Friday, September 30, 2022

Check out Justin Newland's fabulous novel — The Old Dragon's Head #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @cathiedunn @matadorbooks



The Old Dragon’s Head

by Justin Newland





Publication Date: November 28th, 2018
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Pages: 257
Genre: Historical Fiction / Historical Fantasy 


The Great Wall of China may be constructed of stone and packed earth, but it is home to a supernatural beast – the Old Dragon. Both wall and dragon protect China’s northern borders from Mongol incursion. Just beyond the fortress of Shanhaiguan, the far eastern end of the wall protrudes into the Bohai Sea – that’s the Old Dragon’s Head.

Bolin, a young man working on the Old Dragon’s Head, suffers visions of ghosts. The local seer suspects that he has yin-yang eyes and other supernatural gifts. Bolin’s fief lord, the Prince of Yan, rebels against his nephew, the Jianwen Emperor. In the bitter war of succession, the Mongols hold the balance of power. While the victor might win the battle on earth, China’s Dragon Throne can only be earned with a Mandate from Heaven – and the support of the Old Dragon.

In every era, a man endowed with the powers of heaven – the Dragon Master – is born. Only he can summon the Old Dragon, providing he possesses the dragon pearl. It’s the year 1402, and neither the Old Dragon, the dragon pearl, nor the Dragon Master, has been seen for twenty years. 
 
Bolin’s journey of self-discovery is mirrored by that of old China, as both endeavour to come of age. When Bolin accepts his destiny as the Dragon Master, heaven sends a third coming of age – for humanity itself. But are any of them ready for what is rising in the east? 







Justin Newland




Justin Newland is an author of historical fantasy and secret history thrillers – that’s history with a supernatural twist. His historical novels feature known events and real people from the past, which are re-told and examined through the lens of the supernatural.

His novels speculate on the human condition and explore the fundamental questions of our existence. As a species, as Homo sapiens sapiens – that’s man the twice-wise – how are we doing so far? Where is mankind’s spiritual home? What does it look or feel like? Would we recognise it if we saw it?

Undeterred by the award of a Doctorate in Mathematics from Imperial College, London, he found his way to the creative keyboard and conceived his debut novel, The Genes of Isis (Matador, 2018), an epic fantasy set under Ancient Egyptian skies. 

Next came the supernatural thriller, The Old Dragon’s Head (Matador, 2018), set in Ming Dynasty China.

His third novel, The Coronation (Matador, 2019), speculates on the genesis of the most important event of the modern world – the Industrial Revolution. 
His fourth, The Abdication (Matador, 2021), is a supernatural thriller in which a young woman confronts her faith in a higher purpose and what it means to abdicate that faith.

His stories add a touch of the supernatural to history and deal with the themes of war, religion, evolution and the human’s place in the universe.

He was born three days before the end of 1953 and lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England.


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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Check out Lucy Morris's fabulous novel — Tempted by Her Outcast Viking #HistoricalRomance #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @LMorris_Author @cathiedunn

 



Tempted by Her Outcast Viking

by Lucy Morris






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Publication Date: September 29th, 2022
Publisher: Mills & Boon / Harlequin Historical
Pages: 281
Genre: Historical Romance


Tempted by the Warrior

But she’ll never wed

Brynhild had once been close to Erik – until he’d betrayed her, and she’d hoped never to see him again. Now the fiercely independent shieldmaiden needs Erik’s skills to rescue her sister. Striking a truce with the tough, isolated loner they reach a mutually beneficial deal: in return, she’ll help him in his quest to find a wife – by teaching him how to please a woman in bed…!







Lucy Morris



Lucy Morris has always been obsessed with myths and legends. Her books blend sweeping romance with vivid worldbuilding to whisk you away to another time and place filled with adventure. Expect passion, drama and vibrant characters.

Lucy lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves Terry's Chocolate Oranges and Irn-Bru. In her spare time she likes to explore castles with her family, or drink bubbly with her friends.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Fabulous #BlogTours coming up in October 2022


 

Hello again, lovely readers!

As we are heading into autumn here in the northern hemisphere, with gales and high winds (at least here in the south of France), some brilliant Blog Tours will be vying for your attention in October.

Discover fabulous novels by award-winning and bestselling authors, and secure your perfect reads! 📚

Just click on the banners to discover our exciting tours during October 2022.

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Blog Tour: Caledon by Virginia Crow



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Caledon

Caledon, Book #1

by Virginia Crow





January 16th – January 27th, 2023

Publication Date: January 22nd, 2019
Publisher: Crowvus
Pages: 293
Genre: Historical Fantasy


"Go out and tell all those you meet, Caledon has risen. Caledon will be protected and defended. And to you who would cause her harm, be prepared. A new fight has come."

After the destruction of the Jacobite forces at Culloden, Scotland is divided, vulnerable and leaderless, with survivors from both sides seeking to make sense of the battles they have fought against their fellow Scots.

James Og flees Drumossie, seeking the protection of his uncle's house in Sutherland. It is here that James learns that the Northern Highlands hold a secret power only he can wield: Caledon. When Ensign John Mackay begins hunting Og's family, James realises he must harness this power to defeat the enemies of Scotland.

But, as the ageless Caledon awakes, so too does an ancient evil. When it allies with Mackay, the small Clan of Caledon faces enemies at every turn, discovering that even those closest to them may seek to destroy them.


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Virginia Crow




Virginia grew up in Orkney, using the breath-taking scenery to fuel her imagination and the writing fire within her. Her favourite genres to write are fantasy and historical fiction, sometimes mixing the two together. She enjoys swashbuckling stories such as The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and is still waiting for a screen adaption that lives up to the book!

When she's not writing, Virginia is usually to be found teaching music. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of music, especially as a tool of inspiration. She also helps out with the John o' Groats Book Festival which is celebrating its 4th year.

She now lives in the far-flung corner of Scotland. A doting spaniel-owner to Orlando and Jess, Virginia soaks up in inspiration from the landscape as she ventures out with her canine companions.

She loves cheese, music, and films, but hates mushrooms.



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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Blog Tour: Liopleurodon: The Master of the Deep by M.B. Zucker



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Liopleurodon:
The Master of the Deep

by M. B. Zucker





November 21st – November 25th, 2022

Publication Date: 20th September 2022
Publisher: Historium Press Books 
Cover Design: White Rabbit Arts
Page Length: 251
Genre: Historical Fantasy



From M. B. Zucker, award-winning author of
"The Eisenhower Chronicles"

Liopleurodon ferox was the deadliest sea predator of all time, the king of the Jurassic ocean. This whale-sized reptile's return to the early twentieth century triggers a geopolitical crisis in this new historical science fiction thriller. Former President Theodore Roosevelt foresees the threat the Liopleurodon would pose if it falls into the wrong hands. The race is on as Roosevelt leads the American effort to destroy it before the Kaiser’s Germany can turn it into a weapon.


Fans of Jurassic Park and Steve Alten’s Meg series will not want to miss this adventure filled with action, political intrigue, and characters that readers will remember long after finishing this novel.



Advance Praise for Liopleurodon: The Master of the Deep

"The storyline itself was superb ---- A Jaws/Jurassic Park thriller and a bit of a spy novel all in one - and compelling."
~ The Historical Fiction Company







M. B. Zucker



M. B. Zucker has been interested in storytelling for as long as he can remember. He discovered his love of history at fifteen and studied Dwight Eisenhower for over ten years. 

Mr. Zucker earned his B.A. at Occidental College and his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He lives in Virginia with his wife.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Blog Tours with The Coffee Pot Book Club #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalRomance #HistoricalMystery #HistoricalFantasy #BlogTour @cathiedunn

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Blog Tours


**Now taking bookings for 2023**


Our Blog Tours are available for:

 Historical Fiction
Historical Romance
Historical Mystery
Historical Fantasy



Blog Tour Packages:

ESPRESSO BOOK BLAST


Do you want a blog tour where everything will happen all on one day? Are you looking to celebrate a new release or a book birthday with a special promotion?

Then, the SPOTLIGHT ONLY Book Blast is the blog tour for you!


• Minimum 5 blog stops / maximum 20 blog stops

• 1 day of promotion on Twitter

• Personalised Tour Banners

• Dedicated Tour Page with unique URL

• Free entry into one category for The Book of the Year Awards 2023 (any additional category entry is £15).


Total Cost: £65.00


CAPPUCCINO BLOG TOUR


Would you like to take your book on a virtual tour but don't have the time to write Guest Posts or answer interview questions? 

Then, the EXCERPT ONLY or SPOTLIGHT ONLY (your choice) tour is the one for you!

• Minimum 10 blog stops over 5 days

• Promotion on Twitter and Facebook every day of tour stops

• Personalised Tour Banners

• Dedicated Tour Page with unique URL

• Entry into one category for The Book of the Year Awards 2023 (any additional category entry is £15).


Total Cost: £120.00



AMERICANO BLOG TOUR


• Minimum 10 blog stops over 10 days

• Promotion on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest on every day of tour stops

• This tour includes a combination of author interviews, guest posts, book spotlights, and excerpts

• Hosts are given the option of a review stop*

• Personalised Tour Banners

• Dedicated Tour Page with unique URL

• Entrance into one category for The Book of the Year Awards 2023 (any extra category entrance is £15).


Total Cost: £260.00

*The Coffee Pot Book Club cannot guarantee any reviews while on tour. We also cannot guarantee reviews will be positive, although we do ask our hosts to hold off posting a review under FOUR STARS until after the tour has finished.



MACCHIATO BLOG TOUR


• Minimum 10 blog stops over 10 weeks, 1 weekday each week

• Promotion on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest on every day of tour stops

• This tour includes a combination of author interviews, guest posts, book spotlights, and excerpts

• Hosts are given the option of a review stop*

• Personalised Tour Banners

• Dedicated Tour Page with unique URL

• Entrance into one category for The Book of the Year Awards 2023 (any extra category entrance is £15).


Total Cost: £260.00


*The Coffee Pot Book Club cannot guarantee any reviews while on tour. We also cannot guarantee reviews will be positive, although we do ask our hosts to hold off posting a review under FOUR STARS until after the tour has finished.



Terms and Conditions:

• The Coffee Pot Book Club is under no obligation to accept a tour if your book is not a good fit for our hosts.

• The Coffee Pot Book Club makes no guarantee of sales during a tour. The focus of the tour is for you to gain exposure and to help you build a fan base.

• The Coffee Pot Book Club cannot guarantee any reviews while on tour. We also cannot guarantee reviews will be positive, although we do ask our hosts to hold off posting a review under FOUR STARS until after the tour has finished.


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Once payment is remitted, no cash refunds will be made as we begin to organise your promotion immediately.


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Monday, September 19, 2022

Check out Paul Walker's fabulous novel — A Turbulent Peace #HistoricalFiction #Paris #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @PWalkerauthor @SharpeBooks @cathiedunn



A Turbulent Peace

by Paul Walker




Publication Date: July 2022
Publisher: Sharpe Books
Page Length: 305 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction


January 1919.
 
Following the armistice, Mary Kiten, a volunteer nurse in northern France, is ready to return home to England when she receives a surprise telegram requesting that she report to Paris. The call comes from her Uncle Arthur, a security chief at the Peace Conference.

Within minutes of arriving at the Majestic Hotel in Paris, Mary hears a commotion in the street outside. A man has been shot and killed. She is horrified to earn that the victim is her uncle. The police report the attack as a chance robbery by a known thief, who is tracked down and killed resisting arrest.

Mary is not convinced. Circumstances and the gunshot wound do not indicate theft as a motive. A scribbled address on Arthur’s notepad leads to her discovery of another body, a Russian Bolshevik. She suspects her uncle, and the Russian, were murdered by the same hand.

To investigate further, Mary takes a position working for the British Treasury, headed by J M Keynes.

But Mary soon finds herself in the backstreets of Paris and the criminal underworld.

What she discovers will threaten the foundations of the congress. 



This book is available to read on #KindleUnlimited.






‘Miss Kiten. Over here.’

I turned right and saw Pinchin with a raised hand and broad smile standing by a group of three leather armchairs. I walked fifteen paces or so, feeling exposed as heads turned to follow my progress. I had taken trouble with my appearance; applying rarely-used cosmetics; and wearing my silk, turquoise, pleated dress – the only concession to high fashion in my suitcase. Pinchin gestured at an empty chair with self-conscious muttering, which I interpreted as a compliment. Keynes was slouched in the seat opposite with hands clasped over his belly, and one leg slung over the other in an attitude of languid indifference. Then, abruptly, as though he had suddenly remembered good manners, Keynes unravelled his legs and stood while I took my seat.

JM Keynes caricature, Public Domain

‘Good evening, Miss Kiten; thank you for joining us.’ He waited until all were seated before adding, ‘Would you like a drink?’

It was clear from its tone that I was expected to answer his question with a polite refusal. Two cut-glass tumblers were sat on a small circular table in the middle, holding measures of pale amber liquid. 

‘I will have a small scotch, thank you, sir. Do they serve ice here?’

‘Indeed, they do,’ said Keynes with the hint of a raised eyebrow, ‘and they have imported a fine selection of scotch whisky. Do you have a preference?’

‘Now that is a question too far as you must know, Mr Keynes. I’m happy to rely on your experience for a choice of brand, served – on the rocks.’

A casual wave of an arm was enough to bring a waiter to his side. He ordered another glass of Cardhu and a bowl of ice.

‘How did you find it in our schoolroom today?’ asked Pinchin.

‘Fascinating. I had no idea of the meticulous research and complex calculations you undertake to arrive at your financial estimates. Of course, I’ve only just scratched the surface and have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying my work so far.’

‘Gerry tells me you were acquainted with the recently deceased Arthur Burgess,’ said Keynes.

‘More than acquainted; he was my father’s closest friend, and I’ve known him all my life.’

Keynes appeared unsettled by my response, and he took a moment to consider. ‘I’m sorry, I hadn’t realised the intimacy of your connection. My commiserations to you and your family. Are you quite ready for work? Wouldn’t you like a few days rest or to return home?’

‘Thank you, but no, I wish to remain here and prefer to work.’

The waiter placed a small glass of whisky and a bowl of ice on our table. I picked up a cube of ice with silver tongs, dropped it in my glass and swirled it around. Keynes waited, then raised his glass and offered a toast to ‘absent friends’. I had tasted scotch whisky only once before at Cambridge. I didn’t like it then and prepared for a shock to my tastebuds. I sipped carefully. It was much smoother than the one I remembered but still unpleasant. Pinchin was the first to replace his glass on the table.

‘Your German is pretty good, Miss Kiten. How are you with other European languages?’

‘I’m fluent in German and French. My Russian is adequate; no more. I can read Italian and speak a little but would not pretend to be anywhere near proficient.’ I paused and took another sip. ‘That’s it. Oh, I started to read Greek at Cambridge, but I’ve probably forgotten what little I learned.’

Pinchin leaned back in his chair and exchanged a glance with Keynes, who nodded as though a decision had been made.

‘Your expertise in languages puts the rest of our unit to shame, and it seems we have been fortunate in engaging your services.’ Keynes clasped his hands together and gazed at me as though preparing a statement of some significance. ‘Tomorrow, I’m due to travel to Germany with other senior delegates to extend the period of armistice and open discussions on reparations. Gerry was due to accompany me, but we have both concluded that your attendance would be more beneficial because of your grasp of languages, especially German and French.’ He paused before adding, ‘How would you feel about that, Miss Kiten?’

I had prepared for several possible questions and topics at the meeting but never envisaged a proposition such as this. Confused. In two minds. How should I answer? Despite Thomson’s warning, I still had questions about Arthur’s death and leaving Paris would feel like a desertion of duty. But where was I to start? I had no authority there. Keynes had presented me with an opportunity to learn more about the Congress, be at the heart of negotiations and make useful contacts. I knew what Uncle Arthur would have advised.

‘I’m flattered you’ve considered me… and after such a short… I don’t… Sorry, you’ve taken me by surprise, and I’m gabbling. What duties would I have on this trip to Germany, sir?’

‘We travel by train and, as far as I understand, our business will be conducted on there once we reach our destination. You will be my Personal Assistant, attend and make notes at any formal or informal meetings where I am a participant and translate where necessary. Your main task, however, will be to mingle and listen to informal conversations, especially with French and German delegates. At the end of our visit, I should like to know what Germany, France and, indeed the Americans, have been saying in private about the Congress and the subject of reparations in particular.’

‘You want me to act as a spy?’ said too late to smother a reaction more forceful than intended.

Pinchin clapped his hands and exclaimed, ‘Ha! No, nothing of the sort. It’s simply a case of…’ He looked to Keynes to elaborate.

‘Gerry and I are delegates. Our faces are known, and conversation in our presence will be restricted. On the other hand, you are just another of the anonymous faces from the support staff and better placed to overhear unguarded comments.’ Keynes hesitated and rearranged his position in the chair. ‘Please don’t take this the wrong way, Miss Kiten. You are a very attractive young woman, and men, especially those in high station, tend to believe that beauty and brains don’t mix. We know in your case this is not true and would take advantage of this fact.’

‘I understand and thank you for the explanation.’

‘Are you comfortable with your role?’

‘Yes, perfectly. It’s an exciting opportunity, and I will do my best to repay the faith you have placed in me.’




Paul Walker



Paul lives in a village 30 miles north of London where he is a full-time writer of fiction and part-time director of an education trust. His writing in a posh garden shed is regularly disrupted by children, a growing number of grandchildren and several dogs.

Paul writes historical fiction. The William Constable series of historical thrillers is based around real characters and events in the late sixteenth century. The first two books in the series – “State of Treason” and “A Necessary Killing”, were published in 2019. The third book, titled “The Queen’s Devil”, was published in the summer of 2020.

Travel forward a few hundred years from Tudor England to January 1919 in Paris and the setting for Paul’s latest book, “A Turbulent Peace”. The focus of the World is on the Peace Conference after WW1 armistice. Add a dash of Spanish Flu, the fallout from the Russian Revolution, and you have a background primed for intrigue as nations strive for territory, power and money.

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