Announcement: Winner THE REDEEMERS (Quinn Colson #5) by Ace Atkins

And the winner of the giveaway for THE REDEEMERS (Quinn Colson #5) by Ace Atkins is…..

Patrick M (commented on blog)

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Thank you to everyone who entered and a huge thank you to the publisher for making this giveaway possible!

Book Blast: NAKED: A NOVEL OF LADY GODIVA by ELIZA REDGOLD

02_Naked A Novel of Lady Godiva_CoverNAKED: A NOVEL OF LADY GODIVA
by ELIZA REDGOLD

Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
Pages: 320

Genre: Historical Fiction

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We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story.

We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva’s ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom’) and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.

Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice. Read the full post »

Review: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

In the kingdom of Mytica, magic had been forgotten until three three very different rulers look for what was once lost.

In the north where Prince Magnus lives, the King of Blood rules and longs for power and unlimited magic. In the middle region, which is full of rebels lives Jonas…and there the people are ruled by a chief claiming to have magic but none have seen it, and in the south a prosperous region exists where Princess Cleo lives in a wonderfully naive world where magic is the stuff of myth and legend.

When a man is murdered in cold blood by Princess Cleo’s friend, his death sparks a revolution putting all three kingdoms against each other. The time is ripe for the King of Blood to seize all of the kingdoms for himself…and conquer he will…..by any means necessary. For him to rule, he must do so through magic and sacrifice.

There are four central POV characters, Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and the sorceress, Lucia (also Magnus’s sister). All of these main characters are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

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Review: War of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou by Conn Iggulden

War is coming….or is it winter? This is the book that inspired the wildly popular A Song of Ice and Fire series (AKA Game of Thrones). This latest book in the War of the Roses series was a constant action sequence.

I haven’t read the first book in the series and that did put me at a bit of a disadvantage because I didn’t fully understand the relationships between some of the characters but I do know my British history so it didn’t take too long to get situated in the story.

the year is 1454 and King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness for over a year. His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards his interests, and hopes that one day her son Edward will know the love of his father.

Richard Duke of York, Protector of the Realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom while King Henry struggles with his illness. The Earls of Salisbury and Warwick make up a formidable trinity with Richard, and together they seek to break the support of those who would raise their colors in the name of Henry and his Queen.

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Review: Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor

Emily Dickinson is one of America’s most beloved poets. But who was the woman behind all that passion and genius? This book offers a glimpse (albeit a fictional glimpse) into the life of Emily and her life as a recluse in Amherst, Massachusetts.

The story alternates between Emily’s POV and that of her new Irish maid, Ada. Ada has left her family in Ireland in favor of seeking employment in a prosperous new world. When she lands her job at the Dickinson residence as a’ maid of all’, she knows she is fortunate to be in with such a well to do family.

Emily and Ada quickly hit things off and develop a mutual respect for each other. As Emily becomes more and more reclusive, she starts living vicariously through Ada. Though separated by their social standings these two women find a mutual friendship that is both beautiful and compelling.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this novel…..I was thinking it would be more about Emily and her life and less about the maid and the bonds of female friendship/companionship but I was pleasantly surprised with this new perspective.

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