All Posts by

gamilawalrus

Showing 42 Result(s)
book review

Where the Stars Meet the Sea by Heidi Kimball

My Review: I really enjoyed reading Where the Stars Meet the Sea as it was set in a sprawling English castle that the author allowed her character to explore freely. So, while the main character Juliet is not sparing with the taciturn duke of Halstead she is exploring libraries, observatories, and a sunny orangery. On the surface this novel is a typical romance full of familiar regency tropes and a predictable plot but that is also part of what makes it so compelling. Kimball layers many conflicts on top of one another but expertly weaves them together in a way …

Book Deals, Blog Tours

A week of Proper Romance and Historical Fiction Deals

There are so many ebook deals for Shadow Mountain and Covenant titles this week. Many novels in the Proper Romance line are $2.99 right now. It’s really rare for DB to discount their books this way so get them while you can! Covenant also has a slew of deals running right now too. Esther Hatch’s A Proper Scandal is on sale for $0.99. Probably to celebrate the fact that A Proper Charade released this week–currently on sale for $5.99. Second, Covenant is marking the 75th Anniversary of VE day by offering several WWII titles for $0.99 Free books!

Book Deals, Blog Tours book review

His Lady in Hiding by Jen Geigle Johnson

Lady Elizabeth Davenport disguises herself as a maid and flees to America to accept a housekeeping position in order to escape a forced marriage. She meets Lord Barton, who sees through her disguise. His friendship provides her with the advice and comfort she needs to survive her journey across the Atlantic and prepare for her new life. When Elizabeth arrives in America and takes up her new position she discovers that Lord Barton is her new employer and he’s not so happy about the situation. I loved this book! Elizabeth has absolutely no clue what sort of life she’s thrown …

book review

Royal Heir by Traci Hunter Abramson

Royal Heir opens with a dramatic assassination attempt, which sets up the plot for the rest of the book. Princess Cassandra needs to go into hiding in Meridia until they find the people who want to kill her. Levi Marin a CIA agent is tasked with her security. The two fall in love while they try to find the culprit behind her assassination attempt before he strikes again. I loved the setting of this book. I love how the characters took frequent trips to the seaside and took in a view of the ocean. It was like taking a vicarious …

Book Deals, Blog Tours book review

The Masked Baron by Anneka R. Walker

I really enjoyed this story a lot because it explored a lot of the tropes I love so much. One of my favorite niche genres is gaslit fantasy, which is just a lighter-hearted version of gothic romance and steampunk. I feel like it is really hard to find gaslit fantasy because most writers like to embrace the dark aspect of steampunk and gothic romance a tad too much for my taste. So I loved that The Masked Baron tiptoes along the edge of the darkness cliff but doesn’t fall over the edge. It’s got some tense scary moments but never …

Book Deals, Blog Tours book review

Adoring Abigail by Chalon Linton

One of the funnest parts of being a reviewer for Covenant Communications is trying out an author new to me. Adoring Abigail is the first chance I’ve had to read anything by Author Chalon Linton, who debuted into the market with An Inconvenient Romance in 2017. She has three other historical romance novels and two Christmas novellas published with Covenant. You should see Adoring Abigail in stores this week!  Captain Robert Wilkins has never aspired to grandeur. So when the returned war hero unexpectedly inherits the vast estate of Cattersley from his great-aunt, he feels woefully inadequate in his new …

Book Deals, Blog Tours book review

Kit and Elizabeth by Karen Tuft

Elizabeth has been groomed her entire life to marry the Duke of Ashford. When he dies she’s expected to marry his younger brother. When they mutually agree to refuse the betrothal Elizabeth’s family falls apart. Kit (Lord Cantwell) and Lady Walmsley come to Elizabeth’s rescue at exactly the right moment. With time and their companionship Elizabeth comes to know her worth and decides what she wants for her future.  For the most part, this novel was a really sweet romance about Elizabeth discovering her personal worth. Lady Walmsley is an especially amusing and likable character. I really adored how the …

book review

The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

The crux of this book is that a Brazilian librarian recruits a team to find the unpublished works of his favorite science fiction writer, Eduard Salgado-Mackenzie. The other two people on this team are Mormons, one a professional historian excommunicated for her academic work and the other a scammed aspiring novelist. The utter absurdity of their quest and their dedication to it worked for me because I could totally see my fellow Mormons doing something like this. That classic Mormon optimism, the desire to help others on their quests, the value we place on personal and historical records gives literary …

Awards Essays

Whitney Award Winners represented graphically

One of my biggest worries about the Whitney awards is that the same people are nominated and win over and over again. Despite efforts to recognize debut authors and adding categories to recognize more authors there does seem to be a diversity problem. I wanted to wrap my head around how bad this problem actually is in a statistical manner. The most egregious offender is the Mystery/Suspense category where two writers hold 66% of the Mystery/Suspense awards. If you add Kilpack, three writers hold 83% of the Mystery Suspense awards. I assumed the problem would be with the Speculative Fiction …