Blast + Giveaway: Egyptian Legend

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the young adult book “Sons of the Sphinx” and “Tutankhamen Speaks”, The Quest Books companion to “Sons of the Sphinx” by Cheryl Carpinello.

Cheryl Carpinello Egypt Legend

About the Books

Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl CarpinelloTitle: Sons of the Sphinx | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Publication Date: October 10, 2014 | Publisher: Beyond Today Educator | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Book Description:

Armed with what she considers her grandmother’s curse, 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena. Though Hesena’s ba inhabits part of Rosa, finding the whole spirit of Hesena so that she and Tut can be together for the first time in over 3000 years proves to be a harder task than Rosa first thinks. Thrust back into Ancient Egypt with Tut, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena is not all she must do. She must keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb – who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic – if she is to stay alive to make it back home.

 

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Awards:

2015 Readers’ Favorite Finalist YA
2015 IAN Book of the Year Finalist YA
2015 CAL Book Award Finalist YA Fiction
2014 Literary Classics Silver Medal for PreTeen/Tween
2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval

 

Tutankhamunfinal2 copyTitle: Tutankhamen Speaks (The Quest Books Companion to Sons of the Sphinx) | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Publication Date: January, 2014 | Publisher: Beyond Today Educator | Pages: 80 | Recommended Age: 10+

Book Description:

2014 EVVY Finalist & Merit Award for Historical Fiction from Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.

Long ago the old texts of ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation. None of that mattered because the scrolls in question could not be found. Scholars labeled it a hoax, something that never existed. It was ludicrous to imagine someone speaking from the grave. They were wrong on both accounts.

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The Buzz About the Books

Sons of the Sphinx:

Sons of the Sphinx is a time-travel thriller featuring a race against time with the stakes being King Tut being separated from his beloved Queen Ankhesenamun for all of eternity as well as the history books forever portraying King Tut’s family as traitors to the people of Egypt. I recommend this exciting story to children ages 11 and older who enjoy reading stories about ancient Egypt or who are just looking for their next great adventure.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“The author has done a marvelous job of negotiating the disputed points of this era and woven them into a seamless time travel historical adventure for middle grade, teen readers and adults. Her characters are well-developed and manage to appear authentic in both the ancient and modern time periods.” ~ Amazon, Barbara Ann Mojica

“I am a fan of historical fiction and I really enjoyed Sons of the Sphinx. It is a well written tale that gives readers a glimpse of ancient Egypt and the lives of Pharaohs who reigned thousands of years ago. The author does a wonderful job of filling in details, where historians are uncertain, that add to the believability of this captivating story.” ~ Amazon, Stacie T.

Carpinello is masterful in her descriptions of ancient Egypt and makes this time travel fantasy very enjoyable indeed. Sons of the Sphinx is highly recommended.~ Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite

Full of adventure, self-discovery, and packed with historical facts, this novel is a perfect read for any girl who’s going through puberty. If I were still there in my life, I would have given it 5 stars for sure!~ Amazon, Erika G.

Sons of the Sphinx is an engaging work of fiction that incorporates many fascinating historical facts that are skillfully intertwined within the pages of a truly terrific read. Sons of the Sphinx comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.” ~ Literary Classics Book Reviews

Tutankhamen Speaks:

“A delightful way to bring history to children. The author, Cheryl Carpinello, reveals the young ruler’s feelings. The same feelings any of us may have had. We are also shown an interesting way of life peaking anyone’s curiosity to read on. Highly recommend for any age.” ~ Sharon, Amazon

Young adult author Cheryl Carpinello has created an imaginative yet historical retelling of King Tut’s full life story in her new novel Tutankhamen Speaks.~ Tyler T., Amazon

 

About the Author: Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello AuthorI am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those young-at-heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello’s Writing Pages where I interview children’s/MG/Tween/YA authors; my home website Beyond Today Educator, and The Quest Books where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.

Beyond the Educator * Carpinello’s Writing Pages

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** Book Blast Giveaway **

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: December 12, 11:59 pm, 2015

Open to: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Cheryl Carpinello and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Review: Secret Admirer


Title:
 Secret Admirer
Author: Michelle Jaffe
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release Date: January 2014
Length: 349 pages
Series?: The Arboretti Family #4
Genre: Historical Fiction, Thriller

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

She’s got murder in mind.

Lady Tuesday Arlington has always used her painting as a refuge from the nightmares that plague her sleep. When her husband is murdered in a setting that uncannily resembles one of Tuesday’s paintings, the young widow becomes the prime suspect.

Lawrence Pickering, the Earl of Arden and an investigator in service of Queen Elizabeth I, begins to follow Tuesday’s every move, certain of her guilt—until Tuesday becomes a target herself. Intrigued by her knowledge of the crime scenes as well as her stunning beauty, Lawrence vows to protect her. But how can he stop a killer who appears capable of the impossible—invading Tuesday’s mind?

***** Review *****

The Skinny

Tuesday paints to escape her nightmares. She paints marvelous copies and beautiful portraits for her family’s livelihood with her dear friend George fronting as the artist. She has adopted the three children who live next door that come and go at all hours. She takes in the vagabonds and gives them a home and a purpose, even when the finances are already stretched thin. She finds a way to make do.

Until her husband is murdered and one of her paintings is the murder scene. She becomes Lawrence Pickering’s single suspect, and Tuesday’s evasiveness drives him even further down the road of conviction. He quickly finds she is an oddity after watching her every move. Tuesday just knows too much. Things happen too neatly. It’s like the killer is in Tuesday’s subconscious. As the surveillance goes on, what everyone has joked as Tuesday’s gifts from her Secret Admirer turn darker, and deadlier. Lawrence moves beyond Tuesday as the suspect, but the Secret Admirer is so clever and cunning at getting close to Tuesday and then disappearing into thin air.

The Players

Tuesday – a strong woman who cares more for how others feel than herself; she has endured a lot of heartache at the hands of men

Curtis – Tuesday’s husband; exploited her family

George – Tuesday’s close friend who helps support her family by posing as a brilliant artist; he asks Tuesday daily if she will run away and marry him

CeCe – Tuesday’s maid and friend; beautiful and charming

Lawrence – the Earl of Arden; one of Queen Elizabeth’s prime investigators

Grub – Lawrence’s right-hand man

Tom – a young man in Lawrence’s investigation; served with Lawrence in Spain

 

I thought George’s unwavering and silly proposals to Tuesday were quite sweet…but they would get annoying after a while.

“George, it is very kind of you to offer, but I must say no. It would utterly destroy our friendship – you know how messy I am, and how you hate chaos.”

“I would learn to live with it.”

“No. Your esteem means too much to me.”

“Now be serious, princess. I’ve got it all planned out.” 

First Impressions

I recognized in the previous books the pattern of the main male and main female characters, so I kind of had an idea of what I was getting into, but Tuesday surprised me beyond imagination.

Second Thoughts

Lady Tuesday Arlington is such a flawed character that her character – her nature – is stunningly beautiful. She was born under the worst of circumstances for a family of tradition, and continues to be the bane of her father’s existence.

She felt tears prick the back of her eyes, not because of the ruined painting – no one was ever going to see it, so it hardly mattered – but at this further proof of what she already knew: she always ruined everything. It had been like that from the day she was born – on a Monday, instead of on a Tuesday like every other woman in her mother’s family since the time of William the Conqueror – and continued with no appearance of abatement. 

They had given her the maternal family name, Tuesday, despite her lapse of breeding and she bore the paternal surname, Worthington, but she wore them, like ill-affixed labels. She did not fit in with her family, did not look like any of them, could not sing or play the lute or do embroidery like them. Six generations of Worthingtons had been ladies in waiting to the queens of England by merit of their extraordinary skills as needle-women. But everything Tuesday touched just unraveled. 

Even as a grown woman, supporting the household, she is nothing but a disaster in her father’s eyes. Obviously she is to blame for making her husband, Curtis, leave. Their relationship unravels throughout the novel, just as Tuesday feels she unravels everything she touches. What is revealed through multiple characters is so heartbreaking, and it begins to change Lawrence’s opinion of Tuesday, or at least see her in a different light. She is the kind of woman who brings out the protective nature in him. Lawrence’s impression and revelation of Tueday’s description is quite striking:

She was taller than average, with hair the color of autumn grass, and she was holding a badly knotted gold cord in her hands. Her eyes – the gray-green of summer thunderheads before a storm and, Lawrence suspected, capable of flashing like them – rested on his face, but she was not meeting his gaze. 

George Lyle, Tuesday’s devoted friend and her cover as the brilliant artist, is a very interesting man. He has jealous tendencies, especially of CeCe and the Burns children next door. He prefers to have Tuesday all to himself, and their friendship was quite comical most of the time.

He took a sip from the glass on Tuesday’s work table, choked, and put it back. “What the devil is that?”

“Water,” Tuesday replied, vaguely amused. “It comes – ” 

“I know where it comes from.” George wiped his mouth on his hand and stared at her as if she had tried to poison him. 

George and CeCe seem to compete for Tuesday’s attentions, and both are very needy characters. Lawrence at one point observes that Tuesday seems to be the maid to CeCe as much as Tuesday does for her.

Tuesday glared at him. “George, what happened?”

“That is an extremely good question,” he replied airily. “It seems that your charming maid, CeCe, threw herself in front of the coach -“

“Threw myself? You pushed me,” said an outraged CeCe. 

“Why would I do that?” 

“Who can say? You probably thought it was amusing. I suppose you like hurting animals as well.” 

“Adore it. Such a feeling of power.”

Lawrence’s first appearance in the novel caught my attention. He sort of breaks into Tuesday’s house, and walks right into a self-made burglar alarm.

Lawrence turned back around when he heard himself being addressed by a woman. “The top part of the burglar alarms was supposed to hit your head, not your chin,” she explained, pointing to where his hand was massaging his jaw. “You are too tall.” 

No apology, nothing. She just stated these things as if they were facts, as if it were his fault that he’d been attacked by her doorway. And Lawrence let her.

 

Tuesday’s nightmares are chilling. The circumstances she finds herself in casts her in suspicion, and she has a hard time explaining that her husband’s murder – as well as others – have all been painted by her the day before the murders…which always happen on Tuesdays. The psychological piece of the novel – the fact that the killer seems to be in Tuesday’s very mind – is uncanny. It again does nothing but point the finger at Tuesday, but her Secret Admirer starts sending darker and deadlier gifts. They are no longer cute trinkets left by an anonymous man.

Tuesday is an impossible woman, in Lawrence’s eyes. She won’t directly answer his questions, she is evasive and her own house staff will lie through their teeth while being utterly charming in order to protect her. How could she not be the killer? Evidence upon evidence is stacked against her, she is found at her husband’s apartments, and despite that she acts in such comically evasive ways that it seems to only further cement her damnation, or insanity.

“We are not going back to your house. Now answer my questions.” 

“I believe I told you yesterday, Mister Pickering, that while I am happy to talk to you at lenght on a vast variety of subjects, questions from you of any type are decidedly unwelcome. Plus, you owe me an apology.” 

“You are insane, aren’t you?”

“I wonder why your coach isn’t moving.” 

“Do you know how close you are coming to getting your neck wrung?”

“Perhaps your coachman has fainted. I’ll go take a look.” 

“My coachman is fine. You do realize you are under arrest, don’t you?”

“Isn’t the weather lovely?”

As Lawrence delves deeper into the Tuesday murders, he is caught between wanting to protect the utterly vulnerable Lady Tuesday Arlington, and wanting to arrest her on the spot. His own trust issues and his past obscure his objectivity and when there seems to be undisputed evidence that links Tuesday to the killings, Lawrence can no longer protect Tuesday as he desires to. Despite all of his good intentions, Lawrence cannot keep himself from slowly falling in love with Tuesday Arlington. It is a sweet romance that blooms from his need to protect her.

This was a terrible idea, the worst possible idea, whatever they were, doing everything they shouldn’t be. They didn’t even like each other. They couldn’t even be in the same room without glaring at each other. She might have killed her husband, he might be her jailer. They were both too fragile for this, both too broken.

Tuesday is a woman just like any other, and yet not like any other. She loves with intensity, cares greatly, and is damaged beyond repair. Regardless, she is taken aback to find herself in the same predicament that Lawrence secretly finds himself in: in love.

Don’t look at him don’t look at him don’t look at him. She looked at him. 

She forgot everything she was going to say. She forgot English.

                              ***

“How come you get to say what happens?” she sighed. 

“I am in charge.” 

“Why?” 

“This is my house.” 

“Does that mean I am in charge at my house?”

“No.”

“Where can I be –” 

But it isn’t until one of Tuesday’s former fiancés is called to visit Lord Pickering that the heart of the matter of Tueday’s past relationships is revealed and a crushing truth expounds Lawrence. Tuesday – always made to feel she’s not good enough – has been rejected over and over again, only reinforcing this idea in her mind. This can take an incredible toll on your psyche, and when she feels this coming on, she harshly reminds herself she is a terrible wife and all manner of other things as have been said about her. It made me cry on more than one occasion.

All of the characters in this final installment play important roles for the plot to continue moving along steadily. Just when I thought I had figured out who the Secret Admirer was – also called the Lion – I was proven wrong. And then wrong again. The Secret Admirer is nothing short of a crazed lunatic who can show some mode of decorum and reasoning, but once he starts slipping into his W craziness, it’s the end of the line. I don’t remember why, but he has some fascination with the letter W, so everything with a W is capitalized.

I found myself doing three things as I read this last novel of the Arboretti family. I was either constantly giggling at the antics of Tuesday and her friends, or sobering up and crying buckets for Tuesday. I also found myself refusing to continue reading because I didn’t want Tuesday’s story to come to a close. I wanted to prolong it as much as possible, but I found myself giving in. Who can resist Lady Tuesday Arlington?

***** About the Author *****

Michele is the author of the Bad Kitty series of YA books as well as thrillers and romances for adults. After getting her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard, she retired from academia and decided to become an FBI special agent or glamorous showgirl, but somehow instead ended up writing.  A native of Los Angeles, California, Michele and her sparkly shoes currently reside in New York City.

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Blast + Giveaway: The Incarnations of Joe-The Key Book

There are consequences that must be paid…
Publication Date: July 8, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: The Incarnations of Joe, Book One

Death has come to the woods surrounding an isolated northern mining town. It is the night of Christmas 1960, and what Joe Magister is about to encounter on the road will leave him forever changed and bring him face to face with his true heritage. What he will come to learn is that no truth is as simple as what is taught in church. Angels and demons; Heaven and Hell; good versus evil—none of it is as it seems. And when a marriage of old souls is put asunder there are consequences that must be paid.

 

Born in Collingwood Ontario Canada. Grew up on a family farm where he cultivated both his families crops, and his imagination. Passionate about life, friends, family, animals and writing.

Sunday Post (November 29)

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Life has been slowsville this past week, with Thanksgiving and all. It was refreshing to not have to stress and worry about the holiday and my family since I spent it with the man and Lucy. He had two days of Daddy Day Care with the girls, during which they plotted and dug more holes in the backyard.

Here they are secretly plotting:

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I also had a Thanksgiving surprise visitor, who was very, very angry, and not just because I almost stepped on him.

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I was also pretty impressed with myself. I took care of some housekeeping work (the tip of the iceberg), I created my 2016 challenge pages and I took a leap and advantage of an easy graphics site.

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    • WWW Wednesday
    • Release + Giveaway ~ FIVE
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    • Thoughts on Thursday ~ ?
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    • Review ~ Billionaire Brothers’ Christmas

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Read This Round Up #59

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Feature Follow Friday (November 27)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

There are some general rules to the Feature Follow, and they have recently been updated. There are now TWO Featured Bloggers each week, one at Parajunkee’s View and one at Alison Can Read. It is required that you follow both of these Featured Bloggers, so make sure you stop in with both hosts’ posts to meet the Featured Bloggers and follow them.
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The Question:

If you could write a book what genre would it be? – The Realm of Books

My Answer:

Realistically, it would be historical fiction. That’s what I like to read, and that’s the kind of thing I’m good at writing.

BUT, I do want to write something more compelling and moving in women’s fiction. 

 

What book would you write? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

Thankful Thanksgivings

finds you with plenty of reasons to give thanks!

This was the first year I did “Days of Thanks.” Not because I’m not thankful, but just because I never thought to articulate it before.

I have collected all of my Days of Thanks moments below…some are heartfelt, some are comical. Either way, I’m still thankful.

Day 1 – I am thankful my biopsy results came back negative!

Day 2 – I am thankful I had a mother who taught me how to be independent and self-sufficient.

Day 3 – I am thankful I have an annoying, bossy, nosy family…aka The Bowen Compound.

Day 4 – I am thankful for all of the amazing support I have from the best group of colleagues, friends and mentors.

Day 5 – I am thankful for my finishes-my-sentences, on-the-same-brainwave bestie Amanda. There are times I wonder about us…

Day 6 – I am thankful for my college experiences. I learned so much about life and growing up, and I did it on such a beautiful campus.

Day 7 – I am thankful for Texas. It has a feel that steals your soul and heart.

Day 8 – I am thankful for one leggy, floppy-eared Baby who shows her love freely and unconditionally. She is always happy to see me, unless I’ve just woken her up. Then she squints like the mole in Thumbelina.

Day 9 – I am thankful for Disney movies. They never go out of style or season.

Day 10 – I am thankful for music. I have found the niche that soothes my soul and my temperament.

Day 11 – I am thankful for everyfoodthing Mexican and Tex Mex. I have to keep the little Mexican girl deep down quiet or she comes raging out.

Day 12 – I am also thankful for french fries, which is what my energy meter runs on.

Day 13 – I am SO thankful I am strong enough.

Day 14 – I am thankful my mother listened when my teacher told her, “You’re child is going to fail the next grade” and she took action.

Day 15 – I am thankful I overcame my struggles to read and not only caught up to grade level, but I excelled higher than my peers. And now I love to read! I get annoyed if I have to stop!

Day 16: I am thankful some weirdo way back in history decided to drink the substance that is produced by cows because milk is my main drink!

Day 17 – I am thankful I have a roof over my head and the proper utilities I need when there are so many who don’t.

Day 18 – I am thankful my kids “love” me enough to spend their own $$$ to throw a pie in my face… which is happening tonight.

Day 19 – I am thankful for kindness, compassion, and empathy.

Day 20 – I am thankful for beautiful trees, especially oak trees and magnolias.

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Day 21 – I am thankful I inherited the green thumb in my family and I can bring things to life with a little dirt and a lotta love.

Day 22 – I am thankful for cows, pigs and chickens. Especially cows. (Can we have burgers for dinner?)

Day 23 – I am thankful for mementos and heirlooms, old pictures, family history and stories passed down generation to generation.

Day 24- I am thankful I am (relatively) healthy.

Day 25 – I am thankful I have a job.

Day 26 – I am thankful for love.