Guest Post: The Founder of the House by Naomi Jacob

Author Naomi Jacob's popular historical saga, the Gollantz series, is being reissued in eBook by Corazon Books and today I have the honor of hosting Ian Skillicorn from Corazon Books to talk about the series!

The Founder of the House by Naomi Jacob: Guest Blog Post

The Founder of the House is the first of seven titles chronicling several generations of the Gollantz family. While their story begins in Paris during the Napoleonic Wars, most of this opening volume is set throughout nineteenth century Vienna.

The Gollantz family run a successful antiques business which brings them into daily contact with Viennese high society, including royalty. They are well-liked and respected, but remain outside upper-class circles because they are Jewish. Despite this, handsome young Emmanuel Gollantz gains the admiration of two women from the royal court, which has far-reaching repercussions both for his and his family's futures.

Emmanuel’s father, Hermann, is very conscious of how the actions of one Jew can be used to support prejudiced views of his race as a whole. He goes to great lengths to lead a life of honesty and integrity, and is willing to do anything to protect his family's good name. Unfortunately, his unscrupulous brother-in-law takes advantage of Hermann's anxieties, threatening the Gollantz's reputation and business.

While many of the family's challenges relate to the times in which they live, The Founder of the House is a family saga encompassing timeless and universal themes. At its heart, this is a story about the joyous and destructive powers of love, the importance of family ties and friendship, the consequences of loyalty and ambition.

As the Gollantz Saga progresses, the action moves to Edwardian London and then Mussolini's Italy. It is a journey which is similar to that of the saga's author, Naomi Jacob.

Born in Yorkshire in 1884, Jacob's first job was as a teacher, which she left behind to join the world of the music halls in Leeds. She started off as secretary to a famous music hall star of the era, and went on to become an actor herself, even starring opposite John Geilgud on the West End stage.

In 1930, ill health led Jacob to move to the milder climate of Sirmione, on Lake Garda in Italy. It was here that she wrote the bestselling Gollantz Saga. She remained in Sirmione for the rest of her life, apart from a period during the Nazi occupation.

Although she was raised an Anglican and later converted to Catholicism, Jacob's grandfather was a Jewish tailor who had fled to England from Western Prussia to escape a pogrom. She was very proud of these Jewish roots and was a frequent critic of anti-Semitism and Fascism.

2014 marks fifty years since the author's death. The Founder of the House and the other titles in the Gollantz Saga are now being reissued in digital format to give today's readers a chance to discover this hugely entertaining series and follow the fascinating lives of the Gollantz family.

You can read more about Naomi Jacob at www.naomijacob.com

The Founder of the House by Naomi Jacob is published by Corazon Books.

Ian Skillicorn

About the Book

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Publication Date: August 23, 2014 | Corazon Books | eBook; 320p | ASIN: B00MZZDHMQ

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Set in nineteenth century Paris, Vienna and London, this is a novel about family ties and rivalries, love and ambition.

The Founder of the House introduces us to Emmanuel Gollantz, the son of a Jewish antique dealer, Hermann Gollantz.

Hermann lives his life according to the principles of loyalty, honesty and honour instilled in him as a child. But these ideals are ruthlessly exploited by his wife's family, threatening everything that is important to him. Protecting his beloved wife, Rachel, from the truth carries a great cost.

As a young man, Emmanuel, becomes involved with the inner circle of the Viennese Court, where his passion for the married baroness, Caroline Lukoes, has far-reaching consequences both for himself and the House of Gollantz.

The Founder of the House is the first book in the bestselling Gollantz Saga - an historical family saga tracing the lives and loves of the Gollantz family over several generations. This seven-novel series explores how one family's destiny is shaped by the politics and attitudes of the time, as well as by the choices and actions of its own members.

The Gollantz Saga Titles

Book One: Founder of the House
Book Two: That Wild Lie
Book Three: Young Emmanuel
Book Four: Four Generations
Book Five: Private Gollantz
Book Six: Gollantz: London, Paris, Milan
Book Seven: Gollantz & Partners

Praise for The Gollantz Saga

"Recommended. Ms Jacob writes skilfully and with that fine professional assurance we have come to expect of her." The Times

"Impressive." London Evening Standard

"A good family chronicle." Kirkus Reviews

"Besides the interest of the plot, Miss Jacob's book has much to recommend it. The style of the novel is unimpeachable, marked by sincerity, dignity and a sense of the dramatic. I can safely recommend "The Founder of the House." Western Mail (Perth)

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03_Naomi Jacob AuthorAbout the Author

Naomi Jacob (1884-1964) was a prolific author, biographer and broadcaster. She is perhaps best known for her bestselling seven-novel series, The Gollantz Saga, which traces several generations of the Gollantz family in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Jacob had a mixed heritage, which influenced her life and work. Her paternal grandfather was a Jewish tailor who had escaped the pogroms of Western Prussia and settled in England, while her mother's family had strong Yorkshire roots. Her maternal grandfather was the two-time mayor of Ripon in Yorkshire. He also owned a hotel in the town. Her father was headmaster of the local school.

Jacob loved the theatre and became a character actress on stage and in film, notably opposite John Geilgud in The Ringer (1936). She also associated with the Du Mauriers, Henry Irving, Marie Lloyd and Sarah Bernhardt.

She published her first novel, "Jacob Usher" in 1925. It became a bestseller.

In 1928 she appeared for the defence of Radclyffe Hall’s "The Well of Loneliness", and developed a friendship with Hall and her companion Una Troubridge.

After suffering with tuberculosis, in 1930 she left England for Italy, where she lived for most of the rest of her life. She lived in a villa in Sirmione on Lake Garda, which she called "Casa Mickie" (she was known to friends and family as "Mickie").

In 1935 she was awarded the Eichelberger International Humane Award, for outstanding achievement in the field of humane endeavour, for her novel "Honour Come Back". She rejected the award when she discovered that another recipient of the award had been Adolf Hitler, for "Mein Kampf".

Jacob was involved in politics – she stood as a Labour PPC (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) and was a suffragette.

In 1940, she was evacuated back to England when Italy entered the Second World War. She joined the Entertainments National Service Association, becoming famous for her flamboyant appearance— crew cut hair, and wearing a monocle and First World War Women’s Legion uniform.

She returned to Sirmione before the end of the war, helping Jewish refugees in the town. Over the years, she frequently returned to the UK, and in the 1950s and early 1960s was regularly to be heard on the BBC radio programme "Woman's Hour".

She wrote the seven-novel Gollantz saga about several generations of a Jewish family, tracing their path from Vienna in the early nineteenth century to establishing a life and antique business in England in the twentieth century. It is a saga about family loyalty, honour and love, while also reflecting on the politics and ideals of the era.

The Founder of the House Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 10
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, November 11
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, November 12
Excerpt at The Never-Ending Book
Spotlight at Literary Chanteuse

Friday, November 14
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Saturday, November 15
Guest Post at Madame Gilflurt

Sunday, November 16
Review at Unshelfish

Monday, November 17
Excerpt at Mina's Bookshelf

Tuesday, November 18
Spotlight at Mel's Shelves

Wednesday, November 19
Guest Post at Passages to the Past

Thursday, November 20
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry

Sunday, November 23
Review & Interview at A Bibliophile's Reverie

Monday, November 24
Review at Just One More Chapter

Wednesday, November 26
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Thursday, November 27
Review at Book Nerd

Friday, November 28
Review & Excerpt at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

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MK McClintock's A Home for Christmas Blog Tour + Giveaway

Author MK McClintock is on Blog Tour with Book Junkie Promotions for A Home for Christmas, a collection of Christmas Short Stories, and I am so excited to be hosting a giveaway today! Up for grabs is one eBook of A Home for Christmas and a $5 Amazon Gift Card!

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Publication Date: November 5, 2014
Trappers Peak Publishing
eBook; 74 pages
ASIN: B00NE43C0O

Settings: 19th Century Montana, Wyoming, & Colorado
Genre: Christmas Short Stories/Western/Sweet Romance

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Includes three historical fiction short stories to delight and entertain this holiday season.

CHRISTMAS MOUNTAIN

In search of family she barely knows and adventure she's always wanted, Katherine Donahue is saved from freezing on a winter night in the mountains of Montana by August Hollister. Neither of them expected that what one woman had in mind was a new beginning for them both.

TETON CHRISTMAS

Heartache and a thirst for adventure lead McKensie Stewart and her sister to Wyoming after the death of their parents. With the help of a widowed aunt and a charming horse breeder, McKensie discovers that hope is a cherished promise, and there is no greater gift than love.

LILY'S CHRISTMAS WISH

Lily Malone has never had a real family or a real Christmas. This holiday season, she might get both. From an orphanage in New York City to the rugged mountains of Colorado, Lily sends out only one wish. But when the time comes, can she give it up so someone else's wish can come true?

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Praise for A Home for Christmas

"5 stars! I have just finished reading three short stories written by M.K. McClintock, part of her collection A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. I really enjoyed these charming historical fictions CHRISTMAS MOUNTAIN, TETON CHRISTMAS and LILY'S CHRISTMAS WISH!" – Nicole Laverdure
"Heart-warming and inspiring." - Kat Cambron
"A delightful collection of stories sure to warm any reader's heart." - Elizabeth Loftus

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About the Author

02_MK McClintock AuthorMK McClintock is the author bestselling historical western romance and award-nominated historical romantic mystery. She spins tales of romance and adventure inspired by the heather-covered hills of Scotland and the majestic mountains of home. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, she lives and writes in Montana.
Learn more about MK by visiting her website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

A Home for Christmas Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 24
Review at The Maiden's Court
Interview at SOS Aloha

Tuesday, November 25
Review at Laurie Here
Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, November 26
Review at Brooke Blogs

Thursday, November 27
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Friday, November 28
Review at The Christmas Spirit


Giveaway

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- Giveaway is open to persons 18 years of age or older
- Giveaway is open to residents of the US only
- Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and notified by email
- Only one entry per household.
- All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
- Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize, after being notified via the email. After 48 hours, if there is no response, another winner will be chosen.
- If you have any questions or issues with the giveaway form, please email Amy at passagestothepast@gmail.com

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Guest Post by Mary S. Black + Giveaway of Peyote Fire

Please welcome Mary S. Black to the blog today! Mary is here to talk a bit about spirit herbs, which feature in her novel, Peyote Fire! I also have a chance for one of you to win a copy!

Spirit Herbs for the Solstice

Historically many plants have been used around the world to bring prosperity, ward off evil and commune with the gods. As the Winter Solstice draws near, perhaps you think of mistletoe. The Druids in Britain used mistletoe as a symbol of immortality because it bears fruit—the white berries—at the darkest time of year. The plant was considered a cure for barrenness and an antidote to poison, even though the berries are actually quite toxic to humans.

Mistletoe
Vervain, or verbena, was another favorite of the Druids, who gathered it in the dark of the moon when Sirius, or the Dog Star, was on the rise. The Druids used vervain in divination, consecration, and ritual cleansing of sacred spaces. They made a magical drink from the plant, which was said to bring creative energy. The plant was connected to the Underworld, and as such was used to aid in contact with the dead. 

Mountain Laurel Beans
In ancient southwest Texas along the Rio Grande, prehistoric people used three plants in particular to reach the gods. Texas Mountain Laurel has beautiful purple flower clusters in the spring and is often used in landscapes today. Pictographs in canyons along the Rio Grande however show the red beans from this plant being used as a purgative, or agent to cleanse the inside of the body. Indeed the beans are quite toxic and can land you in the emergency room if you ingest them.

Datura
Datura, which is also called Jimson weed or loco weed, is also depicted in the rock art paintings, especially the spiny seed pods. But all parts of the plant are toxic and can cause human beings to hear voices and be quite delusional. Even rubbing the leaves on your skin can produce a psychotropic effect. The people of 4,000 years ago used this plant to communicate with their gods. People must have thought they were actually talking to the gods when using datura.

Possible Datura Pods in Rock Art
The third plant in common use by the ancients along today’s border between the U.S. and Mexico is the peyote cactus. This innocuous little cactus creates vivid visual hallucinations when chewed or drunk in tea. In the 1800s, peyote use spread through numerous Native American groups, and members of the Native American Church still use it ritually today. Some people think the ancient pictographs were painted under the influence of peyote, but others claim differently. Whatever is true in this particular case, we can say without a doubt that human beings have recognized the potency of certain herbs for many thousands of years all over the world. 

Peyote Cactus

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Publication Date: October 25, 2014 | Writers Press | Formats: Ebook, Trade Paperback
Pages: 350

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Deer Cloud is painting the stories of the gods when tragedy changes his life. He is called to walk the shaman path and bring the buffalo through his visionary power. The evil Stone Face will do anything to thwart Deer Cloud’s growing strength. Jumping Rabbit, a lusty female shaman, decides to mentor him and ends up taking him to bed. She introduces him to a powerful spirit plant to counter the effects of the dangerous wolf flower. When buffalo are spotted, Stone Face challenges Deer Cloud to call the beasts with his new power. With Jumping Rabbit’s help, Deer Cloud changes Rain Bringer society forever.

This book brings to life people who lived over 4,000 years ago in the southwest Texas canyonlands known as the Lower Pecos, near the confluence of the Devils and Pecos rivers with the Rio Grande. These ancient people painted over 300 currently known rock art murals, some of which can be viewed today. Archaeologists have also found evidence of a huge bison jump in a small canyon in that region that points to a catastrophic event in the lives of these people so long ago. This book is based on extensive research and is the first novel to examine these events.

02_Mary S. Black AuthorAbout the Author

Mary S. Black fell in love with the Lower Pecos more than twenty years ago. Since then she has studied the archaeology and related ethnography of the area with numerous scholars. She has an Ed.D. from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology and lives in Austin with her husband, an archaeologist, and two cats.

For more information please visit Mary's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads.

Peyote Fire Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, November 13
Interview at Boom Baby Reviews

Monday, November 17
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

Tuesday, November 18
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

Monday, November 24
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Monday, December 8
Review at Broken Teepee
Spotlight at Book Nerd

Tuesday, December 9
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, December 10
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Monday, December 15
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, December 16
Spotlight & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, December 18
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Giveaway

To enter to win a copy of Past Encounters please enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Rules
- Giveaway ends on December 4th.
- Giveaway is open to persons 18 years of age or older
- Giveaway is open to residents of the US, UK, Canada or Australia.
- Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and notified by email
- Only one entry per household.
- All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
- Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize, after being notified via the email. After 48 hours, if there is no response, another winner will be chosen.
- If you have any questions or issues with the giveaway form, please email Amy at passagestothepast@gmail.com

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2015 Release: At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

Check out this tasty upcoming release from Author Sara Gruen! The cover is a beauty for sure. I haven't read Water for Elephants, but I think I'll be checking this one out. Have you read Water for Elephants? If so, would you recommend it and are you looking forward to this release?


Publication Date: June 9, 2015 | Spiegel & Grau | eBook, Hardcover, Audio

Genre: Historical Fiction

In this new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water’s Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s personal awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highlands village.

Madeline Hyde, a young socialite from Philadelphia, reluctantly follows her husband and their best friend to the tiny village of Drumnadrochit in search of a mythical monster—at the same time that a very real monster, Hitler, wages war against the Allied Forces. What Maddie discovers—about the larger world and about herself—through the unlikely friendships she develops with the villagers, opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities.

Jane Austen's First Love Holiday Blog Tour & Giveaway

Today on the blog I am so excited to be hosting Syrie James' Holiday Blog Tour & Giveaway for Jane Austen's First Love!


Genre: Austenesque/Historical Fiction/Romance/Young Adult
Publisher: Berkley (Penguin Group USA)
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-0425271353
eBook ISBN: 978-0698139268

In the summer of 1791, fifteen-year-old Miss Jane Austen is determined to accomplish three things: to do something useful, write something worthy, and fall madly in love. While visiting at Goodnestone Park in Kent for a month of festivities in honor of her brother's engagement to Miss Elizabeth Bridges, Jane meets the boy-next-door—the wealthy, worldly, and devilishly handsome Edward Taylor, heir to Bifrons Park, and hopefully her heart! Like many of Jane’s future heroes and heroines, she soon realizes that there are obstacles—social, financial, and otherwise—blocking her path to love and marriage, one of them personified by her beautiful and sweet tempered rival, Charlotte Payler.

Unsure of her own budding romance, but confident in her powers of observation, Jane distracts herself by attempting to maneuver the affections of three other young couples. But when her well-intentioned matchmaking efforts turn into blundering misalliance, Jane must choose between following her own happily-ever-after, or repairing those relationships which, based on erroneous first impressions, she has misaligned.

About the Author

Syrie James, hailed as “the queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings” by Los Angeles Magazine, is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels that have been translated into 18 languages. Her books have been awarded the Audio Book Association Audie, designated as Editor’s Picks by Library Journal, named a Discover Great New Writer’s Selection by Barnes and Noble, a Great Group Read by the Women’s National Book Association, and Best Book of the Year by The Romance Reviews and Suspense Magazine. Syrie is a member of the WGA and lives in Los Angeles. Please visit her at syriejames.com, Facebook or say hello on Twitter @SyrieJames.

Grand Giveaway Contest


Win One of Five Fabulous Jane Austen-inspired Prize Packages!


To celebrate the holidays and the release of Jane Austen's First Love, Syrie is giving away five prize packages filled with an amazing selection of Jane Austen-inspired gifts and books!

To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment on any of the blog stops on the Jane Austen's First Love Holiday Blog Tour.

Increase your chances of winning by visiting multiple stops along the tour! Syrie's unique guest posts will be featured on a variety of subjects, along with fun interviews, spotlights, excerpts, and reviews of the novel. Contest closes at 11:59pm PT, December 21, 2014. Five lucky winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments on the tour, and announced on Syrie’s website on December 22, 2014. The giveaway contest is open to everyone, including international residents. Good luck to all!

HF Virtual Book Tours Presents S.K. Rizzolo's Die I Will Not Blog Tour

Today at Passages to the Past I have a spotlight of Die I Will Not, the third release in S.K. Rizzolo's John Chase Mystery Series, which was released a few weeks ago and is now available in stores!

Die I Will Not 

Publication Date: November 4, 2014 | Poisoned Pen Press | Formats: Hardcover, Paperback

Series: John Chase Mystery Series
Genre: Historical Mystery/Regency

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Unhappy wife and young mother Penelope Wolfe fears scandal for her family and worse. A Tory newspaper editor has been stabbed while writing a reply to the latest round of letters penned by a firebrand calling himself Collatinus. Twenty years before, her father, the radical Eustace Sandford, wrote as Collatinus before he fled London just ahead of accusations of treason and murder. A mysterious beauty closely connected to Sandford and known only as N.D. had been brutally slain, her killer never punished. The seditious new Collatinus letters that attack the Prince Regent in the press also seek to avenge N.D.’s death and unmask her murderer. What did the journalist know that provoked his death?

Her artist husband Jeremy is no reliable ally, so Penelope turns anew to lawyer Edward Buckler and Bow Street Runner John Chase. As she battles public notoriety, Buckler and Chase put their careers at risk to stand behind her while pursuing various lines of inquiry aimed at N.D.’s murderer, a missing memoir, Royal scandal, and the dead editor’s missing wife. As they navigate the dark underbelly of Regency London among a cast driven by dirty politics and dark passions, as well as by decency and a desire for justice, past secrets and present criminals are exposed, upending Penelope’s life and the lives of others.

John Chase Mystery Series

Book One: The Rose in the Wheel
Book Two: Blood for Blood
Book Three: Die I Will Not

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About the Author

SK RizzoloS.K. Rizzolo is a longtime Anglophile and history enthusiast. Set in Regency England, The Rose in the Wheel and Blood for Blood are the first two novels in her series about a Bow Street Runner, an unconventional lady, and a melancholic barrister. An English teacher, Rizzolo has earned an M.A. in literature and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

For more information please visit S.K. Rizzolo's website. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads.

Die I Will Not Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 17
Review at Back Porchervations

Tuesday, November 18
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, November 19
Interview at Back Porchervations
Spotlight at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, November 20
Interview with Curling Up With a Good Book

Friday, November 21
Review at Book Nerd

Monday, November 24
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Tuesday, November 25
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, November 26
Review at Buried Under Books
Review at Book Babe (The Rose in the Wheel)
Spotlight at Layered Pages

Friday, November 28
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Monday, December 1
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Tuesday, December 2
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

Wednesday, December 3
Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes

Thursday, December 4
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Friday, December 5
Review at The True Book Addict

Monday, December 8
Review at CelticLady's Reviews

Tuesday, December 9
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews
Spotlight at Book Babe

Wednesday, December 10
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at Griperang's Bookmarks

Thursday, December 11
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Friday, December 12
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

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Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway: Past Encounters by Davina Blake

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Publication Date: November 22, 2014 |  CreateSpace | Paperback; 442p

Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction

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England 1955.

The day Rhoda Middleton opens a letter from another woman, she becomes convinced her husband, Peter, is having an affair. But when Rhoda tracks the mysterious woman down, she discovers she is not Peter’s lover after all, but the wife of his best friend, Archie Foster. There is only one problem - Rhoda has never even heard of Archie Foster.

Devastated by this betrayal of trust, Rhoda tries to find out why Peter has kept this friendship a secret for so long. Her search leads her back to 1945, but as she gradually uncovers Peter’s wartime experiences she must wrestle with painful memories of her own. For Rhoda too cannot escape the ghosts of the past.

Taking us on a journey from the atmospheric filming of Brief Encounter, to the extraordinary Great March of prisoners of war through snow-bound Germany, PAST ENCOUNTERS explores themes of friendship, hope, and how in the end, it is the small things that enable love to survive.

Includes bonus material for reading groups.

Praise for Past Encounters

"Her characters are so real that they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf. Highly Recommended!" - The Historical Novels Review

Praise for Deborah Swift

"stellar historical fiction" -Orange Prize Nominee Ann Weisgarber

"compelling'" -Westmorland Gazette

"The past comes alive through impeccable research...and the sheer power of descriptive prose" -Lancashire Evening Post

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Deborah SwiftAbout the Author

Davina Blake used to be a set and costume designer for theatre and TV, during which time she developed a love of research which fueled her passion for the past. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and also writes successful seventeenth century historicals under the pen name Deborah Swift. 'Her characters are so real that they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf. Highly recommended.' The Historical Novels Review From Davina: 'I was inspired to write 'Past Encounters' because I live close to the railway station where the iconic 'Brief Encounter' was filmed in 1945. I have often used the refreshment room that featured in the film when waiting for a train. I love a good cup of tea, preferably accompanied by a chocolate brownie!'

For more information visit Davina Blake's website and blog. You can also find her on Twitter.

Past Encounters Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, November 15
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Sunday, November 16
Review at Library Educated

Monday, November 17
Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, November 18
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

Wednesday, November 19
Review at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, November 20
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Friday, November 21
Review & Interview at Bookish

Saturday, November 22
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective

Monday, November 24
Review at A Bookish Affair
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, November 25
Guest Post at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, November 26
Review at Book Nerd

Thursday, November 27
Interview at The Maiden's Court

Saturday, November 29
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Monday, December 1
Review at Layered Pages
Review & Interview at Casual Readers

Tuesday, December 2
Review at My Reader's Block
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews

Wednesday, December 3
Review at The Worm Hole
Review at Diary of an Eccentric

Thursday, December 4
Review at Beth's Book Reviews
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry

Friday, December 5
Review at Bibliophilia, Please

Saturday, December 6
Review at Unshelfish
Review at Historical Tapestry

Giveaway

To enter to win a copy of Past Encounters please enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Rules
- Giveaway ends on November 27th.
- Giveaway is open to persons 18 years of age or older
- Giveaway is open internationally.
- Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and notified by email
- Only one entry per household.
- All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
- Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize, after being notified via the email. After 48 hours, if there is no response, another winner will be chosen.
- If you have any questions or issues with the giveaway form, please email Amy at passagestothepast@gmail.com

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