Friday, January 19, 2018

Author Interview/Giveaway!! Boneseeker, by Brynn Chapman

Welcome to the Boneseeker Blog Tour,
sponsored by
Prism Book Tours!!

For my stop, I'm featuring an interview with the author, Brynn Chapman!
There's also a tour-wide giveaway!!

(The Boneseeker Chronicles, Book 1)
Brynn Chapman
Digital Edition, 213 pages
The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
January 10, 2018
Trade Paperback, 286 pages
January 10, 2018
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, 
Suspense, Young Adult Fiction

Aspiring scientist Arabella Holmes doesn't fit the role of a 1900s lady. Her father, Sherlock, landed her a position at the Mütter Museum to pursue her dream of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science, or what her father calls a "Boneseeker."

Henry Watson’s two-fold mission at the Mütter Museum is to join their team of forensic anthropologists in unearthing unusual antiquities and to watch over Arabella. If only he could get her to speak to him, instead of hurling knives in his general direction. Assigned to a most secret expedition to investigate a mysterious skeletal hand discovered in upstate New York, Arabella and Henry are soon caught in a scientific debate, and the search for the truth may have deadly consequences for those involved.

Are the bones from a Neanderthal? Or are they living proof of fallen angels known as Nephilim?

Watson and Holmes must put aside their differences, trust their instincts, and rely on one another to survive to uncover the truth.

*This is a new version of a previously published edition.

An Interview with Brynn Chapman

Welcome to A Night's Dream of Books, Brynn!

Maria: If you have a favorite Sherlock Holmes story, which one is it? 

Brynn: "The Adventure of the Creeping Man".

Maria: What type of research did you have to do for this novel?

I do a copious amount of research for every novel. For BONESEEKER, I expanded my library and study of Forensic Anthropology books ( I do have an anthropology minor), and also made a study of historical non-fiction resources on murders and relevant science beliefs, and societies of the time period. The science of phrenology, for instance, was very much alive and en vogue in 1910.
Here is the definition:




The study of the shape and protuberances of the skull, based on the now discredited belief that they reveal characterand mental capacity.

While on holiday last week, I visited one of my favorite vintage shops. The owners travel to Europe and obtain many of their artifacts. Here is a picture of a bust with Phrenology’s beliefs cast over the skull. The words are difficult to read, but each ridge and protuberance along a person’s skull was said to represent personality traits. The one along the longest ridge in the second picture reads, "destructiveness".

Maria: If you could meet Sherlock Holmes in person, what question(s) would you ask him?

Brynn: What was your greatest regret?

Maria: Do you think an AI computer could ever match Holmes's brilliant deductive and observational skills? 

Brynn: Um, yes. I have just begun studying the science of AI and am fascinated and terrified. Holmes was compared to “Babbage's adding machine” of course. LOL.

Maria: In your opinion, what's the difference between plotting a mystery novel, as opposed to other genres? 

Brynn: Well, BONESEEKER is not a mystery per se, because it doesn’t follow the mystery formula. I would say it falls closer to historical thriller with a large dollop of romance.

Maria: How did Holmes prepare Arabella for her future scientific work, and did he also train her in sleuthing skills?

Brynn: I want you to picture Sherlock Holmes, any Holmes from historical canon to Cumberbatch—and picture him with a child.

Fortunately, Arabella inherited the Holmesian propensity for science. So from the time she was small—Holmes made science part of her daily life and routine. It was Watson who constantly intervened, trying to provide Arabella with a more normal childhood.

When Holmes insisted she learn the periodic table of the elements, it was Watson who suggested she be permitted to skip rope, to the reciting of the elements. As she grew, so did the difficulty of the lessons. The bone obsession developed on its own, with no help from Sherlock Holmes.

Maria: Thanks for visiting, Brynn! I can't wait to read your book!

Brynn: My pleasure ! Thanks for having me, and I'm glad you want to read my book! 

Praise for Boneseeker

Winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest

"Creative, meticulously researched, and terrific fun!"  
Grace Burrowes, NY Times  
Best Selling Author

"The characters, the setting, the descriptions and 
the mysteries and relationships all work together seamlessly to create a truly wonderful 
story that I completely adored." 
Best Books Ever Blog

"The settings are intriguing and the way they are described make you feel as if you are immersed in the story. I could feel the gloom and damp. That is rare in so many books! Boneseeker is a book I highly recommend, and I give it 5 stars!" 
Christy's Cozy Corners Blog

Purchase Links

Print/Digital Editions
Amazon US/Amazon UK/Amazon CA
The Wild Rose Press

Digital Edition
Barnes & Noble

GIVEAWAY #1: To enter to win a Boneseeker audiobook and the pictured charm necklace ("And though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare), send a copy of your Kindle purchase of Boneseeker to US only.

GIVEAWAY #2: To enter to win a Boneseeker ebook and a $10 Amazon Gift Card, enter via the Rafflecopter below. Open internationally. Ends January 24th.

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. If her ancestry tree is true, she is a descendant of the House of Stuart.

She also writes under the pseudonym
R.R. Smythe.


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 49: Traitor Born, by Amy A. Bartol

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!
This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

For more information, please click HERE.

As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
There's also a Linky widget, so participating blogs can link up!

Here's my choice for this week!

 Traitor Born
(Secondborn, Book 2)
Amy A. Bartol
Trade Paperback, 316 pages
     April 17, 2018       
Dystopian Fiction, Fantasy, Feminist Fiction,
Science Fiction, 
Young Adult Fiction

Rebel warrior Roselle St. Sismode returns in the second book of the epic Secondborn series by USA Today bestselling author Amy A. Bartol.

In the Fates Republic…
Firstborns reign supreme.
Secondborns kneel in servitude.
Thirdborns face death.
And Census shadows them all.

Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic’s armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother’s command.

The deadly war of intrigue between her new masters and her ruthless family is but one conflict challenging Roselle. A soldier for the rebellion has drawn her into a rogue army’s plot to overthrow the Republic and shatter its brutal caste system. Targeted by assassins and torn between allies, Roselle will have her loyalty, love, and honor tested in the greatest battle of—and for—her life.

Why I can't wait for this one!

Okay, so I'm a HUGE sucker for UTTERLY GORGEOUS covers. I am just visually gifted to a high degree, lol. And when those covers are accompanied by a kick-butt plot that includes a b***ss female protagonist, well. The book is sold, as far as this reader is concerned!! 
 As usual, I found out about all of this AWESOMENESS when I came across one of the sequels in a series! Well, in this case, I think I caught it just in time! This is only the second book, after all! Haha!! I'm still in time to catch up!  I can actually HEAR all of the other books patiently waiting on my TBR shelves GROANING in total despair, too.....
(This is irrelevant, of course, but don't you think this author looks like Madonna?)

Here's the previous book in this 
exciting series!! Click on the
cover for the Goodreads page.

I am a graduate of Hillsdale College, and live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons.  My family is very supportive of my writing.  They often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner.  They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real.  They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats.  They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making.  They have learned to accept my "writing uniform" consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants.  And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them.  In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed.

What do you think of my
choice this week? 
Please leave a comment and
let me know!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

GIVEAWAY WINNER!! Cowboy's Legacy, by B.J. Daniels

Announcing the winner of the blog tour giveaway for Cowboy's Legacy!!!

This tour was sponsored by 
TLC Book Tours!!

Cowboy's Legacy
(Cahill Ranch, Book 3)
B.J. Daniels
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
November 28, 2017
Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance,
Suspense, Thriller

Nothing will stop a Cahill cowboy from protecting what’s his

After a rocky marriage and even rockier divorce, Sheriff Flint Cahill finally has something good in his life again. Maggie Thompson’s down-to-earth charm and beautiful smile hooked him from the start. When she disappears on the day they plan to start their lives together, all signs point to abduction—and his ex-wife.

Functioning on adrenaline and instinct, Flint must call on his every resource to bring Maggie home before it’s too late. His past and future are blurred. Maggie’s only chance at surviving her abductor and a raging winter storm depends on an old vendetta that could destroy it all. But the Cahills don’t give up easily, and Flint’s love will have to be strong enough to conquer anything, including the unimaginable.

And the winner is.....

Stacy @ Two Gals and a Book!!!


She has already claimed her prize!!

A great big "thank you" to all those 
who entered!!

Please keep checking back, as I have giveaways going on ALL THE TIME, whether my own, 
through blog tours, or as part of giveaway blog hops!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed in the United States

Wherever freedom and the right to exercise it are honored, so will be the memory of the great Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the American civil rights movement, who was born on January 15, 1929, and was cruelly assassinated on April 4, 1968.   He followed the nonviolent example of Mahatma Ghandi, and, like him, ironically died a violent death.

Sadly, not every employer in the U.S. chooses to honor the memory of this unforgettable man.  He is indeed honored by those whose moral compass compels them to do so.

Dr. King's famous speech, "I Have a Dream", which he delivered at the 1963 Washington, D.C. Civil Rights March, rallied every citizen who truly believed in racial equality. His stirring speeches have been gathered into one volume, titled A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year, just as I did last year, I'm focusing exclusively on what is perhaps Dr. King's most important book, a compelling account of the 1963 Birmingham campaign, Why We Can't Wait.

Why We Can't Wait
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Beacon Press
January 11, 2011
(first published 1963)
American History, Politics, Philosophy,
Nonfiction, Social Justice

Amazon US/Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
The Book Depository

Book Synopsis

Often applauded as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most incisive and eloquent book, Why We Can’t Wait recounts the Birmingham campaign in vivid detail, while underscoring why 1963 was such a crucial year for the civil rights movement. During this time, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States, but the campaign launched by Fred Shuttlesworth, King, and others demonstrated to the world the power of nonviolent direct action. King examines the history of the civil rights struggle and the tasks that future generations must accomplish to bring about full equality. The book also includes the extraordinary “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which King wrote in April of 1963.

I have reviewed this book, both on this blog and on my other blog, MindSpirit Book Journeys. To read my review of this masterfully-written and highly relevant book for these times so fraught with racism and intolerance, just click HERE.

Famous Dr. King Quotes
"I have a dream that my four little children
will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color
of their skin, but
by the content of their character."

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that."

"The ultimate measure of a man  is not
where he stands in moments
of comfort and convenience, but
where he stands at times of challenge
and controversy."

"Our lives begin to end the day
we become silent about things that matter."

"I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear."

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Book Blitz/Giveaway!! Magic Runes, by Devyn Jayse

This Book Blitz & Giveaway are sponsored by Xpresso Book Tours!!

Magic Runes
(Magic Runes, Book 1)
Devyn Jayse
Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Devyn Jayse, Publisher
November 28, 2017
Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Meet Carmen Rebello - Rune Witch, owner of the best magic store in Barcelona, and black sheep of her family.

When Carmen successfully removes a spell from a bewitched human, she never thought she would get ensnared in an ongoing Supernatural Bureau of Investigation case. Her life is already complicated by trying to stay hidden from her powerful family members, Carmen can't afford the attention of joining the investigation but the SBI insist on her involvement. Add an annoying (but hot) SBI agent and her life is getting more difficult by the day. Can she help the SBI without exposing her identity?

Magic Runes is the intriguing first novel in the Magic Runes series. If you enjoy stories filled with supernatural creatures, magic and mystery, and a sprinkle of romance in an urban fantasy setting, this is the book for you!

This mini-review is of the excerpt below, and not the entire book. I only do this type of review when a book being promoted REALLY interests me, and this one certainly does!! I can't wait to read it!!


This is a totally fascinating slice of fantasy! I LOVE that Carmen is able to break spells, especially when they weren't supposed to be cast in the first place. This one certainly wasn't, as it's against the law, in this novel, for magical folks to cast spells on humans. 

I am also very interested in the whole runes angle. I'm wondering what specific runes they are. There are many different kinds, and they each have very specific meanings.

Adding to my interest is the fact that one of the characters depicted here is a Fae. Stories including Fae characters are extremely fascinating to me, and will always end up pulling me right in!

Last but not least, the idea of a supernatural FBI is also fun, and very appealing!

This excerpt hooked me right away, with just a few sentences! I KNOW this book is going to make me lose quite a bit of sleep!

My eyes roamed over the desks until they locked on someone who was staring back at me. He was sitting in a guest chair by a desk. He leaned back in the chair in an elegant slouch. The woman across from him ignored him as she typed away furiously on her keyboard.
He smiled at me and got up from his seat, moving with a lithe stride to where I stood. The second he was in motion I immediately identified him as a member of the fae. Only the fae had that kind of grace in movement, as if walking on air. I didn’t have to check behind his dark hair for pointed ears to confirm it, but I glanced anyway when he got close enough to me.
Yup, he was fae.
His moss-green eyes smiled at me. His bone structure was delicate, almost effeminate but there was a strong masculinity in his jaw line. “Welcome to the Supernatural Bureau of Investigation. This is the Magical Division. Are you here for complaints or inquiries?”
“Neither,” I replied.
“I’m Agent Rafael, how can I help you?” His raised eyebrow was the only sign of surprise he displayed. He extended his hand and I returned his shake. Unlike most fae, his grip was strong. I let go.
“I’m Carmen Rebello. I’m here to report a spell placed on a human without the human’s prior knowledge or consent.”
“That’s against the law.” Agent Rafael’s brows lowered into a frown. “What kind of spell was it?”
I bit my lip. “I’m not certain. I managed to undo it but it appeared to be some type of runework.”
“Runework? Are you positive?” His eyes were intent as he waited for my answer.
“Yes, I’ve studied them before. I know what they look like.” I failed to keep the peevish tone out of my voice.
His lips quirked upwards in a little smile. “My apologies. I had to be certain. Could you sense the purpose of the spell?”
“From what I could tell, it was draining the girl’s power. She told me I cleared away the headache she suffered from.”
The agent was so focused on me I stammered the last part.
“Please come along with me.” He turned on his heels and marched away. I followed him as he made his way past the many desks. When we reached halfway down the floor, he turned left and entered an office. The nameplate on the door was engraved with the name Agent Joseph Renalt.
I walked in behind Agent Rafael. A man paced by the window. Stacks of manila folders created towers on the large desk, while sheets of papers and photographs were scattered in disorder.
“Hey, Joe,” Agent Rafael said. “I’ve got someone with a case that sounded familiar. I thought you’d want to hear this.”
Agent Joe stopped his pacing and gave me a curious look, before asking Rafael, “Which case?”
“The girls with the runes.”
“Another dead one? Why haven’t we heard about it? Damn it, they know we’re in charge of this investigation!” He threw himself in his chair and glared at the two of us.
“Because she didn’t die. She was alive,” Rafael replied. He grinned wildly as he pointed at me, “And this woman right here undid the spell.”

Purchase Links

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Just click HERE to enter!

Devyn Jayse writes fantasy novels and is the author of the Dare Valari and Magic Runes series.

Devyn enjoys travel and has lived in many countries around the globe. She is currently based in the Middle East.