BLOG TOUR | Fate of Elements – M. Stratton

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Fate of Elements!

Title: Fate of Elements
Author: M. Stratton
Genre: Mythology
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One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.

Raina Owens, who’d been taught from a young age that she could never be too careful, lived vicariously through the characters in her books. She never expected the letter informing her of a mysterious uncle she never knew, whose untimely death left her the only remaining heir to his estate. What she thought was a leap of faith into her first, real life adventure was only the beginning. Her uncle, and the house he had willed to her, held secrets beyond her understanding, but she held the answers to her future in the palm of her hand: the Skeleton Key. Would she be brave enough to turn the lock and step into her destiny?

Hallet, King of the Fire Elements, spent his life obsessed with the prophecy of the Skeleton Door and the one who would walk through it. As the tensions between the elements of his world rose, all he could do was wait for the one who would bring peace. His power over the fire element burned in his soul, and although he loved ruling over his people, deep down, something was missing.

A battle had been brewing for centuries. Betrayal, blood, and suspicion ran just below the surface of the people of Aimsir. Only the one who crossed through the Skeleton Door could bring them hope and peace. But was she ready to be The One to fulfill the prophecy? She would have to rely on her training, magic, and power over the elements to defeat the age-old rivalries which had been smoldering for centuries. Who could she trust? And was she strong enough to be the leader they so desperately needed? She was more than she ever thought she could be.

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I really enjoyed this novella. I read it in one day, because I couldn’t get enough. The world is beautifully written. M. Stratton has brought Aimsir to life in this story and I really loved it.

The characters and magic in this story were very unique and compelling. I absolutely loved reading about them.

Overall, I recommend checking this one out. It’s a fun novella with a beautiful world.



M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her Storm Series and Bender. She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago, Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

Stratton is a self-proclaimed dork who loves to make people laugh. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd, but she quiet and shy on the outside. She spends her days plotting new ways to surprise her readers.

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BLOG TOUR | Ginger Snapped – Chloe Sunstone

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Ginger Snapped.

Ginger Snapped: A Cybercrime Thriller with a Shocking Twist

Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018

Genre: Thriller

How does an amazing professional opportunity descend into a living nightmare?

Carefree Ginger’s motto of “Work Hard, Play Harder” shapes her life. So when her husband, Jake, gets a job offer on the other side of the country, she is up for the adventure.

But after Jake accepts the promotion, nothing is as expected. While Ginger remains in Cleveland to sell their house, she is plagued by strange prank calls, premonition-like nightmares, and the feeling that she is being watched. Is Jake’s new job putting her in danger?

Unfortunately, she ignores her intuition and soon finds herself face to face with a ruthless killer. Trapped in a deadly world of corporate corruption and murderous greed, she must overcome her own fears and rely on her wits if she plans to survive.

Although the first in the Ginger Gibson series, this is a standalone book.

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Ginger Snapped was interesting from the first line and kept me hooked until the end. When a book announces it has a “shocking twist” I’m always suspicious if that is the case…but I can honestly say, I was shocked and surprised!

I loved the characters. Ginger was a great female lead, and I enjoyed reading her story. The romance was sweet, possibly a little too sweet but I enjoy a healthy romance.

Overall, I found this novel fun. The cyber part wasn’t too over my head, the thrills were awesome and the end shocked me as promised! I recommend checking this out.



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Oh No! I’m back. I am surrounded by inky black nothingness. The air is musty…damp, my nostrils fill with the smell of dank basement. Like in a haunted house, filled with saws and chains and bloody hooks, this is the perfect place for any psycho to hide his tools of the crazy trade. I’m trembling, from the all-encompassing fear, eating at every cell in my body. Where am I? My fingers search out for clues. Beneath me is a thin mattress on a hard surface. My head rests on a concrete-like pillow. My breathing escalates as the panic rises in my chest. I open my mouth to scream, but only a muted croak escapes. Over the thunder of my pounding heart, I hear a booming crack, a gunshot. I recognize the sound from a trip to the range with Jake years earlier.

I swing my legs over the side of my perch, thinking in my blind panic to run even though I cannot see. I can’t ignore this intense urge to flee. But my impulse is thwarted by an unknown restraint trapping my left arm, a rope? Panic has me in its grip. I gasp for air to fill my lungs but produce only whimpers and muted pleas.

A loud screech reverberates through the darkness. Rats? Oh, please, no rats! Could this get any worse? Hysterical, I yank relentlessly on the rope tethering me. With each tug, the line cuts deeper into my skin. My arm warms as blood seeps from the gouges, coating my hand and fingers. Behind me, the pounding sound of footsteps startles me. Before I can turn to confront my visitor, I feel the rush of air preceding the impact to the back of my head. A blaze of bright stars then, a different blackness envelopes me.

After over twenty years in Human Resources, Chloe decided to make a change. She returned to her first love of writing. She combined her corporate experience with her love for the written word to create engaging cyber-crime thrillers.

On a personal note, Chloe lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her loving husband, Mike. They spend their free time boating, scuba diving, and of course, reading. Her latest cybercrime mystery, Ginger Snapped, is available on Amazon.

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BLOG TOUR | Island of Secrets – Diane Demetre

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Island of Secrets!

A captivating story of love, mystery and hope

Two love stories separated in time. Two women following their dreams. In a paradise littered with painful secrets, will love turn the tide?

1973. Cecilia “CiCi” Freemont has a restless soul and the voice of an angel. Leaving her privileged upbringing behind, she chases her dreams to the sandy beaches of an unspoiled Hawaiian paradise, Harbor Island. But life takes an unexpected turn when she falls for the island’s young heir-apparent and her newfound adventure becomes too much to bear…

2017. Investigative journalist Tina Templeton has dedicated herself to the pursuit of truth. But when she inherits Harbor Island, her career plans take a confusing twist. Managing the sprawling island estate is tough business even with the help of aging cabaret singer, CiCi Freemont. Especially when a massive ecological disaster threatens to destroy her beautiful beaches—and the responding coast guard captain steals her heart.
As the investigation into the disaster reveals a 40-year-old mystery that could change their lives forever, will Tina find love among the secrets, or will CiCi’s painful past dash her dreams on the rocks?

Island of Secrets is an epic love story. If you like generations-spanning drama, characters with hidden pasts, heart-warming romance and intrigue, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s powerful romantic mystery in paradise.

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I really enjoyed Island of Secrets. I loved the concept of the generational span of drama. The plot had everything you could want in a book. Heart warming romance, mystery and set in paradise.

Cecilia was my favorite character. I thought she was compelling with her restlessness and dream chasing. I really enjoyed reading her journey.

Overall this was a very compelling and interesting book. I recommend checking it out.




The engine rumbled to life and Smith’s eldest son, Andrew, cast off the ropes from the jetty, while Cecilia sat on the aft seat. Shoving on her sunglasses and straw hat, she disguised some of the emotion but couldn’t totally hide it. Harbor Island II pulled out from the ramshackle jetty, setting a slow course across the harbor. Just over seven months ago, she came to the island with a young woman’s fantasies of adventure. She’d arrived seeking independence and freedom from her previous life. Filled with determination and dreams, she’d launched into a new job, a new family and a new life. Now, as she returned to Maui and then to the mainland, she took stock of what that desire for adventure had cost her. So, this was your adventure, Cecilia. To fall in love and then lose love?

From the shore drifted a lilting melody sung by a familiar blend of voices she’d heard many times in the Sunday service.

She rose and stuck her head in the cabin. “What are they singing, Smith?”

“It’s a traditional song of farewell. It wishes you love and success on your travels with the hope that one day you will return.”

She moved to the guide rail, clasping both hands to her breaking heart. The crystal waters of the bay lapped against the gleaming hull of the boat as Smith steered it toward the reef break. Memories flooded back to the day she arrived and her embarrassment at being so seasick, how Beatrice had interrogated her in the Local Store and how she’d been saved by Victoria, her new best friend. A nostalgic smile tipped her lips as the ghosts of her recent past revisited. Watching the people she’d grown to love raise their voices in goodbye, she ignored the hot tears streaking her cheeks.

“I hope one day to return too,” she said aloud.
With mournful voices raised and arms waving white handkerchiefs, they sent her on her way. She would not forget these wonderful people or this place, or the soulful melody which was now etched into her memory.

Not until they became tiny specks on the shore did Cecilia finally sit down. Smith turned and waited for her instruction. She nodded, and he pushed forward on the throttle. Bright and new, Harbor Island II cut through the ocean waves. Long accustomed to the rolling and pitching of the waves, she no longer felt squeamish. She’d matured. For neither the ocean nor life’s challenges held sway over her. Like Harbor Island II forging toward Lahaina, Cecilia was unstoppable in her purpose. Once more she turned away from the past. With jaw set, she faced into the stinging, salty wind, her chin lifted high, and like the cruiser, powered into her future. This will not break me. I am more than this.

Diane began her career as a school teacher before moving into the entertainment industry as a choreographer, director, event manager, dancer and actress, working in television and live theatre, and managing multi-million dollar productions.

Following her onstage career, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist, keynote speaker and presenter, appearing on national radio and television.

When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016.

Her romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.

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BLOG TOUR | The Secret – Katharine Johnson

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Secret. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Love, Lies, and Betrayal in Wartime Italy.

Two girls growing up in Mussolini’s Italy share a secret that has devastating consequences.

Against a backdrop of fear, poverty and confusion during the Second World War, friendship is tested, and loyalties are divided until a chance encounter changes everything.

Their lives diverge when beautiful, daring Martina marries and moves into Villa Leonida, the most prestigious house in their Tuscan mountain village, while plain, studious Irena trains to be a teacher.

But neither marriage nor life at Villa Leonida are as Martina imagined. And as other people’s lives take on a new purpose, Irena finds herself left behind.

Decades later, a tragedy at the villa coincides with the discovery of an abandoned baby, whose identity threatens to re-open old wounds among the next generation.



Wow. Wow…I could end the review there. This book is beautiful. Katharine Johnson brings us to the village of Santa Zita in the Tuscan mountains. I felt almost as if I was there, in this tight-knit community. I am in awe of the imagery that each word provoked. I haven’t even touched on the story yet because I am now a huge fan of Katharine Johnson’s writing.

The characters are so well written. The complexity of each, from the minute they are introduced is another something to praise Katharine Johnson for. The way their lives and motivations are tied together in the past and prest, without being jarring, is absolutely incredible.

I don’t want to spoil this story for anyone. It’s an experience you really should have for yourself, and so, I will stop my review here. I highly recommend checking this out. I think it will be worth your time.



Katharine Johnson likes writing about ordinary people who through a character flaw or bad decision find themselves in extraordinary situations. She’s a journalist living in Berkshire, England with her family and springy spaniel. When she’s not writing you’ll find her exploring cities, visiting old houses, playing netball, eating cake or restoring her house in Italy which is nothing like Villa Leonida.

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BLOG TOUR | The Sinister Gathering – Diane Ezzard

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Sinister Gathering!

Sophie attends a well-being retreat hoping to find herself, instead she finds a dead body.

Coming to the Scottish Highlands, she hopes to escape life and get in touch with her inner self. She wants to free herself from the anxieties that have gripped her for years.

Peace and harmony are advertised but what she discovers is anything but.

She is around women with other ideas. As she gets to know the strange bunch staying at Glenloch Hall, fights and arguments become the norm.
She should never have entered that fateful property.

She was looking for peace but found death.

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The Sinister Gathering is a book I’ve been looking forward to for a while because I did read the previous books in the Sophie Brown series. This one has become my favorite of the three. I was aboslutely glued to the book, and didn’t set it down once.

The characters are very interesting and complex. I find myself continuously drawn to Sophie, because she is just so real and likable. She is level-headed and a great heroine to read about.

I loved the mystery in this one. It kept me flippig the pages, trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Let’s just say, I’m a huge fan of this author.

If you love a good mystery, this is the series for you. I recommend checking out all three books!



Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives.

Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity.

She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.

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BLOG TOUR | Devotion – Katika Schneider


Today is my stop on the blog tour for Devotion!

Devotion (The Afflicted Saga: Tale of the Fallen Book I)
By Katika Schneider
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery

Demons were nothing but legends…

Or so the young General Nessix Teradhel had always believed. Abandoned by her god and caught in a political trap with her late father’s old comrade, Nessix had barely kept herself together even before these startling reports appeared.

But now Mathias Sagewind, the fabled White Paladin, has arrived on her quiet island nation of Elidae with confirmation of such terrors. Wielding the name of the Mother Goddess and divine strength not seen in years, he is Elidae’s best chance at victory. In the wake of a holy war, Nessix must learn to trust Mathias as he attempts to guide her from a troubled past and protect her from a tragic future.


Oh! This book is right up my alley. Epic fantasies with swords and sworcery, crazy good world building, action galore and characters that I relate to and love – that’s the kind of story I am drawn to and that is the kind of story Devotion is.

I went through a whirlwind of emotions and the twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved the world building. The author has a great talent for transporting the reader to the world, and really making you feel like you are there.

I could go on and on with this review or I could stop typing and let you start reading. I am really excited to see where this series goes and if you love this type of novel, I highly recommend checking it out!




[Nessix] fell to her back and stared up at the sky. “I wish I understood…”

“Understood what?” Mathias asked after several breath’s silence.

“Why bad things happen.” Nessix intentionally kept her answer vague, losing the courage that initiated this poignant conversation. She trusted Mathias not to judge her, but erected preemptive walls just in case. “You know what tomorrow is?”

Her tone struck Mathias with a startling truth. Nessix had walked behind shadows from her past since the day he met her, and she was finally ready to ask him to help hold a torch to them. “What?”

Her gaze drifted from him and a deep breath drew in her wits. “Eleven years since father gave his last orders.” Pinching her eyes shut against the promise of tears and shake of her lower lip, Nessix struggled to maintain her dignity and stared up at the sky once more. Mathias watched her curiously, but she didn’t dare confirm the nature of his interest. “How can you stand to live forever? To see everyone important to you have their lives snatched away? How do you deal with the doubt and the—” The fear? She wouldn’t let that escape her. “How do you do it?”

Mathias had seen Nes question herself before but never so in need of support. “I can’t answer that for sure. All I’ve ever done is continue with my duties.”

“Just like that? Keep on working and everything’s better?”

He chuckled. “I help people, it’s what I do. If they need healing, I mend them. If they need a bit of happiness, I offer what I can. In caring for others, I care for myself. You can’t concentrate on the evils of the world, or you’ll lose yourself. That’s why I always try to find the good.”

Nessix processed his words and picked a blade of grass. “I… I prayed for the first time in nearly a decade last night.” She twirled the grass between uncertain fingers in an excuse to not look at Mathias.

“I see.” A content smile turned Mathias’s lips. “What did you say?”

Nes’s eyes grew blank and she pinched the grass still. “It’s not important. He never answered.”

“Still praying to Inwan?” No wonder she was disappointed. “Next time, try Etha. She might surprise you.”

“Inwan’s the only god I know,” Nessix said. “Why would your Etha waste her time on me after all I’ve done?”

At least she admitted her blasphemy. “You’ve never given her a chance, but she knows you well.” Mathias watched Nes hopefully. “She’s been waiting to accept you when you’re ready. It might be time to move on.”

The words carried the intent to encourage her, but left Nessix much more alone. Out of everyone she knew, Mathias was the only one she assumed could relate to this fear. “If your Etha stepped out of your life, left you in silence after everything you’d been through, how long would you keep praying to her?”

Mathias clamped his jaw at the untimely irony of Nes’s question. No matter how much he wanted to deny it, his answer was exactly the same as hers.

A lover of literary adventure and notorious breaker of writing rules, Katika Schneider‘s been an obsessive writer for most of her life. She started out writing for herself before surrendering to her characters’ demands, and began pursuing publication in 2014. She’s a firm believer that everyone has a story to tell.

Holding her degree in Animal Science, Kat planned on attending veterinary school until incisions started making her faint. Today, her non-writing hobbies include classical horsemanship, collecting garden gnomes, customizing toy horses, binge watching anime, and rolling around on the floor making stupid noises with her awesome dog. She lives with her husband and their abundant family of critters.

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BLOG TOUR | Talented – Debbie Civil

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Talented.

By Debbie Civil
Genre: Paranormal Romance

We are talented, and our duty is to protect the town of Westgrove from a destructive enemy. For two years we have been hunting THEM. That’s right, we don’t know the name of our enemy. All we know is that human energy makes them stronger. So, we’ve spent our time patrolling heavily populated areas, to ensure the safety of our town. During a party in a secluded cabin, everything changes. A human is murdered, and our friends are dragged into the war to protect our territory. More complications arise when a keeper visits Westgrove and informs us of the council’s expectations. Will we obey or go rogue?


Talented is the first in a series and it’s a quick novella, which means it jumps right into the action quickly. There are a lot of characters, and honestly, it took me a little bit to understand everything that was going on.

I liked the alternating chapters of Reginald and Sophia. There’s some romance brewing, but since this is a novella, you know the book doesn’t get into everything. It definitely makes you want to pick up the next book.

I’m invested in the story now and am looking forward to finding out what happens next. I think this is a great introduction to the world, and worth taking a look at!




Chapter 1


Raff, Kent, Marissa and I sat at Marissa’s kitchen table. I clutched a mason jar which held four straws, one of which had a slit at its end. I closed my eyes and pleaded with my Maker that I didn’t pull the straw with the slit. I didn’t want to suffer through a night of babysitting a bunch of stuck-up idiots who would never understand the danger that they were in. Since Marissa was the one who had created the slit at the bottom of the straw, I was unable to fix the draw. Instead, I snatched a straw and placed the jar on the kitchen table by my best friend Raff’s arm. In all honesty, I could have touched the other end of the straw to know my fate. But Marissa liked the suspense. I didn’t have the heart to take that excitement from her, especially since I was the reason for the overwhelming despair that she once felt.

Raff sucked in a breath and selected a straw, dramatically shaking the mason jar. The sound of the straws clinking together would not reach Marissa’s mother, who was in her upstairs bedroom, arguing with the television. But had I been in her position, that would have sounded like a gong. So, when Raff shook the mason jar, I covered my ears while my other friends groaned in protest.

“What the hell!” Kent hissed, thankfully in a harsh whisper. “Can we get this over with? Touching awareness and echo is killing me,” Marissa quietly complained.

“You’re the one who insisted that one of us should go to every party,” I fought back, thinking that the girl had no right to whine about her circumstances.

“We can’t let Them win,” Marissa argued. Them. That was the only name we had for our evil enemies. The boy, Ki, who was the only one that had managed to contact knowledge, was murdered before he could tell us. So now the four of us, all Talented teenagers, fumbled around, trying to eliminate a nameless enemy that no one else could see.

“Okay, you can stop making contact with echo now. Reginald didn’t cheat this time,” Marissa reported, stating the obvious. I rolled my eyes, even though she couldn’t appreciate it. If any optometrist were to examine our eyes, they’d conclude that we were blind, and for the most part, we were. I hoped that it remained that way.

“Can we get this over with?” Kent asked, his boredom barely contained. “My mother is making cookies.” Kent Renner had four motivations in life: eating, reading, graphic audio, and sleeping. The guy was a hermit, only being able to tolerate the company of his mother.

“All right check your straws!” Marissa said, anticipation filling her tone. I grasped the other end of my straw and cursed.

“I have the straw,” I announced, my irritation giving way to anger. Raff patted me on the back.
“It’s okay, man. I’ll come with you.” Raff always volunteered to patrol with anyone that had the unlucky draw.

My name is Debbie Civil and I’m from Brockton Massachusetts. The most important detail about me is that I love literature. In a perfect world, I would live in a library and have unlimited access to tons of novels. I would also include my lucky laptop in the deal, so that I could write adventures. I graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a degree in child and adolescent psychology. My novels focus on the inner turmoil of young adults. I love to write stories about young love and the challenges that the teen couple will face. I also love writing fantasy novels. Aside from reading and writing, I enjoy spending time with friends, family, and my cat Charlie.

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BLOG TOUR | The Convalescent Corpse – Nicola Slade

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Convalescent Corpse! Dont forget to enter the giveaway!

A story of Family, Rationing and Inconvenient Corpses.

Life in 1918 has brought loss and grief and hardship to the three Fyttleton sisters. Helped only by their grandmother (a failed society belle and expert poacher) and hindered by a difficult suffragette mother, as well as an unruly chicken-stealing dog and a house full of paying-guests, they now have to deal with the worrying news that their late – and unlamented – father may not be dead after all. And on top of that, there’s a body in the ha-ha.

I love it. A delightfully unusual mystery with wonderful characterisation and historical detail.’ – LESLEY COOKMAN BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF


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I love the setting of this novel. It was very believable and feels like an actual portayl of the times. I felt like I was there with the characters, and I love when a book transports me like that.

I loved reading about the family, first and foremost. The characters were well developed and I was instantly drawn to and attached to Christy. Honestly, even without the mystery, I would have been happy to just read about this family and how they lived during the time. I loved the interactions between the characters, and I loved the quirkiness.

Having the mystery to solve was just another awesome addition to this already well developed story about this family. I love the cozy feel and despite the fact that the novel is set in wartime, it feels light-hearted and warm. I absolutely recommend checking this one out!



Nicola Slade lives in Hampshire where she writes historical and contemporary mysteries and women’s fiction. While her three children were growing up she wrote stories for children and for women’s magazines before her first novel, Scuba Dancing, was published in 2005. Among other jobs, Nicola has been an antiques dealer and a Brown Owl! She loves travelling and at one time, lived in Egypt for a year. The Convalescent Corpse is Nicola’s 9th novel. Nicola is also a member of a crime writers’ panel, The Deadly Dames.

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BLOG TOUR | The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King – Jerome Charyn

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! It’s simple, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you’re entered!

In this novel, which Kirkus Reviews calls, “colorful, entertaining” in its starred review, Charyn gives new dimension to Roosevelt, revealing Manhattan’s swampy underbelly after the Civil War, TR’s farcical and dangerous expeditions to the Dakota Badlands, and his personal anguish at losing his mother and wife on the same day. Like the best of E.L. Doctorow, historical detail is supported by a keen grasp of language and marked by a lack of sentimentality about the past. With a colorful supporting cast—including Buffalo Bill Cody, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leon Czolgosz (President McKinley’s assassin), plus Josephine, the loveable mountain lion who was the mascot of the Rough Riders (seen with Roosevelt on the cover), and the Rough Riders themselves, whom Roosevelt never deserted, THE PERILOUS ADVENTURES OF THE COWBOY KING is historical fiction and Jerome Charyn at their very best.

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I know…I know…don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Generally, I’m not a hystorical fiction fan. Not because it isn’t good reading, but because I’m too interested in the fantasy type novels, and I never give historical a chance. Well, when this book was offered to me, I couldn’t help myself. This time, I judged the book by its cover, and I think it worked out pretty well.

I don’t know Jerome Charyn’s work, but I do really like his style of writing. The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King is narrated by Teddy Roosevelt (yes, the president), and is an interesting take on his life, and a pretty fun biography to read.

The downside to this novel, in my opinion, is that if you aren’t a history buff, it isn’t as easy to get into it. It’s still fun, just took me a little work to grasp everything.

For fans of historical fiction, I think this is an awesome tale and an interesting and fun look into Roosevelt’s life. Definitely check it out!



For an astonishing span of over fifty years, Jerome Charyn has been dazzling readers with his “polymorphous imagination and crack comic timing” (Jonathan Lethem). His comic-tragic sensibility, along with his penchant for writing bold and adventurous stories, has inspired a new generation of writers across Europe and the United States, where he is nothing less than a literary icon. Now, with The Cowboy King, Charyn continues a literary structure he invented with Johnny One-Eye over a decade ago, that of using American history and the great figures it has produced to create a first-person novel rich in historical detail and uproarious dialogue.

Charging full on into American history, the main character of this audacious novel is Teddy Roosevelt, “the perfect bull in a china shop.” Raising the literary bar to a new level, Charyn recreates the New York City Police Commissioner, Rough Rider, and soon-to-become 26th President through his derring-do adventures, effortlessly juxtaposing superhero dialogue and daring exploits with haunting pathos and aching tragedy. Refusing to surrender to the womb-to-tomb of the president’s story, Charyn covers Roosevelt’s life up until his assumption to the presidency in 1901. Cowboy King begins with TR’s early years, as a sickly, asthma-wracked kid who was saved by his heroic and larger-than-life father, Braveheart, and concludes with McKinley’s assassination, told in poignantly elegiac prose, positioning Roosevelt as a fearless crime fighter and a pioneering environmentalist who would grow up to be our greatest peacetime president.

With an operatic cast, including “Bamie,” Roosevelt’s crippled older sister; or Eleanor, his gawky little niece; as well as the devoted Rough Riders, the novel even memorably features the lovable companion mountain lion Josephine, who in real life helped train Roosevelt for his “crowded hour,” the epic charge up San Juan Hill.
A master of lyrical farce and literary ventriloquism, Charyn has created a classic of historical fiction, confirming his place as “one of the most important writers in American literature” (Michael Chabon).

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BLOG TOUR | To Dream the Blackbane – Richard J. O’Brien

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for author Richard J. O’Brien’s latest novel, To Dream the Blackbane! Don’t forget to enterthe giveaway!

To Dream the Blackbane

Publication Date: December 29th, 2018

Genre: Fantasy/ Urban Fantasy

A cosmic event in 2015 fused Earth with the faerie realm. Scientists referred to the event as The Anomaly. A byproduct of The Anomaly was the advent of hybrid beings—people who became mixed with whatever animal or object was closest to them the moment the event occurred. Humans, or pedigrees, soon relegated fairy refugees and hybrids into ghetto zones in large cities.

Seventy years later, Wolfgang Rex, a second-generation hybrid—part human, part Rhodesian Ridgeback—is a retired police detective who runs a private investigation business in Chicago’s Southside. It’s a one-hybrid show; though Rex couldn’t survive without his assistant, the faerie Sally Sandweb.

One night, two vampires visit Rex and offer him a substantial reward for the recovery of a stolen scroll. Later that same evening, Charlotte Sweeney-Jarhadill, a pedigree woman from Louisiana, visits Rex and hires him to exorcize the headless ghost of a Confederate soldier from her home.

To complicate matters, the private detective ends up falling for Charlotte. Meanwhile, the vampires demand results in the search for the missing scroll. When Rex’s assistant Sally goes missing, he must stay alive long enough to find her. Charlotte and the vampires, however, have other plans for Rex.

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I saw the cover for To Dream the Blackbane, and was very compelled to read it. I love the noir-inspired, private dective feel, and honestly, the story didn’t disappoint me. It gave me exactly what I was hoping for when I read the synopsis. There’s tongue-in-cheek humor and crime, with an interesting twist of fantasy/urban fantasy elements.

I absolutely loved the world building of this novel. There is a ton of backstory and worldbuilding, that gives us a really vivid look into the types of characters. We have everything from animal-human hybrids to gargoyles and vampires, along with a whole lot of other types of creatures. To sum it up, To Dream the Blackbane is a blend of well known creatures into an urban fantasy setting and it was done really well.

I’m really impressed. Richard J. O’Brien has crafted a really unique novel, and I think it’s worth a try! Highly recommended.



Excerpt from the Prologue

One night, the stars went out. When they came back twenty-four hours later, the world witnessed new constellations. The year was 2015. Scientists called the event The Anomaly back then, and the name stuck. Before long, they found out that the new constellations weren’t the only product of The Anomaly.

Seventy years later, the debate continues between scholars about whether Earth herself, along with the solar system, remains in the same universe. In addition to the new constellations, one-third of Earth was shaved off—from Mongolia down over Greece and points south—and replaced with new lands. The satellites that once orbited Earth all vanished. Efforts were made in vain to launch new satellites into orbit, but none survived.

In the early days there was no way of knowing whether that chunk of the world had been obliterated, or if the land and its people—and a good chunk of the ocean—had been transported to a non-local plane. That’s what the scientists called it. A non-local plane. It was accepted as fact that the walls between realities had weakened. What no one could prove was how all of this had happened. As for everyone on the missing side, no one ever heard from them again.

Richard J. O’Brien is a graduate of the Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA in Creative Writing Program. Richard’s novels include Under the Bronze Moon, Infestation, and The Garden of Fragile Things. His short stories have appeared in The Del Sol Review, Duende, Pulp Literature, The Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, Weirdbook, and other magazines. Richard lives in New Jersey, where he teaches at Rowan College at Gloucester County and Stockton University.

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Jan 7th
Reads & Reels (Excerpt)
Life at 17 (Review)
Tranquil Dreams (Excerpt)
The Invisible Moth (Review)

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On the Shelf Book Reviews (Excerpt)
Jessica Rachow (Review)
Your Books, My Reviews (Review)

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I Smell Sheep (Excerpt)
The Voluptuous Book Diva (Excerpt)
Rockabilly Spoonie (Interview)
Splashes into Books (Excerpt)

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Anthony Avina (Excerpt)
The Bookworm Drinketh (Review)
The Return Cart (Review)
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