eBook Giveaway: Bianca's Vineyard by Teresa Neumann

Today I am pleased to be hosting Teresa Neumann's Blog Tour & Giveaway for her historical fiction novel, Bianca's Vineyard! Teresa is currently on tour with HF Virtual Book Tours through August 26th, be sure to check out the schedule of stops and don't forget to enter the giveaway below. There are two eBooks up for grabs!

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Publication Date: November 12, 2010 | All's Well House Publishing | Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Bianca Corrotti’s vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It’s an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto Bertozzi, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife — a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini’s when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca’s Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.

Praise for Bianca's Vineyard

"Bianca’s Vineyard is many things: a striking portrait of wartime Italy under the Fascist reign of Benito Mussolini; a poignant story of family, torn apart and brought back together in the decades that spanned the Second World War; a love letter to the Tuscan countryside through its downfall and triumph. But beneath the lush descriptions of the Italian wine country and the startling brutality of a gruesome war that left a lasting impression on the entire world, it’s a story about forgiveness and second chances, and true love that prevails. The novel, ultimately, is a beautifully descriptive piece of historical fiction that spans nearly ninety years of one family’s history, focusing on one of the most pivotal moments of the twentieth century. The plot twists and turns with all of the provocative intrigue of family lore, but never fails to delight." -- The Portland Review

"Bianca's Vineyard is involving and smoothly written, which is not surprising because Neumann is a journalist. Her dialogue is crisp and believable, and her evocation of the battle between partisans and Nazis is painful to read. Most of all, her story is of the secrets, compassion, family loyalty and long memories of people in small villages." -- St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Filled with drama and mystery, this page turner will have you longing for a vineyard of your own. Recommended for readers of historical fiction with lush settings and fans of family sagas." -- JoAnne Drake, Willamette Woman Magazine

Bianca’s Vineyard is beautifully written and is rich in culture and complex characters. Neumann gives you a realistic picture of what people went through during the war and how they survived a terrible force bent on destroying everything they have worked hard for and loved. I highly recommend this story! You will fall in love with it the moment you start the first page. Five Stars! -- Historical Novel Society, Layered Pages

"Teresa Neumann's wonderful novel, born in the contemporary history of Italy, has the impact that only a true and deeply human story could deliver. This is no fluffy Under the Tuscan Sun affirmation of all the cliches about Italy that you've read in recent years. Yes, the long family table under the sun, the wine and the wonderful Italian food, and the charming Italian eccentricity are all there … but this book is a riveting human story told by a master storyteller. It transcends place and time. With the instincts of a detective, Neumann investigated the tangled and often missing threads of a family story that found its way through the decades down to her. She has created a story that a absorbs, stuns, and sometimes overwhelms the reader with its reality and immediacy." -- Dick Paetzke, Author of Postcards: Little Letters From Life

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About the Author

03_Teresa NeumannTeresa Neumann was raised in a large, boisterous Irish-Catholic family from Iowa and is the author of "Bianca's Vineyard," and its sequel, "Domenico's Table." Both books are based on the true stories of her husband's Italian family in Tuscany. She has lived in Oregon for over 30 years with her husband and three children. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and all things Italian, Teresa loves playing the fiddle with other musicians.

For more information on Teresa Neumann and her novels please visit her website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Bianca's Vineyard Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 11
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, August 12
Spotlight at Reading Lark
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, August 13
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Thursday, August 14
Review at Beth's Book Reviews

Friday, August 15
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Monday, August 18
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review at Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, August 19
Spotlight at Historical Tapestry

Wednesday, August 20
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Friday, August 22
Review & Interview at Bookish

Tuesday, August 26
Review at Luxury Reading

Giveaway

To win a Kindle eBook of Bianca's Vineyard please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Two copies are up for grabs. Giveaway is open to US residents only.
Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on August 26th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on August 27th and notified via email.
Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.
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Amber Lin's Betraying Mercy Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Today I am pleased to be hosting Amber Lin's Blog Tour with HF Virtual Book Tours for her historical romance novel, Betraying Mercy! Check out the new release below and enter to win a copy of Amber's previous book, Falling For the Pirate!

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Publication Date: August 4, 2014 | Harlequin E | eBook; ASIN: B00JTPU42G

Genre: Historical Romance

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Can she be more than a mistress?

With a tarnished reputation, Mercy Lyndhurst expected to become the Earl of Rochford’s mistress, not his wife. Immediately abandoned by her husband after their wedding, Mercy transformed herself from commoner to countess, vowing to protect the lands and people her husband was forced to leave.

Over the past six years, William has restored the family fortune all the while tortured by his memories of Mercy…and the dark night he killed a man. When a threat draws him home, William learns just how much has changed—including his wife. While the passion still flares between them, he fears he has wounded her too badly to regain her trust. But as the danger grows they must unite to save the estate…and possibly their marriage.

Praise for Amber Lin’s Books

"Amber Lin shows us that romance isn’t just for the rich and shiny. Love can find its way even into the dark corners of the most damaged hearts." - Tiffany Reisz, bestselling author

“Amber’s work cuts deeper than that of anybody else I can think of—her prose is beautiful, the dark emotions are darker, the sex is sexier.” - Ruthie Knox, New York Times Bestselling Author

“She has a beautiful, atmospheric writing style and you’re not going to find sentimental love here, nor are you going to find hearts and flowers. This is taut, compelling, thoughtful and also gritty, earthy and unembellished.” - Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

“Oh and as for Amber Lin, well she was already on my shelf as a favourite Author of mine and yet again she proved just why. Her writing style is beautiful, flawless and so evocative you live and breathe her stories.” -TotallyBooked Blog

“Amber Lin has created an incredible story that is a captivating mix of redemption, love, and psychological suspense that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I highly recommend it to more adventurous readers!” - The Autumn Review

“Since the release of Giving It Up, the first book in her Lost Girls series, I have been a die-hard fan of this author and have been singing her praises to everyone who wants to listen. Four full-length novels later and it is evident that Amber Lin’s talent is not restricted to dark romances, she also writes wonderful steamy and sweet contemporaries.” - Swept Away by Romance

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About the Author

03_Amber LinAmber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion.

Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled.

Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.

For more information on Amber Lin and her novels please visit her website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. Sign up for Amber Lin's Newsletter.

Betraying Mercy Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 4
Review at Reviews by Molly

Tuesday, August 5
Spotlight & Excerpt at Romantic Historical Reviews

Wednesday, August 6
Review at The Librarian Fatale

Thursday, August 7
Review at From the TBR Pile
Interview & Giveaway at Girl Meets Books

Saturday, August 9
Spotlight at I Heart Reading

Monday, August 11
Review at Pure Textuality

Tuesday, August 12
Review at Book of Secrets

Wednesday, August 13
Spotlight & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, August 14
Spotlight & Giveaway at SOS Aloha

Monday, August 18
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, August 19
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Friday, August 22
Interview at Curling Up by the Fire

Giveaway

To enter to win a signed copy of Amber Lin's FALLING FOR THE PIRATE, please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Giveaway is open internationally.

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on August 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on August 23rd and notified via email.
Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Anna Belfrage's Graham Saga Book Blast + Giveaway!

Passages to the Past is very excited to share with you Anna Belfrage's Book Blast for her fabulous time-slip series, The Graham Saga! If you haven't heard about this series yet I highly recommend you checking them out, especially lovers of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Anna is a fantastic writer, and her novels are a perfect mix of historical, romance, with some humor thrown in...and I'm not just saying that because I worked on the blog tours. You only need to read the rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and you'll see I'm not the only one who is a fan.

In honor of the Book Blast we are giving away two sets of the series, books 1-6, to two lucky winners! See giveaway below.

About The Graham Saga

The Graham Saga Series

This is the story of Alex and Matthew, two people who should never have met - not when she was born three hundred years after him.

It all began the day Alex Lind got caught in a thunderstorm. Not your ordinary storm, no this was the mother of all storms, causing a most unusual rift in the fabric of time. Alex was dragged three centuries backwards in time, landing more or less at the feet of a very surprised Matthew Graham.

In a series of books we follow the life and adventures of the expanding Graham family, both in Scotland and in the New World - and let me tell you it is quite an exciting life, at times excessively so in Alex' opinion.

Sometimes people ask me why Alex had to be born in the twentieth century, why not make her a woman born and bred in the seventeenth century where the story is set? The answer to that is I have no idea. Alex Lind is an insistent, vibrant character that sprung into my head one morning and simply wouldn't let go.

Seductively she whispered about terrible thunderstorms, about a gorgeous man with magic, hazel eyes, about loss and sorrow, about love - always this love, for her man and her children, for the people she lives with. With a throaty chuckle she shared insights into a life very far removed from mine, now and then stopping to shake her head and tell me that it probably hadn't been easy for Matthew, to have such an outspoken, strange and independent woman at his side.

At this point Matthew groaned into life. Nay, he sighed, this woman of his was at times far too obstinate, with no notion of how a wife should be, meek and dutiful. But, he added with a laugh, he wouldn't want her any different, for all that she was half heathen and a right hand-full. No, he said, stretching to his full length, if truth be told not a day went by without him offering fervent thanks for his marvelous wife, a gift from God no less, how else to explain the propitious circumstances that had her landing at his feet that long gone August day?

Still, dear reader, it isn't always easy. At times Alex thinks he's an overbearing bastard, at others he's sorely tempted to belt her. But the moment their fingertips graze against each other, the moment their eyes meet, the electrical current that always buzzes between them peaks and surges, it rushes through their veins, it makes their breathing hitch and ... She is his woman, he is her man. That's how it is, that's how it always will be.

Graham Saga Titles

Book One: A Rip in the Veil
Book Two: Like Chaff in the Wind
Book Three: The Prodigal Son
Book Four: A Newfound Land
Book Five: Serpents in the Garden
Book Six: Revenge & Retribution
Book Seven: Whither Thou Goest (November 2014)
Book Eight: To Catch a Falling Star (March 2015)

About the Author

Anna BelfrageAnna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she's multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer - or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna aspired to becoming a pioneer time traveller, but science has as yet not advanced to the point of making that possible. Instead she ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for her most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career Anna raised her four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive…

For years she combined a challenging career with four children and the odd snatched moment of writing. Nowadays Anna spends most of her spare time at her writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and she slips away into her imaginary world, with her imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in her life pops his head in to ensure she's still there.

For additional information regarding Anna, her characters, extra scenes, and teasers for her next books, have a look at Anna's website at: www.annabelfrage.com. You can also find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Book Blast Schedule

Monday, July 28
Broken Teepee
Kincavel Korner
bookworm2bookworm's Blog

Tuesday, July 29
So Many Books, So Little Time

Wednesday, July 30
A Bibliotaph's Reviews

Thursday, July 31
Book Drunkard

Friday, August 1
The Lit Bitch

Saturday, August 2
Book Nerd

Sunday, August 3
Literary Chanteuse
Just One More Chapter

Monday, August 4
A Bookish Girl
Historical Tapestry
To Read, Or Not to Read

Tuesday, August 5
CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, August 6
The True Book Addict

Thursday, August 7
Impressions in Ink

Friday, August 8
A Bookish Affair
The Mad Reviewer

Saturday, August 9
Historical Fiction Connection

Monday, August 11
Gobs and Gobs of Books

Tuesday, August 12
Pages of Comfort

Wednesday, August 13
History Undressed

Thursday, August 14
Passages to the Past

Friday, August 15
Mina's Bookshelf

Giveaway

To win a set of Anna Belfrage's Graham Saga (Books 1-6) please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Two winners will be chosen. Giveaway is open internationally!

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on August 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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Winners have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Review & Giveaway: The Splintered Kingdom by James Aitcheson


Pub Date: August 5, 2014 | Sourcebooks | Hardcover; 300p

Acquired via Publisher/Edelweiss | Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Genre: Historical Fiction/Adventure/Medieval


This brilliant second novel, featuring the hero of Sworn Sword, begins in June 1069 on the war-torn Welsh Marches and ends with William the Conqueror's brutal campaign known as the Harrying of the North.

The story begins on the Welsh Marches, where Tancred has been given land by his new lord, Robert Malet, in return for his services in the battle for York. Now a lord in his own right, he has knights of his own to command and a manor to call home. But all is far from peaceful. The Welsh are joining forces with the English against the Normans and when skirmishes turn into a full scale battle at Shrewsbury, Tancred is betrayed by a rival border lord and taken prisoner by the Welsh. Meanwhile the woman he loves is taken hostage by enemy English forces and the Vikings invade the east coast. Never has Tancred faced a more impossible situation.

Praise for James Aitcheson’s Conquest series

“Aitcheson skillfully blends history and fiction … Those who enjoy Bernard Cornwell’s books will also revel in the historical details and derring-do.” – Library Journal

“Brings excitement and intrigue to a bloody period of medieval history” – Publishers Weekly

“An addictive, bloody adventure across a fantastically realized historical setting.” – Shelf Awareness

“Action-packed ... More on offer here than just the clash of arms.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

James Aitcheson was born in Wiltshire, England and studied History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The first book in the Conquest series, Sworn Sword, was released in the U.S. in August 2013. www.jamesaitcheson.com

My Review

The Splintered Kingdom is the follow up to Aitcheson's follow up novel to Sworn Sword and picks up after the Battle of Hastings, where Tancred a Dinant made a name for himself as a fierce fighter. He is now happy and content as lord of his own lands until word comes that his enemy, Eadger the Aetheling, is teaming up with the Welsh and has a prize out for the capture of Tancred. Ever obedient to his Lord, Tancred picks up his sword again and joins the battle. What follows is non-stop action! 

I deemed this year to be the one where I read books that fall outside the box so to speak with my reading choices and so far I haven't regretted that decision. The Splintered Kingdom is another fine example, and I am very happy that I picked it up. Aitcheson's writing is impeccable and his battle scenes were very well done. This book is definitely not for the squeamish, war is a bloody business and Aitcheson doesn't shy away from bringing it to life in all it's grisly horror. Just as today in Syria, Iraq, and the Ukraine it's the innocents that are caught between the major powers that are the real victims and it was heartbreaking to read!

While The Splintered Kingdom is the second book in the series, I didn't feel lost despite not having read the first book. But, you can bet that I'll be picking up Sworn Sword very soon for more Tancred!

All in all, The Splintered Kingdom was a powerhouse of a novel and I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy medieval historical fiction, fans of Bernard Cornwell, and historical action/adventures!

Giveaway

Thanks to Sourcebooks I have one copy of The Splintered Kingdom up for grabs. Giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only. Giveaway ends on August 23rd.

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2015 Release: Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen

I am feeling some serious cover love for Tessa Arlen's 2015 release, Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman! It's absolutely stunning! Tessa will be touring with HF Virtual Book Tours in January, stay tuned for more details!


Pub Date: January 6, 2015 | Minotaur Books | Hardcover; 320p

Genre: Historical Fiction


Lady Montfort has been planning her annual summer costume ball for months, and with scrupulous care. Pulling together the food, flowers and a thousand other details for one of the most significant social occasions of the year is her happily accepted responsibility. But when her husband’s degenerate nephew is found murdered, it's more than the ball that is ruined. In fact, Lady Montfort fears that the official police enquiry, driven by petty snobbery and class prejudice, is pointing towards her son as a potential suspect.

Taking matters into her own hands, the rather over-imaginative countess enlists the help of her pragmatic housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, to investigate the case, track down the women that vanished the night of the murder, and clear her son’s name. As the two women search for a runaway housemaid and a headstrong young woman, they unearth the hidden lives of Lady Montfort’s close friends, servants and family and discover the identity of a murderer hiding in plain sight.

In this enchanting debut sure to appeal to fans of Downton Abbey, Tessa Arlen draws readers into a world exclusively enjoyed by the rich, privileged classes and suffered by the men and women who serve them. Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman is an elegant mystery filled with intriguing characters and fascinating descriptions of Edwardian life—a superb treat for those who love British novels.

2015 Release: Mistress Firebrand by Donna Thorland



Pub Date: March 3, 2015 | NAL Trade | eBook, Paperback; 416p

Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Renegades of Revolution (Book 3)

British Occupied Manhattan, 1777. American actress Jennifer Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater with her witty comedies, but she longs to escape the provincial circuit for the glamour of the London stage. When the playwright General John Burgoyne visits the city, fresh from a recent success on the Continent, she seizes the opportunity to court his patronage. But her plan is foiled by British intelligence officer Severin Devere.

Severin’s mission is to keep the pleasure-loving general focused on the war effort…and away from pretty young actresses. But the tables are turned when Severin himself can’t resist Jennifer Leighton…

Months later, Jenny has abandoned her dreams of stage glory and begun writing seditious plays for the Rebels under the pen name “Cornelia,” ridiculing “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne and his army—and undermining the crown’s campaign to take Albany. By the time Severin meets up with Jenny once again, she is on a British hanging list, and Severin is ordered to find her—and deliver her to certain death. Soon, the two are launched on a desperate journey through the wilderness, toward a future shaped by the revolution—and their passion for each other…

2014 Release: The Undertaking by Audrey Magee


Pub Date: August 19, 2014 | Grove Press | Hardcover; 304p 

Genre: Historical Fiction


From a remarkable new talent in Irish fiction comes a terrifyingly intimate story of a war marriage caught up in the calamity of World War II, a much anticipated debut which has garnered prepublication praise from Colm Toibin, Hugo Hamilton, A.D. Miller, and Chris Cleave.

In a desperate bid to escape the trenches of the Eastern front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met, in a marriage of convenience that promises ‘honeymoon’ leave for him and a pension for her should he die in the war. With ten days’ leave secured, Peter visits his new wife in Berlin and both are surprised by the passion that develops between them.

When Peter returns to the horror of the front, it is only the dream of Katharina that sustains him as he approaches Stalingrad. Back in Berlin, Katharina, goaded on by her desperate and delusional parents, ruthlessly works her way into Nazi high society, wedding herself, her young husband, and her unborn child to the regime. But when the tide of war turns and Berlin falls, Peter and Katharina find their simple dream of family cast in tragic light and increasingly hard to hold on to.

Reminiscent of Bernard Schlink’s The Reader, this is an unforgettable novel of marriage, ambition, and the brutality of war, which heralds the arrival of a breathtaking new voice in international fiction.
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