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The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose: A Possessed Gothic Thriller

Cross Cultural
The Witch of Painted Sorrows

I’ve loved bestselling author M.J. Rose’s historical series as well as her stand-alone novels, so it’s no surprise that I jumped on The Witch of Painted Sorrows when I learned it was being published. This is a stand-alone novel with only a brief reference to the Paris L’Etoile family of perfumers who feature in her […]

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A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott: Glimpse of Hollywood’s Golden Age

Fiction
A Touch of Stardust

I grew up listening to my mother talk about the Golden Age of Hollywood, a time when people all over the U.S. were suffering in the Great Depression and needed the lift they got from their version of royalty anyone could aspire to become, Hollywood stars. All that glitz and glamour gave them hope their […]

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Doctor Death by Lene Kaaberbol: Nail-Biting Gothic Historical Thriller

Cross Cultural
Doctor Death

Although bestselling and multi-award-winning author Lene Kaaberbol is quite a prolific author, you may know her best as the co-author of the highly acclaimed novel The Boy in the Suitcase. When I saw that she had written Book #1 in a new historical mystery series, Doctor Death, I knew I was going to be in […]

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Dragons at Crumbling Castle: and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett

Children
Dragons at Crumbling Castle

Today is Tell a Fairy Tale Day – how appropriate for a review of and giveaway for a collection of fun tales like these! I’ve read every novel by bestselling, multi-award-winning, and much beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett that has been published in the U.S. for adults, young adults, or for children. You might call […]

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Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm: Book Review & Giveaway

Cross Cultural
Unbecoming

As often is the case, the book cover for Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm drew me in. How could I resist that mysterious face? Who was this person and why the dots? I thought the publisher’s brief description of the concept sounded really interesting, and that was that for me. Unbecoming is a suspense novel that […]

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Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker: Meet a Cursed Family in a Small Mill Town

Fiction
Mercy Snow

Sometimes it’s hard to know what drew me to a novel first or why I chose it, and sometimes that isn’t important anyway. I found the book cover design for Mercy Snow by bestselling author Tiffany Baker interesting but, in this case, it was the publisher’s description that sold me. I grew up in a […]

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