Interview & Giveaway: By Immortal Honor Bound by Danielle Ancona

Hello and Happy FriYAY, dear readers! Today on the blog I am very excited to be hosting Danielle Ancona who is currently touring the blogosphere for By Immortal Honor Bound and she is spending time with us today to talk about her new book, research, writing inspirations and more!

Be sure to enter the giveaway too! Hope you enjoy getting to know Danielle!


Hello Danielle and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about By Immortal Honor Bound!

Thank you for having me and for the warm welcome! I am thrilled to be here!

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

Sure. Thanks for asking. I am a full-time Lead Oncology RN Navigator and also have a background in critical care, ED, Bone Marrow Transplant & Admin – all of which have given me a lot to pull from, in terms of human interaction and dynamics. Science & history fascinate me, and I have a comfort level with the ethereal co-existing with science.

My writing is a reflection of my passion for science, history, the world we may not see which co-exists–entwined with ours, and all put, I hope, in such a way that one can escape into the story and enjoy themselves. What inspired you to write By Immortal Honor Bound?

Several things: my patients–wanting to write an adventurous escape for them, where adversity is overcome. A smidge of passion is woven through, in tribute to the story and these patients, for whom often, intimacy is a challenge. A melding of the things I love. A want to feature women of science through the years, and organically strong female characters.

What research did you undertake when writing By Immortal Honor Bound?

Great question! I used thirty-seven references, all validated sources; from Ancient History Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, various science research abstracts, historical magazine and cooking articles by subject matter experts to help ensure accuracy. I also read the some of the translated letters of Julius Caesar to get a sense for the flow of the language and conversation, for the portions of the story taking place in antiquity. My references are listed at the back of the book.

What would you like readers to take away from reading By Immortal Honor Bound?

• I think that depends on the reader; first and foremost a sense of adventure and escape!

• I would hope that someone who did not like history, found themselves enjoying the historical aspects of the book & maybe give it a second chance.

• People appreciate how much Paracelsus, a 16th century alchemist and physician has laid the ground work for science, medicine and so many other disciplines.

• How difficult things were for women.

What was your favorite scene to write?

The River Styx scene. It is gritty and I cried while writing it. It was also a lot of fun to write, I could sink my teeth into it.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

The opening chapter, the sword fight in the meadow. I think opening chapters are the hardest to write for a book. I bet I re-wrote that 50 times.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Ever since I could write.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

It’s a challenge with working full time, and then some. Social media also gets in the way, although I am typically fairly disciplined with such.

• I have my goals set for the week.
• I have what I want to tackle outlined for the morning or the night. I often write at 4am–before work–or after dinner.
• I either put my feet up on my bed or on a chair on the patio.
• I have coffee and lemonade.
• I have my phone for my thesaurus app.
• I have my research Word table open and ready to go, with my dates, historical figure and event occurrences I weave into the story, plot outline, character interactions.
• I write.
• I often inform my family of the time I have blocked out for writing, so they don’t make other plans which involve me, or so that I have fair warning I need to shift me schedule – my writing and sleep hours and precious.

My family time is also precious.

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

• This changes as one moves through stages of writing. Primarily, the challenge is finding time & energy to write – or creating them.

• Overcoming interruptions with grace. Rolling with the punches when life does not cooperate, and kind to myself when things don’t work out.

• There are always learning curves – and you don’t know what you don’t know, until you realize you have a knowledge gap. Listen, listen, listen to other writers – pay attention. You will identify gaps if you pay attention. Twitter is a great place to find other writers.

Who are your writing inspirations?

Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Lindsay Fitzpatrick, Anita Diamant, Brian Kilmeade

What was the first historical novel you read?

Little House Series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

What is the last historical novel you read?

Dead Town by Anthony Redden – Historical Horror

What are three things people may not know about you?

• I biked 150 miles from Cumberland, Md to Pittsburgh, Pa with my husband

• I have two uncles who were engineers for JPL – so I can’t get away from the science – I could have been a “Sheldon” – lol

• I have been published professionally in Oncology for developing standards of care and staff education for sexual safety and intimacy for the oncology patient and survivor.

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

All the discoveries I make with the research; the adventurous rabbit holes, having fun with history.

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

I find myself gravitating towards scientific discoveries and biographies of political figures, monarchs, and scientists – so not so much a time period, but rather movers and shakers of the academic, scientific and economic worlds.

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

Bicycling on trails, catching up on sleep (lol), baking, vacationing with my family, watching shows concerning failure analysis (aka disasters).

Lastly, what are you working on next?

I am currently writing Book II, Dante’s Fire. This is Katherine’s story, if you have read Book I, you would be familiar with her. This story spans from 181 CE to modern day; taking place in York, England; Caledonia, the Wall of Hadrian, and the Five Rivers of the Underworld.

Katherine is prominent secondary character in By Immortal Honor Bound and has been many readers’ favorite. She is a Sekhmet Lioness Warrior, of the Goddess Sekhmet bloodline. Sekhmet is the Egyptian goddess of war, plagues & healing. Egyptian monikers for her were: “Lady of Slaughter” and “she whom before Evil trembles”, among others.

Katherine is aptly Sekhmet, as she is entwined with several plagues ravaging York from 181 through to the Black Plague. She serves as a fierce protector of York and another talisman, critical to the conflict–Isaiah, the Ancient, a druidic oak–undercover as an abbess. I have nicknamed Katherine “the badass abbess of York” in my head. The Philosopher’s Stone, a way to eternal youth, will be making an appearance in this book and be a center of conflict, gritty battles, fights to the death. Gideon and the Seraph really want to get their hands on it.

Thank you for your time and warm welcome. I hope my answers shed some interesting insight. I look forward to “meeting” everyone! I so appreciate your time in this interview, reading my story and blogging about it.

Thank YOU for stopping by today! It was a pleasure hosting you!


By Immortal Honor Bound by Danielle Ancona


Publication Date: November 4, 2020
Kyanite Publishing LLC
Paperback, 400 pages


Series: Of Alchemy and Angels, Book 1
Genre: Historical Fantasy





Intrepid warrior angel Malachi faces the fiercest of adversaries of warfare through the centuries, fighting alongside the boldest of gods to defend humankind from the Seraph Rebellion.

Sent to York in the 1620's, Malachi unexpectedly falls in love with keen and ardent alchemist Daphne Heatherton.

For Malachi, Daphne's returned devotion is a tenuous gift of fate.

Dark machinations set into play by the fallen archangel, Gideon-leader of the Rebellion-bring Malachi to the brink of defeat and put him to the ultimate test.

Will he choose a mortal love, or will he remain By Immortal Honor Bound?

Alchemy, history, passion, myth, science, legend converge in a timeless battle-will love or honor prove to be the most powerful element of all?

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About the Author


Pittsburgh has provided an interesting, vibrant and eclectic place to grow up and eventually become a writer of stories. Stories through which History, Science, Alchemy, Romance, High Stakes, and Mythology are woven.

My writing is also touched by ghostly echoes which greet me as I hike or bike through what were once bustling sites from the age of industry of the region, now reclaimed by nature. These are the ethereal remnants of those who shed their blood, sweat and tears onto what is now sacred ground.

Come dive into the stories shaped by these unique forges. The twists in the path are unexpected, fraught with danger, but always worth the journey.

Where passion and love take root unexpectedly, bloom, and somehow manage to survive against all odds, one surprising way or another.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 15
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Tuesday, February 16
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Thursday, February 18
Excerpt at Books, Cooks, Looks

Friday, February 19
Interview + Excerpt at Scryptogram

Monday, February 22
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Tuesday, February 23
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, February 25
Excerpt at Novels Alive

Friday, February 26
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

Saturday, February 27
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, March 1
Review at Jessica Belmont

Tuesday, March 2
Excerpt at I'm All About Books

Wednesday, March 3
Review at Novels Alive

Thursday, March 4
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Friday, March 5
Interview at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away an eBook, a signed paperback, and a signed hardcover copy of By Immortal Honor Bound!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on March 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

By Immortal Honor Bound

Interview with Jim Metzner, author of Sacred Mounds


Today on the blog I am very excited to be hosting Jim Metzner who is currently on Blog Tour for Sacred Mounds! It's a wonderfully unique read - you can check out my review here.

Hope you enjoy getting to know Jim and learning more about Sacred Mounds!

Hello Jim and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about Sacred Mounds!

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

Best known as the creator, producer and voice of the "Pulse of the Planet" radio series and podcast. I've been recording soundscapes for forty years.

What inspired you to write Sacred Mounds?

Ancient earthworks, many of them forgotten, plowed over, representing an early form of spiritual practice. Something unknown, buried, created for a higher purpose – fertile ground for metaphors!

What research did you undertake when writing Sacred Mounds?

I visited many of them and spent time with the Natchez – the last known tribe observed to interact with the mounds, according to the diaries of Jesuit priests in the 17th century. I became friends with the principal chief of the Natchez Nation, Hutke Fields, who wrote the foreword to Sacred Mounds.

What would you like readers to take away from reading Sacred Mounds?

The novel explores a question which – sooner or later - we all must face: why are we here?

What was your favorite scene to write?

Any scene with Hilton in it was fun to write – he's the perfect foil for anyone, including the author, who takes themself too seriously.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

There were many – the novel deals with two timelines that ultimately become intertwined.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

It's the one thread that's held my many careers together.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

When I was writing Sacred Mounds - first thing in the morning, rain or shine, at least an hour.

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

Finishing Sacred Mounds! It took decades.

Who are your writing inspirations?

Lately, Steven Powers, Mark Twain, Rene Daumal, but I've been influenced by many.

What was the first historical novel you read?

The first I remember reading was the entire Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, wishing it would go on forever.

What is the last historical novel you read?

One of the Saxon series by Bernard Cornwell, can't recall the title. He's a master craftsman.

What are three things people may not know about you?

I've been an actor and a singer/songwriter. Believe it or not, I opened for Pink Floyd when the debuted Atom Heart Mother in London's Hyde Park in 1970.

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

I don't think about choosing or writing in a particular genre. Midwife the story, genres come later.

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

I'm open to any time period in a well-told story.

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

Fly-fishing, tying flies, learning to draw.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

Looks like it'll be a series of mini-memoirs.

Thanks for stopping by today, Jim! Congrats on the release of your book!

Sacred Mounds by Jim Metzner

Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Adelaide Books, NY (print); Skyboat Media/Blackstone (audio)
Paperback, eBook & Audiobook

Genre: Historical Fantasy


Cyclonic hordes of insects, a telepathic despot, body-swapping sex - just a few of the surprises Salvador Samuels encounters when he finds himself swept back to pre-colonial times walking in the moccasins of a blind Indian - who, in turn, has been transported into Salvador's body in present day America. Four hundred years apart, they're bound by a common mission to rescue our world, aided by the mysterious presence of the mounds. Thousands of these ancient earthworks once dotted the landscape of North America. We still don't know why they were created. Sacred Mounds suggests they are as important today as when they were made over a thousand years ago.

Sacred Mounds, a first novel of magical realism and historical fantasy, weaves the stories of two men, each a stranger in a strange land. With the help of two remarkable women, they must find a way to save our planet and return home.

From Jim Metzner, producer of the Pulse of the Planet series and podcast, with a foreword by Hutke Fields, principal chief of the Natchez Nation.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

Praise

"This is a rollicking, thought-provoking, rollercoaster of a novel. It's time traveling on steroids, but it asks big questions. Bravo." - Ken Burns, filmmaker

"After decades of most American fantasy writers echoing European fantasists and using European myths, it's refreshing to see an extravagantly imaginative writer go into the history and myths of the Natchez nation... We have a chance to see our own culture through the eyes of a native of the Natchez civilization, so the view is double -- us seen by them, them seen by us. It's amazing to read something so fresh and vivid tying us back into the roots of this land and the people who knew it first." - Orson Scott Card, author "Ender's Game"

"Jim Metzner's Sacred Mounds draws you right into the action with high energy prose, strands of mystery floating in the wind, and lively characters. A great read, with Metzner's usual deep insights into the amazing workings of the natural world seeping into you while you are caught up in the flow. Enjoy!" - Robert Thurman, President, Tibet House US

"Metzner’s time-bending style is interwoven in a well-researched novel about the great Natchez Nation and the mysterious mounds across the midlands of America. This is a witty and inventive historical fantasy that seduces with twists and turns accompanied by lively street wise contemporary dialogue. It will keep you magnetically amused right up to the surprise ending." - Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Member, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, MT

"There are not enough words to fully outline the rich, complex and historically and culturally accurate setting of this tale of supernatural heroism. The novel folds ancient traditional wisdom into the seams of its story with the author’s well-honed narrative skills, delivering the tastes and flavors of its mingling times and cultures with ease and aplomb. One ends up feeling not like an onlooker, but an active participant in the events. The book is hard to put down. It’s a page-turner, but an intelligent one; one that asks more questions than it answers and left, for one, this reader hoping for a sequel." - Lee Van Laer, Senior Editor, Parabola Magazine

"The tribe’s descent from late prehistoric mound builders connects the Natchez people to one of North America’s most intriguing puzzles. Archaeologists know how the earthworks were built, but excavations cannot reveal what these monuments meant to the native people who built them. With Sacred Mounds, Metzner embraces the mystery to weave a story across time and cultural boundaries." - Jim Barnett, author "The Natchez Indians: A History to 1735"

"Jim Metzner can really spin a yarn. This story is filled with historical reality as well as spectacular descriptions of what could be. Jump into this book. Feel the challenges of the characters. Join with the Shining Ones. The adventure is yours!" - From the foreword by Hutke Fields, Principal Chief of the Natchez Nation


About the Author


Jim studied acting at Yale Drama School and enjoyed a brief career working as a singer-songwriter in London, where he opened for TRex, Free and Pink Floyd. He has been producing sound-rich audio since 1977, starting with the ground-breaking short format radio series - You're Hearing Boston. Metzner's other award-winning series include You're Hearing San Francisco, You're Hearing America, The Sounds of Science, Voices of Innovation, and Pulse of the Planet, which has been on the air since 1988 and is now heard widely as a podcast. He has recorded all over the world and received major grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Grammy Foundation.

Jim has given presentations around the world as a Fulbright Specialist. For more information visit https://www.jimmetznerproductions.com and https://www.sacredmoundsnovel.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, February 24
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Thursday, February 25

Friday, February 26
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Sunday, February 28
Review at Jessica Belmont

Wednesday, March 3

Thursday, March 4

Monday, March 8

Wednesday, March 10
Review at Coffee and Ink

Monday, March 15

Tuesday, March 16


Review: Sacred Mounds by Jim Metzner

Sacred Mounds by Jim Metzner

Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Adelaide Books, NY (print); Skyboat Media/Blackstone (audio)
Paperback, eBook & Audiobook

Genre: Historical Fantasy


Cyclonic hordes of insects, a telepathic despot, body-swapping sex - just a few of the surprises Salvador Samuels encounters when he finds himself swept back to pre-colonial times walking in the moccasins of a blind Indian - who, in turn, has been transported into Salvador's body in present day America. Four hundred years apart, they're bound by a common mission to rescue our world, aided by the mysterious presence of the mounds. Thousands of these ancient earthworks once dotted the landscape of North America. We still don't know why they were created. Sacred Mounds suggests they are as important today as when they were made over a thousand years ago.

Sacred Mounds, a first novel of magical realism and historical fantasy, weaves the stories of two men, each a stranger in a strange land. With the help of two remarkable women, they must find a way to save our planet and return home.

From Jim Metzner, producer of the Pulse of the Planet series and podcast, with a foreword by Hutke Fields, principal chief of the Natchez Nation.

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Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sacred Mounds is a unique and vibrant Historical Fiction novel featuring two men from vastly different times in history who happen upon the magical mounds and wake up in each other's bodies and times.

Lewis Samuels is newly divorced and living in the present time. Skyfisher is a blind, Natchez Indian living centuries in the past. Both men have to learn about their new surroundings and events happening around them.

I greatly enjoyed learning more about the Natchez traditions and found Metzner's writing easy to follow and you can tell he's done his research.

While not my usual reading genre, I highly enjoyed the journey and look forward to more from Jim Metzner!

Praise

"This is a rollicking, thought-provoking, rollercoaster of a novel. It's time traveling on steroids, but it asks big questions. Bravo." - Ken Burns, filmmaker

"After decades of most American fantasy writers echoing European fantasists and using European myths, it's refreshing to see an extravagantly imaginative writer go into the history and myths of the Natchez nation... We have a chance to see our own culture through the eyes of a native of the Natchez civilization, so the view is double -- us seen by them, them seen by us. It's amazing to read something so fresh and vivid tying us back into the roots of this land and the people who knew it first." - Orson Scott Card, author "Ender's Game"

"Jim Metzner's Sacred Mounds draws you right into the action with high energy prose, strands of mystery floating in the wind, and lively characters. A great read, with Metzner's usual deep insights into the amazing workings of the natural world seeping into you while you are caught up in the flow. Enjoy!" - Robert Thurman, President, Tibet House US

"Metzner’s time-bending style is interwoven in a well-researched novel about the great Natchez Nation and the mysterious mounds across the midlands of America. This is a witty and inventive historical fantasy that seduces with twists and turns accompanied by lively street wise contemporary dialogue. It will keep you magnetically amused right up to the surprise ending." - Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Member, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, MT

"There are not enough words to fully outline the rich, complex and historically and culturally accurate setting of this tale of supernatural heroism. The novel folds ancient traditional wisdom into the seams of its story with the author’s well-honed narrative skills, delivering the tastes and flavors of its mingling times and cultures with ease and aplomb. One ends up feeling not like an onlooker, but an active participant in the events. The book is hard to put down. It’s a page-turner, but an intelligent one; one that asks more questions than it answers and left, for one, this reader hoping for a sequel." - Lee Van Laer, Senior Editor, Parabola Magazine

"The tribe’s descent from late prehistoric mound builders connects the Natchez people to one of North America’s most intriguing puzzles. Archaeologists know how the earthworks were built, but excavations cannot reveal what these monuments meant to the native people who built them. With Sacred Mounds, Metzner embraces the mystery to weave a story across time and cultural boundaries." - Jim Barnett, author "The Natchez Indians: A History to 1735"

"Jim Metzner can really spin a yarn. This story is filled with historical reality as well as spectacular descriptions of what could be. Jump into this book. Feel the challenges of the characters. Join with the Shining Ones. The adventure is yours!" - From the foreword by Hutke Fields, Principal Chief of the Natchez Nation


About the Author


Jim studied acting at Yale Drama School and enjoyed a brief career working as a singer-songwriter in London, where he opened for TRex, Free and Pink Floyd. He has been producing sound-rich audio since 1977, starting with the ground-breaking short format radio series - You're Hearing Boston. Metzner's other award-winning series include You're Hearing San Francisco, You're Hearing America, The Sounds of Science, Voices of Innovation, and Pulse of the Planet, which has been on the air since 1988 and is now heard widely as a podcast. He has recorded all over the world and received major grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Grammy Foundation.

Jim has given presentations around the world as a Fulbright Specialist. For more information visit https://www.jimmetznerproductions.com and https://www.sacredmoundsnovel.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, February 24
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Thursday, February 25

Friday, February 26
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Sunday, February 28
Review at Jessica Belmont

Wednesday, March 3

Thursday, March 4

Monday, March 8

Wednesday, March 10
Review at Coffee and Ink

Monday, March 15

Tuesday, March 16


Excerpt & Giveaway: To The Dark by Chris Nickson


To The Dark by Chris Nickson

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Severn House Publishers

Series: A Simon Westow Mystery, Book 3
Genre: Historical Mystery


Winter is about to take a chilling twist...

Thief-taker Simon Westow is drawn into a deadly puzzle when the melting snow reveals a dark secret in this gripping historical mystery, perfect for fans of Anne Perry and Charles Finch.

Leeds, 1822. The city is in the grip of winter, but the chill deepens for thief-taker Simon Westow and his young assistant, Jane, when the body of Laurence Poole, a petty local thief, emerges from the melting snow by the river at Flay Cross Mill.

A coded notebook found in Laurence's room mentions Charlie Harker, the most notorious fence in Leeds who's now running for his life, and the mysterious words: To the dark. What was Laurence hiding that caused his death? Simon's hunt for the truth pits him against some dangerous, powerful enemies who'll happily kill him in a heartbeat - if they can.

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Praise for the Simon Westow Mystery Series

"This dark tale features a strong and sympathetic hero as well as equally appealing supporting characters ... Likely to draw in readers of Andrea Penrose, Charles Finch, and Anne Perry" -Library Journal on The Hanging Psalm

"This historical tour de force reminds readers who come for the mystery that life hasn't changed for the disenfranchised" -Kirkus Reviews Starred Review of The Hocus Girl

"Gripping ... offers authentic period ambiance, vivid characters, crisp dialogue, and plenty of twists" - Booklist on The Hanging Psalm

"Outstanding ... Historical mysteries don't get much better than this" - Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Hocus Girl

"An exciting debut ... Steeped in Regency atmosphere, it holds your interest from beginning to end" - Kirkus Reviews on The Hanging Psalm

"Solid ... a welcome contrast to such aristocratic Regency sleuths as C.S. Harris's Sebastian St. Cyr." - Publishers Weekly on The Hanging Psalm

"This is an excellent historical mystery, the second in the Simon Westow series. Readers will enjoy it and look forward to additional books." - Historical Novels Review of The Hocus Girl

"Beautifully balanced between suspense and action ... the historical background ... as always, engaging, detailed and authentic." - Joanne Harris, bestselling author of Chocolat, on The Hocus Girl

"Combines multiple twists, vivid descriptions of life in the early nineteenth century, strong characters, and a surprising ending. A perfect read-alike for David Liss' popular series starring another British thief-taker." -  Benjamin Weaver, Booklist on The Hocus Girl

Excerpt

‘People are going over to Flay Cross Mill.’

Simon hadn’t seen Jane arrive. But there she was, at his side, matching his pace as he walked. Since winter began she’d taken to wearing an old cloak of faded green wool. With the hood pulled up, no one ever noticed her.

‘What’s going on there?’

‘I don’t know.’

Something, Simon thought. It had to be something. And that was better than nothing.

The mill stood down by the bend of the river, out on Cynder Island. It had been there for generations, maybe even centuries, with its hammers for pounding and fulling good Leeds cloth. No one knew how it had come by the name, but the building had been empty and gradually sinking into ruin for a long time. The wooden scoops of the water wheel that powered it all had rotted away to nothing. Beyond the shell of the mill, the river lapped against the shore, cold and dark.

A crowd had gathered, twenty or thirty people. The usual gaggle of boys and girls, hoping for something gruesome, and men and women with nothing else to fill their days. Simon pushed his way to the front, squeezing into the gaps between people. Jane stayed close to the back, listening for gossip and news.

The best he could make out, melting snow had revealed the body. He could see a pair of trousers and some leather boots. The rest was still covered. Simon held his breath as the coroner brushed slush away from the corpse’s face.

For a moment, Simon couldn’t believe what was in front of him. He knew this man with his pale skin and serene expression. He’d last seen him a few weeks ago, not long before the snow arrived. Laurence Poole hadn’t been so peaceful then. He’d begged and tried to fight to hold on to his loot from the Fullbrook robbery. By the time Simon left, the man was close to tears of desperation.

He turned away. He didn’t need to see more. There was no obvious sign of injury. No bloodstains on the man’s coat. Poole hadn’t been dressed for bitter weather: just an old, battered wool jacket with swallow tails, plain waistcoat, linen shirt and fawn trousers. The same things he’d worn when Simon found him in his room. No greatcoat. No hat, either.

There wasn’t going to be anything worthwhile here. He’d to look elsewhere for any idea of what had happened. Simon stalked past Jane, letting her hurry to keep up with him. People glanced at him then quickly looked away again. Very likely he had a face like thunder. He really didn’t care.

‘Who was it?’ Jane asked. ‘No one mentioned a name.’

‘Pool.’

She stayed silent for a few seconds. ‘Has someone murdered him?’

‘Couldn’t tell,’ Simon answered. ‘I’m sure we’ll hear later. But I doubt he wandered out there for pleasure.’ Not without a heavy coat to keep himself warm. ‘I want to take a look at his room.’

‘I saw one of the constable’s men in the crowd. He’ll be passing the word. That means they’ll be coming soon.’

‘Then we’d best be quick.’

For two or three years after it was built, Welling Court had been a good address. Set back from Kirkgate up a small flight of stone steps, it had grown up around a courtyard. But those bright days had ended very quickly.

Now it was a last refuge for people who had nothing. There was no sun, no warmth, so little hope in the place. The snow had drifted into the corners of the courtyard, thick and dirty. An air of desolation hung over it all.

The room he wanted was in the attic. Simon dashed up the stairs, pulling out his knife as he ran. Jane hurried behind him. The door was locked, but the wood hung so loose in the frame it only took a second to prise it open.

The glass had gone in one of the windows. An old sheet hung in its place, but it couldn’t keep out the pinching cold. A bare wooden floor, thick with splinters. One wall had been turned brown by damp leaching through the plaster. Simon touched it and it crumbled under his fingers.

They searched hurriedly, all too aware that the constable might be on his way. They needed to be out of sight well before that happened. If anyone found them here, there would be too many awkward questions.

Two minutes was all they needed. Poole had owned a change of linen and some spare socks. That, along with the ancient top hat on a hook behind the door, was all. Except for the notebook and pencil he’d pushed under the bed as if he’d wanted to keep them hidden from sight. Simon scooped them up and thrust them into his coat pocket. A final sweep around the room. Nothing more, here; he was certain of it.

About the Author

I'm a novelist and music journalist, the author of many books set between the 1730s and 1950s in Leeds, as well as others in medieval Chesterfield and 1980s Seattle.

Above all, though, it's Leeds I love, the people, the sense of the place changing with time. Yes, I write mysteries, but ultimately they're books about people and their relationships, and the crime becomes a moral framework for the story.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Friday, February 26
Review at Novels Alive

Saturday, February 27
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Sunday, February 28
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, March 1
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Tuesday, March 2
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, March 3
Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, March 4
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Friday, March 5
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at A Darn Good Read

Giveaway

Enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

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To the Dark

Review & Giveaway: Rhapsody by Mitchell James Kaplan


Rhapsody by Mitchell James Kaplan

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Gallery Books
Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook; 352 pages

Genre: Biographical/Literary/Historical



One evening in 1924, Katharine “Kay” Swift—the restless but loyal society wife of wealthy banker James Warburg and a serious pianist who longs for recognition—attends a concert. The piece: Rhapsody in Blue. The composer: a brilliant, elusive young musical genius named George Gershwin. Kay is transfixed, helpless to resist the magnetic pull of George’s talent, charm, and swagger. Their ten-year love affair, complicated by her conflicted loyalty to her husband and the twists and turns of her own musical career, ends only with George’s death from a brain tumor at the age of thirty-eight. Set in Jazz Age New York City, this stunning work of fiction, for fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, explores the timeless bond between two brilliant, strong-willed artists. George Gershwin left behind not just a body of work unmatched in popular musical history, but a woman who loved him with all her heart, knowing all the while that he belonged not to her, but to the world.

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Praise

"Mitchell James Kaplan pens a lilting, jazzy ballad as catchy as a Gershwin tune, bringing to vibrant life the complicated relationship between classically trained composer Kay Swift and free-wheeling star George Gershwin. Their musical bond is as powerful as their passion, and jazz-soaked gin-drenched Broadway is their playground through the tumultuous years of the Great War and Prohibition. Rhapsody will have you humming, toe-tapping, and singing along with every turn of the page." –Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS

"We all know Gershwin, but how many know he was 'the man behind the woman," the conflicted, extraordinary Katherine 'Kay' Swift? Mitchell James Kaplan illuminates her in Rhapsody, bringing his impressive knowledge of history, composition, and the heart’s whims to bear on this shining rendition of Swift and Gershwin’s star-crossed love." –Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z and A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD

“In Rhapsody, Mitchell James Kaplan brings to lyrical life the romance between Kay Swift and George Gershwin. A gifted musician in her own right, Kay was no mere accompanist to Gershwin’s genius; she was a true partner, unfortunately little remembered today. Kaplan’s vivid prose and empathetic characterization shines a spotlight on this remarkable woman who contributed so much to American music.” –Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE and MISTRESS OF THE RITZ
“Mitchell James Kaplan’s Rhapsody shines a blazing light on the celebrated George Gershwin, uncovering the man behind the legend through the story of the woman he loved, Kay Swift, a brilliant musician caught in the swiftly moving mores of New York’s Jazz Age. Rich with history and packed with intricate detail, Rhapsody soars.” –Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET and WAISTED

“Mitchell James Kaplan has captured a whole world in his luminous journey through the jazz age in fast-paced New York City with this love story of composer Kay Swift and the brilliant but elusive George Gershwin. Kay first heard him playing his Rhapsody in Blue, but she was married to a wealthy man and Gershwin could be faithful only to his own genius. Through Broadway theaters and concerts, he was rising so fast that neither the Great Depression, nor the darkening rise of Hitler across the sea, nor the impossible difficulties of writing the first black folk-opera Porgy and Bess could stop him. Through their love affair, Gershwin and Kay gave fire to each other’s music until nothing could derail his meteoric success but time." –Stephanie Cowell, American Book Award-winning author of CLAUDE AND CAMILLE and THE PHYSICIAN OF LONDON

Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Prepare to be transported back in time to the musical world of 1920's New York City with Mitchell James Kaplan's new novel, Rhapsody!

Rhapsody tells the story of the famous composer, George Gershwin, and the much lesser-known but just as talented, Kay Swift.

Kay had put her musical dreams aside after marrying but when she hears Gershwin play Rhapsody in Blue at a concert she is entranced and not only is she drawn to his music, but the man himself. Kay is a multi-faceted woman that you will sometimes drive you mad but also impress you.

The author's passion for the time period, music, and Gershwin shine through in Mitchell's wonderful writing.

The sign of a good Historical Fiction novel is that it teaches and entertains you at the same time and Rhapsody surely fits that bill!

A love triangle, a fascinating look at the music industry at the time, featuring two powerful historical figures makes Rhapsody a fantastic read! I highly recommend!

About the Author

Mitchell James Kaplan graduated with honors from Yale University, where he won the Paine Memorial Prize for Best Long-Form Senior Essay submitted to the English Department. His first mentor was the author William Styron.

After college, Kaplan lived in Paris, France, where he worked as a translator, then in Southern California, where he worked as a screenwriter and in film production.

He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with his family and two cats.

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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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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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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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Monday, February 15
Review at Passages to the Past

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Review at The Review Crew

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Review at Crystal's Library

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Review at Reading is My Remedy

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Excerpt at Bookworlder

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Review at Novels Alive

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Review at Girl Who Reads

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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.

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