Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Pumpkins In Paradise



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PUMPKINS-IN-PARADISE-by-Kathi-DaleyPumpkins in Paradise by Kathi Daley

Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 1) Paperback: 268 pages Publisher: Henery Press; Second edition (September 6, 2016) ISBN-13: 978-1635110890 E-Book ASIN: B01GQPYU8U


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Synopsis

Between volunteering for the annual pumpkin festival and coaching her girls to the state soccer finals, high school teacher Tj Jensen finds her good friend Zachary Collins dead in his favorite chair. When the handsome new deputy closes the case without so much as a “why” or “how,” Tj turns her attention from chili cook-offs and pumpkin carving to complex puzzles, prophetic riddles, and a decades-old secret she seems destined to unravel.
Henery Press is releasing the 1st 6 books in this series on September 6, 2016

Snowmen in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 2) Winter Carnival comes to Serenity, and with it Tj finds her schedule busier than ever. Not only is her ski and snowboard team heavily involved in demonstrations and local competitions, but her ragtag choir is about to debut in their first live performance. To make matters even more complicated, someone has killed Travis Davidson, a town favorite son, world-class snowboarder, and Olympic hopeful. Tj is determined not to get involved in the subsequent investigation until she learns the prime suspect is Chelsea Hanson, high-school boyfriend Hunter Hanson’s sister.
Although there’s no shortage of Sereninites with a grudge against the hometown hero, even Tj has to admit there’s good cause to suspect Chelsea of the murder. Balancing bridesmaid duties, Winter Carnival obligations, show choir duty, and after-hours investigation, Tj sets out to prove Chelsea innocent.



 Bikinis in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 3) When the Tropical Tan Corporation descends on Maggie's Hideaway, the lakeside resort where Tj Jensen lives, she must juggle a bikini contest, a BBQ cook-off, a missing model, and a dead chaperone while her father is out of town. Lead Deputy Dylan Caine is on vacation while his sister is visiting, leaving Assistant Deputy Roy Fisher in charge. When Roy asks Tj for her help they find there may be more going on than anyone realized. With Kyle and Jenna's help, they dig into the lives of those involved, only to find a mystery more complex than anything they could ever have






imagined.   Christmas in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 4) Christmas in Serenity is a magical time of year Tj has always looked forward to with happy anticipation. This year her holiday spirit is marred by the impending arrival of two new men in her life. When one of them ends up dead, Tj must juggle community plays, Christmas tree cuttings, sleigh rides, and holiday shopping with a complex murder investigation. As the facts begin to unravel, she realizes she may have to risk everything to save someone she loves.      








Puppies in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 5) When a friend of Tj’s is injured in a car accident during a blizzard, Tj takes responsibility for the litter of puppies left behind. Meanwhile, she works with Kyle, Jenna, and the gang to catch the person responsible for the death of a close family friend. When it turns out that the main suspects are also close to the Jensens, Tj must deal with one of the most difficult decisions she’s ever had to make.








        Halloween in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 6)
In the midst of the annual Halloween frenzy, Tj finds herself pulled into a series of events at the high school where she works. Not only must she help one of the girls on her team deal with a case of cyberbullying, but she must help a student who has recently suffered a personal tragedy. And as if Tj wasn't busy enough, in walks Samantha Colton, a reporter for Second Look, a television series that takes a look back at unsolved murders. This time the case is the death of a popular student after the homecoming dance ten years before. To make matters even worse—or maybe more convenient—the graduating class of the victim is in town for their ten-year reunion and all the suspects just happen to have converged on Serenity for the weekend. When Samantha turns up dead, Tj must track down someone who seems willing to kill again to keep their secret.
    • TREASURE IN PARADISE (#7) April 2017 *Just click on Covers to order from Amazon


Review:  First of all, let me say that Henery Press does the best book covers in the whole world. The cover for this book just screams cute.

It also puts me in mind of Halloween and fall, and guess what? Its that season again. Yay! And why is that? Because it has everything about fall in it all wrapped up with a mystery involving the death of one of TJ's  elderly friend Zachery.

There's more to this story than a simple whodunit too. TJ finds herself unraveling a mystery in Zachery's life as well. That mystery just might be what caused his death.

I adored TJ. She was really a sweet caring person, as you can see through her relationship with Zachary. I loved all the twists and turns that came about through her sleuthing to uncover what happened to her beloved friend.

There are so many surprises along the way too. I love the new town detective, Dylan. He is a wonderful character and actually pretty developed considering his part in this story isn't really a big one as yet.

The ending will leave you in tears, if you are one to get emotional over books. I don't mean the unearthing of the whodunit, but the closure of Zachary's life.

This is the first book in the TJ Jensen series. Its a quick read too, but a very enjoyable one. I'm definitely going to be continuing on with this series.

Rating: 5 flowers




KathiDaleyAbout the Author

Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series.
Come for the murder, stay for the romance.
Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she's not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.
Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with.

Visit Kathi Daley: Blog - http://kathidaleyblog.com Facebook at Kathi Daley Books, www.facebook.com/kathidaleybooks Kathi Daley Teen - www.facebook.com/kathidaleyteen Kathi Daley Books Group Page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/569578823146850/ Kathi Daley Books Birthday Club- get a book on your birthday - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1040638412628912/ Kathi Daley Recipe Exchange - https://www.facebook.com/groups/752806778126428/ Webpage - www.kathidaley.com Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7278377.Kathi_Daley Twitter at Kathi Daley@kathidaley - https://twitter.com/kathidaley Tumblr - http://kathidaleybooks.tumblr.com/ Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/kathidaley/


PURCHASE LINKS - Amazon Books in the Tj Jensen Mystery Series:
 • PUMPKINS IN PARADISE (#1)
SNOWMEN IN PARADISE (#2)
BIKINIS IN PARADISE (#3)
CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE (#4)
PUPPIES IN PARADISE (#5)
HALLOWEEN IN PARADISE (#6)
• TREASURE IN PARADISE (#7) April 2017
  Barnes and Noble Books in the Tj Jensen Mystery Series:
 • PUMPKINS IN PARADISE (#1)
 • SNOWMEN IN PARADISE (#2)
 • BIKINIS IN PARADISE (#3) link not up yet
• CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE (#4) link not up yet
PUPPIES IN PARADISE (#5)
 • HALLOWEEN IN PARADISE (#6)
 • TREASURE IN PARADISE (#7) April 2017

Historical Fiction Virtual Tours Book Review: Days Of Sun and Glory

02_Days of Sun and GloryDays of Sun and Glory (The King’s Greatest Enemy #2)


by Anna Belfrage
Publication Date: July 4, 2016
Matador
eBook & Paperback; 418 Pages

Series: The King's Greatest Enemy
Genre: Historical Fiction

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Adam de Guirande has barely survived the aftermath of Roger Mortimer’s rebellion in 1321. When Mortimer manages to escape the Tower and flee to France, anyone who has ever served Mortimer becomes a potential traitor – at least in the eyes of King Edward II and his royal chancellor, Hugh Despenser. Adam must conduct a careful balancing act to keep himself and his family alive. Fortunately, he has two formidable allies: Queen Isabella and his wife, Kit. England late in 1323 is a place afflicted by fear. Now that the king’s greatest traitor, Roger Mortimer, has managed to evade royal justice, the king and his beloved Despenser see dissidents and rebels everywhere – among Mortimer’s former men, but also in the queen, Isabella of France.

Their suspicions are not unfounded. Tired of being relegated to the background by the king’s grasping favourite, Isabella has decided it is time to act – to safeguard her own position, but also that of her son, Edward of Windsor. As Adam de Guirande has pledged himself to Prince Edward he is automatically drawn into the queen’s plans – whether he likes it or not.

Yet again, Kit and Adam are forced to take part in a complicated game of intrigue and politics. Yet again, they risk their lives – and that of those they hold dear – as the king and Mortimer face off. Once again, England is plunged into war – and this time it will not end until either Despenser or Mortimer is dead.

Days of Sun and Glory is the second in Anna Belfrage’s series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his lord, his king, and his wife.

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Review: Anna Belfrage is one of my favorite authors. This is the second book in the King's Greatest Enemies series.

Like all of Anna's books, give yourself some time to sit down with this one. She writes lengthy books and you really won't want to put it down once you get started.

Up until a few years ago I had never read about Edward, Isabella and Roger Mortimer. Since then, I think this is the 4th or 5th book that involves these historical figures. They are suddenly becoming my Henry VIII.

This was definitely an interesting period in history too, and Anna brings the history to life so well in her books. Its one of the reasons I devour them.

Anna's books are so well researched and well written that you really become immersed in the tales.

Rating: 5 flowers




03_Annna_Belfrage 2015 About the Author


Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a professional time-traveller. As such a profession does as yet not exists, she settled for second best and became a financial professional with two absorbing interests, namely history and writing. These days, Anna combines an exciting day-job with a large family and her writing endeavours.

When Anna fell in love with her future husband, she got Scotland as an extra, not because her husband is Scottish or has a predilection for kilts, but because his family fled Scotland due to religious persecution in the 17th century – and were related to the Stuarts. For a history buff like Anna, these little details made Future Husband all the more desirable, and sparked a permanent interest in the Scottish Covenanters, which is how Matthew Graham, protagonist of the acclaimed The Graham Saga, began to take shape.

Set in 17th century Scotland and Virginia/Maryland, the series tells the story of Matthew and Alex, two people who should never have met – not when she was born three hundred years after him. With this heady blend of romance, adventure, high drama and historical accuracy, Anna hopes to entertain and captivate, and is more than thrilled when readers tell her just how much they love her books and her characters.

Presently, Anna is hard at work with her next project, a series set in the 1320s featuring Adam de Guirande, his wife Kit, and their adventures and misfortunes in connection with Roger Mortimer’s rise to power. The King’s Greatest Enemy is a series where passion and drama play out against a complex political situation, where today’s traitor may be tomorrow’s hero, and the Wheel of Life never stops rolling.

The first installment in the Adam and Kit story, In the Shadow of the Storm, was published in 2015. The second book, Days of Sun and Glory, will be published in July 2016.

Other than on her website, www.annabelfrage.com, Anna can mostly be found on her blog, http://annabelfrage.wordpress.com – unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel. You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule


Monday, August 29
Kick Off at Passages to the Past
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, August 30
Review at Beth's Book Nook Blog
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Wednesday, August 31
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Spotlight at Queen of All She Reads

Thursday, September 1
Review at Lampshade Reader
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Friday, September 2
Review at Book Nerd

Monday, September 5
Review at Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, September 6
Guest Post at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Wednesday, September 7
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Guest Post at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, September 8
Interview at Books and Benches
Character Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, September 9
Review at A Holland Reads

Monday, September 12
Review at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, September 13
Review at Let Them Read Books
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Wednesday, September 14
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Thursday, September 15
Review at Seize the Words: Books in Review

Monday, September 19
Review at A Book Drunkard

Tuesday, September 20
Review at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, September 21
Review at It's a Mad Mad World

Friday, September 23
Review at The True Book Addict
Spotlight at The Reading Queen

Monday, September 26
Review at Diana's Book Reviews

Tuesday, September 27
Guest Post at Passages to the Past

Thursday, September 29
Review at Bookramblings

Giveaway


To win a copy of Days of Sun & Glory by Anna Belfrage, please enter via the Gleam form below.

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Great Escapes Book Tours Review: Cracked To Death





Cracked to Death (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (June 28, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1617737640
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Synopsis

When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer . . .
It’s the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb’s Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat–a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane . . .
Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah’s interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin’s lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through unchartered territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin’s death . . .
Review:  I read the second book in this series back in March and I really enjoyed it so I was really excited to read the next book in the series!

I wasn't disappointed either.

In this book, we get glass blowing and PIRATES!

ARRRRRR!

Though these aren't your Pirates of the Carribean pirates.

The pirate aspect comes from some relics that Martin Lane, a snorkler has found. When he turns up dead, Savannah knows she has to find out what happened to him. When his death is connected to one of her friends she has to take action.

I liked learning about Amanda in this story.  Having been and still am a caregiver for a parent, I empathized with her plight, especially when one parent is terribly ill. I also liked how Amanda and Martin's story tied together.

I also enjoyed learning about the cobalt blue bottles that Martin had found.

The story started off a little slow but once it got going it really moved quickly. I felt so bad for Amanda, even though there were so many red herrings that pointed to her.

It was pretty hard to figure out who the killer was. Even at the end I was surprised, because though I had thought of one character, there was another that I felt had more motive.

I loved the mystery and I love learning about glass blowing as I read. Crafty cozies, like this one make me wish I had some sort of talent.

This is a fabulous read and one of my favorite series right now!

Rating: 5 flowers




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter@CherylHollon.
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Great Escapes Book Tours Review: The Crepes Of Wrath





New Cozy Series
File Size: 6124 KB
Print Length: 257 pages
Publisher: Alibi (August 16, 2016)
ASIN: B01A4ATX58
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When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crĂªpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.
After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.
Review: I love it when I find a new cozy series from the start and that's what I did here. Yay! I also love cozies that involve restaurants or bakeries or just food in general so this was a great fit for me.

Marley is helping her cousin Jimmy at his Flip Side Pancake Restaurant while he recovers from pneumonia. But then Jimmy ends up murdered. That's when things start to get interesting.

I love Sarah's writing style and well this book has all my favorite aspects of a good cozy mystery down to a cat on the cover! Did I mention the cat's name is Flapjack? How cute is that?

The pacing is just right too. I was happy this was a shorter cozy, because first books end up getting bogged down in letting the reader get to know the cast of characters. That wasn't the case here. You really got to know the people of Wildwood Cove and there's even a possible love interest in it for Marley.

I was really surprised that it took awhile for Marley to make up her mind about staying at the Cove to take care of the restaurant, when it was clear early on that she liked that more than her regular job.

Wildwood Cove is the perfect setting too. Its a place that you wish you could visit while you are reading.

Sarah gives you a great bunch of possible suspects and even puts a little bit of a shade on Jimmy. It makes turning the pages a lot easier and the reading a lot more fun. When we finally learn whodunit, you will definitely be surprised. At least I was.

Oh and there are recipes at the end! Squee!

Rating: 5 flowers




About The Author

Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.
Twitter: @thewritefox
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TLC Book Tours Review: Inkspirations

About Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit: Coloring Designs to Nourish You with Love, Joy, Faith, Peace and More

Series: Inkspirations
Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: HCI (August 9, 2016)
Every Christian knows that putting the Fruit of the Spirit into practice takes a daily effort and commitment, and it takes a lifetime to master any one of them, let alone all nine. In this new coloring book for adults, Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit celebrates these powerful virtues that help to fortify us throughout life’s joys and challenges.
Each empowering verse alongside inspiring images reminds us of how acts of kindness, gentleness, or self-control can make a difference, not only in our own lives, but more importantly, in the lives of others. The more we focus and allow God to work in us, the more His spirit can shine through us.
Illustrator Lorrie Bennett is known for painting vintage Bibles. Dating back to the early 1900s, many of her Bibles have been discarded because they are so worn. Inspired by the thought that the Bibles provided spiritual guidance for generations of people, she decided to give them new life by using them as canvases for her unique artwork. This style is adapted to many of the coloring pages within Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit, so that the Word of God becomes a literal and figurative backdrop for your creations. Now you can color your day brighter, turning your art into meaningful and memorable keepsakes that show God’s Love and Grace.
Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit includes:
  •   More than 30 original works of art to uplift and inspire
  •   Empowering scriptures for individual or group reflection and meditation
  •   Special binding that allows for pages to lay flat for a better work surface
  •   Perforated edges make it easy to tear and share finished colored pieces
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About Lorrie Bennett

Lorrie Bennett is blessed to live her life as an artist, crafter, teacher, graphic designer, and best of all, a mother. She is passionate about the divine inspiration that is the source of her creativity, and the happiness and beauty that it can bring to others.

Learn more about Inkspirations

at www.inkspirations.com

Ask HCI about their private labeling program for an Inkspirations coloring book designed personally for your organization. Thank you for blogging about Inkspirations and liking, sharing, and pinning us on your Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Review: I've always wanted to get an adult coloring book. This one was my first. I went out and carefully found some colored pencils so I could get started on my projects.

This particular book has bible verses and inspirational sayings on each page. I don't consider myself religious by any means, but the fallen away Catholic in me felt good reading them, as I tried to chose which image to color first

The images on the pages range from the easy to color to the more challenging and intricate, so there's something for the beginner to the more accomplished artist on these pages.

Here's my work in progress.


Like the anal retentive person I am, I started with the first one in the book. It isn't an easy one either, which is why its taking me so long. (I think I may have to buy some more materials).

I think this may be my new hobby.  (And I really want the Cat Inkspiration book!!!)

Rating: 5 flowers


TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for Inkspirations:

Wednesday, August 10th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Thursday, August 11th: Just Commonly
Tuesday, August 16th: Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot
Wednesday, August 17th: Reviews from the Heart
Thursday, August 18th: The Book Chick
Friday, August 19th: Laura’s Reviews
Monday, August  22nd: The Magic All Around Us
Tuesday, August 23rd: Savvy Verse and Wit
Wednesday, August 24th: Susieqlaw’s Blog
Friday, August 26th: Stranded in Chaos
Monday, August 29th: 5 Minutes for Books
Monday, August 29th: Reading is My Superpower
Wednesday, August 31st: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, September 1st: Book Snob
Friday, September 2nd: Mrs. Mommy Booknerd
Tuesday, September 6th: The Written World
Thursday, September 8th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Saturday, September 10th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, September 12th: View from the Birdhouse
Friday, September 16th: A Bookworm’s World

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours: Time and Regret

Please join M.K. Tod as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours, from August 16-31. This is M.K. Tod's second tour with HFVBT. She toured previously for Lies Told in Silence in 2015.

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Time and Regret by M.K. Tod

Release Date: August 16, 2016
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 366 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past—and to long-buried family secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather’s puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man—and suddenly aware that someone is following her…

Through her grandfather’s vivid writing and Grace’s own travels, a picture emerges of a man very unlike the one who raised her: one who watched countless friends and loved ones die horrifically in battle; one who lived a life of regret. But her grandfather wasn’t the only one harboring secrets, and the more Grace learns about her family, the less she thinks she can trust them.

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Praise For Time and Regret

“With fluid prose and a keen eye for detail, M.K. Tod takes readers on a decades-spanning journey of wartime loss, family secrets, and, ultimately, redemption.” - Holly Smith, Managing Editor, Washington Independent Review of Books

"Spiced with mystery and a spark of romance, TIME AND REGRET is an immersive journey into one man’s brave but terrifying slog through the killing fields of France and Flanders during WWI. Tod’s prose brims with exquisite atmospheric detail, drawing the reader into an unforgettable story." - Juliet Grey: author of the acclaimed Marie Antoinette trilogy

"Time and Regret, equally captivating and suspenseful, presents well-drawn characters who strive to resolve past mysteries and overcome present obstacles. M.K. Tod is an impressively gifted storyteller who creates relatable conflicts and believable dangers. Highly recommended!" - Bestselling author Margaret Porter

“Hugely satisfying - impossible to put down.” - Elizabeth St. John author of The Lady of the Tower

“Time and Regret is something as rare as a treasure hunt with heart. Between the gritty trenches of World War I, the romantic allure of present-day France, and the cut-throat New York arts scene, M.K. Tod has spun a gripping family drama that delves deeply into the effects of war on the human soul and takes us on an intriguing journey of self-discovery. It is a book rich in hard-won wisdom and crucial historical insights, and Tod’s perceptive voice leads us unfaltering through some of the darkest chapters in human history to a very satisfying conclusion." - Anne Fortier author of The Lost Sisterhood

Review: This is the perfect book to read with The Munich Girl by Phylis Edgerly Ring. This one has its roots in WWI.  Anyone that knows me, knows that this is my absolute favorite time period in history.

This story is Martin's and Grace's. Martin's story is set during the Great War in France and told through entries in his diaries, that leave Grace clues to the mystery she is going to solve.

I don't always like stories that jump back and forth between time periods, but when you have characters that you are eager to learn more about you have a winner, and this book was definitely a winner.

Every time I read something about this time period I find myself putting on Byrne and Kelly's beautiful version of "No Man's Land" which deals with that time period.



If you like historical fiction that finds its roots in family history, you will love this book.

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author

03_M.K. TodTime and Regret is M.K. Tod’s third novel. She began writing in 2005 while living as an expat in Hong Kong. What started as an interest in her grandparents’ lives turned into a full-time occupation writing historical fiction. Her novel Unravelled was awarded Indie Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society. In addition to writing historical novels, she blogs about reading and writing historical fiction on www.awriterofhistory.com, reviews books for the Historical Novel Society and the Washington Independent Review of Books, and has conducted three highly respected reader surveys. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and is the mother of two adult children.

For more information visit M.K. Tod's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, August 16
Review at Diana's Book Reviews
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, August 17
Guest Post at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

Thursday, August 18
Review at Creating Herstory
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, August 19
Spotlight at What Is That Book About
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Monday, August 22
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review at Curling up by the Fire

Tuesday, August 23
Review at The Book Return

Wednesday, August 24
Spotlight at Broken Teepee

Thursday, August 25
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Friday, August 26
Review at A Bookaholic Swede
Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog (Author)

Sunday, August 28
Review at Carole's Ramblings

Monday, August 29
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Tuesday, August 30
Review at Bookramblings
Guest Post at The Gadoury Dreamer

Wednesday, August 31
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective

Giveaway

To enter to win a paperback copy of Time and Regret by M.K Tod please see the GLEAM form below. Two copies are up for grabs!

Rules

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– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: Watch Me


I am the Porn Prince.


WATCH ME
Ada Frost
Releasing Aug 29th, 2016


This is my world, my kingdom. I sit on the throne and control the empire I created.

My skill? Providing illicit pleasure to thousands. If there is a fantasy to fulfil, my company will provide it.

I am the Porn Prince.

The cold hearted producer at Stone Industries who creates the hottest porn in the business.

But every ruler has an Achilles heel, and mine is chaos.

Abigail Warner is chaos.

From the moment she entered my office my world was turned upside down. She is my passion, my fantasy and everything I never wanted in life. The chaotic infuriating mess of a woman is everything I hate and avoid.

So why can’t I stop watching her.

Why do I crave her?

One taste and I know she will destroy me.

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So a little bit about myself. I love to read, and create stories for others to enjoy. I've always been told I have a vivid imagination, I just lacked the confidence to pursue putting it onto the written page. But finally I embarked on making a single dream come true.

I love to read, and write. I only read romance, any in that genre really. But it has to have a beautiful happy ending, I know reality isn't like that, but I read to excape real life not re-live it. Reality is too broken and jaded without having to live through the trauma and angst in a book for it to end unhappily.

I live in Yorkshire, England with my family, and many pets. When I'm not writing I am a very busy mummy and wife. My family is my world, my purpose and I am proud to be a part of their lives.



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