Ross Poldark Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review

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Book Tour Blurb:

If Jane Austen met Charlotte Bronte and they drank too much port, the Poldark Saga would be their literary love child.” — Poldarkian.com

Captain Ross Poldark rides again in the new Sourcebooks Landmark tie-in editions of Ross Poldark and Demelza, the first two novels in the acclaimed Poldark Saga by Winston Graham, adapted into the inaugural season of the new Masterpiece Classic PBS’s series Poldark, airing June 21 – August 2 on PBS.

In celebration, July 6th through August 3rd, The Ross Poldark Blog Tour will visit thirty popular book blogs specializing in historical, romance and Austenesque fiction. Featuring spotlights, previews, excerpts and book reviews of these two acclaimed historical fiction novels, the tour will also offer readers a chance at a fabulous giveaway contest including copies of the books and a stunning Anglophile-themed prize package.


Ross Poldark Information/Review

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
Series: The Poldark Saga #1
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on June 9, 2015 (originally published in 1945)
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 400 : Paperback edition
Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth—believing Ross to be dead—is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.

Thus begins the Poldark series, a heartwarming, gripping saga set in the windswept landscape of Cornwall. With an unforgettable cast of characters that spans loves, lives, and generations, this extraordinary masterwork from Winston Graham is a story you will never forget.

My review: Ross Poldark was great! It’s been awhile since I’ve read an older historical fiction novel, and Ross Poldark made me want to pick up so many more (good thing too since I’m set to read the sequel to this one Demelza next week)! Right off the bat we’re thrown into the social, political, and economic world that Ross himself is entering back into. I liked that we were going at the same pace as him and learning things as he did, though of course some things were bound to be a little more obvious to us since we are the reader whereas Ross is a character and has flaws.

But a war hero!? Sign me up! Ross’ past and present really collided I think and as with all historical fiction novels, I was really sympathetic for Ross and felt frustrated with some of the other characters we meet (like his brother? Ugh, could not stand him). I’m very interested to see where we’re going to go next in Ross and Demelza’s adventures. I’m sort of hoping it will be from her point of view next so that we can hear more than just the majority of Ross’ thoughts, though we do hear some general thoughts and expressions from other characters. Overall, an excellent read and something I would recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction with a bit of romance and suspense thrown in there for good measure.


Demelza Information/Review

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Demelza by Winston Graham
Series: The Poldark Saga #2
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on June 9, 2015 (originally published in 1945)
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 432 : Paperback edition
Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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In the enchanting second novel in Winston Graham’s beloved Poldark series, Demelza Carne, an impoverished miner’s daughter Ross Poldark rescued from a fairground brawl, now happily finds herself his wife. But the events of these turbulent years test their marriage and their love. As Ross launches into a bitter struggle for the right of the mining communities, Demelza’s efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry (and her husband) place her in increasingly odd and embarrassing situations. When tragedy strikes and sows the seeds of an enduring rivalry between Ross and the powerful George Warleggan, will Demelza manage to bridge their differences before they destroy her and her husband’s chance at happiness?

Against the stunning backdrop of eighteenth century Cornwall, Demelza sweeps readers into one of the greatest love stories of all time.

Is it too early in the year to say that this is one of my favorite series? I LOVED reading from Demelza’s point of view and was able to connect with her even better than I did in the first book. Not giving too much away, but seeing her and Ross married just gave me that little spark where most of the time I wanted to say “sqwee!” every time I turned a page (pun intended?).

If I could explain the series in one word it would be “addicting.” Once you pick these up you just can’t seem to put them down. I absolutely flew through the first two and am now probably going to check out at least some of the rest of the series (which I believe is like 17 books long or something? Oh my). Much like the first one, I really loved the historical fiction aspect of the whole thing and, of course, the romance. Demelza and Ross are one of my favorite literary couples now because their struggles are so real and yet they persevere. They’re essentially human.

If he walked off the pages though, there’s no guarantee that I wouldn’t jump his bones (what I’ve seen of Aiden Turner in the PBS series so far is just absolutely yummy, so I keep imagining him like that). Again, a huge thank you to the publisher for having me be apart of this tour and sending me the books! I’ve loved seeing everyone else’s posts and all your comments are wonderful and much appreciated!


About the Author

Winston Graham (1908-2003) is the author of forty novels. His books have been widely translated and the Poldark series has been developed into two television series, shown in 22 countries. Six of Winston Graham’s books have been filmed for the big screen, the most notable being Marnie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Winston Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1983 was awarded the O.B.E.


Grand Giveaway Contest

Ross Poldark Blog Tour Prize Package x 500

Win One of Three Fabulous Prizes

In celebration of the re-release of Ross Poldark and Demelza, Sourcebooks Landmark is offering three chances to win copies of the books or a grand prize, an Anglophile-themed gift package.

Two lucky winners will each receive one trade paperback copy of Ross Poldark and Demelza, and one grand prize winner will receive a prize package containing the following items:

(2 ) Old Britain Castles Pink Pottery Mugs by Johnson Brothers

(1) Twelve-inch Old Britain Castles Pink Pottery Plater by Johnson Brothersr

(1) London Telephone Box Tin of Ahmad English Breakfast Tea

(1) Jar of Mrs. Bridges Marmalade

(1) Package of Duchy Originals Organic Oaten Biscuits

(2) Packets of Blue Boy Cornflower Seeds by Renee’s Garden Heirloom (1) Trade Paperback Copy of Ross Poldark & Demelza, by Winston Graham

To enter the giveaway contest simply leave a comment on any or all of the blog stops on the Ross Poldark Blog Tour starting July 06, 2015 through 11:59 pm PT, August 10, 2015. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the entrants and announced on the Buzz at Sourcebooks blog on August 13, 2015. Winners have until August 20, 2015 to claim their prize. The giveaway contest is open to US residents and the prizes will be shipped to US addresses. Good luck to all!


Check out the rest of the tour stops!

July 06           My Jane Austen Book Club (Preview)

July 07           Booktalk & More (Excerpt)

July 08           Reading, Writing, Working, Playing (Review)

July 09           vvb32 Reads (Preview)

July 10           The Paige Turner (Review)                                  

July 10           My Kids Led Me Back To P & P (Excerpt)                                 

July 11           Austenprose (Review)                                          

July 12           Laura’s Reviews (Preview)                                                          

July 13           Peeking Between the Pages (Review)                         

July 13           Reflections of a Book Addict (Preview)                                    

July 14           Living Read Girl (Review)                         

July 15           Confessions of a Book Addict (Review)

July 16           vvb32 Reads (Review)                  

July 17           Paige Turner (Review)                              

July 18           Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books (Preview)                            

July 19           Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide (Excerpt)                              

July 20           Laura’s Reviews (Review)                                   

July 20           The Calico Critic (Review)                                               

July 21           So Little Time…So Much to Read (Excerpt)

July 21           Poof Books (Excerpt)                                            

July 22           Babblings of a Bookworm (Review)

July 23           Austenprose (Review)                                          

July 24           Peeking Between the Pages (Review) 

July 25           My Love for Jane Austen (Excerpt)

July 25           Living Read Girl (Review) 

July 26           Delighted Reader (Review)

July 27           My Jane Austen Book Club (Review)

July 27           Austenesque Reviews (Review)

July 27           Laura’s Reviews (Review)

July 28           She Is Too Fond Of Books (Review)

July 29           English Historical Fiction Authors (Preview)                           

July 30           vvb32 Reads (Review)

July 30           Babblings of a Bookworm (Review)

July 31           CozyNookBks (Excerpt)                                        

Aug 01           The Calico Critic (Review)

Aug 01           More Agreeably Engaged (Review)

Aug 02           Scuffed Slippers Wormy Books (Review)

Aug 03           Romantic Historical Reviews (Review)

Aug 03           Psychotic State Book Reviews (Review)           


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Winter Angel by Mia Hoddell
Series: Seasons of Change
Published by Patchwork Press on June 25, 2014
Genres: Love, Romance
Length: Novella
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She was on holiday. He was tricked into returning.
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White. Gazing out of the small, circular window, it was the only colour he could see surrounding him. The bursts of light—which had broken through the heavy, grey clouds—were reflected back as the ground grew closer with each passing second. Not too long ago he had been blissfully unaware of the location his sister was dragging him to for a holiday. A bubble of excitement had surrounded him throughout the early morning as he got up, and stayed with him through travelling to the airport and catching the flight. However, it had burst as soon as the icy tips of the mountains appeared and the plane began its descent. Until that moment, he had hoped his guesses had been wrong.

His sister had carefully planned the trip, making sure to hide all clues as to where they were heading, and as she glanced across at him, it seemed as if she had been successful. Luke’s knuckles were white on the arm rests. He had claimed both of them, gripping them so hard they looked like they would snap under the force, or at least be moulded to the shape of his hands when he removed them.

Ellie watched as he took in a shaky breath, but she heard no exhale.

“Luke?”

The silence that filled the space around them was icier than the Alps they had just flown over. Her brother’s gaze remained fixed on the window, watching as the ground, and his fate, drew ever closer. Deep, ragged breaths steamed up the window, which was almost touching his nose. Desperately, he tried to control the tremors shaking his body, and his pounding heart, from the fear that washed over him in waves.

“Luke, please, say something.” Worry had crept into Ellie’s tone. She had thought her idea would do him good, that forcing him to face everything would turn him back into his old self. Ellie missed the brother she had grown up with and wanted him back. However, seeing his eyes wide with fear, his jaw clenched in anger, and his arms tense with both, suddenly she wasn’t so sure about her plan.

“You promised, Ellie. You swore you wouldn’t pressure me, and I trusted you with that. You know how I feel about this.” His voice was sharp and curt as he spoke through clenched teeth, trying to keep a hold on his emotions.

The urge to flee surged within him. He wanted to go home, to get off the plane and board the next flight straight back to England, but he couldn’t. Not only was the plane still minutes from landing—trapping him in the confines of economy class, which felt even smaller as realisation forced him to understand Ellie’s plans—but he also refused to waste more money on the pointless trip Ellie had conned him into taking. If he was going to use the money he had earned from before everything changed, it would be on his own terms.

“You’ll enjoy it when you’re there,” Ellie stated, brushing off his comments like they meant nothing to her.

“That’s easy for you to say. You don’t have to live with, or through, what I have.” Luke was trying hard to control his voice. Had they been in private, he would have already been shouting. The cramped environment meant that Ellie was getting off lightly, but he swore that when they reached their chalet, he would not hold back. She had no right to interfere with his life.

“Never tell me I didn’t live through it, Luke. I was there when it happened, in the hospital, and when you got home. I was there through it all. It may not have been me, but it wasn’t like it had no effect on my life,” Ellie hissed. It was the only way she could convey her anger without disturbing other passengers.

“Why though, Ellie? Why is this such a big deal to you?” Luke’s eyes were full of sorrow as he turned to face his sister for the first time, begging to understand her reasoning for putting him through something she knew would hurt him.

About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything paranormal and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

With three poems published before the age of sixteen, Mia moved on to short stories but finding she had too much to tell with too little space, Mia progressed to novels. She started her first series (The Wanderer Trilogy) at the age of fourteen and since then hasn’t stopped writing. Elemental Killers is her second series and with an ever growing list of ideas, Mia is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them.

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Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hey everyone I just want to take a moment to talk to you about the novel Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell.
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Title: Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
Author: Mia Hoddell
ASIN: B00BDQ3QGA
ISBN: 9781291319170
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance
Description
There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenseless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn’t stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life… But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important…her love or life.


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She only took one look at my face when her eyes creased with concern and worry.
“Serena what’s wrong?” ~ Page 17

As I took my notes out he continued to stare, and I tried to calm myself, not wanting him to know that sitting near him was making me want to flee the room. ~ Page 66

When the bus reached Chloe’s house she simply got up saying, “remember what I said about Kai,” before she walked off the bus without the usual hug and smile.
Sighing I stayed on the bus until my stop and when I reached my house I trudged to my room, nervous about what I would or wouldn’t find. ~ Page 100

We arrived on the outskirts of the city, quicker than I thought possible, to find smoke billowing above the buildings. I could just about see the enormous flames dancing in between the houses, while the smoke spiralled up. ~ Page 193

I turned my head, searching all the possible places he could be hiding but saw no sign of him. That’s when I felt two strong hands plant themselves firmly on my shoulders, causing me to yelp in surprise and fear. ~ Page 246

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About the Author
Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn’t even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from there other ideas have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killersis her second series and book two will be out soon.
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What people are saying:
I read this book in one sitting as I just couldn’t put it down. The story line was original, intriguing and made you feel like you were part of the action.  As well as this there were many twists and turns that kept me hooked and the book was really well written with a solid plot. The book didn’t reveal everything straight away which was great as it left in suspense right up until the end.” ~Lucy M 5/5
 I found that it’s surprisingly original concept was quite common in real life but not so much in books. I found it a delightful read that I will look forward to reading in the future. And the new cover! Marvelous.” ~ Kathy H 5/5
All I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different. I love the twist and detail she used I was instantly pulled in and felt like I was there with the characters.”  ~Brianna 5/5

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Thank you so much to Mia Hoddell for hosting the tour and asking me to be a part of it! Enjoy everyone!
See you soon!
Paige