Thursday, 23 February 2017

Incendium - A.D.Swanston

Summer, 1572 and England is vulnerable. Fear of plague and insurrection taint the air, and heresy, fanaticism and religious unrest seethe beneath the surface of society. Rumour and mistrust lead to imprisonment, torture and sometimes murder. To the young lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron and employer, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the prospects for peace are grave - and as Leicester's chief intelligencer, he is charged with investigating both the rumours of rebellion at home and invasion from abroad.

But Radcliff's own life is far from orderly. His relationship with the widow Katherine Allingham is somewhat turbulent and the cut-throat world of court politics leaves no room for indiscretions. 
That the queen's own cousin, the Duke of Norfolk, is found guilty of treason, it is a sign of just how deep the dissent goes. Jesuit priests have been sent to England in order to foment revolt but the threat of a Catholic uprising comes not just from within. Across the channel, France is caught up in a frenzy of brutal religious persecution and England's other enemy of old, Spain, is making preparations to invade. England is a powder-keg, just waiting for a spark to ignite it - and then Christopher Radcliff hears word of a plot that could provide that spark. The word is 'incendium' - but what does it mean and who lies behind it? Suddenly Christopher Radcliff is caught up in a race against time... 

My thoughts:
I have said it before, but historical mysteries really fit me. They have to work so hard to find anything, in a good way.

In this one Radcliffe, a lawyer works for the Earl of Leicester. And there is a plot afoot. Does someone want to kill the queen? Who can be trusted? Tensions between Catholics and the rest are rising. France is making moves, Spain is making moves. And Radcliffe is meant to try to figure out what is going on, and then there is the word, Incendium. 

Who was behind it. Oh I could not guess hidden players. But I enjoyed reading about it and him finding out more. His hidden agents, the help he got from the woman he loved. It does take more than just one man looking through London so solve this mystery,

The book felt light too and I read it fast, I wanted to know what would happen. Well obviously I knew what would happen, but you know, what would happen to all who I had started to like too.

Conclusion:
A good mystery, a nice little thriller. Great historical setting too.

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 23rd 2017 by Bantam Press
Christopher Radcliff #1
Historical mystery
For review


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Carole's Wednesday Review: Daughter of a Thousand Years

Author: Amalia Carosella
Title: Daughter of a Thousand Years
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction, & Romance
Pages: ebook
Expected publication: February 21st 2017
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Given to me by the publisher/author for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Greenland, AD 1000


More than her fiery hair marks Freydís as the daughter of Erik the Red; her hot temper and fierce pride are as formidable as her Viking father’s. And so, too, is her devotion to the great god Thor, which puts her at odds with those in power—including her own brother, the zealous Leif Eriksson. Determined to forge her own path, she defies her family’s fury and clings to her dream of sailing away to live on her own terms, with or without the support of her husband.



New Hampshire, 2016



Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. But in a small town steeped in traditional values, her cultural beliefs could jeopardize both her academic career and her congressman father’s reelection. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon.



In a dramatic, sweeping dual narrative that spans a millennium, two women struggle against communities determined to silence them, but neither Freydís nor Emma intends to give up without a fight.




Holy drama! This was steeped in drama. Also, this also showed how times have not changed from 1000 AD to today. Religion is a huge issue that society is still dealing with. Which it really shouldn't an issue in my opinion. 



The story follows Emma is a modern girl who was raised Catholic, but it has never felt right. Things happen and her secret of being a "pagan"/"heathen" because she worships Thor and the other Norse gods is brought out to light at the worse time. She has to deal if she wants to continue living a lie or not. At the same time, in 1000 AD Freydis is hanging onto the old ways while Christianity is spreading like wildfire throughout her world. 



Honestly? I really liked Emma's story better. Strange, right!? But yes, modern Emma and her modern issues. I felt so bad for her because her ex was a jerk, her family is super Catholic, the whole community is super Catholic, she has to deal with a bitchy student, and trying to balance what she wants and what would be easy. Poor Emma. But yes, I really liked her and her story. 



Freydis was annoying. I get her issues too, but she was overly hot-headed for my liking. There times it was not really necessary. BUT it was really not her fault...her dad was bad too, plus everything is changing and she felt betrayed. Still...there were some times and situations that did not warrant her to explode. Okay...I did like her love story better than Emma's. I just might be biased because Freydis' lover is a hot Viking while Emma's lover is a PR guy....so yeah Freydis' lover is way better. ;D 



All-in-all, I really liked this book. I could hardly put it down. The two stories were really different, but very similar and it has the same morals. The two stories mixed well together. The writing was done well and I was sucked into both stories. I finished the book in a couple of sittings. 



In the end, I highly recommend this. This shall be stamped with 5 stars.






Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Author Interview and Giveaway: Kari Lynn Dell


Today's interview is with Kari Lynn Dell. And you can win her new book at the end :)

Welcome!

1. Tell me about yourself. 

I am really good at falling down. This might seem like an odd life skill to brag about, but living on a northern Montana ranch littered with gopher holes and rocks and frozen cow turds, it saves my butt almost every day. Literally. 

And this time of year, in addition to all of the usual hazards, there is ice. 

We live in a zone along the east slope of the Rocky Mountains known as chinook country. A chinook is a mass of warm air that rolls in on the heels of bitter cold, sending temperatures shooting up twenty, forty or even sixty degrees, from minus twenty to the mid-forties within a few hours. Chinooks are wonderful. The air turns balmy, our smiles turn sunny, and snow begins to melt, sending water running in streams and sheets around our yard and barns. 

And then it freezes. Instead of trudging through knee deep snow, we’re now skidding and slipping on solid ice, which is often conveniently disguised by the inch or two of new snow that has fallen since the last chinook. Every step is adventure. Will I slip, trip or have one foot suddenly drop out from under me into a hidden hole? Or a combination of all three?

Thanks to long and frequent practice, I’ve learned to fall with…well, maybe not style, but enough resignation to just go limp and crumple, as opposed to stiffening up and being body-slammed. And luckily, everywhere I go I have my first aid squad on hand to administer an immediate resuscitative face-licking. (photo)

2. Tell us about this book:

Tangled in Texas is a comeback story in every sense of the word. Delon is fighting to make a physical comeback from a potentially career-ending injury. Tori is struggling through the emotional comeback after her husband’s sudden death. She fled the Texas Panhandle for Wyoming and obscurity, but circumstances have forced her to come back and once again face the harsh scrutiny and crushing expectations of being a Patterson, the richest family in the Panhandle. With his rodeo career in jeopardy, Delon has come back to the family trucking business to try to find his place there, beside his bitter, estranged brother. Tori is the one physical therapist who might be able to help Delon make his rodeo comeback—six years after the disastrous end of their scorching affair. Can their love make a comeback too? Or do two such damaged halves have too little trust left to make a whole?

3. What was the inspiration behind this book? 

It all started with George Strait’s I Can Still Make Cheyenne playing on the pickup radio while we were driving to a rodeo. If you’re not familiar, it’s about a cowboy who has been dropping in and out of the woman’s life, not even bothering to call her between pitstops as he traveled the country pursuing his rodeo dream. With nothing but the monotony of the Eastern Washington plains to distract me, I began to wonder—what kind of man would treat a woman that way, and what kind of woman would let him? And what would happen if, several years older and wiser, they meet up again after life has knocked them around some? Thus, Delon and Tori were born.

4. Tell us 3 things about Delon? :)

Of all the characters I’ve written, Delon is more me than any other. He grew up in a family that is very stoic and lousy at showing their feelings (it’s not a coincidence that I’m not a hugger), but will always have your back. By most measures he’s had a successful rodeo career, but he’s never been that dominate force we all secretly dream of being, even while we pretend to be all about consistency. And I gave him my taste in music. I start every week with Metallica Monday from a hard rock station out of southern Canada, but I love Texas indie country music too. And of course, George Strait. 

Oh, yeah. I also have a shiny new blood red Dodge Charger parked out in front of the house. I blame it entirely on Delon. 


5. What are you working on now? 

I just finished the copyedits for the third book in the series, Tougher in Texas, which stars Shawnee Pickett and Cole Jacobs and comes out August 1, 2017. And I am engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the fourth book in the Texas Rodeo series (due spring 2018), currently known as This Damn Book, which at some point is the working title for everything I write. This one stars Wyatt, the best friend of the hero of the first book, Reckless in Texas, and Melanie, the lifetime BFF of the heroine of the same book, which makes things complicated right off the bat. As one character points out, “You two hooking up would be like dating your best friend’s sister.” 

Toss in the intense physical attraction they’ve made a pact to ignore because—inconvenient friendships aside—in every other way they just flat-out rub each other wrong; Melanie’s trouble-making brother; Wyatt’s rundown whorehouse turned bar; and give them a good stir when Wyatt, ever the savior, offers Melanie a job in Oregon after she loses her legendary temper and causes a scandal so big she has to get the heck out of Texas. 

Then wait for the explosion.

Thank you!


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Title: Tangled in Texas
Series: Texas Rodeo, #2
Author: Kari Lynn Dell
Pub Date: February 7, 2017
ISBN: 9781492631972

It took 32 seconds to end his career.
But it only took 1 to change his life.

Thirty-two seconds. That’s how long it took for Delon Sanchez’s life to end. One minute he was the best bronc rider in the Panhandle and the next he was nothing. Knee shattered, future in question, all he can do is pull together the pieces…and wonder what cruel trick of fate has thrown him into the path of his ex, the oh-so-perfect Tori Patterson.
  
Tori’s come home after her husband’s death, intent on escaping the public eye. It’s just her luck that Delon limps into her physical therapy office, desperate for help. All hard-packed muscle and dark-eyed temptation, he’s never been anything but a bad idea. And yet, seeing him again, Tori can’t remember what made her choose foolish pride over love…or why, with this second, final chance to right old wrongs, the smartest choice would be to run from this gorgeous rodeo boy as fast as her boots can take her.

Kari Lynn Dell is a ranch-raised Montana cowgirl who attended her first rodeo at two weeks old and has existed in a state of horse-induced poverty ever since. She lives on the Blackfeet Reservation in her parents' bunkhouse along with her husband, her son, and Max the Cowdog, with a tipi on her lawn, Glacier National Park on her doorstep and Canada within spitting distance. Her debut novel, The Long Ride Home, was published in 2015. She also writes a ranch and rodeo humor column for several regional newspapers and a national agricultural publication.



Monday, 20 February 2017

A perilous undertaking - Deanna Raybourn

"London, 1887." Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman s noose in a week s time if Veronica cannot find the real killer.

But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia s life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime. From a Bohemian artists colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed...." 

My thoughts:
We learned some truths about Veronica in book 1, and by that I mean who her father is. *wink wink* In this one she meets another family member. I do like how she does not let it mess with her work. She is a strong independent woman. Also, she does have the right to be pissed at them, but she really is not. She is above it. But sure, it lingers.

A mystery set in a historical setting is always awesome. It just works for me you know. It's the atmosphere and the fact that it's harder to solve the case. It takes more legwork too.

Anyway, I need to get back on point. An artist is accused of killing his muse, so someone asks Veronica to solve the case.

Oh and she and Stoker need to get it on! Soon! But I like him, he is rather prudish at times. His family is something else too. But they are such a good pair, great chemistry.

Conclusion:
It was a nice mystery, I kept thinking I knew who did it, but like always I just suspected everyone so that is kind of cheating ;)

Cover
Eh

Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Titan Books Ltd
Veronica Speedwell #2
Historical mystery
For review


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