The Virgin and the Viscount by Robyn DeHart Book Blast

The Virgin and the Viscount
by Robyn DeHart

Publication Date: April 12, 2012
Entangled Publishing/Scandalous

Series: Lords of Vice, Book Four
Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

As a Lady of Virtue, Matilda Brooks swears to reform the most despicable man of her acquaintance, her brother-in-law, Sullivan Chase, Viscount Glenbrook. Well he may not be the most despicable, but he is certainly arrogant, flirtatious, and entirely too charming. To make matters worse, he has the irritating tendency to poke fun of her and rile her emotions as no other man does. However, when she confronts him, he laughs off her concern about his slothful ways.

But when a carriage accident forces Sullivan to play knight to Tilly’s damsel, his unexpected act of chivalry ends up costing them both their freedom. Her compromised reputation and his honorable declaration forces them into a marriage neither of them wants. Which is most inconvenient, given that she has sworn to despise him forever.

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About the Author

A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ’s and computer. Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn’t be happier for doing so. Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers’ Weekly claims her writing to be “comical and sexy” while the Chicago Tribune dubs her “wonderfully entertaining.” Robyn is an award-winning author as well as being a four-time RT Bookclub Reviewers’ Choice award nominee, and a three-time RomCon Reader’s Crown nominee.

Look for Robyn’s new series about the seven deadly sins coming in 2017. When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters. They live in the hill country of Texas where it’s hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it.

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The Last Bookshop in London Blog Tour

Hello lovelies and welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin!

Thank you to @hanoversquarepress for this #gifted ARC


The Last Bookshop in London

Madeline Martin
On Sale Date: April 6, 2021

9781335284808, 133528480X

Trade Paperback

$16.99 USD, $21.99 CAD

Fiction / Historical / WWII

320 pages


Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, The Last Bookshop in London is a timeless story of wartime loss, love and the enduring power of literature.

August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.

Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war

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Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am not a writer.

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.

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A stunning atmospheric historical fiction. Truly one fast paced all consuming books that have front and center. Heart wrenching and compelling all at the same time.

A thought provoking book about one woman’s stead fast perseverance to do what she can as the life as London and the English people comes crashing down.

Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to London for a very long time.This comes to fruition when she is forced to leave the home she has ever known. In London she along with her friend Viv want to be shop girls at Harrod’s. But only her friends Viv had a letter of recommendation. In a series of events she finds herself employed Primrose Hill Books.There Grace meets a young man George who suggests a book for her to read. The war has broke out, leaving everything changed. George is deployed, but the gifted book is so much more.

Grace continues working at the bookshop until she wants do be more involved in the war movement. Then Grace comes into her own as she volunteers to be an ARP Warden. Seeing the wars horrors through the young men she tends to, while reading to them. A book that captures the the love and fortitude of one woman who does what she can to those who need so much.

A moving emotional book, that will stay with you long after you close it.

August 1939 London, England

GRACE BENNETT HAD ALWAYS DREAMED OF SOMEDAY living in London. Never did she imagine it would become her only option, especially not on the eve of war.

The train pulled to a stop within Farringdon Station, its name clearly marked on the wall inside a strip of blue set within a red circle. People hovered on the platform, as eager to get on as those within were to get off. They wore smartly cut clothing in the chic styles of city life. Far more sophisticated than in Drayton, Norfolk.

Equal parts nerves and eagerness vibrated about inside Grace. “We’ve arrived.” She looked at Viv beside her.

Her friend clicked the top on her lipstick tube closed and gave a freshly applied vermillion smile. Viv glanced out the window, her gaze skimming the checkerboard of advertisements lining the curved wall. “After so many years of wishing we could be in London.” Her hand caught Grace’s in a quick squeeze. “Here we are.”

Back when they were mere girls, Viv had first mentioned the notion of moving away from dull Drayton for a far more exciting life in the city. It had been a wild concept then, to leave their slow-moving, familiar existence in the country for the bustling, fast-paced pulse of London. Never had Grace considered it might someday become a necessity.

But then, there was nothing left in Drayton for Grace anymore. At least nothing she cared to return to.

The ladies rose from their plush seats and took hold of their luggage. Each had only one case with them, faded things, beaten down more by age than use. Both were stuffed to the point of near-bursting and were not only impossibly heavy, but awkward to manage around the gas mask boxes slung over their shoulders. The ghastly things had to be brought with them everywhere, per the government, to ensure they’d be protected in the event of a gas attack.

Lucky for them, Britton Street was only a two-minute walk away, or so Mrs. Weatherford had said.

Her mother’s childhood friend had a room to let, one she’d offered a year ago when Grace’s mother first passed. The terms had been generous—two months for free while Grace acquired a job and even then, the rent would be discounted thereafter. Despite Grace’s longing to go to London, and despite Viv’s enthusiastic encouragement, Grace had remained in Drayton for nearly a year after in an attempt to pick up the pieces of her broken existence.

That was before she learned the house she’d lived in since her birth truly belonged to her uncle. Before he moved in with his overbearing wife and five children. Before life as she knew it shattered even further apart.

There was no room for Grace in her own home, a point her aunt had been eager to note often. What had once been a place of comfort and love became a place Grace felt unwelcome. When her aunt finally had the temerity to tell Grace to leave, she knew she had no other options.

Writing the letter to Mrs. Weatherford the previous month to see if the opportunity still held was one of the hardest things Grace had ever done. It had been a surrender to the challenges she faced, a terrible, soul-crushing failure. A capitulation that had rendered her the greatest failure.

Grace had never possessed much courage. Even now, she wondered if she would have managed her way to London had Viv not insisted they go together.

Trepidation knotted through her as they waited for the train’s gleaming metal doors to part and unveil a whole new world.

“Everything will be brilliant,” Viv whispered under her breath. “It will all be so much better, Grace. I promise.”

The air-powered doors of the electric train hissed open and they stepped onto the platform amid the push and pull of people coming and going all at once. Then the doors shushed closed behind them, and the gust of the train’s departure tugged at their skirts and hair.

An advert for Chesterfields on the far wall displayed a handsome lifeguard smoking a cigarette while another poster beside it called on the men of London to join the service.

It wasn’t only a reminder of a war their country might soon face, but how living in the city presented a greater element of danger. If Hitler meant to take Britain, he would likely set his sights on London.

“Oh, Grace, look!” Viv exclaimed.

Grace turned from the poster toward the metal stairs, which glided upward on an unseen belt, disappearing somewhere above the arched ceiling. Into the city of their dreams.

The advert was quickly forgotten as she and Viv rushed toward the escalator and tried to tamp down their delight as it effortlessly carried them up, up, up.

Viv’s shoulders squeezed upward with barely restrained happiness. “Didn’t I tell you this would be amazing?”

The enormity of it hit Grace all at once. After years of dreaming and planning, here they were in London.

Away from Grace’s bully of an uncle, out from under the thumb of Viv’s strict parents.

Despite all of Grace’s troubles, she and Viv swept out of the station like caged songbirds ready to finally spread their wings.

Buildings rose into the sky all around, making Grace block the sun with the palm of her hand to see their tops. Several nearby shops greeted them with brightly painted signs touting sandwiches, hairdressers and a chemist. On the streets, lorries rattled by and a double-decker bus rumbled in the opposite direction, its painted side as red and glossy as Viv’s nails.

It was all Grace could do to keep from grasping her friend’s arm and squealing for her to look. Viv was taking it in too, with wide, sparkling eyes. She appeared as much an awed country girl as Grace, albeit in a fashionable dress with her perfectly styled auburn curls.

Grace was not as chic. Though she’d worn her best dress for the occasion, its hem fell just past her knees, and the waist nipped in with a slim black belt that matched her low heels. While not as stylish as Viv’s black-and-white polka-dot dress, the pale blue cotton set off Grace’s gray eyes and complemented her fair hair.

Viv had sewn it for her, of course. But then, Viv had always seen to both of them with an eye set toward grander aspirations. Throughout their friendship, they had spent hours sewing dresses and rolling their hair, years of reading Woman and Woman’s Life on fashion and etiquette and then making countless corrections to ensure they “lost the Drayton” from their speech.

Now, Viv looked like she could grace one of those magazine covers with her high cheekbones and long-lashed brown eyes.

They joined the flurry of people rushing to and fro, heaving the bulk of their suitcases from one hand to the other as Grace led the way toward Britton Street. Thankfully, the directions Mrs. Weatherford had sent in their last correspondence had been detailed and easy to follow.

What had been missing from the account, however, were all the signs of war.

More advertisements, some calling for men to do their part, with others prompting people to disregard Hitler and his threats and still book their summer holidays. Just across the street, a wall of sandbags framed a doorway with a black-and-white sign proclaiming it to be a Public Air Raid Shelter.

Excerpted from The Last Bookshop in London @ 2021 by Madeline Martin, used with permission by Hanover Square Press.

About the Author:

Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical romance novels filled with twists and turns, adventure, steamy romance, empowered heroines and the men who are strong enough to love them.

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The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore #1) by Amanda Foody

Welcome to my stop on the amazing book tour of

The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore #1) by Amanda Foody

Hosted by TBR @tbrbeyondtours & @amandafoody


Genre:
 Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing date: March 30th, 2021

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A boy who accidentally bonds with a magical Beast must set off on an adventure in the mysterious Woods in this whimsical and cheeky middle grade fantasy debut—perfect for fans of Nevermoor and How to Train Your Dragon.

The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.

Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally breaks his town’s most sacred rule: never ever EVER stray into the Woods, for within the Woods lurk vicious magical Beasts.

To Barclay’s horror, he faces a fate far worse than being eaten: he unwittingly bonds with a Beast and is run out of town by an angry mob. Determined to break this bond and return home, Barclay journeys to find the mysterious town of Lore Keepers, people who have also bonded with Beasts and share their powers.

But after making new friends, entering a dangerous apprenticeship exam, and even facing the legendary Beast of the Woods, Barclay must make a difficult choice: return to the home and rules he’s always known, or embrace the adventure awaiting him. 


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am not a writer.

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 Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore #1) by Amanda Foody is an exceptional middle grade fantasy novel. It’s a rich rewarding reading experience that has all the beloved classical elements that makes for an amazing adventure.

Eleven year old Barclay Thorne’s parents passed away from an attack by an otherworldly Beast seven years ago. Labeled a troubled maker, he has never really fit in. He is an apprentice to a mushroom farmer, and tries really hard to do good and work hard. He struggles under the many rules that his fellow people of Dullshire are obliged to follow. His adventurous side, eventually wins over, and his non-conformity eventually gets into all kinds of trouble. The locals are all about following the Lore Keepers, those who bond with Beasts and practice Lore magic.

So in a series of events Barclay finds himself in the mysterious forbidden woods. There he meets and bonds with a wolffish like beast. He finds herself ultimately banished from the only home he is ever known.

Scared and alone, Barclay sets off an adventure looking to free himself from this unwanted bonding, he travels to a different town. Here he encounters, a makes true friendships with several different characters.

The author has done a superb job in creating stunning characters that you can relate to and are invested into their lives. Foody’s seamless narration, is quick paced, and yo find yourself thrown right into a beautiful, vivid and established world with fully fleshed out characters, along with an exceptional atmospheric imagery. This is one middle grade fantasy books that have some really good creative twists that I didn’t see coming. The side characters are wonderfully depicted and. I loved their backstories.

I am over the moon excited for the next installment in the captivating magical storyline. I highly recommend this book to my family and friends.!

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After a double life as an accountant preparing taxes for multinational corporations, she now spends her free time brewing and fermenting foods much more easily obtained at her local grocery store. She lives in Boston, MA with a hoard of books guarded by the most vicious of feline companions, Jelly Bean.

Her books include The Shadow Game seriesand more. Her middle grade debut, Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice, hits shelves March 30, 2021, and her next YA novel, All of Us Villains, co-authored with Christine Lynn Herman, releases on November 9, 2021.

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KISSES AND CROISSANTS

Hello and welcome to my stop on KISSES AND CROISSANTS Blog Tour

 

Publisher : Delacorte Press (April 6, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 0593173570
ISBN-13 : 978-0593173572

 
Praise for KISSES AND CROISSANTS, A Junior Library Guild selection“A charming story about family, first love, and chasing your dreams. Grab a croissant, because this book will leave you smiling, swooning, and desperate to visit Paris!” —Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of American Royals“Sweet and romantic! I couldn’t put it down.” —San Francisco Book Review, five stars“Paris simply shines; readers’ senses will come alive with all the city has to offer.” —SLJ

As sweet as a macaron from Laduree, with writing as crisp as a freshly baked baguette, this romantic novel set in Paris about an American ballerina and a charming French boy is parfait for fans of American Royals and Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Seventeen-year-old Mia, an American girl at an elite summer ballet program, has six weeks to achieve her dreams: to snag an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. But there’s more to Paris than ballet—especially when a charming French boy, Louis, wants to be her tour guide—and the pair discover the city has a few mysteries up its sleeve.

In the vein of romances like Love and Gelato, this is the perfect summer adventure for anyone looking to get swept away in the City of Love.

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

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


l’amour est dans l’air

All Américaine Mia, needs is to land an important role in Swan Lake.

Mia, is in Paris attending a prestigious six week program. While She didn’t completely get what she wanted and that was to be an ABT in New York. This is a dream come true for Mia, the chance of a lifetime. All her work and dedication has finally came to fruition. Upon arrival Mia finds out that she has to room with her rival, Audrey. There is some adjusting for both girls, but all in all they find a common bond in ballet.

In a series of events she crosses paths with a young adult Parisian Louis. While trying to focus on nothing else except her Ballet, the beautiful city and the charming boy tends to cause her to be come sidetracked. There is also a family mystery that comes to surface as the story unfolds and process.

This was a delightful breezy young adult romance. Heartwarming and I truly enjoyed the characters and the setting.

I also enjoyed the details of ballet that peppered into the storyline. It made for a rich reading experience.

I highly recommend this book, if you enjoy wonderful Light hearted romantic YA Fiction.

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Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau is a bilingual French author of young adult fiction and nonfiction. Her books have been translated into seven languages. Kisses and Croissants (Delacorte Press, 2021) is her U.S. debut. After graduating university in France, she moved to Amsterdam to begin a career in advertising. She then spent a few years in Melbourne before settling in New York City, where she lives with her Australian husband and their American cat.

 
     

 

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Paris In Ruins Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

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

Paris In Ruins by, M.K. Tod, which is being hosted by HFBT!

Paris in Ruins
by M.K. Tod

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Heath Street Publishing

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Paris 1870. Raised for a life of parties and servants, Camille and Mariele have much in common, but it takes the horrors of war to bring them together to fight for the city and people they love.

A few weeks after the abdication of Napoleon III, the Prussian army lays siege to Paris. Camille Noisette, the daughter of a wealthy family, volunteers to nurse wounded soldiers and agrees to spy on a group of radicals plotting to overthrow the French government. Her future sister-in-law, Mariele de Crécy, is appalled by the gaps between rich and poor. She volunteers to look after destitute children whose families can barely afford to eat.

Somehow, Camille and Mariele must find the courage and strength to endure months of devastating siege, bloody civil war, and great personal risk. Through it all, an unexpected friendship grows between the two women, as they face the destruction of Paris and discover that in war women have as much to fight for as men.

War has a way of teaching lessons—if only Camille and Mariele can survive long enough to learn them.

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Praise for Paris in Ruins

“The story of two women whose families were caught up in the defense of Paris is deeply moving and suspenseful.” -Margaret George, author of Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero

“Tod is not only a good historian, but also an accomplished writer … a gripping, well-limned picture of a time and a place that provide universal lessons.” -Kirkus Reviews.

“M.K. Tod’s elegant style and uncanny eye for time and place again shine through in her riveting new tale, Paris in Ruins.” -Jeffrey K. Walker author of No Hero’s Welcome

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.


Paris In Ruins is another remarkable, unforgettable book by the author by M.K. Tod

Set to the backdrop the the Franco-Prussian War and the civil war of the radical movement the Paris Commune.
This is a riveting emotionally charged story that explores, friendship, bravery, perseverance.

Following Napoleon III’s defeat, Prussian forces laid siege to Paris, and through Todd’s seamless narration we see first hand the horrors of a besieged city. As civil strife and unrest mount between two distinct factions within France.

Camille Noisette, has lived a life of privilege, along with her brother Bertrand fiancé, Mariele de Crecy. Camille father has been very light handed with Camille since the death of her sister. She’s been able to dodge any betrothal, but is intrigued with a young gentleman named André Laborde.

When things start to develop further and a siege to Paris is in the horizon. Most of the Well-to-do aristocratic families flee the city. Camille has convinced her father that she is quite capable of taking care of herself.

Marielle family has waited to long and have missed their chance to leave the city undetected. Nothing prepares these young women the calamity that befalls the remaining residents left in Paris. As the storyline unfolds a notable french actress Sarah Bernhardt establishes a military hospital. Our young heroine Camille steps up to volunteer. Mariele is moved by the despair of those barely hanging on, as the food becomes scares for everyone especially the poor. She does what she can and finds she is passionate about working with young children.

Seeing first hand disparity of the people, both Camille and her friend Marielle, form a strong bond. We follow these two young woman as their characters grow and evolve, into strong resilient women.

M.K. Tod writing grabs you from the very first in this memorable book.The pace was brisk and vividly rendered, each scene is richly atmospheric. The romance was depicted wonderfully, and I felt invested in both Mariele de Crecy and Camille Noisette lives.

M.K. Tod has created an engaging and memorable heroines, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this propulsive emotional historical fiction.

Paris In Ruins is M.K. Tod’s fourth novel. Mary began writing in 2005 while living as an expat in Hong Kong. What started as an interest in her grandparents’ lives turned into a full-time occupation writing historical fiction. Her other novels are Time and Regret, Lies Told in Silence, and Unravelled. Beyond writing novels, Mary’s award-winning blog, http://www.awriterofhistory.com features the reading and writing of historical fiction. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, you can find her hiking, golfing, traveling, or hanging out with friends and family. Mary is married and has two adult children and two delightful grandchildren.

For more information visit M.K. Tod’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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Review at Passages to the Past

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Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

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Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Review at Carole’s Ramblings

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Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

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Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

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Thursday, April 15
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The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk

Today I have wonderful Young Adult Book Review!

Thanks so much to The Novl #NOVLNation #LBYRPartner for gifting me with, The Other Side Of Perfect


Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date:  May 11th, 2021

Alina Keeler was destined to dance, but then a terrifying fall shatters her leg — and her dreams of a professional ballet career along with it. 

After a summer healing (translation: eating vast amounts of Cool Ranch Doritos and binging ballet videos on YouTube), she is forced to trade her pre-professional dance classes for normal high school, where she reluctantly joins the school musical. However, rehearsals offer more than she expected — namely Jude, her annoyingly attractive castmate she just might be falling for.

But to move forward, Alina must make peace with her past and face the racism she experienced in the dance industry. She wonders what it means to yearn for ballet — something so beautiful, yet so broken. And as broken as she feels, can she ever open her heart to someone else?

Touching, romantic, and peppered with humor, this debut novel explores the tenuousness of perfectionism, the possibilities of change, and the importance of raising your voice. 

For fans of Sarah Dessen and Mary H.K. Choi, this lyrical and emotionally driven YA follows Alina, an aspiring dancer who suffers a devastating injury and must face a world without ballet — as well as the darker side of her former dream


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 OTHER SIDE OF PERFECT by Mariko Turk is a thought provoking insightful look at the struggle a young adult girl must grow through during a pivotal moment in her life.

Alina Keeler, has only had one passionate dream…Ballet.

In a series of events the unthinkable happens and a crushing injury halts any kind of future in ballet.

Her life takes a considerable turn and she finds herself starting her junior year of high school as full time student. No longer an online student that was pursuing a professional career in the arts, everything takes getting adjusted to.

Alina’s lifeline friend Margot helps her settle into her new life at Eagle View High School. Taking on the roll of substitute in a school musical Alina finds herself faced with a set of new obstacles. As she comes to turns with what life has dealt her, she undergoes character changes.

An emotional and hard look at what happens when everything you ever hoped for doesn’t happen. All the hard work and long hours isn’t enough, when fate becomes fickle. Alina has to over come so much so fast that she resents those that are allowed to follow their dreams and aspirations. She also will learn some humility and I enjoyed watching her character grow. A budding angst relationship makes for a memorable romance.

I enjoyed this book so much and I loved that not only was it diverse, or also explores themes of privilege.

Thanks to the author and publisher

Mariko Turk grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in creative writing. She received her PhD in English from the University of Florida, with a concentration in children’s literature. Currently, she works as a Writing Center consultant at the University of Colorado Boulder.

She lives in Colorado with her husband and baby daughter, where she enjoys tea, walks, and stories of all kinds. 

THE LADIES OF THE SECRET CIRCUS

Happy Pubday to The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers

Constance Sayers is an author that continues to deliver unique magical, complex stories.

Her latest release is breathtaking to say the least. If you enjoy genres of timeslip historical fiction, along with magical realism this a must buy!

From the author of A Witch in Time comes a magical story spanning from Jazz Age Paris to present-day America of family secrets, sacrifice, and lost love set against the backdrop of a mysterious circus.

Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder-a world where women tame magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. But each daring feat has a cost. Bound to her family’s strange and magical circus, it’s the only world Cecile Cabot knows-until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate love affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2005: Lara Barnes is on top of the world-until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. Desperate, her search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother’s journals and sweeps her into the story of a dark circus and a generational curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations…

 


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.

Sayers weaves an intricate tale of birthrights, and dark magical secrets.

A thrilling ride of family curses that takes the reader from 1920s Paris to modern-day America. Sayers is one of those authors that excels at writing time slips. This suburb book is so cleverly written that reader is never lost as it changes time periods.

Let’s talk about the magic system, it’s done so well that it’s not disproportionate to the plot line.

A fast moving generational family saga that is Intertwined with an ominous circus.

The writing is detailed, and lush with magical realism. the perfect amount of mystery, along with dynamic skillful character development. I found myself completely immersed within the pages as mysteries unravel, making for an exceptional book.

The characters are well developed and fully fleshed out. All characters are intriguing from Cecile Cabot To Laura’s character who searching for answers to her family’s history. The Jazz Age Paris is enigmatic, along with overall premise of the book.

I really at a loss for words without giving to much away

A spellbinding book that is absorbing, and a highly compulsive read

A CAPTAIN FOR CAROLINE GRAY BLOG

  • Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray (Proper Romance Regency)
  • Author: Julie Wright
  • Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational Fiction
  • Hook: Aboard a “Fishing Fleet” bound for India, an outspoken bluestocking must make the choice of an arranged marriage, or her heart’s desire. 
  • Comparable authors: Georgette Heyer, Julie Klassen, Sarah M. Eden, Sally Britton, Arlem Hawks. 
  • Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook (336) pages

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Regency London

Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.

However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the Fishing Fleet, he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.

The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.

The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.

Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met, thus securing a future for her and her mother, or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?

 

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

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


Caroline Gray, has been unsuccessful in acquiring a suitor let alone a husband.A bluestocking through and through, her outspokenness is not a desirable trait with the gentleman of the ton during the Regency era. The three seasons have proved that She might be headed for a spinster life. Caroline Is given a chance to exceed where she has failed in London, by taking a society Mother offer to travel to India to acquire a husband. Bound for Mumbai, along with several other young women who found themselves in same predicament as was Caroline was back in London.

On board the ship she crosses path with the captain of the ship Mr. Thomas Scott.

He is drawn to her candor and thirst for knowledge, she is unlike most women he has come to know from his frequent travels from England and India. A friendship sparks, but Thomas struggles to keep his emotions in check. Caroline is destined for someone else…

Julie Wright’s newest novel is a historical romance that is wonderful. The author has created an engaging and memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this lovely proper historical romance.

Caroline is a spirited young lady that I found compelling and eager to read about. The storyline has some suspenseful moments and unique twist.

Over all it was engaging story that offers some lovely atmospheric imagery and interesting characterizations. The author narration flows and the characters reactions are depicted well. The plot line holds the readers attention as book progresses, as you are lead up to the ending. Which I actually quite enjoyed, I thought it was romantic and didn’t need an epilogue.

This was tender romance with the perfect amount suspense and twists that didn’t overshadow the characters internal struggles.

Have a wonderful day ❥


ADVANCE PRAISE:

“A charming historical romance in which smarts and sass are vindicated.”— Foreword Reviews

 

“Caroline is a worthy protagonist, whose forthrightness contrasts with the strict propriety of the women around her. Caroline’s repeated failures to meet the expectations placed on women of the time are endearing and only enhance her relationship with the captain, who similarly struggles to navigate social norms. This adventure is sure to entice fans of historical romance.”— Publisher’s Weekly

 

“Wright builds a historical romance which teaches about the dangers of gossip, the need to be true to yourself and the value of sincere apologies…I so loved being swept away at sea once again.”— Heather Gardner, Fire and Ice

“This story examines the historical realities of Englishwomen who sailed to India in search of husbands…I enjoyed the unconventional heroine in a unique setting for the Regency romance genre.” Katie Jackson, RegencyProofreading.com

AUTHOR BIO

Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen and has written over twenty novels since then. She is a Whitney Awards winner for best romance with her books Cross My Heart and Lies Jane Austen Told Me, and she is a Crown Heart recipient for the novel The Fortune Café.

She has one husband, three kids, one dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.

She hates mayonnaise.

 

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The Importance of Pawns (Chronicles of the House of Valois)

Today is my stop on The Importance of Pawns

(Chronicles of the House of Valois) By Keira J. Morgan

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The Importance of Pawns

(Chronicles of the House of Valois)

By Keira J. Morgan

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Book Title: The Importance of Pawns

Series: Chronicles of the House of Valois

Author: Keira J. Morgan

Publication Date: 10th March 2021

Publisher: French Historical Fiction/ Fiction de la renaissance Française (Private self-publishing company)

Page Length: 380 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Based on historical events and characters in sixteenthcenturyFrance, this timeless tale pits envy, power and intrigue against loyalty and the strength of women’s friendships. 

Although the French court dazzles on the surface, beneath its glitter, danger lurks for the three women trapped in its coils as power shifts from one regime to the next. The story begins as Queen Anne lies dying and King Louis’s health declines. Their two daughters, Claude and young Renée, heiresses to the rich duchy of Brittany, become pawns in the game of control. 

Countess Louise d’Angoulême is named guardian to both girls. For years she has envied the dying Queen Anne, the girls’ mother. Because of her family’s dire financial problems, she schemes to marry wealthy Claude to her son. Thisunexpected guardianship presents a golden opportunity, but only if she can remove their protectress Baronne Michelle, who loves the princesses and safeguards their interests. 

As political tensions rise, the futures of Princess Renée and Baronne hang in the balance, threatened by Countess Louise’s plots. 


Will timid Claude untangle the treacherous intrigues Countess Louise is weaving? Will Baronne Michelle and Claude outflank the wily countess to protect young Princess Renée? And can Claude find the courage to defend those she loves?

Praise for The Importance of Pawns:

Love, revenge, deceit, valour, struggle and bravery. These are the keystones of Keira Morgan’s fascinating new novel, The Importance of Pawns. Historical fiction at its best.

 

 

Keira retired from training and management in the Canadian Public Service to follow a career as an author. She now writes from Mexico where she lives happily with a husband, two cats and two dogs. Her doctoral level studies in Renaissance history underlie her historical fiction. She writes about the turbulent sixteenth-century French Renaissance. Her stories tell of powerful women who challenged tradition to play crucial roles in French affairs. Find out more at KJ Morgan — Writer


She also maintains a non-fiction website, All About French Renaissance Women, [https://www.keiramorgan.com] where she writes about the lives of Frenchwomen during the era. She plans to collect their biographies into a book.


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Knight of Runes by Ruth A. Casie

Hello All My Historical Time Traveler Readers

I have a the perfect book just for you today!

Knight of Runes By Ruth A. Casie

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Knight of Runes
by Ruth A. Casie

Publication Date: May 21, 2020
Timeless Scribes Publishing LLC
Paperback & eBook: 368 pages

Genre: Time Travel Romance

 

 

England, 1605. When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka Tyler wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style, he’s intrigued.

Rebeka is no ordinary 17th-century woman – she’s travelled back from the year 2011, and she desperately wants to return to her own time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to find out what’s killing Arik’s land. But as she works to decode the ancient runes that are the key to solving this mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.

As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart, and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.

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

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


Knight of Runes By Ruth A. Casie

Dr Rebka Tyler is an expert in medieval and Renaissance studies, has alway been plagued by a recurring vision. Something she has grown accustomed to, but they are still unnerving to her. She has recently been approved for eighteen months leave, to further her research in England. When mail from a solicitor office in London office arrives. Rebka Tyler’s life is about to change when she opens an envelope with heavy paper and old world styled handwriting. The letter’s contents informs her that she is the only surviving relative of the late Lady Parsons of Wiltshire. She has been left a comfortable Estate that includes the family holding, and Fayne Manor House.

She is excited for opportunity to find more about her family, since her father never revealed any information.

Upon arriving a series of events take place and Rebka finds herself transported back to another time.

Lord Arik, encounters a young woman wondering on his lands, unsure of what to make of Rebeka. Thinking she might be some sort of spy. Even though she claims to be a scribe from London, he has haunch that she is not being completely honest.

Ruth A. Casie brings her gift of storytelling through out this engaging book.

She combines vibrant era details, along with incredible characterization. Rebeka and Lord Arik conduct themselves exactly as they should given their backgrounds and the medieval time period they are placed in.

The Innovative medieval world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable. The author has created an engaging and memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this magical historical romance. The characterizations of places and time along with the characters themselves were absolutely wonderful and so vividly descriptive, placing me easily into the heart of this novel.

Casie’s strong narration carries the reader through a series of trial and tribulations leading you up to the ending. I thought the ending was superbly executed setting up for any follow up book.

If you enjoy historical romance, I highly recommend this book! I read into the early hours of the morning to see what would happen next, and so came to care for the characters, and I hope we see many of them again in future books!

About the Author

Hi – I’m Ruth A. Casie and I write historical and contemporary romance. You might be wondering what I’m about. Sit back and let me tell you.

I’m happiest when I’m telling stories either chatting in a group or writing them down. I love to put my hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They haven’t disappointed. Oh, they complain but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever.

My stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. They will keep you turning the pages until the end. I hope my books become your favorite adventures.

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The Girl in the Painting Review + Giveaway

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Thanks for joining me on my stop for the Blog Tour for The Girl in the Painting by Tea Cooper!

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The Girl in the Painting
by Tea Cooper

Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

 

 

A young prodigy in need of family. A painting that shatters a woman’s peace. And a decades-old mystery demanding to be solved.

Australia, 1906

Orphan Jane Piper is nine years old when philanthropist siblings Michael and Elizabeth Quinn take her into their home to further her schooling. The Quinns are no strangers to hardship— having arrived in Australia as penniless immigrants, they now care for others as lost as they once were.

Despite Jane’s mysterious past, her remarkable aptitude for mathematics takes her far over the next seven years, and her relationship with Elizabeth and Michael flourishes as she plays an increasingly prominent part in their business.

But when Elizabeth reacts in terror to an exhibition at the local gallery, Jane realizes no one knows Elizabeth after all—not even Elizabeth herself. As the past and the present converge and Elizabeth’s grasp on reality loosens, Jane sets out to unravel Elizabeth’s story before it is too late.

From the gritty reality of the Australian goldfields to the grand institutions of Sydney, this compelling novel takes us on a mystery across continents and decades as both women finally discover a place to call home.

Deeply researched. Emotional. Atmospheric and alive. . . Tea Cooper transports the reader to a sweeping landscape of turn of the twentieth century Australia—from the raw realities of the Australian goldfields to the sophisticated institutions of Sydney—and does so with an expert pen. Combining characters that are wonderfully complex with a story spanning decades of their lives, The Girl in the Painting is a triumph of family, faith, and long-awaited forgiveness. I was swept away!” —Kristy Cambron, award-winning author of The Paris Dressmaker and the Hidden Masterpiece novels

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

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


The Girl in the Painting By Tea Cooper

The Girl in the Painting is a masterfully weaved historical fiction. A compelling dual time frame that weaves seamless from the mid 1800s and early 1900s.

Tea Coopers’s latest full length book is another stunning historical fiction. A tale that spans 50 years with mystery and twists to keep any reader on their toes.

Tea Coopers’s has once again, captivated me from page one. I found this story to be entertaining, well thought out, perfectly paced, exciting and intelligent. The author ability to give the reader various perspectives flowed perfectly, revealing new pieces of this historical puzzle.

1906 Maitland town, a precocious Jane Piper nine years is an orphan at a Catholic orphanage. She is summoned to a meeting with a businessman, Michael Ó’Cuinn.

He offers her a once in a lifetime chance, to live with Michael and his notable sister Elizabeth. Her mathematical skills are what draws the Ó’Cuinn’s to her. She is mathematically genius something they wish to cultivate. Even though Jane will soon come to call them Aunt and Uncle. She wasn’t officially adopted but was still considered very much part of the family.

1862 fifteen year old Michael Ó’Cuinn, and his little sister Elizabeth are booked for passage to immigrate from Dublin to ultimately Australia. When a series of events that prevent Elizabeth to travel accompanied by Michael. Instead she travels in the care of a family by the last name Cameron. Camerons who are travelling to Sydney, offer to have Elizabeth share their family accommodation.

Upon arriving in Australia both Michael and Elizabeth find obstacles and setbacks both personal and in business. The family business’s struggles and rise is meticulously detailed along with the brother and sisters personal life.

When the Ó’Cuinn’s take young Jane Piper into their care, they have already made their fortunes in business. Jane’s characters leaps off the page, and I loved reading her personal thoughts. She is bold and forthright as she enter the Ó’Cuinn’s household.

The storyline is exceptional written and the events are beautifully written as the author touches on some emotional thought provoking issues.

I have say by far this is my favorite out of all of Tea Coopers books I have read.This is a Book I highly recommend, a perfect example of a stunning historical fiction.

About the Author

Tea is an award-winning Australian author of historical fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, a journalist, and a farmer. These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling. She is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Horse Thief, The Cedar Cutter, The Currency Lass, The Naturalist’s Daughter, The Woman in the Green Dress, and The Girl in the Painting.

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Sweet and Bitter Magic Blog Tour

Hello everyone! I am so excited to present to you today my stop on the the tour for Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley.

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: March 9th, 2021

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In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Girls of Paper and Fire, a witch cursed to never love meets a girl hiding her own dangerous magic, and the two strike a dangerous bargain to save their queendom.

Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can get those feelings back—even for just a little while—is to steal love from others.

Wren is a source—a rare kind of person who is made of magic, despite being unable to use it herself. Sources are required to train with the Coven as soon as they discover their abilities, but Wren—the only caretaker to her ailing father—has spent her life hiding her secret.

When a magical plague ravages the queendom, Wren’s father falls victim. To save him, Wren proposes a bargain: if Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for creating the plague, then Wren will give Tamsin her love for her father.

Of course, love bargains are a tricky thing, and these two have a long, perilous journey ahead of them—that is, if they don’t kill each other first..


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.


Sweet & Bitter Magic is a gorgeously written debut by Adrienne Tooley.

Seventeen year old Tamsin is a banished witch living and serving the townspeople of Ladaugh. Cast out from the coven where normally she would have faced death for her misguided decision using dark magic. She is instead cursed with the inability to feel life’s joys and love. Expelled from the World Within, she only excepts payment from the ordinary folk in the form a commodity of love. Living in a perpetual gray existence, she is bitter. Only twelve years old Tamsin was once headed to greatness. When five years prior she attempted to use dark magic, and bind her power to that of her twin sister’s life. A heavy handed penance for such a young witch all because she loved her sister so much that she would risk anything.

Wren has given up so much for the sake of her sickly father. He requires constant attendance to his daily needs. On the break of continuous starvation, she dreams of escape. Saving every little bit of money she can stow away, hoping one day from the never ending burden placed on her shoulders. She harbors a dangerous secret, one that would take her away from her village and her father. Wren is an undocumented magical source.

Thirty years ago when the Dark Witch Evangeline Sickness spread throughout the lands. Bringing about changes that make sure Witches and Sources are trained far way from ordinary folk. Where they can be closely watched. Tamisn and Wren find themselves on a harrowing journey in more ways than one.

You are thrown right into a beautiful, vivid and established world with fully fleshed out characters, and a exceptional magical system. A book was so entertaining and extremely hard for me to put down, I completely raced through this one!

Adrienne Tooley excels and precision narration with alternating chapters between the third-person POV of two protagonists. This is no ordinary Y’a Fantasy, with action adventure. This tale has substance, hands down! The characters are raw and believable. The strength of this novel handsdown is the author’s fabulous characterizations.

The love story is a slow burn sapphic one, that took just the right amount of steps.The storyline was creative and original. Rich atmospheric details was a highlight in this YA Fantasy. I found it to be riveting and intensely entertaining.

Looking forward to reading more from this talented author. I have a feeling that Adrienne Tooley is going to be an auto buy author for me.

Thank you to Simon Teen for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

Content Warnings:

– frequent discussions and depictions of grief regarding loss of a loved one, including: death of a sibling, death of a parent, and death of a friend

– depictions of anxiety, depression, and mental illness

– emesis (mention of vomiting on page)

– brief mention of needles (tattooing)

– amnesia

Adrienne Tooley 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, will publish from S&S/McElderry in Spring 2021. Her second novel, SOFI AND THE BONE SONG, will release from S&S/McElderry in 2022.

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The Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan Byrne

Hello Fellow Readers,

The final book in Kerrigan Byrne’s magnificent Devil You Know series is out today !

I’ve loved every single book in this series, and Francesca’s story did not disappoint.

It’s a grand tale if you enjoy heat rush Historical Romances full of suspense and intrigue, Kerrigan Byrne’s novels ones not to miss.

St. Martin’s Express

The Devil in Her Bed (Devil You Know, #3)by Kerrigan Byrne 
Series: Devil You Know #3 
Published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks on March 9, 2021 
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance 
Pages: 416 

Buy on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, BookBub 
Goodreads 

“Will suck readers in…a worthy finale.” – Publishers Weekly

“Flawlessly written.” – Booklist

“Hot romance and tantalizing intrigue…Readers will be delighted.” – Publishers Weekly starred review

“Amazon Editor’s Pick for March Best Romances”
 

He lives in secret service to the Crown—a man of duty, deception, and an undeniable attraction to a woman who threatens to tear his whole world apart.
They call him the Devil of Dorset. He stands alone, a man of undeniable power. Moving in and out of shadows, back alleys and ballrooms, he is unstoppable and one of the Crown’s most dangerous weapons. However, when he sets his sights on the undeniably beautiful Countess of Mont Claire, Francesca Cavendish, he doesn’t realize that he has met a match like no other.
TRUE LOVE WEARS NO DISGUISE
Francesca is a countess by day and stalks her prey—those responsible for the death of her family—by night. What she does not expect is to be thrown into the path of the devil himself, the Earl of Devlin. She has secrets of her own and he seems determined to lay them bare. Can her heart survive finding the love of her life and losing him when all is revealed?
“Romantic, lush, and suspenseful.”—New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch


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 Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan ByrneIn is the last installment in the Devil You Know series.

A suspense fast moving plot, with steamy romance makes for a nonstop book.

By day Francesca is a countess, but by night she hunts those responsible for the deaths of her family.

The Devil of Dorset has gone by many alias throughout his lifetime. He has crossed Francisco path on several occasions. He keeps his secrets and his identity which in the shadows. The Earl of Devlin is employed secretly by the Crown. He considered to be the Crown’s most deadliest weapon, nicknamed the Devil of Dorset.

Wanting the same thing both the Devil and Francisco ultimately to destroy The Crimson Council. Francisco will stop at nothing to see them fall. Even if means her own safety.

A highly addictive book with some thrilling twists. This one passionate historical romance.


Devil You Know – Recommended Reading Order

(standalone stories with interconnected characters)

If you’re anything like me, the best night is one spent with a brawny highlander, a mysterious werewolf, a conflicted vampire, or a hot-headed Irishman. My stories span the spectrum of romantic fiction from historical, to paranormal, to romantic suspense. But I can always promise my readers one thing: memorable and sexy Celtic heroes who are guaranteed to heat your blood before they steal your heart. Lose yourself in the enchanted Celtic Isles, you never know who, or what, will find you…

Gory Details Review

Hello Friends and welcome to my stop on Gory Details

Blog Tour

#GoryDetails, and tag @tlcbooktours and @erika_engelhaupt.

About Gory Details

Publisher: National Geographic (March 2, 2021)
Hardcover: 336 pages

Infused with Mary Roach-style humor and science, this narrative illuminates the gross, strange, morbid, and outright absurd realities of our bodies, the Earth, and universe.

Filled to the brim with far-out facts, this wickedly informative narrative from the author of National Geographic’s popular Gory Details blog takes us on a fascinating journey through an astonishing new reality. Blending humor and journalism in the tradition of Mary Roach, acclaimed science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world’s most murderous mammals, this entertaining book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with leading researchers in the field and a large dose of wit, this provocative book reveals the most intriguing real-world applications of science in all their glory.

This was such a fascinating collection of facts all with compelling descriptions and snarky humor. The author introduces the reader morbid curiosity to some very intriguing questions. A dive into the somewhat gross and taboo topic, that you probably have always were curious about, and some you may never even thought of.

So get ready to step out of your comfort zone and into the dark and and a little creepy side of science. If you are anything like I am that has always been fascinated with this the obscure and twinge induced things. Than this book is definitely up your alley. I found it humorous, but also very informative about some off canter topics that have been circling around in my head.

Thanks so much for joining me today

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About Erika Engelhaupt

Erika Engelhaupt has written for and edited top science magazines, newspapers, and websites, including National Geographic, Science News, Scientific American, and NPR. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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

KNIGHT’S RANSOM by Jeff Wheeler Blog Tour

Hey Book Nerds!

Welcome to my stop on the KNIGHT’S RANSOM by Jeff Wheeler Official Blog Tour.

Publisher : 47North (January 26, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 431 pages
ISBN-10 : 154202529X
ISBN-13 : 978-1542025294


Praise for KNIGHT’S RANSOM

“Jeff Wheeler has always been one of our more dependable storytellers. Knight’s Ransom adds to his reputation. A fine page-turner.” —Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author.

“With this superlative epic fantasy…Wheeler does an expert job of reintroducing his fantasy world through the eyes of sympathetic characters that fans and new readers alike will root for. This is sure to be a hit.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Wheeler] adds elements of Arthurian legend to the start of the First Argentines series…along with splendid palace intrigues and battles.” —Booklist (starred review)

From Jeff Wheeler, the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain novels, comes an epic new series of warring kingdoms, deadly family rivalries, and fearless loyalty.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. A brutal war of succession has plunged the court of Kingfountain into a power struggle between a charitable king who took the crown unlawfully and his ambitious rival, Devon Argentine. The balance of power between the two men hinges on the fate of a young boy ensnared in this courtly intrigue. A boy befittingly nicknamed Ransom.

When the Argentine family finally rules, Ransom must make his own way in the world. Opportunities open and shut before him as he journeys along the path to knighthood, blind to a shadowy conspiracy of jealousy and revenge. Securing his place will not be easy, nor will winning the affection of Lady Claire de Murrow, a fiery young heiress from an unpredictably mad kingdom.

Ransom interrupts an abduction plot targeting the Queen of Ceredigion and earns a position in service to her son, the firstborn of the new Argentine dynasty. But conflict and treachery threaten the family, and Ransom must also come to understand and hone his burgeoning powers—abilities that involve more than his mastery with a blade and that make him as much a target as his lord.

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

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


Did you know Jeff Wheeler’s Kingfountain Series is being adapted for Tv?

I am screaming!! Are you Screaming?

Hello Bookish Friends Everywhere, Let’s return to the Kingfountain.

Knight’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler is a masterful tale of knights and intrique. A compelling coming of age story that will delight readers everywhere.

Marshall Barton, “Ransom”, the second son of a lord is sent to King Gervase of Kingfountain. He becomes Royal hostage at a young age, to bring Marshall’s Father to heel. During the years as a hostage, at King Gervase’s court he befriends and develops a relationships with another child Claire de Murrow.

In a series of events that have a climatic change in Ransom’s situation. He becomes in broiled in courtly drama and intrigue. Taking his destiny into his own hands and trains as a Knight. His determination, and internal moral code makes him a strong and compelling character. Jeff Wheeler expanding magic system is notable. The setting and world building are brought to life with unique details making highly compulsive. Character development and the complexity of the relationship between Ransom and Claire are wonderful depicted.

The writing flows effortlessly and was mesmerizing, Wheeler has a real way with words that pulls you in. I have to say that Wheeler is dynamic storyteller, plain and simple. This book checks all my points on what makes for a exquisite fantasy fiction.

Hands down Wheeler’s ability to create an enduring hero, is applauded. There are a few suspenseful twists to keep you guessing, and the ending is set up in a way for the next installment.

Once again Jeff Wheeler delivers a bold new fantasy with knightly adventure, that is engaging, and makes for one stunning book. This is one book I highly recommend if enjoy exceptional fantasy fiction.

A remarkable page turner book that should be on your TBR

Photo Content from Jeff Wheeler

Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains. His books have been on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list 5 times (for The Thief’s Daughter, The King’s Traitor, The Hollow Crown, The Silent Shield, and Prism Cloud) and have sold more than 4 million copies. His novels have also been published or will be published in many languages: Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Turkish, Polish, Spanish, Russian, and German.

He is also the founder of Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Science Fiction (www.deepmagic.co), a quarterly e-zine featuring amazing short stories, novellas, and sample chapters.

You can usually find Jeff at Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con or at writers conferences.

He welcomes hearing from readers: jgwheels /at/ gmail dot com

If you are interested in purchasing signed copies of his books for friends, family, or your own collection, please e-mail: WOJWbooks /at/ gmail dot com

      
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The End of Dreams Book Tour!

Hello and welcome to my stop on The End of Dreams Book Tour!

Hosted by @sot_tours @MarcusLeebooks

#theendofdreams #thegiftedandthecursed #readindie #storytellersontour

As Daleth the Witch-King and his horde ready themselves for the final battle, a small alliance prepares for a desperate last stand.

However, the alliance is weak and fractured, led by a king interested only in retaining his wealth and a lord commander consumed by his thirst for revenge. With a seemingly unbeatable army before them, invisible foes amongst them, and broken hearts between them, the alliance appears destined to fall.

Yet in these dark times, her light almost extinguished, a peasant huntress is soon to be queen. But if she can find what was lost, she might prove to be more powerful than two kings combined.

This war will bring about the end of dreams, but for whom, the gods have yet to decide.

THE END OF DREAMS BY MARCUS LEE

SERIES: The Gifted and the Cursed (#3)

GENRE: Dark Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Epic Romance

PAGE COUNT: 403

AGE GROUP: New Adult / Adult

RELEASE: January 2021

CONTENT WARNING: Frequent violence, Mild infrequent profanity


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 final installment in The Gifted and the Cursed trilogy

The End of Dreams is a fantastic, epic conclusion.

Once again Lee’s adrenaline rush storytelling is brilliantly executed.

The End of Dreams picks up in the wake of the events following Tristian’s Folly.

The characters have been scattered, from the battle and the siege.

The storyline is well paced with reveals that come at just the right time. The authors narration and the flows effortlessly and smoothly. Making this book a fast read one that I completely inhaled.

The tension of this book is like tightly coiled spring. The world building is rich and stunning. The atmospheric details are astounding , but hands down its the authors ability to create a strong character driven fantasy. You become invested in the characters and what happing to them as you follow in their trial and tribulations.

Lee is able to tie all the loose ends together, to make a solid conclusion. As a reader you won’t be disappointed, I have to say that that even though it is the last book of this series, it is by far my favorite. There is a thread that loops around that was started in the first book that continues through the second book all the way through leading and connecting the characters as the storyline unfolds. The battle scenes are perfectly orchestrated and you will find yourself front and center as the this action packed tale will have hooked.

An exceptional intensely entertaining fantasy series, that holds a special place on my library shelve.

Writing hasn’t always been a serious hobby for me … but it has always been there, lurking in the shadows, serving me well when called upon.

As I look back over the years, I realise I was guilty of writing many short stories, as well as poetry, and I’d like to think, that even if they were never intended to be published, they were nonetheless warmly received by the intended recipients.

Then in 2019, I was inspired to write not just a short story, or poetry, but a book. Then, suddenly, one book turned into a trilogy and a labour of love, and it was a love I wanted to share with the world.

So, here we are. The pandemic that put my career in sport on hold also gave me the opportunity to lavish time on my alternative hobby, or if demand dictates my new career.

However, only you, the reader, will decide whether this trilogy, which is still a work in progress, will be the first of many. I genuinely hope so.

Who knows, now these creatives juices are flowing, I might just keep on writing anyway.

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Epic fantasy has been my favourite genre since I first read The Odyssey and The Illiad as a seven-year-old. Now it’s my turn to see if I can bring another world to life in the imagination of others.

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The Steel Beneath the Silk Blog Tour + Giveaway

The Steel Beneath the Silk
by Patricia Bracewell

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Bellastoria Press

Series: The Emma of Normandy Series, Book 3
Genre: Medieval/Historical Fiction

 

 

A breathtaking conclusion to Bracewell’s Emma of Normandy Trilogy, brimming with treachery, heartache, tenderness and passion as the English queen confronts ambitious and traitorous councilors, invading armies and the Danish king’s power-hungry concubine.

In the year 1012 England’s Norman-born Queen Emma has been ten years wed to an aging, ruthless, haunted King Æthelred. The marriage is a bitterly unhappy one, between a queen who seeks to create her own sphere of influence within the court and a suspicious king who eyes her efforts with hostility and resentment. But royal discord shifts to grudging alliance when Cnut of Denmark, with the secret collusion of his English concubine Elgiva, invades England at the head of a massive viking army. Amid the chaos of war, Emma must outwit a fierce enemy whose goal is conquest and outmaneuver the cunning Elgiva, who threatens all those whom Emma loves.

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

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


The last installment in Patricia Bracewell in The Emma Of Normandy Trilogy.

A beguiling richly atmospheric book that catapults the reader into the the eleventh century. An unpredictable turbulent time, with complex alliances continuously moving back and forth. Both England and the Danes struggle to gain supreme rule, but only one will succeed.

A stunning woven tapestry with an expansive cast of well defined characters.

The Viking Dane’s have been raging a continuous war, with their ultimate goal being complete invasion. England and King Æthelred, are barely holding on.

Emma was sent to England as a child bride of Normandy. An arranged marriage to the English King Athelred. His unstable ability to remain on the throne is evident and his paranoid disposition is evident. As the storyline progresses we see the fall of this King and rise of another. A compelling tale of vindictive characters and power struggles as the rise and fall of the English empire swiftly changes.

Patricia Bracewell unique descriptive prose is astounding, as she deftly weaves threads of historical fact along with her own imagined creativity, to create a colourful fabric affording unique insights into the life of Emma of Normandy of eleventh century.

Focusing on the years 1012 to 1017 Queen Emma growth of character is superbly done. Her strength and fortitude is evident as seek to align herself with those who would benefit her and her sons. Bracewell writing is polished with impeccable execution and has been worth the wait.

Historical fans will be pleased with this last book in this powerful series. Emma of Normandy’s story comes full to life under Bracewell very talented writing expertise. This legendary Queen who’s place in history has been somewhat over looked by the masses.

A stunning series that will richly reward the attention of any reader who enjoys strong heroines, and engaging historical fiction.

Have a wonderful day!

About the Author

Patricia Bracewell grew up in Los Angeles where her love of stories led to college degrees in Literature, a career as a high school English teacher, and a yearning to write. Her first novel, Shadow on the Crown, about the 11th-century queen of England, Emma of Normandy, was published in 2013. Its sequel, The Price of Blood, appeared in 2015. The final book of her Emma of Normandy Trilogy, The Steel Beneath the Silk will be published March 2, 2021.

Patricia lives with her husband in Oakland, California.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 1
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

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Guest Post at Novels Alive

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Review at Into the Hall of Books

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Review at Passages to the Past

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Feature at The Whispering Bookworm

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Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

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Review at Novels Alive

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Interview at Books & Benches

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Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Review at Jorie Loves a Story
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During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two paperback copies of The Steel Beneath the Silk!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on March 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Takakush (Genus Magica #1)

Takakush (Genus Magica #1)
By Raine Reiter
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/ Dark Fantasy/ Urban fantasy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 25 January 2021

Blurb:
“A fantastic tale that weaves a spell of ancient mysticism and modern charm.” –Tim Marquitz, Author of the Demon Squadseries, The Enemy of My Enemy series, and more

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author:

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

A fifth generation Washingtonian, Raine lives in the gloomy Pacific Northwest and prowls the rainforest with her silly spaniel, Luke.

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TO THE DARK BY CHRIS NICKSON

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To The Dark
by Chris Nickson

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Severn House Publishers

Series: A Simon Westow Mystery, Book 3
Genre: Historical Mystery

 

 

Winter is about to take a chilling twist…

Thief-taker Simon Westow is drawn into a deadly puzzle when the melting snow reveals a dark secret in this gripping historical mystery, perfect for fans of Anne Perry and Charles Finch.

Leeds, 1822. The city is in the grip of winter, but the chill deepens for thief-taker Simon Westow and his young assistant, Jane, when the body of Laurence Poole, a petty local thief, emerges from the melting snow by the river at Flay Cross Mill.

A coded notebook found in Laurence’s room mentions Charlie Harker, the most notorious fence in Leeds who’s now running for his life, and the mysterious words: To the dark. What was Laurence hiding that caused his death? Simon’s hunt for the truth pits him against some dangerous, powerful enemies who’ll happily kill him in a heartbeat – if they can.

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Praise for the Simon Westow Mystery Series

“This dark tale features a strong and sympathetic hero as well as equally appealing supporting characters … Likely to draw in readers of Andrea Penrose, Charles Finch, and Anne Perry” -Library Journal on The Hanging Psalm

“This historical tour de force reminds readers who come for the mystery that life hasn’t changed for the disenfranchised” -Kirkus Reviews Starred Review of The Hocus Girl

“Gripping … offers authentic period ambiance, vivid characters, crisp dialogue, and plenty of twists” – Booklist on The Hanging Psalm

“Outstanding … Historical mysteries don’t get much better than this” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Hocus Girl

“An exciting debut … Steeped in Regency atmosphere, it holds your interest from beginning to end” – Kirkus Reviews on The Hanging Psalm

“Solid … a welcome contrast to such aristocratic Regency sleuths as C.S. Harris’s Sebastian St. Cyr.” – Publishers Weekly on The Hanging Psalm

“This is an excellent historical mystery, the second in the Simon Westow series. Readers will enjoy it and look forward to additional books.” – Historical Novels Review of The Hocus Girl

“Beautifully balanced between suspense and action … the historical background … as always, engaging, detailed and authentic.” – Joanne Harris, bestselling author of Chocolat, on The Hocus Girl

“Combines multiple twists, vivid descriptions of life in the early nineteenth century, strong characters, and a surprising ending. A perfect read-alike for David Liss’ popular series starring another British thief-taker.” – Benjamin Weaver, Booklist on The Hocus Girl


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.


To The Dark By Chris Nickson.

A riveting, impeccably written historical crime novel.

Leads England 1823 after two weeks of being snowed in the snow has started to melt.

The industrial revolution brought about factories that spew heavy smoke into the air, and jobs means a steady influx of people. Simon Westow, a thief-taker and his assistant Jane. Both making their living on rewards for the return of stolen goods. A profitable occupation to be sure, as theft is a constant occurrence in Leeds.

When the snow melts, a body surfaces, that of Laurence Poole a thief. Poole was involved in the Fullbrook robbery, and Simon was able to recover the goods stolen that Poole had taken. In close inspection Westow and Jane retrieve a coded notebook from Laurence’s Pooles room, just before the Constable has any time to search for clues. The notebook mentions a notorious fence Charlie Harker, but most of it is in code. Relying on information from Harker Simon and Jane find themselves plunging deeper into a dangerous mystery.

An absorbing plot line, with highly realistic details makes for an intense crime thriller. The novel starts off like a steam roller and didn’t let up. Right from the beginning you are immediately hooked. Chris Nickson excels beyond comparison, and I have to say he one of my favorite authors. The cast of characters are so well depicted with his outstanding narration. The book is at contant brisk pace making it absolutely un-put-down-able.

Jane is an outstanding character, able to blend into shadows almost undetected. A clever girl who can be a force to be reckoned with. Stealth with a past habitual habit of cutting herself for her failures. She adds so much complexity to the storyline. She is incredible and I see why she has a vast reader following.

To The Dark is the third book in Chris Nickson’s historical crime series featuring thief-taker Simon Westow. Even though it’s in a series, please don’t let that shy you away from venturing into its dark corners. The author is that good, he gives just enough backstory that it’s an easy standalone.

A masterfully written historical crime novel that is a rewarding read!

I’m a novelist and music journalist, the author of many books set between the 1730s and 1950s in Leeds, as well as others in medieval Chesterfield and 1980s Seattle.

Above all, though, it’s Leeds I love, the people, the sense of the place changing with time. Yes, I write mysteries, but ultimately they’re books about people and their relationships, and the crime becomes a moral framework for the story.

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The Earl’s Lady Geologist

Hello lovelies today is my stop on The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter, which is being hosted by HFBT!

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The Earl’s Lady Geologist
by Alissa Baxter

Publication Date: February 28, 2021
Vinspire Publishing

Series: Linfield Ladies Series, Book One
Genre: Regency Romance

 

 

Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury.

Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment he vows never to fall in love again, and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad.

Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy’s life is threatened, the two realise that love matters more than their objections.

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Praise for The Earl’s Lady Geologist

“A gentle Regency romance, full of sweetness and intelligence. Alissa Baxter’s writing is period perfect.” -Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement

“The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter deftly weaves together the charm of a traditional Regency romance, fascinating information on scientific society of the time, with a quiet subtext about the challenges faced by women interested in pursuing science. This first book in a new series is wonderfully satisfying on many levels!” -Mary Jo Putney, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author

“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

“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. A spirited heroine, a brooding hero, lots of sparkling banter and an authentic Regency setting—with added fossils! Great fun. From Lyme Regis to the drawing rooms of London, Alissa Baxter takes the reader back to the time of Jane Austen.”
Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances


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.


Cassandra Linfield, was given an unconventional upbringing, her father encouraged her love for the geological sciences. She is no simpering miss, and would be perfectly happy being a spinster, or so she thinks. Spending her time combing beaches unearthing treasured fossils. Eventually she will have to conform and she finds herself having her first London’s season.

Cassandra, is a character that you can not help feel drawn to. A young lady who follows the beat of her own drum. She is willful and can be quite stubborn, making her a perfect independent leading lady.

Lord Edward Sinclair, Earl of Rothbury is a geologist, has given up marrying for love. Now seeking a wife for convenience, meets lovely Cassy in a most unique situations.

On the beach while she is preoccupied with finding fossils for her extensive collection. Without a care in the world about her appearance.

The two meet again in London, while their paths cross during the London’s season, while dodging would be suitors. Edward cynical personality slowly changes toward Cassy, as two find themselves working together on a geological paper. Events unfold and Cassandra finds herself a direct object of malicious intent.

Baxter gives us an engaging and memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this lovely historical romance Cassandra, is a character that you can feel drawn to. You can’t help but root for her. A young lady who follows the beat of her own drum. She is willful and can be quite stubborn, making her a perfect leading lady.

Alyssa Baxter delivers a well-paced and beautifully written story here, that is both interesting, compelling. The characters are well developed and I found quite compassionate to read about. The setting and Regency period details were authentic. The witty dialogue was well executed, along with the sensitivity of some of the emotional aspects of the story. That I found added more depth to the storyline.

This heart warming regency story captivated my heart. The romance was lovely as the chemistry blossomed slowly but gracefully. A perfect read for me, I highly recommend this book to friends and family.

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 school and university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she published her first Regency novel, The Dashing Debutante.

Alissa travelled overseas and worked as a flight attendant in Dubai before she moved to England, where she did an odd assortment of jobs while researching her second novel, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which she wrote when she moved back to South Africa. Alissa’s third Regency novel, A Marchioness Below Stairs, is the sequel to Lord Fenmore’s Wager.

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 also 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.

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Excerpt at Hopewell’s Public Library of Life

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Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Review at Read Review Rejoice

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Guest Post at Coffee and Ink

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Isoldesse Blog Tour

Hello Booklovers I have a very special book today
Isoldesse by Kimberly Grymes
Review + An Amazing Giveaway
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Isoldesse by Kimberly Grymes

Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi Fantasy

Publishing Date: March 2, 2021

ISOLDESSE – Synopsis from Goodreads

Friendships are tested, new alliances are made, and the truth of one woman’s actions from over a millennia ago are revealed.

Kenna and Meegan are college students dealing with upcoming finals, needy parents, boy drama, and what to do with their lives after they graduate in a few weeks. What they weren’t expecting was for Kenna to receive a powerful crystal necklace that ultimately changes their plans for a relaxing summer.

Strange things begin to happen to Kenna, like being the only one who can see and talk to the mysterious old woman with a golden aura. Or how in her dreams, a man with vibrant orange eyes keeps appearing who may or may not be real. Though, not all of Kenna’s mysterious encounters are pleasant as she’s haunted by massive beings carrying long swords and wearing armor covered in black scales.

Besides solving the mystery of where the crystal necklace came from, Kenna, Meegan, and their friends are taken to another world for a routine evolutionary assessment. The assessment gets sabotaged and causes more chaos for Kenna and her friends, especially for Meegan who is forced to open up and reveal her true identity and the magic she hides.

There’s one name that Kenna, Meegan, the Sendarians, and the monsters who’ve been hunting Meegan and her family for over a century all have in common…

Giveaway (US Only):

Two readers will win a giveaway package of Isoldesse. This giveaway starts on February 22nd and ends on March 1st

Direct Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/fc15a59522/?

Giveaway package includes:

– One signed hardcover

– two desktop wallpaper images

– two customized bookmarks

– A full set of character prints (13 character prints total)

– A full set of character pins (13 pins)

– One Isoldesse title pin

– One Isoldesse title magnet (it’s a pin but with a magnetic backing)

– Isoldesse inspired bookmarks from Mirkwood Scribes, an ETSY shop (collaboration)

– One Isoldesse bookmark (that I created and had printed)

– One Isoldesse 5×7 print image

– One “bookish” 5×7 print image

– One Isoldesse inspired keychain


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.

Isoldesse by Kimberly Grymes, is an urban sci-FYI with fantasy elements.

The storyline follows a group of college friends, with end of college drawing to a close. Secrets are plentiful, and certain events catapult the group into a dynamic adventure. An engaging storytold in alternating perspectives from a vast cast of characters. I felt drawn to Kenna and Meegan, enjoying their narration as the storyline unfolded. As they are thrown into a battle of alien races along with their friends.

Innovative world building and magic system makes this compulsively readable.

When Kimberly Grymes is not writing, reading, or blogging, she’s usually hanging out with her husband and kids, baking treats, or keeping busy with crafts. As much as she enjoys reading books, she loves watching movies and TV, and is always on the lookout for the next great sci-fi or fantasy show to watch. Her favorite part of the day is TV time in the evening with her husband and two min-pins, Jubilee and Cori. She currently lives in Kansas, where her allergies are much better than they were in Connecticut.

Kimberly has a small book blog called the Plum Report in which she reads and reviews science-fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and or dystopian books. She also enjoys taking bookstagram pictures and sharing them with the book community on Instagram.

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February 23rd
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February 26th
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February 27th
Stuck in the Stacks – Interview & Review
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The London Monster by Donna Scott

Hello Historical Suspense Readers, I have a treat for you today!

Welcome to my stop on The London Monster by Donna Scott! Hosted by HFVBT BlogTours

The London Monster by Donna Scott

Publication Date: November 21, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 322 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

In 1788, exactly one hundred years before Jack the Ripper terrorizes the people of London, a sexual miscreant known as the London Monster roams the streets in search of his next victim…

Thomas Hayes, having lost his mother in a vicious street assault, becomes an underground pugilist on a mission to rid the streets of violent criminals. But his vigilante actions lead to him being mistaken for the most terrifying criminal of all.

Assistance arrives in the form of Sophie Carlisle, a young journalist with dreams of covering a big story, though she is forced to masquerade as a man to do it. Trapped in an engagement to a man she doesn’t love, Sophie yearns to break free to tell stories that matter about London’s darker side—gaming, prostitution, violence—and realizes Tom could be the one to help. Together, they come up with a plan.

Straddling the line between his need for vengeance and the need to hide his true identity as a politician’s son becomes increasingly difficult as Tom is pressured to win more fights. The more he wins, the more notoriety he receives, and the greater the chance his identity may be exposed—a revelation that could jeopardize his father’s political aspirations and destroy his family’s reputation.

Sophie is also in danger as hysteria spreads and the attacks increase in severity and frequency. No one knows who to trust, and no one is safe—Tom included, yet he refuses to end the hunt.

Little does he realize, the monster is also hunting him.

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

The London Monster by Donna Scott, Is Perfection!

Donna Scott’s latest novel is a must read for those who enjoy phenomenal suspense historical fiction.

Set in England as we are leaving behind the Georgian Period, and rushing into the Regency Era.

There is a Monstrous villain is loose in London, exactly one hundred years before the notorious Jake the Ripper. Sophie Carlisle is a bold young lady, who struggles under the bonds that have been placed upon her by her social standing, and what is expected of women during this time period. It would seem her life is all planned out for her, soon to be married. She is engaged to Cuthbert, but is not in love with him.

Throwing caution, and her reputation, out the window. She is driven to be known as an accomplished journalist. Seeking information about the latest developments of the the vile man who is stalking the beautiful woman of London. Going under cover she befriends a girl Maeve from Parker’s Place bawdy house.

Thomas Hayes, was at the wrong place and the time. He encounter the dangerous individual who is prying on woman. Mistaken for the Illustrious criminal, he finds himself at the end of noose. Fate would seem to be un his side when a miraculous event occurs. His actions are a sore spot for his family and he is constantly reminded that his appearance within society should be beyond reproach.

Then we have the villain himself, his incredible thoughts and feelings are cleverly journaled within the books chapters. The London Monster’s diabolical actions are laid open for the reader to be expertly enticed into his rationalization of his crimes.

He prides himself on his cleverness to elude those seeking to capture him.

Once again Donna Scott mastered the art of brilliant narration. This one of my most favourite books in this genre.

This is one of those books that you just have to read to know what feeling I’m getting at. It sucks you in and keeps you hungry for more until you reach the mind-blowing ending. It’s a unique and unforgettable story told through a brilliant multi narrative.

The author delivers an intriguing, engaging, complex and well-written multi-layered story here with absolutely wonderful character development, a suspenseful mystery, and a thoughtful and emotional storyline. 

I was absorbed deep within these characters lives, questioning their situations and decisions. I couldn’t figure out who to believe – my thoughts flip flopped from one chapter to the next. The narrative was brilliantly executed – I loved the way the plot unfolded. I was completely invested in the storyline. I was was invested in the love triangle and I thought the London Monster’s diary entries are fascinating.

I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy!

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.

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Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

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Review at Coffee and Ink

Sons of Pemberley: A Pride & Prejudice Reimagining by Elizabeth Adams

Hello Austen’s Fans I have a compelling book for you. So grab yourself a cuppa and let me tell you about Elizabeth Adams newest book.

There is a giveaway at the end of this post. So please Enter to Win!

Thanks for joining me on my blog tour stop for Sons of Pemberley by Elizabeth Adams hosted by HFBT!

Sons of Pemberley: A Pride & Prejudice Reimagining by Elizabeth Adams

Publication Date: November 27, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 468 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Regency

What if Lady Anne Darcy was alive to meet Elizabeth Bennet?

A sweeping tale of tragedy, devotion, and betrayal—spanning over 25 years and two generations—this family saga explores the life Fitzwilliam Darcy would have had if his mother had not died young.

An up-close view of the Darcys’ marriage and Fitzwilliam’s childhood … a retelling of the circumstances that shaped the man we have come to love … a reimagining of the friendships and relationships that formed each iconic character … a tale of love, loss, heartbreak, and triumph—that is Sons of Pemberley.

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

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


SONS OF PEMBERLEY: A PRIDE & PREJUDICE REIMAGINING BY ELIZABETH ADAMS

If you ever feel your friends wouldn’t save your life if the situation called for it, find new friends.”

Elizabeth Adams has written a wonderfully reimagined Autenque.

I was captivated and enjoyed how the author created a wonderful heartbreaking storyline, while taking liberties with Austen’s characters.

You have George Darcy, Samuel Wickham, Fitzwilliam Darcy and George Wickham., who make up the Sons of Pemberley. This version centers on Lady Anne, a well known character of Jane Austen. Her life and her love story, along with many more characters in Pride & Prejudice.

A richly detailed in-depth family saga, that weaves seamlessly back and forth. Lady Anne and George Darcy, along with their sons make up the eloquently written tale. Adams should be applauded for originality, along with her impeccable characters development.

Told in dual time lines that flow superbly, allowing the reader to become more intimate with the characters. The authors recreation of a beloved classic is masterly done.

Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips – as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand.

She writes romantic comedy and comedic drama in both historic and modern settings.

You can find more information, short stories, and outtakes at www.EAdamsWrites.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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Review at Probably at the Library

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Review at Amy’s Booket List

Wednesday, February 17
Interview at Austenprose
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, February 18
Excerpt at Bookish Rantings

Saturday, February 20
Review at Nursebookie

Monday, February 22
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, February 23
Interview at Novels Alive
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Wednesday, February 24
Review at Heidi Reads
Review at Novels Alive

We have 2 paperbacks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Audiobook download codes up for grabs during the tour!

The giveaway is open to the US & Canada only and ends on February 24th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria

Hello Lovelies,

I am back, I have been without power or water during the Texas catastrophe!

Also I am a day late in posting some blog tours. Please forgive for not being able to post anything!

Today is my stop on the This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria.

@tbrbeyondtours & @avictoriantale #thisgoldenflame #TBRBeyondTours #emilyvictoria

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

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One winner will receive a signed finished copy of This Golden Flame and some swag. The giveaway

starts on February 15th and ends on February 22nd.

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Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.

In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible—she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father—their nation’s greatest traitor—once tried to destroy the automatons.

Suddenly, the Scriptorium isn’t just trying to control Karis; it’s hunting her. Together with Alix, Karis must find her brother…and the secret that’s held her country in its power for centuries.


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

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


This Golden Flame, is a debut novel by the by the author Emily Victoria.

This is a fast paced moving magical adventure, with engaging characters and a stunning magical system.

The author seamless narration flows perfectly as the book is told by to POV’s. This tale starts with Karis and Alix, kidnapped off the streets of their home island. Karis finds herself forcibly separated from her brother when they were brought to Tallis island.

Karis’s ultimate goal is to find her brother once arriving at the Scriptorium. Seven long years of separation, and during this time she steals books and teaches non-binary character, to a m/m relationship, all of which is openly accepted without problem. But we also get an asexual main character in Karis. Adding more depth to the characters made for a memorable book. This is one book that shrugs off the normal suffering of some books have with their romantic entanglements.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I and am looking forward to reading future work from this author

Emily Victoria is a Canadian prairie girl who writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. When not word-smithing, she likes walking her over-excitable dog, drinking far too much tea, and crocheting things she no longer has the space to store.

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February 15th
Alissa’s booktopia  Interview & Review
ninebookishlives.com  Promo Post
Balancing Books and Beauties – Review & Favourite Quotes

February 16th
Geeky Galaxy  Review & Favourite Quotes
Metaphors and Miscellanea  Review
Books Over Everything  Review

February 17th
stuckinfiction.com  Promo Post
Read in the Clouds  Review
Kait Plus Books  Interview

February 18th
Betwixt The Sheets  Review
The Writer’s Alley  Review, Playlist & Mood Board

February 19th
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Promo post
astralbooks  Review

February 20th
The Book Dutchesses  Promo Post
Luchia Houghton Blog  Review

February 21st
Lu is lost in books  Interview & Review
One More Chapter  Review
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review

 

By Immortal Honor Bound

Welcome to my stop on By Immortal Honor Bound by Danielle Ancona

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By Immortal Honor Bound
by Danielle Ancona

Publication Date: November 4, 2020
Kyanite Publishing LLC
Paperback, 400 pages

Series: Of Alchemy and Angels, Book 1
Genre: Historical Fantasy

 

 

Intrepid warrior angel Malachi faces the fiercest of adversaries of warfare through the centuries, fighting alongside the boldest of gods to defend humankind from the Seraph Rebellion.

Sent to York in the 1620’s, Malachi unexpectedly falls in love with keen and ardent alchemist Daphne Heatherton.

For Malachi, Daphne’s returned devotion is a tenuous gift of fate.

Dark machinations set into play by the fallen archangel, Gideon-leader of the Rebellion-bring Malachi to the brink of defeat and put him to the ultimate test.

Will he choose a mortal love, or will he remain By Immortal Honor Bound?

Alchemy, history, passion, myth, science, legend converge in a timeless battle-will love or honor prove to be the most powerful element of all?

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

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

A battle is under way between those that follow the archangel Gideon, the leader of Sseraph, who avenges the innocent people of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Celestials who seek keep earth and mortals safe.

The storyline grabs your attention as we follow Malachi, who finds himself relived of his duties and becomes earthbound by the five Celestials. His frequent travels between the celestia and his nonconformist beliefs, makes him more of a target for capture by the Sseraph.

Earthbound, he becomes an Immortal Guardian of the Temple of Thoth

The Thoth is in the process of developing its academic advances of writing and mathematic. When the time is right Malachi, transitions his guardianship of the Thoth temple to that of Katherine the Adamantine. He is needed to ensure the great tutor Aristotle is safe, his philosophy is is counterproductive to the Seraph rebellion.

In 1620 Daphne is given a rare opportunity to study under Master Dante Santorum, the acclaimed alchemist. With her unique gift with the elements she envied by those who are jealous of her apprenticeship to the Master. In a chance meeting Malachi reveals himself to Daphne. Sparks fly and soon Malachi is drawn to Daphne.

Malachi remains in the shadows alway watching and guarding.

An adventurous tale that blends, mythology, alchemy and history, into a clever fantasy. The author’s descriptive narration flows as book expand across lengthy time periods. The characters are well executed and the storyline is highly original. There is a developing romance and the good verses evil is a consistent theme through out the book.

If you enjoy mythology this is great book and you find it a fast paced read.

Pittsburgh has provided an interesting, vibrant and eclectic place to grow up and eventually become a writer of stories. Stories through which History, Science, Alchemy, Romance, High Stakes, and Mythology are woven.

My writing is also touched by ghostly echoes which greet me as I hike or bike through what were once bustling sites from the age of industry of the region, now reclaimed by nature. These are the ethereal remnants of those who shed their blood, sweat and tears onto what is now sacred ground.

Come dive into the stories shaped by these unique forges. The twists in the path are unexpected, fraught with danger, but always worth the journey.

Where passion and love take root unexpectedly, bloom, and somehow manage to survive against all odds, one surprising way or another.

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Monday, February 15
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Tuesday, February 16
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, February 18
Excerpt at Books, Cooks, Looks

Friday, February 19
Interview + Excerpt at Scryptogram

Monday, February 22
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Tuesday, February 23
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, February 25
Excerpt at Novels Alive

Friday, February 26
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

Saturday, February 27
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, March 1
Review at Jessica Belmont

Tuesday, March 2
Excerpt at I’m All About Books

Wednesday, March 3
Review at Novels Alive

Thursday, March 4
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Friday, March 5
Interview at Passages to the Past

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away an eBook, a signed paperback, and a signed hardcover copy of By Immortal Honor Bound!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on March 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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The North Finchley Writers’ Group Book Blast + Excerpt

Hello there,

Today I am presenting a wonderful book along with an excerpt.

The North Finchley Writers’ Group 

By Richard Tearle, with Helen Hollick

Hashtags: #ContemporaryRomance #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub

 

Book Title: The North Finchley Writers’ Group

Author: Richard Tearle, with Helen Hollick

Publication Date: 2nd February 2021

Publisher: Taw River Press

Page Length: 142 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

When a group of north London writers meet each month for a chat, coffee, and cake – what else is on their agenda? Constructive criticism? New Ideas? An exciting project? And maybe, more than one prospective romance…?

Eavesdrop on the monthly meetings of the North Finchley Writers’ Group, follow some ordinary people with a love of story writing, and an eagerness for success. Discover, along with them, the mysteries of creating characters and plot, of what inspires ideas, and how real life can, occasionally, divert the dream…

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EXCERPT 2

 

THE ANTHOLOGY

Angela Knight’s House – Friern Barnet, January 2019

 

‘Anthologies are very popular at the moment.’ 

 

Angela Knight kicked off the monthly meeting of the North Finchley Writers’ Group following the usual business of apologies for absence. Quite a few today – hardly surprising, given the time of year and the cold, and until recently wet, weather. We were meeting in her house in north London’s Friern Barnet, so it was her honour to facilitate the proceedings.

 

Angela is petite, mid-forties. Hypnotising green eyes, natural blonde hair. She usually dresses in t-shirt and jeans but was wearing a baggy brown jumper and long floral-patterned skirt tonight. Very Bohemian.

 

‘I’ve read a couple of anthologies,’ I agreed.

 

‘But they aren’t proper –’ Monty Donaldson. He clicked his fingers in the air to indicate inverted commas, ‘”Books”, are they?’ One of us who had not been published.

 

‘Oh?’ Angela queried. ‘Really? Why do you say that, Monty?’ Those two did not see eye to eye. In fact, it was rare for any of us to agree with Monty because he was such an insufferable bore.

 

Monty was not put off. He never was. Sarcasm and irony went scudding over his head like clouds in a gale. ‘I mean, a book is a story, a theme, lots of characters and incidents. Action. Beginning, middle and end. Short stories are, well, nothing more than that. Short and cute.No real substance.’

 

‘Tell that to Ray Bradbury, Zak Nichols murmured from where he sat in an armchair nearest to the blaze of a real coal and log fire. I knew from experience that he’d have to move soon, or he’d roast.

 

‘What do you think of that, Rob? Anthologies are compiled of short stories, which you write for a living, after all.’ Angela turned directly to me. The glint in her eye told me that it wouldn’t worry her in the slightest if I started a real argument. Indeed, she was practically encouraging it. The minx.

 

‘I’ve contributed to an anthology of stories about Richard the Third, enjoyed other such historical-based anthologies. Most of the great writers in the world have started off with short stories,’ I pointed out. ‘Bradbury – as Zak said – Dickens, Margaret Atwood. One way of honing your craft. Especially if you are waiting to hear from a publisher about something you’ve submitted.’ A little dig, of course. One that took wings but also flew over Monty’s head. As usual.

 

But alliance with Monty came from a surprise corner. Charlotte Caroll.

 

‘I sort of agree with Monty,’ she put in hesitantly. She flushed slightly beneath her immaculate coiffured hair, and nodded to Monty.

 

Hello! Have we got something here? Virginal Georgian heiress infatuated with slick talking Chicago private eye?

 

‘You do?’ queried Alicia St Simon. Peroxide blonde. Older than she looks. ‘You do surprise me!’

 

Charlotte flushed again, and it was not just the heat of the fire burning her cheeks. 

‘Well,’ she stumbled. ‘Er, let’s look at what Rob just said. None of the rest of us write historical fiction. I write Regency romances and that’s completely different.’ She was blustering and we knew that she knew that we knew. As the old song goes.

 

‘Who said anything about historical fiction?’ Angela remarked, sitting back in her chair and crossing her legs. A glimpse of ankle. I smiled to myself, put that into an historical context and smoke it!

 

‘Well, no one, but I thought that’s what you meant.’

 

‘And if we were, what makes you think you couldn’t write something historical?’ Jean Hart entered the discussion, pulling up the sleeves of her pink, fluffy jumper, as if she were getting ready for a fight, although it was probably only because the room was getting rather warm.

 

‘My setting might be Regency but the theme is romance. Beyond clothes, horses, carriages and balls I use very little historical fact. Austen wrote Pride And Prejudicewhich was set during a very big war between England and France, but she barely made mention of it! Battles and things are of no interest to me. Warfare is not my subject.’ Charlotte replied haughtily. She had a point about Jane Austen.

 

‘Nor mine.’ Monty would not be left out. ‘How would I fit my hard-nose PI Marty Diamond into a story set in, say, the English Civil War?’

 

Very badly. I bit back the retort and helped myself to another handful of peanuts from the glass bowl on the coffee table.

 

Angela caught my look. Knew what I was thinking. We were often on the same wavelength, more so when it involved goading Monty.

 

Angela steered the conversation back to the original point. ‘I did a little bit of looking into this before I selected it as a topic, and there are a lot out there. All sorts of topics. World War I, World War II. London. I came across a blogger who has a feature on her book review blog every December, when she invites her reviewers to contribute stories inspired by songs.’

 

‘I like that,’ I grinned. ‘And there you are, Monty. Private Investigations. Dire Straits.’

‘I could always email her and ask if we could borrow the idea, if we decided to do something similar.’ Hilary Jackson, one of our “mature” members, and our Arthurian expert.

 

Angela leaned forward, smiled prettily. ‘Hold on! It was only meant to be a discussion topic, not a pitch for actually doing an anthology. A bit of fun, I thought.’

 

‘It is fun,’ Hilary continued. ‘I’m really warming to the idea.’

 

I glanced, discretely, at everyone’s faces. Charlotte and Monty were not impressed, but the others were sitting upright or forward, full of eagerness. Had we hit upon something by accident?

 

 

* * * (After the meeting…)

 

Time to go home. There was a bustle of fetching coats, gloves and scarves, exclamations at the cold beyond the front door. I begged the use of the loo and, by the time I returned, everyone had gone.

 

We stood just inside the open front door, Angela and I, looking out at the frost riming the garden path and the tops of cars parked in the street beyond, admiring how it twinkled beneath the bright street lights.

 

‘I’m really sorry, Rob,’ she apologised. ‘It was meant to be a light hearted discussion but it got rather out of hand. I never meant…’

 

‘I know,’ I said softly. 

 

It was a moment that I never wanted to end. Her kiss was less passionate than it was affectionate.

 

‘You’d better go,’ she sighed. ‘Steve will be home soon.’

 

‘Yes.’

 

‘I’m sorry’.

 

‘I know. So am I.’

 

She opened the door and, when I glanced back, she was still watching me, her hands clutched around her arms. I waved and then she closed the door.

 

I rubbed my right temple as I walked to the car. Lit a cigarette. There was no doubt that Angela excited me. Her very presence in the room made me want to be around her. But she was in a relationship. And so was I.

 

Liz and I had our ups and downs, although lately there have been more downs than usual. But we came through them.

 

We always did.

 

I guess.

A Word From Richard Tearle :

 

“To the writing community, whether they be traditionally published, indie or aspiring.  

You make the rocking world go round…Writers are such a wonderful community – supportive, helpful and ever willing to give their time and expertise to one humble chap such as I. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

Richard – December 2020

 

A Word From Helen Hollick:

It was with great enthusiasm that I encouraged Richard to write this, his first novel. His enjoyment of creating a good story, I felt, should be shared to readers and writers, everywhere. Unfortunately, at the editing stage, Richard became ill, involving hospitalisation. In discussion with his son, rather than abandon the project or put it on hold, we decided that the best course of action was for me to continue with getting this book published on his behalf. The characters, plot – the story – are all Richard’s immense talent, I merely tidied up and added the final polish, coming in as ‘painter and decorator’ to Richard’s main role as architect, designer, and builder. 

 

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THE JADE BONES Blog Tour

Today is the day, I have a wonderful book that I am excited to

share with you The Jade Bones by Lani Forbes


The Jade Bones 

by Lani
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: February 16th 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Cast into the underworld after an act of shattering betrayal, Mayana and Ahkin must overcome unimaginable odds if they are to return home and reclaim the throne of the Chicome. A river of blood and demons disguised as children are only two of the challenges standing in their way. Fortunately, they are not unequipped. Mayana’s royal blood controls the power of water, and Prince Ahkin wields the power of the sun itself. Ometeotl, the Mother goddess, provides them with other gifts—and an ominous warning that one of them may not survive. But can the goddess be trusted?
Back in the lands above, Mayana’s best friend, Yemania, has survived the empress selection ritual—but her next challenge may be more than she can bear. The new empress of the Chicome Empire demands she become High Healer. Yemania has no interest in serving in the palace; she wants to use her healing ability to help the common people. More than that, her heart is no longer her own. She has met an enchanting stranger—Ochix, one of the feared Miquitz people who are ancient enemies of the Chicome.
As Mayana and Ahkin move ever closer to confronting the lords of the dead, Yemania and Ochix must hide their forbidden romance or face the wrath of both their empires. Meanwhile, the new empress has made a dangerous alliance that might destroy everything they hold dear.
Four young people risk their lives to save the world from a looming apocalypse in this captivating sequel to The Seventh Sun. Based on ancient Mesoamerican legends and mythology, The Jade Bones is a compelling and romantic adventure that builds to a heart-stopping climax.

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.

Based on ancient Mesoamerican legends and mythology, The Jade Bones picks up right where we left off in book one. So I went back and reread it the Seventh Sun to refresh my memory.

A fast paced compelling adventure that builds up and keeps you on the edge of your seat. That leads up to a to a heart stopping climax! If you enjoyed the first book than you are in for an stellar mythology.

Mayana and Akin have to travel the underworld to find the Lords of the Dead. They face many challenges as they take the journey meant for souls on there way finality.

Facing trials and near death escapes they find themselves not knowing if they should trust each other.

Can the Goddess be trusted, the tale weaves from above and below. Mayana’s royal blood controls the power of water, and Prince Ahkin wields the power of the sun itself. Together they tackle obstacles that bear down on them, and challenges standing in their way. Surviving her own test, Yemania becomes a high healer by the new empress of the Chicome Empire.

This was a riveting absorbing book, with great dual POV’s.The characters growth is exceptional and I found that I have switched my preference from one of the main characters from the previous book to another. The world building is wonderful and the authors writing insures the reader is fully invested in the storyline as it unfolds.

The ending was perfect and sets for the next installment.
Lani Forbes is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer (which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books). A former teacher turned trauma counselor, her passion is showing readers the transformative and encouraging power of story on the human experience. She helps others process anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD, both in her stories and in real life. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, Lani now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She is a proud nerd, Gryffindor, and member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

February 10th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview

February 11th

Justice For Readers – Review + Playlist + Mood Board + Instagram
onemused – Spotlight + Instagram

February 12th

@wrinkled.pages – Review + Instagram
Jrsbookreviews – Review + Instagram
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
The Reading Life – Spotlight

February 13th

@the.b00kreader – Review + Insatgram
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Mood Board + Instagram
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

February 14th

Mabookyard _ Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board
Living in a Bookworld – Spotlight

February 15th

Read ‘n’ Dazzled – Review + Favourite Quotes
An Island Girl’s Book Club – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Bumbleebeela – Spotlight + Instagram

February 16th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
ebook addicts – Review

The Paris Dressmaker

Hello lovelies,
Today is my stop on The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron, who is an award-winning author of historical fiction.
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The Paris Dressmaker
by Kristy Cambron

Publication Date: February 16, 2021
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 400 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian

 

 

Based on true accounts of how Parisiennes resisted the Nazi occupation in World War II—from fashion houses to the city streets—comes a story of two courageous women who risked everything to fight an evil they couldn’t abide.

Paris, 1939. Maison Chanel has closed, thrusting haute couture dressmaker Lila de Laurent out of the world of high fashion as Nazi soldiers invade the streets and the City of Lights slips into darkness. Lila’s life is now a series of rations, brutal restrictions, and carefully controlled propaganda while Paris is cut off from the rest of the world. Yet in hidden corners of the city, the faithful pledge to resist. Lila is drawn to La Resistance and is soon using her skills as a dressmaker to infiltrate the Nazi elite. She takes their measurements and designs masterpieces, all while collecting secrets in the glamorous Hôtel Ritz—the heart of the Nazis’ Parisian headquarters. But when dashing René Touliard suddenly reenters her world, Lila finds her heart tangled between determination to help save his Jewish family and bolstering the fight for liberation.

Paris, 1943. Sandrine Paquet’s job is to catalog the priceless works of art bound for the Führer’s Berlin, masterpieces stolen from prominent Jewish families. But behind closed doors, she secretly forages for information from the underground resistance. Beneath her compliant façade lies a woman bent on uncovering the fate of her missing husband . . . but at what cost? As Hitler’s regime crumbles, Sandrine is drawn in deeper when she uncrates an exquisite blush Chanel gown concealing a cryptic message that may reveal the fate of a dressmaker who vanished from within the fashion elite.

Told across the span of the Nazi occupation, The Paris Dressmaker highlights the brave women who used everything in their power to resist darkness and restore light to their world.

Praise for The Paris Dressmaker

“Woven within this beautiful historical tapestry of WWII from Cambron (The Painted Castle) is the stark reminder to keep friends close and enemies closer . . .Based on true events, this exquisite tale impresses with its historical and emotional authenticity. Historical fiction fans won’t want to miss this.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Unimaginable heartache, unforgettable romance, and cheering defiance against the oppression the Nazis inflicted on Paris; readers will be swept away into a story where battle-scarred good at last rings victory over evil.” —J’nell Ciesielski, author of The Socialite

“Stunning. With as much skill and care as the title’s namesake possesses, The Paris Dressmaker weaves together the stories of two heroines who boldly defy the darkness that descends on the City of Light.” —Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

“A thoroughly satisfying blend of memorable characters, evocative writing, and wartime drama that seamlessly transport you to the City of Light at its most desperate hour.” —Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

“Kristy Cambron deftly weaves multiple timelines to craft a story as complex and romantic and beautiful as a couture gown. In addition, Lila and Sandrine’s strength and courage in a troubled world inspire us to live likewise. Tres magnifique!” —Sarah Sundin, bestselling and award-winning author of When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series

“With real-life historical details woven in with her fictional tale, the story popped off the page. Readers will be thinking of this book long after they’ve read the last word.” —Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author

“A well-researched and beautifully interwoven treatise on courage and conviction in the midst of oppression.” —Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

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

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


The Paris Dressmaker is the latest book by the bestselling author Kristy Cambron.

A gripping storyline set during the German occupation of France. The wartime drama centers on two brave woman. These women story along with those who suffered under the weight of the oppression Nazis. This book was everything I thought it would be. It’s a compelling book which has two distinct POV’s that I found absorbing historical fiction. I found the it completely easy to follow, the very talented author seamless weaves two distinct narrations and timeframes. Giving an incredible insightful look at their dramatic lives and what they endured. We follow main characters Lila and Sandrine as their story unfolds along with the French Resistance.

Courageous heroines that I felt involved in their lives. I was completely engaged in their trials, along with their losses. There is a heartwarming romance imbedded into this absorbing book that is meaningful.

Once again I enjoyed reading Kristy Cambron writing and I swept away in this poignant novel.

Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of nonfiction, including the Verse Mapping Series Bibles and Bible studies. Kristy’s work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations, and has been featured at CBN, Lifeway Women, Jesus Calling, Country Woman Magazine, MICI Magazine, Faithwire, Declare, (in)Courage, and Bible Gateway. She holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing and lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a peppermint mocha latte and a good read.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, February 9
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Wednesday, February 10
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, February 11
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, February 12
Excerpt at Heidi Reads
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Saturday, February 13
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, February 15
Review at Jorie Loves A Story
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Tuesday, February 16
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Wednesday, February 17
Interview at Novels Alive

Thursday, February 18
Review at Read Review Rejoice

Friday, February 19
Review at Hallie Reads
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Monday, February 22
Review at Nursebookie

Tuesday, February 23
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Wednesday, February 24
Review at Novels Alive

Thursday, February 25
Review at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Friday, February 26
Review at The Lit Bitch

Giveaway

We have 5 paperback copies of The Paris Dressmaker up for grabs!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on February 26th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Book Blast The Fall of Kings By Stuart Rudge

The Fall of Kings By Stuart Rudge

(Legend of the Cid, Book 3)

 

Book Title: The Fall of Kings

Series: (Legend of the Cid, Book 3)

Author: Stuart Rudge

Publication Date: February 5th 2021

Publisher: Independently Published

Page Length: 406 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

Castile. 1071AD. Three kings. One crown.

After Sancho II of Castile dispatches his champion Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar to capture his brother, King Garcia of Galicia, he hopes it is a defining moment in his quest to reunite the lands of his father under one banner. But Alfonso VI of Leon is one step ahead, and has already added the lands of Galicia to his domain. When the only alternative is war, Sancho turns to Rodrigo to lead the armies of Castile, and he must use all his tactical acumen to defeat the Leonese in the field. Only one son of Fernando can claim victory and become the Emperor of Hispania.

Rodrigo and Antonio Perez, now a knight of the realm, find difficulty adjusting to the new regime. Dissent and unrest run rife throughout the kingdom, and the fear of a knife in the dark from enemies old and new hangs heavy upon the pair. But if it is allowed to fester, it threatens to undo all that has been achieved. Can Rodrigo and Antonio root out the enemies of the king, and prevent chaos reigning throughout the land?

The Fall of Kings in the breath taking third instalment of the Legend of the Cid.

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Stuart Rudge

Stuart Rudge was born and raised in Middlesbrough, where he still lives. His love of history came from his father and uncle, both avid readers of history, and his love of table top war gaming and strategy video games. He studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Newcastle University, and has spent his fair share of time in muddy trenches, digging up treasure at Bamburgh Castle.

He was worked in the retail sector and volunteered in museums, before working in York Minster, which he considered the perfect office. His love of writing blossomed within the historic walls, and he knew there were stories within which had to be told. Despite a move in to the shipping and logistics sector (a far cry to what he hoped to ever do), his love of writing has only grown stronger.

Rise of a Champion is the first piece of work he has dared to share with the world. Before that came a novel about the Roman Republic and a Viking-themed fantasy series (which will likely never see the light of day, but served as good practise). He hopes to establish himself as a household name in the mound of Bernard Cornwell, Giles Kristian, Ben Kane and Matthew Harffy, amongst a host of his favourite writers.

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DEAD OF WINTER Official Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the

DEAD OF WINTER Edited by Lindy Ryan Official Blog Tour

Paperback : 270 pages

ISBN-10 : 1645480593

ISBN-13 : 978-1645480594
Publisher : Black Spot Books (January 26, 2021)

Praise for DEAD OF WINTER 

“Readers looking for a wintry fright will appreciate a few gems [among] eight winter-themed tales of terror.” —Publishers Weekly

“Diverse, unexpected, and solid in characterization, plots, and evolution…horror fans will relish the creative results in [Dead of Winter] that delights with its original, thought-provoking creations and twists on holiday themes.” —D. Donavan, Midwest Book Review

“Editor Ryan’s selections perfectly fit the dark, gray, wintry mood that hits when cold weather has dragged on for too long. This anthology features eight short stories, each gripping, mind-bending, and truly creepy. Dead of Winter has something for every horror reader.” —Carrie Rasak, Booklist

Foreword by 2018 Bram Stoker Nominated Author Monique Snyman.

Edited by Lindy Ryan

Eight chilling tales to read under the Cold Moon.

A tinker’s son acquires a cursed soul.

A dying woman is haunted by her own reflection.

An uninvited presence haunts a Christmas seance.

A festive holiday turns macabre.

Despite the twinkling lights and steaming cocoa, the end of the year is the darkest time of the year—a season of short days, long nights, and cold skies. In this special anniversary anthology, the authors of Black Spot Books mix Ye Olde Yuletide hauntings with modern-day holiday horrors to weave a chilling new collection of dark winter tales. From frozen forests stalked by eerie Christmas ghosts to rotting gifts of winter malice, the spirits of Christmas come home for the holidays in the Dead of Winter. 


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This time of the year, when Old Man Winter unleashes its cold unapologetic storms. Its also a time for certain celebration some have pagan beginnings while others like groundhogs day have turned into a slightly modern twist.

TodayI have a wonderful book that to me is perfect for this time of year.

Eight chilling tales to capture your interest, during the stark cold days of winter. When the the north wind is blowing its intense, frigidness. When all you want to do is huddle under a blanket.

Lock the doors and check them twice with this anthology! There is a slow burning creepy that settles in as you slowly read through each short story. The suspense builds with intensity as you progress through the pages. Some of these chilling tales will have going back to reread them.

I found the complete Anthology absorbing, and a highly compulsive to read.

My favorite was The Tinker’s Son,” a dark fantasy about a witch named Margritte and her husband, a dragon lord, whose family faces an unspoken tragedy.

 
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Lindy Ryan is an entrepreneur, award-winning professor, and publishing professional. In 2011, Ryan was part of the executive leadership team that founded Radiant Advisors, a business intelligence research and advisory firm, where Miller developed and launched the company’s editorial and research divisions, and later its data visualization practice, for clients that included 21st Century Fox Films, Fox Networks, Warner Bros., and Disney. She is the author of numerous papers and two textbooks – The Visual Imperative: Creating a Culture of Visual Discovery (Elsevier) and Visual Data Storytelling with Tableau (Pearson). She went on to teach at Rutgers University and Montclair State University, and remains a respected academic researcher. Now an accomplished publishing professional, Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

Ryan is an award-winning editor and author. Currently, she is collaborating as the lead author on a horror franchise project with a top veteran Hollywood director and an award-winning screenwriter. When she’s not immersed in books, Ryan is an avid historical researcher, with specific interest in nautical and maritime history, cryptozoology, and ancient civilizations. She is represented by Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management. She also writes clean, seasonal romance under the name Lindy Miller. Ryan currently resides in Juneau, Alaska where she enjoys hiking, crafting, and photography. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association.

Monique Snyman‘s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.

Monique Snyman lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.

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Daniel Buell is working as a content creator and blogger. He is an author from New Jersey. His first debut short story is being published in DEAD OF WINTER anthology by Black Spot Books.
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Laura Morrison lives in the Metro Detroit area. She has a B.S. in applied ecology and environmental science from Michigan Technological University. Before she was a writer and stay-at-home mom, she battled invasive species and researched turtles.
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Sam Hooker writes darkly humorous fantasy novels about thing like tyrannical despots and the masked scoundrels who tickle them without mercy. He knows all the best swear words, though he refuses to repeat them because he doesn’t want to attract goblins.
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Alcy Leyva is a Bronx-born writer, teacher, and pizza enthusiast. He graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and an MFA in Fiction from The New School. He has been published in Popmatters, The Rumpus, Entropy Mag, and Quiet Lunch Magazine.
Cassondra Windwalker is a poet and novelist writing full time from the coast of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. She is supported by a tolerant husband, three wandering offspring, a useless dog, and a zombie cat. Her hobbies include hiking, photography, and having other people’s demons over for tea.

       

Dalena Storm has lived in India, Japan, Germany, and on both coasts of the United States. She currently resides in a converted general store in the woods of Western Massachusetts with a rare Burmese temple cat, a purring black fluff-beast, a professor of magic, and an infant with an astonishing ability to resist sleep.
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N.J. Ember is a paranormal fiction author who loves to write stories about survival and triumph over adversity. Whether her characters are dealing with the paranormal or everyday life, she seeks to show that strength is not always about being superhuman or invulnerable. She enjoys anything with mystery, suspense and horror, so when she’s not writing you can find her watching shows like Orphan Black, Penny Dreadful and Sherlock.

She currently lives in Michigan with her grandpa and a forever growing collection of books and Funko Pop! figures.
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Tiffany Meuret is a writer of monsters and twisted fairy tales. Her publications include Shoreline of Infinity, Luna Station Quarterly, Ellipsis Zine, and others. When not reading or writing, she is usually binge watching comfortable sitcoms from her childhood or telling her kids to put on their shoes for the tenth time. She lives in sunny Arizona with her husband, two kids, two chihuahuas, gecko, and tortoise.FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | WEBSITE | GOODREADS

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A Conventicle of Magpies

Hello Fabulous Readers!

Today is my stop on The Conventicle Of Magpies Blog Tour

I am thrilled to share this amazing new book! A Conventicle of Magpies is the first book in the Bloodskills duology, and today I have an exclusive excerpt and My Booky Review for you along with a chance to win a signed copy of the book!

A Conventicle of Magpies

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A Conventicle of Magpies

Publication Date: January 6th, 2021

Genre: Gaslamp Fantasy/ Adventure/ Steampunk

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Rook is a thief, and entirely unapologetic about it as she’s determined to do anything to ensure her mother and siblings survive the squalid and dangerous streets of Stamchester.

Rook slips in and out of the homes of the ruling elite of Stamchester, the Avanish,like a shadow taking what she needs without regret.

Why should she? Had the Avanish not stolen her own people, the Saouiasei, from their own homes years before and transported them across the ocean to Stamchester to work as virtual slaves?

And, now the Avanish had no more use for Rook and her people, where they not determined to dispose of them?

The Avanish had already laid waste to a swathe of Saouiasei homes, a region which had become known as ‘The Scar’, in an attempt to drive them out?

However, Rook was not the only person hiding in the shadows. A far more dangerous figure was haunting the filthy streets of Stamchester striking fear into Avanish and Saouiasei alike; Billy Drainer, a serial killer who not only murdered his victims but drained them of every ounce of their precious, life giving blood.

For within blood was a highly sought after commodity, the ability to enhance a person’s natural abilities through the art of Bloodskill. To be faster and stronger than a normal person was something those with money were willing to pay handsomely for.

‘A Conventicle of Magpies’ is a fast-paced gaslamp fantasy adventure set in a Victorian-inspired world. Perfect for fans of Charlie N. Holmberg’s Spellbreaker and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.

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Safe and sound in the Magpie’s Nest, Rook divested herself of her corseted dress and heels and returned to the comfort of a shirt and trousers. The young woman fell into an armchair, threw her booted feet onto the battered coffee table, and plucked up a newspaper. Even though she’d been out all day, she hadn’t seen the latest in the Stamchester Review. As she scanned the page, Rook shook her head, and a lock of black hair fell over her face.

YET ANOTHER BLOODLESS CORPSE

At two o’clock this morning, a police constable came upon the scene of yet another gruesome murder. The body, which has not yet been identified, was found on the southbank end of the Buxridge Bridge. Like the other five bodies found in similar circumstances over the last few months, the corpse appeared to be drained of every last ounce of blood. Suspicion for this killing falls once more on the elusive fiend known only as Billy Drainer, although Inspector Kip Kerstammen declined to comment on this observation.

Rook licked her thumb and flicked to the next page. Inches and inches of news stretched through the broadsheet, as always full of sensationalism and very little fact. Only two parties enjoyed Stamchester’s string of murders: so-called Billy Drainer himself, whoever he was, and the newspapers. Both made significant gains from the events. News was always a profitable commodity in Stamchester, but blood was more valuable than gold. Those corpses weren’t bloodless for no reason.

A cough came from the doorway. Rook glanced up from the grim columns. A slim figure stood in the doorway, a tiny girl at the end of her teenage years. Pigeon stood in the low doorframe that led to the main Nest bar and jerked her head. The action sent her mass of dark curls tumbling to one side.

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 Conventicle of Magpies is the first installment in the Bloodskill duology by L.M.R. Clarke.

Set in an alternative Victorian-inspired version of a industrial city, Stamchester

The Saosuíasei people’s land has been plundered and the people have been forced into hard labor by the Avanish. The Avanish government now moves to eradicate the Sasssymen, which have become a burden. The areas were they live are set to be purged.

This tale follows Rook, an accomplished thief relying on her wits. Her people are the Saosuíasei, living in the areas that will be exterminated. She belongs to a clever and notorious gang the Conventicle of Magpies. As the storyline unfolds and progresses they must over come obstacles and join forces to fight against the opposition factions that seek to annihilate them. Along with with incredible odd stacked up against them, there is something horrific hunting streets, and draining the blood of Saosuíasei.

What fast paced, adventurous, gaslamp fantasy! The story immediately takes off from the very beginning. I was completely engaged and followed as our heroine faces trials and tribulations. There are some great side characters that should be noted.

The world building was easy to follow along with, and I enjoyed immensely. This book had me hooked from start to finish – I literally couldn’t put it down. The plot is so unique and absorbing. The authors narration was propulsive, and it was easy to become immersed within the book pages.

I was taken by atmospheric, imagery and found the the book to be, riveting and intensely entertaining!

Thanks to the author for allowing me to read this captivating book

I am excited to see how the series progresses and the characters develop.

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I’m LMR Clarke, though you can call me Rain, and I’m a writer from Northern Ireland. I’m thirty-something, a parent, and a teacher. I love books and I also draw.

I’m an enby (non-binary) and am still finding my way! My stories are all about identity and acceptance, and trying to find your place in the world.

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The Engineer’s Wife A Novel by Tracey Enerson Wood Book Review


The Engineer’s Wife

A Novel

by Tracey Enerson Wood

Sourcebooks Landmark

Pub Date 07 Apr 2020

Her name has been lost to history, but her legacy, the Brooklyn Bridge, lives on. Discover the fascinating woman who helped design and construct an American icon.

She built a monument for all time. Then she was lost in its shadow.

Emily Warren Roebling refuses to live conventionally—she knows who she is and what she wants, and she’s determined to make change. But then her husband Wash asks the unthinkable: give up her dreams to make his possible.

Emily’s fight for women’s suffrage is put on hold, and her life transformed when Wash, the Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, is injured on the job. Untrained for the task, but under his guidance, she assumes his role, despite stern resistance and overwhelming obstacles. Lines blur as Wash’s vision becomes her own, and when he is unable to return to the job, Emily is consumed by it. But as the project takes shape under Emily’s direction, she wonders whose legacy she is building—hers, or her husband’s. As the monument rises, Emily’s marriage, principles, and identity threaten to collapse. When the bridge finally stands finished, will she recognize the woman who built it?

Based on the true story of the Brooklyn Bridge, The Engineer’s Wife delivers an emotional portrait of a woman transformed by a project of unfathomable scale, which takes her into the bowels of the East River, suffragette riots, the halls of Manhattan’s elite, and the heady, freewheeling temptations of P.T. Barnum. It’s the story of a husband and wife determined to build something that lasts—even at the risk of losing each other.


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

The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood, is an absorbing historical fiction.

Emily Warren is strong willed woman, struggling at the bonds placed on her and women during her time period. This outspoken lady takes a stand for women’s rights.

When her brother, G.K. Bring another soldier home on his leave from war.

Emily is taken in by the young man, she feel connection with him. He is not turned off by her wanting to be heard and standing up for herself. Mr Washington Roebling is an engineer, when he returns home from the war, he goes back to what he was doing in civilian life. Helping his father build bridges, as an engineer exposes his now Emily to the certain aspects of this profession.

Washington, like so many of our boys suffer physically and mentally from the scars brought on by the horrific experiences of the war. When his father passes away the weight of his fathers dream rest on his shoulders. An incredible feat like no other before, he aims to build a bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. A harrowing accomplishment that will take many years to finish. Along with the trials tribulations Washington becomes sick from the long hours and the detailed undertaking that is involved in the construction of this enormous bridge. Then he gets hurts on the job. While he is convalescing, Emily takes the roll of convey the information back to her husband, she becomes the eyes and ears for him.

She steps back from her personal agenda of pushing the rights for women. To see her husband’s dream accomplished. Felling out of her elements she rises to the task she eventually assumes her husband’s role. This comes with a price, along with stern opposition, to a woman in her position. She falls under the charismatic temptations of P.T. Barnum.

As Emily struggles with walls placed in her way she might fall under the charismatic temptations of P.T. Barnum. Risking everything her husband ‘s dream slowly becomes hers.

The author has created an engaging and courageous heroine. and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this compelling historical fiction. Tracey Enerson Wood, does a phenomenal job of giving detailed historical information along with her own imaginative nuisance to create a highly absorbing read.

What immediately grabbed my attention in this story was the complexity of the characters. All characters were raw, honest, and flawed. I was absorbed deep within these characters lives, questioning their situations and decisions

This was an riveting and emotional book, that I just adored.

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

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

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

Author: David Fitz-Gerald

Publication Date: October 25, 2020 

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Page Length: 270 pages

Genre Historical/Supernatural

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 second book in the Fitz-Gerald’s Adirondack Spirit Series A wonderful story that weaves paranormal elements, and historical fiction.

Mehitable Munsch, a young girl growing up in a small village in the 1800s. Gifted since early childhood, just like her grandmother. She has an unique and unsettling gift , she is a seer of spirits.

When a terrible tragedy happens on her sixteen birthday, that takes her whole family away from her. A devastating fire that leaves her an orphan, she refuses help from a neighboring family. She seeks her own solitude, preferring to stay on her own.

This strong independent girl life sees its share trials and tribulations as she progresses to adulthood. As she grows older so does her incredible talent of seeing restless ghosts.

This is mesmerizing tale of the personal growth of a young woman who comes into her own. Steadfast in faith she has find her way through trials to, find herself and also love. Breathtaking atmospheric imagery along with compelling character development makes for an enjoyable reading experience.

Set during the Revolutionary War time frame, the harsh realities are wonderfully depicted. I especially enjoyed the books imagery along with authors ability to describe the historical details.

This is the second book that I have read from this very talented author. I am looking forward to reading more book from him.

David Fitz-Gerald

 

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

 

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