Sunday, 30 June 2019

The Sentinel's Reign by Suzanne Rogerson


Title: The Sentinel's Reign
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles - Book 2
Author: Suzanne Rogerson
Genre: YA / Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: 29th June 2018


The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.

With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?



For the duration of the blog tour all books in the Silent Sea Chronicles series are 99p.

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My Review:

The second book of the trilogy continues the story of life on Kalaya, and is another great book from Suzanne Rogerson.

The Sentinel's Reign moves at a slower pace than The Lost Sentinel, but still has plenty of action.

The characters we met previously continue to develop, grow, and adjust to their new circumstances.

Suzanne Rogersons world building and descriptive writing ensured that, once again, I could always see where in the world I and the characters were.

I have become attached to many of the characters within the pages of the Silent Sea Chronicles and am looking forward to reading the final instalment.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)




Other Books In The Series:


The Lost Sentinel

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father's old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.

On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.

Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic?



The Sentinel’s Alliance

Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

Now available on pre-order.

Amazon


Author Bio

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream - even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.





Friday, 28 June 2019

THREE: Deception Love Murder by K. J. McGillick



Title: Three: Deception Love Murder
Series: A Path of Deception and Betrayal Book 1
Author: K. J. McGillick
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: January 2018


Inviting a stranger into your home can be dangerous. 
Inviting a stranger into your life can turn deadly.

How would you feel if you discovered your death was meticulously planned by someone you loved? You didn't know how or when or even why. All you could do was wait.

Emma has it all-a job she loves and a man who professed to love her.

Or did she? How could she be so blind?

When her lover’s car is found burned and abandoned in another state, the police come asking some hard questions. What she discovers upends her world completely. Jude had been living a double life right under her nose. A deceitful life, a treacherous life. Who was this man that had already groomed another woman to take over Emma's life? A woman who was Emma's body double and now dead.

Why had she so easily trusted this psychopath with her heart? Betrayed on every level, consequences not of Emma’s making were nipping at her heels. Tick. Tock.

THREE is a gripping crime thriller that will have you hooked. A fast-paced psychological thriller that has been compared to the works of Dan Brown. It can be read as a standalone and serves as the first book in the Path of Deception and Betrayal series.

Three will be 99 p/c for the duration of the tour.





Author Bio:

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that's what New Yorker's do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing



Q&A's with K. J. McGillick:

When and where do you prefer to write?
I write downstairs on my bottom floor that overlooks my front yard. It is shaded with lots of trees so the area is always cool and yet provides great direct sunlight. I am surrounded by my 3 cats who believe they provide inspiration for me. On my walls are framed prints of my favorite artist who DO give me inspiration.

Do you have a certain ritual?
Yes, on most mornings I get up every morning at about 5 and start writing with my first cup of coffee.

Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Always a cup of coffee nothing more. But it gets refilled at least two times during my writing session.

What is your favourite book?
Impossible to limit it to one book. I have fallen in love with Amos Decker from David Baldacci’s Memory Man series.

Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
No. I would love to take a stab at romance but I think from my background as a family lawyer I’d come across too cynical. No one would find their happily ever in my books based on my time as a lawyer and people would walk away pretty upset.

Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Up until my last book Trust Me I would have said no. But that book’s main character featured a philandering physician, based loosely on someone from my past. Though he was not a murderer. And Mr. Martin was modeled as the characteristics after Doc Ellingham from Doc Martin.

Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No most of my ideas come from ‘what-iffing’ with two of my writing friends and then my idea takes flight

Which genre do you not like at all?
I have not read any science fiction because I really have no interest in it.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Dan Brown. After watching his MasterClass I am in awe of the man’s organization skills and ability to teach.

If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I have traveled internationally extensively for more than 20 years, and London, Paris, and Rome creep into my books frequently. London is my favorite city, and I always return there for inspiration. In fact, I will be there June 23-29 2019.



Thursday, 27 June 2019

The Teeth of Giants by Gordon Wallis


Title: The Teeth Of Giants
Series: Jason Green Series Book 2
Author: Gordon Wallis
Genre: Crime Thriller set in Africa
Publication Date: 9th April 2019




In the brutal war on Elephant poaching in Africa one man takes a stand against a ruthless international ivory smuggling syndicate. A stand that almost costs him everything.

Jason Green never for one minute expected the appalling violence and horror he would endure when he returned to Africa to pay his respects to an old friend.

A profound sense of guilt and nostalgia prompts London based ex soldier Jason Green to return to Africa for the funeral of an old friend killed in suspicious circumstances in The Zambezi Valley. He is about to be sucked into the murky and brutal underworld of the illegal ivory trade. Grave injury and a burning desire for revenge thrust Green from the blistering heat of The Zambezi Valley to the tropical coast of Mozambique and beyond. Every tortured step of this journey is fraught with extreme danger and the ever present threat of death.

The Teeth Of Giants is the second novel by Gordon Wallis featuring his main character Jason Green. Readers of thrillers set in Africa will devour the frenetic pace and sheer brutality of this gritty crime thriller.

Pick up The Teeth Of Giants today and prepare for the ride of your life.





Author Bio:

Gordon Wallis is a 50 year old author based in Zimbabwe , Southern Africa. Born of British parents he has lived there all his life. A keen reader of thriller novels , particularly those set in Africa , he has travelled extensively in Africa , Europe , The Middle East and Asia. He runs a number of businesses in Zimbabwe and is single.








Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Einstein's Compass by Grace Blair


Title: Einstein's Compass
Author: Grace Blair
Genre: Time Travel Adventure/ Historical Fiction/ Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult
Publication Date: January 1, 2019


What if young Albert Einstein had a magical compass that inspired his theories of relativity?

In Einstein's Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure, a young Albert is given a supernatural compass that allows him to travel through time and space, and find wisdom in other dimensions, including the lost city of Atlantis. But evil forces seek the power of the compass, including a monstrous, shape-shifting dragon from a different age. Can the compass protect Albert from such villainy?

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Excerpt:

         Raka sat in his grotto on a battered wooden armchair that had washed up on the shore of his hideaway cove. For the last day or so he had done little but experiment with his new form and new powers. He had begun to develop a healthy respect for his strength and the seeming indestructibility of his body. He had come to grips with the realization that there was no going back.
         Truth be told, he was beginning to think he wouldn’t have wanted to go back even if it were possible. He had not been appreciated. Neither his uncle Thoth nor his twin, Arka, had ever recognized his promise. “If only Arka had let me practice the mystical arts with him, I would have shown him what I could do. Fool! It’s his fault I am here,” Raka muttered to himself.
         The day before his meeting with the Council, reflecting further, Raka remembered his quarrel with Arka.
         Arka pointed to the container on the counter. “Where were you today? You were supposed to take the ruby crystals to the Temple of Healing. We had to cancel the treatments when they did not arrive.”
         Raka petulantly stared at the ground. “Something important came up.” Then he looked up at Arka defiantly. “But I told Prensa to take the crystals to the temple. It’s his fault the treatments were canceled, not mine.”
         Arka frowned. “Prensa? He is our cook, not your servant.”
         Arka shook his head as if to disperse Raka’s weak excuse, then changed course. “The temple guard said he saw you walking with a female member of the Belial Brotherhood near the gardens. What were you doing there with her?”
         “She wanted to know what we did in the Temple of Healing,” Raka lied. “I showed her around the temple grounds.” That wasn’t all I showed her, Raka thought to himself with a lascivious smirk.
         Arka could only shake his head in resignation. The memory aroused Raka’s anger, which brought him crashing back to the present. “I am meant to do important things, not just be an errand boy!” he shouted at the rock walls of the cavern.
         With thoughts of revenge seething in his mind, he snatched at a rat that had the misfortune to scurry past. It was the first sustenance he’d had since the transformation—he hadn’t really been hungry. He angrily tore a leg off and took a bite, the first food he’d had since changing form. As he swallowed, he felt something a transformation begins—short, gray hairs started to replace the scales on his arm. Raka stopped chewing and watched the shift. He was a changeling, he realized, but the transformation didn’t end with his dragon form. Tossing the still squirming rat aside, he plucked a beetle off the cave wall and bit down on it with a sickening crunch. A moment later, his skin began hardening into a chitinous shell. Concentrating, he found he was able to control, or even halt, the changes to his structure.
         The thought of changing into other forms intrigued him. His mind flooded with information he had learned in his healing energy classes. Raka felt something else as he sorted through what was happening. It was a sort of knowing, an intuition. Could be this be from the dragon DNA he had ingested? He thought back over his transformation.
         He discovered that his eyes were now acutely sensitive. He could see in total darkness and normal light. His memory, too, had sharpened. He could repeat his entire
meeting with the council verbatim. His memories were much more vivid. He recalled his rage at his uncle and brother and felt it with new intensity. In fact, he could muster no feelings of compassion or love at all. Glancing at the writhing rat whose leg he had bitten off, he studied its suffering. This excited his killing instinct. It took an effort not to inflict further pain on the creature. He craved more of the rat’s blood, and he speculated that human blood and organs would be a delicacy. A burst of intuition revealed that eating an entire human body and drinking its blood would transform him into a doppelganger of that person. He would have to test out how long this would last, but he suspected it would hold until he decided to take on another form.
         As he discovered more of the strengths his new form provided, Raka reveled in the thought that he had nothing to fear. Then, an ancestral memory—perhaps connected
to his dragon DNA—flared in his mind. He saw many of his fellow reptiles trapped in a burning structure, writhing in agony. Fear welled up in him at this vivid memory. He
had at least one vulnerability: fire. Raka tore himself away from the vision and shakily drew in a deep breath to calm his trembling body. “Enough wasting time on what I fear. Now it’s time to plan for the future and my revenge on Arka and his ilk.” That is the task worthy of my new, transformed self, he thought.





Einstein’s Compass was a finalist for the 13th annual National Indie Excellence Awards.

Einstein’s Compass is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Young Adult category of the 2019 International Book Awards. 


What reviewers have to say about Einstein’s Compass:

"Under Grace Blair and Laren Bright's hands, Einstein's Compass is more than just another time travel story, but one of soul searching, enlightenment, and classic struggles between good and evil. During this journey, young Albert embraces the threat of death and world-changing perspectives. Indeed, Albert will change the world, one day. But the roots of his knowledge and endeavors take a different turn in a riveting fantasy about soul-searching and growth which will keep young adult readers engrossed to the end."
~Midwest Book Reviews, Diane Donovan, Senior Editor

"I was impressed with how the authors managed to incorporate the known information on the lost continent of Atlantis, Light Workers, souls, reincarnation, time travel and the early years of Albert Einstein before he became famous, into a mesmerizing work of fiction readers will have difficulty putting down."
~Doug Simpson, Author of "We Lived In Atlantis"

"I recommend Einstein's Compass as historical fan-fiction, the magic, and fantasy built on top of the factual world of Albert Einstein. Although it is intended for a Young Adult audience, it is well suited to adults who enjoy fictionalized history with a wide-ranging epic theme and a Harry Potter-esque plot."
~Jacqui Murray, Author of Ask a Tech Teacher

"The extended combination of history and magic was an unexpected mix, which pulled me in from the beginning, captivating me all the way to the surprising ending. This novel takes you from the early childhood of Einstein, which includes an illness that may have contributed to his perspective on the world around him as he grew older. It is refreshing to find a combination of history, religion, and folklore told in such a compelling manner with just the right amounts of magic and suspense."
~Rox Burkey, Author of The Enigma Series

"Albert Einstein was fascinated with time and space from an early age, but what inspired him? Receiving a magical compass from his father, Albert sets off on a journey to learn more than math and science offered to understand even time and space. Unfortunately, an ancient evil from the days of Atlantis also seeks his compass and will stop at nothing to have it. Can the Agents of Light protect Albert from the shape-shifting dragon and help him achieve his destiny, or will he fall prey to the dangers of his day and lose the powerful device before he completes his mission? The combination of science with the supernatural is a winner, and the good vs. evil fight is interesting, making this a good book for YA readers."
~InD'Tale Magazine, Sarah E Bradley

"Einstein's Compass exhibits a solid writing style and dutifully hits Einstein's developmental and educational milestones while weaving in an imaginative backstory and unique antagonists' perspectives. The what if of Albert Einstein developing his landmark scientific theories through the aid of spiritualism and time travel, all the while battling an immortal dragon-person from Atlantis, is certainly a unique concept."
~Booklife Magazine, a division of Publisher's Weekly


About the Author:

Grace Allison Blair is an award-winning self-help and motivational author, and podcast host, who has assisted thousands to find their spiritual wisdom to solve everyday challenges.

Throughout her adult life, Grace became a serious student of the spiritual. She found that, often, psychological principles and practices were incomplete, but could be filled out by adding the missing spiritual component. Her approach was always to see practical applications for what she uncovered in the mystical. It was through immersing herself in this field of study and experience that she came up with her idea for her book, Einstein’s Compass.

Grace is a successful award-winning author, modern mystic, wellness consultant, business development advisor, marketing coach, and workshop facilitator. She has faced many life challenges, including a life-threatening disease, and used what she encountered as a stimulus to gain greater happiness and fulfillment.

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There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Einstein’s Compass. These are the prizes you can win:
- 1 signed Einstein’s Compass hat (US Only)
- 1 compass (US Only)
- 5 e-copies of Einstein’s Compass (International)
- 5 audiobook copies of Einstein’s Compass (International)
- 1 Amazon gift card $10 (International)


This is my stop during the blog tour for Einstein's Compass by Grace Blair.

I hope you enjoyed reading.


The book blitz runs from 24 till 30 June.


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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson


Title: The Lost Sentinel
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles - Book 1
Author: Suzanne Rogerson
Genre: YA / Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: 16th June 2017


The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father's old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.

On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.

Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic?

For the duration of the blog tour all books in the Silent Sea Chronicles series are 99p.

Amazon



My Review:

I loved this character-based fantasy.

I'm not going to go into the plot as the synopsis does a much better job of it than I could, but I will say the storyline was brilliant.

The wide and varied cast of characters, both the good and the bad guys, were multi-dimensional individuals and most were easy to connect with. A lot of the characters had interesting back stories which added to the storyline and made their actions understandable.

The world building and visual descriptions were amazing, I could always see the surroundings in my mind, whether it was the barren island of Stone Haven or the wonderful home of the 'exiles' in the mountains.

All in all, it was a well written, fast paced book, with plenty of action that kept me turning the pages.

Suzanne Rogerson has created a wonderful world, and thankfully I was able to dive straight into the second book of the series.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)





Other Books In The Series:


The Sentinel’s Reign

The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.

With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?



The Sentinel’s Alliance

Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

Now available on pre-order.

Amazon


Author Bio

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream - even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.





Sunday, 23 June 2019

Solstice Sizzle by Lilliana Rose


Title: Solstice Sizzle
Series: Pagan Pleasures Book 2
Author: Lilliana Rose
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publication Date: 18th June 2019


Johan Rogers is a sharpshooting family lawyer who is close to burn out. This is affecting his ability with the Magiks and his once reliable skill as a medium. On a whim, he’s come south to Edi’s shop, Crystal Sands, for a break over the summer solstice. He’s looking for fun, nothing serious, and definitely no commitment.

That’s how things start with the stunning Nova. But then a side of him he’s repressed to be a lawyer begins to emerge. Can he get a handle on his emotions, or will Nova help him to realize his full potential with the Magiks?

Nova McGinnis is struggling to find her unique skill with the Magiks. She’s been repressed too long, and despite Edi’s help, her ability is erratic at best. It’s been nearly a month of trying and she’s made minimal progress. Frustrated, she sees Johan as the perfect distraction.

It was meant to be just a summer love affair, but things are developing into something more lasting. Will a hot love affair prevent Nova from discovering her Magik ability, or help her?


Excerpt:

Johan has enjoyed the adult fun with Nova, and then getting to know her over a meal. They said good-bye for the evening, and he returned to his accommodation alone, and very much happy how things are unfolding with her. Just as he falls asleep, he has a spirit contact him, one that might ruin things with Nova.

      Johan settled between the sheets in the oversized bed in the master room of the Airbnb. They were crisp, clean, and after the exertion today and a big meal, he was ready to sleep the night away. He rested his head on the soft pillow with a sigh. He’d left the window slightly open, and the summer night air filtered in, bringing with it the sound of waves.
      I could get used to this.
      He reached over and switched off the light by the bed. His eyes slowly adjusted, there was enough natural light to see the outline of furniture in the room.
      His head swum pleasantly, moderately affected by the alcohol. For someone who didn’t like Chardonnay, he’d drunk more than he thought he could. It had been a lovely evening. He was very much looking forward to seeing Nova tomorrow. His mind easily began to plan what they could do when they met up, and he surprised himself that it wasn’t all about getting naked. He quite liked the idea of walking along the beach, having a swim then, of course, some time to get intimate with each other. He let the fantasy play out in his mind as he unwound for the day. Johan found himself relaxing deeply, something he hadn’t managed to do for so long.
      Sleep began to wrap around him.
      Then he felt it.
      The pull of a spirit in the afterlife.
      I hadn’t called for you. He sent the message through the ether.
      The spirit pressed harder, wanting access.
      I’ve not invited you. He was annoyed. This had never happened to him before. But then it was so long since he’d acted as a medium that his skills were more than rusty.
      This is why I don’t drink. Now the indulgence over dinner felt more like a burden.
      The spirit ignored him. Pressed through a weak spot in his aura.
      Johan braced himself, trying to build a barrier around him so the spirit wouldn’t fully enter his body. He was tired already. His skills unused for so long. He struggled. He didn’t always allow spirits to fully take over his body. It was more about how exhausted it left him afterward. When he was at his full potential with the Magiks, he could connect enough with the spirits to communicate with them and act as their messenger. Provided the person, or even spirit was willing to listen, but then that was his skill. Communication. As a Gemini, he was abundant with communication, and could get people and spirits to listen.
      You can talk to me like this. He figured if he couldn’t get the spirit to leave, then at least he could keep it at bay.
      I didn’t mean to do that to her. There was a ripple of fear and regret coming through with the words of the spirit.
      Name yourself, he demanded. If he were dealing with a spirit that had done something illegal he needed to exert his authority straight away. He thought it was a more feminine energy, but he wasn’t sure.
      No. Just tell her I’m sorry.
      I can’t if you don’t tell me your name.

      He felt the spirit withdraw. He tried to wrap an energy net over to catch and keep it. You started this, fucking come back.
      The spirit was too quick.
      Just like that, it was gone.
      For a moment, Johan felt an emptiness around him, a touch of regret, then his aura adjusted, and he began to feel more like himself again.
      He got out of bed, grumpy that something like this would put a dampener on what was a damn good day. Stumbling a little in the dark, he managed to find the black candle Nova had made.
      Cleansing.
      Clearing.
      She was right.
      He thought she was being cheeky suggesting this candle. Even though the recent events meant he needed a do some clearing work on his aura, he wasn’t about to admit to it. What just happened meant he needed this candle.
      Could she tell? Was her skill with seeing? He shook his head as he rummaged through the drawers in the kitchen hoping there were matches or a lighter. Even he couldn’t tell what Nova’s skill with the Magiks would be. He pulled out a box of matches and marched back to his room placing the candle by his bed and then lit the two wicks.
      Keep me safe. Keep me sound.
      Keep the monsters from coming around.

      A slender tendril of smoke wove upward from the burning wicks. He wasn’t sure if it would be enough to keep the spirit away, but worst case scenario it would make it a damn sight harder. If it did get the courage to come back tonight, at least there was enough protection so he could wake up before the spirit attempted to enter him.
      Johan took a deep breath, inhaling the smell of the burning candle with a hint of sage. This was going to cleanse him for sure. It was time he tried to deal with what had happened with the last case.
      But first, he was going to sleep. Then tomorrow he was going to have more fun with Nova. See how long that would last, then he would tackle his own issues. The thought of Nova got him thinking about her and her situation. At least he knew his skill, and it was nurtured as he grew up.
      Her mom sure did a bang-up job of suppressing her skill, so it was deeply buried in her psyche.
      He froze. Realization flooded through him.
      Was that who was contacting him?
      Nova’s mother?
      No. No. No.

      Johan’s gut twisted. The last thing he wanted was to have to deal with a spirit who was riddled with regret and fear, who basically abused a daughter, and who he was having a fling with, contacting him in an attempt to make peace.
      This is going to ruin everything. He ran his hand through his short hair. He had no idea what to do about this.
      One thing was sure, he wasn’t going to tell Nova.



Author Bio:

Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems, or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail.








Saturday, 22 June 2019

The Catnapped Lover by Rue Allyn


Title: The Catnapped Lover
Series: April Fools Duet Book 1
Author: Rue Allyn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: R
ISBN: 978-1-7335907-2-3


A woman, a man, and a cat. What could possibly go wrong?


What does a bet between best friends have to do with a kidnapped cat and a tumbled-down animal shelter? Nothing, unless you are Adam Talcott and you want to prove to your best-buddy that you can survive without access to your wealth and family connections. Adam would have succeeded too, if it hadn’t been for Dierdre Clancy and that blasted cat.

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Excerpt:


         “Adam Talcott, it’s my turn, and I dare you,” Jack Hunter challenged. “I double damn dare you to live on your own for two months.” The two men staggered along the street toward their favorite blues club, with Adam’s chauffeur-driven limousine creeping along behind.
         Adam loosened the tie of his tux then started on his shirt studs. Damned tuxedoes, even the best tailor can’t make them comfortable. But the tux was part and parcel of indulging his mother’s penchant for giving birthday parties. “Whaddaya mean? I’ve been living on my own for ten years.” Not quite as long as he and Jack had been trading birthday challenges. He fiddled with the fastenings of his cummerbund and tossed it aside.
         “No, you’ve had your own residence for ten years. You have servants, employees, and s-sy-sycophants at your beck and call. That’s not living on your own. You have money too.” Jack hiccoughed.
         “You mean I can’t live on my own and have money too?” The street spun before Adam’s eyes as he tried to follow his friend’s logic.
         “Unlike myself, you’ve never lived without money.” For emphasis, Jack slapped his palm at a non-existent table and tilted forward.
         Adam grabbed him before Jack could smack the pavement with his head. “I don’t get it.”





Hero Bio:

Adam Talcott was born rich. He went into business with his best friend from college and made even more millions. His methods may be unorthodox, but he nearly always succeeds. Now he’s been challenged to live for two months without any of the privileges and resources he’s known all his life. Adam is confident that he can conquer this challenge as he has all others. But he didn’t count on Dierdre Clancy and that danged cat.


Heroine Bio:

Dierdre Clancy grew up in a family of givers. Her parents were missionaries and often too busy saving other, less privileged people to realize how lonely and abandoned Dierdre felt. When she reached her teen years, she was shipped back to the USA to live with her Aunt Shea on Shea’s rundown farm and animal shelter. Finally she was in a stable environment with an adult she could count on. Dierdre went on to gain a degree in social work and took up the Clancy family tradition of helping others. Most of the time helping others was easy. But Adam Talcott broke that mold and every other box she tried to put him into. How could one man be so difficult to manage?



Author Bio:

Hi, I’m Rue Allyn, I write heart melting romance novels. Books about characters and adventures in which love triumphs at the darkest moment. The kind of hopeful, steal-your-breath romance that melts a reader’s heart. The type of book I like to read. Hope you will too.

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Friday, 21 June 2019

After Gardens by Katharine Coldiron


Title: After Gardens
Author: Katharine Coldiron
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


Maya, a weekend at a hot springs with her boisterous friend Rhondey is just what she needs to move forward after her divorce. For Rhondey, it's an opportunity to help Maya cut loose a little, shed some of her inhibitions. Maya doesn't see the need to shed anything, and she's not looking for a teacher. But the more Maya clings to her privacy, the more difficult it is for her to recognize her true teachers...and the right moment to step free.











Author Bio:

Katharine Coldiron’s work has appeared in Ms., the Times Literary Supplement, the Rumpus, the Manifest-Station, horoscope.com, and many other places.









Thursday, 20 June 2019

Aldo by Betty Jean Craige


Title: Aldo
Author: Betty Jean Craige
Genre: Crime Fiction
Publication Date: March 2018
Publisher: Black Opal Books


Aldo is a mystery/thriller/love story in which a brilliant and dangerous ideologue attempts to eliminate a university’s genetics institute by holding the university’s president hostage.

On the same day that Isabel Canto, associate director of Pembrook Atlantic University’s Institute for Genome Modification, discovers she is pregnant with IGM post-doc Frank Marks’s baby, Pembrook Atlantic University’s president Mary Ellen Mackin receives a letter from “Aldo” threatening harm if she does not dissolve the institute and fire its director. Isabel recommends that Mackin refuse and not allow a terrorist to dictate what her faculty and students can research and discover, but this advice unwittingly sets off a chain of events that will change many lives forever—including hers.



About the Author:

Since graduating from Pomona College in 1968, Betty Jean Craige has been a teacher, scholar, translator, columnist, and mystery writer. She retired from the University of Georgia in 2011 as University Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. After retiring she published a Sunday column in the local paper about animal behavior titled “Cosmo Talks” and a book titled Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Gray Parrot. Then she began writing fiction. Her Witherston Murder Mystery series, set in north Georgia, includes Downstream, Fairfield’s Auction (First Place in Chanticleer Book Awards’ category of Mystery and Mayhem), Dam Witherston (Honorable Mention in the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for Mystery, and Distinguished Favorite in 2018 Independent Press Awards), and Chieftains in Witherston (scheduled to be published in 2019). A suspense novel, Aldo, came out in 2018.





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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Owen by Tony Riches


Title: Owen
Series: The Tudor Trilogy, Book One
Author: Tony Riches
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Presei Press


Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, OWEN is the epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience as he changes the course of English history.

England 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector.

Excerpt:

Winter of 1422

I tense at the sound of approaching footsteps as I wait to meet my new mistress, the young widow of King Henry V, Queen Catherine of Valois. Colourful Flemish tapestries decorate the royal apartments of Windsor Castle, dazzling my senses and reminding me how life in the royal household presents new opportunities. My life will change forever, if she finds me acceptable, yet doubt nags at my mind.

The doors open and Queen Catherine’s usher appears. I have been told to approach the queen and bow, but must not look directly at her or speak, other than to say my name, until spoken to. Taking a deep breath I enter the queen’s private rooms where she sits surrounded by her sharp-eyed ladies-in-waiting. I have the briefest glimpse of azure silk, gold brocade, gleaming pearls and a breath of exotic perfume. I remove my hat and bow, my eyes cast down to her velvet-slippered feet.

‘Owen Tudor, Your Highness, Keeper of your Wardrobe.’ My voice echoes in the high-ceilinged room.

One of her ladies fails to suppress her giggle, a sweet enough sound, if you are not the reason for it. I forget my instruction and look up to see the queen regarding me with confident, ice-blue eyes.

‘You are a Welshman?’ Her words sound like an accusation.

‘My full name is Owain ap Maredydd ap Tudur, although the English call me Owen Tudor. I come from a long line of Welsh noblemen, Your Highness.’ I regret my boast as soon as I say the words.

‘Owen Tudor...’ This time her voice carries a hint of amusement.

I put on my hat and pull my shoulders back. She examines me, as one might study a horse before offering a price. After years of hard work I have secured a position worthy of my skills, yet it means nothing without the approval of the queen.

‘You look more like a soldier than a servant?’ The challenge in her words seems to tease me.

‘I have served in the king’s army as a soldier.’ I feel all their eyes upon me.

‘Yet... you have no sword?’ She sounds curious.

‘Welshmen are not permitted to carry a sword in England, Your Highness.’ I am still bitter at this injustice.

I remember the last time I saw her, at the king’s state funeral in Westminster. Her face veiled, she rode in a gilded carriage drawn by a team of black horses. I followed on foot as the funeral procession passed through sombre crowds, carrying the king’s standard and wearing the red, blue and gold livery of the royal household.

‘You fought in France?’

‘With the king’s bowmen, Your Highness, before I became a squire.’

The queen has none of the air of sadness I expected. Slim, almost too thin, her childlike wrists and delicate fingers are adorned with gold rings sparkling with diamonds and rubies. Her neck is long and slender, her skin pale with the whiteness of a woman who rarely sees the sun. Her golden-brown hair is gathered in tight plaits at the back of her head and her headdress fashionably emphasises her smooth, high forehead.

King Henry V chose as his bride the youngest daughter of the man they called the ‘mad king’, Charles VI. They said King Charles feared he was made of glass and would shatter if he didn’t take care. Charles promised Henry he would inherit the throne and become the next King of France and there were rumours of a secret wedding dowry, a fortune in gold.

Barely a year into his marriage, the king left his new wife pregnant and alone in Windsor. He returned to fight his war in France, capturing the castle of Dreux before marching on the fortress at Meaux, defended by Jean de Gast, the Bastard of Vaurus, a cruel, brave captain. The king never saw his son and heir, his namesake.

The siege of Meaux was hard won and he suffered the bloody flux, the dreaded curse of the battlefield. Men had been known to recover, if they were strong and lucky. Many did not, despite the bloodletting and leeches. The flux is an inglorious way to die, poisoned by your own body, especially for a victorious warrior king who would never now be King of France.

The queen has an appraising look in her eyes. She has buried her hopes for the future along with her husband. I remember I am looking at the mother of the new king, once he comes of age. One thing is certain; she will not be left to raise the prince alone. Ambitious men are already vying for their share of power and influence.

At last she speaks. ‘And now you are in my household?’

‘My appointment to your service was made by Sir Walter Hungerford, Steward of the King’s Household and constable here at Windsor.’

‘Sir Walter was one of my husband’s most trusted men—the executor of the king’s will.’

‘I worked as squire to Sir Walter for many years, in England and France.’

‘You speak French?’

‘A little, Your Highness.’ I answer in French.

‘Were you with King Henry at the siege of Rouen?’ Now she speaks in French.

‘I was, Your Highness. I will never forget it.’ I answer again in French. I learned the language on the battlefield and in the taverns of Paris and can swear as well as any Frenchman.

‘I heard the people of Rouen were starving... before they surrendered.’ Her voice is softer now and she speaks in English.

‘War is cruel, yet now there is less appetite for it.’

‘I pray to God that is true.’ She glances back at her ladies, who are watching and listening, as ladies-in-waiting do. Queen Catherine regards me, giving nothing away. ‘I welcome you to our household, Master Tudor.’

‘Thank you, Your Highness.’

Our first meeting is over. She is unlike any woman I have known, fascinating, intriguing and beautiful. More than that; there is something about her I find deeply attractive, a dangerous thing to admit. Perhaps my fascination is with the glimpse I’d seen of the real woman, the same age as myself, behind the title of Dowager Queen of England.

‘Aim high, boy,’ my garrulous longbow tutor once advised me, his voice gruff from too much shouting. ‘It’s not the Welsh way to play safe and wait until you have a clear shot!’ The man spits hard on the ground to add emphasis and stares knowingly into my eyes, standing so close I can almost feel the coarse grey stubble of his beard. ‘When you aim high,’ he points an imaginary bow up at the sky, ‘your arrow will fly far into the enemy ranks and strike with the full vengeance of God.’

‘Who, of course, is on our side.’ A daring, foolhardy thing for a boy like me to say to a man who can punch me to the ground or worse.

For a moment I see the old man’s mind working as he tries to decide if I am being disrespectful, sacrilegious or both. The moment passes. I notch a new arrow into the powerful yew longbow and fire it high into the sky, without a care for where it will fall.

I smile at the memory as I return down the long passage to the servants’ hall. Life as a king’s archer was hard, but I enjoyed the camaraderie of the other men and it taught me many things. As well as how to use a longbow, I learned to watch my back, when to speak up and when to remain silent. My tutor died in the thick mud of Normandy, yet his lesson serves me well. I know to aim high.

That night, wide awake in the darkness, I reflect on the unthinkable turn my life has taken. I always imagined I would become a merchant, setting up shop somewhere in the narrow, dirty streets of London, or perhaps an adventurer, sailing off to seek my fortune. I remain a servant, yet for the first time I have my own lodging room, however small and cramped.

My reward for long and loyal service as squire to Sir Walter has been this new appointment, a position of great responsibility. The queen’s wardrobe is a treasure store of priceless gold and jewels, as well as all her expensive clothes and most valuable possessions. Such a senior post in the royal household pays more than I have earned in my life and carries influence, allowing me regular and privileged access to the queen.

I resolve to become indispensable to her. High and mighty lords and dukes will come and go, with their false concerns and self-serving advice, yet I will see her every day, tending to her needs. I recall how she referred to Sir Walter as one of the king’s most trusted men. That is what I wish to become; Queen Catherine’s most trusted man.



About the Author:

Tony Riches is a UK historical fiction author living in Pembrokeshire, Wales. You can find out more on Tony’s website and his blog ‘The Writing Desk’. Find him on Twitter. Owen – Book One of the Tudor Trilogy is available in eBook and paperback on Amazon, where it is a #1 historical fiction best seller. There is a short video trailer for the book on YouTube.







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