Quantum Earth – Julie Achterhoff, Author

August 25, 2010 at 11:15 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )


Quantum Earth – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘When the two women form the hotel reached the tenth and top floor they went to the beach side where there was a balcony overlooking the scene. “Oh my God!” said one. Words failed the other, for in the distance, about a mile out they could see a giant mountain of water the size of which their brains couldn’t comprehend. And it was building larger as it headed for the coast. They could still see several people way out who seemed oblivious. They began shouting at the top of their lungs, knowing even then that they wouldn’t be heard. But maybe there was a chance still for those on the beach below. Many of them looked up at them and tried to understand why they were screaming. But some of the people had already seen the big wave coming fast and hurried away from the beach. Some were screaming themselves as they ran. But they could see many small children looking lost. Nobody was taking them away. They would surely be crushed by the oncoming waters. All at once the two women stopped their entreaties and could only watch as the horrific scene played itself out. The wave had already reached those who were the furthest out. Of course they couldn’t hear the screaming, but they did begin to hear the low rumbling sound as the water came closer. It sounded like a freight train if you put your ear to the ground near the tracks.’

Dr. Mel Hawkins (Hawk) and Shauna Troy have formed a group that will study the sudden increase of natural disasters, and as 2012 approaches with the predictions that earth will no longer be, the team find themselves running out of time. Hawk and the whole team have agreed that there is the possibility that people are bringing the destruction on themselves with their thoughts and wishes. With this possibility, the team relies on its member Noah Meade, who is a medium, to contact some of those killed in these mass destructions. During one of the group sessions with victims of a major flooding, Noah is working through his “crossed over being” Jackson. As the team listen to messages from people on the other side, Jackson is suddenly taken over by a voice that isn’t earthly. This voice blames humans for the conditions of earth. It is the belief of the team that this voice may be from an alien.

Discovering that there may be a chance of contacting aliens that have passed on, Hawk and Shauna decide to have Noah try to contact them to see if they can shed light on what might be done to stop earth from being destroyed. Fortunately for them, Noah is able to get through, but unfortunately for them and all of earth they are told that earth is in the process of cleansing itself and to do this, humans must be destroyed so it can start over again…. Just as it did with the destruction of the dinosaurs. These aliens feel that no animal is a plague to the earth like the humans are. So, with the increase in earthquakes, floods, and even medical epidemics, the task before this small group of 7 is to do whatever they can to stop the destruction of the world?

Quantum Earth took me on quite a ride. If you listen to the predictions and theories for the year 2012 you will hear: there will be increases in earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes, left will be right and right will be left, just to name a few. Are we really creating these changes with our own minds? I think I’ve read somewhere that “thoughts attract” so only think good thoughts. I’ve for one have decided that, just in case this is true, I’ll think as many positive thoughts as possible.

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Review A Voice From the Grave by Author Jennifer Brown

April 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm (Books by Yvonne Mason) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


A Voice From the Grave

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.

Jennifer Brown
Author of In Jen’s Words: Facing the Issues
coming July 29 2010

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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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Adams Point Book III of the Legacy Series by Elena Dorothy Bowman

August 3, 2009 at 8:15 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Synopsis:

bowman_AdamsPointC3-a 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.

 

 

Reviews:

Adams Point – Book 3 Legacy Series
By Elena Dorothy Bowman
ISBN# 1-59431-452-7
Write Words, Inc./Cambridge Books

Review from Once Upon a Romance

Once Upon A Romance’s Review Of…
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

Review:  Romance Junkies Review:
Romance Junkies.com —Blue Ribbon Reviews
Paranormal/Futuristic
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
http://www.amazon.com/Adams-Point-Book-3-Legacy/dp/1594314527/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-5

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Thorns of An Innocent Soul, Behind the Red Door, Nightmares and Daydreams by Barbara Watkins

July 30, 2009 at 2:37 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


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Author: Barbara Watkins
Title: Nightmares & Daydreams ISBN# 978-1-907108-04-4
Publisher: Mythica Publishing
Release Date: July 4th, 2009 
Genre/mixture of paranormal,suspense,psychological terror
Description:
 
From the sad and lonely ghost of a child from centuries ago who has been abandoned in ‘Awaken Spirit’ to the lawyer who gets more than he bargained for in ‘One Scandalous Night in Vegas’ to a young woman purchasing a collectible item, described as an old time wind up jester, only to find out it is possessed evil powers in ‘Spirit’s of a Jester’ to a young man haunted by a letter he discovers written by his long lost mother explaining she had made a deal with the devil to spare his life, but in return she had to give him up…her soul forever tortured in a dark mysterious place known as ‘Hellion’ to a scorned woman seeking revenge when she discovers her husband has had countless affairs with other woman in ‘Deadly Addiction’
 
 
Behind the Red DoorAuthor: Barbara Watkins
Title: Behind the Red Door ISBN# 1413788386
Publisher: Publish America
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Supernatural/Thriller
Description:
 
An eerily spun web of nightmares, premonitions and strange occurrences. A suspenseful tale of a woman and her struggle to protect her sons from the forces of evil. Nikkie had everything she had always wanted, a loving husband, two beautiful young sons, but her life as she knew it was about to take a drastic turn. Would there be supernatural forces invoved? Or, was it all a figment of her imagination?  
 
Thorns of an Innocent SoulAuthor: Barbara Watkins
Title: Thorns of an Innocent Soul ISBN# 1424107849
Publisher: Publish America
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Psychological/Thriller
Description:
 
It’s a story about how love, hate, revenge, and total helplessness can tear a family apart.
Jennifer, a young woman brought up with a domineering and abusive mother, tries to
break free from her chains only to be drawn deeper into her mother’s web. A series of horrific and paranormal events send them on a colliding course of destruction.
 
 
 
 

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Celtic Evil By Sierra Rose

July 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm (paranormal, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , )


 

Celtic Evil

 

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.

 

Some Links:
Amazon book
http://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Evil-Fitzgerald-Brother-Roarke/dp/1448619831/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246062292&sr=1-1

Kindle edition:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0028AD7CS

Webpage:
http://sierra-rose-books.webs.com/

Amazon author page:
http://www.amazon.com/Sierra-Rose/e/B002BM86U6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/sierrarosebooks

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/sierra_rose09

Amazon Reviews:
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/

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