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#BlogTour | The Woman In The Green Dress by Tea Cooper #TheWomanInTheGreenDress #Review #HFVBTBlogTours @TeaCooper1 @HFVBT

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Hello, Sunshines! I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on this fabulous blog tour for; The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper. I am super excited to be sharing my review of this amazing book with you all, I hope you all love the sound of it as much as I do, plus if you are in the US there is a chance for you to win a copy of this brilliant book, do check it out!

The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper

Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Paperback, eBook, & AudioBook

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

 

 

A cursed opal, a gnarled family tree, and a sinister woman in a green dress emerge in the aftermath of World War I.

After a whirlwind romance, London teashop waitress Fleur Richards can’t wait for her new husband, Hugh, to return from the Great War. But when word of his death arrives on Armistice Day, Fleur learns he has left her a sizable family fortune. Refusing to accept the inheritance, she heads to his beloved home country of Australia in search of the relatives who deserve it more.

In spite of her reluctance, she soon finds herself the sole owner of a remote farm and a dilapidated curio shop full of long-forgotten artifacts, remarkable preserved creatures, and a mystery that began more than sixty-five years ago. With the help of Kip, a repatriated soldier dealing with the sobering aftereffects of war, Fleur finds herself unable to resist pulling on the threads of the past. What she finds is a shocking story surrounding an opal and a woman in a green dress. . . a story that, nevertheless, offers hope and healing for the future.

This romantic mystery from award-winning Australian novelist Tea Cooper will keep readers guessing until the astonishing conclusion.

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Praise

“Readers of Kate Morton and Beatriz Williams will be dazzled. The Woman in the Green Dress spins readers into an evocative world of mystery and romance in this deeply researched book by Tea Cooper. There is a Dickensian flair to Cooper’s carefully constructed world of lost inheritances and found treasures as two indomitable women stretched across centuries work to reconcile their pasts while reclaiming love, identity and belonging against two richly moving historical settings. As soon as you turn the last page you want to start again just to see how every last thread is sewn in anticipation of its thrilling conclusion. One of the most intelligent, visceral and vibrant historical reads I have had the privilege of visiting in an age.” —Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

“Refreshing and unique, The Woman in the Green Dress sweeps you across the wild lands of Australia in a thrilling whirl of mystery, romance, and danger. This magical tale weaves together two storylines with a heart-pounding finish that is drop-dead gorgeous.” —J’nell Ciesielski, author of The Socialite

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How much do I love this book??

Honestly, I can’t even put into words just how amazing this book is, everything that I love about historical fiction is here, ((she says pointing furiously at the book)) not only has it two of the most engaging, strong and defiant female characters, whose both stories will captivate and you will become fully absorbed into each of these two fine women’s worlds.

This is a beautiful, richly textured, atmospheric and mesmerizing story which not only has two amazing women who are traversing their way through uncertain times. I have always been a big fan of strong and detailed history and this does not disappoint, each and every scene is so vivid, the story entwines clear and passionate history with mystery and emotion, it swirls around the reader like a magical and easily some of the best I’ve read.

Opening in London 1918, that long and bloody war is over, Fleur is waiting for news on her husband; Hugh, but on Armistice Day she gets the worst news any person can receive. Her beloved Hugh is gone and she has been left a huge inheritance in his native Australia, Fleur doesn’t want it she only wants her husband, it’s heartbreaking to read at times. She diced to travel to Australia, find Hugh’s family and hand over the inheritance she believes that they deserve far more than her, but once there I think a little of her broken heart starts to breathe life again and she is soon in the midst of a huge mystery, a secret and a mysterious woman in a green dress…but who is she?

Moving side by side with Fleurs story is one set back in 1853 and revolves around Della a gusty woman who dips her toes into the world of Opal hunting and shop owning but there are odd things happening and Della must tread carefully. As much as I loved Della and how pioneering she is forging away in a man’s world, but I was more drawn to Fleur her story is sad and memorable and really grasped hold of my heart.

I haven’t read any of Tea Cooper’s work before, something which I am planning on remedying as soon as possible, I am in awe of her writing, her knowledge and passion for her native Australia, she has a real flare with words which really captures the readers imagination and attention. Tea Cooper is certainly a skilled and articulate writer with a great mind for knowing exactly what her readers want. The way she has flawlessly intertwined Fleur’s story in 1918 with Della’s story in 1853 is a stroke of genius and I just may be ruined me for all other duel timeline books now.

Overall, this is a cleverly written, beautiful and captivating book, I cannot recommend it more if you love your historical fiction which has drama, a little romance, strong female character’s, mystery and a intriguing plot then this is the book you need to read!

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About the Author

Téa Cooper is an award-winning, bestselling author of Australian historical fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, a journalist and a farmer. These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 16
Review at Bitch Bookshelf

Wednesday, June 17
Review at McCombs on Main
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Interview at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Thursday, June 18
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, June 19
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Saturday, June 20
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, June 22
Review at Captivated Pages
Review at Books and Backroads

Tuesday, June 23
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, June 24
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, June 26
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Saturday, June 27
Review at A Darn Good Read

Sunday, June 28
Review at Rejoice in Reading

Monday, June 29
Feature at I’m All About Books
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Tuesday, June 30
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 paperback copies of The Woman in the Green Dress! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Woman in the Green Dress

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US 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.

 

#BookBlast | The Memory House by Jenetta James #TheMemoryHouse #HFVBTBlogTours @jenettajames @HFVBT

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this wonderful book blast for; The Memory House by Jenetta James. This book looks and sounds fabulous, and it’s definitely going onto my wish list, I hope you love it too, go on take a peek!

The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts by Jenetta James

Publication Date: August 10, 2020
Publisher: Quills and Quartos Publishing

Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

A house in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods is home to secrets, mysteries, and two love stories spanning two centuries.

In 1859, independent-minded Kitty Cathcart dreams of escaping Veronica Gardens but her father’s determination to marry her off to a rich man of his choosing forces her to seek happiness and find her own voice by other means. And then the handsome but poor Alex Faraday walks through the front doors.

In 2019, Oxford-educated Josie Minton never dreamt of living in a house as grand as Veronica Gardens, but the nanny’s quarters are a perfect fit for a young woman in need of a job. Wealthy financier James Cavendish and his twin girls quickly find her indispensable to their happiness, but Josie is still searching for her future.

Then the great house reveals the first of its secrets, and the tragedy and romance of one era are brought into sharp relief with another.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

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About the Author

Jenetta James is a lawyer, writer, mother and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practises full time as a barrister. Over the years she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego.

She is the author of “Suddenly Mrs Darcy”, “The Elizabeth Papers” and “Lover’s Knot” as well as a contributor to The Quill Ink series of anthologies, “The Darcy Monologues”, “Dangerous to know”, “Rational Creatures” and “Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl”.

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Book Blast Schedule

Monday, June 22
Robin Loves Reading
Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, June 23
Momfluenster
Jorie Loves A Story

Wednesday, June 24
Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, June 25
A Darn Good Read
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, June 26
Austenprose
Donna’s Book Blog

Saturday, June 27
Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, June 28
Books, Cooks, Looks

Monday, June 29
Bookworlder
Passages to the Past

#BookBlast | Out of Night by Kellie Butler #OutOfNight #TheLaurelHurstChronicles #HFVBTBlogTours @kellierbutler @HFVBT

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Hello, Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the book blast tour for; Out of Night by Kellie Butler. This book looks fabulous, I am super excited to be sharing it with you all, plus there is a chance for you to win a signed copy, definitely not one to miss. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Out of Night by Kellie Butler

Publication Date: June 24, 2020
Publisher: Raleigh Hills Press
Format: Paperback & eBook; 328 pages

Series: The Laurelhurst Chronicles, Book 4
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

How long can you run from yourself?

1968. In the continuing bestselling Laurelhurst Chronicles family saga series comes a gripping, moving tale of separation, self-discovery, new beginnings, and reconciliation.

Kate. A mainstay on Swinging London’s party circuit for years, Kate is plunged into a sordid world when Lord Elliott Cutterworth kicks her out of her home and takes custody of their daughter, Violet after she relapses on her journey to sobriety. Separated from her family, she’s determined to get clean and regain custody of her daughter. On the run from Elliott and her old life, she finds assistance in her reluctant brother-in-law, Edward Cavert, who is running away from some secrets of his own. Can she reconcile her past and face down Elliott?

Lydie. When her youngest son, Cole, is institutionalized from intellectual impairments, it sends Lydie into a downward spiral, and her once loving marriage is in jeopardy.

After botched treatments leave her memory in tatters, her husband, Henry, sends Lydie to Kansas, and to the one psychiatric hospital that can help her restore her memory and her sanity. There, Lydie meets new friends while reconnecting with a childhood friend, Lord Christopher “Kit” Alderley. As she puts the pieces of her life back together, can she finally leave the haunting memories from her youth in Lancashire behind her and reconcile with her brother and her husband?

Available on Amazon


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Giveaway

Win a copy of the book (paperback or eBook) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Click the photo below to enter.

Giveaway ends on June 29th.


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About the Author

Kellie Butler is the author of Beneath a Moonless Sky, Before the Flood, and The Broken Tree, all part of the bestselling The Laurelhurst Chronicles series.

Born in the deep south and educated at Mississippi State University and Louisiana State University, she has travelled and lived around the globe. Besides writing books, she enjoys knitting, yoga, cooking, hiking, classical film, her MSU Bulldogs, and her dog, Chippy. She lives in Arizona with her family.

She enjoys hearing from readers. To connect with her, visit her website www.kellierbutler.com to join her newsletter, connect with her on social media, and receive updated news on signings and events.

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Book Blast Schedule

Monday, June 22
Passages to the Past

Tuesday, June 23
Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, June 24
SplendeurCaisse
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, June 25
Pursuing Stacie

Friday, June 26
Donna’s Book Blog

Saturday, June 27
CelticLady’s Reviews

Sunday, June 28
History From a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, June 29
The Book Junkie Reads

 

#BlogTour | The Philosopher’s Daughter by Alison Booth #ThePhilosophersDaughter #Review @booth_alison @hfvbt

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Hello, Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this fabulous blog tour for; The Philosopher’s Daughter by Alison Booth, I am super excited to be sharing my review of this amazing and book, I hope you fall in love it as much as I have!

The Philosopher’s Daughters by Alison Booth

Publication Date: April 2, 2020
Publisher: RedDoor Press
Format: Paperback & eBook; 356 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

A tale of two very different sisters whose 1890s voyage from London into remote outback Australia becomes a journey of self-discovery, set against a landscape of wild beauty and savage dispossession.

London in 1891: Harriet Cameron is a talented young artist whose mother died when she was barely five. She and her beloved sister Sarah were brought up by their father, radical thinker James Cameron. After adventurer Henry Vincent arrives on the scene, the sisters’ lives are changed forever. Sarah, the beauty of the family, marries Henry and embarks on a voyage to Australia. Harriet, intensely missing Sarah, must decide whether to help her father with his life’s work or devote herself to painting.

When James Cameron dies unexpectedly, Harriet is overwhelmed by grief. Seeking distraction, she follows Sarah to Australia, and afterwards into the Northern Territory outback, where she is alienated by the casual violence and great injustices of outback life.

Her rejuvenation begins with her friendship with an Aboriginal stockman and her growing love for the landscape. But this fragile happiness is soon threatened by murders at a nearby cattle station and by a menacing station hand seeking revenge.

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Praise for The Philosopher’s Daughters

“A lyrical tale of wild, frontier Australia. Evocative, insightful, thought-provoking.” -Karen Viggers, author

?”Booth is superb at the small detail that creates a life, and the large one that gives it meaning.” –
Marion Halligan, author

“Delicately handled historical drama with a theme of finding self, both in relationships and art, backed by issues on race relations in Australia and women’s rights.” -Tom Flood, author and editor

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Firstly, can I talk about that gorgeous cover? There really is something enchanting about it which draws you in and makes you want to pick it up and fall into the book. 

I was attracted to this book as soon as I  read the description, I have a real love of this turbulent, ever-changing era and to be perfectly honest I did think that this was going to be one thing and it turned out to be something completely different, and so much better then I had originally hoped.

This is set on the cusp of the Suffrage movement of 1891, which was another reason I found this so attractive. First in London and then the story moves across the world to Australia and in my opinion that is when the whole book comes to life, in the writing seems to take on a whole different feel it is as though Alison Booth was just waiting for that moment when the reader had settled themselves into hot and dusty, yet dangerously beautiful Australia to really let her talent and passion to breakthrough.

It is obvious that Ms Booth has a lot of love for this aspect of history and not just hour upon hours of research has gone into this but also a little piece of her heart. I think you can always tell in the feel of the writing when the author loves the story and you get that feeling here, it’s captivating.

So the story follows two sisters; Sarah and Harriet, who when the tale opens are living with their radical father and philosopher; James. Sarah soon marries adventurer Henry and in the blink of an eye. they have both sailed off to the other side of the world Harriet a passionate artist with her father. But on James’ untimely death, Harriet now must choose in which direction her life will take, missing her sister she follows Sarah to Australia and this is when these two completely different, yet intelligent, feisty and independent women really come to life.

I was completely blown away by this, it’s beautiful as well as bleak, it’s poignant and powerful, there is a magic that swirls through it as you read, the pull of the beautiful Australian outback, the intrigue of the history and the overpowering love from the people of their land. At the same time, it is hard hitting, I personally found it very uncomfortable to read the way the aboriginal people were treated, the tactless and ignorant prejudice from those whom think themselves superior.

If you only read one book this year, make it The Philosopher’s Daughter, this is a powerful, though-provoking and at times hard book to read, but well worth it. It’s a mesmerizing, eloquent and disarming tale of love, passion and fighting for rights and justice. It’s a story that will make you think of your own choices in life and how the world is, it’s a story of self-discovery, of harsh and unjust treatment of others and a story of family and true friendship.

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About the Author

Alison Booth was born in Melbourne, brought up in Sydney and has worked in the UK and in Australia as a professor as well as a novelist. Her most recent novel, A Perfect Marriage, is in the genre of contemporary fiction, while her first three novels (Stillwater Creek, The Indigo Sky, and A Distant Land) are historical fiction spanning the decades 1950s through to the early 1970s. Alison’s work has been translated into French and has also been published by Reader’s Digest Select Editions in both Asia and Europe. Alison, who holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, is an active public speaker and has participated in many writers’ festivals and literary events.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 17
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog

Thursday, June 18
Guest Post at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, June 19
Feature at What Is That Book About

Saturday, June 20
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Tuesday, June 23
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Wednesday, June 24
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Friday, June 26
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Monday, June 29
Review at A Darn Good Read

Wednesday, July 1
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Friday, July 3
Feature at I’m All About Books

Monday, July 6
Review at Impressions In Ink

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of The Philosopher’s Daughters! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – The Philosopher’s Daughters

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US 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.

#BlogTour | Spies by Ellie Midwood #Spies #AuthorInterview #HFVBTBlogTours @hfvbt

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Hello, Sunshines, I hope you are all well?! I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on this brilliant blog tour for; Spies by Ellie Midwood. I am super excited to be sharing this gorgeous book with you all, and I also have the most amazing exclusive interview with Ellie. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Spies by Ellie Midwood

Publication Date: May 15, 2020
Format: Paperback & eBook

Series: Metropolis, Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Weimar Berlin, 1927

Having recovered from the hyperinflation, the decadent metropolis is prospering against all odds. Unbothered by the turbulent events of the previous years, Berlin plunges into an orgy of life, entirely oblivious to the dangerous signs of an upcoming catastrophe.

Much like the rest of Berlin’s artistic elite, Margot von Steinhoff is too preoccupied with her work on the set of the infamous Fritz Lang, to pay attention to the dark shadow of the nationalistic threat hanging over the city. When Ernst Weniger, her former lover and now an official NKVD officer, asks for her help in aiding the German communists, she refuses at first, choosing to stay apolitical, just like Lang. However, when the new Gauleiter of Berlin, Joseph Goebbels, arrives in the city and begins his relentless campaign of harassment and misinformation, Margot realizes that staying neutral is no longer an option. Playing on the wrong side can cost her not only her career but her freedom, yet Margot has never been more certain of her choice.

“I don’t read political newspapers, Margot. I only want to make my films… I don’t want to have anything to do with all those politics.”

“I don’t want to have anything to do with them either. But the sad fact is that sometimes politics wants to have everything to do with us, regardless of our desires. At some point, all of us will have to take sides. The good news, Fritz, is that I’ll always be on yours.”

Dark, gritty, yet full of hope, “Spies” is the novel of the doomed Weimar Republic and the last generation of free-thinking artists who lived and created their masterpieces in a city, on the verge of collapse.

Available on Amazon

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Hi Ellie, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me, it’s so lovely having you on the blog! – thank you so much for having me!

Firstly, can you tell us all a little about yourself?

I’m a USA Today bestselling and award-winning historical fiction author. I owe my interest in the history of the Second World War to my grandfather, Junior Sergeant in the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began telling me about his experiences on the frontline when I was a young girl. Growing up, my interest in history only deepened and transformed from reading about the war to writing about it. After obtaining my BA in Linguistics, I decided to make writing my full-time career and began working on my first full-length historical novel, “The Girl from Berlin.” I’m continuously enriching my library with new research material and feed my passion for WWII and Holocaust history by collecting rare memorabilia and documents.

In my free time, I’m a health-obsessed yoga enthusiast, neat freak, adventurer, Nazi Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew, and a doggie mama. I live in New York with my fiancé and our Chihuahua named Shark Bait.

Your new book; Spies looks amazing, it has gone straight on to my wish list, for those who haven’t heard of it yet, could you tell us a little about it?

Basically, “Spies” is a story of dual plot lines. One deals with the filming and the second, with the antifascist activity and my main protagonist Margot is involved with both. The story takes place in Weimar Berlin in the late twenties, which at the time was an incredibly liberal and cosmopolitan city with a vibrant cultural life. As the Nazis try to muscle their way in, Margot joins forces with Ernst Weniger, a German communist, in their effort to upset the newly-arrived Gauleiter Goebbels’s plans to win the Reichstag elections and also, to prevent the nationalistic ideology from overtaking the UFA – a film company Margot works for. Along the way, she finds an unexpected ally in Fritz Lang, Germany’s most celebrated director and her immediate boss. There’s plenty of intrigue, plotting, real historical figures taking unexpected sides and half of it all takes place right on the set of “Spies.”

Your new book is the second book in the Metropolis series, can you tell us a little more about this series?

Metropolis” will be a multiple book series. It starts with 1924, during the time of hyper-inflation and cultural and social revolution in Weimar Berlin (think Women’s Lib, sexual liberation, the development of psychoanalysis, expressionism, iconic silent movies etc etc) and will end only in 1945. The protagonist Margot von Steinhoff, who starts off as an apolitical photographer, gets more and more involved with the Berlin political scene and the further into series, the deeper that involvement will grow. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but there will be plenty of spying going on when the Nazis come to power in 1933 and plenty of close calls for Margot, who will be walking a very dangerous line as she plays a silent collaborator and works for the German underground at the same time.

When not writing or researching for your writing, what do you to relax?

Yoga, reading horror or psychological thrillers, watching old noir movies.

When you first sit down to write a new story, do you research before or during writing the book? and how much of the historical detail you find in your research ends up in the finished book?

Before and during writing and even during rewrites to insert additional scenes or descriptions that I could have missed out during the initial phase. To me, research is extremely important, so I stick to real historical events, lingo, historical figures etc as much a possible. I would say, about ninety percent of real history ends up in the finished product. For instance, in “Spies” the whole movie production process, the relationship between the actors, the conflicts with the UFA, the historical background (such as Goebbels’s arrival in Berlin and the following clashes with the German communists) – it’s all true to fact. The supporting characters, such as Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, Leni Riefenstahl, Max Reinhardt, Theodor Wolff are all real historical figures. I only had to insert the main protagonist, Margot, in the middle of all this, create her own plot line that fit into the historical frame and have her interact with all of these real people. So yes, to me personally, the more historical accuracy and sticking to the fact, the better. You can not overdo research when writing historical fiction. After all, it’s the historical details (and I’m talking contemporary cigarette brands they smoked, books they read, social issues they had to deal with) that make a good, authentic historical fiction novel. Without such details, it’s just fiction.

It is so obvious that the WW2 era is real love and passion of yours, could you share with us what caught your attention and drew you into this era?

My family history. Many of my family members fought in the war and some perished. I grew up listening to my grandfather’s war stories (he was among the troops that took Berlin) and I guess they impressed me to such an extent, I began actively reading and researching the war and the events leading to it later in life and ended up writing about it. I guess, the main reason why I will never get tired of writing about it is because I want people to understand how hellish the war is, how dangerous racist and xenophobic rhetoric is, how important it is – and particularly now – to stand up to tyranny and fight for what is right. In general, how to prevent yet another war and another Holocaust from happening.

If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead characters?

Right now, I would love “Metropolis” series to be made into a Netflix series maybe, but it’s because I have just finished the second book and I’m still too emotionally involved with the project and excited about it. Weimar Berlin would look amazing on film – all that glitter and glamour and the ominous political cloud in the background. I think it would look fascinating. As for the actors, I would leave it to the professionals – producers and directors. They know their business better.

Are there challenges you face while writing and researching your books, and if so what do you do to work through these issues?

I can’t really come up with any challenges; once I get into the project, it pretty much writes itself. All I have to do it to sit before my laptop, let my characters talk, and type after them. The biggest challenge is the days when the words sometimes refuse to assemble themselves into coherent sentences, but that’s usually a sign that I overworked myself and that my brain needs a rest (I usually work 10-12 hours a day, so it’s easy to imagine how it can short-circuit sometimes, haha!). On days like these, I usually let myself recharge, listen to an audiobook, do some yoga, take a walk with my pup, watch some old classic movie and by the time I wake up the next day, I already have the entire new chapter in my head, ready to be written.

Your books are predominantly set during the twenties and WW2, would you ever write a story set during a completely different era?

As of now, I would say no. That is, it is not in my immediate plans. But you know what they say – never say never – so, maybe, someday, I’ll write about Louis XIV’s court intrigues or about Viking warrior women.

If you were hosting a dinner party which three people would you invite?

Living or dead? If living, it would be Stephen King, Johnny Depp, and Natalie Portman. All three are extremely talented individuals but they’re also very interesting people (impo) and I think it would be very interesting to just sit there and talk about social issues, art, literature, history and whatnot with them. If dead, it would be Erich Maria Remarque, Fritz Lang, and Albert Einstein – all three for the same reason.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?

Cherries, bananas, or nectarines. I’m a health nut lol Thank you so much for having me! I really appreciate it!

It was a real pleasure having you visit the blog today, Ellie, Thank you!

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About the Author

Ellie Midwood is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning historical fiction author. She owes her interest in the history of the Second World War to her grandfather, Junior Sergeant in the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began telling her about his experiences on the frontline when she was a young girl. Growing up, her interest in history only deepened and transformed from reading about the war to writing about it. After obtaining her BA in Linguistics, Ellie decided to make writing her full-time career and began working on her first full-length historical novel, “The Girl from Berlin.” Ellie is continuously enriching her library with new research material and feeds her passion for WWII and Holocaust history by collecting rare memorabilia and documents.

In her free time, Ellie is a health-obsessed yoga enthusiast, neat freak, adventurer, Nazi Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew, and a doggie mama. Ellie lives in New York with her fiancé and their Chihuahua named Shark Bait.

For more information on Ellie and her novels, please visit her website. You can also find her on Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, June 6
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, June 8
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, June 9
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 10
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Friday, June 12
Interview at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Monday, June 15
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, June 16
Review at Nurse Bookie
Excerpt at I’m All About Books

Friday, June 19
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Review & Excerpt at Robin Loves Reading

Monday, June 22
Review at Donna’s Book Blog

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Spies by Ellie Midwood! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Spies

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US 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.

#BlogTour | Saving The Music Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco #SavingTheMusic #HFVBTBlogTours @VincentBLoCoco @hfvbt

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Hello, Sunshines! I hope everyone is well? I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this wonderful blog tour for; Saving The Music by Vincent B. (Chips) LoCoco, I am super excited to be sharing this book with you all which sounds absolutely amazing and if I didn’t have a mammoth TBR I would have been reviewing this too, but it has gone straight onto my ‘next to buy’ list. I hope you love the sound of it as much as I do!

Saving the Music by Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco

Publication Date: March 1, 2020
Publisher: Cefalutana Press
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, and eBook

Series: Bellafortuna, Book #2
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

It is the winter of 1942, and the world is at war. A few Jewish musicians attempt to flee the Nazi death grip, each desperately trying to navigate his own path to safety. With the courageous aid and kindness of strangers, they soon find themselves in Rome, where under the highly secret help of the Vatican, they are hidden in Bellafortuna, a small village in Sicily. The residents of Bellafortuna welcome them and care for them, and for a fleeting moment, the horrors the musicians are facing are forgotten while residing in the beautiful, idyllic landscape of Sicily. But word soon reaches the small village that Italy has surrendered, now making Germany at war with Italy. War quickly comes to the village as the Germans storm into Sicily to repel the Allied advance. As Bellafortuna becomes front and center in the raging war, the villagers rise as one to try and protect and save the Jews hiding in their midst. Failure to keep them hidden will mean death to those under their protection…and perhaps even to the villagers themselves.

An intricately plotted and meticulously researched novel, Saving the Music demonstrates how, in the face of death and unspeakable horror, the strength of the human spirit of ordinary people can shine bright through the darkness.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

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Advance Praise

“In Saving the Music, author Chip LoCoco writes of the efforts undertaken by common villagers, priests, and even a Pope to protect Jews from the Nazis. He vividly depicts the horrors faced by the Jews as they confront the Holocaust. Filled with real heroism and high drama, this book brings perspective and depth to its subject. It’s an exciting read on an important topic, and I strongly recommend it.” -Ronald Rychlak, Author of Hitler, the War, and the Pope

“This is a well-composed novel that captures key moments of the Holocaust as it relates to the Italian people. I highly recommend it.” -Professor Vincent Lapomarda, S.J., Author of The Jesuits and the Third Reich

“This is a well-researched novel and reflects the situation as it then existed, hopefully, never to return.” -Fr. Peter Gumpel, S.J., postulator of the cause of beautification for Pius XII

“Chip LoCoco’s novel, Saving the Music, is a realistic fact-based story of pain, fear and true heroism. The premise is solidly grounded on documented facts of the actions of the Catholic Church under the Pontificate of Pope Pius XII down to priests and individual Catholics. Saving the Music is an exciting and engrossing read, which joins the list of wonderful truth-based books of late that is shedding light on the truth ending the worst character assassination of the 20th Century. Bravo.” -Gary L. Krupp, Author of Pope Pius XII and World War II- The Documented Truth

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About the Author

Chip LoCoco was born and raised in New Orleans. His first novel, Tempesta’s Dream, became an Amazon Bestseller.

His second novel, Bellafortuna, has been nationally recognized, being named a Short List Finalist in the William Faulkner Writing Competition and awarded the B.R.A.G. Award in Historical Fiction. Mr. LoCoco is a member of the Italian American Writers Association.

His newest work, Saving the Music, which is Book 2 of his Bellafortuna Series, was just recently released.

Chip, who is an attorney, is married to his wife of over 20 years, Wendy. They have two children, Matthew and Ellie and a beagle, named Scout. They reside in their beloved city of New Orleans, where if you try to find them on a Sunday in the Fall, they will be somewhere rooting on their Saints.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, June 3
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, June 5
Feature at What Is That Book About
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Monday, June 8
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, June 9
Feature at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Wednesday, June 10
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, June 12
Review at Donna’s Book Blog

Monday, June 15
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Thursday, June 18
Review at Impressions In Ink

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Saving the Music! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US 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 | Of Darkness And Light (Soli Hansen Mysteries #1) by Heidi Eljarbo #OfDarknessAndLight #Review #HFVBTBlogTours @HeidiEljarbo @hfvbt

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour for; Of Darkness and Light by Heidi Eljarbo, and I am super excited to be sharing my review of this brilliant book with you all. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Of Darkness and Light by Heidi Eljarbo

Publication Date: May 12, 2020

Series: Soli Hansen Mysteries, #1
Genre: Historical Mystery

 

 

In this first book of a new historical mystery series, a young art historian faces a tough choice in German-occupied Norway.

“Artful prose and at a pace that makes for a can’t-put-down, first-class literary voyage.”–Melissa Dalton-Bradford, bestselling author of Global Mom

Oslo, 1944. Soli Hansen’s passion for art history is and always has been a way of life for her. While she spends her days working in an art shop, WWII is taking its toll on everyone. Apprehensive of the consequences, Soli avoids becoming entangled in the war resistance efforts. She closes her eyes in hopes the enemy will retreat and leave her beautiful country for good.

But when a woman is found dead in the alley alongside the art shop and a painting from the last auction goes missing, Soli is thrown into the thickest of the fray involving both Nazi art theft and the Norwegian resistance.

Once Soli finds her courage, there’s no turning back. Her personal life is turned upside-down with danger, lies, spying, and an incredible discovery.

In this dual timeline novel, Heidi Eljarbo paints a vivid picture of what people are willing to do in desperate times. With unforgettable characters and rich historical details, Of Darkness and Light will keep the reader mesmerized until the last satisfying page.

Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley, Katherine Neville, and Kate Mosse.

Available on Amazon

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Praise for Of Darkness and Light

“Interspersing love, hope, and courage, the participants are drawn together in mysterious paths.“Pauline Isaksen, bestselling author of Dying for Justice

“Of Darkness and Light will reel you in and keep you hooked until the end.“ Mette Barfelt, bestselling author of The Solvik Series

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Full confession time, before reading this I had never read any of Heidi Eljarbo’s work before, even though I have read some really great things, this is the first and I am so pleased that I got the opportunity to be introduced to this hugely talented author’s work, through this incredible book, plus start a whole new series in the process. I can’t wait to read more from Heidi and judging by this beauty this series is going to be a corker!

I loved the sound of this book from the start, I was completely hooked and intrigued by the back blurb and the fact it was likened to one of my whole time favourite historical fiction/timeslip authors; Kate Mosse and I knew that I needed to read this book, and I am so happy to say that I was no disappointed.

I am a big fan of the ww2 era, I think everyone knows about how the Nazi’s used to steal precious art as they moved around and I am fascinated by the people who were trying to stop that from happening and by the people who were trying to retrieve the stolen art and return it. Once you start reading more about that aspect it is hugely fascinating and it is apart of history that still is relevant today as there are thousands upon thousands of stolen pieces of art that were never recovered. But what I wasn’t aware of was Norway’s involvement in the war and its history, and this book really captures all of that and makes the reader want to learn more about Norway’s long and intriguing past.

This is a split timeline novel, the majority is set during 1944, Norway and then at times we jump even further back with a glimpse into Malta; 1600. I am a fan of the split/dual timeline and this is brilliantly crafted. Each timeline is vivid and rich in detail and history, the story doesn’t jump and leap about making it difficult to follow but it flows smoothly, the move from 1944 to 1600 and back again is flawlessly done. My particular favourite part has to be the part set in 1944, there is just something about that era and that aspect of the story that really captures the attention.

Heidi Eljarbo has a brilliant way with words, her writing is engaging and illuminating, every scene leaps out at you and you become full drawn into the story.

I loved that this isn’t your stereotypical WW2 novel, yes there is danger, secrets, lies and the resistance hiding in the shadows, but with the addition of a murder mystery and brief leap back in time to the 1600s then this becomes a real feast for the senses.

Overall a brilliant introduction into this fine authors work, I loved it and I cannot wait to see what comes next in this brilliant new series.

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About the Author

Heidi Eljarbo is the bestselling author of Catching a Witch. She grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as an author, magazine journalist, and painter.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, thirteen grandchildren–so far–in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier.

Their favourite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter. Heidi’s favourites are family, God’s beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

If you would like to know more, please visit Heidi’s website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, May 12
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, May 14
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, May 15
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, May 18
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, May 19
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Thursday, May 21
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, May 22
Feature at Hopewell’s Public Library of Life

Monday, May 25
Review at Foals, Fiction, and Filligree

Tuesday, May 26
Feature at Books and Backroads

Thursday, May 28
Feature at Bookworlder

Monday, June 1
Review at History + Fiction + Adirondack Spirit

Tuesday, June 2
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Wednesday, June 3
Review at Jessica Belmont
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away one copy of Of Darkness and Light in paperback! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Of Darkness and Light

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 3rd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open internationally.
– 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 | Tales Of Ming Courtesans by Alice Poon #TalesOfMingCourtesans #GuestPost #HFVBTBlogTours @alicepoon1 @hfvbt

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Hello, Sunshines, I hope everyone is well? I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this fabulous blog tour for; Tales Of Ming Courtesan’s by Alice Poon. I am super excited to be sharing this book with you all, it looks absolutely amazing and has gone straight on to my wish list. Not only will I be taking a peek at this book – the cover alone is so striking – but I also have an exclusive guest post by Alice, which is brilliant and so relevant for the times. So without further ado, have a look and I do hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Tales of Ming Courtesans by Alice Poon

Publication Date: June 1, 2020
Publisher: Earnshaw Books
Format: Paperback; 354 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

From the author of The Green Phoenix comes a riveting tale of female friendship, honor, and sacrifice for love, set in 17th Century China and featuring the intertwined stories of three of the era’s most renowned courtesans, escorts skilled in music, poetry and painting who could decide themselves whether or not to offer patrons bed favors.

Inspired by literary works and folklore, Tales of Ming Courtesans traces the destinies of the three girls from the seamy world of human trafficking and slavery to the cultured scene of the famously decadent pleasure district of the city of Nanjing, evoking episodes in Memoirs of a Geisha.

The girls all existed – Rushi was a famous poet, Yuanyuan became the concubine of a general who changed the course of Chinese history by supporting the Manchu invasion in 1644 and Xiangjun challenged the corruption of court officials to try to save her lover. Rushi’s daughter, Jingjing, gradually pieces together the stories of the three from a memoir left to her by her mother.

Betrayal, tenacity and hope all come together in a novel that brings to life an important era in China’s history, and particularly highlights the challenges faced by independent-minded women.

Amazon |Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

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Praise for Tales of Ming Courtesans

“In Tales of Ming Courtesans, Alice Poon masterfully brings to life three fascinating women who had a lasting impact on China’s culture and history. This beautiful telling of their turbulent lives and devoted friendship is a reverential testament to their memories.” – Kelli Estes, bestselling author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

“Tales of Ming Courtesans is a poignant and captivating exploration of the lives of three extraordinary women…. Ultimately an enduring tale of the power of sisterhood and the bonds between women.” – Jeannie Lin, USA Today bestselling author of The Lotus Palace

“Tales of Ming Courtesans is a brilliant, ‘own voices’ alternative to Memoirs of a Geisha….An exquisite reading experience. Highly, highly recommended.” – M. H. Boroson, author of The Girl With Ghost Eyes

“Alice Poon’s excellent Tales of Ming Courtesans follows the intertwined lives of three seventeenth-century courtesans….. Poon’s real achievement is to create believable depth to her characters’ known histories….She has clearly written Tales from the heart.” – David Leffman, author of The Mercenary

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Exclusive Guest Post by Alice Poon

In Tales of Ming Courtesans, I’ve told the tragic story of three beautiful and talented women who worked as courtesans in the pleasure districts of 17th century Jiangnan (i.e. the prosperous region south of the Yangtze River). These beauties are sold into slavery in their early teens and have to live with that stigma their entire life.

Women throughout history and in many cultures have been treated as tools and sex objects, as the #MeToo movement highlights today. Tales of Ming Courtesans not only describes the main characters’ tragedies but also celebrates how they transcend the challenges and create goodness and more around them. If there is one common spiritual thread to the experiences of the #MeToo victims and my Ming courtesans, it is the triumph of hope.

But there is no lack of anecdotal parallels.

Victims in the notorious Harvey Weinstein case have had to live in constant fear and to play along with demeaning rules set by their predator in order to stay employed. Likewise, my main characters, in their struggle to survive, have no choice but bow to a life of shame and indignities.

Many #MeToo victims have to sacrifice their privacy in the high-stakes media game in their desperate attempt to seek redress. In a similar way, my Ming women are forced to use their beauty and wiles to buy hope for a better future even when hope seems beyond their reach.

Both groups of victims consider it crucial to seek out sisterly support, because they know only in solidarity can they hope to see a silver lining in their quest for justice. Indeed, it takes tons of courage for a violated woman even today to stand up for her dignity in a culture that remains profoundly ashamed of sexually abused women, as Chanel Miller testifies from experience in her memoir Know My Name.

For hundreds of years, the stories of Liu Rushi, Chen Yuanyuan and Li Xiangjun have been told by male writers from the male perspective. As a result, these three extraordinary ladies have always been known as Great Beauties of Qinhuai, as if beauty was their only attribute. (Qinhuai is a main setting in the novel and is the name of the glitzy pleasure hub in Nanjing.)

Typically, male writers cannot avoid the trap of measuring these women solely in terms of the men in their lives. They tend to conveniently gloss over the women’s incredible moral courage in their fight against subjugation, and the fact that they were extremely intelligent human beings with an independent mind. In the eyes of self-styled moralists, these women were nothing but witless tramps whose only aim was to ruin men. What has been left unsaid is that society’s cruel bigotry and misogyny was in fact the main culprit that wrecked these women’s lives.

After reading my research materials, I was convinced that these women had far more moral courage and integrity than people gave them credit for. There was only one way to do them justice, and that is, to give them voice – something which has always been denied them. I imagined what they might have said, thought, felt and done in their daily struggle for survival, dignity and hope in a deeply misogynistic society. My musings then became Tales of Ming Courtesans. The story is told entirely from their viewpoints and in their own voices.

Liu Rushi’s part is essentially based on the eminent historian Chen Yinke’s (1890 – 1969) 800,000-word biography of her, Chen Yuanyuan’s story is recreated from famous literary works and popular legend, while Li Xiangjun’s role closely follows that in the iconic historical drama The Peach Blossom Fan written by famous Qing playwright Kong Shangren.

Above all, I want my novel to send a positive message: that tenacity, love and hope will ultimately triumph over adversity and evil.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Alice Poon steeped herself in Chinese poetry and history, Jin Yong’s martial arts novels and English Literature in her school days. This early immersion has inspired her creative writing.

Always fascinated with iconic but unsung women in Chinese history and legends, she cherishes a dream of bringing them to the page.

Her new historical novel Tales of Ming Courtesans will be released by Earnshaw Books on June 1, 2020.

She is the author of The Green Phoenix and the bestselling and award-winning non-fiction title Land and the Ruling Class in Hong Kong. She now lives in Vancouver, Canada and devotes her time to writing historical Chinese fiction.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 25
Excerpt at Journey in Bookland
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, May 26
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, May 27
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, May 29
Review at Reader then Blogger

Monday, June 1
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, June 3
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Friday, June 5
Review at YA, it’s Lit

Monday, June 8
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 10
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, June 12
Review at Passages to the Past

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of Tales from Ming Courtesans! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Tales of Ming Courtesans

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 12th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US 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.

#BlogTour | The Baroness Of New York by Anya Silverthorne #TheBaronessOfNewYork #HFVBTBlogTours @anyasilverthorn @hfvbt

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Hello, Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well? I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this fabulous blog tour for; The Baroness of New York by Anya Silverthorne. I am super excited to be sharing this gorgeous book with you all, it looks and sounds absolutely amazing (I mean, isn’t this cover gorgeous?) and it has definitely been added to my wish list.

The Baroness of New York by Anya Silverthorne

Publication Date: May 1, 2020
Publisher: Platen Press

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

 

 

Baroness Adele von Mueller learns the sweetest love is forbidden….

Baroness Adele von Mueller

It’s 1903 and free-spirited 18-year-old Baroness Adele von Mueller has just arrived to live with her spinster aunt in New York City. After a previous impropriety tarnishes her reputation with the German nobility, her father sends her overseas to give her one last chance to marry into money and save the family’s name. Instead, Adele finds herself falling for charming and wickedly handsome Nick Mason, the foreman of a paper factory, who is as gorgeous as he is poor. As family secrets are revealed, Adele learns there’s much more riding on her marrying wealthy than just keeping the family’s name…

Nick Mason

Nick Mason has a habit of falling in love with every girl he sees. An orphan, former newspaper seller and now a foreman at a paper mill, he’s nursing a bruised heart after being dumped by a laundry girl. But when he meets Baroness Adele disguised on a night out as a maid in her family’s house, he knows right away there’s something different about her. Once she reveals her true identity, he’s even more intrigued. Nick has fallen for white women before, but never one so wealthy, and never one he knew he couldn’t live without. With most people firmly against their love, he must visit her in secrecy to make their romance blossom.

Nick and Adele must stand up to a society and a family that won’t accept their love for what it is: true and enduring. Can they withstand the storm, or will they be forced apart by a deck that’s stacked against them in this steamy Victorian romance?

This historical interracial romance/Victorian romance novel marks Anya Silverthorne’s debut.

Available on Amazon

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About the Author

Anya Silverthorne makes her debut with The Baroness of New York. She enjoys writing fiction about the late Victorian and early Edwardian era. In “real life,” she is a historian of a completely different time period.

Follow her on social media to stay connected, and up-to-date with new releases, giveaways, and more.

Instagram: @anyasilverthorne
Twitter: @anyasilverthorn
Facebook: @anyasilverthorne

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Blog Tour Schedule

Friday, May 1
Review at Passages to the Past

Sunday, May 3
Review at Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings

Monday, May 4
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, May 5
Review at Bitch Bookshelf
Excerpt at I’m All About Books

Wednesday, May 6
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Thursday, May 7
Review at Mommy In Color

Friday, May 8
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Sunday, May 10
Guest Post at A Darn Good Read

Monday, May 11
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Tuesday, May 12
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog

Wednesday, May 13
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, May 14
Guest Post at To Read, Or Not to Read

Friday, May 15
Feature at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Monday, May 18
Interview at Passages to the Past

Thursday, May 21
Review at Books in their Natural Habitat

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Baroness of New York! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Baroness of New York

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on May 21st. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US 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.

 

#BlogTour | Forged By Iron by Eric Schumacher #ForgedByIron #Feature #HFVBTBlogTour @DarkAgeScribe @hfvbt

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Hello Sunshines! I hope you are all safe and well?! I am super excited to be today’s stop on the brilliant blog tour for; Forged by Iron by Schumacher. This book sounds amazing and has gone straight on to my wish list, not only will I be sharing this book with you all, but there is a chance for you to win a copy.  So, as always sit back grab that cuppa and enjoy.

Forged by Iron by Eric Schumacher

Publication Date: April 15, 2020
Publisher: Legionary – A Next Chapter Imprint

Series: Olaf’s Saga, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

From the bestselling author of Hakon’s Saga comes Forged by Iron, the first in a series of thrilling tales about Olaf Tryggvason, one of the most legendary and enigmatic kings of the Viking Age.

Norway, AD 960. The fabric that has held the Northern realm together is tearing. The sons of Erik Bloodaxe have returned and are systematically killing all opposition to the High Seat. Through treachery, Harald Eriksson slays Jarl Trygvi, an heir to the throne, and then he comes for Trygvi’s wife, Astrid, and son, Olaf.

Astrid and Olaf flee their home with the help of Astrid’s foster father, Torolv Loose-beard, and his son, Torgil, who are oath-sworn to protect them. The group escapes east, through the dark, forested land of the Swedes and across the treacherous East Sea, all the while evading the clutches of Harald’s brutal henchmen.

But the gods are fickle and the group is torn apart, leaving them to fend for themselves in Forged by Iron, a must-read for all who enjoy action-packed historical fiction.

Available on Amazon

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About the Author

Eric Schumacher (1968 – ) is an American historical novelist who currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife and two children. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended college at the University of San Diego.

At a very early age, Schumacher discovered his love for writing and medieval European history, as well as authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Those discoveries continue to fuel his imagination and influence the stories he tells. His first novel, God’s Hammer, was published in 2005.

To date, Schumacher has published three novels, collectively known as Hakon’s Saga, and one novella. More information about him and his books can be found on his website. You can also connect with Schumacher on TwitterFacebookGoodreads, and AuthorsDB.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Do show the other blog’s on this great tour some love

Wednesday, April 15
Interview at Passages to the Past

Monday, April 20
Review at History + Fiction + Adirondack Spirit

Wednesday, April 22
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, April 23
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Sunday, April 26
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Tuesday, April 28
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Wednesday, April 29
Feature at I’m All About Books
Feature at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, April 30
Guest Post at Historical Graffiti

Friday, May 1
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Monday, May 4
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, May 6
Review at Bookramblings
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, May 8
Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Sunday, May 10
Review at Journey in Bookland

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Forged by Iron! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Forged by Iron

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on May 10th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US 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.