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Book Blast: "A Decent Woman" by Eleanor Park Sapia

Join author Eleanor Parker Sapia as her historical novel, A Decent Woman, is featured around the blogosphere from March 16-April 6, and enter the giveaway ! Up for grabs is an Autographed copy of A Decent Woman, two eBooks of A Decent Woman, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Publication Date: February 20, 2015 Booktrope Formats: eBook, Paperback 270 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction Ponce, Puerto Rico, at the turn of the century: Ana Belén Opaku, an Afro-Cuban born into slavery, is a proud midwife with a tempestuous past. After testifying at an infanticide trial, Ana is forced to reveal a dark secret from her past, but continues to hide an even more sinister one. Pitted against the parish priest, Padre Vicénte, and young Doctór Héctor Rivera, Ana must battle to preserve her twenty-five year career as the only midwife in La Playa. Serafina is a respectable young widow with two small children, who marries an older, wealthy merchant from a distinguished family. A crime against Serafina during

Book Blast: "Mademoiselle Chanel" by C.W. Gortner

Please join author C.W. Gortner as his latest release, Mademoiselle Chanel, is featured around the blogosphere from March 17-April 3, and enter to win one of three fabulously chic, Chanel-style black and white beaded bracelets! Publication Date: March 17, 2015 William Morrow/HarperCollins Formats: Hardover, eBook, Audio Book Genre: Historical Fiction DRAMA, PASSION, TRAGEDY, AND BEAUTY: C.W.’s new novel stunningly imagines the life of Coco Chanel—the iconic fashion designer whose staggering creativity built an empire and made her one of the 20th century’s most influential, and controversial, figures. Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her sisters are sent to a convent orphanage after their mother’s death. Here, the nuns nurture Gabrielle’s exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel her into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood. Transforming herself into Coco—a seamstress and sometime torch singer—the petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandes

An Update

I know I have been MIA lately and probably will be for a little while longer.  Not only have I been buried at work but there has also been a ridiculous amount of drama going on in my office.  I believe that it has all been resolved but I'm still coming down from it.  There were also several weeks where Julia would not go to sleep so there has just been no time to post. I have most of next week off for Spring Break and plan to use that time to decompress.  I promise I will be back soon, I just need to feel like things are 'normal' again.  I am participating in several blog tours in early April and have some other posts coming up at the end of March.  Thank you for your patience!

Quick Review: "My Lady Viper" by E. Knight

From Goodreads:  May, 1536. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. When Anne Boleyn falls to the executioner's axe on a cold spring morning, yet another Anne vows she will survive in the snakepit court of Henry VIII. But at what cost? Lady Anne Seymour knows her family hangs by a thread. If her sister-in-law Jane Seymour cannot give the King a son, she will be executed or set aside, and her family with her. Anne throws herself into the deadly and intoxicating intrigue of the Tudor court, determined at any price to see the new queen's marriage a success and the Seymour family elevated to supreme power. But Anne's machinations will earn her a reputation as a viper, and she must decide if her family's rise is worth the loss of her own soul... My Thoughts: This was such a refreshing read!  While I do love the Tudors, I am getting a little bored reading about them.  This book had the Tudors but it also had a new and unique protagonist which made

Review: "The Witch of Painted Sorrows" by MJ Rose

Synopsis:  Possession. Power. Passion. International bestselling novelist M.J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this erotic, gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris. Sandrine Salome runs away to her grandmother’s Parisian mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insits it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires. Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten – her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering h

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: "The Druid Knight Tales" by Ruth A. Casie

Join author Ruth A. Casie on her Cover Reveal for The Druid Knight Tales: A Short Story, from February 23-March 13, and enter to win an eBook of the first book in the Druid Knight Series, Knight of Runes. Publication Date: February 23, 2015 Publisher: Timeless Scribes Publishing, LLC eBook; 57 pages ISBN: 0986246425 Series: The Druid Knight Series Genre: Historical Fantasy/Romance She would give her last breath for him. He would give up everything to guard her well and love her more. Maximilian, the druid Grand Master, was given a year to find his soul mate. On the final day, the sacred mistletoe has shriveled and died—proclaiming his failure. He must do what no other Grand Master has done before and journey to meet with the Ancestors formally relinquish his title. Ellyn of Brodgar has the gift of healing. But each use of her magick, through a kiss, depletes her energy and brings her closer to death. Time is running out as she searches for a way to continue saving lives—e

February Wrap Up

I don't know whether to be glad February is over or scared that it is March.  February was not a good month but March is going to be insane.  The blog has been kind of slow lately and it may continue to be that way for a while until life calms down a bit. I had a good reading month.  I read 7 books in February so now I am at 13 for the year.  Goodreads says I am on track to hit my goal of 80. Here are my February numbers: -7 books read    -0 non-fiction    -3 historical fiction (I am now at 6/25 for the Historical Fiction Challenge)    -2 review    -3 library books    -2 books I own (both were ebooks) I'm actually pretty happy with these numbers.  I hope to read at least 2 books I own in March as I'm a little behind on my goal of reading 20.  I started a non-fiction book last week but with everything going on, I just couldn't focus on it.  Right now, I really need books that are light and easy to read. On the blog in February: -11 posts    

Mailbox Monday (44)

It's been a few weeks but I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday again today. The past few weeks have been ridiculously crazy so the fact that I didn't receive any books for a while was a good thing.  This week, even though things are still busy, I received several books all of which I am eager to read. From the Library: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins For Review (from HFVBT): Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell Purchased (kindle book):   Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley (This one was $1.99 the other day and I had some Amazon credits so I got it for free!  Helpful tip:  Many times, if you select the slowest shipping option on Amazon, they will give you a $1 credit toward ebooks, movies and music.  I usually need things right away but when I don't, I always choose this option.) What books did you receive this week?