Close your Eyes: A Fairy Tale by Chris Tomasini

Close your Eyes: A Fairy Tale by Chris Tomasini

Close your Eyes by Chris Tomasini on May 2022 Genres: Fiction Pages: 256 Format: ARC Source: Netgalley, Reedsy Discovery Buy on Amazon Goodreads Set in early 1400s Europe, Close Your Eyes is a sincere, yet light-hearted and lustful, ode to love. As Samuel, the court jester, struggles to describe why his friends, Agnieszka the cook, and Tycho the story-teller, fled the King of Gora’s service, he learns that love was the beating heart behind everything that happened in the castle. He learns as well that more ghosts than he knew of walked the midnight halls, and that the spirit of Jeanne d’Arc haunted his friend, and once slid into bed with Tycho, daring him to leave – to take to the cold roads of Europe, where he had once wandered orphaned and alone, and find his destiny there. In the Kingdom of Gora, in early 1400s Europe, the King of […]

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Posted June 23, 2022
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Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed-Romance

Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed-Romance

Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan (edited) on May 10th, 2022 Genres: Romance, Short Stories Pages: 420 Format: ARC Source: Lola’s Blog Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads Anthology of inclusive tales of people through time looking for one another and for ways for the world to be better. Love brought together or torn apart by time travel. This anthology is the latest collection of time-travel romance sci-fi short stories from prominent, award-winning sci-fi authors including Nina Allan, Carrie Vaughn, and Seanan McGuire. Follow timetravelers of all genders as they go backward and forward in time, sometimes to save the one they love, other times as a sacrifice, and others simply because it’s their job. Some travel through memory, others through dreams, and others still through time machines to touch people who would otherwise be out of reach, and to join them together. Some of the stories are funny, some are […]

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Posted June 21, 2022
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Throwback Thursday #11 – The Companionship Of Harold Fry and Miss Queenie Hennessy

Throwback Thursday #11 – The Companionship Of Harold Fry and Miss Queenie Hennessy

Greetings you guys! It’s a public holiday here in South Africa today, so we finally have time to do another Throwback Thursday. After being on WordPress for 9 months now, it really is time to start pulling through all those reviews that are not on our archive list. What better way to do that than to join Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review’s fun link-up meme, Throwback Thursday. The Chocolate Lady’s #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused. Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same. Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog And do not forget […]

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Posted June 16, 2022
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Happy Second Anniversary!

Happy Second Anniversary!

Oh happy day you guys! Today is our two year anniversary here on Elza Reads. Can you believe that? I know, I know – how wonderful live is since we’ve joined the blogosphere. For me, for my Mommy and for you guys. Over the last two years we’ve posted …. I don’t know how may posts.  I also have no idea how many comments we’ve had so far. Or page visits. Followers are easy, but that might not be a fair calculation. We’ve switched to WordPress less than a year ago and lost our Blogger followers. Still not sure how to built that up again. Sometimes I miss Blogger, their stats were easier to follow than WordPress. I just had a quick look at our first anniversary blog post and as predicted, my Mommy did tweak the theme and graphics and everything else more than once, again. Heck, she switched platforms and […]

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Posted June 15, 2022
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The Scarlet Oak: Murder, Spies and Spirits by Jerry Aylward

The Scarlet Oak: Murder, Spies and Spirits by Jerry Aylward

The Scarlet Oak by Jerry Aylward on July 4th, 2022 Genres: Mystery Pages: 324 Format: ARC Source: Reedsy Discovery Buy on Amazon Goodreads The bodies of two high school sweethearts are discovered beneath a venerable scarlet oak tree in a vacant horse pasture on the posh north shore estate of J. Barrington Cook, a wealthy, Oyster Bay, Long Island landowner. With no forensic evidence to support his suspicions of a double murder, other than a hardened cop’s intuition, Finn embarks on an unsanctioned homicide investigation that soon exposes a long but skeptic thread of unexplained deaths dating back two-hundred and thirty-eight years, mixing with an enigmatic and beguiling apparition of a young woman residing in the same Revolutionary home of all his victims. Finn’s is mysteriously transported back to colonial Oyster Bay at the height of the American Revolution to the home of one of General George Washington’s covert Culper […]

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Posted June 13, 2022
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The Sunday Post #74

The Sunday Post #74

Greetings you guys! Another week just flew by and here we are again at Sunday wondering where the heck the week has gone. How are you guys doing? We are good! I’d say we are about 97% done with the renovations. There are still a few things that need to be done. The big clean up is starting this week and I can see that it’s going to be a bit of a challenge. We are starting with water shedding tomorrow. Between the hours of 10:00 – 16:00, we will have not water. Monday to Friday. Our dam levels are at critical levels and we need rain desperately. Let’s not go into the politics and rather just pray for deliverance. And rain. Faith like potatoes and this little guy. Adding to the Litter If only the rains want to fall as much as the books fell from the sky this […]

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Posted June 12, 2022
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Blog Tour and Review: Dolly Considine’s Hotel by Eamon Somers

Blog Tour and Review: Dolly Considine’s Hotel by Eamon Somers

Dolly Considine’s Hotel by Eamon Somers on July 8th 2021 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 320 Format: ARC Source: Travelling Pages Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads Dolly Considine runs a late-night drinking establishment catering to the needs of thirsty politicians and theatricals in Dublin’s legendary drinking area, the Catacombs. Julian Ryder (aka Paddy Butler) is an eighteen-year-old aspiring writer in need of shelter from his bullying older brother. As the new live-in lounge assistant at Dolly Considine’s Hotel, Julian soon embroils himself in the shebeen’s gossip – and the guests’ bedsheets – and turns Dolly’s entourage into fodder for his literary ambitions. Reality quickly becomes difficult to separate from fantasy… Set against the run-up to the Pro-life Constitutional Amendment of September 1983 and moving fluidly between the 1950s of Dolly’s youth and Julian’s Summer of Unrequited Love, the hotel becomes a stage for farce and tragedy. Between Julian’s fictions, Dolly’s Secrets, […]

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Posted June 11, 2022
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Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Danny The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl Published by Puffin on 1975 Genres: Fiction, Middle Grade Pages: 205 Format: Paperback Source: VCS Buy on Amazon Goodreads “My Father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had.” Danny is brought up by his father, who is a marvelous story-teller and a genius with motorcars, kites and catching pheasants. Life is wonderful… until Danny discovers his father’s one vice. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind and incredible plot against a wicked and wealthy landowner. Can he pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world. One of our favorite authors in the school’s library is, Roald Dahl. The classic author whose books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. I so wish that Mr. Dahl could still be alive to see his dreams and aspirations for children […]

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Posted June 10, 2022
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Wondrous Words Wednesday – Rune

Wondrous Words Wednesday – Rune

Greetings you guys! Welcome to another edition of Wondrous Words Wednesday! Hopefully by now you know that we are your friendly host for this fun bi-weekly meme. We took over this brilliant initiative from Bermuda Onion Blog just over a year ago and we are still having fun. We hope you can join us! The concept is fairly easy. All you need to do, is share any new (or new to you) words you came across this week and share them with us. You are also welcome to share words you simply want to show off to us. For more on Wondrous Words Wednesday, you can click here. There is a Mr. Linky attached at the bottom of this post if you’d like to make your own post and add your link. Or you can just leave your word for the week in the comment section. As you will see from our About Page, […]

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Posted June 8, 2022
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Top Ten Tuesday – It’s About Time

Top Ten Tuesday – It’s About Time

Greetings you guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. Our favorite weekly blog hop and meme. This week’s prompt is Books With a Unit of Time In the Title (seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, eternity, etc.) (Submitted by RS @ The Idealistic Daydream) Ha. This was easy. Just from the top of our heads, we came up with 24 books. Enough to fill a 24hour digital clock. The Time Traveler’s Wife (0:00) 4:50 from Paddington (01:00) A Time to Kill (02:00) One Hundred Years of Solitude (03:00) A Suffragette in Time (04:00) The 100 years of Leni and Margot (05:00) Time Stoppers (06:00) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (07:00) The Seven Dials Mystery (08:00) A Wrinkle in Time (09:00) Last Time I Lied (10:00) Night-Time is my Time (11:00) Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Shop (12:00) The Time Machine (13:00) The Evening and the Morning (14:00) Love in […]

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Posted June 7, 2022
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