Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn

New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a Jazz Age tale of grand adventure…

On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat’s wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing—she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father’s quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems.

With only her feisty lady’s maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita—east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues. Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure. Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan—one that stretches to the very heart of the British government, and one that could endanger everything, and everyone, that she holds dear.

Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Harlequin MIRA
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
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 "I had a habit of engaging in what Mother called Inappropriate Conversation.  The trouble was, I never realized I was doing it until after the fact. I was always far too busy enjoying myself."

I've never read anything  by Deanna Raybourn before, realizing her Lady Julia Grey was a series I shied away from them, seriously I really don't need to start another series. I jumped at the chance to be part of this book tour, especially since this is a stand alone and I really wanted to check this author out.

Be sure to read my previous post, which is an excerpt from this book.  Poppy Hammond is a character, she is spunky, snarky at times and there is never a dull moment when she is around.  I won't do a play by play as to what happens in this book except to say that once she escapes her wedding she is off to the Middle East in search of her rescuer.

I loved the authors writing style.  The bantering conversations were so real and had me laughing out loud many a time.  Action scenes weren't choppy, her descriptive settings were vivid and realistic, there was no problem visualizing the settings.

I was thoroughly entertained with this book right from the get go, I was drawn in and engaged right to the end.  Forget what I said at the beginning of this reviews about not wanting to start another series, Silent from the Grave is already loaded on my kindle.

"There was an element of game to it all, like a chess match with an unseen opponent, pitting one's wits against another's.  But there would be no civilized handshake at the end of this, no cordial goodbyes.  There would be winners and losers, and the the stakes were death."

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A sixth-generation native Texan, Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time.

Deanna Raybourn is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Lady Julia series, as well as, The Dead Travel Fast, A Spear of Summer Grass, and City of Jasmine.

For more information please visit Deanna Raybourn’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


  Night of a Thousand Stars Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 29
Review & Giveaway at Bookish
Tuesday, September 30
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, October 1
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Thursday, October 2
Review at Ramblings From This Chick
Friday, October 3
Review at Book Babe
Monday, October 6
Review at Unabridged Chick
Spotlight & Giveaway at Reading Lark
Tuesday, October 7
Review at Candace’s Book Blog
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, October 8
Review at Good Books and Good Wine
Thursday, October 9
Excerpt at A Book Geek
Guest Post & Giveaway at Good Books and Good Wine
Friday, October 10
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Monday, October 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, October 14
Review at Reading the Past
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, October 15
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Thursday, October 16
Review at A Bookish Affair
Friday, October 17
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Monday, October 20
Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict
Excerpt at Historical Fiction Connection
Tuesday, October 21
Review & Giveaway at Bookshelf Fantasies
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing
Wednesday, October 22
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway at Just One More Chapter
Thursday, October 23
Review at Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Friday, October 24
Review at Curling Up By the Fire
Monday, October 27
Review & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Tuesday, October 28
Review at To Read or Not to Read
Wednesday, October 29
Review & Giveaway at Bibliophilia, Please
Thursday, October 30
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry

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  1. I love Deanna's Lady Julia's series. It is well-written and great storylines.

  2. Harry Potter.....Twilight.....many cozy series......

  3. Raybourn's Lady Julia is one of my favorite series, along with The Outlander books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Poppy sounds like and interesting character!