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Giveaway Winners GaloreThanks so much to all the authors, publishers, and publicists for all of the awesome giveaways! They are so much fun to host and I know my readers appreciate them!!
Thanks to everyone who entered the following giveaways! Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways in the New Year!

Winners, please reply to the email I sent you today within 48 hours to claim your books. After 2 days you will be disqualified and a new winner will be picked. Rafflecopter picks all winners at random.

Duke (Victorian Rebels, Book 4) by Kerrigan Byrne

The winner is Julia H.

Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt

The winner is Sheila K.

Night of the Eleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer

The winners are Sharon B. & Sheila K.

Confessions Of Young Nero by Margaret George

The winner is Jennifer C.

City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

The winner is Carl S.

Healing of Howard Brown by Jeb Stewart Harrison

The winner is Nadine S.

Recovered by Amber Polo

The winner is Nadine S.

Recovered by Amber Polo (Grand Prize)

The winner is Anne B.

Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

The winners are Carl S. & Barry C.

Weight Of Him by Ethel Rohan

The winner is Rhonda L.

Bandstand Diaries by Sharon Cutler, Arlene Sullivan & Ray Smith

The winners are Rhonda L, Sharon B., & Jennifer C.

The Typewriter’s Tale by Michiel Heyns

The winner is Jennifer C.

Justice by Another Name by E.C. Hanes

The winners are Wanda B., Jeanette G., Margie T., Barry C., & Renee G.

Yellow House by Jeroen Blokhuis, Asja Novak (Translator)

The winner is Nadine S.

If The Duke Demands by Anna Harrington

The winner is Traci U.

Deep End (Honey Series, Book 1) by Kristen Ashley

The winner is Sharon B.

Northanger Abbey and the History of England by Jane Austen, Read by Alison Larkin

The winner is Kara S.

Before the War by Fay Weldon

The winner is Carl S.

In This Life by Christine Brae

The winner is Margie T.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Confessions Of Young Nero by Margaret GeorgeConfessions Of Young Nero by Margaret George


Description of Confessions Of Young Nero by Margaret George


THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO (Berkley Hardcover; March 7, 2017; $28) is written, like Robert Graves’s I, Claudius, in the form of an autobiography. It reveals with luminescent detail Nero’s complex talents and successes, his childhood, his rise to power, and his instinct for self-preservation which first took root on the moonlit night his insane uncle, the Emperor Caligula, tried to drown him.

Nero’s life—riddled with murders, rivalries, plots, orgies, and incest—is sensational on its own. But for George, THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO is not just an opportunity to tell his story. It is an attempt to rehabilitate his image, and to expose the truth and complexities about both a man—and a time period—that has been much mythologized. George spent five years researching the novel, but her idea of resetting Nero’s villainous reputation has been building for more than thirty.

When he is just a small child, Nero’s mother, Agrippina, is released from exile by her elderly uncle—the newly crowned Emperor Claudius. Agrippina quickly plucks Nero from his modest upbringing, and embarks on a ruthless pruning of the family tree to ensure what she believes is her son’s rightful place in the Palace. Her naked ambition, cunning, and well-placed doses of poison help the obstacles fall one by one, until a teenage boy is given control of an Empire. Both tempted and terrified to assume his reign, Nero’s indoctrination into the incest, violence, luxury, and intrigue that have gripped Rome’s seat of power for generations will shape him into the man he was fated to become.  

George covers the unfolding of Nero’s life and legacy, including his forced marriage to his cousin Octavia at fifteen; his passion for a beautiful ex-slave and other love affairs; the influence of the great philosopher Seneca on his reign; and his attentiveness to his political duties, including the improvement of Rome’s courts and public amenities. George uses Nero’s expansion of theatres, athletic games, chariot races, and musical performances as a window into the powerful artistic and athletic impulses that governed him, and which made him a champion of the common man—the men among whom he’d begun his life as “Lucius,” until fate made him forever “Nero.”

Like Mary Beard’s revisionist history of ancient Rome, SPQR, NERO both challenges our assumptions of that time period and taps into readers’ fascination with the Empire. Readers of Philippa Gregory will adore and find much to discover in George’s latest novel.

The author will continue Nero’s story in a second book, which picks up during the ill-fated, final four years of his young life, as he faces his biggest test and challenge: the Great Fire of Rome.

My Thoughts Confessions Of Young Nero by Margaret George


In the Roman Empire, after the rein of Julius Caesar, Nerō Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was born.  Nerō was adopted by his great-uncle Claudius, Emperor, to become his heir and successor. As boy, there are attempts on Nerō’s life.  He learns at a young age that life can be fleeting.  He even fears his own mother, Agrippina, noting *“I knew then that to be her enemy was to perish—and that being her son would not exempt me.” He knows that she has murdered before!

Young Nerō loves art and sport.  He loves to watch the races at the Circus Maximus and even talks his tutor into arranging for him to take lessons in sport.  He tends to be able to have fun and be a child only when his mother is away.

This is book one and only covers Nerō’s younger years.  Book two will delve into his final four years of life, cut short at a young age. 

I tend to enjoy long “meaty” books, especially dealing with history.  At 528 pages, this book qualifies however, I did find it dragged on in parts and could have been edited down at least 100 pages, perhaps more. I did read an uncorrected proof, so perhaps it went through more editing before publication, this month.

I did enjoy Margaret George’s writing and descriptions of life in the Roman Empire and do recommend it.  I could tell that the book was well researched as well.

*Please note that this quote was in the uncorrected proof and may not appear in the published version.

3.5/5

I received the ebook galley from Net Galley for my honest review.

About Margaret George


Confessions Of Young Nero by Margaret George

(c) Alison Kaufman

Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels of biographical historical fiction, including Elizabeth IHelen of TroyMary, Called MagdaleneThe Memoirs of CleopatraThe Autobiography of Henry VIII, and Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles. She also has written a children’s book, Lucille Lost.

Giveaway of Confessions Of Young Nero by Margaret George


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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’!

4.5/5

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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