Aussie Author Reading Challenge 2021
My Sign Up Post

Hosted by: Jo at Book Lover Reviews
Challenge period: 1st January to 31st December, 2021
Sign Up: Anytime during the year
Aim: To showcase the quality and diversity of the books being produced by Australian authors.

All the information and how to join is here on the sign-up page.

This year I'm participating at the same level as last year

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2021
My Sign Up Post

Hosted by: Australian Women Writers.
Challenge period: 1st January to 31st December, 2021.
Sign Up: Throughout the year up until 30th November, 2021.

Aim: To help overcome gender bias in the reviewing of books by Australian women.

Further information about the challenge and how to join can be found here.

This year, like last, I'm opting for the Franklin level: read 10 books - if reviewing, review at least 6. Here is my list, with some titles carried over from last year.

Georgana's Secret by Arlem Hawks
Book Review - Blog Tour

Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Length: 320 pages
Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1629727929
eBook ASIN: B08Q5MW1SG
Audiobook ASIN: B08RLRZ65Q

Synopsis

A Regency romance on the high seas. Two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love.

As a young girl, Georgana Woodall dreamed of beautiful dresses, fancy balls, and falling in love. However, when her mother dies, she

The Healer of Briarwood by MK McClintock
Book Blast + Giveaway (US Only)

Publication Date: December 15, 2020
Publisher: Trappers Peak Publishing
Format: Paperback & ebook; 260 pages
Series: Montana Gallagher Series, Book 7
Genre: Historical/Romance/Victorian

Synopsis

A man with a healer’s touch. A woman with a healer’s heart.

Doctor Finnegan Brody tends his patients, keeps to himself, and vividly remembers the heartaches and trials from the Civil War and why he devoted his life to healing. He watches the townspeople live their lives, loving and laboring alongside one another, and wonders if one day he will give a woman as much time and

New Release Challenge 2021
My Sign Up Post

Hosted by: Brandee and Lexie at (un)Conventional Bookworms
Challenge period: 1st January to 31st December, 2021
Sign Up: By 1st September, 2021
Aim: To read and review books released in 2021.

All the information can be found here on the sign-up page.

The Things We Don't Say by Ella Carey
Book Review - Blog Tour

Publication Date: January 25, 2021
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: ebook & paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis

From top-ten bestseller Ella Carey comes a gripping, haunting and utterly captivating novel about love, secrets and betrayal in a story that spans the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century.

What happens when the truths you have built your life on start to crumble?

Emma Temple sits looking out of the window in her beautiful apartment in the heart of

The Danish King's Enemy by M.J. Porter
Book Blast

Publication Date: 20th December 2020 (please note this is a rerelease of Viking Enemy, which was a rerelease of Ealdormen)
Publisher: Independently Published
Page Length: 211 Pages
Series: (The Earls of Mercia, Book 2)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis

Every story has a beginning.

Leofwine has convinced his king to finally face his enemies in battle and won a great victory, but in the meantime, events have spiralled out of control elsewhere.

With the death of Olaf Tryggvason of Norway,

The Last King by M.J. Porter
Read an Excerpt + Giveaway (US Only)

Publication Date: April 23, 2020
Format: Paperback & eBook; 314 pages
Series: The Ninth Century, Book One
Genre: Historical Thriller

Synopsis

They sent three hundred warriors to kill one man. It wasn’t enough.

Mercia lies broken but not beaten, her alliance with Wessex in tatters.

Coelwulf, a fierce and bloody warrior, hears whispers that Mercia has been betrayed from his home in the west. He fears no man, especially not the Vikings sent to hunt him down.

The Other Cipher by Heidi Eljarbo
Book Review - Blog Tour

Publication Date: 2 December 2020
Publisher: Independently Published
Series: Soli Hansen Mysteries Book 2
Page Length: 200 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery

Synopsis

In the captivating second book of the Soli Hansen Mysteries, two women—separated by more than three hundred years—are connected through their love of art.

1613. Fabiola Ruber is been wed to a man she does not know and must live in a country with a new language and different customs. The memories of a lost love in her hometown Malta haunt her, and she sets out to find an

All Manner of Things by Wendy J. Dunn
Book Review - Blog Tour

Publication Date: January 15th 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Poesy Quill Publishing
Series: Falling Pomegranate Seeds, Book #2
Print Length: 449 Pages

Synopsis

Winter, 1539

MarĂ­a de Salinas is dying.

Too ill to travel, she writes a letter to her daughter Katherine, the young duchess of Suffolk. A letter telling of her life: a life intertwined with her friend and cousin Catalina of Aragon, the youngest child of Isabel of Castile. It is a letter to help her daughter understand the choices she has made in her life

A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy
Book Review - Blog Tour - Giveaway (US Only)

Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
Genre: Historical Mystery

Synopsis

A historical mystery in the vein of The Alienist, in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy.

Amelia Matthew has done the all-but-impossible, especially for an orphan in Gilded Age New York City. Along with her foster brother Jonas, she has parleyed her modest psychic talent into a safe and comfortable life. But safety and comfort vanish when a head injury leaves Amelia with a dramatically-expanded gift. After

A Painter in Penang by Clare Flynn
Read an Excerpt

Publication Date: 6th October 2020
Publisher: Cranbrook Press
Page Length: 362 Pages
Series: Penang Series, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Jasmine Barrington hates everything about living in Kenya and longs to return to the island of Penang in British colonial Malaya where she was born. Expulsion from her Nairobi convent school offers a welcome escape – the chance to stay with her parents’ friends, Mary and Reggie Hyde-Underwood on their Penang rubber estate. But this is 1948 and communist insurgents are embarking on a

Beneath Black Clouds and White by Virginia Crow
Spotlight

Publication Date: 11th April 2019
Publisher: Crowvus
Print Length: 637 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Military Fiction/Family Saga

Synopsis

Despite adoring his family and enjoying frequenting gaming tables, Captain Josiah Tenterchilt’s true love is the British Army and he is committed to his duty. As such, he does not hesitate to answer the army’s call when King Louis XVI of France is executed.

Accompanied by his wife to Flanders, Josiah finds his path crosses with a man who could not be more different from him: an apprentice