Showing posts from February, 2015

The Forgetting Place Blog Tour and Review

The Forgetting Place by John Burley
Publication date: February 10, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Publisher for an honest review
Menaker State Hospital is a curse, a refuge, a prison, a necessity, a nightmare, a salvation.

When Dr. Lise Shields arrived at the correctional psychiatric facility five years ago, she was warned that many of its patients-committed by Maryland’s judicial system for perpetrating heinous crimes-would never leave.

But what happens when a place like Menaker is corrupted, when it becomes a tool to silence the innocent, conceal an injustice, contain a secret? Why is it that the newest patient does not seem to belong there, that the hospital administrator has fallen silent, and that Lise is being watched by two men with seemingly lethal intent? The answers are closer than she realizes and could cost her everything she holds dear.

In this chilling follow-up to The Absence of Mercy, author John Burley—a master at medical and psychological…

The Witch Hunter's Tale Blog Tour and Review

Please join Sam Thomas as he tours the blogosphere for The Witch Hunter’s Tale, the third novel in his Midwife Mysteries, from February 9-27. The Witch Hunter's Tale by Sam Thomas Publication date: January 6, 2015
St. Martin’s Press
Formats: eBook, Hardcover
Pages: 320
Series: Book Three, The Midwife Mysteries SeriesGenre: Historical Mystery Source: Publisher via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review.

Sam Thomas takes readers back to Puritan England with midwife Bridget Hodgson, hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “one of the most fascinating detectives in contemporary mystery fiction.” Winter has come to the city of York, and with it the threat of witchcraft. As women and children sicken and die, midwife Bridget Hodgson is pulled against her will into a full-scale witch-hunt that threatens to devour all in its path, guilty and innocent alike. Bridget—accompanied once again by her deputy Martha Hawkins and her nephew Will Hodgson—finds herself playing a lethal game …

They Call Me Crazy Blog Tour and Review

They Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble
Publication date: Novermber 12, 2014 by Red Adept Press
Source: Publisher for an honest review
Cass Adams is crazy, and everyone in Deacon, Kansas, knows it.  But when her good-for-nothing husband, Roland, goes missing, no one suspects that Cass buried him in their unfinished koi pond. Too bad he doesn’t stay there for long. Cass gets arrested on the banks of the Spring River for dumping his corpse after heavy rain partially unearths it.
The police chief wants a quick verdict—he’s running for sheriff and has no time for crazy talk. But like Roland’s corpse, secrets start to surface, and they bring more to light than anybody expected. Everyone in Cass’s life thinks they know her—her psychic grandmother, her promiscuous ex-best friend, her worm-farming brother-in-law, and maybe even her local ghost. But after years of separate silences, no one knows the whole truth. Except Roland. And he’s not talking. 

My Take:
They Call Me Crazy is an …

The Long and Faraway Gone Blog Tour and Review

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
Publication date: February 10, 2015 by William Morrow
Source: publisher via TLC Book Tours for an honest review

In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors’ lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt’s latest inquiry takes him back to a past he’s tried to escape—and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead.

Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past—with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she’ll stop at nothing to find answers.

As fate brings these damaged souls together,…

The Blood of the Fifth Knight Blog Tour and Review

The Blood of the Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell
Publication date: January 1, 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
Source: author for an honest review
England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for attempting to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.
Desperate, Henry turns to the only man ,he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.
As Palmer races to secure the throne for the King, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and a worthy follow-on to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fift…

Red Fury Revolt Book Blast

Please join author J.F. Ridgley as her novel, Red Fury Revolt is featured around the blogosphere and enter to win a copy of the book plus a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Publication Date: January 31, 2015 R Pride Publishing eBook; 412p ASIN: B00QJJFCYK Genre: Historical Fiction Series: Book One, The Agricola Series
Something keeps drawing G. Julius Agricola to Britannia again and again? This is where it starts? book one, Red Fury?Revolt A.D. 60? Camulodunum! Londinium! Verulaneum! Three towns writhe under the Iceni queen?s wrath, as she leads her warriors intent on destroying all things Roman ? be it Roman temples, Roman villas, or entire families sympathetic to Rome. At stake is Suetonius Paulinus?s reputation. With only 80,000 legionaries, will he destroy Boudica or will he endure the disgrace in Rome for losing?to a woman? Julius Agricola-Rome?s tribune, and Rhianna-Boudica?s youngest daughter, become ensnared in this horrific historical revolt against Roman injustice. Just as Julius …

Rodin's Lover Blog Tour and Reivew

Please join Heather Webb as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Rodin's Lover, from January 19-February 13.

Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Plume 
Formats: eBook, Paperback 
Pages: 320 
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: digital galley from publisher for an honest review

A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France. As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness. Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.

My Take:
When I agreed to read and review Rodin's Lover, I had never heard of Camille Claudel, but I loved Heather Webb's first book, Becomi…