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Spotlight: A Conspiracy of Wolves

A Conspiracy of Wolves
by Candace Robb

Publication Date: August 1, 2019
Severn House/Crème de la Crime
Hardcover & eBook; 256 Pages

Series: Owen Archer, Book 11
Genre: Historical Mystery

 

 

When a prominent citizen is murdered, former Captain of the Guard Owen Archer is persuaded out of retirement to investigate in this gripping medieval mystery.

1374. When a member of one of York’s most prominent families is found dead in the woods, his throat torn out, rumours spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose throughout the city. Persuaded to investigate by the victim’s father, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. But before he can gather sufficient evidence to prove his case, a second body is discovered, stabbed to death. Is there a connection? What secrets are contained within the victim’s household? And what does apprentice healer Alisoun know that she’s not telling?

Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward, Owen’s enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy.

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About the Author

I’m Candace Robb, a writer/historian engaged in creating fiction about the late middle ages with a large cast of characters with whom I enjoy spending my days. Two series, the Owen Archer mysteries and the Kate Clifford mysteries, are set in late medieval York. The Margaret Kerr trilogy is set in early 14th century Scotland, at the beginning of the Wars of Independence. Two standalone novels (published under pseudonym Emma Campion) expand on the lives of two women in the court of King Edward III who have fascinated me ever since I first encountered them in history and fiction.

I am a dreamer. Writing, gardening, walking, dancing, reading, being with friends—there’s always a dreaming element.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, August 1
Review at Book Frolic
Excerpt at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, August 2
Review at A Book Geek

Saturday, August 3
Feature at The Writing Desk

Monday, August 5
Feature at Book Addict Rambles

Tuesday, August 6
Excerpt at Broken Teepee
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Wednesday, August 7
Interview at Bookish Rantings

Thursday, August 8
Guest Post at Reading the Past
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Friday, August 9
Feature at I’m All About Books
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Saturday, August 10
Feature at Clarissa Reads it All

Sunday, August 11
Excerpt at A Darn Good Read

Monday, August 12
Excerpt at Just One More Chapter
Review & Interview at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, August 13
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, August 14
Guest Post at Words and Peace
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, August 15
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at Book Reviews from Canada

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a Hardcover copy of A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be 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 a new winner is chosen.

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A Light Of Her Own: A Review.

A Light of Her Own
by Carrie Callaghan

Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Amberjack Publishing
Hardcover; 320 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Biographical

 

 

In Holland 1633, a woman’s ambition has no place.

Judith is a painter, dodging the law and whispers of murder to become the first woman admitted to the prestigious Haarlem artist’s guild. Maria is a Catholic in a country where the faith is banned, hoping to absolve her sins by recovering a lost saint’s relic.

Both women’s destinies will be shaped by their ambitions, running counter to the city’s most powerful men, whose own plans spell disaster. A vivid portrait of a remarkable artist, A Light of Her Own is a richly-woven story of grit against the backdrop of Rembrandt and an uncompromising religion.

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4Did you guys know that I am something of an art lover? It’s true. I absolutely adore art; I like many different artists and different styles, so when I have an opportunity to read a book featuring an artist that I like, I definitely try to take the chance. When I read that Judith Leyster was a featured character in this one, I jumped on this blog tour in a hot minute.

“Judith leaned against the small window ledge and looked inside. The frigid twilight air seeped past her cloak into her many layers of tunics and her well-worn bodice, and the painted ledge below her numb fingertips had dulled to the gray of a low sky. Behind the glass, the inn’s golden light beckoned, and though it was not yet suppertime, already drinkers dressed in shades of brown sat at small tables. Her teeth chattered with cold and nerves.” 

Thus, we meet her, waiting outside of a tavern for someone to sell a painting for her and to give her the coins. As she is not a Master, she is not allowed to sell her own work. Joining the Guild is damn near impossible, though eventually, she becomes one of two women to do so. Her talent is undeniable, particularly to Frans de Grebber, to whom she had been apprenticed to since she was thirteen. She is twenty-three at our meeting her. Dejected and disappointed, she makes her way back to him and her room that she shares with Maria, a fellow artist, and Frans’ daughter.

I absolutely adored this novel. I felt like Ms. Callaghan used words as a brush, painting the world for us and making it a vivid painting. I was delighted to be drawn back into the seventeenth century. She doesn’t hide anything, the grit, the hustle, and bustle, the patriarchy–everything was very male-dominated back then. Yet, despite all of the odds against her, Judith’s determination shines through. It is not a spoiler if you know the history that she achieves the goal of joining the Guild and becomes a Master herself. Only one woman previous to herself had attained such a goal.

Maria’s story is good, but I think it was wasted here; her heart wasn’t into art as much as it was into devotion to God. She was a devout Catholic in the very Protestant Netherlands. (Thus, she had to hide it.) I enjoyed it, but the spark wasn’t as bright as when Judith’s story was being told. I’d have rather just continued with Judith. There were moments where I felt that Maria was being childish and did not act her age. Whilst I know that life was cruel to her and she was trying to make up for something, I just found her sort of forgettable. Perhaps that is the curse of having such a vibrant, lively character in Judith? Whatever it was, I didn’t feel that much of a connection to Maria.

I love when someone takes history and writes a story from it, bringing it even more to life. So often stories are simply left to history, where they disappear and are footnotes. Judith shouldn’t be left to be forgotten. Hers is a story that everyone, especially those who love art should hear; they should learn about determination and how never to give up. I look forward to reading whatever Ms. Callaghan writes next.

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Carrie Callaghan is a writer living in Maryland with her spouse, two young children, and two ridiculous cats. Her short fiction has appeared in Weave Magazine, The MacGuffin, Silk Road, Floodwall, and elsewhere. Carrie is also an editor and contributor with the Washington Independent Review of Books. She has a Master’s of Arts in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information, please visit Carrie Callaghan’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 12
Feature at Naomi Finley’s Blog
Review at A Bookaholic Swede

Tuesday, November 13
Review at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, November 14
Interview at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, November 15
Review at Broken Teepee

Friday, November 16
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Sunday, November 18
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, November 19
Review at Just One More Chapter
Feature at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, November 20
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, November 21
Review at Clarissa Reads it All

Friday, November 23
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Monday, November 26
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, November 27
Review at What Cathy Read Next

Wednesday, November 28
Review at Pass Me That Book

Thursday, November 29
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, November 30
Review at Donna’s Book Blog

Monday, December 3
Review & Interview at Reading the Past

Tuesday, December 4
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Wednesday, December 5
Review at I’m Shelf-ish

Thursday, December 6
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Friday, December 7
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 2 signed hardcovers of A Light of Her Own! To enter, please see the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on December 7th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Spotlight: The Highlander Who Protected Me.

The Highlander Who Protected Me
by Vanessa Kelly

Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Kensington Books
Paperback & eBook; 352 Pages

Series: Clan Kendrick, #1
Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish

 

 

READ AN EXCERPT.

Bestselling author Vanessa Kelly returns with an enthralling new series about the men of the Kendrick clan—and the women who claim their hearts…

Lady Ainsley Matthews, heiress and darling of the ton, was expected to make a magnificent match. Instead she’s hiding on a remote Scottish estate, terrified that her vicious former fiancé will use her pregnancy to force her into marriage. One man can help her—Royal Kendrick, son of a distinguished Highland clan. Though a mistake drove them apart long ago, Royal is the only person Ainsley trusts to protect her baby—even if that means agreeing to never see either of them again . . .

Scarred in body and soul by war, Royal suddenly has a purpose—caring for an innocent babe and thereby helping the woman he can’t stop loving. But when Ainsley ultimately returns to Scotland, determined to be a real mother to her child in spite of the risk, there’s only one solution: marriage. And only one likely outcome: surrendering to the desire that’s simmered between them for so long, no matter how dangerous it may be…

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About the Author

Vanessa Kelly is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Improper Princesses series, The Renegade Royals Series and The Stanton Family series, in addition to other historical romances. Named by Booklist as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance,” she is a Maggie Medallion winner and is well known for developing vibrant Regency settings, appealing characters, and witty storylines that captivate readers.

When she’s not dreaming up plots for her next Regency historical novel, Vanessa is writing USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance 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.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 30
Feature at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, October 31
Review at Bibliophile Reviews

Thursday, November 1
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Friday, November 2
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog
Excerpt at Clarissa Reads it All
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Monday, November 5
Review at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, November 6
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, November 7
Feature at Maiden of the Pages

Thursday, November 8
Review at A Bookish Affair

Friday, November 9
Excerpt at Bookfever
Interview at Passages to the Past

Monday, November 12
Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Tuesday, November 13
Review at Pass Me That Book

Wednesday, November 14
Feature at The Book Review
Review at The Reading Woman

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a print copy of either Three Weeks with a Princess or The Highlander’s Princess Bride, plus a magnet, signed cover flats and a free digital download of the anthology, The Dukes of Vauxhall! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 14th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
– Only one entry per household.
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– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Cover Reveal: Narcosis Room!

Today Jennifer Bardsley, Owl Hollow Press, and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for NARCOISIS ROOM, her new YA Sci-Fi Book which releases in 2019! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

Onto the reveal! 

 
 
Title: NARCOISIS ROOM
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub. Date: 2019
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Total Recall meets Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies.
 
Sleep for three months and make your problems go away.
 
Ellie Savage is used to promises. Her dermatologist dad and her psychiatrist mom run the Narcosis Clinic, a medical facility famous for ultimate makeovers, where disturbing issues are resolved while patients are beautified. Clients like pop star Dean Mathews are grateful to narcosis for healing their deepest wounds. Ellie is her parents’ most ardent supporter until her dreams become a nightmare. Ellie discovers that her true self has been shredded to bits by the scalpel and the only way for Ellie to remember is to forget everything she thinks she knows.
1926361t70bnztsmw Exclusive Excerpt!
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A sudden breeze swept my Mariners cap away, and I chased it down the path to the antique merry-go-round. It fluttered to a stop right in front of the ticket girl.
 
“Nice hat,” she said, smacking her gum. “You know the Mariners suck, right?”
 
“Tell me about it.” I fished out money from my pocket. “Ten tickets, please.”
 
“Ten rides?” Her plucked eyebrows shot up. “But you’ll miss the whole concert.”
 
“I’m a Sam Anders fan,” I lied.
 
“Whatever.” The girl pocketed the money in her green vest and clicked open the metal gate.
 
Ten seconds later I sat on a wooden horse spinning into oblivion so fast that my hat flew off again. Painted ponies going up. Painted ponies going down. Mirrors and lights.
Grab the brass ring. Up, down, round and round.
 
The ride was kind of like my life. My history was a blur, the memories hard to grasp. Two years at Remington Prep had ruined me. Something sinister had happened to me at boarding school, but my brain wouldn’t let me remember what that traumatic event was.
The carousel went faster and faster until I could no longer hear the din of music in the distance.
 
Nobody else was riding that night. Only me.
 
Whoever that was.
 
Who was I? Who’d taught me to ride a bike? What had happened in middle school? Why didn’t Marley like me? What was that scar on my chest all about? Why was I afraid of water? How long could I live my life without remembering my past? Where were all
my details? Mom and Dad were afraid of telling me anything because they wanted my brain to remember on its own, but so far that plan was crap.
 
When my tenth ride on the carousel was up, I was so dizzy that I could barely climb off the horse. I staggered around for a few seconds before I regained my footing. Then I
zeroed in on the totem pole at the top of the field, peering down at me with
its eagle eyes. I tramped up the hill across the damp grass.
 
“Hey,” the merry-go-round operator called after me. “You forgot your hat!”
 
“Trash it,” I said, not looking back. I felt like I was going to throw up, but not from nausea. 
 
Something sick clawed at my heart. It tore me up from the inside, begging to get out. Begging to be remembered.
 
When I got to the totem pole, I sank onto my knees. Tears streamed down my cheeks.
 
And I had no idea why.  
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Herald. You can find Jennifer on her website: http://JenniferBardsley.net or on her Facebook page: The YA Gal. An alumna of Stanford University, Jennifer lives in Edmonds, WA with her husband and two children.
 
 

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One lucky winner will win an ARC of NARCOISIS ROOM, US Only.
 

 

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Anna Belfrage: Guest Post.

Some things get to me. One of those things is the label “clean” which is used to refer to books that lack any sexual content. Why? Because per definition, the antonym to clean is dirty, ergo all books that do have sexual content are soiled and tawdry. I also find it interesting that there is a perceived need to label books as “clean” – sex-free – but should such novels contain violence, even brutal death, that’s okay. Readers, apparently, are more disturbed by explicit depictions of love-making than they are of murders. Isn’t that strange?

My books have sex in them – my protagonists are consenting adults in loving relationships, and in my experience such relationships tend to include sex. It’s a bit sad if they don’t. Do I perceive my books as dirty? Absolutely not. In my latest release, my leading couple would not have survived all that life throws in their way had they not had each other, and yes, they take great comfort and pleasure in each other.

Personally, I am not a major fan of these so called “clean reads”. He kissed her passionately, took her by the hand and led her to the waiting bed. “Tonight you shall be mine” he said. Turn the page and they’re having breakfast – a classic dot, dot, dot moment. Me, I feel short-changed. Someone slammed the bedroom door in my face just as things got interesting.

I do, however, fully respect that some people don’t want more detail than this. My gripe is with the label as such. I also find it somewhat amusing when “clean” is suddenly equated with “Christian”. What, so Christian people don’t have sex? Poor them… (Plus, I must hasten to add, I have several lovely Christian people among my friends who would never presume to judge – or are all that thrilled by the idea of “clean” books.)

Personally, I don’t think God objects to people having sex. I’m thinking there’s a lot of stuff out there that He finds far less palatable – such as all the violence perpetrated in His name.

“Wait, wait”, some people will say, “the clean label is really useful to ensure teenagers don’t read too much of the really hot and steamy stuff.” I’m not sure how to break this to all those concerned parents, but teenagers generally read what they want to read anyway – or watch explicit videos on youtube, or discover things for themselves when all those hormones brewing in their bodies take over. IMO, teenagers don’t need to be protected from sex. They need to be taught to set a high value on their bodies and on intimacy, so as to ensure they never do anything they don’t want to do.

I recently read a book in which there was a lot of violence. People died left, right and centre, and some of these killing machines wore crucifixes and prayed before dispatching some more baddies to hell. It was a good, complex read, and there was even some lovemaking – albeit more of the dot dot dot kind. This book could, potentially, be labelled as borderline “clean” – despite all that death. Makes my head spin. I for one would prefer to have my teenage daughter reading Diana Gabaldon’s fantastic if explicit sex scenes to having her read about people having their heads shot off. But that may just be me.

I fully appreciate that some people DON’T want to read about sex. At all. Just as I don’t want to read about zombies. At all. But can we please change the label to something that, per definition, isn’t derogatory to all the other books? How about “non-explicit”? Or why not “dot dot dot”? And as for me, I will continue devouring books in which love – all aspects of love – are depicted. Dirty? Not at all – in fact, it’s very, very beautiful!

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Anna has recently released a Romantic Suspense novel, A Torch in His Heart. Nope, thisanna-belfrage-2015 is definitely not a “clean” read, but then, as Anna would tell you, what can you expect when she’s writing about an epic love story spanning three millennia?

When she isn’t writing contemporary suspense with a time travelling twist, Anna is usually visiting her favourite historical periods, namely the 17th century and the 14th century. And yes, she is quite convinced people made love back then as well! Find out more about Anna on http://www.annabelfrage.com. Or pop by her Amazon page and browse through her books, http://Author.to/ABG

 

 

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Lady of A Thousand Treasures: A Review.

Lady of a Thousand Treasures

by Sandra Byrd

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Tyndale House Publishers

Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook; 480 Pages

Series: The Victorian Ladies Series, #1

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry—the man who broke Eleanor’s heart.

Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.

With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust—who in her life is false or true, brass or gold—and what is meant to be treasured.

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Praise for Lady of a Thousand Treasures

“Sandra Byrd’s amazing cast of characters and Victorian settings pull the reader right into the story. I became happily lost in this compelling, lovely book.” -Karen Harper, NYT bestselling author of The Royal Nanny

“Lady of a Thousand Treasures delivers mystery, romance, and suspense in a well-researched Victorian setting.” -Julie Klassen, bestselling author

“I’m always swept away by a Sandra Byrd novel, and Lady of a Thousand Treasures will be long remembered as one of Sandra’s best.” -Jane Kirkpatrick, NYT bestselling author of All She Left Behind

“Sandra Byrd is the rare writer whose evocative, prose grabs hold and doesn’t let go. The Victorian Ladies Series is off to a stunning start!” -Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker

“With stunning characters and impeccable research, Sandra Byrd has woven together an exquisite treasure hunt with an ending that will leave you breathless.” -Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Catching the Wind

“Sandra Byrd’s writing is an absolute piece of art! If I had to sum up this story all in one word, it would be satisfying.” -Michelle Griep, award-winning author of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series

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Sandra Byrd is one of those authors that when I hear is releasing a book, I get excited. I am seldom disappointed by her work–and by seldom, I mean, never thus far. She has written several books that presently have a home on my shelves. I am delighted to say this is one of them.

Without rehashing the plot again, I can honestly say that this is one of those books that draws you in from page one and does not let go of it until you’re done. Even then, you may find yourself going back and thinking about it, as I did. I think that is a mark of a good read, when the story sticks with you for a time after you’ve finished.

As you guys know, I love research. I love when an author has done it and clearly done it so well that it blends in seamlessly to the story making a delectable read. I’m all for it. The Victorian age is a time that requires that attention to detail because of the rules of society, the way people spoke and dressed, and lived. It enhances the experience when reading. Historical fiction and all of its sub-genres require that to make it interesting, else it reads flatly.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story and the pacing. I haven’t got a single complaint about that. I also loved all of the characters, finding them believable and vibrant. I love when they feel like old friends, if that makes sense. All in all, this makes for a sumptuous experience and I read this in a day. I could have taken my time but you get quite invested right away.

A very good read and I look forward to the next in the series!

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About the Author

Bestselling author Sandra Byrd has published more than fifty books over her editing and writing career. Her traditionally published books include titles by Tyndale House Publishers, Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, WaterBrook Press, a Penguin Random House imprint, and Bethany House. She’s also an independent author.

Sandra’s series of historically sound Gothic romances launched with the best-selling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, published in 2017 and was named by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the Top Ten Inspirational Fiction books of the year.

Her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2011, and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012.

Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype. You can also connect with Sandra on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 9

Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, October 10

Review at Faery Tales Are Real

Thursday, October 11

Review at A Bookish Affair

Feature at Naomi Finley’s Blog

Friday, October 12

Review at Donna’s Book Blog

Monday, October 15

Feature at The Lit Bitch

Review at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Tuesday, October 16

Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Wednesday, October 17

Review at Among the Reads

Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Thursday, October 18

Review at A Darn Good Read

Friday, October 19

Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, October 22

Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, October 23

Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Wednesday, October 24

Review at Library of Clean Reads

Thursday, October 25

Feature at Let Them Read Books

Friday, October 26

Interview at Among the Reads

Monday, October 29

Review at Maiden of the Pages

Tuesday, October 30

Review at A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, November 1

Review at Bibliophile Reviews

Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, November 2

Feature at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, November 6

Feature at Hisdoryan

Wednesday, November 7

Review at The Book Mind

Review at LadyJ’s Bookish Nook

Friday, November 9

Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 5 copies of Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

– Giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only.

– Only one entry per household.

– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.

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

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book blast: The Notorious Black Bart 1883.

The Notorious Black Bart 1883
by A.E. Wasserman

Publication Date: August 29, 2018
Archway Publishing
Paperback; 124 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Western

 

 

Englishman Lord Langsford is leaving California after an adventurous visit, but finds more excitement in a Dime Novel that he shares with his two fellow travelers on the train bound to New York: This is the embellished but true tale of Black Bart and Special Agent James B. Hume of Wells Fargo & Company.

It’s California gold country and the notorious Black Bart robs his twenty-eighth Wells Fargo Stagecoach. The stage driver shoves down the heavy cash box then whips his team into a gallop away from the gunslinger. When the outlaw dismounts his horse to gather up his loot, a rattler slinks onto the road and bites him through his boot. He shoots off its head, but his horse bolts, leaving him snake bit and on foot. The gold from the local mines is heavy. He must carry the bounty out of the Sierra Mountains or die trying.

Special Agent James B. Hume of Wells Fargo & Company, a friend of Lord Langsford, has been after Black Bart for eight years. Now for the first time, Hume has some of the outlaw’s possessions. He has to use his wits, but the gunslinger has nearly a week’s head start. Can Hume catch the outlaw once and for all? Or will Black Bart escape to terrorize again?

Available on Amazon

About the Author

The daughter of a newspaperman, A.E. Wasserman grew up in a household filled with books and stories. At age 14, she wrote her first novella and never stopped writing.

A.E. Wasserman’s current mystery/thrillers series, featuring Englishman Langsford has garnered international attention, not only in the U.S., but Europe and the U.K. as well. Her work is critically acclaimed as richly atmospheric; her writing style bold and well-crafted.

After graduating from The Ohio State University, she lived in London, then San Francisco. Currently she resides in Southern California with her family and her muse, a Border Collie named Topper.

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Monday, September 24
Passages to the Past

Tuesday, September 25
Jathan & Heather
Maiden of the Pages

Wednesday, September 26
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Escapement: A Review!

Escapement – An Exquisite Tale of Love and Passion
by Kristen Wolf

Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Pixeltry
Paperback & eBook; 481 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Women’s

 

 

***WINNER of the 2018 IndieReader DISCOVERY AWARD***

From the bestselling Author of THE WAY, hailed by O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE as “A Title To Pick Up Now!”

Henri keeps many secrets. Some even from herself…

Prepare to be transported into a sensual world of possibility by this lush, heart-wrenching and gorgeously-written tale. Brimming with passion, intrigue, extraordinary characters and breathtaking surprises, ESCAPEMENT will arouse the senses and seduce readers of every persuasion.

“Wolf is a masterful storyteller who has created an enchanting novel… It will resonate with anyone who has ever felt passion.”
—IndieReader

Cristofer’s star is poised to rise. Everyone expects the dashing and gifted composer to soar to the heights of musical genius—an expectation that terrifies the young artist as much as it drives him.

Walking into the fire with Cristofer is his housekeeper, Henri, a passionate and handsome young woman who takes pleasure in dressing as a man. Tending to her employer’s domestic needs, Henri has crafted a carefree life of routine behind which she hides the truth of a tragic past. Possessed herself of an extraordinary talent, she covertly guides her employer through the trials of his artistic and romantic pursuits while carefully guarding his most closely-held secret.

But Henri’s deceptively simple life is ripped apart when a wealthy and ruthless patron grants Cristofer a spectacular commission, then unwittingly hires Henri—whom he believes to be male—to give piano lessons to his alluring wife.

The resulting entanglements rise to a dangerous pitch as Cristofer struggles to create music of epic proportions while Henri is ignited by a love more powerful than any she has ever known. But when the monstrously ambitious patron catches wind of a duplicity, he and his henchmen mobilize quickly to target the threat and soon the only hope for either friend’s survival depends on one publicly exposing the other’s hidden truth—an act that would defy the bonds of love and loyalty and bring all their lives crashing down.

Can Henri stop the oncoming tragedy and still hold onto her greatest love? Or must she lose everything?

“ESCAPEMENT is a symphony of words marked by lyrical phrases and exquisite rhythm… a testament to the artistic spirit… breathtaking.”
—IndieReader

“A passionate story.”
—Kirkus Reviews


I am going to tell you. I love music. I am relatively (okay, severely) untalented when it comes to it. I took piano lessons, but I wasn’t very good. The only song I could play, and maybe still can, is Beauty and the Beast. But that’s a story for another time. I do adore music though and that was a huge reason as to why I was so inclined to review this. I also loved that there was an LGBT angle, which I think isn’t done enough or if it is, it isn’t really done well and is basically done without substance. I won’t go over the synopsis, which is mentioned above. I will tell you though that Ms. Wolf certainly has a melodic sort of gift; that her words were musical in their own right. It was wonderful to see such talent was present. Certain turns of phrase were damn near lyrical. (Forgive me, I could not resist the lure of using musical terms.) Her own adoration of music is apparent with each page. It makes for an astounding composition.

Seldom did this hit a discordant note; though I admit, there were two faults for me. I would have loved more worldbuilding. I appreciate more description so I can better visualize where I’m seeing. I want to hear what they’re hearing, see what they’re seeing, imagine the things they’re smelling…I want to escape the world I’m living in and join with thiers. The second complaint I had was Ava. She liked music and she was pretty. That was it. Was that all that Henri saw in her? There had to be more and I’d have liked to have known it. She felt incomplete to me, whereas Cristofer and Henri both were vibrant and alive.

I will refrain from gushing further and simply recommend that you grab a copy. If books could win Grammy’s, this one would certainly pick one up, methinks.

  • I’d give it ★★★★ stars.
  • I was provided a copy in exchange for my honest review. 😀
  • I would recommend this to a friend. 🙂

Available in Paperback & eBook on Amazon


KRISTEN WOLF is an award-winning author, creative and wondernaut living in the Rocky Mountains. Her debut novel, THE WAY, was hailed by O, The OPRAH Magazine as “A Title to Pick Up Now!” Her second novel, ESCAPEMENT, is a *WINNER – 2018 IndieReader Discovery Award* and received this praise: “Wolf is a masterful storyteller who has created an enchanting novel… It will resonate with anyone who has ever felt passion.” —IndieReader

To learn more about Kristen’s books and other creative projects, subscribe to her Newsletter at www.kristenwolf.com/subscribe. You can also find Kristen on Twitter, Book Bub, and Goodreads.

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Monday, August 6
Feature at Passages to the Past

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Review at Bri’s Book Nook

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Guest Post at To Read, or Not to Read

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Feature at Author Naomi Finley’a Blog

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Guest Post at The Book Junkie Reads

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Feature at What Is That Book About

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Review at The Slytherin Book Lady

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Escapement

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Blast Off: The Jinni’s Last Wish.

The Jinni’s Last Wish
by Zenobia Neil

Publication Date: September 13, 2018
eBook; 283 pages
ASIN: B07FLDRY4V

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

 

 

As a eunuch in the Ottoman Imperial Harem, Olin has already lost his home, his freedom, and his manhood. His only wish is for a painless death, until he meets Dark Star, a beautiful odalisque who promises to give him his deepest desire. He refuses to believe her claim to possess a jinni in a bottle. But when Dark Star is accused of witchcraft, Olin rubs the bottle in desperation and discovers she’s told the truth.

Olin becomes the jinni’s master to save Dark Star, but it’s not enough. In the complex world of the Topkapi Palace, where silk pillows conceal knives, sherbets contain poison, and jewels buy loyalty, no one is safe. With each wish, Olin must choose between becoming like the masters he detests or risk his life, his body, and his sanity to break the bonds that tie them all.

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About the Author

Zenobia Neil was named after an ancient warrior queen who fought against the Romans. She writes about the mythic past and Greek and Roman gods having too much fun. Zenobia spends her free time imagining interesting people and putting them in terrible situations.

She lives with her husband, two children, and dog in an overpriced hipster neighborhood of Los Angeles. Visit her at ZenobiaNeil.com.

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Blast Off with The Promise of Tomorrow!

The Promise of Tomorrow
by AnneMarie Brear

Publication Date: September 1, 2018
eBook; 390 Pages
ASIN: B07GHCXQ8Y

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Perfect for the fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.

Charlotte Brookes flees her lecherous guardian, McBride, taking her younger sister with her. After a year on the road, they stumble into a Yorkshire village where the Wheelers, owners of the village shop, take them in. This new life is strange for Charlotte, but preferable to living with McBride or surviving on the roads.

Harry Belmont is an important man in the village, but he’s missing something in his life. His budding friendship with Charlotte gives him hope she will feel more for him one day, and he will marry the woman he yearns for.

When McBride discovers where Charlotte lives, his threats begin. Harry fights to keep Charlotte safe, but World War I erupts and Harry enlists.
Left to face a world of new responsibilities, and Harry’s difficult sister, Charlotte must run the gauntlet of family disputes, McBride’s constant harassment, and the possibility of the man she loves being killed.

Can Charlotte find the happiness that always seems under threat, and will Harry return home to her?

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About the Author

AnneMarie has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, genealogy, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order!

AnneMarie grew up in Australia but now lives in the UK.

For more information please visit AnneMarie Brear’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.

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Passages to the Past

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