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Words We Never Speak (Metaphysical Romance Review)

 

Set in Windham Springs, Words We Never Speak , by Scarlet Darkwood is a mysterious tale that follows Kit, conservation manager of her local Historical Society. A somewhat tortured soul, Kit is forced to make a stand when the building she loves and works in is threatened to be torn down.

Every page of this book made me feel something. At times I found myself in awe of just how realistic and complex and main characters felt. At others, I could feel Kit’s terror as the mysteries of this novel deepened.

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I enjoyed the supernatural elements involved. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for anything related to supernatural phenomenon, although my moral compass didn’t know where to stand on the matter of Kit’s multiple love interests.

The fast pace of the book kept me intrigued, as did the clues that popped up gradually throughout. Each time something  new was found, terrifying Kit, the tension spiked, drawing me deeper into this fictional world.

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The more intimate scenes were beautifully written and embraced the sensuality of mankind, rather than being overly graphic like most modern love scenes. Words We Never Speak is a thrilling tale of loss, love, and determination to save something dear to your heart, even in the face of near certain defeat.
Rated 5 stars.

Recommended for lovers of mystery, the
paranormal/supernatural, and metaphysical romance.

 

 

 

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An Unexpected Afterlife, by Dan Sofer:

Set in East Jerusalem, An Unexpected Afterlife follows the journey of Moshe Karlin, a forty year old husband and father, who awakens from the grave two years after unknowingly leaving the world of the living, to find that he has been replaced by supposed best friend, Avi.

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As we learn more about Moshe’s predicament, others in his situation begin to appear, none any the wiser to the cause of their resurrection. I found Moshe’s character to be kind and humble, a true gentleman seeking to do what is right by his fellow man.

Lots of differing viewpoints were shown in regards to the subject of resurrection: some individuals branded it as science fiction and shunned our main characters, while a few accepted their tales of woe and were willing to help them back onto their feet.

Loss, love, and betrayal are key themes that I was able to identify.

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The author’s style was poetic and gave the impression that every word was carefully chosen for maximum emotional impact. His words formed beautiful images within my mind, as well as some not so beautiful.

A tale of life, death, and true rebirth.

Rated 5 stars.
Recommended for lovers of the paranormal.

 

 

 

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Introducing Shari Nichols (Author Interview)

Good morning fellow bookworms.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to beloved author Shari Nichols.

Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her lifelong dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. Shari has been married to her own alpha hero for twenty-five years. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends.


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Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

There are so many fabulous authors that have inspired me over the years with their words and their characters. I absolutely love Alice Clayton! Her books are filled with humour and heart. I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing Sylvia Day at an NJRW (New Jersey Romance Writer’s) conference and got an autograph and a picture with her. She was so kind and lovely. Her unique voice and her ability to create off-the-charts sensuality between her characters are some of the many reasons I fell in love with her books.

 

 

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way they sound or the meaning?

Names are critical when it comes to creating believable, well developed characters. I remember my brother in law once told me about his uncle Thayne and described him as a tall, strapping man who had quite the reputation with the ladies in his youth. Immediately, an image began to take form in my mind. The name sounded so masculine and unbelievably sexy, I knew I had to create this larger than life character and make him jump off the page. As for my other characters, some are based on people I might know, some are based on people from TV and film. Sometimes just hearing a name sparks my imagination and I plot who that character could be and what drives them.

 

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If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Boy that’s a tough one! There are so many! I’d love to have the power to know what people are thinking. It could save a lot of time and energy. Also, I’d love to have the power to make myself invisible so I could spy on my kids.

 

What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?

I want to travel to as many exotic locales as possible, try the food, experience the culture, and learn about the people and the history. I’ve been talking about getting my Master’s degree for years. I’m still deciding in what. I would love to help my brother achieve his goals and participate in Special Olympics. I’ve always talked about taking a girls vacation with some really close friends and paying for the entire trip with all of my books sales.

 

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

That’s an easy one! I would be a golden retriever. My beloved, dog, Buddy is a golden and they have the sweetest and most loyal dispositions. I could only aspire to be that adorable.

That’s about all we have time for today.
You can learn more about Shari by following her via her social network links below:

http://sharinicholsauthor.com/index.html
http://sharinichols.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/shari_nichols/
https://twitter.com/shari_nich
https://www.facebook.com/sharinicholsauthor/
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/29514513-shari-nichols

 

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Introducing Robin Leigh Morgan (Guest Post)

Good morning from an unusually sunny England. 🙂
I’d like to introduce you to a special guest, a fab author, Robin Leigh Morgan.

Please introduce yourself.

Hi ALL,

I’m Robin Leigh Morgan, I’m a New York City employee who’s been retired for over 7 ½ years. I’ve been married for almost 24 years to my dear other half, but unfortunately, we have no children. To occupy my time so I wouldn’t become bored out of my head since retiring I decided to fulfill a desire I’ve had since I was a child, becoming an author. With all the genres available, I eventually gravitated towards writing romance since it had been the first storyline which came to my mind.

 

Can you tell us about your latest published novel?

My latest released endeavor is actually re-edited version for my debut novel, a MG/YA Paranormal romance, entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.”

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What was the inspiration/description for your latest novel?

The inspiration had been a combination of several things, a young girl having to move away from her friends because her father had gotten a promotion on his job, the important first kiss for a girl, trying to make friends at her new school and the teasing she got, and for good measure the “Casper, the Ghost” cartoons I watched as a child.

 

How did you decide on the title for the book?

To arrive at the book’s title, I simply kept on reducing the description for the book until I had been left with just enough to become the title.

 

Do you have any current writing endeavors? What are they?

Under Robin Leigh Morgan [which is my pen name] I’ve got an adult Contemporary romance novel with a paranormal element running through the storyline entitled “His Darkest Secret.” I also have an MG/YA Urban Fantasy novella with a romance backstory entitled “The Secret of the Well”; this endeavor is also a stand-alone sequel to “I Kissed a Ghost.”


Do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

I’m part both, a plotter and a pantser. Like a sculptor who uses a framework around which he creates his work of art; I, as an author, create the skeleton for a storyline with a beginning, a middle, and an end to which I add the key points I want to hit during the telling of my story; after which I begin to flesh out the story.

 

What made you decide to become an author?

As I’ve said I didn’t want to be bored silly with nothing to do. In addition to my writing, I’m also a blogger with two sites, as well as Book Reviewer.

 

Since you’re a romance author, of all the sub-genres of romance which exist, what made you choose the genre you write in.

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My first published endeavor is a MG/YA because I never could get satisfied enough with my desire to write an adult Contemporary that I would have wanted to self-publish first. Gaining confidence with my writing I decided to go back to the romance genre I originally wanted to write in and to the original manuscript I’d been writing. This manuscript is now about 92% complete, and I’m in no real rush to have it complete due to my other writing endeavors and interests.

 

The thing is, I feel I’ve gained enough confidence by now, that I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and am midst of writing two GLBT/BDSM erotic novellas under a second pen name.

 

Do you have a schedule for your time to write, answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?

Essentially, emails are done first thing each morning, followed by blog activities. While I might work on my endeavors intermittently during the course of the day my best writing is done late at night, sometimes as late as 1 AM/ 2 AM, while my dear OH is sound asleep.

 

Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?

As a Book Reviewer, while I might read/review a wide variety of books, I always find my way back to my own genre of romance. I’m quite good at reviewing books, so much so, Amazon has made me an Enthusiast for True Crime Novels.

 

What are the items you must have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?

Basically, it’s just a bottle of cold Black Cherry flavored seltzer, and the occasional large cup of chocolate ice cream.

 

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When you were an aspiring author you needed advice, what advice would you give to an aspiring author in those shoes today?

Not to take any criticism from a fellow author as criticism, take it as a form of guidance and support from one author to another.

 

If there’s anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book[s], your writing, or yourself.

My second published book is “Micro Fiction – An Anthology” which contains 100 Flash Fiction, the vast majority of which only contains 5 sentences.

 

Where can we find you and your books online?

ALL of my buy links, social links and other information can be found by going to:

http://www.about.me/rlmorgan51

If anyone-else is interested in interviewing Robin,
please send a direct message to her Twitter
account = http://www.twitter.com/mypennameonly 

Thank you for joining us to welcome Robin to the blog.

If anyone-else is interested in appearing on FantasyBooks411, 
please feel free to email Daccari Buchelli at: Daccarim93 (at) yahoo.co.uk

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Luminous Spirits, by Dusty Crabtree (5 Star Fantasy Review)

Don’t ever underestimate the shadows.’

Luminous Spirits follows on from Dusty Crabtree’s gripping fantasy novel, Shadow Eyes. In this equally thrilling sequel, we follow Iris, a young newbie light warrior, as she works to keep evil at bay. Just as all seems right with the world, a stunning new arrival makes Iris’ school life a living hell.

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The book opens with a lot of dark imagery that gives the reader a real sense of the danger to come. While there were a few characters I disliked (the scheming and manipulative type), I generally enjoyed this story as a whole. The gorgeous Patrick is just as mysterious in this book as he was in the first, his relationship with Iris slowly blossoming into something beautiful.

Dusty Crabtree portrays high school life and its related issues with the utmost accuracy. A winning sense of humour and cast of contrasting characters make these novels an absolute joy to read.

 

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With themes of good and evil, and past pain, Crabtree has created a world that will steal your heart, before filing it with every emotion imaginable. The abundance of action, in addition to Crabtree’s articulate and emotional style, provide a reading experience like no other.

Rated 5 stars.
Recommended for lovers of young adult and fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mated to the Werewolf King (Fantasy Review)


Mated to the Werewolf King, by Alena Des:

Witches, Werewolves, and Demons Galore!

Seventeen year old Belle thought she was a member of the pack, but being hunted by The Demon King sets her on a journey she never imagined. In what appears to be a unique adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, we follow Belle, a young hybrid, and Keith, the fierce King of the Werewolves.

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Although their relationship starts as one of sheer dislike, we see Keith begin to grow on Belle, as she in turn grows on him. I must admit, although I initially hated Keith’s character with his frustrating level of arrogance and stand-offish nature, I began to warm with him as Belle did. It’s like I was experiencing her changing emotional state for myself, her feelings influencing my impression of him.

The story is told through the eyes of three separate characters: Belle, Keith, and Tannon, a one-thousand year old warlock. We are shown the remarkable depth of each character’s thoughts, with each bringing a unique perspective to the story’s events. Belle and Keith proved to be the most stubborn characters I’ve ever met, but in an almost endearing way.

See my Review for Book #2, HERE:

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The action hooked me from the start, with a plot that continued to draw me in. This was in addition to the many surprise twists I noticed dotted throughout as I followed Belle on a journey of self-discovery and love.

I love Alena Des’ style of writing and would recommend the sequel, The Warlock’s Nemesis.

Rated 5 stars.
Recommended for lovers of Fantasy.

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Esper Files 3: The Chimera Formula (Steampunk Fantasy Review)

Esper Files 3: The Chimera Formula, by Eagan Brass:

Eagan Brass has done it again.

 

From an author I have quickly come to adore, Eagan Brass presents his third book in the Esper Files series, The Chimera Formula. Set within the Victorian Age, this Steampunk Fantasy novel proved just as thrilling as the first two instalments. The author knows exactly how to deliver action in a way that had me glued to my seat.

When grotesque creatures begin to plague Victorian London, the general public are quick to blame the Esper community. It is up to Nathan and his fellow Espers to save the day and prove their innocence.

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As usual, you can expect an articulate, well thought out story that is jam-packed with action from start to finish. Eagan’s style is instantly distinguishable from that of other authors: it’s as if it possesses a type of logical reasoning that you can feel deep in your bones.

I found this particular instalment to be refreshingly modern with the inclusion of a lesbian relationship that develops between the plucky Freya and newcomer Reyna. Eagan shows a non-judgemental viewpoint on the matter of sexuality, pointing out that love comes in many forms.

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Another bond that I have always related strongly to is the one that has continued to strengthen between Nathan and young Freya. As orphans, both Espers prove to be extremely resilient to change and pain, in addition to being courageous and daring beyond measure. I love the witty banter that the pair share, a trademark personality trade of Nathan’s. Reading through such delightfully comic moments lights me up from within and never fails to put a smile on my face.

With themes of destruction, camaraderie, revenge, and love, I see The Chimera Formula as the best book in the series so far.

Easily rated 5 stars.

Recommended to lovers of Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Steampunk novels.

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Harkworth Hall (YA Mystery Review)


Harkworth Hall, by L. S. Johnson:

Harkworth Hall, set in England of 1752, is a young adult mystery novel that follows Caroline Daniels, the daughter of a long-standing widow. While her father expects her to marry, as is expected of all fine ladies, Caroline’s brash attitude and boyish curiosity lead her down a different path.

35510328This was a book I just could not put down. The writer had me hooked from start to finish, with quirky characters I came to love. My favourites were Caroline and the mysterious Mr Chase. While I adored Caroline’s refusal to obey society’s protocols for women and her level of determination and bravery, Mr Chase took this concept to a whole new level. They had a natural chemistry with Miss Daniel’s and appeared devoted to her from their first meeting. As a dark plot develops and blood is spilled, Mr Chase stops at nothing to warn Caroline of the dangers that lurk around Harkworth Hall.

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The novel was written beautifully. It possessed an effortless grace when it came to the flow of the words, with non-stop action that keeps the blood pumping. The words themselves sing, the word choice perfect for evoking emotion within each and every scene.

I would recommend this book to both mystery and young adult book lovers. It was a true gem to read and I am thankful that the book was brought to my attention.

Easily rated 5 stars.

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Sleep Savannah Sleep, by Alistair Cross (Pre-Release Review)

When Jason and his two children move to Shadow Springs for a fresh start, their world begins to change for the worse. With strange, seductive neighbours and missing persons, the town seems less than welcoming.

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I found the foreshadowing of coming events to be well constructed and adored Jason as a character. He appears to be a kind and loyal man that will stop at nothing until justice is served.

I got a spooky vibe from the story to begin with, which isn’t all that surprising once you get into the novel. It’s steady pace and high level of tension make for an eerie, yet gripping read that I would recommend to lovers of mystery and the supernatural.

Rated 4/5 stars.

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Awakening Alexa, by Racheal Lachman:

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This short but compelling tale sees devoted wife Alexa questioning her marriage. From the very start, the reader must ask themselves why her marriage is at risk. I myself was intrigued by the potential answer.

Although this story was no more than 70-80 pages, it really did pack a hefty emotional punch. The narration was intelligent, with the perfect choice of wording to hook the reader into the story.

A strange series of dreams plague Alexa and lead to an ending I did not expect. I’m hoping that the author is planning a sequel as I would like to learn more about Alexa and her world.

 

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I would happily rate this book as 4/5 stars.

I read it in one sitting and loved every moment. There were some examples of incorrect word usage, making the odd sentence hard to understand, but this is a minor nuisance and didn’t distract from the story as a whole.

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Shadow Eyes (A YA Fantasy Review)

Iris has seen shadows for the past three years of her life and since then, her life has been one dramatic train-wreck after another.

The story starts off in a mysterious way, having the reader question why Iris hates her  own birthday. What could possibly be that bad?

15733491.jpgThe presence of light figures as well as shadows gives the reader a sense of good vs evil. While it made for an intriguing concept, I have read several books very similar to this one.

What was refreshing about Iris’ character was her unique violet eyes. I have yet to read about another character with such features (with the exception of the witches in Roald Dahl’s famous children’s classic.)

As Iris battles the growing maze of shadows in her life, we see her at war with her own emotions. Two teen boys battle for her attention, which while somewhat unoriginal, always makes for good drama.
Although I found the story interesting as a whole and couldn’t stop turning the pages, there was one thing that made me dislike Iris’ character.

The treatment of Sam’s character (though he only plays a minor role) made me want to slap her.  With Iris being a bit of an outcast herself with her abilities, you would think she’d be kinder to those that are different. Instead, her character showed a rather judgemental side that didn’t feel like her at all.

Would I recommend this book? Probably, depending on a reader’s preferences. If you enjoy Urban Fantasy with teen drama, then yes, I probably would recommend.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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The Witches of Ravencrest (A 5 Star Review)

From Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross comes The Witches of Ravencrest: Books Two of an extraordinary series. I rated this 5 stars, unable to put the book down once I’d started.

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Ravencrest is far from the perfect manor house that you see from outside. One might go so far as to call it haunted.

I LOVED this book. From the onset, we are introduced to a variety of quirky characters. each with their own complicated pasts.

Belinda, having shown evidence of having unusual powers, does her best to help counsel the restless spirits of the estate, all while falling for the current master of the house, Eric. Her character is a breath of fresh air- intelligent, charming, and intuitive. Reading her story was a fun and enlightening experience.

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The story swept me along in its wake. The plot was well constructed and had me hooked more and more as I read. I liked that one of the main characters, Grant, is in an openly gay marriage. I feel that more LGBT+ friendly books are needed in the world and this book in particular had a wonderful representation.

Murder, vengeance and love, combined with ghouls, ghosts and witch-craft make this story an unforgettable read. I would recommend The Witches of Ravencrest to all lovers of fantasy, mystery, and magic.

I rate this 5/5 stars.
A good quality book, above and beyond most others I’ve read this year.