Peyote Fire by Mary S. Black – Spotlight & Giveaway (US, UK, Canada, and Australia)

December 16th, 2014

Please join Mary S. Black on her HFVBT Blog Tour for Peyote Fire: Shaman of the Canyons, from November 3-December 18.



Publication Date: October 25, 2014
Writers Press
Formats: Ebook, Trade Paperback
Pages: 350

Genre: Historical Fiction


Deer Cloud is painting the stories of the gods when tragedy changes his life. He is called to walk the shaman path and bring the buffalo through his visionary power. The evil Stone Face will do anything to thwart Deer Cloud’s growing strength. Jumping Rabbit, a lusty female shaman, decides to mentor him and ends up taking him to bed. She introduces him to a powerful spirit plant to counter the effects of the dangerous wolf flower. When buffalo are spotted, Stone Face challenges Deer Cloud to call the beasts with his new power. With Jumping Rabbit’s help, Deer Cloud changes Rain Bringer society forever.

This book brings to life people who lived over 4,000 years ago in the southwest Texas canyonlands known as the Lower Pecos, near the confluence of the Devils and Pecos rivers with the Rio Grande. These ancient people painted over 300 currently known rock art murals, some of which can be viewed today. Archaeologists have also found evidence of a huge bison jump in a small canyon in that region that points to a catastrophic event in the lives of these people so long ago. This book is based on extensive research and is the first novel to examine these events.


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About the Author

peyote1Mary S. Black fell in love with the Lower Pecos more than twenty years ago. Since then she has studied the archaeology and related ethnography of the area with numerous scholars. She has an Ed.D. from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology and lives in Austin with her husband, an archaeologist, and two cats.

For more information please visit Mary’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads.




GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US, UK, Canada, and Australia residents only

1 paperback copy up for grabs!

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Draw Date December 30/14


Giveaway Rules (as per tour company rules)

– Giveaway is open to persons 18 years of age or older
– Giveaway is open to residents of the US, UK, Canada, or Australia
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.



Source: Giveaway copy provided by the tour company.  No compensation received.

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The Kizuna Coast by Sujata Massey – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada)

December 15th, 2014

Happy Monday everyone!  Releasing today is Sujata Massey’s newest novel The Kizuna Coast and I’m here to tell you a bit about it and the author.  I look forward to reading this myself as I read The Sleeping Dictionary by Sujata last year and absolutely loved it.  It was one of my favorite books last year.  The Kizuna Coast is part of the Rei Shimura Mysteries collection and while this is the eleventh book they can all be read on their own.  Be sure to pop by the end of the post as well because Sujata has been kind enough to offer up 3 copies of her newest book to be given away!



When a devastating earthquake rocks Japan’s northeast cost, a tsunami follows and Rei Shimura is swept into her most rugged adventure yet.

The mystery begins with an SOS from Rei’s friend, the antiques dealer Mr. Ishida, trapped among thousands of displaced and dead on the Tohoku coast. Rei rushes to Tokyo, where she discovers Ishida Antiques may have been burglarized.

Rei takes Mr. Ishida’s abandoned dog, Hachiko, on a volunteer bus to the ravaged town of Sugihama. But Mr. Ishida’s got more work for her, since he lost contact with his antiques apprentice Mayumi and is frantic with worry. He won’t leave Sugihama without knowing the fate of the troubled 19-year-old girl from a famous lacquer-making family.

Calling on disaster survivors and volunteers–and her knowledge of Japanese manners and history–Rei investigates the suspicious disappearance. From Sugihama’s muddy shops and shelters, to the buzzing bars and bathhouses of Tokyo, it’s a suspenseful journey. But as Rei draws closer to the truth, she realizes that she’s being stalked. Who is following her–and can she survive the wave of danger she never saw coming?

THE KIZUNA COAST is the latest novel in a sexy, smart and humorous mystery series that has won the Agatha and Macavity international mystery awards and been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark prizes. It’s bound to intrigue new readers and satisfy longtime Sujata Massey fans. (Description taken from Amazon)


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Praise for The Rei Shimura Mysteries (from Amazon)

“An appealing protagonist and memorable supporting characters blend smoothly with lessons in Hawaiian and Japanese history in a tale sure to win new readers for the series.”

“Massey builds the bridge between mystery fiction and mainstream women’s fiction . . . A lively, intuitive view of contrasting societies and a young woman trying to find her place in the world.”

“A gifted storyteller who delivers strong characters, a tight plot and an inside view of Japan and its culture.”

“A totally captivating experience. A unique plot, exceptional protagonist, and some subtle cultural lessons are as beautifully arranged as a vase of cherry blossoms.”

“Sly, sexy and deftly done. THE SALARYMAN’S WIFE is one to bring home.”
–PEOPLE Page Turner of the Week


About the Author

sujataSujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany and grew up mostly in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a BA in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and started her working life as a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun. After leaving the newspaper, she moved to Japan, where she studied Japanese, taught English and began writing her first novel, The Salaryman’s Wife. This novel became the first of many in the Rei Shimura mystery series, which has won Agatha and Macavity awards and been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark awards. Her August 2013 release, The Sleeping Dictionary, is a trade paperback with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery line, and also an audiobook published by Dreamscape. It’s the first in a series of historical suspense novels featuring Bengali women who each play a role in making modern India.

Sujata’s books have been published in more than 18 countries, and if she could redo her youth, she would have double-majored in history and a foreign language and spent a gap year (or two) abroad. Currently, she’s based near Washington, D.C.


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3 copies of The Kizuna Coast up for giveaway!

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Draw Date December 30/14

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Source: Giveaway copies provided by the author.  No compensation was received.

The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal – Paperback Release & Giveaway (US/Canada)

December 2nd, 2014

Today’s post is to highlight the paperback release of The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal which is happening today!  Take a look at what the book is about and then be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of the two copies up for giveaway!



A single day in Amsterdam, 1632. The Surgeons’ Guild has commissioned a young artist named Rembrandt to paint Dr. Nicolaes Tulp as he performs a medical dissection. In the swirl of anticipation and intrigue surrounding the event, we meet an extraordinary constellation of men and women whose lives hinge, in some way, on Dr. Tulp’s anatomy lesson. There is Aris the Kid, the condemned coat thief whose body is to be used for the dissection; Flora, his pregnant lover; Jan Fetchet, the curio dealer who acquires corpses for the doctor’s work; the great René Descartes, who will attend the dissection in his quest to understand where the human soul resides; and the Dutch master himself, who feels a shade uneasy about this assignment.

As the story builds to its dramatic conclusion, circumstances conspire to produce a famous painting—and an immortal painter. Vividly rendered, masterfully written, The Anatomy Lesson is a story of mind and body, death and love—and redemptive power of art.

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Praise for The Anatomy Lesson

“Siegal succeeds in the task she has set herself—to transmute her material into a work of art.” —The New Yorker

“Nina Siegal’s lovely novel dissects the dissection, evocatively translating the painted narrative into words.” —Russell Shorto, author of Amsterdam

“Brilliantly structured. . . . Filled with vivid characters. . . . Dazzling.” —Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

“A thought-provoking and richly populated novel by a talented new voice.” —Shelf Awareness

“Virtually every sentence is drenched in the atmosphere of 17th-century Amsterdam. We feel as if we are walking at Rembrandt’s side, in a cell awaiting the execution of a thief, rushing through the streets with the condemned’s lover in hopes of saving him. This is a novel to be absorbed for its rich evocation of a single day when one man died and another rose to fame for his art.” —Historical Novel Society

“Splendid. . . . Through masterful use of subtle details, embroidered into beautiful writing, Siegal suggests that art and violence often intertwine.” —Publishers Weekly


About the Author

Nina Siegal received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her BA from Cornell. She is the author of two novels, A Little Trouble With the Facts and The Anatomy Lesson, and is the recipient of many fellowships, grants, and awards, including the Jack Leggett Fellowship from Iowa, a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. She has covered fine art and culture for The New York Times, Bloomberg News, the International Herald Tribune, W, Art in America, and many other publications.

Readers can find Nina on Twitter @ninamsterdam and Facebook at



2 copies up for giveaway!

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Draw Date December 20/14



Source: Giveaway copies provided by the publisher.  No compensation was received for this post.

HFVBT Presents Jodi Lew-Smith’s The Clever Mill Horse Blog Tour, November 12-December 3 & Giveaway (US only)

December 1st, 2014

Please join Jodi Lew-Smith as she tours the blogosphere for The Clever Mill Horse, from November 12-December 3.


Publication Date: August 15, 2014

Caspian Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 424

Genre: Historical Fiction




Winner of the 2014 James River Writers Indie Novel Contest.

A young woman’s gift could weave together the fabric of a nation…

1810, upstate New York. 21-year-old Ella Kenyon is happiest gliding through the thick woods around her small frontier town, knife in hand, her sharp eyes tracking game. A gift for engineering is in her blood, but she would gladly trade it for more time in the forest. If only her grandfather’s dying wish hadn’t trapped her into a fight she never wanted.

Six years ago, Ella’s grandfather made her vow to finish his life’s work: a flax-milling machine that has the potential to rescue her mother, brother, and sister from the brutality of life with her drunkard father. The copious linen it yields could save her struggling town, subjugate the growing grip of southern cotton. Or it could be Ella’s downfall. If she’s not quick enough, not clever enough to succeed, more than her own life rests in the balance…


Praise for The Clever Mill Horse

“Jodi Lew-Smith’s The Clever Mill Horse is that rarest of all contemporary novels: an authentically old-fashioned adventure story, in all the best senses. Full of drama, humor, plot surprises, and, best of all, memorable characters, The Clever Mill Horse had me hooked from page one. Best of all, there’s a sequel coming. I can’t wait.” – Howard Frank Mosher, author of Where the Rivers Flow North

“In this delightful debut novel set in the early 19th century, a young woman fights to patent her flax-milling machine. . .An assured, cleverly plotted piece of historical fiction with an irrepressible female protagonist.” – Kirkus Reviews

“. . .intricately plotted and exceedingly well paced. . . filled with danger, science, and suspense, the story rings true with historical and natural detail. . . a complete and finely polished first novel.” – Foreword Reviews


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About the Author

jodiJodi Lew-Smith lives on a farm in northern Vermont with her patient husband, three wonderfully impatient children, a bevy of pets and farm animals, and 250 exceedingly patient apple trees which, if they could talk, would suggest that she stop writing and start pruning. Luckily they’re pretty quiet.

With a doctorate in plant genetics, she also lives a double life as a vegetable breeder at High Mowing Seeds. She is grateful for the chance to do so many things in one lifetime, and only wishes she could do them all better. Maybe in the next life she’ll be able to make up her mind.

For more about Jodi and about the lives and world of the characters in the novel, visit her website or blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads.



1 paperback copy up for grabs

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Draw Date December 16/14




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Source: Giveaway copy provided by the tour company.  No compensation was received.

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