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A Time for Monsters Tour – Review & Giveaway

Hello And Welcome To My Stop A Time For Monsters

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08XQY1XVY
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vesuvian Books (September 28, 2021)
Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 28, 2021
Language ‏ : ‎ EnglishPraise for A TIME FOR MONSTERS

“Gareth Worthington delves into the mind of a female serial killer that is moved only by music as she tries to get away with murder. A tale of cat and mouse has the reader ask what she is trying to hide. An epic thriller and a fantastic read!” —Tanya Roberts @bookswihtanya, CER at Indigo Books, Québec Canada

“Engaging, stomach twisting, breathtaking, heart breaking, mind bending! Worthington pushes you relentlessly down a path of redemption and off the rough edges of unpaid dues–wherever they are hiding. All the way throwing society’s complicity in your face. Not only craftily written but intelligently crafted, he ensnares all your senses while keeping you guessing. A must read for fans of Nordic crime and lovers of twisting storylines.” —Dalilah Kőnig, bookseller at Orell Füssli, Switzerland

“A masterfully built story of abuse, pain, and possible redemption unfolds. Every twist and turn was unexpected and kept me wanting to know more. Can understanding the “Monsters” make you accept or condemn them? How Worthington made me actually love and understand a serial killer is beyond me.” —Erin E. Forys, Barnes and Noble, Williamsburg, VA

“A hell-raising revenge tale for fans of Gillian Flynn, Stieg Larsson, and Karin Slaughter that forces readers down a dark road with an unexpected twist.” —Bram Stoker Awards Nominee, Monique Snyman

A Nordic thriller in the vein of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Death Wish, in which a female serial killer, who only feels emotion when listening to music, is hell-bent on revenge and must outwit a disgraced detective determined to redeem himself if she is to complete her carefully orchestrated plan and cover up the ultimate secret.

ONLY A MONSTER CAN DO THE WRONG THINGS FOR THE RIGHT REASONSDo you remember the first tape or CD you ever bought? Perhaps you waited for the local station to play the top forty songs on a Sunday so you could record your favorite band. Maybe you downloaded a certain track that reminded you of your wedding day or a graduation.

Reyna Blackburn remembers.

Every single song for every horrific event in her life. She remembers what song was playing on the radio the first time he hurt her. And she remembers what was playing through her headphones the first time she killed. You can purchaseA Time For Monsters at the following Retailers:

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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.


An Intoxicating psychological thriller seen through the eyes of a female serial killer and the one who hunts her.

Gareth Worthington’s latest novel is nothing like he past books. So hang on to your seats because this one is calculated thrill ride.

Reyna “Rey” Blackburn is a victim of her domestic violent past.

Where as some woman might be shell shocked from surviving her wartime like upbringing, Rey has taken another a different route entirely. She seeks those who take advantage and brutalize the less fortunate. Highly intelligent she has slipped through the fingers of those who seek to bring her to justice. Called the King Kubb Killer, for her interesting way of delivering a death sentence to her victims. She has an uncanny ability, and uses it to take down the men that are monsters. Reys connection with music has always been her salvation, the songs along with musical artists have played an important role in her life.

A disenchanted veteran, Dectctive Arne Huakass is on a man hunt for a killer in the Oslo, Norway. Feeling burnt out after thirty years on the police force, and struggling with his own demons. In a series of events he unknowingly crosses paths with the one dubbed King Kubb Killer. Jaded by his past, he could never fathom a woman behind the violent, and brutal murders.

A moving thought provoking thriller, that weaves effortlessly through dual narration, along with a backstory time slip. This gives the reader a front row perceptive, into the characters thoughts and perspectives. Gareth Worthington pulls no punches here with his descriptive narration and details. Some will find this novel brutally edgy, with it’s in your face and raw morally great characters. I enjoyed the raw completely absorbing storyline, that made for a highly compulsive read. This was the perfect gritty,and intense psychological thriller. I was captivated from start to finish, and found myself completely immersed within its pages.


GIVEAWAY

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter– 1 Winner will receive a Copy of A TIME FOR MONSTERS by Gareth Worthington.
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Gareth Worthington holds a degree in marine biology, a PhD in Endocrinology, an executive MBA, is Board Certified in Medical Affairs, and currently works for the Pharmaceutical industry.

Gareth is an authority in ancient history, has hand-tagged sharks in California, and trained in various martial arts, including Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai at the EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore and 2FIGHT in Switzerland. His work has won multiple awards, including Dragon Award Finalist and an IPPY award for Science Fiction.

He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the British Science Fiction Association.

Born in England, Gareth has lived around the world from Asia, to Europe to the USA. Wherever he goes, he endeavors to continue his philanthropic work with various charities.

Gareth is represented by Gandolfo Helin Fountain Literary Agency, NYC, USA.

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Happy Pubday City of Time and Magic

Hello Tuesday!

Happiest of #pubday to

City of Time and Magic

By Paula Brackston

@paulabrackston @stmartinspress @macmillanusa

#stmartinspres #CityOfTimeAndMagic #PaulaBrackston

City of Time and Magic

Found Things (Volume 4)

Author: Paula


Xanthe meets Brackston’s most famous heroine, Elizabeth Hawksmith from The Witch’s Daughter, in this crossover story with all the “historical detail, village charm, and twisty plotting” of the Found Things series (Publishers Weekly).

City of Time and Magic sees Xanthe face her greatest challenges yet. She must choose from three treasures that sing to her; a beautiful writing slope, a mourning brooch of heartbreaking detail, and a gorgeous gem-set hat pin. All call her, but the wrong one could take her on a mission other than that which she must address first, and the stakes could not be higher. While her earlier mission to Regency England had been a success, the journey home resulted in Liam being taken from her, spirited away to another time and place. Xanthe must follow the treasure that will take her to him if he is not to be lost forever.

Xanthe is certain that Mistress Flyte has Liam and determined to find them both. But when she discovers Lydia Flyte has been tracking the actions of the Visionary Society, a group of ruthless and unscrupulous Spinners who have been selling their talents to a club of wealthy clients, Xanthe realizes her work as a Spinner must come before her personal wishes. The Visionary Society is highly dangerous and directly opposed to the creed of the Spinners. Their actions could have disastrous consequences as they alter the authentic order of things and change the future. Xanthe knows she must take on the Society. It will require the skills of all her friends, old and new, to attempt such a thing, and not all of them will survive the confrontation that follows.

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.


“It seems strange to me that in all your spinning through time, you have not yet encountered a witch?”

City of Time and Magic

Brackston catapults readers right into a beautiful, vivid and established world of London in the 1870, and the present with fully fleshed out characters, and engaging adventure of magic

City of Time and Magic by Paula Brackston, is the fourth installment the Found Things Series. Xanthe Westlake is a Spinner, one who can spin time and travel through it.

This exquisitely written book picks up right from the the cliffhanger ending of book three, The Garden of Promises and Lies. When the unthinkable happens Xanthe will question the actions of Mistress Flyte her mentor. Who might have caused Liam’s inability to return to the present time with her. Feeling betrayed Xanthe is presented with three objects that sing to her. Unsure which one will take her back to the correct time period to transport her and bring Liam back. Xanthe seeks the aid her friend, Harley, and they both travel back to London in the 1870.

Once again Paula Brackston has completely captivated me, in this splendid historical fiction with magical realism. The stakes are high in this nonstop book, and Xanthe will need all the help she can get from her friends along with Elizabeth Hawksmith, who everyone knows is from The Witch’s Daughter series. The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable.

I highly recommend this book to my friends and family! Oh by the way I am a Paula Brackston devotee!


AUTHOR

Paula Brackston

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About the Author

PAULA BRACKSTON is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter and The Little Shop of Found Things, among others. Paula lives with her family in the historical border city of Hereford in the beautiful Wye valley. When not at her desk in her writing room, she enjoys long walks with the dog in a sublime landscape filled with the imprints of past lives and ancient times.

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DOWN A DARK RIVER

Hello Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

Down a Dark River by Karen Odden!

DOWN A DARK RIVER BY KAREN ODDEN

Publication Date: November 9, 2021
Crooked Lane Books
Hardcover & eBook; 336 pages

Series: An Inspector Corravan Mystery, Book One
Genre: Historical Mystery

SYNOPSIS

In the vein of C. S. Harris and Anne Perry, Karen Odden’s mystery introduces Inspector Michael Corravan as he investigates a string of vicious murders that has rocked Victorian London’s upper crust.

London, 1878. One April morning, a small boat bearing a young woman’s corpse floats down the murky waters of the Thames. When the victim is identified as Rose Albert, daughter of a prominent judge, the Scotland Yard director gives the case to Michael Corravan, one of the only Senior Inspectors remaining after a corruption scandal the previous autumn left the division in ruins. Reluctantly, Corravan abandons his ongoing case, a search for the missing wife of a shipping magnate, handing it over to his young colleague, Mr. Stiles.

An Irish former bare-knuckles boxer and dockworker from London’s seedy East End, Corravan has good street sense and an inspector’s knack for digging up clues. But he’s confounded when, a week later, a second woman is found dead in a rowboat, and then a third. The dead women seem to have no connection whatsoever. Meanwhile, Mr. Stiles makes an alarming discovery: the shipping magnate’s missing wife, Mrs. Beckford, may not have fled her house because she was insane, as her husband claims, and Mr. Beckford may not be the successful man of business that he appears to be.

Slowly, it becomes clear that the river murders and the case of Mrs. Beckford may be linked through some terrible act of injustice in the past—for which someone has vowed a brutal vengeance. Now, with the newspapers once again trumpeting the Yard’s failures, Corravan must dredge up the truth—before London devolves into a state of panic and before the killer claims another innocent victim.

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Praise for Down a Dark River

“A harrowing tale of unbridled vice that exposes the dark underbelly of Victorian society.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A must read for mystery fans!”
—Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Rutledge mysteries

“This twisty-turn-y mystery introducing a new and charismatic detective will delight readers also looking for well-researched history.”
—Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series

“Odden’s latest is intricately plotted and filled with a cast of wonderful characters, including a worthy and relatable hero.”
—Anna Lee Huber, USA Today bestselling author

“A spellbinding, brilliantly plotted Victorian murder mystery, Karen Odden’s Down a Dark River features a fascinating and relatable detective, a cast of complex characters, powerful prose, exceptional attention to historical detail, and enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat until the last astonishing page. Highly recommended!”
—Syrie James, bestselling author of The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

“Sparkling prose, vivid description, a haunting and satisfyingly complex story . . . Down a Dark River is a must read for fans of any genre of crime fiction.”
—Edwin Hill, author of The Secrets We Share

“Gritty, compelling and vividly written . . . Like Anne Perry, Odden demonstrates a commanding grasp of authentic period detail.”
—Susanna Calkins, author of the Lucy Campion historical mysteries and Speakeasy Murders

“An original, street-smart detective, an intriguing mystery, and delicious Victorian flavor. All my favorite things!”
—Laura Joh Rowland, author of The Ripper’s Shadow, a Victorian Mystery

“No one does Victorian England like Karen Odden . . . Fans of Anne Perry and Charles Finch will welcome Inspector Michael Corravan.”
—Mariah Fredericks, author of the Jane Prescott mystery series

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.

Down A Dark River

By Karen Odden

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Down A Dark River by Karen Odden, takes readers to Victorian London, in the spring of 1878.

Having left the River Police to join Scotland Yard, Chief Inspector Michael Corravan is assigned to a new pressing case. Howard Vincent, the new Yard director, tells him to set aside his missing person case. Reluctantly he hands over his current case to his younger colleague, Stiles.

Struggling and overworked he takes on his newest assignment. A young woman who is found dead in a boat on the Thames River. Rose Albert’s dead body is staged posed with flower petals. A vivid likeness to that of the lyrical ballad of Alfred Tennyson. The young girls identity comes to light, and she is a daughter of a well prominent judge.

As the body count rises, readers will find themselves completely immersed in this gripping edge of seat storyline. The river killing confound inspector Michael Corravan, until slowly but surely the threads of each murder tie into a bigger knot.

Chief Inspector Michael Corravan is a complex individual whose rugged background helps him to uncover clues and gather information. Corravan’s quick to rise, bareknuckle temper might get the best of him though. Especially when Scotland Yard newest director Vincent and the newspapers are pressing for the killer to be found.

Full of a well developed creative cast of characters, who add so much to the tale. Kindhearted Ma Doyle, who took a shine to young Michael and raised him as one of her own when he was orphaned and left to the streets. His younger work colleague Stiles, along with Michael’s lady friend. Odden’s paints an exquisite picture of the river Thames and its docks and people. Making the actual river it’s self becoming character in its own right.

This was stellar page turner right from the get go. Brilliant execution of a plot line, with so many twists and turns. Karen Odden writing is exceptional, and this book is my favorite historical mystery this year! Her descriptive historical details are so atmospheric that you are submerged within the world she has created.

I have to say that was I was completely taken in with this thrilling murder mystery. Karen Odden’s main protagonist, Chief Inspector Michael Corravan is a character that I fell in love with! I am excited to see more of him in future books.

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win a copy of Down a Dark River by Karen Odden!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on December 1st. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Direct Link👇

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AUTHOR
About the Author

Karen Odden earned her Ph.D. in English from New York University and subsequently taught literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has contributed essays to numerous books and journals, written introductions for Victorian novels in the Barnes & Noble classics series, and edited for the journal Victorian Literature and Culture (Cambridge UP). Her previous novels, also set in 1870s London, have won awards for historical fiction and mystery. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and the recipient of a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Karen lives in Arizona with her family and her rescue beagle Rosy.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, November 3
Review at NurseBookie
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Debjani’s Thoughts
Excerpt at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Thursday, November 4
Review at Novels Alive
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Friday, November 5
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, November 9
Interview at Books & Benches

Wednesday, November 10
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Excerpt at Austenprose
Review at Crystal’s Library

Thursday, November 11
Review at Wishful Endings
Review at Books and Backroads

Friday, November 12
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Saturday, November 13
Review at A Darn Good Read

Monday, November 15
Review at Jessica Belmont

Tuesday, November 16
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, November 17
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Thursday, November 18
Excerpt at I’m All About Books
Review and Excerpt at Older and Smarter

Friday, November 19
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Monday, November 22
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Tuesday, November 23
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, November 24
Review at Reader_ceygo

Friday, November 26
Interview at Reader_ceygo

Monday, November 29
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Tuesday, November 30
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Wednesday, December 1
Review at Coffee and Ink

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The London House

Hello Gracious Readers!

Today I have a lovely book to share with you along with my review.

The London House: A Novel, 

By the very talented Author Katherine Reay

The London House
Katherine Reay

• Title: The London House: A Novel

• Author: Katherine Reay

• Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

• Publisher: Harper Muse (November 2, 2021)

• Length: (368) pages

• Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook

• Tour Dates: November 1-28, 2021

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SYNOPSIS

Uncovering a dark family secret sends one woman through the history of Britain’s World War II spy network and glamorous 1930s Paris to save her family’s reputation.

Caroline Payne thinks it’s just another day of work until she receives a call from Mat Hammond, an old college friend and historian. But pleasantries are cut short. Mat has uncovered a scandalous secret kept buried for decades: In World War II, Caroline’s British great-aunt betrayed family and country to marry her German lover.

Determined to find answers and save her family’s reputation, Caroline flies to her family’s ancestral home in London. She and Mat discover diaries and letters that reveal her grandmother and great-aunt were known as the “Waite sisters.” Popular and witty, they came of age during the interwar years, a time of peace and luxury filled with dances, jazz clubs, and romance. The buoyant tone of the correspondence soon yields to sadder revelations as the sisters grow apart, and one leaves home for the glittering fashion scene of Paris, despite rumblings of a coming world war.

Each letter brings more questions. Was Caroline’s great-aunt actually a traitor and Nazi collaborator, or is there a more complex truth buried in the past? Together, Caroline and Mat uncover stories of spies and secrets, love and heartbreak, and the events of one fateful evening in 1941 that changed everything.

In this rich historical novel from award-winning author Katherine Reay, a young woman is tasked with writing the next chapter of her family’s story. But Caroline must choose whether to embrace a love of her own and proceed with caution if her family’s decades-old wounds are to heal without tearing them even further apart.

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Carefully researched, emotionally hewn, and written with a sure hand, The London House is a tantalizing tale of deeply held secrets, heartbreak, redemption, and the enduring way that family can both hurt and heal us. I enjoyed it thoroughly.”— Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars and The Book of Lost Names

“An expertly researched and marvelously paced treatise on the many variants of courage and loyalty . . . Arresting historical fiction destined to thrill fans of Erica Roebuck and Pam Jenoff.”— Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restorationand The Mozart Code

“Reay’s fast-paced foray into the past cleverly reveals a family’s secrets and how a pivotal moment shaped future generations. Readers who enjoy engrossing family mystery should take note.”— Publisher’s Weekly  

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.

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

A captivating historical fiction that superbly interweaves fiction with historical elements and people. An intriguing story of family secrets that cast long shadows

Who was Caroline Waite?

Caroline Payne finds herself faced with the fact that her family hasn’t always been very truthful. Especially in regards to her namesake her aunt Caroline. Whom she told died of polio as a child. Recently contacted by historian Mat Hammond, who is an old college friend. Devastating allegations have come to light and Mat has unearthed information regarding her great aunt. Who was a twin sisterhood her grandmother, Margret Waite Payne.

A wonderful book full of heart wrenching family dynamics, curage and loss. Richly detailed historical fiction, that focuses on fractured relationships and age old family secrets.

A book that physically grabs the reader right from the start. The author swiftly moves the reader in a dual timeline narrative, through documents, pictures and letters. Expertly presented with quick pace you find yourself completely immersed within the pages. An outstanding WW2 fiction with an incredible storyline that flows with the authors seamless narration.

Reay gives the reader each piece of the puzzle, chapter by chapter, until you finally understand the big picture. The characters are well developed and completely three dimensional.

I have read and enjoyed all of Katherine Reay’s other books, but to me this is the best one yet!!

AUTHOR

Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL.

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Love and Lavender

Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be a part of the blog tour for;

Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack.

Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack.

Publisher : Shadow Mountain (November 2, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 1629729299
ISBN-13 : 978-1629729299

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SUMMARY

Hazel Stillman is a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed foot, she was sent away as a child and, knowing her disability means a marriage is unlikely, she devoted herself to scholarship and education.

Now working as a teacher in an elite private girls’ school, she is content with the way her story has unfolded. When her uncle Elliott Mayfield presents her with the prospect of a substantial inheritance if she marries, Hazel is offended. What kind of decent man would marry for her money? Besides, she loves her freedom as a professional, respected woman. When she hears rumors of the school possibly being sold, however, she knows she must consider all her options.

Duncan Penhale has a brilliant mind and thrives on order and process. He does not expect to marry because he likes his solitary life, shared only with his beloved cat. When Elliott Mayfield, his guardian’s brother, presents him with an inheritance if he marries a woman of social standing, Duncan finds it intrusive. However, with the inheritance, he could purchase the building in which he works and run his own firm. It would take an impressive and intellectual woman to understand and love him, quirks and all.

Hazel and Duncan believe they have found a solution to both of their problems: marry one another, receive their inheritances, and then part ways to enjoy their individual paths. But when Uncle Mayfield stipulates that they must live together as husband and wife for one year before receiving their inheritances, Hazel and Duncan reluctantly agree. Over time, their marriage of convenience becomes much more appealing than they had anticipated. At the end of the full year, will they go their separate ways or could an unlikely marriage have found unsuspecting love?

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack, is the fourth installment in the Mayfield Family Series by Josi Kilpack. This was a moving sweet and tender marriage of convenience.

Kilpack, has outdone herself self with this lovely proper romance.

Set in the early 1800s, and told in dual narration of Hazel Stillman and Duncan Penhale. The sometimes infuriating meddling of their Uncle Elliot offers the perfect opportunity for unlikely couple to have a chance at a loving partnership. Both POV’s struggle with society’s judgment, along with the medical field inability to understanding Hazel clubbed foot, and Duncan’s neurodiversity.

I loved everything about this dynamic book. The characters are three dimensional and their struggles were well depicted. The author has done an outstanding job in complex independent characters, that you can root for. Fun and lively dialogue and the sweetest budding romance will keep you entertained from start to finish. Hazel and Duncan voices are both strong, and I throughly enjoyed reading about them.

AUTHOR

AUTHOR BIO

Josi S. Kilpack has written more than thirty novels, a cookbook, and several novellas. She is a four-time Whitney award winner, including Best Novel 2015 for “Lord Fenton’s Folly, and has been a Utah Best of State winner for Fiction. Josi loves to bake, sleep, eat, read, travel, and watch TV–none of which she gets to do as much as she would like. She writes contemporary fiction under the pen name Jessica Pack.

Josi has four children and lives in Northern Utah.

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The SEER

Hello and welcome to my stop on

The Seer by Eva Shaw


Release Date:
 September 14, 2021

About The Book:

The award-winning author of over 100 books returns with a high-speed new mystery exploring New Orleans’ history of deception and domestic terrorism during World War II. Introducing: Eva Shaw and The Seer (Torch Flame, September 14, 2021). 

Historically accurate, The Seer is the culmination of extensive research into WWII in New Orleans. Shaw expertly combines meticulous research with a compulsive narrative that follows Thomas Ling, a Chinese-British scientist, and Beatrix Patterson, a magical psychic. Against his better judgment, Thomas agrees to be Beatrix’s bodyguard in return for, he hopes, psychic information that could stop the imminent bloodshed in his ancestral homeland of China. But can Beatrix really psychically find Nazi cells and saboteurs in New Orleans, a city of secrets? A perfect combination of heart-pounding mystery and extensive historical research, this captivating look into the Crescent City will have you on the edge of your seat as you become part of New Orleans history with the unlikely pair of psychic and scientist.

Can these two change the outcome of the war or will each, so focused on their own goals, cause even more harm with their deceptive mindsets?

Thank you to @evashawwriter for my gifted copy of her book The Seer and to @suzyapprovedbooktours for having me be a part of this tour!

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.

Wow this was a fast moving high stakes book that had me hooked from start to finish,

I literally couldn’t put it down. An immersive read here that is high on intrigue. A dynamic historical fiction with characters that you can root for. 1942 America is adjusting to its entrance into WW2, still reeling from the surprise military strike by the Japanese. Prejudice against Asians runs deep within New Orléans. Everyone held their breath as the steady march of The Axis campaign to seize the world. The Crescent City braced its self for an attack just like Pearl Harbor.

When Chinese-English scientist Thomas Ling on a mission, ends up in the psychic, Beatrix Patterson office of Finder of Lost Things.

The people and the detailed atmospheric imagery of Nola is brought to life through the authors exceptional writing expertise. Heart ponding suspenseful and engaging, I feel in love with both MC’s. Beatrix and Thomas mesh wonderfully together as their friendship develops as the storyline unfolds.

This a must read, for those who seek suburb characterization and gripping WW2 fiction. Make sure you grab yourself a copy Today!

About The Author:

EVA SHAW is one of the country’s premier ghostwriters and is the author of more than award-winning 100 books. Novels with her byline include these faith-based Amazon best sellers: Doubts of the Heart and Games of the Heart. Nonfiction best sellers include: Ghostwriting: The Complete Guide, Writeriffic 2: Creativity Training for Writers, Write Your Book in 20 Minutes, Garden Therapy: Nature’s Health Plan, and What to Do When A Loved One Dies. Visit Amazon, Good Reads and other sellers for reviews.

Eva teaches five university-level writing courses available online at 4000 colleges and universities worldwide. A breast cancer survivor, she’s an active volunteer with causes affecting women and children and with her church. She loves to travel, read, shop, garden, play the banjolele and paint, focusing on folk art and California landscapes. When not at her desk, she’s probably enjoying the beach village of Carlsbad, California with Coco Rose, a rambunctious 2-year-old Welsh terrier. https://evashaw.com/

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The Sisterhood of The Enchanted Forest

The Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest
Sustenance, Wisdom, and Awakening in Finland’s Karelia
Naomi Moriyama William Doyle

What would happen if you built one of the world’s most advanced societies inside a forest—and strove to make women full partners in power?

After living for twenty-five years in New York, Naomi Moriyama moved with her husband and co-author William Doyle and their seven-year-old child to the vast forest of Finland’s Karelia, a mysterious region on the Russian border that helped inspire J.R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth fantasies.

She entered a life-altering zone of tranquility, peace, and beauty, the spiritual heart of the nation ranked as the happiest nation on Earth, with among the world’s most empowered women.

Finland is also the country with cleanest air and water and the best schools, a country where motherhood and fatherhood are championed by law, childhood is revered, schoolchildren are required to play outdoors multiple times a day, and trains contain mini-libraries and mini-playgrounds for children to enjoy.

It was here in the Karelian forest that Naomi found a culinary symphony of succulent wild edibles, herbs, berries, mushrooms and fish, all freshly plucked from the moss-carpeted forest and sparkling clear streams.

She also found something that changed her life—a tribe of invincible women who became her soul-sisters.

As an idyllic summer and fall gave way to a sub-Arctic winter of mind-bending darkness and cold, Naomi faced her fears and her future. Over the course of six unforgettable months with her family and her new “sisters”, she found her life transformed, and discovered the power that lay within her all along.

Then she tried to leave. But she kept coming back.

Come, take a journey deep into Europe’s most distant, magical wilderness, and join the sisterhood of the enchanted forest.

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With two pieces about parenting in Finland out now with INSIDER, Naomi addresses the question posed by her book – what would happen if you built one of the world’s most advanced societies inside a forest – and strove to make women full partners in power?

After living for twenty-five years in New York, Naomi Moriyama moved with her husband and co-author William Doyle and their seven-year-old child to the vast forest of Finland’s Karelia, a mysterious region on the Russian border that helped inspire J.R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth fantasies.

There, Naomi found something that changed her life – the “Marthas,” a volunteer collective of Finnish women, taught Naomi how to forage for mushrooms and wild herbs, to meditate in steaming saunas, and to drink water straight from crystal clear forest streams. They laughed at the idea of skipping an outdoor event for poor weather, saying that in Finland there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes. 

Included in this remarkable book about nature, community, and parenting are a myriad of recipes from Finland – Karelian pies, brown chanterelle cookies, lingonberry porridge, chilled blueberry soup, traditional pan-fried perch, and lingonberry-blueberry multigrain bread. I’ve included an example below my signature! 

Whether you pick up this book for its insight into traveling Karelia, its meditations on what parenting and gender equality can look like, or just for some delicious recipes, The Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest offers a journey deep into Europe’s most distant, magical wilderness, and insight into a new way of living, one situated in harmony with nature and in support of gender equality.

REVIEW

Summer Dandelion Salad

In spring, dandelions pop up and bloom in fields and grass patches throughout Finland. Pick young leaves with smooth edges, which taste mild, while grown leaves with zigzaggy edges are tough and bitter. Serves 4 as side salad. 

 

Ingredients

For the salad: 

2 pounds young, fresh, and tender dandelion leaves

2 pounds leafy greens

2 oranges or 1 grapefruit

2 small red onions or 1 medium-sized yellow onion

4 dandelion flowers

 

For the dressing:

4 tablespoons fresh orange juice

4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 crushed garlic clove

¼ teaspoon dried herbs (onion, basil, thyme, marjoram, salt)

¼ teaspoon white pepper

1 tablespoon liquid honey

 

Steps: 

1. Pick some young dandelion leaves with smooth edges that have grown in a shaded place.

2. Rinse the dandelion leaves and tap them dry with kitchen paper or towel.

3. Cut/tear the leafy greens into bite sizes.

4. Peel the oranges/grapefruit and slice them.

5. Chop the onions.

6. Put all ingredients in to a salad bowl.

7. Blend the spices and honey with orange and lemon juice.

8. Pour the dressing on the salad and let rest for couple of minutes.

9. Garnish each serving with a dandelion flower.

10. Serve immediately.

AUTHORS

About the Authors: Naomi Moriyama grew up in Japan and moved to Manhattan in her twenties. She is a U.S.-Japan marketing professional. She has coauthored three non-fiction books on traditional Japanese home-cooked meals and their health benefits with her husband William Doyle, and has been a judge on The Food Network’s acclaimed Iron Chef America, and a featured guest on The Today ShowThe View, and Dr.Oz .

William Doyle grew up in New York City and has produced television programs for HBO, PBS, the History Channel, and A&E. Since 2015, he has served as Fulbright Scholar and scholar-in-residence at the University of Eastern Finland, as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident Fellow, and as advisor to the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland. His 2019 book Let the Children Play was coauthored with Pasi Sahlberg.

Did You know?

•    Finland has been named the #1 Happiest Country in the World for the past four straight years by the United Nations.

•    Finland was just named the #1 nation in the world in handling the Covid-19 pandemic by Der Spiegel, based on mortality, freedoms, economic performance, and vaccination coverage.

•    Finland is the world’s #1 nation in Sustainable Development according to a recent ranking by the UN and the Bertlesmann Foundation.

•    Finland has in recent years been named one of the world’s greenest, most stable, most literate, most gender equal, most business-friendly and most family-friendly nations in the world, with the cleanest air and water and among the world’s best public schools.

•    Finland today is run by women – the 35-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin, mother of a 3-year-old girl, leads a governing coalition of five political parties, all of which are led by women. Finnish women were the first in the world to earn the right to vote and run for office. 

•    Finland is over 70% forest – the most heavily forested nation in Europe.

• Finland is a nation of “Forest-to-Table” foodies and foragers for wild mushrooms, berries and herbs, who enjoy “Everyman’s Rights” privileges to forage almost anywhere in the nation, including private property.

• Childhood is revered in Finland – schoolchildren are required to play outdoors multiple times a day, and trains contain mini-libraries and mini-playgrounds for children to enjoy.

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Rebel’s Knot

Thank you so much for joining me on the blog tour for

Rebel’s Knot Quest for Three Kingdoms by Cryssa Bazos

@CryssaBazos @maryanneyarde

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Blog Tour [November 8th – November 19th 2021]

Rebel’s Knot

(Quest for Three Kingdoms)

By Cryssa Bazos

Publication Date: 8th November 2021

Publisher: W.M. Jackson Publishing

Page Length: 350 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Historical Romance

Buy Links:

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SYNOPSES

Ireland 1652: In the desperate, final days of the English invasion of Ireland . . .

A fey young woman, Áine Callaghan, is the sole survivor of an attack by English marauders. When Irish soldier Niall O’Coneill discovers his own kin slaughtered in the same massacre, he vows to hunt down the men responsible. He takes Áine under his protection and together they reach the safety of an encampment held by the Irish forces in Tipperary.

Hardly a safe haven, the camp is rife with danger and intrigue. Áine is a stranger with the old stories stirring on her tongue and rumours follow her everywhere. The English cut off support to the brigade, and a traitor undermines the Irish cause, turning Niall from hunter to hunted.

When someone from Áine’s past arrives, her secrets boil to the surface—and she must slay her demons once and for all.

As the web of violence and treachery grows, Áine and Niall find solace in each other’s arms—but can their love survive long-buried secrets and the darkness of vengeance?

Trigger Warnings:

Violence, references to sexual/physical abuse.

REVIEW

Historical Note:

After the English Parliment’s New Model army prevailed during the first English civil war, and Charles Stewart is exiled, having slipped through undetected and fled to France. The brute force of the Cromwellian invasion descends on the tattered souls of Ireland. The long civil wars of Ireland had left its mark on the land and its people. Total conquest was on the horizon, The brave Irish Confederate rebels had been fighting guerrilla style warfare. Large parcels of land and homes had been confiscated by the English. Now with the dwindling of food sources and supplies the end was imminent. Ireland has suffered the slow but steady invasion of English redcoats on its soil along with betrayal within.

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.

Rebel’s Knot by Cryssa Bazos, is the third installment in Quest for Three Kingdoms Series. A moving thought provoking historical fiction, alternates between two points of view. Cryssa Bazos deftly weaves threads of historical fact and people, along with her compelling own characters, to create a mesmerizing tale.

We follow Niall O’Coneill, a Toraidhe, which is an Irish rebel, along with his trusted wolfhound Fiona. Niall having left Ross castle with dispatches, arrives at his uncles Mulrianne’s byre, to find it burned and his sister, Muairead taken by the English. The only survivor left is a young woman servant.

Áine Callaghan is a red haired dairy maid, who some might say favored the Fey. Gentle and sweet, with a tragic past, she work as a servant for the Mulrianne’s family. Until the unthinkable happens and she barely escapes from an English attack on the manor house where she works. Áine finds herself in the care of Niall O’Coneill, a brave Irish rebel.

Cryssa Bazos has created an engaging and memorable hero and heroine. Her uniquely descriptive prose, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this captivating storyline. The book is vividly descriptive, placing me easily into the heart of this novel. I felt emotionally drawn to the flesh out three dimensional characters and I was completely invested in them.

Bazos’s seamless narration and wonderful atmospheric details will kept me immersed within the books pages. This was a superb historical fiction, with just the right amount of romance. Meticulously researched the authors creative ability shines through, in this stunning book. The strength and struggles of Áine and Niall along with the Irish people are stunningly depicted. A fast paced book that I captivated from start to finish, and the lovely ending was everything I hoped it would be.

I highly recommend this book to my friends and family along with the other books in the Quest for Three Kingdoms Series.

AUTHOR

Cryssa Bazos

Cryssa Bazos is an award-winning historical fiction author and a seventeenth century enthusiast. Her debut novel, Traitor’s Knot is the Medalist winner of the 2017 New Apple Award for Historical Fiction, a finalist for the 2018 EPIC eBook Awards for Historical Romance. Her second novel, Severed Knot, is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree and a finalist for the 2019 Chaucer Award. A forthcoming third book in the standalone series, Rebel’s Knot, was published November 2021.

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Skin of the Sea Blog Tour

Hello Lovelies,

Thanks for joining me today on my stop for the Blog Tour for

Skin of the Sea

@tbrbeyondtours & @natasha_bowen_

#skinofthesea #TBRBeyondTours #natashabowen

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: November 2nd, 2021

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Synopsis:

An unforgettable fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology, this is Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid, in which a mermaid takes on the gods themselves.

A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata–a mermaid–collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable–she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.

To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But all is not as it seems. There’s the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .

Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn’t, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Please make sure to read TW.

Content Warning:

Violence, enslavement, death, suicide, abuse, sexual harassment, severe injuries.

I went into this blind, I chose not to read the synopsis or really glanced to hard at the cover. I didn’t want to be influenced by either!

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen is beautiful compelling story. We follow Simidele {Simi} who vaguely remembers the girl she once was. Now she is Mami Wata, is a mermaid, tasked by orisa Mother, Yemoja to collect and lead the souls of the dead West Africans people who have been thrown over from slave ships. In a series of events she does the unthinkable and has to to seek atonement for her rash actions.

A richly immersive fantasy tale that explores the West Africans who were enslaved by the Portuguese. Steeped in WA mythology and folklore, set around the mid fifteen century. When slavers set about capturing unsuspecting West Africans for common commodities. The narration is seamless and poetic. The author pulls no punches, and some might have trouble reading it. For me it was a perfect example historical fantasy. A book that so many readers will find drawn to be able to relate with the books representation.

A book that is infused with so much suffering, but also with friendships and ultimately hope and curage. Chocked full of mystical creatures and deities. The pace was brisk along with nonstop action. Bowen does an incredible job giving the reader background to Simi’s character and I was never confused. A bold and courageous protagonist that all can root for.

If you read just one YA Fantasy make it this one! You will not be disappointed!

Author

Natasha Bowen is a writer, a teacher, and a mother of three children. She is of Nigerian and Welsh descent and lives in Cambridge, England, where she grew up. Natasha studied English and creative writing at Bath Spa University before moving to East London, where she taught for nearly ten years. Her debut book Skin of the Sea was inspired by her passion for mermaids and African history. She is obsessed with Japanese and German stationery and spends stupid amounts on notebooks, which she then features on her secret Instagram. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, watched over carefully by Milk and Honey, her cat and dog.

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Blog Schedule

November 1st
The Bookish Coven – Interview
Books-N-Bullsh!t – Top 5 Reasons to Read Skin of the Sea, Playlist & Mood Board
The Litt Librarian – Review
One More Chapter – Review
Blonde and Bookish – Review & Tik Tok

November 2nd
Talk of Tales – Interview
Mocha Girls Read – Promotional Post
Kait Plus Books – Journal Spread & Promotional Post
Jenerally Reading – Review, Playlist & Favorite Quotes
Betwixt The Sheets – Review

November 3d
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
The Fictional Journal – Review & Journal Spread
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review
Read With Serena – Review

November 4th
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Book Tag
Bri’s Book Nook – Review
And On She Reads – Review
Kerri McBookNerd – Review & Favorite Quotes

November 5th
Brinns Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review & Favorite Quotes
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post

November 6th
Love, Paola – Favorite Quotes & Mood Board
dinipandareads – Review & Journal Spread
Cocoa With Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review

November 7th
Reading Stewardess – Review
Heylittlesiren – Review
Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Review
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post

Bookstagram Schedule

November 1st
reading_with_chloe – Review
thelittlibrarian – Blogger’s Choice
_leahreads – Blogger’s Choice
blondeandbookish – Blogger’s Choice

November 2nd
pcreads – Top 5 Reasons to Read Skin of the Sea & Favorite Quotes
jenerallyreading – Blogger’s Choice
theink.slinger – Blogger’s Choice

November 3d
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice
sanvi.bhaisare – Blogger’s Choice

November 4th
dhirviepages – Review & Favorite Quotes
whisperingprose – Review
the_bookish_coven – Blogger’s Choice
kerri_mcbooknerd – Blogger’s Choice

November 5th
thisreadergirl – Review
brinnsbooks – Blogger’s Choice
stuck.in.the.stacks – Blogger’s Choice
thebookdutchesses – Blogger’s Choice

November 6th
808bookdr – Top 5 Reasons to Read Skin of the Sea & Favorite Quotes
cocoawithbooks – Blogger’s Choice
gwendalyn_books_ – Blogger’s Choice

November 7th
timeswithbooks – Top 5 Reasons to Read Skin of the Sea
heylittlesiren – Blogger’s Choice
bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice

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Parting the Veil by Paulette Kennedy

Hello Witchy Babes

Today I Have A Gorgeously Dark Historical Gothic

Parting the Veil by Paulette Kennedy

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PARTING THE VEIL BY PAULETTE KENNEDY

Publication Date: November 1, 2021
Lake Union Publishing

Genre: Historical/Gothic/Romance

Some houses hold secrets that are meant to be kept forever…

Parting the Veil, a suspenseful gothic romance about a scandalous Gilded Age heiress who meets a charming British lord with a tragic past, only to discover dark family secrets hidden within his haunted manor, is coming to you from Lake Union Publishing this fall.

When Eliza Sullivan inherits an estate from a recently deceased aunt, she leaves behind a grievous and guilt-ridden past in New Orleans for rural England and a fresh start. Eliza arrives at her new home and finds herself falling for the mysterious lord of Havenwood, Malcolm Winfield. Despite the sinister rumors that surround him, Eliza is drawn to his melancholy charm and his crumbling, once-beautiful mansion. With enough love, she thinks, both man and manor could be repaired.

Not long into their marriage, Eliza fears that she should have listened to the locals. There’s something terribly wrong at Havenwood Manor: Forbidden rooms. Ghostly whispers in the shadows. Strangely guarded servants. And Malcolm’s threatening moods, as changeable as night and day.

As Eliza delves deeper into Malcolm’s troubling history, the dark secrets she unearths gain a frightening power. Has she married a man or a monster? For Eliza, uncovering the truth will either save her or destroy her.

If you enjoy the work of Kate Morton, Sarah Waters, and Susanna Kearsley, you’ll love following along with Eliza as she communes with restless spirits and uncovers the mysteries of Havenwood Manor, one gaslit room at a time.

AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE | INDIEBOUND
PRAISE

“A beautiful, crumbling mansion in the English countryside; a charming but enigmatic viscount; ghosts; rumors; and a labyrinth of dark secrets, lies, twists, and well-executed turns…As if that wasn’t enough, add rich atmosphere and an American-heiress heroine determined to settle her own future. Kennedy has crafted a delicious, romantic gothic mystery that will keep readers guessing even as they’re feverishly turning the final pages.” —Megan Chance, author of A Splendid Ruin

“I was riveted by Paulette Kennedy’s Parting the Veil, a dazzling debut that hearkens to the best of the classic gothic tradition but with a sensibility that will appeal to modern readers. Kennedy writes with compassion, attention to detail, and the confident prose of a seasoned writer. Deliciously eerie, passionate, and suspenseful, this book is an emotional roller coaster that kept me turning its pages long into the night.” —Jo Kaplan, author of It Will Just Be Us

“If you love a gothic tale full of twists and turns and things that go bump in the night, Paulette Kennedy’s Parting the Veil is a not-to-be-missed treat. This debut is the perfect book to curl up with on a stormy night, but don’t expect to put it down easily. And don’t forget the Earl Grey and biscuits.” —Barbara Davis, bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls

“An American heiress with a scandalous past meets a mysterious British lord in this swoon-worthy gothic thriller. Parting the Veil takes familiar plot elements—a ruined mansion, family secrets—and gives them a sexy, modern twist. This stunning debut from Paulette Kennedy kept me guessing until the very end!” —Elizabeth Blackwell, author of Red Mistress and On a Cold Dark Sea

“Parting the Veil is a gothic romance full of sly and sometimes shocking twists and turns, with the requisite crumbling manor house, loads of secrets, and long, haunting shadows of grief. Kennedy spares no mercy for a bucolic English village that teems with lies, forbidden desires, and murder.” —Kim Taylor Blakemore, author of After Alice Fell

“Atmospheric and cleverly plotted, Parting the Veil grabbed me from the first page and tightened its grip with each immersive chapter. Whenever I thought I knew how it would end, Kennedy’s haunting debut surprised me, while delivering gothic chills alongside each captivating twist. Clear your schedule to read in one sitting like I did.” —Elle Marr, Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Missing Sister and Lies We Bury

“Absolutely enthralling. This sultry, mysterious, and immersive tale had me in its grasp from page one.” —Laura McHugh, award-winning author of What’s Done in Darkness

Giveaway

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Direct Link:

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REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Parting The Veil

★★★★

There are books and then there are books. This is one of those books that stays with you long after you read the last line.

Parting The Veil is an rewarding historical gothic. Paulette Kennedy’s lush prose and brilliant storyteller makes this book a favorite this year.

Full of plot twist and dark ominous historical details that keep you invested within in its eerie pages. We follow half-sisters who have recently arrived in Hampshire, England from New Orléans, Louisiana. Eliza Sullivan has inherited a manor house and sizable fortune from her great-aunt, Lady Theodora Sherbourne. Certain stipulations to the will include the fact that she must marry within a certain amount of time or she will forfeits her Aunts inheritance. Having avoided marriage in the past she now must look for the one thing she did not want …a husband.

The neighboring estate. Havenwood, owned by Malcolm Winfield is known for its dark family secrets. Located at the crossroads Sherborne house, Havenwood and it’s dark mysterious owner have already piqued Eliza’s interest.

The story starts off intentionally slow, in an ambiguous way as the author sets the perfect tone. Now this is the genius of Kennedy, who deliberately gives you each piece of the puzzle, chapter by chapter. The hauntingly sinister tale of comes together masterfully. Full of deception and romance, along with dramatic family dynamics, kept me on the edge of my seat. The malevolent Havenwood, is a character in its own right, where nothing is what it seems. You will find the characters well developed and fleshed out completely. I especially loved both of the sisters and their bond was well depicted. A riveting tale that you just have to read to know what feeling I’m getting at. It sucks you in and keeps you hungry for more. A slightly modernized dialogue will register with contemporary readers, which helps broaden the scope of the book, along with wonderful queer depiction!

I inhaled this book in one setting, staying up late at night to finish. Steeped with gothic nuances and ghost this was deliciously intense and chilling!

♥︎ 。❥。・:*:・゚☽✧☾。・:*:・゚❥。♥︎

About the Author

Writing historical fiction for the romantic-at-heart reader who craves page-turning twists and a touch of the supernatural, Paulette Kennedy infuses her stories with realistic detail to create a cinematic, immersive experience for the reader.

As a history lover, she can get lost for days in her research—learning everything she can about the places in her novels and what her characters might have experienced in the past.

Originally from the Missouri Ozarks, Paulette now lives with her family in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her garden, knitting, and finding unique vintage treasures at thrift stores and flea markets.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 1
Excerpt at Novels Alive
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, November 2
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, November 3
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, November 4
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at Momfluenster

Friday, November 5
Review at Wishful Endings
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Monday, November 8
Review at Reading the Past

Tuesday, November 9
Interview at Books and Benches
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Wednesday, November 10
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Thursday, November 11
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Friday, November 12
Review at Booking With Janelle

Thank you!

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The Reckless Kind

Hello Bookish Friends

Today is my stop on The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath Blog Tour

@tbrbeyondtours & @carlylynheath

#therecklesskind #TBRBeyondTours #carlyheath

The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Publishing date: November 2nd, 2021

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A genre-defying debut, this queer historical YA centers a wild and reckless trio who fly in the face of small town tradition—full of compassion, love, and determination to live the lives of their choosing.

It’s Norway 1904, and Asta Hedstrom doesn’t want to marry her odious betrothed, Nils—even though a domestic future is all her mother believes she’s suited for, on account of her single-sided deafness, unconventional appearance, and even stranger notions. Asta would rather spend her life performing in the village theater with her friends and fellow outcasts: her best friend Gunnar Fuglestad and his secret boyfriend, wealthy Erlend Fournier.

But the situation takes a dire turn when Nils lashes out in jealousy—gravely injuring Gunnar. Shunning marriage for good, Asta moves with Gunnar and Erlend to their secluded cabin above town. With few ties left with their families, they have one shot at gaining enough kroner to secure their way of life: win the village’s annual horse race.

REVIEW

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

An excellent YA historical fiction Read, set in Norway 1904. Three teens struggle the constraints that society has placed on them. Bold and daring they seek to forage their on path in a era and place that frowns on anyone who steps outside of strict conformity. Eighteen year old Asta Hedstrom should be happy with her lot in life, having been born with the genetic disease, Waardenburg syndrome.

She is pledged to marry Nils, who is her extremely unpleasant betrothed. He is willing to overlook her shortcomings, but she can’t seem to conform to this marriage or any marriage at that. After Nils does an unforgivable act against her beloved friend Gunner. Asta swears off the arrangement with Nils and moves in with her outcasted best friend.

Erlend is forbidden to love and throws caution to the wind to be with the one that calls to his very soul Gunnar. They from a formidable bond of friendship, making this triad one to cheer for.

This debt was phenomenal, with smooth and effortless narration the author catapults you into an immersive world. Heartfelt characterization and spot on authentic language made this book one of my all time favorite books. A tale of forbidden love and a wonderful found family, that I couldn’t get enough of.

An added bonus for the reader is that this lovely book offers Norwegian Rosemaling Style art at the opening page of each chapter.

Carly Heath is one author to watch out for !

AUTHOR

Carly Heath (she/they) earned her BA from San Francisco State University and her MFA from Chapman University. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Carly teaches design, art, theater, and writing for various colleges and universities. She spends all her time and most her money tending to a menagerie of rescued farm animals. The Reckless Kind is her first novel.

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Blog Schedule

November 1st
Nine Bookish Lives – Interview
Bookmarked by Andrea – 15 Reactions While Reading The Reckless Kind
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

November 2nd
The Book Dutchesses – Promo Post
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review

November 3rd
HerBookishObsession – Review
Forthenovellovers – Review
Thindbooks Blog – Review

November 4th
Kait Plus Books – Interview & Mood Board
Books and Babble – Review & Favorite Quotes

November 5th
Phannie the ginger bookworm – Review, Playlist & Favorite Quotes
Lily’s Cozy Blog – Review & Favorite Quotes
lousbookstuff – Review & Favorite Quotes

November 6th
Bri’s Book Nook – Review
Lu is Lost in books – Review & Favorite Quotes

November 7th
Stuck in Fiction – Interview
Sheaf & Ink – Review
Book Notes by Athina – Promo Post

Bookstagram Schedule

November 1st
daphne.readss – Top 5 Reasons to Read The Reckless Kind, Playlist & Tik Tok
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
andrea.c.lowry.reads – Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

November 2nd
tbrandbeyond – Promo
onemused – Review
thebookdutchesses – Blogger’s Choice
gwendalyn_books_ – Blogger’s Choice

November 3rd
bibliovino – Review
fangirlpixiebooks – Promo
herbookish._.obsession – Blogger’s Choice
thindbooks – Blogger’s Choice

November 4th
writingrosereads – Favorite Quotes & Top 5 Reasons to Read The Reckless Kind
rearendeeandabc – Review
rosyreadz – Book Look & Top 5 Reasons to Read The Reckless Kind
kaitplusbooks – Blogger’s Choice

November 5th
metalheadreader – Review
kimreadsandreads – Review
lilly_sreads – Blogger’s Choice
lousbookstuff – Blogger’s Choice

November 6th
iambibliomane – Promo Post
kathreadsya – Review
briennaij – Blogger’s Choice
luislostinbooks – Blogger’s Choice

November 7th
hoardingbooks.herdingcats – Review & Favorite Quotes
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
sheafandink – Blogger’s Choice
booknotes_athina – Blogger’s Choice

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Dragon by Midnight

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to kick off the tour for

Dragon by Midnightby Karen Kincy.

@tbrbeyondtours & @karenkincyauthor

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Dragon by Midnight by Karen Kincy

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: September 1st, 2021

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Synopsis

When the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella turns into a dragon.

Her dream twisted into a nightmare, she flees from the ball into the wilderness. Cinderella’s only hope? Sikandar, a sorcerer banished from a faraway land, who promises to break the dragon curse. Even at her most beastly, he finds beauty within her. But he’s hiding his own dark past, and saving Cinderella might be his last chance of redemption.

Together, Cinderella and Sikandar must untangle dangerous secrets and deadly magic before happily ever after is forever out of reach.

Dragon by Midnight features sweet romance, twists on fairytales, an obsession with breakfast, and a cinnamon roll hero who’s too good to be bad.

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.

“Losing your past can’t stop you from finding your future.”

Did Some One Say Curses and Dragon?

What happens when you take the Cinderella storyline and reinvent in such away that it becomes even more fascinating. This book has a very inventive twist that not only intrigued me but I found refreshing and delightful. The wronged Cinderella doesn’t just have her thieving step-mama and her cruel stepsisters to deal with, now she has much more issues that need to be addressed. Finding herself cursed she turns into a Dragon when the clock struck midnight. Let’s not forget the Prince, who may or may not be all that chivalrous towards our heroine. Add one sorcerer from a family of assassins who finds himself banished because he harbors a conscious.

The author has created an engaging and memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this captivating tale. Creative world building and a cast of wonderful characters help to propel this book.

I enjoyed mashup and it made for a fast read that held my attention from start to finish. Excited to see what in store from these engaging characters in the next book in this series.

AUTHOR

Karen Kincy writes books when she isn’t writing code. She has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College, and an MS in Computational Linguistics from the University of Washington.

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Blog Schedule

November 1st
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
Shanvireadsbooks – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review

November 2nd
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
Rae’s Reading Lounge – Review & Favorite Quotes
thebookwiccan – Top 5 Reasons to Read Dragon by Midnight & 15 Reactions While Reading Dragon by Midnight

November 3rd
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Phannie the ginger bookworm – Top 5 Reasons to Read Dragon by Midnight & 15 Reactions While Reading Dragon by Midnight
One More Chapter – Review

November 4th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
The Someday Librarian – Review & Favorite Quotes
A Bookworm’s Paradise – Top 5 Reasons to Read Dragon by Midnight

November 5th
Monogamist Reader – Promotional Post
Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Review
The Reader’s Game – Review, Favorite Quotes & Mood Board

November 6th
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
The Fictional Journal – Review
Yours A-fiction-ately – Review & Favorite Quotes

November 7th
Sara Mackenzi Reads – Review & Playlist
The Portuguese Bibliophile – Promotional Post
Boys’ Mom Reads! – Review

Bookstagram Schedule

November 1st
gwendalyn_books_ – Blogger’s Choice
chaibooksandthemoon – Book Look & Top 5 Reasons to Read Dragon by Midnight

November 2nd
booksmoviesandstories – Review
thebookwiccan – Blogger’s Choice

November 3rd
thebookdutchesses – Blogger’s Choice
_leahreads – Blogger’s Choice

November 4th
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
thesomedaylibrarian – Blogger’s Choice

November 5th
bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice
rosyreadz – Book Look & Top 5 Reasons to Read Dragon by Midnight

November 6th
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
yoursafictionately – Blogger’s Choice

November 7th
dhirviepages – Review & Favorite Quotes
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post

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The PickWick Murders

Happy Saturday

Today I have a review of

The Pickwick Murders by Heather Redmond


The PickWick Murders By Heather Redmond

Release Date: October 26, 2021

Kensington Book

Thanks to @suzyapprovedbooktours @kensingtonbooks and @hiestandheather for this #gifted copy!⁣

SYNOPSES

In this latest reimagining of Dickens as an amateur sleuth, Charles is tossed into Newgate Prison on a murder charge, and his fiancée Kate Hogarth must clear his name . . .

London, January 1836: Just weeks before the release of his first book, Charles is intrigued by an invitation to join the exclusive Lightning Club. But his initiation in a basement maze takes a wicked turn when he stumbles upon the corpse of Samuel Pickwick, the club’s president. With the victim’s blood literally on his hands, Charles is locked away in notorious Newgate Prison.

Now it’s up to Kate to keep her framed fiancé from the hangman’s noose. To solve this labyrinthine mystery, she is forced to puzzle her way through a fiendish series of baffling riddles sent to her in anonymous poison pen letters. With the help of family and friends, she must keep her wits about her to corner the real killer—before time runs out and Charles Dickens meets a dead end . . .

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Set in 1836 in London The Pickwick Murders is the fourth Charles Dickens Mystery Series. This time it’s up to Miss Kate Hogarth, to unravel the pieces to an intriguing puzzle to save her Fiancé.

Charles Dickens, an up coming journalist for the Morning Chronicle. He seems to be making strides in his life. Just weeks before his book is to be release and his impending to marriage to his fiancée Miss Kate Hogarth. Things take a tragic turn for the worst. Feeling elated from receiving an invitation to join the exclusive Lightning Club Charles arrives at the place and time that invite states. Only his initiation is not what he had hoped it would be. Charles finds himself in the dreadful Newgate Prison, framed. Patiently waiting for his fiancé and family to do what they can to prove his innocence, Charles endures the horrific day to day life along with those others imprisoned in Newgate.

The author has once again written a captivating cozy historical mystery. I had no trouble reading this book from start to finish without stopping.

I enjoyed the author rich historical imagery and the writing was solid. The light mystery was perfectly executed. The author did a wonderful job creating engaging characters that were entertaining to read about.

AUTHOR

Heather Redmond is an author of commercial fiction and also writes as Heather Hiestand. First published in mystery, she took a long detour through romance before returning. Though her last British-born ancestor departed London in the 1920s, she is a committed anglophile, Dickens devotee, and lover of all things nineteenth century. 

She has lived in Illinois, California, and Texas, and now resides in a small town in Washington State with her husband and son. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Her 2018 Heather Redmond debut, A Tale of Two Murders, was a multi-week Barnes & Noble Hardcover Mystery Bestseller. 

Her two current mystery series are “A Dickens of a Crime” and “the Journaling mysteries.” She writes for Kensington and Severn House. 

She is the current president of the Columbia River Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC).

Social Media:

Website: http://www.heatherredmond.com/

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Blog Tour Widdershins

Hello Lovelies, Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

Widdershins by Helen Steadman @hsteadman1650

Today I have wonderful Excerpt of lovely Audio Book

Widdershins

(Widdershins, Book 1) By Helen Steadman

Narrated by Christine Mackie

Publication Date: 25 June 2021

Publisher: Impress Books ・Audiobook Length: 8.5 hour

Genre: Historical Fiction

The new audio book of Widdershins is narrated brilliantly by talented actor, Christine Mackie, from Downton Abbey, Coronation Street, Wire in the Blood, and so on.

The first part of a two-part series, Widdershins is inspired by the Newcastle witch trials, where 16 people were hanged. Despite being the largest mass execution of witches on a single day in England, these trials are not widely known about. In August 1650, 15 women and one man were hanged as witches after a Scottish witchfinder found them guilty of consorting with the devil. This notorious man was hired by the Puritan authorities in response to a petition from the Newcastle townsfolk who wanted to be rid of their witches.

Widdershins is told through the eyes of Jane Chandler, a young woman accused of witchcraft, and John Sharpe, the witchfinder who condemns her to death. Jane Chandler is an apprentice healer. From childhood, she and her mother have used herbs to cure the sick. But Jane soon learns that her sheltered life in a small village is not safe from the troubles of the wider world. From his father’s beatings to his uncle’s raging sermons, John Sharpe is beset by bad fortune. Fighting through personal tragedy, he finds his purpose: to become a witchfinder and save innocents from the scourge of witchcraft.

Praise for Widdershins:

The Historical Novel Society said of Widdershins: “Impeccably written, full of herbal lore and the clash of ignorance and prejudice against common sense, as well as the abounding beauty of nature, it made for a great read. There are plenty of books, both fact and fiction, available about the witch-trial era, but not only did I not know about such trials in Newcastle, I have not read a novel that so painstakingly and vividly evokes both the fear and joy of living at that time.”

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Excerpt

https://youtu.be/QbmWVj3OnNA

AUTHOR

Helen Steadman

Dr Helen Steadman is a historical novelist. Her first novel, Widdershins and its sequel, Sunwise were inspired by the Newcastle witch trials. Her third novel, The Running Wolf was inspired by a group of Lutheran swordmakers who defected from Germany to England in 1687.

Despite the Newcastle witch trials being the largest mass execution of witches on a single day in England, they are not widely known about. Helen is particularly interested in revealing hidden histories and she is a thorough researcher who goes to great lengths in pursuit of historical accuracy. To get under the skin of the cunning women in Widdershins and Sunwise, Helen trained in herbalism and learned how to identify, grow and harvest plants and then made herbal medicines from bark, seeds, flowers and berries.

The Running Wolf is the story of a group of master swordmakers who left Solingen, Germany and moved to Shotley Bridge, England in 1687. As well as carrying out in-depth archive research and visiting forges in Solingen to bring her story to life, Helen also undertook blacksmith training, which culminated in making her own sword. During her archive research, Helen uncovered a lot of new material and she published her findings in the Northern History journal.

Helen is now working on her fourth novel.

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Christine Mackie

Christine Mackie has worked extensively in TV over the last thirty years in well-known TV series such as Downton Abbey, Wire in the Blood, Coronation Street, French & Saunders and The Grand. Theatre work includes numerous productions in new writing as well as classics, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors, Richard III, An Inspector Calls, and the Railway Children. In a recent all women version of Whisky Galore, Christine played three men, three women and a Red Setter dog!

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Little Thieves

Happy Sunday

Thanks for joining me on my stop on the blog to for Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

@tbrbeyondtours & @what_eats_owls

#TBRBeyondTours #LittleThieves #MargaretOwen

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Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: October 19th, 2021

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Synopsis:

Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl…

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love–and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.

The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.

Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele’s sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja’s tail, she’ll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.

Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow series, crafts a delightfully irreverent retelling of “The Goose Girl” about stolen lives, thorny truths, and the wicked girls at the heart of both.

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.

An incredible thank you to the Author Margaret Owen, @what_eats_owls & @tbrbeyondtours for stunning hardback copy

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First Lines can really set the up your reading experience don’t you agree? Like this one….

“Once upon a time, on the coldest night of midwinter, in the

darkest heart of the forest, Death and Fortune came to a crossroads.”

—Little Thieves

Holly Smokes this was a stellar new take on the age old fabled tale, The Goose Girl

We follow seventeen year old anti-heroine Vanja Schmidt. Who wears many faces: one of an adopted goddaughter of Fortune and Death, and another as a lowly maid. Along with becoming a princess imposter, and and an excellent jewel thief.

Vanja is the thirteenth child of a thirteen child, when she is just four years old her mother hands her off to two low gods, Death and Fortune. Ahhh but there is a debt to paid for Vanja upbringing… submission and servitude.

Taking things into her own hands, she sets about away that could ultimately change her fate. All with the help of an enchanted string of pearls, she seeks a life of her own.

When a series of events take place, the devious masquerading Vanja finds herself cursed.

Owen’s clever writing stands out when she decided to break the book with little tiny tales. Vanja is an extremely relatable character, her struggles and heartbreak, and complete alienation felt real. Her loneliness is perfectly depicted and as a reader you will endure her turbulent trials right along side her. This bold and feisty protagonist,

is a product of her suppressed damaged life. Outwardly she may comes across as devious, but in reality she is so much more. Wanting nothing more than being in control of her own life and destiny.

The storyline is well paced with reveals that come at just the right time. Owen’s narration is seamless, and flows effortlessly and smoothly. Making this book a fast read one that I completely inhaled. The German world building, was descriptive and I felt Immersed within the unique fable that author has created. The romance was done with just amount of depth, without overwhelming the plot line.

Margaret Owen is truly a gifted storyteller, and don’t mean that lightly. This was my first time reading her work and I have already bought her other books to read right away.

AUTHOR

Born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, Margaret Owen first encountered an author in the wild in fourth grade. Roughly twenty seconds later, she decided she too would be an author, the first of many well-thought-out life decisions.

The career plan shifted frequently as Margaret spent her childhood haunting the halls of Powell’s Books. After earning her degree in Japanese, her love of espresso called her north to Seattle, where she worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned.

Fortunately, it turned out that fourth-grade Margaret was onto something. She now spends her days wrestling disgruntled characters onto the page, and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. (There is surprisingly little difference between the two.) In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations, and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations.

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SCHEDULE

October 18th
Kait Plus Books –  Interview
Betwixt The Sheets – Review
Nine Bookish Lives – Promo Post
Book Briefs – Review

October 19th
The Fictional Journal – Review
Nonbinary Knight Reads and Reviews – Review & Tik Tok
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review

October 20th
Luchia Houghton Blog – Review
The Bookish Coven – Review & Favorite Quotes
Balancing Books and Beauties – Review
The Book Dutchesses – Promo Post

October 21st
Stuck in Fiction – Top 5 Reasons to Read Little Thieves
Shelvesofstarlight – Review
thisbellereadstoo – Review, Favorite Quotes & Mood Board
Heylittlesiren – Review

October 22nd
Emelie’s Books – Review, Favorite Quotes & Mood Board
Rampant Reading Reviews – Review
The Clever Reader – Review
Kerri McBookNerd – Top 5 Reasons to Read Little Thieves & 15 Reactions While Reading Little Thieves

October 23rd
And On She Reads – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Little Thieves
thebookwiccan – Top 5 Reasons to Read Little Thieves & 15 Reactions While Reading Little Thieves
Chasing Chapters – Top 5 Reasons to Read Little Thieves & Creative post (Memes)

October 24th
A Court of Coffee and Books – Interview
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
Reading Stewardess – Review & Playlist

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Traitor’s Knot

Hello Lovelies welcome to my blog tour stop for

Traitor’s Knot

Quest for Three Kingdoms By Cryssa Bazos

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Cryssa Bazos’s novel Traitor’s Knot as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club.

Traitor’s Knot is the first book in Cryssa’s Quest for Three Kingdoms series.

Traitor’s Knot

(Quest for Three Kingdoms)

By Cryssa Bazos

October 18th – October 22nd 2021

Publication Date: 1st October 2021

Publisher: W.M. Jackson Publishing

Page Length: 450 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Historical Romance

England 1650: Civil War has given way to an uneasy peace . . .

Royalist officer James Hart refuses to accept the tyranny of the new government after the execution of King Charles I, and to raise funds for the restoration of the king’s son, he takes to the road as a highwayman.

Elizabeth Seton has long been shunned for being a traitor’s daughter. In the midst of the new order, she risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in a garrison town. But her attempts to rebuild her life are threatened, first by her own sense of injustice, then by falling in love with an outlaw.

The lovers’ loyalty is tested through war, defeat and separation. James must fight his way back to the woman he loves, while Elizabeth will do anything to save him, even if it means sacrificing herself.

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EXCERPT

Traitor’s Knot, by Cryssa Bazos

Excerpt #5 (950 words)

Elizabeth Seton couldn’t understand the greed of seagulls. The two birds beat their wings and fought over a scrap of offal while ignoring the endless sea. She had a desire to pick up her skirts and, so running, scatter them to the sky. But from behind her, a rock was thrown at the birds. It bounced off the cobbles a foot away from them. Gulls took flight, and Elizabeth whirled around, equally startled. A soot-faced urchin winked and scampered off.

Elizabeth smiled in the direction of the retreating boy and continued down the quayside towards the market. The wind off the bay freshened, whipping her dark hair and skirts. She tucked an errant lock back into her coif and snuggled deeper into her blue woollen cloak. No time to tarry. She had business to attend.

When she neared the market, her stomach gave a nervous flutter. Positive thoughts breed true. She adjusted the basket that rode in the crook of her arm and pressed on.

Elizabeth wended her way through the market stalls, not stopping at the rows of long whitefish laid out silvery across wooden boards. Their fresh scent of the sea beckoned for a closer inspection, but her business was with the oystercatcher’s wife. If it went well, she’d return for one of the smaller ones.

Elizabeth’s boots tapped against the stone cobbles, and she practised under her breath, “I hear, Fishwife Midden, that Margery has left your employ.” Annoyed with herself, she shook her head. The woman would think she was a gossip, and no one trusted a loose tongue. Elizabeth needed to impress her. The Middens preferred their help young enough to be trained to their ways, but at twenty-two, Elizabeth found herself at a disadvantage.

There was a time when Elizabeth didn’t need to worry about finding employment. Before the war, her father, Thomas Seton, had once been a respected shipwright, his trade crucial in a seaside town, while her mother, Mary, was a healer and the first to be fetched for matters regarding childbirth and sickness. Elizabeth had expected to follow her mother’s calling.

She passed a row of empty stalls and for a moment considered selling their ointments, but she knew better. A gift for a gift, never coin—her grandmother’s mantra. No matter how reduced their circumstances, Mary Seton would never accept payment for physic. It didn’t matter. None would purchase in public what they now avoided in private.  

When Elizabeth spied a knot of women at the cheesemonger’s, she slowed down. Here was the elite of Weymouth—officers’ wives and those closely connected to the Parliamentary governor. They were particular friends of her older sister, Kate Hallet, though none of hers. Elizabeth considered skirting their position, but instead she lifted her chin, held her breath and stayed true. As she passed, one said, “There’s Seton’s girl. Shame about that business.”

Elizabeth flinched, but she forced herself to ignore them.

Though the war had ended a year earlier with the King’s execution, the divisions had never been repaired. Even Kate, who had married a Parliament garrison soldier, kept a resolute distance from Elizabeth and their mother. Only a handful of Royalist families still concerned themselves with her family’s welfare.

Up ahead, the oystercatcher’s stall thronged with customers. Elizabeth took heart and made her way to the front.

“There you are, mistress.” Fishwife Midden greeted her with a smile. Her nose was tipped pink, and her hands were gnarled from working in the cold seawater. “You’ve picked a good day. The oysters are plump and juicy. Six or eight?”

Elizabeth hesitated. “Four, if you please.”

“Only that?” The woman’s brow’s puckered. She bent over a barrel and scooped out the oysters, placing them in Elizabeth’s basket. “How’s your mother doing? I heard she ain’t well.”

“Better, thank you,” Elizabeth replied, handing over two of her remaining coins. “I’m certain she’s taken a good turn.”

“God save her,” the fishwife said. “We’ve missed her these past few months.”

Elizabeth watched the old woman edge away, her eyes darting to the next customer. This was her chance. “I was wondering . . .”

“Aye, deary?”

“I ran into Margery the other day—”

“Did you now? Stopped to chat, did she?” Fishwife Midden rested her hands on her round hips.

“I had a thought—since my mother is doing better, she’ll need less of my attention,” Elizabeth said. “You’ll need help now that Margery is gone. I can attend behind the counter or sort out the catch.”

Fishwife Midden’s expression softened. “I’m afraid not, deary.” She started to turn away, and Elizabeth laid her hand on the woman’s arm.

“You can pay me half of what you paid Margery. I’ll still bless you for it.”

“You’re worth more than that, sweetling,” she replied, “but I can’t take you on.”

“Please.” Elizabeth hated to beg but swallowed her pride. “For the regard you and your husband once bore my father, for all the repairs he made on your fishing boats without a shilling . . .”

“Mistress Seton,” she said with the slightest emphasis on her last name, “it’s impossible.” She glanced past her shoulder and nodded to someone. Elizabeth turned and found the officers’ wives flanked behind her.

“Are you done, Fishwife?” their leader asked. “If I’m delayed in this manner, I’ll press on to another stall.”

“Apologies, mistress,” Fishwife Midden said. “Did you want your usual quarter barrel?”

The flow of the market passed over Elizabeth, rendering her invisible. It always came down to that. Not many in Weymouth dared doff their caps to the memory of those, like her father, who had taken a stand for the King.

The rest of the town still called them traitors.

AUTHOR

Cryssa Bazos

Cryssa Bazos is an award-winning historical fiction author and a seventeenth century enthusiast. Her debut novel, Traitor’s Knot is the Medalist winner of the 2017 New Apple Award for Historical Fiction, a finalist for the 2018 EPIC eBook Awards for Historical Romance. Her second novel, Severed Knot, is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree and a finalist for the 2019 Chaucer Award. A forthcoming third book in the standalone series, Rebel’s Knot, was published November 2021.

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Tour Schedule

October 18th

Wendy J. Dunn’s Official Blog

The Coffee Pot Book Club

The Historical Fiction Blog

Historical Fiction With Spirit…

October 19th

A Darn Good Read

The Books Delight

Judith Arnopp’s Official Blog

CelticLady’s Reviews

October 20th

Ruins & Reading

Catherine Meyrick’s Official Blog

Elizabeth St.John’s Official Blog

Viviana MacKade’s Official Blog

October 21st

Archaeolibrarian

Let Your Words Shine…

Gwendalyn’s Books

The Writing Desk

October 22nd

MJ Porter’s Official Blog

Deborah Swift’s Official Blog

When Angels Fly

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Anna Belfrage – Stolen Moments

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The Factory Girl and the Fey

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The Factory Girl And The Fey By Nadine Galinsky Feldman

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The Factory Girl and the Fey

Nadine Galinsky Feldman

Publication date: October 14, 2021 by Nadine Feldman

Genre: Historical Fiction & Fantasy

Jane Thorburn straddles two worlds: her life as a “factory girl” in Scotland’s mills, and her birthright as fairy royalty. Abandoned by her parents as an infant, and uncertain about the true motives of the Fey, she learns to depend only on herself. All she wants is to be a great weaver and live an independent life.

The Fair Folk, fighting for their very survival, have other plans for her, as does the handsome and charismatic Robert Stein. What life will she choose? And will she even have a choice?

A historical fantasy inspired by the author’s ancestors, The Factory Girl and the Fey is an affectionate tribute to the women who helped fuel Scotland’s Industrial Age, from the workers to the poets…and to the Fey who remind us that magic is real when we believe in it.

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win a paperback copy of The Factory Girl and the Fey by Nadine Galinsky Feldman!The giveaway is open to US addresses only and ends on October 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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REVIEW

Set in the Industrial Age of Scotland a young factory girl Jane Thorburn, tale comes to life. An historical fiction book with tons of magical realism, The Factory Girl and the Fey was a fast read. Lighthearted but also very realistic in its portrayal of the living and working conditions of the hard working people during this time period.

Mixed with fantasy and yes heartbreak, I enjoyed reading about the struggles and decisions that Jane faced. I also was captivated by the lovely addition of poetry to the start of each chapter.

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.

AUTHOR

Nadine Galinsky Feldman is an author of women’s and historical fiction. Her novel What She Knew was a finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book awards. The Foreign Language of Friends was a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Chick Lit category. It was also named a Gold Medal Winner, Women’s Issues, in the 2011 eLit Book Awards.

As an editor, Nadine produced Patchwork and Ornament: A Woman’s Journey of Life, Love, and Art by Jeanette Feldman, which won the 2010 Indie Excellence Award for Best Memoir.

Her first book, When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope, provided grief support to an underserved population.

When not working on her many writing projects, Nadine loves traveling, gardening, genealogy, and yoga. She lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York state.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, October 14
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Review at With a Book in Our Hands

Friday, October 15
Review at Bibliostatic

Monday, October 18
Review at Booking With Janelle

Tuesday, October 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Interview at Books & Benches

Wednesday, October 20
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, October 21
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, October 22
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Monday, October 25
Review at momma_doc_reads

Tuesday, October 26
Review at Jessica Belmont

Wednesday, October 27
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Thursday, October 28
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Blood, Fire & Mercy

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: November 10, 2021

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Synopsis:

18-year-old thief Neva Roberts has been living on the run since absconding with the Eye, piece of the greatest weapon ever created. But she’s running from more than a cold-hearted ruler. She has exiled herself to a barren land, trying to forget the pain she caused.

When Trinizhi’s squad of assassins catches up with Neva, her life on the run comes to an abrupt end, and the ultimate betrayal is unveiled. Only one person — Astiand — knew where she was hiding.

With the help of Emiliand and a new Djinn friend, Neva will return to her homeland for the job of a lifetime. If she can overcome dragon wardens, escape a prison island, and double-cross Trinizhi, Neva might just start forgiving herself…

Christina Davis was raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is a California girl at heart. She spent much of her childhood in and out of hospitals and embraced reading as an escape. After being home-schooled through high school, she graduated summa cum laude from San Jose State University and attended NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute before embarking on a decade-long career in journalism. She enjoys chocolate, cosplay, coffee, and board games, but not necessarily in that order. She now lives in beautiful Monterey County with her husband and daughter.

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That Dark Infinity Blog Tour

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That Dark Infinity By Kate Pentecost

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That Dark Infinity By Kate Pentecost

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: October 19th, 2021

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SYNOPSIS

By night, the Ankou is a legendary, permanently young mercenary. By day, a witch’s curse leaves him no more than bones. Caught in an unending cycle of death and resurrection, the Ankou wants only to find the death that has been prophesied for him, especially once he begins to rot while he’s still alive….

After the kingdom of Kaer-Ise is sacked, Flora, loyal handmaiden to the princess, is assaulted and left for dead. As the sole survivor of the massacre, Flora wants desperately to find the princess she served. When the Ankou agrees to help her find the princess, and to train her in exchange for her help in breaking his curse, she accepts. But how can she kill an immortal? Especially one whom she is slowly growing to understand—and maybe even to love?

Together, they will solve mysteries, battle monsters, break curses, and race not only against time, but against fate itself.

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Damn This Book Was Good♥︎

Are you ready for an incredible stunning fantasy?

Filled with mysterious immortal monster hunter, with a kickAss Heroine♥︎ Add mythical creatures and a creepy ancient curse!!

Ankou, known as Lazarus has been cursed for 300 years of a deathless death. A paid mercenary he hunts down monsters within the Five Lands, and destroys them. Florelle {Flora} Tanett is handmaiden to Princess Betheara Ilurosa. When her quite world comes crashing down and everything she has known is completely destroyed.

An horrific event leaves her leaves for dead, if not for the intervention of an all blacked clothed stranger. A friendship sparks as the two set out on an epic quest. Ankou seeks to end his unrelenting curse that causes him to be become a skeleton that travel the inbetween of life and death. Flora seeks to find her best friend and future Queen, Princess Betheara Ilurosa. Their journey is joined by another intriguing character Atonais. I just adored him, and he added some great comic dialogue.

This fantasy that packs a punch! Yes it’s dark, and riveting, but it also tackles some thought provoking themes. To me I found it to be darkishly delightful! The YA world building and writing is not to demanding so it makes it a fast read.

The characters are well developed and three dimensional. The narration was seamless and I thought the slow burn romance was perfect and well depicted. The author intricately plots a character driven fantasy adventure.

This one book that you don’t book pass up!

Kate Pentecost is one author to look out for, and the book That Dark Infinity a sealed place in my library.

Please be advised readers to look into content warnings on this book.

AUTHOR

Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, where ghosts and rural legends lurk in the pines and nothing is completely as it seems.
She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was recently nominated for a Rhysling award for her poem “Small Town Witches.”
Her debut novel, Elysium Girls, is forthcoming from Disney Hyperion in 2020 in print and audio formats.
She is obsessed with the Romantic Poets and can be identified by the enormous tattoo of Percy Bysshe Shelley on her arm. She lives in Houston.

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Review & Giveaway: Windswept by Annabelle McCormack

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Windswept By Annabelle McCormack

Windswept by Annabelle McCormack

Publication Date: September 21, 2021

Paperback & eBook; 438 pages


Series: The Windswept Saga, Book OneGenre: Historical Fiction

A British nurse in WWI Egypt races to deliver explosive intelligence that could change the course of the war in this novel of suspense, adventure, and love.

May, 1917. Ginger Whitman left a life of wealth and privilege in England to train as a battlefield nurse and serve in the Great War. Working on the brutal frontlines in Palestine, she finds a wounded soldier hiding in her camp. The soldier claims to carry intelligence unmasking a secret plot against the British—and that traitors within British intelligence are searching for him. Desperate and dying, the soldier entrusts a coded message to her care.

Ginger is hurled into an unfamiliar world of intrigue and murder amidst the war-ravaged Arabian desert. She’s determined to help her country but trusting the wrong person could cost her life. Then the arrival of mysterious and handsome British intelligence officer Major Noah Benson offers a chance of help. But Noah may be as dangerous as he is charming. As she’s swept away by stolen moments on the desert sands, Ginger realizes her heart may also be at risk.

Hunted by a shadowy enemy spy, Ginger must decide if she can trust Noah. But as she grapples with her decision, Ginger makes a shocking discovery: a sinister secret that threatens to shatter the world she thought she knew.

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Praise

“Chock-full of secrets and spies, love and betrayal, danger and adventure, all of which is set against the devastating backdrop of WWI, Windswept by Annabelle McCormack is a sumptuous, fast-paced, and riveting read that’ll have you cheering for the heroine until the very end.” -Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Sister Dear and You Will Remember Me

“A neophyte nurse becomes an accidental but effective spy in this gripping adventure.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Windswept is a whirlwind of an adventure. From the edge-of-your seat suspense, to the passionate romance…you won’t be able to put this book down!” -Lisa Boyle, author of Signed, A Paddy

“Windswept is a delightful, ripsnorting adventure with a feisty heroine, a breathless pace, and endless adventure, intrigue, and romance. You will smile from cover to cover. This will remind you how enjoyable a good book can be.” –William Bernhardt, bestselling author of the Ben Kincaid series

“Suspenseful, sexy, and moving, Windswept is a great choice for those looking for strong female leads in their historical fiction. Ginger will inspire you; the story will enthrall you, and the passionate romance will win you over.” -Samantha Hui, Independent Book Review

Giveaway

Enter to win a paperback copy of Windswept by Annabelle McCormack!

The giveaway is open to US addresses only and ends on October 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

“Death made equals of cowards and heroes, friend or foe.”

-Windswept, Annabelle McCormack –

Windswept by the debut author Annabelle McCormack is a riveting book.

Full of suspense and intrigue that occurred in the Middle Eastern campaign of WWI,

Strong willed Lady Virginia Whitman otherwise know as Ginger, is a red-haired war nurse. Ginger is far from her once privileged life in Britain, now she finds herself in the front lines, stationed at a field hospital for wounded soldiers in Gaza Palestin.

When Ginger finds a severely wounded Turkish soldier who reveals he is a spy for British intelligence, and who is in fact in possession of crucial information that would have devastating consequences should it fall into the wrong hands. Throwing caution to the wind Ginger decision to help him places her in a dangerous game of espionage.

This was fast paced propulsive storyline, offering both drama and a smoldering romance. Spies and secrets, the reader will find themselves captivating with the spitfire heroine. The atmospheric imagery along with crucial details place you the reader front line and center.

This is one book that I highly recommend to my friends and family who enjoy superb historical fiction.

I have to say this might be my favorite WW1 book of all time

About the Author


Annabelle McCormack writes historical women’s fiction with epic settings, adventure, and romance. Her debut book Windswept, a novel about a British WWI nurse in the Middle East caught in a dangerous web of intrigue and romance, will be published September 2021.

She was born in San Jose, Costa Rica to a Costa Rican mother and American father. She moved to the US at the age of 4, but remains fully bilingual in English and Spanish. She studied at the Johns Hopkins University, where she obtained a Master of Arts in Fiction in 2010. Afterward, she dedicated herself to her photography business, while continuing to work on her writing as a long-term goal. In 2018, she received the award for Best Novel at the 2018 Red Sneaker’s Writer Conference (now Writer-Con). She lives in Maryland with her husband and five children and writes as a staff blogger for Inkitt Writer’s Blog.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, September 21
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Booking With Janelle
Feature at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Wednesday, September 22
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, September 23
Review at Books and Backroads

Friday, September 24
Review at Jessica Belmont

Saturday, September 25
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, September 26
Review at Reader_Ceygo

Monday, September 27
Review at Bibliostatic
Review at Novels Alive
Interview at Reader_Ceygo

Tuesday, September 28
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog

Wednesday, September 29
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Monday, October 4
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Tuesday, October 5
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Wednesday, October 6
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, October 8
Review at Niki Loves to Read

Monday, October 11
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Wednesday, October 13
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, October 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, October 18
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, October 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, October 22
Review at Coffee and Ink

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Briarheart by Mercedes Lackey

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Briarheart by Mercedes Lackey

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Briarheart by Mercedes Lackey Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: October 5th, 2021

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SYNOPSIS

From beloved fantasy author Mercedes Lackey comes a fresh and feminist reinterpretation of Sleeping Beauty.

Miriam may be the daughter of Queen Alethia of Tirendell, but she’s not a princess. She’s the child of Alethia and her previous husband, the King’s Champion, who died fighting for the king, and she has no ambitions to rule. When her new baby sister Aurora, heir to the throne, is born, she’s ecstatic. She adores the baby, who seems perfect in every way. But on the day of Aurora’s christening, an uninvited Dark Fae arrives, prepared to curse her, and Miriam discovers she possesses impossible power.

Soon, Miriam is charged with being trained in both magic and combat to act as chief protector to her sister. But shadowy threats are moving closer and closer to their kingdom, and Miriam’s dark power may not be enough to save everyone she loves, let alone herself.

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Thorns Are No Match For Sleeping Beauty’s Sister

-Briarheart Mercedes Lackey –

A vivid younger YA retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

In this light hearted fantasy Princess Aurora is a baby, and the main character is her half-sister Miriam. Miriam will do everything in her power to protect her baby sister.

In a series of events at Aurora’s christening fifteen year Miriam doesn’t think twice when a dark Fae moves to cast a curse on the baby, Miriam blocks it. In doing so she discovers some very intriguing things about herself.

This time Lackey gives her audience a delightful, feminist perspective on an age old fairytale. She has created a wonderful slightly younger fantasy tale.

A quick read, that I enjoyed reading from start to finish

AUTHOR

Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70’s she worked as an artist’s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.

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The Queen’s Keeper

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The Queens Keeper Blog Tour

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“Prey, you should have been ready.”Welcome to the highly anticipated tour for dark fairytale, The Queen’s Keeper by J.L. Vampa! Read on for details, an exclusive excerpt, and a chance to enter an incredible giveaway!

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The Queen’s Keeper

Expected Publication Date: October 12th, 2021

Genre: Dark Fairy Tale/ Fantasy

What if I told you that everything you knew about your life was a lie and that you’re being hunted? What if I told you that you were prey? This is the reality for Luvenia Rousseau. Amidst the struggle to survive in a famished, war-torn country and the fight against the phantoms of her past, her family is brutally ripped apart by a tyrant queen’s venomous army. Just when all hope seems lost, she stumbles upon an enchanted realm while the queen hunts for the one who got away.

A page-turning debut novel among the likes of Hunger Games, Snow White, and Throne of Glass, this dark fairy tale adaptation will have you on the edge of your seat.

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REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

THE QUEEN’S KEEPER

The Queen’s Keeper by J.L. Vampa, is a captivating dark fairytale.

Luvenia Rousseau, and her family struggle to survive, in the land of Orford. Doing what they can they barely scrape out an existence . Luvenia world comes crashing down when a series of events happen. When an unimaginable betrayal happens followed by a deadly attack by tyrannous ruling Queen Pietro, and her collectors. Luvenia world comes crashing down. She is left broken and full of despair, but nothing prepares her for what comes next. Finding herself in an lush and vivid world Aureland. A parallel world where everything she was taught to believe is not the completely true. In the magical world of Aureland, Luvenia will train to fight, and builds friendships with Khyan, Theralin, Nuria, and Darius, Which makes up her new found family.

Luvenia Rousseau trains hard to become a great fighter, along with her physical change she is able to slowly emotionally heal from past mistakes. She learns to love herself through forgiveness. Her character growth is phenomenal as she comes to realize that revenge is not the answer. An enlightening message about ones true inner strength and resilience. When you can finally let go with all the emotional baggage that has been holding you back from your true potential.

The author intricately plots a character driven fantasy with rich magical atmospheric world building. The light romance was well depicted, and it didn’t overshadow the storyline. I enjoyed reading it from start to finish all the way through until the unforeseen twists at the end.

I am looking forward to reading what this talented author writes next!

Excerpt

The Queen of Aureland strode into her castle’s training hall like an ancient warrior comprised of bone crushing strength and the breathless wonder of snow-capped mountain air. Rarely did she wear riding pants and a tunic—for she believed one’s attire should reflect one’s character and she was a leader of others into excellence and virtue—but today her leading required a different sort of approach and a gown would not do. Granted, her tunic glistened with fine jewels—there was no need to look like a peasant. Her protégé thought she’d seen fierce opponents in her training, but she hadn’t seen Nuria. The queen’s most guarded secret may be of an entirely different nature, but her hundred years of honed battle skills came in at a close second.

“Hello, Luvenia,” she said to get the girl’s attention, her voice silken. “No need to look so shocked, darling. I will be conducting your training this fine morning. Darius needed to sleep. Though achieving his agreement on that fact was a battle in and of itself.” She rolled her eyes and smoothed her bejeweled tunic, then clapped both hands together. “Right, then, let us get to it. You are weakest in hand-to-hand combat, yes?” Veni nodded mutely, feeling as though she were about to discover the queen’s beauty and gentle spirit had merely been the adorned scabbard sheathing a powerful blade. “Very well.” The queen eyed the girl. “I will not hold back. Your training will not be complete until you are capable of disarming and defeating me. That will not happen today. There is no need for unrealistic expectations. Though you, my dear, will beat me one day. Recognize your potential without masking it in obscured reality.”

Veni’s mind spun. She’s going to run me into the ground, physically and mentally. “Use your words, dear. Are you prepared or not?” Veni smirked and sighed a breathy laugh. “Ready as I’ll ever be, I suppose.” Nuria’s beauty turned lethal as she lunged for the wide-eyed girl. Before Veni could even get her hands up to defend herself, the queen nicked her chin with her bare knuckles, enough to stun her. In an instant, she had Veni’s own arm twisted behind her and forced her to her knees. The queen released her captive and Veni stood as her vision swam a bit from the blow to her chin. Nuria wiped the blood from her split knuckle on her pants. “My Hordemen go easy on you and spar with you.” She shook her head. “You have had enough of that. Sparring is unrealistic and you have grown used to how it works.” The queen put a finger to her temple. “Your mind is quick, dear heart, but wits alone will not win a battle. A sparring session, perhaps, but not a battle. Darius has taught you well how to predict your opponent’s next move, this is wise. However, most of the people you come across in a fight will not be calculated. They will be ruthless. There is a fine line between noble ferocity and ruthless ferocity. The truth of it is you will need to dance on the edge of that line in order to get your sister back. We will help you stay on the noble side, but you must embrace the ferocity. You can spar and train all day long, learning all the perfect maneuvers and defenses, but until you can take a true blow and get back up, you are not learning what you will need to succeed in bringing Ester home. Do you understand?

” Veni’s jaw stung, and her heart pounded, but she knew Nuria was right. It was time to cease pretending that she was learning to fight and to truly take hold of it. “Yes,” she told the queen. “Again. Let’s go.” Fast as lightning, Nuria came at her with no mercy over and over. The girl’s blood was splattered on the queen’s sparkling tunic and Nuria’s knuckles continued to bleed. Veni forgot everything she’d learned in routine sparring sessions and had little success discerning Nuria’s next move. That is, for the first half of their session. Once she’d taken several hits and tasted self-preservation as well as a sense of wildness, her training came back to her in a new way. She ended up on her back or rear or face countless times, but it would only take one hit. Luvenia had to hit that beautiful queen one time and she would be satisfied for the day.

“Are you certain you would like to continue? Your eye is beginning to swell.” Nuria watched her protégé struggle to stand, yet again. “I’m sure,” she said through gritted teeth. “Again.” Her eye was indeed swelling shut and her mouth was thick with blood and saliva, but she was going to hit that perfect face. Just once.

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J.L. was born and raised in the great state of Texas. After attending college in Oklahoma, J.L. became a bookkeeper and office manager. She swiftly discovered she was to be a Keeper of Books and a Manager of Fantastical Worlds, instead. Thus began the unfolding of her literary journey, J.L. now lives with her husband and two children, penning her next masterpiece for you to enjoy, while running her own bookish shop, Wicked Whimsy Boutique.

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The Inns of Devonshire

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The Inns of Devonshire

The Inns of Devonshire

Three novellas, three times the romance, and three times the love . . . in this brand new Timeless Regency Collection

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The Seventh Star Inn, by Sally Britton

After years of looking after one another, Susan Baxter and her mother view their neighbors in Totnes as family. When a new landlord inherits the leases on their homes and businesses alike, Susan dreads knowing her world could change at the whim of a stranger. But when she meets Collin Stonecroft and his inquisitive daughter, her feelings shift quickly from cautionary to hopeful. Collin has lived in the confines of London boarding houses all his life, and he’s determined to give his daughter more. They check into the Seventh Star Inn with plans to return to London as soon as possible, but both find Miss Baxter and her local history lessons far too enchanting to leave behind. When Susan learns of Collin’s proposed changes to her beloved neighborhood, will she be able to help him see that some things are perfect the way they are?

The Truth about Mr. Blackmore, by Annette Lyon


Leigh’s life at the Old Grey Inn is drudgery broken by flights of fancy thanks in part to novels by Simon Blackmore. When Mattias McGrady comes to the inn for a fortnight, Leigh captures his attention. A relationship develops, and she dreads the end of his stay, which will mean a return to an unhappy life. An urgent letter to Mattias leads to him inviting Leigh to an event that stands to change both of their lives forever. If all goes well, Leigh will have a life of her choosing after all. But half-truths and lies have a way of complicating matters. When their plans go awry, Leigh loses her reputation and Mattias almost surely loses his career. Can either of them find happiness?

The Coachman’s Choice, by Deborah M. Hathaway


Ever-reliable Mary Thorne has helped her widowed mother run The Golden Mermaid Inn for years. She spends her days greeting guests, ensuring the inn runs smoothly—and dodging flirtatious remarks from passing coachmen. But she’s far too busy to pay any attention to such men, even the enticingly attractive Mr. Northcott. Known far and wide for his horsemanship, punctuality, and dallying reputation, Robert Northcott relishes his life as a coachman, especially his freedom to flirt with numerous women from inn to inn, all without the messy details of commitment. There’s just one woman who’s immune to his charms: the lovely, single landlady of The Golden Mermaid. Robert is determined to win Mary over, just as heartily as she is determined to keep her distance from him. But his carefree life is threatened when his pursual of Mary becomes more than just a game…

REVIEW

A captivating installment in the Timeless Regency Collection

This anthology features some lovely novellas from some authors that I just love.

A treasured book to be sure, each heroine is of the working class. Each individual story completely stand on their own, with one thing in common. Their settings take place within or around an Inn. What a delightful concept, each one is sweet and charming, and I was immersed with each story characters and sub characters. I also felt the characters were well developed and the charming romance made for a satisfying read.

THE SEVENTH STAR INN by Sally Britton. THE TRUTH ABOUT MR. BLACKMORE by Annette Lyon. THE COACHMAN’S CHOICE by Deborah M. Hathaway

ABOUT THE SERIES

Since 2015, Mirror Press has been publishing the Timeless Regency Collection, a curated anthology of novellas and short stories set in early 19th century England. Featuring bestselling authors from the historical romance genre, the series has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at Amazon.com. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.

AUTHOR BIOS

Sally Britton is a wife, mother, and author who loves the world of romance, received her BA in English from Brigham Young University, and reads voraciously. She started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter, and she’s never looked back.

Sally primarily lives in Oklahoma with her husband, four children, and Izzie the Aussie Shepherd. She loves researching, hiking, and eating too much chocolate.

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Annette Lyon is a USA Today Bestselling author. She’s won a Whitney Award (2010) and is an eight-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State medal for fiction and short stories. She’s the author of more than a dozen novels, even more novellas, a cookbook, a grammar guide, and some 120+ articles. She’s worked as a professional editor for publishers and bestselling authors and graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English.

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Deborah M. Hathaway graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Creative Writing. As a young girl, she devoured Jane Austen’s novels while watching and re-watching every adaptation she could. She finds inspiration for her novels during her travels with her English husband to the United Kingdom, where she draws on the beauty of the country in such places as Ireland, Yorkshire, and her beloved Cornwall. Be sure to sign up for Deborah’s Newsletter to stay updated on new releases, free and discounted Clean Romance novels, and more!

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TOUR BLURB

Join the virtual book tour of THE INNS OF DEVONSHIRE, a collection of novellas by bestselling authors Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, & Deborah M. Hathaway, October 4-17, 2021. Thirty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in Regency romance, historical romance, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of the release of the 18th book in the bestselling Timeless Regency Collection with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new anthology set in Regency England.

Oct 04 Fire and Ice (Review)

Oct 04 Austenprose (Excerpt) 

Oct 04 Timeless Novels (Review) 

Oct 05 Lu Reviews Books (Review)

Oct 05 Beauty in the Binding (Spotlight) 

Oct 05 For Where Your Treasure Is (Excerpt)

Oct 06 Probably at the Library (Review)

Oct 06 Our Book Confessions (Review) 

Oct 06 Bookworm Lisa (Review) 

Oct 07 Literary Time Out (Review)

Oct 07 Reading with Emily (Review)

Oct 08 Bringing Up Books (Review)

Oct 08 Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)

Oct 09 Becky on Books (Review) 

Oct 09 Books and Socks Rock (Review) 

Oct 10 The Christian Fiction Girl (Spotlight) 

Oct 10 Heidi Reads (Review)

Oct 11 My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)

Oct 11 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)

Oct 11 Wishful Endings (Review)

Oct 12 So Little Time… (Excerpt)

Oct 12 The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Spotlight) 

Oct 12 Laura’s Reviews (Review)

Oct 13 Austenesque Reviews (Review) 

Oct 13 Storeybook Reviews (Excerpt)

Oct 13 Rosanne E. Lortz (Review)

Oct 14 From Pemberley to Milton (Spotlight)

Oct 14 Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Excerpt)

Oct 14 Christian Chick’s Thoughts  (Review)

Oct 15 A Darn Good Read (Review)

Oct 15 Relz Reviewz (Spotlight) 

Oct 15 Reading is My Superpower (Review) 

Oct 15 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Oct 16 My Bookish Bliss (Review) 

Oct 17 The Book Diva Reads (Spotlight)

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The Endless Skies Blog Tour

Hello Everyone ! Welcome To My Stop On The Book Tour For

The Endless Skies By Shannon Price.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: August 17th, 2021

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SYNOPSIS

High above the sea, floats the pristine city of the Heliana. Home to winged-lion shapeshifters―the Leonodai―and protected from the world of humans by an elite group of warriors, the Heliana has only known peace.

After years of brutal training, seventeen-year-old Rowan is ready to prove her loyalty to the city and her people to become one of the Leonodai warriors. But before Rowan can take the oath, a deadly disease strikes the city’s children. Soon the warriors―including two of Rowan’s closest friends―are sent on a dangerous mission to find a fabled panacea deep within enemy lands.

Left behind, Rowan learns a devastating truth that could compromise the mission and the fate of the Heliana itself. She must make a decision: stay with the city and become a warrior like she always dreamed, or risk her future in an attempt to save everyone she loves. Whatever Rowan decides, she has to do it fast, because time is running out, and peace can only last so long…

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If you are looking for a binge-able unique fantasy book, The Endless Skies by Shannon Price might be for you.

An action packed YA fantasy, that gives readers an adventurous plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Vivid fantastic world building, where a floating city known as the Heliana is protected by Leonodai, winged lion shape-shifters.

When a mysterious disease starts killing the Leonodai children and the only known cure lays in the hands of humans, who refuse collaboration. This inventive tale is told in multiple POV’s, with a creative magical system and a friends to lovers triangle. The author does a great job with some unexpected plot twists that made for an enjoyable storyline. At the books core the moral message is about sacrifice, duty and loyalty.

READ THIS IF YOU LIKE :

-unique fantasy world

-action adventure

– shapeshifters

-friends to lovers

– love triangle

-multiple pov’s

AUTHOR

SHANNON PRICE believes in good bread, good wine,

and good books. She lives in California where she dreams of one day living in a house by the sea.

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Sistersong

Hello Gracious Readers

Today is the Release Day for

Sistersong

by Lucy Holand

@redhookbooks @orbitbooks @silvanhistorian

#sistersong #lucyholland #orbitbooks

Sistersong
by Lucy Holand

My sister’s heart broke on the river—and the river took it and bore it away.

In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, there is old magic to be found in the whisper of the wind, the roots of the trees, and the curl of the grass. King Cador knew this once, but now the land has turned from him, calling instead to his three children. Riva can cure others, but can’t seem to heal her own deep scars. Keyne battles to be accepted for who he truly is—the king’s son. And Sinne dreams of seeing the world, of finding adventure.

All three fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold, their people’s last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. However, change comes on the day ash falls from the sky. It brings with it Myrdhin, meddler and magician. And Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear them apart.

Riva, Keyne and Sinne—three siblings entangled in a web of treachery and heartbreak, who must fight to forge their own paths.

Their story will shape the destiny of Britain.

ADVANCED PRAISE

A beautiful reimagining of an old British folklore ballad, Sistersong weaves a captivating spell of myth and magic around the reader.” —Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne

“A beautiful reimagining of an old British folklore ballad, Sistersongweaves a captivating spell of myth and magic around the reader.”

—Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne 

Sistersong truly reads like a ballad—beautiful and mournful, a melody that sticks in your head. An absolutely stunning book.” 

—Hannah Whitten, author of For the Wolf

“​I was utterly captivated from the beginning to the tragic, bittersweet end.” 

—Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch’s Heart

“Magical, beautiful and heartbreaking.”

—Greer Macallister, author of Scorpica and The Magician’s Lie

Thank you @redhookbooks @orbitbooks and @silvanhistorian for this gorgeous advanced readers copy ♥︎

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A lush reimagined historical fantasy of the old ballad “Twa Sisters”.

Lucy Holland’s Sistersong is a magical phenomenal tale, that interweaves folklore and magical realism.

Set in sixth century Dumnonia Britain, the storyline takes off after Rome has abandoned the Isles of Britannia. The continuous threat of the encroaching Saxons, as they bombard the coastlines. King of Cador realm is losing its ties with the lands as the old religion is being ever so slowly pushed out by the One god and his followers. This breaking away from the long held traditional ways of the gods and goddesses is having dire consequences.

Cardor use to be connected with land and it’s magic, but now that same magic is calling his three children instead. Riva the oldest, Keyne, and Sinne, each giving the reader their own narrative voice. This is a mesmerizing story of family ties, love, betrayal and magic.

Lucy Holland’s Sistersong catapults you into the six century Dumnonia, Britannia. Her captivating atmospheric imagery and details, along with her seamless narration is to be applauded. Expertly weaving each chapter to create a captivating tapestry of a storyline. The authors meticulously research, along with her own inventive storytelling really shines through. The LGBT and non-binary representative is well depicted and adds so much to this story.

Lucy Holland’s Sistersong is one book that needs to be on your Tbr list.

This is one author who you should be on the lookout for.

Historical Notes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/history/uk_1.shtml

De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae

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The Death of Jane Lawrence

Hello Friends

Today I am excited to share my review of

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

@see_starling @StMartinsPress @gwendalyn_books

𝚃𝚑𝚎𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑𝙾𝚏𝙹𝚊𝚗𝚎𝙻𝚊𝚠𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 #𝚌𝚊𝚒𝚝𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 #𝚜𝚝𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚜𝚙𝚛

The Death of Jane Lawrence

By Caitlin Starling
Gothic Horror

October 5, 2021
SYNOPSIS

From the Bram Stoker-nominated author of The Luminous Dead comes a gothic fantasy horror–The Death of Jane Lawrence.

“Intense and amazing! It’s like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell meets Mexican Gothic meets Crimson Peak.” —BookRiot

Practical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: that she must never visit Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town.

Yet on their wedding night, an accident strands her at his door in a pitch-black rainstorm, and she finds him changed. Gone is the bold, courageous surgeon, and in his place is a terrified, paranoid man—one who cannot tell reality from nightmare, and fears Jane is an apparition, come to haunt him. By morning, Augustine is himself again, but Jane knows something is deeply wrong at Lindridge Hall, and with the man she has so hastily bound her safety to.

Set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England, Caitlin Starling crafts a new kind of gothic horror from the bones of the beloved canon. This Crimson Peak-inspired story assembles, then upends, every expectation set in place by Shirley Jackson and Rebecca, and will leave readers shaken, desperate to begin again as soon as they are finished.

“Don’t read this one alone at night; Caitlin Starling has done it again. Unsettling, atmospheric, and downright brutal at times, The Death of Jane Lawrence will continue to haunt you long after you leave Lindridge Hall…if the house lets you leave, that is.” —Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch’s Heart

Review

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling, is an exceptional book!

Practical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: that she must never visit Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town.

Yet on their wedding night, an accident strands her at his door in a pitch-black rainstorm, and she finds him changed. Gone is the bold, courageous surgeon, and in his place is a terrified, paranoid man—one who cannot tell reality from nightmare, and fears Jane is an apparition, come to haunt him. By morning, Augustine is himself again, but Jane knows something is deeply wrong at Lindridge Hall, and with the man she has so hastily bound her safety to.

Set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England, Caitlin Starling crafts a new kind of gothic horror from the bones of the beloved canon. This Crimson Peak-inspired story assembles, then upends, every expectation set in place by Shirley Jackson and Rebecca, and will leave readers shaken, desperate to begin again as soon as they are finished.

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Lakesedge

Hey There Readers

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lakesedge By Lyndall Clipstone

@tbrbeyondtours & @lkclipstone

#lakesedge #TBRBeyondTours #lyndallclipstone

The Lakesedge Blog Tour
By Lyndall Clipstone

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: September 28th, 2021

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Content Warnings: Emotional and physical abuse by a parent, Body horror, Gore and blood (including description of wounds), Emesis, Discussions of death and grief (no on-page deaths), Descriptions of drowning and deep water, Drowning-related imagery Self-injury (in the context of a curse that requires regular physical sacrifices), suicidal ideation

SYNOPSIS

A lush gothic fantasy about monsters and magic, set on the banks of a cursed lake. Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Brigid Kemmerer.

There are monsters in the world.

When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumors about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem.

There are monsters in the woods.

As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn…

There’s a monster in the shadows, and now it knows my name.

Now, to save Rowan—and herself—Leta must confront the darkness in her past, including unraveling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under.

REVIEW

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

LAKESEDGE by Lyndall Clipstone is a delicious gothic styled fantasy!

Seventeen years old, Violeta “Leta” Graceling will do anything to protect her younger brother. Arien who is plagued with menacing dark shadows. It is almost like a sinister magic is trying to consumes him. Orphaned the two children were found by a woman who they call “Mother” wondering alone on the edge of a forest. As the two grow older Arien’s dark and dreadful powers threaten to be unleash. Trying to eradicate the black forbidden magic from Arien Mother becomes more and more abusive.

In a series of events that happen during a trip to the village, Arien catches the eye of Rowan Sylvanan, the lord of the land. Rowan moves to bring the young troubled boy back to his mansion. Violeta will have none of it, unless she is able to accompany her brothers Arien to the lords home of Lakesege.

Whispers of evil deeds done by Rowan Sylvanan, the Lord of Lakesedge has been circulating. Violeta and Arien don’t know what to believe. The Lord claims he can help the young boy, or is a ruse for a complete control over Arien’s dark magic. Violeta is determined to uncover secrets about the one they call, The Monster Of Lakesege.

Lakesege by Lyndall Clipstone, is a meticulously written book that takes snippets of classical tales to create a masterful storyline. A slow and steady ominous tone of dread takes the reader by the hand and guides them through the pages.

The characters are well developed, and the YA angst was well depicted. I enjoyed the slow burn romance that carefully builds, simultaneously as the secrets start to unfold in the plot line. Clipstone gives us a brilliant atmospheric world. She uses gothic elements, and old world nuisances to catapult the reader into a lush and menacing world.

Some of the things I found quite remarkable were that the villagers pay tithes to the lord, of the land. To the ever so slightly Pagan Festivals, that the village and its residents celebrate with changes of the season, and lets not forget who they worship to. The dark corruption that is steadily growing up and around the manor house. Rowan and Violeta will be faced with the rising darkness and their decisions might make you frustrated, which kept me flipping through the pages.

Lyndall Clipstone does an excellent job in creating an immersive, engaging book that I positively could not put down. There is so many things that I loved about this book.

AUTHOR

Lyndall Clipstone writes about monsters and the girls who like to kiss them. A former youth librarian who grew up running wild in the Barossa Ranges of South Australia, she currently lives in Adelaide, where she tends her own indoor secret garden. She has a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management.

Her debut novel, LAKESEDGE, will be published by Henry Holt, Titan UK and Pan Macmillan Australia in Fall 2021 with a sequel, FORESTFALL, to publish in Fall 2022.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Spotify

SCHEDULE

September 27th
Andonshereads – Interview & Review
Balancing Books and Beauties – Review
A Part of Your Book World – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge
Books Over Everything – Review

September 28th
Nine Bookish Lives – Promo Post
Emelie’s Books – Review & Journal Spread
Luchia Houghton Blog – Review
Shelf Love – Review

September 29th
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
Paperbacks and Planners – Review & Journal Spread
Robinlea BookBird – Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge & Mood Board
Lu is Lost in books – Review & Favourite Quotes

September 30th
tbrandbeyond – Interview
The Book Dutchesses – Promo Post
Stories & Stardust – Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge, Favourite Quotes & Mood Board
Book Briefs – Review
Pei Reads – Review & Favourite Quotes

October 1st
Jennifer Landers – Review
Idreaminbooks – Review & Fanart
Thindbooks Blog – Review
Bookishfairytail – Review & Favourite Quotes

October 2nd
Stuck in Fiction – Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge and Mood Board
The Bookish Coven – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review & Journal Spread
Hardcover Haven – Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge & Playlist

October 3rd
A Court of Coffee and Books – Interview & Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge
thisbellereadstoo – Review & Mood Board
mousethatreads.com – Review, Playlist & Mood Board
Devouring Books – Promo Post

IG SCHEDULE

September 27th
chaibooksandthemoon – Review
balancing_books_and_beauties – Blogger’s Choice
apartofyourbookworld – Blogger’s Choice
books_over_everything – Blogger’s Choice

September 28th
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
emmesbooks – Blogger’s Choice
luchiahoughtonblog – Blogger’s Choice
cgfrances.litreviews – Review & Favourite Quotes

September 29th
gwendalyn.books – Blogger’s Choice
planners.and.paperbacks – Blogger’s Choice
thebookwiccan – Blogger’s Choice
luislostinbooks – Blogger’s Choice

September 30th
tbrandbeyond – Blogger’s Choice
thebookdutchesses – Blogger’s Choice
bookbriefs – Blogger’s Choice
peireads – Blogger’s Choice

October 1st
jl_books – Blogger’s Choice
idreaminbooks – Blogger’s Choice
thindbooks – Blogger’s Choice
bookishfairytail – Blogger’s Choice

October 2nd
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
pageturningels – Review, Favourite Quotes & Mood Board
sometimesleelynnreads – Blogger’s Choice
hardcoverhaven – Blogger’s Choice

October 3rd
pcreads – Review
acourtofcoffeeandbooksblog – Blogger’s Choice
mousethatreads – Blogger’s Choice
wilcoxmandy – Blogger’s Choice

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A Rake Like You

Hello Friends,

Thanks for joining me today on my stop for the blog tour for

A Rake Like You by Becky Michaels ♥︎

#ARakeLikeYou #BecklyMichaels #HFVBTBlogTours

A RAKE LIKE YOU BY BECKY MICHAELS

Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Mildred Press

Series: Linfield Hall, Book #2
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

About to turn thirty, Charles Finch finally realizes his luck has run out. He’s twenty thousand pounds in debt, his entire family hates him, and the powerful Duke of Rutley is watching his every move. So Charles sets out to do what any handsome but impoverished earl would: find a young lady with an impressive dowry to marry him and replenish his coffers.

Louisa Strickland much prefers managing the successful estate her father left her to the company of society. But now that her younger sister has come of age, Louisa finds herself in Mayfair, forced to protect her family from desperate fortune hunters like her neighbor, Charles Finch. And when Charles sets his sights on Louisa’s sister, Louisa will do anything to avert his attention elsewhere.

As Charles and Louisa find themselves rekindling an old friendship that once went up in flames, Charles begins to wonder if there could be something more between them. He only needs to prove he’s not the man he once was. But unfortunately for Charles, it will take much more than passionate kisses and giving up brandy to convince independent Louisa to marry a rake like him.

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REVIEW

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Rake Like You by Becky Michaels Is the second installment in the Linfield Hall series, following Lady August.

Independent and cynical, red haired, bluestocking, Louisa Strickland, was everything I hoped she would be. Strong willed and determined, she is an outstanding character in this new standalone regency romance by Michaels.

Louisa Strickland has resigned herself to a life of spinsterhood, sacrificing

marriage for her independence. She wants nothing more than living in the country and maintaining the estate her unconditional father left her. Or so she thinks….

Longtime neighbors Miss Louisa an Charles Finch disguise themselves as a couple. Louisa became enamored of him.. maybe she came very close to thinking marriage wasn’t so bad. When she walked in on her pretend love interest with an opera singer. She made sure never to let her heart get in the way of what she truly desired. But

that was years ago, now Louisa’s younger sister Flora is coming out. Flora’s beauty and her weighted dowry makes her the ideal catch of the Season.

Viscount Charles Finch, Earl of Bolton, a rake of the first degree. His hardcore drinking, womanizing and extensive gambling has made him the perfect retch for redemption. After coming to turns with his addiction to drink, giving up the vile stuff.

His problems are not even close to being over with. He is over his head in debt, actually the correct number is twenty thousand pounds. The powerful Duke of Rutley has made it his personal agenda to make sure that Charles follows through on their agreement. His family life has suffered greatly from his pure lake of compassion and his self centered treatment towards them.

The Impoverished Earl of Bolton, Charles Finch, has no alternative but to marry a woman with a large dowry to reestablish his estates coffers.

A Reluctant Romance….

The author has created an engaging and memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this lovely regency romance. I enjoyed the twists along with the slow building romantic tension the author so expertly written. The banter and comic timing made for a delightful book that I found very enjoyable

I like many other readers are pleasantly looking forward to reading what this author comes up next.

Giveaway

Enter to win a paperback copy of A Rake Like You by Becky Michaels!

The giveaway is open to US addresses only and ends on October 8th. You must be 18 or older to enter.


Direct Link: ⇣

https://gleam.io/hH4AA/a-rake-like-you

AUTHOR

About the Author

Becky Michaels is a historical romance author and self-proclaimed Anglophile. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in English, she reluctantly decided to get a day job but never stopped writing—or dreaming. THE LAND STEWARD’S DAUGHTER, a Regency romance set in 1815 England, is her debut novel. Despite the cold winters and high rent, she still lives in the Boston area with her boyfriend and cat.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | BOOKBUB | GOODREADS

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 13
Excerpt at Novels Alive
Review at Reader_ceygo

Tuesday, September 14
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss
Excerpt at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Wednesday, September 15
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Thursday, September 16
Review at Bookoholiccafe
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Sunday, September 19
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

Monday, September 20
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Tuesday, September 21
Review at Up Past My Bedtime

Wednesday, September 22
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Thursday, September 23
Review at Novels Alive

Sunday, September 26
Review + Excerpt at Robin Loves Reading

Monday, September 27
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Tuesday, September 28
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Excerpt at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Wednesday, September 29
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, September 30
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Friday, October 1
Review at Bookworlder

Monday, October 4
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, October 6
Review at Fringe Book Reviews

Thursday, October 7
Review at Probably at the Library

Friday, October 8
Review at Passages to the Past

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Voices In The Mist

Hello There Gracious Readers and welcome to my stop on the
Voices in the Mist by Susanne Dunlap

#VoicesintheMist #SusanneDunlap #HFVBTBlogTours

VOICES IN THE MIST BY SUSANNE DUNLAP

Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Bellastoria Press

Series: The Orphans of Tolosa, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction

Marry a Catholic stranger, or flee the only world she’s ever known: Headstrong Bruna de Gansard must choose one or the other to protect her Cathar family from the inquisitors.

Toulouse, 1229. The inquisitors have arrived to rid the city of Cathar heretics once and for all, and are putting all unmarried girls over the age of 12 to the question. After an incident in the town calls unwanted attention to 14-year-old Bruna, a young Catholic stranger who is sympathetic to the heretics warns her family about the looming danger, and volunteers to marry their daughter to save her from being questioned.

But Bruna doesn’t want to be forced into marriage, so she chooses flight—which lands her unexpectedly in the midst of a Catholic pilgrimage to Compostela, thrusting her into a life of deceit.

When her beauty and her voice bring her to the attention of the powerful Baron de Belascon, who owes fealty to the king of France, Bruna earns the enmity of the baron’s bitter and imperious mother and finds herself caught between her allegiance to her own people and the dangerous secret of her origins—a secret that can be revealed at any time after the arrival of a French knight who recognizes her.

The Orphans of Tolosa Trilogy comes to a dramatic end in this gripping story of loyalty and betrayal, set amidst the violence and peril of the Albigensian Crusades.

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REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Voices in the Mist is the third installment in Susanne Dunlap’s Orphans of Tolosa trilogy. Which happens to be prequel to the other books delightful book in the series, to Listen To The Wind and The Spirt Of The Fire.

In the year of 1229 southern France the far reaching hand of the Catholic inquisitors has reached the Tolosa [Toulouse].

The Cathars, who considered themselves the true Christians. Suffered persecution by the Holy Roman Catholic Pope, and all the Catholic Christians who sought to completely to destroy them. So they hid their beliefs as best as could, following their religious sects doctrines of living in modest homes and eating non-meat items, along with dressing without any adornments.

We follow a young girl Bruna de Gansard of a Cathar family, who’s older sister Azalaïs is the main protagonist from the first two books in this series. This tale grabs the reader immediately as the Catholic inquisitors knights are flooding the city of Tolosa.

Separated from her father and sister in the middle of the city. Bruna is rescued and returned to her father and sister by Alaman de Bousquet. Who is a kind and sympathetic, Catholic merchant. The brute military force of the Catholic Dominicans inquisition, seeks to eradicate all the religious sect the Cathars has arrived.

Their occupancy will set about a drastic change in Bruna life. When an offer of proposal comes, Bruna takes thing into her own hands. Not wanting to be wed to a Catholic stranger she plans an escape. Finding herself in enemy territory, amongst a Catholic noblewoman’s pilgrimage to Compostela. Bruna must keep up a grand facade without revealing who she really is, and her beliefs.

As things progress, Bruna’s beauty and voice draws the attention of a baron. Her life depends on her ability to keep up her pretense of being Catholic. She also find moments of peace filled with poetry and music as a baroness.

Susan Dunlap weaves vivid details, along with meticulously research to create a unforgettable book. The author uses precision and depth to creat a storyline that is both captivating and memorable. Told in dual narration, but focused more on our main heroine Bruna. Her struggles and strength along with the Cathars is wonderfully depicted. The character development and complex relationships, is impeccable.

But, there is a ever present darkness looming, as her mother-in-law will stop at nothing to ruin her marriage to her son. An arrival of a certain knight might be disastrous for Bruna.

Voices in the Mist catapults the reader into turbulent times of the thirteenth century France. Rich in period atmospheric imagery Susan Dunlap has written a stunning book.

The phenomenal setting and world building allows the reader to be fully immersed within the books setting. The author delivers a brisk paced, beautifully written historical fiction.

This book and the other two books in this series are beautifully written historical fiction, that you need to read! Make sure you grab your self a copy today!

About the Author

Susanne Dunlap is the author of nine works of historical fiction. A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton with her long-time partner, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, five step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter—that’s a total of four children and eleven grandchildren!

For more information, please visit Susanne Dunlap’s website. You can follow author Susanne Dunlap on

Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, and BookBub.

In her spare time, she cycles in the beautiful Pioneer Valley.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, September 21
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, September 22
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, September 23
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, September 24
Review at Novels Alive
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, September 27
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, September 28
Feature at The Cozy Book Blog

Wednesday, September 29
Feature at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Thursday, September 30
Review at Bookworlder

Friday, October 1
Review at Bonnie Reads and Writes

Saturday, October 2
Feature at I’m All About Books

Monday, October 4
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, October 5
Excerpt at Books and Benches

Wednesday, October 6
Feature at SplendeurCaisse

Thursday, October 7
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, October 8
Feature at Jathan & Heather

Monday, October 11
Review at Up Past My Bedtime

Tuesday, October 12
Review at With A Book In Our Hands

Thursday, October 14
Review at Across the Sky in Stars

Friday, October 15
Feature at Coffee and Ink

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To Break A Convenant Blog Tour

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be apart of the blog tour for

To Break A Covenant By Alison Ames

@tbrbeyondtours & @2furiosa

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To Break A Covenant By Alison Ames

Genre: Young Adult Horror
Publishing date: September 21st, 2021

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Content Warning: Gore! lots of gore/blood (human and animal), body horror (human and animal), claustrophobia, hallucinations/nightmares, death, animal death, parent death (mentioned), parental conflict (being afraid of a parent), mention of alcohol/drinking, mention of self-harm, mention of divorce, mental illness (perceived/actual), mention of child death/killing, mention of suicide, drowning, paranormal activity

SYNOPSIS

Debut voice Alison Ames delivers with a chilling, feminist thriller, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls and Sawkill Girls.

Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. It started when an explosion in the mine killed sixteen people. The disaster made it impossible to live in town, with underground fires spewing ash into the sky. But life in New Basin is just as fraught. The ex-mining town relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumors than most are willing to admit, and the mine still has a hold on everyone who lives there.

Clem and Nina form a perfect loop—best friends forever, and perhaps something more. Their circle opens up for a strange girl named Lisey with a knack for training crows, and Piper, whose father is fascinated with the mine in a way that’s anything but ordinary. The people of New Basin start experiencing strange phenomena—sleepwalking, night terrors, voices that only they can hear. And no matter how many vans of ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Which is why the girls decide to enter the mine themselves.

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was one of the best invented urban gothic books I have had a chance to read this year! A horror intense filled spooky read, that really took me by surprise!

Moon Basin is a haunted paranormal hotspot, after a tragedy engulfed the town. Leaving the original coal town of Moon Basin completely abandoned.

The residence duplicate as much from the original town and relocate to a close proximity to the original town. Why the relocation of town you ask?

Strange occurrences happen to anyone that lived in the original part of town and those who are paranormal thrill seekers who venture back in there. People suffer from mental breaks and horrific deaths. A fact of life for those growing up in and around this sinister area!

For Clem and her best friend Nina, who have grew up within the creepier than hell town. Their friendship is everything, the girls are completely inseparable. Add a move in by the name of Lisey, who is a peculiar person in touch with her second senses. Then add Piper a temporary resident, who’s father has been hired to investigate and come up with a solution to make the old coal mine safe again.

The books compelling element that holds this book all together is these four fierce girls. Their friendship is what I absolutely loved reading about. Each one completely unique, but together they make up a unified force. They complement each other, which in turn gives the storyline great dynamics. They face incredible obstacles together, staying strong in the bonds of friendship.

Now let’s talk about the authors narration concerning the setting. Everything, I mean everything slowly takes the reader through a nail biting, creep yourself out atmosphere. You become submerged in the ominous coal town of Moon Basin.

You feel just enough of a presence to raise the tiny hairs on the back of your neck. while flipping through the pages. The writing is incredible and loved reading every minute of it!

A perfect book to start your spooky season off.

I Don’t take my word for it… read it for your own conclusions!

AUTHOR

Alison Ames is a writer based in Colorado. Her debut novel To Break A Covenant will be published in fall 2021.

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Island of Gold

Hello Gracious Readers

Thanks for joining me for the blog tour

Island of Gold (Sea and Stone Chronicles) by Amy Maroney

Island of Gold

By Amy Maroney

(Sea and Stone Chronicles)

Publication Date: September 8, 2021

Publisher: Artelan Press

Page Length: 380 Pages

Genre: Historical adventure and romance

SYNOPSIS

1454. A noble French falconer. A spirited merchant’s daughter. And a fateful decision that changes their destiny forever.

When Cédric is recruited by the Knights Hospitaller to the Greek island of Rhodes, his wife Sophie jumps at the chance to improve their fortunes. After a harrowing journey to Rhodes, Cédric plunges into the world of the knights—while Sophie is tempted by the endless riches that flow into the bustling harbor. But their dazzling new home has a dark side.

Slaves toil endlessly to fortify the city walls, and rumors of a coming attack by the Ottoman Turks swirl in the streets. Desperate to gain favor with the knights and secure his position, Cédric navigates a treacherous world of shadowy alliances. Meanwhile, Sophie secretly engineers a bold plan to keep their children safe. As the trust between them frays, enemies close in—and when disaster strikes the island, the dangers of their new world become terrifyingly real.

With this richly-told story of adventure, treachery, and the redeeming power of love, Amy Maroney brings a mesmerizing and forgotten world to vivid life.

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REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Island of Gold by Amy Marone is the first installment in a new book series called Sea and Stone Chronicles.

The fifteenth century comes vividly to light under Amy Marone seamless narration and stunning prose.

Cédric de Montavon having been born with the misfortune of being the third son, must make his own way in life. That is exactly what he does! Taking an honored and prestigious position as master falconer to the Count of Chambonac.

Sofie Portier is the vivacious daughter of a successful cloth merchant of pastel woolens. Sofie meets her brothers friend, Cédric a falconer, in Bruges while her family is visiting there. When Sofie and Cédric meet it is obvious that the two are drawn to each other. The marriage is welcomed and benefits both parties involved. Sofie and her family are pleased with her becoming a noblewoman.

The count offers Cédric a position at the sun swept legendary Greek, island of Rhodes. The island is under the protection of The Knights of Hospitallers. Guarded by the knights, the island is a precious gateway to Europe, that is constantly under threat from pirates and the Ottoman Empire.

The author takes the reader on an adventurous trip from France to the stunning Greek islands. Cédric and Sofie along with their new family will face a enormous amounts of trials and tribulation. As the couple seek to advance their fortunes and stay safe from continuous threats.

Amy Marone weaves meticulous historical research within a vivid and captivating fictional tale. The characters are well developed and three dimensional. The storyline unfolds perfectly and was exciting to read.

Amy Maroney

Amy Maroney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, and spent many years as a writer and editor of nonfiction before turning her hand to historical fiction. When she’s not diving down research rabbit holes, she enjoys hiking, dancing, traveling, and reading. Amy is the author of the Miramonde Series, a trilogy about a Renaissance-era female artist and the modern-day scholar on her trail. To receive a free prequel novella to the Miramonde Series, join Amy’s readers’ group at http://www.amymaroney.com. (Just copy and paste into your browser.)

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STALKING SHADOWS

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Thanks for joining me today on my stop on the blog tour for

Stalking Shadows By Cyla

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Stalking Shadows

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: September 14th, 2021

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Synopsis

A gothic YA fantasy debut about a young woman striving to break her sister’s curse and stop the killing in her small French town

Seventeen-year-old Marie mixes perfumes to sell on market day in her small eighteenth-century French town. She wants to make enough to save a dowry for her sister, Ama, in hopes of Ama marrying well and Marie living in the level of freedom afforded only to spinster aunts. But her perfumes are more than sweet scents in cheap, cut-glass bottles: A certain few are laced with death. Marie laces the perfume delicately—not with poison but with a hint of honeysuckle she’s trained her sister to respond to. Marie marks her victim, and Ama attacks. But she doesn’t attack as a girl. She kills as a beast.

Marking Ama’s victims controls the damage to keep suspicion at bay. But when a young boy turns up dead one morning, Marie is forced to acknowledge she might be losing control of Ama. And if she can’t control her, she’ll have to cure her. Marie knows the only place she’ll find the cure is in the mansion where Ama was cursed in the first place, home of Lord Sebastien LeClaire. But once she gets into the mansion, she discovers dark secrets hidden away—secrets of the curse, of Lord Sebastien . . . and of herself.

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REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin is a tantalizing eerie gothic tale.

Eighteen century France, two sisters live in an isolated village. Marie and Ama make their living selling perfumes made by aromatic flowers and plants. Having lost their mother and their useless father has gone to drink. Shunned by local villagers for their strange ways, they guard a deadly howling secret.

Incredible atmospheric world building, along with a gorgeous old world setting makes this YA Fantasy standout. Let’s not forget the true heart of the storyline is the bond and love the two sisters have for one another.

A darkish twisted book, that made for the perfect escapism, I devoured in one day. Ominous and deliciously grim with moral grey characters through out its pages. Steeped in superstition, along with a slow burn romance, this is one book that will catapult you into dark forests, a crumbling manor house, along with a hint of witchcraft…. Exceptional!

“ Sometimes She smells like blood. It stained her, worming into her pores and spreading out under her skin.

Look out For This Author, She Is One To Follow ♡

A Little History:

The historical accounts of La Bèstia de Gavaudan, were real!

Between 1764 and 1767. An estimated 610 attacks, resulting in 500 deaths and 49 injuries; 98 of the victims killed were partly eaten.

AUTHOR

Cyla Panin is an MG, YA and Adult Author who prefers to look at the world through a dusting of magic.

After spending most of her childhood wanting to escape into the wonderful worlds her favourite authors created, she’s now using her own words to craft magical places. When not writing, Cyla can be found playing dinosaurs with her two young boys, watching swashbuckling and/or period TV shows with her husband, and, of course, reading.

Her YA debut, STALKING SHADOWS will be out with Amulet, Abrams Fall 2021. She is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV, and Film Agency.

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THE MATCHMAKER’S LONELY HEART

Hello Romantic Readers
Today on my Book Blog

The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart By Nancy Campbell Allen

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The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart: Proper Romance Victorian
By Nancy Campbell Allen

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Fiction

Shadow Mountain Publishing September 7, 2021

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook

Synopsis

London, 1885

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe―a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law died in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband―Harold Radcliffe―of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

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ADVANCE PRAISE

“Allen pairs a matchmaker and a detective in this charming Victorian romance. Allen expertly combines mystery and romance into a fast-paced tale complete with plenty of surprises and a central relationship founded on mutual admiration and respect. Readers are sure to appreciate the strong, well-shaded heroine and twisty plot.” —Publishers Weekly

“Allen’s chaste tale of Victorian romantic suspense will also appeal to historical mystery readers, and it would be great for mother-and-daughter reads. This has great appeal for teens who like historical fiction laced with mystery and romance.”—Booklist

“I was immediately drawn into the characters’ lives and enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery and the development of the romance.” —Mystery and Suspense Magazine

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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The Matchmakers lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen, Is a delightful Victorian Proper Romance® that brings the perfect amount of suspense and a slow burn romance.

Victorian London we follow Amelia Hampton, a somewhat naive young woman who is trying to be a success columnis. She truly believes in romance, and marring for love. She struggles with the notion that their are those people who don’t always have the best intentions. Needless to say one in particular that is a charming member of a book club she attends. In a series of events she crosses path with Michael Baker, a detective heading an investigation involving the dashing book club member, Mr. Radcliffe. As the storyline unfolds the two are on opposites sides in this engaging clean romance. The more they find themselves together the more their working relationship becomes something much more. Amelia finds herself drawn to the captivating Radcliffe, and the nonchalant detective Michael Baker.

Which one is being honest with his true intentions toward this optimistic young lady?

The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen is a engaging historical romantic, with light suspense to keep you turning those pages. I loved the characters and thought they were well developed. Our leading lady’s growth was wonderful to watch. I thought the pace was brisk and I was immersed within story. As a reader you will enjoy Amelia’s struggle with wanting to be free of the restraints that were placed on women during this era. The light romance was well depicted and loved watching it unfold.

A perfect proper romance to be sure, with just enough suspense to keep the reader on their toes!

AUTHOR

Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of fifteen published novels and numerous novellas, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005, her work won the Utah Best of State award, and she received a Whitney Award for My Fair Gentleman. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel, and research and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

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Sept 06​Timeless Novels (Review)

Sept 07​The Book Diva Reads (Excerpt)

Sept 07​Wishful Endings (Review)

Sept 08​Robin Loves Reading (Review)

Sept 08​A Darn Good Read​(Review)

Sept 08​Storeybook Reviews (Spotlight)

Sept 08​Austenesque Reviews (Review)

Sept 09​Bookfoolery​(Review)

Sept 09​The Lit Bitch (Excerpt)

Sept 10​The Bluestocking (Review)

Sept 10​Bookworm Lisa (Review)

Sept 10​The Silver Petticoat Review (Review)

Sept 11​Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Sept 11​My Bookish Bliss (Review)

Sept 11​Nurse Bookie (Review)

Sept 12​The Bibliophile Files (Review)

Sept 12​My Jane Austen Book Club (Spotlight)

Sept 13​Heidi Reads (Excerpt)

Sept 13​Reading with Emily (Review)

Sept 13​Our Book Confessions (Review)

Sept 14​Rosanne E. Lortz (Review)

Sept 14​Laura’s Reviews (Review)

Sept 14​Beauty in the Binding (Spotlight)

Sept 15​All-of-a-Kind Mom (Review)

Sept 15​Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)

Sept 15​Life of Literature (Review)

Sept 16​From Pemberley to Milton (Review)

Sept 16​Probably at the Library (Spotlight)

Sept 17​Greenish Bookshelf (Review)

Sept 17​Relz Reviewz (Review)

Sept 18​Novel Kicks​(Review)

Sept 19​Historical Fiction with Spirit (Excerpt)

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A SEASIDE SUMMER Blog Tour

Hello Gracious Readers,

Summer is coming to a close, but before we say good bye to the last of the hot and sunny days. I have a delightful book to share with you !♡

SEASIDE SUMMER

Please join the virtual book tour of A SEASIDE SUMMER, a collection of novellas by bestselling authors Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore.

#ASeasideSummer, #HistoricalRomance, #RegencyRomance #InspirationalFiction #AudioBooks, #BookTour

Follow over twenty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in Regency romance, historical romance, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of the release of the 17th book in the bestselling Timeless Regency Romance Collection with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new anthology set in Regency England.

Tour Dates: August 23 – September 19, 2021

GIVEAWAY

Mirror Press is pleased to offer one digital copy of any of the 16 previous books in the Timeless Regency Romance Collection to one unique winner at each stop on the tour.

To qualify, please leave a comment with this blog post before 11:59pm, September 26, 2021. Visit each stop on the tour and leave a comment to increase your chance to win a book.

This contest is open internationally. The winner will be drawn randomly from the comments and announced on each blog on September 27, 2021. The winner must claim their prize before October 04, 2021. Good luck to all!

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A Seaside Summer: Timeless Regency Romance Collection (Book 17)
By Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore

Audiobook ASIN: B09C6PDGB2

Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1952611186

307 page count

Mirror Press (August 24, 2021)

Regency Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational Fiction

Book 17 in the Timeless Regency Romance Collection

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance.

Join us for three novellas in one collection:

The New Countess, by Josi S. Kilpack
Diane knows why the earl asked her to marry him; he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir for his title, and a hostess to assist with his position in Parliament. With two sons of her own, and no security to speak of, she never thought twice about accepting his proposal. Summering at his holiday cottage at the sea was meant to be reward for a busy first year as the new countess, and a time for her to rest before their baby is born. She is expecting lazy days on the beach with the children, simple meals, and keeping her own schedule. When the earl surprises her with a visit, she does her best not to resent the intrusion. When she learns that he came for the sole purpose of being with her and getting to know her better, she realizes that perhaps this marriage can be more than she expected. Is she ready for him to know her and love her and explore this new possibility together? She wants to be, but it is not an easy thing to let go of expectations and open up to an entirely new way of life.

Mishaps and Memories, by Martha Keyes
Judith Jardine’s one chance at a brilliant match is doomed from the start when she is ignored and then mocked by the ton’s most sought-after gentleman. Under a gloomy cloud of failure, Judith is exiled to a seaside cottage to spend the summer helping her sister—and living a life far below the one she experienced for her week in Brighton. When she discovers the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach, she heeds her better impulses and has him brought to the cottage to be seen to. But James Carlisle has no recollection of who he is, what happened to him, or how he has wronged her, and Judith sees the opportunity to teach him a valuable lesson—unless the deception and her feelings get the best of her first.

Moonlight Summer, by Heather B. Moore. Since 2015, Mirror Press has been presenting the Timeless Regency Romance Collection, a curated anthology of novellas and short stories set in early 19th century England. Featuring bestselling authors from the historical romance genre, the series has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at Amazon.com.

Oscar Rosewell’s life is not lacking in many things even though he lives on the fringes of society due to his father’s ruined reputation. He’s sworn off having any personal relationships with ton members—his only interest lies in keeping his business thriving. He’s content with his day-to-day anonymity, and business keeps his heart from getting exposed. It’s safer that way. Until Oscar meets Miss Dorothea Atkinson. A woman capturing his interest is a rare thing, but Miss Atkinson is nearly engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. Would it be wrong to wish for something to go terribly wrong between the couple? Soon, Oscar learns that wishing can become a reality, but often, the price is an even heavier thing to pay.

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Seaside Summer, by Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore in this latest installment in the Timeless Regency Collection.

A memorable Regency book with depth and wonderful characterization. I highly recommend this positive inspirational fiction♡

Each of three stories were lovely, taking place on a holiday near the seaside. I enjoyed each sweet tender romance in the latest edition to the Timeless Romance Anthology® collection from Mirror Press.

The book is heartwarming with three dimensional fleshed out characters, that are well developed. All three authors narration captures your attention and pulls You, the reader in. Their very talented ability to write creative short stories is well noted. Short stories can be very difficult to pull of, and in this book all three authors succeeded. The book had me hooked from start to finish, I literally couldn’t put it down. Each plot is so unique and absorbing. I found myself in a constant state of curiosity, and I personally loved how the ending ended with each having a positive outcome.

The is my first read in the book series and I have to say the writing and storylines were delightful and heartwarming. Clean, feel good tales, that made me smile and altered my disposition into of happiness and content after reading each one. I won’t give a detailed review, because it would spoil the enjoyment for other readers.

Just know that this book definitely lived up to its promise and I have already purchased more in this enchanting series.

News Announcement

In October the Timeless Regency Romance Collection will present its 18th anthology, The Inns of Devonshire, including stories by Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, and Deborah M. Hathaway. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.

AUTHOR BIOS

Josi S. Kilpack is the bestselling author of several Proper Romance, Timeless Romance series, and a Cozy Culinary Mystery series. Her books, A Heart Revealed and Lord Fenton’s Folly; were Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children

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Martha Keyes is a Whitney Award winning author born, raised, and educated in Utah—a home she loves dearly but also dearly loves to escape whenever she can by traveling the world. She received a BA in French Studies and a Master of Public Health, both from Brigham Young University.

Word crafting has always fascinated her, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she considered writing her own stories. When she isn’t writing, she is honing her photography skills, looking for travel deals, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband and twin boys in Vineyard, Utah.

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Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. She’s lived on both the east and west coasts of the United States, including Hawaii, and attended school abroad including the Cairo American College in Egypt, and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about anything in history and, as an author, is passionate about historical research.

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The Spirited Mrs. Pringle

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The Spirited Mrs. Pringle

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THE SPIRITED MRS. PRINGLE BY JILLIANNE HAMILTON

Publication Date: June 30, 2021
Tomfoolery Press

Genre: Historical Fiction

LONDON, 1888.

Upon the death of her husband, self-involved social climber Cora Pringle assumes her recent dalliance with a wealthy gentleman will be her second chance at a happily ever after. That is until her paramour turns out to be a penniless imposter. Despite his betrayal, Cora can’t quite let go of the tug the handsome playwright has on her heart.

Desperate for an income, Cora becomes a séance-performing spiritualist and gets a taste for celebrity—and it’s so delicious. So what if she can’t actually communicate with the dead? Her eager patrons don’t need to know that.

Amelia Baxter, an ambitious journalist and suffragist, is discouraged when her editor refuses to let her cover the horrific Jack the Ripper murders. Instead, Amelia pours her frustrations into bringing Cora’s deceptive and manipulative act to an end, even if it means risking her family’s reputation.

“Like the most memorable of its vividly drawn characters, The Spirited Mrs. Pringle is clever, lively, and unabashedly entertaining. Perhaps most enjoyable of all is the seemingly endless series of surprises. A string of sometimes astonishing pleasures to the last page.” – Award-Winning Author Leo McKay Jr.

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REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Victorian London 1888

The Spirited Mrs Pringle, is Juillianne Hamilton’s first historical fiction novel. Let me say this book surpassed all my expectations.

Cora Pringle has been dealt a series of financial blows. Starting with her husband’s untimely death, leaving her completely penniless, to her amorist being an imposter.

Left without many options she creates a persona, and becomes Lady Selene.

A spiritualist who performs séance for society, quickly she becomes well known, as her business becomes lucrative.

This attracts the attention of a woman journalist Amelia Baxter, who has been refused by her editor to be allowed to cover the notorious Jack The Ripper.

Seeking out Lady Selene, Amelia will do everything in her power to discredit the phony spiritualist.

Hamilton delivers a captivating historical fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed the structure of this story and it had me hooked right from the very first chapter. Giving the reader two distinct strong women’s POV’s made this book really enjoyable.

The authors seamless narration definitely shines when it comes to how interesting and fleshed out her characters are. She connects you to her characters and has you totally believing in them which allowed me to be totally invested in their lives.

There is so much more to the storyline than two women who go head to head with each with each other. Complex friendships, along serious themes add depth to this book. The romance is wonderfully depicted, along with storyline that tackles some serious themes.

A wonderful historical fiction that will capture your attention right from the start and hold it all the way through to the satisfying end!

About the Author

Jillianne Hamilton is the author of three novels and one non-fiction book. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire (2015), was shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award. The Molly Miranda sequels were published in 2016 and 2017.

Her lighthearted look at the 16th century, The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, was published in 2018.

Jillianne has been published in Macleans, the Truro Daily News, the Sackville Tribune-Post, and Career Options Magazine. She also blogs about history at The Lazy Historian. Jill graduated from Journalism at Holland College in Prince Edward Island in 2010.

She lives in Charlottetown on Canada’s beautiful east coast.

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Dark and Shallow Lies

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Welcome to my stop on
Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain.

Dark and Shallow Lies
Ginny Myers Sain

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: September 7th, 2021

Page Length: 432 Pages

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Age Range: Young Adult/ Adult

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Synopsis:

A teen girl disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp like water rot, in this chilling debut supernatural thriller for fans of Natasha Preston, Karen McManus, and Rory Power.

La Cachette, Louisiana, is the worst place to be if you have something to hide.

This tiny town, where seventeen-year-old Grey spends her summers, is the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital of the World–and the place where Elora Pellerin, Grey’s best friend, disappeared six months earlier.

Grey can’t believe that Elora vanished into thin air any more than she can believe that nobody in a town full of psychics knows what happened. But as she digs into the night that Elora went missing, she begins to realize that everybody in town is hiding something – her grandmother Honey; her childhood crush Hart; and even her late mother, whose secrets continue to call to Grey from beyond the grave.

When a mysterious stranger emerges from the bayou – a stormy-eyed boy with links to Elora and the town’s bloody history – Grey realizes that La Cachette’s past is far more present and dangerous than she’d ever understood. Suddenly, she doesn’t know who she can trust. In a town where secrets lurk just below the surface, and where a murderer is on the loose, nobody can be presumed innocent–and La Cachette’s dark and shallow lies may just rip the town apart.

REVIEW
AUTHOR

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 dead? They lie. Just like the rest of us.”

DARK AND SHALLOW LIES is a fast moving urban southern gothic, with magical realism. Having lived most of my life in Southern Louisiana, this book is spectacular to say the least. Rich atmospheric imagery, and incredible details, that places the reader right into the authors fictional town of La Cachette, Louisiana!

Six months ago Elora Pellerin, Grey’s best friend disappeared without a trace in La Cachette, Grey returns every summer to Louisiana to stay with her grandma Miss Roselyn .. aka ..Honey!

La Cachette is the self proclaimed bayou town known as the Psychic Capital of the World. Because every town’s claim to fame in Louisiana is the capital of something or another. This is the gods honest truth!

A complete set children, ten in all, born in the same year between the vernal equinox and the autumnal equinox. Born to eight different families, called The Summer Children. All of these children have strange abilities, Grey has believed that she has been spared these gift until now. She’s been getting little flashes of bits of details concerning her friend Elora disappearance. While desperate to figure out what happened to her best friend Elora, she uses her summer to unravel the town’s dark complex secrets.

This book is a solid written tale, the complexities of human nature are displayed in way that immediately drew me in. The cast of characters along with the main protagonist were really well done. Their sinister friendships, and romance only added more to the gritty storyline. The author is a superb setting up the backdrop for this book. Each atmospheric imagery is spot on from the sweltering heat, to the snakes and alligator, to the eclectic people who make up the tiny town.

The dialogue along with the authors prose was exceptionally done. I have to say I have saved so many quotes from this book.

The story was suspenseful and absolutely un-put-down-able!!!! 

Even if you were able to figure out some of the turns and twist, Ginny Myers Sain seamless narration has made the process a delightful reading experience. The plot flowed and the way all the lose ends came together was captivating.

I really loved the ending with hurricane!

Excited to see what this author comes up next

**The story’s setting is just like the little town of Cassadaga FL, but set in a fictional town in the area of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana! **

Ginny Myers Sainis the author of DARK AND SHALLOW LIES, her debut YA novel available 8-31-21 from Razorbill/Penguin. Although she comes from a long line of writers, her first love has always been the theatre. She has a degree in theatre and has spent most of her career teaching acting and directing plays and musicals. Ginny currently live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her teenage son and a very cowardly doberman named Shipley. When she is not working in the theatre or writing, you’re likely to find her listening to true crime podcasts, taking pictures of alligators, eating tacos, or planning a trip to Walt Disney World.

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The Artist Colony

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The Artist Colony By Joanna FitzPatrick

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THE ARTIST COLONY
BY JOANNA FITZPATRICK

Publication Date: September 7, 2021
She Writes Press
Paperback & eBook; 328 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Paris, July, 1924…

Sarah, a young Modernist painter, receives a cable from California. Her estranged older sister, Ada Belle, has died under suspicious circumstances. When she arrives two weeks later at San Francisco’s Union Station, Sarah is confronted by a newspaper headline: “Inquest Verdict: Artist Commits Suicide.”

Sarah remembers the last haunting words Ada Belle said to her: “Ars longa, vita brevis: Art is long, life is short.” But Ada Belle’s work is selling, and her upcoming exhibition of portraitures would bring her even wider recognition. Why would she kill herself? Sarah’s quest to find the truth of what happened to Ada Belle leads her to join the bucolic artist colony to look for clues. As she delves into her sister’s underworld, tensions surface. The darker things get, the closer she comes to terrible danger. How far will a killer go before he kills again?

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Praise

“. . . delivers an escape to gorgeous Carmel and an engaging mystery.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The Artist Colony is bold, creative, and unexpected – all the things nice ladies weren’t supposed to be in the 1920’s when they escaped to Carmel-By-The-Sea to make art without criticism. Joanna FitzPatrick, a descendant of one of those feisty female pioneers, has honored her family legacy and entertained her fans yet again with a fast-paced whodunnit that is equal parts loving tribute and killer thriller.” — Meredith May, author of The Honey Bus and Loving Edie

“The Artist Colony” is a sumptuous ride through the Carmel-by-the-Sea, circa 1920, as Sarah Cunningham, newly arrived from Paris, attempts to uncover the truth about her sister’s mysterious death. Atmospheric and delicious, FitzPatrick delivers a thrilling page-turner woven with artistic flourish. This exquisite novel does not disappoint! Highly recommended!” — Michelle Cox, author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series

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REVIEW

The Artist Colony
By Joanna Fitzpatrick

The Artist Colony by Joanna Fitzpatrick is an exquisite whodunit, set to the backdrop of beautiful Carmel, California
The Summer of 1924 we follow Sarah Cunningham, an artist living in Paris who receives a some rather devastating news. She must travel to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where her older sister, Ada was living until just recently until she was found dead. The newspapers, along with the incompetent marshal claim her death to be a suicide.
As Sarah sets unraveling the mystery concerning her sisters suppose suicide, things just don’t add up. Like the disappearance of a series of portraits that Ada painted, or that her sister was pregnant when she drowned. She is accompanied by her deceased sisters Jack Russell Terrier, Albert along with Rosie an Innkeeper, and an inspiring artist.

The Carmel-by-the-Sea colony comes vividly to life along with the picturesque setting. Joanna Fitzpatrick, captured my interest right out of the starting gate, in this delightful mystery. The writing is on point and brisk, as clues start to surface. I enjoyed the side characters and thought they added enjoyment to the book. I particularly appreciated the author narration of Sarah Cunningham internal dialogue. 
Besides the thriller suspense, the author tacles some hefty subjects, like blatant racism towards the Japanese. There is also some clever twist to keep on your toes.

A captivating historical fiction with Intrigue, makes for a thrilling page turner of a mystery.

In 1920s The Carmel-by-the-Sea colony, was a haven for women artists.

About the Author

Joanna FitzPatrick was born and raised in Hollywood. She started her writing habit by applying her orange fountain pen and a wild imagination to screenplays, which led her early on to produce the film White Lilacs and Pink Champagne. At Sarah Lawrence College, she wrote her MFA thesis Sha La La: Live for Today about her life as a rock ’n’ roll star’s wife. Her more recent work includes two novels, Katherine Mansfield and The Drummer’s Widow. The Artist Colony is her third book. Presently, FitzPatrick divides her time between a mountaintop cottage in Northern California and a small hameau in Southern France where she begins all her book projects.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, September 1
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, September 2
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, September 3
Review at SJ Through the Looking Glass

Tuesday, September 7
Interview at Books & Benches

Wednesday, September 8
Review at Booking With Janelle

Thursday, September 9
Review at Novels Alive
Interview at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Saturday, September 11
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, September 13
Review at Jorie Loves A Story

Wednesday, September 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, September 17
Review at Nat Reads

Monday, September 20
Feature at What Is That Book About

Thursday, September 23
Review at Coffee and Ink

Friday, September 24
Guest Post at Coffee and Ink
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

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The Queen’s Spy

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The Queen’s Spy By Clare Marchant

The Queen’s Spy

by Clare Marchant

Publication Date: 8th July 2021

Publisher: Avon

Page Length: 400 Pages

Genre: Historical Dual Timeline

1584: Elizabeth I rules England. But a dangerous plot is brewing in court, and Mary Queen of Scots will stop at nothing to take her cousin’s throne.

There’s only one thing standing in her way: Tom, the queen’s trusted apothecary, who makes the perfect silent spy…

2021: Travelling the globe in her campervan, Mathilde has never belonged anywhere. So when she receives news of an inheritance, she is shocked to discover she has a family in England.

Just like Mathilde, the medieval hall she inherits conceals secrets, and she quickly makes a haunting discovery. Can she unravel the truth about what happened there all those years ago? And will she finally find a place to call home?


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REVIEW

The Queen’s Spy by Clare Marchant

The Queen’s Spy’ by Clare Marchant is a enticing book set in dual time periods, taking place in the late 1500s, as well as the present.

The modern storyline follows Mathilde a photojournalist, who has had an unstable childhood. Her nomadic life has left her wanting acceptance and also she yarns for a family home. Her upbringing has made her an introvert, she is reserved, and she struggles with social situations.

When she is at last located by her late fathers solicitor, with some life altering news.

Upon learns certain developments, Mathilde travels to England.

The new of an unexpected inheritance, along with certain revelations come to light, giving her a family and a home. The ancestral family home Lutton Hall is left to her along with some remarkable finds and maybe a ghost.

In 1584 one Tom Lutton returns to England after living most of his life with his adoptive mother in France. Tom has a disability that he can neither hear nor speak. He has worked closely with his adoptive mother learning everything he could about apothecary. Upon arrival to his homeland a series of events places him as the assistant to the Queen’s apothecary Hugh Morgan. Living in a world of silence Tom has perfected an unusual gift of reading lips. This talent catches the eye of the Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, Francis Walsingham.

Walsingham uses Tom’s incredible talent to staunch any intrigue that would lead to any attempt to remove her Majesty from her rite full place. Tom comes to feel wanted and respected, along with a family of his own. As things take on a dangerous turn, he will lose those he has come to love and cherish.

This time period is placed during the Babington Plot, which eventually leaves to the execution of the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots.

Clare Marchant writing connects both of her characters from the past to the present. Giving the reader not one, but two solid storylines. Weaving them in such a way that will have you believing in them which allowed me to be totally invested in their lives. I enjoyed reading both the contemporary as well as the historical fiction. I did find that their was elements of suspense that kept glued to the pages as I was anxious to see how everything turned out. Making for a wonderful reading experience!

AUTHOR
Clare Marchant

Growing up in Surrey, Clare always dreamed of being a writer. Instead, she followed a career in IT, before moving to Norfolk for a quieter life and re-training as a jeweller.

Now writing full time, she lives with her husband and the youngest two of her six children. Weekends are spent exploring local castles and monastic ruins, or visiting the nearby coast.


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ALONG CAME A LADY

There are so many great books being released this week

Here is one!

ALONG CAME A LADY

by Christi Caldwell @christicaldwellauthor

Thank you @berkleyromance

USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell makes her Berkley debut with ALONG CAME A LADY (Berkley Mass Market; August 24, 2021), a sparkling, banter-filled, enemies-to-lovers tale about letting go of society’s preconceived notions and finding love.

In a reverse retelling of My Fair Lady, ALONG CAME A LADY follows the budding romance between the irascible son of a duke and the lady hired to teach him the ways of a gentleman. Rafe Audley detests his father, the Duke of Bentley, for abandoning his family. Born illegitimate, Rafe has worked the mines his whole life to care for his younger siblings. Edwina Dalrymple has spent her life making a name for herself as an instructor in etiquette, and she has yet to fail in preparing her charges for Polite Society. Edwina soon learns that Rafe is no ordinary charge. He is wholly uninterested in joining the Gentry, making his lessons Edwina’s most difficult undertaking yet. Taming the foreman would surely elevate her status, but can Edwina put her own feelings aside in order to get the job done? As the bold teacher and stubborn pupil work to sabotage each other at every turn, Edwina and Rafe will learn that while opposites attract, the unlikely pair have more in common than they think.

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The Merchant and the Rogue: The Dread Penny Society

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Thanks for joining me on the virtual book tour of THE MERCHANT AND THE ROGUE, Sarah M. Eden’s highly acclaimed historical romance.

The Merchant and the Rogue: Proper Romance Victorian
Sarah M. Eden
Book 3 in The Dread Penny Society

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Fiction

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (August 17, 2021)

Length: (368) pages

Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1629728513

Audiobook ASIN: B0921TS4TF

eBook ASIN: B098TVLLM7

Previous Books in the Series: The Lady and the Highwayman (2019) & The Gentleman and the Thief (2020)

SYNOPSIS

London, 1865

Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often-mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her the freedom and income to employ and protect the poverty-stricken Londoners she’s come to care about, and it gives her father something to do other than long for their hometown of St. Petersburg. She is grateful for the stability in their lives, but she often feels lonely.

Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a Penny Dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. His membership in the secretive Dread Penny Society allows him to feel he isn’t entirely wasting his life, yet he feels dissatisfied. With no one to share his life with but his sister, he fears London will never truly feel like home.

Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at her print shop is aboveboard. When the growing criminal enterprise run by the elusive and violent Mastiff begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they’ve both grown to love. But that means they’ll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.

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Review

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Merchant and the Rogue.

by Sarah M. Eden

FOR THE POOR AND INFIRM
THE HOPELESS AND VOICELESS
WE DO NOT RELENT
WE DO NOT FORGET
WE ARE THE
DREAD PENNY SOCIETY

The Merchant and the Rouge is the third installment in the The Dread Penny Society series by the very talented Sarah M. Eden.

You are thrown right into the Victorian Era, with its vivid world and Sarah M. Eden’s fully fleshed out characters.

This engaging adventure is set in London 1865, Brogan Donnelly who has grew up as an orphan on the streets of Dublin. Is an honest man, not wanting to continuously lie to his sister. Brogan struggles with his membership with The Dread Penny Society.. aka DPS, which requires him not to disclose his actions. When perfect opportunity comes his way. He receives a covert assignment directly from the Dread Master, that will require him to leave the DPS.

Using the name Ganor O’Donnel, Brogan is tasked with gathering information about a Russian ambassador, he begins working at a book shop, where collective signs lead to their involvement.

Courageous and strong willed Vera Sorokina, and her father fled Russia when she was a child. Now they run a print shop and bookstore, even though they have much animosity toward the writing community. They have taken up selling the highly addictive Penny Dreadfuls. Including some written by a handsome redhead, Brogan Donnelly. Vera is compassionate towards the plight of the little children living on the streets, and the other shop owners in her community.

Once again Sarah M. Eden, delivers a captivating and heartwarming book Her superb narration made for an exceptional reading experience.

The characters are well developed and completely and three dimensional. I felt connected to them along with the well written engaging banter between the characters, was real treat. You will encounter past and new characters as the storyline unfolds. There is definitely some unforeseen twist in this latest installment.

The propulsive storyline, offering both drama and mystery kept me flipping those pages. The romance was everything I hoped it would be. Also the author meticulously weaves alternating chapters of two Penny Dreadfuls simultaneously along with the main plot line.

There is danger, and mystery, along with an enchanting romance that will satisfy any historical romance and historical fiction lovers everywhere!

The Merchant and the Rouge is entertaining, and fast moving. It can be read as a standalone, but the little hints of the previous books will make your reading experience more delightful if you read the two previous books before this one.

I highly recommend this book along with the two previous books in this delightful book series.

AUTHOR

AUTHOR BIO

Sarah M. Eden is the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning Proper Romance series novels including The Lady and the Highwayman and Ashes on the Moor. Combining her passion for history and an affinity for love stories, Sarah crafts smart, witty characters and heartfelt romances. She happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library and dreams of one day traveling to all the places she reads about.

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Between August 16-29, 2021. Thirty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical romance, mystery/suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Victorian-era novel set in London, England.The Merchant and the Rogue: The Dread Penny Society (Book 3), by Sarah M. Eden

TOUR SCHEDULE

Aug 16 Among the Reads (Review)

Aug 16 Austenprose (Review)

Aug 16 Reading is My Superpower (Review)

Aug 17 Literary Time Out (Review)

Aug 17 Getting Your Read On (Review)

Aug 17 Heidi Reads (Excerpt)

Aug 17 Laura’s Reviews (Review)

Aug 18 Our Book Confessions (Review)

Aug 18 Bookworm Lisa (Review)

Aug 19 Fire & Ice (Review)

Aug 19 From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)

Aug 20 My Bookish Bliss (Review)

Aug 20 Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)

Aug 20 Storeybook Reviews (Excerpt)

Aug 21 Bookish Rantings (Review)

Aug 21 The Calico Critic (Review)

Aug 22 The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)

Aug 22 Books, Teacups, & Reviews (Excerpt)

Aug 23 My Jane Austen Book Club (Spotlight)

Aug 23 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)

Aug 23 Reading with Emily (Review)

Aug 24 Wishful Endings (Review)

Aug 24 Relz Reviewz (Review)

Aug 24 The Book Diva Reads (Excerpt)

Aug 25 Bookfoolery (Review)

Aug 25 Greenish Bookshelf (Review)

Aug 26 A Bookish Way of Life (Review)

Aug 26 Nurse Bookie (Review)

Aug 27 So Little Time… (Excerpt)

Aug 27 Probably at the Library (Review)

Aug 27 Bringing Up Books (Review)

Aug 28 Books and Socks Rock (Review)

Aug 28 The Bibliophile Files (Review)

Aug 29 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Aug 29 A Darn Good Read (Review)

COVER REVEAL Spellbound

Hello gracious readers, today I am taking part in the cover reveal for Spellbound by Rebecca L. Garcia!

Spellbound is a dark and twisted fantasy standalone romance! ♥︎ Perfect for fans of To Kill a Kingdom and Kingdom of the Wicked.


Release date: September 3rd, 2021

Designer: Dark Wish Designs

Synopsis

Grieving being torn from her beloved sister, who remained behind in the human kingdom, Elle makes it her life purpose to become a keeper in her cursekeeper coven.

But this calling won’t be an easy one.

The magic possessed by her small coven of four casts them as outsiders throughout the kingdom. Yet when witches are found murdered in the woods, the cursekeepers quickly become the town’s only hope.
Many believe the murders are the work of a god. An old one returned in search of vengeance. Elle, on the other hand, suspects Viktor, the new warlock to town, is somehow linked to the violent deaths. However, his agenda doesn’t stop there.

Infiltrating her coven.
Charming everyone around him.
Threatening her plans to become a keeper.
This rivalry quickly becomes personal.

When the truth behind the murders surfaces, Elle finds herself thrust into a dangerous new world, trapped between twisted hearts and terrifying beings. With the victims piling up, she must decide who to trust and who to protect before it’s too late.

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THE BARRISTER AND THELETTER OF MARQUE

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The Barrister and the Letter of Marque: A Novel By Todd M. Johnson

Book cover courtesy of Bethany House Publishers © 2021; text Sophia Rose © 2021,

Join the virtual book tour of THE BARRISTER AND THE LETTER OF MARQUE,

Todd M. Johnson’s highly acclaimed historical mystery, August 2-15, 2021.

Over twenty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical mystery, suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with an interview, spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in London, England.

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque: A Novel
Todd M. Johnson

Genre: Historical Mystery, Suspense, Inspirational Fiction

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 3, 2021)

Length: (416) pages

•Hardcover ISBN: 978-0764239137

Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-0764212369

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Tour Dates: August 2 – 15, 2021

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SYNOPSIS

As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes has witnessed firsthand the danger of only the wealthy having their voices heard, and he’s a strong advocate who defends the poorer classes against the powerful. That changes the day a struggling heiress, Lady Madeleine Jameson, arrives at his door.

In a last-ditch effort to save her faltering estate, Lady Jameson invested in a merchant brig, the Padget. The ship was granted a rare privilege by the king’s regent: a Letter of Marque authorizing the captain to seize the cargo of French traders operating illegally in the Indian Sea. Yet when the Padget returns to London, her crew is met by soldiers ready to take possession of their goods and arrest the captain for piracy. And the Letter—-the sole proof his actions were legal—has mysteriously vanished.

Moved by the lady’s distress, intrigued by the Letter, and goaded by an opposing solicitor, Snopes takes the case. But as he delves deeper into the mystery, he learns that the forces arrayed against Lady Jameson, and now himself, are even more perilous than he’d imagined.

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Johnson debuts with a tense story of powerful interests teaming up to thwart a legal challenge in Georgian-era England…Johnson steeps his story in legal maneuvering, layers of intrigue, midnight chases, and even a hint of romance. While faith elements are subtle, this enthralling novel will appeal to fans of both legal thrillers and historical inspirationals.”— Publishers Weekly

“… a mystery worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This richly historical and lively paced story has all the makings of a modern classic.”— Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

“At once atmospheric and gripping, Johnson’s latest is a luminous and refreshing new offering in inspirational historical fiction.”— Rachel McMillan, bestselling author of The London Restoration, and The Mozart Code

“A fascinating glimpse into a Regency London readers seldom see.”— Roseanna M. White, bestselling author of Edwardian fiction

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The Barrister and the Letter of Marque

Author: Todd M. Johnson

Publisher: Bethany House

On-Sale Date: Aug. 3rd

“Just ink and parchment, but with the seal of the English Crown, a source of power for a captain of only thirty-three years to act with the authority of the greatest empire on earth. Such was a Letter of Marque.”

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque is thrilling historical

William Snopes decides to take his future into his own hands, changing the course of his life. His father has disowned him and he has become a well know criminal defence barrister in London for the underprivileged of London.

Lady Madeleine Jameson is seeking a barrister with a reputation of unconventional ways. Her family has invested large some of money in amerchant ship called the Padget. Which was captained by her cousin, Harold Tuttle.

When the shipped docked in London’s harbor with its cargo full of exploits from a French private vessel. The captain is arrested for piracy, and the ships goods are seized before ever making it ashore. All the while the crew is kept guarded still aboard the ship. The captain was given a Letter of Marque… but it’s conveniently missing. This is some shady business not to be taken lightly.

Will Snopes be able to keep captain Tuttle from the gallows? When those higher up to the monarchy try everything in their power to have the captain convicted. Snopes and Lady Madeleine, along with an intriguing cast of characters will join forces in this intense mystery.

A wonderful meticulously layered storyline, with an intelligent complex plot. This book, is one that grips you from the start and holds your attention completely all the way until the satisfying end. The fully development characters are reminiscent to Dickinson ones, and come to life under the author seamless narration. The atmospheric imagery are wonderful as the author cleverly guides the reader in this legal maneuvering fast paced read. There is also a little romance that is perfectly depicted and not overly done.

In this historical legal thrillers, I could easily find myself at The Red Hound Pub. Having a pint of Guinness or maybe two. I do so enjoy drinking a pint of Guinness from time to time myself. While there you might overhear William Snopes, Solicitor Mandy Bristol, Edmund Shaw, as they plan their strategic plan of action.Edmund Shaw

Solicitor Obadiah Cummings

Miss Madeleine Jameson

Solicitor Mandy Bristol

The Anglican priest, Father Thomas Neal

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AUTHOR

Todd M. Johnson is the author of three legal thrillers:

The Deposit Slip (2012), Critical Reaction (2013), and Fatal Trust (2017)

The Barrister and the Letterof Marque (2021), his first foray into historical mystery.

He has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as adjunct professor of International Law and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.

He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter.

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Join the virtual book tour of THE BARRISTER AND THE LETTER OF MARQUE, Todd M. Johnson’s highly acclaimed historical mystery, August 2-15, 2021. Over twenty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical mystery, suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with an interview, spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in London, England.

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Kingfisher

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Kingfisher By D. K. Marley {The Kingfisher Series, Book One}

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Kingfisher By D. K. Marley
The Kingfisher Series, Book One

Publication Date: June 28, 2021

Publisher: The White Rabbit Publishing (HFC Press)

Page Length: 530 Pages

Genre: Historical Time Travel

The past, future, and Excalibur lie in her hands.

Wales, 1914. Vala Penrys and her four sisters find solace in their spinster life by story-telling, escaping the chaos of war by dreaming of the romantic days of Camelot. When the war hits close to home, Vala finds love with Taliesin Wren, a mysterious young Welsh Lieutenant, who shows her another world within the tangled roots of a Rowan tree, known to the Druids as ‘the portal’.

One night she falls through, and suddenly she is Vivyane, Lady of the Lake – the Kingfisher – in a divided Britain clamoring for a High King. What begins as an innocent pastime becomes the ultimate quest for peace in two worlds full of secrets, and Vala finds herself torn between the love of her life and the salvation of not only her family but of Britain, itself.

“It is, at the heart of it, a love story – the love between a man and a woman, between a woman and her country, and between the characters and their fates – but its appeal goes far beyond romance. It is a tale of fate, of power, and, ultimately, of sacrifice for a greater good.” – Riana Everly, author of Teaching Eliza and Death of a Clergyman

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Kingfisher By D. K. Marley {The Kingfisher Series, Book One}

This tale begins with an assignation. Vola and her identical twin sister Isla

twenty-eighth birthday celebration was the same day that the Archduke Ferdinand, and his wife Sophia were assassinated. That fated day June 28th, 1914, set about a series of events that led to The Great War.

Vola enjoys escaping into books and fanciful play acting. She has a vivid imagination, along with vibrant recurring dreams since childhood. These dreams seems more like memories and she feels that there are more to her mother’s childhood lavish tales of King Arthur.

Abergavenny Wales, Vala Penrys and her four sister try to adjust to the changing time. As the world as they know it is turned inside out. As countries take sides, their father Ian leaves to fulfill his duty to the Crown. Vala being oldest, is left in charge of the running of the household and the care of her ailing, slightly unhinged mother, Isobe. The oldest of the Penrys girls boarder on spinsterhood, after a few seasons in London without acquiring suitable husbands. Isla and Vola along with the rest of the Penrys, and servants make up a close knit family that depend on each other for comfort and friendship as War rages on. Their mother’s condition worsens, along with Isobe’s cryptic secrets at Tyalwyn. What could they mean?

After Vala meets a captivating young Welsh Lieutenant, Taliesin Wren. She seems drawn to. The oldest girls decide to do what they can to help the war effort by making their home available to those soldiers in need. New acquaintances help to piece together family secrets, that have been buried. As reality and myth become blended.

D. K. Marley has written a stunning historical fiction, mixed with magical realism. Set to the backdrop of the beginning of the First World War, and Avalon. The author blends mystery, family dynamics and time travel.

I enjoyed the overall premise of the book. The quick pace kept me engaged from the very beginning and all the way through. There is slight tension that slowly builds as you the flip through the pages and storyline unfolds. The characters are well developed and completely fleshed out. Richly detailed, the writers voice is fluid and captivating, making for an excellent reading experience.

Historical fiction with magical realism is one of my all time favorite genre. D. K. Marley exceptional writing is spellbinding I found myself completely immersed within these pages.

Excited for the next installment in this highly addictive book series!

Quotes:

I gripped her hand and return. “Now is the perfect time. How else can we braved the day ahead of us then to fall down rabbit holes?”

“I see the conflict in your eyes Vala, but do not worry. We are of this time, but another, as well. I am a gentleman. All things will take place in time.”

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Author

D.K. Marley

D. K. Marley is a Historical Fiction author specializing in Shakespearean adaptations, Tudor era historicals, Colonial American historicals, alternate historicals, and historical time-travel. At a very early age she knew she wanted to be a writer. Inspired by her grandmother, an English Literature teacher, she dove into writing during her teenage years, winning short story awards for two years in local competitions. After setting aside her writing to raise a family and run her graphic design business, White Rabbit Arts, returning to writing became therapy to her after suffering immense tragedy, and she published her first novel “Blood and Ink” in 2018, which went on to win the Bronze Medal for Best Historical Fiction from The Coffee Pot Book Club, and the Silver Medal from the Golden Squirrel Book Awards. Within three years, she has published four more novels (two Shakespearean adaptations, one Colonial American historical, and a historical time travel).

When she is not writing, she is the founder and administrator of The Historical Fiction Club on Facebook, and the CEO of The Historical Fiction Company, a website dedicated to supporting the best in historical fiction for authors and readers. And for fun, she is an avid reader of the genre, loves to draw, is a conceptual photography hobbyist, and is passionate about spending time with her granddaughter. She lives in Middle Georgia U.S.A. with her husband of 35 years, an English Lab named Max, and an adorable Westie named Daisy.

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The Highlander’s Irish Bride

Hello Lovely Readers Thanks again for joining me on the blog tour for The Highlander’s Irish Bride by Vanessa Kelly!

THE HIGHLANDER’S IRISH BRIDE BY VANESSA KELLY
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Zebra Books
Paperback & eBook; 352 pages
Series: Clan Kendrick, Book 4
Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish

The latest in bestselling author Vanessa Kelly’s intoxicating Clan Kendrick series shines a light on the most respectable member of the Kendrick clan—and the independent woman who stole his heart . . .

Miss Kathleen Calvert may be the daughter of an Irish aristocrat, but she has no intention of acting like one. All she desires is to return to her family’s estate to raise horses and manage her father’s magnificent gardens. But when a scandal threatens her reputation, her parents order her to a remote Scottish estate, hoping she will finally learn to behave like a proper lady. To make matters worse, her escort is a handsome Highlander who just happens to be the most boring man in all of Scotland . . .

After a youth of dangerous and wild escapades, Grant Kendrick surprised his family—and himself—by becoming a successful businessman and the most respectable Kendrick brother. But does that matter, when the beautiful and free-spirited Kathleen deems him a stodgy bore? Luckily, he gets the chance to prove her wrong when their carriage is ambushed by thieves. But it will take all his ingenuity to protect the beautiful lass who has stormed her way into his heart—and to convince her that a life with him will be a love-filled adventure . . .

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Thanks to @hfvbt and @vanessakellyauthor for beautiful signed copy

The Highlander’s Irish Bride by Vanessa Kelly, is the fourth installment of Vanessa Kelly’s historical romance series Clan Kendrick.

Headstrong, Kathleen Calvert is the daughter of an Irish Baron aristocrat, caught chariot racing at dawn on Hampstead Heath. Her unconventional ways threaten to disrupt her older brothers engament, along with her reputation. Longing for her land of her youth, and struggling under London’s society oppressive conditions.

This fiery lady needs to learn restraint, aid comes to her and her family from the Duchess of Leverton. The Duchess whisk Kathleen to Scotland to visit Victoria Kendrick, who has married into the Kendrick clan. Things take a twist when Kathleen’s younger step-sister Jeannie, has taken upon herself to become a stowaway.

Graeme and Grant were twin hell raiser in their youth. Grant Kendrick is a swoon worthy, Scottish rogue. Having learned to curtail his shenanigans, he is now a successful businessman. When he meets Kathleen his interest is piqued with this feisty Irish miss.

The propulsive storyline, offering both drama and family dynamics made for a nonstop read. The chemistry and slow burn romance was tantalizing, as the two main characters overcome obstacles placed in their path. These hurdles com in the form of a drama filled step-sister, along with a villain who is set on destroying everything that Grant’s brother Graeme Kendrick, and is wife has built.

This charming and witty book will have flipping through the pages long into the night. The characters are both charismatic, and some a little frustrating. This makes for a delightful historical romantic read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this latest edition to Clan Kendrick by Vanessa Kelly.

This book can be read as a standalone without any difficulty, or within the series.

About the Author

Vanessa Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated in a number of contests, and she has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her books have been published in nine languages.

Vanessa’s first Clan Kendrick book, The Highlander Who Protected Me, was a USA Today, Barnes & Noble, and BookScan bestseller. The Highlander’s Christmas Bride, her latest book, hit the top 50 on both the Barnes & Noble mass-market bestseller list and on BookScan. The Renegade Royals Series was a national bestseller, as was The Improper Princesses Series. My Fair Princess was named a Goodreads Romance of the Month and is a USA Today and BookScan bestseller.

When she’s not dreaming of plots for her next Regency novel, Vanessa is writing USA Today Bestselling books with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

You can find Vanessa at vanessakellyauthor.com or at vksykes.com. For all of Vanessa’s latest news and contests–and to receive a free story–please sign up for her newsletter on her website.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, July 27
Excerpt at Novels Alive
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Wednesday, July 28
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Interview at Books & Benches
Review at Debjani’s Thoughts
Excerpt at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Thursday, July 29
Review at The Romance Dish

Friday, July 30
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy
Excerpt at Cross My Heart Writing & Reviews

Monday, August 2
Excerpt at SplendeurCaisse
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, August 3
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Wednesday, August 4
Review at Novels Alive

Thursday, August 5
Review & Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Friday, August 6
Review at Two Bookish Babes

Saturday, August 7
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Monday, August 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, August 11
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, August 13
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Highlander’s Christmas Bride & The Highlander’s English Bride & a $20 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open internationally and ends on August 13th. You must be 18 or older to enter.


Direct Link: https://gleam.io/competitions/QWYgZ-the-highlanders-irish-bride

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When a Duke Loves a Governess by Olivia Drake

Hello There Romance Readers, Today on my book blog a Review of

When a Duke Loves a Governess by Olivia Drake

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Title: When a Duke Loves a Governess

Author: Olivia Drake

Series: Unlikely Duchesses #3

Page Length: 320

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis: Tessa James has worked and planned tirelessly to open her own millinery shop. All she needs now is a loan from the lord who sired and abandoned her. The only problem is, she doesn’t even know his name. What’s a woman to do to find him but enter the aristocratic world by becoming a governess?

Guy Whitby, the new Duke of Carlin, has returned to London after years abroad to discover that his young daughter Sophy has become a wild-child known for scaring away every governess who’s crossed his doorstep. When Tessa James applies for the job, he hires her in desperation despite his misgivings that she’s too bold and beautiful–and that she might be fibbing about her qualifications.


Their blooming attraction leads them on a completely unexpected path to love that neither wants to deny. But when an old enemy threatens Guy’s family, their forbidden romance goes up in flames. Can they still learn to love and trust each other as forces try to tear them apart? 

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When a Duke Loves a Governess

by Olivia Drake

Unlikely Duchesses #3

♡ This is a spoiler free Review ♡

A lovely regency romance with intrigue and mystery Olivia Drake once again tantalizes reader in her new release,When a Duke Loves a Governess.

This is the third installment in her Unlikely Duchesses book series. I was more than pleased with delightful book.

Guy Whitby, the seventh Duke of Carlin’s family just might be cursed!

After all four family members died within five years of each other. He unexpectedly received the title of Duke, because he was top of the list to inherit. Guy, a botanist who has travelled the world, and now finds himself having to adjust to new Dukedom. That’s not all he is also struggling with keeping a governess for very unruly four-year-old daughter, Sophy.

Tessa James has a desire to become a respected milliner. She also has plan infiltrate the upperclass to find her father that abandoned her mother. Leaving mother and his daughter to fend for themselves in the harsh realities of the world.

Having lost her mother at an early age, she has spent most of her early years in orphanage. Her dream of owning her own millinery shop is still in unattainable without sufficient funds. She ever so slightly fudges her exact qualifications for a governess position, that Guy Whitby, the seventh Duke of Carlin is desperately in need of filling.

A wonderful historical romance with fleshed well developed characters along with a spot of intrigue and mystery.

Well done Olivia Drake, and thanks for continuous keeping my full of superb romances.・♡

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

AUTHOR

Olivia Drake

Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with a feisty cat, a loving husband, and two wonderful daughters who still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.

Many of you already know Olivia as Barbara Dawson Smith, author of 24 historical romance novels. She is a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous honors, including the Golden Heart Award and the coveted Rita Award for excellence in the historical romance genre.

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MORE BAD DAYS IN HISTORY

Thanks for joining me on the Blog Tour for MORE BAD DAYS IN HISTORY by Michael Farquhar.


About More Bad Days in History

• Publisher: National Geographic (June 8, 2021)
• Hardcover:? 464 pages

In these gleefully gloomy pages, you’ll find a politically smeared George Washington, a cranky Colonel Sanders, a homicidal Saint Olga of Kiev, a cuckolded Napoleon, a flame-censored Steinbeck, a treacherous Douglas MacArthur, a weeping Einstein, an exasperated Charles Dickens, a humiliated King Henry II, and a faux-contrite Ted Kennedy. And that’s just in July!

From the decadent palaces of ancient Rome to the modern Halls of Congress, this illuminating (sometimes disturbing) narrative features an almost endless array of misbehavior, amusing mishaps, and breathtaking misfortune over the ages and across the historical spectrum. Each less-than-red-letter day of the year is recounted in Farquhar’s wry voice and comes with the enduring lesson The Wall Street Journal found in the first volume of this series: “Bad Days in History may offer consolation to the great mass of quotidian belly-achers . . . whose piddling misfortunes and regrets will snap neatly into perspective when set against [this] record of idiocy and disaster.”

This surprising and sometimes heartbreaking collection of mayhem and malady will leave you amused, intrigued, and horrified by day after day of hilarious catastrophe.

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𝙼𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝙱𝚊𝚍 𝙳𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝙷𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢, 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚜𝚗𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚢, 𝚒𝚗𝚗𝚘𝚟𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚍𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝟹𝟼𝟼 𝚍𝚊𝚢𝚜. 𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚊 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚎𝚟𝚘𝚞𝚛. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚏𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚕𝚊𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚕𝚘𝚞𝚍 𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚖𝚎 𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚍𝚋𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚜𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚏𝚒𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚢.


𝙸 𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚕𝚢 𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔, 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚌𝚕𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚎𝚙𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚏𝚞𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍!

About Michael Farquhar

MICHAEL FARQUHAR, a former writer and editor at the Washington Post, is the best-selling author of numerous books, including the critically acclaimed Behind the Palace Doors and Secret Lives of the Tsars, as well as the popular Penguin Treasury series: A Treasury of Royal Scandals, A Treasury of Great American Scandals, A Treasury of Deception, and A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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The Girl from Venice

Hello and welcome to my stop on The Girl From Venice By Siobhan Daiko

The Girl from Venice
By Siobhan Daiko

Publication Date: 1st July 2021

Publisher: ASOLANDO BOOKS

Page Length: 300 Pages

Genre: Romantic Historical/Women’s Fiction

Lidia De Angelis has kept a low profile since Mussolini’s racial laws wrenched her from her childhood sweetheart. But when the Germans occupy Venice in 1943, she must flee the city to save her life.

Lidia joins the partisans in the Venetian mountains, where she meets David, an English soldier fighting for the same cause. As she grows closer to him, harsh Nazi reprisals and Lidia’s own ardent anti-fascist activities threaten to tear them apart.

Decades later in London, while sorting through her grandmother’s belongings after her death, Charlotte discovers a Jewish prayer book, unopened letters written in Italian, and a fading photograph of a group of young people in front of the Doge’s Palace.

Intrigued by her grandmother’s refusal to talk about her life in Italy before and during the war, Charlotte travels to Venice in search of her roots. There, she learns not only the devastating truth about her grandmother’s past, but also some surprising truths about herself.

A heart-breaking page-turner, based on actual events in Italy during World War II

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Lidia followed Falcon through the central door, stepping into a well-lit stone-floored hallway where a bearded man was sitting in a high-backed wooden chair, smoking. ‘You took your time,’ he muttered as he stood. Then, with a growl of affection, he pulled Falcon into a bear hug and clapped him on the back.

Falcon introduced Lidia to the man. ‘Commander Rocco of the Matteotti Brigade.’

‘We need you to talk to the inglese,’ Rocco said to her in a gruff voice. ‘Find out if he is who he says he is.’ He headed towards a glass door at the side of the hall. ‘Ask him why he’s the only one in the mission. We were expecting at least two of them.’

‘Va bene,’ she said, her heart swelling with pride at the task she’d been assigned.

They entered a spacious dining room. Sepia photographs of World War I soldiers decorated the white-washed walls, and the delicious aroma of meat stewing infused the air.

She ignored the sudden rumble of hunger in her stomach—she hadn’t eaten her fill in weeks. A fair-haired man was sitting at the rectangular oak table. His khaki-coloured battledress looked smart, and his handsomely chiselled face was clean-shaven. He pushed back his chair and stood to attention. ‘Captain Roden at your service,’ he saluted. 

After introductions, Lidia and Falcon left their weapons by the door, and chairs were found for them.

‘I’ll leave you to it,’ Commander Rocco said. ‘Report what you find out to me before we have lunch.’

Lidia sat next to Captain Roden. ‘First, we need to establish you are who you say you are,’ she said.

The Englishman reached under his shirt and pulled out the metal chain that hung around his neck. He showed her a circular disc inscribed with his name, date of birth, blood group, religion, rank, and service number. ‘Is that good enough?’ he winked.

Lidia prickled at the wink. She wanted to be taken seriously, as a freedom fighter and not as some silly girl to be winked at. 

She shot a frosty look into his twinkling blue eyes. ‘Good enough? Hmmm. Tell us how you came to be here on your own.’

‘My second-in-command landed badly when we parachuted from our Dakota above Asiago the other night. He broke his hip and had to be carried off to a nearby sanatorium.’

‘That’s unfortunate,’ Lidia said before translating.

‘Ask him which airport his plane took off from,’ barked Falcon. 

‘Bari,’ the captain responded.

‘Find out about his war record,’ Falcon reminded her.

She questioned the captain, then relayed to Falcon that Roden had served as a gunner in a heavy anti-aircraft regiment before they’d transferred him as a staff officer to GHQ Cairo, where he’d got himself recruited into SOE, the acronym for Special Operations Executive.

‘What was his preparation for this mission?’ 

Lidia translated and the captain explained he underwent basic parachute instruction near Brindisi before being sent to Monopoli—where he trained with his second-in-command by carrying heavy weights on their backs over rough country and engaging in unarmed combat.

‘I’ve brought my radio transmitter-receiver,’ Captain Roden indicated the small suitcase by his feet. ‘I’ll be able to coordinate drops of weapons and ammunition.’

‘Good,’ Falcon rubbed his hands together. ‘We have no radio for communications ourselves.’

The conversation moved on to a discussion of the partisan groups on the Grappa. Captain Roden revealed that his briefing had been minimal. The staff at H.Q knew virtually nothing about the area he’d been sent to work in, had little information about what the partisans were actually doing here, and only had a patchy knowledge of the geography of the mountain. Upon being told there were four brigades, Roden advised they should set up a central command unit. ‘We expect our forces to break through the German Gothic Line any day now,’ the captain said. ‘We’d like you to harass the Germans as they retreat. Also destroy their supply lines by sabotaging the Trento to Bassano railway track.’

‘That’s exactly what we’ve been attempting to do,’ Falcon huffed. ‘Your briefing has certainly been abysmal.’

Roden apologised, and Lidia almost felt sorry for him. But she didn’t like the way he was shooting covert looks at her while she translated, as if she were a creature from another planet, so she reined in any sympathy she’d started to feel for him.

‘We need more weapons if we are to be effective,’ Falcon added. ‘We have enough men to make a real impact. Get on that radio of yours and tell the Allies to stop pissing about and step up the air drops.’

‘Will do.’ The captain blew out a breath.

‘What’s your battle name?’ Falcon cocked his head. ‘We all have one up here.’

‘Do I need one? I mean, if I’m caught, I’ll be held under the Geneva convention.’

Falcon laughed at his response. 

‘We’re in the middle of a civil war in Italy, don’t you know? I doubt any of us are covered by the Geneva convention,’ Falcon smirked.

‘Ah, of course.’ Roden appeared pensive. ‘How about you all call me “David”?’

‘Va bene.’ Falcon got to his feet. ‘I’ll go and find Rocco, tell him what you’ve told me and then we’ll have some lunch.’

‘So,’ the captain smiled at Lidia. A nice smile that lit up his eyes. ‘Have you been a partisan for long?’

AUTHOR

Siobhan Daiko

Siobhan Daiko is an international bestselling historical romantic fiction author. A lover of all things Italian, she lives in the Veneto region of northern Italy with her husband, a Havanese puppy and two rescue cats. After a life of romance and adventure in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK, Siobhan now spends her time, when she isn’t writing, enjoying the sweet life near Venice.

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Lying With Lions Review

Today I’m really excited to be reviewing Lying With Lions By Annabel Fielding!

Lying With Lions with Lions – Annabel Fielding

Release Date: June 20, 2021

Thank you to author Annabel Fielding for the gifted ARC

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Edwardian England.  Agnes Ashford knows that her duty is threefold: she needs to work on cataloguing the archive of the titled Bryant family, she needs to keep the wounds of her past tightly under wraps, and she needs to be quietly grateful to her employers for taking her up in her hour of need. However, a dark secret she uncovers due to her work thrusts her into the Bryants’ brilliant orbit – and into the clutch of their ambitions.

They are prepared to take the new century head-on and fight for their preeminent position and political survival tooth and nail – and not just to the first blood. With a mix of loyalty, competence, and well-judged silence Agnes rises to the position of a right-hand woman to the family matriarch – the cunning and glamorous Lady Helen. But Lady Helen’s plans to hold on to power through her son are as bold as they are cynical, and one day Agnes is going to face an impossible choice…

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Lying With Lions is a compelling historical fiction set in Edwardian England.

A book had me hooked from start to finish – I literally couldn’t put it down. The plot is so clever and unique, I found myself in a constant state of curiosity and suspense. Agnes Ashford has been taken on by the prestigious Bryant Family to work as an archivist. In her meticulous research, she uncovers some information that could have devastating consequences. Does she expose her findings of the Bryant Family, whose dark family secrets are dripping with malice. Agnes also has her own agenda, coming from low background she wants rise up from her station in life. The Bryant family member’s are backstabbers, seeking to undermine each other.

Soon Agnes rises and becomes indispensable to the family’s matriarch, Helen Bryant in more ways than one.

A perfect read for me, with cunning family dynamics and the secrets

About the Author

Annabel Fielding, having graduated from the University of Arts London with an MA in Public Relations, is a PR assistant by day and a novelist by night. Being a self-professed history geek, she dedicates her free time to obscure biographies, solo travel and tea. She also posts a mix of book reviews and travel photos on her blog at historygeekintown.com. She can also be followed on Twitter as @DearestAnnabel.

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Once a Laird

Once a Laird

By Mary Jo Putney

Series: Rogues Redeemed #6
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Publisher: Kensington

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The Rogues Redeemed Series

The Rogues Redeemed series is a spin off of the Lost Lords. Though it features some of the same characters, not all of the heroes studied at the Westerfield Academy. Instead, the “rogues” of the series met and bonded while facing death one long, terrifying night in Portugal. The first book, Once a Soldier, gives reader favorite Will Masterson his happily-ever-after, and the second, Once a Rebel¸ is about the enigmatic Gordon, the most difficult student to ever attend the Westerfield Academy. Adventurers all, these heroes have varied background and their stories will visit some fresh corners of the Regency world–and bring them to the strong, beautiful women they will love forever.

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Title: Once a Laird

Author Mary Jo Putney

Series: Rogues Redeemed #6

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Publisher: Kensington

Never wanting to return to the island that hold so many memories of his beloved. Ramsay has wandered the world since he left his childhood home on Thorsay. Informed that is grandfather is on deaths door, he must return and take up his responsibilities as Laird.

The sister of his long lost love Signy, has called back Ramsey from Constantinople. She is all grown up and Ramsey is stunned by the this change. She has proven herself indispensable to the late Laird, and is able to help Ramsey to adjust into his new role.

This was such a lovely historical romance, one that proved to be a much needed escape from reality. Set to the backdrop of Orkney island, along with the rich detailed imagery makes for the perfect romance. The romance was everything I hoped it would be! I also enjoyed the addition of the animals that makes this such a lively experience.

Definitely a lovely addition to Mary Jo Putney, Rogues Redeemed book series!

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