Blog Tour: The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend: Nicole Evelina

The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend by Nicole EvelinaPublication Date: November 21, 2017 Lawson Gartner Publishing eBook & Paperback; 281 Pages Genre: History & Criticism/Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Synopsis: Guinevere’s journey from literary sinner to feminist icon took over one thousand years…and it’s not over yet.

     Literature tells us painfully little about Guinevere, mostly focusing on her sin and betrayal of Arthur and Camelot. As a result, she is often seen as a one-dimensional character. But there is more to her story. By examining popular works of more than 20 authors over the last one thousand years, The Once and Future Queen shows how Guinevere reflects attitudes toward women during the time in which her story was written, changing to suit the expectations of her audience. Beginning in Celtic times and continuing through the present day, this book synthesizes academic criticism and popular opinion into a highly readable, appr…

Blog Tour: Wrapped in the Stars by Elena Mikalsen

Wrapped in the Stars by Elena MikalsenPublication Date: February 19, 2018 The Wild Rose Press Paperback & eBook; 384 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: Struggling with guilt over her sister’s death and the stress of her medical residency, Maya Radelis runs away to Scotland. She gets lost in an alley, where a robin mysteriously appears, leading her to an antique shop where she buys a century-old moonstone engagement ring. After having a dream about the ring’s former owner, Maya quickly realizes that there is a mystery associated with the ring, and it was not an accident that she was led to buy it.

The novel follows Maya from Edinburgh to Paris to Bern, and, finally, to New York as she discovers why she was meant to find the ring and learn about Rebecca, a young Jewish woman practicing medicine in Bern as the Great War unfolded and the Russian Revolution was planned in Switzerland. Maya especially wants to learn about the love story between Rebecca and Mark, a young surgeon from …

Blog Tour: The Phantom's Apprentice by Heather Webb

The Phantom's Apprentice by Heather WebbPublication Date: February 6, 2018 Sonnet Press Paperback & eBook; 350 Pages ISBN13: 9780999628508 Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: In this re-imagining of Phantom of the Opera, meet a Christine Daaé you’ve never seen before…

     Christine Daaé sings with her violinist Papa in salons all over Paris, but she longs to practice her favorite pastime—illusions. When her beloved Papa dies during a conjurer’s show, she abandons her magic and surrenders to grief and guilt. Life as a female illusionist seems too dangerous, and she must honor her father’s memory.

     Concerned for her welfare, family friend Professor Delacroix secures an audition for her at the Nouvel Opéra—the most illustrious stage in Europe. Yet Christine soon discovers the darker side of Paris opera. Rumors of murder float through the halls, and she is quickly trapped between a scheming diva and a mysterious phantom. The Angel of Music.

     But is the Angel truly a spirit, or a…

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James: A Book Review

Lost Among the Living
Author: Simone St. James
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery and Suspense, Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: 2016
Pages: 364
Source: My State Public Library
Synopsis: England, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss. Working as a paid companion to Alex's wealthy, condescending aunt, Dottie Forsyth, Jo travels to the family’s estate in the Sussex countryside. But there is much she never knew about her husband’s origins…and the revelation of a mysterious death in the Forsyths’ past is just the beginning…

     All is not well at Wych Elm House. Dottie's husband is distant, and her son was grievously injured in the war. Footsteps follow Jo down empty halls, and items in her bedroom are eerily rearranged. The locals say the family is cursed, and that a ghost in the woods has never rested. And when Jo discovers her husband’s darkest secrets, she wonders if she ever really knew him.  Isolated…

Blog Tour: The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg

The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca RosenbergPublication Date: January 30, 2018 Lake Union Publishing eBook & Paperback; 348 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: San Francisco, 1915. As America teeters on the brink of world war, Charmian and her husband, famed novelist Jack London, wrestle with genius and desire, politics and marital competitiveness. Charmian longs to be viewed as an equal partner who put her own career on hold to support her husband, but Jack doesn’t see it that way…until Charmian is pulled from the audience during a magic show by escape artist Harry Houdini, a man enmeshed in his own complicated marriage. Suddenly, charmed by the attention Houdini pays her and entranced by his sexual magnetism, Charmian’s eyes open to a world of possibilities that could be her escape.

As Charmian grapples with her urge to explore the forbidden, Jack’s increasingly reckless behavior threatens her dedication. Now torn between two of history’s most mysterious and charismatic…

Olympias: Mother of Alexander the Great by Elizabeth Carney: A Book Review

Olympias: Mother of Alexander the Great 
Author: Elizabeth Carney
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Publisher: Routledge
Release Date: 2006
Pages: 240
Source: Personal Collection
Synopsis: The definitive guide to the life of the first woman to play a major role in Greek political history, this is the first modern biography of Olympias.

     Presenting a critical assessment of a fascinating and wholly misunderstood figure, Elizabeth Carney penetrates myth, fiction and sexual politics and conducts a close examination of Olympias through historical and literary sources, and brings her to life as she places the figure in the context of her own ancient, brutal political world.

     Individual examinations look at:
the role of Greek religion in Olympias' lifeliterary and artistic traditions about Olympias found throughout the later ancient periodsvarying representations of Olympias found in the major ancient sources.      An absolutely compelling read for students, scholars, and anyone with a…

Book Blitz: The Viking's Chosen by Quinn Loftis

The Viking’s Chosen 
Quinn Loftis
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: February 12th 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis: His orders are clear: launch a raid against England and bring home the spoils of war. But the prophecy is also clear: General Torben will take a foreign bride—one who is a seer and healer just like his mother. The eldest princess of England is said to be just that…a beautiful, charming, and headstrong woman. But he’s a Viking army general and she’s an English princess—and one who is already promised to the king of Tara.
     Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless.

Quinn Loftis is the author of twenty novels, including the USA Today Bestseller Fate and Fury.

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