Monday, October 30, 2017

Book Blast: "The Tides Between" by Elizabeth Jane Corbett

The Tides Between
by Elizabeth Jane Corbett

Publication Date: October 20, 2017
Odyssey Books
Paperback; 300 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Historical

She fancied herself part of a timeless chain without beginning or end, linked only by the silver strong words of its tellers.

In the year 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bride's mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father's fairytales to the far side of the world.

When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook carry a dark double meaning.

As they inch towards their destination, Rhys's past returns to haunt him. Bridie grapples with the implications of her dad’s final message. The pair take refuge in fairytales, little expecting the trouble it will cause.

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About the Author

When Elizabeth Jane Corbett isn’t writing, she works as a librarian, teaches Welsh at the Melbourne Celtic Club, writes reviews and articles for the Historical Novel Society and blogs at In 2009, her short-story, Beyond the Blackout Curtain, won the Bristol Short Story Prize. Another, Silent Night, was short listed for the Allan Marshall Short Story Award. An early draft of her debut novel, The Tides Between, was shortlisted for a HarperCollins Varuna manuscript development award.

Elizabeth lives with her husband, Andrew, in a renovated timber cottage in Melbourne’s inner-north. She likes red shoes, dark chocolate, commuter cycling, and reading quirky, character driven novels set once-upon-a-time in lands far, far away.

For more information, please visit Elizabeth Jane Corbett's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Book Blast Schedule

Monday, October 16
Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 17
The Never-Ending Book

Wednesday, October 18
A Book Geek

Thursday, October 19
The Reading Queen

Friday, October 20
Pursuing Stacie
What Is That Book About

Sunday, October 22
Faery Tales Are Real

Monday, October 23
To Read, Or Not to Read
Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Tuesday, October 24
Creating Herstory

Wednesday, October 25
History From a Woman's Perspective

Thursday, October 26
Jenn's Book Vibes

Friday, October 27
WS Momma Readers Nook

Monday, October 30
I Heart Reading
So Many Books, So Little Time

Tuesday, October 31
Back Porchervations

Wednesday, November 1
T's Stuff

Thursday, November 2
Singing Librarian Books

Friday, November 3
A Holland Reads

Monday, November 6
Broken Teepee
A Book Drunkard

Tuesday, November 7
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Wednesday, November 8
Just One More Chapter

Thursday, November 9
CelticLady's Reviews
Locks, Hooks and Books
Carole Rae's Random Ramblings

Friday, November 10
What Cathy Read Next

Friday, October 27, 2017

Spotlight and Giveaway: "A Sea of Sorrow: A Novel of Odysseus"

A Sea of Sorrow: A Novel of Odysseus

by David Blixt, Amalia Carosella, Libbie Hawker, Scott Oden, Vicky Alvear Shecter, and Russell Whitfield

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Knight Media, LLC

eBook & Paperback; 524 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Odysseus, infamous trickster of Troy, vaunted hero of the Greeks, left behind a wake of chaos and despair during his decade long journey home to Ithaca. Lovers and enemies, witches and monsters--no one who tangled with Odysseus emerged unscathed. Some prayed for his return, others, for his destruction. These are their stories…

A beleaguered queen’s gambit for maintaining power unravels as a son plots vengeance.

A tormented siren battles a goddess’s curse and the forces of nature to survive.

An exiled sorceress defies a lustful captain and his greedy crew.

A blinded shepherd swears revenge on the pirate-king who mutilated him.

A beautiful empress binds a shipwrecked sailor to servitude, only to wonder who is serving whom.

A young suitor dreams of love while a returned king conceives a savage retribution.

Six authors bring to life the epic tale of The Odyssey seen through the eyes of its shattered victims—the monsters, witches, lovers, and warriors whose lives were upended by the antics of the “man of many faces.” You may never look upon this timeless epic—and its iconic ancient hero—in quite the same way again.

About the Authors

Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). Amalia's novels include Tamer of Horses, Helen of Sparta, By Helen's Hand, and Daughter of a Thousand Years.

David Blixt's work is consistently described as "intricate," "taut," and "breathtaking." A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the early Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS'D series) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY'S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as inept spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history.

Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, he describes himself as "actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order."

Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. Libbie's recent novels include Daughter of Sand and Stone, Mercer Girls, A Song of War, White Lotus and Persian Rose.

She lives in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

Russell Whitfield was born in Shepherds Bush in 1971. An only child, he was raised in Hounslow, West London, but has since escaped to Ham in Surrey.

Gladiatrix was Russ's first novel, published in 2008 by Myrmidon Books. The sequel, Roma Victrix, continues the adventures Lysandra, the Spartan gladiatrix, and a third book, Imperatrix, sees Lysandra stepping out of the arena and onto the field of battle.

Scott Oden was born in Indiana, but has spent most of his life shuffling between his home in rural North Alabama, a Hobbit hole in Middle-earth, and some sketchy tavern in the Hyborian Age. He is an avid reader of fantasy and ancient history, a collector of swords, and a player of tabletop role-playing games. When not writing, he can be found walking his two dogs or doting over his lovely wife, Shannon.

Oden’s previous works include the historical fantasy, The Lion of Cairo, and two historical novels, Men of Bronze and Memnon. He is currently working on his next novel.

Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of multiple books set in the ancient world, including the YA novels, CLEOPATRA'S MOON, based on the life of Cleopatra's only daughter, and CURSES AND SMOKE: A NOVEL OF POMPEII and the adult historical collaborations, A SONG OF WAR, A YEAR OF RAVENS, and A DAY OF FIRE. She has written a mid-grade series on mythology (ANUBIS SPEAKS, HADES SPEAKS, and THOR SPEAKS) as well as two award-winning biographies for kids. She a She is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 17
Review at A Book Drunkard

Wednesday, October 18
Feature at A Holland Reads

Thursday, October 19
Feature at View From the Birdhouse

Friday, October 20
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Monday, October 23
Review at The Maiden's Court

Tuesday, October 24
Feature at The Reading Queen

Wednesday, October 25
Review at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, October 26
Review at What Cathy Read Next

Friday, October 27
Feature at So Many Books, So Little Time

Monday, October 30
Review at Creating Herstory

Tuesday, October 31
Review at Historical Fiction Reviews

Wednesday, November 1
Review at Back Porchervations

Thursday, November 2
Feature at The Writing Desk

Friday, November 3
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Monday, November 6
Review at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, November 7
Feature at A Literary Vacation

Wednesday, November 8
Feature at Passages to the Past

Friday, November 10
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Monday, November 13
Review at Unabridged Chick
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Tuesday, November 14
Review at Bookramblings
Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Thursday, November 16
Feature at I Heart Reading

Friday, November 17
Review at A Book Geek
Review at The True Book Addict


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A Sea of Sorrow

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review and Giveaway: "The Murderer's Maid" by Erika Mailman

Synopsis: The Murderer’s Maid interweaves the stories of two women: one, the servant of infamous Lizzie Borden, and the other a modern-day barista fleeing from an attempt on her life.

Trapped by servitude and afraid for her own safety, Irish maid Bridget finds herself an unwilling witness to the tensions in the volatile Borden household. As Lizzie seethes with resentment, Bridget tries to perform her duties and keep her mouth shut.

Unknowingly connected to the legendary crime of a century ago, Brooke, the illegitimate daughter of an immigrant maid, struggles to conceal her identity and stay a jump ahead of the men who want to kill her. When she unexpectedly falls in love with Anthony, a local attorney, she has to decide whether to stop running and begin her life anew.

With historical detail and taut, modern storytelling, Erika Mailman writes a captivating novel about identity, choices, freedom, and murder. She offers readers a fresh perspective on the notorious crime and explores the trials of immigrants seeking a better life while facing down fear and oppression, today and throughout history. Intelligent and detailed, The Murderer’s Maid is a gripping read from beginning to bloody conclusion.

My Thoughts: Lizzie Borden is such a fascinating figure that I couldn't resist reading this book. I found this story to be completely riveting.  The story also was kind of creepy.  I don't think anyone can not be weirded out by the Borden story but the descriptions of Lizzie were especially creepy.  This made it the perfect read for this time of year.

The story was told from several different perspectives which made for a really interesting look at what was happening in both the past and present.  The events occurring in the Borden house were seen mostly through the eyes of the family maid, Bridget.  I really loved Bridget.  I admired her strength and willingness to stay working with the family despite their oddities.  She had an interesting background and her perspective on the events kept me flipping pages as fast as I could.  I also really liked Brooke's story in the present.  Brooke was an amazing character and she really made the story.  I think the author did an excellent job of mixing the past and present stories together and creating a really cohesive tale.

I always love a good author's note at the end of a book and I really appreciated the extra details as well as the author's opinion on the murders. I've been in a reading funk for a while and it was nice to read something so engrossing.  This was a really great read and I hope to see more from Ms. Mailman in the future. 4 stars.

About the Author:
 Erika Mailman is the author of The Witch’s Trinity, a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and Bram Stoker Award finalist, and Woman of Ill Fame, a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award nominee. She’s a Yaddo fellow and lives in Northern California with her family.

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

I received this book from HFVBT in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Mailbox Monday (79)

It's Monday again and I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday today.

It's a very busy Monday for me as it's time for university students to start enrolling.  My job is to help them pick the right classes so things will be hectic for the next few weeks.

My reading is slow.  I'm slogging through a review book right and I'm hoping I can just get it done this week and move on.  I hate not finishing books so I'm trying to put in the effort to get through it.

I got a few fun books from the library this week.  I can't wait to dive in.

This is the only book of his I haven't read yet and I'm really looking forward to it.

This song irritates me so much but I really enjoy this author's books so I thought I would check this one out.
Her Christmas books are the best!
This is a new to me author but I'm in love with the house on the cover!

What books did you get this week?

Saturday, October 7, 2017

September 2017 Wrap Up

I know I'm late to the party with my September wrap up but I wanted to post it anyway.  

September was a better reading month for me and we took a bookish family trip!  My family and I met my mom in Mansfield, Missouri and went to the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum and Wilder Days event.  It was so neat!  

We got to tour the farm house at Rocky Ridge farm, the Rock House that Laura's daughter Rose had built and the museum.  There was a lot to see and I was so glad we went.  I wouldn't mind going back when it's less busy so I can get a better look at some things.  I absolutely loved the Rock House!  It's about a mile and half from the farm house and museum and the view is spectacular.  It was so peaceful and beautiful; I would have happily lived there.

I read more books than I have in the past couple months.  I got through seven books!  I know that's not much but I have barely been able to get six books read in a month lately.  I am really behind on my reading goal for the year and I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to make it to 100 this year and I'm kind of sad about it.  I have read 61 books and I don't think I can fit 39 more books into the next three months.  So boo.  It's been kind of a crazy year so I guess I shouldn't be too hard on myself about it. 

I read the following books in September:

4.) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
6.) By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
7.) The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

My September reading stats:

-7 books read
   - 0 non-fiction
   - 5 historical fiction
   - 4 review books
   - 3 library books
   - 0 books I own
   - 7 ebooks

I'm hoping October will be even better!  How was your September?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mini Reviews (22)

This is one of my favorite books of the year.  Pevear and Volokhonsky (the best Russian translators!) have created a wonderful translation of Ms. Alexievich's amazing oral history.  The author interviewed Soviet women who fought in World War II and recorded their stories.  These stories were beautiful and heart-breaking and such an eye-opening look at the Soviet experience in World War II.  The translators did such a good job and making it seem as thought the book was written in English; it wasn't choppy or weird, it flowed exactly as it should.  I would highly encourage anyone interested in this part of history to read this book.  I will definitely be buying a copy for my home library.  5 stars.

I have such a love/hate relationship with this author but I can't turn down a book on the Grey sisters.  I find them to be so fascinating!  That being said, the whole section on Lady Jane Grey was rough.  Jane was completely insufferable and I just did not like her at all.  The rest of the story that focused on Katherine and Mary was pretty good.  I can't help but feel sympathy for those two because their lives could not have been easy and I enjoyed Ms. Gregory's portrayal of them.  Overall, this was an okay read if you can get past the sections on Jane. 3 stars.

I love this author and I love this series.  The Library of Light and Shadow is a wonderful addition to the Daughters of La Lune series.  Delphine Duplessi is the main focus of this novel and I think she is my favorite so far.  Her gift is so unique and I really liked reading about her regular art as well as her shadow art.  In addition to Delphine's art, the story surrounding the search for Flamel's book kept me reading as fast as I could.  This was a delightfully magical mystery and I highly recommend this series. 4 stars

I received all of the above books from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Mailbox Monday (78)

 Happy Sunday everybody!  September is over and I can hardly believe it.  It seems as though the month has flown by.  Now I'm excited for fall and all of the upcoming holidays.  October is the start of my favorite time of year and I'm hoping there will be plenty of room for reading in between all of the upcoming events.

I requested some new holiday books from the library and had no idea all of my holds would come in at once so I need to get moving on these.  I'm really excited to dig into some sweet, fluffy reads and these will do just the trick.

From the Library:

This is the fourth book in a series that I really enjoyed so I'm eager to get started on it.

I was so intrigued by the cover on this one that I had to pick it up.

For Review (from NetGalley):

 I really need to stay away from review books for a while but I can't say no to anything about Anastasia.
I hope y'all have a great week!

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