#BooksOnTour @bookouture / #Review : A Death at Seascape House (A Jemima Jago Mystery Book 1) – Emma Jameson @msemmajameson

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About the Author :

Emma Jameson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Lord & Lady Hetheridge cozy mystery series. Book #1, ICE BLUE, Book #2, BLUE MURDER, Book #3, SOMETHING BLUE, Book #4, BLACK & BLUE, Book #5, BLUE BLOODED, and Book #6, BLUE CHRISTMAS are available now.
Her newest venture with digital publisher extraordinaire BOOKOUTURE is the Jem Jago cozy mystery series.
Ms. Jameson is also the creator of amateur sleuth Dr. Benjamin Bones. Set in Cornwall during the Second World War, book #1 is MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER; book #2 is DIVORCE CAN BE DEADLY. Dr. Bones fans will also want to read the companion series, Magic of Cornwall. This includes DR. BONES AND THE CHRISTMAS WISH and DR. BONES AND THE LOST LOVE LETTER, two charming novellas set in untamed, romantic Cornwall

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With its sweeping sandy beaches and rolling emerald hills, the island of St. Morwenna is an idyllic escape. But behind the perfectly pruned primroses and neighborly smiles a killer lies in wait…
When librarian Jemima Jago is offered the opportunity to catalogue Cornwall’s largest collection of antique shipwreck records it is a dream come true. The only problem? The collection is housed on the island of St. Morwenna, the childhood home she left years ago and vowed never to return to.
Shortly after Jem arrives back in town, island busybody and notorious grump Edith Reddy is found dead, with duct tape clamped over her mouth and nose. Jem, caught seemingly red-handed at the scene of the crime, mistakenly becomes the police’s number one suspect. The handsome Sergeant Hackman in particular can’t seem to leave Jem alone…
Jem must take matters into her own hands if she wants to clear her name. Snooping around Edith’s once-grand home, she is struck by the mess before her. The bedroom is completely ransacked and in the living room all the photographs have been removed from their frames. Was Edith’s death simply a break-in gone wrong, or is there more to the mystery that the police are missing?
Jem has a sharp eye for a clue and she soon realizes that many of the island’s eccentric residents had reason for wanting Edith out of the way. Could Declan, the curious café owner, or Bart, the fishy ferryman have killed Edith? Jem won’t rest until she uncovers the truth, but doing so will put her right in the killer’s line of sight…

A totally charming cozy mystery from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Jameson. Brimming with intrigue and warm humor, fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Betty Rowlands will love A Death at Seascape House.

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‘A Death at Seascape House’ is the first instalment in the Jemima Jago Mysteries series, but as the author has already some experience it doesn’t show at all.
The author is great at setting up a beautiful landscape and some great characters you either like or dislike.
It reads very fluently as the story and the characters not only keep your attention, but also keeps you guessing at what’s to come.
Great start to a new series, I’m looking forward to the next adventure!

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#BlogTour #PumpUpYourBook @pumpupyourbook / #PromoPost : Guinevere Trilogy – Cheryl Carpinello @ccarpinello

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Today I’m on the ‘Cheryl Carpinello’ blogtour, organized by Pump Up Your Book.
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About the Author :

Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.

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Title: Guinevere Trilogy
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing
Pages: 371
Genre: Middle Grade / Teen / Young YA

GUINEVERE: ON THE EVE OF LEGEND
Princess Guinevere dreaded her upcoming thirteenth birthday. It signaled the beginning of her official role as the Lady of her father’s castle.
No more adventures in the forest with Cedwyn. No more explorations outside the castle walls. No more excitement. No more danger. No more fun.
Cedwyn—her companion for as long as she remembered—viewed her circumstances differently.
A Medieval coming-of-age story relevant today.

GUINEVERE: AT THE DAWN OF LEGEND
Ancient Stones. Mystical Stones. Autumnal Equinox.
Down upon a wide plain the yellow orb shines strong.
Racing side by side, the two laughingly ride.
A mist descends. The laughing stops.
A dangerous Medieval tale of two friends. Of a loyalty not often seen.

GUINEVERE: THE LEGEND
Fiercely loyal, Cedwyn always rushes to Guinevere’s defense. Stubborn to a fault. Always there for her. A future Knight? His one and only hope. A hero? Not what Cedwyn strove for, but it sought him.
Guinevere rarely thinks with her head. Just the opposite. Thinking with one’s heart: a recipe for trouble. And trouble finds Guinevere, all too often. Stubborn, she refuses to abandon those depending upon her. Even when ordered by her father, the king.
And so these two—both on the edge of Legend—barrel forth in this deadly dangerous and riveting Arthurian adventure.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : To The Fair Land – Lucienne Boyce @LucienneWrite

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Today I’m on the ‘To The Fair Land’ 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 :

Lucienne Boyce writes historical fiction, non-fiction and biography. After gaining an MA in English Literature, specialising in eighteenth-century fiction, she published her first historical novel, To The Fair Land (SilverWood Books, 2012, reissued 2021), an eighteenth-century thriller set in Bristol and the South Seas.
Her second novel, Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery (SilverWood Books, 2015) is the first of the Dan Foster Mysteries and follows the fortunes of a Bow Street Runner who is also an amateur pugilist. Bloodie Bones was joint winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016, and was also a semi-finalist for the M M Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016. The second Dan Foster Mystery, The Butcher’s Block, was published in 2017 and was awarded an IndieBrag Medallion in 2018. The third in the series, Death Makes No Distinction, was published in 2019 and is also an IndieBrag Medallion honoree, recipient of Chill With a Books Premium Readers’ Award, and a joint Discovering Diamonds Book of the Month. In 2017 an e-book Dan Foster novella, The Fatal Coin, was trade published by SBooks.
In 2013, Lucienne published The Bristol Suffragettes (SilverWood Books), a history of the suffragette movement in Bristol and the west country. In 2017 she published a collection of short essays, The Road to Representation: Essays on the Women’s Suffrage Campaign.

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A thrilling eighteenth-century mystery about a map, an author, and a vicious killer.
In 1789 struggling writer Ben Dearlove rescues a woman from a furious Covent Garden mob. The woman is ill and in her delirium cries out the name “Miranda”. Weeks later an anonymous novel about the voyage of the Miranda to the fabled Great Southern Continent causes a sensation. Ben decides to find the author everyone is talking about. He is sure the woman can help him – but she has disappeared.
It is soon clear that Ben is involved in something more dangerous than the search for a reclusive writer. Who is the woman and what is she running from? Who is following Ben? And what is the Admiralty trying to hide? Before he can discover the shocking truth Ben has to get out of prison, catch a thief, and bring a murderer to justice.

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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! 🙂
Thank you for inviting me onto your blog and for your very interesting questions!

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I live in Bristol, England and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I scribbled stories as a child, but like a lot of other writers I learned as I grew older that telling people “I want to be a writer” was more likely to attract muttering about “proper jobs” than sympathy, let alone practical advice. So, I tried to put away childish things but they have a way of refusing to be put away and eventually I was writing again and loving it more than ever. However, the journey to actually finding the courage to write and publish a novel was a long one and I’ve got my fair share of “bottom drawer” novels.
I’d always been interested in the literature of the eighteenth century and in 2006 I studied for an MA in English Literature with the Open University specialising in eighteenth-century writing. It was after completing that that I started to write historical fiction set in the period, including To The Fair Land and the Dan Foster Mysteries.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Oh, I loved reading when I was a child and I still do. One of my favourite books which I read over and over again was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Other books I have read many, many times include The Little Grey Men by BB, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, The Sword in the Stone by T H White, the Narnia books by C S Lewis, and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
My favourite grown-up book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. As I mentioned, I also enjoy eighteenth-century literature, especially the work of Frances Burney, Jane Austen, Charlotte Smith, Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.
Other favourites include Mikhail Bulgakov, especially The Master and Margarita, Rebecca West, Winifred Holtby, Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. I like a good, classic detective story, especially Dorothy L Sayers’s books.
Favourite contemporary historical novelists include Sarah Waters – my favourite is Affinity but they are all so good – and Martine Bailey (starting with An Appetite for Violets).
I also enjoy reading fantasy – my favourite fantasy author is Robin Hobb – particularly the Farseer Trilogy. I love William Morris’s fantasy books (and his poetry). I’ve also recently discovered Brandon Sanderson’s outstanding Mistborn series.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Goodness, there are so many wonderful writers who would have a lot to teach me, but if I had to choose one it would be Robin Hobb. I’d love to talk to her about how she makes her characters so compelling.

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’d like to have tea with Dorothy L Sayers’s Harriet Vane (from the Lord Peter Wimsey novels). Tea because we could both wear lovely tea dresses and eat cake, and Harriet Vane because she inspires me as a writer of detective fiction and a woman who was determined to live on her own terms.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
No, not unless you count drinking lots of tea.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Some ideas I come across when I’m doing historical research, for example a reference to an incident, an individual or a group of people might pique my interest. It’s often something that’s been overlooked, or people who haven’t had much written about them, or a different way of looking at a familiar story. I’m also influenced by place and often find that visiting somewhere can give me an idea for a story as I imagine the people who might once have lived there, or something that might have happened there.
I don’t think anyone needs to be worried that I’ll “put them in a book”. Occasionally I might base a particular trait or detail of a character on someone I’ve met but I’m not a “roman a clef” style writer. Obviously in historical fiction it is often necessary to refer to real people – you can’t have someone other than George III on the throne for instance – but I don’t tend to make them major characters. Where I have used real people, I base my depiction of them on as much research as possible, or I rely on the fact there isn’t actually very much known about them. In the end, though, I believe that these depictions of real people are as much fictional constructs as an entirely made up character. “My” George III will only be my idea of him; another writer may see him differently or emphasise different aspects of his character as they perceive it.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a plotter, but a plot always has room for manoeuvre. Sometimes things that look like good ideas in theory don’t work so well in practice, or as I’m writing I see a better way of doing something, or I realise that the order of events isn’t right, and so on.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Read, learn, practise!
Read – read as much as you can. Study your genre, but also go outside it as much as possible. Wonderful stories, characters and writing aren’t confined to any one genre.
Learn – there are so many courses, workshops, events and talks you can attend, many of them on line and many of them free. There are also “how to” books for every aspect of writing – plotting, characterisation, research etc – and every genre. You’ll soon find the ones that offer the best advice for you. Some of my favourites are Story by Robert McGee, Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction by Emma Darwin, and Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande. I am constantly turning to and rereading Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way – not so much a book on the skill and craft of writing but a source of encouragement and inspiration.
There are also many good blogs. I’d particularly recommend the Alliance of Independent Authors, which makes much of its advice available to non-members (https://selfpublishingadvice.org/about/) and covers everything from the craft and skill of writing to the business of publishing. Emma Darwin’s This Itch of Writing (https://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/) is excellent. Many agents also have good blogs, for example Rachelle Gardner https://rachellegardner.com/ But there are so many, you just need to look around and find one that is useful to you.
If there’s an organisation for your genre, then join it if you possibly can. For example, for historical fiction there is the Historical Novel Society (https://historicalnovelsociety.org/about-us/).
Practise – just keep writing! And you don’t need to dive straight into a novel – you can write short stories, flash fiction, blogs, write articles for a local or specialised press – whatever interests you.

What are your future plans as an author?
I’m currently working on the fourth Dan Foster Mystery, as well as a biography of suffrage campaigner Millicent Price (née Browne), and a co-authoring project on a book about the suffragette movement. I also have an idea for a new mystery series I’d like to do, but that will be a bit off in the future while I juggle these other projects.
I also have far too many “little” projects I want to do – blogs and articles I want to write, talks I want to try out, new skills I’d like to learn. I will simply have to live to be a hundred to fit it all in!

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
In 1789 Ben Dearlove is an ambitious young writer who is trying to find the anonymous author of a best-selling book about a fictitious voyage to the South Seas. He has no idea that his quest will lead him and those he loves into danger. In this brief scene, he has returned to his father’s apothecary shop in Bristol late one night…

The lamp over the apothecary’s porch was unlit. Good, his father had obeyed him and gone to the Shackletons’. Ben put his key in the lock. The door yielded to his slight pressure. He pushed it wide, his heart thudding with sudden fear. The shop smelt of ginger, cinnamon and bark – familiar scents, but very strong. He leaned over the threshold and listened. Nothing moved. He was sure that the house was empty, but went in on tiptoe anyway. Near the counter a shard of glass broke beneath his foot. He caught his breath, stood still and waited. Nothing.

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

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#BookBlitz #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksTours / #PromoPost : In the Blood – Margaret Kirk @HighlandWriter @orionbooks

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Today I’m on the ‘In the Blood’ Book Blitz, organized by Love Books Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Margaret Kirk writes ‘Highland Noir’ Scottish crime fiction, set in and around her home town of Inverness.
Her debut novel, Shadow Man, won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition in 2016. Described as ‘a harrowing and horrific game of consequences’ by Val McDermid, it was published in 2017 by Orion. Book 2 in the DI Lukas Mahler series, What Lies Buried, was published on 13th June 2019. Book 3, In The Blood, will be released by Orion on 29th April 2021.
Margaret is also the writer of several award-winning short stories, including The Seal Singers, which has been published in translation in Germany. She has contributed a short story, Still Life, to the Noir From The Bar anthology, which has been compiled to raise funds for NHS charities.

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Some cases are personal…
Tied to a derelict pier on Orkney, the bloated remains of a man bob in the waves, under the shadow of forbidding Sandisquoy House. The locals know him as William Spencer.
But DCI Lukas Mahler identifies him as Alex Fleming – his former boss.
Unable to step away from the case, Mahler tries to piece together why Fleming would retire to such a remote location. But the deeper he digs, the more disturbing the investigation becomes.
Seal bones, witches’ salve, and runic symbols appear everywhere he looks, ushering Mahler towards Fleming’s most notorious unsolved case: the ‘Witchfinder’ murders. And towards a dark and uncomfortable truth someone has gone to great lengths to bury…

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#PublicationDayBlitz #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksTours / #PromoPost : By My Sword Alone #ByMySwordAlone – David Black @lume_books

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Today I’m on the ‘By My Sword Alone’ Publication Day Blitz, organized by Love Books Tours.
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About the Author :

David Black is the author of the best-selling Harry Gilmour series set in the Royal Navy submarine service during World War Two. He also wrote the novella All the Freshness of the Morning, a fictionalized account of President John F. Kennedy’s epic World War Two service as Skipper of the US Navy torpedo boat PT-109 in South Pacific. Black is a former UK national newspaper journalist and TV documentary producer. He now lives in Argyll and writes full time.

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The Battle of Glenshiel, 1719. Thirteen-year-old James Lindsay watches the action unfold as the Jacobite forces supported by his family are defeated. For the rebels, it is the beginning of the end. But for James, forever marked by the battle, it is truly just the beginning.
Later, forced to flee Scotland, James finds himself on the European mainland and eventually in the Roman palace of his own ‘king’. There, he experiences all kinds of adventure, from the romantic to the brutal. Chastened by time and experience, he gradually loses the naivety of youth and takes a more mercenary approach as the great events of history unfold.
Yet all the while, he is aware of developing philosophies and how they are extending, slowly, into the lives of men and women – and monarchs. On he battles, through the Age of Enlightenment – until he meets a woman who challenges everything …
By My Sword Alone is a striking blend of historical novel and psychological profile that immerses readers in the thought, politics and bloodshed of eighteenth-century Europe. It will please David Black’s many fans and likely win him many more.
David Black is a former Fleet Street journalist and television reporter, and author of the popular Harry Gilmour series of novels. He lives in Ayrshire.

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#BlogTour #TheCoffeePotBookClub @maryanneyarde / #Excerpt : Two Fatherlands (A Reschen Valley Novel Part 4) – Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger @ckalyna #HistoricalFiction #WW2

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Today I’m on the ‘Two Fatherlands’ blogtour, organized by The Coffee Pot Book Club.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger is an American author living in Austria. Her focus is on historical fiction. She has been a managing editor for a magazine publishing house, has worked as an editor, and has won several awards for her travel narrative, flash fiction and short stories. She lives with her husband in a “Grizzly Adams” hut in the Alps, just as she’d always dreamt she would when she was a child.

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Book Title: Two Fatherlands
Series: The Reschen Valley Series (Part 4)
Author: Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger
Publication Date: April 13, 2021
Publisher: Inktreks/Lucyk-Berger
Page Length: 636 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction (WW2)

It’s a dangerous time to be a dissident…
1938. Northern Italy. Since saving Angelo Grimani’s life 18 years earlier, Katharina is grappling with how their lives have since been entwined. Construction on the Reschen Lake reservoir begins and the Reschen Valley community is torn apart into two fronts – those who want to stay no matter what comes, and those who hold out hope that Hitler will bring Tyrol back into the fold.
Back in Bolzano, Angelo finds one fascist politician who may have the power to help Katharina and her community, but there is a group of corrupt players eager to have a piece of him. When they realise that Angelo and Katharina are joining forces, they turn to a strategy of conquering and dividing to weaken both the community and Angelo’s efforts.
Meanwhile, the daughter Angelo shares with Katharina – Annamarie – has fled to Austria to pursue her acting career but the past she is running away from lands her directly into the arms of a new adversary: the Nazis. She goes as far as Berlin, and as far as Goebbels, to pursue her dreams, only to realise that Germany is darker than any place she’s been before.
Angelo puts aside his prejudices and seeks alliances with old enemies; Katharina finds ingenious ways to preserve what is left of her community, and Annamarie wrests herself from the black forces of Nazism with plans to return home. But when Hitler and Mussolini present the Tyroleans with “The Option”, the residents are forced to choose between Italian and German nationhood with no guarantee that they will be able to stay in Tyrol at all!
Angelo, Katharina and Annamarie are trapped on separate fronts, forced to take a stand, but their enemies lurk where they thought was safest. Out of the ruins of war, will they be able to find their way back to one another and pick up the pieces?
This blockbuster finale will keep readers glued to the pages. Early readers are calling it, “…engrossing”, “…enlightening” and “…both a heartbreaking and uplifting end to this incredible series!”

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Chapter 5
Innsbruck, June 1938

After paying the utility bills, the grocery money she owed Lisi, and the rent, Annamarie was left with exactly eight Reichsmark to her name until the following month, and this paired with the bad news that Herr Baumgärtner would be cutting her hours by half. Twelve hours a week was going to get her nowhere. She inserted the key into the apartment door, ready to crawl into bed and bury herself beneath the blankets, but the apartment was already unlocked.
Lisi stood in the kitchen doorway as Annamarie walked in. “Franz is here.”
Annamarie slumped against the door. “I just want to go to bed.”
“Franz,” Lisi called back into the kitchen. “Annamarie’s home.”
A chair slid across the linoleum floor, and Franz rose with his Hitler salute when Annamarie came in. He was dressed in the brown uniform. She wondered whether this was what every young man between Germany and Italy did these days. Not Sepp though. Not the barkeep at the Iron Rooster. So maybe not everyone, but just about.
Lisi popped open a bottle of Sekt. “We’re celebrating.”
“Are we?” Annamarie sank onto one of the seats.
Lisi poured wine into the teacup Annamarie had left on the kitchen counter that morning. She seemed to enjoy being uncouth—something that must have occurred the moment she broke out of the von Brandts’ cocooned and blue-blooded world.
“Franz has quite some news,” Lisi said.
“That’s right,” Franz said. “I’ve joined the SA and have been assigned to security detail for Gauleiter Hofer. He’s arriving next week.”
Annamarie did not know who that was and shrugged, unimpressed.
Franz narrowed his eyes. “Gauleiter Hofer? He’s responsible for all of Tyrol and Vorarlberg.”
“I guess that’s a big deal to you,” Annamarie said. “Congratulations.” She took a sip of the wine, but it tasted flat. Her bedroom was just around the corner, just a few steps away. Was he finished with his bragging yet?
“There’s something else.” Lisi tipped her head at her brother.
Franz got his footing beneath him again, cleared his throat, and said lightly, “I’m engaged.”
Annamarie looked up from her cup. “Engaged?” A few months ago, when she’d first met the von Brandts at the Iron Rooster, Franz had been flirting with her, his hands all over her, and now he was engaged? She hadn’t even known he was seriously seeing anyone.
“Margit Rainer.” Franz positioned his chair to face Annamarie. “I’d like you to meet her.”
“Me? What in heaven’s for?”
“Because she might have a job for you.”
“What does she do?”
“She’s head of the Innsbruck division of the BDM.”
Annamarie frowned. “The BDM?”
“Bund Deutscher Mädel. It’s the League of German Girls, like the Hitler Jugend but, you know, for girls.”
Annamarie scoffed. “I’m nineteen. Hardly a girl any longer.”
Lisi cleared her throat and gave her a look.
“Fine. Seventeen.” Annamarie was indignant. “And even so, too old to be marching around, doing gymnastics, and singing with a bunch of little girls. What could I possibly do for the BDM?” She regretted the question immediately.
Franz crossed his arms, looking satisfied. “Margit is heading the new Faith and Beauty Society. It’s for women ages seventeen to twenty-one years old, and the program will be better than a university education. You can take part in anything that interests you, in anything that you’re talented in.” He laughed a little and looked at them nervously. “Women with talents and strengths to help the German nation—that’s what the society will produce. Strong women with a purpose, with a role.”
It sounded more like a factory. Annamarie looked at Lisi with disbelief.
“Tell her what she’d be doing,” Lisi urged.
“Margit needs someone to set up and run the theatre and acting department.”
Lisi looked expectantly at Annamarie.
“Why don’t you do it?” Annamarie asked her.
Lisi scoffed. “Because I have a job—a good job—and I’ve outgrown all that.” She looked at Franz. “What? Stop that. I’m not interested.”
“What makes you think I would be?” Annamarie asked.
“Because,” Lisi sighed, “you have the experience with the, you know…” She waved a hand downwards. She was referring to Annamarie’s activities with the Fascist youth group in Bolzano.
Annamarie stood and dumped the wine down the sink, leaned against the counter, and faced her.
Lisi grabbed her by the wrist now. “This thing with the BDM is my idea. I thought you’d like being in charge—that’s the first thing. And the next thing, well… Go on, Franz. You tell her.”
Franz grinned. “Margit’s just returned from leadership training in Brunswick. She’s the district leader. Margit is recruiting section group leaders, for hire.”
“It’s a real job, Annamarie,” Lisi interrupted. “Group leaders get two hundred Reichsmark a month.”
Two hundred Reichsmark! Annamarie sat up straight and looked from Lisi to Franz and back to Lisi. Her mind reeled with the list of things she could afford with ten times her current salary. She could get out of here, for starters, and begin anew, get her stories straight, and maybe finally make some headway with the acting.
They were waiting for her, watching her, their eyes shining bright, as if listening in on Annamarie’s plans in her head.
“When can I meet her?” she asked.

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#BlogTour #TheCoffeePotBookClub @maryanneyarde / #Excerpt : Forsaking All Other #ForsakingAllOther – Catherine Meyrick @cameyrick1 #HistoricalFiction

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Today I’m on the ‘Forsaking All Other’ blogtour, organized by The Coffee Pot Book Club.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Catherine Meyrick is a writer of historical fiction with a particular love of Elizabethan England. Her stories weave fictional characters into the gaps within the historical record – tales of ordinary people who are very much men and women of their time, yet in so many ways are like us today. These are people with the same hopes and longings as we have to find both love and their own place in a troubled world.
Catherine grew up in regional Victoria, but has lived all her adult life in Melbourne, Australia. Until recently she worked as a customer service librarian at her local library. She has a Master of Arts in history and is also an obsessive genealogist. When not writing, reading and researching, Catherine enjoys gardening, the cinema and music of all sorts from early music and classical to folk and country and western and, not least of all, taking photos of the family cat to post on Instagram.

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Book Title: Forsaking All Other
Author: Catherine Meyrick
Publication Date: 16th March 2018
Publisher: Courante Publishing
Page Length: 308 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance

England, 1585.
Bess Stoughton, waiting woman to the well-connected Lady Allingbourne, has discovered that her father is arranging for her to marry an elderly neighbour. Normally obedient Bess rebels and wrests from her father a year’s grace to find a husband more to her liking.
Edmund Wyard, a taciturn and scarred veteran of England’s campaign in Ireland, is attempting to ignore the pressure from his family to find a suitable wife as he prepares to join the Earl of Leicester’s army in the Netherlands.
Although Bess and Edmund are drawn to each other, they are aware that they can have nothing more than friendship. Bess knows that Edmund’s wealth and family connections place him beyond her reach. And Edmund, with his well-honed sense of duty, has never considered that he could follow his own wishes.
With England on the brink of war and fear of Catholic plots extending even into Lady Allingbourne’s household, time is running out for both of them.
Love is no game for women. The price is far too high.

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Bess felt a prickling along her spine and turned to find an elderly man standing close.
Askew beckoned to him. ‘Bess, you will remember Master Litchfield.’
The old man simpered as he bowed and took her hand. Bess did remember him. He had been one of those too friendly men who always had an apple or a sweetmeat ready for any child. Her father, like so many others, had seen him as a kindly man yet she and Ann had not warmed to him. Bess supposed he was approaching the allotted span of three score and ten. Time had not been gentle. He stepped forward and kissed her. His breath was rank and his lips moist. Bess resisted the urge to wipe her hand across her mouth.
His smile was unnerving. ‘Mistress… Ahhh…’
‘Stoughton,’ Bess finished for him.
‘No need for formality, Dick,’ Askew beamed. ‘You have known Bess since she was a baby.’
‘Bess,’ he said, still holding her hand, ‘you have grown indeed.’ When his eyes finally settled on her face, he said, ‘I was sorry to hear of your loss.’
‘Thank you, Master Litchfield.’ She wriggled her fingers free.
‘And you still serve Lady Allingbourne?’
‘Yes.’ Bess was surprised he knew so much of her life.
‘A lively household, no doubt.’ His eyes once more travelled over her body. ‘No doubt you have many young men dancing after you. You’ll be married again in no time.’
Bess opened her mouth to speak but, in face of his unwavering lascivious gaze, could think of nothing to say. All her training had deserted her—the ability to make light conversation, to lead it away from uncomfortable or unpleasant subjects without making the other party feel reproof.
‘Your…, your family, Master Litchfield,’ she stuttered, ‘how…, how are they?’
‘Ah Bess, I am quite deserted.’ His eyes moistened. ‘Both my daughters know nothing of their duty. Once married, they have never visited me. It has been nigh on fifteen years since I have seen either. I know only of their fortunes through others.’ His pale face was narrow, his sparse hair combed across his balding pate. He had made Bess uneasy as a child and nothing had changed. Her mother had no liking for him, declining all invitations for Bess and Ann to stay when his wife had been alive.
‘I visited my Joan once,’ he said. ‘Her husband was away. She barred the door against me, would not let me enter under her roof.’ He smiled his oily smile again. ‘But you are a dutiful daughter, Bess, you come at your father’s bidding. You follow his direction, do you not?’
‘I suppose I do,’ Bess said. She looked for a way of escape. Her father had disappeared, but she caught the eye of Maggie Drayton.
‘And you have no children, do you?’ Litchfield asked.
‘No.’
‘So sad. A young woman in her prime, so ripe…’
‘Dick,’ Maggie broke in, ‘you will have to excuse me, there is someone Bess must meet.’
‘’Till tomorrow,’ he smirked.

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Today I’m super pleased to be on the blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour, to reveal the cover of

Secrets of Windwood
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Simon Lord has it all—the beautiful fiancé, the loving family, the sprawling mansion, and the famous last name. Little does he know that what is supposed to be the happiest day of his life will become his last. The little town of Solomon’s Wake has managed to keeps its secrets hidden for nearly a century, but no darkness can lie dormant forever. It only takes one fateful night, one storm, one wedding, for a vampire to rise, a werewolf to escape, and a witch’s age-old curse to rise again.
Decades later, the Lord family is a shadow of its former self. Windwood, the Lord family ancestral home, sits in near ruin as Simon Lord lies in a coma, but life goes on. That is until Joshua Lord makes the fateful decision to return to Windwood with his young family. Curses, as young Jenna Lord finds out, do not have an expiration date. The Lords and their friends find themselves battling vicious werewolves, homicidal grandmothers, the unrelenting spirit of a vengeful witch, and their own dark pasts. The only question is, who will make it out of Windwood alive this time?

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Today I’m on the ‘Dawn Empress’ blogtour, organized by The Coffee Pot Book Club.
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About the Author :

Faith L. Justice writes award-winning historical novels, short stories, and articles in Brooklyn, New York where she lives with her family and the requisite gaggle of cats. Her work has appeared in Salon.com, Writer’s Digest, The Copperfield Review, and many more publications. She is Chair of the New York City chapter of the Historical Novel Society, and Associate Editor for Space and Time Magazine. She co-founded a writer’s workshop many more years ago than she likes to admit. For fun, she digs in the dirt—her garden and various archaeological sites.

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Book Title: Dawn Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome
Series: The Theodosian Women, Book Two
Author: Faith L. Justice
Print/ebook Publication Date: 24th May 2020
Audiobook Publication Date: 19th February 2021
Publisher: Raggedy Moon Books
Page Length: 354 pages
Audio Book Length: 12 hrs 41 min
Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction

As Rome reels under barbarian assaults, a young girl must step up.
After the Emperor’s unexpected death, ambitious men eye the Eastern Roman throne occupied by seven-year-old Theodosius II. His older sister Pulcheria faces a stark choice: she must find allies and take control of the Eastern court or doom the imperial children to a life of obscurity—or worse. Beloved by the people and respected by the Church, Pulcheria forges her own path to power. Can her piety and steely will protect her brother from military assassins, heretic bishops, scheming eunuchs and—most insidious of all—a beautiful, intelligent bride? Or will she lose all in the trying?
Dawn Empress tells the little-known and remarkable story of Pulcheria Augusta, 5th century Empress of Eastern Rome. Her accomplishments rival those of Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great as she sets the stage for the dawn of the Byzantine Empire.

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Chapter 1

Imperial Palace, Constantinople, October 6, 404

Pulcheria winced as her father’s hand ground her fingers together. She stepped on the hem of her night shift and stumbled. Father jerked her upright.
“Come, girl, when did you become so clumsy?” His voice was rough with wine, anger, and pain. Pulcheria had never seen him so distraught in her five short years of life. For the first time her father Arcadius, the Emperor of Eastern Rome, frightened her.
When he had awakened her moments before, her head muzzy with dreams, she knew something was wrong. Father never came to her chambers. The palace nursery, where she and her siblings Arcadia, Theodosius, and baby Marina lived, was the province of nurses and tutors. She only saw him on those rare occasions he ordered the children to accompany him on some outing. Her mother, Empress Eudoxia, inspected the nursery and questioned the servants about her children’s health and well-being when it suited her—which was not often. Now her father dragged her down the echoing marble halls toward a part of the palace to which she had never been.
They entered a sumptuous but disordered receiving room. A half-eaten meal of beef doused with fishy smelling garum sauce sat on a silver tray, the Persian carpet lay askew, and several cloaks lay carelessly on a gilt chair. The disarray only added to her chaotic feelings of fear and bewilderment. She tried to lag behind, but her father dragged her forward, nearly pulling her off her feet. Pulcheria whimpered at the pain in her hand and shoulder but refused to cry out.
Antiochus, the Chief Eunuch and head of the imperial household, sat near the door to another chamber. He rose, approached her father, and bowed low. “I’m so very sorry, Augustus, but your blessed wife is dead. She passed on to God’s good grace but moments ago.”
“More likely she passed on to the devil. She will make him a good whore.” Arcadius’ face went purple as he spat the words at the eunuch. “The child?”
Antiochus glanced at Pulcheria and lowered his voice. “He came much too early to save.”
“Better dead than another set of horns on my head,” her father muttered.
Pulcheria struggled to find meaning in the words of the adults. Her mother was dead? What child? Her father grew horns? She looked at his forehead with muddled curiosity but saw no bumps.
Father started forward, pushing at the eunuch’s chest. “Out of my way.”
Antiochus stepped back, but still blocked their path. His voice quavered. “Most Kind Augustus, is this really the place for the princess? Let us at least ready the body before she views it.”
Pulcheria tugged on her captive hand and cried, “Please, Father, let me go back.”
Father’s hand tightened on hers, but he turned and dropped to one knee to look into her face. “This is important, Pulcheria. You will be first lady of the land now. Show me how an Augusta behaves.”
Pulcheria steadied under his gaze. She wanted to make him proud. “Yes, Father, I will do as you wish.”
“That’s my girl. You’ve got a backbone, unlike your sniveling brother.”
A small flame of anger at this attack on her baby brother warmed Pulcheria’s chilled body. Theo was not quite three, and still a child. As the oldest, everyone demanded more from her, and she was proud to give it. It wasn’t fair for Father to compare Theo to her!
One look at her father’s angry face doused that flame. She had no way to fight for herself, much less her brother. Helplessness clove her tongue to the roof of her mouth. She nodded. Father’s lips curved into a smile, but he didn’t look happy; his eyes were red with tears.
Antiochus stepped aside, sparing a pitying look for Pulcheria. Arcadius straightened and led the girl into the bedroom. Antiochus’ words came rushing back. Her mother was dead. What did it mean? What would she see? A sense of dread knotted her stomach and again slowed her steps, so that her father had to, again, tug on her arm.
As he opened the door, she heard the soft chanting of priests and the shriller murmurs of female servants. Burning musky incense failed to mask an odor that left a coppery taste in her mouth.
Blood.
She remembered the smell and taste from scraped knees and split lips. Blood usually meant stinging pain. This room reeked of it. Pulcheria’s heart raced. She took shallow breaths through her mouth, trying to avoid the stench.
Olive oil lamps shone steady, illuminating the brilliantly painted scenes on the walls of naked people entwined in awkward positions. Servants and priests bowed their heads as they passed. Her gaze fixed on the wide bed dominating the room. Her mother’s court ladies screened the bed from her sight, but she couldn’t miss the blood-soaked rags piled in a bronze bowl. At the sight of her father, the women parted, darting horrified glances at Pulcheria.
More gently this time, Arcadius pulled her to the foot of the bed and stood behind her, his hands on her shoulders. “Here are the wages of sin, Pulcheria. Blood and death.”
Pulcheria held her breath as she gazed upon the still body. Her mother’s face looked angelic, eyes closed and face pale. People always praised her mother’s beauty. The height and comeliness Eudoxia inherited from her father’s Frankish ancestors had captured the heart of the teenage Emperor Arcadius nine years before. Those same people lamented that Pulcheria seemed the only one of their four children with the stamp of her dour-faced father.
Except for the sweat-soaked blond hair tangled about her face, Eudoxia looked asleep. A peaceful look, unlike the impatience her mother’s face usually bore with her children. The last time Eudoxia visited the nursery, she spent most of her time complaining about ink spots on Pulcheria’s robes and the disordered state of her hair. Mother would not be happy, knowing others now saw her own hair in such disarray.
Pulcheria’s gaze strayed lower. She gasped at the fine linen sheets sodden with red gore. The stench caused her stomach to heave. An acid taste flooded her mouth. She took a deep breath.
“F-Father, must I stay longer?”
Arcadius squeezed her shoulder. “No, my good girl, you have seen enough.”

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Today I’m on the ‘A Wider World’ blogtour, organized by RABT Book Tours.
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A Wider World Author Karen HeenanKaren Heenan was born and raised in Philadelphia. She fell in love with books and stories before she learned to read and has wanted to write for nearly as long. After far too many years in a cubicle, she set herself free to follow her dreams—which include gardening, sewing, traveling, and of course, lots of writing. She lives in Lansdowne, PA, not far from Philadelphia, with four cats and a very patient husband.

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A Wider WorldMemories are all he has…
Now they could save his life.
Returning to England after almost five years in exile, Robin Lewis is arrested and charged with heresy by the dying Queen Mary. As he is escorted to the Tower of London, Robin spins a tale for his captor, revisiting his life under three Tudor monarchs and wondering how he will be judged—not just by the queen, but by the God he stopped serving long ago.
When every moment counts, will his stories last long enough for him to be saved by Mary’s heir, the young Queen Elizabeth?

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