Thursday, 21 January 2021

Welcome to Day #4 of the blog tour for Falling Pomegranate Seeds: All Manner of Things, Book #2 By Wendy J. Dunn #HistoricalFiction #Tudors @wendyjdunn @AnneKristy





Publication Date: January 15th 2021.
Genre: Historical Fiction.
Publisher: Poesy Quill Publishing
Print Length: 449 Pages


Winter, 1539

MarĂ­a de Salinas is dying. 

Too ill to travel, she writes a letter to her daughter Katherine, the young duchess of Suffolk. A letter telling of her life: a life intertwined with her friend and cousin Catalina of Aragon, the youngest child of Isabel of Castile. It is a letter to help her daughter understand the choices she has made in her life, beginning from the time she keeps her vow to Catalina to share her life of exile in England.

Friendship, betrayal, hatred, forgiveness – All Manner of Things tells a story of how love wins out in the end. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Wendy J. Dunn is an Australian author, playwright and poet who has been obsessed by Anne Boleyn and Tudor History since she was ten-years-old. She is the author of three Tudor novels: Dear Heart, How Like You This?, the winner of the 2003 Glyph Fiction Award and 2004 runner up in the Eric Hoffer Award for Commercial Fiction, The Light in the Labyrinth, her first young adult novel, and Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters.

While she continues to have a very close and spooky relationship with Sir Thomas Wyatt, the elder, serendipity of life now leaves her no longer wondering if she has been channeling Anne Boleyn and Sir Tom for years in her writing, but considering the possibility of ancestral memory. Her own family tree reveals the intriguing fact that her ancestors – possibly over three generations – had purchased land from both the Boleyn and Wyatt families to build up their own holdings. It seems very likely Wendy’s ancestors knew the Wyatts and Boleyns personally.

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Welcome to Day #4 of the blog tour for She Sees Ghosts―The Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls by David Fitz-Gerald #HistoricalFiction #Supernatural @AuthorDAVIDFG @CraftygasheadZo



January 18th – February 5th 2021


Publication Date: October 25, 2020 
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Page Length: 270 pages
Genre: Historical/Supernatural

A blazing fire killed her family and devoured her home. A vengeful demon haunted her. Ghosts of the Revolutionary War needed help that only she could provide. A young woman languished, desperate to survive, and teetered on the edge of sanity.

Mehitable grew up in a freshly tamed town, carved from the primeval forest. Family, friends, and working at the mercantile filled her days and warmed her heart. For Mehitable, life was simple and safe, until tragedy struck. When her family perished in their burning home, she retreated into a world of her own making.

As a young girl, she had seen glimmers, glimpses, and flickers of the spirit world. She closed her eyes. She turned her back. She ignored the apparitions that she never spoke of, desperately hoping they would leave her in peace. She was mistaken.

Grief-stricken, Mehitable withdrew from the human world. Ghosts were everywhere. They became bolder. She could no longer turn her back on the spirit world. Her friends feared for her survival. Nobody understood her. She would have to find her own way.

Fans of TV’s Ghost Whisperer and Long Island Medium will especially love She Sees Ghosts. This historical novel features memorable characters and delivers bone-tingling, spine chilling goosebumps. It stands on its own and it is the next installment in the Adirondack Spirit Series by the award-winning author of Wanders Far―An Unlikely Hero’s Journey. David Fitz-Gerald delivers a historical novel with a bittersweet ending that you won’t see coming.

Would she save the spirits’ souls, or would they save her? Only time would tell.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



David Fitz-Gerald writes fiction that is grounded in history and soars with the spirits. Dave enjoys getting lost in the settings he imagines and spending time with the characters he creates. Writing historical fiction is like making paintings of the past. He loves to weave fact and fiction together, stirring in action, adventure, romance, and a heavy dose of the supernatural with the hope of transporting the reader to another time and place. He is an Adirondack 46-er, which means that he has hiked all of the highest peaks in New York State, so it should not be surprising when Dave attempts to glorify hikers as swashbuckling superheroes in his writing. She Sees Ghosts―A Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls is the next instalment in the Adirondack Spirit Series.

Connect with David:

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Welcome to Day #4 of the blog tour for The Other Cipher Soli Hansen Mysteries Book 2 By Heidi Eljarbo #HistoricalMystery #HistoricalFiction @HeidiEljarbo @MagicofWorldsBE



January 18th – January 29th 2021


Publication Date: 2 December 2020
Publisher: Independently Published
Page Length: 200 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery

In the captivating second book of the Soli Hansen Mysteries, two women—separated by more than three hundred years—are connected through their love of art.

1613. Fabiola Ruber is been wed to a man she does not know and must live in a country with a new language and different customs. The memories of a lost love in her hometown Malta haunt her, and she sets out to find an artist who can do her portrait and recapture the feelings she had when she once modeled for a renowned Italian master painter.

1944. Four years into World War II, art historian Soli Hansen works with the Norwegian resistance to locate significant artwork and safeguard the pieces from the Nazis. When she finds out the Germans are after a hidden baroque depiction of a seventeenth century woman, she must muster all her courage and skills to decipher encrypted codes and preserve the mysterious art before it’s too late.

Both women are determined to do what they can to bring healing and redemption to their otherwise ominous future. Through tangled, bewildering clues and an eye for detail, Soli’s bond to Fabiola grows closer by the day. She must find the missing painting before the enemy does.

Ranging from a privileged life in seventeenth century Antwerp to Oslo during the German occupation of the second world war, this dual timeline is a historical mystery thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Heidi Eljarbo



Heidi Eljarbo is the bestselling author of historical fiction and mysteries filled with courageous and good characters that are easy to love and others you don't want to go near.

Heidi grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as an author, magazine journalist, and painter.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, thirteen grandchildren--so far--in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier.

Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.

Heidi's favorites are family, God's beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

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Check out The Magic of Wor(l)ds to find an author interview with Heidi!

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#BookReview — The Stars That Govern Us by J.R. Alcyone #HistoricalFiction #MedicalFiction @thegreenheron

 



Publication Date: 1st December 2020
Publisher: Green Heron Productions
Page Length: 341 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction / Medical Fiction

A gifted young surgeon. One of the 20th century's boldest inventions. And the unconquerable, fragile, and amazing human heart. 


As one of two dozen teams worldwide performing congenital heart surgeries in the middle 1950s, Alec Serafeim and his best friend, Pete O'Neill, excel in an unforgiving field where the line between life and death is eyelash thin. But while Pete is satisfied with all they have accomplished, Alec aches to do more. Desperate to save more children, he also wishes to be remembered for something other than his mental breakdown ten years earlier.

Alec's opportunity arrives via a chance to join the race to perform Australia's first open-heart surgery using total cardiopulmonary bypass. Swept up in the competition, with a heart-lung machine cobbled together in the hospital basement, Alec charges ahead with surgery on a gravely ill child over Pete's misgivings.

But the heart, for all its amazing strength, is a fragile organ. And when events conspire to shatter Alec's heart, he is left questioning everything. With sick children's lives hanging in the balance, as well as his career as a surgeon, he must find a way to cope with his fallibility--if he hopes to finish what he started.

Set in a fictionalized version of Perth, Western Australia in 1956, The Stars That Govern Us is a captivating, poignant, and unforgettable medical - historical novel set against the backdrop of the development of the heart-lung machine and the birth of open-heart surgery.





Be transported back to 1950s Australia in The Stars That Govern Us, where heart surgeons are competing against nature, disease, and each other, to perform the country’s first successful open heart surgery using cardio-pulmonary bypass. 


In The Stars That Govern Us by J.R Alcyone, we meet fictional surgeons Alec Serafeim and Pete O’Neill, two ‘chalk and cheese’ specialists in congenital heart surgeries in the university hospital of Perth, Australia, in the 1950s. This is a dangerous and complicated field, where life and death hangs by the proverbial thread, but the two men have risen to the top despite their own obstacles. Despite being a perfectly-choreographed team in the operating theatre, the best friends differ in one key driver: ambition. Whilst Pete would be content to continue working at their current (highly successful) level, Alec has dreams of pushing their boundaries even further, saving the lives of even more children, and cementing their names in medical and surgical history by being the first team to perform their country’s first open-heart surgery, using cardio-pulmonary bypass. 

They have the skill for it, Alec is sure of that, but what they lack is the technology: a heart-lung machine, to keep oxygenated blood moving around the patient’s body whilst the operation is taking place. Reading about a working design in his medical journals, Alec sees a way of bringing his dreams to reality, and with one specialist part ordered in from an already-successful medical team, he works on creating his own version of the machine. 

The machine is rough and ready, cobbled together in the basement of the hospital, but initial tests on animals are successful, and their managers approve them to continue the work, which leads them to their next challenge: selecting the right child to the first such surgery in Australia. There are strong arguments from both Alec and Pete, but during another operation, Pete is taken out of the equation, suffering his own illness, leaving Alec distraught, and on his own. The tension during Pete’s hospitalisation, and the subsequent operation is palpable, and there were moments I found myself holding my breath. 

This is neither a field (medical) or era (1950s) that I know anything about, or have read any fictional accounts of before, but I was intrigued by the introduction, and ended up absolutely enthralled. Although it is still a dangerous field of medicine, with so many advances in modern equipment, understanding and drugs, it’s hard to completely imagine a world where such things were tentative and new. But with detailed descriptions of the atmospheres and personalities present within the operating theatre, as well as going through some of the detail of the operations themselves, it really does feel like we are standing over the shoulders of Alec and Pete as they make the minute-by-minute decisions to get through such difficult work. 

There are heart-breaking and worrying moments throughout the book (this is a hospital full of sick people, after all, and very sick children at that), but the pioneering spirit and Alec’s determination ring true throughout. What also comes across are the very human natures of the two surgeons. Pete, although a war hero, is content to work at their current level, helping the children they can, but he is also a workaholic, putting his own health at risk in the process. And Alec suffers with problematic and sometimes debilitating mental health issues, including major anxiety spirals. The men are very different, but their friendship is entirely believable, and both are drawn to do and be the very best they can. 

For a few moments in the book, I was struck with the thought that Alec and his life seemed almost too perfect; there’s the beautiful wife, the wonderful child, the ability to excel at anything he turned to hand to. And yet, there’s a ‘roundness’ to him, through his strong desire to help the children on his ward, and his anxiety as to whether he has the means to do so. His despair at the loss of a patient is very real too. 

Although the majority of the book naturally centres around the hospital itself, there is a strong sense of time and place throughout, drawing us into the 1950s, and the coastal city of Perth. I was lost in the story, and didn’t feel jarred from this at any point. Likewise, the university, hospital and characters in the story may be largely fictional, but the detailed Historical Note at the end of the novel places them firmly into reality, providing the background to surgeons they mention being inspired by, such as Americans John Gibbon, and Clarence Walton ‘Walt’ Lillehei, the latter who genuinely did make the design of his heart-lung machine available so others could manufacture their own, as well as advising where key components could be purchased, and inviting surgeons in his field to visit and watch him work. 

Highly recommended for fans of medical fiction, the history of medicine, or those looking for something different in their historical fiction. 

Review by Jennifer C. Wilson.
The Coffee Pot Book Club.





 J.R. Alcyone writes historical and literary fiction for readers who enjoy character-driven fiction. She is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, where she majored in history and philosophy and minored in literature and political science, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she was managing editor of the Cleveland State Law Review. A practicing attorney in the area of warranty and consumer rights law, Jen lives a short distance from Lake Erie in northeastern Ohio. When she is not writing or taking pictures, she enjoys studying the American Civil War and running

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Welcome to Day #3 of the blog tour for She Sees Ghosts―The Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls by David Fitz-Gerald #HistoricalFiction #Supernatural @AuthorDAVIDFG @Archaeolibrary

 


January 18th – February 5th 2021


Publication Date: October 25, 2020 
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Page Length: 270 pages
Genre: Historical/Supernatural

A blazing fire killed her family and devoured her home. A vengeful demon haunted her. Ghosts of the Revolutionary War needed help that only she could provide. A young woman languished, desperate to survive, and teetered on the edge of sanity.

Mehitable grew up in a freshly tamed town, carved from the primeval forest. Family, friends, and working at the mercantile filled her days and warmed her heart. For Mehitable, life was simple and safe, until tragedy struck. When her family perished in their burning home, she retreated into a world of her own making.

As a young girl, she had seen glimmers, glimpses, and flickers of the spirit world. She closed her eyes. She turned her back. She ignored the apparitions that she never spoke of, desperately hoping they would leave her in peace. She was mistaken.

Grief-stricken, Mehitable withdrew from the human world. Ghosts were everywhere. They became bolder. She could no longer turn her back on the spirit world. Her friends feared for her survival. Nobody understood her. She would have to find her own way.

Fans of TV’s Ghost Whisperer and Long Island Medium will especially love She Sees Ghosts. This historical novel features memorable characters and delivers bone-tingling, spine chilling goosebumps. It stands on its own and it is the next installment in the Adirondack Spirit Series by the award-winning author of Wanders Far―An Unlikely Hero’s Journey. David Fitz-Gerald delivers a historical novel with a bittersweet ending that you won’t see coming.

Would she save the spirits’ souls, or would they save her? Only time would tell.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



David Fitz-Gerald writes fiction that is grounded in history and soars with the spirits. Dave enjoys getting lost in the settings he imagines and spending time with the characters he creates. Writing historical fiction is like making paintings of the past. He loves to weave fact and fiction together, stirring in action, adventure, romance, and a heavy dose of the supernatural with the hope of transporting the reader to another time and place. He is an Adirondack 46-er, which means that he has hiked all of the highest peaks in New York State, so it should not be surprising when Dave attempts to glorify hikers as swashbuckling superheroes in his writing. She Sees Ghosts―A Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls is the next instalment in the Adirondack Spirit Series.

Connect with David:

Website • Twitter • Facebook • Instagram


Head on over to Archaeolibrarian to read a review of this fabulous book!

Click HERE!


Welcome to Day #3 of the blog tour for The Other Cipher Soli Hansen Mysteries Book 2 By Heidi Eljarbo #HistoricalMystery #HistoricalFiction @HeidiEljarbo @ADarnGoodRead



January 18th – January 29th 2021


Publication Date: 2 December 2020
Publisher: Independently Published
Page Length: 200 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery

In the captivating second book of the Soli Hansen Mysteries, two women—separated by more than three hundred years—are connected through their love of art.

1613. Fabiola Ruber is been wed to a man she does not know and must live in a country with a new language and different customs. The memories of a lost love in her hometown Malta haunt her, and she sets out to find an artist who can do her portrait and recapture the feelings she had when she once modeled for a renowned Italian master painter.

1944. Four years into World War II, art historian Soli Hansen works with the Norwegian resistance to locate significant artwork and safeguard the pieces from the Nazis. When she finds out the Germans are after a hidden baroque depiction of a seventeenth century woman, she must muster all her courage and skills to decipher encrypted codes and preserve the mysterious art before it’s too late.

Both women are determined to do what they can to bring healing and redemption to their otherwise ominous future. Through tangled, bewildering clues and an eye for detail, Soli’s bond to Fabiola grows closer by the day. She must find the missing painting before the enemy does.

Ranging from a privileged life in seventeenth century Antwerp to Oslo during the German occupation of the second world war, this dual timeline is a historical mystery thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Heidi Eljarbo



Heidi Eljarbo is the bestselling author of historical fiction and mysteries filled with courageous and good characters that are easy to love and others you don't want to go near.

Heidi grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as an author, magazine journalist, and painter.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, thirteen grandchildren--so far--in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier.

Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.

Heidi's favorites are family, God's beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

Connect with Heidi:



Head on over to A Darn Good Read to find a review of this fabulous book!

Click HERE!


Welcome to Day #6 of the blog tour for Donna Scott's fabulous book - The London Monster #HistoricalFiction @D_ScottWriter @WovenFromWords

DECEMBER 16TH – FEBRUARY 17TH 2021

AMAZON USAMAZON UK


Publication Date: 21st November 2020

Publisher: Atlantic Publishing

Page Length: 322 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Mystery


In 1788, exactly one hundred years before Jack the Ripper terrorizes the people of London, a sexual miscreant known as the London Monster roams the streets in search of his next victim…


Thomas Hayes, having lost his mother in a vicious street assault, becomes an underground pugilist on a mission to rid the streets of violent criminals. But his vigilante actions lead to him being mistaken for the most terrifying criminal of all.


Assistance arrives in the form of Sophie Carlisle, a young journalist with dreams of covering a big story, though she is forced to masquerade as a man to do it. Trapped in an engagement to a man she doesn’t love, Sophie yearns to break free to tell stories that matter about London’s darker side—gaming, prostitution, violence—and realizes Tom could be the one to help. Together, they come up with a plan.


Straddling the line between his need for vengeance and the need to hide his true identity as a politician's son becomes increasingly difficult as Tom is pressured to win more fights. The more he wins, the more notoriety he receives, and the greater the chance his identity may be exposed—a revelation that could jeopardize his father’s political aspirations and destroy his family’s reputation.


Sophie is also in danger as hysteria spreads and the attacks increase in severity and frequency. No one knows who to trust, and no one is safe—Tom included, yet he refuses to end the hunt.


Little does he realize, the monster is also hunting him.


Head on over to Woven From Words for a sneak-peek between the covers of this fabulous book!

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