Friday, December 13, 2019

2 Release Day Blast & Cover Reveal for The Ghost of Madison Avenue by Nancy Bilyeau


The Ghost of Madison Avenue by Nancy Bilyeau

Publication Date: December 13, 2019
eBook, 108 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery


Christmas Ghost Story in Old New York

In this compelling and poignant story, bestselling author Nancy Bilyeau takes readers to New York City’s Morgan Library in December 1912, when two very different people haunted by lost love come together in an unexpected way.

Helen O’Neill, part of a tight-knit Irish-American family in the Bronx, is only too happy to report to work at the spectacular private library built on Madison Avenue by millionaire financier J. P. Morgan. The head librarian, the brilliant and beautiful Belle da Costa Greene, had hired Helen away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art after she witnessed Helen’s unusual talent with handling artifacts.

Helen soon discovers the Morgan Library is a place like no other, with its secret staircases, magical manuscripts, and mysterious murals. But that’s nothing compared to a person who Helen alone can see: a young woman standing on Madison Avenue, looking as if she were keeping watch. In learning the woman’s true link to the Morgan, Helen must face the pain of her own past. And as she struggles to discover the truth behind these appearances, she finds herself with a second chance at happiness for herself on Christmas Eve—if she has the courage.

From the author of The Blue, the Joanna Stafford trilogy, and the soon-to-be published Dreamland, set in 1911 Coney Island, comes The Ghost of Madison Avenue, a novella both thrilling and moving.

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Praise for Nancy Bilyeau

‘Nancy Bilyeau's passion for history infuses her books' – Alison Weir

On Dreamland

'Beautifully written and impeccably researched, Dreamland is a rollicking ride.' - Fiona Davis, author of The Chelsea Girls

'A marvelous book!' - Ellen Marie Wiseman, author of What she Left Behind

On The Blue

'Definitely a winner!' - Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network

On the Joanna Stafford Trilogy

‘All the ingredients of the best historical fiction … will satisfy even the most ardent mystery fans.’ - Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches

About the Author

Nancy Bilyeau is a historical novelist and magazine editor based in New York. She wrote the Joanna Stafford trilogy, a trio of thrillers set in Henry VIII’s England, for Simon & Schuster. Her fourth novel is The Blue, an 18th-century thriller revolving around the art and porcelain world. Her next novel is Dreamland, set in Coney Island of 1911, to be published by Endeavour Quill on January 16, 2020. A former staff editor at Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and InStyle, Nancy is currently the deputy editor at the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College and contributes to Town & Country, CrimeReads, and Mystery Scene magazine.

To learn more, go to www.nancybilyeau.com. You can follow Nancy on Facebook, Twitter, BookBub, and Goodreads.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

0 An Encyclopedia of Tolkien by David Day


An Encyclopedia of Tolkien
by David Day
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Canterbury Classics
9781645170099


A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of Middle-earth.
  

The fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth contains a rich assortment of people, cities, and creatures—as well as a deep, intertwined history that spans thousands of years. In this beautifully illustrated, leather-bound volume, best-selling author and Tolkien scholar David Day presents four decades of research and writing on the lands and inhabitants Middle-earth. Sections of this A-to-Z dictionary are devoted to discussion of the battles, history, beasts, and heroes of Tolkien’s stories, and are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. This comprehensive volume on Tolkien’s world also includes an appendix of three primary legends that served as sources for Tolkien’s creations—the Volsunga saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle—and more than 200 black-and-white illustrations

*I received this book free of charge in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. 

My Thoughts

First, let me describe the beauty of this book, for the picture does not do it justice. An Encyclopedia of Tolkien is bound in soft, brown leather embossed with gold letters and branded with a beautiful Tolkien image. The gilded book edges are in gold with a lovely green ribbon bookmark peeking out from the pages. This hardcover would make any book lover swoon. And we haven't even discussed the content yet.

An Encyclopedia of Tolkien: The History and Mythology That Inspired Tolkien's World by David Day is a well-researched fountain of information that even Orcs would enjoy. It's everything the title mentions and more. The book begins with a fascinating introduction by the author before continuing on with a dictionary of sources. From A to Z this book covers everything you could think of, including some of the most awesome images I have ever seen. There are charts as well as maps of battles. But my absolute favorite part is the mythology behind the ring. Day gives us a closer look into the stories that inspired Tolkien to create his epic series. 

This book is a treasure. Everything you want to know and more about Tolkien's world is in this book. It's a lovely book that would make a great gift, or you can treat yourself. You won't be disappointed.









 

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