Interview & Giveaway: The Mrs. Tabor by Kimberly Burns

Today on the blog I am very excited to be hosting an interview with Kimberly Burns! She is touring for her novel, The Mrs. Tabor, which I loved! You can check out my review here. I hope you enjoy getting to know her and be sure to enter the giveaway!



Hello Kimberly and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about The Mrs. Tabor!

To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

I grew up in the central mountains of Colorado as part of a story-telling family. Novel writing was the best way for me to share my stories with the wider world.

What inspired you to write about Baby Doe Tabor? What fascinated you about her in particular?

Everyone in my hometown knew about Baby Doe. Many people had tales of an older relative encountering her. Baby Doe was the Kim Kardashian of her time. Even if they didn’t like her, people couldn’t stop talking about her.

What research did you undertake when writing The Mrs. Tabor?

I visited Leadville and toured the Tabor Opera House and the Baby Doe’s cabin at the Matchless Mine. I read all the non-fiction I could find about her life, as well as Augusta’s and Horace’s. The Denver Public Library and the History Colorado Center have lots old newspapers, photographs and artifacts, and are good sharers.

What would you like readers to take away from reading The Mrs. Tabor?

Historically women did not had many professional or political opportunities, but they were not powerless. Women had to be pragmatic about the way they could take care of themselves. Of course, their behavior and choices should not be judged by today’s standards. To quote the book, “The laws of survival always trump the rules of etiquette.”

What was your favorite scene to write?

Baby Doe’s first visit to the Shoo Fly Saloon was fun to imagine. The saloon did exist and she was a frequent visitor, but there is no record of those conversations.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

I struggled with how to explain the demonetization of silver and the resulting economic collapse. It was complicated and dry as Aunt Millie’s Thanksgiving turkey.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

I lay in bed and think of sparkling dialogue, descriptions of beautiful settings and plot action-packed scenes. I then hop up, take the dog out, make coffee, exercise and then stare blankly at the computer screen for most of the afternoon trying to remember those wonderful lines. There must be a better way...

What has been your greatest challenge as a writer?

Have you been able to overcome it? It is a hard business to break into. I faced a lot of rejection. Finally, I decided to act those pragmatic western women – I’ll just do it myself.

Who are your writing inspirations?

Sandra Dallas, Larry McMurtry, Charles Frazier, Willa Cather, Ann Weisgerber.

What was the first historical novel you read?

I have always read historical novels, so it is hard to remember. It might have been “Little House on the Prairie”.

What is the last historical novel you read?

I just finished The Lincoln Special by Peg Lamphier. It is based on the life of Kate Warne, the first female detective to work for the Pinkertons.

What historical time period do you gravitate towards the most with your personal reading?

I love WWII and the American Old West. I have also been listening to several cozy British mysteries set in the 1920s.

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

I read. I read eBooks while I travel. I “read” audio books while walking the dog. I read paper books while drinking wine. I also do water aerobics and play mahjongg. Apparently, I am practicing to retire to Florida.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

Oooh! I am so excited about my WIP. It is based on the true tale of Denver’s most successful madman, Mattie Silk who outfoxes morality committees and a notorious conman to deliver her own brand of justice.

Oh that sounds great! I am so ready to read that! Thanks for joining us today!


The Mrs. Tabor by Kimberly Burns

Publication Date: Septembr 10, 2021
Thomas Bard Publishing LLC.
Paperback, 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


The laws of survival always trump the rules of etiquette.

Every age has its iconic blonde bombshell. In the 1880s, it's Baby Doe, America's original gold digger. At a time when genteel ladies could politely starve to death, Baby Doe seeks her fortune the best way she knows how-marrying a rich man. She joins the rush to the Colorado silver bonanza and meets millionaire mine owner Horace Tabor. Baby Doe enjoys the high life as his paramour, but Tabor's wife and his business manager plot to get rid of the new girl. Baby Doe, however, has schemes of her own to upend Horace's old relationships and become the one and only Mrs. Tabor.

But fate sweeps in and avalanches Baby Doe's dreams. What price will she pay for becoming The Mrs. Tabor?

Based on a true story, The Mrs. Tabor seduces with a scandalous tale of love and fortunes found and lost.

"A thoughtful, immersive, and deeply human look at one of history’s most famous social climbers." - Kirkis Reviews

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About the Author

 

Kimberly Burns grew up in Colorado hearing stories about the colorful characters of the Old West. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford. While honing her skills writing dry corporate material, she indulged her passions for fiction, American history and storytelling at numerous book groups. Kimberly lives with her husband in northern Virginia.

The Mrs. Tabor is Kimberly’s debut novel. Her next book tells the story of Denver’s most successful madam, Mattie Silks. A member of the Historical Novel Society and Women Writing the West, Kimberly is available to discuss her novel with book groups in person or online.

Feel free to contact her at www.kimberlyburnsauthor.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 1
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, November 3
Review at Passages to the Past

Saturday, November 6
Review at Curly Granny Loves to Read

Monday, November 8
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Friday, November 12
Review at Nat Reads

Saturday, November 13
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, November 15
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, November 17
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, November 19
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at With a Book in our Hands

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Mrs. Tabor by Kimberly Burns!

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Out Front the Following Sea by Leah Angstman

Today on the blog I am super excited to feature my most anticipated read of 2022, Out Front the Following Sea by Leah Angstman! There is also an awesome giveaway so be sure to enter! I hope you will add this to your TBR for next year!

Out Front the Following Sea: A Novel of King William’s War in 17th-Century New England

by Leah Angstman

Publication Date: January 11, 2022
Regal House Publishing
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook; 334 pages

Genre: Historical / Literary / Epic / Adventure


**Finalist for the Chaucer Book Award**

OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA is a historical epic of one woman’s survival in a time when the wilderness is still wild, heresy is publicly punishable, and being independent is worse than scorned—it is a death sentence.

At the onset of King William’s War between French and English settlers in 1689 New England, Ruth Miner is accused of witchcraft for the murder of her parents and must flee the brutality of her town. She stows away on the ship of the only other person who knows her innocence: an audacious sailor—Owen—bound to her by years of attraction, friendship, and shared secrets. But when Owen’s French ancestry finds him at odds with a violent English commander, the turmoil becomes life-or-death for the sailor, the headstrong Ruth, and the cast of Quakers, Pequot Indians, soldiers, highwaymen, and townsfolk dragged into the fray. Now Ruth must choose between sending Owen to the gallows or keeping her own neck from the noose.

Steeped in historical events and culminating in a little-known war on pre-American soil, OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA is a story of early feminism, misogyny, arbitrary rulings, persecution, and the treatment of outcasts, with parallels still mirrored and echoed in today’s society. The debut novel will appeal to readers of Paulette Jiles, Alexander Chee, Hilary Mantel, James Clavell, Bernard Cornwell, TaraShea Nesbit, Geraldine Brooks, Stephanie Dray, Patrick O’Brian, and E. L. Doctorow.

Available for Pre-Order
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Pre-Order Giveaway

Preorder perk pack! If you order the paperback or hardcover directly from the publisher (Regal House) and show Leah Angstman the receipt (DM her social media sites below or email), you’ll receive a specialty perk pack with a tote bag, notebook, enamel pin, sticker, magnet, button, pen, bookmark, and more! (U.S. only)

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Praise

“With OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA, Leah Angstman reveals herself as a brave new voice in historical fiction. With staggering authenticity, Angstman gives us a story of America before it was America—an era rife with witch hunts and colonial intrigue and New World battles all but forgotten in our history books and popular culture. This is historical fiction that speaks to the present, recalling the bold spirits and cultural upheavals of a nation yet to be born.”
—Taylor Brown, author of PRIDE OF EDEN, GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN, and THE RIVER OF KINGS

“Steeped in lush prose, authentic period detail, and edge-of-your-seat action, OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA is a rollicking good read. Leah Angstman keeps the story moving at a breathtaking pace, and she knows more 17th-century seafaring language and items of everyday use than you can shake a stick at. The result is a compelling work of romance, adventure, and historical illumination that pulls the reader straight in.”
—Rilla Askew, author of FIRE IN BEULAH, THE MERCY SEAT, and KIND OF KIN

“Lapidary in its research and lively in its voice, OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA by Leah Angstman is a rollicking story, racing along with wind in its sails. Though her tale unfolds hundreds of years in America’s past, Ruth Miner is the kind of high-spirited heroine whose high adventures haul you in and hold you fast.”
—Kathleen Rooney, author of LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK and CHER AMI AND MAJOR WHITTLESEY

“Leah Angstman has written the historical novel that I didn’t know I needed to read. OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA is set in an oft-forgotten time in the brutal wilds of pre-America that is so vividly and authentically drawn, with characters that are so alive and relevant, and a narrative so masterfully paced and plotted, that Angstman has performed the miracle of layering the tumultuous past over our troubled present to gift us a sparkling new reality.”
—Kevin Catalano, author of WHERE THE SUN SHINES OUT and DELETED SCENES AND OTHER STORIES

“OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA is a fascinating book, the kind of historical novel that evokes its time and place so vividly that the effect is just shy of hallucinogenic. I enjoyed it immensely.”
—Scott Phillips, author of THE ICE HARVEST, THE WALKAWAY, COTTONWOOD, and HOP ALLEY

“OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA is a meticulously researched novel that mixes history, love story, and suspense. Watching Angstman’s willful protagonist, Ruth Miner, openly challenge the brutal world of 17th-century New England, with its limiting ideas about gender, race, and science, was a delight.”
—Aline Ohanesian, author of ORHAN’S INHERITANCE

“Leah Angstman is a gifted storyteller with a poet’s sense of both beauty and darkness, and her stunning historical novel, OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA, establishes her as one of the most exciting young novelists in the country. Angstman plunges the reader into a brilliantly realized historical milieu peopled by characters real enough to touch. And in Ruth Miner, we are introduced to one of the most compelling protagonists in contemporary literature, a penetratingly intelligent, headstrong woman who is trying to survive on her wits alone in a Colonial America that you won’t find in the history books. A compulsive, vivid read that will change the way you look at the origins of our country, Leah Angstman’s OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA announces the arrival of a preternatural talent.”
—Ashley Shelby, author of MURI and SOUTH POLE STATION

“Rich, lyrical, and atmospheric, with a poet’s hand and a historian’s attention to detail. In OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA, Leah Angstman creates an immersive world for readers to get lost in and a fascinating story to propel them through it. A thoroughly engaging and compelling tale.”
—Steph Post, author of HOLDING SMOKE, MIRACULUM, and WALK IN THE FIRE

“It’s a rare story that makes you thankful for having read and experienced it. It’s rarer still for a story to evoke so wholly, so powerfully, another place and time as to make you thankful for the gifts that exist around you, which you take for granted. OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA is a book rich with misery, yet its characters are indefatigable; they yearn, despite their troubles, for victories personal and societal. Leah Angstman’s eye is keen, and her ability to transport you into America’s beginnings is powerful. With the raw ingredients of history, she creates a story both dashing and pensive, robust yet believable. From an unforgiving time, Angstman draws out a tale of all things inhuman, but one that reminds us of that which is best in all of us.”
—Eric Shonkwiler, author of ABOVE ALL MEN and 8TH STREET POWER AND LIGHT

“Rich in deeply researched detail, and peopled by complex characters, OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA is a fascinating story that is bound to entrance readers of historical fiction.”
—Kathleen Grissom, author of THE KITCHEN HOUSE and GLORY OVER EVERYTHING

“From the squalor, prejudice, and violence of 17th-century America, Leah Angstman has summoned to life the most extraordinary young woman. Ruth Miner insists on surviving, building a life, and being true to her odd independent self, despite the whole world seeing her as worthless filth. Angstman creates a hypnotically real and brutal world and then manages to infuse it with humor and beauty and a moving tale of love. The reader will follow Ruth Miner anywhere, and be the richer for it.”
—Heather O’Neill, author of THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL, LULLABIES FOR LITTLE CRIMINALS, THE GIRL WHO WAS SATURDAY NIGHT, and DAYDREAMS OF ANGELS

“This book moved me in ways that I didn’t expect. … The deeply researched and historically authentic world is vivid and immersive, and it captivated me from the first pages. … An amazing story of love, perseverance, and survival, OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA is both dark and hopeful. A wonderful mix of action, suspense, history, and romance, this is a story that will stay with you a long time after finishing it.”
—One Book More


About the Author

 

Leah Angstman is a historian and transplanted Michigander living in Boulder. OUT FRONT THE FOLLOWING SEA, her debut novel of King William’s War in 17th-century New England, is forthcoming from Regal House in January 2022. Her writing has been a finalist for the Saluda River Prize, Cowles Book Prize, Able Muse Book Award, Bevel Summers Fiction Prize, and Chaucer Book Award, and has appeared in Publishers Weekly, L.A. Review of Books, Nashville Review, Slice, and elsewhere. She serves as editor-in-chief for Alternating Current and The Coil magazine and copyeditor for Underscore News, which has included editing partnerships with ProPublica. She is an appointed vice chair of a Colorado historical commission and liaison to a Colorado historic preservation committee.

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Cover Lover Book Review

Wednesday, November 17
Passages to the Past

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Robin Loves Reading

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With A Book In Our Hands

Giveaway

Enter to win an Advanced Reading Copy of Out Front the Following Sea + coffee mug + tote bag from Leah Angstman!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on December 3rd. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Review & Giveaway: A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham


A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham

Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Revell

Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian/Romance


Five years in a New York state reformatory have left a blemish on Hazel's real name. So when she takes a job as Doctor Gilbert Watts's lady in attendance in 1898, she does so under an alias. In the presence of her quiet and pious employer, Hazel finds more than an income. She finds a friend and a hope that if she can set her tarnished past in order, she might have a future after all.

As Gilbert becomes accustomed to the pleasant chatter of his new dental assistant, he can't help but sense something secretive about her. Perhaps there is more to this woman than meets the eye. Can the questions that loom between them ever be answered? Or will the deeds of days gone by forever rob the future of its possibilities?

Rachel Fordham pens a tender tale of a soft-spoken man, a hardened woman, and the friends that stand by them as they work toward a common purpose--to expunge the record of someone society deemed beyond saving--and perhaps find love along the way.

"A Lady in Attendance draws you in from the first page and leaves you captivated until the oh-so-romantic conclusion. A poignant and beautifully written story of faith, forgiveness, and the healing power of love."--Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author


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Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh my stars, this has to be one of the sweetest romances I've ever read! I was excited to read this book, especially after seeing all of the great reviews posted during the tour, and I can safely say that it is magnificent!

Hazel is newly released from a House of Refuge after being mistakenly convicted of burglary. She is from a good home this event leaves a stain on her reputation and her family has asked her not to return home as it would hurt her sister's chances at finding husbands. Desperately she changes her name and hides her past and begins looking for a job and a place to live. She applies to be a lady in attendance, a fairly new career for young women of the time, to a Dentist and luckily he gives her a chance. Gilbert, or Dr. Watts, is a reputable man with a quiet nature and is quite content with his solitary life. That is until Hazel begins working for him. Despite his warnings that this would be a strictly business arrangement, their connection can't be overlooked by either of them. Gilbert knows she is hiding something from her past but it will take some time before she talks to him about it. They then work together to help clear her name so that she can be reunited with her family.

I absolutely adored this read! The chemistry between Hazel and Gilbert is off the charts and I swear every time they had a scene together there would be a huge smile on my face. They are just too cute for words! I also loved Ina, Hazel's friend and roommate.

If you enjoy slow-burn sweet romances you definitely need to pick up A Lady in Attendance! It's just so, so, so good! Now excuse me while I race off to buy Fordham's previous books!

About the Author

 

Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children's bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.

Learn more about current projects at rachelfordham.com. You can also follow Rachel on Facebook, Instagram, BookBub, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 11
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Tuesday, October 12
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, October 13
Excerpt at I'm Into Books

Thursday, October 14
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Friday, October 15
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Saturday, October 16
Review at Reading Is My SuperPower

Monday, October 18
Review at Novels Alive

Tuesday, October 19
Excerpt at Heidi Reads

Wednesday, October 20
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Excerpt at Books and Benches
Review at Robin Loves Reading

Thursday, October 21
Interview at The Book Club Network

Friday, October 22
Review at Ms. Darcy Reads

Monday, October 25
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Tuesday, October 26
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, October 27
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, October 28
Review at McCombs on Main

Friday, October 29
Excerpt at The Tea Queen

Monday, November 1
Review at Bookoholiccafe

Tuesday, November 2
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
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Wednesday, November 3
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Friday, November 5
Review at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham!

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Review & Giveaway: The Mrs. Tabor by Kimberly Burns


The Mrs. Tabor by Kimberly Burns

Publication Date: Septembr 10, 2021
Thomas Bard Publishing LLC.
Paperback, 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


The laws of survival always trump the rules of etiquette.

Every age has its iconic blonde bombshell. In the 1880s, it's Baby Doe, America's original gold digger. At a time when genteel ladies could politely starve to death, Baby Doe seeks her fortune the best way she knows how-marrying a rich man. She joins the rush to the Colorado silver bonanza and meets millionaire mine owner Horace Tabor. Baby Doe enjoys the high life as his paramour, but Tabor's wife and his business manager plot to get rid of the new girl. Baby Doe, however, has schemes of her own to upend Horace's old relationships and become the one and only Mrs. Tabor.

But fate sweeps in and avalanches Baby Doe's dreams. What price will she pay for becoming The Mrs. Tabor?

Based on a true story, The Mrs. Tabor seduces with a scandalous tale of love and fortunes found and lost.

"A thoughtful, immersive, and deeply human look at one of history’s most famous social climbers." - Kirkis Reviews

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Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

WOW! I am blown away that this is Kimberly Burns' debut novel! She is a wonderful new voice in historical fiction!

The Mrs. Tabor tells the story of Baby Doe Tabor, one of Colorado's most famous women who would eventually have a movie and an opera made based on her life.

After Baby Doe marries her first husband they move to Colorado to work the mine that his father gifted them for their marriage. While Baby Doe is ambitious, smart, and not afraid of working hard or getting dirty, her husband would rather spend the day (and their money) drinking. When their mine and their marriage fall apart, Baby Doe is granted a divorce and moves to Leadville which was an up and coming town where men went to find their fortunes mining for Silver. Colorado mining can break a man or make him a millionaire overnight. And that is where Baby Doe set her sights on a rich, powerful man in the town called Horace Tabor. He was married but that doesn't stop her! I think I'll stop here, I don't want to give too much of the story away.

The author definitely knocked it out of the park with this one! I absolutely loved every minute I spent reading it. Baby Doe is a fascinating woman and Burns did her great justice in the book. She's a firecracker for sure! The secondary characters were great as well, especially Horace's first wise, Augusta who most definitely needs a book of her own! Horace sure loved him some tough women!

I am greatly looking forward to her next novel on Mattie Silks, Denver's most successful madam and I highly recommend you picking up The Mrs. Tabor!


About the Author

 

Kimberly Burns grew up in Colorado hearing stories about the colorful characters of the Old West. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford. While honing her skills writing dry corporate material, she indulged her passions for fiction, American history and storytelling at numerous book groups. Kimberly lives with her husband in northern Virginia.

The Mrs. Tabor is Kimberly’s debut novel. Her next book tells the story of Denver’s most successful madam, Mattie Silks. A member of the Historical Novel Society and Women Writing the West, Kimberly is available to discuss her novel with book groups in person or online.

Feel free to contact her at www.kimberlyburnsauthor.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 1
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, November 3
Review at Passages to the Past

Saturday, November 6
Review at Curly Granny Loves to Read

Monday, November 8
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Friday, November 12
Review at Nat Reads

Saturday, November 13
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, November 15
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, November 17
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, November 19
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at With a Book in our Hands

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Mrs. Tabor by Kimberly Burns!

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Review & Giveaway: The Riverwoman's Dragon by Candace Robb


The Riverwoman's Dragon by Candace Robb

Publication Date: October 1, 2021
Severn House

Series: Book 13 in the Owen Archer series
Genre: Historical Mystery


When the wise woman Magda Digby is suspected of murder, Owen Archer sets out to prove her innocence in this intricately plotted medieval mystery.

May, 1375. Owen Archer returns from London to find York in chaos. While the citizens are living in terror of the pestilence which is spreading throughout the land, a new physician has arrived, whipping up fear and suspicion against traditional healers and midwives. With the backing of the new archbishop, he is especially hostile towards Magda Digby, the wise woman who has helped and healed the people of York for many years. At the same time, Magda is uneasy about the arrival of two long-lost kinsfolk. Though they say they are seeking her help, she senses a hidden agenda.

Magda’s troubles deepen when she discovers a body in the river near her home – and finds herself under suspicion of murder. Days later, fire rips through a warehouse in the city. Amongst the charred debris lies the body of a man – not burned, but stabbed in the back. Could there be a connection to the corpse in the river?

Determined to prove Magda’s innocence, Owen sets out to find answers – but the more he uncovers, the deeper the mystery becomes...

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Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Riverwoman's Dragon is the 13th installment in Candace Robb's Owen Archer historical mystery series, which is set in the late 1300's in York.

Magda Dilby is known to all in town as a healer and wise-woman, yet some residents including the local clergy have shunned her and so she chose to live on the outskirts of town. Magda has appeared in previous books, but this one is told from her perspective which I greatly enjoyed. This is the second book I've read in the series and now I definitely need to go back and start the series at the first book. I love finding a new series to devour!

There's a lot happening in the novel, the Plague is coming, a new healer arrives in the town threatening Magda, Magda's estranged daughter showing up, a few dead bodies, and now Magda is being accused of murder. Owen Archer comes to town to help investigate and clear his friend from this false accusation.

The author knows how to write a great mystery, one that keeps you guessing with enough twists and turns to keep you flipping the pages. I highly enjoyed this new book in the series and look forward to Owen's next chapter!


About the Author


I’m Candace Robb, a writer/historian engaged in creating fiction about the late middle ages with a large cast of characters with whom I enjoy spending my days. Two series, the Owen Archer mysteries and the Kate Clifford mysteries, are set in late medieval York. The Margaret Kerr trilogy is set in early 14th century Scotland, at the beginning of the Wars of Independence. Two standalone novels (published under pseudonym Emma Campion) expand on the lives of two women in the court of King Edward III who have fascinated me ever since I first encountered them in history and fiction.

I am a dreamer. Writing, gardening, walking, dancing, reading, being with friends—there’s always a dreaming element.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 18
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Tuesday, October 19
Excerpt at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Thursday, October 21
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, October 22
Excerpt at I'm All About Books

Tuesday, October 26
Excerpt at Books & Benches

Wednesday, October 27
Review at Bookfrolic
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

Thursday, October 28
Interview at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, October 29
Review at Coffee and Ink

Monday, November 1
Review at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Riverwoman's Dragon by Candace Robb! We have 1 copy available to the US and 1 to the UK.

The giveaway ends on November 1st. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Riverwoman's Dragon

Interview & Giveaway: One Night with an Earl by Tina Gabrielle

Happy Tuesday, dear readers! Toady on the blog I am happy to be hosting an interview with Author Tina Gabrielle! She is currently on Blog Tour for her new historical romance, One Night with an Earl, and she graciously stopped by to talk more about it. We also have a chance for you to win a $10 Amazon gift card so be sure to enter the giveaway below.


Hello Tina and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about One Night with an Earl!
 
To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

Hello and thank you for having me today! I’m Tina Gabrielle and I write adventurous historical romances. I’m celebrating the release of ONE NIGHT WITH AN EARL, the first book in the Daring Ladies series. The story features a diverse Mediterranean lady and the newly minted Earl of Drake. I loved writing about Anahit, or Ana.

As for me, I have two girls, and I’m married to my own hero. We live in New Jersey, and we spend summers at the Jersey shore.

What inspired you to write One Night with an Earl?

I’ve always wanted to write a diverse historical romance. I’m a first generation Armenian American, and I used many of my own cultural roots when I wrote the book. There is even my family’s baklava recipe at the end of the book.

What was your favorite scene to write?

The first chapter is quite sexy and was a lot of fun to write. Ana seeks to lose her virginity before her thirtieth birthday, and she takes matters into her own hands. The book features:

• An elite brothel
• One night of passion
• Mistaken identity
• A Baklava recipe

What was the most difficult scene to write?

I’ve written multiple books and the middle of the book is always difficult for me to write. It’s the “sagging middle” and I’m not talking about my waistline. But I always keep writing and I ended up loving this book.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

For as long as I can remember, I have loved books and wanted to be a writer. As a teenager, I used scotch tape to hold my peeling laminated library card together. I spent many nights reading in bed well past midnight to finish a book, only to start another. I know my mom was aggravated waking up a tired teenager every morning.

I wrote my first book when I was sixteen. I remember typing furiously on the family computer, only to get frustrated when I was interrupted by one of my siblings. I thought the book was the greatest ever written, and believed it was my ticket to instant fame. How little did I know!

What does your daily writing routine look like?

I try to write every day, but it doesn’t always happen. Kids and family must come first. I work a day job and write at night and on weekends. Slow and steady wins the race for me.

What has been your greatest challenge as a writer? Have you been able to overcome it?

I’ll say the same as above. The “sagging middle” is always a great challenge for me. I love writing the beginning of a manuscript and I always know how it will end, the rest can be more challenging. I have to have the perfect blend of romance and conflict.

Who are your writing inspirations?

Hmm. I’d say Jane Austen. I love “Pride and Prejudice.”

What was the first historical romance that you read?

“The Bride” by Julie Garwood. I still love it.

What is the last historical romance that you read?

“Lord of Wicked Intentions” by Loraine Heath

What are your favorite romance tropes?

Enemies to Lovers, Mistaken Identity. There’s both in “One Night with an Earl”

What are three things people may not know about you?

I also write cozy mysteries as Tina Kashian, I love to cook, I swim laps for stress for exercise.

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

I have more than one chosen genre. For historicals, I love the Regency period. The gowns, the carriages, the dashing gentleman. For cozy mysteries, I love setting up a murder, red herrings, and solving the case.

What historical time period do you gravitate towards the most with your personal reading?

Regency historicals, of course!

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

I love spending time with my two girls. We watch movies, play board games and shop.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

I’m working on the next book in my Daring Ladies series.

Thank you again for having me!


One Night with an Earl by Tina Gabrielle

Publication Date: October 18, 2021
Entangled: Amara

Series: The Daring Ladies, Book 1
Genre: Historical Romance


  Ana Gardner is determined to lose her virginity before her thirtieth birthday. She’s no stranger to fake identities, having posed as a chaperone since the scandal that destroyed her titled family. So she dons a mask, changes into a low-cut red gown, and attends the city’s most elite brothel, the Silver Chalice.

Oliver Bedford, the imposing Earl of Drake, is only at the Silver Chalice to appease his debauched friends—until he spots Lady Scarlet. She’s refreshing...and a complete mystery. Certain she’s a lady in disguise, Oliver is determined to learn her identity, but she eludes him at every turn.

The night with Oliver was unforgettable. But when he arrives at her employer’s home, she’s horrified to discover her lover is the Earl of Drake, the son of the man responsible for her father’s death and subsequent family ruin. And that he’s there to court her young charge.

Oliver never had any interest in the debutante, but he is drawn to her chaperone—a woman he soon realizes is his Lady Scarlet. Now that he’s found her, she claims she wants nothing to do with him, even though her kisses say otherwise. Fortunately, Oliver is not one to give up when he finds something he wants...and he wants Ana. In his bed, and in his life. Forever.

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About the Author


Best-selling author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. She is the author of adventurous Regency historical romances for Entangled Publishing and Kensington Books.

Publisher’s Weekly calls her Regency Barrister’s series, “Well-matched lovers…witty comradely repartee.” Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by Romantic Times Book Reviews. Tina lives in New Jersey and is married to her own hero and is blessed with two daughters. She loves to hear from readers. Visit her website to learn about upcoming releases, join her newsletter, and enter free monthly contests at www.tinagabrielle.com. Tina also writes cozy mysteries as Tina Kashian. Visit www.tinakashian.com to learn more about her mystery books.

You can also find Tina on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 18
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, October 20
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Friday, October 22
Review at Anna's Book Blog

Saturday, October 23
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

Tuesday, October 26
Interview & Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Monday, November 1
Review at Reader_ceygo

Tuesday, November 2
Excerpt at Bookish Rantings

Wednesday, November 3
Interview at Reader_ceygo

Thursday, November 4
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Friday, November 5
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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One Night with an Earl

Interview & Giveaway: The Riverwoman's Dragon by Candace Robb

Hello, dear reader! Today on the blog I am excited to welcome Author Candace Robb! She is currently on tour for her new historical and the 13th book in her Owen Archer series, The Riverwoman's Dragon, and graciously stopped by to tell us more about it! We also have a chance for you to win a copy, so be sure to enter the giveaway!

Stop by on November 1st to read my review! I am loving it so far!


Hello Candace and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about The Riverwoman’s Dragon!

To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

Since doing my graduate work in medieval history and literature, I’ve been engaged in bringing to life the rich culture of the late medieval period, from the arts to the politics. That’s the beginning of my standard bio. Quite accurate! My first published book was The Apothecary Rose, the beginning of the Owen Archer series. The Riverwoman’s Dragon is the 13th book in the series. I’ve also written the Margaret Kerr trilogy, beginning with A Trust Betrayed, which is set at the beginning of the Scottish Wars of Independence in the late 13th/early 14th centuries. Also set in York, with three books so far, is the Kate Clifford series, beginning with The Service of the Dead. Writing as Emma Campion I published two novels about women in the court of King Edward III, The King’s Mistress (about Alice Perrers) and A Triple Knot (about Joan of Kent).

The Riverwoman’s Dragon is the 13th book in your Owen Archer series, what inspired you to write the series?

My fiendishly clever scheme was to use what I’d learned and loved in studying late medieval literature and culture in graduate school to write about my favorite city, York. The city was the second most important in England in the 14th century with a thriving merchant trade and an archbishop who was the second most powerful Churchman in the realm as well as serving as Lord Chancellor of England for a time.

What research did you undertake when writing this series?

How many hours do you have? Seriously, the research began long before I conceived of The Apothecary Rose (book 1) and it continues. I’ve planted herb gardens, traveled not just to locations used in the books but places that I knew had the best surviving examples of various aspects of medieval culture. I’ve sung in a medieval choir. I’ve tried spinning, weaving (both badly), hawking (the falconer called me a natural). I’ve have read and continue to read original and secondary sources, keeping up with new research. I’ve befriended historians and archeologists who graciously answer my questions. The research is a joy.

What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scenes to write in The Riverwoman’s Dragon were those in Magda’s point of view, which comprise half the book. I enjoyed being her.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

Always the most difficult scene for me is the very first. It evolves over time, yet I bleed over it on each iteration as if it will then be set in stone.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I caught the writing bug when American Girl published a short poem I wrote about ballet. I think I was 8. The poem was for a class project. I preferred storytelling—I entertained my mother while she was ironing or sewing by spinning elaborate fairy tales, always with tragic endings. But I didn’t write them down yet. I was already on to the next one.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

My routine is simple: I write every day if possible. I rarely find it impossible. No set time. My writing is slow at the beginning of a project, gaining speed as it takes on shape and the characters are fully engaged. I play with word count goals but don’t flog myself if I don’t reach them; I know that to be self-defeating. The truth is, I’m always writing in my head, reading background, arguing with characters, who often wake me at night to correct my course.

What has been your greatest challenge as a writer? Have you been able to overcome it?

Marketing myself. I make it bearable by finding a way to have fun with it, whether it’s building my own website (of which I’m quite proud) or diving into Twitter.

What was the first historical novel you read?

Heaven knows. I was a voracious reader the moment I learned to distinguish words and devoured everything in the library. I have vague memories of biographies of Marie Antoinette, Alfred the Great, Paul Revere, and Martha Washington. My first distinct memory of medieval fiction was An Innocent Wayfaring by Marchette Chute. I adored it.

What is the last historical novel you read?

By the Edge of the Sword by C B Hanley, which will be out in November, I believe. Just before that I read Lauren Groff’s Matrix.

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

The built-in structure.

What historical time period do you gravitate towards the most with your personal reading?

Of late I’ve been enjoying the retelling of Greek myths and the Trojan War from the point of view of the women. Other than that, my bedtime reading is wildly eclectic.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

Owen Archer 14!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I love this series and look forward to the next one!


The Riverwoman's Dragon by Candace Robb

Publication Date: October 1, 2021
Severn House

Series: Book 13 in the Owen Archer series
Genre: Historical Mystery


When the wise woman Magda Digby is suspected of murder, Owen Archer sets out to prove her innocence in this intricately plotted medieval mystery.

May, 1375. Owen Archer returns from London to find York in chaos. While the citizens are living in terror of the pestilence which is spreading throughout the land, a new physician has arrived, whipping up fear and suspicion against traditional healers and midwives. With the backing of the new archbishop, he is especially hostile towards Magda Digby, the wise woman who has helped and healed the people of York for many years. At the same time, Magda is uneasy about the arrival of two long-lost kinsfolk. Though they say they are seeking her help, she senses a hidden agenda.

Magda’s troubles deepen when she discovers a body in the river near her home – and finds herself under suspicion of murder. Days later, fire rips through a warehouse in the city. Amongst the charred debris lies the body of a man – not burned, but stabbed in the back. Could there be a connection to the corpse in the river?

Determined to prove Magda’s innocence, Owen sets out to find answers – but the more he uncovers, the deeper the mystery becomes...

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About the Author


I’m Candace Robb, a writer/historian engaged in creating fiction about the late middle ages with a large cast of characters with whom I enjoy spending my days. Two series, the Owen Archer mysteries and the Kate Clifford mysteries, are set in late medieval York. The Margaret Kerr trilogy is set in early 14th century Scotland, at the beginning of the Wars of Independence. Two standalone novels (published under pseudonym Emma Campion) expand on the lives of two women in the court of King Edward III who have fascinated me ever since I first encountered them in history and fiction.

I am a dreamer. Writing, gardening, walking, dancing, reading, being with friends—there’s always a dreaming element.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 18
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Tuesday, October 19
Excerpt at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Thursday, October 21
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, October 22
Excerpt at I'm All About Books

Tuesday, October 26
Excerpt at Books & Benches

Wednesday, October 27
Review at Bookfrolic
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

Thursday, October 28
Interview at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, October 29
Review at Coffee and Ink

Monday, November 1
Review at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Riverwoman's Dragon by Candace Robb! We have 1 copy available to the US and 1 to the UK.

The giveaway ends on November 1st. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Riverwoman's Dragon

Review & Giveaway: Windswept by Annabelle McCormack


Windswept by Annabelle McCormack

Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Paperback & eBook; 438 pages

Series: The Windswept Saga, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction


A British nurse in WWI Egypt races to deliver explosive intelligence that could change the course of the war in this novel of suspense, adventure, and love.

May, 1917. Ginger Whitman left a life of wealth and privilege in England to train as a battlefield nurse and serve in the Great War. Working on the brutal frontlines in Palestine, she finds a wounded soldier hiding in her camp. The soldier claims to carry intelligence unmasking a secret plot against the British—and that traitors within British intelligence are searching for him. Desperate and dying, the soldier entrusts a coded message to her care.

Ginger is hurled into an unfamiliar world of intrigue and murder amidst the war-ravaged Arabian desert. She's determined to help her country but trusting the wrong person could cost her life. Then the arrival of mysterious and handsome British intelligence officer Major Noah Benson offers a chance of help. But Noah may be as dangerous as he is charming. As she’s swept away by stolen moments on the desert sands, Ginger realizes her heart may also be at risk.

Hunted by a shadowy enemy spy, Ginger must decide if she can trust Noah. But as she grapples with her decision, Ginger makes a shocking discovery: a sinister secret that threatens to shatter the world she thought she knew.

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Praise

"Chock-full of secrets and spies, love and betrayal, danger and adventure, all of which is set against the devastating backdrop of WWI, Windswept by Annabelle McCormack is a sumptuous, fast-paced, and riveting read that'll have you cheering for the heroine until the very end." -Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Sister Dear and You Will Remember Me

"A neophyte nurse becomes an accidental but effective spy in this gripping adventure." -Kirkus Reviews

“Windswept is a whirlwind of an adventure. From the edge-of-your seat suspense, to the passionate romance…you won’t be able to put this book down!” -Lisa Boyle, author of Signed, A Paddy

"Windswept is a delightful, ripsnorting adventure with a feisty heroine, a breathless pace, and endless adventure, intrigue, and romance. You will smile from cover to cover. This will remind you how enjoyable a good book can be." –William Bernhardt, bestselling author of the Ben Kincaid series

“Suspenseful, sexy, and moving, Windswept is a great choice for those looking for strong female leads in their historical fiction. Ginger will inspire you; the story will enthrall you, and the passionate romance will win you over.” -Samantha Hui, Independent Book Review

Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

WOW! What a breathtaking ride of a book this was! I couldn't read it fast enough and yet I didn't want it to end!

Ginger is a young woman from a wealthy family who volunteered as a nurse in World War One and stationed in Palestine. Her fiance is a surgeon at the camp, though her family doesn't approve and wants her to marry her brother's friend whom she doesn't care for.

One day Ginger happens upon a wounded soldier. She stops to help him and realizes he is wearing a Turkish uniform. He tells her that he is a spy for the British and has extremely important information that needs to be passed on to his superiors and that there is a spy among the British that is looking for him. She decides to help him but she will have to get help from her friend and Fiance to keep him hidden. She is already in trouble for not listening to orders and harboring a possible enemy id of course frowned upon. He gives Ginger a coded message for Cairo Intelligence - a secret that could change the course of the war - and the name of the man that can help him. What happens next, well you will just have to read it and see! I can tell you that it's a thrilling read with danger, betrayal, romance (Ginger and Noah...more please!), and the writing is impeccable. Even if you are WWI'd out you should definitely pick this one up. It will bring readers a whole new aspect of the war that they may not be aware of.

I am truly impressed with Annabelle's debut historical and absolutely cannot wait for the next book, which will be out next year!

About the Author


Annabelle McCormack writes historical women’s fiction with epic settings, adventure, and romance. Her debut book Windswept, a novel about a British WWI nurse in the Middle East caught in a dangerous web of intrigue and romance, will be published September 2021.

She was born in San Jose, Costa Rica to a Costa Rican mother and American father. She moved to the US at the age of 4, but remains fully bilingual in English and Spanish. She studied at the Johns Hopkins University, where she obtained a Master of Arts in Fiction in 2010. Afterward, she dedicated herself to her photography business, while continuing to work on her writing as a long-term goal. In 2018, she received the award for Best Novel at the 2018 Red Sneaker’s Writer Conference (now Writer-Con). She lives in Maryland with her husband and five children and writes as a staff blogger for Inkitt Writer’s Blog.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, September 21
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Booking With Janelle
Feature at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Wednesday, September 22
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, September 23
Review at Books and Backroads

Friday, September 24
Review at Jessica Belmont

Saturday, September 25
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, September 26
Review at Reader_Ceygo

Monday, September 27
Review at Bibliostatic
Review at Novels Alive
Interview at Reader_Ceygo

Tuesday, September 28
Excerpt at Donna's Book Blog

Wednesday, September 29
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Monday, October 4
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Tuesday, October 5
Review at Amy's Booket List

Wednesday, October 6
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, October 8
Review at Niki Loves to Read

Monday, October 11
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Wednesday, October 13
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, October 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, October 18
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Tuesday, October 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, October 22
Review at Coffee and Ink

Giveaway

Enter to win a paperback copy of Windswept by Annabelle McCormack!

The giveaway is open to US addresses only and ends on October 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Interview & Giveaway: Windswept by Annabelle McCormack

It's so exciting to share my interview with Author Annabella McCormack with you today! Annabelle is currently on blog tour for her novel, Windswept, and I am so grateful for her stopping by to talk more about it! I'm reading it now and it's MAGNIFICENT! Pop back on Friday to check out my review! I hope you enjoy getting to know Annabelle and don't forget to enter the giveaway.


Hello Annabelle and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about Windswept!

Thank you! I’m glad to be a part of your blog today!

To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

It’s always amazing how quickly I blank out when people ask me that! Haha. Let’s see, I’m a historical fiction writer who loves the combination of sweeping historical settings, lots of adventure, and a good dash of romance. I write about what interests and inspires me, which is often rooted in the more obscure, less explored parts of history. I’m also a photographer and I love exploring the world with my camera and my pen. I live in Maryland with my husband and five young children.

What inspired you to write Windswept?

The main characters of Noah and Ginger have been with me for over twenty years...but it took about fifteen for me to find the right story for them (after many, many drafts of different stories). I was reading about and researching the African campaigns of World War I and became fascinated in that theater of war. The implications it had for the modern Middle East (and therefore, the world) were huge.

What research did you undertake when writing Windswept?

I read so many books, it’s hard to list them all. One of my favorites was the diary of Ion Idriess, who was an Australian soldier in that particular campaign—his insights and details were incredible. I also dug into forums and government archives about the Great War, watched videos, and read a lot of JSTOR and old newspaper articles.

What would you like readers to take away from reading Windswept?

To begin with, I think that campaign and the motives behind it are fascinating, so it’s naturally filled with a lot of material that I’d love to see people more educated about. But also—the women who were at the forefront of the war were really doing things that were revolutionary and must have been terrifying for them, morally, physically, and socially. I think it’s great to consider what women faced within the context of “a man’s world.”

What was your favorite scene to write?

I loved writing the scenes out in the desert with the Bedouin.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

Describing a khamsin (when I’ve never actually been through one, or even a dust storm). I watched so many YouTube videos about dust storms and annoyed my husband (a US Army vet who spent a great deal of time in the Middle East) with questions.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I started writing very young to entertain myself. For me, writing was just as amusing as reading a book. In high school, classmates started asking to read my books and I realized I loved the idea of others reading the stories I had written.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

Because I have five young kids, it’s hard to have a solid routine as a full-time writer. Mostly, I write whenever I can during the day (like when they’re watching TV) and write late in the evenings when the kids are asleep.

I use weekly goals to keep me motivated.

What has been your greatest challenge as a writer? Have you been able to overcome it?

Writing with kids. And yes. 😀

Who are your writing inspirations?

Truly, I’m an admirer of any man and woman who starts writing as a working parent and finds the time and ability to get the words in, day after day.

What was the first historical novel you read?

Not including the classics or books for school-- Once and Always by Judith McNaught, a historical romance.

What is the last historical novel you read?

The Pharaoh’s Curse by Elizabeth Peters

What book do you wish that you could re-read for the first time again?

The Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkien

What are three things people may not know about you?

I was born in Costa Rica (my mom is from there), I was a professional wedding photographer for 12 years, and I used to be in SAG-Aftra and worked as an actor.

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

I love that they make historical time periods come alive for others in a way that isn’t as accessible by reading a history book.

What historical time period do you gravitate towards the most with your personal reading?

Anything from about 1000 AD to WWII. I know, it’s a wide range. I just like history.

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

Bake and cook, explore nature, watch movies, paint.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

The sequel to Windswept—Sands of Sirocco—which will be out in 2022!

YESSS! I cannot wait for that! Thank you for being here today, Annabelle! And congrats on all of the rave reviews!


Windswept by Annabelle McCormack

Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Paperback & eBook; 438 pages

Series: The Windswept Saga, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction


A British nurse in WWI Egypt races to deliver explosive intelligence that could change the course of the war in this novel of suspense, adventure, and love.

May, 1917. Ginger Whitman left a life of wealth and privilege in England to train as a battlefield nurse and serve in the Great War. Working on the brutal frontlines in Palestine, she finds a wounded soldier hiding in her camp. The soldier claims to carry intelligence unmasking a secret plot against the British—and that traitors within British intelligence are searching for him. Desperate and dying, the soldier entrusts a coded message to her care.

Ginger is hurled into an unfamiliar world of intrigue and murder amidst the war-ravaged Arabian desert. She's determined to help her country but trusting the wrong person could cost her life. Then the arrival of mysterious and handsome British intelligence officer Major Noah Benson offers a chance of help. But Noah may be as dangerous as he is charming. As she’s swept away by stolen moments on the desert sands, Ginger realizes her heart may also be at risk.

Hunted by a shadowy enemy spy, Ginger must decide if she can trust Noah. But as she grapples with her decision, Ginger makes a shocking discovery: a sinister secret that threatens to shatter the world she thought she knew.

Amazon | Apple | Barnes and Noble | Books2Read | Kobo


Praise

"Chock-full of secrets and spies, love and betrayal, danger and adventure, all of which is set against the devastating backdrop of WWI, Windswept by Annabelle McCormack is a sumptuous, fast-paced, and riveting read that'll have you cheering for the heroine until the very end." -Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Sister Dear and You Will Remember Me

"A neophyte nurse becomes an accidental but effective spy in this gripping adventure." -Kirkus Reviews

“Windswept is a whirlwind of an adventure. From the edge-of-your seat suspense, to the passionate romance…you won’t be able to put this book down!” -Lisa Boyle, author of Signed, A Paddy

"Windswept is a delightful, ripsnorting adventure with a feisty heroine, a breathless pace, and endless adventure, intrigue, and romance. You will smile from cover to cover. This will remind you how enjoyable a good book can be." –William Bernhardt, bestselling author of the Ben Kincaid series

“Suspenseful, sexy, and moving, Windswept is a great choice for those looking for strong female leads in their historical fiction. Ginger will inspire you; the story will enthrall you, and the passionate romance will win you over.” -Samantha Hui, Independent Book Review

About the Author


Annabelle McCormack writes historical women’s fiction with epic settings, adventure, and romance. Her debut book Windswept, a novel about a British WWI nurse in the Middle East caught in a dangerous web of intrigue and romance, will be published September 2021.

She was born in San Jose, Costa Rica to a Costa Rican mother and American father. She moved to the US at the age of 4, but remains fully bilingual in English and Spanish. She studied at the Johns Hopkins University, where she obtained a Master of Arts in Fiction in 2010. Afterward, she dedicated herself to her photography business, while continuing to work on her writing as a long-term goal. In 2018, she received the award for Best Novel at the 2018 Red Sneaker’s Writer Conference (now Writer-Con). She lives in Maryland with her husband and five children and writes as a staff blogger for Inkitt Writer’s Blog.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, September 21
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Booking With Janelle
Feature at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Wednesday, September 22
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, September 23
Review at Books and Backroads

Friday, September 24
Review at Jessica Belmont

Saturday, September 25
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, September 26
Review at Reader_Ceygo

Monday, September 27
Review at Bibliostatic
Review at Novels Alive
Interview at Reader_Ceygo

Tuesday, September 28
Excerpt at Donna's Book Blog

Wednesday, September 29
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Monday, October 4
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Tuesday, October 5
Review at Amy's Booket List

Wednesday, October 6
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, October 8
Review at Niki Loves to Read

Monday, October 11
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Wednesday, October 13
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, October 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, October 18
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Tuesday, October 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, October 22
Review at Coffee and Ink

Giveaway

Enter to win a paperback copy of Windswept by Annabelle McCormack!

The giveaway is open to US addresses only and ends on October 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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