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Review: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning COVER • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 27, 2015)
Paperback: 368 pages

From one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved storytellers of our time comes a major new collection of stories and verse

“We each have our little triggers . . . things that wait for us in the dark corridors of our lives.” So says Neil Gaiman in his introduction to Trigger Warning, a remarkable compendium of twenty-five stories and poems that explore the transformative power of imagination.

Gaiman possesses endless creativity along with vivid imagination, his mosaic collection of colorful stories proves he is not a formulaic writer, so much variety, a mere glimpse into his untethered mind and ability.

I enjoyed the extensive introduction, lengthy but lends so much insight into Gaiman’s creative process, origins of collection and what served as his inspiration for each story. With the additional detailed information provided beforehand it adds a level of intimacy and greater understanding/connection as you peruse each story, truly making the journey more intense as you reach individual destinations.

I enjoyed all the stories but as expected I enjoyed a few more than others. A few standouts for me –

A Lunar Labyrinth
The Thing about Cassandra
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountain
A Calendar of Tales
Black Dog

Neil Gaiman fans will want to add this to your must read list, no doubt you will devour his eclectic palate paired with his unmistakable signature anomaly storytelling.

About Neil GaimanNeil-Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

Find out more about Neil at his website, find all his books at his online bookstore, and follow him on Facebook, tumblr, and his blog.

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Review & Giveaway: A Spy for the Redeemer (The Owen Archer Mystery Series) by Candace Robb

Celebrating the US and Canada debut of books 9 and 10 in the The Owen Archer Mystery Series

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26010874•Publisher: Diversion Books (July 26, 2015)
•Print Length: 300 pages

St. David’s, Wales, late spring, 1370. After a pilgrimage to the land of his birth, Owen Archer is anxious to go back to York and his herbalist wife, Lucie, and children. Then death changes his plans: He is called to investigate the strange hanging of a young stone carver, driven to suicide by a broken heart…or deviously murdered. Unknown to Owen, Lucie is in dire trouble, charged with poisoning a client. Alone and distressed, she turns to Harold Galfrey, a mysterious steward who has appointed himself her protector. Now Lucie faces an earthly temptation — and a chilling betrayal. But Owen is caught up in a country at war where a cunning rebel leader plots to have Owen Archer sign up for the ferocious fight…and never return home.

Robb provides plenty of Welsh history, Owen explores his roots as he makes a pilgrimage to Wales ultimately causing quite a stir.

Robb shines in her well developed characterization. You sense the anguish and concern as characters are challenged by loyalty. Robb penetrates her casts thoughts and feelings, raw emotions giving dimensionality, as they question inner turmoil. I liked the tension in the relationship of Owen and Lucie, made this more than a mystery, especially with the familiarity of the characters with each installment. The plot is a maze of dramatic twists, roadblocks unearthed at every turn, intrigue keeping your interest. The plot merges with sub plots involving the main characters, in the end it falls together wonderfully. Robb’s endings always tease just enough to make way for the next in this well crafted series.

About Candace Robbportrait_BW_smiling_Emma_Campion_20100214-205x300

Growing up, Candace Robb wanted to be a ballerina, tap dancer, folk singer, journalist—but on the day that she walked into Liz Armstrong’s undergraduate class on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, that all changed. A gifted teacher, lively, witty, always laughing even when cringing at a lazy response, Dr. Armstrong launched into the opening stanzas, and within a few lines Candace’s ears adjusted to the middle English—and she was hooked. Chaucer’s psychological study of the two lovers was a revelation to her. The next quarter was The Canterbury Tales. That clinched it. Candace went on to graduate work in medieval history and literature, and ever since she’s been engaged in bringing to life the rich culture of the period, from the arts to the politics. She is the internationally acclaimed author of thirteen crime novels featuring the sexy, brooding, clever Owen Archer, who solves crimes for John Thoresby, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of England, and the young Margaret Kerr, searching for her missing husband and establishing her own role in a Scotland overrun by English soldiers. Candace is currently under contract with Pegasus Books for a new crime series set in 15th century York, the Kate Clifford mysteries, which will debut in 2016.

Writing as Emma Campion, Candace has published two historical novels about the women of the English court in the 14th century, A Triple Knot and The King’s Mistress.

Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Candace grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived most of her adult life in Seattle, Washington, which she loves for its combination of culture, natural beauty, and brooding weather so like Yorkshire, Wales, and Scotland, which she visits as often as possible. She has taught the art of writing the crime novel in the University of Washington’s certificate program, and offers workshops in writing the historical novel and in creating and plotting the crime series. Candace (and Emma) blog about writing and medieval topics at A Writer’s Retreat.

Connect with Candace
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Enter to win 1 of 3 sets of THE APOTHECARY ROSE, THE LADY CHAPEL, and THE NUN’S TALE by Candace Robb EBOOKS, please complete the giveaway form below. See entry form for complete details.
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Review: All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

All the Stars in the Heavens (397x600) Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Harper (October 13, 2015)

A worldwide ride of adventure from Hollywood to the shores of southern Italy, this mesmerizing epic is, at its heart, a luminous tale of the most cherished ties that bind. Brimming with larger-than-life characters both real and fictional—including stars Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, David Niven, Hattie McDaniel and more—it is it is the unforgettable story of one of cinema’s greatest love affairs during the golden age of American movie making.

With the resent accusation Loretta Young made known I struggled with this book, my reading experience was blighted despite my best efforts. In light of the revelation made public, I am surprised Trigiani went ahead with this book, even more surprised it’s still circulating. I feel for the family as I’m sure they question the reasoning and timing of Trigiani’s version of events.

Trigiani rewinds the hands of time and takes the reader to the glamorous days of Hollywood along with the stars shining bright during this era. The scandals, secrets, truths all present and accounted for as we are privy to center stage and backstage behavior. Alda Ducci serving as former nun turned secretary to Loretta Young played a vital role in the story. I found the blooming friendship between the two women authentic, the report grounded the narrative as Alda proved to be a fascinating character. Quasi parallel ‘love story’s’ between the two women but nowhere near similar.

The narrative was far from a love story in my opinion. Infidelity, numerous marriages, love occurring on a whim, it all felt sullied and frivolous. It is a wonder these marriages failed with the beliefs and conduct demonstrated. Poor choices and decisions being the root cause for the demise of many of these relationships. The dialog felt off, stilted, the interaction between characters wooden and dramatically contrived.

Loretta Young came across as a woman constantly choosing the wrong men, always falling for men unavailable in all ways. Her religious convictions and her actions caused great hypocrisy not matching with her true character. The connection written between Loretta Young and Clark Gable was far from a love story, perhaps it was due to much more telling than showing. I never felt sparks or passion but there sure was an onslaught of words telling me they were the loves of each other’s lives. The narrative fetters along, it is far too lengthy as well, omitting 100 pages might have helped.

I realize this was a fictional account yet I couldn’t dismiss Young’s indictment thus influencing my reading. Regardless of the allegation I was disappointed, this in not the Trigiani writing I am familiar with, definitely not her usual high-caliber.

About Adriana TrigianiAdriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Timesbestseller The Shoemaker’s Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. She wrote the screenplay for Big Stone Gap, which she also directed. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Visit Adriana at her website: www.adrianatrigiani.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

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Guest Post & Giveaway: Brendan Malone: The Last Fenian by Marina Julia Neary

1935492_301177716977_2312613_n A self-centered only child of classical musicians, Marina Julia Neary grew up in a picturesque radioactive Gomel, just a stone throw away from Chernobyl, and came to the US on a refugee visa. Glowing personality. Nuclear ego. Explosive libido. Toxic sense of humor. A few of her favorite things include historical novels, cats, guns, Orthodox icons and Yankee dollars. During the day she works in foreign exchange. On her spare time she goes to cat shows, rock concerts and pro-life marches. An eloquent and sarcastic ultra-conservative voice, she loves to aggravate humorless liberals. Her literary work revolves around Neo-Victorianism, French Romanticism and Irish nationalism. Don’t miss her acclaimed debut novel Wynfield’s Kingdom (2009, Fireship Press).

Connect with Marina: Website | Facebook

Links to Irish books: Brendan Malone: The Last Fenian | Martyrs & Traitors: a Tale of 1916  Never Be at Peace: a Novel of Irish Rebels

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In today’s world there are very few topics that are still considered taboo. One of them is questioning the unconditional nature of parental love. It’s just something you don’t bring up in polite society. While most parents who find themselves loving one child more than another are too embarrassed to verbalize their feelings, they don’t have a problem showing it in every way possible. It’s fascinating how parents will find creative roundabout ways to explain why they treat their children differently, from “Katie was a high-maintenance baby” to “Susie takes after her father”, but they will always augment the explanation with the defensive statement, “But I still love them the same, and I would die for either one of them.” If you omit that last statement, you put yourself at risk of being crucified.

In my creative life – as well as my daily life – I like to push the limits of decorum. I remember being thrown out of a Mommy group for openly admitting that I didn’t feel guilty about leaving my baby in daycare, and no my heart was not breaking from the thought of some “strange woman seeing his first smile”. I could tell that other mothers were horrified by my absence of Mommy guilt and more so by my candor. The moderator politely suggested that I should find another social network for myself as my disturbing and insensitive comments were not meshing well with the culture of the group. Interestingly, some moms e-mailed me later on and expressed their admiration. Clearly, they were too chicken to show their support in public. Just for the record, they didn’t end up becoming my friends. I have no time for people who are too chicken to stand by me in the open. I am not going to become another soccer mom’s guilty pleasure, the kind of friend you keep behind closed doors.

I am grateful for that episode because it encouraged me to go back to an early draft of a historical novel that I wrote in college. Set in Ireland in the turbulent decade leading up to the Easter Rising of 1916, the novel tackles another taboo topic – favoring one child over another, especially when there are ethnic and religious factors involved. Meet Brendan Malone, a handsome Irish landlord in his prime and a member of the Fenian Brotherhood, a secret oath-bound nationalist organization. He has two sons less than a year apart, recent graduates from the University College Dublin. Dylan, the eldest, is a Celtic titan – gorgeous and physically developed, though intellectually superficial and juvenile. Hugh, the youngest, is sickly bookworm, secretive and sardonic. Still, it’s not Hugh’s physical weakness that makes him less than an ideal son for Brendan – it’s his ambiguous political loyalties. Brendan has good reasons to suspect that Hugh is not committed to fighting for Ireland’s freedom alongside his brother. What can be worse for an Irish nationalist than having a traitor for a son? When Brendan takes his boys on an excursion to a the shrine of Lawrence O’Toole, the patron saint of the Fenian Brotherhood, certain secrets come to light, and Brendan’s suspicions are confirmed. What does a father do when his children end up on the opposite sides of the barricade? What do you do when your child is your political and ideological enemy?

The novel Brendan Malone: the Last Fenian was completed in 2010 and accepted for publication by All Things That Matter Press. The outpour of positive feedback from the the readers who enjoy Irish history prompted me to write two more books in the series Martyrs & Traitors: a Tale of 1916 and Never Be at Peace: a Novel of Irish Rebels.

After much nagging, I ended up writing a theatrical adaptation of The Last Fenian. I had to dramatically reduce the head count to 5, leaving just the father, his two sons and the two female love interests. This past August a theatrical adaptation of the play was filmed for PBS in Greenwich, CT. It was an absolute pleasure to work with the cast if talented actors from New York. We were able to film everything in one day. Every time I get involved in a theatrical production, there are those episodes of weakness and defeatism, when I ask myself, “Why, why do I put myself through all this stress?” But in the end it all ends up working out, and the final product makes you forget the stress.
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About Brendan Malone: The Last Fenianimage

Based on true historical events, “Brendan Malone: The Last Fenian” is a folkloric satire examining the dark, destructive side of paternal love. Roscommon, Ireland-1910. A string of crop failures and botched rebellions had left the country a pitiful wasteland. Brendan Malone, a struggling Gaelic landlord and memberof the secret Irish Republican Brotherhood, succumbs to a midlife flare-up of nationalism, while his two sons climb the academic Olympus at University College Dublin. Dylan, primitive and compliant, clings to his overbearing father, while Hugh, anglicized beyond recognition, harbors his own ambitions that do not include liberating his native land.

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Review & Giveaway: The Riddle of St. Leonard’s (The Owen Archer Mystery Series) by Candace Robb

Celebrating the US and Canada debut of books 9 and 10 in the The Owen Archer Mystery Series

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26010871•Publisher: Diversion Books (July 26, 2015)
•Print Length: 300 pages

In the year of our Lord 1369 the much-loved Queen Philippa lies dying in Windsor Castle, the harvest has failed, and the pestilence has returned. In York, the atmosphere of fear and superstition is heightened by a series of thefts and violent deaths at St. Leonard’s Hospital, as well as rumors that these crimes are connected to the hospital’s dwindling funds. The Master of St. Leonard’s, Sir Richard Ravenser, hurries north from the queen’s deathbed to summon Owen Archer, soldier-spy, to investigate the scandal before it ruins him.

Robb’s metrical writing along with her well-developed characters provide for much enjoyment and entertainment in this series. Atmospherically you are swept into medieval times, people, hardships, every day life. The mystery was fairly easy to piece together, nothing too intricate, however, with the pestilence causing havoc there was an ominous feel throughout the story, the lives stolen, the survivor’s guilt, the fear, the general unknown of this devastating plague evident as remembrances of previous plague waves heighten concern. Not a lot of suspense or action, plot was busy in regards to lots happening and a variety of parties involved, pace was smooth and even, mild mystery yet entertaining with the hovering of the pestilence and the great cast as always both familiar and unfamiliar.

About Candace Robbportrait_BW_smiling_Emma_Campion_20100214-205x300

Growing up, Candace Robb wanted to be a ballerina, tap dancer, folk singer, journalist—but on the day that she walked into Liz Armstrong’s undergraduate class on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, that all changed. A gifted teacher, lively, witty, always laughing even when cringing at a lazy response, Dr. Armstrong launched into the opening stanzas, and within a few lines Candace’s ears adjusted to the middle English—and she was hooked. Chaucer’s psychological study of the two lovers was a revelation to her. The next quarter was The Canterbury Tales. That clinched it. Candace went on to graduate work in medieval history and literature, and ever since she’s been engaged in bringing to life the rich culture of the period, from the arts to the politics. She is the internationally acclaimed author of thirteen crime novels featuring the sexy, brooding, clever Owen Archer, who solves crimes for John Thoresby, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of England, and the young Margaret Kerr, searching for her missing husband and establishing her own role in a Scotland overrun by English soldiers. Candace is currently under contract with Pegasus Books for a new crime series set in 15th century York, the Kate Clifford mysteries, which will debut in 2016.
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Writing as Emma Campion, Candace has published two historical novels about the women of the English court in the 14th century, A Triple Knot and The King’s Mistress.

Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Candace grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived most of her adult life in Seattle, Washington, which she loves for its combination of culture, natural beauty, and brooding weather so like Yorkshire, Wales, and Scotland, which she visits as often as possible. She has taught the art of writing the crime novel in the University of Washington’s certificate program, and offers workshops in writing the historical novel and in creating and plotting the crime series. Candace (and Emma) blog about writing and medieval topics at A Writer’s Retreat.

Connect with Candace
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway

Enter to win 1 of 3 sets of THE APOTHECARY ROSE, THE LADY CHAPEL, and THE NUN’S TALE by Candace Robb EBOOKS, please complete the giveaway form below. See entry form for complete details.
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Review: Here Comes the Dreamer by Carole Giangrande

Here Comes the Dreamer cover • Publisher: Inanna Publications
•Paperback: 136 pages

Alastair Luce is a dreamer, one of three who tell this tale.

“Trouble came to Alastair Luce like a nasty slap of a wave at high tide, one wave after another. He’d been happy at times, but happiness was a breaker and it crashed and broke on the hard rock of the unexpected. Sorrow was no different.”

Giangrande’s writing is stunning, appealing to your emotions, evocative. Her characters are well drawn, tactile in their display of pain, and anguish. As the three protagonists viewpoints serve as narrators, you fully gain the severity of circumstances and wounds, the immense damage. Each voice sharing their innermost thoughts and perspectives of one another as well as their own. The suffering, anger and resentment is palpable, quite moving in a beautifully painful way. Alastair has meandered down a long and winding road, he’s forgiven himself as well as others, he’s accepted his part and has made amends a heavy heart lingering. He’s recovered as best he can realizing he is a different man post accident, accepting of his present while regretting the past. Claire is the voice of reason, she’s able to look from the inside out without partiality. She’s fair and balanced, assessing the reality. Grace is full of rage, damaged, unable to forgive or let go and this is what’s killing her, she’s self-destructive emotionally, mentally and physically. Her mind, body and soul ravaged by her own hand and the mistreatment of Nora.

“She took the ring and held it, feeling in its slight form the endless circle of lost generations and forgotten hopes. He’d carried inside of him the chill hardness of the boreal forest, more pain than anyone could bear. She remembered his unheeded books and the eerie light of his paintings. More sorrowful than either of these was the friendship she’d hungered for, the price that Alastair had paid for it. What grave things their dreams had been.”

A powerful book, extremely compelling characters, a read creating an impact sticking with you for quite some time, emotionally draining with a strong message.

“He took her in his arms and held her with care, as you might hold silence.”

Carole GiangrandeAbout Carole Giangrande

Born and raised in the New York City area, Carole Giangrande is a Toronto-based novelist and author of eight books, including the award-winning novella, A Gardener On The Moon, the novels An Ordinary Star and A Forest Burning, a short story collection, Missing Persons and the novella, Midsummer. Her new novella, Here Comes The Dreamer, will be published in September. A former broadcast-journalist, she worked for CBC Radio (Canada’s public broadcaster) as co-host of the popular Radio Noon program. She’s read her fiction at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, at the Banff Centre for the Arts (as an Artist-in-Residence), the University of Toronto, on radio and at numerous public venues. Her fiction, articles and reviews have appeared in Canada’s major journals and newspapers and her 50-part literary podcast Words to Go has been downloaded over 20,000 times in 30 countries. She is currently at work on a novel.

Visit Carole’s website at www.carolegiangrande.com, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Review: The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel

The-Mystics-of-Mile-End-422x648-195x300• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 13, 2015)

An imaginative story that delves into the heart of Jewish mysticism, faith, and family.

Wonderful book exploring mysticism brought about through loss, grief.

All the characters were fabulous, each served an important role in the exploration of mysticism as they forged their own conclusions. Their challenges, questions, quests fed the soul of mysticism.

The heart of the story is mysticism, its many forms and shapes merge together to make this story mesmerizing. The story touches upon mysticism bleeding through mathematics, religion, science, linguistics, relationships, grief, joy and much more.

Samuel brilliantly creates a story of high interest, thought-provoking. Evident this wasn’t an easy story or subject matter to illustrate in such a tangible manner, however Samuel managed successfully.

Wonderful story engaging the reader to explore their beliefs or at least asking themselves several questions such as the meaning of life.

About Sigal SamuelSigal-Samuel

Sigal Samuel is a writer and editor for The Jewish Daily Forward. She has published fiction and journalism in The Daily Beast, The Rumpus, BuzzFeed, Tablet, The Walrus, Event, Descant, Grain, Prairie Fire, Room, and This Magazine, among others. She has been a featured writer at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival and a winner of Room’s writing contest. Her plays have been produced in Montreal, Vancouver and New York City, winning Solo Collective Theater’s Emerging Playwrights’ Competition and The Cultch’s Young Playwrights’ Competition. While pursuing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia, Sigal won the Laura Fowler Award for outstanding women in the fine arts. She received the Lionel Shapiro Award and the Chester Macnaghten Prize for creative writing from McGill University. Originally from Montreal, she now lives and writes in Brooklyn.

Visit Sigal at her website and connect with her on Twitter.

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Review & Giveaway: The Nun’s Tale (The Owen Archer Mystery Series) by Candace Robb

Celebrating the US and Canada debut of books 9 and 10 in the The Owen Archer Mystery Series

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The-Nuns-Tale-Small•Publisher: Diversion Books (July 26, 2015)
•Print Length: 334 pages

Spring 1366, Beverley, England–a ghostly pale young woman claims to be the resurrected Joanna Calverley, a nun who died of a fever some months before. It would be a matter for the Church alone, were it not for the murders that seem to follow in her wake.

Robb strikes again with another fabulous mystery in this series. Possessing a wicked edge, numerous twists and Robb’s signature character development you will be enthralled. Robb’s endings are always fulfilling, enough to stir anticipation for the next installment in this impressive series.

Familiar characters reappear, along with a few well-known historical figures such as John of Gaunt and Geoffrey Chaucer. Impeccable research along with a splattering of unknown information provides an educational experience in tandem with a wonderful reading journey.

Well crafted mystery series all will enjoy.

About Candace Robbportrait_BW_smiling_Emma_Campion_20100214-205x300

Growing up, Candace Robb wanted to be a ballerina, tap dancer, folk singer, journalist—but on the day that she walked into Liz Armstrong’s undergraduate class on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, that all changed. A gifted teacher, lively, witty, always laughing even when cringing at a lazy response, Dr. Armstrong launched into the opening stanzas, and within a few lines Candace’s ears adjusted to the middle English—and she was hooked. Chaucer’s psychological study of the two lovers was a revelation to her. The next quarter was The Canterbury Tales. That clinched it. Candace went on to graduate work in medieval history and literature, and ever since she’s been engaged in bringing to life the rich culture of the period, from the arts to the politics. She is the internationally acclaimed author of thirteen crime novels featuring the sexy, brooding, clever Owen Archer, who solves crimes for John Thoresby, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of England, and the young Margaret Kerr, searching for her missing husband and establishing her own role in a Scotland overrun by English soldiers. Candace is currently under contract with Pegasus Books for a new crime series set in 15th century York, the Kate Clifford mysteries, which will debut in 2016.
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Writing as Emma Campion, Candace has published two historical novels about the women of the English court in the 14th century, A Triple Knot and The King’s Mistress.

Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Candace grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived most of her adult life in Seattle, Washington, which she loves for its combination of culture, natural beauty, and brooding weather so like Yorkshire, Wales, and Scotland, which she visits as often as possible. She has taught the art of writing the crime novel in the University of Washington’s certificate program, and offers workshops in writing the historical novel and in creating and plotting the crime series. Candace (and Emma) blog about writing and medieval topics at A Writer’s Retreat.

Connect with Candace
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway

Enter to win 1 of 3 sets of THE APOTHECARY ROSE, THE LADY CHAPEL, and THE NUN’S TALE by Candace Robb EBOOKS, please complete the giveaway form below. See entry form for complete details.
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Fall Into Cash $250 Giveaway

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Review: Tiger Heart by Katrell Christie

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•Publisher: HCI (October 6, 2015)
•Paperback: 232 pages

Katrell Christie never intended to visit India. In fact, her ideal vacation was a tropical beach where she could relax with a margarita in her hand. But when this former art student turned roller-derby rebel met three teenage girls at a crowded Buddhist orphanage in Darjeeling, she knew she had to help. What started as a trip made on a whim would prove to be a life-altering experience that would change the fate of these lost girls.

GREAT read from an inspiring gal who took action to make a difference instead of talking about making a difference.

Christie reveals the menial beginnings of her project as well as the task of keeping it going. Each chapter tells of her journey, from the baby steps to the leaps to bring it to fruition and to keep it growing. She covers it all from selecting the young female candidates, fundraising, from learning to navigate India – travel, culture, customs etc., to the highs and lows, her successes and mistakes, along with joys and disappointments, this admirable woman shares all. Christie shares her personal life as well, you have a clear sense of this woman’s stellar character and her unflappable purpose.

I admire Christie’s dedication, commitment and drive. A woman of integrity she is determined to keep her efforts going no matter what, a woman of her word. Wonderful to read of the bonds she has developed with her girls as they deeply appreciate Christie and all she does, a total win-win for all.

The beautiful part of this book is Katrell Christie herself, she does not reveal her story in a boastful, hubris, self-serving manner at all. She is genuine and humble, a simple woman merely attempting to make a difference in less fortunate young women’s lives. She’s not seeking attention, only attention to her cause. Fabulous to read of someone giving completely from their heart without seeking anything in return but a quality life, endless opportunities for the girls she so desperately helps.

A feel good story without a doubt motivating and inspiring.

 

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Katrell Christie is the founder and owner of The Learning Tea, a project which provides schooling and a safe haven for impoverished young women in India. Through her efforts with The Learning Tea, Ms. Christie has changed the lives of many women living in Darjeeling, India. Visit TheLearningTea.com for more information.

Shannon McCaffrey is an award-winning reporter focusing on investigative stories for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.She is an avid reader, a mother, and a runner.

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