Featured Author – Merry Farmer

Merry Farmer HeadshotHi Merry, thanks for taking the time to answer a few of my questions.

I’m curious. If you had to choose, history or future, what would it be and why?

Ooo, tough call! There’s something so exciting about the future, about all of the possibilities of what could happen with our civilization and where things might be going. I know I’d love to be on an early interplanetary colonization mission, for example, whenever humanity gets around to exploring again. But in the end I think I’m going to have to say history. There is as much to explore in the way things used to be as there is in the unknown future. Plus, you have to admit, the clothes were excellent! Although I’m not so sure about the layers and layers of Victorian underwear women had to wear.

Knowing this, I wonder if us modern women would still think the clothes were that great if we had to haul all those layers around every day. 🙂

But to skip to a different matter, is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life? And how does that tie in with the choice you made in the previous question?

Call me crazy, but I’m actually a huge fan of British food! Most people think it’s bland and boring, but give me a good, filling pasty or a really excellent shepherd’s pie any day! And there’s nothing quite like British high tea. I actually order special British tea online to drink in the mornings.

I think I would love to go back in time to just about anywhere in England in the 18th or 19th century to have high tea. It would be wonderful, just for a day, to dress to the nines in fine silks and a corset, with a lady’s maid to style my hair, and then to go visit the fine ladies of Mayfair to sip freshly imported tea and eat expertly prepared petit fours. … Okay, that sounds a lot more posh than I really am. I’d be just as content to sit and eat meat pies with the working class while asking them all about the realities of their lives. It’s amazing how the food people eat and the way they eat it tells you so much about people’s characters.

What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?

Since I generally don’t have the time to make things like pasties and shepherd’s pie for myself (and boy do I wish I did!), my favorite dish that I eat several times a week is broiled salmon with pesto. I confess, I use store-bought pesto, but I learned a trick about cooking salmon from the chef at my day job for getting restaurant-quality results that I’d like to share with you.

grilled-salmon-pesto[2][1]_0The trick to cooking salmon is to broil it. It’s simple, easy, and leaves the fish tender and not overcooked or dry. I cook in a toaster oven because I’m usually just cooking for one. Make sure that the broiler is up to full heat. Starting with the salmon skin side up (although I usually have the skin removed), broil on one side for roughly 4 minutes. Then turn it over and broil right side up for 4 minutes. Voila! It’s as simple as that! When the middle is just a teensy bit pink, I take it out and slather it with pesto. It’s the most delicious thing ever, and depending on what sides I’m making, I can have a healthy, delicious dinner ready in 15 minutes or less.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a small taster of it?

I love talking about the third full-length novel in my Montana Romance series, In Your Arms.

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goodreads-badge-add-plusAll of the books in this series can stand alone, but I particularly love this one because I’ve gone with an unconventional heroine. Let me share the back cover blurb with you, because it says it all….

Lily Singer has never belonged. Taken from her tribe as a child and raised in a white man’s school, she no longer has a place in either world. Teaching has become her life. When that life is threatened by rumors and prejudice after a string of robberies, she must turn for help to the one man who spells disaster for her carefully ordered existence. Will he save her or steal her heart?

Christian Avery, Justice of the Peace, is used to having things his way. Cold Springs is his responsibility, and when its citizens blame the local Indian population for the mysterious robberies, it’s up to him to restore order and maintain calm. The one person who refuses to follow his lead is the beautiful, native-born Lily. Her defiance turns his life upside down and ravages his heart.

But when town gossip shifts from robberies to romance after a foolish indiscretion, Lily’s job and reputation are on the line. She must choose between the only life she has ever known and the only place she has ever felt at home, in Christian’s arms.

One thing I really enjoyed about writing this book was taking conventional western characters—the schoolmarm and the justice of the peace—and giving them a whole new spin. It’s so much fun to start with the known and take it off into new territory.

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

For this one, I kind of did. I either know the title before I’ve even written the book (like with The Indomitable Eve) or I struggled and struggle for weeks to come up with something that works. I do a lot of playing with words and song lyrics and things to find titles while I’m driving around. Driving is a great way to knock your brain into dear!

And finally, can you tell me something no one has ever heard before from you?

Hmmm…. That’s easier said than done, because I tend to blab just about everything that comes to my mind! I learned a long time ago that there’s no point in keeping things to yourself or in keeping secrets. But I suppose I could confess that the sleepier I get, the more I talk and the less I actually pay attention to what I’m saying.

Hahaha, I seem to ‘suffer’ from the same affliction. So, I guess we’re both just very chatty persons. Nothing wrong with that I would say. 🙂

Thank you for being here Merry and good luck with the book, the entire series I should say.  Let me just finish with telling the readers that they can stalk, erm I mean follow, yes follow you online at her websiteFacebook, on Twitter as @MerryFarmer20, and on her Amazon Author Page.

Featured Author – Sarah L. Wallace

S.L. Wallace in hat resizedToday the lovely Sarah L. Wallace is a guest on my blog. She is here to answer a few of my questions and to talk about her work.

Hi Sarah, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions of mine. I’d like to start with some personal ones to get to know the woman behind the author a bit. Is that okay?

Sure! What would you like to know?

You have a family name that sounds familiar. Why do I think I have heard it before?

Although Wallace is my pen name, William Wallace was an ancestor of mine. If you’ve seen the film, Braveheart, you may recognize the name. He fought for Scottish independence from England at the turn of the 14th century and is often thought of as one of Scotland’s greatest heroes. Here is a brief biography for anyone who is interested in learning more: http://www.biography.com/people/william-wallace-9522479

I know you are a Montessori teacher–I am a great supporter of the idea and even had my son enrolled in a school based on the same ideas in his early years–but can you explain why you chose this education system over what is generally seen as the ‘normal’ one?

I earned my degree as a public schoolteacher and spent my first two years teaching English classes and reading in a traditional middle school. Then we moved to Chicago. That is where I first toured a Montessori school. The child-centered approach to learning drew me in, so I took a huge pay cut to switch from being a traditional teacher to being an assistant in a Montessori classroom. After spending two years working as an assistant, I earned my Montessori degree.

Many people think that all teaching is child-centered, but that’s simply not true. In most traditional classrooms, the teacher is the main focus. In Montessori classrooms, the children are the main focus. The main components of the Montessori philosophy are hands-on materials, which allow even the youngest of children to learn abstract concepts; multi-age classrooms so that children at the same stage of learning can learn from each other as well as the adults in their environment; and a child-centered approach in which the teacher has been trained to observe each child as an individual, take them where they are, and propel them to ever higher levels of understanding.

I’m really glad to have you on my blog and explaining this great educational system to the readers.

Would you as a reader after doing a bit of research opt to enrol your child on a Montessori school?

Now we’d like to hear about your writing!

First, what is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

Let’s talk about Retrospection.

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Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

Yes, did I ever! I even posted a poll on Facebook as well as on my website. I took suggestions from everyone, even some of my students got in on the fun. In fact, Retrospection is dedicated to one of my students: And for Monet, because history is about so much more than names, dates and wars.

If you would have to change the genre in order to be able to publish it, what would it be then? i.e. would you conform to the market?

No, I don’t think my book conforms to any particular genre. Even though the dedication makes it clear that it contains some historical fiction. The first part of my dedication is to my grandmother; it gives us a different glimpse into the genre of this book: For my Grandma Gert, who always loved the strange and unexplained. I think of Retrospection as a paranormal historical fiction, but that category simply doesn’t seem to exist. It is not a paranormal romance.

Can you tell me how you celebrate finally getting that tricky chapter (or para) right?

First, I feel satiated. I’ll sit back and just enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. Later, I’ll remember that chapter and share my tale with anyone who cares to listen. cover canvas skiesFor example, in Canvas Skies (the second book in my dystopian trilogy), there is a chapter where Guy takes Keira to a formal dinner at his parents’ home. The conversation there is upsetting to both Guy and Keira, who are members of the Resistance. When I first wrote that chapter, I was very unsatisfied with it. It just fell flat to me, but I couldn’t figure out why. So I set aside my writing for a few days and just let it simmer in the back of my mind. Eventually, I realized the problem. I had no idea how his parents would react if they ever learned their son was a main player in the Resistance, a movement they are strongly against. Once I figured this out, I was able to imagine these more minor characters and really bring them to life in my mind. Then I scrapped the entire chapter and rewrote it. It is now one of my favorite chapters from any of my books.

What don’t you like about writing?

I love everything about writing, from the planning, to the writing, to the editing. I don’t even mind formatting most of the time. What I don’t like and don’t have the time for is putting the energy into a marketing campaign. With teaching full time, fitting in writing when I can, and spending time with family and friends, I simply have no energy left to market.

What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books?

Sadly, my books don’t get much attention. The one that has been the most successful is my free book, Price of a Bounty.SLWallace_PriceOfBounty_eFINALclean It’s the first of my trilogy. Pricing it for free has allowed many people who would not have otherwise noticed my books to become aware of my other books, especially the rest of my trilogy. I think some people also discover my books due to my Twitter posts.

Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?

In my books, Keira enjoys drinking wine, and at one point the gang has a lasagna dinner. Oh, and Guy makes Keira an amazing omelet. But no, there’s no constant food or beverage factor in my books. As for me, I consume a lot of caffeine.

What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?

My favorite dish is a pasta recipe I learned about in college. My roommate’s fiance worked at an Italian restaurant, and he taught me how to make it. Way back when, he asked me not to share it, so he wouldn’t get in trouble for giving out company secrets. But I think enough time has passed. Don’t you?

To 10 ounces of cooked pasta, add 2 teaspoons parsley, 1 teaspoon basil, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. I like to serve it with chicken.

From Chasingfooddreams.com

Would you be able to come up with a credible excuse why you haven’t written a whole day? Remember, I have to believe it!

This one’s easy! And it happens all the time.

I woke up bright and early at 5:30 A.M. on a weekday morning. I spent about 20 minutes tweeting and checking my messages, then I got ready for work. I tried to let my daughter sleep as late as possible, so I took the dog out for a quick walk around the block. When I got home, I had just enough time to wake my daughter, help her get ready for the day and pop a frozen waffle into the toaster. After she put on her coat, I got us into the car and handed her the toasted waffle to eat on the drive to school. At 8:00, I dropped her off at early arrival and headed back to my classroom. My work day was filled with teaching lessons, mentoring children, supervising during lunch and recess, and using my prep time to plan tomorrow’s lessons. By 3:30, I was ready to relax, but no such luck because we had a staff meeting that ran until 4:30. After that, I returned to my classroom and prepared the environment by posting the next day’s lessons on the whiteboard and setting out materials. At 5:00, I was in my car heading home. I had dinner with my family, then took my dog and daughter outside to play for awhile before it got dark. When we came inside, my daughter wanted to draw for a while, so I hopped on the computer hoping to accomplish something, anything. But my daughter saw what I was doing and asked to chat with my friend on FB. A half hour later, it was time to get her ready for bed, and I was exhausted. So I sat in bed and read for a little while before turning the lights off and getting some much needed sleep.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want to blab about. But please, no cats, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something no one has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

This isn’t a dirty little secret, but it’s a dream of mine that not many people are aware of. I’ve always wanted to learn to fly. I love the feeling of being high above the ground, just sailing along on the wind itself. Looking down upon the land, from such heights, gives you a panoramic view of a patchwork quilt, filled with the greens and yellows of farmland. Why is it that human activities leave a geometric imprint on the world, when geometric designs are inherently a part of nature? Still, from such elevations, it’s the natural world of lakes, streams, and rivers that interrupt the orderly patterns of humans. My uncle once took me flying in a very small plane. There was room for only four people: my uncle and dad sat up front by the controls, while my aunt and I sat just behind them. Four tiny humans in such a big wide world. And then we flew over the devastation of a tornado. So much destruction, another blotch on that patchwork quilt. Even so, I was hooked from the moment we rose into the air.

That is a great anecdote Sarah! Thanks for sharing so much of you with us. The only thing left for me to tell the readers is where they can find you and your books.

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New Release – The Thackery Journal by John Holt

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Official release today!

To celebrate it I have asked John to come over to my blog and answer a few questions. After that I will give you an excerpt and tell you where you can get your very own copy.

Good morning John, a busy day, right? I’m glad you could find the time to do this today. Let’s not waste any of your precious time. Sit down and grab a coffee with a merengue.

What made you want to write this book?

The Thackery Journal” is something of a departure for me, and way outside my comfort zone. Although my first novel “The Kammersee Affair” was an adventure story loosely based on a few truthful facts, my normal genre has been crime, and there have been four novels featuring my private detective Tom Kendall and his assistant Mollie.

I have always been fascinated by the American Civil War. A Civil War is the worst kind of war that there could be. A war that divided the Country and split communities. A war that put brother against brother, and father against son. A war where in reality there were no winners and the effects would be felt long after the war ended.

I have been working on the book, on and off, for about four years. Strangely enough the first thing that I wrote was the final chapter. I tried to imagine how a hunted man felt as his pursuers came closer and closer. That chapter has virtually remained unchanged ever since.

You just made me very curious to the book. I think I might have to put it on my wish list for now. 

How did you go about researching it?

Much of the actual assassination details are well known – all I did was to take those facts, and fit in my characters as though they were part of it. The internet, of course, is full of information. The problem really was sifting through the vast amount of information. During the course of the research I came across a number of images that I thought appropriate to my story. I decided that I would like to include some within the book. Some people wanted large sums of money for me to use them. Whereas The Library of Congress site provided them free of charge.

Were you surprised at what you found during research?

Not surprised exactly. More like amazed. The way the South almost welcomed the war, how they considered that right was on their side, and that it would all be over very quickly. Then the reality of the conditions the soldiers had to contend with, the number of casualties both sides suffered.

Yes, war is always far more gruesome in reality than in the minds of people going into war it seems.

You might have noticed I am somewhat food obsessed lately, so I have to ask. Did you found they had any strange eating habits while researching the period?

Feeding soldiers during the Civil War was a very different process from the way contemporary soldiers are fed. Commissary departments gave soldiers uncooked rations of flour, salt, potatoes, cornmeal, beans, sugar, and dried or salted beef. These rations included very little vitamin C, which caused some soldiers to develop scurvy. This was a very dangerous disease that caused bleeding gums, discolored fingernails, and eventually death.

In order to supplement their basic rations, both Federal and Confederate soldiers were expected to forage for food early in the conflict. While in enemy territory, soldiers often simply stole foodstuffs from local farms. This practice left many civilians without supplies and sometimes caused widespread hunger. Soldiers often went hungry too, especially in the south where shortages were more common. Before the war, a typical southern family might spend around ten dollars a month on food. By 1864, the same amount of food cost four hundred dollars or more. One staple food was Hardtack – a simple type of cracker or biscuit, made from flour, water, and sometimes salt. Inexpensive and long-lasting.

And to keep to the food topic, what is your favourite dish?

As far as food goes I am a traditionalist I suppose, I’m also a meat eater. I don’t like Indian, not that struck on Chinese. I much prefer the traditional British meal. I suppose my favourite would be Roast Lamb, roast potatoes, vegetables, and Yorkshire puddings. Boring I know, but very tasty.

Nom! Now I must find a recipe for Roast Lamb. I think I can manage roast potatoes and veggies. Yorshire puddings are found at any supermarket in the freezer section (yes, I love a good Sunday Roast too)

Again John, I’d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to host you and your book. I wish you good luck with this one and can only hope you will come back when you have a new one for us.

Thank you Lucy, for this opportunity

Now, let’s take a look at the book.

The Thackery Journal” is a “What If” story concerning the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. I have been working on the novel on and off for about four years.

On the night of April 14th 1865 President Abraham Lincoln attended a performance at The Ford Theatre, in Washington. A single shot fired by John Wilkes Booth hit the President in the back of the head. He slumped to the floor, and died a few hours later without recovering consciousness. Was Booth a lone assassin? Or was he part of a wider conspiracy? What if Booth had merely been a willing party to a plot to replace Lincoln with General Ulysees S. Grant.
Let us suppose that Booth had been set up by a group of men, a group of Lincoln’s own Army Generals; Generals who wanted Ulysees S. Grant for their President, and not Lincoln. And let us also suppose that the funding for the assassination came from gold stolen by the Confederate Army.

Although it is a work of fiction I have included a number of contemporary images that I considered to be appropriate, and, I believe, augment the story.

The book is currently available at Amazon US and UK and the paperback is available on Lulu.com

Featured Author – Katherine Lowry Logan

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I’m very pleased to feature the talented Katherine Lowry Logan today. She will surprise you with what she reveals to us. 

Make yourself comfortable for a couple of moments of very pleasurable reading. 

Hello Katherine. Thanks for freeing up some of your precious time to answer a few of my questions. Have a coffee and some chocolate brownies. Ready? Okay, here we go.

First, can I tell the readers a bit about you as a person? 

Sure, go ahead.

Thanks Katherine. Correct me if at any point I get something wrong, okay?

Katherine was born the second of five children to a Presbyterian Pastor and a stay-at-home mom. She came of age in Louisville, Kentucky, during the tumultuous 1960s. Sit-in’s, bra burnings, the sexual revolution, pot, campus unrest, and the Vietnam War were brought vividly to life by Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News. While the rest of the world seemed to spin out of control, Katherine spun stories in her head.
College, marriage, and two daughters kept the muse simmering on the back burner. She worked as a real estate and tax paralegal in a law firm in central Kentucky, and was actively involved in the life of her community. She created and chaired the “Go For the Gold Celebration,” that spotlighted the achievements of high school seniors; developed afternoon programs to teach Spanish and dance to elementary students; co-founded the Midway Summer Dinner Theatre; and was Chair of the Woodford County Junior Miss Program.

It wasn’t until the nest was empty that she sat down to write full-time. Life, as it often does, brought tragedy and a screeching halt to her writing. Her husband, best friend, and lover died unexpectedly.

That must have been awful. How did you recover from this tragedy?

Healing was a slow process, but two weddings and five grandchildren have a way of putting life into perspective. Following the birth of my second grandchild, I found my writer’s voice again.

Good to hear that and I’m glad you’ve managed to find peace of mind after this life-altering event.  

Can you tell us something surprising about your current life?

When I get away from the computer and relax, I read, and I read in a variety of genres—fantasy, mystery, suspense, and of course, romance. When the weather is nice, I enjoy evenings on patios at local restaurants sharing dinner and a glass of wine with family and friends. But probably most of all, I relax or de-stress by running. It has become a passion late in life, and I love it because I don’t ponder or worry or plan. I just run because it feels good.

Great! 

Do you have certain rituals, or a special place to write? And do you use longhand?

No, and no. I only need a computer/laptop. I can write anywhere.

What is the title of the book you would like to introduce to the readers today?

The Ruby Brooch, Book 1 of the Celtic Brooch Trilogy

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Available at Amazon

How did you come up with this book and its title?

I set out to write a time travel that took place in the American west in the mid-1800s. The story evolved as I wrote by “the seat of my pants.” When I realized I needed a time travel method, I decided to use a ruby brooch based on a bracelet I have. The bracelet has an interesting past. It was an original design made for a woman in the 1970s. In the 1980s, she paid her CPA’s bill with the bracelet. In the early 1990s, the CPA’s widow paid her legal bill with the bracelet. After the death of my husband, the lawyer in the story, I ended up with the bracelet. The bracelet is now memorialized by the book. Now, I could never sell it or give it away.

Now that is a truly interesting snippet of information!

Is there a quote you’d like to share with us that’s tied to the book?

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin

I love Anais Nin! How surprising you chose this one, it says so much about you and the book!

Did you set out to self-publish it immediately after finishing?

I went the query agent/editor route and had full requests from editors. They passed after reading the story telling me westerns and time travels were hard sells. THE RUBY BROOCH isn’t a western. There is no good vs. evil battle in the story. It’s a coming-of-age story, a quest story, and a mystery all woven together— Little House on the Prairie meets Somewhere in Time.

In early 2012, I decided to self-publish and released THE RUBY BROOCH on March 31, the day I ran my first half-marathon. A day I’ll never forget.

It took almost 15 years from the day I wrote the first word to the day THE RUBY BROOCH was published. Many authors keep their first books locked away, but I believed in the story and was determined to see it published. I probably wrote a million words (a quarter million on the first chapter). I also took dozens of on-line writing classes and had several fantastic teachers. Mary Buckham, Laurie Schnebly Campbell, Margie Lawson, and C.J. Lyons top the list.

And now, a year later, you’re a celebrated author, high on many lists important to authors. Let me direct the readers to a few of those on Goodreads.

What do you like most about being an author?

Attending events where I can meet and talk with readers. Second to that, is meeting readers on-line. I have developed friendships with people all around the world.

And what don’t you like?

I lived in a happy writer’s world prior to publication, writing and talking with other writers. I wasn’t concerned with marketing because I had nothing to market. I have since learned that an author needs a platform in place long before there’s a book to promote. Now I split my time between writing and marketing. Like many others, I find social networking a challenge. There are many days when I think Twitter and Facebook control me, not the other way around.

But still we need social media. What is the one thing that you think brought you the most readers? 

I have almost 55,000 Twitter followers and spend most of social networking time on Twitter. I believe the majority of my readers find out about my book on Twitter.

Thank you for sharing all of this, Katherine. I do hope when you have more news or another book you will remember me and come back.

For now I would like to share with the readers short synopsis or The Ruby Brooch, followed by where you and the book can be found.

Synopsis

From the white-plank fenced pastures of Lexington, Kentucky, to the beautiful Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, a saga steeped in family tradition and mystery, follows a young woman’s journey as she searches for the truth on the other side of the heather-scented mist.

As the lone survivor of a car crash that killed her parents, paramedic Kit MacKlenna makes a startling discovery that further alters her life. A faded letter and a well-worn journal reveal that she was abandoned as a baby and the only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket that bears a portrait of a nineteenth-century man, and a Celtic brooch with mystical powers.

After studying the journal, she decides to continue her father’s twenty-year search for her identity and solve her birth parents’ murders. For safety reasons, she adopts the persona of the Widow MacKlenna. Although a perfect cover for her eccentric behavior, she will be forced to lie and MacKlennas don’t lie, or so she thought. Finally, dressed and packed, she utters the incantation inscribed on the ancient stone and is swept back to Independence, Missouri, in the year 1852.

Upon arriving in the past, she meets Cullen Montgomery, an egotistical Scotsman with a penchant for seducing widows. The San Francisco-bound lawyer happens to resemble the ghost who has haunted Kit since childhood. She quickly finds the Bach-humming, Shakespeare-quoting man to be over-bearing and his intolerance for liars threatens her quest.

If she can survive his accusations and resist his tempting embrace for seventy-three days, she might be able to find the answers she seeks, and return home to a new life without changing history or leaving her heart on the other side of time.

The Ruby Brooch on Amazon

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Of course Katherine is also on Goodreads and Google+

And that wraps it up. Thanks again Katherine and I do hope you will want to return when you have a new release.

Review For the Love of Ireland by Judy Leslie

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For the love of Ireland by Judy Leslie

Reviewed by Lucy Pireel

I must admit it took a while before I could really get into this book. At first I thought the heroine was brave, ahead of her time, soon I got irritated by her and thought she was nothing more than a swooning shell. A character which the author tried to let behave as if she were a strong, independent woman in charge of herself and her life. But reading on all suddenly fell into place. Her willfullness, swooning, surrender, it all made sense. Very cleverly done! I can’t say I rooted for her, but she did make me feel things even if most of the times I was annoyed by her, but that says more about me and my impatience with a certain kind of females and is actually a compliment to the author.

The book is filled with facts which read authentic. So much so I never doubted a moment the book is based on true events while I have no idea if that is the case or not.

There’s love, there’s action and characters with flesh and bones. Throw in drama, and a strong story. Mix in a few twists, an ending you never saw coming, and you have a book I eventually enjoyed to read.

To whom I recommend this book? Well, anyone who has a love of historic figures, can appreciate proper research, and look for a great story.

This book is available on Amazon as a Kindle Edition or Paperback.