Noah’s Wife by T.K. Thorne & Tour Wide Rafflecopter Giveaway (US only)

December 17th, 2014

noahNoah’s Wife by T.K. Thorne is an epic journey through one woman’s life that captivates the reader from the very first page. One thing I’d like to say is that this is not a Bible based story. It is a biblical novel in that Noah is one of our characters but it is more about the fictional tale of the life his wife might have had, keeping in mind that absolutely nothing is known of Noah’s wife in the bible. T.K. Thorne has built an amazing world with memorable characters and a story not soon forgotten.

Na’amah’s only wish in life is to be a shepherdess in the hills of Turkey. It is where she feels most comfortable and free. Na’amah doesn’t fit in with her people as she has Aspergers although that wasn’t known at that time in history. As with most women of that time Na’amah’s life wasn’t her own as she battled with understanding why her brother hated her while also being blessed with the love of two men. However Na’amah’s path to a peaceful life is a rocky one. She endures a disturbing incident that causes her to run away from all she’s ever known and in doing that she gets kidnapped. This really is the beginning of Na’amah’s journey to learning about herself and awakening to her world. The journey brings to light the separation of people in worshiping either Father God or Mother Goddess and I found it all very fascinating.

Na’amah is a wonderful character. Despite the challenges she has with her illness she still possesses a great strength within her and many gifts she struggles to understand. The relationship with her best friend Yanner who loved her was a beautiful one as was her life with Noah. One of my favorite characters was Na’amah’s grandmother Savta. Though she was a woman she still had a voice and she protected Na’amah with her life. I finished this book days ago and the characters are still alive in mind – that’s when I know I’ve read something memorable.

Noah’s Wife is a beautifully written novel and so well researched. The author did a wonderful job of bringing this time and place alive for her readers. I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Melissa Carey and I thought she did a really good job. At first I wasn’t so sure about her for the telling of this story but it wasn’t long until I realized she was just perfect for it. Noah’s Wife is a novel that I enjoyed a great deal and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!



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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.




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1 paperback copy up for grabs!

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Draw Date December 30/14


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The Light in the Labyrinth by Wendy Dunn & Giveway (eBook-Open Int’l)

December 3rd, 2014

lightI pretty much love to read anything with Anne Boleyn in it but I was initially attracted to Wendy Dunn’s newest novel The Light in the Labyrinth because it is a Young Adult novel told from the perspective of Anne’s niece Katherine Carey. It’s always interesting to read about Anne Boleyn’s fall through a different set of eyes and this telling from a young girl who has not yet been jaded by the Court and it’s people had me captivated from the beginning.

Katherine, daughter of Anne Boleyn’s sister Mary, is fourteen years old and ready to learn the ways of court. She’s extremely excited to see her Aunt Nan (Anne Boleyn) who is the Queen of England although she’s terrified to meet the imposing King Henry. Now she has a place among Anne’s women and in that she learns that the exalted life she thought her Aunt had is in fact in much turmoil. As time passes Katherine is left to watch and care for her Aunt as she loses her precious place with the King along with her life. Once a young girl, Katherine is now a woman.

This is a fantastic story for any age. I thought it very well written and beautifully told through the innocence of Katherine. Katherine’s naivete does not last long at Court of course and it’s made so much worse by her being with her Aunt during her last days. Katherine is such a great avenue for telling this story. Seen through her eyes I felt her disappointments and grief and I’ll tell you I don’t often tear up reading historical fiction but I sure did with this one.

Young or old fans of historical fiction this is definitely one to add to your reading list. Highly recommended!


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Draw Date December 20/14



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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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