“The Color of Light” by Helen Maryles Shankman: Review and Giveaway

Tessa Moss is a young Jewish woman attending a classical art school in New York City.  Her biggest project of the semester is an artistic exploration of her family’s history during the Holocaust. The founder of the school, Raphael Sinclair, is a vampire.  When Rafe walks past one of Tessa’s paintings, he sees the nameRead more

“The Demon Abraxas” by Rachel Calish

Generally I steer clear of paranormal romance, but I was intrigued by The Demon Abraxas because it featured a lesbian couple.  Speculative fiction is greatly enriched by diversity, and a love story between two women who get mixed up with the supernatural seemed right up my alley. When a San Francisco businesswoman named Ana KhouryRead more

“I am Venus” by Barbara Mujica

Today is my stop on the TLC Book Tour for Barbara Mujica’s novel I am Venus.  I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I am Venus is the story of Diego Velazquez and the mysterious model of his only surviving nude painting.  Told from the model’s perspective, it exploresRead more

“The Chalice” by Nancy Bilyeau

Today is my stop on the TLC Book Tour for The Chalice, a historical thriller by Nancy Bilyeau.  The Chalice is the sequel to The Crown.  Although the two books have separate story arcs and can probably be read independently, this review will contain some spoilers from the previous book. Joanna Stafford was a DominicanRead more

“The Crown” by Nancy Bilyeau

I received a copy of Nancy Bilyeau’s “The Crown” as part of the TLC Book Tour for its sequel, “The Chalice.”  My post for “The Chalice” is scheduled for mid-August, but I wanted to read and review “The Crown” first to become familiar with the characters and story. “The Crown” is a historical thriller setRead more

How to Train Your Demon: Guest Post by Jane Kindred

Today I am delighted to host author Jane Kindred as a part of her blog tour for “The Armies of Heaven,” the third book in the House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy.  My review of the book will be posted later this week. How to Train Your Demon While Anazakia, the heroine of The House of Arkhangel’skRead more

“The Forever Knight” by John Marco

When “The Forever Knight” begins, the revered knight Lukien is an old man.  He’s got his share of battle scars, and only has one eye.  However, he’s kept alive by a spirit that dwells within his magical sword.  Lukien has lost the love of his life, and he’s bored with his immortality.  He feels asRead more

“A Conspiracy of Alchemists” by Liesel Schwarz

Good evening everyone!  Today is my stop on the TLC Book Tour of Liesel Schwarz’s debut novel, “A Conspiracy of Alchemists,” which is the first book in the Chronicles of Light and Shadow series. “A Conspiracy of Alchemists” is a steampunk paranormal adventure.  Our protagonist, a young pilot named Elle, agrees to deliver a ratherRead more

“Blood Eye” by Giles Kristian (giveaway included)

“Blood Eye” is the first novel in the Raven series by Giles Kristian.  When I was approached by TLC Book Tours to review a historical fiction novel about Vikings, I immediately got excited, because I had reviewed A. S. Byatt’s Ragnarok: The End of the Gods earlier this year and had been wanting to learnRead more

“The Wake of the Bloody Angel” by Alex Bledsoe (giveaway included)

Avast, ye landlubbers!  In case you didn’t get enough pirate fun yesterday during International Talk Like a Pirate Day, today is my stop on the blog tour of Alex Bledsoe’s “The Wake of the Bloody Angel.”  The tour is hosted by TLC Book Tours, and I received a copy of the book in exchange forRead more