Welcome to the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour for The Songstress by Lori Bates Wright! Isn’t this cover so beautiful!? I was so exited to read the book and it did not disappoint. I’m pleased to have Lori hear telling us more about the book. And don’t forget to check out the giveaway!!!
About the BookThe Songstress
Author Lori Bates Wright
on April 2021
Genres: Christian, Historical, Romance
Rising opera star, Juliana Chamberlain, still has nightmares of the night she witnessed the assassination of the President of the United States from her spot on stage at Ford Theater. Recruited by The Pinkerton Detective Agency, Juliana was instrumental in bringing those responsible to justice.
Now, two years later, the Pinkertons ask her once again to join forces in exposing a corrupt political organization terrorizing her home in Texas.
Texas Ranger, Cade Matlock, has a job to do. He needs no help from a meddlesome diva with big ideas. However, he is a man of his word. He’s committed to partner with the lovely songstress to smoke out the mastermind of a dangerous clan who has proven he will stop at nothing to satisfy his thirst for vengeance.
Cade and Juliana soon discover their greatest strength is in working together until shadows of the past threaten to destroy their future.
I have a soft spot for Abe Lincoln, so between knowing he was part of the story, albeit a small one, combined with the gorgeous cover, I knew this was a must read for me. Let me tell you this – it’s a must read for you too. Lori Bates Wright has given readers such a wonderfully exciting, yet different kind of story line. I mean, a rising opera star is not really my idea of a fun read. Correction – was. It didn’t take me long to be mesmerized by Juliana’s voice (yes I could hear it in my head at times). Quite honestly, I was mesmerized by her character. She was full of surprises for me. Then enter Cade Matlock into the scene. He made the story even better!
I will note that the middle of the book (or thereabouts) seemed to be slower paced for me. But it wasn’t for an extremely long time, and I’m glad I kept reading because the storyline picked back up and I was once again entranced. All the way to the end in fact! Not only did I learn a thing or two about the Pinkerton Agency, I had fun while doing it. I call that a win-win!
I think historical fiction fans will enjoy The Songstress. I look forward to more from Lori Bates Wright! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Guest Post By Lori Bates Wright
Growing up, my family loved to laugh.
Some of my favorite childhood memories are centered around my grandmother’s dining room table listening in while my parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles told amazing stories. Sometimes I laughed until I’d lose my breath. Sometimes I sat quietly, taking in the bravery and perseverance shown by those who’d gone before me.
History has been a passion ever since. Couple that with an insatiable love for story and there you have the heart of what inspires me to write.
So, when it came time to brain-storm for this brand new series, I decided to take a known historical event and think about it from every angle. Beyond the recognized players, to the “what if” characters that might have played a role. And, ultimately, how such an event would have changed the course of their lives.
Thus, a star was born.
In THE SONGSTRESS, Juliana Chamberlain witnessed the assassination from her place on the stage. Because I love a little mystery and intrigue, I decided that the leading detective agency of the day would have enlisted her help in identifying the accomplices. Allen Pinkerton had been known to hire a lady detective or two, so she would be trained by the best. Her investigative skills proved helpful in bringing a quick resolution to the case.
Fast forward four years and she’s still haunted by what she saw that night. When Pinkerton again approaches her about a case involving her family in Texas, she accepts.
Being from Texas, I was so happy she did. I’ve wanted to write a story based in the Lone Star State for quite awhile. I loved visiting Georgia and the shores of England in my last series, but I have to say it was good to bring this one home. With all the rugged charm of the post-Civil War era, this book has a little more local flavor than my last three. Al-in-all, I believe my readers are in for a treat. A new cast of fun, quirky characters as we revisit a significant time in our nation.
So, here’s to new beginnings! Or as we say in Texas, “Hang on, y’all are in for a wild ride!”
About the Author
Lori Bates Wright is an award winning author with a love for history.
Raised in New Mexico, Lori now lives in Texas with her husband of 38 years. She has two grown kids and four adorable grand boys (who leap tall buildings in a single bound!) When she’s not writing, she’s heading up small group ministries with her husband. She enjoys speaking and interacting with women of all ages.
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To celebrate her tour, Lori is giving away the grand prize package of a Texas Gift basket including a signed copy of THE SONGSTRESS and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!
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