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Faith and Honor by Robin Maderich

About the Author:
 
Although published in various genres of romance, both in print and electronic format, Robin Maderich’s first novel was historical, released by Warner Books (before the big merger with Time) in 1989. Faith and Honor hs since been reprinted and the second in the trilogy released. Most recently Robin is enjoying an association with New Concepts Publishing and had a brief but satisfying association with Inara Press. She has also illustrated a children’s e-book which was released last year.
 
The rural village in Pennsylvania where Robin resides with her husband and multiple pets has provided much of her recent inspiration. The fact her three sons are all grown has allowed her more time to pursue writing. As one might expect, Robin’s feelings regarding that circumstance are mixed.
 
Robin’s love of history, research, the intricacies of detail and stretching her imagination have aided her immensely through the ever-expanding process of learning her craft.
 
For more information please visit http://www.robinmaderich.com/

About the Book:

 
Rescued from the harrassment of British officers in Colonial Boston by handsome, secretive Fletcher Irons, Faith Ashley’s slumbering passions are ignited, until the discovery that Fletcher himself is an officer of the army she has come to despise, a man who is the enemy. Yet with persistence, Fletcher wins the fiery Faith’s love. When the colonies erupt in Revolution, Faith refuses to choose between her loyalty to the cause and her love for the man who is far more than the color of his uniform. Will her honor be her undoing?

 

Review:
 
I haven’t read a book like this in quite awhile, so I was thrilled to have the chance as part of Robin’s virtual book tour.  Faith Ashley has returned home to Boston, even though her father has reprimanded her and told her she should be staying with her new family.  She feels drawn to the home that she shared with her late husband.  Boston is as busy as ever, and after having a slight run in with a British officer she meets Fletcher Irons.   
 
Even though they had just met she feels feelings that she hasn’t felt since William.  She is unlike most women of her era, and can be rebellious by nature.  But even though she is rebellious, when she finds out that Fletcher is a British Officer she isn’t sure if her heart can win over her loyalty to her country.
She is not alone in her feelings.  Fletcher is drawn to Faith on their first encounter and has a hard time getting her out of his head.  Even though Faith is resistent to his advances, he is determined to get her to see beyond the uniform to the man that is inside of it.  As much as they fight their feelings, love is blossoming when things get heated between the States and England.  Can love really conquer all, or will their loyalty to their countries destroy a romance that is only seen once in a lifetime? 
 
I really LOVED this book!  I have not read anything that was set during the Revolution but it is obvious that this writer has done her homework.  It was easy to picture yourself standing there among the characters, each drips with such realism.  I can’t wait to read the other 2 books in this trilogy!  Great job:) 

 

WIN PRIZES!!!
 
FAITH AND HONOR VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on April 1 and end on April 30. You can visit Robin’s blog stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in March to find out more about this great book and talented author!
 
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.

 

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Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah

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Join Shaila Abdullah, author of the novel, Saffron Dreams (Modern History Press), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in March on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

From the darkest hour of American history emerges a mesmerizing tale of tender love, a life interrupted, and faith recovered. Arissa Illahi, a Muslim artist and writer, discovers in a single moment that no matter how carefully you map your life, it is life itself that chooses your destiny.

After her husband’s death in the collapse of the World Trade Center, the discovery of his manuscript marks Arissa’s reconnection to life. Her unborn son and the unfinished novel fuse in her mind into one life-defining project that becomes, at once, the struggle for her emotional survival and the redemption of her race.

Saffron Dreams is a novel about our ever evolving identities and the events and places that shape them. It reminds us that in the midst of tragedy, our dreams can become a lasting legacy.

MY REVIEW:

I had a hard time putting this book down.  Shaila Abdullah’s “Saffron Dreams” is a book that will tug at your heartstrings and won’t let go.  Arissa Illahi marries the man of her dreams, a man she meets by chance and then meets again years later through a matchmaker, an age old tradition she despises but this time the matchmaker really did get it right.  Truly a marriage that was meant to be.

She has everything she could ask for: a strong marriage, the freedom to pursue her career without worrying about financial issues, and a child on the way.  Her husband’s dream of being a successful writer is still in the works so for the meantime he works in the World Trade Center.  And, on the morning of 9/11 she watches in horror as the planes strike not once but twice, changing her world and shaking her to her core.

She has so many decisions to make but the hardest part is going to be raising her child without a father.  She struggles with her feelings and even contemplates ending her life to try and end the pain that she feels.  But, she becomes a wonderful parent of a child that has some disabilities that require his dependance on his mother.  She also discovers a manuscript her husband had written and uses its contents to shape the life she intends to lead.

This is one of the most poignant books that I have read.  I think all Americans can remember where they were when the attack on the World Trade Center occured, but this author sheds a different light on it.  The writing is excellent and this book was very hard to put down.


Shaila Abdullah is an award-winning author and designer, based in Austin, Texas. Her creative work focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of Pakistani women and their often unconventional choices in life. Her debut book, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, is a collection of stories about Pakistani women struggling to find their individualities despite the barriers imposed by society.

Among other accolades, the book won the Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction and the DIY Festival Award. Abdullah received a grant from the Hobson Foundation for her new novel, Saffron Dreams which is about the trials and tribulations of a 9/11 Muslim widow.

Abdullah has written several short stories, articles, and personal essays for various publications, such as Dallas Child, Web Guru, About Families, Sulekha, Women’s Own, She, Fashion Collection and a magazine of the Daily Dawn newspaper called Tuesday Review, etc. She is a member of the Texas Writers’ League.

A Pakistani-American, Abdullah is also a seasoned print, web, and multimedia designer as well. See a complete bio at http://www.shailaabdullah.com/bio.html

SAFFRON DREAMS VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on March 2 and end on March 27. You can visit Shaila’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in March to find out more about this talented author!

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.

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The Family Bones by Kimberly Raiser

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A New Home, A Loving Family, A Dark Secret 

 

Will they stay? Will they survive? The Weavers have inherited family property in Astral, Pennsylvania, a town so small that Mrs. Weaver can find no mention of it on the Internet, save for a tiny spot on Google Earth. Hoping for a simpler, small-town existence for their young family, Steven and Tara eagerly head to Astral to see what they hope will be their dream house. As they explore their potential new home, the Weavers begin to discover secret passageways, secret rooms, and long buried family truths; some difficult truths are revealed and no longer kept in the far reaches of the closet. There are reasons for everything, and sometimes the explanations are so simple. But sometimes, simple can also be horrifying.

With two little ones at home it is hard for me to fit time in for reading sometimes.  Sorry kids, but The Family Bones was a book I was literally unable to put down!

I have read a lot of books along these lines, horror and suspense being my favorite.  One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is that even though the events lead you to believe that some of this is not plausible, she somehow finds a way to make you believe that they could happen. 

This book is about the Weaver family.  After being willed an old farmhouse in Pennsylvania, they are looking forward to starting a life in a small town.  Upon exploring the house they find more than they bargained for: hidden rooms, secret passageways, and an encounter with a relative that they didn’t expect to be on the property.  

This is not your average suspense story.  The author has done a fabulous job of providing twists and turns that even the most seasoned suspense reader will delight in trying to figure out.  This is the first book by this author and I am anxious to read what else she has up her sleeve.  Great job! 

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Kimberly Raiser has led an interesting life so far. Her writings started with lots and lots of poetry. It wasn’t until Kimberly turned thirty that she decided to actually attempt to get published. Of course, it is rare that money can be made from being a published poet, and in order to write really thought provoking poetry her life needed to be in a general pit of despair, but along came this wonderful man who made her joyously happy! Low and behold, the fiction writer came out, and the poetry rested in the dusty pages of her past.Born and raised in New Jersey Kimberly always loved Science Fiction and Adventure. This would be real adventures, from firefighting to chasing down shoplifters, to up and moving to center city Philadelphia just for the experience!

 Now, residing in the Oldest City of our Nation, St. Augustine, Florida, Kimberly’s passion for adventure can be found on the pages of her prose turned stories. After a lengthy attempt at trying to finish the great novel she decided to focus on writing short stories to break into print.
 
After two years of gathering enough published short stories her collection of warped and witty thoughts are gathered together in “Stranded: Stories from the edge of infinity…”Kimberly has managed to drive both of her children and her loving husband insane with constant moments of, “Let me read this to you!”, or the all too famous, “Read this, it’s only a page!” Of course, her daughter always begs her to please read without doing the voices.
 
Kimberly did not have a third grade teacher by the name of Stephen King, but alas, here is something more exciting, her grandfather , Henry Kunicki (google it!) grew up with the famous physicist David Bohm  (Who worked with Albert Einstein, you’ve heard of him)!!! They used to fantasize about space travel together! This made for a family heavily influenced by Science Fiction!!! Now that is pretty cool.
 
The next book you will see on the shelves will be the Sci-Fi Thriller “The Family Bones”, Kimberly’s first full length novel. This is due to be released in October of 2008!!!
 
Also in the works is “Warped Factor of One” A collectin of really warped stuff!!! 
For more information about the book or the author please visit http://www.kimberlyraiser.vpweb.com
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The Bishop’s Daughter by Tiffany L. Warren

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Darrin Bainbridge is your typical playboy in need of love, but not yet ready. He is a freelance journalist trying to break his big story. After a visit from his mother, Darrin gets an idea. He has heard all kinds of stories about “Hollywood” ministers who hold their church services on television, live in nice houses, drive nice cars, and have lots of money and women. Darrin is disgusted by it all especially when his mother Priscilla starts shouting praises for Atlanta Bishop Kumal Prentiss. Darrin decides to go to Atlanta, become a member of the bishop’s church, and expose him for the hustling fraud that he believes he is. He just never planned on falling in love with the Bishop’s daughter.

Darrin suddenly finds himself torn between his new found friend and his possible big break. 

Darrin Bainbridge is a writer, and has been looking for his big break for quite some time.  Even though he is living off of  a trust fund, he feels he really needs to prove something to himself, and everyone else who doubts him.  He knows he’s got it in him, and when he sees Bishop Prentiss on the television a lightbulb goes off.  What preacher out there doesn’t have a few skeletons in their closet and how big would he be if he could expose them?

In order to get the details for his “expose”, Darrin moves to Atlanta and actually joins the church the Bishop is in charge of – Freedom of Life.  He never expects to be so enthralled by the Bishop’s delivery, and becomes and active member of the church.  He begins to wonder if this is one holy man that doesn’t have any secrets.  Is it possible, or will he find out some information that could make his career soar but take down the career of someone he has come to admire?

Tiffany L. Warren is a technology manager who lives in suburban Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and four children. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Farther Than I Meant to Go, Longer Than I Meant to Stay

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker of Hachette Book Group for sending this ARC to me for review!

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