Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Book Blast: America's First Daughter

It would be understatement to say I've been dying to read this novel.

Book blogging introduced me to Stephanie Dray, and her trilogy about Cleopatra Selene is among my top ten desert island favorites.

I'm fascinated by the American Revolution and the era following, and I'm not a Jefferson fan -- but I love learning about intriguing, complicated women, and Patsy, Jefferson's daughter, is just that.

I'll be sharing some trivia about Patsy on social media over the next few days, so be sure to check out my Twitter feed or Tumblr to learn more about Patsy!

by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
William Morrow, March 1, 2016

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.

It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.

Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

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About Stephanie Dray:

STEPHANIE DRAY is an award-winning, bestselling and two-time RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into eight different languages and won NJRW's Golden Leaf. As Stephanie Draven, she is a national bestselling author of genre fiction and American-set historical women's fiction. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation's capital. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the stories of women in history to inspire the young women of today.

About Laura Kamoie:

LAURA KAMOIE has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction as the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books, Laura Kaye. Her debut historical novel, America's First Daughter, co-authored with Stephanie Dray, allowed her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Weekend reads and yucky times...

It's a stunning February day, but I'm home sick and feeling blue. I don't know if it's something in the stars, but houses and homes are causing me a great deal of stress, both our new home and our old rental. Expensive stresses, too.

I'm self medicating with flowers and oranges and planning to some reading over lunch. I'm finishing up Heidi Heilig's The Girl From Everywhere, which has me captivated, and am starting Susan Wittig Albert's Loving Eleanor, a historical novel about Eleanor Roosevelt's romance with AP reporter Lorena Hickok. Yummy!

Amazingly, today's theme for Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) is Blogger Burnout -- something I'm becoming all too familiar with!

I remember when I first started blogging in 2010, I couldn't imagine anyone getting burned out. Free books! Reading! Writing! Swapping enthusiasm with others!

It's caught up with me now, and not in the ways I imagined. I've got the luxury of saying the free books are tiresome -- though free, they come with a different kind of price -- and the relentless tension of promotional machine versus personal space for introspection has tripped me up frequently. I feel like I'm doing neither right and I wonder if I'm loving my reading despite doing so much of it. (My malingering top ten of 2015 is slow to come, in part, because I'm struggling to assemble 10 reads that electrified me to my roots!)

How do you deal with possible burnout? And what are you reading this weekend?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekend reads and settling in...

We're slowly unpacking but have the major stuff done: work clothes hanging in closet, baby's toys strewn across the floor, and most importantly, the chaise couch assembled (life goal achieved!).

It promises to be a mucky weekend here in Boston -- four to eight inches of slushy snow! -- so I hope I get to stay in and do some serious reading and knitting. I'm juggling two books at the moment: Jessa Crispin's The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life and Jacey Bedford's Winterwood. (And of course, my trusty e-reader should I feel finicky.)

What are you reading this weekend?