September 19, 2016


About Bitterwood

Outrunning a winter storm in the north, Captain Faran of the King’s Guard leads his men and a young mage named Meric to shelter at Bitterwood Manor, the ancestral home of the Daenes. Faran and his troops have been searching for weeks for a mysterious, lion-like beast that reportedly haunts the uncharted northern woods. For Meric, finding that prophesied cat is a matter of life and death.

Though Faran is deeply focused on their mission, the enigmatic Joss Daene, Lord of Bitterwood, fascinates him. Strong and proud, Joss is everything Faran wants in a lover. More, if he were honest. But Joss belongs to Bitterwood, and Faran to his duty.

Together they will need to brave the oldest, darkest part of the Bitterwood in the coldest, deepest snows of winter to find the legendary cat. But time is running out—for Meric, for the kingdom, and for Faran and Joss’s fledgling love.

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About Rowan Speedwell

An unrepentant biblioholic, Rowan Speedwell spends half her time pretending to be a law librarian, half her time pretending to be a database manager, half her time pretending to be a fifteenth-century Aragonese noblewoman, half her time . . . wait a minute . . .  Hmm.  Well, one thing she doesn’t pretend to be is good at math.  She is good at pretending, though.

In her copious spare time (hah) she does needlework, calligraphy and illumination, and makes jewelry.  She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and lives in a Chicago suburb with the obligatory Writer’s Cat and way too many books.

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To celebrate the release of Bitterwood, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 24, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Stops for this tour:

September 19, 2016  –  Love Bytes Reviews
September 19, 2016  –  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
September 19, 2016  –  Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
September 19, 2016  –  The Day Before You Came
September 20, 2016  –  Prism Book Alliance
September 20, 2016  –  Bayou Book Junkie
September 20, 2016  –  Unquietly Me
September 20, 2016  –  My Fiction Nook
September 21, 2016  –  Book Reviews and More by Kathy
September 21, 2016  –  Diverse Reader
September 21, 2016  –  Joyfully Jay
September 21, 2016  –  TTC Books and More
September 21, 2016  –  OMG Reads
September 22, 2016  –  Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
September 22, 2016  –  The Jeep Diva
September 22, 2016  –  Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
September 22, 2016  –  The Novel Approach
September 22, 2016  –  MM Good Book Reviews
September 23, 2016  –  Booklover Sue
September 23, 2016  –  Sinfully Gay Romance
September 23, 2016  –  Man2Mantastic
September 23, 2016  –  Alpha Book Club


  • Trix September 19, 2016 at 18:55

    Gorgeous cover!


  • Jen September 19, 2016 at 19:30

    I read and enjoyed the first edition. Love the new cover, though!


  • Serena S. September 19, 2016 at 22:20

    Congrats on the new release! I’d love to read it.

  • H.B. September 20, 2016 at 06:05

    Love the cover, it’s so pretty =)
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  • Ami September 20, 2016 at 07:05

    I have the opportunity to read this prior to release and I enjoyed it. If you like fantasy, you should give it a try


  • Lisa September 21, 2016 at 01:40

    Congrats on the release, I look forward to reading it & I love the cover!

  • bn100 September 21, 2016 at 01:55

    interesting blurb

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  • susana September 21, 2016 at 07:58

    I love historical novels, so this one goes to my TBR list right now!

  • Ree Dee September 22, 2016 at 13:06

    Best wishes for much success on the re-release!
    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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