Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Prophet and the Witch by James W. George - Audio Book Tour + Giveaway

Author: James W. George

Narrator: Angus Freathy

Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Series: My Father's Kingdom, Book 2

Publisher: James W. George

Genre: Historical Fiction


Puritans. Quakers. Pirates. Mohawks. Witches. And a brutal war…

If you thought New England was dull in the 1670s, get ready for a history lesson.

In the critically acclaimed “My Father’s Kingdom,” debut author James W. George transported his readers to 1671 New England, and the world of Reverend Israel Brewster. It was a world of faith, virtue, and love, but it was also a world of treachery, hatred, and murder.

Four years later, Brewster is a disgraced outcast, residing in Providence and working as a humble cooper. Despite his best efforts, war could not be averted, and now, “King Philip’s War” has begun.

The rebellion is led by Metacomet, known as “King Philip” to the English colonists. He is the tormented son of the great Massasoit, and leader of the Wampanoag nation. Once the most reliable of Plymouth Colony’s allies, they are now the bitterest of enemies. Meanwhile, Metacomet’s mysterious counselor, Linto, despises this war and will do anything to end the bloodshed.

Meticulously researched, “The Prophet and the Witch” is a tale of hope and brotherhood in the face of evil and violence. It features the remarkable cast of fictional and historical characters from book one, including Josiah Winslow, Linto, Increase Mather, Constance Wilder, and Jeremiah Barron. Additionally, new characters such as America’s first ranger, Captain Benjamin Church, bring this chapter of history to life like never before.









James W. George is a lover of history and historical fiction. He is a graduate of Boston University and a military veteran. He is currently residing in Virginia with his wife and children.
He published his critically-acclaimed debut novel, My Father’s Kingdom, in January 2017. The novel, set in 1671 New England, depicted the prelude to King Philip’s War. The Indie View gave it five stars: “This is high historical drama handled wonderfully…a tale that will fully engage you on every level.”
My Father’s Kingdom" is a planned trilogy, and book two, The Prophet and the Witch, was published in September 2017. This is an epic novel that spans the entire conflict of King Philip’s War, and includes such notable historical figures as Josiah Winslow, Increase Mather, Metacomet, Benjamin Church, and Mary Rowlandson. The Literary Titan awarded it five stars and a gold medal for October 2017. “Expertly written and instantly engaging from the first few pages…I was captivated...one of the more intellectual of reads."

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Narrator Bio
 
Angus Freathy was born and educated in London – that’s the one in England, for you Ohio folks!

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he went to Switzerland to join Nestlé for a 2-year wandering assignment, which lasted 37 years and involved travel and work on every continent (except the cold ones at the top and bottom).

Periods of residence in the U.S., Hong Kong and Switzerland have resulted in a network of friends and acquaintances with an amazing range of world insight and a wide repertoire of mostly excellent jokes.

Since retirement, Angus and his (still working) wife, Debra have lived in Oregon, Maryland and are now in Dublin, Ohio, ‘the only place we have actually chosen to live since we have been married!’.

Following a crushing rejection by the BBC at the age of 19, Angus is re-activating a long-held ambition and launching a new career in voice-over, with the sole intention of having some fun and being in touch with some very talented people.
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TOP TEN REASONS TO LISTEN TO “THE PROPHET AND THE WITCH”
1.          You won’t be disappointed.  Even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of historical fiction, I’m confident you will love this audiobook.  I’m very proud of the reviews the written book has garnered.  Don Sloan of Midwest Book Review awarded it five stars and said it was “a remarkable book that should be required reading for anyone who believes that history is just a dry procession of facts, dates and faraway places.”  Thomas Anderson, of The Literary Titan, awarded it a gold medal for October and said it was “Expertly written and instantly engaging from the first few pages...An exceptionally drawn historical fiction account.  I was captivated...one of the more intellectual of reads."
2.         Your chance to hear a phenomenal, up-and-coming narrator, whom I still suspect might secretly be Patrick Stewart.  Seriously though, I suspect most voice narrators would run away screaming if asked to read an epic book like this.  Scottish accents.  French dialogue.  Native Americans.  Prayers in Latin.  Singing.  Biblical scripture.  Elizabethan sonnets.  Screeching villains.  Names and places like Wootonekanuske, Quaboag, Menameset, and Mentayyup.  This audiobook is the perfect showcase for Angus Freathy’s remarkable talents.
3.         The opportunity to learn about one of the most astounding, yet obscure events in American history.   When it comes to American history, chances are we know the tale of the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and 1620.  We probably also know the events of the American Revolution in the 1770s.  But did anything interesting happen in the intervening 150 years?  Anything at all, besides the Salem Witch Trials?  YES!  King Philip’s War was a war between the New England Puritans and the Native Americans in the 1670s.  It was one of the most catastrophic events in American history, and it needs to be a topic of greater study and reflection.
4.         The opportunity to hate the villain.  Jeremiah Barron, the screech owl… Grrrrr…..I hate him so much!
5.         Seventeenth century drinking and marching songs!  Huzzah!
6.         The opportunity to immerse yourself in deep, probing ruminations on the nature of faith, religion, love, war, and friendship.
7.         Unsettling depictions of nightmares and insanity.
8.         The inspirational love and romance of Israel Brewster and Constance Wilder.
9.     An inspired example of beautifully-sung, hypnotic psalmody (don’t worry...not by me).
10.   A scheming, Scottish dandy.  A beautiful, scarlet-haired, Quaker pacifist.  A hulking, heroic son of a carpenter.  A disgraced minister wrestling with insanity.  An obnoxious, drunken pirate.  Religious debate.  A captivating young Native American on a spiritual quest.  A seafood feast.  An erotic wedding night.  Witchcraft.  Frenchmen.  Lacrosse.  A screeching villain.  Gripping tales of survival and combat,  A slow, obstinate, flatulent horse.  Mohawks.  Betrayal.  Sorrow, joy, and hope.  All in one superbly-narrated audiobook!

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Smoldering Flame by Andrew Grey - Book Tour + Giveaway




Title: Smoldering Flame   
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Rekindled Flame Series Book 3  
Genre:  M/M
Contemporary Romance, Firefighter
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Feb 13 2018
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print


Blurb/Synopsis:

Sometimes the strongest flames take the longest to ignite.
Firefighter Dean’s life revolves around his very ill son, Sammy. Caring for Sammy and working to make ends meet leave Dean time for little else, and romance isn’t something he can even consider—no matter how much he longs for someone special to join their family. Because money is tight, Dean couldn’t be more grateful to the photographer who does Sammy’s session free of charge.
After growing up in the foster care system, Marco knows how to rely on himself, and his hard work is about to pay off—he’s poised on the cusp of fame and success he could only have imagined as a lonely child. When Dean brings Sammy into Marco’s studio, Marco can see they’re struggling, and both the boy and his father stir Marco’s heart. The slow burn between the two men isn’t something either expected, but neither wants to lose the possibility of a loving future. With Dean’s dangerous and possibly life-threatening career and Marco’s demanding one, can romance and forever find a place to fit?

Imagine Smoldering Flame on the Big Screen for the world to enjoy. Who would you want to play your characters?

This is always a hard one for me because I don’t think of my characters in terms of movie stars.  With that said, I’ll do my very best.  

  1. For the firefighter Dean, I think Christian Bale would suit.  He has the intensity and to play the father of a little boy fighting cancer.


  2. Marco is another story.  I went between a couple guys and chose Benedict Cumberbatch.  I think he has the kind of underlying innocence and kindness to play Marco.



  3. Now the hard one, as for Sammy.  I honestly think I’d want a newcomer.  Someone with a fresh face to play the sweet, five year old.  He needs to be wide eyed.  Definitely wide casting call material.  Though I am open for suggestions.




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Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.



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Nature of the Witch by Helen T. Norwood - Book Tour + Giveaway


 Nature of the Witch

Many years ago, magic prevailed in Britain. It was a time when chosen women followed a path forged by Mother Nature herself; a time of witchcraft, of the brotherhood of the Gwithiaz and of the terrifying Creatures.

This has all passed from memory a long time ago. But now, magic has returned. Kiera is the first witch the world has seen in centuries, while Jack must learn the ways of the Gwithiaz. They must not only master their crafts, but also overcome their differences and work together if they are to survive the dark enemy that lurks in the shadows.

In the rugged Cornish landscape where it first began, the two face the dreaded Kasadow: an ancient evil that has awakened and is ready to destroy them, and their magic, once and for all.

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My Top 5 Favourite Witches in Fiction

When I search for the definition of ‘witch’ I find-
1) A woman thought to have magical powers, especially evil ones, popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat and flying on a broomstick.
2) An ugly or unpleasant woman.

If we look at witches in fiction the variations are far more complex and we can find everything, from evil old hags to Mary Poppins and everything in-between.
That is why the realm of witchcraft is so enticing to write about.  The writer has a blank slate from which to create a character who can be evil or good, a spectacular sorceress, a wise old woman or a bumbling beginner.  The only limit is the writer’s imagination.
Fiction has brought us many top notch witches.  Here are five of my favourites.  Who are yours?

1) Kiera from ‘Nature of the Witch.’
Is it cheating to include my own witch in this list?  Of course she is is one of my favourite witches because I know her so well.  In fact, Kiera and I share similar life experiences, although she is the one with the magical powers.  I’m still waiting to discover mine.
When we first meet Kiera, she is struggling after the death of her father.  The book sees some of her journey through the grief caused by that loss.  I wrote this story after the death of my dad so it was a journey we took together and one that helped me a little by the writing of it.
Kiera is a very human witch.  She can do amazing things but she can also make mistakes.

2) The Grand High Witch from ‘The Witches.’
Do my favourite witches have to be likeable?  Roald Dahl was a master storyteller.  When I think of my childhood books many of his stories jump to mind.
That book, and also the film with Anjelica Houston in the role, are creepy for adults, so for a child’s imagination those witches who trap children in paintings or turn them into mice are terrifying!
He took the idea of witches as evil old hags, and turned them into something very real.  They are everywhere.  They are in disguise and they can sniff you out.  Fortunately Roald Dahl did warn us how to spot them – they wear gloves, they’re bald so will be wearing a wig, they have large nostrils for sniffing out children, their eyes change colour, they have no toes and they have blue spit.  So keep your eyes peeled people!

3) Elphaba from ‘Wicked.’
I loved the book and can’t believe I haven’t seen the show yet.  It’s definitely on my bucket list.  The writer, Gregory Maguire, cleverly takes the baddie from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and turns her into a complex and endearing character.
The story is an interesting perspective on good verses evil.  Elphaba is someone who is misunderstood and often ill-treated by those around her, and yet she is a strong and principled person. 

4) Morgan le Fay from tales of King Arthur
The Arthurian legend is one powerful enough to captivate us still.  What is intriguing about Morgan or Morgana le Fay is that her role in these tales can vary in the telling.  In earlier works she doesn’t have a prominent role, but in later writings her character grows in importance to the legend.
She is mostly portrayed as his enemy, and her magical powers make her a very dangerous foe.
However, it seems she ultimately receives some redemption.  When Arthur is dying she helps to take him on his final journey to Avalon.
As with all stories about Arthur and his knights, we are left asking whether any of it really happened?  Did these people ever exist?  If so, what were they like?  I love that mystery and the enduring fascination it causes.

5) Hermione Granger from ‘Harry Potter.’
It didn’t seem right, when writing a post about magic in fiction, not to mention the Harry Potter books.  It’s impossible not to think of J K Rowling and the wonderful world of wizards, owls, witches, muggles and much more that she created.
Hermione is a strong female lead.  She is someone to look up to, who is not afraid to be clever, not afraid to stand up for what is right and she is loyal to her friends. 

Picking five of my favourite witches turned out to be much harder than I anticipated.  I’d love to hear suggestions for who else should be on the list.  Comment below or you can contact me on Twitter @ThinkFitFoodFam.  Thank you very much to Jasmine for letting me hijack her blog today.
  

Author Bio 
 Helen lives in the UK with her husband, two children and one diva-like cat called Tiger. Helen, like many others, was captivated in her childhood by books from the likes of Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton and any books which took her to new worlds and showed her places of magic and mystery. She has enjoyed writing and creating her own magical worlds from a young age. She is currently writing the second book in the 'Nature of the Witch' trilogy which will be out soon.
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