Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Royal Rebel by Heather Frost * Book Tour and Excerpt!


Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Series: Fate of Eyrinthia Book 4

Release Date: April 21, 2023

Book Description:

A PRINCE fighting to save a princess

A SERJAH torn between duty and desire

A PRINCESS willing to sacrifice everything

A DECOY with nothing to lose

A WORLD about to be torn apart

After his father’s latest punishment, Grayson isn’t at his full strength. Trapped in Ryden and surrounded by enemies, he knows escaping with Mia will be more complicated than anticipated. Tyrell is determined to claim Mia for himself, and Henri’s plans for the rest of Eyrinthia are more horrific than Grayson ever imagined. Despite the increased danger, he and Mia must return to Mortise and warn Desfan of what’s coming—even though it may already be too late.

In Mortise, the palace is still reeling from the brutal attack that left many dead and even more wounded. Regardless of the chaos, Desfan is determined to continue with his coronation. As serjan, he hopes to bring stability to his country and solidify the peace with Devendra. But things in Eyrinthia are always complicated. When Prince Liam reveals they may be facing dangers from old enemies, Desfan will have to decide what kind of ruler he will be.

Devastating news from home has left Clare broken. Despite her heartache, she must once again be Serene’s decoy when a terrifying report sends the princess on an unexpected mission to Zennor. Left at the palace, Clare helps Desfan build trust with the elite in Mortise while guarding a treasonous secret. Because as her grief transforms into a burning desire for vengeance, she is finally ready to embrace a new role—rebel.

Eyrinthia is consumed by uncertainty. Duty. Desire. Sacrifice. Every rebellion has its cost.

My thoughts: Eyrinthia, a fictional land that has captured my mind and imagination.

Heather Frost has a wonderful writing style. Royal Rebel is written from several points of view. Somehow she keeps the story flowing and easy to follow. The storylines make for one cohesive whole. War is coming. All of the characters are working for the same goal, to keep themselves out of the grasp of the King of Ryden. (The King is one of my least favorite characters.)


To keep the story straight I highly recommend starting with Royal Decoy. The books need to be read in order.

I love the fictional world of Eyrinthia. It is an intriguing place to pass the time.

Source: I received a complimentary ebook. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Rating:. 4.5 of 5 stars

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Kindle * Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Indie Bound * Goodreads

Read an Excerpt!


Imara eyed Serene. “How does Desfan seem? Is he all right?”

“Yes. He actually seemed quite happy today.”

“Good. I’m glad.”

Something about her tone was wrong. Serene frowned. “Are you all right?”

Imara took a slow breath, not looking at her as she released her hand. Looking at the quilt in her lap, she said, “I

kissed him.”

Serene blinked. “What?”

Imara blushed, but she managed to peek over at Serene. “Last night, when we hid in the pantry, I . . . well, he

kissed me. But I kissed him back. I think. Or maybe I didn’t, and I just didn’t stop him. It all happened so fast, I’m

not sure.”

Serene stared, unsure of what to think—what to feel.

Imara bit her lower lip, waiting.

Serene kept staring.

Her cousin’s mouth pressed into a line. “Desfan,” she said pointedly. “I’m talking about Desfan. Your betrothed?

The man who just became serjan—”

“I know who you meant, I’m just . . . surprised.” But maybe she shouldn’t have been. Imara and Desfan had

become friends quickly. She’d seen how at ease they were with each other, how frequently they exchanged

smiles and confidences. She just hadn’t realized her cousin had developed feelings for him, but it was clear she

had. And—obviously—Desfan felt something, too.

“I’m so blind,” she breathed.

“It didn’t mean anything,” Imara said in a rush. “Fates, how could it? It was just the moment. Both of us nearly

died. Our emotions were high. He just leaned in and kissed me, and I—I really do think I may have kissed him

back. But we were interrupted by Karim and Razan.” She threw up her free hand in a staying gesture. “I promise,

they didn’t see anything. This will stay between us. There won’t be any scandal—”

“Imara, I’m not mad,” she said, interrupting the frantic spill of words.

Now it was Imara’s turn to stare. “You’re . . . not?”

“No.” She wasn’t sure why she was unbothered. Maybe because she didn’t love Desfan. Or maybe it was

because she loved Imara, and she wanted her cousin to be happy. It could have also been the fact that she’d

kissed Cardon the night before her engagement to Desfan had become official—and, even now, she was

desperate to kiss Cardon again.

She fiddled with the silver bracelet on her wrist. It was the hidden garrote Cardon had given to her for her

fourteenth birthday, mere weeks after they’d saved each other’s lives during a hunting trip that had taken a

dangerous turn. Even though she’d been young, she’d started to fall in love with him that day.

Imara released a slow, tense breath, pulling Serene from her thoughts. “You’re really not mad?” Imara asked,

obviously disbelieving. 

“No,” Serene assured her. 

Imara’s eyes narrowed. “If I were engaged to marry Desfan Cassian and you kissed him, I’d probably slap you.”


About the Author: Heather Frost is a #1 Amazon bestselling author who writes magical stories with breath-stealing romance. She is the author of the Seers trilogy, the Fate of Eyrinthia series, and Esperance. Her books have been Whitney Award and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and re-watch Lord of the Rings. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website:

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About the Story:

Serene knows things have been strained between her parents since the civil war ended. She hopes a trip to Lambern Lake will bring her family back together. What she doesn’t expect is to grow closer to her new bodyguard, Cardon. Serene is about to learn that one day can irrevocably change the course of a life.

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Clare made a mistake when she saved the princess’s life . . .

In one horrible night, Clare is forced to give up her life as a kitchen maid to become the princess’s decoy. Thrust into a dangerous new world of royals and deadly politics, she must learn how to be the princess’s perfect double to ensure her betrothal to an enemy prince. Desperate to survive, Clare throws herself into self-defense training, taught by her distractingly attractive bodyguard, Bennick. The spark between them is undeniable, though a relationship is forbidden. When a ruthless assassin begins stalking her, it becomes frighteningly clear that some will stop at nothing to end the tenuous peace—and Clare’s life.

Across the northern mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon. His name inspires fear in all who hear it, but no one knows his heavily guarded secret. He carries out every brutal order only because his father holds power over the one person he cares about. Grayson’s silent obedience is tested, however, when his father reveals plans to exploit the marriage alliance between two of their greatest enemies. If Grayson submits, the blood of thousands will spill. If he resists, the girl who means everything to him will die.

The fate of Eyrinthia hangs in the balance. Some want peace. Some want war. All will be thrown into chaos.

Royal Decoy is book 1 in the Fate of Eyrinthia YA fantasy romance series told from multiple POVs. If you like swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and non-stop action with epic twists, then you’ll love the captivating world of Eyrinthia.

Monday, April 10, 2023

A Waltz With Traitors by A.L. Sowards


A Waltz with TraitorsA Waltz with Traitors by A.L. Sowards
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review and purchased my own copy.
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description:  Czech soldier Filip Sedlák never wanted to fight for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. So at the first opportunity, he defected to the Russians. Now he and others like him have formed the Czechoslovak Legion. Their goal: leave the chaos of Russia, sail to France, and help the Allies defeat the Central Powers, thereby toppling a hated empire and winning an independent Czechoslovakia. With the fall of the tsar, Nadia Linskaya’s life is in ruins. Her family is dead, her lands are confiscated, and her aristocratic world is gone forever. But Nadia is determined to elude the Bolshevik agent who destroyed her family and find a way to survive in this changed world. When Nadia takes refuge with the Czechoslovak Legion, the last thing she expects is an ally. But when Filip proposes a sham marriage to ensure her safe passage across Siberia, she takes it. Neither Filip nor Nadia expect real love, not when the legion has to take over the longest railroad in the world—and then hold it against Bolshevik counterattacks, partisan sabotage, allied intrigue, and a set of brutal Siberian winters. At risk is the future of Czechoslovakia, the fate of Russia—and their hearts.

My thoughts:
A.L. Sowards has done it again. She has crafted an amazing book featuring a time period in history that I was not familiar with. Her attention to detail is fantastic. She also brings the characters and time to life. I quickly got into the story of Nadia, Filip, and all of their friends.

The story features a time period in Russia where the Czar has been executed and the chaos that ensues as Russians are fighting each other and a band of the Czechoslovak Legion is caught in the middle.

Filip saved Nadia when she was nearly executed by the Communist Russians. She had the "misfortune" of being born the daughter of a Baron. She is given an opportunity to escape and enters into a "fake" marriage with Filip to escape by train. The road ahead is brutal as Philip fights his way to leave Russia and Nadia learns a new way of living. I loved these two characters.

A.L. Sowards is meticulous with the events of the time period. She illustrates the brutality of war and how men treated their fellow men and women. Nadia has a particularly rough go of things. She doesn't go into detail but it is understood how badly she was abused by bandits. The events could be a trigger for those sensitive to sexual abuse and war violence.

I give this book a very high recommendation.

Source: I received a review copy and purchased my own.

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About the Author: 

I love books, so that makes Goodreads my favorite social media site. As a reader, I enjoy a variety of books. As a writer, I create historical novels with a wholesome mix of action, adventure, and romance. My stories include a Whitney Award winner, several Whitney finalists, and a Gold Medal winner in the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.

I'm a wife and a mother of three, and I've called Washington State, Utah, and Alaska home. I'm usually reading a couple books at once and working on multiple writing projects too. Other than that, my life is pretty ordinary. I'm grateful for that. I'll let the characters in my books have all the adventures.

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This map helped me a ton.  It was easier to keep track where the characters were along the tracks.

Saturday, April 8, 2023

Spotlighting Jaime Jo Wright's The Vanishing at Castle Moreau


I missed the boat on posting for this blog tour,  I didn't finish the book either.  I could make all the excuses in the world, but I won't.  I'll just say that due to personal reasons I messed up.  Instead, I am posting a spotlight with a review to come in the near future.

I love the cover.  It captures my eye and imagination.  The mystery vibe is intriguing.


A haunting legend. An ominous curse. A search for a secret buried deep within the castle walls.

In 1870, orphaned Daisy François takes a position as a housemaid at a Wisconsin castle to

escape the horrors of her past life. There she finds a reclusive and eccentric Gothic

authoress who hides tales more harrowing than the ones in her novels. As women disappear

from the area and the eerie circumstances seem to parallel a local legend, Daisy is thrust into

a web that could ultimately steal her sanity, if not her life.

In the present day, Cleo Clemmons is hired by the grandson of an American aristocratic family

to help his grandmother face her hoarding in the dilapidated Castle Moreau. But when Cleo

uncovers more than just the woman's stash of collectibles, a century-old mystery and the dust

of the old castle's curse threaten to rise again . . . this time to leave no one alive to tell the

sordid tale.

Award-winning author Jaime Jo Wright seamlessly weaves a dual-time tale of two women who

must do all they can to seek the light amid the darkness shrouding Castle Moreau.




Jaime Jo Wright is the author of eight novels, including Christy Award and Daphne du Maurier Award-winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her cat named

Foo; her husband, Cap'n Hook; and their two mini-adults, Peter Pan and CoCo.



  • “Wright (The Souls of Lost Lake) captivates with a thrilling tale of two women who get caught up in the secrets of a Wisconsin castle…The twisting, fast-moving plot is loaded with secrets, and the characters remain morally ambiguous until the end. Readers won’t want to put this down.”— Publisher’s Weekly

  • "Wright (The Premonition at Withers Farm) pens another delightfully creepy tale where nothing is quite as it seems and characters seek freedom from nightmares both real and imagined.”— Library Journal

"Jaime Jo Wright never disappoints, and The Vanishing at Castle Moreau is no exception. With real, flawed characters who grapple with real-life struggles, this gripping suspense novel will draw readers in from the very first page. Good luck putting it down. I couldn't."— Lynette Eason, bestselling author of the Extreme Measures serie

Spotlighting Hanna Linder's When Tomorrow Came

 I am so late for the party!  I should have had a review up a week ago, instead, I am posting a spotlight.  Life has gotten the better of me lately leaving me emotionally and mentally drained.  This is a book that I really do want to read, it will happen...soon.  In the meantime, here is the info and it excites you to read the book too.

They Waited Their Whole Lives for Their Papa to Return

Nan and Heath Duncan, siblings abandoned by their papa and abused by their guardian,

have no choice but to survive on the London streets. When a kind gentleman rescues Nan

from such a life, the siblings are separated and raised in two vastly different social worlds.

Just when both are beginning to flourish and years have healed some of their wounds,

their long-awaited papa returns and reunites them--bringing demands with him. Nan is

expected to marry a rich suitor she's never liked, and Heath is expected to forsake his gentle

spirit and become the hardened man his father always was. 

Dangers unfold, secret love develops, fights ensue, and murder upsets the worlds Heath

and Nan have built for themselves. They've waited their whole lives for their papa to return,

for tomorrow to come--but now that it has, will they be able to see through to the truth and

end this whirlwind of a nightmare before it costs one of their lives?



Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by

Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021

Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award finalist, and a member of American Christian Fiction

Writers (ACFW). Hannah is a Graphic Design associate degree graduate who specializes in

professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and

individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, and international bestsellers. She is also a local photographer and a self-portrait

photographer. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments--piano, guitar,

and ukulele--songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of

her 1800s farmhouse. 



"The plot is full of intrigue, and it’s anchored by complicated characters whose secrets

  • are slowly, carefully revealed. Readers will be hooked."— Publisher’s Weekly

  • “Filled with intrigue, heartache, love, and a cast of beloved characters…this unique story

  • had me crying and cheering. I can’t wait to read her next book!”—

  • Kimberley Woodhouse, bestselling author of the award-winning Secrets of the

  • Canyon series

  • When Tomorrow Came captured my heart from the very beginning…All the

  • characters were so endearing and the story line with mystery and suspense kept me

  • up way too late.”— Dana Michael, Goodreads