Book Spotlight: After Death by Elle Jefferson





Title: After Death
Author: Elle Jefferson
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

It'd been building for months, festering inside her, begging to come out, but she controlled it.

But standing over his body, watching blood pool beneath his chest and soak into the carpet, waiting for him to take his last breath, she knew.

Control could go to hell.

They all could go to hell and she'd send them there.

She was letting the monster out.

And with it, she would get her revenge.

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Book Excerpt

“Mystery—” Emma’s words died there. She seemed to remember at the same time he did, the article.  His aunt Laurel had shown them both a story from The Sun, a local paper, when they were still back in Oxford looking for Lendyn. The feature was about Devin being hounded by fans at the JFK. Accompanying the story was a picture of Lendyn and Devin. The article failed to identify Lendyn but assumed her to the role of mystery girlfriend.

As much as he wanted to believe in Lendyn’s visions, Callum did not believe Devin was in trouble. No, he believed they would find Devin safe and sound in some penthouse suite. That his disappearance was nothing more than a ploy to win sympathy from Lendyn. He believed this because it was easier than believing the other possibility. That Lendyn could see into the thoughts of vampires.

“People think Lendyn is behind Devin’s disappearance,” Emma shrieked, her attention turned to Callum, “it won’t be long before someone is able to identify her,” she looked back to Katherine, “who exactly is talking?”

Katherine adjusted the bracelet around her wrist, “Remember how Lendyn called Marley, Devin’s manager about a week ago? Well, she wasn’t the only one to call Marley.  Jonathan, his assistant, called and then,” she released her bracelet and met Emma’s eye, “his mother. Who, after Marley confirmed that she had not seen or spoken to Devin in weeks, said she was calling the police.”

“Wait, Devin’s mother called his agent looking for him too?”

“Yes,” Katherine answered.

“But his dad was behind Lendyn’s abduction.”

Katherine nodded, “Paul most definitely was, but I don’t think his Devin or his mother was a part of the equation. If you had seen the damage those howlers did to him, they definitely were unconcerned with his life.”

Callum got up and started his pacing again. Zach and Lendyn needed to hurry up.

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About the Author:

Writing romances with a paranormal twist and always having an HEA


Links

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23358000-after-death
Twitter: @oohlalakrysa
https://www.facebook.com/ElleJeffersonAuthor?ref=bookmarks

Release Day & Giveaway: Tree of Ages by Sara C. Roethle





Author: Sara C. Roethle
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Buy Links: Amazon | iTunes

"The seasons are changing. The lines are faltering, undoing the old and bringing life to the new. Trees will fall, and changed earth will be left in their place. A storm is coming."


Finn doesn't remember much about her previous life, and in a world that has been changed by the wars of the Tuatha De, where trust is hard to come by, answers are even more difficult to find. Little does she know, an unknown evil tugs on the strings of fate, and the answers she so desperately seeks may be more important than she could have ever imagined.

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About the Author:

Sara C. Roethle is a full-time author, and part time unicorn. She published her first book Xoe in late 2009. Since then she has published three more books in the Xoe Meyer's series, and numerous shorter works. Sara's new release Falling Betwixt is the first novel in her new dark romance series. Sara resides in the land of enchantment, as far away from civilization as possible (while still having internet).

Links
Website: http://saracroethle.com/tree-of-ages/
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Giveaway 

Win 5 eBook copies of “Tree of Ages”

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Pouraka by Dianne Lynn Gardner





Guest Post: Romance Tales
by Diane Lynn Gardner

Love can have many faces. In a romance between two people, love is something very physical and intimate. Drawn to each other through chemistry, individuals discover a need they may not have been aware of. A need to be touched, to be caressed, to be treated kindly and gently. They also discover a need to share more than that intimacy. They want to share who they are, their hopes and desires, their strengths and weaknesses. When two people unite in such a way, they never wanting to let go. They find completion. They commit to spending a lifetime together.

For human beings, love is regarded as one of the most important fulfillments of a lifetime. Without love people can fall into despondency. With love they find joy.

Love can also be a kinship between family members, a loyalty, a bonding that cannot be severed. A brother fighting for the honor of his sister, and vice versa. A mother defending her children. A father protecting his family. Family love is what makes mom bear through her pregnancy and give up her career, or her sleep. Family love causes a man to go to work every day to put bread on the table. Living alone can be a lot simpler but people choose not to be alone because love binds them together.

Love can be a relationship with one’s environment stirring a nurturing and protecting response. People risk their lives to save forests, oceans, and the inhabitants therein. Tribes in the Amazon risk their lives to stop the threat of pollution in their lands and river. Environmentalist give up their time and efforts to campaign for a healthier environment. They have a passion for their cause.

Love is tender and kind and giving, protective and faithful. More and more men, in their studies of other creatures on this planet have come to realize that human sapiens are not the only species capable of love. Animals move about in herds protecting each other, defending each other. In some cases they rescue each other. Anyone visiting some viral YouTube videos can observe love between animals such as elephants, monkeys, lions, orcas, dolphins and many more.

That is the love affair in my newest novel Pouraka. A romance between two merpeople yes, but also a romance between their species and the creatures living with them. A romance with the environment and all things clean and good and natural. A romance between the sea creatures and the good people of the earth. And a romance between two lovers. They are all threatened with a common enemy and they must all fight together.

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Pouraka
Book One
Dianne Lynn Gardner
Genre: Fantasy romance
Publisher: Dianne Lynn Gardner
ASIN: B00T0PED40
Number of pages: 242
Word Count: 75369
Cover Artist: Dianne Lynn Gardner

Book Description: 

Pouraka is a magical sea cavern tucked under the rocky cliffs near Barnacle Bay. Cora, a Pouraka mer, is torn between her friends in the seaside town, and her true love Tas, a foreign mer whose people fled when men invaded their waters.

Life becomes difficult for all mers when an arrogant oil rigger's son, Tom, finds the bay and the rich aquatic life it harbors. When Tas attempts to rescue a pod of dolphins from Tom's gill net, he is captured and taken away as a prize to be sold to a theme park. When Cora hears of his capture she changes into human form and travels south to find him, risking her life to free him.

Time away from Pouraka leaves the cavern vulnerable, and a new threat arises when tourists discover its magic.

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/EkSwqips0D0 

Available at Amazon

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About the Author:

Dianne is an author and illustrator of YA adventure fantasy with a dab of historical content thrown in. Building worlds that might resemble the forests of her home in the Pacific Northwest, or the shimmering deserts of Arizona, add to that a pinch of magic dust and a few million stars and you just might find the portal to another Realm.

Happily married to a man that puts up with her celestial wanderings and wonderings, she is the mother of seven lovely adult children and grandmother to sixteen gorgeous boys and girls.

Dianne loves writing, painting in oils and living in other dimensions. She finds life much more colorful that way! Her books are middle grade to young adult adventure fantasies with dragons and wizards and sorcery and battles on the high seas. Her grandchildren are a big inspiration for her stories. There’s a shared camaraderie, something akin to what C.S. Lewis said about someday being old enough to enjoy fairy tales again.

Dianne’s newest series Pouraka dives into the depths to explore life as a mer. She also has a series that is being re released by PDMI publishing called the Ian’s Realm Saga.

Stretching her tent stakes, she is working on an Indie Film production of her V book Cassandra’s Castle.

Website http://gardnersart.com

Blog https://diendrial.wordpress.com/

Twitter @DianneGardner

Rebel Mouse https://www.rebelmouse.com/DianneGardner/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Pouraka

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DianneLynnGardner

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6473931.Dianne_Lynn_Gardner

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Tour giveaway 

1 ebook copy of Sasha which introduces the story.

5 8 X 10 prints of Pouraka's cover without the text, authographed by the author

1 digital copy of dystopia novel Altered

1 pair of earrings open to US Shipping

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Foxglove in Springtime by Abigail Madison Chase





Foxglove In Springtime 
Short stories and Poems 
Abigail Madison Chase 
Genre: Poetry 
Date of Publication: February 28, 201
Number of pages: 30 

Cover Artist: Keri Knutson 

Book Description:

Foxgloves In Springtime, is a collection of beautiful lyrical expressions of love in the springtime. Lovers of romantic poetry can scarcely go wrong with this collection.

Many of the poems reflect on longing, loss and great passion. Written from the perspective of a lover, there are poems for every mood and occasion.

This thoughtful collection of poems is a treasure for connoisseur of poetry and those who are not big poetry readers.

Care Instructions for Springtime Love 

Prepare your heart for love.
Carefully weed through the dirt bags
till the best bachelor or bachelorette,
begins to shake free of those who are unworthy.
Set out each season carefully planting yourself
in your best light.
Don’t dig a hole with lies.
Sow the seeds of love and happiness,
as you watch love hop your way.

Spring Showers of Truelove

Truelove showers open hearts in the springtime,
the fertile earth gives birth to the gentle beauty of,
a blissful season of truelove.
Sweet rays of springtime
thaw the freeze heart.
Gone like the first day of winter,
Love Springs forth like the hands of time

About the Author:

Author Abigail-Madison Chase is a 20 something (ok, 40something) neurotic mother of two. A highly trained professional (ok, only in her mind she's Jane Bond super heroine), along the way she writes terrible poetry and illegible books.

bigail Madison Chase lives in the beautiful Mountains of the Western United States. Always a dreamer, Abigail has been writing since she was in Mrs. Turners 4th grade Language Arts class. There she won 1st prize in the Creative Writing Fair. Abigail holds a B.F.A and M.F.A in English and Literature.

Abigail's family, and her writing exist in a world of make-believe harmony. Each fighting for their right to become a character she want kill off. Sarcasm, quick wit and lots of laughs are the hallmark of Abigail's Wonderful World. A place were lots of peace and harmony descend upon, she and her two children is where Abigail-Madison Chase lives.

http://www.amazon.com/Abigail-Madison-Chase/e/B00QER23FI/

https://www.facebook.com/abigailmadisonchase

http://chasinggabbieabbie.blogspot.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8203404.Abigail_Madison_Chase

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3 custom Bewitching Book Swag Items

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Author Interview: Michelle Knight


About the Author:

To describe Michelle as, "average," is to say that Mount Snowdon is, "a bit of a hill in North West Wales." Writing is one of her passions, along with photography, music, computers and a host of other things. (She's a very passionate person.)

She had short stories published in '95 and released her first book in '96 because she thought outside the box and had the audacity to ask a publisher what they were short of.

With a career in IT, she spent a couple of years working in Europe, learning phrases like, "Ein weiss bier bitte," (A white bier please) and, "mein Freund bezahlt." (my friend pays) Michelle also got so good at saying, (in Dutch) that her, "Dutch was no good, could you speak English please;" that people nodded and acknowledged her ... in Dutch ... causing her to repeat the statement!

She has also spent a chunk of her life as a BDSM submissive and has decided to return to writing in an effort to give her audience a taste of her experiences, "in the scene," and some of the realities facing those who live this lifestyle, in present day British society.

Now living with her mother in Sussex, in the UK, Michelle spends her free time trying to catch a glimpse of the mysterious sign on her back that says, "Will repair computers for wine." Her idea of a relaxing time is with friends, in a riverside country pub, with a ploughman’s lunch and a nice, cold pint of cider. Most of her reading these days consists of very large I.T. technical manuals. She doesn't suffer from insomnia.

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Thanks for having me!

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

I have an overarching plan, a beginning and an end. Occasionally I have a scene or two that I want to work in, but the details themselves tend to flow. Each of the books has its own message and they have their own flows to fulfil what was needed, so they are all different reads.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story? 

Not really. They’re British and very reserved!

What is your favourite food?

I think a good beef chow mein is my favourite. Failing that, chicken and rice!

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Definitely a morning person. I’m normally awake at about 3am to 4am. I leave home for work at 6:30am so that probably has something to do with it!

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

Actually, I don’t. I hate travelling. Or rather, I hate flying. Hang on, scratch that; I hate airports. When I spent two years working in Europe, I would drive from Folkestone to Muenchen, which is around seven hundred miles each way … that’s how much I hate airports! Commuting has tempered my desire to travel very far right now.


Do distant places feature in your books?

If the story is set in the present, like the Submissive Heart series, then I tend to stick to places that I know. When I deal with our world then it’s important that the locations feel real. Generally speaking, I don’t like to write about real places where I haven’t actually been. I feel awkward and insincere if I write about somewhere that I don't really know. I’ll do it if I have to, but I try not to. If I’m writing fantasy, then of course it could be anywhere at any time.

Do you listen to music while writing?

When I’m getting down some tricky detail then no; I have to see the scene in my head which needs concentration. If I’m editing and polishing then I do. My taste is all over the place from classic to rock. No real preference.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

The latest release is book 2 in the Submissive Heart series, titled, “The Reluctant Leader.” It deals with two things. The first is giving the reader a taste of the legal and censorship issues facing BDSM people in the UK right now, and the second is that it takes a look at the dominant side of D/s relationships. While the main characters are M/f, a different female character had to learn about what it means to take control of someone’s life and that is an F/m thread. Also, the story line from book one becomes stronger and things start to tangle in readiness for book three. Difficult to detail that without spoiling it!

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

I first started in the mid ‘90s with a few short stories and novellas. I was writing for a very closed audience. A small box full of the finished book would land on my doormat and it was breath taking to see my name in print! Then, life took a turn and most of my writing was for the Internet, although I did compile some earlier shorts in to a book in 2002 and then I wrote “Companion” as a film script in 2005. By the time it came to re-write Companion as the first book in the series and return to publishing properly, a lot had changed. Reviewing had gone on-line and the Internet had opened up the world. A whole new set of rules to learn and a lot of competition, plus seeing my name in print isn’t as magical; I’ve grown and now my excitement comes from reader feedback. Physical book production has also changed; we now have print-on-demand so there is no need for books to ever go out of print again, which is an incredible thing!

Is there anything you would do differently?

Yes. I wrote Companion as a film script because I thought that there would be control over the imagery, so that it would eliminate any misinterpretation. The series is more about fact and emotion rather than porn action. However, I should have taken the chance and released it as a book, because unless you’re already in the film industry then no one seems to want to know you and I wasted many years.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

Helping people. Long story short, I’m transsexual and when I put my experiences on the internet in the mid 90’s, people came back to me with reports of how my story helped them. I then spent two years in Germany where BDSM was more open and I gained the confidence to start the realbondage web site in 2002. I pretty much got the same response; what I was putting up, helped people. So the main drive for much of what I’ve done in my book and web site writing, has been dispelling myths and getting some truth out there.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

Oh, lots! One is don’t give up. I’m doing this and I’m dyslexic. Don’t expect success overnight. Some books have been there for decades before society has discovered them; your baby might be weaning for a while! There’s much more advice on my web site. The last thing I’d say is, do it your way. Take a look at other people’s techniques and take what works for you.

What are three words that describe you?

Listener, creative and pedantic.

What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?

Arm up my back, forced to pick one, “Blott On The Landscape,” by Tom Sharpe. The BBC made it in to a mini series and it was quite, “British funny,” if you know what I mean!

Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book

Here's the blurb for book3, “From The Cradle,” due later this year - “The skeletons were out of the closet. So that they could spend more time together, L's closest friend, Kate, had gone through the nervewracking process of understanding the relationship that Mark and L enjoyed. As it turned out L would need all the friends she could muster as the skeletons were now trampling all over her life. They needed to be put into caskets and told forecefully to either rest in peace, or rest in pieces. In amongst herding the walking dead, L's life was going to change in a manner that she hadn't predicted...”

List of previous books if any

The previous books are, “Broken Spirits,” and “Genii In A Bottle and other stories,” but they were written when I was still learning and I cringe at my writing that early on!

Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.

My main site is http://www.msknight.co.uk and there’s a few things up there which include a few other shorts and fan-fic that I’ve written.

There’s also the adult site http://www.realbondage.co.uk – but that’s definitely not safe for work!

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Title - The Companion - book 1 of the Submissive Heart series
Author - Michelle Knight
Genre - Erotic Romance
Book length - 170 pages physical approx
Available from Amazon UK | US

Book Description:

All she wanted was to make other people's lives better. All they did was make her life worse. 

A chance meeting was all it took and she was introduced to a different way of life. When it came to society's way or the highway, she had never considered what might come of choosing the highway.

This is the journey of a woman into sexual enlightenment. Follow her transition from vanilla to 'the scene' - it is a highly erotic journey and depicts a path that countless women have travelled down in the past and countless more wish they had done so. Maybe now is their chance to follow Susan as we discover her own passionate, submissive journey into the freedom she was so hungry to find.

Series Link:
http://msknight.co.uk/behind-03.html

Blog Tour/Guest Post by Nessie Strange





Guest Post
by Nessie Strange

It was only a couple years ago that I was a hopeful author with a rough draft of the manuscript for my book, Living Dead Girl. I’d already been through the process of submitting to agents and publishers with two other novels--one landed an agent; neither ever saw the light of day. I wasn’t looking forward to doing it again. Researching agents and tailoring query packages takes a lot of time. Then there’s the waiting...lots and lots of waiting. It’s a slow, frustrating process.

I considered self-publishing, but lacked the funds for a professional editor and cover designer. Instead, I joined a critique site and put Living Dead Girl through a pretty intense workshop. I met many fantastic and supportive people, many of whom I still keep in touch with today. Then I began the query process, starting with agents. It landed a few requests for more material, but ultimately, led nowhere. Finally I decided to start targeting small publishers directly.

It took roughly six months of querying before I signed the contract to publish Living Dead Girl. I was ecstatic--this was it, the thing I’d wanted for so long. I’d finally made it. But the reality was, I’d cleared one major obstacle only to find a mountain standing before me.

Now, a little over a year later, with two full-length books out, as well as two short stories in different anthologies, I’ve started to climb that mountain. It’s one thing to read about it and hear stories from other authors. Quite another when you’re experiencing it yourself.

Getting noticed isn’t easy. As an unpublished author, I truly had no idea how difficult this part of the process would be. Part of it was unrealistic expectations. Part of it was just not knowing what it would be like, because I had nothing to compare it to. Once release day passed, though, it hit: my book was just one out millions readers could choose.  How was I supposed to separate my work from everyone else’s? It’s probably one of the most sobering realities for any new author.

Obviously, gaining readers and building an audience is much more of a marathon than a sprint for the average newbie author. I’m okay with that because I enjoy the process and the challenges that go along with it. If I wasn’t, I would’ve jumped ship long ago. That said, there are times it can wear on you. It’s tiring work. By the time I’ve returned home from my day job and taken care of dinner, I often don’t feel like doing much with my social media accounts. I’ve taken the attitude that I’ll do what I can when I can, and that’s okay.

Writing is definitely not a money making endeavor for me yet. The sad truth is, I’ve probably spent more than I’ve made with any of my published books. Blog tours, advertising, etc. And between giveaways and review copies, I’ve probably gifted almost as many books as I’ve sold. I don’t mind. I figure it’s cumulative. Every review, every little bit of promotion is another place my books show up. And believe me, I’m extremely grateful for each and every helping hand I’ve received along the way.

Thankfully I’ve met some fantastic people. Other authors have become a huge support network, and to any aspiring author, I’d have to say this is invaluable. After all, you can accomplish much more with a team than with a single person.

I feel like I’m still learning, and often have to remind myself that it’s just been a little over a year since I began this journey. I’m just trying to figure out the best way to help my books succeed, and I’ve got enough stories in me that I plan to keep working at it. I have no idea what the future will hold, but I plan to keep on writing along the way.

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Reaper Madness
Living Dead World 
Book 2
Nessie Strange
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Etopia Press
Date of Publication: November 21, 2014
Number of pages: 223
Word Count: 71,385

Book Description:

This isn’t the afterlife she expected... 

Jen MacLellan can’t get the hang of being a reaper. She’s been separated from Jack, the man she loves, and is stuck with an annoying telepathic link to her ill-tempered mentor, Sam. Now Death is breathing down her neck, promising to remove that annoying link if she gives him what he wants. But when reapers begin to disappear back on earth, leaving behind walking, talking dead people, Jen and Sam are thrust into a dangerous mission to recapture the souls, and a passionate physical relationship that complicates everything.

Jack Norris has no memory prior to waking up on the half-demon Nulcifer’s couch six months earlier. As he begins to investigate his past, he discovers a string of past lives tied together by a beautiful, mysterious brunette. Who is she? And why does finding her seem like a life or death proposition?

When Sam falls victim to fate during a routine visit to earth, Jen’s devastated. Desperate to get him back, she runs smack into the man she never thought she’d see again—Jack. She tries to keep her distance, but there’s no time to be awkward if they want to save Sam. When sinister plots are revealed, and betrayals threaten everything, she’s forced to make some tough choices—and learns that life is just as difficult when you’re dead.

Available at | Amazon | BN | ARe | Etopia Press | Kobo | iTunes

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About the Author:

Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one.

Living Dead Girl and Reaper Madness, the first two novels in her urban fantasy Living Dead World series, were published by Etopia press in 2014.

http://nessieslivingdeadworld.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorNessieStrange

https://twitter.com/NessieStrange

http://amazon.com/author/nessiestrange

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7463821.Nessie_Strange

http://www.pinterest.com/nessiestrange/

Book Review: The Alchemist's Daughter by Mary Lawrence


The Alchemist's Daughter 
by Mary Lawrence
Book 1 of the Bianca Goddard Series
Historical/Mystery
Publisher: Kensington
Expected Release Date: April 28 2015
4 Stars
Review Copy from Netgalley

In the year 1543 of King Henry VIII’s turbulent reign, the daughter of a notorious alchemist finds herself suspected of cold-blooded murder…

Bianca Goddard employs her knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants to concoct remedies for the disease-riddled poor in London’s squalid Southwark slum. But when her friend Jolyn comes to her complaining of severe stomach pains, Bianca’s prescription seems to kill her on the spot. Recovering from her shock, Bianca suspects Jolyn may have been poisoned before coming to her—but the local constable is not so easily convinced.

To clear her name and keep her neck free of the gallows, Bianca must apply her knowledge of the healing arts to deduce exactly how her friend was murdered and by whom—before she herself falls victim to a similar fate…

Review:

Bianca Goddard is an alchemist's daughter, but don't ever call her an alchemist! Bianca has no interest in turning base metals into gold or searching for the elusive philosopher's stone. Rather, she is interested in herbs and concoctions and how they might heal the many poor of London and Southwark who seem more prone to diseases than those better off.

Her friend Jolyn visits her one day, and mentions stomach complaints that she's had for weeks. Bianca mixes up a herbal remedy for her friend, who then drops dead much to Bianca's shock. Did her remedy cause her friend's death? Or had she been poisoned before she came to see Bianca?

The local constable is determined to see Bianca hang for the death, he doesn't care whether she is innocent or not, just that someone pays for the crime, and Bianca is the easiest suspect.

Bianca is convinced her friend has been murdered, but who would murder her dear friend, and why?

The suspects are many and varied, from Mr. Wynders, Jolyn's married suitor, to her landlady Mrs. Beldam at Barke House. Pandy, one of the other girls in Barke house, who also loved Mr. Wynders. Or perhaps one of the muckrakers who accused Jolyn of stealing a ring he found. Banes, the handyman who spies on the women in Mrs. Beldam's establishment. Mrs. Beldam insists that Barke House is no longer a brothel and she is only acting out of charity, to give these poor girls somewhere to go.

But is anyone telling the whole truth? It's up to Bianca to keep one step ahead of the law as she tries to uncover the secrets everyone has been hiding.

Bianca is a wonderful heroine: strong, opinionated and her own woman. She doesn't rely on others for help, but goes after it herself using her scientific skills and observational skill to ferret out the truth.

The squalor of Tudor London is brought to life, from rat-catchers to ships quarantined due to plague. There are no fancy marble halls or silk dresses here, it's about the mud and the dirt and the determination of people to make a go of things no matter how poor or disadvantaged they are.

We get to see various parts of the book through different character's eyes, but I think I would have preferred more time with Bianca so that the reader could figure out things at the same time she did.

The author has obviously done a lot of research and nothing historical seemed inaccurate or jarring. But then American spelling was used, which brought me up short a bit. It's a pet peeve of mine with books set in Britain. It should have British spelling, not American.

The book is fast-paced and kept me intrigued the whole way through and I didn't guess who the murderer was until it was revealed, a rare treat for me.

A great read if you like your history spiced up with a bit of mystery.