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Daughters of the Nile





Genre: Historical Fiction (Egypt)

Series: Cleopatra’s Daughers #3

*Based on a true story of Cleopatra’s daughter*

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Series: Novel of Cleopatra’s Daughter
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042525836X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258361


Based on the true story of Cleopatra’s daughter…

After years of abuse as the emperor’s captive in Rome, Cleopatra Selene has found a safe harbor. No longer the pitiful orphaned daughter of the despised Egyptian Whore, the twenty year old is now the most powerful queen in the empire, ruling over the kingdom of Mauretania—an exotic land of enchanting possibility where she intends to revive her dynasty.

With her husband, King Juba II and the magic of Isis that is her birthright, Selene brings prosperity and peace to a kingdom thirsty for both. But when Augustus Caesar jealously demands that Selene’s children be given over to him to be fostered in Rome, she’s drawn back into the web of imperial plots and intrigues that she vowed to leave behind.

Determined and resourceful, Selene must shield her loved ones from the emperor’s wrath, all while vying with ruthless rivals like King Herod. Can she find a way to overcome the threat to her marriage, her kingdom, her family, and her faith? Or will she be the last of her line?


DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE by Stephanie Dray is an exciting Historical Fiction based on the true story of Cleopatra’s daughter. Book # 3 in the “Cleopatra’s Daughter” trilogy, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the others in this Trilogy. However, with this said, I have not read the others but do intend to go back and do so. See, “Lily of the Nile” and ” Song of the Nile”. Written in first person.  Oh my what an intriguing and interesting tale of Cleopatra’s daughter, Cleopatra Selene, orphan, and despised daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and Rome’s emperor’s captive  who suffers years of abuse. Now wife to King Juba II, and out to revive a dynasty in Mauretania. But her peace is once again threatened when Augustus Caesar demands her children be fostered in Rome.

Empowering as well as gut wrenching tale of love, ruthless rivals, intrigue, unfailing courage, determination and destiny. Ms. Dray has weaved a story of a lesser-known historical character into a tale of magic, intrigue and used an exotic setting. History buffs are sure to enjoy “Daughter of the Nile” as well as romance readers, and historical fiction readers. An intriguing tale in which Ms. Dray brought the characters to life on the pages of “Daughters of the Nile”. A great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



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




The Forth Conspiracy





Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

Series: Darmon Mysteries #2

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

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing (January 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612961630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612961637


William Darmon and his wife Elizabeth, owners of Mayfair Hall, fall victim to rival Forth family who introduce a bill into Parliament called the Writ of Confiscation. It will repossess the Darmon’s ancestral home unless they can find their missing deed. A late family friend hid the document on a trip to Egypt decades earlier, leaving a clue to its location only visible in the night sky of 1825. As the Darmons begin to unravel the mystery, a Forth body turns up on their doorstep. William and brother-in-law, Charles set off for the Mediterranean only to be waylaid by Greek independence fighters on the eve of a massive Egyptian invasion. William’s escape finds him stranded in the Sahara far behind Forth members attempting to destroy his property title. Historically accurate events provide non-stop suspense



THE FORTH CONSPIRACY by Thomas Thorpe is an interesting Historical fiction/Mystery. #2 in the “Darmon Mysteries”,but can be read as a stand alone. Filled with non-stop action, suspense,and mystery. William Darmon,his wife, Elizabeth are owners of the Mayfair hall find themselves in a battle to save William’s ancestral home,what William encounters is danger,family secrets and finding the missing deed to William’s ancestral home. A must read for any historical readers,and for those who enjoy mystery. This was my first read by this author, but I look forward to more of this author’s work. The plot was intriguing as well as mysterious and the characters were engaging. Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.



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


Brimstone and WaterBRIMSTONE AND WATER


Genre: Christan Historical Fiction/Romance

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

  • Perfect Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161862329X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618623294

About the Book:*Publicist*

Orphaned as a toddler, Caralynn Davidson grieves the loss of her grandfather as she takes over the reins of the family estate near a small Swiss village, but the Brimstone and Water from millennia ago that destroyed an ancient civilization is about to change Caralynn’s life. She receives a letter from her grandfather, charging her with the mission of bringing an ancient soul to rest. “But I thought only God could bring a soul to rest,” she whispers with the loosely held pages still in her hand.

Mynah is Caralynn’s ancestor who is princess of Crete when the under gods attack. Mynah is transplanted into the exotic but foreign world of Egypt, where she learns that she can be welcomed into a new family but will never be able to rest until she is returned to her beloved Crete. Hoping that one day she will rejoin her family, Mynah tells her daughter and her daughter’s daughters that they must satisfy her ultimate desire

For generations, Mynah has visited the women in Caralynn’s family, and now Caralynn knows the time has come to visit Mynah herself. She learns in this compelling story about love and a soul crying out to be free that even Brimstone and Water cannot keep a family apart.

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BRIMSTONE AND WATER by Sharon House is an interesting inspirational Historical Fiction/Romance set in a small Swiss village and Egypt. A story that weaves the present with the past and the legacy that follows. Filled with grief, faith,courage,sacrifice,healing,ancestry,legacy,family,a soul looking for freedom and love.”Brimstone and Water” is not your ordinary inspirational story,but a story with an epic tale, a bit of paranormal mixed in and the tale of a young Crete Princess, Mynah and her ancestors. Fast paced and filled with danger and longing. On the island of Thera,Mount Thera, a volcanic eruption of catastrophic proportion and the earthquake that followed,leaves only a few survivors in its wake… the story begins. Caralynn Davidson, is orphaned at a young age, grieving her beloved grandfather, receives a letter  from her grandfather that will change everything. For she is charged with bringing an ancient ancestor’s soul to rest,Mynah,the Princess of Crete. A compelling story of hope,and love. “Brimstone and Water” will have you setting on the edge of your seat as you read the story of Mynah and the generation of daughters,their legacy and the power of love. The characters are well developed and engaging. The storyline is intriguing as well as interesting. A great summer read! Received for an honest review from the author and/or publicist.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ TARGETS OF REVENGE by Jeffrey S. Stephens….

Targets of RevengeTARGETS OF REVENGE


Genre: Thriller

Series: A Jordan Sandor Thriller #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451688725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451688726

Book Description(Amazon)

Release date: February 19, 2013
COUNTRY FIRST.All the bureaucratic scolding in Washington cannot stop resourceful CIA Agent Jordan Sandor when he’s hungry for revenge. This time he’s on the hunt for the cold-blooded sociopath known as Adina, whose indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people, including Sandor’s close friend, represents man at his worst.

Mobilizing a team of skilled and dedicated agents to carry out his secret operation, Sandor flies in the face of his superiors’ stern warnings—ultimately crash-landing in the heart of the Venezuelan jungle. Armed with little more than a combat knife and a deadly automatic weapon, he infiltrates Adina’s camp and discovers that the ruthless terrorist is smuggling not only cocaine into the United States, but also a deadly substance that could cost tens of thousands of lives.

Sandor develops intel that leads him to Egypt and then Moscow as he fights to prevent this disaster, but after he lands on Interpol’s list of international fugitives, the truth becomes clear: Adina’s evil web extends to the far corners of the globe. Meanwhile, someone Sandor trusts could very well be feeding the agent dangerous lies as he struggles to stay on Adina’s trail.

More focused than ever, Sandor refuses to end his perilous mission, even after he has been taken captive. In the end, when he uncovers the realities of Adina’s deranged plan for a catastrophic assault on New York City, Sandor has no choice but to risk his life to protect his country’s safety and freedom.


TARGETS OF REVENGE by Jeffrey S. Stephens is an heart pumping thriller. #3 in “A Jordan Sandor Thriller”,but can be read as a stand alone. See,”Targets of Deception” and “Targets of Opportunity”. A high octane thriller from beginning to the very last page. Follow,CIA Agent Jordan Sandor on another high adventure. Filled with revenge,secret operations,a foreign country, Venezuelan jungle,terrorist,Egypt,Moscow,betrayal,and of course Country, for Country comes first at all cost. A fast paced,action packed thriller. Any reader who enjoys thrillers,suspense,action,adventure, will enjoy “Targets of Revenge”. Not only a great read but also a story that could possibly be happening in the world today. Written with vivid descriptions,believable,and realistic characters. Mr. Stephens is a wonderful storyteller. Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Addiction Reviews

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