Tag Archive: Romance

“Get your girl, Son!” Father’s Day Snippet from “CHARMEINE” in “The Light-Bearer Series” THANK YOU for 7 AWARDS!.

Percival and Carly are wonderful together…


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.

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.


To all the mom’s, grandmas, great…you get the picture  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!



I hope you all have a wonderful day, doing whatever if you like to do. If you get some private time and would like to read can I suggest for a light action, romantic comedy, check out



The Stephanie Plum Novels (Stephanie Plum, #3-5)

The Stephanie Plum Novels by Janet Evanovich



They all have some good humor, some romance and some actions, a great light read for mom’s day.



If you are more interested in a good mystery novel from an up and comer (this is his 2nd book) try out


Two Graves

Two Graves by D.A. Graystone



The Police in Kesle are tracking a serial killer. Each murder is more brutal, more unhinged and more bloody that the ones before. Will they get their man before he gets another victim?



And if you’re looking for the most touching YA or teen book I have read in a while try out



The Trouble With Half a Moon

The Trouble With Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante



Want a good cry for the right reasons? Try this one out. This is Danette Vigilante’s debut YA novel but it is an amazing read for anyone!



And of course if you’re a horror fan, how can you go wrong with a good old Stephen King



The Stand

The Stand by Stephen King,



(though not the Tommyknockers…lol)





A Man of Value Review

A Man of Value  (Book 2 Montbryce Legacy)  by  Anna Markland 

Late 11th century Europe is the backdrop for this beautiful, well told historic romance. Filled with interesting characters, a solid plot and colorful backgrounds this story reeled me in and kept me turning pages til the end.

The story follows proud, handsome warrior Caedmon Woolgar, and Agneta Kirkthwaite, a young woman filled with hatred by the destruction of her home and family. Caedmon and Agneta marry but are unable to share their burgeoning feelings of love with each other. When Caedmon discovers the truth of his heritage, and unknowing of his wife’s love, he joins the First Crusade.

“I’m very homesick, and can barely recall the reasons I left England. I ache for my beautiful Agneta.”

Follow Caedmon’s and Agneta’s journeys to discover if their futures lie together.

This is a very well written, well thought out and plotted story. It is Book 2 of the Montbryce Legacy but is a great standalone book. I will definitely be looking for the next book in the series (as well as the 1st) I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story.

Visit the author’s website at


I always have a tough time answering that question. For me it all depends on my mood. Some days I want to read a good mystery novel, other days I want nothing more than to relax with a glass of wine and a romance novel and still other times, usually late at night, I want s scare your socks off horror novel.  If I have to pick though it would be a twisty, turny who done it mystery.

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