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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Regan Walker on Blog Tour for Summer Warrior, October 19-30

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Summer Warrior
by Regan Walker

Publication: October 7, 2020
eBook; 282 pages

Series: The Clan Donald Saga, Book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Somerled’s parentage was noble, of the Kings of Dublin, the royal house of Argyll and the great Ard Ri, the High Kings of Ireland. But when the Norse invaded Argyll and the Isles, his family’s fortunes fell with those of his people. When all hope seemed lost, he rose from the mists of Morvern to rally the Gaels, the Scots and the Irish.

Sweeping across Argyll and the Isles like a fast-moving storm, brilliant in strategy and fearless in battle, Somerled began retaking his ancestral lands, driving away the invaders and freeing the people from the Norse stranglehold. In doing so, he would win the title Somerle Mor, Somerled the Mighty, Lord of Argyll, Kintyre and Lorne and, eventually, Lord of the Isles.

This is the unforgettable saga of his path to victory that forged the Kingdom of the Isles and won him the heart of a Norse king’s daughter.

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About the Author

Regan Walker is an award-winning, #1 Amazon bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. She writes historically authentic novels with real historical figures along with her fictional characters. Among the awards she has won are the International Book Award for Romance Fiction, the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Romance, the RONE Award for her medievals and the Gold Medal Illumination Award.

You can sign up for her newsletter on her website and get the “Reader Extras” there, too. Regan loves to hear from her readers. Join Regan Walker’s Readers on Facebook. Visit Summer Warrior on Pinterest.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

E.W. Cooper on Blog Tour for The Jade Tiger, October 14-November 6

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The Jade Tiger
by E.W. Cooper

Publication Date: October 14, 2020
Ink Dog Press

Series: A Penelope Harries Mystery, Book 1
Genre: Historical Mystery

 

 

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 1928. The Big Apple teems with the glitter of Bright Young Things, Prohibition, and scofflaws-the perfect place for Penelope Harris to start her life over. As a former opera singer turned Shanghai nightclub owner, she’s seen and done a lot, maybe too much. With any luck, she’ll leave more than The Jade Tiger casino behind her-a murdered husband, a blackmailing torch singer, and Thom Lund, the ex-cop who stole her heart. But Penelope has never had that kind of luck; her past is already waiting for her in New York.

When someone murders her chiseling blackmailer at an out-of-control party and Thom is accused of the crime, Penelope must face down her darkest memories to prove his innocence. Is the murderer her cousin Charles, suckered into a hasty marriage by Penelope’s blackmailer? Or is it Penelope’s over-protective mother, who can’t remember a thing after a blow to the head? Or was it Thom after all, ready to commit murder to save Penelope from the blackmailer’s wicked plans?

Among the opulent mansions of the obscenely wealthy and the grit of a Hell’s Kitchen speakeasy, Penelope and Thom must navigate double-crosses, bad liquor, bootleggers, and dark, obsessive love to find the murderer before the past reaches out to put a noose around both their necks.

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About the Author

A lifelong fan of mysteries of all kinds, but especially those from the Golden Age of Mystery, it made sense that the first book Elizabeth published would be a historical mystery set in the early twentieth century. Using her background in historical research the characters took shape – a soprano, a Danish former policeman, and an illicit Shanghai nightclub in the French Concession.

As one might expect of an author whose main character dreams of singing opera, Elizabeth does her best writing while listening to the Metropolitan Opera’s weekly live broadcast. Hard at work on the next book in the series, E assures her readers that more opera, society scandal, illegal liquor, and murder lie ahead. Her first novel The Jade Tiger will publish in October 2020.

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Highland Renegade
by Cynthia Breeding

Publication Date: September 21, 2020
Entangled Amara

Series: Children of the Mist, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands—MacGregor lands—and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start…without a man. She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. How hard could it be?

When Ian MacGregor heard that the Sassenach countess was actually laying claim to his lands, he figured to scare the aging widow away by showing her the hardships of living in the Highlands. She’d leave before the first snowflake fell. But he never imagined that the widow was young and beautiful and more territorial than a she-wolf. No matter, he’ll prove that a fragile, London woman like her would never survive life without her servants…and if he happens to give her the coldest and most remote rooms, all the better.

Despite his best efforts to freeze her out, things between them heat up. But Highlanders hate the Sassenach, so Ian faces a dire choice—his clan or the irresistible English aristocrat who seems to have taken not only his lands, but also his heart.

“Lush, evocative, and sizzling-hot.” -Ann Major, USA Today bestselling author

About the Author

An avid reader of anything medieval, Cynthia Breeding has taught the traditional Arthurian legends to high school sophomores for fifteen years. She owns more than three hundred books, fictional and non-fictional, on the subject. More information on Arthur, Gwenhwyfar and Lancelot can be found on the Historical Account link.

In addition, she has won numerous awards including the Holt Medallion, Beacon Contest, Barclay Gold, More Than Magic and Ancient City Romance Authors.

Cynthia lives on the bay with her Bichon Frise and enjoys sailing and riding on the beach.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 21
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, September 23
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Thursday, September 24
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review & Excerpt at SplendeurCaisse

Friday, September 25
Review at Historical Romance Lover

Monday, September 28
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, September 30
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Monday, October 5
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Tuesday, October 6
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Wednesday, October 7
Interview at Books & Benches

Friday, October 9
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Probably at the Library

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Highland Renegade

The Tory
by T.J. London

Audiobook Publication Date: August 31, 2020

Narrated by: Shane East, Tara Langella, Patrick Zeller, Marnye YoungLength: 15 hrs and 15 mins

Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book #1
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

His king or his conscience…which will he choose?

It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice…

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray.

But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…

“The pages fly as you immerse yourself in this fantastic adventure.” – RT Book Reviews

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About the Author

T.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Hamilton.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, September 24
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, September 25
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Sunday, September 27
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, September 29
Feature at What Is That Book About

Thursday, October 1
Review at Novels Alive
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, October 2
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Interview at Books & Benches
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away an Audiobook + paperback copy of The Tory by T.J. London to one lucky winner! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 2nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Tory Audiobook

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Lona Manning on Blog Tour for Shelley and the Unknown Lady, October 5-13

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Shelley and the Unknown Lady
By Lona Manning

Publication Date: October 5, 2020
eBook; 177 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s brief and turbulent life was as passionate and haunting as his poetry.

Romantic, idealistic and impulsive, Shelley had several intense love affairs.

When Shelley drowned at sea, he took his secrets with him.

Did a beautiful, lovelorn lady really follow him throughout Europe, as he claimed? Did Mary Shelley ever learn about this rival for her affections?

Shelley and the Unknown Lady is a carefully researched imagining of the true-life tragedy behind the mystery.

This novella is a stand-alone story excerpted from Lona Manning’s Mansfield Trilogy.

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Praise for Lona Manning’s Writing

“Many try to emulate [Jane] Austen; not all succeed. Here, Manning triumphs.” -Blue Ink Reviews

“Manning’s books are… maniacally well-researched, gorgeously written, and wholly accurate in character. I can’t wait for the next one! I wholeheartedly recommend her books…” -Goodreads reviewer

About the Author

Lona Manning loves reading, choral singing, gardening and travel. Over the years, she has been a home care aide, legal secretary, political speech writer, office manager, vocational instructor, non-profit administrator and ESL Teacher. She has also written true crime articles for www.CrimeMagazine.com. She began writing A Contrary Wind, her award-winning debut novel, while she was teaching English in China. Manning and her husband raised their family in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. You can follow her on Twitter or Goodreads or at her Facebook page, “A Contrary Wind” where she posts on all things Jane Austen.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 5
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 6
Interview at Novels Alive
Excerpt at Probably at the Library

Wednesday, October 7
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, October 8
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Saturday, October 10
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, October 11
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Monday, October 12
Guest Post at Coffee and Ink

Tuesday, October 13
Review at Novels Alive
Interview at Bookish Rantings

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Melina Druga on Blog Tour for Those Left Behind, October 12-21

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Those Left Behind
by Melina Druga

Publication Date: October 12, 2020
Sun Up Press

Series: WWI Trilogy Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Change isn’t always for the best. Just ask the Stewards.

1914. The Steward family is eagerly preparing for the event that will forever bind them to the Bartlettes: the wedding of Hettie and Geoffrey. Little do the families know that the winds of war brewing in Europe soon will rip them apart.

Hettie and her brother, Freddie, join the Canadian Army Medical Corps. This decision is met with resistance and disapproval, causing a rift in the siblings’ relationship with their parents.

Meanwhile, a decades-long friendship is tested, two other daughters’ marriages are in tatters, and the scourge of influenza sweeps through the civilian population.

Will the Stewards bend under pressure or become stronger and more resilient?

Those Left Behind is the second in a trilogy following Hettie and her family as they navigate the challenges and heartbreak World War 1 brings. Each novel is a standalone story. Those Left Behind is the home front story. It is a collection of slice-of-life pieces that collectively tell the story of what happened in Canada while the events in Angel of Mercy were occurring. They are based on Hettie’s letters.

Also available: Angel of Mercy, the warfront story. Adjustment Year, the homecoming story, coming in April 2021.

Available on Amazon

About the Author

Creating fictional people since 1989.

Most kids have an active imagination. My imagination has stayed strong into adulthood, and I’ve funneled that creativity into a successful writing career. I write history, both fiction and nonfiction, because although your school history classes may have been boring, the past is not. My goal is to bring the past to life in all its myriad of colors.

Experience the past through Angel of Mercy, Heinous: Forgotten Murders from the 1910s, and A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1.

I write with the assistance of a furry writing buddy – AKA the family cat who often sits with me while I work.

When not researching, writing or editing, I’m wife to a wonderful man who also is my copy editor and mother to a budding baker/guitarist/architect.

The portion of my brain that isn’t filled with fictional people is filled with song lyrics. I listen to hard rock daily and find entertainment, inspiration and comfort in it.

Namaste. I practice yoga daily for a balanced body and mind. But, no, I can’t do a headstand.

Another way I express my creativity is through the camera lens. I especially enjoy nature and architecture photography.

I cook most meals from scratch. I’m a healthy cooking advocate, much to my husband’s chagrin.

To learn more about me, visit my website at http://www.melinadruga.com.

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Her Accidental Highlander Husband
by Allison B. Hanson

Publication Date: September 28, 2020
Entangled Amara
eBook; 277 pages

Series: Clan MacKinlay, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish

 

 

Marian Fletcher Blackley, Duchess of Endsmere, has been on the run from the English Crown for weeks since killing her abusive husband…no matter that it was self-defense. She has only one safe place to go—the MacKinlay clan in Scotland, where her sister is the laird’s wife.

War Chief Cameron MacKinlay has vowed never to marry after witnessing his widowed mother’s grief. He has his lands and his clan, and that’s enough for a good life. When one day a sprite of a lass comes running out of the forest with hounds nipping at her heels and an English bounty hunter not far behind, he feels compelled to save her by claiming the disheveled duchess is his wife. But he certainly didn’t intend to marry her for real!

And now he’ll do anything to protect her…

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About the Author

One very early morning, Allison B. Hanson woke up with a conversation going on in her head. It wasn’t so much a dream as being forced awake by her imagination. Unable to go back to sleep, she gave in, went to the computer, and began writing. Years later it still hasn’t stopped.

Allison lives near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her contemporary romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense. She enjoys candy immensely, as well as long motorcycle rides, running and reading.

Watch an interview with the author here.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

L. Marrick on Blog Tour for Heralds of the Fall, October 19-November 4

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Heralds of the Fall: A Novel of the Fall of Rome
by L. Marrick

Publication Date: July 24, 2020
Bowker
Paperback & eBook; 317 pages

Series: The Age of the Fall, Book 1
Genre: Historical Fantasy

 

 

The age of the fall of the Roman Empire begins!

In 374 CE, the death of a bishop plunges the capital of the Roman Empire, Mediolanum, into violence as Christian sects battle for power.

Governor Ambrose must bring peace to his torn city, overcoming high-level conspirators who seek to starve the people and seize power. Despite a debilitating physical condition, Ambrose may be clever enough to outwit the conspirators. But the staunchly Christian Ambrose wrestles with inner demons—balancing his loyalty to God with his love for his pagan friends . . . including a beautiful, philosophical widow. When the chance for peace finally comes, it will challenge everything Ambrose holds dear.

On the other side of the empire, General Theodosius defends Rome’s borders against invading Visigothic tribes. Theodosius has won many battles, but the crafty leader of the Visigoths tests his strength, wit, and courage.

Theodosius’s wife, a prophetess, foretells victory (and a glorious future for him in the highest office of the empire). But if his new slave—the nine-year-old Visigothic prince Alaric—has anything to say about it, that future won’t come about. Theodosius won’t even live to lead his men into battle.

Available on Amazon

About the Author

L. Marrick fell in love with ancient history by accident, while researching a fantasy series she was attempting to write in the library of her Catholic high school. Her love affair with 2000-year-old dead people was on-again/off-again over the next few decades—during which time she started an online copywriting business, traveled the United States as a digital nomad, settled in Colorado for over 10 years, wrote a stack of novels and screenplays, and experienced several spiritual awakenings that transformed her understanding of life, the universe, and everything.

She eventually settled in Kentucky (where she was born and raised), where she continues to meditate and write. Find her at www.LMarrick.net.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Debra Doxer on Blog Tour for Where Butterflies Go, October 12-November 13

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Where Butterflies Go
by Debra Doxer

Publication Date: October 7, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 270 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Meira Sokolow had the misfortune of being born to Jewish parents in Warsaw, Poland, in 1912. Before she took her first breath, her fate had been sealed.

Residing in the Jewish Quarter of the city, Meira’s early life was typical. She fell in love with a local boy, got married, and had a daughter. Then the German army marched into Warsaw and everything changed. Forced into the ghetto with her family, she found survival to be a daily struggle. Hunger, disease, and unimaginable cruelty were her stark realities. When the ghetto was purged and she was sent to a concentration camp, Meira still had her family, and that was all that mattered. Then the camp was liquidated, and only a handful of survivors remained out of thousands. Meira Sokolow was one of them.

No longer a wife or mother, Meira emigrated to New York City. After World War II, the world wanted to move on and start a new chapter, but Meira couldn’t turn the page so easily. She walked through her days alone, like a ghost with nothing to tether her to the earth. Then she met Max, a handsome American, who first mistook her for one of the boring socialites he encountered every day. He soon learned she was unlike anyone he had met before, seeing her strength and resilience, even when she couldn’t. Max knew he could breathe life into her again, if only she would let him.

Tragic and heartfelt, Where Butterflies Go is based on the harrowing true story of one woman’s survival during the Nazi occupation of Poland, and her struggle to find meaning in the aftermath.

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About the Author

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When not writing, she’s walking her Havanese puppy and forcing her daughter to listen to new wave 80s music.”

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Martha Engber on Blog Tour for Winter Light, October 6-13

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Winter Light
by Martha Engber

Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Vine Leaves Press
Paoerback & eBook; 260 pages

Genre: YA/Historical Fiction

 

 

WINTER LIGHT is the story of 15-year-old Mary Donahue of suburban Chicago, a kid on the cusp of failure during the brutal blizzard winter of 1978-79, the end of a hard luck, hard rock era sunk in the cynical aftermath of the Vietnam War.

The language of WINTER LIGHT is simple and stark as Mary’s internal landscape. Though a smart, beautiful kid, she’s a motherless girl raised by an uneducated, alcoholic father within an extended family of alcoholics and addicts. Aware that she’s sinking, she’s desperate to save herself and so reaches out to an unlikely source, Kathleen, a nice, normal kid from English class.

Though initially bleak, this story of redemption combines literary with historical fiction and is aimed at anyone who loves classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye where youths struggle at the abyss of a brutal adult world.

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Praise

“Winter Light tugs at your heart, reminding you of what it’s like to be a young person growing up, unsure of what to wear, how to behave, who and what to care about. Unsure of anything. The story is a ride through Class V rapids that will keep you hanging on white-knuckled till the end. A great read.” Jana McBurney-Lin, author of My Half of the Sky

“Winter Light is the extraordinary and intricate story of Mary Donahue, a teenager from the darker side of life whose struggles, resilience, and courage will be forever seared in your brain and your heart.” Joylene Nowell Butler, author of Broken But Not Dead, Matowak: Woman Who Cries and Dead Witness

“Martha Engber has crafted a well-paced, thoughtfully structured, insightful novel that draws the readers’ compassion for Mary and the motley collection of ‘burnout’ teens that are Mary’s friends. We witness Mary’s heartrending struggles to break free of economic and social class boundaries, the effects of careless parenting, and the low expectations of others, subjects the author handles with great skill and subtlety.” Paulette Boudreaux, author of Mulberry

About the Author

A graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Journalism, Ms. Engber is the author of the author of The Wind Thief, a literary novel that received a 5-star “original and highly recommended” rating from the Midwest Book Review. She’s also the author of Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up: A Thorough Primer for the Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction. She’s had a play produced in Hollywood and fiction and poetry published in the Aurorean, Watchword, the Berkeley Fiction Review and other journals. She’s also a freelance editor, workshop facilitator and speaker who lives in Northern California with her husband, bike and surfboard.

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