Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wicked and Wonderful Book Review

Her heart may long for more…

Judith Lovington escaped a vile man years ago and found sanctuary in a traveling troupe of actors. Fending off the unwanted attentions of rakish gentlemen has become second nature to her. But when Lord Kelthorne begins his assault, never has temptation been stronger. How will she withstand his heated kisses when he represents all that she lost so many years ago and all that she desires now?

But his wicked intentions drive her into his arms…

Kelthorne meant only to have a little fun when he first caught and kissed Judith in his apple orchard. Though intent on mending his ways and marrying a proper young miss, he can’t forget the lovely songstress and sets about to break down her every reserve. As he takes his stolen kisses, however, his clever seductions set to work on his own heart. But will he surrender to love at long last?

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 My Review
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  Lord Aubrey Kelthorne owns a huge property in Somerset, large enough to host a castle, an apple orchard, and a beautiful cottage in which he dwells.

Judith Lovington has been hiding her privileged past and working with an acting troupe. The group chanced upon Lord Kelthorne' s property and requested permission to set up camp on it. Dared by her fellow actors, Judith sneaks into the orchard to steal a few apples and prove her bravery. Kelthorne, riding through the orchard, encounters Judith when his dog Rufus, pounced upon her to shower her with kisses. This chance meeting will change both of their lives forever.

This was a beautiful love story. It was a great example of what it was like back then with the differences in classes, society and social circles. One of the things I enjoyed about this book was that you felt for Judith and wanted things to go well for her. Kelthorne was a confused soul. I couldn't believe that because Judith wasn't socially proper for him that he went running to Miss Currivard. I would have slapped him myself for him to make her second best. Overall, this was a magnificent historical romance and a great page turning one at that.
About the Author
As of August 1, 2013, and with the publication of WONDERFUL HARRIET, Valerie King has published fifty Regency works. In 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance. Currently, she’s bringing her extensive Sweet Regency backlist to the public and working on Regency Historicals and Sweet Regency Novellas. As Caris Roane, she writes paranormal romance for St. Martin’s Press and is also self-publishing the continuing stories of her Guardians of Ascension series.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Let Him Go Book Review

"With you or without you," Margaret insists, and at these words George knows his only choice is to follow her.

It’s September 1951: years since George and Margaret Blackledge lost their son James when he was thrown from a horse; months since James’s widow Lorna took off and remarried that thug Donnie Weboy. Now Margaret is steadfast, resolved to find and retrieve her grandson Jimmy—the one person in this world keeping her son’s memory alive—while George, a retired sheriff, is none too eager to stir up trouble with Donnie Weboy. Unable to sway his wife from her mission, George takes to the road with Margaret by his side, traveling through the Dakota badlands to Bentrock, Montana, in unstoppable pursuit. When Margaret tries to convince Lorna to return home to North Dakota, bringing little Jimmy with her, the Blackledges find themselves mixed up with the entire Weboy clan, a fearsome family determined not to give the boy up without a fight.

With gutsy characters and suspense-filled prose, Bring Him Back speaks to the extraordinary measures we take for family and the overpowering instinct to protect those we love. From the award-winning author who gave us Montana 1948, Justice, and American Boy, Larry Watson is at his storytelling finest in this unforgettable return to the American West.

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 My Review
Margaret Blackledge lost her son after he was tragically thrown from a horse. Now her grandson has been taken away by her former daughter-in-law and her new husband. She's seen the interaction between little Jimmy and his new stepfather many times and she could see that Donnie Weboy was cruel to Jimmy. Now Margaret has decided that she wants to raise the little boy herself. This places her and her husband George on a journey from North Dakota to Montana. With it comes the memories that brought them together and things that could have torn them apart. What they encounter in Montana is far more than they expected and much more trouble than they bargained for.

Literary Fiction isn't something I read often. But when I do, it has to be as wonderfully written as Larry Watson's Let Him Go. The story starts a little slow as the stage is set for what is to come, and gradually picks up the pace right up to the shocking end. This was a beautiful story of love, loss, and letting go. It was hauntingly suspenseful and will have you thinking about this book for days after you've finished reading it.

About the Author
Larry Watson was born in 1947 in Rugby, North Dakota. He grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and was educated in its public schools. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Susan Gibbons, in 1967. He received his BA and MA from the University of North Dakota, his PhD from the creative writing program at the University of Utah, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Ripon College. Watson has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1987, 2004) and the Wisconsin Arts Board.
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Mirror Deep Excerpt

…Roll like thunder in Kat Bonner’s world, when a known felon comes to the ranch to drop a bomb about her past. Kat turns to Pierce for help, the same Pierce who bucks her every chance he gets … and whose feverish investigation lands them in trouble with the law and directly in the path of a serial killer.

Mystery deepens, fraught with wrong turns, bumbling detectives, old murders, and Kat’s doppelganger no one ever sees but her, just as she never sees the change in Pierce’s feelings toward her brewing, mounting, until she can no longer deny them. 
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Mirror Deep Excerpt
Patrick Vander Hurk headed for the countryside in his old Ford jalopy. The Detective drove to Rockford to meet with onetime fearsome Chicago DA, David Klein.
He had reservations about the meeting. David and he had rarely agreed about anything. Klein had bad-mouthed him more than once to the press. Of course, he had retaliated, which had invited the usual reprimand from his chief of department.
He had no choice but to seek David’s help; all the facts the department had fit neatly in a two-ring binder, and he’d have given top money to strangle the smart-aleck who’d leaked their suspicions about Dorian to the press. Now, he’d dug an even bigger hole for himself by threatening a member of the media. What a chump—him and his bad temper. The whole city was standing in line to laugh at him.
The only reason his chief hadn’t taken him off the case was the department had nothing—zilch to go on. Plus, the commissioner went around threatening everybody—especially Chief Lang.
Now on his way to seek help from an old enemy, the appointment arranged by the man’s wife, he would need to bend and kiss his ass—as Haines had put it—to squeeze information out of him while trying not to yell obscenities at the man.
Vander Hurk arrived at a small stone cottage and drove up the circular driveway. The front lawn ran trimmed and well main­tained, and deep rows of pansies of various colors lined each side of the path.
He parked his car behind a black Jeep Cherokee in front of the door, and remained inside while tattooing an erratic little beat on the steering wheel to summon the courage to go through with the meeting.
He finally upped his carcass out of the car and dragged his feet to the door. He rang the bell and waited. An intercom beeped and he heard a dog bark; then a feminine voice asked the caller to identify himself.
“Patrick Vander Hurk, ma’am. We spoke on the phone.”
About the Author
 With a degree in commerce, Joss has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies launch their business. She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos, to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers. A recent graduate of the Long Ridge Writer’s Group, she is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication.
  Blessed with four children and five grandchildren, she resides in Montreal with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending her time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis and swimming. She loves creating stories, as she says that it fulfills her need to think outside the box.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock Book Blast

Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock

by Judyann McCole
This book 1 of 5 for The Chronicle of A Genre: Fantasy
To Who Ever This May Concern; I wish I could tell you the contents of this book were purely fictional. That I, Adela Arthur, was just a normal sixteen year old from Portland and that dragons, giants, elves and mermaids were just myths. I wish these were legends shared from crazy old grandparents to crazy old grandparents around campfires. After all, that is what I used to believe.I never would have thought they lived on the other side of our mirrors in a world called Cielieu. But they do…I never would have thought there were humans, better known as Volsin that lived among them with the ability to create light from a single thought. But there are…I never would have thought I was one of them… But I am… I am the last Arthur and I was brought to the human world after a Volsin, filled with greed, began to strip the light from our kind.The human world was supposed to be a safe haven… but he’s found us and the only way to stop him is to go back to Cielieu and begin training as a student in the Elpida Castle of Light.Like I said I wish the contents of this book were purely fictional and not my life…

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JUDYANN MCCOLE was a senior in high school when she started working on Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock during her history class. It started off as short story for a group of young kids she babysat for and grew into an adventure she herself wanted to go on. She is currently attending college in Virginia. Where she hopes to finish the next adventure in Adela Arthur’s life. She begin writing when she was in middle school most of it was just simple poetry but she was inspired by Maya Angelou and even a little of Dr. Seuss.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Martuk... The Holy Book Review and Giveaway

"I am Martuk. Remember, it’s Martuk as in “too”. Or “two” with that hard “k” at the end. Martuk. The Holy. The audacity of it still makes me smile."

In a crowded Left Bank cafe, an immortal man sits, the phantoms crawling near, the heat of their whispers stinging his cheek …

and Martuk ... The Holy begins.

One thousand years before the birth of Christ, a golden god damns Martuk with a kiss. In a land ruled by a wounded king, life everlasting steals his mortality from the bottom of a golden cup. Finally, generations later, a Messiah who has the power to heal breaks under the weight of Martuk's demons, stumbling to his death defeated by darkness.

From his home in modern Paris, he writes, his memories lush, his words evocative. Revisiting his impossible life, he vents his rage and shares his loneliness. From bloody battles with a demon he cannot escape to the ghost of a beauty who haunts him still, this is his story.

This is Martuk ... The Holy.

My Review
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  When Martuk was a child, he was unknowingly cursed by a golden god with immortality.  He has a gift of seeing through the veil, having visions, and seeing ones soul.  His land is ruled by a sickly king and he is called to speak with him.  After the king’s demise, Martuk is forced to drink from the golden cup, he’s supposed to die.  He sees his ancestors reaching for him then… He finds himself alive!  This is how his journey begins.

Although a little slow in some parts, Martuk… the Unholy is a pretty good read.  It spans thousands of years, so it’s also a semi-historical horror story.  The violent scenes were pretty graphic, so this novel certainly isn’t for the sensitive stomachs.  But if you can get past that, this book has awesome “wow” moments.  You connect with Martuk immediately and sympathize with his desire to die.  I know lots of people in today’s society wish they could live forever.  But this book looks at the harsh reality of it.  You may garner fantastic riches but what’s the point of it all if you have no one to share it with?  Definitely a great October read!

About the Author
I write. A lot. But before I wrote, I dreamed. That's what an unpopular kid in a small town surrounded by trees and mountains does. It wasn't until I was an adult -- living in Greenwich Village in NYC -- that I finally felt compelled to give my characters a voice. Ergo, screenplays, plays, and books soon followed.

And they still do. My first book, Martuk ... The Holy, has a sequel currently being written. It's also spun off into a prequel, of sorts. An ongoing collection of Short Fiction called The Martuk Series, the first installment being The Wounded King, it's based on characters introduced in Martuk.

My hope is there will be those out there who are willing to take the journey with me, finding themselves in my work and losing themselves in my stories.

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