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First Signs of April by Mary-Elizabeth BriscoeFirst Signs of April by Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe


Thanks to Serena M. Agusto of  Poetic Book Tours, I am giving away 3 print copies of First Signs of April by Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe.

Description of First Signs of April by Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe


Wounds fester and spread in the darkness of silence. The swirling reds, oranges, and yellows of fall’s foliage dance alongside Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe like flames as she tears through the winding back roads of the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont. Desperate to outrun memories that flood her mind, no matter how hard she rolls her motorcycle’s throttle, she cannot escape them.

Shut down and disconnected, Briscoe has lived her life in silence in order to stay alive. Her grief is buried, and shame is the skin that wraps around her bones—but then, following the brutal murder of a local teacher, she is forced as a grief counselor to face her lifetime of unresolved sorrow. Will she finally be able to crack the hard edges of her heart and allow in the light of truth so real healing can occur?

Praise for First Signs of April by Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe


“Reading First Signs of April is like sitting in front of a fire with an old friend: Briscoe starts telling her story and all of a sudden the sun is up and you feel as if you haven’t blinked once. This book will become that friend who stays with you for life.”―Melanie Braverman, author of East Justice and Red

“The First Signs of April is an inspiring story of about life, death, and how connected we all remain―but only if we’re open to listening to the wisdom waiting for us. Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe shows us the power of friendship, and the ways we can heal by embracing all life has to offer.―Linda Joy Myers, president National Association of Memoir Writers, and author of Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family Secrets and Silence

“By living and writing her truth, Briscoe shares her healing journey of loss and love. A compelling read that grabs your attention and will not let you leave.”―Priscilla A. Hutchins, licensed Psychologist-Doctorate, retired

About Mary-Elizabeth BriscoeFirst Signs of April by Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe


Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe is a licensed mental health counselor currently on sabbatical from her private psychotherapy practice in northeastern Vermont. She currently spends her time between Cape Cod, Vermont, and Ireland. She has a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lesley University and is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and a Certified Trauma Professional.

She has been a lecturer for Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies St. Johnsbury, Vermont campus. She has contributed to Cape Woman Online and Sweatpants and Coffee magazine. This is her first book.  Visit her website, her Facebook, and on Twitter.

Giveaway of First Signs of April by Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe


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Oliver & Jack In Axminster WorkhouseOliver & Jack: In Axminster Workhouse (Fagin’s Boy, Book Three) By Christina E. Pilz


Publication Date: September 27, 2015
Blue Rain Press
eBook & Paperback; 406 Pages

Genre: Historical/Gay Romance

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In Victorian England, 1846, an ex-apprentice and his street-thief companion are confined inside a workhouse to await trial for a crime they did not commit.

After the seaside interlude in Lyme Regis, Oliver and Jack are arrested and sent to Axminster Workhouse to await trial for the theft of books that they only meant to borrow.

They are put in the less-than-tender care of Workmaster Chalenheim, who controls the quotas they must fill, the amount of food they are allowed to eat, and the punishments they must endure upon breaking the rules, however arbitrary.

Oliver struggles with the shame of being in a place he thought he’d left behind him long ago, and also with the contrast between the life he once enjoyed and the hunger and degradation inside the workhouse walls. Meanwhile, Jack is confronted by a predator who tests the limits of Jack’s endurance and the strength of his love for Oliver.

Together they must find a way to escape the workhouse before they succumb to the harsh conditions or are separated by the hangman’s noose, whichever comes first.

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About Christina E. Pilz

Christina E. Pilz


Christina was born in Waco, Texas in 1962. After living on a variety of air force bases, in 1972 her Dad retired and the family moved to Boulder, Colorado. There amidst the clear, dry air of the high plains, as the moss started to grow beneath her feet, her love for historical fiction began with a classroom reading of Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

She attended a variety of community colleges (Tacoma Community College) and state universities (UNC-Greeley, CU-Boulder, CU-Denver), and finally found her career in technical writing, which, between layoffs, she has been doing for 18 years. During that time, her love for historical fiction and old-fashioned objects, ideas, and eras has never waned.

In addition to writing, her interests include road trips around the U.S. and frequent flights to England, where she eats fish and chips, drinks hard cider, and listens to the voices in the pub around her. She also loves coffee shops, mountain sunsets, prairie storms, and the smell of lavender. She is a staunch supporter of the Oxford comma.

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Giveaway of Oliver & Jack: In Axminster Workhouse By Christina E. Pilz


This giveaway is for the winners choice of print or ebook and is open to Canada and the U.S. only.  This giveaway ends on March 11, 2016 12 am pacific time.  Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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Tour Schedule for Oliver & Jack: In Axminster Workhouse By Christina E. Pilz


Thursday, February 25
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Friday, February 26
Guest Post at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, March 1
Review at Raven Haired Girl

Wednesday, March 2
Review at Book Nerd

Thursday, March 3
Interview at Dianne Ascroft Blog

Friday, March 4
Review at Svetlana’s Reads or Views

Monday, March 7
Guest Post at She is Too Fond of Books

Tuesday, March 8
Review at In a Minute
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, March 9
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Friday, March 11
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Monday, March 14
Review & Giveaway at History Undressed

Wednesday, March 16
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Addicts

Friday, March 18
Interview at Layered Pages

Oliver & Jack: In Axminster Workhouse By Christina E. Pilz

This01_Sword of the Gladiatrix CoverPublication Date: May 2015
Publisher: Raggedy Moon Books
Formats: Trade paperback and eBook
ISBN: 978-0692386491
Pages: 260pp

Genre: Historical/Adventure/Romance/LGBT

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Two women. Two swords. One victor.

An action-packed tale that exposes the brutal underside of Imperial Rome, Sword of the Gladiatrix brings to life unforgettable characters and exotic settings. From the far edges of the Empire, two women come to battle on the hot sands of the arena in Nero’s Rome: Afra, scout and beast master to the Queen of Kush; and Cinnia, warrior-bard and companion to Queen Boudica of the British Iceni. Enslaved, forced to fight for their lives and the Romans’ pleasure; they seek to replace lost friendship, love, and family in each other’s arms. But the Roman arena offers only two futures: the Gate of Life for the victors or the Gate of Death for the losers.

Praise for Faith L. Justice’s first book: Selene of Alexandria


“A promising new historical novelist [with] the gift for wonderfully researched, vividly evoked, good old-fashioned storytelling.”—Historical Novel Society

“I am blown away and enthralled with the work of this author.”—BookPleasures.com

“Does what historical fiction does best—weaves historical fact, real-life historical figures, and attention to detail with page-turning, plot-driven fiction.”—The Copperfield Review

Sword of the Gladiatrix Faith L. Justice Available At


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FAITH L. JUSTICE writes award-winning novels, short stories, and articles in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in Salon.com, Writer’s Digest, The Copperfield Review, the Circles in the Hair anthology, and many more. She is a frequent contributor to Strange Horizons, Associate Editor for Space and Time Magazine, and co-founded a writer’s workshop many more years ago than she likes to admit. For fun, she digs in the dirt—her garden and various archaeological sites.

For more information visit Faith L. Justice’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Book Giveaway of ‘Sword of the Gladiatrix’ by Faith L. Justice


The winner will have the choice of print or ebook.  This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada and ends on July 15, 2015.  Entries accepted through Rafflecopter only.

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Sword of the Gladiatrix by Faith L. Justice Blog Tour


Monday, June 29
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Guest Post at The Writing Desk

Tuesday, June 30
Guest Post at I Heart Reading
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, July 1
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Thursday, July 2
Review at Book Babe

Friday, July 3
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Monday, July 6
Review at Book Nerd

Tuesday, July 7
Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, July 8
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, July 9
Review at Genre Queen
Review at Boom Baby Reviews
Guest Post & Giveaway at Unshelfish

Friday, July 10
Review at Bookramblings
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

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