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Blog Tour: Color Song A Daring Tale of Intrigue and Artistic Passion in Glorious 15th Century Italy: A Book Review

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Publication Date: September 16, 2014 | Skyscape (Amazon Children’s Publishing) | Formats: eBook, Paperback, Hardcover Genre: YA Historical
Source: This book was given to me from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. READ AN EXCERPT.


Synopsis: By the author of the acclaimed Passion Blue, a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012 and “a rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion,” comes a fascinating companion novel. Artistically brilliant, Giulia is blessed – or cursed – with a spirit’s gift: she can hear the mysterious singing of the colors she creates in the convent workshop of Maestra Humilità. It’s here that Giulia, forced into the convent against her will, has found unexpected happiness, and rekindled her passion to become a painter – an impossible dream for any woman in 15th century Italy. But when a dying Humilità bequeaths Giulia her most prized possession – the secret formula for the luminously beautiful paint called Passion blue –…

Blog Tour: I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe: A Book Review

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I Shall Be Near To You: A Novel
Author: Erin Lindsay McCabe
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Release Date: 2014
Pages: 320
Source: This book was given to me as part of the TLC Book Tour in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Union Army, inspired by the letters of a remarkable female soldier who fought in the Civil War.

     Rosetta doesn't want her new husband, Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she's always worked by her father’s side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she's told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier.

      With the ar…

Blog Tour: Under The Almond Trees by Linda Ulleseit: A Book Review

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UNDER THE ALMOND TREES
Author: Linda Ulleseit
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: 2014
Pages: 426
Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Under the Almond Trees is the story of my family – three ordinary women in California who lived extraordinary lives. It started with a falling tree branch that killed Ellen VanValkenburgh’s husband in 1862, forcing her to assume leadership of his paper mill, something women weren’t allowed to do. Women weren’t allowed to vote yet, either. Ellen decided that had to change, and became a suffragette. In 1901, Emily Williams , Ellen’s daughter-in-law, became an architect – very much against her family’s wishes. No one would hire a woman, but Emily would not be deterred. She and her life partner Lillian set out to build homes themselves. By the 1930’s women enjoyed more freedom, including the vote. Even so, Ellen’s granddaughter Eva VanValkenburgh chose a traditional life of marriage…

Guest Post by Elisa DeCarlo: From Corsets to Chemises: Fashion as Liberation

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Today's guest writer is Elisa DeCarlo. Elisa DeCarlo has published two novels, Strong Spirits and The Devil You Say as well as The Abortionist's Daughter. Her work is also in a number of anthologies. Elisa has also written and performed a number of solo shows across the country. In 2013, the Exit Press will publish an anthology of her stage work. Elisa was born in Westchester, NY, and grew up there and in New York City. As an actress, she has performed in television, radio and film. In her guest post, Elisa DeCarlo talks women's fashion in the 1910s. Be sure to check out my review of The Abortionist's Daughter soon. Thank you, Mrs. DeCarlo.



From Corsets to Chemises: Fashion As Liberation

In The Abortionist’s Daughter, which is set in 1916, the evolution of the main character, Melanie Daniels, is not only shown by her thoughts actions, but also her clothes.  Since I am an obsessed fashion buff, I had to write about the clothes! Queen Victoria ruled Great Britain, fro…

Facebook Launch Party for Linda Covella's Yakimali's Gift!

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Facebook Launch Party for Linda Covella's Yakimali's Gift!

     If you have never been to a Facebook launch party then you are really missing out! I have participated in a few and I always have the best time interacting with best-selling authors and other bookworms as well as getting the chance to win some fabulous prizes (I won Claude and Camille by Stphanie Cowell). Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours will be hosting a Facebook launch party for Linda Covella's Yakimali's Gift on September 16th so read below for all the information you need. I hope you will come!




Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Astraea Press
eBook; 206p
Genre: YA Historical Fiction


HF Virtual Book Tours proudly presents Linda Covella’sYakimali’s Gift Launch Party on September 16th, from 7-9pm EST! There will be fabulous giveaways and prizes, guest authors, Q&A, trivia, & more! We hope you’ll join us & your fellow HistFic fans for some bookish fun!


Where: FacebookEvent(click to RSVP)
When: Tuesd…

Winner of Beggars and Angels Giveaway!

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The winner of Beggars and Angels Giveaway is Anne! Congratulations, Anne! Thanks to all who entered in the giveaway and to all those who are interested in Rosemary Tran Lauer and Scott Beller, along with their novel, and the charity organization, Devotion to Children.

La Belle Creole: The Cuban Countess who Captivated Havana, Madrid and Paris by Alina Garcia-Lapuerta: A Book Review

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La Belle Creole: The Cuban Countess who Captivated Havana, Madrid and Paris
Author: Alina Garcia-Lapuerta
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, History
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Pages: 320
Source:  Netgalley/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: The adventurous woman nicknamed La Belle Creole is brought to life in this book through the full use of her memoirs, contemporary accounts, and her intimate letters. The fascinating Maria de las Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, also known as Mercedes, and later the Comtesse Merlin, was a Cuban-born aristocrat who was years ahead of her time as a writer, a socialite, a salon host, and a participant in the Cuban slavery debate. Raised in Cuba and shipped off to live with her socialite mother in Spain at the age of 13, Mercedes triumphed over the political chaos that blanketed Europe in the Napoleonic days, by charming aristocrats from all sides with her exotic beauty and singing voice. She married General Me…

Interview with Rosemary Tran Lauer & Scott Beller

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Today, I had the privilege to interview Rosemary Tran Lauer and Scott Beller. They are the Coauthors of Beggars and Angels. Beggars and Angels tells Rosemary’s rags to riches as she embarks on her journey as a single mother Vietnam war refugee and immigrates to the U.S. She struggles with poverty and later on cancer, but eventually becomes a successful philanthropist through her foundation, Devotion to Children. I found Beggars and Angels to be an inspiring memoir that has a powerful message of hope. I am very honored that Mrs. Lauer and Mr. Bellar has taken the time to grant me an interview. This interview is to give us an insight not only into their novel, but also about their charity organization Devotion to Children. Thank you, Mrs. Lauer and Mr. Beller.


1.  Why did Rosemary decide to tell her story to the world?

     Back in her salon-industry days, Rosemary had customers sitting with her as a captive audience for an hour or more at a time, which gave them plenty of opportuni…