Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The House of Kane by Barbara Casey (Review and Giveaway)

I was immediately drawn into this story because it centers around the world of publishing. With readers more in touch with authors than ever before, this was a great inside look at what happens when a manuscript lands in the hands of a NY publishing company.

Book Details:

Book Title: The House of Kane by Barbara Casey
Category: Adult Fiction, 198 pages
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Publisher: ArcheBooks Publishing
Release date: February 2014
Tour dates: Aug 15 to 26, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is some light profanity.)

Book Description:

Aislinn Marchánt, a writer and editorial consultant, is hired by the major New York publishing company, Kane Publishing House, to help determine why several submissions sent to them have mysteriously disappeared only to be published later by another publisher. Are the editors at Kane simply not being diligent enough with the in-coming material, or is there something more sinister going on? Working from her West Palm Beach home, Aislinn quickly becomes involved with the House of Kane as well as with Caldwell Kane, the man who hired her.

As Aislinn works toward uncovering the various layers of truth of her former husband, her elderly neighbor, and Kane Publishing House, she continues to research her own novel, the story of a love between two people that becomes fractured because of the misunderstandings created by two different cultures. Her research takes her to a botanica where a Santerian priest reveals the truth in her own life and a destiny that is joined to that of Caldwell Kane.

Praise for The House of Kane:

Simultaneously wise and poignant, exotic and suspenseful, House of Kane is a fascinating story of loyalty, treachery and the power of destiny. With an insider's view into the world of high stakes publishing, Barbara Casey weaves a masterful story that haunts the reader long after the final page.
​- ​Nancy Steinbeck, Author of The Other Side of Eden: Life with John Steinbeck

Barbara Casey's House of Kane is a touchingly tender love story, set in an intrigue-riddled
​publishing industry. Her characters are interesting and varied. Her story is refreshing and engagingly told. Aspiring writers will want to read House of Kane to tap her wisdom about getting into print.
​- ​John DeDakis, Former CNN Senior Copy Editor, Author of Fast Track

Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

My Review
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I was immediately drawn into this story because it centers around the world of publishing. With readers more in touch with authors than ever before, this was a great inside look at what happens when a manuscript lands in the hands of a NY publishing house.

The author Barbara Casey has written ten books in various genres in both both fiction and non-fiction, and has been involved in the publishing industry for over twenty-five years. Her experience in the field transmits well to this novel where our heroine, Aislinn March├ínt, who is a writer and editorial consultant, is hired by a major NY publishing company. That's when things get interesting.

The story flows smoothly and we get to meet a varied cast of characters that, in their own way and through their personal stories, allow the reader to understand the inside world of writing and publishing. I liked both Aislinn and Lottie's stories, but especially Lottie's. Aislinn is smart, kind and self-sacrificing. She was also a reserved character and I didn't always know what to expect from her. Especially with her love life. Each character is well drawn out and I smiled at the portrayal of an older man who is suddenly smitten and begins to act like a star-struck teenager. Funny!

The whole plot around stolen manuscripts was good, if a little predictable, but it brought up a great topic that is hot today with so many books being published independently and in ebook format. I loved the whole publishing world setting, of course, and this was well portrayed.

If you like books that revolve around the book publishing field with a good cast of characters then this is an easy and fast read. It mixes intrigue, mystery and romance and has a feel-good ending.

To read more reviews, please visit Barbara Casey's page on iRead Book Tours.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not told how to rate or review this book.

About the Author:

Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.

Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.

Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

​Connect with the author: Website

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  1. Laura,

    I can't thank you enough for your review, your kind words, and your continued interest in my books. It is such a joy for me to visit you and your bloggers. I wish you all the best.


    1. Barbara, it's such a pleasure to meet an author who can write a diversity of book genres. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  2. I love NYC and the publishing industry setting is a BONUS!

  3. I would love to read this book because there are not a lot of books about the publishing industry!

  4. If it was considered for a Pulitzer that's good enough for me.

  5. I would love to read this to find out more :) Thanks!

  6. You caught my interest from this post! Almost done the book I am currently reading. This would come at a perfect time!

  7. It sounds good.I love all books in all genres :)


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