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Comment by Book Buzz on July 1, 2015 at 2:41pm

Historical Fiction Novel For Review

The Sum of His Worth
By Ron Argo
Publisher: Cliff Edge Publishing
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 978-0989403573
Pages: 376
Genre: Historical Fiction

A prize-winning journalist and author returns to his childhood in this fictional account of the tumultuous 1960s Civil Rights era, a gripping thriller that takes us into the heart of an Alabama town held captive by the blind hatred of the KKK. "A profound and heartbreakingly real" [Kirkus] novel. The teenage narrator breathes life into that violent setting and pays homage to the tragedies and hardships of both black and white Southerners trying to thrive in a wicked, segregationist town.

Young Sonny Poe is trapped in a dead-end life of poverty and prejudice. Horrified after witnessing a lynching in the midnight woods, Sonny turns shy of anyone he suspects is a Klansman; soon he meets and befriends a progressive doctor with a troubled past and a crusading spirit who's trying to help end abuse against the local community of Negroes.

The headstrong teenager commits himself to "Doctor Joe" and his cause even as both suffer betrayals, beatings, arrest and finally exile in a story that can only end in tragedy--and hope.

This is a story of immense tension that pulsates with violence, love, betrayal and humor as it rushes through the forebodingness of one of America's most pressing historical moments toward a shocking climax.

The Civil Rights Movement forms the backbone of The Sum of His Worth, but its strength comes from the voice of its young narrator and its strongest theme lies in the caveats of moral reckoning in a "free" society.

Praise for The Sum of His Worth:
"Argo successfully creates a profound, multilayered tapestry that's full of nuance. [His] first-person perspective creates a fragile aura around the unfolding events, and makes them wholly unpredictable ... The authentic dialogue is especially effective; each restrained syllable conveys as much as a five-page soliloquy ... In a style that's evocative of S.E. Hinton's classic works, with a dash of Daniel Woodrell's Southern grit, [Argo's] novel is an engrossing, heartbreakingly real novel of the South" - Kirkus Reviews

"The Sum of His Worth is a work of serious literary fiction, a coming-of-age story set in a time of national upheaval ... rich in ambiance, descriptive detail, and incident ... My interest never flagged in this convincing, meaningful, and deeply immersive tale." -- Ron Terpening, author of Nine Days in October and Tropic of Fear.

"Argo's fiction rings chillingly true." -- The San Diego Union

"Ron Argo's depiction of Alabama in the late 50s and early 60s is as unrelenting as a shutter click, the image clear and unforgiving. From grits and okra to the horror show of white robes and burning crosses, the images are spot on perfect. So are the characters ... No reader will fail to come out of it unchanged." -- Sharon Skains, author of Waltzing with the Devil

"Jim Crow was interwoven with growing up in small-town Southern life. Argo has captured this nuance ... Here, courage is not a single act, but an ongoing commitment that can separate one from everything that is deeply loved." --Colonel Michael Moran, USMC (Ret)

For review copies contact:
Ron Argo
Email: argostein@cox.net
Website: http://www.ronargo.com
Ttwitter: https://twitter.com/wordpecker
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ron.argo.3

Comment by Book Buzz on July 1, 2015 at 1:00pm

Historical Suspense For Review

Behold A Lone Horseman
By Jeannie Hudson
ISBN: 978-1490483528
Pages: 366
Genre: Historical Suspense

BEHOLD A LONE HORSEMAN is historical suspense set in the American West in 1876. Trained by her master photographer father, Regan, a genius with a camera herself goes West to pursue a career and forges a future she could not have fathomed when she set out on her quest.

Trained by her father, a world renowned photographer in Philadelphia, Regan Townsend. a genius with a camera herself, comes to 1876 Colorado Territory, intent on a career in a male-dominated culture. She sets to the challenge of recording for future generations, the enthralling transition from unsettled land to the tumult created by settlers and miners pouring into the American west in search of gold and land.

When she meets Aiden Endicott, a man of power and vision from England, she falls in love and finds herself a part of the massive pursuit of progress and success sweeping across the awakening land. Yet, her past throws up insurmountable obstacles. With courage and insight, and the help of men like Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok whom she encounters in her search for the finest photographs for her future exhibitions, Regan forges a future she couldn't have fathomed when she first set out on her quest.

About the Author:
Jeannie Hudson grew up on a Wyoming cattle ranch. After college, she began writing full-time and sold stories to national magazines, then four suspense novels with the help of an agent and since 2013, has published four suspense and historical novels. She lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband and two rambunctious beagles.

For review copies contact:

Jeannie Hudson
Email: jahudson@spe.midco.net
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeannieHudson12
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeannie.hudson.90

Comment by Rhoda D'Ettore on July 1, 2015 at 8:33am

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Newborn Nazi

Newborn Nazi tackles the issues of right and wrong as well as self sacrifice when fourteen-year-old Edmund is forced into the Hitler Youth in 1935. His older siblings vow to destroy Nazi Germany, and the family gets swept up in espionage and the Underground Movement. When Edmund becomes an adult and joins the feared SS, his sister's secret endeavors to save Jews in her home endangers lives---including her own. This suspense thriller is sure to keep you guessing.

Newborn Nazi is based on Rhoda D’Ettore true family history. There was an Edmund who was forced into the Hitler Youth, and his sister did help Jews escape. D’Ettore found the story so riveting, she took the plot of the story and added murder and espionage to create this intense thriller.

Tower of Tears: The McClusky Series 1

In Tower of Tears: The McClusky Series, we find Jane traveling to America from Ireland with her three-year-old son. Expecting to find a better way of life, Jane finds nothing but intimidation, betrayal, violence, and heartache. This family saga includes blackmail, murder, mystery, and a touch of romance.

While writing Tower of Tears, D’Ettore gave her mother one chapter at a time for feedback. D’Ettore was undecided who the murderer in the book would eventually be, so she wrote the story with five characters hating and threatening the murder victim. Halfway through the book, D’Ettore’s mother shouted, “I know who killed him…. it was ####”. D’Ettore then finished the book with a different character as the murderer. When her mother read the final draft of the book, she replied, “That’s not who the murder is. I told you who is was.” D’Ettore then said, “I wrote the book, so I know who the murderer should be. Thanks.”

10 Shades of Blush: The Softer Side of Kink

10 Shades of Blush: The Softer Side of Kink is a collection of naughty fantasies of ordinary women. Teachers, mothers, and professionals submitted their wants and desires for kinky fun. All the tales are told as if the women are speaking directly to their partners. The audiobook of this has been called "Two hours of phone sex for $7".

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Comment by Priya Vasudevan on June 21, 2015 at 8:47am

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Comment by Sarah King on June 13, 2015 at 2:51pm

My debut Historical Fiction novel is now available as a paperbook format just 10 days after its Ebook release. Get either version via the following links

US Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XM4UA9M/

UK Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00XM4UA9M/

A tragic tale of friendship, passion and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Pendle witch trials of 1612, one of the most famous witch trials in English history.

Scandalised as a young woman after being accused of seducing Tom Lister, a gentleman’s son, Jennet Preston’s life is filled with shame and hardship. An outcast in her own village, she befriends the Device family in Blacko, and she is quickly embroiled in their world of folk magic and superstition, of old family feuds and dangerous reputations.

When fate intervenes to reunite her with Tom, Jennet risks everything for love and happiness, but when tragedy strikes Jennet finds that she is vulnerable to accusations for which she could pay the ultimate price. The Gisburn Witch is a novel about falling in love with the wrong person, making the wrong friends, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Comment by Book Buzz on June 8, 2015 at 2:51pm

Historical Drama For Review

The Shakespeare Conspiracy
By Ted Bacino
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 978-1452050669 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1452050652 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1452050676 (ebook)
Pages: 288
Genre: Historical Comedy-Drama

Read The Shakespeare Conspiracy Now Before The Movie Is Produced

The book has been made into a stage play that has had successful productions nationwide and the novel has been optioned for a movie.

England's foremost playwright is suspiciously murdered days before he is to be tried for treason.  And an unknown actor suddenly becomes England's star playwright virtually overnight.  Murder, mystery and manhunts in 1593.

How could Christopher Marlowe, a known spy and England's foremost playwright, be suspiciously murdered and quickly buried in an unmarked grave just days before he was to be tried for treason?  How could William Shakespeare, an unknown actor who "held horses for the gentry while they watched the plays", become England's star playwright virtually overnight?  

"The Shakespeare Conspiracy" is a comedy-thriller that intertwines the two mysteries.  It's a wild ride through the gay London theatre world as the city fights the black plague, the hunt for Catholics, and the questions about Marlowe's murder.  

As Marlowe and his sponsor/lover, Sir Thomas Walsingham realize that the sentence for heresy is always death by being "drawn and quartered."  So they fake Marlowe's murder and arrange for an unknown actor to front the new works by Marlowe.     

Quickly the crown becomes suspicious of Marlowe's mysterious murder and the similarities of his works with those of Shakespeare's.  (There are actually more than 100 identical or similar lines in the works of the two authors.)  

A manhunt begins with Marlowe being chased from city after city in Italy. He flees the Venetian city just as he finishes "The Merchant of Venice" and "Othello."  He runs from Padua as he writes "The Taming of the Shrew" and he must leave Verona after a close call while he tries to finish "Romeo and Juliet" and "Two Gentlemen of Verona."  The chase continues to Rome and Sicily where Marlowe in finally cornered.   

Meanwhile back in London, Shakespeare is trying to hide from the investigations of Constable Maunder and defend his writing of plays he's never read.  And the homoerotic references in the recent works plague Shakespeare with his drinking buddies, his concubines and his wife.   The whole chase culminates in a final confrontation of excitement and murder.   

All the historical facts presented in the book are accurate except for one date (which is explained in the preface).  The last third of the book is a supplement verifying the facts in the novel.   

For review copies contact:

Ted Bacino
Email: TBacino@AOL.com
Website: http://www.TheShakespeareConspiracy.com

Comment by Mk - PopcornReads.com on June 3, 2015 at 11:04am

Crow Hollow by Michael Wallace: A 17th Century New England Mystery

Find out why I think bestselling author Michael Wallace has a winner with Crow Hollow, Book #1 of his new historical mystery series, at http://popcornreads.com/?p=8419.

Comment by Mk - PopcornReads.com on June 2, 2015 at 11:27am

The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack: Book Review & Giveaway

Like M.J. Rose’s novels? Find out why I loved The Memory Painter, an unusual supernatural historical thriller by Gwendolyn Womack, and win it at http://popcornreads.com/?p=8414.

Comment by Book Buzz on June 1, 2015 at 2:35pm

Upcoming Historical Fiction Novel For Review
Releasing September 2015

The Spanish Patriot
By Nicky Penttila
Publisher: Wondrous Publishing
Releasing in September 2015
ISBN: 978-1943192021
Pages: 364
Genre: Historical Fiction

When the British army is sent into Spain to help expel Napoleon’s invaders, nothing goes as expected. Historical fiction set in Corunna 1808.  

Some fly to war. Others flee it. No one is safe.

When the British army is sent into Spain to help expel Napoleon’s invaders, nothing goes as expected. Not for London newsman Sam Kerr, hunting a story that will win him the editor’s chair, who discovers one that could wreck his career. Not for the Wakefield family, loyalist refugees from America seeking peace among people of their faith, who find war has followed them even here. And certainly not for the British troops, whose mission of support turns into a run for all their lives. Historical fiction set in Corunna 1808.Think Bernard Cornwell plus Jane Austen with a modern sensibility, and you’ll get a flavor of Nicky Penttila’s writing.

The author's first historical fiction work, An Untitled Lady (ISBN: 978-1943192007) was released in March 2015 and received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, the Historical Novel Society, and USA Today.

For review copies contact:

Nicky Penttila
Email: nickyp@rocketmail.com
Website: http://nickypenttila.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickyPenttila

Comment by Book Buzz on May 30, 2015 at 6:26pm

Historical Fiction Available For Review

Anvil of God
Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles
By J. Boyce Gleason
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-1475990195 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1475990201 (hc)
Pages: 443
Genre: Historical fiction, literary fiction

When Charles the Hammer dies his family struggles to take the throne.  Based on a true story, Anvil of God is a whirlwind of love, honor, sacrifice, and betrayal that follows a bereaved family’s relentless quest for power and destiny.

It is 741. After subduing the pagan religions in the east, halting the march of Islam in the west, and conquering the continent for the Merovingian kings, mayor of the palace Charles the Hammer has one final ambition—the throne. Only one thing stands in his way—he is dying.

Charles cobbles together a plan to divide the kingdom among his three sons, betroth his daughter to a Lombard prince to secure his southern border, and keep the Church unified behind them through his friend Bishop Boniface. Despite his best efforts, the only thing to reign after Charles’s death is chaos. His daughter has no intention of marrying anyone, let alone a Lombard prince. His two eldest sons question the rights of their younger pagan stepbrother, and the Church demands a steep price for their support. Son battles son, Christianity battles paganism, and Charles’s daughter flees his court for an enemy’s love.

For review copies contact:

J. Boyce Gleason
Email: jboycegleason@gmail.com
Website: http://www.jboycegleason.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JBoyceGleason
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Boyce-Gleason/394173584044664


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