Interview & Giveaway: A Mother's Promise by K.D. Alden

Hello, dear readers! Today on the blog I am very excited to be hosting Author K.D. Alden who is currently touring the blogosphere for A Mother's Promise! I loved this book and can you can find my review here. It's an emotional read for sure, but an important one. Highly recommended!

I hope you enjoy getting to know more about K.D. Alden and her book! Don't forget to enter the giveaway!



Hello K.D. and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about A Mother’s Promise!

Thank you for having me! It’s great to be here.

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

Sure! So I’ve been trying to write books since I was four, lol. They were “published” by my mom on the fridge door, to great (cough) acclaim. I was not an English major—I studied art history, which wasn’t very practical, but I loved it!

What inspired you to write A Mother’s Promise?

The idea for a Mother’s Promise came when a friend told me I should listen to Shankar Vedantam’s Hidden Brain podcast on NPR about Carrie Buck, the girl at the center of the 1927 Supreme Court case, Buck v. Bell. I was so shocked, saddened and outraged by her story that I literally ran to my laptop after hearing her voice and began chapter one. Within eleven days (!!!) I had three chapters and a synopsis for the novel and a new agent. Within 48 hours of sending out the book, we had an offer. The whole process felt surreal. I’m still not sure how it all happened.

What research did you undertake when writing A Mother’s Promise?

I read many excellent non-fiction books (Paul Lombardo’s Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell, and Adam Cohen’s Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck are only two of them) and a heartbreaking memoir by Leilani Muir called A Whisper Past: Childless After Eugenic Sterilization in Alberta.

What would you like readers to take away from reading A Mother’s Promise?

It’s hard to choose one theme in particular. But one: that justice is not always done under the law. Two: that science can be extremely flawed—not to mention dangerous. And three: it’s not what happens to you in life, but how you handle it that ultimately matters.

What was your favorite scene to write?

Hmmm. I loved writing a happier ending for Ruth Ann than Carrie Buck had in real life. I felt so strongly that she deserved better.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

The hardest scene to write in the entire book was the board meeting scene where the doctor, lawyers and other members discuss eugenics and the “science” behind it. My research involved so much background info and philosophy that it was incredibly hard to distill it into a chapter that wouldn’t make readers yawn or run away! My editor called it the “research paper chapter.” I called it … well, something unprintable!

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

From a very young age. I just didn’t know what I would write, or was qualified to write. I began my first novel at age eleven, in a spiral-bound notebook. It took me 56 pages to figure out that it didn’t have a plot, lol. What does your daily writing routine look like?

When I have a synopsis to follow and a contract deadline to meet, I’m pretty disciplined. I aim for 10 pages a day of draft writing. Of course some days are easier than others, and I do run into snags. I also edit the previous day’s work before writing new material.

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

My greatest challenge is usually plotting. I do overcome it, but it takes me a while. I have to follow a three-act structure with very specific guidelines so that I don’t meander all over the place—not that meandering isn’t fun.

Who are your writing inspirations?

There are so many I couldn’t possibly name them all! And they vary widely in genre—not all of them are historical. I will say I’m a big fan of Anthony Doerr, and I love Phillipa Gregory novels. Kate Quinn, Kate Morton and Natasha Lester come to mind as well.

What was the first historical novel you read?

I honestly can’t remember! But I used to devour anything about Elizabeth I.

What is the last historical novel you read?

The last historical I’ve read to date was Kim Michele Richardson’s The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, which is incredible. I couldn’t put it down! And the one before that was Natasha Lester’s The Paris Seamstress, which is also an amazing book. I’m not sure I ate or slept while reading it, lol.

What are three things people may not know about you?

1. I look very “girly” but enjoy using power tools!
2. I have a totally irreverent sense of humor.
3. I’ve been with my husband for thirty years! (How did we get this old?!)

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

I never imagined that I’d write historical novels. It was purely by accident/luck that I came across the idea for A Mother’s Promise. But I’m so happy that I did … because I truly love going back in time and doing the research to make the past come alive again on the page. There’s a magic about it.

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

I’ve been reading a lot of WWII era fiction lately, but that will change. I read widely and probably weirdly!

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

I love cooking, binge-watching various series and being on any kind of boat.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

That’s a great question! I’m banging out a plot that unfolds in 1920’s Washington, D.C. But I’m torn between it and a new idea that I just came across yesterday … we’ll have to see which one “wins.” I’m happy to answer any other questions readers may have. And I invite everyone to follow me on social media (@kdaldenauthor) drop me a line and/or sign up for my mailing list at www.kdalden.com. 

To purchase A Mother’s Promise, click here: https://bit.ly/39ESTZe

Thank you so much for this interview! It’s been a pleasure.

Thank you for stopping at Passages to the Past today! It was so great to have you with us!
K.D. signs A Mother’s Promise at Murder on The Beach Bookstore in Delray Beach.


A Mother's Promise by K.D. Alden

Publication Date: January 19, 2021
Forever/Grand Central
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Based on the true story behind a landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision, K.D. Alden’s debut is a rich and moving story of one woman’s courage and strength at a pivotal point in America’s history.

Virginia, 1927. A chance to have a family. That’s all Ruth Ann Riley wants. But because she was unwed and pregnant, she was sent away and her baby given to another woman. Now they’re trying to take Ruth Ann’s right to have another child. But she can’t stand the thought of never seeing little Annabel’s face again, never snuggling up to her warmth or watching her blue eyes crinkle with laughter. Good thing she has a plan.

All the rich and fancy folks may call her feeble-minded, but Ruth Ann is smarter than any of them have bargained for. Because no matter how high the odds are stacked against her, she is going to overcome the scandals in her past and get her child back—and along the way, she just may find unexpected friendships and the possibility of love in the most unlikely of places.

"A Mother's Promise is a powerful, heart-wrenching, ultimately uplifting novel about the bonds of family and one woman's courage in the face of adversity. K.D. Alden brings history to life with rich storytelling and deep emotion."―V.S. Alexander, author of The Magdalen Girls


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About the Author


K.D. Alden is the pseudonym of an award-winning author who has written more than twenty novels in various genres. She has been the recipient of the Maggie Award, the Book Buyer’s Best Award, and an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. A Mother’s Promise is her first historical novel.

K.D. is a graduate of Smith College, grew up in Austin, Texas, and resides in South Florida with her husband and two rescue greyhounds.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, February 16
Review at The Review Crew

Wednesday, February 17
Review at Crystal's Library

Thursday, February 18
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Saturday, February 20
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, February 22
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Tuesday, February 23
Review at Novels Alive

Wednesday, February 24
Review at Girl Who Reads

Thursday, February 25
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, February 26
Review at Rajiv's Reviews
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

Giveaway

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A Mother's Promise Tour

Review: The London Monster by Donna Scott


The London Monster by Donna Scott

Publication Date: November 21, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 322 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


In 1788, exactly one hundred years before Jack the Ripper terrorizes the people of London, a sexual miscreant known as the London Monster roams the streets in search of his next victim…

Thomas Hayes, having lost his mother in a vicious street assault, becomes an underground pugilist on a mission to rid the streets of violent criminals. But his vigilante actions lead to him being mistaken for the most terrifying criminal of all.

Assistance arrives in the form of Sophie Carlisle, a young journalist with dreams of covering a big story, though she is forced to masquerade as a man to do it. Trapped in an engagement to a man she doesn’t love, Sophie yearns to break free to tell stories that matter about London’s darker side—gaming, prostitution, violence—and realizes Tom could be the one to help. Together, they come up with a plan.

Straddling the line between his need for vengeance and the need to hide his true identity as a politician's son becomes increasingly difficult as Tom is pressured to win more fights. The more he wins, the more notoriety he receives, and the greater the chance his identity may be exposed—a revelation that could jeopardize his father’s political aspirations and destroy his family’s reputation.

Sophie is also in danger as hysteria spreads and the attacks increase in severity and frequency. No one knows who to trust, and no one is safe—Tom included, yet he refuses to end the hunt.

Little does he realize, the monster is also hunting him.

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Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Donna Scott has done it again!

After loving Scott's previous book, Shame the Devil, I have been anxiously awaiting her new release, The London Monster, and I am happy to report that I loved this one too!

There is a monster on the loose in London. He prefers to stalk high-class ladies as they walk at night, whisper something naughty in their ear to get a reaction, and then the knife comes out.

Sophie Carlisle is a young woman and daughter to a prominent family and is currently betrothed to a family friend, though it's not quite a love match. She is an aspiring writer and is on the hunt to track down the London Monster. She must dress as a man when researching her story and that is how she is disguised when she meets Thomas Hayes.

Tom is on the hunt for the London Monster as well and he's quite certain that the young reporter he has been speaking to is indeed a young woman. They become close and team up to help catch the Monster before he strikes again.

I loved, loved, loved Sophie and Tom! Their chemistry was awesome and I loved how their relationship progressed.

In addition to Tom and Sophie, we have a great supporting cast. Maeve, poor Maeve, was one of my favorites. Her story was so sad.

While the violence is on the tame side, there is quite a bit of bawdy talk and sexy scenes so a warning for those that may not enjoy that aspect.

I swear I had the killer identified so many times but then nope...I was wrong! I like how Donna keeps you on your toes and makes you question everyone :)

A deliciously creepy mystery with a touch of romance and a glimpse at the darker side of London, I highly recommend The London Monster!

About the Author

Donna Scott is an award-winning author of 17th and 18th century historical fiction. Before embarking on a writing career, she spent her time in the world of academia. She earned her BA in English from the University of Miami and her MS and EdD (ABD) from Florida International University. She has two sons and lives in sunny South Florida with her husband. Her first novel, Shame the Devil, received the first place Chaucer Award for historical fiction and a Best Book designation from Chanticleer International Book Reviews. Her newest novel, The London Monster, was released in November 2020. To learn about new releases and special offers, please sign up for Donna's newsletter.

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Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, February 23
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Wednesday, February 24
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Thursday, February 25
Review at Novels Alive

Friday, February 26
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Saturday, February 27
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Monday, March 1
Guest Post at Reading the Past
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, March 2
Review at Donna's Book Blog

Wednesday, March 3
Review at Coffee and Ink

Review & Giveaway: A Mother's Promise by K.D. Alden


A Mother's Promise by K.D. Alden

Publication Date: January 19, 2021
Forever/Grand Central
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Based on the true story behind a landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision, K.D. Alden’s debut is a rich and moving story of one woman’s courage and strength at a pivotal point in America’s history.

Virginia, 1927. A chance to have a family. That’s all Ruth Ann Riley wants. But because she was unwed and pregnant, she was sent away and her baby given to another woman. Now they’re trying to take Ruth Ann’s right to have another child. But she can’t stand the thought of never seeing little Annabel’s face again, never snuggling up to her warmth or watching her blue eyes crinkle with laughter. Good thing she has a plan.

All the rich and fancy folks may call her feeble-minded, but Ruth Ann is smarter than any of them have bargained for. Because no matter how high the odds are stacked against her, she is going to overcome the scandals in her past and get her child back—and along the way, she just may find unexpected friendships and the possibility of love in the most unlikely of places.

"A Mother's Promise is a powerful, heart-wrenching, ultimately uplifting novel about the bonds of family and one woman's courage in the face of adversity. K.D. Alden brings history to life with rich storytelling and deep emotion."―V.S. Alexander, author of The Magdalen Girls


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Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Emotional, captivating, and unforgettable, A Mother's Promise is an excellent work of Historical Fiction that grabbed me from the start.

Ruth Ann Riley is a young woman living at The Colony Home for Epileptics and Feeble-minded after getting pregnant out of wedlock. Her daughter was taken from her and given to a local family to care for.

Ruth Ann is the daughter to one of the most infamous patients at The Colony - her mother is known for her violent episodes and manic behavior. Ruth Ann knows she is not like her mother and is definitely not feeble-minded.
 
Between cruel nurses and inhumane treatment, the only kindness Ruth Ann finds at the Colony is Ruby and the handyman that works there, Clarence. I just adored Clarence! The scenes with him and Ruth Ann were my favorite.

Dr. Price, who runs The Colony, believes that the madness in their family will continue to pass down to other generations, so he wants to sterilize Ruth Ann. The case is eventually taken to the Supreme Court and decided in a landmark ruling.

While tough to read at times, I truly enjoyed A Mother's Promise! K.D. Alden's writing is fantastic - I can't wait to pick up more of her backlist. Highly recommended!

About the Author


K.D. Alden is the pseudonym of an award-winning author who has written more than twenty novels in various genres. She has been the recipient of the Maggie Award, the Book Buyer’s Best Award, and an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. A Mother’s Promise is her first historical novel.

K.D. is a graduate of Smith College, grew up in Austin, Texas, and resides in South Florida with her husband and two rescue greyhounds.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, February 16
Review at The Review Crew

Wednesday, February 17
Review at Crystal's Library

Thursday, February 18
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Saturday, February 20
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, February 22
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Tuesday, February 23
Review at Novels Alive

Wednesday, February 24
Review at Girl Who Reads

Thursday, February 25
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, February 26
Review at Rajiv's Reviews
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

Giveaway

Enter to win a $25 Gift Card to Amazon or Target! Two gift cards up for grabs!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on February 26th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

A Mother's Promise Tour

Review & Giveaway: A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy


A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy

Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Pegasus Crime

Genre: Historical Mystery


A historical mystery in the vein of The Alienist, in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy.

Amelia Matthew has done the all-but-impossible, especially for an orphan in Gilded Age New York City. Along with her foster brother Jonas, she has parleyed her modest psychic talent into a safe and comfortable life. But safety and comfort vanish when a head injury leaves Amelia with a dramatically-expanded gift. After she publicly channels an angry spirit, she finds herself imprisoned in the notorious insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island. As Jonas searches for a way to free her, Amelia struggles to control her disturbing new abilities and survive a place where cruelty and despair threaten her sanity.

Andrew Cavanaugh is familiar with despair. In the wake of a devastating loss, he abandons a promising medical career—and his place in Philadelphia society—to devote himself to the study and treatment of mental disease. Miss Amelia Matthew is just another patient—until she channels a spirit in front of him and proves her gift is real.

When a distraught mother comes to Andrew searching for her missing daughter—a daughter she believes is being hidden at the asylum—he turns to Amelia. Together, they uncover evidence of a deadly conspiracy, and then it’s no longer just Amelia’s sanity and freedom at stake. Amelia must master her gift and use it to catch a killer—or risk becoming the next victim.

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Advance Praise for A Deadly Fortune

“The 1893 world of the infamous lunatic asylum on Blackwell’s Island comes alive in frightening and horrific detail as a string of murders for profit is discovered when a young woman with a gift for contacting the dead becomes an accidental patient. She must fight for her life as well as her freedom in this engrossing mystery that reveals that all was not golden in Gilded Age New York.” —Rosemary Simpson, author of Death Brings a Shadow: A Gilded Age Mystery

“This engrossing mystery, rich in period detail, probes the dark side of Gilded Age New York and the even darker side of life at the insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Plucky Amelia Matthew rises to the considerable challenges that surround her, uncovering increasingly dangerous secrets that point to the presence of a murderer in the asylum. Amelia has a special gift that both helps and complicates her search for the truth, making her a unique heroine. A Deadly Fortune builds to a satisfying conclusion that will whet the reader’s appetite for more of Amelia’s adventures!” —Clarissa Harwood, author of Impossible Saints and Bear No Malice

“Stacie Murphy proves herself to be a masterful storyteller with A Deadly Fortune—an elegantly written, fast-paced mystery that blends the dark side of the Gilded Age, great characters, and a paranormal twist. Impossible to put down.” —Julie McElwain, author of the Kendra Donovan Mystery Series

“Murphy serves up a dark side of the Gilded Age with intrigue, historical detail, and captivating characters. This is a mystery to savor!” —Dianne Freeman, award winning author of the Countess of Harleigh mysteries.

Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A debut novel? Are you kidding me? Stacie Murphy just graced us readers with one hell of a novel and I loved every minute of it! Once I started the book I did not and could not put it down. I mean....chores not done, kids begging for food, husband crying in the corner...and me blissfully entranced into the world of A DEADLY FORTUNE!

Amelia and her brother Jonas work in a fancy club together after being discovered on the streets by the club owner. Amelia reads Tarot cards and tells fortunes. She does have some psychic ability, but it's not reliable nor strong. That is until she is accidentally injured while coming to her brother's aid when he is in a fight. Once recovered her powers come full force. She can feel and see things when she touches someone and feels danger coming.

After she collapses one day on the street she is mistaken for someone else and taken to a local mental asylum, the same one that reporter Nellie Bly would expose later. No one believes that she isn't who they think she is and her brother has no idea where she has gone to, but he will do everything he can to find her.

It's so crazy to me that at that time a woman could be held and imprisoned in asylums at the whim of their husband or parents, despite that there is nothing wrong with her. It's absolutely terrifying!

I don't want to give too much away because the story is amazing! So many twists and it also had some creepy parts, which I loved!

A Deadly Fortune was deliciously addictive! I absolutely loved it and will be counting the days until her next release. I would seriously offer her my house cleaning services just so she has more writing time :) Ha!
Read this book! You can thank me later :)

About the Author

Stacie Murphy grew up near Nashville, TN. She began writing A Deadly Fortune in 2017 as a way to force herself to stay off Twitter in the evenings. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and the worst cat in the world.

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Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, January 26
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Review at A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, January 28
Excerpt at Always With a Book

Friday, January 29
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Monday, February 1
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Feature at Reading is My Remedy
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Loxby Manor

Review & Giveaway: The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson


The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson

Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 336 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Regency


A story of second chances and secrets, this mysterious Regency romance will transport you to 19th-century England as one young lady reunites with her childhood love to find his missing sister.

Her friend is missing.

After five years abroad, Charity Halliwell finally returns to Loxby Manor, the home of dear friends—and her lost love. No longer a young girl, she is now haunted by a painful secret and the demise of her dreams. Instead of the healing and happiness she hopes to find, she encounters a darkness lurking in the shadows of the once-familiar house. When her friend, Seline, disappears the very night of her arrival, Charity is determined to uncover the truth.

Her only hope is the man who broke her heart.

Branded a coward, Piers Cavanaugh has lived the last five years as an outcast far from his family home. When his sister presumably elopes with a stable hand, Piers joins forces with an unlikely partner—the one woman he thought he’d never see again. Together they launch an investigation that leads to strange nightly meetings in the ruins of an old abbey and disturbing whispers of a secret organization. The more they learn, the more desperate the situation becomes.

The house seems determined to keep its secrets.

As they struggle to piece together the clues, Charity and Piers also endeavor to rebuild their friendship. One cryptic letter changed everything between them. To find happiness they will have to overcome the grief and shame keeping them apart. But first they must discover why Seline vanished and confront the growing fear that she may never return.

Settle in, because once you start The Vanishing at Loxby Manor, you won’t be able to put it down.

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Praise for The Vanishing at Loxby Manor

“Vanishing at Loxby Manor cleverly combines Regency romance with Gothic intrigue, and the result is a suspenseful, thoroughly entertaining read. Charming and lovely.”—Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of In the Shadow of Vesuvius

“Like each of Wilson’s novels, The Vanishing at Loxby Manor drew me in from the start and didn’t let go. From the heartfelt characters to the twists that kept me guessing, I relished each turn of the page. Wilson is a master at historical mystery, and I cannot wait for her next story.”—Lindsay Harrel, author of The Joy of Falling

“Abigail Wilson’s latest Gothic romance hits the notes readers have come to expect from her talented pen: romance, shadows and intrigue and a brilliantly executed atmosphere. She is a master at her craft and a rare stand-out in a popular genre.”—Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

“Weaving a shadow of mystery among the gilded countryside of Regency England, Wilson's tale of love lost, buried shame, and secret societies is a delicious blend of romance and intrigue. Splash in gorgeous historical Regency details, and murder brewing around every stone, and readers will be burning through the pages until the riveting end.”—J'nell Ciesielski, author of The Socialite

“A gothic romance that is filled with great characters and a mystery that unfolds chapter by chapter. A perfect blend of mystery, family relationships, lost years, and star-crossed love. Be warned, you won't be able to walk away from these characters.”—Cara Putman, award-winning author of Flight Risk

Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Well, it looks like I have found a new go-to author for Regency mysteries! Abigail Wilson blew me away with this book!

Charity Halliwell is visiting Loxby Manor for the next year when her friend Seline runs off one night and goes missing. They believe she has run away to be with her forbidden love, but inconsistencies in the story and the letter that is left makes Charity question what really happened. Was it something more nefarious? Is Charity in danger?

Charity must team up with Seline's brother, Piers, to help find her. Piers has also just returned to Loxby Manor after a scandalous event. Piers and Charity have a past together that they will have to overcome in order to find Seline.

I felt that the story moved along at a great pace, enough to keep you turning the pages and staying engaged. The writing is excellent, as is the character development.

I loved The Vanishing at Loxby Manor so much that I immediately added her other books to my wishlist and can't wait to pick them up! If you like mysteries and romance in your historicals, I highly recommend The Vanishing at Loxby Manor!

About the Author


Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.

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Tuesday, January 19
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

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Review at Pursuing Stacie

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Review at The Green Mockingbird

Saturday, January 23
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Monday, January 25
Review at Jorie Loves A Story
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Tuesday, January 26
Guest Post at Novels Alive

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Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

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Review at Read Review Rejoice

Friday, January 29
Review at Heidi Reads
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Saturday, January 30
Review at Nursebookie

Monday, February 1
Review at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Tuesday, February 2
Review at Amy's Booket List

Wednesday, February 3
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, February 4
Review at Hallie Reads
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Friday, February 5
Review at The Lit Bitch
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Enter to win a copy of The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson! Five copies are up for grabs!

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Loxby Manor 

Book Blast: A Mother's Promise by K.D. Alden

Hey y'all! Today on the blog I am featuring K.D. Alden's debut novel, A Mother's Promise! This sounds like an emotional and powerful read and I cannot wait to pick it up!


A Mother's Promise by K.D. Alden

Publication Date: January 19, 2021
Forever/Grand Central
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Based on the true story behind a landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision, K.D. Alden’s debut is a rich and moving story of one woman’s courage and strength at a pivotal point in America’s history.

Virginia, 1927. A chance to have a family. That’s all Ruth Ann Riley wants. But because she was unwed and pregnant, she was sent away and her baby given to another woman. Now they’re trying to take Ruth Ann’s right to have another child. But she can’t stand the thought of never seeing little Annabel’s face again, never snuggling up to her warmth or watching her blue eyes crinkle with laughter. Good thing she has a plan.

All the rich and fancy folks may call her feeble-minded, but Ruth Ann is smarter than any of them have bargained for. Because no matter how high the odds are stacked against her, she is going to overcome the scandals in her past and get her child back—and along the way, she just may find unexpected friendships and the possibility of love in the most unlikely of places.

"A Mother's Promise is a powerful, heart-wrenching, ultimately uplifting novel about the bonds of family and one woman's courage in the face of adversity. K.D. Alden brings history to life with rich storytelling and deep emotion."―V.S. Alexander, author of The Magdalen Girls

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K.D. Alden is the pseudonym of an award-winning author who has written more than twenty novels in various genres. She has been the recipient of the Maggie Award, the Book Buyer’s Best Award, and an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. A Mother’s Promise is her first historical novel.

K.D. is a graduate of Smith College, grew up in Austin, Texas, and resides in South Florida with her husband and two rescue greyhounds.

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Interview & Giveaway: A Man of Honor by J.A. Nelson

Today on the blog I am super excited to be hosting J.A. Nelson! She is currently on Blog Tour for A Man of Honor and she graciously stopped by to answer a few questions. I hope you enjoy getting to know J.A. and learn more about her new book.

You can read my review here, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


A Man of Honor, or Horatio's Confessions by J.A. Nelson

Publication Date: December 9, 2019
Quill Point Press
Paperback, eBook & AudioBook; 414 pages

Genre: Historical/Thriller/Mystery


Winner of two silver medals
Best First Book, Fiction
Best Cover, Fiction
Awarded by the IBPA (2020)

2020 Notable Indie, Top 100 - Best Indie Book Awards, Shelf Unbound

Finalist, Literary Fiction
14th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (2020)

A Man of Honor tells the fictional tale of how one man’s oath gave birth to the legend of Hamlet.

How far would you go to keep a deathbed promise?

Surrounded by the bodies of slain monarchs, a dying prince extracts a promise from his friend, Horatio: "Tell my story."

Rival kings of warring nations strive to lay claim to the throne, now vacant, but what will happen to the people who live there, at Helsingør's Krogen Castle? How will Horatio preserve his honor and the prince's legacy while surviving this murderous kingdom and the men who would rule it?

Despite the odds and threats against him, Horatio persists, weaving the story of his dear friend into the fabric of one of their oldest and most revered medieval texts.

But when a nefarious Spaniard thwarts his plans, Horatio must once again risk everything to fulfill his oath.

With the help of some unexpected allies in the form of Margrete, a courageous lady-in-waiting, and Lanier, a disgraced French nobleman, Horatio undertakes this perilous quest that will lead him on a journey none of them could have ever predicted, to a place none of them ever thought they would see.

And after their hard-fought journey will it all be for naught?

Will Hamlet's glory be Horatio's downfall?

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Praise

"Like a train, A MAN OF HONOR's narrative builds speed and takes off into an often gripping adventure of love,war, and discovery. Author J.A. Nelson's novel follows in the tradition of historical fiction. Nelson creates a beautiful but terrifying sixteenth century where numerous factions struggle for power and influence. The main characters are loyal but fallible, and the reader identifies with their struggle to keep moving forward--to finish what they've started.... Nelson has developed a timeless story.... A MAN OF HONOR may be set in a distant time and place, but Horatio's search for the truth about his late friend, Hamlet, is an internal journey of discovery to which many readers will relate." - IndieReader Reviews

"With its literary flourishes and exciting scenes, A Man of Honor addresses ethical questions in fascinating ways....Setting and moods...capture the flavor of Nordic sagas.... A literary novel featuring taut action and strong characters who address questions about the nature of integrity." - Clarion Reviews

"The story of Hamlet survives, truthfully told.... Horatio is the perfect character to carry on Hamlet's story.... An intriguing twist.... Among the pages of an adventure is a story of one man's commitment to his sense of honor and duty, as well as the importance and worth of legends." - The US Review

Interview with J.A. Nelson

Hello J.A. and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about A Man of Honor!

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

J. A. is my pen name; please call me Jen. I’m a native Southern Californian who has lived in Northern Virginia for 30 years. I write because I can’t not write. I’m grateful for the luxury of having a full-time job that allows me, when not working, to sit at my oak writing table and author laptop. When I’m stuck about an aspect of my story, I remain in my writing zone and watch, through a large window, my husband, Ed, as he tends our lawn, giving me “alone time” to write and revise. To untangle my story problems, I ask myself questions. If my questions are good enough, it’s my characters who answer. When they answer, I’m no longer stuck.

I love both history and literature and how the two push and pull at one another. I enjoy working through ideas that fill an existing void in fiction or in how we make meaning of the past. As a writer continually learning the craft of storytelling and meaning-making, I try to think “and…” more often than “but….” The word “and” prompts synthesis. It allows for seemingly juxtaposed things to co-exist, like west coast and east coast. Old and young. Fact and fiction. Then and now.

What inspired you to write A Man of Honor?

The overarching idea came to me while I watched Kenneth Branagh’s film “Hamlet.” I found myself wondering “what is Horatio thinking”? I liked the idea of taking-on a big challenge: to write a story that picks-up where one of Shakespeare’s most revered plays leaves off, of fully imagining the life, personality, and story of a minor character. It is not a retelling of the Hamlet story; some elements of the play appear as backstory. I believe I’ve brought forward new insights and a few twists that, I hope, all readers will enjoy.

Inspiration also came from a dear friend and teacher, Pete Loomer. When he died, I had just begun to revise the manuscript and was grappling with how I could better define the deeper meaning of the story. I found a clue to that answer within an old letter that he had written to me.

What research did you undertake when writing A Man of Honor?

Because I wanted to blend literary and historical elements, my research dug into the roots of the Hamlet legend in Nordic mythology and into the politics, economies, societies, philosophies and theologies, war and weaponry, and customs of late medieval and early renaissance Scandinavia, France, and England. Certain historical facts set the dates of the story from 1513 to 1520.

In addition to reading reputable online sources, I sat under the expansive dome of the Library of Congress’s Main Reading Room and read literary and historical primary and secondary sources. I visited the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen and shuffled through maps with the friendly, watchful help of the librarians there. And travel! My visits inside Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark, the muniment tower in Merton College, Oxford, England, and a multitude of medieval castles and towns throughout Western Europe—they all contributed to the settings in my book.

Of course, research included immersion in the play, Hamlet. I read it more times than I can count. I watched every stage and film version of Hamlet I could find. I avoided, as much as possible, literary criticism about Hamlet and Shakespeare because I wanted to develop my own opinions about the play’s themes and characters, especially Horatio’s and Hamlet’s personalities. I needed to see with my own eyes where the play gave clues and opportunity for me to develop Horatio’s tale. It was like exploring the surface of a wall for hidden compartments—finding and chipping away at seams that had been painted over, and feeling for panels that bear weight and are unmovable versus those that, when pushed, give ground and move aside.

What would you like readers to take away from reading A Man of Honor?

First and foremost, I hope that readers will enjoy the adventure. They don’t need to know Hamlet to enjoy the story, but I hope that if they do, they’ll find some nuggets and notions that intrigue them. I hope that my readers find, in A Man of Honor, or Horatio’s Confessions, examples of paths that we can take when faced with tough choices that test our integrity.

What was your favorite scene to write?

If I think of “favorite” as the most fun to write, it’s hard to pick but I’d say it was a physical fight in a muniment room during which noblewoman Margrete proves she has what it takes to compete in a bruising smack-down. Also, in that scene’s action I incorporated some things I know about blade fighting.

Because I love writing dialogue, other favorite parts of scenes involve banter between Horatio and Lanier, Horatio and Margrete’s sometimes heated discussions, and a moment when Margrete’s parents, who are not in agreement about whether they approve of Horatio’s courtship of Margrete, question Horatio—put him through his paces at a most inopportune time.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

The opening scene was—for me, always is—the hardest scene to write. There are very good reasons why so many writing workshops focus exclusively on the creation of a story’s first pages. It seems to me that any given story has only a possible couple of perfect beginnings for that particular tale, that there’s a tighter range of story-telling options at the beginning than during the course of the story, like a two-lane entrance onto a six-lane highway. At the start, the writer should offer the reader an exquisite balance of voice and flavors and pace. We must ease the reader into the story while grasping and keeping their attention because there are too many distractions vying for reader’s attention these days. This is a highly technical type of seduction at play, at least from the writer’s perspective, I believe. I don’t know if other authors would agree with me but that is how I see it.

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

That’s a tough question because Horatio, Margrete, and Lanier each hold a special place in my heart. I know them inside and out, and l love each for their own merits and human failings, and how they struggle to assert or regain their honor. I would have to say, though, that I worried most for Lanier because if he cannot find hope, he is doomed. As tough a man as he is, he is most fragile. I remember…I once read aloud an in-progress draft to my mother, cover to cover, and while I read a certain section regarding Lanier, I wept.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Well…love of reading came first. I devoured each of the 56 volumes in the Nancy Drew mystery series. I read all of Roald Dahl’s and Judy Blume’s children’s books, and the entire Chronicles of Narnia, and more. At the same time, English and composition were the school subjects that came most easily for me, and creative writing was my therapeutic, creative outlet. I also read history books from an early age onward and learned from beloved teachers how to see history through literature and vice-versa. And so, my desire to write a fun and substantive debut historical novel based in literature felt as natural to me as breathing.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

I’m a slow writer, and I’m a slow reader as well because I think about what I’m reading and wonder at it. I envy those writers who can dash-off five or ten pages within a couple of hours every day before the sun rises.

I plan the structure of my scenes before I write. That helps me to reach a particular destination, by that I mean a combination of character development, plot, setting and pace, at the end of each chapter. My plan leaves plenty of room for inspiration and the muses to tease my imagination while I write.

Weekends are my productive writing days. Those mornings, 7:00-ish, I begin to write—only after I feed my beloved elderly cat, Jam, and he is pleased that all is well with the world. However, sometimes the howling doesn’t stop until Ed joins us mid-morning. With or without Jam’s Rules, onward I write, following my story plan to reach my intended stopping point for the day. If I haven’t made it as far as I had hoped, I don’t beat myself up.

At my next opportunity, I keep on keepin’ on.

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

My greatest challenge has been to weed-out the extraneous ideas that I adore, especially if they came from painstaking research or some matter that I have trouble letting go. “Murder your darlings,” Hemingway famously wrote: that has been helpful advice. When I pay close attention to story development and stick close to the tension within the scene, it’s easier for me to see what half-baked (or even baked, cooled and decorated) elements should be honored and then set aside.

Who are your writing inspirations?

I’m inspired by writers whose works have stood the test of time, whose detailed settings and complex characters show individuals taking personal responsibility and proving their integrity. Melville, Mark Twain, Faulkner, Ellison, and Morrison especially come to mind. I re-read Moby Dick last year.

What was the first historical novel you read?

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

What is the last historical novel you read?

I’m currently reading Carrying Independence by Karen Chase.

What are three things people may not know about you?

Thank goodness, that’s an easy question for a debut, unknown author. 1) I was an archivist and manager at the National Archives for 22 years.

2) I mentioned earlier that I know something about blade fighting; I once held a mid-level (“C”) national competitive rating in women’s épée fencing.

3) Here’s something that I didn’t know about myself until recently: I’m a direct descendent of an American Revolutionary War soldier, of a councilman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, of two early colonial settlers in Connecticut, and of a pikesman who helped defend Elizabeth I’s England against the Spanish Armada. #3 just proves that even us mutts of many nationalities can find some historical gems in our ancestry—with luck, available records, and time to research.

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

Through historical fiction I can learn about people’s lives and challenges. I get to step into a past world that is relevant today and figure out why that past matters to me and to modern readers. If I’m really interested, I can also physically travel to those places or see an exhibit that tells me more. And so, I can springboard from a book into a subject about which I can design my own extended experience.

Through adventure fiction, which usually spans geographic and imaginative ground, I may go on a journey that I didn’t know I wanted, or even needed, to take. For me, that’s what makes the choice of reading fiction worth the time spent.

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

My answer would depend on the book I last read. I like a variety of periods and settings. If I had to state an order of preference: late medieval or renaissance Europe, late Victorian era in Great Britain or America, and America’s colonial era through 1830.

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

I’m gradually learning old-time fiddle and banjo. With Ed, I practice the art of rescuing trapped wine, one bottle at a time. I didn’t invent that phrase but it’s very apt.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

My next historical novel, the tentative title is Not Without Right, I’m researching and writing now. The story is set in London, circa 1600. It’s about personal ambition in the context of immigration, threat of social unrest, women’s work opportunities, politics, and the theater business. The three main characters are an educated, Flemish, immigrant woman whose dream is to write, a business-savvy, countryside foreigner who is England’s leading playwright, and the ever-resistant Royal Censor.

Oh wow, that sounds exciting! I can't wait for that! Thank you so much for stopping by Passages to the Past today!

About the Author

J. A. Nelson’s passion for exploring connections between history, literature, and evidence in written texts has shaped her life—from a BA (Occidental College) and MA (The George Washington University) in cultural studies to a two-decade career at the National Archives of the United States, working with historical documentary treasures and helping people access unique stories in those records. Ms. Nelson is a native of Culver City, CA, a Los Angeles suburb. She lives with her husband in Northern Virginia. A Man of Honor, or Horatio’s Confessions is her debut novel.

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Review + Giveaway: The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George


The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George

Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Berkley
Paperback & eBook; 320 pages

Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses, Book #1
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian


Even a fortune forged in railroads and steel can't buy entrance into the upper echelons of Victorian high society—for that you need a marriage of convenience.

American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn't some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger—it's Crenshaw Iron Works, the family business. When it's clear that August's outrageously progressive ways render her unsuitible for a respectable match, her parents offer up her younger sister to the highest entitled bidder instead. This simply will not do. August refuses to leave her sister to the mercy of a loveless marriage.

Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, has no intention of walking away from the marriage. He's recently inherited the title only to find his coffers empty, and with countless lives depending on him, he can't walk away from the fortune a Crenshaw heiress would bring him. But after meeting her fiery sister, he realizes Violet isn't the heiress he wants. He wants August, and he always gets what he wants.

But August won't go peacefully to her fate. She decides to show Rothschild that she's no typical London wallflower. Little does she realize that every stunt she pulls to make him call off the wedding only makes him like her even more.

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"A fun, fresh historical romance that gives both formidable characters their due." - Publishers Weekly

“A delightfully entertaining read, rich with romance, glamour, and lush Victorian detail. Harper St. George truly captures the spirt of the era.” - USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews

“THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE is a sexy, emotional romantic tale, set against the backdrop of the changing Victorian England. August Crenshaw is exactly the strong, intelligent, self-reliant heroine that Evan Sterling needs – the only trouble is neither one believes it. Watching the path of their romance and their battles makes this story a winner. Harper St. George is a must-buy for me!” - USA Today bestselling author Terri Brisbin

"Wit, seduction and passion blend seamlessly to create this deeply emotional romance. St. George weaves an intriguing plot with complex characters to provide the perfect sensual escape. There’s nothing I didn’t love about The Heiress Gets a Duke, especially its lush, captivating glimpse into history." – USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant

"There are only a few authors that make me want to take the day off to devour their latest book and Harper St. George is one of them. Rich with period detail, The Heiress Gets a Duke brings to life the Gilded Age's dollar princesses in this smart, sexy, and oh so satisfying story. It's a real treat for anyone who enjoys historical romances with strong characters that will stay with you long after you close the book. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series." - Laurie Benson, award-winning author of The Sommersby Brides series

"The electricity crackles between August and Evan from their gloriously unconventional and improper first meeting, through their first scandalous waltz and continues to sizzle till the very last page. As much as August tries to fight her overwhelming attraction to the most unlikeliest of dukes, through their very practical and business-like courtship and all the trials and tribulations Ms St George throws at them, she soon comes to realise that the man earmarked for her sister is not only her destiny but the unexpected love of her life. You’ll sigh, you’ll cry, and you’ll grin yourself silly as this independent and cynical heiress finally gets her duke." – Virginia Heath

"The Heiress Gets a Duke is a charming, compulsively readable delight and I can't wait for the next book from Harper St George's magical pen!" – Evie Dunmore

Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Not only is this cover stunning, the story is just as amazing!

I am a sucker for books that feature unconventional women who are tough as nails and confident in their abilities, and I got that and then some with August Crenshaw! Unlike many women in her day, August doesn't care for the finer things in life or even thinking of marriage. She has seen what an unwanted marriage has done to her best friend and she doesn't want that for herself. Instead, she spends her days helping to run Crenshaw Iron Works, which her grandfather started, and of which she is an heiress of the estate. She is rational, intelligent, and has a mind for business. I adored her!

August's family, while rich, are still on the outside of the London social circles. "New money" doesn't buy you into that world, but marriage to a member of the English Aristocracy will.

Enter Evan Sterling. Evan is the new Duke of Rothschild after the recent passing of his father. Their estate is in dire straights and greatly in debt. Evan must find a rich bride in order to save his family and their standing in society.

From their accidental first meeting and throughout the book the chemistry between August and Evan are off the charts!

This is the first book in Harper St. George's Gilded Age Heiress series and I cannot wait for the next installment! You will fall in love with George's writing and I can guarantee that you will fall hard for August and Evan!

About the Author


Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since.

She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found devouring her husband's amazing cooking and reading. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at www.harperstgeorge.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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