Thursday, April 24, 2014

Summer Reading at Book Sparks!!

Welcome to the 2014 BookSparks
Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer reading means one thing... The return of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge! This year, we’re kicking off our 4th Annual Summer Reading Challenge with The One and Only by New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin and reading 15 incredible books from May to Labor Day.

And we're making it our biggest Summer Reading Challenge yet by giving away a Kindle each Friday, all summer long. At the end of the challenge, enter to win the grand prize - a $500 Visa gift card and super-cute travel gift set!

Editors: We’re counting on you to recommend these new books to your readers as part of your summer reading coverage. Contact Crystal Patriarche at Crystal@BookSparksPR.com or 480.650.1688 for galleys, author interviews and other content.
Bloggers: Please contact Janay Lampkin atJanay@SparkPointStudio.com for your copy of the books and to secure your blog tour dates.
Book Lovers: As usual, you are also invited to participate in the summer reading challenge. Buy the books, read them, and tag us to win prizes all summer long.

For a list of books to read/review...click here

Zero Alternative by Luca Pesaro Book Blitz!!

Book: Zero Alternative
Author: Luca Pesaro
Event Organized by: Indie Sage, LLC
Synopsis: Framed, hunted, betrayed… Scott Walker is a fugitive from the quicksands of Finance, with one card to play – DeepShare, a silicon oracle coveted by billionaires, hitmen and hackers. As he fights for survival and vengeance, digging deeper into the dark heart of the global economy, one question torments him: what price will the world have to pay? ZERO ALTERNATIVE is an action-packed conspiracy thriller that plucks at the base of human nature. When our grip on love, hope and morality starts to slide, the only future worth living is the one we choose for ourselves.

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About the Author

Luca Pesaro was born in Italy but has spent most of his adult life in the US or UK. After long years gaining a degree and masters in the pseudo-science that is Economics he got bored, jumped the gun and became a derivatives trader in financial markets. Zero Alternative is his first novel and he is hard at work on his second thriller. He is married to an awesome lady and they have two children who always manage to annoy, surprise and delight beyond any reasonable expectation.
Buy Links
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grist by Linda Little Review!

Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Roseway Publishing
Paperback; 234p

ISBN 13: 9781552665992

“This is the story of how you were loved,” Penelope MacLaughlin whispers to her granddaughter.
Penelope MacLaughlin marries a miller and gradually discovers he is not as she imagined. Nonetheless she remains determined to make the best of life at the lonely mill up the Gunn Brook as she struggles to build a home around her husband’s eccentricities. His increasing absence leaves Penelope to run the mill herself, providing her with a living but also destroying the people she loves most. Penelope struggles with loss and isolation, and suffers the gradual erosion of her sense of self. A series of betrayals leaves her with nothing but the mill and her determination to save her grandchildren from their disturbed father. While she can prepare her grandsons for independence, her granddaughter is too young and so receives the greater gift: the story that made them all.

Praise for Grist

“An epic story by a gifted writer. There are moments in Linda Little’s Grist that are breathtaking in both thought and lyricism.” — Donna Morrissey, author of The Deception of Livvy Higgs
“Linda Little lays bare the hard joys, grit and heartache of women’s lives in the rural Maritimes before and during the Great War. Her writing is exquisite. Gripping, gorgeously imagined and positively haunting, Grist is a tour de force—a novel not just to like but to love. I couldn’t put it down.” — Carol Bruneau, author of Glass Voices and Purple for Sky

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About the Author

Linda Little lives and writes in the north shore village of River John. Originally from the Ottawa Valley mill town of Hawkesbury, she lived in Kingston and St. John’s before moving to Nova Scotia in 1987.
Linda has two award-winning novels, Strong Hollow and Scotch River. She has published short stories in many reviews and anthologies, including The Antigonish Review, Descant, Matrix, The Journey Prize Anthology, and The Penguin Book of Short Stories by Canadian Women.
In addition to writing, Linda teaches at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and is also involved with River John’s annual literary festival, Read by the Sea.
For more information visit Linda Little’s website.


My Thoughts
"Grist is grain that has been separated from its chaff in preparation for grinding."

Thus the title as it refers to the life of Penelope McCabe in Nova Scotia in the late 1800's. Penelope meets and marries Ewan MacLaughlin, a miller. Ewan is a no nonsense controlling sort of a man and Penelope soon realizes that life is not going to be easy for her. Ewan wants a son to eventually take over the running of the mill but Penelope produces daughters. Dealing with a man like Ewan is not easy for Penelope but she perseveres and also learns the running of the mill at Ewan's insistence. She grows to be a very strong woman in certain ways but I feel maybe she should have stood up to her husband more but that was not a normal thing for women to do then. As a result of his cruelty, Penelope suffers heartbreak after heartbreak but in the end she knows that she needs to do what is necessary to protect her grandchildren from the menace that is their father. 

This novel is short but packed with emotion and lets us know how life was for women of this time. I found the milling process interesting and things that we may take for granted now, was the lifeblood of the times. "This is how you were loved...." describes the life of Penelope McLaughlin to her granddaughter Rachel and a fitting end to a unique story. A wonderful historical novel that will be appreciated by fans of this genre.

I received a copy for review and was not monetarily compensated for this review.

Tour Hashtag: #GristTour

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, April 14
Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, April 15
Review at Reading the Past
Guest Post at Closed the Cover
Wednesday, April 16
Review at Confessions of an Avid Reader
Thursday, April 17
Guest Post & Giveaway at Confessions of an Avid Reader
Friday, April 18
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict
Monday, April 21
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, April 22
Review at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, April 23
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Thursday, April 24
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Friday, April 25
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection

An Air of Treason by P.F.Chisholm Spotlight!!

 Book Details

  • Series: Sir Robert Carey Mysteries (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464202222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464202223

  • An Air of Treason is Chisholm’s latest Elizabethan mystery, is a new release from Poisoned Pen Press.
After his hair-raising adventures in London, Sir Robert Carey has finally tracked down Queen Elizabeth, who is about to make a state visit to Oxford. But instead of giving the Courtier his much-needed warrant and fee for being Deputy Warden of the West March with Scotland, Her Majesty orders him to investigate the most dangerous cold case of her reign—the mysterious 1560 death of Amy Dudley(née Robsart), unloved wife of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. 
Some thirty years back, the late Dudley was Elizabeth’s favorite suitor and potential husband. Amy died at Cumnor Place, close at hand. The Queen has since been one of the most obvious suspects in arranging Amy’s murder. This makes Carey deeply uneasy with his sleuthing role. He’s further uneasy that his father, Elizabeth’s cousin from the wrong side of the blanket, is clearly involved. Then someone manages to poison Carey with belladonna, which temporarily blinds him. Worse still, Sergeant Dodd, the man most often guarding Carey’s back, has disappeared on the road from London. 
As the Queen’s scandalous past collides with her magnificent State entrance into Oxford, can Carey rally in time to find both Dodd and the true murderer of Amy Robsart?

P.F. Chisholm is a pseudonym of a well-known writer of historical thrillers, childrens’ books, and nonfiction blogs and eBooks. Previous titles in the Sir Robert Carey and Sergeant Dodd series are A Famine of Horses, A Season of Knives, A Surfeit of Guns, A Plague of Angels, and A Murder of Crows. After the events in An Air of Treason, Sir Robert and Sergeant Dodd will be heading back to the Anglo-Scottish Border where trouble is brewing as usual.

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