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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – A Cut Twice As Deep (plus giveaway)

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Welcome to the blog tour for A Cut Twice As Deep by Wendy L. Anderson! Read on for an excerpt and a chance to win a paperback copy of the book! A Cut Twice As Deep Final Front CoverA Cut Twice as Deep

Publication Date: October 7th, 2020

Genre: Viking Adventure/ Sisterhood/ Romance

The bond between sisters is one forged in blood and fire. Twin sisters, Liana and Deirdre were inseparable like the two halves of a double-bladed axe, making the pain of having to leave each other a cut twice as deep.

Their father, Gorsedd Gunnarson, King of the great country of Svartur Rokk, did not care about twin bonds or his daughter’s preferences and severed the pair with a single blow. Both Liana and Deirdre have been sold to the highest bidders for ships, weapons, and alliances. For Gorsedd Gunnarson these are very profitable and advantageous marriage arrangements, but the twin sisters would be torn from each other lives and sent to lands far apart forever!

Liana is forced to leave her childhood sweetheart and marry a stranger. Sweet, timid Deirdre would be wed to a Viking warlord. One would leave her home on a ship and the other on a horse. Both would travel great distances to new lands. Given no choice but to embrace the lives planned for them, they find that the future holds more than they could ever have suspected. In a land where blood and ice reign, danger and betrayal war with love and hope, as they fight to find happiness in a ruthless world ruled by the sword and axe.

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Excerpt

Liana recalled with great detail, the smoky room, and the flickering torches in iron sconces on the walls. Remembered the smell of sweaty men, oiled leather, damp fur, wood smoke, and roasting meat. Heard the rattle of sword and thump of drinking horns and the pounding of eating knives on the worn, beaten tables. Shadows crouched in the dark corners of the hall. She could see clearly in her mind’s recollection, how her father had suddenly stood after eating and drinking for hours and raised his large drinking horn on high. He smoothed his hand over his long greying blonde beard, straightened the black bear fur cloak on his broad shoulders, and roared for silence. As all eyes trained on King Gorsedd, the conversation and laughter quieted.

“This night!” Gorsedd Gunnarson’s deep voice boomed out and the men stilled to listen. “We celebrate!” The men roared in response and then quieted.

“Raise your mead horns and drink to my daughters!” The men raised their horns and cheered loudly sloshing mead on the tables and over their hands.

This was strange behavior coming from their father and Liana and Deirdre exchanged surprised glances as they moved slowly toward the front of the room. Pulled forward by this uncustomary sentiment, their father had their full attention.

“Tonight!” Gorsedd boomed again, waiting for the men to quiet down and regain everyone’s attention. “We celebrate the betrothal of both my daughters! Drink to our good fortune! SKOL!”

All eyes turned to stare, and the men drank to Liana and Deirdre.

“Skol!” they all shouted then quieted as Gorsedd began to speak again.

“For my eldest Liana, I have arranged a marriage contract with Tiernan Lachlan of Lochlannach and Kearn Mac An-Bharain of Noreg for Deirdre.”

He gestured toward strangers in the hall and bellowed.

“Welcome men from Lochlannach to Svartur Rokk my great mead hall where the warriors are more skilled at sword and drinking! These men will be taking Liana across Loch Indaal to marry Tiernan Lachlan!”

Loud cheers rang out and the men raised their drinking horns in salute, sloshed mead into their mouths, and banged their daggers on the tables.

Both Liana and Deirdre stared in wide-eyed shock at their father with their mouths falling open. This was the first time they had heard this news, and both girls stood stunned, disbelieving their ears. They turned and looked at each other, terror written on their identical faces. The men at the tables murmured and some continued to cheer, a few fell to grumbling.

Deirdre staggered in disbelief and her frightened gaze stayed fixed on Liana while she slammed down the pitcher of mead she had been holding onto the nearest table. Her furious gaze flew back and forth between their father and Deirdre.

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About the Author 16643855 Wendy L. Anderson is a Colorado native and mother of two boys. A devout reader of the classics, fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction, she has decided it is time to write down the fantasies from her mind. Writing about everything from fantastical worlds to the stuff of her dreams she takes her stories along interesting paths while portraying worlds she sees in her mind’s eye. Her goal is to deviate from common themes, write in original directions and transport her reader to the worlds of her creation.

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My Review

4/5 stars

The announcement of their weddings came as quite a shock to twins Liana and Dierdre, who had at least hoped their father would consult them first. A greater shock came on hearing they were to be separated from each other. Liana had expected to marry her childhood sweetheart, while Dierdre had never considered being apart from her sister.

Their father refused to hear them, his only concern the ships, weapons and alliances he would be making. And so it was that the two young women took on the new challenges facing them, albeit with heavy hearts. The scene of their separation, of them waving an emotional goodbye, throws the reader straight into their torment. What lay ahead for them? Would they be happy? Would they see each other again?

The story alternates between the two as they meet their future husbands. Their anxieties and fears for the future fly off the page, and not without reason as settling into their new lives is fraught with tension and angst. Balanced with glimpses of hope and, later, joy, the twins’ lives must go on, and it is in their hands to build relationships with their husbands.

Of course, just when they seem to have settled in, trouble comes in the form of Liana’s former sweetheart, Thorsten, and the young women are ripped from their new lives as bargaining tools once more. The drama intensifies and the women are in real danger once they learn who is responsible. Beware to be gripped until the end.

A Cut Twice As Deep is a wonderful story of two strong women who survive the challenges thrown at them, determined to make good of their new lives. Betrayal, kidnapping and battle all balance out with hope, love and a sense of commitment.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting such an emotional tale, but found myself totally caught up in the twins’ world. Great imagery, strong characters and heaps of drama and tension! Readers of Viking romances will also love it.

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November 23rd

Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com

Ma Book Yard (Review) https://www.mabookyard.wordpress.com

The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Spotlight) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com

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Book Dragons Not Worms (Review) https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/?m=1

Rambling Mads (Spotlight) http://ramblingmads.com

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Tales of a Natural Spoonie (Review) https://talesofanaturalspoonie.com/

Misty’s Book Space (Spotlight) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

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Just 4 My Books (Review) http://www.just4mybooks.wordpress.com

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blog tour · book review · detective · Greek mythology · mystery · mythology

Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Barnabus Tew & the Case of the Hellenic Abduction

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction

Zeus is used to getting what he wants…but that was before he met Barnabas Tew!

Barnabas and Wilfred, the unluckiest detectives ever, are happily enjoying their time in India, working on mastering their emotions, and learning how to do all sorts of interesting yoga poses. They’re having a splendid time, and feel as if they’ve finally found some peace in their lives. Everything changes, though, when Zeus suddenly whisks them away from their idyllic retreat and demands that they solve a case for him.

Having no choice, they reluctantly accept the job, but quickly come to realize that nothing is as it should be. Zeus’ motives are suspect from the beginning, the rest of the Greek gods and goddesses are untrustworthy at best, and Barnabas’ temper hasn’t improved at all during his time in India. And, most importantly, who is the mysterious lady who keeps popping up just when they need her? Is she friend, or is she foe?

To make matters even worse, both Barnabas and Wilfred have unresolved feelings of their own. Can they settle their own emotional affairs, once and for all? Will they figure out what’s right and what’s wrong in this topsy-turvy world of lies, intrigue, and trickery? Or will the Greek gods and goddesses prove too much for them?

Purchase Link – mybook.to/Hellenic

Author Bio

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the best-selling Barnabas Tew series, which features a proper British detective from Victorian London who ends up solving mythological cases for gods all around the world. She was was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology at a university in Maryland. Her writing is mostly speculative fiction (especially stories that involve mythology, or the supernatural, or any combination thereof). Some of her work is a bit on the spooky side, but usually there is a touch of humor (who says the afterlife has to be serious?) 

When she’s not teaching or writing, Columbkill can be found with her rescue horse (whose name is Mittens), hiking in the woods, or doing yoga of all kinds (aerial yoga and SUP yoga are particular favorites). She is an avid traveler, and can’t wait to get back to seeing the world again. You can visit her on Twitter @ColumbkillNoon1, or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan.

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My Review

Barnabas Tew and his assistant turned business partner, Wilfred Colby have been two of my favourite characters in recent years. I’ve followed their journey from the museum in Victorian England to mythological lands galore. Theirs has always been a story I look forward to reading.

As detectives to the gods, it seems only fitting they are finally summoned by Zeus himself when a princess has been kidnapped. As ever, finding the missing girl is no straightforward task, and Barnabus & Wilfred are led off track on several occasions. But this time, the desire to complete their mission has also gone off track, since this time around, there are doubts about Zeus’s motives.

Being the gentlemen they are, neither feels comfortable with returning the girl to Zeus once they are convinced his intentions are not honourable. Have they reached the end of the road? What will become of them if they fail to follow Zeus’s orders?

In this story, the two men are more reflective and introspective, and there are constant reminders of the loves they found and lost along the way. For me, there was too much repetition of how they met Bindi and Brynhild, so much so it made the ending almost predictable.

What I did enjoy was seeing how the two men now felt about each other, and I have to say that Wilfred has the patience of a saint. (Barnabus in full flow is a force to be reckoned with; there is only so much eye-rolling I could do faced with his antics. Yes, I know, I should have expected this from him, but I had hoped he might change a little for the better, not get annoyingly worse.)

Nonetheless, despite Barnabus bumbling on in his own inimitable style and getting my hackles up, this was another fun read with just enough Greek myth to intrigue, a marvellous cast of characters and a satisfying mystery. An amusing aspect of this was that even amongst the Greek gods, there was a need for societal reform and a healthy opposition to the rule of law when so unevenly practised. Art imitating life, you might say 😉

Dry humour and staunch loyalty to Queen Victoria kept Barnabus in character. Olympus – and Zeus – had no idea what would hit them! Another great mystery solved by the duo, and hats off to Wilfred for staying sane. Long may they enjoy their later years, and may they both be blessed with happiness, love and the occasional cup of tea with biscuits.

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cover reveal · psychological suspense · thriller

Cover Reveal – The Happy Family

The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler

The brand new thriller from the Kindle & USA Today bestselling author!

A mother who disappeared… 
When Beth was 10 years old, her beautiful, wild mother Alice walked out and never came back. Beth’s life since hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but now she is happy and settled, with a successful career, a loving family and a beautiful home. 
 
An unexpected visitor…
Then one day there’s a knock at the door. Alice has returned. Overjoyed to have the chance to rebuild their relationship, Beth invites her mother to move in.
 
A life that comes crashing down…
At first, everything seems wonderful. But then Beth’s friends begin to drift away, strange things start to happen at home, and rumours begin to circle about her past. As the mysterious events around Beth become darker and more dangerous, she is forced to question everything. Is somebody in her life trying to destroy her happiness? And how far will they go?

Publication Date: June 4, 2021

The book is available to pre-order now:

(UK) https://amzn.to/3f8UMyh  (US) http://mybook.to/TheHappyFamilyUS

Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, C. L. Taylor and Lisa Jewell

Praise for Jackie Kabler

‘An intriguing and gripping psychological thriller that keeps you guessing as you frantically turn the pages’ Sunday Times bestselling author C. L. Taylor

‘This is a psychological thriller that has everything: intrigue, mystery and constant twists and turns. I couldn’t put it down!’ Alex Lake, bestselling author of Seven Days

‘There is no let-up in this twisty-turny thriller…Just when you think you’ve cracked its secrets, your expectations are upended again’ Kate Riordan, author of The Heatwave

I’ve read a couple of the author’s previous books The Perfect Couple and Am I Guilty? If The Happy Family is half as good, then it will be amazing! Can’t wait to get my copy.

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Audiobook · book review · murder mystery · mystery · series

Audiobook Blog Tour ‘n’ Review – Lethal Voyage

 

Author: Kevin G. Chapman

Narrator: Kevin G. Chapman

Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

Series: Mike Stoneman, Book 3

Publisher: First Legacy Productions

Released: Nov. 22, 2020

Genre: Thriller

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cover reveal · love · self discovery

Cover Reveal – The Dream That Held Us

The Dream That Held Us

“The Dream That Held Us took me on an exquisite exploration of a love that crosses boundaries of time and culture.”  Angela Barton author of Arlette’s Story, Magnolia House and You’ve Got My Number

“Deeply imbued with a certain wistfulness and haunting sense of loss brought out by the end of a glorious summer… Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang’s latest novel is a sensitive and skilful exploration of love, longing, and whether life sometimes relents to give us second chances.” Osama Siddique – author of Snuffing Out the Moon

“This book carries a universal message about love and finding your way in the world. I loved it.” Angela Barton author of Arlette’s Story, Magnolia House and You’ve Got My Number

Another stunning Anglo-Indian love story from the author of The Last Vicereine, Penguin Random House 2017. 

October 1985, Ash Misra leaves a blood-stained Delhi for Oxford University. Haunted by a terrible secret, he just wants to forget. Music and fresh violence bring him to fellow student and amateur violinist, Isabella Angus, but duty and the burden of history keep them apart. A quarter of a century later against the background of the global financial crisis, Sir Peter Roberts, former Master of Woodstock College, receives a letter from Ash for Isabella. They are no longer young but they had made a tryst with destiny; old terrors and suppressed desires return. 

Pre-order Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-That-Held-Us/dp/1838150803 

US  – https://www.amazon.com/Dream-That-Held-Us/dp/1838150803 

Publication Date – 21st January 2021

Author Bio

Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang is a British author whose work focuses on cultural and historical fault lines and has strong international themes.  Rhiannon was born and grew up in Yorkshire and has studied, lived and worked in Europe and Asia.  She read Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Oxford University and speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.  Rhiannon lives in a former farmhouse in rural England with her family.

Novels

The Woman Who Lost China, Open Books 2013

The Last Vicereine, Penguin Random House 2017

Short Story Anthology

Hong Kong Noir, Akashic Books 2019

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cover reveal · romance

Cover Reveal – Withholding The Key

Withholding the Key

Withholding the Key, Third and Final Book of With Emma Trilogy.

Will Emma unlock her heart and truly allow herself the happiness she deserves?

Emma Andrews finds herself and everyone she cares about within the walls of the penthouse. Only, this time, it was her who locked the door and threw away the key. Emma finds herself not only planning to take Jarret out for good, but trying to destroy his empire and all who are within it.

Jarret won’t know what hit him…

What Emma doesn’t expect is to see a face that before had only appeared in her dreams.

With Chance’s life holding on by a thread, Emma is pulled to him. Will he prove his love to her, allowing Emma to completely unlock her heart to him? Or, will the man that has taught her to accept her strength, be the man Emma finds her true-self in the bounds of his love…

There is one thing for certain, in order to take Jarret out, Emma will need to rely upon the bond formed from an unexpected friendship.

Pre-order Link – https://www.tlmahrt.com

Publication Date – 31st January 2021

Author Bio –

T. L. Mahrt is a former business owner, where she utilized her education in cosmetology, barbering and massage therapy for several years. She was raised on and is currently living on a farm in Nebraska, where you can find her running barefoot in the country side with her loving husband and inspiring children and massive dogs.

After having her son, who was born with Cerebral Palsy and DYRK1A, she made the life altering decision to stay home to care for her two children and pursue her love for writing. She has a love for romance and poetry where, her overactive imagination, along with her adventures and up beat lifestyle drives her inspiration for her writing.

T. L. Mahrt has a thirst for knowledge, and is currently working on her Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication Studies degree.

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book launch · sweet romance

Book Launch – Christmas Caralyn

Christmas Caralyn

A Christmas Carol + A splash of romance = A story to remember

Other than the added bonus of selling more product from her mistletoe farm, Christmas can rot as far as Caralyn Benzer is concerned. Life has taken her down some dark paths since her mother’s death, seven years ago. When her mom appears to her on December first, demanding for her to change or else, for the next thirty days, Caralyn is sent on a journey through her past, present, and future with the only person who can help her remember who she was before Caralyn’s Christmas was destroyed.

Her dreams start affecting reality, and when her childhood friend Bobby shows an interest for Caralyn, her resolve to keep him at an arm’s length melts, along with the hard shell around her heart as she reviews the choices that have taken her so far from who she used to be.

The only standing between her choices and her desired change is herself. Can she put the past aside long enough to be the person in the future she years to be?

Christmas Caralyn Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/ /B08JHQ932K

Author Bio
After going on over 150 first dates, Jenny has a wealth of dating experience. She lives with her husband and three kids near the mountains, drawing inspiration from the constant ups and downs of relationships. When she’s not writing clean, swoony romances, she’s following some other dream to make a difference in the world.

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Author interview · historical fiction · mystery · WWII

Mini Blog Blitz – A Wing & A Prayer

A Wing and a Prayer

When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.
Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.

Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.

Purchase Links

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Author Bio

Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.

Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.

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Twitter – Mick859

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Mick has kindly answered a few of my questions about his writing life.

  1. Tell me about your book / series? What do you want readers to most remember after reading it/them?

The people, my characters. I try to make them all as human as possible, fallible, normal, everyday humans. Just like you and me, they each have a journey to take and I’d like readers to recall what they went through on that journey and how that changed them.

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both, usually at the same time! Since a health scare a while back, I’ve never felt more alive than when I have my laptop in front of me and am tapping away. Being able to escape into a make-believe world takes me away from the problems of the real-one and I get a real buzz from that! I tend to get tired a little quicker than I used to, a hangover, but I don’t tend to let that stop me finishing a chapter.

  1. Have you ever got reader’s block? What’s your favourite genre to read?

Sometimes. I’ll pick up a book I’ve been dying to read, and it’s down before I’ve barely started. I actually have to be in the mood to read and if I’m not, I simply can’t. As for a favourite genre, it’s a mix of three. I love Romantic fiction, including writing it; am newly into WW2 Historical Sagas and still love to read anything by Terry Pratchett.

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Start writing earlier! Simple.

  1. Is there a famous novel you didn’t finish reading? Why?

I really Hope some of my author friends won’t hate me for saying this, but I’ve never finished Pride and Prejudice. I blame the BBC tv version for this as I’ve watched that so many times – my Lady Wife is a huge fan – I find it difficult to concentrate on it.

  1. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

How did you know I’m a huge fan of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman? It would have to be a Scottish Wildcat. I love how they’re such a bundle of energy for such a small creature.

  1. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I’ve got three unpublished books and maybe, three or four unfinished ones. A Wing an a Prayer was actually the fifth book I finished and the first in this genre.

  1. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

For this book, and the others in the series to come, once the idea came, I then spent probably only a few hours on the internet researching to see if anyone had written the same idea. I then tend to begin writing, researching for what I need as and when I need to.

  1. How many hours a day do you write?

As long as I can get away with it. Once I start writing, I like to get a complete chapter done, no matter how long it turns out to be. I usually start writing in the afternoon, just after midday, so it can be into the wee small hours.

  1. What did you edit out of this book that you really wanted to keep? Will you reuse it at a later stage?

I took out a scene where some male members of the ATA stalk out of the Flight Line Hut when they meet my lady pilots. I thought it slowed the pace down and as it was early in the book, I didn’t want it. Something along that may make an appearance in book 3, a Christmas one, I’m currently writing.

  1. How do you select the names of your characters?

Often, they’re based on something I’m watching on tv, or a combination of names from books on the shelf, or my TBR pile. I do have a couple of books full of first and surnames next to where I write but, for some reason, I don’t reach for those as often as I should.

  1. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Only having had one book published before, I do recall reading the reviews. Is it a bit much to mention none were lower than a four star?

  1. What comes first for you, character or plot?

Plot! Or, to be more precise, the idea for the first half dozen chapters. I’m not a planster, I’ve tried but it doesn’t seem to suit me, so I fly by the seat of my pants. My characters seem to write themselves in as the scene progresses. Sometimes, they’re not even thought of before that scene is begun

  1. What was your hardest scene to write? Why?

The last, because it meant saying ‘goodbye’ to my characters at a time when I hadn’t sold the book. I didn’t know if I’d ever be writing them again.

  1. Do you Google yourself? What did you find that pleased you most?

Heck no. 😉

  1. What are you writing now?

Book 3 in the series. This is a Christmas one and seems to have become full of just as much mystery as the first. The second in the Broken Wings series, Wild Blue Yonder, is now with my editor and isn’t as much a mystery as the first, more of a story full of twists and turns for my characters as their relationships blossom.

Thanks so much for this, Mick. Looks like you’ve got your hands full. Lots of luck with A Wing & A Prayer and the Christmas story.

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blog tour · book review · mystery · noir fiction · supernatural

Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – The Purple Shadow

The Purple Shadow

In the years before the war, Sylvie Charlot was a leading light in Paris fashion with many friends among musicians, artists and writers. Now she is largely forgotten. Spending time in Paris during a break in his acting career, Colin Mallory sees a striking portrait of Sylvie. Some think it is a late work by Édouard Vuillard but there is no signature or documentary evidence to support this view.

The picture has some unusual qualities, not least the presence of a shadow of something that cannot be seen. Perhaps the picture was once larger. Colin feels an odd sense of connection with Sylvie, who seems to be looking at him, appealing to him, wanting to tell him something. Despite a warning not to pursue his interest in her portrait, he is determined to find out more about the painting, who painted it, and why it was hidden for many years.

Colin’s search takes him back to the film and theatre worlds of Paris and London in the 1930s – and to a house in present-day Sussex. As he uncovers the secrets of Sylvie’s past, her portrait seems to take on a life of its own.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Purple-Shadow-Christopher-Bowden-ebook/dp/B01JLMD7N4/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Purple-Shadow-Christopher-Bowden-ebook/dp/B01JLMD7N4/

France – https://www.amazon.fr/Purple-Shadow-Christopher-Bowden-ebook/dp/B01JLMD7N4/

 

Author Bio – Christopher Bowden lives in south London.

He is the author of six colour-themed novels, which have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay.

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Website – http://www.christopherbowden.com/

 

 

 

My Review

What starts as a gently-paced stroll through the backstreets of Paris, soon descends into an intriguing mystery. Colin Mallory, an actor currently between roles, is whiling away the hours in an art gallery only to receive an impromptu dinner invitation. With nothing much else to do, he can’t bring himself to refuse, and who can blame him? Over dinner, he takes an interest in a portrait and asks who the striking woman within it might be. Unfortunately, there is little known about the origins of the painting, only that the woman is Sylvie Charlot, a fashionista of the pre-war years.

As a creative person himself, Colin is a tad smitten with the painting, and especially intrigued by a purple shadow that seems to belong elsewhere. He feels compelled to know more about it, about the artist, and about Sylvie herself. This sees him looking through theatre archives for snippets of information, only to learn someone else has been asking similar questions. Now, there is no stopping him in his investigations which go on to uncover a love affair between Sylvie and a married man back in the 1930s. He digs deeper, asking staff at the house where he first spied the painting if they knew Sylvie, and subsequently learns the portrait may be half of a bigger picture.

Each time Colin learns a little bit more, he becomes ever more curious, and with someone else on the same trail, he’s convinced of a bigger mystery yet to be revealed. To say he had become obsessed would be no understatement, but as the reader, I was just as fascinated. The drip feed of information kept my attention, and before long I had finished the book.

Of course, along with the mystery and intrigue, the author beautifully describes the surroundings and the mood; it was like being on a personal, guided tour. The “shadow” itself lends a supernatural feel to the story which makes it both enchanting and gripping. Overall, a fascinating mystery with an old world style that is subtly addictive and hugely satisfying.

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Publication Day – The Tobaccanist’s Wife

The Tobacconist’s Wife

Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world.

It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.
But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must be kept up, so Thea goes on powdering her bruises and forcing a smile as she toils in Ernie’s home and tobacco shop. There seems to be no other option.
That is, until a handsome and well-bred stranger arrives to set up shop next door…
Can Thea escape her misery and break from the conventions of society? Or will the clutches of her abusive husband confine her forever?

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobacconists-Wife-emotionally-absorbing-Victorian-ebook/dp/B08G9N75NX

US – https://www.amazon.com/Tobacconists-Wife-emotionally-absorbing-Victorian-ebook/dp/B08G9N75NX

Author Bio – Award winning & Amazon UK Bestseller AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, travelling, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order! She is the author of historical family saga novels.

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