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Blog Tour: The Lover's Portrait (The Adventures of Zelda Richardson #2) by Jennifer S. Alderson

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Author: Jennifer S. AldersonNarrator: Carol PurdomSeries: The Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Book 2Publisher: Jennifer S. AldersonReleased: Oct. 2, 2017Length: 10 hours 42 minutesGenre: Mystery     Missing masterpieces, Nazi blackmailers, and a pesky amateur sleuth. 
     When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in. 
     After studying for a year in the Netherlands, Zelda scores an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, where she works on an exhibition of paintings and sculptures once stolen by the Nazis, lying unclaimed in Dutch museum depots almost seventy years later. When two women claim the same portrait of a young girl entitled Irises, Zelda is tasked with investigating the painting's history and s…

Blog Tour: Interview with M. J. Rose

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I am very honored to get the chance to interview best-selling author MJ Rose about her latest book, Tiffany Blues. The book recalls the story of Laurelton Hall, where Mr. Tiffany would invite artists, sculptors, and others to stay and create there over the summer. Mr. Tiffany loved beauty in all things, and he surrounded these incredibly talented artists with inspiration. In this interview, Ms. Rose speaks about her inspiration for the story, how she researched it, and her love and passion for the arts. Thank you, Ms. Rose, for this interview!



You've been fascinated by Louis Comfort Tiffany since you were a child. Why was this the right time to write about a novel about his artist colony?

I think because of politics, we're all suffering one way or another a bit more than normal these days... No matter your leanings, I think everyone would agree we're been exposed to a lot that is ugly and difficult to deal with. Louis Comfort Tiffany believed in and was obsessed with be…

Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride by Elizabeth Norton: A Book Review

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Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride
Author: Elizabeth Norton
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Release Date: 2011
Pages: 224
Source: Personal Collection
Synopsis: I like her not! was the verdict of Henry VIII on meeting his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, for the first time, complaining that he had been sent a Flanders mare. 

     Anne, having been promised the most handsome prince in Europe, was also destined to be disappointed in the elderly and corpulent king. Forced to proceed with their wedding for diplomatic reasons, Henry and Anne tried to make the best of the situation, but attempts to consummate the match were farcical. 

     After only seven months of marriage Henry was so desperate to rid himself of Anne that he declared himself impotent in order to secure a divorce. Anne was also eager to end her marriage and, with her clever handling of Henry, obtained one of the biggest divorce settlements in English history. Following her divorce, Ann…

Jane Seymour: Henry VIII's True Love by Elizabeth Norton: A Book Review

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Jane Seymour: Henry VIII's True Love
Author: Elizabeth Norton
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Release Date: 2011
Pages: 288
Source: Personal Collection
Synopsis: The first ever biography of Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's third wife, who died in childbirth giving the king what he craved most - a son and heir. 

     Jane Seymour is often portrayed as meek and mild and as the most successful, but one of the least significant, of Henry VIII's wives. The real Jane was a very different character, demure and submissive yet with a ruthless streak - as Anne Boleyn was being tried for treason, Jane was choosing her wedding dress. From the lowliest origins of any of Henry's wives her rise shows an ambition every bit as great as Anne's. 

     Elizabeth Norton tells the thrilling life of a country girl from rural Wiltshire who rose to the throne of England and became the ideal Tudor woman.

My Review: Jane Seymour is usually regarded as Henry VIII’s most s…

Anne Boleyn: Adultery, Heresy, Desire by Amy License: A Book Review

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Anne Boleyn: Adultery, Heresy, Desire
Author: Amy License
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Release Date: 2017
Pages: 624
Source: Personal Collection
Synopsis: Anne Boleyn’s unconventional beauty inspired poets ‒ and she so entranced Henry VIII with her wit, allure and style that he was prepared to set aside his wife of over twenty years and risk his immortal soul. Her sister had already been the king’s mistress, but the other Boleyn girl followed a different path. For years the lovers waited; did they really remain chaste? Did Anne love Henry, or was she a calculating femme fatale?

     Eventually replacing the long-suffering Catherine of Aragon, Anne enjoyed a magnificent coronation and gave birth to the future Queen Elizabeth, but her triumph was short-lived. Why did she go from beloved consort to adulteress and traitor within a matter of weeks? What role did Thomas Cromwell and Jane Seymour of Wolf Hall play in Anne’s demise? Was her fall one of the bigg…

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy by Andrew Morton: A Book Review

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Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy
Author: Andrew Morton
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: 2018
Pages: 401
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. 

     "You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance." -Wallis Simpson

     Before she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis's first words as recalled by her family were "me, me." From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb…

Blog Tour: The Glass Butterfly (Haunted Hearts Legacy #3) by A.G. Howard

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THE GLASS BUTTERFLY (Haunted Hearts Legacy #3)
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: August 15, 2018
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 278
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

All other formats and vendors will be available on the official launch date: August 15, 2018

Synopsis: For close to a decade, twenty-five-year-old Felicity Lonsdale has masqueraded as a dowager almost twice her age—selling caterpillars to butterfly consortiums—enabling her to hide an ill-fated past while raising her late brother’s daughters. Together, the three live on an isolated Irish estate bequeathed by a dying earl. When the earl’s estranged son arrives to claim his inheritance by threatening to expose Felicity’s true identity, she longs to pack up her nieces and run. But a ghostly secret within the castle’s turret holds her captive.

     Nick Thornton—a Roma viscount’s heir—is also captive. After a tryst with an investor’s wife nearly destroyed his family’s holiday resort, Nick forsook everything to elope…