Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Knight of Rapture by Ruth A. Casie

Please join Ruth A. Casie as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Knight of Rapture, from March 30-April 10, and enter to win an eBook & $25 Amazon Gift Card!

02_Kinght of Rapture_CoverPublication Date: March 30, 2015
Self-Published
eBook

Series: Druid Knight Series, Book Two
Genre: Historical Romance

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He crossed the centuries to find her…

For months Lord Arik has been trying to find the right combination of runes to create the precise spell to rescue his wife, Rebeka, but the druid knight will soon discover that reaching her four hundred years in the future is only the beginning of his quest. He arrives in the 21st century to find her memory of him erased, his legacy on the brink of destruction, and traces of dark magick at every turn.

A threat has followed to take away all they hold dear—forever…

Bran, the dark druid, is more determined than ever to get his revenge. His evil has spread across the centuries. Arik will lose all. Time is his weapon, and he’s made sure his plan leaves no one dear to Arik, in past or present, safe from the destruction.

But their enemy has overlooked the strongest magick of all…

Professor Rebeka Tyler is dealing with more than just a faulty memory. Ownership of Fayne Manor, her home, has been called into question. Convenient accidents begin happening putting those she cares for in the line of fire. And then there’s the unexpected arrival of a strange man dressed like he belonged in a medieval fair—a man who somehow is always around when needed, and always on her mind. She doesn’t know who to trust. But one thing is certain. Her family line and manor have survived for over eleven centuries. She won’t let them fall, not on her watch… in any century.

My Review
Four Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review.
Knight of Rapture by Ruth A. Casie was an easy sell for me because I love historical romances.  When I was reading I quickly learned that not only was it a historical romance but that it was also a time travel story. I thought that the author really made the reason behind the time travel believeable.  I also really liked how she showed the characters in the past and then in the "future" or the present.  Arik and Rebecca have the odds placed against them. Not only can't Rebecca remember her true love Arik, but their enemy, Bran,  is determined to win and destroy them both.

A couple of things made this a four star for me. One I liked the way the story was played out. First we meet Rebeka and  Arik. They are blissfully happy and the author gave us insight into their love for one another.  The the author shows them fighting for their love in the present day.  The shift in setting was well done.  The evil Bran was the perfect hateful villain in this story.  This story will appeal to many types of readers.  Anyone that likes historical romance, adventure, and time travel/ fantasy will enjoy this imaginative adventure.

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More Titles by Ruth A. Casie

Knight of Runes (Druid Knight Series, Book One)
The Guardian's Witch

About the Author03_Ruth A Casie

Ruth A Casie is a seasoned professional with over twenty-five years of writing experience but not necessarily writing romances. No, she’s been writing communication and marketing documents for a large corporation. Over the past years, encouraged by her friends and family, she gave way to her inner muse, let her creative juices flow, and began writing a series of historical time travel romance novels.

When not writing you can find her home in Teaneck, New Jersey, reading, cooking, doing Sudoku and counted cross stitch. Together with her husband Paul, they enjoy ballroom dancing and, with New York City close by, going to the theater. Ruth and Paul have three grown children and two grandchildren. They all thrive on spending time together. It’s certainly a lively dinner table and they wouldn’t change it for the world.

Ruth is a Trustee and on the Executive Board of Shelter Our Sister (SOS) in New Jersey. SOS is Bergen County’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence. She frequently speaks at various functions around Bergen County on behalf of the Shelter.

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Knight of Rapture Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 30
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, March 31
Review at Book Nerd
Guest Post at Mythical Books

Thursday, April 2
Spotlight & Excerpt at Griperang's Bookmarks

Friday, April 3
Guest Post at I Heart Reading

Monday, April 6
Spotlight at Genre Queen

Friday, April 10
Review at Back Porchervations
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Race to Tibet by Sophie Schiller Plus Give Away

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Race to TibetRace to Tibet

(historical fiction)

Release date: January 26, 2015
Self-published at Tradewins Publishing

336 pages

ISBN: 978-0-692-25409-7
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SYNOPSIS

An intrepid band of explorers headed by Gabriel Bonvalot, France’s greatest explorer, and his partner, Prince Henri d’Orléans, attempt to be the first living Europeans to reach Lhasa. Before they leave Paris, Bonvalot meets Camille Dancourt, the beautiful, strong-willed wife of a French surveyor who disappeared in Tibet, who desperately wishes to join the expedition. When the caravan sets out they face freezing temperatures, violent winds, mountain sickness, hostile Tibetans, duplicitous Chinese Mandarins, and a beguiling Tibetan Buddhist princess with a deadly secret. When the explorers reach Tibet, they discover a land of mystery and intrigue, a land of danger that promises them only one thing: death. On the verge of collapse, Bonvalot realizes they must resort to deadly force if they ever wish to escape Tibet alive. (provided by the author)

Four stars
copy received for an honest review
I really enjoyed Sophie Schiller's story. I enjoyed the writing and the adventure s that the character had. I especially liked that the author covered the history and the struggle of Tibet. I thought the message was important.
I highly recommend this story to anyone that enjoys history and adventures.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Race to Tibet - Sophie SchillerSophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ
and grew up in the West Indies.
Among other oddities
her family tree contains a Nobel prize-winning physicist
and a French pop singer.
She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic
and far-flung locations.
She was educated at American University, Washington, DC
and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
She is currently at work on a new historical thriller set in the Caribbean.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress by Erica Ridley

The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress (The Dukes of War #2)

From Goodreads:
Captain Xavier Grey’s body is back amongst the Beau Monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn’t deserve it. Just like he doesn't deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed...

Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?
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Author Bio
Erica Ridley
Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she
decided to be a writer when she grew up.
Now, Erica is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest
series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from
battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.
When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, ziplining
through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of
Budapest.
Website: http://www.EricaRidley.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EricaRidley
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EricaRidley
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/EricaRidley
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See http://www.ericaridley.com/extras/ for downloadable headshot and author fact sheet,
or email erica@ericaridley.com with any questions, or to schedule an interview.
Author Fact Sheet
Erica Ridley is a USA Today best-selling author of over nine romance novels. She is
represented by Lauren Abramo of the Dystel & Goderich literary agency.
Please email erica@ericaridley.com with any questions, or to schedule an interview.
Trivia:
Born: Indiana
From: Florida
Lives: Costa Rica
Dogs or cats? Dogs
Beer or wine? Tequila
If there were no tequila: India Pale Ale
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Football or soccer? Da Bears
Favorite movie genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy
Favorite book genres: Suspense, Thriller, Romance
Favorite pastime: Traveling
States visited: 26
Countries visited: 30
Morning or night person? Morning
Walk or run? Rollerblade
Plotter or Pantser: Storyboard + Scrivener
Apple or Android: Apple
Tea or Coffee: Coffee
Chocolate, light or dark: Yes, please
Meat or veggies? Vegetarian
Favorite foods: Indian, Thai, Italian
Favorite music: All of it
Instruments played: Piano, guitar, violin
Biggest fear: Snow
Social Networks:
Website: http://www.EricaRidley.com
Blog: http://www.ericaridley.com/news
Reader Newsletter: http://www.ericaridley.com/club99
Reviewer Newsletter: http://www.ericaridley.com/extras
Dukes of War fan group: http://facebook.com/groups/DukesOfWar
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EricaRidley
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EricaRidley
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/EricaRidley
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Erica_Ridley
Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/ericaridley
Published Works:
2010 Too Wicked To Kiss Kensington Zebra
2011 Too Sinful To Deny Kensington Zebra
2012 Born To Bite Kensington Publishing
2012 Charmed Intrepid Reads
2013 Tis The Season Anthology
2013 Midwinter Magic Intrepid Reads
2013 One Enchanted Season Anthology
2013 Let It Snow Intrepid Reads
2014 Dark Surrender Intrepid Reads
2014 The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation Intrepid Reads
2014 The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower Intrepid Reads
2015 Romance Writers of America: Premiere Anthology
2015 The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress Intrepid Reads
2015 The Major’s Faux Fiancée Intrepid Reads
Retailer Links:

Amazon:Amazon
Apple / iBooks:Apple/ itunes
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/erica-ridley
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Erica+Ridley
Kobo: http://kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=erica+ridley
Need more?
Headshot & Official Bio: http://www.ericaridley.com/extras
Career-related FAQs: http://www.ericaridley.com/meet-erica/faqs
Fun Facts & Trivia: http://www.ericaridley.com/meet-erica/fun-facts

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Decent Woman by Eleanor Parker Sapia

Join author Eleanor Parker Sapia as her historical novel, A Decent Woman, is featured around the blogosphere from March 16-April 6, and enter the giveaway! Up for grabs is an Autographed copy of A Decent Woman, two eBooks of A Decent Woman, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
01_A Decent Woman_CoverPublication Date: February 20, 2015

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Formats: eBook, Paperback

270 Pages



Genre: Historical Fiction



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Ponce, Puerto Rico, at the turn of the century: Ana Belén Opaku, an Afro-Cuban born into slavery, is a proud midwife with a tempestuous past. After testifying at an infanticide trial, Ana is forced to reveal a dark secret from her past, but continues to hide an even more sinister one. Pitted against the parish priest, Padre Vicénte, and young Doctór Héctor Rivera, Ana must battle to preserve her twenty-five year career as the only midwife in La Playa.



Serafina is a respectable young widow with two small children, who marries an older, wealthy merchant from a distinguished family. A crime against Serafina during her last pregnancy forever bonds her to Ana in an ill-conceived plan to avoid a scandal and preserve Serafina’s honor.



Set against the combustive backdrop of a chauvinistic society, where women are treated as possessions, A Decent Woman is the provocative story of these two women as they battle for their dignity and for love against the pain of betrayal and social change.



Advanced Praise for A Decent Woman

“A Decent Woman brings vividly to life the world of early twentieth-century Puerto Rico through the struggles of Ana Belén, an Afro-Cuban midwife, as she attempts to live a meaningful life. Spanning almost thirty years, the story encompasses Ana’s unusual friendship with Serafina, a white woman of humble origins who marries into a wealthy, upper class family. Race, class, the lingering legacy of slavery, and a woman’s role in this neo colonial society are all effectively illustrated through the intimate depiction of these two intersecting lives.



Author Eleanor Parker Sapia lovingly evokes old Puerto Rico: the graceful colonial city of Ponce, the mixture of African and Catholic traditions, the tropical lushness of the land, and the devastating force of a Caribbean hurricane.



Overall, A Decent Woman is a powerful and moving tale; well worth reading.”

-Alina García-Lapuerta, biographer and author of La Belle Creole: The Cuban Countess Who Captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris


“A Decent Woman opens with a birth and a hurricane and doesn't let up. Deep with delicious detail, scrumptious characters, and full of folklore, this is a unique debut novel from Eleanor Parker Sapia, one that will win her readers over. Written in a clean style that lets the historical ambience seep through into our consciousness, this book is a tale of wonder, of life and death, of love and life and not a few twists and turns. Ana and Serafina are, indeed, decent women living in a hard time. Buy it, read it, love it.”



-Jack Remick, short story writer, poet, and author of award-winning, Gabriela and the Widow


“A Decent Woman takes the reader on a journey into the heat and steam of Puerto Rico in the early 1900s. The writing is so visceral and evocative that you almost feel the rain on your face, the pain of childbirth, fear, betrayal and redemption along with the women in this story of midwives and mothers.”


-Claudia H Long, author of The Duel for Consuelo and Josefina's Sin


“A Decent Woman takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of friendship between two strong women set against the backdrop of colonial Puerto Rico of the early 1900s. When former Cuban slave and midwife Ana Belén delivers Serafina Martínez' first child, an unbreakable bond is formed despite the hurricanes nature and politics thrown in their paths. A striking first novel from Eleanor Parker Sapia.”
-Arleen Williams, writer and author of The Alki Trilogy


“It's not only that I enjoyed A Decent Woman as much as Alice Walker's work, there is a quality to her prose. I went back and read an excerpt of The Color Purple to really identify the similarity. The only way I can describe it is that I wanted to read it in gulps. Like when you're really thirsty. I found myself sucked into the world in three or four lines, and galloping through the prose, because reading more made me want to read more.



A Decent Woman embodies the genre of women’s fiction in the most complete sense of the word exploring the lives of women - young and old, dark- and light-skinned, poor and rich. This is an outstanding read and an important book about a little known corner of women’s history.”


-Yma Johnson, short story writer and journalist


“Eleanor Parker Sapia's historical fiction novel, A Decent Woman, steeped in friendship, romance, politics, and mysticism, is the captivating story of Ana Belén's struggle and perseverance to become a Certified Midwife in turn of the century Puerto Rico. Ana’s passions, joys, and plight are shared by midwives everywhere and throughout herstory.



Reading this book was inspiring. I'm sure readers will enjoy A Decent Woman as much as I did.”



-Sarahn Henderson, Midwife and Educator at Birth in the Tradition


"I really enjoyed this novel and particularly enjoyed the characters who I could visualize clearly as I moved along with the story. Eleanor's descriptions really created such a vivid image in my mind, bringing them to life as I read. I was moved by the various events and was even brought to tears at times. I suspect it will be a huge success and certainly one that I will recommend to my circle of family and friends."
-Gina Tsiapalis, Registered Midwife




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About the Author02_Eleanor Parker Sapia

Puerto Rican-born novelist and painter, Eleanor Parker Sapia, was raised in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Her passion for travel and adventure combined with her compassion for those in need have led to her careers as a counselor, alternative health practitioner, and a Spanish language social worker and refugee case worker. These life experiences inspire her writing. She facilitates The Artist’s Way creativity groups, and teaches creative writing to children and adults. Eleanor shares her passion for telling stories on her blog, The Writing Life. A Decent Woman is her debut novel. Eleanor has two adventurous and loving grown children, and currently lives in wild and wonderful West Virginia.



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A Decent Woman Book Blast Schedule

Monday, March 16

To Read, Or Not to Read



Tuesday, March 17

Unshelfish

So Many Books, So Little Time



Wednesday, March 18

The Maiden's Court



Thursday, March 19

A Literary Vacation

Flashlight Commentary



Friday, March 20

A Bookish Girl

CelticLady's Reviews



Saturday, March 21

Griperang's Bookmarks



Monday, March 23

History From a Woman's Perspective



Tuesday, March 24

100 Pages a Day

Back Porchervations



Wednesday, March 25

Book Lovers Paradise

What Is That Book About



Friday, March 27

Book Babe



Saturday, March 28

Book Nerd



Monday, March 30

Let Them Read Books



Tuesday, March 31

Passages to the Past



Wednesday, April 1

Layered Pages

With Her Nose Stuck In A Book



Thursday, April 2

Svetlana's Reads and Views



Monday, April 6

Historical Fiction Connection



Giveaway

To enter to win one of the following four prizes, please complete the giveaway form below.



* Autographed Copy of A Decent Woman

* A Decent Woman eBooks (2)

* $25 Amazon Gift Card



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Giveaway starts on March 16th at 12:01am EST and ends at 11:59pm EST on April 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Winners will be chosen via GLEAM on April 7th and notified via email.

Winners have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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In Flames by Richard Hilary Weber

Richard Hilary Weber, author of In Flames, on tour February 2015

 In Flames

22890018

On Sale: February 03, 2015
Pages: 188
Published by :  Alibi
In Richard H. Weber’s passionate new thriller, a smoldering mystery ignites on a tropical island as lust, murder, and politics collide.
San Iñigo is a jewel of the Caribbean, a playground paradise for the foreign elite, a hell for unfortunate locals. For recent Princeton grad Dan Shedrick, San Iñigo promises the fulfillment of too many desires.
Dan hires on at a powerful American firm as a junior architect, but still finds time for tennis, booze, a reckless affair with the sexy wife of a resort owner—even a bit of reconnaissance for the U.S. cultural attaché. But soon he discovers that nothing on San Iñigo is without consequence. When a much-loved local radio personality is found on a beach with his head blown off, Dan’s lover becomes a suspect. And not long after his foray into espionage, he’s dragged away on a brutal journey into the heart of darkness.
Buffeted by aggression, depraved ritual, and personal betrayal, Dan discovers fierce truths about San Iñigo . . . and himself. In the island’s forbidding mountain jungle, his life goes up in flames—a deadly inferno that will forever change him, if he survives at all.
Three Stars
Copy received from TLC Book Tours for an honest review
"In Flames" by Richard Hilary Weber was short but satisfying. Although the story was only 188 the author packed a lot of different scenarios and was able to maintain a good balance. Weber's writing was engaging and the plot of the story well developed.  He was able to provide many well developed characters in this short story. He was also able to provide enough type of  action an suspense.

Anyone that is looking for a short but fun story with adventure will really enjoy this.  The setting was also interesting and the suspense/mystery intriguing.

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 About Richard Hilary Weber

Richard Hilary Weber, a native of Brooklyn and a Columbia University graduate, has taught at the universities of Stockholm and Copenhagen, and has been a scriptwriter for French and Swedish filmmakers. He lives in Provence, France.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

02_The Witch of Painted Sorrows CoverPublication Date: March 17, 2015
Atria Books
Formats: Hardcover, Ebook
Pages: 384

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Possession. Power. Passion. International bestselling novelist M.J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this erotic, gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome runs away to her grandmother’s Parisian mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insits it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten – her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.

This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love and witchery.

Praise for the novels of M.J. Rose


The Witch of Painted Sorrows

“Rose's new series offers her specialty, a unique and captivating supernatural angle, set in an intriguing belle epoque Paris—a perfect match for the author's lush descriptions, intricate plot and mesmerizing storytelling. A cliffhanger ending will leave readers hungry for the next volume. Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A haunting tale of possession.” (Publishers Weekly)

The Collector of Dying Breaths

"Breathtaking...combines fascinating history, torrid romance and a compelling mystery into a marvelous package that will entice fans of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon.” (Associated Press)

"A page-turning, alluring concoction of fiction infused with fantastical yet actual history. Readers will be charmed by her well-drawn and memorable characters, and they will be mesmerized by her enchanting narrative, which takes them on a mystical and magical journey." (Library Journal (starred))

"A terrific piece of entertainment." (CT Post)

"Wondrously original... elegantly written. Rose manages to utterly suspend our disbelief in a book that leaves us, appropriately enough, breathless." (Providence Journal)

"Mysterious, magical, and mythical…what a joy to read!" (Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants)

Seduction

"Atmospherically romantic and perfectly toned. Classy and elegant literary seduction of the highest measure. As wondrously crafted as it is original." (Providence Journal)

"Readers will be enchanted by M.J. Rose's supernaturally charged novel Seduction, inspired by Victor Hugo's self-imposed exile on the British island of Jersey in the 1850s." (USA Today)

“Has just about everything a thriller fan could wish for.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Full of well-researched history, the paranormal, and modern intrigue, this atmospheric tale of suspense is fully engrossing to those willing to suspend their disbelief.” (Library Journal (starred review))

The Book of Lost Fragrances

"A compelling page turner...Once you catch a whiff, you will be enchanted." (Associated Press)

"M.J. Rose is a bold, unflinching writer and her resolute honesty puts her in a class by herself." (Laura Lippman)

"The Book of Lost Fragrances resonates with spirit, blending myth with reality, tragedy with triumph, pain with joy. You'll find yourself questioning everything you believe--and wanting more." (Steve Berry)

“Provocative…a sweeping sense of romance [and] history.” (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

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About the Author03_M.J. Rose Author

M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed.

She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at MJRose.com.

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Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn

01_Lady of the Eternal City
Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Berkley Trade

Formats: eBook, Paperback

528 Pages



Series: Empress of Rome Series, Book Four

Genre: Historical Fiction



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National bestselling author Kate Quinn returns with the long-awaited fourth volume in the Empress of Rome series, an unforgettable new tale of the politics, power, and passion that defined ancient Rome.



Elegant, secretive Sabina may be Empress of Rome, but she still stands poised on a knife’s edge. She must keep the peace between two deadly enemies: her husband Hadrian, Rome’s brilliant and sinister Emperor; and battered warrior Vix, who is her first love. But Sabina is guardian of a deadly secret: Vix’s beautiful son Antinous has become the Emperor’s latest obsession.



Empress and Emperor, father and son will spin in a deadly dance of passion, betrayal, conspiracy, and war. As tragedy sends Hadrian spiraling into madness, Vix and Sabina form a last desperate pact to save the Empire. But ultimately, the fate of Rome lies with an untried girl, a spirited redhead who may just be the next Lady of the Eternal City...
Five Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book tours for an honest review.
First, my review is NOT going to do "Lady of the Eternal City" by Kate Quinn justice. This was A-M-ZING.  I was instantly captivated by Sabina, Hadrian and Vix!  This might not be new to her faithful readers and fans but I'm often intimated by Historical Fiction, especially areas of fiction I am not familiar with.  So when I start a book about ancient Rome I feel very lost or thought I would.  The imagery and details are fantastic.  I loved the way Quinn created the tension between Vix and Sabina even before they exchanged a word.  I loved the little details that showed us how the characters were truly feeling even if their outward appearances dictated something different.  How could they really express their thoughts? The ominous presence of Hadrian was terrifying yet worthy of respect. Hadrian alone is a terribly complex, multi-layered character. I hated and admired him in one sentence!

Because I'm not a historian I don't know how much creative license Quinn took with the time period. Vix and Sabina but I definitely loved her version of it and the characters.  I was angry at myself for not having read the previous books in the series earlier.  Nonetheless, new comers like me will be instantly hooked on Quinn's writing and storytelling and her loyal fans will undoubtedly stand up and applaud.  Even though I hadn't read the previous books in the series I was having a serious case of book hang over.  My only solice is that I have "Mistress of Rome" next to my bed stand ready to read until Quinn's next book.  Fantastic reading, wonderful characters, Rome like I never thought of before!


Praise for Lady of the Eternal City

“Quinn specializes in bringing the splendor of Britannia and Rome to readers. The tangled lives of her three-dimensional characters represent the entanglements of the Empire. She cleverly pulls readers into the complex relationships, and even more complicated history, while bouncing back and forth between viewpoints. This is a feast for historical readers.” - Romantic Times Book Reviews



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Titles in The Empress of Rome Series

Book One: Mistress of Rome

Book Two: Daughters of Rome

Book Three: Empress of the Seven Hills

Book Four: Lady of the Eternal City



Praise for The Empress of Rome Series

“Gorgeously wrought.”— C. W. Gortner, author of The Queen’s Vow



“Deeply passionate.”—Kate Furnivall, author of Shadows on the Nile



“[An] epic, sexy romp.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)



About the Author02_Kate Quinn Author

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages.



Kate has succumbed to the blogging bug, and keeps a blog filled with trivia, pet peeves, and interesting facts about historical fiction. She and her husband now live in Maryland with a small black dog named Caesar, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.



For more information visit Kate Quinn's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.



Lady of the Eternal City Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 2

Spotlight at Broken Teepee



Tuesday, March 3

Spotlight at Historical Readings and Reviews



Wednesday, March 4

Review at Back Porchervations



Thursday, March 5

Review at The Maiden's Court



Friday, March 6

Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes



Monday, March 9

Review at History From a Woman's Perspective

Review at The Mad Reviewer



Wednesday, March 11

Review at Peeking Between the Pages



Thursday, March 12

Spotlight at The Lit Bitch



Sunday, March 15

Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book



Monday, March 16

Review at Just One More Chapter

Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews



Tuesday, March 17

Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views



Wednesday, March 18

Review at Book Lovers Paradise



Monday, March 23

Review at A Literary Vacation



Thursday, March 26

Review at Book Nerd



Friday, March 27

Review at Unshelfish

Review at Genre Queen

Review at Let Them Read Books

Review at Historical Fiction Obsession



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I Loved a Rogue (The Prince Catchers #3) by Katharine Ashe



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The story “I Loved a Rogue” by Katharine Ashe is the last book in her “The Prince Catchers” trilogy. I hate that I’m only just reading Ashe this past year. She is a superb writer. I found myself highlighting many parts of the story because her writing is just so beautiful. Needless to say I plan on reading the two previous books in the series “I Married the Duke” and “I Adored a Lord.” I was first introduced to Ashe when I heard the audiobook “My Lady, My Lord” which is one of my favorites. I was completly captivated by her ability to weave a fun farfetched tale into a greatly enjoyable story.

In the last book of the series we have Eleanor Caulfield. She is the youngest of three sisters and adopted by a clergyman. Now that her sisters are both married and her “Papa” (as she affectionately calls him) is married, she feels like she has no purpose. The day of her Papa’s wedding Taliesin reappears.

Taliesin is a gypsy. Eleanor and he were childhood friends/rivals. One day Taliesin disappeared and eleven years have gone by. But Eleanor has never stopped thinking about him or missing him. First, the friendship between Taliesen and Eleanor was so beautiful. I absolutely ached for them as two young people getting to know each other. When Eleanor became sick as a young child it was Taliesin that pushed her out of her sickness and challenged her. The friction and tension between them was palpable. At the beginning of the story they barely acknowledge each other least of all speak to each other. When one of Eleanor’s sisters encourages Eleanor to find out the truth of their heritage. Taliesin accompanies her.

A running theme between the stories is that the three sisters appeared on the shores after a shipwreck. But they never knew who their parents were. Eleanor begins to gather clues. The story was a five star rating for me until about 70% of the story when Eleanor starts to uncover the clues behind the shipwreck. The author reveals a lot of surprises not only about Eleanor but also about Taliesin and his family. These secrets were fantastic. They were rich and I was really surprised even though I hadn’t read the previous books. My only complaint is that too much was packed into the last 30% of the book. There were other key characters that we meet and also a huge part of the historical significance to Eleanor’s parentage. Which was great and interesting but I thought it dragged the story down a little. My last and really only other complaint was Taliesin’s constant leaving. I get that he is a Gypsy but enough already.

Really I cannot recommend this book enough. The characters were rich and well developed. I loved both the hero and heroine. I loved who they were, who they became and who they discovered they were! Bravo Ms. Ashe!

The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

The Tapestry (Joanna Stafford, #3)
Five Stars


Copy received from author for an honest review

My humble review:
First, I LOVED “The Crown” the first book in the Joanna Stafford series. This was my first introduction to Historical Fiction and I absolutely loved it and continued to read Historical Fiction because of “The Crown.” It is still, hands down, one of my favorites. I have to bow my head down in shame because I did not read “The Chalice”-yet. Which I’m sorry because I can tell by “The Tapestry” I missed out on many good plots. When I saw “The Tapestry” I became obsessed with Joanna Stafford and I couldn’t wait to find out how Bilyeau developed her story. I started “The Tapestry” with anticipation and excitement.

Let me say, it does not disappoint. I LOVED “The Tapestry.” It was an instant five star rating for me. Why? First, I loved the ending. I’m a romantic at heart, the ending took me by surprise and I loved that Joanna finally had a happy ending. (I personally hope that Bileyeau has more in store for her.) So, yes I loved the ending. I loved Joanna. She is such a rich character. A no longer nun, left without her Dominican order. When the story begins she is summoned by Henry VIII, yes! First, wow! She is invited to create a Tapistry, which she has a talent for doing. Joanna is terrified that the King knows or will know that she played a hand in trying to displace him as king. She is terrified of his advisor more notably Cromwell. His presence is like a ghost. So aside from the before mentioned, I loved how Bilyeau portrayed Henry VIII. He really is a fascinating character. I learned little tidbits that I had not known before. One being the sores on his legs. Second, when Joanna visits the King he is married to Anne of Cleaves but is also having an affair with Katherine Howard. I loved how the author introduced these subplots. While Joanna is at court she is fearing for her life and rightly so. 

Finally, I loved seeing the story unfold through Joanna’s eyes. I loved the first person point of view and I really enjoyed how she developed different relationships, most notably with the future queen Katherine Howard. My only grievance is what to look forward to from Bilyeau. I hope that we see more of Joanna and I would love to see what other pieces of history she has to tell us about! My heartfelt and sincerest literary thanks to the author for not only allowing me to read this beautiful story but making it so wonderful!
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Visiting the Sins by Melanie Denman

Book Synopsis:




Set in the Bible Belt of Deep East Texas, Visiting the Sins is a darkly funny story about mothers and daughters, naked ambition, elusive redemption, and all the torment it's possible to inflict in the name of family.

Down through the decades, the lofty social aspirations of the feisty but perennially dissatisfied Wheeler women -- Pokey, the love-starved, pistol-packing matriarch; Rebanelle, the frosty former beauty queen turned church organist; and Curtis Jean, the backsliding gospel singer -- are exceeded only by their unfortunate taste in men and a seemingly boundless capacity for holding grudges. A legacy of feuding and scandal lurches from one generation to the next with tragic consequences that threaten to destroy everything the Wheeler women have sacrificed their souls to build.
My Review
Three Stars
Copy received for an honest review from iRead Book Tours
This was my first time reading Melanie Denman so I was not sure what to expect. The story interested me because I love reading about families especially generational.  First, I have to say that the author instantly grabbed my attention with her writing. Both the story and her writing flowed.  It felt like a relaxing book to read. There were some parts in the story that felt odd but I think that this can easily viewed as a dramatic/ comedic book at times.


I wouldn’t have typically picked up this book but I’m glad I did. The characters were very memorable and their secrets and stories intriguing.  I liked how the author paced out all the different revelations because it felt natural and also not too overwhelming when their secrets finally came out. I recommend this book too anyone that wants to read about a very unique and interesting family. 

Author's Bio:

Melanie Denman is a native of Nacogdoches, Texas and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. An eighth-generation Texan, and a former banker and cattle rancher, she currently lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is working on a second novel.
Connect with Melanie:  Website  ~  Facebook  

March 23 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
March 23 - Coffee, Books & Art - book spotlight / giveaway
March 23 - Horror Maiden's Book Reviews - review
March 24 - Confessions of a Reader - book spotlight
March 24 - Room With Books - review / author interview / giveaway
March 24 - XoXo Book Blog - book spotlight / giveaway
March 25 - Booknerd - review
March 25 - Pinky's Favorite Reads - book spotlight
March 26 - Tragically Dull Adventures of An Almost Librarian - review
March 26 - View From the Birdhouse - review / guest post / giveaway
March 27 - Green & Glassie - review / author interview / giveaway
March 29 - The Autistic Gamer - review 
March 30 - Celticlady's Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
March 30 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / giveaway
March 31 - The Bookish & The Romantic - review 
March 31 - Life with Katie - review / giveaway
April 1 - The World As I See It - review / giveaway
April 1 - Totally Addicted to Reading - book spotlight / giveaway
April 2 - Cici's Theories - review / guest post / giveaway
April 2 - For Life After... - review / giveaway
April 3 - Back Porchervations - review / giveaway
April 6 - Allthingsbookie - author interview / giveaway
April 7 - Bookfan - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 8 - Nighttime Reading Center - review / author interview / giveaway
April 8 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
April 9 - Storeybook Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 10 - Cat's Reviews - review / giveaway
April 13 - Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author - book spotlight / giveaway
April 14 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
April 15 - A Blue Million Books - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 16 - The Things We Read - review
April 17 - Jessica Cassidy - review

Monday, March 23, 2015

Violetta Rand - Blind Confession - Virtual Book Tour

Historical Romance
Date Published: February 25, 2015


A heart closed to love ...

Abandoned by the woman he loved, Captain Marteinn wants to escape his misery by winning the summer games in Lagenheim. The champion is entitled to ask one favor from the jarl and he’s prepared to request his freedom.

A woman desperate for passion ...

Taken to Scandinavia after the Normans invaded England, Mercia works hard to prove her loyalty to the Vikings. Despite multiple offers of marriage, she fears she’ll never find true love. Until she meets a brooding warrior, who ignites a hidden passion she can’t ignore.

Excerpt:Mercia counted herself among the luckiest of women to be seated at the high table. Although she’d grown up with Lady Rachelle in England, she’d worked as a maid in her uncle’s household. To be included as a family member now, was something she’d never expected. Since her escape from the war-torn country, she’d found happiness in Norway. Instead of working as a servant, she served as Rachelle’s companion, which meant nothing more than wearing pretty gowns and helping manage her household.
She reached for a piece of bread, her gaze travelling across the guests below. She gasped when she spied Lady Kara’s friend, Captain Marteinn, standing nearby. Chestnut curls framed his magnificent features, and his high cheekbones and slightly slanted eyes gave him the look of an exotic heathen deity. The rare combination set him apart from the other men. And his broad shoulders and narrow waist didn’t escape her attention.
“Is everything all right?” Rachelle leaned close. “Are you ill?”
“No-no.”
“Your hands are trembling.” Rachelle felt Mercia’s forehead. “No fever ...” Then she followed her gaze. “Oh, the despondent stallion all the women whisper about.”
Ridiculous. It was mere coincidence the captain came into her line of vision when he did. “I don’t know what you’re prattling on about.”
Rachelle laughed. “Flushed and trembling—all symptoms of a very familiar sickness I suffered from several years ago when I met my husband. He’s very handsome, Mercia. But don’t subject yourself to a man who already loves another woman.”
She was still staring at him. “What woman?” Perhaps she already knew the answer. When she’d joined Kara earlier in the day, she’d overheard part of the conversation her friend was having with the captain.
I no longer entrust anyone with my secrets or my heart.
“Kara Dalgaard.”
Unable to stop staring, she winced when their gazes finally met. His eyes flashed with interest, but she immediately turned to face Rachelle. “Is he headed this way?”
“I thought the captain didn’t pique your interest. You’re a bad liar, Mercia.”
“Tell me, please.”
“Indeed, he is.”
Her heart pounded. They’d never been formally introduced. Why couldn’t she control herself? A few stolen glances shouldn’t make her shake as if she’d never met a handsome man before.
“Lady Rachelle.” Marteinn bowed.
“Captain Marteinn. Always a pleasure to see you. I enjoyed the death match today.”
Mercia sucked in a breath. The Saami hadn’t died, although it had been a brutal fight.
His wonderfully shaped lips twitched. “May I ask after the lady?”
“My dearest friend, Mercia.”
Again, the captain bowed elegantly. “We met briefly outside today.”
“I don’t believe we had the opportunity to actually speak, Captain Marteinn.”
“Forgive me.”
Was that a hint of a smile in his eyes?
“Did you watch the wrestling match?” he asked.
Do your duty, be polite. Spare Rachelle any embarrassment. “I’m afraid that I didn’t.”
He raked his fingers through his hair, visibly disappointed.
“She’s not accustomed to the games,” Rachelle explained. “Whenever we sponsor similar activities at home, Mercia always finds an excuse to run off.”
She slumped in her chair. Her friend was trying to help, but the effort only served to make her look foolish. It wasn’t for lack of interest—she enjoyed seeing men compete. But something stirred inside her whenever they stripped down to their braes. That’s what made her avoid the games, her response to half naked men.
“A timid creature,” he observed none too kindly. “Some women aren’t meant for vigorous activities.”
Mercia cleared her throat, leaning forward. “Let me assure you, Captain, I am not timid, just easily bored.”
Their eyes met again and held for what felt like eternity. Heat flooded her belly as she took in the intensity of his stare. “I’ll remember that,” he said, then walked away.
“Another arrogant Viking.” Mercia watched him disappear into the crowd. “No wonder I can’t find a companion—these men are hardly distinguishable from the beasts they keep.”
“You fell prey to his trick.”
She shook her head, then turned back to her friend. “What do you mean?”
Rachelle patted her hand, chuckling softly. “He tested your wit. And from the way he reacted, I think you exceeded his expectations.”




Review Tour - March 15 - March 27

March 15 - Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours - Kick Off
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March 17 - Texas Book Nook
March 18 - Imagine a World
March 20 - The Indie Express
March 23 - Pure Jonel
March 24 - Book Nerd
March 25 - A Life Through Books 
March 26 - Steamy Side
March 27 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

Violetta Rand

Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Violetta Rand spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy as an undergraduate before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as an environmental scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments.
Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska and spends her days writing evocative New Adult romance and historical romance. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.

Purchase Links
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http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Confession-Viking-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B00TBKE1AK/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1423597619&sr=8-7&keywords=violetta+rand





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