Author Interview with Patricia Beal

It’s so lovely to be able to welcome Patricia Beal to the blog today! It’s been just over a week now since Patricia’s book baby, A Season to Dance, was launched into the world, and if you missed my review, you can read that here. It’s a beautiful read—if you have read my review you’ll know I was a blubbering mess of happy tears at the end—and today we’re going to talk a little about how this book came to be, and of course, about the beautiful world of ballet that comes to life in its pages. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday – Motherhood


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday with the girls at The Broke and the Bookish has a motherhood theme, for obvious reasons. I don’t know about anyone else, but my Facebook feed over the weekend made it clear that Mother’s Day is a day of conflicting emotions for many. For many of us, it is a day of celebration—and at its core, motherhood is a precious gift that should be celebrated—but in this fallen world, it often brings pain as well. Continue reading

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True to You (Becky Wade) – Review

4-5 stars

~ About the Book ~

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. Continue reading

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Weekend Book Buzz – 13/14 May 2017

Weekend Book Buzz

Hello book lovers! Boy am I buzzing with book love this month! So many excellent new releases, sales, cover reveals, and more! But before we get into that, let’s recap the week here at Fiction Aficionado: Continue reading

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Author Interview with Varina Denman

It’s my pleasure to welcome Varina Denman to the blog today to chat about her new book, Looking Glass Lies. If you’d like to read my review of this book, you’ll find that here.

As you may have gathered, I like to ask authors to nominate a snack and a drink for us all to share during our chat. As a little side note, I tell interviewees that all dietary restrictions are null and void for the duration. Well, here’s Varina’s response to that: Continue reading

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First Line Friday – 12 May 2017 – The Vexing (Tamara Leigh)


Welcome to First Line Friday! Today is release day for book number six in Tamara Leigh’s Age of Faith series, so how could I feature any other book for First Line Friday?! I also interviewed Tamara yesterday, so if you missed that make sure you click here. After commenting with your own first line, of course!

~ About the Book ~

Answering her father’s summons to return home, Lady Beata Fauvel must evade capture by noblemen who seek to wed a great heiress. But when she falls into the hands of Queen Eleanor of England, she discovers her sovereign has plans of her own for the lady known France over as The Vestal Widow. Now Beata must not only escape the knight entrusted with ensuring she does not wed without permission, but survive a storm-tossed sea and revelation of a long-buried secret that could destroy her family. And what of a heart that wants what it cannot have? Will it only ever beat for the queen’s man?

For years, Sir Durand Marshal has faithfully served his queen as penance for betrayal of the Wulfrith family. When he rescues a woman pursued by vassals of the French king, he is charged with delivering to England the nearly scandalous lady who has only a name in common with the one he once loved. Though he never expects to feel anything beyond annoyance for the outspoken Lady Beata, he finds himself drawn to yet another woman denied him. Can he fulfill his duty to his liege? Or will he forsake his redemption and forever ruin his reputation—more, the lady’s?

Amazon  //  Goodreads

~ First Line ~

“Women were more trouble than they were worth. Or so Sir Durand Marshal told himself each time one dragged him into a mess like this one promised to do.”

I can’t wait to dive in!

Before I bid you adieu, we’re welcoming JaneReads from C Jane Read to the gang this week! Make sure you give her a hearty welcome! 🙂

Don’t forget to share your first line in the comments, and then hop on over and find out what the other First Liners have for you today:

Jessica ~ A Baker’s Perspective  //  Sarah ~ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Bree ~ Bibliophile Reviews  //  Rachel ~ Bookworm Mama  //  JaneReads ~ C Jane Read
Heather ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen  //  Beth ~ Faithfully Bookish
Trisha ~ Joy of Reading  //  Kathleen ~ Kathleen Denly  //  Lauraine ~ Lauraine’s Notes
Andi ~ Radiant Light  //  Carrie ~ Reading is my Superpower
Robin ~ Robin’s Nest  //  Sydney ~ Singing Librarian  //  Amanda ~ With a Joyful Noise

 If you would like to join us for First Line Friday, contact Carrie at Reading is my Superpower.

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Author Interview with Tamara Leigh

I am so very excited to introduce you to my guest today, because she has written my all-time favourite medieval romance series, The Age of Faith, AND after a wait of THREE YEARS, book number six, The Vexing, releases tomorrow! 😁

I am, of course, talking about Tamara Leigh! And I have a feeling she’s going to be a very popular guest, if for no other reason than she’s suggested dark chocolate and an extra hot caramel macchiato to accompany this interview. Continue reading

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