Book Cover Reveal

Justice watches from the shadows… Throughout history, the world has witnessed cruel, gruesome, and twisted murders at the hands of the most notorious serial killers. For those who were never caught—Jack the Ripper, the Atlanta Ripper, and the Cleveland Torso Murderer—their crimes will live on in infamy as their identities are forever chased, but never revealed. It’s 1947 in Washington, D.C. and a dangerous murderer has boldly discarded two headless bodies nearby the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. With no leads, Detective Clive O’Reilly is feeling desperate. When a stranger convinces O’Reilly to join him at a local pub, he is treated to a wild tale about Prudence Blackwood, an immortal who seeks vengeance for those murdered by history’s most notorious serial killers. Initially in disbelief over her existence, O’Reilly is surprised to discover that she’s very real and she’ll be assisting in the investigation. But Prudence has unorthodox methods. With the body count rising, O’Riley will have to find a way to work with her to stop the most brutal killer in D.C.’s history before more victims are added to the list.

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DIGITAL ARCS OF THE IMMORTAL PRUDENCE BLACKWOOD:

Book reviewers and bloggers interested in reviewing the book may request a digital ARC of The Immortal Prudence Blackwood. ARCs are available through NetGalley and at the publisher’s website.

Title: The Immortal Prudence Blackwood
Author: Stephanie Grey
Genre: Suspense
Publication date: September 12, 2019
Publisher: BHC Press
Available Formats: Hardcover: 978-1-64397-032-5, $26.95 Softcover: 978-1-947727-83-0, $15.95 Ebook: 978-1-948540-33-9, $7.99 LCCN: 2018948482

 

The Immortal Prudence Blackwood releases on September 12, 2019 in hardcover, trade softcover, and ebook. Preorder is currently available from select retailers.

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The Inspiration Behind The Immortal Prudence Blackwood With Author Stephanie Grey

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I wish I could say it was a misty and stormy night when the idea for an immortal woman who eliminates the world’s most notorious, unidentified serial killers struck me, and that I had an amazing tale. But the truth isn’t quite so mysterious and exotic. That’s how it normally goes, right?

It was quite hot outside, which was normal for a March day in Hawaii. It’s difficult to get into a dark frame of mind when the sun is constantly shining and there’s a beautiful, blue ocean view from your window.

On that particular morning, I was reading the news and stumbled across an article titled, “Rabbit hole leads to incredible 700-year-old Knights Templar cave complex.”

This cave, found underneath a farmer’s field in Shropshire, UK, was concealed by a rabbit hole. The article explained the caves were linked to the Knights Templar, a Catholic military order that was founded in 1119. Over time, the Templars’ military influence faded and, by 1307, the French King Philip IV plotted to bring down the Knights Templar. Most were arrested on charges including heresy and dozens were later burned at the stake. Pope Clement V disbanded them in 1312.

The owners of the property sealed the entrance to the caves in 2012 after black magic ceremonies were conducted there.

Reading this amazing story and seeing the incredible photographs immediately made me think about a woman living in the 1700s discovering an ancient cave covered in glyphs. But…you can’t just have a story about a woman finding a really old cave. Where would she go from there?

For the next few days, I mulled over ideas about this woman’s destiny. I caught a TV show about a man who had a scarf with blood on it and was trying to prove that his ancestor was the real Jack the Ripper. The man’s lead was a bust, but that’s when I knew what the woman would do: she would murder the serial killers whose identities were never discovered, thus evading capture. She would be the reason why the gruesome crimes stopped.

It didn’t take long for me to narrow down the woman’s name to Prudence Blackwood and write her history. However, it did take a month to research the murderers I wanted to include, as well as the history of each time period featured in the book. The “modern day” portion of the story takes place in 1947, and I am so very grateful for my grandmother, Barbara Thomas, for her immense help and knowledge of that time period.

I love Prudence’s story and I sincerely hope that readers will love it, too. If you’re interested in seeing the photographs that inspired me, please visit this website.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stephanie Grey is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in journalism. Writing has always been present in Stephanie’s life. From a young age, she has been writing short stories for her family to enjoy. When she entered high school, she decided that she would one day write a full-length novel. She finally achieved her goal and is the proud author of three novels, including The Immortal Prudence Blackwood. She continues to write and hopes to be able to share her stories with the world for many years to come.


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The Hierophant’s Daughter eARC Review

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Title: THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER (The Disgraced Martyr Trilogy #1)
Author: M.F. Sullivan
Pub. Date: May 19, 2019
Publisher: Painted Blind Publishing
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 286
NOT FOR YOUNG ADULTS, THE FAINT OF HEART, OR THOSE WITH WEAK WILLS
Race through the bloodbath in this first volume of a horrific cyberpunk tahgmahr you can’t afford to miss. What would you sacrifice to survive?
By 4042 CE, the Hierophant and his Church have risen to political dominance with his cannibalistic army of genetically modified humans: martyrs. In an era when mankind’s intergenerational cold wars against their long-lived predators seem close to running hot, the Holy Family is poised on the verge of complete planetary control. It will take a miracle to save humanity from extinction.
It will also take a miracle to resurrect the wife of 331-year-old General Dominia di Mephitoli, who defects during martyr year 1997 AL in search of Lazarus, the one man rumored to bring life to the dead. With the Hierophant’s Project Black Sun looming over her head, she has little choice but to believe this Lazarus is really all her new friends say he is–assuming he exists at all–and that these companions of hers are really able to help her. From the foulmouthed Japanese prostitute with a few secrets of her own to the outright sapient dog who seems to judge every move, they don’t inspire a lot of confidence, but the General has to take the help she can get.
After all, Dominia is no ordinary martyr. She is THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER, and her Father won’t let her switch sides without a fight. Not when she still has so much to learn.
The fast-paced first entry of an epic cyberpunk trilogy, THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER is a horror/sci-fi adventure sure to disturb yet inspire adult readers of all stripes. Be sure to keep an eye out for THE GENERAL’S BRIDE, available on August 14th, 2019!
“The Hierophant’s Daughter is a gripping read from start to finish. I highly recommend it.”-Tessa Dick, author of Philip K. Dick: Remembering Firebright & Conversations With Philip K. Dick

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My Review:

I loved the premise for this, but I think an important note to start off with is to read the timeline first otherwise the dates and events may be a tad confusing!

Dominia was a very interesting MC and I really appreciated the way she was written, there is a strength and a complexity to her and not everything is revealed about her in this book which means we just have to keep reading to find out more about this world and her journey within it.

I also always appreciate a different take on vampires and Martyrs are certainly a different take on them! We have a nice fusion of fantasy with sci-fi and it’s the sort of book I needed on blending the two differences into one book.

The Lamb was probably my favorite minor character and if you’ve read it we should definitely ‘talk shop.’ The intricate family that’s been created just has you curious to know more about them.

Cassandra is a tragic sort of tale for a Martyr conversion, you’ll see why if you read it, I’m not here to hand out spoilers and I felt that Dominia’s pain over her was just simply so sad, you felt for Dominia and you wanted her to be able to push through everything to get to her goal, which she never wavers from.

As for who my favorite character was overall. It’s Basil. Trust me, Basil is the MVP of this book, guys. Another plot thing I refuse to spoil for you all.

I really loved this book, it is certainly slow-paced and not a YA book though that’s not to say older teens can’t take part in reading an awesome and slightly gruesome tale. Any problems I have about it may be just one point about a potentially culturally sensitive issue, and it was something I didn’t notice until a friend mentioned it. I can’t really speak for it more than I can see it being an issue for some, I know that it had given me pause but I couldn’t articulate why until I read her review.

Honestly, though I thought this was, overall, a very well thought out novel and I cannot wait to read its sequel.

If you want amazingly neat technology including bionics, a dog that is the ultimate ‘sidekick,’ and a kick-ass female MC that gives LGBTQ rep (and so does one of her travel companions!) and you like fantasy or sci-fi, and intricate and slow-burning world-building, then I would recommend this.

About the Author:

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M. F. Sullivan lives and works in Ashland, Oregon, having completed THE LIGHTNING STENOGRAPHY DEVICE, the psychedelic follow-up to the transgressive DELILAH, MY WOMAN. Her forthcoming series, THE DISGRACED MARTYR TRILOGY, will be released over nine months from May 2019 through January 2020.

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Giveaway:

2 winners will receive a Painted Blind Publishing/Holy Martyr Church logo t-shirt, US Only.

5 winners will receive an ARC of THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER, US Only.

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Painted Blind Publishing’s Twitch will be doing a tarot reading/book reading/giveaway on May 20th, 2019, one day after the book’s release.

The Twitch.tv account is: https://www.twitch.tv/paintedblindpublishing

 

THE HEIROPHANT'S DAUGHTER

Week One:
4/15/2019- BookHounds Excerpt
4/15/2019- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
4/16/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt
4/17/2019- Always MeExcerpt
4/18/2019- Jaime’s WorldExcerpt
4/19/2019- Reese’s ReviewsReview
4/19/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
Week Two:
4/22/2019- Taking It One Book at a timeReview
4/22/2019- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt
4/23/2019- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt
4/24/2019- Bluestocking BookwormReview
4/25/2019- wewhotellstoriesReview
4/26/2019- Some Books & RamblingsExcerpt
Week Three:
4/29/2019- ParajunkeeExcerpt
4/30/2019- The Caffeinated ReaderReview
4/30/2019- 4covert2overt A Place In The Spotlight Excerpt

 

The Productivity Tag [BESpring19]

This is my final BE Spring post! And I’m happy to say it’s another prompt by Sam @ Fictionally Sam!

What’s today’s prompt? Another original tag! Woo!!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

RULES:

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

 

Planning: A book that is completely thought out

The Thornbirds I love family sagas, I really do, and this one is so well thought out and well, of course, heartbreaking because apparently, I’m almost completely incapable of reading cheerful books.

Focus: A book that kept your undivided attention

Crown of Feathers, honestly how could I put that book down when there are phoenixes involved?! HMM?!!! Preto knows her audience lol. Not to mention after you get to the ‘final countdown’ part of the book it’s just “OMG” the whole way till the end. AND THAT ENDING.

Delegating: A book that should have been a series

*Stares at Descendant of the Crane* We all saw that ending if you’ve read it. We need more. Honestly, how am I supposed to be okay with only one book?! I HAVE A NEED.

Small goals: Name a book below 150 pages that you loved

Thirteen Months of Sunrise, I love flowery short stories and I wanted this one to go for another hundred pages at least but I adored what we were given.

Peak Hours: A series you could only read at a certain time

Most of the time I can only focus on my reading at night so most series fall into that category, but, Game of Thrones I can only read during summer months, Idk why but if I didn’t finish it before it was due back at the library I literally just waited a year and then dove back in, I also took my time with it because why should I hurry if he isn’t in a hurry to finish it?? I know. I’m salty.

Lists: A book that you finally crossed off your TBR 

Book of Dust, I took forever to read that, mostly because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but I didn’t have to worry about that in the end! Seriously, I had that book for like a year.

Proactive: A book that is/was ahead of its time

The Forsyte Saga, so hear me out, you don’t have to read or even like classics, I don’t care that’s all personal preference. I’m more specifically talking about the first three books that make up the one called the saga, this was published in 1921. John Galsworthy addresses the importance of arts and the problems of the middle class and their politics but even more importantly, Galsworthy tackles marital rape. This is a time where well, let’s be honest, we didn’t even have the vote let alone had the notion of rape associated with our spouses when we were still property to most. Galsworthy addresses that too, women viewed as property and the character who does this all is vilified so you won’t see him get off scot-free.

Declutter: A series you wish you could unread

The Divergent trilogy. If I could also get my money back, that would be fantastic. I actually enjoyed the ending it was the only part I really enjoyed, the rest was interesting enough but I couldn’t really get into it, I’d rather reread Twilight than to ever pick up that series again (at least Twilight had interesting characters, even if they weren’t the MC or love interest).

Multi-tasking: books that you read at the same time

Anytime I read nonfiction, I’ll read a fiction book to balance it out, I read about the Russian Revolution and Metro 2033 at the same time and that actually was super helpful in understanding the different political situations in that book.

Tagging:

I literally just got done tagging people. Ugh. Okay let’s see who today’s victims are!

Isabelle

Susan

Charvi

April Reflections

Hey guys! I’ll go over what I read in terms of books and some of my favorite posts for the month!

This time I’ll start with some of my favorite posts, some were BESpring Prompts, some were from the BE Spring Hosts themselves, either way, I tried to do more than just share BookEnding Spring posts though it was really tempting.

 

Favorite Posts

Fictionally Sam A Blog’s Life [BESpring]

Kal @ Reader Voracious Reading Around the Glob South Africa

Ruby @ Ruby’s Books How to Quickly & Easily Make Graphics for Blog and Social Media [BESpring]

Isabelle @ Bookwyrm Bites (Bloggers in the Attic) Teatime: Book Rating Systems

Clo @ Book Dragons Talking Art, Movies, Food & More (Novel Newcomers: Charvi @ Not Just Fiction)

Michelle @ Michelle Likes Things The Ultimate Choice, Save 5 Books [BESpring]

What did I read?

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The total comes to 15, and I am still reading a couple of more but I don’t know that I’ll finish them before Wednesday! Time for me to slow it down before I burn out on eARCs lol.

My Book haul was outrageous and ridiculous so I’m not going to share it, it’s that bad, hubs and I have a serious book buying problem with charity shops.

I enjoyed my run as a BESpring Host, though it looks like I should have done better with my prompts, oh well, you live and you learn!

Now for me to go relax because I am beat lol.

Toodles!

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Another BESpring 19 prompt! This one is from Amanda @ Between the Shelves and it’s a book tag, and, well, who doesn’t love a fun tag?!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

Tag rules:

  • Link back to the original post
  • Tag as many friends as you want
  • Have fun!

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

1. Getting started: A book series you’ve been wanting to read

Well, I really want to read The Three Musketeers but it’s also part of a series if you didn’t know, The d’Artagnan Romances and we own three of them so far, so, I hope to at least get to one of them this year!

2. Cleaning/organizing the closet: The best way to organize books

I do a bit of genre and then author. Most authors I read and own don’t tend to jump genre, but I do put all YA on their own shelf and organize them by genre/series. We also have a shelf just for nonfiction and some historical fiction [mostly because the historical fiction doesn’t fit anywhere else if we’re being honest here].

3. Getting rid of unnecessary things: Book/series you no longer need

Hmm…this is a difficult one for me! There are probably a bunch of ARCs that I don’t need anymore, but I can’t think of them at the moment. I’ll have to collect them soon to get rid of them.

4. Get some air: Your favorite light-hearted read

I don’t know if I could name a favorite but I read a really nice novella this week, The Ballet Lover by Barbara L. Baer, just a woman ballet journalist/critic witnessing events, and not necessarily light-hearted as it wasn’t weighed down by complex plot lines, it’s a one sitting kind of read.

5. Clean out the kitchen cupboards: Favorite food-themed read

Uh, I don’t really have any food-themed reads, but in Hallowe’en Party the victim bobs for apples?? Does this count?

6. Dust the shelves: What’s the fifth book on your bookshelf?

Hmm, our bookshelves are double/triple stacked, but I guess In Chancery by John Galsworthy is our fifth book? It’s the second book in the Forsyte Saga (Forsyte Chronicles #2).

7. Wishing for the end: A 2019 release you’re really excited about

Real Talk? The Secret CommonwealthThe Book of Dust #2 by Philip Pullman, it comes out in my birthday month as well so just a double bonus that it and like two others are coming out in October.

8. Long but satisfying: The longest book series you’ve read

Oh uh, page lengthwise the longest series I read was Game of Thrones but I think we all know that’s not a satisfying read. -Refuses to say anything negative about the fact that we’re still waiting for this book.- But the longest book series, that could be tricky, I like longer series, except Wheel of Time, I read and enjoyed the first three books of that but all I kept thinking was ‘he’ll never finish this.’ And well I guess I was half true.

Tagging:

Michelle

Isabelle

Sam

The BeeKeeper of Aleppo eARC Review


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GoodReads: 
In the midst of war, he found love
In the midst of darkness, he found courage
In the midst of tragedy, he found hope

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

What will you find from his story?

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees.

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.

Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling. 

This book is everything that a modern day work of literature should be. Lefteri has used a heartbreaking time in history to give us this amazing novel; today, the present. Nuri was a beekeeper in Aleppo, but the tragedy of Syria’s civil war has led him and his wife Afra to flee, there is nothing but heartache in Aleppo and Syria, but their journey is long and fraught with peril and the things that today’s society turns its eyes from, refugee camps and the situations of the countries that lead to those camps. Nuri and Afra’s tale is tragic and times and no less than that of our actual Syrian refugees but there is more to it, and who’s to say that the ending isn’t something to uplift your soul? (I’d say more but I’d hate to spoil it) If you’d like a book to reach your heart and soul and grip them tightly, I recommend reading this book which is sure to become a classic of modern literature.

I know I keep saying ‘literature’ but you read this and you think, this is the type of ‘modern’ classic that we need. There is such beauty in looking at the tragedies that through fiction reflect the lives of those living today. It’s so easy to scroll past the news of Syria, to forget about the bad things or focus on other things because there’s so much going on in the world [good and bad] but I just feel like this is a book that should be read, that should be given attention because I could think of nothing greater than to stir compassion through writing and basing it on factual turmoil and tragedy. I have read so many good books in the last couple of months and they’ve all be different, they all offer something that I didn’t know I needed until I read it and I get if this isn’t your sort of genre but if it is, and you find yourself intrigued in the slightest, please go look it up.

I can’t even put into words how this book moved me, everything seems pale and inadequate when I try to type it up. I am excited because I’ll be going to Edinburgh to listen to Christy Lefteri talk about The Beekeeper of Aleppo on May 6, and I’ll update you all about that.

The release date for this book is May 2, 2019

I received this book from Zaffre Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers Review

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Blurb:
Packed with high stakes mystery and tons of heart, this first installment in a new series introduces Kazu Jones-a spunky, scrappy detective who’s this generation’s Harriet the Spy.
When a string of dognappings grips her Denver neighborhood, Kazu Jones vows to track down the culprits. She can’t stand to see more dogs go missing-especially once her neighbors’ beloved pet is taken because of her gigantic mistake.
With the help of her gang-including her best friend and expert hacker, March; and her ginormous, socially anxious pup, Genki-Kazu uncovers evidence that suggests the dognapping ring is bigger than she ever imagined. But the more she digs, the more dangerous her investigation becomes. The dognappers are getting bolder, and Genki could be next.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: “In this spirited debut, Holyoak introduces an indefatigable heroine whose distinct voice and loyal canine companion contribute to her considerable appeal. The diverse allies, plot twists, and delightful dogs make this a memorable beginning for Kazu and her friends.”
KIRKUS:Holyoak creates a well-paced mystery with approachable characters and issues. The dognapping case and the go-get-’em attitude of Kazu provide just enough suspense and action without being too scary. Holyoak sprinkles in topics of growing up, including friendship, relationships with parents, mean people, and telling the truth.  A not-too-scary, diverse mystery for those who love action, dogs, and spunky heroines.”
Title: KAZU JONES AND THE DENVER DOGNAPPERS
Author: Shauna Holyoak
Pub. Date: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 320

Where Can You Find It?

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My Review:

This was definitely a five star read, I read about half of it out loud with my daughter, and we’ll continue to read it but I had to steam on ahead to finish for the review. She’s patiently waiting to find out just exactly was the Denver Dognapper! Truthfully Shauna gave us a great diverse cast of characters, not just in a beautiful blend of different backgrounds but each character stood on their own. Kazu Jones is our spunky fifth-grade detective with her dog Genki and her best friend March who is a meticulous academic and lover of technology to Madeleine Brown who Kazu has never gotten along with and CindeeRae who along with her love of musicals, loves her dog Lobster just as much. The kids have taken over, in a thread of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew comes Kazuko Jones, written with an ease and a way that will entice children to pick it up and not put it down. Now there are actions that the children take, and much like Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys, it’s not an action a parent would like their kids to make in real life, but this is written for a child’s enjoyment and even I loved it Kazu makes some decisions and they may not be good ones but the author has Kazu grow during the book and her actions have consequences but you can’t keep a natural detective down for long. There is something just really promising about Kazuko Jones and the adventures that could lay in store for her past the case of the Denver Dognappers. I would say that this is a series to keep an eye out for because I feel this and a couple of others I have spotted lately are really going to be at the forefront of pushing the mystery genre into the modern day for children.

Honestly, I could gush on and on about this but at the end of the day this was a new favorite for my daughter and I and we hope to read more about Kazuko, her group of friends, and her Sleuth Chronicle adventures.

5/5 Cups of Coffee from the mini and I

About the Author:

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Shauna has been telling stories long before she could ride a bike, and some of them are even true! She writes for kids and teens and thinks it’s kinda the best job ever. Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers is her debut novel, and it will be released on April 23, 2019! She lives in Idaho Falls, ID with her husband, six of their seven children, and two naughty dogs.
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3 winners will receive finished signed or unsigned copies of KAZU JONES AND THE DENVER DOGNAPPERS, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week Two:

4/22/2019- BookHounds YA– Interview

4/23/2019- Eli to the nth– Review

4/24/2019- two points of interest– Interview

4/25/2019- The Caffeinated Reader– Review

4/26/2019- That Bookish Princess– Review