Lor Mandela – Destruction from Twins – L. Carroll, Author

May 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm (Uncategorized)


Lor Mandela – Destruction from Twins – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
Destruction of twins, and so it must end.
They are the lock, yet they are not friends.
The Child of Balance can only restore.
Her father the key and she is the door.
The Riddle now told, the Advantiere presents,
Healing begins following events.
  ONE comes swiftly in the morning
  ONE unknowing moves in haste
  ONE beloved through mighty fallen
  ONE is chosen to forget her place
  Elahk E Ber Lor Mandela!
  One through strong must fall forbidden.
  One made low shall rise again.
  One must be as these words written
  Then will One forever reign.
  Elahk A Ber Lor Mandela!
This is the puzzle that must be solved to save the world of Lor Mandela.  The destruction of the planet started with the death of the matriarchal leader known as the Vritesse of Lor Mandela, who prior to her death had to choose her successor between her two twin daughters.  Anika had the strongest will whereas Lantalia was the kindest.  Both were qualified but only one could rule.  Which would it be?  Little did she know that her choice would bring vengeance between the two ending in complete destruction of their sisterhood.  Will one be stronger than the other and rule their world?  To complicate things even more, Anika’s daughter’s former entrusted (husband) Darian has swore to seek revenge upon her, her family and put himself into a position as ruler.  But does he have the strength to pull it off?
And then there is Maggie Baker, a 17 year old living in what she calls the most boring town on earth.  When she starts seeing hundreds of tiny lights buzzing around her window, she knows it’s nothing more than a stupid dream.  But when the dream starts taking her in places that she can’t identify she starts believing that these dreams aren’t your every night dreams.  So who is Maggie and how does she fit into the world of Lor Mandela?
When I made it to the last page of Lor Mandela I had one thing to say “NO!  Don’t end now!”  This book contained some of the most creative characters I’ve ever found in a book of this type.  The Shadow Dwellers can fade in and out of the shadows and move at high speeds won me over.  The Sybran Forest that draws it’s branches up as beings entered, were easily within my ability to imagine.  But my favorite characters had to be the Shadow Squanki which is a magical creature who can camouflage into its surroundings and create portals allowing them to move from place to place.  And they will do just about anything for their favorite food the cricket.
This author kept me so involved in the story of Lor Mandela that I found myself thinking about the riddle and it’s meaning while driving to and from work each day.  So, Author L. Carroll, I’m ready for the next chapter of Lor Mandela and hope I don’t have to wait too long.  This book was great!
390 pages
2010

L. Carroll
Author of the Lor Mandela Series
http://www.lormandela.com
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Drowned Sorrow – Vanessa Morgan, Author

May 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm (Uncategorized)


Drowned Sorrow – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
“I wanna go live with my father.”  Giselle paused a moment to take it in.  Why didn’t his answer surprise her?  In fact, somehow she had been expecting this.  “That’s out of the question and you know it.”  Miserably, she started to wash up the dirty dishes while Mark turned to wait on the customers.  She scrubbed furiously, more than was actually necessary, but she bent her mind to the task, glad that she had this activity to clear her mind.  There was no way that Mark was going to leave Moonlight Creek.  No one ever left this place.  If he ever left, he wouldn’t survive.  She was sure about that.  Her mind turned to several directions, looking for solutions, but couldn’t find any.  There had to be something, something she could do to make her son stay. “It’s not completely impossible,” Mark said.  “I warned you,” Giselle said, her voice gentle and without a trace of anger.  “It’s not safe.”  “I don’t care.”  “I care.  You’re my son.”  She paused.  “If I were you, I’d just forget all about it.  There’s nothing you can do about it.  Moonlight Creek isn’t like other places.  Things work different here.”
Megan Blackwood had been a reporter for national television for eight years.  With a growing reputation as an authority on international politics, she was regarded as a leading light in journalism.  But that all came to an end with the death of one of her two children.  It had been seven months and still nothing seemed to ease the pain that Megan felt.  So at the suggestion of a friend, she and her daughter Jenna would be taking what would hopefully be a time for the two of them to bond and hopefully put some of the past behind them.  Their vacation was to take place in a small secluded village called Moonlight Creek.
Upon arrival, Megan began to wonder about her destination decision.  Moonlight Creek was beautiful, nestled around a beautiful, peaceful lake, but the people were different.  She knew that life in a small town moved slow but these people seemed to move at a pace slower than any she had ever encountered.  And the smell.  Everything had a moldy, musky smell, even the rooms of the small hotel she and Jenna would be staying in.  But Megan finally decided this was due to the almost continuous rain that seemed to fall on Moonlight Creek.  And then there was the lake itself.  There was something simply not right about the lake that scared not only Megan but the family dog too that had come along for the trip.
Drowned Sorrow took me completely by surprise.  I have to admit that I never saw the ending coming.  Or for that matter, I was surprised throughout most of the book.  The characters created by Author Vanessa Morgan were perfectly cast, as was the setting.  This has been a very enjoyable read.  But I will tell you that I will probably think twice before spending even a weekend at a small town with a lake.
164 pages
Lumina Press
2008
ISBN# 978-1-60594-162-2

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A Dead Red Heart – R P Dahlke, Author

May 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm (Uncategorized)


A Dead Red Heart – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘Outside my bedroom window cicadas sawed a sleepy rhythm and a breeze picked musically at the dry leaves on the Chinaberry tree and then – nothing.  I couldn’t sleep.  I turned over again, slamming down the image of a dying man clutching scissors sticking out of his chest.  Never mind that I couldn’t remember his last words.  Terrible as it was to think that someone would murder Billy Wayne Dobson, it seemed obvious to me that the killer was also clever enough to know how and where to apply the right pressure.  I’d felt rather than seen someone at the end of the alley, but the killer didn’t know that, did he?  I was seen, identified and marked as a witness.  It was very clever of him.  Really it was.  I might later actually remember something and think to speak of it, maybe tell Caleb or the police that there might have been someone at the end of the alley.  Now, however, any whiff of a memory was going to be sealed in a tomb of silence – silent as the grave, that will be me.  I’d keep my head down, study map coordinates, calculate chemical formulas for pest control, kick airplane tires, and check pilot flight logs, pay Av Gas bills, anything that would keep me away from the potential of a murder investigation that might endanger what was most precious to me – my family.’
Eula Mae Baines, better known as Lalla, is a crop duster and, along with her retired father, owner of Bains Aero Ag.   Billy Wayne Dobson has a powerful crush on Lalla and her boyfriend Sheriff Caleb Stone has warned him against stalking and harassing her.  So when Billy Wayne decided to decorate Lalla’s bright red caddie with poetry written on paper snowflakes, she decided to try talking to him herself instead of reporting it to Caleb.  Billy Wayne was a marine war vet and between the alcohol and drugs, his mind didn’t work quite as well as it should, eventually making him a homeless street person and Lalla knew exactly where to find him.  In the alley near Mr. Kim’s Chinese restaurant in the abandoned section of downtown Modesto, California.  But she didn’t expect to find him with a pair of scissors sticking out of his chest.  She also didn’t expect who she supposed to be the killer to put a message on her father’s door that said ‘DOA.’  Assuming this meant Dead on Arrival, she decided to leave it alone and let the police handle everything.
Didn’t work that way.  Lalla is brought into this whole murder mess by not only Billy Wayne and his last words to her but also by Mr. Kim who had befriended Billy Wayne.  He felt Lalla would be the perfect person to find the killer.  But as clues start popping up, Lalla finds that the killer just might be a policeman.   Even Calab?
Author R P Dahlke has combined suspenseful murder and even humor in the creation of A Dead Red Heart.  I found myself changing my opinion about each characters at least once as I turned the pages.  And I have to admit, I didn’t come up with the real murder until the end.  This author really kept me guessing and changing my mind.
273 pages

Dead Bear Publishing
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