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

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

The Sorcerer’s Whore by Samantha Grosser

Publication Date: July 16, 2019
eBook: 330 Pages

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Author

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

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

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

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 12
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, August 14
Review at Passages to the Past

Sunday, August 18
Feature at Diana_bibliophile

Monday, August 19
Review at Pencils & Pages

Tuesday, August 20
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, August 22
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Giveaway

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

Giveaway Rules

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

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

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

The Quest for the Crown of Thorns by Cynthia Ripley Miller

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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Praise For The Quest for the Crown of Thorns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Author

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

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

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

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

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

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Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, August 14
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

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

Friday, August 16
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Saturday, August 17
Feature at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

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

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

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Giveaway

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

Giveaway Rules

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

#BlogTour | A Conspiracy of Wolves (Owen Archer Series #11) by @CandaceMRobb #AConspiracyOfWolves #Review @HFVTB #HFVTBBlogtours

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Hello my wonderful readers! I have the huge pleasure to be todays stop on the brilliant blog tour for; A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb, I am so excited to be sharing my review of this amazing book with you, plus there is a chance to win a hard copy at the end of this post. So, grab a cuppa, make yourself comfortable, you know what I’m like when I start babbling.

A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb

Publication Date: August 1, 2019
Severn House/Crème de la Crime
Hardcover & eBook; 256 Pages

Series: Owen Archer, Book 11
Genre: Historical Mystery

 

 

When a prominent citizen is murdered, former Captain of the Guard Owen Archer is persuaded out of retirement to investigate in this gripping medieval mystery.

1374. When a member of one of York’s most prominent families is found dead in the woods, his throat torn out, rumours spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose throughout the city. Persuaded to investigate by the victim’s father, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. But before he can gather sufficient evidence to prove his case, a second body is discovered, stabbed to death. Is there a connection? What secrets are contained within the victim’s household? And what does apprentice healer Alisoun know that she’s not telling?

Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward, Owen’s enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy.

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My goodness, just how brilliant is this book? Full disclosure; I was at first a bit tentative about reviewing this, mainly because with it being book eleven in the Owen Archer series, I did worry that I had come into the series way too late to truly be able to enjoy it, I didn’t know if the previous stories were linked in anyway or if I would be missing out on anything by not reading the previous ten books; but I loved the sound of this so much that I just went for it and oh, boy am I pleased that I did, this is amazing – how has this series past be by for so long? H

I really didn’t need to worry about not enjoying it or not being able to follow the story, if I didn’t know this was apart of a series, I would have read it like a stand-a-lone, but saying that I am eager to read more of Owen Archer – who is a stunning hero, my god how much have a fallen head over heels for this one eyed, marksman and medieval detective? Be still my beating heart, it is definitely a moment for a #DoubleSigh 😉

Set during the 14th century in York, after the brutal death of Hoban Swann; a member from one of the most prominent families in York, Hoban’s father asks Owen Archer to help and investigate what happened. Owen is currently grieving after a friends death, but not knowing where his future lays, Owen accepts the case. It first appears as though the victim has been attacked by something dog or wolf like, as his wounds could only come from such a savage beast, yet Owen has other idea’s, from his first look over the body he soon realises that the killer must be human, and then when another body is discovered and Owen thinks that these two attacks must be connected some how…but how? – Well, I ain’t going to tell you, am I? 😉 So with his friend Geoffrey Chaucer (Yes, the very one, and no not the Paul Bettany one either ;-)) honestly, Chaucer is a hoot, the way he irritates the hell out of Owen with his constant babbling and writing is very funny, there is quite a bit of one eye rolling from Owen.

I do love the relationship between Owen and Chaucer, when I first met them I would never have thought that they would have such a great if odd friendship, I don’t know if Chaucer has been a constant fixture thought the series, but from this I would say he has because there is such a ease between them, I really love how these two are written a fictional character and a real man from history good friends. I love it.

As the investigation progresses Owen think that healers apprentice Alisoun knows far more then what she says and going from the way the story opened I would have to agree with him, I do really like Alisoun, she is a interesting character she is trying to learn the ways of the healer and yet she is unsure of how to make her own way in that world, I love how her character develops through the story.

Anyone who follows my reviews will have an idea of what the book is like, as I am a bit of a creature of habit and do tend to stick very closely to what I like, I love a good historical mystery, I love following the investigation and trying to guess where the story is leading some times you can guess where there the investigation is going, but this one took me by surprise. I first though this person was involved then quickly changing my mind to that person – honestly I would have found most of the cast of characters guilty for something, and then; boom this mind-blowing ending that made me sit back and go “Woah, that was unexpected!”

Overall this is a seriously great, edge of your seat, page turning mystery that grabs you from that very first sentence. It has a real edginess to it that is not for the faint hearted, the writing is some of the best I have come across it is very clear that Candace Robb has a passion for the era and these stories, as you can feel it in the words the details are incredibly accurate everything from the clothing to the dialogue is bang on the mark with historical accuracy. While reading and as you delve deeper and deeper into the mystery you feel the tension that swirls around Owen’s shoulders as he tries to find out what is going on, and for me that is the perfect historical, I love that realism.

A brutally, realistic and edgy mystery that you won’t wish to end.

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About the Author

I’m Candace Robb, a writer/historian engaged in creating fiction about the late middle ages with a large cast of characters with whom I enjoy spending my days. Two series, the Owen Archer mysteries and the Kate Clifford mysteries, are set in late medieval York. The Margaret Kerr trilogy is set in early 14th century Scotland, at the beginning of the Wars of Independence. Two standalone novels (published under pseudonym Emma Campion) expand on the lives of two women in the court of King Edward III who have fascinated me ever since I first encountered them in history and fiction.

I am a dreamer. Writing, gardening, walking, dancing, reading, being with friends—there’s always a dreaming element.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Do check out the other blogs which are participating in the blog tour.

Thursday, August 1
Review at Book Frolic
Excerpt at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, August 2
Review at A Book Geek

Saturday, August 3
Feature at The Writing Desk

Monday, August 5
Feature at Book Addict Rambles

Tuesday, August 6
Excerpt at Broken Teepee
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Wednesday, August 7
Interview at Bookish Rantings

Thursday, August 8
Guest Post at Reading the Past
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Friday, August 9
Feature at I’m All About Books
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Saturday, August 10
Feature at Clarissa Reads it All

Sunday, August 11
Excerpt at A Darn Good Read

Monday, August 12
Excerpt at Just One More Chapter
Review & Interview at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, August 13
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, August 14
Guest Post at Words and Peace
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, August 15
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at Book Reviews from Canada

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a Hardcover copy of A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb! To enter, please use the Gleam form here : Conspiracy of Wolves

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– 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.

#Review | No Stone Unturned (The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries #1) by Pam Lecky #NoStoneUnturned #TheLucyLawrenceMysteries #HistoricalFiction #VictorianMystery @pamlecky

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Hello my lovely friends! Today I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the amazing book with you all, I can tell you now that everyone is going to be talking about The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries….if you love the likes of Sherlock Holmes or Ripper Street, with a brilliant leading lady, then this is the book you need to read. So grab yourself a cuppa and let me introduce you to Lucy Lawrence.

A suspicious death, stolen gems and an unclaimed reward: who will be the victor in a deadly game of cat and mouse?

London October 1886: Trapped in a troubled marriage, Lucy Lawrence is ripe for an adventure. But when she meets the enigmatic Phineas Stone, over the body of her husband in the mortuary, her world begins to fall apart.

When her late husband’s secrets spill from the grave, and her life is threatened by the leader of London’s most notorious gang, Lucy must find the strength to rise to the challenge. But who can she trust and how is she to stay out of the murderous clutches of London’s most dangerous criminal?

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Before I share my review, check out the Trailer for No Stone Unturned, I love it!

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My, oh my!! What a fantastic book, my goodness I absolutely loved it!! I couldn’t put it down, I was turning the pages at lightning speed, I was completely gripped by the drama that was unfolding before my eyes. Honestly I don’t think I have the adequate words to fully describe just how blooding brilliant this book is, I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this book and here it is and it is amazing!

So this is the first of this whole new series; The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries – I think the series title itself, gives it away why I love this book so much – I am hoping that this will be a long running series, as I can see many adventures a head of Lucy and off course Phin… I can’t wait for more, I am not the most patient of people so waiting for the second instalment is going to be pure agony, I will just have to re-read this one.

London 1886, Lucy Lawrence is not quite happily married, she has a adventuresome and wild soul and doesn’t do well with sitting at home knitting, but seeing as they are practically broke and because of her marriage her family have cut her off she is a bit stuck. Then she gets the worst news that any woman could get, her husband Charlie has been found dead in what is said to be a tragic accident; he apparently fell under the wheels of a coach. But the more trouble part of this is he was supposed to be in Scotland, so why was he in London? Which is when she meets charming and intriguing Mr Phineas Stone, who is far more then he appears. Phin is brilliant, he is a perfect mysterious hero; dashing, intriguing, intelligent, he is more then just the handsome investigator, but where does this charmer come in? Secrets and lies start spilling, one thing leads to another and Lucy is stuck in the midst of a theft investigation and ends up with one of the most ruthless London gangsters after her. But why is this Mr Marsh after her? What has her late husband got to do with it all and more importantly who does she trust?

I instantly liked Lucy, she is a one of those characters that you can’t help but like, she has been through the mill our Lucy, but she has such a strength of character, she has a adventurers heart and a whip smart mind that you can see turning and she shines when the investigation really gets going. I love the hint of a romance, and the ending does intrigue make you wonder about what will happen in the future between them.

The tension in every scene ripples, you feel everything it is a like a mist swirling around, your not sure what is going on, like Lucy you are only seeing snippets through the fog which builds up as the story goes along, and then boom, like a steam train the intrigue and the mysteries start unravelling and your like; “Woah, is this really happening? Where did that come from?”

This is a stunning book, the story is a edge of your seat game of cat and mouse, it has everything you would ever want from a historical; fantastic characters, thrilling heart stopping chases, excitement, a dash of a romance, intrigue and its deeply atmospheric. Each scene is so perfectly detailed the reader literally falls into the book, it’s like your standing in the Victorian era with Lucy. As the story is written in Lucy’s point of view, the reader goes on the same journey of discovery as her, it really is brilliantly engaging.

Honestly, I cannot say enough great things about this, It is definitely one of the best books of the year with out a doubt!

I don’t usually give my reviews rating’s, I prefer my review to speak for it’s self and to show what I thought of a book, but this is the rare exception, this is far more then a mere 5 star book this is a whopping 10 star….can you have 10 stars? Well I am giving this a 10 star rating!

If you love your historical, if you love a good old fashioned mystery, with a brilliant heroine then this is the book you need to read, I am telling you now this will end up being a classic.

This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much Pam. X

You can grab a copy of No Stone Untuned now from Amazon, and I highly recommend that you do!

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

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

The Turncoat by T.J. London

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

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

 

 

Spy. Redcoat. Traitor.

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

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

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

Available in eBook and Paperback

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Exclusive Excerpt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Author

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

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Blog Tour Schedule

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

Monday, July 8
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, July 9
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, July 10
Guest Post at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 11
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Friday, July 12
Excerpt at Words and Peace

Saturday, July 13
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Monday, July 15
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, July 16
Review at Gwendalyn_Books_

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

Thursday, July 18
Review at Historical Fiction Reviews

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

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Giveaway

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

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

Giveaway Rules

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

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

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

The Earl in Black Armor by Nancy Blanton

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

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Ireland, 1635.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Author

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

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Blog Tour Schedule

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

Monday, July 1
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

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

Friday, July 5
Review at Jathan & Heather

Saturday, July 6
Review at Passages to the Past

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

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

Wednesday, July 10
Review at The Writing Desk

Thursday, July 11
Feature at Let Them Read Books

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

Tuesday, July 16
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, July 17
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, July 19
Interview at Jathan & Heather

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Giveaway

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

Giveaway Rules

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

#BlogTour | The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King #TheChefsSecret #Review #HFVBTBlogTours @crystallyn @hfvbt

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Hello my lovely friends! I have the huge pleasure to be todays stop on this amazing blog tour for; The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King, I cannot wait to share my review of this stunning book with you all, so take a seat grab a cuppa and enjoy.

The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

A captivating novel of Renaissance Italy detailing the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef to several popes and author of one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, and the nephew who sets out to discover his late uncle’s secrets—including the identity of the noblewoman Bartolomeo loved until he died.

When Bartolomeo Scappi dies in 1577, he leaves his vast estate—properties, money, and his position—to his nephew and apprentice Giovanni. He also gives Giovanni the keys to two strongboxes and strict instructions to burn their contents. Despite Scappi’s dire warning that the information concealed in those boxes could put Giovanni’s life and others at risk, Giovanni is compelled to learn his uncle’s secrets. He undertakes the arduous task of decoding Scappi’s journals and uncovers a history of deception, betrayal, and murder—all to protect an illicit love affair.

As Giovanni pieces together the details of Scappi’s past, he must contend with two rivals who have joined forces—his brother Cesare and Scappi’s former protégé, Domenico Romoli, who will do anything to get his hands on the late chef’s recipes.

With luscious prose that captures the full scale of the sumptuous feasts for which Scappi was known, The Chef’s Secret serves up power, intrigue, and passion, bringing Renaissance Italy to life in a delectable fashion.

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There is just one word for this book and that word is Magnifiso!

This book is delicious – just as delicious as the food that is liberally scattered through out the story, and believe me as some one who adores food in more or less every shape and form, this was a huge thumbs up for me, even if I did want to constantly eat. 😉 It’s an exciting, thrilling, gorgeous and atmospheric, that entwines danger and lies with a beautiful secret love story. Really I cannot say too many positive things about this book, it is unbelievably good.

Set in Renaissance Italy – more accurately; Venice and Rome, I do love this era and there are so few books that are set in this era, so you can imagines, that I did grab this one as fast as humanly possible when I got the chance to be apart of this blog tour. The story opens in 1577, when the hugely acclaimed and much loved chef; Bartolomea Scappi dies, his nephew and protégé; Giovanni inherits Bartolomeo’s vast estate, money and his high ranking position as the Pope’s chef. All of this is obviously a shock for Giovanni who wants nothing but his uncle back, but not as much as a shock when he also receives two locked strong boxes and a warning that everything inside must be destroyed as what is could be very dangerous for Giovanni. But, he does what anyone would do and peek inside the chests and start reading the secret and coded diaries and letters within, as you do, who wouldn’t do the same? But what he finds within his uncles words is a tale of secret love, lies, deception, danger and even murder, a story that if ever revealed could not just cause scandal and heartache but put him and others in a very perilous position.

I absolutely adore this book, putting aside my love of food for a moment – if I don’t, I will be chattering on about food all day and I’m pretty sure that I can’t fill an entire review about my love of food which is beautifully sprinkled with pomegranate jewels and roses carved out of vegetables. This is perfect historical, stunning and vivid details that grab your and drag you into book, it is as though you are standing in Renaissance Italy; the sights, smells and sounds are all so vivid, it is so brilliantly written, it is so immersive, I can guarantee you will be fully engaged.

I love how this is written, I won’t give too much away, but even though when the story starts Bartolomeo has died, and Giovanni is now taking over his prestigious role, we still get a very insightful look into Bartolomeo’s life through in his own words – really, you need to read it.

Over all, this is a masterpiece of historical writing, I absolutely adored it!

This was a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, thank you Amy and Crystal.

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Praise for The Chef’s Secret

“King’s characters are drawn as lovingly, as sensually as the food and the Vatican world she describes, and the plot itself — part secret-code mystery, part love story — moves like a well-paced meal.” (Boston Globe)

“King supplies all of the elements historical fiction fans expect in a juicy Renaissance tale, including luscious meals, erotic interludes, and deaths by poison and blade. This rich tale should satisfy the appetites of fans of historicals.” (Publishers Weekly)

“In The Chef’s Secret, Crystal King serves up a delectable read stuffed with passion, danger, and a plot worthy of Dan Brown. This fast-paced, engrossing novel brings Renaissance Rome and the Vatican to life through the eyes of a famous papal chef. You won’t be able to put it down.” (Stephanie Storey, author of Oil and Marble)

“A veritable feast for the senses, The Chef’s Secret is part mystery, part love story, and all sumptuous sixteenth century Italy. This tale of one of the world’s first celebrity chefs—Bartolomeo Scappi, a DaVinci of Renaissance cuisine—sent me on a quest to know more, and to my kitchen to experiment—a sign of a great historical novel. Readers will delight in a plot as juicy as Scappi’s braised beef!” (Heather Webb, international bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris)

“The Chef’s Secret is a sumptuous buffet, serving up a love story (two of them!); mystery and suspense so thick you could cut it with, well, a chef’s knife; and such a vibrant panorama of Ancient Rome you’ll feel you’ve walked its streets and inhabited its kitchens. Anyone who loves history, food, a great story—read this novel! Warning: it will make you hungry.” (Jenna Blum, New York Times and international bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family)

“Crystal King’s The Chef’s Secret is a fabulous immersion in the world of renaissance Italy, full of passion, intrigue, secrets, danger, and of course food. Come hungry!” (Melodie Winawer, author of The Scribe of Siena)

“With adventure, engaging characters, and an absorbing mystery, King expertly blends fact with fiction, intrigue, and a powerful love story. Well written and perfectly paced, The Chef’s Secret is a fascinating immersion into sixteenth-century Italian life, an introduction to the world’s first celebrity chef, and a reminder of the power of food to influence a civilization.” (Booklist)

“King twists in romance, mystery, cultural richness, and some zesty research. Scappi’s secrets are unveiled at a pace that simmers with intrigue…Mixed together with decadent banquets and sweeping historical detail, King has a recipe that entices the senses… vibrant in both visual and flavorful detail.” (Historical Novel Review)

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About the Author

Crystal King is the author of THE CHEF’S SECRET and FEAST OF SORROW. A culinary enthusiast and social media professional, her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language and culture of Italy. She has taught classes in writing, creativity and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, Mass College of Art, UMass Boston and GrubStreet, one of the leading creative writing centers in the US. A Pushcart-nominated poet and former co-editor of the online literary arts journal Plum Ruby Review, Crystal received her M.A. in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in medias res. She resides in Boston.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Do check out the other blogs which are participating in this amazing blog tour.

Tuesday, June 18
Review at Tar Heel Reader
Review & Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Thursday, June 20
Review at My Reading Chronicles
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Friday, June 21
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Monday, June 24
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, June 25
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Wednesday, June 26
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Review at Orange County Readers

Thursday, June 27
Review at Book Frolic
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Friday, June 28
Review at Mama’s Reading Corner
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, July 1
Review at Comet Readings
Review at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction

Tuesday, July 2
Review at Melissa Reads
Review at Clarissa Reads it All

Wednesday, July 3
Review at Henry and Benny’s Book Nook
Guest Post at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, July 4
Review at Just One More Chapter

Friday, July 5
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at Girls Just Reading
Review at Book Reviews from Canada

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, one winner will receive a set of Feast of Sorrow and The Chef’s Secret! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – The Chef’s Secret

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.