Monday, April 23, 2018

[Timeless Tour] Written Piece from Kim Van Alkemade, author of BACHELOR GIRL


For today's Timeless Tour I have a written piece from Kim van Alkemade, author of BACHELOR GIRL!


WRITTEN PIECE

Setting the Stage/Using Historical New York as Inspiration 

New York City is a great source of inspiration for me. Me, my mom, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother were all born in Manhattan so I feel a strong connection to the place—my parents even met in the Empire State Building! There are so many traces still today of historical sites from the turn of the last century that I am able to actually go to the places I am writing about, and the abundance of museums and libraries and archives means I always have something new to discover about the history of the city and the people who live there.



ABOUT BACHELOR GIRL:
NOW AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

Bachelor Girl plunges the reader deep into life during the Jazz Age…and the revealing of other secrets and confessions will keep readers up all night looking for answers.” —Booklist, starred review

From the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan #8 comes a fresh and intimate novel in the vein of Lilac Girls and The Alice Network about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love—inspired by the true story of Jacob Ruppert, the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees, and his mysterious bequest in 1939 to an unknown actress, Helen Winthrope Weyant.

When the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, takes Helen Winthrope, a young actress, under his wing, she thinks it’s because of his guilt over her father’s accidental death—and so does Albert Kramer, Ruppert’s handsome personal secretary. Helen and Albert develop a deepening bond the closer they become to Ruppert, an eccentric millionaire who demands their loyalty in return for his lavish generosity.

New York in the Jazz Age is filled with possibilities, especially for the young and single. Yet even as Helen embraces being a “bachelor girl”—a working woman living on her own terms—she finds herself falling in love with Albert, even after he confesses his darkest secret. When Ruppert dies, rumors swirl about his connection to Helen after the stunning revelation that he has left her the bulk of his fortune, which includes Yankee Stadium. But it is only when Ruppert’s own secrets are finally revealed that Helen and Albert will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship to him—and to each other.

Inspired by factual events that gripped New York City in its heyday, Bachelor Girl is a hidden history gem about family, identity, and love in all its shapes and colors.
About Kim van Alkemade:

Kim van Alkemade is the author of the historical novels Orphan #8 and Bachelor Girl. Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, and So To Speak. Born in New York City, she earned a BA in English and history from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Professor in the English Department at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches writing.

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Do you have any places that inspire you?

Friday, April 20, 2018

[Timeless Tour] Written Piece from Susanna Kearsley, author of BELLEWETHER


For today's Timeless Tour post I have a written piece from Susanna Kearsley, author of BELLEWETHER!


WRITTEN PIECE

Favourite Historical Fiction/Romances or Authors

How much space do you have? Because I always have such a hard time shortening my list—especially if I’m talking about current writers, because there are so many people writing now who’ve written books I’ve really enjoyed: Tessa Dare, Jeannie Lin, Elizabeth Boyle, Carla Kelly, Alyssa Cole, Donna Thorland, Beverly Jenkins, ALL of the women I blog with at the Word Wenches…

But I know if I try to list everyone who’s writing books I love right now, I’m inevitably going to leave off a name by mistake, and then I’ll feel just terrible, so I think it will be safer if I stick to telling you the three longtime favourite historical romances I’ve loved since I was a teenager, and still love now every time I re-read them.

The first is Bride of the MacHugh, by Jan Cox Speas, which was written in the 1950s and actually first discovered in our family by my mother when she was a teenager, sick in bed. She read the book in a condensed version in the newspaper, when it first came out, and then managed to buy her own copy, and years later that was the copy I read and fell in love with in my turn. It’s such a great romance, and Jan Cox Speas was such a great writer, and a huge influence on my own work.

The second of my longtime favourites is Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, the book that started my love of both Cornwall and wrong-side-of-the-tracks heroes. I’m sure some would classify it as more historical fiction than a proper historical romance, but since I always “finish” books with ambiguous endings in my own imagination, I can assure you that my version has a happy ending. So, definitely a romance.

And my third and final longtime favourite historical romance is by Dinah Dean—Road to Kaluga—a road-trip romance with an honourable soldier escorting a woman to safety during the Napoleonic wars. This book has another title, also, and is part of a trilogy, but it’s just such a good book I’ve never wanted to spoil it by reading the other connected stories. I just want to leave the characters exactly where I imagine them to be, at the story’s end.

So there you have my three (very old) favourites. They’re still on my shelves, and I still get them down and re-read them when I need the comfort of old friends, and first loves.

Thanks, Ambur, for letting me share them with you.




ABOUT BELLEWETHER:
Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets.

It’s 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict. The times are complicated, as are the loyalties of many New York merchants who have secretly been trading with the French for years, defying Britain’s colonial laws in a game growing ever more treacherous.

When captured French officers are brought to Long Island to be billeted in private homes on their parole of honour, it upends the lives of the Wilde family—deeply involved in the treasonous trade and already divided by war.

Lydia Wilde, struggling to keep the peace in her fracturing family following her mother’s death, has little time or kindness to spare for her unwanted guests. French-Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran has little desire to be there. But by the war’s end they’ll both learn love, honour, and duty can form tangled bonds that are not broken easily.

Their doomed romance becomes a local legend, told and re-told through the years until the present day, when conflict of a different kind brings Charley Van Hoek to Long Island to be the new curator of the Wilde House Museum.

Charley doesn’t believe in ghosts. But as she starts to delve into the history of Lydia and her French officer, it becomes clear that the Wilde House holds more than just secrets, and Charley discovers the legend might not have been telling the whole story...or the whole truth.
About Susanna Kearsley

A former museum curator, Susanna Kearsley brings her passion for research and travel to her novels, weaving modern-day and historical intrigue. She won the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Award for her novel Mariana, the 2010 Romantic Times Book Review’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction novel for The Winter Sea, was shortlisted for a 2012 RITA Award for The Rose Garden, and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from the Crime Writers of Canada for Every Secret Thing. Visit her at SusannaKearsley.com or follow her on Twitter @SusannaKearsley.

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I haven't read any of Susanna's favourites, but I definitely want to pick them up now!

What about you?
Do you want to read any of the books Susanna's mentioned?
And what are some of your favourite historical fictions or romances?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

[Timeless Tour] Written Piece from Santa Montefiore, author of SONGS OF LOVE & WAR


For today's Timeless Tour post I'm sharing a written piece from Santa Montefiore, author of SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR!


WRITTEN PIECE

Favourite Historical Fiction/Romances or Authors
There are so many authors I love and so many novels that I would love to re-read, given the time. I’ve read many books over the years but these have really stayed with me. I love them for the beauty of the sentences, the wonderful characters that live on after the last page has been read, and for the fact that they are simply unforgettable stories – really, these writers are so talented to be able to touch the heart the way they do. Here are a few of my favorites:
  • The Invention of Wings & The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kydd
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Age of Innocence & The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • An Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Memoires of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  • Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  • A Man Named Ove by Frederik Backman



ABOUT SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR:
Previously published in the US as The Girl in the Castle.

The #1 international bestseller about the enduring bond between three women and the castle they will never forget.

Their lives were mapped out ahead of them. But love and war will change everything...

It’s the early 1900s and Castle Deverill stands staunchly untouched by time, hidden away in the rolling Irish hills. Within the castle walls, three friends have formed a close bond: affluent, flame-haired Kitty Deverill; Bridie Doyle, Kitty’s best friend and daughter of the castle’s cook; and Celia Deverill, Kitty’s flamboyant English cousin. They’ve grown up together, always sheltered from the conflict embroiling the rest of the country. But when Bridie learns of a secret Kitty has been keeping, their idyllic world is forever torn apart.

Later, the three women scatter to different parts of the globe. Kitty must salvage what she can before Castle Deverill and everything she has ever known is reduced to ash. Songs of Love and War is an epic generational saga about the lasting bonds of true friendship and the powerful ties we all have to the place we call home.
About Santa Montefiore:

Santa Montefiore's books have been translated into twenty languages and have sold more than four million copies in England and Europe. She is married to writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Visit her at SantaMontefiore.co.uk.

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Now that you've seen some of Santa's favourite historical fiction,
what are some of your favourites?
What do you love about them?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

[Cover Reveal] ARROGANT DEVIL by R.S. Grey

Are you ready for ARROGANT DEVIL

I'm so excited to reveal the cover of this next release from R.S. Grey!

Check it out below!




About ARROGANT DEVIL (available May 10th):

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

ARROGANT DEVIL releases May 10th - you'll be able to preorder your copy for $0.99 starting May 7th!

Keep an eye on R.S. Grey's Facebook page for the link!



About R.S. Grey
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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What do you think?
Does ARROGANT DEVIL sound like something you'd like to read?
And what do you think of the cover?

[Timeless Tour] Review: SONGS OF LOVE & WAR by Santa Montefiore


For my Timeless Tour post today I'm sharing my review for Santa Montefiore's SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR!

Scroll on down to read about SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR and Santa Montefiore, after that you'll find my review. ;)



 Source: Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada
to participate in the Timeless Tour and give an honest review.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Number of Pages: 528 (Paperback)

DESCRIPTION

Previously published in the US as The Girl in the Castle.

The #1 international bestseller about the enduring bond between three women and the castle they will never forget.

Their lives were mapped out ahead of them. But love and war will change everything...

It’s the early 1900s and Castle Deverill stands staunchly untouched by time, hidden away in the rolling Irish hills. Within the castle walls, three friends have formed a close bond: affluent, flame-haired Kitty Deverill; Bridie Doyle, Kitty’s best friend and daughter of the castle’s cook; and Celia Deverill, Kitty’s flamboyant English cousin. They’ve grown up together, always sheltered from the conflict embroiling the rest of the country. But when Bridie learns of a secret Kitty has been keeping, their idyllic world is forever torn apart.

Later, the three women scatter to different parts of the globe. Kitty must salvage what she can before Castle Deverill and everything she has ever known is reduced to ash. Songs of Love and War is an epic generational saga about the lasting bonds of true friendship and the powerful ties we all have to the place we call home.
About Santa Montefiore

Santa Montefiore's books have been translated into twenty languages and have sold more than four million copies in England and Europe. She is married to writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Visit her at SantaMontefiore.co.uk.

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REVIEW

As soon as I started reading SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR, I was hooked! While I was interested in Bridie's parts, and found Celia hilarious (I'm still laughing at one of her lines where she says, "I think I've made a terrible mistake,"), Kitty was definitely the one who absolutely sucked me in and completely wrapped me up in her story! From the first page, I loved the characters, the setting, the writing...absolutely everything! If I wasn't already totally fascinated by Ireland, this book would've sold me on it! ;)

As far as characters go, Kitty was definitely my favourite! I loved her passion, her intelligence, her boldness...absolutely everything about her! I really loved her relationship with both of her grandparents, Hubert and Adeline...and I was pretty much living for any and all moments between Kitty and her love interest...who I will resist naming to avoid spoilers, but guys, I ship them so hard! I don't care if it's a doomed ship, I'm going down with it! I loved seeing the differences in Bridie's chapters compared to Kitty's, but by the end of SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR, I have to admit that I wasn't much of a Bridie fan. Her parts were well written and super fascinating, but I was desperate for more Kitty! Celia on the other hand, I grew to love more and more! Her parts were smaller, but she always made me chuckle! The characters in general were fabulous in this book though!

Along with the characters, I also loved how Ireland was described! Santa Montefiore has done an absolutely beautiful job depicting Ireland. She brings it to life, and it feels as if Ireland itself is a character...and I kind of feel like even though I've never been there myself, Ireland is home after reading this. It also made my wanderlust for Ireland even worse! ;) 

Plot- and story-wise, I thought that SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR was extremely well written! There was so much going on from World War I to the Irish War of Independence all combined with growing up and coming of age. The interweaving plot points and storylines worked perfectly together, and I cannot wait to read the next two books because I seriously NEED to know what happens next!

Overall, I thought that SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR was amazing! It may be long, but it still felt like a really quick read and I was desperate to find out what would happen next as I furiously flipped through the pages! I loved that this story was so immersive. It focused on so many things and handled them all perfectly from family to friendship to love to adolescence to war...and even politics! It was an absolute powerhouse of a story, and you can bet that I'll be eagerly waiting until I can get my hands on the next two books! I'd recommend SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR to historical fiction fans who enjoy sweeping sagas that draw you in and fully immerse you in another time!



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Would you like to read Songs of Love and War and the rest of the Deverill Chronicles?