|Posted by [email protected] on July 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM||comments (0)|
Title: Hearts In Exile
Series: Tallenmere (stand-alone)
Author: Mysti Parker
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Melange Books
Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Somewhere, hidden in the waters of the Southern Sea, lies an island unlike any other. Within the amber glow of its pyrogem-laden cliffs, legend says the very heart of the dragon god Drae keeps the island, and its occupants, alive.
Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard's High Priestess Arianne, had no idea what she would face when she arrived by boat ten years ago and was left alone in exile. All she knew about Draekoria's inhabitants was written in one tattered notebook. Now, her life revolves around keeping Drae's descendants happy. Never in her life did she imagine being a Dragon Keeper.
Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, has faced his share of hell, battling the evils of Emperor Sarvonn's tyranny and the dark god Tyr's abominations. But none of that compares to the ten years of hell he's been without Loralee, presumed dead.
One freak storm changes everything. Now the two of them must fight to re-establish the delicate balance of the island before the dragons take things into their own hands. Through it all, they discover the secrets that kept them, and their hearts, exiled for a decade.
Excerpt From Chapter Three:
After a shipwreck, Sir Robert wakes up in a strange cottage, only to find Loralee, the love of his life, whom he thought had been dead for a decade…
“I don’t understand. What is this place?”
“It’s an island. Very few know of its existence.”
I shook my head, trying to clear the fog of this confusing dream come to life. “But, why would you be here, and why would you be sorry? Unless…”
The words wouldn’t come. My racing mind pitched in to help. Unless she didn’t want to marry me after all.
Wrenching pain I’d kept tucked inside broke free, and I clambered to my feet. Loralee followed suit, backing herself into the small dining table.
I tried, but could not hide the bitter anger in my words. “How could you do this to me? Do you have any idea what I’ve been through?”
Her eyes widened. She clutched the table with one hand and her robe with the other. “What you’ve been through? I didn’t want this. I was forced here.”
“What do you mean, forced here? Where are your shackles?” My voice roared through the little cottage as I gestured around me with one arm. “Where are the bars? This looks like no prison I’ve ever seen.”
Her voice cracked the air, rivaling with my own. “I was betrayed, forced into exile. Don’t you understand? I never wanted to leave you. I never wanted anything so much as I wanted you.”
Pacing away, I closed my eyes and breathed deeply. I had to calm myself, to let the weight of this discovery, the improbability of her explanation to sink into my water-logged brain.
I couldn’t bring myself to look at her just yet, so I stared at my bare feet instead. “Why didn’t you tell me, write to me?”
“I tried. I begged the supply ship crew to bring my letters to you. They always took them, but never brought one in return. I suspect they destroyed them, but I had no way of knowing.” She sucked in a shaky breath as though trying to hold back her tears. “I never stopped loving you.”
Turning back to face her, I felt like a mindless beast. Here I was, raging against the love of my life when she’d all but been brought back from the dead.
“Loralee.” I eased toward her. She cringed. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you.”
Without a word, I leaned in and pressed my forehead to hers, allowing myself to breathe in her scent for the first time in a decade. We stood suspended like that for a while, lost in time, and emerging from a purgatory neither of us had imagined ten years ago. I would have been content to stand like that forever, but Loralee burst into tears and wilted to the floor.
I followed her down and opened the quilt to wrap us both inside. I held her tight while she cried.
While I cried.
I finally got enough breath to speak again. “What did you mean by forced here? They told me you were…” I couldn’t say it, not with her warm and so very alive against me.
The weight of it all came crashing down on me. “This is my fault, isn’t it? You’re here because of me.”
She made no attempt to wipe her cheeks, but shook her head and stared at the rafters as though entreating the gods. “No, it’s not your fault. Not at all. There is so much to explain, I don’t know where to start.”
I couldn’t comprehend any of it, so I focused on the here and now. “You found me on the shore?”
“The crew, Francis…did you find anyone else out there?”
“No, I had Xax-, I mean, no, I searched but didn’t find anyone else.”
The familiar weight of grief squeezed my chest, and a few more tears escaped before I could stop them.
She pulled me close and whispered, “I’m so sorry. I know how much you loved him. We all did.”
“We all grieved for you. You’ve been here…all this time?”
“By the gods, Loralee, I’ve missed you so much.” I put my wet cheek against hers and pressed my lips to her soft skin. “Part of me died the day I thought you… please…just tell me how you ended up here.”
Loralee took a few deep breaths and finally pulled away from me. She caressed my cheek and smiled weakly. “I’ll make us a pot of tea. And then, I think we should start at the beginning, back to the Great Plague and when we first met. Do you remember that?”
Smiling past the sadness, I covered her hand with mine and closed my eyes. “How could I ever forget?”
About Mysti Parker:
Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger's Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya's Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind's 'Sword of Truth' series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.
Mysti's other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers Village University's six week free course, F2K.
Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder's Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.
|Posted by [email protected] on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM||comments (1)|
Prolific, best selling author, Bernadette Marie has released her new book, Lost and Found. An accomplished contemporary romance writer, she always promises 'a happy ending'! However, that doesn't mean there aren't challenges and disappointments along the way. Lost and found is part of her ever popular 'Keller Family' series and is released Friday 9th May.
Lost and Found centres on Darcy McCary who came to Nashville with some big expectations--to find her birth parents. She had no plans of making a life in Tennessee. But when her sources lead her to Eduardo Keller, her heart took over, and plans changed.
Eduardo Keller is a man who goes after what he wants and he doesn't have time for playing games. Darcy is exactly the woman he's been looking for to assist him in business and be his partner in life. Because he loves Darcy, Ed promises to help her find the answers she seeks.
What he doesn't know is that if Darcy finds the secret to her past it might mend her curiosity; however, it might also tear apart a branch of the Keller family.
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Series: The Keller Family Series
Publisher: 5 Prince Books
Formats Available In: All eBook formats
Purchase Link: http://www.5princebooks.com/buy.htm
About Bernadette Marie:
Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.
In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and began the process of taking on other authors in other genres.
In 2012 Bernadette Marie found herself on the bestsellers lists of iTunes and Amazon to name a few. Her office wall is lined with colorful PostIt notes with the titles of books she will be releasing in the very near future, with hope that they too will grace the bestsellers lists.
Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events. She is also an accomplished martial artist who will earn her conditional second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do in October 2012. An avid reader, she enjoys most, the works of Nora Roberts, Karen White, Megan Hart, to name a few. She loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.
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Excerpt from LOST AND FOUND:
Ed Keller leaned back in his chair and kicked his feet up on his desk. The view from his office would never cease to amaze him. The view from his uncle’s office was much more spectacular, but he had no reason to complain. Who would have thought, nearly twenty years ago when he’d asked for an after-school job to afford a limo ride to take a girl to prom, that he’d end up with the title Vice President on his business cards. He laughed. He couldn’t even think of the girl’s name that had squeezed at his heart. She’d been older. That he remembered. But he’d never done well with older women. Now he sat atop an empire that his uncle’s grandfather had started and his uncle’s father had carried on. But it was Zach Benson who made it what it was today.
Benson, Benson, and Hart built big—built on time—and built under budget. Nothing had changed.
Ed didn’t have a foreman like Zach had. His other uncle, John Forrester, had been the best foreman any company could have asked for. A loyal employee until Ed’s Aunt Arianna made him retire only two years earlier. But another would come along. Right now he had to focus on a new assistant. Interviewing people for a position shouldn’t be an issue. He’d been doing it for years. But a personal assistant had to be in your business, and he didn’t like that. He’d fought it for years. Temps were good. They came, did the work, and left. He figured it was kind of like dating the wrong girl. There weren’t any he wanted to spend his life with.
Perhaps his expectations were too high. After all, his Aunt Regan had been Zach’s assistant. They’d been married nearly twenty-five years, and she still took care of him. It wouldn’t be long before Tyler and Spencer, their sons, would be sitting in Ed’s seat. Ed dropped his feet to the floor and pushed up from his chair. When the time was right, he’d find the assistant of his dreams. He’d given up on the woman of his dreams, so an assistant would have to do.
He walked to the elevator and pressed the button to go down to the lobby. There was a Starbucks there now, and he’d grown very fond of caramel lattes, thanks to his Aunt Arianna, though he didn’t go for the skinny version. His Uncle John would say it was a bit too frilly a drink for a man in the construction business. His Uncle Zach, on the other hand, would argue that it was a good stress reliever.
Ed laughed at himself. What an eclectic bunch of people he had in his family. And even without them there with him, he still enjoyed them. The gathering of the masses in the Starbucks also entertained him, almost as much as the thoughts of his family and their differences. Ed ordered his drink and stood at the counter waiting for it to be handed to him.
As he looked around the store, he mentally spotted and named each kind of person. There was the tourist, the executive, and the assistant. There was a couple, obviously just downtown for the day and…hmmm, one that stumped him. She was professional, probably interviewing by the way she was dressed, but she wasn’t comfortable with the big building and the mass of people. She was using Starbucks as a common ground, something familiar, to ease her nerves.He listened as she ordered her drink—decaf and nonfat. What fun was in that, he wondered.
She tucked her change back into her purse, walked to the end of the counter, and stood behind to Ed to wait for her drink. Flowery perfume filled his nose. She had a sweet side. The lady behind the counter handed Ed his iced caramel latte. He turned to leave and, he’d say so himself, that was when things got interesting.
The woman who had been standing behind him, searching in her bag for something, looked up just as Ed turned around. She shifted to move out of his way, but instead she moved right into him. Ed’s hands slipped from the condensation on the cup, and the entire, cold drink poured down the front of the woman.
She let out a stifled scream, and her hands went into the air. “Oh-my-God!”
“I’m very sorry.”
Ed turned toward the counter and grabbed a handful of napkins. He would have helped to mop up her clothes, but he noticed that the white, silk shirt clung to her and decided it just wasn’t a good idea to try.
“Look what you did!” She ripped the napkins from his hand and began to blot away the coffee, which had already stained the shirt.
“Sorry, but I think you ran into me.”
She snapped her head up again. “Oh, men. You’re not always right, you know. Sometimes you do make mistakes.”
Not only was she not as sweet as her flowery perfume, she was jaded. Bad news.
“Again, I’m very sorry. How can I help you?” He turned and reached for more napkins, but when she pulled them from his hand, he noticed she was crying.
“I think you’ve done enough.”
“I still think I can help in some way.”
“Listen. My suit is ruined. This is the only one I have. I was searching for a job, and I can’t do that now. I can’t hand out resumes looking like this.”
Ed watched as the woman continued to wipe off her blouse, but to no avail. It was ruined, but he still wasn’t going to take the blame.
“Are you looking for a job in this building?”
She let out a grunt. “Why else would I be here?”
“I was just asking. I know most of the businesses in the building. Perhaps I can help you out.”
The woman pursed her lips. “I don’t need your charity.”
“It’s not charity. You seem to be in need of a job, and I’m sure I can help you find one.”
“What, do you own this place?” She waved her arms in the air.
“Let me see your resume.”
The woman stared at him as if he’d lost his mind. That wasn’t new. You didn’t run a multi-million dollar company in your mid-thirties without people giving you a shifty eye.
Her coffee was set on the counter. He moved in to grab it, but she moved quicker. “I’ll get this. I can’t afford to waste a sip of this. It’s my breakfast and lunch.” She picked up the coffee and moved to a table where she set down the cup and pulled a resume from her bag. She handed it to Ed. “Here it is. I hate to say it, but I’m desperate. If I don’t find a job in three days, I have to go home.”
“Why? Does that suit turn back into a pumpkin and your glass slipper breaks?”
“Have you ever been desperate for anything in your life?”
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|Posted by [email protected] on May 6, 2013 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
Tim Vicary is fast establishing himself as a superb legal thriller writer. His series, the trials of Sarah Newby is set within the British legal system, focused on the cases of barrister Sarah Newby. She is a woman full of determination, having gained her legal degree as a mature student. She is also part of a cast of characters, all of which are flawed in some way, as Sarah herself is. Her husband, because of the strains of their marriage, becomes enamoured with someone at work. Her friend and fellow barrister is facing his own impending marriage. The policeman in her life, Terry Bateson, is a widower and single parent and secretly in love with Sarah. And so Tim Vicary waives his storytelling wand over them all and creates a strong base on which weave his plot around.
In the second book in the series, a woman is let down by the legal system, after her daughter Shelley is found dead in her boyfriend’s flat. The police initially think it is suicide but after further investigation, charge her boyfriend with murder. Sarah Newby is the barrister acting for the prosecution, trying to prove that David Kidd killed Shelley. This constitutes the first half of the book. The second half concentrates on the revenge of the family, as they seek their own justice against Shelley’s boyfriend and once again Sarah is drawn into the proceedings, but this time as barrister for the defence.
The novel follows smoothly on from the first book, as well as being a stand-alone novel, and is intriguing, interesting and emotionally draining, as you identify with the family of Shelley Walters and the struggles of Sarah Newby. An outstanding legal e-thriller.
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|Posted by [email protected] on February 2, 2013 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Trying to get behind the truth of her mother's death, Amy Snow unleashes the skeletons lurking in the darkness of her father's closet, and learns a terrible, twisted truth about her family tree. Meanwhile, a man named Adam is on a mission to restore Paradise to its former glory. To accomplish this, he must find "The Lost One", a girl he calls Eve, and sacrifice her to the god she betrayed the day a talking serpent slithered into the Garden of Eden. (author description)
These Unquiet Bones is a good read for fans of horror. To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever met so many psychotic characters in one book! Poor Amy is surrounded by them and is looked after by a dysfunctional father to boot who cannot come to terms with the horrors of his past. Amy is well drawn and she is the pivotal character in the book. Because of this it reads like a YA novel as most of the action is from Amy’s point of view. We follow the emotional struggles she has with her father, her friends and close friend/would be boyfriend Layne.
We only learn the details of Amy’s father’s secret about two thirds into the book, which has the effect of slowing down the pace of the novel and for a horror/thriller I would have liked it to have a faster tempo. This also means that the final third of the book seems rushed by comparison.
A good horror read and definitely not for the squeamish! 4 stars
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|Posted by [email protected] on February 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
Jack Hilliard is an upstanding public prosecutor, whose life is turned upside down in several ways, triggered by his boss, Earl, resigning as District Attorney and putting Jack’s name forward as his possible successor. Jack's decision to run for office has far reaching affects that he could never imagine, both on his job and his marriage. Further confusion arises in the form of his ever growing obsession with a friend, Jenny Dodson.
This is an interesting novel. I love the legal aspects of the book and the tussle Jack has with his principals verses his ambition to become District Attorney. Ms Compton’s writing of the love scenes and Jack’s inner emotional struggles are, without doubt, skilfully and beautifully written. My only reservation is that perhaps this book doesn’t quite know what it is. A legal thriller or a love story? Whilst Ms Compton does both extremely well, I picked this book because it was a legal thriller, not because I like love stories. Legal thriller readers may find the emotional parts of the book an intrusion because that is not their genre choice. This is could be equally true of romance readers. However if you love legal thrillers and love stories then this is the book for you! 4 stars
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|Posted by [email protected] on February 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
In a lonely lot at the end of a forgotten road sits a building, a place of secrets and unimaginable horrors. Wendell Mackey has just escaped from it, where he had been imprisoned against his will. But after his escape, Wendell begins to change. The old Wendell is dying, but something new is being born, something uncontrollable and terrifying. The men in that building planted in him a seed that is beginning to grow, and when they come to find him, Wendell isn't sure what will be there to greet them.Pursued by his former captors, threatened by the dregs of a city imploding from within, watching his body melt into something monstrous, Wendell sees little chance of escape, until he meets one person, an old woman, who may be the last ray of hope in his brutal and dark life. (author desscription)
To me this was not so much a thriller, as a horror story. Beautifully written in striking descriptive prose we follow the up and downs of Wendell’s life in the present and through flashbacks and inner musings. In many ways it reminded me of the film, The Fly, although that central character kind of knew what he was doing, whereas Wendell had no say in the way his life had irrevocably changed. There is little interaction and dialogue with other characters once Wendell escapes, which makes the novel at times too ponderous and inward looking. I also think the author didn’t make the most of Wendell’s break for freedom and for me the ending was a little disappointing. Having said that there is no getting away from Mr Westing's awesome prose! Well worth a read. 4 stars
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|Posted by [email protected] on February 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM||comments (6)|
Jack Holden is a big fan of the silver screen, but if Hollywood ever make a movie about his life, it will be a horror film. He's lost his job as a radio presenter, his girlfriend has dumped him and eviction from his flat seems imminent. Devoid of hope, Jack scrapes together enough money for a nostalgia fuelled trip to Barcelona, with the aim of ending his life there. But, when a stranger using a tantalizing alias contacts him, telling him not to go through with it, he becomes curious. With Jack's final scenes imminent, he realizes that he's only a player, and that someone else is in the director's chair. (author description)
Despite the sadness of the premise of this book, it is actually quite a light hearted easy read. We follow Jack around Barcelona as he prepares himself to take his own life, in what he sees as the only way out, but at every turn there seems to be someone or something thwarting him. Whilst the book has a series subject it doesn’t take itself too seriously and there are some lovely pieces of inward struggle written with dry humour, as Jack tries to decide what to do for the best. There is the inevitable happy ending, but one that the reader is happy to embrace. 4 stars
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|Posted by [email protected] on January 7, 2013 at 4:40 AM||comments (0)|
The Kindle-ling Read-A-Thon 2013 January 17th – 24th from Read 2 Review
Welcome to Read 2 Review’s first Read-A-Thon of 2013. We hope you had a fantastic holiday and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
So show of hands how many of us got eReader’s for Christmas? I have the new Kindle Paperwhite and to say I love it is a very big understatement. I am already on my 3rd book on it! It’s so easy to read on it but I will always love the feel and smell of a book. However with the kindle looking pretty (I have a skin (sticker) on it now) next to me it sparked me to think of the first 2013 Read-A-Thon.
It doesn’t matter if you read print or on an eReader of any description (I know we all probably have different ones) you can take part in the Read-A-Thon. There is only 1 requirement and that is you read one of the books we have set for the Read-A-Thon, these books will all be in the required eBook format for your device.
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The new Sgt Major Crane novel Violation is just one of the fantastic books you can get for free to read and review so go over to Read2Review to join in the fun!
|Posted by [email protected] on January 3, 2013 at 3:05 AM||comments (1)|
A Hard Act to Follow is a tribute to both Johnny Carson the man and Johnny Carson the entertainer. As a Brit coming to the book, knowing very little of the man and his work, apart from his awesome reputation, I found it enthralling. The book is by turns fascinating, hard hitting and entertaining. Henry Bushkin writes about the man he worked for with an honesty and open style that I found fascinating and easy to read. He drops household names as if they were just the folks next door, which in a sense is true, as Henry became enmeshed and entangled in the social world of Johnny Carson and the society he moved in. But throughout the book is the sense that Henry was only a part of that inner circle by an invitation that could be revoked at any time.
Inevitably that invitation was revoked and with it possibly came a sense of relief for Henry insomuch that he would no more have to contend with the moods and outrageous demands of his boss. Certainly Mr Bushkin served his employer well, and profited from that service in terms of dollars and prestige. But was it worth everything he lost by doing so? Johnny Carson was without doubt number one in Henry’s life for many years, (as Carson not requested, but demanded). However, once ostracized by Carson, what was left for Henry? Certainly not family, for they had been sacrificed along the way. A sacrifice Bushkin felt was worth making at the time, or at least managed to convince himself it was. One wonders how he felt about this in later years. However this is something the author has chosen not to tell us, as at the close of the book he skips rapidly over the post-Carson years.
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|Posted by [email protected] on October 18, 2012 at 4:30 AM||comments (1)|
Leigh has a story to tell and despite the absurdity of it, it has to be told before it's forgotten forever.
You see Leigh used to be a Cupid.
A very silly, naive and regretfully bitter Cupid.
And those are traits a Cupid shouldn’t technically possess.
When Leigh’s murderer is the next assignment, revenge stands in the way of helping Natalie McIntyre find her perfect partner…until, that is, the appearance of the blue spark (Author description)
10 Ways to Kill a Cupid is a very unexpected read. Not only is it a laugh out loud comedy, but also a good play on the question - what happens after death. If unique and endearing describe Leigh, then sassy and foul mouthed describe Natalie. There are many twists and turns along the way to an end that I didn't see coming. If a comedy with romance and an undercurrent is your thing, then get your copy now. 4*
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