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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Revenge and Retribution by Anna Belfrage - Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway #RevengeandRetributionBlogTour

I received a free copy for my honest review.


About the Book:

Publication Date: July 1,2014
SilverWood Books
Formats: Ebook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction/Time-Slip
Series: The Graham Saga

Revenge and Retribution is the sixth book in Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.

Life in the Colony of Maryland is no sinecure – as Alex and Matthew Graham well know. But nothing in their previous life has prepared them for the mayhem that is about to be unleashed upon them.
Being labelled a witch is not a good thing in 1684, so it is no wonder Alex Graham is aghast at having such insinuations thrown at her. Even worse, it’s Matthew’s brother-in-law, Simon Melville, who points finger at her.
Not that the ensuing hearing is her main concern, because nowadays Alex’s entire life is tainted by the fear of what Philip Burley will do to them once he gets hold of them – there is no longer any ‘if’ about it. On a sunny May afternoon, it seems Philip Burley will at last revenge himself on Matthew for every single perceived wrong. Over the course of twenty-four hours, Alex’s life – and that of her family’s – is permanently changed.

As if all this wasn’t enough, Alex also has to cope with the loss of one of her sons. Forcibly adopted by the former Susquehannock, Samuel is dragged from Alex’s arms to begin a new life in the wilderness.
How is Alex to survive all this? And will she be able to put her damaged family back together?

About the Author:

I was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result I’m multilingual and most of my reading is historical – both non-fiction and fiction.

I was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Instead I ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for my most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career I raised my four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive … Nowadays I spend most of my spare time at my writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and I slip away into my imaginary world, with my imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in my life pops his head in to ensure I’m still there. I like that – just as I like how he makes me laugh so often I’ll probably live to well over a hundred.

I was always going to be a writer. Now I am – I have achieved my dream.
For more information, please visit Anna Belfrage’s website and blog. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

My Opinion:

This sixth installment of the Graham Saga picks up pretty much where the last one left off but things don't look any brighter for Alex and Matthew. Those every present Burley Brothers sans one are still trying to kill them and maintain that preternatural ability to find them any time, anywhere no matter how far they have traveled in the interim. There are hints of promise of their demise but I don't believe it. I'm beginning to think they are vampires or werewolves or something. Whatever beast they might be they are pure evil.

Evil comes in other forms in this period in history as it's the time that people are suddenly afraid of witches and are seeing them in their neighbor's every strange occurrence. Consequently due to some erm, family issues Alex's brother in law accuses her of being a witch and hysteria reigns. This combined with Indian issues, the aforementioned Burleys and a few other minor problems sprinkled in for good measure make this the darkest chapter in the Graham story. That does not mean that it is all sturm and drang - there is some light in and amongst the darkness which is why I feel compelled to look forward to the next book.

Ms. Belfrage is an excellent writer and her attention to historical detail and character development are spot on. When I read her books I feel I am well and truly part of the characters' world. I just really think this couple needs a bit of peace for heaven's sake.

Rating:
4

You can follow the Revenge and Retribution Tour Schedule for additional reviews and giveaways.

You can read my review of Like Chaff in the Wind
You can read my review of The Prodigal Son
You can read my review of A Newfound Land
You can read my review of Serpents in the Garden

You can purchase Revenge and Retribution on Amazon.com

You can purchase A Rip in the Veil on Amazon.com
You can purchase Like Chaff in the Wind on Amazon.com
You can purchase The Prodigal Son on Amazon.com
You can purchase A Newfound Land on Amazon.com
You can purchase Serpents in the Garden on Amazon.com


The Giveaway:

One lucky reader will win a copy of Revenge and Retribution. How do you win? Just hop on the Rafflecopter. Good luck everyone.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 Spa For Ma Giveaway Hop - Win a Year of Happy Goat Soap! #Spa4Ma

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Welcome to the 4th annual Spa for Ma Giveaway Hop hosted by Measuring Flower and Homemaking Hacks! I have teamed up with some incredible bloggers to bring you prizes that help mom to get some much awaited R&R after the kids head back to school!

I'll bet you want to know what you can win here. Well, I'll tell you! It's a YEAR OF HAPPY GOAT SOAP! You red that correctly. A year of soap - 4 bars of your choice every other month for a year! You can have them sent to you or send them to someone as a gift. That's 24 bars of Pricilla's rich soap to enjoy.


This exciting prize is worth $125! Due to shipping costs I do have to limit it to the US only. You  have until 9/15. Be sure to stop back here I'll be adding new ways to earn entries throughout the giveaway!

How do you win? It's easy - just hop on the Rafflecopter. Good luck everyone!

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If you're unfamiliar with what a giveaway hop is, here's how it works. After you enter my giveaway above, you can "hop" on to the next participating blog to enter their giveaway as well. You can find links to all the blogs towards the bottom of this post.

Also, don't forget to enter to win the grand prize! It is for an incredible $300 gift card to Kohl's! Enter HERE!

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After you enter here be sure to hop around and enter the other great giveaways!



How to Dry Mushrooms for Storage

The hubby loves mushrooms and when I see them at a good price at the store I buy a lot of them. They dry beautifully and rehydrate very well so this gives me the ability to have them on hand to add to dishes all winter long. Our local store had a great deal this week so I sent him in and he came home with 9 packages - he would have gotten more but that was all the store had left.  I put one aside to make him a mushroom sauce for venison - yes you will see the recipe later this week - and the rest I prepared for the dehydrator. With just a little of my time and most of the day in the machine I soon had two quarts of dried mushrooms.




How to Dry Mushrooms

PRINT THESE INSTRUCTIONS

Makes two quarts dried

8 packages button mushrooms - or as many as you can get!


1. Open the packages of mushrooms as soon as you get them home so they can breathe. If they stay too long in the plastic they will start to sweat.

2. Carefully remove the stems and set aside. I made cream of mushroom soup with mine. You can use them to make a sauce, stock or soup.

3. Go over each mushroom and dust off any dirt.

4. Slice each cap into three or four slices about 1/2" thick.

5. Lay the slices on the rack of your dehydrator.

6. Following the instructions of your machine dry the mushrooms until they are very dry, almost crisp. Mine took about 8 hours.


After they have dried remove the pieces to clean mason jars and cover. Keep them in a cabinet away from light and damp. The last time I did this they lasted me all through the winter. Just be sure they are DRY. If there is any moisture left in them mold can form. If this happens DO NOT USE THE MUSHROOMS.


To rehydrate you just need to put however many you need into a bowl of warm water until they soften. The water they soak in is very useful for gravies and sauces as it is full of mushroom flavor.

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