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Mingmei Yip on tour for The Nine Fold Heaven, September 16-October 11

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Please join Mingmei Yip as she tours virtually for The Nine Fold Heaven from September 16 – October 11.

The Nine Fold HeavenPublication Date: June 25, 2013
Kensington Publishing
Paperback; 320p
ISBN-10: 0758273541

In this mesmerizing new novel, Mingmei Yip draw readers deeper into the exotic world of 1930s Shanghai first explored in Skeleton Women, and into the lives of the unforgettable Camilla, Shadow, and Rainbow Chang.

When Shadow, a gifted, ambitious magician, competed with the beautiful singer spy Camilla for the affections of organized crime leader Master Lung, she almost lost everything. Hiding out in Hong Kong, performing in a run-down circus, Shadow has no idea that Camilla, too, is on the run with her lover, Jinying – Lung’s son.

Yet while Camilla and Shadow were once enemies, now their only hope of freedom lies in joining forces to eliminate the ruthless gangster Big Brother Wang. Despite the danger, Shadow, Camilla, and Jinying return to Shanghai. Camilla also has her own secret agenda – she has heard a rumor that her baby son is alive. And in a city teeming with spies and rivals – including the vengeful gossip columnist Rainbow Chang – each battles for a future in a country on the verge of monumental change.

Praise for The Nine Fold Heaven

A guilty pleasure….enjoy the exotic location and characters…. This is a large, luscious box of chocolates. Go on. You know you want to.” -RTBook 4 star Review, June 2012

Entertaining diversion is (a strength of this book) -Publisher’s Weekly

Poignant and often heartbreaking story captivatin mix of worldly and ethereal, mystery and drama kept me interested and kept me reading with her journal cum memoir style that few authors pull off. I loved how she incorporated in her narrative Chinese customs, legends, myths and beliefs and especially how she quoted from long ago texts on war and strategies, it was her characters that dominated the pages. -Bookclub.BarnesandNoble.com, June 1, 2012

What a phenomenal novel!! The characters are well-developed and the storyline is amazing and reads fast. So much is going on you won’t be able to put the book down and you’ll be turning the last page before you know it. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone. Great job Mingmei!!! -Bookbag Lady, June 13, 2012

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About the AuthorMingmei Yip

When she was a child, Mingmei Yip made up stories like “how the moon reached to slap the sun” and “how the dim sum on my plate suddenly got up to tango.” At fifteen, she was thrilled that not only her article got published but she was paid ten dollars for it. Now Mingmei is a best selling novelist and children’s book writer and illustrator.

Mingmei believes that one should, besides being entertained, also get something out of reading a novel. She has now twelve books to her credit, including five novels by Kensington Books: The Nine Fold Heaven, Skeleton Women, Song of the Silk Road, Petals from the Sky, and Peach Blossom Pavilion. Book Examiner praises her novels as “A unique and enthralling style…flawless.” Her two children’s books are Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories and Grandma Panda’s China Storybook, both by Tuttle Publishing.

Mingmei is accomplished in many other fields. A professional player of the Guqin, Chinese zither, for over thirty years, she was recently invited by Carnegie Hall to perform in “A Festival celebrating Chinese Culture” in the same program with cellist Yo Yo Ma and pianist Lang Lang. She had her solo Goddess exhibition at the New York Open Center Gallery to great acclaim, gave calligraphy workshop at New York’s Metropolitain Museum of Art, and Taichi at the International Women’s Writing Guild.

For more information please visit Mingmei’s website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Amazon.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, September 16
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, September 17
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, September 18
Review at Must Read Faster
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, September 19
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Friday, September 20
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Monday, September 23
Guest Post at Closed the Cover

Thursday, September 26
Guest Post at HF Connection

Tuesday, October 1
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Thursday, October 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Friday, October 4
Guest Post at History Undressed

Tuesday, October 8
Review at A Bookish Libraria

Wednesday, October 9
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Friday, October 11
Review at Silver’s Reviews

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Please join Nike Campbell-Fatoki as she tours the blogosphere for Thread of Gold Beads from September 23 – October 5.

Thread of Gold BeadsPublication Date: November 16, 2012
Three Magi Publishing
Paperback; 412p
ISBN-10: 0988193205

Amelia, daughter of the last independent King of Danhomè, King Gbèhanzin, is the apple of her father’s eye, loved beyond measure by her mother, and overprotected by her siblings. She searches for her place within the palace amidst conspirators and traitors to the Kingdom. Just when Amelia begins to feel at home in her role as a Princess, a well-kept secret shatters the perfect life she knows. Someone else within the palace also knows and does everything to bring the secret to light. A struggle between good and evil ensues causing Amelia to leave all that she knows and loves. She must flee Danhomè with her brother, to south-western Nigeria. In a faraway land, she finds the love of a new family and God. The well-kept secret thought to have been dead and buried, resurrects with the flash of a thread of gold beads. Amelia must fight for her life and what is left of her soul.

Set during the French-Danhomè war of the late 1890s in Benin Republic and early 1900s in Abeokuta and Lagos, South-Western Nigeria, Thread of Gold Beads is a delicate love story, and coming of age of a young girl. It clearly depicts the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversities.

Praise for THREAD OF GOLD BEADS

“A highly competent contribution to the growing genre of popular historical fiction in Africa” – Sefi Atta, author of A Bit of A Difference, Swallow, Everything Good Will Come. Winner of Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa

“At the heart of Thread of Gold Beads stands Princess Amelia, an intelligent, courageous young woman who loses everything when the 1892 French invasion of Dahomey forces her to seek refuge in South-Western Nigeria. Following a series of unexpected twists, Amelia’s journey mirrors that of her Nigerian-born mother as secrets and betrayals threaten her hard-fought peace of mind. Through a cast of distinct characters, Campbell-Fatoki presents an intriguing coming of age story that captures the majesty of a 19th century African kingdom.”-Yejide Kilanko, author of Daughters Who Walk This Path

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About the AuthorNike Campbell-Fatoki

Nike Campbell-Fatoki was born in Lvov, Ukraine to Nigerian parents. She spent her formative years in Lagos, Nigeria, listening to stories and folktales told by her maternal Grandparents. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in International Development from American University, Washington, DC. Presently, she is a Budget and Finance Manager in the municipal government in the Washington DC area. She is an avid reader. She loves traveling, watching movies and listening to music. She is also the Founder of Eclectic Goodies, a party favors and gifts packaging company. She lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and three sons.

For more information please visit Nike’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ or follow the Facebook page for the book.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, September 23
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Tuesday, September 24
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Wednesday, September 25
Giveaway at From Left to Write

Thursday, September 26
Guest Post & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Monday, September 30
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 1
Review at Turning the Pages

Wednesday, October 2
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Friday, October 4
Review at Unabridged Chick

Saturday, October 5
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Susan McDuffie on tour for The Study of Murder, September 16-25

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Please join Susan McDuffie as she tours for The Study of Murder (Book Three, Muirteach MacPhee Mystery Series) from September 16 – 25.

The Study of MurderPublication Date: September 18, 2013
Five Star Publishing
Hardcover; 264p
ISBN-10: 1432827200

The Study of Murder pits Scottish sleuth Muirteach MacPhee against a mysterious adversary in the medieval town of Oxford in 1374.At the command of the Lord of the Isles, Muirteach and his wife Mariota accompany Donald, the lord’s surly thirteen-year-old son, to Oxford where Donald is to enroll in university. Shortly after their arrival a winsome tavern maid disappears. At his charge’s insistence, Muirteach attempts to help Undersheriff Grymbaud with the investigation, as well as keep Donald at his studies and out of the taverns. He has little success with either venture, although the discovery of some bizarre and suggestive drawings on old parchments piques the curiosity of Donald and his peers. Meanwhile, Mariota thirsts to attend medical lectures at the schools, which are closed to women, and seeks a way to gain admittance to them. When an Oxford master is found brutally bludgeoned to death, Grymbaud asks Muirteach to investigate the slaying. The eventual arrest of an aged servant at the college stirs the ever-simmering discord between townsfolk and university students. The unrest culminates in riots and another senseless killing occurs, endangering Mariota. Gleaning clues from a cryptic manuscript and desperate to save his wife, a determined Muirteach tracks a wily killer through a dark and twisted labyrinth of deceit.

Praise for The Study of Murder

“THE STUDY OF MURDER is a worthy addition to Susan McDuffie’s 14th century Hebridean mystery series. Muirteach and Mariota may be in an alien world, when they accompany the son of the Lord of the Isles to Oxford, but neither town nor gown can match their clever wits in solving crime. This book is a treat for those of us eager for a fresh era, well-integrated history, and a host of interesting characters.” – Priscilla Royal, author of the Prioress Eleanor/Brother Thomas Mysteries

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About the AuthorSusanMcDuffie

Susan McDuffie has been a fan of historical fiction since childhood. As a child, Susan spent such vast amounts of time reading historical fiction that she wondered if she was mistakenly born in the wrong century. As an adult her discovery that Clorox was not marketed prior to 1922 reconciled her to life in this era. Susan’s first published works were two Regency short stories in Regency Press anthologies.

Susan’s childhood interest in Scotland was fueled by stories of the McDuffie clan’s ancestral lands on Colonsay and their traditional role as “Keeper of the Records” for the Lord of the Isles. On her first visit to Scotland she hitchhiked her way through the Hebrides and the seeds for the medieval Muirteach MacPhee mysteries were planted.

The Muirteach mysteries include A MASS FOR THE DEAD (2006), THE FAERIE HILLS (2011), and THE STUDY OF MURDER (September 2013). The New Mexico Book Awards named THE FAERIE HILLS “Best Historical Novel” of 2011. Currently plotting Muirteach’s next adventure, Susan shares her life with a Native American artist and four unruly cats, and enjoys taking flamenco dance classes in her spare time. She loves to hear from readers and her website is www.SusanMcDuffie.net.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, September 16
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Tuesday, September 17
Guest Post at HF Connection

Wednesday, September 18
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Thursday, September 19
Review at Reading the Ages

Friday, September 20
Review at Impressions in Ink
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Saturday, September 21
Review at Unabridged Chick

Sunday, September 22
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Monday, September 23
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, September 25
Review at The Most Happy Reader
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

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Please join Laura John Rowland as she tours with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for the latest release in her San Ichiro Series, The Shogun’s Daughter, from September 16 – October 4.

The Shogun's DaughterPublication Date: September 17, 2013
Minotaur Books
Hardcover; 336p
ISBN-10: 1250028612

Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies on her deathbed, attended by her nurse. Smallpox pustules cover her face. Incense burns, to banish the evil spirits of disease. After Tsuruhime takes her last breath, the old woman watching from the doorway says, “Who’s going to tell the Shogun his daughter is dead?”

The death of the Shogun’s daughter has immediate consequences on his regime. There will be no grandchild to leave the kingdom. Faced with his own mortality and beset by troubles caused by the recent earthquake, he names as his heir Yoshisato, the seventeen-year-old son he only recently discovered was his. Until five months ago, Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of Yanagisawa, the shogun’s favorite advisor. Yanagisawa is also the longtime enemy of Sano Ichiro.

Sano doubts that Yoshisato is really the Shogun’s son, believing it’s more likely a power-play by Yanagisawa. When Sano learns that Tsuruhime’s death may have been a murder, he sets off on a dangerous investigation that leads to more death and destruction as he struggles to keep his pregnant wife, Reiko, and his son safe. Instead, he and his family become the accused. And this time, they may not survive the day.

Laura Joh Rowland’s thrilling series set in Feudal Japan is as gripping and entertaining as ever.

Praise for Laura Joh Rowland

Author of The Fire Kimono, “one of the five best historical mystery novels”—The Wall Street Journal

“Rowland has a painter’s eye for the minutiae of court life, as well as a politician’s ear for intrigue.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Sano may carry a sword and wear a kimono, but you’ll immediately recognize him as an ancestor of Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade.”—The Denver Post

About the AuthorLaura Joh Rowland

Laura Joh Rowland is the author of a mystery series set in medieval Japan, featuring samurai detective Sano Ichiro. The Shogun’s Daughter is the seventeenth book in the series. Her work has been published in 13 foreign countries, nominated for the Anthony Award and the Hammett Prize, and won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery. Laura lives in New York City.

For more information please visit Laura’s website. You can also follow her on Facebook.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, September 16
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Tuesday, September 17
Review at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, September 18
Guest Post at The True Book Addict
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, September 19
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, September 20
Review at The True Book Addict
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Monday, September 23
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Tuesday, September 24
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Wednesday, September 25
Review at Impressions in Ink
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Thursday, September 26
Review & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Friday, September 27
Review at Jenny Loves to Read

Monday, September 30
Review at A Bookish Affair
Interview at Unabridged Chick

Tuesday, October 1
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, October 2
Review at The Maiden’s Court
Review at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, October 3
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Friday, October 4
Review at Book Dilettante

Post Tour

Monday, October 7
Review & Interview at A Bookish Libraria

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Please join Juliet Grey as she tours for the release of Confessions of Marie Antoinette from September 17-October 16.

Confessions of Marie AntoinettePublication Date: September 24, 2013
Ballantine Books
Paperback; 464p
ISBN: 0345523903

Confessions of Marie Antoinette, the riveting and sweeping final novel in Juliet Grey’s trilogy on the life of the legendary French queen, blends rich historical detail with searing drama, bringing to life the early years of the French Revolution and the doomed royal family’s final days.

Versailles, 1789. As the burgeoning rebellion reaches the palace gates, Marie Antoinette finds her privileged and peaceful life swiftly upended by violence. Once her loyal subjects, the people of France now seek to overthrow the crown, placing the heirs of the Bourbon dynasty in mortal peril.

Displaced to the Tuileries Palace in Paris, the royal family is propelled into the heart of the Revolution. There, despite a few staunch allies, they are surrounded by cunning spies and vicious enemies. Yet despite the political and personal threats against her, Marie Antoinette remains above all a devoted wife and mother, standing steadfastly by her husband, Louis XVI, and protecting their young son and daughter. And though the queen and her family try to flee, and she secretly attempts to arrange their rescue from the clutches of the Revolution, they cannot outrun the dangers encircling them, or escape their shocking fate.

About the AuthorJuliet Grey Author Pic

Juliet Grey is the author of Becoming Marie Antoinette and Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow. She has extensively researched European royalty and is a particular devotee of Marie Antoinette, as well as a classically trained professional actress with numerous portrayals of virgins, vixens, and villainesses to her credit. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and Washington, D.C..

For more information please visit www.becomingmarie.com.

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