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Welcome to my attempt at blogging. I am a true to heart bibliophile. Here I will discuss and review books as I read them. You are welcome to do the same. The only rules are no profanity, no politics, no religion, and have fun!
Donna

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)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR03_Eliza Redgold_Author

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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About the Author03_Kari Edgren

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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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

THE MEMORY PAINTER BOOK BLAST

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Publication Date: April 28, 2015 Publisher: Picador Formats: eBook, Hardcover, Audio Pages: 336 Genre: Supernatural Historical Thriller/Romance

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   READ AN EXCERPT. What if there was a drug that could help you remember past lives? What if the lives you remembered could lead you to your one true love? What if you learned that, for thousands of years, a deadly enemy had conspired to keep the two of you apart? Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. When Bryan awakes, he possesses extraordinary new skills...like the ability to speak obscure languages and an inexplicable genius for chess. All his life, he has wondered if his dreams are recollections, if he is re-experiencing other people's lives. Linz Jacobs is a brilliant neurogeneticist, absorbed in decoding the genes that help the brain make memories, until she is confronted with an exact rendering of a recurring nightmare at one of Bryan's shows. She tracks down the elusive artist, and their meeting triggers Bryan's most powerful dream yet: visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer's, died in a lab explosion decades ago. As Bryan becomes obsessed with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the scientists' deaths, his dreams begin to reveal what happened at the lab, as well as a deeper mystery that may lead all the way to ancient Egypt. Together, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried. A taut thriller and a timeless love story spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history, The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack is a riveting debut novel unlike any you've ever read.

Praise for The Memory Painter

"Gwendolyn Womack's tale dazzles." (US Weekly (Standout Spring Novels))

 "The guy-meets-girl story as you've never heard it before...A mind-explosion of a journey ensues that involves time travel, mystery, love, and a whole lot of plot twists." (Refinery29)

 "Suspenseful and ambitious...We predict The Memory Painter's story of love and revenge will be one of 2015's biggest literary hits." (Paste Magazine (Best New Books of the Month))

 "It's a thriller as well as a love story, spanning 10,000 years of history. And it sounds freaking mental." (io9, The Most Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Month)

 "A time-travel tale, stylishly told." (Elle Canada)

 "Womack's debut is one of those rare works that impresses from the first vivid, unsettling scene, gradually building an atmosphere of secrecy and trepidation that ensures that the suspense remains high throughout. Part mystery, part science-fiction plot and part romance, this is a novel with broad cross-genre appeal, and the well-drawn scenes and flashes of humor and insight give this thriller a rare depth as well." (RT Book Reviews)

 "It's best not to try to analyze the ambitious plot of this thriller, which combines romance, fantasy, and adventure; just hang on for a wild and entertaining ride around the world and through the centuries back to ancient Egypt." (Library Journal (starred review))

 "A page turner that will keep readers up late into the night. Readers who love adventure, romance and fantasy will love this book." (The Vancouver Sun)

 "Womack makes a romantic case for the existence of destiny...and does a beautiful job...Dive into this sweeping, romantic journey that will leave you breathless and a little unsure of where in time you've landed." (Kirkus Reviews (One of the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Reads of the Month))

 "Well-drawn historical flashbacks, engaging characters, and a twisty ending make this thrilling blend of neuroscience, romance, and ancient worlds good bets for Da Vinci Code and Outlander fans." (Booklist)

 "Some debuts cause a stir. [But] The Memory Painter makes quite a splash... On its surface, The Memory Painter reads like sci-fi. Fundamentally it speaks to the cultural, emotional, and spiritual connectedness that binds us all." (New York Journal of Books)

 "The Memory Painter is romantic and fun, full of history and science teased out at the perfect pace." (BookRiot)

 "Womack has crafted a dark story defined by fast-paced prose that at moments sings poetic...at the novel's conclusion, all story threads have been tightened into a snug, satisfying knot." (ZYZZYVA)


 "The chapters recounting [Bryan and Linz's] past lives are chock full of interesting historical tidbits...like being on a movie-themed ride at Disneyland." (Publishers Weekly)

 "In The Memory Painter, Gwendolyn Womack delivers a multi-layered debut novel like no other: passing through the veils of time and brimming with history, mystery, science, intrigue, and passion." (Katherine Neville, New York Times and No. 1 internationally bestselling author)

 "The Memory Painter is an absolute masterpiece. Spellbinding from beginning to end, this brilliantly woven tale of time-crossed lovers will keep you hooked well into the wee hours. Gwendolyn Womack is a storytelling virtuosa, whose sexy, action-packed mind-boggler of a book is destined to become a classic." (Anne Fortier, New York Times bestselling author of Juliet and The Lost Sisterhood)

 "A sweeping, mesmerizing feat of absolute magic. Ten thousand love stories, tales of revenge, inventions, histories, mysteries, and memories combine to serve up a complex and utterly riveting novel that leaves you with feelings of awe and wonder. A star is born!" (M. J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Witch of Painted Sorrows)

 "Layers of past and present form a rich pastry of a narrative--poignant and thoughtful, rich and suspenseful, filled with intrigue and dripping with meaning. Womack's meditation on the beautiful mystery of memory is a riveting read from cover to cover, leaving us with the breathless realization that while grief may be eternal, so is love." (Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale and First Impressions)

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About the Author03_Gwendolyn Womack

Originally from Houston, Texas, Gwendolyn Womack began writing theater plays in college while freezing in the tundra at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. During that time she lived in St. Petersburg, Russia on an independent study working with theater companies. She went on to receive an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Directing theater and film where she was encouraged to write her own material. After graduating she focused on writing feature screenplays and was a semi-finalist in the Academyís Nicholl Fellowship. In 2009 she moved to Japan and began THE MEMORY PAINTER the following year. Currently she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son where she can be found at the keyboard working on her next novel. THE MEMORY PAINTER is her first novel. For more information visit Gwen's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

The Memory Painter Book Blast Schedule

Wednesday, July 1 Passages to the Past Thursday, July 2 The Never-Ending Book What Is That Book About Friday, July 3 Bibliophilia, Please Saturday, July 4 The Reading Queen Sunday, July 5 CelticLady's Reviews Monday, July 6 Oh, for the Hook of a Book! Tuesday, July 7 A Chick Who Reads Wednesday, July 8 A Bookish Affair Book Lovers Paradise Thursday, July 9 Room With Books Friday, July 10 Bibliotica Saturday, July 11 Just One More Chapter Sunday, July 12 Broken Teepee Monday, July 13 100 Pages a Day Wednesday, July 15 Genre Queen

Giveaway

To enter to win a signed copy of The Memory Painter, please enter via the GLEAM form below. Rules  Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on July 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter. ñ Giveaway is open internationally. ñ 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. The Memory Painter


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Monday, July 6, 2015

AN IMMORTAL DESCENT--I have anxiously awaited this book!!!

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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?

An Immortal Descent Available at

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About the Author

03_Kari Edgren

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 there's 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 Edgren's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Sign up for Kari Edgren's Newsletter.

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