Book Review: Comfort Foods by Kimberly Fish

A Comfort Stories
Stand-Alone Novel
Kimberly Fish
Categories: Contemporary / Second-Chance Romance
Publisher: Fish Tales Publishing
Date of Publication: October 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 385 pages
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From the award-winning author of Comfort Plans and Comfort Songs comes a story of two rising stars blitzed by social media. Lacy Cavanaugh and single-dad Rudy Delgardo live a hundred miles apart but meet in the worst possible way. Working at a weekly paper and creating social media for area businesses helps Lacy connect with locals who open her mind to a perspective beyond Instagram. In launching a food-and-wine festival to support Comfort’s new event center, she discovers surprising skills bubbling over, much like the food she’s attempting to cook. Rudy, on the brink of his restaurant’s takeover, struggles to improve time management so he can create a better relationship with his daughter. Distracted by Lacy and her invitation to the festival, he’s tempted by her beauty, wit, and courage, but as a chef, he rarely gets to enjoy life outside the kitchen. Enemies, illness, and exes add unwelcome spice to the dish they’re concocting—one that will teeter with misunderstanding until the very end. Will Lacy and Rudy embrace their second chances and discover the perfect seasonings of family, resilience, and grace to create a handwritten recipe of love that will stand the test of time?

While the premise might sound like a cookie-cutter Hallmark movie style book, Comfort Foods is an intriguing dive into the lives of Lacy, a woman who finds herself back in her hometown, and Rudy, a chef and single dad.  Their paths cross in such an interesting way as Lacy suddenly finds herself thrust back into Comfort, Texas after a fall from the top as a social media darling.  Lacy teams up with her sister to throw a fun food festival.  Rudy is tapped to help with the festival and sparks fly!

The characters are so well-written and engaging!  I felt right at home in Comfort, Texas and so will any reader who enjoys cozy stories set in small towns!  From the beginning, the charm of small town Texas is on display and can you not fall in love with the setting!  The book is around 360 pages and takes you on an adventure that you won’t forget!  Aside from the riveting storytelling, my favorite part of this book is that every character has an integral part to play in the story!  Not one character is wasted and I can’t pick the one loved the most because they are all amazing!

While the narrative has a relatively light-hearted tone across the board, there are dramatic moments that can hit close to home.  Family struggles, crime, exes, and more pop up to make the story follow a rocky path.  I felt so at home in the writing and I read chapter after chapter.  Soon, I couldn’t stop reading!  This book really has that ‘couldn’t put it down’ factor!  My husband is an amateur chef and I kept reading him passages with vivid descriptions of culinary flair!  A unique feature of this title is the recipes in the back of the book!  Whip up a Steak Diane for your loved ones!

This would be a great beach read, or a great book to read in the park on a warm day.  This is perfect for fans of small town romance with a hint of real world drama!  I would recommend this as a book club read or for fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Pam Jenoff!  Overall, this is a lovely and rich story with a lot of heart and a heaping helping of Texas spirit!

Thank you to the author, Kimberly Fish, and the folks at Lone Star Book Blog Tours for having me along on this tour! I hope you pick up a copy today!

Author Kimberly Fish resides in Longview, Texas, and enjoys writing contemporary fiction set in the Hill Country. During the seven years she lived in San Antonio, wandering in and around Comfort, Texas, provided endless space for her imagination to develop stories of women discovering their grit. She studied the small Texas town that had seemingly dug its heels into the limestone and refused modern development and thought that was fertile ground for stories about women remodeling their lives. It made a juxtaposition of place and purpose that was hard to ignore. Plus, anything that takes intentional effort has a much higher value than the things that come easily—Comfort personifies this, and the novels remind readers that anything worth having is worth the work. Comfort Foods is the third full-length novel in the set, Fiction from the Texas Hill Country, and follows behind the award-winning novels Comfort Plans and Comfort Songs. A novella, Emeralds Mark the Spot, is available as a free eBook download to subscribers of the incredibly sporadic newsletter at and is the original story from which all other Comfort novels grew.
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Blog Tour: Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews

  • Title: Gentleman Jim: A Tale of Romance and Revenge
  • Author: Mimi Matthews
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
  • Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press (November 10, 2020)
  • Length: (376) pages

She Couldn’t Forget…

Wealthy squire’s daughter Margaret Honeywell was always meant to marry her neighbor, Frederick Burton-Smythe, but it’s bastard-born Nicholas Seaton who has her heart. Raised alongside her on her father’s estate, Nick is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nick escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nick never returns. A decade later, he’s long been presumed dead.

He Wouldn’t Forgive…

After years spent on the continent, John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has finally come home to England. Tall, blond, and dangerous, he’s on a mission to restore his family’s honor. If he can mete out a bit of revenge along the way, so much the better. But he hasn’t reckoned for Maggie Honeywell. She’s bold and beautiful–and entirely convinced he’s someone else.

As danger closes in, St. Clare is torn between love and vengeance. Will he sacrifice one to gain other? Or, with a little daring, will he find a way to have them both?

As a fan of Mimi Matthews, of course I was so excited to read this book!  I found it to be a bit off the path from her usual books, which brought an interesting nuance to this novel!  This is a perfect book for fans of gothic romance, mistaken identity, enemies to lovers and all of those fantastic bits! 

Essentially, this is the love story between the bastard son of a famous man and a posh daughter of a wealthy family.  There are enemies, unrequited love, and so so so much swooning!  I felt like I was transported to this era and the story jumped off the page at me!  I really enjoyed all of this book and didn’t have anything to quibble with.

The pacing of the book is very good and there is just enough conflict, both emotional and physical, to really elevate the narrative.  Usually this genre can be a bit stereotypical, but Mimi Matthews kept me guessing at every turn!  You will absolutely love the dialogue, it is superb!  Perfect length for a book in this genre, it took me a few sittings to read it, but I was interrupted in the middle.  I would normally be done in a day, but I am a fast reader.  This is a book to be savored that would make a perfect holiday gift!  If you’ve never read a Mimi Matthews book, this is a good one to begin with as it is has beautiful dialogue and it is a standalone novel. 

My thanks to the author and Austen Prose for having me along on this tour!  I loved this book and would recommend to all readers of historical fiction, romance, and ‘masterpiece theatre’ style books!


USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library JournalPublishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats. Her next romance, The Siren of Sussex, will be out in 2022 from Berkley/Penguin Random House.




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Nov 09          Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)

Nov 10          Savvy Verse and Wit (Interview)

Nov 10          Greenish Bookshelf (Review)

Nov 11          Library of Clean Reads (Review)

Nov 11          Silver Petticoat Reviews (Excerpt)

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Nov 13          Lu’s Reviews (Review)

Nov 14          The Green Mockingbird (Review)

Nov 15          Bookish Rantings (Review)

Nov 15          The Lit Bitch (Review)

Nov 16          The Historical Fiction Reader (Review)

Nov 16          Austenesque Reviews (Review)

Nov 17          Inkwell Inspirations (Review)

Nov 17          Robin Loves Reading (Review)

Nov 18          Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review)

Nov 18          My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)

Nov 19          Laura’s Reviews (Review)

Nov 20          Jorie Loves a Story (Spotlight)

Nov 20          Foxes and Fairy Tales (Review)

Nov 21          Gwendalyn’s Books (Excerpt)

Nov 22          Romantically Inclined Reviews (Review)

Nov 22          Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Nov 22          Vesper’s Place (Spotlight)

Nov 23          Fiction Aficionado (Review)

Nov 23          Historical Fiction with Spirit (Review)

Nov 24          Let Them Read Books (Interview)

Nov 25          The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Review)

Nov 25          So Little Time… (Spotlight)

Nov 27          Among the Reads (Review)

Nov 28          Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Review)

Nov 29          Book Bustle (Review)

Nov 30          Cup of Tea with that Book Please (Review)

Dec 01          Nurse Bookie (Review)

Dec 02          Confessions of a Book Addict (Review)

Dec 02          Impressions in Ink (Review)

Dec 03          From Pemberley to Milton (Review)

Dec 04          Relz Reviewz (Review)

Dec 04          Rosanne E. Lortz (Review)

Dec 05          Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)

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Book Blitz: The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas by Jodi Thomas and Friends

The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas

Jodi Thomas,

Sharla Lovelace, and Scarlett Dunn

Genre: Romance / Adventure / Anthology
Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of Publication: October 27, 2020
Number of Pages: 336 pages
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The Lone Star State doesn’t have to be lonely during Christmas time!
Legendary author Jodi Thomas headlines a new holiday-themed Western historical romance collection featuring three Texas-set stories of romance and adventure.
The Civil War is over, Christmas is coming—and it’s time for three rugged cowboys to hang-up their spurs and settle down. These authors combine their talents and excel at creating atmosphere and complex characters which infuse these stories with Texas history and evoke the grandeur of a bygone era and the indomitable pioneer spirit of the region.
Prepare to be swept off your feet by these heroic cowboys who will stop at nothing to make sure this Christmas is one to remember. Ideal for gift giving, The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas will be the fan-favorite collection of romance for the 2020 Christmas season!


“FATHER GOOSE is a warm, entertaining story, with Trapper and Emery starting with nothing, yet finding love and hoping for a future.” — Rose from Roses Are Blue
“It was a pitch-perfect reading experience that left my heart bursting with joy. This story has become an instant classic in my holiday reading canon.” — PJ Ausdenmore from The Romance Dish
“I love an anthology at this busy time of the year because I can read a complete story in a short time–this book hit the mark.”
Mary from Bookfan
Jodi Thomas is a New York Times bestselling author and fifth-generation Texan who sets many of her award-winning stories in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A multi-RITA Award winner and member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, she’s written over 50 novels with millions of copies in print. Her most recent releases are The Little Tea Shop on Main and the first book in her new Honey Creek series, Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café, which is out now.
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Blog Tour: The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Eden

The Gentleman and the Thief

by Sarah M. Eden

Publication Date: November 3rd, 2020

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing

Series: Dread Penny Society Book 2

Genre: Historical Mystery/Suspense, Victorian Romance, Inspirational Fiction

A standalone novel in The Dread Penny Society set in 1865 London brimming with secrets, scandal, suspense, and romance.
From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.

Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to her father’s successful business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced his fortune to nothing more than a crumbling town house. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the “Phantom Fox.” She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim trinkets and treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling.

When Hollis’s brother needs to hire a music tutor for his daughter, Hollis recommends Ana, giving him a chance to spend time with her. Ana needs the income and is eager for the opportunity to get to know the enigmatic gentleman. What neither of them expects is how difficult it will be to keep their respective secrets from each other.

When a spree of robberies rocks the city, Ana and Hollis join forces to solve the crimes, discovering that working together deepens the affection between them. After all, who better to save the day than a gentleman and a thief?

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This is my first experience with a penny dreadful novel, so I wasn’t expecting to get three stories in one!  But there you have it!  Three stories in one!  The main story follows Hollis and Ana with a couple of Victorian-era pulpy stories in between.  I hadn’t read this author’s work before, but I really enjoyed her writing style and narrative voice.  This is a standalone, though part of a series.  I did notice that other reviews said that this could be read on its own, which I wholeheartedly agree with.  I didn’t feel lost or that I’d missed something when reading this book.

The narrative reads smoothly with that fantastic Victorian flair!  The characters were lovely and I really enjoyed the printing of the book!  I’m a sucker for a good physical printing and this was a great paperback edition!  If you were looking for a very heavy romance book, this isn’t it.  There is much more suspense, mild peril, fun and witty dialogue, and actual narrative than romance.  There is romance, it just isn’t the centerpiece here and I really appreciated it!

I loved the mystery to be solved in this book along with the fun character development throughout the main plot!  The short stories that were intermittent were just so much fun as well!  Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend to readers interested in historical fiction, Victorian era penny dreadfuls, mystery, suspense, and light romance.  Also, this book was squeaky clean!  Perfect for an afternoon on a cold day, curled up with a good coffee or a light read during the holidays!  Thank you so much to the author, publisher, and tour arranger for the opportunity to read and review this book! 

About the Author

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2019’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, The Lady and the Highwayman, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. 

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Nov 08          The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)

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Nov 10          Bookworm Lisa (Review)

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Nov 16          Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)

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Nov 18          An Historian About Town (Review)

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Nov 21          Bringing Up Books (Review)

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Nov 22          The Bibliophile Files (Review)

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Nov 23          A Bookish Way of Life (Review)

Nov 24          Bookfoolery (Review)

Nov 24          Wishful Endings (Excerpt)

Nov 25          Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Review)

Nov 25          Joy of Reading (Review)

Nov 26          From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)

Nov 27          Fire and Ice (Review)

Nov 27          Austenesque Reviews (Review)

Nov 28          Impressions in Ink (Review)

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Blog Tour: Flirtation and Folly by Elizabeth Rasche

Flirtation and Folly by Elizabeth Rasche

Publication Date: November 10, 2020 Quills and Quartos Publishing Series: A Season in London, Book One Genre: Historical Romance     Marianne Mowbrey is a responsible country rector’s daughter who longs for the novelty and excitement she reads about in novels. When her crusty Aunt Harriet agrees to give her a Season in London, Marianne vows to dazzle the world, win a husband, and never go home again. But the Londoners who determine social success are inclined to pass over plain Marianne in favor of her beautiful, reckless younger sister. In a world of ambition, fashion, flattery, and deceit, how can Marianne stay true to her real self—when she is not even sure what that real self is?

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Flirtation and Folly  is a wonderful Regency novel with an exceedingly interesting main character.  Marianne Mowbrey spends a season in London, determined to find a husband and be taken away from her dull life in the country.  She faces a great deal of adversity in the form of high society girls, akin to a Victorian Mean Girls, but stands strong through it all!

Some books in this genre can feel like they are only surface level in terms of character development, but I think author Elizabeth Rasche did a fantastic job of giving the cavalcade of characters depth and realism!  Ultimately, this is a story of self-discovery and a well-written one at that! 

The pacing of the book was very good!  I read this in two or three sittings and honestly had a hard time putting it down to work on other things.  I had an ebook copy, which was perfect for this book!  Don’t let the cover fool you, there is romance in this book, but it isn’t over the top or overbearing.  I found the balance between narrative and romance to be just right for this story!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to further works from this author! Thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for having me along and to the author!  This title is on sale now!

About the Author

After acquiring a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arkansas, Elizabeth Rasche taught philosophy in the U.S. and co-taught English in Japan. Now she and her husband live in northwest Arkansas, the ‘garden of America.’ (At least, she has only ever heard Arkansas called so.) She dreams of visiting Surrey (if only to look for Mrs. Elton’s Maple Grove), Bath, and of course, London. When she has a Jane Austen novel in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and a cat on her lap, her day is pretty much perfect. Elizabeth Rasche is the author of The Birthday Parties of Dragons and her poetry has appeared in Scifaikuest. Flirtation & Folly is her first historical fiction novel.

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Tuesday, November 10 Review at WTF Are You Reading? Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit Wednesday, November 11 Review at Gwendalyn’s Books Thursday, November 12 Review at Bitch Bookshelf Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat Friday, November 13 Excerpt at Coffee and Ink Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews Saturday, November 14 Review at Book Bustle Sunday, November 15 Review at Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings Monday, November 16 Feature at I’m Into Books Review at Probably at the Library Tuesday, November 17 Review at Bookworlder Wednesday, November 18 Feature at Reading is My Remedy Thursday, November 19 Guest Post at Novels Alive Friday, November 20 Review at Library of Clean Reads Review at View from the Birdhouse Saturday, November 21 Excerpt at Passages to the Past Sunday, November 22 Review at Robin Loves Reading Monday, November 23 Review at Jessica Belmont Tuesday, November 24 Review at Novels Alive Review at A Chick Who Reads


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Blog Tour: The Square Root of Texas by Rob Witherspoon

THE SQUARE ROOT OF TEXAS: The First Calamity of QED Morningwood
Rob Witherspoon
Genre: Satire / Humor / Absurdist Fiction
Publisher: Independently Published
Date of Publication: September 26, 2018
Number of Pages: 181 pages
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QED Morningwood is a liar, braggart and teller of tall tales. When he shows up at the domino parlor with a mysterious Russian crate in the back of his pick-up truck, he confides to the players he is a ‘Shadow’ member of the NRA, not on their official membership roll, and has a load of rocket propelled grenades – all lies. The news spreads to the real Shadow NRA, the FBI and Homeland Security. Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Cultural Preservation sends an agent to retrieve the crate, the actual contents known only to the Russians.

The Russian agent, an FBI team, a DHS undercover agent and a Shadow NRA hit team arrive in Heelstring, Texas looking for QED and his crate. Their convergence is followed by interrogations, seduction, lies, arrests, jailbreak, kidnapping and rescue – along with car chases and explosions. If not for Cotton Widdershins, an ancient black man with secrets of his own, who acts as QED’s mentor and savior, the Morningwood line would be doomed to end, or at best spend life in a federal penitentiary.

My copy of this book came with an inscription from the author that reads, “Be irrational!”, and oh how appropriate!  The Square Root of Texas is a delightfully quirky book with so much humor and Texas spirit!  QED Morningwood is a teller of tall tales, which gets him into all sorts of trouble!  This book has explosions, car chases, fun humor, and absurdist elements!  It reads like an action movie from the shadow NRA to FBI agents, and all sorts of hijinks! 

My favorite elements to this book were the names of all of the characters and the footnotes on several pages.  The names are just incredibly zany- QED Morningwood, Frivolous, Young Kid, Cotton Widdershins, various FBI and other governmental agents, Russian agents, and so many more!  The footnotes added even more humor to the narrative here!  One of the best was the description of Texas temperatures, in which the author describes the temperature ranges in Texas with the highest being described as, go ahead and sin all you want because you have already arrived in Hell! 

I loved the pacing of this book, I didn’t put it down from the moment I picked it up!  It’s about 180 or so pages and is bound with a very fun cover!  I felt the narrative really captured the spirit of Texas, but also gave me a good laugh at so many points in the book!  The characters are well developed and sharply defined.  This isn’t exactly a pulpy novel, but I would certainly say it is a humorous, absurdist, even satirical work of fiction that is perfect for adult readers who want a laugh, and how I needed a laugh this week!

I love getting to review works by independent authors and this is certainly  a gem of a novel!  I hope to return to the world of QED Morningwood in the future and I will be on the lookout for new works by this author!

Thank you to Rob Witherspoon, author of the book, and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for having me along on this tour! 

Rob Witherspoon was born and raised in rural Texas. He earned a BA in Physical Education, UT Arlington 1985 and a BS in Aerospace Engineering, UT Arlington 1990. He worked in the aerospace industry for 30 years before retiring in 2018. He lives in north central Texas with his wife and youngest daughter and has spent much of his life in rural communities and on the ranch. He combines his love for Texas, lying, the outdoors, engineering, and his children in his writing.

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Blog Tour: Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten – Guest Post


Author: Ellen Alpsten

Published: November 10, 2020

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Before there was Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right. Ellen Alpsten’s rich, sweeping debut novel is the story of her rise to power.

St. Petersburg, 1725. Peter the Great lies dying in his magnificent Winter Palace. The weakness and treachery of his only son has driven his father to an appalling act of cruelty and left the empire without an heir. Russia risks falling into chaos. Into the void steps the woman who has been by his side for decades: his second wife, Catherine Alexeyevna, as ambitious, ruthless and passionate as Peter himself.

Born into devastating poverty, Catherine used her extraordinary beauty and shrewd intelligence to ingratiate herself with Peter’s powerful generals, finally seducing the Tsar himself. But even amongst the splendor and opulence of her new life—the lavish feasts, glittering jewels, and candle-lit hours in Peter’s bedchamber—she knows the peril of her position. Peter’s attentions are fickle and his rages powerful; his first wife is condemned to a prison cell, her lover impaled alive in Red Square. And now Catherine faces the ultimate test: can she keep the Tsar’s death a secret as she plays a lethal game to destroy her enemies and take the Crown for herself?

From the sensuous pleasures of a decadent aristocracy, to the incense-filled rites of the Orthodox Church and the terror of Peter’s torture chambers, the intoxicating and dangerous world of Imperial Russia is brought to vivid life. Tsarina is the story of one remarkable woman whose bid for power would transform the Russian Empire.

Russian Delicacies of the Era

Russian cuisine is one of the most colourful and delicious in the world and a sensuous pleasure that plays a VAST role in ‘Tsarina’. If you wake in the morning unsure of seeing the sun set the same day, you better feast the hell out of it one more time! Russian cuisine consists of a myriad of different cooking traditions: Northern and Eastern European, Caucasian, Central Asian, Siberian, and East Asian influences meet and were adapted to suit scant means and a harsh climate. Fish, pork, poultry, caviar, mushrooms, berries, and honey were plentiful, and crops of rye, wheat, barley and millet provided for a plethora of breads, ‘blini’ pancakes, pies , cereals , beer and vodka. Soups and stews are a staple well into the 20th century: easy to prepare and very calorific.

Peter the Great’s Westernization brought more refined culinary techniques, such as smoked meats and fish, pastry cooking, salads and green vegetables, chocolate, ice cream, wines, and juice were imported for ‘creative integration’.  Among those were all possible chopped chunks of meat (lamb and pork) with bones, natural beefsteaks, escalope, and entrecotes. Foreign, mostly French, chefs widely used potatoes and tomatoes for side dishes; they also introduced sausages, omelets and compotes or ‘mixed’ foods such as salads, which were unconceivable earlier. Also, in the 18th century the German way of serving bread and a spread as an open sandwich prevailed.

As for drink, cold sour milk and clear water were as much an everyday drink as kwass, a beer like bitter fermented drink made from bread. Vodka, the ‘little water’ was for the wealthy. Again, Peter the Great started importing wine from all over Europe, from France to Tokay in Hungary, and he also loved a cold German beer. No doubt that reading ‘Tsarina’ will give you vast appetite!

What sets this Catherine Apart?

Tsarina is an historic novel, but in our age of female empowerment it feels shockingly contemporary.

                  Catherine never gives up and overcomes any obstacle. The Italian newspaper ‘La Stampa’ published a glorious review of ‘Tsarina’, pointing out the ‘female condition’ as a strong point of the novel: the plain misery of being born a woman in those days. The reviewer sums ‘Tsarina’s’ attitude up: “Her voice overcomes a fate raging against her.” Thus, in Catherine’s life we witness a milestone in female emancipation and empowerment. It is the ‘ultimate Cinderella story’, as Daisy Goodwin called it, but bears testimony of the strength of the human nature and the absolute will to survive. Every possible card in the world was stacked against her, yet she rose to the most unimaginable height of history. Her short reign of two years was peaceful and prosperous, a rarity in the Russian history, and set the scene for all that was to come – a century of hitherto unprecedented female rule, ending with Catherine The Great, her grand-daughter in law.

            I am fascinated with Cinderella stories such as hers, as they speak of the strength of human nature and the will to survive. She was born as Marta, an illegitimate, illiterate daughter of a serf, and lower than the dirt between her toes. Every possible card in the world was stacked against her. But off she went and rose to the most unimaginable height of history: she was the first woman to be a crowned, reigning Empress of Russia, in her time the world’s largest realm. But not only her psychological strength is impressive, her physical condition, too: she bore the Tsar thirteen children only to see most of them die, she travelled with him all over Russia and Central Asia and accompanied him into the field. Even though she accepts his straying and his affairs, and she handles him with care and cunning: Peter the Great and her were lovers, yes, but above all they were great friends. He loved her practical jokes, her courage, and her level headedness. When we look at her portraits today, people might struggle to see her appeal – she is not Cindy Crawford – though her eyes sparkle with mischief and her mouth likes laughing. What else counts? You can make it happen without adhering to a beauty ideal. If a contemporary wrote: ‘She wasn’t beautiful, but as warm as an animal,’ he speaks of her sex appeal, but above all about her indomitable spirit!

                  ‘Know Thyself” is written on the Oracle of Delphi, and it’s as valid for my heroine as it is today for female power players or any woman, really.

                  “Tsarina” is a historic novel, but it is a very modern book.

The writing process and inspiration for the book

The fascinating story of Catherine I. of Russia had never left me, ever since I had first read about her when aged 13. In my parent’s library I had come across a book called ‘Germans and Russians’, charting the millennial history of those two people. Despite terrible tragedies and two horrendous wars, there is a deep fascination for each other. Two people that can toil and function to terrible ends, but who are equally endowed with an incredible soulfulness and depth, an innate understanding of beauty and life, of tragedy and fate. One chapter in ‘Germans and Russians’ were devoted to Catharine I: I think she is ‘my’ Tut-Ankh-Amun, as she was always there but had slid into the shadows of history. I was destined to find her, as when I had matured enough to write, I realized that there was no book about her: no thesis, no biography, no novel, no nothing. Luckily, there were sources galore, and infinitely fascinating ones: early travel descriptions, such as the German merchant Adam Olearius visiting Tsar Mikhail Romanov (Peter the Great’s grandfather), letters of foreigners at the Russian Court such as Mrs Rondeau, watching Nureyev and Baryshnikov dance as well as the Dogma movie ‘The Ark’ and, last but not least, Prof. Lindsey Hughes tome ‘Russia in the time of Peter the Great’. I slid deeper and deeper into the strange, shocking, sensuous world that is the Russian Baroque, and the Russian soul. Seemingly insurmountable contrasts are casually combined and lived out without any qualms. This absoluteness is fascinating. I read for almost a year before writing my first word, immersing myself completely into her life and rise. I even watched read Russian myths and fairy tales, which tell you everything about the mindset and the imaginary of a people – an invaluable help. I love Baba Yaga’s house and certain turns of phrases – e.g. how the storyteller mostly eats honey in the end 😊. The book is stuffed to the brim with soul, detail, and truth – and an attempted answer to the question: So, what was her life REALLY like? I read for one year before daring to write the opening sentence – and while writing I had always at least 5 books open, all annotated and marked with post-its. One big challenge was to make this her book and not another oeuvre about Peter the Great, who tried to usurp the narrative with his larger than life character wherever possible – men!! Yet the writing itself was an all-encompassing endeavor – I did so whilst working nightshifts as a presenter on live breakfast TV. Normally I got up at 2am and left the house at 2.30 (my neighbor in the flat beneath thought I worked as an escort, as I cantered down the stairs at any ungodly hour!) came home at 12.00 noon, slept 3 hours, went running in the park, wrote. Repeat, for 1.5 years. In the end I suffered anxiety and depression from sleep deprivation. I really gave this book my all! From that original version 300 pages have since been edited out…


Blog Tour: Braidy von Althuis and the Pesky Pest Controller Review

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Book Details:
Book Title Braidy Von Althuis and the Final Fight (Book 5) by Cassidy Dwelis
Book Series: Braidy Von Althuis
Category Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 252 pages
Genre Paranormal
Publisher Precursor Publishing
Release dates:   October 2020
Content Rating: PG:
Some mild profanity and some mild magical violence


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“Your husband willingly signed over his life to Azra. Boris owes Azra his life and services. There’s nothing more to it than that.” Braidy von Althuis is going to get his father back, no matter the consequences. Mr. von Althuis has been abducted by Azra, Queen of Djinn, and the family is in shambles. Half of the von Althuises no longer have their magick, and an army of djinn awaits them at Azra’s gates. Somehow, despite all of the odds, Mrs. von Althuis, Uncle Rolo, Aunt Liz, Blockhead, and Braidy have to band together to retrieve Braidy’s father from the clutches of certain doom.Even though they hate each other, Braidy is determined to pull the fae and djinn together to fight against Azra’s tyranny. He will have to work with old friends, and old enemies, to finally end the war between djinn and fae that has come to a nasty head. Will Braidy be able to unite an army at his back and save his father, or will Mr. von Althuis belong to Azra forever? Braidy von Althuis and the Final Fight is a story about working past differences, justice, and morality. This book is suitable for children aged 8 – 11.

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Book Title Braidy Von Althuis and the Pesky Pest Controller (Book 1) by Cassidy Dwelis
Book Series: Braidy Von Althuis
Category Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 320 pages
Genre Paranormal
Publisher Precursor Publishing
Release dates:   May 2017
Content Rating: PG:
Some mild profanity and some mild magical violence

Book Description:
Ten-year-old Braidy von Althuis just wants one thing: to fit in. The other kids at school think he’s weird, and for good reason. Despite his oddities, Braidy wants more than anything for his dad to be able to come to Township Day, a fun-filled event at school, but Mr. von Althuis refuses. “It’s too dangerous,” he says.Things change for Braidy when Mr. von Althuis gets sick, and, even worse, this pesky pest controller won’t leave Braidy alone! Will Braidy be able to get his family to Township Day without his world falling apart?Braidy von Althuis and the Pesky Pest Controller is a tale of friendship, family, magic, and mayhem that takes a look at what it means to be bullied and how to rise above it. This book is suitable for children aged 8 – 11.

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Book Title Braidy Von Althuis and the Gullible Ghost Hunter (Book 2) by Cassidy Dwelis
Book Series: Braidy Von Althuis
Category Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 241 pages
Genre Paranormal
Publisher Precursor Publishing
Release dates:   March 2018
Content Rating: PG: Some mild profanity and some mild magical violence 

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“Braidy felt a churning cauldron of fear stirring in his stomach. Uncle Rolo had the habit of destroying good things.”Ten-year-old Braidy von Althuis finally has what he needs: a good friend, Saturday-Morning cartoons, and a loving family. While life has been perfect since Braidy defeated the warlock that attempted to kidnap his father, Braidy knows the quiet will not last. Strangeness creeps through Maple Hills, especially since a ghost hunter moved into town.This ghost hunter has Braidy’s dead Uncle Rolo worried sick, but Braidy’s family thinks the newcomer in town is harmless. Braidy feels otherwise, and to make matters worse, a friend from Uncle Rolo’s past comes to call. Will Uncle Rolo follow the rules and stay safe, or will Braidy watch his uncle tear their family apart? Braidy von Althuis and the Gullible Ghost Hunter is a story about telling the truth, taking responsibility, and what it means to be a family.This book is suitable for children aged 8 – 11.

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Book Title Braidy Von Althuis and the Dastardly Djinn (Book 3) by Cassidy Dwelis
Book Series: Braidy Von Althuis
Category Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 210 pages
Genre Paranormal
Publisher Precursor Publishing
Release dates:   October 2018
Content Rating: PG:
Some mild profanity and some mild magical violence

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“He should have known this would happen. Wishes in movies and books seemed to go bad, so why would this one be any different?” Ten-year-old Braidy von Althuis misses his family dearly. Ever since his father, his aunt, and his uncle went to look for Gran in Europe, the house has been quiet and lonely. Even worse, Braidy’s cousin Blockhead is miserable after a breakup. Braidy wishes more than anything that he could do something to make his cousin happy.His wish is granted by a mysterious djinni, but the wish does not solve all his problems. Something is wrong with Blockhead, and Braidy learns a dark secret about his family that changes everything he knew. Will Braidy and Blockhead be able to undo the djinni wish, or will Braidy spark a war that may change the world as he knows it?Braidy von Althuis and the Dastardly Djinn is a story about identity, self-worth, consent, and responsibility. This book is suitable for children aged 8 – 11.

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Book Title Braidy Von Althuis and the Changeling Children (Book 4) by Cassidy Dwelis
Book Series: Braidy Von Althuis
Category Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 249 pages
Genre Paranormal
Publisher Precursor Publishing
Release dates:   October 2019
Content Rating: PG:
Some mild profanity and some mild magical violence

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” All of the regret that she buried in her garden in America will grow up like weeds and swallow her like quicksand.” Braidy von Althuis is celebrating his eleventh birthday, but not with his best friend. Mr. von Althuis has decided to move the family out of Maple Hills, and Braidy is forced to say goodbye to Kara and to eat his cake alone. Even though the von Althuises have lived in Maple Hills for hundreds of years, something has spooked the adults so badly that they feel helpless without Gran. Something is coming for them, though Braidy knows not who or what.When the family arrives in Ukraine, a whole slew of new problems arise. Mr. von Althuis gets a job, Uncle Rolo finds himself in more trouble, and Aunt Liz and Braidy are summoned to an audience with the Fairy King. In order to go home, Braidy and Aunt Liz must solve riddles or belong to the Fairy King forever. Will Braidy and Aunt Liz be able to escape the Fairy King’s clutches or will heartache and memories of a life long gone tear Aunt Liz and Braidy apart? This book is suitable for children aged 8 – 11.</p

I am such a fan of the paranormal middle grade genre!  Braidy von Althius and the Pesky Pest Controller is a perfect blend of paranormal fiction, fantasy elements, and middle-grade themes!  It is reminiscent of other spooky season books like Eleanor, Alice, and the Roosevelt Ghosts!  This book takes on heavy themes, but frames them in a way that is truly heartfelt and understandable on so many levels!  These are lessons and themes that children in this age group (8-12) are grappling with in elementary and intermediate school. 

 Braidy von Althius is a regular kid from an irregular family.  Braidy doesn’t like the same things that the other children at his school like:  he has a passion for ascots and French gothic architecture!  As a person who identifies with the ‘loner’ feeling and a parent, I can see this still happening today in a society that is evolved but hasn’t achieved universal acceptance.  Braidy is a character that readers will instantly identify with and thoroughly enjoy! 

The characters are vivid and lively (even the deceased ones!) with wonderous descriptions sprinkled through the narrative.  Braidy encounters friends, enemies, and all sorts in between!  The pacing of this book is perfect for a middle-grade novel, clocking in at just over 250 pages!  There is action, interaction, paranormal experiences, and engaging prose.  The cast of characters is so incredibly diverse with a  wide range of representations.

This book is ultimately a story of acceptance, no matter who you are, you are a being that should be accepted.  I just loved this!  I’ve asked my son if he wants to read this and he is about a quarter of the way through!  He was a little bit upset that he couldn’t keep reading this morning before school, but I sent him on his way with my copy in his backpack!  This is a book I think he will return to for years to come!  I would recommend this to libraries, readers of middle-grade fiction, and teachers for their students! 

Thank you to the author for writing an amazing book and iRead Book Tours for having me along on this tour!  This is a series, so be sure to pick up a copy of this title or any of the other books in this series! 

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Meet the Author:
I’m Cassidy, and I love storytelling! I’m incredibly passionate about writing, art, and anything that allows me to create my own worlds. My goal is to write dreamy fiction for all ages that is unique, inspiring, and imaginative. I want my books to instill wonderment in the reader. I like to write about themes that include coming of age, magic realism, identity, relationships, and bullying. My books are intended for readers ages eight to twenty-five, and are meant to connect the world of the fantastical to everyday life. I currently live in Colorado and just got my MA in Publishing!

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Blog Tour: Strong from the Heart by Jon Land

Strong from the Heart

(Caitlin Strong #11)

Jon Land
Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Publisher: Forge Books
Date of Publication: July 28, 2020
Number of Pages: 368 pages
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Caitlin Strong wages her own personal war on drugs against the true power behind the illicit opioid trade in Strong from the Heart, the blistering and relentless 11th installment in Jon Land’s award-winning series.
The drug crisis hits home for fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong when the son of her outlaw lover Cort Wesley Masters nearly dies from an opioid overdose. On top of that, she’s dealing with the inexplicable tragedy of a small Texas town where all the residents died in a single night.
When Caitlin realizes that these two pursuits are intrinsically connected, she finds herself following a trail that will take her to the truth behind the crisis that claimed 75,000 lives last year. Just in time, since the same force that has taken over the opiate trade has even more deadly intentions in mind, specifically the murder of tens of millions in pursuit of their even more nefarious goals.
The power base she’s up against―comprised of politicians and Big Pharma, along with corrupt doctors and drug distributors―has successfully beaten back all threats in the past. But they’ve never had to deal with the likes of Caitlin Strong before and have no idea what’s in store when the guns of Texas come calling.
At the root of the conspiracy lies a cabal nestled within the highest corridors of power that’s determined to destroy all threats posed to them. Caitlin and Cort Wesley may have finally met their match, finding themselves isolated and ostracized with nowhere to turn, even as they strive to remain strong from the heart.


“A time-jumping, savory Tex-Mex tale, seasoned with all the ingredients of a great thriller.”―Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author

“A mind-blowing tale that takes a flamethrower to our psyches to warm the chill it leaves up our spines. Seething with energy and replete with wondrously staged set pieces, this is thriller writing that defies genre even as it reminds us why we love to read.”―NYK Daily

“Exceptional…. Snappy one-liners, plausible dialogue, and lots of nonstop action, Land delivers another riveting, believable thriller.”―Press-Republican

“Caitlin Strong is one of the strongest female characters ever to hit the page, and Jon Land is the king of the intelligent thriller, continually pushing his own writing to new levels.”―New York Journal of Books

This book left me mostly speechless!  Before I picked up this book, I hadn’t read anything from Jon Land and what a mistake that has been!  I have long been a fan of the modern crime drama with grit, but also a lot of heart!  The Caitlin Strong series is all of this and more!  A modern Texas Ranger who kicks butt and takes names!  Caitlin is a law enforcement professional with a history great work, lives saved, and justice served!

This book absolutely reads as a standalone and I would encourage fans of this book to pick up any of the other Jon Land books out there!  This book is a little bit Narcos, a little bit Walker, Texas Ranger, part Justified, and all strong female lead.  Land takes on big issues such as immigration and the opioid crisis through a narrative that lends itself to tackling these big themes. 

The narrative follows several characters including Caitlin Strong, a working Texas Ranger, Cort Wesley Masters, Roland Fass, Colonel Guillermo Paz, and others through a mysterious crisis in a remote rural town near the Texas/Mexico border, an overdose, and other interesting events.  It was hard to put this book down, the pacing is very tight and I found myself nervously awaiting the next piece of the puzzle as I read!  I loved the backdrop of rural and urban South Texas!  The relationships between the characters play an integral part in the book, romantic, friendly or otherwise.  The narrative flows seamlessly from the present to the past, in flashbacks to Caitlin’s family members who have a long history of serving in the ranks of the Texas Rangers.  You may even find some historical figures in this book! 

Overall, I found this book to be engaging, interesting, and a perfect balance of real-life law enforcement, real-life issues, and fictional characters interacting with the narrative!  I would recommend this to fans of crime books, semi-historical mysteries, books that deal with big issues, and fans of series!  I loved this book and would recommend to friends in a heartbeat!  Jon Land has a significant catalog of books to pick up when you pick up a copy of Strong from the Heart!

Jon Land is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty books, eleven of which feature Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. The critically acclaimed series has won more than a dozen awards, including the 2019 International Book Award for Best Thriller for Strong as Steel and the 2020 American Fiction Award for Best Thriller. He has also authored six books in the MURDER, SHE WROTE series and has recently taken over writing Margaret Truman’s CAPITAL CRIMES series. A 1979 graduate of Brown University, Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island and received the 2019 Rhode Island Authors Legacy Award for his lifetime of literary achievements.
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Blog Tour: North to Alaska by Preston Lewis

The Memoirs of H. H. Lomax, #6 

Genre: Historical Fiction / Western / Humor 
Publisher: Wolfpack Publishing 
Date of Publication: August 5, 2020
Number of Pages: 414

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Swindled out of a mining fortune in Colorado and blamed for an ensuing murder, H. H. Lomax two decades later must finally face up to his past in Skagway, Alaska. Along the way, he encounters legendary madam Mattie Silks, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, novelist Jack London, and a talking dog. 

To survive his previous missteps and avoid a prison sentence for theft, Lomax must outshoot infamous Western conman Soapy Smith, outwit an unrelenting Wells Fargo investigator, and outrun Shotgun Jake Townsend, the greatest frontier assassin who never was.


Preston Lewis’ newest installment in the accounts of H. H. Lomax!  This was my first novel by Preston Lewis and I found it to be full of charm, wit, and wisdom!  Lewis’ particular brand of humor works so well in this hefty novel!  H. H. Lomax finds himself accused of a murder, swindled, and making the trek to Alaska  while meeting a variety of historical figures! 

Immediately, I found myself enthralled in the tall tales of H. H. Lomax and his wonderful adventures!  There are so many facets to this book that I enjoyed as a historian and lover of the American West!  Lomax is a Western Renaissance Man, with knowledge of so many subjects and a story to go with each.  He dabbles in almost everything from gold mining to shootouts with lawmen to  encounters with famous historical figures. 

This book is full of amazing plotlines with famous characters and incredible adventures!  Lewis’ prose and expertly crafted dialogue bring every character to life!  This is the sixth installment in the H. H. Lomax accounts, but it can be read as a standalone novel!  Readers will be treated to hilarious encounters, satirical banter, and a talking dog?  This book has everything! The pacing is great and it is a long book, clocking in at 403 pages. But with every page, you will find something to new to love about H. H. Lomax!

This novel is perfect for fans of humor/satire, western themed novels, and fans of Preston Lewis’ other novels!  I would recommend you buy this for your father, the history lover in your life, or any friends who enjoy a good humorous historical fiction novel!

Thank you to Preston Lewis, Wolfpack Publishing, and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for having me along for this tour!

Preston Lewis is the Spur Award-winning author of thirty novels. In addition to his two Western Writers of America Spurs, he received the 2018 Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Western Humor for Bluster’s Last Stand, the fourth volume in his comic western series, The Memoirs of H. H. Lomax. Two other books in that series were Spur finalists. His comic western The Fleecing of Fort Griffin received the Elmer Kelton Award from the West Texas Historical Association for best creative work on the region.

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