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Race to Tibet: Tour Quotations

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Author Sophie Schiller

on Tour

March 23 – April 1, 2015

with

Race to Tibet

Race to Tibet

(historical fiction)

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

336 pages

ISBN: 978-0-692-25409-7

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SYNOPSIS

An intrepid band of explorers headed by Gabriel Bonvalot, France’s greatest explorer, and his partner, Prince Henri d’Orléans, attempt to be the first living Europeans to reach Lhasa. Before they leave Paris, Bonvalot meets Camille Dancourt, the beautiful, strong-willed wife of a French surveyor who disappeared in Tibet, who desperately wishes to join the expedition. When the caravan sets out they face freezing temperatures, violent winds, mountain sickness, hostile Tibetans, duplicitous Chinese Mandarins, and a beguiling Tibetan Buddhist princess with a deadly secret. When the explorers reach Tibet, they discover a land of mystery and intrigue, a land of danger that promises them only one thing: death. On the verge of collapse, Bonvalot realizes they must resort to deadly force if they ever wish to escape Tibet alive. (provided by the author)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Race to Tibet - Sophie SchillerSophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ
and grew up in the West Indies.
Among other oddities
her family tree contains a Nobel prize-winning physicist
and a French pop singer.
She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic
and far-flung locations.
She was educated at American University, Washington, DC
and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
She is currently at work on a new historical thriller set in the Caribbean.

Visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter

Buy the book: Amazon

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TOUR QUOTATIONS

For the Hook of a Book

Schiller writes in a descriptive manner, with sentences that flow in a fluid and at a good pace.
It’s an entertaining book to read, yet has great depth and fortitude as the reader watches these characters grow, develop, struggle, and learn about themselves and their surroundings.
A historical account of survival and awakening of Victorian explorers who risk it all to venture into a country that’s veiled in secrets and spirituality. Race to Tibet is an epic historical adventure that’s highly recommended!

Unshelfish

The narrative is full of adventure and action.
Schiller’s elaborate description of the harshness and dangerous elements along with various cultures and traditions faced, was well done.
A wonderful historical fiction adventure, full of nonstop action I found fascinating. Thoroughly enjoyed my time in the grievous race to Tibet with my diverse travel mates.

It’s a Mad Mad World

Sophie Schiller has written an interesting book. Even through I sometimes felt annoyance with the Europeans superior attitude I still wanted to know if they would get to Lhasa and would Camille find her husband?
I liked reading it and I would recommend it.

Vvb32 Reads

For the most part, this story was a travelogue (without pictures). It went into the details and logistics of a caravan traveling to, in and around Tibet during the 1800s. Along with horrendous weather and terrain conditions to battle at times, local people and authorities in regards to paperwork, official documents and bribes created road blocks to contend with as well.

The Maiden’s Court

Race to Tibet is a true adventure story – the characters traverse some of the most dangerous locations of their time (and probably still today).
The author does a great job of keeping the tension high as the group treks through the mountains.

Musings of a Writer & Unabashed Francophile

I think this book would be best for history buffs, or those interested in Tibet. At times it feels more a history lesson than fiction, which though in itself is not a bad thing, occasionally took me out of the story.

Book Nerd

I especially liked that the author covered the history and the struggle of Tibet.
I highly recommend this story to anyone that enjoys history and adventures.

From L.A. to LA

This book was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I’ve read book that take place in the late 1800s before. I’ve even read books that take place in Tibet before, but really, nothing could have prepared me for what I was getting into here. And I truly do mean that in the best way possible.

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Sophie Schiller on Tour: Race to Tibet

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Author Sophie Schiller

on Tour

March 23 – April 1, 2015

with

Race to Tibet

Race to Tibet

(historical fiction)

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

336 pages

ISBN: 978-0-692-25409-7

***

SYNOPSIS

An intrepid band of explorers headed by Gabriel Bonvalot, France’s greatest explorer, and his partner, Prince Henri d’Orléans, attempt to be the first living Europeans to reach Lhasa. Before they leave Paris, Bonvalot meets Camille Dancourt, the beautiful, strong-willed wife of a French surveyor who disappeared in Tibet, who desperately wishes to join the expedition. When the caravan sets out they face freezing temperatures, violent winds, mountain sickness, hostile Tibetans, duplicitous Chinese Mandarins, and a beguiling Tibetan Buddhist princess with a deadly secret. When the explorers reach Tibet, they discover a land of mystery and intrigue, a land of danger that promises them only one thing: death. On the verge of collapse, Bonvalot realizes they must resort to deadly force if they ever wish to escape Tibet alive. (provided by the author)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Race to Tibet - Sophie SchillerSophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ
and grew up in the West Indies.
Among other oddities
her family tree contains a Nobel prize-winning physicist
and a French pop singer.
She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic
and far-flung locations.
She was educated at American University, Washington, DC
and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
She is currently at work on a new historical thriller set in the Caribbean.

Visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter

Buy the book: Amazon

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, March 23
Review + Giveaway at Vvb32 Reads

Tuesday, March 24
Review + Giveaway at For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, March 25
Review + Giveaway at It’s a Mad Mad World

Thursday, March 26
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at Musings of a Writer & Unabashed Francophile

Friday, March 27
Review + Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Spotlight + Giveaway at Caroline Wilson Writes

Saturday, March 28
Interview +  Giveaway at Words And Peace

Sunday, March 29
Review + Giveaway at Unshelfish

Monday, March 30
Review + Giveaway at Book Nerd

Tuesday, March 31
Review + Giveaway at From L.A. to LA

Wednesday, April 1
Spotlight +  Giveaway at Griperang’s Bookmarks

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Be sure to follow each participant on Twitter/Facebook,
they are listed in the entry form below
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Entry-Form

Visit each blogger on the tour:
tweeting about the giveaway everyday
of the Tour will give you 5 extra entries each time!
[just follow the directions on the entry-form]

5 winners
Print/digital for US/Canada residents
Digital for other countries

France Book Tours 2014

2014 has been another great year for France Book Tours, its authors and its reviewers!

Here is the year through some graphs and stats.

38 books have been presented in 2014 (23 in 2013)

We had less Romance and General Fiction this past year, and much more Historical Fiction and Nonfiction.
Women writers are even more present then in 2013.
Alas, less books translated from the French. But it means there’s a large interest for English writing authors to focus on France.

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in 2013:FBT 2013 languageAND NOW TO THE 3 BOOKS

MOST OFTEN VIEWED IN 2014
(click on the covers to know more)

#1

100 Places cover

#2

Paris Rue des Martyrs - cover final

#3

My Wish List cover

90 book bloggers and 11 authors have posted reviews for France Book Tours.
And don’t forget book reviewers are entered in $15 gift card giveaway for each 10 stops tour, when they cross-post their reviews. More information here.

HAPPY NEW WRITING AND READING YEAR TO EACH OF YOU!