Friday, April 20, 2018

***GIVEAWAY*** and Review of Helen Davis' Cleopatra Unconquered

Cleopatra UnconqueredCleopatra Unconquered by Helen R. Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Author, Helen Davis, clearly did her homework as Cleopatra Unconquered gives a realistic account of what could have been in ancient Egypt. Davis’s writing is extremely detailed and I was intrigued by the premise of her story. I wish it would have flowed more like a novel instead of an historical accounting, but I did enjoy learning about the times.


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Cleopatra Unconquered by Helen R. Davis

Publication Date: December 2, 2015
Savant Books & Publications LLC
eBook & Paperback; 328 Pages
Genre: Alternative Historical Fiction
The first book of three in a richly imagined ancient world where the course of history is altered by one battle. In this world, Antony and Cleopatra triumph at the Battle of Actium, and Cleopatra emerges as a queen, stateswoman, and politician. Those around her come to life as the reader returns to those days to live them with her. "The first in a series, Cleopatra Unconquered by Helen R. Davis is a treat for those fascinated by Egypt and the lost glories of antiquity. The author weaves the fruits of her careful research into a fascinating combination of both the historical fiction and fantasy genres. It gives readers a look into history as it was, as well as into what might have been." - Elena Marie Vidal, author of The Paradise Tree

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About the Author

Helen R. Davis is an American author. Her first novel, Evita: My Argentina was previously published as Evita: My Life and republished with Custom Book Publications in Hong Kong. Her second novel, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, which is the first in a series, imagines a world in which Antony and Cleopatra, rather than Augustus Caesar, are the victors of the Battle of Actium. the sequel, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS, will be released soon, followed by the titles CLEOPATRA MAGNIFICA and CLEOPATRA TRIUMPHANT. Her third novel, or at least, her third historical novel/alternate history, THE MOST HAPPY, was published with Callipe Editorial, based out of Madrid Spain, on July 25th, 2017. For more information, please visit Helen Davis' website. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 2 Review at Teaser Addicts Book Blog Tuesday, April 3 Feature at Passages to the Past Wednesday, April 4 Review at 100 Pages a Day Friday, April 6 Review & Excerpt at WTF Are You Reading? Monday, April 9 Review at A Chick Who Reads Wednesday, April 11 Excerpt at My Reading Corner Friday, April 13 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective Sunday, April 15 Feature at Clarissa Reads it All Monday, April 16 Feature at Donna's Book Blog Thursday, April 19 Review at Carole's Ramblings Friday, April 20 Review at Cup of Sensibility Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on April 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Cleopatra Unconquered

Monday, April 16, 2018

***GIVEAWAY*** and Review of Mary Sharratt's Ecstasy

EcstasyEcstasy by Mary Sharratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mary Sharratt’s Ecstasy is a compelling novel that immediately entrances the reader into the life of Alma Schindler. Alma is a talented fledgling composer in Vienna in the early 1900’s. Her parents wish to marry her off to a man that meets their standards while Alma searches for a passionate love in the music world. She meets Gustav Mahler, a well-known composer and they have a whirlwind romance. However, he requires that she give up all aspirations of becoming a published composer. The book details Alma’s continuous struggles with love, ambition, and life’s heartbreaks. I struggle to offer a comparison to this book as it was a one of a kind jewel!


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Ecstasy by Mary Sharratt

Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover & eBook; 400 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary
In the glittering hotbed of turn-of-the-twentieth century Vienna, one woman’s life would define and defy an era. Gustav Klimt gave Alma her first kiss. Gustav Mahler fell in love with her at first sight and proposed only a few weeks later. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius abandoned all reason to pursue her. Poet and novelist Franz Werfel described her as “one of the very few magical women that exist.” But who was this woman who brought these most eminent of men to their knees? In Ecstasy, Mary Sharratt finally gives one of the most controversial and complex women of her time center stage. Coming of age in the midst of a creative and cultural whirlwind, young, beautiful Alma Schindler yearns to make her mark as a composer. A brand new era of possibility for women is dawning and she is determined to make the most of it. But Alma loses her heart to the great composer Gustav Mahler, nearly twenty years her senior. He demands that she give up her music as a condition for their marriage. Torn by her love and in awe of his genius, how will she remain true to herself and her artistic passion? Part cautionary tale, part triumph of the feminist spirit, Ecstasy reveals the true Alma Mahler: composer, daughter, sister, mother, wife, lover, and muse.

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Praise for Ecstasy

“In ECSTASY, Mary Sharratt plunges the reader into the tumultuous and glamorous fin de si├Ęcle era, bringing to life its brilliant and beguiling leading lady. Finally, Alma Mahler takes center stage, surging to life as so much more than simply the female companion to the brilliant and famous men who loved her. Sharratt’s portrait is poignant and nuanced, her novel brimming with rich historic detail and lush, evocative language.” - Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Empress “A tender, intimate exploration of a complicated woman, Mary Sharratt’s ECSTASY renders in exquisitely researched detail and fiercely imagined scenes the life of Alma Mahler — daughter, wife, mother, lover, and composer — and the early 20th Century Vienna and New York in which she came of age. I loved this inspiring story of an early feminist standing up for her art.” - Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Race for Paris “Evocative and passionate, ECSTASY illuminates through its tempestuous and talented heroine a conundrum that resonates across the centuries: how a woman can fulfill her destiny by being both a lover and an artist.” - Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers “Mary Sharratt makes a triumphant return to the page with this masterful portrait of Alma Mahler, the wife of the famous composer Gustav Mahler. Set in a time and place when a woman could only hope to be the power behind the throne, Sharratt brings a meticulously researched and richly illuminated account of a young woman who was a brilliant composer in her own right. Alma may have had to suppress her own talents to support Mahler; however, ECSTASY reveals that she was a woman who “contained multitudes.” ECSTASY is an important work of historical fiction, as well as a timely and topical addition to the canon of knowledge that needs to better represent important women and their contributions.” - Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books “Alma Mahler’s unexpected, often heartbreaking journey from muse to independence comes to vivid, dramatic life in Mary Sharratt’s ECSTASY. Sharratt skillfully evokes turn-of-the-century Vienna and the musical genius of the era, returning Alma to her rightful place in history as both the inspiration to the men in her life and a gifted artist in her own right.” – C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of Mademoiselle Chanel “Mary Sharratt has more than done justice to one of the most interesting, shocking, and passionate women of the 20th century. Overflowing with life and lust, ECSTASY explores this flawed but fascinating woman who was not only muse but a genius in her own right.” - New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose “A deeply affecting portrait of the woman rumored to be the most notorious femme fatale of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Mary Sharratt’s ECSTASY is as heartbreaking and seductive as Alma Mahler herself.” —Kris Waldherr, author of Doomed Queens and Bad Princess

About the Author

MARY SHARRATT is an American writer who has lived in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, for the past seven years. The author of the critically acclaimed novels Summit Avenue, The Real Minerva, and The Vanishing Point, Sharratt is also the co-editor of the subversive fiction anthology Bitch Lit, a celebration of female antiheroes, strong women who break all the rules. Her novels include Summit Avenue, The Real Minera, The Vanishing Point, The Daughters of Witching Hill, Illuminations, and The Dark Lady's Mask. For more information, please visit Mary Sharratt's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 10 Review at Broken Teepee Wednesday, April 11 Feature at Passages to the Past Thursday, April 12 Review at Bookfever Review at Unabridged Chick Friday, April 13 Interview at Unabridged Chick Review at View From the Birdhouse Saturday, April 14 Review at Clarissa Reads it All Monday, April 16 Review at Cup of Sensibility Tuesday, April 17 Review at Based on a True Story Wednesday, April 18 Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book! Thursday, April 19 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective Friday, April 20 Review at Linda's Book Obsession Sunday, April 22 Review at Carole Rae's Random Ramblings Monday, April 23 Review at A Bookaholic Swede Tuesday, April 24 Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book! Wednesday, April 25 Review at A Literary Vacation Thursday, April 26 Guest Post at A Bookish Affair Friday, April 27 Review at Ageless Pages Reviews Monday, April 30 Review at Caryn, the Book Whisperer Tuesday, May 1 Review at A Bookish Affair Thursday, May 3 Interview at The Writing Desk Monday, May 7 Review at What Cathy Read Next Wednesday, May 9 Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views Thursday, May 10 Review at Writing the Renaissance Friday, May 11 Interview at Writing the Renaissance Monday, May 14 Interview at Let Them Read Books Wednesday, May 16 Review at Jorie Loves a Story Thursday, May 17 Review at Nicole Evelina Friday, May 18 Interview at Nicole Evelina

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During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a paperback copy of Ecstasy! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on May 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to US residents only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Ecstasy

Friday, April 6, 2018

***GIVEAWAY*** and Review of Courage Between Love and Death by Joseph Pillitteri

Courage Between Love and DeathCourage Between Love and Death by Joseph Pillitteri
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Courage Between Love and Death by Joseph Pillitteri chronicles nurse Elspeth’s employment at a hospital in New York in the early 1900’s. Relationships between doctors and nurses are not permitted, but of course that only sweetens the pot for these players! Things get more serious when President McKinley becomes a patient after an attempted assassination. This book was well written but did not draw me as wholeheartedly into the plot as I would’ve liked. I did find the medical aspects fascinating as this book deals with surgical procedures utilized in the early 1900’s, and their devastating effects. This read also deals with the controversial issue of abortion in those times.


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Courage Between Love and Death by Joseph Pillitteri

Publication Date: March 29, 2018
Fireship Press
eBook & Paperback; 302 Pages
Genre: Historical/Romance/Medical/Political
Elspeth has recently landed a nursing position at the 1901 Pan American Exposition Hospital in Buffalo, New York. This is a big boon for her, but things are not going as expected. She has to navigate mischievous patients, egotistical doctors, rival nurses and prejudices. For an Irish girl with a temper, this is no easy feat. Now President McKinley is coming to visit the Expo and everyone is in an uproar. On the home front, her life is no less hectic as she struggles to put food on the table and look out for her younger siblings. When the unthinkable happens, it is a turning point, not only for the medical industry and our country’s security, but also for Elspeth personally. With her career and reputation on the line, will she have the courage to overcome the challenges she faces to clear her name and continue to be there for the ones she loves?

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Praise for Courage Between Love and Death

“…Pilliterri deftly weaves together the state of medicine, the social class spectrum and a light love story…the chaos of the surgery on the President and the anxious days till his death provide palpable tension...” —Dr. Jean Richardson, Associate Professor, Emeritus, SUNY Buffalo State College “…Joseph Pillitteri’s writing is flawless and delightful. The tension builds up very fast and doesn’t slow down until the satisfying conclusion. Courage Between Love and Death is focused, deft, and balanced, and the reader will follow the protagonist through her emotional and psychological turmoil until the very last page. A gripping story with great historical references, it’s an edge of the seat read. Courage Between Love and Death by Joseph Pillitteri is a historical novel that is well-researched and written to great satisfaction.” —Christian Sia, Readers’ Favorite “Courage Between Love and Death is a well-researched and masterfully crafted historical novel with strong characters and a mesmerizing plot. Apart from developing a very strong conflict, Joseph Pillitteri does a brilliant job in weaving powerful dialogues and intrigue into the story. The reader is transported into an atmospheric world with medical personnel, strong personalities, and a historic event that will remain engraved in the minds of many. There is so much to enjoy in this novel — the drama, the emotional and psychological intensity of the story, the excellent prose and the compelling characters. I was sucked into the narrative from the very first page.” —Romuald Dzemo, Readers’ Favorite

About the Author

While working at Roswell Park Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, NY, Joseph Pillitteri became intrigued by the role Dr. Park played in the surgery of President McKinley at the 1901 Pan American Exposition. It was a pleasure to shape facts and fiction together to tell the story. Previous works by Pillitteri include When the Giraffe Runs Down (Dial Press), Two Hours on Sunday (Dial Press), The Abortion (Penguin Books), and Life Pulse (Penguin Books).

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, March 29 Review at 100 Pages a Day Friday, March 30 Feature at A Bookaholic Swede Saturday, March 31 Feature at What Is That Book About Monday, April 2 Review at Back Porchervations Feature at Clarissa Reads it All Tuesday, April 3 Feature at T's Stuff Wednesday, April 4 Feature at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen Friday, April 6 Review at Cup of Sensibility Sunday, April 8 Review at Carole's Ramblings Tuesday, April 10 Feature at Let Them Read Books Thursday, April 12 Feature at Donna's Book Blog Tuesday, April 17 Feature at A Literary Vacation Wednesday, April 18 Tour Recap at Passages to the Past

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During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on April 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to US residents only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Courage Between Love and Death

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Review of The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey

The Secret to Southern Charm (Peachtree Bluff #2)The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kristy Woodson Harvey’s The Secret to Southern Charm is like a refreshing ocean breeze on a hot, humid day. Her characters delight and their storylines leave the reader begging for more! Woodson Harvey takes the reader through a twister of emotions: fear, dread, forgiveness, and hope. This novel was southern charm to the fullest extent!


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review of My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler HamiltonMy Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie have done it again with another fantastic read in My Dear Hamilton! The authors transport the reader back in time to the days of our founding fathers, and tell the story through the eyes of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of Alexander Hamilton. Readers will fast be drawn into the tumultuous love story between the two. Eliza’s story is one of grace, forgiveness, and hope. Fans of the authors’ previous book, America’s First Daughter, will be just as delighted with this one!


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Saturday, March 31, 2018

***GIVEAWAY*** and Review of Shadow by the Bridge by Suzanne Zewan

Shadow by the BridgeShadow by the Bridge by Suzanne Zewan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Imagine the horror of being a child, out by the river as night descends, witnessing close up and personally, a brutal murder taking place. And then being seen by the killer! And that is just how the story begins! Suzanne Zewan’s Shadow by the Bridge only builds in horror as atrocities continue to happen around young Fritz. This is a good read for fans of Ana Brazil’s Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper.


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Shadow by the Bridge by Suzanne Zewan

Publication Date: November 1, 2017
No Frills Buffalo
eBook & Paperback; 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780998881188
Genre: Historical Mystery
11-year-old Fritz Reynolds recalled his father telling him that man is the only creature who can find amusement in killing. Little did he realize that those words would become the theme for his teenage years growing up in the rural hamlet of Linden, New York. In this coming-of-age story, Fritz takes us back to a simpler time when neighbors gathered at the general store to listen to radio shows, drank barrel-aged cider, and worshiped at the Baptist church every Sunday. All was picturesque in his close-knit farming community until terror was unleashed on them.

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About the Author

Suzanne is coordinator at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and is an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College. She has a M.A. in English and Creative Writing and a M.S.Ed. in Career and Technical Education. Other publications include a poem in Jigsaw (2014), a short story and two poems in Jigsaw (2016), and a short story in Amaranth Review (2016). For more information, please visit Suzanne Zewan's website. You can also find Suzanne on Facebook and Twitter.

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Monday, February 19 Feature at Beth's Book Nook Blog Thursday, February 22 Interview at The Book Junkie Reads Tuesday, February 27 Feature at A Literary Vacation Thursday, March 1 Excerpt at What is That Book About Saturday, March 3 Interview & Excerpt at T's Stuff Wednesday, March 7 Review & Excerpt at WS Momma Readers Nook Friday, March 9 Feature at So Many Books, So Little Time Tuesday, March 13 Excerpt at My Reading Corner Thursday, March 15 Review at Donna's Book Blog Tuesday, March 20 Review at Locks, Hooks and Books Thursday, March 22 Excerpt at Buried Under Books Friday, March 23 Review at Broken Teepee Monday, March 26 Interview at Passages to the Past Wednesday, March 28 Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views Friday, March 30 Review & Excerpt at A Chick Who Reads Saturday, March 31 Review at Cup of Sensibility

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During the Blog Tour we will be giving away two paperback copies of Shadow by the Bridge to one lucky winner! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 31st. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to US residents only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Shadow by the Bridge

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review of Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

Every Single SecretEvery Single Secret by Emily Carpenter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How have I not read Emily Carpenter before? Her latest, Every Single Secret, is creepy at its finest! This psychological thriller is about Daphne and Heath, an engaged couple who go to a secluded mountain retreat for couples therapy. Their relationship has always been superficial, as they each have secrets to hide. After Heath begins suffering from nightmares about his past, he insists they must go on the retreat in order to save their relationship. Daphne agrees to go, but not to attend therapy. She is especially put off by their host’s very strange rules, which she ignores. While Heath endures intense therapy, Daphne goes on a snooping adventure that leads to a fight for her life. The reader will be shocked by the secrets that emerge.


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