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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

J. Boyce Gleason on tour for Anvil of God, October 28 – November 29

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Please join J. Boyce Gleason as he tours the blogosphere for Anvil of God (Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles) from October 28 – November 29.

Anvil of GodPublication Date: July 26, 2013
iUniverse
Paperback; 440p
ISBN-10: 1475990197

It is 741. After subduing the pagan religions in the east, halting the march of Islam in the west, and conquering the continent for the Merovingian kings, mayor of the palace Charles the Hammer has one final ambition-the throne. Only one thing stands in his way-he is dying.

Charles cobbles together a plan to divide the kingdom among his three sons, betroth his daughter to a Lombard prince to secure his southern border, and keep the Church unified behind them through his friend Bishop Boniface. Despite his best efforts, the only thing to reign after Charles’s death is chaos. His daughter has no intention of marrying anyone, let alone a Lombard prince. His two eldest sons question the rights of their younger pagan stepbrother, and the Church demands a steep price for their support. Son battles son, Christianity battles paganism, and Charles’s daughter flees his court for an enemy’s love.

Based on a true story, Anvil of God is a whirlwind of love, honor, sacrifice, and betrayal that follows a bereaved family’s relentless quest for power and destiny.

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About the AuthorJ. Boyce Gleason

After a 25-year career in crisis management and public affairs, J. Boyce Gleason began writing historical fiction and is publishing his first novel ANVIL OF GOD, Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles. With an AB in history from Dartmouth College, Gleason brings a strong understanding of the past to his historical fiction. He is married, has three sons and lives in Virginia.

For more information please visit www.jboycegleason.com.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, October 28
Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 29
Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading

Monday, November 4
Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Tuesday, November 5
Review at Reading the Ages

Wednesday, November 6
Guest Post at HF Connection

Thursday, November 7
Interview & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Friday, November 8
Review at Library of Alexandra

Monday, November 11
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Tuesday, November 12
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, November 13
Review at From LA to L.A.
Review at The Most Happy Reader

Thursday, November 14
Review at Bibliophilic Book Blog

Monday, November 18
Review & Giveaway at The Bookworm

Tuesday, November 19
Review at A Book Geek

Wednesday, November 20
Review at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, November 21
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Friday, November 22
Review at The Musings of a Book Junkie

Monday, November 25
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks
Interview & Giveaway at The Most Happy Reader

Wednesday, November 27
Review at The Calico Critic

Thursday, November 28
Review & Giveaway at WTF Are You Reading?

Friday, November 29
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

David Blixt on tour for Colossus: The Four Emperors, October 7-25

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Please join author David Blixt as he tours virtually for Colossus: The Four Emperors from October 7 – 25.

The Four EmperorsPublication Date: April 7, 2013
Sordelet Ink
Paperback; 406p
ISBN-10: 061578318X

Rome under Nero is a dangerous place. His cruel artistic whims border on madness, and any man who dares rise too high has his wings clipped, with fatal results.

For one family, Nero means either promotion or destruction. While his uncle Vespasian goes off to put down a rebellion in Judea, Titus Flavius Sabinus struggles to walk the perilous line between success and notoriety as he climbs Rome’s ladder. When Nero is impaled on his own artistry, the whole world is thrown into chaos and Sabinus must navigate shifting allegiances and murderous alliances as his family tries to survive the year of the Four Emperors.

The second novel in the Colossus series.

About the Authordavidblixt2

Author and playwright David Blixt’s work is consistently described as “intricate,” “taut,” and “breathtaking.” A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the early Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS’D series, including THE MASTER OF VERONA, VOICE OF THE FALCONER, and FORTUNE’S FOOL) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY’S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as inept spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history. As the Historical Novel Society said, “Be prepared to burn the midnight oil. It’s well worth it.” Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, David describes himself as “actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order.”

For more about David and his novels, visit www.davidblixt.com.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, October 7
Review at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Tuesday, October 8
Review at Reading the Ages
Interview at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Wednesday, October 9
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry

Thursday, October 10
Review at Historical Tapestry & The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader

Friday, October 11
Review & Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!
Guest Post at Bibliophilic Book Blog

Monday, October 14
Review at Just One More Chapter
Interview & Giveaway at Pages of Comfort

Tuesday, October 15
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Wednesday, October 16
Review at A Bookish Affair
Review & Giveaway at Closed the Cover

Thursday, October 17
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Friday, October 18
Review at The Musings of a Book Junkie

Monday, October 21
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict

Tuesday, October 22
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Wednesday, October 23
Review at Dee’s Reads
Guest Post & Giveaway at HF Connection

Thursday, October 24
Review at She Reads Novels

Friday, October 25
Review at A Book Geek
Review & Giveaway at The Most Happy Reader

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Trini Amador on tour for Gracianna, October 21-November 22

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Please join author Trini Amador as he tours virtually for Gracianna from October 21 – November 22.

GraciannaPublication Date: July 23, 2013
Greenleaf Book Group Press
Hardcover; 296p
ISBN-10: 1608325709

The gripping story of Gracianna–a French-Basque girl forced to make impossible decisions after being recruited into the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris.

Gracianna is inspired by true events in the life of Trini Amador’s great-grandmother, Gracianna Lasaga. As an adult, Amador was haunted by the vivid memory of finding a loaded German Luger tucked away in a nightstand while wandering his great-grandmother’s home in Southern California. He was only four years old at the time, but the memory remained and he knew he had to explore the story behind the gun.

Decades later, Amador would delve into the remarkable odyssey of his Gracianna’s past, a road that led him to an incredible surprise. In Gracianna, Amador weaves fact and fiction to tell his great-grandmother’s story.

Gracianna bravely sets off to Paris in the early 1940s–on her way to America, she hopes–but is soon swept into the escalation of the war and the Nazi occupation of Paris. After chilling life-and-death struggles, she discovers that her missing sister has surfaced as a laborer in Auschwitz. When she finds an opportunity to fight back against the Nazis to try to free her sister, she takes it–even if it means using lethal force.

As Amador tells the imagined story of how his great-grandmother risked it all, he delivers richly drawn characters and a heart-wrenching page-turner that readers won’t soon forget.

Praise for Gracianna

“Gracianna is a riveting and remarkable narrative. The characters come alive through their unassuming but compelling stories, as Nazi-occupied Paris unfolds before our eyes. We come to care deeply about the characters, which makes putting down the book almost impossible. Highly recommended.” – Stacey Katz Bourns, Director of Language Programs, Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

“While wine is obviously a significant part of life’s enjoyment, the story behind the wine can be even more gratifying. You will be fixated on this thrilling story written by Trini Amador which was inspired by Gracianna, his great-grandmother, the French Basque namesake of his family’s award-winning winery in Sonoma County.” – Bob Cabral, Director of Winemaking & General Manager, Williams Selyem Winery

“Gracianna is a gripping story about human courage and determination. This book truly deserves a movie because of the action and emotions in it. Trini Amador has done a fantastic job in bringing the story of his amazing grandmother to life. A must read for fiction and non-fiction lovers alike.” —Felipe Korzenny, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication, Florida State University.

Trini Amador Author High Res 002 ZOOMAbout the Author

Trini Amador vividly remembers the day he found a loaded German Luger tucked away in a nightstand while wandering through his great-grandmother’s home in Southern California. He was only four years old at the time, but the memory remained and he knew he had to explore the story behind the gun. This experience sparked a journey towards Gracianna, Amador’s debut novel, inspired by true events and weaving reality with imagination. It’s a tale drawing from real-life family experiences.

Mr. Amador is a traveled global marketing “insighter.” He is a sought-after guru teaching multinational brand marketers to understand how customer and consumer segments behave based on their needs, values, motivations, feeling and values. He has trained over five thousand brand marketers on how to grow brands in over 20 countries in the last 15 years. His counseling has been valued at global brands including General Electric, Microsoft, AT&T, Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems, Google, Jack Daniel’s, The J.M. Smucker Co., DuPont, Mattel, and Rodale, Inc..

Amador is also a founding partner with his wife and children of Gracianna Winery, an award-winning winery located in Healdsburg, California. The winery also pays tribute to the Amador Family’s maternal grandmother, Gracianna Lasaga. Her message of being thankful lives on through them. The Gracianna winery strives to keep Gracianna’s gratitude alive through their wine. Learn more at: www.gracianna.com, like Gracianna Winery on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @GraciannaWinery.

Amador resides in Sonoma County with his family.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, October 21
Review & Giveaway at vvb32 Reads

Tuesday, October 22
Review & Giveaway at Closed the Cover
Review & Giveaway at WTF Are You Reading?

Wednesday, October 23
Guest Post at Closed the Cover

Thursday, October 24
Review at Mom with a Book
Guest Post at Bibliophilic Book Blog

Friday, October 25
Review at Pages of Comfort

Monday, October 28
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Tuesday, October 29
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Wednesday, October 30
Interview & Giveaway at MK McClintock
Guest Post & Giveaway at HF Connection

Friday, November 1
Review & Giveaway at From L.A. to LA

Monday, November 4
Review & Interview at Lit Nerd

Tuesday, November 5
Excerpt & Giveaway at Kinx’s Book Nook

Wednesday, November 6
Review at Turning the Pages

Thursday, November 7
Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace

Friday, November 8
Review at Doing Dewey
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, November 11
Interview at Doing Dewey

Tuesday, November 12
Review at From the TBR Pile
Review at Found Between the Covers

Wednesday, November 13
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Thursday, November 14
Review at Reading the Ages
Interview at Linus’s Blanket

Friday, November 15
Review at Dee’s Reads

Monday, November 18
Review at Book-alicious Mama

Tuesday, November 19
Review at Man of La Book
Review at History Undressed

Wednesday, November 20
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Interview & Giveaway at History Undressed

Thursday, November 21
Review at Must Read Faster

Friday, November 22
Review at Silver’s Reviews

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Elaine Cougler on tour for The Loyalist’s Wife, October 7-21

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Please join author Elaine Cougler as she tours for The Loyalist’s Wife (Book One, Loyalist Trilogy) from October 7 – 21.

The Loyalist's Wife_cover_Mar18.inddPublication Date: June 20, 2013
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Paperback; 342p
ISBN-10: 1490414894

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

The Loyalist’s Wife is the first of three books in The Loyalist Trilogy. The Loyalist’s Luck is scheduled for release in June, 2014 and The Loyalist Legacy in June, 2015.

Praise for The Loyalist’s Wife

“Elaine Cougler has written a page-turning novel of the American Revolution through the eyes of a conflicted loyalist soldier and his indomitable wife. You’ll feel the hardship of homesteading, the fear of the enemy, the blows of battle, and the pain of separation. You’ll be transported through history. This is not just a novel written about another time, it seems written in another time.” Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans, Stephen Leacock medal winner

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About the AuthorElaine Cougler

A native of Southern Ontario, Elaine taught high school and with her husband raised two children until she finally had time to pursue her writing career. She loves to research both family history and history in general for the stories of real people that emanate from the dusty pages. These days writing is Elaine’s pleasure and her obsession. Telling the stories of Loyalists caught in the American Revolutionary War is very natural as her personal roots are thoroughly enmeshed in that struggle, out of which arose both Canada and the United States.

For more information please visit Elaine’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, October 7
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 8
Review at West Metro Mommy

Wednesday, October 9
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Thursday, October 10
Review at Unabridged Chick
Review & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, October 11
Review & Giveaway at Kinx’s Book Nook

Monday, October 14
Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Tuesday, October 15
Review at A Bookish Affair
Guest Post at Book Lovers Paradise

Thursday, October 17
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Friday, October 18
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Guest Post at A Bookish Affair

Monday, October 21
Review & Giveaway at Confessions of an Avid Reader

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Please join Julie Dewey as she tours virtually for Forgetting Tabitha: The Story of an Orphan Train Rider from October 7 – 11.

Forgetting TabithaPublication Date: August 3, 2013
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Paperback; 280p
ISBN-10: 1491039248

Raised on a farm outside of West Chester County, Tabitha Salt, the daughter of Irish immigrants, leads a sheltered existence. When tragedy strikes the family, the ten year old and her mother are forced to move to the notorious Five Points District in New York City. Known for its brothels, gangs, gambling halls, corrupt politicians, and thieves, the Five Points is a chaotic slum. The women find work as laundresses, struggling every day to survive in their squalid living conditions.

When tragedy strikes again, Tabitha finds herself on the streets of New York City, alone. Summoning her courage and willing her legs that are numb with fear and grief to move, she takes to a life on the streets. Stealing food and running from the law, Tabitha dreams of the future.

During this time the Sisters of Charity were plucking orphans off the streets with promises of a new life. Children were told to forget their pasts, including their religious beliefs, families, and names. They were to become Christian and were given new identities, only then could they board the orphan trains. The orphan trains carried the destitute children out west in search of new homes. Siblings were often ripped apart and many didn’t find homes but became indentured workers in exchange for room and board.

The looming decision would alter her life course; boarding the train meant leaving everything and everyone she knew behind. Vulnerable and afraid she made her decision.

The story is a true to life chronicle reflecting the saga of hundreds of thousands of homeless or neglected children who were placed on orphan trains from 1854 to 1929. The orphan train movement led to numerous reforms having to do with welfare and child labor laws. Many people believe it is the origin of modern foster care.

About the AuthorJulie Dewey

Julie Dewey is a novelist who resides with her family in Central New York. Her daughter is a singer/songwriter, and her son is a boxer. Her husband is an all-around hard working, fantastic guy with gorgeous blue eyes that had her falling for him the moment they met.

In addition to researching and writing she is an avid reader. She is also passionate about jewelry design and gemstones. She loves anything creative, whether it be knitting, stamping, scrapping, decoupaging, working with metal, or decorating.

Visit her at www.juliedewey.com to get your reading guide for this book and to read an excerpt from One Thousand Porches, her second novel.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, October 7
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, October 8
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Guest Post at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, October 9
Review at West Metro Mommy
Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Thursday, October 10
Review at A Bookish Affair
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Review & Giveaway at The Eclectic Reader

Friday, October 11
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Anna Belfrage on tour for The Prodigal Son, October 7-14

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Please join author Anna Belfrage as she tours virtually for The Prodigal Son (Book Three, Graham Saga) from October 7 – 14.

The Prodigal SonPublication Date: July 1, 2013
Matador Publishing
Paperback; 392p
ISBN-10: 1780885741

Safely returned from an involuntary stay on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, Matthew Graham finds the Scottish Lowlands torn asunder by religious strife. The government of His Restored Majesty, Charles II, requires all his subjects to swear fealty to him and the Church of England, riding roughshod over any opposition.

In Ayrshire, the people close ranks around their evicted ministers, stubbornly clinging to their Presbyterian faith. But disobedience comes at a price – a very steep price – and as neighbours and friends are driven from hearth and home, Alex becomes increasingly more nervous as to what her Matthew is risking by his continued support of the clandestine ministers – foremost amongst them the charismatic Sandy Peden.

Privately, Alex considers Sandy an enervating fanatic and all this religious fervour is totally incomprehensible to her. So when Matthew repeatedly sets his faith and minister before his own safety and therefore per extension her safety and the safety of their children, he puts their marriage under severe strain.

The situation is further complicated by the presence of Ian, the son Matthew was cruelly duped into disowning several years ago. Now Matthew wants Ian back and Alex isn’t entirely sure this is a good thing, watching from a distance as her husband dances round his lost boy.

Things are brought to a head when Matthew yet again places all their lives in the balance to save his dear friend and preacher from the dragoons that chase him over the moor.

How much is Matthew willing to risk? How much will he ultimately lose?

About the AuthorAnna Belfrage

I was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result I’m multilingual and most of my reading is historical – both non-fiction and fiction.

I was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Instead I ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for my most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career I raised my four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive … Nowadays I spend most of my spare time at my writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and I slip away into my imaginary world, with my imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in my life pops his head in to ensure I’m still there. I like that – just as I like how he makes me laugh so often I’ll probably live to well over a hundred.

I was always going to be a writer. Now I am – I have achieved my dream.

For more information, please visit Anna Belfrage’s WEBSITE.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, October 7
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, October 8
Review at bookramblings
Review at The Most Happy Reader

Wednesday, October 9
Review at Anglers Rest

Thursday, October 10
Review at Book-alicious Mama

Friday, October 11
Review at Just One More Chapter

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mary Sharratt on tour for Illuminations, October 14-November 15

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Please join Mary Sharratt as she tours virtually for Illuminations from October 14 – November 15.

IlluminationsPublication Date: October 15, 2013
Mariner Books
Paperback; 288p
ISBN-10: 0544106539

Skillfully weaving historical fact with psychological insight and vivid imagination, Illuminations brings to life one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages: Hildegard von Bingen, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath.

Offered to the Church at the age of eight, Hildegard was expected to live in silent submission as the handmaiden of a renowned, disturbed young nun, Jutta von Sponheim. But Hildegard rejected Jutta’s masochistic piety, rejoicing in her own secret visions of the divine. When Jutta died, Hildegard broke out of her prison, answering the heavenly call to speak and write about her visions and to liberate her sisters. Riveting and utterly unforgettable, Illuminations is a deeply moving portrayal of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed.

Praise for Illuminations

“An enchanting beginning to the story of the perennially fascinating 12th-century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen. It is easy to paint a picture of a saint from the outside but much more difficult to show them from the inside. Mary Sharratt has undertaken this with sensitivity and grace.”
—Margaret George, author of Mary, Called Magdalene

“I loved Mary Sharratt’s The Daughters of Witching Hill, but she has outdone herself with Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen. She brings one of the most famous and enigmatic women of the Middle Ages to vibrant life in this tour de force, which will captivate the reader from the very first page.”
—Sharon Kay Penman, author of the New York Times bestseller Time and Chance

“I love Mary Sharratt. The grace of her writing and the grace of her subject combine seamlessly in this wonderful novel about the amazing, too-little-known saint, Hildegard of Bingen, a mystic and visionary. Sharratt captures both the pain and the beauty such gifts bring, as well as bringing to life a time of vast sins and vast redemptions.”
—Karleen Koen, author of Before Versailles and the best-selling Through a Glass Darkly

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The author of four critically acclaimed historical novels, Mary Sharratt is an American who lives in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, the setting for her acclaimed Daughters of the Witching Hill, which recasts the Pendle Witches of 1612 in their historical context as cunning folk and healers. She also lived for twelve years in Germany, which, along with her interest in sacred music and herbal medicine, inspired her to write Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen. Illuminations won the Nautilus Gold Award for Better Books for a Better World and was selected as a Kirkus Book of the Year.

For more information, please visit Mary’s website and blog.  You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, October 14
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Tuesday, October 15
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, October 16
Review at Bitches with Books

Thursday, October 17
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Libraria

Friday, October 18
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Monday, October 21
Review at Book of Secrets

Tuesday, October 22
Review & Giveaway at Book Lovers Paradise

Wednesday, October 23
Review at Books, Belles and Beaux
Review & Giveaway at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Thursday, October 24
Review at Just One More Chapter
Guest Post at Books, Belles and Beaux

Friday, October 25
Interview & Giveaway at Just One More Chapter

Monday, October 28
Review at Bloggin’ ’bout Books

Tuesday, October 29
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks

Wednesday, October 30
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Friday, November 1
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Saturday, November 2
Review at The Most Happy Reader

Monday, November 4
Guest Post & Giveaway at HF Book Muse – News

Tuesday, November 5
Guest Post & Giveaway at The True Book Addict
Interview at Erika Mailman Blog

Wednesday, November 6
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Review at The True Book Addict

Thursday, November 7
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Friday, November 8
Review at History and Women

Monday, November 11
Review at A Bookish Affair
Review & Giveaway at Closed the Cover

Tuesday, November 12
Review & Giveaway at vvb32 Reads
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, November 13
Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR

Thursday, November 14
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Feature & Giveaway at Book-alicious Mama

Friday, November 15
Review at Books in the Burbs

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Please join author Deborah Swift as she tours for A Divided Inheritance from October 23 – November 27.

A Divided InheritanceUK Publication Date: October 23, 2013
Pan MacMillan
Paperback; 480p
ISBN-10: 033054344X

A family divided by fortune. A country divided by faith.

London 1609…

Elspet Leviston’s greatest ambition is to continue the success of her father Nathaniel’s lace business. But her dreams are thrown into turmoil with the arrival of her mysterious cousin Zachary Deane – who has his own designs on Leviston’s Lace.

Zachary is a dedicated swordsman with a secret past that seems to invite trouble. So Nathaniel sends him on a Grand Tour, away from the distractions of Jacobean London. Elspet believes herself to be free of her hot-headed relative but when Nathaniel dies her fortunes change dramatically. She is forced to leave her beloved home and go in search of Zachary – determined to claim back from him the inheritance that is rightfully hers.

Under the searing Spanish sun, Elspet and Zachary become locked in a battle of wills. But these are dangerous times and they are soon embroiled in the roar and sweep of something far more threatening, sending them both on an unexpected journey of discovery which finally unlocks the true meaning of family . . .

A Divided Inheritance is a breathtaking adventure set in London just after the Gunpowder Plot and in the bustling courtyards of Golden Age Seville.

About the AuthorDeborah Swift

Deborah Swift used to work in the theatre and at the BBC as a set and costume designer, before studying for an MA in Creative Writing in 2007. She lives in a beautiful area of Lancashire near the Lake District National Park. She is the author of The Lady’s Slipper and is a member of the Historical Writers Association, the Historical Novel Society, and the Romantic Novelists Association.

For more information, please visit Deborah’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Wednesday, October 23
Review at Unabridged Chick

Thursday, October 24
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Friday, October 25
Review at Luxury Reading

Monday, October 28
Review at Historical Tapestry and The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader

Tuesday, October 29
Review & Guest Post at A Bookish Libraria
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry

Wednesday, October 30
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, October 31
Review at The Most Happy Reader

Friday, November 1
Interview at Layered Pages

Monday, November 4
Review at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Tuesday, November 5
Guest Post at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Wednesday, November 6
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, November 7
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, November 8
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Monday, November 11
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Tuesday, November 12
Review at Reading the Past

Wednesday, November 13
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, November 14
Review & Giveaway at The Eclectic Reader

Friday, November 15
Review at Book of Secrets

Monday, November 18
Review at HF Book Muse-News

Tuesday, November 19
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks
Guest Post at HF Book Muse-News

Wednesday, November 20
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Monday, November 25
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Tuesday, November 26
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Wednesday, November 27
Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
Review at The True Book Addict

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Michelle Diener on tour for Banquet of Lies, October 21-November 1

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Please join author Michelle Diener as she tours virtually for Banquet of Lies from October 21 – November 1.

Banquet of LiesPublication Date: October 22, 2013
Gallery Books
Paperback; 352p
ISBN-10: 1451684452

A young noblewoman flees to London and poses as a servant to evade a murderer in this richly detailed and “compelling” (Publishers Weekly) historical novel.

Frightened for her life after her father, a British spy, is murdered, Giselle Barrington flees with the secret document her father gave her for safekeeping. Needing to hide from those now chasing her, and knowing that no one would look for a wealthy young society lady in a kitchen, she takes a job as a cook for a nobleman, determined to use her anonymity to uncover the murderer. Life below stairs gives her a new perspective on the hard realities of servants’ lives, even though she’s a highly paid one. And when her employer is drawn not only into her investigations, but also to her, they find themselves faced with the power imbalance between servant and master.

About the AuthorMichelle Diener

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series starts with IN A TREACHEROUS COURT. Set in the court of Henry VIII, it features the real historical figures of artist Susanna Horenbout and Henry’s Keeper of the Palace of Westminster and Yeoman of the King’s Robes, John Parker. It was followed by KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS, also featuring Susanna Horenbout and John Parker, and DANGEROUS SANCTUARY, a short story with the same characters, set between the two books, is currently available as an ebook only.

A new historical novel, set during the Napoleonic Wars in London in 1811, THE EMPEROR’S CONSPIRACY, was released on November 27th, 2012.

Michelle also contributed a short paranormal story to the ENTANGLED Anthology entitled BREAKING OUT. All the proceeds of the sale of ENTANGLED go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Michelle grew up in South Africa, and now lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

For more information, please visit Michelle’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, October 21
Review at Unabridged Chick
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Tuesday, October 22
Review at Historical Tapestry and The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, October 23
Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading

Thursday, October 24
Review & Giveaway at The Lit Bitch
Interview at Linus’s Blanket

Friday, October 25
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Libraria
Interview at Historical Tapestry

Monday, October 28
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, October 29
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Wednesday, October 30
Review at A Bookish Affair
Interview & Giveaway at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Thursday, October 31
Review & Giveaway at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Friday, November 1
Review at Peppermint, Ph.D.
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Susan Wittig Albert on tour for A Wilder Rose, October 7-14

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Please join Susan Wittig Albert as she tours with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours from October 7 – 14.

A Wilder RosePublication Date: October 1, 2013
Persevero Press
Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9892035-0-0

A Wilder Rose tells the fascinating story of Rose Wilder Lane, a complex, unconventional woman, who in 1903, at the age of 18, fled her parents’ farm and the little town of Mansfield MO, to make a name for herself, becoming a well-known journalist, freelance writer, bestselling author, and world traveler. In 1928, when she left Albania and returned to the Missouri farm to help her parents, she was among the highest-paid American magazine writers.

Then the Crash came and Rose was stranded at the farm, obligated to support elderly parents who could no longer earn even a meager living by farming. With the hope of making some money, her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, brought Rose a handwritten draft of her childhood story. What happened after that is literary history—but not the history we thought we knew, for Rose’s diaries and journals reveal the startling breadth of her contributions to the Little House books and the painful depths of the mother-daughter conflicts that made their collaboration so difficult. The secret collaboration, for the two women concealed their work from their literary agent, their editors, and their readers, even after five of the books were named Newbery Honor Books.

Now, Laura is an iconic figure in American literature and Rose is rarely remembered. Susan Wittig Albert’s compelling novel portrays their untold story in a way that readers won’t forget.

Praise for A Wilder Rose

“A nuanced, moving and resonant novel about fraught mother-daughter relationships, family obligation and the ways we both inherit and reject the values of our parents. . . . With all of the charm of the Little House series—and the benefit of a sophisticated, adult worldview—Albert’s novel is an absolute pleasure.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Susan Wittig Albert fictionalizes history in a way that helps readers better understand [the past]. . . She reopens the controversy over who deserves primary credit for the Little House series while at the same time engagingly and persuasively reimagines the conflicted mother-daughter relationship, the challenges posed by the Depression, and the heated political atmosphere of the 1930s.—John E. Miller, Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder

Rose Wilder Lane deserves recognition for her coauthorship of the Little House books. . . A revealing behind-the-scenes look into a literary deception that has persisted for decades.—William Holtz, The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane

A compelling depiction of one of the most significant literary collaborations of the 20th century. That the two people involved were mother and daughter adds to its complexity and human interest.—Anita Claire Fellman, Little House, Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture

A beautifully written, vivid story . . . a splendid novel for everyone who has loved the Little House books, for all mothers and daughters, and for writers who will see their craft lovingly displayed.—Carolyn Hart, Ghost Gone Wild

About the AuthorSusan Albert

Susan Wittig Albert is the bestselling author of more than a hundred books for adults and young readers. Her work includes four mystery series–China Bayles, Darling Dahlias, The Cottage Tales, and (with her husband, Bill Albert), the Robin Paige Victorians—as well as short stories, memoirs, nonfiction, and edited anthologies. A former English professor, Susan lives in the Texas Hill Country.

For more information please visit www.susanalbert.com and www.AWilderRoseTheNovel.com. You can also follow Susan on her blog and Facebook.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, October 7
Review & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Tuesday, October 8
Review at Reading the Past

Wednesday, October 9
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Review & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, October 10
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Friday, October 11
Review & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary

Saturday, October 12
Review at Peeking Between the Pages

Monday, October 14
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

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