Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall & Giveaway (US/Canada)

February 26th, 2015

Miramonts-Ghost_Elizabeth-HallMiramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall was inspired by research into the actual Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, Colorado.  This is a haunting story that will send shivers up your spine.  I listened to the audio version and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was my first time listening to narrator Emily Durante but it won’t be my last.  She brought the chilling atmosphere of this story to life perfectly.

As a young girl Adrienne lives with her family in the countryside of France.  Adrienne isn’t your typical child though as she is a clairvoyant – a clairvoyant with the ability to see the secrets of those around her.  Needless to say that in the 1800’s this was frowned upon and Adrienne was quieted more than once when she thought to speak aloud what she was seeing.  Only one person understood Adrienne and that was her grandfather but even he told her that it was best to keep it to herself just before he passed otherwise she could put herself in a lot of danger.

As time passes Adrienne still has her visions but the only person she shares them with is her governess Lucie.  Lucie decides to keep track of Adrienne’s visions in a journal that she keeps well hidden… but not well enough.  Adrienne’s Aunt Marie finds the journal that is of course full of dark secrets about Adrienne’s own family.  Secrets that could threaten to destroy Marie and her son Julien and she isn’t about to let that happen.  Marie manages to convince Adrienne’s mother that it would be best for the girl to accompany her to America to live with her and her son Julien, a priest, in his big castle in Manitou Springs.  While Adrienne thinks she’s going to America to start a new life her Aunt Marie has much different intentions… evil intentions.

The hours I spent listening to this novel flew by for me.  I’m not sure how it translates into print but the audio really brought the time and place alive for me.  The writing is beautiful and descriptive and with Emily Durante’s narration it was perfect for me.  I also love Gothic novels and a good ghost story will always top my list.  As a note to some of my readers there is some disturbing content that some may find offensive.

Recommended for those who enjoy those haunting, chilling ghost stories that stay with you even after you turn that last page.

 

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The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

February 24th, 2015

Mischief-Bay-cover1The Girls of Mischief Bay is the first in the Mischief Bay series by Susan Mallery and what an awesome beginning!  I can hardly wait for the next book to come out.  I really loved this book and the premise of the strong bonds of female friendships despite differences in age or lifestyle.  The Girls of Mischief Bay is about women and the everyday good and bad things in our lives that can either elate us or devastate us.  I laughed, I cried, I loved.

The setting of Mischief Bay is lovely and more than once I wished I was a resident there.  The three women the novel focuses on – Nicole, Pam, and Shannon – are all women that a reader can find themselves relating to in one way or another and I liked them all even though I didn’t always agree with some of their decisions.  What I liked most and envied was the wonderful and supportive friendship the three shared.

Nicole is in her thirties and married with a young son.  She owns a dance/exercise studio called Mischief in Motion and that is where the women originally met.  Out of the blue her husband decides to quit his job and write a screenplay.  This entails no longer supporting his family, caring for his son, or doing much around the house.  Nicole is left trying to juggle working full time with caring for her son and home.  She doesn’t think it can get much worse… but she might be wrong.

Shannon is almost forty and made the decision long ago to focus on her career instead of a personal life but now she’s wondering if she made the right decision. She questions it even further when she finally meets a man she feels is the answer to all she’s ever wanted.  Can it really all be so right and perfect?  Not likely…

Then we have Pam who is fifty and at the point in her life where her children are all gone and she’s wondering what to do with herself.  She loves her husband of thirty years and their life together but she wants more for them. They need to spice up their life and one of the routes she takes to do this left me laughing.  But… there is always a but.

I know I’ve said it already but I loved this book – every page.  I was so drawn into the lives of these women that I literally felt the joy and pain that each of them felt.  The Girls of Mischief Bay will take you on an emotional journey with three women who you won’t soon forget.  Highly recommended!

 

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Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran by Marion Grace Woolley & Giveaway (US/Canada)

February 13th, 2015

Happy Friday everyone.  My apologies to the author, Marion Grace Woolley,  today as I was to have a review of her novel Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran but due to dental woes I was unable to finish up my reading.  I do however have to say that I love the cover first of all and secondly this is a dark and enticing novel sure to appeal to Gothic fans.  I love anything dark so be sure to watch for my review soon.  In the meantime I’m going to spotlight the book for you and be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy for yourself.

 

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Paperback: 288 pages

Publisher: Ghostwoods Books (February 14, 2015)

 

About the Book

It begins with a rumour, an exciting whisper. Anything to break the tedium of the harem for the Shah’s eldest daughter. People speak of a man with a face so vile it would make a hangman faint, but a voice as sweet as an angel’s kiss. A master of illusion and stealth. A masked performer, known only as Vachon. For once, the truth will outshine the tales.

On her eleventh birthday, Afsar’s uncle tries to molest her, and her father, the Shah, gifts her a circus. With the circus comes a man who will change everything. Inspired by Gaston LeRoux’s The Phantom of the Opera, Marion Grace Woolley takes us on forbidden adventures through a time that has been written out of history books.

Learn more about Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran at Ghostwood Books.

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Praise for Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran

“A sumptuous dark treat of a novel, will keep you shocked and
enthralled until the very last page.” – Will Davis, author of The Trapeze Artist

“Rising from the cracks and hints in Gaston Leroux’s classic, Those Rosy Hours delivers a striking and glorious original historical fantasy that sings across time from the heart of a lost empire.” – David Southwell, author of The Phoenix Guide to Strange England: Hookland

“…evocative and gripping. I missed several tube stops thanks to my immersion in [Those Rosy Hours]…” – Kate Harrad, author of All Lies and Jest

“Disquieting and enchanting.” – Peter Dawes, USA Today best-selling author of Pandora

 

About the Author

rosy 1Marion Grace Woolley is the author of three previous novels and a collection of short stories. In 2009, she was shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary for New Writers. She balances her creative impulses with a career in International Development; she has worked and traveled across Africa, Australia, Armenia, and a few other places beginning with ‘A’. She is an associate member of the Society of Authors, and is currently at work on her fifth novel.

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Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer

February 11th, 2015

Girl-Before-A-MirrorIn the latest from author Liza Palmer entitled Girl Before a Mirror we meet Anna Wyatt who has just turned forty and has come to a point in her life where she needs to figure out what she truly wants for herself.  Anna, like so many of us, has spent her life trying to be what everyone else expects her to be.  But what does she want? Who does she want to be?  What makes her happy?  So begins her journey to find out…

Anna, recently divorced, has been on a dating sabbatical but ultimately she wants to find love again.  She just isn’t sure it’s out there anymore.  Working as an ad executive Anna decides it’s time, for once in her life, to take a real risk.  She pitches an ad campaign and receives the go ahead.  In her efforts to secure the client Anna begins to learn a lot about herself.  For instance she never really had friends in the true sense of the word and when she first meets her new colleague Sasha she’s really leery about this beautiful and intelligent woman but she eventually opens up and the two develop a wonderful friendship. At the romance fan convention Anna meets Helen, author of a self-help book called Be the Heroine, Find Your Hero and this book and author not only have an impact on her career but her life as well.  Anna is even pretty sure she finds love at the convention but feels her career has to take priority.  Is it a mistake to leave Lincoln behind for now?  If it’s true love though it’ll still be there when she gets her campaign off the ground… won’t it?

I enjoyed this book and I think it’s a book a lot of women who are up there in age will be able to relate to.  I related to Anna on many levels – one being age and the other advertising.  I worked in advertising for years so I enjoyed all the advertising talk.  The other characters were great as well.  I really liked the young Sasha who is struggling to succeed but hampered by her beauty.  Lincoln, Anna’s love interest, was swoon worthy in my opinion.  Most of all though I think this novel imparts a very important message to women – you are never too old to strive for what you want whether it be in business or love.  The ‘to just be’ message is great.  Just be who you are.  Strive for what makes you happy and you will be happier in life.

Girl Before a Mirror was an enjoyable read for me and I have to mention how much I love the cover – it’s so pretty.  I’d recommend it for those who enjoy women’s fiction and it’s sure to appeal to the older woman who may still be striving for whatever is out there for her.

 

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