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Voices in the Mist by Susanne Dunlap

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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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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


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

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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


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.


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!


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


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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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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Hello Friends,

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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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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One winner will receive a finished copy of Stalking Shadows. The giveaway starts on September 13th
and ends on September 20th

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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.


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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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


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.





“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


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 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!


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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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 !♡


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


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!


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


The Spirited Mrs. Pringle

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The Spirited Mrs. Pringle

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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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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.

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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.


Dark and Shallow Lies

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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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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.


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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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?


“. . . 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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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.


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


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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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!

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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There are so many great books being released this week

Here is one!


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)


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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The Merchant and the Rogue.

by Sarah M. Eden


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.



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.


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


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)


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


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 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

eBook ASIN: B08LG91Y95

Audiobook ASIN: B0983VZ6XZ

Tour Dates: August 2 – 15, 2021




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.


“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

The Red Hound Pub

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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.


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


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!


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.”

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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!

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.


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


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.

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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.


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.



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.


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


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?’


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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



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.


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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The Girls from the Beach

Thanks for joining me on the blog tour for The Girls from the Beach by Andie Newton!

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Digital Publication Date: July 8, 2021
Paperback Publication Date: January 2022
Aria Fiction

Genre: Historical Fiction

‘We’d heard stories about the nurses in tent seven. A secret mission, stolen money, and spies…’

In 1944, four American nurses disappeared for five days. No one knew what happened to them. Until now.

When Kit and Red set foot on French soil during the Normandy landings, they know they have to rely on each other. As they head for the battlefield, their aim is simple: save lives. But when they’re called away on a top-secret mission to patch up a few men behind enemy lines, everything changes.

Alongside fellow nurses, Roxy and Gail, they’re told to prepare for the worst, trading in their nurses’ fatigues for civilian clothes and hiding medical supplies under their skirts. But it’s a lie. Their real mission tasks them with the impossible – to infiltrate the Reich and steal something the Nazis desperately need to win their losing war.

In an ultimate test of courage and comradeship, each woman must decide what she is prepared to risk and what she has to live for.

Praise for The Girls From The Beach

‘One of my favorite books of 2021 and a true must-read for all fans of the genre. It’s not just a story of friendship, but a story of patriotism, heroism, and selfless sacrifice in the name of freedom. Absolutely riveting!’ – Ellie Midwood, USA Today bestselling author of The Violinist of Auschwitz

‘A wild ride of a book, laced with beautifully flawed characters, impeccable research and a story that will make you cry with tears of joy and sorrow. A resounding five-star read!’ – Terry Lynn Thomas, USA Today bestselling author of The Silent Woman

‘What a story! The Girls from the Beach took me on a rollercoaster ride of mystery and suspense. The Girls from the Beach is a testimony to courage, integrity and female friendship. And that ending – wow!’ – Gill Thompson, bestselling author of The Oceans Between Us

‘The Girls from the Beach is a unique and incredibly imaginative story inspired by the nurses who worked on the front line in World War Two. It is action-packed and full of unexpected drama around every turn – I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next! Readers who enjoyed Newton’s earlier books will be sure to love this one’ – Louise Fein, bestselling author of People Like Us



“In 1944, four American nurses disappeared for five days. No one knew what happened to them. Until now.”

One of the best historical WW2, books of 2021!

A harrowing historical fiction set to turbulent times of World War ll

This is a spoiler free review, I am not going to giveaway to much of this book because it’s one to read for yourself.

Andie Newton newest book was one I was not prepared for. It’s an extraordinary emotional charged book, that takes the reader on a nail biting journey. Richly atmospheric imagery along with some of the best insightful look at the bands of friendship forged during some devastating events surrounding four courageous war nurses. I was drawn into the details of lives of theses heroic woman that make this book so good.

The grisly reality of WW2 battlefield comes to life under Newton’s skillful writing as we follow four American field nurses. The book gives the reader dual time periods present to past featuring the intense concentration on the 1940’s. We follow Red, Kit, Gail and Roxy, who find themselves serving at Lorraine near the French-German border during 1944. During a series of events the women come together and are tasked with a top secret mission that the actual truth doesn’t come to light until it’s to late.

The propulsive storyline, offering both drama and wartime authenticity will appeal to anyone interested in world war historical fiction.

The plot moves meticulously andunpredictably with several interesting twists that make the ending all the more anticipated and satisfying. The ending was so good!

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.



Blog Tour Schedule

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Review at Books, Writings, and More

Wednesday, July 21
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, July 23
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, July 26
Excerpt at Books & Benches

Friday, July 30
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, August 1
Review at Girl Who Reads

Monday, August 2
Review at Novels Alive
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

Thursday, August 5
Review at Two Bookish Babes
Review at A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog


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For Lord and Land by Matthew Harffy

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For Lord and Land by Matthew Harffy

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Format: Hardback

Publisher: Head of Zeus

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AD 647. Anglo-Saxon Britain. Greed and ambition threaten to tear the north apart. The eighth installment in the Bernicia Chronicles.

Greed and ambition threaten to tear the north apart. War rages between the two kingdoms of Northumbria. Kin is pitted against kin and friend becomes foe as ambitious kings vie for supremacy. When Beobrand travels south into East Angeln to rescue a friend, he unwittingly tilts the balance of power in the north, setting in motion events that will lead to a climactic confrontation between Oswiu of Bernicia and Oswine of Deira. While the lord of Ubbanford is entangled in the clash of kings, his most trusted warrior, Cynan, finds himself on his own quest, called to the aid of someone he thought never to see again. Riding into the mountainous region of Rheged, Cynan faces implacable enemies who would do anything to further their own ends. Forced to confront their pasts, and with death and betrayal at every turn, both Beobrand and Cynan have their loyalties tested to breaking point. Who will survive the battle for a united Northumbria, and who will pay the ultimate price for lord and land?


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

For Lord and Land

For Lord and Land by Matthew Harffy is the eighth installment in the highly addictive book series the Bernicia Chronicles.

This gripping tale is delivered between two MC’s that of Beobrand and Cynan.

Once again the author gives the reader seamless narration, along with a propulsive storyline. The riveting action, as well as the atmospheric imagery will catapult you into the seventh century Northumbria. The storyline is excellent bold and dramatic, with lots of political turmoil, and action.

The author deftly weaves threads of historical fact and characters, along with his own inventive ones. To make a powerful book, that you will find you have a hard time putting down.

Harffy offers and superb narration and stellar character development. The characters are three-dimensional and well fleshed out, and their progress is evident as the book series progresses.

For Lord and Land, is richly detailed with dialogue and period details. Hands down the author’s strength lies in his meticulously executed combat sequences, that I found impeccable. Matthew Harffy combines keen precision with a tension-filled plot, that will keep you immersed within the characters lives.

The ending was everything I hoped it would be and loved some of the dramatic twists. A excellent addition to Bernicia Chronicles, and I patiently waiting for the authors next book

This book can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the others in this stunning series.

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.


Matthew Harffy grew up in Northumberland where the rugged terrain, ruined castles
and rocky coastline had a huge impact on him. He now lives in Wiltshire, England, with
his wife and their two daughters.

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John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow

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I have a special book I would like to share with you

John Eyre By MiMi Mathews


Title: John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow
Author: Mimi Matthews
Genre: historical fiction, Gothic romance, paranormal fiction
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press (July 20, 2021)
Length: (364) pages
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1736080207
Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1736080221

Yorkshire, 1843. When disgraced former schoolmaster John Eyre arrives at Thornfield Hall to take up a position as tutor to two peculiar young boys, he enters a world unlike any he’s ever known. Darkness abounds, punctuated by odd bumps in the night, strange creatures on the moor, and a sinister silver mist that never seems to dissipate. And at the center of it all, John’s new employer—a widow as alluring as she is mysterious.

Sixteen months earlier, heiress Bertha Mason embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Marriage wasn’t on her itinerary, but on meeting the enigmatic Edward Rochester, she’s powerless to resist his preternatural charm. In letters and journal entries, she records the story of their rapidly disintegrating life together, and of her gradual realization that Mr. Rochester isn’t quite the man he appears to be. In fact, he may not be a man at all.

From a cliff-top fortress on the Black Sea coast to an isolated estate in rural England, John and Bertha contend with secrets, danger, and the eternal struggle between light and darkness. Can they help each other vanquish the demons of the past? Or are some evils simply too powerful to conquer?

Yorkshire, 1843. When disgraced former schoolmaster John Eyre arrives at Thornfield Hall to take up a position as tutor to two peculiar young boys, he enters a world unlike any he’s ever known. Darkness abounds, punctuated by odd bumps in the night, strange creatures on the moor, and a sinister silver mist that never seems to dissipate. And at the center of it all, John’s new employer—a widow as alluring as she is mysterious.

Sixteen months earlier, heiress Bertha Mason embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Marriage wasn’t on her itinerary, but on meeting the enigmatic Edward Rochester, she’s powerless to resist his preternatural charm. In letters and journal entries, she records the story of their rapidly disintegrating life together, and of her gradual realization that Mr. Rochester isn’t quite the man he appears to be. In fact, he may not be a man at all.

From a cliff-top fortress on the Black Sea coast to an isolated estate in rural England, John and Bertha contend with secrets, danger, and the eternal struggle between light and darkness. Can they help each other vanquish the demons of the past? Or are some evils simply too powerful to conquer?

Yorkshire, 1843. When disgraced former schoolmaster John Eyre arrives at Thornfield Hall to take up a position as tutor to two peculiar young boys, he enters a world unlike any he’s ever known. Darkness abounds, punctuated by odd bumps in the night, strange creatures on the moor, and a sinister silver mist that never seems to dissipate. And at the center of it all, John’s new employer—a widow as alluring as she is mysterious.

Sixteen months earlier, heiress Bertha Mason embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Marriage wasn’t on her itinerary, but on meeting the enigmatic Edward Rochester, she’s powerless to resist his preternatural charm. In letters and journal entries, she records the story of their rapidly disintegrating life together, and of her gradual realization that Mr. Rochester isn’t quite the man he appears to be. In fact, he may not be a man at all.

From a cliff-top fortress on the Black Sea coast to an isolated estate in rural England, John and Bertha contend with secrets, danger, and the eternal struggle between light and darkness. Can they help each other vanquish the demons of the past? Or are some evils simply too powerful to conquer?




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Mimi Matthews’ highly acclaimed Bronte-inspired Gothic romance, July 12-25, 2021. Thirty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical fiction, Gothic romance, and paranormal fiction will join in the celebration of its release with an interview, spotlights, exclusive excerpt, and reviews of this new Victorian-era novel set in Yorkshire, England.

Lock the doors and check them twice with this newest one from the author Mimi Matthews. A stunning gothic gender reversal retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, interwoven with the literary classic, Dracula.

Oh my stars this was so good, a deliciously addictive ominous tale


There is a slow burning creep to this book that steadily builds with intensity as the reader is taken by the hand and pulled ever so gently through the dark page of its storyline. The author Mimi Matthews has done an exceptionally job of gender-swapping the characters in a stunning way that was so clever. I have read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Dracula every single year in the Autumn since 1988 and I have to say this was book was impressive and brilliantly executed.

John Eyre’s atmospheric imagery is brilliant and forbidding, and gloomy. The tale is just enough suspense to cause the hairs on the back of your neck to rise. Matthews delivers a well-written, unique and twisty read here, that had me pretty much-questioning everything that was happening within the pages of this book.

The way that the details were revealed to us was extremely well-done and the setting was creepily atmospheric which I totally loved. I will always have a profound connected with the authors writing style, it’s descriptive and fluid. The plot was suspenseful with precise amount of sinisterness to hold my attention fully all the way through.

Once again Mimi Matthews delivers a highly entertaining historical fiction. This time she will keep you on your toes in gothic romance that features the supernatural.

I highly recommend this book to those who love proper historical romance the perfect amount of gothic.

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.


I will be adding this book to my October rereads along with my classics that I enjoy so much.

“Bertha Mason Rochester shines, dominating her scenes with vitality and strength. The style, too, is spot-on, reprising the spirit of 19th-century Gothic prose without descending into mimicry.”— Publishers Weekly

“An entertaining spin on a classic with thrilling twists and turns…Matthews skillfully transforms a well-known story into a truly original tale.”— Kirkus

“[Matthews] retells Charlotte Bronte’s classic story in a way that will keep fans of the original novel totally gripped from cover to cover… Fresh and dynamic… Fast-paced and spellbinding…a book you will have a hard time putting down.”— Readers Favorite

“One of the most moving, suspenseful, innovative and remarkable retellings of a classic in the history of, well, ever… Every page is sheer rapture as [Matthews] moulds popular source material into a spell-binding creation so wholly her own.”— Rachel McMillan, bestselling author of The London Restoration

“[A] captivating and ingenious retelling of Jane Eyre with a supernatural twist. Smart, suspenseful, and deliciously spooky, JOHN EYRE is a must-read; I loved everything about it!”— Ashley Weaver, author of the Amory Ames Mysteries and the Electra McDonnell series


USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Regency and Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.




July 12​The Caffeinated Bibliophile (review)​

July 12Syrie James (review)

July 12Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (review)

July 13Bronte Blog (interview)

July 13​Laura’s Reviews (review)​

July 13​All-of-a-Kind Mom (spotlight)

July 14Gwendalyn’s Books (review) book

July 14Austenesque Reviews (review)

July 15Bookworm Lisa (review)

July 15Nurse Bookie (review)

July 16Savvy Verse and Wit (excerpt)

July 16​The Lit Bitch (review)​

July 17​My Bookish Bliss (review)​

July 17From the TBR Pile (review)

July 18​Rosanne E. Lortz (review)​

July 18Books, Teacups, & Reviews (review)

July 19​The Secret Victorianist (review)​

July 19Christian Chick’s Thoughts (review)

July 19​The Gothic Library (review)​

July 20​Getting Your Read On (review)​

July 20​The Silver Petticoat Review (review)​

July 20Lu Reviews Books (review)

July 21Scuffed Slippers and Wormy Books (spotlight)

July 21​The Green Mockingbird (review)​

July 22Unabridged Chick (review)

July 22A Darn Good Read(review)

July 23Kathleen Flynn (review)

July 23So Little Time… (review)

July 23The Calico Critic (review)

July 24The Bronte Babe (review)

July 24Probably at the Library (review)

July 24Impressions in Ink(review)

July 25From Pemberley to Milton (review)

July 25Vesper’s Place (review)

July 25Cup of Tea with that Book Please (review)


A Duke In Time

Hello and welcome to my stop on A Duke In Time Blog Tour


Publication Date: June 29, 2021
St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Series: The Widow Rules, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance

Katherine Vareck is in for the shock of her life when she learns upon her husband Meri’s accidental death that he had married two other women. Her entire business, along with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a royal supplier, is everything she’s been working for and now could be destroyed if word leaks about the three wives.

Meri’s far more upstanding brother, Christian, Duke of Randford has no earthly clue how to be of assistance. He spent the better part of his adult years avoiding Meri and the rest of his good-for-nothing family, so to be dragged back into the fold is…problematic. Even more so is the intrepid and beautiful Katherine, whom he cannot be falling for because she’s Meri’s widow. Or can he?

With a textile business to run and a strong friendship forming with Meri’s two other wives, Katherine doesn’t have time for much else. But there’s something about the warm, but compellingly taciturn Christian that draws her to him. When an opportunity to partner in a business venture brings them even closer, they’ll have to face their pasts if they want to share each other’s hearts and futures.



“Janna MacGregor dazzles her readers with sexy stories that are also endearingly tender. Her characters tug at your heart-strings and make you sad to turn the last page.” ― New York Times bestseller Eloisa James

“Mesmerizing! Janna MacGregor pens enchanting characters and passionate romance that offers the perfect escape.” ― New York Times bestseller Lorraine Heath

“Janna MacGregor’s stories positively sparkle. Filled with heart, humor, and passion, she is an absolute must read!” ― USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell

“If…looking for something new with Austen’s spirit, humor, and dashing heroes, they can’t do better than McGregor.” – Entertainment Weekly


A Duke in Time by Janna MacGregor

Publication Date: June 29, 2021

St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Series: The Widow Rules, Book One

Genre: Historical Romance

A Scandalous, Sensual, Victorian Romp

A Duke in Time by Janna MacGregor is the first installment in her new The Widow Rules series.

What happens when successful boutique owner Katherine “Kat” Greer learns some incredible news from the reading of her dead husbands wiil. Revelations come to light that are both shocking and devastating. Evidently her recently departed husband, Meriwether Varek, enjoyed marriage so much he had more than one wife.

Even though Katherine Vareck was only married to Meri for a year, and abandoned just after the wedding breakfast. Absolutely nothing could have prepared her for learning that her absent husband not only was married to her, but it would seem that he had acquired several wives.

Without any resources Kat asked her long time acquaintance Willa Kat to help persuade the other Mrs’s Meriwether Varek to come together in residence and help each other along with seeking out what has become of their dowries.

Christian Varek, the Duke of Randford has just returned from the Napoleonic wars, a hero, and the last memberof Meriwether’s family. He wants no part of his brother or family’s scandalous past. He is not prepared for his late brother’s widow persistence in asking for help, or that she is stunningly beautiful.

A delightful swoon worthy hero along with a caring and beautiful heroine, makes this a memorable Victorian style romance. I fell in love with Katherine’s character, she’s sincere, but also a successful lady entrepreneur. Rising above her lot in life, Katherine James is the illegitimate daughter of an actress. She is a hard worker, who has achieved business success, so when opportunity to become a titled lady, she thought that her life was definitely on the upswing. But that wasn’t the case when our tale began. I enjoyed her generosity and goodwill, to the other ladies that had been mislead. Their friendship is wonderfully depicted, and heartwarming.

Katherine and Christian chemistry is off the charts, and was perfect with the storyline. The authors narration was easy to follow and I thought the book was quite refreshing and entertaining. I also liked how both of the main characters needed to overcome their past, along with the desire to do good and help others that were less fortunate.

I am excited to read the next book in what seems to be a captivating romance series!

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.

About the Author

Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs.


Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 5
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Two Bookish Babes

Tuesday, July 6
Excerpt at Bookish Rantings

Wednesday, July 7
Excerpt at Probably at the Library
Review + Excerpt at Robin Loves Reading

Friday, July 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Monday, July 12
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Tuesday, July 13
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, July 14
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Thursday, July 15
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Friday, July 16
Review at andreajanel_reads


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It’s a manic Monday at my house !

Welcome to my stop on THE FREEDOM RACE by Lucinda Roy

Official Blog Tour.


The Freedom Race, Lucinda Roy’s explosive first foray into speculative fiction, is a poignant blend of subjugation, resistance, and hope.

In the aftermath of a cataclysmic civil war known as the Sequel, ideological divisions among the states have hardened. In the Homestead Territories, an alliance of plantation-inspired holdings, Black labor is imported from the Cradle, and Biracial “Muleseeds” are bred.

Raised in captivity on Planting 437, kitchen-seed Jellybean “Ji-ji” Lottermule knows there is only one way to escape. She must enter the annual Freedom Race as a runner.

Ji-ji and her friends must exhume a survival story rooted in the collective memory of a kidnapped people and conjure the voices of the dead to light their way home.


“Every now and then a work comes along that makes you wonder whether you are reading or dreaming. And you’re not sure it matters which.” ―Nikki Giovanni

“You ever have the feeling that if you don’t read something, you may be missing out on something momentous happening? . . . I got that vibe from the first page of The Freedom Race. It has a prescience about it in the tradition of Octavia Butler. . . . If ‘resilience’ was a book, it would be The Freedom Race.” ―Maurice Broaddus, author of Buffalo Soldier

“Roy (The Hotel Alleluia) turns to speculative fiction for the first time with this lyrical, Afrofuturist hero’s quest set in the not-too-distant future. …[Ji-Ji’s] harrowing but profoundly spiritual quest for sovereignty against all odds impresses. Readers … will appreciate both the tenacious heroine and Roy’s intricate prose stylings.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The future Lucinda Roy calls up in The Freedom Race is a fierce, unsettling riff on our past and present. Instead of watching democracy evaporate and justice fail, Ms. Roy challenges us all to get over ourselves and join the race for freedom.” ―Andrea Hairston, author of Will Do Magic for Small Change

“American magic-realism meets the outcome of the Second U.S. Civil War in a well-told, but brutally jolting, strangely prescient, and soul-haunting narrative.” ―L. E. Modesitt, Jr., bestselling author of the Saga of Recluce series



Chapter 1, Excerpt 1

Ji-ji might have been afraid to tell Silapu the unvarnished truth, but Uncle Dreg had no such reservations. When he’dvisited them to deliver the cradle a few hours after Silapuhad given birth, he’d also delivered dire warnings about the dangers that awaited them should they try to run (though how he knew they’d been thinking about doing so, neither of them could figure out). He painted an alarming picture: the SuperStates and Independents were turning away hordes of asylum seekers; outbreaks of metaflu, cholera, and malaria had turned the squalid shantytowns that had sprung up around the Independents into death traps. If they made it to Dream City without entry papers, they would join the thousands of other refugees in the No Region. They would live in sight of a Dream they could never enter and a wall they could never climb.

The old wizard had taken Silapu’s hand tenderly in his own. “Place your trust in the Freedom Race,” he’d told her. “And in your courageous offspring. I have never seen another racer fly as fast as your thirdborn. When Ji-ji wins, she will petition for you and the infant.”

In a tone brimming with certainty, Uncle Dreg had told Silapu her lastborn had come to him as a grown Freeman during one of his journeys through future-time. “He stood tall in the Cradle, like your father. His voice echoed across the land. I have also seen Ji-ji in the Window-of-What’s-to-Come, wearing the Freedom Race logo and running like the wind. So you see, Sila. All will be well.”

After Dreg had left, Silapu—no slouch herself when it came to manipulation—said it was ironic that the old wizard had used Ji-ji’s gift as a runner to persuade them not to run. Then she’d said something else that still haunted Ji-ji: “Let us hope we do not regret placing so much faith in your abilities, Jellybean.” Ever since, Ji-ji had thrown herself even more aggressively into her training, often going on late-night runs in addition to predawn ones, running till her feet bled and her heart was a piston in her chest. She was their only hope now; she had to succeed.

Copyright © 2021 by Lucinda Roy


Novelist and poet Lucinda Roy’s latest book deal is with Tor/Macmillan for her futuristic slave narrative series The Freedom Race. Her previous novels are Lady Moses, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, and The Hotel Alleluia. Her poetry books are entitled Wailing the Dead to Sleep, The Humming Birds, and Fabric: Poems. She also authored the memoir No Right to Remain Silent: What We’ve Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech. Among her awards are the Eighth Mountain Prize for Poetry, the 2017 Zenobia Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award, and the Baxter Hathaway Prize for her long slave narrative poem “Needlework.” An Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, she has been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows, including The CBS Evening News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS’s Sunday Morning, Oprah, and NPR. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, USA Today, the Chronicle of Higher Education, North American Review, American Poetry Review, and many other publications. She delivers keynotes and presentations around the country on creative writing, diversity, campus safety, and higher education. Currently, she is working on her speculative novel series, a book of ekphrastic poems, and a series of oil paintings depicting the Middle Passage.


WEBSITE: https://lucindaroy.com/

TWITTER: @LRoyAuthor

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ENDS: AUGUST 2, 2021

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

5 Winners will receive a Copy of THE FREEDOM RACE by Lucinda Roy.




It Ends in Fire

Hello and welcome to my stop for It Ends In Fire By Andrew Shvarts.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: July 6th, 2021

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1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy
2. Win the Great Game
3. Burn Wizard society to the ground

As a child, Alka witnessed her parents’ brutal murder at the hands of Wizards before she was taken in by an underground rebel group.

Now, Alka is deep undercover at the most prestigious school of magic in the Republic: Blackwater Academy, a place where status is everything, where decadent galas end in blood-splattered duels, where every student has their own agenda. To survive, Alka will have to lie, cheat, kill, and use every trick in her spy’s toolkit. And for the first time in her life, the fiercely independent Alka will have to make friends in order to recruit the misfits and the outcasts into her motley rebellion.

But even as she draws closer to victory — to vengeance — she sinks deeper into danger as suspicious professors and murderous rivals seek the traitor in their midst, and dark revelations unravel her resolve. Can Alka destroy the twisted game…without becoming a part of it?



1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy

2. Win the Great Game

3. Burn Wizard society to the ground

Alka Chelrazi, has a mission to infiltrate one the most prestigious magic schools, Blackwater Academy.

Using a stolen identity she become one of elite young wizards to compete in high stakes competition called The Game.

When Alka and her family were last together they were on the run because her father turned his back on the Republic and all what it stands for. The Republic’s sinister goal is the oppression of the Humbles.

Now she is on a mission to bring down the the Republic’s offspring just when they least expect it!

Holy Smokes, this was a book that hooked me from the first page and never let up until the perfect ending.

Andrew Shvarts has written a incredible fantasy. Stunning world building that places the reader within its propulsive storyline. Offering both drama and fast paced excitement.

A spectacular magic system, that was so was easy to follow and descriptive. Seriously one of the best YA ones that I have come across in long time.

When a wizard casts, they slip into the Null, a place where time does not follow the same as real time, it’s slowed down. In the Null is where the wizard carve spells called Glyphs, into the air with their wands called Loci. The author seamlessly writing makes all the details and elements come together in fighting sequences.

Alka Chelrazi is truly an impressive three dimensional character. She is fierce along with being courageously bold. I absolutely loved her, and enjoyed her character growth as the book progressed.

The book is full of loss and heartache and destruction. We follow Alka as she set on revenging her parents death and lifting the oppression from the Shoulders of the Humbles.

Along the way she will have leave her loner personification and form unlikely bonds of friendship if she wants to complete the tasks that has been set before her. I enjoyed the other character in the book and felt they were just as compelling as the MC.

The LGBTQAI+ representation is really well done. Along with the tension and excitement rising right up to the satisfying ending.

I highly recommend!

On A Side Note:

I think it’s unfair to even compare this book to HP. Long before HP was even thought of their has been magical academia books. Just because you never have read them doesn’t mean that they haven’t been out there!

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Andrew Shvarts is the author of the Royal Bastards trilogy. He has a BA in English Literature and Russian from Vassar College. He works for Pixelberry Studios, making mobile games like High School StoryChoices, and more. Andrew lives in San Jose, California, with his wife, son, and two cats. 

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July 7th
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July 8th
Nine Bookish Lives – Review
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July 9th
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July 10th
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July 11th
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Cover Reveal



Publication Date: October 14, 2021

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 to maintain her independence.

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.

About the 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.



The Devil and the Heiress

Hello lovelies and welcome to my stop on

The Devil and the Heiress by Harper St. George!


Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Berkley Publishing

Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance

Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience.

No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw’s ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author–if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn’t insist on coming with her.

Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her–by his side, near his heart, in his bed.

Though Christian’s burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It’s going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter’s love is true…



A Villainous Hero, And A Headstrong American Heiress !

American Heiress Violet Crenshaw is not all that she would seem to be. In fact she has a rebellious nature under lady like way. In fact she dreams of becoming a published novelist. Barley escaping a recent unwanted marriage in last book The Gilded Age Heiresses Book 1. Her Papa is most set un Violet Maring a gentleman with a stellar title.

Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, is in need of a wife with a sizable dowry. One that he can rebuild his beloved Scottish manor after a devastating fire. So when he asked for Violets hand in marriage and is turned down. He takes things into his own hands by convincing Violet to run away. Christian is a scheming rouge who escorts Violet on her adventure to where else Scotland, and tries to convince her to marry him. When truth is revealed Christian will have to more than apologize for his actions, he will need to reveal his true feelings for this headstrong American Heiress

I have to say I enjoyed this book more than the first if that’s even possible. The burning chemistry between Violet and Christian was off the charts. I also enjoyed how the the authors development of Christian, as we see him change considerably as the storyline progresses. The characters are well developed and I found reading about their adventures fun and highly engaging.

Hats off to Harper St. George for writing another superb historical romance, that made for an exceptional escape from reality.

I Loved it so much ♥️

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.

#TheDevilandtheHeiress #HarperStGeorge #HFVBTBlogTours

About the Author

Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since.

She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found devouring her husband’s amazing cooking and reading. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at www.harperstgeorge.com. You can also find her on

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 29
Review at Reader_ceygo
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Probably at the Library

Wednesday, June 30
Excerpt at SplendeurCaisse
Review at Two Bookish Babes

Thursday, July 1
Review & Interview at Books & Benches

Friday, July 2
Review at The Romance Dish
Review at Madwoman in the Attic

Monday, July 5
Review + Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Tuesday, July 6
Review at andreajanel_reads

Wednesday, July 7
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

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Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, July 9
Review at Nursebookie

Monday, July 12
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Tuesday, July 13
Review at Bookworlder

Wednesday, July 14
Review at Lu Reviews Books

Thursday, July 15
Review at Novels Alive

Monday, July 19
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at Into the Hall of Books

Wednesday, July 21
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, July 22
Review at McCombs on Main

Friday, July 23
Review at Chasing Leslie
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Monday, July 26
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, July 27
Review at Passages to the Past


Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on July 27th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Thank you!


Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Hello Reader I am happy to be included on the blog tour for

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim.

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: July 6th, 2021

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Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.


Six Crimson Cranes

Dragons, Curses and Quests

“Find the light that lets your lantern shine”

Once again we find ourselves back in the stunning world that the author Elizabeth Lim first introduced us in the The Blood of Stars duology.

This is a thrilling spectacular reimagined tale of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen. Elizabeth Lim is a true wordsmith blending The Wild Swans as backdrop storyline, and making it an incredible book. She cleverly adds in Japanese and Chinese delightful legends such as the Chinese Legend of the White Snake, and the Chang’e the Moon Goddess. There is another fable woven in that is truly one of my all time favorites and that is the story of the Japanese fable of the Girl with the Black Bowl.

Princess Shiori’anma, is approaching her seventeenth birthday. Betrothed to warlord’s son Bushi’an Takkan. This will strengthen alliances with Shiori father the Emperor of Kiata. Shiori is reluctant to marry her intended the third lord of the barbarian north. She also has a secret she must keep hidden because in the kingdom of Kiata Magic is completely forbidden. On the day of her Betrothal ceremony thanks do not go as expected. Shiori comes very close to death in the Sacred Lake. Saved by you guessed it a magical shapeshifting dragon.

Her rare magical ability draws the attention of the dragon and they have deep connection because of the small amount of the dragon prince Seryu pearl that has been placed within the Princess body. This Pearl helped saved her from drowning, and the dragon prince Seryu offers to teach her how to use her gift of magical abilities. When a series of events occurs, the villainess truth about the step mother comes to light. A traumatic curse is cast and it changes the young princess life and the lives of her brothers completely.

Elizabeth Lim has yet again written an atmospheric, riveting and intensely entertaining YA Fantasy! Lim seamless writing was mesmerising and poetic, her ability as a wordsmith is outstanding. She wonderfully combines the meticulous details of a scholar, along with the vivid prose of a natural storyteller. The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable.

I enjoyed the family elements of relationship of the young princess and her brothers, Along with the Princess Shiori’anma, own suffering and growth made this YA book a spectacular must read.

The stellar twist at the end sets up the next book in this inventive duology. I am impatiently waiting for the next installment from his very talented author.

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.


Elizabeth Lim is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling The Blood of Stars duology (Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk), the New York Times bestseller So This is Love, and the USA Today bestseller Reflection. Forthcoming books include the Six Crimson Cranes duology, expected summer 2021 and summer 2022, respectively.

Elizabeth grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English.

Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and she turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel—for kicks, at first, then things became serious—and she hasn’t looked back since.

Elizabeth graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in music and a secondary in East Asian Studies, and she completed her graduate degrees (MM, DMA) at The Juilliard School. She grew up in Northern California and Tokyo, Japan, and now resides in New York with her husband and two daughters.

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Paperbacktomes – Review
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July 6th
Nine Bookish Lives – Review
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July 7th
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July 8th
Justice For Readers – Interview
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July 9th
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July 10th
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July 11th
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Hello Sweet Readers

Today is my stop on the A CHORUS RISES by Bethany C. Morrow Official Blog Tour.


Publisher : Tor Teen (June 1, 2021)

Language : English

Hardcover : 272 pages

ISBN-10 : 1250316030

ISBN-13 : 978-1250316035

The Hate U Give meets Shadowshaper in Bethany C. Morrow’s A Chorus Rises, a brilliant contemporary fantasy set in the world of A Song Below Water.

Teen influencer Naema Bradshaw has it all: she’s famous, privileged, has “the good hair”— and she’s an Eloko, a person who’s gifted with a song that woos anyone who hears it. Everyone loves her — well, until she’s cast as the awful person who exposed Tavia’s secret siren powers.

Now, she’s being dragged by the media. No one understands her side: not her boyfriend, not her friends, nor her Eloko community. But Naema knows the truth and is determined to build herself back up — no matter what.

When a new, flourishing segment of Naema’s online supporters start targeting black girls, however, Naema must discover the true purpose of her magical voice.


“Morrow expertly and smartly explores race, bigotry, oppression, and injustice against a backdrop of ordinary life with a dose of the supernatural added to the mix. A Song Below Water is a must-read for lovers of fantasy and contemporary stories alike. ” Booklist, starred review

“Morrow has deftly woven a contemporary tale with mythical elements to take on the invisibility and marginalization of Black women, touching on issues such as misogynoir, body image, social justice, and generational trauma. Empowering and innovative. Morrow elevates mermaids and sirens to ­legitimate and compelling vanguards for social change.” School Library Journal

“A watery and melodic crossroads of the real and the mythic, A Song Below Water lures readers with its seductive and beautifully black siren song. An enthralling tale of black girl magic and searing social commentary ready to rattle the bones.” Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles series

“I love this book so, so much! Bethany C. Morrow delivers a blistering modern classic with this gorgeous tale of friendship and power. A Song Below Water somehow manages to be intensely happy and sad at the same time and all in the balance of great, riveting storytelling. The best YA novel I’ve read all year.” Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper

“Morrow masterfully blends the real lives of Black girls in contemporary Portland with a mythic world of sirens, gargoyles and other supernatural creatures to create a compelling coming-of-age story in which two sisters, bound by love and fate, find their voices and their power.” Rebecca Roanhorse, Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Award Winner, author of Trail of Lightning and Star Wars: Resistance Reborn

“Empowering and full of surprises, A Song Below Water reminds us how important it is to use our voices, even when we’re afraid. Morrow has created a world that’s both familiar and brimming with fantastical creatures, and the result is timely, necessary, and utterly captivating.” Akemi Dawn Bowman, award-winning author of Starfish

“A rich, intricate dive into mythology, misogynoir, and the way the world makes black girls out to be monsters. Like the siren’s song, A Song Below Water is irresistibly compelling.” Heidi Heilig, award-winning author of The Girl from Everywhere

“The world is lush and intense, the voice intoxicating, and the message eternal. Morrow will have you under her spell from page one.” L.L. McKinney, author of the Nightmare-Verse series

“A compelling tale packed with endlessly inventive magical concepts, blazingly current social commentary, and heroines you’ll fall hopelessly in love with. I’m obsessed.” Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex series

“A Song Below Water is a lush, colorful, and deeply moving masterpiece about mythology, the sometimes masked evils of racism, and all the ways the world hurts black girls. An irresistible and perfectly bewitching read that I couldn’t put down!” Jay Coles, composer and author of Tyler Johnson Was Here

“A Song Below Water is a captivating tale about the magic of sisterhood and the importance of being seen for who you truly are.” Parker Peevyhouse, author of The Echo Room

“An exciting new contemporary fantasy. In this parallel world, black female empowerment is standing up for yourself and others while simultaneously navigating love, physical and emotional violence, and the responsibility of immense supernatural power.” Kirkus Reviews   



The Hate U Give meets Shadowshaper in Bethany C. Morrow’s A Chorus Rises, a brilliant contemporary fantasy set in the world of A Song Below Water.

Teen influencer Naema Bradshaw has it all: she’s famous, privileged, has “the good hair”— and she’s an Eloko, a person who’s gifted with a song that woos anyone who hears it. Everyone loves her — well, until she’s cast as the awful person who exposed Tavia’s secret siren powers.

Now, she’s being dragged by the media. No one understands her side: not her boyfriend, not her friends, nor her Eloko community. But Naema knows the truth and is determined to build herself back up — no matter what.

When a new, flourishing segment of Naema’s online supporters start targeting black girls, however, Naema must discover the true purpose of her magical voice.

You can purchaseA Chorus Rises at the following Retailers:



Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader, and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

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.

Thanks to Bethany C. Morrow, TOR TEEN and JeanBookNerd for my book copy 

“I’m never gonna be okay with people trying to erase the rest of who I am. Never again

A CHORUS RISES by Bethany C. Morrow Is the follow up to A Song Below Water.

It can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the first book for the best reading experience.

Once again we are back into Marrow’s urban fantasy world that she has created.

This book takes place about a year after the end of A Song Below Water, and this time readers will follow the not so nice girl Naema. Taking a much needed break from Portland and it’s drama. She goes to a family reunion in the south, and comes to realize that being being an Eloko is so much more.

The author once again delivers some crucial social issues along with social media that is so prominent today. The strong value of friendship and family ties are displayed, along with the realistic view that you just because you have something in common with your social peers doesn’t mean you have to be besties. Naema, is a strong willed character and she really grows and so does her overall outlook.

The author once again delights her audiences with thought provoking themes that young adults face, along with dynamic mystical realism. Written in away that young people will connect with and enjoy.

I really enjoyed reading this book, thanks to to Bethany C. Morrow, TOR TEEN and JeanBookNerd for my book copy 


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Bethany C Morrow is an Indie Bestselling author who writes for adult and young adult audiences, in genres ranging from speculative literary to contemporary fantasy to historical. She is author of the novels MEM and A SONG BELOW WATER, which is an Audie, Ignyte and Locus finalist. She is editor/contributor to the young adult anthology TAKE THE MIC, the 2020 ILA Social Justice in Literature award winner. Her work has been chosen as Indies Introduce and Indie Next picks, and featured in The LA Times, Forbes, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and more. She is included on USA TODAY‘s list of 100 Black novelists and fiction writers you should read
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🕯𝙲𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚁𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚊𝚕 🕯

𝙽𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝚋𝚒𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝙶𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚌 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚏𝚏 𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝

𝙷𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚊𝚕 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚐𝚘𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚕𝚢 𝚎𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚁𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚎𝚕 𝙶𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚐’𝚜 @𝚛𝚖𝚐𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚐 𝚍𝚎𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚐𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚌 𝚏𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚜𝚢? @𝚘𝚛𝚋𝚒𝚝𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚜_𝚞𝚜

𝚁𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚎𝚕 𝙶𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚐

𝙰 𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚕𝚢 𝚏𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚏𝚊𝚗𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝙵𝙾𝚁 𝚃𝙷𝙴 𝚆𝙾𝙻𝙵 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚈𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚆𝚒𝚝𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐, 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚕𝚔-𝚒𝚗𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚎

𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚊𝚟𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚙𝚛𝚎-𝚘𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛!

𝙾𝚗 𝚜𝚊𝚕𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝟸𝟶𝟸𝟸. 𝙳𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚐𝚗 𝚋𝚢 @𝚅𝚘𝚗𝙱𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚕𝚢𝚗


𝙴𝚕𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚝𝚑 𝚂𝚙𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚕𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝚕𝚞𝚌𝚔 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚢 𝚜𝚊𝚏𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎, 𝚖𝚒𝚜𝚝-𝚕𝚘𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚍𝚘𝚖 𝚘𝚏 𝙱𝚕𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛—𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚜 𝚊 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛. 𝚂𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙽𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚎, 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚝, 𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚛𝚒𝚝 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚍. 𝙷𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚛. 𝙷𝚎 𝚔𝚎𝚎𝚙𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚎𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚝𝚜.

𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚎, 𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚒𝚌.

𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙴𝚕𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚝𝚑 𝚖𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚊 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚠𝚊𝚢𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚛𝚘𝚊𝚍, 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚊 𝚍𝚛𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚌 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗. 𝚃𝚑𝚛𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚊 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚍𝚘𝚠 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚎𝚙𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗, 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚓𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚜 𝚊 𝚍𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝙱𝚕𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚒𝚌 𝚒𝚗𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚝. 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚠𝚊𝚢𝚖𝚊𝚗? 𝙷𝚎 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚜𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙺𝚒𝚗𝚐’𝚜 𝚗𝚎𝚙𝚑𝚎𝚠, 𝙲𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚍𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚖𝚎𝚗 𝚒𝚗 𝙱𝚕𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛…𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚐𝚞𝚒𝚕𝚝𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚑 𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗.

𝙷𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙴𝚕𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚝𝚑 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚕 𝚂𝚘𝚕𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚠𝚎𝚕𝚟𝚎 𝙿𝚛𝚘𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚜—𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚔𝚎𝚢𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚎. 𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚏𝚒𝚎𝚜, 𝙴𝚕𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚝𝚑 𝚒𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚜𝚎𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚝 𝚢𝚎𝚝: 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙽𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚕𝚘𝚠𝚕𝚢, 𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚕𝚢, 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚍. 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚙 𝚑𝚒𝚖.



Hello Fantasy and Science Fiction Readers Everywhere,

I am so excited to share with you today Podium Audio’s top new releases for this summer 2021.

Do you listen to audiobooks? Have your listened to Podium Audio yet?

I have teamed up with Podium Audio, who are the leading audiobook publishing company. To give my readers a chance to win this ultimate book box ever.


Enter to win a Podium Audio Prize Pack

Whats included in this Giveaway

-Headphones, Speaker, Tattoo, and Patch.

-The Mark of Kings: The Shattered Reigns, Book 1 by Bryce O’Connor and Luke Chmilenko

-Sufficiently Advanced Magic, Book 1 by Andrew Rowe

-Columbus Day Expeditionary Force, Book 1 by Craig Alanson

-He Who Fights With Monsters, Book 1 by Shirtaloon

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Podium Audio @podiumaudio has grown into the 8th largest audiobook publisher in the U.S.

The only top-10 player focused primarily on independently published authors, Podium releases titles that hit all the major bestseller lists.

In addition to popular narrators like R.C. Bray and Nick Podehl, Podium celebrity narrators include Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, and Lou Diamond Phillips.

The Torch That Ignites the Stars: Arcane Ascension,

by Andrew Rowe
Book 3


The Torch that Ignites the Stars: Arcane Ascension,

Book 3 by Andrew Rowe (Podium Audio)

May 11, 2021; ASIN: B08HKV8LPV)

Rowe is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time Stabby Award winner for Best Self-Published/Independent Novel in 2017 and 2020, and he has since skyrocketed to about 8 million in total unit and digital sales.

Narrated by Nick Podehl, The Torch that Ignites the Stars is progression fantasy, where characters increase in power and skill over time, and it is the third installment in the “Arcane Ascension” series.

The series is based on elements of Rowe’s favorite video games, and follows Corin Cadence, the youngest son in House Cadence, as he attempts to learn magic in an effort to find his brother, Tristan, who disappeared years before completing a series of legendary magical trials.

The Torch that Ignites the Stars will also be turned into a web comic this year by Tapas, who specializes in sharing bite size stories on the go.

Audio Clip

He Who Fights with Monsters 2

by Andrew Rowe
A LitRPG Adventure


He Who Fights with Monsters

A LitRPG Adventure, Book 2 by Shirtaloon (Podium Audio)

May 18, 2021


Discovered on serialized web novel and fan fiction platform Royal Road, and now narrated by Heath Miller

This series tells the story of Jason Asano, who must follow his path from retail middle management to… interdimensional wizard adventurer! Shirtaloon is a prolific writer of high magic and wild adventure and his fans love it – he writes 5 new chapters every week and Podium is thrilled to be partnering with him to continue telling the stories of Jason’s incredible adventures.

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Breakaway: Expeditionary Force

by Craig Alanson
Book 12


Breakaway: Expeditionary Force

(Book 12)

by Craig Alanson (Podium Audio)

June 1, 2021

ASIN: B08XGH8B79):


These Tangled Vines Blog Tour

Hello lovelies

It’s finally Friday, Welcome to my stop on the These Tangled Vines By Julianne Maclean Blog Tour

These Tangled Vines

by Julianne Maclean

Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: June 1, 2021


From the USA Today bestselling author of A Curve in the Road comes a sweeping and captivating tale of one woman’s journey to the lush vineyards of Tuscany—and into the mysteries of a tragic family secret.

If Fiona has learned anything in life, it’s how to keep a secret—even from the father who raised her. She is the only person who knows about her late mother’s affair in Tuscany thirty years earlier, and she intends to keep it that way…until a lawyer calls with shocking news: her biological father has died and left her an incredible inheritance—along with two half siblings.

Fiona travels to Italy, where the family is shocked to learn of her existence and desperate to contest her share of the will. While the mystery of her mother’s affair is slowly unraveled, Fiona must navigate through tricky family relationships and tense sibling rivalries. Fiona both fears and embraces her new destiny as she searches for the truth about the fateful summer her mother spent in Italy and the father she never knew.

Spilling over with the sumptuous flavors and romance of Tuscany, These Tangled Vines takes readers on a breathtaking journey of love, secrets, sacrifice, courage—and most importantly, the true meaning of family.


Gwendalyn Anderson

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.

These Tangled Vines by Julianne Maclean is another wonderful book.

I was once again swept away by the Maclean’s seamless narration that grabs you from the very first page.

We follow Fiona right when she receives a phone call from a lawyer in Tuscany, with the news of her biological father’s death….Whom she has never met before.

A deathbed confession from her late mother Lillian is the only reason that Fiona knows that her real biological father was from her mother’s affair, 30 years ago in Tuscany Italy.

Fiona makes arrangements to travel to Italy. Once there she discovers after the will is read she has been left a sizable inheritance. She has been left a vineyard Maurizio Wines, in a town called Moltepulciano. She also learns that she has a half brother and sister, Connor and Sloane. Who are devastated by this news and will seek everything in there power to dispute Fiona claim. They contest the will using Fiona parentage as a leverage. Fiona will have to keep her wits about her new family dynamics and sibling rivalries. An engaging book that switches back in forth from present day with Fiona tale to that of the past of her mother’s story.

A richly detailed story of past secrets that is multi layered with matters of the heart. I fell in love with the beautiful imagery through the descriptive narration. I also really enjoyed the storyline, and I felt invested in Fiona life.

This stunning book will transport the reader to beautiful Italy. The story and the characters will keep you flipping those page. A captivating book to take on any holiday or vacation, giving the the reader the escapism.

Gwendalyn Anderson

About The Author

Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the popular Color of Heaven Series. Readers have described her books as “breathtaking,” “soulful,” and “uplifting.” MacLean is a four-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and has won numerous awards, including the Booksellers’ Best Award and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from the Romantic Times. Her novels have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

MacLean has a degree in English literature from King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a business degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She loves to travel and has lived in New Zealand, Canada, and England. She currently resides on the East Coast of Canada in a lakeside home with her husband, daughter, and mother. Readers can visit her website at www.JulianneMacLean.com for more information about her books and writing life and to subscribe to her mailing list for all the latest news.

Social Media:

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Twitter: : @JulianneMacLean



Hello there it is my pleasure to welcome you to my stop on The Oath Blog Tour by A.M. Linden and HFVBT Blog Tours

Please make sure Enter the Giveaway at the end of this Post


Publication Date: June 15, 2021
She Writes Press
Paperback & eBook; 336 pages
Series: The Druid Chronicles, #1

When the last of members of a secretive Druid cult are forced to abandon their hidden sanctuary, they send the youngest of their remaining priests in search of Annwr, their chief priestess’s sister, who was abducted by a Saxon war band fifteen years ago. With only a rudimentary grasp of English and the ambiguous guidance of an oracle’s prophecy, Caelym manages to find Annwr living in a hut on the grounds of a Christian convent.

Annwr has spent her years of captivity caring for the timid Aleswina, an orphaned Saxon princess who was consigned to the cloistered convent by her cousin, King Gilberth, after he assumed her father’s throne. Just as Caelym and Annwr are about leave together, Aleswina learns that Gilberth, a tyrant known for his cruelty and vicious temper, means to take her out of the convent and marry her. Terrified, she flees with the two Druids–beginning a heart-pounding adventure that unfolds in ways none of them could have anticipated.


My Review

An Outstanding Immersible Historical Fiction!

Caelym, is a young Druid Priest who has sworn an Oath, that he means to keep!

Tasked with a quest to return with the sister of his chief priestess Feywn. His travels have led him from one end the kingdom to the other. Finally after a series of events his long adventures quest Caelym is able to locate Annwr. She is living a modest life, on the grounds near the Abbey of Saint Edeth the Enduring, which is located In the north eastern corner of the kingdom of Derthwald. He is surprised to find a grumbling middle aged woman instead of what he remembered.

Fifteen years prior, a vicious Saxon war band had snached Annwr, and she has been missing ever since. Enduring hellish treatments from her captures, Annwr has survived . After being sold many times she finally finds peace as a serving nurse to the dead king’s daughter, princess Aleswina. Taking care of the little girl needs from day to day, a strong bond inseparable bond develops. Even when the older shy, compassionate, young adult Aleswina is banished by her cousin King Gilberth to a convent taking her trusted friend and serving woman Annwr goes with her. Living a quiet life in at the Abby, Aleswina is introduced to the strict religion of the fast moving Christian theology. But with her constant friendship with her adoring nurse, she has become more skeptical with her way of thinking. Being exposed to her nursemaid Annwr she is able to grasp the ideology and religion of the Celtic’s.

When it becomes clear that king Gilberth has changed his mind and sends men to retrieve his young cousin Aleswina, with the intent to marry her. The three make up an unlikely band that flee as the kings men are hot on their heels.

The princess and Annwr will come to find out that the young Druid Caelym has his own agenda.

This novel was filled with compelling characters and I really enjoyed everything that each of them brought to this story throughout the novel. Linden masterly catapults the reader into the year of 788 Britain, as the swiftly moving religion of the Christians threatens the Celtics and Druidism way of life. When it comes to the writing of this story, Linden has unforgettable way of pulling the reader into the richly detailed world she has created. Each scene is atmospheric with every detail has been put into play for a reason.

I really enjoyed the rich, descriptive narration because it really made me feel like I was alongside the characters in the story, I felt invested into the characters lives and experiences as they encounter obstacles set before them, either physically or emotionally. A book that is exceedingly well written, with engaging, captivating fleshed our characters. I found book to be definitely character driven, and I was caught up in the lives of each one of the main MC’s.

The Oath by A. M. Linden exceeded every expectation in a stunning historical fiction! I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading historical fiction about the Celtics in Britain.

A completely satisfying read, and I am anxiously waiting the next installment in this spectacular series.

☾**:.☆*.:。. ☾**:.☆*.:。.☾**:.☆*.:。.

Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader, and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

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.


“Linden’s well-researched tale eloquently brings to life a lesser-known period of transition in Britain…The author has created a strong foundation for her series with well-developed characters whom readers can embrace…[a] layered, gripping historical fiction…”
–Kirkus Reviews

“Linden uses a fairy tale-like style almost as though this story has been passed down orally over the centuries. Though the kingdoms are fictional, Linden’s tale draws on meticulous historical research, especially in her dramatization of the Christian persecution of the druids.”

“The story rolls along at a lively pace, rich with details of the times and a wide cast of characters….Those interested in goddess-worshipping religions will be drawn to the novel. Any reader curious about 8th-century Britain will enjoy Linden’s innovative focus on the little-known Druids as well as early medieval Christians. Her plotting, shifting points of view of the three engaging protagonists, and evocative writing style make The Oath a pleasure to read. Highly recommended!”
–Historical Novels Review

“The Oath urges readers along on a richly textured quest among the Saxons and Celts of 8th-century Britain. Young and rather humorously naïve Druid priest-healer Caelym swears to ‘rescue’ a damsel in distress who turns out to be neither a young damsel nor in distress. With a feminist slant, this engaging tale brings the conflict between Druids and early Christians to vivid life through sympathetic and well-rounded characters. I particularly enjoyed the ironic voice of the aging midwife Annwr. Brava!”
–Sara Stamey, author of The Ariadne Connection

“Thrilling historical fiction with heart and soul.”
–Tim Pears, author of The West Country trilogy

“The Oath will appeal to a wide-ranging readership, reflecting Linden’s rich imagination and gift for weaving tales within tales evoking the romance of medieval Britain. Vibrant, determined, and relatable characters with disparate ethnic and religious identities discover their own strengths, and each other’s, as the intricate and engaging plot unfolds.”
–Anne Marie Tietjen, PhD, clinical psychologist and instructor at Western Washington University

“Linden’s knowledge and passion for history is soaked into every word of The Oath, combined with an obvious skill at storytelling. Linden succeeds at every level, but the world building is truly spectacular. Historical fantasy is hard to do well, but Linden makes it look easy. What could be dry details are presented so effectively that the world is elevated to almost being a character of its own. And in a cast of characters as well drawn as these, that’s saying something. I can’t wait to see what else this skilled author comes up with!”
–Bishop O’Connell, author of the American Faerie Tale series

About the Author

Ann Margaret Linden was born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up on the East Coast before returning to the Pacific Northwest as a young adult. She has undergraduate degrees in anthropology and in nursing and a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner. After working in a variety of acute care and community health settings, she took a position in a program for children with special health care needs where her responsibilities included writing clinical reports, parent educational materials, provider newsletters, grant submissions and other program related materials. The Oath is the first installment of The Druid Chronicles, a five-volume series that began as a somewhat whimsical decision to write something for fun and ended up becoming a lengthy journey that involved Linden taking adult education creative writing courses, researching early British history, and traveling to England, Scotland, and Wales. Retired from nursing, she lives with her husband, dogs, and cat.

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Guest Post at Novels Alive
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Friday, June 18
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

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Review at Novels Alive
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Review at With A Book In Our Hands

Wednesday, June 23
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews
Review at Booking With Janelle

Friday, June 25
Interview at Passages to the Past

Monday, June 28
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Thursday, July 1
Excerpt at Hoover Book Reviews

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Review at Bookworlder

Thursday, July 8
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

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Interview at Reader_ceygo

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Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

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Feature at Coffee and Ink
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The Devil’s Own by Liana LeFey

Hello Readers
Welcome to my stop on the
Book Blast for The Devil’s Own by Liana LeFey!

@LianaLeFey @entangledpub @hfvbt @gwendalyn_books

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Publication Date: June 14, 2021
Entangled: Amara

Series: The Wicked Waywards, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance

All hell breaks loose in Harper’s Grove when the devil falls in love with an angel who mistakes him for a saint…

Lord Devlin Wayward, gambler and dedicated rake, returns home for the first time in years only to land himself in deep trouble when he ends up with a broken leg. Unable to travel to London to seal an important deal that will make or break his fortune, Devlin persuades his identical twin, Daniel, who happens to be the parish vicar, to take his place in London while he temporarily minds his flock.

Miss Mary Tomblin is taken with the devastatingly handsome reverend, who represents everything she desires in a husband after narrowly evading a ruthless rake last Season. But the vicar rebuffs every advance—until he suddenly accepts her help with pastoral duties while his broken leg heals. Mary seizes the chance to show the good reverend what an excellent helpmeet she will be.

The devil takes on the role of village vicar and discovers it’s nowhere near as easy as he imagined—especially when he falls in love with an angel who mistakes him for a saint.


About the Author

As a romance author, I delight in crafting incendiary tales that capture the heart and the imagination, taking the reader out of the now and into another world. Regardless of whether you choose to dive into the past, leap into the future, or lose yourself in another realm entirely, between the pages you’ll find deep emotional journeys and passionate romance!

The splendor of the Georgian period (1714-1837) provides a lush, glittering backdrop for my sizzling historical romances. Between the pages of my early Georgian pieces you’ll find sensuous lovers, lavish royal courts, and deadly intrigues. My Regencies look back to an era of refined manners and strict propriety, while revealing the secret, wicked desires of its elegant ladies and courtly gentlemen. In my sci-fi romances, love transcends all boundaries and spans a future of endless possibility based on what we’re learning about our universe today. My fantasy romances will take you on a quest through realms both familiar and unknown, with characters and creatures from myth and folklore, and of course include powerful magic paired with that most potent of all enchantments: love.

I live in Central Texas with my dashing hero/husband of 20+ years and our beautiful daughter. I’m also privileged to serve (and it is most definitely servitude) one spoiled-rotten feline overlord. I adore chocolate and just about anything involving the words “salted caramel.” When my brain is too fried to weave stories, I read (of course), watch movies or binge-watch television series, make jewelry, sketch, write music, practice calligraphy, write letters to friends, and knit scarves.


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Hello Bookies

Welcome to my stop on Gold Spun Blog Tour

#GoldSpun by @brandiejune @CamCatBooks


Publisher : Camcat Publishing, LLC (June 8, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 0744301661
ISBN-13 : 978-0744301663

Praise for GOLD SPUN

“June shines in this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin . . . with memorable characters that will appeal to a broad range of fantasy readers.” —SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL 

If Nor can’t spin gold, she can always spin lies.

When seventeen-year-old Nor rescues a captured faerie in the woods, he gifts her with a magical golden thread she can use to summon him for a favor. Instead, Nor uses it for a con—to convince villagers to buy straw that can be transformed into gold. Her trick works a little too well, attracting the suspicion of Prince Casper, who hates nobody more than a liar. Intent on punishing Nor, he demands that she spin a room of straw into gold and as her reward, he will marry her. Should she refuse or fail, the consequences will be dire.

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Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

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.

Gold Spun by Brandi June is the exciting first installment in enchanting book series.

A delightful spin on a classic tale, where Rumpelstiltskin has been reimagined into a faerie.

“But are the most dangerous creatures of the beautiful ones?”

Seventeen year old Elenora Molnar, is a resourceful small time thief and petty con artist. Having been orphaned along with her three brothers by the Southern War between Reynallis and Faradisia. Nor is snarky and clever relying on lies and swindling, so she can feed and clothe her three brothers. The war took her oldest sister and parents away, leaving this heavy burden on her shoulders.

When Nor rescues a handsome a green eyed faerie, who’s name is Pel, from bounty hunters in the woods. Pel uses blood magic, he gifts or one might say tricks Nor with a way to repay the debt that he owes her for saving him.

In a series of events Nor is caught while pretending to spin straw into gold by soon to be crowned king of Prince King of Reynallis, Casper.

When Nor’s lies and deceit finally catch with her she is demanded to spin a room full of straw into gold. Casper sets a reward for her ability to accomplish the princes request or dire consequences if Nor is unable to.

Brandi June delivers quite an atmospheric, fantasy tale. Rich in courtly intrigue and drama. The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this a fast paced read. I loved all the characters and I appreciated the growth of Nor’s character. I have to say the Faerie Pel, is one character that is written in a way that I can’t wait to read more about.The love triangle was perfect, I also was captivated by the incredible world building.

This book had me hooked from start to finish, I literally could not put it down.

An engaging debut fantasy novel that I found beautifully developed, and had the perfect blend of light YA romance.

A spellbinding debut that made for a memorable reading experience, I impatiently waiting on the next installment in this series.


Photo Content from Brandie June
Brandie June spent most of her childhood onstage or reading, as both activities let her live in fantastic stories. She moved to Los Angeles to study acting at UCLA, and eventually branched out into costume design and playwriting. While she spends most of her free time writing, she will still take any excuse to play dress-up, especially if it involves wearing a crown. She happily promotes more stories as a marketing director for kids’ films and anime. When not writing or marketing, she can often be found doing aerial arts, playing board games, drinking too much espresso, and coming up with new art projects. She lives with her husband, two spoiled rescue pups, a spoiled cat, six fish tanks, and five bookshelves. You can find out more about her at http://www.brandiejune.com and follow her @brandiejune.

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Undercover Duke

Hello lovelies and welcome to my stop on Undercover Duke by Sabrina Jeffries!

Undercover Duke
by Sabrina Jeffries

Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Zebra Books

Series: Duke Dynasty, Book 4
Genre: Historical Romance

Bridgerton fans and readers of Madeline Hunter, Eloisa James, and Lisa Kleypas won’t want to miss this humorous and clever new love story from the historical romance legend.

Along with his stepsiblings, Sheridan Wolfe, Duke of Armitage, is determined to finally solve the mysteries behind the suspicious deaths of their mother’s three husbands. Tasked with investigating a possible suspect, Sheridan finds himself in dangerous proximity to her captivating daughter, Vanessa Pryde. But still haunted by a tragically lost love, the duke is resolved to resist the attraction—and avoid any “scheming” husband-hunters. Besides, lovely Miss Pryde seems utterly smitten with a roguish London playwright…

Vanessa thinks a little scheming may be in order—for it’s Sheridan she truly has her sights, and her heart, set on. Her theatrical flirtation is intended only to break through his business-like demeanor and guarded emotions. And as Sheridan’s jealousy becomes aroused, the two soon find themselves propelled into a scheme of an altogether different kind, involving a pretend engagement, a secret inquiry—and a perhaps not-so-secret leap into true love…

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“Best-selling Jeffries, whose literary brand is synonymous with smart, sexy historical romance, wraps up her Regency-set Duke Dynasty series and the investigation into a series of ducal murders that began in Project Duchess (2019) on a high note with a perfectly fashioned love story rich in smoldering sexual chemistry, sharp wit, and a dash of danger.”

“Fans will delight in revisiting Sheridan’s large family in this heated, twisty tale of love and deception.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Vanessa and Sheridan each have endearing aspect…Readers of previous books in the Duke Dynasty series will be satisfied that the mystery of the murdered husbands is finally solved.”
—Kirkus Reviews


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.

Sabrina Jeffries does it again in her conclusion and fourth Duke Dynasty novel. This time Vanessa and Sheridan have their own story to tell.

The new Duke of Armitage, Sheridan Wolfe, knows nothing about being a Duke. Thrown head first in his new position, that comes with a cart full of problems. The estate he recently inherited is swimming in debt. Also he struggles with a mathematical disability that is making it very hard to balance the books. This ways heavy on him along with past love lost that has left a lasting whole in his heart. He comes across as too serious, and unfeeling, but who wouldn’t blame him. The only way out of infernal mountain of debt that will keep his estate afloat is to marry someone will a large enough dowry to save his estate from complete ruin. Also there is an urgent need to find out who has been murdering his mother’s husbands.

Vanessa Pryde, is a vivacious feisty young woman, who’s heart has fallen for the broody Saint Sheridan Wolfe ever since his family arrived back in England. Now one knows this secret, and most of all she has led other to believe she has lost her head for a well-known poet and playwright.

A lovely historical romance, with a little bit of a mystery to propels this delightful book. A broody duke, a fake courtship, secrets abound. I truly enjoyed reading this book and thought it complemented the series perfectly!

About the Author

Sabrina Jeffries is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Her writing has been published in more than twenty-one languages and there are over nine million copies of her books in print. A four-time RITA® Award-finalist, Jeffries has won the Holt Medallion Award, the Maggie, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. After earning her Ph.D. in English Literature from Tulane University, she chose writing over academics, and now her sexy and humorous historical romances routinely land on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Sabrina lives in North Carolina with her husband and adult son, who has inspired her to actively champion the cause of autistic children.

Visit her online at SabrinaJeffries.com.

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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Tuesday, May 25
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Wednesday, May 26
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Thursday, May 27
Review at The Romance Dish

Monday, May 31
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Monday, June 7
Review at Two Bookish Babes

Tuesday, June 8
Review + Excerpt at Books & Benches

Wednesday, June 9
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, June 10
Feature at The Lit Bitch


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Small Favors

Hello Bookish Friends

Today I have a review of Small Favors By Erin Craig

Small Favors

by Erin A. Craig

Random House Children’s

Delacorte Press

Pub Date 27 Jul 2021


Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range–five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned.

As fall turns to winter, more strange activities plague the town. They point to a tribe of devilish and mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires, however grand and impossible, for just a small favor. But their true intentions are much more sinister, and Ellerie finds herself in a race against time before all of Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves go up in flames.


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.


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.


Small Favors is the newest book from the very talented author Erin A. Craig.

Craig is a spectacular writer, she cleverly takes classic fairytales and twists and bends them into something very creepy gothic.

Beekeeper Ellerie Downing, is an eighteen year old beekeeper living in an isolated town of Amity Falls. A dark ominous forests surrounds the little town and its inhabitants. Earlier settlers fought and kept the monstrous creatures lurking in the dense forest. Ellerie, doesn’t believe in the handed down tales, she is busy with her Bee hives and her young siblings. She is restricted as is norm for women living in Amity Falls, unlike her brother Sam who is allowed freedom. In a series of events, rumors about the creatures have started up as some of townspeople are meeting some horrific endings.

Woo hoo, I really enjoyed reading this newest book by the author Erin Craig who dazzled us with the House of Salt and Sorrows. Which was a darkish take on The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This book takes its inspiration from The Brothers Grim Rumpelstiltskin, but Craig uses her own signature lyrical prose making a spectacular tale. I love that the romance wasn’t overly done, and I found it perfect for books storyline.

Erin Craig delivers a well-written, unique and twisty read here that had me pretty much-questioning everything that was happening within the pages of this book.

The way that the details were revealed to me as a reader was extremely well-done and the setting was creepily atmospheric which I totally loved! Once again I was completely immersed within the pages of this authors fleshed out characters lives.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy bent, twisted, fairytale gothics!



Hello and welcome to my stop on Blog tour for Bacchanal


Publisher : 47North (June 1, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 352 pages
ISBN-10 : 1542027810
ISBN-13 : 978-1542027816

Praise for BACCHANAL
“Henry skillfully layers historical realism with fantastic elements to explore the way times of desperation test the ethics of oppressed communities. Henry is a writer to watch.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Henry’s debut draws on a rich history of folklore from various African traditions, as well as African history and Black American history, and almost the entire main cast is Black. The carnival setting works perfectly for bringing together various strange and magical people who aren’t at home anywhere else…Come one, come all, this magical carnival has all the delightful dangers a reader could wish for.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“[Bacchanal is] gorgeous while somehow never losing sight of the need to unsettle. It captures a sense of wonder and reminds you that too much curiosity can lead to danger. And most importantly, it’s Black and never lets you forget it. If you want endearing characters, a charming setting, and characters that refuse to bend to the world’s injustices then Bacchanal is the book for you.” ―FIYAH Magazine

“With a powerful voice that grips you from its very first pages, Bacchanal casts a spell on readers…Eliza is a wonderful character…Not a traditional superhero, Eliza’s special power is a highlight of this work, and readers will root for the young conjurer and for Henry as she explores the limits of her gifts.” ―Sheree Renée Thomas, Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, award-winning author of Nine Bar Blues, and featured in Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda

“Writer Veronica Henry pulls on a mix of African folklore, Black histories, and carnival culture to weave a story of mesmerizing, bizarre, and dangerous magic. With a heroine of unique powers and a cast as colorful as any sideshow, this story offers up its share of delights, adventure, and frights! Welcome to Bacchanal. Enjoy the sights. Hope you make it out alive!” ―P. Djèlí Clark, author of Ring Shout, The Haunting of Tram Car 015, and The Black God’s Drums

“Readers won’t want their travels with the seductive and dangerous Bacchanal Carnival to end. Veronica Henry’s debut impeccably conjures the 1930s and marks the bold entrance of a vital new voice in modern fantasy.” ―Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“If you took The Night Circus and viewed it through the gaze of a young Black woman in the Great Depression, you might get Veronica Henry’s Bacchanal. Demons, lies, and secrets.” ―Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo award-winning author of The Calculating Stars

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Evil lives in a traveling carnival roaming the Depression-era South. But the carnival’s newest act, a peculiar young woman with latent magical powers, may hold the key to defeating it. Her time has come.

Abandoned by her family, alone on the wrong side of the color line with little to call her own, Eliza Meeks is coming to terms with what she does have. It’s a gift for communicating with animals. To some, she’s a magical tender. To others, a she-devil. To a talent prospector, she’s a crowd-drawing oddity. And the Bacchanal Carnival is Eliza’s ticket out of the swamp trap of Baton Rouge.

Among fortune-tellers, carnies, barkers, and folks even stranger than herself, Eliza finds a new home. But the Bacchanal is no ordinary carnival. An ancient demon has a home there too. She hides behind an iridescent disguise. She feeds on innocent souls. And she’s met her match in Eliza, who’s only beginning to understand the purpose of her own burgeoning powers.

Only then can Eliza save her friends, find her family, and fight the sway of a primordial demon preying upon the human world. Rolling across a consuming dust bowl landscape, Eliza may have found her destiny.


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

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.

Hi lovely bookbees !

Come one, come all in this hauntingly, delicious historical fantasy!

Bacchanal by Veronica Henry is an excellent historical fantasy. Set in the 1930s this eerie tale starts off in Baton Rouge { Red Stick}

Eliza is gifted and cursed some would say. Abandoned by her family and in despair of finding her little sister Twiggy. Only left with a photograph and an amulet, she makes her own way in the world.

In series of events, Eliza finds herself traveling with the cast of misfits that make up the close nit family of G.B. Bacchanal Carnival. These performers, tricksters, and oddities have their own story to tell. Eliza has set her course on finding her little sister, by making her way with the carnival as it travels through several southern states. The carnival owner has its own diabolical agenda, and Eliza will come realize that she will need all her resources in this darkish twisted tale.

Oh I was completely immersed in book, it’s written in a way that pulls the reader into its stunning atmospheric imagery. The dialogue is exceptional and something you should take note of. I am from South Louisiana and let me tell it’s spot on. I grew up listening to it my whole life. I am just guessing but I would guess that some of the dialects is of Louisiana or southern African American vernacular. Either way it was beautiful to my ears, and has made me so homesick.

This a book to be savored, it’s pace is not supposed to fast, it’s meticulous sure and steady. The storyline unfolds just like it should. The cast of characters are wonderful and the culture of the people and the era is brought to life that is astounding. The author brings to life the traveling carnival, along with its unique characters and blends engaging folklore.

Veronica Henry created an engaging and uniquely memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this dark tale that features magical realism. What immediately grabbed my attention in this story was the complexity of the characters. All characters were raw, honest, and flawed, and I loved reading their own voices as the book progresses. 

A stunning debut book, by one author to look out for. I am excited to read more from Veronica Henry. If you enjoy historical with a blend of wonderful darkish magical realism, than is a book for you!


Photo Content from Veronica G. Henry

Veronica G. Henry was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has been a bit of a rolling stone ever since. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise Workshop and a member of SFWA.

Veronica is proud to be of Sierra Leonean ancestry and counts her trip home as the most important of her life. She now writes from North Carolina, where she eschews rollerballs for fountain pens and fine paper. Other untreated addictions include chocolate and cupcakes.

Veronica’s debut novel, Bacchanal, will be published in the Spring of 2021.


Tour Schedule 

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The Librarian of Saint-Malo Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on The Librarian of Saint-Malo by Mario Escobar!

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Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary

Through letters with a famous author, one French librarian tells her love story and describes the brutal Nazi occupation of her small coastal village.

Saint-Malo, France: August 1939. Jocelyn and Antoine are childhood sweethearts, but just after they marry, Antoine is called up to fight against Germany. As the war rages, Jocelyn focuses on comforting and encouraging the local population by recommending books from her beloved library in Saint-Malo. She herself finds hope in her letters to a famous author.

After the French capitulation, the Nazis occupy the town and turn it into a fortress to control the north of French Brittany. Residents try passive resistance, but the German commander ruthlessly purges part of the city’s libraries to destroy any potentially subversive writings. At great risk to herself, Jocelyn manages to hide some of the books while waiting to receive news from Antoine, who has been taken to a German prison camp.

What unfolds in her letters is Jocelyn’s description of her mission: to protect the people of Saint-Malo and the books they hold so dear. With prose both sweeping and romantic, Mario Escobar brings to life the occupied city and re-creates the history of those who sacrificed all to care for the people they loved.



The Librarian of Saint-Malo

By Mario Escobar @marioescobar.oficial

Thanks to @hfvbt , @tnzfiction & @thomasnelson #thelibrarianofsaintmal


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

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.


Jocelyn is a librarian at an old and venerable library in Saint Malo and her childhood sweetheart Antoine, a police officer, have just been married. Traveling to Paris for their honeymoon unawares that Germany has invaded Poland in 1939.

A thought provoking, heart wrenching story, told through a series of letters between Jocelyn that of a famous author Marcel Zola. Detailing her life during the German occupation of her town, Saint-Malo.

Jocelyn’s husband is eventually drafted by the army and is eventually captured by the Germans. She struggles along with those left behind in her town. She makes I her own mission to save first editions and books that have been banned by the Nazis for their content. All the while the local citizens are suffering under the brute force of German regime.

Rich in atmospheric imagery the author detailed description of the people and their turbulent experiences during WW2 in this coastal town. The harsh survival of food shortages, the deportation of its local Jewish citizens, the constant bombardment by the allies. The characters are well developed and sheer uncertainty of characters welfare made for an emotional and historical fiction.

Thanks to the author Mario Escobar and Thomas Nelson Press

About the Author

Mario Escobar Golderos has a degree in History, with an advanced studies diploma in Modern History. He has written numerous books and articles about the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, and religious sects. He is the executive director of an NGO and directs the magazine Nueva historia para el debate, in addition to being a contributing columnist in various publications. Passionate about history and its mysteries, Escobar has delved into the depths of church history, the different sectarian groups that have struggled therein, and the discovery and colonization of the Americas. He specializes in the lives of unorthodox Spaniards and Americans.


Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 1
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 2
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, June 3
Review at Hallie Reads

Friday, June 4
Review at Nursebookie

Saturday, June 5
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Monday, June 7
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Wednesday, June 9
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Thursday, June 10
Review at McCombs on Main

Friday, June 11
Review at Impressions In Ink

Sunday, June 13
Review at A Darn Good Read

Monday, June 14
Review at Girl Who Reads

Wednesday, June 16
Review at The Enchanted Shelf


Enter to win a paperback copy of The Librarian of Saint-Malo by Mario Escobar! We have 5 copies up for grabs!

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on June 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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ESSEX – Tudor Rebel Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on

ESSEX – Tudor Rebel

By Tony Riches

(Book Two of the Elizabethan Series)

ESSEX – Tudor Rebel

(Book Two of the Elizabethan Series)

By Tony Riches

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, is one of the most intriguing men of the Elizabethan period. Tall and handsome, he soon becomes a ‘favourite’ at court, so close to the queen many wonder if they are lovers.

The truth is far more complex, as each has what the other yearns for. Robert Devereux longs for recognition, wealth and influence. His flamboyant naïveté amuses the ageing Queen Elizabeth, like the son she never had, and his vitality makes her feel young.

Robert Devereux’s remarkable true story continues the epic tale of the rise of the Tudors, which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy and concludes with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Buy Links:

This novel is free to read with #KindleUnlimited subscription.

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/bwo16Y

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09246T7ZT

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09246T7ZT

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09246T7ZT

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09246T7ZT


The life of Robert Devereux the 2nd Earl of Essex, comes to life through the meticulous research and seamless narration of Mr Tony Ritches.

Essex – Tudor Rebel is the second installment in the Elizabethan Series from Tony Riches.

Robert Devereux is the son of Lettice Knollys and Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex.

Robert Essex’s father dies when he is still a boy, leaving him his fathers’s debts. His mother Lettice Knollys, does the unthinkable shortly after her 1st husband passing, she marries the Queen’s favorite, Robert Dudley, without the queens knowledge.

We follow the young Robert in this coming of age storyline, from his days as impoverished ward. To his first love and his days at college, and his transformation into a young couturier with a promising future.

The authors uniquely-descriptive prose gives the reader a brilliantly detailed version of this very captivating figure in English history. I have to say there is something special in Tony Riches writing that sinks the reader within the pages of his wonderful absorbing books. Right from the beginning you are pulled in and the author brings to life the era of Queen Elizabeth.

Richly detailed with atmospheric imagery that catapults the reader into this time in history. The pace was quick, and Riches ability to hold the readers attention makes for a highly compulsive read here, one that I found I was quite invested in and could not put down. The story is in first person; therefore, it’s almost like you are living the story with the protagonist. The dialogue is masterly done, and makes a notable impression on the reader.

Essex is a notorious figure that rises to the favorite of the aging Queen Elizabeth. He is flamboyant and ambitious. Through the authors narrative voice, his turbulent and fascinating experiences come to life in this thought provoking and page turner of a book.

An exceptionally written historical fiction!

Author Bio

Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling Tudor historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the history of the Wars of the Roses and the lives of the early Tudors. Tony’s other published historical fiction novels include: Owen – Book One Of The Tudor Trilogy, Jasper – Book Two Of The Tudor Trilogy, Henry – Book Three Of The Tudor Trilogy, Mary – Tudor Princess, Brandon – Tudor Knight and The Secret Diary Of Eleanor Cobham.

Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.tonyriches.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyriches

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyriches.author/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonyriches/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tonyriches.author/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA





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Set in a world where witches have long maintained the climate but are now losing control, Clara Densmore, an Everwitch whose magic is tied to all four seasons, is the world’s only hope – despite a curse that could cost her everything.

I love this debut about witches whose magic is tied to the seasons,

For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic.
All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.

-In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic—losing the ones she loves—is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.

-In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference.

-In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.
In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves…before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.



Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

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 Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin follows Clara, a young woman who is a with with a rare ability. She happens to be a Everwitch, able to draw on magic from all four seasons. The only Ever for over 200 years, this makes Clara both a celebrated and feared Witch

She is destined to be a powerful witch, but her magic carries danger, lashing out and killing those she cares about when she loses control.

Clara is reluctant to use her magic, afraid that her inability to control her vast power. Clara’s magic has in the past spiraled out of control, killing both her parents. Her hesitation to use her magic is noteworthy, but now more than ever before her powers are needed.

In this YA fantasy world, witches are born on either a solstice or an equinox and thus granted the magic of the season. They become weaker as the season progresses, also the very nature of their magical ability is tied to their season. Skills are granted to each season and the weather events.

A swiftly executed book that captures a world of radical shifting climate changes, which is an important theme that mirrors our own.

The author delivers quite an atmospheric, and fantastic fantasy tale. A lovely debut that made for a memorable reading experience


Spark to Shadow by Atima Kim Blog Tour

Hello There, welcome to my stop on the Spark to Shadow Blog Tour

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

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Witch. Warrior. Dragon Rider.

Long ago, the covens of the east made a pact to bring peace to the continent. To unite the clans and create a new era of witches, starting with the next generation of matrons. Fang is the first witch of her generation to reach her debut, as the next matron of her coven she has the unique honor of being the first one to fulfill the pact. For the first time in centuries, a Miangese witch will take a foreign consort. Luckily, Fang already has someone in mind. Taken in by the Sun coven in the mountain kingdom of Anda, Fang is more than happy to entertain the alluring young lords of the ruby clan as they compete to win her affections, not knowing her choice has already been made. Or so she thought. Until a chance encounter brings to light the existence of something Fang previously thought to be quite rare, a male witch. The meeting of this young shadow witch— a boy who Fang now owes a debt— starts a chain of events that will make Fang question everything she thought she knew about her Andan allies. In an effort to help him escape his oppressors, Fang and the shadow witch discover a dark presence that is slowly poisoning the innocent citizens of mortal Anda, and a dangerous weapon that could threaten the very peace of the pact that Fang is bound to uphold. As she, her friends, and her new shadow witch companion work to fight against these looming forces, Fang’s feelings towards her own choices slowly start to shift. She must decide what is more important to her, who she wants by her side, and most of all- what she’s willing to give up in order to be the leader her people need.


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

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

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

“ A witch was her own best weapon”

Spark To Shadow, by Altima Kim is a Thai inspired fantasy, with in-depth world building, along with a stunning magic system and of course dragons!!

The story follows Lady Fang Surawan, of the Miangese ruby clan, who is the next Matron of the Surawan coven of witches. Along with her with her closest friends and confidant since birth, Nita and Prim. All three have traveled to the the Sun Estate, so Lady Fang to choose her consort amongst the young lords of Andan.

For the first time in centuries, a Miangese witch will take a foreign consort. It has been common knowledge by that Lady Fangs will choose Sun Kyuho, as her consort, who has held her attention for some time. When an attack on Lady Fang and her coven sister, along with the undeserving local mortals in Sun market. It brings Fang face to face with a male witch, of the shadow gift, Han Sanha from the the onyx territory.

Things come to light in a series of events that the Sun Coven only offer withers (non-magic) for consort, while keeping true male witches a secret. There is dark menacing presences, and young Fang will soon question loyalties and have to make some harsh decisions.

A compelling book full of courtly intrigue that is in a gender reversed world. Impressive atmospherics imagery along with details of rich culture, made for a memorable reading experience. This was a creative ownvoices, with really dynamic representation, along with steamy romantic elements that make it more for the older YA audiences. Once I started the first page I was hooked as the storyline unfolds and twists and secrets come to life in this heart ponding stunning Fantasy!The characters are well executed and developed, I love how strong the woman are portrayed and the authors seamless narration never dragged.

Spark To Shadow, by Altima Kim is a storyline that weaves an intricate fantasy fiction with compelling characters to make one excellent YAFantasy!

“The scars of war run deep throughout Anda “ Magic in the hands of men are dangerous


Atima has been coming up with stories for as long as she can remember. As soon as she learned how to read and write she was putting pen to paper and dreaming up new worlds and adventure. Her life has always been on the page and as she grew up and her interests changed so did her writing. She loves creating places to escape, and more than anything she loves writing about love. She was born in the Midwestern US, to a Thai mother and American father. Her home has always been a mix of languages and cultures, and remains so today. She likee to draw on the places and people and culture that influence her life as inspiration in her writing and she hopes to join the ranks of other Asian American authors representing diverse cultures and voices in the writing community through her books.

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The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity

Hello, Welcome

To my stop on The Last Warrior Book Tour!

Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway at the very end of my post

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing date: May 4th, 2021


Twelve-year-old Abby Beckett is proud to come from a long line of elite Viking warriors known as the Aesir. She’s spent her entire life training to hunt the horrific creatures known as Grendels – the ancient foe of the Aesir – just like her mother did before she died. But there’s just one, small problem: No one has seen a Grendel in centuries, and the Viking Council wants to disband the Aesir . . . forever.

When her father is injured in an attack that leaves him in a coma, Abby is forced to take refuge at Vale Hall, a mysterious school in Minnesota where nothing is quite as it seems. She soon discovers the tables have turned and a Grendel is hunting her, but when she tries to alert the Viking Council, they accuse her of making up stories for attention . . . just like her mother did.

Desperate to protect her father and clear her mother’s name, Abby goes on a dangerous quest to discover the truth–a journey that brings her face-to-face with some unlikely foes, including a Ping-Pong-playing sea monster with a wicked backhand, and a dark Valkyrie with a fondness for bingo. Abby quickly realizes that someone at the school is trying to stop her progress and destroy the Aesir for good. And only she can unravel the sinister plot before it’s too late.

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

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

Sam Subity’s debut is an action packed middle grade adventure, The Last Shadow Warrior with a passing reference to Beowulf.

We follow twelve year old Abby Beckett who has lost her mother four years before. Abby is descended from a long line of Viking warriors. She’s been steadfast in practicing her skills in preparation for her entrance into the Aesir, but without guidance she has had to wait until she is fourteen.Things take on a dark tone when Abby finds herself attacked by a menacing creature, that might be an ancient foe, a treacherous Grendel. In a series of events Abby father is hospitalized and she must learn to trust two friends Grimsby and Gwynn. All together they must work together to save Abby’s father who is a coma after a deadly attack.

This is such wonderful story about finding ones own strength and also allowing support of others help when you need it most. Friendship is a strong theme along with with insecurities that young people deal with everyday.

The world building was delightful, along with with magical realism.The author does a superb job in weaving Norse mythology in a modern day setting!

The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable. I can’t wait for the next installment Oh my stars, this was a delightful book experience. I definitely need buy several copies an give out to middle graders I know










Sam Subity loves writing stories that explore the magic and wonder of being a kid and is thrilled to share his writing with readers everywhere—both the young in age and the young at heart. 

When he’s not writing, you might find him running the trails of northern California where the endless, winding miles past fog and ocean inspire stories of adventure and mystery. 

Or he might be mowing his lawn. Because that’s what adults sometimes have to do. 

But in either case, Sam Subity is very likely imagining himself fighting mythical creatures or at the prow of a dragon ship feeling the wind and sea spray on his face alongside his own Viking queen and their two Vikelets. His greatest hope is that in reading his books, you too may be transported to another place where, for a little while, you can exchange the ordinary for the extraordinary. 

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Welcome readers to my stop on The Poison Keepers Blog Tour


Publication Date: May 18, 2021
Quire Books
Paperback & eBook; 406 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Naples 1633

Aqua Tofana – One drop to heal. Three drops to kill.

Giulia Tofana longs for more responsibility in her mother’s apothecary business, but Mamma has always been secretive and refuses to tell Giulia the hidden keys to her success. When Mamma is arrested for the poisoning of the powerful Duke de Verdi, Giulia is shocked to uncover the darker side of her trade.

Giulia must run for her life, and escapes to Naples, under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, to the home of her Aunt Isabetta, a famous courtesan. But when Giulia hears that her mother has been executed, and the cruel manner of her death, she swears she will wreak revenge on the Duke de Verdi.

The trouble is, Naples is in the grip of Domenico, the Duke’s brother, who controls the city with the ‘Camorra’, the mafia. Worse, her Aunt Isabetta, under Domenico’s thrall, insists that she should be consort to him – the brother of the man she has vowed to kill.

Based on the legendary life of Italian poisoner Giulia Tofana, this is a story of hidden family secrets, and how even the darkest desires can be vanquished by courage and love.


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

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 Poison Keeper by Deborah Swift is a thrilling tale of Giulia Tofana.

1633 Palermo, Giulia Tofana desires to learn all the secrets that her mother keeps from her in her apothecary. When her mother is linked to the attempted murder of cruel Duke de Verdi. The shocking truth comes to life, Giulia mother is a notorious poisoner, who supplies women the means to escape the harsh realities of marriage.

In a series of events Giulia’s world is turned upside down, she must flee the own home she knows leaving behind her mother and everything she knows. Barely escaping with her life she boards a boat bound for Naples.

Giulia D’Adamo seeks out her aunt Isabetta, who she knows nothing about. Upon her arrival she faced with true reality of her aunt’s profession. She now finds herself thrust into the life of courtesan. The realization of her mother outcomes to light, along with her aunt’s political connections.

Giulia vengeance takes a life of its own and finds herself taking up her mother’s line of work as her profession as a courtesan comes to end.

Swift delivers another vividly descriptive, interesting, and well-written read here. The characters and a setting both totally captivated and intrigued me. I was totally taken in and fascinated with both the main character and the details of her life.

The book is the perfect blend of historical fiction and the authors own creativity. Once I started reading this one it was hard not to get totally wrapped up into its fascinating storyline. I devoured this one as fast as I could and was completely drawn into the lives of these characters.

Thanks to the author and to HFBT!

About the Author

Deborah Swift is the author of three previous historical novels for adults, The Lady’s Slipper, The Gilded Lily, and A Divided Inheritance, all published by Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, as well as the Highway Trilogy for teens (and anyone young at heart!). Her first novel was shortlisted for the Impress prize for new novelists.

She lives on the edge of the beautiful and literary English Lake District – a place made famous by the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge.

For more information, please visit Deborah Swift’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 17
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Tuesday, May 18
Guest Post at The Writing Desk

Wednesday, May 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Thursday, May 20
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Friday, May 21
Review at Booking With Janelle

Monday, May 24
Review at Bookworlder

Wednesday, May 26
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Thursday, May 27
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Interview at Books & Benches

Friday, May 28
Feature at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, May 31
Review at Donna’s Book Blog

Tuesday, June 1
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Thursday, June 3
Review at Reader_ceygo

Friday, June 4
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Interview at Reader_ceygo
Review at The Enchanted Shelf


Enter to win a signed paperback copy or eBook of The Poison Keeper!

The giveaway is open internationally and ends on June 4th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Direct Link: https://gleam.io/competitions/vGawO-the-poison-keeper

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“The Dark Hour” by K.J. Young Book Tour

Hey There Bookwyrms!!

💬#QOTD: What’s last movie or series that kept you up at night?

Release Date: 
May 4, 2021

About The Book:

“Deliciously creepy!”—Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of The Truth We Bury

Mark Norman can’t catch a break—until he’s hired as a live-in home health aide for two elderly siblings who live at Alden Manor, a run-down mansion mired in the past. His charges, former stage magicians Roy and Alma Walgrave, give off an eerie vibe, but they are also wealthy and careless with their money. Seizing the opportunity, Mark soon makes himself indispensable to the old folks, losing himself in fantasies of inheriting the Walgrave fortune upon their deaths. When another employee, a young woman named Lisa, shares her dark premonitions and insists that evil lurks in the house, Mark thinks she’s paranoid and unstable.

Until he begins to notice odd, unsettling things himself.

When nightmares begin to plague him and the house gradually reveals a web of lies and twisted secrets, he can no longer deny the possibility that Alden Manor is pervaded by some sinister force. He’s terrified of losing his mind—or worse, his life. But he’s so close to landing a big financial windfall that walking away is not an option.

In the past, Mark has always known when to cut loose and get out. But if he can just stick this out a bit longer . . .

About The Author:

K.J. Young is the pseudonym of an author known for writing heartwarming novels of love, puppies, and the kindness of strangers.

Welcome to her dark side.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Author/KJ-Young-

Instagram: https://instagram.com/kjyoungauthor

Book Blurbs: 

“Deliciously creepy!”—Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of The Truth We Bury

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Hello There, Welcome to my stop on the Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield Blog Tour

Thanks so much @wednesdaybooks @ashabrom @stmartinspress for gorgeous print copy!

HURRICANE SUMMER by Asha Bromfield; On-sale: May 4th, 2021

Title: Hurricane Summer

Author: Asha Bromfield 

Genre: Young Adult

Published On: May 4, 2021

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Source: print copy

Pages: 400


CW: classism, racism, sexism, physical and verbal abuse, sexual assault, rape, abortion (mentioned), infidelity, grief, and death

In this sweeping debut, Asha Bromfield takes readers to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.

Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica.

When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him.

In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise―all in the midst of an impending hurricane.

Hurricane Summer is a powerful coming of age story that deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic―and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction.

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Mini Review

A stunning coming of age book that will completely immerse you within its pages.

A breathtaking story that is both heart wrenching and raw.

It’s exquisite atmospheric prose, along with the writer’s incredible voice!

I was not prepared for this book.

💬 Are you planning on reading this one? I highly recommend!

Photographer: Gwendalyn Anderson -Panama Beach Florida


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Asha Bromfield is an actress, singer, and writer of Afro-Jamaican descent. She is known for her role as Melody Jones, drummer of Josie and the Pussycats in CW’s Riverdale. She also stars as Zadie Wells in Netflix’s hit show, Locke and Key. Asha is a proud ambassador for the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and she currently lives in Toronto where she is pursuing a degree in Communications. In her spare time, she loves studying astrology, wearing crystals, burning sage, and baking vegan desserts. Hurricane Summer is her debut novel.



We touch down at 1:46 p.m. local time.

Warm air floods the plane as the doors open, and the sweet aroma of fruit wafts in the air. Passengers race to grab their bags as the thick accent comes over the PA once again:

“Ladiez and gentle-mon, welcome to Kingston, Jamaica. It iz a beautiful day here on the island, and we wish you nothing but irie on your travels. It has been our pleasure to have you on board. As always, thank you for flying Air Jamaica.”

I gently shake Mia awake as Patois begins to pour out all around us. I grab our backpacks from the cabin, and we throw them over our shoulders before trudging off the plane.

As we make our way through the busy airport, we are sur- rounded by a sea of rich, dark skin. I feel courageous as we navigate through the brown and black bodies, and I can’t help but wonder if the feeling of belonging is why Dad loves it so much here.

Once we clear at customs, we continue our trek through the massive airport. All around us, people smile and laugh, and there is a mellowness to their pace. Most of the women wear bright colors and intricate braids in their hair, Afros, or long locks down their backs. An array of sandals and flip-flops

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highlight all the bright painted toenails as Mia and I weave through the crowd.

“Stay close!” I yell, grabbing on to her hand. When we find the exit, I grow nervous knowing what awaits us on the other side. I look to Mia. “You have everything?”

She nods.

“Okay,” I whisper to myself. “Let’s do this.”

With our suitcases lugging behind us, we spill out of the doors and into the hot sun. The heat immediately consumes me, and it is amplified by the chaos and noise that surrounds us. The streets are packed. Loud horns blare, and people yell back and forth in thick, heavy Patois accents. Men argue on the side of the road, their dialect harsh as they negotiate the rates for local shuttle buses. Along the roads, merchants sell colorful beaded jewelry and fruit so ripe that I can taste it in the air. Women wear beautiful head wraps and sell plantains and provisions, bartering back and forth with eager travelers. People spew out of overcrowded taxis, desperate to catch their flights as others hop in, desperate to get home. The sun pierces my skin as the humidity and gas fumes fill my lungs. The ac- tion is overwhelming, and I feel like a fish out of water. As we wait by the curb, there is no sight of our father.

“What if he forgot?” Mia asks.

“He wouldn’t,” I reply. “Mom just talked to him.” “What if he got the time mixed up?”

“He’ll be here.”

But the truth is, when it comes to our father, I can never be sure.

I fight with this idea as five minutes turn into ten, and ten into twenty.

The heat blazes, and sweat drips down my stomach. I check my watch: forty-two minutes.

I pull my pink hoodie over my head to reveal a white tank

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top, tying the hoodie around my waist to better manage the heat. Without my phone, I have no way of contacting him to see where he is.

But he said he’d be here. He gave us his word.

Fifty-six minutes later, our father is nowhere to be found. My eyes frantically search the crowd as I ponder how much his word is truly worth. Time and time again, he has proven that the answer is not much. I turn to Mia, ready to tell her to head back inside. Worry graces her face for the first time since we left. Her carefree attitude fades as the concern of a nine-year-old takes over. I can’t stand to see her like this, and I’ll do whatever it takes to escape the feeling that is bubbling inside of me.

We’ll take the first plane out.

“Mi, Dad’s not coming. Let’s go back insid—”

“Yow! Tilla!” A deep voice interrupts me mid-sentence. I whip my head around to find my father standing a few

feet away with two freshly sliced pineapple drinks in hand. “Daddy!” Mia screams. She drops her things on the curb

and sprints toward him. My heart does somersaults.

One glimpse of my father and I am a child again.


America Blog Tour

Publisher : Mike Bond Books (May 4, 2021)
Publication date : May 4, 2021
Language : English


Praise for MIKE BOND
“Master of the existential thriller” —BBC
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A decade that transformed America
The Sixties shook America to its foundation – the assassination of an idealistic young president, a tragic and unpopular war, a battle for civil rights, a cosmic clash of riots and burning cities, and an explosion of sex, drugs and rock’n roll.
For four young people, the Sixties is a decade of promise and freedom. For orphaned Troy, it’s the joy of living with his new family and exploring the world of flight and outer space. For Tara, the girl he loves, the power of song as she evolves into a rock’n roll star. For his new brother, Mick, a football hero and rebel, a time to question everything, including the fast-growing war in Vietnam. And for Daisy, the girl Mick loves, a chance to fight for equality, join the Peace Corps, and expand her study of the human mind.
America is the first of Mike Bond’s seven-volume historical novel series, capturing the victories and heartbreaks of the last 70 years and of our nation’s most profound upheavals since the Civil War – a time that defined the end of the 20th Century and where we are today.
Through the wild, joyous, heartbroken and visionary lives of four young people and many others, the Sixties come alive again, as do its questions: what is life? What is freedom? What was lost, what was won?


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My Review 


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

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.


America By Mike Bond

A coming of age, americano historical fiction, that captures the lives of four people.

America by Mike Bond is the first installment in a seven volume historical novel series.

The author captures the victories and heartbreaks of the last 70 years and of our nation’s most profound upheavals since the Civil War.

This was truly a time that defined the end of the 20th Century and where we are today.

This book had me hooked from start to finish – I literally couldn’t put it down. The plot is captivating and absorbing, found myself in a constant state of curiosity, I was absorbed deep within these characters lives, questioning their situations and decisions. The narrative was brilliantly executed, weaving current events taking place in the background of the characters lives.

The book centers on four young people, as the book opens up Mick and Troy are eleven years old. Mick’s family owns a small rural farm near Nyack, NY, struggling to stay afloat. Troy is an orphan living in a boys home, who continues to escape its horrible living conditions.

The boys paths cross and a profound friendship develops. It’s 1954, and this sets up the book as we follow the two boys lives, along with Mick’s younger sister Tara and a their neighbor Daisy. As the book progresses, the reader is pulled along as events unfolds within the lives of the these young adults. Bond brings the struggles of America’s history and intertwines them within the the main characters lives. As the United States is undergoing changes with its value system. The political turmoil, and the Vietnam War are key points. I found myself fully invested into the main characters experiences as they grow from adolescents to young adults.

The characters grow into their own lives, as they question their beliefs and thoughts on current events of the day.

Excited to see for the next installment, in this promising book series


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The Whirlpools of Time

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The Whirlpools of Time By Anna Belfrage

The Whirlpools of Time
By Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: 11th June 2021

Publisher: Timelight Press

Page Length: 388 Pages

Genre: Time travel romance, Scottish Historical Romance

He hoped for a wife. He found a companion through time and beyond.

It is 1715 and for Duncan Melville something fundamental is missing from his life. Despite a flourishing legal practice and several close friends, he is lonely, even more so after the recent death of his father. He needs a wife—a companion through life, someone to hold and be held by. What he wasn’t expecting was to be torn away from everything he knew and find said woman in 2016…

Erin Barnes has a lot of stuff going on in her life. She doesn’t need the additional twist of a stranger in weird outdated clothes, but when he risks his life to save hers, she feels obligated to return the favour. Besides, whoever Duncan may be, she can’t exactly deny the immediate attraction.

The complications in Erin’s life explode. Events are set in motion and to Erin’s horror she and Duncan are thrown back to 1715. Not only does Erin have to cope with a different and intimidating world, soon enough she and Duncan are embroiled in a dangerous quest for Duncan’s uncle, a quest that may very well cost them their lives as they travel through a Scotland poised on the brink of rebellion.

Will they find Duncan’s uncle in time? And is the door to the future permanently closed, or will Erin find a way back?

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Whirlpools Excerpt 1: Duncan has just taken his first ever ride in a car…

Once the contraption had come to a halt, Duncan carefully released his hold on his seat. His head throbbed but most of all his brain ached, trying to make some sense of all these new impressions. Erin opened her door and got out. He studied the door on his side, not knowing just where the locking mechanism was. She made no move to help him. Mayhap she intended to keep him here, confined in this box of metal on wheels.

He groaned and hid his face in his hands. What had happened to him?

The door opened.

“Need help?” she asked.

“Aye.” With everything, really, starting with an explanation of where he was and how he came to be here. But he didn’t say that. He just took her offered hand and gingerly dragged himself out of the vehicle. Part of him—the rational part—was intrigued by it, wanting nothing more but to understand how this piece of advanced engineering worked. The other part quivered with fear. This was some sort of magic and he’d ended up in a time of powerful sorcerers. Except that Erin did not look like a witch should look. That curly hair of hers framed a face in which the most distinctive feature were her eyes, at present studying him with concern.

“Are you alright? That gash on your forehead is bleeding.”

“It is?” He lifted his hand to his head, surprised at discovering she was right. Blood coated his fingers. “No great matter,” he said.  But the world was spinning and he gritted his teeth, willing the dizziness to abate.

She slipped an arm round his waist, holding him steady. “It’s the concussion,” she said. “The nurse said you might feel the effects for some more days.”

“Likely.” He’d had one several years ago when he’d stolen a ride on one of Michael Connor’s precious brood mares and been thrown for his efforts. That time, it had been Grandma Alex looking after him.

She helped him to the door, had him steady himself against the wall as she unlocked, fiddled with something that emitted several strange high-pitched sounds, and then invited him inside. He drew in a surprised breath when she set her finger on a little protuberance and flooded the interior with light.

The room was huge. On the opposite side, large windows replaced what should have been walls and even on a day as overcast as this, Duncan could not tear his gaze away from the large expanse of water that lapped at the shoreline a stone’s throw from the windows.

“Stunning, isn’t it?” she said, and he could hear the pride in her voice.

“It is.” Truth be told, everything about the space they were standing in was stunning. White walls were hung with paintings that were mostly a collection of colours, there was a thick Turkish rug on the floor that would have had Kate Jones turning green with envy. The thought brought him up short. Was she dead yet? And then he shivered: everyone he knew was dead—since centuries back. He shook himself free of these thoughts and concentrated instead on the huge hearth with wood neatly stacked to the side and a pelt spread out before it, the wide-open mouth of the cat who’d once owned the hide frozen in a permanent snarl.  Beside him, she shifted on her feet.

“I inherited it,” she said, sounding apologetic. “I’d never have bought a tiger skin.”


“I guess my great-grandfather shot it before tigers became an endangered species,” she added and he didn’t understand one word of that but nodded all the same, kept on nodding as she chattered on about how few tigers there were left and how much she despised trophy hunters. He found her voice soothing even if he had never heard of trophy hunters and as to the poor tigers, how could one possibly know how many such ferocious beasts roamed the jungles?

Other than the fireplace, the room contained a large table to one side, something resembling an overgrown settle on the other. Bright red cushions and matching throws added gaiety to a room otherwise dominated by wood and black leather. An opulent space, along the lines of the Jones’ residence in Annapolis, and Duncan threw Erin a look. In her revealing breeches—very revealing—a pink shirt that barely covered her midriff and shoes in brightly coloured fabric that covered her ankles, she did not quite match the furnishings. She reminded him of a butterfly, all bright colour and flitting movements as she darted from one side of the room to the other, plumping up a cushion here, tweaking at a coverlet there.

Anna Belfrage

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.

Anna has also published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. Her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk, has her returning to medieval times. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love. Her most recent release, The Whirlpools of Time, is a time travel romance set against the backdrop of brewing rebellion in the Scottish highlands.

All of Anna’s books have been awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion, she has several Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choices, and one of her books won the HNS Indie Award in 2015. She is also the proud recipient of various Reader’s Favorite medals as well as having won various Gold, Silver and Bronze Coffee Pot Book Club awards.

Find out more about Anna, her books and her eclectic historical blog on her website, http://www.annabelfrage.com .

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The Bookseller’s Secret : A Novel of Nancy Mitford and WWII

Hello Welcome To My Stop on The Bookseller’s Secret : A Novel of Nancy Mitford and WWII By Michelle Gable

The Bookseller’s Secret : A Novel of Nancy Mitford and WWII
Michelle Gable

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021


Trade Paperback

$16.99 USD

400 pages


From New York Times bestselling author Michelle Gable comes a dual-narrative set at the famed Heywood Hill Bookshop in London about a struggling American writer on the hunt for a rumored lost manuscript written by the iconic Nancy Mitford—bookseller, spy, author, and aristocrat—during World War II.

In 1942, London, Nancy Mitford is worried about more than air raids and German spies. Still recovering from a devastating loss, the once sparkling Bright Young Thing is estranged from her husband, her allowance has been cut, and she’s given up her writing career. On top of this, her five beautiful but infamous sisters continue making headlines with their controversial politics.

Eager for distraction and desperate for income, Nancy jumps at the chance to manage the Heywood Hill bookshop while the owner is away at war. Between the shop’s brisk business and the literary salons she hosts for her eccentric friends, Nancy’s life seems on the upswing. But when a mysterious French officer insists that she has a story to tell, Nancy must decide if picking up the pen again and revealing all is worth the price she might be forced to pay.

Eighty years later, Heywood Hill is abuzz with the hunt for a lost wartime manuscript written by Nancy Mitford. For one woman desperately in need of a change, the search will reveal not only a new side to Nancy, but an even more surprising link between the past and present…


April 1946

Hotel de Bourgogne, Paris VII

There they are, held like flies in the amber of that moment—click goes the camera and on goes life; the minutes, the days, the years, the decades, taking them further and further from that happiness and promise of youth, from the hopes…and from the dreams they dreamed for themselves.

—Nancy Mitford,The Pursuit of Love

“Alors, racontez!” the Colonel said, and spun her beneath his arm.

    Nancy had to duck, of course. The man was frightfully short. 

“Racontez! Racontez!”

She laughed, thinking of all the times the Colonel made this demand. Racontez! Tell me!

“Allô—allô,” he’d say across some crackling line. “Were you asleep?”

He might be in Paris, or Algiers, or another place he could not name. Weeks or months would pass and then a phone rang in London and set Nancy Mitford’s world straight again.

“Alors, racontez! Tell me everything!”

And she did.

The Colonel found Nancy’s stories comical, outrageous, unlike anything he’d ever known, his delight beginning first and foremost with the six Mitford girls, and their secret society. Nancy also had a brother, but he hardly counted at all.

“C’est pas vrai!” the Colonel would cry, with each new tale. “That cannot be true!”

“It all happened,” Nancy told him. “Every word. What do you expect with a Nazi, a Communist, and several Fascists, in one family tree?”

“C’est incroyable!”

But the Hon Society was the past, and this gilded Parisian hotel room was now, likewise Nancy’s beloved Colonel, presently reaching into the bucket of champagne. How had she gotten to this place? It was the impossible dream.

“Promise we can stay here forever,” Nancy said.

“Here or somewhere like it,” he answered with a grin.

Nancy’s heart bounced. Heavens, he was ever-so-ugly with his pock-marked face and receding hairline, the precise opposite of her strapping husband, a man so wholesome he might’ve leapt from the pages of a seedsman catalogue. But Nancy loved her Colonel with every part of herself, in particular the female, which represented another chief difference between the two men.

“You know, my friends are desperate to take a French lover,” Nancy said, and she tossed her gloves onto the bed. “All thanks to a fictional character from a book. Everyone is positively in love with Fabrice!”

“Bien sûr, as in real life,” the Colonel said as he popped the cork.

The champagne bubbled up the bottle’s neck, and dribbled onto his stubby hands.

“You’re such a wolf!” Nancy said. She heaved open the shutters and scanned the square below. “At last! A hotel with a view.”

Their room overlooked Le Palais Bourbon, home to l’Assemblée nationale, the two-hundred-year seat of the French government, minus the interlude during which it was occupied by the Luftwaffe. Mere months ago German propaganda hung from the building: DEUTSCHLAND SIEGT AN ALLEN FRONTEN. Germany is victorious on all fronts. But the banners were gone now, and France had been freed. Nancy was in Paris, just as she’d planned.

“This is heaven!” Nancy said. She peered over her shoulder and coquettishly kicked up a heel. “A luncheon party tomorrow? What do you think?”

“Okay, chéri, quoi que tu en dises,” the Colonel said, as she sauntered toward him.

“Whatever I want?” Nancy said. “I’ve been dying to hear those words! What about snails, chicken, and port salut? No more eating from tins for you. On that note, darling, you mustn’t worry about your job prospects. I know you’ll miss governing France but, goodness, we’ll have so much more free time!”

Nancy was proud of the work the Colonel had done as General de Gaulle’s chef du cabinet, but his resignation made life far more convenient. No longer would she have to wait around, or brook his maddeningly specific requests. I’ve got a heavy political day LET ME SEE—can you come at 2 minutes to 6?

“It’s really one of the best things that could’ve happened to us,” Nancy said. “Oh, darling, life will be pure bliss!” 

Nancy leaned forward and planted a kiss on the Colonel’s nose.

“On trinque?” he said, and lifted a glass.

Nancy raised hers to meet it.

“Santé!” he cheered.

Nancy rolled her eyes. “The French are so dull with their toasts. Who cares about my health? It’s wretched, most of the time. Cheers to novels, I’d say! Cheers to readers the world over!”

“À la femme auteur, Nancy Mitford!” The Colonel clinked her glass. “Vive la littérature!”

Excerpted from The Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Gable, Copyright © 2021 by Michelle Gable Bilski. Published by Graydon House Books.


MICHELLE GABLE is the New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, I’ll See You in Paris, The Book of Summer, and The Summer I Met Jack. She attended The College of William & Mary, where she majored in accounting, and spent twenty years working in finance before becoming a full-time writer. She grew up in San Diego and lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with her husband and two daughters. Find her at michellegable.com or on Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest, @MGableWriter.


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