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R.E. Hargrave – An Author Divine…

You must remember the discussion, a couple of weeks back… or maybe more than that, I forget. We were talking about decent, well-written books, and how rare it was to find quality erotica that not only didn’t make you cringe, but it actually made you want to read more.

Well, I’ve found that author, and now I am addicted!

Read on.

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The first thing that caught my attention was this novella, The Food Critic. R.E. gifted it to me, and what a lovely gift it turned out to be! It warmed my heart and made me smile. Written in an easy style, it is fun and oh-so-tasty! The plot idea is simple – food critic falls in love with restaurant owner – but the characters are what really brings the story to life. There is depth and emotion, a back story and even the right sort of pecans… I read it all in one go, and I wish there was a second and third book in the series.

Hint, hint, R.E.

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I jumped at the chance to dive into her Divine Trilogy. So far, I read the first and bought the second and third. I hate that there are only three books in this series.

Again, what happened was that I was hooked – pulled right in and drowned in emotion. Whether Catherine and Master, or Erin and Jayden, the characters behaved like normal people, people with history, own thoughts and passions. Yes, there is sex, and yes, there is that sub-dom relationship which is uncomfortable to some readers, but believe me when I say it is tastefully done, easy to understand and follow, and a pleasure to read. This book is not about the sex, it is about two people who overcome their limitations because they found each other, and together they found love.

And that is what sets R.E. Hargrave’s writing apart. Her erotica is about the people, about love and emotion, and ultimately, about life.

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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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Author Spotlight: Cherime MacFarlane

Hello, my friends, and welcome.

Today I want to introduce to you one amazing author from Alaska: Cherime MacFarlane. I have discovered Cherime lurking on facebook, and read one of her books. It was full of local color, and you know me – I’m a sucker for real-life-inspired stories. Recently, I’ve bought another of her books, The Twisted Laird, and that is what drove me to write this post. Listen carefully: That book is amazing!

I’ve written a review, of course, but I’ve also twisted Cherime’s arm and sat her down for a chat. Here’s what she has to say.

Q & A with Cherime MacFarlane

I was surprised at the amount of detail in The Twisted Laird. All the strands of the story – the family life, relationships and customs, even the way of thinking and the speech – everything weaves together beautifully into a fascinating book. How did you manage to research all these and get it so right, being so far away from the actual setting? It seems an enormous amount of work for just one book.

I have been storing the information in my mind for years. I have been blessed with a nearly photographic memory and if I don’t recall something exactly, I know where to go to find the answer.

My father was part American Indian, Scots and Swede. But, the MacGregor part was always at the fore. All his life he refused to eat Campbell soup because of the connection between the MacGregors and the Campbells.

Then along came Allan MacFarlane. We were friends before anything else as he was married to a young woman who once babysat my kids. She came to visit and brought Allan and her daughter with her. He was a very well mannered, nice young man, six years younger than me.

Those two separated and she left Alaska. Allan stayed. My own marriage was falling apart due to my ex’s problems with alcohol. I finally determined some woman was going to realize what a catch Allan was and took steps to make sure that didn’t happen.

Allan’s mechanic shop was across the street from the newspaper which we ran. I told my ex it was over, walked across the street and told Allan I was all his. Now, what was he going to do with me? He figured out the answer fairly quickly.

He had immigrated to Canada with his family at a young age and did not get as much of his history as he wanted. Allan did not leave Scotland willingly. He put up a horrid fuss about it. So we researched together.

The two of us travelled to Scotland several times. I met his relatives while there. I listened and learned. I seem to have a gift for being able to put myself into other people’s skins, no matter the time period.

As an interesting side note to the research, a Patrick MacFarlane in the 1800 put together a comprehensive dictionary of Scots to English and English to Scots which is online in Google. I used it extensively.

 

Why the MacGroughs? Why not the MacFarlanes? What is so special to you about the Highlands?

Why the MacGroughs? Because I wanted a small clan, caught between the larger entities of the time. Being in that situation would lead to a tighter knit, more closely aligned group of people. Why not the MacFarlanes? Their history is too well known, too documented. Why the Highlands? That is Allan speaking through me. He was in love with them and hated leaving Scotland. If not for the children, he would have talked me into staying. But our children, his and mine, needed us. He was a wonderful father and step-father.

 

I’m reading Highland Light – thank you for gifting it to me, by the way – and find the same pull to keep reading. I seriously have no wish to do my work because the story is far more important to me. It takes a lot of imagination to build up a relationship between people who might have existed hundreds of years ago, giving them thoughts and emotions, and a certain way of looking at life. How much of it is guesswork, and how much is based on fact?

When you read old documents you get a feel for the times. The old stories carry a feel for the way people were. I have always listened to elders’ talk. Living in the French Quarter in New Orleans as a child, I was the one who hid in the shadows when the old folk were talking. I wanted to know what they did. I was a sneak and a half, often hiding under the furniture in the Old Colonial Antique store owned by my grandfather, and eavesdropped. Much of the old ways are ingrained inside me.

 

History and I are not best friends, but that is only because I hate learning text-book strings of facts and figures, with no logic or explanation. Showing historical events through the eyes of fictional (or real) characters is a genius way to entice a reader to satisfy their thirst for knowledge without coming across as a lecturing know-it-all. How did you settle on this method? Did you always plan it as a fiction novel, or rather a series of novels?

I told my children stories of how things were. I knew how to keep their interest and the same method works for most people. There are some who do not appreciate the detail I put in about how people lived in those times, but I know others do. It is a fine line to walk between enough and too much. I told the story as I would to my children.

Funny thing about this series. It actually started with the book about Hamish MacGrough, the heavy metal keyboard player for the band Bushmaster set in 1988. The basis for that story began as an exercise in payback. My son was playing with a guy, bass actually, doing a gig about 200 miles away. The lead guitar player and singer had an alcohol-fuelled meltdown and tried to trash on my son, in the middle twenties at the time. 

When my son came home, Sean, Allan and I sat around one evening over a few beers and figured out how to murder the guy. Wired For Sound was born. I fleshed it out and the first draft was written in the late 1980s.

I saw the first scene in Highland Light. I either dreamed it or it was a vision, not quite sure which. Then I went for it and it just flowed out onto the page. I understand both Gideon and Ailene quite well. No, the characters do not talk to me in my head, but I often dream scenes and have to rise and get it all down while the vision is still fresh.

 

You’re obviously passionate about the events that took place in the 1700s, but passion doesn’t come without a strong emotion. What made you so interested in the Knights Templar and their possible retreat to Scotland, of all places?

The Knights Templar were an amazing group of men. All seasoned warriors, those who joined the order were usually widowers with sons or other male relations ready to take over the estates they left. They swore a vow of chastity and were the protectors of the faithful making the pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

They were the very first international bankers and the order was quite wealthy.  One could deposit funds in any temple, get a chit and cash it in at any other temple and get your funds.

When Phillip the Fair of France decided to bring them down, he convinced a very weak pope to order them branded as heretics and for immoral actions. The pope controlled most of the western, catholic world at the time. The Swiss might have balked at a mass burning of people at the stake, but perhaps not. On the other hand, Robert The Bruce has already been excommunicated by the pope. But the bishops in Scotland stood with The Bruce and eventually he was brought back into the fold on a limited basis.

At the time I set the story Highland Light, there was no communication between the pope and the house of Bruce. There is also speculation regarding Rosslyn Chapel which I have known of for quite some time, which hints at a Templar connection. The Da Vinci Code made a bit of use of that as well.

And some have speculated as to a connection between Freemasonary and the Templars. It is all a wonderful puzzle to speculate on. There are mysteries out there which will never be solved.

 

Tell me more about this series. Are there any more books I should be looking out for?

The series starts with Highland Light then, a bit confusingly, jumps to a descendant of Gideon and Ailene, Hamish MacGough in Wired For Sound. Hamish’s adventures and the growth of his family and marriage are documented in North By Northeast, Rhythm And Blues and Family Knots. In those books more of his children’s paranormal abilities come to light. In The Templar’s Treasure, set in 2014, Hamish and his wife, Lori, celebrate their 28 year anniversary and all hell breaks loose. But, there is an anniversary present which turns up that leads a daughter in law to some discoveries and ultimately to Edan Campbell MacGrough who lived in 1746.

The paranormal connection is not something I just stuck in to appeal to a wider audience. My mother made spare change as a young girl reading tea leaves. What she didn’t tell people was that she could read them when she took their hands. She could hold something belonging to another person and tell you all about them.

Some of that, but in a different form, came to me, but skipped my sister entirely. I’m not sure, but think it has gone into the next generation in another manner which I will not go into here.

 

Besides the MacGroughs, I know you’ve written other books set in Alaska. I read one of them, and loved the genuine feel of the locations, characters and culture in general. What compels you to write about atypical situations and little-known nations or communities – unconventional, unpredictable, non-mainstream stories, so to speak?

I have lived in the Copper Basin, we hauled water and used an outhouse. It was interesting learning about the people and how they coped. Also, I have a mix in my DNA of other cultures and I enjoy learning how other people think and react to different situations.

In every generation you have those who are fairly sure they should have been born into a different time. What those people really possess is a pioneer spirit. It is the same spirit which caused the first man to explore. It is more than finding new sources of food, it is a great need to know. What really does lie on the other side of the hill?

It is a drive which cannot be tamped down or dismissed. It is a hunger, and there will always be those who feel the pull in their blood. I know them and understand their kind, being one myself. It is the reason Allan and I travelled as much as we could afford on a very limited budget. It is the reason I travel as often as I can now. I need to see what lies over the next ridge.

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What an amazing woman! Don’t you agree? Let me show you the books I’m talking about. If you’re interested in the events surrounding Scotland of the 1700s, you will love them.

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The story of the MacGrough clan begins in “Highland Light”.
Not pretty, Ailene knows her suitors only want the glen. She refuses them all. Her father knows she must have a husband, a laird for the small clan. The 18 Knights Templar who secretly negotiate with Robert Bruce must quietly marry into the clans loyal to him. Among the Knights is Gideon. A ward of the Master, barely a man, the warrior knows nothing else. He is as unprepared as she is ready.
Ailene has seen the young man she wants. She will have him and no other. Gideon has honored the vows of chastity. He has no knowledge of women. He and Ailene must learn together.
But Gideon owes his new King service. No matter how much he wishes to stay with his wife, he has a duty. Scotland is fighting for its life against England. At the same time, Gideon’s new home is locked in a vicious internal struggle for power. Enemies are everywhere. The clan is in danger from all sides. The small bedroom they share is the only place where the young couple can find peace.

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Edan Campbell MacGrough is the only MacGrough male to return home from Culloden. They must leave their beloved glen. His half-brother sent him home to care for the women and children who are left. Daracha is happy to see her man return, but others are not so fortunate. He must hide behind his infirmity, a thing he detests. How will they survive in Glasgow? Aili Lara, wife of Birk MacGrough has seen Edan’s story by paranormal means and is telling the tale to the MacGrough’s of 2015.

 

 

 

Reviews

Let me tell you first about The Twisted Laird, as that is the first book (in this series) I read.

The story begins with the aftermath of the battle of Culloden. Every male from the clan MacGrough went to stand by their King’s side, knowing full well they would not survive the massacre. The laird, whose responsibilities stretched further than present events, ensured the survival of his clan by ingenious means. I will not reveal what he did – suffice it to say it was very effective. From then on, a battle for survival ensues.

The only survivor and new laird, Edan, steers his people through the mire of dangers and prejudice rife at the time, and while their lives are not easy, the incredibly strong bond between these people enables them to prosper and move forward.

The author employs a great deal of Scottish vernacular in dialogue, in an attempt to give a better flavor of the time and place, and in this, she succeeded. At first, I resisted having what to me is an odd accent slow me down, but soon I settled into the rhythm of the characters’ speech, and loved my time there. I found I needed to get back to the book as soon as I could make time in my busy schedule. I missed reading about the MacGroughs whenever I was doing something else.

There is an enormous amount of detail in this book. I’m sure it’s taken days and even weeks of research, and for that I am grateful. I loved being immersed into the clan, and the atmosphere, and as soon I as I was finished with the book, I contacted the author and asked if there were any more. That is the sign of a good book. I loved that world, and I hated to have to leave it. I wanted back in.

And Cherime gifted me the first book in the series, Highland Light, because she is such an amazing person!

Despite the fact that I have read these books out of sequence, I feel the same pull to stay in the story, stay with the MacGroughs. Again, I love the characters, love the storyline, love the detailed descriptions – from customs to the work ethos, from cooking to the methods employed for building walls. These are not mere characters to me. They’re family. And I love them all.

The detail, vernacular, descriptions and reactions are all so perfectly woven, I hate having to turn the pages. I know I will finish reading this book in minutes, and I dread the end. There is no way I can give these books less than 5 stars. I wholeheartedly recommend them.

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CherimeAlthough born in New Orleans, I am proud to call myself an Alaskan. I have lived here since 1977. I have seen -40 degrees, hauled water, made bear bacon and I live in a cabin. I have used a fishwheel to catch salmon coming up the Copper River. I was my second husband’s chief mechanic’s helper and roadie. I have cut firewood on shares. I worked as a cocktail waitress during pipeline days in a small lodge on the Richardson Highway.
My second husband, a Scot from Glasgow, was the love of my life. When I write Scots dialect, I personally experienced hearing it from my in laws. When my husband got on the phone to Scotland, after 5 seconds I could barely understand a word.
We moved to Wasilla to get warm. It barely drops past -25 degrees here in the winter. I became a paralegal and worked for over 26 years for the same firm.
Alaska is my home. I never thought I would love it so much, I never want to leave. The beauty of Alaska is a draw I cannot resist. I love the people and the history. I have been captured by a place I came to under duress. Life does play some interesting tricks on one. My love and I were not apart more than 24 hours for 20 plus years. I never wanted to be anywhere but with him. He was a man to run the river with and was my biggest fan. You can find me on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cherime-MacFarlane/234948983315392. I also blog at cherimemacfarlane.wordpress.com.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Author Interviews, Book Reviews, Guest Posts

 

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Review: One Night in Edinburgh, by Charlotte Howard

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I need an Ethan. NOW!

If you’re looking for a high-end erotic short read, something with substance, a decent plot, and technically perfect, you will enjoy this. I’ve read several books by the same author, and I’ve found in every case her writing style to be fresh and clean; no frills, no flowers – just right. One Night in Edinburgh is just that, only with an additional layer of heat. You may need a fan. Or an Ethan equivalent. I don’t own a fan.

The protagonists are not away from each other for long, and that is a good thing in my opinion. There is good chemistry between them, and while they fall for each other incredibly fast, the situations and reactions seem real. I liked the fact that they acted like the adults they were.

Did I enjoy the read? Yes, very much so. I’m wondering whether there will be a night (or several) in London next. I wouldn’t mind it in the slightest.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Book Reviews

 

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Review: Gideon Lee, by Lisa Orchard

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What a wonderful breath of fresh air from the author of the Super Spies! I’ve read other books of Lisa Orchard’s, so I feel confident in saying this is by far the best piece of writing I’ve read from her. The quality and strength of this new voice is such a great leap forward, I forgot all about the author and concentrated solely on the story. This is talent. This is an author who has fallen into the right groove.

Gideon Lee is a mystery, just like other stories by this author, and in this this first book of the series we don’t figure out the puzzle, not entirely. Lark, the protagonist, is a character with whom I could identify easily, someone who felt every knock of her hard life, someone whose existence could be real. She has been beautifully portrayed. Lark’s struggle to understand the world around her, her anger at the realities of life, and general treatment of teenage angst are done with a light hand, intuitive appreciation, and high mastery of the writing craft. To me, Lisa Orchard has arrived.

Just like other commenters, I did find the ending of this instalment a little abrupt, but I don’t mind it, somehow. I do feel the hope that’s filling Lark’s heart fill mine too. I can wait – just about – for the next one in the series.

So difficult to find, these days, a no-nonsense book for teens, about teens, written in their language, and one that doesn’t sugar-coat the more offensive aspects of life. There’s no profanity in these pages, and yet the message is clear-cut and positive. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for teens and those who love them. Unquestionably, a five-star performance.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Book Reviews

 

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It’s Official – It’s Happening!

Trial RunTrial Run will be out November 12th!

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“Trust me, he says. You’ll be safe with me, he says.”

Amelie Watts is sick and tired of being treated like a child. She might be willowy and delicate, but she has strength of the kind that doesn’t show on the outside. Plus, she learned all she needed to know so she could cope on her own. Now, if only her big brother would finally release her inheritance! She would fly to the Bahamas and kiss the backwater she grew up in goodbye.

Jason Watts is fed up with picking up the pieces of his little sister’s life. If only she would grow up already and learn to live life without stabilizers! Her latest idea is insane, and bound to be her most enormous failure to date. But how to make her understand?

Enter Rob Tyson, incorrigible bachelor and Jason’s best friend. For a laugh, they make a bet. Two people, a hastily acquired boat, and a tropical paradise. What could possibly go wrong?

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And because I love you very very much, here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite. Jason took Rob along to rescue Amelie from a dubious tattoo parlor, and they were almost too late.

Rob watched as Amelie launched herself at her brother, oblivious of her nakedness or any danger to which she may be exposing herself. He took two strides toward them, then stopped, hesitating. What now? Should he simply grab her and pull her away? She didn’t have a stitch of clothing on. How would she react to his hands on her body? More to the point, how would Jason react to his best friend brazenly manhandling his sister?

Amelie took that decision out of his hands when she collapsed to the floor. Her knees buckled and she slid slowly down, deflated, like a punctured balloon.

He rushed to help Jason then, sliding an arm behind her back and pulling her face around with his free hand to look at her eyes.

It only took a glance at her pupils to work it out.

“Roofies!”

Jason nodded in agreement. “Still think I’m overreacting?”

Rob didn’t bother answering. “She’s not completely out yet. We need to get it out of her system quick.”

“We need salt and warm water.”

“Not enough time. Can you think of something else?”

“Just trigger her gag reflex.”

Rob frowned. “I’ll hold her up.” He shifted his grip so Amelie was in a better position, making sure he didn’t touch her in any inappropriate places. Still, he was all man, and the ugly duckling he used to know had transformed into a swan over the last ten years. There was no escaping the heat coursing through his body when he propped her naked, plump behind against his leg and bent her over his arm, holding her mass of chestnut hair back with his other hand.

When she was done, Jason grabbed some paper off the roll used to cover the tattooist’s cot and wrapped it as best he could around his sister. She fought and mumbled incoherent slurred words at the discomfort, but soon passed out. Rob hoisted her up in his arms and followed Jason back out to the car.

He sat in the back with Amelie on his lap, his eyes skimming over her body, as Jason drove back almost as fast as before. The paper roll couldn’t disguise the curvature of her hip, the curl of her calf, her slender ankles… Lips pressed together, Rob stared at her child-like face, wondering what he would do if she’d been his sister, instead of Jason’s. What was she thinking of? Why would she be so careless about her own safety? Did she enjoy getting in trouble? Did she expect, perhaps, that her brother would swoop in and rescue her every time?

No matter how pretty she was, or how delectable her body had become – and he was definitely not staring at the shape her nipple rings etched into the paper covering – if she’d been his sister he would have bent her across his knees and tanned that pert behind until it glowed. This princess syndrome she seemed to indulge in had to be stopped before it got out of control. One day her prince charming would fail to appear, and then what? Knocking sense into her by whatever means necessary, now, would be the best course of action, for her own good.

Rob carried Amelie into the house and laid her carefully in her bed, then stood back as Jason ripped the paper from around her and pulled a sheet over her naked body. Again, he didn’t look at her nipples, so he couldn’t explain how he’d noticed the ring on the left had flipped up and over the top, begging to be straightened, and he most certainly hadn’t caught a glimpse of the ice blue stone of her clit dangle, the exact same color as her eyes.

He turned and walked out the door before he failed to notice more things about Amelie that made his blood heat up and race around his body. She was no more than a spoilt brat who needed firm handling if she was going to make it past her twenty-second birthday alive.

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This is book two of four standalones in this collection. Genre: romantic suspense. Not Juliet (novella length of 40,000 words approximately) is out now and retailing at 99 cents. Trial Run (full novel at over 60,000 words) is set at $1.99. It also contains bonus material not available anywhere else. Those hawt and juicy cut scenes will stay exclusive to the Trial Run e-book and paperback. Next on the list and this year’s NaNoWriMo project is book three, Safe Haven, which should be ready for release before Christmas. Wish me luck.

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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Book Reviews, News

 

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Author Spotlight and Book Review: Destiny’s Wings, by D. S. Schmeckpeper

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Celeste is tired. She just wants to be left alone.

For centuries, the half-blooded elf has hidden herself away from the world and lived in isolation. Things have been peaceful, quiet. But some have a greater calling, a destiny. When the humans unwittingly set about a plan to release the source of all evil back into the world, Celeste is called upon by an old ally to stop them, and to keep all of Altierra safe. 

Now she must face her past as she and her allies travel across the continent to save a world she has been apart from for eons. Will even her angelic birthright and druidic powers be enough to stop the rise of the last god? 

She never asked to be a hero.

Destiny can be funny that way.

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Arcus glared down at her. “Too easy.” Then he turned and started back for the bar. Before he could reach it, however, the door flew open and in walked three of the strongest looking men Arcus had ever seen. They shoved roughly past Arcus and marched straight for the table with the two girls and Joseph. Arcus stepped out of the way and waited.

“Hey, you!” The man in front had brown hair and a full beard, and a ship tattoo on his upper arm. He pointed angrily at Joseph. “Yeah, I know it’s you. Joshua or Joseph or something like that. I know what you did – Sam told me! Now you’re gonna die!”

“Excuse me, gentlemen.” Arcus had snuck up behind them and was standing with his hands behind his back. “What seems to be the trouble here?”

“This doesn’t concern you, boy,” one of the other two men snarled.

“Oh, but it does,” answered Arcus. “You see, this man may be an idiot, but he’s my friend, and I’m not going to stand idly by while you kill him. If anyone will kill him one of these days, it will be me.”

“Thanks, Arc.”

“No problem, idiot. Now, what did you do this time? Shall I guess that Sam is a girl?”

“Umm…that would probably be a safe bet. Though, honestly, I don’t remember anyone named Sam,” said Joseph.

“Why does that not surprise me?” quipped Arcus.

“What do you mean, you don’t know who Sam is?” shouted the leader. “Sam is my girl, and you… you…”

“Rocked her world?” Joseph grinned mischievously, and winked at the blonde and redhead, who had already backed away to another table, and were observing the proceedings with curiosity.

“Was that really necessary, Joseph?” Arcus questioned, as the leader roared in fury.

The leader lunged for Joseph, who ducked under the man’s arms, laughing. Arcus whipped his hands out from behind his back, and fire blazed up and down his forearms. He reached for the other two goons and slammed their heads together, scorching their hair. They bellowed in pain. The two girls and most of the other patrons all got up and rushed to the opposite side of the room, to avoid getting caught in the crossfire. The bartender cursed and demanded they break it up. The bystanders shouted taunts and cheers at the group, though to Arcus, the sounds all merged and then vanished altogether as he focused his magic. The man on the left pulled out a dagger, while the one on the right swung at Arcus. He absorbed the hit with his burning hands, which then flickered out. Then, he glared at the one with the knife. “Stop moving,” Arcus hissed in a hypnotic voice, and the spell immediately took effect as the man froze in place, still holding his knife awkwardly. He then turned to the other goon.

Joseph ducked another swing, and then another. He dodged a vicious kick by hopping toward the table. The leader was clearly becoming more and more enraged. Finally, he found purchase and punched Joseph square in the nose, which shattered. Blood sprayed everywhere. Joseph lost his rhythm, and fell hard onto the table. He raised his arms to block the assault, curling in on himself. The man hit him hard in the ribs with his elbow. Joseph held up a shaky hand to cast a small, glowing bolt of energy at his attacker, which struck him in the face, just under his left eye. The man grunted in pain, but didn’t pause in his assault.

Arcus shoved both of his hands flat against his remaining attacker’s chest. Lightning flashed from his palms and the man fell onto a chair without a sound. The chair crumbled to pieces under the onslaught as the smell of ozone filled the bar. Arcus turned to the leader. “Are you sure you don’t want to rethink this plan while you still have a chance? Take a look at your men; you are clearly outmatched.”

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Review:

An epic fantasy novel of fantastic ingenuity. 

Enchanting. That’s the word I would use to quickly describe this book. But I want to tell you more. I don’t read fantasy, usually, and I don’t watch movies. This story, however, felt so real, and so…possible, that I couldn’t put it down.

The characters draw you in on page one, and they don’t put you down until you’ve been through the wringer alongside them. You laugh, you cry, you fight monsters and your own terrors as you progress through the book.

A simple plot develops into a multitude of facets, and I found that, reading between the lines, this fantastic turn of events mirrors our current reality, in many ways.

The dialogues are beautiful and full of humor, the descriptions just right for giving you the feel of the place or creature, and the action is non-stop. There is so much life, so much authenticity in this novel, it is a pleasure to read.

If you’re a fan of fantasy worlds full of fantastic creatures – such as trolls, goblins, elves and dragons, this is the book for you. Beautiful smooth writing, delivered with confidence, and a cracking good story suitable for all ages. There’s nothing I could find to fault this book. Five shiny, well-deserved stars.

 

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ds schmeckpepersAbout the Authors:

D.S. Schmeckpeper (a.k.a. Dottie and Steve Schmeckpeper) live in Florida, USA. They are a husband and wife team who work together to create the Land of Destiny series. Both have loved the Fantasy genre for many years and have wasted way too much time playing fantasy-based games. Dottie was a vocal performance major in college, before she decided a liberal arts major was not for her. Ironic, huh? They have two wonderful twin boys, who are three at the time of this publication. They are the light of their parents’ lives. Steve does the artwork and comes up with many of the story concepts. Dottie brings the ideas to life. When not working, writing or drawing, the pair love to take their children to Florida’s many amusement parks, and can often be found there.

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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in Book Reviews, Guest Posts

 

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Review: The Enclaves of Sylox, by T.R. Harris

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I really wish I had the brains to write this series myself. So now the envy is out of the way, let me tell you about the book.

Sci-fi – clear by the cover – adventure and detective mystery all rolled into one. Virtually all my favorite genres blended together.

The plot moves along swiftly – perfect for this type of storyline. Twists and turns everywhere. Intrigue and funny looking aliens – thick on the ground. It would have been easy to make this into a heavy, action-laden book which exhausts the reader, but instead, we have an incredibly entertaining read full of quips and humor, fast-paced yet light enough to make you chuckle as you go.

The author’s voice is clean and balanced, clear of unnecessary flourishes. First person writing brings the reader closer to the action. Jason King is a human in an alien world, and a bachelor, and the way he expresses himself, his thought process, his likes and dislikes are so spot-on, you can’t help but like the guy from page one. Unlikely hero that he is, he still manages to save the day, and in the process stop disaster of universal proportions.

I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this book. Loved the hints to the old human life, loved the biggest warehouse on Sylox where Jason shops, loved the camaraderie between him and Quint. Even the spaceship salesman was funny. The twist in the epilogue was just sweet icing on the cake.

This was the first book by T.R. Harris I’ve read, but it wont be the last. Seriously, you need to try it. Oh, the cherry on top – there is a complete bonus book included in the package: book one of The Human Chronicles Saga, The Fringe Worlds. Definitely worth it. Wholeheartedly recommend it.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Book Reviews

 

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