Friday, July 28, 2017

Whirligig: Keeping the Promise by Richard Buxton


Whirligig: Keeping the Promise by Richard Buxton

Publication Date: April 22, 2017
Ocoee Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 496 Pages

Series: Shire's Union, Book One
Genre: Fiction/Historical


The first novel from multi-award winning short-story writer Richard Buxton, Whirligig is at once an outsider's odyssey through the battle for Tennessee, a touching story of impossible love, and a portrait of America at war with itself. Self-interest and conflict, betrayal and passion, all fuse into a fateful climax.

Shire leaves his home and his life in Victorian England for the sake of a childhood promise, a promise that will pull him into the bleeding heart of the American Civil War and through the bloody battlefields of the West, where he will discover a second home for his loyalty.

Clara believes she has escaped from a predictable future of obligation and privilege, but her new life in the Appalachian Hills of Tennessee is decaying around her. In the mansion of Comrie, long hidden secrets are being slowly exhumed by a war that comes ever closer.

My Review
Four Stars
Whirligig" is a great view into what life was like during American Civil War.   Buxton very colorfully crafts details about this time period that made me feel like I knew what life was like in Tennessee during this time period.  I personally, enjoyed that the main character was an Englishman! It gave a very different perspective to the time period. Clara- the love interest for Shire- is also an Englishwoman.  Just like Shire, she struggles with the differences of her upbringing and that of life in America.  Slavery and war are big factors in the storyline when it comes to how Shire and Clara view their new life.  As I was reading, I felt that Buxton never cheated the reader! He really developed his characters so we could gain insight into what drove them.  I also felt sorry for Shire as his desire to help and protect Clara soon become at odds with is new purpose.  I'm so glad that this is just the first book of what promises to be a fun and engaging series.

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About the Author

Richard lives with his family in the South Downs, Sussex, England. He completed an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University in 2014. He has an abiding relationship with America, having studied at Syracuse University, New York State, in the late eighties. His short stories have won the Exeter Story Prize, the Bedford International Writing Competition and the Nivalis Short Story Award. Whirligig is his first novel and the opening book of Shire’s Union trilogy. Current projects include the second book, The Copper Road, as well as preparing to publish a collection of short stories.

To learn more about Richard’s writing visit https://www.richardbuxton.net. You can also follow Richard on Facebook and Twitter.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, July 11
Feature at A Bookaholic Swede

Wednesday, July 12
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Friday, July 14
Feature at Passages to the Past

Monday, July 17
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Tuesday, July 18
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Thursday, July 20
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, July 21
Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Tuesday, July 25
Feature at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, July 27
Review at Back Porchervations

Friday, July 28
Review at Book Nerd

Thursday, August 3
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Monday, August 7
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away one paperback & one eBook of WHIRLIGIG! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on August 7th. 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 suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Whirligig


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

An Epiphany in Lilacs by Iris Dorbian


An Epiphany in Lilacs by Iris Dorbian

Publication Date: January 1, 2017
Mazo Publishers
eBook & Papberback; 180 Pages

Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fiction/World War II


An Epiphany In Lilacs is a young adult novel set in a DP camp outside Hamburg, Germany following the end of World War II. The author, Iris Dorbian, captures in this story a unique glimpse into the period after the Holocaust when survivors had to deal with their new realities for living, based on her father's personal experience. After liberation in May 1945, Daniel, a 14-year-old Latvian Jew, is treated in a field hospital in the British zone of partitioned Germany. A survivor of various concentration camps, Daniel fights to recover from starvation and disease. Racked by nightmares, a nearly nightly occurrence, Daniel finds sleep almost impossible. Through his love of nature, and pre-war memories, Daniel struggles to find comfort. He forms an intriguing bond with an older German gentile, another survivor. Later on, as he joins a theater troupe, Daniel tries to move on with his life, yet still searching for the whereabouts of his mother and two sisters. Poised on the cusp of a new life, young Daniel makes his way to the country that will become his new home.

"Rich with powerful and piercing historical references, An Epiphany in Lilacs: In the Aftermath of the Camps by Iris Dorbian captures thereality of Jews who survived the Holocaust, the inner scars and the struggles with uncertainty, incessant nightmares, and fitting into the day-to-day lifestyle of ordinary people. It is a heart-wrenching story,told in excellent prose and in the author's unique style. I have been a huge fan of Holocaust literature, starting with Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, and have always felt appalled by man's cruelty to fellow man. In this new book, the author explores the terrible effects of a fragment of history on the life of a little boy. This is a story to read and share, a powerful story about freedom and the perils of war.Well-crafted with compelling characters and interesting themes." - Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

"This was a lovely and inspiring read about survival after the war. The fact that this is based on the author's personal accounts made this absolutely mesmerizing. This was such a tragic and heartbreaking time in our history, so to be able to read a story like this was like none other. Iris really captures this time period quite well through her father. The connection Daniel finds with the older German (another survivor of the war) and his story about rebuilding his life in the country while searching for his family makes it impossible to put book down." -Rainy Day Reviews/Bookjunkie Mom Blog

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About the Author

Iris Dorbian is a business and arts journalist whose articles have appeared in a wide number of outlets that include the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Venture Capital Journal, Buyouts, Investopedia, DMNews, Jerusalem Report, the Forward, Playbill, Backstage, Theatermania, Live Design, Media Industry Newsletter and PR News. From 1999 to 2007, Iris was the editor-in-chief of Stage Directions. She is the author of "Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater," which was published by Allworth Press in August 2008. Her personal essays have been published in Blue Lyra Review, B O D Y, Embodied Effigies, Jewish Literary Journal, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Adanna Literary Journal, ThisSpace.org, Skirt! and Gothesque Magazine. A New Jersey native, Iris has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

For more information, please visit Iris Dorbian's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Book Blast Schedule

Monday, July 17
Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, July 18
Book Nerd
To Read, Or Not to Read

Wednesday, July 19
Faery Tales Are Real

Thursday, July 20
T's Stuff

Friday, July 21
Books of a Shy Girl
A Literary Vacation

Saturday, July 22
Laura's Interests

Sunday, July 23
Must Read Faster

Monday, July 24
Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Tuesday, July 25
WS Momma Readers Nook

Wednesday, July 26
100 Pages a Day

Thursday, July 27
Carole's Ramblings
Mello & June, It's a Book Thang!

Friday, July 28
Passages to the Past

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we are giving away a signed copy of An Epiphany in Lilacs to one lucky winner! To enter please see the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on July 28th. 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 suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

An Epiphany in Lilacs


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Whirligig: Keeping the Promise by Richard Buxton


Whirligig: Keeping the Promise by Richard Buxton

Publication Date: April 22, 2017
Ocoee Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 496 Pages

Series: Shire's Union, Book One
Genre: Fiction/Historical


The first novel from multi-award winning short-story writer Richard Buxton, Whirligig is at once an outsider's odyssey through the battle for Tennessee, a touching story of impossible love, and a portrait of America at war with itself. Self-interest and conflict, betrayal and passion, all fuse into a fateful climax.

Shire leaves his home and his life in Victorian England for the sake of a childhood promise, a promise that will pull him into the bleeding heart of the American Civil War and through the bloody battlefields of the West, where he will discover a second home for his loyalty.

Clara believes she has escaped from a predictable future of obligation and privilege, but her new life in the Appalachian Hills of Tennessee is decaying around her. In the mansion of Comrie, long hidden secrets are being slowly exhumed by a war that comes ever closer.

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Richard lives with his family in the South Downs, Sussex, England. He completed an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University in 2014. He has an abiding relationship with America, having studied at Syracuse University, New York State, in the late eighties. His short stories have won the Exeter Story Prize, the Bedford International Writing Competition and the Nivalis Short Story Award. Whirligig is his first novel and the opening book of Shire’s Union trilogy. Current projects include the second book, The Copper Road, as well as preparing to publish a collection of short stories.

To learn more about Richard’s writing visit https://www.richardbuxton.net. You can also follow Richard on Facebook and Twitter.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, July 11
Feature at A Bookaholic Swede

Wednesday, July 12
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Friday, July 14
Feature at Passages to the Past

Monday, July 17
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Tuesday, July 18
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Thursday, July 20
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, July 21
Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Tuesday, July 25
Feature at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, July 27
Review at Back Porchervations

Friday, July 28
Review at Book Nerd

Thursday, August 3
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Monday, August 7
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away one paperback & one eBook of WHIRLIGIG! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on August 7th. 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 suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Whirligig


Friday, July 7, 2017

THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS Scandal & Scoundrel #3 Sarah MacLean


A love that neither can deny…



THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS
Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Sarah MacLean
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon Books



The
one woman he will never forget…




Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in
self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and
a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires
an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only
one problem—he already has one.



The one man she will never forgive…



After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a
single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by
the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her
freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend
the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow
cannot resist.



A love that neither can deny…



The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their
broken past, he can give her forever, making every day...







New York Times, Washington Post & USA
Today 
bestseller Sarah MacLean is the
author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than
twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical
romance from the Romance Writers of America.



Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place
at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly
column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in
support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on
Jezebel.com's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to
call her "gracefully furious." A graduate of Smith College &
Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and
daughter.