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#BlogTour | The Sorcerer’s Whore (Pages of Darkness #2) by Samantha Grosser #TheSorcerersWhore #PagesOfDarkness #Review #HFVBTBlogtour @SamanthaGrosser @HFVBT

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Hello my lovely readers! I have the massive pleasure to be todays stop on the blog tour for the amazing; The Sorcerer’s Witch by Samantha Grosser, I cannot wait to share my review with you all, plus I have an amazing giveaway for you all to win a copy of this very book. As always sit back, grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy.

The Sorcerer’s Whore by Samantha Grosser

Publication Date: July 16, 2019
eBook: 330 Pages

Series: Pages of Darkness, #2
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Fantasy

 

 

A cursed child, a dangerous path, and a price to pay…

Six-fingered Mary Sparrow dreams of escape from the brothel that is the only world she knows. But when a mysterious old man drives her friend to madness, she begins to fear for her life.

Toby Chyrche also hopes for a better future, away from the confines of the tailor’s shop where it seems his fate is set in stone. So when a chance meeting with an old man at the brothel offers him a different path, he is only too eager to accept. Then the discovery of an ancient book of magic throws a new and shocking light onto the past – his mother had a brother, and that brother was a witch.

As the old man’s shadow over Bankside lengthens, Mary is drawn into the growing web of darkness. Unable to escape its reach, she turns to Toby for help. But Toby has daemons of his own to face. Will possession of the book be enough to protect them from the old man’s power? And what price will they have to pay for victory?

For the Sorcerer’s Whore, nothing is as it seems …

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Well this is fabulous, in my humble opinion, this is the best of the series so far – Yes, I know that we are only on book two, but still this is stunningly dark and intriguing, I love how connected this is to the previous book, we are not only introduced to all new characters but we re-visit will old well loved characters, like Sarah and Nick.

Set twenty-five years on from where the previous book finished, it is twenty-five years since that ill fated debut performance of Shakespeare’s; Macbeth, the play that woke up so much evil and now, the forces of evil have re-awoken once more to cause more trouble.

Mary Sparrow, was born cursed, people say that she was born from the devil himself because she was born with six fingers, she is wanting nothing more then to escape her life as a Bankside whore, she dreams of being whisked away by a handsome wealthy stranger who can take away from her current life. But don’t think for a moment that our Mary is naïve enough to believe in happily ever afters, she has been in this way of life too long, she has become jaded by what she had to do and what she has witnessed, she knows that real love isn’t for her. That is until she meets a handsome, kind stranger, who not only turns her head but turns her life upside down.

Toby Chyrche is also a bit stuck in a rut, after the death of his father Toby soon has far more questions about his life then ever before, he has always wanted more then just to be stuck in the tailors shop he works in, but never knew how or even if it was possible for a different life. Until he meets two people in a brothel, one who makes his heart lighter and who unknowingly makes him love and the other who – well I won’t say much, but this man offers so much yet what is the price for all he offers young Toby? That is a major part of the plot and one I won’t go into, as it would give too much away, but its a thrilling ride of discovery for sure, not just for the reader, but for Toby and Mary too.

With secrets, lies and a scandal of witchcraft immerging from the lengthening shadows, plus a book that belonged to his uncle Tom, Toby and Mary soon find themselves facing some of the most difficult and terrifying moments of their lives – but it makes for engrossing reading.

One thing I will say about this book is that yes it can be read as a stand-a-lone, Toby and Mary’s path to love is one of suspense, intrigue and danger, but if you are new to the Pages of Darkness series and want to read both, then do read the previous book; Shakespeare’s Witch first, as there are quite a few spoilers about the previous book in this, especially regarding to Toby’s mother Sarah and her brother Tom.

I am so looking forward to seeing where this series is going to go, I have my own hopes as to which direction I would like to see it turn, and judging by how this one followed on from the previous book, you never know I may get my wish, but one thing is certain and that no matter where this series is going to go, Ms Grosser always takes you on a spell-binding, chilling and evocative adventure, an enticing journey through time and fantasy that will have you begging for more.

This is just so good, I was instantly hooked by the sense of danger and darkness that seems to leap from the pages. It’s infused with darkly entwined mystery and drama, evocative sexiness, rich and atmospheric historic detail and brilliantly entertaining twists and turns that will keep up way past your bed time, but I can’t forget about the human aspect of the story; Toby and Mary are such a wonderful couple, and there are real emotional and tender moments that broke my heart. Samantha Grosser’s writing is brilliantly compelling and enticing, she has a gift at swirling the words around the reader as though she has cast her own spell.

If you love your darker reads, then this is the book you need to read, I cannot recommend it more, roll on the next instalment of the series.

This was a Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, thank you Samantha and Amy. x

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About the Author

Historical fiction author Samantha Grosser originally hails from England, but now lives on the sunny Northern Beaches of Sydney with her husband, son and a very small dog called Livvy.

Combining a lifelong love of history with a compulsion to write that dates from childhood, Samantha is now bringing her passion for telling compelling stories to the world.

Samantha has an Honours Degree in English Literature and taught English for many years in Asia and Australia. She is the author of wartime dramas Another Time and Place and The Officer’s Affair, and The King James Men, set during the turbulent early years of 17th Century.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 12
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, August 14
Review at Passages to the Past

Sunday, August 18
Feature at Diana_bibliophile

Monday, August 19
Review at Pencils & Pages

Tuesday, August 20
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, August 22
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away one eBook and one paperback copy of The Sorcerer’s Whore! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Sorcerer’s Whore

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to the US & UK only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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#BlogTour | The Quest For The Crown Of Thorns by Cynthia Ripley Miller #TheQuestForTheCrownOfThorns #HFVBTBlogtour @CRipleyMiller @hfvbt

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Hello my lovely readers, I have the huge pleasure to be todays stop on the blog tour for the Quest For The Crown of Thorns by Cynthia Ripley Miller, I will be telling you all about this book, plus there is an exclusive giveaway to win a copy. As always, grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy.

The Quest for the Crown of Thorns by Cynthia Ripley Miller

Publication Date: June 12, 2017
Knox Robinson Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 308 Pages

Series: The Long – Hair Saga, Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

 

 

AD 454. Three years after the Roman victory over Attila the Hun at Catalaunum, Arria Felix and Garic the Frank are married and enjoying life on Garic’s farm in northern Gaul (France). Their happy life is interrupted, when a cryptic message arrives from Rome, calling Arria home to her father, the esteemed Senator Felix. At Arria’s insistence, but against Garic’s better judgment, they leave at once.

Upon their arrival at Villa Solis, they are confronted with a brutal murder and the dangerous mission that awaits them. The fate of a profound and sacred object–Christ’s Crown of Thorns–rests in their hands. They must carry the holy relic to the safety of Constantinople, away from a corrupt emperor and old enemies determined to steal it for their own gain.

But an even greater force arises to derail their quest–a secret cult willing to commit any atrocity to capture the Crown of Thorns. And all the while, the gruesome murder and the conspiracy behind it haunt Arria’s thoughts.

Arria and Garic’s marital bonds are tested but forged as they partner together to fulfill one of history’s most challenging missions, The Quest for the Crown of Thorns.

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Praise For The Quest for the Crown of Thorns

“In this thriller, set in fifth-century Rome, rivals race to possess Christ’s crown of thorns. Ripley Miller (On the Edge of Sunrise 2015) astutely brings to life a Rome teetering precariously on the brink of collapse … The plot advances energetically, and the combination of political and romantic drama—spiritual as well—is rousing. The reader should be glad to have read this volume and eager for a third. Intelligent and artfully crafted historical fiction … Recommended.” –Kirkus Reviews

“From cover to cover a gripping read – in all senses of the word! Grips your interest and imagination, your held breath and your pounding heart! A thumping good novel!” –Helen Hollick USA Today bestselling author of the Sea Witch Voyages

“Forbidden love, a turbulent time period, and world-changing events combine to produce a real page-turner.” –India Edghill, author of Queenmaker, Wisdom’s Daughter, and Delilah.

“A passionate and intriguing take on the often overlooked clash of three brutal and powerful empires: the Romans, Franks, and Huns. A Compelling read!” –Stephanie Thornton, author of The Secret History and The Tiger Queens

“Readers will be absorbed by a setting of barbarian Gaul and the constancy of Arria’s and Garic’s destined love amid the strife of a dying Roman Empire.” –Albert Noyer, author of The Getorius and Arcadia Mysteries

“The Quest for the Crown of Thorns, is an elegant masterpiece of historical fiction. This book totally ensnared me in its clasps, and it did not release me until I had read it all. The attention to detail was exquisite The characterisation was sublime, and the romance was breathtakingly beautiful. I adored the world that Miller has created, as well as the characters in it. This is a sit-down and finish book and is one I would Highly Recommend.” -Mary Anne Yarde author of the Du Lac Chronicles

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About the Author

Cynthia Ripley Miller is a first generation Italian-American writer with a love for history, languages and books. She has lived, worked, and travelled in Europe, Africa, North America and the Caribbean. As a girl, she often wondered what it would be like to journey through time (she still does), yet knew, it could only be through the imagination and words of writers and their stories. Today, she writes to bring the past to life.

She holds two degrees and has taught history and teaches English. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthology Summer Tapestry, at Orchard Press Mysteries.com and The Scriptor. A Chanticleer International Chatelaine Award finalist for her novel, On the Edge of Sunrise, she has reviewed for UNRV Roman History, and blogs at Historical Happenings and Oddities: A Distant Focus

Cynthia has four children and lives with her husband, twin cats, Romulus and Remus, and Jessie, a German Shepherd, in a suburb of Chicago.

On the Edge of Sunrise is the first in the Long-Hair Saga; a series set in late ancient Rome and France and published by Knox Robinson Publishing. The second book in the series, The Quest for the Crown of Thorns, was released in June 2017.

For more information please visit Cynthia Ripley Miller’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, August 14
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, August 15
Interview at Unabridged Chick
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Friday, August 16
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Saturday, August 17
Feature at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Monday, August 19
Interview at Passages to the Past
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, August 20
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at Unabridged Chick

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 1 paperback and 2 eBook copies of The Quest for the Crown of Thorns! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Crown of Thorns – Tour #3

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only. Ebooks are available for international entries.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

#BlogTour | Another You by Jane Cable #AnotherYou #Review @JaneCable @SapereBooks

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Hello my lovely friends, I have the huge pleasure to be todays stop on the amazing Another You by Jane Cable, blog tour, I have been so excited to be sharing this book and my review with you all, this book is stunning, it is mesmerising, easily I my best of the year, it is so haunting yet so beautiful. So, sit back grab a cuppa and enjoy.

A book that will stay with you long after the story ends! Perfect for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Nora Roberts, Lorna Cook and Victoria Connelly.

Sometimes the hardest person to save is yourself…

Marie Johnson fell in love with The Smugglers pub when she first moved to Dorset with her husband, Stephen.

But when Stephen’s wandering eye caused the breakdown of their marriage, and the costs of running the pub started to mount, Marie felt her dreams crashing down around her.

With local celebrations planned for the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Marie is hopeful things will turn around.

But she could never have predicted the ways her life will soon be changed forever.

A charming American soldier walks into Marie’s life, but it becomes clear nothing is really as it seems…

Why is Marie suddenly plagued by headaches? Is her American soldier everything he seems to be?

Or could the D-Day re-enactments be stirring up something from the past…?

ANOTHER YOU is a moving saga of family life in the 21st century which draws on the horrors of combat, both in modern times and the Second World War. It is a heart-warming tale of one woman’s fight to reclaim her identity and discover what really matters to her.

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What people are saying about Another You.

‘I love the way in which the past story is interwoven with the present, making good use of the stunning landscape of Studland Bay – its history and its beauty. Cable’s writing is fresh and vivid. An evocative and thought-provoking story’ – Rosanna Ley

‘one of those books that you finish, and then can’t stop thinking about. It kept me completely captivated so that once I started reading I couldn’t stop!’ – Single Mother Ahoy Blog

‘a delightful read, very real, romantic without being in any way soppy and with enough mystery and suspense to keep the most demanding reader hooked’ – Beady Jan’s Books Blog

‘a book that’ll continue to haunt you long after you’ve read the last page. Jane Cable has pulled off a remarkable feat of storytelling, mixing past and present, and fantasy and reality … a superb read’ – Claire Dyer

‘Evocative, clever. This is an author that is here to stay. Bravo, loved it!’ – Milly Adams

‘an excellent story, so well told – there’s romance and high drama, and an emotional complexity that makes it a really satisfying read. Every character, no matter how peripheral to the story, is perfectly drawn – and all the dialogue totally authentic and natural’ – Being Anne Blog

‘a story that makes you think, that makes you question your understanding of what you have read and inspires you to want to read on’ – Carol Thomas

‘The past and present cleverly intertwine with a war story set in beautiful Studland Bay, which Cable paints with wonderful, fresh imagery’ – Angela Petch

‘This is an intriguing read from start to finish… It is skilfully written and kept me guessing right to the end. This is that very rare thing – a book that makes you think’ – Susanna Bavin

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About The Author

Although brought up in Cardiff, Jane Cable now lives in Cornwall and is a full time writer. Another You is a moving saga of family life in the 21st century which draws on the horrors of combat, both in modern times and World War Two as down-trodden Marie fights to reclaim her identity and discover what really matters to her. Jane’s next book, Winter Skies, will be available for pre-order from Sapere Books soon.

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I have not read a book that has stuck with me as much as this one has, it is hauntingly beautiful, this is a masterstroke of writing, from the opening scene I was hooked, those first pages are a powerful start to a mesmerising and poignant story and it will bring a tear to the eye of even the hardened heart, it is a powerful piece of writing that will pull at the heartstrings and stay with you for a long time.

The story follows Marie, who is trying her best to keep her life turning and moving forward after the breakdown of her marriage, unfortunately for her that is easier said then done as she co-owns The Smugglers Pub with her adulterous, vile husband; Stephen. Their working relationship isn’t that much better then their married one, as he is a bullying and manipulative idiot. Honestly, I have never come across a man that I hated as much I did Stephen. Thankfully, Marie has her son; art student, Jude, on hand even if he does work all the hours in the pub without a single penny, she frets for her son, he has got so much talent as an artist, yet he refuses to leave their little village, she wants him to go out and experience the world, something she never did.

With celebrations of the 60th anniversary of D-Day in full swing The Smuggler pub is busier then ever, Marie is worked off her feet, stressed about the business, about her son and stressed over what her husband is getting up to, she is suddenly plagued with terrible headaches. I love the characters that start immerging that are all connected to D-Day in some way; old Veteran George who turns up with his son; Mark and their dog, I love George, all he wants is a little bit of attention to be able to share his stories. Then there is the mysterious American soldiers; Corbin and Paxton, both vital to the story, especially Corbin who even though we don’t see much of him, he is a such a huge part of the story, but all is not what it seems with either Paxton or Corbin.

Even though Marie is swept off her feet in the premise of a romance, with one of the young men who appear in her life, there is a darkness that surrounds their fling, if you notice I haven’t even named names here that is because I really don’t want to give away too much of the complex plot and subplot, but it is a brilliantly written part of the story, one that will make you catch your breath and will have you looking at people in a different way, as all is never as it appears.

I was fascinated by the premise of this, I was intrigued by it as soon as I read the back blurb, but it did take me by surprise as it wasn’t at all what I first thought it would be and I really loved that surprise quality about it, this is far more then a second chance, moving on romance, it is real emotionally complex and intriguing story that deals with likes of PTSD, domestic abuse and broken families, add in the hint of the paranormal which is as unexpected as it is vital and you have a solid, dramatic, imaginative and moving story.

Overall; Another You is a beautiful, emotional and atmospheric story, that so seamlessly entwines the past with present. Ms Cable has done an astounding job at keeping the reader hooked, the meticulous detail especially of the area is amazing, I can almost hear the waves, the writing is flawless, even though this is the first I have read by Jane Cable, I can instantly see that this is a writer who pours her heart into her writing.

Definitely not a book to be missed, it is breath-taking and hauntingly perfect!

I voluntarily read and reviewed this book as apart of this blog tour, thank you Caiomhe at Sapere Books for my review copy.

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#BlogTour | Dare To Love A Duke (London Underground #3) by @EvaLeighAuthor #DareToLoveADuke #Review #MillsandBoonInsiders @MillsandBoon

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Hello my lovely readers! I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour for; Dare To Love a Duke by Eva Leigh, this book is gorgeous, the hero especially is a definite favourite of mine 😉 So grab a cuppa, sit back and try and endure my waffling right to the end of the review.

The outrageous new book in the Scandalous Ladies of London series that’s perfect for fans of Poldark and Vanity Fair.

For a dashing duke and the proprietress of a secret, sensual club, passion could lead to love…

Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more duelling, or carousing, or frequenting masked balls. But he’s not ready to give up his freedom just yet.

Lucia—known as Amina—manages the Orchid Club, a secret society where fantasies become reality. Yet no member of the club has ever intrigued her…until him, the masked stranger whose heated looks sear her skin. After months of suppressed longing, do they dare to give in to temptation… ?

Well, this is dazzling! By far one of the most seductive and erotic books (apart from Dare) that I have read from Mills and Boon, it’s spine-tinglingly good, its sexy, sensual and enchanting romance, that is so different to the stereotypical historical romance.

This is the third book in what has been an amazing series; The London Underground, and when I say that this is amazing I don’t just say it because I can’t think of another word to use (even though that is true) but it seriously is amazing. I have been hooked from the start, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous two, these books are pretty such stand-a-lone stories, but with shared character’s. I have to admit that this book is my favourite out all three, there is just something very sinful and deadly about this one, it makes you want to hide away with it and never let anyone near it, you want to be selfish and keep it all to yourself – or, what I actually ,mean is you want to keep a certain devilishly gorgeous, Irish rogue to yourself…ah, Tom you can ruin me any day….#DoubleSigh

I best move on and actually talk about the book, and not just talk about Tom’s well shaped rear end…;-) Honestly, I have become obsessed, I can’t help myself, this man is the epitome of delectable masculinity, sexy as hell, cheeky, roguish – come one who doesn’t love twinkly eyed rogue? Not to mention he’s Irish, I do love a Irish accent and I am not ashamed to say it but I did hear Cillian Murphey’s swoon-worthy voice in my mind whenever Tom spoke…sigh!

Thomas, the new Duke of Northfield knows that he really must start acting the Duke he is instead of the rake he has been for many years, but if he is to give up his wild life of duels, gambling, debauchery that means he also must give up the one thing in his life that has come to actually mean something to him; the secret ‘Orchid Club’ one of the most sought after clubs in the whole city – if you know about it- a secret paradise where no matter your station in life once you are through the door and the mask is in place you can be who you want to be. Thomas has become bored of the trivial fun of town, he no longer gets pleasure from being the rake he once did, but the moment he stepped into the Orchid Club and met the tempting and mysterious Amina his life changed.

‘Amina’ or otherwise known as Lucia has recently taken over the management of the club, coming from Italy she understands more then most what Thomas feels about being on the outside, but unlike Thomas she has had to face some real struggles in her life. She is a grafter, and that instantly made me like her she isn’t afraid to put in the hours and get the job done, being from poverty she knows just how precarious life can be, she needs the club to succeed as there is more at stake here then just her future.

Have I mentioned how much I adore this man? He’s not just a walking sex god, even though he is very…shall we say; skilled? He is a man who to be honest I don’t think he likes the aristocracy very much (nothing that Thomas) even though he is reluctantly apart of it. Being part Irish and having spent his early years with his mother in Ireland he has always felt on the outside of society, he has been tolerated because of his status but not liked or respected for the man he is and that grates on him, a lot. Now he is Duke, he knows he should start acting as he is supposed to but deep down he is still that wild lad from Ireland who really doesn’t care, he wants to have fun. But above all the thing I love about this man is how much he deeply cares for his family and his closest friends. He also is very passionate about helping those who genuinely need help, unlike his late father and most of society Thomas isn’t ashamed to voice on the rising poverty in the country, if anything his good heart and conscious spoke to me far more then what he can do in the bedchamber.

I adore the relationship between Lucia and Thomas, at first its all about sex the lust between them is palpable from that first meeting when she sees him as nothing but a charming buccaneer, the air sizzles around them, I felt like I was holding my breath, not daring to exhale in case I miss something between them. Then that soon turns into something more profound, something deeper.

What I do love about this book – in fact the whole series, is that these heroines are not your run of the mill sighing, swooning debutantes, these woman have fire and spirit, they aren’t afraid to challenge the hero, they are independent woman in their own right, they can play the seduction game and have the hero eating out of the palm of their hands. The hero’s fully respect these amazing woman for who they are, and this is so rare in historical romances, these couples are equals.

Overall, this is wonderful, a brilliantly original love story with amazingly different and complex characters.

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#BlogTour | The Turncoat by T.J London #TheTurncoat #Review & Exclusive Extract @TJLondonauthor @hfvtb #HFVTBBlogtours

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Hello my lovely readers! I have the huge pleasure to be todays stop on this wonderful blog tour, for The Turncoat by T.J London. Not only will I be sharing my review of this rich and gripping book, but I also have an exclusive excerpt, plus a chance for you to win some amazing goodies. So grab a cuppa and enjoy.

The Turncoat by T.J. London

Publication Date: May 23, 2019
Format: eBook & Paperback

Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Spy. Redcoat. Traitor.

After Captain John Carlisle’s dance with death, he’s retreated to the serenity of the Oneida village with his beloved Dellis McKesson, trying to hide from the inevitable truth: war is coming. But when duty calls, and John’s expertise is needed to negotiate a treaty between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Crown, he’ll once again be faced with a decision: his King or his conscience.

Many truths that have yet to be revealed, and a deal with the Devil made in desperation, threatens to ruin Dellis and John’s hard-won love. As ghosts of the past resurface, and bitter family rivalry exposes betrayal from those closest to her, Dellis is dragged down a devastating path to the truth of her parents’ murders.

Now, the die is cast as war comes to the Mohawk River Valley in the Summer of 1777. St. Leger and his native allies siege Fort Stanwix. They’re also plotting a secret attack that will force the Rebels and the Oneida to face off against the Crown and their allies, further dividing John’s loyalties, leaving him on the precipice of another decision: Rebel or Redcoat?

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John addressed Brant with a nod. “Tell me your plan, Chief?”

The colonists will be coming from the east, down the old military trails from German Flats towards Stanwix,” Brant said in his low, distinct voice.

John reached into his tunic and pulled out the maps from his breast pocket. Nervously, he fumbled through them, looking for the ones he made when he was living at The Thistle. Dropping one on the ground, General St. Leger leaned over and picked it up, taking a moment to unfold it.

With a grin, St. Leger pointed to the paper. “An interesting map you have here, but have you marked off all the strategic places a man should pay attention to when in pursuit?”

Excuse me?” John eyes widened with confusion, and then suddenly, it dawned on him what the General was referring to. “I’m sorry, sir. That wasn’t meant—”

She’s quite striking.” The General turned the picture, taking a moment to admire it. “Is this your wife?”

John bit back a yes for her protection; the fewer people who knew about his association with Dellis, the better. “A former mistress.”

One so lovely should not be former, Captain. When this war is over, if I were you, I’d remedy that situation… with haste. And the good thing is, the war will be over very soon.” The General handed the picture to John. He folded it up and stuck it back in his tunic, close to his heart.

With a deep breath, John unfolded one of the maps and placed on the table. “Sir, this shows all the military roads from Fort Dayton in German Flats and the path through the forest to Stanwix.”

John pointed to the map, drawing an imaginary line with his finger. “The best place to approach the colonists would be here.” With his fingertip, he directed their attention to a little spot on the map near Oriska. “There are two ravines; at the bottom of the first one is a swamp and a small bridge, and after that, the road does a sharp climb and then turns southwest to bypass another ravine just over here.” He pointed to the right of the road. “The road turns west, climbs through the woods, and then dips into another ravine and across another creek.” He looked up at St. Leger and the men standing around the table observing. “This is a perfect location; you have the advantage. The colonists will be on low ground, condensed as a group, and unable to see due to the thick foliage and the slope of the road.”

This is what I said!” Joseph Brant yelled, pointing to the map. “You trust his word and not mine?”

No, my friend,” St. Leger said calmly, putting his hands up, trying to placate the volatile Mohawk. “We merely wanted to confirm it. As you can see, Captain Carlisle was able to provide us with a map we can use to better plan your strategy.”

I disagree with this whole idea. We outnumber the Rebels here at Stanwix, and we can outnumber them on the road. Why not send a parley before this turns into a bloody battle?” Colonel Johnson asked.

I agree.” Butler added, “This could turn into an ambush, and it may not be necessary. We should parley.”

You’re weak fools. They won’t parley! Don’t you understand?” Brant yelled, his face turning red with rage. “Not a week ago I encountered Cox and some of the militia. They’re preparing to fight to the death. The Oneida and Tuscarora have sided with them; surely, they’ll be there, too. It’s a betrayal, both by the colonists and our brothers. We must strike swiftly and now! If you’re not brave enough, my men and I will go alone.”

Brant, we’re just as disturbed by the actions of our brothers, but if we can try and salvage our relations, then we should,” Cornplanter said, his calm voice in stark contrast to the rantings of the Mohawk.

St. Leger’s eyes flashed to John. “How should we do this?”

The weight of the world had once again been thrust on his shoulders, but he held on tightly, rising to the challenge. “What men are you taking with you?”

Colonel Johnson will lead the group with two-hundred men, consisting of rangers and some Jägers; Joseph Brant and Cornplanter will bring five hundred of their natives to assist.”

John looked at the map, sizing up the attack. “I’d wait until the full brigade was between the two ravines, catch them when the rear is on the bridge of the first ravine and the front regiment is climbing the slope of the second ravine. You have the perfect locale for a frontal assault of the first regiment; hit them hard and prevent them from advancing, and they won’t be able to back up or move with the rest of their men coming up the ravine. They’ll be trapped in the lowland. Then, the rest of the men can attack the body of the army in-between on the high ground. Have a group on either side of the road taking shots at them. Make sure you bring Lights; you’ll need your best shooters to be effective in the environment. The forest is so dense in that area that it practically blocks out the sun.”

Is this not what I told you!” Brant raged again.

Yes, it is.” General St. Leger nodded at Brant in appreciation. “Thank You, Captain Carlisle, for your information. It was most helpful.”

John stepped back, his eyes scanning the map, making sure every detail he provided was correct. After a moment of quiet, St. Leger spoke. “Tomorrow morning, we strike. Colonel Johnson, you’ll lead the contingent, and Brant will coordinate and plan the attack. It’s settled.”

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When I featured the cover reveal for this earlier this year, I thought; “Oooh, this sounds so good, I definitely need to read this one.” and it didn’t disappoint, it has everything I look for in a historical fiction book; huge amounts of brilliantly researched history, great, edge of your seat, page-turning story and a lovely romance. But for me, I felt like I was standing on the outside looking through a tinted window trying to grasp what was going on, which let me first point out has nothing at all to do with the authors writing, or the story, but everything to do with me not reading the previous books.

Full disclosure I hadn’t read this authors work before this, I was fascinated though, personally speaking I did have this feeling that I had missed out on something profound that I think comes from reading the series in order. I did get a sense that you need to read the books in order to fully grasp the love story between John and Dellis, but apart from my personal misgivings about it – which really are my own doing for not reading the first books – this is great read, it has got a great energy fluidity to it that keeps you reading, for me it is the realism in the dialogue and the descriptions that really grab your attention, yes there are parts when I went; “Ooh, did I really read that?” but this is an historical and that means there must be the more ….eye opening and uncomfortable moments.

The story opens with the lead characters John and his intended preparing for their wedding, now I did get the feeling this is a on going storyline through the books, I’m not sure if that is true or not, but that’s how I read it. John is trying to stay out of the fighting, all he wants is to stay with Dellis and be at peace, but we all know that isn’t going to happen, don’t we? And true to form, he gets the worst possible news he can get; he must once again pick up arms and do his duty. He has been tasked with negotiating a treaty between the six nations and the British, you can imagine how John is feeling right at this moment. Being a British Spy and now being apart of the Oneida family, he is torn between his love and his country.

As you might expect this is an explosive read, there is a drama galore, passion, danger, spies and a really twisty, intriguing tale of love, honour and duty. The writing is flawless, it entwines a passionate, bloody history with a complex story about a man who only wants to the right thing.

For those who love their deeper detailed historical fiction then this is the book for them.

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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 Mickey.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Do visit the other blogs which are participating in this blog tour.

Monday, July 8
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, July 9
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, July 10
Guest Post at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 11
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Friday, July 12
Excerpt at Words and Peace

Saturday, July 13
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Monday, July 15
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, July 16
Review at Gwendalyn_Books_

Wednesday, July 17
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Review & Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, July 18
Review at Historical Fiction Reviews

Friday, July 19
Review at Broken Teepee
Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away some fabulous prizes! To enter, please use the Gleam form below here : The Turncoat

1. A Signed copy of each of my Revolutionary books
2. A bag with my Revolutionary Author Logo
3. A Sterling Silver Tricorn hat charm, so you’re always in style
4. My favorite T-Shirt to wear when I write my Revolutionary tales, that says: The original New England Patriots, from 1630 in Boston
5. A stuffed founding father doll by Little Thinkers to inspire the Rebel in you
6. And a Founding Father book of quotes. Seditious banter from our brash Rebels!

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 19th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

#BlogTour | Four Weddings And A Festival by Annie Robertson #FourWeddingsAnAFestival #Review @annieauthor @orionbooks

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Hello my lovely readers! I have the massive pleasure to be todays stop on the brilliant blog tour for the gorgeously funny; Four Weddings and a Festival by Annie Robertson. My goodness this books is so good, I’m telling you now if you love Four Weddings and a Funeral as much as I do, then this book is the book for you.

Four months. Four weddings. One happy ending…?

Lifelong friends and rom-com fans Bea, Lizzie, Hannah and Kat have curled up with Bridget Jones, sobbed at Love, Actually and memorised the script to Notting Hill. They always joked about getting married in one summer – their own Four Weddings – and it seems like this might just be the year . . .

That is, until Bea turns down her boyfriend’s proposal. Is her own Hugh Grant waiting for her amid the champagne and confetti? Can real-life romance ever live up to a Richard Curtis movie?

As the wedding – and festival – season gets into its swing, can all four friends find their happy ever after…?

Raise a glass of champagne and get ready for this summer’s most charming romantic comedy! Perfect for fans of Sophie Ranalds, Mandy Baggot and Sue Roberts

This book!! I am in utter love with it, I knew the moment I set eyes on the title alone that I had to read this book, after all it is inspired and loosely based on one of my whole time favourite films; Four Weddings and a Funeral, and how much do I love that film! Who doesn’t cry at Gareth’s funeral during John Hannah’s recital of Stop the Clocks? or Who doesn’t laugh every time Rowan Atkinson presides over wedding number two? I think you have an idea of just how many time I have watched it and believe me there were moments while reading this book that just screamed that film, so you cannot imagine my utter excitement when I managed to wangle myself a place on this blog tour. Imagine a spinning top which has had too much candy and you get the gist 😉

So, I’ll stop waffling on about Four Weddings and Funeral and actually talk about this book, that’s what your all here for right? So, we have four lifelong friends; Bea, Kat, Lizzie and Hannah, who all have a love of a certain film, as teenagers they made each other a promise that they would all marry in the same summer to have their own ‘Four Weddings’ but hopeful not with the funeral. As the years go by, they still remain the closest of friends, which is quite remarkable on itself as how many of your teenage friends can you say you are still in contact with? And then the unexpected happens Lizzie, Hannah and Kat all become engaged and plan to wed in the same years, so obviously they all start to look at Bea so they can make their little teenage pact a reality- only problem with that is, Bea isn’t sure she want to get married, in fact she isn’t even sure that her Boyfriend; Simon is the man for her.

Just as with the film, love never comes easy, in fact even weddings never come easy as we soon find out as Lizzie, Kat and Hannah prepare to say I do.

Lizzie is besotted with Jack; her intended, they genuinely do love one another and that is so sweet that there is a genuine true love, only problem he is off on tour with his band right after the wedding – Bugger!

Hannah and Remy are an absolute delight, as different as they come but such a beautiful couple, the issue here is Hannah hasn’t told her grandparents that Remy is in fact a woman, well that’s going to be a interesting wedding day, for sure.

Kat is such a tom boy, she doesn’t want fuss and bother, she just wants to say I do, sign the paper and be done with it, but does her betrothed Henry feel the same, in fact does he feel anything?

Then there is our Bea, she is such a ‘Charles’ she becomes stuck in the middle of two men, every girls dream to have two drop-dead gorgeous men fighting over you, right? Well, not so much as their attentions just confuse her mind and her heart, her mind is telling her one thing but her heart is shouting another, but which will she follow? – Let me just say, that when she does decided who she wants to be with, when she finally declare her feelings for him it is such a Four Weddings and a Funeral scene, Richard Curtis couldn’t have written better 😉

Yes, this is a hugely fun, romantic and feel good book, that will have you laughing and crying in equal doses, but for me what really makes it stand out and keeps it head and shoulders above all other books in this genre is the beautiful friendship between the four women, it is so real and relatable, each woman has their own issues and hurdles in life and being true life long friends they stand by each other no matter what. I absolutely love the way that Annie Roberston has written it, you can real sense the connection between the woman, it gives off such a feeling of joy and hope, it’s down to earth, fun writing at it’s very best.

Oh, I do have to mention Aunt Jean, what a hoot!! Oh, she is wonderful, definitely the star of the show for me, she is the kind of aunt that we all want in the family; fun, hugely witty, caring and a little bit eclectic. Every book needs and Aunt Jean in it, she’s brilliant.

Over all, this is the perfect summer light-hearted read. Its heart-warming and witty, there is a real energy in the writing that I found very engaging from the start. I thoroughly enjoyed this, its a wonderful little story that will leaving you smiling….Now, I’m off to re-watch Four Weddings and a Funeral for the millionth time 🙂

This was an Arc copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, thank you Kate at Orion.

Four Weddings and a Festival is to be released on 12th July and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

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Do check out the other blog’s which are participating in the wonderful blog tour.

#BlogTour | The Earl In Black Armour by Nancy Blanton #TheEarlInBlackArmour #Review #HFVBTBlogTours @nancy_blanton @hfvbt

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Hello my lovely readers! I have the massive pleasure to be todays stop on this amazing blog tour for; The Earl In The Black Armour by Nancy Blanton, not only am I sharing my review of this hugely impressive book, but there is a chance for you to win a signed copy of The Earl in Black Armour – not to be missed. So, grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy.

The Earl in Black Armor by Nancy Blanton

Publication Date: March 17, 2019
Publisher: Ellys-Daughtrey Books
Format: eBook, Paperback, Hardcover

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Ireland, 1635.

When the clan leader sends Faolán Burke to Dublin to spy on Thomas Wentworth, the ruthless Lord Deputy of Ireland, the future of his centuries-old clan rests upon his shoulders. Wentworth is plotting to acquire clan lands of Connacht for an English Protestant plantation. To stop him, Faolán must discover misdeeds that could force King Charles to recall Wentworth to England.

Leaving his young daughter Elvy in the care of his best friend Aengus, Faolán works as a porter in Dublin Castle, and aligns with the alluring Denisa, Wentworth’s personal assistant. She, too, spies on Wentworth, but for very personal reasons.

While Faolán knows he should hate Wentworth, he admires his prosecution of pirates and corrupt nobles who prey on Irish merchants. Supremely arrogant and cruel to his enemies, Wentworth shows loyalty, warmth and compassion for family, friends and a few select others.

A common mission takes Faolán and Denisa from Dublin to London and Hampton Court; to York and Scotland; and to the highest levels of court intrigue and power. But secrets, fears, war and betrayal threaten their love—and even their lives. And as Wentworth’s power grows, so grow the deadly plans of his most treacherous and driven enemies.

If you are looking for an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then look no further! Get ready for court intrigue, roguish behavior, and of course, that little bit of romance… Well, then you have a book that is hard to put down.” — Rebecca Hill, Net Galley Reviewer

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This book is astoundingly good! Its a real marvel of historical fiction writing, reading this for me was like locking a chocoholic in Cadbury World   for the weekend and telling them to help themselves. I am always fascinated with reading historical which feature real historical characters, and even though I didn’t a lot about Thomas Wentworth, so I was interested to learn about him and this dark period of Irish history. I will admit that before this, I hadn’t read any of Nancy Blanton’s work, something which will be remedied after reading this glorious book.

Set in 1635, in Ireland, the hero of the piece; Faolan a young widower who has been sent to spy on the English King Charles’ Irish representative; Thomas Wentworth and convey any knowledge of double dealing and scandal back to his clans chief; Richard Burke, 4th Earl of Clanricarde. So, Faolan must leave his tiny baby daughter with his friend, to go and infiltrate the enemy. Something which is far easier said then done, Faolan soon realises that he may not be alone in the task of gathering information, there are spies and back-stabbers at every turn. He really doesn’t want to leave his mother-less daughter, she is just a babe and Faolan who is still grieving for his lost wife, he feels guilt that he must do this job to provide for her. He is good father and a good, man, he just wants to do right by his daughter and his clan.

Once within Wentworth court, Faolan soon meets mysterious and beautiful Denisa who is Wentworth’s assistant, she is a fascinating character, there are so many intrigues that swirl around her she hides within a cloak of mystery within the shadows, Faolan soon becomes equally fascinated by her and for good reason as she is far more then she appears to be, but they do share a goal and a mission so it is inevitable that they team up – but can he really trust her?

Faolan starts to see Wentworth as something other then what he thought him to be, he starts to see him as someone who yes is very arrogant and so sure of all he does but there is a more human aspect of him that Faolan comes to reluctantly admire. He sees that Wentworth isn’t the ogre his countrymen thought him to be, yes he does have a terrible ruthless streak but what confuses Faolan more then anything is Wentworth’s loyalty towards his family.

I love the journey that Faolan goes on through the story, not just the physical one from Dublin to London then to Scotland, but the emotional journey; he isn’t a complex man but he does indeed have some complex and contractionary thoughts as the story goes along. He is confused over his feelings for Denisa, he is confused and frustrated that Wentworth isn’t how he should be, Faolan wants to hate the man, yet he can’t and he is guilty for leaving his daughter, that above all else struck me. He is a selfless man all his thoughts in this world revolve around that tiny little girl.

I loved the immersive and exceedingly rich historical detail that so flawlessly entwines fact with fiction, Ms Blanton has an incredible talent at bringing the past alive with her vivid, atmospheric and captivating writing. The characters are brilliantly developed and engaging, the plot is incredible; it literally takes the reader on a thrilling ride of political rivalry, danger and deceit and off course there is a hint of a blossoming romance – what else could we want from an historical?

This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, Thank you Nancy and Amy. x

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About the Author

Nancy Blanton writes award-winning novels based in 17th century Irish history. Her latest, The Earl in Black Armor, tells a relentless story of loyalty, honor and betrayal in the Stuart era prior to the great Irish Rebellion of 1641. The Prince of Glencurragh, her second novel, occurs in 1634 during the English Plantation of Ireland. Her first novel, Sharavogue, is set in Ireland and the West Indies during the time of Oliver Cromwell. In non-fiction, Brand Yourself Royally in 8 Simple Steps is also a medalist, providing a valuable personal branding guide for authors, artists, and business consultants. Her blog, My Lady’s Closet, focuses on writing, books, historical fiction, research and travel. Ms. Blanton is a member of the Historical Novel Society and is proud to be an occasional guest author on the award-winning UK blog, Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots. She has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, corporate communications leader and brand manager. Her books celebrate her love of history and her Irish and English heritage. She lives in Florida.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Do check out the other blog’s which are participating in this wonderful blog tour.

Monday, July 1
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, July 2
Excerpt at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Friday, July 5
Review at Jathan & Heather

Saturday, July 6
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, July 8
Guest Post at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Tuesday, July 9
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, July 10
Review at The Writing Desk

Thursday, July 11
Feature at Let Them Read Books

Friday, July 12
Feature at Coffee and Ink
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, July 16
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, July 17
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, July 19
Interview at Jathan & Heather

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, one winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of The Earl in Black Armor! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Earl in Black Armor

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 19th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to the US & UK only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.