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The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly (book 2 in the Creative Series)

May 19, 2019 - 6:01 pm No Comments

The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly (Book2 in the Creative Series)

Published by Cricket Publishing on 12th June 2017

284 pages

The immediate threat is over and happy to live in Italy with Gabriel and her family, Coco is getting more comfortable with her gifts. But when a concerned friend and her paintings highlighted the plight of teenage girls, Coco knows that the Allegiance has got to step in. However, with the team have to split up to cover two missions, things go from bad to worse.

Due to the majority of the characters already known to us, the book seemed to flow a lot quicker and the story was fast paced. Whilst Coco still had a major role to play, the story concentrated on some of the other characters and we learn a lot more about Pelayo, an El Salvadoran vampire and Sabine, a doctor who fights for the vulnerable. Also helping the Allegiance was a vampire with a surprising background. Whilst the main mission concentrates on the missing girls, Prudence has her own mission and it gives us the chance to meet some of her ancestors and learn more about her life. Whilst we know that Kenan is behind the trouble, the story goes further to explain why he is the way his.   

Due to the nature of the subject matter, this story came across a lot darker than book 1, but this just helps enforce just what Coco and company are up against. As I mentioned it was a faster pace due to the fact there was always something going on. The art still played a big part in the story and the picturesque descriptions of the paintings enable you to imagine them as you are reading.

A good addition to this fantasy series and I am looking forward to reading The Immortal Muse which came out on 31st March 2019

A Secret Muse (The Creative Series Book 1) by Mandy Jackson-Beverly

May 19, 2019 - 11:53 am No Comments

A Secret Muse (The Creative Series Book 1) by Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Published by Cricket Publishing on 1st February 2016

300 pages

Coco Rhodes was happy with her life, an artist and teacher, she enjoyed her freedom. Her brother Chris was a member of a secret society The Allegiance, and whilst her family and friends were members, she wanted nothing to do with them. However, when her life was put in danger, she had no choice but to accept their protection. But could that be enough to save her from Kenan, one of the evilest vampires they have come across  

I liked Coco, she was happy to be herself, she was a free spirit, lost in her art and content with her own company. Even though her best friend and her brother were part of The Allegiance, she wanted nothing to do it, which showed how headstrong she was. Even after her accident, she was still stubborn and was literally forced into having additional protection. 

I enjoyed how the supernatural overlapped with the real world, regular humans were not aware that supernatural beings lived and worked with them. Only a few people knew about the Allegiance and this kept everyone safe. Due to the society being large, they’re quite a few characters in the story, but each one is relevant to the story and when we are introduced to them, parts of their backstory is revealed. As the story continues you soon come to realise how their lives interweave with each other and how they are connected in the future. There are various supernatural beings in this story, witches, vampires, to name but a few. All have an important role in the story.

This story was well researched and as some of the characters are vampires, the story spans over a long time period. Whilst I do not know anything about art, I enjoyed reading about the supernatural involvement used to create some of the most famous paintings. The scenic views of Italy and the places visited were described in fine detail and whether it is the 15th century or the modern day you feel like you are transported there. The pace would quicken with the action, making it more intense. The fight scenes were full on, but the characters would change from fighters to lovers in a few scenes, slowing the pace making it an enjoyable read.  

This is a book for adults and whether you are looking for those tall dark and brooding men or just a good fantasy read to start a new series than this is the story for you.  

The Whisperers of Evernow by Heidi Catherine

May 14, 2019 - 5:49 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for The Whisperers of Evernow, 1st in The Kingdoms of Evernow series, a new series by Heidi Catherine 

The Whisperers of Evernow

When the King owns your words, who will own your heart?

Manipulated by a vicious King, Jeremiah is stripped of his identity and forced into a life of silent submission as a Whisperer. Allowed only to speak at the command of the King, one thousand Whisperers must line up in rows and chant their sadistic ruler’s darkest desires. As each evil wish comes true, the King’s power over his impoverished kingdom grows.

When Jeremiah’s fears for the family he left behind are confirmed, he turns in desperation to the most unlikely person for help—the King’s eldest daughter. But is Princess Rose as kind as she is beautiful, or will she lure him into a trap?

To save those dearest to him, Jeremiah has no choice but to put his trust in Rose, whose own life is threatened as her father prepares to clear the path to the throne for his newborn son. Together they embark on a bold plan to overthrow the King and set the Whisperers free.

As love blossoms in this most unlikely place, Jeremiah and Rose must discover how to use the power of the spoken word to conquer more than just the kingdom. They will need to conquer their hearts.

The first book in the spellbinding The Kingdoms of Evernow series, this is a must-read by award-winning author, Heidi Catherine.

The Whisperers of Evernow by Heidi Catherine

Published by Sequel House on 6th April 2019

276 pages

The Whisperers are whispering. The Whisperers are whispering. The Whisperers are whispering. Then silence. There is something sinister about a 1000 voices speaking in sync and with their spoken word having the power to change fate.

Living under a tyrant king has turned the Valley of the Blessed into a poor and desolate land. People were starving and loyalty to the royals was gone. Jeremiah thought he was doing the right thing when he joined the Whisperers. At 16 there was a lot of responsibility on his young shoulders. As a whisperer, everything had to be done in silence or face the consequences of imprisonment or worse death. As the story spanned Jeremiah’s time in the castle, you can see that the pressure of remaining silent and worrying about his family had a detrimental effect on his life. Accompanying him as he does his duties, you meet quite a few characters, but none are as important as Rose. The connection between them, becomes stronger the longer they are in each other’s company, and whilst Jeremiah’s life is sad, Rose’s is not much better.

Whilst the majority of the story is set in the castle, there are times when we are following Micah’s story, Jeremiah’s younger sister, her story shows how she suffered with him leaving and the lengths she had to take to survive. Moving between Jeremiah and Micah’s story was seamless and there was no confusion whose tale I was reading about.

The plot was original, with characters you will love or hate. The descriptive style and the world building of the author enable you to imagine Jeremiah’s world with ease. The story ebbed and flowed depending on the scenes and when the scene had tension or suspense, I felt myself reading faster. It was a refreshing change not to finish on a cliff-hanger and whilst I do not want to give the ending away, I am glad to see that book 2 and 3 are already on pre-order and both will be out in a couple of months.

This is an ideal book for fantasy lovers and perfect for teenagers and adults . This is a new to me author and I enjoyed this book so much, I am off to read their other series.

Purchase Links:

US –  https://www.amazon.com/Whisperers-Evernow-Book-Kingdoms-ebook/dp/B07PJ88Q7W

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whisperers-Evernow-Book-Kingdoms-ebook/dp/B07PJ88Q7W

Author Bio –

Heidi Catherine is an award-winning fantasy author and hopeless romantic.

Her debut novel, The Soulweaver, won Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award and was published by Crooked Cat Books as the first book of a trilogy. After being named as a highly commended author in The Hope Prize, Heidi’s story, The Extra Piece, was published by Simon & Schuster in a collection of stories about disadvantage in our community. She was also a finalist in Romance Writers of Australia’s Little Gems competition four times.

She lives in Australia, not able to decide if she prefers Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, so shares her time between both places. She is similarly pulled in opposing directions by her two sons and two dogs, remaining thankful she only has one husband.

Social Media Links –

www.heidicatherine.com

www.facebook.com/heidicatherineauthor

www.twitter.com/heidicatherine

www.instagram.com/heidicatherinewww.amazon.com/author/heidicatherine

Thread of Hope (book 2 of the Choice and Consequences series) by Rachel J Bonner

May 7, 2019 - 8:16 am No Comments

I knew straight away that I had to be on the blog tour for Thread of Hope, the 2nd book in the Choice and Consequences series, written by Rachel J Bonner.

At the end of my blog is a great giveaway for you to enter:

The enthralling sequel to the compelling Strand of Faith.

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

Is honesty always the best policy?


Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

Here are my thoughts of the 2nd book in the Choice and Consequences series

Thread of Hope by Rachel J Bonner

Published by Isbin Books on 2nd May 2019

245 pages

Following straight on from book one, Leonie has run away, after Prospero had proposed to her.  This story was full of adventure from page one. Leonie is used to caring for herself and is still struggling with the notion that she has people who care for her.  Whilst she enjoys living with the monks, she is still very independent and struggles with the fight or flight response when situations get too much for her. At those times it shows still has vulnerable she is.

Leonie and Prospero’s backgrounds are important to this story and as you read, you learn just how horrific some of Leonie’s upbringing was. Whilst Prospero had a pleasant childhood, he had his own demons to overcome, as he grew older. As with book one, there are hints to how important Leonie’s ancestry is to the country and whilst a bit more is found out, there is still more to know. New characters are introduced and through them, we learn more about Prospero.

As two-thirds of the book is set in the monastery as before the other monks are important and through them trying to help Leonie, you learn why they came to the Order and there will be some surprises about certain member’s background. One of my favourites is still Brother Edward, who when he is asked to create a new outfit, he is like a kid in a sweet store, his excitement is infectious and strangely has a calming effect on Leonie.

The pace quickens over the last third of the book as Prospero and Leonie venture out and there is some heart in mouth moments as you read and if like me you read quicker to find out what is going to happen.

As before it is written from a 3rd person POV, with different characters telling their side of the story. This is a good blend of Romance and Fantasy. Finishing on a cliff-hanger, I am glad that I don’t have to wait too long for the next book in the series.

Purchasing links Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NBH7J2T

Google books https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachel_J_Bonner_Thread_of_Hope?id=bMCSDwAAQBAJ

Other e-book retailers https://books2read.com/threadofhope

  During the book tour Strand of Faith will be at 99p, Thread of Hope is priced at £2.99

Strand of Faith Purchasing Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GKZT8LF/

Google books https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachel_J_Bonner_Strand_of_Faith?id=bQyBDwAAQBAJ

Other e-book retailers https://www.books2read.com/strandoffaith

Author Bio

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

Social Media:

Website http:// http://www.racheljbonner.co.uk/

Blog: http://www.racheljbonner.co.uk/blogofweek.html

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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/racheljbonnerauthor

Newsletter: http://www.racheljbonner.co.uk/newsletter.html or https://www.subscribepage.com/o8x8t3

Giveaway to Win Signed copies of both Strand of Faith and Thread of Hope, plus bookmarks and business cards that match each book, and one of the Holding Crosses that the monks and nuns have.  (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Strand of Faith (Choice and Consequences Book 1) by Rachel J Bonner

April 19, 2019 - 5:36 pm No Comments

Strand of Faith (Choice and Consequences Book 1) by Rachel J Bonner

Published by Isbin Books on 15th November 2018

239 pages

In preparation for the release of the 2nd in the series, I read Strand of Faith, the first book in the Choice and Consequences series.

Set in a world where some people have psychic gifts, a monastery is set up to help the young students to use their talents. Brother Prospero an exceptionally gifted monk, he had had difficulty controlling his powers, but now highly trained, he used his skills to help others. Leonie, an orphan hides in the monastery to try and control her abilities. But with the Abbot having strange dreams is Prospero and Leonie needed for greater things.

Brother Prospero had found a sanctuary, having struggled with his gifts when he was a young boy, it enabled him to help others, whether it was teaching them to control their powers or if they required medical attention. However, having Leonie close sees him grappling with his beliefs. There is not a lot known about Leonie and there are only snippets known about her life before she joined the monastery, but we know she had it hard.

Being the first in the series, we get introduced to the main characters and get an understanding of their world. With each chapter labelled with the character and written in 3rd person POV enables you to understand the characters, whether it’s following them as they do their duties, the emotional turmoil they have with each other or learning more about the background, you get involved with their story. Although Prospero and Leonie are the main characters, the other characters play a big part in telling the story.

Whilst this is a fantasy read, it has a historical feel to the book, because of the monastery setting I had Cadfael running through my mind. The romance elements play a big part in the story and I had to keep reminding myself that Prospero is only a few years older than Leonie, although I did feel sorry for him as he struggled with his beliefs and what he had to do for the best. I actually stayed up to finish this book as I wanted to know more about Leonie and I am glad that I do not have to wait too long to carry on her story and to see what her involvement is in the Abbot’s plans.

This is a perfect book for teenagers and adults and if you enjoy fantasy and romance, and want to start a new series than this is a good book to get.