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

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

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Guest Post & Giveaway: Across the Great Divide by Michael L. Ross

Happy Monday, dear readers! Today on the blog I am very excited to be hosting Michael L. Ross, author of Across the Great Divide! Michael is here to talk a little about his novel and we also have a giveaway so be sure to enter!


I’m Michael Ross, and I’m thrilled to be with you all today on Passages to the Past. Thanks to Amy Bruno at HF Virtual Book Tours for hosting.

Today you can hardly look at the news without sensing the intense divisions in our nation. The divisions have always been there, dating from the earliest conflicts between the Federalists and the Democratic Republicans, but there have been few times when the divisions reached as deep as they do today. One of those past times was the American Civil War. Ordinary families all over the country were gripped by passions and forces that led them to take up arms against one another. The clashing cultures and belief systems, the economic pressures, and the radically different visions for the future of our country led to a conflict that killed more people than several other wars combined.

Suppose you’re a young person, not rich, and wanting an education. A mentor offers you a scholarship – with just one catch – you have to sign a loyalty oath and join his militia. Not so different from joining the National Guard today, right? And for a young woman of the 1860s, options were limited – her life was supposed to be finding the right husband, and raising a family. While women today have many other options, as Melinda Gates says, there’s still a ways to go for gender equality in the workplace, and some careers are thought of as traditionally female, often with lower pay. For a person of color, especially someone outside the United States, the economic barriers can seem unsurmountable.

These are the scenarios of the people in Across the Great Divide: The Clouds of War. Will Crump is a real historical person – I wrote about him for the Texas Historical Society, Handbook of Texas Online. You can see that article here.

I knew Will’s granddaughter Katy Bell Crump when I was a kid growing up in Lubbock, Texas. I was fascinated with the stories – when I became an adult, I looked into it and found even more. The question that haunted me was: how does a normal person get sucked into a war like that? What made families split over the issues, some fighting for the North, others for the South? How could anyone look at slavery and think it was justified? Looking for these answers spurred my research. I read diaries and letters, of soldiers and former slaves, newspapers of the times, non-fiction accounts of battles, scholarly studies like James McPherson’s What They Fought For 1861-1865. I learned about slave patrols from the Harvard Press book “Slave Patrols” by Sally Hadden, conditions in northern prison camps from Levy’s “To Die in Chicago”. As I read the stories, words, and lives of those from the past, they began to come alive for me.

And so we come to Lexington, Kentucky, in 1859. Fifteen year old Will Crump wants off the farm – he dreams of becoming a lawyer, maybe a judge someday. There’s no money for school – but he is offered a scholarship, if he’s willing to join John Hunt Morgan’s Lexington Rifles. Like a youngster signing up for the Marines today, he has no idea where this will lead, but judges it to be worthwhile. Will is an honest person, and stubborn. Once he’s chosen a path, he sticks with it. Later, when his love, Jenny, makes him choose between her and his word to Morgan, he learns some of the cost. John Hunt Morgan joins the Confederate army, forming the Second and Ninth Kentucky Cavalry units, and Will follows.

Will’s eldest sister, Julia, knows she has few prospects and options. At twenty-one, she’s practically an old maid, in the culture of the time. She has no dowry, and she’s no great beauty. Julia dreams of marrying a rich man. When opportunity literally bumps into her, she’s not sure what to think, but takes her chance – leading to a high society life, and adventures as a Union spy. Julia’s character is based on the real-life Pauline Cushman, risking her life for the country she loves.

Albinia, Will’s younger sister, despairs of a life that looks like cleaning, cooking, and children. At seventeen, she has time yet, and her beauty gives her advantages – but she risks jail and life itself as she becomes aware of the plight of the African Americans around her – one in five people in Lexington, Ky. was a slave. Her friendship with Lucy Clay of Ashland gives her a window into the lives of slaves, particularly Luther, about the same age as her brother Will. Once she sees the truth, she cannot turn back. With her love, David, she begins helping on the Underground Railroad – but what will it cost her?

Luther is Lucy Clay’s personal slave, along with Phoebe, a present to her. Luther is glad to be at Ashland, compared to his former master, Jameson, where his mother and sisters still live. He dreams of freedom, but feels it isn’t worth the risk – until he must decide whether to abandon his mother and sisters, as they run from Jameson, or go with them, and risk everything. He knows Albinia, and when chance brings them together, it thrusts her into the Underground Railroad, and Luther into the uncertain path of trusting a white person with his family’s future.


Through the eyes of these four people, we get to live in another time, and see what drove them, and how they cope in the storm – in The Clouds of War. In the style of Jeff Shaara, you’ll meet many actual historical people in the book.

If you enjoy history, I post regularly on http://www.Facebook.com/historicalnovelsrus and on my blog http://www.historicalnovelsrus.com with little known facts and people of history. Sign up for my newsletter for deals, book recommendations, and visits with History Makers.


Across the Great Divide by Michael L. Ross

Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Elm Hill
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover

Series: The Clouds of War, Book One
Genre: Historical/Christian/Military


Lexington, Kentucky, 1859. After saving John Hunt Morgan from a puma attack, fifteen-year-old farm boy Will Crump joins Hunt’s militia, the Lexington Rifles. Morgan mentors Will and enrolls him in the local university, where he hopes to study law. As tensions rise between the North and South, Will is torn between his loyalty to Morgan and his love for his family. Will’s father, sisters, and sweetheart follow the Union, while Morgan and Will commit to the South. As part of Morgan’s band, Will participates in ambushes and unconventional warfare until his first real battle at Shiloh. He fights bravely, but increasingly questions what the war is accomplishing, and whether his devotion to honor has led him astray. And where is God in all this killing?

Will’s sister Albinia, friend of the Clay family, becomes increasingly aware of the plight of the slaves. When she finds Luther, a slave she knows, trying to escape, she must decide between her conscience, and her friends. She becomes involved in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves to freedom – but will it cost her love and her freedom?

Will’s other sister, Julia, is approaching spinster status and despairs of ever meeting a man who can give her more than life on a farm until she meets Hiram Johannsen, a son of immigrants who owns a steamship company. They marry and she makes a new life in the North. When Hiram answers the call to fight for the North, Julia runs the steamboat company in her husband’s absence and uses her boats to help Albinia ferry escaped slaves to freedom. Her business relations put her in the perfect position to spy for the North. When the Confederates capture her, will she survive?

Luther is one of the first slaves Albinia helps flee the South after his master cruelly abuses his mother and sister. He escapes with his family, and when war breaks out, he fights for the North as an auxiliary of the Third Ohio Cavalry, alongside Julia’s husband, Hiram, and against Morgan and Will. Luther has to confront the demons of his past, an abusive master, and a slave catcher that kills his little sister. Will the desire for revenge destroy him?

Throughout the war, Will is forced to examine and question everything he believes in—his faith in God, his love for his family, his loyalty to Morgan, and his worth as a human being.

Will and his family must somehow mend the torn fabric of relationships to find peace, and reach Across the Great Divide.

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"Ross’s gripping story follows a Kentucky family of modest means and the enslaved people they helped toward freedom. The depictions of slavery ring true, and the use of both historical and fictional characters fills out the probable feelings of people attaining liberty in the bloodiest of all our wars." -Daniel C. Snell, Ph.D., emeritus professor, University of Oklahoma, and scholar of the history of slavery

"Like a great roller coaster, Michael Ross’ debut novel goes up and down with personal crises and national conflict, but it also twists about unexpectedly from character to memorable character in a sprawling story of the Civil War. Will, an earnest young man whose faith and honor sometimes put him at odds with those he loves, is caught up in the struggles of a country grappling with its own destiny. The issues that compel and separate people in ‘neutral’ Kentucky as the war breaks out echo our own era. We, too, are caught in a great divide. If you love a good story pulled from history, and if you are person of faith, you will find it hard to put down “The Great Divide” until the last page." -Daniel A. Brown, PhD, Author of “Embracing Grace,” Pastor, International Speaker

About the Author

Michael Ross is a lover of history and great stories. He's a retired software engineer turned author, with three children and five grandchildren, living in Newton, Kansas with his wife of thirty-eight years. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, and still loves Texas. The main character of "Across the Great Divide", William Dorsey Crump, is one of the founders of Lubbock and Shallowater, Texas. Michael knew Will's granddaughter when he was a child. He has written a scholarly article on Will Crump for the Texas Historical Society, published in the Handbook of Texas Online, and has sold short stories in the past. This is his first novel and the first in the Across the Great Divide series.

Michael attended Rice University as an undergraduate, and Portland State University for his graduate degree. He has degrees in computer science, software engineering, and German. In his spare time, Michael loves to go fishing, riding horses, and play with his grandchildren, who are currently all under six years old.

He sees many parallels between the time of the Civil War and our divided nation of today. Sanctuary cities, immigration, arguments around the holiday table, threats of secession - all are nothing new. Sometimes, to understand the present, you have to look at the past- and reach Across the Great Divide.

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Review & Giveaway: A Lady Never Tells by Lynn Winchester


A Lady Never Tells by Lynn Winchester

Publication Date: September 23, 2019
Entangled Publishing
eBook, 368 pages

Series: Women of Daring, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency


Richard Downing may be a viscount of impeccable character, but he's bored beyond belief of dancing at balls, faking smiles, and making dull conversation. So when he stumbles upon a house maid with defiance in her striking blue eyes and a dagger hidden in her skirts...well, color him intrigued.

Raised with a rather...peculiar upbringing, Lady Victoria Daring is full of secrets and surprises. As part of His Majesty's personal homeland spy network and as a master of disguises, Vic is charged with infiltrating high society to uncover the enemies hiding in plain sight.

But Richard is the first man to see through her disguises--and infiltrate deep into her heart. Too bad his family is at the top of her list of suspects...

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Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lovely, charming, and exciting...A Lady Never Tells absolutely blew me away!

I started this bewtiching novel one day while waiting for my boys at the bus stop and was instantly hooked! It's such a unique premise - set in early 1800s, Victoria, is the daughter of a respected British diplomat who was assigned to work in China. All of the Darling children (there are 6) have been raised there and taught special skills - from languages to fighting to espionage and disguise.

When her father is called home to London they are tasked with spying for the Crown. Enter Richard Downing, a Viscount who is bored with life and one night when he runs into Vic while in disguise for her first mission he is enamored with her and tries to find out who she really is. I absolutely loved Richard and Victoria! They played off each other so well and the romance was very believable.

I've always loved reading about big families so that was another plus for me. The Darling kids were a lot of fun!

I could not have loved this book more and cannot wait for the next book in the series! I'll also be checking out Lynn's previous books - she is a phenomenal writer!

You should definitely pick up A Lady Never Tells! It was one of the best historical romances I've ever read. Witty and delightful and an absolute kicker of a book!

About the Author

Lynn Winchester is the pseudonym of a hardworking California-born conservative, now living in the wilds of Northeast Pennsylvania. Lynn has been writing fiction since the 5th grade, and enjoys creating worlds, characters, and stories for her readers.

When Lynn isn't writing she is running a successful editing business, reading whatever she can get her hands on, raising her four children, making sure her husband is happy, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

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Review & Giveaway: Farewell My Life by Cynthia Sally Haggard


Farewell My Life by Cynthia Haggard

Publication Date: April 7, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 586 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Angelina led a life which required her to fib. When Angelina, the black sheep of the Pagano family, meets the mysterious Mr. Russell, she has no idea that she has seen him before…in another country. And so begins Farewell My Life, a novel in three parts, which spins an operatic tale of dangerous love and loss.

The Lost Mother, the first part of this novel, slices back and forth between time and space, opening in the charming village of Georgetown, Washington D.C. while reflecting a family’s troubled past in the lovely village of Marostica in the Italian Veneto.

An Unsuitable Suitor, the second part of the novel, is a Cinderella-ish tale with not-so-charming princes who inhabit the edgy setting of 1920s Berlin.

Farewell My Life, the last part of the novel, set again in Berlin, Germany, during the dark 1930s as the Nazis gain power, takes comfortable lives, assumptions and civilizations and crumbles them into ash.

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Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Don't you love when you get to the part in the book where the title makes an appearance and you're like "ohhhhh"?! That was me with Farewell My Life!

The newest book by Author Cynthia Sally Haggard is a long one but the way she divides it into three parts really help breaks it up. Plus the writing and the story are both so great that the pages just fly by.

Farewell My Life tells the story of Angelina and her daughter, Grace. Angelina features mostly in the first part of the book, and then Grace features in parts two and three. She is a gifted musician and her talent takes her from Washington DC to Berlin where she trains with the most famous violinist in the world. The third part was a little darker as the Nazis start taking over, and the Oster Conspiracy of which I knew very little, is talked about.

Beautifully written and hard to put down, I highly recommend Farewell My Life! Part coming-of-age, part mystery, part life story - it's an incredible read.

Praise for Farewell My Life

"A unique, deftly scripted, and extraordinary novel by an author with a distinctive narrative storytelling style that will hold the readers dedicated attention from beginning to end, "Farewell My Life: Buona Notte Vita Mia" is an impressive and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. One of those rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished."--Mid-West Book Review

"The author knows her characters very, very well; this shows in the consistent and very individual way they act. This is not a plot-driven story; it's character-driven. In this book, the characters are the jam which holds everything together. The best example of this is Grace, the talented violinist, who, simply, jumps off the page. I loved her."--Wishing Shelf

"This is not your typical mystery; it's for fans of thrilling action and historically­-inspired events...Contra to the status quo of the genre, the men are the romantics - though in a deranged manner - and the women showcased are the core strength of the novel."--BookLife Prize.

"The author...adeptly summons the era in all its manners and details with her descriptive prose...Her omniscient, third-person narrator effectively flits through the heads of various characters, offering momentary glimpses of their inner lives."--Kirkus Reviews

"I loved the elaborate descriptions of all the places in this book. This is the kind of book that shows instead of just telling. The characters are very well-developed and interesting to read about. Angelina is a fascinating character, as is Grace. Along the duration of the book, Grace learns a lot about herself. I was amazed by her quiet yet vibrant personality, and her brilliant talent."--Pavani Mathur (The Voracious Bibliophile)

About the Author

Cynthia graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, Cambridge MA, in June 2015.

Her first novel, Thwarted Queen, a frustrating tale (hence the title) of Lady Cecylee Neville (1415-1495) who was nearly crowned Queen of England, was shortlisted for many awards, including the 2012 Eric Hoffer New Horizon Award for debut authors. To date, sales have surpassed 38,000 copies.

Her forthcoming novel, Farewell My Life, is a Cinderella-ish tale with not-so-charming princes who inhabit the edgy setting of 1920s Berlin.

When she’s not annoying everyone by insisting her fictional characters are more real than they are, Cynthia likes to go for long walks, knit something glamorous, cook in her wonderful kitchen, and play the piano. You can visit her at www.spunstories.com. You can also find Cynthia on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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