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Blog + Review Tour for” Of Sword and Shadow “by A.L. Sowards

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for” Of Sword and Shadow “by A.L. Sowards hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours


Title: Of Swords and Shadow 
Author: A.L.Sowards 

Publisher: Covenant Communications
Genre: Action Adventure Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction.
Release Date: 08 February 2021

Greece, 1379

She is known by many names, none of them her own. In truth, she is an unnamed slave, nothing more than a weapon in the hands of her owner in his attempts to provoke political mayhem. When she encounters a handsome young man while on an assignment, she thinks little of him—until he attempts to take what she has stolen. But in her line of work, failure is not an option.

Gillen is intrigued by the mysterious woman who thwarts his mission. But when his path crosses hers again, his intrigue turns to gratitude as the thief he comes to call Eudocia saves his life. The two form a bond of friendship and join forces to wrest control from a group of ruthless rulers. But as their camaraderie blossoms into something more, Gillen and Eudocia must fight for love even as they wage war for a better future.

My review.

From the very beginning, this book hooked me up and I did not even let go of the last page. Even after the end, it stayed with me and I think about it all the time. I notice that I want to read it again because I just enjoyed it so much. It is a definite A.L. winner. Sowards.

A perfect example of why I love historical fiction is this original and captivating story set in 14th century Greece! 

From the first line, this fascinating story of a beautiful slave who knows neither her own name nor her parentage captured me and held me reading page after page. The beautiful slave girl without a name is a skilled thief who is bought, raised, and trained by her owner, Thomas. He takes care of her needs, but his punishment is serious when she gets out of line. She dreams of independence, but her condition is acknowledged.

She is named “mouse” by Thomas; she is anything but. She scales high fences, picks pockets, skilfully wields a knife or sword, and is an experienced actress when needed. Thomas and eventually the other characters who inhabit this story, such as the handsome Gillen and his associates involved in the overthrow of the oppressive Catalan rulers, make her indispensable to these abilities.

I was also captivated and really brought this tale to life by the rich historical details Sowards offers. I haven’t read anything before like this book. Set in Greece in 1379, I enjoyed learning so much about a place and time and groups of people that I didn’t really know about. In Of Sword and Shadow, history comes to life in a real and moving way.

I would love to read other works by this same author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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About the Author

A. L. Sowards is the author of multiple historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have become Whitney Finalists and won a Whitney Award, reached the number one spot across multiple Amazon categories, received praise from the Historical Novel Society, and been loved by readers from a variety of backgrounds. She has called both Washington State and Utah home and is now in the process of adding Alaska to the list. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She lives with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.

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(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card and a print copy of Of Sword and Shadow!

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Book review: The secret by Rhonda Byrne

The book really makes you look at how you see the world.

Title: The Secret
Author: Rhonda Byrne
Publication date: December 2006
My rating: ★★★★☆
Pages: 199
Genre: Non-Fiction/Self Help/Spirituality

The secret book written by Rhonda Byrne is a very good attempt at positive thinking and changing the mindset of an individual.
My friend recommended this book to me and told that it has created a positive effect on her immensely. This book has been written with the basis of literature, religion and philosophy throughout the centuries. All the theories and concepts of various renowned professors and scholars have compiled their versions of the secret through their own stories. It is like you are reading an inspirational documentary through various individuals who have followed this secret of life.

“The truth is that the universe has been answering you all of your life, but you cannot receive the answers unless you are awake.”

While reading this book, you find the power to overcome various obstacles and difficulties that you come across throughout your life. It encourages you to start fresh with the dreams and aspirations which you always wanted to achieve but always failed. The best part about this book is that whenever you are down in life or there is a bad phase, it is your best friend which will inspire you and provide you hope. It is surely a back up in terms of a motivator. The book basically narrates us about our predominant thoughts.
Your thoughts become things!

The secret has transformed my life and millions along the world. So give this book a try. It will surely not disappoint you and I’m so grateful that I found this book @thesecret365  ✨

Surely worth it!

Have you read The Secret? If so, what were your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below.🌸

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Book review of Red by Erica Spindler.


So I’ve finally finished reading this book,Red was such a great book and I am so sad that I wasn’t able to read it earlier. This is the first book from Spindler which I was able to read and I am so happy I found this book since it was so amazing.

This is one of those glorious and an unforgettable story that has you believe that dreams can and do come true. From the first page it grabs your heart and never lets go.

Becky Lynn is one of the most incredible characters I have read. Despite her painful and cruel childhood, coming from the wrong side of the “tracks” and labeled as “poor white trash” and all the heartbreak and obstacles in her life, she remained the kind, sweet and caring person she was, never giving in to the sordid, fickle world that is Hollywood. I became so emotionally involved in her life, sharing her rise from an unknown to the top as a supermodel and touched by her courage and her strength and how she slowly started to believe that she was a person of worth.

People using each other to get to the top – Giovanni, the egotistical famous photographer, Carlo, his sad and unhappy son, struggling with his dark secrets and trying to please his father, Jack Gallagher, the bastard son whose ambition is to show the father who has never recognized him that he can become even a bigger star than him without his help and without realizing, becomes just like the father he despises.

Betrayed by Jack who breaks her heart, Becky Lynn allows Carlo to make her into a supermodel and along the way discovers that both men have been using her for their own selfish purposes. Zoe, who had hurt Becky Lynn so much. And despite it all, never gave up on her humanity to care and help others. So much emotional baggage.

You will travel to locations that are exciting and beautiful, from Paris, Milan, LA, St Barts, New York, live in gorgeous homes, drive fabulous cars, attend parties and meet the rich and famous….a world most of us will never be part of but here….you can be!!!!

Carlo and Jack – two brothers who realize too late how much they care for each other and who allowed their cruel father to keep them apart – such sadness, such loss, such waste. Sins of the fathers who damage their children so badly that some never fully recover from it.

Letting go of the past, and finally coming to terms with what they truly feel for each other, Jack and Becky Lynn overcome the obstacles that have stood in the way for them to be together.


Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Bend, Mississippi, Becky Lynn Lee doesn’t have the luxury of dreaming. With an abusive father and a broken mother, she always thought that this was it. But after the ultimate betrayal, Becky Lynn can no longer live the nightmare.

Determined never to go back, Becky Lynn escapes to Hollywood. As a photographer’s assistant, she discovers a talent for spotting beauty and capturing the perfect shot. When the camera eventually turns on her, the awkward, shy Becky Lynn of her childhood disappears. But when the success she’s achieved is threatened, Becky Lynn must find the strength to embrace her new identity and put the ugliness of her past behind her forever.

Becky Lynn was a nobody in Mississippi, or so everybody told her. So she fled to a world where dreams come true. Jack wanted to be a somebody. He wanted to be the top fashion photographer in the world. Now, supermodel Becky Lynn and high-priced photographer Jack Gallagher are in constant demand. But beneath the surface lurk secrets that threaten to destroy all they’ve achieved.

You will be touched by this unforgettable story, filled with passion, love, sadness, surviving the odds and how believing in yourself will really make your dreams come true. A modern, believable fairytale that will have you wanting to read it again and again.

And I absolutely loved the cover with the red hair and lips. Gorgeous….somehow just as I imagined Becky Lynn to look like.


I highly recommend this book and to read the book click the link below;

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This Is How The Story Begins -Bar bolandi

Rating : 5/5 🌟

Author: Bar Bolandi

Publication date: March 15, 2020

Language: English

“We are blind people who search for a better reality. We always look for something better. You cannot escape this terrible fate.”

This is how the story begins is breathtaking and inspiring novel. I must say this is an amazing book. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Bar Bolandi does a amazing job with the book, I could’t stop to read it! Young Israeli author Bar Bolandi embodies the dream of many writers – success with a debut novel! Approaching the art of writing from the non-academic purview, Bar seeks to create and share stories solely from his rich imagination and observations of people ‘who held their tongues.’ And he has found the portal to realization!

Story Synopsis

Charlie is an intense man, rebellious, and unlucky. He returns to his country of birth after living in France for about six months, where he went following a love which turned out to be a huge disappointment.

Broken and frustrated with his state of affairs, he tries his hand at the dream he had always been toying with—becoming a real writer. The problem is he cannot write.

When he casts doubt on the existence of love, he enters a world of mystery where he meets a woman who tries to show him the error of his ways through a road paved with obstacles and adventures, so he can break through his writer’s block.

Charlie is looking for the promised land he needs in order to breach the barrier, but his greatest enemy, self-destruction, gives him no rest and threatens to hurt the only thing that truly matters in his life—writing.

My thoughts on book

Bar Bolandi is a great author and does an amazing job with the book .

who once again gives proof of his talent and passion in this book. The story he tells is both captivating and touching. The main character, a young strong-minded poet, decides to travel to France in attempt to fulfill his ultimate life goals. Finding that he was mistaken about France, he returns home with great disappointment. The worse of all, he loses his ability to write. This is a start of a new journey that embraces all topics from self-love to self-destruction.

This is a well written book with many interesting descriptions. I was captivated from the beginning and had trouble putting it down, I would definitely recommend it.

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Book review “The Night Before “ by Wendy Walker





Rating : 5/5 🌟

Author: Wendy Walker

Publication date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Language: English

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The Night Before was intense and gripping  novel – I had a hard time putting this one down! There were so many twists and turns that it always kept me guessing. While some things I was able to figure out or come close to guessing, other things took me quite by surprise.This is my first read of Wendy Walker’s books and now I’m compelled to seek out the others. Her writing style is unique, engaging, compelling, and very suspense driven.



..Laura had been hard to love, the little girl with fists for hands. With rage inside her. But maybe they had created that rage-all of them. She knew this now, having her own child. How easy it was to damage them with nothing more than words. Or indifference.

Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love. She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up. Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.

Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister. Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.

When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to…

//Thank you so much to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press and Wendy Walker for providing me with a copy to read and review.//


About Wendy Walker


Wendy Walker is a former family law attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten. Her second thriller, Emma In The Night, will be released August 8, 2017.

Wendy earned her J. D., magna cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence award for her performance in Contracts and Advanced Criminal Procedure. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University and attended The London School of Economics and Political Science as part of her undergraduate studies.

Prior to her legal career, Wendy was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co., in the mergers and acquisitions group. She has also volunteered at the ACLU, Connecticut Legal Services and Figure Skating in Harlem where she served on the Board of Directors for over twelve years.

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Review of Soft thorns by Bridgett Devoue


Review of Soft thorns by Bridgett Devoue


i wish we lived in a world

where it was safe to keep

our hearts unlocked



Wow, this book is Powerful.I’m not usually a poetry-reader, even if I like it sometimes. When the author says that she is better writing in poems, I thought I was more a “prose” person. But I cannot deny that this book is very good. I felt everything. I felt the damages, the bad things, the assaults, the anger, the loneliness. I felt everything. So, I think that less words can work as much as lot of phrases, sometimes.

I liked every section of the book. This is one of my first poetry book and I’m glad I find a well written and deeply interesting story. We are human, we are like roses with thorns, but we can also be gentle and positive about ourselves.

This book talks about a lot of subjects: assault, abuse, anorexia, mental health, broken hearts, self confidence and self esteem. The most powerful theme is Self care, I think. This part was so important in my eyes and I cannot stop thinking about it. Love is the biggest theme: not only love for someone else, but love for ourselves. Ant this is so Important.

Every line can be meaningful to someone, in every time of their life people can find inspiration and new power to embrace their worlds and built something better.


we feel so alone because there is a

whole universe inside each of our minds

that we will never get to experience



So, I recommend this book because it’s powerful, relatable, truth and has beautiful but simple images (which I liked a lot).