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The Feathered Nest 

Alexandra Thornton goes on an expedition with her family to Norfolk Island to research the island’s birds with a particular focus on the green parrot. Little does she know what she has walked into, a web of a puzzling mystery that has to be unraveled before it threatens her.

The Feathered Nest by Ellen Read gives readers a captivating look into the mystery of Norfolk Island and its inhabitants. The story gains momentum as an intriguing chain of events unfold which endangers members of the expedition. As the story progresses readers get to unveil the motive behind the multitudes of murders.

Ellen Read is the quintessential historical mystery romance author who effortlessly blends elements of novelistic fiction with curious bits of history. The author creates characters with surprising depth and realistic emotions, which reminds me of how Agatha Christie creates her characters. Moreover, Ellen has strategically placed humor, wit, and alluring intimacy to mitigate the simmering tension of the reader. Readers will find themselves yearning to turn the page to decipher the fate of the characters. By the end of the novel, all the dilemmas that pique the reader are seamlessly resolved.

The Feathered Nest by Ellen Read is a cozy mystery novel that has a similar atmosphere as one of a period drama. With its descriptive prose, it delivers outstanding soulfulness with unmatched intricacy. Holistically, this mystery thriller prescribes hints throughout but is better comprehended as all the elements gradually fit into place. Overall, this book would appeal to readers that seek a compelling mystery with a touch of tender romance.

Pages: 374 | ASIN: B09T3T1CJQ

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New York By Night

This captivating story begins with three mysterious characters plotting one of the biggest robberies of their time, stealing over a half-million dollars in diamonds from the great jewelry firm, Diamond & Co. The owners of the company wish for the robbery to be kept secret, so as not to lose the faith and trust of their customers. As such, the hunt for the thieves begins. Police detective Murray Hazard takes one route to attempt to solve the mystery, while millionaire amateur detective Lionel Dangerfield takes another. A reporter and philanthropist, Ruby Sharpe, asks to join Dangerfield on his search, as she blames herself for the robbery after publishing a story revealing how Diamond & Co. secure their valuables and wishes to make it right.

Journalist Nellie Bly who is famous for uncovering a number of criminal activities in the late 1800’s was also a fiction novelist unbeknownst to many. While her novels were lost for decades and left unpublished, David Blixt has discovered them. He is now editing and publishing the lost novels. Nellie Bly wrote New York by Night using inspiration from some of the stories reported on. This novel is a suspenseful “who done it” mystery full of unexpected twists, intriguing criminal acts, and surprising alliances. 

Readers are taken on a fast-paced journey as Danger investigates and questions anyone who could have been involved, from the watchmen on duty to the son and lover of the owner of the company himself. He begins to suspect a well-known thief, Admiral Great and hits every roadblock imaginable while trying to catch the clever criminal. During this saga, Ruby and Dangerfield fall madly in love until Dangerfield finds out that Ruby knows more about the crime than she is letting on. Will this discovery lead to solving the crime, break the millionaire detective’s heart, or both?

This was an enjoyable read. Bly’s writing style is filled with wit and intrigue, readers will be entranced in the complexity of the character’s story. I found the constant ‘coincidental’ run-in’s between Danger and Ruby to be humorous and entertaining and rooted for both of them, wishing for a happy ending. Blixt did a wonderful job editing it to make it more readable for modern readers while keeping the integrity of Bly’s work. I look forward to reading more lost novels by this author!

New York By Night: A Female Reporter Tracking A $500,000 Robbery is a rousing mystery novel set in the 1800’s. With strong characters and a complex plot, readers will find this historical romance to be an exciting addition to their Victorian novel collection.

Pages: 290 | ASIN : B08TLHC8FW

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Literary Titan Book Awards May 2022

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and writing talent of these brilliant authors.

Gold Award Winners

Poems for the End of the Age by Hanz Peter Zell

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

Bible, God and Free Will by Vasile Ghiuta

On a Fallen Wave by Benjamin Anderson

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information.

Brianna in Cymru

Brianna in Cymru, by T. N. Traynor, is a historical romance novel following Brianna, who has a powerful gift that is passed on from mother to daughter. She heals people by putting her hands on them. Yet in the year 1664 her demonstrations of faith are called witchcraft. With a witch hunter on her tail, Brianna loses her mother as she tries to find where the Nightjars sing and the man she’s destined to be with.

Author T N Traynor helps the reader fully immerse themselves in this epic fantasy story with sharp writing and eloquent prose. By providing the reader with some of Brianna’s thoughts and feelings the reader is able to easily put themselves in her shoes. I could understand what she was going through and I think readers will truly be able to feel what she feels as all the emotions are so vividly painted throughout the story.

Brianna’s faith is important to her, and the story, and passages from the Bible are quite often referred to, ensuring that the importance of faith in this novel is never forgotten. Brianna’s character feels real and there is enough conflict to keep the story and the momentum going among the plethora of Bible references.

I was expecting to find an emotional romance plotline weaved into the story, similar to what one would read in a Julia Quinn novel. While this Christian fantasy story does contain a romantic aspect between Brianna and Arwen, we never dwell on it, which keeps the focus on Brianna and her adventure.

There were a lot of interesting characters that are introduced throughout the story that I thought were well developed. But despite that, I would have liked to have explored Brianna, Arwen, and Benedict’s characters more, as I thought they were fascinating, and I would not have minded seeing their characters more often on the page.

Brianna in Cymru is an exhilarating and thought-provoking historical fiction novel that will surprise readers with a subtle but creative use of magical realism. Emotionally stirring and brimming with a cast of interesting characters, this is an adventure story that I heartily enjoyed.

Pages: 283 | ASIN: B09VCSX2W7

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The French Queen’s Curse

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American-born Kikki possesses a powerful psychic connection with the long-dead French Queen, Margot. These two kindred spirits are drawn together, crossing the boundaries of time and history. However, Margot has a mission that only Kikki can fulfill. Will Kikki be able to deliver on the French Queen’s orders for retribution?

Things are further complicated by Kikki’s partner, Torres, who has a covert operation of his own; the secrets threaten to tear them apart. When the patriarchal forces of ‘The Swords’ endanger everything Kikki holds dear, she must battle on behalf of Margot’s besieged spirit and fight to protect those she loves.

Author Juliette Lauber’s The French Queen’s Curse is a fantasy novel with both modern and historical elements. There is a quintessentially Parisian feel in the setting and themes. The romance and drama flow in abundance, giving readers plenty to look forward to with each chapter.

The author does not detail Kikki’s psychic abilities and her mystical affinity to ‘the Goddess,’ whom she worships and serves. Instead of a lot of background information, the reader is thrust into a world of action, intrigue, and supernatural occurrences right from the start. This gives readers a show rather than tell experience into this mystical element Kikki possesses. In contrast, however, Lauber dedicates a good amount of time to her descriptions of Kikki and Torres’s relationship and the power their love holds.

The pacing in this action-filled novel is fast, and the plot is engaging. The history of the French Queen herself has clearly been well-researched, allowing the reader to feel transported to a different time. Lauber draws skillful parallels between the past and the present; the dominant male order imposes war and violence in both worlds. As a heroine, Kikki herself seems born largely out of wish fulfillment; this does not diminish the fact that she is an active and powerful participant in her own story. Kikki embodies the values of love, beauty, and a uniquely feminine sense of justice. This combination will give readers a strong character to relate to and root for.

The French Queen’s Curse is a historical romance novel with elements of modern-day worked in. Readers will find this thrilling and mysterious fantasy saga filled with action and drama, keeping them on edge and interested from start to finish in Kikki’s story.

Pages: 414 | ISBN : 978-1-64456-465-3

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Literary Titan Book Awards April 2022

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Gold Award Winners

The Future is a Memory, C. Ross

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information.

Women Drive The Story

Shruti Rao Author Interview

A Wife for the Devil follows the illegitimate daughter of an English family that gets caught up in a love triangle. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Victorian and Regency romances are quite beloved to me. They were part of some of my earliest reading experiences. In the small southern Indian town where I grew up, the library was barely stocked, but almost always could lend you Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland. As I planned my first novel, a romance seemed like a natural option given how familiar I am with the genre. And if I were to write a historical romance, why not bring in the oft-ignored denizens of the British Empire: children begat by cross-racial encounters? History books tell us they were pretty commonplace, and yet we have seen little of them in mainstream romances. This is being changed these days by many bold and fresh romance writers, and I wished to proceed in their wake by making my heroine someone unlikely.

The triangle came in naturally too. All stories need a few good villains and vamps. And Miranda, with her strong will and strange whims, seemed like a good foil for the two main characters.

Elizabeth starts out as a shy and timid woman in the beginning and grows into a strong independent one throughout the book. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I am of the belief that your material conditions play a strong role in forming your psyche. I never thought of Elizabeth as shy or timid in the story, but she does behave within the confines of her circumstances. Her assertiveness in the second-half of the book is more the logical result of her falling in love than any designs on my part. Love, if I may be a bit trite, strengthens and vitalises us. In a romance, the author is always saying, whether explicitly or not, “Love is a momentous thing. It changes and enriches us.” I think that was largely my ideal.

Another aspect is the self-actualisation Elizabeth begins to embrace. This too is the result of her changing circumstances; she finally could be the woman she has always been.

Being set in Victorian-era England, what were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Women drive the story. And this was a conscious decision. Readers rightfully do not like romances where the women are resigned to their fates, or are so divorced from their own wishes that they do not know what to do. When they recognise they want something, it is a lightning strike. So, in my novel, both the heroine and her antagonist are clear in their minds about what they want and usually act in their own interests. This I think is the main theme. In this era, women weren’t granted much in the way of an inner life and little in the way of an outer one. I hoped to invert those expectations.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Currently I am working on a fantasy romance. Details of the plot are yet to be nailed down properly, so much of what I could say would be speculation. I am not sure when it will be released, but sometime in 2023 seems like a good guess.

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A forbidden passion.
The illegitimate daughter of an Indian soldier and an Englishwoman, Elizabeth Lavoisier has never known true happiness or freedom. She survives only at the whims of her scheming cousin and is resigned to her fate until she meets the notorious industrialist Hugh Atwood.
Their attraction is immediate and scorching, their connection deep and visceral. But Hugh is driven by demons neither he nor Elizabeth completely understand, and Elizabeth could lose everything, even her pallid life with a family which does not want her. Soon they are plunged into the perilous world of the English aristocracy where they can trust no one, not even each other.
Is their love strong enough to overcome Elizabeth’s low station and the tragic binds that hold Hugh?

A Wife for the Devil

A Wife for the Devil by Shruti Rao tells the story of Elizabeth Lavoisier and the people in her life. Elizabeth lives with her uncle and his family and she has hardly any control over her life. Instead, she is treated like a maid and lives in fear of her beautiful, powerful, and erratic cousin, Miranda Deverril. Miranda has fallen for a man, Hugh Atwood, and enlists Elizabeth’s help in trying to win him over. Elizabeth, nervous and fearful, agrees to see Hugh, but soon she finds herself embroiled in a love triangle with her cousin… but can she find her feet in a world where money is power? Will she fight for the man she has come to love?

Shruti Rao has created a story with a rich cast of characters. From Elizabeth to her friend Lady Frazier and more. Readers will find the characters engaging and entertaining. Elizabeth is surprisingly headstrong when it comes to matters of the heart. Her love interest, Hugh Atwood, is a man with a past that hangs over his head, and Elizabeth can’t help but be taken in by him. Readers will find themselves rooting for the couple despite the obstacles in their way.

The story moves at a smooth pace giving readers time to know the characters. The story is set in London, in 1871, with all the social stigmas and properties of the time. The story is told through the interactions of the characters and through flashbacks of memories. Elizabeth starts out unsure of herself and her self-worth, but thankfully she grows into a confident and strong woman throughout the story.

A Wife for the Devil is an exciting story that will captivate readers who enjoy historical fiction. A Victorian romance set up with characters that are traditionally below the upper crust of the ton, fighting scandals, family drama, and looking for a way to make love work.

Pages: 182 | ASIN : B09R3PTSVH

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