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Comment by Book Buzz on September 6, 2015 at 12:53pm

Historical Fiction/Adventure For Review

What the Owl Saw
Second in the Buenaventura Series
By Gerald W. McFarland
Publisher: Sunstone Press
ISBN: 978-1632930088 (print)
ISBN: 978-1611392685 (ebook)
Pages: 336
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure

"What the Owl Saw," the second volume in the Buenaventura Series and the sequel to "The Brujo's Way," opens in December 1705 with a terrifying nightmare that fills Don Carlos Buenaventura, a powerful brujo in his sixth life, with dread. Feeling the need to strengthen his brujo powers, always weakened by town life, he rides out into the wild mountain landscapes around Santa Fe in order to practice his sorcerer's technique of transforming himself into hawks and owls. Transformations are exhilarating, but they do not dispel his sense of an impending menace. In addition, as he tells his friend Inez de Recalde, he is impatient to move forward in his quest for wisdom on what he calls the Unknown Way.   

Into this picture comes a trio of itinerant entertainers, a magician and two women dancers, who offer an ambiguous promise. Can they lead him to deeper realms of consciousness, or are they agents of his enemy, the evil sorcerer Don Malvolio? The magician and his alluring companions introduce Carlos to dances that transport him into ecstatic mind states, but he remains uncertain about what master they serve. Despite the risk of exposing his secret brujo identity and of being disloyal to his beloved Inez, Carlos allows himself to be drawn ever farther into their web of dark and dangerous enchantments.

About the Author:
A native Californian, Gerald W. McFarland received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his doctorate in U.S. history from Columbia University. He taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for forty-four years, specializing, among other things, in the History of the American West. During that time he published four books in his field, including "A Scattered People: An American Family Moves West," cited by the Colonial Dames of America as one of the three best books in American history published in 1985. Since his retirement, he has written three novels in the Buenaventura Series. He and his wife life in rural Western Massachusetts.

For review copies contact:

Gerald W. McFarland
Email: geraldm3@verizon.net
Website: http://www.geraldwmcfarland.com

Comment by Book Buzz on August 31, 2015 at 3:25pm

Historical Fiction Available For Review

Ashes of Waterloo
By Olivia M. Andem
Publisher: Manor Gate Press
Published: August 15, 2015
ISBN: 978-0991218776 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0991218769 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0991218783 (ebook)
Pages: 340
Genre: Historical Fiction

April 1815

Rumors of Napoleon’s war plans spread across the French border into the Province of Brabant. The caretaker’s stepdaughter dreads the arrival of Napoleon’s soldiers with good reason...she knows their violent ways only too well. One fateful afternoon, Lisette is left in charge of the empty chateau. During the dark days that follow, a vow of revenge mars her efforts to make new friends and bask in the attentions of a rugged British officer. The three men she cares about face the battle ordeal of Waterloo. While fleeing the catastrophe of war, her every step is fraught with perils, brigands and heartache-

Lisette, a soldier’s daughter with iron will and a kind heart, refuses to surrender to hardship or vile threats... when faced with defeat by the past, she must find a way to protect those she holds dear and win a most precious victory.

About the Author:
Olivia M. Andem lives in Southern California and enjoys speaking to book clubs, library and civic groups about the historic Georgian era that inspired The Hawthorne Diaries saga. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and is an avid reader and researcher of her English and American heritage. Aided by the encouragement of family and support of a Yorkie terrier, Harley-Girl, current projects include works of both romance and historical fiction.

For review copies contact:

Oliva M. Andem
Email: oandwriter@gmail.com
Website: http://www.OliviaAndem.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndemAuthor

Comment by Book Buzz on August 26, 2015 at 12:31pm

NEW Historical Fiction Novel Available For Review

The Mind of an American Revolutionary
By Jon Foyt
Publisher: Andrew Benzie Books
Published: August 21, 2015
ISBN: 978-1941713235
Pages: 254
Genre: Historical Fiction

A surprising Historical Novel about one of the Lesser Known but Equally Important Founding Fathers who played a Vital Role in Financing the American Revolution with his own funds and yet ended up in Debtor’s Prison.

Real Men may eat quiche, but do real men do Talk Therapy?    

That is the question Jon Foyt’s historical novel asks—and answers—in “The Mind of an American Revolutionary,” the life and motivations of one of the lesser known—but equally significant—Founding Fathers.    Extensively researched, Jon’s 12th novel tells the story of Robert Morris, an illegitimate immigrant lad from off the docks of Liverpool, who went on to finance the American Revolution—at times with money out of his own pocket—and then ended up in debtor’s prison.    

Taking place during the Revolutionary years, the novel explores Morris’ mind and his emotions, which are relentlessly probed by a persistent mercenary Hessian Major in what today we would call psychological counseling, or talk therapy.    

As to the economic reasons for the American Revolution, the author seems eminently qualified to write about business motivations and ethics, given his years in the trenches as an American entrepreneur in real estate, radio broadcasting, banking, and publishing following his business school studies at Stanford. Adding his own personal drama with talk therapy creates the authenticity of this novel.     

Foyt became interested in Robert Morris when he was sent by an Oregon bank to a conference at Rutgers where he learned that Morris was the patron saint of banking for having financed the Revolution.

For review copies contact:

Jon Foyt
Email: jonfoyt@mac.com
Website: http://www.JonFoyt.com

Comment by Book Buzz on August 22, 2015 at 6:45pm

Historical Romance Available For Review

Lady of the Imperial City
By Laura Kitchell
Published: May 2015
ISBN: 978-1512022421 (print)
ISBN: 978-1311138705 (ebook)
Pages: 293
Genre: Historical Romance

Love isn’t forbidden to Lady Kirei as long as it’s with a proper gentleman of Kyō and she doesn’t mind sharing him with his wife. Her provincial upbringing makes her socially unacceptable as a true wife, yet as a lady by birth and a court favorite, her position makes it impossible for her to seek a match below her station. She’s trapped.

When a nobleman of similar provincial upbringing arrives in town and becomes an instant favorite of the emperor, he is sent to Lady Kirei for tutoring on city ways. Lord Yūkan is smitten, but she’s not a conquest to be won. She’s a woman of substance and worth, and she’s off limits.

Despite his unrefined manners, Lord Yūkan’s aristocratic bloodline shows through his fine taste and quick mind. It doesn’t hurt that he’s handsome, too. As he begins to touch her heart, Lady Kirei is ever mindful that they can’t commit, especially when her uncle schemes to make her a consort to a prince.

Will her family’s honor relegate her to the shadow-life of a consort, or can love find a way?

About the Author:
Laura Kitchell lives in Virginia. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Chesapeake Romance Writers. She lived in Japan as a child and has a love and respect for Japanese history and culture.

For review copies contact:
Laura Kitchell
Email: laurakitchell@cox.net
Website: http://laurakitchell.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laura.kitchell.1

Comment by Book Buzz on August 4, 2015 at 3:02pm

Historical Fiction Novel Available For Review

Casting Lots
By William D. McEachern
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 978-1491842447 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1491842461 (hc)
Pages: 363
Genre: Historical Fiction, Inspirational Fiction

Casting Lots is the tale of how a Greek slave, Lucinius, becomes an influential religious leader and literary figure in the First Century A.D.  His spiritual awakening is prompted by an unlikely mentor, a Centurion, who was at the crucifixion.   

Lucinius is ordered by his master to assemble the stories told by eye-witnesses to the life and death of Jesus Christ.  Cornelius was the Centurion at the Crucifixion. Cornelius is hated by the Jews and the Romans.  He is haunted by the Crucifixion because he won the shroud worn by Christ in a game of dice.  He takes Lucinius on a journey throughout the Empire and tells him what seem to be fantastic stories about famous Romans during the era of the Republic, some 100 years ago.  These stories contain elements which Cornelius could not possibly know, unless he is making them up or unless there is some other explanation.

The book answers the question of who wrote the Gospel of Luke and why he wrote it.  The book answers the question of who is Cornelius and why he said Jesus was an innocent man at his Crucifixion.   Thus, it is a tale of the two men's spiritual journeys.

For review copies contact:

William D. McEachern
Email: wmceache@bellsouth.net
Website: http://www.authorwdmceachern.com/
Blog: http://williammceachern.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Casting_Lots
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Casting-Lots/1428893160694565

Comment by Sage's Blog Tours on July 14, 2015 at 2:34pm


Seeking Blog Tour Hosts / Book Reviewers for Historical Fiction

Hosted by Sage's Blog Tours

Picture Kolea
By Russell Cahill
Genre: Historical Fiction
Review copies available in: mobi & PDF, 172 pages

The illegitimate child of Maui’s King is spirited away and raised in seclusion by a mysterious Hula Dancer and a blind warrior. Follow the child, Kolea, to Molokai where he is trained by the warrior and pursued by an evil half-brother. A daring escape in a voyaging canoe leads north and the adventure continues as the Hawai’ian men and women warriors meet natives of the North American Coast. The voyagers join a community of Tlingit Indians and Kolea grows in wisdom and courage. Thoughts and yearning draw the voyagers south and point their hearts and the bows of their canoe toward home.

Interested in joining this tour? Find all the details here.


Comment by Book Buzz on July 10, 2015 at 1:34pm

Historical Fiction Available For Review

Pictures of the Past
By Deby Eisenberg
Publisher: Studio House Literary
ISBN: 978-0615483122
Pages: 376
Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Jewish Fiction

Pictures of the Past is a compelling saga sweeping through Chicago, Paris and Berlin, reliving events from pre-World War II Europe, but beginning in contemporary times. An Impressionist painting, hanging for decades in the Art Institute of Chicago and donated by the charismatic philanthropist Taylor Woodmere, is challenged by an elderly woman as a Nazi theft. Taylor’s gripping and passionate story takes us back to 1937. Sent to Paris on family business, he reluctantly leaves his girlfriend Emily, a spoiled debutante from Newport, Rhode Island. But once in Europe, he immediately falls in love – first with an Henri Lebasque painting, and then with the enchanting Sarah Berger of Berlin. After Taylor returns home, the Berger family becomes trapped in the Nazi web, and any attempts for the new lovers to be reunited are thwarted.

Interwoven with this narrative is the story of Rachel Gold, a beautiful and bright Chicago girl caught up in the times of the late 1960’s. Pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend Court Woodmere, Taylor’s son, she moves to New York to live with her aunt, a Holocaust survivor. Years later, as the controversy surrounding the provenance of the painting becomes public, Rachel’s grown son is disturbed by his inexplicable familiarity with the work of art. And it is only Taylor Woodmere who can unravel the complicated puzzle of their lives.

With a heart-grabbing ending, Pictures of the Past is historical fiction at its best, giving a personalized window to the powerful events and intriguing venues of the eras. From a world torn by the horrors of war, a love story emerges that endures through years of separation.

For review copies contact:

Deby Eisenberg
Email: author@debyeisenberg.com
Website: http://www.debyeisenberg.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deby.eisenberg

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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