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)
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.”
–PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on SHIMURA TROUBLE
“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.”
–FOR LAUDERDALE SUN-SENTINEL on THE TYPHOON LOVER
“A gifted storyteller who delivers strong characters, a tight plot and an inside view of Japan and its culture.”
–USA TODAY on ZEN ATTITUDE
“A totally captivating experience. A unique plot, exceptional protagonist, and some subtle cultural lessons are as beautifully arranged as a vase of cherry blossoms.”
—BOOKLIST on THE FLOWER MASTER
“Sly, sexy and deftly done. THE SALARYMAN’S WIFE is one to bring home.”
–PEOPLE Page Turner of the Week
About the Author
Sujata 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.
Please join Sherryl Caulfield as she tours the blogosphere for Seldom Come By, the first book in her Iceberg Trilogy, from November 24-December 13. and enter to win an autographed copy!
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Cedar Pocket Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: Iceberg Trilogy
Genre: Historical Fiction
Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, fifteen year-old Rebecca Crowe’s fascination with icebergs leads her to save a shipwrecked survivor, Samuel Dalton, the nineteen-year old son of a Toronto medical family.
Love sparks in the crystal cave of an iceberg but is thwarted by an unreasonable father and the Great War that drags Samuel and his brother, Matthew, to the Western Front as medical officers. Knowing Rebecca is home and safe in Newfoundland brings Samuel great comfort. But as the war moves towards its final harrowing days, they both discover that tragedy and terror can strike anywhere, setting their love on an unforeseen path.
Only when Samuel and Rebecca can fully come to terms with such devastating loss and their impossible choices can their love soar. With an emotional intensity reminiscent of The Bronze Horseman, Seldom Come By, named after an actual place in Newfoundland, is an unforgettable journey across waves and time and the full spectrum of human emotions.
Praise for Seldom Come By
“Seldom Come By is a haunting love story set against the windswept coast of Newfoundland. The story draws you in from the opening lines and takes you on a compelling journey across time and continents, through love, loss, heartache and healing. It is a beautiful and memorable story — a great accomplishment and a wonderful read.” – Julie Fison, Australia
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About the Author
Australian-born Sherryl Caulfield is a marketer, writer and traveller. After twenty years working for some of the world’s leading technology brands and a stint with Outward Bound, she longed to write about the human experience and the redemptive qualities of nature.
In 2006, haunted by an encounter with a woman she met in Canada, Sherryl started what has now become known as The Iceberg Trilogy. From her home in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, she distilled the lives of three generations of women – Rebecca, Evangeline and Lindsay – over the course of a century. In the telling of their stories she crafted a series rich in landscapes – of sea, land and the human soul.
1 eBook open Internationally!
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Draw Date December 27/14
There is also a tour wide Rafflecopter giveaway to win an autographed copy of Seldom Come By ending on December 13 so be sure to enter there as well after you’ve entered my giveaway! Click here to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway.
Source: Giveaway copy provided by the tour company. No compensation was received.
Tour Dates: November 17 – December 14, 2014
Genre: Austenesque/Historical Fiction/Romance/Young Adult
Publisher: Berkley (Penguin Group USA)
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-0425271353
eBook ISBN: 978-0698139268
Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James is a delightfully charming re-imagining of a time in Jane Austen’s life and of what might have been. Syrie James wrote this novel in such a way as to appear to be a memoir written by Jane Austen herself and it is truly a captivating tale.
The novel centers on one unforgettable summer in Jane Austen’s life when she was fifteen years old and how she remembers it. Like any young girl Jane longs to fall in love but she’s quite sheltered at home and despairs of ever meeting anyone. When the opportunity comes to travel to Kent to celebrate her brother’s engagement she is thrilled.
It is there that Jane meets Edward Taylor and finds herself swooning over him. Not only is he handsome but he acknowledges her intelligence and they have wonderful conversations. Jane is in love but … there is another girl who seems to be in love with Edward as well. Yet Edward has shown Jane that he is interested in her. Could it be? Could Edward be as in love with Jane as she is in him?
Despite her love interest Jane finds herself needing more to do and can’t help but stick her nose in other people’s business and take up matchmaking. She feels the need to rearrange the relationships that are forming and feels quite certain she knows who belongs with who. To further her hopes in making these matches she puts on a play. What transpires changes her thoughts on love – the love not only between the other couples but she and Edward as well. Are they truly a good match or is Jane just swept away on the wings of first love?
Highly recommended for Austen fans or those new to Austen. The extensive research that Syrie James put into this novel shines through on every page and she highlights her inspiration and the fact that this novel is based on true events and real characters in her superb author’s note. Jane Austen’s First Love is truly an enjoyable novel and I absolutely adored it!
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Grand Giveaway Contest
Win One of Five Fabulous Jane Austen-inspired Prize Packages
To celebrate the holidays and the release of Jane Austen’s First Love, Syrie is giving away five prize packages filled with an amazing selection of Jane Austen-inspired gifts and books!
To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment on any of the blog stops on the Jane Austen’s First Love Holiday Blog Tour.
Increase your chances of winning by visiting multiple stops along the tour! Syrie’s unique guest posts will be featured on a variety of subjects, along with fun interviews, spotlights, excerpts, and reviews of the novel. Contest closes at 11:59pm PT, December 21, 2014. Five lucky winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments on the tour, and announced on Syrie’s website on December 22, 2014. The giveaway contest is open to everyone, including international residents. Good luck to all!
Remember leave a comment on any of the Jane Austen’s First Love Holiday Blog Tour stops including mine to be entered!
Source: Digital review copy received from the publisher for an honest review. No compensation was received.
The Wanderer’s Children by L.G. O’Connor is the second book in The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles and it is a fantastic sequel to her debut novel Trinity Stones which I loved as well. These books swept me into a world so different from my own and I am completely captivated by both the world building and the characters living within the pages. As a note t here may be some spoilers ahead as it’s difficult to review the second book without talking about the first a bit so if you intend to read the books be forewarned as you go forward.
In Trinity Stones we meet Cara Collins who thought she was just a normal woman until she finds out she is actually a Soul Seeker and the first of the Holy Twelve. She also meets Simon who was her Trinity Guardian but is now her fiance. They are to be married soon and Cara is in the midst of planning a wedding and if only that were her only concern but it isn’t. There is a battle looming between good and evil and Cara and Simon along with the others will be right in the middle of it. To top things off Cara seems to be going through growth spurts after having been injected with Nephilim DNA and she’s starting to panic about fitting into any wedding dress at all. And then there is the problem she seems to be having with being attracted to men who are not her fiance even though she loves no one but him. Jut what is going on? Cara is knee deep in stress!
While Trinity Stones laid the base for the story and introduced us to the characters The Wanderer’s Children really takes us into their lives. I loved that about this book. I really got to know the characters this time around; to dig deeper into their lives – to care about them even more. Michael is the Trinity’s Messenger and I liked him from the beginning but in this novel we delve into his past where he confronts his issues in order to move on with his life with Sienna and the Angelorum. Simon is his usual impressive self that any sane woman would kill to be with since he’s not only gorgeous but he cooks too. Then there’s Cara who is another one I liked from the beginning. She’s a great character who is funny, loves passionately, and most importantly one who would die to protect those closest to her.
As things begin to heat up and the twelve begin to gather they learn new truths about themselves and know that soon they will face the biggest battle of their lives. The battle between good and evil. Who will win?
Recommended for those who enjoy a fast paced and exciting story with a lot of steamy romantic scenes to spice things up! I highly recommend the whole series!
GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US & CANADIAN RESIDENTS
1 copy of The Wanderer’s Children up for grabs!
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Draw Date December 23/14
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher for an honest review. No compensation was received.