Monday, July 10, 2017

The Illusionist's Apprentice

GIVEAWAY

CAMBRON, KRISTY
THE ILLUSIONIST'S APPRENTICE

Not all illusions happen on the stage.

Wren Lockhart, apprentice to master illusionist Harry Houdini, uses life on a vaudeville stage to escape the pain of her past. She continues her career of illusion after her mentor's death, intent on burying her true identity.

But when a rival performer's act goes tragically wrong, the newly formed FBI calls on Wren to speak the truth -- and reveal her real name to the world. She transfers her skills for misdirection from the stage to the back halls of vaudeville, as she finds herself the unlikely partner in the FBI's investigation. All the while Houdini's words echo in her mind: Whatever occurs, the crowd must believe it's what you meant to happen. She knows that if anyone digs too deep, secrets long kept hidden may find their way to the surface -- and shatter her carefully controlled world.

Set during one of the richest, most vibrant eras in American history, this Jazz Age novel of illusion, suspense, and forgotten pasts is perfect for fans of The Magician's Lie, challenging all to find the underpinnings of faith on their own life's stage.

My Review:

The Illusionist's Apprentice has a delicious air of mystery that carries through from start to finish. Everything about Wren is cloaked in secrecy -- even to the reader. And Cambron carefully selects tidbits of information that she reveals with painstaking care. I was about driven mad with curiosity -- frantically searching for answers even as I slowed down in order to savor the sheer beauty of the tale.

All the complexities of Vaudeville make for an interesting backdrop for a suspense. So much scope for mystery and mayhem. And there's Wren in the middle of it all -- holding her own as she holds the world at arm's length. Until Special Agent Elliott Matthews breaks down her defences. He is captivated and intrigued, she's wary and aloof. Superb dynamics that made for some incredible romantic tension. And oh my goodness, but he makes a divine hero. Assured, determined, gentle. Wren can't intimidate him. He sees past the illusions she has created and into the heart of the sensitive young woman she really is.

A stunning romantic suspense that's quite unlike anything else out there.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Illusionist's Apprentice, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday 16 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

72 comments:

  1. I have been wanting this one since it's come out!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy for myself, Kav. I've read some fantastic reviews on all her books :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. P.S. She had (or maybe it was the publisher) a contest out before this was released where you helped choose the cover for the book. I think they had like three choices, and I was SO happy they went with this one. It really does suit the description of the novel ;-)

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    2. Wow, you always have the inside scoop on readerly things! The cover is great -- and what a neat idea to have a contest where readers had a say in the final choice!

      Kristy Cambron is an amazing author -- deserves all those fantastic reviews for sure. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. Really nice to find a suspense book that's clean, too!
    Dianna (dedezoomsalot at yahoo dot com)

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    1. It's an incredible suspense. Good luck, Dianna.

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  3. Oh my. This sounds like a wonderful read and it definitely needs to go on my wish list. I love books of mystery and have always been intrigued by Harry Houdini. The cover of the book is beautiful as well.

    Thank you for the great review Kav and for a chance to win a copy.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. You know, I'm not into illusionists or magicians at all so I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this story --- but I loved it!!!!! So if you already enjoy Houdini type things you'll absolutely love it! Good luck, Cindy.

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  4. Yes! I've been drooling over this since it came out! LattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. LOL -- hopefully you won't have to drool much longer. :-) Good luck, Susan.

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  5. Kristy is a MUST read author! I would LOVE to own this one! KAV, thank you for the chance!
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. I agree. Her books definitely belong on keeper shelves everywhere. Good luck, Caryl.

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  6. I've really been looking forward to this one--it's been at the top of my wishlist for months!

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. It's worth the anticipation, Rachael! Good luck.

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  7. Oh boy! Nothing like a good suspense! Keeping my fingers crossed on this one! Thanks, Kav! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Love the mix of suspense and historical. Good luck, Melanie.

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  8. Well now that you have read it I need to read it. cheetahthecat1986ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. LOL -- yes, it comes highly recommended. Good luck, Kim.

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  9. Sounds like a neat Story line. Thanks for sharing your review. Thanks for the chance to win a copy also.
    iamabho (AT) gmail (DOT) com :)

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    1. It's really intriguing. Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Thank You so much for all the chances to win all these great books

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  10. Ever since I seen this book I have wanted to read it!
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thank You!

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    1. It's fabulous! Good luck, Karen.

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  11. This sounds like a very interesting read! I haven't read anything by Kristy Cambron though all her books sound amazing! :)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, you are in for a treat, Samantha. Her writing is beautiful and all her stories are so unique. Good luck.

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  12. I can't wait to read this! Besides the Revolutionary War period, the Jazz Age is my other favorite time period!!

    Mylittlebirdiebooks (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. And there aren't a whole lot of books written in the Jazz Age, are there? This one is definitely for you, Karen. Good luck.

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  13. I'm so happy to read your review and know that you loved this book, Kav! I love Kristy's books but haven't read this one yet. I'm really looking forward to discovering it for myself.

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. You'll want to add this one to your collection, Diane. Good luck!

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  14. Oh, I have been looking forward to this one because there is not as much fiction about that time frame. I'm with Trixi on the cover. I voted for that one.
    Thanks for the review and the giveaway.
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. You're welcome, Loraine. Cool that they picked the cover you voted for. Good luck!

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  15. This sounds like a very unique book. I've read a couple of Kristy's other books so know she is an excellent writer. I'd love to win The Illusionist's Apprentice. Thanks for the chance.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. Good luck.

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  16. I REALLY enjoyed her The Ringmaster's Wife, but I wasn't sure about this one. However after that review I think I need to! ;)

    Hugs, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. It's really amazing. And different. Good luck, Amada.

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    2. Always a great thing when they're unique. A tried and true plot base is always nice, but there's just something about it being completely different that makes an amazing and memorable read! ;)

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    3. Totally agree...and this one is exceptionally amazing and memorable!

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  17. I would love to read this book.

    bonnijean dot marley at gmail

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    1. Hope you get the chance. Good luck, BJM!

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  18. Who isn't at least a little bit captivated by magic? Illusions are fascinating, even in books!
    Dianna (dedezoomsalot at yahoo dot com)

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    1. It certainly makes for an intriguing backdrop for a novel. Good luck, Dianna.

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  19. Great book. Loved it. Good luck ladies.

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    1. Thanks for chiming in, Lucy, and the good luck wishes.

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  20. I haven't read much about magic and illusionists but I think I would enjoy this! Sounds very interesting!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It really is. And the whole Vaudeville scene on its last legs thanks to moving picture shows! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  21. Love her books but have been sidetracked by other books....definitely need to read this one.

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. Book sidetracking - such a delicious conundrum for readers! :-) Good luck, Mindy.

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  22. I've read Kristy's other books but haven't read this one yet. I'd love to be entered into the draw.
    tmkgrup2soon(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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    1. You're entered, Arletta. Good luck.

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  23. After reading my first Cambron book a couple of weeks ago, I want more! This sounds like another perfect read. :-) Thanks for the chance!
    mbaaij at hetnet dot nl

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    1. Oh yes -- a new Cambron convert. You definitely want to read this one. Good luck, Marian.

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  24. Sounds like a great read. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. It really is! Good luck, Tammie.

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  25. I'm so intrigued by this book--would love to read! Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. Good luck.

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  26. Can't wait to read this one!

    gatorade635 at gmail dot com

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  27. Sound like a great historical fiction/mystery! I live a few miles from Appleton, WI, which is Houdini's home town. I like the idea the author came up with. It is new and not just a re-telling of Houdini's story! I would love to read it.
    eeyore722(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Interesting connection to Houdini, Cindy. And yes, I love the fresh approach the author takes with this story. So different which makes it all the more interesting. Good luck!

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  28. This sounds like a very interesting story! Thanks for your review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. Good luck.

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  29. Yes!!!!! I want to try this one for sure - becci43atgmaildotcom

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  30. I have been wanting to read this one, sounds interesting
    marcus802001(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's very unique. Good luck, Mark.

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  31. Ebook on sale today for 1.99 in case some are interested.

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    1. Wow -- that's an amazing price for a new release!

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  32. I loved this book. Thanks for the giveaway!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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  33. This book is now on sale for the kindle ebook for $1.99 says limited time so I don't know for how long though

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    1. Kim just posted that as well. A real bargain for sure.

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  34. I missed the Kindle sale, but there's always the library. Her books are wildly popular among my girlfriends. I remember passing around The Hidden Masterpiece books. This one is quite unlike those books, but sounds equally good. I've been extra excited about historical mysteries since reading The Lost Girl of Astor Street. Thanks for the review, Kav. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, I do hope there are more Lost Girl of Astor Street books in our reading future!

      I love historical mysteries too. Good luck, Terrill.

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