Friday, July 31, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Flask of the Drunken Master

Author: Susan Spann
Title: Flask of the Drunken Master
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publish Date: July 14, 2015
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Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours
Book Blurb: Master ninja Hiro Hattori and his companion Father Mateo are once again pulled into a murder investigation when a rival artisan turns up dead outside of their friend Ginjiro’s sake brewery. They must find the killer before the magistrate executes Ginjiro, seizes the brewery, and renders his family destitute. All the evidence implicates the brewer, yet with Kyoto on alert in the wake of the shogun’s recent death, Ginjiro’s is not the only life at risk.

As tensions rise, Hiro investigates a missing merchant, a vicious debt collector, a moneylender and the victim’s spendthrift son. But when a drunken Buddhist monk insists on helping Hiro and Father Mateo solve the crime, the monk’s bumbling threatens to foil the investigation altogether. With time running out, Hiro once again gambles on a clandestine mission to find the truth. Except that this time, Hiro isn’t the only one with a secret mission to fulfill.

Flask of the Drunken Master is the latest entry in Susan Spann's thrilling 16th century Japanese mystery series, sure to gain new fans and please old alike.

Review: OMG! It isn't often that you stumble across a new series that is so different that you fall in love with it instantly. This was such a time for me.

I love mystery series. They bring me great joy. I love when I can find one that isn't like every other series out there.

The Shinobi mystery series is definitely one such series. This book is the third in the series and it will make you want to go back and read the first two, though it can be read as a stand alone novel.

I really enjoyed learning more about Japanese customs from the 16th century. It is really clear that Susan spent a lot of time researching this book.

Mateo and Hiro are characters you really enjoy getting to know better. I highly recommend this book to mystery fans as well as fans of Japense culture

Rating: 5 flowers


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tasty Book Tours Book Review: Heroes Are My Weakness










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HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Releasing in Paperback July 28th

Avon Romance

The
dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man.
A woman.
A sinister house looming over the sea ...

He's a reclusive writer whose macabre
imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress
reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his
bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she's not laughing now. When she was a
teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off
the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head
says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.


















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Review: Its been ages since I read a boo by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I really can't recall why? When I read Heroes Are My Weakness, I remembered how fun her books were.

The plot seems like a cross between Misery and Castle.

I was like, woah....what?

Susan is writing gothic now?

Well, yes she is and she does it well.

It's not your typical novel by SEP. She's a master of chicklit/women's fiction. Now we know that she can do more than that.

Annie and Theo's story may not be what fans are expecting, but it is a great departure and it shows readers that SEP can do more than what is expected.

Definitely a book for someone looking for something a little out of the ordinary in the romance genre.

Rating: 4 flowers



















Susan
Elizabeth Phillips soars onto the New York Times bestseller list with every new
publication. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of
America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. Susan delights fans by
touching hearts as well as funny bones with her wonderfully whimsical and
modern fairy tales. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a wife, and
mother of two grown sons.













Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Blast: Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva

02_Naked A Novel of Lady Godiva_CoverNAKED: A NOVEL OF LADY GODIVA
by ELIZA REDGOLD


Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
Pages: 320

Genre: Historical Fiction

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We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don't know her true story.

We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for 'peeping Tom') and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.

Naked is an original version of Godiva's tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.


ADVANCE PRAISE


"Redgold's variation on this enticing legend is often lyrical and offers a satisfying blend of history, lore, and romance." (Booklist)

"Breathes new life into the story of the woman who would stop at nothing to protect her land and people." (Romantic Times)

"NAKED delivers far more than the famous ride of Lady Godiva. It's a beautifully woven story of love, loyalty, and the determination of a young woman trying to protect her people and their way of life, no matter the price. Godiva is a wonderfully strong woman in an age of dangerous men, and in NAKED, she certainly meets her match!" (Amalia Carosella, author of HELEN OF SPARTA)

"A wonderful, romantic retelling of the Lady Godiva legend. There is the colorful Anglo-Saxon backdrop, warriors, battles, peacemaking, desire, revenge and love - everything a fan of medieval romance could desire - plus a strong-willed heroin. Written with a lyrical lilt to her prose, Redgold adds realism to the myth and love to the lusty tale, allowing readers a glimpse into what might have been." (RT Book Reviews)

03_Eliza Redgold_Author ABOUT THE AUTHOR


ELIZA REDGOLD is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. As a non-fiction author she is co-author of Body Talk: a Power Guide for Girls and Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia.

For more information visit Eliza Redgold's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google+.

BOOK BLAST SCHEDULE


Tuesday, July 14
Boom Baby Reviews
Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, July 15
Genre Queen
The Maiden's Court
What Is That Book About

Thursday, July 16
Bibliophilia, Please
The Reader's Hollow
CelticLady's Reviews

Friday, July 17
100 Pages a Day
The Never-Ending Book

Saturday, July 18
Just One More Chapter

Monday, July 20
To Read, or Not to Read
Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Tuesday, July 21
A Literary Vacation
Book Lovers Paradise

Wednesday, July 22
Unabridged Chick

Thursday, July 23
So Many Books, So Little Time

Friday, July 24
The Reading Queen

Saturday, July 25
Book Nerd

Sunday, July 26
Passages to the Past

Monday, July 27
Bibliotica
The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, July 28
A Chick Who Reads

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Monday, July 27, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: An Unwilling Accomplice


We have two incredible books on tour from Charles Todd. Follow along with the tour as bloggers review back-to-back books in the Bess Crawford series!


About An Unwilling Accomplice


An Unwilling Accomplice cover• Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 5, 2015)
In this absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's career and life are in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch

Bess Crawford has been summoned by the War Office to accompany a wounded soldier from Shropshire to Buckingham Palace, where he's to be decorated for gallantry by King George himself.

Heavily bandaged and confined to a wheelchair, Sergeant Jason Wilkins will be in her care for barely a day. But on the morning after the ceremony when Bess goes to collect her charge for his return journey, she finds the room empty. How could such a severely wounded man vanish without a trace?

Both the Army and the Nursing Service hold Bess to blame for losing the war hero. The Army now considers Wilkins a deserter, and Scotland Yard questions Bess when Wilkins is suspected of killing a man in cold blood. If Bess is to clear her name and return to duty in France, she must prove that she was never his accomplice. But the sergeant has disappeared again and neither the Army nor the police can find him.

Following a trail of clues across England, Bess is drawn into a mystery that seems to grow darker with every discovery. But will uncovering the truth put more innocent people in jeopardy?

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Review: I have been wanting to read a book by Charles Todd for ages and I'm so glad that I read this one. This is part of the Bess Crawford mystery series.

It reminded me a bit of Maisie Dobbs, only a little lighter. I know this isn't the best representation of the series, but I love the WWI setting. There were definitely a few things about this book that made me go hmmm. But overall it was a good read.

Rating: 3 flowers


Charles ToddAbout Charles Todd


Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.

Visit their website at Charlestodd.com and like CharlesToddNovels on Facebook.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Book Review: Lone Rider


LONE RIDER
by B.J. DANIELS

Harlequin; August 1, 2015
336 pages; $7.99 U.S./ $8.99 CAN.
ISBN-978-0-373-78841-5


 A cowgirl at heart, Bo Hamilton does her best thinking in wide-open spaces. So when money goes missing from the family foundation, Bo rides into the Crazy Mountains to figure things out. But a killer hiding among the sawtooth ridges takes her captive and isn’t planning on ever letting her go.

Bo’s disappearance gets folks thinking she’s the guilty one who’s run off with the money, but Jace Calder would bet his ranch that she’s innocent. Not that he has any reason to trust the beautiful, spoiled senator’s daughter. Still, Jace is going after Bo and bringing her home to face the truth. But in the wild, rugged Crazy Mountains, he finds Bo at the mercy of a suspected murderer. Jace is her only hope, and he’s about to find out what they’re both made of.


Review: I have been reading B.J. Daniels for as long as I can remember. She is one of my go to writers when it comes to romantic suspense/intrigue.

She usually does cowboys and she does cowboys very well. Bo and Jace are a great couple and their story is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Why?

Because B.J. Daniels doesn't do wimpy intrigue. She makes you worry about the characters and wonder what is going to happen next.

That's why you can't stop reading.

Another winner!

Rating: 5 flowers



BJ-DANIELS-AUTHOR-IMAGEB.J. DANIELS, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, wrote her first book after a career as an award-winning newspaper journalist and author of 37 published short stories. That first book, Odd Man Out, received a four and a half star review from Romantic Times magazine and went on to be nominated for Best Intrigue for that year. Since then she has won numerous awards including a career achievement award for romantic suspense and numerous nominations and awards for best book. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, and two springer spaniels, Spot and Jem. When she isn’t writing, she snowboards, camps, boats and plays tennis. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Thriller Writers, Kiss of Death and Romance Writers of America.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: The Lady Borneova

02_The Lady BornekovaPublication Date: July 14, 2015 (tentative)
Publisher: Clean Reads (formerly Astraea Press)
Format: eBook

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

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The red-headed Karin is strong-willed and determined, something she inherited from her father. She tries to keep her true nature a secret to avoid being deemed a traitor by those loyal to the king. Karin and her father butt heads over her duty to her family and the Czech Crown. She is then sequestered to the Royal Viscount’s hunting lodge.

Not aware of everything that is happening, she becomes the target of an individual with murderous intent. Her heart soon becomes entangled though her father intends to wed her to another. The turmoil inside Karin deepens and reflects the turmoil of her homeland, on the brink of the Hussite Wars.

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Review: I have never read a book about the Kingdom of Czech, which is actually part of my heritage. That's why I really had to read this novel.

First let me say that the cover for this book is beautiful. It really drew me to the story. I only wish I liked the story as much as the cover.

~sigh~

Karin was a likable character. She was a strong heroine and her story was fascinating. This story involves a time when many people are breaking away from the Catholic church. That always makes for an interesting story, except that Karin didn't really come across as very devout, nor did Pavel, both who were following Jan Hus' beliefs.

There was more telling of the story than showing, which made things difficult at times, when it came to character development. If I heard the Royal Viscount referred to as "The Royal Viscount" a few more times, I might have broken my kindle, because it would have been thrown at the wall.

The romance in the book could have been a little more warm as it was one of many plot lines, and probably the only one that didn't cause this reader frustration. The other two involved incidents that happened at "The Royal Viscount's" summer home.

The novel was a bit slow at times, but enjoyable, with an ending that left me feeling a bit stunned, because it means there will likely be a sequel. I would have preferred it being shortened, because the parts that were slow really seemed to drag, especially at the beginning where there was little explanation for the action in the story.



Rating: 3 flowers



03_Sara Turnquist_Author About the Author

Sara resides with her family in Middle TN. Though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word has always drawn her to write. An avid reader, she has been, for many years, what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic for short stints in the summer over several years. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in the Czech town of Hradec Kralove.

For more information please visit Sara Turnquist's website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The Lady Bornekova Blog Tour Schedule


Monday, July 6
Spotlight & Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, July 7
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Spotlight at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Wednesday, July 8
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection

Friday, July 10
Spotlight & Excerpt at The Never-Ending Book

Sunday, July 12
Review at Carole's Ramblings

Monday, July 13
Review at Book Nerd
Excerpt at To Read, or Not to Read

Tuesday, July 14
Interview at Library Educated

Wednesday, July 15
Excerpt at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Thursday, July 16
Spotlight at The Lit Bitch

Monday, July 20
Guest Post at Unshelfish

Tuesday, July 21
Spotlight at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, July 22
Character Interview at Boom Baby Reviews

Friday, July 24
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Monday, July 27
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Tuesday, July 28
Review at Genre Queen

Wednesday, July 29
Interview & Excerpt at Jorie Loves a Story

Thursday, July 30
Review at Bookramblings

Friday, July 31
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Giveaway


To enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, please enter via the GLEAM form below.

Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on July 31st. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Royal Wedding

Royal WeddingAbout Royal Wedding


Print Length: 448 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 2, 2015)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royaloui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch.  Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?
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Review: Do you want to read a book that will make you feel good, give you a few laughs and make a few hours fly on by?

If you do, and you like girly books, the kind that get turned into fun chick flick comedies, this is definitely your book.

I love Meg Cabot. I especially love the Heather Cabot series, but I wanted to see how The Princess Diaries character grew up.

Mia is in her mid twenties now, but her character and her friends still feels a bit juvenile, but that didn't stop me from loving it. I think this feeling wouldn't have been there if this novel would have transitioned more into the new adult genre than jumping straight for chicklit.

This was a longer book than I usually read, but the book is so fast paced that the 435 pages fly by. I loved Mia and Michael and all the craziness of her family, especially grandmere, who makes everything a bit crazier for her, though she does bring about enough craziness on her own.

This is actually the 11th book in the Princess Diaries series, and the first directed to an adult audience. I've not read the YA novels but that didn't stop me from enjoying this book. I found myself wishing they'd make this one into a movie. I'd love to see Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews reprise their roles.

Totally a fun and lighthearted read!

Rating: 5 flowers



Meg Cabot About Meg Cabot


Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Find out more about Meg at her website, follow her blog, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
 
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