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Blog tour: Trobairitz

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Welcome to the blog tour for Trobairitz by Celia Micklefield. Please join me in learning more about the book in the words of the author herself! Hi Celia! First of all, I would like to congra tulate you on the publication of Trobairitz - The Storyteller ! Can you please briefly tell us what it is about? A: Trobairitz were female troubadours of the 12th and 13th centuries. They entertained with their stories and songs about courtly love, current affairs and the role of women in society. My Trobairitz, Weed is a long distance haulage driver entertaining other truckers at an overnight stop with a contemporary story on those same themes. She centres the tale she tells on the inhabitants of the fictitious village Montalhan sans Vents and, in particular, the ongoing bad feeling between Madame Catherine Joubert, now in her seventies, and the young mayor, Henri-Claude Noilly. Former high class Parisian prostitute Catherine, has a mysterious hold over the troubled mayor’s family and objects t

Blog tour: Until We're Fish

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Welcome to the blog tour for Until We’re Fish by Susannah R. Drissi . Now get comfy and read on to learn more about this exciting new novel… Hi Susannah! First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of Until We’re Fish ! Did you have the plot entirely figured out when you started writing the book or did it take an unexpected turn as the characters grew on the page? A: Not figured out entirely. The writing process was a combination of working my way to the end, which I already knew, and allowing the characters to navigate their way there. It was a matter of throwing obstacles in the way of characters and seeing how they rose to the occasion or fell to their circumstances. For a long time some of these characters had lived outside the world of the novel—in my memory, in short stories I’d written years earlier, or in my imagination—so all I had to do was step back, listen to them think, and watch them react. Why the choice of the Cuban Revolution as the background fo

Blog tour: The Dark Room

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Welcome to the blog tour for The Dark Room by Sam Blake . The author has kindly agreed to answer my questions about the book and more, so grab a cup of your favourite drink and read on… Hi Sam! First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of The Dark Room ! Can you please briefly tell us what it is about? A: The Dark Room is set in a country house hotel in West Cork, Ireland, called Hare’s Landing. Rachel and Caroline both have their own reasons for being there, but as soon as the two women arrive, Hare's Landing begins to reveal its own stories - a 30-year-old missing person's case and the mysterious death of the hotel's former owner. As Rachel and Caroline join forces, it becomes clear that their investigations are intertwined, but that there is nothing more dangerous than the truth...   Did you have the plot entirely figured out when you started writing the book or did it take an unexpected turn as the characters grew on the page? A: I’m a plotter

Blog tour: Optimize Your Immune System

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Welcome to the blog tour for Optimize Your Immune System: Create Health and Resilience with a Kitchen Pharmacy by Marie Ruggles . About the book… Many people think that it’s normal to come down with an illness each year and, for some, two or three times a year. Yet researchers have proven that nutrition and lifestyle factors can boost your immune system. Learn how to build a kitchen pharmacy of whole foods, superfoods and nutrients to provide a stable foundation for your health. And when you’re at an increased risk of infection, know what to do to derail a virus before it takes hold. Follow this immune-boosting roadmap to a healthier diet, making you less prone to viral infections and more resilient after an illness. In  Optimize Your Immune System , you’ll read about the three phases of immune support. Phase I: Everyday immune strengthening and care Phase II: After exposure to an unhealthy person or environment Phase III: Immune-boosting support to prevent an illness when you feel l

Book review: Appius and Virginia

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About the book... Virginia Hutton resides in a London club for single women, living a tedious life which never changes from year to year. She decides to take on a bizarre experiment and buys a young orangutan and names him Appius. She takes him to a cottage and spends years in isolation trying to raise and educate him as if he were a human child. Virginia tries to teach the ape how to eat, sleep, read and speak like a human, all the time keeping the project and Appius hidden from the world. Over eight years, her stern teaching methods begin to bear fruit, but do Virginia and Appius really have the deep mutual understanding she craves? Appius and Virginia was first published by Martin Secker in 1932 and is now republished by Abandoned Bookshop , the imprint which aims to uncover the best books that have been forgotten or lost sight of. G.E. Trevelyan is the epitome of a ‘forgotten’ author. She was born Gertrude Eileen Trevelyan in 1903 into a family of means. When she was an undergradu

Blog tour: A Tale of Two Shoes

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Welcome to the blog tour for A Tale of Two Shoes by Helen Haraldsen ! About the book… They thought they'd be together forever. They were wrong. Shane and Shelia shoe are a pair. They were made for each other. They never expected to be separated. After all, what use is a shoe without its partner? When Shane and Sheila find themselves all alone in the world, they think they have no purpose or value without each other. Two shoes desperate for hope.  For their lives to change, they'll need a helping hand. A story that shows how new friendships help us to grow and broaden our horizons. Readers agree that this story is a conversation starter for a range of real-life issues. What did I think? Awww, this is such a precious book! It is difficult to share all my thoughts without giving anything away. Let’s just say that, when I started reading, I was expecting a completely different ending. This, however, only served to enrich my experience and it will give children, the intended reader

Blog tour: Unraveled

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Welcome to the blog tour for Unraveled by Claire Olivia Golden . If an LGBTQI and YA fantasy sounds just like your cup of tea… keep reading! Hi Claire Olivia! First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of Unraveled ! Can you please briefly tell us what it is about? A: Thank you so much, and thank you for wanting to do this interview! Unraveled is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty where two girls fall in love while trying to break the curse on a crochet shawl. It’s about faeries, OCD, first love, and figuring out who you are... and it has pigeons and yarn. It has a little piece of my heart. Did you have the plot entirely figured out when you started writing the book or did it take an unexpected turn as the characters grew on the page? A: I had absolutely no idea where the plot was going, except for that it involved a crochet shawl. I also did not plan for Cat and Auri to fall in love, but they had a mind of their own. It was fun figuring out the plot as I went alo