“The Illusionist’s Apprentice” by Kristy Cambron: Blog Tour & Giveaway

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron is a mystery/romance set in the mid 1920s starring the great illusionist Harry Houdini’s former apprentice. Wren Lockhart lives alone with only one companion, her manager Irina. She wears men’s clothing and stands out from her peers. After Houdini’s death, Wren has kept a low profile, performing in vaudeville shows butRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Enemies of Versailles” by Sally Christie

The Enemies of Versailles is the third book in Sally Christie’s Mistresses of Versailles trilogy. But don’t worry–you don’t have to read either of the previous books to be able to understand this one. Each book in the series focuses on a different mistress of Louis XV of France, and their stories are fascinating. The EnemiesRead more

“On the Sickle’s Edge” by Neville D. Frankel

On the Sickle’s Edge is a multigenerational saga by Neville Frankel that chronicles the story of a Jewish family through the rise and fall of the former Soviet Union. The story of the Shtein family spans many decades and three continents, and provides a glimpse into how ordinary people lived through turbulent periods of history. TheRead more

Review and Giveaway: “Congress of Secrets” by Stephanie Burgis

After Napoleon’s defeat, world leaders and aristocrats gathered for the Congress of Vienna in order to negotiate peace between the world’s powers. In Congress of Secrets, Stephanie Burgis reimagines what the Congress of Vienna would be like if dark alchemy was in play. The story alternates between two major protagonists. Caroline Wyndham is an English heiressRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “Beauty and Attention” by Liz Rosenberg

Beauty and Attention by Liz Rosenberg is the story of a 1950s New York socialite who feels stifled by the options available to a respectable young lady in society. When Libby Archer is orphaned, she decides to leave New York to visit relatives abroad, even though she has a suitor at home. Libby wants freedom andRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Girl Who Fought Napoleon” by Linda Lafferty

The Girl Who Fought Napoleon is a historical fiction novel by Linda Lafferty about a Russian girl named Nadya who cross-dresses in order to join the army and fight in the Napoleonic war. Nadya’s story is interspersed with point-of-view segments from Tsar Alexander as he struggles with balancing his Enlightenment ideals with the harsher reality that accompaniesRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Last Woman Standing” by Thelma Adams

The Last Woman Standing is a western historical fiction novel about the gunfight at the OK Corral.  Josephine Marcus is a rebellious young woman who doesn’t want to settle down with a nice Jewish boy.  She’s lured to Tombstone, Arizona by the promise of Johnny Behan, a local sheriff. Josie arrives in Arizona naive and fullRead more

“The Woman in the Photo” by Mary Hogan: Blog Tour

The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan is a new historical fiction/contemporary novel that explores the Johnstown Flood.  In the late 1800s, a bunch of rich Pittsburgh industrialists (Carnegie, Frick, etc.) had a private lake in South Fork, PA.  The lake was man-made, held in place by an earthworks dam.  The industrialists did not maintain theRead more

It’s that time again… Mini-Reviews!

Every now and then my backlog of read-but-not-reviewed starts getting ridiculous.  That’s currently the case, and I want to clean house before the weekend comes so I can cosplay as Hermione Granger while not feeling guilty over the shit I should have done on my blog (stressing over unfinished work would be totally in character forRead more

“Marlene” by C.W. Gortner: Blog Tour & Giveaway

Marlene by C.W. Gortner is a biographical novel about Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich.  Marlene grew up in an aristocratic family that had fallen upon hard times, and her mother pressured her into nurturing her musical talent to become a concert violinist.  That was never to happen, and instead Marlene rebelled and used her talent toRead more