Shadowed by Death by M. A. Adler – My Review!!

Shadowed by Death – My Review!!

Shadowed by Death Cover

I’m trying to expand my reading preferences, and I found Shadowed by Death (An Oliver Wright World War II Mystery #2) by M. A. Adler. I’m usually not any kind of historical fiction reader, but I liked the blurb. Read on for my thoughts!

Synopsis (from the author):

San Francisco, 1944. Sophia Nirenska, a Polish resistance fighter who survived the Warsaw ghetto uprising, finds safety in California until someone tries to kill her. She insists political enemies want to silence her, but homicide detective Oliver Wright, on medical leave from the Marines, believes the motive is more personal. He and his German shepherd, Harley, try to protect Sophia, but she insists on doing things her own way—a dangerous decision. 

Oliver guards Sophia as they travel from an Italian cafe in Richmond to communist chicken farmers in Petaluma where her impetuous actions put them both in mortal danger. 

When Oliver rescues a girl and her dog who are running for their lives, he discovers the dark secret at the heart of the threat to Sophia, a secret with its roots in Poland. When he does, he is forced to choose between enforcing the law as he knows it and jeopardizing Sophia or accepting a rougher kind of justice.

Shadowed by Death accurately portrays the fears and troubles of the communities of northern California as they bear the burdens of World War II and celebrate the gift of finding family among strangers.

What I liked:

World War II novels are sometimes difficult reads, especially when the story deals with horrific events like the Warsaw ghetto. M. A. Adler did an excellent job of working the events into the story and using it to explain Sophia’s motivations. Sophia and Oliver are great characters, but my favorites are Harley and Blue! I also appreciated the research work into the blind eye turned by the world to Russia’s atrocities.

What I didn’t like:

There wasn’t much to dislike about the book. If I had to pick something, there were a couple of slow spots. Other than that, no complaints from me!

Overall impression:

Shadowed by Death was an enjoyable read despite the background subject matter. Good characters, intriguing plot, plenty of twists and turns, and a satisfying conclusion kept me involved and interested. If you like historical mysteries, read this one!

My rating:

5 Stars

Connect with M. A. Adler:

Find M. A. Adler on her Amazon Author page or her website. Visit, find out about her books, maybe buy one or two, and consider leaving a comment or a review!

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The Du Lac Chronicles by Mary Anne Yarde – My Review!!

The Du Lac Chronicles – My Review!!

The Du Lac Chronicles Cover

When I read the blurb for The Du Lac Chronicles by Mary Anne Yarde, I figured I had to read the book. After all, who isn’t interested in Lancelot’s offspring!

Synopsis (from the author): “It is dangerous to become attached to a du Lac. He will break your heart, and you will not recover.” So prophesies a wizened healer to Annis, daughter of King Cerdic of Wessex. If there is truth in the old crone’s words, they come far too late for Annis, who defies father, king, and country to save the man she loves.

Alden du Lac, once king of Cerniw, has nothing. Betrayed by Cerdic, Alden’s kingdom lies in rubble, his fort razed to the ground and his brother Merton missing, presumably dead. He has only one possession left worth saving: his heart. And to the horror of his few remaining allies, he gives that to the daughter of his enemy. They see Annis, at best, as a bargaining chip to avoid war with her powerful father. At worst, they see a Saxon whore with her claws in a broken, wounded king.

What I liked:  My favorite part of the story was the extension of the Arthur legend and Lancelot’s descendants. In addition, weaving historical figures (like Natanleod) against the backdrop of the story lent an authentic air to the tale. Annis’ character was believable, and Alden suffered enough to engender sympathy. The story itself was an entertaining one and full of intrigue, court politics, romance, and sacrifice. If you like historical fantasy fiction, check out this one!

What I didn’t like: About the only thing I didn’t like was Annis’ continual fear of Alden leaving. Despite his pledge not to leave her, she lapsed back into the fear. For me, it was almost whining and that was a distraction. Despite the distraction, though, I enjoyed the book.

Overall impression: The Du Lac Chronicles  is an excellent story with good characters, intrigue, and sacrifice. Although the book had a  predictable ending, I enjoyed this book! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit of fantasy, a lush historical backdrop, and a great story!

My rating: 5 Stars

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Have you read The Du Lac Chronicles? If so, please consider leaving a review. If not, give this one a try! I know Mary Anne Yarde would appreciate it. if you want to know more about Mary Anne Yarde and her books, check out her Amazon Author page or her website.

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Author Spotlight: Lisa Day

Today, I am lucky to spotlight Lisa Day. Lisa writes historical fiction and romance (sometimes with a Native American and western flavor). Sit back, explore this post, and check out her books at the links below!

A furiously proud Indian warrior Wolfkeeper killed her husband and stole her infant son. Hate for the white people filled him. He had need of the child. His goal; the child must live.

He needed the mother to accomplish that goal. When lust grew he wanted more than just her body. He wanted her heart and soul. Not anyone or anything would stop him from his goal. When she refused, he decided to take them one small piece at a time.

CASSIE:

A woman alone with her husband dead and son abducted. She stood before the one she hated. Her only goal: the child must live.

Cassie soon discovered she had two battles to fight. She needed to protect herself from him.. He had total control over their lives. But, now he was demanding her surrender to him. She also needed to save her son. She would do whatever it took to protect him.

Only the ultimate mother’s sacrifice would save the child, but would it save her from him?

About the author:

Lisa Day grow up in the New Jersey suburbs across from New York City. This made her believe she was sophisticated. Wrong. She was just a girl from Jersey. In junior high right before the English teacher destroyed her love of reading completely she discovered novels for teenage girls. Saved by a love story. As an adult she became a ferocious reader and easily read two, sometimes three books a day. And yes, her housework suffered.

Many years later, now retired and living with her husband, she renewed her love of novels and this time started to write a few of her own.

Connect with Lisa:

Other books by Lisa Day:

The Stepbrothers:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Stepbrothers-ebook/dp/B0091K6NTM/ref=la_B005W6EXGY_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355360612&sr=1-2

 

Another Place & Another Time:

http://www.amazon.com/Another-Time-Place-ebook/dp/B006ITFRM8/ref=la_B005W6EXGY_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1355360612&sr=1-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha Holt (part 2)!!

If you remember back a few days, I promoted Samantha Holt’s novel The Angel’s Assassin. Well, Samantha Holt actually has a couple of other historical romances that I would like to tell you about. Read on to discover all of her books and more about the author!!

The Angel’s Assassin

As a rebellion sweeps England, Lady Annabel finds her home overrun by rebels. Much to her relief, a dark knight comes to her rescue, claiming to have been sent to protect her by her uncle.

But Nicholas holds a secret about the job he was sent to do and it is a far cry from what Annabel believes it to be. As the attraction between them grows, Nicholas begins to question the dark life he has lived. But is it enough to change him and will Annabel ever trust again after learning the true nature of his sinful duty?

The Crimson Castle

With her father dead and her brother missing in the crusades, Lady Evelyn finds herself in the clutches of the notorious Lord Tibald. But while she should be concentrating on spurning the advances of the lord, Evelyn finds herself fighting an attraction to the enigmatic and brooding Gabriel, Tibald’s darkly unnerving right hand man.

As she becomes aware of Gabriel’s merciless nature, she struggles to reconcile herself with the consuming nature of their bond, while trying to understand the two sides of the conflicting man. All the while, Lord Tibald plots to get his hands on Evelyn’s lands…and her.

A Summer Siege

1216 England

The country is torn apart by a rebellion as the French invade. Reunited after five years, Madeline and Tristan find themselves caught up in the war and in a fight to save their love.

Tristan is thrilled when the girl that he has loved, and missed, for five years returns to him, but the time apart has changed Madeline and she feels herself incapable of depending upon another. Can Tristan convince her otherwise?

As the French close in upon them, Madeline has to summon the courage to fight for her home, her country and for a love lost. Will she succeed or will their love and lives become another casualty of the rebellion?

Author Bio:

Samantha Holt resides in Warwickshire, England, with her twin girls, having followed her soldier husband around the UK for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Hampshire, she was inspired by the authors Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of whom lived and wrote only miles from her home town.

Samantha loves the romance genre and has been devouring romantic literature for as long as she can remember. History is another passion of hers and she loves to combine her love for history and romance into exciting and passionate tales.

Angels Assassin: http://www.amazon.com/The-Angels-Assassin-ebook/dp/B00989J3PM/ref=la_B008FKHIXY_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349884799&sr=1-2

Crimson Castle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Crimson-Castle-ebook/dp/B008F8XW18/ref=la_B008FKHIXY_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1352398706&sr=1-2

Summer Siege http://www.amazon.com/A-Summer-Siege-ebook/dp/B008MB4MJ4/ref=la_B008FKHIXY_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1352646324&sr=1-4

 

Author Interview:

The Angel’s Assassin Interview

What is your book about?

The Angel’s Assassin is a medieval romance but it explores the ideas of trust and redemption. The hero, Nicholas, is the ultimate anti-hero – a man with a bad past and a sinful deed to carry out. My heroine, Annabel, is the complete opposite of him and challenges him in many ways.  She makes him want to change but whether Annabel believes him capable of change is another thing!

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I wanted to write an anti-hero and I knew I wanted to set it in early Norman England, a time when the country was still very much in turmoil It started with a baronial revolt and the story went from there really. The revolt only really plays as the backdrop for the story as the events act as the trigger but the rest of the story really revolves purely around Nicholas and Annabel.

What makes your book different than others in your genre?

My use of language is different. I know my native English tongue differs slightly but I hope that brings a sense of realism, particularly when it comes to dialogue. I love writing dialogue and I think that comes across. I’m lucky in that I’ve been able to visit places featured in my books (castles etc) and I hope to bring a sense of realism into my stories by blending my experiences into my tales.

How long did it take you to write your book?

Generally I take about three months. I write full time so I put in anything between 4-6 hours of writing a day.

What are some writing goals for the future?

I’d like to perhaps expand into a different historical era or even write some contemporary romances. For the moment, I still have some untapped medieval stories but I imagine there’s only so many you can write. Having said that, I’m always sure the one I’m working on will be my last one and then another miraculously comes along.

If you were stranded on an island which book would you bring with you?

How to Survive on a Desert Island – I’m making the gross assumption this book exists! Failing that, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

What makes a good romance book?

The characterisation is essential. I love it when a book makes your stomach churn with fear, apprehension, excitement… If you don’t care for the characters then that won’t happen. In romance, you need to want them to get together and I love that little stomach flip you get when it finally happens.

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The pros and cons of being a Medieval Romantic writer

Pros

1. You walk around in a rosy haze making the world seem wonderful.

2. You’re creative! This means you can write wherever you want. The bath is my favourite.

3. You fall in love with a new man each time you write a new book.

4. You get to think naughty thoughts and not feel ashamed about it.

5. Watching romantic films is considered research.

6. You get to explore castles as research.

7. After hours of writing medieval dialogue, husband responds very well to being called ‘My Lord.’

8. You expand your cooking knowledge when researching medieval recipes.

9. You learn new things about chosen period and therefore sound amazingly well-educated.

10. You get to write about men in loose linen shirts

Cons

1. You walk around in a rosy haze. Family don’t like this apparently.

2. You brain prefers that you write in bed. At 2am in the morning.

3. You fall in love with a FICTIONAL  man. Husband doesn’t like this much either.

4. You spend so much time thinking naughty thoughts that you forget how to actually do the real thing.

5. All your royalties get spent on tissues when watching said romantic films.

6. You have to explore castles as research – do you know how many steps those things have?

7. You forget how to talk normally after writing dialogue and the postman is never impressed. I thank thee for thy missive, good Sir.

8. You learn useless things that will never impress anyone.  Cobwebs were considered to cure warts in medieval times – try using that as a conversation starter.

9. Family refuses to eat medieval culinary delights  thus rendering knowledge useless. Why will they not eat a recipe delightfully named ‘Garbage’?

10. You have to write about men wearing hose. Hose are not sexy.

 

 

Samantha Holt’s Novel: The Angel’s Assassin!!!

Samantha Holt!

Today I am promoting Samantha Holt’s historical romance novel The Angel’s Assassin. I hope you will take a few minutes to check out the book and buy a copy! I listed the links below.

 

Samantha Holt The Angel's Assassin Cover

 

As a rebellion sweeps England, Lady Annabel finds her home overrun by rebels. Much to her relief, a dark knight comes to her rescue, claiming to have been sent to protect her by her uncle.

But Nicholas holds a secret about the job he was sent to do and it is a far cry from what Annabel believes it to be. As the attraction between them grows, Nicholas begins to question the dark life he has lived. But is it enough to change him and will Annabel ever trust again after learning the true nature of his sinful duty?

Author Bio:

Samantha Holt resides in Warwickshire, England, with her twin girls, having followed her soldier husband around the UK for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Hampshire, she was inspired by the authors Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of which lived and wrote only miles from her home town.

Samantha loves the romance genre and has been devouring romantic literature for as long as she can remember. History is another passion of hers and she loves to combine her love for history and romance into exciting and passionate tales.

Connect with the Author:

http://www.facebook.com/romanticfiction

https://twitter.com/SamanthaHAuthor

http://www.samanthaholt.org.uk

http://www.samanthaholtauthor.blogspot.co.uk

http://www.amazon.com/The-Angels-Assassin-ebook/dp/B00989J3PM/ref=la_B008FKHIXY_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349884799&sr=1-2

Author Interview:

What is your book about?

The Angel’s Assassin is a medieval romance but it explores the ideas of trust and redemption. The hero, Nicholas, is the ultimate anti-hero – a man with a bad past and a sinful deed to carry out. My heroine, Annabel, is the complete opposite of him and challenges him in many ways.  She makes him want to change but whether Annabel believes him capable of change is another thing!

 

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I wanted to write an anti-hero and I knew I wanted to set it in early Norman England, a time when the country was still very much in turmoil It started with a baronial revolt and the story went from there really. The revolt only really plays as the backdrop for the story as the events act as the trigger but the rest of the story really revolves purely around Nicholas and Annabel.

 

What makes your book different than others in your genre?

My use of language is different. I know my native English tongue differs slightly but I hope that brings a sense of realism, particularly when it comes to dialogue. I love writing dialogue and I think that comes across. I’m lucky in that I’ve been able to visit places featured in my books (castles etc) and I hope to bring a sense of realism into my stories by blending my experiences into my tales.

 

How long did it take you to write your book?

Generally I take about three months. I write full time so I put in anything between 4-6 hours of writing a day.

 

What are some writing goals for the future?

I’d like to perhaps expand into a different historical era or even write some contemporary romances. For the moment, I still have some untapped medieval stories but I imagine there’s only so many you can write. Having said that, I’m always sure the one I’m working on will be my last one and then another miraculously comes along.

 

If you were stranded on an island which book would you bring with you?

How to Survive on a Desert Island – I’m making the gross assumption this book exists! Failing that, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

 

What makes a good romance book?

 

The characterisation is essential. I love it when a book makes your stomach churn with fear, apprehension, excitement… If you don’t care for the characters then that won’t happen. In romance, you need to want them to get together and I love that little stomach flip you get when it finally happens.

Sons of the Wolf by Paula Lofting – My first recommendation!!

Sons of the Wolf:

Sons of the Wolf Cover

I have a first for me! Today, I get the privilege of recommending a book from a fellow author. Paula Lofting writes historical fiction and has recently published her debut novel Sons of the Wolf

Synopsis:

On bloody fields he fights for his life, but sometimes the enemy is closer to home… 1054, pious King Edward sits on the throne, spending his days hunting, sleeping and praying, leaving the security of his kingdom to his more capable brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, the powerful Earl of Wessex. Against this backdrop we meet Wulfhere, a Sussex thegn who, as the sun sets over the wild forest of Andredesweald, is returning home victoriously from a great battle in the north. Holding his lands directly from the King, his position demands loyalty to Edward himself, but Wulfhere is duty-bound to also serve Harold, a bond forged within Wulfhere’s family heritage and borne of the ancient Teutonic ideology of honour and loyalty. Wulfhere is a man with the strength and courage of a bear, a warrior whose loyalty to his lord and king is unquestionable. He is also a man who holds his family dear and would do anything to protect them. So when Harold demands that he wed his daughter to the son of Helghi, his sworn enemy, Wulfhere has to find a way to save his daughter from a life of certain misery in the household of the cruel and resentful Helghi, without comprising his honour and loyalty to his lord, Harold. On the battlefield, Wulfhere fights for his life but elsewhere the enemy is closer to home, sinister and shadowy and far more dangerous than any war. 

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