Capturing the Devil: A Spotlight & Cover Reveal

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As you all know, the Stalking Jack the Ripper series is one of my favorites. There’s no way of getting around the fact that I have a morbid fascination with those dark figures in history who did wretched, near unspeakable things. It’s likely not healthy, but I suggest. The next and last book has a cover, which Entertainment Weekly released the other day, and the synopsis, as always, I’m over the moon for obvious reasons. If you follow the link, you’ll be able to read an excerpt.

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  • Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: jimmy patterson
  • Publish Date: September 10, 2019

In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by an unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

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Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time, she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

She is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER quartet.

 

The Time Collector: Excerpt.

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Exclusive Excerpt

The next email was from Holly with the promised link. He clicked on it to find recent footage from an Antiques Roadshow convention in Los Angeles. 

The subject header read: “Psychometrist finds million-dollar pocket watch with the power of her hands!”  

Roan leaned forward, now engaged. He launched the video to watch an attractive blond woman standing next to an appraiser while a tall teenage boy hovered behind her. The pair had a California beach vibe about them. The teenager was in board shorts and flip-flops and had a thick braided cuff around his  wrist. All that was missing was his surfboard. 

The appraiser shook the woman’s hand. “What’s your name?”

“Melicent Tilpin,” she said, her eyes avoiding the camera.

“Welcome, Melicent,” he said. “So what have you brought us today?”

The woman held out a gold pocket watch.

“Well now—” When the appraiser took it, he stopped talking. Seconds passed until he said,

“Good heavens.”

He opened up the dial and peered at her over the rim of his examining glasses. “Where on earth did you get this?” 

“At a flea market,” she said, crossing her arms, looking nervous.

“A flea market? How extraordinary.” The appraiser leaned down to study it closer. “What we have here is an original pocket watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet from 1790. You can see his engraved  signature here on the dial. Do you know who he is?” 

The woman hesitated and then shook her head no.

Roan could tell she was lying.

The appraiser chuckled. “Only the best watchmaker of all time. This is one of his first, classic ‘Grande Complication’ pocket watches with a tourbillon, his most precise timepiece. These watches took  years to assemble.” The appraiser was talking with his hands in excitement. “Very few are in circulation.  Most are in museums. The Breguet company usually buys them back when they enter the market. The last one sold for one point five million dollars.”

The woman was too stunned to stay anything, then she put her hand to her heart.

“And you say you found this at a flea market?” the man pressed.

“Yes,” she whispered. Her eyes welled with tears. Her hands were shaking as she covered her mouth. Her brother put his arm around her.

Roan watched the video, riveted.

“How did you find this at a flea market?”

“Someone was selling a collection of old watches, and I put my hands over them. This one felt special and I knew—” She hesitated. “I feel things with my hands sometimes.”

The appraiser didn’t know what to make of that. “You’re saying you felt this watch was special with your hands?”

She nodded, her expression clearly showing she knew it sounded implausible. “Sometimes I pick up stuff and I can sense things, their history.”

“Well, that is something,” the man said, trying to make things more exciting for the cameras.
“You definitely found a winner! Like winning the lottery, I’d say.” He handed the watch back to her. “
This might be the biggest discovery we’ve ever had on this show. You’re the one making history.”

Melicent looked at the camera, as if remembering the crew was recording her.

The image froze.

Roan stared at her face, seeing the secrets in her eyes. She had just admitted she was a
psychometrist to the world. It didn’t seem like the appraiser understood.

Roan replayed the video three more times, each time his amazement mounting. He had found someone else like him.

The Time Collector: Review

The Time Collector by Gwendolyn Womack

Publication Date: April 16, 2019 Picador USA eBook & Paperback; 368 Pages Genre: Historical/Romantic Suspense

Travel through time with the touch of a hand. Roan West was born with an extraordinary gift: he can perceive the past of any object he touches. A highly skilled pyschometrist, he uses his talents to find and sell valuable antiques, but his quiet life in New Orleans is about to change. Stuart, a fellow pyschometrist and Roan’s close friend, has used his own abilities to unearth several out-of-place-artifacts or “ooparts”—like a ring that once belonged to the seventeenth-century mathematician and philosopher René Descartes, but was found buried in prehistoric bedrock. The relics challenge recorded history, but soon after the discovery, Stuart disappears, making him one of several psychometrists who have recently died or vanished without a trace. When Roan comes across a viral video of a young woman who has discovered a priceless pocket watch just by “sensing” it, he knows he has to warn her—but will Melicent Tilpin listen? And can Roan find Stuart before it’s too late? The quest for answers will lead Roan and Melicent around the world—before it brings them closer to each other and a startling truth—in the latest romantic thriller from Gwendolyn Womack, the bestselling, PRISM Award-winning author of The Memory Painter and The Fortune Teller.

Try to envision touching an object of great importance to you. Or an old item that looks curious. Now…imagine having the ability to be brought back in time through touch to know the history of the piece, its previous owners, stories that it could reveal. Truly a case of ‘if these walls could talk’. I would find it to be both a blessing and a curse. I adore history, but the risk of learning something devastating would always frighten me. The people who can do this are called psychometrists. And in our story here, they are our leads.

It begins a bit slowly but the pace quickens, leading us into a world of danger and intrigue, a little romance and great deal of fun. I found this to be an adventure i was glad to read through and be part of. I am, as you all know, a person who adores descriptions and I suppose the suspension of reality. Traveling across the globe with Roan and Melicent was an exhilarating pleasure that kept me on my toes. I loved how the author so wonderfully painted a portrait of scenes in the past and also in the present.

This was an unexpected delight for me. Highly recommend.

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Praise for The Time Collector

“A wonderfully intriguing tale, filled with the mystery of objects that tell a story. The Time Collector’s fast pace and fascinating premise will delight history and romance lovers.”―Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride “A compelling exploration of time, history, and our primal need to connect with the past, The Time Collector is also a rollicking adventure through ancient mysteries and the moving story of two stunningly drawn characters, chasing the answer to the question of what it means to be human.”―Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale and The Lost Book of the Grail “Gwendolyn Womack weaves a suspenseful tale that tackles the question of ‘time’―how it’s measured, its impact on nature and human consciousness―and I could hardly put it down! The Time Collector is a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, mysticism, and intrigue, sprinkled with a dash of romance―my very favorite things. What a book!”―Heather Webb, international bestselling author of Meet Me in Monaco “The Time Collector is a fascinating tale of psychometrists, people who touch an object and sense the stories embedded within them. Pick up this book and you too will be transported across the globe and the centuries into exhilarating worlds filled with history and mystery, magic and mysticism, romance and danger. Its pages make the past come alive. Once you hold this object in your hands, you won’t be able to put it down.”―Amy Weiss, author of Crescendo

About the Author

Originally from Houston, Texas, GWENDOLYN WOMACK studied theater at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and holds an MFA in Directing Theatre, Video, and Cinema from California Institute of the Arts. She is the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune Teller and the RWA Prism Award-winning reincarnation thriller, The Memory Painter. She resides in Los Angeles with her family. For more information please visit Gwendolyn Womack’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 16 Review at 100 Pages a Day Wednesday, April 17 Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads Thursday, April 18 Feature at What Is That Book About Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots Friday, April 19 Review at Passages to the Past Monday, April 22 Review at My Reading Chronicles Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective Tuesday, April 23 Feature at Cover To Cover Cafe Excerpt at To Read, Or Not to Read Wednesday, April 24 Review at Pursuing Stacie Thursday, April 25 Interview at Passages to the Past Friday, April 26 Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit Tuesday, April 30 Excerpt at Kimber Li Wednesday, May 1 Review & Excerpt at Clarissa Reads it All Thursday, May 2 Review & Excerpt at Broken Teepee Friday, May 3 Review at Tar Heel Reader Saturday, May 4 Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story Sunday, May 5 Review at Carole’s Ramblings Monday, May 6 Review at A Chick Who Reads Wednesday, May 8 Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews Thursday, May 9 Review at Henry & Benny’s Book Nook Friday, May 10 Review at Coffee and Ink

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away a signed copy of The Time Collector! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on May 10th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Time Collector https://js.gleam.io/e.js

Waiting on Wednesday!

Waiting on Wednesday! I’m so excited about this one. It’ll be out on the 14th and I can’t wait to hear your reactions about it. I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Chiaverini’s books; my favorite being Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. I can’t wait to begin this one and share my review with you.

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages (It’s a chunky one, but hell yes!)
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Publish Date: May 14, 2019 <–Not too long!


From the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, an enthralling historical saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of an era and brings to life one courageous, passionate American—Mildred Fish Harnack—and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin.

After Wisconsin graduate student Mildred Fish marries brilliant German economist Arvid Harnack, she accompanies him to his German homeland, where a promising future awaits. In the thriving intellectual culture of 1930s Berlin, the newlyweds create a rich new life filled with love, friendships, and rewarding work—but the rise of a malevolent new political faction inexorably changes their fate.

As Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party wield violence and lies to seize power, Mildred, Arvid, and their friends resolve to resist. Mildred gathers intelligence for her American contacts, including Martha Dodd, the vivacious and very modern daughter of the US ambassador. Her German friends, aspiring author Greta Kuckoff and literature student Sara Weitz, risk their lives to collect information from journalists, military officers, and officials within the highest levels of the Nazi regime.

For years, Mildred’s network stealthily fights to bring down the Third Reich from within. But when Nazi radio operatives detect an errant Russian signal, the Harnack resistance cell is exposed, with fatal consequences.

Inspired by actual events, Resistance Women is an enthralling, unforgettable story of ordinary people determined to resist the rise of evil, sacrificing their own lives and liberty to fight injustice and defend the oppressed.

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Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

Spotlight: The Silent Woman

The Silent Woman
by Terry Lynn Thomas

Publication Date: April 11, 2018
HQ Digital
Paperback & eBook; 384 Pages

Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: Cat Carlisle, Book One

 

 

Would you sell your secrets?

Catherine Carlisle is trapped in a loveless marriage and the threat of World War Two is looming. She sees no way out… that is until a trusted friend asks her to switch her husband’s papers in a desperate bid to confuse the Germans.

Soon Catherine finds herself caught up in a deadly mixture of espionage and murder. Someone is selling secrets to the other side, and the evidence seems to point right at her.

Can she clear her name before it’s too late?

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About the Author

TERRY LYNN THOMAS grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earnest and has never looked back.

Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. The Family Secret is slated for release in March 2019. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.

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Review at Coffee and Ink
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Review at My Reading Chronicles

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Review at Pursuing Stacie
Feature at Clarissa Reads it All

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Interview at Passages to the Past

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Review at Orange County Readers
Feature at What Is That Book About

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Interview at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

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Review at Macs Books
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Review at Bibliophile Reviews

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Review at Passages to the Past
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Review at Hooked on Books
Feature at View from the Birdhouse

Monday, May 13
Review at Comet Readings
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Tuesday, May 14
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Wednesday, May 15
Review at The Lit Bitch
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During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

The Silent Woman

 

Song of Songs: A Review & Excerpt

I apologise to the author for the lateness of my post. I’ve had unforeseen internet trouble and I’m posting this from my phone.

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Song of Songs: A Novel of the Queen of Sheba
by Marc Graham

Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Blank Slate Press
Paperback; 400 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Lift the veil of legend for the untold story of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and Bathsheba, wife and mother of Israel’s first kings.

When Makeda, the slave-born daughter of the chieftain of Saba, comes of age, she wins her freedom and inherits her father’s titles along with a crumbling earthwork dam that threatens her people’s survival. When she learns of a great stone temple being built in a land far to the north, Makeda leads a caravan to the capital of Yisrael to learn how to build a permanent dam and secure her people’s prosperity.

On her arrival, Makeda discovers that her half-sister Bilkis (also known as Bathsheba) who was thought to have died in a long-ago flash flood, not only survived, but has become Queen of Yisrael. Not content with her own wealth, Bilkis intends to claim the riches of Saba for herself by forcing Makeda to marry her son. But Bilkis’s designs are threatened by the growing attraction between Makeda and Yetzer abi-Huram, master builder of Urusalim’s famed temple. Will Bilkis’s plan succeed or will Makeda and Yetzer outsmart her and find happiness far from her plots and intrigue?

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Marc Graham studied mechanical engineering at Rice University in Texas but has been writing since his first attempt at science fiction penned when he was ten. From there, he graduated to knock-off political thrillers, all safely locked away to protect the public, before settling on historical fiction. His first novel, Of Ashes and Dust, was published in March 2017.

He has won numerous writing contests including, the National Writers Association Manuscript Contest (Of Ashes and Dust), the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest – Historical (Of Ashes and Dust, Song of Songs), and the Colorado Gold Writing Contest – Mainstream (Prince of the West, coming from Blank Slate Press in Fall 2019).

He lives in Colorado on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, and in addition to writing, he is an actor, narrator, speaker, story coach, shamanic practitioner, and whisky aficionado (Macallan 18, one ice cube). When not on stage or studio, in a pub, or bound to his computer, he can be found hiking with his wife and their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

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The Queen of Sheba is a figure masked in mystery; simply because…in 550BC, there was not the level of documentation there is now. I could rehash for you the plot, but honestly, that would be a disservice. This is a book that I find myself recommending to people because it is that damned good. Mr. Graham has a gift for bringing this world to vivid reality. It was not hard to forget that I was actually in Florida in 2019 reading. The story is excellently written and intriguing from the first page. I lost myself very quickly in this one. That Margaret George wrote a blurb for it said a lot to me, because firstly, she’s one of my favorites, and secondly, I find her stamp of approval to weigh a great deal with me. I was not disappointed with this at all.

As someone who doesn’t get along with her own half-sisters, it was curious to read about Makeda and Bilkis and how different they became. I enjoyed that aspect greatly, actually. I also enjoyed the fact that even though this is Biblical, (Bilkis is also known as Bathsheba) I didn’t mind. Some come off as overly preachy, this is not one of those books. It was a brilliant read and you find yourself attached to some of the characters–some more than others–but always entertaining.

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Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Review at 100 Pages a Day

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Review at A Chick Who Reads

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Review at Red Headed Book Lady

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Review & Excerpt at Clarissa Reads it All

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Review at Library of Clean Reads

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Review at Historical Fiction Reviews

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Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

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Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

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Review at Curling up by the Fire

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– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Song of Songs


EXCERPT:

The guard drew back his sword for the fatal strike. Yetzer raised a hand against the blow, and the image of the Hermit, ninth among the mystical figures, leapt to his memory’s aid. Though his left hand was empty, it mimicked the Hermit’s raised lantern that illumined the path before him.

Hesitantly, Yetzer stretched forward his right hand in imitation of the Hermit’s staff that steadied his pace. He searched the guard’s face, but the man’s expression remained inscrutable. As a final, hesitant measure, Yetzer stretched his left foot forward to complete the sign.

Both guards immediately lowered their weapons and stepped to the side.

“Follow the path,” the lead guard told Yetzer. “When you reach the gate at its end, knock three times and you will be admitted. Give the sign and the word, hreri.”

Yetzer nodded and followed the path through an alabaster gateway. Where the Postulants’ Chamber was a wonder of construction and artistry, the Courtyard of the Initiates was a tribute to nature. Trees and plants of every description stretched heavenward in praise to Amun, the eternal shining one.

Yetzer traced the meandering pathway, intoxicated by the scent of the flowers, and lulled by the drone of bees. He sobered as the path ended at a high, vine-covered wall. He looked about, but the promised gate was nowhere to be seen. He was about to follow the trail back when his eye settled on a small flower, its pink petals nearly lost among the green tangle of the vines.

The lily—hreri in the language of Kemet—beckoned to Yetzer. He scanned the area around the flower and, seeing nothing amiss, gently pulled on the bud. When it remained firmly planted amongst the vines, Yetzer stretched a hand into the green. Thorns raked at his skin. His elbow had just disappeared amid the vines when his fingers brushed hard stone.

He groped about the hidden surface, heedless of the ravaging thorns. He touched metal and a jolt of excitement ran up his arm. Yetzer traced the outline of a metal boss then found a handle in its center. He wrapped his fingers about the handle and pulled.

Nothing happened.

He tightened his grip, settled back on his heels and tugged again. Still nothing. He was about to tear leaf from vine when Pharaoh’s words rose in his memory.

Knock on any door, and it will open before you.

The king had spoken the words during dinner at the palace, the night Yetzer chose the temple over Ameniye. Yetzer set aside his longing for the princess, his thoughts of comfort and riches. It was for light he had chosen, and for light he was here. Following Pharaoh’s advice, he adjusted his grip on the handle and knocked three times.

Silence filled the span of five heartbeats. Relief came with the soft rasp of metal upon stone. The grinding stopped and the throwing of a latch was followed by Yetzer’s scream.

Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

It feels like forever since I’ve last done of these posts. I’ve had terrible internet troubles as of late. Long story short, someone stole our home phone number and then switched us to some random company. We’ve been fighting with the company since. It’s been a massive pain, but I am trying to catch up. I wrote this post whilst mobile, though I did make the graphics on my laptop. (I saved all the images to my phone, loaded them to my laptop and back again; oi, what a process!)

I hope you enjoy my reemergence, hah.

This week’s theme is:
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I picked my quotes from these ten books!
I hope you enjoy. xx
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“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
―Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.” ―Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” ―George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
―Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
―Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ―Elie Wiesel, Night

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

―Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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“Just because something seems impossible doesn’t make it untrue,”
―Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches

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“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”
― Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes

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“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

― J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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“Without death,’ he answered, ‘life is meaningless. It is a story that can never be told. A song that can never be sung. For how would one finish it?”
Seth Grahame-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

 

Happy Release Day to Chanel Cleeton!!

 Happy Pub Day!
April 9, 2019

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In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life–and heart–to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly. 

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez–her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro’s inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost. 

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future–but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything–not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart…

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Learn more about When We Left Cuba including downloading the book club guide and more at: http://www.chanelcleeton.com/when-we-left-cuba

 

Praise for When We Left Cuba:

A thrilling story about love, loss, and what we will do to go home again. Utterly un-put-down-able.—PopSugar

A beautiful and utterly transporting novel.Publisher’s Weekly

Bold, unconventional Beatriz makes a heroine for the ages…A thrilling, thought-provoking read!

—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

A gorgeously atmospheric homage to a country and a past that vibrates with emotion on every page.  Historic events, espionage, and a Kennedy-esque romance make this novel a rich read, but the addition of a formidable heroine truly makes it unputdownable.  This is not just historical fiction, but also an unrequited love story for a country and a way of life, as well as a journey of self-discovery for a woman torn between love and the two countries she calls home.

—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

Cleeton once again delivers a masterful tale of political intrigue tinged with personal heartbreak. Her ferocity and fearlessness can be found on every page, and Beatriz’s story—one of vengeance, betrayal, and bravery—astonishes and thrills.

—Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Masterpiece

Atmospheric and evocative, When We Left Cuba captivates with its compelling portrayals of the glamorous Cuban exile community and powerful forbidden love set against the dangerous intrigue of the Cold War. Unforgettable and unputdownable!

—Laura Kamoie, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Dear Hamilton

By turns a captivating historical novel, a sweeping love story, and a daring tale of espionage—I absolutely adored this gem of a novel.

—Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

Oozing with atmosphere and intrigue, When We Left Cuba is an evocative, powerful and beautifully written historical novel which had me completely captivated from the first page to the last. Take a bow, Chanel Cleeton!

—Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter 

With a sure hand for historical detail, an impeccable eye for setting, and a heroine who grasps hold of your heart and never lets go, Chanel Cleeton has created another dazzlingly atmospheric and absorbing story of Cuba and its exiles. A beautiful and profoundly affecting novel from a writer whose work belongs on the shelves of every lover of historical fiction.

—Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of The Gown

Powerful, emotional and oh so real. One woman’s fight to reclaim her own country, against all odds and no matter what the cost is intertwined with the real history of our lifetime and creates an unforgettable story.

—Rhys Bowen, New York Times and #1 Kindle bestselling author of The Tuscan Child and the Royal Spyness mysteries.

Scintillating…. An intriguing dive into the turbulent Cuban-American history of the 1960s, and the unorthodox choices made by a strong historical woman.

—Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room

Rich in historical detail, When We Left Cuba has it all—the excitement of a page-turning thriller, the sizzle of a steamy romance and the elegant prose of a master storyteller.

—Renée Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer

Cleeton draws you into the glamour, intrigue, and uncertainty of the Cuban exile community just after Castro’s coup through a heroine who could give Mata Hari a run for her money…. You’ll be rooting for Beatriz to change the course of history—and find her own hard-won happily ever after.

—Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of The English Wife

With a richly imagined setting and a heroine worth rooting for from the start, When We Left Cuba is thrilling and romantic, and timely to boot.

—Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Met Jack

A compelling unputdownable story of love—for a man, for a country, for a past ripped away, and a future’s tenuous promise. When We Left Cuba swept me away.

—Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Lighthouse Beach.

Electric and fierce. Beatriz Perez’s romance with a handsome, important senator will sweep you away, but it’s her profound loyalty to Cuba and her formidable determination to be her own woman despite life-and-death odds that will really hold you in thrall.

—Kerri Maher, author of The Kennedy Debutante

 In a tale as tempestuous as Cuba itself, When We Left Cuba is the revolutionary story of one woman’s bold courage and her many sacrifices for her beloved country. An absolutely spectacular read!

—Stephanie Marie Thornton, author of American Princess

Beatriz Perez’s brand of vintage-Havana glamour dazzles with equal parts intrigue, rebellion, and romance to make for an unforgettable story.

Elise Hooper, author of The Other Alcott 

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Chanel Cleeton is the USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana. Originally from Florida, Chanel grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. 

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Happy Release Day: The Lost History of Dreams!!

Today is the publication day for Kris Waldherr’s THE LOST HISTORY OF DREAMS! In this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale, a post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future.


When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead in his bath one morning in 1850, the task of burying his body falls to his estranged cousin, historian turned postmortem photographer Robert Highstead. De Bonne’s will instructs that he should be buried in an unusual chapel, a stained glass folly set on the Shropshire moors, built to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. It has since been locked to all outsiders—especially the rabid, cultlike fans of de Bonne’s final book, The Lost History of Dreams. Only Ada’s grief-stricken niece, Isabelle, holds the key—but she refuses to open the glass chapel unless Robert agrees to her bargain: Before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record the real story behind her aunt’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights.

Sweeping and darkly atmospheric, THE LOST HISTORY OF DREAMS is a Gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between past and present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death. And remember, all love stories are ghost stories in disguise.

Now available at LostHistoryBook.com.

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The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr

Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Atria Books
Hardcover & eBook; 320 Pages

Genre: Historical/Gothic/Mystery

A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale.

All love stories are ghost stories in disguise.

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh’s remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams.

However, Ada’s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights.

As the mystery of Ada and Hugh’s relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert’s own marriage—including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his own morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn’t—things from beyond the grave.

Kris Waldherr effortlessly spins a sweeping and atmospheric gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death.

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Praise for The Lost History of Dreams

“Scheherazade-like … haunting… Waldherr writes that ‘love stories are ghost stories in disguise.’ This one, happily, succeeds as both.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An unexpected delight that grows steadily more compelling as its pages fly by.” —Booklist

“A sensual, twisting gothic tale that embraces Victorian superstition much in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.”—BookPage

“Eerily atmospheric and gorgeously written, The Lost History of Dreams is a Gothic fairy-tale to savor.” – Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS

“The Lost History of Dreams is a dark, shimmering gem of a novel, glittering with love lost, secrets kept, and long-buried truths revealed. Wonder, memory, death and passion haunt every page of Kris Waldherr’s powerhouse Gothic debut.” – Greer Macallister, bestselling author of THE MAGICIAN’S LIE and WOMAN 99

“Brooding, romantic, and thoughtful, The Lost History of Dreams is a rare bird in that it shines throughout with wit. I loved every page of it.” – Erika Swyler, bestselling author of THE BOOK OF SPECULATION and LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS

“With luminous prose, stunning poetry and a fascinating cast of characters, Waldherr weaves a wonderfully atmospheric tale. Not to be missed!” – Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME and THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER

“A riveting, addictive read. Sarah Waters fans will be entranced. – Mary Sharratt, author of ECSTASY and DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL

“A novel of haunting mystery and passion reminiscent of Wuthering Heights and Byatt’s Possession.” – Crystal King, author of FEAST OF SORROW and THE CHEF’S SECRET

“An atmospheric tale of lost love, family secrets, and an inquiry into how our own histories define us, I relished every poetic page.” – Heather Webb, international bestselling author of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS and THE PHANTOM’S APPRENTICE

“With beautiful prose and poetry, Waldherr weaves a darkly seductive Gothic tale of love, art, death, and obsession. You’ll want to keep reading this one late into the night.” – Alyssa Palombo, author of THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL

“A sumptuous feast for all the senses.” – Clarissa Harwood, author of IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS and BEAR NO MALICE

About the Author

Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, and her fiction has been awarded with fellowships by the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a reading grant by Poets & Writers.

Kris Waldherr works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, the anthropologist-curator Thomas Ross Miller, and their young daughter.

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Anna of Kleve: A Spotlight.

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  • Series: Six Tudor Queens
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Publish Date: May 14, 2019

The surprising and dramatic life of the least known of King Henry VIII’s wives is illuminated in the fourth volume in the Six Tudor Queens series—for fans of Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, and The Crown.

Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to ensure the royal succession. Forty-six, overweight, and suffering from gout, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe’s most eligible princesses. Anna of Kleve, from a small German duchy, is twenty-four and has a secret she is desperate to keep hidden. Henry commissions her portrait from his court painter, who depicts her from the most flattering perspective. Entranced by the lovely image, Henry is bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. Some think her attractive, but Henry knows he can never love her.

What follows is the fascinating story of an awkward royal union that somehow had to be terminated. Even as Henry begins to warm to his new wife and share her bed, his attention is captivated by one of her maids-of-honor. Will he accuse Anna of adultery as he did Queen Anne Boleyn, and send her to the scaffold? Or will he divorce her and send her home in disgrace? Alison Weir takes a fresh and astonishing look at this remarkable royal marriage by describing it from the point of view of Queen Anna, a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own, alone and fearing for her life in a royal court that rejected her almost from the day she set foot on England’s shore.

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Katherine of Aragon || Anne Boleyn || Jane Seymour

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Alison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen; Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession; Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen; The Marriage Game; A Dangerous Inheritance; Captive Queen; The Lady Elizabeth; and Innocent Traitor, as well as numerous historical biographies, including Queens of the Conquest, The Lost Tudor Princess, Elizabeth of York, Mary Boleyn, The Lady in the Tower, Mistress of the Monarchy, Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Life of Elizabeth I, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband.