Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Exciting Blog Tours and Book Spotlights in December 2022

💫 Hello, lovely Coffee Pot Book Club followers! 💫

As a chill grips the Northern Hemisphere, and the nights in the Southern Hemisphere grow shorter, we want to share our suggestions for the perfect distraction from your daily chores: books to read!

Discover wonderful novels by award-winning and bestselling authors! 📚

Just click on the banners to find our exciting Blog Tours and Book Spotlights for December 2022.

In addition to the Blog Tours listed below, we’ll be adding the fabulous Book Spotlights & Guest Posts we have scheduled up until December 20th, 2022!

Happy Holidays, wherever you are! 💖

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Blog Tour: His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage – Audio Book

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His Castilian Hawk

The Castilian Saga

by Anna Belfrage

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January 19th, 2023

Publication Date: Audio Version - November 3rd, 2022
Publisher: Timeline Press
Narrated by: Greg Patmore
Genre: Historical Fiction / Medieval Historical Romance

For bastard-born Robert FitzStephan, being given Eleanor d’Outremer in marriage is an honour.

For Eleanor, this forced wedding is anything but a fairy tale. 

Robert FitzStephan has served Edward Longshanks loyally since the age of twelve. Now he is riding with his king to once and for all bring Wales under English control. 

Eleanor d’Outremer—Noor to family—lost her Castilian mother as a child and is left entirely alone when her father and brother are killed. When ordered to wed the unknown Robert FitzStephan, she has no choice but to comply. 

Two strangers in a marriage bed is not easy. Things are further complicated by Noor’s blood-ties to the Welsh princes and by covetous Edith who has warmed Robert’s bed for years. 

Robert’s new wife may be young and innocent, but he is soon to discover that not only is she spirited and proud, she is also brave. Because when Wales lies gasping and Edward I exacts terrible justice on the last prince and his children, Noor is determined to save at least one member of the House of Aberffraw from the English king.

Will years of ingrained service have Robert standing with his king or will he follow his heart and protect his wife, his beautiful and fierce Castilian hawk?

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Anna Belfrage

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.  

Anna has also published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. 
Her Castilian Heart is the third in her “Castilian” series, a stand-alone sequel to her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love. In the second instalment, The Castilian Pomegranate, we travel with the protagonists to the complex political world of medieval Spain. This latest release finds our protagonists back in England—not necessarily any safer than the wilds of Spain!

Anna has also authored The Whirlpools of Time in which she returns to the world of time travel. Join Duncan and the somewhat reluctant time-traveller Erin on their adventures through the Scottish Highlands just as the first Jacobite rebellion is about to explode! 

All of Anna’s books have been awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion, she has several Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choices, and one of her books won the HNS Indie Award in 2015. She is also the proud recipient of various Reader’s Favorite medals as well as having won various Gold, Silver and Bronze Coffee Pot Book Club awards.

Find out more about Anna, her books and enjoy her eclectic historical blog on her website,

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Join The Coffee Pot Book Club in conversation with #YAHistoricalAdventure author, Tom Durwood #interview @TDurwood @cathiedunn

The Adventures of...
Ruby Pi and the Geometry Girls 
Ruby Pi and the Math Girls

The Math Girls

by Tom Durwood

Publication Date: December 22nd, 2022
Publisher: Empire Studies Press
Page Length: 147 Pages
Genre: YA Historical Adventure 

T H E   A D V E N T U R E S   O F

Ruby Pi and the
Math Girls

Young adult fiction featuring gambling, bandits, swordplay, probability and Bayes’ Theorem. An English teacher hopes to engage students with colorful STEM adventures.

In this outstanding collection, Tom addresses the chronic problem of our young women dropping out of STEM studies. His stories lend adventure to scientific thinking.

~ Tanzeela Siddique, Math Instructor

T H E   A D V E N T U R E S   O F

Ruby Pi and the
Geometry Girls

A collection of adventure stories featuring young heroines at turning points in history who use math to solve colossal problems. 
Smart girls take on buried secrets, villains, tanks, mysteries, codes, and economics to save their people. “Stories, mystery and math go well together… a welcome addition.”

~ Jeannine Atkins, author of “Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math”

Welcome to The Coffee Pot Book Club, Tom! We’re delighted you’re sharing a cup of nice, strong coffee or tea with us. 🍵

Before we begin, please introduce yourself.

I’m a retired English teacher with a lifelong hobby of writing historical fiction.  

Nine years ago, teaching an 8:00 class of cadets at Valley Forge Military College, I had an acute heart episode. I remember my friend Jerry, the school chaplain, praying for me in the ambulance. I remember struggling to tell him, “I’ve had a good life,” so my kids would know. 

I am very lucky to be alive. Since that day, I have felt sure that it is my mission on earth to bring history to the rising tide of young people. Like my cadets, our students have never heard the story of the Maya codex, or Fordlandia, or the Chinese Famine of 1957. 

It is deeply satisfying for me to craft my odd little adventures around all these impossibly rich episodes. If it takes time for my readers to discover them, that’s okay too. Like my cadets, they will be more than amazed, if I can tell the stories correctly. 

Could you tell us a little about your novels, The Adventures of Ruby Pi and the Geometry Girls & The Adventures of Ruby Pi and the Math Girls? 

Yes, when I came across the mystifying and dramatic drop-off of female STEM students at age 14, this became my challenge. The idea was to write a handful of stories to capture in human terms the wonder of Bayes’ Rule, and the Pythagorean theorem, and the measurement of earth’s curvature. The fact that I know little math has not stopped me. 

The project got out of hand, and when I reached ten stories with nine different girl protagonists (Ruby appears twice), I paused and cut the collection into two volumes to post for readers. Cleverly, I have surrounded myself with very talented people like Sandra Uve (foreword), Mai Nguyen (illustrator), and book designer Ben Kelley. I think the resulting two volumes give readers fair value. 

When researching this theme, did you come upon any unexpected surprises?

Yes!! The true story of the tragic young French mathematician, Evariste Galois, who scribbled his best theories the night before he was killed in a duel at age 20, pointed the way for me. Combining human drama with mathematics can enhance both the math and the drama.    

You say you are keen for girls to get into STEM research and other sciences. Why are you so passionate about this subject in particular?

Because math and science are such difficult and such classic subjects, really. I felt that, if I could craft an honest story about a girl coming of age -- and using math to carve a place in the world for herself and her family -- it would be timelessly relevant. Tying my so-so writing talent to a universal set of rules is a positive.

A second reason for my tackling STEM topics is because I don’t understand them, and I want to.  

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why? 

I am deeply connected to each of these heroines. They are versions of my own kids. 

I have progressions of further adventures lined up for each of them!! Sophie from “Mean Girls,” for instance, will need more battlefield math to defeat Boche weaponry. The young Benin Architect must reach for ever-higher geometrics in order to defeat Queen Nala (and find love).  

Ruby is first among equals because I needed a single figure to tie together all of the collections. She lives at the nexus of rising and falling empire and the modern world.  Between her homeland of India and her new life in England, Ruby generates great plot and thematic possibilities.   

The Adventures of Ruby Pi and the Geometry Girls & The Adventures of Ruby Pi and the Math Girls are the first collections in your series. Are you planning any further titles?

Yes!! I have mapped out subsequent collections of historical adventures of Botany Girls, Chemistry Girls, Science Girls, Aviation Girls, and more. I hope to collaborate with other writers on these, editing some and writing some. As I look at the history of each discipline, key moments jump out. 

This is my way of narrativizing science. This is what I have to offer. 

A Ruby story will start each collection. 

And lastly, what are your current or upcoming writing projects about?

I hope the next year will see the completion of an epic, dark sequel to “The Boatman’s Daughter.” This is a decade-long project. Then there are two long-ish and complex stories, one for the Botany Girls collection and another for Aviation Girls, that I have not quite figured out (and plan to). They need to be deceptively simple on their surfaces.   

Thank you very much for this fascinating interview, Tom. We wish you much success with The Math Girls and the other exciting series you’ve planned.

Ruby Pi and the Geometry Girls

Ruby Pi and the Math Girls

Tom Durwood

Tom Durwood is a teacher, writer and editor with an interest in history. Tom most recently taught English Composition and Empire and Literature at Valley Forge Military College, where he won the Teacher of the Year Award five times. Tom has taught Public Speaking and Basic Communications as guest lecturer for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group at the Dam’s Neck Annex of the Naval War College.

Tom’s ebook Empire and Literature matches global works of film and fiction to specific quadrants of empire, finding surprising parallels. Literature, film, art and architecture are viewed against the rise and fall of empire. In a foreword to Empire and Literature, postcolonial scholar Dipesh Chakrabarty of the University of Chicago calls it “imaginative and innovative.” Prof. Chakrabarty writes that “Durwood has given us a thought-provoking introduction to the humanities.” His subsequent book “Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism” has been well-reviewed. “My favorite nonfiction book of the year,” writes The Literary Apothecary (Goodreads).

Early reader response to Tom’s historical fiction adventures has been promising. “A true pleasure … the richness of the layers of Tom’s novel is compelling,” writes Fatima Sharrafedine in her foreword to “The Illustrated Boatman’s Daughter.” The Midwest Book Review calls that same adventure “uniformly gripping and educational … pairing action and adventure with social issues.” Adds Prairie Review, “A deeply intriguing, ambitious historical fiction series.”

Tom briefly ran his own children’s book imprint, Calico Books (Contemporary Books, Chicago). Tom’s newspaper column “Shelter” appeared in the North County Times for seven years. Tom earned a Masters in English Literature in San Diego, where he also served as Executive Director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity.

Two of Tom’s books, “Kid Lit” and “The Illustrated Boatman’s Daughter,” were selected “Best of the New” by Julie Sara Porter’s Bookworm  Book Alert

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Blog Tour: That Dickinson Girl by Joan Koster

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That Dickinson Girl

Forgotten Women

by Joan Koster

January 2nd - January 6th, 2023

Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Series: Forgotten Women
Publisher: Tidal Waters Press
Pages: 345
Genre: Historical Biographical Fiction


Eighteen-year-old Anna Dickinson is nothing like the women around her, and she knows it. Gifted with a powerful voice, a razor-sharp wit, and unbounded energy, the diminutive curlyhead sets out to surpass the men of her day as she rails against slavery and pushes for women’s rights. Only two things can bring her downfall—the entangling love she has for her devoted companion, Julia, and an assassin’s bullet. 

Forced to accompany the fiery young orator on her speaking tour of New England, Julia Pennington fights her growing attraction to the ever more popular celebrity. When a traitor sets out to assassinate Anna, Julia must risk her life to save her.

Loosely based on the life of forgotten orator, feminist, and lesbian, Anna Dickinson, That Dickinson Girl is the story of one woman’s rise to fame and fortune at the expense of love during the political and social turmoil of the American Civil War.

An earlier version of That Dickinson Girl was a finalist in the Mslexia Novel Competition.

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Joan Koster

When she is not writing in her studio by the sea, Joan Koster lives with her historian husband and a coon cat named Cleo in an 1860s farmhouse stacked to the ceiling with books. In a life full of adventures, she has scaled mountains, chased sheep, and been abandoned on an island for longer than she wants to remember.

An award-winning author who loves mentoring writers, Joan blends her love of history, and romance into historical novels about women who shouldn’t be forgotten and into romantic thrillers under the pen name, Zara West. She is the author of the award-winning romantic suspense series The Skin Quartet and the top-selling Write for Success series.

Joan blogs at JoanKoster.comWomen Words and WisdomAmerican Civil War VoiceZara West Romance, and Zara West’s Journal and teaches numerous online writing courses. 

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