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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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Book Release: A Cut Twice As Deep (plus giveaway)

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Congratulations to Wendy L. Anderson on the release of her Viking adventure, A Cut Twice As Deep! If you enjoy Norse mythology, you will love this!

Read on for an excerpt and a chance to win a paperback copy of the book!

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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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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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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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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Barnabus Tew and The Case of The Enlightened Cow

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow

Rama, the Hindu god who maintains dharma, or the balance of all things, is in terrible trouble, and only Barnabas and Wilfred can save him!

Private detectives to the gods, Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby, believed they’d discovered the secret to taking charge of their destinies. Unfortunately, they’re about to be taught a hard lesson: nothing is as it seems and taking control is easier said than done.

Fresh off their most challenging case to date, the two detectives step into a cenote: an otherworldly portal that connects worlds and can take them anywhere if they how to use it. Each is hoping to be reunited with someone he left behind, but they soon realize that something has gone terribly, disastrously wrong. Instead of being reunited with their lady-loves, they find themselves in a Hindu temple, together with Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire.

Kamadeva asks them to save his friend Rama, who is in grave danger. It seems an innocent enough request, but Barnabas and Wilfred have learned that not everything is at it seems, and the right thing to do is not always so obvious. It doesn’t take long to discover that not all the gods want Rama saved, leaving the two detectives to make a terrible choice.

The detectives have faced dangerous deities before, but the Hindu gods are different. Otherworldly, wise, and full of shadowy motivations, they all seek to manipulate the hapless detectives to suit their purposes.

Can Barnabas and Wilfred see through the illusions and the lies to uncover the truth of the matter? Or will they fail, and choose the wrong side?

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Barnabas-Tew-Case-Enlightened-Cow-ebook/dp/B07VN5MT8C

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barnabas-Tew-Case-Enlightened-Cow-ebook/dp/B07VN5MT8C

Author Bio 

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling “Barnabas Tew” series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred. Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.

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My Review

It was so good to catch up with Barnabus and Wilfred again. After their last adventure, I truly thought they were ready to call it day – and indeed, it seemed they were both planning on returning to different places to pick up with lost loves. So, when they entered the portal, each thinking of a different destination, it was only to be expected that crossed wires would mess up their plans. After all, since when did the two of them agree on anything!

And so it is that my favourite bumbling detectives find themselves in a Hindu temple and armed with a new task – to save Rama. After a great deal of bickering (mainly as to whose fault it was they ended up where they did) they set off, with the most basic of directions (for a change!) As always, Barnabus reckons it’s a simple task. He didn’t account for a talking fish now, did he? Nor did he bank on being turned into a fish himself, and Wilfred too. Well, that’s what lacking respect can do for you! To be returned to human form, they must now find the Earth Cow who is at the bottom of the sea. With the help of a hermit crab, even that is not as complicated as it sounds. This is a recurring feature in the series, that more by luck than judgement, the two detectives manage to “solve” the cases assigned to them, and in so doing earn the gratitude of their hosts.

Back in their own bodies, the case to save Rama continues. Yet, they learn that Rama – one of many incarnations of Vishna – doesn’t wish to be saved. For the first time, the two of them have to decide whether to fulfil the task or to just let matters be.

In this book, the relationship between Barnabus and Wilfred is ever more endearing. Barnabus has realised that Wilfred is more to him than an assistant; he even promotes him to partner (a junior partner, granted, but it’s progress) but it is their friendship that has developed most since the series began. They’ve been through a lot together, found love, lost love, survived all sorts of unexpected dangers, yet together they have survived. Barnabus and Wilfred are characters that will frustrate you, make you laugh, and sadden you, and the Afterlife would be a gloomy place without them. Throw in the wonderful mythological worlds and you have an extraordinary series of cosy mysteries.

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Book Review ‘n’ Blog Tour – Barnabus Tew and The Case of the Cursed Serpent

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent

“For Queen, for Country, and for….Uncle Rabbit?”
Just when Barnabas and Wilfred thought the world was safe at last, along comes a new threat: the Mayan Lords of Death have hatched a plan to overthrow the natural order of things, involving a cursed serpent god, two untrustworthy sets of twins, and a dead bunny that must be resuscitated at all costs. Only Barnabas and Wilfred can possibly unravel the convoluted plot, but they face danger after danger as they attempt to do so. If they fail, up will be down and down will be up, and the evil Lords of Death will take over the heavens.
Do Barnabas and Wilfred have the courage, skill (and luck!) to save the world yet again?

Purchase Links
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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barnabas-Tew-Case-Cursed-Serpent-ebook/dp/B07N7KXX4T

My Review

Well, that was indeed a fun story (and I might add, that “is what I always say” 😉 – sorry, that’s an in-joke for fans of Barnabas & Wilfred).

Having read the previous books in the series, I had no doubts this would be just as compelling. Poor old Barnabas and Wilfred found themselves whisked away yet again on another case. As before, they arrived with no knowledge of either their new destination or the reason for being sent there. But, as it was Odin himself who arranged this ‘transfer’, then they felt duty bound to do the best they could – even when the case put before them made not one iota of sense.
In order to once more prevent the End of the World, they were tasked with finding a cure to help Kukulcan so that he might revive the ‘dead’ Uncle Rabbit, the only creature able to finally restore world order and stave off the chaos that might otherwise unfold.

Simple, no? Definitely not.

To achieve their goal, the detective and his assistant faced a myriad of challenges, the first one being to get their heads – and tongues – around the many names being bandied around as possible suspects. Thankfully, the author was kinder on her readers by allowing Barnabas to assign his own names to the many characters – hence Messieurs Monkey, Spider, Sun, Moon and Bees were born! (amongst others)

True to their past record, the two of them bumbled from one place to another, rarely having a plan in mind. They passed through vividly-detailed ball games, where losers were skeletonized once their hearts were ripped out. They were challenged to solves puzzles (the calendar was a very cool and clever idea), most of which involved them being dropped from great heights or falling into deep, dark holes and pools.

What I particularly enjoyed about this book was that I got to see more of the relationship between Barnabas and Wilfred. Both were homesick for London, but returning there seemed improbable given they were both effectively dead. Nostalgia continued to be a theme as both men looked back fondly on their lost loves – Barnabas with Bindi mouse (at the time, he had the head of a mouse too, so it’s not totally inconceivable) and Wilfred with the Norse woman, Brunhild, albeit a love unrequited in his case. Despite everything, neither of them wanted to be separated from the other, wherever they may end up next.

Another fun-packed adventure in the bizarre, yet totally absorbing world of Barnabas Tew and his sidekick, Wilfred, blending Mayan mythology with the two very proper Victorian gentlemen.

Author Bio

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling “Barnabas Tew” series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred.

Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.

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You have a review …

Email arrives just before I clamber into bed … and, of course, I can’t ignore it. Could you?

Me: Review? What kind of review?

Email – A Readers’ Favorite review

Me: Oo! For which story?

Email – “To Make the Birds Cry”

Me: Really?

Email – Yep. Don’t just take my word for it. Go check it out …

Me: On my way.

Log in for details …

Me: Hmm … what was my password again? *taps in first one that comes to mind*

RF: Not that. Try again.

tap, tap, tap

RF: Nope, not that either

Me: Okay … well maybe I’ve written it down somewhere.

RF: Like where?

Me: In a notebook.

RF: I’ll wait …

Me: Can’t you just tell me now what it says?

RF: Sorry, no.

Me: Okay *pulls out current notebook* Not in here *mooches in drawer where older notebooks live*

Tick tock, tick tock

Me: Don’t rush me …

RF: Would you like to reset your password?

Me: No. I’ve got this. Don’t panic.

RF: Not panicking …

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Next morning on my laptop

Me: I found it!

RF: That’s the one.

Me: Wow! I love it.

RF: Was it worth the wait?

Me: Absolutely.

RF: So, who you going to tell?

Me: Everyone.  But first, I need to add the seal to my cover.

RF: Good idea. Go on then.

Me: I will.

Opens Canva – login screen.

Me: Hmm … what was my password again?

Just kidding!

Me: Phew! Looks good though …

Thank you Readers’ Favorite!

Now to update purchase links …, but first a cup of tea and a choccy biscuit. (Do I know how to celebrate or what?)

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Barnabus Tew and The Case of the Nine Worlds

Barnabus Tew and The Case of the Nine Worlds

by Columbkill Noonan

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds

Hold your flying horses!

Barnabas and Wilfred, two earnest but bumbling Victorian detectives, travel through the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, trying to stave off the impending end of the world, an event which the locals call “Ragnarok”. This time around, however, the intrepid twosome has some help: a brave Viking seer named Brynhild and her flying horse.

Can the two plucky detectives and the fearsome Brynhild outwit those who would bring about Ragnarok? Will they survive the harsh conditions and terrifying creatures of the Norse afterlife? Will they save the world…again? 


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My review:

Having read the previous Barnabus Tew book, I was so excited to read this one. I remember begging Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources to squeeze me in. I loved the Egyptian mythology from book one and couldn’t wait to join Barnabus and Wilfred in the worlds of the Norse Gods.

In this story, the detectives have been hired by Odin to find out who stole the bowl that caught the venom from a serpent dangling over the head of Loki the Trickster? Sound complicated? Well, much like Barnabus himself, the plot is more than a little baffling. However, once they begin their investigations – ably assisted by the very – very, very – patient Brynhild and her flying horse, Hynder, then the story line begins to make sense.

As they pass through the nine worlds, the author treats us to some vivid imagery which totally draws the reader in with great sensory detail. Barnabus is still the obtuse and self-opinionated detective we met in book one, but while his quirky behaviour back then was a novelty, this time his conduct began to grate on me. I might have given up on him, had it not been for Wilfred and his sweet infatuation with Brynhild, whose eye-rolling and face-palming skills know no bounds. Try as they might to anchor Barnabus to some kind of reality, it becomes obvious that Mr Tew is having none of it. He will be the master detective, the hero, the star of the show, and woe betide anyone who begs to differ.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that feature in the oddest of situations. If nothing else, this story is one of the most original pieces I have read in a very long time. I love how the author keeps the two detectives rooted in their Victorian characters. The constant clash between their own life experience and what happens in the Norse worlds never fails to create fun. Nonetheless, elements of the plot are over-used and drawn-out. Barnabus’ constant  “is what I always say” catchphrase, and the inevitable response, “does he always say that?” crop up way too often to continue to be funny. Moreover, Barnabus sways between absurdly long ramblings and total disrespect when he faces certain Gods (Freya and Maledokkalfar), and the fact they are wholly amused by his ‘refreshing’ honesty also wears thin when the same reaction is repeated time and again.

If you choose to foray into the nine worlds, you’ll meet gods and goddesses, naturally, but also dragons, Dark Elves, Light Elves, Fire Giants and dwarves, to name but a few. Barnabus is even more annoying in this book (cue eye-rolling and face-palming levels of frustration), but we also see a more endearing side of him through his relationship with Wilfred.

For a fun read set in interesting locations, these latest shenanigans certainly deliver – is what I always say 😉 (Sorry, that’s an in-joke that will make sense if you read the book)

It looks as though their next case will be grounded in Mayan mythology, which promises to be another fascinating caper.

About the author:

Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.

In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website (www.columbkill.weebly.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan) or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).

 

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Book Birthday Blitz ‘n’ Book Review – Barnabus Tew

Barnabus Tew & The Case of the Missing Scarab

by Columbkill Noonan

Barnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to survive in his trade in Victorian London. Fearing that he is not as clever as he had hoped to be, he is plagued by a lack of confidence brought on in no small part by his failure to prevent the untimely deaths of several of his clients.

Matters only get worse when Anubis, the Egyptian God of the Dead, is referred to Barnabas by a former client (who perished in a terribly unfortunate incident which was almost certainly not Barnabas’ fault). Anubis sends for Barnabas (in a most uncivilized manner) and tells him that the scarab beetle in charge of rolling the sun across the sky every day has been kidnapped, and perhaps dismembered entirely.

The Land of the Dead is in chaos, which will soon spill over into the Land of the Living if Barnabas – together with his trusty assistant, Wilfred – cannot set matters to right. Pulled from his predictable (if unremarkable) life in Marylebone, Barnabas must match his wits against the capricious and dangerous Egyptian gods in order to unravel the mystery of the missing beetle and thereby save the world.

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My review:

5/5 stars

Take an egocentric private detective, add in an assistant who you imagine really should be running the show, and put them before Anubis, Egyptian God of the Dead and you have the quirkiest, mystery-solving team in the Underworld.

Barnabus Tew brings a touch of Je ne sais quoi to the art of detection – trouble is, he doesn’t know what that is either. Before his untimely death, all his clients came a cropper too. But it was on the recommendation of one very dead customer that Tew, and his amiable assistant Wilfred, caught the eye of the Egyptian god, Anubis.

Khepre, the Scarab Beetle god, whose job it is to roll the sun across the sky to create nightfall, has gone missing. As a result, the Underworld is stuck in a never-ending high noon that could very well be replicated in the world of the Living if Khepre isn’t found – in one piece.

A severed beetle leg suggests they may be too late!

Barnabus and Wilfred, with more luck than judgement, travel through the Underworld to interrogate their suspects. As they visit other gods, their plight worsens as they face unknown dangers, the like of which they could never have imagined. Many such visits actually make matters worse, leaving them no closer to solving the mystery of Khepre’s whereabouts.

While Barnabus Tew would never be my first choice were I to need a detective, he possesses a charm that had me rooting for him, willing him to do well. His relationship with Wilfred is based on that of a boss and employee, yet it is his assistant who frequently has the ideas when Barnabus stalls for time. Their interaction oozes effortless comedy, yet Barnabus is so, so serious about the task in hand that he always strives to find an explanation for the absurd predicaments they find themselves in.

The narrator’s Victorian tone is a perfect fit. From the moment Barnabus and Wilfred visit the museum to see the Mummy, I was hooked. I’m a sucker for an authentic setting, and while the story soon shifts to the Underworld, the characters continue with their Victorian attitudes and mannerisms – very much in the style of keeping “a stiff upper lip” at all costs.

This is a fun-to-read book with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that will hit you when you least expect them. If you enjoy a mystery with a unique flavour, if you appreciate dry wit, and if you are even the slightest bit interested in Egyptian mythology, then this is a book you must read. The hapless (or is he?) detective and his rational sidekick promise to entertain.

About the author:

Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.

In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website or find her on Facebook and / or Twitter

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Book Birthday Blitz: Deity’s Soulmate

Happy book birthday to Deity’s Soulmate!

I’m thrilled to celebrate the first year of this whimsical fantasy!

Deity’s Soulmate

Publication Date: April 3rd, 2017

Genre: Fantasy/ Mythology/ Young Adult
From author Angelina Kerner (Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted) comes an all-new fantasy series about Gardenia, a daughter of Athena, and her 100 years of coursework on how to create whole new worlds and subjects of her own.
A sheltered school child in a realm of condescending gods and goddesses, Gardenia goes to Earth on a dare to witness the unsavory side of mankind for herself. Believing she can do better, she undertakes the formation of an entire galaxy, but without permission from Zeus.
Zeus disciplines her by assigning an epic 13-fold creational lesson destined to take her a century to complete. But he is taken aback once more when she makes an odd choice. She vows to fulfill this knowledge quest by tracking down a lost race of dragons, and discovering the secrets they’ve kept since time began.
Searching the universe to meet even one dragon may be a fool’s errand, but that’s the least of her worries. For ancient wartime resentments linger between the nations of dragons and deities, and some dragons would attack Gardenia on sight!
Yet she ventures out undaunted, learning unexpected things about nomadic life, tender love, and mortal peril along the way. The biggest surprise of all, though, goes by the name of Ri. Ri may be the man of her dreams, the voice in her head, the dragon she’s seeking, or all these things and more…
Meanwhile, the Fates brew sordid plans of their own and Hera jealously sets traps and trials for Gardenia at every chance. What’s a young goddess to do? Flight or fight?

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To celebrate the anniversary of Deity’s Soulmate, the author is giving away 3 digital copies of her latest book Follow the Snowflakes!

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About the Author

ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and lighthearted romance.
She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer.
She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California.
Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.
Where Dragons Reside
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