Wednesday, September 20, 2017

0 Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed $75 Gift Card Giveaway

 Minotaur is running a sweepstakes that you should know about. 

All you have to do is pick up a copy of BEACH, BREEZE, BLOODSHED by John Keyse-Walker (now available!), post a photo of the book on any social media platform and use the hashtag #BeachBreezeBloodshed to be entered. Winners will get a $75 gift card to the bookseller of their choice!

Deadline to post is October 12, 2017.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1 WOMEN ENTERS LEFT Blog Tour and Giveaway

Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole

Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House
Paperback & eBook; 352 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction | Literary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

A woman sets out on a cross-country road trip, unknowingly tracing in reverse the path her mother traveled thirty years before.

In the 1950s, movie star Louise Wilde is caught between an unfulfilling acting career and a shaky marriage when she receives an out-of-the-blue phone call: She has inherited the estate of Florence “Florrie” Daniels, a Hollywood screenwriter she barely recalls meeting. Among Florrie’s possessions are several unproduced screenplays, personal journals, and—inexplicably—old photographs of Louise’s mother, Ethel. On an impulse, Louise leaves a film shoot in Las Vegas and sets off for her father’s house on the East Coast, hoping for answers about the curious inheritance and, perhaps, about her own troubled marriage.

Nearly thirty years earlier, Florrie takes off on an adventure of her own, driving her Model T westward from New Jersey in pursuit of broader horizons. She has the promise of a Hollywood job and, in the passenger seat, Ethel, her best friend since childhood. Florrie will do anything for Ethel, who is desperate to reach Nevada in time to reconcile with her husband and reunite with her daughter. Ethel fears the loss of her marriage; Florrie, with long-held secrets confided only in her journal, fears its survival.

In parallel tales, the three women—Louise, Florrie, Ethel—discover that not all journeys follow a map. As they rediscover their carefree selves on the road, they learn that sometimes the paths we follow are shaped more by our traveling companions than by our destinations.

“Tender, touching, original, and rich with delicious period detail of Hollywood’s heyday—buckle up, because you’ll definitely want to go on a road trip after reading this delightful book!”—Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home

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About the Author

Jessica Brockmole is the author of At the Edge of Summer, the internationally bestselling Letters from Skye, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly, and Something Worth Landing For, a novella featured in Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War. She lives in northern Indiana with her husband, two children, and far too many books.

For more information, please visit Jessica Brockmole's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 4

Tuesday, September 5

Thursday, September 7
Interview at T's Stuff

Friday, September 8

Monday, September 11

Wednesday, September 13

Thursday, September 14
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, September 15

Sunday, September 17

Monday, September 18
Review at A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, September 19
Interview at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, September 20
Feature at BookLiterati

Friday, September 22

Monday, September 25

Tuesday, September 26

Wednesday, September 27
Feature at Books of All Kinds

Thursday, September 28

Friday, September 29
Review at The Lit Bitch
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, October 2

Thursday, October 5

Friday, October 6
Review at Broken Teepee


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 2 signed copies of Woman Enters Left! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

1 Book Blast: The Soldier's Return by Laura Libricz

The Soldier's Return by Laura Libricz

Publication Date: September 15, 2017
eBook & Paperback
Series: Heaven's Pond Trilogy, Book Two
Genre: Historical Fiction

The year is 1626. A senseless war rips through parts of Germany. Ongoing animosity between the Catholics and the Protestants has turned into an excuse to destroy much of the landscape situated between France, Italy and Denmark. But religion only plays a minor role in this lucrative business of war.

The young dutchman, Pieter van Diemen, returns to Amsterdam in chains after a period of imprisonment in the Spice Islands. He manages to escape but must leave Amsterdam in a hurry. Soldiers are in demand in Germany and he decides to travel with a regiment until he can desert. His hope of survival is to reach Sichardtshof, the farm in Franconia, Germany; the farm he left ten years ago. His desire to seek refuge with them lies in his fond memories of the maid Katarina and her master, the humanist patrician Herr Tucher. But ten years is a long time and the farm has changed. Franconia is not only torn by war but falling victim to a church-driven witch hunt. The Jesuit priest, Ralf, has his sights set on Sichardtshof as well. Ralf believes that ridding the area of evil will be his saving grace. Can Pieter, Katarina and Herr Tucher unite to fight against a senseless war out of control?

The Soldier’s Return is the second book in the Heaven’s Pond Trilogy and will be released on September 15, 2017.

Available on Amazon

About the Author

Laura Libricz was born and raised in Bethlehem PA and moved to Upstate New York when she was 22. After working a few years building Steinberger guitars, she received a scholarship to go to college. She tried to ‘do the right thing’ and study something useful, but spent all her time reading German literature.

She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to Germany, where she resides today. When she isn’t writing she can be found sifting through city archives, picking through castle ruins or aiding the steady flood of musical instruments into the world market.

Her first novel, The Master and the Maid, is the first book of the Heaven's Pond Trilogy. The Soldier’s Return and Ash and Rubble are the second and third books in the series.

For more information, please visit Laura Libricz's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 4

Tuesday, September 5

Wednesday, September 6

Thursday, September 7

Friday, September 8

Saturday, September 9

Sunday, September 10

Monday, September 11

Tuesday, September 12

Wednesday, September 13

Thursday, September 14

Friday, September 15

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

0 Poldark, The Collection, Outlander: What I'll be watching this fall.

What are you looking forward to this fall? Here's a few shows on my watchlist:

Poldark Season 3 begins October 1, 2017 on PBS and I can't wait!!!! The televisions series is great, but have you read the books yet? If not, you're missing out! I've been slowly reading my way through the series.

So far, I've read:

I still need to read:

The Durrells In Corfu is entering it's second season on PBS. It begins October 15, 2017. This is a show I didn't intend to watch originally, but I caught the last half hour of one episode and before I knew it, I was hooked. The series is based off of the memoirs of Gerald Durrell, it's an interesting look inside the complexities of family life. I haven't read the memoirs yet, but I bought the first book, My Family and Other Animals, on sale a while back. I'll keep you updated. Also, if you missed the first season and you're a Prime member, you can watch as part of your membership.

The Collection looks really good too. Here's a brief description:

World War II is over and Paul Sabine is restoring Paris as the fashion capital of the world. His dresses are a sensation, and only his shady past and an inconvenient
corpse block his way to success. Dressing up was never so dazzling—or dangerous.
The Collection is a story about the price of success, set during a pivotal moment in France’s history. The new series airs in 8 episodes, beginning Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at 10/9c on MASTERPIECE.

Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party started on August 22, and I somehow missed it. After I watched the trailer, I knew that this is something I NEED to add to my watchlist.

I'm currently watching season 2 of Outlander in preparation of season 3 starting September 10. As far as the books go, I've only read the first book int the Outlander series. Though, I do have Dragonfly in Amber on my kindle. I'm going to catch up on the book series after the television series is over.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Friday, September 1, 2017

0 Cover Reveal: City of Bastards

While war rages in her Western homeland, Tilla of House Kent is far away, safely cloistered as a ward of the King in Lightspire. She's best friends with the Princess, treated like nobility, and is even given a spot at the prestigious University, where only the Kingdom's finest are educated. And yet, she finds herself unhappy, haunted by memories of her beloved brother, Jax, and plagued by a deeper sense of uncertainty, of not fitting in.

Her boyfriend, Zell, who is now a recruit for the City Watch, puts on a brave face to hide the pain of leaving behind his Zitochi identity, while Princess Lyriana, stripped of her role as Mage, has begun rebelling against her conservative upbringing: drinking, partying, and hooking up with random boys.

Then, Tilla returns to her quarters one night to find the cold body of her roommate. The girl was the daughter of an Eastern diplomat, well-known to be troubled, so the school has no trouble ruling it a suicide and sweeping it under the rug. Tilla doesn't buy it. And despite the urging of just about everyone in her life, she can't let it go. She digs deeper, along with Zell, Lyriana, and the Archmagus-to-be Ellarion, unearthing a conspiracy that goes from the highest of the nobility to the most dangerous depths of its criminal underbelly...and whose sinister mastermind is a face all too familiar.

City of Bastards is the second book in the Royal Bastards series, but you still have time to catch up on the series. Royal Bastards #1 is out now! 

Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

0 Review: The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel

The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimetel
St. Martin's Press | Agust 22, 2017 | 9781250130372
Available @ Amazon


A smart, funny, and modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, where a young woman comes face-to-face with a lost love, proving that the one that got away is sometimes the one you get back.

Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't.

Ten years later, Ruby's single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There's barely time for a trip to England for her little sister's wedding. And there's certainly not time to think about seeing Ethan there for the first time in years.

But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can't help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago? Because there's nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past . . .

My Thoughts

Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel. I don't think it gets much better than Wentworth and Anne. I mean that letter . . . so swoonworthy! I was happy to take on Melissa Pimentel's modern-day take on the classic both in 'half agony, half hope.' Do you see what I did there? Half agony fearing it wouldn't be as great as I had hoped and half hope because I desperately wanted it to be great. But I just don't think it's anywhere near the realm of greatness that Persuasion is--No book can fill Persuasion's shoes. And once I accepted that fact, I really enjoyed the The One That Got Away.

Ruby and Ethan fell hard and fast for each other. It seemed as if the stars had aligned giving the gift of happily ever after. But the timing isn't right. Ruby plans to move to New York to start a new job. Ethan is a bartender that doesn't have a lot of time off. Distance and miscommunication tear them apart until they're reunited for Ruby's sister's destination wedding in England. Ruby realizes that she's still in love with Ethan, but after so much time has passed, is he still in love with her? Especially now that he's super successful. 

The One That Got Away is a perfect book for a rainy weekend. Pimentel's novel is a loose re-telling, but it captures the trials and errors of relationships and family. It will make you laugh and make you cry. It will make you want to jump on the first plane heading toward England. It's a good rom-com that you're sure to enjoy.

Friday, August 25, 2017

0 Review: The Scandal Of It All by Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan
July 25, 2017 Avon Books ISBN: 9780062463623
Available @ Amazon


It takes two to make a scandal…

What kind of woman ventures into London’s most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single, wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste. If only she were not so drawn to the smoldering Lord Strickland…a dangerous man who sees beyond her mask, and could ruin her reputation with a mere whisper.

Lord Strickland never permitted himself to fantasize about the sultry, off-limits lady, but then he never expected to find Ela in a place so wicked, looking for what he’s more than too happy to give. She may not be to the ton’s taste, but she suits him perfectly. First, however, he must convince her to trust in this dangerous desire—and in the promise of forever unleashed by one wild, scandalous night.

My Thoughts

After a daunting and hectic week, I was looking forward to a little down time over the weekend. The Scandal Of It All by Sophie Jordan had come in the mail during the week and I was looking forward to taking a weekend reading vacation with The Rogue File. It's the perfect book to escape into to forget one's troubles for a while.

Graciela (Ela) has just attended a funeral for a friend. It reminds her that life is short. After being widowed, she put all her efforts into her children. Now that they're almost grown, she feels the need to spread her wings. Her dear friend Mary Rebecca invites her to a notorious pleasure club, and Ela feels like this might be her chance to live life to the fullest. However, once there she realizes she might not be ready for all that Sodom has to offer, but before she can make her escape, she spots her stepson and must take her leave before he discovers her. 

And that's when Lord Strickland enters the picture. He's shocked to find Ela in such a place, but is eager to help this damsel in distress. Also, he's her stepson's best friend. Which is hella awkward for Ela. After a few close calls and one amazing kiss, she's able to leave Sodom. When Strickland offers to help her scratch her 'itch', she refuses. Strickland takes that as a challenge he's more than willing to accept.

There were several things that I liked about this book. The first is that the heroine is a bit older than the hero. That's not something you see every day in romance. It made for an interesting story and added to the complications of the couple. The second is the females in this story wanted to take control of their own sexuality. The third is I love the fact that Jordan doesn't write off her female character's lives as over once they've fulfilled their 'duty'.

This is a great book to escape into when you've had enough of the world. It's an easy, fast-paced read that will leave you satisfied.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

0 Review: The Frozen Hours

The Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara
Ballantine Books |  May 23, 2017 |  9780345549228


June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China.
But several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and Marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable--and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one.
The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as "advancing in a different direction"; Marine Private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move.
Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America's "Forgotten War," when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.

Steve's Thoughts

Everything I knew about the Korean War came from M.A.S.H before reading this book. This book really put that knowledge into perspective. While M.A.S.H did show some of the drama and brutality of what the soldiers witnessed and partook in, it did so in a very sanitized environment. The use of these first-hand accounts to drive the story bring it to light and make it all the more real. Jeff Shaara is truly a master of his craft. This book has fueled my desire to learn more about the time surrounding the Korean War.

The story takes three very distinct and different perspectives: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, Marine Private Pete Riley, and the Chinese commander, Sung Shi-Lun. These differing takes shows how this series of movements and battles over about a four-month time span affects the groups in diverse ways. They are called the “Frozen Chosin” because it was a brutal winter near and around the Chosin Reservoir. It was so cold that their water and rations would freeze solid. Many of the soldiers would lose extremities to frost bite.  

Shaara has an easy writing style that invites you to learn about and then relate to the characters in the story. He intertwines their back stories in such a way that it is seamless. It did take a bit for the story to get really going but once it did I did not want to put it down. I am a big fan of Shaara’s books. It began with he and his father’s Civil War series and now The Frozen Hours is just another excellent addition to his catalog.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

1 Anne Of The Island Audiobook Tour and Giveaway

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Narrator: Colleen Winton

Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press

Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book Three

Genre: Classics

Anne of the Island was published in 1915, seven years after the best-selling Anne of Green Gables, partly because of the continuing clamor for more Anne from her fans - a fan base that continues to grow today!
In this continuation of the story of Anne Shirley, Anne leaves Green Gables and her work as a teacher in Avonlea to pursue her original dream (which she gave up in Anne of Green Gables) of taking further education at Redmond College in Nova Scotia. Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane enroll as well, as does Anne's friend from Queen's Academy, Priscilla Grant. During her first week of school, Anne befriends Philippa Gordon, a beautiful girl whose frivolous ways charm her. Philippa (Phil for short) also happens to be from Anne's birthplace of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia. Anne, always the good scholar, studies hard, but she also has many life lessons. This book sees Anne leave behind girlhood to blossom into a mature young woman.

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Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942) was a Canadian author best known Anne of Green Gables and the series of novels that book begins. The "Anne" of the books is Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl who comes to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their farm, Green Gables. Published in 1908, the book was an immediate success in Canada, the United States and beyond. It has been adapted multiple times to screen, stage, radio, and TV.

Anne Shirley made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. Anne of Green Gables was ranked number 41 in "The Big Read," a survey of the British public by BBC to determine the "nation's best-loved novel" (not children's novel!). And a survey conducted by School Library Journal (USA) in 2012 ranked Anne of Green Gables number nine among all-time children's novels.
Anne of Green Gables was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery published 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays in her lifetime. Her work, diaries and letters have been read and studied by scholars and readers worldwide. Mostly set in Prince Edward Island and locations within Canada's smallest province, the books made PEI a literary landmark and popular tourist site. Montgomery was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.
Narrator Bio
Colleen is a Vancouver actor, singer, dancer, director and choreographer...and now a narrator. Her career has taken her all over the country and includes the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown Festivals, the original Canadian companies of CATS and Show Boat, extensive film/TV credits, and numerous directing/choreographing credits. Her stage work has been honoured with numerous nominations and a Jessie and Ovation award and she received a cultural award given by her local Chamber of Commerce. She was especially pleased to have recorded the works of L.M. Montgomery for Post Hypnotic Press just before she embarked on a production of the musical Anne of Green Gables at Theatre Calgary in which she plays Marilla Cuthbert.

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1 Q&A With Nicholas Abdilla

Adam Exitus is the debut novel by Australia’s most exciting new science-fiction voice, Nicholas Abdilla and edited by award-winning author Chris Stead. It is also the first book in the Adam X series, a massive, immersive new universe in the tradition of epic space sagas like Star Wars, Hyperion and Imperial Radch, and inspired by authors like Timothy Zahn, Kevin J. Anderson, James Luceno and Michael Anderle. Filled with mystery, romance and heart-pounding action, it’s the best science-fiction book of 2017.

1. You've been been writing and drawing comics since the age of four. What authors/comic books inspired you the most growing up?
In terms of inspiration when I was a kid I remember MAD magazine being a huge influence. Growing up my dad would buy me the new issue every month, and most of my early comics emulated there work and was satirical in nature. Once I hit my teens it was all superheroes, my favorite being Spider-man comics which I still collect to this very day. But if we're talking actual writers who inspired me, it would have to be Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller. The work they did on Sandman and Sin City taught me comics as a medium didn't have to be just for kids. They wrote stories that were very deep and adult and made me want to spend my life doing the same.     

2. Adam Exitus is your first novel. How is writing a novel similar to/different from writing a comic book?
I have found writing a novel compared to writing a comic to be a different but equally rewarding. As a rule a speech bubble should never contain more than thirty words, so when you're creating a comic a lot of what you want to say ends up getting chopped and you really have to rely on your art to get the rest of the story across. As much as I enjoy it, it can be a challenging at times because once the panels are drawn there is very little wiggle room in how you tell your story. If you have a new idea you want to add later you now have space restrictions that don't allow change. I think that's why I enjoyed writing my first novel so much. It gave me a freedom to my storytelling I've never known before. Going over the story over and over, fine tuning it until it feels just right was very satisfying and I am extremely proud of the end result. That's why I think I will continue writing novels for the foreseeable future.  

3. Tell us a little bit about Adam.
The best way I can describe Adam is: ordinary man, extraordinary circumstance. He's a normal guy who finds himself if this bizarre situation and just wants what anyone would want if they were in his shoes. He wants to go home. That's essentially what his story is about. A journey home. With a few twists and turns on the way.

4. When you're not writing or creating comic books and or novels, what do you do?
When I'm not writing or drawing I enjoy movies, reading -both novels and comics- and playing video games. Pretty much any medium that can tell a story I have an interest in.

5. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I guess I would advise them to write whatever they feel like and not to get bogged down with whether or not what they're writing will actually make money or get published. Writing is a great way to express oneself but that doesn't mean everything written is meant to be a bestseller. The more stories you write the more experience you gain and the more chance you'll stumble across that one great character that resonates with you and others. Write because you love it, not to make a fortune.  


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