Saturday, September 29, 2012

Author interview: Dennis Maley

Today I welcome Dennis Maley, the author of Runaway!
I review his book a few days ago, you can see my review HERE.
I really enjoyed the book so I'm please to have an interview with him.

You can find out more about Dennis here:
HIS WEBPAGE.
HIS PERSONAL FACEBOOK.
Runaway! Page






AND NOW.... THE  INTERVIEW.

ME: What inspired you to write Runaway!?  Why did you choose to write about a young slave boy?

Dennis: My wife and I were driving in eastern Kansas sort of near where I was raised, and we saw a historical marker telling about Sam Wood, a fighting Quaker.  I went crazy reading everything I could about him when I got home and also started reading about another guy, Colonel Jim Lane.  I wound up writing a screenplay about them.  All my readers told me they that they wanted to know more about a minor character - forget Sam and Jim - they wanted to hear about the runaway slave boy.  So I re-wrote the script and made him the protagonist. 
It really is a better story too - different themes emerge - when it's just about him.  And the audience is necessarily younger for a 14 year-old than it is for adults.  So I went into re-write mode again and finally it came out as a novel.

ME: Did you have to do a lot of research for writing the book?

Dennis: Yes, I really did.  I read lots of slave narratives.  And I also read quite a lot written by William Still, the so-called Father of the Underground Railroad, who had the good sense to write down much of what he was doing as an abolitionist.  An African-American by the way...

ME: How long took you to write it?

Dennis: I worked on the materials on-and-off for five years, but by the time I sat down to turn what I had into a novel, it took probably three months.

ME: I know that some of the characters were actually real people, how was to create voices for them? How was to think like them?

Dennis: Lots of the people in the book are people I know in real life.  The Caldwells in Runaway! are my great uncle Glen and his wife Velma.  I'm always telling people funny stories about Glen and Velma, imitating their voices etc.  I know that creating voice is a struggle for a lot of writers but the tactic I use to work through the problem is to imagine someone I actually know actually in the action.

ME: How was the process of creating Blanche?

Dennis: Well, of course, Blanche is ME.  I didn't have those same obstacles he had but his approach to solve his problems is probably pretty darn close to what I imagine that I would have done.  Well, maybe I'm not as brave as him, but I would like to be that brave.

ME: My great grandmother was a slave but I didn’t get the chance to know her and I don’t know much about her. Do you ever get to know anyone who has been a slave or someone who was part of the movement for abolish slavery?

Dennis: No.  I'm not that old.  (Note to myself: I know you are not that old)
USA passed the Civil Right Act when I was still in high school.  It's the law of the land, but old hatreds seem to die out slowly.  No one is left who experienced slavery.  Lots of people left who experienced racial segregation. 

ME: Do you think that nowadays there is still discrimination against people of color?
Yes.  Certainly.  In the USA anyway.  My poker buddies sometimes say awful things on racially charged issues.  But you know, if they were smart, I wouldn't want to play poker with them.  I think it might be different in Brazil. Or Uruguay.  I wish people could put racial and ethnic hatred in the past.
(Note to myself: Actually, there's still discrimination here in Uruguay. Nowadays, in the 21st century we still struggle with difference between people because of their skin color )

ME: There’s anything else you would like to say about Runaway!?

Dennis: I would like to tell people who are interested in writing books that they need to give their works more unusual names.  If you search "Runaway" at Amazon, you'll get something like 15,000 hits.
I would like to make a short movie out of the first third of Runaway!

ME: What are you working on right now? Can you tell us a bit about that?

Dennis: I'm almost finished with another work of historic fiction I'm calling Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord.  I won't get no 15,000 stinking hits at Amazon with a title like that.  It's about three adventurers and their quests for fame and fortune in 16th century Europe.  What this work lacks in scholarship it will make up for in irony.  I think people will think it's sort of funny.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Assignment - New Review

I have to admit that I'm a romance lover. I believe in the idea of soul mates and true love and any book that has this topic is for me :)
Today I bring a book that has all that and more, because for me all book are about love, not only between two persons but also between someone and a place, an ideal or anything else. Love is everything :)
So here's today review...


The Assignment by Geraldine Solon.


FROM GOODREADS:
American travel journalist Sophie Matthews is searching for that elusive place called home. Working for Constar Communications has allowed her to see the world and experience different cultures, but the nomadic lifestyle has not enabled her to have much of a personal life. As she approaches her fortieth birthday, Sophie’s priorities shift and she decides to quit her job to pursue a different dream—meeting a man, settling down, and starting a family. Her boss, Greg Sullivan, has one request—that Sophie complete her last assignment featuring the life of artist/writer Marina Suarez.

During World War II, Marina’s entire village was captured by Japanese soldiers leaving Marina as the sole survivor. How she was able to survive the slaughter of her village and family remains a mystery. Sophie is intrigued by the assignment, but hesitant to return to the Philippines, which left her with a broken heart ten years ago at the hands of Eric Santiago, the only man she has ever loved. As fate would have it, Sophie soon finds herself in the busy streets of Manila and crosses paths with Eric Santiago once again. As Sophie tries to unravel the mystery of Marina’s life, she learns that Eric is the only one who can help her put the pieces together. But when she discovers Marina’s deep, dark secret, little does Sophie know that it will change her life forever.


 
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MY REVIEW.
 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Do you believe in second chances? Do you believe in forgiveness? What about Love?

The Assignment is one of those books that grab you from the start. With a beautiful cover that really catches the eye and makes you want more about the story this is a book for all the romance lovers.

Geraldine introduces us to Sophie’s life, a journalist in her last assignment. Before retiring from her job her boss send her to the Philippines. A place where she has been before 10 years ago. Afraid of returning to the place where she found love but also where her heart broke, she decided to give it a chance.

This is a story about forgive the past and those you love. Sophie has to learn that there’s always more than once side of the story and you have to dig to know the whole truth. You shouldn’t just get mad and runaway -you need to give people a chance to explain their actions and decisions.

The story unfolds at two different moments and one of those is before and during the World War II. I can’t imagine how hard must be write about a time of suffering and lost, however, Geraldine makes a wonderful transmitting all the feelings and creating a place that feels real and so close. The past touches the lives of the characters in their present time (during the ‘80s) and it faces them to secrets, forbidden love and tragedy.

The Assignment has two strong women who had a rough life but overcoming everything that life got in their way ended up being an inspiration and two amazing humans being. There’s also a strong male character in the skin of Eric, a handsome, honest man. All of them are the perfect cast for a great love story.

Overall is a beautiful book, with great characters, lovely setting and a writing that really touches your heart allowing you to feel close to the country and the characters. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sequela - New Review

SEQUELA by M.P. KOLLMAN.



From Goodreads:
Sequela: when one event causes a second or a series of events to occur.
Jerome Grayson is dead; Wade Addams arrested; Jane Doe identified; Jackson Nolan committed suicide. The entire case has been neatly wrapped up. Sandy Grayson's greatest regret is his brother's death. However, the case that brought the drug enforement agent home to Jaspar, also brought Samantha Greene into his life and brought him back into the house from which he had fled years ago ... A place he felt certain he would never be welcome again.
However, his father's suicide, Jerome's death and the similarities to his brother's suicide 12 years ago, drive a young man to wage war against the residents of Jaspar.





*****
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MY REVIEW:

My Rating: 3.5

If you like police-mystery novels you definitely should read Sequela. Sequela is a good read about forgive ourselves and to learn to live with the consequences of our choices. A recommendable police- mystery-action book – which has all the ingredients required by a book of this genre.

In Sequela we meet Kevin, a.k.a. Sandy, a police officer who returns to his home ten years after being kicked out by his father. We find him after the murder of his brother, a drug addict who was involve in a big case of drug dealing, and when he is getting to know Samantha. And then we have Stevie, a young kid with serious psychological problems, better said with some psychiatric issues.

The story revolves around Sandy and Samantha, their relationship and everything that comes as a result of their roles in the drugs case. And at the same time we get glimpses of the situation with Stevie. The whole plot is a bit long and confusing to explain in a few paragraphs. However, while you are reading the book the characters and the different sides of the story are told in an understandable way. The story moves with a natural and good rhythm, which is easy to follow.

There were only few things I didn’t like so much: for example, at first I didn’t know where the story was going. There are so many things in the story that happened before the facts told in the book that it was a little hard to really follow where the characters where going or why they acted like they did.

Overall, the idea is great, I found it very believable and the characters are well described. Sandy-Kevin is a great male character, strong but sensible at the same time and he really cared for Samantha who is not the typical "damsel in danger". She is  really strong, inteligent and is as important as the guy.

A fun thing about it was the main characters, Sandy and Sam, I found the trick between their names,
or nicknames, hilarious. I don’t know if it was me or something with the fact that I’m a Spanish speaker, but it was a little tricky to difference the girl and the boy. Their names sounded very similar.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pale - New review

We are having a great storm here in Uruguay, since yesterday we are having some strong winds and a lot of rain, which brings a perfect opportunity to stay at home reading.
Today I bring a new review of a book that only took me 20 minutes. However, is really disturbing (in a good way) in only 70 pages the author scared me to the core.

 



 
PALE by CHRIS WOODING.
 
The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from the dead. Only thing is, it turns you into a Pale. Jed can't imagine anything worse, but then the choice is taken out of his hands...



(I got a copy from Netgalley).






MY REVIEW.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pale is one of those books you read in a sit. You probably won’t take more than half an hour to read it because it catches you from the first word. Well written with great characters and a great outcome.

An original story that felt short at the end, with everything a YA novel need, friendship, romance, bad guys and an interesting background. The idea of a serum that allows you to return from death and live forever is a great.

The main character, Jed, is a teenager who sees himself in the worst position ever. He has to deal with pretty rough changes and deal with his worst nightmare. In only 70 pages he learns all the lessons that generally would take more than 300. You don’t need more than a few pages to teach the real value of friendship, of accepting yourself and to realize that karma exist and is there waiting to give you what you deserve.

Maybe in a longer novel we could read more about the characters and get to know them more, but I think that for a short novel is creates a believable environment with real characters. Sometimes is better to have a good book than a longer one.

Overall a fun recommendable read for young and adults as well.



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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

One Wrong Move - Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

It's time for my blog stop for the One Wrong Move Blog Tour.

As part of my stop I bring you the review of the book and  two awesome giveaways courtesy of the author Shannon McKenna.






ABOUT THE BOOK.
 
SECRETS NEVER DIE.
Alez Aaro has spent most of his life on the run from his Ukrainian mafia family. But when he learns that crazu Aunt Tonya, the only relative who ever gave a damn about him, is dying, he risks returning home to say goodbye. He's prepared for anything except the call from his friend, Bruno Ranieri, that sends him on a wild and dangerous ride with a mysterious woman who holds a deadly secret and a white hot passion that binds them together.
Social worker Nina Christie has no idea how much trouble she’s in when her Aunt Helga shows up bleeding at her shelter, babbling in Ukrainian—and with one inexplicable act thrusts Nina into the heart of a nightmare. Now a ruthless crime syndicate will stop at nothing to make Nina disappear, and only Alex Aaro, that inscrutable six-foot-four rock hard slab of lean muscle, stands between her and certain death. Now Nina and Alex are in a race against time, death, and their desire for one another…

 *****
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

 
Shannon McKenna is the NYT bestselling author of over ten action packed, turbocharged romantic thrillers, among which are the stories of the wildly popular McCloud series. She loves tough and heroic alpha males, heroines with the brains and guts to match them, villains who challenge them to their utmost, adventure, scorching sensuality, and most of all, the redemptive power of true love. Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book, and her fond childhood fantasy was that writing would be just like that, but with the added benefit of being able to take credit for the story at the end. Alas, the alchemy of writing turned out to be messier than she'd ever dreamed. But what the hell, she loves it anyway, and hopes that readers enjoy the results of her alchemical experiments.
 
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*****
MY REVIEW.
 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One Wrong Move is a refreshing and amazing reading. For the cover and the synopsis you might wait for one of those romance novels with a damsel in hurries and a hero saving her every five minutes. Well, you are so wrong!

This book presents us Nina, a social worker, who is attacked by an old friend who injects her with a mysterious drug. Her friends Lily and Bruno sent a guy to help her. Aaro is a totally hot guy, bad-ass, with a bad temper, at first he didn’t wanted to help her but a series of events reunites them in a journey full of action.

The story has a great ingredient in the form of some powers the characters have. The all read-control-mind thing adds a paranormal element to the story that only makes it better.

A story that never lacks emotion, One Wrong Move, surprises you with a new twist in every new page. Nina and Aaro have to overcome so many obstacles before the time is too late while they fight against the feelings they have for each other.

Creating characters with such a baggage like Aaro and Nina is probably not an easy task, but Shannon makes a wonderful job telling their past and revealing their personalities. As a result we have the chance to read about two deep and well created characters that make the perfect pair for the story.

My favorite thing of the book was that Nina is a strong, brave, intelligent woman. A woman that has learned to be strong and face everything that comes in front of her. Nina is sometimes the one that has to save the day proving that a girl can also be the one rescueing the boy.
One wrong move is in a great novel that felt shorter than the 400 pages it has.
 
 
 
*****
AND NOW...  THE GIVEAWAY.

 Shannon is giving away TWO prizes, a copy of one of her books at each blog stop on her tour AND a grand prize giveaway of a Kindle Touch!!!
There are several copies of One Wrong Move, Blood and Fire, Ultimate Weapon, and Fade to Midnight up for grabs!
 
1) TO WIN A BOOK: LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST TO BE ENTERED TO WIN A BOOK. BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENTS. THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS IN 5 DAYS.
(US ONLY)
 
 
2) FOR THE KINDLE TOUCH JUST FILL THE RAFFLECTOR :)
 
Good Luck!
 
 
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Guest post: Dream cast by Ray

Today I have the pleasure of my very first guest post. This time, one of the authors of Voluspa: A magical World,  Ray East, has chosen her dream cast.

You can see my review for the book: HERE.


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"If my book were to made into a movie, this is the cast of actors I would like to play the parts of Amy and her friends."
Ray East



Amy is the main protagonist of the novel, Voluspa – A Magical World. She is a fifteen year old teenager who has had a rough start in life. She is a remarkable girl, with a core of steel. She faces whatever life throws at her with courage and spirit. She is no paragon of virtue; like every human being she has her foibles. The admirable part is, she does not let her own shortcomings, difficult circumstances or even evil adversaries defeat her without putting up a fight. At the same time the character of Amy is very real and believable.  She is the girl next door. She is very easy to relate to, suffers from the usual teenage girl angsts but at the same time is a very spirited young woman. She is someone who is brave and loyal, vulnerable but strong, someone who inspires epic love.
Emma Roberts would be a charming ‘Amy’
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Drake is the hero of this novel. He is the kind of boyfriend any girl would wish for. He can be a fierce protector one minute, a romantic companion the other. As a friend he is exemplary, he would go to great lengths to protect the people he cared for. He is responsible, intelligent and honorable. What makes him absolutely irresistible is that he has just the right amount of ‘bad boy’ in him. He is a skilled warrior and morphs into a gigantic dog.   Landon Liboiron would be perfect for this role.
 
 
 
 
Helen – She is the closest thing to a mother that Amy has. Helen enters Amy’s life when her step father dies and acting as a friend of the family, escorts Amy to Savannah to live with her grandma. Once Amy arrives in Voluspa, she acts as her adoptive mother and gives Amy a home. She comes across as a warm, caring person who has strong ties to Amy and her family. She is fiercely protective of Amy and yet one gets the feeling that Helen is a woman with many secrets.
Marisa Tomei would be perfect for this role.
 
 
 
Jacek – He is Drake’s best friend and Amy’s half-brother. He, like Amy had a difficult childhood. He was abandoned when he was a baby and spent the first few years of his life in an orphanage. At the age of six he ran away from the orphanage and took shelter in the Forest of Skotos, with the Morphus tribe. He and Drake practically grew up together. When he morphs he takes the form of a giant Anaconda. He is portrayed as a brave and loyal friend. He is a man of few words, more of a loner. He and Amy share a strange empathy from the very beginning. Steven Strait would be suitable for this role.
 
 
Sonja – She fancies herself in love with Drake. To begin with she is not too pleased to have Amy join the group of friends. Initially, she considers Amy as her rival and tries hard to keep Amy and Drake apart. Over the course of the novel, she realizes that her she just has a crush on drake but it is Jacek that she really cares about. This self-realization goes a long way in healing the rift between her and Amy and the two gradually become friends. She morphs into a huge Eagle and is a fierce warrior.
Megan Fox would work in this role very well.



 

Lord Vali- He is the symbol for everything evil and is the main villain in the story. He is a monster with dozens of minions at his disposal. He is such a badass that. …Well we don’t want to give it all away!
Ron Perlman would be the ideal fit for Lord Vali.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Voluspa: A Magical World - New Review

Today I bring a new review.
This one is about a book that took a while to arrive because the workers at the post office were on a strike. But I have to say that the waiting was worth it.
IT'S AN EXCELLENT BOOK.
If you like fantasy, YA, and romance you should add it to your TBR list.
BTW! If you like you can get it on paper because is very cheap in most of the sites. You won't regret it.



Voluspa: A Magical World  

by Sam D. and Ray East.



FROM GOODREADS:
Amy, a forlorn fifteen year old girl from NYC, never thought that she would attend school on a magical mountain with wild animals as her classmates and that she would go to a prom on a flying carpet.
Its love at first sight when Drake- a shape shifter rescues her from a pre-historic beast and befriends her. Little does she know that Drake's father is the tyrannical leader who has always wanted Amy and her kind dead. In her struggle to challenge the supremacy in the magical world, she realizes her powers, confronts aspects about herself that she may not be comfortable with, makes lasting friends while excelling in her school - something which she had not been able to do in her human world. All hell breaks loose, as Drake goes missing and Voluspan mercenaries try to hunt Amy down. Amy and her friends use strategic warfare, pit adversaries among themselves and use every last drop of strength, skill and courage as they take on warriors far more ruthless and skilled than themselves. But Amy is in for a rude shock when she finally finds Drake.



MY REVIEW.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What if you find out that you are more tan just a mere human? What if someone told you that there is another realm out there and you belong to it?

Amy has always been an outcast. A motherless fifteen-year-old struggling to survive in the teenager world sees her life fall apart when her stepfather suffers an accident.

After discovering that she has a grandmother and being dragged to her house, she started to discover thing from her mother’s past. When she finds a book about Voluspa is when the true story begins.

Voluspa is a magical kingdom, where four clans coexist. Each clan has different powers and abilities and the all world is full of magical creatures and magical places.
Amy has to learn about the history of Voluspa, about the different clans and about her own powers. In this new world a new Amy is born, a more confident, strong and powerful Amy. With the help of her friends she makes the transition from an awkward girl to a happy girl. I loved to see her transformation.

On top of that she has to learn one of the most important rules: INTERCLAN RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOT ALLOW. And guess what??? She is in love with someone for another clan. The chemistry between Amy and Drake is explosive. I love to read about them because their dialogues are funny and seem real.
And as for the rest of the characters, each one is unique and lovely on they own way. Every bond in the book as well as the characters are described with a deepness that really touches you and make feel relate with them.

The descriptions are very beautiful, every creature and place is easy to imagine and is beautiful to read about them. The authors made a great work creating a new world, and it may seem overwhelming but it’s not. It flows naturally and you enjoy along with Amy the adventure of discover and explore this new land. The logic of the clans is wonderful, is original and their abilities are believable.

It definitely is one of those books that you want to read more than once.
OH! And what about the ending? My first thought was: “OMG! WHY? Now I have to wait for the sequel?” It has a good ending, with every ingredient for a great finale (fights, bad guys, sacrifice, friendship, secrets solved and more) but it leaves the door open for a next book and now I have to wait for the sequel.


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Also you can visit the site: http://www.magicalworldofvoluspa.com

Monday, September 10, 2012

Six weeks to Yehidah - Blog Tour


It's time for my blog stop for SIX WEEKS TO YEHIDAH by Melissa Studdard. This blog tour is presented by Sage's Blog Tours.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

Melissa Stud­dard is the author of the best­selling novel Six Weeks to Yehi­dah, and its companion journal, My Yehidah (both on All Things That Matter Press). Melissa cur­rently serves as a Reviewer-at-Large for The National Poetry Review, an editorial advisor for Lapis Lazuli Journal of The Harold Pinter Society of India, and a con­tribut­ing edi­tor for Tiferet Journal. She is also the host of Tiferet Journal’s radio program, Tiferet Talk. She is a professor at a community college in Texas and a teaching artist at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative.

As you might have guessed already, she loves anything related to writing and reading, whether it's sitting alone with a book and a cup of hot tea, or attending a large poetry reading or literary festival.

She also loves travelling, meditating, going for walks, bicycling, practicing yoga, and spending time with family. 
She currently resides in Texas with her wonderful daughter and their four sweet but mischievous cats.

TO LEAR MORE VISIT HER SITE:  www.melissastuddard.com.

 
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ABOUT THE BOOK.

"The thing you would notice most was the rain, how the rain fell and fell and never seemed to stop. The sky was constantly swollen with it, then birthing it, swollen, then birthing again, and the hills, like greedy babies, suckled up all that rain. They shone and glistened green as the backs of frogs on bright green lily pads.
Annalise was ten then, old enough that she’d begun thinking about grown up things, like picking her own clothes out for school, yet young enough, still, to indulge in fanciful imaginings of enchanted trees and talking hills. Her best friends were the clouds that canopied her village and the verdant hills that hosted her most precious and outrageous dreams."
As spunky young Annalise travels from one adventure to another, she learns ancient wisdom traditions and gains deeper and deeper insight into herself and her world. Eventually she must make the most important decision she's ever faced -- whether or not to return to the self she has always known.
 
 
 
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MY REVIEW.
 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.
 
Six weeks to Yehidah is one of those books that have different messages for different readers. If you are a little kid you may enjoy the fantasy and the amazing world created by Melissa. Also you might find helpful lessons on it, because it has a lot of things that would help children through some paths of childhood.
 
As for an adult (or a young adult like me) the book is a lovely book about self-discovery and about getting the wisdom to live a full life. It helps us to remind a lot of the things we forgot as we grow up. It also has messages that are important for all no matter how old we are.
 
Annalise is a ten-year-old girl in a world where sheep can speak and you travel from cloud to cloud. Passing a series of test she learns a lot about tolerance, love, friendship, help others and the things that make us different and equal at the same time.
 
At first sight you can see that Melissa got her inspiration from some classic stories. There are little words or passages, which you may feel similar, but she has an original way to write the story in an simple language and with a character that feels modern and who is easy to relate with.
 
The idea that we have to be tolerant with different religions and with different point of views is one of the high points of the book. Is one of the things you have to really capture from the pages and take to your day by day.
 
One of the things that I came up with was that this book presents the perfect opportunity for adults and kids to read together because in my opinion their different points of view about the book will help them to have a more wide sight of the story.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pearl Lover - New Review

Happy Saturday :)
It's time for a new review. Kea Noli contacted me about her novel Pearl Lover. The first thing that got my attention was the fact that she told me it was an unconventional book. It is true that some might find it a bit difficult to accept some of the relationships in the book but for me was really fun to read about them. I like to think that as long as you are happy and the other person too, you can have any kind of relationship.


PEARL LOVER
by KEA NOLI
 
FROM GOODREADS.
 
A spoilt debutante. A manipulating mother. And a love triangle with a twist.
In this thrilling romance, Nixie Veidt is forced to choose between money and love. She must stay faithful to the bureaucrat she married to save her inheritance, but her love belongs to a Russian dancer. When she hires him for her company, she risks everything. Will she lose the money, or gain the man she loves?
Is it moral to love two men? Be prepared for an unconventional ending.
A debutante's conflicting love for two men, and  the struggling rebirth of Ballets Russes, a ballet company.


MY REVIEW.

My rating: 4.5/5

Pearl Lover is the story of Nixie, Morten and Kolya. A love triangle set in the ballet world. It might seem like a simple love triangle but it’s deeper than that. It’s a story about acceptance, about struggle to be the owner of your destiny and about what we are willing to do for those we love.

It all start when Nixie father’s die. Her mother (Maria) wants to control her and the inheritance until she turns at least 21. Maria, a former dancer, is the typical wealthy woman, who only cares money and what people think.

Nixie has to marry a man she doesn’t love in order to be able to control her money and start her own ballet company. Kolya the dancer she really loves is the head of the company. And then we had Morten, a former police officer, who believes in love at first sight and is willing to do anything just to make Nixie happy.

The book moves very fast between the start of the company, their travelling across Europa, their struggle to perform and then to survive to the final end which I will not spoil. It’s a well-developed background for all the romance.

It also has a magnificent description about ballet. I’m a ballet fan and the dances and movements of the ballerinas are so well written that you could almost feel like you were at the theatre watching a play.

And now about the love triangle. The story between the three characters is intense to say the least. The idea of been able to love more than one person at the time is something that reader as well as the characters will have to accept or at least try to understand. Their feelings, choices and their attempts to do the right thing are very fun to read.

The book takes you in a roller-coaster of emotions. I changed from hating Kolya to like him and the same with Nixie but I loved Morten all the time. As for Maria she is the bad-guy of the book, is really hard to feel anything good about her.

I really liked Pearl Lover and I recommend it to all romance lovers out there.


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Friday, September 7, 2012

Toe The Line - New Review

I had this ebook on my reader for a while and I don't know why I didn't read it sooner. I have to say that I'm truly surprised about how good it is.
The cover isn't one of my favorites but is the perfect example of why you don't have to judge a book by its cover.


TOE THE LINE
by DICK HANNAH.
 

From Goodreads:
In Toe the Line, small business owner and triathlete, Wynn Johnston, finds his ordered, predictable life thrown into turmoil when his training and business partner, Wheeler, is murdered in the seemingly safe confines of the Seattle airport.

As Wynn begins to dig into Wheeler’s past he finds out that his best friend was involved in a racing conspiracy that puts Wynn’s business and his life in danger. Wheeler’s murder forces Wynn to confront deceptive fellow racers, the potential bankruptcy of his business, and past loves he thought long dead, all while avoiding the murderer who is hunting him across Seattle.

Filled with deep and engaging characters, scenic descriptions of the Pacific Northwest, and a female main character who is the impetus behind the action, this novel provides both male and female readers with an intriguing, well-rounded, fast-paced mystery and a glimpse into the world of triathlon racing



MY REVIEW.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Toe the Line is the living proof that you don’t have to judge a book by its cover. The cover is not one of my favorites even though I love the green color. However I discovered a great story with a lot of things on its favor.

This one is probably the greatest thriller-mystery book I’ve read this year. From the first page I was drawn into the action. From page to page the story became more and more interesting. An excellent written plot with turns and surprises in every page, Toe the Line has all the ingredients to be a great thriller-mystery novel.

Written from Wynn point of view, we first find him after his best friend got killed at the airport. While the police officers are carrying the investigation for his friend’s murder Wynn found out secrets and sides of Wheeler unknown until now. Besides this he has to deal with his ex-fiancé, Madison, a woman with no fear of telling what she thinks.

Wynn is a great character. We get to know him not only because is the narrator of the story but also by his interaction with other characters. We meet a sport lover, especially triathlons, with a great respect for his friend and that wants to find out the truth.

We see him dealing with the revival of his relationship with Madison and with all the unsolved things between them. They are two well-developed characters and you ended up feeling affection for them. They complement each other in a perfect way.

The murder and the search for the killer are amazing. The actions are easy to understand and fun to read. Luckily this wasn’t one of those books where you discover who the bad guy before the end, I was really surprised about how things turned out to be.
A book that sums mystery, friendship, romance, gunshot, running for survival and most important the message that sometimes is good to take second chances.


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Monday, September 3, 2012

Cover Reveal - Whispers on the Wind

Today it's time for the Cover reveal of: WHISPERS ON THE WILD by Alison Davis.
I don't know about you but I added it to my TBR list because it sounds amazing!!!
I also have a little excerpt to share with you guys :)
You have to know that I love the cover, it's really interesting and beautiful.




Synopsis: 
Haunted by the echoes of the past, Ari's finds love, sees death and saves one man from repeating his ancestors’ mistakes and takes it upon herself to catch him when he falls.

Ari moves to a small English coastal town and takes a job at the local library, she begins to fall in love and become embraced in the community.
Meanwhile under her house through a bomb-shelter under the cellar she discovers a natural cavern in the cliff face. The cavern contains a wealth of treasures and trinkets left behind by those who found it before her.
A wedding photograph and a set of letters become her obsession.
Ari does her best to uncover their stories, only to discover that history is repeating itself, every male descendant of Alexander has died on that cliff top since and now a new set of letters have appeared with the same seal and the same warning signs.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Alison has been writing from an early age, stories, poems, novels, prose. After a 3 year sabbatical from writing she returned to her passion to write Whispers on the Wind: Ari's story.
 
Her first novel, Whispers on the Wind: Ari's Story, was published in August 2012 on Lulu.com. Hanging from the Family Tree: Tobias' Story, a companion/sequel to Whispers on the Wind, will follow soon.


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Goodreads Q & A
Goodreads Author


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Excerpt:


I stood in the cavern and looked about with a candle. I’d only been down in the hidden grotto a few times and hadn’t ever ventured beyond the first pillar. Even now I still didn’t go any further than that. There was no need; so many hidden treasures were right by the steps. I set the candle in the closest corner as always, and within its range I scanned the treasures. There were tiny figurines carved from wood set in some of the alcoves. They become mere silhouettes right on the edge of the pool of light cast by the flickering flame. Some small tin toy cars from the 1950’s were stationed into traffic queues, with a fire engine parked up by the pillar and a small police officer with his hand held up to the nonexistent drivers. There were more relics in the ‘garden’ above, some magazines from the 1970’s rotting in a corner, next to the bench. Even older relics were scattered about too, hair ribbons, earrings and even a photograph of a wedding from the early 1900’s. On the back of it someone had penned a note.

My darling husband,

You were mine for one short hour before you were taken to the battlefields.

I waited. I wrote to you. For so long I waited to hear from you, a note, or a letter. Then I waited for a telegram. For the news you were not returning to me. Then I just waited.

My family moved away. I stayed and waited for news. But it never came. Without you the world is grey, my heart is still, and day blurs into night. I feel as if I am Lot’s wife -with all the tears I have cried I shall surely turn to salt.

You never returned to me my love and so I shall come searching for you.

The handwriting had deteriorated gradually throughout the note and the ink was smudged, tears had stained the words. I had placed it on a ledge of a rocky alcove last time I was down in the cavern to stop the damp ruining it too much; but now I reached out and slipped the picture into my bag as the candle light began to dim and the flame died.

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