Friday, October 30, 2015

Spotlight - Fury of a Highland Dragon by Coreene Callahan + GIVEAWAY


TITLE:     Fury of a Highland Dragon
AUTHOR:    Coreene Callahan
INFO:    Kindle, Fiction, 102 pages
PUBLISHED:   The Story Vault, 2015
GENRE:   Paranormal Romance

ABOUT:  Trapped by a future she refuses to face…

Accused of cyber espionage by the United States government, ethical hacker Ivy Macpherson is now on the FBI’s most wanted list. Out of options, she runs, desperate for time to prove her innocence. When fate takes an unexpected turn, bringing her face-to-face with Tydrin, she must decide—trust a man more dangerous than the hunters on her trail to keep her safe. Or risk capture by a covert agency well known for ruthlessness.

Condemned by a past he doesn’t want to remember…

Cursed with a terrible temper, Scottish dragon-warrior Tydrin struggles to atone for a mistake that took innocent lives. Unable to forgive himself, he returns to the scene of his crime in hopes of finding absolution, but discovers a woman in need of his help instead. Intervening in the nick of time, he whisks Ivy to safety, only to realize the daughter of the family he wronged is the one destined to steal his heart.



EXCERPT:  The climb over the high stone wall almost killed her. The half mile trek across the cemetery in the dark hadn’t helped much either. Not that Ivy Macpherson could afford to complain. Not after escaping with little more than the clothes on her back. She was alive and mobile, and no matter how screwed up the situation, she refused to take it for granted. Gratitude surfaced along with her relief. On her knees in the dirt, she bowed her head. A cold breeze flicked over the nape of her neck. She shivered and, closing her eyes, offered up a quick prayer. An inadequate way to say thank you maybe, but…

By God, she’d made it.

All right, so it hadn’t been smooth sailing. She’d been lucky. So damn fortunate to have gotten out of Washington D.C. in one piece. Quick wits had helped. A friend with questionable business contacts had done the rest, providing fake ID, some cash, and a one way trip to the UK. A rough ride by any standards. To be expected given the circumstances. The crew aboard the freightliner Mary Frances would never be called sweethearts. Or embody kindness.

She should know. After a week of hiding out on the open seas—of scrubbing pots, mopping floors, and dodging the cop-a-feel Captain—Ivy now understood the meaning of hard work. Manuel labor at its finest. Sexual harassment at its worst. Not a bit like her regular job. But then, the terrified and on the run couldn’t be choosy.

Neither could a hacker accused of espionage by the US government.


Coreene Callahan
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Growing up as the only girl on all-male hockey team, Coreene Callahan knows a thing or two about tough guys and loves to write characters inspired by them. Call it kismet. Call it payback after years of locker room talk and ice rink antics, but whatever you call it, the action better be heart stopping, the magic electric, and the story wicked, good fun.

After graduating with honors in psychology and working as an interior designer, she finally gave in and returned to her first love: writing. Her debut novel, Fury of Fire, was a finalist in the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest in two categories: Best First Book and Best Paranormal. She combines her love of romance, adventure and writing with her passion for history in her novels. She lives in Canada with her family, a fun-loving golden retriever, and her wild imaginary world.


Coreene is generously treating you readers to a GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a $10 giftcard to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Enter below:  




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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Kid's Korner Spotlight - Top Secret Files: Pirates & Buried Treasure by Stephanie Bearce




AUTHOR:    Stephanie Bearce
INFO:    Paperback, 112 pages
PUBLISHED:   Prufrock, 2015
SOURCE:  LibraryThing Giveaway

FROM GOODREADS:  Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates and Sir Frances Drake was both a swashbuckler and a knight, plundering ships in the name of the British Crown, but you won't learn that in your history books! Discover the truth about Anne Bonny, the Irish woman who was a true Pirate of the Caribbean, the secrets of Calico Jack and Blackbeard, and how kung fu monks were hired to try to fight off pirates. Then learn how to talk like a pirate and make a buried treasure map for your friends. It’s all part of the true stories from the Top Secret Files: Pirates and Buried Treasure. Take a look if you dare, but be careful! Some secrets are meant to stay hidden...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Stephanie Bearce is a writer, a teacher, and a history detective. She loves tracking down spies and uncovering secret missions from the comfort of her library in St. Charles, MO. When she isn't writing, Stephanie loves to travel the world and go on adventures with her husband, Darrell.




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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Spotlight - Love the One You're Witch by Randa Flannery with Guest Post & GIVEAWAY


Today I'm excited to welcome Randa Flannery to One Book Shy as she tours with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate her fun new book: Love The One You're Witch. Keep reading to learn more about the story along with some of the behind-the-scenes details from Randa. Be sure to stay with us to find out what she's planning on giving away to a lucky reader! Take it away Randa......

 Thank you so much for having me on One Book Shy today. I had been kind of stressing about what to write a guest post about lately when a friend pointed out that people probably didn’t really want to know about me, but wanted some interesting facts about the book. Most of the questions people have asked since the release of Love the One You’re Witch have been about Ana, the sassy heroine. While I absolutely love Ana, I felt kind of bad that Lucas was being left out. So I thought, for the interesting facts about Love the One You’re Witch, I would focus on the hero, vampire hottie, Lucas the Lucious.
Fact 1: Lucas was not the original male lead for this book. (gasp!) In the earlier drafts, I had a much different character for Ana, and a different sort of story entirely. He was much more mysterious and all Alpha. His pursuit of Ana was more aggressive. His name was Ben.
Ben, however, didn’t have a good chemistry with Ana. Don’t get me wrong, he was awesome. But they just didn’t mesh well. Ana would never put up with the more macho and silent but contemplative type, and he found her too flaky and annoying. Their dialogue seemed forced. It just wasn’t working. So Ben had to go. Don’t worry, I saved him for another story where he will be more appreciated.
Enter Lucas. Alpha? Yes. But not in the in-your-face-things-must-be-done-my-way-on-my-time sort of way. Ana can not be dictated to effectively. You do NOT want to be on the end of her revenge stick. Lucas is strong and capable, but not overbearing. He appreciates Ana’s snark, and while he doesn’t chase after her and insist she submit to him, he is no push over, either. He was the perfect match for the wacky witch.
Fact 2: Lucas was inspired by my husband. He looks nothing like him, sounds nothing like him, doesn’t even have the same accent or profession. But he uses a lot of the same cheesy lines!
Fact 3: Lucas is used to poke fun at romance novels and movies in general. When he uses those lines we’ve all read or heard a million times from romcoms and novels, Ana just laughs. Why? Because they’re ridiculous! Things like that don’t work in real life! My husband and I laugh because apparently if you whisper a line, it’s automatically sexier...but it’s not. It’s creepy. No woman is going to melt at your feet with that! So Lucas tries so hard to be the kind of romantic hero women love from books and movies, but they really belong in comedies...like this one.
Fact 4: Lucas has a snippet from his own point of view that has not been published...but may end up on the website sometime soon. Keep a look out for it at randaflannery.com!
Thanks again for having me and I hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes look at Lucas from Love the One You’re Witch! - Randa


Randa Flannery has an a degree in English and writes a variety of romantic fiction, including suspense, comedy, and urban fantasy. Randa is a member of the Romance Writers of America and lives as an expat with her husband and children in FuYang, China.


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Thank you so much for sharing with us Randa. I appreciate you chatting with us and have to admit that now I'm also looking forward to "meeting" Ben! 


TITLE:    Love the One You're Witch
AUTHOR:    Randa Flannery
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 131 pages
PUBLISHED:   Icasm Press, 2015
GENRE:   Paranormal Romance


ABOUT:   Sassy and snarky witch Anastasia Gregor does not work with vampires. Unfortunately, she forgot to tell her boss that. Now she's up to her neck (pun intended) in the night walkers as she attempts to help one family fix their love lives.

EXCERPT:  Can you fix it?” She said it with a touch of desperation and I wondered how long this had been going on.

I can if it’s a spell,” I offered. “How long has she been like this?”

I’ve loved him forever!” the young vamp declared as she and Lucas finally made it to the couch. “And I will love him forever, no matter what you try to do to us!”

It’s been about a month,” Lucas answered, frustration edging that smooth voice while she ran fingers through his hair. “She was fine one day, chatting and joking, completely normal. The next, she couldn’t keep her hands off of me.”

I nodded. “Yes, well, have you seen yourself? I think that may be the normal reaction for teenagers when confronted with...” I waved a hand at him. I stopped mid-gesture when I realized the silence around me was now more of a shock reaction than the discomfort of having the errant vamp pawing at her man. “Sorry, just trying to lighten things up,” I mumbled. This is why I didn’t like vampires. No sense of humor. Well, the trying to kill me thing was also a put-off. That in mind, I got back to business and refused to drool over Lucas any more. Or at least, I’d try.

Randa is generously giving away a $25 Giftcard to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble to one lucky winner. Enter below and GOOD LUCK!





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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Spotlight - The Challenge by Kim Iverson Headlee FREE Book + GIVEAWAY!


TITLE:    The Challenge
AUTHOR:    Kim Iverson Headlee
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 38 pages
PUBLISHED:   Createspace, 2015
GENRE:   Historical Fantasy Romance

ABOUT:  The gauntlet is thrown. One must die. Refusal is not an option.

Arthur the High King of Breatein has fallen captive of a longtime enemy, the Saxon warrior-princess Camilla, who lusts to avenge the death of her betrothed at Gyan’s hands and will stop at nothing, even the black arts, to achieve her goal. Because Gyan and Arthur have grown estranged, she fears that Arthur may side with Camilla and make her his new queen.

To meet Camilla’s challenge, Gyan must face all her demons—public as well as private.


EXCERPT:  The guard drew a long breath. “Your Majesty, it is time.”

Time to face all my demons, private as well as public.

At her nod, he returned to his post outside—a mite reluctantly, she observed.

“Any last advice?” she asked Merlin at the tent’s entrance. She barked a mirthless laugh. “How does one fight a demon?”

“You must not forget your shield.”

She felt her eyebrows rise. “You know I am no novice warrior.”

“I am not talking of wood and metal, Your Majesty.”

Excerpt from the graphic novel of The Challenge by Kim Iverson Headlee, forthcoming in full color Kindle and paperback editions. Art and storyboard copyright 2015 by Wendy Carey.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.

Kim is a Seattle native and a direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Babushka escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.

For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and other novels clamoring for attention. She has been a published novelist since 1999, beginning with the original editions of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and Liberty (writing as Kimberly Iverson, HQN Books, Harlequin).




    


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This book will be offered FREE on Kindle Oct 27-28


Kim will be giving away an autographed copy of Dawnflight to one lucky winner. Enter below!



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Monday, October 26, 2015

Spotlight - True Deceptions by Veronica Forand + GIVEAWAY


TITLE:    True Deceptions
AUTHOR:    Veronica Forand
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 271 pages
GENRE:  Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHED:   Entangled, 2015

ABOUT:  After his partner was murdered, Simon Dunn was done with MI6. But the cold, violent world of British intelligence never lets anyone go free. Now Simon has been blackmailed into a new job...with a beautiful new partner who's going to get them both killed.

Robotics expert Cassie Watson is a newbie field agent with as much sophistication as...well, a pacifist, vegan computer nerd. Now she's abruptly thrust into the cutthroat world of espionage with a partner who is as cold as he is brutally-and brutishly-handsome.

But when their mission is betrayed from the inside, Cassie will be forced to place her life in the hands of the one man who's anything but trustworthy...




To celebrate the publication of her newest book: True Deceptions, author Veronica Forand has partnered with Goddess Fish Promotions for a virtual book tour and a GIVEAWAY (details are at the bottom of the post). I invite you to enjoy an excerpt from this exciting new story.

EXCERPT:


Headquarters had provided so little background on Cassie’s new identity that she was unsure what to say to fill in the gaps in conversation. “This is a so romantic. Remind me again where we met?”

At a party in Miami,” he replied.

I love Miami.” She did love Miami and had spent a few months there for General Atomics.

I know.”

That’s right, you know everything about me. What’s my favorite ice cream flavor?”

You don’t eat ice cream...but you do allow me to coat you in it and lick it off.” His voice deepened as though he could taste it, taste her.

In response, her stomach fluttered, making her want to skip dinner and go straight to dessert. She bit her lip to keep her feelings at bay. She could fall hard for this controlling, hard-edged hulk of a man, despite knowing every seductive word and action toward her was business as usual for him.



Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense. She's lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate. 

Facebook Author Page /Twitter / Website /Amazon Author Page /Entangled Book Page

AMAZON / AMAZON.UK / AMAZON.CA 
KOBO / ITUNES / BARNES & NOBLE
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GIVEAWAY

Veronica is generously gifting one lucky reader a $20 Gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble! Enter below and good luck.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Spotlight - Aurelia by Alison Morton + GIVEAWAY

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Aurelia (Roma Nova, #4) by Alison Morton

Publication Date: May 5, 2015 
SilverWood Books Paperback & eBook; 270 Pages
Genre: Alternative Historical Fiction

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B.R.A.G. Medallion Winner Historical Novel Society Indie Editor's Choice 

Late 1960s Roma Nova, the last Roman colony that has survived into the 21st century. Aurelia Mitela is alone – her partner gone, her child sickly and her mother dead. Forced in her mid-twenties to give up her beloved career as a Praetorian officer, she is struggling to manage an extended family tribe, businesses and senatorial political life. But her country needs her unique skills. Somebody is smuggling silver – Roma Nova’s lifeblood – on an industrial scale. Sent to Berlin to investigate, she encounters the mysterious and attractive Mikl√≥s, a suspected smuggler, and Caius Tellus, a Roma Novan she has despised, and feared, since childhood. Aurelia suspects that the silver smuggling hides a deeper conspiracy and follows a lead into the Berlin criminal underworld. Barely escaping a trap set by a gang boss intent on terminating her, she realises that her old enemy is at the heart of all her troubles and pursues him back home to Roma Nova...

PRAISE

"Morton raises the bar on her Roma Nova series with a thrilling and intriguing history of what might have been. Effortlessly weaving fact and speculative fiction, AURELIA explores a 1960s that is at once familiar and and utterly different - a brilliant page turner that will keep you gripped from first page to last. Highly recommended." - Russell Whitfield, author of the Gladiatrix series What if the Roman Empire hadn't fallen? 

"Alison Morton handles this intriguing premise with her customary panache in AURELIA." - Ruth Downie, author of the Ruso Medicus series 

"Yet again, Ms Morton delivers a fast-paced story set in a world slightly - but fundamentally - different from our own. Roma Nova as a country does not exist - not really - but Ms Morton paints this alternate world of hers with such colours, such details, that by the time the book has ended it comes as a surprise to return to a world without Roma Nova, without strong, impressive women like Aurelia Mitela. I am already looking forward to the next instalment - in fact, I crave a next instalment!" - Anna Belfrage, author of The Graham Saga 

 "Meticulously researched. Wonderfully imagined. Alison Morton's Roma Nova will stay with you long after you have closed the pages." - Liesel Schwarz, author of Chronicles of Light and Shadow

 "Brilliant! Alison Morton's alternative world of Roma Nova - a feisty soldier heroine plunged into the depths of criminal conspiracy, and mind-blowing action all the way to the tense finale. Aurelia is a fabulous read." - David Ebsworth, Historical Novel Society award-winning author


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Even before she pulled on her first set of combats, Alison Morton was fascinated by the idea of women soldiers. Brought up by a feminist mother and an ex-military father, it never occurred to her that women couldn’t serve their country in the armed forces. Everybody in her family had done time in uniform and in theatre – regular and reserve Army, RAF, WRNS, WRAF – all over the globe. So busy in her day job, Alison joined the Territorial Army in a special communications regiment and left as a captain, having done all sorts of interesting and exciting things no civilian would ever know or see. Or that she can talk about, even now… But something else fuels her writing… Fascinated by the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain), at their creation by the complex, power and value-driven Roman civilisation started her wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run by strong women… Now, she lives in France and writes Roman-themed alternate history thrillers with tough heroines:

INCEPTIO, the first in the Roma Nova series

– shortlisted for the 2013 International Rubery Book Award – B.R.A.G. Medallion – finalist in 2014 Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year

PERFIDITAS, second in series

– B.R.A.G. Medallion – finalist in 2014 Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year

SUCCESSIO, third in series

– Historical Novel Society’s indie Editor’s Choice for Autumn 2014 – B.R.A.G. Medallion – Editor’s choice, The Bookseller’s inaugural Indie Preview, December 2014

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Education: BA French, German & Economics, MA History Memberships: International Thriller Writers, Historical Novel Society, Alliance of Independent Authors, Society of Authors Represented by Annette Crossland of A for Authors Literary Agency for subsidiary and foreign rights.

WEBSITE | BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS | AMAZON UK AUTHOR PAGE | AMAZON US AUTHOR PAGE


BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, October 19 Spotlight at Unshelfish 
Tuesday, October 20 Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews 
Thursday, October 22 Interview at Back Porchervations 
Friday, October 23 Spotlight at Teatime and Books 
Sunday, October 25 Spotlight & Excerpt at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf 
Tuesday, October 27 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective 
Wednesday, October 28 Spotlight at Broken Teepee
Friday, October 30 Spotlight at The Writing Desk
Friday, November 13 Spotlight at Passages to the Past


GIVEAWAY

To win a signed paperback of Aurelia by Alison Morton please enter the giveaway via the GLEAM form below. Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 13th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open internationally. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Aurelia

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

How to Save Money and Get Cash Back When Buying Your Books


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I don't usually post things on this blog that aren't strictly book related. I'm changing that up a bit today because in a roundabout way, this is related to saving a lot of money on our books - and everything else we shop online for. The more we save, the more books we can buy.


If you haven't signed up for EBATES yet, you're really missing out on some money! - especially as we're coming into the BIG holiday shopping season! I give A LOT of books as gifts, all year long.


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Many of the partner sites also offer coupons that you can stack with the cash back feature. I now use Ebates every time I order books (or any purchase) from Amazon, eBay, Barnes & Noble, Chronicle and several others. The cash back really adds up quickly. I get checks in the mail regularly from them!


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Friday, October 23, 2015

Spotlight - Margaret Kerr Series by Candace Robb + GIVEAWAY

I'd like to welcome Candace Robb back to One Book Shy today as she wraps up this fabulous blog tour with Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Thank you both for letting me be a part of it. 



You may recall that I reviewed the first book: Trust Betrayed earlier in the tour. I must say that I am even more enamoured of our intrepid detective Margaret and am looking forward to starting the third book. I will plan on doing reviews on both of these books in the near furture. For today we shall shine a spotlight on these next two installments in The Margaret Kerr Series.

The Fire in the Flint

“Intrigue abounds…. Robb’s captivating blend of history and mystery vividly evokes medieval Scotland.” —BOOKLIST 

 Scots are gathering in Murdoch Kerr’s Edinburgh tavern, plotting to drive out the English forces. Margaret takes her place there as innkeeper, collecting information to pass on to William Wallace—until murder gives the English an excuse to shutter the tavern. The dead man was a witness to the intruders who raided chests belonging to Margaret’s husband and her father, the latest in a string of violent raids on Margaret’s family, but no one knows the identity of the raiders or what they’re searching for. Margaret’s uncle urges her to escape Edinburgh, but as she flees north with her husband Roger, Margaret grows suspicious about his sudden wish to speak with her mother, Christiana, who is a soothsayer. Margaret once innocently shared with Roger one of Christiana’s visions, of “the true king of Scotland” riding into Edinburgh. Now she begins to wonder if their trip is part of a mission engineered by the English crown...

  

“This is history as it should be told!” —GOOD BOOK GUIDE 

 In late summer 1297, Margaret Kerr heads to the town of Stirling at the request of William Wallace’s man James Comyn. Her mission is to discover the fate of a young spy who had infiltrated the English garrison at Stirling Castle, but on the journey Margaret is haunted by dreams—or are they visions?—of danger. He who holds Stirling Castle holds Scotland—and a bloody battle for the castle is imminent. But as the Scots prepare to cast off the English yoke, Margaret’s flashes of the future allow her to glimpse what is to come—and show her that she can trust no one, not even her closest friends. A CRUEL COURTSHIP is a harrowing account of the days before the bloody battle of Stirling Bridge, and the story of a young woman’s awakening.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR    

Growing up, Candace Robb wanted to be a ballerina, tap dancer, folk singer, journalist—but on the day that she walked into Liz Armstrong’s undergraduate class on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, that all changed. A gifted teacher, lively, witty, always laughing even when cringing at a lazy response, Dr. Armstrong launched into the opening stanzas, and within a few lines Candace’s ears adjusted to the middle English—and she was hooked. Chaucer’s psychological study of the two lovers was a revelation to her. The next quarter was The Canterbury Tales. That clinched it. Candace went on to graduate work in medieval history and literature, and ever since she’s been engaged in bringing to life the rich culture of the period, from the arts to the politics. 

She is the internationally acclaimed author of thirteen crime novels featuring the sexy, brooding, clever Owen Archer, who solves crimes for John Thoresby, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of England, and the young Margaret Kerr, searching for her missing husband and her role in a Scotland overrun by English soldiers. 

Candace is currently under contract with Pegasus Books for a new crime series set in 15th century York, the Kate Clifford mysteries, which will debut in 2016. Writing as Emma Campion, Candace has published two historical novels about the women of the English court in the 14th century, A Triple Knot and The King’s Mistress. 

 Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Candace grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived most of her adult life in Seattle, Washington, which she loves for its combination of culture, natural beauty, and brooding weather so like Yorkshire, Wales, and Scotland, which she visits as often as possible. 

She has taught the art of writing the crime novel in the University of Washington’s certificate program, and offers workshops in writing the historical novel and in creating and plotting the crime series. Candace (and Emma) blog about writing and medieval topics at A Writer’s Retreat, ecampion.wordpress.com.

Catch up with Candace at:  

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS

Please join Margaret Kerr as she tours the blogosphere for her Margaret Kerr Mystery Series, from October 12-23, with HF Virtual Book Tours, and enter to win one of three (3) Sets of A TRUST BETRAYED and THE FIRE IN THE FLINT in eBook. Ends tonight at 11:59 EST, so don't wait to enter!

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, October 12
Interview at The Writing Desk 
Tuesday, October 13
Review at Worth Getting In Bed For (A Trust Betrayed)
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter 
Wednesday, October 14 Review at Book Nerd (A Cruel Courtship) 
Thursday, October 15 
Review at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf (A Trust Betrayed)
 Spotlight at Buried Under Books 
Friday, October 16 
Review at Worth Getting in Bed For (The Fire in the Flint)
Monday, October 19 
Review at A Book Geek (A Trust Betrayed) 
Character Interview at Boom Baby Reviews 
Review & Interview at Singing Librarian Books (A Trust Betrayed) 
Tuesday, October 20'
Review at Singing Librarian Books (The Fire in the Flint) 
Spotlight at The Lit Bitch 
Wednesday, October 21 
Review at Singing Librarian Books (A Cruel Courtship) 
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews 
Thursday, October 22 
Review at Worth Getting in Bed For (The Fire in the Flint) 
Friday, October 23 
Review at A Chick Who Reads (A Trust Betrayed)
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective (A Trust Betrayed) 

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