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Malve von Hassell on tour: Alina, A Song For the Telling

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Malve von Hassell

on Tour

November 2-6


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Alina: A Song For the Telling

(Middle Grade historical fiction)

 August 27, 2020
at BHC Press

232 pages




ALINA: A SONG FOR THE TELLING is the coming-of-age story of a young woman from Provence in the 12th century who travels to Jerusalem, where she is embroiled in political intrigue, theft, and murder, and finds her voice.
“You should be grateful, my girl. You have no dowry, and I am doing everything I can to get you settled. You are hardly any man’s dream.”
Alina’s brother Milos pulled his face into a perfect copy of Aunt Marci’s sour expression, primly pursing his mouth. He got her querulous tone just right. Maybe Alina’s aunt was right. She could not possibly hope to become a musician, a trobairitz—impoverished as she was and without the status of a good marriage. But Alina refuses to accept the life her aunt wants to impose on her.
At the first opportunity she and her brother embark on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to pray for their father’s soul and to escape from their aunt and uncle’s strictures. Their journey east takes them through the Byzantine Empire all the way to Jerusalem, where Alina is embroiled in political intrigue, theft, and murder.
Forced by a manipulative, powerful lord at court into acting as an informer, Alina tries to protect her wayward brother, while coming to terms with her attraction to a French knight.

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Alina_A Song For the Telling Malve_von_HassellMalve von Hassell
is a freelance writer, researcher, and translator.
Working as an independent scholar,
she published The Struggle for Eden: Community Gardens in New York City (Bergin & Garvey 2002)
and Homesteading in New York City 1978-1993: The Divided Heart of Loisaida (Bergin & Garvey 1996).
She has also edited her grandfather Ulrich von Hassell’s memoirs written in prison in 1944,
Der Kreis schließt sich – Aufzeichnungen aus der Haft 1944 (Propylaen Verlag 1994).
She has self-published a children’s picture book, Letters from the Tooth Fairy (Mill City Press, 2012)
and her translation and annotation of a German children’s classic by Tamara Ramsay,
Rennefarre: Dott’s Wonderful Travels and Adventures (Two Harbors Press, 2012).
She has published The Falconer’s Apprentice (namelos, 2015)
and Alina: A Song for the Telling (BHC Press, 2020),
and has another forthcoming historical fiction novel, The Amber Crane (Odyssey Press, 2020).
She is working on a biographical account of a woman coming of age in Germany during World War II.

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Monday, November 2
Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway
at Locks, Hooks and Books

Wednesday, November 4
Review and Giveaway at Words And Peace

Thursday, November 5
Review by Denise

Friday, November 6
Review at Impressions In Ink 
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Spotlight, Excerpt, and Giveaway at Hall Ways Blog

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France Book Tours stops for August 28 – September 1

That Spring in Paris


Monday, August 28
Review + Giveaway
at LibriAmoriMiei

Spotlight + Giveaway
at Words And Peace

Tuesday, August 29
Tour quotations
at France Book Tours

Friday, September 1
Tour winners
at France Book Tours

 the secret-of-the-abbey cover

Monday, August 28
Tour quotations
at France Book Tours

Wednesday, August 30
Tour winners
at France Book Tours




France Book Tours stops for August 21-25

the secret-of-the-abbey cover

Monday, August 21
Review + Guest-Post + Giveaway at
History from a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, August 22
Review at
Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Wednesday, August 23
Review and giveaway at
Words And Peace

Thursday, August 24
Review + Giveaway at
An Accidental Blog

Friday, August 25
Review + Giveaway at

Review by Cindy

That Spring in Paris

Tuesday, August 22
Review + Giveaway at
Musings of a Writer & Unabashed Francophile

Thursday, August 24
Review by Grass Monster


 Bonjour Kale cover


Tuesday, August 22
First Chapter First Paragraph
at France Book Tours