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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


LORETTA MASON POTTS by Mary Chase…review

Loretta Mason PottsLoretta Mason Potts by Mary Chase

Genre: Children’s

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: New York Review Children’s Collection
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children’s Collection; Reprint edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590177576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590177570


*From Amazon*

Imagine how shocked you would be if, like ten-year-old Colin Mason, you were the oldest (smartest, best) kid in a family of four, and then you found out that all these years, without knowing it, you’ve had an older sister, an “awful, awful, bad, bad, girl—Loretta Mason Potts.” Who? What? Wait! … But this is only the first of many surprises that lie in store for Colin, as things get curiouser and curiouser very fast. Loretta (a glum gangly girl and so very very rude!) comes home and before you know it, Colin is secretly following her down a hidden tunnel that leads from a bedroom closet to an astonishing castle, where a charming and beautiful countess keeps court attended by a dapper and ever-obliging general, and in this world everybody loves Loretta (especially when she’s rude), so much so that they’re begging her to stay with them forever. What is the secret behind this mysterious other world and how does it connect to the many secrets in the Mason family? It’ll take a spellbinding, hair-raising adventure, involving not just Colin and Loretta but their mother and the rest of the family, to work that out.

About the Author

Mary Coyle Chase (1907–1981) was born in Denver, Colorado, and lived there all her life. She worked for various Denver papers as a journalist, began to write plays, and in 1944 had a huge success with Harvey, which won the Pulitzer Prize and was later made into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart.

Harold Berson (1926–1986) was born in Los Angeles and studied art in Paris. Loretta Mason Potts, originally published in 1958, was the first book he illustrated, but he would go on to draw pictures for more than ninety books, including many that he also wrote.



Alice in Wonderland & Narnia with a closet instead of a wardrobe. A bridge,a countess, and an secret world, what else could you want? Oh,did I mention a bad & rude girl, a smart boy, family secrets and a magic kingdom. An adventure filled with fantasy and creativity. An epic tale that young children are sure to enjoy. Well written with imagination and wit. Both young and old will be intrigued by this fantastical adventure!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 5
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.


Purchase your copy!





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


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


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


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


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.


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

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







Genre: Fantasy/Fiction/ Adventure

Ages 10 & up

Series: The Gryphon Chronicles #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Series: The Gryphon Chronicles
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482760010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482760019


November 29, 2013 NY Times and USA Today bestselling author E.G. Foley presents The Gryphon Chronicles, a new series of historical fantasy adventure novels that’s as much fun for grownups as it is for kids!

Big Trouble…

Reunited with his aristocratic magical relatives, and finally getting used to his own supernatural powers, orphaned ex-pickpocket Jake Everton, the young Lord Griffon, travels on his first-ever holiday to beautiful Norway. There, at an amazing (steampunk!) Invention Convention, his cousin Archie, the boy genius, plans to unveil his marvelous new flying machine to the scientific world.

But legends of the Viking Age die hard in Scandinavia. Danger strikes as famous Victorian scientists start mysteriously disappearing. When Archie vanishes, too, Jake races to the rescue. With the help of his trusty pet Gryphon, he tracks the kidnapper to his lair—only to come face-to-face with an angry Norse giant!

From the whimsical steampunk oddities of the Invention Convention to wondrous worlds of Norse mythology, join Jake and his friends on a giant-sized adventure full of hair-raising dangers and big laughs!


THE GRYPHON CHRONICLES: JAKE AND THE GIANT by E. G. Foley is a delightful Fantasy/Fiction/Adventure for Young Readers ages, 10 and Up. Set again in the Victorian Era. #2 in “The Gryphon Chronicles” but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading book 1, “The Lost Heir”. The adventure continues in “Jake and The Giant”. Jake Everton, now Lord Griffon, has finally be re-united with his parents, and is coming to grips with his magical powers. When Jake’s cousin Archie, goes missing, along with other scientists, Jake races to the rescue. He comes face-to-face with a Norse giant. Filled with Norse mythology, magical creatures, a flying machine, legends, and of course a bit of danger and lots of adventure. Harry Potter has nothing on Jake and his friends. A wonderful Historical fantasy for young and old readers alike. Another hit for this amazing author. Well done. What an engaging story from beginning to end with a feel of Steampunk, historical,Fantasy and Adventure all mixed into one grand adventure. BIG TROUBLE comes to Jake and his friends in “Jake and the Giant”. Another must read! Received for an honest review from the author.



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


The Lost Heir (the Gryphon Chronicles, Book 1)




Genre: Fantasy/Fiction/Adventure

Ages: 10 & up

Series: The Gryphon Chronicles #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Series: Gryphon Chronicles
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477624384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477624388


NY Times & USA Today bestselling author E.G. Foley launches The Gryphon Chronicles, a new series of historical fantasy adventures (with a hint of steampunk!) that’s as much fun for grownups as it is for kids. Strange new talents… Jake is a scrappy orphaned pickpocket living by his wits on the streets of Victorian London. Lately he’s started seeing ghosts, and discovers he can move solid objects with his mind! He has no idea why. Next thing he knows, a Sinister Gentleman and his minions come hunting him. On the run for his life, Jake is plunged headlong into a mysterious world full of magic and deadly peril. A world that holds the secret to who he really is: the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family — with magical powers! But with treacherous enemies closing in, it will take all of his wily street instincts and the help of his friends — both human and magical — to solve the mystery of what happened to his parents and defeat the foes who never wanted the Lost Heir of Griffon to be found… Learn more at



THE GRYPHON CHRONICES: THE LOST HEIR by E. G. Foley is an intriguing Fantasy/Fiction/Adventure set in Victorian  London. # 1 in “The Gryphon Chronicles”. What a beginning. A mixture of fantasy, almost like a steampunk and historical. Jake is a orphaned pickpocket on the streets of Victorian London, living by his wits. Jake has strange things happening to him, he can move objects, see ghosts, he is being hunted and is in deadly peril. What he doesn’t know could just get him killed. He holds the secret of the long-lost heir of Griffon, a family with magical powers. Filled with adventure, mystery, magic, treachery and Jake must solve the mystery of what really happened to his beloved parents. But can he defeat his most deadly foe of all? With the help of his friends, Jake may just survive and live to find the answers.  A fast paced, adventure filled story from beginning to end. An reader who enjoys fantasy, and mystery, young or old is sure to enjoy “The Lost Heir”. I enjoyed this story. Well done, indeed! Well written with vivid descriptions, and engaging characters and what a sinister storyline. I can hardly wait to see what grand adventure Jake and his friends will find next. Move over Harry Potter, Jake is here! Received for an honest review from the author.



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

Review~ Armored Hearts by Melissa Turner Lee and Pauline Creeden

Title: Armored Hearts: Fantasy Steampunk

Author: Melissa Turner Lee and Pauline Creeden


Publisher: AltWit Press

Publication Date: May 16, 2013

ISBN-10: 0615799302

ISBN-13: 978-0615799308

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy Steampunk

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

Part Steampunk, part Fantasy, all Romance…

When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother’s side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales.

Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park and left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair.

Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story! I have never read anything by either of these authors and didn’t really know what a “steampunk” novel would be about (automatons, building automatons).  I was undoubtedly, and pleasantly surprised. I have read steampunk before, only I didn’t know that’s what it was called, or that there was an entire genre devoted to it. There were some very clever aspects to the story and the characters worked really well together.

Not surprisingly, Gareth acts bitter and angry most of the time due to his wheelchair, and only seems to care about his aunt, Tabitha. Under the façade, is an individual that has spent his life looking after his town and protecting its citizens from those looking to harm them.

Jessamine, the heiress, has spent her life thinking about the boy who saved her as a child. She is determined to find him again, and not only attempt to share his secret, but also get him to fall in love with her and marry her! Neither of these prove to be too difficult with her and Tabitha scheming together. Gareth never had a chance!

Luckily, the two are made for each other.

The fantasy aspects are pulled in near the end of the story, and make for a great set-up for future books. It looks like it will be a neat series, and I look forward to continuing their story. I’ve already ordered the prequel on Amazon!

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Mild

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More




Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series: Fantasy series

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

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462111653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462111657


In the not-so-distant future, workers are forcibly drafted into their fields, and the Labor party chooses Silas. Because he’s new, strong, and trained for Command, everyone wants to use him for their own purposes. But when a strange girl shows him that he can choose his own destiny, Silas must make his first real decision—which side he will fight for.


You are here because the Citizens put you here to serve them and because the Regents choose to control your lives.

In the not-so-distant future, workers are forcibly drafted into their fields. With all their choices made for them, the workers must do what they’re told or face severe consequences. When Labor chooses Silas, the tyrannical Labor Regent is determined to make him a public example of her complete control. He is humiliated, manipulated, and isolated during his first week under the Shield, and the people who show him kindness only help him because they have ulterior motives.

But the Regent is not the only one pulling Silas’s strings. The mysterious Gideon wants to mold him into a hero, a champion of the oppressed people. And a strange girl seems to be guiding him to find out more about the Citizens they serve. Through it all, no one bothers to ask Silas what he wants to do. Because, after all, he doesn’t have any rights. He doesn’t really exist.

Wade through twisted government conspiracies and deeply buried secrets alongside Silas as he learns to choose for himself—and discovers the cost of freedom.


NOTHING NAMED SILAS by Steve Westover is an interesting and thought-provoking YA Fantasy set in a Dystopian type world. Filled with government conspiracies, secrets,destiny,oppressed people,slavery,labor camps and coming out of the fog to find yourself. First there is,Silas(Nothing Named) has been breed to command,he is humiliated, manipulated, and isolated. Then you have Gideon,the Labor Regent and many others, if they show him any kindness, they have their own reasons for doing so. What a complicated and complex story with many twists and turns. Sometimes you get a little dizzy from just reading this story. If you enjoy complications,complex stories, and fantasy than you will enjoy “Nothing Named Silas”. I would suggest this title for a more mature YA group, those over 16 at least due to the content of humiliation,and degradation. Be warned “Nothing Named Silas” is not for the faint of heart,I think,some may feel different. Very complex and though provoking. An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.


HEAT RATING: Hot due to humiliation & degradation

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

REVIEW~ MIDLIFE MOUSE by Wayne Franklin…..



Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Wannabe; 1 edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988835916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988835917

*Barnes and Nobles*

Bill Durmer is in over his head. In Midlife Mouse, the debut novel from filmmaker Wayne Franklin, Durmer, an underachieving genius, runs away to Walt Disney World in the mother of all midlife crises. Led by a series of bizarre encounters, a hyper-caffeinated delusion and a mysterious prophecy, Bill goes to the Magic Kingdom seeking his destiny. But a group of Disney haters will do almost anything to stop him. Pirates and princesses, morticians, moms and man-beasts, spacemen and psychos all have a stake in Bill’s future … and those are the good guys. This is not how he planned to spend his summer vacation.


MIDLIFE MOUSE by Wayne Franklin is an interesting Science Fiction and Fantasy/Fiction. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, but what I found was…..Alice In Wonderland meet Midlife Mouse. Bill Durmer is having a midlife crisis,big disappointments,and life changes. Well written with humor,adventure and the characters are interesting with life altering experiences. Set in the backdrop of Disney World. Who does not enjoy the big Mouse and the wonderful magic of Disney World? With quirky characters,entertainment from the first page to the last page,and a very interesting plot,what’s not to enjoy. What if story…. involving imagination,intrigue,prophecy and destiny. If you enjoy fantasy,a bit of science fiction, Disney World intrigue, than you will enjoy “Midlife Mouse”. Not your everyday summer adventure. A debut author to watch out for in the future. Received for an honest review from the author.



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

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