Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle – Spotlight & Giveaway (US only)

Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  We are in the middle of a heat wave and the most enjoyable thing to do is simply sit inside with the air conditioning on full blast and read!  Today I’m spotlighting Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle, the last book in The Tudor Trilogy. I really enjoy Elizabeth Fremantle’s writing and of course I love historical fiction so I’m really looking forward to relaxing with this book.  In the meantime read on to learn more about the book and be sure to enter for your chance at winning a copy.

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About the Book

The daughter of the Queen’s nemesis, Penelope Devereux, arrives at court blithely unaware of its pitfalls and finds herself in love with one man, yet married off to another. Bestowed with beauty and charm she and her brother, The Earl of Essex, are drawn quickly into the aging Queen’s favour. But Penelope is saddled with a husband who loathes her and chooses to strike out, risking her reputation to seek satisfaction elsewhere. But life at the heart of the court is not only characterised by the highs and lows of romance, there are formidable factions at work who would like to see the Devereux family brought down. It seems The Earl of Essex can do no wrong in the eyes of the Queen but as his influence grows so his enemies gather and it is Penelope who must draw on all her political savvy to prevent the unthinkable from happening.

Told from the perspective of Penelope and her brother’s greatest enemy the politician Cecil, this story, wrought with love, hatred and envy, unfolds over two decades in which we see the last gasps of Elizabeth’s reign, and the deadly scramble for power in a dying dynasty.

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Praise for Watch the Lady

‘The research and historical detail are impeccable. Fans will enjoy this evocation of Elizabeth’s tumultuous court.’ The Times

‘Popular period drama at its backstabbing best.’ Sunday Sport

‘I was gripped by this tale of risky political and sexual shenanigans in the court of Elizabeth I’ Woman & Home

‘Watch the Lady is a glorious novel, rich in Tudor detail and splendour, chilled by Tudor cruelty and jealousy…An enormously exciting historical thriller.’ Kate Atherton, For Winter Nights

‘Amazingly thrilling.’ The Bookbag

‘Wonderfully addictive… atmospheric and exciting.’ Bookshelf Butterfly

‘Be transported to the court of Elizabeth I, where Penelope Devereux is prepared to do anything in the scramble for power. Watch The Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle combines fast-paced storytelling with rich period detail’ Good Housekeeping

About the Author

photo: Poppy Miyonga

photo: Poppy Miyonga

As a child I was the one in the corner with my nose in a book who wanted to be a writer, but with the onset of a turbulent adolescence I left school, under a cloud, aged fifteen with nothing more than a fistful of O Levels and a hapless sense that things would somehow work themselves out. Eventually, after working in various dodgy dives – I’ve served grey scrambled eggs to squaddies at 5.30am; I’ve served vintage champagne to raucous hoorays; I’ve pulled pints for all and sundry – I managed to find myself, much in the way Forrest Gump always landed on his feet, working as a dogsbody on a fashion magazine. Over a decade, I worked for titles such as Vogue, Elle and The Sunday Times and contributed to many others. Marriage took me to Paris, a stint at French Vogue and the birth of my two gorgeous children but divorce saw me back home in London where I have happily remained. Fuelled by frustration with a fashion world that does no favours to women, I decided to complete my truncated education as a mature student which led, in a long and roundabout way with many frustrating impasses, to my fulfilling that childhood dream to become a novelist.

Elizabeth has a first in English and an MA in creative writing from Birkbeck, University of London. She has contributed to various publications including The Sunday Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. She also reviews fiction for The Sunday Express.

Elizabeth has contributed to The Tudor Times, in their edition about Penelope Devereux.

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The Blessings by Elise Juska – Spotlight & Giveaway (5 copies – US/Canada)

It’s the middle of the week already folks!  A few more days and another weekend will be upon us.  I can’t believe how fast June is flying by. Too fast!  Today I’m spotlighting The Blessings by Elise Juska and this is one I’m anxious to fit into my summer reading schedule.  I love books that deal with family dynamics so I’m sure I’ll love this one.  In the meantime I’m going to tell you about the book, the author, and offer up 5 copies for giveaway so you can have a chance to add this novel to your summer reading!

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About the Book

Hailed by Stewart O’Nan as “deft and tender” and as one of the best books of 2014 by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Elise Juska’s THE BLESSINGS is an extraordinary novel about an ordinary family. The Blessings rally around one another in times of celebration and those of sorrow, coming together for departures and arrivals, while its members harbor private struggles and moments of personal joy. College student Abby ponders homesickness in her first semester away from her Philadelphia home, while her cousin Stephen commits a petty act of violence that takes a surprising turn, and their aunt Lauren faces a crisis in her storybook marriage she could never have foreseen. Through the lens of one unforgettable family, this beautifully moving novel explores how our families define us and how we shape them in return.

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Praise for The Blessings

“The Blessings are a family so real in all their sorrow, joy and complexity that they could be yours or mine. Juska’s portrait of this close-knit clan is bursting with wise observations about the nature of love and belonging. I enjoyed every page.” (J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times-bestselling author of The Engagements and Maine)

“In the tradition of Elizabeth Berg’s and Alice McDermott’s work, The Blessings is a knowing portrait of a sprawling Irish-American family in Philly across the last thirty years, in all their shared strength and separate weaknesses. Elise Juska is deft and tender, letting us get close to her characters in their most vulnerable moments. The ties that bind are never simple, and often painful, but as one daughter acknowledges, ‘these are the hidden intimacies, the private exchanges, on which she builds her life.'” (Stewart O’Nan, author of Songs for the Missing and Emily, Alone)

“Fans of writers like Anne Tyler, Alice McDermott and even Richard Yates will revel in Juska’s resplendent novel detailing two decades in the life of the Blessing clan.” (BookReporter.com )

“With a keen eye for detail and character, Juska shows us that, Tolstoy notwithstanding, a happy family can be happy in its own way and make for great storytelling… An exquisite portrait of a large family.” (Shelf Awareness)

“This heartfelt tribute to the ups and downs of a large, devoted family is warm, uplifting, and recommended for readers from families of all sizes.” (Booklist)

About the Author

Elise JuskaElise Juska’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ploughshares, Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Good Housekeeping, The Hudson Review, and many other publications. She is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction from Ploughshares and her work has been cited in The Best American Short Stories. She lives in Philadelphia, where she is the director of the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of the Arts.

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9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes by Patricia Morrisroe – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada)

Happy Monday to all.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  To start off the week I have a spotlight on a book called 9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes by Patricia Morrisroe.  This is on my reading list for the summer because it sounds like such an interesting and unique memoir.  I can’t wait to read it!  So check out what the book is about, a little about the author, and of course make sure to enter for your chance to win a copy of 9 1/2 Narrow at the end of the post!

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About the Book

A funny, poignant coming-of-age memoir told through the shoes that she wore.

From baby booties to orthopedic brogues (and all the high and low heels in between) shoes mark important rites of passage, reminding us of both the good and bad times: the road not taken, the prince that got away, the missed opportunities, the traveling, the fun. Most of all, they bring to mind the people we’ve loved and sometimes lost along the way.

Combining tidbits of cultural history, Morrisroe chronicles her life as a bullied Catholic schoolgirl in “Moby Dick” brogues; a besotted college student in granny boots; an aspiring journalist in Annie Hall oxfords; a skeptical bride in her first Manolos; a reluctant fashionista in towering peep-toe pumps; and a concerned daughter, whose elderly mother hoped that her New Balance sneakers would help her regain her old balance. With wit and compassion, she introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters, from her grandfather, who treated the family to legendary foot rubs, to her husband, whose vast collection of vintage Puma sneakers threatened to overwhelm their apartment and derail their marriage.

Morrisroe’s “coming-of-age” is, at its heart, the story of a generation of women who’ve enjoyed a world of freedom and opportunity that was unthinkable to their mothers. Spanning five decades and countless footwear trends, 9 ½ Narrow is, like Love, Loss and What I Wore, about how we remember important events through a coat, or a dress, or in this case, a Beatle boot or Confirmation “wedgie.” With her charming sense of humor and irresistible voice, Morrisroe not only recounts her own story but also everywoman’s. Funny, candid and unexpectedly poignant, 9 ½ Narrow is about how we grow up, grow older, and finally grow into our own shoes.

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About the Author

PatriciaPatricia Morrisroe grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in English. After spending a year as a reporter and film critic at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, she received an M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU. As a contributing editor at New York magazine, she wrote over fifty features, many of them cover stories. Patricia’s work has also appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Departures, Travel & Leisure, and the London Sunday Times Magazine.

In 1988, the noted photographer Robert Mapplethorpe selected her to write his biography. A year later, several months after he died of AIDS, the Corcoran Gallery of Art cancelled the photographer’s “The Perfect Moment” exhibit. This spurred a heated nationwide debate about pornography as art and called into question the extent to which Congress and the NEA should be funding that art. When Mapplethorpe: A Biography was published in 1995, the art critic Arthur C. Danto, in The Nation, called it “utterly admirable… The clarity and honesty of Morrisroe’s portrait are worthy of its’ subject.” The Washington Post declared the book as “mesmerizing as Mapplethorpe’s stare in his self-portraits.”

In 2010, Patricia wrote Wide Awake: A Memoir of Insomnia, which blended science, culture and personal insight to tell the story of why she – and 40 million other Americans – can’t sleep at night. Janet Maslin in the New York Times praised her “deadpan funny” sense of humor, describing the book as a “fine firsthand look at insomniac eccentricities.”

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The Wrong Man by Kate White – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada)

What’s better to enjoy out on the beach or out in your backyard in your favorite lawn chair than a good thriller!  Today’s spotlight is about one such book and that is The Wrong Man by Kate White and it sounds so good.  Of course any book description that includes thriller and psychological suspense is one that will appeal to me in a heartbeat.  So sit back and learn more about the book and be sure to enter for your chance to win one of two copies up for giveaway!

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About The Wrong Man

She wanted to be more daring, but one small risk is about to cost her everything­—maybe even her life.

Bold and adventurous in her work as owner of one of Manhattan’s boutique interior design firms, Kit Finn couldn’t be tamer in her personal life. While on vacation in the Florida Keys, Kit resolves to do something risky for once. When she literally bumps into a charming stranger at her hotel, she decides to make good on her promise and act on her attraction.

But back in New York, when Kit arrives at his luxury apartment ready to pick up where they left off in the Keys, she doesn’t recognize the man standing on the other side of the door.

Was this a cruel joke or part of something truly sinister? Kit soon realizes that she’s been thrown into a treacherous plot, which is both deeper and deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Now the only way to protect herself, her business, and the people she loves is to find out the true identity of the man who has turned her life upside down.

Adrenaline-charged and filled with harrowing twists at every turn, The Wrong Man will keep readers riveted until the final page.

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Praise for The Wrong Man

“…An absorbing novel of suspense….Kit doesn’t know whom to trust or where to turn as the plot builds to an exciting, well-executed conclusion.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“There are those books that, once you begin reading them, you start to resent anything that takes you away from them before you have reached that last page. THE WRONG MAN is one such book…THE WRONG MAN is set in a world that readers can easily become a part of and take each unnerving step with Kit Finn in order to solve this life-threatening mystery. Just when you think you know what’s going on; Ms. White provides you with more eeriness…Whatever you do, don’t miss this sinister and enthralling treat for the investigator inside of you.” – Fresh Fiction

“This newest book by bestselling author Kate White is sure to become this summer’s prominent ‘beach read.’… A great novel that builds to a superb ending, Kate White has scored an A+ once again.” – Suspense Magazine

“THE WRONG MAN has plot swerve upon plot swerve, and builds tension with a palpable sense of danger. It really keeps the reader guessing, right up to the climactic finish” – The Big Thrill

“THE WRONG MAN by Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, will get your heart pumping…Get set for a roller coaster of a ride in this tantalizing summer read.” – Mom Trends

“White manages to successfully pull off writing another edge-of-your-seat thriller with her newest novel, THE WRONG MAN, which keeps the reader enthralled until the very last page. This mystery never fails to keep the action flowing, but even if it seems as if something stalls, White successfully manages to swoop back in with a new chapter and something else to bring the reader’s attention right back in. This book is impossible to put down until the surprising twist ending.” – Romantic Times Book Reviews

About the Author

kate-headshotKate White is the New York Times bestselling author of ten works of fiction—six Bailey Weggins mysteries and four suspense novels, including, Eyes on You, now in paperback, and her brand new novel, The Wrong Man. For fourteen years she was the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, and though she loved the job (and the Cosmo beauty closet!), she decided to leave in late 2013 to concentrate full time on being an author.

Her books have received starred reviews from a variety of publications and she has been covered everyplace from The Today Show to The New York Times. Her first Bailey Weggins mystery, If Looks Could Kill, was named as the premier Reading with Rippa selection and soon shot to number one on Amazon. She is published in 13 countries around the world.

Kate is also the editor of the Mystery Writers of America cookbook.

Like many mystery writers, Kate fell in love with the genre after reading her first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of Redgate Farm, and she still admires those cliffhanger endings that “Carolyn Keene” created.

She is married and the mother of two children, and once had her daughter stalk her through the woods so she could better describe the sounds of someone being followed.

Kate is also the author of several very popular career books, including I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve, and Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do.

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