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The Colors of Malent: Book One View a preview of this book online

The Colors of Malent: Book One (The Colors of Malent #1)

by Tim Adams and  Sam Inzerillo

 

 

 

Alara is a 14 year old girl, almost 15, who has the normal trials and tribulations of teens everywhere. Alara’s best friend Madison or Mads as Alara calls her, is already a pro shopper with tons of attitude. Alara’s new boyfriend  Alex is a good looking jock who really seems to like her but doesn’t always understand her. Her freaky teenaged next door neighbor Freddy, incredibly smart but socially awkward, suddenly starts talking to her.

 

 

Alara’s busy and tension filled life is further complicated by the strange dreams that have haunted her since she can remember. Dreams that are getting weirder and weirder. They take her to another time and place where she enters the minds and bodies of the people she comes across.

 

 

Slowly she realizes that she can control the thoughts and actions of these people and she believes these people and places are real and are from a place called Malent. The bigger problem though is that these dreams are starting to come when she is awake too. And if  all this isn’t enough to deal with, she has just found out something about herself that shocks her to the core!

 

 

As Alara tries to discover who the strange people in her dreams are and where Malent is, she is also trying to discover something about herself. Her questions bring her into contact with new people who could be friends or enemies. Things seem to be constantly changing and it leaves Alara wondering who she exactly she can trust.

 

 

The ending will leave you holding your breath, impatient for the next book to continue with this very intriguing story!

 

 

I really enjoyed this novel. The twists and turns keep you flipping the pages, faster and faster, as you try to see what will happen next.

 

 

The characters in Alara’s life are very believable. Her parents are typical parents, with her dad being the loud disciplinarian and her mom understanding the problems of being a teenaged girl. Her friends are very real. The situations are what many teens go through.

 

 

The people from Malent, the alternate world of Alara’s,  are reminiscent of the our world but from many centuries ago. The strange, scary animals that inhabit the lands are definitely not of our world and are incredibly imaginative.

 

 

The way the story switches between our world and Malent is extremely well done. I really look forward to the next book in this YA fantasy series.

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Lately I’ve noticed a lot of negative articles online about certain independent authors which many take to include ALL independent authors. I really don’t understand that thinking. There are so many more good independent authors out there than there are bad. Just because 1 indie author is throwing a hissy fit doesn’t make all indie authors bad. It really bothers me that people get grouped together under the same hat simply because they all share the title indie author.

 

 

 

One of the first Indie books I read was

Elemental Magic (Elemental Magic, #1)

Elemental Magic (Elemental Magic #1)  by Angela Wallace

 

 

 

This was an awesome indie book. Well written with and interesting paranormal storyline (see my review)

 

 

 

Chain Gang Elementary, by Jonathan Grant

 

And I just read a pretty gross (and I mean that in a totally good way) horror, supernatural, mystery, paranormal novel. I will have the review up later today as I just moments ago finished reading it.

The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield, #1)

The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield #1)  by Scott Nicholson

 

 

 

I think Indie Authors are terrific! Take a chance on an indie novel, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised as was I!

 

 

There are several independent author lists out on the internet. You can also look on GoodReads, Amazon and Smashwords to name a few.


Montana Wildfire

Montana Wildfire by Rebecca Sinclair

 

 

 

Amanda Lennox, blond, green eyed and intelligent, at least she thought she was intelligent until she lied to get this job of bringing Roger Thornton Bannister III home. The little monster was making the already rough trip through the western countryside unbearable. Amanda has always prided herself on her even temper but now, struck in the river, with the spoiled Roger splashing her and demanding lunch, Amanda is ready to blow. Even Roger realizes that perhaps he’s pushed her too far and goes rushing off into the forest to find someone to help Amanda.

 

 
To Amanda’s surprise and relief, Roger comes back with a man. But after just a few minutes with this man, Amanda’s wondering if maybe being trapped in the river wasn’t better than having to put up with this man.

 

 
Jacob Blackhawk Chandler is no one’s idea of a hero, including himself. A half breed Indian with a chip the size of the Rockies on his shoulder, Jake doesn’t want to get involved with Amanda and Roger but since there is no one else around to get Amanda out of the hole she’s in he steps up.

 

 
Getting out of the river requires a lot more body contact then Amanda was prepared for. She’s thankful that Jake was there to help but is uneasy with the new thoughts crowding her head. She just wants to get back on the trail and get Roger home.

 

 
Ready to leave Amanda and Roger to find their way through the country side is fine with him until Roger comes up missing. Amanda turns again to him for help and against his better judgement, Jake agrees to help find Roger.

 

 
As Amanda and Jake trek through the countryside on Roger’s trail, they find themselves drawn to each other. But what kind of life can a angry half breed offer a proper Bostonian white woman specially in a country where Indians and white people don’t mix, and being caught together can cause death?

 

 
I really enjoyed this novel. With wonderful commentary on the western countryside, the tiny towns and the relationships between people of different races this was a very readable novel. The characters are well rounded, with some flaws which helps to make them believable. The story clips along at a steady pace.


Two Sisters: prattle tales of playful girls by Laura Wright LaRoche

 

 

 

10 little stories starring two little girls, 6 year old Addy and her younger sister, 4 year old Izzy. The girls have very different styles, Izzy always wears dresses and Addy’s favorite color is green. They do have one thing in common, they love to torment each other.

 

 

 
In each of the stories entitled Butterfly, Sticks, School Day, Mushroom Hunting, Her Party, Fishing, Garden, Zoo, Rainy Day,  and Vacation, Addy and Izzy are together (except School Day when Addy is at her first day of grade 1 and Rainy Day where Izzy is at home with her mom while Addy is at school) and each wants things her own way and will do whatever it takes to get her way even if it means tattling, hitting, crying or lying.

 

 

 
The stories are well written and at times, humorous and the descriptions of the girls is very well done.  However I don’t necessarily see the girls as playful. To me they’re spoiled brats that say and do whatever they like while their mother is absolutely oblivious. If my children were young, I’m not sure if I would want them to read this book, they had enough of their own bad ideas.

 

 

 
I won this book through GoodReads giveaway and my review was unsolicited.


California Caress

California Caress by Rebecca Sinclair

 

 

 

Hope Benett is on a mission.  A mission to save her brother and ultimately her family home. The only person who can help her is notorious gunslinger Drake Frazier, but can she trust him?

 

 

 
Hope, a lovely red haired, brown eyed girl, loves her brother Luke. He can’t help that while his body is bigger than most grown men, his mind is that of an eight year old. The Swedes have declared their intent to take over the Benett gold claim and the only way to stop them is to take part in a no holds barred knock down fist fight. Luke is the only one big enough to take on even one of the Swedes, but he’s not smart enough to hold his own when the Swedes are known to use a knife and kill a man to get what they want. Hope’s dad sends her to find Drake Frazier, known gunfighter, drinker and fist fighter, possibly the only man in Thirsty Gulch that would agree to take on the Swedes.

 

 

 
Hope isn’t the only one with something to lose. Drake Frazier, handsome, blonde haired gunfighter, has his own agenda. Hope doesn’t know it but she’s going to help him in his plan to avenge a wrong doing done to him.

 

 

 
Can Hope and Drake help each other erase the scars of past hurts? Will they see that they are both worthy of love? Will they find love together before its too late?

 

 

 
Two of my favorite genre, romance and westerns, together in a tale spanning the gold mines of California, the city streets of Boston and the green grass of Virginia.

 

 

 

The story feels a bit forced and over thought at times, but has some beautifully written scenes.  An enjoyable read, with a strong willed, smart heroine which I like.


Looking For Love On Mongo Tongo

Looking For Love On Mongo Tongo by Margaret J. McMaster

Book Two of the Babysitter Out of Control! Series

 

 

 

Mrs Chairbottom is on her way to babysit 8 year old Stewart and she’s stuck in traffic. Stewart convinces his parents to leave so they won’t miss their flight, they are off on vacation. Stewart knows he won’t get into trouble, at least not til Mrs. Chairbottom gets there. She’s a walking trouble magnet and she’s bringing Petey her parrot, and that means double trouble!

 

 
When Mrs. Chairbottom arrives, she’s using a cane. She received it after falling in some hedges while doing a ‘Save the Whales’ marathon. After momentarily forgeting Petey the parrot in the car, and having to listen to him squawk, Stewart knows this is going to be a long week!

 

 
When Stewart sees Petey he’s shocked by how he looks. Talk about your bad hair day! He asks Mrs. Chairbottom about it and she launches into the story about how Petey fell in love on Mongo Tongo with one of the wild parrots there and is so love struck that being away from her is causing him to lose all his feathers. Stewart asks Mrs. Chairbottom if this could make Petey sick, like die from it sick.

 

 
Suddenly Mrs. Chairbottom has a plan! She, Stewart, Petey and her driver/attendant Ronald are going to fly to Mongo Tongo and find Petey’s girlfriend. What could possibly go wrong?

 

 
This is a wonderful children’s story that would appeal to both boys and girls. Its 57 pages long, so wouldn’t be intimidating for children that aren’t really book lovers. The story is quick paced, easy to read and has beautiful color illustrations. The touches of humor, action and friendship will definitely appeal to children.

 

 

I received my copy through GoodReads and my review was unsolicited.


Crimson Midnight

Crimson Midnight by Amos Cassidy

 

 

 

Six years ago, 15 year old Rose was mugged. The kids were never caught. Since then the petite blonde had learned all about self defense and was sure she could take care of herself.  Leaving home for the first time, Rose and her friend Faye, are moving to London. Rose is going to live with her godmother while Faye is renting rooms with several kids from university.

 

 
Rose meets and becomes friendly with several people including the brooding Harold, Kris the peace maker, Raven, Roman and his very strange girl friend, Thistle.
Not all of Rose’s friends are what they appear to be and to trust the wrong person can cost you your life. People are going missing and Rose knows that somehow she is involved and must stop whatever demons are haunting London.

 

 
A fine urban fantasy novel filled with the supernatural, werewolves, demons, vampires and other paranormal things that go bump in the night.

 

 
Great character descriptions and good mood setting are a few of the highlights of this book. I really enjoyed some of the twists the story took and look forward to the next book.

 

 
I didn’t like that some of the storylines appear and then just disappear making you wonder if they were just a product of your imagination. I also think it should have had a few less main characters, at times I found it hard to remember who was who.

 

 
Overall, a great read for magical, werewolf, vampire, supernatural loving, urban fantasy readers.


Charmeine (The Light-Bearer Series, #1)

Charmeine (The Light-Bearer Series, #1) by Emily Guido

 

 

 

I consider myself to be very lucky. As a book reviewer I am often asked by an author if I will give them an honest review of their book, usually in return for a copy of the book. I don’t often buy books anymore, I usually have a stack of to-reads waiting for me, although I never let my to-read list get so large that I can’t get to a book within 1 to 2 weeks.

 

 

 
I started following http://emilyguido.com  She is the author of Charmeine, the first book in the new Light Bearer Series. Everyday I would impatiently check my email waiting for another excerpt from her book Charmeine. When I found out that the next book in the series is going to be released soon, I decided that I needed to read the entire book, not just the snippets. So I purchased my copy (first book I’ve bought in ages) and started to read…

 

 

 
In Heaven, Charmeine and Tabbruis are worried. Charmeine, an Angel of Harmony, has a mission to provide harmony and peace in times of trouble. Lately she feels a serious drain on her power and her ability to provide harmony was lessening daily. Tabbruis is the Angel of Self-Determination and is several levels higher than Charmeine. He allows us to use our free will and inspires us to think of new ways to do things. He must  help an Archangel to have conviction in his beliefs and will therefore be unavailable to the family for most of the day. They are waiting to hear what the Prophecy will bring but neither believes it will be good news.

 

 

 
We then go back, back to a time before Tabbruis and Charmeine have met. When Tabbruis used another name and Charmeine had no idea who she really was or what her real name was. Back before love had finally made them complete.

 

 

 
Tabbruis is a Blood Drinker, a vampire. He believes his destiny is to walk earth always in need of blood. Human blood is best, but Tabbruis has learned to use wild animal blood instead to curb his craving. He can go out in sunlight, but prefers the darkness, he seldom sleeps, he is very wealth and very handsome. People usually bend to his will with little or no problem. He prefers to be alone. The sound, the smell and the action of the sea calms him.

 

 

 
Charleen has beautiful brown eyes and a very sweet nature. Summer is her favorite time of year, she loves the feel of sun on her skin. She learned Judo so she will never be a victim. She has never really dated and has never really been attracted to any man, and she has no interest in finding out why. She tries to tell herself she is happy but she knows that really she wants a man in her life, someone to share with. Charleen loves to go and watch the waves at the sea shore. its very peaceful.

 

 

 
Tabbruis and Charleen meet. They stare deep into each others eyes and they know. They have found the other half of themselves. But will it be enough to overcome all the obstacles both known and unknown in their paths? Can there be happiness between two such different creatures?

 

 

 
I am very satisfied with this story. There were many things to like such as vampires, the supernatural, action scenes, good characters who throughout the book evolve and a very emotional romance involving two people of different races/cultures.

 

 

 
I did at times feel the writing was a little stilted and it did effect the flow of the story. (I have the kindle edition from Amazon and like several kindle ebooks from Amazon that I have read there are many errors involving jumbled sentences, misspelled words and wrong punctuation. As I can’t be sure with whom the problem lies, I am not factoring those errors into my review).

 

 

 
This is a great read, and a terrific debut novel for Emily Guido! I look forward to the next book in the series. Check out some scenes from the book at http://emilyguido.com/


The Earl's Mistaken Bride

The Earl’s Mistaken Bride  by  Abby Gaines

 

 

 

The Earl of Spenford, Marcus Brookstone,with his prideful arrogance, has made a bargain with God. In return for allowing his mother to return to good health, the Earl will marry a chaste, pious woman who knows her place. The Earl has a chance meeting with one of Reverend Somerton’s 5 daughters, the very pretty and charming Constance. Disregarding the slightly uneasy feeling he has when he thinks back to the encounter, the Earl speaks to Reverend Somerton about marrying Constance. The Reverend‘s surprised look is quickly replaced with a smile and an agreement that should Constance assent to the marriage it could take place. The surprised look and the comment about Constance’s assent being needed make the Earl wonder if he has perhaps made a mistake but worry for his mother quickly dispels those feelings.

 

 
Constance Somerton is the happy, pious, and extremely stubborn second daughter of the Reverend and Mrs. Somerton. At 20 years of age, she is slowly giving up on her dream to marry. Since a chance encounter with the Earl of Spenford, Constance has been half in love with him. Hearing of the Earl of Spenford’s request for her hand in marriage is a dream come true for Constance. She believes she will make a good wife to the Earl and that they will have a happy marriage.

 

 
The Earl of Spenford is late, late for his own marriage. Constance believes its a good thing her sister has suggested she wear a veil for the ceremony. It is a fairly new thing to do, but Constance is so nervous and anxious that she is happy that her face will be covered. Finally the Earl arrives. The ceremony is performed and he slowly raises the veil covering his bride’s face.

 

 
Can a marriage of convenience become a marriage of love? What of the bargain Marcus made with God regarding his mother? Will Constance have the chance to share her love with Marcus?  Will Marcus’ pride and Constance’s stubbornness keep them apart?

 

 
I enjoy a good romance novel every now and then. On a quiet rainy day, spent alone, I revel in being able to kick back, relax, and enjoy a nice, light read. I like knowing that at the end of the book, no matter what has taken place, there is a happy, positive ending. This is the first inspirational historical romance I’ve read, and I would definitely read another.

 

 

The Governess and Mr. Granville, Love Inspired Historical, September 2012 is the second of the Parson’s Daughters series by Abby Gaines and I have already put it on my to read list.

 

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