#BookReleaseBlitz #PublicationDay #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 / #PromoPost : The Perfect Murder #ThePerfectMurder – Kat Martin @katmartinauthor

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Today I’m on the ‘The Perfect Murder’ blogtour, organized by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

Kat Head Shot---Ventura-Star-(275by20New York Times Bestselling author Kat Martin, a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, currently resides in Missoula, Montana with Western-author husband, L. J. Martin. More than seventeen million copies of Kat’s books are in print, and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Fifteen of her recent novels have taken top-ten spots on the New York Times Bestseller List, and her novel, BEYOND REASON, was recently optioned for a feature film.

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Synopsis :

Title: The Perfect Murder
Publication Date: Today 🎉
Genre: Suspense / Thriller
Length: 352 Pages

The eldest of the three wealthy Garrett brothers, Reese Garrett is in the middle of a major purchase for his multimillion-dollar oil and gas company, Garrett Resources. The Poseidon offshore drilling platform venture will greatly enhance the company’s value.
But when Reese is on a trip out to see the rig, his helicopter crashes, leaving him hospitalized and two men dead. It’s discovered the chopper was sabotaged, and Reese is determined to find out who’s behind the crash—and whether he was the intended target. Then, when his lover, Kenzie, is accused of her ex-husband’s murder—a man with a vested interest in the Poseidon deal—clues start pointing to a connection that puts Reese, Kenzie and her young son in the sights of a killer.
From the Texas heat to the Louisiana bayous, Reese and his brothers must track down the truth before the body count gets any higher.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : The Five Things – Beth Merwood @lizcity77

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Today I’m on the ‘The Five Things’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Beth Merwood is from the south of England. The Five Things is her debut novel.

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perf5.000x8.000.inddFor nine-year-old Wendy, the summer of 1969 will never be forgotten.
Local kids have always told stories about the eerie wood on the outskirts of the village, and Wendy knows for sure that some of them are true. Now the school holidays have started and she’s going to the wood again with Anna and Sam, but they soon become convinced that someone is trying to frighten them off.
When a terrible event rocks the coastal community, the young friends can’t help thinking there must be a connection between the incident, the tales they’ve heard, and the strange happenings they’ve begun to witness. As glimpses of a darker world threaten their carefree existence, they feel compelled to search out the underlying truth.

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A trip to the garden centre

How do I spend my time when not writing, or editing, or reading? Well, often I spend it weeding or carrying out some other task amongst the flower beds.
A trip to the garden centre is something to look forward to as well, and I think a lot of us will agree, makes for a reviving and inspiring interlude. It’s important to make sure to allow enough time for a visit: it’s a place where it’s easy to get carried away, to become absorbed by the items on sale and all the possibilities that they conjure.
To start with, there’s a lot of looking to be done. It’s always good to wander through the tree section. For me, that’s a place to dream of having a fruit orchard. I imagine the spring blossom on a cool sunny morning, a few pigs or sheep grazing under the branches.
It seems that gardeners love their ornaments and furnishings, and next I find myself surrounded by grand stone seats, wooden outhouses and glass houses, too large for my space but still enjoyable to see and admire.
In another section lie the accoutrements that might encourage other beings to join us in our outdoor hideaways. Water bowls and bird tables. There are bee houses, insect towers and butterfly hotels on offer. A variety of food for all sorts of birds and beasts can be bought, and plenty of seeds are available that, if grown, could attract and make welcome more of the true owners and inhabitants of our little pieces of the outside world.
Even coming away with a small item, perhaps a new garden tool, a pot, or a piece of garden furniture fills us humans with a positive feeling. It will be pleasurable to go out into the garden later with the perfect implement for the job at the ready. The sheds confirm, that over the years, this has been a common finding, at least for members of my own family. The little buildings are stuffed with implements old and new, practical and experimental. And much as I like a new garden tool, I also love an aged one, with woodworm in the handle, the metal dull and coarse compared to the arrogant shiny stainless steel of the modern version. Some of the older implements remain unfathomable to me; I can’t work out their purpose at all. Others are so simple and throw up visions of a past heyday, in summer fields and expansive plots. I’ve kept a simple tool which involves two wooden spikes joined by robust garden string. The twine is wound round one of the wooden pieces: you push the empty reel into the ground and unwind until, at the distance you require, you push in the other spike. It’s unsophisticated, but perfect for marking a row to plant vegetables or for digging the line of a new flower bed.
A morning cup of coffee on a folding chair on the lawn; reading a book in the shade of a tree; a cool drink with a friend on a terrace or patio on a mild evening, the light fading.
So, car laden with new pots and compost, bird seed, an irresistible watering can, even some flowers — young bedding plants — I’m going home to while away a few hours on a small but special patch of land.

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#BookTour #BookAndWineLoversMarketing / #QandAs : Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven #BirthOfTheFae – Danielle M. Orsino

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Today I’m on the ‘Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven’ blogtour, organized by Book And Wine Lovers Marketing.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Danielle M Orsino, destined to be a writer from a young age, was working as a nurse and treating a patient who needed some distractions during long I.V. Treatment sessions. So, Orsino reached back to a forgotten skill, A childhood dream. Danielle had wanted to be a writer and so she decided to tell a story. Little did she know the seed would grow into a fantastically epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and rebirth — Birth of Fae: Locked Out of Heaven. Drawing from her passion for comic books, Cosplay and fantasy along with her expert martial arts expertise, Orsino brings forth an electric and hopeful debut.
Danielle is taking on her biggest challenge to date: taking the story born from the long treatment sessions with a patient into a fantasy book series-Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven. Expanding her love of writing, comics and exploring the world of fantasy novels, she delves into the realm of fairies and retells their origins from a completely new perspective. Orsino has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise science and is an LPN with a special interest in Lyme disease research. Orsino has been widely recognized from her influence and experience in martial arts realm, training for over 20 years and with over 500 tournament wins, and accumulating national and world titles. She has performed for former President of the United States Bill Clinton and has been featured on “Soap Talk, Fox Five news CBS, TLC and E! With this experience, she worked as a Fight Choreographer on ”Wonder Woman: Balance of Power” and has worked with the likes of martial arts legend Vincent Lyn and WWE marvel and action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Nothing Danielle ever does is simple, look at what NY times Bestselling author Clete Barrett Smith has to say about her debut endeavor: “After summoning this world into existence through an imaginative force of will, Danielle has scoured every inch of the landscape several times over. Critics often praise a story’s world building by saying that it feels “lived in.” Well, the world of the Fae certainly seems like that because Danielle herself has happily lived there for years as she worked to put all of this together… My favorite part of this story is that it is gloriously depicted in vibrant images.

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BirthoftheFae-frontRide on the backs of fire breathing dragons with the Dark Fae and watch the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build their magical world.
Abandoned by their creator, two factions of powerful angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. They struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their angel wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, two groups of angels denounce their angelic lineage and develop into separate factions – the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel. The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin, but the one belief they agree on is that human worship equals power.
Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven is an epic fantasy adventure of heartbreak, rebirth, and hope that examines the bonds of family, friendship, and love. It is a fantastic tale of good vs evil in a beautiful world, where the Light Fae and their potent elemental magick are tested by the raw power of the dragon riding Dark Fae warriors.

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Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
My name is Danielle M. Orsino, I am a competitive martial artist and Nurse. However, I have left that all behind to write the Birth of the Fae series. I have two rescue pups, Carlos , which anyone who has read Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven, may know him as “Los” the dragon. Penelope, my other little dog, the readers will meet later in the series as “Lady Penelope” , a member of the Aubane Faction. The Aubane are oversized white deer with gilded antlers but of course, Lady Penelope will have something extra special. I am not a “Classically trained writer” the entire process was a huge learning experience. Overall writing the book for all intensive purposes was joyful. It came from an organic place, inspired by a patient who had been undergoing long IV treatments and needed a distraction. The story was born from these sessions with him.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child the first book I was read to aloud and inturn learned to read on my own was “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss. The book which i fell in love with was the “Secret of Nihm” later on. However, the books which influenced me the most were comicbooks, Wonder Woman, X-men, those had a huge effect on me.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
That would be a toss up between Chris Claremont from the X-men series, he wrote some of the most legendary storylines-The Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future past. He was with Marvel for over 15 years. He was integral for some of the most iconic mutant characters. The next would be Anne Rice, she has changed and evolved in her writing so much I would love to know her views on the industry.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I would like to sit and speak with my own King Jarvok and talk about how he feels regarding his journey and if I am doing him justice. He is a complex character, not a hero but not a villain, I am sure he has opinions.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I make a playlist which mimics the emotional crescendo of the book that I listen to over and over as I write.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I always pull from real life, fantasy is just real life with magical dust sprinkled on it. The problems are the same just set in a fantasy world. Human issues and dynamics translate to gnomes or Fae it all in how you package it. I wrote what I know but with a magical feel. Who would have thought my nine pound yorkie would be a chameleon dragon but there he is.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I go with the flow, I handwrite the books and begin the real editing work when I sit at the computer to type it out that is the first real edit. When I handwrite it is just to get it out of my head, I build the skeleton first, the first edit on the computer places the organs and I go from there.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
A tip for a novice writer is keep writing, don’t stop. Who cares if it’s good or bad. You will improve with every stroke of the pen or key. Write what you know, relationships and human connection we all understand whether you set it in a sci-fi world or a magical realm it’s all the same. Unrequited love, someone searching for validation or a person on a quest for redemption we can all relate. Chose your setting and write.

What are your futureplans as an author?
I would love to do a Birth of the Fae graphic novel with Image comics and eventually a cartoon series.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
A teaser would be cheating! However what I can tell the readers is Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven will take them on a magical journey and ask them to question what would they do if they were abandoned by all they knew? How would they reinvent themselves. Would they become an antihero like King Jarvok or the quintessential Queen like Aurora ? Birth of the Fae will give them insight into that question and show them a new twist on the origin of the Fae, one we have never seen or heard before. Let’s see what happens when angels cannot go home and become our Fae!

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Danielle M. Orsino.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : The Girl With Flaming Hair – Natalie Kleinman @NatKleinman @SapereBooks

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Today I’m on the ‘The Girl With Flaming Hair’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.
Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

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Sophie is plagued by the shadows of the past…
Regency England
While driving his curricle, Rufus Solgrave, Earl of Luxton comes across Sophie Clifford lying unconscious in the road, having fallen from her horse.
Not too far from home, he takes her back to Ashby, his country seat, leaving her in the care of his mother, Elizabeth, Countess of Luxton, and his sister, Lydia. Under their kindly supervision, Sophie soon begins to recover.
Upon discovering that Sophie has never mixed with London society, Elizabeth invites her to accompany the family to town for Lydia’s come-out. Unhappy with her homelife and eager to sample the delights of the season, Sophie accepts.
However, her enjoyment is marred when talk of an old scandal surrounding her birth resurfaces. What’s more, her devious stepbrother, Francis Follet, has followed her to London, intent on making her his bride.
Sensing Sophie’s distress, Rufus steps in to protect her from Francis’s unwelcome advances.
And although neither Rufus nor Sophie are yet thinking of marriage, both soon begin to wonder whether their comfortable friendship could blossom into something warmer…
THE GIRL WITH FLAMING HAIR is a historical romantic tale set in Regency England, with a spirited and intelligent heroine at its heart.

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Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve always been a reader but I definitely wasn’t one of those people who aspired to becoming a writer. It thrust itself upon me quite by accident when I joined a creative writing class. I could as easily have chosen Art Appreciation or French or any number of other things. It only took one lesson and I was hooked.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I ran the usual gamut of children’s books and suddenly, I have no idea why, The Prisoner of Zenda has popped into my mind. I haven’t thought about it for years! I must read it again. As an adult I went through a sci-fi phase and devoured a huge number of books. Asimov and Heinlein etc. I also loved (and still do) Agatha Christie. Oh, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. A short period of some wonderfully written horror stories but I had to give up when they gave me nightmares. I can’t watch films in that genre either, for the same reason. But throughout my life since the age of eleven and I have read again and again Georgette Heyer’s historical romances. It’s my comfort reading, though ‘comfort’ isn’t to minimise how very clever she was, and it’s almost entirely due to her that I became the author of traditional Regency romantic novels. There is another who influenced me as well. Now what was her name? Ah yes, Jane Austen. 🙂 I just love the world in which one lived and both wrote.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen for their superlative writing.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Paddington Bear, because he could have all the marmalade sandwiches while I ate the egg mayonnaise and tomato. He’s honest, earnest, and I imagine a joy to be with.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Rituals, no. Habits, yes. I always get ‘jobs’ out of the way before I begin writing because I find it hard to focus when I know there are things that have to be done. And usually those jobs, the regular ones, are done in a particular order so maybe I was wrong to say no rituals 🙂

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
There are one or two people I would like to put in my books but I think they’re safe, for the time being at least. Plot ideas can come from a variety of sources. An old photo in particular can be the catalyst that fires up an idea. This works especially well for short stories. Visiting stately homes where the house itself becomes the setting for a new novel or a city where the architecture is predominantly Georgian, and then something jumps out and I ask myself ‘what if’. An old well in a garden centre was the inspiration for one of my as yet unpublished books. It grew from ‘what if’ into a whole book.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’ve always been a pantser though I’ve learned over time that a certain level of plotting can be helpful. I have to be careful though. I once plotted an entire novel which ended up forced and stilted. It’s still in the virtual drawer and there it will remain.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Writing is a craft and like any other it takes time to learn. The overnight successes one hears about are usually the result of years hard labour. There’s a lot of help out there. Don’t be afraid to ask. Attend what workshops and classes you can but you can’t do everything so choose wisely. Read. Above all, write something every single day. It’s a muscle that needs to be exercised. Don’t be disheartened by rejections – difficult I know – but every writer get them. Even those overnight successes I mentioned above.

What are your future plans as an author?
My publishers, Sapere Books, have three more of my Regencies in the pipeline so I’m hoping for more of the same. Only this morning in the wee small hours I had an idea for another book and no, I have no idea what triggered it. One day though I’d like to write a cosy crime. I love reading them or watching them on TV so it’s something I’d really like to pursue. For the time being though I’m well and truly settled in the early nineteenth century.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
I’d be delighted. There’s a clue in the title – The Girl With Flaming Hair. When the past comes back to haunt her, Sophie Clifford learns that her whole life has been based on a lie. A lie that will affect her whole future.

“That man. The one who has just ridden by. I think I have not seen him before, but he seemed to acknowledge me as if we were acquainted. Pray, can you tell me who he is?”
Bridlington, whose gaze had been fixed on the tree, had not seen the rider. He looked over his shoulder to see who she was referring to. “Good Lord, is he back in town? I haven’t seen him for years. We should move on, Miss Clifford, for I do believe we are causing an obstruction,” he said, gripping her elbow and moving forward. She went willingly enough but repeated the question.
“Why, that’s Joseph Templeton,” he answered. “He’s been fixed abroad for an age. Frankly, I thought never to see him again.”
“He looked surprised when he saw me. I couldn’t help noticing. His hair, Lord Bridlington. Streaked with grey but nevertheless red. Very red. Like mine. I wondered if perhaps we might be connected in some way.”
Ollie was no coward but he didn’t think it fell to him to offer a full explanation, and certainly not in the middle of Hyde Park.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Natalie Kleinman.

Thank you so much for the lovely welcome today. I’ve really enjoyed your questions.

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#BlogTour @HoZ_Books / #Review : The Fort (City of Victory 1) – Adrian Goldsworthy

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Adrian Goldsworthy studied at Oxford, where his doctoral thesis examined the Roman army. He went on to become an acclaimed historian of Ancient Rome. He is the author of numerous works of non fiction, including Caesar, Pax Romana, Hadrian’s Wall and Philip and Alexander. He is also the author of the Vindolanda series, set in Roman Britain, which first introduced readers to Flavius Ferox.

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AD 105: DACIA
The Dacian kingdom and Rome are at peace, but no one thinks that it will last. Sent to command an isolated fort beyond the Danube, centurion Flavius Ferox can sense that war is coming, but also knows that enemies may be closer to home.
Many of the Brigantes under his command are former rebels and convicts, as likely to kill him as obey an order. And then there is Hadrian, the emperor’s cousin, and a man with plans of his own…
Gritty, gripping and profoundly authentic, The Fort is the first book in a brand new trilogy set in the Roman empire from bestselling historian Adrian Goldsworthy.

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I’m going to start with immediately saying that when I saw this book I really thought it was a brand new series (It says it also on the cover!), but that’s, in my opinion, not 100% true as a couple of pages in the book I started to have the feeling that I was reading about characters who had a history together and therefore knew stuff I didn’t.
Fair enough, after some Google-ing, I found out that Flavius Farox and some others were the main characters in another trilogy by this author which I haven’t read.
Therefore the sense of being a newcomer to the party was true and it lingered on for quite a while I must confess.
It’s however not something I can blame the author for (Maybe a sticker with ‘Farox is back!’ on the cover would be helpful?) and not something to trash the book for as it was certainly a very enjoyable read.
The characters are very well depicted and there’s a lot going on from intrigues to heavy battling, humor and a real sense of that this all could have happened as the author wrote.
A very interesting and fast-paced historical novel that at the end leaves me wanting to read more about Farox & co as they, along the way, became truly friends I want to follow on other adventures in Ancient Rome.
I definitely can’t wait for the next installment in this series and I will be picking up the ‘Vindolanda series’ I missed out on whilst biding my time for a new story!

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#BooksOnTour @bookouture / #Review : Murder at the Fair (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #6) – Verity Bright @BrightVerity

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About the Author :

Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.

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Summer flowers, warm sunshine, a maypole dance and… is that another murder? A tricky case is afoot for Lady Swift!
Summer, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, the best amateur sleuth in the country, is delighted to be in charge of the prize-giving at her village summer fair. But the traditional homemade raft race takes a tragic turn when the local undertaker, Solemn Jon, turns up dead amongst the ducks. Jon was the life of any party and loved by the entire village. Surely this was simply an awful accident?
But when a spiteful obituary is printed in the local paper, Eleanor realises there may be more to Jon’s death than first thought. Despite handsome Detective Seldon giving her strict instructions not to interfere, Eleanor owes it to Jon’s good name to root out the truth. So with her partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog, Eleanor starts digging for clues…
When another local dies in a riding accident, the police refuse to believe he was murdered. But a second vindictive death notice convinces Eleanor of foul play. Solemn Jon’s assistant, a bullish banker and a majestic marquess make her suspect list, but it isn’t until she finds a dusty old photograph that she knows the true culprit behind both crimes. Then another obituary appears – her own! Can Eleanor nail the killer before she too turns up dead among the ducks?

An utterly compelling and charming cozy mystery! Pure delight for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

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This is the 6th book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone.
It’s a perfect cozy mystery to read if you want to escape from real life and like a bit of humour.
The characters are nicely depicted and ring true for the era.
Furthermore it’s told in such a fine way you keep turning the pages and forget it’s written by a duo.
I can’t wait to read others in the series!

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Excerpt : Search For The House of Dreams – Alison Burke

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Today I’m on the ‘Search For The House of Dreams’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

I was born in Lancashire and started my career by training as a State Registered general nurse. Later, I joined the army and became an officer in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. On a posting to Malaya, now Malaysia, I found my true love. This was an ideal setting for a marriage with young children, and now my memories are a wonderfully rich source of material for my writing.

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It is the year 1847 in the elegant city of Bath where 18yr old Genevre Stratton is treated more as a servant than a daughter in the elegant house where bills are not paid, and the rent is in arrears. Appalled by the dishonesty and overriding social ambition beneath her parents’ veneer of respectability, only her love for her younger brother and sisters keeps her there. Left to cope alone when their false world falls apart, she fights to keep her siblings together, until poverty forces her to yield them to the care of their half-brother, George Coleman. Handsome, wealthy and charismatic, he is the enemy who becomes her lover. To surrender all to her passionate desire for him, or to keep the independence of a new-found musical career on the London stage? This is her is her choice to make, until an unexpected call of duty takes her to Paris. Must the old, dark secrets she discovers there alter the course of her life forever?

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What happens here leads to the heroine, Genevre, going to London instead of her sister Barbara and meeting the enemy who will become her lover. Here, left alone by her selfish parents to look after Barbara, dangerously ill with a fever, she has sent for a doctor.

He came into the room, a tired, heavy old man in a shabby greatcoat.
‘Miss Stratton,’ he greeted me and explained that he had been delayed by a difficult confinement. He went to the other side of the bed to hold Barbara’s wrist and I didn’t know if the tremor in his hand was due to exhaustion or some other reason. I saw him bite his lip as he felt her racing pulse.
‘Her hair’s keeping the heat in her scalp,’ he said gruffly. ‘It’ll have to come off.’
I stared at him, shocked. Barbara’s hair was a tangled mess now, but when she was well it fell over her shoulders like a golden cloak.
‘Her hair has never been cut. My parents wouldn’t accept that it was necessary.’
He interrupted sharply, ‘They’ll likely have to accept the loss of a daughter if something isn’t done to break the fever. You have scissors, do you?’
Terrified, I turned to the nearby sewing box and snatched up the dressmaking shears, gathered up a handful of her hair, then hesitated.
I felt tears come to my eyes and he said, more kindly, ‘Give the scissors to me. Your parents can’t blame you then,’ but I could not trust Barbara to his unsteady hand and set about cutting off her hair as near to the scalp as I could manage.
When the job was done, he came to my side of the bed, took off his greatcoat, rolled up his shirt sleeves, took the sponge, sodden with cold water, and slopped it over Barbara’s head, ignoring her moans of protest. Water ran everywhere, the pillow was soaked, and he set about drenching the rest of her through her cotton shift. ‘I’ll trouble you for more cold water, Miss Stratton and then you’d best take a rest while you have the chance,’ he told me, and I hurried down to the kitchen, where pails of water from the pump in the yard were lined up on the draining board ready for the morning. I filled two large enamel jugs to the brim and took them up by the back stairs, struggling under the weight. Relieved when the doctor said that would be sufficient, I lay down on the other bed and fell into an exhausted sleep.
It was almost an hour later when I heard Barbara calling my name and was by her bed in time to see her blue eyes flutter open. Her forehead was cool to the touch, the doctor smiling with relief.
‘We will never know if it was the medicine, the water or the hand of God that’s pulled her through, but you can close the window and we’ll get her bed changed.’
We pulled the wet sheets and pillow from beneath her and replaced them with the dry ones from the other bed, put her into a fresh nightdress and tucked in the bedclothes.
‘You do not have the appearance of sisters,’ he remarked as he was putting on his greatcoat to leave.
I was used to people remarking on the difference between us. Barbara was small, fair and prettily curved. I was tall for a girl, skinny and with a darker complexion, my hair and eyes very dark.
‘Barbara and the rest of the family are like my father. My mother is from the south of France. I believe I have taken after her side.’
‘And very nice too, if I may say so. How old are you, Miss Stratton? Seventeen? Eighteen. I thought so. A lovely young woman on the threshold of life!’ he remarked with an unexpected touch of gallantry. I felt my colour rise and I glanced away, unused to compliments.
After he had gone, I was too nervous to close my eyes again and sat on the upright wooden chair beside Barbara’s bed, watching in case the fever came back. She slept peacefully, but only when the night faded to early morning light and I heard the clock strike five did I feel it was safe to lie down on the bare mattress of the other bed, pull the blanket over myself and fall asleep.
There was a sudden cry, almost a scream, and I started up, wide-awake. Our mother was standing beside Barbara’s bed, her eyes wild, her beautiful face distorted by a look of horror. For a dreadful moment, I thought the worst had happened, that the fever had returned and taken Barbara while I slept. Then, as I reached the bedside, I saw she was awake, starting to cry as her small, pale hand reached up to feel her cropped hair. Relief swept over me even as our mother turned on me.
‘What have you done? Her beautiful hair gone. Ruined, spoiled forever. You wicked girl. Why did you do such a thing? Why? Why are you so stupid?’
She was likely to shout anything in a temper. I was used to that, used to placating her when she was in the wrong. Now, after the night of anguish I had endured, this was too much. I lost control just as our father came into the room. His anxious glance flickered over Barbara, then he hurried to our mother’s side and put a protective arm around her.
‘She was ill, Mama,’ I cried. ‘The fever was so bad that the doctor said it was the only way to cool her down. To save her! I had tried everything else. What was supposed to do?’
My mother flung herself against my father’s shoulder.
Her French accent, barely perceptible at other times, was pronounced as she sobbed, ‘Charles, what are we to do? Barbara was to go to London with dear Gertrude Oliphant in less than a week’s time. Gertrude has been so good to us and she has asked just this one little thing, that Barbara accompany her. And now she will not be able to go. Not like this with her pretty looks ruined by a jealous sister.’

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Excerpt : The Last Shadow Knight #TheLastShadowKnight – Michael Webb #MichaelWebb

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Today I’m on the ‘The Last Shadow Knight’ blogtour, organized by Love Books Tour.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Michael Webb lives in Dallas, GA in the United States. He works full time as a purchasing manager for a wholesale distribution company. Recently, he took up writing and fell in love with it. The Last Shadow Knight is his debut work and will soon be joined by books 2 and 3 of the planned trilogy.
Michael has been married for 18 amazing years. His wife is working on her master’s degree in clinical and mental health counseling. He has one son in middle school.
In addition to writing, Michael enjoys exercising, hiking, watching movies, drinking coffee, and traveling.

Synopsis :

On the unforgiving streets of Karad, Veron grows up hungry, inexperienced, and stealing just to survive. After tragedy strikes, he is forced to decide what path his life will take.
Opportunity arises when he discovers the last survivor of a secret organization called the Shadow Knights. Apprenticed to learn their ways, Veron begins to develop abilities he never dreamed he could have.
Meanwhile, an enemy from across the mountains comes to destroy their kingdom’s way of life, and the Shadow Knights are the only ones able to stop him. As Veron fights to survive the city, he prepares to face his destiny.he Shadow Knights are the only ones able to stop him. As Veron fights to survive the city, he prepares to face his destiny.

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Excerpt :

Moonlight bounced off the rooftops and spires, creating a glowing veil over the city. Merrick Ryd paced the balcony, waiting. By the end of the night, the King of Feldor would be dead, and he would be the one to kill him.
Merrick appreciated his perch from atop his tower of stone. Lanterns illuminated the stone streets of Felting, and the Felavorre River shimmered in the distance. The bustle of the day had settled to a trickle of people making their way through the city at night. He stood tall, like a ruler surveying his domain, untouchable in his walled fortress.
He looked across the city to the castle. Soon, the king would receive an urgent message. After reading it, the man with more compassion than brains would get in his carriage and ride through the streets to his cousin, the one who would desperately need his help. Merrick and his men would be waiting.
What a fool, he thought with a smirk. He felt at his hip to make sure his sword was there—it always was. Time to begin.
Merrick walked through the open doorway, and a blanket of silence fell over the men inside. A lone candle burned on a table, but the light from the moon outside illuminated the room where eleven men waited. Some worked for him at the Ryd Shipyard. Others had similar business interests. All would willingly give their lives for him. He looked through the crowd, taking his time to lock eyes with each of them.

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#BlogTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 / #PromoPost : In Solitude’s Shadow #InSolitudesShadow – David Green @DavidGreenWrite @EerieRiver

– ‘The Magic of Wor(l)ds’ blog is a hobby, reviews and other bookish stuff on this site are done for free. –

Today I’m on the ‘In Solitude’s Shadow’ blogtour, organized by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

David green is a writer of fiction, published multiple times on a variety of platforms.

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Synopsis :

Title: In Solitude’s Shadow
Publication Date: June 4th, 2021
Genre: Dark Fantasy

The Banished have returned, and they will have their revenge.
Zanna Alpenwood, a powerful mage, stands atop Solitude’s walls staring down at an army bent on invasion. Two hundred aged and forgotten Sparkers are all that stand between the Banished and the nation of Haltveldt.
With time running out, Zanna is forced to reach out to her estranged daughter, Calene, and set her on an impossible quest. In doing so Calene must decide between her masters and her own conscience, as she teams up with unlikely allies to forge their way over land and sea. Will they arrive in time to save the fortress of Solitude from destruction?
Only one thing is certain. Ruin is assured if Solitude falls.

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#MiniTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 / #PromoPost : The Last Tiger #TheLastTiger – Anthony Lavisher @alavisher

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Today I’m on the ‘The Last Tiger’ blogtour, organized by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Since reading The Lord of the Rings at an early age, and later, the works of his favourite author, David Gemmell, Anthony has been inspired to write his own stories. When he is not forging tales and filling blank pages, Anthony spends his time working in his local library, reading, board gaming and enjoying adventures of his own.
Anthony lives in Wales with his wife, Amy, and their cat, Mertle. He is currently working on ‘Rise of Eagles,’ his fifth novel.You can keep up-to-date with his news here:

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Synopsis :

Title: The Last Tiger
Publication Date: June 7th, 2021
Genre: Modern Thriller

Jon Galnia is a husband, a father, a Mafia Don, a man who believes that Fate and Destiny are two sides of the same fickle coin. Rich beyond his wildest dreams, his inherited empire expands beyond America, far beyond the streets of his bloody playground, currently far beyond the reach of the authorities desperate to pin even a traffic violation on him.
Fate is about to intervene.
Plucked from the sky by those who hate him, or perhaps by those who want what he has, Jon’s private jet crashes in central India, sabotaged by fate, though, perhaps, guided by destiny.
Unbeknownst to him, Jon is about to play a daring hand in an even bigger power struggle, one that will shock the world and, perhaps more importantly, the self-centred, ruthless Don.
A tale of corruption, of adventure and heroism, The Last Tiger is a thrilling tale of one man’s quest for survival and his uncertain hand on the pages of history.

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