Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

September 22nd, 2014

goddessI’m pleased to be kicking of the Historical Fiction Virtual Book tour of Kari Edgren’s novel Goddess Born because I loved it! Just the mention of Goddesses, witchcraft, healers, the paranormal or mythology and I’m all in but Goddess Born is even more than that. It offers up a sweet historical romance, fantastic characters and a wonderful storyline!

The year is 1730 in the Quaker community of Hopewell, Pennsylvania where Selah Kilbrid has been living with her father. Selah is no normal woman though since she is the direct descendant of the Celtic goddess Brigid. Selah lives in constant fear of being discovered for she has the power to heal. This knowledge in the wrong hands could be very dangerous as this kind of power would have people suspecting Selah of witchcraft so she has always been careful to keep her abilities hidden.

However Nathan, a prominent minister, is set on destroying Selah and exposing her as a witch because she has refused his marriage proposal. The only thing that can save her is her betrothal to her cousin Samuel but that hope is crushed when she learns he has died. This leaves Selah in a very dangerous position both as a woman and a half mortal. What can she do though? Marry the awful Nathan? The very thought disgusts her not to mention she would have to give up who she is to do it.

Instead Selah devises a brilliant plan to find an imposter to pose as Samuel. She finds one – an indentured servant – the perfect man to pretend to be her husband. Once the town is convinced they are husband and wife and her birthright is safe then he can disappear and go on with his life and she with hers. Henry, really having no better choices, goes along with Selah. The two bounce between hating each other and seeming to like each other. Could there be more between them? Could Henry ever accept who Selah truly is? Then again maybe Henry has some secrets of his own…

I loved Selah for the strong, outspoken woman that she was and Henry is a great character as well. Another thing that was really nice for a change is that the novel is clean of bad language or sexual content and I found it so refreshing! The only thing I wanted more of was Selah’s abilities and the Otherworld that she would escape to and I’m hoping to get that in the two novels to follow this one – one in November 2014 and one in June 2015. I can’t wait to visit with Selah and Henry again!

If you’re a fan of mythology and historical romances then you should really pick up a copy of Goddess Born. Highly recommended!

 

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Source: Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions are that of the blog owner.

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Powder Monkey by Donna McDine & Giveaway (US-Print, Int’l-eBook)

September 19th, 2014

Powder-MonkeyPowder Monkey is the second book by Donna McDine that has taken me on a journey to the past.  This 23 page book for young readers packs an emotional punch that holds you in its grip from the first word to the last and the beautiful illustrations by K.C. Snider really bring the story to life.

Twelve-year-old Tommy Kitt and his older brother are forcibly taken from their parents and the only life they’ve ever known by the Royal Navy Press Gangs and forced into hard labour on a ship at sea.  Tommy is understandably overwhelmed and scared and that feeling is only reinforced by the often harsh treatment of the young boys.  Tommy learns quickly though that the best way to stay out of trouble is to do your work without complaint.  For Tommy his days consist of cleaning toilets and the mangers below deck where he most likes to be as it is peaceful.  However they also have to train for battle and finally that day comes and Tommy follows his role as a powder monkey running back and forth to bring gun powder to the sailors.  Most certainly this isn’t the life Tommy wants but he’s determined to stay alive and do that he knows he has to follow the rules.

Powder Monkey may be short but it tells such a poignant story in those few pages.  I felt Tommy’s fear and hopelessness and also his hope at a better future down the line.  The book is recommended for 8-12 year old kids but I think I’d put it towards the 12 year age range only because it is more of a dark tale and maybe a harder read for the younger ones.  Yet at the same time it’s important for young children to learn about history and how much different life was for some kids in times past.  For me it was enlightening as I’d never heard of the Royal Navy Press Gangs or the term powder monkey so I was able to learn something that led me to wanting to know more.

Once again Donna McDine highlights a time in history with the Royal Navy Press Gangs and how children were affected by it.  A recommended read for parents and children that could lead to some really important discussions and life lessons.

 

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Source: Digital review copy provided by the publisher.  No compensation was received.  All thoughts and opinions are that of the blog owner.

 

 

The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine & Giveaway (US-Print, Int’l-eBook)

September 17th, 2014

goldenThe Golden Pathway by Donna McDine is a beautiful little children’s book with a very important message of compassion, caring, and bravery. The story takes us back in time when slavery existed and introduces us to one very courageous young boy. As the story unfolds there are lovely full page color illustrations by K.C. Snider that help tell the story as well and I must say I was captivated by them as I’m sure children will be too.

David lives with his Pa and Ma on their homestead and tries very hard each day not to anger his father who seldom has a kind word for him. Worse still are the screams that come from the barn when David’s father beats their teenage slave Jenkins. Later when David should be asleep in bed he sneaks out to the barn to clean the wounds that his father has inflicted on Jenkins. David hates the unfairness of it all and can’t understand this horrible treatment. So despite his abusive father and the danger to himself David not only befriends Jenkins but also helps him escape his circumstances by leading him to safety.

This book is a wonderful teaching tool introducing children to the horrors of slavery. A parent and child can read this together and then discuss the various topics that arise throughout this book that will lead them to a better understanding of a time long past and the Underground Railway that led many to freedom. I really enjoyed the book, for despite the sobering topic there is also the hope and inspiration that comes through on every page because of the courage of this one little boy.  Highly recommended!

 

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Source: Digital review copy provided by the publisher.  No compensation received.  All thoughts and opinions that of the blog owner.

The Captive Queen by Danny Saunders – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada&more)

September 9th, 2014

Please join me today as I spotlight and give away a copy of Danny Saunders book The Captive Queen which is touring with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.  Enjoy…

 

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Publication Date: April 24, 2014
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

Political schemes, religious partisanship and unbridled love shake the Royal Court of Scotland at the end of the Stuart dynasty.

Witness to sordid murders, spy for Her Majesty among the Protestants of the infamous preacher John Knox, forced to give up her one true love, thrown out onto the streets then ruthlessly attacked by a drunkard, Charlotte Gray will do everything in her power to remain the sovereign’s lady-in-waiting.

As for the Queen of Scots, she faces turmoil of a completely different kind: prisoner in a castle under the command of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mary Stuart learns that she is the victim of a vast conspiracy and that her English counterpart has ordered her imminent execution.

Despite their hardships, Mary and Charlotte will keep their dignity throughout the storm. The two women will finally find serenity, one in the arms of a man and the other in the arms of God.

Interwoven with historical facts of the era, the thrilling The Captive Queen saga is worthy of the greatest royal intrigues that still fascinate us several centuries later.

 

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About the Author

dannyDanny Saunders is a true European history enthusiast. He has always been keenly interested in royalty. Danny holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and also pursued communication studies at the university level. He has worked as a journalist for various written and electronic media. Of Scottish descent, Danny takes genuine pride in his British roots. The Captive Queen: A Novel of Mary Stuart is his first historical novel.

To find out more about the author Danny Saunders, you can visit his website at www.dannysaunders.com. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

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