A Voice From the Grave
Yvonne Mason’s latest release takes you on an unforgettable ride between past and present. Jonas Biggs, along with his niece Savannah start on a dig at the site of a former prison camp, called Andersonville. What they discover there will take them on a journey of mystery, and horror, that eventually leads them to deeply buried secrets from the civil war. A shocking cover up from a hundred years ago, begins an ugly cycle which rears it’s nasty head in the present when a security guard and museum worker conspire to make hell for the present ancestors of the original family involved.
A Voice From The Grave has it all, history, spirits, and greed leading people to horrid acts, as each generation of the family catches wind of the shocking secret, that finally reveals itself in the present with a vengeance. Even if you are not an avid historical fiction reader, the plotline is enough to keep you reading as every perplexing detail is uncovered in a hundred year old mystery.
Author of In Jen’s Words: Facing the Issues
coming July 29 2010
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
• E-book: electronic, digital formatting
• Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
• Language: English
(312 pages) Rating (Spicy)
Review from Paranormal Romance (PNR), CHOSEN BOOK OF THE MONTH AT PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEWS, JUNE, 2009
“Historical Romance to Sweep You Back in Time!”
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
The third and final episode begins with Ethan’s return to Adams Point after taking some of the guests to Caleb’s Cove in order to lesson the danger that might engulf them. After the disappearances of the McCutcheons and the Holms, he thought it was a wise move to make until he could unravel the mystery of their disappearances.
Ethan had deposited the four couples in the Bed and Breakfast motels in Caleb’s Cove and asked Tom, one of the Sheriff’s men to watch over them until he could return for them. And seeing that they were safely established within their rooms bid them good-bye and headed back to Adams Point, promising that he would return with the others as soon as he found them.
He was in a hurry to return to the Point because he didn’t like leaving Abigail alone. It wasn’t that he didn’t trust the people he left her with. He didn’t trust the house. It tried to make her a part of it before, not once but twice, and he wasn’t about to let it happen again. He knew she wasn’t really alone there were three other couples with her along with Tony who would never let anything happen to her. Still, he wasn’t there and he wanted to get back to her as quickly as he could. He knew the strange happenings and disappearances of two couples from the Inn had really shaken his remaining guests. Even if they didn’t leave with the others who were quick to take Ethan up on his offer, they were still unnerved. They had decided to stay with Ethan, Abigail and Tony instead of going aboard the Abigail for a half-hour sail to the small village of Caleb ‘s Cove and what was considered safety.
Adams Point – Book 3 Legacy Series
By Elena Dorothy Bowman
Write Words, Inc./Cambridge Books
Review from Once Upon a Romance
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Adams Point by Elena Dorothy Bowman
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal/Suspense Romance
A brooding apparition hangs over the House on The Bluff on Adam’s Point. People are missing and the spirit that has taken control of the house isn’t about to give them up easily. While Ethan and Abigail are used to dealing with the vagaries of their house and the usual spirits that inhabit it, they have no idea how to deal with this new spirit who seems to be holding the house and its occupants hostage.
As the house both attracts and repels the inhabitants, Ethan, Abigail and their guests begin their search for their missing friends within. As they search the mystery surrounding the house starts to unwind as portals into other worlds open up. Can they survive long enough to save those who are trapped?
And what of the relic that an ancient Crusader knight seeks? Is the relic the key to what keeps the house standing? And what exactly will the Knight do to get the relic back to where it belongs?
I liked the prologue at the start of Adams Point. Although I had read the previous book, it was a good recap for me. I believe anyone picking this book up for the first time would easily be able to work out the preceding story by reading the prologue.
The characters in the book are portrayed as normal everyday people who are faced with the supernatural. Abigail and Ethan, the owners of the Inn , know they have ghosts but they have no specials skills or tricks to deal with the situation they are in. Their guests are the same. This made the story more believable to me as I kept thinking would I stick around on my vacation trying to solve a mystery or would I get out and go to somewhere like Club Med? I particularly like the character of Jacob, the ghostly retainer who stays to do his duty. There is something charming and honorable in that. I would have liked to have seen more of him in the book.
This is a spooky almost psychological mystery. I could not work out what was happening. Every time I thought I knew the answer I was wrong. I kept wondering if the House of the Bluff had a life all of its own or if it was being controlled by outside sprits.
I don’t want to ruin the story but I had to wonder why the whole relic thing had not come up as an issue before in the house especially due to the house’s history.
To me, Adams Point is an eerie what-the- heck-is-going-on-here book. You want to kept reading to find out the why and how and will the characters survive. That in itself makes it an good read. – Janet Davies – Once Upon a Romance
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Legacy Series: Adam’s Point
By Chrissy Dionne
When we last visited ADAM’S POINT in the previous book, GATEKEEPER’S REALM, readers were left with many questions regarding the spirits that inhabit the made over Inn which had once been known as Pierce House. Guests have disappeared and there’s a sinister wraith hoovering over the building. Some of the guests have opted to return to Caleb’s Cove where they believe they’ll be safe from the danger lurking at Adams Point, but are they really?
Ethan, Abigail and the guests who chose to remain at Adams Point have no clue what to expect from the wraith or what to do to appease it. With two couples already missing, Tony’s mysteriously disappeared, and unbeknownst to anyone at Adams Point, Jill, one of the guests whom Ethan had dropped off in town has also disappeared. The apparition obviously intends to do whatever it has to in order to ensure his demands are met and until then Ethan, Abigail, Tony and the guests are all at its mercy.
Abigail harbors hope that Jacob, one of the original ghosts – and a friend, will escape the wraith’s clutches long enough to clue them in on what needs to be done to release them all from the nightmare in which they’ve found themselves. In the meantime, the men devise plans to find and rescue the missing people while protecting the women. One of their plans is for the women to leave Adam’s Point and stay at Caleb’s Cove where they’ll be safe. Only it soon becomes painfully obvious that the wraith’s plans don’t include allowing any of them any measure of safety. The only way to satisfy it is to return to the Inn and attempt to appease it somehow. Where have the missing people disappeared to and why? Will Jacob be able to break the wraith’s hold and return to Abigail to let her know what’s going on and what needs to be done to correct the situation?
After reading GATEKEEPER’S REALM I was fascinated with the characters and the vivid imagery that enthralled me throughout the storyline. I’m thrilled to say that Elena Dorothy Bowman’s continuation of the story in ADAMS POINT contains all the same traits that have made the LEGACY series a thrilling read. I loved the men’s alpha attitude and determination to protect the women and had to laugh at the women’s not without us attitude. While the sinister apparition kept me guessing at what stunt it would pull next I was really hopeful to meet Jacob and learn just how he could help satisfy the wraith. I do have to confess while I was quite sure there would be a happy ending for the couples, I wasn’t anticipating the emotions which I experienced at the end of the story – sorry I can’t say more because it’d give too much away.
I would recommend reading all three of the books in the LEGACY series – HOUSE ON THE BLUFF, GATEKEEPER’S REALM and ADAM’S POINT in order to fully experience the wonders carefully hidden and guarded in this fascinating house/Inn.
*Excerpts and reviews of all my novels can be viewed on my website: http://elenadb.home.comcast.net.
Adams Point is available at Amazon.com
The first in a five part paranormal series in which five brothers must each face their own personal challenge against a foe that seeks to destroy their very line.
Once a world famous young singing group, the Fitzgerald Brothers of Fitzgaren, Ireland believed they had it all. Until an ancient witch took the lives of their parents and ended up separating them
Now, it has been fifteen years and that evil has returned to finish the job since the long-time family prophecy has said it will only take one of the five brothers to fall in death or surrender to evil to make it fail.
Reuniting for the first time since their parents deaths, the brothers must get past the pain, their differences and years apart to begin stopping the threat,.
Roarke Fitzgerald, the fourth born son, has been many things in his twenty-six years but mainly he has been running from his past since the fateful day he witnessed his parents’ murder.
Now, forced to return to the land of his birth to face his shame and pain to protect those he cares for from harm or all that he loves will end. Can he do that or will his own demons destroy his chance for peace and love.
Can he forget his past and the bitterness he left behind and reform a bond between his brothers that many, both within their family and without, have worked hard to shred?
It will take all his power and that if his brothers to take the first step in defeating the demon who sought his death so long ago and now will seek it again if he cannot face and overcome this first challenge.
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1- By Joseph Perrone Jr. “Joe Perrone Jr.” – See all my reviews
Here is a Celtic tale woven with imagination and energy. Miss Rose has a flair for dialogue, and captures the authentic feel of Ireland in this fast-paced, exciting novel of witches and magic. If you’re a fan of this type of book (who isn’t?), you must read “Celtic Evil.” Good job, Miss Rose. My bad; I hit 4-stars, it should have been 5-stars.
2- The characters are intriguing, the story is captivating, July 11, 2009
By D. Fortney – See all my reviews
Wow! From the first page to the last page author Sierra Rose keeps the reader entertained and engaged. The characters are intriguing, the story is captivating. I look forward to reading the future installments of this series.
3- Unique and well-written, June 28, 2009
By Holly Christine “hollychristineonline.com” (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews
Independent author Sierra Rose has successfully developed an intriguingly unique paranormal romance series. Celtic Evil takes place in Dublin and tells the story of Roarke, the fourth born in the Fitzgerald “circle of five.”
The first in the Fitzgerald Brother series, Roarke is filled with magic, charm and enchantment. The Prologue introduces the reader to the evil Sebastian, casting a spell of destruction on the family five: “A circle of light, a circle of five. Five into one, one becomes five to unite the circle and protect the light.” The novel is filled with an exceptional combination of poetic prose and thrills.
Roarke’s story is unique because as a witness to the murder of his parents, he has led an emotionally troubled youth. After years of keeping his secret safe, he is forced to deal with his painful memories in order to keep those closest to him safe. Roarke’s story is one of redemption and love.
Well-written and equally spellbinding, Sierra Rose has developed a creative series with characters to love and adore. Her research is deeply imaginative. Sierra’s website features an in-depth character list, causing the reader to patiently ponder the next in the series. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews
4- Enjoy the Paranormal, July 22, 2009
By Wicked Sunny (Kolkata, India) – See all my reviews
“An excellent novel that follows well with its genre. Interesting characters that seem to come alive, well-written scenes. Those who enjoy the paranormal will like this book.” Help other customers find the most helpful reviews
Sierra Rose Books Online Website: http://sierra-rose-books.webs.com/