Author Spotlight: Lenore Sagaskie

Today I am super excited to bring you an author spotlight for Lenore Sagaskie and her new book series ‘The Four Sworn’!! Not only do these book like really interesting reads Lenore has answered a few questions with some really interesting answers and provided some awesome sneak previews of the first two books in the series! I am very excited to get started on reading these!

Author Interview

  1. What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I try to work on one project at a time but it isn’t easy for me.  I suppose I’m one of those people who thrive on chaos so having more than one project at a time works for me.  I work a couple of side hustles too, and I find that I function much better when I schedule my time very tightly. If I have too much time to myself, I tend to squander it. Sometimes I get muddled and it falls apart but I can recover fairly quickly. I don’t recommend this for everyone unless you are one of those people like me who need to stay busy.

  1. Is there a lot to do before you dive in and start writing the story?

I make sure my characters are well developed and have personalities that are relatable with their life situations, even if they’re fantastical. I also do a loose outline of how I see the story evolving. It doesn’t always end up that way but at least I have a guideline.

  1. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

The first book I read in its entirety as a child was The Tales of the Arabian Nights. I was fascinated by the stories within the story. Another book that influenced me was Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.  I became fascinated with monsters and people that become monsters.

  1. What is your most unusual writing quirk?

I don’t have an office and I drive a lot so my car has become my office.  I know it’s weird but I get so much done when I write in my car.  My writing process is a bit strange too. When I write my novels, I write everything out by hand first, then transfer it to the computer and edit as I go. When I write scripts and short stories, I write them directly on my computer. I don’t know why this in my process but it works for me but it does.

 

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your author bio?

I find it difficult to talk about myself without relating experiences so writing my author bio was challenging. I just want people to know I’m just this average person who happens to write stories, and that I like animals too. I also want them to know that I occasionally come out of my writing cave to do normal stuff and socialize.

  1. Any advice for others who have started on their own book writing journey?

Don’t give up! Keep going and finish what you started.  Then edit it and edit it some more.  Seriously, edit your work.

  1. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Nope! I understand that some writers need them to express themselves in a safe way and I respect that. I don’t need one.

  1. What did you enjoy most about writing your book?

I liked seeing how the characters evolved with the story.  I’m currently writing the third book in a four book series and I have to admit that the characters have evolved better than I ever imagined; which is good because I really put them through their paces.

  1. How do you feel about e-books vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

I have to admit that I’m one of those that like both formats. While I love the tangible aspect of books, I travel a lot and I like being able to download books. I like that I can have 70 or more books on an e-reader whenever I go.  I think the publishing industry has changed a great deal.  Traditional publishing with publishing houses will always exist and continue to support writers. I’m an independent writer and I find that it gives me a lot of freedom to do as I want. Unfortunately, I have to do a lot more to get out there.  There are pros and cons to both so aspiring writers have to decide if they want to wait to see if a publisher will pick them up, or if they want to publish independently and do more of the publicity and other administration.

  1. Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

I wish I could write full time but I’m not at that point yet.  I try to set aside time every day to write and I often sneak away from events to finish stories.  I don’t think my writing suffers for it but my social life definitely does. I would like to be able to say I’m a full-time writer and it’s definitely a goal I’m trying to achieve.

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I think the hardest part of writing my book was deciding when to finish it.  There were so many things I wanted to get in the story but I didn’t want to write one massive book.  I decided to make it a four book series so I could incorporate all the secondary and tertiary story elements I wanted.

  1. What inspired you to write your book?

I was dealing with some health issues and I had to take some strong medication that not only gave me insomnia but gave me crazy dreams when I did sleep. Those dreams became the basis of my story and insomnia helped me write my first book in the series.

  1. What is your favorite time to write, and why?

When I’m home I prefer to write at night.  I’m very much a night owl so it’s the perfect time for me.  I get in as much time as I can writing in my car so I don’t limit myself.  I take my writing with me wherever I go so I can write when the urge strikes.

  1. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?

I definitely believe character development is very important.  If you don’t have strong characters your readers won’t bond or relate to them.

  1. Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?

Don’t throw away story ideas! You can keep them in files and start them later when you need an idea for a short story or novella.  Also, seek out helpful criticism.  If someone tells you they don’t like your writing, ask them what about it they don’t like. If they can’t tell you anything specific, seek out those who will give you constructive criticism.  You may not always like what they have to say, but you will learn from it.

 

I’m still writing the 3rd book in my Four Sworn series and it should be out in 2020.  I just finished a short story, The Remaining One. It’s about two sisters who stalk Death.  My short horror film, Rage is currently in pre-production and will be filmed in the fall of this year. 

The Spring Equinox

One drawn to fire.
One drawn to air.
One drawn to water.
One drawn to earth.

Spring Equinox
Brought together by ancient forces woven long ago, The Four must come together to fulfill their destiny. They will change forever as they prepare to face the biggest challenge of their lives– fighting to prevent two worlds from tearing each other apart.

Book Teasers

At first I thought this fire thing was a gift,’ Abby whispered,
‘but now it feels more like a curse.

“Show me,” he whispered. The water grew slightly opaque and
warped-looking, as if he were looking into a carnival mirror. He
continued his unblinking stare at the still water oblivious to everything
around him. Then, as the water started to swirl, a shadowy image
formed in front of him…

Joe thought back to the day of the earthquakes at school. He had felt
them; he knew they were coming. And he could feel the rhythm of the
earth; he could feel its pulse and its pain. Why, last night – Joe paused
in mid-thought. That earthquake last night – I didn’t feel it coming
first. Joe opened his mouth, his eyes widened with realization.
I didn’t feel it coming because – he took a deep breath and whispered,
“I caused it”.

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The Summer Solstice

One drawn to Fire.
One drawn to Air.
One drawn to Water.
One drawn to Earth.

Summer Solstice

The Four find themselves alone to deal with their increasing elemental powers as enthusiasm for The Four in Feyland wanes. When a missing girl is discovered murdered the fey ask them to investigate. Will they and their new allies find a serial killer in Harmon? Or will they find something more dangerous?

Book Teasers

As she sat there trying to tap into her power, she felt a strange
sensation, as if the tip of someone’s finger had just grazed the skin on
the back of her neck. Abby jerked up straight and turned her head to
see if someone was standing behind her, but there was no one standing
there and no one remotely near the area… the feeling of the touch was
gone, but the feeling of something, some presence still lingered in the
room.

As soon as her hand connected with Abby’s shoulder, Abby felt a jolt,
as if something ignited a flame inside her with the intensity of some
power that wasn’t hers, yet it didn’t belong to the disturbing blob-thing
either. It was something new. Something touched her power, and she
felt the sensation of every cell of her body as it instantaneously
penetrated her core, overloading her every sense. It was raw… and it
was too much. She closed her eyes and let the darkness take her.

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About Lenore

A native of Canada, Lenore has been living in
self-imposed exile in Michigan with her family
and a few too many cats. She is currently living
the dream as a freelance writer and artist.

 

Connect with Lenore

Email
lenoresagaskie@gmail.com

Website
www.thefoursworn.com

Facebook
facebook.com/TheFourSworn

Twitter
@lenorewrites

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/author/s
how/7305546.Lenore_Sagaskie

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Lenore-Sa
gaskie/e/B00CAX9MBS

Five Star Reviews

And if you were still unsure if you would like to check it out, have a look at these five-star reviews!

I absolutely loved this book! I read the first book in the series a few months ago, Spring Equinox, and had been eagerly anticipating the continuation of the story. Ms. Sagaskie did not disappoint. This second installment of The Four Sworn was just as intriguing as the first. The Elemental Powers of the Four continue to grow as they learn more about who they are and about each other and how to use their powers together to protect both their world and Feyland, the mystical world where magic is common and strange and wonderful creatures exist. I am looking forward to the continuation of their story in Book 3.

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.

 

Great story line, well written and a lot of action and adventure. I like the characters very much as well. A big plus is that the setting is in Michigan, and it seems very much like the Michigan I know and love. Fans of Charles de Lint would like this series. Looking forward to reading more!

 

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Why do you Blog?

Discussion

Someone asked me this the other day and it sort of threw me a little bit. My immediate answer was because I like it, why else would I?  But the question stuck with me for the rest of the day and the more I thought about it the more reasons I could think of.

So initially when I started and I think I have mentioned this before was because writing a blog had always just been in the back of my mind. I don’t have any real reasons as to why it was, it was just always something that had appealed to me, the problem was I had absolutely no idea what on earth I could possibly write about. Would I want to write about different things all the time, how could I possibly think of new and entertaining things that people might actually want to read, how would I even start? Make a website and bam just start writing? Have a whole heap planned so that I give myself plenty of time to think of more things? Seriously how on earth would I keep thinking of things? Round and round these sort of thoughts went until I would push the idea once again to the back of mind and carry about my day.

This was until (and I can not for the life of me remember where) stumbled across a book blog. This was the moment I was sort of like WAIT I can talk about books!?! Well, this changes EVERYTHING! Not only do I love reading but I can never run out of books which means I can never run out of things to talk about! These are the opinions I can definitely be sharing with the world. So of I went and this blog was born.

So in the beginning, I was definitely blogging from pure excitement about being able to talk about books with the world, I had something I loved to talk about and was finally able to work on that blog which had been lingering in the back of my mind. As this went on I discovered Netgalley, I got requests from authors, I started posting on Amazon and Goodreads, I got to start talking to fellow bloggers, I actually made a Twitter account and started connecting with bloggers and authors alike. Then I was getting comments from authors who I adored who had been reading my reviews. Now I get to do all these things as well as be included on book tours and cover reveals, so how as the reason behind blogging changed?

Well for starters it was a lot more work than I ever anticipated, this is something that I enjoy but there have been a few times where it has become too much and I have had to take a step back, reevaluate how much time realistically I can spend on it and come back at a later date. I feel like I have such a better appreciation of how much work and effort goes into writing any book so now I want to be able to blog for the authors as well as myself. If I get to keep reading everyone’s awesome books then surely I can help out by doing something that I love and hopefully promoting something they love in the process. I also love being able to keep in contact with the bookish community which is just such an awesome thing to be a part of for any book lover. There are just so many awesome reasons to stay blogging now that I know even if I end up taking a break I know that I will always come back. I feel like it is something that has really taken on a life of it’s own and it’s something I think I will always be grateful for!

So why do you blog? Have your experiences differed to mine? Let me know!

Book Review: A Flight of Broken Wings by Napur Chowdhury

Synopsis

Supernatural meets White Collar.

Action, mystery, and bromance!

Saving the world has never been so much fun!!

Six hundred years ago, humanity rose up in revolt against the Aeriels, who were driven A Flight of Broken Wings (The Aeriel Chronicles, #1)from earth and back into their homeland of Vaan after a bloody and glorious war.

Eight years ago, Ruban’s home was destroyed and his family murdered by an Aeriel.

When a new Aeriel threat looms over Ragah, the capital city of Vandram, Ruban Kinoh must do everything in his power to avenge his family’s past and protect the future of his country.

Which is hard enough without being saddled with a pretty and pompous aristocrat, who seems as useless as he is vain. Faced with a conspiracy that might cost humanity its hard-won freedom, and accompanied by the bejeweled and glitter-clad Ashwin Kwan, Ruban begins his journey into a land where the past and the future intertwine.

Review

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Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Now this is another book that definitely takes me out of my comfort zone and yet again another I found myself to be really enjoying once I got into it. I think this is a book that just has a lit bit something different about it and it really does work it it’s favor. It does have a bit of a slowish action free start but this I think was needed to help build up the world building. I did really enjoy the world building itself and I really enjoyed how it was a kind of earth like existence, this isn’t something I really see in fantasy books and I have to say I really loved it. The story itself does have some really surprises throughout which I love, there were a few parts that were a tad cliche but it wasn’t anything major. The characters were relatable and overall a very satisfying read.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Book Review: Foul Deeds Will Rise by Elizabeth Ireland @rararesources

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Synopsis

To prove her friend’s innocence, she’s willing to face death.

By 1875, Lillian Nolan believes she has successfully shut off any connection to the spirit Foul Deeds Will Rise (Backstage Mystery #2)world. That winter she is thrilled when she wins the role of Ophelia in a new production of Hamlet in her home town of ChicagoEverything changes when the body of the managing director is found sprawled across the steps of the dress circle and all the investors’ money is missing. Lillian fears, once again, her career is over before it begins.

After her dearest friend is arrested for murder, Lillian commits herself to discovering the truth. Her search is complicated by a strange man who is following her, the romantic overtures of her co-star, and a reunion with an old nemesis. But nothing is what it seems. What she does find puts a member of her own family at risk and leads to the unmasking of the killer with lethal consequences for herself.

Foul Deeds Will Rise is the second standalone book in the Backstage Mystery Series. If you enjoy historical mysteries that blend fact and fiction and include a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Elizabeth Ireland’s story of the adventures of one young actress during the golden age of acting and spiritualism in America.

Buy Foul Deeds Will Rise and discover that death may just be the beginning…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07NQM8NT4/

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NQM8NT4/

THE BACKSTAGE MYSTERY SERIES

Tagline: Life upon the wicked stage can be deadly.

Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, the Backstage Mystery Series stars Lillian Nolan, an unconventional member of Chicago’s upper class who dreams of a career of fortune and fame in the theater. Talented and ambitious, she possesses a hidden skill which she is extremely reluctant to use—the ability to communicate with those who have died and now live in the world of “The Beyond.”

The series chronicles her adventures in which she continually becomes enmeshed in solving mysteries which often require her accessing the realm of the paranormal. Filled with an incredible cast of characters—factual, fictional, and sometimes non-physical—who either help or hinder her quest for the truth, the stories take place during a a period considered to be the golden age of both acting and spiritualism in America.

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Now this is the second book in the Backstage Mystery series and I have to say it is definitely just as intriguing as the first! Now this I think could be read as a standalone but I think it would be best to read the first in series beforehand. Once again written as a memoir we follow Lillian as she is immediately confronted with another death and the mystery that surrounds this. I think I enjoyed this book a little more than the first possibly because I had already got to know Lillian but also I think she develops more as a character within this book than the first. I also think I knew what to expect and went in super excited to see how it Lillian stories continued! Once again I really enjoyed the theater aspect of the book as well as the mystery and once again it was really refreshing to read something a little out of my comfort zone especially when it was so enjoyable!

A really great four star read!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Elizabeth Ireland discovered her passion for theater early. After receiving undergraduate Foul Deeds Elizabeth Irelandand graduate degrees in Theater, she accepted a teaching position in a vibrant performing arts department at a college in northern Illinois. For ten years, she taught, directed and ran front-of-house operations. American Theater History—particularly that of the 19th century—has always been of particular interest to her.

She has been a quarter-finalist and a semi-finalist for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Two of her screenplays have been optioned, but remain unproduced. Her nonfiction work, Women of Vision: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives, was published in 2008. Her work has also been published in a collection of paranormal short stories, Paramourtal: Tales of Undying Love and Loving the Undead. She lives in metro Atlanta with her ever-patient husband, and two quirky dachshunds.

Social Media Links –

www.facebook.com/BackstageMystery/

www.BackstageMystery.com

https://twitter.com/EbethIreland

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Book Review and Giveaway: Cultivating a Fuji by Miriam Drori @rararesources

Cultivating A Fuji

Synopsis

Convinced that his imperfect, solitary existence is the best it will ever be, Martin Cultivating a Fujiunexpectedly finds himself being sent to represent his company in Japan. His colleagues think it’s a joke; his bosses are certain he will fail. What does Martin think? He simply does what he’s told. That’s how he’s survived up to now – by hiding his feelings.

Amazingly, in the land of strange rituals, sweet and juicy apples, and too much saké, Martin flourishes and achieves the impossible. But that’s only the beginning. Keeping up the momentum for change proves futile. So, too, is a return to what he had before. Is there a way forward, or should he put an end to the search now?

Gradually, as you’ll see when Martin looks back from near the end of his journey, life improves. There’s even a woman, Fiona, who brings her own baggage to the relationship, but brightens Martin’s days. And just when you think there can be no more surprises, another one pops up.

Throughout his life, people have laughed at ‘weirdo’ Martin; and you, as you read, will have plenty of opportunity to laugh, too. Go ahead, laugh away, but you’ll find that there’s also a serious side to all this…

Purchase Link – mybook.to/cultivatingafuji

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Well I can safely say this book was nothing like I was expecting when I initially went into it! Having been on an exchange to Japan myself I was really looking forward to seeing how the author portrayed this and of course getting to read about Japan. The story itself is incredibly thought provoking it gets you to really see what it is like for people who suffer with social anxiety, Martin is an incredibly interesting character to get to know and we get to see all different aspect of his life with flashbacks as well as different peoples point of views.

This is a book that is guaranteed to stay with you long after you read it, it is a book that really makes you think with a few surprises along the way.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Giveaway

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About the Author

Miriam Drori has decided she’s in the fifth and best stage of her life, and she’s hoping it’ll last for ever. It’s the one in which she’s happiest and most settled and finally free to do what she wants. Miriam lives in a delightful house and garden in Jerusalem with her lovely husband and one of three children. She enjoys frequent trips around the world. She dances, hikes, reads and listens to music. And she’s realised that social anxiety is here to stay, so she might as well make friends with it. On top of that, she has moved away from computer programming and technical writing (although both of those provided interest in previous stages) and now spends her time editing and writing fiction. NEITHER HERE NOR THERE (currently unavailable), a romance with a difference set in Jerusalem, was published in 2014. THE WOMEN FRIENDS, co-written with Emma Rose Millar, is a series of novellas based on the famous painting by Gustav Klimt. SOCIAL ANXIETY REVEALED (non-fiction) provides a comprehensive description of social anxiety from many different viewpoints. CULTIVATING A FUJI takes the social anxiety theme into fiction, using humour to season a poignant story.

Social Media Links –  Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram, Wattpad, website/blog and social anxiety blog.

Amazon page: Author.to/MiriamDroriAtAmazon

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Book Review: A Matter of Latitude by Isobel Blackthorn @rararesources

A Matter Of Latitude

Synopsis

From the acclaimed author of The Drago Tree comes a riveting thriller about survival, revenge and long-hidden secrets.

When local Lanzarote anti-corruption activist, Celestino, is T-boned on a lonely stretch of A Matter of Latituderoad, he knows the collision was no accident.

Wounded and fearing for his life, he hides in an abandoned fishing village, waiting for a chance to make it home. Meanwhile his wife, English expat Paula, is distraught. Her pursuit of answers is deflected when her neighbor, troublesome retiree Shirley Mobad, co-opts Paula on her escapades around the Canary Islands.

Paula’s search for her husband quickly descends into mayhem, danger and intrigue. Before long, she realizes she’s being followed. She needs answers, and fast.

But where is Celestino, and will he ever make it back alive?

“A Matter of Latitude simmers with danger, betrayal and treachery, drawing the reader into the island’s history of shady dealings and uneasy relationships between natives, tourists and expats… Isobel Blackthorn has crafted an atmospheric and setting-rich novel with alluring lyrical style.”  – Sandi Wallace, award-winning crime fiction author

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KWM65GY

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KWM65GY

Review

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Thank you to the Author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

So this is the second book that I have read from Isobel Blackthorn and I still can’t decide which book I liked best! This was a really intriguing mystery/thriller and while quite slow paced it kept you hooked from the beginning. One thing I loved about ‘Clarissa’s Warning’ was that the author does a really great job of bringing you in to the surroundings and it was no different with this book. I really felt as if I was there which helped me really get into the story.

The character development for both Paula and Celestino was great and I really enjoyed watching it progress as the book did. There was a few great twists and turns and I was really excited to see how it ended. Will most definitely be keeping my eye out for the next Isobel Blackthorn book!

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of original fiction across a range of genres, A Matter of Latitude - Isobel Blackthorn Headshot 1 copy (1)including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire.

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel, The Unlikely Occultist.

Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Many of her novels are set on the islands, including The Drago Tree, which was released in 2015 and is now in Spanish translation, Clarissa’s Warning and A Matter of Latitude. These novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction, and the novels are as much stories about the islands themselves as they are straight-ahead entertainment.

Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. Some of her writing is dark, like the psychological thriller, Twerk, which is based on six years of research and first-hand accounts of dancers working in what are euphemistically called gentlemen’s clubs.

A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/Lovesick.Isobel.Blackthorn/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5768657.Isobel_Blackthorn

https://twitter.com/IBlackthorn

https://www.instagram.com/isobelblackthorn/

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Book Review: A Walking Shadow by Elizabeth Ireland @rararesources

A Walking Shadow

Synopsis

To achieve her heart’s desire, a novice actress may very well have to sell her soul.A Walking Shadow (Backstage Mystery #1)

In 1871, Lillian Nolan accepts a small role in Macbeth, and finally fulfills her dream of becoming an actress. That is until the renowned, but venomous, female star of the production is murdered onstage opening night. When her enraged spirit haunts the theater, Lillian is shocked to discover she can communicate with her. Offered a Faustian bargain in which she will be given talent and expertise way beyond her ability in exchange for uncovering the killer, Lillian can’t resist.

Her quest for the truth causes her to descend into the Underworld, the den of inequity below the streets of Chicago. What Lillian finds soon embroils her in a battle between her passion for performing and sovereignty over her own body as it all plays out in a supernatural game of good and evil

.A Walking Shadow is the first standalone book in the Backstage Mystery series. If you enjoy stories with a touch of the paranormal that blend historical fact with fiction, then you’ll love Elizabeth Ireland’s tale of history, mystery and theater.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walking-Shadow-Backstage-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B07NQM27YG/

US – https://www.amazon.com/walking-shadow-backstage-mystery-book-ebook/dp/B07NQM27YG/

Review

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Thank you to the Author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Now this is a different sort of book then I usually go for but I’m sure glad I got the opportunity to read this! Written as a memoir we follow Lillian and her love for the theater before it takes a supernatural/murder mystery sort of twist. This did take me a bit to get into but this may of been due to this not being my typical sort of book. I enjoyed the writing and the pacing of the book though for some reason I couldn’t connect with Lillian as much as I wanted to. This didn’t however diminish my enjoyment for the book at all and I’m already excited to read the next!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

THE BACKSTAGE MYSTERY SERIES

Life upon the wicked stage can be deadly.

Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, the Backstage Mystery Series stars Lillian Nolan, an unconventional member of Chicago’s upper class who dreams of a career of fortune and fame in the theater. Talented and ambitious, she possesses a hidden skill which she is extremely reluctant to use—the ability to communicate with those who have died and now live in the world of “The Beyond.”

The series chronicles her adventures in which she continually becomes enmeshed in solving mysteries which often require her accessing the realm of the paranormal. Filled with an incredible cast of characters—factual, fictional, and sometimes non-physical—who either help or hinder her quest for the truth, the stories take place during a a period considered to be the golden age of both acting and spiritualism in America.

About the Author

Elizabeth Ireland discovered her passion for theater early. After receiving undergraduate A Walking Shadow Elizabeth Irelandand graduate degrees in Theater, she accepted a teaching position in a vibrant performing arts department at a college in northern Illinois. For ten years, she taught, directed and ran front-of-house operations. American Theater History—particularly that of the 19th century—has always been of particular interest to her.

She has been a quarter-finalist and a semi-finalist for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Two of her screenplays have been optioned, but remain unproduced. Her nonfiction work, Women of Vision: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives, was published in 2008. Her work has also been published in a collection of paranormal short stories, Paramourtal: Tales of Undying Love and Loving the Undead. She lives in metro Atlanta with her ever-patient husband, and two quirky dachshunds.

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