River of Ashes Blog Tour

Hello Friends

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

River Of Ashes

River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
(St. Benedict, #1)
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: August 2nd 2022
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller

Selected as one of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books for Summer, River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (Vesuvian, Aug 2, 2022) is a gripping Southern Gothic series debut inspired by real people and places, including the abbey located in the actual town of St. Benedict, Louisiana. Reminiscent of the Gothic horror/family-sagas by V.C. Andrews, book one of the St. Benedict series, “… offers an inside look into the mind of a psychopath,” says Pearry Teo, PhD, Award-winning Director of The Assent, “and is a cautionary tale that the scariest monsters are the ones you know but never suspect.”

“A psychological portrait akin to Lord of the Flies.” ~Midwest Book Review


ALONG THE BANKS OF THE BOGUE FALAYA RIVER, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble


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.

River of Ashes is the first novel in the St. Benedict series by authors Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor. We follow high school seniors, twins Leslie and Dawn Moore, and the popular boy Beau Devereaux.

Rich and handsome, the high school quarterback, Beau Devereaux comes across as a stellar young man. Except for one thing, that if you peel back the layers of his personality you will uncover a true psychopath. Who violent tendencies are just below the surface. He is a manipulator and seeks out young girls. Dating Dawn Moore, the captain of the cheerleading squad, he becomes obsessed with obtaining his girlfriend’s twin sister Leslie.

The books urban gothic setting, Bogue Fayala River, Louisiana, helps create a thrilling atmosphere. Written in third person, the reader is given from row and center into these three teens lives. One that just happens to be a sinister psychopath.

It’s dark and disturbing, which I found very addictive!

TW : graphic and depicts sexual assault.


Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight.

Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an award-winning author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face. IG: @lucasastorauthor


Violet Made of Thorn Book Tour

Hello Gorgeous Readers

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for

Violet Made of Thorn book tour

Violet Made of Thorn

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Publishing date: July 26th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound


A darkly enchanting fantasy debut about a morally gray witch, a cursed prince, and a prophecy that ignites their fate-twisted destinies—perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and Serpent & Dove.

Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the royal court with her cleverly phrased—and not always true—divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to strip Violet of her official role once he’s crowned at the end of the summer—unless Violet does something about it.

But when the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse, one that will end in either damnation or salvation for the kingdom—all depending on the prince’s choice of future bride. Violet faces her own choice: Seize an opportunity to gain control of her own destiny, no matter the cost, or give in to the ill-fated attraction that’s growing between her and Cyrus.

Violet’s wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can’t change her fate. And as the boundary between hatred and love grows ever thinner with the prince, Violet must untangle a wicked web of deceit in order to save herself and the kingdom—or doom them all.


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 This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

“That you are worthy of so much more, little star.

That you should never again kneel for the scraps of kings. “

Violet Made of Thorns is a debut book by Gina Chen. It features memorable unapologetic anti-heroine that is both refreshing and intriguing.

Orphaned and living on the streets in the Moon district, gifted with ability to see bits and pieces of the future through threads. When a chance opportunity presents its self, she takes it, rising herself up from bottom and becoming King Emilius seer. Used by the Kings own ambition, she finds herself in a constant struggle with the Kings son Cyrus. A curse looms over Cyrus’s life and the kingdom’s future hangs in the balance.

Gina Chen delivers quite an a phenomenal atmospheric, fantastic fantasy tale. Full politically motivated characters, along with a solid storyline that propels this story. Seamless narration by one of my favorite characters of all times in a YA fantasy. The romance is not instant, because both Violet and Cyrus having been sparing back and forth since they both were younger. Their backstory adds so much to the present day tale. The magic and details were engaging and fun to read about.

Truly a captivating fairytale styled fantasy, that made for an delightful reading experience.

The journey to love never runs smooth, and yours, your father would not approve.

They will catch you by surprise, hidden in disguise,

but leave your grasp by midnight strikes.


Gina Chen tells stories about fantastic worlds featuring heroines, antiheroines, and the kind of cleverness that brings trouble in its wake. A self-taught artist with a degree in computer science, she generates creative nonsense in all forms of media and always has a project stewing. Violet Made of Thorns is her debut fantasy novel. For more info, visit actualgina.com and follow @actualgina on Twitter and Instagram.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Tumblr


July 25th

The Caffeinated Rareder – Review
A Realm of Books – Review
One More Chapter – Review
Rae’s Reading Lounge – Review & Favorite Quotes

July 26th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Metaphors and Miscellanea – Review & Favorite Quotes
B for Bookslut – Review
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review & Favorite Quotes

July 27th
Abigail’s Lost in a Book – Review
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
Pages & Plots – Review
Clouded Galaxy Reads – Review & Favorite Quotes

July 28th
The Clever Reader – Review
We Write at Dawn – Review & Favorite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review
& She Reads – Review
Modest Hiccup – 15 Reactions While Reading Violet Made of Thorns

July 29th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Brinns Books – Review
Kait Plus Books – Journal Spread
Books Over Everything – Review

July 30th
Binded by Letters – Review
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Koo’s Reviews – Top 5 Reasons to Read Violet Made of Thorns
YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Addicts – Review & Favorite Quotes
Sadie’s Spotlight – Promotional Post

July 31st
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
thisbellereadstoo – Review & Mood Board
Betwixt The Sheets – Mood Board


Love Every Lasting + Giveaway + Review

Hello Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop for

Love Every Lasting by Michelle Helen Fritz and E.A. Shanniak

@MichelleFritzP1 @hfvbt

Love Every Lasting by Michelle Helen Fritz and E.A. Shanniak
Publication Date: July 14, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Series: Bramley Hall Regency Romance, Book 3


Miss Grace Buchanan has given up any hope of marrying. She’s been too occupied raising her younger siblings while her drunkard father spends all of their funds. When a horrid sickness envelops the cottage, she meets the new Parson of Bramley, whom she’s never forgotten. All she desires is an everlasting love, but with her family dynamics, it makes any sort of relationship a touch complex.

When tragedy is set to strike, Matthew Morten is called home suddenly. It’s time for him to take his place as the parson of Bramley. With his meddling mother and a sickness that is sweeping through the town, Matthew has to lean on his faith to get him through. But when he sets eyes upon one industrious woman, he can’t seem to keep her, nor her hazel eyes, far from his thoughts.

Will these two wounded souls find a Love Ever Lasting, or will responsibilities and family drama keep them forever apart?

Love Ever Lasting is a clean Regency Romance and the third book in a three-story series that will entertain and delight you with its swoon-worthy heroes and the compelling leading ladies that capture their hearts. Each book can be read as a standalone, but are best read in release order.

Available on Amazon


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

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

From the desk of Gwendalyn G. Anderson

Love Every Lasting by Michelle Helen Fritz and E.A.

Publication Date: July 14, 2022

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Series: Bramley Hall Regency Romance, Book 3

Mathew Morten, finds himself traveling from Sussex, to Bramley, hastened to his father bedside before illness takes him. Once there he promises his beloved father he would stay in Bramley and take over the parsonage. Shortly after assuming his duties, a sicknesses draws Mathew, and his much need services into action.

Grace Buchanan mother passed away when she was just thirteen, leaving her to care for her four younger siblings. Now nineteen, she has given up on any kind of life of her own. She knows full well that no suitor would agree to a marriage with her, along with four other Buchanan children who would Accompany her.

Her siblings day to day care is still her responsibility, along with keeping her surly drunken father happy. Her father’s temperament has her walking on eggshells, and she knows that she she needs to keep her father away from his own children, for their benefit. When an unforeseen tragedy happens, Grace’s life and her siblings change.

Mathew is a sincere gentleman, who is caring and honorable, happily helping this less fortunate. So when the opportunity to help Grace, his generous nature brings both Grace and her young siblings closer to Morten family.

Will family drama keep this lovely couple budding romance from flourishing?

This was such a warm and delightful book. Full of found family dynamics and caring for loved ones. It was pure joy to read about Grace and Mathew’s story, along with the other sub characters . The writing is smooth, and you find your are full invested in the lives of the people within this book. Beautifully written, the character are fleshed out and three dimensional. This is a lovely proper romance, one that will stay with you long after you close the book. I highly recommend this book to my family and friends!

About the Authors

Michelle Helen Fritz was born and raised in Maryland and Arizona with lots of traveling throughout the States. She began her literary career as a personal assistant to Indie authors and loves to see the process of an idea turn into a finished book. Michelle loves to write about dashing heroes, and the compelling women that tempt them, with a dash of intrigue, an abundant amount of romance, and scenes that hopefully make her readers swoon. She is the mother of four children whom she homeschools and currently resides in Maryland with her own jaunty hero who makes all of her dreams come true.

Author Facebook Page | Twitter | Instagram

E.A. (Ericka Ashlee) Shanniak is the author of the successful fantasy romance series – A Castre World Novel. She is hobbit-sized, barely reaching over five feet tall on a good day. When she wears her Georgia Romeo’s not only does she gain an inch, she is then able to reach the kitchen cabinets. Ericka loves to write at her desk that her daughter’s cat destroyed. Fortunately for everyone, she can see over it.


Ericka resides in the small town of Coldwater, Kansas with her husband, two kids, two dogs and two grumpy cats. The cats were her kids’ idea.

Author Facebook Page | Instagram

Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, July 14
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Excerpt at Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance
Saturday, July 16
Feature at Passages to the Past
Monday, July 18
Review at Bookworlder
Tuesday, July 19
Review at Ms. Darcy Reads
Friday, July 22
Excerpt at Heidi Reads
Monday, July 25
Feature at Lisa Everyday Reads
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Tuesday, July 26
Review at Pages and Paws
Wednesday, July 27
Review at Cover Lover Book Review

Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on July 27th. You must be 18 or older to enter
Love Ever Lasting

The Oath & The Valley by A.M. Linden Tour

Hello My Bookish Friends

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

The Oath & The Valley by A.M. Linden!

#TheOath #TheValley #AMLinden #HFVBTBlogTours

The Valley by A.M. Linden
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
She Writes Press
Paperback & eBook; 464 pages
Series: The Druid Chronicles, #2
Genre: Historical Fiction/Medieval

Llwddawanden is a hidden sanctuary where remnants of a once-powerful pagan cult carry on their ancient ritual practices, supported by a small but faithful following of servants, craftsmen, and laborers.
Cut off from the outside world by both geography and conviction, the Druids of Llwddawanden continue to venerate the Great Mother Goddess and to view themselves as the first-born and favorite of Her mortal children. While the belief that the most important of all divine beings gave birth to their ancestors and that Her spirit inhabits the body of their highest priestess is a tenuous conclusion in view of their reduced lot in life, the Druids of Llwddawanden believe it and are, for the most part, committed to carrying on the traditions handed down to them by their forbears.
Herrwn, the shrine’s chief priest and master bard, has the responsibility of overseeing the education of Caelym, the orphaned son of the cult’s previous chief priestess, as well as keeping the peace within the upper ranks of their order—two tasks that grow more difficult as the rivalry over which of the three highest priests will claim Caelym as his disciple grows, and as mounting conflicts between the current chief priestess and her only living daughter threaten to rend the fabric of a society that has endured for more than a millennium.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound


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 Valley by A.M. Linden is second installment in The Druid Chronicles series. A.M. Linden newest book takes us back before The Oath. The Valley is more of a prequel story. As the spread of Christianity advances, people start to change faiths, turning away from old traditions of the pagan gods and goddesses. A sect of Druids living in a secluded valley of Llwddawanden, still follow Great Mother Goddess. We follow Herrwn, the shrine’s chief priest and master bard, as the continuous division amongst Druids grows steadily.

Once again I was completely drawn into the engaging writing, of the very talented author, A.M. Linden. A beautiful created historical world with pagan rites and rituals. Readers will be absorbed deep within these characters fleshed out lives. The political drama within the religious sect, keeps you turning the pages. Loyalties will be questioned, and Herrwn will become a peacekeeper, as choices arise that could change everything.

The Oath by A.M. Linden
Publication Date: June 15, 2021
She Writes Press
Paperback & eBook; 336 pages
Series: The Druid Chronicles, #1
Genre: Historical Fiction

In the wake of a betrayal that threatens an end to their way of life, the last members of a secluded pagan cult 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.

“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
“A fantastic well-crafted, well-written historical novel, about early medieval Anglo-Saxon Britain and with great characters! 5 stars”
–Readers’ Favorite
“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

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

Advance Praise
“A. M. Linden brings her imagined druid community to life with a skillful combination of research and informed guesswork. The Valley provides an intriguing glimpse into an 8th century Britain that might have been.”
–Juliet Marillier, author of the Sevenwaters and Warrior Bards series
“With the attention to detail, explanation of ancient rituals, and the mythology within the clan’s legends, this novel builds a community, exploring a people about which little is actually known. It’s an extraordinary portrayal, breathing life into a long-dead civilization….Highly recommended!”
–Chanticleer Book Reviews

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 in Bellingham, WA.

Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, June 28
Review at Jessica Belmont
Excerpt at Jathan & Heather
Wednesday, June 29
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Thursday, June 30
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Friday, July 1
Review at The Page Ladies
Monday, July 4
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Oath)
Tuesday, July 5
Interview at Books and Benches
Wednesday, July 6
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Friday, July 8
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Monday, July 11
Review at Bookworlder
Review at Novels Alive
Tuesday, July 12
Review at Potpourri of Opinions
Wednesday, July 13
Guest Post at Jorie Loves a Story
Thursday, July 14
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Friday, July 15
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective
Monday, July 18
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Valley)
Wednesday, July 20
Review at The Book Junkie Reads
Friday, July 22
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Two readers will win copies of The Oath & The Valley by A.M. Linden!
The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on July 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
The Oath

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61329157-the-


The Nurse’s Secret – Review +Giveaway

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore

@amandaskenandore @kensingtonbooks @hfvbt #TheNursesSecret #AmandaSkenandore #HFVBTBlogTours

The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore

Publication Date: June 28, 2022

Kensington Books

Genre: Historical Fiction


From acclaimed author and registered nurse Amanda Skenandore, The Alienist meets The Light of Luna Park in a fascinating historical novel based on the little-known story of America’s first nursing school, as a young female grifter in 1880s New York evades the police by conning her way into Bellevue Hospital’s training school for nurses…

In the slums of 1880s New York, Una Kelly has grown up to be a rough-and-tumble grifter, able to filch a pocketbook in five seconds flat. But when another con-woman pins her for a murder she didn’t commit, Una is forced to flee. Running from the police, Una lies her way into an unlikely refuge: the nursing school at Bellevue Hospital.

Based on Florence Nightingale’s nursing principles, Bellevue is the first school of its kind in the country. Where once nurses were assumed to be ignorant and unskilled, Bellevue prizes discipline, intellect, and moral character, and only young women of good breeding need apply. At first, Una balks at her prim classmates and the doctors’ endless commands. Yet life on the streets has prepared her for the horrors of injury and disease found on the wards, and she slowly gains friendship and self-respect.

Just as she finds her footing, Una’s suspicions about a patient’s death put her at risk of exposure, and will force her to choose between her instinct for self-preservation, and exposing her identity in order to save others.

Amanda Skenandore brings her medical expertise to a page-turning story that explores the evolution of modern nursing—including the grisly realities of nineteenth-century medicine—as seen through the eyes of an intriguing and dynamic heroine.

“A spellbinding story, a vividly drawn setting, and characters that leap off the pages. This is historical fiction at its finest!” – Sara Ackerman, USA Today bestselling author of The Codebreaker’s Secret

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Books-a-Million | Bookshop.org | IndieBound | Target | Walmart


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 Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore is an immersive historical fiction.

Una Kelly, a plucky young woman who’s survival on the streets of New York, as a pickpocket comes to a halt. When Una is falsely accused of a crime she hasn’t committed, she knows that she needs to get off the streets. Seeing an article about Bellevue’s nursing school, she uses her adaptability skills, to con her way into the program. New York City’s Bellevue Hospital is the first hospital in the U.S. to initiate a nursing school based on the principles of Florence Nightingale. They only accept single women, with good breeding and morale character. Una uses her street smarts and false documents to get excepted. Learning as she goes, without the benefits of a proper upbringing and education. She excels in her hands on approach, to circumstances that would normally make any young woman squeamish.

There is a murder mystery and a budding romance. Una is clever and resilient, a true heroine you can root for. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wel, written novel. Great for historical fiction readers. Excellent research of 1800’s medical practices. Another phenomenal book by Amanda Skenandore

I received a copy of The Nurse’s Secret from the author via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Amanda is the author of Between Earth and Sky, winner of the American Library Association’s 2019 Reading List Award for Best Historical Fiction, and The Undertaker’s Assistant, released from Kensington in July 2019.

She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and sang and danced her way through 68 cities on both sides of the Atlantic with the service organization Up with People before starting college. Her love of historical fiction started early with the stories of Kenneth Thomasma, Mark Twain, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

When she’s not writing, Amanda works as an infection prevention nurse. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their pet turtle Lenore.

Amanda Skenandore is a historical fiction writer and registered nurse. Between Earth and Sky was her first novel. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Readers can visit her website at www.amandaskenandore.com.

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

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 28
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Interview at Books and Benches
Review at A Potpourri of Opinions

Wednesday, June 29
Review at MTM Reads

Thursday, June 30
Review at Smashley Reads
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Friday, July 1
Review at Bookworlder

Monday, July 4
Review at Reader_ceygo

Tuesday, July 5
Review at Momma Doc Reads

Wednesday, July 6
Review at The Page for review Ladies

Thursday, July 7
Review at Dive Into a Good Book

Friday, July 8
Review at Girl Who Reads

Saturday, July 9
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, July 11
Review at Book Reviews and More

Tuesday, July 12
Review at Rebecca is ReadingI

Wednesday, July 13
Review at Momfluenster

Thursday, July 14
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Older & Smarter
Review at McCombs on Main

Friday, July 21
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Monday, July 18
Review at Novels Alive

Tuesday, July 19
Feature at Impressions in Ink

Wednesday, July 20
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, July 22
Review at Coffee andI Ink


Enter to win a copy of The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore!

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

Direct Link: https://gleam.io/QHkOT/the-nurses-secret

Thank you!




Hello Gracious Readers,

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

A Dress Of Violet Taffeta By Tessa Arlen

Title: A Dress of Violet Taffeta: A Novel

Author: Tessa Arlen

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: ‎Berkley (July 5, 2022)

Length: (352) pages

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook

ISBN: 978-0593436851

Tour Dates: June 27-July 11, 2022

Lady Lucy Duff Gordon

A sumptuous novel based on the fascinating true story of La Belle Époque icon Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, who shattered the boundaries of fashion with her magnificently sensual and enchantingly unique designs.

Lucy Duff Gordon knows she is talented. She sees color, light, and texture in ways few people can begin to imagine. But is the male dominated world of haute couture, who would use her art for their own gain, ready for her?

When she is deserted by her wealthy husband, Lucy is left penniless with an aging mother and her five-year-old daughter to support. Desperate to survive, Lucy turns to her one true talent to make a living. As a little girl, the dresses she made for her dolls were the envy of her group of playmates. Now, she uses her creative designs and her remarkable eye for color to take her place in the fashion world—failure is not an option.

Then, on a frigid night in 1912, Lucy’s life changes once more, when she becomes one of 706 people to survive the sinking of the Titanic. She could never have imagined the effects the disaster would have on her fashion label Lucile, her marriage to her second husband, and her legacy. But no matter what life throws at her, Lucy will live on as a trailblazing and innovative fashion icon, never letting go of what she worked so hard to earn.




“Fans of the 1991 BBC series The House of Eliott will find familiar comfort in Arlen’s descriptions of fabrics, colorworks, and evolving fashions.” —Library Journal

“Tessa Arlen’s novel is as elegant as a Lucille gown, full of movement, color and beauty…For anyone interested in fashion, in the Gilded Age, in stories about strong, visionary woman, Tessa Arlen’s novel is a must read!” —Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection

“A sumptuous treat of elegant prose, evocative descriptions, and compelling emotions. Arlen’s writing absolutely shines.” —Anna Lee Huber, USA TODAY Bestselling author of A Perilous Perspective

“Tessa Arlen delivers a fascinating tale based on the real-life fashion icon, Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, who went up against a male dominated industry and revolutionized it…A must read for fashion fans everywhere.” —Renee Rosen, USA Today bestselling author of The Social Graces

“…written in a sumptuous, engaging style that appeals to all the senses and brings Lucy, her creations, and her world vividly alive.” —Alyssa Maxwell, author of The Gilded Newport Mysteries



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 Dress Of Violet Taffeta By Tessa Arlen is a captivating book

about the innovated Belle Epoque icon Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon. A pioneer clothing designer in late 1800s England. The author richly chronicles the life of Lady Duff Gordon. The story is set in the gilded age, Lucy Wallace along with her younger daughter Esme finds themselves abandoned and destitute. Her trifling husband, ran off with a showgirl and she has had to dismiss all her household staff, except talented Celia. Strong willed and determined she does the unthinkable and divorces her husband in 1893! Taking things into her hand, she sets about about to changing the course of her life. Lucy starts to design her own dresses, and realizes that her talent is profitable. Each design was creatively unique, making them sought after by socialites and entertainers. She became a revolutionary in fashion industry during the Edwardian era.

Tessa Arlen has Wray propulsive storyline, offering both drama and historical authenticity to appeal to anyone interested in strong heroines and female friendships. The books detailed imagery along with the dual narration, made for a compelling reading experience.

I highly recommend this book to my family and friends

Evening dress designed by Lucy Duff-Gordon, 1918


Tessa Arlen writes historical fiction when she is not toiling away in her garden. She is the author of the Edwardian mystery series: Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson; the Woman of World War II mystery series. Poppy Redfern. And two standalone historical novels: In Royal Service to the Queen, and A Dress of Violet Taffeta. 





Read an in-depth interview with author Tessa Arlen revealing insights into her new historical fiction novel, A Dress of Violet Taffeta.






The Crimson Thread – Giveaway + Review

Hello Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

The Crimson Thread by Kate Forsyth!

Amazon | Audible | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

Publication Date: July 5, 2022
Blackstone Publishing

Genre: Historical Fiction

In Crete during World War II, Alenka, a young woman who fights with the resistance against the brutal Nazi occupation, finds herself caught between her traitor of a brother and the man she loves, an undercover agent working for the Allies.

May 1941. German paratroopers launch a blitzkrieg from the air against Crete. They are met with fierce defiance, the Greeks fighting back with daggers, pitchforks, and kitchen knives. During the bloody eleven-day battle, Alenka, a young Greek woman, saves the lives of two Australian soldiers.

Jack and Teddy are childhood friends who joined up together to see the world. Both men fall in love with Alenka. They are forced to retreat with the tattered remains of the Allied forces over the towering White Mountains. Both are among the seven thousand Allied soldiers left behind in the desperate evacuation from Crete’s storm-lashed southern coast. Alenka hides Jack and Teddy at great risk to herself. Her brother Axel is a Nazi sympathiser and collaborator and spies on her movements.

As Crete suffers under the Nazi jackboot, Alenka is drawn into an intense triangle of conflicting emotions with Jack and Teddy. Their friendship suffers under the strain of months of hiding and their rivalry for her love. Together, they join the resistance and fight to free the island, but all three will find themselves tested to their limits. Alenka must choose whom to trust and whom to love and, in the end, whom to save.



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.

Kate Forsyth newest book The Crimson Thread, is one of those books that stays with long after you close it.

A thrilling reimagined tale of the Minotaur in the Labyrinth myth, that takes place in Crete during the 2WW.

May 1941 the war has arrived in Crete, when the largest airborne invasion of Fallschirmjäger (German paratroops) where used. A moving thought provoking book about a young girl named Alenka Klothakis, who’s younger half-brother, has always been condemned for his German father’s nationality. He welcomes the German invasion, and is a Nazi sympathizer.

Alenka a translator at the archaeological dig at Knossos will risks everything, when she puts her life in danger to debilitate German invaders. Set against the backdrop of WW2 in Crete Islands when the Germans pushed the British, Commonwealth and Greek forces back. Resulting in British evacuation, and some forces surrendered, other with aid of locals hid in the mountains. This story is about the valiant Cretan resistance, and those brave Allied soldiers who were left behind. In a series of events brave Alenka, saves the lives of two men. Best friends, Jack Hawke and Teddy Lloyd are Australian soldiers. Both men are drawn to the brave Alenka, and become rivals, who vie for her attention.

Meticulously researched, Kate Forsyth weaves historical facts into her own created fiction. Allowing the reader to be fully immersed in her tension filled storyline. Wonderful atmospheric imagery along with Cretan cultural adds to this richly detailed story.

The Crimson Thread leaves no doubt that Forsyth has been named, “One of the finest writers of this generation”.

Kate Forsyth is an amazing author!


Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling author of 40 books for both adults and children.

Her books for adults include ‘Beauty in Thorns’, the true love story behind a famous painting of ‘Sleeping Beauty’; ‘The Beast’s Garden’, a retelling of the Grimm version of ‘Beauty & the Beast’, set in the German underground resistance to Hitler in WWII; ‘The Wild Girl’, the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales; ‘Bitter Greens’, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale; and the bestselling fantasy series ‘Witches of Eileanan’ Her books for children include ‘The Impossible Quest’, ‘The Gypsy Crown’, ‘The Puzzle Ring’, and ‘The Starkin Crown’

Kate has a doctorate in fairytale studies, a Masters of Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, and is an accredited master storyteller.


Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 28
Excerpt at Novels Alive

Wednesday, June 29
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Thursday, June 30
Review at The Lit Bitch

Friday, July 1
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Monday, July 4
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Tuesday, July 5
Review at My Reading Getaway

Wednesday, July 6
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Thursday, July 7
Review at Girls Just Reading

Friday, July 8
Review at Dive Into a Good Book

Sunday, July 10
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, July 11
Review at Jessica Belmont

Tuesday, July 12
Excerpt at Bonnie Reads and Writes

Wednesday, July 13
Review at The Page Ladies

Thursday, July 14
Review at Momma Doc Reads

Monday, July 18
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, July 19
Interview at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Wednesday, July 20
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 21
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, July 22
Excerpt at CelticLady’s Reviews

Saturday, July 23
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, July 25
Review at A Darn Good Read

Tuesday, July 26
Review at With a Book in Our Hands

Wednesday, July 27
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Thursday, July 28
Review at Bibliotica

Friday, July 29
Review at Reading the Past


Enter to win a copy of

The Crimson Thread by Kate Forsyth! We have 10 copies up for grabs!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on July 29th. You must be 18 or older to enter.


The Crimson Thread


Of Legends and Roses

Welcome to the book tour for Of Legends and Roses by Ashley W. Slaughter.

Read on for details and the chance to win a fabulous giveaway! Oh and stay tuned for the release of the second installment in the series Of Deceit and Snow which comes out this November!

R&R Book Tours_Of Legends and Roses_Cover

Of Legends and Roses (The Crowned Chronicles #1)

Publication Date: August 31, 2021

Genre: YA Fantasy

A realm touched and forgotten by magic.
A young queen orphaned by disease.
A prince after her heart.

Queen Rosemary Avelia knows little about ruling a kingdom, and even less so about the ancient legends of her land. Since no one has been born Talented in centuries, she simply scoffs at the idea of magic. However, when the charming Prince Gryffin Danicio arrives just as her kingdom is under a deadly threat, he shows her that not all kingdoms of the Magian Peninsula have so quickly dismissed the legends of the Talented. Perhaps the Talented should not so easily be forgotten.

Of Legends and Roses is the first book in The Crowned Chronicles, a series following passionate and determined Queen Rosemary as she faces reign, love, the threat of war, and the mystifying world of the Talented.

Add to Goodreads


I heard Zeke’s voice again. Point your blade downward.

With every emotion swirling through my head, I almost laughed; even in his absence, Zeke was trying to tell me what to do.

But I listened to him as I pushed up from the cobblestoned street and let the tip of my sword hang downward toward the ground. Don’t relax. I tried to feign fatigue, which really wasn’t too much of a challenge, but I kept my arms taut. Ready.

A wicked smile spread across my opponent’s face, and he strode forward, his weapon glinting in the sun, ready to strike.

Then, just before I was within his sword’s reach, I shot the tip of my blade upward, and I thrust my sword forward with every fiber of strength contained within me.

Now Available

Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | Amazon | Book Depository | Walmart 

Allibris | Indigo | Better World Books | Indiebound | ThriftBooks | Waterstones

Click the my photo to
The Instagram Book Giveaway

Of Legends and Roses by Ashley Slaughter is the first installment in the Crowned Chronicles series.

A gripping unforgettable fantasy, with captivating world building. Told in first person narration, along with memorable characters

We follow Queen Rosemary, who’s rein has started earlier than she would have liked. After the death of her parents to Atroxis, her world was turned upside down. Now she shouldering an incredible responsibility of taking care of sisters and her kingdom. Following the advice of her advisors, she summits to a entourage of decimal prospective husbands. The goal is to find her next king consort. She finds them all lacking, until the charismatic Prince Gryffin Danicio arrives. When several assignation attempts on Rosemary life, she realizes more is a foot.

A riveting reading experience 📖📕

About the Author

R&R Book Tours_Ashley W Slaughter_Author Photo

Ashley Slaughter

Ashley W. Slaughter was born and raised in south Louisiana, among sugarcane fields lining the banks of the Mississippi River. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2018 and worked as a wildlife biologist before pursuing her career as an author. Writing has always been a passion of hers, as shown through her near-to-bursting manila folder of short stories she’d written throughout grade school, and the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed her to rediscover this passion. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, spending time with her husband and pets, and, of course, reading.

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | TikTok | Goodreads | BookBub



Hello And Welcome To My Stop On The

Dark Blue Waves by Kimberly Sullivan!

Dark Blue Waves by Kimberly Sullivan

Publication Date: May 27, 2022

Genre: Time Travel Romance/Regency

Amazon | Barnes and Noble

When you wake up in Bath, England two hundred years in the past, how far can a love of Jane Austen get you?

Janet Roberts dreams of an academic career in literature, so she can hardly believe her good fortune when she’s accepted into a Jane Austen graduate seminar in Bath, England. Settled in Georgian splendor among her seminar colleagues, Janet and her classmates live, eat and breathe Jane Austen.

An accident interrupts this idyll when Janet regains consciousness in her own room—back in Regency England. For a scholar of nineteenth-century literature, this should be a dream come true.

But Janet quickly learns there’s a world of difference between scholarly knowledge of the written page and maneuvering real life as a reluctant time traveler.

Her burgeoning friendship with Emma Huntington eases her entrée into nineteenth-century society. However, Emma’s brother, the handsome, proud and frustratingly magnetic Sir Edward, is far less welcoming.

While desperately attempting to make sense of her dilemma, Janet treads a thin line between trying to blend into her new world and not being unmasked as the imposter she is. Can she find the way to return to her twenty-first century life before her secret is discovered? After working so hard to create a rewarding nineteenth-century life for herself, does she even want to?


“Sullivan has crafted a detailed and immersive time-traveling romance populated with colorful characters and plot twists that would make Jane Austen proud.” -IndieReader Review

“A transporting drama of love, desire, and hope. Sullivan’s deft, assured narrative is interwoven with wry humor and shrewd observations as she delves into love, passion, courage, integrity, honor, duty, and sacrifice. The assured prose, visceral images, and sharp dialogue create a suitably period feel, and the swift plot advances unpredictably. Janet is an endearing heroine, and her inner turmoil at the core of the story is beautifully conveyed. Steeped in period feeling and written with intelligence and authenticity, this time-travel tale makes for a winner.” -The Prairies Book Review

“A captivating story about finding love and discovering where you belong. Sullivan’s novel is absolutely enchanting, and it’s a joy to see Janet reassess her contemporary prejudices, offering a compelling take on both the time period and on period literature. Dark Blue Waves is an effortlessly charming novel about following your heart, which is recommended for all fans of Austen and historical romance.” -Self-Publishing Review


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

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

Dark Blue Waves by Kimberly Sullivan is a fun and charming book.

We follow Janet Roberts, who is over joyed when she is accepted Jane Austen graduate seminar, in the delightful town of Bath, England.Everything is not as she would like it to be, as she finds out. She also will have to intern with an architecture firm, that has been chosen for her. When a chance accident happens, Janet his hit on the head, and wakes up in 1813. As it would seem, her incredible time slip is during the time of one Janet’s favorite authors, the Jane Austen herself.

Readers will find this will be over joyed with wonderful regency details, a all the lovely Jane Austen references. Janet’s struggles with becoming acclimated with the 200 period differences, was lively to read about. The mystery was exciting and I felt drawn to Janet’s character.

Over all it was a creative and fun book to read. I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy historical time travel, and Jane Austen

About the Author

Kimberly grew up in the suburbs of Boston and in Saratoga Springs, New York, although she now calls the Harlem neighborhood of New York City home when she’s back in the US. She studied political science and history at Cornell University and earned her MBA, with a concentration in strategy and marketing, from Bocconi University in Milan. Afflicted with a severe case of Wanderlust, she worked in journalism and government in the US, Czech Republic and Austria, before settling down in Rome, where she works in international development, and writes fiction any chance she gets. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and The Historical Novel Society and has published several short stories and two novels: Three Coins and Dark Blue Waves. After years spent living in Italy with her Italian husband and sons, she’s fluent in speaking with her hands, and she loves setting her stories in her beautiful, adoptive country.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads
Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 27
Feature at Bookworlder
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, June 28
Guest Post at The Romance Book Fairy

Wednesday, June 29
Review at Booking with Janelle

Thursday, June 30
Excerpt at Books Blog
Review at Bonnie Reads and Writes

Friday, July 1
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Monday, July 4
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Tuesday, July 5
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Wednesday, July 6
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink


Enter to win a copy of Dark Blue Waves by Kimberly Sullivan! The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on July 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Enter 👇

Dark Blue Waves


The King’s Inquisitor

Hello Lovelies

Today I bring you a stunning historical fiction

The King’s Inquisitor By Tonya Ulynn Brown

The King’s Inquisitor
By Tonya Ulynn Brown

Publication Date: July 1, 2022

Publisher: Late November Literary

Page Length: 369

Genre: Historical Romance


The queen of Scotland is dead. Her almoner’s son, William Broune, has fulfilled his father’s wish that he should serve the king, James VI, at court. William finds himself caught between loyalty to the king or loyalty to his conscience. As William is forced to serve as the king’s inquisitor in the North Berwick witch trials, he must make a decision. Will he do what the king asks, and earn the wife, title, and prestige he has always desired, or will he let a bold Scottish lass influence him to follow his heart and do the right thing?


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 the Historical Fiction Book Company and the Author For my early Arc to read and review !♡

From The Desk Of Gwendalyn Anderson

The King’s Inquisitor by Tonya Ulynn Brown

Book Two of the Stuart Monarch series.

The King’s Inquisitor by Tonya Ulynn Brown is the second installment in the Stuart Monarch Series.

1590 Scotland

Witch-hunt panic is on the rise, and King James VI is determined to bring those that might have anything witchcraft to trial. When a dangerous storm arose in the North Sea, causing Anne of Denmark, his soon-to-be bride, to turn back. James was impatient for Anne to arrive in Scotland, so he took it upon himself to retrieve her. On their return voyage, they were beset by violent storms. King James was convinced that these ungodly, vicious storms were caused by the works of dark arts. James appointed a committee of witch hunters who Sought out those who posed un-Godly threats to his throne.

William Broune, whose widowed father is the Almoner of St Andrews Parish, and childhood friend of King James VI, and his principal job is an advocate. William, along with other key men attend the King during an inquisition in North Berwick. Broune finds himself caught up in his sovereign’s religious zeal to eliminate those that practice the dark arts. King James designates William as the King’s Inquisitor, and he is unable to refuse this appointment. If he is successful in bringing down this unnatural threat against god-fearing Christians, he will be rightfully awarded for his service to his monarch.

The dashing king’s man, William Broune, second-guesses the authenticity of the claims brought against several people who are accused of witchcraft. Pushed to do what he is tasked with, he goes about questioning the accused, along with the legitimacy of their crimes. William tries to be fair to those that are accused. His reluctance to be involved in the witch hunts is noted since it goes against his conscience.

Alisa Blackburn is a fiery young woman who has a tender heart for those less fortunate. While her only brother is away in London, she shoulders the burden of keeping her mother’s, and her own head, above water. Alisa diligently cares for her declining mother in the best way she can. Witch-Hunt hysteria is on the rise sparked by the King’s frenzy. Alisa questions those who are accusing her townsfolk of witchcraft and wants nothing to do with them. Her run-in with the vile unscrupulous Bailiff Seton causes her heightened anxiety. Seton secures a betrothal from Alisa’s uncle and is convinced that she has no say in being his wife. So when the handsome king’s man, William becomes interested in her she wants nothing to do with him, or so she thinks.

The diabolical, Deputy Bailiff David Seton made it his personal duty to bring anyone he deemed suspicious into accountability. Seton sees himself as untouchable when he is appointed apprentice to one of the King’s men. Using his elevated position for ulterior motives, he casts blame on those he declares involved with witchcraft. His one goal is to acquire Alisa as his wife and add to his coffers.

Tonya Ulynn Brown excels in bringing sixteen-century Scotland vividly to life, during one of its turbulent times. Emotionally charged, and fast-paced, this gripping tale captures the witch-hysteria that held Scotland in terror. King, James VI took a personal interest in bringing those accused of witchcraft to trial. Masses of innocents were tortured and burned, and thousands lost their lives as the Scottish witch inquisition moved from town to town.

Brown’s book gives an intimate look into two fictional characters’ lives who were in the grip of this madness. Told in dual narration, between William Broune and Alisa Blackburn, the reader is catapulted into the sixteenth century during this historical event. The flow between both POVs is seamless and easy to follow.

Brown’s meticulous research shines through, with authentic descriptive details, along with an absorbing storyline. The novel’s fictional characters are interwoven with noted real historical characters of Geillis Duncan, and Agnes Sampson, just to name a few. This adds a layer of depth to the novel, making it more meaningful. The author has a way of connecting you to her characters, which allows you to be completely invested in their lives. I especially enjoyed Williams’s character as it developed. He starts to follow his moral compass, his heart, and conscience, which meant William must go against his King and forgo prestige and a noble wife. The romance never felt rushed and complimented the plot line.

The King’s Inquisitor is a propulsive storyline, offering both drama, and historical authenticity that will appeal to anyone interested well written historical fiction.

I enjoyed every minute of this book, and I thought The King’s Inquisitor by Tonya Ulynn Brown, made for an enjoyable page.


“Ever the champion of the oppressed, William, “ Blantyre laughed. In that you remind of your father. But only in that. “

“Her hair was not as dark as it had appeared the night before, but even the lack of sunlight could not dim the copper flecks in her chestnut locks. Her hair was tucked in a linen caul that hung to the nape of her neck. But the tiny, loose wisps around her face rebelled, being drawn innocently towards those alluring, amber eyes. “

The Historical Fiction Company



About Tonya Ulynn Brown

Tonya Ulynn Brown was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio but now calls southeastern Ohio home. She spent her younger years right out of college living in Europe and teaching English as a second language. She attributes her time in Eastern Europe as being one of great personal growth, where her love for history, the classics, and all things European was born. Tonya holds a Master’s degree in Teaching and is an elementary school teacher where she uses her love of history and reading to try to inspire younger generations. Along with all the historical characters that she entertains in her head, she lives with her husband, two sons and a very naughty Springer Spaniel


Not Good for Maidens

Hello There!

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for

Not Good for Maidens by Tori Bovalino.

Not Good for Maidens by Tori Bovalino.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Horror
Publishing date: June 14th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Rep: Sapphic, Asexual, Bisexual


Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.”

Lou never believed in superstitions or magic–until her teenage aunt Neela is kidnapped to the goblin market.

The market is a place Lou has only read about–twisted streets, offerings of sweet fruits and incredible jewels. Everything–from the food and wares, to the goblins themselves–is a haunting temptation for any human who manages to find their way in.

Determined to save Neela, Lou learns songs and spells and tricks that will help her navigate this dangerous world and slip past a goblin’s defenses–but she only has three days to find Neela before the market disappears and her aunt becomes one of them forever.

If she isn’t careful, the market might just end up claiming her too.

Content warnings: on-page gore, on-page body horror, violence, trauma


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 @tbrbeyondtours & @toribovalino @pagestreetya for my print copy

♥︎A Dark and Bloody Drenched Goblin Fairytale ♥︎

A generational story of magical women, the Wickett Witches who are descended from a long line that protect mortals from the Goblin Market in York that reappears every year. The book is told in dual narrative in different time periods.

May, who was banished and survived, the Goblin Market in her hometown of York. But only just barely. Seventeen Louisa Wickett-Stevens, living in Boston, with her mother, Laura and her aunt May. She has a almost normal upbringing life even though somethings her aunt and mother do are a little odd. Lou struggles with her mother’s decision not to ever return to the town of York. Or not give any reason for not doing so. So when Lou’s younger aunt Neela goes missing, in York there is nothing Lou won’t do to find her. Or so she believes

The market Shall Arrive The Eve Of The Solstice And Endure Until The Tool Of Midnight Lammas

The author doesn’t shy away from the sexual nature in her reinvented horrifying tale of the original Goblin Market. In this retellings she works into a queer take on it. Let me tell you it works perfectly, making this book a standout amongst all other fairytale retellings out there. If you are an accomplished reader, you find the weaving back and for between present day characters or past ones in dual time periods easily to follow. It thought the writing was solid and the pacing on target. The tension builds and so does the gore. It really is a deliciously fiendish tale, with incredible world building that this mere mortal never wanted to return from.

-Please check the trigger warnings on this book!

Tori Bovalino retells Christina Rossetti’s famous Victorian poem, “Goblin Market” (1862)


Tori Bovalino grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and never knew she wanted to live abroad until she was already in London. She’s awful at picking favorites, but her consistent go-to books are Pride and Prejudice, Fire, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. She’s enamored with books that make her cry.

Tori holds a BA in English fiction writing and anthropology and a minor in German from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is currently on the Creative and practice-based PhD course at RHUL, researching the relationship between Russian folklore and YA fantasy novels. In her free time, Tori enjoys reading (duh), embroidering, and traveling.

She is represented by Dr. Uwe Stender and Amelia Appel at TriadaUS Literary Agency. She writes short stories, poetry, and novels.

Social Media:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Muskets and Minuets Blog Tour

Hello Gracious Readers

Thanks for Joining me and The Coffee Pot Book Club on tour with…

Muskets and Minuets By Lindsey S. Fera

May 30th – June 3rd

Publication Date: 19th October 2021

Publisher: Zenith Publishing (an imprint of GenZ Publishing)

Page Length: 486 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction 


Love. Politics. War.

Amidst mounting tensions between the British crown and the American colonists of Boston, Annalisa Howlett struggles with her identity and purpose as a woman. Rather than concern herself with proper womanly duties, like learning to dance a minuet or chasing after the eligible and charming Jack Perkins, Annalisa prefers the company of her brother, George, and her beloved musket, Bixby. She intends to join the rebellion, but as complications in her personal life intensify, and the colonies inch closer to war with England, everything Annalisa thought about her world and womanhood are transformed forever.

Join Annalisa on her journey to discover what it truly means to be a woman in the 18th century, all set against the backdrop of some of the most pivotal moments in American history.

Amazon • Barnes and Noble • Bookshop.org

Lindsey S. Fera

A born and bred New Englander, Lindsey hails from the North Shore of Boston. A member of the Topsfield Historical Society and the Historical Novel Society, she forged her love for writing with her intrigue for colonial America by writing her debut novel, Muskets and Minuets. When she’s not attending historical reenactments or spouting off facts about Boston, she’s nursing patients back to health in the ICU.Social

Media Links: WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagramAmazon Author PageGoodreads

Tour Schedule

May 30thThe Coffee Pot Book ClubBrook’s JournalThe Historical Fiction CompanyViviana Mackade’s Official BlogMay 31stB for BookreviewBooks & BenchesCandlelight ReadingArchaeolibrarianCelticLady’s ReviewsJune 1stRuins & ReadingLet Your Words Shine…Gwendalyn’s BooksLinnea Tanner’s Official BlogJune 2ndCrowvus Book BlogThe Historical Fiction BlogMJ Porter’s Official BlogOh look, another book!Paul Walker’s Official BlogJune 3rdHistorical Fiction ReviewsLet Us Talk of Many ThingsThe Books DelightJudith Arnopp’s Official BlogA Thousand Suns


A Deadly Legacy by Malia Zaidi


Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

A Deadly Legacy by Malia Zaidi

A Deadly Legacy by Malia Zaidi

Publication Date: March 15, 2022 Paperback & eBook Genre: Historical Mystery Series: A Lady Evelyn Mystery, Book 6 A few months after the Carlisle Detective Agency opened its doors, Lady Evelyn and her partner, Hugh, are twiddling their thumbs. The cases are slow to trickle in, leaving the detectives feeling uninspired. So, when Evelyn’s Aunt Louise asks her to join the local chapter of the Women’s Institute, she has no excuse to decline the invitation. Yet what she expects to be a tedious gathering, turns out to be anything but. She meets former suffragettes and outspoken women, eager for change, forcing Evelyn to reexamine her own prejudices. A decidedly less welcome surprise is the body she comes across only a few days later. Evelyn need hardly be a professional detective to recognize a murder when she sees one. Amid planning her wedding and navigating family affairs, she sets out to solve the case. The investigation takes Evelyn and Hugh into the past, examining the war years, which left the present far from untarnished. Is the victim’s history connected to her death? Could her involvement in the war have given someone a motive for murder? The questions pile up, and Evelyn and Hugh must race against the clock to discover the truth, before more lives are lost, not least, their own…

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Books-a-Million | IndieBound | Target | Walmart


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 Deadly Legacy by Malia Zaidi is the sixth installment in the Lady Evelyn series.

It’s been a slow start since the Carlisle Detective Agency doors have opened. So when Evelyn aunt goes out of her way to invite to a local woman’s chapter, she can’t decline. An unexpected murder ignites her amateur sleuth instincts kick in. Lady Evelyn must balance family drama and the details of planning her own wedding with Hugh, and solve a murder mystery.

The storyline is well paced with reveals that come at just the right time, the authors narration flows effortlessly and smoothly. Making this book a fast read one that I completely inhaled. I was thoroughly entertained and enjoyed how this story unfolded right from the very beginning. And I was totally wrapped up in the lives of Evelyn, along with old and new characters. There two distinct parallel pot lines interwoven that eventually meet. The suspense is a subtle slow build, creating just the right enough tension.

A wonderful read one I truly enjoyed

Have a wonderful day ♡

About the Author

Malia Zaidi is the author of The Lady Evelyn Mysteries. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Oxford. Having grown up in Germany, she currently lives in Washington DC, though through her love of reading, she resides vicariously (if temporarily) in countries around the world.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, May 19 Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, May 23 Excerpt at Heidi Reads

Friday, May 27 Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Monday, May 30 Guest Post at The Cozy Book Blog

Tuesday, May 31 Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, June 2 Guest Post & Excerpt at Older & Smarter

Saturday, June 4 Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, June 6 Excerpt at bookworlder

Thursday June 9 Excerpt at Coffee and Ink


Enter to win all 6 books in the Lady Evelyn Mystery series!

Book One: A Poisonous Journey

Book Two: A Darker Shore

Book Three: The Study of Silence

Book Four: The Golden Hour

Book Five: The Quality of Mercy

Book Six: A Deadly Legacy

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on June 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.


A Deadly Legacy


Desperately Seeking A Duchess +Excerpt +Review

Hello, fellow romance lovers!

Desperately Seeking A Duchess by Christi Caldwell Blog Tour

Desperately Seeking A Duchess by Christi Caldwell

Series: All The Duke’s Sins #2
Publication Date: 5/31/22
Period: Regency
Number of Pages: 336

What happens when an impoverished duke with a reputation for being a rogue collides with a strong-willed heiress who wants to explore the world? An unlikely friendship . . . and unexpected passion.

Cailin Audley does not fit in with Polite Society. A life spent among the working class taught her to value her independence in a way no newfound fortune or glittering ballroom could ever erase. When a major misstep sees the new heiress whisked away to the English countryside, Cailin soon realizes the vexing lengths her family will go to see her settled. But having risked her heart once before, Cailin has no interest in the men of the ton—especially not the frustratingly charming Duke of St. James.

Courtland Balfour, the Duke of St. James, devoted brother and notorious rogue, despises what he must become—a fortune hunter. With the ducal coffers drained by his late spendthrift of a father, Courtland knows his duty lies at the altar, and he will do anything to ensure a future for his siblings. Just his luck that the one lady who could make this new fate bearable, who enflames him like no other, is the one woman who wants nothing to do with him or his title.

When an act of desperation inadvertently lands him and Cailin at the heart of another scandal, Courtland knows better than to waste his chance. Surely he can convince Cailin to love him?


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

DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUCHESS by Christi Caldwell is the second delightful installment in the All the Duke’s Sins Series.

We follow Courtland Balfour, the Duke of St. James and Cailin Audley. Courtland’s father left his family in dire straits, a looming burden of debt and know carries the weight of making sure that his siblings are taken care of. There is only one thing left to do, even though it’s against his moral judgment. He seek out and marry an heiress. His loyalty and dedication to his family is above all else.

Cailin Audley, an illegitimate daughter of a Duke life is completely turned upside down when she is recognized and becomes an heiress. In the past she worked and resided amongst the working class, now she has hard time fitting in and adjusting to the rules of polite society.

Readers will enjoy Christi Caldwell’s heartfelt storyline and the struggles of each of the main characters. The couples chemistry was enjoyable and the HEA was perfect.


Courtland gave his head a wistful shake, as for the first time since he’d arrived, he felt a frisson of . . . guilt, about asking anyone to give up the comfort of obscurity here for the garish opulence that was the Town.

Ace whinnied noisily, and Courtland absently stroked the loyal creature between the eyes. His nostrils flaring, Ace arched his head back into that favorite-of-his touch.

From the corner of his eye, Courtland caught a faint flutter, and he swung his attention to find a person watching him.

The less-than-furtive figure in the cottage pressed her forehead against the glass.

“It appears we have company,” he murmured, patting Ace once more. “Which isn’t terrible, as it means the sooner I finish, the sooner we’re free to return to London.”

Ace gave a toss of his head in clear equine disapproval.

“It appears we are of like opinions then, on that score,” Courtland said, winking at his horse.

Once again, those curtains parted slightly, and a young woman peeked through the crack in the fabric.

Enormous, saucer-sized blue eyes, filled with mistrust, met Courtland’s gaze.

The sister, then.

He grinned. “Good afternoon,” he called, and sketched a bow. “I’m here to speak with Mr. Audley.”

Judging by the stretch of silence to follow, the young woman was anything but impressed. Alas, while he was on the other side of a doorway, without a line of sight to his quarry, she was afforded an unhindered view that put Courtland at a distinct disadvantage.

Giving Ace another pat, Courtland started down the walkway.

“Stop there!” she shouted, a healthy dose of anger and suspicion freezing him halfway down the path.

Anger and suspicion, both of which, as a duke, he was unaccustomed to being greeted with.

“What do you want?” she called, her voice muffled by the oak panel.

What did he want? Or what did he need?

A fortune.


His siblings settled.

All of which indirectly accounted for his being here.

Bringing himself back to the matter at hand, Courtland offered another smile and held his empty palms up. “I want nothing more than to speak with your brothers . . . or you,” he cajoled, using soothing tones meant to bring her outside.

At last, the wood panel swung wide, affording him his first full, unobstructed view. And Courtland went absolutely motionless.

Oh, hell.

The young woman, with her full, ivory-hued cheeks and golden blond hair, had the height of a child, but the hardened stare of a woman some three decades her elder. Unfortunately for Courtland, that flinty stare was leveled at him.

Along with her ancient-looking firearm.

Reflexively, Courtland’s palms went flying up in surrender.

The late summer sun glinted off the end of the barrel. That enormous weapon looked all the more enormous when held as it was by one of her spritely size.

He swallowed hard and cursed long and harder inside his head.

The young woman flicked a derisive glance over Courtland’s person, before settling it upon his face, her gaze bored; and his ears went hot, as for the first time in his life he knew what it was to have a woman find him lacking.

“Why does it not surprise me at all that a fancy London fellow like you would come here issuing orders to me?” she drawled, the lyrical, lilting quality of her voice in almost farcical juxtaposition to the threat hanging on her words, and the very real threat of murder she directed his way.

Courtland kept his smile firmly affixed, and when he spoke, did so in the careful, placating tones he used with his easily riled younger sisters. “Perhaps had you taken a moment to hear me out and discuss the business that brought me here, then I wouldn’t have had to issue them, Miss Audley.”

Her flaxen eyebrows went shooting up. “Are you . . . challenging me?” The rifle wavered on her arm.

Oh, bloody hell. He was usually better at speaking to the fairer sex. Much better. It should so happen that the one time he failed to charm would likely land him a bullet in the chest-and a swift end to his miserable existence.

“Well?” she demanded, dipping slightly and adjusting the weapon on her arm.

He winced. “I believe you’ve already determined that I was challenging you, and as such, it hardly seems necessary to confirm with a verbal statement, Miss Audley.” He bit out each syllable, giving up on the gentle warmth he’d previously attempted.

She lowered the rifle slowly, and he took heart. “Now,” he said, taking a step forward. “If you would be so good as to lower your weapon all the-“

A loud report thundered in the afternoon quiet, cutting off the remainder of his words, and he flew back, hitting the ground so hard the air was sucked from his lungs.

Bloody hell. This was how he would end his short reign as duke-by taking a bullet straight to the chest.

Excerpted from Desperately Seeking a Duchess by Christi Caldwell Copyright © 2022 by Christi Caldwell. Excerpted by permission of Berkley. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


Photo by Kimberly Rocha

Christi Caldwell is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sinful Brides series and the Heart of a Duke series. She blames novelist Judith McNaught for luring her into the world of historical romance. Christi lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she spends her time writing and being a mommy to the most inspiring little boy and empathetic, spirited girls who, with their mischievous twin antics, offer an endless source of story ideas.

Learn more online at christicaldwell.com.


The Stardust Thief

Happy Friday

Today I am showcasing

The Stardust Thief

Title: The Stardust Thief

Author: Chelsea Abdullah

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range:  Adult

Publisher: Orbit

Release Date: 5/19/22


Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones (Signed) | Waterstones(Standard) | Bookshop Org

The Stardust Thief

by Chelsea Abdullah

Inspired by stories from One Thousand and One Nights, this book weaves together the gripping tale of a legendary smuggler, a cowardly prince, and a dangerous quest across the desert to find a legendary, magical lamp.

Neither here nor there, but long ago . . .

Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a criminal who, with the help of her jinn bodyguard, hunts and sells illegal magic. When she saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land—at the cost of sacrificing all jinn.

With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan’s oldest son to find the artifact. Aided by her bodyguard, who has secrets of his own, they must survive ghoul attacks, outwit a vengeful jinn queen, and confront a malicious killer from Loulie’s past. And, in a world where story is reality and illusion is truth, Loulie will discover that everything—her enemy, her magic, even her own past—is not what it seems, and she must decide who she will become in this new reality.


The Stardust Thief

(The Sandsea Trilogy #1)

by Chelsea Abdullah @chelsabdullah

A huge thank you to @orbitbooks_us @hachettebooks @chelsabdullah for sending me a copy of this book.

-A legendary smuggler

-A cowardly prince

-A quest for a mythical lamp



-A cliffhanging ending

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah is an epic start to a trilogy inspired by One Thousand and One Nights.

A sand shifting quest fantasy with multi-perspective narration Phenomenal world building with lush descriptive setting. storytelling within a story, that is infused with lore and legend. Nods to such classic tales from One Thousand and One Nights as “Aladdin,” “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,”

“Death in a free land is better than life in a gilded cage.”

“Let us speak of lies and truths, and of the story hidden between them.”

“If there is only to be one more tale tonight, let it be the one about the storyteller who changed her fate with her fables. Let it be a story about stories and the power they have to sway mortal hearts.”


Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel

Hello Lovely Readers

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

Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel

By Natalie Jenner

• Title: Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel
• Author: Natalie Jenner
• Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
• Publisher: ‎St. Martin’s Press (May 17, 2022)
• Length: (368) pages
• Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
• ISBN: 978-1250276698
• Tour Dates: May 2-29, 2022
Book Description:

Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager’s unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiancé was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances–most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.

Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she’s been working to support the family following her husband’s breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she’s working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time–Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others–these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.



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.

Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

St. Martin’s Press Pub Date: May 17

In post-war London, three resilient women are about change everything in a week known bookshop

Still reeling from the ravages of World War Bloomsbury Books is still standing and has been operating for 100 years. It’s still bound by tradition, but just as society is starting to changing, the historic bookstore still clings to its all male dominating business codes and rules. Three women are about to change all that.

Told in multiple POV’s we follow Vivian, Grace,and Evie as the navigate working in the well known bookshop Bloomsbury Books. Each of them have their own individual story to tell, with struggles and emotions. Natalie Jenner does a wonderful job in in her creating in a detailed working book store. The strong, independent female characters are witty and well developed. There is a strong comradeship between the main characters that build over time. An enjoyable light romance, that doesn’t take away from the storyline, it enhances it. Readers will enjoy famous literary figures of the past that make appearances in the book.

This such an engaging book, one that once I started reading I couldn’t stop!

Pure reading joy! 📕


Narrated by esteemed stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, enjoy the full unabridged edition of Bloomsbury Girls. “Stevenson delivers the satisfying triumph at the end with perfect polish.” —AudioFile Magazine


Advanced Praise

“Jenner follows The Jane Austen Society (2020) with another top-notch reading experience, using the same deft hand at creating complex, emotionally engaging characters [against] a backdrop chock-full of factual historical information… Fans of Christina Baker Kline, Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff [will] appreciate this gem.”—Booklist (starred review)

“An illuminating yarn… Fans of emotional historical fiction will be charmed.”
Publishers Weekly

“Bloomsbury Girls is an immersive tale of three women determined to forge their own paths in 1950s London. Jenner has proven to be a master at spinning charming, earnest characters and paints a vivid picture of postwar England. I wanted to stay lost in her world forever!” —Stephanie Wrobel, internationally bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

“Bloomsbury Girls is a book lover’s dream, one of those rare reads that elicits a sense of book-ish wistfulness and nostalgia. Jenner has created a colorful cast of characters in a story about friendship, perseverance, and the ways that determined women can band together in a man’s world. You’re in for a treat.” —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary

Purchase Links


A message from the author

Dear readers, I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of affection that so many of you have expressed for my debut novel The Jane Austen Society and its eight main characters. When I wrote its epilogue (in one go and without ever changing a word), I wanted to give each of Adam, Mimi, Dr. Gray, Adeline, Yardley, Frances, Evie and Andrew the happy Austenesque ending they each deserved. But I could not let go of servant girl Evie Stone, the youngest and only character inspired by real life (my mother, who left school at age fourteen, and my daughter, who does eighteenth-century
research for a university professor and his team). Bloomsbury Girls continues Evie’s adventures into a 1950s London bookshop where there is a battle of the sexes raging between the male managers and the female staff, who decide to pull together their smarts, connections, and limited resources to take over the shop and make it their own. There are dozens of new characters in Bloomsbury Girls from several different countries, and audiobook narration was going to require a female voice of the highest training and caliber. When I learned that British stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, CBE, had agreed to narrate, I knew that my story could not be in better hands, and I so hope you enjoy reading or listening to it. Warmest regards, Natalie

Author Bio:

Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen
Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and 1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in



The Admiral’s Wife by M.K. Tod

Hello my lovely Friends

Today is my stop on the book tour for

The Admiral’s Wife by M.K. Tod

The Admiral’s Wife

By M.K. Tod

Publication Date: 11th April 2022

Publisher: Heath Street Publishing

Page Length: 390 Pages

Genre: Dual-Timeline

Buy Links:

Amazon (Universal Link): https://books2read.com/u/mg70YX

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09XRCKX7F/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09XRCKX7F/

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09XRCKX7F/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09XRCKX7F/


The lives of two women living in Hong Kong more than a century apart are unexpectedly linked by forbidden love and financial scandal.

In 2016, Patricia Findlay leaves a high-powered career to move to Hong Kong, where she hopes to rekindle the bonds of family and embrace the city of her ancestors. Instead, she is overwhelmed by feelings of displacement and depression. To make matters worse, her father, CEO of the family bank, insists that Patricia’s duty is to produce an heir, even though she has suffered three miscarriages.

In 1912, when Isabel Taylor moves to Hong Kong with her husband, Henry, and their young daughter, she struggles to find her place in such a different world and to meet the demands of being the admiral’s wife. At a reception hosted by the governor of Hong Kong, she meets Li Tao-Kai, an influential member of the Chinese community and a man she met a decade earlier when he was a student at Cambridge.

As the story unfolds, each woman must consider where her loyalties lie and what she is prepared to risk for love.

Trigger Warnings:
Brief sex scenes


“Family secrets and personal ambitions, east and west, collide in this compelling, deeply moving novel.” — Weina Dai Randel, award-winning author of THE LAST ROSE OF SHANGHAI

“Irresistible and absorbing.” Janie Chang, bestselling author of THE LIBRARY OF LEGENDS


M.K. Tod

M.K. (Mary) Tod’s interest in historical fiction began as a teenager immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy, and Georgette Heyer. In 2004, her husband’s career took them to Hong Kong where, with no job and few prospects, Mary began what became Unravelled, her first novel. The Admiral’s Wife is her fifth novel.

Mary’s award-winning blog, www.awriterofhistory.com, focuses on reading and writing historical fiction. She’s an active member of the historical fiction community and has conducted five unique reader surveys on topics from readers’ habits and preferences to favorite historical fiction authors. Mary is happily married to her high-school sweetheart. They have two adult children and two delightful grandsons.

Social Media Links:


Website: https://www.mktod.com

Blog: https://www.awriterofhistory.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MKTodAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mary.tod.3/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-tod-14b3597/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mktodauthor/?hl=en

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/m-k-tod

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/M-K-Tod/e/B00ELV1H7E/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7181549.M_K_Tod


The Viscount’s Lady Novelist + Giveaway

Hi All,

Welcome to my stop on

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist by Alissa Baxter!

#TheViscountsLadyNovelist #AlissaBaxter #HFVBT@alissa_baxter @hfvbt @vinspire2004

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist
by Alissa Baxter
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Vinspire Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Linfield Ladies, Book 2

Harriet Linfield is a lady novelist who has been disillusioned by love. She sets out to write more realistic tales about the emotion when she returns home to Linfield Court for the summer. Vowing to avoid any romantic entanglements along the way, she focuses instead on her writing and her plan to turn the estate she inherited from her uncle into a refuge for orphans.

Oliver, Viscount Wentford, is determined to restore his family fortunes. But his plans for the estate he inherited are in direct opposition to the wishes of Harriet, his new neighbour. Upon meeting her, Oliver is amused when, in response to his provocative comments, she informs him that she intends to make him the villain of her next book. But his amusement swiftly turns to dismay when circumstances align to show him in that exact light.

When an enemy comes back into Harriet’s life, she sees that love isn’t as clear-cut as the romantic tales she pens. But will the viscount manage to discard his villainous mantle to become Harriet’s real-life hero?


“A charming love story set in the English countryside that’s grounded in impeccable research.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“Alissa Baxter’s writing is period perfect.” ~ Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement

“This book is gorgeous!” ~ Rachel Burton, author of The Tearoom on the Bay

“A truly traditional Regency romance, with lots of witty banter, very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. Recommended for anyone who likes a completely clean traditional Regency, with strongly authentic writing, historical accuracy and a satisfying romance. Baxter’s writing is excellent, and her dialogue, manners and settings are true to the era.” ~ Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances

“While immersing the reader in the mores and life of the Regency era, Alissa Baxter manages to write strong, independent heroines whom modern-day women will cheer and root for. Plus the addition of little details that wrap around the plot and the characters make reading her books all the more special because you never know when you might land on a little Easter egg morsel in the beautiful and engaging prose. Historicals with heart and engaging characters that read real—that’s what you get in Ms Baxter’s books.” ~ Zee Monodee, USA Today bestselling author


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

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

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist

The Linfield Ladies #2

By Alissa Baxter

This is the second in installment in the The Linfield Ladies series, which picks up directly at the ending of The Earl and the Lady Geologist. Harriet Linfield talents lay in the way of literature. Writing is her passion, unlike several in her family who’s interest lay in the scientific, geology and biology. Reeling from a disastrous romantic involvement with the cad Mr Anderson, she has sworn of love and marriage completely. She is also an heiress, in her own right, who has inherited a neighboring estate by a family relative.

Oliver, Viscount Westford has inherited an estate that comes with some hefty debt. Wanting to acquire Harriet inheritance by buying or acquiring through marriage seems to be his solution. Except one thing, Harriet {Harr} has been given the authority to choose who she wants to marry. She is easily drawn to Oliver, but her nagging fear continues to resurfaces. Untrusting of her intuition when it comes to the genuineness of a gentleman. She struggles with allowing Oliver’s true intentions come to life.

Oh my goodness this was such sweet and delightful Regency romance. Full of witty banter between both hero and heroine, that I absolutely adored. Alissa Baxter, captures your full attention from the first page to the very last. The characters are well written, and the storyline was gratifying as it unfolded.

There are some creative twists along with historical details that made for a lovely reading experience. Readers will also notice upfront that our unsure heroine is able to save herself when certain events arises, I particularly liked this change up.

I highly recommend this book to those who love and enjoy well written clean romance !

About the Author

Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven, she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels. The first Heyer novel she ever read was Sylvester and she was hooked on Georgette Heyer after that. She read and reread her novels, and fell totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes!

After university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she began writing her first Regency novel, before moving to England, which gave her further inspiration for her historical romances.

Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which have been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.

Alissa’s Linfield Ladies Series features women in trend-setting roles in the Regency period who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways… at least eventually. The Viscount’s Lady Novelist is the second book in this series, following on from The Earl’s Lady Geologist.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 26
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Wednesday, April 27
Review at MTM Reads
Excerpt at Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance

Thursday, April 28
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Friday, April 29
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Saturday, April 30
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, May 1
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

Monday, May 2
Review at Bookish Rantings

Tuesday, May 3
Review at Bookworlder

Wednesday, May 4
Review & Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Thursday, May 5
Review at Novels Alive

Friday, May 6
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Saturday, May 7
Excerpt at Lisa Everyday Reads

Monday, May 9
Guest Post at Heidi Reads

Wednesday, May 11
Review at Ms. Darcy Reads

Thursday, May 12
Review at Reading Is My SuperPower

Friday, May 13
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Monday, May 16
Review at One Book More

Tuesday, May 17
Review at Robin Loves Reading

Wednesday, May 18
Guest Post at The Tea Queen


Enter to win a $30 Amazon Gift Card!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on May 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist


The Missionary – Excerpt

Hello Gracious Readers

Today I have a wonderful excerpt to share with you

The Missionary By Rowena Kinread

Book Title: The Missionary
Author: Rowena Kinread

Publication Date: 28th April 2021

Publisher: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers

Page Length: 357 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Patricius, a young man of Britannia, is taken from his home and family when Gaelic pirates attack his village. On his arrival in Ireland, he is sold as a slave to the cruel underking of the Dalriada tribe in the north. Six years later, Patricius manages to escape. His journey takes him through France to Ravenna in Italy. His subsequent plans to return to Britannia are side-tracked when he finds himself accompanying several monks to the island monastery on Lerinus. His devotion to his faith, honed during his captivity, grows as he studies with the monks.Haunted by visions of the Gaels begging him to return to Ireland and share the word of God with them, Patricius gains support from Rome and his friends to return to the land of his captivity. His arrival is bitterly opposed by the druids, who have held power over the Irish kings for many years, and he and his companions must combat the druids to succeed in their God-given mission.

Trigger Warnings:

Sex, violence, swearing

Buy Links:


Available on #KindleUnlimited.


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


Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Missionary-Rowena-Kinread-ebook/dp/B094C7HNJG

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Missionary-Rowena-Kinread-ebook/dp/B094C7HNJG

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Missionary-Rowena-Kinread-ebook/dp/B094C7HNJG

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Missionary-Rowena-Kinread-ebook/dp/B094C7HNJG

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-missionary/rowena-kinread/9781800160262

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Missionary-Rowena-Kinread/9781800160262


Excerpt 3 from “The Missionary” by Rowena Kinread

A blizzard swept across the landscape, icy hail biting into Patricius’ skin like sharp needles. He drew his cloak tighter around himself and followed Daithi’s rapid strides in a northern direction. They had set off at the break of dawn and Daithi said they must hurry to reach their destination before night fell. Daithi was an old man with a crooked back and a weather-beaten face. He held a wooden staff in his right hand and pushed it into the ground before him. Despite his age, he was surprisingly fit, and Patricius had trouble keeping up with his pace. They passed ploughed fields, farmsteads and fertile glens. Without stopping they battled on against an artic wind, blowing in from the Western Sea. As they reached higher land, the landscape became barren. Boggy moors with tufts of heather, now brown and uninviting, alternated with poor grazing land on unfertile soil.

Avidus ran all over the place, sniffing excitedly at all the new smells. Occasionally he startled a rabbit and chased it madly through the heather. He bounced up and down, nearly disappearing in the moors only to suddenly jump up again. His ears flopped up high and low. He never caught the rabbit, though. Patricius grinned at his antics; he looked so funny bobbing up and down in the heather. Daithi’s dog, Cú, trotted patiently beside them, but if Avidus wandered too far away, Daithi gave a short sharp whistle and Cú ran off to herd him back again. Ahead of them, half obscured by sleet, Patricius saw a mountain with a flat top.

Daithi paused a moment and pointed. “That’s where we’re going, Sliabh Mis.”

Patricius looked up and drew his breath in. His eyes widened. The mountain’s upper reaches had steep, rugged sides, barren and inhospitable. Despite a few rocks scattered here and there, the slopes were exposed to the elements. Sheep were scattered on hillside. He swallowed.

They followed a narrow downtrodden path, westwards around the mountain. A coppice snuggled against the bottom of the mountain wall, and entering it, Daithi said they would stop soon. A small lean-to, ramshackle shed was half hidden beside a huge boulder, under a beech tree. It was open at the front and didn’t look very solid, but Patricius hoped it might keep off some of the wind. He collected wood whilst Daithi struggled to kindle a fire with his flintstone. Sleet blew horizontally against the landscape. Patricius hugged his knees to his chest and pulled his rug tightly around his shoulders. The freezing cold seeped upwards through his body to its very core. White frosty icicles clung to Daithi’s eyebrows.

“Tomorrow I’ll take you to the summit,” Daithi said, “and we’ll check on the sheep.”

For six weeks Patricius wandered around Sliabh Mis with Daithi. Daithi examined the sheep.

“This one’s having twins,” he said. “Feel.” Patricius touched the ewe’s belly. Daithi shook his head. “Don’t be timid. Squeeze her with both hands.”

“Oh yes,” Patricius cried. “I can feel it moving!”

“Good, now try a bit further down, here.”

Patricius worked down the ewe’s belly, pushing against her sides with his fingers. “Yes,” he cried, “there’s another one, I can feel it!”

“Good. Now make sure you remember her. She’s a first-time mother and when she starts to lamb we may need to help her.”

Patricius looked at the herd of sheep. “How do you tell?” he asked. “They all look the same.”

“Ney.” Daithi spat on the ground. “She’s got speckles on her nose and a black rear foot.”

Patricius looked again and then at the other sheep. There were some small differences but there were six hundred sheep. “Can you tell all of them apart?”


“I’ll never manage.”

“You won’t need to right away. I’ll show you the one- and two-year-olds, they haven’t been tupped yet. And then the first-time mothers. You won’t be alone this year. You’ve a lot to learn yet.”

He showed Patricius which sheep were expecting twins. Patricius tried to remember small differences; a floppy ear or curious nature. He couldn’t tell all of them apart but at least he recognised which the younger ones were and tried to note the sheep expecting twins.

As the days passed, the ground started freezing and the sheep had difficulty finding enough to eat. Three days before Yuletide they started herding the sheep together; bringing them down the mountain and moving them back towards Antrim. At a farmstead about a mile outside the ringfort, outdoor enclosures had been erected especially in wait of them. Here the sheep were separated. The one- and two-year-olds were put in one pen; the few rams in a smaller pen. The mothers-to-be were put into the most protected corral nearest to the farm and with a small shed.

“It depends on the weather,” Daithi explained. “Some lambs aren’t as strong as the others, and if it’s too cold, we’ll need to keep them in the shed.”

All the sheep needed extra feeding now. There was no longer enough food for them on the wintry mountain slopes, and the cattle had grazed the lowlands bare. They would stay here until Ostara. Patricius made sure they all had enough hay, and Daithi gave them water.

When the sheep were settled down, Daithi said they were to return to Antrim. He was looking forward to seeing his family again. Patricius started inwardly shaking.


Rowena Kinread grew up in Ripon, Yorkshire. After leaving school she started working for Lufthansa in Stuttgart. There she met her future husband whom she married in Ripon. After raising 3 children, she began working as a secretary in a private physiotherapy practice. At the same time, she started writing non-fiction books and magazine articles. Retirement finally brought the financial security to start writing full length fiction. A keen interest in history and her own family ancestry inspired her debut novel “The Missionary”, the dramatic story about the life of St.Patrick.  A second book “The Scots of Dalriada” will be published this year. Ms. Kinread says that she welcomed retirement and all its wonderful opportunities to launch a third career.


Social Media Links:


Website: rowena-kinread.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RowenaKinread

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rowena.strittmatter

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rowena-kinread-6b054b228/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rowenakinread/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rowena-kinread

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com.au/Rowena-Kinread/e/B09JXTK626

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21379391.Rowena_


The Murder of Mr. Wickham~ Book Tour

Hello Darlings,

Today is my stop on the book tour for

The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray

#MurderWickham @ClaudiaGray @VintageAnchor #AustenprosePR

The Murder of Mr. Wickham
By Claudia Gray

Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Austenesque

Publisher: ‎Vintage (May 3, 2022)

Length: (400) page

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook

ISBN: 978-0593313817

Tour Dates: April 25-May 8, 2022



A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen’s Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.

The happily married Mr. Knightley and Emma are throwing a party at their country estate, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances—characters beloved by Jane Austen fans. Definitely not invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has netted him an even broader array of enemies. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, it’s clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his comeuppance. Yet they’re all shocked when Wickham turns up murdered—except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst.

Nearly everyone at the house party is a suspect, so it falls to the party’s two youngest guests to solve the mystery: Juliet Tilney, the smart and resourceful daughter of Catherine and Henry, eager for adventure beyond Northanger Abbey; and Jonathan Darcy, the Darcys’ eldest son, whose adherence to propriety makes his father seem almost relaxed. In this tantalizing fusion of Austen and Christie, from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, the unlikely pair must put aside their own poor first impressions and uncover the guilty party—before an innocent person is sentenced to hang.

Advance Praise

“Had Jane Austen sat down to write a country house murder mystery, this is exactly the book she would have written. Devotees of Austen’s timeless novels will get the greatest possible pleasure from this wonderful book. Immense fun and beautifully observed. Delicious!” —Alexander McCall Smith

“What a splendid conceit! . . . Gray provides plenty of backstory and enough depth to her characters that even those who mix up their Pride and Prejudice with their Sense and Sensibility will delight in the Agatha Christie–style mystery. . . . There’s so much fun to be had in this reimagined Austen world—and the mystery is so strong—that one can only hope, dear reader, that more books will follow.” —Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred review)

“[An] enchanting mystery. . . . Gray perfectly captures the personalities of Austen’s beloved characters. This is a real treat for Austenites.” Publishers Weekly

“Who would NOT want to read a book in which one of literature’s most notorious rakes meets his final demise? . . . A delightful Agatha Christie meets Jane Austen romp.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose




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 Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray is a perfect example of a Jane Austen inspired book infused with a murder mystery. Cleverly weaving some of our beloved Jane Austen’s characters from her six main novels, only with one that we are honestly glad of their demise. The despicable Mr. Wickham, who most of our fellow

Janeites have had many thoughts on his downfall.

We follow Mr. Knightley and Emma who are throwing a summer house party at Donwell Abbey. The invited house guests make up, relatives and friendly acquaintances. Mr. Mr. George Wickham arrives uninvited, and the weather is to treacherous for him to leave. As everyone is gathered, along with authors own inventive characters, Jonathan Darcy and Juliet Tilney,

When the unthinkable or not so unthinkable thing happens. A murder occurs, and anyone could be the culprit. It falls on the shoulders of Jonathan Darcy and Juliet Tilney, to uncover the guilty one.

I found setting to be perfect for a regency murder mystery, from the house to the unruly weather. The period details were spot on, and the dialogue was incredible.

The characters are older, and the reader is given a somewhat where are they now look into their lives. Claudia Gray, excels above all other authors in her ability to masterly integrates all of the Austen characters seamlessly together. Then she goes above that and infuses them into a lockroom mystery. Bravo!

Once I started reading I couldn’t stop, in this thrilling story. with its Agatha Christie inspired elements, along with a well developed group of characters. The propulsive storyline, offering both drama and historical authenticity made for engaging reading experience.

The excellent part of this book is you do not need to know the works, or characters from Jane Austen’s novel. The author’s narration is that good, and the book plot line stands on its own. Claudia Gray has found a devoted and loyal follower in me.

I am excited to read whatever she writes next!

I received a free copy of this book from Knopf Doubleday via Austenprose PR. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.


Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817. As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma(1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.


Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of Amy Vincent. She is the writer of multiple young adult novels, including the Evernight series, the Firebird trilogy, and the Constellation trilogy. In addition, she’s written several Star Wars novels, such as Lost Stars and Bloodline. She makes her home in New Orleans with her husband Paul and assorted small dogs.


The Carnival of Ash by Tom BeckerleggeUltimate Tour

Hello Dear Readers

Today is my stop on book tour for

The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge

@The_WriteReads @Tbeckerlegge


Genre: Adult Fantasy

Length: 528 Pages

Publishing: 15th March 2022

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1786185008/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58438204-the-carnival-of-ash


An extravagant, lyrical fantasy about a city of poets and librarians. A city that never was.

Cadenza is the City of Words, a city run by poets, its skyline dominated by the steepled towers of its libraries, its heart beating to the stamp and thrum of the printing presses in the Printing Quarter.

Carlo Mazzoni, a young wordsmith arrives at the city gates intent on making his name as the bells ring out with the news of the death of the city’s poet-leader. Instead, he finds himself embroiled with the intrigues of a city in turmoil, the looming prospect of war with their rival Venice ever-present. A war that threatens not only to destroy Cadenza but remove it from history altogether…


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 Carnival of Ash is set in an a real historical country but the Italian town Cadenza, is Tom Beckerlegge own creative imagined city. Historical time frame is during the late 1400s, early 1500s. Cadenza is enthralling towns full off wordsmiths, poetry, playwrights and wonderful libraries.

This compelling, and a little deviant tale is told in twelve Cantos, with each chapter having a new narrator. They are a mixture of highborn and unfortunates, all trudging through their lives as the city itself falls victim to ensemble events that tip it into utter chaos.

Through Tom Beckerlegge seamless narration, the reader is taken by the hand as tones switch, along with the genres effortlessly. Embroiling political intrigue, along exceptional world building made for an immersive storyline.

The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge is a lush historical fiction with an alternate history.

Read, if you enjoy like I do:

Dark humor luscious classical renaissance prose, Literature, Italian gothic imagery, Political, Gritty, Sex

Please beware of the content and trigger warnings, of the dark sexual nature of this book. The book has a very dark and seedy sexual tone, that kinda is realistic to the timeframe of book.


Tom Beckerlegge grew up in the northwest of England in a house filled with books. Writing as Tom Becker, he won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with his debut novel; The Carnival of Ash is his first adult book. He lives in Enfield with his wife and young son.


Sofi and the Bone Song

Hello There Bookish Friends

Welcome to my stop on Sofi and the Bone Song Book Tour ♡

@tbrbeyondtours & @adriennetooley #sofiandthebonesong #TBRBeyondTours #adriennetooley

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: April 19th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound


In this gorgeous, queer standalone fantasy, a young musician sets out to expose her rival for illegal use of magic only to discover the deception goes deeper than she could have imagined—perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens!

Music runs in Sofi’s blood.

Her father is a Musik, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to compose and perform original songs. In the kingdom of Aell, where winter is endless and magic is accessible to all, there are strict anti-magic laws ensuring music remains the last untouched art.

Sofi has spent her entire life training to inherit her father’s title. But on the day of the auditions, she is presented with unexpected competition in the form of Lara, a girl who has never before played the lute. Yet somehow, to Sofi’s horror, Lara puts on a performance that thoroughly enchants the judges.

Almost like magic.

The same day Lara wins the title of Musik, Sofi’s father dies, and a grieving Sofi sets out to prove Lara is using illegal magic in her performances. But the more time she spends with Lara, the more Sofi begins to doubt everything she knows about her family, her music, and the girl she thought was her enemy.

As Sofi works to reclaim her rightful place as a Musik, she is forced to face the dark secrets of her past and the magic she was trained to avoid—all while trying not to fall for the girl who stole her future.


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.

Sofi and the Bone Song

by Adrienne Tooley

SOFI & THE BONE SONG is a standalone fantasy about a young musician whose plan for her future falls apart when another girl wins the title she’s been training her whole life for. It’s got magic, music, taverns, an endless winter, sapphic romance, and an exploration and dismantling of the idea that people should suffer for their art.

Adrienne Tooley’s newest release is a lush and musical YA fantasy

Sofi life long dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a Musik. In the Kingdom of Aell, there are only five musicians in the whole country who hold a special license to preform and write original songs.

Never ending winter, the Kingdom of Aell, is blanked with snow and ice. Sofi has stringently dedicated her life to music and her goal to finally becoming a Musik like her father is abruptly halted when she is usurped by an unknown beautiful girl named Lara. That dream comes shattering to a halt, and her long countless hours of practicing has not resulted in the outcome she wished for.

Struggling with this epic loss and reeling in her father’s passing, she seeks to prove that Lara on the day of competition used illegal magic. Sofi steps up, and offers to accompany Lara on her tour and write her songs. Hoping to catch Laura and prove to herself and everyone else that she is not forthright. Sofi will allow Lara to take the credit in exchange Lara will make her her own apprentice. As the two girls spend more time together a close and budding relationship flourishes.

A coming of age emotional journey, readers will be given glimpse of Sofia’s past and see that it was completely taken up by intense training and she had no real childhood to speak of. She will come to turns what her father had been secretly holding from her, along with who her mother really was.

Adrienne Tooley, has written a beautiful, vivid and established world with fully fleshed out characters, along with a exceptional magical system. A budding sapphic romance that was lovely. The magic and political world system was easy to follow.

This book deals with a very realistic ongoing topic, and I found it was depicted in a thoughtful, emotional way. A YA fantasy that has substance, with a clear message, one of self love, and excepting who you are. To forge a new path when the one you thought you wanted is redirected.

Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and Margaret K. McElderry Books for the ARC


Adrienne Tooley (she/her) was born and raised in the desert suburbs of Southern California. She grew up in the theater, earning her B.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. She and her wife currently live in New York City where she works in hospitality tech. In addition to writing novels she is also a singer/songwriter and has released several EPs which are available on Spotify & other streaming sites. Her debut novel, SWEET & BITTER MAGIC, is out now from S&S/McElderry. Her second novel, SOFI AND THE BONE SONG, will release from S&S/McElderry in 2022. She can be found on Instagram and Twitter at @adriennetooley.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Tour Schedule

April 18th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Rampant Reading Reviews – Review & Favorite Quotes
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review

April 19th
AndOnSheReads – Interview
Popthebutterfly Reads – Review
laura’s bookish corner – Review
Artfully Bookish – Review & Mood Board

April 20th
A Bookworm’s Chapters – Review & Favorite Quotes
Althea Is Reading – Review
Book Notes by Athina – Promotional Post

April 21st
Lemmi Bookmark That! – Interview, Review & Favorite Quotes
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile – Review
A Court of Runes and Roses – Review & Favorite Quotes

April 22nd
Fanna for Books – Review
Binded by Letters – Review
Book lover’s book reviews – Promotional Post & Tik Tok
The Girl Who Reads – Review

April 23rd
Kait Plus Books – Interview & Mood Board
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
paperbacktomes – Top 5 Reasons to Read Sofi and the Bone Song

April 24th
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
Read With Serena – Review
Rainbows and Sunshine – Review
The Bookish Coven – Review

Instagram Schedule

April 18th
simplybeccamee – Review,
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
rampant_reading – Blogger’s Choice
gwendalyn_books_ – Blogger’s Choice

April 19th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice
booksandpops4000 – Blogger’s Choice
natashaleighton_ – Blogger’s Choice

April 20th
the_ya_assassin – 15 Reactions While Reading Sofi and the Bone Song
thebookcoverlover – Review
booknotes_athina – Blogger’s Choice

April 21st
alibraryofpages – Top 5 Reasons to Read Sofi and the Bone Song
lemmibookmarkthat – Blogger’s Choice
acourtofrunesandroses – Blogger’s Choice

April 22nd
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
thegalaxydreamer – Blogger’s Choice
bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice
bookstagramofmine – Blogger’s Choice

April 23rd
mulberryreas – Review
thisreadergirl – Review
paperbacktomes – Blogger’s Choice

April 24th
theenchantedshelf – Review & Playlist
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
sanvi.bhaisare – Blogger’s Choice
rainbowsandsunshinebookblog – Blogger’s Choice


An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X R Pan

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for joining me today on my stop for

An Arrow to the Moon By Emily X R Pan

@tbrbeyondtours & @exrpan @LittleBrownYR

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
Publishing date: April 12th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology in this magical novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After

Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else in his life veers wrong. He’s sick of being haunted by his family’s past mistakes. The only things keeping him from running away are his little brother, a supernatural wind, and the bewitching girl at his new high school.

Luna Chang dreads the future. Graduation looms ahead, and her parents’ expectations are stifling. When she begins to break the rules, she finds her life upended by the strange new boy in her class, the arrival of unearthly fireflies, and an ominous crack spreading across the town of Fairbridge.

As Hunter and Luna navigate their families’ enmity and secrets, everything around them begins to fall apart. All they can depend on is their love…but time is running out, and fate will have its way.


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 magically written YA book that blends Romeo and Juliet along with Asian mythology. A delightful tale that sucks you in from start to finish. The author’s lyrical writing is splendid, along with her exquisite ability to create a fairytale-esque dreamlike atmospheric imagery. The romance to me was more older YA, but so sweet and beautiful, which I have been missing so much in most of high fantasy YA reads lately. A storyline keeps readers entranced with its reincarnated gods living in California during the early 1990s. Told in multiple POV’s, easy to follow narration, likable characters. The bittersweet and heartbreaking ending will have lost for words.

Happy Reading!

Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times and National Indie bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, and received six starred reviews. It was also an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Best YA Books of All Time. Emily co-created the FORESHADOW anthology and teaches creative writing at New York University and other institutions. She lives on Lenape land (in Brooklyn, New York), but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow as well as the editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine and has been awarded residencies at Djerassi (2017) and Caldera (2019). She spends her free time playing the mandolin, making art, and training her furry dog-beast to balance on strange objects. Her next novel, AN ARROW TO THE MOON, will be published by Little, Brown in April 2022. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


Secrets of Rosenli Manor-Giveaway+Review

Hello Lovely Readers

Today is my stop on the Secrets of Rosenli Manor Blog Tour

#SecretsofRosenliManor #HeidiEljarbo #HFVBTBlogTours #bookgiveaway #historicalfiction

Secrets of Rosenli Manor
by Heidi Eljarbo

Publication Date: March 29, 2022

Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Mysteries of the Modern Ladies’ Society #1

Betrayal and trust go hand in hand in the first book of Heidi Eljarbo’s new turn-of-the-century series.

It’s 1898, and Lilly has spent most of her life motherless and living with a father who never looks for a silver lining. When her great-aunt Agatha passes, Lilly’s existence takes a drastic turn. She packs her few belongings and moves into the old lady’s magnificent estate, Rosenli Manor.

In the days that follow, Lilly tries to understand who Agatha really was, and hidden secrets slowly rise to the surface. Her great-aunt’s glamorous legacy is not quite what Lilly had imagined. She must trust in newly forged friendships, and to her surprise, she discovers what it means to truly fall in love. But not everyone is happy about the new mistress of Rosenli.

Intrigue, mystery, and a touch of romance in the Norwegian countryside fill the pages of Secrets of Rosenli Manor.

Betrayal and trust go hand in hand in the first book of Heidi Eljarbo’s new turn-of-the-century series.

It’s 1898, and Lilly has spent most of her life motherless and living with a father who never looks for a silver lining. When her great-aunt Agatha passes, Lilly’s existence takes a drastic turn. She packs her few belongings and moves into the old lady’s magnificent estate, Rosenli Manor.

In the days that follow, Lilly tries to understand who Agatha really was, and hidden secrets slowly rise to the surface. Her great-aunt’s glamorous legacy is not quite what Lilly had imagined. She must trust in newly forged friendships, and to her surprise, she discovers what it means to truly fall in love. But not everyone is happy about the new mistress of Rosenli.

Intrigue, mystery, and a touch of romance in the Norwegian countryside fill the pages of Secrets of Rosenli Manor.

“Secrets of Rosenli Manor is a delightful mystery about finding what was lost and the power of friendship. The sweet romance added a refreshing dimension to the theme of competent and capable women at a time when females were denied a proper voice. Eljarbo’s lovely writing brings the quaint Norwegian village alive through a cast of characters that will charm the reader from beginning to end.” -Julie Daines, bestselling author of Eleanor and the Iron King

Available on Amazon


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

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

A richly drawn historical fiction that kept me fully entertained and immersed within it absorbing pages.

Secrets of Rosenli Manor By Heidi Eljarbo, is the first installment in her newest book series, the Mysteries of the Modern Ladies Society. Set in 1898 in Norway, we follow Lilly Marie Larsen, a remarkable young woman. She has thrown off the bonds that society has placed upon women during her era, to become an educated woman accountant.

When she was younger before her mother passed away she would accompany her to her Aunt Agatha Strands Manor Estate in Class Cove. Her fondest memories of her time spent at Rosenli Manor, and it’s grounds. Lilly’s family has held such animosity towards her Aunt Agatha, for success and her strong will. Spiteful and pessimistic, her father and his siblings felt that Aunt Agatha, should have spread her wealth amongst the family. They harbor jealous resentment towards Aunt Agatha and her prosperity.

In a series of events sweet natured Lilly becomes the sole hier to her aunts entire estate, which includes a thriving business and the Swiss chalet-styled Rosenli Manor. Lilly will have to keep her wits about her, if she is to discover a mystery that her late Aunt has set before her, as her greedy family members seek her downfall.

Heidi Eljarbo swift and seamless narration captivated from page one. I found this historical mystery story to be entertaining, well thought out, perfectly paced, exciting. The characters are well developed and I especially loved our heroine. Watching her growth from a naive young woman and realizing the harsh realities of those who seek her downfall. Readers are given several twists, and I especially enjoyed this books budding heartfelt romance. The author does a superb job in setting up for the ending for the next book in the series. I excited to see how this storyline unfolds and how everything is played out.

Secrets of Rosenli Manor By Heidi Eljarbo is an exceptional historical book set during the turn of the century. Along with a fabulous heroine you can root for, and a delightful mystery that keeps you turning the pages.

Happy Reading !

About the Author

Heidi Eljarbo writes historical fiction. She grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as a freelance writer, magazine journalist, and painter.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, thirteen grandchildren—so far—in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier.

Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.

Heidi’s favorites are family, God’s beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

If you would like to know more, please visit Heidi’s website. You can also follow her on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 11
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, April 12
Review at Ms. Darcy Reads

Wednesday, April 13
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, April 14
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Friday, April 15
Review at Bookworlder

Saturday, April 16
Review at The Page Ladies

Monday, April 18
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, April 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Wednesday, April 20
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Friday, April 22
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, April 25
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Thursday, April 28
Excerpt at Novels Alive

Friday, April 29
Review at Novels Alive
Review at View from the Birdhouse


Enter to win a copy of Secrets of Rosenli Manor & Of Darkness and Light by Heidi Eljarbo!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on April 29th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Rosenli Manor


Sense and Second-Degree Murder

Hi There Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

Sense and Second-Degree Murder by Tirzah Price

Jane Austen Murder Mystery #2

Sense and Second-Degree Murder by Tirzah Price
Jane Austen Murder Mystery #2

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction Mystery
Publishing date: April 5th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound


Three of Jane Austen’s classic novels receive a murder mystery makeover in this romantic and thrilling three-book series that’s perfect for fans of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and Stalking Jack the Ripper. In Sense and Second-Degree Murder, aspiring scientist Elinor Dashwood and her sister Marianne, a budding detective, work together to solve the mystery of their father’s murder.

When eighteen-year-old aspiring scientist Elinor Dashwood discovers her beloved father slumped over the desk of his office study, she knows his death means dire straits for the Dashwood women. To make matters worse, an outdated will entails his estate—including Norland & Company, the private investigation firm where her younger sister Marianne worked as her father’s partner and protégé—to their half-brother and his haughty wife, who waste no time in forcing the Dashwoods out of their home and into a cramped apartment on London’s Barton Street.

But before they go, the Dashwood sisters make a startling discovery that points to foul play, and the killer might be family.

Obviously, the girls must investigate. It could be dangerous; it could ruin their reputations; and most importantly, it won’t bring back their father. But if the Dashwood sisters can combine their talents and bring their father’s murderer to justice, it may bring them all some comfort—and it might even lead to love.


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.

Hello gracious readers

Tirzah Price once again continues to delight readers in her second installment in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries. Fans of her previous work will find this just as captivating as Pride and Premeditation. As well as new readers and Janeite devotes, will find this fresh new take a rewarding reading experience.

The Dashwood sisters lives take downward turn for the worst, with the sudden death of their father. Mr Dashwood, a private investigator is found dead, in his study by his daughter Elinor. This turn of events the Dashwood sisters lives take downward turn for the worst.Cast out of their home by their half brother and his greedy wife, all because of an outs dated will. All three Dashwood Daughters and their Mother are left penniless.

Marianne Dashwood aspiring to follow in her father’s footsteps, notices something is not right, and foul play maybe afoot. The Dashwood’s are determined to uncover exactly what their father really died from and why. Strong willed Marianne, brainy Elinor, and the youngest Daswood, intrepid Margaret.All must work together as this twisty turvy mystery is to be unraveled.

This was such a delightful fun read. The characters,and the Jane Austen spin was really delightful to read. The romance was just as it should be considering the the time and era. I also enjoyed that this installment was a little more true in its time period details.

Happy Reading


Tirzah Price grew up on a farm in Michigan, where she read every book she could get her hands on and never outgrew her love for YA fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a former bookseller and librarian. Now, she’s a contributing editor at Book Riot, where she can be found recommending books on the site, newsletters, podcasts, and social media accounts. When she’s not writing, reading, or thinking about YA books, she splits her time between experimenting in the kitchen and knitting enough socks to last the fierce Michigan winters.

Tirzah is pronounced TEER-zuh. Pronouns are she/her.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads



Welcome to My stop on


by Veronica G. Henry Official Blog Tour.



Publisher ‏ : ‎ 47North (March 1, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 287 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1542033918
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1542033916


“…this hits the sweet spot of eschewing overdone tropes while retaining the familiar elements that draw fans to the genre. Readers will hope to see more of Mambo Reina.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The Quarter Storm conjures up an intriguing mystery that draws readers away from New Orleans’s famous tourist spots for a story filled with twists, turns, and unexpected discoveries that will leave them eager for more. Because there’s no better sleuth to handle a murder in New Orleans than a Vodou priestess.” ―Nicole Glover, author of The Conductors

“Henry gives us a captivating mystery full of fantasy and African traditional religion, as well as a bewitching investigator, rooted in her faith, dedicated to her community, and dogged in her pursuit of the truth.” ―Eden Royce, author of Root Magic


A practitioner of Vodou must test the boundaries of her powers to solve a ritual murder in New Orleans and protect everything she holds sacred.

Haitian-American Vodou priestess Mambo Reina Dumond runs a healing practice from her New Orleans home. Gifted with water magic since she was a child, Reina is devoted to the benevolent traditions of her ancestors.

After a ritual slaying in the French Quarter, police arrest a fellow vodouisant. Detective Roman Frost, Reina’s ex-boyfriend—a fierce nonbeliever—is eager to tie the crime, and half a dozen others, to the Vodou practitioners of New Orleans. Reina resolves to find the real killer and defend the Vodou practice and customs, but the motives behind the murder are deeper and darker than she imagines.

As Reina delves into the city’s shadows, she untangles more than just the truth behind a devious crime. It’s a conspiracy. As a killer wields dangerous magic to thwart Reina’s investigation, she must tap into the strength of her own power and faith to solve a mystery that threatens to destroy her entire way of life.

You can purchaseThe Quarter Storm at the following Retailers:

Rafflecopter Link (Needs to be added on your post)
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

–  3 Winners will receive a Copy of THE QUARTER STORM by Veronica G. Henry.
– 1 Winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.


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 highly entertaining urban fantasy from Veronica Henry who brought you the book Bacchanal.Veronica Henry sophomore book is an enjoyable urban fantasy detective story. The author does a wonderful job bringing the sights and sounds of Nola to life. Giving the reader cultural and descriptive details, including Haitian beliefs.

Urban fantasy readers will have to definitely pick this one up.

Photo Content from Veronica Henry

Veronica 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, is out now and available at bookstores and libraries everywhere.

MARCH 29th TUESDAY Wishful Endings EXCERPT 
MARCH 30th WEDNESDAY Books and Zebras REVIEW
MARCH 31st THURSDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
APRIL 1st FRIDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
APRIL 4th MONDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
APRIL 6th WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
APRIL 6th WEDNESDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

a Rafflecopter giveaway


My Queen, My Love: A Novel of Henrietta Maria

Hello Gracious Readers

Thanks for joining me on the blog tour for

My Queen, My Love by Elena Maria Vidal!

Publication Date: November 25, 2021
Mayapple Books
Paperback & eBook; 284 pages

Series: The Henrietta of France Trilogy Book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction/Biography

The youngest daughter of Henri IV, the first Bourbon King of France, Henriette-Marie always knew she would have to marry a prince. When the Prince of Wales, Charles Stuart, travels through Paris he sees her dancing at the Louvre and within two years a marriage is arranged. However, Henriette is Catholic and Catholicism is banned in England. In preparing to become Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland, Henriette has no idea of the obstacles that must be overcome before she can find happiness with Charles. The main hindrance, she soon realizes, is not the difference in religion but Charles’ best friend, George Villiers, the handsome Duke of Buckingham, who is resolved to subdue Henriette to his will. Buckingham forgets that Henriette is also half Medici and underestimates her determination to succeed as well as the depth of her love for Charles. My Queen, My Love is the first novel in the Henrietta of France Trilogy by acclaimed author Elena Maria Vidal. It describes the early years of the tumultuous marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria which preceded the English Civil Wars of the Seventeenth Century.

Available on Amazon

“Elena Maria Vidal’s new historical novel captivated me from the beginning. The fascinating story of the often tumultuous life of Henrietta Maria of France, a devout Catholic Queen living in post-Reformation England, is beautifully written. This will especially be appreciated by readers who want to immerse themselves in the world of 17th century England and France. The characters are well-developed and believable. I highly recommend this remarkable book to all who enjoy a compelling story.” —Ellen Gable, award-winning author

“Like the works by Sharon Kay Penman and other exceptional historical fiction authors, My Queen, My Love takes the reader on an intense journey back in time, allowing the reader to feel immersed in the era, the events, the people, the loves and the tragedies (and so much more). Beautifully told.” —Readers’ Favorite

“With My Queen, My Love, E.M. Vidal has brought Henrietta Maria’s passion and character to life with remarkable skill.” —Andrea Zuvich, author of Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain

“Elena Maria Vidal envelops readers in period detail with each rustle of silk, every whispered prophecy. A richly told tale of intrigue and betrayal, loyalty and hope, My Queen, My Love rushes headlong towards the tumultuous history of the English Civil War.” —Mary Jo Anderson, author of Male and Female He Made Them

“Henrietta Maria’s life is so richly improbable that it’s unusual that she hasn’t attracted the attention of more historical novelists. Now, we have an exciting, beautifully-researched, and sympathetic first installment in a new trilogy inspired by this remarkable seventeenth-century queen.” —Gareth Russell, author of A History of the English Monarchy: From Boadicea to Elizabeth I and An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors


Enter to win a copy of My Queen, My Love by Elena Maria Vidal!

My Queen My Love

The giveaway is open to the US & Canada only and ends on April 8th. You must be 18 or older to enter.


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.

My Queen, My Love by Elena Maria Vidal!

My Queen, My Love’, is the first installment by E.M. Vidal, That looks to be a captivating trilogy about Queen Henrietta Maria of England.

This is a love story between Charles I King of England, Scotland, and Ireland and his bride Henrietta Maria. The first book that I have come across that has actually featured Henrietta Maria as the main POV. The book is wonderfully detailed with rich atmospheric imagery of court life.

A Bourbon Princess arrives in England naïve of the political and religious intrigue turmoil that had been brooding. England was not only staunchly Protestant, but it was actively against Catholics and all foreigners.

Henrietta realizes that finding happiness and peace within her marriage she will need to keep her wits about her if she is going to survive. Desiring domestic bliss Henrietta becomes all to aware who her archenemy, George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.

This treacherous opportunist, is one of the kings favorites, who will stop at nothing. Causing the newlyweds a steady flow of marital conflict. The country’s unfavored Duke of Buckingham will find an unrelenting opponent with Henrietta, after all her mother is Marie de’ Medici.

Henrietta is one to root for as we see the very young bride overcome so many obstacles. Particularly because she is a devout Catholic, and by the actions of the villainess character, George Villiers.

The author take great care to include a vast amount of characters, which made for a more rewarding read for me. A book to catapult its readers into the turbulent era of England in the 1600’s. From the beginning I was hooked and read this one in a day.

Historical fiction at it’s finest. This was an exceptional portrait of a the wife of Charles I. Brought stunningly to life, with seamless narration and three dimensional characters, a true treasure piece of historical fiction.

E.M. Vidal meticulous research and descriptive writing, has brought one of England’s most tragic queens, Henrietta Maria, vividly to life.

I highly recommend this book to book lover everywhere, who enjoy historical fiction.

Happy Reading ♡


Elena Maria Vidal was born in Florence, Oregon in 1962 but grew up in Frederick County, Maryland. She received her BA in Psychology from Hood College and her MA in Modern European History from SUNY Albany. She has been a member of the Secular Order of Mount Carmel since 1986. Elena enjoys cooking, gardening, opera and working with the elderly. She lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with her family. She is currently engaged in writing a historical fiction trilogy about Queen Henrietta Maria. Elena’s Tea at Trianon blog deals with social, religious and political issues as well as history. My Queen, My Love is her fifth novel and sixth book.

For more information please visit Elena’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 4
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, April 5
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss
Review at With a Book in Our Hands

Wednesday, April 6
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, April 7
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Friday, April 8
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Excerpt at Passages to the Past


Lady Odelia’s Secret

Hello Gracious Readers

Today is my stop on the book tour for

Lady Odelia’s Secret by Jane Steen

Lady Odelia’s Secret
by Jane Steen

Publication Date: March 7, 2022
Aspidistra Press

Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: Scott-De Quincy Mysteries, #2

Do you ever really know your family?

In the 1880s a sixth daughter learns not to ask for much, even if she’s the daughter of an earl. Even if she married the richest man in her corner of Sussex. Even if she’s now a widow with a splendid Georgian mansion.

Lady Helena Whitcombe is still trying to adjust to widowhood and reconcile her family loyalties with her desires when her artist sister Odelia makes a startling suggestion. Why not make her mark on the house that’s now all hers, by commissioning a magnificent work of art from one of London’s most celebrated painters?

Lady Odelia invites Helena into the seductive world of medieval fantasies and fairy tales she has inhabited since Helena was a child. But when a shocking series of events exposes the destructive reality of a great artist’s unusual lifestyle, Helena and her lady’s maid Guttridge are called on to help—or is it to interfere?

Looming danger, the risk of scandal, and competing loyalties force Helena to re-evaluate her relationship with the sister she’s always loved the most.

What is Lady Odelia’s secret? Find out in this gripping continuation of the Scott-De Quincy Mysteries, a story that blends mystery and historical detail with Downton Abbey-style saga as the truths about Helena’s aristocratic family unfold. Read it now before the secret gets out!

Amazon | Barnes and Noble


9 winners will receive an eBook of Lady Odelia’s Secret and the main prize winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift card & eBook of Lady Odelia’s Secret.

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

Lady Odelia’s Secret


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.

Lady Odelia’s Secret By Jane Steen

A stunning dramatic continuation of the Scott-De Quincy Mysteries by Jane Steen.

Epic family drama infused with scandal and mystery. A character driven storyline that features what could be a slow to start romance. Once again readers will find themselves caught up in a twist and turns of a family who holds their share of tantalizing secrets.

Lady Helena has been adjusting to her widowed life quietly in her country home. Her year in morning is fast approaching when her older sister Odelia, comes to visit.

Free spirited Odelia, suggest that Helena commission apiece of art that would help to update her drawing room. A very talented artist who goes by Sir Geraint, has a subject idea for her. After arriving in London things take an interesting turn that leads to a Helena realizes that she really doesn’t know her family as well as she thought she did. Also while there Lady Helena runs into Fortier. I wished this part of the book would have taken off more than it did, but that is just me being impatient.

The book is a solid read that features family loyalty along with intricate family dynamics. The characters are well drawn out, and readers along with the main POV, Helena, are given an insightful look into her older sister Odelia well guarded secret. Lady Helena along with her lady’s maid, Guttridge make for excellent partners in crime.

Happy Reading

The Scott-de-Quincy Mysteries

-Lady Helena Investigates

-Lady Odelia’s Secret

Lady Helena Investigates on March 14, 2018
Pages: 391
Genres:Fiction, Historical, Mystery & Detective
Source:Book Tour, From author/publisher
Setting: England

1881, Sussex. Lady Helena Scott-De Quincy’s marriage to Sir Justin Whitcombe, three years before, gave new purpose to a life almost destroyed by the death of Lady Helena’s first love. After all, shouldn’t the preoccupations of a wife and hostess be sufficient to fulfill any aristocratic female’s dreams? Such a shame their union wasn’t blessed by children . . . but Lady Helena is content with her quiet country life until Sir Justin is found dead in the river overlooked by their grand baroque mansion.

The intrusion of attractive, mysterious French physician Armand Fortier, with his meddling theory of murder, into Lady Helena’s first weeks of mourning is bad enough. But with her initial ineffective efforts at investigation and her attempts to revive her long-abandoned interest in herbalism comes the realization that she may have been mistaken about her own family’s past. Every family has its secrets—but as this absorbing series will reveal, the Scott-De Quincy family has more than most.

Can Lady Helena survive bereavement the second time around? Can she stand up to her six siblings’ assumption of the right to control her new life as a widow? And what role will Fortier—who, as a physician, is a most unsuitable companion for an earl’s daughter—play in her investigations?



Jane Steen writes series set in the late Victorian period, with an unputdownable blend of mystery, family saga, romance, and the real-life issues facing women of the era. She is an indie author who began her career while living in Illinois, later moving with her American husband to her native England. When not working, she can be found walking through the green and muddy Sussex countryside, getting her cobwebs blown away on the nearby beaches, lovingly tending her garden, or sticking her nose into yet another book.

For more information, please visit Jane Steen’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 4
Review at Coffee and Ink
Interview at Novels Alive
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, April 5
Review at Bonnie Reads and Writes

Wednesday, April 6
Interview at Passages to the Past

Thursday, April 7
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Friday, April 8
Review at Novels Alive
Review at View from the Birdhouse


A Magic Steeped in Poison (The Book of Tea #1) by Judy I Lin

Hello Gracious Readers

Thanks for joining me on the book tour for

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I Lin

@tbrbeyondtours & @judyilinauthor

#amagicsteepedinpoison #TBRBeyondTours #judyilin

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I Lin
The Book of Tea #1

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: March 29th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound


Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.

I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, “These are the hands that buried my mother.”

For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.

But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.



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.

Magic Steeped In Poison

By Judy I. Lin

Cover art by @sijahongart

@fiercereads editor @editrix_em

A massive thank you to @tbrbeyondtours & @judyilinauthor for giving me this stunning ARC

A Magic Steeped in Poison is the first book in The Book of Tea duology.

Stunning fantasy infused by Magic, Chinese and Taiwanese folklore and traditions.

We follow Ning a shennong-tu, one who has not completed her training to her mother. When a devastating turn of events happens, she mistakenly takes her mother’s life when she brews a poison tea, a tea that now is also slowly killing her sister, Shu. Living a shelter life, far way from the imperial court drama, she must leave home and navigate through deadly court intrigue. If she wins the competition, she will be able to ask for one favor, one that could save the life of her beloved sister. She also intends to give retributive justice to whoever is responsible for poisoning and distributing the tea that she poured from her own hands that left her motherless and caused her sister sickness.

A spellbinding, YA fantasy book, that checked all my boxes. Stunning detailed writing along with Judy I. Lin’s lyrical flowing pros. An Ingenious magical system, where magic is related to the art of tea-brewing. The characters are well developed and I found Ning to be brave, compassionate, sometimes a little impulsive, which makes her even more likable. The romance was enjoyable, but didn’t overshadow the storyline. The twists I didn’t see coming, so many mysteries to unravel, this alone will have my fellow fantasy readers flipping the pages at lightning speed. Deadly shifting alliances, along with an inventive twist on the royal competition plot line.

The perfect cliffhanger ending sets up for the next installment coming in August.

Be prepared for the enthralling conclusion to Judy I. Lin’s Book of Tea duology— A Venom Dark and Sweet

#TBRBeyondTours #AMagicSteepedinPoison #JudyILin #sijahong #fiercereads #feiwelandfriends #yafantasy


Judy I. Lin was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada with her family at a young age. She grew up with her nose in a book and loved to escape to imaginary worlds. She now works as an occupational therapist, and still spends her nights dreaming up imaginary worlds of her own. She lives on the Canadian prairies with her husband and daughter. A Magic Steeped in Poison is her debut novel.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


Discerning Eye Review

Hello Dear Readers,

Today I am sharing my thoughts on

The Discerning Eye By

Art dealer Portia Malatesta is devastated when she learns that thirteen works of art were robbed from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. To help uncover the whereabouts of the artwork, she sets out to construct a psychological profile of the thief. By analyzing the common theme linking the stolen pieces, she suspects the mastermind behind the heist is obsessed with the interplay of dark and light – not only in art, but also in life.

The FBI enlists Portia’s help in a high-stakes sting operation to recover the stolen works of art – a dangerous proposition that will take her to Colombia, where she’ll have to earn the trust of a notorious drug lord’s married daughter. Risking everything, Portia must navigate the underworld of Medellin – a complicated web of politics, pride and ugly crimes – where a single misstep could have deadly consequences.

Inspired by history’s largest art heist, A DISCERNING EYE is a fast-paced, skillfully plotted journey in which the fate of some of the world’s most prized masterpieces depends on one woman’s perceptive cunning.

Goodreads Amazon Barnes & Noble

The Discerning Eye

By Carol Orange

Available now!

Thank you @suzyapprovedbooktours and @carolorange2 for my #gifted copy!

The Discerning Eye by Carol Orange is an incredible fictional story inspired by the historical art heist in 1990. Where the unsolved theft of the thirteen works of art were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. I remember quite well this art theft and the devastating loss of some of the most important pieces of art. Some of my all time favorites. The theft involved a curious mix of pieces that adds more to the mystery.

A fast paced and absorbing book that follows Art dealer and museum curator, Portia Malatesta. Upon the news of the single largest property theft in the world, she sets about uncovering the motive and profiling the thieves. Determined and willing to put her own life at risk to find and recover. Emotionally driven because one of the art pieces hold a sentimental value to her concerning her brother.

Portia sets about navigating the seedy underworld of Medellin. Where the stakes are high and one wrong move could be her downfall.

Happy Reading ♡


Edgar Degas

Three Mounted Jockeys

Edgar Degas

Procession on a Road near Florence

Edgar Degas

Study for the Programme

Pierre-Philippe Thomire

Eagle Finial



Edgar Degas

Study for the Programme

Edgar Degas

Leaving the Paddock

Govaert Flinck

Landscape with an Obelisk

Rembrandt van Rijn

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Édouard Manet

Chez Tortoni

Johannes Vermeer

The Concert

Rembrandt van Rijn

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Rembrandt van Rijn

A Lady and Gentleman in Black

Edgar Degas

Three Mounted Jockeys

Edgar Degas

Procession on a Road near Florence

Edgar Degas

Study for the Programme

Pierre-Philippe Thomire

Eagle Finial



Edgar Degas

Study for the Programme

Edgar Degas

Leaving the Paddock


Scorpica Book Review

Hello Readers

Today I have book to share with you

Scorpica By G. R. Macallister

@WunderBooks_PR @theladygreer @SagaSFF @gwendalyn_books

scorpica #grmacallister #scorpicathefivequeendoms #sagapressbooks

Title: Scorpica
Series: The Five Queendoms, #1
Author: G. R. Macallister
Publisher: Saga Press
Publication date: February 22, 2022
Length: 448 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Representation: sapphic relationships (lesbian & bi).

Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher



A centuries-long peace is shattered in a matriarchal society when a decade passes without a single girl being born in this sweeping epic fantasy that’s perfect for fans of Robin Hobb and Circe.

Five hundred years of peace between queendoms shatters when girls inexplicably stop being born. As the Drought of Girls stretches across a generation, it sets off a cascade of political and personal consequences across all five queendoms of the known world, throwing long-standing alliances into disarray as each queendom begins to turn on each other—and new threats to each nation rise from within.

Uniting the stories of women from across the queendoms, this propulsive, gripping epic fantasy follows a warrior queen who must rise from childbirth bed to fight for her life and her throne, a healer in hiding desperate to protect the secret of her daughter’s explosive power, a queen whose desperation to retain control leads her to risk using the darkest magic, a near-immortal sorcerer demigod powerful enough to remake the world for her own ends—and the generation of lastborn girls, the ones born just before the Drought, who must bear the hopes and traditions of their nations if the queendoms are to survive.


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.

SCORPICA by @theladygreer
Gorgeous Cover Art: @victongai
Thanks to the amazing people at @wunderbookspr and @sagasff The #scififantasy imprint of @gallerybooks and @simonandschuster

G. R. Macallister, Newest release is an intoxicating fantasy on epic proportions!

Scorpica, is the first installment in a stunning series of a matriarchal fantasy world, by the very talented author G.R Macllister.

A dramatic world of Five Queendoms, is slowly coming apart at the seams, as a drought in which no girl children have been born in decades. Causing complete chaos, with the Queendoms, as political intrigue and strife set in. Trust is shattered and alliances are broken, as fear sets into world. Everyday life that everyone has come to know is slowly coming apart by threads. Political turmoil is rising and the peace that was once known is no more.

A world where women dominate everything from political offices to warriors. This once peaceful world is split into five Queendoms. Each one is noted for its own particular strengths. They are Arca for its magic, and desert landscape. Sestia for it’s grain and sheep, Paxim for its trading negotiating. Scorpio for its warrior queen, and powerful women warriors. Bastian for its scholars and record keeping abilities.

The story starts off in an intentionally slow, an ambiguous way, as the author sets the perfect tone. She gives the reader wonderful backstories, carefully reveling a little of the characters history, and glimpses of their future. This fully immersives the reader into an incredible world the author has stunningly built.

A vast cast of characters with multiple perspectives, makes it a bold epic fantasy. A rich and rewarding reading experience. I especially enjoyed that the protagonist were mothers. Even though the book has its dark moments, it also is a book about friendship, families, happiness and hope. G.R. did a fabulous job in creating a wide range of female characters, all raw and realistic. There are no male POV’s characters, and also there are no male minor characters.

One thing that really stood out for me as a reader was, the incredible birth scene that rolled into a fight for the death. Also I want to note, that The Five Queendoms: Scorpica, also has some great depicted queer representation.

Even though the book is hefty, it has a fast paced plot, taking the reader from start to finish with its ending perfectly setting up for the next installment. Key components and foreshadowing are prevalent, so pay attention readers for dropped clues. G. R. Macallister masterfully sets character conflicts with plot twists. The Innovative world building, with strong ambitious characters, and villains you will love to hate. There are certain fantasy books that stand out above the rest. Either by there world building or characterization, this one exceeds at balancing both.

Scorpica, is a riveting and intensely addictive book, which made for a standout five star read for me. I highly recommend this book for fantasy lovers, and I impatiently waiting on the next book.

Happy Reading

G.R. Macallister

G.R. Macallister

G.R. Macallister, author of the Five Queendoms series, also writes bestselling historical fiction under the name Greer Macallister. Her novels have been optioned for film and television. A regular contributor to Writer Unboxed and the Chicago Review of Books, she lives with her family in Washington, DC. Scorpica is her epic fantasy debut.


The Tacksman’s Daughter Review

Hello Readers Today I Have A Delightful Book To Share With You

The Tacksman’s Daughter By Donna Scott

@D_ScottWriter @hfvbt @gwendalyn_books #TheTacksmansDaughter #DonnaScott #HFVBT

The Tacksman’s Daughter
by Donna Scott

The Tacksman’s Daughter
by Donna Scott

I Publication Date: December 27, 2021
Atlantic Publishing

Scotland, 1692. To escape a brutal winter storm, King William’s regiments descend on the small village of Glencoe. Caitriona Cameron, the tacksman’s daughter, cannot forget her unpleasant encounter the last time English troops appeared. She senses the army’s arrival might not be as innocent as it seems, but her warnings go unheeded. Not even MacIain, the MacDonald clan chief, listens. After twelve days of billeting in the villagers’ homes, the soldiers attack, committing one of the greatest atrocities in Highland history.

Cait escapes the assault with the help of Sergeant Edward Gage who is accused of being a traitor for not taking up arms against the MacDonalds. Edward is hunted by his debauched half-brother, Alexander, who stands to lose everything if King William attaints their father for his treasonous past deeds. With bad blood between them, Alexander sets out to capture Edward to prove his loyalty and save himself from ruin.

Cait and Edward travel to Edinburgh to confront the men they suspect are behind the attack, unaware that Alexander is headed there as well. Although Cait is convinced the chief of Clan Campbell is responsible, Edward suspects something much more sinister—that the orders came from higher up, possibly even from the king himself.

As accusations of betrayal, deceit, and treason abound, they are all trapped in a web of intrigue and danger, but not everyone will escape.


“The Tacksman’s Daughter is a fascinating read, at the heart of which is a truly horrifying historical massacre. The author brings the times alive in vivid detail, skillfully (and often humorously) weaving in ancient Gaelic language. Readers will be riveted!”—KD Alden, author of A Mother’s Promise

“. . . it’s a gripping read, and the author has a real skill for keeping the reader turning pages.” –SS, Penguin RH

“[Scott] does an excellent job of transporting her reader back to the seventeenth century Highlands. The dialogue felt so authentic, and the characters and Scottish landscape really jumped off the page.” -KK, Simon and Schuster


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 Tacksman’s Daughter is Donna Scott

Atlantic Publishing

Publication date ‏ January 3, 2022

Eighteen year old Caitriona { Cait} Cameron, has succeeded in staying unmarried and her father has made sure she and her sister can protect themselves against any unwanted male advances. She well know for her exceptional knife skills. Her and her family live within the protection of Alasdair MaClain the Chief of the McDonald’s of Glencoe. When English Redcoat’s, along with several men from the Campbell’s Clan arrive on a wintry day, nothing is ever the same again.

The Tacksman’s Daughter is Donna Scott is a superbly written historical fiction about the vicious massacre of Glencoe. It took place in the Scottish Highlands on 13 February 1692. In seamless narration, Donna Scott catapult’s the reader into this Dark and turbulent time when Scottish clansmen were forced to pledge their allegiance to the newly jointly crowned William III and Mary II.

As a reader, you can’t help but fall in love with the main characters, and feel so much remorse as the endure one of the most legendary atrocities in Scottish history. A complete violation of Highland hospitality that had political, and personal motivations. The villains in this story are well developed and splendidly hate-able.

This is the second book I have read from this very talented author. If you enjoy historical fiction set within the Scottish highlands, this book is for you.

Richly detailed with expertly developed three dimensional characters.

About the Author

Donna Scott is an award-winning author of 17th and 18th century historical fiction. Before embarking on a writing career, she spent her time in the world of academia. She earned her BA in English from the University of Miami and her MS and EdD (ABD) from Florida International University. She has two sons and lives in sunny South Florida with her husband. Her first novel, Shame the Devil, received the first place Chaucer Award for historical fiction and a Best Book designation from Chanticleer International Book Reviews. Her newest novel, The London Monster, was released in November 2020. To learn about new releases and special offers, please sign up for Donna’s newsletter.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 14
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, March 15
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, March 17
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Friday, March 18
Review at Novels Alive

Monday, March 21
Excerpt at Bookworlder
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, March 22
Excerpt at Books & Benches

Wednesday, March 23
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review & Excerpt at Impressions In Ink


During the blog tour, we have one copy of The Tacksman’s Daughter up for grabs! To enter, please leave a comment below with your email address. Disclaimer: By entering this giveaway, your email will be added to Donna Scott’s newsletter.

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on March 23rd. You must be 18 or older to enter.

<img class=”size-full wp-image-22454 aligncenter” src=”https://www.hfvirtualbooktours.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/The-Tacksmans-Daughter_Blog-Tour-Banner.png&#8221; alt=”” width=”645″



Hello Gracious Readers

Today Is My Stop on


Blog Tour

Sian Ann Bessey, Sarah M. Eden, Rebecca Connolly
Timeless Georgian Collection #1
GENRE: Historical/Georgian Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Mirror Press
RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2022
PAGES: 300



Her Country Gentleman is the first book in the Timeless Georgian Collection, a new anthology series from Mirror Press. The book features three novellas from bestselling historical romance authors whose stories reveal that not all love is found in London.

“Spring at Tribbley Hall,” by Sian Ann Bessey

When Charlotte’s grandmother invites her to accompany her to Norfolk, Charlotte jumps at the chance to visit the sea and escape the fuss surrounding her sister’s wedding preparations in London. Lord William Cheston, on the other hand, is most unhappy when his mother informs him that her old friend and a granddaughter are coming to stay. Not only is it lambing season, but he’s also dealing with the mysterious loss of several sheep. The last thing he needs is a child underfoot. When Charlotte and William first meet, he does not realize that the lovely young lady is the granddaughter in question, and she assumes that the man dressed in work clothes in the barn is a servant. Soon afterward, however, Charlotte stumbles upon a clue to William’s sheep’s disappearance, and when her life is placed in jeopardy, William is forced to choose between saving his unwanted houseguest and catching the thief.

“Love of My Heart,” by Sarah M. Eden

Cordelia Wakefield has never lived anywhere but London and is not overly happy when her family is forced to retrench to a small estate near Teviotbrae, Scotland. An ill-fated game of battledore and shuttlecock brings her face-to-racquet with Sebastian, who runs the home farm at nearby Teviot Castle. What begins as a clash of personalities, expectations, and preferences, soon leads to a friendship neither had expected. As the magic of Teviotbrae weaves its spell, the possibility of something more than friendship begins to blossom. But what future is there for a lowly farmer and a London lady?

“Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire,” by Rebecca Connolly

Martha Smith wants to marry for love and will not be persuaded otherwise. She is highly sought after in Society for her beauty and status but refuses to consider any suitor whose only claim is that his prospects meet with her mother’s approval. Her widowed mother has had enough of Martha’s romantic sensibilities and is sending her to stay with unfortunate cousins in Wiltshire to show her that marrying for love is a risk that is too great. Benjamin Steele, Lord Hillier, is working on his new and dilapidated estate when he first catches sight of the striking Martha Smith. Becoming Lord Hillier has only brought him a house that needs significant repairs, tenant farms that had been abandoned, and only the money he’d already possessed. He wants meaning in his life, and he’s more than willing to work for it. Though worlds apart in all else, on this point they can agree: a life of meaning would change everything.

Other Books In This Series

The Timeless Georgian Collection is a new series featuring novellas set in England during the Georgian era (1714 – 1830). It is part of A Timeless Romance Anthology series published by Mirror Press — a curated collection of novellas and short stories featuring bestselling authors from the contemporary and historical romance genres. The collection has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at Amazon.com. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.


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.

Her Country Gentlemen, is lovely anthology set in one of my all favorite time periods, Georgian. Each storyline takes place in the country and the romances are just wonderful.

Each author has created an engaging and memorable London heroines and country heroes.All three are highly accomplished writers that have ensured that the reader is swept along in these lovely historical romance stories . All three stories captivated me and found myself immersed into the vividly portrait of the English countryside. The characters were all three dimensional, along with their own individual struggles.

Readers are given heart warming, and engaging proper romances. Each story will sweep you away to the slower paced, picturesque English Country.

Sian Ann Bessey

Born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales, Sian left her homeland to attend university in the U.S. and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in English.

She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then, she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children’s books. She is a USA Today bestselling author, a Foreward Reviews Book of the Year finalist, and a Whitney Award finalist.

She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she’s home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.




Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML’s “2013 Novel of the Year” and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award’s “2014 Novel of the Year,” Longing for Home: Hope Springs. 

Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.


Rebecca Connolly

Rebecca Connolly is the author of more than two dozen novels. She calls herself a Midwest girl, having lived in Ohio and Indiana. She’s always been a bookworm, and her grandma would send her books almost every month so she would never run out. Book Fairs were her carnival, and libraries are her happy place. 

She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She received a master’s degree from West Virginia University, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.



The Lady Tempts an Heiress

Hello Gracious Readers

Today I have lovely review and a Givaway

The Lady Tempts an Heiress by Harper St. George!


Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Berkley Publishing

Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses, Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance

A fake engagement brings together a lady with bold and daring dreams, and the heir whose heart she captured—perfect for fans of Bridgerton!

Tall, dark, and brooding—to say that American Maxwell Crenshaw stood out in the glittering ballrooms of London is an understatement. He vowed never to set foot in England again, but when a summons from his father along with an ultimatum to secure his legacy has him crossing the Atlantic for the last time, reuniting him with the delectable Lady Helena March, he can’t deny the temptation she presents. Or the ideas she inspires…

Lady Helena March is flirting with scandal. Instead of spending her time at teas and balls in search of another husband, as is expected of a young widow, Helena pours her energy into The London Home for Young Women. But Society gives no quarter to unmarried radicals who associate with illegitimate children and fallen women, and Helena’s funding is almost run out. So when the sinfully seductive Crenshaw heir suggests a fake engagement to save them both—him from an unwanted marriage and her from scorn and financial ruin—Helena finds herself too fascinated to refuse the sexy American.

As their arrangement of convenience melts oh so deliciously into nights of passion, their deception starts to become real. But if Max knew the true reason Helena can never remarry, he wouldn’t look at her with such heat in his eyes. Or might the Crenshaw heir be willing to do whatever it takes to win the one woman he’s never been able to forget…

Praise for The Lady Tempts an Heir

“With sizzling chemistry, brilliant banter, and an unapologetically strong, feminist heroine, Harper St. George sets the pages ablaze!”—Christi Caldwell, USA Today bestselling author of Along Came a Lady

“Harper St. George just gets better and better with every book, penning the kind of page-turning stories that you will want to read again as soon as you finish each one. Max and Helena are my new favorite couple in the series.”—Lyssa Kay Adams, author of Isn’t it Bromantic?



Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on March 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Direct Link: https://gleam.io/Edhg0/the-lady-tempts-an-heir


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

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

From the desk of Gwendalyn’s Books

The Lady Tempts an Heir by Harper St. George

The Lady Tempts an Heir by Harper St. George is the third installment in The Gilded Age Heiresses series. These has been a delightful historical romance series. I do think that readers would have a better reading experience if you read the books in order to meet all the Crenshaws. It’s not completely necessary as all books can be read as a standalone. I have enjoyed the overall flow of this series and highly recommend it.

TLTAH features, Widowed Lady Helena March and the American, Maxwell Crenshaw, who is the heir to the Crenshaw Iron empire.

Lady Helena March, is passionate about her charitable works. Especially one that if it was made know she was involved in, her reputation would definitely suffer for it. The London Home for Young Women, is a charity that unexceptionable to polite society.

If her reputation is to be saved, and to keep the continues flow of donations coming, there is only one alternative.. to marry again.! This is something she has avoided at all cost. Her past experiences, and the emotional pain that came from her previous marriage has left its damaging mark on her. She keeps a well guarded secret close to her heart.

Maxwell Crenshaw, is called back to the one place he vowed never to return, London. Even though his mind has kept wondering back to a certain special lady who lives there. As the only male heir to his father’s empire, August,his father has found a way of make Max bend to his will. Maxwell has other plans and comes up with idea that would both benefit The lady Helena and himself, as well as his sisters.

A fake engagement!

Once again Harper St. George, has written another captivating book. The writer’s voice is fluid, and I was immersed from start to finish. Some much angst, and chemistry between Max and Helena. There are definitely some we’ll enjoyed twist thatI especially liked. I found myself completely taken in with this lovely couple. The storyline was meaningful. The author did a remarkable job tackling a very sensitive issue, that causes so much heartbreak to so many women.

I am looking forward to reading this author next historical romance.

Read The Lady Tempts An Heir by Harper St. George if you enjoy

Meddling Parents

Fake Courtship


Sizzling Chemistry

Charitable foundations

Candid real life issues


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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, February 22
Review at Chasing Leslie
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Excerpt at Bookoholic Café

Wednesday, February 23
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Thursday, February 24
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, February 25
Review at Bookworlder
Review at Pinkcowlandreads

Sunday, February 27
Review at Debjani’s Thoughts

Monday, February 28
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Tuesday, March 1
Review at Fringe Book Reviews

Wednesday, March 2
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Thursday, March 3
Review at Dive into a Good Book

Friday, March 4
Review at The Literary Assistant
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Monday, March 7
Review & Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Tuesday, March 8
Excerpt at Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance

Wednesday, March 9
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, March 10
Excerpt at SplendeurCaisse
Review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Friday, March 11
Review at The Lit Bitch

Monday, March 14
Review at Cross My Heart Writing & Reviews

Tuesday, March 15
Excerpt at Lisa Everyday Reads

Thursday, March 17
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at Bonnie Reads and Writes

Friday, March 18
Review at Reader_ceygo


Designing his Duchess Review + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

Designing his Duchess by Gabrielle Carr

#DesigningHisDuchess #GabrielleCarr #HFVBT

@authorgabriellecarr @hfvbt

Designing his Duchess by Gabrielle Carr

Publication Date: January 21, 2022 Brown Lady Publishing, LLC

Series: Regency in Color, #3 Genre: Historical Romance


Marry or find herself penniless and ousted from her aunt and uncle’s home. Those are Miss Juliana Drake’s current options. Having never felt the need to know how long she could survive without basic provisions, she chooses the latter. Only she knows as much about charming a suitor as she does about charming a snake. Nothing. The solution? Colin Lewis Francis Latham, Duke of Herstshire. The man who offered her marriage years ago, then vanished without as much as a by your leave. When he returns to London and offers to instruct her in the art of husband hunting, Juliana is both insulted and desperate enough to accept his offer. She’s no longer the gullible young woman of her youth. She can handle being near him without losing her head. Although, it would be much easier if she could finally expel him from her heart.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo


Enter to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on March 10th.

You must be 18 or older to enter.

Designing His Duchesshttps://widget.gleamjs.io/e.js


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.

Designing His Duchess by Gabrielle

A sweet inclusive regency romance of second chance love, and forgiveness.

I was completely charmed by this novella, and enjoyed the storyline and it’s characters.

In a twist of fate Colin Lathan is thrown into a unwanted role of the role of the Duke of Herstshire.

Julianna Drake is an orphan, living in the care of her uncle and aunt. Her uncle is set upon her acquiring a husband post haste. Still emotional wounded from Colin Lathan who gave ever intent on eloping with her, but never showed up. She still struggles with overcoming the damage he did to her heart. Thinking to fix Julianna predicament he set about trying to find her a what she needs most, a husband.

Will the two be able to come together in forgiveness and let their romance blossom?

This is a delightful novella that features more than just a Regency romance, it gives the reader a smooth and believable characters that have much more depth.

The book does a wonderful job highlighting characters with disabilities and color.

I am looking forward to the author writing a full length novel!!


Gabrielle Carr is the author of Regency Romances featuring casts of diverse characters, that are full of heart, hope, and happily ever after. She has always enjoyed indulging in her imagination. At a very young age she had a thirst for reading and the many possibilities it helped bring to life in her mind’s eye. Ms. Carr can normally be found locked away with a good book in her home in Charlotte, NC or traveling the globe to places like India, Bali, Tokyo, or London.

Website | Facebook | Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 28 Feature at Books & Benches Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Tuesday, March 1 Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, March 2 Review at Novels Alive Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, March 4 Guest Post at Novels Alive

Saturday, March 5 Review at Book Reviews and More

Monday, March 7 Review at Bookworlder

Tuesday, March 8 Review at Tammy Reads

Wednesday, March 9 Review at Booking With Janelle

Thursday, March 10 Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Happy Book Birthday- Escape the Choice

Hello Everyone

Today is release day for

Escape the Choice By Ellie Yarde

Book Title: Escape the Choice

Series: (The Choice Series, Book 1)

Author: Ellie Yarde

Publication Date: 1st March 2022

Publisher: Independently Published

Page Length: 40 Pages

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary Romance

How do you make a choice when you don’t want to choose?

Oliver’s friendship may be important to Ali, after all, she’s the only friend he’s got, but that’s all they will ever be – friends. When it comes to Noah, she can’t help but hope their friendship will become something more. Her heart flutters when he is near, and her eyes always seem to find his.

Unfortunately for Ali, Oliver would make things very difficult if anything were to happen between her and Noah, and while Noah has never told her not to be friends with Oliver, his distaste for the man is quite clear. For Ali to resolve the ongoing dispute, she will have to choose between them. But how can Ali choose between the two men when her decision will mean she has to cut one of them from her life?


A quick read filled with friendship, love, and a deep adoration of coffee and muffins.


Buy Links:

Available on #KindleUnlimited.

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09T4D8RD2

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09T4D8RD2

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09T4D8RD2

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09T4D8RD2


Ellie Yarde is primarily a reader and blogger. She writes short stories, which are published on her blog, Reading All Night, where she also shares her reviews. Escape The Choice is Ellie’s debut novel, and the first in The Choice Series.

Social Media Links:

Website: https://readingallnightuk.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReadingAlNight

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22258828.Ellie_Yarde


SUNDIAL Review + Giveaway

Hello to all my Horror Fans,

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

Sundial By Catriona Ward

@Catrionaward @TorNightfire @JeanBookNerd

#horrorbook #darkreads #bookboost #newrelease #book #bookblogger #bookreview

Sundial is a new, twisty psychological horror novel
from Catriona Ward, internationally bestselling
author of The Last House on Needless Street.
Publisher: ‎ Tor Nightfire

Published: March 1, 2022. Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250812682
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250812681

Praise for SUNDIAL

“Sundial is a heart-in-the-throat smash.” ―Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman
“Ward is surely one of the most talented writers working in the thriller genre today. This book will haunt you.” ―Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Masterful…[A] must-read for fans of gothic literature and taut psychological thrillers.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“As if we needed further evidence, Sundial confirms Catriona Ward as one of the brightest stars in horror fiction. As compelling and unique a voice for the 21st century as Shirley Jackson was for the 20th. She’s brilliant.” ―Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Road of Bones and Ararat

“Holy moly, Sundial plumbs the psychological depths and traps of toxic relationships, expertly mixing suspense, shocks, and menace. It’s a wild, twisted family gothic unlike any you’ve read before, and one you won’t soon forget.” ―Paul Tremblay, author of Survivor Song and A Head Full of Ghosts

“This novel is reminiscent of the best of Shirley Jackson and Joyce Carol Oates, and I cannot think of higher praise.” ―Thomas Olde Heuvelt, author of Hex and Echo

“There are two things you must know about Sundial. First, it’s a great read, a genius piece of storytelling. But second, this is true horror, the horror of everyday life that we make ourselves blind to, horror that is brutal, truthful, terrifying. Catriona Ward knows horror.” ―Alma Katsu, author of The Fervor

“Catriona Ward has done it again with Sundial. Elegantly horrifying, this tale of a family’s darker-than-dark past drives the knife in deep and isn’t afraid to twist. It’s a desert-dust nightmare with a scorpion’s sting, and I LOVED it.” ―Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters

“It’s a cracker, even better than The Last House on Needless Street. It was dark, and unsettling, and creepy and enthralling.” ―Lisa Hall, bestselling author of The Party

“A deeply dark and unexpected tale about families, love, hate, the long shadow of the past, and the redemptive power of storytelling. Clever, poetic and immersive.” ―Araminta Hall, author of Imperfect Women

“Absolutely, stunningly, heartbreakingly wonderful. A wild beast of a book.” ―Virginia Feito, author of Mrs. March

Sundial is a new, twisty psychological horror novel from Catriona Ward, internationally bestselling author ofThe Last House on Needless Street.

You can’t escape what’s in your blood…

All Rob wanted was a normal life. She almost got it, too: a husband, two kids, a nice house in the suburbs. But Rob fears for her oldest daughter, Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her too much of the family she left behind.

She decides to take Callie back to her childhood home, to Sundial, deep in the Mojave Desert. And there she will have to make a terrible choice.

Callie is worried about her mother. Rob has begun to look at her strangely, and speaks of past secrets. And Callie fears that only one of them will leave Sundial alive…

The mother and daughter embark on a dark, desert journey to the past in the hopes of redeeming their future.

You can purchase Sundial at the following Retailers:


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

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.

Thank you for the gifted print copy! @torbooks @tornightfire @JeanBookNerd @Catrionaward

You can’t escape what’s in your blood…

What the hell did I just read ? This book will play with your mind !

Lock the doors and check them twice with this one.

We follow woman Rob, who wants only a normal life, Married to Irving, with two kids, a nice house in the suburbs. But as the reader peels back the pages, not is all is what it’s seams to be. Her husband is quite ruthless, and her oldest daughter is something all together not completely right. Trying to be a loving and caring mother to mother of two daughters, Callie and Annie. When Callie starts to show signs of darkness, Rob decides to take Callie to her childhood home in the Mojave Desert, Sundial.

Carrions Ward, delivers quite the atmospheric, entertaining, compelling, and unsettling read here that surpassed all my expectations. High on characterization, this book holds no punches, and had me totally invested in this story. The psychological aspects, revelations, suspense and thrills along with those brutal shocking twists and turns, definitely made me one happy and totally satisfied reader upon finishing this book.

The author is exceptional writer, a genius in creating an ominous menacing family filled horror novel. This is book that will get under your skin stay long after you close the book. A very dark and twisty psychological thriller. I Would recommend to those who enjoy and inhale horror stories.

Readers proceed with caution:

Graphic animal abuse, genetic experimentation, child abuse, domestic violence, bad seed siblings, and much more.

#Sundial #CatrionaWard #TorNightfire #BooksBooksBooks #AmReading #BookBlogger #Bookstagram #BookCommunity #BooksBooksBooks #BookWormsofInsta #BookishPhoto #BookishPost #Shelfie #BookNerd


Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter– 3 Winners will receive a Copy of SUNDIAL by Catriona Ward
– 1 Winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

ENDS: MARCH 14, 2022



Photo Content from Catriona Ward

CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She studied English at the University of Oxford and later earned her master’s degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Ward won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel for her debut, The Girl from Rawblood, and again for Little Eve, making her the first woman to win the prize twice. Little Eve also won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, and will be published by Nightfire.


FEBRUARY 21st MONDAY Twirling Book Princess EXCERPT



FEBRUARY 24th THURSDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT


FEBRUARY 25th FRIDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW


FEBRUARY 28th MONDAY The Bookwyrm’s Den REVIEW


MARCH 2nd WEDNESDAY Under the Book Cover REVIEW

MARCH 2nd WEDNESDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW

MARCH 3rd THURSDAY The Book Review Crew REVIEW

MARCH 4th FRIDAY Metaphors and Miscellanea REVIEW


Sins Of The Fathers Review

Historical Fiction Readers

Today I have an exceptional book I read and reviewed !

Sins Of The Fathers
By Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter

History hinged on a call as the German high command waited for Hitler’s order to invade Czechoslovakia. That was the signal that would launch their revolt to bring down the Reich.

Every detail of the coup was in place. Access roads to Berlin would be blocked. The city sealed. Communication centers taken. A commando squad―sixty hand-picked men―were ready to storm the Chancellery and seize Hitler. The only open question: to try Hitler as a traitor or execute him on the spot.

Sins of the Fathers is the eye-opening novel―based on historical facts―of the efforts of German military leaders, career civil servants, and clergy to solicit England’s assistance to bring down the tyrant in 1938. When Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain refused to meet with them, they turned to Winston Churchill, who secretly supported their cause. Armed with a strongly worded letter from the future prime minister, they waited for Hitler’s telephone call ordering German troops to invade Czechoslovakia―the signal for their uprising. But the call did not come. Instead, Prime Minister Chamberlain went to Hitler’s apartment in Munich only to bow to the dictator’s will. The invasion was over before it began―and with that, so was the coup. Flying home, Chamberlain announced he had obtained “peace for our times.”


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.

Sins Of The Fathers
By Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Pages: 432

Historical Fiction at its Finest

An excellent historical fiction based on the real life story of a 1938 attempt on Adolf Hitler’s life. This thrilling edge your seat read about a courageous group of Germans and the anti-Hitler movement within Germany.
This novel is the follow up to the novel Wolf, which I highly recommend reading and was one of my all time favorite reads of 2020

Meticulously researched, and filled with wonderful detailed observations.
the authors bend of actual facts with their own creative fiction, made for a seamlessly and smooth blend, that really stands out.

A riveting novel, readers are given front row seats into the working of Hitlers
inter-circle. Seen through the eyes of Friedrich Richard, an injured soldier who befriended Hitler as he recovered in a WWI hospital ward in the first installment.
We are also giving an enjoyable side storyline, of Friedrich Richard own character with his own trials and turmoils.

The authors Impeccable writing brings to light an incredible lost chance to halt Adolf Hitlers master plan, before World War ll started, and a series of events that would have changed history.
I held fast from start to finish until the intellectually suspenseful thought provoking ending, that left me shocked! A work of stunning achievement. An exquisitely written, ponderosa look at the series of events and if the Anti-Hitler movement would have gotten the full support of the British.

I highly recommend this book and it’s predecessor, Wolf the novel, to my readers, family and friends

@skyhorsepub #SinsoftheFathers #historicalfiction #ww2


Sins of the Fathers―the sequel to Wolf about Hitler’s rise to power―tells the dramatic true story of the foolish prime minister that undermined the coup to topple the regime, delivered Czechoslovakia to Hitler, saved the Führer’s life, and paved the road to World War II.

Herbert J Stern

HERBERT J. STERN was born in New York City, attended Hobart College, and earned his law degree from the University of Chicago. He was formerly U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and prosecuted the mayors of Newark, Jersey City and Atlantic City. He also served as judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and as judge of the United States Court for Berlin. There he presided over a hijacking trial in the occupied American Sector of West Berlin. His book about the case, Judgment in Berlin, won the 1974 Freedom Foundation Award and became a film starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn. He also wrote Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took on the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won, as well as the multi-volume legal work: Trying Cases to Win. He is the founding member of the law firm, Stern Kilcullen & Rufolo.

Alan A Winter

ALAN A. WINTER is the co-author of Wolf: A Novel, and the author of four other novels, including Savior’s Day, which Kirkus selected as a Best Book of 2013. Winter was born in Newark, New Jersey and graduated from Livingston High School and graduated with honors in history from Rutgers College. He earned post-graduate degrees from New York University and Columbia where he was an associate professor for more than 20 years.


Where I Can’t Follow -Review-

Hello Readers Today I have a review for

Where I Can’t Follow by Ashley Blooms

Where I Can’t Follow
By Ashley Blooms

Walk through the door and leave all your problems behind… but you don’t know what’s on the other side.

Walk through the door and leave all your problems behind…but you don’t know what’s on the other side. And once you leave, you’ll never come back. Will you go through?

Maren Walker told herself she wouldn’t need to sell pills for long, that it was only means to an end. But that end seems to be stretching as far away as the other side of Blackdamp County, Kentucky. There’s always another bill for Granny’s doctor, another problem with the car, another reason she’s getting nowhere.

She dreams of walking through her little door to leave it all behind. The doors have appeared to the people in her mountain town for as long as anyone can remember, though no one knows where they lead. All anyone knows is that if you go, you’ll never come back.

Maren’s mother left through her door when Maren was nine, and her shadow has followed Maren ever since. When she faces the possibility of escaping her struggles for good, Maren must choose just what kind of future she wants to build.

From critically acclaimed author Ashley Blooms, Where I Can’t Follow explores the forces that hold people in place, and how they adapt, survive, and struggle to love a place that doesn’t always love them back.


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.

Maren Walker, knows about the doors, heck everyone in Blackdamp County, Kentucky does. Maren lost her mother when she walked through her own door.

Left in the care of her Granny, growing up in the Appalachia mountains of Kentucky.

Life is hard for Maren, even now more so since her Granny’s physical and mental health has started to decline rapidly. Of course she still longs to finish school and leave the shadow of the mountains behind with her best friend, but she is the only one who actually is living with and caring for the one person she owes everything to.

Now she faced with do things she never thought she could just to stay afloat and keep her and her Granny safe. Everything comes with a price and when things start to take turn for Maren and Maren’s own little door appears.. will she step through it?

This book hit me so hard for so many reasons. Both my mother and father are from a coal mining town, in eastern Ky. They left like so many to raise their children away from the poverty and the hills. Both sets of my grandparents, and a lot of cousins stayed. The descriptive details of the food and living conditions, and desperation is captured vividly. Ashley Blooms holds no punches in this unflinching and raw book.

The authors strong writing, along with her use of an emotional metaphor is nothing short of creative brilliance.

I am sure this going to be my favorite contemporary styled, with magical nuisance for year 2022.

“No one knew where the doors lead. They may have taken everyone to the same place——some pocket of the world when the sky was green and the grass tasted like Peach Nehi.”

Where I Can’t Follow
by Ashley Blooms


Ashley Blooms is a graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop and the Tin House Winter Workshop and received her MFA as a John and Renee Grisham Fellow from the University of Mississippi.

She was raised in Cutshin, Kentucky, and now lives in Berea, Kentucky.

Connect with Ashley via Instagam, or her website.


Love at Last + Giveaway+Review

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

Love at Last by Michelle Helen Fritz and E.A. Shanniak


Publication Date: February 14, 2022

Genre: Regency Romance
Series: Bramley Hall Regency Romance, Book One

As the Parson’s daughter, Mariah Morten has spent much of her life inside the stone walls of Bramley Hall. Before tragedy struck, she had fond childhood memories made alongside her two brothers and the Earl’s son: Harrison Pembroke.

Years later, she has done her best to ignore the yearning of past memories and futile dreams of becoming the next countess. If only she could secure her own happiness and let her heart have it’s one true desire.

Harrison Pembroke is the seventh Earl of Bramley. He’s spent the last four years trying to reconcile his heart after being jilted so that he can focus his energy on those under his care. Except no matter how much he wishes to keep his walls up, the draw he feels toward a certain set of sparkling sapphire eyes can’t be ignored.

An invitation arrives, sweeping Mariah and Harrison into the midst of balls, soirees, family meddling, and one memorable night under the stars. Will outside forces keep them separated forever, or will their own wants persevere allowing them to find Love At Last?

Love At Last is a clean Regency Romance and the first book in a three-story series that will entertain and delight you with its swoon-worthy heroes and the compelling leading ladies that capture their hearts. Each book can be read as a standalone, but are best read in release order.


Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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

Direct Link: 👇🏻



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.

𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐀𝐭 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐭

Mariah Morten, a lovely sweet natured Parson’s daughter, has grown up with her brothers alongside the vast stone walls of Bramley Manor. Her childhood was full of adventures that included her childhood friend, Harrison Pembroke, the seventh Earl of Bramley. Now that Mariah is at marriageable age their class differences has divided them. Harrison still holds a very special place in young Mariah heart, and now those feelings are starting to change.

Harrison Pembroke’s life changed when tragedy struck, and he was thrust into a role that brought his young carefree life to a halt. Faced with adult responsibilities of his inheritance and all that it has entailed. Having thought he secured the heart of a young lady who would make the perfect Countess, only to have that dream shattered. He has become somewhat reluctant to take a chance once again on love.

In a series of events Mariah and Harrison will find themselves thrown together on level playing ground at parties and balls, and this will light the long repressed spark that has been longing to ignite between them. Will outside forces stifle their romance before it even has a chance to blossom?

My goodness this was a perfect lovely book. A charming, proper Regency Romance, with a beguiling characters and a heartfelt storyline. Completely entertaining, and extremely hard to put down, I found myself swept away the authors narration. The characters are well developed and three dimensional the setting and details were lovely, along with the captivating plot line.

This standalone book is the first installment in what looks to be a cherished three-story series. I highly recommend this to my friends and family!

Have a wonderful day ♡

About the Authors

Michelle Helen Fritz was born and raised in Maryland and Arizona with lots of traveling throughout the States. She began her literary career as a personal assistant to Indie authors and loves to see the process of an idea turn into a finished book. Michelle loves to write about dashing heroes, and the compelling women that tempt them, with a dash of intrigue, an abundant amount of romance, and scenes that hopefully make her reader’s swoon. She is the mother of four children whom she homeschools and currently resides in Maryland with her own jaunty hero who makes all of her dreams come true.


E.A. (Ericka Ashlee) Shanniak is the author of the successful fantasy romance series – A Castre World Novel. She is hobbit-sized, barely reaching over five feet tall on a good day. When she wears her Georgia Romeo’s not only does she gain an inch, she is then able to reach the kitchen cabinets. Ericka loves to write at her desk that her daughter’s cat destroyed. Fortunately for everyone, she can see over it.

Ericka resides in the small town of Coldwater, Kansas with her husband, two kids, two dogs and two grumpy cats. The cats were her kids’ idea.


Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 14
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, February 15
Review at Ms Darcy Reads

Wednesday, February 16
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, February 17
Review at McCombs on Main
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Friday, February 18
Review at Bookworlder

Saturday, February 19
Review at Reading Is My SuperPower

Sunday, February 20
Review at Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings

Monday, February 21
Review at Older & Smarter

Tuesday, February 22
Review at Momma Doc Reads


Shadow Bound Souls Giveaway + Review

Hello My Epic Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Steampunk Fans

Welcome to my stop on

For fans of The Wheel of Time series, Shadow and Bone and the Stormlight Archives!

I am thrilled to share the highly anticipated follow-up to The Binding Tempest, Shadow Bound Souls by Steven Rudy! Read on for more details and a chance to win a signed hardcover edition of The Binding Tempest!

Shadow Bound Souls

(The Luminance Saga #2)

Publication Date: February 1st, 2022

Genre: Epic Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Steampunk

Publisher: MysticHawk Press

Shadow Bound Souls, blends Science Fiction and classic high fantasy in a steampunk world.

The Sagean Lord has emerged.

While the Wrythen’s influence grows stronger, the Sagean and his power-hungry acolytes, the Court of Dragons, are intent on delivering the gem of souls to the Temple of Ama; where the Sintering Fountain can transform the acolytes into Luminaries.

Meanwhile, the band of heroes find themselves separated in a world starting to tear itself apart. Having suffered a huge loss, Ellaria and Elias must escape the Mainland with the Sagean’s agents pursuing them. When Elias becomes sick, Ellaria decides to hide amongst the Showman’s Traveling Show of Wonders. But their journey is shadowed by darkness and when troupe members turn up murdered, Ellaria struggles to find the killer amongst her company.

Far away in the Warhawk Mountains, the three young rogues are stranded with the Tempest Stone. Aimless about what to do, their paths take a turn when they discover the horrifying magnitude of the Sagean’s return to power, the Scree.

Add to Goodreads


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 Fascinating, Inventive Speculative Fiction.

Shadow Bound Souls by Steven Rudy, is the second installment in The Luminance Saga.

Step into the rich and creative world that Steven Rudy has created.

The book takes following the event of the previous book.

Once again I found myself within the pages Of a rewarding innovative mix up of genres, that surprisingly fit together very well. A stellar age diverse cast, along with likable unique older older MC’s. The author intricately plots a character driven fantasy giving the reader a propulsive storyline. I highly recommend reading the first book in the series that sets everything up for this delightful follow up. Rudy’s development of characters is well worth noting here, with the situations they find themselves in. The band has been separated, each small group having their own trials and tribulations.

More political intrigue is explained as we see Sagean’s return to power intensify. If you enjoy Steampunk Science-fantasy than you will not have a hard time becoming fully invested in this adventures tale.

This is one one author to look out for!

Happy Reading

❀⊱Gwendalyn’s Books⊰❀


Enter for a chance to win a signed hardcover edition of The Binding Tempest(International)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Steven Rudy received a degree in Environmental Design and Architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife and three kids and works as an architectural designer on historic preservation projects and residential projects.

Shadow Bound Souls is his second novel.

Steven Rudy Books | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


R&R Book Tour (Kick-Off) http://rrbooktours.com

Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com

Books + Coffee = Happiness (Spotlight) https://bookscoffeehappiness.com/

Dark Whimsical Art (Spotlight) https://www.darkwhimsicalart.com/blogs/news

@takealookatmybookshelf (Review) https://www.instagram.com/takealookatmybookshelf/

Bunny’s Reviews (Review) https://bookwormbunnyreviews.blogspot.com/

  @swimming.in.books (Review) https://www.instagram.com/swimming.in.books/

February 15th

@dany.alvy (Spotlight) https://www.instagram.com/dany.alvy/

Gwendalyn’s Books (Review) https://gwendalynbooks.blog/

@louturnspages (Review) https://www.instagram.com/louturnspages/

@atypical.tales (Review) https://www.instagram.com/atypical.tales/

 @gryffindorbookishnerd (Review) https://www.instagram.com/gryffindorbookishnerd/

Rambling Mads (Review) http://ramblingmads.com

February 16th

I Smell Sheep (Spotlight) http://www.ismellsheep.com/

@jacleomik33 (Review) https://www.instagram.com/jacleomik33/

 Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.com/

 @happily_undignified (Review) https://www.instagram.com/happily_undignified/

@honeydukesbooks (Review) https://www.instagram.com/honeydukesbooks/

Nesie’s Place (Spotlight) https://nesiesplace.wordpress.com

February 17th

Breakeven Books (Spotlight) https://breakevenbooks.com

@hoardingbooks.herdingcats (Review) https://www.instagram.com/hoardingbooks.herdingcats/

Balancing Books and Beauty (Review) https://balancingbooksandbeauties.wordpress.com/

Latisha’s Low-Key Life (Review) https://latishaslowkeylife.com/

B is for Book Review (Spotlight) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

February 18th

@booksintheirnaturalhabitat (Spotlight) https://www.instagram.com/booksintheirnaturalhabitat/

Sophril Reads (Spotlight) http://sophrilreads.wordpress.com

 @books_inthecity (Review) https://www.instagram.com/books_inthecity/

 @jypsylynn (Review) https://www.instagram.com/jypsylynn

@softestreader (Review) https://www.instagram.com/softestreader/


Jane and the Year Without a Summer

Hello Fellow Janeites and those who are sadly missing out ♡

Today is my stop onJane and the Year Without a Summer
By Stephanie Barron

@SBarronAuthor, @soho_press, @Austenprose #JaneAndTheYear, #HistoricalMystery, #NewBooks, #BookTwitter, #JaneAusten #StephanieBarron, #BookTour, #AustenprosePR

• Title: Jane and the Year Without a Summer

• Series: Being a Jane Austen Mystery (Book 14)

• Author: Stephanie Barron

• Genre: Historical Mystery, Austenesque

• Publisher: Soho Press (February 8, 2022)

• Length: (336) pages• Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook • ISBN: 978-1641292474

• Tour Dates: February 7-20, 2022




May 1816: Jane Austen is feeling unwell, with an uneasy stomach, constant fatigue, rashes, fevers and aches. She attributes her poor condition to the stress of family burdens, which even the drafting of her latest manuscript—about a baronet’s daughter nursing a broken heart for a daring naval captain—cannot alleviate. Her apothecary recommends a trial of the curative waters at Cheltenham Spa, in Gloucestershire. Jane decides to use some of the profits earned from her last novel, Emma, and treat herself to a period of rest and reflection at the spa, in the company of her sister, Cassandra.
Cheltenham Spa hardly turns out to be the relaxing sojourn Jane and Cassandra envisaged, however. It is immediately obvious that other boarders at the guest house where the Misses Austen are staying have come to Cheltenham with stresses of their own—some of them deadly. But perhaps with Jane’s interference a terrible crime might be prevented. Set during the Year without a Summer, when the eruption of Mount Tambora in the South Pacific caused a volcanic winter that shrouded the entire planet for sixteen months, this fourteenth installment in Stephanie Barron’s critically acclaimed series brings a forgotten moment of Regency history to life.



“Outstanding…Barron fans will hope Jane, who died in 1817, will be back for one more mystery.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“No one conjures Austen’s voice like Stephanie Barron, and Jane and the Year Without a Summer is utterly pitch-perfect.”— Deanna Raybourn, bestselling author of the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries

“…a page-turning story, imbued with fascinating historical detail, a cast of beautifully realized characters, a pitch-perfect Jane Austen, and an intriguing mystery. Highly recommended.”— Syrie James, bestselling author of The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen 

“Jane and the Year Without a Summer is absolute perfection. Stephanie Barron expertly weaves fact and fiction, crafting a story that is authentically Austen in its elegance, charm, and wit. The characters and setting will enchant you, and the mystery will keep you guessing to the last page. This Regency-set gem is truly a diamond of the first water.”— Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Siren of Sussex


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.

Jane and the Year Without a Summer By Stephanie Barron

Thanks to @stephaniebarronfrancinematthews, @soho_press, @austenprose

Jane and the Year Without a Summer By Stephanie BarronBy Stephanie Barron is the fourteenth installment in a impressive Jane Austen inspired mystery sleuth series.

Taking the advice of an apothecarist, Jane and her sister, Cassandra, travel to Cheltenham. Jane uses a little of her profits from her book Emma. Here Jane is hopeful the Cheltenham Spa will relieve some of her pressing physical aliments, that she has been suffering with. It’s early summer of 1816, and unbeknownst to the people of Europe and other places throughout the world. A devastating disaster hd accrued in Indonesia, when an eruption on Mount Tambora in April 1815 caused a climatic change. An unseasonable chill, settled in with unrelenting dampness and literally no sun to speak of.

The sisters plan to stay a fortnight at Mrs. Potter’s boarding house. Jane and her sister are presented an interesting diverse cast of characters, along with a twisty murder mystery to be solved. The author adds a little Regency romance, and stunning characterization to create one of the best Jane Austen inspired books I have read.

This book is my very first read in this incredibly beloved series, and I had no problem jumping in and enjoying it immensely. No wonder this author has and incredible book following. It’s meticulously researched the characters are well developed and period details and mystery was stunning. I Loved everything about Jane Austen being skillful sleuth. I will be starting this book series posthaste.

A book I highly recommend to my family and friends. ♡

Historical Note

The Year Without a Summer was an agricultural disaster. Historian John D. Post has called this “the last great subsistence crisis in the Western world”.[4][5] The climatic aberrations of 1816 had their greatest effect on most of New England, Atlantic Canada, and parts of western Europe.

The European summer of 1816 has often been referred to as a ‘year without a summer’ due to anomalously cold conditions and unusual wetness, which led to widespread famines and agricultural failures. The cause has often been assumed to be the eruption of Mount Tambora in April 1815, however this link has not, until now, been proven. Here we apply state-of-the-art event attribution methods to quantify the contribution by the eruption and random weather variability to this extreme European summer climate anomaly.



Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, New York, the last of six girls. She attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history, before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Since then, she has written twenty-five books, including five novels in the Merry Folger series (Death in the Off-Season, Death in Rough Water, Death in a Mood Indigo, Death in a Cold Hard Light, and Death on Nantucket) as well as the nationally bestselling Being a Jane Austen mystery series, which she writes under the penname, Stephanie Barron. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.





Hello Lovely Readers

Today is my stop on The Last Duchess Blog Tour

THE LAST GRAND DUCHESS: A Novel of Olga Romanov, Imperial Russia, and Revolution
By Bryn Turnbull

ISBN: 9780778311706

Publication Date: February 8, 2022

Publisher: MIRA Books

Buy Links:

BookShop.org Harlequin Barnes & Noble

Amazon Books-A-Million Powell’s


This sweeping new novel from the internationally bestselling author of The Woman Before Wallis takes readers behind palace walls to see the end of Imperial Russia through the eyes of Olga Romanov, the first daughter of the last Tsar.

Grand Duchess Olga Romanov comes of age amid a shifting tide for the great dynasties of Europe. But even as unrest simmers in the capital, Olga is content to live within the confines of the sheltered life her parents have built for and her three sisters: hiding from the world on account of their mother’s ill health, their brother Alexei’s secret affliction, and rising controversy over Father Grigori Rasputin, the priest on whom the Tsarina has come to rely. Olga’s only escape from the seclusion of Alexander Palace comes from her aunt, who takes pity on her and her sister Tatiana, inviting them to grand tea parties amid the shadow court of Saint Petersburg. Finally, she glimpses a world beyond her mother’s Victorian sensibilities—a world of opulent ballrooms, scandalous flirtation, and whispered conversation.

But as war approaches, the palaces of Russia are transformed. Olga and her sisters trade their gowns for nursing habits, assisting in surgeries and tending to the wounded bodies and minds of Russia’s military officers. As troubling rumors about her parents trickle in from the Front, Olga dares to hope that a budding romance might survive whatever the future may hold. But when tensions run high and supplies run low, the controversy over Rasputin grows into fiery protest, and calls for revolution threaten to end 300 years of Romanov rule.


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 Last Grand Duchess
Bryn Turnbull
Historical Fiction
MIRA @_mira_books_
Release Date: February 8, 2022

Thank you to @htpbooks for sending me an ARC of The Last Grand Duchess by @brynturnbullwrites @harpercollins @harpercollinsca @marsallyonlit

This stunning, an all consuming historical fiction starts on the very night Tsar Nicholas II abdicated from the Russian throne. This brought to an end the Romanov dynasty that had ruled Russia for over three hundred years. As the peasants thought to remove the family dynasty that suppressed them. They had know idea what came later might have b even worse.

The storyline moves forward and back in time. An intense coming of age story of Olga Romanov, her steadfast loyalty to family duty and her often conflicted heart.As the rise of peasants unrest paves the way of Lenin and his bolshevik revolution.

Olga is the eldest of the Tsar Nicholas II and and of Empress Alexandra of Russia. Based on multiple non-fiction sources, including the diaries of Olga, the author does a superb job giving the reader an insightful view on the later life, of Olga and her family leading up to their tragic end. The characters are brought to life through Bryn Turnbull meticulously research is truly mesmerizing!

❀⊱Gwendalyn’s Books⊰❀

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia

Olga Nikolaevna Romanova

Olga’s Russian title (Velikaya Knyazhna Великая Княжна) is most precisely translated as “Grand Princess,” meaning that Olga, as an “imperial highness,” was higher in rank than other princesses in Europe who were “royal highnesses”

While in captivity Olga kept several notebooks here is a poem copied into one as she prays for patience and the ability to forgive her enemies:

“Send us, Lord, the patience, in this year of stormy, gloom-filled days, to suffer popular oppression, and the tortures of our hangmen. Give us strength, oh Lord of justice, Our neighbor’s evil to forgive, And the Cross so heavy and bloody, with Your humility to meet, In days when enemies rob us, To bear the shame and humiliation, Christ our Savior, help us. Ruler of the world, God of the universe, Bless us with prayer and give our humble soul rest in this unbearable, dreadful hour. At the threshold of the grave, breathe into the lips of Your slaves inhuman strength — to pray meekly for our enemies.

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia



March 1917

Tsarskoe Selo

Shots rang out across the twilit grounds of Alexander Park. Sit-ting on the window ledge in her father’s study, Olga turned her head toward the sound. She’d heard gunfire in the days and weeks since the riots had broken out in Petrograd, though they’d never sounded so close, so final. Incongruously, she thought not of advancing troops, but of her brother Alexei and his cap-gun, firing at imagined enemies in the grounds where, at this very moment, true monsters stalked between the trees.

Across the room, shrouded in the darkness that had cloaked the palace since the electricity lines were cut days before, Olga’s mother pulled a shawl across her shoulders. Candlelight sent dark flames up the cavernous bookshelves that lined the walls, illuminating her weary face.

“Abdicated?” she whispered.

Panic gripped her by the throat, and Olga turned to face the window once more. In the deepening gloom, she fancied she could see the orange glow of bonfires. “I don’t understand. In favor of Alexei?” She glanced at Mamma: Alexei’s chronic poor health had always made him seem older than his age, but at twelve, he was still very much a child, and far too young to take on the heavy burden of ruling.

Standing in front of the tsarina, Major General Resin, the commander who’d taken charge of the garrison of troops that protected Olga’s family, cleared his throat. “No, Your Majesty. It’s more complicated than that. We’re still receiving information from the front, but it seems His Imperial Highness was most insistent on the matter. He offered the crown to his brother, Grand Duke Mikhail, but the grand duke refused it. The Duma has formed a provisional government to determine what will happen next, but as I said, we will learn more once His Majesty returns.”

Olga turned her attention back to Mamma, shutting out the continued rattle of gunfire—no closer to the palace walls, but no further away, either. Having spent the last several weeks nursing her siblings through a fierce bout of German measles, Olga had not had the time nor the energy to keep abreast of political developments, but she’d heard enough to know that unrest had been boiling in the capital. Protests in the coal plants; riots in bread lines. Rolling blackouts, hitting tenements and palaces alike; rallies and calls for change, growing ever louder as the war against the Central Powers continued to leech provisions from households and businesses.

But abdication?

From within the white folds of the Red Cross veil she’d worn since the start of the war, Mamma’s face fell, her pale eyes darting around the room. “I don’t understand,” she said. “I simply don’t understand.”

She reached out a thin hand, waving her fingers insistently; recognizing the movement, Olga stepped forward and took it, searching for a logical route through her own confusion. She could hear a buzzing in her head: an insistent roar, the sound of surf crashing against the hull of a ship. With Papa’s abdication, the situation had become everything she’d feared, the sickening finality in the word itself enough to keep it from passing her lips: revolution.

She squeezed Mamma’s hand, watching as Resin’s fingers tightened on the flat brim of his cap. “Where is Papa?”

“He’s coming here, Grand Duchess,” replied Resin, “but in the opinion of the Provisional Government, the palace is not the safest place—not for His Imperial Majesty, and not for you, either. I’m afraid they can no longer guarantee your welfare.”

Mamma looked up sharply. “We have three hundred loyal Cossacks at the gate—the finest soldiers this country has ever produced,” she said, sounding for a moment like her old, fierce self. “They’re loyal to my husband. I fail to see the danger.”

Resin shifted his weight from one foot to the other. “With all due respect, Your Majesty, Minister Rodzianko disagrees. The barracks in Tsarskoe Selo have begun to riot; they’re singing the ‘Marseillaise’ as we speak.”

Mamma paled. Olga recalled visiting the garrison less than a year earlier, trotting on horseback past 40,000 troops all sworn to protect the tsar and his family. How could 40,000 minds be so easily turned?

“And what of my children?” Mamma persisted. “Tatiana can hardly walk. Maria and Anastasia are delirious, and the tsarevich is in a very delicate state—”

“With all due respect, Your Majesty.” Resin met Mamma’s gaze directly. “When the house is in flames, one carries out the children.”

The room fell silent. Despite her attempt at composure, Olga began to shake, a thin, uncontrollable trembling, which, given the darkness of the study, she hoped Resin couldn’t see.

Mamma gripped Olga’s fingers in a silent plea to keep calm. Though her poor health would make it appear otherwise, Mam-ma’s Victorian upbringing had given her a stiff upper lip which Olga and her sisters lacked. She’d been instrumental in running the government since Papa went to command the front, overseeing the distribution of relief aid to soldiers’ families, orchestrating shipments of food and provisions, reining in the government ministers whose political agendas risked the country’s success at the front. Despite what people said about her—despite her Ger-man roots—Mamma had led Russia through the worst of the war years, relying on her faith in God and in Papa to make the decisions others would not.

How had things gone so wrong?

Mamma stood. “We will stay,” she said finally, lifting her chin. “I won’t leave the palace without my husband.”

Excerpted from The Last Grand Duchess by Bryn Turnbull, Copyright © 2022 by Bryn Turnbull. Published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.


Bryn Turnbull is the bestselling author of The Woman Before Wallis. Equipped with a master’s of letters in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews, a master’s of professional communication from Ryerson University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from McGill University, Bryn focuses on finding stories of women lost within the cracks of the historical record. She lives in Toronto.

Social Links:

Author Website Instagram: @brynturnbullwrites

Twitter: @brynturnbull Facebook: @brynturnbullwrites




Hello Gracious Reader

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for



Author: Hester Fox

ISBN: 9781525804694

Publication Date: February 1, 2022

Publisher: Graydon House

Buy Links: 

BookShop.org Harlequin Barnes & Noble Amazon

Books-A-Million. Powell’s


Augusta Podos has just landed her dream job, working in collections at a local museum, Harlowe House, located in the charming seaside town of Tynemouth, Massachussetts. Determined to tell the stories of the local community, she throws herself into her work–and finds an oblique mention of a mysterious woman, Margaret, who may have been part of the Harlowe family, but is reduced to a footnote. Fascinated by this strange omission, Augusta becomes obsessed with discovering who Margaret was, what happened to her, and why her family scrubbed her from historical records. But as she does, strange incidents begin plaguing Harlowe House and Augusta herself. Are they connected with Margaret, and what do they mean?

Tynemouth, 1872. Margaret Harlowe is the beautiful daughter of a wealthy shipping family, and she should have many prospects–but her fascination with herbs and spellwork has made her a pariah, with whispers of “witch” dogging her steps. Increasingly drawn to the darker, forbidden practices of her craft, Margaret finds herself caught up with a local man, Jack Pryce, and the temptation of these darker ways threatens to pull her under completely.

As the incidents in the present day escalate, Augusta finds herself drawn more and more deeply into Margaret’s world, and a shocking revelation sheds further light on Margaret and Augusta’s shared past. And as Margaret’s sinister purpose becomes clear, Augusta must uncover the secret of Margaret’s fate–before the woman who calls to her across the centuries claims Augusta’s own life.



By @hesterbfox

Pub Date 01 Feb 2022

Thanks to @graydonhousebooks and

@harpercollins @htpbooks

#harlequintradepublishing @harlequinpublicityteam

Hester Fox ‘s newest book A Lullaby for Witches is splendid dual time periods interweaving a gothic and contemporary paranormal tale. Moving between present and 19th century Tynemouth, Massachusetts. Margaret Harlowe a witch in her own right, along with Augusta Podos a quiet and shy curator at the Harlowe House, which happens to the Witch Margaret’s ancestral home.

When strange hallucinations start to happen to Augusta, she finds herself pulled more and more into Margaret’s past life and what became of her.

Fox continues to give lush gothic historical east coast atmospheric imagery. Her writing grabs you and her characters are easy to root for. The book moves effortlessly from present to past, and I have to say I enjoyed both characters and time periods equally.




I was beautiful in the summer of 1876. The rocky Tynemouth coast was an easy place to be beautiful, though, with a fresh salt breeze that brought roses to my cheeks and sun that warmed my long hair, shooting the chestnut brown through with rich veins of copper. It was enough to make me forget—or at least, not care—that I was an outsider, a curiosity who left whispers in my wake when I walked through the muddy streets of our coastal town.

Do I miss being beautiful? Of course. But it’s the being found beautiful by others that I miss the most. It was the ambrosia that made an otherwise solitary life bearable. And it was being found beautiful by one man in particular, Jack Pryce, that I miss the most.

He would come to find me out behind my family’s house as I helped our maid hang the laundry on the lines or weeded my rocky garden. He always brought me a little gift, whether it was a toffee wrapped in wax paper from his parents’ shop, or just a little green flower he had plucked because it reminded him of my eyes. Something that told me I was special, that those stories around town of him stepping out with the Clerkenwell girl weren’t true.

“There she is,” he would say, coming up with his hands in his pockets and crooked grin on his full lips. “My lovely wildflower.” He called me this, he said, on account of my insistence on going without shoes on warm days when the grass was soft and lush. Whatever little chore I was doing would soon be forgotten as I led him out of sight of the house. With my back against a tree and his hands traveling under and up my skirts, we found euphoria in a panting tangle of limbs and hoarsely whispered promises. Heavy sea mists mingling with sweat in hair (his), the taste of berry-sweet lips (mine), the gut-deep knowing that he must love me. He must. He must. He must.

But like all things, summer came to an end, and autumn swept in with her cruel winds and killing frosts. Jack came less and less often, claiming first that it was work at the shop, then that he could no longer be seen with the girl who was rumored to practice witchcraft and worship at the altar of the moon on clear nights. Finally, on a day where the rain fell in icy sheets and even the screeching cries of the gulls could not compete with the howling wind, I realized he was not coming back.

Time moves differently now. Then, it was measured in church bells and birthdays, clock strokes and town harvest dances. It was measured in the monthly flow of my courses, until they stopped coming and my belly grew distended and full. Now—or perhaps it is better to say “here”—time is a fluid thing, like water that flows in all directions, finding and filling every crack and empty place, like my womb and my heart.

I did not want to give the babe up, though I knew it could only bring heartache and pain to my family. A mother’s heart is a stubborn thing, and no sooner had I felt the first stirrings of life within me, than I knew I would do anything in the world to protect my little one.

It was folly, I know that now. A woman like me could never hope to bring a child into this cruel world, could never hope that the honey-sweet words of a man like Jack Pryce carried any weight. What irony that I should not realize such simple truths until it was too late. Should not realize them until my blood ran icy in my veins and my broken heart stopped beating. Until the man I thought had loved me stood over my body, staring down as the life ran out of me like a streambed running dry. Until I was dead and cold and no longer so very beautiful.



“Hello?” Augusta threw her keys on the table and slung her bag onto one of the kitchen chairs. As usual, a precarious stack of plates had taken over the sink, and the remnants of a Chinese food dinner sat out on the table. Sighing, she covered the leftovers with plastic wrap, stuck them in the fridge and followed the sounds of video games to the living room.

“I’m home,” she said tersely to the two guys hunched over their gaming consoles.

Doug barely glanced up, but her boyfriend, Chris, threw her a quick glance over his shoulder.

“Hey, we’re just finishing up.” Turning back, he continued mashing keys on the game controller, shaking his dark fringe from his eyes and muttering colorful insults at his opponent.

Chris and Doug weren’t the best housemates. Sure, they paid their share of the rent on time, but the house was constantly a mess, and video games took priority over household chores. She supposed that’s what she got for living with her boyfriend and allowing his unemployed brother to move in with them. 

“Well, I guess I’ll be in my room if you need me,” Augusta said, too exhausted to pick a fight about the mess in the kitchen.

“You can stay and watch,” Chris said without turning back around.

She’d had a long, hard day. Between the air-conditioning being broken at work and discovering she only had ninety-eight dollars in her bank account after paying her cell phone bill, she wasn’t in the mood to watch Chris and Doug massacre each other with bazookas. She grabbed an apple from the kitchen, and went back to the room she shared with Chris, closing the door against the sounds of gunfire and explosions. Outside, the occasional car passed by in a sweep of headlights and somewhere down the street a dog barked. Loneliness curled around her as she sat at her laptop and began cycling through her bookmarked job listing sites.

Her job giving tours at the Old City Jail in Salem was all right; she got to work in a historic building, it was close enough that she could walk to work, and the polyester uniform was only a slightly nauseating shade of green. But it wasn’t challenging, and she wasn’t using her degree in museum studies for which she’d worked so hard. Not to mention the student debt she was still paying off. The worst was dealing with the public, though. Some of the people that showed up on her tours were engaged in her talks, but mostly the jail attracted cruise tourists who hadn’t realized that it was a guided tour and were more interested in snapping a quick picture for Instagram than learning about the history. The other day she’d really had to remind a full-grown man that he couldn’t bring an ice cream cone into the house, and then had to clean up said ice cream cone when he’d smuggled it inside anyway and dropped it. And the witches! Just because they were in Salem, everyone who came through the door assumed that there would be history about the witches, never mind that the jail didn’t even date from the same century as the witch trials. Most days she came home tired, irritable and unfulfilled. 

From the other room came an excited shout as Chris blew up Doug’s home base. Augusta turned her music up. Most of the listings on the museum job sites were for fundraising or grant writing, the sliver of the museum world where all the money was. She knew she shouldn’t be choosy, the millennial voice of reason in her head telling her that she was lucky to have a job at all. But Chris, with his computer engineering degree, actually had companies courting him, and his job at a Boston tech firm came with a yearly salary and benefits.

She was just about to close her laptop when a new listing popped up. Harlowe House in Tynemouth was looking for a collections manager to work alongside their curator. As she scanned the listing, her heart started to beat faster. She wasn’t familiar with the property, but a quick search showed that it was part of a trust dedicated to the history and legacy of a seafaring family from the nineteenth century. She ticked off the qualifications in her head—an advanced degree in art history, museum studies or anthropology, and at least five years of experience. She would have to fudge the years, but other than that, it was made for her. She bookmarked the listing, making a mental note to update her CV in the morning.

The door swung open and Chris came in, plopping himself on the bed beside her. Tall, with an athletic build and dark hair that was perpetually in need of a trim, he was wearing a faded band shirt and gym shorts. “We’re going to order subs. What do you want?”

“Didn’t you just get Chinese food?” she asked.

“That was lunch.”

Augusta did a quick inventory in her head of what she’d eaten that day, how many calories she was up to, and how much money she could afford. After she’d fished ten dollars out of her purse, Chris wandered back out to the living room, leaving her alone. She picked up a book, but it didn’t hold her interest, and soon she was lost scrolling through her phone and playing some stupid game where you had to match up jewels to clear the board. A thrilling Saturday night if there ever was one.

In both college and grad school, Augusta had had a vibrant, tight-knit group of friends. She’d always been a homebody, so there weren’t lots of wild nights out at clubs, but they’d still had fairly regular get-togethers. Lunches and trips to museums, stuff like that. So what had happened in the last few years?

Her mind knew what had happened, but her heart refused to face the truth. Chris had happened.

She had been with him ever since her dad died. She’d run into Chris, her old high school boyfriend, at the memorial. He’d been a familiar face, and she’d clung to him like a life raft amid the turmoil of putting her life back together without her father. It had been clear early on that beyond some shared history, they didn’t have much in common, but he was steady, and Augusta had craved steady. A year passed, then two, then three, and four. She had invested so much time in the relationship, sacrificed so many friends, that at some point it felt like admitting defeat to break up. For his part, Chris seemed content with the status quo, and so five years later, here they were.

That night, after Chris had rolled over and was lightly snoring, Augusta lay awake, thinking of the job listing. The words Harlowe House, Harlowe House, Harlowe House ran through her mind like the beat of a drum. A signal of hope, a promise of something better.

Excerpted from A Lullaby for Witches by Hester Fox, Copyright © 2022 by Hester Fox. Published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.


Hester Fox is a full-time writer and mother, with a background in museum work and historical archaeology. A native New-Englander, she now lives in rural Virginia with her husband and their son.

Social Links:

Author Website Twitter: @HesterBFox

Facebook: N/A

Instagram: @hesterbfox Goodreads


In the Serpent’s Wake

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for In the Serpent’s Wake by Rachel Hartman. This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: February 1st, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound


From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Seraphina comes a piercing new fantasy adventure that champions our resilience and humility.


At the bottom of the world lies a Serpent, the last of its kind.
Finding the Serpent will change lives.

Tess is a girl on a mission to save a friend.
Spira is a dragon seeking a new identity.
Marga is a woman staking her claim on a man’s world.
Jacomo is a priest searching for his soul.

There are those who would give their lives to keep it hidden.
And those who would destroy it.

But the only people who will truly find the Serpent are those who have awakened to the world around them—with eyes open to the wondrous, the terrible, and the just.


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.

Tess of The Road was published by Random House on February 27, 2018. So I would advise you to read that enjoyable book first.

In the Serpent’s Wake By Rachel Hartman

Tess of the Road #2

It so nice to be immersed into Rachel Hartman’s writing!

In the Serpent’s Wake, we follow Tess, Seraphina’s younger sister. Picking up immediately after the events of Tess of The Road. Her adventures take her to the high seas.

Rachel Hartman has decided to use multiple perspectives, in this installment. Also it should be noted that the author links some hard hitting themes that we as readers can connect to in our own vast world. Racism, political unrest are just a few I will mention here. I don’t want to cover to much because I think takes away from the readers experience. I could have listened to Tess’s point of view through the whole book. The world building is rich expanded, also I felt this was a coming of age book. Tess’s development is definitely noted and I enjoyed following her. We meet old friends and new ones, hard struggles and complexities, and villains !

Have a wonderful day ♥︎


Rachel Hartman is the author of three young adult fantasy novels: SERAPHINA, SHADOW SCALE, and TESS OF THE ROAD. Her fourth novel, IN THE SERPENT’S WAKE, will be published February 1st, 2022. Her novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list and have received many awards, including the Morris Award, the Sunburst Prize, and the Monica Hughes Award. Rachel lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband and whippet.

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook


Kingscastle by Sophia Holloway

by Sophia Holloway
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher


An enchanting romance that fans of Bridgerton will take to their hearts

Captain William Hawksmoor of the Royal Navy never expected to inherit Kingscastle and is none too pleased when he does so. Especially when he learns that he must marry within a year or be forever dealing with trustees.

As the new Marquis of Athelney, the captain takes command of Kingscastle and discovers much to be done to set it in order. He must also contend with his aunt, Lady Willoughby Hawksmoor, who is determined that her daughter will be his wife. When she discovers he is far more interested in Eleanor Burgess, her underpaid and much put-upon companion, Lady Willoughby shows she will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

  • “It took hold of me within a matter of pages and sucked me right into Captain Hawksmoor’s story… It [was] thoroughly enjoyable.”— Books by your Bedside
  • “The author has a brilliant grasp of Regency Era and I happily enjoyed descriptions of life, dialogue, and style.”— Sophia Rose, Caffeinated Reviewer
  • “a clever romance with capable and likeable characters that both fit the period and spark the imagination.”— Rosanne E. Lortz, author of A Duel for Christmas

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 lovely traditional, clean Regency romances that I throughly enjoyed reading!

Captain William Hawksmoor of His Majesty’s Royal Navy never inspired to be nothing more than a Navy man. So when certain things come to light he is astonished when unexpectedly inherits a marquessate. As the fifth Marquis of Athelney, heir to the title and vast estates. The Marquess of Athelney comes certain obligations, requiring him to marry within a year. Adjusting to land legs he takes command of the family seat at Kingscastle.

Lady Willoughby will stop at nothing to see her daughter Charlotte the next Marchioness of Athelney. Eleanor Burgess is an underpaid companion to the malicious Lady Willoughby Hawksmoor.

A sweet budding romance with great character development and complex relationships. The authors descriptive prose and richly atmospheric setting, are brought to life with unique details, making for a highly compulsive read.


Sophia Holloway describes herself as a ‘wordsmith’ who is only really happy when writing. She read Modern History at Oxford, and her factual book on the Royal Marines in the First World War, From Trench and Turret, was published in 2006. She also writes mediaeval murder mysteries under the pen name, Sarah Hawkswood.

She is a member of the Historical Writers’ Association, the Historical Novel Society, and the Crime Writers’ Association.



Beyond the Lavender Fields

Hello Lovelies

Today I have a beautiful historical fiction

Beyond the Lavender Fields by Arlem Hawks. Which released yesterday, February 1, 2022.

Beyond the Lavender Fields
by Arlem Hawks
Shadow Mountain

Publication Date: 2/1/21 Hardcover
ISBN: 9781629729350 Retail Price: $26.99 Page Count: 368 Historical Fiction
Cover Art: © Matilda Delves / Trevillion Images; Photos.com / Getty Images; Daniel Balakov / Getty Images
Book Design: © Shadow Mountain Design: Heather G. Ward
Art Direction: Richard Erickson

Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Deseret Book.


1792, France

Rumors of revolution in Paris swirl in Marseille, a bustling port city in southern France. Gilles Étienne, a clerk at the local soap factory, thrives on the news. Committed to the cause of equality, liberty, and brotherhood, he and his friends plan to march to Paris to dethrone the monarchy. His plans are halted when he meets Marie-Caroline Daubin, the beautiful daughter of the owner of the factory.
A bourgeoise and a royalist, Marie-Caroline has been called home to Marseille to escape the unrest in Paris. She rebuffs Gilles’s efforts to charm her and boldly expresses her view that violently imposed freedom is not really freedom for all. As Marie-Caroline takes risks to follow her beliefs, Gilles catches her in a dangerous secret that could cost her and her family their lives. As Gilles and Marie-Caroline spend more time together, she questions her initial assumptions about Gilles and realizes that per-haps they have more in common than she thought.
As the spirit of revolution descends on Marseille, people are killed and buildings are ransacked and burned to the ground. Gilles must choose between supporting the political change he believes in and protecting those he loves. And Marie-Caroline must battle between standing up for what she feels is right and risking her family’s safety. With their lives and their nation in turmoil, both Gilles and Marie- Caroline wonder if a révolutionnaire and a royaliste can really be together in a world that forces people to choose sides.

Book Trailer:



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 stunning historical fiction during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. A rewarding romance with an enemies to lovers trope. Three dimensional cast of characters besides just leading MC’s. Meticulous researched with lush period details. This is one of those rare finds that definitely lives up to the hype. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

On a personal note the reason why I haven’t been engaging much is because last Thursday my last remaining aunt on my mother’s side passed away from Covid.

Then on Friday my sweetheart of a kitty, Briar Rose 🥀 passed away!

Advance Praise:
“With each successive encounter, Gilles has with Marie-Caroline…makes him realize that people, like politics, are full of complexities and nuances. Historical fiction fans will revel in Hawks’ (Georgiana’s Secret, 2021) refreshingly different, perfectly evoked period setting that seamlessly captures both the drama and danger of revolutionary-era France, while romance readers will appreciate the sweet love story the author expertly threads through the plot.” —BOOKLIST
“The writing was spectacular and transported me to Marseille during the French Revolution.” —ALEX C. “The rich and vivid way that Arlem Hawks presented this story stole my heart.” —RENAE S.
“A well-told tale that sweeps you off your feet and through the streets of France.” —TRISTAN R. “Captivating and engaging to the very end.” —JESSICA M.
“Well-researched and rich in historical detail.” —PATRICIA W.
“This one has it all: history, romance, suspense, intrigue. . . . It does not disappoint.” —JULIA D.
“A beautiful story! Arlem Hawks has sealed a place on my ‘best authors’ bookshelf!” —JESSICA M.


ARLEM HAWKS began making up stories before she could write. Living all over the western United States and traveling around the world gave her a love of cultures and people and the stories they have to tell. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications, with an emphasis in print journalism, and she lives in Arizona with her husband three children.

For author interview requests, please contact Callie Hansen at


The Siren Of Sussex Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hello Lovely,

It is my privilege to welcome you to my stop on the Book Tour for

The Siren Of Sussex By MiMi Matthews

@MimiMatthewsEsq, @BerkleyRomance, @Austenprose

SirenofSussex, #HistoricalRomance, #NewBooks, #BookTwitter, #MimiMatthews, #BookTour, #AustenprosePR

By Mimi Matthews

• Title: The Siren of Sussex: Belles of London (Book 1)

• Author: Mimi Matthews

• Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction

• Publisher: Berkley Romance (January 11, 2022)• Length: (432) pages

• Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook

• Tour Dates: January 10-30, 2022


Victorian high society’s most daring equestrienne finds love and an unexpected ally in her fight for independence in the strong arms of London’s most sought after and devastatingly handsome half-Indian tailor.

Evelyn Maltravers understands exactly how little she’s worth on the marriage mart. As an incurable bluestocking from a family tumbling swiftly toward ruin, she knows she’ll never make a match in a ballroom. Her only hope is to distinguish herself by making the biggest splash in the one sphere she excels: on horseback. In haute couture. But to truly capture London’s attention she’ll need a habit-maker who’s not afraid to take risks with his designs—and with his heart.

Half-Indian tailor Ahmad Malik has always had a talent for making women beautiful, inching his way toward recognition by designing riding habits for Rotten Row’s infamous Pretty Horsebreakers—but no one compares to Evelyn. Her unbridled spirit enchants him, awakening a depth of feeling he never thought possible.

But pushing boundaries comes at a cost and not everyone is pleased to welcome Evelyn and Ahmad into fashionable society. With obstacles spanning between them, the indomitable pair must decide which hurdles they can jump and what matters most: making their mark or following their hearts?

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92989f07650/?

Mimi has generously offered a fabulous giveaway package that book tour participants can add to their posts and on social media. Here are the details:

Timeframe: Jan 4 – Feb 7, 2022 Terms & Conditions:

Giveaway hosted by Mimi Matthews. No Purchase Necessary. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Open to US residents only. Void where prohibited.

The Giveaway Package:

1 winner (selected at random by Rafflecopter) receives the following: Signed print copy of The Siren of Sussex, Horse scarf, Pewter sidesaddle brooch (made in Sussex, England!), The Siren of Sussex tote bag, Three candles in scents: Fresh Hay, New Saddle, and Winter Ride, Box of Ahmad Tea (60 count, assorted flavors), The Siren of Sussex bookmark

The giveaway is open from 12:01 am Pacific time 1/4/22 until 11:59pm Pacific time on 2/7/22. The winner will be announced on Mimi’s blog – mimimatthews.com – at 8:00 pm Pacific time on 2/8/22.


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 Siren Of Sussex

MiMi Matthews newest exciting book is the first installment in her Belles of London series. A captivating read that was both powerful and wonderful.

Evie Maltravers is what the ton call a bluestocking, a somewhat awkward debutant. While on her horse she is spectacular to behold. Her skillful horsemanship is mesmerizing to say the least.

Hoping to catch the eye of would be suitors. Since looks and fashion are driving force in acquiring a husband and save her family’s fortune. She seeks a tailor who will enable her to standout, as her dream to be the most notable and gifted equestrienne in all of England. Her impoverished family’s future depends on her making a most advantageous marriage.

Ahmad Malik seeks to make a name for himself amongst the society ladies of Victorian England. Ahmad knows all to well that most of the ton are extremely superficial, since he was born biracial. Already designing riding habits for some of the ladies who cut a fine swath on Rotten Row.

When Evelyn commissions Ahmad to provide her with riding habits he finds a young lady who might launch his career while wearing he very own designed haute couture.

Matthews narration and her expertly drawn characters found a place in my heart. Masterly researched she bring the sights and sounds of Victorian England to life. This time Matthew’s storyline captures the heartache of the views of Colonial English society had placed on interracial couples. Ahmad and Evie tender romance blossoms slowly and their relationship was delightful to behold. Matthews signature writing captivates the reader slowly drawing you into the world and characters she has created.

An Exceptional Historical Romance

Thanks to Austenprose Pr for goodness print book

Historical Note



USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus, 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 retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.




Cover Reveal Love At Last

Hello Gracious Readers

Today I Have Lovely Cover Reveal

𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐀𝐭 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐭

By Michelle Helen Fritz & E.A. Shanniak
Coming February 14th!
A Bramley Hall Regency Romance

Click Image To Take You To My Bookstagram Account
𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐀𝐭 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐭
Michelle Helen Fritz
E.A. Shanniak
A Bramley Hall Regency Romance
This #BeautifulBook is releasing February 14th!

Early readers are praising this as “Incredibly Sweet and Tender” and “A Dream Like Adventure”!

Love At Last is a clean Regency Romance and the first book in a three-story series that will entertain and delight you with its swoon-worthy heroes and the compelling leading ladies that capture their hearts. Each book can be read as a standalone, but are best read in release order.

As the Parson’s daughter, Mariah Morten has spent much of her life inside the stone walls of Bramley Hall. Before tragedy struck, she had fond childhood memories made alongside her two brothers and the Earl’s son: Harrison Pembroke.

Years later, she has done her best to ignore the yearning of past memories and futile dreams of becoming the next countess. If only she could secure her own happiness and let her heart have it’s one true desire. 

Harrison Pembroke is the seventh Earl of Bramley. He’s spent the last four years trying to reconcile his heart after being jilted so that he can focus his energy on those under his care. Except no matter how much he wishes to keep his walls up, the draw he feels toward a certain set of sparkling sapphire eyes can’t be ignored.

An invitation arrives, sweeping Mariah and Harrison into the midst of balls, soirees, family meddling, and one memorable night under the stars. Will outside forces keep them separated forever, or will their own wants persevere allowing them to find Love At Last?


A Secret History of Witches

Hold on to your Grimoires Witchy Babes♥︎

Is Coming February 15th

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo


Return to the world of A Secret History of Witches with the bewitching tale of Ursule Orchière and her discovery of magical abilities that will not only change the course of her life but every generation that comes after her.

Brittany, 1762

There hasn’t been a witch born in the Orchière clan for generations. According to the elders, that line is dead, leaving the clan vulnerable to the whims of superstitious villagers and the prejudices of fearmongering bishops.

Ursule Orchière has been raised on stories of the great witches of the past. But the only magic she knows is the false spells her mother weaves over the gullible women who visit their fortune-telling caravan. Everything changes when Ursule comes of age and a spark of power flares to life. Thrilled to be chosen, she has no idea how magic will twist and shape her future.

Guided by an ancient grimoire and the whispers of her ancestors, Ursule is destined to walk the same path as the great witches of old. But first, the Orchière magical lineage must survive. And danger hovers over her, whether it’s the bloodlust of the mob or the flames of the pyre.

A tale of magic and fate, triumph and heartbreak, and the powerful bonds between mothers and daughters unfold in the late 1700s in this spellbinding novel from master storyteller, Louisa Morgan.

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.

❀⊱Gwendalyn’s Books⊰❀

Once again Louisa Morgan transports readers to the 18th century. In her latest book The Great Witch Book Of Brittany she continues her incredible generational tale. An exquisitely written, immersive early life of Grand-mere Ursule Orchiere.

Ursule She helps her mother in her fortune telling, by collecting payments from seekers. There has been a true Witch born to the Orchiere’s in generations. Her mother uses her wits to create a revenue for them both. But the the ancient crystal stays dark under Agnes hands. Thirteen year old Ursule guards a great secret from her own mother Agnes, and the the rest of her Romani clan. When she becomes of age her powers awaken and the stone sparks alive.

Romani are outcast, and always remain guarded as they are easily targeted. Witch hunters are always on the look out. Danger comes from those seeking to blame, they incite mobs and Ursule will have do everything in her power to protect mother and herself. All she needs to do is trust herself and her new found abilities.

I am always impressed with Louisa Morgan seamless narration that brings the place time and her exquisite characters fully to life. Just like her past books, this book grabs you and doesn’t let you go until the end. Once that once I started I couldn’t stop.

The Author: Louisa Morganlives and writes and rambles with her Border Terrier on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. A musician and a yogini, she finds inspiration in the artistic environment where she makes her home. [Amazon]

Louisa Morgan is the author of A Secret History of Witches, The Witch’s Kind, and The Age of Witches. She’s looking forward to the publication of The Great Witch of Brittany in 2022!

Louisa is a yogini, a musician, a mom, and a dog lover. She lives in scenic Northern Idaho with her family and her spirit familiar, Oscar the Border Terrier. Visit her at www.louisamorgan.net. [Goodreads]


Wind Daughter Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

Wind Daughter (Echo North #2) by Joanna Ruth Meye

Wind Daughter
By Joanna Ruth Meyer
YA Fantasy Retelling
352 Pages
Page Street Kids
Publishing Date: July 12, 2022
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

A hauntingly beautiful fairy tale about love and loss, this Echo North companion novel is perfect for fans of the Winternight Trilogy. In the dark, cold reaches of the north lives a storyteller and his daughter. He told his daughter, Satu, many stories–romances like the girl who loved a star and changed herself into a nightingale so she could always see him shining–but the most important story he told her was his own.

This storyteller was once the formidable North Wind, but he lost his power by trading it away in exchange for mortality–he loved her mother too much to live without her. The loss of his magic impacted more than just their family, however, and now the world is unraveling in the wake of this imbalance. To save the North, Satu embarks on a perilous journey to reclaim her father’s magic, but she isn’t the only one searching for it. In the snow-laden mountains, she finds herself in a deadly race with the Winter Lord who wants the North Wind’s destructive powers for himself.

Satu has the chance to be the heroine of her own fairy tale, only this one has an ending she never could have imagined.


A huge thanks to TBR And Beyond Tours and Joanna for my gifted copy! To grab Wind Daughter for yourself click one of the links below!

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.

Satu’s father was once the formidable North Wind, who traded his magical powers to be mortal. By doing so, this upset the balance and unraveled the universe. Her childhood was fead on fairytales, by her father.

She feels more than most people, and has anxiety over large groups of people and small spaces. Her feelings of not fitting in changes when she realizes who she is.

Wind Daughter had me hooked from start to finish. I literally couldn’t put it down. This was unique and absorbing, I found myself completely immersed within this lush fantasy. Joanna Ruth Meyer, is an exceptional storyteller, I highly recommend this companion book to echo north. Written in lyrical prose, you will not be disappointed in this captivating and intriguing book.

Tour Schedule

Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of Echo North, Into the Heartless Wood, Beneath the Haunting Sea, and Beyond the Shadowed Earth. She writes stories about fierce teens finding their place in the world, fighting to change their fate, save the ones they love, or carve out a path to redemption. Joanna lives with her dear husband and son, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano named Prince Imrahil in Mesa, Arizona. As often as she can, she escapes the desert heat and heads north to the mountains, where the woods are always waiting.

Website ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook

Anticipation” by Melodie Winawer

Release Date: 
November 2, 2021

About The Book:

After the death of her beloved husband and becoming a single parent to her nine-year-old son Alexander, overworked scientist Helen desperately needs an escape. So when Alexander proposes a trip to Greece—somewhere he’s always dreamed of visiting—Helen quickly agrees.

After spending several days exploring the tourist-filled streets, they stumble upon the ancient city of Mystras and are instantly drawn to it. Its only resident is Elias, a mysterious tour guide living on the city’s edges…both physically and temporally.

In 1237, Elias’s mother promised his eternal service to the Profitis Ilias in Mystras in exchange for surviving a terrible illness. But during his 800 years of labor, he’s had one common enemy: the noble Lusignan family. The Lusignan line is cursed by a deadly disease that worsens with each generation, and a prophecy hints that Elias’s blood is their only hope for a cure. He has managed to survive throughout the centuries, but the line has dwindled down to the last Lusignan and he is desperate to avert his family’s destiny.

When Elias runs into Helen, he meets his match for the first time—but he unwittingly puts both her and her young son in danger as a result. With time running out and an enemy after them, Elias and Helen are forced to choose between the city they love, and each other.

About The Author:

Melodie Winawer is the author of THE SCRIBE OF SIENA (2017), which was praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bustle, and Real Simple, and was declared a “Must Read Book” by the New York Post. SCRIBE has been translated into German, Czech, Polish, and Norwegian . Winawer is also the author of the recently published ANTICIPATION (November 2021), which was a starred review Publisher’s weekly “Pick of the Week”, called one of the “Best books released in November” and “Best Historical Fiction Fall 2021” by BuzzFeed, and is now a Target Recommends Pick.  Melodie is also a contributor to WE ALL FALL DOWN; STORIES OF PLAGUE AND RESILIENCE, an anthology of short stories by nine historical fiction writers. A physician-scientist and associate professor of neurology at Columbia University, Melodie has published over fifty scientific articles. To find the energy to write, she relies on unflagging enthusiasm and green tea. Melodie lives with her spouse and their three children in both New York City and Vermont. http://melodiewinawer.com/

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorMelodieWinawer

Instagram: https://instagram.com/melodiewinawer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/melodiewinawer

Book Blurbs: 

“Winawer (The Scribe of Siena) enthralls with this unique combination of history, romance, and the supernatural…Readers will be riveted from the first page.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review and November Pick of the Week)

“A sweeping saga spanning multiple centuries, Anticipation enthralled me with its scope. Yet Winawer’s gift as a writer also shines brightly in the small moments, like the shared joy between a mother and a child, or the meditations on loss of a grieving widow. Truly magical.”—Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

“An epic historical novel that combines science, romance, and suspense.”—BuzzFeed

“Melodie Winawer’s Anticipation is a compelling novel that weaves fantasy, philosophy, science, medicine, romance, and madness into a tapestry of intrigue and mystery. And, fittingly for a physician, Winawer ultimately writes a story of healing and hope. I loved every word and did not want it to end.”—Robin Oliveira, bestselling author of My Name is Mary Sutter and Winter Sisters

Bloggers On Tour:

June 7th- Gwendalyn Books https://instagram.com/gwendalyn_books_

June 17th- Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

June 18th- She Just Loves Books https://instagram.com/shejustlovesbooks

June 30th- Eryn E Reads https://instagram.com/erynereads

July 1st- Rajivs Reviews https://instagram.com/rajivsreviews

July 7th- Bookworm Struggles  https://instagram.com/bookworm.struggles

July 11th- Infinite Readlist https://instagram.com/infinite.readlist

July 20th- Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

July 27th- Geaux Get Lit https://instagram.com/geauxgetlit

Aug. 6th- Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews

Aug. 10th – Amys Book Nook https://www.instagram.com/amysbooknook8/

Aug. 12th-Books Love And Understanding https://instagram.com/booksloveandunderstanding

Aug. 13th- Subakka Bookstuff https://instagram.com/subakka.bookstuff

Aug. 15th – Reecas Pieces Books https://instagram.com/reecaspiecesbooks

Aug. 15th- Books and Coffee MX https://instagram.com/booksandcoffeemx

Aug. 15th- CMT Loves Wine and Books https://instagram.com/cmtloveswineandbooks

Aug. 15th- Carol Doscher https://instagram.com/carol_doscher_reader