At this time I will no longer be taking any new review requests or participating in any memes. There will still be author interviews, blasts, guest posts and occasionally reviews posted (as I climb through by TBR pile!!). Life is kind of hectic and I have to focus on a few other commitments before coming back full-time to my blog. Thank you to everyone that has supported me and I won't be gone forever. I will still be around on my social media sites!
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When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?
TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master's injured gladiators. But his warrior's heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.
LUCIA is the daughter of Tag's owner, doomed by her father's greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she's been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air...
When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them -- to Lucia's father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?
Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of the young adult novel, CLEOPATRA'S MOON (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2011), based on the life of Cleopatra's only daughter. She is also the author of two award-winning biographies for kids on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. She is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta.
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beginning of The Butler had me hook, line and sinker. We get to meet Mr. Eugene
Allen, the butler of eight presidents, and his lovely wife, Helene. Will
Haygood reflects on how he was invited into their home as they anxiously await
the results of the pending election where the first African American could
And that is about where the
story ended. What was left was a lot of memories spaced between talk about how
African Americans are portrayed in movies. What most people hope for is the
gossip of what happened during Eugene’s time in the White House. But Eugene
holds to his loyalty to those presidents and doesn’t let those interesting tidbits
To sum up my feelings of this
audio book is I felt it was a lot of promotion for the movie. There was only a
sliver of a story but what was there was good, I just wanted more of that and
less of the promotional aspect of it.
Publication Date: September 17, 2013 iUniverse
Formats: Ebook, Hardcover, Paperback
a cold night in 1692, two young girls are caught up in the divining
games of a slave woman-and then begin to act very strangely when the
game goes wrong. Suddenly, Salem Village is turned upside down as
everyone fears that witches may be involved. Six months later, as news
of the girls' strange behavior becomes known, fear and suspicion
overwhelm a nearby farming community, pitting neighbors against
neighbors and turning friends into enemies. When Rebecca Eames makes one
careless utterance during a verbal attack on her family, she is falsely
accused of witchcraft. After her fate is decided by three magistrates,
Rebecca must endure a prison sentence during which she and her fellow
captives have no choice but to valiantly struggle to find humanity and
camaraderie among dire conditions. In this novel based on a true story, a
woman wrongly imprisoned during the seventeenth-century witchcraft
trials comes full circle where she must determine if she can somehow
resume her life, despite all she has endured.
Renner is the author of "Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca
Eames", an award-winning historical novel based on the true-life account
of Peni's 9th great grandmother. The book is Renner's first published
work, and follows Eames' life and struggles in 1692 Massachussetts
during the Salem Witchcraft Trials.
Writing historical fiction
has always been a lifelong dream of mine. I was discouraged for many
years after receiving multiple rejection slips, and turned to other
creative outlets like crocheting, quilting and cross-stitch for many
years. Then I met a 3rd cousin of mine online who is also into geneology
and history. She told me we shared a common ancestor who was involved
in the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, and her story had never been
told. My love of writing was rekindled and I began to research this
ancestor, Rebecca Blake Eames. In August of 2012 I had the privilege of
visiting her grave in Boxford, Massachusetts.
After months and
months of research, writing, rewriting and revising, Puritan Witch came
into being, featuring a lovely sketch done by my sister-in-law, Jane
I have several other story ideas I am working on at the
moment, all pertaining to interesting ancestors my 3rd cousin has
introduced me to.
For more information please visit the Puritan Witch Facebook Page. You can also follow Peni Jo Renner on Twitter.
Praise for Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames
Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames is a story of the fear,
suspicion, and accusations as they permeate the surrounding communities.
The narration was exquisite, really painting a picture in my head and
bringing to life the language of the Puritans much better than it
usually is done. I loved that it was based on a true story and that the
story really expands on a piece of the darkest of American history. Such
a cool read!" - Katelyn Hensel, Readers' Favorite
written, meticulously researched, and historically accurate, the
author’s work rings true. … Renner’s vast talent as a writer is enhanced
by the fact that she’s telling the story of her own family, completely
captivating from beginning to end.” - Kelly Z. Conrad, award-winning
author of Shaman
“In the colonial-era tale Puritan Witch, the
plight of Rebecca Eames and her family plays out against the backdrop of
one of the most intriguing periods in American history.” - Julie
Castillo, writer and editor