Monday, 27 March 2017

Spotlight! NIGHT WITCHES - Kathryn Lasky

NIGHT WITCHES
Kathryn Lasky

From bestselling and award-winning author Kathryn Lasky comes an explosive adventure following the teen girl fighter pilots who took on Hitler's army . . . and won.

Fifteen-year-old Valya knows what it feels like to fly. She's a pilot who's always felt more at home soaring through the sky than down on earth. But since the Germans surrounded Stalingrad, Valya's been forced to stay on the ground and watch her city crumble.

When her mother is killed during the siege, Valya is left with one burning desire: to join up with her older sister, a member of the famous and feared Night Witches -- a brigade of young female pilots.

Using all her wits, Valya manages to get past the German blockade and find the Night Witches' base . . . and that's when the REAL danger starts. The women have been assigned a critical mission. If they succeed, they'll inflict serious damage on the Nazis. If they fail, they'll face death . . . or even worse horrors.

Historical fiction master Lasky sheds light on the war's unsung heroes -- daredevil girls who took to the skies to fight for their country -- in an action-packed thrill ride that'll leave you electrified and breathless.


Friday, 24 March 2017

Spotlight! THE ENEMIES OF VERSAILLES - SALLY CHRISTIE

THE ENEMIES OF VERSAILLES
BY SALLY CHRISTIE
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Atria Books
eBook & Paperback; 416 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: The Mistresses of Versailles, Book Three
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In the final installment of Sally Christie’s “tantalizing” (New York Daily News) Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Jeanne Becu, a woman of astounding beauty but humble birth, works her way from the grimy back streets of Paris to the palace of Versailles, where the aging King Louis XV has become a jaded and bitter old philanderer. Jeanne bursts into his life and, as the Comtesse du Barry, quickly becomes his official mistress.
“That beastly bourgeois Pompadour was one thing; a common prostitute is quite another kettle of fish.”
After decades of suffering the King’s endless stream of Royal Favorites, the princesses of the Court have reached a breaking point. Horrified that he would bring the lowborn Comtesse du Barry into the hallowed halls of Versailles, Louis XV’s daughters, led by the indomitable Madame Adelaide, vow eternal enmity and enlist the young dauphiness Marie Antoinette in their fight against the new mistress. But as tensions rise and the French Revolution draws closer, a prostitute in the palace soon becomes the least of the nobility’s concerns.
Told in Christie’s witty and engaging style, the final book in The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy will delight and entrance fans as it once again brings to life the sumptuous and cruel world of eighteenth century Versailles, and France as it approaches irrevocable change.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | KOBO


Praise for The Sisters of Versailles

“Such an extraordinary tale makes for compelling reading and, as the lead book in a planned trilogy, will draw in readers who are interested in royal lives before the French Revolution….historical fiction fans, unfamiliar with the history of the Nesle sisters, will be intrigued.” (Library Journal)
“Sally Christie’s The Sisters of Versailles is an intriguing romp through Louis XV’s France. Filled with lush backdrops, rich detail, and colorful characters, fans of historical fiction will enjoy this glimpse into the lost golden era of the French monarchy.” (Allison Pataki, author of THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS )
“A stunning breadth of period detail, offered in a fresh, contemporary voice.” (Juliet Grey, author of the acclaimed Marie Antoinette trilogy )
“Tantalizing descriptions and cliff-hangers will leave the reader rapidly turning the pages in anticipation… A wickedly delightful read.” (New York Daily News)

About the Author

Sally Christie is the author of The Sisters of Versailles and The Rivals of Versailles. She was born in England and grew up around the world, attending eight schools in three different languages. She spent most of her career working in international development and currently lives in Toronto.
Visit SallyChristieAuthor.com to find out more about Sally and the Mistresses of Versailles trilogy.
You can also find her on FacebookGoodreads, and Amazon.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spotlight! ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN COURT AND CAMPAIGN - WARREN BULL

ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN COURT AND CAMPAIGN
WARREN BULL
Publication Date: January 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
AUGUST DIETRICH, who reports for the abolitionist Penn Statesman and THADDEUS CHURCH who reports for the slavery-friendly Richmond Enquirer both arrive in Springfield, Illinois to cover the re-election campaign of STEVEN A. DOUGLAS. They listen to a speech by his opponent in which the says, “A house divided cannot not stand.” Non-entity ABRAHAM LINCOLN from the new Republican Party challenges the incumbent to a series of debates. The differences between the men reflects the widening gap between citizens who support slavery within the new territories and states and those who oppose it. Blood has already been spilled and the possibility of a civil war hangs over the country.
After each man shows up separately at Lincoln’s office to question him, the candidate talks to both of them together. They travel together to the next speech. They discuss slavery and although neither man changes the other man’s opinion, they come to respect each other’s sincerity. They share an interest Abraham Lincoln despite the difficulty he faces against the odds-on favorite to become the Democratic nominee for President in two years.
They hear rumors about a trial in which Lincoln may have suborned perjury and falsified evidence to save his oldest friend’s son from hanging. Together they travel to each debate and track down participants in the trial hoping to find the truth and hoping to find a way that pro and anti slavery Americans can coexist in peace.
After considerable time and effort they arrive at a conclusion about the trial that reveals a glimpse into the heart and soul of Abraham Lincoln. They visit Lincoln one more time after his defeat and offer him the consolation that despite his loss, he has become one of the national leaders of people opposed to the expansion of slavery.

About the Author


Warren Bull is the award-winning author of the novels ABRAHAM LINCOLN FOR THE DEFENSE, HEARTLAND and DEATH IN THE MOONLIGHT and the short story collections MURDER MANHATTAN STYLE, KILLER EULOGY AND OTHER STORIES and NO HAPPY ENDINGS. He is a life-time professional member of Sisters in Crime (with no hope of parole) and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, He has published in STRANGE MYSTERIES anthologies (1 through 7) from Whorlteberry Press, BLACK COFFEE, DESTINATION MURDER and WE’VE BEEN TRUMPED anthologies for Dark House Books, Great Mystery and Suspense magazine, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, Crimeandsuspence.com, Mouth Full of Bullets, The Back Alley, Sniplits.com Untreed Reads, Mysterical-E and a number of anthologies from Dark House Press. He was a psychologist in his “day job” for thirty years. Warren is a fierce competitor at trivia games. He claims he comes from a functional family.
For more information, please visit Warren Bull’s website and blog. You can also find him on FacebookTwitterGoodreads, and Amazon.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Spotlight! As You Lay Sleeping - Katlyn Duncan

As You Lay Sleeping 
Katlyn Duncan 
Published by: HQ Digital
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

I did it all for you…

Cara’s boyfriend is dead.

When fingers start pointing at her, she knows she’s in more trouble than she originally thought. Because Cara can see that something isn’t right.

As her carefully constructed life begins to crumble, Cara isn’t sure who she is anymore.

But maybe that’s exactly what someone wants her to think…




Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.





Thursday, 2 March 2017

Spotlight! The Broken One - Christine H. Bailey

The Broken One 
Christine H. Bailey 

Sixteen-year-old Farris is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend. But even one year later, she can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality.

When he offers her the chance to find the truth, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward?










Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website at www.cibailey.com.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Spotlight! DAUGHTER OF A THOUSAND YEARS - AMALIA CAROSELLA

DAUGHTER OF A THOUSAND YEARSBY AMALIA CAROSELLA
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 442 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Medieval Romance
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Greenland, AD 1000
More than her fiery hair marks Freydís as the daughter of Erik the Red; her hot temper and fierce pride are as formidable as her Viking father’s. And so, too, is her devotion to the great god Thor, which puts her at odds with those in power—including her own brother, the zealous Leif Eriksson. Determined to forge her own path, she defies her family’s fury and clings to her dream of sailing away to live on her own terms, with or without the support of her husband.
New Hampshire, 2016
Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. But in a small town steeped in traditional values, her cultural beliefs could jeopardize both her academic career and her congressman father’s reelection. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon.
In a dramatic, sweeping dual narrative that spans a millennium, two women struggle against communities determined to silence them, but neither Freydís nor Emma intends to give up without a fight.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

About the Author03_amalia-carosella-author

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). For more information, visit her blog at www.amaliacarosella.com.
She also writes myth-steeped fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Amalia Dillin. Learn more about her other works at www.amaliadillin.com.
You can connect with Amalia Carosella on FacebookTwitterGoodreads, and Google+. Sign up for her newsletter, The Amaliad, for news and updates.

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Wednesday, March 1
Review at The Maiden’s Court
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Monday, March 6
Review at Luxury Reading
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Interview at Books, Dreams, Life
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Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Spotlight! Life is but a Nightmare - Erin Hayes


Life is but a Nightmare
Erin Hayes
(The Elysium Legacies, #2)
Publication date: February 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
The sequel to the genre-bending, hugely imaginative Death is but a Dream.
“There must always be a God of Wealth…”
Former police detective Callie Saunders shouldn’t be alive, but she’s been thriving with her new lease on life away from the machinations of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses.
Yet there’s always been someone missing from this little piece of paradise.
When a vengeful god kidnaps her son, she travels back to a world she barely understands to find him. A world where she must face humanity’s greatest enemies and her former lover. If she’s not careful, she’ll lose her soul again. And, maybe, even her heart.

Sequel to:



Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.
She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia. 
You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.


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