Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Shadow Earl by Stella Riley #AwardWinning #HistoricalFiction #RecommendedReads

The Shadow Earl

by Stella Riley

At the end of his Grand Tour, somewhere between Athens and Constantinople, Christian Selwyn, the young Earl of Hazelmere, vanished - seemingly without a trace.

Time passes.  In London, his uncle and cousin move into his home … while his unofficial fiancée, Sophia, is left desolate and in limbo.  Finally, his friends – loyal and close as brothers – set out to search in person.

Christian’s startling re-appearance at a grand ball takes society by storm and fuels endless speculation. Where has he been during these three missing years? What happened to him?

And more importantly, how did it happen?

Only one thing is clear.  The earl who left England five years ago, has returned a changed man.  A man with secrets.



"It’s such a well written & intriguing mystery / love story with lots of heart & insight into the after effects of the results of captivity.
This one is a gem."
~ Katie McLean

"This book is chock full of historical details, as well as a fascinating, fast moving story. As usual with a Stella Riley tale, the characters are well drawn and the settings beautifully—if sometimes painfully—described."
~ Julie's Bookshelf

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Shining a bright Book Spotlight on MK McClintock's evocative story, The Trail to Crooked Creek #HistoricalRomance #WesternRomance @cathiedunn

The Trail to Crooked Creek

Crooked Creek Series, Book #3 (standalone)

by MK McClintock

Everyday heroes who find the courage to believe in extraordinary love.

Two years after the devastations of war left their mark on a country torn apart, Wesley Davenport, a former soldier haunted by his experiences on the battlefield crosses paths with Leah Tennyson, a teacher who helps him heal his emotional wounds—and discovers unexpected love in the most unlikely place.

The Trail to Crooked Creek, a novella, is a tale of resilience, compassion, and the triumph of the human spirit set in the breathtaking and sometimes unforgiving landscape of post-Civil War Montana Territory.

About the Crooked Creek Series

"MK McClintock knows what readers want." ~ Readers' Favorite

Set in post-Civil War Montana Territory, in the small town of Crooked Creek, it all started with Emma. Her story was written for a contest, but I soon realized there were more women whose tales needed to be written. The war is over between the North and the South, but the battles at home are just beginning. If you love stories of bravery and courage with unforgettable women and the men they love, you'll enjoy the Crooked Creek series.

Also Available:
The Women of Crooked Creek
Christmas in Crooked Creek

This title is available to read on #KindleUnlimited,
and in paperback and large print.

MK McClintock

MK McClintock is an award-winning author who writes historical romantic fiction about chivalrous men and strong women who appreciate chivalry. Her stories of romance, mystery, and adventure sweep across the American West to the Victorian British Isles with places and times between and beyond. 

Her works include the following series: Montana Gallaghers, Crooked Creek, British Agents, Whitcomb Springs, and the stand-alone collection, A Home for Christmas. She is also the co-author of the McKenzie Sisters Mysteries.

MK enjoys a quiet life in the northern Rocky Mountains. Visit her online home at, where you can learn more about her books, explore extras, and subscribe to receive news. 

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Christmas Parties, Snow, and other Follies by Heidi Eljarbo #AwardWinning #HistoricalWomensFiction #RecommendedReads

Christmas Parties, Snow, and other Follies

(Heartwarming Christmas)

by Heidi Eljarbo

A delightful Victorian Christmas romance with wit and heart.

When common rules of behavior in polite society come across as tedious and insurmountable, spinsterhood seems the only option…

Miss Gingifer Mitford’s parents have plans for their daughter’s future—prospects that include a certain type of husband, where to live, and how to behave. But Ginger cannot wrap her heart around these arrangements and becomes annoyingly willful. When she returns to the country and Dewdrop House for the annual cousin capers during the Christmas holidays, little does she know that this December, everything will change.

Bertran Stanton has always worked hard to prove himself worthy of his good fortune. As first in line to inherit the title and estate, Bert has lived most of his life with his uncle and benefactor Lord Conrad Stanton, the Earl of Thorndale.
But the earl is concerned that Bert has yet to choose a suitable wife and gives him until the eve of the new year to become acquainted with Lady Charlotte or be sent to London to find a wife there. Bert is in a quandary about whether he should be loyal to Uncle Conrad’s wishes or trust his inner feelings.

As the cousins gather for jolly games, caroling, and various Christmas parties, Bert cannot dismiss a notion that keeps coming back. Could it be that the love of his life has been right in front of him all this time? And more than that, is it conceivable that the headstrong but unresistingly charming Ginger will ever feel the same, or will he have to look elsewhere?

A delightful Christmas romance with wit and heart. Readers who enjoy clean and wholesome romance with a happily ever after will love this.



"This book is full of fun, family, friends and joy. Heidi has again hit the nail on the head giving the reader a look into life and love and you can, without images see the gowns and decorations in the magnificent homes where Christmas was celebrated."
~ desertviking, Amazon

"Sweet, clean historical Christmas novel perfect for a good bedtime read."
~ Booklover, Amazon

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Blog Tour: Riddle of the Gods by Eric Schumacher

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Riddle of the Gods

Olaf's Saga, Book #4

by Eric Schumacher

* New Release Blog Tour *

March 25th - 29th, 2024

Publication Date: March 25th, 2024
Publisher: Bodn Books
Pages: ~ 280
Genre: Historical Fiction / Historical Action

Riddle of the Gods is the riveting fourth novel in the best-selling series chronicling the life and adventures of one of Norway’s most controversial kings, Olaf Tryggvason.

It is AD 976. Olaf Tryggvason, the renegade prince of Norway, has lost his beloved wife to a tragedy that turns the lords of the land he rules against him. With his family gone and his future uncertain, Olaf leaves his realm and embarks on a decades-long quest to discover his course in life. Though his journey brings him power and wealth, it is not until he encounters the strange man in the streets of Dublin that his path to fame unfolds. And in that moment, he is forced to make a choice as the gods look on – a choice that could, at worst, destroy him and at best, ensure his name lives on forever.

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Eric Schumacher

Eric Schumacher (1968 – ) is a historical fiction author of multiple best-selling novels set in the Viking Age. From a young age, Schumacher was drawn to books about medieval kings and warlords and was fascinated by their stories and the turbulent times in which they lived. It is a fascination that led to the publication of his first novel, God’s Hammer, in 2005, and many subsequent novels thereafter.

Schumacher now resides in Santa Barbara with his wife and two children and is busy working on his next novel.

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Blog Tour: The Dartington Bride by Rosemary Griggs

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The Dartington Bride

Daughters of Devon

by Rosemary Griggs

April 1st - 12th, 2024

Publication Date: March 28th, 2024
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Pages: 288 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

1571, and the beautiful, headstrong daughter of a French Count marries the son of the Vice Admiral of the Fleet of the West in Queen Elizabeth’s chapel at Greenwich. It sounds like a marriage made in heaven...

Roberda’s father, the Count of Montgomery, is a prominent Huguenot leader in the French Wars of Religion. When her formidable mother follows him into battle, she takes all her children with her.

After a traumatic childhood in war-torn France, Roberda arrives in England full of hope for her wedding. But her ambitious bridegroom, Gawen, has little interest in taking a wife.

Received with suspicion by the servants at her new home, Dartington Hall in Devon, Roberda works hard to prove herself as mistress of the household and to be a good wife. But there are some who will never accept her as a true daughter of Devon.

After the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, Gawen’s father welcomes Roberda’s family to Dartington as refugees. Compassionate Roberda is determined to help other French women left destitute by the wars. But her husband does not approve. Their differences will set them on an extraordinary path...

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Rosemary Griggs

Author and speaker Rosemary Griggs has been researching Devon’s sixteenth-century history for years. She has discovered a cast of fascinating characters and an intriguing network of families whose influence stretched far beyond the West Country and loves telling the stories of the forgotten women of history – the women beyond the royal court; wives, sisters, daughters and mothers who played their part during those tumultuous Tudor years: the Daughters of Devon.

Her novel A Woman of Noble Wit tells the story of Katherine Champernowne, Sir Walter Raleigh’s mother, and features many of the county’s well-loved places.

Rosemary creates and wears sixteenth-century clothing, a passion which complements her love for bringing the past to life through a unique blend of theatre, history and re-enactment. Her appearances and talks for museums and community groups all over the West Country draw on her extensive research into sixteenth-century Devon, Tudor life and Tudor dress, particularly Elizabethan.

Out of costume, Rosemary leads heritage tours of the gardens at Dartington Hall, a fourteenth-century manor house and now a visitor destination and charity supporting learning in arts, ecology and social justice.

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