Thursday, June 6, 2019


~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, Author 
Bio, Excerpt, Unique Guest Post Shared
by the Author & Giveaway~ 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author's previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.


Title: The Number of Love  
Series: Codebreakers #1  
Author: Roseanna M. White  
Publisher: Bethany House  
Release Date: June 4, 2019  
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

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A snapshot slid out as he unfolded the letter. He picked it up and sucked in a breath.

He didn’t even glance at his sister’s image, smiling from the right side of the photo. He was too busy looking at the figure on the left.
The dark-eyed nameless girl.

She stared up at him with an intensity that a camera should not have been able to capture so well. Her lips didn’t smile, exactly, but they didn’t not either. The corners were turned up just the slightest bit, in a way that put Mona Lisa to shame.

The black-and-white image couldn’t reveal details like eye color or the shade of suit she wore, but his memory supplied the image’s lack. Deepest brown eyes, so dark they were nearly black. The day he’d seen her, she’d been in dark blue—he couldn’t have said whether this skirt and jacket were exactly the same or not, but he imagined them as such.

Just as he imagined the snap of her wit ready to trip off her tongue.

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Title: A Song Unheard
Series: Shadows Over England #2 
Author: Roseanna M. White  
Publisher: Bethany House  
Release Date: January 2, 2018  
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.



Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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Margot De Wilde, my heroine in The Number of Love, is a mathematician working as a codebreaker in England’s Room 40 during the Great War. So she’s fond of numbers. Like, crazy fond. The girl totally baffles me with the way she thinks and views the world in mathematical concepts—in a highly entertaining way, of course. (And let’s not get into how an author can be baffled by her own characters. It happens, okay? More often than we’d like to admit…)

So Margot is all about numbering things—hence why she and I thought it would be great fun to share a numbered list. So allow me to introduce

Seven things you might not know about The Number of Love:

The number “18” appears 62 times in the manuscript (honestly, I thought it would be more, LOL.) Or maybe 63, if you count the one on the cover!

Characters from four other books make “guest” appearances in these pages, including: Brook and her father from The Lost Heiress (Justin is mentioned but not on-page); Rosemary from A Name Unknown; Willa and Lukas from A Song Unheard; and Barclay and Evalina (and, honestly, quite a few other “family” members) from An Hour Unspent.

When a character named Camden is introduced, the conversation he has with our hero, Drake, made me rewrite Cam’s entire history, which I thought I already had figured out—I thought his mother had died when he was a kid, but no. She had to be alive solely so that Drake could make a joke about her sending him a tin of biscuits for helping Camden out of a scrape. (Turns out, this was a great thing, since his mother had a pretty important role in book two, On Wings of Devotion, when Camden takes center stage…)

This book has phrases from 3 other languages in it—French, which is Margot’s native tongue; Spanish, which Drake learned from his mother’s family in Bilbao, Spain; and German, spoken by our antagonist. (Yeah…I speak English. A little French. This was, um, challenging.)

The bad guy goes by “Das Gespenst,” German for “The Ghost.” When I decided I wanted this to be his name, I emailed my foreign-exchange-student brother (he lived with our family for a year when I was 12) who is German and asked him which of the many “ghost” words in German would work best. He not only gave me the vocabulary lesson, he also made sure I knew where the hyphen should go between syllables if it was ever broken up between lines in the manuscript. Thank you, Sascha! (Also, just try to say “Das Gespenst” without pitching your voice low and sounding all threatening. You can’t do it. You just can’t!)

One of the books that inspired the character of Margot was Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, an amazing middle grade book I read with my homeschool class a couple years ago.

Some of my searches while writing included: prosthetic limbs in WW1, symptoms of anthrax poisoning, air raids of London in 1917, history of tungsten (wolfram), popular Spanish literature in the 1910s, Belgian poets, and Einstein’s 1917 essays (including page numbers in the journal they were published in). Yep. Never a dull moment when you’re a historical writer!

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Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus "Mi Alma" necklace (Necklace is 24" chain with a 1" pendant that says "Mi Alma" Spanish for "My Soul". A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

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  1. Looking forward to reading this book. It looks so intriguing!

  2. Thanks for the numbered list of very interesting facts! I love behind-the-scenes bonus material. It's so fascinating. I can't wait to read this book!

  3. what a fun behind the scenes post!