Book Tour – The Master and the Maid by Laura Libricz @LauraLibricz

It is my pleasure to have Laura Libricz at Room With Books today. Laura is on tour with her novel “The Master and the Maid” this week. I hope you’ll check in at 4 Wills Publishing for links to the entire tour!

 

THE MASTER AND THE MAID: She’s lost her work, her home and her freedom. Now, harboring a mysterious newborn, she could lose her life. In 17th Century Germany on the brink of the Thirty Years War, 24-year-old Katarina is traded to the patrician Sebald Tucher by her fiancé Willi Prutt in order to pay his debts. En route to her forced relocation to the Tucher country estate, Katarina is met by a crazed archer, Hans-Wolfgang, carrying a baby under his cloak. He tells her an incredible story of how his beloved was executed by a Jesuit priest for witchcraft right after the birth and makes Katarina—at sword point—swear on her life to protect the child. But protecting the child puts Katarina at risk. She could fall in disfavor with her master. She could be hunted by the zealots who killed his beloved. She could be executed for witchcraft herself. Can Katarina’s love for the baby and Sebald Tucher’s desire for her keep the wrath of the zealots at bay? Set in Franconia, The Master and the Maid is an accurate, authentic account of a young woman’s life in Germany in the 1600’s, her struggle for freedom and her fight for those she loves.

 

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Nuremberg, Germany — May 1616

Katarina twisted the tap on the wooden barrel of beer. Foam spluttered into the tankard and sprayed the white apron covering her coarse brown dress.

“Willi, get me another barrel,” she shouted over the heads of three men sitting at the table nearest her.

The three men swayed from side to side singing a drunken song: “Ich bin a mal auf fischn ganga, in a sumpfig Weier, hockt a Frusch auf meiner Stanga

One man lifted his tankard, slammed it on the table and hit the rude bit of the song, “…zwickt mi in die Eier.”

The tallow lamp spun across the table and onto the floor. The new barmaid, Lily, stomped on the burning oil, proving herself quite useful on her first night serving drinks at The Stork’s Nest.

“Willi can’t hear ya,” Lily said. “I’ll get cha one.”

She swung her wide hips around the three drunk men, waddled behind the bar and heaved the empty wooden barrel onto her shoulder. It was the same size as her stomach. She disappeared into the storeroom.

Katarina grabbed her wooden spoon and whacked the drunk at the bar who dared put his head down on the smooth wooden surface.

He raised his head, rubbing the crown. “Hör auf, Katarina. What was that for?”

“Either you’re here to drink, or you’re here to drink. You can sleep at home,” she said.

Near the back door of the tavern, a woman shrieked and a man laughed. Katarina looked up and saw Willi Prutt catch the still-shrieking woman, set her on his lap and kiss her on the lips.

“Katarina, bring us some beer,” the butchers yelled from the table by the door.

Lily rolled back into the taproom and plunked the full barrel onto the short wooden stool. She bent at the waist and hammered the tap into it, sending foam flying everywhere.

“Hand me some tankards there Katarina, be a dear,” Lily said.

Like a practiced team, Katarina passed Lily empty tankards, Lily filled them and Katarina grabbed the full ones back, banging them down on the counter. Lily straightened, heaved five full tankards in each hand and rolled back towards the table of butchers.

The drunk at the bar took a swig and said, “They say the butchers feed her fat to keep her that fat. They just love her young skin. She’s probably carrying another one of their bastards.”

The tavern door opened, letting in a chill evening breeze. In the street beyond, a group of vagrant boys taunted passers-by. The scent of late spring fleeted by her. As the season headed towards the solstice, the evenings seemed to go on forever. And here she was, in this smelly, dark tavern bettering neither herself nor her purse.

She and Willi had been working this tavern since his mother died two years ago. As a result of them working hard together, they had great turnover and they were making more money than when they were weaving cloth and selling fabrics on the market. He promised they would get married when they had the money. But the money they took in made him giddy, like sweet wine. He forgot his promises. He forgot the reason he’d gotten so far was Katarina. He’d forgotten Katarina it seemed.

She would run this tavern by herself if she could. She’d surely be better off without him.

A man who didn’t belong entered the taproom. Katarina pictured a rose growing amid a field of wheat. He closed the door. The flames from the tallow lamps on the tables nearby flickered. He pulled the thin black cape off his shoulders and removed his hat. His dark smooth hair was caught in a black ribbon at the base of his neck. He moved between the full tables to an empty one at the back of the tavern. He caught Katarina watching him. She poured him a cup of port and silently moved to his table.

Katarina set the ceramic cup on the table in front of him. “Good Evening Herr Tucher.”

“You look wonderful tonight, just like always,” Herr Tucher said.

“You look drawn and pale, like always,” she said.

“I can always rely on you for uplifting conversation, Katarina.”

He smirked in a way Katarina found maddening, as if he were making fun of her. As if he saw something in her that she herself was blind to and she wanted to know what it was.

Laura Libricz was born and raised in Bethlehem PA and moved to Upstate New York when she was 22. After working a few years building Steinberger guitars, she received a scholarship to go to college. She tried to ‘do the right thing’ and study something useful, but spent all her time reading German literature.

She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to Germany, where she resides today. When she isn’t writing she can be found sifting through city archives, picking through castle ruins or aiding the steady flood of musical instruments into the world market.

Her first novel, The Master and the Maid, is the first book of the Heaven’s Pond Trilogy. The Soldier’s Return and Ash and Rubble are the second and third books in the series.

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Birds of Passage Blog Tour @joe_jagintx @nouveauwriter

Birds of Passage

An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story

by Joe Giordano

 

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Genre: Historical coming of age romance
Publisher: Harvard Square Editions
Release date:  October 9, 2015
Content Rating: PG (PG because there is mild profanity, no sex scenes, some violence.)

About the Book

What turns the gentle mean and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York’s streets were paved with violence and disappointment.

Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fortune. Carlo Mazzi committed murder and escaped. Azzura Medina is an American of Italian parents. She’s ambitious but strictly controlled by her mother. Leonardo and Carlo vie for her affection.

Azzura, Leonardo, and Carlo confront con men, Tammany Hall politicians, the longshoreman’s union, Camorra clans, Black Hand extortion, and the Tombs prison.

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What Others Are Saying

Kirkus review of Birds of Passage

“With Birds of Passage, Joe Giordano delivers a rollicking, wholly entertaining take on the Italian immigrant story.  His rich cast of characters arrives seeking the usual: Money, honor, love, respect, a decent shot at the pursuit of happiness.  But things get complicated fast as they plunge into the rough-and-tumble world of rackets, scams, and politics of early 20th-century New York City.  Giordano serves up a thick, satisfying slice of the entire era in all its raw and brutal glory.” – Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Ang Lee.

Q&A With Author

It is my pleasure to welcome Joe Giordano, author of Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, to Room With Books.

How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

I started writing about ten years ago. My wife Jane and I lived in Greece, and we loved it. The sense of history I felt inspired me to try my hand at an historical fiction novel about the Persian Wars: Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis. My prose was terrible; I needed to learn how to write. I took some University of Texas classes and began to compose short stories. I received a truckload of rejections; the first acceptance came after three years. Since then, over seventy of my stories have been published.

Describe your writing process.

I write every day. Mornings are best. Unlike real life, fiction must be believable. That drives my research. The innovative idea can’t be programmed, it just happens. A new story line might surface through an offhand comment, a photograph, or a memory. I read to stimulate ideas

What was the genesis of Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story?

My father was an immigrant from Naples as were all my grandparents. I’m old enough to have known Italians born in the nineteenth-century. While Birds of Passage is not about my family, there are numerous insider references in the text. Immigration, of Hispanic people into the United States is a hot topic and there are many parallels to what Italian immigrants faced in the past.

How long did it take to write before submitting the novel for publication?

I started the book in October 2013. My first draft was completed by the following April. I had the manuscript professionally edited, reworked, then I started submitting to publishers in August. By January of 2015, Harvard Square Editions expressed interest, but with suggestions for improvement and asked for a second edit. When the rewrite was completed, Harvard Square Editions agreed to publish in May 2015.

What are you working on now?

I’ve started my second novel, a modern literary thriller about an Italian-American from New York who runs afoul of the Russian mob. I hope you won’t be able to put it down.

About the Author

Joe GiordanoJoe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. His father and grandparents immigrated to New York from Naples. Joe and his wife, Jane have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their shih tzu Sophia. Joe’s stories have appeared in more than sixty magazines including Bartleby Snopes, The Newfound Journal, and The Summerset Review.

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Oct 19 – Working Mommy Journal – review / author interview / giveaway

Oct 20 – FLY HIGH! – book spotlight – guest post / giveaway

Oct 20 – Room With Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Oct 21Jayne’s Books – review

Oct 21Notes from Verona – review

Oct 22Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – review / guest post

Oct 23The Autistic Gamer – review

Oct 26Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway

Oct 26Readers’ Muse – review / guest post

Oct 27The World As I See It – review / giveaway

Oct 27Kimberly’s Bookshelf – review / guest post / giveaway

Oct 283 Partners in Shopping – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Oct 28 –  A Bit Bookish – review / giveaway

Oct 29The Cubicle Escapee – review / giveaway

Oct 29 Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – review / giveaway

Oct 30Deal Sharing Aunt – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Oct 30Puddletown Reviews – book spotlight / author interview

Nov 2 Life as Leels – review

Nov 2Worth Getting in Bed For – review

Nov 3Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway

Nov 4Studentessa  Matta – review

Nov 4Writer With Wanderlust – review / giveaway

Nov 5Singing Librarian Books – review / author interview / giveaway

Nov 6Essentially Italian – review / author interview / giveaway

Nov 6#redhead.with.book – review

 

Across Great Divides Blog Tour

ACROSS GREAT DIVIDES

by Monique Roy

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Publication Date: June 19, 2013
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
223 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Across Great Divides is a timeless story of the upheavals of war, the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit. When Hitler came to power in 1933, one Jewish family refused to be destroyed and defied the Nazis only to come up against another struggle—confronting apartheid in South Africa.

Sixteen-year-old Eva and her twin sister, Inge, witness their lives in Berlin change before their eyes. Their best friend, Trudy, betrays them when she becomes a member of the Hitler Youth. A valuable family heirloom, a beautiful emerald and diamond pendant necklace, is confiscated by the Nazis as they continue to harass Jewish families and businesses.

Their younger brother, Max, a member of the underground resistance, sees even greater danger ahead. Their father, Oskar, a diamond merchant with a thriving business, refuses to leave his beloved Germany and believes Hitler will eventually fail. Their mother, Helene, the elegant matriarch of the family, holds her family together.

The family is conflicted whether they should leave home. But after the devastation of Kristallnacht in 1938, they finally flee Germany with the help of the underground resistance after hiding many diamonds. They seek refuge in Antwerp, but war follows them as Belgium is occupied by the Germans.

A young German man, a nun, a countess conspiring against the Nazis, and a winegrower secretly hiding Jewish children, help them to escape Europe. They hike over the Pyrenees Mountains while eluding German patrols and Spanish informers. Then, they spend agonizing days on a ship bound for Rio de Janeiro that is targeted by a German U-boat. As Rio’s diamond business is corrupt, they decide to go to South Africa, another diamond market.

In Cape Town, Eva encounters an impoverished colored woman, Zoe, who is in need of work. The family hires Zoe as their maid and shields her and her daughter, Zola, from the dangers they face in the slums of District Six and from the horrors of apartheid, which are all too reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

But, when Max gets into trouble with the South African police over his participation in an anti-apartheid march, will he be subject to imprisonment?

In a thrilling conclusion, the family comes to terms with the evils of society, both in their memories and current situation in South Africa.

What Others are Saying

“Monique Roy writes an rousing story about a Jewish family leaving Germany during the start of WWII with the Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) hot on their tails. The author must have paid attention at SMU because her prose is excellent.” – Rick O

“The story in this novel is its best feature. It’s a fascinating look at one family’s survival of the Holocaust and their experiences on the other side of the fence in apartheid South Africa. It’s that dichotomy that makes this story so intriguing.” – Sarah Gruwell

“Across Great Divides” is a wonderful tale of resilience, family, and following your moral compass. Author Monique Roy, based this inspiring story on her own grandparents journey across countries, continents, and beliefs to try and find safety from the Nazis. – Madame Librarian

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Across Great Divides by Monique Roy in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Across Great Divides by Monique Roy is a very complex story of one family’s journey from Nazi Germany to South Africa’s Apartheid era and how it impacts them from generation to generation.

I must admit it was a difficult read at times as Across Great Divides puts the reader directly in the path of the Nazi’s atrocities. This has come to affect me more deeply than ever before as my husband’s mother is of Jewish descent and my feelings are more involved the more I try to find out about where her people came from.

Ms. Roy does a great job of developing these complex characters and telling their story through difficult times in history is an astronomical undertaking. Ms. Roy intertwines her characters with these events with great care.

It saddens me to know that Ms. Roy is writing from a familial family history but it also takes a brave woman to attempt to write a story of fiction from the facts of a family’s life.

I recommend you take the time to immerse yourself in history and Across Great Divides by Monique Roy. I give Across Great Divides four hot cups of Room With Books coffee.

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About the Author

02_Monique RoyMonique loves writing that twitches her smiling muscles or transports her to another time or place. Her passion for writing began as a young girl while penning stories in a journal. Now she looks forward to deepening her passion by creating many unique stories that do nothing less than intrigue her readers.

Monique was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and her grandparents were European Jews who fled their home as Hitler rose to power. It’s their story that inspired her to write Across Great Divides, her debut, historical fiction novel.

Monique holds a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is also the author of a children’s book Once Upon a Time in Venice. In her free time, she loves to travel, play tennis, pursue her passion for writing, and read historical fiction. In 2008, she was chosen by the American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program to travel to Berlin, Germany, on the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, to explore German and Israeli relations along with 20 other Jewish professionals from across the U.S.

Discover more at Monique Roy’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Across Great Divides Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 16
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Wednesday, June 17
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Thursday, June 18
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Friday, June 19
Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book

Monday, June 22
Review at Room With Books

Tuesday, June 23
Review at Book Babe

Wednesday, June 24
Review at Book Nerd

Thursday, June 25
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, June 26
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Excerpt & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More