Thursday, January 30, 2020

1/30/20 BLOG TOUR FOR LOVE OR MONEY




For Love or Money


PUB DATE: January 30th 2020
PUBLISHER: BALALLY BOOKS

Lesley has always fancied herself as an amateur sleuth, a sort of modern day Miss Marple without the support stockings.

So when Al wants to hire her to investigate his elderly uncle's young fiancée, she jumps at the chance. It doesn't hurt that the job will involve posing as Al's girlfriend and joining his glitzy, star-studded family on holiday in Nice.

Stella still can't quite believe she's engaged to legendary actor Sir Peter Bradshaw. She accepted what she thought was a deathbed proposal. Now she has a living, breathing fiancé and a wedding to plan.

First, though, she has to get through a holiday in the South of France with Peter's extended family, who all seem convinced she's a gold-digger with her sights set on the family fortune.

As Lesley bonds with Stella over shopping trips and bottles of rosé, she thinks she has it all figured out. After all, it's no great mystery why a young woman would marry a fabulously wealthy seventy-two-year-old with a heart condition, is it? It's an old story.

And Al may be the nicest boyfriend she's ever had (even if he is fake), but Lesley believes in instant attraction and there's just no spark ... no matter how fit he looks in his swimming trunks. So there's no chance he's going to grow on her.

But people have a way of surprising you, as she's about to discover …










THOUGHTS/REVIEW:


I enjoyed this RomCom and how it hooked me to the fun story line and a great cast of characters I easily fell in love with. Lesley is my kind of gal who was just happy living in the moment, taking her time and enjoying that single and ready to mingle life. I loved how exciting her life became when she meets Al and poses as her fake girlfriend to investigate Stella the 26 yo fiancée of their 72 yo uncle. The series of incidents that follow are just a romp full of fun. It had the right amount of funny moments and some tender moments as well. This was a great read that I needed that was light, funny, well written, and heartwarming too. It was definitely addicting and I really enjoyed reading this book.

I highly recommend this amazing book. Get it now!


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Author Bio –


Clodagh Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland and writes funny, sexy romantic comedies. She always dreamed of being a novelist, and after more jobs than she cares to (or can) remember, she now writes full-time. For more information about her books or to sign up to her newsletter, visit her website at http://clodaghmurphy.com/.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

1/29/2020 BLOG TOUR - A CROWN IN TIME by Jennifer Macaire Hosted by Rachel's Random Resources






A Crown in Time
In the far future, a convicted criminal is given a chance at redemption.
Her mission? To save the crown of France by convincing a young noble not to join the ill-fated Eighth Crusade.
But nothing goes as planned, and Isobel finds herself accompanying a hot-headed youth on his way to fight the infidel in Tunis: a battle Isobel knows is fated to be lost.
From the rainy villages of medieval France, to the scorching desert of Tunis - Isobel faces her destiny and tries to fulfil her duty, knowing she can never return to her time, knowing that a wrong move can doom the future, or doom her to be burned as a witch.





THOUGHTS/REVIEW:

What an exciting read that started from the first page!

In this world, the year 2900, time travel has been perfected through quartz crystal technology an elite institution, Tempus University. Though time travel is reserved for the few time travelling journalists, certain errors committed in the past could be undone by the Correctors. Isobel is serving a life sentence for killing a child in a car accident and is serving in a reproduction prison. For the past four years, she has been donating her ovules monthly. An opportunity to gain freedom, Isobel was given a choice to time travel and correct a mistake that happened in the past. She joins the corrector program and has been training for the past year. A success means her name would be remembered as one of the heroes, while a unsuccessful mission means being erased as if she has never existed at all.


I absolutely loved the premise and the pacing of this book. It was fast, the story developed quickly and the writing was exciting and really kept my attention to this creative story line. She was able to explain how this time travel worked and the story began right away. I love Historical Fiction reads and to go back in time from 2900 AD to the French Countryside in the Middle Ages was a fun ride that Macaire definitely took me on. What an enjoyable read that is full of amazing characters. I highly recommend this amazing book.









Purchase Links
https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-crown-in-time/jennifer-macaire//9781786157768
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZF4QWNP
Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZF4QWNP
Amazon.com.au - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07ZF4QWNP


Author Bio – Jennifer Macaire is an American living in France. She likes to read, eat chocolate, and plays a mean game of golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St Peter and Paul High School in St Thomas and moved to NYC where she modelled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TimeforAlexander/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jennifermacaire/
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01/29/20 TALES OF WHAT THE F*CK - BY D.A. WATSON - Rachel's Random Resources Promo








Tales of the What the F*ck

Billionaire terminal cancer patient John Longmire's going to die today, and he's going out in style in the classiest euthanasia clinic in the world. But the strange nurse with the clipboard and the look of a goddess is spoiling the mood, with all her irksome questions about how he's lived his life.

Recent retiree Gerald loves his wife Barbara and he loves his garden, but Barbara hates the garden. Because the garden's taking Gerald over, and Barbara says he has to stop before he has another 'incident'.

Bullied, ridiculed and unloved, moustachioed schoolgirl "Hairy" Mhairi Barry has never had any friends but the ones she finds on the shelves of the library where she's spent most of her lonely childhood. But tonight, she's going to a party with all the cool kids, to show them what she's learned in all those books.

A suspicious smelling smorgasbord of lovelorn psychopaths, vengeful mugging victims, pawn shop philosophers and rhyming Glaswegian alien abduction, Tales of the What the Fuck is a dark, touching, horrific and hilarious collection of short stories, flash fiction and epic poetry from People's Book Prize nominated author D.A. Watson. Things are about to get weird.





Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YVHPWD1

US - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YVHPWD1

Author Bio –





D.A. Watson was halfway through a music and media degree at the University of Glasgow and planning on being a teacher when he discovered he was actually a better writer than musician. He unleashed his debut novel In the Devil's Name on an unsuspecting public in the summer of 2012, and plans of a stable career in education left firmly in the dust, later gained his masters in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.

He has since published two more novels; The Wolves of Langabhat and Cuttin' Heads, a collection of short fiction and poetry, Tales of the What the F*ck, and several acclaimed articles, poems and stories, including Durty Diana, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the US in 2016, and the Burns parody Tam O' Shatner, prizewinner at the Falkirk Storytelling Festival and Dunedin Burns Poetry Competition, and nominated for the People's Book Prize in 2018.

Watson's writing has appeared in several anthologies and collections including 404 Ink, Dark Eclipse, Speculative Books, Haunted Voices and The Flexible Persona, and he is also a regular spoken word performer, with past gigs at Bloody Scotland, Tamfest, Sonnet Youth, Express Yourself, Clusterf*ck Circus, and the Burnsfest festival in 2018, where he appeared on the main stage as the warm up act for the one and only Chesney Hawkes, a personal milestone and career highlight.

His fourth novel Adonias Low will be released by Stirling Pubishing in 2021. He lives with his family in a witch infested village on the west coast of Scotland, and continues to write some seriously weird sh*t.



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https://www.facebook.com/dave.watson.books/

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

1/28/2020 WHEN WE SAY GOODBYE BY MICHELLE VERNAL HOSTED BY: RACHEL'S RANDOM RESOURCES



When We Say Goodbye
OCT 7TH 2019
ORION BOOKS



Can you love when all seems lost?

Ellie Perkins life was right on track until her boyfriend Sam suffers a near-fatal car accident, leaving him in a coma and all their future plans in limbo.

Desperately in need of something to fix, Ellie has to find a project and when her grandparents old house is put up for sale, she jumps at the chance. Because, like Ellie, the house is broken. And if she can fix the house, then surely, it's just a matter of time before she and Sam are back on their path to happily-ever-after...

In life, when the worst happens how do you pick up the pieces?

A heart-breaking story of love, loss and the path to forgiveness, perfect for fans of Faith Hogan and Amanda Prowse. To be read with tissues




 THOUGHTS/REVIEW:





I read this book without reading the synopsis first. I figured the title would give enough of what this book would be about. I was only a smidgen right. This book exceeded all my expectations. This was the perfect week-end read that I needed as I was curling up for a foggy week-end here in Los Angeles as I was channeling New Zealand as I read Michelle Vernal’s wonderful novel.

Vernal is a new author to me, and I am so excited to tell you that she has quickly become one of my faves for her beautiful writing.

Vernal is an amazing storyteller that knew how to tug into my heartstrings and draw those tears to my eyes. There were parts were I became emotional and it’s been a while since a book did that to me. I am telling you, grab a nice cuppa, some tissues and get ready for this wonderful read.



 


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Author Bio –


Michelle Vernal loves a happy ending. She lives with her husband and their two boys in the beautiful and resilient city of Christchurch, New Zealand. She’s partial to a glass of wine, loves a cheese scone, and has recently taken up yoga—a sight to behold indeed. She writes books that she hopes make you feel you are curled up with your best friend having a cosy chat.

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1/28/20 COVER REVEAL THE BREAKING




I am so excited to be taking part of the COVER REVEAL for The Breaking by K.S. MARSDEN - Northern Witch Book #3






The Breaking (Northern Witch #3)

Mark thought being a witch would be easy, but it has ruined everything.

Now, he has to fight for his friends and the guy that he loves.

Which would be challenging enough, without school being a living nightmare; more demons than he can handle; and witches that have strayed from the light.


Kelly S. Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life - books and horses.
Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
She writes Fantasy stories part-time. Her first book, The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.


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Monday, January 27, 2020

A SISTER'S COURAGE BY MOLLY GREEN - AVON PUB (HARPER COLLINS)

About A Sister's Courage


• Paperback: 400 pages

• Publisher: Avon (January 21, 2020)



It’s 1939 and the threat of war hangs over Britain…



The most ambitious of three sisters, Lorraine ‘Raine’ Linfoot always dreamed of becoming a pilot. As a spirited seventeen-year-old, she persuades her hero Doug Williams to teach her to fly.



When war breaks out in 1939, Raine is determined to put her skills to good use. She enlists in the Air Transport Auxiliary, becoming one of a handful of brave female pilots flying fighter planes to the men on the front line.



Raine embraces the challenges of the job, despite its perils. But when Doug is reported missing after his Spitfire is shot down, she realises the war could tear apart not only her country, but also her heart…



A gripping story of family, friendship and courage, perfect for fans of Natasha Lester, Lizzie Page and Call the Midwife.


REVIEW/THOUGHTS:
I love reading Historical Fiction set during WWII. This book highlighted women’s bravery and how these women were able to help in the war efforts. It is 1939 and our heroine is Lorraine ‘Raine’ Linfoot who at a very young age was always fascinated with flying, despite her mother’s adamant opposition. Her determination landed Raine with the ATA (Air Transport Auxillary) that trains women to help the men in the front lines.

Molly Green’s writing was inspirational and beautiful. I loved the characters, the relationships, and the situations that Green writes about that transported me to that time. Her writing was vivid and rich. The dialogue was great and the stories were so engaging that you will be gripped into the story line. The story tells of ordinary people during that time and the daily struggles families go through as the country was coming to grips with the dark and looming war.

This was my first time reading Molly Green and I am definitely a fan of her writing. She knows how to create strong, realistic and beautiful characters that give inspiration to young women wanting to make a difference in our world.



Social Media



 #asisterscourage @tlcbooktours and @avonbooks.





Purchase Links


HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


About Molly Green






Molly Green is a seasoned author of fiction and non-fiction. She has sold lipstick in a Denver store, modelled in Atlanta, assisted the UN Narcotics Director in Geneva, chauffeured a Swiss Gnome in Zurich, assisted a famous film producer in the UK, and cooked in a sanatorium in Germany. She now lives and writes in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

1/26/20 RRR BLOG TOUR - THE CURE BY Patricia Ann Bowen


The Cure



TWO PEOPLE HARBORING SECRETS...

A stranger from the future comes to Paige’s cabin in rural Georgia with a treatment for her early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He bargains with the skeptical patient to give her The Cure if she’ll conduct a longitudinal study for him, proving his drug’s efficacy to a future world full of clients that need it. Faced with her dire diagnosis, he might be her only hope. She grapples with the side effects of his offer and learns to suppress her own dangerous truth: trust no one.

Seldom lucky in love, Paige finds herself competing with her best friend for his attention, knowing there can be no good end for their stolen moments of passion. Can she stay under the radar of the medical and legal communities to carry out his requests? And how will their complicated pasts bring them together physically, emotionally and professionally in a successful, if unethical, partnership?

Many lives will be changed, but at what cost… and to whom?



REVIEW/THOUGHTS:

I really enjoyed the premise of this book. Bowen wrote with such clarity and creativity that really amazed me. It was a quick read but delivered with a great punch of a story line that was definitely exciting, fast moving, and can be read in one sitting.

Paige, a Physician’s Assistant gets a visit one evening from a stranger who promises a cure for her early stage Alzheimer’s disease. The stranger, Peter Lee is a researcher from the future whose promise of a treatment is too good to pass up. Selma, Paige’s friend who is a physician gets involved with the recruitment of patients and in this entangled web. The Cure is so important but to what cost?

There was a time slip element that I also enjoyed reading about, but the story was much more than that. I found that in reading this book, it posed a lot of questions related to medical research ethics, health care advancements, patient privacy and the morality of our decision making all in the name of scientific advancements. The characters created by Bowen were realistic and flawed, made it fun to read especially that of Paige, Selma and Peter.

I recommend this book for those who enjoy a unique medical thriller that grabs you from the start.


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Author Bio

Patricia Bowen writes novels, novellas and short stories, mostly about women with complicated lives. She’s been a copywriter, business owner, coach, marketing manager, and held corporate jobs in international business. She pens gardening articles for her local newspaper, and grants to support her local library. Her recent writing has appeared in the Table for Two anthology, The Sun magazine, and earned honourable mention in several contests. The Cure is her first full published work of fiction.

Social Media Links –website is www.patriciabowen.com, on Twitter @WoodsgalWrites, on Facebook @WoodsgalWrites

Saturday, January 25, 2020

1/25/20 GUEST POST - HUNTER'S BLOOD










Hunter’s Blood

DI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.

Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.

A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.

Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?


Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.












The Setting for Hunter’s Blood

 

I chose Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, as the setting for my novels that form The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. Hunter's Blood is the fourth book in the series and has been published by darkstroke. Edinburgh is a beautiful city of around half a million people. It is situated on the south banks of the Firth of Forth. There are some lovely views across the Forth from Edinburgh to the county of Fife on the north of the river. There are three bridges crossing the Firth of Forth: the oldest is the Forth Rail Bridge, built in the nineteenth century, the Forth Road Bridge was built in the twentieth century and the most modern, a bridge for road traffic was completed in the early part of this century, named the Queensferry Crossing.





In the Holyrood district of Edinburgh sits the delegated parliament of Scotland, that has wide powers over how the people are governed, meets in the Scottish Parliament Building.  Following a referendum in 1997, in which the Scottish electorate voted for devolution, the current Parliament was convened by the Scotland Act of 1998 which sets out its powers as a devolved legislature. Since September 2004, the official home of the Scottish Parliament has been a  new Scottish Parliament Building in the Holyrood area of Edinburgh. The Scottish Parliament building was designed by Spanish architect Enric Miralles. There was much concern at the time as the building was completed many years late and several times over budget.



The main protagonist of Hunter's Blood is Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson. He lives in Leith, an area to the north of the City and drinks in his local pub, the Persevere Bar. His home is also close to one of the main soccer grounds in Edinburgh, the Hibernian Football Ground. Hibernian Football Club, commonly known as Hibs, is a Scottish professional football club based in Leith.





I hope readers will enjoy Hunter’s Blood, the most recent mystery featuring Hunter and his team.



The other main character, Detective Constable Tim Myerscough lives across the city from Hunter, in the south-west of the city. He moves into a flat Gillespie Crescent between Tollcross and Bruntsfield. His local pub in the Golf Tavern, off the Bruntsfield Links. 
 

A wonderful free activity to do all year round is to play golf on Brunstfield Links. It is believed to be one of the oldest sites of golf as it pre-dates the seventeenth century, the short hole course was founded in 1895. Situated south of Melville Drive, there are two courses available to play on. A summer short 36 hole course (open end of April to September) and a 9 hole winter course (open October to end of April).

DC Tim Myerscough's father, Sir Peter Myerscough, lives even further to the south in the Morningside district of Edinburgh. From his large house he has fine views across the Pentland Hills. The Pentland hills are situated just outside of Edinburgh. The reservoirs are picturesque and each hill is slightly different. If you are fit enough, you can go on top of all of the hills in one day. 

Edinburgh is such a diverse and cultural city, home to The Edinburgh International Festivals that represent all aspects of art, three universities and several colleges and the Scottish national rugby ground at Murrayfield. It is the perfect place to situate 'Hunter's Chase' and the mysteries DI Hunter Wilson has to solve.



The other main character, Detective Constable Tim Myerscough lives across the city from Hunter, in the south-west of the city. He moves into a flat Gillespie Crescent between ­Tollcross and Bruntsfield. His local pub in the Golf Tavern, off the Bruntsfield Links.



A wonderful free activity to do all year round is to play golf on Brunstfield Links. It is believed to be one of the oldest sites of golf as it pre-dates the seventeenth century, the short hole course was founded in 1895. Situated south of Melville Drive, there are two courses available to play on. A summer short 36 hole course (open end of April to September) and a 9 hole winter course (open October to end of April).


 


DC Tim Myerscough's father, Sir Peter Myerscough, lives even further to the south in the Morningside district of Edinburgh. From his large house he has fine views across the Pentland Hills. The Pentland hills are situated just outside of Edinburgh. The reservoirs are picturesque and each hill is slightly different. If you are fit enough, you can go on top of all of the hills in one day.




Edinburgh is such a diverse and cultural city, home to The Edinburgh International Festivals that represent all aspects of art, three universities and several colleges and the Scottish national rugby ground at Murrayfield. It is the perfect place to situate 'Hunter's Chase' and the mysteries DI Hunter Wilson has to solve.






 









Purchase Links
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hunters-Blood-Edinburgh-Crime-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07ZZ2P5NR/


US - https://www.amazon.com/Hunters-Blood-Edinburgh-Crime-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07ZZ2P5NR/
Author Bio – Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, 'Hunter's Chase' Hunter's Revenge, Hunter's Force and Hunter’s Blood are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth book in the series, Hunter's Secret, follows shortly.
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www.facebook.com/valerie.penny.739
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myBook.to/HuntersRevenge
mybook.to/huntersforce
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

1/22/20 COVER REVEAL - THE COTTAGE ON WILDFLOWER LANE @RACHELSRANDOMRESOURCES #COVERREVEAL #THECOTTAGEONWILDFLOWERLANE


Hello Friends!!


I am so excited to be doing the Cover Reveal team for Liz Davies new book, THE COTTAGE ON WILDFLOWER LANE!! How beautiful is this cover! I just want to dive in and immerse myself into this book.


 


The Cottage on Wildflower Lane

Esther's life isn’t perfect (whose is?) – but she’s happy enough living in her little flat with her boyfriend, Josh.

But that’s about to change.

Bored out of her mind in work, she wishes that something, anything, would happen to liven her life up.

Unfortunately, her wish comes true when Josh calls her from the airport to tell her he’s going to work in a bar in Spain, and she’s not invited, Esther is devastated, and her unhappiness is compounded when she discovers she can actually view the bar via a webcam link and watch him chatting up other girls.

But when she inadvertently clicks on a link to another webcam which shows a pretty cottage and the rather hunky man who lives in it, her interest is piqued and she wishes she could get to know him.

Wishes don’t really come true, though – do they...?

Pre-order links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B083QRXBW9

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083QRXBW9

Publication Date: 14th February










Author Bio





Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat - she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper can and travel the world in it.



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1/22/20 HFVBT - The King's Greatest Enemy Series by Anna Belfrage

The King’s Greatest Enemy Series by Anna Belfrage


A weak king, a rebellious baron. A kingdom on the brink of civil war, an adulterous wife and an ambitious royal favourite. A blackmailed bride and an honourable knight, torn apart by his loyalties to his lord, his wife and his future king. Welcome to the world of Adam de Guirande!




Book I: In the Shadow of the Storm


Adam de Guirande owes his lord, Roger Mortimer, much more than loyalty. He owes Lord Roger for his life and all his worldly goods, he owes him for his beautiful wife – even if Kit is not quite the woman Lord Roger thinks she is. So when Lord Roger rises in rebellion against the king, Adam has no choice but to ride with him – no matter what the ultimate cost may be.



England in 1321 is a confusing place. Edward II has been forced by his barons to exile his favourite, Hugh Despenser. The barons, led by the powerful Thomas of Lancaster, Roger Mortimer and Humphrey de Bohun, have reasons to believe they have finally tamed the king. But Edward is not about to take things lying down...



Adam fears his lord has over-reached, but Adam has other matters to concern him, first and foremost his new wife, Katherine de Monmouth. His bride comes surrounded by rumours concerning her and Lord Roger, and he hates it when his brother snickers and whispers of used goods.



Kit has the misfortune of being a perfect double of Katherine de Monmouth – which is why she finds herself coerced into wedding a man under a false name.



Domestic matters become irrelevant when the king sets out to punish his rebellious barons. The Welsh Marches explode into war, and soon Lord Roger and his men are fighting for their very lives. When hope splutters and dies, when death seems inevitable, it falls to Kit to save her man – if she can.



In the Shadow of the Storm is the first in Anna Belfrage’s new series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his lord, his king, and his wife.




Book II: Days of Sun and Glory


Adam de Guirande has barely survived the aftermath of Roger Mortimer’s rebellion in 1321. When Mortimer manages to escape the Tower and flee to France, anyone who has ever served Mortimer becomes a potential traitor – at least in the eyes of King Edward II and his royal chancellor, Hugh Despenser. Adam must conduct a careful balancing act to keep himself and his family alive. Fortunately, he has two formidable allies: Queen Isabella and his wife, Kit.



England late in 1323 is a place afflicted by fear. Now that the king’s greatest traitor, Roger Mortimer, has managed to evade royal justice, the king and his beloved Despenser see dissidents and rebels everywhere – among Mortimer’s former men, but also in the queen, Isabella of France.



Yet again, Kit and Adam are forced to take part in a complicated game of intrigue and politics. Yet again, they risk their lives – and that of those they hold dear – as Edward II and Mortimer face off. Once again, England is plunged into war – and this time it will not end until either Despenser or Mortimer is dead.



Days of Sun and Glory is the second in Anna Belfrage’s series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his lord, his king, and his wife.




Book III: Under the Approaching Dark


Adam de Guirande has cause to believe the turbulent times are behind him: Hugh Despenser is dead and Edward II is forced to abdicate in favour of his young son. It is time to look forward, to a bright new world in which the young king, guided by his council, heals his kingdom and restores its greatness. But the turmoil is far from over.



England in the early months of 1327 is a country in need of stability, and many turn with hope towards the new young king, Edward III. But Edward is too young to rule, so instead it is his mother, Queen Isabella, and her lover, Roger Mortimer, who do the actual governing, much to the dislike of barons such as Henry of Lancaster.



When it is announced that Edward II has died in September of 1327, what has so far been a grumble grows into voluble protests against Mortimer. Yet again, the spectre of rebellion haunts the land, and things are further complicated by the reappearance of one of Adam’s personal enemies. Soon enough, he and his beloved wife Kit are fighting for their survival – even more so when Adam is given a task that puts them both in the gravest of dangers.



Under the Approaching Dark is the third in Anna Belfrage’s series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his lord, his king, and his wife.




Book IV: The Cold Light of Dawn


After Henry of Lancaster’s rebellion has been crushed early in 1329, a restless peace settles over England. However, the young Edward III is no longer content with being his regents’ puppet, no matter that neither Queen Isabella nor Roger Mortimer show any inclination to give up their power. Caught in between is Adam de Guirande, torn between his loyalty to the young king and that to his former lord, Roger Mortimer.



Edward III is growing up fast. No longer a boy to be manipulated, he resents the power of his mother, Queen Isabella, and Mortimer. His regents show little inclination of handing over their power to him, the rightful king, and Edward suspects they never will unless he forces their hand.



Adam de Guirande is first and foremost Edward’s man, and he too is of the opinion that the young king is capable of ruling on his own. But for Adam siding with his king causes heartache, as he still loves Roger Mortimer, the man who shaped him into who he is.



Inevitably, Edward and his regents march towards a final confrontation. And there is nothing Adam can do but pray and hope that somehow things will work out. Unfortunately, prayers don’t always help.

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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 three 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. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment…)



With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so.



Find out more about Anna by visiting her website, www.annabelfrage.com, You can also connect with Anna on FacebookTwitterAmazon, and Goodreads.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

REMEMBRANCE TOUR #storygramtours #ritawoods @forgebooks


FORGE BOOKS

PUB DATE: 21st January 2020

416 pages


SYNOPSIS:


Remembrance by Rita Woods is a breakout historical debut with modern resonance, perfect for the many fans of The Underground Railroad and Orphan Train.

Remembrance…It’s a rumor, a whisper passed in the fields and veiled behind sheets of laundry. A hidden stop on the underground road to freedom, a safe haven protected by more than secrecy…if you can make it there.

Ohio, present day. An elderly woman who is more than she seems warns against rising racism as a young woman grapples with her life.
Haiti, 1791, on the brink of revolution. When the slave Abigail is forced from her children to take her mistress to safety, she discovers New Orleans has its own powers.
1857 New Orleansa city of unrest: Following tragedy, house girl Margot is sold just before her 18th birthday and her promised freedom. Desperate, she escapes and chases a whisper.... Remembrance.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


REVIEW:


Remembrance is an amazing debut novel that is told in multiple timelines and narratives that has a magical and fantastical twist. I enjoyed reading about this complex story that is weaved seamlessly. Rita Woods’ writing was complex with multiple plot lines and her writing was meaningful and deep. Her creativity and gripping story really caught my attention and interest. Addressed in the story were themes such as slavery, colonialism and racism. Though laws have been passed to end slavery, we know that it still permeated society in many levels many years after. Slavery in different forms continued as part of our country’s blemished past. I am grateful to have read this book by #ownvoices author and highlighted strong women, each with their own narrative. Wood never shied from asking questions, and delivered through this novel, a powerful read. I highly recommend this book.


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:




I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, a product of Catholic schools from 1st to 12th grade. I started writing stories from the time I was a little girl. Usually melodramatic dystopian tales featuring a shy, tortured girl left orphaned in the world. Luckily, my play list has gotten a tiny bit broader. I always wanted to be a writer but my parents were convinced that smart, black girls got REAL jobs: doctor, lawyer, teacher, architect. And besides, they said, I could write in my 'spare time'.
I graduated Howard Medical School and spent more than thirty years practicing medicine and raising my sons, managing to eke out the occasional short story or medical article for various journals. I am now the Medical Director of a Wellness center outside Chicago where I also live with a houseful of cats, chickens, one husband and a young child and mange to eke out the occasional novel.