Friday, 3 July 2015

BLOG TOUR! Along The Way by Jacqueline Kolosov + GIVEAWAY

About the Book - About the Author - Prizes!!!

  Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as three new titles from Luminis Books--we're calling them the Luminis Triplex Tour-tour the blogosphere in a way that just can't be ignored. And, hey, we've got prizes!   About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Along the Wayby Vallie Lynn Watson, or an autographed copy of its tour mates, The Possibility of Snowby Al Riske, or Entrevoir by Chris Katsaropoulos. Here's what you need to do...
  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  3. Leave a comment on my blog
That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Triplex tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

  About the book: Three friends, thirty-three days, and five hundred miles walking the Camino de Santiago add up to one journey they'll never forget. Piper Rose, Dani Shapiro, and Alexandra ‘Tessa' Louise De Mille Morrow share a history that goes back to their pre-school years in Chicago when their families were still intact. Now Piper lives in Evanston with her divorced dad, her estranged, unstable mother popping in and out of her life at random moments. Meanwhile, Dani's been living in Santa Fe with a psychologist mom pregnant with her fiance's IVF babies. The blueblood Tessa resides on prominent street in Boston and dreams of a romantic and well-heeled love story like that of her great-grandmother who went to France during World War II. 
 Now that it’s the summer before college, these radically different friends decide to celebrate their history and their future by walking the legendary pilgrimage along the "Way of St. James," from the French Pyrenees to the Spanish city of Santiago, not quite expecting their feet to feel like they've been put through a meat tenderizer or that cyclists racing the road will nearly run them over, then claim all the beds (and the hot showers) at the pilgrimage’s auberges.
 But there are plenty of highpoints too, like the beauty of the Pyrenees Mountains, the spree at a posh hotel in Pamplona, and the numerous ways in which each young woman must learn to believe in herself as well as in her friends. And who could forget or explain the miracles—or milagros—that have been happening on the Way of St. James for centuries?
 And yes, there is the promise of falling in love which, like the word for pilgrim in Spanish (peregrino which translates into ‘curious, strange') introduces a dizzying, at times marvelous chaos into each young woman's story, transforming their collective journey, one that takes them across the north of Spain, into the experience of a lifetime.   Get Along the Way through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

  About the author:  Jacqueline Kolosov walked the Way of St. James/Camino of Santiago in the summer of 1999 and had her own share of miracles (including a pony who stepped onto the path) as well as bed bugs and cyclists. Next to giving birth to her daughter, the pilgrimage is hands down the most exhilarating event of her life. Jacqueline has published several novels for teens including THE RED QUEEN'S DAUGHTER and GRACE FROM CHINA. She also writes short stories, essays and poetry. Her third collection of poems is MEMORY OF BLUE, and she has a short story collection, LOVE, THE BITTERSWEET forthcoming. A passionate animal lover, she lives with her family including 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs and a 1/2 Andalusian mare in West Texas. Jacqueline teaches creative writing and literature at Texas Tech university. She loves to run, swim, and practice yoga. And like the friends in Along The Way, she is a bookworm, a clothes horse, and an avid (amateur) artist. Connect with Jacqueline on her website.   Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love:  Meaningful Books That Entertain.  Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field. Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN.  
Learn more about Along the Way's tour mates HERE.


5/5 STARS!

There are moments where you come across a book that leaves you with a sense of peace and serenity. Along the Way is that book.

Along the Way showcases friendship, love and self worth beautifully. I found myself completely sucked into the journeys of each and every character.

While reading this book, you get to explore the lives of three different people. I loved having all three points of views, and getting to know each character separately. Their personalities really showed through as the story went on. You will most definitely relate to these girls, and the things they deal with.

 Dani – the shy bookworm, looking to breakout of her shell.
 Piper – a girl who has so much built anger from not having a stable mother in her life, but tries to find a way to forgive and be happy. 
Tessa – a hopeless romantic, looking to find real love like her grandparents, but also trying to find love within herself.

 One of my favorite things about this story, was the people they all met. All ranging from different races, genders and ages. It was so inspiring to see how these strangers impacted their lives, possibly for the long run.

In 33 days, these girls go through much more than they had planned. It wasn’t smooth sailing, it was hard, and together they concurred something most people can't. They found themselves and each other. I not only admire them, but anyone else who has taken on this incredible walk.

Yes, somethings were left unsaid, but I think that was the point. You learn from the characters that it’s all about living in the present, that in time, things will fall into place.

Overall, this is a story I would want many people to read. You will laugh, swoon and hopefully take something from this, I know I did. Even though I haven’t physically walked the Camino de Santiago, through Jacqueline’s writing, it felt like I was doing it along with them. 

    This quote was my absolute favorite!

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Monday, 22 June 2015

5 Question with Author Antonia Hodgson

Today I am very excited to welcome Historical author Antonia Hodgson to the blog, sharing her inspiration behind the delightful 'The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, for which you can check out my review here and who she would meet if she could go back in time. Grab your time machine and lets go... 

1) What is it you like about writing Historical fiction?

One of the things I love about all fiction is the chance to visit somewhere I've never been. I love being immersed in other worlds - past, present or future. There's the pleasure of escape, but also the surprising connections. How much we've changed, and how much we have remained the same. I'm also particularly drawn to my period - the early 1700s - because it's so neglected. It makes my research a true voyage of discovery! 

2) How much goes into your research process?
A great deal, which I'm more than happy about. Having access to all the books in the British Library is a true privilege. Sometimes I'll order up an old, half-forgotten pamphlet and will be struck by the fact that someone from the 1720s made this physical object, held it and read it almost three hundred years before me. It feels extraordinary. For my third novel I've been reading a lot of private estate papers and family letters, and that feeling is even more palpable. Beyond that, of course there are a lot of fantastic historians, and text books on clothing, etc., to read. And visits to National Trust houses, which inevitably lead to a tea room, and most importantly to a fruit scone. 

3) What drew you to Henrietta's story?
Henrietta was George II's mistress, but that wasn't particularly what drew me to her. It was why she became his mistress. In essence, she was seeking protection from her violent, abusive husband, Charles Howard. As mistress to the king, and servant to the queen, Henrietta was afforded some protection. But for a few months in 1728 she ended up trapped in St James's palace, while Howard threatened to drag her home with him. (He didn't want her back - he just wanted to be paid off. Unfortunately George II was notoriously stingy and refused to pay.) She was absolutely terrified of her husband - and rightly so. Eventually Howard got his annuity and Henrietta was able to leave her rooms. But for those few months, she was basically a prisoner. Most of the women in the book are fighting for choice and independence and freedom, one way or another. Henrietta's story is just the most extreme, and it's also true. There's a very good biography about her by Tracy Borman, if people are interested in reading further. 

4) Who was your favourite character to write?

I loved writing the scenes between Tom and Queen Caroline. I first read about Caroline in Lord Hervey's memoirs. He absolutely adored her, and they would sit for hours gossiping about the rest of the court. She was a supremely clever woman - politically astute, very witty and fascinated by both the arts and scientific developments. On the whole I'm more interested in exploring the dark streets of London, but Caroline was clearly an exceptional woman, monarch or otherwise. In terms of personality, I was most drawn to young Sam (nephew to Samuel Fleet, Tom's cellmate in The Devil in the Marshalsea). Caroline was fun to write, but Sam was the most interesting to explore, for me. 

5) If you could go back and meet any historical character who would it be and why?

Well, all sorts of people. But what if I accidentally created a paradox in the space-time continuum? There's me, meeting Shakespeare, and the next thing you know the entire universe is winked out of existence. Thanks for the offer, though. 

The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins is out now...check it out and let us know what you think!

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Book Review: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Corgi
Release Date: August 18th 2015
Synopsis: The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Review: Secret's are a powerful thing, we all have them, we share them, we keep them, we let them grow and grow into something we never thought it could become. Secrets play an important part in all our lives, and this was one of the reasons that the book really spoke to me. The idea of a secret's box, where we could all deposit the things we couldn't say, felt so real, and touched a nerve. What would I say, and what would I do with that knowledge. That's what is still sitting with me having finished this book earlier. But this book isn't just about secrets, it's about a lot of thing and in the way the cover has that haunting flowing feeling, so does the book as it flows between the storylines, interwoven with fantastical elements, that added a darker edge to proceedings.

I liked this added depth, it gave what was already a good story some oomph without really taking away from what was happening, more feeding into it, so that you were getting a little something extra added ever other page as the book flowed on. This kept you guessing, and whilst I was guessing I wanted to see if what I was guessing was right ( I was-ish, but it wasn't what I expected!). The book wasn't what I thought it was going to be from what I was seeing, it took me in a totally different direction and to a party, which is always a good thing. And it was definitely a party to remember, one I wish I could have gone too!!

I was also really drawn to Bea and the Tarot elements of the story, Though I've never had a reading myself,I find the idea of the cards and the meaning behind them fantastic, and it's something I'd love to know more about.

With all its different elements I think this book will say something different to each person who reads it and that's the great thing about it.

If you're also a little accident prone, maybe don't read this book as it might heighten apprehension and you'll be hiding kettles left right and centre !

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