”

Rival kings of warring nations strive to lay claim to the throne, now vacant, but what will happen to the people who live there, at Helsingr’s Krogen Castle? How will Horatio preserve his honor and the prince’s legacy while surviving this murderous kingdom and the men who would rule it?

Despite the odds and threats against him, Horatio persists, weaving the story of his dear friend into the fabric of one of their oldest and most revered medieval texts.

But when a nefarious Spaniard thwarts his plans, Horatio must once again risk everything to fulfill his oath.

With the help of some unexpected allies in the form of Margrete, a courageous lady-in-waiting, and Lanier, a disgraced French nobleman, Horatio undertakes this perilous quest that will lead him on a journey none of them could have ever predicted, to a place none of them ever thought they would see.

And after their hard-fought journey will it all be for naught?

Will Hamlet’s glory be Horatio’s downfall?

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“Like a train, A MAN OF HONOR’s narrative builds speed and takes off into an often gripping adventure of love,war, and discovery. Author J.A. Nelson’s novel follows in the tradition of historical fiction. Nelson creates a beautiful but terrifying sixteenth century where numerous factions struggle for power and influence. The main characters are loyal but fallible, and the reader identifies with their struggle to keep moving forward–to finish what they’ve started…. Nelson has developed a timeless story…. A MAN OF HONOR may be set in a distant time and place, but Horatio’s search for the truth about his late friend, Hamlet, is an internal journey of discovery to which many readers will relate.” – IndieReader Reviews

“With its literary flourishes and exciting scenes, A Man of Honor addresses ethical questions in fascinating ways….Setting and moods…capture the flavor of Nordic sagas…. A literary novel featuring taut action and strong characters who address questions about the nature of integrity.” – Clarion Reviews

“The story of Hamlet survives, truthfully told…. Horatio is the perfect character to carry on Hamlet’s story…. An intriguing twist…. Among the pages of an adventure is a story of one man’s commitment to his sense of honor and duty, as well as the importance and worth of legends.” – The US Review

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

Are you lover of Shakespeare?

I have often wondered what happened after the curtain fell on one of Shakespeare plays.

This is a riveting historical continuation of the Shakespearean tragedy, Hamlet. Set during the late Middle Ages of the sixteen century of Scandinavia. A lonely commoner, Horatio cradles his dying friends head and commits to an Oath. This oath will commit him to an epic task to tell the tale of of his friend, Hamlet.

This Christian oath might very well be Horatio’s undoing. A treacherous undertaking to keep a moral promise, made to his beloved friend. Horatio will suffer with his internal conflict that binds him to his daunting task. His moral and Christian compass weights him down. Fearing he will be unable to follow through with his promise, he struggles to keep his soul from spiritual damnation. A war is looming on the horizon as both Fortinbras II of Denmark and Cristiern of Norway seek to proceed the thrown of Denmark that has been left vacant.

The author has done a suburb job in creating a continuation of the ramifications of the death of Hamlet. It’s a fast moving novel that kept me up late. The characters are well executed and developed. The growth of of our main POV is done exceedingly well. There are so many nuisance for Horatio to over come, including his station in life. This undertaking will see him through multiple trials and tribulations. Battlefields and a villainous Reynaldo. Horatio will become embroiled in the power grab for the throne of Denmark. He will find himself out of his elements, along with another character that I really enjoyed reading about a noble woman named Margrete. There is notable nod to the notorious text, Gesta Danorum, which includes the story of Amleth, (Hamelt). An ancient text that may have been where Shakespeare drew part of his information from when he wrote his famous play. The period and the details are wonderfully brought to life through the authors exceptional writing.

The propulsive storyline, offering both complex drama and historical authenticity to appeal to anyone interested in rich historical fiction.

J. A. Nelson’s passion for exploring connections between history, literature, and evidence in written texts has shaped her life—from a BA (Occidental College) and MA (The George Washington University) in cultural studies to a two-decade career at the National Archives of the United States, working with historical documentary treasures and helping people access unique stories in those records. Ms. Nelson is a native of Culver City, CA, a Los Angeles suburb. She lives with her husband in Northern Virginia. A Man of Honor, or Horatio’s Confessions is her debut novel.

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All Manner of Things, Book #2 +Book Tour + Review

Falling Pomegranate Seeds:

All Manner of Things, Book #2

By Wendy J. Dunn

Publication Date: January 15th 2021.

Genre: Historical Fiction.

Publisher: Poesy Quill Publishing

Print Length: 449 Pages




Winter, 1539


María de Salinas is dying.

Too ill to travel, she writes a letter to her daughter Katherine, the young duchess of Suffolk. A letter telling of her life: a life intertwined with her friend and cousin Catalina of Aragon, the youngest child of Isabel of Castile. It is a letter to help her daughter understand the choices she has made in her life, beginning from the time she keeps her vow to Catalina to share her life of exile in England.

Friendship, betrayal, hatred, forgiveness – All Manner of Things tells a story of how love wins out in the end. 


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Praise for All Manner of Things.


“A timeless story of friendship and love, which will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned, All Manner of Things is Wendy J. Dunn’s best novel yet…”

Lauren Chater, author of The Lace Weavers and Gulliver’s Wife.


“To read this book is like tasting a succulent pomegranate that swells and ripens and reveals the luscious fruit…”

Glenice Whitting, author Pickle to a Pie and What Time is it There?


“A sensitive and inspiring portrait of faith and friendship, framed around the devotion inspired by a remarkable queen. Wendy J. Dunn has written another gem of a novel for Tudor enthusiasts!”

Gareth Russell, author of Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII (US title) (2017), The Darksome Bounds of a Failing World: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era (2019).

“This is a story ripe with passion and rich in historical detail. All Manner of Things draws the reader deep into the heart of Henry’s Tudor court, with its machinations, betrayals and very human stories of love and loss…”

Rachel Nightingale, author of The Tales of Tarya.

“A finely wrought tale that resurrects the indomitable spirit of Katherine of Aragon, breathing new life into her oft-told story… Yet another spellbinding novel from Wendy J Dunn!”

Adrienne Dillard, author of Cor Rotto and The Raven’s Widow.

“I’m so fussy about historical fiction, but Wendy J Dunn never fails to please. Dunn breathes life into Catalina and Maria in this celebration of true friendship. Their story seemed to reach through the ages to truly touch me. Beautiful, just beautiful”

Claire Ridgway, author of The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown.

“…this book made me fascinate over times long ago, times when ancient buildings were brand new, faded portraits were still sharp and striking and faith and loyalty were absolute; times when women had so little autonomy it was never an option for them to venture out on their own and just ditch this damn place.”

Angela Wauchop, Backstory Literary Journal.

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This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

Falling Pomegranate Seeds:

All Manner of Things, Book #2

By Wendy J. Dunn

This exquisitely written novel begins with a letter penned by María de Salinas to her daughter. María de Salinas is approaching the end of her life and wants to convey her journey that has included her time served with her close childhood friend, Catalina of Aragon.

Dona María de Salinas was a the Spanish born lady in waiting to the Queen of England Katherine Argon. This intimate tale takes place from the time the princess leaves her home 1501, until her death in 1536.

Catalina of Aragon (Katherine) is sent to wed the prince of England, next in line to the English throne, Author Tudor. Who is also Henry Tudor’s older brother.The narration is seen through the eyes of the ever present lady in waiting, Maria.As the the princess and her ladies leave everything they have ever known. From the light and warm of the sun of their beloved Castile. They travel from it’s beautiful scenery and leave behind their loved ones. When the princess’s entourage reach the persistently grey and cold shores of England doubts began to set in.

They find themselves unprepared for its foreign food and drastic climate difference. Even the way people dress and courtly manner is completely different. Adaptability and survival becomes all consuming, as the English coldness eases into their bones.

Nothing is what it it seems, as Marie and her longtime friend and confidant Catalina come to find out. They try settle in and try to survive in the treacherous politics of courtly life of England.

Maria’s own story is beautifully conveyed, both captivating and intriguing. I fell in love with strength of all the women depicted in this lovely compelling book.The meticulous attention to detail is impeccable, the author Wendy J. Dunn seamless narration has captured the turbulent years of the great lady Catherine Argon Tudor.

The rich, atmospheric imagery, exceeded my expectations. Placing the reader within story as Maria tells it. The life and times of courtly life for the Maria and the princess, who eventually becomes the Queen, is nothing short of phenomenal.

Maria’s own life takes its own turn away from her beloved queen and she will find some of life’s happiness. She will also face her own battles and make hard decisions, that will leave her with regrets and sadness.

The characters are three dimensional, and come to life under Dunn wonderful depiction. The pacing is solid as author weaves together the lives of these fascinating people. A riveting historical Tudor fiction, that will stay with long after you close the book. So much drama and intrigue for those that find themselves within the court of the tyrant King, Henry VIII.

If you enjoy absorbing historical fiction, than this a must read for you. A wonderful and perfect addition to my ever growing library

The Canterbury Murders Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hello Bookies,

Today I have wonderful book to share with you.

The Canterbury Murders by EM Powell

Read my my thoughts on this historical fiction book and enter to win the giveaway at the end of this post

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The Canterbury Murders
by E.M. Powell

Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Crosshaven Press

Series: Stanton & Barling, #3
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery



A fire-ravaged cathedral. An ungodly murder.

Easter, 1177. Canterbury Cathedral, home to the tomb of martyr Saint Thomas Becket, bears the wounds of a terrible fire. Benedict, prior of the great church, leads its rebuilding. But horror interrupts the work. One of the stonemasons is found viciously murdered, the dead man’s face disfigured by a shocking wound.

When King’s clerk Aelred Barling and his assistant, Hugo Stanton, arrive on pilgrimage to the tomb, the prior orders them to investigate the unholy crime.

But the killer soon claims another victim–and another. As turmoil embroils the congregation, the pair of sleuths face urgent pressure to find a connection between the killings.

With panic on the rise, can Barling and Stanton catch the culprit before evil prevails again—and stop it before it comes for them?

THE CANTERBURY MURDERS is the third book in E.M. Powell’s Stanton and Barling medieval murder mystery series. Combining intricate plots, shocking twists and a winning–if unlikely–pair of investigators, this series is perfect for fans of Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael or C. J. Sansom’s Shardlake.

Available on Amazon

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

The Canterbury Murders, is the third installment in the Stanton and Barling series.

Long time friends Thomas Beckett and King Henry II, soon clashed over clerical privilege. Henry stated that the church was subject to the law of the land, but Becket insisted that the Church was above the law.

Four of Henry’s knights slayed Becket upon The High alter in the church of Canterbury. Set only seven years after Becketts Murder in the year 1177.The Christ Church of Canterbury has become a famous holy place for pilgrims.

In the year 1174, a devastating fire destroys the roof and the famous choir of Canterbury Cathedral where the mortal remains of Saint Thomas Beckett reside.

Prior Benedict is overseeing the massive restoration and rebuilding of one the. Most holiest of sites in the 12 century of England.

Hugo Stanton and Aelred Barling, the King’s clerk set out on a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint Thomas Becket.

Soon after their arrival Benedict the Prior and The Archbishop Richard summons both Barling and his young assistant Stanton. They discloses that a stonemason has been found murdered. The Mason’s face was mutilated. A cut deep into his forehead, the holy Cross of Christ. There is urgency because count Philip of Flanders is on his way to visit the Martyrs tomb. Not wanting to out done King Henry is making his way and will arrive in four days. Barlings own personal reason for visiting the the tomb will have to wait. Now that they must find the killer.

As the two move through the investigation process, each men have their own unique way have gathering information. Things take a dark turn, and soon the body count becomes quite high.

This medieval thriller takes on a different turn with Barling, being so wrapped up in his own personal unrequited guilt. Leaving the investigation to Stanton this time. All the while Stanton is feeling at a loss as to why his friend, Barling has become so distant and reserved. Barling is struggling emotionally, dealing with his own internal turmoil.

This was a highly addictive read. It took off exceptionally fast. You are catapulted into the twelfth century. The atmospheric imagery, along with details of the people’s lives and their religious beliefs are brought to life. This meticulously researched historical was phenomenal. The plot line keeps you flipping through the pages and the rich details made me feel like I was front and center.

The characters were splendid and well developed, and the sub characters should be noted also The murder mystery takes center stage as the storyline unfolds and there are some intriguing twists. The two main POV’s will come to heads, as the intensity of finding the perpetrator mounts along with the death toll. It’s a riveting historical murder mystery for sure, and I felt invested into the lives of the characters within the pages.

This was a great exceptional written historical mystery set to the famous Christ Church of Canterbury during the the 12th century!

E.M. Powell’s historical thriller and medieval mystery Fifth Knight and Stanton & Barling novels have been #1 Amazon and Bild bestsellers.

The third Stanton & Barling mystery, THE CANTERBURY MURDERS, will be released in November 2020.

Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State), she lives in northwest England with her husband, daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog.

E.M. Powell is represented by Josh Getzler at HG Literary.

Find out more by visiting You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Fly Free Book Tour

Today is my stop on the StorytellersFly Free Book Tour, Allison Rose’s YA Fantasy novel, Fly Free, book one in her Light of Faerie series.

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Fly Free by Allison Rose


SERIES: Light of Faerie (#1)

PUBLISHED: September 20, 2020

GENRE: Fantasy

AGE GROUP: Young Adult

PAGES: 252 (Print Length)

In the land of Faerie, lies are easily disguised as truths. 

They were raised like sisters, the heir to the Court of the Day and her guardian.

And as rebellion darkens the land of the Day—and the faeries of Court fall under a dark magic that disconnects them from the land, dooming them to a slow, agonizing death—they will question all they know to be true.

Sevelle, the Light of the Day, is destined to rule one day. She possesses a rare form of magic, the ability to heal the powerful connection between faeries and the magic in the land, the connection that gives them life—if only she could figure out how to use this magic, or even find it within herself.

Jae lives in the shadows, watching over Sevelle as her guardian and listening to the whispers of Court brought to her by the winds. She longs for a life outside of Court, but knows her duty to Sevelle is more important than her own desires.

But when an unexpected proposition comes from none other than Lex, son of the rebel leader, Sevelle and Jae realize their lives will never be the same—and that evil may be within their own court more so than in the rebels that oppose them.

Walking paths far different than they imagined separates the sisters, but then a secret is revealed that may break them apart forever.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

Fly Free by Allison Rose, is the first installment in the Light of Faerie Series.

A delightful book with courtly drama and faeries. The even paced adventure will keep interested with plenty of intrigue and adventure.

Sevelle and Jae, share a bonding friendship, one is the heir to the Day Court, the other is tasked with protecting “The Light of Day.

The story takes off as more fairies are falling victim to a vicious blight, a sickness that cause the fairies to die a slow death. That along with the imposing threat of the rebel factions, that have been stirring up chaos in the territories.

Sevelle, a fairy who struggles to embrace and control her rare form of magical powers. Not being able to fell them because they lay dormant. She is the only one to show the power of the sun in a very long time. She is meant to be a salvation to her people, only she can’t feel her magic. She is Called “Light of the day”,

Sevelle’s mother, The Glorious Shayna leader of the day court, is losing her patience with her daughter. Jae a confidant and guardian, to Sevelle, has a hidden guarded secret. One that could threaten loyalties. In a series of events an attack causes Sevelle’s mother to want to use brute force to stop the rebellion.

When Lex, the rebel’s leader son makes a proposition that takes Jae and Sevelle on a quest to uncover secrets that may have dire consequences.

Alternatively between two POV’s, that of Sevelle and Jae, the reader is given front row seats, in this fantasy romance aventure. Engaging with a steady pace, this magical book has some strong themes. The characters were interesting and I even enjoyed the Villain in the story. Some delightful twists along with the world building and magical system, will have you flipping those pages until the end.

If you like stories with fairies and romance, make sure to be up you copy of this creative adventure.

Allison Rose

Driven by a lifelong passion for words and reading fantasy novels, award-winning author Allison Rose writes YA fantasy stories featuring faeries, magic, and strong heroines. She has a BA in psychology and is fascinated by how other people think, but her love for reading and writing is greater. When Allison isn’t writing, she is editing and proofreading the works of others. Allison lives with her husband, collie mix, bunny, and chinchilla in the place of wild weather also known as Buffalo, New York.


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A Crown of Echoes by Brindi Quinn

Hello and welcome to my stop on A CROWN OF ECHOES By Brindi Quinn

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Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: June 11, 2020

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“I’ve wondered what you taste like for so damn long. You taste better than I ever could have imagined… my queen.” 
He shouldn’t be calling me that. Beau was his queen. 
And I had a problem. 
I wasn’t supposed to feel this way. 

Queen Merrin might be the least queenly queen in all the realms. After all, queens don’t typically sneak out at night to drink with their guards. When her best friend and neighboring queen, Beau, goes missing, Merrin won’t leave rescue to the knights. She sets out from the civilized world and into the wilds to retrieve her lost friend, but with ancient hexes, stolen power, and a mountain of giants’ bones, Merrin stumbles into something much greater than a simple rescue mission. Get ready for a swoony whirlwind of dark magic and forbidden romance, as Merrin finds strength in the whispers of the forest and comfort in the arms of a guard with tantalizing abilities. 

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

A Crown of Echoes by Brindi Quinn, is a delightful fantasy adventure tale.

This is the first installment in a brand new fantasy series by the author Brindi Quinn.

Queen Merrin, is the perfect heroine for me, with her unruly lioness hair, and her compassionate nature. When a friend who is a neighboring Queen goes missing there is only one thing to do. Merrin must find out what has happened to her sister friend Beau.

Merrin takes things into her own hands and assembles a band of allies to seek and find out what has become of her dearest Queenly friend. Joining forces in this entourage are her knights Rafe a young man who harbors a secret. Albie who has much like a father figure to Merrin. Then there is Windley, the missing Queen’s own

Spirite knight.

Merrin struggles to comprehend why she has assumed Beau’s powers. Theses strange and deadly magic that enables her to speak to the forest. Along with her growing attraction to Windley, who possesses unimaginable powers.

This was a wonderful magical experience that has a lovely budding romance. One thing the storyline focuses on is the power of friendship. The dialogue and banter between the characters was enjoyable and made for a memorable read. The world building and magic system was creative and I am excited to see expanded in the next installment.

A swoon worthy, magical adventure, that I couldn’t put down.

I can see why this author has a steadfast following her writing is absorbing, making this book a compulsive read.



Under the orphic light of the ballroom, Windley’s frosting had never looked better.⁣
As he walked by, he dallied at my back, drawing a hand along the small of it, leaning forward darkly to whisper: ⁣
“Tonight, I feast.”⁣

With the echoes off searching for another royal to corrupt, Merrin and Windley turn their efforts elsewhere: after Ascian’s stolen ring and in the direction of a certain honey-voiced doppelganger with deeper ties to Merrin than any of them know. As ancient truths are uncovered and fresh alliances formed, it’s up to Merrin to master the sparkly new power budding in her chest before destruction can have its way, but that may be easier said than done with multiple magical targets on her back. Sweet reunions and steamy moments aren’t all that await in the lair of a spider, where Merrin’s faith will be tested and her heart pulled in more ways than one.⁣

“Not just another vampire romance.” – Amazon Reviewer 

Brindi Quinn is a fantasy/paranormal author from Minnesota specializing in world building and romance. She is an advocate of quirky love and firmly believes that banter makes the heart grow fonder. 

Since 2011, Quinn has written over a dozen young adult novels beginning with her debut epic fantasy series,Heart of Farellah. Her works often blur the lines between paranormal romance, science fiction and fantasy, and her series have been hailed as addictive, unique reads within the YA genre by reviewers across platforms. Her bestselling series,The Pursuit of Zillow Stone, made it to #12 in the science fiction romance category on Amazon.  

Quinn has a bachelor’s in general communication studies and is contracted through Never & Ever Publishing. She considers herself an avid fangirl, indulging heavily in video game lore and good SF TV. 

Be sure to catch her latest epic fantasy series, A Crown of Echoes

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A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy

Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of,

A Deadly Fortune: A Novel,by Stacie Murphy, which is being hosted by HFBT!

A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy

Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Pegasus Crime
Genre: Historical Mystery

A historical mystery in the vein of The Alienist, in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy.

Amelia Matthew has done the all-but-impossible, especially for an orphan in Gilded Age New York City. Along with her foster brother Jonas, she has parleyed her modest psychic talent into a safe and comfortable life. But safety and comfort vanish when a head injury leaves Amelia with a dramatically-expanded gift. After she publicly channels an angry spirit, she finds herself imprisoned in the notorious insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island. As Jonas searches for a way to free her, Amelia struggles to control her disturbing new abilities and survive a place where cruelty and despair threaten her sanity.

Andrew Cavanaugh is familiar with despair. In the wake of a devastating loss, he abandons a promising medical career—and his place in Philadelphia society—to devote himself to the study and treatment of mental disease. Miss Amelia Matthew is just another patient—until she channels a spirit in front of him and proves her gift is real.

When a distraught mother comes to Andrew searching for her missing daughter—a daughter she believes is being hidden at the asylum—he turns to Amelia. Together, they uncover evidence of a deadly conspiracy, and then it’s no longer just Amelia’s sanity and freedom at stake. Amelia must master her gift and use it to catch a killer—or risk becoming the next victim.

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Advance Praise for A Deadly Fortune

“The 1893 world of the infamous lunatic asylum on Blackwell’s Island comes alive in frightening and horrific detail as a string of murders for profit is discovered when a young woman with a gift for contacting the dead becomes an accidental patient. She must fight for her life as well as her freedom in this engrossing mystery that reveals that all was not golden in Gilded Age New York.” —Rosemary Simpson, author of Death Brings a Shadow: A Gilded Age Mystery

“This engrossing mystery, rich in period detail, probes the dark side of Gilded Age New York and the even darker side of life at the insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Plucky Amelia Matthew rises to the considerable challenges that surround her, uncovering increasingly dangerous secrets that point to the presence of a murderer in the asylum. Amelia has a special gift that both helps and complicates her search for the truth, making her a unique heroine. A Deadly Fortune builds to a satisfying conclusion that will whet the reader’s appetite for more of Amelia’s adventures!” —Clarissa Harwood, author of Impossible Saints and Bear No Malice

“Stacie Murphy proves herself to be a masterful storyteller with A Deadly Fortune—an elegantly written, fast-paced mystery that blends the dark side of the Gilded Age, great characters, and a paranormal twist. Impossible to put down.” —Julie McElwain, author of the Kendra Donovan Mystery Series

“Murphy serves up a dark side of the Gilded Age with intrigue, historical detail, and captivating characters. This is a mystery to savor!” —Dianne Freeman, award winning author of the Countess of Harleigh mysteries.

  ❀ღ✿•*`Gwendalyn’s Books ¨`*•✿ღ❀

A historical mystery in the vein of The Alienist, in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

An exceptional written, dark historical fiction.

In post gothic era 1893, Amelia Matthew makes her living by fortune telling for a gentlemen’s club in Gilded Age New York City. Amelia. Along with her self adopted brother Jonas, they survie by using their wits. Amelia has a talent laying dormant, a gift of foreshadowing that is awakened to its fullest by a dangerous head injury.

Unable to control her newly acquired skill she suffers the consequences when a incident happens to her involving a angry spirit in a public place. She is alone without Jonas there to help her, or speak up for her. Unable to make a coherent response, she is sent to a place that houses the mentally disabled. The notorious Blackwell’s Island insane asylum, a place that one your sent there, it’s highly unlikely that you will ever escape.

When Amelia comes to her senses, she realizes that she has been mistakenly placed on an island faraway from downtown New York. A place that houses societies incurables, those suffering from mental conditions brought on by inherited factors or caused by effects of trauma. Some were in the stages of neurosyphilis, alcoholism, and then their are the women who are sent to the hospital for no other reason than to make them disappear.

Amelia encounters a newly hired doctor, Dr. Andrew Cavanaugh, who has left his family and his life behind. Compassionate Andrew, is unnerved by the callous treatment that he sees at the asylum. When Amelia has a frightening episode that involves Dr Cavanaugh, the doctor might well question his own sanity.

A thrilling ride with fast moving storyline that intensifies as the tale progresses.

In a series of events that has the return of Amelia friend, Jonas, together along with the good doctor, things really take off.

All three will have to work together carefully to uncover clues as they seek out answers to uncover a massive conspiracy, before the killer makes Amelia the next victim. This book will keep you engaged as you follow along with the narration as it holds your attention. I was on the edge, as I read late into night. This is one exceptional written book that I throughly enjoyed.

Stacie Murphy grew up near Nashville, TN. She began writing A Deadly Fortune in 2017 as a way to force herself to stay off Twitter in the evenings. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and the worst cat in the world.

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𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙟𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙧 𝙇𝙪𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙚 𝙂. 𝙎𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙝. 47𝙉𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙝 @𝙡𝙪𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙜𝙨𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙝


Series: The Vine Witch #3
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Publisher: 47North
Pages: 242
Publication date: January 12th 2021


Sidra didn’t murder her husband. Yet even a jinni can’t wish away a wrongful imprisonment. Determined to prove her innocence, she returns to her adopted home—a French village renowned for its perfume witches—with her friends Elena and Yvette by her side. Here is where Sidra’s true destiny awaits, but danger also lurks in the village’s narrow lanes.

On her trail is Jamra, another jinni, who’s after more than revenge for the murder of his brother. He also seeks vengeance for the indignities inflicted on jinn by mortals over the centuries. When he learns of an ancient relic capable of unleashing chaos on the world, and that the weapon is in the hands of his murderous sister-in-law, he vows to destroy Sidra to get it.

Relying on a sisterhood of magic, a mysteriously faithful dog, and a second-rate sorcerer, Sidra defends herself using the village’s greatest asset: its perfume. It’s as beguiling a lure as it is a formidable shield. But is it enough for Sidra to protect herself and those she loves from powers yet to be released?

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙟𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙧 𝙇𝙪𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙚 𝙂. 𝙎𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙝. 47𝙉𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙝 @𝙡𝙪𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙜𝙨𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙝

𝚂𝚌𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚒𝚌, 𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚓𝚒𝚗𝚗, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊 𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚠𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚔 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚌 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍.

The last installment of The Vine Witch series. This is a spectacular trilogy, one that all three books captured my heart.

I highly recommend reading the first two books, but you still can enjoy this as a standalone.

The author has created an engaging and courageous heroines, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this magical tale.

Luanne G. Smith is truly a gifted storyteller, and her seamless narration flows perfectly. This is a fasted moving plot that kept me up late past my bedtime.

The characters are well developed, and I love all the magic. The plot line is on point with this book. There are several suspenseful twists, along with some action packed scenes that I really enjoyed. The foundation of the book is friendship and the bonds of women. A riveting tale that will have sad that this the last installment.

I am anxious waiting for more literally work from this delightful author.

The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry

The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by the very talented author C.M. Waggoner

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The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry 

by C.M. Waggoner (12th)

Dellaria Wells, petty con artist, occasional thief, and partly educated fire witch, is behind on her rent in the city of Leiscourt—again. Then she sees the “wanted” sign, seeking Female Persons, of Martial or Magical ability, to guard a Lady of some Importance, prior to the celebration of her Marriage. Delly fast-talks her way into the job and joins a team of highly peculiar women tasked with protecting their wealthy charge from unknown assassins.

Delly quickly sets her sights on one of her companions, the confident and well-bred Winn Cynallum. The job looks like nothing but romance and easy money until things take a deadly (and undead) turn. With the help of a bird-loving necromancer, a shapeshifting schoolgirl, and an ill-tempered reanimated mouse named Buttons, Delly and Winn are determined to get the best of an adversary who wields a twisted magic and has friends in the highest of places.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

The first is a riveting story about a feisty petty thief turned badass bodyguard trying to keep a young lady safe from assassins,

Let’s go back to the very inventive world of C.M. Waggoner, we were first introduced to the imagery alternative Victoriana in stunning book Unnatural Magic. In that book we meet our snarky heroine Dellaria Wells.

Dellaria Wells is charismatic guttersnipe with a charming personality. She definitely spunky and runs petty cons in order to keep a roof over her head and look after her even more no-good mother who’s drug addiction.

An uncommonly talented fire witch, who his in dire need of funds, joining a team of mismatched bodyguards. Their job seems quite easy, protecting a wealthy lady in the following weeks leading up to her marriage. But alas all is not what it seems and in this bawdy steampunk fantasy adventure. Full of magic, and a delightful queer romance made for a spectacular read. The characters are well developed and I have to say I highly enjoyed reading this from start to finish.

The original dialogue was in really creative, the authors writing style was absorbing and I sped through the pages. An fresh and imaginative historical fantasy, full of atmospheric details.

I really liked the heroine in this romp of a storyline, she is partial to excessive drinking, and free spirited. The romance was well depicted and it will melt your heart.

When Delly joins a misfit team of female bodyguards protecting a wealthy woman in the weeks before her marriage, she thinks it will be easy money—until horrifying necromantic mechanical spiders are sent to attack her boss’s carriage. The culprit who unleashed them slips through the team’s fingers, leading Delly and the other bodyguards on a hunt to bring her to justice (and, more importantly to Delly, to collect the reward money their boss is offering). In between a grisly murder, several extortions and explosions, and encounters with an extremely unsettling zombie mouse, Waggoner finds plenty of room for wry humor and a refreshingly wholesome relationship between Delly and fellow bodyguard Winn Cynallum. With this winning ensemble adventure, Waggoner again proves her skill at crafting immersive, historically flavored fantasy

A Song for the Road |Review|

Hello Friends,

Today I have a captivating fantasy book by the author Catherine Labadie.


A Song for the Road (Tales from Lyrassan)

by Catherine Labadie

Published 12/18/2020

An outcast in her tight-knit community, Larkspur endures her poor health with help neither from her family nor her fickle sweetheart. At a yearly moon festival she beseeches the spirits for better luck…but they lead her to a foundling elf child she did not want and a quest she did not ask for.

Yet she and the mute spryte form a bond over their shared struggles. When danger arrives at their cottage, Larkspur sets out with the girl she’s named Gentian from the country of her homefolk into the land of songs and tales itself.

Through leagues of treacherous border woods lies miraculous Beledan, where the dwarf chieftains quarrel amongst themselves and, far to the north, the mysterious elves marshal for war…

The Fate’s Fall Duet – a dark dual timeline duology

A Turn of the Wheel – a magic orchard, faerykind, potions

A Song for the Road – bards, journeys, autumn, elves

A SONG FOR THE ROAD by Catherine Labadie.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

“The moon is a lonely goddess. Perhaps she might look on me with favor tonight…if I am brave enough to search for her on my own.

A SONG FOR THE ROAD by Catherine Labadie, is a delightful tale.

This book is for those who enjoy, and appreciate precision narration. You are thrown right into a beautiful, vivid and established world with fully fleshed out characters, courtly drama and magical realism

This book was so entertaining and extremely hard for me to put down. I raced through this one! The writing was mesmerising and poetic, Catherine Labadie has a real way with words that had me spellbound!

Character development and complex relationships, and the setting and world building are brought to life with unique details highly compulsive. Labadie is an exceptional author, her writing is seamless and her prose is wonderful

The characters are diverse and I really enjoyed that the author had our main POV Larkspur depicted with a chronic illness and non-caucasian.

The fantasy world is something to behold, it’s creative and detailed, with stunning atmospheric imagery. This book had some wonderful fantasy elements and creatures, that satisfied my little heart. Catherine Labadie, has created an engaging and courageous heroine and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in compelling adventure. The pace was brisk and storyline is vividly rendered. The wording was perfect for the storyline, reminiscent of some of the well known classical tales.

Catherine Labadie is one of the best indie writers I have come across. A book that will stay on my library bookshelf.

I highly recommend this book to my family and friends

The Mask Falling Samantha Shannon |Review|

𝙷𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙱𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚂𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚂𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜?

The Mask Falling is a gripping, fantastical new addition to this “intoxicating urban-fantasy series” ( that will leave readers begging for more.

It’s been a crazy morning, with our apartments air conditioning system being replaced.. Both my husband and myself are trying to stay away from the people installing it .. because of COVID. Waiting until it’s over to be able to bleach literally everything down.

Our kitty Briar Rose 🥀 has been growling ever since she heard the workers.

She Kinda is like a dog in that aspect.

The Mask Falling

Samantha Shannon. @say_shannon


(The Bone Season #4)

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree, the stunning fourth novel set in the world of

Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire.The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them-and could end with them… 

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

The wait may have been grueling, but it was definitely worth it. The Bone Season is a 7 book series that can be classified as an urban dystopian/sci-fi, with some fantasy elements.

This expansive world includes an underground criminal system of clairvoyants in London. A highly anticipated new release for 2021, the author Samantha Shannon, did not disappoint. Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Welcome back to the Scion.

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon Is fourth installment, in The Bone Season Series. Picking up where The Song Rising left off, Paige Mahoney is in the run. After escaping imprisonment. She has a long road to recovery, suffering from the lasting effects of the mental and physical trauma that endured.

Using her gift of dreamwalking she finds work with a top secret organization the Domino Programme. This organization seeks to overthrow the Scion branch in Paris.Accompanied her former enemy Warden, who helps infiltrate the government.

This is a thrilling ride, with new betrayals, along with some romance.

Fans will be glued to this book, just like the other in the series. The ending is superbly done with some fantastic twists.


Ps: The Mask Falling has a mini-prequel, The Dawn Chorus, coming out, July 9, 2020.



The Betrayal Book Tour

Happy Monday Bookies

Hope your year has started right for you!

Today is my stop on The Betrayal Book Tour

Huge thanks to @suzyapprovedbooktours & @terrylynnthomasbooks for gifting me a print copy i for an honest review

The Betrayal

Release Date: October 28, 2020

About The Book:

From the USA Today bestselling author comes a gripping thriller about a divorce attorney who’s about to discover her own marriage is based on lies when she’s arrested for murder.

Attorney Olivia Sinclair is shocked when she receives an anonymous video showing her husband Richard sleeping with someone else. After years of handling other people’s divorces, she thought she could recognise a marriage in trouble.

She angrily throws Richard out of the home they share. But days later she’s arrested—for the murder of his mistress.

Olivia knows she’s innocent but, with all the evidence pointing at her and an obvious motive, she must find the real killer to clear her name.

She may be used to dealing with messy divorces, but this one will be her most difficult case yet. Olivia’s husband has already betrayed her—but would he set her up for murder?

A gripping and unputdownable thriller for fans of Gillian McAllister, Alafair Burke and A Killer’s Wife.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

What an captivating start to a new series, the author Terry Lynn Thomas hooked me from the start. Divorce Attorney Olivia Sinclair life is good. She is about to retire and sell her practice. Happily married for the last thirty two years to her husband Richard.

On the day she is celebrating her sixty second birthday, everything changes, and the world she knows comes crashing down. A video is sent to her email that contains the worst possible betrayal ever. The video contains her husband sleeping with someone else besides his wife…

Everything Olivia thought was real her marriage has been a lie, and her husband is not the person she thought he was. Olivia Sinclair is a divorce attorney, so her of all people should have seen the signs. In a series of events Richard’s mistress comes up dead and Olivia is a prime suspect.

This was fabulous fast past thriller, that keeps you moving forward as the secrets Olivia uncovers along with interesting twists keeps you glued to the pages.

A gripping read for sure as tense and Thomas’s writing style is something I truly enjoy.I was intrigued as the investigation to the murder slowly reveals itself. I thought the main protagonist Olivia was someone I could relate to and her emotions were realistic.

Excited to see how the author expands the series and I am sure I will love the next installment.

About The Author: 

Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which features a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. The Family Secret released to critical acclaim in March 2019, and House of Lies, the third book in the series, released on March 4, 2020. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn walking in the woods with her dogs or visiting historical cemeteries in search of story ideas.

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Kingdom of Broken Iron |Book Blitz|


I’m so excited to announce that the highly anticipated 3rd installment of the Black Dawn series is now available for pre-order!

If you pre-order Kingdom of Broken Iron, there is a fantastic gift — 9 beautifully illustrated art prints depicting your favourite characters!


Kingdom of Broken Iron (Black Dawn #3)

Expected Publication Date: October 2021

Genre: YA Fantasy (18+)

“Together they will rise.”

Something sinister is sweeping across Kiero, and war threatens to rip apart the remains of Black Dawn Rebellion.
Distraught by the decisions she made while in the Draken Mountains with Adair, Emory Fae, Queen of Kiero, is hiding a deadly secret, and now, Emory is seeking aid from Marquis Maher, King of the Shattered Isles, in the looming war.
With Brokk by her side, they search for answers and aid from the Shattered Isles, a country that has remained protected from Adair’s wrath across the Black Sea. While there, Emory will learn the weight of what it means to be Queen, but what will she sacrifice to save the ones she loves?
Since the Academy fell and the Black Dawn rebellion scattered, Brokk Foster’s past and the truth about his lineage has come to light. Brokk and his newly found immortal fey warriors are skeptical of Marquis and his terms to a new alliance. Being torn between love and Brokk’s loyalty to the rebellion, he will have to decide whether to remain true to his cause or follow a destiny he never wanted.
Together, can Emory and Brokk make an alliance in time to return to Kiero and aid the rebels?
Nyx Astire, new clan leader to the raiders in the Risco Desert, has lost everything. With no word on if the town of Pentharrow has survived under Azarius Walsh’s command, Nyx tries to rally the Dust Clan and prepare them to ally with any remaining members of the Black Dawn Rebellion. But tradition and her past throws Nyx into a dynamic ruling. Will she do anything to ensure Kiero’s survival from her new point of power?
Kingdom of Broken Iron is the third installment in the bestselling Black Dawn series. Can friendship, love, and fellowship defy an enemy Kiero has never seen before?

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Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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Hello there, did you enjoy your Christmastide?

Today I am a lovely book review

A GIRL MADE OF AIR by Nydia Hetherington

@nydiamadeofair @quercusbooks @waterstones

This has been a crazy year for everyone. So I read through most of 2020.

I read over my reading challenge of 250, I read 300!


‘A captivating tale of love and loss and finding connection in the most unexpected places’ Nikki Marmery, author of On Wilder Seas 

A lyrical and atmospheric homage to the strange and extraordinary, perfect for fans of Angela Carter and Erin Morgenstern. 

This is the story of The Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived…

Born into a post-war circus family, our nameless star was unwanted and forgotten, abandoned in the shadows of the big top. Until the bright light of Serendipity Wilson threw her into focus. 

Now an adult, haunted by an incident in which a child was lost from the circus, our narrator, a tightrope artiste, weaves together her spellbinding tales of circus legends, earthy magic and folklore, all in the hope of finding the child… But will her story be enough to bring the pair together again? 

Beautiful and intoxicating, A Girl Made of Air brings the circus to life in all of its grime and glory; Marina, Manu, Serendipity Wilson, Fausto, Big Gen and Mouse will live long in the hearts of readers. As will this story of loss and reconciliation, of storytelling and truth.

About the author…

”My first memories are of the Isle of Man, where I lived as a small child. When my family relocated to Leeds, I grew up dreaming of fairies and of the sea (I still do). In my early twenties I moved to London to embark on an acting career, then to Paris, where I continued my theatre training before creating a theatre company and becoming a clown (red nose included). Returning to London almost a decade later, I worked in a shoe shop while studying for a creative writing degree at Birkbeck University. To keep the wolf from my door I’ve had many jobs, including working in shops and cafes and kitchens, sometimes in offices and most recently in an art gallery. These days I live on the edge of London with my husband and our plump (she’s got big bones) cat.

My favourite books often have a touch of the magical about them. At the same time, I love fierce writing that reaches into the depths of the human experience”



Princess Ingrid of Norella Isle does not want to get married. Her priestess girlfriend, Lilura, devises a wicked plot to deter suitors with a nearly impossible marriage contract: should Ingrid die first, her husband must be buried at sea beside her.

The plan backfires when all seven suitors agree, and the king announces a competition for Ingrid’s hand. Ingrid must keep her head above water as she deals with the suitors, a jealous girlfriend, and the news of two murdered priestesses.

As the suitors are eliminated, one man stands out: the quirky and anxious Prince Soren who charms both Ingrid and Lilura. When Lilura goes missing, Ingrid and Soren must piece together who has murdered the priestesses and why before it’s too late.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Rosalyn Briar is one of those authors where her writing seems effortless, it’s seamless and fluid. A Sea Of Perls And Leaves, is another example of her ability to take a well known classical fairytale, and make it her own perfect tale.

You are thrown right into a beautiful, vivid and established world with fully fleshed out characters, and engaging dialogue. The books various perspectives, gives the reader an insightful first row seat in this highly addictive and twisty story.

A rich and modern love triangle that kept will keep tearing through the pages as the dramatic mystery unfolded. Lush visionary world building is riveting, as it catapulting the reader into Norella.

All three main protagonists are fleshed out and are magnetic in their own special way.

This is a highly absorbing novel, that hooked me from the start and held my attention all the way through. A vibrant fantasy tale that takes the reader on unexpected adventure. Once again the author, Rosalyn Briar has written an outstanding reimagined fairytale.

This is a book you don’t want to miss.

Meet the Author

Rosalyn Briar is a former teacher who is married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they have built a beautiful life and have two fearless daughters. Rosalyn is obsessed with gothic fairy tales, scary movies, sundresses, traveling, and reading books. She is the published author of The Crown of Bones and A Sea of Pearls & Leaves, both of which are fairy tale retellings. Rosalyn is also the host of #NovelBuilding, a daily Twitter question with monthly themes for fellow writers to connect. When Rosalyn isn’t writing or reading, you can find her playing dress-up with her two princesses or exploring the woods for wildflowers.

You can follow Rosalyn on her website: . 

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She Sees Ghosts―The Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls Book Blast

Hello and welcome to She Sees Ghosts―The Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls Book Blast

(Part of the Adirondack Spirit Series).

By David Fitz-Gerald

January 18th – February 5th 2021


Book Title: She Sees Ghosts―The Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls

Series (if applicable): Part of the Adirondack Spirit Series

Author: David Fitz-Gerald

Publication Date: October 25, 2020 

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Page Length: 270 pages

Genre Historical/Supernatural

A blazing fire killed her family and devoured her home. A vengeful demon haunted her. Ghosts of the Revolutionary War needed help that only she could provide. A young woman languished, desperate to survive, and teetered on the edge of sanity.

Mehitable grew up in a freshly tamed town, carved from the primeval forest. Family, friends, and working at the mercantile filled her days and warmed her heart. For Mehitable, life was simple and safe, until tragedy struck. When her family perished in their burning home, she retreated into a world of her own making.

 As a young girl, she had seen glimmers, glimpses, and flickers of the spirit world. She closed her eyes. She turned her back. She ignored the apparitions that she never spoke of, desperately hoping they would leave her in peace. She was mistaken.

 Grief-stricken, Mehitable withdrew from the human world. Ghosts were everywhere. They became bolder. She could no longer turn her back on the spirit world. Her friends feared for her survival. Nobody understood her. She would have to find her own way.

 Fans of TV’s Ghost Whisperer and Long Island Medium will especially love She Sees Ghosts. This historical novel features memorable characters and delivers bone-tingling, spine chilling goosebumps. It stands on its own and it is the next installment in the Adirondack Spirit Series by the award-winning author of Wanders Far―An Unlikely Hero’s Journey. David Fitz-Gerald delivers a historical novel with a bittersweet ending that you won’t see coming.

 Would she save the spirits’ souls, or would they save her? Only time would tell.

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David Fitz-Gerald writes fiction that is grounded in history and soars with the spirits. Dave enjoys getting lost in the settings he imagines and spending time with the characters he creates. Writing historical fiction is like making paintings of the past. He loves to weave fact and fiction together, stirring in action, adventure, romance, and a heavy dose of the supernatural with the hope of transporting the reader to another time and place. He is an Adirondack 46-er, which means that he has hiked all of the highest peaks in New York State, so it should not be surprising when Dave attempts to glorify hikers as swashbuckling superheroes in his writing. She Sees Ghosts―A Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls is the next instalment in the Adirondack Spirit Series.

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Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher.

Today on my Book Blog Gwendalyn’s Books
I have a review of wonderful book
Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher.
@WednesdayBooks @AshleyScu @gwendalyn_books
☾**:.☆*.:。. ☾**:.☆*.:。.
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𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐚 𝐔𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐝

By Ashley Schumacher

Release Date 2.16.21.

Publisher Wednesday Books

Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

Ashley Schumacher’s devastating and beautiful debut, Amelia Unabridged, is about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it.

Thank you to the author @ashwritesbooks @stmartinspress and @wednesdaybooks for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

It’s never too late to start a new chapter.”

This was an emotionally immersive book, that follows Amelia Griffin a young lady who has been dealt some seriously devastating blows.

Amelia Griffin, a teen living in Dallas, Texas, life takes a drastic change when her father has decided to leave her mother for a much younger woman. In her mother’s depression she detaches from the real world, and her daughter suffers the consequences. A chance meeting Amelia strikes a friendship with young girl Jenna, at a local bookstore. Together they bond over a book series Orman Chronicles. Their friendship grows and it’s important to Amelia. Jenna’s family takes her under their wing at a time when Amelia needs them the most. After graduation Jenna acquires so,e wonderful book festival tickets where N.E.Endsley, young author of Orman Chronicles will be attending as speaker. Sadly the author doesn’t make the festival, and Amelia deflated by this turn events. An argument between the two girls that causes Amelia and Jenna’s friendship to be broken. Jenna leaves for trip to Ireland, leaving Amelia behind in the states. When adevastating loss brings Amelia world to a crashing halt. She will need all strength to overcome this gut wrenching loss.

When out of no where a special addition of Orman Chronicles arrives in the post.

to her name. Seeking to uncover who sent the book to her, Amelia journey will lead her to Michigan. There she learn to overcome her grief and allow herself to heal with new friendships and even a young budding romance.

This was a delightful book experience, that centers on loss and overcoming regret and letting go. Beautifully developed characters and a propulsive storyline, and just the right amount of romance adds to this thought provoking book.

A must read for the upcoming year. A book I highly recommend this book adding to your list for Young Adult fiction. It’s one of the reads that stays with you long after you close the book.

Have a wonderful day!

WRITE CHRISTMAS by Thommy Hutson Official Blog Tour.

Welcome to my stop on the WRITE CHRISTMAS by Thommy Hutson Official Blog Tour.

Happy Saturday bookish babes- more than ever today I am so thankful for you beautiful bookish friends Welcome to WRITE CHRISTMAS by Thommy Hutson Official Blog Tour.

Thank you to Vesuvian Books @vesuvianmedia and @rosewindbooks and the author thommyhutson, for sending me a copy of the book and teaming up with me!

Paperback : 326 pages
ISBN-10 : 1645480496
ISBN-13 : 978-1645480495
Publisher :
Rosewind Books (December 1, 2020)
Language: : English


“This heartwarming fantasy from Hutson updates a favorite Christmas trope as a Scrooge-like woman is given the magical gift of a new perspective on her life. Christmas enthusiasts will find this hits the spot.” —Publishers Weekly

“… a blend of romance and fantasy in A Christmas Carol style of writing. An outstanding inspirational
read for the holidays.” —
Midwest Book Review

“A story of second chances, Write Christmas will make you believe in the magic of the season again.” —The Nerd Daily

Abby Nicholson used to love Christmas. Until she didn’t.

After leaving Winter Glen, the small town famous for its Christmas celebration and her family’s greeting card company, Abby is forced to return to the home she left behind when the unexpected passing of her father thrusts the business into her hands.

Turning her back on the magic of the holiday beloved by her father and the town, she decides to sell the business. Signing the paperwork with the very pen her father used to create it, she is shocked to discover her hometown has become a whole new world.

One where Christmas has vanished!

Now stuck in a place devoid of hope, joy, and the spirit of the season, Abby sees family and friends altered in the most terrible of ways.

Determined to set things right, though unsure how, Abby takes out her father’s pen and begins to draw. When she realizes her art is coming to life, she sets out to recreate the holiday and bring back the most wonderful time of the year.

But some are determined to keep an iron grip on the town and will do anything in their power to stop her.

You can purchase Write Christmas at the following Retailers:

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

A wonderful holiday tale, that grabbed me and pulled me in.

When you feel Christmas is losing its sparkle and magic, this book is the perfect book to set your mind right again.

Abby has left Christmas behind, along with it her family greeting card business and the town she grew up in.

Returning to the town Winter Glen after the passing of her father, she sells the family business. What happens next is disastrous to say the least.

Will Abby be able to set things right, and learn the value of the wonderful holiday of Christmas.

This was a charming, and an effective representation to storyline. I loved how the author set up the beginning of the book. Giving the reader some backstory, and it set up the overall heartwarming tale. A book that warms your soul, but also is a little bit of tearjerker too. Holidays can be very special, but if you carry around all the emotional baggage, you will not allow your self to fully comprehend the true meaning of what Christmas is all about.

I highly recommend this book for my family and friends!

Photo Content from Thommy Hutson

Thommy Hutson is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, director, and best-selling author.

A graduate of UCLA, he launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!

His career took a thrilling turn writing and producing several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY (Bio Channel), NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (Bio Channel), CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th (RLJ/Image), MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD (Chiller) and HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th (Starz/Anchor Bay).

He was also a staff writer on the Hulu daily web series “The Morning After,” a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.

Thommy produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy.

He co-wrote and produced ANIMAL for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.

He produced and made his feature directorial debut with THE ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. The film won Best Thriller at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening … with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”

Thommy also wrote the screenplay for Syfy Channel’s supernatural horror film TRUTH OR DARE, which was a trending topic on social media the night of its premiere and continues to rank high on Netflix.

As a best-selling author Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of horror icon Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version (Permuted Press/Simon & Schuster) was also released. His latest novel, the teen thriller “Jinxed,” (Vesuvian Media) is the first book of a trilogy and has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans…Inevitable and shocking. Homage and originality…Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.” The book reached #1 in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia and was the winner for Best Horror at the International Book Awards and Best YA Horror in the Readers’ Choice Awards.

He wrote the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film A CHRISTMAS FOR THE BOOKS, which was the highest-rated scripted program the night it premiered, produced THE FINAL WISH (Cinedigm) written by Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick and starring Lin Shaye and Tony Todd, and co-scripted the teen thriller INSTAFAME (Lifetime).

Thommy recently wrote the screenplay for an audiobook holiday project, is in development on a family feature, and is hard at work on “Cursed,” the second installment of the “Jinxed” trilogy.

A member of the Producers Guild of America and Horror Writers Association, a Saturn and Home Media Magazine award-winner, and an aficionado of horror and teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment.

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Book Blast for The Coronation by Justin Newland

Welcome to my stop on Book Blast for The Coronation by Justin Newland! 

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The Coronation
by Justin Newland

Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Paperback & eBook; 299 pages

Genre: Historical Fantasy



It is 1761. Prussia is at war with Russia and Austria. As the Russian army occupies East Prussia, King Frederick the Great and his men fight hard to win back their homeland.

In Ludwigshain, a Junker estate in East Prussia, Countess Marion von Adler celebrates an exceptional harvest. But this is soon requisitioned by Russian troops. When Marion tries to stop them, a Russian Captain strikes her. His Lieutenant, Ian Fermor, defends Marion’s honour, but is stabbed for his insubordination. Abandoned by the Russians, Fermor becomes a divisive figure on the estate.

Close to death, Fermor dreams of the Adler, a numinous eagle entity, whose territory extends across the lands of Northern Europe and which is mysteriously connected to the Enlightenment. What happens next will change the course of human history…

“The author is an excellent storyteller.” – British Fantasy Society

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About the Author

Justin Newland was born in Essex, England, three days before the end of 1953.

His love of literature began with swashbuckling sea stories, pirates and tales of adventure. Undeterred by the award of a Doctorate in Mathematics from Imperial College, London, he worked in I.T. and later ran a hotel.

His taste in literature is eclectic: from literary fiction and fantasy, to science fiction, with a special mention for the magical realists and the existentialists. Along the way, he was wooed by the muses of history, both ancient and modern, and then got happily lost in the labyrinths of mythology, religion and philosophy. Justin writes secret histories in which real events and historical personages are guided and motivated by numinous and supernatural forces.

His debut novel, The Genes of Isis, is a tale of love, destruction, and ephemeral power set under the skies of Ancient Egypt, and which tells the secret history of the human race, Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

His second is The Old Dragon’s Head, a historical fantasy and supernatural thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and played out in the shadows the Great Wall of China. It explores the secret history of the influences that shaped the beginnings of modern times.

Set during the Enlightenment, his third novel, The Coronation reveals the secret history of perhaps the single most important event of the modern world – The Industrial Revolution.

He lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England.

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Death Island Duology Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

 Welcome to my my stop on the blog tour for Death Island Duology by Kelsey Ketch!

The Journey (Death Island #1)      The Discovery (Death Island #2)  by Kelsey Ketch

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Death Island: The Journey
by Kelsey Ketch
Genre: New Adult Adventure/Fantasy

Release Date: December 2020

With her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes, Meriden Cummings could only dream of fleeing her oppressive life. Then she unearthed a piece of tanned skin, and her blood revealed an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs, launching her on the journey of a lifetime. However, she finds herself bound to the map, and there is a cost to her newfound freedom. One that will torment her mind as well as her soul.
After being shanghaied by pirates, Gregory Wilson escapes to a small English village where he runs into an obnoxious auburn- haired beauty. When he learns she is about to set sail on dangerous waters, he signs up to join her crew, hoping to defend her from the pirates seeking her great-grandfather’s treasure. But, will he be able to protect her from the ghost that haunts her or the curse running through her veins.


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Tucker barked at something that had recently washed up onto
the shore. Curious, I walked toward the obvious tangled mess. “What do you have

I pushed him aside and grabbed the green and grey mass. I peeled
off the debris and seaweed and rinsed the mud and sand off in the Mouth of the
Severn. From the mess appeared an object, which I could only describe as an
elaborate golden coin, about four inches in diameter. Yet, the slightest touch
caused three outer rings of glyphs—similar to the ones painted on the map—to
rotate around a sitting man with a long headdress, bowl, and club. His face
profiled, and his legs crossed. The most outer ring consisted of nineteen
complicated glyphs, including an eagle’s head, a goat-like face, and a demon
face; the middle ring held twenty square glyphs with three curls underneath,
some depicting things like hands, skulls, and faces; and the innermost ring had
a series of dots and lines—much like Roman numerals—that counted up to
thirteen. On the other side of the coin, the same skeletal figure from the map
sat in the center while nine teetered glyphs were spaced out along the outer
rings—five on the outer ring and four in the middle. Among the glyphs of the
middle ring were four arrows pointing in what I would call the cardinal
directions. Overlapping the middle and inner rings were three large arrows.
Much like a compass pointing north, east, and west. And to the south, two
skulls faced each other, leaving a microscopic gap.

My mind spun with disbelief. This had to be related to Death
Island. I was sure of it. But how? And where did it come from? How did it get

The breeze carried my hair off my shoulder, a shiver ran
down my spine, and goose bumps unraveled across my arms when I sensed a
presence nearby. I turned to spy a man as pale as ash with a beard as white as
snow watching me. Black veins stretched throughout his exposed flesh. His eyes
nothing but two black pieces of coal. The mere sight of him made me jump in my
own skin, nearly causing me to drop the Mayan coin as I gasped in fright. In an
attempt to regain my composure, I took my eyes off the man for a second to
steady myself, only for them to fall back on the gardener, or ghost, I met at
the Railings’ home.

Death Island: The Discovery (Death Island #2)
By Kelsey Ketch
Genre: New Adult Adventure/Fantasy
Release Date: December 2020

After arriving at Death Island, Meriden Cummings became haunted by dreams of a young Mayan woman’s death. A death, Meriden fears, foreshadows her own. And she soon discovers that in this tropical paradise, there are many ways to die. On top of that, the pirates after her great-grandfather’s treasure are not far behind. Can she and her crew stay one step ahead of them and the Mayan god that inhabits the island?
Meriden is not the only one haunted by the young Mayan woman’s death. Gregory Wilson has had similar dreams the moment he stepped foot on the island. In addition, he has seen the Mayan god of death, Ah Puch. Will he be able to protect Meriden from the earthly dangers as well as the supernatural forces seeking her demise?


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A republishing of the original Death Island book, this time it’s published as a duology with a gorgeous map and coin illustrations.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

Meriden Cummings family’s name is tainted, by the crimes of her great-grandfather. Wanting nothing more than fleeing her oppressive life, she unearthed a curious piece

Of tanned skin. Her blood unleashes a curse, and an ancient map, adorned with Mayan glyph. Setting her on an incredible treacherous journey, that only she could dream about. It comes with a cost though, one that could cause her to lose her mind.

After a series of events that being shanghaied by pirates Gregory William finds himself in a small coastal village in England. A chance encounter with a savannah green eyed auburn beauty, Meriden. His life takes a turn and there is no going back. Signing on to join her as she seeks out great-grandfather’s treasure. Thinking to protect her from greedy pirates, he is up against more than just mortals.

Pirates close behind the crew arrives on Death Island, things start to unfold. Meriden and Gregory are disturbed by strange dreams. Meriden sees as a foreshadowing of what’s to come. The tropical island can be deadly, and Ah Puch Mayan God Of Death is stalking the island.

The Death Island duology is a faced paced thrilling ride where the writing is solid.

A perfect amount of suspense, dynamic skillful character development. A propulsive storyline, offering both high sees adventures and deadly curses This book was stunning high stakes drama, with pirates, haunted treasures along with mythological gods. Kelsey Ketch has written and well-plotted read here that I was totally drawn into. I found myself fully invested into the characters and cared about what happened to them. This one set of books you need to read if you enjoy seamless writing, mythology and Pirates!


In a half-dream state, I saw myself as a young girl being
guided through the city. My hair long, raven locks, and my skin painted blue.
Yet something wasn’t right. While I walked behind a man also decorated with blue
paint and wearing a jaguar loincloth and feathered headdress, my vision
blurred, and my thoughts grew hazy. On top of it, once and a while the painted
man before me would change. His image shifting between the painted man and
Baker. He dragged me up several steps with a rope that was tied around my
wrists. The sound of rushing water drowned out the foreign words the painted
man chanted to the massive crowd sitting around a pool below us. I was pushed
to the edge of a small platform and shoved onto my knees. The sun drew long
shadows from the few trees and surrounding colorful buildings. A shadow of a
club rose into the air and fell. The next thing I felt was a sharp pain in my
skull, darkness, wet, and cold.



Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.
For more information, please visit her site at 


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Here There,

Today is my stop on the NOW BEFORE THE DARK (Terribly Serious Darkness, #3)

by Sam Hooker

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Paperback : 456 pages
ISBN-10 : 1645480291
ISBN-13 : 978-1645480297

Publisher :
Black Spot Books (December 8, 2020) 


“With a lyrical tone and hilarious dialogue that do double duty with its world building, the novel continues the brilliant satire seen in the series’ earlier books…whimsical adventure, and frequent, humorous plays on words, spoofs of contemporary events, and clever reversals of expected dynamics make Now Before the Dark a delight.” —C. Foster, Foreword Reviews” Fans of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams will appreciate the farce and puns that are the hallmark of Hooker’s writing.” —Dawn Kuczwara, BooklistTime is running out for the Old Country.

How does one save a nation when the erstwhile gods are against the idea? In the finale of Terribly Serious Darkness, it’s up to Sloot Peril–the world’s greatest accountant and poorest everything else–to figure it out.
Unfortunately, he’ll have help. A philosopher who’d sooner die (again) than do any real work, a bard who can’t play his non-instrument, and a spooky wizard who’s often mistaken for a vampire may not be ideal allies, but with any luck—which Sloot’s never had—they’ll occasionally get out of his way.Does Sloot stand a chance against serpent cults, demons, dragons, and the most sinister financial report every written? Doubtful. If he’s even going to survive the dance contest, he’ll have to think of something now, before the Dark swallows everything up.You can purchase Now Before the Dark at the following Retailers:        

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

NOW BEFORE THE DARK by Sam Hooker @SamHooker @blackspotbooks

Now Before Dark is the third installment in the Terrible Serious Darkness series.

Have you read the first two books of the series. Peril in the Old Country and Soul Remains.

A fantastic dark comedy that is a must read.


A former accountant turned demon, Sloot will face some hard challenges.

He will need some help from a few friends. An allegedly reformed gremlin who wants to be Sloot’s bard. There has been a lot of demonic and human scheming, some divine interference, and interesting transformation.

Sam Hooker is master storyteller, he cleverly uses humor to draw readers into the storyline. Using stunning satire and wit, all the while sliding in some serious drama, like heroism.


Hooker is an impressive author. Flying under the radar of some of some of the more popular books. This series is by far better than most I have read this year.

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Sam Hooker writes darkly humorous fantasy novels about thing like tyrannical despots and the masked scoundrels who tickle them without mercy. He knows all the best swear words, though he refuses to repeat them because he doesn’t want to attract goblins.

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MAGES UNBOUND by Laura Engelhardt Book Tour

Hello Friends,

How is everyone today is my stop on the iReads Book Tours for,

Laura Englehardt’s Fith Mage War Series.

I am reviewing the second installment, MAGES UNBOUND

Book Title: Mages Unbound: Book 2 of the Fifth Mage War Series by Laura Engelhardt
Series:  Fifth Mage War Series
Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 480 pages
Genre:  Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Laura Engelhardt
Release date:  Nov 2020
Format available for review:  Print (USA and Canada),. ebook (mobi, epub, PDF)
Tour dates:  Nov 18 to Dec 22, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M for battle sequences, bad language including F-words, and adult-themes mildly referenced. Euphemisms are used in lieu of graphic descriptions of sex/violence. There is NO sexual violence or child abuse.

Book Description:

It’s ironic to find out your whole life has been a lie when you’re married to a truth-teller.
If only Mary could find some humor in it. She’s drowning her sorrow in vodka and song when a surprise visit from her youngest sister jolts her into accepting the magical reality hidden from her for fifty years.  
Mary’s epiphany can’t come soon enough because her fresh start may be the only thing that can save her siblings and the world from an utter melt-down.
As the two Bant sisters grapple with sirens, faeries and the FBI in America, their brother is trapped in a high-stakes game of mage politics in Australia. Meanwhile, middle-sister Amy’s malfunctioning mage-sight forces her to seek help from the very same mages who tricked her once before.

Can Mary pull herself together in time to rescue her family from the coming war?
Mages Unbound is a paranormal women’s fiction novel, told from the perspective of the Bant family members. This is Book 2 in the Fifth Mage War Series, a magical epic about sirens, fae, and family ties.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

Mages Unbound is the second installment in Fifth Mage War Series and it was a wonderful follow up. Getting back into the world with the Blant Family was really enjoyable.

An urban fantasy with complex world building makes for a thrilling ride.

Three dimensional characters, and with the multiple POV of the Bant Family’s narration adds to this engaging storyline. There are moments of great humor, along with riveting drama filled action. Book two gives the reader chapter prologues, that I really appreciate. This book is more about the characters and the dilemmas that each are facing, within the authors creative fictional world.

It can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading the first book in series first. I feel it will enhance the readers experience to it’s fullest.

A highly compulsive plot line keeps you flipping those pages all the way through.

I can’t wait to read the book in this series.

Have a wonderful day!


Book Title: Sirens Unbound: Book 1 of the Fifth Mage War Seriesby Laura Engelhardt
Series:  Fifth Mage War Series
Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 548 pages
Genre:  Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Laura Engelhardt
Release date:  July 29, 2019
Format available for review:  Print (USA and Canada),. ebook (mobi, epub, PDF)
Tour dates:  Nov 18 to Dec 22, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M for battle sequences, bad language including F-words, and adult-themes mildly referenced. Euphemisms are used in lieu of graphic descriptions of sex/violence. There is NO sexual violence or child abuse.

“Loved it! Members of the Bant family become entwined in an upcoming mage war in this epic urban fantasy novel about sirens, fae, and family ties.” — Michelle Hogmire, Reedsy Discovery