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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Baptism of Fire by Virginia Crow - Book Tour - Book Sale - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Virginia Crow and her new book, “Baptism of Fire”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Virginia and to increase your chances of winning!

This eBook is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Baptism of Fire
by Virginia Crow


GENRE: Thriller



Kevin gripped Jilly’s coat and his voice became little more than a whisper. “I’m cursed, Jilly. Everyone who looks after me dies in a fire, or someone they love does. I don’t know how to stop it.”

When Rev. Alastair Roberts adopts Kevin Alderman, he dismisses any reference to the boy’s curse. But, as the pair spend more time in each other’s company, it becomes apparent that Kevin is not the only one with a bitter past.

As the past continues to haunt them, can they hope to change their future?



“Was he really Alastair’s son, or was he like me?”

“He was really his son,” Jilly replied. “But you’re his son, too, Kevin.”

“No,” Kevin replied stoically. “I haven’t had a dad since Liam, and I don’t want the same thing to happen to Alastair that happened to him.”

“What did happen?” Jilly asked, holding the child to her as they both looked at the grave.

“He burnt to death in his car.” Kevin gripped Jilly’s coat and his voice became little more than a whisper. “I’m cursed, Jilly. Everyone who looks after me dies in a fire, or someone they love does. I don’t know how to stop it.”

“Well,” she said firmly, trying not to let her fear at his words show. “I don’t believe in curses, only bad luck. It sounds to me that you’ve had your share of that. But then, so has the vicar. Shall we go back home and try out some of those conkers?”

Kevin smiled slightly and nodded. “Who is Dawn Louise Roberts?” he asked as they turned away.



This book is exciting, thrilling, gripping, engaging, and stimulating!!!

I honestly wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book after reading the blurb.  I was definitely intrigued, but somewhat perplexed about the story line.  However, after reading this book I found that perhaps the author left so much out of the blurb as to impress and blow away the reader with such a captivating, thought-provoking, and compelling read that just completely embraced the reader without letting go until the last page.

I truly felt so immersed into the story as the author provided such significantly detailed scenes that allowed me to feel like I was actually there.

This book is hugely character driven – and emotionally character driven!!!  I could not help but completely fall in love with Kevin and just want to tell him that everything is going to be okay.  The heartbreak, torment, grief, and despair that that kid is going through is just unbelievable!!!  No kid, especially at 8-years-old should be going through anything like that – let alone even understand those kinds of adult topics like death, curses, hexes, etc.  I often choose to read books that have characters that I know I will be able to relate to as I find them more enjoyable.  I honestly didn’t think that would be possible with this book.  But I was pleasantly proved wrong as I was able to (easily!!) connect with Kevin.  I also want to mention Reverend Alastair Roberts as he too, was a very likable character.  He was (extremely!!) patient, kindhearted, caring, compassionate, respectful, protective, and nurturing.  These two characters were complex, well-developed, and brought so much to the story!!  Also, the supporting characters were amply represented and superbly played off the main cast.

It is clear from the get-go that both of these main characters are hurt, damaged, and struggling with their own secrets and baggage and just need to open up to each other.

I really enjoyed that the author created flawed and damaged characters that really showcased her writing style and ability to push her characters to reach their full potential over their arc.

A strong character development journey to root for and enjoy watching it unfold!

The love and devotion that just leaps off the pages is inspiring and encouraging!!  The way Kevin and Alastair come together and work through this mystery and confide in each other is just exhilarating!!  This book truly instilled love, hope, and faith and brought many raw emotions to the surface!!

Of course, this book is labeled as a thriller and there certainly are thrilling and mysterious scenes.  Not exactly scream-worthy – going to have bêtes noires for a week!! But enough to get your pulse racing and keep you hanging on the edge of your seat!!  It’s hard not to divulge more, but no spoilers here!!  But you definitely will want to read this book and find out what happens!!

This book has a creative story line that evenly flows, superb writing style, strongly developed characters, is steady paced, and completely keeps you fully entertained!!

There are some predictable scenes.  However, this book is a mystery/thriller book so there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

At this time, it does not seem like this book is part of a book series.  This book can be read as a standalone.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!  I think all mystery readers and thriller fans will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Virginia grew up in Orkney, using the breath-taking scenery to fuel her imagination and the writing fire within her. When she's not writing, Virginia is usually to be found teaching music. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of music, especially as a tool of inspiration. She also helps out with the John o' Groats Book Festival which is celebrating its 4th year next April.

Virginia lives in the far-flung corner of Scotland, soaking in inspiration from the rugged cliffs and miles of sandy beaches.

She loves cheese, music and films, but hates mushrooms.








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  1. Virginia ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is always a pleasure to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

  2. Hello Ally!

    Thank you for this fantastic review! I'm so pleased you liked my book! I absolutely love building characters, so it's great to see your review letting me know I did a good job of that!

    It's a pleasure - as always! - to be invited to your fabulous blog! Thank you for hosting me and my book!

  3. Sounds like a great book and I have enjoyed following the tour - I hope it was a success! Thanks for sharing it and the review!

  4. I appreciate getting to hear about a new book. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.