Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tiffany Blues - Spotlight Book Tour

Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose

Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Atria Books
Hardcover & eBook; 336 Pages
ISBN: 978-1501173592
Genre: Historical Fiction

New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall. But Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson. As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone knows enough about Jenny’s childhood trauma to expose her. Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and stolen jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.

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Praise for Tiffany Blues

“A lush, romantic historical mystery with a unique setting. Tiffany Blues explores an interesting lost bit of American history and gives us a heroine to root for." Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale
“A fascinating novel about a young, struggling artist mentored by the celebrated jeweler and stained-glass creator Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany Blues brings together an enchanting glimpse of Jazz Age New York and an inspired fictional story about Jenny Bell and the terrible secret she's hiding.” Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World
"The New York Times bestselling author of The Library of Light and Shadow crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel—a novel of ambition, betrayal, and passion about a young painter whose traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists’ colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame. “[M.J. Rose] transports the reader into the past better than a time machine could accomplish” —The Associated Press
"M.J. Rose must have plunged her pen into a vale of tears, radiance, and crime to write this novel. Tiffany Blues melds a tragic mother-daughter relationship, the shimmer of Tiffany’s creations, the jolting life of artists and their shocking jealousy, in a captivating story that illuminates how far we'll go for love. MJ Rose broke this reader’s heart and then, as though using the ancient art of Kintsugi, healed me by sealing the future with golden veins of hope." —Randy Susan Meyers, International Bestselling Author
"Intriguing... [Rose's] best creation yet." —Publishers Weekly
"Intricate plotting, sensuous descriptions... captivating. A lush, mesmerizing story." —Kirkus
"Rose keeps readers spellbound... with a touch of Gatsby-esque flavor and opulence and a research-rich mix of facts and fiction." —Library Journal - Starred review
"Rose's talent for delivering believable characters and plot shines in her latest novel...Readers are in for a treat and the jaw-dropping climax well have them enthralled." —RT Book Reviews
"A stunning look at the Jazz Age, told in M.J. Rose's inimitable style." —PopSugar 25 Best Summer Books

New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it. Rose's work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors - Her most recent novel THE LIBRARY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick. The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers. Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield.

For more information, please visit her website and her blog, Museum of Mysteries. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Monday, August 6 Excerpt at Passages to the Past Feature at Naomi Finley 
Tuesday, August 7 Feature at So Many Books, So Little Time 
Wednesday, August 8 Review at A Bookish Affair 
Thursday, August 9 Feature at Just One More Chapter 
Friday, August 10 Review at Donna's Book Blog 
Sunday, August 12 Review at Carole Rae's Random Ramblings 
Monday, August 13 Review at A Chick Who Reads 
Tuesday, August 14 Feature at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers 
Wednesday, August 15 Feature at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen 
Thursday, August 16 Review at The Lit Bitch 
Monday, August 20 Review at The Book Mind Review at 100 Pages a Day 
Tuesday, August 21 Feature at Maiden of the Pages 
Wednesday, August 22 Review at Pursuing Stacie 
Friday, August 24 Feature at I'm Shelf-ish 
Monday, August 27 Review at Broken Teepee 
Tuesday, August 28 Feature at A Holland Reads 
Wednesday, August 29 Review at Bookish Review at Library of Clean Reads 
Thursday, August 30 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective 
Friday, August 31 Interview at History From a Woman's Perspective 
Saturday, September 1 Review at A Darn Good Read 
Monday, September 3 Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book! 
Wednesday, September 5 Review at Laura's Interests 
Thursday, September 6 Review & Interview at Clarissa Reads it All 
Friday, September 7 Review at Bookramblings

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Tiffany Blues

Monday, August 13, 2018

Dangerous to Know - My Review

As most know by now, I love reading books that are set in England.  Therefore, this book was a delight to read.  I enjoyed the overall theme of the text, but the mystery and intrigue, which accompanied several of the characters, kept me wondering till the very end of the story.  This was truly a book I could not put down. 

Isabella Bankmill struggles with the feelings of her heart.  After meeting Lord Bromby at a ball, she does not seem to understand the way she feels in his presence.  Could she be falling for him?  There are so many stores surrounding his character—some of great scandal--which makes her question her own judgment.  However, she cannot lie to herself.  Lord Bromby is quite charming, and she wishes to help him regarding his religious misunderstandings.  David Beringer may be noble, but Lord Bromby appears to be stealing her heart. 

David Berigner admires Isabella.  Everything about her matches what he would look for in a future wife.  However, he believes she would not be interested in someone like him—for many, Lord Bromby is much more dashing and seems to be the type of man most ladies prefer.  So why would Isabella ever look his way?  As he continues to become more acquainted with Isabella, David feels friendship might be the only definition to their relationship. 

I enjoyed the construction of this book, because it was set up into parts, which created distinct scenes and moments concerning the lives of each character.  This type of break allows the reader to reflect and to better understand the passage of time within this time period, while also considering what each character might be feeling throughout various moments.  If you love stories containing a touch of romance, mystery, and danger, especially tales with an historical twist, then you will enjoy reading Lee’s book. 

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy.

“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.” 

Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.

Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.

Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?

Megan Whitson Lee is an anglophile and a recovering runaway. Over the years, she escaped to England and Australia before finally settling down in the US. These days, she lives a relatively quiet life as a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, an editor for Pelican Book Group, and a high school English teacher. She now escapes by writing novels instead of jumping on planes to foreign countries. Her novel,Captives, won the 2016 Director's Choice Award and was a finalist for a Selah Award in the women's contemporary fiction category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Megan writes women's contemporary thrillers and historical fiction featuring characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions.

Friday, August 10, 2018

First Line Fridays

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope that it has been a pleasant week, and that the beginning days of August were lovely.  This week I wanted to highlight a book I randomly discovered and ordered off of Amanon.  It's been awhile since I have read a book by Catherine Palmer, but this series sounded so interesting.  And yes, the second book in the series is titled Wild Heather.  I may have seen that book first.  :) 

What new books have you discovered lately?  Were they from new authors or possibly older texts?  Please let me know in the comments below.  As always, happy reading! 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  English Ivy
by Catherine Palmer 

And the fist line is...

Brooking House, near the village of Otley 
Yorkshire, England 1815

"'At last,' Ivy Bowden said to her three younger sisters as she placed the carefully penned instructions in her small beaded handbag."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Solace of Water - Spotlight Book Tour

After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.

Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.
With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness.
Eminently relevant to the beauty and struggle in America today, The Solace of Water offers a glimpse into the turbulent 1950s and reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race, and custom—and has the power to transform a broken heart.

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Elizabeth Byler Younts gained a worldwide audience through her first book Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl and is a RITA nominated writer. She is also the author of The Promise of Sunrise series. She has consulted on Amish lifestyle and the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect two award-winning television shows. Elizabeth lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and a cockapoo named Fable. 

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In the first few months that The Solace of Water has been released into the world many people ask what about The Solace of Water was driven by my own experiences?

After leaving home for college and then a few years later marrying into the Air Force, I began to really see how divided American culture is—race, religion, politics, socioeconomic, and even football…and so much more. I began to recognize my own judgments and attitudes when I encountered someone who had a vastly different way of viewing things.

For years the pervading themes on social media are political and divisive—they hurt people, friendships, marriage, and skew so much of the view we hold about another person. What I realized, however, was when I was sitting at a table with some friend I might not agree with on Facebook, I still found a human I deeply loved. I found that this person was speaking from their decades of life just as I was—trauma, burdens, soul-shaping experiences. Disagreements didn’t need to be spoken about because there was no time—there was too much good that connected us. These real connections are powerful if we allow them to be.

I didn’t write The Solace of Water as a manifesto or as an activist, but just as a woman who is trying to desperately remind myself that there’s no limit to love. Jesus proved that on the cross and I need to do my best to live it out. The Bible doesn’t tell me to be selective in my sisterly love—it’s actually the exact opposite.

So I didn’t write The Solace of Water because I had Emma, Delilah’s, or Sparrow’s experiences in my past but because I knew I needed to learn more about love myself. This was a hard story to write because the lessons were difficult, intense, and heart-wrenching. But that’s what fiction gives us the opportunity to do, to experience something through the eyes of someone else and maybe even be changed because of it. That’s what happened to me in writing this book.

I appreciated what one reviewer said about The Solace of Water:  “I love when an author uses their gift to take readers to a place they have never experienced. But when they close the last page they feel as though they have exchanged shoes and walked a journey unknown.”

In many ways that encompasses why hard stories are so important. I get to walk in someone else’s shoes as I write it and then offer that journey to readers. It builds understanding and ultimately love for those we encounter.