Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Walk Like A Man


Think of Queen Elizabeth I or Golda Mier and you just might see Queen Hatshepsut of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Her name might not come as easily on the tongue, but in her day she was a household word. In order to seize power when her half-brother husband died, she knew she had to look like a warrior. So, for twenty-two years, whenever she appeared in public, she concealed her breasts and adopted the ceremonial false beard.

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Soon she was being hailed as the "Son of the Sun" and "Lord of Two Lands" with obelisks and temples built in her honor. And, as legend has it, it was she who found the baby Moses in the bulrushes while having her daily bath.

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She was the third pharaoh to reside in the Valley of Kings. When she died, to show that Hatshepsut was no longer powerful, the new pharaoh had all the beards chopped off her statues.

Strangely enough, even  male pharaohs continued to use false beards as a sign of distinction, rather than grow their own. There were three major styles: short and stubby for high-ranking men; larger and thick for kings; and slender and curved for gods. Men used copper razors to maintain the cleanshave look that was de rigueur.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Releases


  HISTORICAL ROMANCE 

THE DUKE CAN GO TO THE DEVIL
Prelude to a Kiss, Book Three
By Erin KnightleyJuly 7, 2015

After her mother’s death, May’s sea captain father sends her halfway around the world to live with his stodgy sister in England. The summer festival in Bath made for a lovely distraction, but now she can’t wait for her father’s return so she can leave this country, its suffocating rules, and one infuriatingly proper nobleman in particular behind.

Because he is the Duke of Radcliffe, William Spencer’s whole life revolves around his duties. He never steps foot outside the bounds of proper behavior, and he expects the same of those around him. With her devil-may-care ways, May vexes him nearly as much as she tempts him, but there’s something about her that he just can’t resist. He knows he’s falling hard for her, but with lives that are worlds apart, will they ever be able to find any common ground?

I adore this cover
. It screams romance.


RUNNING WOLF
By Jenna Kernan
July 1, 2015


Running Wolf is a valiant Sioux warrior.  During his first raid as war chief, he captures a surprising Crow enemy--a woman!  This spirited fighter is unlike any he's ever met.  Her beauty and audacity are entrancing, but threaten his iron resolve...

Snow Raven must focus on freeing herself, not on the man who keeps her captive.  But as she falls deeper under Running Wolf's spell, she realizes he is her warrior--and she'll risk everything for him!

This Indian romance sounds like a good summer read.
 

WARRIOR OF ICE
Warriors of Ireland, Book One
 
By Michelle WillinghamJuly 2015

Physically and emotionally scarred, Lady Taryn of Ossoria knows no man would want her for a wife. Nonetheless, she’s determined to free her father from his merciless overlord and enlists powerful warrior Killian MacDubh to help.

He has his own motives for confronting the High King… Born a bastard, Killian longs to carve out a place for himself. Unaware of her true beauty, Taryn is an alluring distraction to his plan, but as traitors are revealed and loyalties tested, their forbidden love becomes the only thing worth fighting for!

What's not to love about an Irish warrior named Killian?!


 
  YOUNG ADULT 

THE FIXER
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
July 7, 2015


When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 "fixer," known for making politicians' scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister's footsteps and becomes D.C.'s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life. . . . until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy's. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.

Ooo, you had be at "secrets pile up".



NO SUCH PERSON
By Caroline B. Cooney
July 14, 2015
 
 
Miranda and Lander Allerdon are sisters. Miranda is younger, a dreamer, and floating her way through life. Lander is older, focused, and determined to succeed. As the girls and their parents begin another summer at their cottage on the Connecticut River, Miranda and Lander’s sibling rivalry is in high gear. Lander plans to start medical school in the fall, and Miranda feels cast in her shadow.

When the Allerdons become entangled in an unimaginable tragedy, the playing field is suddenly leveled. As facts are revealed, the significance of what has happened weighs heavily on all. How can the family prepare for what the future may hold?

Interesting.


What's on your must-read list this month? Do share!

Book blurbs from authors' websites.