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Sally Christie, author of The Sisters of Versailles, on tour August/September 2015

Posted By on May 22, 2015

SOV coverAbout The Sisters of Versailles

Series: The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy

Paperback: 432 pages

Publisher: Atria Books (September 1, 2015)

Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France’s most “well-beloved” monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed.

The Sisters of Versailles centers on the (relatively, at least for the genre) overlooked period of early 18th century France. The French Revolution and Marie Antoinette have been extensively written about; it’s time for fans of that time period to step further back in time and to explore the reign of Louis XV (1715 – 1774) a time of increasing social turbulence and change that sets the stage neatly for the Revolution that follows.

 Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear.

Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters—Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne—four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail.

Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot—and women—forward. The King’s scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters—sweet, naïve Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne—will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.

In the tradition of The Other Boleyn GirlThe Sisters of Versailles is a clever, intelligent, and absorbing novel that historical fiction fans will devour. Telling the story of a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie’s stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood—of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough.

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SC2About Sally Christie

Sally Christie was born in England of British parents but grew up mostly in Canada. As a child she moved around with her family and then continued her wandering as she pursued a career in international development; she’s lived in 14 different countries and worked in many more. She’s now settled in Toronto and loving it.

Sally lives and breathes history; ever since she read Antonia Fraser’s masterful Mary, Queen of Scots when she was 10, she’s been an avid history junkie. She wishes more attention and technical innovation was devoted to time travel, because there is nothing she would rather do than travel back in time! Writing historical fiction is a poor substitute, but it’s the best one we have at the moment.

When not reading and writing history, she’s a tennis and Scrabble fanatic.

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Gordon Snider, author of The Hypnotist, on tour July/August 2015

Posted By on May 22, 2015

The HypnotistAbout The Hypnotist

• Paperback: 324 pages
• Publisher: Helm Publishing (August 3, 2009)

In 1906, San Francisco has reached the peak of its golden age. Fortunes have created a society that attracts European opera singers and cordon bleu chefs. It is a world defined by elegant balls, oysters, and champagne. But there are darker sides to the city as well. The Mission district south of Market Street houses tenements where shanties huddle together and rats plague the streets. And nearby sits Chinatown, an endless warren of dark alleys that offers gambling, prostitution, and opium, all controlled by vicious gangs, called tongs.

Into these disparate worlds steps Marta Baldwin, a young woman who has shunned her own social background to help the poor. She is confronted by a hypnotist, a man who hypnotizes young women from the tenements and delivers them to the tongs in Chinatown to work in their brothels. Marta escapes his hypnotic trance, but when her assistant, Missy, disappears, Marta realizes she has been taken by the evil man who confronted her. She seeks the help of Byron Wagner, one of San Francisco’s most prominent citizens. Marta finds herself drawn to Byron but knows his high social standing prevents any possibility of a relationship between them. This is confirmed when Marta discovers Byron having an intimate conversation with Lillie Collins, the daughter of one of the city’s most elite families. Marta is flushed with jealousy. However, Lillie defies social customs, and her rebellious nature fits naturally with Marta’s. Despite her envy, the two women become close friends. Marta is caught up in a whirlwind of opulent balls, opium dens and brothels, and police raids in Chinatown. She cannot deny her feelings for Byron, but she must save Missy and protect her new friends from harm. For lurking in the background is the hypnotist. He has become obsessed with Marta and will use all his guile to ensnare her. When he threatens those she loves, Marta is determined to stop him, even at her own peril. Will her boldness entrap her? If so, how can she hope to escape the man’s hypnotic embrace? Then the earth trembles, and Marta’s world will never be the same.

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Gordon SniderAbout Gordon Snider

Gordon Snider has written three non-fiction books, including his latest, I’m Travelling as Fast as I Can, which takes a humorous journey to far-away-places around the world. When he moved to California’s Central Coast in 1999, he began writing fiction. The Origamist is his fifth novel and a sequel to his third, The Hypnotist, a very popular historical thriller that is set in San Francisco in 1906. The other novels include: Sigourney’s Quest, an adventure story about a woman’s harrowing journey across Tibet; The Separatist, a mystery/suspense novel set in modern San Francisco; and Venice Lost, an adventure/fantasy about a man who becomes lost in time in Venice, Italy.

Gordon has lived in California nearly his entire life. Home has ranged from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with stops in Santa Barbara and Pismo Beach. Currently, he and his wife, Fe, enjoy walking the beaches and observing the migrating whales from their home in Pismo Beach. It is, he says, the perfect setting for creative writing.

Find out more about Gordon and his books on his website.

Joseph Luzzi, author of In A Dark Wood, on tour May/June 2015

Posted By on May 22, 2015

In A Dark WoodAbout In A Dark Wood

• Hardcover: 224 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 26, 2015)

In the aftermath of a heartbreaking tragedy, a scholar and writer uses Dante’s Divine Comedy to shepherd him through the dark wood of grief and mourning—a rich and emotionally resonant memoir of suffering, hope, love, and the power of literature to inspire and heal the most devastating loss.

Where do we turn when we lose everything? Joseph Luzzi found the answer in the opening of The Divine Comedy: “In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.”

When Luzzi’s pregnant wife was in a car accident—and died forty-five minutes after giving birth to their daughter, Isabel—he finds himself a widower and first-time father at the same moment. While he grieves and cares for his infant daughter, miraculously delivered by caesarean before his wife passed, he turns to Dante’s Divine Comedy for solace.

In a Dark Wood tells the story of how Dante helps the author rebuild his life. He follows the structure of The Divine Comedy, recounting the Inferno of his grief, the Purgatory of healing and raising Isabel on his own, and then Paradise of the rediscovery of love.

A Dante scholar, Luzzi has devoted his life to teaching and writing about the poet. But until he turned to the epic poem to learn how to resurrect his life, he didn’t realize how much the poet has given back to him. A meditation on the influence of great art and its power to give us strength in our darkest moments, In a Dark Wood opens the door into the mysteries of Dante’s epic poem. Beautifully written and flawlessly balanced, Luzzi’s book is a hybrid of heart-rending memoir and critical insight into one of the greatest pieces of literature in all of history. In a Dark Wood draws us into man’s descent into hell and back: it is Dante’s journey, Joseph Luzzi’s, and our very own.

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Joseph LuzziAbout Joseph Luzzi

Joseph Luzzi holds a doctorate from Yale and teaches at Bard. He is the author of My Two Italies, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy, which won the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, and the Times Literary Supplement.

Find out more about Joseph at his website, and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Joseph’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, May 26th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, May 27th: BookNAround

Thursday, May 28th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Monday, June 1st: Emerald City Book Review

Tuesday, June 2nd: Ms. Nose in a Book

Wednesday, June 3rd: Tina Says …

Friday, June 5th: Imaginary Reads

Monday, June 8th: Raven Haired Girl

Tuesday, June 9th: A Book Geek

Wednesday, June 10th: Worth Getting in Bed For

Sunday, June 13th: Create With Joy

Monday, June 15th: Buried in Print

Tuesday, June 16th: From L.A. to LA

Wednesday, June 17th: Jancee Reads

Thursday, June 18th: A Dream Within a Dream

Friday, June 19th: Belle’s Beautiful Books

Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Balm, on tour May/June 2015

Posted By on May 18, 2015

BalmAbout Balm

Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: Amistad (May 26, 2015)

The New York Times bestselling author of Wench—called “a fascinating and tragic story” by NPR.org, “deeply moving” by USA Today, and “lyrical and devastatingly beautiful” by People magazine—returns to the Civil War era to explore history’s next chapter in this powerful story of love and healing.

The Civil War has ended, and Madge, Sadie, and Hemp have each come to Chicago in search of a new life.

Born with magical hands, Madge has the power to discern others’ suffering and ease it, but she cannot heal her own damaged heart. To mend herself and continue to help those in need, she must return to Tennessee to face the women healers who rejected her as a child.

Sadie can commune with the dead, but until she makes peace with her father, she, too, cannot fully engage her gift.

Searching for his missing family, Hemp arrives in this northern city that shimmers with possibility. But redemption cannot be possible until he is reunited with those taken from him.

In the bitter aftermath of a terrible, bloody war, as a divided nation tries to come together once again, Madge, Sadie, and Hemp will be caught up in an unexpected battle for survival in a community desperate to lay the pain of the past to rest.

Beautiful in its historical atmosphere and emotional depth, Balm is a stirring novel of love, loss, hope, and reconciliation set during one of the most critical periods in American history.

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About Dolen Perkins-ValdezDolen

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. Her fiction has appeared in the Kenyon ReviewStoryQuarterly, StorySouth, and elsewhere. In 2011 she was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She was also awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, Dolen Perkins-Valdez lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

Find out more about Dolen at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Dolen’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, May 26th: Anita Loves Books

Wednesday, May 27th: Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, May 28th: A Dream Within a Dream

Friday, May 29th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, June 2nd: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, June 3rd: Readers’ Oasis

Thursday, June 4th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Monday, June 8th: Book Babe

Tuesday, June 9th: Just One More Chapter

Wednesday, June 10th: Belle’s Beautiful Books

Thursday, June 11th: Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, June 15th: Raven Haired Girl

Tuesday, June 16th: Read. Write. Repeat.

Wednesday, June 17th: Lit and Life

Thursday, June 18th: Every Free Chance Book Reviews

Monday, June 29th: Wall-to-Wall Books

TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for May 18th – 22nd

Posted By on May 17, 2015

The Predictions by Bianca Zander

The PredictionsMonday, May 18th: In Bed with Books

Monday, May 18th: Bibliotica

Tuesday, May 19th: Living in the Kitchen with Puppies

Wednesday, May 20th: Book Loving Hippo

Thursday, May 21st: Good Girl Gone Redneck

Ryder: Bird of Prey by Nick Pengelley

Ryder: Bird of PreyMonday, May 18th: Reading to Distraction

Monday, May 18th: Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, May 19th: Book Nerd

Wednesday, May 20th: Dwell in Possibility

Thursday, May 21st: Patricia’s Wisdom


Five Night Stand by Richard J. Alley

Five Night Stand_300dpiMonday, May 18th: BookNAround

Monday, May 18th: Palmer’s Page Turners

Tuesday, May 19th: Mom’s Small Victories

Thursday, May 21st: Colloquium

Friday, May 22nd: Tina Says…


Things You’ve Inherited From Your Mother by Hollie Adams

Things You've Inherited From Your MotherMonday, May 18th: Buried in Print

Tuesday, May 19th: Books and Bindings

Tuesday, May 19th: Sarah Reads Too Much

Wednesday, May 20th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Thursday, May 21th: A Dream Within a Dream

The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight

The Antigone PoemsMonday, May 18th: You Can Read Me Anything

Tuesday, May 19th: Everything Distils Into Reading

Tuesday, May 19th: Bell, Book & Candle

Wednesday, May 20th: Suko’s Notebook

Thursday, May 21st: It’s a Mad Mad World

A Match for Marcus Cynster by Stephanie Laurens

A Match for Marcus CynsterMonday, May 18th: Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, May 19th: Bibliophilia, Please

Wednesday, May 20th: Bibliotica

Thursday, May 21st: Bell, Book & Candle

Friday, May 22nd: Urban Girl Reader

L. A. Rotten by Jeff Klima

L. A. RottenMonday, May 18th: Drey’s Library

Tuesday, May 19th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Wednesday, May 20th: From the TBR Pile

Wednesday, May 20th: Bell, Book & Candle

Friday, May 22nd: FictionZeal

Moonlight on Butternut Lake by Mary McNear

Moonlight on Butternut WakeMonday, May 18th: Always With a Book

Tuesday, May 19th: Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, May 20th: Walking With Nora

Wednesday, May 20th: Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, May 21st: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Under the Same Blue Sky by Pamela Schoenewaldt

Under the Same Blue SkyMonday, May 18th: Ageless Pages Reviews

Tuesday, May 19th: Raven Haired Girl

Wednesday, May 20th: Broken Teepee

Thursday, May 21st: Good Girl Gone Redneck

Friday, May 22nd: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

The Case of the Invisible Dog by Diane Stingley

The Case of the Invisible DogMonday, May 18th: Priscilla and Her Books

Monday, May 18th: Bell, Book & Candle

Tuesday, May 19th: Book Babe

Wednesday, May 20th: Reading Reality


Ruby Ink by L. J. WIlson

Ruby InkMonday, May 18th: Bell, Book & Candle

Tuesday, May 19th: The Sassy Bookster – review and excerpt

Tuesday, May 19th: Written Love Reviews

Wednesday, May 20th: A Chick Who Reads


American Wife by Taya Kyle

American WifeMonday, May 18th: A Bookish Way of Life

Tuesday, May 19th: My Bookshelf

Wednesday, May 20th: Worth Getting in Bed For

Thursday, May 21st: Create With Joy


Dark Screams, Volumes 2 & 3, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar

Dark Screams Volume 3Monday, May 18th: Bibliotica – Volume 3

Tuesday, May 19th: From the TBR Pile – Volume 3

Wednesday, May 20th: Sweet Southern Home – Volume 3

Thursday, May 21st: The Reader’s Hollow – Volume 3


Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland

love and miss communicationMonday, May 18th: Into the Hall of Books

Tuesday, May 19th: Many Hats

Wednesday, May 20th: Kritters Ramblings

Thursday, May 21st: 5 Minutes For Books


The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

The Mapmaker's ChildrenMonday, May 18th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, May 19th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Thursday, May 21st: Diary of an Eccentric

Friday, May 22nd: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews


The Abduction of Smith and Smith by Rashad Harrison

The Abduction of Smith and SmithMonday, May 18th: A Bookworm’s World

Monday, May 18th: Unabridged Chick

Thursday, May 21st: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews



Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani

Trail of Broken Wings _300dpiMonday, May 18th: Thoughts on This ‘n That

Tuesday, May 19th: Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, May 20th: Unshelfish



Crossfades by William Todd Rose

CrossfadesMonday, May 18th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, May 19th: Wag the Fox – author Q&A
Wednesday, May 20th: The Road to Here

The Last Book Ever Written by Jonah Kruvant

The Last Book Ever WrittenMonday, May 18th: Every Free Chance Book Reviews

Tuesday, May 19th: Ace and Hoser Blook

Thursday, May 21st: Jancee Reads



The Sixes by Kate White

the sixesMonday, May 18th: Book Hooked Blog

Wednesday, May 20th: Dreams, Etc.

Friday, May 22nd: Books That Hook


Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer

Lowcountry BoneyardMonday, May 18th: Reading Reality

Thursday, May 21st: The many thoughts of a reader




The Accidental Pilgrim by Stephen Kitsakos

The Accidental Pilgrim 177x300Monday, May 18th: Victoria Weisfeld





Cost of Life by Joshua Corin

Cost of LifeMonday, May 18th: Brooke Blogs





Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy

Let Me DieTuesday, May 19th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Tuesday, May 19th: The Novel Life

Wednesday, May 20th: Kissin’ Blue Karen

Thursday, May 21st: FictionZeal


The Dismantling by Brian DeLeeuw

The DismantlingTuesday, May 19th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Wednesday, May 20th: Books a la Mode – author Q&A

Thursday, May 21st: Read. Write. Repeat.

Friday, May 22nd: Kay’s Reading Life


To Ride a White Horse by Pamela Ford

To Ride a White HorseTuesday, May 19th: Ms. Nose in a Book





The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower

The ResidenceTuesday, May 19th: Broken Teepee





The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg

The Dream LoverTuesday, May 19th: Unabridged Chick – author Q&A





It’s Not Me it’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

It's Not Me It's YouTuesday, May 19th: West Metro Mommy

Wednesday, May 20th: BookNAround

Thursday, May 21st: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Friday, May 22nd: Novel Escapes


Disclaimer by Renee Knight

DisclaimerTuesday, May 19th: Booksie’s Blog

Thursday, May 21st: Kissin Blue Karen

Friday, May 22nd: A Bookworm’s World



The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry

the Jesus CowTuesday, May 19th: Read. Write. Repeat.

Thursday, May 21st: Buried Under Books

Friday, May 22nd: No More Grumpy Bookseller



Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

Love is RedWednesday, May 20th: Doing Dewey

Thursday, May 21st: Bibliophilia, Please




Heavy Weather by Normandie Fischer

Heavy WeatherFriday, May 22nd: Raven Haired Girl