Where Your Treasure Is

Thanks for joining me and The Coffee Pot Book Club on tour with… Where Your Treasure Is By M. C. Bunn

July 26th – September 27th 2021

Publication Date: 23rd April 2021

Publisher: Bellastoria Press

Page Length: 454 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Victorian Romance

Feisty, independent heiress Winifred de la Coeur has never wanted to live according to someone else’s rules—but even she didn’t plan on falling in love with a bank robber.

Winifred is a wealthy, nontraditional beauty who bridles against the strict rules and conventions of Victorian London society. When she gets caught up in the chaos of a bungled bank robbery, she is thrust unwillingly into an encounter with Court Furor, a reluctant getaway driver and prizefighter. In the bitter cold of a bleak London winter, sparks fly.

Winifred and Court are two misfits in their own circumscribed worlds—the fashionable beau monde with its rigorously upheld rules, and the gritty demimonde, where survival often means life-or-death choices.

Despite their conflicting backgrounds, they fall desperately in love while acknowledging the impossibility of remaining together. Returning to their own worlds, they try to make peace with their lives until a moment of unrestrained honesty and defiance threatens to topple the deceptions that they have carefully constructed to protect each other.

A story of the overlapping entanglements of Victorian London’s social classes, the strength of family bonds and true friendship, and the power of love to heal a broken spirit.

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M.C. Bunn

M. C. Bunn grew up in a house full of books, history, and music. “Daddy was a master storyteller. The past was another world, but one that seemed familiar because of him. He read aloud at the table, classics or whatever historical subject interested him. His idea of bedtime stories were passages from Dickens, Twain, and Stevenson. Mama told me I could write whatever I wanted. She put a dictionary in my hands and let me use her typewriter, or watch I, Claudius and Shoulder to Shoulder when they first aired on Masterpiece Theatre. She was the realist. He was the romantic. They were a great team.”

Where Your Treasure Is, a novel set in late-Victorian London and Norfolk, came together after the sudden death of the author’s father. “I’d been teaching high school English for over a decade and had spent the summer cleaning my parents’ house and their offices. It was August, time for classes to begin. The characters emerged out of nowhere, sort of like they knew I needed them. They took over.”

She had worked on a novella as part of her master’s degree in English years before but set it aside, along with many other stories. “I was also writing songs for the band I’m in and had done a libretto for a sacred piece. All of that was completely different from Where Your Treasure Is. Before her health declined, my mother heard Treasure’s first draft and encouraged me to return to prose. The novel is a nod to all the wonderful books my father read to us, the old movies we stayed up to watch, a thank you to my parents, especially Mama for reminding me that nothing is wasted. Dreams don’t have to die. Neither does love.”

When M. C. Bunn is not writing, she’s researching or reading. Her idea of a well-appointed room includes multiple bookshelves, a full pot of coffee, and a place to lie down with a big, old book. To further feed her soul, she and her husband take long walks with their dog, Emeril in North Carolina’s woods, or she makes music with friends.

“I try to remember to look up at the sky and take some time each day to be thankful.”

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July 26th

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The Coffee Pot Book Club

August 2nd

Candlelight Reading

August 9th

The Whispering Bookworm

Gwendalyn’s Books

A Thousand Suns

August 16th

Zoe’s Art, Craft & Life

August 23rd

Let Your Words Shine…

The Book Bandit’s Library

August 30th

Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne

September 6th

I got lost in a book

Let Us Talk of Many Things

September 13th

MJ Porter’s Official Blog

CelticLady’s Reviews

September 20th


September 27th

The Hist Fic Chickie

The Magic of Wor(l)ds



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The Barrister and the Letter of Marque: A Novel By Todd M. Johnson

Book cover courtesy of Bethany House Publishers © 2021; text Sophia Rose © 2021,

Join the virtual book tour of THE BARRISTER AND THE LETTER OF MARQUE,

Todd M. Johnson’s highly acclaimed historical mystery, August 2-15, 2021.

Over twenty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical mystery, suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with an interview, spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in London, England.

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque: A Novel
Todd M. Johnson

Genre: Historical Mystery, Suspense, Inspirational Fiction

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 3, 2021)

Length: (416) pages

•Hardcover ISBN: 978-0764239137

Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-0764212369

eBook ASIN: B08LG91Y95

Audiobook ASIN: B0983VZ6XZ

Tour Dates: August 2 – 15, 2021




As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes has witnessed firsthand the danger of only the wealthy having their voices heard, and he’s a strong advocate who defends the poorer classes against the powerful. That changes the day a struggling heiress, Lady Madeleine Jameson, arrives at his door.

In a last-ditch effort to save her faltering estate, Lady Jameson invested in a merchant brig, the Padget. The ship was granted a rare privilege by the king’s regent: a Letter of Marque authorizing the captain to seize the cargo of French traders operating illegally in the Indian Sea. Yet when the Padget returns to London, her crew is met by soldiers ready to take possession of their goods and arrest the captain for piracy. And the Letter—-the sole proof his actions were legal—has mysteriously vanished.

Moved by the lady’s distress, intrigued by the Letter, and goaded by an opposing solicitor, Snopes takes the case. But as he delves deeper into the mystery, he learns that the forces arrayed against Lady Jameson, and now himself, are even more perilous than he’d imagined.


“Johnson debuts with a tense story of powerful interests teaming up to thwart a legal challenge in Georgian-era England…Johnson steeps his story in legal maneuvering, layers of intrigue, midnight chases, and even a hint of romance. While faith elements are subtle, this enthralling novel will appeal to fans of both legal thrillers and historical inspirationals.”— Publishers Weekly

“… a mystery worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This richly historical and lively paced story has all the makings of a modern classic.”— Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

“At once atmospheric and gripping, Johnson’s latest is a luminous and refreshing new offering in inspirational historical fiction.”— Rachel McMillan, bestselling author of The London Restoration, and The Mozart Code

“A fascinating glimpse into a Regency London readers seldom see.”— Roseanna M. White, bestselling author of Edwardian fiction

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The Barrister and the Letter of Marque

Author: Todd M. Johnson

Publisher: Bethany House

On-Sale Date: Aug. 3rd

“Just ink and parchment, but with the seal of the English Crown, a source of power for a captain of only thirty-three years to act with the authority of the greatest empire on earth. Such was a Letter of Marque.”

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque is thrilling historical

William Snopes decides to take his future into his own hands, changing the course of his life. His father has disowned him and he has become a well know criminal defence barrister in London for the underprivileged of London.

Lady Madeleine Jameson is seeking a barrister with a reputation of unconventional ways. Her family has invested large some of money in amerchant ship called the Padget. Which was captained by her cousin, Harold Tuttle.

When the shipped docked in London’s harbor with its cargo full of exploits from a French private vessel. The captain is arrested for piracy, and the ships goods are seized before ever making it ashore. All the while the crew is kept guarded still aboard the ship. The captain was given a Letter of Marque… but it’s conveniently missing. This is some shady business not to be taken lightly.

Will Snopes be able to keep captain Tuttle from the gallows? When those higher up to the monarchy try everything in their power to have the captain convicted. Snopes and Lady Madeleine, along with an intriguing cast of characters will join forces in this intense mystery.

A wonderful meticulously layered storyline, with an intelligent complex plot. This book, is one that grips you from the start and holds your attention completely all the way until the satisfying end. The fully development characters are reminiscent to Dickinson ones, and come to life under the author seamless narration. The atmospheric imagery are wonderful as the author cleverly guides the reader in this legal maneuvering fast paced read. There is also a little romance that is perfectly depicted and not overly done.

In this historical legal thrillers, I could easily find myself at The Red Hound Pub. Having a pint of Guinness or maybe two. I do so enjoy drinking a pint of Guinness from time to time myself. While there you might overhear William Snopes, Solicitor Mandy Bristol, Edmund Shaw, as they plan their strategic plan of action.Edmund Shaw

Solicitor Obadiah Cummings

Miss Madeleine Jameson

Solicitor Mandy Bristol

The Anglican priest, Father Thomas Neal

The Red Hound Pub

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Todd M. Johnson is the author of three legal thrillers:

The Deposit Slip (2012), Critical Reaction (2013), and Fatal Trust (2017)

The Barrister and the Letterof Marque (2021), his first foray into historical mystery.

He has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as adjunct professor of International Law and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.

He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter.


Join the virtual book tour of THE BARRISTER AND THE LETTER OF MARQUE, Todd M. Johnson’s highly acclaimed historical mystery, August 2-15, 2021. Over twenty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical mystery, suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with an interview, spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in London, England.




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

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


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

Publication Date: June 28, 2021

Publisher: The White Rabbit Publishing (HFC Press)

Page Length: 530 Pages

Genre: Historical Time Travel

The past, future, and Excalibur lie in her hands.

Wales, 1914. Vala Penrys and her four sisters find solace in their spinster life by story-telling, escaping the chaos of war by dreaming of the romantic days of Camelot. When the war hits close to home, Vala finds love with Taliesin Wren, a mysterious young Welsh Lieutenant, who shows her another world within the tangled roots of a Rowan tree, known to the Druids as ‘the portal’.

One night she falls through, and suddenly she is Vivyane, Lady of the Lake – the Kingfisher – in a divided Britain clamoring for a High King. What begins as an innocent pastime becomes the ultimate quest for peace in two worlds full of secrets, and Vala finds herself torn between the love of her life and the salvation of not only her family but of Britain, itself.

“It is, at the heart of it, a love story – the love between a man and a woman, between a woman and her country, and between the characters and their fates – but its appeal goes far beyond romance. It is a tale of fate, of power, and, ultimately, of sacrifice for a greater good.” – Riana Everly, author of Teaching Eliza and Death of a Clergyman

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

This tale begins with an assignation. Vola and her identical twin sister Isla

twenty-eighth birthday celebration was the same day that the Archduke Ferdinand, and his wife Sophia were assassinated. That fated day June 28th, 1914, set about a series of events that led to The Great War.

Vola enjoys escaping into books and fanciful play acting. She has a vivid imagination, along with vibrant recurring dreams since childhood. These dreams seems more like memories and she feels that there are more to her mother’s childhood lavish tales of King Arthur.

Abergavenny Wales, Vala Penrys and her four sister try to adjust to the changing time. As the world as they know it is turned inside out. As countries take sides, their father Ian leaves to fulfill his duty to the Crown. Vala being oldest, is left in charge of the running of the household and the care of her ailing, slightly unhinged mother, Isobe. The oldest of the Penrys girls boarder on spinsterhood, after a few seasons in London without acquiring suitable husbands. Isla and Vola along with the rest of the Penrys, and servants make up a close knit family that depend on each other for comfort and friendship as War rages on. Their mother’s condition worsens, along with Isobe’s cryptic secrets at Tyalwyn. What could they mean?

After Vala meets a captivating young Welsh Lieutenant, Taliesin Wren. She seems drawn to. The oldest girls decide to do what they can to help the war effort by making their home available to those soldiers in need. New acquaintances help to piece together family secrets, that have been buried. As reality and myth become blended.

D. K. Marley has written a stunning historical fiction, mixed with magical realism. Set to the backdrop of the beginning of the First World War, and Avalon. The author blends mystery, family dynamics and time travel.

I enjoyed the overall premise of the book. The quick pace kept me engaged from the very beginning and all the way through. There is slight tension that slowly builds as you the flip through the pages and storyline unfolds. The characters are well developed and completely fleshed out. Richly detailed, the writers voice is fluid and captivating, making for an excellent reading experience.

Historical fiction with magical realism is one of my all time favorite genre. D. K. Marley exceptional writing is spellbinding I found myself completely immersed within these pages.

Excited for the next installment in this highly addictive book series!


I gripped her hand and return. “Now is the perfect time. How else can we braved the day ahead of us then to fall down rabbit holes?”

“I see the conflict in your eyes Vala, but do not worry. We are of this time, but another, as well. I am a gentleman. All things will take place in time.”

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D.K. Marley

D. K. Marley is a Historical Fiction author specializing in Shakespearean adaptations, Tudor era historicals, Colonial American historicals, alternate historicals, and historical time-travel. At a very early age she knew she wanted to be a writer. Inspired by her grandmother, an English Literature teacher, she dove into writing during her teenage years, winning short story awards for two years in local competitions. After setting aside her writing to raise a family and run her graphic design business, White Rabbit Arts, returning to writing became therapy to her after suffering immense tragedy, and she published her first novel “Blood and Ink” in 2018, which went on to win the Bronze Medal for Best Historical Fiction from The Coffee Pot Book Club, and the Silver Medal from the Golden Squirrel Book Awards. Within three years, she has published four more novels (two Shakespearean adaptations, one Colonial American historical, and a historical time travel).

When she is not writing, she is the founder and administrator of The Historical Fiction Club on Facebook, and the CEO of The Historical Fiction Company, a website dedicated to supporting the best in historical fiction for authors and readers. And for fun, she is an avid reader of the genre, loves to draw, is a conceptual photography hobbyist, and is passionate about spending time with her granddaughter. She lives in Middle Georgia U.S.A. with her husband of 35 years, an English Lab named Max, and an adorable Westie named Daisy.

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The Highlander’s Irish Bride

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

Direct Link: https://gleam.io/competitions/QWYgZ-the-highlanders-irish-bride

Thank you!


When a Duke Loves a Governess by Olivia Drake

Hello There Romance Readers, Today on my book blog a Review of

When a Duke Loves a Governess by Olivia Drake

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Title: When a Duke Loves a Governess

Author: Olivia Drake

Series: Unlikely Duchesses #3

Page Length: 320

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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

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

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

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When a Duke Loves a Governess

by Olivia Drake

Unlikely Duchesses #3

♡ This is a spoiler free Review ♡

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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The Rogues Redeemed Series

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

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Title: Once a Laird

Author Mary Jo Putney

Series: Rogues Redeemed #6

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Publisher: Kensington

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

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

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

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

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The Girls from the Beach

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Digital Publication Date: July 8, 2021
Paperback Publication Date: January 2022
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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!

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

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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.

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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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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.




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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.


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

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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!

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

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It’s a manic Monday at my house !

Welcome to my stop on THE FREEDOM RACE by Lucinda Roy

Official Blog Tour.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



Chapter 1, Excerpt 1

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

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

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

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

Copyright © 2021 by Lucinda Roy


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


WEBSITE: https://lucindaroy.com/

TWITTER: @LRoyAuthor

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/446027.Lucinda_Roy

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ENDS: AUGUST 2, 2021

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

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




It Ends in Fire

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

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

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


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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