Author Spotlight: Interview with Marina Fiorato & Giveaway!

The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh Book Cover

I recently read and reviewed The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh, and I LOVED it, giving it 5/5* (which everyone knows is a rating that I rarely give!). I contacted the author, Marina Fiorato, who kindly agreed to be interviewed, and her Publisher has also offered a copy of the book for me to give away (see below – open to UK & Ireland residents only)! 

The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh is currently on Amazon for £4.99 for the eBook, and the physical copy is on both Amazon and The Book Depository for £7.99. Get your hands on a copy now!

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R: Hi Marina, introduce yourself to Book Geek readers, and tell us a little about you – what do you do when you aren’t writing/blogging?

Marina Fiorato PhotoM: Hi! I’m Marina Fiorato, and I’m the author of 7 historical novels, mostly set in Renaissance Italy. When I’m not writing – and even when I am – I’m a mum of two so you’ll find me doing the school-run or cooking dinners in which I try to conceal the presence of vegetables.

R: What made you want to become a writer?

M: I wrote a lot at school – I even wrote my school’s Nativity play when I was ten years old and the school actually humored me and used my script! I wrote a kid’s novel about Vikings when I was fourteen, then at Uni I wrote another play, which went to the Edinburgh Fringe. That one wasn’t an unqualified success – once, I remember, there were more people in the cast than the audience! It was when I had my son that I really began thinking about writing seriously; I wanted to explore my heritage (my father was Venetian) a heritage that was now my child’s too. And that’s how I began what was to become The Glassblower of Murano, my first novel.

R: The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh is based on the true story of Mother Ross. How did you hear about Mother Ross, and what was it about her story that inspired you to tell it? 

M: I love watching history documentaries on iPlayer, and I think it was on one presented by Simon Scharma that I first heard about Kit. I then tracked down her biography, which was written by Daniel Defoe, and found it incredible reading. I felt like if she was a man we’d all be learning about her in school. Kit didn’t just dress as a man, but she fought as a soldier in four bitter and bloody campaigns. Even then, she didn’t just scrape by and keep her head down; she fought so well she was actually decorated by the Duke of Marlborough himself. Then when a desperate rape victim claimed Kit was the father of her child, Kit not only defended the woman’s honour, but she agreed to support the child financially. I wish every girl in every school knew about Kit.

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Review: Don’t Pee On My Leg And Tell Me It’s Raining

Don't Pee On My Leg And Tell Me It's Raining Book CoverDon’t Pee On My Leg And Tell Me It’s Raining by Judge Judy Sheindlin, published January 1997 by Harper Perennial.

Read: January 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 256

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Goodreads Synopsis: “Can we get some reality in here?” asks Judy Sheindlin, former supervising judge for Manhattan Family Court. For twenty-four years she has laid down the law as she understands it. If you want to eat, you have to work. If you have children, you’d better support them. If you break the law, you have to pay. If you tap the public purse, you’d better be accountable. Now she abandons all judicial restraint in a scathing critique of the system – filled with realistic hard-nosed alternatives to our bloated welfare bureaucracy and our soft-on-crime laws.

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Review: The Dark Days Club

The Dark Days Club Book CoverThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, published January 2016 by Walker Books.

Read: March 2016
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Paranormal
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 496

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Goodreads Synopsis: London, April 1812. 18 year old Lady Helen is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London. There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Pre-Blogging Books I STILL Haven’t Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Eight Books From Before Blogging That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet

If I were to tell a “normal” person that I have over 300 unread books, that I read an average of 60 books per year, that I started blogging over 2 years ago, and that there are some books I own from the pre-blogging days that I just haven’t quite gotten around to reading yet, they’d think I was insane. Luckily, I discovered the Book Blogging community. Behold, the top ten books I’ve been meaning to get to, since before I started blogging…

TTT Preblogging Books

1. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, purchased in 2012.

I did that thing again. I watched the movie before I read the book. This really doesn’t happen that often, and it was before I was a big Picoult fan, but regardless it happened, I can’t take it back. Apparently, the book and movie versions are quite different though. The movie made me cry like crazy. (The song below is featured in the part where I was blubbling, though the video uses clips from The Notebook instead).

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Review: It Ends With Us (& Giveaway!)

It Ends With Us Book CoverIt Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, published August 2016 by Simon and Schuster.

Read: August 2016
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary/Romance/Issues
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 376

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Goodreads Synopsis: Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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New Adult Fiction is NOT Erotica

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Afternoon, Book Geeks!

Today, I’ve written a Guest Post over on Dani Reviews Things for her event, #NAAugust!

In it I discuss NA fiction, and declare that NA is NOT erotica! Check out my discussion and drop Dani some love!

In celebration of the event, I will soon be reviewing It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover AND offering one of you lucky Book Geeks the chance to win a paperback copy for yourselves!

Stay tuned to find out how to enter the giveaway. Happy Reading!

Harry Potter Tag

The Harry Potter Tag

I spotted this tag ages ago on Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense‘s blog, and kept the questions in a draft post, should the need ever arise to complete it. Considering my review for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child went up yesterday (and to give you a break from book reviews now my blogging mojo has returned), I thought today was the perfect day for a tag. The Harry Potter Tag was originally created by Underland to Wonderland (you can leave a link to your post on the original Harry Potter Tag). *Beware* there may be spoilers ahead.

1. What is your favourite book?

It has actually been ages since I read them all (I NEED to fix that this year), but from memory I’ll say it’s a tie between Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition

2. What is your favourite film?

Such difficult questions! Again, I’ll say Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, because the first one got all of the characters so spot on, and brought the world to life in the most perfect way, but this time it’s tied with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I thought the movie really did that book justice.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book CoverHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, published July 2016 by Little Brown UK.

Read: August 2016
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Play
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 330

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Goodreads Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

*SPOILER FREE*

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