Blog Tour: First Earl I see tonight by Anna Bennett

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Title: First Earl I see tonight ~  Author: Anna Bennett ~ Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre:  Romance ~  Format: Kindle



About The BOOK

An heiress with a daring proposal. An earl who’s determined to resist her. And a love that just might be written in the stars, in First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett.

Recently jilted by his fiancée, David Gray, Earl of Ravenport is not in the market for a wife. Even if Gray didn’t have his hands full renovating his crumbling country house, it would take more than a bold marriage proposal from a headstrong young beauty to thaw his frozen heart. Gray is confident that spending a week at his ramshackle estate will change her mind about marriage, but every passionate moment he spends with her tempts him to change his…

A talented artist, Miss Fiona Hartley desperately needs her dowry money to pay off a blackmailer set on ruining her sister. The handsome earl seems a sensible choice for a husband…if only she can convince him that romance will play no part. But marrying in name only may prove difficult for Fiona. Gray can’t help but be dazzled by her genuine warmth. Yet as their feelings deepen, Fiona’s deadline looms. Will her secrets destroy them, or is true love their final destiny?


My Thoughts

I would like start off by giving a huge thanks to St. Martin’s Press for sending a review copy and letting me be apart of the book blog tour for this book.  I thought this story was really good,  I’m looking forward to the next book in this series to come out.  I wouldn’t mind revisiting this world again.

I thought the story was very well written and I was able to follow along easily.  I thought the pacing of this story was just right.  I didn’t think it was to fast or slow. I liked the overall plot to this story,  at first i was not thrilled by the blackmail plot.  I thought it would turn me off to the main character.  But I turned out to be wrong.  I really like the twist at the end in regards to who the blackmailer was.  I thought it was a daring choice on the authors part.

I thought all the characters were well written.  I love the pairing of Gray and Fiona.  I like how Gray by the end of the story was able to  put aside his insecurities and was able to give Fiona his heart.  I liked that Gray realized that not everyone was materialistic and that you can find beauty in unexpected places.   Though I was kind of annoyed at Fiona’s handling of the blackmailer,  I soon realized that her actions was based on protecting her loved ones.  Plus,  I love how her protective instincts by the end of the story went to Gray.

Overall,  great story,  I highly recommend picking this one up.




5 Star Rating



About the Author


Anna Bennett


Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided that books with balls, dukes, and gowns were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen.

Anna’s books include the Wayward Wallflowers series and the Debutante Diaries series.



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Claiming Place by Planaria Price , Book Blast


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Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover, eBook, AudioBook

Genre: YA/NF/History/Holocaust/WWII


Claiming My Place is the true story of a young Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by escaping to Nazi Germany and hiding in plain sight.

Meet Gucia Gomolinska: smart, determined, independent, and steadfast in the face of injustice. A Jew growing up in predominantly Catholic Poland during the 1920s and ’30s, Gucia studies hard, makes friends, falls in love, and dreams of a bright future. Her world is turned upside down when Nazis invade Poland and establish the first Jewish ghetto of World War II in her town of Piotrkow Trybunalski. As the war escalates, Gucia and her family, friends, and neighbors suffer starvation, disease, and worse. She knows her blond hair and fair skin give her an advantage, and eventually she faces a harrowing choice: risk either the uncertain horrors of deportation to a concentration camp, or certain death if she is caught resisting. She decides to hide her identity as a Jew and adopts the gentile name Danuta Barbara Tanska. Barbara, nicknamed Basia, leaves behind everything and everyone she has ever known in order to claim a new life for herself.


Writing in the first person, author Planaria Price brings the immediacy of Barbara’s voice to this true account of a young woman whose unlikely survival hinges upon the same determination and defiant spirit already evident in the six-year-old girl we meet as this story begins. The final portion of this narrative, written by Barbara’s daughter, Helen Reichmann West, completes Barbara’s journey from her immigration to America until her natural, timely death. Includes maps and photographs.




“Price has boldly elected to tell the story in Basia’s own first-person, present-tense voice. The result is a dramatic, suspenseful account of survival in extremis, told in collaboration with Basia’s American daughter.” ―Booklist

“Price’s rendering of West’s mother’s early life reads like suspenseful historical fiction, telling a rarely heard side of the Jewish experience during WWII . . . Family, friendships, and romance give poignancy to this unique coming-of-age story, which is further enhanced by maps, a glossary, and an afterword.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A rich exploration of a Holocaust survivor’s sheltered childhood, the atrocity that failed to destroy her, and her later life as an immigrant.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“I was completely engrossed by this drama of survival. Barbara Reichmann’s story is quite extraordinary. It is sad, and terrible, and yet somehow captivating. The whole story of those who survived the Shoah by passing as Christians and working in Nazi Germany is an often forgotten part of the historical record.” ―Kai Bird, Executive Director, Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY Graduate Center, and co-author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

“As occurs with The Diary of Anne Frank, this book merges the dire circumstances of the Holocaust with the tenuousness of being a teenager. But Claiming My Place expands the view provided in the diary for one critical reason. Anne Frank’s story is told within an isolated cocoon. In Barbara’s story, however, the Holocaust is in full view as her experiences unfold.” ―David H. Lindquist, Ph.D., IPFW College of Education and Public Policy / Regional Museum Educator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

“This frightening true story of a young Jewish girl’s flight from the deadly grip of the Nazis celebrates the surprising ingenuity and raw courage found only in the depths of the human spirit. Risking what few others dared, Barbara Reichmann, née Gucia Gomolinska, speaks with wisdom and uncommon self-awareness through her detailed, colorful, and evocative recollections from earliest childhood. In the final portion of this book, her daughter, Helen West, continues Barbara’s journey in an insightful and loving overview of Barbara’s life from the family’s arrival in New Orleans in 1951 until her death in 2007. This is a great read with the suspenseful, inspiring and uplifting appeal of a novel, about a character who will capture the reader’s heart.” ―Allan Holzman, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning director and editor (Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Holocaust, Old Man River, The Native Americans)

“Thanks to the detailed memories and the conversational tone, this book provides an engaging and informative reading experience with as much appeal as a fiction title. Recommended for most YA nonfiction collections.” ―Magdalena Teske, West Chicago Public Library District School Library Journal

“This book was truly a celebration of the human spirit. What a gift she has for putting you in the story. Her way with words, plus her weaving of the actual events recounted to her by the unbelievably courageous Basia and her daughter Helen, was nothing short of magical. The included photographs and epilogue served to fully round out this amazing tale. I never wanted this book to end!” ―Rabbi Lynn Brody Slome

About the Author

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After graduating from Berkeley and earning a Master’s Degree in English Literature from UCLA, Planaria Price began her career teaching English to adult immigrants in Los Angeles. She has written several textbooks for University of Michigan Press and has lectured at over 75 conferences. In addition to her passion for teaching and writing, Planaria has worked with her husband to save and restore over 30 Victorian and Craftsman homes in her historic Los Angeles neighborhood. Claiming My Place is her first book for young adults.

For more information, please visit Planaria’s website at

Book Blast Schedule

Monday, October 15
Spellbound By History

Tuesday, October 16
100 Pages a Day
Clarissa Reads it All

Wednesday, October 17
Bibliophile Reviews

Thursday, October 18
A Chick Who Reads
To Read, Or Not to Read

Friday, October 19
Locks, Hooks and Books

Saturday, October 20
CelticLady’s Reviews

Monday, October 22
The Reading Woman

Tuesday, October 23
Books and Glamour
History From a Woman’s Perspective

Wednesday, October 24
Maiden of the Pages

Thursday, October 25
Book Nerd
Bri’s Book Nook

Friday, October 26
Puddletown Reviews

Saturday, October 27
Donna’s Book Blog

Monday, October 29
Dressed to Read
What is That Book About

Tuesday, October 30
The Book Junkie Reads

Wednesday, October 31
Just One More Chapter

Thursday, November 1
So Many Books, So Little Time

Friday, November 2
Passages to the Past


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a signed hardcover copy of Claiming My Place by Planaria Price! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 2nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.

– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.
– Link to enter giveaway is below

A Torch in His Heart by Anna Belfrage ~ Blog Tour


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Publication Date: August 31, 2018
Timelight Press
eBook & Paperback 514 Pages

Series: The Wanderer, Book One
Genre: Romance/Erotica/Paranormal


In the long lost ancient past, two men fought over the girl with eyes like the Bosporus under a summer sky. It ended badly. She died. They died.

Since then, they have all tumbled through time, reborn over and over again. Now they are all here, in the same place, the same time and what began so long ago must finally come to an end.

Ask Helle Madsen what she thinks about reincarnation and she’ll laugh in your face. Besides, Helle has other stuff to handle, what with her new, exciting job in London and her drop-dead but seriously sinister boss, Sam Woolf. And then one day Jason Morris walks into her life and despite never having clapped eyes on him before, she recognises him immediately. Very weird. Even more weird is the fact that Sam and Jason clearly hate each other’s guts. Helle’s life is about to become extremely complicated and far too exciting.


Available on Amazon

About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with three 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. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment…)

With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so.

Find out more about Anna by visiting her website,, You can also connect with Anna on FacebookTwitterAmazon, and Goodreads.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, October 10
Review at Oh, October

Thursday, October 11
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Friday, October 12
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Monday, October 15
Review at A Holland Reads

Friday, October 19
Feature at A Bookaholic Swede

Sunday, October 21
Review & Guest Post at Clarissa Reads it All

Tuesday, October 23
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Thursday, October 25
Review at Donna Louise

Friday, October 26
Review at Broken Teepee

Monday, October 29
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, October 31
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, November 2
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, November 7
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Monday, November 12
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Friday, November 16
Review at The Book Mind


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away one eBook and one paperback copy of A Torch in His Heart! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to residents INTERNATIONALLY.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

-Just click on the link below to enter into give away.





    02_Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Tyndale House Publishers
Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook; 480 Pages

Series: The Victorian Ladies Series, #1
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry—the man who broke Eleanor’s heart.

Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.

With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust—who in her life is false or true, brass or gold—and what is meant to be treasured.


Praise for Lady of a Thousand Treasures

“Sandra Byrd’s amazing cast of characters and Victorian settings pull the reader right into the story. I became happily lost in this compelling, lovely book.” -Karen Harper, NYT bestselling author of The Royal Nanny

“Lady of a Thousand Treasures delivers mystery, romance, and suspense in a well-researched Victorian setting.” -Julie Klassen, bestselling author

“I’m always swept away by a Sandra Byrd novel, and Lady of a Thousand Treasures will be long remembered as one of Sandra’s best.” -Jane Kirkpatrick, NYT bestselling author of All She Left Behind

“Sandra Byrd is the rare writer whose evocative, prose grabs hold and doesn’t let go. The Victorian Ladies Series is off to a stunning start!” -Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker

“With stunning characters and impeccable research, Sandra Byrd has woven together an exquisite treasure hunt with an ending that will leave you breathless.” -Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Catching the Wind

“Sandra Byrd’s writing is an absolute piece of art! If I had to sum up this story all in one word, it would be satisfying.” -Michelle Griep, award-winning author of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series

About the Author

Bestselling author Sandra Byrd has published more than fifty books over her editing and writing career. Her traditionally published books include titles by Tyndale House Publishers, Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, WaterBrook Press, a Penguin Random House imprint, and Bethany House. She’s also an independent author.

Sandra’s series of historically sound Gothic romances launched with the best-selling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, published in 2017 and was named by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the Top Ten Inspirational Fiction books of the year.

Her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2011, and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012.

Please visit to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype. You can also connect with Sandra on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and Goodreads.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Review & Interview at Clarissa Reads it All

Wednesday, October 10
Review at Faery Tales Are Real

Thursday, October 11
Review at A Bookish Affair
Feature at Naomi Finley’s Blog

Friday, October 12
Review at Donna’s Book Blog

Monday, October 15
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Review at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Tuesday, October 16
Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Wednesday, October 17
Review at Among the Reads
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Thursday, October 18
Review at A Darn Good Read

Friday, October 19
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, October 22
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, October 23
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Wednesday, October 24
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Thursday, October 25
Feature at Let Them Read Books

Friday, October 26
Interview at Among the Reads

Monday, October 29
Review at Maiden of the Pages

Tuesday, October 30
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, November 1
Review at Bibliophile Reviews
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, November 2
Feature at Passages to the Past

Monday, November 5
Review at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, November 6
Feature at Hisdoryan

Wednesday, November 7
Review at The Book Mind
Review at LadyJ’s Bookish Nook

Friday, November 9
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 5 copies of Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

_  You can enter in the contest at the link below.



Book Review: The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne





This is the first book in the Victorian Rebels series by Kerrigan Byrne . I read the last book in her series “The Duke with a Dragon tattoo” and absolutely loved it. So I wanted go back and read the rest of the books.

The story starts off with a childhood romance between Farah and Dougan Mackenzie. Who swears that they will always be together and with childhood innocence exchange vows with each other.

The two are tragically separated and Dougan is sent to a Newgate Prison were he is later on killed. Devastated, Farah brandishes herself as “ Farah Mackenzie. She works at Scotland Yard alongside the handsome detective Morley.

Her life changes when the king of the underworld Dorian Blackwell is arrested and later on kidnaps her. Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. Farrah accepts not realizing that there is a deeper connection between her and Dorian then she realizes.

This story was Amazing!!!! I was immediately drawn in this world. I was afraid that this book would not be as good as the other one I had read. My fears were unfounded. I loved this book. I only read two books by Kerrigan Byrne so far. I’m already proclaiming her a new favorite author of mine.

I thought all the characters were written very well. I like how each character has a darker aspect to them and don’t always follow social rules, but Byrne has a way of making you see the humanity in them.

I loved the pairing of Farah and Dorian. I thought the chem between these two was off the chain. You could feel from their first seen together. And despite all the obstacles in their way they managed to find their way back to each other. I also liked how Farah didn’t try to change Dorian. I take that back, on some things she did. But when all was said and done he was still the same notorious outlaw that he has been.

Overall, great book.  If your in the mood to begin a new book series please check out Kerrigan Byrne Victorian Rebels series.


Book info:

Title:  The Highwayman

Author:  Kerrigan  Byrne

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Pages:  379

My Rating:  ⭐  ⭐ ⭐  ⭐  ⭐

Blog Tour: The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne





My Review

I would like like to thank “The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo” book tour and Netgalley for providing me with a free E copy so I can review this wonderful  book. The Duke with a Dragon Tattoo is the sixth book in the  Victorian Rebels series.

Lorelei is crippled, and do to her brother she is forced to marry a man she does not love.  Her situation only gets worse when she is kidnapped by the infamous “The Rook” who not only kills her brother,  but kidnaps her sister-in-law Veronica along with her.

Turns out the Rook is the man she fell in love with twenty years earlier,  who she had found half-dead on the side of the road and nursed back to health.  He later on disappeared without a trace.  “Ash” she is not the same man that she had fallen in love with.  He had grown darker and colder.  Will she be able to resurrect “Ash”  or stay trapped by possessive Rook?

I thought this book was Amazing!  It’s definitely going on the list of top favorite books of this year.  The fact that this is just one of a series really excites me because I’m planning on reading the rest of the books in this series.

I don’t think that you have to read this series in chronological order in order to know what is going on.  I was able to catch on quickly as other characters from different books were introduced into the story.

I thought that all the characters were written well.  Even though we just got a glimpse of a potential pairing in Veronica and Moncrieff  I’m already crossing my fingers that a books is in the works for these two.

Usually there is some kind of build for pairings,  but I thought the pairing of Lorelei and Ash had an instant connection. Something when Lorelei first came upon Ash that they were meant to be together.  The chemistry between these two were Amazing.  I was on the edge of my seat on when these two were finally going to give into their feelings for each other.

Overall, I thought that the story was very well written.  I love the plot to this story, I thought it was very original.  I literally couldn’t put this book down once I got started on it.  If your looking for a good romance look no further.



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She lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington with her dream boat husband. When she’s not writing and researching, you’ll find her on the water sailing and kayaking, or on land eating, drinking, shopping, and taking the dogs to play on the beach.

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Book Review:Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose

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My Review

I would first like to thank Amy at Virtual book tours and Net galley for letting me be apart of this blog tour.  The story takes place in the early part of the 20th century.  Jenny Bell is a burgeoning artist with a tragic past that she is desperately trying to keep under wraps.

She is given the chance to study at the Laurelton Institute, where she meets her idol Mr. Tiffany. She also finds love,  and is forced to confront her past.

My emotions were all over the place with this book.  At times I was feeling happy,  furious,  anxious,  full of hope.

I thought the story was very well written. The pacing of  it was just right.  The story was not slow,  but neither was it fast either. Another thing I liked about this story was how descriptive it was.  Considering that the characters were artist and the plot talked about art.  I thought this was kind of fitting.

My favorite character was  the main character Jenny.  It was her voice that was consistent throughout the story.  I felt like I got to know her more then the other characters in this.  So her motivations throughout the story was more easy to pin point then the other characters.  At times Jenny had trouble in trusting herself and other people.  I think this is perfectly understandable given her past.

I love the relationship between her and Oliver.  I thought that the relationship was good for Jenny over all.  I think that stagnant would be the perfect word describe her. He was able to get her to open up more.  He motivated her to go outside her comfort zone on certain things.  I think that the relationship helped form the woman she would become in the future.

Over all, I thought this story was very good.  I would give this a 5 stars easy.   M.J. Rose is a new author for me,  so I can safely say that I will be looking at more of her books.



About the Author


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.