‘The Earl in Black Armor’ is a Master Class in Irish History [REVIEW]

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Two spies fight to save their way of life in Nancy Blanton’s The Earl in Black Armor. (Photo by Canva)

Star-crossed lovers. Secret spies. An enigmatic man with a treacherous agenda. History and intrigue collide across the lush Irish landscape in Nancy Blanton’s brilliant new historical novel, The Earl in Black Armor.  Read more of this post

Women Actors Now and Then [GUEST POST]

Meryl Streep at the 89th Oscars

“Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.” —Meryl Streep (Photo by ABC/Adam Rose, Flickr)

We have always loved the theatre. In fact, for our very first date we went to go see the deliciously dark Jekyll & Hyde, and its score has entranced us ever since. We relish opportunities to watch amazing actors perform live in shows like The Beauty Queen of LeenaneCabaretChicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Gypsy. But what would any production be without the awesome talents of actresses who were bold enough to make a career on stage and screen? In today’s guest post, author Susana Aikin examines why it still takes a certain kind of woman to live life in the limelight. —J&H Read more of this post

Gideon Crew Takes One Last Adventure In Preston and Child’s ‘The Pharaoh Key’ [REVIEW]

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Gideon Crew goes on one last adventure in search of what may be his greatest discovery yet in Preston and Child’s The Pharaoh Key. (Photo by Phil Robinson, Flickr)

Time is running out for one legendary adventurer. Facing a death sentence, he wants to pursue one final treasure, perhaps the biggest of his career. But will he be able to accomplish his task in time? And will it prove to be the salvation he so desperately needs? Find out in Preston and Child’s fifth and final Gideon Crew novel, The Pharaoh Key. 
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‘The Notorious Black Bart 1883’ Will Have You Reaching for Your Stetson Once More [BOOK BLAST]

The Notorious Black Bart 1883 Book BlastThere’s something about the Old West that has captivated our imaginations for years. Perhaps it’s that the men were rugged and wild, and so was the terrain. Maybe it’s that the vast expanse of country which opened up after the Civil War promised freedom and adventure. Or quite possibly, it’s because wordsmiths like Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey and Max Brand chronicled the lives of the gunslingers, lawmen, gamblers, pioneers and others in the pages of their novels so deftly that they made us all want to be cowboys at some point in our lives. (After all, haven’t we all imagined ourselves perching stetsons high atop our heads, pinning stars to our vests and practicing drawing Colt revolvers out of holsters riding low on our hips?) Now there’s a new novelist in town. Meet A. E. Wasserman. She will fuel your imagination once again as she brings the West back to vivid life in her new book, The Notorious Black Bart 1883.  Read more of this post

Captivating and Magical, ‘The Phantom Tree’ Delivers An Alternate Look at Tudor History [REVIEW]

The Phantom Tree

Two women bound by a pact, two enemies separated by centuries. Lose yourself in the pages of Nicola Cornick’s The Phantom Tree. (Illustration courtesy Graydon House)

When a long-lost Tudor portrait suddenly surfaces in the midst of a modern-day English festival, one woman’s carefully constructed life is turned on its ear. The face in the painting is as familiar as her own. But can it be? Did the woman in the portrait live? And if so, what secrets does she hold? Find out in Nicola Cornick’s engrossing new novel, The Phantom Tree. 
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