The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

Author M. J. Rose

on Tour

March 15-April 3, 2015


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The Witch of Painted Sorrows

(historical suspense / paranormal)

Release date: March 17, 2015
by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1476778068
Hardcover, 384 pages
also available as ebook




Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.

This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery.


mj-roseNew York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City
mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum,
the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park
and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed.
She believes mystery and magic are all around us
but we are too often too busy to notice…
books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Please visit her website, her blog: Museum of Mysteries
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Enjoy Cupcake Kitty FREE March 15,16,17,18,19

Enjoy a FREE download of this 1920s romantic mystery by clicking on the link below or the image below on March 15, 16,17,18, and 19th:
When a singer at an engagement party dies, romantic 1920s detectives, Grace and Jack, and their magical cats, Tatania and Zeus, jump on the trail of a killer that leads to TiJuana and a bootlegger’s doll: Cupcake Kitty.
“Magical white cat Tatania became impatient with her humans. She could smell a succulent sea bass on the other side of the door. To encourage her humans to open it, she emitted a deaf cat’s glass shattering meow. Zeus, her black and white feline companion, responded to her meow by putting his paws over his head and his rear end up in the air.
“How would you feel about spending a lot of time with me?” Jack asked.
“I feel like I already have,” Grace said.
“It only gets better.” He held up her hand and admired the emerald and diamond ring he’d bought her at Jessop & Sons jewelers last month. He moved it from her forefinger to her ring finger.
“Marry me?”
“Of course.”
He opened the door to the Hotel del Coronado’s Crown Room. A band played the Charleston for enthusiastic dancers. In the center of the dance floor, there was an ice sculpture of two magnificent cats.
“What’s going on?”"
“Our engagement party.”
“Why were you so sure I’d say yes?”
“I’m arrogant.”
Cupcake Kitty (Magical Cool Cats series Book 6)

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Audiobook Review: Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival

You can’t listen to Flight 232, A Story of Disaster and Survival, written by Laurence Gonzales and narrated by Victor Bevine, without feeling like you went through this historic plane crash yourself.

Here is the description from Amazon:

“Twenty-five years after the catastrophe, a dramatic and extraordinarily rare 360-degree view of the crash of a fully loaded jumbo jet.

As hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. The rescuers didn’t move at first: nobody could possibly survive that crash. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived.

No one has ever attempted the complete reconstruction of a crash of this magnitude. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, crew, and airport and rescue personnel, Laurence Gonzales, a commercial pilot himself, captures, minute by minute, the harrowing journey of pilots flying a plane with no controls and flight attendants keeping their calm in the face of certain death. He plumbs the hearts and minds of passengers as they pray, bargain with God, plot their strategies for survival, and sacrifice themselves to save others.

Ultimately he takes us, step by step, through the gripping scientific detective work in super-secret labs to dive into the heart of a flaw smaller than a grain of rice that shows what brought the aircraft down.

An unforgettable drama of the triumph of heroism over tragedy and human ingenuity over technological breakdown, Flight 232 is a masterpiece in the tradition of the greatest aviation stories ever told.”

None of the details are sanitized. You’ll learn about clothes burned onto bodies, a severed arm found nearby, and the practice of mapping bodies in a field for the morgue. Flight 232 led to changes in forensic dentistry. At the time it crashed, it was necessary to forcibly break a jaw to identify a dead body by teeth. Today a much less invasive digital technique is available.

From the pilots who landed the plane with a mechanical failure that would have made it impossible to land in less capable hands, to a man who rushed back in the burning plane to save a baby not his own, to the people on the ground who gathered to help when they saw the emerging disaster, Flight 232 is a story of heroes. This is a book that will stay with you a long time.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

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Ooh la la. My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

Ooh la la. My Paris Dream by Kate Betts is the best Paris memoir since Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. This isn’t one of the detached collections of vignettes about going to the market or Luxembourg Gardens that limply passes as a memoir of Paris. This is real life written by an American expatriate who lived and loved in Paris.

Just as A Moveable Feast makes you feel like you’re in 1920s’ Paris, My Paris Dream transports you to 1980s’ Paris, where they’re talking about the beginning of the chunnel connecting Paris and London and the American “cowboy President”. Kate Betts propels herself to a fabulous job at Fairchild Publications where her boss, when giving her an assignment in Provence, tells her, “Run through the lavender fields!”

Most of us, okay, all of us, will never have a boss who says, “Run through the lavender fields,” but you don’t have to be a fabulous reporter and editor to relate to the timeless stories of following a dream, falling in love, falling out of love, becoming consumed by work, and redefining yourself. She meets everyone in haute couture. There’s a charming story about meeting Christian Louboutin that I don’t want to spoil by posting here. It’s worth reading yourself to fully enjoy.

And there’s a reverence for Paris on nearly every page. That’s why I’m going to recommend My Paris Dream like I recommend A Moveable Feast. That doesn’t mean it’s all glam. It’s the author’s resolute determination to keep going even when she experiences bumps that reminds you of Hemingway’s wise quote: “Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of My Paris Dream from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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Mailbox Monday (3)

The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation by Thomas Fleming. This book will be released on March 10, 2015. Thank you to Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you Audible for a review copy of this audiobook of the AMAZING story of pilots who flew a plane without controls and the 184 out of 296 passengers who survived.

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Then You Happened

Here is the description from Amazon:

“When Sierra’s father died, he left her in charge of the family business. At the age of twenty-eight, Sierra Adams became CEO of Adams Advertising & Design, one of the top ten advertising agencies in the world. Her work was her life. She lived and breathed it every day, leaving little time for play. Having once been in a relationship that completely destroyed her, Sierra vowed to use men for one thing only: SEX. No strings, no problems, and most importantly, no heartache.

Cameron Cole is an ordinary guy that makes a living as a carpenter. He’s a simple man who’s happy with life the way it is. He does a job he loves, has a great group of friends, and a close knit family.
When Sierra hires Cameron to remodel her Hollywood Hills home, their happy little worlds are turned upside down. She likes the rich things in life and he likes the simple things. While there’s no denying the strong attraction between them, they form a hilarious friendship where sex is the only thing Sierra wants. Cameron can’t help but want more and makes it his mission to bring Sierra into his simple world and show her that there’s more to life than just all work and money.

Take Cameron and Sierra’s journey in this romantic comedy as they discover that when life hands you limes, you have no choice but to break out the tequila.

This book is for readers 18+ due to mature theme and language”

Sierra is a fearless and funny heroine. Listening to the fun banter between Sierra and Cameron made me glad I chose the audiobook edition of Then You Happened by Sandi Lynn. This contemporary romance is well-performed by narrators Emma Woodbine and Brian Pallino.

Cameron has enough confident masculinity to keep him from being intimidated by Sierra’s CEO status. He takes her from the boardroom to outdoor spontaneous sex on a boat. The whole outdoors is their love nest. And writer Sandi Lynn brings emotional layers to their story. Then You Happened is the first in a series by Sandi Lynn.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Then You Happened from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

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Everything I Never Told You; Everyone Has Secrets

When I first heard that Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng was Amazon’s pick for best book of 2014, I was almost reluctant to read it because I thought it might be hyperbole. It wasn’t hyperbole.

Everyone has secrets. In Everything I Told You, written by Celeste Ng, and beautifully narrated by Cassandra Campbell, everyone in a family learns unexpected things about themselves and the people around them.

James, a Chinese-American history professor who enjoys seeing people look surprised when he says he teaches American history, is married to Marilyn, a pretty blonde still bitter that her desire to be a doctor was thwarted by teachers in the 1950s. They told her she’d be too distracting to the boys in Science classes. Both parents compete to be the favorite of their favorite child: Lydia.

Lydia’s burden, and one of the reasons she’s ill-prepared for surprises in life is that everyone expects her to know everything already -that’s the mantle we place on the gifted. When Lydia dies, feeling “how suffocating to be so loved”, her parents and her siblings, Nate and Hannah, discover layers of secrets within themselves. And that reveals the mystery of how and why Lydia died.

Everything I Never Told You moves seamlessly through the viewpoints of different characters. Told from Lydia’s perspective, it reminded me a little of The Lovely Bones.

Everything I Never Told You is a book that will draw you back until you finish reading it. That’s one of the reasons I love audiobooks. You can’t always drop everything and go back to reading; but you can listen to a good story while you’re driving or making dinner. I’m glad I chose the audiobook for Everything I Never Told You.

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The Real Downton Abbey – Diaries of Highclere Castle’s Aristocrats

Downton Abbey fans won’t be disappointed by Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by the Countess of Carnarvon. I listened to the audiobook edition narrated by Sandra Duncan, Jenny Oglivie, and Andrew Wincott.

This is the story of a privileged class born to its wealth. After compiling the diaries of Lady Catherine, an American beauty, and descendant of Washington and Lee, who married the 6th Earl of Carnarvon, the present day Countess of Carnarvon shared its history.

The book begins in the 1920s and listening to its splendid narration, you feel transported to music playing on a gramophone, the clinking of cocktail glasses, the whispers of secret affairs, and the giddy feeling of living life all the way up. Royalty, led by Prince George and Prince Edward, who famously abdicates to marry Wallis Simpson, visits and delights the kitchen staff by going downstairs to say thank you. They feast on quail in aspic while wearing glam clothes even on days when they don’t leave the castle.

Beauty and wealth didn’t insulate Catherine from suffering. Her husband, nicknamed “Porchey”, was a womanizer, who took trips alone and left her drinking alone in the castle. Catherine eventually leaves Porchey and finds contentment in a second marriage.

Although some of the diary entries may seem like unnecessary detail, a decision about what’s necessary is of course subjective, and it’s glorious that the present day Countess has shared Highclere Castle’s history imparted by its aristocratic inhabitants. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to glimpse the inside of a club few ever joined.

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The Birth of the Pill

In the prosperous 1950s, there was a population that existed on the periphery of American abundance, burdened by poverty and more children than they wanted. Their husbands thought it was macho for their wives to be pregnant all the time. These women wanted birth control they could use without their husbands knowing.

Four extraordinary people converged and created a birth control pill that could stop ovulation: Margaret Sanger, Katherine McCormick, Gregory Pincus, and John Rock. In The Birth of the Pill, How Four Crusaders Revolutionized Sex and Launched a Revolution, written by John Eig, Gayle Hendrix superbly narrates the story of the contraceptive that changed lives.

Believe it or not, at the time the pill was being developed, there were states in America where contraception was illegal. Japan welcomed the pill’s creation before America. In the 1950s, when most Americans weren’t liked in Japan, Margaret Sanger was greeted with reverence. Contraceptive devices in Japan were named after Margaret Sanger. I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or not. Since Margaret Sanger pioneered Planned Parenthood, I’m going to presume she took it as a compliment.

The FDA is required to approve a drug if it works and doesn’t cause serious harm. On that basis, the FDA approved the pill despite vocal opposition. The Birth of the Pill is an engaging story of sexual revolution and power.

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Birth of the Pill from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

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Abe and Fido

They say that you can tell a lot about someone by the way he treats animals. When you read Abe and Fido, the story of Abraham Lincoln’s adored dog Fido, and Abraham Lincoln’s fierce love for animals, you can tell he would become a hero, willing to sacrifice himself.

When Lincoln was about six, a neighboring farmer gave him a piglet. He loved the little pig and even built a cradle out of a hollow log for him. You can imagine what happened when the pig became a hog. One day Lincoln woke up and saw that his Dad had built a spit to roast the pig. He ran into the woods with his pig and hid him all day. The next day, his Dad got up before him and Lincoln didn’t have a chance to hide his pig again. He had to hear the pig squeal and watch his family eat the meat later. He refused to eat the meat himself.

The story of a farmer’s child becoming attached to an animal who will become food isn’t new. But Lincoln is one of the few children who would risk his own comforts and his family’s wrath trying to save the pet he cherished. A hero protects animals. And through Abe and Fido, you can read the story of an emerging hero.

Fido was a stray dog who looked, judging from the surviving photographs, a lot like a Labrador Retriever. Fido would nap with Lincoln on the seven foot sofa Lincoln had custom made to accommodate his height. In the town of Springfield, Fido became a charming character, indulged even when his exuberance left muddy paw prints on the people he greeted. Lincoln’s young sons and their friends played with Fido when he wasn’t napping on the sofa.

Lincoln’s admiration for cats began when his Dad married his stepmother and she came with a cat. When he was in the White House, he used to feed a beautiful tabby in the chair next to him with a gold fork. Someone questioned him about feeding the cat with a gold fork. Lincoln replied that if the fork was good enough for President Buchanan, it was good enough for the cat. He played with cats when he needed a respite from unrelenting stress.

When I read the description of Abe and Fido, I was surprised that Lincoln didn’t take Fido to the White House with him. Spoiler Alert: Fido didn’t like politics. In the months leading up to Lincoln’s election, Fido began hiding under his seven foot sofa when boisterous politicians came to the house. Lincoln knew Fido would hate the long, noisy, train ride to Washington. He chose Fido’s happiness over his own and left Fido in Springfield with family friends. Lincoln insisted that the family take Fido’s favorite sofa too.

If you love animals, you’ll love Abe and Fido. You can see the book at Amazon by clicking on the image above.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Abe and Fido from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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