Nemesis of the Swan Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Instagram Giveaway

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About the Book

Nemesis and the Swan
by Lindsay K. Bandy
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: October 27th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fiction, France

“But this is no place for sleeping. It’s a place for itching and stinking, waiting and remembering, hoping and praying.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Hélène d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves.

“Was anyone in Paris sleeping that night?”

Lindsay K. Bandy

Despite her world of privilege, Hélène is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Hélène’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Hélène’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a chilling set of eye-shaped brooches and the concealed murder that tore her family apart.

As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything-and everyone-very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows who to trust. Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène will soon will find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.

“The child of murderers, liars, cheaters, lunatics, and thieves.
Unwanted, forgotten, and never good enough.
I belonged nowhere and to no one.
There was no way out.”

Lindsay K. Bandy


What’s the best type of historical fiction? A historical fiction set in France during the Revolution of course! This book is an easy to read amazing look into the time period. It truly just drew me in and I didn’t want to put the book down for a minute. The writing and the story are just so beautiful and engaging.

“I was walking in a dream – a good one, for once.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

This is one of those historical fiction stories that takes you back in time and plops you right into the middle of the streets. But it doesn’t fall into the trap of being a dry story or overly focusing on telling us the history. This is most definitely a story above all of that. And there are many tangled and shocking histories between the characters in these stories. I’d definitely say a lot of them fall into that morally grey category, so I of course took to them all immediately.

“I etch a line of my own: my first.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

Paris will always hold a special place in my heart with me, so I automatically HAVE to read anything set in this beautiful city. Even if it wasn’t necessarily so beautiful during the revolution and maybe a bit more bloody than anything. But I truly enjoyed this one!

About the Author

Lindsay Bandy writes historical and contemporary young adult fiction as well as poetry. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and currently serves as the co–regional advisor of the Eastern Pennsylvania region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Tour Schedule

October 20th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview

October 21st

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
readerofthewrittenword – Review + Instagram
Book-Keeping – Review + Instagram

October 22nd

Bookish Looks – Guest Post + Instagram
@the.b00kreader – Review + Instagram

October 23rd

Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Books and Zebras – Review + Instagram
The Reading Life – Spotlight

October 24th

Gwendalyn’s Anderson – Review + Playlist + Instagram
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

October 25th

Two points of interest – Review + Instagram
Bumbleebeela – Review + Instagram
Finding My Faith, Holding onto Hope, and Living with Love – Review + Instagram

October 26th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Interview + Instagram
The Review Booth – Review + Instagram

Instagram Giveaway

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Extraordinary Lies Tour – Review, Audio Excerpt, Music Playlist, & Narrator Interview

Author: Jennifer Alsever

Narrator: Moira Todd

Length: 11 hours 9 minutes

Publisher: Jennifer Alsever

Released: Sep. 8, 2020

Genre: YA Paranormal

Continue reading “Extraordinary Lies Tour – Review, Audio Excerpt, Music Playlist, & Narrator Interview”

The Paris Affair Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap
Publication Date: September 30, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 244 pages
Series: Theresa Schurmann Mystery, Book 3
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction

Apparently, false rumors about Marie Antoinette are all the fashion in 1783.

Marie Antoinette is facing hostility from the populace, inflamed by rumors circulated in pamphlets throughout Paris. The rumors claim that she has dozens of lovers, drinks the blood of poor people, holds satanic masses at Versailles, and more, when nothing could be further from the truth. On the advice of the handsome, enigmatic Captain von Bauer, Joseph II–emperor of Austria and Marie Antoinette’s brother–decides that mystery-solving violinist Theresa Schurman is the ideal candidate for a spy to discover the source of these vile slanders.

Theresa is only too glad to get away from Vienna for a while, unwilling to commit herself yet to marrying Zoltan–a Hungarian baron she met when she was fifteen–and running out of reasons to postpone her decision. She is eager, too, to explore a new musical scene and broaden her artistic education. But when the captain confounds her expectations and places her as a bookkeeper in the establishment of Rose Bertin, milliner to the queen, she begins to lose hope that she will ever achieve her musical aims–or the emperor’s goal of exposing the pamphleteers.

A chance encounter with the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an extraordinary black violinist and expert swordsman, sets Theresa on the path to unraveling the mystery. But will the chevalier’s patron, the powerful duc de Chartres, confound her efforts and put her–and the captain’s–lives in danger?

Be prepared for music, mystery, love, and murder in this riveting tale of pre-revolutionary Paris.

“The settings and situations are enchanting and varied; Dunlap is adept at on-the-fly description and at lacing intrigue with romance…Dunlap proves an arresting tour guide through this rich milieu, summoning up the past without slowing down the storytelling. Author and protagonist alike boast an epigrammatic wit. The touch is light, but the scenery and chatter are sumptuous…Theresa stands as a fascinating protagonist, a woman whose nimble navigation of society’s expectations and several burgeoning romances are exciting and inspiring, even more so than the sleuthing that drives the novel’s plot. The people she encounters are likewise memorable, complex, and surprising, especially the chevalier…This sparkling historical mystery conjures up the salons, fashion, and gossip of Marie Antoinette’s Paris, with a winning emphasis on the power of music and the roles that society allowed women.” – The BookLife Prize

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Ok, this book is coming at the perfect time since Emily in Paris has renewed my long time love of all things Paris and French. But that aside, Marie Antoinette is also just an incredibly interesting woman to read about. Plus adding in some mystery and malicious rumors the drama is off the charts! And you know I live for the drama! Well, as long as I’m not in the middle of it.

For being set in the past, this book feels very refreshing! Our main character is witty and independent, something that would have been shunned during the time. And not only are our characters memorable, but so is the setting. I mean Paris is an unforgettable city regardless, but the streets just come to life as you read. We have a bit of history, a bit of creativity, and a grand mystery within.

Unlike some historical fiction books, The Paris Affair is far from dry. It will keep you hooked page after page as you get further into the mystery. Now, this is my first book in the series and I was easily able to dive into the story and follow along. HOWEVER, I do now feel the need to read the rest of the books in the series. So I would definitely say that this one was a winner!

About the Author

Susanne Dunlap is the author of nine works of historical fiction. A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton with her long-time partner, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, five step-grandsons and one step-granddaughteróthat’s a total of four children and eleven grandchildren!

In her spare time she cycles in the beautiful Pioneer Valley.

For more information, please visit Susanne Dunlap’s website. You can follow author Susanne Dunlap on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, and BookBub.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, September 30
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Thursday, October 1
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, October 2
Feature at I’m Into Books
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Monday, October 5
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, October 6
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Wednesday, October 7
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, October 8
Excerpt at Turn The Page

Friday, October 9
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder

Sunday, October 11
Review at Bitch Bookshelf

Monday, October 12
Review at Nursebookie

Tuesday, October 13
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Wednesday, October 14
Review at Book Bustle

Thursday, October 15
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, October 16
Review at Passages to the Past
Guest Post at The Intrepid Reader

Saturday, October 17
Review at Reading is My Remedy


During the Blog Tour, one lucky reader will win signed copies of all 3 books in the Theresa Schurmann Mystery series! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 17th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Paris Affair

Alina Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Alina: A Song For the Telling by Malve von Hassell
August 27, 2020
BHC Press
Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Medieval

“You should be grateful, my girl. You have no dowry, and I am doing everything I can to get you settled. You are hardly any man’s dream.” Alina’s brother, Milos, pulled his face into a perfect copy of Aunt Marci’s sour expression, primly pursing his mouth. He had got her querulous tone just right.

I pinched my lips together, trying not to laugh. But it was true; Aunt Marci had already introduced me to several suitors. So far I had managed to decline their suits politely.

Maybe Alina’s aunt was right. How could she possibly hope to become a musician, a trobairitz, as impoverished as she was and without the status of a good marriage?

But fourteen-year-old Alina refuses to accept the oppressing life her strict aunt wants to impose upon her. When the perfect opportunity comes along for her to escape, she and her brother embark on a journey through the Byzantine Empire all the way to Jerusalem.

Alina soon finds herself embroiled in the political intrigue of noble courts as she fights to realize her dream of becoming a female troubadour.

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I don’t often read middle school age books, but when I do it’s because it’s compared to Anne of Green Gables or Little Women. Alina is a delightful story of a young girl coming of age in a very tumultuous time. It’s a really interesting look into the time period and focuses on the people that lived and persevered during this time.

This is very much a story focused on the characters, so while there is tons of character development the action sometimes falls to the wayside. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s action throughout this story, but it is all through the eyes of Alina and her own thoughts and feelings. While there were some aspects that could have been a bit more detailed, this story was extremely enjoyable and gave us a wild tale.

Alina is a wonderful story that provides a small insight into the lives of those who lived during this time period. And it’s also a reminder that life was not always easy for those who strive to live it. And although this is a middle grade book, adults and younger individuals can enjoy this story alike.

About the Author

Malve von Hassell is a writer, researcher, and translator. Born in Italy, she spent part of her childhood in Belgium and Germany before moving to the United States. She lives in Southampton, New York, close to the ocean and a bay beach where she meets flying sea robins and turtles on her morning walks with her rescue dog Loki. She enjoys reading, playing chess with her son, gardening, anything to do with horses, and dreams of someday touring Mongolia on horseback. Her works include the children’s picture book, Letters from the Tooth Fairy, written in response to her son’s letters to the tooth fairy; The Falconer’s Apprentice, her first historical fiction novel for young readers; The Amber Crane, a historical fiction novel set in Germany in the 17th century, and Alina: A Song for the Telling, a coming-of-age story of a young woman from Provence in the 12th century who dreams of being a musician.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, August 27
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, August 28
Interview at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Saturday, August 29
Feature at Books, Cooks, Looks

Monday, August 31
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, September 2
Review at History from a Womanís Perspective

Thursday, September 3
Feature at SplendeurCaisse

Friday, September 4
Review at YA, it’s Lit

Monday, September 7
Review at Books and Zebras


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Alina by Malve von Hassell! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on September 7th. You must be 18 or older to enter.


Traitor Tour – Review

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About the Book

Poland, 1944. After the Soviet liberation of Lwów from Germany, the city remains a battleground between resistance fighters and insurgent armies, its loyalties torn between Poland and Ukraine. Seventeen-year-old Tolya Korolenko is half Ukrainian, half Polish, and he joined the Soviet Red Army to keep himself alive and fed. When he not-quite-accidentally shoots his unit’s political officer in the street, he’s rescued by a squad of Ukrainian freedom fighters. They might have saved him, but Tolya doesn’t trust them. He especially doesn’t trust Solovey, the squad’s war-scarred young leader, who has plenty of secrets of his own.

Then a betrayal sends them both on the run. And in a city where loyalty comes second to self-preservation, a traitor can be an enemy or a savior—or sometimes both.



Another week, another WWII inspired story. I know, I know my thirst for knowledge on the subject has reached its peak this year with how many WWII books I’ve read. But I can’t stop because each one has provided me with such a unique and different perspective. And Traitor is no different. You will instantly find yourself swept up in this story of secrets and betrayal. In a time where someone finding out your secret could mean instant death.

You’re definitely going to want to set some time aside so that you can read through this book. For me this was a one sitting type of story and I just didn’t want to set it down. And while it’s a historical fiction story, and even though it’s one of my favorite genres, I could see many people who may not love the genre enjoying this book. Even though it’s set against such a terrible period in time it’s still got that something extra that makes you need to find out what is going to happen next. There are just so many twists and turns throughout that you become completely invested in the story and characters.

The thing that I liked best about this story is that the characters are so vivid and real. They’re not one dimension and they have a whole lot of grey in them. Which makes this book seem that much more realistic, because especially during this time period you had to have a little bit of vindictiveness in order to survive. But anyways, this is going to be an amazing read for historical fiction fans, thriller fans, those interested in WWII, and many more in between.

About the Author

Amanda McCrina was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History and Political Science from the University of West Georgia. She currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

She writes historical fiction for teens and political fantasy for adults.

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*

Chasing Starlight Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (August 11, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765399512
ISBN-13: 978-0765399519

Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black’s Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel.

1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star―except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability.

But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer―maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues.

Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical―and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she’s just chasing starlight?

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Praise for Chasing Starlight

“Chasing Starlight dazzles with richly drawn characters, a breathtaking mystery, and a vivid 1930s Hollywood setting. Black masterfully evokes the glamour and darkness of a mesmerizing era steeped in secrets, lies, and dreams.” ―Cat Winters author of The Raven’s Tale

“Miss Fisher meets Tinseltown in this addictive mystery full of Old Hollywood glamour and slow-burn secrets. Chasing Starlight is the journey of aspiring-astronomer-turned-reluctant-sleuth Kate as she works not only to solve a murder but find her place in the world after a tumultuous past. Come for the gossipy glam of old Hollywood; stay for a cast of charmingly quirky characters and a mystery that will have you guessing until the end.” ―McKelle George, author of Speak Easy, Speak Love

“Chasing Starlight is a mystery as alluring as old Hollywood itself―and fun! Teri Bailey Black’s story has a historical-yet-modern feel, and the setting is so creative and cinematic you’ll feel as if you’re sitting on a film set. With a cast of dream-chasers who showcase both the glamour and the grit, Chasing Starlight is delightful from the first scene to the last.” ―Jodie Lynn Zdrok, author of Spectacle

“Black delivers an atmospheric mystery with cinematic flair that’s chock full of period detail, highlighting women’s roles in front of, and behind, the camera during Hollywood’s golden age. A captivating crowd pleaser.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“This complex tale featuring blossoming romance, an edge-of-your-seat murder, and a host of characters to love and hate is recommended for collections where mysteries are popular.” ―School Library Journal

“Entertainingly conveying the glitz of Kate’s Hollywood life and romantic interests, this breezy whodunit is a fun historical escape with satisfactory twists.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A thrillingly romantic dive into Old Hollywood that will appeal to cinema and history buffs alike.” ―Booklist


Gah, Old Hollywood. The glamour. The fashion. I mean, it was also a time where actors and actresses were terribly exploited, but there was honestly no other time that produced such amazing styles and pictures. So, as you can see I am a bit of an Old Hollywood fan, so I was extremely interested in Chasing Starlight when I found out about it. And boy did it live up to its expectations!

One thing that I crave when reading historical fiction is feeling like I’ve been transported back into the time that the book is set. And Black did an amazing job at this! I loved getting a peak behind the scenes of making movies way back in the Golden Age. And for me that was the highlight of the book. It just piqued all of my interests and made it such an enjoyable read.

Now, there still was a whole murder mystery aspect. Which is honestly just perfect for an Old Hollywood setting (any Basil Rathbone fans out there?). It’s just something that pairs so perfectly with the setting and I was able to just curl up with this book and wholly enjoy it. Now, it may have been a little predictable, but isn’t that the fun of old movies? They are predictable but they’re so well done that you will want to watch them over and over because they become a friend to you. And this book will do the same!

About the Author

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Teri Bailey Black is happiest when she’s creating things, whether it’s with words, fabric, or digging in the garden. Her debut novel, Girl at the Grave, won the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and the Whitney Award for Best Debut and Best Young Adult Novel. Her second novel, Chasing Starlight, will be published June 2020. She and her husband have four children and live in Orange County, California.

Tour Schedule

AUGUST 11th TUESDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW
AUGUST 11th TUESDAY MetalPhantasmReads REVIEW
AUGUST 12th WEDNESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
AUGUST 13th THURSDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
AUGUST 13th THURSDAY PopTheButterfly Reads REVIEW
AUGUST 14th FRIDAY Twirling Book Princess EXCERPT

AUGUST 18th TUESDAY Rajiv’s Reviews REVIEW
AUGUST 19th WEDNESDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW
AUGUST 19th WEDNESDAY Here’s to Happy Endings REVIEW
AUGUST 20th THURSDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
AUGUST 21st FRIDAY A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
AUGUST 21st FRIDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon REVIEW


  5 Winners will receive a Copy of CHASING STARLIGHT by Teri Bailey Black.
– 1 Winner will receive a Copy of CHASING STARLIGHT and Shirt.

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