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My #fridayreads  is MISTRESS FIREBRAND by Donna Thorland. Sneaking reads in while the baby sleeps -- which these days, feels like never! What are you reading this weekend?
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It's Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday today. While I was never a huge fan of the Little House books, I'm fascinated by the relationship between Laura and her daughter Rose, especially in the shaping of the Little House books. For a standout novel about their relationship, I highly recommend A WILDER ROSE by  Susan Wittig Albert.

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Loved this look at sculptor Camille Claudel. Webb doesn't sugarcoat anything about her life, nor soften up this occasionally unlikable heroine. Fab hist fic set in Belle Époque Paris.

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I love this series. I'm a common mispronouncer of many things!

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If you're a fan of Jane Austen-inspired novels and sequels, the fabulous Austen Authors site has relaunched -- and is doing so with an extravaganza of giveaways!

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"I didn't know Tybalt (Juilet's cousin, who is a bit of a hothead in Shakespeare's play) would be such a heartbreaker. My agent, her assistant, my editor, her assistant, and me: we all had these total Tybalt crushes." 

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I raced through this interesting and emotional novel set it medieval Italy, telling the story of Romeo and Juliet from the viewpoint of Juliet's wetnurse -- but Shakespeare's tragedy only features in half the story. It's really a lovely historical novel abt the relationships between domestics and the children they care for, about marriage and love, the dangers of passion, family, violence...

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This book has one of the most unique premises I've read in a while: set in 1730 in the Pennsylvania colony, our heroine Selah Kilbrid is literally a direct descendent of the goddess Brigid. Her divine gift is that of healing, a gift she cannot refuse to use when asked -- but a gift she has to keep hidden lest she gain some unwanted attention. From an Irish Catholic family, she lives in the heavily Quaker town of Hopewell, a well-liked healer and farmer's daughter. 

Pursued by a Quaker preacher, Nathan, whose interest in her crosses into dangerous obsession, Selah agrees to an arranged marriage with a cousin per her father's wishes. But upon arriving in Philadelphia, she instead finds herself bound together with the (stunningly sexy) Henry Alan, an indentured servant. 

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Q: Was Goddess Born the original title of your book?

A: It took me two years and about a dozen titles before I came up with Goddess Born. Some writers I know just seem to pull fabulous titles out of the air without breaking a sweat. Not me. I need enough time to torture the entire English language and about every person of my acquaintance before I’m satisfied. 

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The Great Book Cull of 2014 is completed.  My apartment looks huge again.
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