Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cat Thursday - Cats in Art (13)


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Some really nice, old-fashioned and tranquil art this month. I love these so much. How about you? Enjoy!

Abbott Handerson Thayer (American painter, 1849-1921) Favorite Kitten

Carlton Alfred Smith

Lady reading with cat-Albert Roosenboom

Platt Powell Ryder - American artist, 1821–1896 
Woman at Spinning Wheel

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cat Thursday - Cats and books...not always actually reading


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It's another read-a-thon week for me (my High Summer Read-a-Thon is in full swing) so you know what that means. Cats and books. Two of my favorite things!





And then this one...because I couldn't resist...and it's SO true. :)



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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cat Thursday - Up To No Good


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Running a bit late again this week. My niece is in town this week and we've been doing a lot of visiting. Busy summer so far and it's flying by!






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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cat Thursday - Authors and Cats (45)


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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author and their cat(s).

In honor of the great author and cat lover himself. Happy Birthday this month to dear Mr. Hemingway. July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961 RIP 

Ernest Hemingway with cat, Boise, at his home, Finca Vigia, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba

And here's a hello from my girls at their treat stalking best. They just can't seem to get treat time right. lol



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Monday, July 6, 2015

It's Here! Release Day for Kari Edgren's An Immortal Descent!

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Publication Date: July 6, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
eBook; ASIN: B00XCYM8XS
Series: Goddess Born, Book Three
Genre: Historical/Fantasy/Romance

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 As a goddess-born healer, Selah Kilbrid wants nothing to do with the goddess of death and disease, nor any of her human progeny. But when the two people she loves most disappear—her dearest friend Nora Goodwin and her betrothed Lord Henry Fitzalan—Selah has no choice but to leave London in pursuit of Death’s most powerful daughter. Accompanied by a ragtag group of travelers, Selah follows a treacherous path across the Irish Sea to the long-forgotten prison of a witch who once nearly destroyed Ireland. Selah would face any danger to protect those she loves, but what if it means unleashing a greater evil on the human world? Could she risk the lives of many to save a few, or are some sacrifices too great?

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Kari Edgren is the author of the Goddess Born series. In 2010 and 2011 she was a semifinalist for the Amazon Break Through Novel Award. In 2013, she was a RWA Golden Heart finalist. Ms. Edgren enjoys writing both historical and contemporary fiction, so long as there’s a paranormal twist. She resides on a mountain top in the Pacific Northwest where she spends a great deal of time dreaming about the sun and torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts. For more information please visit Kari Edgren’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Sign up for Kari Edgren’s Newsletter.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cat Thursday - Happy 4th of July (and I'm a terrible host)!


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OMG! I forgot again. I can't believe me. I spent five hours at the dentist yesterday so that could have been a factor. lol  I'm SO sorry, guys. I'll try to get better again.

Happy Independence Day on Saturday! Everyone have fun and have a safe holiday weekend (U.S. peeps, of course lol).

Pusheen is doing it right!



For real!


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Thomas M.D. Brooke's Roman Mask - Release Day!


Publication Date: June 29, 2015
Formats: Kindle & Paperback
Pages: 388
Genre: Historical Fiction/Adventure/Action

What is it we normally expect of the leading character in our books? Self-sacrifice? Bravery? Strength of character? Possibly with a hint of self-deprecation? Well, Cassius doesn’t have any of those. Cynicism – yes. Cowardice – possibly. Prepared to live a lie in order to further his own ends – absolutely!

It is Rome AD 9 and Augustus Caesar rules Imperial Rome at the height of its power, as the Roman Empire stretches across the known world. Cassius, son of one of her most powerful families, is the personification of Rome’s imperial strength: wealthy, popular, a war hero with a decorated military career. None of Rome’s fashionable parties are complete without him.

But he hides a secret.

After his nerve is broken in Germany, even the thought of genuine armed combat is enough to send him into a cold sweat. But this doesn’t dissuade him from living off a false reputation so he can continue a life of womanising, wine and wild parties, as he is seduced by the many vices of Rome. However, his scandalous life is interrupted by a summons from the emperor’s wife. It ends his happy decadent life and returns him to Germany to assist the Roman legions in their greatest ever trial. The events will resound through history, in the dark forests of the Teutoburg …

I have researched the calamitous history of the doomed legions that marched into the Teutoburg Forest in AD 9, using a wide range of historical sources including the classical works of Tacitus and the more recent archaeological findings of the early 1990s in Kalkriese. I have put my complicated hero, who clearly suffers from the post-traumatic stress of his last encounter with the German tribes, at the centre of the events that rocked Rome to its foundations. How can a man, so flawed in so many respects, possibly impact on these terrible events? By his humanity, by coming to terms with his flaws, and learning to stop hating himself for them. It is a tale of betrayal and hardship, but also personal redemption.

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About the Author
Thomas Brooke lives in London where he works in the exciting, and sometimes crazy, fashion world. He is also a committed writer and he spends as much time as he can in his beloved Northumbrian hills, where up until recently could be seen walking with his black Labrador Fergus, who sadly passed in January 2015. Fergus was a constant companion to the writing of the novel and prevented many writers’ tantrums.

Roman Mask is Thomas Brooke’s second novel, although this will be the first available for sale.

As well as writing novels, he also writes a blog on both historical and fantasy genre novels.

For more information on Thomas M D Brooke, visit www.thomasmdbrooke.com and www.romanmask.com. You can also find him on Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

D.J. Niko's The Oracle - Cover Reveal and {Giveaway}

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Publication Date: November 10, 2015 
Medallion Press 
Paperback; 456p 
ISBN-13: 978-1605426273 
Series: The Sarah Weston Chronicles, Book Three 
Genre: Historical/Archeological Adventure     

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In Delphi, the mountain city deemed by the Greek gods to be the center of the Earth, a cult of neo-pagans re-create with painstaking authenticity ancient rituals to glorify the god Apollo and deliver oracles to seekers from around the world. When antiquities are stolen from a museum in nearby Thebes, British archaeologist Sarah Weston and her American partner, Daniel Madigan, are drawn into a plot that goes beyond harmless role-playing: someone’s using the Delphian oracle as a smoke screen for an information exchange, with devastating consequences for the Western world. Pitted against each other by the cult’s mastermind, Sarah and Daniel race against time and their own personal demons to uncover clues left behind by the ancients. Their mission: to find the original navel stone marked with a lost Pythagorean formula detailing the natural events that led to the collapse of the Minoan Empire. But will they find it in time to stop the ultimate terrorist act?

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Daphne Nikolopoulos in an award-winning journalist, author, editor, and lecturer. Under the pen name D.J. Niko, she has written two novels in an archaeological thriller series titled The Sarah Weston Chronicles. Her debut novel, The Tenth Saint (Medallion Press, 2012), won the Gold Medal (popular fiction) in the prestigious, juried Florida Book Awards. Her follow-up release, The Riddle of Solomon, continues the story of British archaeologist Sarah Weston as she seeks the relics—and mystical secrets—left behind by the biblical King Solomon in remote Israel. Daphne is currently at work on The Oracle, book 3 in The Sarah Weston Chronicles, which releases in 2015. Also slated for publication in 2015 is her first historical novel, The Judgment, which is set in Israel and Egypt in the tenth century BCE. In addition to writing fiction, Daphne is editor in chief of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group. Prior to that, she was a travel journalist who logged hundreds of thousands of miles traveling across the globe, with emphasis on little-known and off-the-beaten-path locales—many of which have inspired her novels. Daphne frequently lectures about her research on the ancient world. She is an instructor at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society, teaching on the subject of archaeology. She has also spoken to audiences at the Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches’ Academy for Continuous Education, and several libraries and private groups throughout Florida. Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Daphne now resides in West Palm Beach with her husband and twin son and daughter. You can find her on the Web at djnikobooks.com and connect with her on Facebook (AuthorDJNiko) and on Twitter: @djnikobooks.


The Oracle Cover Reveal Schedule

Monday, June 15
100 Pages a Day
Boom Baby Reviews
Tuesday, June 16
Genre Queen
The Reading Queen
Wednesday, June 17
Book Nerd
Diana's Book Reviews
Thursday, June 18
The Lit Bitch
To Read, Or Not to Read
Friday, June 19
A Book Geek
Monday, June 22
Unshelfish
Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Tuesday, June 23
Raven Haired Girl
CelticLady's Reviews
Wednesday, June 24
So Many Books, So Little Time
Historical Fiction Connection
Thursday, June 25
Peeking Between the Pages
The Never-Ending Book
The True Book Addict
Friday, June 26
Passages to the Past
Just One More Chapter

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To enter to win an Advanced Reading Copy of The Oracle by D.J. Niko please complete the giveaway form below. Two copies are up for grabs! ⇒ Giveaway is open to residents in the US, UK, and Canada. ⇒Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on June 26th. ⇒You must be 18 or older to enter. ⇒Only one entry per household. ⇒All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. ⇒Winners will be chosen via GLEAM on April 27th and notified via email. Winners have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. ⇒Please email Amy @ hfvirtualbooktours@gmail.com with any questions.

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