Friday, September 28, 2018

0 Review: The Black Moon by Winston Graham


The Black Moon (The Poldark Saga #5)
by Winston Graham
Published September 20th 2016 by A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
Paperback, 546 pages
9781250124913

Summary

Cornwall 1794. The birth of a son to Elizabeth and George Warleggan serves only to accentuate the rift between the Poldark and Warleggan families. And when Morwenna Chynoweth, now governess to Elizabeth's eldest son, grows to love Drake Carne, Demelza's brother, the enduring rivalry between George and Ross finds a new focus for bitter enmity and conflict.

My Thoughts

There are no spoilers for The Black Moon in this review, however, it's the fifth book in the series, so spoilers for the previous books cannot be helped.

I struggled with whether or not I would continue reading this series after the shocking actions of Ross Poldark in Warleggan. I am a fan of the television series, so I knew about Ross and Elizabeth's night of angry, passionate, consensual sex. The book, however, was different. It was rape. The actions of the supposed hero of the book left me disenchanted. I gave the book a favorable review because overall, the story is outstanding. Winston Graham has written a compelling story with fantastic characters. So in the end, I decided to continue with the series. 

There's an author's note in The Black Moon that states Graham had only ever intended to write four books in the Poldark saga. He felt that their story was complete. It wasn't until years later that he decided to pick up where he left off. He cautions to not expect it to "solve everything, or tie up loose ends or to leave no new ones trailing. That isn't the way it happened at all." It was after reading the note that made me realize that in real life, justice isn't always swift, situations aren't always black and white, but a whole lot of grey.

The Black Moon, while continuing the Poldark story, focuses on other characters in the Poldark circle. Demelza's brothers Drake and Sam Carne come to work at the mine and around Nampara. Drake meets Geoffrey Charles and forms a fast, but forbidden, friendship. Drake is taken with Morwenna Chynoweth, Elizabeth's cousin and Geoffrey Charles' governess. You know their relationship is doomed because he is what they considered 'low born' and she, while penniless, has noble blood. Yet, I still yearn for them to find a way to be together. Demelza and Verity are my favorite characters by far. Demelza continues to be a pillar of strength for the Poldark family, as does Verity. 

Geoffrey Charles is growing more defiant of George Warleggan daily, and it's hilarious. Dwight, now in the Navy, has been taken prisoner in France. His engagement to Caroline Penvenen is still kept secret from the majority of society. She spends most of the book yearning for news of Dwight. Elizabeth and Demelza both have a baby. And there's a possibility that Ross could also be the father of Elizabeth's son. Maybe we'll find out in the next book. George Warleggan is still George Warleggan. His character has been completely static throughout the whole series. Finally, Ross once more proves to be the hero he is capable of being. If only he can be the hero in his intimate relationships as well.

I'm happy Winston Graham decided to continue with this series. The characters are growing and changing, except George Warleggan, as well as the community in which they belong. The storyline continues to keep me captivated as events unfold. There are twelve books in this series, and I'm barely halfway through it. It's a long journey to undertake with such flawed characters, but I think I'm in it for the long haul. 





 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

0 Avon Books and Libro.fm Present: Kiss Club

Romance is my favorite genre to listen to as an audiobook! I'm so excited to let you about Kiss Club. With audiobooks as low as $1.99, I know I'll be adding a lot of books to my TBR pile!




Avon Books and Libro.fm Present: Kiss Club

A Romance Digital Audio Program That Will Make Readers Absolutely Swoon!

When it comes to changing reading habits, the publishing industry is “all ears” – and the past few years have seen a marked shift in digital consumption, as an increasing number of consumers are “reading” on the go with digital audio. Tobly McSmith, Senior Director of Digital Accounts at HarperCollins Publishers, reports that consumer enthusiasm for audiobooks is on the rise, and says, “The Romance category will be key in the success of digital audio in the coming year.”

To engage this new audience of romance audio listeners, Avon Books and Harper Audio, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers, are partnering with Libro.fm to roll out a monthly digital audiobook program called “Kiss Club”. On the first Tuesday of each month, “Kiss Club” will offer a new selection of ten romance audiobooks for a discounted price of $1.99 to $3.99 each. Effective immediately, listeners can show the Kiss Club audiobook collection at https://libro.fm/kissclub -- no strings, membership fees, or bookmarks attached!

As independent booksellers across America are welcoming romance readers into their stores, Libro.fm has the added benefit of allowing people to shop local.  The digital audio retailer partners with hundreds of local bookstores throughout the country, and users can link their audiobook accounts to their favorite bookstore! Libro.fm’s list of participating stores can be found at https://libro.fm/indies.

Says Beth Ives, Associate Director of Marketing for HarperAudio, “I witnessed firsthand the enthusiasm consumers have for “Kiss Club” when the program was soft launched at the Romance Writers of America Conference in July 2018. “Kiss Club” is the first of its kind and I’m thrilled that now these stellar romance recordings will be available to a wide audience at affordable prices.” 

Kiss Club is being cross-promoted across the Avon website, HarperCollins social media, and Libro.fm’s network of 1,000+ independent bookstores. On Libro.fm’s “Kiss Club” website, consumers can also opt-in for the “Kiss Club,” Avon, and HarperAudio newsletters to receive exclusive offers and other promotional emails about upcoming romance and audio offerings.

About Libro.fm:
Libro.fm is the first audiobook company to directly support independent bookstores, offering tens of thousands of digital audiobooks making it possible for readers to listen to audiobooks anytime, anywhere, on any device, all while supporting local bookstores.

About HarperCollins Publishers:
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at www.corporate.HC.com.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

6 Giveaway: Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness



Happy Birthday to me and Happy Book Birthday to Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness! 


Today, TIME’S CONVERT by Deborah Harkness, the bestselling author of the All Souls Trilogy will hit the shelves! It's is set in the same universe but focuses on characters and time periods that never took center stage in the trilogy.

In TIME’S CONVERT fans can expect to see some of their favorite characters returning as Harkness shares the backstories of the de Clermont family, Marcus MacNeil, and a young Phoebe Taylor to explore the question: what does it take to become a vampire? TIME’S CONVERT opens on the battlefields of the American Revolution, where young surgeon Marcus MacNeil is introduced to Matthew de Clermont and offered a chance at immortality by becoming a vampire. But his transformation isn’t an easy one, and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply-held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood. Fast forward to contemporary London, where Marcus has fallen in love with Phoebe Taylor, a young employee at Sotheby’s. She decides to become a vampire, too, and though the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to become a vampire are no less formidable in the modern world than they were in the 18th century.

The timing couldn’t be better, as it was recently announced that the  TV adaptation of Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy called “A Discovery of Witches” (starring Theresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, and Alex Kingston), will air in the US on Sundance Now (AMC’s streaming service, air date TBA).

And to celebrate the release of this novel, Viking Books is giving away a copy of Time's Convert here on To Read, or Not To Read. I'm a huge fan of this series, and I can't wait to read this book! 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

0 Enter For A Chance To Win A 3 Book Prize Pack, Including-Away-We-Go-Land!

Away We Go Land Launches Kid’s Imaginations!

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Away We Go Land

Written and Illustrated by Ryan Maloney
Publisher’s Synopsis: Away We Go Land is a picture book that launches kid’s imaginations to a carnival on the moon, where there are no tickets needed, and it’s fun for all.
Ages 2-8 | Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | July 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1723211942


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

1 Feature and Giveaway: The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews


The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews

Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Perfectly Proper Press
Paperback & eBook; 317 Pages
Series: Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 1
Genre: Historical/Romance


She Wanted Sanctuary…

Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar’s Abbey isn’t the sort of refuge she imagined. And ex-army captain Justin Thornhill—though he may be tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome—is anything but a romantic hero.

He Needed Redemption…

Justin has spent the last two decades making his fortune, settling scores, and suffering a prolonged period of torture in an Indian prison. Now, he needs someone to smooth the way for him with the villagers. Someone to manage his household—and warm his bed on occasion. What he needs, in short, is a wife and a matrimonial advertisement seems the perfect way to acquire one.

Their marriage was meant to be a business arrangement and nothing more. A dispassionate union free from the entanglements of love and affection. But when Helena’s past threatens, will Justin’s burgeoning feelings for his new bride compel him to come to her rescue? Or will dark secrets of his own force him to let her go?

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Praise for The Matrimonial Advertisement

"Matthews' (The Pug Who Bit Napoleon, 2018, etc.) series opener is a guilty pleasure, brimming with beautiful people, damsels in distress, and an abundance of testosterone...It's a well-written and engaging story that's more than just a romance. The author chooses to draw on dark moments in British history to create Justin's and Helena's complicated pasts...It's an unexpected narrative addition that works well, as Matthews seamlessly blends some grim history with light and frothy fiction. An enjoyable love story that dares to dip a toe into bleak social and political history." -Kirkus Reviews

"I don't have enough words to say how unbelievably incredible this book is...I am a huge fan of Ms Matthews, her writing is always flawless and articulate, but this simply is in a league of its own... 'The Matrimonial Advertisement' is a lot darker that what we have come to expect from Ms Matthews, but for me this is Gothic Victorian story-telling at its best. This is how this genre is supposed to be written!...Ms Matthews has out done herself with this, by far one of the best books I have read--ever!...This is a hauntingly beautiful, gripping and heart-wrenching story. It is simply spellbinding!" -Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

"This is an irresistible romance with the added frisson of gothic fear. At a time in Victorian Britain when a woman belonged entirely to her father, guardian or husband, can Helena ever be free to love and live as she wishes? Mimi's writing style is engaging, and we are plunged immediately into Helena's predicament. Secrets are gradually revealed, adding depth to our understanding of the main characters. This is Miss Matthews' best book so far and it is only the first in a new series!" -Lizanne Lloyd, Lost in a Good Book

"This delightful Victorian love story took me away to another time and another place for a few blissful hours. Mimi Matthews is a wonderful storyteller. She creates very likeable, memorable, layered characters that quickly feel like friends. Her style is naturally elegant and warmly flowing, full of historical detail and charm...this is the second of her fictional works that I've devoured and I'm looking forward to more." -Jayne Fresina, bestselling author of Once Upon a Kiss

"Since I first read the sample chapters, I've been eager to read this book. Mimi Matthews does not disappoint. She lures the reader in for an emotional journey. Full of romance and heart, The Matrimonial Advertisement takes a marriage of convenience, a pinch of Beauty and the Beast, and some truly engrossing social history and brings to life a satisfying romantic tale. I look forward to more from this talented author!" -Lena Goldfinch, bestselling author of The Unexpected Bride

"The Matrimonial Advertisement is a Victorian romance in all its glory...Mimi Matthews definitely knows how to present historical facts effectively and without sounding bookish...a delightful treat for Jane Austen and historical fiction fans." -Readers' Favorite, 5-Stars

"If I could only have one book for the rest of my life, it would be this one. This is my first time reading anything by Mimi Matthews, but rest assured, I now need anything that this incredible author has ever written. The characters were outstanding, developed with complexity and a humanity all their own. The setting and scenery were described with such perfection that I was able to see the circumstances through the characters' eyes with ease. Both Helena and Justin are forever etched onto this reader's heart, and I greatly look forward to expanding my Mimi Matthews library." -Stacie, NetGalley

About the Author

Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady's Guide to Fashion and Beauty, The Lost Letter) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

For more information, please visit Mimi Matthews' website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, BookBub, Pinterest, Google+, and Goodreads.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

0 Review: Nevertheless, We Persisted

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage
Foreward by Amy Klobuchar, 
Hardcover, 320 pages,  9781524771966
Published September 4th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Summary

A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity--but persisted.

"Aren't you a terrorist?" "There are no roles for people who look like you." "That's a sin." "No girls allowed." They've heard it all. Actress Alia Shawkat reflects on all the parts she was told she was too "ethnic" to play. Former NFL player Wade Davis recalls his bullying of gay classmates in an attempt to hide his own sexuality. Teen Gavin Grimm shares the story that led to the infamous "bathroom bill," and how he's fighting it. Holocaust survivor Fanny Starr tells of her harrowing time in Auschwitz, where she watched her family disappear, one by one.

What made them rise up through the hate? What made them overcome the obstacles of their childhood to achieve extraordinary success? How did they break out of society's limited view of who they are and find their way to the beautiful and hard-won lives they live today? With a foreword by Minnesota senator and up-and-coming Democratic party leader Amy Klobuchar, these essays share deeply personal stories of resilience, faith, love, and, yes, persistence.


My Thoughts

Nevertheless, We Persisted is a collection of powerful essays about overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of your dreams. The essays are written by athletes, actors, activists, politicians, writers, teenagers, musicians, and more. Even though this book is geared toward young adults, people of all ages will be inspired by these essays.

From the foreword to the very last page, this book is full of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration.
In this world where we are defined by our limitations and our inability to break through stereotypes, it's a breath of fresh air to read something so motivating. Every single essay deals with a different obstacle that each author had to overcome: prejudice, handicaps, sexism, and so much more.

There are many quotes that I've written down to look at when I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, but my favorite is "May you always remember that obstacles in the path are not obstacles, the are the path."
Everybody struggles with something and the obstacles that we face not only challenge us, but make us stronger.

I wish there were more inspiring stories like this out there, especially for younger kids, to see that it can get better. They can achieve their goals through persistence, and that others have come before them, already paving the way. It's not easy, but so worth it.


*My thanks to Knopf for providing this review copy. This is no way influenced my opinions.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

0 Audiobook Review: The Widows of Malabar Hill


The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry #1)
by Sujata Massey, Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Kindle Edition, 401 pages. 
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
Published January 9th 2018 by Soho Crime
B07226BHDG

Summary

1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous. The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine.
Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth.

Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women’s legal rights especially important to her.

Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X—meaning she probably couldn’t even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah—in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are
in further danger.

My Thoughts

I love historical mysteries, and The Widows of Malabar Hill brought me to a location I haven't really been before. The story takes place in Bombay during the 1920s, with flashbacks in 1912. The main character is Perveen Mistry, Bombay's first female lawyer. Perveen has had to overcome many obstacles to even get her foot in the door, but when she has questions about the paperwork involving  the will of a client, she decides she must investigate further. 

The client, Omar Farid, was a very wealthy mill owner. He's left three widows behind and Perveen feels they may have been taken advantage of. "The Farid widows live in full purdah—in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to any men." It's because of the purdah that makes it impossible for anyone other than Perveen to investigate. 

This book fascinated me for so many reasons. I enjoyed learning about the cultural aspects of The Widows of Malabar Hill, but was frustrated by the lack of women's rights, as was Perveen. The story was well-paced and well-written. It kept me guessing to the end. I love Perveen, who was inspired a bit by the first female lawyer in India. All the characters are interesting and complex. I can't think of one thing I didn't like about this book. I really hope that Sujata Massey writes another book starring Perveen and the Mistry family. 

I listened to this book on CD as well as read as an ebook. The story was narrated by Soneela Nankani, who did a fantastic job. Her voice transported me to the time and place of the story. She has numerous audiobook credits under her belt, including a few already in my tbr, which makes me all the more excited to get to them. The CD's, however, were a bit of a disappointment. About halfway through the book, there were a few parts that skipped repeatedly. I couldn't finish one particular disc and was glad I had the ebook, otherwise I might have missed something important to the story. I checked the discs to make sure there weren't any scratches and there wasn't. So I don't know why that happened. 

Whether you read The Widows of Malabar Hill or listen to it on audio, you're in for a treat. Sujata Massey has written a heroine that you'll fall in love with. 

*I received the audio CDs from the publisher for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I purchased the ebook.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

3 Feature and Giveaway: Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen



About the Author:

SARAH BIRD’s previous novel, Above the East China Sea, was long-listed for the Dublin International Literary Award. Sarah has been selected for the Meryl Streep Screenwriting Lab, the B&N Discover Great Writers program, NPR's Moth Radio series, the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, and New York Libraries Books to Remember list. She first heard Cathy Williams' story in the late seventies while researching African-American rodeos.

About the Book:

The compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers.

“Here’s the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of queen and my mama never let me forget it.”

Though born into bondage on a “miserable tobacco farm” in Little Dixie, Missouri, Cathy Williams was never allowed to consider herself a slave. According to her mother, she was a captive, destined by her noble warrior blood to escape the enemy. Her means of deliverance is Union general Phillip Henry “Smash ‘em Up” Sheridan, the outcast of West Point who takes the rawboned, prideful young woman into service. At war’s end, having tasted freedom, Cathy refuses to return to servitude and makes the monumental decision to disguise herself as a man and join the Army’s legendary Buffalo Soldiers. 

Alone now in the ultimate man’s world, Cathy must fight not only for her survival and freedom, but she also vows to never give up on finding her mother, her little sister, and the love of the only man strong enough to win her heart. Inspired by the stunning, true story of Private Williams, this American heroine comes to vivid life in a sweeping and magnificent tale about one woman’s fight for freedom, respect and independence.     

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Monday, September 3, 2018

0 Check out Phoenix Unbound and Enter for a chance to win your own romantic fantasy starter kit!



PHOENIX UNBOUND by GRACE DRAVEN
Ace Trade Paperback | September 25, 2018

A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different. 

Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion--and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire--and burn once more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Grace Draven is a Louisiana native living in Texas with her husband, kids and a big, doofus dog. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice for Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and a USA Today Bestselling author. Find out more about Grace Draven online at gracedraven.com.



As this is the first book in Grace Draven’s Fallen Empire series, Penguin Random House is celebrating with a giveaway that also features other first-in-series romantic fantasy books (including books by Nalini Singh, Chloe Neill, Ilona Andrews, Anne Bishop, and Patricia Briggs).  They will be running this giveaway September 3 — September 19. Click on this link to enter the giveaway
 

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