New review of ARDENT

We’re very happy to find another very positive review of ARDENT by Heloise West, this one from Lisa at The Novel Approach.

… I was so eager to take on Heloise West’s Ardent. It’s not only set in a time not often covered in historical romantic fiction but is set in the Italian art community of the 15th century, incorporating a forbidden love story with murder and intrigue, and doing so beautifully.

Thank you, Lisa, and we’re delighted that you enjoyed Heloise’s story as much as we do!

New reviews of UNDER LEADEN SKIES, ELEVENTH HOUR

Two recent reviews by Stevie over at The Good, The Bad and the Unread have just reached us, and they’re both wonderful – as, indeed, are the books!

Of Sandra Lindsey’s UNDER LEADEN SKIES, the reviewer has this to say:

“I loved this book, both for the story told within it and for the style in which it is told – addressing the reader throughout, as Teddy passes his story on to an individual whose identity only becomes clear at the very end. There’s a lot of scope for sequels – and possibly a prequel about Teddy’s grandfather here – so I hope this isn’t the only visit we pay to the characters and their world.”

And Stevie’s response to Elin Gregory’s ELEVENTH HOUR was equally enthusiastic:

“I loved this book. All the characters felt very real, even those who make only brief appearances, and there are plenty of back stories connecting various of them to each other that I would love to read more about. Miles’ butler and his theatrical friend deserve their own book too. Highly recommended.”

I think we can safely call that a vote in favour of two sequels and/or spinoff titles, then!  Thank you for your comments, Stevie – and we totally agree with you; we would love to see more of the adventures of these characters, too!

 

Another review of ARDENT

We were delighted to see a new review of Heloise West’s novel ARDENT from fellow ‘history nerd’ Diane on the Hearts on Fire Reviews site.

… the story was very well written and the whole plot was so well crafted. These are great main and supporting characters, and of course the culture of the village and city play parts in this too. The book has a great pace and really gets hard to put down once all the cards seem to be in play, which is when the author introduces the twists!

Thank you, Diane! We’re very happy that you enjoyed this intriguing tale as much as we did.

New review of ARDENT

It’s always a joy to encounter book blogs and reviewers who haven’t crossed our path before – we’ll never get over how many lovely people there are out in cyberspace sharing book recommendations with others.  This time we’re delighted to have been reviewed by Mari at Bayou Book Junkie, who has been reading Heloise West’s new release ARDENT.

I love historical romance books, it’s one of my favorite genres and this one was really good! Heloise West obviously did a lot of research and it showed in the story. Her writing transported me to Italy during the Renaissance period and it had a good balance between the mystery/intrigue portion and the romance. Very recommendable!

Thank you, Mari, we’re very glad you enjoyed the book – and we have to admit we couldn’t agree with you more!

Release day review of HARBINGER ISLAND

Cheryl at Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews has very thoroughly reviewed our new title, HARBINGER ISLAND by Dorian Dawes. It’s true that, as Cheryl points out, this is not a romance. However, it is an immersive Lovecraftian tale of dark fantasy – and we suspect that fans of that genre will love it.

This was a real sit the edge of the seat, keep your eye on the shadows and trust absolutely no one book. After a slow start, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can recommend it to anyone who has a love for creeping horror, ritualistic murder and things with more tentacles than they’ve any business to have – oh and a damn sexy, green gorgon with scales.

Thank you, Cheryl! And, like you, we loved the intriguing range of LGBTQ+ characters, and also had our individual favourites for whom we were rooting with every shred of our beings.

New review of ELEVENTH HOUR

To nobody’s great astonishment, Elin Gregory’s wonderful ELEVENTH HOUR is still making new friends out in the review community.

Reviewer Sarina, writing for Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews, has this to say:

If you enjoy historical novels but would like something a little less Victorian and a little more modern, you really need to check this one out!  This was  a great book to introduce me to this author but it certainly won’t be the last I read.

Which is brilliant news all round, as we’re sure you will agree – and thank you, Sarina, we’re very glad that you enjoyed the book!

Advance review of ARDENT

Kazza K of On Top Down Under Book Reviews with Substance has reviewed ARDENT by Heloise West, in advance of its release on 1 February 2017. Kazza concluded:

I’ve never read Heloise West before but I was impressed with this book. The writing is pretty tight – it captures the essence of the Italian Renaissance, the mood and the people, very well. … I would definitely recommend Ardent to those who want a well written and interesting historical romance that sets the right tone for the crime and the time.

We’re happy to declare that we wholeheartedly agree!

If you just can’t wait, you can pre-order ARDENT now:

Review of ELEVENTH HOUR

We were delighted to see a new review of the very popular ELEVENTH HOUR by Elin Gregory. Anya at Binge on Books says:

What to Expect: Delightful slow-build spy romance with a cross-dressing MC

What you will love: Intricate world building, intrigues and plot twists, sex scenes that will leave you HAPPY and wanting more, MILLIE is everything and Pritchard is the best manservant ever!

Thank you, Anya. We’re so glad you enjoyed this story as much as we do!

New review of UNDER LEADEN SKIES

Rather belatedly, we have just learned about a review of Sandra Lindsey’s UNDER LEADEN SKIES which appeared in September.

Over on Love Bytes, reviewer Dan seems to have thoroughly enjoyed the book:

The tale of these men and their friends, families and crew mates reads as a true historical story, probably because it could easily be true. Told in First Person from Max’s POV, it read in some parts like a personal memoir, and I really liked it because of it.

We couldn’t agree more – it was that immediacy which attracted us to the book in the first place!

Thank you, Dan, we really appreciate your comments!

Reviews and blog posts re THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION

With thanks to Rachel at Signal Boost Promotions, I (Julie!) have recently been on a review and blog tour for my novel THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION. You might like to check out the reviews and my guest blog posts, and share the love with the awesome bloggers who hosted me.

21 November: We started off with a truly lovely review from Becky at Bike Book Reviews: Jules captured my heart on page 1 of this book, what with his swinging hips and artfully styled ginger hair, how could one not fall in love? … it is a great read.

21 November: Lisa, the reviewer at MM Good Book Reviews, wasn’t so keen on the story – though she liked Jules’ family and also the humour! The site also ran a guest blog post from me called The ‘Dark Figure’ of Crime, which probably isn’t quite as dramatic as it sounds, but talks a bit about the fraud case that originally inspired this novel and how fraud often goes unreported.

23 November: Lisa at The Novel Approach kindly ran a guest blog post called The Austen Influence. You may know that I was editing the Manifold Press anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION while writing THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION. Being a total fangirl about Jane Austen, I am probably always influenced by her, but in this novel I explored a very specific theme that is common to all of Austen’s novels in one way or another. Do drop by The Novel Approach to read more!

25 November: Another lovely review from Fiona at Books Laid Bare BoysI enjoyed this so much – it was well written and properly researched so no distractions from the story line. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read an amusing feel good old fashioned romance (with a bit of gay sex thrown in for very good measure!)

28 November: Danielle at Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews kindly hosted a guest blog titled The Author and the Character(s), in which I talk about which of the three main characters I most identify with. One of the characters is a romance author – but nothing is ever straightforward! Visit Love Bytes to read more.

30 November: The good people at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words posted a review by Stella: I discovered Julie Bozza in the Butterfly Hunter series and fell in love with her style. That’s the reason I soon jumped into the chance at reading The ‘True Love’ Solution. What I particularly like of this author is her way with words, she can always bring me into real and at the same time dreamy worlds. This is exactly what I felt with this last story.

5 December: The lovely peeps at Bayou Book Junkie hosted me, and Jaymie wrote a review. Alas, Jaymie wasn’t too keen on the storyline which gave Jules two love interests to choose between, but I was very pleased to see the following comment: The writing was very good and the author is definitely talented.

5 December: I also appreciate Engaging Secrets hosting me, and running a review by Gretchen. She seems to have found it a rather unexpected book – weird and quirky! – but concludes: Overall there were things I didn’t like but mostly I enjoyed this book very much. It’s different and well written with complex characters.

7 December: RJ Scott kindly hosted a guest blog titled Book Titles, in which I talk about the fun to be had in not only coming up with one title for the book itself, but also titles for the books written by the character Ewan Byge, a romance author.

9 December: The reviewer Brave One courageously reviewed the novel for Romantic Fanatic Book Club, and particularly enjoyed the ‘sweet love story’, the humour, and Jules’ family dynamics.

9 December: I was pleased to see that Jules (not related!) at The Novel Approach reviewed the book – and again while the ‘love triangle’ aspect of the tale did not suit, Jules still found a lot of things to like about it. Archie, Leonard, and the strength of the opening chapters and the final chapter saved this one for me.

12 December: Winding up the tour, I was delighted that Diverse Reader hosted my blog post titled The Joyful Exuberance of Jules, which explores some of the camp aspects of my main character.

Thank you again to Signal Boost Promotions and to all the wonderful bloggers and reviewers!