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Monday, September 1, 2014

EDWIN: High King of Britain PLUS GIVEAWAY!!!

02_Edwin High King of Britain


PUBLICATION cation Date: April 1, 2014
Lion Fiction
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: The Northumbrian Thrones (Book 1)

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Debut historical fiction series vividly recreating the rise of the Christian kings of Northumbria, England.

In 604 AD, Edwin, the deposed king of Northumbria, seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia. But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith, Edwin's usurper. As Edwin walks by the shore, alone and at bay, he is confronted by a mysterious figure--the missionary Paulinus-- who prophesies that he will become High King of Britain. It is a turning point.

Through battles and astute political alliances Edwin rises to power, in the process marrying the Kentish princess Aethelburh. As part of the marriage contract the princess is allowed to retain her Christian faith. But, in these times, to be a king is not a recipe for a long life.

This turbulent and tormented period in British history sees the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon settlers who have forced their way on to British shores over previous centuries, arriving first to pillage, then to farm and trade--and to come to terms with the faith of the Celtic tribes they have driven out.

The dramatic story of Northumbria's Christian kings helped give birth to England as a nation, English as a language, and the adoption of Christianity as the faith of the English.

Chapter 1 Audio Excerpt


Read by the author's wife, Harriet Whitbread, with music from Flos Harmonicus.

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Praise for Edwin: High King of Britain


ìIn the first installment of the Northumbrian Thrones, a new historical fiction series, Albert launches readers into the tumultuous world of 7th century Northumbria. Edwin, the deposed king of the region, forges political alliances, is betrayed, and fights critical battles that form the arc of his rise and fall as High King of Britain. As he ages, he fears for the future of his kingdom, and war has simply become a necessary evil. His shifting worldview leads to conversion to the Christian faithóa slow process given special attention by Albert. But it is not a clear path, and sometimes Edwin and his subordinates doubt the validity and the power of the Christian God, as opposed to the pagan deities they have left behind. Albertís focus on the religious element does not detract from the political and dramatic aspects of the history he is portraying. Rather, it lends an extra dimension of psychological turmoil, because characters must deal with the problem of not only individual identity but also the beginnings of a national identity related to religion. Albertís offering is a highly entertaining and refreshing work of historical fiction thanks to his emphasis on the precarious intersection of religion and identity.î ñPublishers Weekly

ìA splendid novel that leaves the reader wanting more.î ñBernard Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author

ìA fast-paced and gripping tale of the great Northumbrian King Edwin, reclaiming one of our great national figures from the shadows of history.î ñJustin Hill, author of Shieldwall

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About the Author03_Edoardo Albert



Edoardo Albert is a writer of Sri Lankan and Italian extraction based in London. The best response to his writing was when he reduced a friend to helpless, hysterical, rolling-on-the-floor-holding-his-stomach laughter. Unfortunately, the writing in question was a lonely hearts ad. He hopes to produce similar results in readers, without inadvertently acquiring another wife.

For more information, please visit Edoardo Albert's website. You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Edwin: High King of Britain Blog Tour Schedule


Monday, August 25
Review at Princess of Eboli
Review at 2 Book Lovers Reviews

Tuesday, August 26
Review at Just One More Chapter
Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish

Wednesday, August 27
Review at Dab of Darkness

Thursday, August 28
Interview & Giveaway at Dab of Darkness

Monday, September 1
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Review at Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, September 2
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, September 3
Review at The Writing Desk
Review at The Mad Reviewer

Friday, September 5
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Monday, September 8
Review at A Book Geek
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Tuesday, September 9
Review at Book Nerd

Wednesday, September 10
Review & Giveaway at 100 Pages a Day - Stephanie's Book Reviews
Interview & Giveaway at Thoughts in Progress

Friday, September 12
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews

Monday, September 15
Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace

Tuesday, September 16
Review at Layered Pages

Thursday, September 18
Review & Giveaway at Beth's Book Reviews

Friday, September 19
Review at Book Drunkard

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my thoughts
A fantastic story about a 7th century ruler.

The story begins with Edwin's exile, he's at the kingdom of a supposed 'friend'. Well, with friends like Raedwald, he doesn't need enemies. Raedwald sells him out to his arch enemy, Aethelfrith, the very man who took Edwin's kingdom away from him. Yes, the names take some getting used to. I'll admit, I began this book with the list of 'dramatis personae' or cast of characters at my side, however, once I was into the story, these characters became easy to identify.

Edwin and his family are characters a reader can enjoy. The characters are interesting without being over the top. You want battles? This book has battles. You want gore? Well, there's a little of that, too. This book has everything a historical fiction lover could want.

I enjoyed reading this novel, in fact, I read it in only one sitting.


This well written well researched book follows Edwin's rise to power and his conversion to christianity. The god the king worships becomes the god of the masses. 


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Come and meet Bernie!


book, Final eBook Edition
Published May 25th 2014 by Argon Press (first published January 1st 2014)
original titleBernie and the Putty
ISBN139780991055418
edition languageEnglish

We have all heard of the fabled perfect being, the Greek God.

Well, how about a geek god? Named Bernie, yet.

Fresh with his diploma from God School, determined but unsure, bright but without confidence, Bernie faces the challenge of building his own universe. If only it were that easy...

An old school rival will do whatever it takes to ensure Bernie's failure, even if it means destroying his world.

It’s god vs. god, guile vs. goodness, where only one of them plays by the rules. Bernie must find a way to outwit his evil foe. If he fails, it will cost him everything. 

A fascinating tale of good vs. evil and a young hero on a journey of self-discovery in an original, humorous, fantastic wrapper.

my thoughts:

Unique and fun.  Bernie is a wonderful character.  I loved him from the beginning.  I couldn't put this book down!  Hooked from the very beginning.

There is a good vs bad storyline, Bernie comes up against Billy.  Billy holds a grudge against Bernie and is just a rotten apple. Bernie is a geek and a bit of an underdog.  Everyone loves the underdog.
Bernie is even more likable because he's unaware of just how good a character he is.  

Mr. LeBel did a great job of explaining the universe and the young gods' role in creation. 

This is a unique story.  Hopefully the start of many.  Well done Mr. LeBel! 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

COVER REVEAL


Book three of the CHOSEN CHRONICLES

Book one:


The Vampires of London are being murdered and only the Angel of Death can save them. When Father Paul Notus, is captured and threatened with a gruesome death by the Mistress of London and her vampires, the Angel is forced into a dark world of murder and deception to discover who is killing the Vampires of Britain.

Forced into a partnership with the Noble Fernando de Sagres, a vampire of sadistic tastes, and joined by the beautiful and mortal Jeanie Stuart, the Angel seeks out who is behind these killings.

Plagued by demons from his past and his increasing affections for Jeanie, the Angel walks a fine line between his heart and his fears. He discovers the culprits but at a high cost - the irrevocable discovery of what he truly is and the Destruction of one he loves.

Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen

Demon or Fay? Human or Chosen? Mortal or Immortal?

Delve into the past of the Angel of Death.

Abandoned at birth and left to die as a Changeling, the Angel is found by the local healer. In loving secrecy he is raised unnamed lest his strange appearance bring down the wrath of the villagers. Growing up, exiled from humanity, he is discovered and hurtled into a dark world as one of the Chosen. Even amongst the Chosen, who call themselves Vampires, he must remain apart for his differences could mark him for Destruction.

Book 2:

Death is the beginning. Life is the shadow. Released from more than one hundred years of revenge, the Angel of Death is no longer a tool for the Grand Council of the Chosen. He is finally free to return to a semblance of a life with Father Paul Notus. Haunted by nightmares of his past misdeeds and failings the Angel wants nothing more than to be left alone. It is across the Atlantic, in a foreign country, that he joins Notus, taking up the mantle once more as a protector in a land where those who would see him dead have flourished. Corbie Vale has not forgotten what the Angel has done. His own burning need to see the Angel humiliated and Destroyed sets into motion a carefully seeded plan despite warnings of greater retribution from the God of Death himself. Now in Corbie's territory, the Angel's sword becomes the lure to a trap, one that changes the Angel by giving him what he never dreamed of - mortality





The TYPEWRITER GIRL book blast

02_The Typewriter Girl


Author Alison Atlee's The Typewriter Girl is now an audio≠book, narrated by Audie winner Rosalyn Landor, and in celebration she'll be touring the blogosphere from August 4-29 with HF Virtual Book Tours!
  Audible Audio Book Edition
 Audible.com Release Date: April 4, 2014 Listening Length: 12 hours and 39 minutes
Publisher: Audible Studios Language: English ASIN: B00JH0L9HW Genre: Historical Fiction

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A Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year pick: The Typewriter Girl is a spectacular debut, set in a perfectly realized Victorian England.

When Betsey Dobson disembarks from the London train in the seaside resort of Idensea, all she owns is a small valise and a canary in a cage. After an attempt to forge a letter of reference she knew would be denied her, Betsey has been fired from the typing pool of her previous employer. Her vigorous protest left one man wounded, another jilted, and her character permanently besmirched.

Now, without money or a reference for a new job, the future looks even bleaker than the debacle she left behind her.

But her life is about to change Ö because a young Welshman on the railroad quay, waiting for another woman, is the one finally willing to believe in her
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Mr. Jones is inept in matters of love, but a genius at things mechanical. In Idensea, he has constructed a glittering pier that astounds the wealthy tourists. And in Betsey, he recognizes the ideal tour manager for the Idensea Pier & Pleasure Building Company.

After a lifetime of guarding her secrets and breaking the rules, Betsey becomes a force to be reckoned with. Together, she and Mr. Jones must find a way for her to succeed in a society that would reject her, and figure the price of surrendering to the tides of love.

Praise for The Typewriter Girl

"Atlee's outstanding debut unflinchingly explores  the unforgiving man's world of Victorian England."PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
"Easily one of the most romantic books I'll read all year  John and Betsey are compelling and worth rooting for." DEAR AUTHOR (a Recommended Read)
" Sweeps readers to a satisfying conclusion." LIBRARY JOURNAL

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About the Author03_Alison Atlee

Alison Atlee spent her childhood re-enacting Little Women and trying to fashion nineteenth century wardrobes for her Barbie dolls. Happily, these activities turned out to be good preparation for writing historical novels. She now lives in Kentucky. For more information please visit Alison Atlee's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads and Pinterest.

The Typewriter Girl Blog Tour & Book Blast Schedule

Monday, August 4 Review at Peeking Between the Pages (Audio Book) Book Blast at Mina's Bookshelf Book Blast at Princess of Eboli Book Blast at Literary Chanteuse Book Blast at What Is That Book About

  Tuesday, August 5 Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews (Print) Book Blast at So Many Books, So Little Time

Wednesday, August 6 Book Blast at Let Them Read Books

  Thursday, August 7 Book Blast at Mari Reads Book Blast at Book Lovers Paradise

  Friday, August 8 Book Blast at Book Blast Central

  Saturday, August 9 Book Blast at Caroline Wilson Writes

Sunday, August 10 Book Blast at Book Nerd

  Monday, August 11 Review at Just One More Chapter (Audio Book) Book Blast at Gobs and Gobs of Books

  Tuesday, August 12 Book Blast at Queen of All She Reads

Wednesday, August 13 Review at Historical Tapestry (Audio Book) Book Blast at The Lit Bitch Book Blast at CelticLady's Reviews

Thursday, August 14 Review at A Bookish Affair (Print) Guest Post at Historical Tapestry

  Friday, August 15 Review at Brooke Blogs (Audio Book) Guest Post at A Bookish Affair

Saturday, August 16 Book Blast at Broken Teepee

  Sunday, August 17 Interview at Closed the Cover

  Monday, August 18 Review at The Maiden's Court (Audio Book)

  Tuesday, August 19 Book Blast at Layered Pages Book Blast at Always with a Book

Wednesday, August 20 Book Blast at Literary, Etc.

Thursday, August 21 Review at Books in the Burbs (Print) Book Blast at Bibliotica

  Friday, August 22 Review at Bibliophilia, Please (Audio Book)

  Saturday, August 23 Book Blast at Reading Lark Book Blast at Ageless Pages Reviews

Sunday, August 24 Book Blast at Passages to the Past

  Monday, August 25 Review at Flashlight Commentary (Audio Book) Book Blast at Historical Fiction Connection

  Tuesday, August 26 Interview at Flashlight Commentary

  Wednesday, August 27 Book Blast at Susan Heim on Writing

  Thursday, August 28 Review at Luxury Reading (Print) Review at The True Book Addict (Audio Book) Review at Jorie Loves a Story (Print)

  Friday, August 29 Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

The Typewriter Girl Swag Giveaway

One copy of The Typewriter Girl (Audio Book or Print) Set of earbuds in a cute typewriter print pouch A Typewriter Girl Happily-Ever-After t-shirt (features last lines from famous novels) A vintage style postcard "from" Idensea, the setting of The Typewriter Girl A "dream wildly" ribbon bookmark with typewriter key charms
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Queen of Sheba: she's not as you expect.


Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Howard Books
original titleJewel of Sheba
ISBN 1451684045 (ISBN13: 9781451684049)
edition languageEnglish


Her name is legend. Her story, the epic of nations. The Queen of Sheba. A powerful new novel of love, power, and the questions at the heart of existence by the author of the award-winning, brilliant, and masterful (Publishers Weekly) Iscariot.

There is the story you know: A foreign queen, journeying north with a caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king favored by the One God. The tale of a queen conquered by a king and god both before returning to her own land laden with gifts.

That is the tale you were meant to believe.

Which means most of it is a lie.

The truth is far more than even the storytellers could conjure. The riches more priceless. The secrets more corrosive. The love and betrayal more passionate and devastating.

Across the Red Sea, the pillars of the great oval temple once bore my name: Bilqis, Daughter of the Moon. Here, to the west, the porticoes knew another: Makeda, Woman of Fire. To the Israelites, I was queen of the spice lands, which they called Sheba.

In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her father's throne and all its riches at great personal cost. Her realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But now new alliances to the North threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation. Solomon, the brash new king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world or of Sheba's queen. With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king. But neither ruler has anticipated the clash of agendas, gods, and passion that threatens to ignite and ruin them both. An explosive retelling of the legendary king and queen and the nations that shaped history.


my thoughts:

Tosca Lee has long been one of my favorite authors.  

This is her best book yet.  The characters are colorful without being unbelievable.   Tosca writes with such realism, the reader can actually  be part of the story.   Bilqis (Queen of Sheba) is an amazing character.  We follow her throughout her ups and downs, we laugh and cry with her. 

This is a beautifully written, inspirational story that is certain to please.