Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Blast: What A Widow Wants


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jenna Jaxon will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn commenter.

Widowed by the Battle of Waterloo, the ladies of Lyttlefield Park are returning to London society—with their futures in their own hands . . .

The widowed Lady Stephen Tarkington, Fanny to her friends, has finished mourning her cad of a husband and is ready to enjoy her freedom. The kind of freedom neither a gently bred miss nor a close-watched wife is permitted: dressing up as Aphrodite for a masquerade, drawing gentlemen away from the party, and hinting at late-night assignations with her dance partners. All is going pleasurably according to plan—until the Roman god Fanny kisses during a masquerade turns out to be Matthew, Lord Lathbury, whose proposal she refused years ago . . .

Lathbury is charming, passionate, inventive, everything Fanny wants in a lover—but unfortunately, he’s on the hunt for a wife. He’s more than willing to use all his wicked skills to persuade her back to the altar, but he can’t wait forever. And now Fanny’s position is more precarious than she once thought. If the tongues of the ton set to wagging, it’s possible no offer in the world will save her from ruin. But does she want to be saved? . . .

Read an Excerpt:

Heart pounding, Fanny ran on tiptoes in an effort to keep up with him. This was madness. Wherever was he taking her? And what on earth did he have in mind? Oh, but she knew what that was. That deep desire in his eyes told her exactly where his intentions lay. Would she allow him to have his way with her? She didn’t quite recognize him; the mask hid just enough of his face. Still he reminded her of someone. Someone who had been most dear to her what seemed a lifetime ago. But that man had left London, swearing never to return to the ton years before. He’d retreated to his country estate and had not been seen in Town for seven years.

They raced down the corridor, Pollux still in the lead, Castor right behind her. That gave her some comfort. Pollux wouldn’t ravish her in front of his brother, or friend rather. Still, the urgency of his headlong flight, dodging wide-eyed guests left and right, persuaded her that this man would stop at nothing to get her alone.

He turned a corner into a deserted hall and slowed finally. Stopping at a door on the far end, he glanced around then put his hand on the latch. “Keep watch, Cas. No one enters.”

Castor grinned. “Not a soul, Pol. My word as a gentleman.”

Pollux pushed down the latch, opened the door into a shadowy room, and drew her inside.

The flickering fireplace across the room gave the only light. Fanny’s eyes took a moment to adjust to the dimness. A moment in which Pollux pulled her hard against him, crushing her breasts against his unyielding chest. He wrapped his arms around her, pinning her to him, and sank his mouth onto hers.

About the Author:
Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical romance in all time periods because, she says, “passion is timeless.” She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She’s a theatre director when she’s not writing and lives in Gloucester, Virginia with her family, including two very vocal cats and one silent one.

Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as an active member of Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. She has four series currently available: The House of Pleasure, set in Georgian England, Handful of Hearts, set in Regency England, and Time Enough to Love, set in medieval England and France, and The Widows’ Club series, also set in Regency England and available from Kensington Publishing in both print and digital.

She currently writes to support her chocolate habit.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: From Across The Room



From Across the Room by Gina L. Mulligan

Publication Date: September 15, 2016

Five Star Publications

Hardcover & eBook; 271 Pages

Genre: Historical/Epistolary






Self-indulgent young writer Thomas Gadwell has traveled from Boston to the new Hotel Del Coronado in California to at last finish his novel when he meets the clever and headstrong Miss Mary Harting. At once Thomas tosses aside his literary pursuits for a charmed summer of romance that ends with the happy couple making future plans. However, Mary Harting is the only unmarried daughter of notorious railroad tycoon Charles Harting, and he has no intention of letting a useless wordsmith derail his own critical plans for Mary. The couple must continue a clandestine courtship, but Thomas' ingenuity has unexpected repercussions and he unwittingly uncovers a sinister plot of deception, greed, and blackmail. Guided by mentor Henry James, to win Mary, Thomas must step from the pages of the world he creates to explore his own insecurities, battle against worldly corruption, and expose family demons.

Told through a series of clever, heartfelt, and engaging letters, From Across the Room is a voyeuristic escapade that delights at every twist. Reflecting back to a time when letters were saved in the imagination of the reader, the lost art of letter writing brings to life the opulent Gilded Age and unfolds the universal passions of love, ambition, and the resilient bonds of family.


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Praise for From Across the Room

"A passionate love story set in a brilliantly recreated Gilded Age, this intimate epistolary novel takes the reader from a wide-open California to the salons of literary and industrial New York. Colorful and indelible characters stride across the pages of this exceptionally vivid historical novel that brings the past stirringly to life." -Diana Birchall, Bestselling Author of Mr. Darcy's Dilemma


"Gina Mulligan's impeccable prose, engaging characters, and original style reminds us all why we love to read." -Reza Kahlili, 2010 National Best Books winner for A Time to Betray




"The characters have richly defined voices and fascinating lives that sparkle against a transcontinental history of America at the beginning of the twentieth century." -Jessica Klein, Award-winning Writer/Producer of Northern Exposure, Beverly Hills 90210, Gabriel's Fire and other popular TV series.

Review:  This was a stunning book. It was written in the form of letters. I haven't read a book written in such a way since I read Les Liasions Dangereuses.

Thomas is a writer and Mary is the daughter of a railway man. Her father has other plans for his daughter and marrying a writer is not one of them.

The letters go between Mary and his agent and his mentor who is none other than Henry James.

This book was so much more than just letters. It was romance. It was mystery. It was an overall stunning read.

Rating: 5 flowers


About the Author
Gina L. Mulligan is a veteran freelance journalist for numerous national magazines and the author of the award-winning novel, REMEMBER THE LADIES and FROM ACROSS THE ROOM. After her own diagnosis, Gina founded Girls Love Mail, a charity that collects handwritten letters of encouragement for women with breast cancer. She was honored for her charitable work on the nationally syndicated television talk show The Steve Harvey Show, People.com, and TODAY.com.


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Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, November 26
Review at Creating Herstory
Excerpt at Spellbound by History

Tuesday, November 27
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, November 28
Review at Jathan & Heather

Thursday, November 29
Review at Tar Heel Reader
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Friday, November 30
Review at A Holland Reads

Saturday, December 1
Review & Guest Post at Clarissa Reads it All

Monday, December 3
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, December 4
Review at CelticLady's Reviews
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, December 5
Interview at Passages to the Past

Thursday, December 6
Review at Peppermint Ph.D.

Friday, December 7
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, December 10
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, December 11
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, December 12
Review at Laura's Interests

Friday, December 14
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Monday, December 17
Review & Excerpt at Locks, Hooks and Books

Tuesday, December 18
Feature at Broken Teepee

Wednesday, December 19
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Thursday, December 20
Review at Bri's Book Nook

Friday, December 21
Review at The Book Mind
Guest Post and Excerpt at Confessions of an Avid Reader


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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Reviews By Crystal Book Tour: The Christmas Ballet





The Christmas Ballet
By Constance Bretes
Constance has 2 $10 gift certificates to Paparazzi Accessories to giveaway during the tour. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember you may enter every day for your chance to win one of the prize packages. You may find the tour locations here https://goo.gl/taJJDH.

About The Christmas Ballet:

Laura Hemmingway cut herself off from men and her family when the man she loved married her sister. She moved across the country and was doing just fine until she received a devastating call to return to New York. She had to face the death of her sister, her sister’s little girl, Maria, and Maria’s father, Stefan—the man she had once loved. She figured she would pay her respects and leave as soon as possible. She never anticipated on the beautiful little girl stealing her heart. And she never expected that seeing Stefan again after twelve years would stir up old feelings.
Stefan’s life was complete. He had a successful career as an attorney, a beautiful wife and an adorable six-year-old daughter. Although he and his wife had been married in name only for the past several years, he cared for her deeply. Then her unexpected death brought him face-to-face with his former lover, and the guilt he’d carried for years.
Stefan is still in love with Laura and wants to give her everything she deserves. He and Maria are racing against time to convince Laura to stay with them in New York.
Can a little girl’s love, and the true magic of Christmas, help Stefan convince Laura to stay and give their relationship another chance?
Content Warning: contains some sexual content
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Heat Level - Hot

  • Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2qPPQWB


  • Excerpt from The Christmas Ballet:

    He smiled as he thought about the look on her face when he’d stroked her. Maybe she was more interested in him than she either believed or cared to be.
    Then he thought of something. “One more thing, Laura,” he called out to her, and she stopped at the door and turned around.
    “On the nineteenth, the law firm is hosting the annual Christmas party. It’s quite grand and lasts all evening long.”
    “You want me to be sure to be available to babysit Maria,” Laura said.
    “No. I want you to plan to come with me.”
    “What?”
    “Remember that beautiful, green, velvet dress we saw at Macy’s? I want you to get that dress, and the accessories to go with it, and attend the party with me.”
    “Stefan, really. You know I don’t go to those types of events, and I don’t wear those kinds of clothes. I’m not comfortable with either of those things.”
    “You need to get comfortable.” He smiled.
    “This is not a part of a job for the nanny and teacher. It’s out of the range of the job description. You need to get Ginger to go with you. I’m not going.” She gave him a defiant look.
    “Laura, I want to take you to this event. I’m not taking no for an answer. I will arrange for Rhonda to take you shopping to help you get what you need. You will charge all the purchases to a credit card I will give you that’s for your use only. This is the first of many social parties you will be attending.”
    He watched her as she clenched her hands into fists and released them.
    “Who do you think you will get to care for Maria on these…occasions?”
    “Usually Lillian is available.”
    “Stefan, it’s my job to care for Maria, not be your date to your parties. I don’t like being told what I will or won’t do. I don’t like social parties, and I don’t like wearing expensive clothes. It’s not me, and you’re not going to change me.”
    “I don’t want to change you. I want you to attend an event by my side. It won’t hurt you to have some beautiful clothing to show your feminine side. I want the world to see the beauty I see. Be glad I want to show you off. Some men might decide they don’t want others to see what they see.”
    “Flattery doesn’t work with me. You can tell me what to do as far as Maria is concerned, but my personal life is off limits to you.”
    “That’s good to know. At least I know you won’t get carried away and escape my grasp by someone making flattering remarks to you. Your personal life interests me.”
    “Stefan, you just don’t get it. I am not going to this party,” she said, enunciating each word slowly and carefully. “Besides, your mother would be horrified to see me walk in with you.” Her face hardened as she stared at him.
    “Look at it this way—you’d be doing me a big favor.”
    “How?” She raised an eyebrow.
    “I’m not interested in the other women that come to this social party looking for an eligible bachelor. With you on my arm, it would send a clear message to all the others that I’m taken.”
    “God, you’re impossible. Ginger is more than capable of providing you that kind of service.”
    “I don’t want Ginger. You have the grace, quiet beauty, and finesse I want in a date, and I will not take no for an answer. After Maria’s recital, you and Rhonda will set a shopping date. And one more thing. When you get your hair done, I’d like you to wear it down.” He smiled at her.
    “This is not going to happen.” She put her hands on her hips and glared at him.
    “It will. I’ll just have Maria work on you.” He eyed her.
    “What?”
    Stefan grinned. “You heard me. You’d never turn down anything from Maria.”
    “Grrrr.” She growled and stomped up the stairs.
    He laced his hands and put them behind his head. Oh yeah, it’ll be a night she’ll never forget.

    About the Author:
    Constance Bretes is an author of contemporary romance and suspense. Her romance books are often set in different parts of the country, but her favorite site is Montana. She retired from the State of Michigan after 38-plus years of service and now writes and researches full time. She is married to her best friend and has recently moved from Montana to Alabama. Her hobbies include basket weaving, sapphire digging, and checking out old ghost towns.

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    • Email: bretesc@gmail.com

    • Instagram: #constancebretesauthor






    • Friday, December 14, 2018

      Barclay Book Tours: Return of the Lycan King



      he biggest fight for the new Lycan King is convincing his Queen that he is committed to her forever. Darren has already fought to convince Cass to give him a chance, but a new Monarchy is just the beginning of the changes to the Lycan Kingdom. But as secrets and challenges to Darren's crown emerge, his inner circle must close ranks to protect their Kingdom, and to make sure the newly-returned Lycan King keeps his crown. Candace Blackburn returns to the world of the Lycan King in this epic, edge of your seat third installment!

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      About Return of the Lycan King: Book 3 Darren and Cassandra:

      Title: Return of the Lycan King: Book 3 Darren and Cassandra
      Author: Candace Blackburn
      Genre: Paranormal Romance
      Release Date: December 11, 2018
      Publisher: Candace Blackburn
      Series: Return of the Lycan King #3
      Format: Digital eBook
      Digital ISBN: 1-7328151-0-0

      Synopsis:

      Darren chases Cass to Ireland, determined to make up for his mistakes. When they return to North Carolina to build their lives together, nothing is the same. Darren has already fought to convince Cass to give him a chance, but a new Monarchy is just the beginning of the changes to the Lycan Kingdom. Secrets and challenges to Darren's crown emerge, and his inner circle closes ranks, to protect their Kingdom, and to make sure the newly-returned Lycan King keeps his crown.
      Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads


      Excerpt:

      Copyright © 2018 Return of the Lycan King: Book 3 Darren and Cassandra
      Candace Blackburn

      Chapter One

      Liam's completion of flight training had rather fortuitous timing. Liam was one of the members of Lex's security team before Darren moved in. Darren snagged the other Lycan on the way to the airport with the subtle threat to "move your ass and don't breathe a word to anyone." Darren looked out the window of the Konstantine jet and didn't see ocean, but he didn't know how close they were to Dublin Airport.
      Reading Liam's thoughts would have been easy enough, if Darren hadn't happily discovered that he could block that ability. So, he hadn't been subjected to the "have you lost your fucking mind" lecture that Liam likely received from Lex. Or the "you let anything happen to him, I'll kill you, myself" that undoubtedly followed said lecture.
      Darren spent the entirety of the flight thinking of his mate. The pain in her voice, on her face, and the tears in her eyes, all as a result of Darren not claiming her. Pain, he had his own. Not claiming her was a physical, mental hell--it was pain from head to toe. But, he had reasoned that he'd rather live with that pain, than put Cass through one second of his impressive--or not--collection of screw-ups. Not to mention, all the bullshit that came with being King.
      I'd rather cut off my own head than cause her pain like I saw that day.
      Which is why they were over European airspace, because Cass was in Ireland. She left to escape him.
      Because seeing me hurt her.
      "Darren, we're ten minutes out from Dublin."
      Liam's voice cleared his guilt-filled thoughts. He ran his hands through his hair and realized he needed to go splash some water on his face. "Thanks."
      "No problem."
      A minute later, he stood in front of the mirror and frowned. One of his buddies in college looked like he was in a perpetual hangover. Darren's roommate used to tease the guy, telling him that he looked like he'd been ridden hard and put away wet. That saying pretty much summed up the reflection in the mirror.
      Maybe I should stop off and get a haircut, buy a new shirt and jeans.
      He probably would do that, if it didn't take much time. His primary objective was to find Cass and get them back to the plane as soon as possible. Hell, he might as well tell Liam to file a return flight plan for, what, five hours from now? Yeah, that should do it. He hated the thought of claiming his mate in the bedroom on the plane, but damned if he was going to wait to get back to Raleigh. And, they wouldn't be in Ireland for very long. Oh no. In and out, that was his plan. They'd be back in no time.

      ***

      Liam kept up with Darren's footsteps, barely.
      "Still don't understand why you wouldn't want another beer. That may have been the best I've ever had. We should take a European beer tasting trip, just for comparison, though. German ales are pretty damned good." They'd only gone in the last bar because Darren caught Cass's scent.
      "Not interested." Glancing around the crowded Temple Bar section of Dublin, Darren wondered why Cass would be there. She was private, definitely not the type to hang out in tourist spots.
      "Or we could just stay here and sample whiskey. All the whiskey."
      Technically, that didn't sound like too bad of a plan, if he weren't searching for his missing mate. "You should get on your knees and thank God that you can't get cirrhosis."
      Liam snorted just as Darren thought he'd, again, picked up on Cass's scent. He froze mid stride and almost took out a group of people. Peering inside the closest bar, he inhaled deeply and looked for her glossy black hair. Nada.
      Shit.
      Darren turned, making a complete circle so he could visualize everything around him. His frustration was growing. Cass was so close, and he needed to see her. Feel her. Wrap her in his arms. Drop to his knees and apologize for being a colossal ass. Spend the next century begging her forgiveness. Then spend the rest of his life making her happy.
      The sounds of barf splattering the pavement shook him out of his thoughts.
      "This"--he pointed down at the moaning human in front of him--"is what all the whiskey gets you."
      Liam glanced down with disdain as they stepped around the human. "Not me." He waved a negligent hand. "Higher tolerance and all that."
      "Mmm hmm." Looking around, again, Darren barely restrained a growl. Cass's scent grew fainter, and he was no damned closer to finding her.
      Going to lose my motherfucking mind.
      Material brushed his arm, and Darren snarled as his head snapped around. "Hey, do you mind holding my jacket while I tie my shoe?"
      What the fuck? Darren snatched the jacket and Liam bent, after casting a pointed glare toward Darren's hands. Claws had already punched through the tips, and if he were a betting person, he'd put money on his eyes glowing. Taking a deep breath and closing his eyes, he slipped on his polarized Ray Bans, covered both fists with the jacket and willed himself to calm.
      "No problem."
      Biggest white lie ever. If Darren spent two more seconds out there without Liam's assistance, he'd likely have shifted and torn a bloody path through the Temple Bar district.
      They needed to get out of public, check into a room and Darren needed to sleep off any jet lag. Then come sunrise, he'd try again.
      Liam stood and cast a worried glance at Darren. "Okay?"
      Not in the slightest. "Fine. Let's get something to eat, go find a room, and search again tomorrow."
      Liam almost seemed to slouch in relief. "Sounds good. We'll hit the roads in the morning."
      He confirmed that with a small nod. And I'll spend another sleepless night without her.


      Other Books in the Return of the Lycan King Trilogy:

      Return of the Lycan King: Book 1 Nicholas and Kristen

      One life, one mate. Nicholas Konstantine has been waiting over a thousand years for his mate. But when he finds her, she's completely unaware of her Lycan biology, and she's battling her own personal demons.

      Kristen O'Connor is a recovering addict, with some major trust issues. By not letting anyone get close, she won't get hurt. Yet after one meetiing with Nicholas, her walls are crumbling, and she wants more with this man.

      But Nicholas reveals his Lycan side, and hers as well. In addition, ghosts from both of their pasts come back to haunt them. Will they face everything together, or will Kristen's fears be stronger than her love?

      Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Goodreads


      Return of the Lycan King: Book 2 Lex and Elizabeth

      Lex thought he'd lost her, but Elizabeth is back and she is his mate. But between her getting used to life as a Lycan, threats from dangerous elements looming over their heads and very odd changes in the Lycan kingdom happening all around them, nothing will be easy. Lex and Elizabeth's love has to be the strength to pull them through.

      Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads





      About Candace Blackburn:

      Candace makes her home in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart husband and their two sons. She's an indie author who has published two previous romances (with a bit of fantasy in each), Tristan's Redemption and Nate's Forgiveness. Her current works are all paranormal romance (her favorite genre to read!) and are set in her home state. She loves coffee, cold weather, the Boston Red Sox, the Carolina Panthers, and hearing from fans.

      Connect with Candace: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon




      Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Eggs On Ice

      Eggs on Ice (A Cackleberry Club Mystery) by Laura Childs

      About the Book

      Cozy Mystery 
      8th in Series Berkley (December 4, 2018) 
      Hardcover: 304 pages 
      ISBN-10: 0425281728 
      ISBN-13: 978-0425281727 
      Kindle ASIN: B07BD23MV9

      Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of "A Christmas Carol" is just playing to type. He's not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you'd have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it's a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café, Kindred's favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley. As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harrassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni's almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.

      Review:  I have been reading Laura Childs since I started reading cozy mysteries, which has been quite awhile. The Cackleberry Club is my favorite of her three series, and I think its the youngest. This is the 8th book in the series. It is also a holiday cozy so that makes me happy in so many ways. Oh and recipes! I have to admit I went straight for the back of the book to check those out. I'm all about making the jalapeno chicken sandwich Yum.

      Toni and Suzanne witness the murder of attorney and cast member of the Kindred Players holiday play, and that starts Suzanne sleuthing, especially as the killer had a knife to her after she chased after him.

      Allen Sharpe is the kind of guy that everyone wants to kill, so there are a lot of suspects, and Suzanne is getting herself into trouble trying to figure out whodunit. I really found it hard to figure out the killer in this one. There were too many suspects for me, and the one that I really thought did it, wasn't the one in the end. In fact, the outcome just really blew my mind, because I wasn't at the top of my list.

      I love the friendships between the ladies of the Cackleberry Club. Toni and Suzanne are great bffs and Petra is wonderful as well. You don't have to read all the books to easily feel at home with these characters. Its hard to believe some of the things that Suzanne gets Toni into, and Toni is just crazy enough to go along with her.

      I really enjoyed this one!

      Rating: 5 flowers


      About the Author

      laura childs from facebook
      Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
      Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
      The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
      The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
      The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
      Laura’s Links: Webpage - http://www.laurachilds.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31 Purchase Links Amazon    B&N    Kobo   Google Play   IndieBound  a Rafflecopter giveaway


      TOUR PARTICIPANTS
      December 3 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

      December 3 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

      December 3 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

      December 4 – Valerie's Musings – REVIEW

      December 4 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

      December 5 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW

      December 5 – Mallory Heart's Cozies – REVIEW

      December 6 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog – REVIEW

      December 6 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

      December 7 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW

      December 7 – MJB Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

      December 8 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf - SPOTLIGHT

      December 8 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

      December 9 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

      December 10 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW*

      December 10 – My Journey Back – REVIEW

      December 11 – Socrates' Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

      December 11 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW*

      December 12 – The Cozy Pages – REVIEW

      December 12 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

      December 13 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

      December 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW*

      December 14 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

      December 14 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW*

      December 15 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

      December 15 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW

      December 16 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW  

      Tuesday, December 11, 2018

      Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: A Fisher Of Women

      A Fisher of Women by Catherine Magia

      Publication Date: October 3, 2018
      Paperback & eBook; 184 Pages
      Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Biblical
      When the wife of Simon Peter returns to Galilee, she brings nothing but her faith in an enigmatic carpenter named Jesus, who has an extraordinary gift of healing the sick. But as she spends time in the presence of this divine leader, she discovers the gift of healing comes at a devastating cost. A terrible burden Jesus bears for the sake of his love for humanity. In her quest to alleviate Jesus’s eternal suffering, the wife of Simon Peter befriends a pagan magician named Helen. Helen possesses a wisdom and healing power exceeded only by Jesus himself, but bears an unsavory reputation. Can Helen be trusted to ease Jesus's suffering? Or is she a rival seeking his ultimate destruction? Simon Peter is immortalized as a devoted pillar of the early Church. This is the untold story of his wife, forgotten as a healer and invisible to the pages of history. Her journey leads her to understand the inevitable price of healing, and what it truly means to love.

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      Praise for A Fisher of Women

      "Catherine Magia has penned an affecting narrative, weaving a woman's journey of discovery with pagan sorcery, ancient medicine, and the Christian faith. Biblical details are given a fresh and unconventional interpretation, particularly the very human suffering of Jesus and the alienation of the sick in this enthralling chronicle of miracles. A thrilling sequel." - Lan Cao, author of The Lotus and the Storm and Monkey Bridge "Catherine's name springs from the root for magic, which perhaps explains her uncanny skill at conjuring fictional worlds. We quickly fall under the spell of her heroine in A Fisher of Women, the wife of Simon Peter, a healer who learns not only the virtues of plants but the restorative power of forgiveness. Be transported back to Galilee: its fragrant spices, its pagan magicians, its wealth and danger, the golden light in Jesus's eyes. More than a great read -- it's a revelation." - Duncan W. Alderson, author of the Harper's Bazaar Must-Read Magnolia City "The story is smoothly written, with clear characters, a mix of scripture and historical events presented in an easy to follow manner... Letting go of fear, learning to forgive, and healing with more than just faith, will require a journey Simon Peter's wife did not expect." - Sarah Bradley, Ind'tale Magazine "Author Catherine Magia presents an intense story of Peter's wife who struggles against many odds, including the her husband's refusal to accept his wife as his equal as a disciple. The story takes place in and around the Sea of Galilee, the home base of the first disciples of Christ, which comes alive in the readers imagination. Familiar biblical characters are portrayed as deeply human, both in their flaws and in their redemptive moments."-E. Ann McIntyre, author of Lazarus of Bethany and Feast of Pontius Pilate, member of Catholic Writers' Guild

      Review: I read the Fisherman's Bride last year and adored it. I read part of the book to my mother, but I never got to finish it with her. I hope in heaven she was able to learn the outcome and read this new book.

      I've always been fascinated by biblical fiction. This is a continuation of the story of Simon Peter's wife. She was a fascinating women in the Fisherman's Bride. She came across as a "real" woman of the times. Her life wasn't easy and it can't be when your husband is a follower of Jesus.

      This book left me gobsmacked.

      Its a hard subject for any author to tackle because when you write Jesus or any other person close to him, you are bound to offend, but remember, he was human for a time and the gospels that are read in church were written many many years after his resurrection (for those of us that are Christian)

      Don't look for accuracy, though with biblical fiction there really is none. Just read this for the gorgeous story that it is.

      Rating: 5 flowers

      About the Author

      Catherine Magia's debut novel The Fisherman's Bride won the 2017 New England Book Festival. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to New Jersey at the age of ten. At eighteen, she won a creative writing scholarship to Drew University, where she studied political theory and chemistry. Although her formal education was in the hard sciences, Catherine has always maintained a passion for the written word, publishing her poetry in several literary journals including the Michigan Quarterly Review. She discovered the voice of Simon Peter's wife on a soul-searching journey, a trek through the biblical lands of Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. She spent seven years researching and writing her debut novel, traveling as far as Ephesus, Turkey. The Fisherman's Bride was described as "unique and authentic" by the Booklife Prize, indie division of Publisher's Weekly. The Historical Novel Society has praised the book as "complex and engaging," while Reader's Favorite Magazine has lauded it as "literature," awarding it the Silver Medal for Historical Christian Fiction. A Fisher of Women, the sequel to The Fisherman's Bride, was released on October 3rd. She is currently writing and researching the third book of The Fisherwoman Series. By day, she works as a director of market insights in the development of new cancer medications. She is focused on connecting cancer patients and their stories to the executives and employees of the pharmaceutical industry. She is currently based in Boston.

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      Giveaway

      During the Blog Tour we will be giving away an eBook of A Fisher of Women! To enter, please see the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on December 19th. 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. A Fisher of Women

      Thursday, December 6, 2018

      Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: A Light of Her Own






      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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      Review: I was totally taken by the subject matter of this book. I love learning more about women in history. Judith Leyster is the only woman to be admitted to Holland's Haarlem Guild. A female painter that very little is known about.

      The time period is 1633 and the Netherlands.  This is a time period where women didn't have careers and they definitely didn't have careers in the arts. This is a man's world and women have no place in it, except in the usual place.

      I was quickly drawn to this story and I loved every minute of reading it.

      Rating: 5 flowers


      About the Author



      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 FacebookTwitter 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.

      A Light of Her Own





       
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