Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (April 9, 2019)
Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets from the past that may hold the key to his future in this “sensual, twisting gothic tale…in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale, and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights” (BookPage).All love stories are ghost stories in disguise. “This one happily succeeds at both” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh’s remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained-glass folly set on the moors, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams.
However, Ada’s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights.
As the mystery of Ada and Hugh’s relationship unfolds, so too does the secret behind Robert’s own marriage—including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since a tragic accident three years earlier and the origins of his morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn’t...things from beyond the grave.
"There is a Scheherazade-like structure to Isabelle's tale, and the haunting beauty of the love story makes Ada and Hugh come alive as characters. As in many gothic stories, the moldering old house that represents family tragedy is a fitting, creepy backdrop to the mysteries of the past. Waldherr avoids cliché in her rich descriptions and hints of supernatural presence that never cross into melodrama. Additionally, while most gothic tales offer only darkness and tragedy, a surprising amount of light and joy imbues the ending here. Fitting, perhaps, for a novel that uses stained glass as a symbol for heavenly possibility, even in the face of death. Waldherr writes that 'love stories are ghost stories in disguise.' This one, happily, succeeds as both."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Waldherr’s gripping debut mystery takes its inspiration from gothic-romance classics like Wuthering Heights…Waldherr plays with gothic tropes, from the plot devices of misty moors, unexpected fires, and uncovered letters to the gendered conventions of tragic romance. The novel builds into a surrealist, haunting tale of suspense where every prediction turns out to be merely a step toward a bigger reveal.”
“Kris Waldherr delivers an accomplished debut novel, The Lost History of Dreams, an atmospheric and hypnotic love story that not even death can end… a sensual, twisting gothic tale that embraces Victorian superstition much in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights; the mystery is slyly developed, while the love story is tastefully titillating.”
I savored this amazing gothic love story that had the atmospheric vibe of one of my favorite books, Wuthering Heights. Kris Waldherr wrote an exquisite book that is hauntingly beautiful from the prose to the characters. This was definitely a page turner for me and had me reading into the wee hours of the night to twilight figuring out the twists and wonderful surprises until the very end.
While reading this book, you will be moved for its tragic story about love, loss and grief. This paranormal gothic romance had its share of brooding atmosphere, Victorianesque magical sensuality, in a crumbling estate full of complex and darkly mysterious characters.
I adored this book and highly recommend it.
Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books for adults and children include Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was noted by the New York Times Book Review for its “quality of myth and magic.” Waldherr is also the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print. Her debut novel The Lost History of Dreams will be published by Atria Books in April 2019.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.
In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.
Samantha Mabry has quickly become one of my favorite authors as I loved this haunting atmospheric tale about sisterly love, and their struggles to protect each other as they discover themselves, that is weaved into this paranormal magical story.
The Torres sisters Ana, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa try to escape unsuccessfully from their miserable life in San Antonio, and from their despotic father. One evening, Ana the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. The year following Ana’s death, we see how the sisters mourn her death - each with their own way of handling the loss. All the while, mysterious ghostly and haunting events begin to consume their lives.
Mabry wrote in vivid and poetic prose, giving these sisters their own voice through their unique personalities. The characterization was well thought out and their stories so captivating.
The writing was gracefully executed through this dark and messy turbulence in the lives of these sisters after a violent death. I was so drawn to this distinctive style of writing by Mabry and read this book slowly not wanting it to end.
Point of No Return
Jake Williams has been undercover as a captain at Great Britain Air for months and he's beyond frustrated. Tasked with finding the airline insiders who are smuggling chemical weapons into the country, he's getting nowhere fast.
Bree Phillips has spent her whole life wanting to travel and experience life outside of the small village she grew up in, but her family needed her. Now, years later than planned, she is finally joining her best friend to work for Great Britain Air, and her adventure is beginning.
Jake knows he is better off alone, it keeps him sharp and focused, but despite his efforts to keep Bree at a distance, she is drawn further and further into his world. Both have to ask themselves whether some risks are worth taking.
I really enjoyed this wonderful suspense romance read about two characters I fell in love with almost immediately. This read had everything I needed, a slow burn romance with the excitement of the thrilling undercover suspense. I read this through a sitting and had my heart swooning for these two.
Jake Williams is reserved and aloof, ever so handsome undercover pilot for Great Britain Air with a mission to uncover potential insiders involved in smuggling chemical weapons. His pinpoint focus was distracted by the newest member of Great Britain Air, Bree Phillips. Her lively and fun personality caught Jake's attention. Bree is from a small town and her dreams of finally exploring the world and working with her best friend is finally coming true. With the jitters of a brand new flight attendant and wanting to impress, Bree time and time again makes those rookie mistakes only experience can help.
I loved how the characters were written with all their vulnerabilities that seem to me quite relatable. The other cast of characters were also fun to read about that adds to the fun read. I thought the book was well written and had great pacing that moved quickly with fun banters and great dialogue.
I recommend this book for a lovely read that is entertaining and fun.
Author Bio – Tanya Jean lives in England with her award winning performer husband, Fisher Stevens, and their two teenage boys.
She has always loved (been obsessive about) books, and has an embarrassingly huge and ever growing pile of things that she just 'has' to read, next to her bed.
The Cabin Crew Series, Broken Trust & Point of No Return, allowed her to combine her love of writing with her experiences of working in the airline world.
She squeezes her writing (daydreaming...) around her family and her day job , and is convinced that chocolate & diet coke should be considered a well-balanced diet.
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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1548692484
Publisher: R. K. Holliday Books (July 5, 2017)
Publication Date: July 5, 2017
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Connor Laurel was always small, normal, and routine. He lived in a tiny, tight neighborhood where nothing ever happened. This was his life until he found out he had a rare disease.
Connor wasn't just frightened, he was also getting taken away from his home by strange men. He soon finds out that these men, and the place they're taking him is anything but small, normal, and routine. Finding out who he really is, what he really has changes everything and raises the stakes. If Connor wants to find understanding, he has to be patient and learn everything he can from his new home. There's only one problem -- Connor isn't sick, he has an unseen, super power.
R. K. Holliday introduces an unforgettable boy who must learn to fight, learn to fly, and defy all he knows to uncover the truth.
This is an enjoyable YA dystopian read from R.K. Holliday. It is about a 13 year old boy named Connor Laurel who had a “virus” called IMPETUS and in order to be treated, needed to be taken away from his home by “the greater coalition” to a location where he is joined with other children for treatment, scans and observations. The world seemed to be sometime in the future since there are hovering vehicles in this world. In this new place, a spacecraft called Eden is where he is told that he really does not have a virus but instead possess some supernatural abilities he is yet to discover.
I found that the book was well written especially the first half where the story was intriguing and really made me want to turn those pages. This is a great start for a YA series.
All in all, a nice enjoyable read.
R. K. Holliday is a Gamer, Photographer, Musician, Admin and Developer with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Information Systems.
He is passionate about working with children and youth and is also passionate about sharing his expertise, considering himself to be a successful online entrepreneur. In his younger years, he has spent countless summers working with children and youth.
Since he wanted to combine both of his passions, he decided to publish his works on the internet, and many of his books and work can be found online, including here!
Aside from having well rounded experience in the mental health field and technical field, R.K. Holliday is also an expert on video game culture and industry. He's Mississippi native who currently lives in Winter Park, Florida. He is happily married to a beautiful, vibrant Nurse Practitioner and has a sneaky dachshund named Spencer.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Confessions of a Sheba Queen
Publication Date: March 10, 2019
by Autumn Bardot
eBook & Paperback; 384 Pages
With a host of unforgettable characters and unbridled sensual escapades, Confessions of a Sheba Queen is a triumphantly erotic retelling of an indomitable woman prevailing in a man’s world.
During a raging sandstorm along a riverbed in the ancient lands of Saba, a powerful jinni born of smokeless fire gives birth to a half-human daughter. Bilqis does not inherit her mother’s magical abilities, but the fire of her jinni blood does imbue her with other powerful gifts. As she undergoes her rites of womanhood and her insatiable sexual hunger is awakened, it becomes clear—this is the key to her “great destiny” prophesized at her birth. But it could also lead to her total undoing.
Bilqis comes to understand that her supernatural talents have the power to make men, and women, and nations prostrate themselves in utter devotion to her. When tragedy strikes, she leaves her home to seek revenge against the tyrannical god-king whose reign is a plague upon his land and people. Armed with only her body, courage, and wits, she quickly masters the art of seduction, all the while resisting the mind-consuming call to stay locked in an endless cycle of carnal passion.
Destiny soon intervenes, and what began as a quest for vengeance becomes a mission to heal the land of Saba from a twisted, corrupt regime and to see it become the wealthiest kingdom in all the land. Yet, it is only after meeting the already legendary and wildly attractive King Solomon that Bilqis discovers her greatest battle is not with others, but with herself.
Autumn Bardot really has outdone herself in this amazing erotic historical fiction read. Her writing is brilliant, easy to read, and an amazing storyteller. This is not a genre I would normally gravitate to but she has done it with such creativity encompassing historical elements and characters we know about in this fictional work of art. So beautifully done though erotic, not vulgar or overdone.
The story is centered around Bilqis who is a gifted with special gifts passed down from her mother who is a jinn - with special powers, strength and abilities. Her mother brought in special teachers to ensure that Bilqis was well rounded in education that include world geography, mathematics and the knowledge and control of her sexuality in negotiations and dealing with people. Bilqis mother was murdered and Bilqis set out to avenge her mother's death. Using her gained education, strength as a woman, she was able to rise and avenge the death of her mother and became the Queen of Saba.
Under Bilqis rule, the kingdom prospered well and Bilqis set out to visit King Solomon to negotiate trade deals. There, a love story blossoms.
I truly enjoyed the brilliant writing by Autumn Bardot in this amazing page turner of a book. Amazing and highly recommend.
About the Author
Autumn Bardot writes historical fiction and historical erotica. Her debut historical fiction is THE IMPALER'S WIFE. Her debut historical erotica is LEGENDS OF LUST.
Autumn, a pen name, has worked as an educator for more than sixteen years. She teaches literature, writing, and the magic of words. She has a passion for history and a special affinity for the unsung courageous females that history has neglected. Or misunderstood. Autumn lives in Southern California with her husband and ever-growing family. She wishes she was one-tenth as brave as the women she writes about.
~ The Impaler's Wife
~ Dragon Lady
~ The Emperor's Assassin
Historical Erotica ( Cleis Press)
~ Legends of Lust, Erotic Myths from around the World
~ Confessions of a Sheba Queen
Blog Tour Schedule
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Review at Broken Teepee
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Review at Books and Zebras
Thursday, March 12
Feature at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Friday, March 13
Review at @bookishbellee
Monday, March 16
Review at YA, It's Lit
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Feature at Donna's Book Blog
Wednesday, March 18
Review at Gwendalyn's Books
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Review at 100 Pages a Day
Monday, March 23
Feature at I'm All About Books
Wednesday, March 25
Review at Nursebookie
Thursday, March 26
Review at Jessica Belmont
Friday, March 27
Feature at Curling up by the Fire
Monday, March 30
Review at Historical Graffiti
Tuesday, March 31
Review at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, April 1
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
PODCAST REVIEW: Supercharged Life by Dr. Judy Ho. @drjudyho @stage29podcast @suzyapbooktours #superchargedlife #blogtour
The action-packed podcast full of tips to improve your life.
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Sometimes we get stuck in our old patterns. We want to change but we don't know how. Uncover what's holding you back and discover a new way to take on life, inspire love, and create happiness and fulfillment.
Dr. Judy is passionate about helping you become the Superhero in your own life. Each podcast episode offers a tangible, scientific tool you can use to SuperCharge your life.
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Supercharge your earbuds as Dr. Judy extracts actionable tips from leading experts who share valuable lessons they've learned on their unique journeys.
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Today, March 24, 2020 is the premiere episode of Supercharged Life!
Professional Poker Player and TV personality Maria Ho (@Maria_Ho) is one of the top-ranked female poker players in the world and a television host/commentator.
Hear how a keg of beer launched Maria’s Hall of Fame gambling career and how, as a woman, she had to fight for a seat at the table, literally. Score secrets on how to outsmart your opponents in the game of poker and the game of life! Plus, discover how moving to the U.S. sparked drive and determination in Dr. Judy, why her sister calls her a “goodie goodie” and why these two sisters went to therapy to save their relationship.
In this episode, we discuss:
1. How Maria bribed her way into learning poker (3:29)
2. Life lessons that we learned from our parents and advice for the next generation (8:45)
3. Different ways to use psychology in career and life (12:22)
4. How Judy and Maria are profoundly different (18:10)
5. How therapy helped Judy and Maria get to the next level in their relationship (25:45)
6. Why Dr. Judy wanted to become a psychologist (29:30)
7. Maria’s Top Poker Secrets (31:31)
8. Maria’s American Idol Journey (37:56)
9. Tips for “Doing it Scared: (40:20)
10. “Would You Rather” with Dr. Judy and Maria (47:47)
11. Supercharged Tip of The Day (53:51)
As a healthcare professional, I just love Dr. Judy and her message, her kindness and compassion that really jumped out during the podcast. As Dr. Judy says, this podcast A SUPERCHARGED LIFE is a way to refocus and have a respite from all this craziness which is becoming our new normal. As we stay home and adjust to our current situation, this podcast came at the right time and at the right moment. I was so highly entertained by this podcast and Dr. Judy's first guest is so perfect!!!
Maria Ho is amazing and a really strong woman who is the epitome of living a SUPERCHARGED LIFE. Maria is positive, energetic, not afraid to take risks - duh she is a professional poker player - LOL!!
I enjoyed that the sisters made the podcast relatable as they talked about "being real" as perfect as I see these two, they shared their struggles, their failures and their trying times being immigrants as a young age from Taiwan. I have enjoyed the tips and the overall message of positivity that I needed during this trying times.
Thank you Dr. Judy for what you do and everyone needs to subscribe and listen to this as a dose and infusion of happiness in this trying times.
ABOUT DR JUDY
Judy Ho, Ph. D., ABPP, ABPdN, CFMHE
Dr. Judy is a triple board certified and licensed Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist, a tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, and published author, most recently penning Stop Self-Sabotage, published by HarperCollins; a book detailing a scientifically driven six-step program which has been translated into 7 additional languages around the world. Dr. Judy maintains a private practice in Manhattan Beach, CA where she specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological assessments and expert witness work.
Dr. Judy regularly appears as an expert psychologist on television, podcasts, radio, and contributes to other media including print and electronic periodicals including Psychology Today. She is a co-host on the Emmy Award winning syndicated daytime television talk show The Doctors, and co-host of CBS’s Face the Truth. A complete listing of her TV appearances can be found here. Her podcast, Supercharged Life, produced by Stage 29 Productions, gives listeners tangible, scientific tools so that everyone can "supercharge" their lives.
Dr. Judy Ho is an avid researcher and is a two-time recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health Services Research Award. She hosts an active research program to improve mental health care for high-need populations, publishes regularly in scientific journals and textbooks, and is the chair of the Institutional Review Board at Pepperdine University. Her treatment approaches integrate the scientific principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She often speaks at national and local events including research, clinical, and corporate conferences and workshops for organizations and schools.