Review & Giveaway: The Emperor's Assassin by Autumn Bardot


The Emperor's Assassin by Autumn Bardot

Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Flores Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 437 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


History paints her as the first female serial killer…

Locusta is the daughter of a winemaker in the Roman province of Gaul. She enjoys the indulged childhood of the elite, her concerns only about the day’s amusements. She rides gentle ponies, attends parties, reads Ovid, and learns the herbal arts from her servant. But the day after meeting her betrothed, Locusta discovers the consequences of possessing such dangerous knowledge.

Ordered to leave her pastoral life, Locusta is thrust into a world of intrigue, scandal, and murder—where treason lurks behind every corner and defying an emperor means death. Locusta’s life changes forever when a young Emperor Nero requires her herbal expertise. And commands her to be his personal poisoner. Caught in an imperial web, Locusta must embrace her profession or die.

Or is there another way out?

History paints her as the first female serial killer. Or is she yet another maligned woman in history?

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Review

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Have you ever finished a book and thought "well, dang...how in the heck am I supposed to write a review worthy enough?!" That's me with The Emperor's Assassin!

This is my third book of Bardot's that I've had the pleasure of reading and I swear, her writing gets better with each book! I have to say that this one is my favorite so far...that is until her next one comes out :)

"I will not allow one man to destroy my life," I said. "He may use my body, but he will not conquer my spirit."

Locusta, the infamous maker of poisons from history, takes center stage in The Emperor's Assassin.

Yong Locusta lives with her father on their winery estate and servant-turned-friend Pricilla. After the demise of her betrothal and when her mentally-ill father forgets to pay taxes on their winery, Locusta must travel to Rome to try to get an audience with Emperor Claudius for an extension on the payment due.

Pricilla is an herbalist and teaches Locusta the trade, but soon the student surpasses the teacher and her talent is soon known to those in Rome, eventually reaching the new Emperor Nero, and his step-mother Agrippina. When tasked by Nero and Agrippina to work for them...well, how can a girl say no to an Emperor?

I absolutely loved, loved, loved The Emperor's Assassin and wholeheartedly recommend it. I am a huge fan-girl of Bardot's and will read anything she writes!

Disclaimer: This book contains violence and sexual abuse/rape.

About the Author

Autumn Bardot writes historical fiction and historical erotica. Her debut historical fiction is THE IMPALER'S WIFE. Her debut historical erotica is LEGENDS OF LUST.

Autumn, a pen name, has worked as an educator for more than sixteen years. She teaches literature, writing, and the magic of words. She has a passion for history and a special affinity for the unsung courageous females that history has neglected. Or misunderstood. Autumn lives in Southern California with her husband and every-growing family. She wishes she was one-tenth as brave as the women she writes about.

Historical Fiction
~ The Impaler's Wife
~ Dragon Lady
~ The Emperor's Assassin

Historical Erotica (Cleis Press)
~ Legends of Lust, Erotic Myths from around the World
~ Confessions of a Sheba Queen (coming March 10, 2020)

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 21
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 22
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Wednesday, October 23
Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Friday, October 25
Review at Al-Alhambra

Monday, October 28
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Wednesday, October 30
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, October 31
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Friday, November 1
Guest Post at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, November 4
Review at Jessica Belmont

Tuesday, November 5
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, November 6
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Thursday, November 7
Review at Beth's Book Nook Blog

Friday, November 8
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Monday, November 11
Review at Books and Zebras
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Tuesday, November 12
Excerpt at Maiden of the Pages

Thursday, November 14
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, November 15
Review at Broken Teepee
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at Jorie Loves A Story
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Emperor's Assassin! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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– Only one entry per household.
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– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

The Emperor's Assassin


Review & Giveaway: The Slightest Chance by Paul Letters


The Slightest Chance by Paul Letters

Publication Date: June 7, 2019
Blacksmith Books
Paperback; 296 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Military/WWII


In war, you can pretend to be someone you're not. Yet, in war, people find out who you really are.

Hong Kong, 1941. Anglo-Australian civil servant Dominic Sotherly's colonial sojourn in Hong Kong becomes complicated by his double life in both war and love. Enigmatic Englishwoman Gwen Harmison possesses secrets of her own – plus an unrelenting desire for liberty.

From gaiety at the Peninsula Hotel to persecution both inside and outside of internment, the story journeys from war-ravaged Hong Kong to war-weary China.

From real history, meet the Chinese admiral who led Hong Kong's daring ‘Great Escape' and the Japanese Christian soldier who risked his life for the enemy. And, uniquely during the occupation of Hong Kong, discover how one Englishwoman made history in her defiance of Imperial Japan.

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Review

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Woah, do I have a massive book hangover today! I stayed up late last night to finish up Paul Letters' The Slightest Chance and it was totally worth the loss of sleep!

Set in Hong Kong at the beginning of the war, Dominic is the Under-Secretary for Chinese Affairs and a weekend warrior volunteer in HK, traveling in disguise to try and gather information for the government. His work is important, yet extremely dangerous. On one of his missions, he meets Gwen, a British nurse living in HK, and they become close. When the war escalates and Japanese armies take over HK, the Europeans in the area are in danger as the Triads vow to kill them. Gwen gets taken by the Japanese but with her sharp mind and the help of a friend, she is able to get to safety.

Gwen is actually based on Gwen Priestwood, the only female to escape from Japanese captivity in Hong Kong. I would love to learn more about her and her story - it sounds incredible!

The Slightest Chance is a fast-paced, edge of your seat, historical thriller. It is a no-holds-barred account of the horrors of war and I was gripped the entire time!

I am definitely going to pick up his other novel, A Chance Kill, and I can't wait to see what Paul writes next!

About the Author

Paul Letters is a novelist, journalist, broadcaster and part-time teacher of history and politics. He moved from London to the jungled fringes of Hong Kong in 2001. His earlier World War II novel, A Chance Kill, topped the South China Morning Post book charts.

In addition to historical features, he writes opinion pieces and magazine articles. Paul also broadcasts on Radio Television Hong Kong. His ‘This Month in History' segment can be found as a podcast. Paul and his son James also present the chart-topping history podcast for kids and adults, ‘Dad and Me Love History'.

His website, and his daily on-this-day-in-World-War-Two twitter feed, can be found at paulletters.com.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 21
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 22
Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Review at Al-Alhambra Book Reviews

Wednesday, October 23
Feature at Maiden of the Pages

Saturday, October 26
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 29
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Thursday, October 31
Review at Coffee and Ink

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Slightest Chance by Paul Letters! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 31st. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

The Slightest Chance


Interview with Author Andy Kutler + Giveaway of The Batter's Box

Happy Monday, dear readers! It's a busy day here on the blog tour and first up I have a great interview with Andy Kutler who is currently on Blog Tour with HF Virtual Book Tours for The Batter's Box! I hope you enjoy the interview & be sure to enter to win a copy of the book!



Hello, Andy, and welcome to Passages to the Past! To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

I’m a Wisconsin native, but I’ve been held hostage in the Washington DC area for the last quarter century. I’ve worked in and around government my entire career. Around my 40th birthday, I started writing columns for The Huffington Post, and in 2015, I had my first novel published. I’m passionate about history – my father was a renowned American historian – so most of what I write is tied to events and figures from the past.

What inspired you to write The Batter’s Box?

I’ve always had a fascination with World War II, and once considered myself somewhat of an expert on most aspects of that period. Then, in the course of my day job, I met a WWII veteran, and we saw each other every few months. He was a charming, sharp-witted guy, but the one thing he refused to talk to me about was his combat experience. And over time, I came to learn about the degree to which so many WWII veterans suffered from psychological trauma. It’s inexplicable why their story hasn’t received greater attention in film and literature, and that’s why this book is so important to me.

What research did you undertake when writing The Batter’s Box?

I traveled to the Ardennes region of Belgium, twice, because I wanted the battle scenes to be as accurate and authentic as possible. I walked every inch of those battlefields and engaged local experts and guides about the events that unfolded there. I also spoke at length to a number of veterans, and read the first-person accounts of others, detailing their struggles with post-traumatic stress. These insights were so compelling and heartbreaking, and vital to my story. Much of what my protagonist experiences is based on what I learned from those men.

What would you like readers to take away from reading The Batter’s Box?

There is a bit of mythology out there about WWII veterans. That the men of this “Greatest Generation” were supermen of sorts. Men who bravely volunteered for duty, defeated the Germans and Japanese, and then returned home to fill the factories and fuel the post-war boom. Much of that is true, but we hear so little about the huge numbers of veterans – we’ll never know how many – who suffered quietly from all the horrors they endured, unable to share or speak about their experiences. This is largely true of any war, but we seem to pay little attention to those who suffered during this era. I want readers to know and understand their story.

What was your favorite scene to write?

I have so many favorites (said every author ever), but one that I really enjoyed penning was the scene with the Army public affairs officer tasked with talking Will Jamison out of serving in combat. We learn so much about Will in that scene – his convictions, his decency, his humor. It’s really the first glimpse readers get into what makes Will tick, what’s driving him to abandon his fame and fortune as a baseball player to volunteer for the war.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

No question, when Will finally breaks down and reveals the source of his shame and emotional suffering to the woman he loves. So much raw emotion in that scene, and it had to be pitch perfect if I was going to do these veterans the justice they deserve.

What MLB team are you a fan of?

I am a loyal, devoted, and long-suffering Milwaukee Brewers fans. We’ll get to the World Series someday. In the meantime, we have the best stadium food, best nickname, and best logo in all of sports, so there’s that.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’d like to say it was a lifelong dream, but no. In fact, for most of my life, I abhorred writing. I paled at the sight of Blue Book exams in college, and cringed every time I was asked to write a speech or white paper early in my career. But once I started writing more creative pieces for The Huffington Post, on subjects of my own choosing, and I saw the impact my words had on others, it was a revelation and life-altering experience for me. I now simply always follow the wise words of my father – write what you love. And I think readers will feel that in the pages of my books.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

Lots of moving parts in my daily life – full-time job, kids, sports obsessions galore – so my schedule needs to be fairly compartmented. My daily goal is to write for one to two hours a day, and I’m extremely disciplined about that. Sometimes it stretches to three or four hours – thankfully I don’t need much sleep. I have quite a unique writing environment. A small corner of the basement, which I share with a family of centipedes. It’s cold but blessedly quiet, and as long as I have my trusty 32-ounce Diet Coke nearby, I’m ready to roll.

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

The research, writing, and editing that goes into a book, not to mention the publishing process, requires a ridiculous amount of patience, and I have so very little of it. I can’t get past the third step of assembling anything from IKEA. I don’t really believe in complete stops at stop signs. But writing scenery, developing characters, even the willingness to scrap thousands of words you’ve labored over to start a plotline anew, all takes wagonloads of time and patience. It’s still a challenge to this day. I need a Mr. Miyagi in my life.

Who are your writing inspirations?

I’m going to go off the beaten track a bit here, and cite the late film critic, Roger Ebert. Setting aside his cinematic expertise, the man was such a gifted and brilliant writer. His movie reviews were usually more entertaining to me than the movies themselves. And such wit. One example: The man described the disappointing Ben Affleck film, Pearl Harbor, as a movie about a surprise Japanese attack on a love triangle. So perfect. But going back to my father’s advice, Ebert loved films, so that is what he wrote about. It showed.

What was the first historical novel you read?

My Brother Sam is Dead. It was required reading in middle school, and notwithstanding the grim title, I loved this book. It is a wonderful story of the Revolutionary War told through the eyes of a young boy in Connecticut, whose family is divided between rebels and loyalists.

What is the last historical novel you read?

I’m in the middle of a long series by English writer Alexander Kent about a British naval officer during the late 18th Century. It is a wonderful series and an utterly fascinating character study; it is my second time through it. Once I pick up one of the books, I literally can’t put it down.

What are three things people may not know about you?

I have taken off and landed from two aircraft carriers (as a passenger); I’ve never tried green vegetables, seafood, or peanut butter in my life; and I’m an exceptional craps player. Everyone is going to blow right past the aircraft carriers and gambling, and express their horror that I’ve never had peanut butter.

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

I love sharing little-known stories that are historically accurate and so imperative to understanding historical events and figures.

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

19th and 20th Century American history. That’s my wheelhouse, tracing our history from infancy to global superpower.

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

Love to get out on my bike – I try to ride 30-40 miles every other week or so. Hardly the Tour de France, but for a guy my age, I do okay. I’ve also got a 6th grader and a 9th grader, so other parents know that most of my free time is spent as their personal Uber.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

I’ll be going public with that soon, but for now, I need to keep it under wraps. Hint – I love challenges, and as a writer, this one will be the most daunting I’ve faced.

Ooohhhh...exciting! I can't wait to hear more! Thank you for stopping by today!


The Batter's Box by Andy Kutler

Publication Date: March 12, 2019
Warriors Publishing Group
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Genre: Historical Fiction


In 1946, a returning World War II veteran is determined to reclaim his place among professional baseball's upper echelon and win back the woman he once fell for. Two months into the new season, at the top of his game, he abandons his team, casting aside his fame and riches and vanishing forever from the public eye. What drives a man to walk away from everything he cherishes, never to be heard from again?

The Batter's Box follows the path of Will Jamison, a star player with the Washington Senators who enlists in the U.S. Army following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. When the war ends, Jamison returns to Washington, a decorated hero tormented by deep emotional scars. Burdened with a crushing guilt and harrowing memories he cannot escape, Jamison's life is consumed by an explosive temper, sleepless nights, and a gradual descent into alcoholism. Will he continue, alone with his anguish and misery? Or will he level with those around him, including the woman he loves, and seek the professional care he desperately needs, even at the risk of exposing his most closely guarded secrets?

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Praise

"We remember World War II as 'the Good War, ' when right and wrong seemed so clear. We won, they lost, and our guys came home as heroes. But as gifted author Andy Kutler tells us in THE BATTER'S BOX, mortal combat is anything but good, heroism comes with a horrific price, and some of the most tragic wounds don't bleed -- and don't go away. If you want to know what really happened at Bastogne in the terrible winter of 1944, read this powerful, haunting book." -- Daniel P. Bolger, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.), author of Our Year of War: Two Brothers, Vietnam, and a Nation Divided

"Andy Kutler has the eyes and ears of combat soldiers and the heart of those who love them. The horror, courage, and camaraderie of battle rivals the grit of Once an Eagle, while the poignant authenticity of Will Jamison's struggles with his hidden wounds highlight that, for many, the impact of war lingers far past the last shots of battle. THE BATTER'S BOX is a superb work of historical fiction that carries important lessons for today." -- William E. Rapp, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Commandant, U.S. Army War College, and Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Military Academy

“The Batter's Box is a riveting read. It is a love story and a war story and a novel with far more truth than fiction. I’m a psychiatrist specializing in treating men and women with post-traumatic stress disorder. If you love someone with that invisible wound, read this book. If you are curious and concerned about the condition, read this book. Most survivors of profound trauma lack a language to convey their life stories because those stories include the unspeakable. When the hero of this compelling novel speaks, we listen, we learn and we are transformed. If you are currently struggling with the impact of major trauma, reading passages here may be disturbing and ‘triggering.’ But I believe it is worth the risk because this book affirms your reality and your dignity.” --Frank M. Ochberg, MD, Former Associate Director, National Institute of Mental Health

"Historical fiction, if it reflects careful scholarship, is a powerful tool in the hands of a gifted writer, and can deepen our understanding of real events and people. Andy Kutler's THE BATTER’S BOX offers an impressive addition to World War II literature, bringing fresh attention to the adjustment struggle faced by so many returning war veterans. Kutler's depiction of one of the more heroic small-unit engagements in US Army history is both compelling and long overdue." -- Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, President & CEO Emeritus, The National WWII Museum

About the Author

Andy Kutler is a writer living in Arlington, Virginia. His debut novel, The Other Side of Life, was awarded a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, and Honorable Mention from Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Awards. He has also authored a number of columns for the Huffington Post and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and spent more than a quarter century in public service, including with the United States Senate and the United States Secret Service, and as a consultant in the national security community.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 8
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Thursday, October 10
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, October 14
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Friday, October 18
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Monday, October 21
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, October 23
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, October 24
Review at Impressions In Ink

Tuesday, October 29
Review at Peaceful Pastime

Thursday, October 31
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, November 1
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Tuesday, November 5
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Batter's Box! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

The Batter's Box


Review & Giveaway: The First Lady and the Rebel by Susan Higginbotham


The First Lady and the Rebel by Susan Higginbotham

Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Sourcebooks Landmark
eBook & Paperback; 400 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


From the celebrated author Susan Higginbotham comes the incredible story of Lincoln's First Lady

A Union's First Lady
As the Civil War cracks the country in two, Mary Lincoln stands beside her husband praying for a swift Northern victory. But as the body count rises, Mary can't help but fear each bloody gain. Because her beloved sister Emily is across party lines, fighting for the South, and Mary is at risk of losing both her country and her family in the tides of a brutal war.

A Confederate Rebel's Wife
Emily Todd Helm has married the love of her life. But when her husband's southern ties pull them into a war neither want to join, she must make a choice. Abandon the family she has built in the South or fight against the sister she has always loved best.

With a country's legacy at stake, how will two sisters shape history?

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Praise

"Historical fiction at it best: A unique, intimate view of a character we thought we knew. The Civil War comes to life through two sisters on opposite sides, one the first lady of the not-so United States. And through it all, a fascinating family saga. I learned a lot and loved this book." - Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of American Duchess

"Susan Higginbotham's The First Lady and the Rebel is a meticulously researched and powerfully written account of the complicated and compelling relationship between the Todd sisters. Higginbotham's two female protagonists are bonded by blood and love, but pulled apart by war. Set against the sweeping backdrop of our nation's Civil War, this is the tragic and true story of human hearts both fierce and fallible, of deeply mixed loyalties, and of the imperfect but inspiring individuals who were asked to do the unimaginable. Moving and enlightening." - Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Empress

"Susan Higginbotham has done it again-crafted a richly detailed novel that immerses readers in America's Civil War. The First Lady and the Rebel explores the tragic story of a family and a nation torn apart, while shedding light on rarely reported events in the personal life of Abraham Lincoln. Mary Todd Lincoln, the President's wife, and her sister, Emily Todd Helm, are devoted to their husbands and to each other, yet find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict as they face overwhelming grief and loss. The novel presents a devastating time and place rendered so vividly you'll feel as if you'd lived through the war yourself. Higginbotham's painstaking and extensive research is evident from the engaging first chapter to the novel's moving conclusion. For those who like their historical novels based on real people, this book is a must-read." - Amy Belding Brown, author of Flight of the Sparrow

Review

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When I pick up a Susan Higginbotham book I know I'm going to learn a lot and be entertained at the same time, which is exactly why I read historical fiction, and in The First Lady and the Rebel we get both in spades.

Of course, the first thing that drew me to reading this book is the absolutely gorgeous cover. I mean, come on....it's an eye-catcher! Then I saw that it was a Higginbotham book AND that it was on Mary Todd and Lincoln, two figures in history that I haven't read about yet. I was fascinated with them both, but especially Lincoln.

The story is told in alternating voices between Mary Todd and her sister, Emily. It was great to learn more about the Todd family as well. There were so many of them! We begin when Mary meets Lincoln and through their courtship and marriage, to when he becomes elected as President, and into the Civil War and beyond.

In a time when families are torn apart by the war, their bonds as sisters are tested when they find themselves on opposite sides. It was very sad to see and to be honest, it seems like the divide is happening again in our country and it's heartbreaking to witness first hand.

I highly recommend The First Lady and the Rebel! The writing is superb, the research excellent, and I genuinely enjoyed my time reading it. I can't wait to see who Higginbotham writes about next!

About the Author

Susan Higginbotham is the author of seven historical novels, including Hanging Mary, The Stolen Crown, and The Queen of Last Hopes. The Traitor’s Wife, her first novel, was the winner of ForeWord Magazine’s 2005 Silver Award for historical fiction and was a Gold Medalist, Historical/Military Fiction, 2008 Independent Publisher Book wards. She writes her own historical fiction blog, History Refreshed. Higginbotham has worked as an editor and an attorney, and lives in Maryland with her family.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 1
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Wednesday, October 2
Review at Faery Tales Are Real
Review & Guest Post at Clarissa Reads it All

Thursday, October 3
Review at Broken Teepee
Review at Stephanie's Novel Fiction

Friday, October 4
Review at Donna's Book Blog

Saturday, October 5
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Monday, October 7
Review at Hooked on Books
Interview at Reading the Past

Tuesday, October 8
Review at The Lit Bitch

Wednesday, October 9
Review at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, October 10
Review at Unabridged Chick

Friday, October 11
Interview at Unabridged Chick
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Saturday, October 12
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, October 14
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Tuesday, October 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The First Lady and the Rebel! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

The First Lady and the Rebel


Interview & Giveaway with Author Steve Physioc

It's a busy day here at Passages to the Past! First I have an interview with Steve Physioc who is currently on Blog Tour for his book series, which includes The Walls of Lucca and Above the Walls! I hope you enjoy our interview and be sure to enter the giveaway!


Hello, Steve! Welcome to Passages to the Past! Thank you for being here today! To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

Thanks very much for inviting me to be a part of Passages to the Past. I’ve been interested in storytelling since I was a child. I loved reading and loved a good story, and I think that’s what drew me to my profession as a play-by-play announcer for football, basketball and baseball. (I am a broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals and Fox College Sports.) Play-by-play is basically telling a story as it happens. Being in the moment, finding the right words to describe what you are seeing as it unfolds. I must admit, as a writer, I do enjoy the fact that I have a backspace and can create my own scenes.

What inspired you to write the series?

My wife and I were vacationing in Italy in 2006, and while staying at a bed and breakfast in southern Tuscany, I had a vivid dream of a great walled city and two families struggling to produce a great wine. Instead of going back to sleep, I wrote down what I saw in the dream, and the following morning told my wife of my experience. We continued our tour of Italy, and one week later we met friends in the town of Lucca. As we neared the city’s walls, my eyes went wide. “This is it!” I exclaimed, “This is the walled city I saw in my dream!” Needless to say, I was inspired, and I began my writing journey.

What research did you undertake when writing the series?

Everything. Books on Mussolini, WW1, Italy, Tuscany, grape growing, winemaking, the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, the rise of Fascism, etc. Read, read, read, write, write, write…

What was your favorite scene to write?

I’m a sucker for a good love story, so I enjoyed writing the romance between Isabella and Franco.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

The war scenes. I’ve never been a soldier, so I don’t know what it feels like to be in a foxhole with an enemy pointing a rifle at you. I tried to become Franco when he was in battle, imagined a pacifist in a war he didn’t believe in. I tried to articulate what he saw, how he felt, the fear, the cold, the loss of life and loss of faith.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t know if I can truly answer that question, but I have always been moved by the written word. Some are moved by painting, some by music, some by dance. For me, it was always a good story…a good adventure.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

As someone who already has a full-time job, my writing routine can be a bit haphazard. But I believe life is about time management. I have to be disciplined with my time. Time for work, time for my wife, time for my kids and grandkids…and time to write. As an example, on a baseball game day, I will give myself at least two straight hours to write, but then also write on the bus, on the plane, after a game, etc. One has to be committed and also passionate about the story they are creating.

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

Dialogue. I try to immerse myself in each character. Become that person. Become Franco. Become Isabella. Become Antonio. Become Susanna. Become their personality and speak in the way they would rather than speak in my voice. It’s tough.

Who are your writing inspirations?

Diana Gabaldon of The Outlander series. She was gracious enough to meet with me during spring training this year. She’s an awesome, gifted writer who was very generous with her time. Also, Kristin Hannah, Vince Flynn, John Steinbeck, Marianne Williamson, Kenneth Roberts, Joel Goldman, and Ken Follett.

What was the first historical novel you read?

Arundel by Kenneth Roberts. I was 10 years old. Loved it.

What is the last historical novel you read?

Blood Brothers by DeAnne Stillman

What are three things people may not know about you?

I am a student of A Course in Miracles. My favorite TV show is Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. I love a good hike in the woods with my dog Lucca.

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

I love history and am interested in cause and effect. As an example, Fascism was the effect, but what was the cause? My main character in both novels, Isabella, is a big cause-and-effect person too.

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

When I was a child, it was the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. That’s probably because my favorite author was Kenneth Roberts, who wrote Northwest Passage, Rabble in Arms, and Arundel. Lately, it was WW1 and WW2. My new project deals with our current time.

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

I’m blessed to be in love with my best friend and wife, Stace St James Physioc. When baseball season is over, I’m pretty much gum on her shoe. #soulmate

Lastly, what are you working on next?

I’m writing another two-book series, and the first book in it is called Walks with the Wind. It’s about a Native American boy from the Southern Ute tribe blessed with two gifts: he’s a great baseball player (pitcher) and wildlife tracker. Unfortunately, a man who runs a private military contracting company wants to use our hero’s skills in the mountains of Afghanistan. It’s more action/adventure than The Walls of Lucca and Above the Walls, but I’m having a blast writing it! Now…back to the book!

That sounds fascinating, I can't wait to read it! Happy writing! Thanks for spending time with us!


The Walls of Lucca by Steve Physioc

Publication Date: March 26, 2018
eBook & Paperback; 509 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Winner of the 2019 Reader Views Historical Fiction Award
Winner of the 2019 Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Best Historical Fiction

When Franco, a weary Italian soldier who’s seen some of the worst of World War I, stumbles onto the Martellino vineyard, he’s looking for work — not love. But he finds that and much more with Isabella, the feisty young woman who works there.

Franco pours himself into the vineyard, trying to create a wine that will save it from financial ruin and rescue him from his dark memories of war. But it’s not easy when Mussolini's evil shadow continues to loom over all of Italy. It’s even harder when Susanna, the vineyard’s matriarch, invites that shadow to the vineyard with her involvement in Fascist politics — and one very sinister political operative.

Influenced by the teachings of A Course In Miracles, The Walls of Lucca is historical fiction that shows readers the power of love and forgiveness in the face of evil. Compelling, colorful characters populate an authentic, inspiring story of friendship, faith, love and loss in a tumultuous time in European history.

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Praise for The Walls of Lucca

“An absorbing, well-researched saga.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The Walls of Lucca is a tender, suspenseful and touching story sure to please fans of romance, political stories, and historical novels.” — BlueInk Review

"Author Steve Physioc has really managed to find the perfect balance of romance and real life." - Readers' Favorite


Above the Walls by Steve Physioc

Publication Date: February 1, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 484 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


For eight years, the Fascist politician Alfredo Obizzi has kept quiet about his affair with Susanna Martellino, the matriarch of the Martellino vineyard. Now in 1938 Italy, Obizzi uses his growing political power to seek revenge on his past enemies, and Susanna and the vineyard’s spiritual sage, Isabella, are at the top of his list. Will faith and forgiveness be enough to lead the vineyard and its inhabitants through the bloodshed and heartbreak of World War II and Obizzi’s vengeance?

Meanwhile, the vineyard’s next generation, DeAngelo and Lily, have been best friends since they were born. But now — is it more? The star-crossed lovers must push through war, distance and outside forces to find out.

Praise for Above the Walls

“Once again, Physioc brings wartime Italy to vibrant life…Convincing historical fiction with a spiritual slant.” - Kirkus Reviews

“It was a delight to step back into the Martellino vineyard and to author Steve Physioc’s unique blend of romantic drama and harrowingly austere pre-war conditions.” - Readers Favorite

“To write I am astounded by Above the Walls is an understatement; this captivating book captured me and held me prisoner until the very end.” - Red Headed Book Lover blog

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About the Author


As an Emmy-winning radio and TV broadcaster for football, baseball and basketball, Steve Physioc has been telling stories for 40 years. After a trip to Italy with his wife, Stace, he was inspired to tell a different kind of story — his novels, The Walls of Lucca and Above the Walls. He and Stace live in Kansas City and love to visit and spend time with their children, Ryan and Kevin, and three grandchildren.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Sunday, October 6
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books (The Walls of Lucca)

Tuesday, October 8
Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Thursday, October 10
Review at The Book Reader

Friday, October 11
Feature at Maiden of the Pages

Sunday, October 13
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books (Above the Walls)

Tuesday, October 15
Interview at Passages to the Past

Thursday, October 17
Review at Coffee and Ink

Saturday, October 19
Review at Just Another Reader (The Walls of Lucca)

Monday, October 21
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, October 23
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Friday, October 25
Review at Just Another Reader (Above the Walls)
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Walls of Lucca and Above the Walls! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 25th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

Steve Physioc


Guest Post & Giveaway: Wanders Far by David Fitz-Gerald

Happy Monday, dear readers! Today I am excited to be hosting author David Fitz-Gerald who is currently on blog tour for WANDERS FAR! I have a great guest post form him and a chance for you to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!


Adirondack Spirit

It’s one thing to set out to write a book. As if that isn’t a daunting enough challenge, aspiring to write a series of books seems like a massive commitment to make. I can’t think of a better way to spend my idle time and I’m excited to travel that path. After a couple of years working on the book Wanders Far—An Unlikely Hero’s Journey, it feels strange to think of the moment when that book is published as a beginning. Yet that’s exactly what I hope it is.

On the one hand, a book should be a complete work of art, with its own beginning, middle, and end. It should be self-contained, and you should be able to enjoy reading it without feeling obligated to read another book, before or after it. I think a series of books should have a great reason to be linked to one another, and if someone enjoys reading one book in a series, there is a good chance they would enjoy reading the others as well.

My aspiration is to write a series of books that follow a similar formula. I intend to follow the main character of each book through a twenty-year period in their lives. The Adirondack Mountains of New York state, and more specifically the Whiteface Mountain region, will be the spiritual center of all the books in the series. The books will also be linked by bloodlines to the fictional main character of the first book in the series, Wanders Far. Each book will prominently feature supernatural and spiritual elements as a major part of their storylines.

When the first draft of the first book was completed, my editor and I had a great time enriching the spiritual elements of the story. Originally those were all packed into the last half of the book. An early reader suggested more foreshadowing. My editor and I shared a running joke about the psychic snacks on the way to the book’s climax—appetizers on the way to the big feast. I was very grateful for the feedback and suggestions, and those are exactly the kind of elements I’d like to incorporate throughout a series of books.

There are several points in this first book where I left little gifts for future books in the series… something lost in one book that could be found in a later book, something planted that could be discovered later, a mystery partially resolved to be more fully revealed later, and a prophecy of sorts that points to the last book in the series. Gosh, that seems like a big challenge to deliver upon.

I’ve been asked how many books I plan to write for the Adirondack Spirit Series. I have no idea. I have a well developed plan for my next book, which I’m tentatively calling She Sees Ghosts. That will be set in the 1800-1820 time frame. I would love to create a story at the time of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain’s discoveries of the area in 1609. I have a lot of ungathered thoughts about the last book in the series which will be set in the 1960-1980 time-frame. The 1980 Lake Placid Olympics will be part of that story.

There are lots and lots of great stories I think I could tell, and twenty-year periods I could explore between the first book and the last. I’m not committing to any particular number of books, and I’m not expecting to write them in order. As they come to fruition, I’ll just merely state that they are “Part of the Adirondack Spirit Series,” just as I’ve done with the first.

As the proverb says, “Man plans, God laughs.”

Here’s hoping the Great Spirit meant for me to travel this path.


Wanders Far by David Fitz-Gerald

Publication Date: May 11, 2019
Outskirts Press
eBook, Paperback, AudioBook; 197 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Wanders Far lived in dangerous times and was faced with one difficult challenge after another. He was a skinny, quiet boy who was raised on the banks of a tributary of New York State’s Mohawk River, hundreds of years before colonists arrived. One lifetime was not enough for Wanders Far’s old soul.

From a very young age, his wanderlust compelled him down one path after another. No village could contain him.

He was happy living a simple life in the physical world during challenging times. The spirit world had other plans.

A wise, enigmatic shaman mentored Wanders Far and helped him cultivate the supernatural visions that haunted him. His guide could only help him so far.

He set out to become a runner, carrying important messages across the lands of his people and their enemies. He ended up fulfilling a much greater destiny than he ever imagined.

"This engrossing, well-written novel tells the story of a pivotal moment in Iroquois history through a well-traveled protagonist." - Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

After a chaotic day as a business person, Dave enjoys getting lost in the settings he imagines and spending time with the characters he creates. Writing historical fiction is like making paintings of the past. He loves to weave fact and fiction together, stirring in action, adventure, romance, and a heavy dose of the supernatural with the hope of transporting the reader to another time and place. He is an Adirondack 46-er, which means he has hiked all of the highest peaks in New York State, so it should not be surprising when Dave attempts to glorify hikers as swashbuckling superheroes in his writing.

Wanders Far—An Unlikely Hero’s Journey is the first in a series of books in the Adirondack Spirit Series.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 2
Review at Historical Fiction Reviews

Thursday, September 5
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Monday, September 9
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, September 10
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Monday, September 16
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Friday, September 20
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Monday, September 23
Review at Nursebookie

Wednesday, September 25
Review & Excerpt at Just Another Reader

Friday, September 27
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Monday, September 30
Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Friday, October 4
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Wednesday, October 9
Excerpt at Maiden of the Pages

Monday, October 14
Guest Post at Passages to the Past

Thursday, October 17
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Monday, October 21
Review at Jessica Belmont
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Saturday, October 26
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, October 28
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Wanders Far! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

Wanders Far


2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: October Reviews


Welcome to the October link page for the 2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. I can't wait to see what you all read this month! I am so sorry that this was posted late. This year is flying by so fast that the days are getting away from me!

Reading Challenge Instructions...

  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review). A direct link to your Goodreads review is also acceptable
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)
  • Don't forget to look at some of the other links that are present. You never know when you will discover new blogs or books!

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Review & Giveaway: A Phoenix Rising by Vivienne Brereton


A Phoenix Rising by Vivienne Brereton

Publication Date: July 7, 2019
Yuletide Press
eBook & Paperback; 339 pages

Series: The House of the Red Duke (Book 1)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance


“If I have anything to do with it, we Howards will live forever.”

Thomas Howard Charismatic head of one of the most powerful Houses in Tudor England. An indomitable old man approaching eighty: soldier, courtier, politician, a ‘phoenix’ rising from the ashes. After a calamitous period of disgrace, the Howards, renowned for their good looks and charm, are once more riding high at the court of Henry VIII.

Set against the backdrop of the extraordinary 1520 ‘Field of Cloth of Gold’, it is a tale of ambition, love, and intrigue, with Thomas at the centre of this intricate tapestry

Will Thomas’s bold vow be fulfilled? Danger stalks the corridors of the royal courts of Europe. Uneasy lies the head beneath a crown. Every other ruler - a fickle bedfellow…or sworn enemy.

The action takes place in England, Scotland, and France. On either side of the Narrow Sea, four young lives are interwoven, partly unaware of each other, and certainly oblivious to what Dame Fortune has in store for them.

Nicolas de La Barre laid his lute to one side, hardly bothering to stifle a yawn of boredom. Nevertheless, he couldn’t escape the fact he’d agreed to take on a new wife….”

Explosive family secrets are concealed behind the ancient walls of castles in three lands. But… “There are no secrets that time does not reveal.”


"From the moment I picked this book up, I was enthralled and the story was so well written that I simply had to keep reading. Brereton weaves a fascinating story of several famous houses which lived during the Tudor age, including the Howards, Stewarts, Boleyns and of course the famous Tudors. If you are looking for a new fiction series that will draw you in and keep you wanting more than this is certainly the book for you!" - Sarah Bryson, author of 'La Reine Blanche'

"I really enjoyed it. I sometimes struggle with books written from the point of view of several characters, as this one is, but this one worked quite well because it had to be told from the points of view of different characters because it is spread across several countries - England, France and Scotland. The addition of Tudor recipes was a nice touch, and demonstrated that the writer had really done her research." - Helene Harrison, Tudorblogger

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Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ahhhh..it was good to be back in Tudor England!

Author Vivienne Brereton expertly takes readers back to the 16th century with her debut historical set around Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, in A Phoenix Rising!

The book is partly told by Thomas Howard who has successfuly brought his family name back into honor and into King Henry VIII's court. I think Brereton chose one of the most interesting men to write about. He lived through 6 different Kings of England and was tasked with running the country while Henry VIII at The Field of Cloth of Gold event, and was Uncle to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Can you imagine how much history he was witness to? He was smart and cunning, and ambitious - everything you need to move up in court and to become powerful.

We also get glimpses into the happenings at the courts in France, Scotland, and the Habsburgs, which I greatly enjoyed.

The book provides a fabulous breakdown for all of the Royal Houses so you know who is who, as well as maps, and the best part are the recipes that Brereton peppers throughout the book. I think I need to try one of them for fun one day!

Well-written and entertaining, A Phoenix Rising was a fantastic book and I look forward to the next book in the series!

About the Author

Born near historic Winchester in the UK, Vivienne Brereton has been passionate about the Tudors for as long as she can remember. This led to a degree in medieval history at university where she met her future husband. Three sons later and six countries she called home, she finally felt ready to write a novel.

Words have always played an important part in Vivienne’s life whether it’s been writing, editing, teaching English to foreigners, or just picking up a good book. In preparation for her novel, she read intensively on the skills needed to write well and did an enormous amount of research which she greatly enjoyed. Having three sons was helpful when she came to write about the characters, Tristan and Nicolas. All those squabbles she had to deal with came in very handy. She also used her husband and sons as guinea pigs for her Tudor cookery attempts with varying degrees of success (abuse).

Seeing ‘A Phoenix Rising’ in print for the first time was a moment of great joy for her and she hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, September 26
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Friday, September 27
Excerpt at Beady Jans Books
Review & Excerpt at Nursebookie

Saturday, September 28
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes

Tuesday, October 1
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Guest Post at On the Tudor Trail

Wednesday, October 2
Excerpt at The Writing Desk

Thursday, October 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Friday, October 4
Review at Jessica Belmont

Monday, October 7
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, October 8
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, October 9
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Thursday, October 10
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Friday, October 11
Review at Donna's Book Blog
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of A Phoenix Rising! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 11th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

A Phoenix Rising


Review & Giveaway: Madam in Silk by Gini Grossenbacher


Madam in Silk by Gini Grossenbacher

Publication Date: July 15, 2019
JGKS Press
eBook & Paperback; 476 Pages

Series: The American Madams, Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction


San Francisco,1849. Despite her objections, twenty-year-old Ah Toy and her servant Chen voyage from China to San Francisco with her husband who dies on board ship. With little cash and bound feet, how is she to find employment in the Gold Rush town? Since she is the only Chinese woman there, she opens a "Lookee Shop," catering to miners who pay in gold dust to see her exotic beauty. As her notoriety grows, so does her attraction to the devoted policeman, John Clark. Yet should she put her faith in one man? Will their love survive despite her frightening encounter with Sydney Ducks, threats from rival madam Li Fan, and a tempting offer from Henry Conrad who promises her wealth and security? Armed with her mystical beliefs of the inner dragon and Goddess Mazu, Ah Toy faces much more than the journey from the ancient ways in China to the new world in America. In fact, she must find the true source of courage in a life or death struggle for her own fate, justice, and dignity. Based on page-turning accounts about the life of Ah Toy, one of San Francisco's most legendary madams.

"Readers were effusive in their praise of Gini Grossenbacher's dynamic debut novel Madam of My Heart, based on the life of the infamous brothel owner Belle Cora. This, the prequel to her American Madams Series, is inspired by the life of a beautiful young Chinese woman of high birth brought to California against her will. She was able--and willing--to do whatever it took to find security and fortune in Gold Rush San Francisco. Madam in Silk is this year's exciting addition to historical fiction." -Cheryl Anne Stapp, Author of Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War

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Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐

This year has turned into the year of reading badass women from history, and my streak continues with Gini Grossenbacher's Madam in Silk!

Ah Toy is leaving the only home she has known to sail to a new life in San Francisco along with her husband and man-servant, Chen. When her husband dies on the voyage over Ah Toy decides to not go back home but to stay in California. She opens her own business and things start to look up for her when her past comes back for her. Her late husband's brother and family want her back home to wed him but she wants to stay in her new life and not be condemned to a life of servitude. With help from a local policeman Ah Toy fights for her new life and freedom.

Madam in Silk touches on the rights of women, immigrants, and how the Gold Rush changed San Francisco. It was a gripping read and I can't wait to go back and read the first book in the series, Madam of My Heart. The American Madams series can be read as stand-alones. I wonder who the next book will be featuring?! I will be waiting impatiently to find out :)

Gini's writing is exceptional and she really knows how to draw the reader in. I was easily swept away in Ah Toy's world and hated to see it end. Highly recommended!

About the Author

California author Gini Grossenbacher was a successful high school English teacher until she abandoned grades and term papers, choosing to write historical novels instead. Now she leads small writing groups and coaches other writers. She loves researching the history behind her novels, and enjoys traveling to the setting where they take place. Her hobbies include needlepoint, nature walks, and Scrabble. She lives in the Sacramento Valley where she grew up, east of San Francisco.

For more information, please visit Gini's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 23
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Wednesday, September 25
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Friday, September 27
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Monday, September 30
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Tuesday, October 1
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Thursday, October 3
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Friday, October 4
Interview at Passages to the Past

Monday, October 7
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, October 10
Review at @jypsylynn
Review at my.boys.mom

Friday, October 11
Review at Broken Teepee
Review at Coffee and Ink

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Madam in Silk! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 11th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open internationally.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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