My Splendid Concubine

"My Splendid Concubine" (MSC) and "Our Hart" combined as one novel.

all Reviews and Awards are for all three editions

2012

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Note: Reviews on sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads
that do not leave written reviews in addition to a star rating are not included.

 

January

5 of 5 Stars  of "The Concubine Saga" Amazon Kindle edition
January 16
Sugar Mama (anonymous)

 

 

February

1  of 5 Stars  of "The Concubine Saga" Amazon Kindle edition
February 2
Carol Al-Awadi (Safat, Kuwait)

 

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May

5  of 5 Stars  of "The Concubine Saga" Amazon Kindle edition
May 17
Chels

"This book is not just history, however. Intrigue, violence, and romance fill the pages of The Concubine Saga. It is difficult for a reader to be bored, even if there is not constant physical action, the book itself is fast-paced."


5 of 5 Stars  on Goodreads of The Concubine Saga
May 17
Krystal


2012 San Francisco Book Festival - Honorable Mention in General Fiction
May 19
The Concubine Saga (paperback edition)


So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
May 30
"I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I highly recomment The Concubien Saga to historical fiction lovers who are interested in Chinese culture."

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours
 


 

June

This month marks the fifth time I have paid a publicist to schedule a book promotion "Blog" tour.

However, before I agreed to the tour, it was made clear to me that the publicist had no control over the reviews that might result.

* This tour was organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours.*

This is the third time I have used this agency.

Book tours, virtual or in the real world, are not new. The traditional book industry has been promoting books using such methods for decades in addition to sending copies of books to the media for possible reviews with no guarantee of the results.

Note: pull quotes may be included with listings/links.


Broken Teepee
June 1
"For anyone interested in a riveting book with compelling charaters I would suggest this one."

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours


5  of 5 Stars  of "The Concubine Saga" Amazon Kindle edition
June 5
D. Previte "Bookish Dame"

"This is a book for those who love reading about the Orient, but it's also for those who simply love a good historical fiction novel. It's lush in details of Chinese culture. It's a wonderful read."

Note: Also posted a review on Goodreads June 6 (4 of 5 stars)

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours


5 of 5 Stars  on Goodreads of The Concubine Saga
June 7
Ruth Hill

My Devotional Thoughts

June 8
5 of 5 stars
"This is a book I would recommend to lovers of historical fiction. It has a little bit of something for everyone: danger, romance, and even emotion."

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours


Book Dilettante 
June 11
4 of 5 stars
"The history of this period is so complex that I can only recommend readers to pick up The Concubine Saga to learn more. … Lloyd Lofthouse has done an excellent job however of creating a fascinating book melding important events of 19th century China with a love story."

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Joy Story
June 12
"Once he (Robert Hart) encounters Ayaou the story develops an intimacy and complexisty as their love blossoms and his heart opens not just to her but to her culture and his slow transformation from a self-involved youth into a man indispensable to two nations begins."

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Books, Books, and More Books
3 of 5 Stars
 on Amazon of The Concubine Saga (paperback edition)

June 13
Mindy K. Wall

Note: Also posted a review on
Goodreads June 14 (3of 5 stars)

"The fascinating thing about this book is the cultural experiences that the main character experiences."

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours


Live to Read
June 14
5 of 5 stars on Amazon
Krystal
"Where
The Concubine Saga truly shines is its thought-provoking passages on relationships, attitudes and cultural differences."

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours


4 of 5 Stars on Goodreads of "My Splendid Concubine"
June 14
Katherine


Col Reads
June 15
"What Lofthouse does very well is bring the world of 19th century China to life."

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours


3 of 5 Stars  on Barnes & Noble.com  of MSC's 2nd edition
June 15
Dreamer2229


5 of 5 Stars  on Barnes & Noble.com and also reviewed on Amazon.com of The Concubine Saga Kindle edition
June 18
Kathleen Kelly "Celtic Lady"
 

"The author's depiction of Hart's life in China and with his relationships with Ayaou and her sister was told in descriptive detail and such beauty of the Chinese culture that I did not want it the story to end."

Note: Also posted review on Goodreads

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours


The Readers Cafe
June 19
Tilly

If you love a good controversy, you may want to read this negative review claiming historical inaccuracy, and then read my rebuttal in
The Self-Annihilation of Credibility

I strongly feel that an author has a right to defend him or herself when defamed.

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Sweeps4Bloggers
June 21
"Once I started reading it was easy to get lost in the tale and think of it as real. This would be a great choice for a book club to read and discuss."

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2012 New York Book Festival - Honorable Mention in General Fiction
June 22
The Concubine Saga (paperback edition)


Layered Pages
3.5 of 5 Stars  of "The Concubine Saga" Amazon Kindle edition on
Goodreads
June 25
Stephanie
"I learned a great deal about China in the 1800's by reading this story and I applaud Lofthouse for his vivid details and well reserached novel."

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours


Peaceful Wishing
June 26
Amber
"I enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more from Lloyd Lofthouse."

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours


M. Denise C.
June 28
"I enjoyed this story itself and have to say I would recommend this book ..."

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Succotash Reviews
June 29
Renee
"Any country's hitory is both beautiful and tragic, and Lloyd Lofthouse's The Concubine Saga captures them both in the midst of the Opium Wars in China."

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours


Jayne's Books 
2.5 of 5 Stars
 
June 29
"While I enjoyed the book, I felt that at times, particularly toward the end, that things were a little too detailed."

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My Little Pocketbooks
4 of 5 Stars  of "The Concubine Saga" Amazon Kindle edition on
Goodreads
June 30
Alysia
"This book is a great read for anyone traveling to China, anyone studying Chinese and/or Chinese history or just loves historical novels."

* Organized by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours

July

To Read or Not to Read

4 of 5 Stars  on Amazon of The Concubine Saga (paperback edition)
July 3
Marcella "To Read or Not to Read"
"There is action, adventure, romance, heartache, and loss. This is definitely considered a To Read."
Note: Also posted review on
Goodreads

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Midwest Book Review
July 8
# 15 on Fiction Shelf

Complete Review:
"Many nations adopted modernism in their own ways. 'The Concubine Saga' is a historical novel from Lloyd Lofthouse, following famed modernizer Robert Hart, a man who has contributed greatly to China's advance in the nineteenth century, gaining much power and influence for a foreigner during the period. Drawing on heavily researched passages with great dramatization, 'The Concubine Saga' is a strong pick for historical fiction collections, highly recommended."

Note: Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review is an organization that maintains several book review publications per month. It selects about 450 books to review out of the 1,500 submitted each month. The organization has a focus on serving community and academic library organizations located in California, Wisconsin, and the upper Midwest.

 

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October

Honorable Mention in General Fiction at the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival

November

Honorable Mention in General Fiction at the 2012 New York Book Festival

December

Honorable Mention in General Fiction at the 2012 London Book Festival

 

 

 

 

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