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Pump Up Your Book Announces Vinland Viking Virtual Book Tour

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Join Gary L. Doman, author of the Christian historical fantasy adventure novella, Vinland Viking, as he tours the blogosphere August 5 – 30, 2013 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

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ABOUT VINLAND VIKING

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The novella Vinland Viking is an epic fantasy-adventure, set at the time of the conversion to Christianity of Iceland and Greenland, about a young Northman who longs to lead the storied life of the pagan Vikings. His opportunity comes with Leif Ericsson’s exploration in North America, but his fortunes change in a way and by a means that he could never have anticipated, and which will thrill the reader.

The richly-textured narrative incorporates history, nature, and mythology, along with plenty of action. It is told from a Christian viewpoint, but can be enjoyed by a general audience, and, unlike so many other fiction stories, is acceptable reading for the young.

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ABOUT GARY L. DOMANGary photo

Gary L. Doman, whose (pen-)surname rhymes with “roman”, the French word for “novel”, was born in Syracuse (New York) and has spent the majority of his life in Connecticut. He has degrees from Fairfield University and the University of Connecticut. He has developed an interest in just about everything, especially history, geography, religion, language, and the natural world. He began writing as a child and has never really stopped, although he does periodically need to eat and sleep, and also devotes considerable time to his other creative and intellectual endeavors; these include his “weblog” the Doman Domain and one of the items of interest found there, namely, “The Best Comic Strip Ever!”. Further, he has taught himself to sing and founded his own political philosophy. His greatest accomplishment may be remaining humble despite the preceding!

 

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Vinland Viking Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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Monday, August 5th

Book review at The Book Connection

Tuesday, August 6th

Guest post at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, August 7th

Interview at Blogcritics

Thursday, August 8th

Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner

Friday, August 9th

Guest post and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Monday, August 12th

Interview at Between the Covers

Tuesday, August 13th

Guest post for Cheryl’s Christian Book Connection

Wednesday, August 14th

Guest post at The Story Behind the Book

Thursday, August 15th

Book review at A Year of Jubilee Reviews

Friday, August 16th

Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life

Book spotlight at 4 the Love of Books

Monday, August 19th

Interview at As the Pages Turn

Tuesday, August 20th

Book review at Vic’s Media Room

Wednesday, August 21st

Interview at Examiner

Thursday, August 22nd

Book spotlight at My Devotional Thoughts

Friday, August 23rd

Book review at Found A Christian by His Grace

Monday, August 26th

Book spotlight at Review from Here

Wednesday, August 28th

Interview at Broowaha

Friday, August 30th

Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Book review at Blooming with Books

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New Book for Review: Historical Fiction ‘The Luckless Prince’ by Rie Sheridan Rose

The Luckless PrinceRie Sheridan Rose is touring in July 2011 with her historical fiction, The Luckless Prince (Zumaya Publications).

The Luckless Prince has been described as Huck Finn meets The Lord of the Rings. Prince Roland and his squire, Stepfan, journey down river to negotiate a fur deal for his father. But the seemingly innocuous mission becomes a nightmare as the raft is attacked by a band of raiders. And their troubles are only beginning.

As Roland tries to return home and reassure his father of his safety, he finds himself taken prisoner by the mysterious elves of legend. And, in the end, only by forming an uneasy alliance can their common enemy be defeated.

347 pages

You can visit her website at http://riewriter.com.

If you would like to review The Luckless Prince, email us by clicking here or email Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife@yahoo.com. Deadline for inquiries end June 25 or until the tour is filled. Thank you!

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New Book for Review: When the Wife Cheats by Frank Zaccari

When the Wife CheatsFrank Zaccari is touring in July 2011 with his family/relationships fiction novel, When the Wife Cheats. Frank Zaccari had what he thought was an extremely rewarding life–until his wife of 25 years had an affair and left both the marriage and their two daughters, then aged 15 and 20. After coping with and surviving the ordeal, Zaccari wrote WHEN THE WIFE CHEATS–to address infidelity from the rarely-heard perspective of the husband and children. This is his second book. Zaccari notes, “Family counselors, social workers and sociology professors told me that a woman walking away from her family is a relatively new development, that this is the first generation in the U.S. where the wife/mother abandons the family, and that there is little to no research on the impact this behavior will have on children, particularly daughters.” As the word about his wife’s affair and leaving the family made its way around his community, Zaccari says, a strange thing happened: “Male friends and acquaintances told me how sorry they were and shared similar experiences. I was very surprised–I had no idea so many men had been victimized by infidelity. So WHEN THE WIFE CHEATS is one story about a fictitious family, but based on my situation woven together with accounts told to me by many men faced with the devastation of their wives’ infidelity.”

236 pages

You can visit Frank’s website at www.frankzaccari.com.

If you would like to review When the Wife Cheats, email us by clicking here or email Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife@yahoo.com. Deadline for inquiries end June 25 or until the tour is filled. Thank you!

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New Book for Review: When Stars Align by Carole Eglash-Kosoff

When Stars AlignCarole Eglash-Kosoff is touring in July 2011 with her historical fiction, When Stars Align.

Carole Eglash-Kosoff’s first novel, WHEN STARS ALIGN, is set in 19th century Louisiana, at a time and place where mixed-race relationships are both illegal and unacceptable. How can these defiant lovers–and their love–survive? The time is a crucial period in American history–the Civil War and the years of Reconstruction following it–and the characters are Thaddeus and Amy, who share a forbidden love that can get them both killed. For he is a mulatto ex-slave, and she is white. In the novel, whenever Amy asks if she and Thaddeus will ever be together, his answer is “When stars align.”

412 pages

You can visit Carole’s website at www.whenstarsalign-thebook.com.

If you would like to review When Stars Align, email us by clicking here or email Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife@yahoo.com. Deadline for inquiries end June 25 or until the tour is filled. Thank you!

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New Book for Review: The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner

C.W. Gortner is touring from June 13 – 24, 2011 with his historical novel, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici.

Catherine de Medici was one of history’s most powerful women.  She has been called brilliant and bold, but was also known as a vengeful Italian Jezebel who resorted to murder to protect her family’s throne.  Was she the ruthless queen who led France into an era of savage violence? Or was she the passionate savior of the French monarchy?

Originally published in hardcover in 2010, C.W. Gortner’s novel THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI (Ballantine Trade Paperback; On Sale: May 24, 2011) challenges the dark legend surrounding Catherine de Medici, revealing her tumultuous youth as a papal pawn; her gift of second sight; her courageous fight to save France; and her secret passion for a man she is fated to destroy.

The last legitimate descendant of the illustrious Medici line, Catherine suffers the expulsion of her family from her native Florence and narrowly escapes death at the hands of an enraged mob.  Married to a French prince, eventually a queen in name if not in her husband’s heart, she strives to create a role for herself, aided by her patronage of the famous clairvoyant Nostradamus and her own innate gift as a seer.  But in her 40th year, Catherine is widowed, left alone with six young children as regent of a kingdom torn apart by religious discord and the ambitions of a treacherous nobility.

Relying on her tenacity, wit, and uncanny gift for compromise, Catherine seizes power, intent on securing the throne for her sons.  She allies herself with the enigmatic Protestant leader Coligny, with whom she shares an intimate secret, and implacably carves a path toward peace, unaware that her own dark fate looms before her—a fate that, if she is to save France, will demand the sacrifice of her ideals, her reputation, and the passion of her embattled heart. 

From the fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley to the battlefields of the wars of religion to the mob-filled streets of Paris, THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI is the extraordinary untold journey of one of the most maligned and misunderstood women ever to be queen.

 432 pages

Visit C.W. Gortner online at www.cwgortner.com.

If you would like to review The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, please email us by clicking here and filling out the form or emailing Cheryl Malandrinos at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com. Deadline for inquiries is May 20, 2011 or until the tour is filled. 

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Meggie’s Remains

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Meggie’s Remains
Author: Joanne Sundell
Publisher: Five Star-Gale

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Reviewed by:  Cheryl Malandrinos 

 

 Meggie’s Remains is a superb romantic suspense novel that will capture you from the very first moment you enter Colorado Territory.

Meghan McMurphy flees Boston and her past with few belongings and her copy of Jane Eyre. Arriving in Denver, she hopes to lose herself in the city where the nightmares might not reach her. When dashing Ethan Rourke stumbles upon Meggie on a snowy Denver street, he believes the woman must be insane. But Ethan has no idea of the life she’s lived or the secret she is determined to keep hidden.

Assuming the name Rose Rochester, Meggie is hired as a teacher in an isolated mountain town in rugged Ute country. Settling in to make a life for herself–and hoping for a life simliar to that of the main characters of her beloved romance novel–Meggie knows that somehow and someway, the monstrous changeling from her nightmares will find her, killing any possibility of a life at all.

Sundell creates two multi-faceted and intriguing characters whose experiences are as different from each other’s as night is to day; develops feelings between them that neither is willing to accept or act on; and comes out with a huge winner.   Meggie’s story is one of pain and terror while Ethan’s is a story of tragedy and loss. Battling against their growing feelings, each time that it seems Meggie and Ethan will end up together, Sundell tears them apart and keeps the reader turning the pages. And as if that isn’t enough, Meggie’s past is slowly creeping up to get her, and she knows it!

In addition to historical accuracy and attention to detail, Sundell’s ability to create realistic characters makes Meggie’s Remains an excellent read. You can tell that she has lived and breathed each of the characters she has created: Meggie and Ethan, their friends and associates, even the villain.

With a touch of the paranormal, this book becomes an engaging and intriguing read. Anyone who enjoys romantic suspense, an historical love story, complex characters and a book that you can’t put down will want to read Meggie’s Remains.

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The River, By Moonlight

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Author: Camille Marchetta
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing, Inc. 

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Reviewed by:  Cheryl Malandrinos 

 

There are times as a reviewer that I feel inadequate. That no matter how eloquently I string together words, they fail to convey all that I found within the pages of a book. Such is the case with The River, By Moonlight by Camille Marchetta.

On a rainy, gloomy night in April 1917, young artist Lily Canning falls to her death, drowning in New York City’s Hudson River. The vagrant who jumped in to try and save her tells police he doesn’t think it was an accident. As Lily’s family and friends try to come to terms with her death, they question why she would consider suicide at a time when her life was finally coming together. Having lived through the loss of her beloved father and a short, but horrific marriage, Lily’s first art show was coming up soon. It seems incomprehensible that she would choose to end it all now. But could she have done it? And what would this sudden loss mean to those who were left behind to go on living without her?

The River, By Moonlight is one of the finest pieces of literary work I have read in years. Told from the perspectives of family, friends, and the men who loved her–and there are many of those–the complex person who was Lily Canning unfolds like a blooming rose, starting off small, until it fully opens to reveal all its hidden treasures.

This story invokes strong emotions from the reader: the sense of loss felt by those left behind, the angst felt by the men who loved Lily–feelings she did not return, except once (and that ended terribly for both Lily and the man), the anger and confusion from those who suspected what Lily might have done, the constant torment Lily always dealt with until she was finally at peace, and the uncertainty of a country on the brink of entering World War I.

In an ingenious move, the last chapter is told from Lily’s perspective. Up to this point, the reader has only experienced Lily’s life secondhand. Now, they get to hear Lily’s story and understand the decisions she made and the mistakes she had come to live with.

What will make this story a winner with readers is the thorough development of the characters. Henrietta (Etta), Lily’s heartbroken mother, Edmund, the despised husband, Louis, the cousin secretly in love with Lily, Nuala, the servant girl and friend, and many others who allow the reader to experience the full gamut of emotions as Lily’s tale unfolds.

The River, By Moonlight is a powerful, gripping story. Exquisitely written, filled with diverse, well developed characters, and brimming with rich descriptions, Lily’s story is one that you will never forget.

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Mistress of the Revolution

 Mistress of the Revolution
Author: Catherine Delors
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)
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Reviewed by: Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Well-drawn characters, gripping storylines, and rich descriptions fill the pages of debut author Catherine Delors‘s Mistress of the Revolution.

Set during the years leading up to and through the French Revolution, this epic novel finds young noblewoman Gabrielle de Montserrat falling in love with commoner Pierre-Andre Coffinhal. Her brother forbids their union and forces her into a marriage to an aging and wealthy cousin who mistreats her.

After the sudden and unexpected death of her abusive husband, Gabrielle goes to Paris to make a life for her and her young daughter, Aimee. As the threat of revolution hangs overhead, Gabrielle becomes a kept woman and a lady in the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. When Gabrielle is faced with the guillotine, she reaches out to Pierre-Andre, who had fled to Paris to become a lawyer when he was denied her hand in marriage. The two lovers search for a way to hold onto each other, as violence swirls around them; pulling everyone and everything into its grasp.

Every so often I pick up a book whose hook has such dramatic impact that I must read it again. Such is the case with Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors. Many years in the future, the narrator, Gabrielle tells of the exhuming of the bodies of the late King and Queen of France, thereby setting the scene for all that will unfold in subsequent pages.

While a first person narrative often distances the reader from the story, Gabrielle never once distracted me from all that was happening in and around France in the late 1700’s. A tremendous amount goes on within the 450 pages of this fascinating and captivating novel. Fully explored were the relationships between Gabrielle and her family, Pierre-Andre, her lover Villers, Aimee, and the friendships she maintained and lost through the years. Rich and vivid details flowed throughout, drawing the reader deeper and deeper into a story that realistically portrayed the plight of the late 18th century woman and the tragic events that unfolded in France during the reign of King Louis XVI and beyond. 

My one and only disappointment is the cover. The artwork was taken from a famous painting titled, The Stolen Kiss, by Jean Honore Fragonard. The image was reversed so that the table and chair are on the left and the gentleman stealing the kiss on the right. I would much have preferred to have seen more of the image of the gentleman–which is hidden inside the book flap–than the furniture, but it is still a strikingly handsome cover.
 

Mistress of the Revolution is a story of impossible love pitted against the most tumultuous time period in France’s history. It is a novel that will reward the reader in every aspect and leave her desiring to read it again as soon as the last word is read. I eagerly look forward to the next book by talented newcomer Catherine Delors.

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