Sunday, March 31, 2013

Nimpentoad

Authors: Henry, Josh & Harrison Herz
Art: Sean Eddingfield & Bill Maus
Published: 3 November 2011
Genre: Children's Fantasy
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description
A charming tale of the courageous and resourceful little Nimpentoad, who leads his tribe of Niblings through the perilous Grunwald Forest, overcoming obstacles and encountering strange creatures along the way.
 
My Thoughts
When I was approached by Henry Herz to read and review his children's chapter book, I was thrilled that he felt my humble blog could help him get his message out there.
 
When I started reading, I was equally impressed with the story as we follow Nimpentoad through the Grunwald Forest to Goofus the giants castle. The story has strong themes throughout, bullying, teamwork, leadership. All these and many other are situations that our children face everyday, at school, on the internet, in the playground.
 
While children who read this wonderful story may think of it only as a magnificent adventure, there will be times when the actions and thoughts of Nimpentoad and his Niblings do ring true in their mind, and they can relate to the messages that are ever so subtly being told.
 
I highly recommend this book to all parents to read for themselves, give to their children to read, or read to their children.
 
 
 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Meet The Characters

 
 “TV series” length episodes in a book…. A whimsical series for Teens, YA, and all those young at heart… There is something very evil lurking in the woods surrounding Witchwood Estate…
 








Book 2 in the Witchwood Series, Ferntree Falls, is due out in April. The print version of book one and two combined in May 2013.
 
Available from all online stores soon. Or you can buy it right now from Smashwords
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/296460
and Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Witchwood-Estate-Going-Home-ebook/dp/B00BWM2WLA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363708853&sr=1-1&keywords=witchwood+estate
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Witchwood-Estate-Going-Home-ebook/dp/B00BWM2WLA/ref=sr_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363724840&sr=1-15

 
All Information and images used with permission from Patti Roberts and theangelsarehere.wordpress.com

Witchwood Estate - Going Home

Author: Patti Roberts
Published: 18 March 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description
Alexandria Santorini learns as a child that she comes from a long line of Harvey witches. Now, as a teenager, Alexandria must say goodbye to Catnip Cottage and the Barnabys, her loving guardians for the last twelve years, and go home to Ferntree Falls to claim her inheritance. Witchwood Estate. The home where she was born and her parents were murdered. Her journey home becomes even more sinister, however, when she discovers that there are those who have other plans for her and her new friends…

My Thoughts
As a HUGE lover of Patti Robert's work I was thrilled when she announced she was releasing her "TV series" length books - The Witchwood Estate Series.
 
As anybody who regularly reads my reviews knows, I am a lover of all things paranormal; vampires, shifters, angels, you name it' I've probably read it. But I must admit I haven't read a lot paranormal containing witches, so was really quite excited when Patti said this was the basis of her new series.
 
Now before you start thinking OK a story about witches; this is no 'Charmed' or 'Merlin'.
 
The first book in the series; Going Home, introduces us to our heroine Alexandria, as she is getting ready to go home to Witchwood Estate to claim her inheritance.  We meet Olly and Martha Barnaby her loving but rather curious guardians, and then go with Alexandria on the first leg of her journey home.
 
What makes Patti's work so easy to read is that her stories have an emotion, spirit, and energy that draws you into the story and you are propelled along with them.
 
With each story only the length of a standard TV mini-series or show, it is quite easy to read in one sitting, and then, like any other favourite TV show, you have to wait with baited breath till the next exciting episode.
 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spirit Dance

Author: Stephen G. Lonefeather
Genre: Romance
Pinky's rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description
Some recover from broken relationships and learn to love again; some give up and begin the downward spiral toward loneliness. Is it fate, or are some just luckier than others? Might there be healing entities at work around us; Spirit-guides we only become aware of when we hit bottom? Can they reach out and touch us; shaking us loose from the grip of our depression and guide us toward a second chance?

A quarter blood Sioux woman and a disillusioned Montana cowboy down converging paths, a cocky bronc rider and a headstrong cowgirl let their guards down to experience the softer side of each other, and a broken-hearted Bayou Belle falls in love with a man who harbors a terrible secret, they all unwittingly become the stepping stones of a greater purpose.

Hundreds of miles from each other, Andy and Lynn find themselves reeling from the effects of separate personal crisis and sliding toward self-annihilation; until the intervention of an ethereal being arrests their actions and gives them renewed hope and direction. Subtly aware that an entity from the spirit world is guiding them, they begin a collision course toward each other and a new beginning.

If you believe in second chances, you’ll enjoy this unconventional meeting and journey back to wholeness. As Andy and Lynn learn to overcome their self-imposed roadblocks, they realize a couple’s inner connection is the key to a fulfilling relationship. Taking the second chance offered them they find that amid all the absurdities and wickedness in the world, there are still enough beautiful spaces in which people can fall in love.
 
My Thoughts
I was privileged to be contacted by the author of Spirit Dance, and given a copy for review.

As a person who believes strongly in spirituality and healing, this book ticked all the boxes.

Yes, this is a primarily a love story however before you dismiss it as another soppy romance, it’s not. There is a hint of romance, a dash of mystery and intrigue and a whole lot of enlightenment.
 
The author encompasses many underlying themes that are woven throughout the story as it progresses. From simple obstacles faced by new couples, to those hurdles that effect our lives as we grow together. These themes, mixed with the Native American ideal blend together seamlessly.
  
I would highly recommend this book to those who are looking for something just a little bit more in their love stories, and can’t wait to start on the sequel.
 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Meet - Elodie Parkes


Hi thank you for inviting me to the blog.

I’ve brought along my new release A Celtic Anthology Published by Moon Rose. It’s an anthology with the seasonal equinoxes as inspiration and eight authors have written stories for the book.

My story is titled, ‘The Picnic’, and is inspired by the autumn equinox.

The others are,

        Samhain
        Yule
        Imbolc
        Spring Equinox
        Beltane
        Midsummer
        Lammas/Lughnasadh
        Autumn Equinox

I’m joined by authors, Hunter S Jones, Miranda Stork, Tara S Wood, Livia Ellis, Laura De Luca, L J Rossi, Carolyn Wolfe, on what we hope will be a feast of erotica, romance, the paranormal, mystery and intrigue for our readers.

When I first heard about the anthology, I was intrigued to know what the other authors involved would come up with, but we have all worked independently until now when we see the finished product. I am sure the variety of stories will surprise and delight readers.

My story ‘The Picnic’ was surprisingly lovely to write. I say that because although I knew what I wanted, as it actually unfolded for me, it was a delightful journey. I’m one of those writers who needs to name their character or ‘hear’ the character name themself, before I fully engage with them. When Morgan Green named himself it was the start of an exciting writing experience, he’s mysterious and has connections with magic and forests, and so he had named himself well. Morgan is a Celtic name of great antiquity.

His leading lady Ava need a touch of the Celtic and so her surname gave me that in McCartney.

I wrote with the inspiration of autumnal colors in nature and the way the countryside begins to change in the countdown to winter.

My story is a love story, erotic and enticing. I hope readers love it for the emotion between the two main characters and the magical quality of a problem solving method used on a very topical real life issue.
 
Here is a sample of ‘The Picnic’

Ava and Morgan meet.

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The woods made the air cooler, and Ava was walking quickly when she saw Morgan. She slowed down as she approached the area of the woods where he worked. Unable to help herself, she stared at him. He was tall and muscled. His thick dark hair fell over his forehead as he worked and Ava slowed her pace a fraction more. She let herself gaze at him. He was very attractive. His waist tapered a little from his muscled chest and his jeans riding low on his hips gave her a view that almost took her breath away.

Ava was lonely if she let herself admit it. She didn’t let herself very often because it led to bouts of looking amongst internet dating sites in the hopes that someone would catch her eye. No one ever did, and Ava would close her browser and go in search of a book to read, or a movie to watch.

Ava was passing Morgan when he paused in his task and looked up.
She could see his face and she felt her loneliness keenly then. The man was beautiful. She could see the angle of his jaw and the blue of his eyes quite clearly. She looked away and walked on, feeling a kind of desperation.
 
Morgan had been surprised when he had seen the young woman. Her hair was a darker shade of some copper beech tree leaves that grew by the side of his house door. He had seen the lightness of her eyes in contrast to her hair and found emotion in them. He watched her slender figure disappear up the path as it wound into the woods. He focused back on the tree stump before him, but felt confused. The woman had given him a prickle of anticipation as she stared at him.
 
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A little about me (Elodie Parkes Bio)

I live in rural England, United Kingdom, and I work in an antiques shop and write. I have two dogs that keep me fit with their need for walks. I write romance, contemporary, and erotic with a twist of mystery, suspense, or the paranormal, now and then. I like to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale.

I never consciously thought I wanted to be a writer, but I started writing when I was seventeen. Life intervened in my writing time and I stopped serious writing for some time. I started writing again seriously a couple of years ago, because I had so many stories in my head.
 
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A Celtic Tapestry




Moon Rose Publishing has just released their newest book, A CELTIC TAPESTRY! An anthology between eight authors, each one has taken their own twist on one of the Celtic festivals of the year. From sunny spring to chilly winter, everyone’s favourite season is given a fresh and enticing take in this wonderful collection. To celebrate, Moon Rose Publishing is also hosting a fabulous giveaway as part of the release!
Blurb

The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.
 
Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry.
  

The Trailer!


Excerpt (The Picnic, Elodie Parkes)

Morgan looked around at the saplings he had planted in the spring. They were healthy and strong, he decided. Summer was virtually over and he could see the first signs of autumn around him. He was in tune with the forests, and he smiled as he gazed around. To say Morgan was in love with trees and all the things that grew and lived in forests was an understatement. They were his reason for living.

He ran his hand through his thick dark hair and sat down on a nearby fallen tree. The trunk was still thick where he sat, but it was fragile further along. The tree had fallen from age. This part of the forest that Morgan tended had some of the oldest trees in the country growing within it. Morgan liked to think it was because of him that they achieved such great age. He took out his thermos of coffee and poured himself a cup. A leaf sailed down from a nearby oak. It was a pale, golden-orange color, and it landed at Morgan’s feet. He looked up at the vivid blue sky through the canopy of the trees around him.

“Give it another week, and there’ll be more leaves falling,” he said to the forest, and in answer a soft breeze ruffled the bright leaves of the nearby birch and Morgan’s hair.

The breeze flew on through the forest and down into the nearby town. It played with a discarded chocolate biscuit wrapper, pressing the silver and purple paper up against a railing before flowing on. As Ava came down the steps of the town council office it lifted her skirt. It heralded autumn, and yet summer had not been kind that year. Ava would have liked a little more warmth before the end of September, but it didn’t seem that was going to happen. It was just over a week to the autumn equinox, and Ava had noticed that already some trees in her garden were beginning to look a little less green and a little more golden.

She sighed, and her sigh was picked up by the soft breeze as it rounded the corner of the building and brushed her shoulder as she entered the car park. It took a tendril of her dark auburn hair, held back by a tortoiseshell comb, and wrapped it around her face. Ava pushed the hair back behind her ear and opened her car door. She threw her bag onto the passenger seat and slid her laptop case along behind it. She sat in her car for a few seconds, just looking out at the row of rose bushes that fringed the car park. The breeze was busy in the high street, where it had gathered speed and was whipping along a plastic bottle that once held spring water with a spritz of lemon.

Ava had driven home by the time the breeze had moved on down the valley to the next town. She opened the front door of her cottage, and after putting her bag and laptop down on the hall table, she shrugged off her jacket and stepped out of her high-heeled shoes.

Ava went straight into her kitchen and filled the kettle to make a cup of tea. As the water boiled for her tea, she ran up the stairs to her bedroom and changed into jeans and a jumper. She padded downstairs in her bare feet carrying a pair of socks, having decided to go for a walk. The meeting had been stressful, and she felt restless. She made her tea, and then sat down on one of the kitchen chairs to pull on her socks and the short boots she wore to walk.

She glanced at the digital clock inset in the glass door of the electric oven, and without drinking the tea she had made she picked up her keys and cell phone. She slipped them into her pocket and closed the cottage door with a small thud.

Ava lived only five minutes from her favorite walk. There was a path that crossed a field and then wound into the woods, and Ava took it. She liked the path through the field especially when the poppies grew wild as it lay fallow, but she didn’t classify her favorite walk as such until she was in the woods.

*‘Copyright of Elodie Parkes*

Author Bio
Elodie Parkes lives in south east, rural England, but close to a famous city. She works with antiques on the outskirts of the city in an emporium. She has two dogs, Dalmatians, Celt and Chaucer and says she would be lonely without them. She loves reading, movies and the countryside, and that’s where you will find her when she's feeling stressed.

Elodie writes romance, contemporary, and erotic with a twist of mystery, suspense, or the paranormal, now and then. She likes to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale.


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Book buy links:
MRP Website link: http://www.moonrosepublishing.com/#!a-celtic-tapestry/cayu
 
Amazon link:  COMING SOON
Kobo link: COMING SOON
Google Play link: COMING SOON

 
And now for the giveaway! Well, what IS the free stuff? Moon Rose Publishing, as part of the A CELTIC TAPESTRY tour, is giving away a ton of good stuff. You could win a print copy of A CELTIC TAPESTRY, a sticker pack, bookmarks, a beautiful necklace and jewelled bookmark from Tara S Wood, or an e-book of the anthology!
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Dark Cully's Mistress

Author: Shiralyn Lee
Published: 11 February 2013
Genre: Lesbian Romance/Erotica
Pinky's rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies

Book Description
Do not let the title fool you on this one, this is all lesbian and a hot read in more ways than one.

This is a lesbian love story based on the life of Annie Smith, a prostitute living in the Covent Garden area in the mid 1800's. The area was rife with prostitution during this era and held no exception to Annie's plight. Forced by her mother to work in this trade she is determined to find a way out of this life at any cost. When she meets a married man quite by sheer accident she is offered an unusual way to leave this sordid existence behind her.

Annie is extremely grateful for her new found role in life and for a while she accepts this to be the right choice. But soon her life will change again when she meets her Dark Cully's wife, Mrs. Rose Rotherham, a fine and beautiful woman who happens to be high up in the social circle of London. Annie is besotted with her and has to find a way into her life and when she manages to find that avenue there is literally, hell to pay.
 
My Thoughts
I enjoyed this read, and had no idea that the twist at the end was coming !
 
The character of Annie Smith is very believable and the author has developed her story beautifully, in a well researched book.
 
Don't be put off by the genre, yes this is a lesbian love story, but the story envelopes this beautifully and tastfully.
 
I'm looking forward to reading more from Shiralyn Lee.

 

Cover Reveal - Even in Darkness

 
 
 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cover Reveal

TRISTAN'S LYCEUM WOLVES, IMMORTALS OF NEW ORLEANS (BOOK 3)
 
An erotic paranormal romance…
Charismatic and powerful Lyceum Wolves’ Alpha, Tristan Livingston, is out for revenge after a devastating attack on his pack. Not only did he survive a building collapse, he orchestrated the rebuild of his chic, state-of-the-art nightclub within a week. Determined to mete out justice, he rescues a beautiful witness who may be the key to helping him find the perpetrators.
Dr. Kalli Williams, dedicated veterinarian, is hiding a secret that endangers not only her own life but the lives of wolves across the country. After being tortured by a savage vampire, she’s reluctantly agrees to help the sexy Alpha in his quest to identify suspects; ones who’d kill her on the spot if they knew she existed. As Kalli places herself in the hands of the dominant wolf, she soon finds she wants nothing more than to submit.
Tristan, committed to ruling his pack as a lone wolf, is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious and enticing woman, who seems more than human, but not quite supernatural. As he discovers her secret, he teaches her the meaning of trust, helping her learn how to be true to her nature. After living a lifetime alone, will he succumb to the visceral need to claim her, acknowledging the soul binding connection between an Alpha and his mate? And will he prevail against the menacing enemy who threatens to destroy Lyceum Wolves?

Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder
by Lara Nance


When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job.
 
As the town’s sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father’s friend, Maeve can’t help but get involved–with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby asylum and long-forgotten cemetery with the shiny new retirement community’s memory unit–and Maeve’s Alzheimer’s patients.
 
Maeve senses a sinister presence in the old asylum, calling to the patients, but in order to stop it from killing again, she must first conquer some demons of her own and reclaim the magic she’s denied herself.
 
 
About the Author
 
Tell us a bit about your family.
My husband and I live on our sailboat with our Yorkie, Rio. He’s our child and rules the boat.
 
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
Creativity.
 
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
Impatience.
 
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
That which does not kills us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche
 
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
In 1988, I was reading a lot of StarTrek novels after my company moved me to a new city where I didn’t know anyone. I decided I wanted to write one, so I wrote one in a spiral notebook in pencil. That was when I knew I wanted to be a writer.
 
How long have you been writing?
Since 1988 as a hobby, then to be published in the last 5 years.
 
What inspires you to write and why?
I’ll have an idea pop in my head and I become intrigued and want to explore it.
 
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Paranormal romance or mystery.
 
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
Reading widely in a variety of genres and voraciously.
 
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
With many crafts you can finish them in a day or week. But writing a novel takes months, and to see it published sometimes takes years. You have to have a lot of persistence, patience, and stamina to be in this business.
 
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
Patience and being able to accept suggestions by my beta readers. It’s the first time I’d used a critique group and it really helped in the development.
 
Can you tell us about your main character?
Maeve McKenna is a witch, descended from a long line of Celtic witches. She binds her powers after killing a man who assaulted her using her witch spells. She needs to heal both mentally and physically. When she’s thrown into solving the mystery of murders at her new clinic, she teams up with the local “hunky” sheriff. He plays a role in her healing and helps her stop the evil threatening their town.
 
How did you develop your plot and characters?
As a nurse practitioner, I’ve dealt with Alzheimer’s patients for years. I always wondered if they existed in another dimension of awareness than the rest of us. They see people and things. Maybe they see ghosts. I used my experience with these patients and the angst of their families to develop those characters.
For Maeve I based her somewhat on my own experiences as a nurse practitioner, since she is also one. Then I looked for conflict in her past that would keep her from using her witch powers. Her love interest will draw her out and give her a reason to readdress her heritage and the importance of accepting her powers.
 
Who designed the cover?
I designed the cover. It’s one of my hobbies.
 
Who is your publisher?
This book was originally published by Crescent Moon Press. When I got the rights back after the term of the contract, I self published it.
 
Why did you choose to write this particular book?
I was really interested in the concept of Alzheimer’s at the time and how their minds work.
 
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Genre – Paranormal Romance
Rating – R
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