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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva book tour

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Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold

Publication Date: July 14, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin's Press Formats: Ebook, Paperback Pages: 320 Genre: Historical Fiction

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   We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don't know her true story. We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for 'peeping Tom') and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax. Naked is an original version of Godiva's tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.

PRAISE

"Redgold's variation on this enticing legend is often lyrical and offers a satisfying blend of history, lore, and romance." (Booklist)

 "Breathes new life into the story of the woman who would stop at nothing to protect her land and people." (Romantic Times)

 "NAKED delivers far more than the famous ride of Lady Godiva. It's a beautifully woven story of love, loyalty, and the determination of a young woman trying to protect her people and their way of life, no matter the price. Godiva is a wonderfully strong woman in an age of dangerous men, and in NAKED, she certainly meets her match!" (Amalia Carosella, author of HELEN OF SPARTA)

 "A wonderful, romantic retelling of the Lady Godiva legend. There is the colorful Anglo-Saxon backdrop, warriors, battles, peacemaking, desire, revenge and love - everything a fan of medieval romance could desire - plus a strong-willed heroin. Written with a lyrical lilt to her prose, Redgold adds realism to the myth and love to the lusty tale, allowing readers a glimpse into what might have been." (RT Book Reviews)

my thoughts:

Lady Godiva. The name evokes an image of a young naked woman riding horseback through the Coventry countryside. Remember the reason for the ride? Neither did I. 

When I was offered the opportunity to read and review this book, I jumped at the chance. Godiva is a strong woman but I new nothing about her, except her famous ride.

The ride was ordered by her husband after her request to lower the taxes of her people. There is far more to the story of Godiva and Leofric. 

Eliza Redgold has managed to create a compelling and charming story of Godiva, her people and Leofric of Mercia. The characters are fantastic. You will adore Godiva for her strength, courage, determination and loyalty to the people of Coventry. Leofric is a challenge. As a reader, I wasn't quite certain how I felt about him. Think about it, this guy dares his wife to ride naked through the countryside for all to see? Well, there is much more to the story, as you will uncover while reading this tale. 

This is a wonderful combination of romance, history and good story telling. These characters are more than just words on a page. As a reader, I felt close to Godiva. Don't pass on this book! 5/5 stars for Eliza Redgold's fabulous novel.


5/5 teacups + the teapot!!

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOKS-A-MILLION | ITUNES | INDIEBOUND | KOBO

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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ELIZA REDGOLD is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. As a non-fiction author she is co-author of Body Talk: a Power Guide for Girls and Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia. For more information visit Eliza Redgold's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google+.

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, August 10 Review at Bibliophilia, Please Tuesday, August 11 Spotlight at Passages to the Past Wednesday, August 12 Guest Post at The Maiden's Court Spotlight at A Book Geek Thursday, August 13 Spotlight at Just One More Chapter Friday, August 14 Review at 100 Pages a Day Saturday, August 15 Guest Post at Mina's Bookshelf Monday, August 17 Review at A Bookish Affair Tuesday, August 18 Review at Book Nerd Guest Post at A Literary Vacation Wednesday, August 19 Review at Unshelfish Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views Thursday, August 20 Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection Guest Post at A Bookish Affair Friday, August 21 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective Review at Let Them Read Books Monday, August 24 Review at I'm Shelf-ish Review at Please Pass the Books Guest Post at Bibliotica Tuesday, August 25 Review at A Fold in the Spine Review & Interview at History Undressed Guest Post at Curling Up By the Fire Wednesday, August 26 Review at Bookish Spotlight at The True Book Addict Thursday, August 27 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book Review & Guest Post at Romantic Historical Reviews Guest Post at The Lit Bitch Friday, August 28 Review at A Book Drunkard Review at Book Lovers Paradise

GIVEAWAY

To enter to win a copy of Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva or a $50 Amazon Gift Card, please enter via the GLEAM form below. Three winners will be chosen. Rules ñ Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on August 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter. ñ Giveaway is open to US residents only. ñ Only one entry per household. ñ 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 ñ Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva Blog Tour

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS BOOK BLAST

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Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King's Court by Marci Jefferson

Publication Date: August 4, 2015 Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press Hardcover & eBook; 336 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction READ AN EXCERPT.

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   Fraught with conspiracy and passion, the Sun King's opulent court is brought to vivid life in this captivating tale about a woman whose love was more powerful than magic. The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini's birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Ignoring the dark warnings of his sister and astrologers, Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the French court, where the forbidden occult arts thrive in secret. In France, Marie learns her uncle has become the power behind the throne by using her sister Olympia to hold the Sun King, Louis XIV, in thrall. Desperate to avoid her mother's dying wish that she spend her life in a convent, Marie burns her grimoire, trading Italian superstitions for polite sophistication. But as her star rises, King Louis becomes enchanted by Marie's charm. Sensing a chance to grasp even greater glory, Cardinal Mazarin pits the sisters against each other, showering Marie with diamonds and silks in exchange for bending King Louis to his will. Disgusted by Mazarin's ruthlessness, Marie rebels. She sacrifices everything, but exposing Mazarin's deepest secret threatens to tear France apart. When even King Louis's love fails to protect Marie, she must summon her forbidden powers of divination to shield her family, protect France, and help the Sun King fulfill his destiny.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOKS-A-MILLION | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN

ADVANCE PRAISE

"Told with vivid historical detail and packed with court intrigue, this is sure to please fans of royal fiction."  Library Journal

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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Years after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, immersing herself in a Quality Assurance nursing career, and then having children, Marci realized she'd neglected her passion for history and writing. She began traveling, writing along the way, delving into various bits of history that caught her fancy. The plot for GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN evolved slowly after a trip to London, where she first learned about the Stuart royals. Marci is a member of the Historical Novel Society. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, making hair-bows for their daughter, trying not to step on their son's Legos, and teaching a tiny Pacific Parrotlet to talk. For more information visit Marci Jefferson's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

BOOK BLAST SCHEDULE

Tuesday, August 4 Unabridged Chick Wednesday, August 5 Unshelfish Beth's Book Nook Blog Curling up by the Fire Thursday, August 6 Book Lovers Paradise History From a Woman's Perspective Friday, August 7 100 Pages a Day Oh, for the Hook of a Book! Saturday, August 8 Historical Readings & Reviews Sunday, August 9 Book Nerd Monday, August 10 Genre Queen Tuesday, August 11 A Chick Who Reads To Read, Or Not to Read Wednesday, August 12 A Literary Vacation So Many Books, So Little Time Thursday, August 13 Broken Teepee CelticLady's Reviews Friday, August 14 A Book Geek The Lit Bitch Saturday, August 15 The Maiden's Court Sunday, August 16 Ageless Pages Reviews Monday, August 17 Luxury Reading Boom Baby Reviews Tuesday, August 18 A Bookish Affair

GIVEAWAY

To enter to win a signed copy of Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King's Court, please enter via the GLEAM form below.
 Rules :
 Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on August 18th. 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. Enchantress of Paris

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

THE PHARAOH'S CAT


Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published June 17th 2015 (first published May 16th 2015)


The Pharaoh’s Cat, narrated in the present tense by the cat himself, is the story of a free-spirited, quick-witted stray in ancient Egypt who suddenly finds himself with human powers joined to his feline nature. 

The cat immediately captures the attention of the seventeen-year-old Pharaoh, making him laugh for the first time since his parents' death, and is brought to live with him at the royal palace. 

The cat also becomes friends with the High Priest of the god Amun-Ra and seeks his help in solving the mystery of his human powers and the supernatural manifestations that later plague him. He has an enemy in the Vizier—the Pharaoh's uncle and the second most powerful man in Egypt. The Vizier hates him for himself and even more for his relationship with the Pharaoh. 

The cat participates in festivities at the royal palace, developing an insatiable appetite for good food, wine, and gossip. He later accompanies the Pharaoh on a trip through his kingdom, all the while renewing the Pharaoh’s ability to enjoy life and inspiring him to become a stronger leader. 

Between the cat and the Pharaoh a bond of love gradually forms which will determine Egypt's destiny. 

The Pharaoh's Cat imaginatively blends Egyptology with comedy, drama, and even time travel--the cat and the High Priest will meet Elena, a resident of the twenty-first century and the daughter of a renowned Egyptologist. 

Maria Luisa Lang was born in Rome and lives in New York City. She has a degree in art history and is an amateur Egyptologist. The Pharaoh's Cat is her first novel. She has almost completed a sequel. 

my thoughts:

I enjoyed this book.  It is quirky, funny and cute.  Anyone who has a cat, has seen a cat or in any way been exposed to a cat is aware of their curious nature and staunch independence.
This story is narrated by the cat, himself.  He is a street cat found and cared for by the Pharaoh.  He is loved because he makes the Pharaoh laugh, and brings joy and humor to his life.

The cat is, like most cats, mischievous and fun.  He is an engaging character and will leave you with a smile on your face.  The cat's name is Wrappa-Hamen and he can speak, yes, speak.  He also walks upright and has several human qualities you will find endearing.

This is a wonderful, unique read.  I enjoyed the intereaction between Wrappa-Hamen and the Pharaoh, laughed at the bad blood between the cat and the Vizier.  

A quick, fun read.

***I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.***





Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NAKED: A NOVEL OF LADY GODIVA bookblast and GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

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NAKED: A NOVEL OF LADY GODIVA by ELIZA REDGOLD Publication Date: July 14, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin's Press Formats: Ebook, Paperback Pages: 320 Genre: Historical Fiction

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   We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don't know her true story. We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for 'peeping Tom') and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax. Naked is an original version of Godiva's tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.


ADVANCE PRAISE

"Redgold's variation on this enticing legend is often lyrical and offers a satisfying blend of history, lore, and romance." (Booklist)

 "Breathes new life into the story of the woman who would stop at nothing to protect her land and people." (Romantic Times)

 "NAKED delivers far more than the famous ride of Lady Godiva. It's a beautifully woven story of love, loyalty, and the determination of a young woman trying to protect her people and their way of life, no matter the price. Godiva is a wonderfully strong woman in an age of dangerous men, and in NAKED, she certainly meets her match!" (Amalia Carosella, author of HELEN OF SPARTA)

 "A wonderful, romantic retelling of the Lady Godiva legend. There is the colorful Anglo-Saxon backdrop, warriors, battles, peacemaking, desire, revenge and love - everything a fan of medieval romance could desire - plus a strong-willed heroin. Written with a lyrical lilt to her prose, Redgold adds realism to the myth and love to the lusty tale, allowing readers a glimpse into what might have been." (RT Book Reviews)

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ELIZA REDGOLD is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. As a non-fiction author she is co-author of Body Talk: a Power Guide for Girls and Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia. For more information visit Eliza Redgold's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google+.

BOOK BLAST SCHEDULE

Tuesday, July 14 Boom Baby Reviews Let Them Read Books Wednesday, July 15 Genre Queen The Maiden's Court What Is That Book About Thursday, July 16 Bibliophilia, Please The Reader's Hollow CelticLady's Reviews Friday, July 17 100 Pages a Day The Never-Ending Book Saturday, July 18 Just One More Chapter Monday, July 20 To Read, or Not to Read Oh, for the Hook of a Book! Tuesday, July 21 A Literary Vacation Book Lovers Paradise Wednesday, July 22 Unabridged Chick Thursday, July 23 So Many Books, So Little Time Friday, July 24 The Reading Queen Saturday, July 25 Book Nerd Sunday, July 26 Passages to the Past Monday, July 27 Bibliotica The Lit Bitch Tuesday, July 28 A Chick Who Reads

GIVEAWAY

To enter to win a copy of Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva & a $50 Amazon Gift Card, please enter via the GLEAM form below. 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. ñ 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. Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva Book Blast


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AN IMMORTAL DESCENT blog tour

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Publication Date: July 6, 2015 Publisher: Carina Press eBook; ASIN: B00XCYM8XS Series: Goddess Born, Book Three Genre: Historical/Fantasy/Romance

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     As a goddess-born healer, Selah Kilbrid wants nothing to do with the goddess of death and disease, nor any of her human progeny. But when the two people she loves most disappear,her dearest friend Nora Goodwin and her betrothed Lord Henry Fitzalan. Selah has no choice but to leave London in pursuit of Death's most powerful daughter. Accompanied by a ragtag group of travelers, Selah follows a treacherous path across the Irish Sea to the long-forgotten prison of a witch who once nearly destroyed Ireland. Selah would face any danger to protect those she loves, but what if it means unleashing a greater evil on the human world? Could she risk the lives of many to save a few, or are some sacrifices too great?

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Kari Edgren is the author of the Goddess Born series. In 2010 and 2011 she was a semifinalist for the Amazon Break Through Novel Award. In 2013, she was a RWA Golden Heart finalist. Ms. Edgren enjoys writing both historical and contemporary fiction, so long as thereís a paranormal twist. She resides on a mountain top in the Pacific Northwest where she spends a great deal of time dreaming about the sun and torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts. For more information please visit Kari Edgrenís website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Sign up for Kari Edgrenís Newsletter.



my thoughts:

A truly amazing story!  I think this book, which completes the tale, is the best of all.  It brings an amazingly well written puzzle to a stunning conclusion.  This book is so full of  twists and turns, it's like riding a roller coaster, and believe me- it's as fun and thrilling as a coaster ride.   I love the manner in which Kari Edgren completed the story.  She is a masterful storyteller, who managed to thrill, intrigue and astound all at once.   

This is truly an amazing trilogy, and this book, AN IMMORTAL DESCENT, is the best of the three.  I was captivated and entranced by the tale.  

This book, this trilogy, is a rarity.  It is unique, fascinating and sensational all at once.  The characters, both good and evil, will capture your heart.  

Get all three books, take them to the beach with you this summer, but beware...you'll get a sunburn as you lose track of time while reading.  You won't want to put the books down until finished!  Now that I've finished the book, I'm going  back and starting over with the first!   

5/5 stars and a new addition to the BEYOND 5 STARS page.

An Immortal Descent Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, July 7 Spotlight at Passages to the Past Thursday, July 9 Spotlight at Genre Queen Friday, July 10 Excerpt at What Is That Book About Thursday, July 16 Review at Book Lovers Paradise Wednesday, July 29 Review at Book Nerd Sunday, August 1 Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book! Monday, August 3 Review at Peeking Between the Pages Tuesday, August 4 Review at I'd So Rather Be Reading Excerpt at Romantic Historical Reviews Wednesday, August 5 Spotlight at Unshelfish Spotlight at A Literary Vacation Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews Thursday, August 6 Review at So Many Books, So Little Time Excerpt at Raven Haired Girl Friday, August 7 Excerpt at Layered Pages Tuesday, August 11 Review at A Book Geek Review at Let Them Read Books

Giveaway

To enter to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card, please enter via the GLEAM form below. Rules  Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on August 11th. You must be 18 or older to enter.  Giveaway is open internationally.  Only one entry per household.  All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion ñ Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. An Immortal Descent


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