The Lady’s Triumph by Shelley Adina and R.E. Scott

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Lady’s Triumph by Shelly Adina & R.E. Scott, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


 


MY REVIEW:

I don’t remember ever hearing the term “alt history” until reading The Regent’s Devices series by Shelley Adina and R. E. Scott. The term is quite appropriate since the books take quite a few liberties with an actual period of history during the Napoleonic wars and is a very imaginative take on what could have happened if . . . The Lady’s Triumph is the third and final book in the series and it continues the adventure that began in the first book and takes it to a satisfying conclusion.

The Lady’s Triumph could probably be read as a stand alone book but why would anyone want to do that? I am so thankful that after receiving the book for review and realizing that it was the last of a series, I decided to purchase the first two books and read them before beginning my review copy. It was obvious to me that my enjoyment was enhanced by reading the entire series in order.

With its Regency Steampunk theme, this book should appeal both to YA and adult readers. The plot moves along at a smooth and steady pace with ample danger, suspense, action, and subtle romance to hold most readers’ interest. I loved the interaction between characters especially the young women who were described as tinkerers and aeronauts. Interesting devices, brave exploits, and flawed yet perfect heroes brought the story to life. I MUST read more by this excellent team of authors!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by JustReads Publicity. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: The Lady’s Triumph

Series: The Regent’s Devices #3

Author: Shelley Adina and R.E. Scott

Publisher: Moonshell Books

Release Date: September 28, 2022

Genre: Regency Steampunk

Only one thing could be worse than Napoleon’s invasion of England…

After their daring adventures behind enemy lines in France, Loveday Penhale and Celeste Blanchard cannot settle into everyday life at home. Has the Tinkering Prince forgotten them entirely? What of the prize he promised? Then, with the flourish of a royal messenger’s hand, their lives are changed. Not only have they won the prize, they are to join the Prince’s Own Engineers in London!

They must overcome many a stone in the path, however—leave all they love, find a suitable house, and worst of all, cope with a chaperone—before they can take their rightful places among the most intelligent and forward-thinking minds in the kingdom. Their goal? To develop an airborne fleet that will end Napoleon’s dreams of conquering England forever.

But the saboteur who has been plaguing their efforts for months has not yet been caught. And along with battling for acceptance among the engineers, tiptoeing closer to falling in love, and receiving invitations to Almack’s, they must discover the traitor’s identity … before the Prince Regent steps forward to command the fleet and finds himself playing right into Napoleon’s hands.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Shelley Adina is the author of more than 50 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, Hachette, and Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk adventure and mystery as Shelley Adina; as Charlotte Henry, writes classic Regency romance; and as Adina Senft, is the USA Today bestselling author of Amish women’s fiction. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK, won RWA’s RITA Award® in 2005, and was a finalist in 2006. When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or enjoying the garden with her flock of rescued chickens.
R.E. (Regina) Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t sell her first novel until she learned a bit more about writing. She now has had published more than 60 works of warm, witty historical romance for Harlequin, Penguin, and Revell. Regina and her husband of more than 30 years reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State on the way to Mt Rainier. She has dressed as a Regency dandy, learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research, of course.

Connect with Shelley by visiting shelleyadina.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates. Connect with R.E. Scott by visiting reginascott.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY:

(3) winners will receive a copy of The Emperor’s Aeronaut and The Prince’s Pilot (print + bookmarks US only, ebook internationally).

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Worthy of Legend by Roseanna M. White

MY REVIEW:

I have had the pleasure of being on several launch teams for Roseanna M. White. It is always a bonus to receive a review copy of her books but I would purchase my own copy if I did not receive an ARC. This author has long been on my “Do Not Miss” book list. I need a copy of each one as soon as it is published. It is actually difficult to wait for the next one.

Worthy of Legend may have been my favorite of The Secrets of the Isles series although it would be extremely difficult to choose if pressed to do so. How could one resist the historic setting of the Isles of Scilly, a plot laced with tales of pirates, treasure, and Arthurian legend? Top that off with wonderful characters, adventure and suspense, and a sweet romance featuring the shy and sometimes withdrawn Lady Emily Scofield who prefers to remain in the background.

I loved everything about Worthy of Legend, especially the interactions between Bram and Emily. The King Arthur legends were cleverly woven into the plot as well as the local history and myths. The subtle yet compelling thread of faith held everything together so well.

I am going to miss all the characters for this series that the author managed to breathe such life into. If you have not read anything by Roseanna M. White, why are you waiting? Her books are among the best.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author’s launch team through Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

1906

After a summer of successful pirate-treasure hunting, Lady Emily Scofield and her friends are forced to hide the unprecedented discoveries they’ve made, thanks to the betrayal of her own family. Horrified by her brother who stops at nothing to prove himself to their greedy father, Emily is forced to take a stand against her family—even when it means being cut off entirely.

Bram Sinclair, Earl of Telford, is fascinated with tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table—an interest he’s kept mostly hidden for the last decade. But when a diary is unearthed in the islands that could lead to a secret artifact, Bram is the only one able to piece the legends together.

As Bram and Emily seek out the whereabouts of the hidden artifact, they must dodge her eager family and a team of archeologists. In a race against time, they must decide what makes a hero worthy of legend—is it fighting valiantly to claim the treasure . . . or sacrificing everything in the name of selfless love?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award winning author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

Blood Secrets by Morgan Busse

MY REVIEW:

I will freely admit that I am well past the age of those who usually enjoy Steampunk novels. I would generally agree when it comes to most of them but there have been a few that caught my fancy and the Skyworld books by Morgan L. Busse would rank at the top.

Both Secrets in the Mist and Blood Secrets set the perfect fantasy world complete with islands in the sky, sky pirates, zippers, the turned (or what we would consider zombies), a deadly mist that threatens all mankind, and the rich elite who are concerned only for themselves.

Blood Secrets begins where Secrets in the Mist Ends. Cass has been rescued by Theo and in the process they have discovered an interesting fact that might just save the world from the deadly mist that seems to be encroaching with more speed than ever before. Determined to defy the elite to find an antidote to the effects of the mist, Theo and Cass set out on yet another adventure in a desperate race against time and numerous obstacles.

I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative tale that painted a fictional world to rival the best classic stories. To be honest, there were a few aspects of the story that came just a little too close for comfort to the situations our modern world is facing. Nevertheless, the plot is intriguing and the characters are well formed and likeable. I would definitely not mind another visit to Sky World.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Book: Blood Secrets

Author: Morgan L. Busse

Genre: YA Steampunk Fantasy

Release date: August 9, 2022

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Not everyone wants to see the world saved . . .

Time is running out. Cities are being engulfed in the Mist and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Theo believes he has found a way to stop mankind from Turning, but he doesn’t know how to alter Cass’s unique blood into a cure. Or if it can even be done.

Meanwhile, Cass struggles with the idea that she is possibly the savior of the world—a world she is not sure is worth saving.

From the Winchester manse to the steel city of Decadenn, there is something more chasing Cass than the House of Lords or the masked man who can walk in the Mist. Soon she must decide if she will use her blood to save mankind or let those who only care about themselves perish.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, The Soul Chronicles, and The Ravenwood Saga. She is a three-time Christy Award finalist and winner of both the INSPY and the Carol Award for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.

MORE FROM MORGAN:

A lot of stories involve the hero saving the world. But is that realistic if you consider what the hero has been through? What if saving the world means saving the villain? Or that bully who made the hero’s life terrible back in high school? Or the person who lied and it cost the hero his or her job, home, or even their first love?

When I started writing Blood Secrets, it hit me (and therefore Cass as I was writing her story), that if she saved her world—all the people who were forced to live on mountaintops, airships, and sky islands because of the deadly Mist that covered everything else—she would be saving the people who saw her as lesser than. The people who forced everyone else off the mountains to die in the Mist, including her parents. The same people who would never think of saving someone like her.

As I wrote her story, I felt Cass’s resentment and anger towards the “echelons”—those at the top of society and literally the world. She was fine with saving others like her. But the thought of saving the people who ordered the purges that killed so many made her feel sick. In her mind, they didn’t deserve her sacrifice.

Honestly, I had never thought about it before. The hero saves the world. It’s what a hero does. But this was the first time I really thought about what that meant, and who it meant saving. It made me look at myself. Would I be willing to save everyone? Even those who have hurt me? Who have cost me so much in my life? Ugh. That’s a hard thought.

People love heroes, and sometimes even want to be one themselves. But the reality is being a hero is really hard. It’s not just saving the world; it’s saving those who live in the world. The good and the bad. Those deserving and those not so much. That’s what a real hero does.

I won’t share what decision Cass made because that is part of her story. But I am glad I was able to write her story because it made me think more about how I would react in her situation. And about God, who ultimately gave all to save a world that did not want Him.

BLOG STOPS:

 

Tell Tale Book Reviews, September 7

deb’s Book Review, September 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 9

Daysong Reflections, September 9

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 11

Rebecca Tews, September 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 12

Simple Harvest Reads, September 13 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate her tour, Morgan is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon and signed book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Critical Alliance by Elizabeth Goddard

MY REVIEW:

Critical Alliance is yet another book that has kept me awake into the wee hours this summer. I think I will read just one more chapter and somehow find myself at the end with only a few hours until daylight. It’s a good thing I don’t have to clock in to a job!

This book is one that might not appeal to those with no interest in modern technology, especially cybersecurity but the future is here and the threat of cybercrime is a very real possibility. The heroine is from a prominent family in the tech industry but has been estranged from them since an illegal hacking incident as a teen. Her skills have increased over the years and she has a position as a university professor. When contacted by a friend from her past with the warning that her life as well as her family’s business is in danger, she returns home to try to help. From that point on, Mackenzie Hanson encounters one dangerous incident after another as she races to prevent a major catastrophe. Diplomatic Security Services special agent Alex Knight, back home after a mission that went wrong, is unwittingly drawn into the case as he attempts to help Mackenzie find the mastermind behind the threat and hopefully manage to keep her alive while doing so.

Although Critical Alliance begins somewhat slowly, it builds to an explosive climax with plenty of action, danger, unexpected twists and a few surprises along the way. Of course readers can expect a romance to develop between Mackenzie and Alex but might grow a bit frustrated at the secrets they keep and their lack of trust in each other. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as evidenced by my late hours reading it. If you are at all interested in cybersecurity, this book is for you.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

She’s seeking answers. He’s seeking respite.
The past is seeking both of them.

Mackenzie Hanson’s special set of skills opened the door to a successful career as a professor of cybersecurity at a Michigan university, allowing her to put her criminal past behind her. But when a long-ago partner in crime delivers a cryptic message about her father’s tech company being under cyberattack, she heads for Montana to secure exposed assets, close security breaches, and protect her father’s company.

Diplomatic Security Services special agent Alex Knight is back home in Montana to decompress from a mission gone wrong. But even as he’s trying to relax, he’s drawn into another mystery, complete with suspicious deaths, lethal threats, and whispers of espionage that all have one thing in common–a beautiful cybersecurity expert with a dark past.

When the situation turns deadly, Alex and Mackenzie will have to work together to find the answers they need–before someone silences Mackenzie for good.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than 50 novels, including the Rocky Mountain Courage and Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold over 1 million copies. She is a Carol Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. For more information about her books, visit her website at www.elizabethgoddard.com.