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TOUCH OF GOLD (RUMPELSTILTSKIN) by Elizabeth Rose. ..a review 

Touch of Gold: (Rumpelstiltskin) (Tangled Tales Series Book 4)Touch of Gold: (Rumpelstiltskin) by Elizabeth Rose


Twitter: @ElizRoseNovels

Genre: Paranormal /Fantasy  Historical Romance  (Medieval )

Series: Tangled Tales  #4

Source: Personal buy

  • Publication date: August 17, 2016
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Rose Novels
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IPY75K0

LENGTH: 167 pages

(Courtesy of Amazon )

Book 4 (Rumpelstiltskin) 
Kin de Bar (Rumpelstiltskin) is the lucky sibling until the old witch, Hecuba decides to curse him as well. While trying to save a book of alchemy from the witch, the book disintegrates in his hands and turns his chain mail gauntlets gold. Little does he know that his curse is now the touch of gold, and only by wearing the gauntlets can he stop it from happening. 
Olivia de Mil is a spinster – a woman who spins wool into yarn. At the wedding of Stefan de Bar, her foolish, drunken father, the miller, brags that she can spin wool into gold. A visiting baron hears this and decides he will marry the girl if what the miller says is true. If not, they will both be beheaded. He asks Kin to escort the girl to his castle and the knight can see right through Olivia’s father’s lie. But now that Kin has the ability to do the chore for her, he puts his curse to work thinking of it as a gift instead. His motive to help the beautiful woman is only to have her for himself. And when the greed that comes with his curse starts to take over, secrets are revealed and Olivia’s life is in danger. 
Can a woman with a problem turn to a knight for help, or will his curse consume him, leaving him with more problems than he can handle from having a Touch of Gold?


Touch of Gold by Elizabeth Rose is a wonderful varation on an old tale “Rumpelstiltskin” with a tangled twist. #4 in Ms. Rose’s exciting “Tangled Tales “series, while it can be read as a stand alone, I’d highly suggest the series be read in its entirety and in order. Although, it is easy follow, on its own. See, #1, “Lady and the Wolf (Little Red Riding Hood)”-Lord Hugh de Bar (Wolf)and Lady Winifred (Red) Chaserton, #2, “Just a Kiss(The Frog Prince)”-Sir Arnon de Bar and Freya Fane, and #3, “Lord Beast ( Beauty and the Beast)”-Stefan de Bar and Bonnibel of Breckenridge.

This amazing, uniquely written series is the story of the curse of the seven de Bar siblings. Each will be or has been cursed by the old witch, Hecuba.

Kin de Bar (Rumpelstiltskin),a Knight who is considered the lucky sibling until he is cursed with the touch of gold and greed. Olivia de Mil is a spinster, who spins wool into yarn. Her father, the miller, boasts she can turn wool into gold. And so the tale begins…

A quick read, steady paced with twists and turns, danger, greed, a curse, where the spell can only be broken by one thing, secrets will be revealed, danger lurks, passion flares, but can love find a way. Can Kin and Olivia overcome the curse to find their HEA, or will Kin’s greed destroy them both?

The characters are engaging, flawed and captivating. The storyline is unique, a twist on an old Fairy Tale, that will keep readers entranced and captivated. Each sibling and each tale keeps getting better and better. More enchanting with each sibling. I can hardly wait to see what awaits the next de Bar sibling.

An exciting Medevial Paranormal/Fantasy Historical Romance! Think the
T.V. series “Story Brook” meets Rumpelstiltskin, with a twist. If you enjoyed the “Story Brook” series, you are sure to enjoy this amazing, captivating series.
Once again Ms. Rose will captivate readers with her thrilling and exhilarating spin on this old Fairy tale. Another uniquely and spellbinding tale. An absolute wickedly delightful tale! More, please! WOW! I simply love this series!

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR


Updated cover…HAUNTED WARRIOR by Allie MacKay…



aka Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Genre: Historical Romance (Vikings)/Time Travel

Series: Highland Ghostbusters series #1


Twitter: @SE_Welfonder


  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gruenwald Corporation (May 20, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y16EBJU


(Courtesy of Amazon)

If you want to be transported to Scotland and love hot Highland heroes, this one’s for you…

Bound by a centuries-old legacy to guard Scotland’s rugged north coast, Graeme MacGrath doesn’t have time to dally with fetching American tourists. But when Kendra Chase arrives, desire flares between them. On a secret ghost hunting mission, she soon learns that the seaside village of Pennard is more than North Sea nostalgia, peat smoke, and plaid. Renovation work threatens the veil that shields this world from the ancient, half-mythic past. MacGrath and Kendra join forces to save Pennard, but can they stop themselves from the one thing they can’t risk – falling in love?

“For those who believe in magic and love!”
~ Amazon


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About the author…

Allie Mackay is the alter ego of Sue-Ellen Welfonder, a USA Today Bestselling author
who writes Scottish medieval romances.

Allie Mackay’s bio could easily mirror Sue-Ellen’s.  But as Allie writes modern-day American heroines falling in love with medieval Highlanders, a few differences exist.  Allie’s own adventures in Scotland fuel her stories, so her characters’ experiences are often her own.  Such as her love-hate relationship with left-driving and thread-thin Highland roads.

Allie also trys to convince Sue-Ellen that they need a third ‘alter-ego.’  Someone to do all the work, so that the two of them can run away to Scotland, never looking back.

As you can see, Allie has a sense of humor.  If you want a meatier bio, read Sue-Ellen’s by clicking here.

Check out this review of Legend of the Fae

Here is a review by April:

RISING FIRE by Terri Brisbin…a review


Rising Fire (Stone Circles #1)

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance
Series: Stone Circles #1
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.
  • Series: A Novel of the Stone Circles (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451469070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451469076
(Courtesy of Goodreads)
What if the standing stones and stone circles across the old Celtic world had a secret origin and use? What if some opened into another world? What if the goddess of fire was trapped beneath one?

Lovely and innocent, Brienne of Yester has always been able to manipulate fire, but when her powers suddenly surge, the simple life she once knew explodes.

Handsome, fearless, and commanding, William de Brus has been summoned by the king to investigate a nobleman rumored to have powers linked to the fabled fire goddess. When he chances upon Brienne, his desire for her is immediate. But as his mystical quest unfolds, William realizes that she is at the center of it — for Brienne possesses the very power he has been sent to vanquish….

As their attraction deepens, William attempts to free Brienne from the dark force beginning to control her — even when his duty demands that he treat her as an enemy. With emotions flaring, fire rising, and evil threatening at every turn, can the two lovers survive the coming battle and save all of humanity?

RISING FIRE by Terri Brisbin is a fascinating Fantasy/Paranormal Romance. #1 in her new “Stone Circles” series. WOW! What a amazing beginning! The world building is wonderful and intriguing. The characters are challenging, engaging and endearing. A delightful and riveting new series.
Well written, with rich details, and an old Celtic world. Simply put WOW!
I loved the intrigue and the promise of more to come. With danger, mystic powers, fantasy, romance, the power of fire, secrets, and a  great battle. Well done, Ms. Brisbin! I look forward to the next installment. For fans of Fantasy as well as Paranormal, Old Celtic readers and Romances, alike.
*Received for an honest review from the publisher*
Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Hot
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW with giveaway: KISSED BY THE WAVE by Serena Gilley

Kissed by the WaveKISSED BY THE WAVE


Genre: New Erotic Fantasy series

Series:The Forbidden Realm #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley


  • Series: The Forbidden Realm
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Forever Yours (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455584576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455584574

(From the publisher)


Beyond the limits of sight, magical beings live in the Forbidden Realm. The two worlds were once connected, but the desires of man forced their separation. Now, desire may bring them back together . . .

Aliya is a mermaid with an obsession. Though contact with humans is strictly forbidden, she can’t seem to stay away from the incredibly handsome Devin, who visits her lake night after night. Her body and soul have never been drawn to anyone like this before. Deciding that her longing for Devin is worth the risk, she goes to him. As their lust for each other deepens, Aliya grows to need his touch as much as she needs water.

Devin believed Aliya was a perfect fantasy his mind created-until the breathtaking mermaid swims to shore. Courtesy of a magical wish, Aliya is newly human, and she and Devin give in to their passion again and again. But Aliya’s mortal form is only temporary. If they don’t have the strength to part ways when the time comes, their illicit love could rock the balance between the realms forever . . .

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KISSED BY THE WAVE by Serena Gilley is an interesting Erotic Fantasy Romance. #1 in “The Forbidden Realm” series, what a beginning!
The tale of a mermaid, magic, fantasy, forbidden contact between humans and the Ocean otherworld, the magic of love, obsession and possession.
Aliya is a mermaid, Devin is a human. Move over Little Mermaid, the adults have arrived!
If these two can not close their illicit, forbidden affair, when the time comes, the two realms may not survive. They will rock both worlds! If desire separated the two worlds, can desire bring them together again? You must read this stimulating tale of forbidden love, passion and the magic of romance.
I do not normally like Fantasy, but I found “Kissed By The Wave” to be interesting as well as intriguing. The characters where engaging, enduring and enchanting to say the least. The storyline was unique as well as fascinating. The sensual tension was well written with a flourish with not only heat but with the expertise of a well thought out act of love and passion. If you know what I mean. I enjoyed “Kissed By the Wave”, which I was surprised, as I said, I do not normally enjoy Fantasy, but I must say this was an exception. I will be looking forward to the next stimulating tale of the Ocean, it’s people, the interaction between the two Realms. An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.
Rating: 4
Heat Rating: Steamy/Sizzling
Reviewed by: AprilR,courtesy of My Book  Addiction and More




*Debut author*

Genre:Christian Fantasy/Dreams/Mystery

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sweetwater Books (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146211444X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462114443


(Courtesy of Amazon)

What if dreams don’t disappear when we wake up? Haunted by her sister’s death, 11-year-old Gwenevere Stoker takes solace in the Dreamosphere, a dimension where all dreams still exist. But when someone starts hacking into her dreamosphere and destroying her dreams, it starts affecting Gwen in adverse ways in the waking world. Gwen teams up with an intriguing ally and embarks upon a wildly imaginative adventure through the land of dreams to find the culprit–and stop him. What will happen to Gwen when all her dreams are gone? What critical clues lie within the pages of her dream journal? And what does Edgar Allan Poe have to do with it all?


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THE DREAMOSPHERE by Laura Stoddard is an interesting Christan Fantasy/Mystery/Dreams.

A unique,interesting and intriguing mixture of  fantasy, adventure,dreams, with mystery and bit of suspense. Young readers are sure to enjoy “The Dreamosphere”. Do you remember your dreams? After reading this you will never forget them. Full of surprises and twists and turns.

Gwenevere Stoker, is becoming bitter after the death of her sister. Someone is stealing her happiness though her dreams. Tabitha, appears to Gwen in her dreams and reveals the Dreams-Orbs. Gwen and Tabitha must find the Original, and stop him from stealing her Dream-Orbs before he destroys Gwen’s life.

An adventure filled with fantasy, engaging characters and an intriguing storyline. As a reader who will be guessing on every page right to the very last chapter. What an interesting story! Well done! Any young reader and any older reader are sure to enjoy “The Dreamosphere”. An enjoyable read from beginning to end. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: N/A

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More





Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Fantasy & Magic

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.


  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478723289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478723288


*From Amazon*

Enter a world of magic and mayhem. In the world of the Grey Witch anything can happen, and often does. What happens when a witch tests her spells on her unsuspecting cat, or casts spells to oust unwanted intruders? She turns toys into real creatures and sometimes they are not what she expects. She grows candy apples on trees and turns her cat blue by mistake. One witch makes an unusual flying machine for a little boy’s Halloween treat. Another enjoys water-skiing with her dog and cat. She upends the Coast Guard and confuses the police, but all is well when the blue witch creates magic for the children she loves.


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THE GREY WITCH AND OTHER STORIES by Diana Mitchell with illustrations by Susan Whiting is an excellent Juvenile Fiction/Fantasy & Magic. What a delightful collection of witches, spells, cats, and their exploits. Witty, funny and a cute little collection about four witches, their attempts at casting spells, and magic. A magical tale of epic proportions. A joy to read! The illustrations are vivid, the characters entertaining and the stories cute. A great read for young readers as well as parents, grandparents and educators. Teaches children to use their imaginations, friendships, adventures,with laugh out loud moments, and is funny, and witty. Well done! Received for an honest review from the author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Alec Kerley and the Wrath of the VampireALEC KERLEY AND THE WRATH OF THE VAMPIRE



Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult/Inspirational/Horror

Age group: 12 and up

Series: The Monster Hunters#2

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.


  • Series: The Monster Hunters
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492981419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492981411


Book Description*Amazon*

October 14, 2013
Alec Kerley and the Wrath of the Vampire is an upper middle grade/young adult inspirational horror story for ages 12 and up. 24 chapters, 52,000 words. It is a legitimately scary story with some gruesome elements. Parental guidance is suggested.

First Bigfoot, now a vampire!

It’s been four months since Alec Kerley and his friends had their run-in with Bigfoot in the Ozark Mountains. During a field trip to southeast Kansas, they are confronted by a vampire. And this vampire knows them. He has been stalking them – watching, observing, tracking. He knows Alec’s father works for a secret government agency that investigates monsters.

And now the monsters want revenge.

Still dealing with the loss of his mother, Alec will have to gather all the courage he can muster, because the monster hunters have become the hunted.

Hold on tight for the scariest Monster Hunters story yet!

Watch the book trailer~

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ALEX KERLEY AND THE WRATH OF THE VAMPIRE by Douglas Tanner is an interesting Middle Grade/Young Adult/Inspirational/Horror Age group: 12 and up. The Monster Hunters#2, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “Alex Kerley and the Terror of Bigfoot”.
 Four months after….Bigfoot in the Ozark Mountains…
In this one,Alex and his friends, confront, who else? But a vampire in southeast Kansas. He has been stalking them, watching them,knows who they are, knows Alex’s father works for a government agency that tracks monsters, and now he is out for revenge.  This one is based on the Bender family of the 1800’s , a group of serial killers in Kansas.
While, this is an entertaining, fun, tale of vampires, revenge, chaos,monsters, courage, danger, and hope, it is also scary, complex, and did I, mention scary. However, with this said middle grade children, or young readers, will enjoy this fast paced, adventure filled tale of revenge and yes, vampires.
With engaging characters, an interesting storyline, and delightful dialogue, I can see how young readers would enjoy Alex, his friends, and the chaos around them.
Even with or because of,  a cliffhanger, readers are sure to hold their breath, until the next installment! We need more! An interesting and exciting tale to be sure. I can hardly wait for the next installment.
Received for an honest review from the author.
Please be aware: (Due to the recommended age group of 12 and up) This is a scary story, especially for young readers, with some very gruesome elements,such as violence,blood and gore.  I would, as the author has suggested, use parental guidance when reading this tale.
HEAT RATING: Mild *Due to violence, blood and gore, and the recommended age group(12 & up)*
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

Review~ Wicked Games by Angela Knight

 Wicked GamesWicked Games

 Angela Knight

Genre: Erotica

Series: The Mageverse Series

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425215652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425215654



Book Description Courtesy of Angela Knight’s Website:

Readers have been asking for Gwen and Arthur’s story for years, so I decided to oblige with The Once and Future Lover, a novel-length story in WICKED GAMES. Unlike the other nine books in the Mageverse series, this one is a historical set in 500 AD, back when Arthur, Gwen and the knights and ladies of the Round Table gained their immortality and power.

The story also deals with just exactly what did happen between Lancelot and Guinevere, as well as the rebellion led by Mordred, Arthur’s bastard son with Morgana le Fay. Be warned: The Once and Future Lover is much more erotic than the rest of the Mageverse series, featuring elements of bondage and submission.

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My Thoughts:

Whew! I need a fan after that one! Readers will definitely need a tall glass of water to help cool off after reading Knight’s newest Mageverse book (or a tall, dark, and handsome someone to help take the edge off!)

Taking the reader back to the beginning, Knight introduces us to many of the well-known Mageverse characters and how they became what they are now, focusing on the leading pair- Guinevere and Arthur Pendragon. I have read quite a few books in this series and this fits in nicely, but was a bit of a surprise in the HEAT department (not having read the description first!)  Arthur and Gwen were meant for each other, and prove it more than once in this novel, and in more ways than one, much to the reader’s enjoyment!

There are a few additional stories that are even more erotic than theirs, one is part of the Mageverse and one is not. They were a bit too much for me, but there are quite a few readers of erotica that will love their addition to this collection.

All I can say is, enjoy!

Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Extremely Scorching

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More



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