Author Suzanne Lilly’s blog

Suzanne Lilly2013_THThanks for stopping by my blog, Suzanne Lilly blogging as the TeacherWriter.  I’m a teacher, an author, and an avid reader. I mostly blog about books I’ve read or teaching and writing, but occasionally something else sneaks onto the screen.

On social media, you’ll find me as Suzanne Lilly. So if you’re looking for the TeacherWriter, on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, here are the places I spend the most time:

Oh, and the person blogging as Suzanne Lilly on a blogspot? Yeah, that’s not me. I’m just letting you know.

Sign up for my occasional newsletter to win prizes and find out about my new releases before anyone else. One subscriber is chosen to win a $25 gift card each time the newsletter comes out.

You can also drop me a line through my contact page. I’d love to hear from you!

 

About these ads

Roan Rose Book Review and #Giveaway

Juliet Waldron_Blog Tour #2 Banner

Juliet Waldron has deep knowledge of the historical time period she uses as a backdrop for Roan Rose, and it shows in the authenticity of her writing. The setting and characters come to life under the mastery of Ms. Waldron’s wordweaving. The story pulled me along with such gentle intensity, that after reading for a couple of hours, I had to reorient myself to the modern world…even though I was reading on my Kindle. Such is the magic of this story.

Roan Rose takes place during the time of the Plantagenets. It begins with a chess game, and the theme of chess strategies plays throughout the story. Rose Whitby is a strong young woman, adept in the healing arts, and the herbal lore was fascinating to me. Her healing abilities lead to her being taken from a poor peasant town to a royal household, changing her fate as she grows close to the young King Richard.

The book cover has been updated, so you may see two versions in different places. Here is the newest from the Amazon website. I was happy to do an honest review in exchange for a copy of this book. Head to the end of this post to join the Rafflecopter giveaway.

Roan Rose cover

Watch the book trailer for Roan Rose

About Juliet Waldron

Juliet Waldron

“Not all who wander are lost.” Juliet Waldron earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after the boys left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for herself–and for her readers. She loves her grand-girls and her kitties, likes to take long hikes, and reads historical/archeological non-fiction as well as reviewing for the Historical Novel Society. For summer adventure, she rides behind her husband of 50 years on his “bucket list” (black, and ridiculously fast) Hyabusa motorcycle.

You can find more information at www.julietwaldron.com or connect with Juliet on Facebook.

Rafflecopter Giveaway

To win a $20 Amazon Gift Card please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form. Giveaway is open to US residents only.

Giveaway Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MzUyMmRmMzEyNWJhM2M1M2I1ZjgwZmVmZGZmMTBiOjE5MQ==/

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on November 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on December 1st and notified via email.
Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Waning Moon by PJ Sharon Book Review

Waning Moon The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael

 

I’ve read other books by award winning author PJ Sharon, and I always enjoy them. This book, Waning Moon, The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Trilogy Book 1, was no exception. I purchased the copy about a year ago, but didn’t get to read it until recently. Now I wish I’d started sooner. The minute I finished the last page, I was eager to begin the next book in the series, Western Desert.

This dystopian young adult novel opens in the year 2057. Lily Carmichael is living off the grid with her family. She is a healer, and her knowledge of herbal remedies helps save a young man, Will Callahan, (don’t you love that name?) who stumbles into a game trap on her family’s land.

Lily’s uncle is ill with cancer, and her healing methods aren’t working. She needs to go to the city to obtain medicine for him. Traveling to the city is a dangerous proposition, because she could be hunted down by an entity called the Industry. She and Will travel undercover to the city together, but along the way, she discovers Will has secrets that could put her in more danger than anything else she might encounter.

PJ Sharon has done a remarkable job of creating characters that are memorable and realistic. Lily has qualities anyone would want in a friend; brave, smart, compassionate. Will has a strong exterior, but has a kind heart and a personal burden that no young man should have to bear. I found myself rooting for him as much as for Lily.

This is an enjoyable read that I became so engrossed in, I put everything aside to finish it in one afternoon. The good news is I already have the second book in the trilogy, Western Desert, on my Kindle. Even better news is the third book is coming out soon. I highly recommend this series.

PJ Sharon was a guest on my blog and shared some unusual facts and pictures about herself. Click here to read the post.

PJ SharonPJ Sharon is the award winning author of contemporary young adult novels, including Pieces of Love, Heaven is for Heroes, On Thin Ice, and Savage Cinderella, winner of the 2013 HOLT Medallion Award and the 2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One in the trilogy, was a finalist in both the 2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient. Book Two, Western Desert released in June of 2013 and placed third in the 2014 Winter Rose contest. Watch for Book Three in the fall of 2014.
Writing young adult fiction since 2007 and following her destiny to write romantic and hopeful stories for teens, PJ is a member of Romance Writers of America, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.

Her author website is http://www.pjsharon.com.

 

Golden Days, New Gold Rush Novel by Lynn Lovegreen

Lynn Lovegreen has another gold rush book out today! Don’t you just love the cover of Golden Days  her newest YA/NA historical romance?

Golden Days cover

 Alaska is a cold place to live until love blossoms.

Elizabeth Robinson travels by dog sled to help her family mind the store in Fairbanks, Alaska. She wants to pursue her drawing and painting, but women artists are rare in 1906, and flood, fire, and a death in the family force her to take charge at home at age seventeen. James Garrett comes north to help his uncle at a nearby gold claim. An awkward eighteen-year-old who is more at home with machines than people, he becomes a man as he falls in love with Elizabeth. When a discovery about her benefactor, the founder of the town, threatens their future, Elizabeth and James find that together they can overcome any obstacle.

You may remember that Lynn has been on my blog before. In February, I featured her book Fool’s Gold, and in August, Quicksilver to Gold. Just click on the book titles to read the blog posts about them.

You may also visit Lynn Lovegreen’s author website, or learn more about her books at her publisher’s website, Prism Book Group, or on her Amazon Author page.

Her Gold Rush series books are certain to entertain readers who crave Western historical fiction.

 

The King’s Daughter, Historical Fiction #Book #Review and #Giveaway

The King's DaughterI’ve been hitting the jackpot on books lately. This is another book I picked up on a whim and fell in love with the author’s writing style. Thankfully, Christie Dickason, author of The King’s Daughter, has more books for us to read.

The most surprising part of this novel for me was how involved I became in the story of the slave Tallie. Elizabeth initially rejects Tallie, especially since the slave is a gift from the queen, whom Elizabeth feels has rejected her own daughter. The story is wave upon wave of human emotion and psychology of court relationships. Christie Dickason has captured these relationships with a keen eye and dug deep underneath the surface to reveal motives and desires.

From the very first page, where Elizabeth is being examined as a prospective bride, much like one might examine a horse, to the end when she finally escapes the tyranny of King James, I was deeply engrossed in this tale.

Well written, crisply paced, this story is one to read and relish.

I’d love to pass this book along to one lucky reader. If you’d like my paperback copy, just leave a comment with your Twitter handle or some other way for me to contact you. If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll be entered to win something every time I send out book related news.

Happy reading!

Enchantress Book Review and #Giveaway

Enchantress_cover

This lovely book, Enchantress, was a surprise in many ways. Set in ancient Babylonia, the narrative describes a woman known as Hisdadukh who is a sorceress and healer. Her skills are widely known and her services are in demand. The story delves into how her personal life is affected by her talents, from causing her anxiety and sadness, to bringing her a new chance at love and family.

This award winning book is part of the Rav Hisda’s Daughter series, yet I never felt as if I had missed something from the prior book. The novel can be read as a standalone.

Maggie Anton has done a vast amount of research into the Talmud and sorcery, and I found her revelations of the customs and practices surprising and informing. The author has established herself as an expert in her niche with this novel.

This book was recognized as a National Jewish Book Award finalist. Her previous novel, Rav Hisda’s Daughter Book 1: The Apprentice received the same recognition in 2012 and was listed as a Library Journal best Historical Fiction book of 2012.

I received my copy from the publisher, Penguin Random House, in exchange for a review. I’m sharing the love and passing this book along to a reader of my blog. If you would like my copy, just leave a comment. I’ll contact you to find out where you would like it sent.

Happy reading!

How to Force Yourself to Improve

How to be a SuperHuman (whether you think you are or not.)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Graveyard BookHere’s a book that’s been out for a while, but I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it until this summer. It is a Newberry Award winner, and for good reason.

As always, Neil’s book is written so well, you believe it could be true. What? You say a boy can’t really be raised by ghosts in a graveyard? Neil knows how to part the curtain between reality and fantasy in such a way that the reader can cross over and get lost in his books.

I didn’t see the twist coming at the end until I practically stumbled over it. I had a sense of unease and impending doom, knowing something was going to happen, but was delighted with how he brought the surprise into play.

Neil Gaiman also narrated the audio version of The Graveyard Book. His voice is perfect in tone and atmosphere for this lovely book which lends itself quite well to reading aloud.

If you’ve enjoyed any of Neil Gaiman’s other books, this one should be a sure bet for you.