Book Spotlight With #Giveaway: A Marchioness Below Stairs: Alissa Baxter

A Marchioness Below Stairs
By Alissa Baxter
Genre: Regency Romance

Escaping from Bath and the news that her former love is about to marry another, Isabel, the young widowed Marchioness of Axbridge, accepts an invitation to her cousin’s house party. Yet, instead of finding respite, she stumbles into a domestic crisis of majestic proportions: The kitchen staff has succumbed to the influenza.
If that weren’t bad enough, her former sweetheart arrives with his fiancée, seeking shelter from the increasingly hazardous snow storm. Trapped inside Chernock Hall with a volatile mix of house guests, including abolitionists and slave owners, Isabel wishes she could hide below stairs for the duration. But, alas, she cannot. While helping in the kitchen, Isabel is cornered by her cousin’s disreputable friend, Marcus Bateman, who challenges and provokes her at every turn.
At last, the storm subsides. However, the avalanche of repercussions cannot be undone. Caught in the grip of the terrible winter of 1813, will Isabel’s greatest threat come from the weather, her abolitionist views, or from falling in love again?
If you love traditional Regency romances, you’ll adore A Marchioness Below Stairs.

About the Author
Alissa Baxter wrote her first Regency romance, The Dashing Debutante, during her long university holidays. After travelling the world, she settled down to write her second Regency romance, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which was inspired by her time living on a country estate in England. Also the author of two contemporary romances, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, Alissa currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two sons.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alissa.baxter.writer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alissa_baxter
http://www.alissabaxter.com
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: The Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mystery Series: Charles Veley and Anna Elliott

SERIES SYNOPSIS: Introducing to Lucy James — an independent, modern-minded young woman who inherited her father’s intelligence and detective skills – and a Sherlock Holmes who must contend with the mysteries and challenges of being a parent, the 2017 releases in Sherlock & Lucy series include Remember, Remember, The Crown Jewel Mystery, The Jubilee Problem, and the forthcoming Death at the Diogenes Club.

SYNOPSIS:Book 5: A young American actress arrives in London hoping to learn her identity, just as Sherlock Holmes is closing in on a master criminal. Their worlds collide, and not even Holmes could have foreseen the impact!
This novella is the prequel to The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery series.


SYNOPSIS:Book 4:The year is 1897. Sherlock Holmes and his lovely young American daughter Lucy James must defeat a well-orchestrated conspiracy to destroy Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration. If they fail, the Queen and thousands of innocent people will die, and the British Empire will fall into chaos.

Book 3: A lovely American actress awakens in London on a cold morning in 1897 – lying face down on the concrete pavement outside the British Museum. She has no memories. She does not even know who she is, although she has a vague recollection of the name Sherlock Holmes. What she believes is that she has may have just killed someone, and that someone is definitely trying to kill her. As she searches for clues to her true identity, she will learn that she is not the only target. Unless she can defeat her evil adversaries, the people most dear to her will die.

MY THOUGHTS: What a fantastic series! First foremost: It involves Sherlock Holmes! As fabulous a literary icon as he is, the addition of Lucy makes him better. She flows beautifully into his established storyline without changing his personality, skill set or other character traits. Altering such a famous character is risky. However, father-daughter duo Anna Elliott & Charles Veley, have found the right formula with their series.

Additionally, I love, love, love the fact that these are clean, family friendly books. I cannot think of a single instance in any of these titles that gave me pause. They are action-packed and full of all the mystery & intrigue Sherlock has always brought along in his books. I was happily able to recommend them (highly) to our local Christian school’s librarian.

As a father-daughter team, Lucy & Sherlock provide a hero and heroine for every fan. Readers will find Lucy a strong, capable woman with a fearless streak. She isn’t a damsel in distress. Instead, she’s a competent and intelligent role model. Sherlock has always been a favorite for mystery buffs. He won’t disappoint in his new role. Just as wiry and smart as he’s always been, no criminal can hide from Holmes.

 

With the holidays coming, considering giving the series or individual books as gifts. Your recipients will be thrilled!

Bottom line: It’s elementary my dear friends! The Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mysteries Series gets 5 stars!

 

 

 

 

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**I received the aforementioned titles in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: WordSpiel

Does your family love games? We do. In fact, we’re pretty competitive. When we were given the opportunity to try, WordSpiel, we jumped at the chance.
I imagine that the first thing that caught your attention is its original name. It’s a combination of two words- just like you’ll be doing during play! Learning to play is simple. We only had to go over the instructions once (which is rare!). The cards each have a letter on them.
Shuffle the deck. My husband got to show off his mad shuffling skills! Deal the cards. Make words based off the word your fellow play just made. Set the timer. Everyone gets 60 seconds to form their word. Easy, peasy.
Play five rounds. When a player runs out of hand-held cards, the round is over. Everyone else adds up the cards in their hands- one point per card. At the end of five rounds, whomever has the lowest score win! Although Buster insisted on playing, we had to decline his efforts. ‘Ruff, ruff’ didn’t translate. 
Having 5 rounds makes the game last longer. Easy counting with one point for each card allows even those who aren’t math whizzes can keep score. Large print for the letters on the cards make sure that every card is read accurately and clearly seen from every angle around the table.
MY THOUGHTS: What I love about this word game is that, unlike other tile-based games, even elementary spellers can play. With little assistance, children who can articulate three-letter words can play. For example, an adult spells out ‘Houses’. A child can build on the ‘s’ and make ‘saw’. As a homeschooler, I love that it builds confidence in those who are struggle with Language Arts Skills.
It’s thought-provoking. Conversations are sparked when players inquire why some used a particular word. Younger children may ask for definitions and spelling affirmation. In fact, playing ‘WordSpiel’ may just count as a class for your homeschool.
Family-owned Set Games has absolutely done it again! They produce fabulous, family-centered games. Affordable and in a small package, ‘WordSpiel’ can be used as a stocking stuffer or as a stand alone gift. Personally, I’d use it as a gift to the family as a whole. With cold, wintry days ahead, you’ll love staying toasty playing ‘WordSpeil’! I highly recommend it. Full disclosure: I won at the end of 5 rounds. Yeah, me!!

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*We received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.