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Book Blast & Giveaway: Shadow on the Highway by Deborah Swift

[ 1 ] September 12, 2014

Please join Deborah Swift as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Shadow on the Highway (The Highway Trilogy, Book One), from August 25-September 15, and enter to win your own copy!

01_Shadow on the HighwayPublication Date: July 15, 2014

Endeavor Press

Formats: eBook, Paperback; 200P

Series: The Highway Trilogy

Genre: Historical Fiction/YA (14+)

May 1651. England has been in the midst of a civil war for nearly ten years. The country has been torn in two, and the King is getting ready to make his last stand against Cromwell’s New Model Army.

Abigail Chaplin, a young mute girl, has lost her father to the parliamentarian cause. But with her family now in reduced circumstances, she is forced to work as a servant at a royalist household – the estate of Lady Katherine Fanshawe.

Abi is soon caught up in a web of sinister secrets which surround the Fanshawe estate. The most curious of which is the disappearance of Lady Katherine late at night.

Why are her husband’s clothes worn and muddy even though he hasn’t been home for weeks? How is she stealing out of the house late at night when her room is being guarded? And what is her involvement with the robberies being committed by the mysterious Shadow on the Highway?

Shadow On The Highway is based on the life and legend of Lady Katherine Fanshawe, the highwaywoman, sometimes known as ‘The Wicked Lady’. It is the first book in ‘The Highway Trilogy’.

Praise for Deborah Swift

“There is no greater compliment than ‘Give me more!'” – Author Susanna Gregory

“realistic dialogue, an author’s obvious love for history, and characters that leap off the pages” – Romance Reviews Today

“genuinely engrossing… with characters you can get interested in” – The Mum Website

Buy the Book

Amazon US | Amazon UK

About the AuthorDeborah Swift

Deborah Swift used to work in the theatre and at the BBC as a set and costume designer, before studying for an MA in Creative Writing in 2007. She lives in a beautiful area of Lancashire near the Lake District National Park. She is the author of The Lady’s Slipper and is a member of the Historical Writers Association, the Historical Novel Society, and the Romantic Novelists Association.

For more information, please visit Deborah’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Shadow on the Highway Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 25

Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, August 26

Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Book Blast at Princess of Eboli

Wednesday, August 27

Guest Post at Reading the Past

Book Blast at Broken Teepee

Thursday, August 28

Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Book Blast at Peeking Between the Pages

Friday, August 29

Book Blast at Passages to the Past

Book Blast at What Is That Book About

Monday, September 1

Review at The Maiden’s Court

Book Blast at Reading Lark

Tuesday, September 2

Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, September 3

Review at A Bookish Affair

Friday, September 5

Book Blast at Curling Up By the Fire

Saturday, September 6

Book Blast at A Book Geek

Monday, September 8

Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book

Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Tuesday, September 9

Review at Brooke Blogs

Book Blast at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, September 10

Review at Unabridged Chick

Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Thursday, September 11

Review & Guest Post at Just One More Chapter

Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Book Blast at Luxury Reading

Friday, September 12

Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR

Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Monday, September 15

Review at Historical Tapestry

Book Blast at A Bibliophile’s Reverie

Giveaway

To win a Paperback or eBook of Shadow on the Highway please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Five copies of each are up for grabs. Giveaway is open internationally.

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

Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on September 16th and notified via email.

Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen

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Giveaway: Ark Storm by Linda Davies

[ 14 ] September 10, 2014

Ark-Storm-by-Linda-Davies-198x300I have a copy of Ark Storm by Linda Davies to give away!

Open to US and Canada residents only

About the book

Linda Davies’ first novel, Nest of Vipers, has been published in more than thirty countries, selling over two million copies. She is also a winner of the Philip Geddes Prize for journalism. Her latest novel is Ark Storm, a stylishly written thriller that tackles the relationship between high finance and extreme weather events.

The Ark Storm is coming—a catastrophic weather event that will unleash massive floods and wreak more damage on California than the feared “Big One.” One man wants to profit from it. Another wants to harness it to wage jihad on American soil. One woman stands in their way: Dr. Gwen Boudain, a brave and brilliant meteorologist.

When Boudain notices that her climate readings are off the charts, she turns to Gabriel Messenger for research funding. Messenger’s company is working on a program that ionizes water molecules to bring rain on command. Meanwhile, Wall Street suits notice that someone is placing six-month bets on the prospect of an utter apocalypse and begin to investigate. Standing in the shadows is journalist Dan Jacobsen, a former Navy SEAL. War hardened, cynical, and handsome, Jacobsen is a man with his own hidden agenda.

Ark Storm brings together the worlds of finance, scientific innovation, and terrorism in a fast-paced thrill ride that will leave readers gasping.

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This Is Where I Leave You Giveaway

[ 48 ] September 8, 2014

To celebrate the Warner Bros. Pictures release of This Is Where I Leave You (in theaters September 19, I have some prizes to give away!

One lucky reader will receive a $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters & copy of the book (movie tie-in cover)!

About the movie

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers

[ 22 ] September 4, 2014

18774980Please join Randy Susan Meyers, author of Accidents of Marriage, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US residents only

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

To the naked eye, Maddy and Ben Ilica have it all. Maddy is a social worker who also runs a support group for battered women in her spare time. Ben is a successful public defender passionate about his work. Together, the couple is raising three kids.

In the privacy of their own home, however, the Ilicas are coming apart. Ben’s passion at work often translates into angry outbursts at home when the smallest of things don’t go his way. He has never raised a hand on Maddy but his emotional abuse cuts deep and Maddy never knows whether the Ben who comes will be sweet and loving or irate and cruel. To quell her anxiety about her husband’s behavior, Maddy often resorts to taking prescription pills–just to take the edge off.

When Maddy’s car is towed and she is stranded in a questionable neighborhood, her first instinct is to call Ben. Ben, livid to have his day interrupted, berates Maddy on the drive back and pushes his sporty car to its limits on a dangerous curve, cutting off another driver. Ben’s reckless behavior causes their car to spin out, leaving Maddy barely hanging on to life in the hospital.

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers is not loud or flashy in the way that many bestsellers are these days; it’s true merit lies in the compelling, true to life description of a family at the brink of disaster. I’ve always questioned the rationale of women who stay with or go back to abusive husbands of boyfriends but Meyers’ Maddy made me understand that these situations are not always as black and white as they seem to be to an outside observer. Maddy was never physically abused but nevertheless lived in constant fear of the man who was supposed to be her best friend, her partner in life. In a way, the emotional abuse depicted by Meyers can be even more devastating since it is harder to explain to others and easier to justify to oneself.

With the family-centric storyline and alternating view points, Accidents of Marriage reminded me of some of the Jodi Picoult’s – my favorite writer – books. I will definitely be on the lookout for future releases from Meyers!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Review and giveaway copies were provided by Atria Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Giveaway: Madame Picasso by Anne Girard

[ 16 ] September 3, 2014

MadamePicassoHere’s your second chance to win a copy of Madame Picasso by Anne Girard! I have 2 copies to give away to some lucky readers.

Open to US residents only

About the book

Novelist Anne Girard brings to life the mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time.

When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can’t help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso’s life.

With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.

Read an excerpt here

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Madame Picasso by Anne Girard

[ 16 ] September 2, 2014

MadamePicassoPlease join Anne Girard, author of Madame Picasso, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US residents only

Reviewed by Colleen Turner

Eva Gouel is ready to shed her shy, timid country-girl visage and the expectation that she must become a wife to a man she doesn’t love and resolves to find the freedom and adventure only a place like Paris can provide for her. She is determined to make it in this fast and fascinating city without the help of any man and she gets her chance when she secures a job as a seamstress at the scintillating Moulin Rouge. Then one night, while peering out into the audience from backstage, Eva sees Pablo Picasso and her feelings and future are forever sent down a path she could never have imagined.

Picasso, a fiery, young up-and-coming artist, is finding himself stifled and uninspired by his current muse, his long term mistress Fernande Olivier, a woman as tempestuous as the artist himself. When he sees Eva at an art show he cannot help but be attracted to this woman so unlike Fernande. After an unexpected night of passion, Picasso cannot get Eva out of his head and, once the two finally determine they cannot live without each other, both are forever changed. But as happy as the two are in each other’s arms, happily-ever-after does not come easy. They will have to fight against expectations, the negative opinions of those they love the most and a disastrous illness that threatens to separate them forever.

Madame Picasso perfectly brings to life the bright and fast-paced world of the Moulin Rouge’s backstage and the glittering opulence of the theater and its patrons in front, the disheveled yet pulsating energy of the artist’s studios, the vibrant intellectual stimulation of Gertrude Stein’s Saturday evening salons and the very streets and alleys of Paris itself, which becomes its own character. Sensuality and passion are always brimming and boiling over as would be expected in a city like Paris and in its inhabitants who want nothing more than to break away from conformity in their lives and in their art. But this colorful and vigorous imagery, which is so well developed and expansive, took a backseat to the wonderfully nonconforming characters that felt so tangible to me.

Eva is by far my favorite character, a woman of great determination and intelligence but also kindness and generosity. The reader is able to see her change Picasso’s very being and, by doing so, his art and thereby art history itself. Getting to see the inner workings of a man like Picasso, known for his eccentricities and womanizing, was inspiring and I so enjoyed finding a more fleshed-out, sympathetic and very human man within Madame Picasso’s pages. The rest of the characters – even the ones, such as Fernande, that I wasn’t a particular fan of – are just as well presented so that you cannot help but see them right in front of you, with all their foibles, fears and passions right at the surface. And the ending – oh, the ending – I don’t want to give anything away but just prepare yourself for tears!

Madame Picasso is top-notch historical fiction. I have never been a particular fan of Picasso’s work but the intricate story had me reexamining his painting and looking for any connections I could find online between the artist and Eva. That need to know more is always an indicator to me that a book is unforgettable. That is exactly what Madame Picasso is – unforgettable. Highly recommended to anyone who likes historical fiction.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Colleen lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, son, their dog Oliver and their fish Finn. When not working or taking care of her family she has her nose stuck in a book (and, let’s face it, often when she is working or taking care of her family as well). Nothing excites her more than discovering a new author to obsess over or a hidden jewel of a book to worship.

Review and giveaway copies were provided by Harlequin MIRA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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