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REVIEW: TOWER OF OBSIDIAN by L. T. Getty

Tower Of ObsidianTOWER OF OBSIDIAN

L. T. GETTY

 

Genre: Historical Fantasy/Science Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.

  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: BURST (February 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAH9XSW

*Amazon*

February 2, 2013

When Kale mac Tadhg is betrayed by his Lord’s men, he is sent on an impossible quest: slay a witch in a tower, and end a people’s curse. Both Kale’s best friend and brother-in-arms Aaron Smithson and former betrothed Aoife of Westgate set out to rescue him, but their journey takes them into the uncharted waters and Northwestern Nordic colonies, to a land cursed and all but forgotten. They begin to realize that there is some truth to old legends. Kale’s rescue comes at a price—for by the time Aaron and Aoife know where to search, like so many before him, Kale is bound to the ancient tower’s fate.
MY THOUGHTS:
TOWER OF OBSIDIAN by L. T. Getty is an interesting and entertaining Historical Fantasy/Science Fiction set in Killiath, Ireland 994. Join Kale mac Tadhg, Aaron Smithson,and Aoife of Westgate are on a quest. When Kale is sent on a quest to slay a witch and end a people’s curse,he is betrayed by his Lord’s men, he is now bound to the ancient tower’s fate. Aaron, his best friend and Aoife, his former betrothed are determined to rescue him,but at what cost?
Their journey takes them to the uncharted waters,to the Northwestern Nordic colonies, and a cursed land. What they find are legends, danger, ghosts,a dragon,a witch,sacrifice, immortality,a sorcerer and an ancient tower with secrets.
There are many relationships and sub-plots in this story. At first, it is a little disconcerting, but than you get the hang of things and the storyline moves quickly. Many, many characters, but they help move the story along. There are many twists and turns. Oh did I mention kidnapping, dark magic and a monster or two. What a tale of betrayal, sacrifice, and love. Can love truly lift a curse and free a people? To find out you must read “Tower of Obsidian”. I must say this was a unique look into Historical Fantasy with a side trip down the road of magic and good vs evil. With a trip into legends, and myths. A unique read. Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING: Mild
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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REVIEW~ HIGHLAND HEARTS by Hannah Howell

Highland HeartsHIGHLAND HEARTS

HANNAH HOWELL

http://www.hannahhowell.com

http://www.kensingtonbooks.com

Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval Scottish)

*”This book was previously published under the pseudonym Sandra Dustin”*

*”First Zebra Books Mass-Market Paperback Printing: February 2002″*

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420128965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420128963

 

*Amazon*

Contessa Tess Delgado suspects her Scottish uncle of supporting those who would overthrow King James II. But it is not until she frees Sir Revan Halyard from her guardian’s dungeon that she realises the extent of the plot – and the deadly lengths to which he’ll go to silence her and claim her considerable inheritance. When Revan abducts Tess in the course of his escape, she becomes his wary ally as well as his captive. Although Tess is loath to trust and resistant to the desire he stirs in her soul, she cannot deny the destiny they share. Now, as they race against the traitors who seek to destroy them and betray the throne, Tess and Revan will risk everything for love of King, country – and one another.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

HIGHLAND HEARTS by Hannah Howell is an exciting Medieval Scottish Historical Romance set in 1455 Scotland.

*”This book was previously published under the pseudonym Sandra Dustin”*

*Re-issue: “First Zebra Books Mass-Market Paperback Printing: February 2002″*

This is a fast paced, action packed story of a noblewoman, Contessa Tess Delgado and her Knight in shining armor, Sir Revan Halyard. Filled with treachery, treason, desire, passion, betrayal, secrets, danger and love. Another hit from this author, although, a re-release, I absolutely loved it. I love Scottish romances and “Highland Hearts” will steal your heart as Tess and Revan risk everything for love, country and their King. Well written with plenty of passion and danger. A must read! 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: THE GRYPHON CHRONICLES: THE DARK PORTAL by E. G. Foley

The Dark Portal (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 3)THE GRYPHON CHRONICLES: THE DARK PORTAL

E.G. FOLEY

http://www.EGFoley.com

Genre: Fantasy/Fiction/Adventure

Ages 10 & up

Series: The Gryphon Chronicles #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Series: The Gryphon Chronicles
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492853852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492853855

*Amazon*

The Pickpocket Who Inherited a Goldmine. After his harsh beginnings as a rough-and-tumble orphan on the streets of London, Jake Everton takes his rightful place as the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family with magical powers – his personal quest, to follow in his slain parents’ footsteps as a Lightrider in the age-old battle of good versus evil. In the fantastical nooks and crannies of the Victorian Age, Jake and his friends (including his pet Gryphon!) find no shortage of adventure – righting magic-related wrongs, solving supernatural mysteries, and exploring wondrous new worlds. A Dark Presence… Something stalks a quaint town in the misty mountains of Wales, attacking humans and magic folk alike. Jake and his friends must get to the bottom of it – and in the land of deep, dwarven mines, the bottom can be very dark, indeed. Dive into The Gryphon Chronicles, a rollicking historical fantasy series (with a hint of steampunk!) that’s as much fun for grownups as it is for kids, from the imagination of New York Times bestselling author, E.G. Foley. “A wonderful novel in the same vein as Harry Potter, full of nonstop action, magical creatures, and the reality that was Queen Victoria’s England.” –The Reading Café

MY THOUGHTS:

THE GRYPHON CHRONICLES: THE DARK PORTAL by E. G. Foley is a fantastic Fantasy/Fiction/ Adventure for Young Readers, ages 10 & up set in Victorian era. #3 in “The Gryphon Chronicles” but can be read as a stand alone. However, I would suggest reading the other two in this series, only because it is an awesome series! See, “The Lost Heir” and “Jake and the Giant”. An ex-pickpocket and orphan becomes an heir! Jake Everton, heir of Griffon finds himself and his friends in Wales,on this adventure, where something in attacking humans and the magic folk. Deep within a Dwarven mine,things go bump in the night, and good vs evil. Filled with yet more adventure for Jake and his friends. It also has Dwarfs, fairies, unicorns, mystery, magic, supernatural mysteries, and righting wrongs, Jake also wants to follow in his parents footsteps, and become a Lightrider. Oh yeah, have I mentioned he has a pet Gryphon! Jake’s first year with a family for Christmas is coming up soon! What will be his next grand adventure, I wonder. I will have to keep reading to find out,I suppose. But do be warned, some parts may be a bit scary for younger readers,so if they are reading alone, check on them often. Well written with engaging characters, as the story continues you see new characters, with more magic and more adventures for Jake and his friends. If you enjoy Harry Potter, or maybe even Fairy Tales, you will enjoy “The Gryphon Chronicles”. This is an awesome series, from the first book to this one, no mistaking this author’s writing skills. What a fantastic job of storytelling as the adventure continues! I have enjoyed this series and look forward to the next grand adventure. Received for an honest review from the author.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: NONE to a bit scary,maybe,for younger readers

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

REVIEW: THE COW-PIE CHRONICLES by James Butler

The Cow-Pie ChroniclesTHE COW-PIE CHRONICLES

JAMES BUTLER

Illustrated by: Lonnie Millsap

http://www.facebook.com/raptorravine

*For a FREE Teacher’s Guide visit: http://www.PublishingSyndicate.com

Genre:Young Readers

Age: 7-9, grade level: 2-4

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.

  • Age Range: 7 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 – 4
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Publishing Syndicate LLC (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938778324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938778322

*Amazon*

Ten-year-old Tim Slinger and his nine-year-old sister Dana face danger, excitement, and heartbreak in this story of life on a modern family farm. Though Tim (aka Poop Slinger) and “Devil” Dana engage in intense sibling rivalry that gets them both into hilarious situations with barns, ropes, farm animals, city-kid cousins, and each other, they are soon forced to confront unwanted changes when the farm is lost. As they face an alien world in town, Dana readily adapts to a new way of life while Tim resists, sending the siblings down separate but intersecting paths. Although an unexpected encounter puts Tim back into familiar surroundings, will life ever be the same? This fresh and humorous account of modern rural living brings a unique approach to the time-tested theme of families and communities coming together under challenging circumstances.

MY THOUGHTS:

THE COW-PIE CHRONICLES by JAMES BUTLER Illustrated by: Lonnie Millsap is an interesting Young Readers novel. Age: 7-9, Grade Level: 2-4. A collection of witty and entertaining adventures about the author’s life on the farm. I, myself, remember using cow-pies as bases when we played baseball in the field, yes, you heard it here first or second maybe. I was only a child and do know better now. But how the title brought back fun, humorous stories, of when we would visit my Grand-mother in the country. A great pick me up, filled with fun stories, and wonderful illustrations. A read any young reader would enjoy! Received for an honest review from the author and/or publisher.

*For a FREE Teacher’s Guide visit Publishing Syndicate dot com*

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: NONE

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

 


 

REVIEW: MY NOTORIOUS HIGHLANDER by Vonda Sinclair

My Notorious Highlander

 

MY NOTORIOUS HIGHLANDER

VONDA SINCLAIR

http://www.vondasinclair.com

Genre: Historical Romance (Scottish)

Series: A High Adventure #5

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493505394
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GB5M4K2

*Amazon*

November 21, 2013

Chief Torrin MacLeod vows to possess and wed the spirited lady who stole his heart the previous winter. But Lady Jessie MacKay wants naught to do with the dangerous warrior, no matter how devilishly handsome and charming he is. When Torrin arrives unexpectedly at Jessie’s home, along with Gregor MacBain, a man Jessie was formerly handfasted to, she is thrown off-kilter. She never wanted to see either man again, but now they are vying for her hand. Torrin promises to protect her from the devious MacBain, but how can she trust Torrin when she has witnessed how lethal he is?

The more time Torrin spends with the strong and independent Jessie, the more determined he is to win her heart. Once she allows him a kiss, he feels her passion flame as hot as his own. After she knows Torrin better, Jessie finds herself falling for the fearsome Highlander. But the odds are stacked against them. The sinister MacBain is bent on kidnapping Jessie, making her his bride and killing Torrin, while Jessie’s conniving younger brother, Haldane, is determined to use Jessie to take over the castle in his older brother’s absence. Jessie fears she can never be with the man she loves, while Torrin will do everything in his power to ensure they are together forever. In his heart, she is the only lady for him.

The Highland Adventure Series
My Fierce Highlander
My Wild Highlander
My Brave Highlander
My Daring Highlander
My Notorious Highlander

MY THOUGHTS:
MY NOTORIOUS HIGHLANDER by Vonda Sinclair is an intriguing and exciting  Scottish Historical Romance set in 1619 Scotland. #5 in the “Highland Adventure” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See,” My Fierce Highlander”, “My Wild Highlander”, “My Brave Highlander” and “My Daring Highlander”. I absolutely loved this story! Follow Chief Torrin MacLeod,Lady Jessie MacKay and Gregor MacBain on a journey of danger, passion, secrets, deception, betrayal and love. Torrin vows to make Jessie is wife, but Gregor has other plans. Gregor, was hand-fasted to Jessie formerly, but throw her aside for another, now he wants and needs her back under his thumb. He is also a cruel man.  But Torrin has other plans,for he has loved her from afar.
Oh, did I mention Jessie’s younger brother, Haldane, who just happens to be an outlaw, a murderer and wants to use Jessie to take over the castle from his older brother? If you enjoy fast paced, action packed Highland adventure than “My Notorious Highlander” is definitely the read for you. The characters are engaging, charismatic, and fierce. The storyline is intriguing, dangerous and will have you turning pages faster than you can say Highlander. Oh, for a moment or two I was spellbound, as Torrin has to save Jessie over and over. How many will die in the process of Haldane and Gregor’s revenge and hatred? Hatred can turn the most beloved family member into a horrid brother, who is only after his own gain.  A deliciously sexy story of love,family, revenge, and forgiveness. For action, thrills, and passion pick up “My Notorious Highlander”.  I loved it! Well done, indeed! I love Highlanders  and their lasses and this was no disappointment. A not to miss story! Received for an honest review from the author.
RATING: 4.5
HEAT RATING: HOT
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW: HIS BY CHRISTMAS by Kaitlin O’Riley

 

HIS BY CHRISTMAS

KAITLIN O’RILEY

http://www.KaitlinORiley.com

Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)

Series: Hamilton Sisters #5

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420112414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420112412

*Publisher*

Yvette Hamilton knows just what she wants for Christmas–a dazzling marriage. And if marrying the ton’s catch at the height of the Yuletide season is how she can prove herself, she’ll be the most respectable of the many ladies competing for his hand. But one accomplished rake has other, much more tempting ideas. . .

The illegitimate son of a duke, Lord Jeffrey Eddington knows society will never truly respect him. He thought he’d found acceptance as a friend of the Hamiltons, but Yvette’s seeming snobbery makes him wager to win her hand no matter what it takes. Too late, he finds her frivolity conceals an intelligent, appealing woman. Now they face a hard choice between the holiday dreams they think they want most. . .and the very real love they can’t resist.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

HIS BY CHRISTMAS by Kaitlin O’Riley is a wonderful Victorian Historical Romance set in 1878 London. A most delightful holiday read! Lord Jeffrey Eddington,is the illegitimate son of a Duke,and friend of the Hamiltons and Yvette Hamilton,who wants a dazzling marriage, find themselves in a race to make their holiday dreams come true. While, this is #5 in the “Hamilton Sisters”, it can be read as a stand alone. I had no trouble catching up with this series. I plan to read the others also. Yvette, is intelligent, sexy, but pretends to be frivolous. While, Lord Jeffrey knows he will never be accepted in society due to his illegitimacy, it still doesn’t stop him from his dreams. His father, the Duke of Eddington accepted him as his son year prior, you see he truly loved Jeffrey’s mother. With the festive season, dreams can come true. Fast paced and a very interesting read, it is filled with passion, decisions, and love. This is the final in the “Hamilton Sisters” series. For an added touch you will be surprised by Jeffrey’s father and mother at the end of the story. Ms. O’Riley brought all the characters together nicely and this is a delicious read for one and all. A truly festive read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: MILD

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

REVIEW~ COMPROMISING WILLA by

newwilla (1)COMPROMISING WILLA

DIANA QUINCY

http://www.dianaquincy.com

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: The Accidental Peers #3

Entangled Scandalous

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

 

  • Print Length: 267 pages

  • Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GL3NBSS

 

*Amazon*

December 9, 2013

England, 1805
Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she’ll be ruined. Again.
No one is more shocked by Willa’s lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.
Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?
MY THOUGHTS:
COMPROMISING WILLA by Diana Quincy is an interesting Regency Historical romance set in 1805 England. #3 in the “Accidental Peers” series, but can be read as a stand alone. Fast paced and filled with suspense, and passion. Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope has been ruin and is caught between two powerful men, the Earl of Bellingham and  Duke of Hartwell (Hart). Filled with passion, deceit, and powerful men, you can not help but feel for poor Willa, who is determined not to marry, but is attracted to Hart. Meantime, Bellingham is determined to have Willa at all cost,including destroying her if he has too. Willa does not can a flip if her reputation is in tatters but her heart is another matter all together. Fast paced and passion filled, you will not regret reading “Compromising Willa”. Be be warned some of the men are distrusting, such as Bellingham, while Hart is my hero. Willa if feisty,intelligent and wants to help women who are alone, abandoned and desperate. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ THE OFFICER AND THE TRAVELER by Rose Gordon…..

THE OFFICER AND THE TRAVELER

ROSE GORDON

http://www.rosegordon.net/

Genre: Historical Romance(Western America)

Series: Fort Gibson Officers series #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

*from the author*
Grayson Montgomery has just let his mouth get him into trouble again—quite literally. Being promptly informed that he must either marry the young lady he was caught with in a scandalous embrace or face a possible seven years of hard labor, Gray makes the obvious choice to marry her. It’ll just be a marriage of circumstance with no chance of either getting hurt.

Michaela Davis is in a state of shock. First, she was kissed nearly senseless by a sweet talking stranger, only to have the bliss end with the uncomfortable realization that they’d been seen! And by her father, no less. If that’s not bad enough, who she thought was just a charming stranger is none other than the heartless cad who broke her young heart as a girl!

Circumstances might dictate that they marry, but they’re both about to learn that circumstances don’t always bring about a happily-ever-after—only they can control that.
   

MY THOUGHTS:

THE OFFICER AND THE TRAVELER by Rose Gordon is a historical romance set in Fort Gibson, America. The third and final in the “Fort Gibson Officesr” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “The Officer and the Bostoner”, and “The Officer and the Southerner”. Another hit for this author! I loved this story! I think this was my favorite by far of the “Fort Gibson Officers” series. Fast paced, and adventure filled. Follow Grayson Montgomery and Michaela Davis on their journey to happiness and love. Can Michaela forgive Grayson for breaking her young hearts years prior? The heart wants what the heart wants even if circumstances don’t always bring a happily ever after, only  Michaela and Grayson can do that. Michaela came to be at Fort Gibson because of her sister in a the prior story, you see her sister was a mail-order bride. Michaela and Grayson was caught in a compromising situation, they where caught kissing….Can two flawed characters come together to find love and happiness?

Ms. Gordon, sure knows how to draw a reader into her stories, with her engaging, charming characters and her intriguing storyline. A fast paced story of Military life in Fort Gibson,their struggles, their quest for survival and love. A not to miss story and if you haven’t read the others in this series,I would recommend reading them also. I enjoyed this series and look forward to Ms. Gordon next grand adventure. A must read for any readers who enjoy America West, military life in the Frontier, history, and romance. Received for an honest review from the author.

RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: MILD

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

Review~ Gargoyle: Three Enchanting Romance Novellas by multiple authors

Title: Gargoyle: Three Enchanting Romance Novellas

Author: Beth Barany, Kay Keppler, Patricia Simpson

Website: http://kaykeppler.com/excerpts/gargoyle/

Publisher: SB Group

Publication Date: July 11, 2013

ISBN-10: 0984821104

ISBN-13: 978-0984821105

Genre: Paranormal

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

The mysterious lives of gargoyles.

They don’t just hang out on buildings.

They right wrongs. They wreak havoc.

And they change the lives of unsuspecting people who never see them coming.

The hero…

Craig knows that Bea is in trouble. But Craig can’t do anything about it–because he’s a garden gargoyle and Bea can’t hear his warnings. When unexpected visitors arrive to help, Craig finds the power he had all along. Now the neighborhood will never be the same.

The touchstone…

When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?

And the freak just trying to get along…

Sentenced to burn at the stake for sorcery, Merofled volunteers to help jaded warrior Alaric kill a gargoyle that threatens her village. But Merofled soon discovers the gargoyle is not a monster at all. It’s a misfit just like her. Can she persuade Alaric to spare the gargoyle-and herself?

My Thoughts:

Although I am a huge paranormal fan, this was my first foray into gargoyles. I have discovered it was not the place to start. I have no doubt that there are some good gargoyle stories out there, but these particular three lacked depth and eloquence.  However, this may be an unfair judgment.  I have not read any other works by these authors, and due to the short nature of novellas, there is not much room to flesh out a story as much as one would potentially like.  There was some imagination evident in the storylines, with each story having its own unique perspective.

Craig, being the sentient, yet immobile object that he is, tries unsuccessfully to communicate and protect his owner, Bea. Out of nowhere come these “gods” that awaken the powers of mobility and flight that aid him in his objective. There were a lot of minimally explained characters and happenings in this short story, and it was slightly difficult to follow at times. Some of these were just downright unbelievable, even given the fact that it’s a paranormal novella.

The second story, again- too little explanation and too much conflict compressed into too little story. The gargoyle wasn’t the paranormal element in this story; it was merely the object of connection between Rose and Julien. I liked Julien’s character a lot more than Rose. He seemed to have more depth, honesty, and morality than she did and I was able to feel some connection to him as a character. Rose seemed slightly self-indulgent, and it was obvious she was a modern-day woman (not meant as a compliment). I wish the time travel element had been explained a little better, not just “BAM!- you’re in the 13th century,” and then “BAM!- you’re back, and you brought him with you.”

I didn’t even finish the third story.  I got about half-way in, and it never got interesting, so I gave up. This one also takes place in the middle ages, and Merofled is saved from being burned as a witch, merely because she agrees to help rescue a farmer’s son from a gargoyle. Seems to me, just agreeing to help in that situation would make her accusers even surer of her witchery. She and the priest assigned to carry out her sentencing then follow the farmer to locate the son. I didn’t get any farther than that, because the farmer’s prejudice was irritating, and I couldn’t become very sympathetic to any of their issues.

Rating: 3

HEAT Rating: Mild

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

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