Spotlight: A Father’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus with Excerpt + Giveaway Link

A Father's Promise Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Father’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Father's Promise by Mindy Obenhaus

Title: A Father’s Promise
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date:
June 16, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

He doesn’t think he deserves a family…
but now he has a daughter.

Stunned to discover he has a child, Wes Bishop isn’t sure he’s father material. But his adorable daughter needs him, and he can’t help feeling drawn to her mother, Laurel Donovan — a woman he’s finally getting to know.

But can this sudden dad overcome a past tragedy that has him convinced he’s not meant to be a husband or a father…and make a promise of forever?

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EXCERPT

Laurel’s quick intake of air was hard to miss as she watched her little girl.

Still kneeling, Wes stretched his hands toward Sarah-Jane. “Come on, sweetheart, you can do it.”

She stepped once more, then bobbled, but caught herself before continuing. Several steps later, she collapsed into Wes’s waiting arms.

“You did it, Sarah-Jane!” He hugged her tight, pride weaving through him.

“I can’t believe it.” Laurel pressed a hand to her cheek. “That’s more steps than she’s ever taken. She was actually walking all by herself.”

“I guess you just had to strengthen up those legs, didn’t you, Sarah-Jane?” Still holding his daughter, he stood.

“Or have the right motivation.”

He looked at Laurel to find her smiling as she approached.

She took hold of her daughter’s hand. “Were you showing off for your daddy?” Laurel froze then and so did he.

Their eyes met.

“I-I’m sorry.” She took a step back. “That just kind of slipped out.”

“No, it’s okay.” He smoothed a hand over his daughter’s back. “Daddy is a distinction I will wear proudly.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mindy Obenhaus

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining and sometimes adventurous manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer, and the occasional coyote, mountain lion, or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, and watching copious amounts of the Hallmark Channel.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of A Father’s Promise, a $20 Amazon gift card, and a James 1:17 mug!

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A Song for Lonely Wolves by Lee Evie (review + giveaway link)

A Song for Lonely Wolves
by Lee Evie

Publication Date: February 26, 2020

Interstice Press

Series: Joseon Detective, Book One

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

A missing woman. A frozen body.
A bonded servant girl, determined to solve a mystery.

Joseon Korea, winter, 1590.

At the foot of a jagged mountain range, an isolated village lies in muddy snow. From her bed, a young noblewoman vanishes in the dead of night and rumours of a fearsome ghost with no face echo in her wake.

Hard-working and dogged Dan Ji, arrives in the long winding valley with her own ghosts. As a damo, a tea servant of the police force, she is overlooked and undervalued. Yet this case has gripped her heart, and she craves to prove her worth beyond simply cooking and cleaning for her superiors – she is determined to solve the mystery.

With only the officer in charge on her side – a hard young man with a bloody past and secrets of his own – Dan Ji must convince the local Magistrate and his provincial policemen to trust her judgement. Yet with mistrust brewing, the investigation slowly grinds to a halt. Until a frozen body is unearthed from the deep snows of the mountain range.

It is not within Dan Ji’s nature to leave a mystery unsolved, yet soon she discovers the fine threads of this investigation run much deeper than anyone has anticipated.

A dark historical mystery set in old Korea.

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About the Author

Lee Evie is a historical fiction author. She writes with a focus on Korean history and loves dark adventures with a heavy dose of danger, mystery and romance. When she’s not writing, Lee Evie can be found watching drama, which she will do for hours on end. She believes drama watching is the ultimate joy of life. Even when they make her cry. An avid photography and travel lover, Lee Evie thinks stories are the most precious gift to the universe.

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~My Thoughts~

From the action packed peril of the opening scene, Lee Evie’s A Song for Lonely Wolves pulls the reader into Dan Ji’s life as a tea servant then sweeps them along into a new mystery as she travels to a village and into the surrounding hills in what begins as a search for a missing well-born girl. Along with another Damo and the reserved police Lieutenant Jo Man Seok, Dan Ji’s efforts are hampered by the systems of society and power in Joseon era Korea.  

Just as Dan Ji pulls the various threads that come together to solve a mystery, the layers of this story come together to form a riveting and compelling whole. Among the most intriguing of those layers is that of a young woman of no prospects or social standing who dared to make more of herself, gaining the respect of the other damo who call her “the battle axe,” being faced with an unexpected choice of who she wants to become.

With a strong narrative voice and a well-paced plot that varies in tempo, this first in series book strikes a balance between first person introspection and action, impulse and reason, crisp writing and rich storytelling weaving together the layers and themes of a self-contained story while leaving room for the reader to anticipate continuing on to the next book in the Joseon Detective trilogy. There is much to enjoy in this mystery set in 16th Century Korea that managed to surprise me through turns and seeming roadblocks, and even my own emotional response. I’m looking forward to more of this trilogy and more of Damo Dan Ji.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 6
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, July 7
Review at Bookworlder

Wednesday, July 8
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Thursday, July 9
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, July 10
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog

Saturday, July 11
Review at Book Bustle
Feature at Let Them Read Books

Sunday, July 12
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, July 15
Review at Impressions In Ink

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of A Song for Lonely Wolves by Lee Evie! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

  • Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
  • Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
  • Only one entry per household.
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  • The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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Excerpt: The Philosopher’s Daughters by Alison Booth + a giveaway link

The Philosopher’s Daughters
by Alison Booth

Publication Date: April 2, 2020
RedDoor Press
Paperback & eBook; 356 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

A tale of two very different sisters whose 1890s voyage from London into remote outback Australia becomes a journey of self-discovery, set against a landscape of wild beauty and savage dispossession.

London in 1891: Harriet Cameron is a talented young artist whose mother died when she was barely five. She and her beloved sister Sarah were brought up by their father, radical thinker James Cameron. After adventurer Henry Vincent arrives on the scene, the sisters’ lives are changed forever. Sarah, the beauty of the family, marries Henry and embarks on a voyage to Australia. Harriet, intensely missing Sarah, must decide whether to help her father with his life’s work or devote herself to painting.

When James Cameron dies unexpectedly, Harriet is overwhelmed by grief. Seeking distraction, she follows Sarah to Australia, and afterwards into the Northern Territory outback, where she is alienated by the casual violence and great injustices of outback life.

Her rejuvenation begins with her friendship with an Aboriginal stockman and her growing love for the landscape. But this fragile happiness is soon threatened by murders at a nearby cattle station and by a menacing station hand seeking revenge.

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Praise for The Philosopher’s Daughters

“A lyrical tale of wild, frontier Australia. Evocative, insightful, thought-provoking.” -Karen Viggers, author

“Booth is superb at the small detail that creates a life, and the large one that gives it meaning.” –
Marion Halligan, author

“Delicately handled historical drama with a theme of finding self, both in relationships and art, backed by issues on race relations in Australia and women’s rights.” -Tom Flood, author and editor

About the Author

Alison Booth was born in Melbourne, brought up in Sydney and has worked in the UK and in Australia as a professor as well as a novelist. Her most recent novel, A Perfect Marriage, is in the genre of contemporary fiction, while her first three novels (Stillwater Creek, The Indigo Sky, and A Distant Land) are historical fiction spanning the decades 1950s through to the early 1970s. Alison’s work has been translated into French and has also been published by Reader’s Digest Select Editions in both Asia and Europe. Alison, who holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, is an active public speaker and has participated in many writers’ festivals and literary events.

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Excerpt

from Chapter 26 ‘Cleaning Country’

She pulled out a clean sheet of writing paper and picked up her pen. She began to write very fast, not thinking in advance what she would say, simply letting the words pour out. 

My dear Charles,

Thank you for your letter. It is so kind of you to write with the news that you know will interest me. I shall try my best to reciprocate.

The Aborigines’ belief in a spiritual existence may intrigue you. There are many layers of meaning in their lives and much of it remains inaccessible to Europeans, and maybe always will. The Aborigines believe in the immortality of human souls. Children are born out of a spiritual world and spend a lifetime journeying back to this. Elders are close to their ancestors, to their Dreaming, and for this reason to be respected. Yet it isn’t only the spirits of men and women that exist timelessly but the whole of creation. The Dreaming place is important because it gives an identity and a sense of belonging. This is as much as I have been able to find out so far from my conversations with the women.

Yesterday afternoon there were fires near here, on the far side of the billabong. I felt frightened and asked Bella, who is a housemaid here, if we should worry. She said no. It seems that the Aborigines use these fires to manage the land, and the usual Dimbulah Downs manager has encouraged this. They call it ‘cleaning country’, Bella said, and they do it from early to mid dry season to avoid the potential for larger more destructive fires later in the dry season. They light a number of small fires on damp ground, typically not all at once, and they create a semicircle of these, with each end joining up to the creek. This way they create a firebreak around an area.

Yesterday I watched the dense plumes of black smoke rising into the still air. There were a dozen or so black kites circling around the burning area, waiting to swoop on any escaping small marsupials or reptiles.

Not long before dark I could see a wall of flame where they had lit the nearest fire. Later, after nightfall, the clouds were red tinged and occasionally I heard the sound of what I took to be a burnt tree crashing to the ground. Anxious the fires might get out of control, I had a bad night’s sleep, thinking all night I could smell smoke in the air.  In bed, I heard the sound of the corrugated-iron roof creaking against its constraints as the temperature dropped from ninety degrees Fahrenheit to the high fifties. That seems very chilly in a building that leaks cold air. Periodically I imagined the smell of smoke was stronger and got up to look out for fires.  There was nothing: the Aborigines had it all under control. Eventually I fell asleep to a lullaby of chirping geckos, interspersed with the distant sound of the inevitable bush curlews.

After breakfast this morning, I went for a walk around the far side of the billabong. The dry leaves on the path crunched underfoot. The fire remains were still smoking; the pandanus palms and gum trees burnt but not completely, the black kites still circling, and a three-quarter moon floating in an already harsh blue sky.

Then I thought that I too need to ‘clean my country’. I carry with me so much baggage from the past. To what extent are my views my own, formed by careful thought? Or have they instead been moulded by Father, and my lifelong desire to see him happy?

I don’t yet know the answers to these questions. But here, in this savagely beautiful country, I intend to find them.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 17
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog

Thursday, June 18
Guest Post at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, June 19
Feature at What Is That Book About

Saturday, June 20
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Tuesday, June 23
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Wednesday, June 24
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Friday, June 26
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Monday, June 29
Review at A Darn Good Read

Wednesday, July 1
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Friday, July 3
Feature at I’m All About Books

Monday, July 6
Review at Impressions In Ink

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of The Philosopher’s Daughters! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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Book Blast: The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts by Jenetta James

The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts
by Jenetta James

Publication Date: August 10, 2020

Quills and Quartos Publishing

Genre: Historical Romance

A house in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods is home to secrets, mysteries, and two love stories spanning two centuries.

In 1859, independent-minded Kitty Cathcart dreams of escaping Veronica Gardens but her father’s determination to marry her off to a rich man of his choosing forces her to seek happiness and find her own voice by other means. And then the handsome but poor Alex Faraday walks through the front doors.

In 2019, Oxford-educated Josie Minton never dreamt of living in a house as grand as Veronica Gardens, but the nanny’s quarters are a perfect fit for a young woman in need of a job. Wealthy financier James Cavendish and his twin girls quickly find her indispensable to their happiness, but Josie is still searching for her future.

Then the great house reveals the first of its secrets, and the tragedy and romance of one era are brought into sharp relief with another.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

About the Author

Jenetta James is a lawyer, writer, mother and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practises full time as a barrister. Over the years she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego.

She is the author of “Suddenly Mrs Darcy”, “The Elizabeth Papers” and “Lover’s Knot” as well as a contributor to The Quill Ink series of anthologies, “The Darcy Monologues”, “Dangerous to know”, “Rational Creatures” and “Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl”.

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Book Blast Schedule

Monday, June 22
Robin Loves Reading
Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, June 23
Momfluenster
Jorie Loves A Story

Wednesday, June 24
Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, June 25
A Darn Good Read
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, June 26
Austenprose
Donna’s Book Blog

Saturday, June 27
Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, June 28
Books, Cooks, Looks

Monday, June 29
Bookworlder
Passages to the Past

The Story Hunter by Lindsay A. Franklin (review)

Navigating in increasingly treacherous waters, both in the capital city and abroad, The Story Hunter finds Tannie faced with challenges complicated by a misguided revolt and friends who have been misled. Told from three points of view, Brac’s first person narration was an unexpected and added more dimension to his character.

Where the trilogy began with rebellion and continued on with a quest, it ends with a hunt for ancient magic strands as more characters discover or begin to suspect the Master’s plans and true identity. But for all of the violence, treachery, and adventure, this is also a coming of age story for Tanwen, who begins to show more maturity.

As the third entry in Lindsay A. Franklin’s Weaver Trilogy, this is an exciting and satisfying finale for Tanwen and company. Reading the trilogy in order is a must, and luckily all three are now available so you don’t have to wait to read all three.

The Weaver Trilogy is upper YA/coming of age and does include loss of life, violence, and survivors of past trauma. This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily read, courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

The Story Weaver by Lindsay A. Franklin (The Weaver Trilogy, #3) | Enclave Publishing, May 2020 | 368 pages, ebook


About the Book

Redeeming the past is a fatal quest.

In the wake of a deadly coup, the capital city of Urian has descended into chaos. Heartbreak and bloodshed await Tanwen and her friends as they discover the unlikeliest leader now rules Tir.

If they want to save the realm, Tannie and the Corsyth weavers must rescue Queen Braith and unmask the Master, ending the strife once and for all. But the success of their hunt depends upon an ally no one trusts.

The Master has a new target in sight—fragile, trauma-scarred Digwyn, whose unique weaving ability could turn the tide of any war. When the desire for vengeance proves too powerful for Digwyn to resist, Tanwen must face a terrifying truth: the fate of Tir rests in the hands of a volatile, shattered girl.

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Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse (review)

I just realized that I had reviewed book 2 of The Ravenwood Saga earlier this year, but never reviewed book 1, Mark of the Raven! So I’m rectifying that now…

Mark of the Raven is a fabulous start to an upper YA fantasy series. With a slow build of tension, author Morgan L. Busse begins world building through the dysfunctional family dynamics of the royal House of Ravenwood as Lady Selene begins to learn some of the secrets of the women of her family.

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Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing by Heather Day Gilbert (review)

Exotic pet-sitter/game reviewer Belinda Blake has barely started her temporary job at a wolf preserve before the inevitable occurs. Murder.

Written in Belinda’s distinct voice, an assortment of new characters are quickly introduced, many with both motive and opportunity. And, of course, the wolves are not above suspicion either, but that’s what seems to happen when you are first on the scene.

This is an entertaining and well-written cozy mystery with good pacing. As with the first Exotic Pet-Sitter mystery, the story is lightened and lifted by Belinda’s slightly off-kilter personality, her romantic prospects and by her family, particularly her psychiatrist sister Katrina.

Again, author Heather Day Gilbert has struck just the right notes of depth and heart. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, then this series just might tick a lot of boxes for you. I’m looking forward to reading the third Exotic Pet-Sitter book soon.

This review refers to a digital galley read through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.


~About the Book~

Exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake is nervous about her new job at the White Pine Wolf Preserve, but it turns out that the care and feeding of wild carnivores may be the least dangerous part of the gig . . .

Pet-sitter Belinda Blake is no stranger to dealing with wild animals, but she’s wary when the owner of the Greenwich, Connecticut, preserve asks her to help out with her “fluffy darlings.” Her caution seems justified on her very first day, when she discovers a tour guide—dead, bloodied, and surrounded by wolves in the enclosure.
 
Was it death by predator or something more sinister? The body count rises, but something’s not adding up. As she gets to know the rescued wolves and wolf-dog hybrids better, Belinda realizes that her human colleagues are not above suspicion. With help from her own “pack”—her pregnant sister, Red the chauffeur/bodyguard, and hunky farmer Jonas—Belinda is hot on the killer’s tail, but if she doesn’t find him soon, he’ll do more than muzzle her to keep the truth from escaping.

Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing by Heather Day Gilbert (Exotic Pet-Sitter, #2) | Lyrical Underground, October 2019 | ebook & paperback, 256 pages

The Story Raider by Lindsay A. Franklin (review)

Second in the Weaver Trilogy, The Story Raider finds Tanwen feeling isolated. Following closely on from the events in The Story Peddler, this is a story with adventure and plot threads that all weave together in the pursuit of healing from the past ills of the Tirian Empire.

The Story Peddler was about rebellion and identity. The Story Raider is a quest story as Tanwen and her allies travel to different corners of the empire, searching for a cure to the curse brought on by subverting natural gifts and bringing a message of decolonization, beginning with a visit to the quite Italianate Meridione. Meanwhile, there are forces still at work against Tanwen and the former rebels, and this world’s belief systems are further explored as we begin to hear more of the Creator and evil works to lead some astray.

I sometimes find that the second book in a trilogy serves more as a bridge, somehow sagging between two more exciting works. Not the case with Franklin’s writing. Told from multiple viewpoints, though only Tanwen’s in first person, this is a strong mid-trilogy book that furthers the story while giving the reader a different flavor of adventure and a wider sense of this fictional world. I’m looking forward to seeing what the final part of this story holds.

The Weaver Trilogy is upper YA/coming of age and does include loss of life and survivors of past trauma. This review refers to an Overdrive e-book I borrowed through my local library. All opinions expressed are my own.

~About the Book~

Deceiving an empire is a treacherous game

Tanwen and the Corsyth weavers race to collect the strands of an ancient cure that might save Gryfelle. But Tanwen has a secret—Gryfelle isn’t the only one afflicted by the weaver’s curse.

As Queen Braith struggles to assert her rule, a new arrival throws her tenuous claim to the Tirian throne into question. Braith’s heart is turned upside down, and she’s not sure she can trust anyone—least of all herself.

The puppet master behind Gareth’s rise to power has designs on Tanwen and the story weavers, and will stop at nothing to reclaim the throne. A plot to incite the angry peasants of Tir takes shape, and those dearest to Tanwen will be caught in the crossfire. As the fight for Tir consumes the realm, no one can remain innocent.

The Story Raider by Lindsay A. Franklin (The Weaver Trilogy, #2) | Enclave Publishing, 2019 | ebook and paperback, 384 pages

The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze (review)

In pursuit of the counterfeiter who murdered her father, schoolteacher Abigail Bracey and her former beau, Secret Service agent Dashiell Lassiter, are undercover in the small town of Wells, Nebraska. As Abby works to identify the son and sister-in-law of the elusive “Artist,” she grows closer to the local families than she had planned – and to Dash as well.

With multiple possibilities, and the complication of the devastating Children’s Blizzard of 1888, this is a well plotted and well told tale that blends true history, mystery, danger, and a second chance at love romance.

In a series that boasts a line-up of fantastic authors, Susanne Dietze’s The Blizzard Bride is among the best.

This review refers to a digital galley read via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

~About the Book~

A Blizzard Changes Everything

Abigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father.

Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he’ll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her…if she’ll let him within two feet of her. She’s still angry he didn’t fight to marry her six years ago, and he never told her the real reason he left her.

All Dash wants is to protect Abby, but when a horrifying blizzard sweeps over them, can Abby and Dash set aside the pain from their pasts and work together to catch a counterfeiter and protect his son—if they survive the storm?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze.

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 San Francisco (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 Utah (July 2019)
The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1863 Tennessee (December 2019)

The Blizzard Bride By Susanne Dietze (Daughters of the Mayflower, #11) | Barbour Books, February 2020 | ebook and paperback, 256 pages

The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin (review)

With one of the most interesting magic systems I’ve read in some time Lindsay A. Franklin’s The Story Peddler is a new favorite in upper YA fantasy.

Set in the Tirian Empire (map included!), this is the beginning of a coming-of-age trilogy, with 17-year-old Tanwen as the plucky narrator who doesn’t always do as she’s been told. Tanwen’s heritage quickly comes into play, as a forbidden story finds it’s way out. Throw in an oppressive regime, a despotic king, a desperate princess, political machinations, and rebel pirates, and Tanwen’s story is off to a terrific start.

Franklin’s characterizations and world building are a delight. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this trilogy and seeing what is in store for Tanwen and her friends and enemies, as well as seeing where that forbidden story may lead.

This review refers to an Overdrive e-book borrowed from my local library. All opinions expressed are my own.

~About the Book~

Selling stories is a deadly business

Tanwen doesn’t just tell stories–she weaves them into crystallized sculptures that sell for more than a few bits. But the only way to escape the control of her cruel mentor and claw her way from poverty is to set her sights on something grander: becoming Royal Storyteller to the king.

During her final story peddling tour, a tale of treason spills from her hands, threatening the king himself. Tanwen goes from peddler to prey as the king’s guard hunts her down…and they’re not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers she’s not the only outlaw in the empire. There’s a rebel group of weavers…and they’re after her too.

The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin (The Weaver Trilogy, #1) | Enclave Publishing, 2018 | paperback or e-book, 332 pages