Statement Made Jewellery

Statement Made Jewellery

The products featured in this post were gifted to me by Statement Made Jewellery.  As always, this post reflects only my honest opinions of the product and brand. 

Statement Made Jewellery* recently posted on Twitter that they were looking for bloggers to work with their brand.  I’d browsed their site* a while ago and knew I liked some of their pieces already, so I reached out!

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A few weeks passed and I’d almost forgotten about the connection I’d made…until my mom asked me if I was awaiting a package from England.  I have friends back “home,” so it wasn’t a far-fetched concept at all, but no one had mentioned sending anything my way.  But when she specified it was a package with jewellery, I knew just what it was!  I don’t often rush downstairs, but this was reason enough to do just that.

I opened the package and was immediately struck by the beautiful packaging.  With a note, a certificate, a scratch-off coupon, and a jewellery bag tied with a ribbon, all packed safely in an envelope, it was immediately clear that Statement Made cares about the products they ship out and the customers who receive them.

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When I’d initially reached out, Statement Made had asked for my birth month.  I forgot about that detail, too, until I pulled out the beautiful necklace they sent me.

The golden unicorn pendant (on a matching gold chain) is accompanied by a single pink stone.  My October birthday means one of my birthstones (the most common one I’ve found in jewellery especially) is pink tourmaline. This little detail made such a difference–the extra bit of personalisation is such a lovely touch.  Plus, this fit in especially well with their lovely aesthetic overall as a brand.

The unicorn itself is a bit larger than I’d usually wear, but I can say with full honesty that I don’t really mind.  The piece is beautifully made!

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An extra special touch for me, which they had no way of knowing, was a bit of personal symbolism.

Growing up, one of my favourite ways to bond with my grandmother was reading.  She’d often recommend some of her favourite titles and authors, and Phyllis Whitney’s The Golden Unicorn was one of these. It’s been years since I last read the book, but I couldn’t resist a few snapshots of the two together.  And I know I’ll have to read it again soon after this burst of inspiration!

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I’ve only worn my golden unicorn a few times so far, and primarily around the house (perks of working from home). But so far, I absolutely love it!

Each time I wear this necklace, I try to remember to wipe it off. That way, none of the oils from my skin affect it. You can find some detailed descriptions on Love and Care on the Statement Made site.

If you’re interested in picking up a golden unicorn for yourself, or in checking out the rest of Statement Made Jewellery (there are so, so many gorgeous pieces!), head to their website* and place an order. I promise you that you won’t be sorry!

Statement Made Jewellery

January 2019 Favourites

January 2019 Favourites

It’s been a few months since we had a standard monthly favourites post, but I’m thrilled to be back with my January 2019 favourites! This post is a bit belated, too, but I wanted to share it still–and hopefully give you a few ideas to bring into your own life! Catch up on our past months’ posts here, then read on for this month’s.

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WEARING:

With the incessant cold we’ve had here in Pennsylvania, plus an assortment of health issues, fuzzy socks have been my most-utilised piece of clothing for the month!

USING:

I’m well into my 2019 bullet journal and it’s working wonderfully so far!

LISTENING:

I’ve listened to remarkably little music this month, which is rather concerning, honestly!

EATING:

Early on in the month, I made some vegan copycat “Hamburger Helper” that was to die for–it reminded me so much of the nostalgic easy meal from when I was young, with none of the cruelty!

Another pasta dish, and another shot of nostalgia: my mom made a childhood favourite, stuffed shells, for the whole family and made me my own little tray of vegan shells with Gardein mince! I may have finished the tray that same night.

Looking for a lighter version? Check out our recipe for salad stuffed shells!

DRINKING:

Besides my usual liquid diet of Dunkin’ iced tea, McDonald’s Coke, and plenty of coffee, I had a magical discovery in the realm of drinks towards the end of this month: the new blueberry acai Diet Coke is AMAZING with a bit of vanilla rum!

READING:

Although I’ve set the lofty goal of reading 100 books this year, I’m woefully behind after being sick most of this month, and playing catch-up on work when I wasn’t.  I finished the first two books in Collins Hemingways’ The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen series) and read an advance copy of  Wanda Deglane’s Lady Saturn for a blurb (check out the reviews of all three on Pencils & Pages!).  I’ve got some more reviews lined up soon and I’m hoping to add in more reading for reading’s sake in February, too!

WATCHING:

I finally finished Kitchen Nightmares this month, as well as nine of the ten episodes of Castle Rock.  I started watching Tidying Up, too–as a long-time Marie Kondo fan, it’s a must-see!

LEARNING:

I’ve done little in this category throughout the month, which is definitely something I’d like to work on in February.  Lots of learning through experience, but very little actual learning, whether through Duolingo or courses.

WORKING:

This has been one of my busiest months yet in terms of work!

At my day job, I’ve been trying to earn a bit extra each week to pay off some extra debt, one of my top goals for this year.  Being sick so frequently this month definitely got in the way there, but I did decently all things considered!

Writing:

It was a big month in terms of writing, especially.  Thanks to lots of bed rest, a whole lot of preparation, and some amazing publications opening their submissions this month, I submitted more than 250 pieces to over 65 magazines and other projects!

This is definitely a bit outrageous, but I’ve legitimately enjoyed it.  I take time for each submission to read through previous issues where applicable, study what they’re looking for, and pick the best pieces possible.  I’m still not the best at gauging what will be an especially good fit, but I have gotten so much better!

I was thrilled to start off the year with quite a few acceptances too (and lots of rejections–more than 25% of my year goal of 100!).  I’ve had poems accepted and published with Royal Rose Mag, Brave Voices Magazine, and Marias at Sampaguitas, and accepted and forthcoming with Anti-Heroin Chic, Elephants Never, Peeking Cat Poetry, Kissing Dynamite, Neologism, and the She Will Speak Series.

And that’s just from January!  I’ve got pieces forthcoming from 2018 acceptances still, plus lots of submissions pending.  I can’t wait to see how much more comes as the year goes forward!

Late in the month, I also started sending out the manuscript for my micro-chapbook, Boleyn, as well as my second chapbook, How My Cat Saved My Life and Other Poems.

I started an anthology project, Stanzas from the Silence, for which I’m trying to find a home.  We’ll hopefully be taking submissions soon!

As for Nightingale & Sparrow, our submissions period for our inaugural issue, flight, ended on 31 January.  We’ve had so many amazing submissions and I’m so excited to share the final product soon!  We’ve also been sharing a series of micropoems on social media in preparation for the issue, so be sure to check those out too.

Blogging:

Here on For the Sake of Good Taste, we featured our first guest post of the year just last week, which was super exciting!

I’ve also started looking for a few early readers for Swap It!, which should be coming your way before you know it.  If you’re interested in reviewing an advance copy and haven’t yet reached out, please do!

Another big blogging milestone this month was the launch of Pencils & Pages, the new bookish-themed off-shoot of both For the Sake of Good Taste and my own writing endeavours.  Now you’ll find book reviews alongside writing insights over on the blog at my writing website!  This was a big step in FTSOGT really claiming it’s place as a vegan lifestyle blog and it’s been amazing so far.

POSTS THIS MONTH:

2018 Goals: Final Check-In

Christmas Gifts

2019 Blog Goals

2019 Goals

Life Update

2019 Bullet Journal

Fruits & Veggies for Dogs

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, Vol. I Review

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, Vol. II Review

January 2019 Favourites

WHAT WERE YOUR JANUARY 2019 FAVOURITES? STAY TUNED FOR FEBRUARY’S!

January 2019 Favourites

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Book Review: The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, Vol. II

I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour with HFVBT for the second of Collins Hemingway’s The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen novels.  Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Vol. II!

Be sure to check out Vol. I’s review and to check out some of the other lovely book bloggers in the schedule at the bottom of this post. And be sure to visit our HFVBT tag for more fantastic historical fiction reads!

I received a copy of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, Vol. II through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest opinions on the book.

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol. II
by Collins Hemingway

Publication Date: August 8, 2016
eBook & Paperback; 332 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1535444958

 

 

Jane Austen Lived a Quiet, Single Life-Or Did She?

Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a proper, contemplative, unmarried life. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she-and the marriage remained secret for 200 years?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen resolves the biggest mystery of Austen’s life-the “lost years” of her twenties-of which historians know virtually nothing.

• Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair?

• Why, afterward, did the vivacious Austen prematurely put on “the cap of middle age” and close off any thoughts of finding love?

• Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters and journals?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy answers these questions through a riveting love affair based on the history of the times and the details of Austen’s own life.

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My Review

After reading the first novel in this series, I was excited to continue and picked up the second within moments of finishing.  I’ve always loved a good “what if?” when it comes to little-known aspects of history, especially those I’ve been able to study.  Jane Austen has been one of my favourite authors since elementary school and I’ve absolutely loved watching her come alive on the page through this series.  Hemingway truly provides a unique imagining of Austen as a character, firmly based in the image of Austen as a real figure.

Motherhood within her novels has been a subject I’ve touched upon in my own study, so reading this account of the character of Jane’s own experiences with it was of particular interest to me, personally.  Jane’s interactions with her mother and mother-in-law and with her own child and the children around her (particularly her nieces) are absolutely insightful.

Perhaps my favourite aspect of this novel, and, indeed, the series as a whole, from what I’ve read, is the history and references woven through the story.  This is truly a work of historical fiction–not just due to it’s being set within a bygone era or that it’s based on Austen, but in that it tangles itself into the historical narrative beautifully, filling the gaps where Austen’s “lost years” have left scholars searching for answers.

The appearance of other critical figures, like Coleridge, improve not only the story, but the reader’s experience.  I found myself keeping an eye out for these notable characters like one watches for references in a Disney-Pixar movie or for ghosts in The Haunting of Hill House.  These “Easter eggs” added another layer of enjoyment to reading this novel and emphasised the history behind it, alongside rather than despite the fiction.

Slavery and the debates surrounding abolition are a particularly heavy plot point in this volume of the series.  In this, Jane’s passion comes alive as if she is a character in one of her own novels–it’s easy to imagine Lizzy Bennet reacting similarly to similar events and experiences.

Overall, this novel was quite an enjoyable read and, while I haven’t got a review of the third volume of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen queued up, I may have to find the book myself, if only to find out just how the story reaches its end.

Praise for The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Series

“A skillful portrayal of an early nineteenth-century literary icon takes this historical romance on an imaginative journey of the soul. … The adventure of a true romantic partnership and all the excitement that the nineteenth century had to offer. … [The] novel invites you to linger, to savor, and to enjoy. … Makes for wonderful reading. … A Jane that lives and breathes on the page.”—Claire Foster, Foreword Reviews, 4 stars

“Hemingway captures the energy of the times, while also writing with the irony and sly humor of Austen herself. … A strikingly real Jane Austen fully engaged in the turbulent times. … She is a living, breathing presence. … [He] displays a notable ability to recreate time and place. … A lively, compelling read, [a] sobering but moving conclusion.” —Blueink Starred Review

“An enjoyable novel in an imaginative, well-researched series. … A well-researched work of historical fiction … [with] sweet moments and intriguing historical insights. … An incredibly moving portrait of a woman facing loss and love.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Whether his subject is literature, history, or science, Collins Hemingway has a passion for the art of creative investigation. For him, the most compelling fiction deeply explores the heart and soul of its characters, while also engaging them in the complex and often dangerous world in which they have a stake. He wants to explore all that goes into people’s lives and everything that makes them complete though fallible human beings. His fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding regard for courage in the face of adversity.

As a nonfiction book author, Hemingway has worked alongside some of the world’s thought leaders on topics as diverse as corporate culture and ethics; the Internet and mobile technology; the ins and outs of the retail trade; and the cognitive potential of the brain. Best known for the #1 best-selling book on business and technology, Business @ the Speed of Thought, which he coauthored with Bill Gates, he has earned a reputation for tackling challenging subjects with clarity and insight, writing for the nontechnical but intelligent reader.

Hemingway has published shorter nonfiction on topics including computer technology, medicine, and aviation, and he has written award-winning journalism.

Published books include The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy, Business @ the Speed of Thought, with Bill Gates, Built for Growth, with Arthur Rubinfeld, What Happy Companies Know, with Dan Baker and Cathy Greenberg, Maximum Brainpower, with Shlomo Breznitz, and The Fifth Wave, with Robert Marcus.

Hemingway lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Wendy. Together they have three adult sons and three granddaughters. He supports the Oregon Community Foundation and other civic organizations engaged in conservation and social services in Central Oregon.

For more information please visit Collins Hemingway’s website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, January 14
Review at Coffee and Ink

Wednesday, January 16
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Thursday, January 17
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, January 18
Review at Rainy Day Reviews

Monday, January 21
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog

Tuesday, January 22
Excerpt at T’s Stuff
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, January 23
Review & Guest Post at To Read, Or Not to Read

Friday, January 25
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, January 28
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste

Tuesday, January 29
Guest Post at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Wednesday, January 30
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Friday, February 1
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Saturday, February 2
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Sunday, February 3
Review at Bri’s Book Nook

Monday, February 4
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Tuesday, February 5
Review at Maiden of the Pages

Wednesday, February 6
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Interview at Bookish Rantings

Thursday, February 7
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, February 8
Review at Book Reviews from Canada

Saturday, February 9
Interview at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on February 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US 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.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol II

the marriage of miss jane austen vol i

Book Review: The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, Vol. I

I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour with HFVBT for the second of Collins Hemingway’s The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen novels.  Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Vol. I in anticipation of next week’s review of Vol. II!

Be sure to check back for Vol. II’s review and to check out some of the other lovely book bloggers in the schedule at the bottom of this post. And be sure to visit our HFVBT tag for more fantastic historical fiction reads!

I received a copy of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, Vol. I through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest opinions on the book.

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol. I
by Collins Hemingway

Publication Date: June 20, 2015
eBook & Paperback; 200 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1504911023

 

Jane Austen Lived a Quiet, Single Life-Or Did She?

Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a proper, contemplative, unmarried life. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she-and the marriage remained secret for 200 years?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen resolves the biggest mystery of Austen’s life-the “lost years” of her twenties-of which historians know virtually nothing.

• Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair?

• Why, afterward, did the vivacious Austen prematurely put on “the cap of middle age” and close off any thoughts of finding love?

• Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters and journals?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy answers these questions through a riveting love affair based on the history of the times and the details of Austen’s own life.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

My Review

This novel caught my attention early on for some personal connections:  for new readers to the blog (welcome!), I was lucky enough to live in Bath for some time (and I liked it far more than Miss Jane Austen did).  I studied Jane Austen there and visited many of the same streets and spots than Jane and Cassandra do while in Bath with their family, so I quickly felt a kinship to Jane as a character.

Even more striking, again, from a personal standpoint, was an early series of scenes involving a hot air balloon scandal.  One of my favourite memories of living in Bath was looking out my kitchen window one afternoon to see a hot air balloon floating by.  It seemed like such a novelty to me, even in the modern day, so I could instantly relate to the wonder felt by Bath’s citizens as they saw their first balloon, though I related much less to the adventure that comes thereafter (I won’t spoil too much detail here, for those who will pick up their own copy!).

I’ve heard countless rumours of alleged affairs and romances over my years of studying Austen but hadn’t given them much thought before picking up The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen.   I hadn’t given them much thought before the novel, yet it truly brought this relationship between Jane and Ashton to life.  Even as Jane discusses her own novels, the story is inherently reminiscent of the stories she herself told–the pragmatic, yet passionate approach of Jane Austen the character would be just as at home in Pride and Prejudice as it is in this first book of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen series.

Praise for The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Series

“A skillful portrayal of an early nineteenth-century literary icon takes this historical romance on an imaginative journey of the soul. … The adventure of a true romantic partnership and all the excitement that the nineteenth century had to offer. … [The] novel invites you to linger, to savor, and to enjoy. … Makes for wonderful reading. … A Jane that lives and breathes on the page.”—Claire Foster, Foreword Reviews, 4 stars

“Hemingway captures the energy of the times, while also writing with the irony and sly humor of Austen herself. … A strikingly real Jane Austen fully engaged in the turbulent times. … She is a living, breathing presence. … [He] displays a notable ability to recreate time and place. … A lively, compelling read, [a] sobering but moving conclusion.” —Blueink Starred Review

“An enjoyable novel in an imaginative, well-researched series. … A well-researched work of historical fiction … [with] sweet moments and intriguing historical insights. … An incredibly moving portrait of a woman facing loss and love.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Whether his subject is literature, history, or science, Collins Hemingway has a passion for the art of creative investigation. For him, the most compelling fiction deeply explores the heart and soul of its characters, while also engaging them in the complex and often dangerous world in which they have a stake. He wants to explore all that goes into people’s lives and everything that makes tThe hem complete though fallible human beings. His fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding regard for courage in the face of adversity.

As a nonfiction book author, Hemingway has worked alongside some of the world’s thought leaders on topics as diverse as corporate culture and ethics; the Internet and mobile technology; the ins and outs of the retail trade; and the cognitive potential of the brain. Best known for the #1 best-selling book on business and technology, Business @ the Speed of Thought, which he coauthored with Bill Gates, he has earned a reputation for tackling challenging subjects with clarity and insight, writing for the nontechnical but intelligent reader.

Hemingway has published shorter nonfiction on topics including computer technology, medicine, and aviation, and he has written award-winning journalism.

Published books include The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy, Business @ the Speed of Thought, with Bill Gates, Built for Growth, with Arthur Rubinfeld, What Happy Companies Know, with Dan Baker and Cathy Greenberg, Maximum Brainpower, with Shlomo Breznitz, and The Fifth Wave, with Robert Marcus.

Hemingway lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Wendy. Together they have three adult sons and three granddaughters. He supports the Oregon Community Foundation and other civic organizations engaged in conservation and social services in Central Oregon.

For more information please visit Collins Hemingway’s website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, January 14
Review at Coffee and Ink

Wednesday, January 16
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Thursday, January 17
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, January 18
Review at Rainy Day Reviews

Monday, January 21
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog

Tuesday, January 22
Excerpt at T’s Stuff
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, January 23
Review & Guest Post at To Read, Or Not to Read

Friday, January 25
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, January 28
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste

Tuesday, January 29
Guest Post at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Wednesday, January 30
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Friday, February 1
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Saturday, February 2
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Sunday, February 3
Review at Bri’s Book Nook

Monday, February 4
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Tuesday, February 5
Review at Maiden of the Pages

Wednesday, February 6
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Interview at Bookish Rantings

Thursday, February 7
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, February 8
Review at Book Reviews from Canada

Saturday, February 9
Interview at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on February 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US 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.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol II

A Murdered Peace

Book Blast: ​A Murdered Peace by Candace Robb

I’m super excited to join with some other wonderful book lovers for this book blast with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours! Read on to learn more about Candace Robb’s A Murdered Peace and be sure to check out the other book bloggers listed at the end of this post.

As always, be sure to check out our HFVBT tag and our books category for more great reads!

A Murdered Peace by Candace Robb

Publication Date: December 11, 2018
Pegasus Books
Paperback & eBook; 304 Pages
Series: Kate Clifford, Book 3
Genre: Historical Mystery

It is deep winter in York, 1400, the ground frozen, the short days dimmed with the smoke from countless fires, the sun, when it shines, low in the sky. It is rumored that the Epiphany Uprising, meant to relieve the realm of the Henry the usurper and return King Richard to the throne has, instead, spelled his doom. As long as Richard lives, he is a threat to Henry. So, too, the nobles behind the plot. The ringleaders have been caught, some slaughtered as they fled west by folk loyal to Henry, and the king’s men now search the towns for survivors.

A perilous time, made worse for Kate Clifford by the disappearance of Berend, her cook and confidante, shortly after Christmas. Her niece saw his departure in a dream—he said he was honor bound to leave. Honor bound—to a former lord? One of the nobles who led the uprising? Is he alive? She is hardly consoled when Berend reappears, wounded, secretive, denying any connection to the uprising, but refusing to explain himself. When he is accused of brutally murdering a spice seller in the city, Kate discovers a chest of jewels in his possession. Some of the jewels belong to her old friend Lady Margery, wanted by the king for her husband’s part in the uprising. For the sake of their long friendship, and the love she and her wards bear for him, Kate wants to believe his innocence. So, too, does Sir Elric. And he has the powerful backing of the Earl of Westmoreland. All she need do is confide in him. If only she trusted her heart.

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Praise for A Murdered Peace

“Those who meddle in the affairs of kings live to regret it. A…tale of love and murder set in a turbulent period when death and betrayal lurk around every corner.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Superior. Robb effortlessly integrates the era’s intrigues into a whodunit framework and peoples the plot with a wide array of characters readers will come to care about.” –Publishers Weekly (starred)

“A fine flowing narrative and a genuine sense of mystery and peril.” -Writers & Readers

About the Author


Candace Robb is the bestselling author of sixteen crime novels set in fourteenth century England, Wales, and Scotland, including the acclaimed Owen Archer series and the Margaret Kerr trilogy. Candace lives in Seattle, Washington.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

Book Blast Schedule

Tuesday, December 11
100 Pages a Day
Bookish Rantings

Wednesday, December 12
The Lit Bitch
Bri’s Book Nook
Passages to the Past

Thursday, December 13
Creating Herstory
Just One More Chapter

Friday, December 14
What Is That Book About
Jennifer Tar Heel Reader

Saturday, December 15
Old Timey Books
Historical Fiction with Spirit

Sunday, December 16
Donna’s Book Blog
Hoover Book Reviews

Monday, December 17
The Writing Desk

Tuesday, December 18
A Book Geek
Tea Book Blanket

Wednesday, December 19
Umut Reviews
The Book Junkie Reads

Thursday, December 20
Clarissa Reads it All
For the Sake of Good Taste

Friday, December 21
Jathan & Heather
Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a signed set of Candace Robb’s Kate Clifford series! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on December 21st. You 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.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

A Murdered Peace

Book Review - The Traitor

Book Review: The Traitor by T.J. London

I’m thrilled to (finally!) share today’s book review of T.J. London’s The Traitor!

If you haven’t already (or need a refresher), be sure to check out my spotlight post for this book.  Though the tour has officially ended, I’ll link to the bloggers who participated below so you can check out their posts, too!

I received a copy of T.J. London’s  The Traitor through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest opinions on the book.

Be sure to visit our HFVBT tag for more fantastic historical fiction reads!

About The Traitor

Publication Date:  October 26, 2018

eBook: 574 pages

Series:  The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book #2

Spy. Liar. Scoundrel. Redcoat.

Provocateur and spy for His Majesty, Captain John Carlisle returns to Fort Niagara with the secrets he stole in the arms of the beautiful Oneida innkeeper, Dellis McKesson. Determined to complete his mission and clear his name, he’ll see justice done—and damn the consequences. Now, he finds himself drawn into political intrigue as the British prepare to launch a three-pronged attack that will bring the Rebels and the Mohawk River Valley to its knees.

A dangerous revelation finds Dellis as whispers of intrigue insinuate her beloved is not all that he seems. Unwilling to wait for her lover’s return, she sets out in search of the truth as the Onieda begin negotiations with the Rebels, breaking the neutrality agreement with the crown. A bold move that will stoke a fire between the brother tribes and lead to a bloody inter-confederacy war—one Dellis predicted, and one John incited.

While war between the colonies and the King smolders, the punishing winter of 1777 allows the perfect opportunity for old enemies to settle scores, lying in wait, ready to exploit John’s one weakness—his heart. John is not an innocent man. The truth he’s long tried to hide from can no longer be ignored, the ghosts of the past seeking justice, and karma wanting payment for sins so dark they cannot be forgiven.

My Review:

I was excited to continue along John and Dellis’ journey in this sequel to The Tory.  Once again, I was especially drawn to the characters and, even more specifically, to their flaws.  Dellis was a favourite to learn about again, but what I found most interesting in learning more of the characters in The Traitor was the further development of Agnes’ character, especially beyond her work for Celeste.  While she still has some progress to make, she’s grown so much since the first novel (at least, from the reader’s perspective) and it was an awesome transformation to follow.

Like The Tory, this book was more violent than I anticipated–for me, this one was more triggering than the previous novel.  Still, this is very much the reality within the world of the books;  you can’t have a war without violence, even of the particularly atrocious sort.  Still, be warned that it does exist, albeit necessarily.

As the novel went on, more pieces of mysteries from the first novel fell into place.  Yet, even more questions arose, which is ideal–we need to have something to look forward to in book three,  coming in 2019!  I’m anxious to see how Dellis and John reconcile their differences as the war continues, and how they come to terms with the secrets that still lie between them.

Like its previous instalment, The Traitor was an enjoyable read and a great addition to The Rebels and Redcoats saga.

Where Can I Get a Copy?

The Traitor is available on Amazon.

About the Author:

T.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Mickey.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 5
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, November 6
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste (The Tory)

Wednesday, November 7
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, November 8
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Friday, November 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Tory)
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog (The Tory)

Tuesday, November 13
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Tory)
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste (The Traitor)

Wednesday, November 14
Excerpt at Spellbound By History

Thursday, November 15
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog (The Traitor)

Friday, November 16
Review at LadyJ’s Bookish Nook (Both)
Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Traitor)
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Traitor)

Book Review - The Traitor

Book Review - The Tory

Book Review: The Tory by T.J. London

I’m thrilled to (finally!) share today’s book review of T.J. London’s The Tory!

If you haven’t already (or need a refresher), be sure to check out my spotlight post for this book.  Though the tour has officially ended, I’ll link to the bloggers who participated below so you can check out their posts, too!

I received a copy of T.J. London’s  The Tory through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest opinions on the book.

Be sure to visit our HFVBT tag for more fantastic historical fiction reads!

About The Tory

Publication Date:  April 11, 2018

Paperback & eBook: 517 Pages

Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book #1

It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice…

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray.

But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…

My Review:

Not only was a T.J. London an entirely new-to-me author when I received copies of The Tory and The Traitor, but the period was also relatively novel.  Despite my trio of history minors, my knowledge of the American Revolution is essentially the half a dozen songs I know from Hamilton.

That being said, I have been trying to branch out a bit in my reading and this was a great start, to be soon followed by its sequel.  Reading this book, it was clear that London has done her research and I had no doubt that I was reading something that, albeit fiction, was accurate where it needed to be.    The succinct foreword further proved my point–this author clearly loves the era in question and knows what she is talking about, fictionalised or not.

On a similar note, the author herself has a unique voice that is clear in both the novel and her writings about it.  The acknowledgements, in particular, come to mind;  her mention of her chronic migraines and gratitude towards her doctor in the process of dealing with them while writing was both relatable and memorable.  Personally, I find little details like this to be a huge factor when choosing authors to read.

Back to the topic of The Tory, I struggled at first to sympathise with the protagonist, John.  After all, he is tremendously flawed–he is, as he calls himself time again, a scoundrel.  I met his character with the same trepidation as Dellis, the book’s female lead.  Yet, by the book’s end, I found myself rooting for him and for his chances to further explore his feelings for Dellis.

One of my favourite aspects of this novel was, in fact, Dellis McKesson.  She, too, is flawed, but she tries to do what is right for herself and for her people, as well as for her parents’ memories.  What most strikes me, though, is her strength.  Though John does help her to work past her fears, this is not a story of the brave soldier swooping in to save the damsel in distress.  His efforts are simply additions to her own.

The Oneida and their importance to the novel did take some getting used to at first, especially as its been many years since I read much featuring indigenous people.  However, once I caught on to the basics, and to the McKesson family’s connections, this became one of my favourite elements.

It’s important to note that there are some rather graphic scenes in this book, which did come as a surprise.  In addition to sexual content, there is some terrifying violence, specifically on the part of a particularly sadistic antagonist.

Overall, though, I did enjoy reading The Tory.  It’s rather lengthy, but this allows for plenty of plot and character development, which adds so much to the novel as a whole.  I’m looking forward to exploring what happens next in The Traitor!

Where Can I Get a Copy?

The Tory is available on Amazon.

About the Author:

T.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Mickey.

Blog Tour Schedule:

Monday, November 5
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, November 6
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste (The Tory)

Wednesday, November 7
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, November 8
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Friday, November 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Tory)
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog (The Tory)

Tuesday, November 13
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Tory)
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste (The Traitor)

Wednesday, November 14
Excerpt at Spellbound By History

Thursday, November 15
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog (The Traitor)

Friday, November 16
Review at LadyJ’s Bookish Nook (Both)
Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Traitor)
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Traitor)

Book Review - The Tory

The Darkest Corners

Book Blast: The Darkest Corners

I’m excited to join with Book Junkie Promotions for this book blast featuring Sydney Jamesson’s The Darkest Corners.

Be sure to check out our books tag for more great reads!

The Darkest Corners by Sydney Jamesson

Publication Date: November 20, 2018
SJ Publishing
eBook; 332 Pages

Genre: Psychological Suspense

This standalone novel is not a romance. It is psychological suspense with a complex love story woven through it. Expect lots of angst, emotional scenes and edge of your seat suspense as a single father and a troubled young woman confront their deepest, darkest fears together.

After surviving a life changing event, celebrated artist Maxwell Grant has not touched a paintbrush or a woman in four years. During that time, he has tormented himself over an unspeakable act he dare not admit to, even to himself.

His one chance at redemption comes through a journal left behind by Harriet Harper, a mysterious woman in his night school class.

Shocked by what he reads about her tortured existence, he becomes obsessed by her and falls headfirst into a dangerous game of he said, she said, not knowing who to believeówho to trust.

When a dangerous character from Harrietís past appears, events take a turn for the worse and he must say and do whatever necessary to save his sanity and, more importantly, his four year old daughter, Poppy.

Some secrets never get to see the light of day; others are just waiting to be uncovered Ö with shocking consequences.

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Excerpt

Max
I PLACED THE JOURNAL on the pillow to my right, deep in thought, disbelieving that unassuming young woman I had met just over twenty-four hours ago could have lived such a life. It occurred to me that her life experiences had shaped her into an uncompromising, plain-spoken woman. No wonder she took it upon herself to speak up; to say what needed to be said to an arrogant, insensitive sod like me.

In my mind’s eye, I pictured her sitting nervously on that ten thirty-six train to Brighton, venturing into the unknown, starting over–alone–having experienced … who knows what?

At least I had a home to come back to; one Hope and I had designed together with an architect, shaping our ideas into something tangible and practical, reflecting both our personalities: my need for privacy and light, Hope’s need for satin cushions, storage and space for us to grow as a family. We had created our own piece of heaven, blissfully unaware that fate would see to it that she did not get to experience it for more than a couple of months.

And there was Harriet, courageously moving on, which is more than I had done.

As bad as it appeared–stealing a look into Harriet’s world, her private thoughts, her fears and aspirations–I could not help myself. Sure, her world was alien to me; the landscape was foreign, unrecognisable, but her emotions and sense of displacement were not. We had both loved passionately, and been forced to inhabit an unfamiliar world, forever altered.

I trotted back into the lounge, topped up my drink and threw in a couple of ice cubes, allowing them to chill the golden liquid before tasting it. Glass in hand I headed to bed, stopping to check in on Poppy first.

She was sleeping; gentle wisps of air escaped her lips as she dreamed of more precious trinkets, shopping trips, and colouring books awash with fluorescent shades that reflected a world filled with laughter and love–exactly where she belonged.

I could not sleep

Two brief encounters, and there I was allowing a young woman I barely knew to invade my psyche. Without even trying, Harriet had caused a chain reaction: what started out as annoyance and mild curiosity had morphed into something inexplicably provocative.

My skin was warm and prickly, as if it had been scrubbed clean. After my four-year hiatus, my entire body was throbbing. I turned on the bedside lamp, knocking my glasses to the floor, still trembling from what I assumed was a panic attack, or was it arousal? It had been so long since I’d felt something so visceral and unexpected, it was hard to tell. Whatever it was, there was no way I was going back to sleep.

I put Harriet’s journal to one side, deciding to ration out the entries. The last thing I needed was to become obsessed by it–by her. In hindsight, if I’d known how reading about her life was going to affect me and my life, I might have thought twice about opening what was turning into Pandora’s Box.

Then again, I wonder what would have become of me if I had not opened it and turned the pages, devouring her words like a starving man.

At least I was lucid enough to notice that the glass of Scotch I had poured myself was still there by the lamp, its contents luminescent in the light cast from beneath the shade. If nothing else, my liver was grateful for her disclosures.

Mildly anesthetized by the alcohol in my veins, I longed for sleep but it came in waves, angry tidal waves that stirred my soul and stole my breath. Like so many nights before, I began to feel ensnared, sandwiched between those browbeating buddies, Loneliness and Guilt. They were at their most potent in the hours between dusk and dawn, terrorising me with images from my past that I was still in no shape to confront. From the bottom of a glass they stared back at me, insistent and unforgiving.

My nightmare was always the same; it involved a bloodied hand reaching out to me. No matter how I fought I could not escape it. I could not see whose hand it was, but I knew the name of the phantom who haunted all my dreams. I just could not bring myself to say it out loud.

I woke, disorientated, drowning in perspiration.

Biting back frustration, I swallowed what was left of the elixir, inviting it to numb my senses, needing the deadening effect that it alone could produce in my body, in my mind.

I did not want to think.

I did not want to feel.

I wanted to forget. Not only my past but Harriet’s too, for a couple of hours, at least.

All I had wanted to do was to step out of my shoes and into those of a free-spirited human being for a day or two, without dragging my heels or stumbling over obstacles only I could see.

In my desperation, I assumed Harriet was that person. I had her all mapped out.

She was at least six years younger than me. Her life was filled with parties, dates with twenty-something bartenders with a penchant for homemade wine and staying up all night watching boxed sets of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones.

With every new entry I was being drawn in deeper. I bent down to pick up her journal, snatching my glasses from beneath the bed where they had landed. I decided I should do no more than flick through the pages to the very last entry, like a teenage boy about to fail a maths assignment; going straight to the answers without even trying to solve the problem.

But … that would be cheating.

Harriet was clearly a woman of many parts, an enigma with hidden depths and a past that I could either descend into, at my peril, or walk away from. She had fallen in love, experienced the joy of devotion, and yet, she’d ended up alone–like me.

So, taking a deep breath, I dived in…

About the Author

Sydney Jamesson is an English teacher by day and a USA Today bestselling author of romance, suspense by night. She is nocturnal by nature and loves nothing more than staying up late, listening to music and being inspired to write. She has always scribbled things down; in her home is one enormous waste paper basket full of discarded phrases, opening lines and pieces of dialogue that have hit her like lightning in the middle of the night or whilst parked up at a set of traffic lights. Her bestselling trilogy, The Story of Us is available worldwide, and she has been thrilled to continue Ayden Stone and Beth Parker’s epic love story in The Story of Us Series: Into the Blue, comprising: Blue Genes, Blue Hearts, Blue Moon. More recently, Sydney has focused on psychological suspense.

THE DARKEST CORNERS is a complex love story filled with lots of angst, emotional scenes and edge of your seat suspense as a single father and a troubled young woman confront their deepest, darkest fears together.

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The Traitor

Book Tour: The Traitor by T.J. London

I’m so excited to continue on in on HFVBT‘s book tour of T.J. London’s The Tory and The Traitor, books #1 and #2 of The Rebels and Redcoats Saga.  As I said in part one of this spotlight, reviews will be a bit delayed, but they’re soon to come (reviews of The Tory and The Traitor have since been published!)!

Enjoy this spotlight post for The Traitor and check back soon for reviews of both books!

I received copies of T.J. London’s The Tory and The Traitor through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review purposes. As always, this post and future reviews reflect only my honest opinions of the books.

Be sure to check out the other lovely blog tour hosts at the end of this post, as well as a giveaway! Then make sure you visit our HFVBT tag for more fantastic historical fiction reads!

Click here to check out our spotlight post featuring The Tory.


The Traitor
by T.J. London

Publication Date: October 26, 2018
eBook; 574 pages

Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book #2
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Spy. Liar. Scoundrel. Redcoat.

Provocateur and spy for His Majesty, Captain John Carlisle returns to Fort Niagara with the secrets he stole in the arms of the beautiful Oneida innkeeper, Dellis McKesson. Determined to complete his mission and clear his name, he’ll see justice done—and damn the consequences. Now, he finds himself drawn into political intrigue as the British prepare to launch a three-pronged attack that will bring the Rebels and the Mohawk River Valley to its knees.

A dangerous revelation finds Dellis as whispers of intrigue insinuate her beloved is not all that he seems. Unwilling to wait for her lover’s return, she sets out in search of the truth as the Onieda begin negotiations with the Rebels, breaking the neutrality agreement with the crown. A bold move that will stoke a fire between the brother tribes and lead to a bloody inter-confederacy war—one Dellis predicted, and one John incited.

While war between the colonies and the King smolders, the punishing winter of 1777 allows the perfect opportunity for old enemies to settle scores, lying in wait, ready to exploit John’s one weakness—his heart. John is not an innocent man. The truth he’s long tried to hide from can no longer be ignored, the ghosts of the past seeking justice, and karma wanting payment for sins so dark they cannot be forgiven.

Available on Amazon

About the Author

T.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Mickey.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 5
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, November 6
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste (The Tory)

Wednesday, November 7
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, November 8
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Friday, November 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Tory)
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog (The Tory)

Tuesday, November 13
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Tory)
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste (The Traitor)

Wednesday, November 14
Excerpt at Spellbound By History

Thursday, November 15
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog (The Traitor)

Friday, November 16
Review at LadyJ’s Bookish Nook (Both)
Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Traitor)
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Traitor)

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 3 sets of both books in Paperback, 3 sets of both books in eBook, and a $50 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please see the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to readers in the US & Canada 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.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

TJ London

The Tory

Book Tour: The Tory by T.J. London

I’m so excited to join in on HFVBT‘s book tour of T.J. London’s The Tory and The Traitor, books #1 and #2 of The Rebels and Redcoats Saga.  I’d planned to have a review of The Tory for you here today, but I unfortunately got the books a bit later than planned and have been sick most of the time since!  As always, I will only provide an honest review, and, as I can’t provide that just yet, reviews of both books will come soon.  

So, enjoy this spotlight post for The Tory and check back next week for coverage of its sequel, The Traitor.  I’ll be adding reviews for both books, too, as soon as possible (reviews of The Tory and The Traitor have since been published!)!

I received copies of T.J. London’s The Tory and The Traitor through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for review purposes. As always, this post and future reviews reflect only my honest opinions of the books.

Be sure to check out the other lovely blog tour hosts at the end of this post, as well as a giveaway! Then make sure you visit our HFVBT tag for more fantastic historical fiction reads!

The Tory
by T.J. London

Publication Date: April 11, 2018
Paperback & eBook; 517 Pages

Series: The Rebels and Redcoats Saga, Book #1
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

It is the winter of 1776, and Captain John Carlisle, one of His Majesty’s not-so-finest, has gone back to the scene of the crime to right a wrong so dark it left a permanent stain on what was once an illustrious career and left a man broken, defeated, in search of justice…

In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray.

But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.

Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…

“The pages fly as you immerse yourself in this fantastic adventure.” – RT Book Reviews

Available on Amazon

 

About the Author

T.J. London is a rebel, liberal, lover, fighter, diehard punk, and pharmacist-turned-author who loves history. As an author her goal is to fill in the gaps, writing stories about missing history, those little places that are so interesting yet sadly forgotten. Her favorite time periods to write in are first and foremost the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Russian Revolution and the Victorian Era. Her passions are traveling, writing, reading, barre, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends, while she collects experiences in this drama called life. She is a native of Metropolitan Detroit (but secretly dreams of being a Londoner) and resides there with her husband Fred and her beloved cat and writing partner Mickey.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 5
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, November 6
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste (The Tory)

Wednesday, November 7
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, November 8
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Friday, November 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Tory)
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog (The Tory)

Tuesday, November 13
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Tory)
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste (The Traitor)

Wednesday, November 14
Excerpt at Spellbound By History

Thursday, November 15
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog (The Traitor)

Friday, November 16
Review at LadyJ’s Bookish Nook (Both)
Review at Pursuing Stacie (The Traitor)
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Traitor)

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 3 sets of both books in Paperback, 3 sets of both books in eBook, and a $50 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please see the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to readers in the US & Canada 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.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

TJ London