The Salvation of Tanlegalle – Author, Tim Ahrens

February 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm (old world) (, , , , )


The Salvation of Tanlegalle

I am not usually a reader of Fantasy. However, when I was asked to read The Salvation of Tanlegalle for Author, Tim Ahrens I decided to give it a go. I must say that reading this book was a complete and utter joy. Mr. Ahrens took several stand alone short stories and wove them into a wonderful novel of fantasy and suspense. He writes in both first person and third person which as an author is very diffucult to do successfully.
He weaves the story in such a way that the reader wants to know how all of these short stories melt toghether. Tanlegalle is a society that has lost its way and its memories and with that it has also lost its true purpose. All of the history has been destroyed and forgotten through apathy or greed and corruption. All that remains is a city full of citizens who have no souls. But one person is determined to renew the life and vitality of this city and the past. He seeks the “One” who will make that happen.

This book is written in such a way that I would recommend it for young teens as well as adults. It is suspenseful, thrilling, and well written. In many ways Mr. Ahrens has defined our society of today. He has written this story in such a way that shows what happens when people lose their way through greed and corruption and the refusal to learn from the past.
I give this book a five start rating.

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Magical Workings, A Beginners Guide to the Use of Real Witchcraft by Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc

October 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm (Magic, old world, witchcraft) (, , , , , , )


Magical Workings, The Beginner’s Guide to the use of Real Witchcraft by Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc. As I read this book by the wonderful Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, I thought about all of the negative things which have been said about Witches for years – even centuries.

  From the time they were burned and tortured in the dark ages and during the Salem Witch trials until even now. Ms. Scoyoc’s book is not a step by step how to guide for those who wish to persue the craft. It is a road map for those who wish to find their own way. As she so aptly states the “magic” is from with in. No potions, spells or any other thing that is associated with the craft can make things happen.

   I also choose to follow my own path. So I could relate to this book very well. The craft is not something one learn’s either the person has it or they don’t.

 Magical Workings is a great book for  those who are looking for something different who choose not to follow the norm and who rely on their own inner workings.

 Great job, deserving of five potions.

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Check Out the One and Only Dana Davis She So Rocks

October 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm (Magic, mystery, old world, romance, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , )


Award-Winning Speculative Fiction by Dana Davis Dear Readers: Halloween is just around the corner. My favorite holiday! Time to get out those decorations and decide on a costume. I’m also thrilled because Sage Truth: Book Two of the Teadai Prophecies will be released as an eBook in October. This is the second book in this fantasy trilogy for adults. And if you haven’t read book one, Deadly Fate, it’s now available from mobipocket, fictionwise, Kindle, eReader, and as a PDF download or CD. Please check out my website for more info. Other publications: My young adult, fantasy eBook Breach of Worlds is also available from the places listed above. And you can order the trade paperback versions of my award-winning novels Desert Magick: Superstitions and The Mask of Tamirella online or from your favorite bookstore. City of Gods: Book Three of the Teadai Prophecies is scheduled for release in December. And by next year, I should have an agreement for my young adult, audio book Quest for Freedom, so I’ll keep you posted on that as well. Upcoming public appearances: If you’re in the Phoenix area, please come out and join me on Saturday, October 10th from 10-3. I’ll be speaking at The Write Stuff writing seminar at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, along with several other authors on various aspects of writing and publishing advice. Registration is required and you might still get a seat if you act quickly. The venue is free but there is a $10 lunch fee which must be paid in advance. What a deal! But hurry – payments must be received by October 7th. If you’re interested, please check out the Appearances page on my website for information. Current writings: I’m now back to revising Desert Magick: Dream Catcher, the second book in my paranormal fantasy series. I’m anxious to focus on the third book in this series, as well as get those final edits done on my other fantasy and sci-fi novels for adults. Fun Stuff: Hubby and I had a great trip to Salem, MA a few weeks ago. We stayed at a haunted B&B and went on a haunted tour of the city, as well as doing all the witch stuff around town. Though we didn’t encountered any ghosts at the B&B we were creeped out by the dolls in our room. And of course, we couldn’t skip all the great author sites in the Boston area. I posted a few pictures on my website for you to check out and enjoy. For updates on my projects, appearances and general goings-on, please check out my website http://www.danadaviswriting.com Happy reading! Regards, Dana Davis Email: aznovelist@cox.net Website: http://www.danadaviswriting.com Blog: http://www.danadaviswriting.blogspot.com Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/danadaviswriting Twitter: http://twitter.com/DanaDavis New from SynergEbooks Deadly Fate: Book One of The Teadai Prophecies trilogy adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Coming October 2009 Sage Truth: Book Two of The Teadai Prophecies trilogy adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Coming December 2009 City of Gods: Book Three of The Teadai Prophecies trilogy adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Now on Kindle Breach of Worlds new young adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Trade paperback Desert Magick Superstitions award-winning paranormal fantasy for adults Trade paperback The Mask of Tamirella award-winning teen post-apocalyptic adventure.

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FOURTH GENERATION WITCH/WISE WOMAN, ANDREA DEAN VAN SCOYOC HAS RETURNED TO HER ROOTS IN RELEASING A NEW BOOK OF WITCHCRAFT!

September 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm (Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, old world, witchcraft) (, , , , , )


MW - WitchcraftFOURTH GENERATION WITCH/WISE WOMAN, ANDREA DEAN VAN SCOYOC HAS RETURNED TO HER ROOTS IN RELEASING A NEW BOOK OF WITCHCRAFT!

 

 

Genies in bottles are only in the fairytales kids…

 

In this one-of-a-kind book, 4th generation Witch (not Wiccan!) and Wise Woman, Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc gives a tongue-in-cheek and no holds barred view of how the world of REAL witchcraft works.

 

Not for those with egos or those who think they have all the answers and are on the only path anyone should follow, this book will leave you angry and your ego bruised…but you’ll find yourself unapologetically well-informed.

 

A necessity for any true witch looking to get back to their roots, those who have been misguided and those who want to know how the Craft REALLY works!

 

Available exclusively via Lulu.com at:

 

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/magical-workings—a-beginners-guide-to-the-use-of-real-witchcraft/7687955

 

and via Amazon Kindle at:

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002QB0PH4

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Man Corn Murders – Lou Allin, Author

September 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm (Crime Novels, historical, mystery, old world, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Man Corn Murders

Man Corn Murders – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘Now she was too weak to leave the bunk, her tongue swollen and her lips cracking against every shallow breath, and she prayed for blessed release back into a warm, wet womb, her own barren into eternity. The tears had surrendered days ago, re summon them though she would to bathe sore eyes. She blinked a final time as cotton closed her ears and the pain fled, leaving her fresh and strong, moving her young muscles with the spirit of a freed colt.’

Terry Hart, a reporter from Cleveland, Ohio, and her aunt Judith Davis, a retired world history teacher, were out for a summer long trip to explore the historic “Mormon Road” ending up in Utah’s Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument. Their trip takes them near Sunset Years Retirement Ranch where Deborah, an old friend of Judith lives. Upon reaching the ranch, Judith learns that Deborah has left the ranch to live in Seattle with a nephew. Puzzled by the move, Judith starts investigating and learns that two other residents have mysteriously left the ranch as well. These sudden moves become a challenge to Judith that must be solved.

As Terry and Judith explore parts of the 1.7 million acre wilderness, they run across a cave with a metal door. Upon entering the cave they discover the body of a young woman. Melanie Briggs was an anthropology student who had been missing for several weeks. Now came another mystery which Terry vowed to solve. How did Melanie become trapped inside the cave?

Through her investigation, Terry learns that Melanie believed that the ancient tribes resorted to cannibalism in their attempt to survive the elements. Her theory brings enemies and threats from some of the locals. But did it upset someone enough that they would actually lock her inside the cave?

When I was a child my Dad moved us to a small town just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. I loved seeing the Great Salt Lake, the Bonneville Salt Flats and even the artisan wells that just “spring” up out of the ground. I’ve always wanted to go back and see more of this state of many mysteries and after reading Man Corn Murders, that desire has grown even stronger. This book is not just a murder mystery, it’s also a mini history book about the Anasazi and Fremont tribes during the 1400s. It has taken me to places and times in history that have sparked my interest to learn more.

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Author K. Celeste Bryan Spins two stories that will take the reader back in history Where the Rain is Made and Sojourn With A Stranger

September 7, 2009 at 4:00 pm (historical, old world, paranormal, romance, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Sojourn With A Stranger - biggerSojourn With A Stranger, K. Celeste Bryan
 New Concepts Publishing, http://www.newconceptspublishing.com
Blurb:
A Willful Beauty
Penniless when she arrives in Norfolk , her mother and father drowned at sea, Raine Brinsley would give anything to return home to her grandfather in Maine . When Derek Stafford, owner of a large plantation, offers a solution to her dilemma, she’s stunned, if not outraged. She’d prefer to fulfill the contract to have his child and forget about him and his self-serving scheme. But she hadn’t counted on the decadently-delicious passion he’d awakened in her.
 
A Rogue Accustomed To Getting What He Wants
Derek’s only desire was to father an heir for Stafford House, thus securing his future. He didn’t count on the Scottish lass with dark green eyes to interfere with his well-laid plans. But after one night in her arms, guilt, not to mention the loss of his heart, became his penance. Now he’d do anything to get her back, anything to quench the hunger and passion tormenting his soul.
Rating: Spicy
 
Beautiful Reads Review of Sojourn with a Stranger
Review:
Book Stats:
• E-book: electronic, digital formatting
• Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
• Language: English
• ISBN: 978-1-60394-246-1
 
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Where The Rain Is MadeWhere The Rain Is Made
The Wild Rose Press, http://www.thewildrosepress.com
PRINT ISBN 1-60154-371-9
(312 pages) Rating (Spicy)
 
 
A Dangerous Warrior
 
Held captive by a decadent-looking savage, Francesca DuVall spends every waking moment planning an escape for her brother, Marsh. But she never counted on falling in love with the man whose silver eyes cause her to tremble with unbridled passion. Ethan Gray, the man, is a curator at a famous museum . . . most of the time, that is. At other times, he’s Meko, a savage warrior hurled into the past to help his beloved people, the Cheyenne .
 
A Rebellious Beauty
 
Though their worlds are decades apart, Meko, can’t resist the dark-haired, green-eyed beauty he kidnaps during a raid. A brutal, savage leader of the Dog Soldiers, he has many battles to fight to save his people, but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever. From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator, their love was fueled passion and kindled by destiny.
 
WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE, K. Celeste Bryan

Review from Paranormal Romance (PNR), CHOSEN BOOK OF THE MONTH AT PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEWS, JUNE, 2009

“Historical Romance to Sweep You Back in Time!”

The Sacred Council of Arrows chooses time wanderers to aid the Cheyenne in times of trouble. They cannot change the past, only influence with hope that their advice will be put to good use.
Ethan Gray of modern time is chosen to go back to 1864 because of his knowledge of the people. He’s known as Meko in this time, the leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. When Meko captures Francesca (Cesca) Duvall, he never thought he would be in jeopardy of losing his heart. His stay in the past will eventually come to an end when the Council decides he has fulfilled his mission. Or if he is on the threshold of death, he must then let the power of the raven course through his veins and take him to the heavens and back to the present. Only now he fears he cannot do as the Council bids when his heart and soul belongs to Cesca.
 
When Cesca is first taken, she bravely stands up to Meko, stating she will never accept her life among the Cheyenne . Brave words, but her heart has other plans and she finds herself longing for Meko’s touch.
 
Marsh Duvall, Cesca’s brother is also taken in the raid, but his captor, Choking Wolf takes great delight in abusing him. Cesca can’t stand by and see her little brother hurt. She vows to see him safely away from the Cheyenne , even if it means her death.
 
Through the lives of these three people, Ms. Bryan spins a vivid account of how grueling and sometimes brutal the life of a Dog Soldier could be. I loved how she wove the rituals and beliefs of the Cheyenne people throughout the tale as if you were there seeing it first hand. The passion between Cesca and Meko is endearing as they learn to trust and accept each other for who they truly are. Marsh’s acceptance of the Cheyenne ways is believable, giving a full account of the ordeal expected of him to become a Dog Soldier. I also liked her secondary characters. Brown Wing, the old woman who befriends Cesca and Strikes First’s, who is loyal to Meko.
This is a historical romance sure to magically sweep you back in time. A must read!
 
Reviewed by: Karen Michelle Nutt, author
Posted June 11, 2009
 

Orphaned when her parents died in a fishing accident in Virginia , Raine Brinsley wants nothing more than to head straight home to Maine and forget her sadness and trauma of nearly drowning. Unfortunately, without her parents’ protection, Raine is penniless and homeless. The owner of the boat on which they were sailing, Derek Stafford, has graciously offered to let her stay as long as needed and also to pay her passage to return home. Raine refuses to receive charity, so they agree that she will become a chambermaid at Stafford House until she has earned enough money to return home.

Stafford House has an underlying sadness that Raine does not fully understand, but Derek explains that his wife Lucinda passed on six months previously, and Raine believes this to be the reason – until she feels the presence of an unsettled spirit inhabiting the upstairs hallway.

Derek Stafford is torn between grief for his wife and the duty he feels to his father. Julian Stafford is an old-fashioned and unyielding man who is most insistent that either Derek or brother Lyman father a male heir to carry on the proud name of Stafford . Lyman and his wife have three daughters, while Lucinda suffered both miscarriages and stillborns. Julian offers the first son to produce a male heir Stafford House and its vast acreage, and Derek, loving Stafford House and his way of life, hatches a plan. He has a contract drawn up that offers Raine ten thousand dollars if she will agree to bear the male heir his father so desperately wants, and then relinquish the child, never to see him again. Raine is taken aback when Derek presents his proposal but eventually agrees. Will Raine honor the contract as presented? Will Derek reconsider the decision?

I applauded Raine for her strength in the face of her parents’ deaths, especially during a time where women were seen as needing constant protection. Her determination not to accept Derek’s charity was admirable, as was her willingness to tackle any job she was assigned. Although she was a strong woman, her gentleness was demonstrated in her concern for the spirit and her attempts to understand its message. The contrasts within the family were quite believable, and the characters were well developed and realistic, though not always likable. This story has everything and then some – romance, birth, death, voodoo, adventure, psychic ability, and a touch of Civil War – and I could not put it down. K. Celeste Bryan has once again done a wonderful job of involving the reader in the lives of her characters, and I highly recommend this book.
5 out of 5 stars

Find Kat Bryan on the Internet:
 
Author Blog: http://katskwipsandrants.blogspot.com
Author Home: http://kcelestebryan.blogspot.com
Kat on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kcelestebryan
 

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Old World Magic by Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc

July 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm (Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, Magic, old world, superstitions) (, , , )


Old World Magic

This is one of the best books out there. Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc takes the reader on a journey of old supersitions and magic.

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