HFVBT Blog Tours
A Home for Christmas by MK McClintock | #BookBlast #AHomeforChristmas #HFVBTBlogTours #Giveaway |@MKMcClintock @hfvbt
Hello, Sunshines, I hope you are all well, I am bringing Christmas early to the blog with my stop on this wonderful book blast for; A Home for Christmas by MK McClintock. This book sounds o good, the cover alone looks super festive and cosy I can’t wait to share it with you all. Firstly, I want to say thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invite to this tour. Now, lets have a look at this book.
A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS BY MK MCCLINTOCK
Publication Date: November 5, 2014
Publisher: Trappers Peak Publishing
Genre: Holiday/Historical Western Romance
Will six strangers find hope, love, and family at Christmas? A collection of three historical western short stories to inspire love and warm the heart.
In search of family she barely knows and adventure she’s always wanted, Katherine Donahue is saved from freezing on a winter night in the mountains of Montana by August Hollister. Neither of them expected that what one woman had in mind was a new beginning for them both.
Heartache and a thirst for adventure lead McKensie Stewart and her sister to Wyoming after the death of their parents. With the help of a widowed aunt and a charming horse breeder, McKensie discovers that hope is a cherished promise, and there is no greater gift than love.
“Lily’s Christmas Wish”
Lily Malone has never had a real family or a real Christmas. This holiday season, she might get both. From an orphanage in New York City to the rugged mountains of Colorado, Lily sends out only one wish. But when the time comes, can she give it up so someone else’s wish can come true?
If you love inspirational romance and heartfelt holidays, then you’ll enjoy this trio of stories as we remember the true meaning of love any time of the year.
ALSO AVAILABLE IN AUDIO!
“Ms. McClintock has a true genius when writing beauty to touch the heart. This holiday treat is a gift any time one needs to remember the true meaning of love!” —InD’tale Magazine
“The cold nips at your face and delicious Christmas cake leaves you wanting more.” —M. Ann Roher, Author of Mattie
About the Author
Award-winning author MK McClintock is devoted to giving her readers books laced with adventure, romance, and a touch of mystery. Her novels and short stories take you from the rugged mountains of Montana to the Victorian British Isles, all with good helpings of daring exploits and endearing love stories. Her works comprise multiple series, including: Montana Gallaghers, British Agents, Crooked Creek, and Whitcomb Springs. She enjoys a peaceful life in the Rocky Mountains where she is writing her next book.
Book Blast Schedule
Monday, November 23 Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Tuesday, November 24 Novels Alive
Thursday, November 26 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Saturday, November 28 The Caffeinated Bibliophile
Sunday, November 29 Gwendalyn’s Books
Tuesday, December 1 Rajiv’s Reviews
Thursday, December 3 Reading is My Remedy
One lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a wool blanket from England, a Christmas candle, a tote/shopping bag, and treats!
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on December 4th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
She’s the One Who Thinks Too Much by S.R. Cronin | #BookBlast #ShestheOneWhoThinksTooMuch #HFVBTBlogTours #Giveaway | @hfvbt @cinnabar01
Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be a part of this wonderful book blast for; She’s The Who Thinks Too Much by S. R. Cronin. This book looks fabulous and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Firstly, I want to say thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invite to this tour, now lets have a look at this book!
SHE’S THE ONE WHO THINKS TOO MUCH BY S. R. CRONIN
Publication Date: November 13, 2020
Publisher: Cinnabar Press
Series: The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters, Book One
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Do you know what your problem is?
Ryalgar knows hers. People have been telling this over-educated 13th-century woman for years. So when an equally intellectual prince decides he loves her, it looks like everyone was wrong and her dreams have come true.
Except, this prince is already betrothed to another. He’s leading the army training to defend their tiny realm against an expected Mongol invasion and he is considering sacrificing Ryalgar’s home nichna of Vinx by abandoning it’s rich farmlands to their foes.
Another woman would flee to safety. Maybe she would seek another lover. But not Ryalgar. Living in a world where witchcraft has been allowed to flourish and problematic powers remain, she devises her own strategy to keep the invaders from destroying her home.
This is just the sort of thing that happens when a woman thinks too much.
About the Author
Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.
She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels. She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is.
All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, November 16 Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Tuesday, November 17 What Is That Book About
Thursday, November 19 Donna’s Book Blog
Friday, November 20 CelticLady’s Reviews
Monday, November 23 Gwendalyn’s Books
Wednesday, November 25 Passages to the Past
Saturday, November 28 Reading is My Remedy
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
The giveaway is open internationally and ends on November 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Lady Margaret’s Escape by Victoria Sportelli | #BlogTour #LadyMargaretsEscape #Review #HFVBTBlogTours | @SportelliVic @hfvbt
Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of this blog tour for; Lady Margaret’s Escape by Victoria Sportelli. I was scheduled to post this yesterday, but I was having problems with WordPress for most of the day, as WordPress wouldn’t allow me to post until late in the day, let’s just say by then I was a wee peeved off. So, I’m posting today instead. I can’t wait to share my review of this wonderful book with you all, firstly thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invite to this tour. Now, let’s have a look at this book!
LADY MARGARET’S ESCAPE BY VICTORIA SPORTELLI
Publication Date: September 24, 2020
Publisher: Creazzo Publishing
Format: Paperback & eBook; 376 pages
Series: Henry’s Spare Queen, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction
A Desperate Midwife Bargains with a King
After suffering the loss of her first pregnancy, a son and heir to the English throne, Queen Matilda is once again with child. Overjoyed but cautious of another loss, King Henry seeks a skilled midwife to assist his wife throughout her pregnancy and labor. His search leads him to Margaret.
Margaret, once a woman of rank and leisure, has been betrayed by her father and made a common slave. The king’s dire need for a midwife provides her with an enticing opportunity to escape a life of servitude and return to her previous station, but first she must prove her worth and make a bargain with the devil.
King Henry is reluctant to haggle with the midwife, but when Margaret reveals her suspicions of foul play being the cause of the queen’s previous loss, his mind is made up. Not only will Margaret attend the queen, her fate with be tied to the queen’s – and that of their unborn babe. Deliver a healthy heir and King Henry will reward Margaret with the return of her rank, social status and wealth. Fail, and her life will be forfeit.
The two women are sent to a secret forest retreat to wait out Queen Matilda’s confinement away from the conspiracies and dangers of court life. Meanwhile, Henry’s brother Robert invades England to seize Henry’s crown and Margaret begins to fear she has allied herself with the wrong ruler.
Will Margaret earn her freedom…or a severed head?
Pick up Lady Margaret’s Escape today and experience the perils of living in medieval England.
Note: This novel includes the death of an infant which may be a trigger for some readers.
This is a wonderfully engrossing historical fiction which is loosely based on historical fact, we follow Margaret a women who has fallen out of favor and from grace and is now toiling away as a slave, at one time she had prestige and respect which came with her station. When she is summoned and requested by King Henry to attend his wife, the Queen during her latest pregnancy she thinks this is her chance to regain her old life back, but she isn’t about to take on the role without a promise of reward and hers would be her old life back, she makes her deal.
I’ve not read this author before, and I am so pleased I got to discover her work with the first of a new series, I am so looking forward to following; Henry’s Spare Queen trilogy. Victoria Sportelli is an incredibly gifted author she pulls you right into each scene with her rich detail and flawless grasp of the history, she brings the story alive with how vivid her writing is, its easy to see that she has done an inordinate amount of research into the life and times of the era.
As it says on the back blurb, Margaret just may have done a deal with the devil himself, as her fate is now entwined with that of the Queen. If she succeeds and the Queen is safely delivered of their bundle of joy then Margaret is safe and can go about her new life once more, but if she fails and something happens she will face the chopping block. Even though she is locked away with the Queen, Margaret is sensing movement in the air and she starts to wonder is she has chosen the right side to alliance herself with.
Has Margaret done the right thing by agreeing to help? Or with her need for freedom, her yearning to escape the life she is living be her downfall? Well, I’m not going to tell you that am I, I will say that there is a cliff-hanger which will have you desperate to read the next book to find out what happens.
I was hooked from the start, even though lady Margaret’s Escape is set during a turbulent time where lies and secrets are all apart of daily life, where two brothers face off for the throne and there is political intrigue everywhere, this is all about the women in the back ground. Yes the dangers of what is going on with Robert trying to dethrone Henry is constantly sitting at the edges of the pages, you get a sense of the danger and animosity bubbling in the background and there are moments where Margaret does think she has chosen sides unwisely which gives the reader of the true sense of danger she could be in if her role as midwife to the Queen doesn’t go as expected.
This is a solid, mesmerizing and addictive read that will keep you flicking through the pages and will keep you guessing, its perfect for those who love historicals which have real historical characters and which revolve around the women of the time. Highly recommend!
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, November 10 Review at Pursuing Stacie
Wednesday, November 11 Feature at I’m Into Books
Thursday, November 12 Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Friday, November 13 Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Monday, November 16 Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder
Tuesday, November 17 Review at Rajiv’s Reviews
Wednesday, November 18 Review at Passages to the Past
Thursday, November 19 Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Friday, November 20 Review at A Chick Who Reads
About the Author
Ms. Sportelli, who loves to share her knowledge of English history, has concluded that Henry I was an under-rated king who struggled to keep his throne amid conflicts between Normans and Saxons. She writes of the era in novels featuring Lady Margaret, King Henry and Queen Matilda.
A life-long Anglophile, Ms. Sportelli loves British manners, folklore, customs, history, and humor; she watches every British film, television, show and documentary she can find.
Ms Sportelli has both children and grandchildren. She has taken seven trips to eight western European countries and loves England and Italy the most.
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The Tobacconist’s Wife by AnneMarie Brear | #BlogTour #TheTobacconistsWife #Review #HFVBTBlogTours | @annemariebrear @hfvbt
Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of today’s blog tour for; The Tobacconist’s Wife AnneMarie Brear. I can’t wait to share my review with you all, Firstly thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invite to this tour. Now let’s have a look at the book…
THE TOBACCONIST’S WIFE BY ANNEMARIE BREAR
Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Publisher: Lume Books
Format: Paperback & eBook; 244 pages
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
From the bestselling author of The Slum Angel.
Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world.
It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.
But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must be kept up, so Thea goes on powdering her bruises and forcing a smile as she toils in Ernie’s home and tobacco shop. There seems to be no other option.
That is, until a handsome and well-bred stranger arrives to set up shop next door…
Can Thea escape her misery and break from the conventions of society? Or will the clutches of her abusive husband confine her forever?
The Tobacconist’s Wife is the latest book from AnneMarie Brear, the highly acclaimed author of bestselling The Slum Angel. Perfect for fans of Catherine Cookson, Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.
This is the first I have read by AnneMarie Brear, which is incredible as I do have a few of her previous books sitting waiting to be read on my kindle shelf, and after reading this beautiful I will definitely be reading them now. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to read one, I have definitely been missing out on something here.
I was instantly drawn to this book, the cover alone made me want to read it, I am a very visual reader and I do like pretty covers. Think of me as a Magpie who collects shiny pretty things, I’m the same with pretty covers. Then there was the back blurb, I loved the sound of it but what especially caught my attention was the last line; ‘Perfect for fans of Catherine Cookson’, Yes, I am a Cookson fan, and finally it is set in my part of the country certainly made it even more appealing to me. I do love a Yorkshire set historical.
When her father passed away, Thea married a man whom she thought was good and kind, but once he had that ring on her finger his true colours showed through and she realised she had made a mistake. She was stuck in a hostile, unhappy marriage with a man who took his frustrations out on her with his fists. He was aggressive, moody and secretive all he wants from her is to be his little live-in slave and when needed to be the biddable little wifey on his arm to show off.
Thea is lonely and living in constant fear of what he will do next, of the neighbours finding out what she lives through, but yet she is determined she will make this marriage work in some way. But when handsome, charming Adam, a wealthy man who wishes to make his own way in the world, moves in next door there is suddenly lightness in her world. Adam gives her just what she is so desperately in need of; true friendship and kindness.
I must add a content warning, this does have some shocking domestic abuse scenes, which some may find unsettling as Thea is treated awfully by her vile husband, but please don’t allow that to put you off reading it as there is much more to the story, there is so much to love and there is happiness. I can’t really say too much as the way this is written even a slightest wrong word from me will give far too much about the plot away, but just know this is well worth a read if you love historical fiction, I would entirely categorise it as a historical romance as there is far more strife than full-blown romance, again I will refer to what it says on the back blurb think Cookson.
The Tobacconist’s Wife is a gentle paced, captivating, emotional, riveting and beautiful book all about survival, second chances and finding true happiness. I love the edgier grittier feel to it, I can only describe this as a proper Victorian historical, it’s not light, sweet and full of sweetmeats and candyfloss there is real meat on the bone.
Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, November 12; Guest Post at Coffee and Ink / Review at Probably at the Library
Friday, November 13; Review at View from the Birdhouse / Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Saturday, November 14; Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Sunday, November 15; Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder
Monday, November 16; Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Tuesday, November 17; Guest Post at Novels Alive
Wednesday, November 18; Review at Novels Alive / Interview at Books & Benches
About The Author
Amazon UK bestseller and award-winning Australian author, AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls.
Her interests include reading, historical research for her novels, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order!
For more information please visit AnneMarie Brear’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 2 eBooks of The Tobacconist’s Wife! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 19th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage | #BlogTour #HisCastilianHawk #Excerpt #HFVBTBlogTours | @abelfrageauthor@hfvbt
Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of today’s blog tour for; His Castilian hawk by Anna Belfrage. I am super excited to be sharing an exclusive excerpt with you all. This book looks amazing, I can’t wait to share it with you all, Firstly thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invite to this tour. Now let’s have a look at the book…
HIS CASTILIAN HAWK BY ANNA BELFRAGE
Publication Date: September 28, 2020
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction
For bastard-born Robert FitzStephan, being given Eleanor d’Outremer in marriage is an honour. For Eleanor, this forced wedding is anything but a fairy tale.
Robert FitzStephan has served Edward Longshanks loyally since the age of twelve. Now he is riding with his king to once and for all bring Wales under English control.
Eleanor d’Outremer—Noor to family—lost her Castilian mother as a child and is left entirely alone when her father and brother are killed. When ordered to wed the unknown Robert FitzStephan, she has no choice but to comply.
Two strangers in a marriage bed is not easy. Things are further complicated by Noor’s blood-ties to the Welsh princes and by covetous Edith who has warmed Robert’s bed for years.
Robert’s new wife may be young and innocent, but he is soon to discover that not only is she spirited and proud, she is also brave. Because when Wales lies gasping and Edward I exacts terrible justice on the last prince and his children, Noor is determined to save at least one member of the House of Aberffraw from the English king.
Will years of ingrained service have Robert standing with his king or will he follow his heart and protect his wife, his beautiful and fierce Castilian hawk?
Robert woke to the sound of a cock crowing. He had a crick in his neck, and his arm was numb. He peered down at Edith, fast asleep within the crook of his arm. His head hurt, and his mouth tasted of ashes. He needed a drink. He sat up, and the bedclothes spilled to the floor.
“Mmm,” Edith said, wrapping her arms around him. “Don’t go. Not yet.”
From somewhere came an odd, strangled sound. He squinted in its direction, only to see Eleanor on the stairs leading from the solar. Her eyes widened. He shoved Edith to the side.
“Eleanor,” he began, falling silent as he realised he was surrounded by spectators, tousled heads lifting from pillows to register the new lord of the manor had not slept with his wife. Colour drained from Eleanor’s cheeks. Without a word, she whirled and fled.
“Eleanor!” he repeated, rushing for the door before recalling he was as naked as the day he was born. “Damnation!” Robert scrubbed a hand over his bristling cheeks, his gaze on his wife. Her dark braid was visible beneath her veil, and she was running, no, flying towards the postern gate, with that large dog of hers padding alongside.
“What have you done, you fool?” John asked, appearing beside him. “Tell me you did not spend your wedding night with her.” He pointed at Edith. “Why is she even here?”
“I can assure you I did not invite her. You heard me telling her to stay away.” He could still see Eleanor, still make out the blue of her skirts as she ran and ran up the sloping meadows, placing as much distance as she could between them.
“Is that what you told her last night?” John asked.
“No.” Robert sighed. “I came down for a drink. She—Eleanor—asked me not to bed her, and so…” He shrugged.
“You decided she deserved to have you bed another.”
“No! It wasn’t like that! And you know I care for Edith.”
“She’s not your wife,” John said. “If you care so much about her, why didn’t you wed her?”
“With what?” Robert asked. “Until this”—he gestured at the bailey, the surrounding buildings—“what did I have to offer a wife?” And why would he wed Edith? She was not the kind of woman a man left behind to care for his home and his children while he left for other places. She was far too restless and needy for that. Edith lived off admiration, of the loud whistles that had her swaying seductively as she made her way down an encampment full of brawny men-at-arms.
John made a disgusted sound. “And how have you treated the wife who brought you all this?” He scowled at Edith, even more when she joined them and made as if to embrace Robert.
“Not now,” Robert said, moving out of the way.
“Best tell your trollop to leave,” John said.
“Watch your mouth. She’s not a trollop.” But he stepped out of reach when Edith yet again tried to slip her arms round him, far too aware of all the disapproving eyes on them.
“She is now. You’re married elsewhere, and surely you cannot expect your wife to tolerate her presence in her home?”
“My home is with Robert,” Edith said. “The little hen will have to come to terms with that.”
“Truly?” John took a step backwards. “Is that how you imagine your future life?” He spat to the side. “A wife in the solar and Edith in the pigsty?”
Edith swung at him. John caught her fist and squeezed, hard enough for Edith to whimper.
“Let her go,” Robert warned.
“Gladly.” John shoved, and Edith ended up sprawled on the floor of the hall.
“Where are you going?” Robert asked when John stalked off.
“Me? I hope to offer some comfort to your humiliated wife.”
“That’s not for you to do.” Robert had hold of him. “I—” He broke off. “What’s this?” He gestured at a group of men presently being pushed through the gate. Welsh, to judge from their appearance. He found his shirt and pulled it on before stepping outside.
“Hang them?” he said some minutes later. “Me? Here?”
“At the crossroads,” the guard explained. “Our liege wishes their rotting carcasses to send a lesson to anyone who dares to breach his peace.”
“His peace?” one of the Welshmen said, spitting to the side. “We follow our own prince.”
The Welsh prisoners were anything but cooperative. Not to wonder at, given that they had nothing left to lose. Condemned to hang for the single sin of being Welsh—it sat badly with Robert, but it offered distraction from his marital mess, albeit he couldn’t stop himself from looking for her, his wife, whenever a moment arose. Now and then he saw her, mostly with that big hound by her side. At some point during the day, he stopped what he was doing at the sound of laughter. His wife, playing with some of the younger children, and her face was lit from within as she swung a little one in wide, wide arcs. She sparkled with life, but the moment she caught him watching, it was as if someone had quenched a fire, leaving nothing but wet and sooty ashes. He sighed. This was not how he’d intended things between them to be.
About the Author
Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.
More recently, Anna has published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. While she loved stepping out of her comfort zone (and will likely do so again ) she is delighted to be back in medieval times in her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love.
Blog Tour Schedule
Saturday, October 24:Review at Pursuing Stacie
Monday, October 26: Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Tuesday, October 27: Review at Rajiv’s Reviews
Wednesday, October 28: Guest Post at Novels Alive
Friday, October 30: Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Sunday, November 1: Interview at Reader_ceygo
Tuesday, November 3: Review at YA, It’s Lit
Wednesday, November 4:Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Friday, November 6:Review at Passages to the Past
Monday, November 9: Excerpt at I’m Into Books
Tuesday, November 10: Review at A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, November 12: Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Tuesday, November 17: Review at Books and Zebras
Wednesday, November 18: Review at Novels Alive
Thursday, November 19:Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two paperback copies of His Castilian Hawk! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
The giveaway is open internationally and ends on November 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
THE BACHELOR’S BRIDE BY HOLLY BUSH | #BookBlast #TheBachelorsBride #TheThompsonsofLocustStreet #HFVBTBlogTours |@hollybushbooks @HFVBT
Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of this fabulous book blast for; the Bachelor’s Bride by Holly Bush. This book looks and sounds amazing, I adore the cover and I can’t wait to share it with you all, Firstly thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invite to this tour. Now let’s have a look at the book…
THE BACHELOR’S BRIDE BY HOLLY BUSH
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Publisher: Holly Bush Books
Format: eBook; 244 pages
Series: The Thompsons of Locust Street, Book One
Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm…
1868 Elspeth Thompson is the middle daughter in a family with tightly held secrets. While she loves her family, she longs to break out from their overprotective hold, to find herself, to be noticed for who she is rather than as chaperone to her beautiful younger sister, Kirsty, or underling to her elder sister, Muireall. A chance meeting under scandalous circumstances offers her the opportunity to be seen for herself, but the repercussions could lead to the downfall of her family.
Confirmed bachelor Alexander Pendergast enjoys his position as the right-hand man of one of the most influential and powerful politicians in Philadelphia. Heir to the largest textile mill on the east coast, Alexander is handsome, charming, and the ultimate catch on high society’s matrimonial market. But he has no interest in settling down with a pampered debutante. He doubts the perfect woman for him actually exists…until he meets Elspeth Thompson.
But the Thompsons and Pendergasts move in different circles, and Elspeth has no desire to be judged and found wanting by Philadelphia’s first families. Though she tries to resist Alexander’s charms, when he comes to her family’s rescue, she knows there’s more to him than she’d first thought. But Alexander realizes that his ambitions may have placed Elspeth and her family in grave danger. With an unseen enemy determined to uncover the Thompson family’s secrets, Alexander grapples with secrets of his own, secrets that could cost him the only woman he’s ever truly cared about.
When Elspeth finds herself in terrible danger, can she muster the inner strength of her ancestors to save herself and her family and find the courage to meet love head on?
About the Author
“Love always has something to say. Sometimes it shouts from the highest hill, and sometimes it whispers so softly one must listen closely to hear. Do not turn away. It is a rare and precious commodity. Treasure it.” The Gentrys of Paradise
Holly Bush’s historical romances are set during the turbulent and transformative years of the late 1800’s. The first two books in her newest series, The Gentrys of Paradise, released in the spring of 2017 and began with the novella Into the Evermore where readers meet Virginia horse breeders, Eleanor and Beauregard Gentry. The following books feature their children, Adam, Matthew, and Olivia. For the Brave is Matthew’s story and is the first full length book of the series. Olivia’s book, For This Moment, released in the spring of 2018. The final book, For Her Honor, is now available.
The Crawford Family Series following the fortunes of the three Boston born Crawford sisters and includes Train Station Bride, Contract to Wed, Her Safe Harbor, and companion novella, The Maid’s Quarters. Cross the Ocean and Charming the Duke are both British set Victorian romances. Fan favorites stand-alone historical romance novels include Romancing Olive and Reconstructing Jackson. Holly’s books are described as ‘emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance.’
She also writes General Fiction under the name of Hollis Bush.
Holly makes her home with her husband, one happy Labrador Retriever and a clever Jack Russell rescued from the pound, and two difficult cats in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com, on Twitter @hollybushbooks, and on Facebook at Holly Bush. Follow Holly on her Amazon author page to receive new release updates and on BookBub to check out her reviews and get sale information.
Book Blast Schedule
Tuesday, October 27 Probably at the Library
Friday, October 30 Books, Cooks, Looks
Saturday, October 31 Passages to the Past
Tuesday, November 3 Rajiv’s Reviews
Wednesday, November 4 History from a Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, November 5 What Is That Book About
Friday, November 6 CelticLady’s Reviews
Saturday, November 7 Nursebookie
Monday, November 9 Donna’s Book Blog
Tuesday, November 10 The Intrepid Reader
Wednesday, November 11 The Book Junkie Reads
Thursday, November 12 A Darn Good Read
Sunday, November 15 WTF Are You Reading?
Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the cover reveal for; RHAPSODY BY MITCHELL JAMES KAPLAN. This cover is certainly striking, I love the look of it, I can’t wait to share it with you all, Firstly thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invite to this tour. Now let’s have a look at the book…
RHAPSODY BY MITCHELL JAMES KAPLAN
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook; 352 pages
One evening in 1924, Katharine “Kay” Swift—the restless but loyal society wife of wealthy banker James Warburg and a serious pianist who longs for recognition—attends a concert. The piece: Rhapsody in Blue. The composer: a brilliant, elusive young musical genius named George Gershwin.
Kay is transfixed, helpless to resist the magnetic pull of George’s talent, charm, and swagger. Their ten-year love affair, complicated by her conflicted loyalty to her husband and the twists and turns of her own musical career, ends only with George’s death from a brain tumor at the age of thirty-eight.
Set in Jazz Age New York City, this stunning work of fiction, for fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, explores the timeless bond between two brilliant, strong-willed artists. George Gershwin left behind not just a body of work unmatched in popular musical history, but a woman who loved him with all her heart, knowing all the while that he belonged not to her, but to the world.
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“Mitchell James Kaplan pens a lilting, jazzy ballad as catchy as a Gershwin tune, bringing to vibrant life the complicated relationship between classically trained composer Kay Swift and free-wheeling star George Gershwin. Their musical bond is as powerful as their passion, and jazz-soaked gin-drenched Broadway is their playground through the tumultuous years of the Great War and Prohibition. Rhapsody will have you humming, toe-tapping, and singing along with every turn of the page.” –Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS
“We all know Gershwin, but how many know he was ‘the man behind the woman,” the conflicted, extraordinary Katherine ‘Kay’ Swift? Mitchell James Kaplan illuminates her in Rhapsody, bringing his impressive knowledge of history, composition, and the heart’s whims to bear on this shining rendition of Swift and Gershwin’s star-crossed love.” –Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z and A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD
“In Rhapsody, Mitchell James Kaplan brings to lyrical life the romance between Kay Swift and George Gershwin. A gifted musician in her own right, Kay was no mere accompanist to Gershwin’s genius; she was a true partner, unfortunately little remembered today. Kaplan’s vivid prose and empathetic characterization shines a spotlight on this remarkable woman who contributed so much to American music.” –Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and Mistress of the Ritz
“Mitchell James Kaplan’s Rhapsody shines a blazing light on the celebrated George Gershwin, uncovering the man behind the legend through the story of the woman he loved, Kay Swift, a brilliant musician caught in the swiftly moving mores of New York’s Jazz Age. Rich with history and packed with intricate detail, Rhapsody soars.” –Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET and WAISTED
“Mitchell James Kaplan has captured a whole world in his luminous journey through the jazz age in fast-paced New York City with this love story of composer Kay Swift and the brilliant but elusive George Gershwin. Kay first heard him playing his Rhapsody in Blue, but she was married to a wealthy man and Gershwin could be faithful only to his own genius. Through Broadway theaters and concerts, he was rising so fast that neither the Great Depression, nor the darkening rise of Hitler across the sea, nor the impossible difficulties of writing the first black folk-opera Porgy and Bess could stop him. Through their love affair, Gershwin and Kay gave fire to each other’s music until nothing could derail his meteoric success but time.” –Stephanie Cowell, American Book Award-winning author of CLAUDE AND CAMILLE and THE PHYSICIAN OF LONDON
About the Author
Mitchell James Kaplan graduated with honors from Yale University, where he won the Paine Memorial Prize for Best Long-Form Senior Essay submitted to the English Department. His first mentor was the author William Styron.
After college, Kaplan lived in Paris, France, where he worked as a translator, then in Southern California, where he worked as a screenwriter and in film production.
He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with his family and two cats.
Cover Reveal Schedule
Monday, October 26 Novels Alive
Tuesday, October 27 Gwendalyn’s Books
Wednesday, October 28 The Lit Bitch
Thursday, October 29 Locks, Hooks and Books
Friday, October 30 Donna’s Book Blog
Sunday, November 1 Passages to the Past
Monday, November 2 Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Tuesday, November 3 Pursuing Stacie
Wednesday, November 4 History from a Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, November 5 Crystal’s Library
Friday, November 6 Jessica Belmont
Sunday, November 8 Older & Smarter
Monday, November 9 Books, Cooks, Looks
Tuesday, November 10 Reading is My Remedy
Wednesday, November 11 Coffee and Ink
Thursday, November 12 CelticLady’s Reviews
The Boy King by Janet Wertman | #BlogTour #TheBoyKing #GuestPost #HFVBTBlogTours | @JaneTheQuene @hfvbt
Hello, Sunshines, I hope you are all well? I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this brilliant blog tour for; The Boy King by Janet Wertman. I am super excited to be sharing this book and an exclusive guest post with you all. I do hope you love it as much as I do, firstly I want to say thank you to Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours for the invite to this tour. Now let’s have a look at this book…
THE BOY KING BY JANET WERTMAN
Publication Date: September 30, 2020
Format: Paperback & eBook; 374 pages
Series: The Seymour Saga, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction/Biographical
The Unsuspecting Reign of Edward Tudor
Motherless since birth and newly bereft of his father, Henry VIII, nine-year-old Edward Tudor ascends to the throne of England and quickly learns that he cannot trust anyone, even himself.
Edward is at first relieved that his uncle, the new Duke of Somerset, will act on his behalf as Lord Protector, but this consolation evaporates as jealousy spreads through the court. Challengers arise on all sides to wrest control of the child king, and through him, England.
While Edward can bring frustratingly little direction to the Council’s policies, he refuses to abandon his one firm conviction: that Catholicism has no place in England. When Edward falls ill, this steadfast belief threatens England’s best hope for a smooth succession: the transfer of the throne to Edward’s very Catholic half-sister, Mary Tudor, whose heart’s desire is to return the realm to the way it worshipped in her mother’s day.
Guest Post by Janet Wertman
I love that Chicks, Rogues and Scandals is one of the stops on this blog tour – because even though my main protagonist is too young for any of these himself, there were a few around him!
The Boy King is the third and final book in my Seymour Saga trilogy, the story of the unlikely dynasty that shaped the Tudor era. It takes its name from what people called Edward VI, who came to the throne at age nine and left it six years later, betrayed by his own body after being betrayed by people he should have been able to trust. One of these was his uncle, Thomas Seymour, best known for marrying Henry VIII’s widow a scandalously short time after the king’s death, then behaving inappropriately with Elizabeth Tudor under his pregnant wife’s nose, then killing Edward’s dog while trying to kidnap him. I’ll skip the other betrayals and let you read them directly – much as I don’t believe there are really “spoiler alerts” in historical fiction, I have a slightly different take on the implications of the events and the underlying emotions!
Edward’s reign has been ignored – there are few biographies and no novels covering it (though Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper comes close – with a story that ended on Edward’s accession). The stories from these years are typically bundled into stories of the men who surrounded the King and wielded (or tried to seize) the power they pretended belonged to him. It is a shame, because this little boy deserves a voice – he has a compelling story that deserves to be told.
Mary Tudor, Edward’s sister who went on to become Mary I, is a second point-of-view character so this is her story as well. Far too innocent and straight-laced for scandal, Mary provides an amazing reality check and counterpoint to the manipulation going on in Edward’s court. (This also lets me lay the groundwork for my NEXT trilogy, the first book of which covers the years of her reign…there are a lot of chicks, rogues, and scandals there so I hope you’ll consider having me back!).
*Note from Frankie | Chicks, Rogues and Scandals – Your very welcome at the blog at any time, Janet. It was a pleasure!
About the Author
Janet Ambrosi Wertman grew up within walking distance of three bookstores and a library on Manhattan’s Upper West Side – and she visited all of them regularly. Her grandfather was an antiquarian bookdealer who taught her that there would always be a market for quirky, interesting books. He was the one who persuaded Janet’s parents to send her to the French school where she was taught to aspire to long (grammatically correct) sentences as the hallmark of a skillful writer. She lived that lesson until she got to Barnard College. Short sentences were the rule there. She complied. She reached a happy medium when she got to law school – complicated sentences alternating with short ones in a happy mix.
Janet spent fifteen years as a corporate lawyer in New York, she even got to do a little writing on the side (she co-authored The Executive Compensation Answer Book, which was published by Panel Publishers back in 1991). But when her first and second children were born, she decided to change her lifestyle. She and her husband transformed their lives in 1997, moving to Los Angeles and changing careers. Janet became a grantwriter (and will tell anyone who will listen that the grants she’s written have resulted in more than $30 million for the amazing non-profits she is proud to represent) and took up writing fiction.
There was never any question about the topic of the fiction: Janet has harbored a passion for the Tudor Kings and Queens since her parents let her stay up late to watch the televised Masterpiece Theatre series (both The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R) when she was *cough* eight years old. One of the highlights of Janet’s youth was being allowed to visit the Pierpont Morgan Library on a day when it was closed to the public and examine (though not touch!) books from Queen Elizabeth’s personal library and actual letters that the young Princess Elizabeth (technically Lady Elizabeth…) had written.
The Boy King is third book in the Seymour Saga, the story of the unlikely dynasty that shaped the Tudor era. The first book, Jane the Quene, tells the story of Jane Seymour’s marriage to Henry VIII; and The Path to Somerset, chronicles Edward Seymour’s rise after Jane’s death to become Lord Protector of England and Duke of Somerset (taking us right through Henry’s crazy years). Janet is currently working on a new trilogy about Elizabeth, and preparing to publish her translation of a nineteenth century biography of Henry. And because you can never have too much Tudors in your life, Janet also attends book club meetings and participates in panels and discussions through History Talks!, a group of historical novelists from Southern California who work with libraries around the state.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, October 20 – Review at Amy’s Booket List
Thursday, October 22 – Review at Donna’s Book Blog
Saturday, October 24 – Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile
Sunday, October 25 – Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Monday, October 26 – Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Tuesday, October 27 – Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Wednesday, October 28 – Review at Impressions In Ink
Thursday, October 29 – Review at A Books and a Latte
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of The Boy King by Janet Wertman! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
The Bachelor Duke by Cecilia Rene | #BookBlast #TheBachelorDuke #HFVBTBlogTours | @HFVBT @cecilia_rene
Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be starting this fabulous book blast for; The Bachelor Duke by Cecilia Rene. This book looks amazing, the cover is so beautiful and I can’t wait to share it with you all, I hope you love the look of it as much as I do. Firstly, thank you to Amy for the invite to this tour. Now, lets have a look at this book..
THE BACHELOR DUKE BY CECILIA RENE
Publication Date: July 25, 2020
Format: Paperback & eBook; 296 pages
Series: The Bachelor Series, Book 1
Genre: Historical Romance
The Bachelor Duke meets a beautiful, curvaceous lady.
Remington Warren, The Duke of Karrington, lives his life by the name society has thrust upon him. Having witnessed cruelty against the fairer sex with his own eyes, he vows never to marry to prevent himself from becoming like the monster who raised him. After ten years of being The Bachelor Duke, his life is irrevocably changed when he sees Lady Olivia St. John across the ballroom floor.
Having lived a sheltered, pampered life, surrounded by her loving family, Lady Olivia St. John longs to know passion and love. She is beautiful, bold, and has a rather large dowry. According to society, she would be a diamond in the first water of this season if it wasn’t for her one flaw.
Will she find all she longs for and more in the arms of The Bachelor Duke, or will heartbreak be her demise?
About the Author
Cecilia Rene is a creative, happy, and outgoing Detroit native who majored in Broadcast Communication at Grambling State University. Immediately following her graduation, she started her new life in New York City. As a self-proclaimed New Yorker, her stimulating and diverse career in advertising sparked a drive for hard work and dedication. Her love and passion for writing followed her from childhood through adulthood, where she wrote short stories, poems, and screenplays. Always an avid reader, she stumbled across a book that ignited a deeper need for more and joined a fandom of like-minded individuals. Cecilia and her family made a huge move five years ago to the great state of Texas, where she currently lives with her loving husband, wonderful son, and spoiled fur baby, Sadie. Cecilia Rene loves romance, humor, and all things spicy. For this reason, she will always give you a Happily Ever After.
Book Blast Schedule
Monday, October 26 –Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Tuesday, October 27 – Passages to the Past
Wednesday, October 28 – What Is That Book About
Thursday, October 29 – Coffee and Ink
Friday, October 30 – The Book Junkie Reads
Monday, November 2 – Donna’s Book Blog
Tuesday, November 3 – Tangents and Tissues
Wednesday, November 4 – Rajiv’s Reviews
Friday, November 6 – Jorie Loves A Story
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
The Light At Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd | #BlogTour #TheLightatWyndcliff #Cornwall #Review #HFVBTBlogTours | @SarahLaddAuthor @ThomasNelson @hfvbt
Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour for the gorgeous; The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd. I am super excited to share this book and my review with you all, I hope you love it as much as I do. Firstly, I want to say thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invite to this blog tour, now let’s have a look at this book.
THE LIGHT AT WYNDCLIFF BY SARAH E. LADD
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Paperback & eBook; 352 Pages
Series: The Cornwall Novels, Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Christian
Set in 1820s Cornwall, this Regency romance evokes the captivating worlds and delicious dramas of Jane Austen, Daphne DuMaurier, and Winston Graham.
Raised on the sprawling and rugged Wyndcliff Estate near the dangerous coast of South Cornwall, Evelyn Bray lives with her grandfather, a once-wealthy man reduced to the post of steward.
Evelyn is still grieving her father’s death and her mother’s abandonment when a passing ship is dashed against the rocks. The only survivors, a little girl and her injured mother, are rescued and brought to Wyndcliff Hall.
Liam Twethewey is just twenty-two when he inherits Wyndcliff Estate from his great uncle. His optimistic plans to open a china clay pit to employ the estate’s tenants meets unexpected resistance, and the rumors of smuggling and illegal activity challenge his new-found authority. Though wise beyond his years, young Liam quickly finds himself out of his depth in this land where long-held secrets and high-stakes agendas make no room for newcomers.
Brought together by troubling questions surrounding the shipwreck, Evelyn and Liam uncover even darker mysteries shrouding the estate. But as they untangle truths from deceptions, their loyalties separate them—and their budding love might not be strong enough to overcome the distance.
Firstly before I start my review, let me take a moment to show some real cover love, isn’t it amazing? I would pick this off a shelf just by the cover alone before I even read the back. The lady standing on the cliff looking out to sea, as the sun sets it so evocative and eye-catching, It would look amazing as a canvas print on your wall.
The Light at Wyndcliffe is the third book in the ‘Cornwall’ series by Sarah E. Ladd, this is the first I have read by Sarah and it will not be the last, I will definitely be seeking out the previous books in the ‘Cornwall’ series.
After inheriting Wyndcliff Hall, Liam Twethewey has been waiting to come of age to finally be able to take owner ship of the estate. Liam has big plans, he wants to bring so much good to the area and to the peoples lives. He is determined to finish what his uncle planned by opening up a china clay pit, but as with all well laid plans thing don’t exactly go as expected. Liam soon finds that this is where his life is going to get rather complicated, the estate is a wreck; it’s a shell of the glorious home it used to be and been left to wrack and ruin, and worse still the steward who has been looking after the estate is a little set in his ways and doesn’t want to relinquish control over to a young ‘un. At least the granddaughter; Evelyn isn’t as against him, in fact she enchanting, she is as mesmerizing as the spites and mermaids that sit on the rocks reeling the sailors into their doom…
Hmmm, I got a little carried away there…!
But it’s not just beautiful young women, gruff steward and a house that is falling down that Liam must contend with as not long after taking the reign’s there is a shipwreck on his property, which for Cornwall that’s not a huge surprise is it as it is the county of smugglers and shipwrecks, but the real mystery is the crew and their exploits. This is where the story really comes into it’s own, Evelyn and Liam are pushed together to find the truth of what is happening, they must solve the mystery ad untangle the intricately woven secrets, lies and deceits to find the truth.
For me, the real star attraction to this is the windswept, turbulent and beautiful Cornish coast which blinds and enchants, it’s evocative and mesmerising. Sarah Ladd has expertly captured the readers attention with her flawless and atmospheric writing. I was swept away on the blustery swirling coastal breeze and floating across the stunning countryside.
The Light at Wyndcliffe is a sweeping and gentle historical with a beautiful sweet romance, it’s rich in historical depth and emotion. Liam and Evelyn are a gorgeous couple, I love how their relationship and blossoming romance slowly gets brighter and brighter as they get to know each other. They are a gentle a tenderly loving couple who don’t push boundaries but go with their hearts and their brains, they work really well with each other especially when they are uncovering the mystery and I really liked how the author kept you guessing with them.
About the Author
Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever.
Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, October 15 – Review at Jessica Belmont
Monday, October 19 – Review at Book Bustle
Wednesday, October 21 – Review at The Lit Bitch
Friday, October 23 – Review at Lu Reviews Books
Saturday, October 24 – Review & Excerpt at Nursebookie
Tuesday, October 27 – Review at Captivated Reading
Wednesday, October 28 – Review at Heidi Reads
Thursday, October 29 – Review at YA, it’s Lit
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 copies of The Light at Wyndcliff! To enter, please use the Gleam form here The Light at Wyndcliff
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.