The Highlander’s Irish Bride

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

Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Zebra Books
Paperback & eBook; 352 pages
Series: Clan Kendrick, Book 4
Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish

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

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

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


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

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

This fiery lady needs to learn restraint, aid comes to her and her family from the Duchess of Leverton. The Duchess whisk Kathleen to Scotland to visit Victoria Kendrick, who has married into the Kendrick clan. Things take a twist when Kathleen’s younger step-sister Jeannie, has taken upon herself to become a stowaway.

Graeme and Grant were twin hell raiser in their youth. Grant Kendrick is a swoon worthy, Scottish rogue. Having learned to curtail his shenanigans, he is now a successful businessman. When he meets Kathleen his interest is piqued with this feisty Irish miss.

The propulsive storyline, offering both drama and family dynamics made for a nonstop read. The chemistry and slow burn romance was tantalizing, as the two main characters overcome obstacles placed in their path. These hurdles com in the form of a drama filled step-sister, along with a villain who is set on destroying everything that Grant’s brother Graeme Kendrick, and is wife has built.

This charming and witty book will have flipping through the pages long into the night. The characters are both charismatic, and some a little frustrating. This makes for a delightful historical romantic read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this latest edition to Clan Kendrick by Vanessa Kelly.

This book can be read as a standalone without any difficulty, or within the series.

About the Author

Vanessa Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated in a number of contests, and she has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her books have been published in nine languages.

Vanessa’s first Clan Kendrick book, The Highlander Who Protected Me, was a USA Today, Barnes & Noble, and BookScan bestseller. The Highlander’s Christmas Bride, her latest book, hit the top 50 on both the Barnes & Noble mass-market bestseller list and on BookScan. The Renegade Royals Series was a national bestseller, as was The Improper Princesses Series. My Fair Princess was named a Goodreads Romance of the Month and is a USA Today and BookScan bestseller.

When she’s not dreaming of plots for her next Regency novel, Vanessa is writing USA Today Bestselling books with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

You can find Vanessa at vanessakellyauthor.com or at vksykes.com. For all of Vanessa’s latest news and contests–and to receive a free story–please sign up for her newsletter on her website.


Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, July 27
Excerpt at Novels Alive
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Wednesday, July 28
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Interview at Books & Benches
Review at Debjani’s Thoughts
Excerpt at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Thursday, July 29
Review at The Romance Dish

Friday, July 30
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy
Excerpt at Cross My Heart Writing & Reviews

Monday, August 2
Excerpt at SplendeurCaisse
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, August 3
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Wednesday, August 4
Review at Novels Alive

Thursday, August 5
Review & Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Friday, August 6
Review at Two Bookish Babes

Saturday, August 7
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Monday, August 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, August 11
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, August 13
Review at The Enchanted Shelf


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Highlander’s Christmas Bride & The Highlander’s English Bride & a $20 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open internationally and ends on August 13th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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When a Duke Loves a Governess by Olivia Drake

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When a Duke Loves a Governess by Olivia Drake

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Title: When a Duke Loves a Governess

Author: Olivia Drake

Series: Unlikely Duchesses #3

Page Length: 320

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis: Tessa James has worked and planned tirelessly to open her own millinery shop. All she needs now is a loan from the lord who sired and abandoned her. The only problem is, she doesn’t even know his name. What’s a woman to do to find him but enter the aristocratic world by becoming a governess?

Guy Whitby, the new Duke of Carlin, has returned to London after years abroad to discover that his young daughter Sophy has become a wild-child known for scaring away every governess who’s crossed his doorstep. When Tessa James applies for the job, he hires her in desperation despite his misgivings that she’s too bold and beautiful–and that she might be fibbing about her qualifications.

Their blooming attraction leads them on a completely unexpected path to love that neither wants to deny. But when an old enemy threatens Guy’s family, their forbidden romance goes up in flames. Can they still learn to love and trust each other as forces try to tear them apart? 

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When a Duke Loves a Governess

by Olivia Drake

Unlikely Duchesses #3

♡ This is a spoiler free Review ♡

A lovely regency romance with intrigue and mystery Olivia Drake once again tantalizes reader in her new release,When a Duke Loves a Governess.

This is the third installment in her Unlikely Duchesses book series. I was more than pleased with delightful book.

Guy Whitby, the seventh Duke of Carlin’s family just might be cursed!

After all four family members died within five years of each other. He unexpectedly received the title of Duke, because he was top of the list to inherit. Guy, a botanist who has travelled the world, and now finds himself having to adjust to new Dukedom. That’s not all he is also struggling with keeping a governess for very unruly four-year-old daughter, Sophy.

Tessa James has a desire to become a respected milliner. She also has plan infiltrate the upperclass to find her father that abandoned her mother. Leaving mother and his daughter to fend for themselves in the harsh realities of the world.

Having lost her mother at an early age, she has spent most of her early years in orphanage. Her dream of owning her own millinery shop is still in unattainable without sufficient funds. She ever so slightly fudges her exact qualifications for a governess position, that Guy Whitby, the seventh Duke of Carlin is desperately in need of filling.

A wonderful historical romance with fleshed well developed characters along with a spot of intrigue and mystery.

Well done Olivia Drake, and thanks for continuous keeping my full of superb romances.・♡

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Olivia Drake

Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with a feisty cat, a loving husband, and two wonderful daughters who still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.

Many of you already know Olivia as Barbara Dawson Smith, author of 24 historical romance novels. She is a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous honors, including the Golden Heart Award and the coveted Rita Award for excellence in the historical romance genre.



Thanks for joining me on the Blog Tour for MORE BAD DAYS IN HISTORY by Michael Farquhar.

About More Bad Days in History

• Publisher: National Geographic (June 8, 2021)
• Hardcover:? 464 pages

In these gleefully gloomy pages, you’ll find a politically smeared George Washington, a cranky Colonel Sanders, a homicidal Saint Olga of Kiev, a cuckolded Napoleon, a flame-censored Steinbeck, a treacherous Douglas MacArthur, a weeping Einstein, an exasperated Charles Dickens, a humiliated King Henry II, and a faux-contrite Ted Kennedy. And that’s just in July!

From the decadent palaces of ancient Rome to the modern Halls of Congress, this illuminating (sometimes disturbing) narrative features an almost endless array of misbehavior, amusing mishaps, and breathtaking misfortune over the ages and across the historical spectrum. Each less-than-red-letter day of the year is recounted in Farquhar’s wry voice and comes with the enduring lesson The Wall Street Journal found in the first volume of this series: “Bad Days in History may offer consolation to the great mass of quotidian belly-achers . . . whose piddling misfortunes and regrets will snap neatly into perspective when set against [this] record of idiocy and disaster.”

This surprising and sometimes heartbreaking collection of mayhem and malady will leave you amused, intrigued, and horrified by day after day of hilarious catastrophe.

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𝙼𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝙱𝚊𝚍 𝙳𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝙷𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢, 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚜𝚗𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚢, 𝚒𝚗𝚗𝚘𝚟𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚍𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝟹𝟼𝟼 𝚍𝚊𝚢𝚜. 𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚊 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚎𝚟𝚘𝚞𝚛. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚏𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚕𝚊𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚕𝚘𝚞𝚍 𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚖𝚎 𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚍𝚋𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚜𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚏𝚒𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚢.

𝙸 𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚕𝚢 𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔, 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚌𝚕𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚎𝚙𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚏𝚞𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍!

About Michael Farquhar

MICHAEL FARQUHAR, a former writer and editor at the Washington Post, is the best-selling author of numerous books, including the critically acclaimed Behind the Palace Doors and Secret Lives of the Tsars, as well as the popular Penguin Treasury series: A Treasury of Royal Scandals, A Treasury of Great American Scandals, A Treasury of Deception, and A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans. He lives in Washington, D.C.


The Girl from Venice

Hello and welcome to my stop on The Girl From Venice By Siobhan Daiko

The Girl from Venice
By Siobhan Daiko

Publication Date: 1st July 2021


Page Length: 300 Pages

Genre: Romantic Historical/Women’s Fiction

Lidia De Angelis has kept a low profile since Mussolini’s racial laws wrenched her from her childhood sweetheart. But when the Germans occupy Venice in 1943, she must flee the city to save her life.

Lidia joins the partisans in the Venetian mountains, where she meets David, an English soldier fighting for the same cause. As she grows closer to him, harsh Nazi reprisals and Lidia’s own ardent anti-fascist activities threaten to tear them apart.

Decades later in London, while sorting through her grandmother’s belongings after her death, Charlotte discovers a Jewish prayer book, unopened letters written in Italian, and a fading photograph of a group of young people in front of the Doge’s Palace.

Intrigued by her grandmother’s refusal to talk about her life in Italy before and during the war, Charlotte travels to Venice in search of her roots. There, she learns not only the devastating truth about her grandmother’s past, but also some surprising truths about herself.

A heart-breaking page-turner, based on actual events in Italy during World War II

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Lidia followed Falcon through the central door, stepping into a well-lit stone-floored hallway where a bearded man was sitting in a high-backed wooden chair, smoking. ‘You took your time,’ he muttered as he stood. Then, with a growl of affection, he pulled Falcon into a bear hug and clapped him on the back.

Falcon introduced Lidia to the man. ‘Commander Rocco of the Matteotti Brigade.’

‘We need you to talk to the inglese,’ Rocco said to her in a gruff voice. ‘Find out if he is who he says he is.’ He headed towards a glass door at the side of the hall. ‘Ask him why he’s the only one in the mission. We were expecting at least two of them.’

‘Va bene,’ she said, her heart swelling with pride at the task she’d been assigned.

They entered a spacious dining room. Sepia photographs of World War I soldiers decorated the white-washed walls, and the delicious aroma of meat stewing infused the air.

She ignored the sudden rumble of hunger in her stomach—she hadn’t eaten her fill in weeks. A fair-haired man was sitting at the rectangular oak table. His khaki-coloured battledress looked smart, and his handsomely chiselled face was clean-shaven. He pushed back his chair and stood to attention. ‘Captain Roden at your service,’ he saluted. 

After introductions, Lidia and Falcon left their weapons by the door, and chairs were found for them.

‘I’ll leave you to it,’ Commander Rocco said. ‘Report what you find out to me before we have lunch.’

Lidia sat next to Captain Roden. ‘First, we need to establish you are who you say you are,’ she said.

The Englishman reached under his shirt and pulled out the metal chain that hung around his neck. He showed her a circular disc inscribed with his name, date of birth, blood group, religion, rank, and service number. ‘Is that good enough?’ he winked.

Lidia prickled at the wink. She wanted to be taken seriously, as a freedom fighter and not as some silly girl to be winked at. 

She shot a frosty look into his twinkling blue eyes. ‘Good enough? Hmmm. Tell us how you came to be here on your own.’

‘My second-in-command landed badly when we parachuted from our Dakota above Asiago the other night. He broke his hip and had to be carried off to a nearby sanatorium.’

‘That’s unfortunate,’ Lidia said before translating.

‘Ask him which airport his plane took off from,’ barked Falcon. 

‘Bari,’ the captain responded.

‘Find out about his war record,’ Falcon reminded her.

She questioned the captain, then relayed to Falcon that Roden had served as a gunner in a heavy anti-aircraft regiment before they’d transferred him as a staff officer to GHQ Cairo, where he’d got himself recruited into SOE, the acronym for Special Operations Executive.

‘What was his preparation for this mission?’ 

Lidia translated and the captain explained he underwent basic parachute instruction near Brindisi before being sent to Monopoli—where he trained with his second-in-command by carrying heavy weights on their backs over rough country and engaging in unarmed combat.

‘I’ve brought my radio transmitter-receiver,’ Captain Roden indicated the small suitcase by his feet. ‘I’ll be able to coordinate drops of weapons and ammunition.’

‘Good,’ Falcon rubbed his hands together. ‘We have no radio for communications ourselves.’

The conversation moved on to a discussion of the partisan groups on the Grappa. Captain Roden revealed that his briefing had been minimal. The staff at H.Q knew virtually nothing about the area he’d been sent to work in, had little information about what the partisans were actually doing here, and only had a patchy knowledge of the geography of the mountain. Upon being told there were four brigades, Roden advised they should set up a central command unit. ‘We expect our forces to break through the German Gothic Line any day now,’ the captain said. ‘We’d like you to harass the Germans as they retreat. Also destroy their supply lines by sabotaging the Trento to Bassano railway track.’

‘That’s exactly what we’ve been attempting to do,’ Falcon huffed. ‘Your briefing has certainly been abysmal.’

Roden apologised, and Lidia almost felt sorry for him. But she didn’t like the way he was shooting covert looks at her while she translated, as if she were a creature from another planet, so she reined in any sympathy she’d started to feel for him.

‘We need more weapons if we are to be effective,’ Falcon added. ‘We have enough men to make a real impact. Get on that radio of yours and tell the Allies to stop pissing about and step up the air drops.’

‘Will do.’ The captain blew out a breath.

‘What’s your battle name?’ Falcon cocked his head. ‘We all have one up here.’

‘Do I need one? I mean, if I’m caught, I’ll be held under the Geneva convention.’

Falcon laughed at his response. 

‘We’re in the middle of a civil war in Italy, don’t you know? I doubt any of us are covered by the Geneva convention,’ Falcon smirked.

‘Ah, of course.’ Roden appeared pensive. ‘How about you all call me “David”?’

‘Va bene.’ Falcon got to his feet. ‘I’ll go and find Rocco, tell him what you’ve told me and then we’ll have some lunch.’

‘So,’ the captain smiled at Lidia. A nice smile that lit up his eyes. ‘Have you been a partisan for long?’


Siobhan Daiko

Siobhan Daiko is an international bestselling historical romantic fiction author. A lover of all things Italian, she lives in the Veneto region of northern Italy with her husband, a Havanese puppy and two rescue cats. After a life of romance and adventure in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK, Siobhan now spends her time, when she isn’t writing, enjoying the sweet life near Venice.

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Lying With Lions Review

Today I’m really excited to be reviewing Lying With Lions By Annabel Fielding!

Lying With Lions with Lions – Annabel Fielding

Release Date: June 20, 2021

Thank you to author Annabel Fielding for the gifted ARC



Edwardian England.  Agnes Ashford knows that her duty is threefold: she needs to work on cataloguing the archive of the titled Bryant family, she needs to keep the wounds of her past tightly under wraps, and she needs to be quietly grateful to her employers for taking her up in her hour of need. However, a dark secret she uncovers due to her work thrusts her into the Bryants’ brilliant orbit – and into the clutch of their ambitions.

They are prepared to take the new century head-on and fight for their preeminent position and political survival tooth and nail – and not just to the first blood. With a mix of loyalty, competence, and well-judged silence Agnes rises to the position of a right-hand woman to the family matriarch – the cunning and glamorous Lady Helen. But Lady Helen’s plans to hold on to power through her son are as bold as they are cynical, and one day Agnes is going to face an impossible choice…


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Lying With Lions is a compelling historical fiction set in Edwardian England.

A book had me hooked from start to finish – I literally couldn’t put it down. The plot is so clever and unique, I found myself in a constant state of curiosity and suspense. Agnes Ashford has been taken on by the prestigious Bryant Family to work as an archivist. In her meticulous research, she uncovers some information that could have devastating consequences. Does she expose her findings of the Bryant Family, whose dark family secrets are dripping with malice. Agnes also has her own agenda, coming from low background she wants rise up from her station in life. The Bryant family member’s are backstabbers, seeking to undermine each other.

Soon Agnes rises and becomes indispensable to the family’s matriarch, Helen Bryant in more ways than one.

A perfect read for me, with cunning family dynamics and the secrets

About the Author

Annabel Fielding, having graduated from the University of Arts London with an MA in Public Relations, is a PR assistant by day and a novelist by night. Being a self-professed history geek, she dedicates her free time to obscure biographies, solo travel and tea. She also posts a mix of book reviews and travel photos on her blog at historygeekintown.com. She can also be followed on Twitter as @DearestAnnabel.


Once a Laird

Once a Laird

By Mary Jo Putney

Series: Rogues Redeemed #6
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Publisher: Kensington

LINKS: Goodreads

The Rogues Redeemed Series

The Rogues Redeemed series is a spin off of the Lost Lords. Though it features some of the same characters, not all of the heroes studied at the Westerfield Academy. Instead, the “rogues” of the series met and bonded while facing death one long, terrifying night in Portugal. The first book, Once a Soldier, gives reader favorite Will Masterson his happily-ever-after, and the second, Once a Rebel¸ is about the enigmatic Gordon, the most difficult student to ever attend the Westerfield Academy. Adventurers all, these heroes have varied background and their stories will visit some fresh corners of the Regency world–and bring them to the strong, beautiful women they will love forever.

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Title: Once a Laird

Author Mary Jo Putney

Series: Rogues Redeemed #6

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Publisher: Kensington

Never wanting to return to the island that hold so many memories of his beloved. Ramsay has wandered the world since he left his childhood home on Thorsay. Informed that is grandfather is on deaths door, he must return and take up his responsibilities as Laird.

The sister of his long lost love Signy, has called back Ramsey from Constantinople. She is all grown up and Ramsey is stunned by the this change. She has proven herself indispensable to the late Laird, and is able to help Ramsey to adjust into his new role.

This was such a lovely historical romance, one that proved to be a much needed escape from reality. Set to the backdrop of Orkney island, along with the rich detailed imagery makes for the perfect romance. The romance was everything I hoped it would be! I also enjoyed the addition of the animals that makes this such a lively experience.

Definitely a lovely addition to Mary Jo Putney, Rogues Redeemed book series!

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The Girls from the Beach

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

Genre: Historical Fiction

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

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

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

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

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

Praise for The Girls From The Beach

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

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

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

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



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

One of the best historical WW2, books of 2021!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 19
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Wednesday, July 21
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, July 23
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, July 26
Excerpt at Books & Benches

Friday, July 30
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, August 1
Review at Girl Who Reads

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

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


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For Lord and Land by Matthew Harffy

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For Lord and Land by Matthew Harffy

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Format: Hardback

Publisher: Head of Zeus

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

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


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

For Lord and Land

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow

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

John Eyre By MiMi Mathews


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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




July 12​The Caffeinated Bibliophile (review)​

July 12Syrie James (review)

July 12Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (review)

July 13Bronte Blog (interview)

July 13​Laura’s Reviews (review)​

July 13​All-of-a-Kind Mom (spotlight)

July 14Gwendalyn’s Books (review) book

July 14Austenesque Reviews (review)

July 15Bookworm Lisa (review)

July 15Nurse Bookie (review)

July 16Savvy Verse and Wit (excerpt)

July 16​The Lit Bitch (review)​

July 17​My Bookish Bliss (review)​

July 17From the TBR Pile (review)

July 18​Rosanne E. Lortz (review)​

July 18Books, Teacups, & Reviews (review)

July 19​The Secret Victorianist (review)​

July 19Christian Chick’s Thoughts (review)

July 19​The Gothic Library (review)​

July 20​Getting Your Read On (review)​

July 20​The Silver Petticoat Review (review)​

July 20Lu Reviews Books (review)

July 21Scuffed Slippers and Wormy Books (spotlight)

July 21​The Green Mockingbird (review)​

July 22Unabridged Chick (review)

July 22A Darn Good Read(review)

July 23Kathleen Flynn (review)

July 23So Little Time… (review)

July 23The Calico Critic (review)

July 24The Bronte Babe (review)

July 24Probably at the Library (review)

July 24Impressions in Ink(review)

July 25From Pemberley to Milton (review)

July 25Vesper’s Place (review)

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


A Duke In Time

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


A Duke in Time by Janna MacGregor

Publication Date: June 29, 2021

St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Series: The Widow Rules, Book One

Genre: Historical Romance

A Scandalous, Sensual, Victorian Romp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

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


Blog Tour Schedule

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

Tuesday, July 6
Excerpt at Bookish Rantings

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

Friday, July 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie

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

Tuesday, July 13
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, July 14
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Thursday, July 15
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Friday, July 16
Review at andreajanel_reads


Enter to win a paperback copy of A Duke In Time by Janna MacGregor!

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Welcome to my stop on THE FREEDOM RACE by Lucinda Roy

Official Blog Tour.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



Chapter 1, Excerpt 1

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

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

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

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

Copyright © 2021 by Lucinda Roy


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


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TWITTER: @LRoyAuthor

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

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




It Ends in Fire

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

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

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

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

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

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



1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy

2. Win the Great Game

3. Burn Wizard society to the ground

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I highly recommend!

On A Side Note:

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

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

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Publication Date: October 14, 2021

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

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

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

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

About the Author

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

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

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

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



The Devil and the Heiress

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The Devil and the Heiress by Harper St. George!


Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Berkley Publishing

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

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

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

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

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



A Villainous Hero, And A Headstrong American Heiress !

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

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

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

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

I Loved it so much ♥️

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

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About the Author

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

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

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Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

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Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim.

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim.

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

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

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

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


Six Crimson Cranes

Dragons, Curses and Quests

“Find the light that lets your lantern shine”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Hello Sweet Readers

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


Publisher : Tor Teen (June 1, 2021)

Language : English

Hardcover : 272 pages

ISBN-10 : 1250316030

ISBN-13 : 978-1250316035

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚊𝚟𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚙𝚛𝚎-𝚘𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛!

𝙾𝚗 𝚜𝚊𝚕𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝟸𝟶𝟸𝟸. 𝙳𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚐𝚗 𝚋𝚢 @𝚅𝚘𝚗𝙱𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚕𝚢𝚗


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

𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚎, 𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚒𝚌.

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

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



Hello Fantasy and Science Fiction Readers Everywhere,

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

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

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

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

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

The Torch That Ignites the Stars: Arcane Ascension,

by Andrew Rowe
Book 3


The Torch that Ignites the Stars: Arcane Ascension,

Book 3 by Andrew Rowe (Podium Audio)

May 11, 2021; ASIN: B08HKV8LPV)

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

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

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

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

Audio Clip

He Who Fights with Monsters 2

by Andrew Rowe
A LitRPG Adventure


He Who Fights with Monsters

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

May 18, 2021


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

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

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Breakaway: Expeditionary Force

by Craig Alanson
Book 12


Breakaway: Expeditionary Force

(Book 12)

by Craig Alanson (Podium Audio)

June 1, 2021

ASIN: B08XGH8B79):


These Tangled Vines Blog Tour

Hello lovelies

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

These Tangled Vines

by Julianne Maclean

Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: June 1, 2021


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

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

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

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


Gwendalyn Anderson

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

These Tangled Vines by Julianne Maclean is another wonderful book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gwendalyn Anderson

About The Author

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


My Review

An Outstanding Immersible Historical Fiction!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

☾**:.☆*.:。. ☾**:.☆*.:。.☾**:.☆*.:。.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

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

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 15
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Feature at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Wednesday, June 16
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, June 17
Review at Jessica Belmont

Friday, June 18
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Monday, June 21
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Tuesday, June 22
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Review at With A Book In Our Hands

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

Friday, June 25
Interview at Passages to the Past

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

Thursday, July 1
Excerpt at Hoover Book Reviews

Monday, July 5
Review at Bookworlder

Thursday, July 8
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, July 12
Interview at Reader_ceygo

Wednesday, July 14
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

Friday, July 16
Feature at Coffee and Ink
Review at The Enchanted Shelf


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The Devil’s Own by Liana LeFey

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

@LianaLeFey @entangledpub @hfvbt @gwendalyn_books

#TheDevilsOwn #LianaLeFey #HFVBTBlogTours


Publication Date: June 14, 2021
Entangled: Amara

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

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

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

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

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


About the Author

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

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

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


Book Blast Schedule

Monday, June 14

Chasing Leslie
Two Bookish Babes
Passages to the Past

Tuesday, June 15
Gwendalyn’s Books
Reading is My Remedy
Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, June 16
Books Lattes & Tiaras
Elodie’s Reading Corner

Thursday, June 17
Books & Benches
Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Friday, June 18
Coffee and Ink
The Book Junkie Reads



Hello Bookies

Welcome to my stop on Gold Spun Blog Tour

#GoldSpun by @brandiejune @CamCatBooks


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

Praise for GOLD SPUN

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

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

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

You can purchase Gold Spun at the following Retailers:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Undercover Duke

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

Undercover Duke
by Sabrina Jeffries

Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Zebra Books

Series: Duke Dynasty, Book 4
Genre: Historical Romance

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

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

Visit her online at SabrinaJeffries.com.

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

Blog Tour Schedule

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

Wednesday, May 26
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Thursday, May 27
Review at The Romance Dish

Monday, May 31
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Monday, June 7
Review at Two Bookish Babes

Tuesday, June 8
Review + Excerpt at Books & Benches

Wednesday, June 9
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, June 10
Feature at The Lit Bitch


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Undercover Duke


Small Favors

Hello Bookish Friends

Today I have a review of Small Favors By Erin Craig

Small Favors

by Erin A. Craig

Random House Children’s

Delacorte Press

Pub Date 27 Jul 2021


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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Hello and welcome to my stop on Blog tour for Bacchanal


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Hi lovely bookbees !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Photo Content from Veronica G. Henry

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

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

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


Tour Schedule 

JUNE 3rd THURSDAY J.R.’s Book Reviews REVIEW
JUNE 7th MONDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW
JUNE 9th WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
JUNE10th THURSDAY The Bookwyrm’s Den REVIEW
JUNE10th THURSDAY Pages Below the Vaulted Sky REVIEW


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The Librarian of Saint-Malo Blog Tour

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

@escobargolderos @ThomasNelson @hfvbt

#TheLibrarianofSaintMalo #MarioEscobar #HFVBTBlogTours


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

Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary

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

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

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

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



The Librarian of Saint-Malo

By Mario Escobar @marioescobar.oficial

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Thanks to the author Mario Escobar and Thomas Nelson Press

About the Author

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


Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 1
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 2
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, June 3
Review at Hallie Reads

Friday, June 4
Review at Nursebookie

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

Monday, June 7
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

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

Thursday, June 10
Review at McCombs on Main

Friday, June 11
Review at Impressions In Ink

Sunday, June 13
Review at A Darn Good Read

Monday, June 14
Review at Girl Who Reads

Wednesday, June 16
Review at The Enchanted Shelf


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

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ESSEX – Tudor Rebel Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on

ESSEX – Tudor Rebel

By Tony Riches

(Book Two of the Elizabethan Series)

ESSEX – Tudor Rebel

(Book Two of the Elizabethan Series)

By Tony Riches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An exceptionally written historical fiction!

Author Bio

Tony Riches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Spark to Shadow by Atima Kim Blog Tour

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

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

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Witch. Warrior. Dragon Rider.

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


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

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

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

“ A witch was her own best weapon”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity

Hello, Welcome

To my stop on The Last Warrior Book Tour!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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










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

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

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

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

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Welcome readers to my stop on The Poison Keepers Blog Tour


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

Genre: Historical Fiction

Naples 1633

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to the author and to HFBT!

About the Author

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

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

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

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Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
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Feature at History from a Woman’s Perspective

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

Hey There Bookwyrms!!

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

Release Date: 
May 4, 2021

About The Book:

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

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

Until he begins to notice odd, unsettling things himself.

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

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

About The Author:

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

Welcome to her dark side.

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

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

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

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

Title: Hurricane Summer

Author: Asha Bromfield 

Genre: Young Adult

Published On: May 4, 2021

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Source: print copy

Pages: 400


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mini Review

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

A breathtaking story that is both heart wrenching and raw.

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

I was not prepared for this book.

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

Photographer: Gwendalyn Anderson -Panama Beach Florida


Twitter: @ashabrom

Instagram: @ashabrom

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She nods.

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

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

“What if he forgot?” Mia asks.

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

“He’ll be here.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’ll take the first plane out.

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

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

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

and sprints toward him. My heart does somersaults.

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


America Blog Tour

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


Praise for MIKE BOND
“Master of the existential thriller” —BBC
“One of the 21st Century’s most exciting authors … spellbinding readers with a writing style that pits hard-boiled, force of nature-like characters against politically adept, staccato-paced plots.” —Washington Times
“One of America’s best thriller writers.” —Culture Buzz
“A master of the storytelling craft.” —Midwest Book Review
“Bond never loses the reader’s attention … working that fatalistic margin where life and death are one and the existential reality leaves one caring only to survive.” —Sunday Oregonian
“One of the best thriller writers, in the same league as Gerald Seymour and Frederick Forsyth.” —NetGalley
“Mike Bond is not only an acclaimed novelist… His intellect and creativity dance together on the pages, braiding fiction into deeper truths about ourselves, our nature, our government, our history and our future.” —Where Truth Meets Fiction
“Bond touches on the vast and eerie depths that lie under the thin crust of civilization and the base instinct within man to survive.” —Nottingham Observer (UK)
“Mike Bond’s books are a national treasure.” —Art Zuckerman, WVOX
“Bond uses his gift for fiction to teach us hard truths about religion, human nature, and warfare.” —Masterful Book Reviews
“A highly distinctive writer.” —Liverpool Daily Post (UK)


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


You can purchase America at the following Retailers:


My Review 


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

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

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


America By Mike Bond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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ISABELLE AND ALEXANDER (Proper Romance Victorian), Rebecca Anderson’s highly acclaimed historical romance novel.

Between May316, 2021, join over forty popular blogs specializing in historical fiction, inspirational fiction, and Victorian romance will join in the celebration of its release with spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Victorian-era novel set in Manchester, England

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Title: Isabelle and Alexander (Proper Romance Victorian)
 Author: Rebecca Anderson
 Genre: Historical Fiction, Inspirational Fiction, Victorian Romance
 Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (May 4, 2021)
 Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook (368) pages
 Tour Dates: May 3-16. 2021


Isabelle Rackham knows she will not marry for love. Though arranged marriages have fallen out of fashion, hers has been settled for some time to combine the upper-middle-class wealth of her father’s coal mines with Alexander Osgood’s prospering Northern country textile mills.

Though not a man prone to romantic gestures, Alexander is well-known as an eligible bachelor. His good looks have turned more than one head, so Isabelle is content to think of herself as Alexander’s wife.

However, her marriage is not what she expected. Northern England is nothing like her home farther west in the lake country. Cold, dreary, and dark, the soot from the textile mills creates a gray hue that seems to cling to everything in the city of Manchester. Alexander is distant and aloof, preferring to spend his time at the mill rather than with her at home. Their few conversations are brief, polite, and lacking any emotion, leaving Isabelle lonely and desperately homesick.

Sensing his wife’s unhappiness, Alexander suggests a trip to his country estate. Isabelle hopes this will be an opportunity to get to know her new husband without the distractions of his business. But the change of scenery doesn’t bring them any closer. While riding together on horses, Alexander is thrown from his and becomes paralyzed. Tragedy or destiny? The help and care that Alexander now needs is Isabelle’s opportunity to forge a connection and create a deep and romantic love where nothing else could.

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

In 1850’s England, Elizabeth Rackham and Alexander Osgood become are to be married

An arranged marriage is the norm, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that one cannot fall in love with ones own spouse.

This was such a heartfelt and compelling book. A lovely storyline that pulls you in. Rebecca Anderson’s writing is polished and effortless. Drawing the reader in the lives of these two characters as the start a life out together and the tragic events that take place.

Isabelle has to leave the comforts of her home and family, as she takes up residence in husbands home in Manchester. The two are strangers to one another so they have a rocky start. Lack of real communication as they try to blend their lives.

Isabel reaches out to her distant husband trying to form a relationship with him.

All the while Alexander feels unworthy as a proper husband because the two come from a slightly different class of society.

In a series of events that have long reaching devastation. When a riding accident happens that paralyzes Alexander.

This is a story about the meaning of a marriage and what it takes to see it through. Full of real life issues and well developed characters. The author prose is seamless and the narration is engaging. The added bonuses of some great noted side-characters makes for a memorable page turner.

Once again Shadow Mountain Publisher has proven to be one of my all time favorites in Proper Romances and Clean Reads

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Rebecca Anderson is the nom de plume of contemporary romance novelist Becca Wilhite, author of Wedding Belles: A Novel in Four Parts, Check Me Out, and My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions. Isabelle and Alexander is her debut historical romance novel. 

High school English teacher by day, writer by night (or very early morning), she loves hiking, Broadway shows, food, books, and movies. She is happily married and a mom to four above-average kids.




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The Queen’s Rival By Anne O’Brien Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour

The Queen’s Rival By Anne O’Brien


Book Title: The Queen’s Rival
Author: Anne O’Brien
Publication Date: 15th April 2021(paperback) September 2020 (Hardback and ebook)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Length: 531 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

England, 1459. 
One family united by blood. Torn apart by war…
The Wars of the Roses storm through the country, and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, plots to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne.
But when the Yorkists are defeated at the battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily’s family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own.
Stripped of her lands and imprisoned in Tonbridge Castle, the Duchess begins to spin a web of deceit. One that will eventually lead to treason, to the fall of King Henry VI, and to her eldest son being crowned King Edward IV.

Buy Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Queens-Rival-Anne-OBrien/dp/0008225532
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Queens-Rival-Anne-OBrien/dp/0008225532
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Queens-Rival-Anne-OBrien/dp/0008225532
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Queens-Rival-Anne-OBrien/dp/0008225508
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-queens-rival-anne-obrien/1137842630
Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-queens-rival/anne-obrien/9780008225544
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-queen-s-rival-the-sunday-times-bestselling-author-returns-with-a-gripping-historical-romance
Audio: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Queens-Rival-Audiobook/0008225524
Blackwells: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Queens-Rival-by-Anne-OBrien-author/9780008225544
WHSmith: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/the-queens-rival/anne-obrien/hardback/9780008225544.html

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

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

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

The Queen’s Rival By Anne O’Brien is a rewarding historical fiction experience.

An insightful look at the dramatic time of the War of The Roses seen through the eyes of Cecily, Duchess of York. The author has done an exceptional job in giving the reader a book that is written in the style of epistolary. Seamless narration in a series of letters, documents and even a recipe. This was a really creative way of to set up a novel. In a series of events Lady Cecily finds herself in a broiled plot to usurp King Henry VI from the throne. Things do not go as a planned and lady Cecily finds her family humbled and faced with the stripping of their families lands by the ruthless Queen Marguerite.

Cecile watches from her prison tower in Tonbridge Castle She is patient and bides her time. Planning her eldest son’s Edward IV, ultimate victory, with him being crowned King. This is a epic tale of one woman’s goal to have her family climb the ranks to the top through political intrigue, and align themselves to the English crown.

Her family rises and falls like the tides, as Englands endures the chaotic civil war of the Roses that takes place during the medieval fifteen century.

The author has created an engaging and memorable book, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this dramatic historical fiction. From start to finish I was captivated by the characters. Along with a fast moving plot line, the book was a wonderful read and kept me glued to its pages.

Excited to see more from this talented author

Anne O’Brien

Sunday Times Bestselling author Anne O’Brien was born in West Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in East Yorkshire for many years as a teacher of history.

Today she has sold over 700,000 copies of her books medieval history novels in the UK and internationally. She lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century timber-framed cottage in the depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire. The area provides endless inspiration for her novels which breathe life into the forgotten women of medieval history.

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Harvest Moon By Jenny Knipfer

Hello Historical Readers Today Is My Stop On The Harvest Moon By Jenny Knipfer

@JennyKnipfer @maryanneyarde

#HistoricalFiction #HarvestMoon #BlogTour 

Book Title: Harvest Moon

Series: By the Light of the Moon book #4 (although it is the fourth book, it works as a prequel for the first book, Ruby Moon)

Author: Jenny Knipfer

Publication Date: 23rd November, 2020 

Publisher: Independently Published

Page Length: 291 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction / Christian Historical Fiction


In the wilds of 19th century Ontario, Maang-ikwe, a young Ojibwe woman, falls into a forbidden love, breaks her father’s honor, and surrenders her trust to someone who betrays it. The abuse she suffers divides her from her tribe and causes her to give up what she holds most dear. 

Niin-mawin must come to grips with his culture being ripped away from him. Brought up in a “white man’s” school, he suffers through an enforced “civilized” education and separation from his family. When a man he respects reveals a secret about Niin-mawin’s past, he embarks on a search for the person he hopes can mend the part of his heart that’s always been missing. 

Both Maang-ikwe and Niin-mawin wonder how a harvest of pain and sorrow will impact their lives. Will they find the blessings amongst the hardships, or will they allow the results of division and abuse to taint their hearts forever?

Fans of historical fiction, Native American fiction, Christian historical fiction, clean romance, and literary fiction will be moved by this deep, heartfelt novel.


Praise for Harvest Moon

“A moving and authentic work or historical fiction, while this series is a testament to Knipfer’s skilled and versatile storytelling.” Self-Publishing Review

Knipfer does an outstanding job of cementing place, time, and culture against the backdrop of evolving relationships.” D. Donavon for Midwest Book Review


Buy Links:

Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon CA  Amazon AU

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

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

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

My Review

Harvest Moon by Jenny Knipfer is the fourth book in the series but acts as a prequel to Ruby Moon.

An unforgettable historical fiction that is set in the late nineteenth century, north of Ontario. This book was heartbreaking and thought provoking, one that I found stayed with long after I closed the book.

The authors poetic narration is flawless as she delivers an memorable book with dual time frames along with two distinct POV voices. That of Maang-ikwe and her son Niin-mawin. The main focus is the coming of age section of on Maang-ikwe a young Ojibwe woman. The reader experiences incredible details of Maang-ikwe harsh trials and lstruggles. It’s a moving tale of it like for when she falls in love, and suffers complete betrayal. During a time in Canadian history

She finds grace and strength in her newfound Christian Faith.

Her son Niin-mawin, Is torn between two words that of his of native heritage and the rules and cultures of the white man.

Rich in beautiful atmospheric imagery, the scenes of the shores of Lake Superior come alive. A book that is realistic in its in-depiction of the harsh, and intimate scenes that the characters go through.

This is my first book from this author, and even though I knew nothing about her previous books in the series I was never lost. The vibrant dialogue, along with the Ojibwe native words was exceptional and added so much to this exceptional book.

Thanks for allowing me to be transported to another time and place.

Jenny Knipfer

Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken, and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling.

Spending many years as a librarian in a local public library, Jenny recently switched to using her skills as a floral designer in a retail flower shop. She is now retired from work due to disability. Her education background stems from psychology, music, and cultural missions.

Her By the Light of the Moon series earned five-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite, a book review and award contest company. Their praise: Ruby Moon is entertaining, fast-paced, and features characters that are real. Blue Moon continues a well-written and highly engaging saga of family ties, betrayals, and heartaches. Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writingHarvest Moon is probably one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. I have come away deep in thought, feeling somewhat like I’ve had a mystical experience and one I will never forget.”

She holds membership in the: Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Wisconsin Writers Association, Christian Indie Publishing Association, and Independent Book Publishers Association.

Jenny’s favorite place to relax is by the western shore of Lake Superior, where her novel series, By The Light of the Moon, is set. She is currently writing a new historical fiction series entitled, Sheltering Trees. The first title in that series, In a Grove of Maples,—inspired by the lives of her grandparents in the late 1890’s—is slated for fall of 2021.


Connect with Jenny:

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THE REBEL NUN by Marj Charlier

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The Rebel Nun
by Marj Charlier

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Blackstone Publishing
Hardcover, AudioBook, & eBook

Genre: Historical Fiction



Marj Charlier’s The Rebel Nun is based on the true story of Clotild, the daughter of a sixth-century king and his concubine, who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church.

At that time, women are afforded few choices in life: prostitution, motherhood, or the cloister. Only the latter offers them any kind of independence. By the end of the sixth century, even this is eroding as the church begins to eject women from the clergy and declares them too unclean to touch sacramental objects or even their priest-husbands.

Craving the legitimacy thwarted by her bastard status, Clotild seeks to become the next abbess of the female Monastery of the Holy Cross, the most famous of the women’s cloisters of the early Middle Ages. When the bishop of Poitiers blocks her appointment and seeks to control the nunnery himself, Clotild masterminds an escape, leading a group of nuns on a dangerous pilgrimage to beg her royal relatives to intercede on their behalf. But the bishop refuses to back down, and a bloody battle ensues. Will Clotild and her sisters succeed with their quest, or will they face ex-communication, possibly even death?

In the only historical novel written about the incident, The Rebel Nun is a richly imagined story about a truly remarkable heroine.

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‘The Rebel Nun is a boldly imagined story of one early medieval woman’s struggle against the societal forces that constrained her. It draws on historical sources that briefly mention — and condemn — the insurrection that two noble nuns led within their abbey, in Poitiers, in 589. On the basis of this sparse information, Marj Charlier imagines the incident from the perspective of one of these nuns, the noblewoman Clothild, and embeds these events within the larger story of Clothild’s life. The result is an engaging and thought-provoking tale.’ –Samantha Kahn Herrick, Associate Professor of History, Syracuse University

‘Marj Charlier takes an obscure sixth-century tale and turns it into a stunning story of a nun caught up in the misogyny of the early Christian church. Led by Clotild, a king’s bastard daughter, a group of nuns attempts to rescue their monastery from the all-male church hierarchy. Extensively researched and rich in historical detail, The Rebel Nun tells of a time when women were chattel, when priests questioned whether females had souls. Charlier’s artfully written account of Clotild’s struggle to save her medieval sisterhood from the dominance of kings and bishops is a perfect novel for today’s women.’ — Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author

‘Vividly imagines one of the most fascinating events to occur in sixth-century Gaul, bringing into focus the complexity of the early centuries of Western Christianity as the Church struggled to define its positions on clerical celibacy, the role of women, pre-Christian traditions, and its relationship to secular power. Scholars have long been fascinated with Gregory of Tours’s account of how a rebellion of nuns from the monastery of the Holy Cross in Poitiers supposedly resulted in acts of murder, plunder, and unplanned pregnancies. It is a moment that has been calling out for a writer to do it justice in a work of historical fiction, but which feat no one has dared to attempt — until now. Marj Charlier’s The Rebel Nun brings the sights, sounds, and smells of this event and its aftermath to life in a richly imagined story that is firmly rooted in equal parts rigorous historical research and inspired, creative imagination.” –Dorsey Armstrong, PhD, professor of English/medieval studies at Purdue University, and lecturer for The Great Courses (The Medieval World, The Black Death, and others)

‘What could lead nuns to armed rebellion?…This thoughtful imagining of the underlying causes and characters involved in the revolt centers on Clotild, the leader of the insurrection…Charlier carefully constructs a narrative that positions Clotild, a pagan at heart despite her outward piety, as a reluctant revolutionary who pushes for fairness in a Christian world increasingly dominated by men. With power available to so few women, Clotild dares to imagine freedom, despite its cost.’ –Booklist

‘The Rebel Nun is a gripping, well-told story of women fighting against a church and society dominated by men who are determined to defeat them in body and spirit. A great tale that will immerse you in a world so different — and not so different — from our own.’ –Philip Freeman, Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture at Pepperdine University, author of Saint Brigid’s Bones

‘The Rebel Nun is a wildly original, suspenseful account of a group of nuns in medieval France who must endure hardships and treachery from both outside and within their walls. It feels both historically authentic and startlingly contemporary, and I loved every word of it.’ –Elizabeth Stuckey-French, author of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

‘The Rebel Nun is a gripping tale of heroism and audacity in the least likely of guises — a renowned cloister under the heel of the medieval church. With meticulous research and in exacting detail, Marj Charlier brings to light the remarkable exploits of Clotild, who leads her fellow sisters on a daring escape that culminates in bloody revolt, and a place in history.’ –Denise Heinze, author of The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew

‘The story of a community of women in crisis and the power they found through their will to save themselves, The Rebel Nun tells the fictional truth behind the historical rebellion of the Holy Cross nuns in 589 CE, as recounted in her latter days by one of the rebellion’s leaders, Clotild … Rich in facts and foreshadowing, the historical novel The Rebel Nun finds in the nuns’ rebellion, and in Germanic tribal paganism, an inspirational morality tale and historical precedent for modern women to connect with their own powers, no matter the stakes.’ –Foreword Reviews

‘The Rebel Nun is a well-written window into the life of a sixth-century royal bastard and the changing landscape of holy power structures. Charlier writes a strong voice for Clotild, with vivid descriptions of a daily life that brings readers along into her world. The research shows, and Charlier does an excellent job of seamlessly integrating the historical record with her own fiction.’ –Historical Novels Review

‘A startling look into a world I never imagined visiting — a sixth-century nunnery, where one bride of Christ only a generation away from paganism breaks her vows of obedience to the church’s male hierarchy and makes it her mission to battle the corruption of bishops oppressing the sisters of the Holy Cross. A well-wrought yarn reflective of historical fact.’ –Darryl Ponicsán, author of Eternal Sojourners

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

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

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

This is one riveting story of Clotild, a nun in the late sixth to early seventh century, who led a rebellion along with sister nuns against the church.

What’s even more incredible is that it based on true events

A time when Christianity first swept through Gaul, trying to erase the stain of paganism. The early church is also experiencing some restructuring as certain factions become more divided in their beliefs in some of its Christian doctrines that are being developed.

The story starts with a prologue that introduces the reader to an older Clotild, living a quiet life well after the revolt. She writes about the events that led up to and followed the revolt, as a means of countering the official version written by Bishop Gregory of Tours.

In 588 Poitiers, Not all women noblewomen seek the traditional route of existence and some are given no choice. Royal monasteries offer an alternative to marriage and the ability to avoid the dangerous perils of childbirth.

Clotild, the granddaughter of Clovis and bastardis of Charibert I, the monastery of the Holly Cross offers her tranquillity safety from the long reaching arm of her political family. Clotild has formed a strong bond with the other sisters in the cloister, all together they make up a close nit family. The monastery is a joyous place under the direction of Radegund and her successor, Agnes.

As the sisters are in morning from the recent passing of the Agnes the Abbess. An unplanned arrival of the Bishop Maroveus at Holy Cross is met with resentment. He arrogantly burst through the halls and announces that the new Abbess position will be bestowed to the unworthy Sister Lebover.

Once in charge Sister Lebover, direction is disastrous, and those living within the monastery suffer the effects. Bitter with disappointment Clotild, along with several sisters take things into their own hands. A rebellion is sparked, when the bold sisters do a forbidden act, and leave the closure of the monastery. They strike out on a quest to plead their case and throw themselves on the mercy to Bishop Gregory. Without any results Clotild then moves onto one of the one of territory kings King Guntrum, who happened to be her uncle.

As the power of Catholicism gains ground over the Arianism sector of Christianity the rights of women in previous held religious position were stripped. They we seen as “Unclean” and were treated as such. Just like so many others during this time, Clotild has excepted the Christian faith, but still hangs on to her Pagan beliefs from her mother’s side. The story opens as the elderly Clotild recants her story, to set the record straight. Her natation is seamless as she leads the reader through the events before, during, and after the events of the incredible event.

These courageous women are beautiful depicted and their struggles are awe-inspiring. This may be an historical fiction, but it’s a tale that resonates with contemporary themes.

Meticulously researched the author does an exceptional job in bringing this meaningful story of these women to life. A meaningful thought provoking book that I loved from beginning to end.

About the Author

Marj Charlier began her writing career at daily and mid-size newspapers before joining the Wall Street Journal as a staff reporter. After twenty years in journalism, she pursued her MBA and began a second career in corporate finance. The Rebel Nun is her first historical novel, and her eleventh published novel.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, April 14
Feature at Reading is My Remedy
Review at With A Book In Our Hands

Thursday, April 15
Review at Two Bookish Babes

Friday, April 16
Excerpt at Madwoman in the Attic

Tuesday, April 20
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

Wednesday, April 21
Review at Crystal’s Library

Thursday, April 22
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Monday, April 26
Guest Post at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Tuesday, April 27
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, April 28
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, April 29
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Into the Hall of Books

Monday, May 3
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, May 7
Review at Bookramblings

Monday, May 10
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Friday, May 14
Feature at Books, Cooks, Looks
Interview at Passages to the Past


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The Rebel Nun


These Feathered Flames Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the These Feathered Flames book tour! Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour host!

@tbrbeyondtours & @allywritesandstuff

Title: These Feathered Flames (These Feathered Flames #1)
 Alexandra Overy
Release: November 10, 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: YA Fantasy

When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.

But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned.

As the princesses come to understand everything their roles entail, they’ll discover who they can trust, who they can love—and who killed their mother.

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

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

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

A richly detailed fantasy of twin sisters Asya and Izaveta fate has been decided upon their birth. In Tourin a Tóurensi tradition dictates when the royal line has twins, they must be split up at a certain age. One will become the heir to the throne, and will the other the Firebird. This is necessary done to maintain the magic balance in the world.

In a series of events their mother dies unexpectedly, thrusting the twins into their predestined roles.

Bringing the girls together for the first time in many years, they are unrecognizable to each other. Asya becomes the “Firebird”, who tracks down those who haven’t paid the proper price for the use of magic, she extracts a flesh debt that is owed.

Izaveta now prepares to take the crown, and with that comes a vast amount responsibilities. The girls are thrust into political intrigue within the dynamics of the courtly drama. Along with a powerful spell being used, and their mother death was no accident.

The book weaves back in forth in dual narration of both sisters, we get see first hand that both sisters struggle under the enormous weight of what is expected of them. The author has done a spectacular job in giving the reader a beautiful atmospheric Slavic fantasy, with its rich culture apart of world building.

This a must read and definitely one to add to your must list for fantasy for 2021

It’s truly a remarkable reading experience that engages the reader along being for of edge of your seat twist moments. The romance was perfect, and it made for a stunning reading experience. The ending was done in away that will have you yearning for the next installment.


Alexandra grew up in London and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her undergraduate degree in history at UCLA, followed by her MFA in screenwriting also at UCLA. She loves writing in all formats, from novels to screenplays to graphic novels, always centring on fierce women and morally grey characters, often with a bit of magic and murder. Her debut novel, These Feathered Flames, releases April 20 2021 from Inkyard Press.
When she’s not writing, she can be found baking, fangirling over her favourite books, or cuddling her cat.

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Happy Friday Everyone,


Today I have partnered with @entangledteen to bring you this Gorgeous Cover Reveal of


By author Alyson Noël @alyson_noel NYT #1 Bestselling Author

Release Date: 2-1-2022

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Title: Stealing Infinity

Author: Alyson Noël 


Page Length: 400

Publication Date: Feb. 1, 2022

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Synopsis: When a young girl with an usual gift is whisked away to an academy for time-travelling teens, she becomes the target for a sinister organization hell-bent on rewriting history in this clever and fast-paced YA that is guaranteed to become your next fantasy romance obsession.

Link: Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57693268-stealing-infinity

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BADASS VIGILANTE Book One by Michael Anderle

Hey There Readers,

Publisher : Lmbpn Publishing (February 10, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 274 pages
ISBN-10 : 1649714467
ISBN-13 : 978-1649714466

“Once again, I find myself in a reader’s paradise with this ‘Bad Ass’ series!” Alicia G., reviewer “A different twist to the fantasy world. The main character is feisty, fun, loyal & honorable. A theme I love in Michael’s stories.” Kathleen R., reviewer“A number of unexpected plot twists form a novel solution. Action galore as usual.” Kevin S., reviewer “It’s extremely hard to find such an interesting and exciting author who not only writes intelligently, but also provides top-rate plots, characters, and excitement in their stories.” — Jim N., reviewer

Virtutis gloria merces

Translation: Glory is the reward of valor

When given power, what would you be willing to sacrifice for the greater good?

Fed up with playing the normal game, recent university graduate, ex-cum laude, ex-soccer star, ex-popular and mostly broke Kera MacDonagh changed her life when she read ‘How to be a Badass Witch’ and shockingly, the spells worked.

She barely made it out of the first few weeks of on-the-job training before her powers got her in trouble.

Hunted as a magical vigilante, the Kims sacrificed to keep her safe.

Kera hunts criminals in the darkness of LA, but will she be able to hide the signature of her powers, too?

Having made the decision to come clean with a boyfriend, she must now live with the results.

With everything happening, Kera is balancing her sanity as well. Will magic be enough to help her come out on top?

Of course, she hopes. Because the other way lies madness.

You can purchase How To Be A Badass Vigilante: Book One at the following Retailers:

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

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

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

How To Be A Badass Vigilante: Book One, is a stellar continuation of the How To Be a Badass Witch series by the ver talented author Michael Anderle.

This is a high stakes, fast paced book that grabs your attention right from the starting gate. The picks up where the previous series finished, How To Be A Badass Witch. It’s not necessary to have read the previous series to pick up this book to enjoy, but I highly recommend reading the set of books.

Kera MacDonagh, has let cat out of the bag to Christian{ Chris} her boyfriend.

Revealing to him she is a thaumaturge.. a Witch that happens to be a magical vigilante. He is a huntress in the dark seedy underworld of LA.

Now working with Chris, who she has had to wipe his memory, more than once.

Now the two can move forward and Kera is starting to trust him more. Kera living a double life is improving on her incantations, and fighting abilitie, together with her workmate Stephanie. Kera will have to come against another group trying to recruit her and she find her self dealing with betrayals. I am not going to give to much away, so the reader can enjoy the reading experience for them selves.

This was a thrilling ride of a book, so hang on to your seats readers, you are in for a edgy paranormal adventure. The author does a spectacular job in creating characters that are bold and likable. The magic system and world building was superbly done. I loved how seamless the book flowed and dialogue was engaging.

The narrative was brilliantly executed – I loved the way the plot unfolded. I was completely invested in the storyline. I flew through the pages at lighting speed, it definitely was an addictive book

The innovative world building and incisive character development make this a rip roaring read. I can’t wait for the next installment! ♡

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Michael Anderle was born in Houston, TX. A very curious child, he got into trouble — a lot. What to do with an inquisitive mind when he was grounded? Read!

For his first 20 years, he mostly read Science Fiction and Fantasy. In the last 10 years, he has enjoyed Urban Fantasy and Military Fiction. With this background, he created The Kurtherian Gambit series, a well-selling and fan-loved collection of stories. Fans have propelled these stories beyond Anderle’s wildest imagination and Anderle says they should get all of the credit for sharing with friends, family and occasionally the random person on the street.

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THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on
THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT, by Marina Lostetter Blog Tour
Read my thoughts on this book and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway

ASIN : B0879J44XZ
Publisher :
Tor Books; 1st edition (April 13, 2021)
Publication date : April 13, 2021
Language : English


“The Helm of Midnight transports readers to an intensely unique and creative world, with interwoven secrets and heart-pounding action. Bloody, ambitious, and absolutely riveting.” ―Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

“A mysterious and mind-ripping journey through the mystic depths of time and the darkness of the human psyche.” ―
Matt Wallace, author of the Sin du Jour and Savage Rebellion series“Beautiful and vicious, The Helm of Midnight will snare you with its intriguing mystery and then enthrall you with its rich characters and inventive world.” ―Megan E. O’Keefe, author of Velocity Weapon

A legendary serial killer stalks the streets of a fantastical city in The Helm of Midnight, the stunning first novel in a new trilogy from acclaimed author Marina Lostetter.In a daring and deadly heist, thieves have made away with an artifact of terrible power–the death mask of Louis Charbon. Made by a master craftsman, it is imbued with the spirit of a monster from history, a serial murderer who terrorized the city with a series of gruesome murders.Now Charbon is loose once more, killing from beyond the grave. But these murders are different from before, not simply random but the work of a deliberate mind probing for answers to a sinister question.It is up to Krona Hirvath and her fellow Regulators to enter the mind of madness to stop this insatiable killer while facing the terrible truths left in his


🚨 Spoiler Free Alert 🚨

The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter is a vast fantasy world, along with pantheon of inclusion gods. Along with an intricate magical system that is told in three perceptives. Lostetter grabs the reader in this darkishly grim tale, about a serial killer

An absorbing fast paced epic fantasy, a beautifully executed book, that left me beyond repair…

This incredible tale starts off when horrific, grisly murders are starting to happen again. But they are not random, they are calculated

A daunting task that Krona Hirvath a a regulator for Lutador, along with her team takes on a new killer. They must seek out and stop him from wreaking Horrific Crimes in the city.

A deadly serial killer, Louis Charbon’s knowledge was maintained in a mask prior to him being hanged. Now, it’s years later, and the mask has been stolen along with another dangerous enchanted item.

If you enjoy deep stunning storylines and some of the best #ownvoices characters….This is a book for you! Nothing prepared me for going into this hefty page count of a book. You will be surprised that once you immerse yourself within this book, the page count is trifle. The world building is off the charts along with some of the best inventive magic system that I have encountered.

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The Bareknuckle Groom by Holly Bush

Hello Readers today I have a review of The Bareknuckle Groom
by Holly Bush, hosted by @hollybushbooks @hfvbt  

Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway at the end of this post!

The Bareknuckle Groom
by Holly Bush

Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Holly Bush Books

Series: The Thompsons of Locust Street, Book #2
Genre: Historical Romance



Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm…

1869 Bareknuckle champion, James Thompson, is confident his future continues with beautiful women and victories in the boxing ring. Men admire his skills, power, and quick fists, and are more than willing to bet their hard-earned coins on his name. Women admire his handsome face, his undaunted confidence, and his powerful body. Nothing will change his successfully plotted course, until…

Lucinda Vermeal arrives on the Philadelphia social scene when her father moves them to the city in the hopes that his only daughter will find a suitable partner. After all, her husband will be intimately involved with Vermeal Industries whose business interests and political connections touch France, England and all of the United States. Lucinda’s pale statuesque beauty attracts the finest of Philadelphia’s young men, but her cool and reserved attitude keep them at arm’s length. Until she meets a man willing to challenge her at every turn. Will James Thompson expose Lucinda’s passionate nature like no other man ever could?

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The Bareknuckle Groom

By Holly Bush

The Thompsons of Locust Street Series #2

Recently located from Virginia to Philadelphia, Henri Vermeal has only one child a daughter that will inherit his vast wealth along with properties in America and Europe.

Hoping to broaden his daughters chance of finding a suitable husband, one that will have first hand knowledge of the workings of Vermeal vast holdings. Only wanting the best choice for his beautiful daughter, he will except nothing less than a pristine gentleman. Lucinda, is head strong and knows just what she wants. She is also lovely person, who is good hearted and caring.

James Thompson is a handsome a swoon worthy boxer, who’s sister has married a gentleman. He is apart of the Thompson Clan. They are a good hearted family, just not excepted in certain social circles. He boost 1869 Bareknuckle champion of Philadelphia. He also suffers with his fair share of a temper, which seems to get the best of him some times.

When a series of events arise and Lucinda and James are partnered for a dance. Nothing prepares these two for fireworks that ignite them both.

What a splendid historical romance, Holly Bush captivated me right from the start in her last installment of The Thompsons of Locust Street Series. Right away I immersed within James and Lucinda tale. I loved how flawed both characters were and how they completely complimented each other.

The social economics and cast differences were depicted perfectly and it always the reader to understand society restrictions placed and women, and those less fortunate. You find yourself rooting for this couple as undergo a series obstacles.

If you are looking for a lovely escapism this romantic book will satisfy your need.

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

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

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

About the Author

“Love always has something to say. Sometimes it shouts from the highest hill, and sometimes it whispers so softly one must listen closely to hear. Do not turn away. It is a rare and precious commodity. Treasure it.” The Gentrys of Paradise

Holly Bush’s historical romances are set during the turbulent and transformative years of the late 1800’s. The first two books in her newest series, The Gentrys of Paradise, released in the spring of 2017 and began with the novella Into the Evermore where readers meet Virginia horse breeders, Eleanor and Beauregard Gentry. The following books feature their children, Adam, Matthew, and Olivia. For the Brave is Matthew’s story and is the first full length book of the series. Olivia’s book, For This Moment, released in the spring of 2018. The final book, For Her Honor, is now available.

The Crawford Family Series following the fortunes of the three Boston born Crawford sisters and includes Train Station Bride, Contract to Wed, Her Safe Harbor, and companion novella, The Maid’s Quarters. Cross the Ocean and Charming the Duke are both British set Victorian romances. Fan favorites stand-alone historical romance novels include Romancing Olive and Reconstructing Jackson. Holly’s books are described as ‘emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance.’

She also writes General Fiction under the name of Hollis Bush.

Holly makes her home with her husband, one happy Labrador Retriever and a clever Jack Russell rescued from the pound, and two difficult cats in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com, on Twitter @hollybushbooks, on Instagram, and on Facebook at Holly Bush. Follow Holly on her Amazon author page to receive new release updates and on BookBub to check out her reviews and get sale information.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 19
Review at Probably at the Library
Review at American Historical Novels

Tuesday, April 20
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, April 21
Excerpt at American Historical Novels
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, April 22
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Bookish Rantings

Monday, April 26
Review + Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Tuesday, April 27
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, April 28
Review at Unabridged Chick

Friday, April 30
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

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The Bareknuckle Groom Tour

Betting on a Duke’s Heart ♥︎ Book Blast

Welcome to my stop on the Release Day Book Blast for Betting on a Duke’s Heart by Royaline Sing!
#BettingonaDukesHeart #RoyalineSing #HFVBTBlogTours 

Twitter tags: @RoyalineSing @entangledpub @hfvbt 

Betting on a Duke’s Heart
by Royaline Sing

Publication Date: April 19, 2021
Entangled Publishing: Amara

Genre: Historical Romance



Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn’t save his father, but he’ll be damned if he won’t save the man’s dream. He’ll acquire a Triple Crown–winning horse at any cost, even marriage. Luckily, the lovely lady in mind loves challenges as much as he. Certainly he can win her heart without losing his own…

Hell will freeze over before Miss Dina Campbell agrees to marry a horse-mad man who wants her dowry of a prize stallion, no matter what her father wants. The duke may be handsome, but he’ll have to prove he is a suitable match for her before she’ll even consider the offer. And there’s no way this love-averse man will ever succeed with the wager that she has planned…

Royaline Sing delivers a traditional historical romance plot in a unique manner with a decidedly nontraditional heroine – hitting familiar notes with an infectious zeal that is all her own.” – Elizabeth Everett, author of A Lady’s Formula For Love

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About the Author

As my first fiction work, I’ve a notebook length movie script, featuring my favorite stars. I was probably ten. It hasn’t seen the light of the day (And it won’t).

But story telling lingered. Though I have a software engineering job, the creative world teased from afar. So one day, I finally put the pen to the paper (or my fingers to the keyboard?) and started writing.

Now, I write through the noise of my lovely two kids, a very supportive (but sweetly clueless) husband and a bank job where numbers rule.

Born and brought up in India, I’m a huge fan of Bollywood romantic movies and the music. I also like all things Marvel! I love to travel and so many destinations are on my bucket list. (hint: some pictures here give the clues!)

I am currently writing Historical Romances, with heroines setting their own norms and coming to toes with heroes worth loving.

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Two Bookish Babes
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Elodie’s Reading Corner
What Is That Book About
Reading is My Remedy
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The Enchanted Shelf
Pursuing Stacie


The Stolen Kingdom

Hello Bookish Babes

I am excited to present to you today my stop on the tour for The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme.

@tbrbeyondtours & @jillina.boehme

#TheStolenKingdom #TBRBeyondTours #JillianBoehme

 Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: March 2nd, 2021

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For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of PerinFaye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner’s daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.

When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.

Book Links:




Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Kingdom-Jillian-Boehme/dp/1250298822/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3EJ54O6UO93BD&dchild=1&keywords=the+stolen+kingdom+jillian+boehme&qid=1609970031&sprefix=The+Stolen+Kingdom+by+Jillian+Boehme%2Caps%2C606&sr=8-1


Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-stolen-kingdom-jillian-boehme/1136889508?ean=9781250298829


Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Stolen-Kingdom-Jillian-Boehme/9781250298829


Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-stolen-kingdom/9781250298829-item.html?ikwid=The+Stolen+Kingdom+by+Jillian+Boehme&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=f29a9572054e9329a2e3d47800408e0a


IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=the+stolen+kingdom

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 Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme is a rich and spectacular fantasy.

Maralyth is a vintners daughter working with her brother alongside her father. Taking care of each other and the family’s vineyard. She has stepped into her mother’s role as caretaker and cook for the vineyards working hands. Longing to be amongst the vines she struggles with the role that is placed on her shoulders. Unbeknownst to her brother and father she has a unique magical secret that only her deceased mother knew of. A secret that her own mother also possessed.

Everything takes off in this fast paced tale, when Maralyth is kidnapped and astonishing birthright becomes known to her. Forced into a political coup to overthrow the king and place Mara on the throne.With her life and the lives of those she loves threatened, Mara has no choice but to take the throne and become a better ruler than the current greedy king


Prince Alac Thungrave, is the second in line for his father’s throne. He shuns the dark magic that his father possesses, his interested lie in the fundamentals of maintaining a vineyard. Everything comes to halt when he meets Maralyth, a young lady visiting court for his brother’s wedding and is completely drawn to her. In a series of events, that leads Alac to be placed within reaching distance of the one thing he has never wanted or desired. He is also faced with fact that Mara is not all that he thinks she is, and can her secret be his salvation or his undoing.


Jillian Boehme, seamless narration is told in two distinct POV’s. Her prose flows perfectly and the characters were so well developed and I absolutely loved them.

We also are thrown into a complex political world where there are two sides to this magic tied to the land magical system. One side is healing and growth, that was gifted to the rightful King of Perin Faye, by the lands holy god. When it was wrenched away from it’s rightful owner over a hundred years before Maralyth’s time. It becomes something else entirely, it has taken on a sinister corrupted ominous, dark form of magic. Eventually corrupting the usurper and its descendants, as it is passed downward from generation to generation, into something twisted and evil.


The author does a great job in some visual imagery relating to both main characters situations as they are both feeling trapped in their predicaments. The romance was done well and perfect for a YA Fantasy. I enjoyed the political and courtly drama that made for a memorable reading experience.


About the Author:

Jillian is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark’s First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors.

In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home.

She’s still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.jillianboehme.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JillianBoehme

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jillian.boehme/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7234281.Jillian_Boehme






Kate In Waiting Blog Tour

Hello book-bees and welcome to my stop on the #WriteReads #UltimateBlogTour of Kate In Waiting By Becky Albertalli @beckyalbertalli



Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

From bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli (author of Love, Simon) comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and theatre.

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.


1. Kate Garfield

2. Anderson Walker

3. Matt Olsson

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

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

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

Becky Albertalli newest book, Kate In Waiting, is a perfect coming of age, rom-com for 2021.

We follows best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker, who happens to have the very best kind of friendship. These two besties are theater buffs and are completely inseparable. They do everything together, sharing each other’s secrets.

The girls find themselves in a bit of a twist, after gushing over the same unattainable guy Matt Olsson in summer camp, they come face to face with him when he transfers to the girls school. The girls friendship is tested as they have never had to face this problem before.

The author narration is seamless and engaging, I enjoyed how the centralizing of the story was around the school musical. The girls friendship bond didn’t take a backseat to the romance. Becky Albertalli, has a way of writing that draws the reader into the characters lives, in such a way that will have you completely immersed in their lives.

A delightful book that touches on true life situations that young adults face today. Also the author does a fabulous job in bringing some great LGBTQ representation. Which I thought was done very well done.

An exceptional heartwarming reading experience that was everything I hoped for!

Thanks so much to The WriteReadsTour


Becky Albertalli


Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at


Cover Reveal for A Bargain of Blood & Gold

Cover Reveal for A Bargain of Blood & Gold by Kristin Jacques

A Bargain of Blood & Gold
Kristin Jacques
Published by: City Owl Press
Publication date: June 15th 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

A novice vampire hunter with a mission. A three-hundred-year-old vampire with a strong sense of irony. A town plagued by otherworldly creatures they must save.

When Johnathan Newman arrives alone in the isolated lumber town of Cress Haven, Maine, the last thing he expects is for his life to be irrevocably changed. Sent by the Society, a clandestine league of vampire hunters, to investigate a string of murders and disappearances among the town’s young women, the grisly state of the recovered bodies most certainly points to a vampire lurking amid the townsfolk. Johnathan’s attempts to enlist the locals leads him to an unlikely partnership with the alluring Vic, the town’s most eligible, if enigmatic, bachelor.

As the pair work to solve the mystery, Vic’s own secrets come back to bite him. Revealed, the vampire fights his growing attraction to a man trained to destroy him at whatever cost. But he is not alone. Johnathan’s confusing emotions land him in the middle of forbidden desires. Forbidden not only by those who created him, but by his heart itself. Even if Vic isn’t the murderer Johnathan seeks, how can he yearn for a creature who should be his natural enemy?

With an evil presence creeping through Cress Haven and inhabiting its citizens, the two men must suffer their feelings and walk together into the unknown. As Vic leads Johnathan into encounters with terrifying beings straight from children’s stories, Johnathan learns that not only is the world far stranger than he knew, but that the Society he has trusted has far more disturbing intentions for the invading creatures than he imagined. Intentions that will place hunter and vampire at the center of a conflict between realms.

Unfortunately, Cress Haven holds far more sinister secrets than its resident vampire, a secret so great, it could unleash Hell itself.

For fans of Gail Carriger’s Supernatural Society, The Charm of Magpies series by KJ Charles, Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee.

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Author Bio:

Kristin Jacques is an author from small town New England. She grew up in the sticks, surrounded by river wildlife and various swamp inhabitants. Somehow she managed to keep all her toes, despite a run in with a snapper or two.

She lives with her husband and sons in another small New England town. She is mighty attached to them. When not writing, she is likely reading, watching a terrific B-Horror flick, or further spoiling the family cats. Sometimes she has blue hair.

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The Bone Valley Cover Reveal

Hey There Readers Today is a very special day, it’s the fabulous Cover Reveal for The Bone Valley By Candace Robinson


by Candace Robinson


Today is the Cover Reveal Day for @literarydust and this bone-chilling dark fantasy romance 💀from @midnighttidepublishing

He’s a lover. She’s a thief. A magic bond like no other will tie them together.

After the death of his parents, Anton Bereza works hard to provide for his younger siblings. Love has never been in the cards for him, especially after desperation forces Anton to sell himself for coin. And he has no idea that, beneath the city of Kedaf, lies a place called the Bone Valley.

When Anton’s jealous client plots against him, he is cursed to spend eternity in a world where all that remains are broken bones. There, Anton meets Nahli Yan—a woman who once tried to steal from him—and his cards begin to change. But as the spark between them ignites, so does their desire to escape. All that stands in their way is the deceitful Queen of the Afterlife, who is determined to wield her deadly magic to break Anton and Nahli apart. Forever.

Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor.

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