Blog Tour and Book Review: Finding Rose by Julie Ryan

Book Review for Finding Rose by Julie Ryan

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Title: Finding Rose

Author: Julie Ryan

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical

Release Date: 22nd October 2018

Purchase Links:

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Rose-Julie-Ryan-ebook/dp/B07GZZPYQX

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/Finding-Rose-Julie-Ryan-ebook/dp/B07GZZPYQX

Blurb

When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.

Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?

My Thoughts

The possibility of the novel involving past lives caught my eye. It is a topic I am intrigued by so I was eager to read it when I was given the opportunity to join in a blog tour. I was not disappointed. From the beginning I was drawn into the all the three stories – the present with the sisters coping with their father’s declining health and their complex relationships, the lives of those in 16th century and the horrors of World War One – making me read chapter after chapter. I cared for all the characters in the different timelines and was eager to know the answers to the mysteries the novel revealed as the sister’s dug into their father’s past. Unlike some books with a historical fiction slant it is not a heavy read bogged down with detail but it keeps the magic of the genre. There were moments I will always remember and facts from the past I never knew. It is a beautiful, heartfelt tale of love, acceptance and reflection.

The subjects touched by the book would make it a perfect book for discussions in book clubs.

Would I recommend?

Yes, if you enjoy historical fiction blended with the present or want to try something different.
I am looking forward to reading more by this talented author.

Author Bio

Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a rescue cat. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.

She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. Her latest book, Finding Rose, is a new departure for her as it is set against the backdrop of WW1 and has a strong link to the Tudor Court.

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Guest post: Real History versus Fantasy History; or, the Dangers of Pushing Research Too Far by M.K Wiseman

I am pleased to introduce M.K Wiseman, as part of a blog tour to celebrate her book, The Kithseeker.  Welcome Duvet Dwellers Books and over to you.

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Real History versus Fantasy History; or, the Dangers of Pushing Research Too Far

I almost went back to change the title of this post. In hindsight it comes across as quite menacing. But then, considering the topic at hand, I think I’ll keep it as typed. For you see, my writing jam is historical fantasy and sometimes real history just … *shiver

Have you ever heard of Hew Draper? I ran across his name while putting together a few fun table props for a convention I attended in August. ExpectoCon in Madison, Wisconsin is a new immersive wizards and witches weekend brought to you by the same mind that created the series of TeslaCon immersive steampunk conventions. As such, I needed a few really nifty outfits and a set of cool new props.

I decided to be so bold as to do a cheeky mild cosplay of one of my own characters. Well, more a nod than a true character cosplay. I fashioned Nagarath’s cinnabar staff and tried to have at least one of my weekend outfits resemble something akin to what I believe a 17th century Croatian wizard would wear. And I made reference books.

And to do so, I did (admittedly shoddy) research so that I could have with me the means to discuss, at length, various magickal histories. Books. Wizards. Strange facts (e.g. the history of the wand is quite fascinating). These filled my little note books in the hope that I could fill strangers’ ears with impromptu in-character lectures. To some extent, I was successful in this attempt and had a blast doing so. But to another extent this exercise mainly served to scare me.

Nicholas Flamel—made more recently famous through J. K. Rowling’s having dropped his history into the Harry Potter series—proved an interesting if non-threatening maybe-maybe-not wizard. I mention Hew Draper above. He managed something potentially more exciting. I say potentially for, no record exists of his having escaped the Salt Tower of the Tower of London on May 30, 1561 … but neither does there exist proof that he did not, in fact, conjure himself away after making the cryptic astrological carving on the wall of his cell.

And then there’s La Voisin. Catherine Monvoisin, French poisoner for hire for the aristocracy in the seventeenth century. Her fate we know. She was publicly executed in Paris on February 22, 1680. Charge of witchcraft (amongst other things.) I stopped researching when I found out how she was performing “black masses” and I figured I no longer wanted to know anything of real wizards from history.

I guess I’ll stick to fantasy for now?

 

The Kithseeker

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Title: The Kithseeker

Author: M.K Wiseman

Genre: Historical fantasy

Release date: 21st August 2018

Blurb

France, 1680

Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.

Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.

Thus, the pair find themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.

Purchase Links
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Author Bio

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M. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.

 

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Thank you for visiting M.K Wiseman and I love the idea of cosplay and hope you took lots of photos. I am also tempted to read more of the real wizards you researched.

For book reviews on her book The Kithseeker, why not pop in to other blogs in the tour. Details are below.

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Book Review and Blog Tour: An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson.

I am excited to be part of the blog tour for Kiltie Jackson’s new release An Artisan Lovestyle and share my review.  Her debut A Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle was in my best reads of 2017 list so I have been eagerly waiting for this book to be released.

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Title: An Artisan Lovestyle

Author: Kiltie Jackson

Genre: paranormal romance

Release Date: 28th June 2018

Purchase Linkhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D23TM38

Blurb

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree 
to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of 
finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

My thoughts

This is Kiltie Jackson’s second novel and though it includes the stars of her debut, A Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle, Sukie and Pete, it is brilliantly different. It may follow on from the first book but it can an easily be read as a standalone without losing any enjoyment.

I love this book for its unusual premise, humorous, and honest writing.  I instantly connected with both Elsa and Danny making me eager to read the next chapter to see what happens next. With Danny being a Mr. Nice Guy and Elsa being a grieving widow the book could easily have fallen into the trap of portraying Elsa as a damsel in distress waiting to be rescued as often seen in romance novels but Kiltie Jackson excels in creating strong female characters. Though they are floundering Elsa and Danny both have an inner strength they need to complete the three tasks to survive. It was lovely to catch up with the characters from  her debut novel Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle , and to see snippets of references to the previous book scattered into the story but I enjoyed meeting the new ones.

The introduction of Death is inspired. The plot lends itself to an angelic intervention as seen in the films  I loved as a kid Heaven Can Wait (both versions) and of course, It’s a Wonderful  Life so he is a  refreshing addition and a fantastic memorable character. His outlandish antics and scenes with Harry and William will stay with me and continue to make me grin for a long time. He links the two threads of Elsa and Danny stories perfectly. I was kept guessing throughout the book as the plot unfolded and twisted.

Would I recommend?

Yes. Kiltie Jackson is an author but also a natural storyteller with a distinctive voice which makes me want to read more.  I could happily reread this book on sunny days in the garden or curled up under the duvet with a hot choc on wintery nights.

Thank you Rachel Random Resources and Kiltie Jackson for inviting me on this fun blog tour and allowing me a sneak read before the release date.

Happy reading!

 

P.S For more Kiltie Jackson magic, catch up with other bloggers on this tour to read a three-part prequel to the Lovestyle series and thoughts from the author. Links can be found on her page Kiltie Jackson daily as the tour continues.

Also do not forget to scroll down to enter a giveaway to win an Amazon gift voucher worth £40. An ideal prize for a bookworm with an extensive TBR list.

Author Biography

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Kiltie Jackson

Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland,
This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.

When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then,
after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are
finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having
plenty of moggies, there are no towers!
The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the
condition they keep paying the mortgage!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles.
She really dislikes going to the gym!

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job
and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won
a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017.

She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved
it as she didn’t think it was very good.

In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun
her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished
manuscript and finally finish what she had started.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series.

Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series)
in the Summer of 2018.

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a
fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and
the ideas still keep on coming.

Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

To connect with Kiltie Jackson

Website www.kiltiejackson.com
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kiltiejackson
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/KiltieJackson

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Book review: The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part one by Audrey Davis

The weather has finally turned wintery which means it was perfect for snuggling under warm blankets and read the ARC of Audrey Davis’ new book I was given in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One

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Some people just won’t take death lying down … ! 

Hattie Hastings is happily married, even if husband Gary drives her up the wall at times. When tragedy strikes, she is left alone and heartbroken, with only an assortment of family and friends to prop her up.
Struggling to cope, she is left reeling when her deceased other half returns, popping up at the most inappropriate times.
Hattie can’t convince anyone that Gary has returned. Not even best friend Cat – now free from the cruel and controlling Stewart – will believe her.
Why has Gary returned? And what will Cat do when her slimy ex-husband tries to worm his way back into her affections?
The Haunting of Hattie Hastings will make you laugh, cry and count down until Part Two …

This is the first book of a fun-filled trilogy about life, death and letting go.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings is a delightful and enjoyable read that made me chuckle  with its gentle humour and quirky observations as well as the unfortunate timing of Hattie’s husband Gary haunts. If ghosts exist, this is how they would appear unlike the romantic versions Hollywood depicts in their films, such as Ghost.  All the characters are highly relatable and I was quickly drawn into their lives as they cope after his sudden death. The close relationship between Hattie and Gary is refreshing to read.

If anyone has had conversations about whether they would haunt their other half, family or friend after  death, this is a book to read. It is fun, captivating and the only downside is having to wait for the next installment to discover what happens next.

This book is perfect for when you need to take a break from the hectic Christmas preparations and makes an ideal alternative to the festive reads that are in abundance.

I look forward to reading part two and I have another author to watch and more books to add to my ever growing TBR list.

This book can be purchased from Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/2yrBiP1

Audrey Davis

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About Audrey Davis

Scottish-born Audrey studied journalism in Edinburgh more decades ago than she cares to admit. She cut her writing teeth on provincial newspapers (using a typewriter) and a London-based video magazine (another sign of her advanced years).

Engagement to her now-husband Bill took them to Singapore, Australia and Buckinghamshire, England, before they settled in Switzerland in 2002. Along the way they had two boys, both all grown-up and living in the UK.

Her journey to becoming a published author began with an online Writing Fiction course. It took well over a year but, in June 2017, Audrey published her debut romantic comedy novel, A Clean Sweep. It was quickly followed by a shorter and darker prequel, A Clean Break.
The idea for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings came from nowhere, just a random title that popped into her head and from there grew into Part One of a trilogy. It comes under the same genre, but has some poignant scenes and – hopefully – lots of laughs! Audrey admits to being a worrier, and has always used humour as a defence mechanism, as her friends will attest.

When Audrey isn’t writing, she loves shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Strictly Come Dancing (a strange mix, she knows). Her interests include cooking (and eating pretty much anything apart from oysters), travelling and going to the gym. OK, the last one is mainly to compensate for her passion for food!

Audrey would describe herself as a ‘pantser’ rather than a ‘planner’, preferring to run where a story takes her and scribble copious notes along the way. She’d love to write a page-turning thriller, but fears her natural tendency to see the comic side of life might be an obstacle.

Website – https://audinsuisse.wordpress.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/audreydavisbooks

Twitter – https://twitter.com/audbyname

Have you read The Haunting of Hattie Hastings or Audrey Davis’ other books? Let me know what you thought in the comments below.

Happy reading and keep warm!