Book review: Eternally Artemisia – Some loves, like some women, are timeless by Melissa Muldoon

Book Details:

Book Title:  Eternally Artemisia – Some loves, like some women, are timeless
by Melissa Muldoon
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  312 pages
Genre: Fiction General, Fiction Women
Publisher:  Matta Press
Release date:  March 2019
Format available for review:  print, ebook (mobi, ePub)
Will send books to:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: June 3 to 28, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (The book focuses on the life of Artemisia Gentileschi who was raped by her painting instructor, Agostino Tassi. The themes of the book deal with rape and overcoming sexual abuse. It is a book about female empowerment and how with the right tools, and support women may rise above past tragedies to build a better future for themselves.)

Book Description:

They say some loves travel through time and are fated to meet over and over again. For Maddie, an art therapist, who wrestles with the “peculiar feeling” she has lived previous lives and is being called to Italy by voices that have left imprints on her soul, this idea is intriguing. Despite her best efforts, however, proof of this has always eluded her. That is, until one illuminating summer in Italy when Maddie’s previous existences start to bleed through into her current reality. When she is introduced to the Crociani family—a noble clan with ties to the seventeenth-century Medici court that boasts of ancestors with colorful pasts—she finally meets the loves of her life. One is a romantic love, and another is a special kind of passion that only women share, strong amongst those who have suffered greatly yet have triumphed despite it.

As Maddie’s relationship develops with Artemisia Gentileschi—an artist who in a time when it was unheard of to denounce a man for the crime of rape, did just that—Maddie discovers a kindred spirit and a role model, and just what women are capable of when united together.

In a journey that arcs back to biblical days and moves forward in time, Maddie encounters artists, dukes, designers, and movie stars as well as baser and ignoble men. With Artemisia never far from her side, she proves that when we dare to take control of our lives and find the “thing” we are most passionate about, we are limitless and can touch the stars.

Praise for Eternally Artemisia:

“A true Renaissance woman, Melissa Muldoon weaves her passions for art and Italy into a stirring saga that sweeps across centuries. As her time-traveling heroine Maddie reconnects with kindred souls, we meet Artemisia Gentileschi, the 17th-century artist who overcame rape and ignominy to gain respect and acclaim. Historic figures such as Galileo and Mussolini also come to life in this intricately plotted novel, but the women who defy all constraints to take control of their destinies are the ones who prove to be eternally fascinating.” — Dianne Hales

What a lovely story! Melissa weaves the lives of 4 women across time, all with some connection to Artemisia Gentileschi, a 16th century Italy painter. They represent the feminine strength that arises from life challenges, each with their unique intelligence. Underlying their stories is the idea that love transcends all, even time, love is timeless. As with her other books, Melissa fills the story out with interesting facts and references to the Italian life, culture and it’s history, her attention to detail is immaculate . I loved all of the many connections in this story that tied it all together, very cleverly done. Wonderful read, I would highly recommend it. – Lize, Amazon Reviewer

Melissa Muldoon does a phenomenal job blending fiction, romance, art history, and the Italian language into this gem. For fans of historical fiction, romance, and time travel, I strongly recommend this novel. –Exemplary Editing, Amazon Review

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Melissa Muldoon

Meet the Author:  

Melissa Muldoon is the author of three novels set in Italy: “Dreaming Sophia,” “Waking Isabella,” and “Eternally Artemisia.” All three books tell the stories of American women and their journeys of self-discovery to find love, uncover hidden truths, and follow their destinies to shape a better future in Italy.

Melissa is also the author of the Studentessa Matta website, where she promotes the study of Italian language and culture through her dual-language blog written in Italian and English (studentessamatta.com). Studentessa Matta means the “crazy linguist” and has grown to include a podcast, Tutti Matti per l’Italiano and the Studentessa Matta YouTube channel, Facebook page and Instagram feed. Melissa also created Matta Italian Language Immersion Programs, which she co-leads with Italian schools in Italy to learn Italian in Italy. Through her website, she also offers the opportunities to live and study in Italy through Homestay programs. Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts, art history and European history from Knox College, a liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master’s degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

She has also studied painting and art history in Florence. She is an artist, designer, and illustrated the cover art for all three of her books. Melissa is also the managing director of Matta Press. As a student, Melissa lived in Florence with an Italian family. She studied art history and painting and took beginner Italian classes. When she returned home, she threw away her Italian dictionary, assuming she’d never need it again, but after launching a successful design career and starting a family, she realized something was missing in her life. That “thing” was the connection she had made with Italy and the friends who live there. Living in Florence was indeed a life-changing event. Wanting to reconnect with Italy, she decided to start learning the language again from scratch. As if indeed possessed by an Italian muse, she bought a new Italian dictionary and began her journey to fluency—a path that has led her back to Italy many times and enriched her life in countless ways. Now, many dictionaries and grammar books later, she dedicates her time to promoting Italian language studies, further travels in Italy, and sharing her stories and insights about Italy with others. Melissa designed and illustrated the cover art for Eternally Artemisia, Waking Isabella, and Dreaming Sophia.

She also curates the Dreaming Sophia Art History blog site and Pinterest site: The Art of Loving Italy, where you will find companion pictures for all three books. Visit MelissaMuldoon.com for more information about immersion trips to learn the language with Melissa in Italy, as well as the Studentessa Matta blog for practice and tips to learn the Italian language. 

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~ Instagram

REVIEW: Maddie, a 40 year old art therapist has decided to live her dream of relocating from New York City to Italy to continue her work with a new business partner. Although she believes in romantic love, she isn’t convinced that she has met the one person she is willing to spend the rest of her life with.

Maddie has always known that she was different, often experiencing feelings of not quite belonging in the present and of being gently tugged by the past, of what exactly she wasn’t certain.

While in Italy the connection with the past heightens as she “meets” an exceedingly talented female artist from the past, Artemisia Gentileschi, with whom she forms a bond that feels has always existed.

When she is befriended by the Crociani family, she learns of their turbulent past and as well as their connection with Artemisia. Drawn to the painting of Matteo Crociani in their gallery, she begins to feel an unexpected bond with this long-dead ancestor.

A fascinating story of suspense, tragedy and enduring love that transcends time, Melissa Muldoon has successfully created a storyline that will capture your heart and imagination.

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Book review: The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
Category:  Adult Fiction, 399 pages
Genre:  Literary 
Publisher:  Lake Union
Release date:  September 2018
Format available for review:  print and ebook (gifted Kindle copy, PDF)
Will send print books to:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: June 3 to July 12, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (There are some non-explicit sex scenes)

Book Description:

An Amazon Charts, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller!

From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation.

​Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

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Sejal Badani

Meet the Author:

​A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time.

She is a USA Today, Washington Post & Amazon Charts bestselling author, Goodreads Fiction Award Finalist and ABC/DISNEY Writing Fellowship Finalist.

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REVIEW: A heartrending and inspiring account of acceptance and hope, the Storyteller’s Secret carries you from present-day New York City where we meet Jaya, a journalist who is struggling to come to terms with three recent miscarriages to the flower-scented gardens of India where we are introduced to Ravi, her grandmother’s long-time friend and servant. Jaya’s grandmother’s story comes to life as Ravi slowly recounts events from her childhood to marriage and later work as a schoolteacher.

The truth is, I really didn’t feel an immediate connection to Jaya. When the story travels back to Raj controlled India, she learns that her grandmother Amisha is an aspiring young writer who must balance her love of writing with the responsibilities and restrictions placed upon her as submissive Indian wife and mother.

The connections that Jaya makes as her grandmother’s story unfolds provide insight to her own mother’s childhood and why she never felt the connection that should have been there. She learns of the sacrifices the women in her family made for love and this has affected her deeply.

A story of enduring love, friendship, sacrifice and hope, the Storyteller’s Secret will haunt you long after you’ve finished reading it.

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Book review: Drone Strike: An Anthony Provati Thriller by Joe Giordano

Book Details:

Book Title:  Drone Strike: An Anthony Provati Thriller by Joe Giordano
Category:  Adult Fiction,  290 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher:  Rogue Phoenix Press
Release date:  April 15, 2019
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates: April 15 to 26, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (for some violent scenes, no sex, no f-words.)

Book Description:

Karim’s family is killed by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, collateral damage. The Islamic State in the Levant exploits his rage, recruiting him for a terrorist attack on the U.S., and only Anthony Provati can stop him. Drone Strike takes you on a fast-paced adventure across the Mediterranean, into Mexico, finally arriving in the States. Drone Strike explores the psychological realities that seduce Karim to commit an act of terror, includes a love story between Moslem Karim and Miriam, a Christian woman he defends in Turkey, and highlights the plight of Middle Eastern and Central American refugees.

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Joe Giordano

Meet the Author:

As a former International Executive Vice President of 3M, Joe Giordano’s experience included running a business in the Middle East out of Athens, Greece. Born in New York, he’s had first-hand experience with the cultures and most of the locations in Drone Strike.

Joe’s stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post and Shenandoah. His novels, Birds of Passage: An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story (2015) and Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Thriller (2017) were published by Harvard Square Editions. Read the first chapters and sign up for his blog at http://joe-giordano.com/

Joe was among one hundred Italian-American authors honored by Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio to march in the 2017 Manhattan, Columbus Day Parade. 

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest

BOOK REVIEW:

Drone Strike is an intense action-packed thriller. A chain of events begins with the deaths of Karim’s wife and two children in Iraq by an American drone. Lost, he is recruited by a terrorist organization to exact his (and their) vengeance on the infidel Americans.

The storyline winds itself through Iraq, Turkey, Greece, and Italy with its ultimate destination somewhere in America.

I have to admit, I had to skim through most of this book. I was unprepared for the nonstop violence. It almost felt as if it were a video game, as the story advanced to the next phase, there would be another round of (supremely evil) characters and more violence. This theme as well as abuse against women pretty much took up most of the story.

I was unable to develop any sort of feelings for any of the characters – they were one-dimensional and their behaviour inconsistent. I also had a hard time believing some of the relationships in this book. It just didn’t feel real.

That aside, if you are looking for a heart-stopping thriller, this is your type of read.

BOOK REVIEW SCHEDULE:

April 15 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
April 16 – Essentially Italian – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review / author interview / giveaway
April 18 – My Devotional Thoughts – review / giveaway
April 19 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway
April 22 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
April 23 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / giveaway
April 24 – Life as Leels – review / giveaway
April 25 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
April 26 – Readers Muse – review / guest post

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Book review: Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy by Barbara Casey

Book Details: Book Title:  Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy by Barbara Casey
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 184 pages
Genre:  True Crime / Historical / Biography
Publisher:  Strategic Media Books
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print, ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 27 to June 7, 2019
Content Rating: PG – Velvalee Dickinson is appropriate for all ages.

Book Description:

Velvalee Dickinson was born in Sacramento, California, graduated from Stanford University, married three times, and then in the early 1930s moved to New York City where she eventually opened her own exclusive doll shop on the prestigious Madison Avenue. It was there that she built her reputation as an expert in rare, antique, and foreign dolls. She traveled extensively around the country lecturing and exhibiting her dolls while building a wealthy clientele that included Hollywood stars, members of high society, politicians, and other collectors.

​When medical bills started to accumulate because of her husband’s poor health and business started to fail with the onset of World War II, she accepted the role as a spy for the Imperial Japanese Government. By hiding coded messages in her correspondence about dolls, she was able to pass on to her Japanese contacts critical military information about the US warships. After surveilling Velvalee for over a year, the FBI arrested her and charged her with espionage and violation of censorship laws. She became the first American woman to face the death penalty on charges of spying for a wartime enemy.

Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy is a carefully researched glimpse into the “Doll Woman’s” life as a collector of dolls, and as the highest paid American woman who spied for the Imperial Japanese Government during World War II.

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Barbara Casey

Meet the Author:  

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. Her nonfiction book, Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave, is under contract for a major film. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency.

Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2018 Barbara received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three pets who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Reese, a black cat; and Earl Gray, a gray cat and Reese’s best friend.

Connect with the author:  Website

REVIEW: Barbara Casey has provided a glimpse into the bizarre and complicated life of Velvalee Dickinson. It was fascinating to learn how a tiny, university-educated woman could prove to be such a threat to the American government and its citizens.

The book is purely biographical in nature and in chronological order. The author includes several pages of photographs that lend credibility and interest to what could have been a dry dissertation. However this was definitely not the case as I could not put the book down. One determines from the onset that Velvalee is a survivor. However, her moral compass was somewhat askew as she had no qualms about pinning blame onto innocent parties, including her dying and mentally impaired husband.

This well-researched, gripping account is easily read in a couple of hours.

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 27 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
May 28 – Readers Cozy Corner – review / giveaway
May 28 – My Devotional Thoughts – review / giveaway
May 29 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
May 30 – Literary Flits – review / giveaway
May 31 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway
June 3 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
June 3 – Ani’s Books – review / author interview / giveaway
June 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
June 4 – Books for Books – review
June 5 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / author interview / giveaway
June 6 – Readers’ Muse – review / guest post / giveaway
June 7 – Just Reviews – review

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Book spotlight: Burton Blake by Robert Tucker

Book Details:

Book Title:  Burton Blake by Robert Tucker
Category:  Adult Fiction, 518 pages
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing
Release date:  1/06/2019
Format available for review:  print, ebook (PDF, mobi and ePub)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 27 to June 28, 2019
Content Rating: G (Depictions of violence are minimal. No bad language, religious expletives, sex scenes, drug use or underage drinking.)

Book Description:  

In this sequel to the well-received The Revolutionist, the American journey of three generations locks the neophyte company president, Burton Blake, in a vicious struggle with corporate intrigue, financial greed, and social corruption. Born to a taxi dancer at the beginning of the Second World War, Burton’s father, Elias Blake, never knows his natural father, who is killed in the South Pacific. He is raised by his mother and stepfather from her second marriage who makes his fortune during the post war real estate boom of the 50’s. Their untimely death by his business partner leaves the boy Elias in the guardianship of his mother’s best friend and her marine vet husband who introduces him to the macho culture of guns and hunting.

Elias’s youth is influenced by the adult world’s drive for personal material gain. Over the next decades, he expands his parents’ original real estate empire into the diversified multi-divisional, multi-national corporation that he leaves to his son, Burton. Upon his forced return from traveling and working with oppressed third world people, Burton learns increasingly more about the true nature of his deceased father as he undertakes the challenges of leading the company in a new direction.

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The Revolutionist by Robert Tucker

​Book Details:

Book Title:  The Revolutionist by Robert Tucker
Category:  Adult Fiction, 649 pages
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing
Release date:  12/03/2017
Format available for review:  print, ebook (gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 27 to June 28, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (This book does not contain any gratuitous violence. Any depicted violence is relevant to the historical period, as are scenes of white slave prostitution, sexual and physical abuse, and one of an abortion mill. They are written with sensitivity as to time and place and with appropriate literary language.)

Book Description:

Two different families escape from the political tyranny of their respective homelands, the Josephsons from Sweden and Matias and Kurt Bauman, brothers from Germany and Austria Hungary, with the aid of a Viennese opera diva, Sophie Augusta Rose, and Jean Guenoc, a former Jesuit priest, family friend and protector and partisan of the French underground. Their journey brings them to America in the throes of the industrial revolution during the 1890s and early 1900s.

Ingrid and Olaf Josephson settle on a small wheat farm in North Central Minnesota to raise their children, Newt and Julie. Among the Jewish entrepreneurs forced to leave Germany and Austria-Hungary, Matias and Kurt Bauman re-establish their transportation company in Chicago, Illinois. In search of a secret list of insurgent social democrats, the bounty hunter assassin, Luther Baggot, tracks his victims to the American heartland. Following the murder of their mother and father, Newt, Julie, and their friends, Aaron and Beth Peet, hide from the killer in a Northern Minnesota logging camp. Believing the children have taken possession of the list, Luther tracks them down and they are forced to flee again, this time to Chicago where a different world opens up to them as they are thrust into the turmoil and violence of an urban society and economy careening into the new century.

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Robert Tucker

Meet the Author:  
Robert is published by Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing under a multi-book contract. The author of four previous earlier novels, Robert infuses his books with unique dynamic stories and characters that portray social and cultural conflicts of their time. His career encompasses many years as a business consultant that have given him access to a wide range of organizations and an appreciation for people in all areas of society. His life experience is reflected in the literary quality of his work. Born and raised in the Middle-West, he has traveled throughout the United States and abroad.

Now retired, he resides with his wife in Southern California where he devotes full-time to writing. Robert is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Masters Degree in Communications at the University of California, Los Angeles where he received the Samuel Goldwyn and Donald Davis Literary Awards.

An affinity for family and the astute observation of generational interaction pervade his novels. His works are literary and genre upmarket fiction that address the nature and importance of personal integrity.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 27 – Working Mommy Journal – review of The Revolutionist
May 28 – #www.redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 29 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / giveaway
May 29 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
May 30 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review pf The Revolutionist / guest post / giveaway
May 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of The Revolutionist / giveaway
June 3 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Burton Blake
June 4 – Jayne’s Books – review of The Revolutionist
June 5 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
June 5 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of The Revolutionist / giveaway
June 10 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review of The Revolutionist
June 11 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Burton Blake / giveaway
June 12 – My Devotional Thoughts – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Burton Blake / giveaway
June 14 – Jayne’s Books – review of Burton Blake
June 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
June 18 – Haddie’s Haven – review of The Revolutionist / giveaway
June 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 19 – Library of Clean Reads – review of The Revolutionist / giveaway
June 20 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review of Burton Blake
June 21 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of The Revolutionist / giveaway
June 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of ​Burton Blake / giveaway
June 26 – Library of Clean Reads – review of The Burton Blake/ giveaway
June 27 – Haddie’s Haven – review of The Burton Blake / giveaway
June 28 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Burton Blake / giveaway

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Book review: Song of Atlantis by Brian Power

Book Details:

Book Title:  Song of Atlantis by Brian Power
Category:  Adult Fiction, 322 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Brian J Power
Release date:  December 2014
Format available for review:  print
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 13 – 24, 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M (No explicit sex scene or excessive profanity)

Book Description:

A shocking discovery leads one scientist down a dangerous path in Brian Power’s compelling debut novel, Song of Atlantis.

When Amon Goro, master architect of Atlantis, discovers a way to harness the earth’s forces into an infinite source of clean energy, it seems destined to change civilization as we know it.

But 4,500 years later, Atlantis exploration team leader Palen Golendar is brutally captured by a Native American tribe in modern-day South Dakota—derailing any hope Atlantis held of utilizing its energy secrets.

Eight thousand years in the future, Native American anthropologist Gordon Tallbear and his team of highly skilled researchers stumble across a connection between the recent discovery of Golendar’s remains and an intricate cavern system deep in the mountains of Antarctica…a connection that finally reveals the Atlantean secret of perpetual energy.

While Tallbear and his team plan to recreate the energy source that will change the world, a wealthy group with deep ties to carbon-based fuel producers decides this newfound energy source must be destroyed—and they will stop at nothing to assassinate the researchers in order to bury what they know.

Can Tallbear’s newfound knowledge survive?

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Brian Power

Meet the Author:  

​Brian Power is an educator who has taught at both the high school and college levels. He earned a BS degree in English and Secondary Education, and an MA in International Relations. A retired corporate consultant and trainer, he is also a retired Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who served for 24 years on both active duty and in the reserves. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife. SONG OF ATLANTIS is his first book.

​For more information, please visit his Website.


BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 13 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
May 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review / author interview / giveaway
May 15 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
May 16 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway
May 17 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
May 20 – Books for Books – review
May 21 – A Fountain of Books – review / author interview / giveaway
May 22 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
May 23 – JBronder Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
May 24 – Readers Muse – review / guest post

REVIEW:

Song of Atlantis will blow your mind! The author has an incredible imagination and has done massive amounts of research to bring us an incredibly detailed, entertaining and fascinating account of what the Atlanteans may have been like.

The author was able to successfully integrate the past and present using alternating chapters – slowly leading us to the links that would complete the story.

I was fascinated by the discoveries in Antarctica – the author used detailed and imaginative word pictures that seemed so realistic.

I really did enjoy the characters in the book, although Joanna and Tallbear were a bit too perfect (yeah, yeah, I’ll have to write my own book) (see page 322) but this really didn’t detract from the sophisticated storyline. The evil guys were pretty scary (reader beware).

Very similar to a Clive Cussler novel, anyone who loves to read action and adventure will not be able to put this book down.

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Book spotlight: What We Do for Love by Anne Pfeffer

Book Details:

Book Title:  What We Do for Love by Anne Pfeffer
Category:  Adult Fiction, 227 pages
Genre:  Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Bold Print Press
Release date:  May 21, 2019
Format available for review:  print, ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: May 20 to June 14, 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M (My book has a few instances of the F-word and Sh— and one somewhat explicit sex scene)

Book Description:

“If Lorelai Gilmore of Gilmore Girls was dropped into a thriller, it might resemble this appealing novel.” –Kirkus Reviews

Thirty-eight year old Nicole Adams has given up on finding love. Instead, the single mother focuses on the things she cherishes most—her sixteen-year old son Justin, her friends, and her art. When she convinces a prominent Los Angeles museum to feature a piece of her work, a large-scale installation, she thinks her life has finally turned a corner. Then Justin brings a girl, Daniela, home to live with them. Daniela’s angry parents have thrown her out of the house, because she’s pregnant with Justin’s child.

​Shattered, Nicole takes Daniela in and, in so doing, is drawn into the inner circle of Daniela’s family—a frightening world of deceit and violence. Nicole struggles to keep life going as normal. Forced to deal with people she doesn’t trust or like, fearful for the future of both her son and the grandchild they’re expecting, Nicole wonders if she can do what she tells Justin to do: always have faith in yourself and do the right thing. ​

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Anne Pfeffer

Meet the Author:  

Award-winning novelist Anne Pfeffer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona reading prodigiously and riding horses. After working in Chicago and New York, she escaped back to the land of sunshine in Los Angeles.

​She has worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, representing abandoned children in adoption and guardianship proceedings. Anne has a daughter living in New York and is the author of four books in the YA/New Adult genres.

Connect with the author:  Website ~ Twitter


BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 20  – Rocksprings Crafts – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 20  – The Pen & Muse Book Reviews – book spotlight
May 21  – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 22  – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / giveaway
May 23  – A Fountain of Books – review / author interview
May 24  – Working Mommy Journal – review
​May 27  – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 28  – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
May 29  – Southern Today Gone Tomorrow – review
May 30  – FUONLYKNEW – review / giveaway
May 31  – NorthernMSW: Book Reviews and Advocacy – review / giveaway
May 31  – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
June 3   – eBook Addicts – review / giveaway
June 4   – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
June 4   – The Hufflepuff Nerdette – review / author interview / giveaway
June 5   – StoreyBook Reviews – review / giveaway
June 6   – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review / giveaway
June 7   – Books for Books – review
June 10 – A Wondrous Bookshelf – review
June 11 – Amy’s Booket List – review / guest post
June 12 – Peaceful Pastime – review
June 13 – Fur Everywhere – review / giveaway
June 14 – Adventurous Jessy – review / giveaway

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Book spotlight: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter

Book Details:

Book Title:  The High Court by Chris Ledbetter
Category:  YA Fiction, 290 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Month 9 Books
Release date:  October 16, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: April 1 to 30, 2019
Content Rating: PG (some profanity (damn, ass), no f-bombs, some kissing, no sex scenes, some violence, nothing gory or graphic)

Book Description:

High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.

As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.

In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.

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The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter
Category:  YA Fiction,  300 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:   Month 9 Books
Release date:  April 18, 2017
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copies)
Will send print books to: USA (only 8 available)

​Content Rating: PG + M (No f-wordsbut there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as “damn”, “hell” and “Oh God!”, some depictions of violence. No drug use or underage drinking. Some semi-mature themes – suggestion of sexual misconduct by certain characters, but not the actual performing of it.)

Book Description:

Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus’s quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.


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Chris Ledbetter

Meet the Author:

​Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawnearned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.

He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

April 1 – Working Mommy Journal – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 1 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
April 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 2 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 3 – A Fountain of Books – review of The Sky Throne / author interview
April 3 – Bound 4 Escape – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 4 – A Fountain of Books – review of The High Court
April 4 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
April 5 – That Bookish Princess – review of The Sky Throne / guest post / giveaway
April 5 – A Madison Mom – review of The Sky Throne / giveaway
April 8 – The Autistic Gamer – review of The High Court
April 8 – Crossroad Reviews – review of The Sky Throne / giveaway
April 9 – Crossroad Reviews – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 9 – Truly Trendy – review of The Sky Throne
April 10 – That Bookish Princess – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 10 – Life as Leels – review of The High Court
April 11 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 11 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – review of The High Court
April 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
April 12 – A Madison Mom – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 15 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 15 – Adventures Thru Wonderland – review of The High Court / interview/ giveaway
April 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of The High Court / guest post / giveaway
April 16 – Truly Trendy – review of The High Court
April 17 – Bookworm for Kids – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 17 – Library of Clean Reads – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 18 – Christine’s Book Corner – book spotlight 
April 18 – Books for Books – review of The High Court
April 19 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 23 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 24 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views –  review of The High Court
April 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 25 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book spotlight / giveaway
April 26 – FUONLYKNEW – review of The Sky Throne / giveaway
April 29 – FUONLYKNEW – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 30 – Dab of Darkness Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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Book spotlight: Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky

Book Details:
Book Title:  Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 207 pages
Genre: Automobile Technology, Car enthusiasts
Publisher:  Apollo Publishers
Release date:  May 7, 2019
Tour dates: May 6 to 24, 2019
Content Rating:  PG (this book is accessible to everyone)

Book Description:

From the witty senior editor of Jalopnik, Gizmodo Media’s acclaimed website devoted to cars, technology, and more, comes a revealing, savvy, and humorous look at self-driving cars.

Self-driving cars sound fantastical and futuristic and yet they’ll soon be on every street in America. Whether it’s Tesla’s Autopilot, Google’s Waymo, Mercedes’s Distronic, or Uber’s 24,000 modified Volvos, companies across industries and throughout the world are developing autonomous cars. Even Apple, not to be outdone, is rumored to be creating its own technology too.

In Robot, Take the Wheel, Jason Torchinsky explores the state of the automotive industry. Through wit and wisdom, he explains why autonomous cars are being made and what the future of automated cars is. Torchinsky encourages us to consider autonomous cars as an entirely new machine, something beyond cars as we understand them today. He considers how we’ll get along with these robots that will take over our cars’ jobs, what they will look like, what sorts of jobs they may do, what we can expect of them, how they should act, ethically, how we can have fun with them, and how we can make sure there’s still a place for those of us who love to drive with manual or automatic transmission.

This unique and highly readable volume is brimming with industry insider information and destined to be a conversation starter. It’s a must-have for car lovers, technology geeks, and everyone who wants to know what’s on the road ahead.

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About the Author:

JASON TORCHINSKY is senior editor of Jalopnik, a website devoted to news and opinions about all things automotive. As a writer and artist, he is known for his articles, artworks, talks, and videos about cars, technology, and culture. He has raced cars, wrecked cars, and driven possibly one of the most dangerous cars ever made with the King of Cars on the Emmy-winning Jay Leno’s Garage. He lives in North Carolina.

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Book review: The Survivors by Kate Furnivall

Title: The Survivors by Kate Furnivall

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (Sept. 6 2018)

Pages: 400

Genre: historical fiction

Description

Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the lucky ones. They have survived and will do anything to find a way back home.

But when Klara recognises a man in the camp from her past, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins.

He knows exactly what she did during the war to save her daughter.

She knows his real identity.

What will be the price of silence? And will either make it out of the camp alive?

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Kate Furnivall

About the author:

Kate Furnivall had the shock proof of her life when she learned just over a decade ago that she was part Russian. Not a demure all-English rose after all then. It changed her life. Triggered those Russian genes into action. Inspired by her grandmother’s dramatic St Petersburg life-story at the time of the Soviet Revolution, Kate wrote her first historical novel, The Russian Concubine, which hit the New York Times Bestseller list and was sold in 25 countries.

It hooked Kate into the thrill of setting powerful emotional stories in dramatic far-off locations. She took to travelling with a vengeance – Russia, China, Malaya, Egypt, Bahamas, Italy, France. All became backdrops for her sweeping tales set in the first half of the 20th century when the world was in turmoil.

Research trips were riddled with wonderful adventures and weird discoveries that enrich her books. She delves into dark themes as well as intense love stories, and strips her characters to the bare bones in times of crisis to see what they are made of. Her books are full of tension, twists and thrills, atmosphere and romance.

Kate was raised in Wales, went to London Uni and worked in advertising in London. She now lives in blissful Devon with her husband, snuggled up close to Agatha Christie’s house for inspiration. She has two sons and a manky cat.

Kate has written ten historical novels, two of which have been shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year Award.

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Review

An intelligent and dramatic description of life in a displaced persons camp after WWII. Klara and Alicja Janowska are survivors of the horrors of war and find themselves living in Graufeld Displaced Persons Camp. Klara is fiercely protective of her young but fearless daughter Alicja. She has no protector, her pilot husband a casualty of the war.

Although life in the camp is already fraught with danger and privations, a man from Klara’s past enters the camp under an assumed identity, a man who poses a real threat to their safety. Unable to leave the camp, she goes on high alert to gather her friends closely around her to protect Alicja as she formulates a plan.

Despite the apparent hopelessness of their situation, a gentle Frenchman, Davide, who has also suffered privation through the loss of his family and his health, assumes the role of friend and protector. Having long lost the ability to trust, Klara is drawn to him. Could her plan put her newfound friendship in jeopardy?

Impeccably written, this story wraps itself around you as you follow Klara from her past to her present. You don’t want to let them go.