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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!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Please join author T.K. Thorne as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Angels at the Gate Blog Tour from March 23-April 17, and enter to win your own hardcover copy!

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Publication Date: March 5, 2015 Cappuccino Books Formats: eBook, Hardcover Pages: 368 Genre: Historical Fiction

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 Based on historical, biblical, and archaeological research, visits to the Middle East, and a large measure of creativity, ANGELS AT THE GATE is the story of Adira, destined to become Lotís wife. A daughter of Abram's tribe, Adira is an impetuous young girl whose mother died in childbirth. Secretly raised as a boy in her fatherís caravan and schooled in languages and the art of negotiation, Adira rejects the looming changes of womanhood that threaten her nomadic life and independence. But with the arrival of two mysterious strangers , Northmen rumored to be holy or possibly even "Angels"  Adira''s world unravels. Raiders invade the caravan, and she loses everything she values most, her father, her freedom, and even the Angels. Caught between her oath to her father to return to her tribe and the proper life for a woman and tormented by an impossible love, she abandons all she has known in a dangerous quest to seek revenge and find her kidnapped Angel. With only her beloved dog, Nami, at her side, Adira must use the skills she learned in the caravan to survive the perils of the desert, Sodom, and her own heart. ANGELS AT THE GATE is a story of adventure and the power of love, exploring themes about choice ,the importance of asking the right questions and walking the fine edge between duty and personal freedom. Based on a simple mention in the Bible, T.K. Thorne has developed a complex and full-bodied character in the wife of Lot, a woman both ancient and modern, who will touch readers hearts, and live in their memories for years to come. As Dianne Mooney, founder of Southern Living At Home says, "For all those whose curiosity is piqued by how it might have been in the time of Sodom and Gomorrah, this is a must read!"

Praise for Angels at the Gate

"ANGELS AT THE GATE is nothing short of a masterwork,superbly and eloquently written, solidly researched and a high-speed page-turner. Readers will be swept up in a story they can't put down." Elsa D. Ruther, editor,The Nifty Pickle

"A masterpiece of historical research, interweaving history and theology in a re-visioning of an ancient story from a woman's perspective. Thorne is a dazzlingly gifted writer."Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama, 2003-2012

 "Thorne unspools an ancient adventure with crackling undertones of our contemporary lives. Lean, polished action sequences render a young woman's life with both intensity and nuanced truth." Dale Short, public radio commentator and author of A Shinning, Shinning Path

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About the Author03_Author TK. Thorne

T.K. Thorne's childhood passion for storytelling deepened when she became a police officer in Birmingham, Alabama. ìIt was a crash course in life and what motivated and mattered to people.î When she retired as a captain, she took on Birmingham's business improvement district as the executive director. Both careers provide fodder for her writing, which has garnered several awards, including Book of the Year for Historical Fiction (ForeWord Reviews) for her debut novel Noah's Wife. Her first non-fiction book, Last Chance for Justice, was featured on the New York Post's Books You Should Be Reading list. She loves traveling, especially to research her novels, and speaking about her books and life lessons. She writes at her mountaintop home, often with two dogs by her side and a cat on her lap. She blogs at www.TKs-tales.com and her web site is www.TKThorne.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. Sign Up for T.K. Thorneís newsletter.

Angels at the Gate Blog Tour Schedule

  Monday, March 23 Review at Genre Queen Spotlight at Flashlight Commentary

  Wednesday, March 25 Review at Quirky Book Reviews Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

  Thursday, March 26 Review at Room With Books Review at Unshelfish

  Friday, March 27 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book Review at Broken Teepee

  Saturday, March 28 Spotlight at What Is That Book About

  Tuesday, March 31 Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

  Thursday, April 2 Review at Book Lovers Paradise

  Monday, April 6 Review at A Chick Who Reads Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

  Thursday, April 9 Spotlight at I'd So Rather Be Reading

 Monday, April 13 Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

 Wednesday, April 15 Review at Book Nerd

  Thursday, April 16 Review at Griperang's Bookmarks

 Friday, April 17 Blog Tour Wrap Up at Passages to the Past


To enter to win a Hardcover copy of Angels at the Gate please complete the giveaway form below. Five copies are up for grabs! * Giveaway is open to US residents only. * Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on April 17th. * You must be 18 or older to enter. * 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. * Winners will be chosen via GLEAM on April 18th and notified via email. Winners have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. * Please email Amy @ hfvirtualbooktours@gmail.com with any questions. Angels at the Gate

my thoughts:
It  doesn't get any better than this...I LOVED this book.  I read Noah's Wife when it was published, and couldn't wait to read another story by TK Thorne.  Well, this was even better.  Thorne has managed to create a fabulous tale.  You, the reader, will love Adira.  She is an amazing person.  One thing that makes a book great is relating to or feeling for the main character.  Adira is such a character.  You will love, sympathize and cry for her throughout this book.  What an imagination Ms. Thorne must have...to create such a story from a few passages from the Bible.   

Yes, we visit Sodom, we live in Sodom with Adira and Lot.   Without giving anything away, Sodom is the sin filled city we are led to believe, however, the sin isn't what we are taught in Sunday School.  While reading Noah's Wife, I felt compassion for the wife and disdain for Noah.  While reading Angels at the Gate, I loved Adira and felt contempt for Lot.  He is a preachy, hypocritical sort of character.  

This is an incredibly well written book and I strongly encourage everyone who likes a good tale to read this book.  Even if you are not a fan of biblical literature, you will enjoy this book, it's a tale well told.

Monday, March 30, 2015


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Please join author C.W. Gortner as his latest release, Mademoiselle Chanel, is featured around the blogosphere from March 17-April 3, and enter to win one of three fabulously chic, Chanel-style black and white beaded bracelets!

Publication Date: March 17, 2015 William Morrow/HarperCollins Formats: Hardover, eBook, Audio Book Genre: Historical Fiction

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 DRAMA, PASSION, TRAGEDY, AND BEAUTY: C.W.'s new novel stunningly imagines the life of Coco Chanel, the iconic fashion designer whose staggering creativity built an empire and made her one of the 20th century's most influential, and controversial, figures. Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her sisters are sent to a convent orphanage after their mother's death. Here, the nuns nurture Gabrielle's exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel her into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood. Transforming herself into Coco,  seamstress and sometime torch singer the petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny. Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, her sleek minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As Coco's reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes, taking her into rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. Her little black dress, her signature perfume No. 5; her dramatic friendships, affairs, and rivalries with luminaries of her era increase her wealth and fame. But as the years pass, success cannot save her from heartbreak. And when Paris falls to the Nazis during World War II, Coco finds herself at a dangerous crossroads, forced to make choices that will forever change her. An enthralling portrayal of an extraordinary woman who created the life she desired, Mademoiselle Chanel is Coco's intimate

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Praise for Mademoiselle Chanel

"In this deliciously satisfying novel, C.W. Gortner tells the epic, rags-to-riches story of how this brilliant, mercurial, self-created woman became a legend" (Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train)

"In a novel as brilliant and complicated as Coco Chanel herself, C. W. Gortner's prose is so electric and luminous it could be a film, and not just any film, but one of the grandest biopics of our time. Divine!" (Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl)

"A richly imagined, deftly researched novel, in which the ever fascinating Coco Chanel comes to life in all her woe and splendor, her story unfolding as elegantly as a Chanel gown." (Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls)

 "From her heart-wrenching early years through her decades of struggle and glory, Gabrielle Chanel was fascinating as is C.W. Gortner's Mademoiselle Chanel. Coco lives again in this rich tale of brilliance, determination, and fierce self-creation." (Ania Szado, author of Studio Saint-Ex)

 "Gortner brings to life a woman who was as alluring and captivating as her signature scent. "(Historical Novels Review)

"Gortner brings history to life in a fascinating study of one woman's unstoppable ambition."(Booklist)

"Well-written and historically accurate . . . An homage to a couture icon whose influence is still powerful today" (Kirkus Reviews)

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About the Author03_CW Gortner

C.W. GORTNER holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California, as well as an AA from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. After an eleven year-long career in fashion, during which he worked as a vintage retail buyer, freelance publicist, and fashion show coordinator, C.W. devoted the next twelve years to the public health sector. In 2012, he became a full-time writer following the international success of his novels. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard at Hampton Court, learned about organic gardening at Chenoceaux, and spent a chilly night in a ruined Spanish castle. His books have garnered widespread acclaim and been translated into twenty-one languages to date, with over 400,000 copies sold. A sought-after public speaker. C.W. has given keynote addresses at writer conferences in the US and abroad. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights, in particular companion animal rescue to reduce shelter overcrowding. C.W. recently completed his fourth novel for Ballantine Books, about Lucrezia Borgia; the third novel in his Tudor Spymaster series for St Martin's Press; and a new novel about the dramatic, glamorous life of Coco Chanel, scheduled for lead title publication by William Morrow, Harper Collins, in the spring of 2015. Half-Spanish by birth and raised in southern Spain, C.W. now lives in Northern California with his partner and two very spoiled rescue cats. For more information visit C.W. Gortner's website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twittter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and YouTube. Sign up for C.W. Gortner's Newsletter for updates.

Mademoiselle Chanel Book Blast Schedule

  Tuesday, March 17 Mina's Bookshelf Oh, for the Hook of a Book! So Many Books, So Little Time

  Wednesday, March 18 Forever Ashley History From a Woman's Perspective

  Thursday, March 19 The Lit Bitch 100 Pages a Day

  Friday, March 20 A Literary Vacation Beth's Book Nook Blog What Is That Book About

  Saturday, March 21 Genre Queen

  Sunday, March 22 A Bookish Girl

  Monday, March 23 Let them Read Books

  Tuesday, March 24 Unshelfish The True Book Addict

  Wednesday, March 25 Historical Fiction Connection The Never-Ending Book

  Thursday, March 26 Broken Teepee

  Friday, March 27 The Maiden's Court

  Saturday, March 28 Caroline Wilson Writes Svetlana's Reads and Views

  Sunday, March 29 Passages to the Past

  Monday, March 30 Flashlight Commentary To Read, Or Not to Read I'd So Rather Be Reading

  Tuesday, March 31 Book Lovers Paradise

  Wednesday, April 1 Booktalk & More

  Thursday, April 2 CelticLady's Reviews

 Friday, April 3 Book Nerd Luxury Reading


Three Chanel-style black and white beaded bracelets will up for grabs during this blast, follow along for chances to win.                  Coco-bracelets

 must be 18 or older to enter.  Giveaway is open to US residents only.  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. - Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim prize, or new winner is chosen.

  Mademoiselle Chanel Book Blast Giveaway

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