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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – A Crown in Time

A Crown in Time

In the far future, a convicted criminal is given a chance at redemption.

Her mission? To save the crown of France by convincing a young noble not to join the ill-fated Eighth Crusade.

But nothing goes as planned, and Isobel finds herself accompanying a hot-headed youth on his way to fight the infidel in Tunis: a battle Isobel knows is fated to be lost.

From the rainy villages of medieval France, to the scorching desert of Tunis – Isobel faces her destiny and tries to fulfil her duty, knowing she can never return to her time, knowing that a wrong move can doom the future, or doom her to be burned as a witch.

Purchase Links

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-crown-in-time/jennifer-macaire//9781786157768

Amazon UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZF4QWNP

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZF4QWNP

Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07ZF4QWNP

 

Author Bio – Jennifer Macaire is an American living in France. She likes to read, eat chocolate, and plays a mean game of golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St Peter and Paul High School in St Thomas and moved to NYC where she modelled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

Social Media Links –

Website https://authorjennifermacaire.wordpress.com/

Blog https://jennifermacaire.wordpress.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TimeforAlexander/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jennifermacaire/

Twitter https://twitter.com/jennifermacaire?lang=en

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My Review

5/5 stars

There are few authors whose books are must-reads for me, but Jennifer Macaire is one of them. No one blends time travel and history as well as she does. Her Alexander the Great series won me over, and I couldn’t pass up on her newest release. And so, off to 13th Century France I went … and, boy, was it every bit as fascinating and enjoyable as I expected.

So, what happened?

As before, the story starts in the future (2900 A.D.) and Tempus University now offers convicted criminals a chance to wipe the slate clean by completing a task in the past and correcting a tiny mistake in history. Sounds simple, right? Our MC is Isobel, and at stake is the future crown of France. Her job is to convince a young man, Jean, to return home and not fight in the Crusades.

Isobel’s mission begins in a puddle in the French countryside; her attire is historically accurate, she carries money of that time – which she sews into her outfit for safety reasons – and she sets off to find the man in question, with no clue as to which direction she should be travelling.

Medieval France comes alive with the details of Isobel’s journey, sights, smells and noises are vividly drawn as she catches up with Jean. Isobel, while determined not to be erased (the outcome if she fails in her task), also becomes embroiled in a series of disputes and is frequently rescued by Charles, a ten-year-old boy, who continues the journey with her. She faces many challenges, moves in royal circles, survives the heat of Tunis, and witnesses the consequences of battle, all to complete her mission. But is she successful? What follows, you’ll need to read for yourself, but rest assured, this is no easy task.

If you enjoy history in all its glorious detail, then take a shot at this. It’s an engaging, evocative read.

Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for a review copy. This is my honest review.

 

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – The Violinist’s Apprentice

The Violinist’s Apprentice

A dark journey through time.

It’s on a group trip to Rome that something terrifying and mysterious happens, whirling musical Clementina back in time to 17th century Italy. Amidst court intrigue and creaking carriages, Rome becomes a chiaroscuro backdrop to her growing feelings for young violin-maker Antonio Stradivari. But soon he discovers that Clementina is not all she appears. She must surely be a witch. How can she return to the 21st century again? Meanwhile, in an icy corner of the Arctic, a professor plots.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Violinists-Apprentice-Isabella-Mancini-ebook/dp/B0811Y35MV

US – https://www.amazon.com/Violinists-Apprentice-Isabella-Mancini-ebook/dp/B0811Y35MV

Author Bio –

Isabella Mancini is the nom de plume of prolific author Olga Swan, published by Crooked Cat Books. She has a BA Hons (Open) in English Language and Literature and a lifelong love for writing and language. For 12 years she lived in SW France, but returned to the UK in 2017, where she now lives in the West Midlands with her husband and elderly French rescue dog Bruno.

Previous books by Olga Swan:

An Englishwoman in America

From Paradis to Perdition

Pensioners in Paradis

The Mazurek Express

Lamplight

Vichyssoise

3rd Degree Murder

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @IsabellaManci10.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ManciniIsabella1

Facebook Group: Books, Music and the Past

Amazon page for Isabella Mancini: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Isabella-Mancini/e/B08127KJJW/

Amazon page for Olga Swan: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B013IBD4PU

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My Review

3/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author via Rachel’s Random Resources in return for an honest review.

I have to admit this book confused me. The blurb gave no mention of the age of Clementina, or that she was indeed on a school trip to Italy. As such, I was not expecting the story that unravelled. To be honest, had I known it was about a fifteen-year-old girl, I wouldn’t have chosen to read it. That said, there were elements of the story that were enchanting and captivating.

The time slip back to the 17th Century gave way to some gorgeous descriptions of Italy at that time, and Clementina’s confusion and comparisons to her own life were endearing and often funny. The relationship between Tina and Antonio Stradivari developed nicely, despite their different life experience, and had she stayed it would no doubt have led to a romance. I almost wanted her to stay there, the atmosphere of those times was so vividly brought to life. At the same time, I was keen for her to return home to tell her brother all about the trip. Having lost his sight, Tina brought colour to his world. Little did she know that her father and brother, Andrea, were having an adventure of their own.

This story lends itself well to a series as more challenges await. A teacher – Mr Verdegris – gives Clementina a pendant to be used whenever she feels she is in trouble, it will summon the teacher to her immediately while she is in the other time dimension. There she is tasked with finding and bringing back a genuine Stradivarius violin. Prior to Clementina’s quest, her school friend Ruby had been tasked to find the Dead Sea Scrolls, and another girl, Saffron, is destined for the next mission. But who is the intended recipient of these items? Well, running alongside Tina’s story, a professor waits in the Arctic to hear of her success or failure. This subplot delves into the topic of climate change, but as to the full reason behind the girls’ time travel, that was never really clear to me – maybe that becomes more obvious in the next book.

For me, the story was quite complicated to follow due to the subplots running in conjunction with Tina’s time travel. I’m sure this is setting the scene for future books, and will make more sense in due course.

There was no real conclusion, neither in Italy nor back at school; whether the girls will feature again is anyone’s guess. I didn’t feel the blurb correctly set the course for the story, especially in identifying the target audience – i.e. someone much younger than me 😉 and more likely a reader of YA fiction.

The magical elements of the story, the pendant, the time travel, and the backstory of Ruby’s prior challenge, made for interesting reading, and the author did a good job in depicting an authentic image of 17th Century Rome. Not the story I expected, but enjoyable for the time travel aspect and the location.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Million Eyes

Million Eyes

How do you fight an enemy who has a million eyes?

What if we’re living in an alternate timeline? What if the car crash that killed Princess Diana, the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and the shooting of King William II weren’t supposed to happen?

Ex-history teacher Gregory Ferro finds evidence that a cabal of time travellers is responsible for several key events in our history. These events all seem to hinge on a dry textbook published in 1995, referenced in a history book written in 1977 and mentioned in a letter to Edward III in 1348.

Ferro teams up with down-on-her-luck graduate Jennifer Larson to get to the truth and discover the relevance of a book that seems to defy the arrow of time. But the time travellers are watching closely. Soon the duo are targeted by assassins willing to rewrite history to bury them.

Million Eyes is a fast-paced conspiracy thriller about power, corruption and destiny.

Purchase Links

https://elsewhen.press/index.php/catalogue/title/million-eyes/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Million-Eyes-C-R-Berry-ebook/dp/B082QNFPFN

https://www.amazon.com/Million-Eyes-C-R-Berry-ebook/dp/B082QNFPFN

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOLjecCfNSo

Author Bio 

C.R. Berry caught the writing bug at the tender age of four and has never recovered. His earliest stories were filled with witches, monsters, evil headteachers, Disney characters and the occasional Dalek. He realised pretty quickly that his favourite characters were usually the villains. He wonders if that’s what led him to become a criminal lawyer. It’s certainly why he’s taken to writing conspiracy thrillers, where the baddies are numerous and everywhere.

After a few years getting a more rounded view of human nature’s darker side, he quit lawyering and turned to writing full-time. He now works as a freelance copywriter and novelist and blogs about conspiracy theories, time travel and otherworldly weirdness.

He was shortlisted in the 2018 Grindstone Literary International Novel Competition and has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Storgy, Dark Tales, Theme of Absence and Suspense Magazine. He was also shortlisted in the Aeon Award Contest, highly commended by Writers’ Forum, and won second prize in the inaugural To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition.

He grew up in Farnborough, Hampshire, a town he says has as much character as a broccoli. He’s since moved to the “much more interesting and charming” Haslemere in Surrey.

Social Media Links

Website: https://crberryauthor.wordpress.com

http://millioneyes.co.uk/

https://gregoryferro.home.blog/

https://twitter.com/CRBerry1

https://www.facebook.com/CRBerry1/

My Review

4/5 stars

It’s good to know that this is the first book in a series, because I could read CR Berry’s stories over and over again. The mix of history, conspiracy theories and time travel works sublimely, and the storytelling is so very clever.

The “fun” begins with Gregory Ferro and his blog, in which his seven readers are privy to his “findings” on the death of William II, the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, the Black Death, and the death of Princess Diana, all of which are connected by this obscure book with the impossible title: “The History of Computer-Aided Timetabling for Railway Systems” by Jeremy Jennings.

When history graduate Jennifer Larson reads one of his posts, she’s intrigued by his theories and arranges to meet him in person in a nearby pub. The meeting doesn’t go as expected, and they part company only to meet again on a train. Ferro tries to avoid her, thinking her rude after she dismissed his ideas previously, but Jennifer apologises and asks if he’s made any progress. Ferro is dying to discuss his findings with someone, and so they later meet up at his home. Jennifer offers to help and they agree to stay in touch.

And that’s when things really go awry … Ferro, it seems, is being watched, and the watchers are concerned he’s getting too close to exposing them, putting their world-altering plans at risk. He has to warn Jennifer. Is he too late? She is a target too, but who is observing them and why?

The story alternates through different timelines to tell the “real” stories of William II, the Princes in the Tower, and of Diana, Princess of Wales. The history is detailed and engrossing, the plotlines are absorbing, and the book connection is fascinating, especially how it is passed on from generation to generation to ensure the Monarchy is safe. Those in control are not willing to let anyone stop them, no life is too precious and absolutely nothing is beyond them.

It’s a tense, fast-paced page-turner of a story, with relatable and believable characters in Ferro and Jennifer. It’ll have you wondering exactly who can you trust. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the next in the series. 

The author generously also provided a copy of Million Eyes: Extra Time, a collection of twelve time-twisting tales set in the world of the Million Eyes novel.
The stories act as an introduction to the Million Eyes world, exploring themes that are central to the trilogy and offering a unique insight into its time-travelling villains. They focus on side characters who (mostly) do not appear in the trilogy while revealing clues to key storylines in all three books.

As I said at the outset, I could read his stories over and over. This extra book gives me that opportunity. Thank you, CR Berry!

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Mini Blog Blitz ‘n’ Book Review – Storms over Babylon (incl Giveaway)

Storms Over Babylon

The Time for Alexander Series Book 4

From the scorching plains of Persia to the opulent city of Babylon, Ashley and Alexander continue their sensuous and passionate journey through history.

Alexander the Great is now king of Persia and Greece – but his reign will be short.

Time-travelling Ashley knows when her husband will die. She’s determined to cheat Fate and save Alexander and her children, even if it brings the gates of time crashing down.

Following Alexander on a tour of his new kingdom, she plans her moves and bides her time. She must, however, convince Alexander to abandon his crown and his kingdom.

Purchase Links

Amazon

Accent Press

Kobo

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Author Bio

Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

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My Review

This is the fourth book in the Time for Alexander series, and if you still haven’t read any, then you have some serious catching up to do. I’m not kidding, this series gets better with each new book.

I knew that this book dealt with Alexander’s death, and while I so wanted to read the story, I didn’t want to say goodbye to him yet.

But, back to the story, Alexander and Ashley head back to Babylon, The journey is torturous, the heat of the desert kills many, but so do the raging floods that hamper their travel and leave them depleted and low. The descriptions of the landscapes, the ‘unfortunate’ smells, the rituals of the different faiths held by the Persians, Greeks and Egyptians during this trek are vividly drawn, coming to life with every turn of the page.

Ashley has always known this time would come – the time when Alexander would die. As a time traveller, she also knows that should she meddle with history, her own life is at risk. Yet, her desire to save him is strong, despite Alex’s own thoughts on the matter. Their discussions about this resolve nothing, but her determination never falters.

While she might well have suggested not going to Babylon as a way to avoid his death, circumstances demand they go – Alexander’s mother has ordered their son Paul be returned to Babylon also. As a mother, fearful for her son, Ashley knows she must save him too, since Olympias is not to be trusted where Paul is concerned.

When Plexis (her lover and father of her son, Chiron – yes, the morality of those days differ greatly to now, and Ashley fell in with their ways so as not to stand out) is to be married en route to Babylon, the use of his formal name at the ceremony jolts Ashley’s memory and she realises his death is imminent too. She faces losing everyone dear to her. The tension mounts and as the reader I was sucked into Ashley’s world, willing her to succeed.

Events escalate rapidly – Plexis is badly injured, Paul may well be in danger, and Alexander falls ill. Each time, Ashley must decide whether she can intervene to save her loved ones. Her emotions are all over the place, being pregnant does not help. How can she save Plexis? Should she, now that he is married anyway? Will Olympias harm her first-born? How can Ashley stop her from afar? And then when her dear husband falls victim to a virulent form of malaria, she is powerless to help – the things she needs have not yet been invented! Can she accept fate? Well, I’m not saying, suffice to say the storytelling is sublimely clever at this point.

A truly wonderful series, and each time I’ve been left wanting more … this time is no exception. Clearly well-researched as far as Alexander is concerned, yet beautifully merged with Ashley’s futuristic mindset and knowledge. Inventive, creative and totally addictive.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Son of the Moon

Son of the Moon

Alexander the Great journeys to India, where he and Ashley are welcomed with feasts and treachery.

With their son, Paul, being worshiped as the Son of the Moon, and Alexander’s looming death, Ashley considers the unthinkable: how to save them and whether she dares to cheat Fate?

Purchase Link:

http://getbook.at/SonOfTheMoon

https://accentpressbooks.com/collections/historical-romance/products/son-of-the-moon

About the Author

Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

Social Media Links 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TimeforAlexander/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jennifermacaire/

twitter @jennifermacaire

https://jennifermacaire.wordpress.com/

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My Review:

I’ve read both of the previous books in this series, and this one has been my favourite to date.

Alex is getting older, his death ever closer, yet his relationship with Ashley has never been stronger. As they head for India, more fighting awaits, but so does the beauty of the area. I can honestly say that no one brings a scene to life in such a vivid way as Jennifer Macaire. The colours, smells, sounds and tastes are all so perfect in their detail. For instance, the jungle garden, the glass bell diving scenes … Stunning!

Ashley shows more of herself in this story, and references to her past before the time travel are introduced in such a way as to make you believe she was really meant to be the wife of Alexander the Great. Comparing her life to the spoilt, evil Roxanne, it’s inevitable to see similarities. Yet they are polar opposites.

Ashley shows her humorous side in some of the comparisons she makes between this world and her own; this fun side of her really brings the modern world into the story – she is such a product of her environment, and some habits of her new world are not easy for her to bear, though bear them she must.

I loved the Valley of the Gods when they finally catch up with their son. His calm, accepting nature is so endearing. To think it has been foretold that such a sweet child will be a force for destruction seems unlikely, yet it is soon shown to be true. Leaving him behind is heartbreaking. I truly hope the next book sees them all reunited.

This is a more emotional book where Ashley and Alex’s relationship is tested, their encounter with Paul is beautiful and sad, and then there is Bucephalus – I had tears in my eyes reading about this horse. Never mind all the human bloodshed, the horse got to me!

With Alex having less than a year to live now, I need to know how this all ends. I want a happy ending, and there are signs that something amazing may yet still happen to thwart the history books. I live in hope.

An excellent read, and I’m sad to think the end is in sight.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Legends of Persia

Legends of Persia

When Ashley Riveraine jumped at the chance to travel back in time to meet her hero Alexander the Great, she never thought she would end up staying there…

Following Alexander the Great’s army on its journey across Persia, Ashley is walking the knife edge of history. As a presumed goddess, Ashley is expected to bless crops, make sure battles are won and somehow keep herself out of the history books.

Can Ashley avoid the wrath of the Time Institute while keeping the man she loves alive?

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About the Author:

Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TimeforAlexander/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jennifermacaire/

twitter @jennifermacaire

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My Review

Once again the author manages to blend two worlds, treating us to gorgeous chunks of history as Alexander and his army journey across Persia yet at the same time bringing the modern world into the story through Ashley.

The gore of battle is never diminished, and nor is the joy of friendship, loyalty and relationships. There is all human life here, from the ‘poisonous’ Olympus, the ‘two-faced’ Roxanne, the ‘loyal’ Menedemes, and the ‘faithful’ Brassa. Every move Alexander makes is written down, every plan he makes is lauded for its ingenuity, and every battle takes him a step closer to finding his and Ashley’s son, Paul. Alexander is the king we expect him to be, loved by many of the ordinary people, idolised by his army, and adored by his closest friends.

Ashley, the presumed daughter of Demeter and Hades, aka the goddess Persephone brings some light relief to the never-ending journey. When she lapses into English, those around her think they are being blessed. Oh, if only they knew the truth. That aside, her moments of grief are many and troubling. Her piques of jealousy are robust and wild, and her true feelings for Alexander are tested throughout but never waver.

In their endeavour to find Paul, they face many hardships. More babies are born, but not all survive. Friends die in battle. Doomsayers predict constant failure. Yet despite everything, Alex and Ashley are stronger and happier. He thrives on the discovery of new lands, of new ideas, of new opportunities. She relishes the time she has with him, knowing that his years of life are limited. Theirs is a complex relationship, and despite the gap of 3000 years between them, it still feels very real.

I enjoyed this story more for its characters than its plot. If truth be told, the journey began to drag for me, and the place names became a blur. That said, while certain things failed to stick, the characters did not disappoint. They endure love and hate, grief and joy, wealth and poverty, calm and absurdity, but they never fail to entertain.

I look forward to the next in the series as India beckons, and the elephants take centre stage.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Reflected Destinies

Reflected Destinies

by Florence Keeling

Reflected Destinies

Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London.  But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.

Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny.  But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

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My review

As Florence Keeling’s debut novel, this book has firmly positioned her on my list of authors to follow. I absolutely loved it, especially as a fellow Midlander I know Coventry and the area pretty well. Add that to the fact that I can’t resist a WWII story, and this just had me hooked from the beginning.

As a curious 16yo, Laura and two girlfriends sneak in to an old abandoned house on the night of their school prom. It was to be the last night the three would be together, and they wanted to see if the rumours were true about the house being haunted before they parted ways.

With her two friends bottling it, Laura headed upstairs where a large object is covered by a sheet. She removes the sheet to find a beautiful mirror, in the reflection she sees an old man behind her with a photo of her in the prom dress. Spooked, she runs off and moves away, putting the memory out of her mind.

Until she receives an extraordinary gift on the 30th birthday – the deeds to that very house back in Coventry.

With the memory of that night now vivid once more, Laura reckons the best thing to do would be to restore the house and sell it. She could never live there herself.

Back in the upstairs room, the mirror is still there. But she soon discovers it is not just any old mirror. In fact, it is the portal to the past that unlocks the secret of that old man, explaining why he had that photo of her and … so much more.

As I said at the beginning, I totally loved this story, and read it quite quickly, always wanting to know what would happen next. “Travelling” from the modern-day to 1940s Coventry, Laura gets to experience an air raid when she meets the man, Ben, who owned the house in those days. He, too, “travels” to the future, and is incredibly sweet when he first sees her switch on the lights, or use the microwave, and his first encounter with the Internet was too adorable and funny.

The author has created a cast of wonderful characters, spread over time, with typical traits of their time. There is plenty of tension that kept me gripped, as Laura wonders how they can continue to get to know each other as time marches on in both eras.

The ending is unexpected, and so sad, but to be anything other than it is would be disrespectful to the story and its wonderful characters.

An absorbing story that will have you engrossed and begging for more. I look forward to more from this talented author.

About the author

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage children.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

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Promo Blitz & Giveaway – Reflected Destinies

Reflected Destinies

Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London.  But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.


Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny.  But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

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Meet the Author: Florence Keeling

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage children.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

You can connect with the author on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

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Army of Authors Blog Tour – Laura Vosika

The Battle is O’er

Book Five of The Blue Bells Chronicles, by Laura Vosika

Shawn means self and Kleiner means centered, one of Shawn’s (many) ex-girlfriends proclaimed. So begin The Blue Bells Chronicles, a tale of time travel, mysteries and miracles, romance and redemption, in an epic adventure ranging across modern and medieval Scotland against the backdrop of Scotland’s Wars of Independence in the 1300s.
Shawn has it all—wealth, fame, women—until the night Amy, his girlfriend, has enough and abandons him in an ancient tower. He wakes up in the wrong century.
Two years in medieval times, two years of fighting beside Robert the Bruce and James Douglas, two years of living with and as his medieval twin, the devout and upright Highlander Niall Campbell, working to protect those he has come to love, and perhaps mostly, his growing friendship with Niall, whom he initially despised, all work changes in Shawn.
Throughout their adventures, he and Niall seek a way to get Shawn back across time, to fulfill his desire to ask Amy’s forgiveness and finally be the man she always saw in him—succeeding at last in the middle of a fierce battle for Niall’s home, Glenmirril, against their old enemy, the MacDougalls.
Safely back in his own time, Shawn is steadily regaining all he lost—his career as a world-traveling musician, the son he feared he would never know, and finally, maybe—even Amy’s heart.
He can’t let go of the past, however, or stop agonizing over what happened to Niall and all his beloved friends, left behind in a fight for their lives. In his search for answers, hoping to find that all ended well, he learns instead of the dangers still lurking in fourteenth century Scotland: to Niall who will pay a horrible price for Shawn’s last deed, committed in Glenmirril’s tower just moments before escaping to the safety of his own time; to his own infant son, the subject of prophecy and an ancient letter predicting a fateful battle; even danger to the whole world as Simon Beaumont, known to history as the Butcher of Berwick, seeks to use his knowledge of the future to destroy it.
In this gripping conclusion to The Blue Bells Chronicles, Shawn faces the ultimate test. His selfishness once cost him everything. His newfound selflessness may do the same.

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