Today I am honored to to have Tonya Cannariato and her premier book, Dust to Blood on my blog. I was given this book the day it came out. It was another one of those books I have been wanting to read for months. When I saw it being offered as a book in this tour, I jumped as quick as I could and got on the schedule!
I became curious even further about this book after reading her entries for the A to Z Challenge in April on her blog! For B she shared her personal Borscht recipe, which she has graciously allowed me to post here for you. Since our adventure starts off in Moscow and continues a tromp through historical Russia it is a more than appropriate dish to pair with the book. If you never have had Borscht, you are missing out. Tonya’s recipe (following the review) is just one variety of this classic Russian delicacy is well worth trying.
Dust to Blood starts off with a query and quest, not the protagonist’s quest, but one that became hers in the end. When Tonya was talking about her book several things had me excited to read it.. Russia, Conspiracy and Dragons… I want to say I was intrigued, however there was nothing secret or evil or illegal about my interest. The book, however, was all about intrigue:
A secret plan for accomplishing evil or unlawful ends ..
Ohhhh and that lovely thesaurus of mine had even more exciting words that could be used to describe the different aspects of this interesting story:
counter-conspiracy, counter-plot, manipulation, subterfuge, trickery; artifice, contrivance, dodge, maneuver, stratagem, trick; cabal,confederacy, ring; game, gimmick, racket; ground plan,program, strategy, system; collusion, complicity….
This book started off like a snowball in early fall only to roll faster and faster till I was unable to stop reading it. It had several things that were a must for me and one of the big ones? Location, Location, Location… Russia, particularly Ekaterinburg where Tsar Nicholas II’s family was murdered during the Bolshevik Revolution. One of my favorite romantic notions is that Anastasia, his daughter, was still alive and not one of the murdered family members so much so I wanted to name my first born after her. I found it interesting that our leading lady was named Anne, hmmm I wonder!
Russia has always been a land of mystery in my mind. The KGB, the artwork, Marxism, Revolutions abound and the wonderful expansive literature colored a young girls day dreams. The novel had espionage and secret cabal’s of ex-KGB agents that drew me in and had me hopping. And it had one of my favorite mythological creatures, dragons. Tie it up in a romp through the mountains, fantasy and intense, heated romance and I was looking for where to pitch a tent for the next adventure.
Tonya Cannariato is a clever, intelligent author who shows a lot of promise. Her next novel Dementional is already out and it is not a follow up to this one but a Sci-Fi Romance,which Orangeberry is also touring!
I have to admit I was totally confused for at least the first 15% of the book. I ended up going back and reading the synopsis and applying that I started getting it. The only thing I was lacking as a good prologue. I think if I had one it would not be so hard to follow Anne’s first days, what her drive was, and who and what the boss was all about. But like I said once it got rolling.. Oh look! I just found my tent stakes and I already have good winter gear! Can’t wait for the next segment of Anne and the rest of the cast’s adventure!
(Though I am participating in Orangeberry’s Sumer Splash Tour, as aforementioned, I received this book as a gift from the author. It was for my enjoyment and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)
A voracious reader since she was a toddler, and an ordained spiritualist, Tonya Cannariato has now presided over the marriage of her love of reading and her love of writing. She’s lived a nomadic life, following first her parents in their Foreign Service career through Africa, Europe, and Asia, and then her own nose criss-crossing America as she’s gotten old enough to make those choices for herself. She’s currently based in Milwaukee with her three loves: her husband and two Siberian Huskies. She suspects her Huskies of mystical alchemy with their joyous liberation of her muse and other magical beings for her inspiration. She loves to sleep, to watch her interesting dreams, some of which are now finding new life in written form.
TOUR STOPS during Orangeberry’s Summer Splash
- 17th August – Author’s Top 10 at We Fancy Books
- 18th August - Author Interview at Bunnys Review
- 19th August – Book Feature at Peace from Pieces
- 20th August – Twitter View with Pandora Poikilos
- 21st August - Ford 99 at Mommy Adventures
- 28th August – Twitter Blast with Pandora Poikilos
- 29th August – Book Review at Cabin Goddess
- Orangeberry Summer Splash – Day 28 #OBSummer #Books (peacefrompieces.blogspot.com)
- Earth to Darlene Jones (Fourth-Wall Friday & #OBSummer) (cabingoddess.com)
- #OBSummer #Books – Orangeberry Big Bang (peacefrompieces.blogspot.com)