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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I" by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb Blog Tour (with review and interview) and GIVEAWAY!

 

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I
by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor

Publication Date: October 3, 2017 William Morrow Paperbacks
Paperback & eBook; 384 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction



New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…

Praise for Last Christmas in Paris


“Beautifully told…the authors fully capture the characters’ voices as each person is dramatically shaped by the war to end all wars.”—Booklist

“For fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society comes another terrific epistolary historical novel that is simply unputdownable […] this remarkable novel will undoubtedly go on my keeper shelf.” —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Night the Lights Went Out

“Humor, love, tragedy, and hope make for a moving, uplifting read. A winner!” —Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network

“An extraordinary epistolary novel that explores the history and aftermath of the Great War in a sensitive, memorable and profoundly moving fashion. A book to savor, to share and discuss with friends, and above all to cherish.” —Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Goodnight from London

“There is a special talent to writing the epistolary novel and Gaynor and Webb have mastered it. Letter by letter, the complex lives of Evie and Thomas unfold as WWI wages on, bringing with it the heartbreaking news of physical and emotional casualties. And yet, in the midst of such sacrifices, an ever-deepening love surfaces, finding a unique way to live on in this devastatingly beautiful work of historical fiction.”—Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues

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Review:
 

"The Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I" by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb is a beautifully written story of love, loss and hope during wartime.  It's written mostly in letters and has a Downton Abbey feel to it. 

Ms. Webb and Ms. Gaynor give such a beautiful and moving portrayal of how war affects every aspect of one's life.  They show this through the letters of a few young people.  In the beginning of the war, the letters are full of excitement, a sense of adventure, pride and thoughts that the war won't last long.  As one can imagine, the letters and the people in the letters change as the war gets more serious, moves closer to home and becomes a lot longer than everyone had anticipated.  The characters have to share and communicate everything through these letters (and sometimes telegrams)--they didn't have our modern technology.  Parts of the letters in the book are blacked out--showing how even the letters are censored.  The large newspapers will show only the happy side of war and newspapers get in trouble and are censored for showing the truth.  This fact made me really angry, as it does to Evie (one of our main characters), who takes up writing for one of the newspapers.  There is such a contrast between the women's lives at home and what is actually happening on the front (as told by Evie's brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas).  We see the war through the eyes of this trio.  Their emotions go from enthusiasm, to denial, to despair, and eventually to hope (and love makes its way in there too). 

I fell in love with the characters in this story, especially Evie and Thomas.  I went through all the emotions they went through.  At times, it was so heavy that I had to take a break from the book.  But it's such a great story, that I still really wanted to know what happened to these characters and couldn't stop thinking about them, even when I wasn't reading.  I love how Evie and Thomas become closer through letter writing and are able to say things that they wouldn't be able to say in person.  Letters and the written word are so powerful.  This is also shown through Evie's column that she writes for the war effort and the amazing response she gets. 

There are so many great themes in this books and important topics that are covered.  This is not a light read, but it is so moving and beautiful.  At times it is heart wrenching and I almost started crying (which I don’t often do with books).  My heart was on my sleeve as I approached the ending–and it did not disappoint!  I will certainly look at Christmas differently this year and will be thankful for peace, family and the opportunity to celebrate in freedom!

Content:  I give this novel a PG-13 rating.  There is the use of minor swear words.  The Lord's name is taken in vain.  There is the mention of how women are treated on the war front and talk of prostitutes.  There is a man with PTSD.  A child is born out of wedlock.

Rating:  I give this book 4 stars.

I want to thank Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, William Morrow Publishers and Harper Collins Publishers for the complimentary copies of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.


Interview with the authors:
 

Me: I want to give a warm welcome to Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb!  I’m so excited to chat with you about your newest book “Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I.”
 
Me: I really enjoyed the writing style in this book.  It was hard to think that two different people wrote it.  How did you write it with two different authors?  Did you break it up in some way or appoint who wrote what section?
 
Heather and Hazel: Thank you! We really liked the way writing letters felt authentic to the times—it’s exactly how the characters would have communicated then and this played a big role in why we chose the epistolary format. Hazel would wake up in Ireland (fiver hours ahead of Heather) and pen a letter or two from her character. Several hours later, Heather would wake in the U.S. to find mail in her inbox, and write a reply from her character, and so on. We’ve often described it as waking up to a writing prompt each day. The process felt very organic, and the story flowed. Editing, on the other hand, was a more tricky operation. We used comment bubbles and colored fonts to track our changes, and somehow, with plenty of Skype chats and coffee, it all came together.
 
We each took a character to start for the drafting phase. For subsequent drafts, we each touched every single page and helped shape the characters together.
 
Me: You are from two different countries, correct?  Was it hard to write a novel being such a long distance away from each other?  What was that experience like?
 
Heather and Hazel: Having a writing partner requires a lot of trust and commitment, navigating the pressures of individual writing projects, and the demands of kids and family. Often, one of us would contact the other to explain a delay because the kids were sick, or the heating was broken, or some other crisis got in the way. Skype chats and Google Hangouts became weekly powwows to flesh out plot snags and character arcs. But w-e really loved it! We had an absolute blast working together.
 
Me: What do you hope readers take away from this book?
 
Heather and Hazel: We hope readers take away the message that regardless of circumstance, there is always hope and love in the darkest moments. We aimed to portray a different, more personal view of a well-known event, and really wanted to pull the readers outside of their own world into Tom and Evie’s. Finally, we fell in love with writing letters all over again; the beautiful paper and pens, the time it takes to craft something heartfelt. We hope readers will send a few more hand-written cards this year and onward.
 
Me: What did your research for the novel entail?
 
Heather and Hazel: In writing Last Christmas in Paris, we wanted to explore some of the less well-known aspects of war: life in England, the mental scars as well as physical, the role of women in the war, and the Spanish Flu epidemic which struck just as the war was ending. To have access to historical records, museums and recently discovered letters to and from the Front drew us closer and closer to those very ordinary people caught up in this devastating event.
 
Hazel: While researching my short story ‘Hush’ for Fall of Poppies, I became drawn into the stories of those left behind at home, as well as the better known stories of the soldiers in the trenches. Research for  Last Christmas in Paris included plenty of trips to libraries and museums, reading a lot of historical accounts of the war, biographies and memoirs of those who had been involved, factual accounts of women on the home front, and a lot of primary source material documented in collections of letters sent from the Front to loved ones at home. Newspapers from the era were also crucial in gaining an understanding of how the war was reported.
 
Heather: My research into the Great War also began with my short story “Hour of the Bells” in which a woman who was German-born married a Frenchman and had to face an uncertain future with his death. I continued that research for Last Christmas in Paris as mentioned above, in libraries, an extensive trip to the Imperial War Museum in London, the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and more. As a reader and a novelist, I enjoy those little gems of information that authors weave into the narrative so I sought those out, losing myself down the rabbit of hole of unusual books and artifacts. I wanted to get as close to an authentic feel for how a soldier would live and cope with such horror as possible. I dug into a cook’s recipe book from the Front--amazing what they ate!--The Wiper Times, a satirical periodical that circulated among the troops, many archived letters, and so much more. My father is a retired U.S. colonel with a deep understanding of war logistics so he was a tremendous resource as well.
 
Me: What was something that you came across in your research that surprised you or that you didn’t know before?
 
Heather and Hazel: We were surprised by how varied women’s roles were, including the Women’s Auxiliary Core and their involvement in all sorts of war-related roles, but the main thing that surprised us was how efficient and quickly letters moved to and from the Front. Often, it was a matter of only two days of turn-around time. Tens of thousands of workers joined the postal service to help with these efforts. The letters were too important for both the soldiers’ morale and the morale of those at home, and the War Office really understood this.
 
Me: Did either of you cry while writing this book?  I know I sure came close to tears several times! What a moving story!
 
Heather and Hazel: We laughed, and cried, a lot along the way! This was an emotional book in so many ways and to experience that emotion with someone else really made it very visceral and quite special.
 
Me: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions!

 

About the Authors

HEATHER WEBB is the author of historical novels Becoming Josephine and Rodin’s Lover, and the anthology Fall of Poppies, which have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Elle, France Magazine, and more, as well as received national starred reviews.  RODIN’S LOVER was a Goodreads Top Pick in 2015. Up and coming, Last Christmas in Paris, an epistolary love story set during WWI will release October 3, 2017, and The Phantom’s Apprentice, a re-imagining of the Gothic classic Phantom of the Opera from Christine Daae’s point of view releases February 6, 2018. To date, her novels have sold in ten countries. Heather is also a professional freelance editor, foodie, and travel fiend.

HAZEL GAYNOR is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel The Girl from the Savoy was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris will be published in 2017.

Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of ‘Ten Big Breakout Authors’ for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 25
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Review at Books of All Kinds
Tuesday, September 26 Review at The Lit Bitch
Wednesday, September 27 Review at Just One More Chapter
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, September 28 Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Monday, October 2 Review at Let Them Read Books
Tuesday, October 3 Spotlight at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, October 4 Review at A Literary Vacation
Friday, October 6 Review at Library Educated
Monday, October 9 Review at A Bookish Affair
Review at Suzy Approved Books
Tuesday, October 10 Interview at A Bookish Affair
Thursday, October 12 Review at Creating Herstory
Friday, October 13 Review at Pursuing Stacie
Monday, October 16 Review at Curling up by the Fire
Tuesday, October 17 Review at Faery Tales Are Real
Wednesday, October 18 Review at The Maiden’s Court
Interview at Faery Tales Are Real
Thursday, October 19 Review at A Holland Reads
Friday, October 20 Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 2 copies of Last Christmas in Paris! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules
– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on October 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to residents in the US & Canada 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.

Direct Link for giveaway: https://gleam.io/JyNQh/last-christmas-in-paris

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Christian Girl Book Tag!

This is such a fun post.  I was tagged by Angela at Coffee&Chapters through her YouTube video.  Thanks so much Angela! 

Here's the link to the video I was tagged in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30UDBIxrRaY

Original Tag - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Giwas...

I Tag -
Rebecca Lynn Van Daniker
Rissi JC

Questions (these all have to be fiction books)-

1. Pick a book that inspired you in your walk with God or your faith in Jesus. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

"Loving Luther" by Allison Pittman.  I love to read about the Reformation period and I was really inspired to read about Katherina's journey to faith. 
Read more in my review.








2. Pick a book that shows an ultimate sacrifice for someone else. (Hebrews 10:10 & Ephesians 5:2)



I know this is a classic, but "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis.  The sacrifice gets me every time. 









3. Pick a book with your favorite love story in it. (1 John 4:8)


"Mine is the Night" by Liz Curtis Higgs.  I love this story.  This series is a retelling of the book of Ruth in the Bible.  And it's set in Scotland!! 











4. Pick a book with an epic good vs. evil battle. (Ephesians 6:12)



"Giver of Roses" by Kathleen Morgan.  It's been a long time since I read this book, but I really like this author and am still waiting for the next book in this series!





5. Pick a book that has prayer and/or bible reading in it as an essential or major element for the story. (1 Thess 5:16-18)




A lot of Melanie Dickerson's books have prayer and Bible reading as a big part of the story.  One I recently read, where the main character prayed a lot was "The Noble Servant."  Click here to read my review.










6. Pick a book that personally challenged you or that has persecution for one's faith in it. ( Matt 5:10, Luke 6:22, 1 John 3:13, John 15:18, 2 Timothy 3:12)

 "The Stonewycke Series" by Michael Phillips.  I love this author. All of his books have a very deep faith element and really make me think about my own faith.  A recent book of his I reviewed is "The Legacy" which also challenged me.  Click here for my review of that book. 






7. Pick a book where the main character is different from everyone else or stands out, or separates themselves apart for the plot. (Romans 12:14, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Peter 1:15 - 16. Colossians 3:12)




"Lady Jayne Disappears" by Joanna Davidson Politano.  In the book, the main character finds herself in a situation where she doesn't feel like she belongs or fits in.  Click here for my review. 











8. Sharing the gospel. Tell me in the comments below about your faith in Christ. About the books that encouraged you in your walk with the Lord. Let's build a community together focused on Jesus and reading with God in mind!




"Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan!  I've read this book many times and a lot of the sections in my copy are highlighted.  I love seeing Christian's journey and how he deals with things like "Giant Despair" and the demons of the "Valley of the Shadow of Death".  It has helped me in hard times to apply what I'm reading to my life.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

An Amazing Debut Novel--"Lady Jayne Disappears" by Joanna Davidson Politano Review

 
 

My Review:

"Lady Jayne Disappears" by Joanna Davidson Politano is such an incredible book for so many reasons!!  I did not know anything about the author or the book going into it--except that I loved the cover and the back cover description.  This book is so well written and has such a great story with characters that you will fall in love with!

The opening of the story draws you in right away.  Ms. Politano uses vivid descriptions of Victorian England that make you feel like you are transported back in time.  There is an air of mystery and a gothic feel throughout, with hints of Dickens.   I find the premise and plot of this story fascinating and refreshing.  It is very original and well done. 

I love the characters in this story so much; each is interesting in his own right.  I’d love to gush more about the book’s plot, but it's hard to not say anything that would give the story away, so if the back cover description grabs you, you’ll love this book!  My inner bookworm was in heaven, reading about how Aurelie (our heroine), loves stories.  I love the way she thinks and interacts with others.  Aurelie also has a strong faith, prays and talks about God.  She repeats verses when she is going through hard times.  She is a character that I will not soon forget!

I highly recommend this book!  It has beautiful messages of identity, belonging and faith.  The mystery, twists and turns kept me reading until the last page.  I can't wait for the next book this author writes! 

Content: This is a clean read.

Rating:  I give this book 5 stars

Genre: Christian historical fiction; Victorian; Mystery; Romance

I want to thank Joanna Davidson Politano, Revell, and LibraryThing Early Reviewers for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

Goodreads Description:

When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance--and perhaps even her father's death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano's stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.



 
About the Author:  I’m a work-from-home mom of one super cute baby girl (pictures to prove it) and I write novels. I married my hero Vince, who is my love and my polar opposite. I write, he tears it up with the red pen. I break cars and other mechanical things, he puts them back together. He’s nailed the “speak the truth” thing, and I bring the “in love” part. But the real spark to our marriage is that he does not like chocolate and I…  like it a normal amount. We love and live from our little house in the woods near Lake Michigan, which is undergoing a constant renovation.


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Helen R. Davis Blog Tour (Review of "The Most Happy") & GIVEAWAY!

 
 
Cleopatra Unconquered by Helen R. Davis
Publication Date: December 2, 2015
Savant Books & Publications LLC

eBook & Paperback; 328 Pages

Genre: Alternative Historical Fiction



The first book of three in a richly imagined ancient world where the course of history is altered by one battle. In this world, Antony and Cleopatra triumph at the Battle of Actium, and Cleopatra emerges as a queen, stateswoman, and politician. Those around her come to life as the reader returns to those days to live them with her.

“The first in a series, Cleopatra Unconquered by Helen R. Davis is a treat for those fascinated by Egypt and the lost glories of antiquity. The author weaves the fruits of her careful research into a fascinating combination of both the historical fiction and fantasy genres. It gives readers a look into history as it was, as well as into what might have been.” – Elena Marie Vidal, author of The Paradise Tree

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Evita…My Argentina by Helen R. Davis

Publication Date: February 10, 2017
Custom Book Publications
eBook & Paperback; 228 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Biographical



EVITA … My Argentina

Evita Perón tells her own spectacular story.

Tracing her life back to her humble beginnings, when she is abandoned by her father, Evita takes the reader on her journey to become an actress and later, to the pivotal moment when she meets Colonel Juan Perón. Never content to stay in her husband’s shadow, Evita reveals how she shares his belief that Peronism will help the working class. Eventually she begins doing work on her own as the president of the Society of Benevolence, helping the poor and winning the peoples’ trust.

As the times change and women get the vote, Evita becomes even more powerful, running the Ministries of Labor and Health, starting a foundation, and organizing the first female party, The Female Peronist Party.

A larger-than-life story, told in her own fictional words, the powerful novel is as educational as it is entertaining.

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The Most Happy by Helen R. Davis

Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Callipe Editorial

Genre: Alternative Historical Fiction



Anne Boleyn is known throughout the world as the beheaded wife of King Henry VIII, a woman for whom Henry discarded a Spanish princess and who was later discarded for the woman who gave Henry his longed-for son. Love her or hate her, it cannot be denied her romance with Henry VIII changed the course of English and European, and perhaps World History, forever.
This is a novel that imagines Anne Boleyn giving Henry a son and taking the reins of power as Regent of England when Henry VIII perishes in a jousting accident.

Told in the voice of the infamous Anne Boleyn, we are treated to the 16th century world that has recently become famous through programs such as The Tudors. We meet Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, and many of the personalities of the mid-16th century albeit in an altered setting.

How would this era and time, a pivotal one in Western Civilization, have changed if one of the movers and shakers of the period, Anne Boleyn, had not been struck down in her prime by the man who once adored her?

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My Review of "The Most Happy"
 
"The Most Happy: An Alternate History of Anne Boleyn" by Helen R. Davis is an interesting story of what might have been.  Being a fan of the Tudor period, I really enjoyed reading Ms. Davis's alternate history.
 

Instead of being killed, Anne Boleyn gets to live and becomes Regent of England after Henry VIII is killed in an accident.  In this story, Anne is not the witch that she is normally portrayed as.  Far from being evil, Anne is shown as a real human being, with many good characteristics.  Anne reads her Bible, prays and is interested in the Reformation.  She also has her flaws.  She has doubts and fears and is very fearful of her position (as any wife of Henry VIII would understandably be).  I appreciate that Ms. Davis still tries to paint Anne in a very realistic way, but doesn't shy away from showing a sometimes selfish and mean Anne, whose character grows throughout the story.  I didn't like her character a lot in the beginning, but I appreciate the changes she makes in the end. 


I found it especially interesting to see Anne's relationships with the women who would have been Henry's other wives and how they all interact with one another.  The story is ironic at points in how things play out and it's even more fun to read if you come into this story knowing about the Tudors and Tudor history.  Ms. Davis does an excellent job of weaving history with fiction and creating a believable alternate history. 


Content: I give this story a PG-13 rating.  This being about the Tudor era, there is more content than in the books I normally review.  From the author: "There is some sex and violence but it happens off screen."


Rating: I give this book 3.5 stars.


Genre: Alternative Historical Fiction; Tudor; Medieval


I want to thank Helen R. Davis, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, and Editorial Caliope for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.



About the Author

Helen R. Davis is an American author. Her first novel, Evita: My Argentina was previously published as Evita: My Life and republished with Custom Book Publications in Hong Kong. Her second novel, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, which is the first in a series, imagines a world in which Antony and Cleopatra, rather than Augustus Caesar, are the victors of the Battle of Actium. the sequel, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS, will be released soon, followed by the titles CLEOPATRA MAGNIFICA and CLEOPATRA TRIUMPHANT. Her third novel, or at least, her third historical novel/alternate history, THE MOST HAPPY, will be published with Callipe Editorial, based out of Madrid Spain, on July 25th, 2017.

For more information, please visit Helen Davis’ website. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 25
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, September 26
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective (The Most Happy)

Wednesday, September 27
Review at A Bookish Affair
Guest Post at A Holland Reads

Thursday, September 28
Review at Pursuing Stacie (Cleopatra Unconquered)

Friday, September 29
Review at A Chick Who Reads (Evita)
Review at 100 Pages a Day (The Most Happy)

Monday, October 2
Review at Must Read Faster (The Most Happy)

Tuesday, October 3 Review at Book Nerd (Evita)

Wednesday, October 4 Review at Tudor Enthusiast (The Most Happy)

Thursday, October 5 Review at Faery Tales Are Real (The Most Happy)

Friday, October 6 Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Most Happy)

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away eBooks of Cleopatra Unconquered & Evita…My Argentina & a paperback of The Most Happy! To enter, please enter via the link below.

Giveaway Rules
– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on October 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to residents in the US 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.

Enter giveaway here: https://gleam.io/YXmvP/helen-r-davis

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cover Reveal, Blog Extravaganza & GIVEAWAY for "A Mother for His Family" by Susanne Dietze!

 
About the Book/Synopsis: Lady Helena Stanhope’s reputation is in tatters…and she’s lost any hope for a “respectable” ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she’s determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she’s sure love is too much to ask for. All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irresistible spirit, caring and warmth. Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together—and his love—are for always.
 
 
About the Author: Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her at: Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest
 
 
Susanne shared her Inspiration behind the cover in saying: "I love marriage of convenience stories and always wanted to write one! It’s always fun for me to read a book where the wedding happens at the beginning and things progress out of order with the couple: marriage first, then love. I was able to offer three scene suggestions for the cover, and the wedding was my first choice so I’m thrilled the amazing art department at Harlequin chose to work with it. It’s a hopeful scene, since both the hero and heroine, John and Helena, think getting married will be the answer to their problems: he needs a mother for his three kids and niece, and she needs a respectable home. However, they learn right away that saying “I do” might provide solutions to their immediate issues, but not all of them, and forging a family can be a challenge—one that both breaks and heals their hearts! I love looking at them in this scene and knowing they have adventures ahead that will bring them closer together!"
 
Bloggers Participating:
Anita @ A.M. Heath Blog
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Cheryl @ Cheryl Book Blog
Bree @ Bibliophile

Here's the cover!

 
GIVEAWAY!
 
Click on the link to enter: http://bit.ly/2hLhuCX
 
 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"The Long Shadows of Summer" by Robin E. Mason Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!

 
 
 


Series: Seasons
Genre:  
Historical
Publisher: Bird's Nest Books
Publication date:
 August 31, 2017
​The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.
Mercedes has always been an avid reader and devours each new Sherlock Holmes mystery as soon as she gets her hands on them. When one of her friends comes to her, Mercedes vows to keep Simone’s secrets and uncover the truth.
 
But as Mercedes plays detective to her friends’ questions, she discovers something far more shocking—she herself is not who she thought she was.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
​“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa, in 2013.  Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned her BFA in Interior Design.  Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years.  Her characters face many of these same demons.

Ms. Mason writes stories of identity conflict. Her characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, her stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. “I know, I write from experience.”

Ms. Mason has three novels previously published in the unsavory heritage series. Tessa, Clara Bess, and Cissy are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. She also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She is currently working on The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, Book Two in her new series, Seasons. It releases in November, following The Long Shadows of Summer which releases in August. Books 3 and 4 in the series will be out in 2018.
 
 


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