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Review of Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham

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About Tides of Honour

A novel of love, loss, and honour amidst the horrors of war and its aftermath.

It’s 1916, and the last thing Nova Scotian soldier Danny Baker expects to find in war-torn France is the love of his life. Audrey Poulin is alone in the world, and struggling to survive the war in the French countryside. When Audrey and Danny meet and fall in love, it seems like the best version of fate.

But love is only the beginning, as Danny loses a leg in the Battle of the Somme, and returns home to Halifax with Audrey, only to discover that he’s unable to leave the war behind. Danny and Audrey struggle with their new life together, and must face not only their own internal demons, but a catastrophe that will soon rip apart everything they think they know about themselves and each other.

My Thoughts

Such an incredible story, I can’t count the number of times I became teary eyed. Not only is this a story of wartime romance, it also cites a major catastrophic event in Halifax history. I am a history buff but after reading this book I realized how little I know of Canadian history in general, soon to change with a lovely nudge from Graham.

Not a gentle read by any means. The details of the Halifax Explosion alone is affecting. The unbelievable loss and carnage, the mass destruction, the aftermath is a challenge to read, Graham paints a vivid picture of the horrific event. Compelling, heartbreaking yet you won’t be able to tear yourself away. Between WWI details, Danny’s battle memories, random flashbacks along with the Halifax Explosion you find yourself emotionally spent. Graham’s research is outstanding.

I was fond of both Danny and Audrey. I do wish their interaction and reaction to a few incidents was deeper, more authentic. A few scenarios felt far-fetched along with reactions, one in particular stands out. Also actions didn’t always equate with the personalities drawn. At times the narrative felt rushed causing a hiccup in timeline. Graham’s writing more than compensates for my trivial quibbles.

Incredible story of love, forgiveness, acceptance, resilience and family. The in-depth descriptions of Canada and the emotional scars of the characters leave the reader topsy-turvy in their own whirlwind of varying emotions. Truly an unforgettable story.

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I love to write. I really, really do. When my wonderful agent, Jacques de Spoelberch, told me he believed in my writing, then sold my books—first to Berkley (Penguin), then to Simon & Schuster Canada, it was a dream come true. Now that I am writing more and more Canadian Historical Fiction for Simon & Schuster Canada, I am thrilled to be bringing my country’s history back to life.

I have embarked on a journey I never expected to take, having my book published. I had never planned to be an author in the first place, but Fate has a way of stepping in. I’m so glad She did.

“Under the Same Sky” came from a desire – no, a need to read real historical adventure when I’d exhausted the books my favourite authors had created (and I read them all many times!). The characters come to life in my head, take me places I never imagined, teach me every day. They’re not all my best friends, but they are all amazing to me simply because they exist.

It’s kind of funny, writing books. The best stories come from somewhere you’ve never been, and yet you are the expert. You write words that come to you when you’re not thinking, and you make them into something that takes other people away. I love the magic in that.

I look forward to getting to know you.

Published April 2015 by Simon & Schuster Canada

Book Blast & Giveaway: Decorum: A Novel by Kaaren Christopherson

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Kaaren Christopherson’s brilliantly observed novel captures the glamour and grit of one of the world’s most dazzling cities during one of its most tumultuous eras–as seen through the eyes of a singularly captivating heroine…

In 1890s New York, beautiful, wealthy Francesca Lund is an intriguing prospect for worthy suitors and fortune hunters alike. Recently orphaned, she copes by working with the poor in the city’s settlement movement. But a young woman of means can’t shun society for long, and Francesca’s long-standing acquaintance with dashing Edmund Tracey eventually leads to engagement. Yet her sheltered upbringing doesn’t blind her to the indiscretions of the well-to-do…

Among the fashionable circle that gathers around her there are mistresses, scandals, and gentlemen of ruthless ambition. And there is Connor O’Casey–an entirely new kind of New Yorker. A self-made millionaire of Irish stock, Connor wants more than riches. He wants to create a legacy in the form of a luxury Madison Avenue hotel–and he wants Francesca by his side as he does it. In a quest that will take her from impeccable Manhattan salons to the wild Canadian Rockies, Francesca must choose not only between two vastly different men, but between convention and her own emerging self-reliance.

Rules Of Decorum

A gentleman should not be presented to a lady without her permission being previously asked and granted. This formality is not necessary between men alone; but, still, you should not present any one, even at his own request, to another, unless you are quite well assured that the acquaintance will be agreeable to the latter.

If you wish to avoid the company of any one that has been properly introduced, satisfy your own mind that your reasons are correct; and then let no inducement cause you to shrink from treating him with respect, at the same time shunning his company. No gentleman will thus be able either to blame or mistake you.

The mode in which the avowal of love should be made, must of course, depend upon circumstances. It would be impossible to indicate the style in which the matter should be told… Let it, however, be taken as a rule that an interview is best; but let it be remembered that all rules have exceptions…

About Kaaren Christopherson

03_Kaaren ChristophersonKaaren Christopherson is the author of Decorum—a novel about Gilded Age New York—that began taking form in 1999 during a course on writing historical fiction. From that moment, Connor O’Casey (who had been rattling around in her brain for months) finally appeared one night and said, “All right, woman. Here I am. What are you going to do about my story?” So she began to put his words on paper, and he hasn’t kept quiet since. Soon Francesca, Blanche, Tracey, Vinnie, and the rest of the characters began arguing, gossiping, loving, and forming themselves into Kaaren’s first novel.

Kaaren has had a professional career writing and editing for over 30 years and is a senior editor for an international development nonprofit organization in Washington, DC.

She has written fiction since her school days, story poems, children’s books, historical fiction, and time travel, and continues to be active in writer’s groups and writing workshops. In addition to her career as a writer, Kaaren was the owner of a decorative painting business. She loves to travel and prowl through historical sites, galleries, and museums. She is active in several churches in DC and in her local Northern Virginia community, where she shares her home with feline brothers, Archie and Sammy.

A Michigan native, Kaaren received her BA in history and art and her MA in educational administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

For more information visit Kaaren Christopherson’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Kensington Publishing Corp.

Interview: Marissa Campbell, author of Avelynn

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Unshelfish extends a warm welcome to Marissa Campbell. Thank you for joining Unshelfish Marissa. For Starters tell us a bit about Avelynn.

Thank you for having me; I’m thrilled to be here!

Avelynn is set in 869, Anglo-Saxon England. Our heroine, Avelynn, is a strong-willed spitfire of a Saxon who struggles to prove herself worthy of leadership and equality. She is determined to follow her pagan faith in a land that will condemn her for her beliefs, and she wants the freedom to choose who she will love. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with her decisions and her choices land her in some very difficult situations.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

I had to find a time period in which a feisty character such as Avelynn could have existed. My research led me to Anglo-Saxon England. Women were making things happen in ninth century England! They had power and influence in court, they could hold and bequeath land and chattel, and there were some pretty awesome historical figures of the time that I could draw from. Aethelflaed, Alfred the Great’s daughter, ruled a kingdom, led men into battle, and earned the love and respect of an entire country. Judith, daughter of King Charles the Bald of Francia, ignored social norms and eloped, causing a furor in the process, but still managed to keep the guy and get her way. This was a time of great opportunity for a strong-willed Saxon like Avelynn. When the Normans conquered England, a short two hundred years later in 1066, women lost a great deal of control and power.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

Oddly enough, I didn’t read a lot growing up. It wasn’t until my first real job—where I was stuck sitting on the train commuting for hours on end—that I discovered a love for reading. I bought a trade paperback copy of Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour and was blown away. I didn’t think a book could possibly compete with Sonic the Hedgehog and my brand new Saga handheld gaming system, but Rice did it. After that, I was hooked and embraced the reader within.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

My goal with Avelynn was to create an escape—a book that was compelling, sexy, and impossible to put down. I wanted enough historical detail to give readers a true sense of the time and place, and I wanted a sexy, sensuous love story with a generous amount of heat—as one reviewer said, “The book created enough heat to warm a thatched cottage in winter.” 😉

As for achieving those goals, I’m hopeful I hit the right balance. I think modern readers can relate to Avelynn’s tenacious spirit and her desire to fight for what she believes in. And I hope readers enjoy the love story between Alrik and Avelynn. Alrik is unlike anyone Avelynn has ever known, and despite circumstance thrusting them onto opposite sides of the battlefield, they both knew they had something worth fighting for. I hope readers love these characters as much as I do.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

A willingness to push boundaries and meld genres—I like to colour outside the lines. J

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

I’m a social creature who enjoys immediate gratification… so, the long lonely hours spent in front of a computer were a bit tough to handle some days. To break up the isolation, I tried to surround myself with family and friends and continued to stay active, enjoying long rides on my bicycle and sneaking out for routine trips to the gym.

As for the immediate gratification element… well, that one just takes some practice getting used to. At first the length of time it took to write the book seemed long, then I edited it, which took longer, then I queried it, which took longer still. By the time it was picked up for publication and stocked on shelves… well, let’s just say I’ve become an expert at being impatiently patient, lol.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I loved creating these characters and learning all about their world—I really enjoyed the time spent researching paganism and leechcraft. Cool stuff.

I was also lucky enough to meet some incredible real-world people as I wrote the book—people I now consider good friends, even the ones I’ve only met virtually. It’s been a blessing for that.

What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t so?

I think the greatest misconception about this time period is the thought that everyone was filthy. Both the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings took baths and cared a great deal about how they looked. Anglo-Saxon men were fastidious about their trimmed beards and current hair styles, and the Vikings had ear scoops to clean out wax and scraping tools to clean beneath their fingernails.

What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre, that they need to know?

One aspect of the culture that might be surprising for readers is that despite the nobility being Christian, the peasants still held a reverence for nature and her mysterious, magical influence. Elves shot arrows of disease, creatures dark and frightening haunted forests and bogs, and witches uttered curses and spells. Leeches (the doctors of the time) were just as likely to use a few magical words sprinkled over an injury or sickness than to prescribe a herbal remedy.

What inspires you?

Life. J I’m inspired by being. That’s probably the yoga teacher in me talking, lol, but there’s opportunity and passion in everything. I’m just here to observe and catch it when it flashes by.

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?

When did you become a New York Times Best Seller? 😀

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•Publication Date: September 8, 2015
St. Martin’s Press
•Pages: 320
•ISBN13: 978-1250063939

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR03_Marissa Campbell_Author

Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author, and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day.

Look for her debut historical fiction Avelynn coming September 8th, 2015, from St. Martinís Press. Currently, hard at work on the second book in the Avelynn series, she is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writerís Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7.

When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!

For more information visit http://marissacampbell.com. You can also follow Marissa Campbell on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Review & Giveaway: Avelynn by Marissa Campbell

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Publication Date: September 8, 2015
St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 320
ISBN13: 978-1250063939

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One extraordinary Saxon noblewoman and one fearless Viking warrior find passion and danger in this dazzling and sensuous debut.

Avelynn was what I expected, let me add I am looking forward to what I assume will be the next book, as Campbell continues to blossom in both writing and content as demonstrated in this book. No denying my affinity towards extremely strong independent female protagonists, contributing to my partiality for Avelynn.

Avelynn is strong-willed, refusing to bend to the will of men or the times. She’s fierce, courageous and fearless. Determined to carve out a future on her terms despite the risks of shunning submission. As much fondness felt towards Avelynn there were times when her progressiveness felt misplaced, however, I appreciate the authors depiction. No doubt women of this caliber existed paving a future for others. Quite a heroine, most charismatic.

The supporting cast adds to the plot, although I wish more emphasis was spent on a select few, while less attention from others. Expanding on Muirgen and Edward would have been welcomed. Also developing an actual relationship with Alrik as opposed to clandestine sexual encounters would have been a marked improvement. Their chemistry was nonexistent, I felt they demonstrated graceless towards each other, no real emotion besides lust and even that felt uneasy. The detail to their unions could have been a bit tamer, in some instances fewer details translates to more for the reader, minute intimate descriptions felt mislaid.

I was hoping for less romance, in fact, I felt the involvement with Alrik was distracting and ultimately predictable. Love triangles no matter the circumstances can be a messy diversion which in this case happened. I understand Demas played a key role in the entire story but it also lead to the dreaded foreboding factor.

I’m on the fence with Avelynn’s pagan/high priestess demonstrations – seems to be acting as filler since Druidism, Christianity was mentioned quickly in passing to set the tone of the times. I understand where Campbell was going with this, uncertain of her landing after it was all said and done.

Campbell did her research without a doubt, she successfully sculpted a feisty strong-willed female character of heroine status. Certainly more will tell of Avelynn’s fate through the lens of the creative writing of Campbell. Avelynn herself makes this a worthwhile read, especially for historical romance and historical fiction fans.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR03_Marissa Campbell_Author

Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author, and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day.

Look for her debut historical fiction Avelynn coming September 8th, 2015, from St. Martinís Press. Currently, hard at work on the second book in the Avelynn series, she is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writerís Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7.

When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!

For more information visit http://marissacampbell.com. You can also follow Marissa Campbell on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of Avelynn, please complete the giveaway form below. Open to US/CA residents only. Ends 9/17/15
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Spotlight & Giveaway: Decorum by Kaaren Christopherson

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Publication Date: March 31, 2015 Kensington Publishing Corp.
Pages: 425

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Kaaren Christopherson’s brilliantly observed novel captures the glamour and grit of one of the world’s most dazzling cities during one of its most tumultuous eras–as seen through the eyes of a singularly captivating heroine…

In 1890s New York, beautiful, wealthy Francesca Lund is an intriguing prospect for worthy suitors and fortune hunters alike. Recently orphaned, she copes by working with the poor in the city’s settlement movement. But a young woman of means can’t shun society for long, and Francesca’s long-standing acquaintance with dashing Edmund Tracey eventually leads to engagement. Yet her sheltered upbringing doesn’t blind her to the indiscretions of the well-to-do…

Among the fashionable circle that gathers around her there are mistresses, scandals, and gentlemen of ruthless ambition. And there is Connor O’Casey–an entirely new kind of New Yorker. A self-made millionaire of Irish stock, Connor wants more than riches. He wants to create a legacy in the form of a luxury Madison Avenue hotel–and he wants Francesca by his side as he does it. In a quest that will take her from impeccable Manhattan salons to the wild Canadian Rockies, Francesca must choose not only between two vastly different men, but between convention and her own emerging self-reliance.

Rules Of Decorum

A gentleman should not be presented to a lady without her permission being previously asked and granted. This formality is not necessary between men alone; but, still, you should not present any one, even at his own request, to another, unless you are quite well assured that the acquaintance will be agreeable to the latter.

If you wish to avoid the company of any one that has been properly introduced, satisfy your own mind that your reasons are correct; and then let no inducement cause you to shrink from treating him with respect, at the same time shunning his company. No gentleman will thus be able either to blame or mistake you.

The mode in which the avowal of love should be made, must of course, depend upon circumstances. It would be impossible to indicate the style in which the matter should be told… Let it, however, be taken as a rule that an interview is best; but let it be remembered that all rules have exceptions…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR03_Kaaren Christopherson

Kaaren Christopherson is the author of Decorum—a novel about Gilded Age New York—that began taking form in 1999 during a course on writing historical fiction. From that moment, Connor O’Casey (who had been rattling around in her brain for months) finally appeared one night and said, “All right, woman. Here I am. What are you going to do about my story?” So she began to put his words on paper, and he hasn’t kept quiet since. Soon Francesca, Blanche, Tracey, Vinnie, and the rest of the characters began arguing, gossiping, loving, and forming themselves into Kaaren’s first novel.

Kaaren has had a professional career writing and editing for over 30 years and is a senior editor for an international development nonprofit organization in Washington, DC.

She has written fiction since her school days, story poems, children’s books, historical fiction, and time travel, and continues to be active in writer’s groups and writing workshops. In addition to her career as a writer, Kaaren was the owner of a decorative painting business. She loves to travel and prowl through historical sites, galleries, and museums. She is active in several churches in DC and in her local Northern Virginia community, where she shares her home with feline brothers, Archie and Sammy.

A Michigan native, Kaaren received her BA in history and art and her MA in educational administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

For more information visit Kaaren Christopherson’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Beloved Crusader by Vijaya Schartz

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•Publication Date: April 14, 2015
•Books We Love Ltd.
•ISBN-13: 978-1771454193
Series: Curse of the Lost Isle Series, Book Six

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1096 AD – To redeem a Pagan curse, Palatina the Fae braves the Christian world to embark on an expedition to free the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem from the Turks. Pierre de Belfort, Christian Knight of Lorraine, swore never to let a woman rule his life, and doesn’t believe in love. Thrown together into the turmoil of the First Crusade, on a sacred journey to a land of fables, they must learn to trust each other. For in this war, the true enemy is not human… and discovery could mean burning at the stake.

Beloved Crusader Available at

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About the Author

Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims to also travel through time, as she writes without boundaries about the future and the far away past. Her love of cats transpires in many of her books… and she has more than twenty-five novels published. Her stories collected numerous five star reviews and a few literary awards.

For more information on Vijaya Schartz and her books visit http://www.vijayaschartz.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Beloved Crusader Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 13
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Tuesday, July 14
Guest Post & Giveaway at History Undressed

Wednesday, July 15
Spotlight & Giveaway at Unshelfish

Thursday, July 16
Guest Post at A Literary Vacation
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Friday, July 17
Review at Book Nerd

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Excerpt: Enduring Love by Wareeze Woodson

02_An Enduring Love CoverPublication Date: January 19, 2015
Soul Mate Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
282 Pages

Born and raised in Latvia, Rebecca Balodis marries Rhys Sudduth, an English diplomat. Shortly thereafter, he is summoned home to attend his father’s deathbed. Rebecca cannot accompany him at the time and becomes trapped in the turmoil plaguing her country. He is informed she died in the upheaval.

Nearly four years later, Rebecca escapes and arrives in London with their son in tow. Arriving in the middle of his sister’s ball proves awkward, especially since Rhys plans to announce his betrothal to a young debutante later in the evening.

Can this pair ever find or even recognize an enduring love?

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An Enduring Love Available at

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About the Author03_Wareeze Woodson

I write historical romance fiction novels set in the 1800s forward with a twist of suspense. All of my characters and stories that are portrayed in my books are fictitious. I am a native of Texas, but I have traveled through out America and beyond. As a dreamer, I love to visit new places where I can imagine a heroine meeting a hero in a special way. I’m an avid reader of (all sorts) and I love to write.

I married my high school sweat-heart and after having raised three sons plus one daughter, our love for each other remains unshaken. Now we enjoy our eight grandchildren. We can send them home, but we’re always happy for their return.

Outside of my family activities, I sing with the Silver Belles at my church and hate to miss even one practice. The local chapter of RWA is also at the top of my list of pleasures. It keeps me grounded with craft and connected with other writers.

Most of all, I enjoy going fishing with my husband. Give me a pole and leave me alone to bask in the sun, listening to water gurgle along the riverbanks while allowing my mind to float away to some distance place. Ah! Perfect.

For more information visit Wareeze Woodson’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

An Enduring Love Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 22
Excerpt at Raven Haired Girl
Guest Post at Boom Baby Reviews

Wednesday, June 24
Excerpt & Giveaway at To Read or Not to Read
Spotlight at Long Ago Love

Thursday, June 25
Excerpt at I Heart Reading

Friday, June 26
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Monday, June 29
Review at Diana’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, July 1
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Friday, July 3
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter

Saturday, July 4
Excerpt & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews

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Review & Giveaway: The Outer Banks House & Return to the Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme

02_The Outer Banks House_Cover•Publication Date: June 8, 2010
•Crown Publishing

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As the wounds of the Civil War are just beginning to heal, one fateful summer would forever alter the course of a young girlís life.

Ducharme’s lush descriptions of both people and environs really captivate your attention. The post Civil War adjustment well depicted. Various themes are woven throughout the narrative. Abigail comes into her own, ripping off her rose colored glasses and standing her ground, metamorphisizing into a fine young woman. It was a relief when Abigail made the transition to her own person drawing her own conclusions and wants. Her lack of warmth and emotion from her parents made her an even more compelling and sensitive protagonist.

I wish we learned more of Ben. We were handed a rough sketch but not enough depth into his character and what was given was a bit of a contradiction. I failed to see the depth of Abbey and Ben’s attraction, especially after the horrific incident. I honestly don’t understand how Abbey could have seen past Ben’s part, such a brutal slaying. As bright as Ben was how could he not see what was going to happen given Mr Sinclair’s racial opinions. Ben should have reached out to Jacob seeking guidance especially with their deep rooted friendship.

The end was predictable, a tender story of two people against all odds, proving opposites attract.

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•Publication Date: December 10, 2014
•Kill Devil Publishing

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She was the spirited daughter of a North Carolina plantation owner, and he was a poor fisherman who she tutored on the porch of her family’s Nags Head cottage. When we last saw Abigail Sinclair and Ben Whimble at the close of The Outer Banks House, they’d overcome their differences in life stations and defied convention to begin their new life together.

I’m not surprised Ducharme delves into Abbey and Ben’s marital issues. Given their differing background and tragedy it’s no surprise they are experiencing issues. I did find their miscommunication a surprise, lots of assuming going on along with avoidance. Much hangs in the air with these two, most of which could be resolved with undivided attention and willingness. Once again Ben acts out of character – or maybe not given his last huge misstep in The Outer Banks, whatever his intentions he makes another surprising move. Expanding on Eliza makes sense given she’s the third party in this quasi triangle. Despite her nefarious and meddlesome ways Ben and Abbey would still be at an impasse. Eliza adds spunk to the narrative along with dimension.

The ending leads the reader to believe there will be another installment, I would be disappointed of Ducharme ends with Abbey and Ben in this very ambiguous state. A heartbreaking read but not a surprise given Abbey and Ben’s initial meet and greet.

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Diann was born in Indiana in 1971, but she spent the majority of her childhood in Newport News, Virginia. She majored in English literature at the University of Virginia, but she never wrote creatively until, after the birth of her second child in 2003, she sat down to write The Outer Banks House. She soon followed up with her second book, Chasing Eternity, and in 2015 the sequel to her first novel, Return to the Outer Banks House.

Diann has vacationed on the Outer Banks since the age of three. She even married her husband of 10 years, Sean Ducharme, in Duck, North Carolina, immediately after a stubborn Hurricane Bonnie churned through the Outer Banks. Conveniently, the family beach house in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina provided shelter while she conducted research for her historical fiction novels.

She has three beach-loving children and a border collie named Toby, who enjoys his sprints along the shore. The family lives in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, counting down the months until summer.

For more information visit Diann Ducharme’s website. You can also follow Diann on her blog, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Outer Banks Series Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 25

Spotlight & Giveaway at Raven Haired Girl

Tuesday, May 26

Guest Post & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Wednesday, May 27

Review (Book One) at Back Porchervations

Thursday, May 28

Review (Book One) at In a Minute

Friday, May 29

Interview & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession

Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book

Saturday, May 30

Spotlight at Becky on Books

Sunday, May 31

Review (Book One) at Book Nerd

Monday, June 1

Review (Book Two) at Let them Read Books

Spotlight at I’d So Rather Be Reading

Tuesday, June 2

Review (Book One) at Book Lovers Paradise

Wednesday, June 3

Review (Book Two) at Back Porchervations

Thursday, June 4

Spotlight & Giveaway (Book One) at View from the Birdhouse

Friday, June 5

Review (Both Books) at Bibliotica

Sunday, June 7

Review (Book One) at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, June 8

Review (Book One) at Ageless Pages Reviews

Guest Post at Curling Up With A Good Book

Tuesday, June 9

Review & Giveaway (Book One) at A Literary Vacation

Wednesday, June 10

Review (Both Books) at Unshelfish

Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Thursday, June 11

Review (Book Two) at Book Lovers Paradise

Interview at Boom Baby Reviews

Friday, June 12

Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes

Sunday, June 14

Review (Book Two) at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, June 15

Review & Giveaway (Both Books) at Genre Queen

Tuesday, June 16

Interview at Books and Benches

Spotlight at The Lit Bitch

Wednesday, June 17

Review (Both Books) at Luxury Reading

Thursday, June 18

Review (Book One) at Books and Benches

Interview at Layered Pages

Friday, June 19

Review (Book One) at Build a Bookshelf

Review (Book Two) at Ageless Pages Reviews

Giveaway

To enter to win a paperbook copy of either The Outer Banks House OR Return to the Outer Banks House please complete the giveaway form below. US residents only. Ends 6/17/15
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Spotlight: To Wed an Heiress by Rosanne E. Lortz w/ Giveaway

02_To Wed an Heiress•Publication Date: April 30, 2015
•Madison Street Publishing
•Paperback; 300p

Haro Emison, thrust into his new role as Earl of Anglesford, discovers that his late father has left the family teetering on the edge of financial ruin. Intent on rescuing the estate, Haro abandons his long-held interest in his cousin Eda and searches instead for a wealthy heiress. But when pride and jealousy cause his plan to spiral out of control, he begins to wonder if he has made a dreadful mistake….

Eda Swanycke is enjoying her first season in London when her debut comes to a crashing halt. Jilted by her cousin, she suffers the indignity of watching Haro’s new intended lay claim to his person and position. But when a brutal murder upends the household with Haro as chief suspect, Eda must put her wounded pride aside, match wits with the investigator from London, and try, at all costs, to save Haro Emison’s neck from the gallows….

About the Author03_Author Rosanne E. Lortz

Rosanne E. Lortz (“Rose”) is a history lover, a book addict, a mom to four boys, and a native of Portland, Oregon. When she’s not writing, she teaches Latin and English composition and works as an editor at Madison Street Publishing.

For more information visit her website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

To Wed an Heiress Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 18
Excerpt & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Tuesday, May 19
Interview at Boom Baby Reviews
Spotlight at I Heart Reading

Wednesday, May 20
Review at Queen of All She Reads
Spotlight & Giveaway at Let them Read Books

Thursday, May 21
Review at Book Nerd
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Friday, May 22
Spotlight & Giveaway at Unshelfish
Spotlight & Giveaway at View from the Birdhouse

Giveaway

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Review & Giveaway Mistress Firebrand by Donna Thorland

02_Mistress Firebrand CoverPublication Date: March 3, 2015
NAL Trade
Formats: eBook, Paperback
416 Pages

Series: Renegades of the American Revolution (Book 3)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

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British Occupied Manhattan, 1777. American actress Jenny Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater with her witty comedies, but she longs to escape the provincial circuit for the glamour of the London stage. When the playwright General John Burgoyne visits the city, fresh from a recent success in the capitol, she seizes the opportunity to court his patronage. But her plan is foiled by British intelligence officer Severin Devere.

Severin’s mission is to keep the pleasure-loving general focused on the war effort…and away from pretty young actresses. But the tables are turned when Severin himself can’t resist Jenny Leighton…

Fairly exciting novel, than again espionage always adds a level of excitement.

I was unsure of Jennifer at first. Was she flighty, opportunistic or something else. I warmed up to her as the story progressed, I must say I preferred her paired with Severin, together they compliment each other, proverbial ying and yang, not to mention their many similarities. Severin – charming, cultured, revolutionary James Bond. Frances was a muted character but her presence added to my fascination with Angela Ferrers. No doubt these two old chums shared quite a past.

I felt the tension of New York as it serves as the center of conflict and turbulence. The power shift, the political standoff, chaos, tides change at a moments notice as do allegiances. The theatre aspect created dimension, noting how thespians played a role during this time was fascinating.

More than a love story, the background sets the tone for adventure, tension with dramatics forming a fetching read.

Buy Mistress Firebrand

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About the Author03_Donna Thorland

A native of Bergenfield, New Jersey, Donna graduated from Yale with a degree in Classics and Art History. For many years she managed architecture and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, and wrote and directed the Witch City’s most popular Halloween theater festival, Eerie Events. She later earned an MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Donna has been a sorority house mother, a Disney/ABC Television Writing Fellow, a WGA Writer’s Access Project Honoree, and a writer on the ABC primetime drama, Cupid. Her screenwriting credits include episodes of the animated series, Tron: Uprising. Her short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Albedo One. The director of several award-winning short films, her most recent project, The Night Caller, aired on WNET Channel 13 and was featured on Ain’t It Cool News. Currently she is a writer on the WGN drama SALEM. She is married with one cat and divides her time between the real Salem and Los Angeles.

For more information visit Donna Thorland’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Mistress Firebrand Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 6
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Excerpt & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, April 7
Review & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, April 8
Interview at The Maiden’s Court

Thursday, April 9
Guest Post & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Friday, April 10
Spotlight at Broken Teepee

Sunday, April 12
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Monday, April 13
Spotlight, Excerpt, & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Thursday, April 16
Review at Caroline Wilson Writes

Friday, April 17
Spotlight at I’d So Rather Be Reading

Saturday, April 18
Excerpt & Giveaway at A Dream Within a Dream

Monday, April 20
Review at Book Nerd

Tuesday, April 21
Guest Post & Giveaway at Book Babe

Wednesday, April 22
Guest Post & Excerpt at The Lit Bitch

Thursday, April 23
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Friday, April 24
Review at Back Porchervations

Monday, April 27
Review at Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, April 28
Review at Historical Readings & Views

Wednesday, April 29
Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish
Guest Post at Boom Baby Reviews

Thursday, April 30
Review at Bookramblings

Friday, May 1
Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway at Drey’s Library
Spotlight at Genre Queen

Sunday, May 3
Review at Forever Ashley

Monday, May 4
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Guest Post & Giveaway at To Read, or Not to Read

Tuesday, May 5
Excerpt at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, May 6
Review at Unabridged Chick

Thursday, May 7
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Friday, May 8
Interview at Scandalous Woman

Giveaway

To enter to win a paperback copy of Mistress Firebrand please complete the giveaway form below. Open Internationally. Ends 5/7/15
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