Showing posts from January, 2014

A Different Sun Blog Tour and Review

A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr
Publication date: April 2, 2013 by Berkley Books
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours for an honest review

In 1853, newly married Emma Bowman arrives in Afrida and steps into a world of unsurpassed beauty — and peril.
A page-turning adventure with life and death stakes for the body and the soul…
Born into a life of privilege in rural Georgia, Emma yearns for important work.  An ardent passion burns in her soul, spurring her beyond the narrow confines of her family’s slave-holding plantation.  She meets and weds Henry Bowman, a tremendously attractive former Texas Ranger twice her age, who has turned from the rifle to the cross.  Together with their dreams of serving God they take ship for West Africa.  Emma leaves every known thing behind, save a writing box Henry has made for her. In it she carries a red journal and an odd carving made by an old African owned by her father.

The couple’s intimate life has hardly begun when they are beset…

Becoming Josephine Blog Tour and Review

Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb
Publication date: December 31, 2013 by Plume Books/Penguin
Source: Publisher via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Rose Tascher sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris to trade her Creole black magic culture for love and adventure. She arrives exultant to follow her dreams of attending Court with Alexandre, her elegant aristocrat and soldier husband. But Alexandre dashes her hopes and abandons her amid the tumult of the French Revolution.
Through her savoir faire, Rose secures her footing in high society, reveling in handsome men and glitzy balls—until the heads of her friends begin to roll.
After narrowly escaping death in the blood-drenched cells of Les Carmes prison, she reinvents herself as Josephine, a socialite of status and power. Yet her youth is fading, and Josephine must choose between a precarious independence and the love of an awkward suitor. Little does she know, he would become the most powerful man of his ce…

The Last Savanna - Giveaway

I am so excited to be able to host this survival/adventure giveaway associated with Mike Bond's book The Last Savanna.  I posted an excerpt from the book here. You can read more about the author Mike Bond and his other books on his website.

Here is a photo of all the cool stuff included in the giveaway. Everything is listed in detail below.

Items include: ·The Last Savannaby Mike

·Survival card multi tool (Kikkerland)

·Colorful Bandanna (Carolina Mfg)

·Coghlan’s – 2 camping items (items may vary)

·Aquatabs water purification tablets

·Clearon neutral pH bleach

·Nuun flavored electrolyte

·Element Bars nutritional energy

·Gear Aid - Seam Grip and Tenacious Tape repair patches

·Badger organic sunblock and lip

·Grabber Emergency Blanket

·HeatMax Ha…

The Last Savanna Blog Tour - Excerpt

The Last Savanna by Mike Bond Publication Date: January 15, 2014 by Mandevilla Press Description from Goodreads:

With Africa's last elephants dying under the poachers' guns, Kenya rancher and former SAS officer Ian MacAdam leads a commando squad against them. Pursuing the poachers through jungled mountains and searing deserts he battles thirst, solitude, terror and lethal animals, only to find that the poachers have kidnapped a young archaeologist, Rebecca Hecht, whom he once loved and bitterly lost. 

McAdam embarks upon a desperate trek to save not only Rebecca but his own soul in an Africa torn apart by wars, overpopulation, and the slaughter of its last wildlife. Based on the author's experiences pursuing elephant poachers in the wilds of East Africa
Excerpted from the book THE LAST SAVANNA by Mike Bond.  Copyright © 2013 by Mike Bond.  Reprinted with permission of Mandevilla Press.  All rights reser…

Playing St. Barbara Blog Tour

Playing St. Barbara by Marian Szczepanski
Publication date: August 1, 2013 by High Hill Press
Source: Author via TLC Book Tours for an honest review
In the Depression-era coal patch known as The Hive, miner’s wife Clare Sweeney keeps secrets to survive. Stripped of her real name, she hides her friendship with a town pariah, haunting guilt around the deaths of her three infant sons, and determination never to bear another. She defies her abusive husband and the town’s rigid caste system to ensure a better future for her daughters, who harbor secrets of their own.
Deirdre conceals her attraction to a member of the despised Company police. Katie withholds her plans for a college education—and the convent—from her high school sweetheart.  And Norah suppresses the cause of her mother’s frequent miscarriages, the devastating memory of one brother’s death, and her love for a married man.

The four women’s intertwined lives eerily mirror the 7th century legend of St. Barbara,…

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2014

I read a lot of historical fiction last year, and plan to read a lot more this year, so I am again signing up for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. Hopefully this year I will do a better job of remembering to post links to my reviews on the challenge page. Regardless, it should be fun.

If you are interested in participating, you can sign up on the 2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge page.

I will update with the books I read and posted on the 2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge pages.
1. Playing St. Barbara
2.Becoming Josephine
3.A Different Sun