Blog Tour and Giveaway Rodin’s Lover By Heather Webb

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Author Heather Webb

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January 19-28

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Rodin’s Lover

(historical fiction/ women’s fiction)

Release date: January 27, 2015
at Plume/Penguin

320 pages

ISBN: 9780142181751

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SYNOPSIS

A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France

As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.

Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape. [provided by the author]

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ADVANCE PRAISE

“Dazzling!….. In Rodin’s Lover, author Heather Webb brings to life, with vivid detail, the story of brilliant and tormented sculptress Camille Claudel and the epic love affair with the legendary sculptor who worshiped her. Deeply moving and meticulously researched, this book will capture your heart, then hold it tightly long after the final page.” –Anne Girard, author of Madame Picasso

“A rich, sensuous novel…[was] written with great empathy for the very human Rodin and his lover, this novel of the visceral world of the 19th century Paris ateliers, of clay-stained dresses and fingernails, lithe models who vow to remain and then go, family love which stays through all difficulties and talent which endures, comes vividly to life.” –-Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet

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 What I Thought
In the Nineteenth Century, affairs were more common, and mental illness dealt with more poorly. Sculptor Camille Claudel managed to have both a high profiled career and a rather difficult to treat even now mental illness-schizophrenia. Heather Webb tackled both subjects with the right amount of propriety, while writing a book that was fascinating, easy to read, and left me swooning and screaming at other parts.
I felt she dealt with Claudel’s mental illness in the most suitable way. There was no stigma to be seen, where it would come across with an agenda of sorts. Writing books that feature mental illness are always tricky, but Webb handled herself well. The illness felt real, not too over the top, and not in the way that is too much for a reader to handle, graphic wise. I thought it was handled nicely.
The love affair! Oi! That was intense. I liked it. And didn’t like it. I’m all over the place. At the end, I think I was for it. I’m not sure. I might have to read the book again.
I really enjoyed Webb’s writing. I immediately liked Camille from the moment I met her. I liked her fierceness, her audacity, and her spirit. It’s sad what became of her. I wish she, and she and Rodin, had a happier ending.
This is definitely not a book to pass on if you are a fan of either of these sculptors’ works; or, of historical fiction in general. Webb did a wonderful job portraying these two artists. I really enjoyed this novel. I hope you will, too.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rodin's Lover- Heather WebbHeather Webb is the author of historical novels BECOMING JOSEPHINE
and RODIN’S LOVER published by Plume/Penguin,
a freelance editor, and blogger.
You may also find her contributing to award-winning writing sites
including WriterUnboxed and RomanceUniversity.org.
When not writing,
Heather flexes her foodie skills
and looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world.

Visit her website and her blog. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter

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A Little Late But…CHALLENGES!!!

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I’ve been so behind on posting. I have been putting all my efforts on my papercrafting business. I apologize. So, better late then never. Here are some challenges I have decided to participate in.

My first one I am super excited for. I did a separate post for it here. It’s Roof Beam Reader’s 2015 TBR Pile Challenge where you read 12 books from 2013 and before. It sounds like a fun challenge.

On goodreads.com:

Time Waits for No One- 5 books

Read books about a certain a decade, century, era, etc…

Such as the Roman era, the Elizabethan era, the Victorian era, Big Band era, Disco era, Harlem Renaisance, Roaring Twenties,
Great Depression

 

On bookblogging.net

-via randomhouse

Reading Bingo. Click on the link, you’ll never view reading the same. This seems like a blast! I can’t wait to print this and hang it up on my wall!

Be a Better Blogger by Book Bumblings.

 

And that’s it for now. I’m going light this year. My reading goal for this year is the same–70 books.

I may add a challenge or two. We’ll see. Happy reading! Good luck with your challenges!

 

2015 TBR Pile Challenge

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The Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge Sign Up!

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My TBR pile is huge. Huge might be an understatement. On goodreads.com, it’s over 1,000 books. By my bed, I have over two hundred. When I saw this challenge posted on another blog, I knew I had to give this a try. Hosted by RoofBeamReader. It is basically a challenge where you have to read 12 books from your TBR pile that have been on your list for at least a year within the 12 months of 2015… So any books published before 2014 qualify, as long as you have been wanting to read them for at least a year. Find out everything about the challenge here!

My 2015 TBR Pile Challenge List:

1. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905)

              2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)

3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1860)

4. 1984 by George Orwell (1949)

5. The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare (1598)

6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927)

7.  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (2013)

8. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (2012)

9. Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block (2013)

10.  The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy (2013)

11.  The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (2013)

12. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Bonus Two

13. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

14. Flat Out Love by Jessica Park (2011)

Happy New Year! Resolutions Abound.

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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope everyone had a great New Year’s eve. I wanted to share with you some of my (blogging) New Year’s resolutions I have.

 

  1. Post more. This is a big one. I need to post sporadically. I want to be better. I do. So, this year I plan to post at least four times a week; pushing for five times a week. What you will be seeing- ideally two book reviews with one weekly feature and one to two discussion posts. Look at 2015, Indie Reader Girl is going to look great!
  2. Read more! This goes with posting two book reviews a week. How can I do that if I don’t read? I plan to read for two hours a day. I normally don’t read every day *shocker* but, I CAN DO THIS!!
  3. Comment more on fellow blogs. You all need love, too! ❤
  4. Read more of my BEA ’14 ARCS and netgalley ARCs. Enough said. I’m super behind.
  5. Find a challenge or two and COMPLETE IT! I didn’t finish a single challenge I set out to do, I think. I shall do better this year, though. Why? Because I resolve to do so!

It’s not much; I’m sure I’ll think of more. But, there you have it! What are some of your resolutions?

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