05 September, 2016

@hfvbt Paradox Forged in Blood by Mary Frances Fisher Book Tour!

Publication Date: August 24, 2016
Cambron Press
eBook; ASIN: B01G686UJY
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Mystery

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A murder on Millionaire’s Row.
A killer’s chilling words, “Shh. I know where you live.”
A woman tormented by her guilt-ridden past.
A historical murder mystery, Paradox Forged in Blood is set in Cleveland, Ohio, during the late 1930s. Four decades after the murder of socialite Louis Sheridan, the cold case is resurrected with receipt of new evidence that transports detectives back to Nazi Germany. The only living witness, Ellen O’Malley, must confront a haunting secret and her complicit actions.

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About the Author

Mary Frances Fisher, a lifelong resident of Cleveland OH, has spent the majority of her career as a legal nurse consultant and signed with Taxi Modeling and Talent Agency as a commercial print model in 2012. With Germaine Moody and writer contributions from over 100 countries, she co-authored her first published work in 2013, 50 Seeds of Greatness.
Her additional writing experiences include several short stories published by Transcendent Publishing: “Earning My Wings” in Touched by an Angel: A Collection of Divinely Inspired Stories and Poems, October 2013; “Mercy’s Legacy” in Best of Spiritual Writers Network 2013, December 2013; “Be Careful What You Wish For” in The Best of Spiritual Writers Network 2014, January 2015; and “The Gift” in Finding Our Wings: A Collection of Angelic Stories and Poems, March 2016.
She has written a screenplay based on “Mercy’s Legacy” and is working on a Paradox Forged in Blood companion novel, Growing Up O’Malley. Mary Frances lives in a suburb of Cleveland with her family.
For more information, please visit Mary Frances Fisher’s website. You can also find her on Facebook.

My Thoughts

Paradox Forged in Blood takes place in two different times in a woman's life. Present at her 80th birthday and in the past when she was growing up and a nanny in a well to do household in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 30's.

Ellen Grace O'Malley was born in 1916, the oldest of a family of eight children. Patrick Michael O'Malley was just 18 months old when he was taken from his crib. Ellen was only six at the time but she had woken up and observed someone , she thought it was her father, standing over Patrick's crib. She realized her mistake when in the morning Patrick's disappearance was discovered. She realized her mistake in not telling her parents. In her defence, she had been told to not disturb her parents if the door was locked. Because of what she witnessed, the abductor could have been apprehended earlier or could he? She eventually told her parents what she had witnessed but Patrick was never found.

Ellen is offered a job as a nanny to the Sheridan family after Mrs.Sheridan observes how well Ellen controls her unruly siblings. She enjoys her job as a nanny and is happy to be contributing to the household's income as it is during a time when the Nazi party in Germany has just taken hold and has now crossed into America with it's nasty tentacles. The Sheridan's go out to an event one evening and come back to find a burglar robbing the place. Louis Sheridan is killed and his wife knocked unconscious. A description of the assailant is kind of vague but Ellen describes what she can. After this incident, Ellen observes a man watching her and he mimes that he knows where she lives. Scared to say anything to the police she keeps quiet.

The story also takes us into the lives of many other characters that all intertwine, including twins Gertl and Sadie, who's parents were killed in a motor vehicle accident. They end up being separate and spend most of their lives not knowing where the other is. They are Jewish and during this time it is not safe to be a Jew at all. We go through WWII and the atrocities that came out of it to arrive at the climax of the story on Ellen's 80th birthday.

This story is character driven with many people's lives intercept and weaves together to tell an interesting tale, during a time of fear, upheaval, and war the reader learns how each character impacts the lives of others. I enjoyed the story, the only thing I did not like was how it was formatted, I am sure this is because it is an ebook and not all books are not formatted correctly. I switched over to my iPad and it was easier to read.

I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 29
Tour Kick Off at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, August 30
Spotlight at The Book Tree
Wednesday, August 31
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Friday, September 2
Review at Book Nerd
Sunday, September 4
Review at Carole’s Ramblings
Monday, September 5
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews


To win a paperback copy of Paradox Forged in Blood by Mary Frances Fisher, please enter via the Gleam form below.
– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on September 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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