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Welcome to my attempt at blogging. I am a true to heart bibliophile. Here I will discuss and review books as I read them. You are welcome to do the same. The only rules are no profanity, no politics, no religion, and have fun!
Donna

Monday, April 20, 2015

HELEN OF SPARTA

Please join author Amalia Carosella as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Helen of Sparta, from April 1-22. 02_Helen of Sparta Cover

Publication Date: April 1, 2015 Lake Union Publishing Formats: eBook, Paperback ISBN-10: 1477821384 Genre: Historical Fiction

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 Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny. But at every turn, new dangers—violence, betrayal, extortion, threat of war—thwart Helen’s plans and bar her path. Still, she refuses to bend to the will of the gods. A new take on an ancient myth, Helen of Sparta is the story of one woman determined to decide her own fate.

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About the Author03_Amalia Carosella Author

Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog at www.amaliacarosella.com. She also writes fantasy and paranormal romance as Amalia Dillin. You can also connect with Amalia on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter here and here.


my thoughts:

We've all heard the story of Helen of Troy.  In some versions, Helen is a victim, in others, she's a temptress, but always the story revolves around Paris and 'the war'.  Well, this is a different tale.  This is the years prior to the great war.  The years of Helen's youth and her capture by Theseus, King of Athens.  The story of Helen's abduction by Theseus is a mere footnote in the books, but the author has managed to create a compelling and highly entertaining story revolving around Helen's time with Theseus.  Years before her marriage to Menelaus, years before Paris, years before the great battles.  As we discover, one cannot escape one's fate.  What do I mean by this?  Well, no spoilers, you just have to read the book to find out!  Would the great battle have even occurred if Helen had not been 'abducted' by Theseus?  Intriguing thought.    This Helen is a likable, charming young woman. She is not the meek victim, nor is she a frivolous simpleton.  She is a strong, independent young woman attempting to foil the will of the petty and foolish gods.  She is a daughter of Zeus, ignored by her father and living with a mortal mother, Leda, who feels both contempt and disdain for her.   If you like the ancient stories, if you like stories with strong women, you will enjoy this version of Helen's story.


Helen of Sparta Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, April 1 Review at Unshelfish Review at Let Them Read Books

  Thursday, April 2 Review at Flashlight Commentary

  Friday, April 3 Interview at Flashlight Commentary

  Saturday, April 4 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective

Monday, April 6 Review at Curling Up By the Fire Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

  Tuesday, April 7 Spotlight at leeanna.com

  Wednesday, April 8 Review at Historical Reads and Views

  Thursday, April 9 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

  Friday, April 10 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

  Monday, April 13 Interview at Book Babe Spotlight at Historical Fiction Obsession

Tuesday, April 14 Review at Forever Ashley

  Wednesday, April 15 Review at Just One More Chapter Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Thursday, April 16 Review at 100 Pages a Day

  Friday, April 17 Review at Impressions in Ink

Saturday, April 18 Spotlight at Passages to the Past

  Monday, April 20 Review at Book Lovers Paradise Interview at The Maiden's Court

  Tuesday, April 21 Review at Broken Teepee

  Wednesday, April 22 Review at Ageless Pages Reviews


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Inspector of the Dead, review

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Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Mulholland Books Hardcover; 342p ISBN: 9780316323932 Genre: Historical Mystery
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 David Morrell's MURDER AS A FINE ART was a publishing event. Acclaimed by critics, it made readers feel that they were actually on the fogbound streets of Victorian London. Now the harrowing journey continues in INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD. Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his Confessions of an Opium-Eater,confronts London's harrowing streets to thwart the assassination of Queen Victoria. The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation. This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul. Brilliantly merging historical fact with fiction, Inspector of the Dead is based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria.

Praise for Inspector of the Dead

"Riveting! I literally thought I was in 1855 London. With this mesmerizing series, David Morrell doesnít just delve into the world of Victorian England,he delves into the heart of evil, pitting one manís opium-skewed brilliance against a society where appearances are everything, and the most vicious killers lurk closer than anyone thinks." Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Crash & Burn and The Perfect Husband

  What the Victorian Experts Say: "Even better than Murder as a Fine Art. A truly atmospheric and dynamic thriller. I was fascinated by how Morrell seamlessly blended elements from Thomas De Quincey's life and work. The solution is a complete surprise.'" Grevel Lindop, The Opium-Eater: A Life of Thomas De Quincey

"The scope is remarkable. Florence Nightingale, the Crimean War, regicide, the railways, opium, the violence and despair of the London rookeries, medical and scientific innovations, arsenic in the food and clothing,all this makes the Victorian world vivid. The way Morrell depicts Thomas De Quincey places him in front of us, living and breathing. But his daughter Emily is in many ways the real star of the book" Robert Morrison, The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey

"I absolutely raced through it and couldnít bear to put it down. I particularly liked how the very horrible crimes are contrasted with the developing, fascinating relationship between Thomas De Quincey and his daughter, Emily, who come across as extremely real. It was altogether a pleasure." Judith Flanders, The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime

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About the Author03_David Morell ©_Jennifer_Esperanza

David Morrell is an Edgar, Nero, Anthony, and Macavity nominee as well as a recipient of the prestigious career-achievement Thriller Master away from the International Thriller Writers. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic espionage novel. The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. A former literature professor at the University of Iowa, Morrell has a PhD from Pennsylvania State University. His latest novel is INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD, a sequel to his highly acclaimed Victorian mystery/thriller, Murder as a Fine Art, which Publishers Weekly called îone of the top ten mystery/thrillers of 2013.î For more information visit David Morrell's website. You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Inspector of the Dead Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, March 24 Review at Unabridged Chick Excerpt at Boom Baby Reviews

  Wednesday, March 25 Review at Back Porchervations Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

  Thursday, March 26 Review at JulzReads

  Friday, March 27 Review & Excerpt at Jorie Loves a Story Interview at JulzReads

  Monday, March 30 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book Spotlight at Tales of a Book Addict

Tuesday, March 31 Interview & Excerpt at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

  Wednesday, April 1 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book Guest Post at Mina's Bookshelf

Thursday, April 2 Review at Build a Bookshelf Review & Giveaway at Mina's Bookshelf

  Friday, April 3 Review at Peppermint, Ph.D. Monday, April 6 Review & Giveaway at To Read, or Not to Read Excerpt & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

  Tuesday, April 7 Review at Book Lovers Paradise Wednesday, April 8 Interview at Back Porchervations Spotlight & Giveaway at Words and Peace

  Thursday, April 9 Review & Giveaway at 100 Pages a Day - Stephanie's Book Reviews

  Friday, April 10 Review at Layered Pages Review, Excerpt & Giveaway at Drey's Library

Monday, April 13 Review at Flashlight Commentary

  Tuesday, April 14 Interview at Flashlight Commentary

  Wednesday, April 15 Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

  Thursday, April 16 Review at Editing Pen Review at Luxury Reading Review at The Maiden's Court

  Friday, April 17 Guest Post & Giveaway at Editing Pen

  Monday, April 20 Review & Giveaway at A Literary Vacation

  Tuesday, April 21 Review at A Book Geek Review at Books and Benches

  Wednesday, April 22 Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

  Thursday, April 23 Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

  Friday, April 24 Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict


my thoughts:

David Morrell has created quite a page turner.  A better than average mystery/thriller.  I admit, I have not yet read MURDER AS A FINE ART, but I've recently purchased it, and plan to read it soon.

This book is full of twists and turns.  Morrell has combined a murder mystery with Victorian era London, complete with fog filled streets, the Queen and Victorian sensibilities.  He has expertly interwoven the characters with an amazing story.  I was on the edge of my seat attempting to figure out 'whodunit'.   This is not light reading, it is a masterfully told, tense, action packed story with some strange and incredible characters.  We vividly experience brutal murders, complete with explicit details of these murders.

Thomas DeQuincey is better than Sherlock Holmes!  His thinking process baffles even Scotland Yard..  It's even more impressive when you realize he's a drug addict, a chronic user of laudanum (opium).    Emily De Quincey is the star of the book.  She is a woman ahead of her time.  A follower of the Florence Nightingale teachings and an independent, highly intelligent woman.   She works with her father to solve the crime.   

You will not be disappointed with this fascinating story!





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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ANGELS AT THE GATE

Please join author T.K. Thorne as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Angels at the Gate Blog Tour from March 23-April 17, and enter to win your own hardcover copy!


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Publication Date: March 5, 2015 Cappuccino Books Formats: eBook, Hardcover Pages: 368 Genre: Historical Fiction

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 Based on historical, biblical, and archaeological research, visits to the Middle East, and a large measure of creativity, ANGELS AT THE GATE is the story of Adira, destined to become Lotís wife. A daughter of Abram's tribe, Adira is an impetuous young girl whose mother died in childbirth. Secretly raised as a boy in her fatherís caravan and schooled in languages and the art of negotiation, Adira rejects the looming changes of womanhood that threaten her nomadic life and independence. But with the arrival of two mysterious strangers , Northmen rumored to be holy or possibly even "Angels"  Adira''s world unravels. Raiders invade the caravan, and she loses everything she values most, her father, her freedom, and even the Angels. Caught between her oath to her father to return to her tribe and the proper life for a woman and tormented by an impossible love, she abandons all she has known in a dangerous quest to seek revenge and find her kidnapped Angel. With only her beloved dog, Nami, at her side, Adira must use the skills she learned in the caravan to survive the perils of the desert, Sodom, and her own heart. ANGELS AT THE GATE is a story of adventure and the power of love, exploring themes about choice ,the importance of asking the right questions and walking the fine edge between duty and personal freedom. Based on a simple mention in the Bible, T.K. Thorne has developed a complex and full-bodied character in the wife of Lot, a woman both ancient and modern, who will touch readers hearts, and live in their memories for years to come. As Dianne Mooney, founder of Southern Living At Home says, "For all those whose curiosity is piqued by how it might have been in the time of Sodom and Gomorrah, this is a must read!"

Praise for Angels at the Gate

"ANGELS AT THE GATE is nothing short of a masterwork,superbly and eloquently written, solidly researched and a high-speed page-turner. Readers will be swept up in a story they can't put down." Elsa D. Ruther, editor,The Nifty Pickle

"A masterpiece of historical research, interweaving history and theology in a re-visioning of an ancient story from a woman's perspective. Thorne is a dazzlingly gifted writer."Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama, 2003-2012

 "Thorne unspools an ancient adventure with crackling undertones of our contemporary lives. Lean, polished action sequences render a young woman's life with both intensity and nuanced truth." Dale Short, public radio commentator and author of A Shinning, Shinning Path

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About the Author03_Author TK. Thorne

T.K. Thorne's childhood passion for storytelling deepened when she became a police officer in Birmingham, Alabama. ìIt was a crash course in life and what motivated and mattered to people.î When she retired as a captain, she took on Birmingham's business improvement district as the executive director. Both careers provide fodder for her writing, which has garnered several awards, including Book of the Year for Historical Fiction (ForeWord Reviews) for her debut novel Noah's Wife. Her first non-fiction book, Last Chance for Justice, was featured on the New York Post's Books You Should Be Reading list. She loves traveling, especially to research her novels, and speaking about her books and life lessons. She writes at her mountaintop home, often with two dogs by her side and a cat on her lap. She blogs at www.TKs-tales.com and her web site is www.TKThorne.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. Sign Up for T.K. Thorneís newsletter.

Angels at the Gate Blog Tour Schedule

  Monday, March 23 Review at Genre Queen Spotlight at Flashlight Commentary

  Wednesday, March 25 Review at Quirky Book Reviews Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

  Thursday, March 26 Review at Room With Books Review at Unshelfish

  Friday, March 27 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book Review at Broken Teepee

  Saturday, March 28 Spotlight at What Is That Book About

  Tuesday, March 31 Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

  Thursday, April 2 Review at Book Lovers Paradise

  Monday, April 6 Review at A Chick Who Reads Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

  Thursday, April 9 Spotlight at I'd So Rather Be Reading

 Monday, April 13 Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

 Wednesday, April 15 Review at Book Nerd

  Thursday, April 16 Review at Griperang's Bookmarks

 Friday, April 17 Blog Tour Wrap Up at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

To enter to win a Hardcover copy of Angels at the Gate please complete the giveaway form below. Five copies are up for grabs! * Giveaway is open to US residents only. * Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on April 17th. * You must be 18 or older to enter. * Only one entry per household. * All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. * Winners will be chosen via GLEAM on April 18th and notified via email. Winners have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. * Please email Amy @ hfvirtualbooktours@gmail.com with any questions. Angels at the Gate


my thoughts:
It  doesn't get any better than this...I LOVED this book.  I read Noah's Wife when it was published, and couldn't wait to read another story by TK Thorne.  Well, this was even better.  Thorne has managed to create a fabulous tale.  You, the reader, will love Adira.  She is an amazing person.  One thing that makes a book great is relating to or feeling for the main character.  Adira is such a character.  You will love, sympathize and cry for her throughout this book.  What an imagination Ms. Thorne must have...to create such a story from a few passages from the Bible.   

Yes, we visit Sodom, we live in Sodom with Adira and Lot.   Without giving anything away, Sodom is the sin filled city we are led to believe, however, the sin isn't what we are taught in Sunday School.  While reading Noah's Wife, I felt compassion for the wife and disdain for Noah.  While reading Angels at the Gate, I loved Adira and felt contempt for Lot.  He is a preachy, hypocritical sort of character.  

This is an incredibly well written book and I strongly encourage everyone who likes a good tale to read this book.  Even if you are not a fan of biblical literature, you will enjoy this book, it's a tale well told.



Monday, March 30, 2015

MADEMOISELLE CHANEL BOOK BLAST

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Please join author C.W. Gortner as his latest release, Mademoiselle Chanel, is featured around the blogosphere from March 17-April 3, and enter to win one of three fabulously chic, Chanel-style black and white beaded bracelets!


Publication Date: March 17, 2015 William Morrow/HarperCollins Formats: Hardover, eBook, Audio Book Genre: Historical Fiction

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 DRAMA, PASSION, TRAGEDY, AND BEAUTY: C.W.'s new novel stunningly imagines the life of Coco Chanel, the iconic fashion designer whose staggering creativity built an empire and made her one of the 20th century's most influential, and controversial, figures. Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her sisters are sent to a convent orphanage after their mother's death. Here, the nuns nurture Gabrielle's exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel her into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood. Transforming herself into Coco,  seamstress and sometime torch singer the petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny. Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, her sleek minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As Coco's reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes, taking her into rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. Her little black dress, her signature perfume No. 5; her dramatic friendships, affairs, and rivalries with luminaries of her era increase her wealth and fame. But as the years pass, success cannot save her from heartbreak. And when Paris falls to the Nazis during World War II, Coco finds herself at a dangerous crossroads, forced to make choices that will forever change her. An enthralling portrayal of an extraordinary woman who created the life she desired, Mademoiselle Chanel is Coco's intimate
story.


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Praise for Mademoiselle Chanel

"In this deliciously satisfying novel, C.W. Gortner tells the epic, rags-to-riches story of how this brilliant, mercurial, self-created woman became a legend" (Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train)

"In a novel as brilliant and complicated as Coco Chanel herself, C. W. Gortner's prose is so electric and luminous it could be a film, and not just any film, but one of the grandest biopics of our time. Divine!" (Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl)

"A richly imagined, deftly researched novel, in which the ever fascinating Coco Chanel comes to life in all her woe and splendor, her story unfolding as elegantly as a Chanel gown." (Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls)

 "From her heart-wrenching early years through her decades of struggle and glory, Gabrielle Chanel was fascinating as is C.W. Gortner's Mademoiselle Chanel. Coco lives again in this rich tale of brilliance, determination, and fierce self-creation." (Ania Szado, author of Studio Saint-Ex)

 "Gortner brings to life a woman who was as alluring and captivating as her signature scent. "(Historical Novels Review)

"Gortner brings history to life in a fascinating study of one woman's unstoppable ambition."(Booklist)

"Well-written and historically accurate . . . An homage to a couture icon whose influence is still powerful today" (Kirkus Reviews)


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About the Author03_CW Gortner

C.W. GORTNER holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California, as well as an AA from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. After an eleven year-long career in fashion, during which he worked as a vintage retail buyer, freelance publicist, and fashion show coordinator, C.W. devoted the next twelve years to the public health sector. In 2012, he became a full-time writer following the international success of his novels. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard at Hampton Court, learned about organic gardening at Chenoceaux, and spent a chilly night in a ruined Spanish castle. His books have garnered widespread acclaim and been translated into twenty-one languages to date, with over 400,000 copies sold. A sought-after public speaker. C.W. has given keynote addresses at writer conferences in the US and abroad. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights, in particular companion animal rescue to reduce shelter overcrowding. C.W. recently completed his fourth novel for Ballantine Books, about Lucrezia Borgia; the third novel in his Tudor Spymaster series for St Martin's Press; and a new novel about the dramatic, glamorous life of Coco Chanel, scheduled for lead title publication by William Morrow, Harper Collins, in the spring of 2015. Half-Spanish by birth and raised in southern Spain, C.W. now lives in Northern California with his partner and two very spoiled rescue cats. For more information visit C.W. Gortner's website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twittter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and YouTube. Sign up for C.W. Gortner's Newsletter for updates.

Mademoiselle Chanel Book Blast Schedule

  Tuesday, March 17 Mina's Bookshelf Oh, for the Hook of a Book! So Many Books, So Little Time

  Wednesday, March 18 Forever Ashley History From a Woman's Perspective

  Thursday, March 19 The Lit Bitch 100 Pages a Day

  Friday, March 20 A Literary Vacation Beth's Book Nook Blog What Is That Book About

  Saturday, March 21 Genre Queen

  Sunday, March 22 A Bookish Girl

  Monday, March 23 Let them Read Books

  Tuesday, March 24 Unshelfish The True Book Addict

  Wednesday, March 25 Historical Fiction Connection The Never-Ending Book

  Thursday, March 26 Broken Teepee

  Friday, March 27 The Maiden's Court

  Saturday, March 28 Caroline Wilson Writes Svetlana's Reads and Views

  Sunday, March 29 Passages to the Past

  Monday, March 30 Flashlight Commentary To Read, Or Not to Read I'd So Rather Be Reading

  Tuesday, March 31 Book Lovers Paradise

  Wednesday, April 1 Booktalk & More

  Thursday, April 2 CelticLady's Reviews

 Friday, April 3 Book Nerd Luxury Reading

Giveaway!

Three Chanel-style black and white beaded bracelets will up for grabs during this blast, follow along for chances to win.                  Coco-bracelets




 must be 18 or older to enter.  Giveaway is open to US residents only.  Only one entry per household.  All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. - Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim prize, or new winner is chosen.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A DECENT WOMAN BOOK BLAST!!!!

Join author Eleanor Parker Sapia as her historical novel, A Decent Woman, is featured around the blogosphere from March 16-April 6, and enter the giveaway! Up for grabs is an Autographed copy of A Decent Woman, two eBooks of A Decent Woman, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


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Publication Date: February 20, 2015
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Formats: eBook, Paperback
270 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Ponce, Puerto Rico, at the turn of the century: Ana BelÈn Opaku, an Afro-Cuban born into slavery, is a proud midwife with a tempestuous past. After testifying at an infanticide trial, Ana is forced to reveal a dark secret from her past, but continues to hide an even more sinister one. Pitted against the parish priest, Padre VicÈnte, and young DoctÛr HÈctor Rivera, Ana must battle to preserve her twenty-five year career as the only midwife in La Playa.

Serafina is a respectable young widow with two small children, who marries an older, wealthy merchant from a distinguished family. A crime against Serafina during her last pregnancy forever bonds her to Ana in an ill-conceived plan to avoid a scandal and preserve Serafinaís honor.

Set against the combustive backdrop of a chauvinistic society, where women are treated as possessions, A Decent Woman is the provocative story of these two women as they battle for their dignity and for love against the pain of betrayal and social change.

Advanced Praise for A Decent Woman

"A Decent Woman brings vividly to life the world of early twentieth-century Puerto Rico through the struggles of Ana BelÈn, an Afro-Cuban midwife, as she attempts to live a meaningful life. Spanning almost thirty years, the story encompasses Ana's unusual friendship with Serafina, a white woman of humble origins who marries into a wealthy, upper class family. Race, class, the lingering legacy of slavery, and a woman's role in this neo colonial society are all effectively illustrated through the intimate depiction of these two intersecting lives.

Author Eleanor Parker Sapia lovingly evokes old Puerto Rico: the graceful colonial city of Ponce, the mixture of African and Catholic traditions, the tropical lushness of the land, and the devastating force of a Caribbean hurricane.

Overall, A Decent Woman is a powerful and moving tale; well worth reading."
-Alina GarcÌa-Lapuerta, biographer and author of La Belle Creole: The Cuban Countess Who Captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris

"A Decent Woman opens with a birth and a hurricane and doesn't let up. Deep with delicious detail, scrumptious characters, and full of folklore, this is a unique debut novel from Eleanor Parker Sapia, one that will win her readers over. Written in a clean style that lets the historical ambience seep through into our consciousness, this book is a tale of wonder, of life and death, of love and life and not a few twists and turns. Ana and Serafina are, indeed, decent women living in a hard time. Buy it, read it, love it."

-Jack Remick, short story writer, poet, and author of award-winning, Gabriela and the Widow

"A Decent Woman takes the reader on a journey into the heat and steam of Puerto Rico in the early 1900s. The writing is so visceral and evocative that you almost feel the rain on your face, the pain of childbirth, fear, betrayal and redemption along with the women in this story of midwives and mothers."
-Claudia H Long, author of The Duel for Consuelo and Josefina's Sin

"A Decent Woman takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of friendship between two strong women set against the backdrop of colonial Puerto Rico of the early 1900s. When former Cuban slave and midwife Ana BelÈn delivers Serafina MartÌnez' first child, an unbreakable bond is formed despite the hurricanes nature and politics thrown in their paths. A striking first novel from Eleanor Parker Sapia."
-Arleen Williams, writer and author of The Alki Trilogy

"It's not only that I enjoyed A Decent Woman as much as Alice Walker's work, there is a quality to her prose. I went back and read an excerpt of The Color Purple to really identify the similarity. The only way I can describe it is that I wanted to read it in gulps. Like when you're really thirsty. I found myself sucked into the world in three or four lines, and galloping through the prose, because reading more made me want to read more.

A Decent Woman embodies the genre of womenís fiction in the most complete sense of the word exploring the lives of women - young and old, dark- and light-skinned, poor and rich. This is an outstanding read and an important book about a little known corner of women's history."
-Yma Johnson, short story writer and journalist

"Eleanor Parker Sapia's historical fiction novel, A Decent Woman, steeped in friendship, romance, politics, and mysticism, is the captivating story of Ana BelÈn's struggle and perseverance to become a Certified Midwife in turn of the century Puerto Rico. Anaís passions, joys, and plight are shared by midwives everywhere and throughout herstory.

Reading this book was inspiring. I'm sure readers will enjoy A Decent Woman as much as I did."

-Sarahn Henderson, Midwife and Educator at Birth in the Tradition

"I really enjoyed this novel and particularly enjoyed the characters who I could visualize clearly as I moved along with the story. Eleanor's descriptions really created such a vivid image in my mind, bringing them to life as I read. I was moved by the various events and was even brought to tears at times. I suspect it will be a huge success and certainly one that I will recommend to my circle of family and friends."
-Gina Tsiapalis, Registered Midwife


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About the Author02_Eleanor Parker Sapia

Puerto Rican-born novelist and painter, Eleanor Parker Sapia, was raised in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Her passion for travel and adventure combined with her compassion for those in need have led to her careers as a counselor, alternative health practitioner, and a Spanish language social worker and refugee case worker. These life experiences inspire her writing. She facilitates The Artistís Way creativity groups, and teaches creative writing to children and adults. Eleanor shares her passion for telling stories on her blog, The Writing Life. A Decent Woman is her debut novel. Eleanor has two adventurous and loving grown children, and currently lives in wild and wonderful West Virginia.

For more information please visit Eleanor Parker Sapia's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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A Decent Woman Book Blast Schedule

Monday, March 16
To Read, Or Not to Read

Tuesday, March 17
Unshelfish
So Many Books, So Little Time

Wednesday, March 18
The Maiden's Court

Thursday, March 19
A Literary Vacation
Flashlight Commentary

Friday, March 20
A Bookish Girl
CelticLady's Reviews

Saturday, March 21
Griperang's Bookmarks

Monday, March 23
History From a Woman's Perspective

Tuesday, March 24
100 Pages a Day
Back Porchervations

Wednesday, March 25
Book Lovers Paradise
What Is That Book About

Friday, March 27
Book Babe

Saturday, March 28
Book Nerd

Monday, March 30
Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, March 31
Passages to the Past

Wednesday, April 1
Layered Pages
With Her Nose Stuck In A Book

Thursday, April 2
Svetlana's Reads and Views

Monday, April 6
Historical Fiction Connection

Giveaway

To enter to win one of the following four prizes, please complete the giveaway form below.

* Autographed Copy of A Decent Woman
* A Decent Woman eBooks (2)
* $25 Amazon Gift Card

RULES

Giveaway starts on March 16th at 12:01am EST and ends at 11:59pm EST on April 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Winners will be chosen via GLEAM on April 7th and notified via email.
Winners have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.
Please email Amy @ hfvirtualbooktours@gmail.com with any questions.

A Decent Woman Book Blast

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