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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Book Review of The Fire Mages

Book Review of The Fire Mages
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About The Book
Title: The Fire Mages
Author: Pauline M. Ross
Genre: Epic Fantasy Adventure / Romance
Kyra has always been drawn to the magic of spellpages. She is determined to leave her small village far behind and become a scribe, wielding the power of magic through her pen. Halfway through her training, she has a mage as patron and her ambitions are within her grasp. But a simple favour for her sister goes disastrously awry, destroying Kyra's dreams in an instant.

Devastated, she accepts an offer from a stranger to help her find out what went wrong. The young man sees growing power within Kyra, potentially stronger than spellpages or any living mage. The answers to unlocking that power may lie within the glowing walls of the Imperial City, but its magic is strong and the unwary vanish without trace on its streets. Thirsty for knowledge and desperate to avoid another accident, she feels compelled to risk it.

While she focuses on controlling her abilities, a storm of greed and ambition boils up around her. Kyra is a pawn in the struggle for dominance between unscrupulous factions vying for rule of her country. Trusting the wrong side could get her killed--or worse, the potent magic she barely understands could be put to unthinkable evil.

Author Bio
Pauline lives in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland with her husband, her grown up daughter and a mad cat. She likes chocolate, whisky, her Kindle, massed pipe bands, long leisurely lunches, watching TV with her daughter, chocolate, going places in her campervan, eating pizza in Italy, summer nights that never get dark, wood fires in winter, chocolate, the view from the study window looking out over the Moray Firth and the Black Isle to the mountains beyond. And chocolate. She dislikes driving on motorways, cooking, shopping, hospitals. ‘The Fire Mages’ is her second published work. ‘The Plains of Kallanash’ was published in September 2014.

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Book Excerpts
“Kyra, I’ve found a spell to prevent pregnancy, and if you were to write it out…”
“Deyria, I’m not allowed to! Even if I had the proper paper and ink, it’s absolutely forbidden. I’d be thrown out of the scribery. Besides, I’ve never written a true spellpage.”
“Oh, it doesn’t need to be real,” she said airily, “but everyone knows that writing out the spell and then burning it in a crucible - well, it isn’t guaranteed to work, like the real thing, but it increases the chances.”
“Even a true spellpage isn’t guaranteed to work,” I said acidly. “This is just superstition, Deyria. Without the proper paper, ink and quill, it can’t possibly have any effect. There’s no magic in the words themselves, the power is all in the paper and ink. It’s a waste of time.”
“But it would make me feel better about all this,” she said softly.
It was quite illogical, but many people believed such things and paid a little to have someone write out a spell when they couldn’t afford the silver for a true spellpage. It would do no harm, I reasoned, and perhaps it would bring her some comfort, even if it couldn’t possibly prevent her getting pregnant. It was clear that she was as good as committed to the Kellon already - she even called him by his given name.
So, despite my misgivings, I wrote out the spell on Mother’s regular paper, and watched the letters jump and shimmer as they settled onto the page. Then I gave it to Deyria, and her face lit up with pleasure. She hugged me and thanked me over and over.
“We’ll go to Ginzia’s house tonight. She won’t mind us using her crucible.”
“Not me, no. I’m a scribe, Deyria, I don’t like to watch ordinary pages burned in the crucible. It seems wrong somehow. The crucible is only for true spellpages.”
So she went alone and came back smiling. But that night, I dreamt of flames and ash.

Review: 

Interesting mythology.  I loved how the story unfolded and you saw things from the view of the girl.  And I want to live in this land and be a Fire Mage.  I can't wait to read other works by this author.  I highly recommend this book for any fantasy lover.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds.


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Book Review of Valentine’s Day is Murder

Book Review of Valentine’s Day is Murder
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About the Book

Title: Valentine’s Day is Murder
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Genre: Cozy Mystery
 
Jimmy finally takes a vacation--and a chance on love--only to be abducted. His female companion originally thinks he had cold feet about their relationship, but Sean and Sara know there’s more to it. Jimmy isn’t the type to just up and disappear, let alone leave a lady stranded.

Setting out on their private jet, Sean and Sara reach the tropical paradise of Ocho Rios, Jamaica with sightseeing as the last thing on their minds.

With a gold coin being their initial tie to Jimmy’s kidnapper, Sean and Sara even speculate about the involvement of pirates. Yet as the hours pass, and there’s no word from Jimmy’s captors, Sean and Sara will need to figure out the real motive before it’s too late.

With help from their friend, Adam, back in Albany, the pieces come together and not a moment too soon.

Strap in for an adventure that will take you to the beautiful island of Jamaica and have you wanting a piƱa colada.


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Author Bio

CAROLYN ARNOLD is the bestselling author of the Madison Knight series, the Brandon Fisher series, and the McKinley Mysteries. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said "tell me a story." Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

Her writing has since been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada, and she currently lives with her husband and two beagles in a city near Toronto.

For more information on the author visit https://carolynarnold.net/


Excerpt:


Time Flies

Sean sipped his orange juice as he peered out a window that overlooked the backyard. The morning was overcast and would be downright gloomy if it wasn’t for the white blanket of snow clinging to the bushes and the trees. He had an odd realization—how depressing it would be if the snow were black, red, pink, or, essentially, any other color.

He was in the sitting room, with the dark wood trim and piano, both of which Sara had fallen in love with at first sight. She was holed up in her office, a room of the house she had claimed for her writing. He was glad to see that she was back to her craft and taking it more seriously than ever.

This left him with one concern. Valentine’s Day. It was a few days away and he wanted to make it memorable for Sara. But it was tough to devise a plan that would surprise the imagination of a novelist. He had given her jewels and a top-of-the-line desktop computer with a large monitor for Christmas.

And if the pressure of a memorable Valentine’s Day wasn’t enough, the end of this month marked one year since the day he’d proposed—and Sara’s birthday. Tagged onto that, the start of March was their wedding anniversary. Time had flown.

The last two months had been particularly busy as they set out organizing their private investigator firm. Obtaining their PI licenses had proven easy, given the advantage of their past experience. They renewed their licenses and registered a couple semi-automatic handguns. They were ready to go. The only things left were deciding on a name and setting up shop.

Sara came into the room. “Good morning, darling.”

“How’s the book coming along?”

“Oh, it comes.” She went over to him and kissed his forehead, but he tugged her down into his lap, swept his fingers through her hair, and took her mouth.

She put her hand on his chest, and pulled back. “Someone’s in a great mood this morning.”

“You have no idea. I was just thinking about how far we’ve come and how fast time goes.”

Sara let out a puff of breath. “I agree. Can you believe it’s almost been a year since we got married? It’s unbelievable to me.”

“It feels longer?”

She batted his chest and angled her head. “You want me to feed your ego? It’s been the best twelve months of my life, Sean.”

She pressed her lips to his, and he didn’t want the display of affection to end, but the shrill ring of the phone on the side table was enough to disrupt them.

“Let Helen get the phone. Now, where were—” He put his hand to the nape of her neck and drew her to him.

“Sara? Oh, I’m terribly sorry.” Helen, their housekeeper, stood in the doorway, her hand beneath her chin, and her eyes screwed up toward the ceiling. Her face was flushed when she looked back at them. “It’s for you, Sara.”

“Thank you.” She reached for the handset while remaining on Sean’s lap. “Hello, this is Sara McKinley.”

Sean played with her hair, twirling the long chestnut strands around his fingers.

“What do you mean gone?” Her eyes cut to him before she got up, paced a few steps, and stopped. “You have no idea where he is?”

Sean sat straighter and aligned eye contact with her.

“He just disappeared at dinner? And you haven’t seen him since? We’ll be there as fast as we can. Stay put, all right? Everything will be fine.” Sara lowered the receiver to its cradle. She appeared peaked.

Sean took her hand. “What is it?”

“Jimmy. He’s missing.”

“Missing?”

“Yes. Meredith said she’d excused herself to go to the washroom and when she came back he was gone. They hadn’t even finished their meal.”

“He never came back to the resort?”

Sara shook her head. “What could have happened to him, Sean? I can’t see him leaving her there. Did someone take Jimmy?”

“I don’t know, darling, but we’re going to find out and get him back.”

Review: 

This is a short story but packed with adventure.  After reading it I am interested in reading more about this PI duo.  This story is just the right length for a quick read.

I give this story 4.5 out of 5 clouds.


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book Review of The Schwarzschild Radius

Book Review of The Schwarzschild Radius
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Book blurb and cover

Title: The Schwarzschild Radius

Author: Gustavo Florentin

Genre: Thriller / Suspense

Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared. After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel discovers that Olivia has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony. As she closes in on the killer who has taken Olivia, Rachel becomes his next target.
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Author Bio
Gustavo Florentin was born in Queens, New York and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York. He spent a decade in the defense industry working on the F-14 fighter jet and classified electronics projects. After the fall of the Soviet Union, many thought America wouldn't need weapons anymore, so while others waited for the peace dividend, he moved on to the financial sector in New York where he is currently a network engineer. His passions include violin, travel to exotic places and exploring worldwide conspiracies. He lives in New Jersey where he is working on his third novel.  His thriller, In the Talons of the Condor, won the following awards:

WUACADEMIA--Prix d'Or Best Novel
The Verb First Chapter Contest--First Prize
Mount Arrowsmith Best Novel 4th place
The Writing Show--Second Prize best first chapter of a novel.
Second Prize--16th Annual International Latino Book Awards
Links
Review: 

This can be difficult to read as it details some of the most heinous things people can do to others.  But it is also a story of hope and the triumph of human perseverance and love.  While I sometimes wanted to put my hands over my eyes, I couldn’t stop reading.

I give this 4 out of 5 clouds.


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Review of Secrets in the Fairy Chimney

Book Review of  Secrets in the Fairy Chimney
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About the Books

Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, Book 3

 Annie Tillery joins boyfriend, Ty Egan, and his best friend, Cedric Zeeks, at an archaeological dig in Turkey.    All is not what it seems  in the fascinating city of Istanbul.   The gang finds themselves tracking treasure hunters and thieves through mysterious passageways in Istanbul’s old city, and the treacherous caves surrounding the ancient archaeological site.





The Madonna Ghost, Book 1

 Seventeen-year-old Annie Tillery and her Aunt Jill set off for Long Island’s Fire Island for a vacation of surf, sun, and sailing. Annie is happy to leave behind the stress of her relationship with her parents.  Aunt Jill, who is an NYPD detective, is mixing her vacation with a case she must keep secret from Annie.




Girl with Pencil, Drawing, Book 2

 Amateur detective Annie Tillery is at it again. After she wins a series of art lessons at a prestigious art gallery, Annie shows up for her first lesson to find her instructor, Francesca Gabrielli, in a volatile argument with John DiCristiani, the art gallery’s director, over his incessant requests for her to illegally copy art masterpieces.



Author Bio
Linda Maria Frank: With the introduction of the Annie Tillery Mysteries, Linda has been launching a new career as author. Inspired by a childhood passion for Nancy Drew books and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with a gripping story plots to create these new fiction books for mystery readers. The Madonna Ghost has earned the distinctive “Editor’s Choice” and “Rising Star” awards. In Girl With Pencil Drawing, the second book in the series,  Annie stays one step ahead of the bad guys. The third book, Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, released this year, will soon join the others in digital audio.
Frank’s first love was teaching science, her assignments ranging from Middle School to graduate level courses at Hofstra and Adelphi Universities. It was the forensic science courses that gave her the story lines for her heroine, Annie, who is based on a composite of former beloved students.

 Presently Frank is the producer of “The Writer’s Dream”, a series of shows with writers who discuss different aspects of the profession, seen on youtube.

The Madonna Ghost won Rising Star from iUniverse. It also got the author a spot into the Authors Show 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading. The author is a finalist this year for Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys. The cover for "Secrets" is a finalist in the Book Goodies cover contest.  http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow50Writers2014-preVote.html

Links
Chapter 1 of “Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys” on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Y9h_6J9TIes?list=UUTXYMrBrqlGUEBy1gbjJ1ig

Review: 

I have fallen in love with spunky Annie and her mysteries.  This is going to become part of the books I pass down to the children in my life.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds.



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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Book Review of Ennara and the Fallen Druid

Book Review of Ennara and the Fallen Druid 
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Book blurb and cover

Title: Ennara and the Fallen Druid

Author: Angela Myron

Genre: MG Fantasy

When a mysterious curse threatens to transform everyone into shadowy demons, a magical eleven year-old girl must travel to a sunken city ruin—fighting pirates, monsters, and an undead sorcerer along the way—to find a weapon that can save her world.

Warning: the story contains bad guys that younger kids might find scary. Suggested age is eleven and older (upper MG/young YA)

The book will be free on Kindle from December 25-30, so get your copy while you can!




Author Bio

Angela Myron was born in Vancouver, Canada and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and twins. She grew up in the piney forests of southern British Columbia, studying tiny blue bells, dodging cacti, and creating fantasy worlds in her back yard.
Angela studied biology and professional writing at the University of Victoria in Canada and at San Francisco State University. She wrote grant proposals for nonprofits, computer software manuals, and freelance journalism before writing fiction.
 
Links

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Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/angelamyron
Ennara and the Fallen Druid on Amazon
Ennara and the Book of Shadows on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, and Kobo


Review: 

Love it.  I give this 4 out of 5 clouds.


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Book Review of The Girl with Pencil, Drawing

Book Review of The Girl with Pencil, Drawing
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Welcome to Books, Books, and More Books.  I am pleased to share this book with you.  Thank you for visiting and please come again.

About the Books

 


Girl with Pencil, Drawing, Book 2

 Amateur detective Annie Tillery is at it again. After she wins a series of art lessons at a prestigious art gallery, Annie shows up for her first lesson to find her instructor, Francesca Gabrielli, in a volatile argument with John DiCristiani, the art gallery’s director, over his incessant requests for her to illegally copy art masterpieces.




Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, Book 3

 Annie Tillery joins boyfriend, Ty Egan, and his best friend, Cedric Zeeks, at an archaeological dig in Turkey.    All is not what it seems  in the fascinating city of Istanbul.   The gang finds themselves tracking treasure hunters and thieves through mysterious passageways in Istanbul’s old city, and the treacherous caves surrounding the ancient archaeological site.




The Madonna Ghost, Book 1

 Seventeen-year-old Annie Tillery and her Aunt Jill set off for Long Island’s Fire Island for a vacation of surf, sun, and sailing. Annie is happy to leave behind the stress of her relationship with her parents.  Aunt Jill, who is an NYPD detective, is mixing her vacation with a case she must keep secret from Annie.



Author Bio
Linda Maria Frank: With the introduction of the Annie Tillery Mysteries, Linda has been launching a new career as author. Inspired by a childhood passion for Nancy Drew books and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with a gripping story plots to create these new fiction books for mystery readers. The Madonna Ghost has earned the distinctive “Editor’s Choice” and “Rising Star” awards. In Girl With Pencil Drawing, the second book in the series,  Annie stays one step ahead of the bad guys. The third book, Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, released this year, will soon join the others in digital audio.
Frank’s first love was teaching science, her assignments ranging from Middle School to graduate level courses at Hofstra and Adelphi Universities. It was the forensic science courses that gave her the story lines for her heroine, Annie, who is based on a composite of former beloved students.
 Presently Frank is the producer of “The Writer’s Dream”, a series of shows with writers who discuss different aspects of the profession, seen on youtube.
The Madonna Ghost won Rising Star from iUniverse. It also got the author a spot into the Authors Show 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading. The author is a finalist this year for Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys. The cover for "Secrets" is a finalist in the Book Goodies cover contest.  http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow50Writers2014-preVote.html

Links
Chapter 1 of “Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys” on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Y9h_6J9TIes?list=UUTXYMrBrqlGUEBy1gbjJ1ig

Review: 

This is a charming addition to this mystery series.  This is a cute book for any middle age reader.  I can’t wait to introduce Annie to my nieces.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5  clouds.



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Friday, January 2, 2015

Book Review of To Fall in Love Again

Book Review of To Fall in Love Again
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About The Book

Title: To Fall in Love Again
Author: David Burnett
Genre: Romance

Drew Nelson did not plan to talk with anyone that morning. He did not plan to make a new friend. He certainly did not plan to fall in love.

He resisted all of Amy’s attempts to draw him out− at the hotel, at the airport, on the airplane− giving hurried responses and burying his face in a pile of papers. It was only when the flight attendant offered coffee, and a muscle in Amy’s back twitched as she reached for it, and the cup tipped, and the hot liquid puddled in Drew’s lap that they began to talk.

Earlier in the year, each had lost a spouse of over thirty years. Drew’s wife had died of a brain tumor, Amy’s husband when his small airplane nose-dived to earth, the engine at full throttle − an accident, it was ruled.

They live in the same city. Both have grandchildren. They are about the same age. Consciously, or not, they both are looking to love again.

But relationships do not exist in vacuums. Drew is wealthy, and Amy is middle class. Amy is “new” in town – she and her husband moved to Charleston twenty-five years ago – while Drew’s family has lived there for three centuries. Drew lives below Broad, a code word for high society, old families, power, and money. Amy’s home is across the river.

Class warfare may be less violent than it was in the past, but when Drew invites Amy to the St Cecelia Ball, battle lines are drawn. In a city in which ancestry is important, the ball’s membership is passed from father to son, and only those from the oldest families attend.

Family, friends, co-workers all weigh in on their relationship and choose sides. Allies are found in unexpected places. Opposition comes from among those who were thought to be friends. Though they are gone, even their spouses − through things they have done and things they have said − wield influence in the conflict that follows.




Amy begins to suspect that Drew is one of them, the rich snobs who despise her, while Drew concludes that Amy neither trusts him nor cares for him. As each questions the other’s motives, their feelings for each other are tested, and Drew and Amy are challenged to consider if they truly want to fall in love again.

Author Bio
I live in Columbia South Carolina, with my wife and our blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. I enjoy traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches.
We have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, we visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen.

My photographic subjects have been as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow.

I went to school for longer than I want to admit, and I have graduate degrees in psychology and education. I was formerly director of research for our state education department.

We have two daughters and three grandchildren. To Fall in Love Again is my third novel.

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Excerpt

Drew was the last passenger to board and they were soon airborne. He had lowered the table in front of him and was writing notes in the manuscript of his wife’s book.

“You seem to be making a lot of changes,” Amy said.

“What?” Drew looked up, an expression of irritation on his face.

“You said that you are reading the manuscript one last time before sending it to the editor?”

“Right.”

“Don’t writers send digital files now?”

Drew sighed. “They do. I just don’t like reading books on computers. Too old, I suppose. My daughter tells me that I’m crazy to print all of these pages and to make handwritten changes.” He paused, as if he expected Amy to respond. When she didn’t, he looked back at the page in front of him.

“Has your wife written other books?”

Drew sighed again, his shoulders seeming to slump with the exhalation. “Ms. Barrett, I don’t want to be rude. Really. I’ve put off doing this, and the editor is becoming impatient.”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t realize. I’ll let you work.” Amy sank back into her seat. She would tell Lucy that she had tried.

She stared through the window and saw a small airplane flying beneath them, off to the right. She recalled how much Jack had loved the little Cessna. He and his friends had purchased it a little more than ten years ago. Jack had taken it up at least once a month, had flown the family on vacation a couple of times, to Disney World, to New York once. She wondered if Marci had ever flown with him. Of course she had, she thought. He probably put the controls on auto and…

“Would you like something to drink? Coffee? Tea? Juice?” The beverage service had begun, and the flight attendant had stopped at her row.

Drew shook his head. “No thanks.”

“Ma’am?”

“Coffee, please.”

The flight attendant poured her coffee into a paper cup and held it out. “Sorry, it’s awfully full. Be careful.”

Amy reached across Drew to take the cup. As she did, a muscle in her back tightened, causing her to jump, and the hot coffee splashed on her hand. She instinctively jerked her hand and the cup fell into Drew’s lap, throwing coffee on his khakis and splashing the pages on the table in front of him.

He jumped to his feet, bumping into the flight attendant, then hitting his head on the overhead bin. “Ow.” He dropped back onto his seat.

“Oh my. Oh no.” Amy tried to stand and bumped her head on the bin too. She sank back into her seat, her hand on her head. “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.”

“Here.” The flight attendant handed Drew a towel, but Amy grabbed it before he could take it.

“Let me help you.” She began to wipe his pants with the towel. “I’m so sorry. I’m not usually so clumsy. My back had a spasm. I jumped.” She began to press the towel against his lap, trying to soak up the coffee. Realizing what she was doing, she stopped suddenly, feeling her face beginning to burn.

“I’m sorry.” She handed the towel to Drew and melted back into her seat, turning toward the window, tears of embarrassment stinging her eyes.

Review: 

Charming love story.  The ending was a little abrupt, but all in all a fun read.  I laughed and cried, so I enjoyed it.

I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.


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