Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BOOKBLAST: V. E. Ulett's Blackwell's Paradise

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Blackwell's Paradise
Blackwell’s Paradise
by V.E. Ulett
Publication Date: January 8, 2014
Old Salt Press LLC
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
Series: Blackwell’s Adventures, Volume II
Genre: Historical Adventure/Naval HF
Relive the pleasure of falling into the past with the author of Captain Blackwell’s Prize, in Volume II of Blackwell’s Adventures.

The repercussions of a court martial and the ill-will of powerful men at the Admiralty pursue Royal Navy captain James Blackwell into the Pacific, where danger lurks around every coral reef. Even if Captain Blackwell and Mercedes survive the venture into the world of early nineteenth century exploration, can they emerge unchanged with their love intact. The mission to the Great South Sea will test their loyalties and strength, and define the characters of Captain Blackwell and his lady in Blackwell’s Paradise.

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Blackwell’s Paradise

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Praise for Blackwell’s Paradise

“Not for the faint hearted – Captain Blackwell pulls no punches! Prepare for a right roaring romp in the company of two of the most captivating characters in historical fiction.” – Alaric Bond, author of Turn A Blind Eye, and the Fighting Sail Series

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About the AuthorVE Ulett

A long time resident of California, V.E. Ulett is an avid reader as well as writer of historical fiction.
Proud to be an Old Salt Press author, V.E. is also a member of the National Books Critics Circle and an active member and reviewer for the Historical Novel Society.
As the long war in Europe comes to its conclusion, so does Captain Blackwell’s career in the Royal Navy in BLACKWELLS’ HOMECOMING, a story of the dangers and rewards of desire.

Author Links

Old Salt Press

Book Blast Schedule

April 1 Historical Tapestry
April 2 Broken Teepee
April 3 Confessions of an Avid Reader
April 4 The True Book Addict
April 5 Passages the Past
April 7 Layered Pages
April 8 The Maiden’s Court
April 10 Just One More Chapter
April 11 Closed the Cover
April 12 Words and Peace
April 14 Luxury Reading
April 15 To Read or Not to Read
April 16 Peeking Between the Pages
April 18 So Many Books, So Little Time
April 21 Flashlight Commentary
April 22 Curling Up With a Good Book
April 23 HF Book Muse-News
April 24 A Bookish Affair
April 25 Oh, For the Hook of a Book
April 27 Kincavel Korner
April 28 CelticLady’s Reviews
April 29 Historical Fiction Connection
April 30 Reading the Ages


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Book Blast: The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte

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Please join Ruth Hull Chatlien as she tours the blogosphere for The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte from March 31-April 11.
The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte

Publication Date: December 2, 2013

Amika Press

Paperback; 484p

ISBN: 978-1937484163

As a clever girl in stodgy, mercantile Baltimore, Betsy Patterson
dreams of a marriage that will transport her to cultured Europe. When
she falls in love with and marries Jerome Bonaparte, she believes her
dream has come true—until Jerome’s older brother Napoleon becomes an
implacable enemy.

Based on a true story, The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte is a historical
novel that portrays this woman’s tumultuous life. Elizabeth Patterson
Bonaparte, known to history as Betsy Bonaparte, scandalized Washington
with her daring French fashions; visited Niagara Falls when it was an
unsettled wilderness; survived a shipwreck and run-ins with British and
French warships; dined with presidents and danced with dukes; and lived
through the 1814 Battle of Baltimore. Yet through it all, Betsy never
lost sight of her primary goal—to win recognition of her marriage.

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About the Author

Ruth Hull Chatlien

Ruth Hull Chatlien has been a writer and editor of educational
materials for twenty-five years. Her specialty is U.S. and world
history. She is the author of Modern American Indian Leaders and has
published several short stories and poems in literary magazines. The
Ambitious Madame Bonaparte is her first published novel.

She lives in northeastern Illinois with her husband, Michael, and a
very pampered dog named Smokey. When she’s not writing, she can usually
be found gardening, knitting, drawing, painting, or watching football.

Connect with Ruth Hull Chatlien at her website or on Facebook.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, March 31

Review at Unabridged Chick

Tuesday, April 1

Review at A Bookish Affair

Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, April 2

Spotlight at HF Book Muse-News

Interview at Layered Pages

Thursday, April 3

Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Interview at Unabridged Chick

Friday, April 4

Review at Scandalous Women

Monday, April 7

Review at The Maiden’s Court

Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book

Tuesday, April 8

Review at The Lit Bitch

Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, April 9

Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, April 10

Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Friday, April 11

Review at Let Them Read Books

Review at The True Book Addict

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

INTERVIEW with Anne Clinard Barnhill!

Please welcome Anne Clinard Barnhill

1) My readers and I are very curious about your direct blood relation...Would you kindly indulge us with this most interesting fact?!
First, let me thank you for having me.  In the book about the Shelton family, written in 1943 by Z.F. Shelton, our line is traced back to Sir Ralph Shelton, who was brother to Mary Shelton, heroine of QUEEN ELIZABETH’s DAUGHTER.  His son, James Shelton, came to the Virginia colony in 1610 and married Ann ???? (we don’t have her maiden name).  He was a relative of Lord Delaware and later moved to Barbados for a while.  He had two sons, Ralph (my ancestor) and Thomas.  But before that, Anne Boleyn, sister of Thomas Boleyn, married Sir John Shelton.  Their children included Lady Margaret (Shelton) Wodehouse, who had some sort of relatiohship with Henry VIII—we don’t know if it was a flirtation or if it was consummated.  I explored this in AT THE MERCY OF THE QUEEN. Her brother, John, is my ancestor.  His son, Ralph, was sister to Mary (Shelton) Scudamore, about whom QUEEN ELIZABETH’S DAUGHTER is written.  Is that confusing enough?  The names John and Ralph keep going down the generations…so it gets a bit crazy.  The same for Mary and Margaret.

2) It was so very interesting to read about Elizabeth's summer travels.  What would you say was your favourite part in writing about this?
I love the idea of packing up an entire palace and going on Progress. I kept thinking about how difficult it must have been for everyone except the queen, who, of course, would have done none of the work.  But for everyone else, it must have been awful—packing and unpacking every few days or so..  The good part would have been seeing the countryside and being in the fresh air, not the close and smelly quarters in London.

3) As well, being a fashion and beauty fanatic myself, I was curious about how you researched and came about Elizabeth's meticulous routine and beauty regimen?  What most fascinating tid bit did you come across that perhaps you did not include in your book and would love to share with us here? 
In the book,The Tudor Tailor, there are all sorts of wonderful bits of information about clothing.  And Alison Weir’s The Life of  Elizabeth I is chocked full of facts about her, including her use of marjoram for scent and cleaning her teeth with a gold toothpick, then polishing them with a rag. I learned she washed her hair in lye but I didn’t put that into the novel.   

4) Lastly, what other projects might be on the horizon for you? 
I’m currently working on a novel set in 1960 in West Virginia, where I grew up.  It’s about a young girl who was used as a bet in a poker game and what happens to her.  There’s a granny-woman who can dream the future, a knife-carrying woman who rides a motorcycle and a handsome devil or two.  I hope to finish it soon.  I also have a Tudor mystery series in mind—we’ll see what happens.

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