The Lover’s Path: An Illustrated Novella of Venice by Kris Waldherr & Giveaway (eBook-open Int’l)

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The Lover’s Path: An Illustrated Novella of Venice by Kris Waldherr is an absolutely gorgeous book both in story and in the  stunning art work depicted throughout its pages.  It is a beautifully written tale of forbidden love that is accompanied by amazing illustrations that are a treat for a reader’s eyse.  When I opened this book I fell into it and couldn’t put it down until I turned the last page and quite often found myself going back to look at the illustrations again or to read a particular passage that really struck a chord with me.

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The Lover’s Path takes us to 16th century Venice where we meet Filamena Ziani.  She lives with her older sister Tullia Ziani who is a very well known courtesan in Venice.  Filamena longs for a life where she has the freedom to do what she wants but after the death of their mother her sister has virtually kept her a prisoner in their palazzo.  Tullia believes that she is saving her sister from all the dangers of the real world.  Instead she has taught her to read, to compose music, and to sing exquisitely.  Yet Filamena longs for all of the things her sister wishes to shelter her from.

Then Filamena and Angelo happen to see each other and a love is born.  A forbidden love because not only does Filamena’s sister oppose this love, so does Angelo’s father.  Angelo offers Filamena all she desires especially the chance to live her own life.  Will she take the risk?  Will she walk the lover’s path with this man she so loves?

I loved this book and can see myself delving into it again in the future.  The illustrations are beautiful and the author perfectly weaves fact with fiction in a story sure to capture your heart as it did mine.  Highly recommended!

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HFVBT Presents Sophie Perinot’s Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois Pre-Order Blitz

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Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Formats: eBook, Hardcover
Genre: Historical Fiction

The wait is over. Sophie Perinot, author of The Sister Queens, has a new book available for pre-order! Medicis Daughter travels forward three-hundred years from Perinot’s last novel to the intrigue-riven French court of Charles IX, spinning the tale of beautiful princess Marguerite who walks the knife’s edge between the demands of her serpentine mother, Catherine de Medicis, and those of her own conscience. This is a coming-of-age story that will remind audiences that, when it comes to the 16th century, the Valois are even sexier than the Tudors—and just as treacherous.

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I am beyond excited to get my hands on Sophie Perinot’s newest novel Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois which releases on December 1, 2015 and just look at the beautiful cover! Sophie’s first novel The Sister Queens (my review) was a favorite for me as well as her contribution to Day of Fire (my review) which was an amazing novel by several very talented authors including Sophie.  She is one of my favorite historical fiction writers so of course it should come as no great surprise that I’d love to spread the word that her newest novel  Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valoisin  is now available for pre-order!  Read on…

 About Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois

Winter, 1564. Beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France, where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin. Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente, Margot’s intimidating mother, Queen Catherine de Médicis, is a powerful force in a country devastated by religious war. Among the crafty nobility of the royal court, Margot learns the intriguing and unspoken rules she must live by to please her poisonous family.

Eager to be an obedient daughter, Margot accepts her role as a marriage pawn, even as she is charmed by the powerful, charismatic Duc de Guise. Though Margot’s heart belongs to Guise, her hand will be offered to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic looking to seal a tenuous truce. But the promised peace is a mirage: her mother’s schemes are endless, and her brothers plot vengeance in the streets of Paris. When Margot’s wedding devolves into the bloodshed of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, she will be forced to choose between her family and her soul.

Médicis Daughter is historical fiction at its finest, weaving a unique coming-of-age story and a forbidden love with one of the most dramatic and violent events in French history.

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 Praise for Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois

“This is Renaissance France meets Game of Thrones: dark, sumptuous historical fiction that coils religious strife, court intrigue, passionate love, family hatred, and betrayed innocence like a nest of poisonous snakes. Beautiful Princess Margot acts as our guide to the heart of her violent family, as she blossoms from naive court pawn to woman of conscience and renown. A highly recommended coming-of-age tale where the princess learns to slay her own dragons!” –Kate Quinn, Bestselling author of LADY OF THE ETERNAL CITY

“The riveting story of a 16th century French princess caught in the throes of royal intrigue and religious war. From the arms of the charismatic Duke of Guise to the blood-soaked streets of Paris, Princess Marguerite runs a dangerous gauntlet, taking the reader with her. An absolutely gripping read!” –Michelle Moran, bestselling author of THE REBEL QUEEN

“Rising above the chorus of historical drama is Perinot’s epic tale of the fascinating, lascivious, ruthless House of Valois, as told through the eyes of the complicated and intelligent Princess Marguerite. Burdened by her unscrupulous family and desperate for meaningful relationships, Margot is forced to navigate her own path in sixteenth century France. Amid wars of nation and heart, Médicis Daughter brilliantly demonstrates how one unique woman beats staggering odds to find the strength and power that is her birthright.” –Erika Robuck, bestselling author of HEMINGWAY’S GIRL

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 About the Author

SophieSOPHIE PERINOT is the author of The Sister Queens and one of six contributing authors of A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii. A former attorney, Perinot is now a full-time writer. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her three children, three cats, one dog and one husband.

An active member of the Historical Novel Society, Sophie has attended all of the group’s North American Conferences and served as a panelist multiple times. Find her among the literary twitterati as @Lit_gal or on facebook at www.facebook.com/sophie.perinot.author.

 

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The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley (Audiobook) & Giveaway (Paper Copy – US only)

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The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley is the first novel in what is going to be a series of seven books all inspired by the ancient myth of the Seven Sisters of Pleiades and it is awesome! Today is the kickoff for The Seven Sisters book tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and I’m so excited to kick it off with a five star review! This novel is full of all the things I like in a book like great characters, beautiful settings, and a storyline that grabs my interest from the beginning and never lets go even for a minute. The Seven Sisters is sure to please her loyal fans along with new ones like me!

This is a story that weaves from past to present and does so seamlessly. Quite often I find one side of the story so much more interesting but not this time. I was equally anxious to read both and loved traveling back and forth from the beautiful Brazil to the romance of Paris.

In present we have Maia who is the eldest of the sisters. Their father had adopted all six girls from different parts of the world as babies. Upon learning of their father’s death the sisters all come home to gather support from each other while they grieve their beloved Pa Salt as they called him. When the will is read the girls each receive a letter from their father which leaves them an idea of where they had been born. While some of the other sisters have been curious over the years to learn of their birthplace Maia was always happy to let things alone but after reading her father’s letter to her she becomes curious enough to want to delve further into her heritage. Maia travels to Rio de Janeiro and with the help of a novelist she has worked with she finds that she descends from one of the more prominent families there. However she isn’t greeted very warmly and thinking all is lost she goes to leave but is approached by a maid who gives Maia a stack of old letters – old letters that lead her into a past she never could have imagined.

There is so much more that I haven’t even touched on. The book is quite long at almost 500 pages but you’d never know it. Once you start reading it is impossible to put it down. I listened to the audiobook which I have to say is simply incredible. It is narrated by Emily Lucienne and she does such a fantastic job. The audio comes in at eighteen and a half hours and it just flew by.

The Seven Sisters is a must for your summer reading! It’s a favorite of mine so far this year for both the amazing story and the great audio production. Highly recommended!

 

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HFVBT Presents Donna Thorland’s Mistress Firebrand Blog Tour, April 6-May 8 – Excerpt & Giveaway

Please join author Donna Thorland on her blog tour with HF Virtual Book Tours for Mistress Firebrand, from April 6-May 8.

 

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Publication Date: March 3, 2015
NAL Trade
Formats: eBook, Paperback
416 Pages

Series: Renegades of the American Revolution (Book 3)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

 

 Excerpt from Mistress Firebrand

Manhattan Island

December 1775

John Burgoyne was in New York.

Jenny overheard the wine merchant telling the tavern keeper in hushed tones. She knew better than to look up when she felt their eyes on her. Two years in a city buffeted by mob violence and political intrigue had honed her instinct for self-preservation. She kept her head down and studied her mother’s letter from home.

Seated beside one of the tall windows in the elegant taproom at the Fraunces Tavern, with its lofty ceilings and fine painted paneling, she nursed her single cup of chocolate and tried to concentrate on the words on the page, but her mind kept returning to Burgoyne. For the wine seller and the publican, Burgoyne’s presence meant a business opportunity, and one that must be kept secret from the Liberty Boys, who had abducted a loyalist judge, an Anglican clergyman, and a British physician from their homes only the week before. Politics, the two merchants agreed, were terrible for trade.

They were also murder on the Muses. Isaac Sears and his rabble had stormed the theater, broken all the benches in the pit, and would have beaten the players as well if the company had been performing. Congress had closed all the other theaters in the colonies. Only New York’s John Street remained open, performing without a license, and at the mercy of the Rebel mob, which saw it as a British institution and an instrument of tyranny.

There was no future for a playwright in North America.

Jenny’s mother tried to tell her as much in her weekly reports from New Brunswick. The newsy letters arrived every Tuesday like clockwork, carried by the dishearteningly efficient Rebel post, threaded with the subtle message that, in such trying times, Jenny would be wise to come home.

But even her mother could not claim that New Brunswick was untouched by the current troubles. It had taken eight men a whole day, she wrote, to raise the new church bell, which had been cast in Holland from six hundred pounds of silver donated by the first families of the parish, into the steeple. It had been rung only once before word reached the town that the British were abroad—hunting for caches of weapons and confiscating church bells along the way so that the Rebels could not raise the countryside with their alarms.

Whatever their individual political leanings, the faithful of New Brunswick had denuded their tables and donated their plate for the glory of God, not King George. The church consistory voted unanimously, her mother wrote with obvious satisfaction, to take the bell down and bury it in the orchard across the lane.

If Jenny did not do something about it, she would end up like the bell, buried in New Brunswick until the Rebels were routed. Teased and tormented by four loving brothers who had followed her father into the brick-making trade and could not understand why a pretty girl bothered herself with scribbling for players.

There was no future for a playwright . . . in North America. That was why Jenny wanted, needed to meet Burgoyne.

The general was said to be a personal friend of David Garrick. Burgoyne’s plays had been performed at Drury Lane in London.

“The Boyne will be a week at least refitting,” murmured Andries Van Dam, who was arranging to send a crate of his best Madeira aboard the ship. “The general also asks for six quarts of Spanish olives, twelve pounds of Jordan almonds”—the tavern keeper began writing it all down, eyes alight—“two dozen doilies, one box of citron, six jars of pickles, and one Parmesan cheese.”

Jenny waited until they disappeared into the storeroom—all furtive glances and quiet whispers—before dashing out of the tavern. Samuel Fraunces, publican—Black Sam, to his friends—was a notorious Rebel, but evidently not a man to let that get in the way of trade. Jenny had never cared for politics. She liked them even less now that the royal governor and the garrison had retreated to their gun ships in the harbor and left ordinary New Yorkers like herself to the pity of the rabble, who had none.

She wanted nothing better than to dash directly home to John Street and Aunt Frances with her news, but she still had errands to run for the theater’s manager: costumes to pick up from the mantua maker, canvas to fetch for repairing the scenery, playbills waiting at the printer. This, though, gave her the opportunity to make discreet inquiries about the Boyne with the sailmakers and victuallers. By the time Jenny reached the little blue house next door to the theater, wrapped in her plain wool cloak and laden with packages, she had acquired a box of oranges, and knew that the Boyne was anchored off the Battery undergoing repairs.

Aunt Frances was upstairs in the little parlor at her desk working on a manuscript. She looked effortlessly stylish—as always—in a simple blue silk gown with her hair teased and tinted to match. Her arrival in New Brunswick, after fleeing her London creditors, had changed Jenny’s life. Aunt Frances was old enough—just—to be her mother, but unlike the matrons of Jenny’s acquaintance she had not rushed headlong into the trappings of domesticity or middle age. She wore no frumpy caps or homely aprons. She neither baked nor sewed. She wrote a little, acted a great deal, and charmed the patrons in the greenroom, always.

Without raising her head, she said, “How is your mother and everyone in New Bumpkin?”

“New Brunswick,” Jenny corrected. “They are fine. And Burgoyne is in New York.”

 

About the Book

British Occupied Manhattan, 1777. American actress Jenny Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater with her witty comedies, but she longs to escape the provincial circuit for the glamour of the London stage. When the playwright General John Burgoyne visits the city, fresh from a recent success in the capitol, she seizes the opportunity to court his patronage. But her plan is foiled by British intelligence officer Severin Devere.

Severin’s mission is to keep the pleasure-loving general focused on the war effort…and away from pretty young actresses. But the tables are turned when Severin himself can’t resist Jenny Leighton…

Months later, Jenny has abandoned her dreams of stage glory and begun writing seditious plays for the Rebels under the pen name “Cornelia,” ridiculing “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne and his army—and undermining the crown’s campaign to take Albany. With Jenny’s name now on the hanging list, Severin is ordered to find her—and deliver her to certain death. Soon, the two are launched on a desperate journey through the wilderness, toward an uncertain future shaped by the revolution—and their passion for each other…

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Titles in the Renegades of the American Revolution Series

Book One: The Turncoat
Book Two: The Rebel Pirate
Book Three: Mistress Firebrand

 

About the Author

Donna-ThorlandA native of Bergenfield, New Jersey, Donna graduated from Yale with a degree in Classics and Art History. For many years she managed architecture and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, and wrote and directed the Witch City’s most popular Halloween theater festival, Eerie Events. She later earned an MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Donna has been a sorority house mother, a Disney/ABC Television Writing Fellow, a WGA Writer’s Access Project Honoree, and a writer on the ABC primetime drama, Cupid. Her screenwriting credits include episodes of the animated series, Tron: Uprising. Her short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Albedo One. The director of several award-winning short films, her most recent project, The Night Caller, aired on WNET Channel 13 and was featured on Ain’t It Cool News. Currently she is a writer on the WGN drama SALEM. She is married with one cat and divides her time between the real Salem and Los Angeles.

For more information visit Donna Thorland’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

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