Spotlight and Giveaway: Island on Fire

Sophie Schiller

is back

on Tour

May 18-31


Island on Fire


Island On Fire

(historical fiction)

Release date: March 1st, 2018
272 pages



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In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, Emilie Dujon discovers that her fiancé, a rich sugar planter, is unfaithful. Desperate to leave him, she elicits the aid of a voodoo witch doctor and is lured into a shadowy world of black magic and extortion. When the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew ash, she joins a scientific committee sent to investigate the crater. During the journey she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer with a mysterious past with whom she forms an unlikely attachment.

During the journey, the committee discovers that Mount Pelée is on the verge of eruption. When they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the pressure builds, a deadly mudslide inundates Emilie’s plantation and she disappears. Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can the lovers escape the doomed city of St. Pierre before it’s too late?


Island on Fire_Sophie SchillerSophie Schiller
was born in Paterson, NJ
and grew up in the West Indies.
She loves stories that carry the reader back in time
to exotic and far-flung locations.
Kirkus Reviews called her
“an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”.
Her novel, Island on Fire,
is a historical novel about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century,
the eruption of Mount Pelee on Martinique.
She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

To find our more,
please visit her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter

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2015: June wrap-up

June 2015 wrap-up

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Not sure what happened, and how I spent my evenings, apart from a time of vacation, where nature is my focus, but the stats are down this month.
Vacation though does explain the surge in audiobook time, especially the super long drive back, 12 hours, with downpours and many accidents. We were able to finish a whole audiobook at least!

Here is what I read in June:

8 books.
= 6 books
with 1,129 pages, that is: 37.6 pages/day.
+ 2 audiobooks = 24:06 hours, that is an average of  48 mn/day

4 in  mystery:

  1. A Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny – audio
  2. The Tightrope Walker, by Dorothy Gilman
  3. The Beautiful Mystery, by Louise Penny – audio
  4. The Third Rule of Ten, by Gay Hendricks – ebook

3 in literary fiction:

  1. In a Grove, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa – short story, ebook
  2. Rashomon, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa – short story, ebook
  3. The Travels of Daniel Ascher, by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Race to Tibet, by Sophie Schiller

My favorite in June

    The Beautiful Mystery

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 19/25
Audiobook: 9/15
Ebook challenge: 30/25 DONE
Historical fiction: 12/25
Japanese literature: 2/6
My Kind of Mysteries: 16/21-30
New authors challenge: 33/50
New Release (2015): 32/31-45
Nonfiction challenge: 6/16-20
TBR challenge: 1/12
Books in Translation: 16/12 DONE
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Where Are You Reading?: 17/50 – to be finished in 2015?!

Total of books read in 2015 = 60/100

Number of books added to my TBR in June = 26

Blog recap

  • 2 of the 8 books read were received for review — I’m working a bit on my TBR, finally!

  • Other Press has started sending me books in translation to review, thanks!
  • 38 reviews posted so far for my French Bingo 2015 Challenge, don’t forget to link yours with the mr Linky widget.

  • I organized 2 giveaways in June. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the July Giveaway! 4 books to choose from!

  • I’m starting to accept more guest-posts, 3 in June. The big news was that having won the super prize at Bout of Books, I got super gorgeous logos for France Book Tours. If you missed it, here is my post about it. You have to see what Shirley can design so cute!

Most popular book review in June

How to Blog a Book

click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review

Sunday Post #16

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Carole’s Chatter

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

5: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
4: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
3: Lucy at The Fictional 100

Blog milestones

1,174 posts
over 3,250 subscribers
over 92,300 hits

Blog plans for July

  • Mostly tackling my TBR!
  • Come back tomorrow to see what books I’ll be reading in July.
  • June was audiobook month. I know, that would have been perfect to do my video recap on the audiobooks I have listened to so far this year. I missed the boat, but still plan to do it!!

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How was YOUR month of  June?

Month in ReviewKathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

Book review: Race to Tibet – I love France #155

And maybe you do too!
If you have recently read a good book in connection with France,
or watched a movie, read an article on France, etc,
please mention it in the comment section
and add a link to your blog post if you have one.
I will regularly post a recap of all the links mentioned.
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Race to Tibet

Race to Tibet

Race to Tibet

by Sophie Schiller

historical fiction

Release date: January 26, 2015
Self-published at Tradewins Publishing

336 pages

ISBN: 978-0-692-25409-7

Source: Received from the author

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In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer, and the thoughts are my own.

This book counts for the
following Reading Challenges

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    New-Release-Challenge New Authors 2015


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It amazes how authors still manage to find historical topics almost untouched, and sometimes how doing research for a book they are led to discover something else. This is what happened to Sophie Schiller, and the end result, Race To Tibet, is an excellent historical novel on a 19th century famous French explorer: Gabriel Bonvalot. Ready? Be sure to admire the book cover before hopping on your camel!
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