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Ahab's Daughter (The Werewhale Saga Book 1) by Ron Vitale: A Book Review

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Ahab's Daughter (The Werewhale Saga Book 1)
Author: Ron Vitale
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Amazon
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Pages: 219
Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: A sea of danger and magic. A family that can’t stay clear of the water…

     Morgan refuses to let her twin brother suffer the same fate as their whale-obsessed father Captain Ahab. Despite her efforts to keep Nathan on dry land, her brother can’t resist the siren song of the sea and rumors of untold treasures on the Island of Nightmares…

     Before Nathan can drop anchor and find his bounty, his crew encounters an ominous force. He’s convinced the creature is somehow connected to his father’s past and that one of his crew has been bitten. Could Nathan actually be on the run from a werewhale?

     As the dark island fast approaches, Nathan’s adventure could end in a watery grave. It’s up to Morgan and her father’s old crewmate Ishm…

Book Blast: Sown in Tears and Where Do I Go by Beverly Magid

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Sown in Tears by Beverly MagidPublication Date: September 18, 2012 Paperback & eBook; 194 Pages ISBN-13: 978-1478104575 Genre: Fiction/Historical/Jewish

READ THE FIRST CHAPTER.
Synopsis: Russia, 1905: The Jews are restricted to the area called the Pale of the Settlement and the target of anti-semitism fomented by the government and exacerbated by the laws and the economy. After an attack on the village of Kortitz, Leah Peretz must find a way to survive and protect her young children. Her life is complicated by the unexpected attentions of the Russian officer, Captain Vaselik. Can she trust him? Should she join the burgeoning worker movement? Suddenly her path to self-discovery has become one of drama, revolution and courage.

     I read this story in ONE day. I could not put the book down!” – Impressions In Ink Book Blog

     “Sown in Tears will have you gripped from the first sentence. This exciting, fast-paced novel takes all the elements of romance, family love, friendship and loya…

Keep on Believing - A Cinderella Story: Historical Cinderella Fairy Tale (Where Dreams Come True Book 4) by Marie Higgins: A Book Review

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Keep on Believing - A Cinderella Story: Historical Cinderella Fairy Tale (Where Dreams Come True Book 4)
Author: Marie Higgins
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Amazon
Release Date: 2016
Pages: 180
Source: This book was given to me by Audiobookworm Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Taking some of the family’s jewels, Ella Spencer and her brother left the kingdom in the dead of night, escaping the clutches of their evil stepmother. Ella realized they need a different life than one of a servant. Now living in a new kingdom, Ella believes this is where they can start over again. So far, it’s working…until her brother’s school teacher starts poking his nose into their business. She cannot tell him the truth, yet deep down inside, she feels that he might be her Prince Charming after all, and be the one who’ll save her from danger.

Christopher Morgan is hiding secrets that he never plans to divulge. The sister of one of his students intrigues him, and he can’t k…

Daughter of the Sun: A Novel of The Toltec Empire by Barbara Wood: A Book Review

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Daughter of the Sun: A Novel of The Toltec Empire
Author: Barbara Wood
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: 2007
Pages: 453
Source: This book was given to me by Audiobookworm Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Hoshi'tiwa had a simple life: The daughter of a humble corn grower, she planned to marry a storyteller's apprentice. But her world is turned upside down when she is captured by the powerful and violent ruler of an infamous city with legends of untold wealth and unspeakable acts of violence to its name. Hoshi'tiwa is suddenly thrown into the court of the Dark Lord, and as she struggles for power, she begins an illicit affair with the one man who has the ability to destroy her.

Bestselling author Barbara Wood has crafted a sweeping saga of one woman's struggle to survive within the dangerous and exotic world of the Toltec court. Set against the backdrop of Chaco Canyon and the mysterious Anasazi people, D…

The Dragon Empress: Life and Times of Tz'u-Hsi, 1835-1908, Empress Dowager of China by Marina Warner: A Book Review

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The Dragon Empress: Life and Times of Tz'u-Hsi, 1835-1908, Empress Dowager of China
Author: Marina Warner
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholso
Release Date: 1972
Pages: 271
Source: My State Public Library
Synopsis: From 1861 to 1908 a woman - the Empress Dowager Tz'u-hsi, born the daughter of a minor mandarin - held the supreme power in China. Opportunist, ruthless, malicious, she ruled over 400 million people. This biography explores her complex personality - her extreme conventionalism, her hatred of foreigners, her passion for power and intrigue, her vanity and her delight in ritual, her extravagance and corruption, and her love of gardens, painting and the theatre. The book also portrays a China in rapid decline, as poverty, civil war and foreign exploitation and invasion brought about the fall of the Ch'ing dynasty. 

  My Review: Empress Dowager Cixi is one of history’s most controversial empresses. It was during Cixi’s rule that …

The Wardrobe Mistress: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Meghan Masterson: A Book Review

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The Wardrobe Mistress: A Novel of Marie Antoinette
Author: Meghan Masterson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: August 15th 2017
Pages: 384
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: THE WARDROBE MISTRESS is Meghan Masterson's fascinating and visceral debut, an inside look at Marie Antoinette's luxurious life in Versailles remarkably juxtaposed against life in third estate as the French Revolution gains strength. A propulsive exploration of love, loyalty, danger, and intrigue...not to be missed.

     It's Giselle Aubry's first time at court in Versailles. At sixteen, she is one of Marie Antoinette's newest undertirewomen, and in awe of the glamorous queen and her opulent palace life. A budding designer, it's a dream come true to work with the beautiful fabrics and jewels in the queen's wardrobe. But every few weeks she returns home to visit her family in Paris where rumors of revolution are growin…

Blog Tour: The It Girls by Karen Harper: A Book Review

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About The It GirlsPaperback: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 24, 2017)
Source: This book was given to me by TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: From New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper comes a novel based on the lives of two amazing sisters . . .

     One sailed the Titanic and started a fashion empire . . .

     The other overtook Hollywood and scandalized the world . . .

     Together, they were unstoppable.

     They rose from genteel poverty, two beautiful sisters, ambitious, witty, seductive. Elinor and Lucy Sutherland are at once each other’s fiercest supporters and most vicious critics.

     Lucy transformed herself into Lucile, the daring fashion designer who revolutionized the industry with her flirtatious gowns and brazen self-promotion. And when she married Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon her life seemed to be a fairy tale. But success came at many costs—to her marriage and to her children . . . and then came the fateful night of Apri…

Blog Tour: West (History Interrupted #1) by Lizzy Ford: A Book Review

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Author: Lizzy FordNarrator: Lillian YvesLength: 7 hours and 50 minutesSeries: History Interrupted, Book 1Publisher: Lizzy Ford Books LLCReleased: Jul. 31, 2017Genre: Romantic Fantasy
 If you could change history, would you? 
      College graduate Josephine "Josie" Jackson answers "yes" to the question on a survey while visiting the Old West tourist town of Tombstone. The next morning, she wakes up in Indian Territory in the 1840s, where she's given a mission to complete before she can return to her time: to reset history, and prevent the deaths of hundreds of thousands over the next century, by convincing the man responsible for kindling the war between settlers and natives to stay home on the day he's supposed to start the war.   
     But someone is hunting down time travelers and killing them. Three other women have been sent back to the same time period with Josie's mission. When she stumbles upon what happened to them, she realizes the chances of he…

Interview with Sara Sheridan

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Today, I have the pleasure to interview Sara Sheridan. She is the author of the Mirabelle Bevan historical mystery series. She has recently published, On Starlit Seas, which is a novel based on the life of Maria Graham. I have greatly enjoyed her Mirabelle Bevan mysteries, and I look forward to reading this one as well! I hope this interview will give you some insight into her novel. Thank you, Mrs. Sheridan!



You were inspired to write On Starlit Seas on a real person. What drew you to her story? 

I found Maria Graham in the National Library of Scotland’s John Murray archive. They had the books she’d originally written and her letters, journals and other papers. It was like finding a diamond in a mine. It was her nature, really - she just sparkled. It seemed extraordinary to me that this woman hadn’t been memorialised. She was a traveller, a writer and a mathematician. I wanted to write about her immediately.

How did you weave historical and fictional parts in the novel? What was yo…

Book Blast: The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett

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The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane CorbettPublication Date: October 20, 2017 Odyssey Books Paperback; 300 Pages Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Historical

Synopsis: She fancied herself part of a timeless chain without beginning or end, linked only by the silver strong words of its tellers.

     In the year 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bride's mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father's fairytales to the far side of the world. 

     When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook carry a dark double meaning. 

     As they inch towards their destination, Rhys's past returns to haunt him. Bridie grapples with the implications of her dad’s fin…

Blog Tour: The Painter's Apprentice by Laura Morelli

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The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice
Author: Laura Morelli
Category: Adult Fiction, 482 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: The Scriptorium
Release date: November 15, 2017
Tour dates: Oct 16 to Nov 17, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (some adult situations but no sex or explicit violence)

Book Description:

     Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you’d better decide quickly.

     Venice, 1510. Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she’s ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter.

     When the painter’s servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. She is forced to buy the servants’ silence, but as their greed steadily grows, Maria res…