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Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly RingMunich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Publisher: Whole Sky Books (November 14, 2015)
Category: Historical Fiction,  WWII, Germany, Family Saga
Tour date: Feb 1-Mar 31, 2017
ISBN: 978-0996546980
Available in Print & ebook, 356 pages

The Munich Girl

Description of Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

The Munich Girl: A novel of the legacies that outlast war.

The past may not be done with us. What secrets is a portrait of Eva Braun hiding?

Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends.

Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart, to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.

Fiction Finalist in 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Awards

My Thoughts Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Anna Dahlberg’s mother, Peggy has asked her to come over to talk.  She has something important to tell her.  However, Peggy dies before Anna can get there.  What did she want to tell her?  Not long after, Anna moved into her mother’s house with her husband, Lowell. Lowell has been writing a book about Hitler and also owns a magazine called “The Fighting Chance”.  Although Anna has a job lined up, Lowell demands that she write some articles for the magazine to help the promotion of his upcoming book.

A German man by the name of Hannes runs the magazine for Lowell and he respects Anna’s work, unlike her husband.  Anna and Hannes decide that she should write an article on Eve Braun, Hitler’s mistress.  She gets to work with research and is surprised at what she finds.  It turns out that Eve was friends with Anna’s mother.  As she digs deeper, Anna unearths many family secrets.

The Munich Girl is told by Anna and her mother, Peggy, via a manuscript Anna found.  It shifts back and forth from the 1990’s to World War II.  It is a story of the self discovery of Anna Dahlberg, lost family, history, romance, and of course, the real life person from history, Eve Braun.

I was a bit worried about how I would feel reading about Hitler’s mistress.  How could anyone have cared for the monster, let alone slept with him, willingly.  However, woman throughout history have made poor choices in men.  I included, my first husband was not a nice person.  So over the course of the book, I did build some sympathy for Eva.  I would have liked an author’s note at the end of the book to find out if that sympathy was really warranted.  I loved Anna’s character and how she developed and grew over time.  Actually all of the characters were well drawn out.  The sense of time and place were also well written and Phyllis Edgerly Ring’s descriptions of World War II Germany were excellent.  I highly recommend ‘The Munich Girl’!


I received the Kindle ebook for my honest review.

About Phyllis Edgerly RingMunich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Author Phyllis Edgerly Ring lives in New England and returns as often as she can to her childhood home in Germany. Her years there left her with a deep desire to understand the experience of Germans during the Second World War. She has studied plant sciences and ecology, worked as a nurse, been a magazine writer and editor, taught English to kindergartners in China, and served as program director at a Baha’i conference center in Maine.

She is also author of the novel, Snow Fence Road, and the inspirational nonfiction, Life at First Sight: Finding the Divine in the Details. Her book for children, Jamila Does Not Want a Bat in Her House, is scheduled for release by Bellwood Press in early 2017.

Blog: http://phyllisedgerlyring.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhyllisEdgerlyRing?ref=hl
Twitter: http:// www.twitter.com/phyllisring

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Recovered (Shapeshifters' Library #3) by Amber PoloRecovered (Shapeshifters’ Library #3) by Amber Polo

Publisher: Wordshaping Press (November, 2016)
Category: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Dogs, Werewolves,  Humor, Pet Rescue
Tour date: Feb 1-Mar 31, 2017
ISBN: 978-1539059813
Available in Print & ebook, 224 pages

 Recovered (The Shapeshifters' Library #3)

From the Award Winning Author:

Bliss D. Light believes she’s an ordinary children’s librarian…until she grows a tail.

Now her life is filled with more magic than any fairy tale she reads the children at the Shipsfeather Library. Bliss’s newly discovered dog-shifting ability allows her to change into a sleek white Greyhound but leaves her yearning to dig up her heritage and track down the dog-shifters’ lost library. Her best friend Harry, disgraced werewolf/dog-shifter mix, smitten with Bliss and eager to redeem himself, insists he accompany her.

Tailed by the devilish werewolf duo of Harry’s supercilious ex-wife Sybilla and bad boy Blaze, their cross-country quest takes them up ancient mounds and into extreme danger.

Chased by federally-funded dogcatchers, sold to a racetrack, and forced to fight wolf-dogs is no walk in the park. Aided by dog rescue advocates and a bookstore cat, Bliss and Harry never lose sight of their goal—or each other.

Series Description Shapeshifters’ Library  by Amber Polo

Dog-shifting librarians nose to nose with book-burning werewolves!

Light fantasy series for the dog lover who lusts for books and adores libraries. Comic villains, smart sweet heroines, and brave intelligent heroes share a world where dogs talk and librarians battle werewolves to protect knowledge.

My Thoughts Recovered (Shapeshifters’ Library #3) by Amber Polo

I don’t read novels with shapeshifters very often but ‘Recovered’ makes me think perhaps I should!  I tend to stick with more serious books however; my mood tends to get dark at times.  I think reading more fun novels like this would brighten my mood.  ‘Recovered’ made me laugh and smile a lot!

Librarian, Bliss D. Light comes to realize she sometimes becomes a dog.  Yes, the kind with four legs and a tale, a greyhound, in fact. J Thus begins her adventure with her friend Harry, a werewolf/dog-shifter mix on their search for the dog-shifters’ lost library.  Along the way they encounter all kinds of hurdles including Harry’s ex-wife, dog catchers, being forced into dog fighting, and being sold to a race track, among other things. 

It sounds crazy, I know but it is crazy good!  I got so caught up in the story that I could not put ‘Recovered’ down and had to stay up into the wee hours for the morning to finish it.  This book was so well written in the expert hands of Amber Polo.  It’s full of fun quirky characters that are well developed and that I will not soon forget. 

‘Recovered’ is the third novel in her ‘Shapeshifters Library’ series but the series can easily be read out of order as they are loosely linked.  I now have the first two books on my list to read. Highly recommended!


I received the ebook version for my honest review.

About Amber PoloRecovered (Shapeshifters' Library #3) by Amber Polo

Amber Polo’s lifelong love of libraries and dogs led to a fascination with lost ancient libraries and curiosity about why werewolves outnumbered dog-shifters in literature and inspired her urban fantasy series The Shapeshifters Library.

The mystical side of Sedona became the comic paranormal setting for Hearts in the Vortex. One day a plane flew past her office window and she turned her pen to her own airpark backyard and Heads in the Clouds was the result.

Author of award-winning fantasies and Arizona romances, Amber relaxes stressed writers and readers. Relaxing the Writer offers a catalog of suggestions and simple exercises while her calming CDs help (almost) anyone relax and find restful sleep.

After living in seven states, she’s settled in a small Arizona town.

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City of Light, City of Poison by Holly TuckerCity of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

Thanks to Erin Lovett of  W.W. Norton, I am giving away one print copy of City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker.

Description of City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

Holly Tucker’s new book, CITY OF LIGHT, CITY OF POISON: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris is a tale of poison, witchcraft, and murder.

When the Sun King first ascends to the throne, Paris, France is far from celestial. At the start of Louis XIV’s reign, the streets are filthy and dangerous, with nobility getting robbed at night. To combat the crime wave sweeping his nation, Louis appoints Nicolas de La Reynie as Paris’s first chief of police. One of La Reynie’s first acts: to install the street lamps that help make Paris into the “City of Light” we know and love today. However, things aren’t much improved behind closed doors: people in even the most respectable households are dying painful deaths under mysterious circumstances. It is a time when residents of the City of Love know no limits in matters of the heart—or of gaining inheritances. Some of the more dangerous methods they resort to include shirts washed in arsenic, goblets coated with toad venom, and cups tainted by diamond powder meant to lacerate the organs of anyone unfortunate enough to ingest it.

In CITY OF LIGHT, CITY OF POISON, Holly Tucker takes a deep dive into La Reynie’s meticulous documentation of the scandal at the center of Louis XIV’s reign, retracing the deliberations of the secret tribunal Louis convened to tell contemporary readers the thrilling story that Louis tried to bury—a story of poison, torture, lovers, witches, satanic priests, and aristocratic ladies resorting to evil.

As La Reynie discovered, not even the Sun King himself was outside the reach of the nefarious plots swirling around seventeenth-century Paris. It seemed half of Paris was caught up in the twisted criminal web, with the dogged La Reynie willing to torture the accused to understand the extent of the Parisian murder spree before it might touch the king. Aristocratic men and women feared being thrown in prison if they so much as had their fortune told by one of the well-known practitioners of magic who were found to be responsible for far more dastardly deeds. Even Louis would be torn between fear for his own life and love for his current and former mistresses, for whom he had a notorious—and expensive—soft spot, when the ranks of the accused swelled to encompass some shockingly intimately placed members of his court.

Tucker proves a brilliant guide to the winding streets and hallowed halls of Louis XIV’s France, from the dark corners of Montorgeuil and the legendary Parisian cathedrals where ungodly rituals and acts were performed to the gilded halls of Versailles. Her thorough research and lively voice bring these vivid, compelling, and sometimes-appalling characters to life as she tells an almost-unbelievable story for which Louis XIV thought he had burned all the evidence.

Praise for City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

“Holly Tucker has unearthed and brought to life a treasure trove of court documents and notes. . . . City of Light, City of Poison provides stunning insights into the real filth of Louis XIV’s reign . . . [and is] completely absorbing, especially because of the wealth of everyday life detail Tucker provides.”-Booklist

“Tucker . . . vividly brings to life a slice of Parisian history in a rigorously researched true-crime epic . . . that reads like a combination of the most compelling mystery fiction and Dumas’s romances of twisted court intrigues.”-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

City of Light, City of Poison . . . is part true crime, part history, and all scandal.”-Library Journal (Editors’ Pick)

About Holly Tucker

City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

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Holly Tucker is a professor of French and biomedical ethics and society at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville and Aix-en-Provence, France. She is the author of Blood Work, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, among other works.

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