Monday, April 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Review: Praise Her, Praise Diana


PRAISE HER, PRAISE DIANA

BY

ANNE ROTHMAN-HICKKS & KEN HICKS

Call it life imitating art—author Maggie Edwards publishes a chapter of a book detailing seduction, murder and castration by a protagonist named Diana, and suddenly a woman code-named Diana begins to mimic her actions in real time. Women who have been abused find Diana to be an inspirational figure, and begin to fight back in her name. Soon violence erupting throughout New York City threatens to spiral out of control. As the police try desperately to identify Diana, Maggie's high-powered lawyer, Jane Larson, finds herself at the center of an investigation that threatens to upend the entire world around her.

BUY LINKS 
http://www.melange-books.com/authors/hicks/diana.html 
http://www.lulu.com/shop/view-cart.ep
http://www.amazon.com/Praise-Her-Diana-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-ebook/dp/B00NVDGCIM

My Thoughts:
I thought this was an interesting premise and would be a really interesting read. I was right. It was fascinating to read through and I loved the voices of the authors. The writing style was so easy to fall into and was very enjoyable to read. I also liked the idea of the protagonist and another character imitating her. That was executed well, especially Diana as a whole.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was so fascinating to read and it was definitely original. Will recommend.


4 stars

Authors: 

Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks have been married for a little over forty years and have produced about twenty books and exactly three children so far. At press-time, they still love their children more.

Their most recent novels have been set in New York City, where they have lived for most of their married lives. Anne is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where, in nineteen sixty-nine, as the fabled Sixties were drawing to a close, she met Ken, who was a student at Haverford College. They don't like to admit that they met at a college mixer, but there it is!

Together their books include Theft of the Shroud, a novel; Starfinder, a non-fiction book about the stars for children; a series of books on individual names for children (for example Michael's Book, Elizabeth's Book, John's Book, Jennifer's Book, David's Book, Amy's Book); and, most recently, Kate and the Kid, Mind Me, Milady, and Praise Her, Praise Diana, three adult novels, and a middle reader/tween novel, Things Are Not What They Seem.

Ken and Anne have a website with the address set out below. There they have links to some of their books and display images that they hope will be used in future efforts. In case you were wondering about the website address, "R" is for Rothman, "H" is for Hicks, and 71 is the year of their marriage. No secret codes or numerology anywhere. Sorry.

Author Links


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenneth-Hicks-and-Anne-Rothman-Hicks/622272714477979
https://twitter.com/KenHicksnyc
http://randh71productions.com/blog/


Giveaway:
$35 Amazon gift card

~Ashley

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blog Tour: The Last Campaign: Review

The Last Campaign
By David Ebsworth


1815 - On the bloody fields of Waterloo, a battle-weary canteen mistress of Bonaparte’s Imperial Guard battalions must fight to free her daughter from all the perils that war will hurl against them – before this last campaign can kill them both.

“Superb! David Ebsworth has really brought these dramatic events to life. His description of the fighting is particularly vivid and compelling.” (Andrew W. Field, author of Waterloo: The French Perspective and its companion volume, Prelude to Waterloo: Quatre Bras)

A novel of action and intrigue based on the real-life exploits of two women who fought, in their own right, within Napoleon’s army.

Includes a Battlefield Tour Guide for those wanting to follow the route taken by the story’s main characters or to visit the sites of the 1815 Waterloo Campaign.

My Thoughts:

I was intrigued by this book because I'm a huge history nerd. This was an exciting change of pace from what I normally read. But it was still fun.

  • I love the setting. Waterloo in the 1815 battle. Absolute yes.
  • It's incredible to read about these two women in Napoleon's time. Especially since their trials were real-life.
  • I enjoyed the writing style. It was smooth and flowed well, as well as told the story the way it should be told.
  • The only thing I didn't love is that it was hard to get into. The beginning is a bit slow for my taste.
4 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Ebsworth is the pen name of writer, Dave McCall, a former negotiator and Regional Secretary for Britain's Transport & General Workers’ Union. He was born in Liverpool (UK) but has lived for the past thirty years in Wrexham, North Wales, with his wife, Ann. Following his retirement, Dave began to write seriously in 2009.


BUY LINKS 

GIVEAWAY

2 COPIES OF THE BOOK
(UK WINNER PAPERBACK / INTERNATIONAL WINNER EBOOK)


~Ashley

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Review: Liars, Inc.

For the tour schedule and links, go here.

Synopsis 

For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

For more information, check out THE OFFICIAL LIARS, INC. WEBSITE.

My Thoughts

I'd been looking forward to this book since before the cover reveal. So, yeah, months. I am thrilled to be on the tour because this book is worth all the hype.

I really love being in Max's POV. He is such a sarcastic teenage boy and it is hilarious. He describes everything differently than I would expect. But Paula also did an incredible job of keeping his voice throughout the entire book. I loved it. 

Liars, Inc. is the coolest name for what Preston, Max, and Parvati do. I would never have thought of something like that. But it's also awesome how they just decided it one day and it took off the next. And it definitely took off. I love this way that they are making money. Though completely illegal, it makes a fascinating plot point. 

Plot in general is fantastic. I was enthralled from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down. From normal life to Preston's disappearance to ..... the end, everything flowed and kept interest. 

The end. I had so many problems with this book--all of them good. I literally called several people up to tell the ending to them. It was the biggest plot twist I've read in a long long time. I could've never guessed the entire thing. 

I loved this book and I want to read it again and again and again. It is funny and intense and suspenseful. Well worth the time and it promises a really fun read.

5 stars

Giveaway
-Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter-


1 Deluxe Swag Pack. Includes (1 Black or White T-shirt, 1 Notebook, 1 Signed Postcard, 1 Magnet, 2 Signed Bookmarks, 1 Signed Bookplate, and a Mini Shark's Tooth Pendant) all wrapped in crime scene tape and packaged in an official evidence bag.

2 Mini Swag Packs. Includes (2 Signed Bookmarks, 1 Magnet, 1 Signed Bookplate)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of several YA novels, most recently Liars, Inc. and The Art of Lainey. Her writing has been translated into nine foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

WEBSITE: http://www.liarsincbook.com/
TWITTER: @pstokesbooks
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6549373.Paula_Stokes
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pstokesbooks
INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/pstokesbooks/


Thank you so much Jean for having me on the tour!

~Ashley