In The Lion’s Den |Tour + Review|

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Thank you Barbara Taylor Bradford @btbnovelist and @suzyapprovedbooktours for having me in this fantastic book tour {partner}⁣

91FE51BD-E558-4DFD-8A0A-B93FACE007F5Barbara Taylor Bradford
Release Date Oct. 6, 2020

About The Book:

James Lionel Falconer has risen quickly from a mere shop worker to being the right-hand man of Henry Malvern, head of the most prestigious shipping company in London. With Malvern’s daughter Alexis running away to the country after a terrible tragedy and refusing to return, James’ ascent to head of the company seems inevitable. But even a charmed life like James’ is not without its setbacks.

A terrible fire threatens to end his merchant career before it’s had a chance to truly begin. Mrs. Ward, James’ former paramour, has a secret that could change his life forever. And his distaste for Alexis Malvern is slowly growing into feelings of quite a different sort. Can James continue to be the master of his own fate, or will all of his charm, intelligence, and wit finally fail him when he has to enter the lion’s den?

From New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the highly anticipated second book in the House of Falconer saga.

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.

In the Lion’s Den

A House of Falconer Novel

This the incredible second installment in Bradford’s House of Falconer series about a retail dynasty.

Set in Victorian times in England 1889-1892

James Lionel Falconer has now risen the ranks and now is by side with the shipping magnate, Henry Malvern of London’s Malvern & Malvern Co. His climb from a mere shop worker to being the right hand man of Henry Malvern hasn’t come without it fair share of drama.

James Lionel Faulkner has more responsibility as he’s doing everything he can to reach the top of the prestigious shipping company in England. Climbing from a mere shop worker to being the right hand man of Henry Malvern doesn’t come without its set of challenges.

Henry is tasked with bringing Henry Malvern’s daughter, Alexis, back into the business fold. She is reluctant after suffering the the loss of her fiancée.

Malvern’s health is deteriorating, and in a series of events Percy Malvern is caught stealing from the wine business in LeHavre. Henry job is assistant to a contractor and is helping build an arcade that will hold businesses. There ares some dire events, and revelations that will keep on your toes.

In all of this Henry still has time to dream of one day opening his own shop.

There is a lot of twist and you find a vast amount of characters, that play out perfectly with this stunning plot.

Rich with vibrant atmospheric details makes for an epic historical fiction that is nothing short of outstanding. With descriptive prose you will find yourself amongst the well-do of intriguing London society.

The legendary Barbara Taylor Bradford does not disappoint in this second book of the House of Falconer. I excited to read the next book when it’s released.

Bradford was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (UK) as the only child of Freda and Winston Taylor. She grew up in the Leeds suburb of Armley and after Town Street Church of England School worked in the typing pool at the Yorkshire Evening Post before going into journalism. By the age of twenty she was the fashion editor of Woman’s Own Magazine and an editor and columnist on Fleet Street for the London Evening News.

Bradford’s books have sold more than ninety one (91) million copies worldwide in more than ninety (90) countries and forty (40) languages. Ten (10) of her books have been made into miniseries and television movies, making her one of the best-selling authors over the last 30 years.

In April of 2003, Mrs. Bradford was inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America alongside Mark Twain, Langston Hughes and Dr. Seuss. She was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours list for her contributions to literature. Her original manuscripts are archived at the Brotherton Library at Leeds University, alongside the works of the Bronte sisters. In 2009, Barbara’s publishers began a worldwide 30th anniversary celebration of A Woman of Substance. The first annual Woman of Substance Awards took place on September 10th 2009 at the Dorchester Hotel in London. She lives in New York City with her husband, of 51 years, television producer Robert Bradford.

Her official website is: www.barbarataylorbradford.com

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A GOLDEN FURY |Blog Tour + Review|


A Golden Fury: A Novel By Samantha Cohoe

Published by Wednesday Books

**On Sale October, 2020** Hardcover | $18.99

ISBN: 9781250220400| Ebook ISBN: 978125022041

Set in eighteenth century England, Samantha Cohoe’s debut novel, A GOLDEN FURY (Wednesday Books; October 13, 2020), follows a young alchemist as she tries to save the people she loves from the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone. The streets of London and Oxford come to life as this historical fantasy unravels. Weaving together an alluring story of magic and danger, Samantha’s debut has her heroine making messy decisions as she toes the line between good and evil while it becomes blurred.

 

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

 

But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

 

A GOLDEN FURY and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final page.

More early praise for A GOLDEN FURY:

 

A Golden Fury is beguiling and unpredictable. Cohoe weaves an international adventure set against a rich historical backdrop, and alchemist Thea faces adversaries both human and magical with wit and grit. A compelling debut from a writer to watch.” -Hannah Capin, author of Foul is Fair and The Dead Queens Club

 

“Alchemists used many methods to hide their secrets, but Cohoe has deciphered their riddles — and uncovered a truth far darker and more complex than a miraculous rock. She lures you in with a promise of gold, then delivers something far more valuable: an intricate tale of ambition and sacrifice, loyalty and betrayal, the quest for knowledge and the

wisdom to use it correctly.” -Marie Brennan, author of The Memoirs of Lady Trent

 

“I adore Thea – her fierce ambition, her intelligence, and the warmth she so desperately wants to share with someone worthy. This is an alchemical wonder of a book. It takes all the elements of a good story – mystery, magic, devastating stakes, compelling relationships and impossible choices – and weaves them into pure gold.”

-Catherine Egan, author of Julia Unbound

 

A Golden Fury invites you into a world of intrigue, magic and ambition. Set against the backdrop of the French

revolution, it follows a talented, driven heroine, raised by her famous and overbearing mother to pursue alchemy’s ultimate dream—the Philosopher’s Stone—in a time when women had little rights of their own. Cohoe’s prose is flush with clever dialogue and flawed-yet-sympathetic characters, so realistic they leap off the page. First loves, family secrets and shocking betrayals abound as our heroine pits her intellect against a curse of madness in this impossible-to-put- down debut.” -Ellen Goodlett, author of Rule

 

“Full of rich historical detail, clever world-building, and tumultuous relationships, A Golden Fury transformed me.

Cohoe’s debut proves we are in the hands of a deft and dangerous creator. I sat up half the night thinking about it, and the other half longing to see her next book.” -Tracy Townsend, author of Thieves of Fate series

 

“I fell for this thrilling tale of madness and murder, alchemy and obsession— and the fiercely determined Theosebeia Hope who will stop at nothing to get her heart’s desire. I could not turn the pages fast enough!”

-Gita Trelease, author of Enchantee

 

The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel


The Last Collection
 by Jeanne Mackin released in June in the Historical Romance genre.

Paris, 1938. Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli are fighting for recognition as the most successful and influential fashion designer in France, and their rivalry is already legendary. They oppose each other at every turn, in both their politics and their designs: Chanel’s are classic, elegant, and practical; Schiaparelli’s bold, experimental, and surreal.

When Lily Sutter, a recently widowed young American teacher, visits her brother, Charlie, in Paris, he insists on buying her a couture dress—a Chanel. Lily, however, prefers a Schiaparelli. Charlie’s beautiful and socially prominent girlfriend soon begins wearing Schiaparelli’s designs as well, and much of Paris follows in her footsteps.

Schiaparelli offers budding artist Lily a job at her store, and Lily finds herself increasingly involved with Schiaparelli and Chanel’s personal war. Their fierce competition reaches new and dangerous heights as the Nazis and the looming threat of World War II bear down on Paris.

An American woman becomes entangled in the intense rivalry between iconic fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in this captivating novel from the acclaimed author of The Beautiful American.

Penguin Random House – https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/531859/the-last-collection-by-jeanne-mackin/

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

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

-To give away further plot would be to lessen the pleasure for readers

Set to the turbulent Paris as tensions builds as Germany and Hitler were on the move towards France.  It was a dangerous time in history. 

The novel follows Lily Sutter, an American teacher who travels to Paris to visit her brother. With her discerning eye for fashion, and her details for color, she inspires to become an artist. An invitation from her brother puts her on a path that will change her future. She renews a friendship with Schiap, who hires her to paint backdrops and vibrant window displays. That is only to cause more feed to the fire with just steps away are Chanel’s boutique and the Hotel Ritz.

Wonderful rich atmospheric imagery brings the historical fiction to life. Lily is a great heroine and I loved her unwavering passion for art. The two iconic fashion designers leap of the pages.

This was an enjoyable reading experience.

At the ball that night there were people whose faces I recognized, a blur of memory from my first evening in Paris at the Ritz, and many more people whom I didn’t recognize at all, men with military posture, women covered with jewels, men in dresses, women in tuxedos, ingénues in pastel gowns. And Charlie and Ania, beautiful Charlie and Ania, so immersed in each other’s gaze they could have been alone rather than dancing through crowded rooms.

…Coco arrived around eleven, in a diaphanous green gown that looked like fern fronds moving in a breeze when she moved.  It was Coco, blending into nature, but still Coco.

Schiap arrived soon after, dressed, as she had promised, as a tree, covered in a rough brown cloth that looked like tree bark, with branches extending from her arms and the crown of her head. Several cloth and feather birds perched on her shoulders. Whimsical, humorous, always-make-it-look easy Schiap.  Schiap got the louder applause when she made her entrance, and I saw Coco’s smile fade.

Who knew what was going through Coco’s mid that evening? Perhaps she had dreamed the night before of the orphanage, the father who had abandoned her and the mother who had died.

Perhaps she wasn’t thinking at all but only reacting, the way dry wood reacts when a match is put to it.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jeanne Mackin ‘s latest novel, The Last Collection, A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel takes the reader to Paris, just before world war II, and the intense, dangerous rivalry between the two queens of fashion. Her previous novels include A Lady of Good Family, the award winning The Beautiful American, The Sweet By and By, Dreams of Empire, The Queen’s War, and The Frenchwoman.

Her historical fictions explore the lives of strong women who change their worlds…because we know the world always needs a lot of change! She has worked all the traditional ‘writers’ jobs’ from waitressing to hotel maid, anything that would leave her a few hours each morning for writing. Most recently, she taught creative writing at the graduate level.  She has traveled widely, in Europe and the Middle East and can think of no happier moment than sitting in a Paris café, drinking coffee or a Pernod, and simply watching, while scribbling in a notebook.

A Tale of Two Dresses

by Jeanne Mackin

Use your mind’s eye, as I describe two dresses to you. No visual aids here.  Just you and your sense of body and that layer we put over it that we call clothing.

The first dress is white, a straight column that ends just below the knees with a subdued swirl of bias panels.  It’s sleeveless and the neck is a modest scoop. The waist is dropped to the hips and accented with a slim fabric tie. “Simplicity, says Coco Chanel, “is the keynote of true elegance.”

The second dress is also white, with a slightly squared neckline, a fuller skirt, large cummerbund just below the bust line to accent it. It is hand painted with a large reddish-pink lobster dangling down the front of it, and if the wearer of the dress in this photograph gets that the lobster is a phallic pun, Wallis Simpson doesn’t give it away in her expression. “Ninety percent of women are afraid of being conspicuous,” says Elsa Schiaparelli. “They should dare to be different.”

The Last Collection is a story of two dresses, and the two very different designers behind the dresses, women whose intense and dangerous rivalry was the stuff of legend even in their own time, that very fraught time of Paris just before World War II.

Because Elsa Schiaparelli’s upper class Roman family already had a very beautiful daughter, this second child was hoped and meant to be a boy, someone to carry on the family name.  Trevor Noah titled his autobiography “Born a Crime.”  Elsa could have titled hers “Born a disappointment.” Her parents were so uninterested in the second daughter that when they got to the font for her baptism, they hadn’t even bothered to think of a name.  Elsa, whispered her German nanny. Elsa it was. Or so Elsa Schiaparelli writes in her autobiography, Shocking Life.

The irony, of course, is that this second, supposedly unwanted daughter, grew into such a force of nature and ambition that she did indeed preserve the family name of Schiaparelli. 

She invented the themed fashion show, culottes and split skirts, the boutique concept; she added color and playfulness to fashion and was, for a brief time, even more famous than Coco Chanel. Elsa Schiaparelli dressed everyone who was anyone: Mae West, Greta Garbo, Wallis Simpson. She helped turn unknowns into stars: Katherine Hepburn believed that being dressed by Schiaparelli was the making of her career.  Schiaparelli ruled Paris fashion, which was to rule fashion worldwide.

Her rival, Coco Chanel, was an orphan with roots in the French peasantry. A few years older than Elsa, she was born in 1883 in a poorhouse in southern France, one of five children of peasants, homeless, and soon motherless when her mother died of tuberculosis.  The father, an itinerant peddler with little family feeling, hired out his sons to farmers; the three daughters, including Gabrielle Chanel, he dropped off at an orphanage.  Coco later told people that he had promised to come back for her as soon as he could. Most people assume that was one of Coco’s  inventions.  He never reappeared but I’ve always hoped that at some point before he died he learned what a rich and famous woman his daughter had become and what a louse he had been.

Coco made clothes that were, above all else, practical: the little black dress, the pantsuit, inexpensive costume jewelry. She valued elegance over humor, practicality over whimsy.

So which dress would you choose?

Website: www.JeanneMackin.com

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Emily Knight Book #3 I Am… Becoming

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Emily Knight Book #3 I Am… Becoming, By A Bello Represented by The Bent Agency.

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Series: Emily Knight #3

Title: I Am… Becoming

Author: A Bello

Publisher: Hashtag Press

Published: September 17th, 2020

Pages: 384

Rating:

 “The Knights are finally reunited and ready to defeat Neci once and for all. But Neci is one step ahead and is targeting them one by one. When one of Emily’s best friends is kidnapped, Emily leads the elite team on a rescue mission but nothing can prepare them for what Neci has planned.

The eagerly anticipated third book follows the incredible success of Emily Knight I am… Awakened, which received a prestigious Carnegie nomination and enjoyed first place in the London’s BIG Read 2019.“

Blog Tour: Emily Knight:I Am… Becoming #3 – A. Bello

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

The eagerly anticipated third book follows the incredible success of Emily Knight I am…

Have you read this stunning action packed fantasy series of books about a young girl called Emily Knight? Neci may have other plans.

The Knights have finally been reunited in the third book and ready to defeat Neci once and for all.

The third installment in what is projected to be a series quartet, by the very talented author Abiola Bello.

Abiola Bello has created an engaging and courageous heroine and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in young adult fantasy.

Emily Knight is a typical thirteen year old, except she along with her family posses magical ability. She has lost her mother to illness, and been left in the care of her godparents.

Lashing out in rebellious and defiant way, she longs to find her place in the world. Seeking attention even though it comes across as negative.

Emily struggles under the weight of pressure to follow in her bother and fathers footsteps She is the daughter of the most famous warrior, Thomas Knight, who had defeated the renegade warrior called Neci in a past battle. 

In series of events Emily is sent to Osaki Training School. There she will meet development friendships along with having to deal some bullies. When her friend is kidnapped she will lead a special team on a rescue mission.

There is magic and adventures quest in this absorbing, and a highly compulsive read here that was quite a page turner. The supporting characters are definitely worth noting with interesting. There is a light heart romantic attraction that is done wonderfully, and is spot on given Emily’s age. She has anxieties and is well depicted as a young adolescent.

Emily is strong relatable heroine that is a person of color you will come to love and follow her along in this spectacular adventurous book series.

I highly recommend this book and the complete book series, and I am looking forward to reading the next book


The first two books in the Emily Knight series:

Emily Knight, I Am …

How does it feel to be different and misunderstood? And who cares? Emily Knight is young and famous, self-aware and intelligent. But what if the one thing that makes Emily different also makes her a target for evil? Can she defend herself…and everything she loves?

Emily Knight, I Am Awakened …

Dark times are upon us. Neci is back and she is more dangerous than ever. The warriors are forced to pick a side and to stand up for what theybelieve in. The race is on to find the missing warrior first. It’s the onlyway to prevent a war from happening and to stop Neci fromdestroying everything. Emily Knight has to get sharper, stronger and fasterbecause Neci has made her a target and someone is going to great lengths to hurt her. Can Emily win the race? Or will Neci take her down once and for all?

Abiola Bello is an author from North London. She wrote her first novel at aged 8, where she fought monsters and dragons daily. At aged 12, she invented Emily Knight as she felt there wasn’t any strong, diverse, ethnic characters in Children’s/ YA books.

She is the author of two middle grade fantasy books – Emily Knight I am & Emily Knight I am…Awakened. Her book Emily Knight I am…Becoming is out September 17th 2020.

Abiola is signed to The Literally Agency.

Abiola won the London Book Fair Trailblazer 2018 Award and her second book Emily Knight I am…Awakened was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award 2019, winner of London’s Big Read 2019 and shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize 2019 for Best Children’s Book.

Abiola is passionate about introducing new voice especially under-represented authors to the publishing world. Abiola is the co-boss girl of Hashtag Press, Hashtag BLAK, The Author School, Ink! And the founder of The Lil’ Author Skool which is for young writers.

Emily Knight I am…and Emily Knight I am… Awakened is out now in paperback and ebook.

Fun Fact! A. Bello is a professional street dancer. She has performed for 10 years in prestigious venues such as The Royal Opera House, The Barbican, Sadler’s Wells, Hammersmith Apollo and she has appeared on Got to Dance, The Apprentice and filmed for Street Dance Allstars T

A Misplaced Child + INTL-Giveaway + Review

Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Blog Tour for A Misplaced Child by Heather Michelle! This is the first book in The Misplaced Children, a YA Fantasy series that published on September 15th, 2020!

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Title: A Misplaced Child

Author: Heather Michelle

Series: The Misplaced Children #1

Publisher: Late For Dinner Press LLC

Publishing Date: September 15th, 2020
Genres: YA Fantasy

Purchase a copy: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | Book Depository

Add on Goodreads!

Torn between two worlds, which will she embrace?

Elodie Harper is heir to the magical kingdom of Aluna. Trapped by an evil wizard in an illusion; Elodie grows up caught between two worlds, one of magic, and one of technology.

As the facade of her mundane life of lies and fake smiles cracks, her kingdom crumbles in the absence of its ruler. Join Elodie as she navigates both lives not knowing which to embrace, and which to push into the back of her mind and forget as a bad dream.

 

Happy Saturday to you! I hope your week is overflowing with bookish delights.

Thank you to MLC Tours and the author for sending me a free copy in exchange of an honest review.


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

Elodie is not your ordinary twelve year old year old, she is caught between two dimensional worlds.

In one world she is the Princess of the magical kingdom of Aluna. The other is world Elodie finds herself trapped by a spell of illusion from an evil sorcerer. This world mirrors that of earth, were Elodie faces some difficult moments and thought provoking struggles. For one thing she is adoptive and doesn’t quit feel excepted, the other is her being tormented by a kid at school named Jackson and his little entourage of bullies. Elodie often finds herself shifting back and forth between worlds.

You will feel yourself immersed within the book pages as tale follows Elodie and her adventures. Heather Michelle has created an engaging and courageous heroine, along with wizards, magical kingdoms, villains.

This is brilliant Ya fantasy that tackles some real life issues weaved into a whimsical spellbinding book. The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable.

This delightful book grabbed my attention from start to finish and I enjoyed the perfect pacing that allowed for the perfect experience.

I can’t wait for the next installment

About Heather Michelle:

Heather Michelle is an emerging author of young adult fantasy. She lives in Acworth, GA with her cat Mister Bingley and a slew of unique roommates.

Growing up, Heather Michelle spent more time living in her imagination than outside of it. Small town life sandwiched between the redwood forests and the Pacific ocean provided a rich scope for the imagination. Before the age of twelve, Heather Michelle was not a reader, but a chance encounter with a rented audiobook launched her into the vast world of the printed word, and she never looked back.

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THE PARIS AFFAIR

Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap, which is being hosted by HFBT!

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THE PARIS AFFAIR
BY SUSANNE DUNLAP

Publication Date: September 30, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 244 pages

Series: Theresa Schurmann Mystery, Book 3
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction

 

 

Apparently, false rumors about Marie Antoinette are all the fashion in 1783.

Marie Antoinette is facing hostility from the populace, inflamed by rumors circulated in pamphlets throughout Paris. The rumors claim that she has dozens of lovers, drinks the blood of poor people, holds satanic masses at Versailles, and more, when nothing could be further from the truth. On the advice of the handsome, enigmatic Captain von Bauer, Joseph II–emperor of Austria and Marie Antoinette’s brother–decides that mystery-solving violinist Theresa Schurman is the ideal candidate for a spy to discover the source of these vile slanders.

Theresa is only too glad to get away from Vienna for a while, unwilling to commit herself yet to marrying Zoltan–a Hungarian baron she met when she was fifteen–and running out of reasons to postpone her decision. She is eager, too, to explore a new musical scene and broaden her artistic education. But when the captain confounds her expectations and places her as a bookkeeper in the establishment of Rose Bertin, milliner to the queen, she begins to lose hope that she will ever achieve her musical aims–or the emperor’s goal of exposing the pamphleteers.

A chance encounter with the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an extraordinary black violinist and expert swordsman, sets Theresa on the path to unraveling the mystery. But will the chevalier’s patron, the powerful duc de Chartres, confound her efforts and put her–and the captain’s–lives in danger?

Be prepared for music, mystery, love, and murder in this riveting tale of pre-revolutionary Paris.

“The settings and situations are enchanting and varied; Dunlap is adept at on-the-fly description and at lacing intrigue with romance…Dunlap proves an arresting tour guide through this rich milieu, summoning up the past without slowing down the storytelling. Author and protagonist alike boast an epigrammatic wit. The touch is light, but the scenery and chatter are sumptuous…Theresa stands as a fascinating protagonist, a woman whose nimble navigation of society’s expectations and several burgeoning romances are exciting and inspiring, even more so than the sleuthing that drives the novel’s plot. The people she encounters are likewise memorable, complex, and surprising, especially the chevalier…This sparkling historical mystery conjures up the salons, fashion, and gossip of Marie Antoinette’s Paris, with a winning emphasis on the power of music and the roles that society allowed women.” – The BookLife Prize

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

The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap

This is the third book in Ms. Dunlap’s “A Theresa Schurman Mystery” series. A splendid tale that follows Theresa Schuman a young Viennese violinist. who happens to a penchant for solving mysteries.

On the advice of Captain Von Bauer, The Emperor Joseph II, tasked young Theresa Schurman, to venture into Paris to uncover the source that is spreading vile malicious pamphlets against his sister Marie Antoinette. Leaving behind a would be love interest, Zoltan–a Hungarian baron. Independent Theresa Schurman takes this newest daring assignment in stride.

Upon arriving Paris Theresa becomes anxious, when her expectations of this newest assigned adventure throws her into out of her comfort zone. She displays incredible fortitude and becomes acclimated to her environment.

She is placed as a bookkeeper in the establishment of Rose Bertin, a well known milliner to the queen. Whose shop is the center of the world of fashion in Paris.

In a series of events Theresa Schurman finds herself in Madame de Montesson, Duc d’Orléans’ second wife, a rivaling branch of the royal family. Where she situated in an ideal place to unearth who is behind the treacherous slander of the Queen of France. When treachery and deception leads to mayhem. Theresa must move fast before someone else becomes a victim.

An absorbing book of espionage set during pre revolutionary France. With vibrant historical characters that leap of the pages. Along with the authors own imaginative creations. Dunlap approaches discrimination head on in a heartfelt way. We see the struggles of the historical figure Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an exceptional mulatto swordsman, who is also a phenomenal violin virtuoso.

I am always impressed with this authors seamless narration, that pulls you into her incredible storyline. Her characters are three dimensional and you become invested into their struggles and emotions. Her attention to critical details catapults into the riveting intriguing world of times leading up to the climactic French Revolution.

A beautifully executed installment into a well conceived historical fiction series. The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap is both stirring and a delight to read.


Check out the other two books in this Series

The Musician’s Daughter

The Mozart Conspiracy

About the Author

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

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

For more information, please visit Susanne Dunlap’s website. You can follow author Susanne Dunlap on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, and BookBub.

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The Bone Carver by Monique Snyman

I Am Excited For This upcoming Release!

The Bone Carverby Monique Snyman

Coming October 20 th

 
The Bone Carver
by Monique Snyman
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Publication: October 20th, 2020
 
 
For a small New England town, Shadow Grove has an uncanny ability to attract the worst kind of trouble. Not that the residents are too concerned about the various horrors living among them.
 
As the leaves change color and the weather grows colder, a foul presence is making itself known by leaving peculiar gifts for the students of Ridge Crest High. At first, the presents seem harmless—and a rash of accidents seem coincidental—but when seniors Rachel Cleary and her Scottish cousin, Dougal Mackay, find a boneless body in the boiler room, things take an ominous turn.
 
Something vicious is on the loose in Shadow Grove, but with Orion Nebulius gone, Rachel has little hope of anyone getting out alive.
 
 
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Tudor Corsair (The Elizabethan Series Book 1)

Today, I am delighted to bring you the news of a new release from the author Tony Riches. Who is happens to be the author of the best-selling Tudor Trilogy


Publication date: 5th August 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction 

Publisher: Preseli Press Ltd.

Print Length: 344 pages

1564

Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure.

Drake learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold, and risks his life in an audacious plan to steal a fortune.

Queen Elizabeth is intrigued by Drake and secretly encourages his piracy. Her unlikely champion becomes a national hero, sailing around the world in the Golden Hind and attacking the Spanish fleet.

King Philip of Spain has enough of Drake’s plunder and orders an armada to threaten the future of England.


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

Drake Tudor Corsair by Tony Riches, is the first installment in his newest Elizabethan Series 

Francis Drake adventurous tale begins when he is twenty three years old. Sailing under Captain Thomas Hawkins, who happens to also be Drake’s cousin.  Leaving everything behind, he pursues his seafaring dreams on the high seas. His experience with the Spanish on this first pirating trip, sets him on a path that will ultimately be his driving force in his future.

Written in first person, Tony Riches allows the reader to see through eyes of this illustrious historical figure. We see Drake as he rises from humble obscurity to become a force to be reckoned with. He takes his life in his own hands and rises through the ranks to become one of the most notorious sea captains. 

This absorbing book allows the reader an intimate look at Sir Francis Drake’s incredible dogged determination that ensured he rose to the top as one of the most feared sea captains. He hunted down and raided every Spanish ship that came he came across his path. His exploits made him a legend and hero with Queen Elizabeth l, and the English. His dominance also led to his being known to Spanish as El Draque.
We are taken along through his trials, tribulations and rewards for procuring vast amount wealth for the English crown. 
Francis Drake comes to life in under Riches discerning eye, with meticulous researched details you will immersed into this enjoyable storyline.

Mastery written, the author transports you with his vibrant atmospheric imagery.  I was completely drawn into Francis Drakes escapades, as he takes on the English’s sea rival in this swashbuckling riveting book. 

Even though he becomes wealthy and a knighted subject, he is never actually excepted amongst nobility. A son of a Devin tenant farmer, along with his relatives that exhibit pirate characteristics as they are driven to seek out and blunder other ships to expand the English presence on the seas. 

This was by far my favorites of Tony Riches reads. This thought provoking novel is the perfect example that makes Tony Riches an extraordinary historical fiction author. If you are lover of intelligently invigorating books, this is by far one you do not want to pass you by.

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

-Historical  Note-

English admiral Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe from 1577-1580, helped defeat the Spanish Armada of 1588 and was the most renowned seaman of the Elizabethan era.

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling 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. For more information about Tony’s books please visit his website tonyriches.com and his blog, The Writing Desk and find him on  Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches

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THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN |Review|

The Midnight Bargain

by C.L. Polk @ceepolk

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

Publisher: Workman @workmanpub Erewhon Books @erewhonbooks

Genre: Fiction, Romantic Fiction, Historical Fiction

From the beloved World Fantasy Award-winning author of Witchmark comes The Midnight Bargain, a sweeping, romantic new fantasy set in a world reminiscent of Regency England, where women’s magic is taken from them when they marry. A sorceress must balance her desire to become the first great female magician against her duty to her family.

Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling. 

In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan. 

The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?


Advance Praise

“C.L. Polk’s The Midnight Bargain seamlessly blends Regency class issues, subversive intrigue, and fantasy together in a heart-racing seaside romance where everything hangs in the balance. Polk’s magical elements are so integral to the romantic plot that the two are inextricable, much as all of the characters, from the leads to the seamstresses, now have a firm place in my heart.  I loved every intricate inch of The Midnight Bargain and am hoping for many more tales set in this world.” —Fran Wilde

The Midnight Bargain is exquisite. Rife with the most delightful tension, impeccably paced, and with an utterly charming cast, this is a beautiful book about forging against societal norms with spectacular magic.” —Emily A. Duncan

“A sparkling, incisive, and razor-sharp fantasy of manners. A must read for anyone who loves stories where romance and fantasy meet.” —Tasha Suri

“Incredibly timely . . . Heartfelt and witty.” —Marissa Lingen

“The Midnight Bargain is an absolute dream—at once sparkling and romantic, delightfully magical, and deeply thought-provoking. This book is a fantastical homage not only to the balls and matchmaking and strong-minded heroines of Regency romances, but the questions of gender, class, family obligation and personal ambition that lie at their beating heart.” —H. G. Parry

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.

-All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

So I went into this book completely blind and choose it solely by its covers. This was a first for me and I was not disappointed one bit.

This historical fiction with mystical realism is unique and diverse. A magical alternate Edwardian England world romance, set in an alternative England that packs a feminist punch.

C. L. Polk’s beautifully vivid prose featuring a diverse cast of characters, along with an intriguing magical system.

A compelling fantasy, that captures one woman’s fierce determination to go head first against the social doctrines that seek to suppress any woman who shows signs of having a powerful talent in the magical arts. With only men being allowed to practice the higher magics. Woman have to wait until they are past child bearing years, to follow their magical inspiring dreams.

Seeking to find a Grimoire that could change her life’s path Beatrice Clayborn, is conflicted with wanting to help her family but also she wants to master her magic, and become a full Mage.

Beatrice father has gone deeply into debt to allow her to presented a very first bargaining season. He is hoping that his daughter is able to catch a wealthy husband in order to save the family from impending ruin.

Women are forced into magical suppression. Collars are placed on them on their wedding day to protect any future children from having spirit possession. That could potentially happen during the women’s pregnancy.

A growing entangled relationship with the Lavan siblings, may halt her everything that she hopes for. Beatrice faced with an impossible choice when a would be love interest with one of Lavon siblings. Ianthe poses a threat to everything doesn’t want to happen to her. starts to build. Her ever growing feelings may upset her plans for independence and her quest for higher magical abilities.

Ysbeta is eager for Beatrice to teach her how to conjure, this world grant her enabling powers to bargain with spirits, who could help her remain unmarried.

The book does a wonderful job in depicted woman’s choices that are relatable even though they are set in a fantasy atmosphere. Yes there is romance, and it is portrayed perfectly given the characters internal struggles. I was completely immersed within the pages and raced straight through this novel.

“The talent for sorcery in women is a curse when it ought to be a blessing.”

“Could she give all of that up, even for him? Could she give him up, even for power?”

C. L. Polk (she/her/they/them) is the author of the World Fantasy Award winning debut novel Witchmark, the first novel of the Kingston Cycle. Her newest novel, The Midnight Bargain, is upcoming in 2020 from Erehwon Books.

After leaving high school early, she has worked as a film extra, sold vegetables on the street, and identified exotic insect species for a vast collection of lepidoptera before settling down to write silver fork fantasy novels.

Ms. Polk lives near the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta, in a tiny apartment with too many books and a yarn stash that could last a decade. She rides a green bicycle with a basket on the front.

She drinks good coffee because life is too short. She spends too much time on twitter. You can subscribe to her free newsletter on Substack.

The Last Of The Moon Girls Review

The Last of the Moon Girls By Barbara Davis

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Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2020
Pages: 399
ISBN13: 978-1542006491

  

Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm. Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy. But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields: the unsolved murders of two young girls, and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her grave.

Lizzy wants nothing more than to sell the farm and return to her life in New York, until she discovers a journal Althea left for her—a Book of Remembrances meant to help Lizzy embrace her own special gifts. When she reconnects with Andrew Greyson, one of the few in town who believed in Althea’s innocence, she resolves to clear her grandmother’s name.

But to do so, she’ll have to decide if she can accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her.

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Praise

The Last of the Moon Girls is an enchanting tale of letting go and finding forgiveness. A five-star must read.”
– Bee Lee Crosby, bestselling author of Emily Gone

“Woven through the compelling mystery and suspense that keep the pages of The Last of the Moon Girls turning is a story of a powerful family legacy and the discovery of the best kind of magic—that of embracing our own gifts and finding our place in the world. A glorious, shimmering read that resonated in my soul long after I finished reading.”
– Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Everything You Are

The Last of the Moon Girls is reminiscent of two of my all-time favorites, Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, because it’s witchy, full of plant magic, and painfully human.”
– Kristen Fields, bestselling author of Lily in the Light

The Last of the Moon Girls is a fantastic blend of mystery and magic, with the perfect dash of romance… a story of family and forgiveness and what it truly means to come home. From the first page to the last, I was riveted by the fascinating, heartbreaking story of the many generations of Moon girls – and, like all the best novels, I was sad when I turned the last page.”
– Jane Healey, bestselling author of The Beantown Girls

“Davis uses a fine brush to draw complex, colorful characters, including a fiercely independent protagonist whose greatest obstacle is her own self-limiting beliefs. Stepped in equal parts magical realism and beguiling mystery, The Last of the Moon Girls is a captivating story that will leave you under its luminous spell long after you turn the last page.”
– Eldonna Edwards, award winning author of This I Know and Clover Blue


Prologue

A body that’s been submerged in water undergoes a different kind of decomposition; harsher in some ways, kinder in other’s—or so I’ve been told. We Moons wouldn’t know about that. We choose fire when our time comes, and scatter our ashes on land that has been in our family for more than two centuries. Mine are there now too, mingled with the dust of my ancestors.

Can it really only be weeks that I’ve been gone? Weeks hovering between worlds, unable to stay, unwilling to go, tethered by regret and unfinished business. The separation feels longer, somehow. And yet, it is not my death I dwell on today, but the deaths of two young girls—Darcy and Heather Gilman—nearly eight years ago now. They’d been missing nearly three weeks when their bodies were finally pulled from the water. It was a ghastly thing to watch, but watch I did. They were dragging my pond, you see, convinced they would find what they were looking for. And why not, when the whole town was looking in my direction? Because of who I was—and what I was. Or at least what they imagined me to be.

Memory, it seems, does not die along with the body. It’s been years since that terrible day at the pond, and yet I remember every detail, replaying again and again, an endless, merciless loop. The police chief in his waders, his men with their boat. The M.E.’s van looming nearby, its back doors yawning wide in anticipation of new cargo. The bone-white face of a mother waiting to learn the fate of her girls. Whispers hissing through the crowd like electric current. And then, the telling shrill of a whistle.

A hush settles over us, the kind that carries a weight of its own—the weight of the dead. No one moves as the first body appears, the glimpse of an arm in a muddy brown coat, water pouring from the sleeve as the sodden form is dragged up onto the bank. A bloated, blackened face, partly obscured by hanks of sopping dark hair.

They’re careful with her, handling her with a tenderness that’s gruesome somehow, and agonizing to watch. They’re preserving the evidence, I realize, and a cold lick goes down my spine. So they can make their case. Against me.

A short time later a second body appears, and there comes a broken wail, a mother’s heart breaking for her darlings.
And that’s how it all unraveled, the awful day that set up all the rest. The end of the farm. And perhaps, the end of the Moons.

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.

All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

A treasure of a book, of a delightful farm and a family’s legacy of customs, that expands generations of woman healers.

Lizzy Moon, “Elizabeth” had turned her back on everything her grandmother had taught and believed in. Putting extensive distance far away from her family’s farm Salem Creek. Lizzy left Moon Girl Farm nearly a decade ago to create a somewhat normal life in New York City. She stripped away the signs of the carefree young girl who’d run barefoot through her grandmother’s herbal and flower fields. She also left the stigma of what it ment to be a Moon Girl.

When an unexpected letter along with her long forgotten journal arrives.

The letter brings the news of her grandmothers Althea death.

“There are no goodbyes, my Lizzy, only turnings of a circle. Until then..”

Faced with with the dilemma of returning to her ancestral farm. She her emotions are and past rise up before her. She would have to definitely go back to the farm and take care of the lose ends and box up the rest of the remaining journals, a legacy that belonged to every other family Moon girls.

Arriving she finds the farm in ruin and the once lush lavender fields in decline.

Coming home Lizzy is faced with ongoing drama that still resides in the town folk and her late grandmother.

The horrific terrible deaths of the Gilman girls, eight years ago. Their deaths still weighs in the hearts and minds of overshadowed the small town Salem Creek.

A town that in its past had always cast a suspicious light on any Moons Girls.

Lizzy’s grandmother, Althea was still held to blame for that horrific crime.

While going through some of the passages in her grandmothers journals some key information comes to light. With this new information Lizzy seeks out to clear her grandmothers name. Along with her childhood and neighbor Andrew, they must work together to gather clues to the past events to led to the deaths of the innocents.

Lizzy is passionately driven to clear her grandmother’s good name.

But the the murder doesn’t want the evidence to turn away from Althea, who was blamed without concrete evidence all the way up to her death.

Rich in subtle magic, The Last Of The Moon Girls will captivating. The mystery and subtle romance will keep you flipping those pages long past bedtime.

The writing was excellent,the pace was perfect and the plot flowed seamlessly.

I absolutely loved the herb lore and the magical realism that is woven into the storyline. A tale that is engaging and thought provoking,

Ultimately a story about finding grace, with Lizzy exploring her own redemption and forgiveness. She will ultimately have to take the next step and decide to accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her. The book captivated me and left me feeling better for having read it.

Barbara Davis spent more than a decade as an executive in the jewelry business before leaving the corporate world to pursue her lifelong passion for writing. She is the author of When Never Comes, Summer at Hideaway Key, The Wishing Tide, The Secrets She Carried, and Love, Alice. A Jersey girl raised in the south, Barbara now lives in Rochester, New Hampshire, with her husband, Tom, and their beloved ginger cat, Simon. She’s currently working on her next book. Visit her at https://barbaradavis-author.com/

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KINGDOM OF ICE AND BONE

KINGDOM OF ICE AND BONE (FROZEN SUN SAGA #2)

BY JILL CRISWELL

Kingdom of Ice and Bone 

(Frozen Sun Saga #2)

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: September 22nd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
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Lira and Reyker have lost everything. Including each other.
Lira of Stone watched her home burn and her clan fall beneath the sword of the warlord known as the Dragon. She believes the man she loves, a warrior who defected from the Dragon s army, is dead. Alongside her exiled brother and his band of refugees, she will fight the forces that conquered her island. But the greatest danger may come from Lira herself with the blood of banished gods running through her veins, she s become a weapon, and no one is safe from the power of her wrath.
Reyker Lagorsson thought he was done being a Dragonman. That was before he saw Lira leap from a cliff and vanish into the sea. Determined to honor her memory by protecting her people, Reyker must feign loyalty to the warlord, undermine him at every turn, and seek alliances with renegade soldiers without succumbing to the battle-madness that threatens to possess him once more.
When the Fallen Ones offer Lira a chance to defeat the Dragon, her quest leads her to a place she never expected Iseneld, the warlord s homeland. Her journey into the heart of the Frozen Sun will put her on a collision course with Reyker, costing both of them more than they ever imagined, and leaving her with a terrible choice: to save their countries, she must forsake everything she loves.
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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Kingdom of Ice & Bone

“Nothing is gained by the dead envying the living, nor the living envying the dead.”

KINGDOM OF ICE AND BONE picks up just where the first book left off.

We find Lira and Reyker separated and with each believing the other has met their end.Struggling under the weight of their undeniable grief. Lira was saved by the Fallen Ones, and she is indebted to their emotional longing to be free.

Tasked with the impossible, unsure of her life’s path. Along with unpredictable powers, she still longs for her peoples revenge and her desire to see Reyker again.

Back with his brother, Draki, the Dragon, Reyker’s loyalty is tested with the darkness that surrounds his brother. Draki is malicious, and enjoys inflicting pain on others.

Solid narration the author drives the characters forward in an unnerving pace. The mythology is stunning, along with internal conflicts and the characters struggle.

This is one fantasy series that to me is really intriguing, I went in without any preconceived notions, and was captivated by this second book in the series. I do have to warn you it’s definitely darker than the first book, which I enjoyed. Criswell is a phenomenal fantasy author, her world building is expansive and vivid.

The shocking and heartbreaking cliffhanger that will have you gasping.

It was perfectly done and I am anxiously waiting for the next book the next book

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Jill Criswell is a writer of Young Adult Historical Fantasy. She was born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world; she’s visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).

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Drake Tudor Corsair


Publication date: 5th August 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction 

Publisher: Preseli Press Ltd.

Print Length: 344 pages

1564

Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure.

Drake learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold, and risks his life in an audacious plan to steal a fortune.

Queen Elizabeth is intrigued by Drake and secretly encourages his piracy. Her unlikely champion becomes a national hero, sailing around the world in the Golden Hind and attacking the Spanish fleet.

King Philip of Spain has enough of Drake’s plunder and orders an armada to threaten the future of England.


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Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling 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. For more information about Tony’s books please visit his website tonyriches.com and his blog, The Writing Desk and find him on  Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches

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A Curse of Gold + Review + Giveaway

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Today Is My Stop On A Curse Of Gold By Annie Sullivan, Hosted By TBR & Beyond Book Tours @tbrbeyondtours

A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling

Publishing Date: September 22, 2020

 


A Curse of Gold:

-Is the highly-anticipated sequel to A Touch of Gold by author Annie Sullivan.-Is an enchanting and captivating fantasy adventure/fairy tale retelling, perfect for fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and Cinder

-Is told from the perspective of Kora, King Midas’s daughter and a strong female protagonist

-This book features a beautifully decorated cover so make sure you grab yourself a copy

 


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Curses and queens. Pirates and kings. Gods and magic. This highly anticipated sequel to Annie Sullivan’s enchanting A Touch of Gold, the story of the daughter King Midas turned to gold, is the gripping crescendo to this sweeping fantasy adventure. The final saga of a cursed queen, a vengeful Greek god, and a dazzling kingdom in the balance.

After barely surviving thieving, bloodthirsty pirates and a harrowing quest at sea to retrieve her stolen treasure, Kora finds readjusting to palace life just as deadly. Kora’s people openly turn against her, threatening her overthrow as heir to the throne—a cursed queen who has angered Dionysus. When Dionysus puts out a challenge to kill the girl with the golden touch and burn down her kingdom, it’s not just her future on the throne in danger. Kora’s life and entire kingdom are now on contract.

As bold and brave as ever, Kora sets out to find Dionysus, the very person who is trying to kill her, on the mysterious disappearing island of Jipper. Kora has no other choice. If she wants to save her kingdom and have any chance at reversing her father’s curse, she will have to enter into a deadly game with Dionysus, the greatest trickster the world, or the underworld, has ever seen.

 

 

 One winner will receive a finished copy of A Touch of Gold and Tiger Queen. This is for readers in the US and Canada only!

The giveaway will end on September 28th.

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A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling

Publishing Date: September 22, 2020

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A Curse of Gold is the riveting sequel and conclusion to highly imaginative retelling of the tale of King Midas. Annie Sullivan gives the reader her own take on Greek Mythology. This delves deeper into reimagined Greek mythology and lore.

The tale follows Kora, who,is the daughter of the cursed King Midas, who has the power over gold. In the first book Kora saved her father in the first book, now she up against oracles, sea gods, and Dionysus in order to save her country and the entire world. The book picks only a short time after the the first book left off.

Kora is a bold heroine who steps up and takes things in her own hand. When she sets out to find Dionysus, in her quest to save herself and her Kingdom. In hopes to reverse her father’s curse, she travels to disappearing island of Jipper.

Dionysus in this creative twist is known to as be a trickster, she enter a deadly high stakes game.

Annie Sullivan intricately plots a engaging young adult book, with mythical driven adventures.

 

 

About the Author:

Annie Sullivan is the author of the young adult novels A Touch of Gold, Tiger Queen, and A Curse of Gold. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, and she loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s working as the Senior Copywriter at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. She loves to hear from fans, and you can reach her via the contact form on this website or on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Book Teaser The Bone Carver

The Bone Carver
by Monique Snyman
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Publication: October 20th, 2020
For a small New England town, Shadow Grove has an uncanny ability to attract the worst kind of trouble. Not that the residents are too concerned about the various horrors living among them.
As the leaves change color and the weather grows colder, a foul presence is making itself known by leaving peculiar gifts for the students of Ridge Crest High. At first, the presents seem harmless—and a rash of accidents seem coincidental—but when seniors Rachel Cleary and her Scottish cousin, Dougal Mackay, find a boneless body in the boiler room, things take an ominous turn.
Something vicious is on the loose in Shadow Grove, but with Orion Nebulius gone, Rachel has little hope of anyone getting out alive.
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The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew Review + Giveaway

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

The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by, Denise Heinze, which is being hosted by HFBT!

The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew
by Denise Heinze

Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Blackstone Publishing
Hardcover, eBook, AudioBook; 176 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Determined to set the historical record straight, and clear her conscience, Temperance Flowerdew — the wife of Virginia’s first two governors — puts quill to paper, recounting the hardships that nearly brought the Jamestown colony to its knees, and the extraordinary sacrifice of her servant girl, Lily.

When she steps aboard the Falcon in 1609, Temperance Flowerdew was not only setting sail from England to the distant shores of America, she was embarking upon a future of opportunity. She didn’t yet know how she would make her mark, but in this new place she could do or be whatever she wanted.

Willing as she is to brave this new world, Temperance is utterly ill-equipped to survive the wilderness; all she knows is how to live inside the pages of adventure and philosophy books. Loyally at her side, Lily helps Temperance weather pioneer life. A young woman running from lifelong accusations of witchcraft, Lily finds friendship with Temperance and an acceptance of her psychic gifts. Together, they forge paths within the community: Temperance attempts to advise the makeshift government, while Lily experiences the blossoming of first love.

But as the harsh winter approaches, Lily intuitively senses a darkness creep over the colony and the veneer of civilized life threatens to fall away — negotiations with the Indians grow increasingly hostile and provisions become scarce. Lily struggles to keep food on the table by foraging in the woods and being resourceful. Famine could mean the end of days. It’s up to Lily to save them both, but what sacrifice will be enough to survive?

A transporting and evocative story, The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is a fiercely hopeful novel — a portrait of two intrepid women who choose to live out their dreams of a future more free than the past.

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Praise

‘Denise Heinze has written a stirring novel about America’s first pioneers, with particular attention to the women whose pluck and forbearance made it all possible. Temperance Flowerdew’s ‘Brief and True Report’ retells the story of America’s first colony, established by English settlers in 1609, all but destroyed by Powhatan Indians twenty years later, then rescued from oblivion by remnants of Britain’s exploratory fleet. In that saga, Heinze manages to preserve the formal language of the period with a storytelling appetite for narrative, complete with native savagery, thwarted romance, the harsh realities of seventeenth-century ocean travel, and the unpredictable currents that made such explorations so daunting and so frequently fatal.’ –C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor Emeritus, The Atlantic

‘With a poet’s tongue and painter’s eye, Denise Heinze summons the wonder, horror, and selfless grit of the women who pioneered a new world. Temperance Flowerdew makes compulsive reading.’ –Elizabeth Cobbs, bestselling author of The Hamilton Affair

‘With careful research, and lyrical and evocative writing, Denise Heinze’s The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew transports the reader to the harrowing seventeenth-century Jamestown settlement. The richly imagined story of two pioneering women who escape a stifling old-world existence, only to face a tempest at sea, and land in a new world of hunger, thirst, and desperation, is captivating from first page to last. Temperance and Lily represent the untold stories of the heroic American Founding Mothers.’ –Tracey Enerson Wood, author of The Engineer’s Wife

‘The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by Denise Heinze is a vivid novel about the winter of 1609-10 in Jamestown, Virginia, America’s first colony. A relentless drought preceded the winter, and a siege by natives of the region blocked access to food. Through the voices of Temperance and her housemaid and friend, Lily, Heinze takes us into the desperate days of what became known as ‘the Starving Time’ in sometimes ruthless detail. This richly researched novel, in an elegant narrative using the vernacular of the seventeenth century, is a must-read for those who love historical fiction and for all who enjoy a compelling drama well told. I read this captivating book straight through.’ –Anna Jean Mayhew, author of Tomorrow’s Bread, The Dry Grass of August, and a third novel in progress.

‘A literary thriller. This remarkable novel infuses the history of the Jamestown experiment with the tale of two women, a mistress and her servant, who find in one another the full measure of sacrifice and survival. This story is spun of silk and rendered in blood.’ –Elaine Neil Orr, author of Swimming Between Worlds

‘In this vividly imagined historical novel, Denise Heinze gives voice to one of the few survivors of the darkest period (1609-10) in the life of the Jamestown colony. The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is not only an unforgettable account of the extreme hardships faced by the colonists but also the moving story of two remarkable young women who faced the challenges with courage and ingenuity.’ –Nancy Grayson, executive editor emeritus, University of Georgia Press

‘Denise Heinze skillfully resurrects a forgotten life, and puts her heroine where she belongs — at the center, not the sidelines, of early Jamestown history. Wonderfully inventive, briskly plotted, and rich with historical detail, this fact-filled novel will delight readers of historical fiction and women’s history alike.’ –Kate Bolick, bestselling author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own

‘At the end of Denise Heinze’s compelling new novel, main character Temperance Flowerdew wonders ‘what goes missing when the women are nowhere to be found as actors in history.’ Heinze has created a character whose life answers that question. A product of the English landed gentry, Flowerdew endures the Starving Time in the early days of the Jamestown colony. Surrounded by desperation and death, she manages to prevail, eventually documenting her story of survival and salvation using a quill from a Christmas goose. Although this book is a novel, it is a powerful, truthful, richly detailed portrayal of the daily struggle to survive in early seventeenth-century Virginia.’ –Fred Sauceman, associate professor, East Tennessee State University

‘An enthralling tale of female strength and courage against seemingly impossible odds. Denise Heinze’s Temperance is a complex, nuanced character (as is her maid, Lily, a real treat), and the world we see through her eyes is fascinating and terrifying in equal measure. The research is impeccable but sits lightly on the narrative. The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is more than an engaging tale of a pivotal time in America’s history — it draws the women who lived it out of the shadows and, finally, lets them take their rightful place at the center of the story.’ –Meg Keneally, author of Fled

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 tale of a well determined young woman Temperance Flowerdew sailed from England aboard Falcon in 1609. This courageous wife of Virginia’s first two governors extensively depicts the hardships that nearly brought the Jamestown colony to its knees. This is a stunning storyline, written in a captivating way to draw the reader in, and keeps you immersed right to the very end.

A story of strength and fortitude and ultimately sacrifice. Drawing on the historical events the author Denise Heinze bring to life of Jamestown and the devastating winter of 1610, dubbed “the Starving Time”

This thought provoking book with its meticulously researched content makes for a stunning historical fiction. Seen through the eyes of the women who endured this incredible hardships. Temperance Flowerdew does the unthinkable when a time women are meant to be silent. She uses ink and paper and documents this horrific experience that she and her maid lily experienced in that dreadful winter in Jamestown.

Temperance Flowerdew goes on to be the wife of Virginia’s first two govern

The author, Denise Heinz, is a descendant of Louisa May Alcott.

Denise Heinze, a former literature professor and a PhD graduate of Duke University, writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She is the author of the novel Sally St. Johns and her work has appeared in Now and Then, Thought and Action, Reunions, Wow! Women on Writing, THEMA literary journal, and Gemini Magazine; her story The Grid, was a quarter-finalist for the Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award. The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is her second novel and was a finalist for the University of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab Prize. A descendant of Louisa May Alcott, she lives in North Carolina.

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

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