Thursday, March 31, 2016

Wilder Revelation (The Guardian Series #3) by G.K. DeRosa




Wilder (The Guardian Series #1):

Wilder Destiny (The Guardian Series #2):

Wilder Revelation (The Guardian Series #3):

Wilder Revelation (The Guardian Series #3)
by G.K. DeRosa
Publication Date:  February 21 2016

Fulfilling her destiny and becoming the Guardian has meant a world of sacrifices for Celeste Wilder, but her most difficult challenge is yet to come. The supernatural forces at play are far more powerful than she ever expected, and she will have to trust her instincts if she hopes to survive. Lilliana Constantin is back from the dead. Alek is free and somehow stronger than ever. A pack of rogue werewolves are wreaking havoc in her small town. And on top of all of this, Celeste faces what is at best an uncertain future with the love of her life.

While battling the forces of evil and saving the human world alongside Stellan and the handsome Constantin brothers has become second nature, Celeste had no idea what accepting her duty as the Guardian would actually cost her. When she faces an unspeakable tragedy, she is pushed to her breaking point. After fighting her most formidable enemies, Celeste is about to discover that sometimes the greatest evil is the one that comes from within.

Celeste trudged up the pathway to Roman’s apartment, her heart as heavy as her steps were slow. She paused at the door hoping for a sign or something - anything that would tell her what she should do. Nothing.
“Are you going to come inside or just stand out there all day?” said Roman as he swung the door open, startling her.
“Yah, sorry. I was just trying to – ”
“Remember how to use the doorbell?” finished Roman with a grin.

Celeste knew Roman well enough to know that he was trying to make light of the situation. She could read his face like her own, and he knew something bad was coming.
She hated to see him hurt like that, especially when she wasn’t even entirely sure what she was going to do yet.

G.K. De Rosa has been an avid reader from a very young age. In fact, before she could even read, she tried fooling everyone into thinking that she could. At the precocious age of two, while living in Italy, she had memorized an entire children’s book in Italian and expertly turned the pages at the exact right moments of the story. As she grew up, she always enjoyed literature, no doubt having been instilled with a love of story telling from her early years in Catholic school where she was greatly influenced by exemplary teachers who taught her the value of English and Literature. Though she did not pursue writing in college and instead went for the more traditional route of International Business inspired by her love for travel and all things foreign, after a move to New York City, she found her creative writing side calling once again. She began writing a restaurant review blog, City Lights and Tasty Bites, detailing her other passion – food! The hectic hustle and bustle of the city, combined with long commuting times gave her the opportunity to spend more time reading and rekindled a lost love. After reading countless books in many diverse genres over the two years in New York City, and returning to her home state of Florida, she felt compelled to write something for herself. She had always felt particularly drawn to Young Adult novels and having been an eternal romantic at heart, a fantasy romance was a natural choice. She currently lives in South Florida with her real life Prince Charming and their fur baby, Nico the German Shepherd.

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Wilder Revelation opens with immediate action, picking up right where book two ended, (gigantic cliffhanger) with Lilliana back after a hundred years and whatever Alek had planned switching rails before their eyes. Who could know what trouble a ring could cause?!?!?!!!
Celeste finds herself in more danger and conflicted feelings (and situations) than anyone could have dreamed. No one will ever call this storyline predictable.

You must read this series in order to get the full depth of who is who and what is happening, but even then, don't be sure you know about what is truly good vs evil, and who is on which side.
Even the Guardians are wondering .
Celeste and Roman's relationship has an exceptionally bumpy ride and Marco does become very appealing. Celeste has enough to worry about with increasing darkness arising in herself. As if she wasn't balancing enough in life!

Abound with magic and danger, this is a roller coaster of an emotional ride. 
Once you hop on there is no hope of safely jumping off. New characters and unexpected, volatile situations will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see who survives and what could possibly happen next.

Don't expect a HEA ending...

A Sojourn Among the Avatars of Wisdom

A Sojourn Among the Avatars of Wisdom

by Dudley Mecum

Publisher: iUniverse
 Price: (paperback) $14.95  Pages: 187
ISBN: 9781462025244

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Chris Cole enjoys aiming for the stars.
After he rockets into orbit aboard the space shuttle, his mission is cut short when he is the victim of an accident aboard the International Space Station. Whisked back to earth for medical observation, Chris is eventually released.
Before his return flight to Kennedy Space Center the next day, Chris decides to attend a nearby medieval fair with an acquaintance—a decision that will change the course of his life forever.
Shortly after the astronaut's arrival at the festival, the king unexpectedly selects Chris to be a contestant in a tournament. As Chris's quest to become a knight begins, he learns how to wield a sword, battle foes, and achieve greatness. 
Unfortunately, villainy, treachery, and a crucible await him. As enemies emerge from the shadows, others use him as a pawn to settle old scores. Guided by a cast of colorful characters who dispense timeless advice, Chris is overcome with self-doubt as he ponders whether it is really possible to change his destiny. 
In this gripping fantasy tale, wisdom of the world's greatest philosophers and modern sages is brought to life as one man attempts to escape from a prison of his own making.

A Celestial Riot
Amid the great expanse of the star-filled sky, light from the crescent moon reflects off the warm, undulating surf. A humid, early September breeze sweeps on shore past a beach strewn with scattered seashells, pebbles, and an occasional stranded jellyfish. Beyond the hardwood hammock-filled spit of land lie partially submerged alligators in a lagoon, waiting for their next meal. A symphony of frogs and crickets fills the early evening air. Centered in a vast circular clearing a half mile inland, a spotlight-illuminated launch complex erupts with an ominous rumbling.
Abruptly shockwaves ripple outward as ephemeral walls of condensation travel at the speed of sound, heralding a blinding burst of light and a volcanic roar. Two immense jets of flame scorch the earth in opposite directions and then quickly recede, growing into twin pillars of fire. Night turns to day briefly as the earth shudders like an earthquake. Vaulting above the banks of billowing exhaust clouds, that celestial dart known as the space shuttle, centered on an orange external fuel tank and flanked by two white solid rocket boosters, thunders heavenward.
Like a giant yellow flare piercing the night sky, the orbiter's burning exhaust traces a gentle arc over the Atlantic Ocean. Inside the spacecraft six crew members are all wearing pumpkin-colored pressure suits, their dark visors on their white helmets locked in the down position. Not only do the astronauts feel seismic vibrations coursing through the shuttle but also a heaviness against their chests from being hurled at up to three times the force of gravity, which their G suits counteract to a limited degree.
The orbiter's cockpit-like flight deck, covered in a sea of buttons, knobs, and switches, would intimidate any 747 captain. Unlike a conventional airplane, the spacecraft has over two thousand controls and displays for space, conventional atmospheric, and payload operations.
Commander Susan Wells and pilot Xavier Howard monitor their ascent as three hundred black boxes connected to five general-purpose computers ensure that the shuttle is on the correct trajectory.
Sitting behind the commander and pilot, Chris Cole, a payload specialist and the final crew member on the flight deck, revels in his first launch. His duties will begin at the midpoint of the mission.
Also onboard are three members of the next expeditionary crew to the International Space Station, who are seated on the middeck, one level below the cockpit.
Just two minutes into its eight-and-a-half-minute climb to orbit, the spacecraft automatically jettisons its twin 150-foot solid rocket boosters, momentarily making the orbiter appear as a rising comet, while inside the flight deck, the astronauts see a blinding flash.
The shuttle's ride instantly becomes smoother as the solid rocket boosters fall away at an altitude of 150,000 feet. The orbiter's progressively horizontal trajectory continues until it is nearly flat, inverting the spacecraft. Even though the astronauts are seated normally, their heads point toward the sea.
The shuttle, rocketing northeast over the North Atlantic toward dawn over Europe, slices through an ever-thinning atmosphere, which provides less of a medium in which to propagate sound, over the course of the next six and a half minutes. As a result, the roar of the main engines gradually abates.
Near the end of the ascent, the orbiter slowly rolls to a normal heads-up position. Reaching a speed of roughly 17,500 miles per hour in a little more than eight minutes, the spacecraft reaches main engine cutoff, and everyone experiences weightlessness. So fast is the shuttle's speed that it circles the globe once every ninety minutes, reducing day and night to forty-five minutes each.
Earth, looming beyond the cockpit windows, casts a lustrous cerulean hue against the unforgiving black void of space. Adding to the unnaturalness of space flight is traversing entire continents in minutes, unified without national borders.
The welcome quiet, save for the whir of the avionics, is interrupted by a clanging sound of the jettisoned external fuel tank, which will eventually break up as it reenters the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean. Minutes later Susan spots the spent fifteen-story orange external fuel tank, which is blackened on the top third of the structure from explosive jettison charges, floating forlornly in space.
Secured inside and occupying one third of the orbiter's cargo bay is the multipurpose logistics module, a metallic cylindrical container used to transfer supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Also stowed as cargo is Chris's payload—a pair of soccer ball-sized, tethered, self-propelled satellites that will eventually provide permanent remote video inspection of the same facility, which he will deploy on day two of the mission.
As the spacecraft approaches the terminator line that divides day from night, towering thunderheads brushed with coral tones—their shadows slanting across the sea—swiftly scroll into view. Farther to the east Earth dissolves into darkness. Pulses of light flicker in the distance, which, as the shuttle draws closer, gradually blossom into massive storms with volleys of lightning arcing through a network of clouds.
Soon nature's fireworks disappear from view. And where the clear skies dominate the land, a strange web of lights shines forth, with many bright strands clustered along the coast and pale threads stretched inland. Then a sea of darkness reigns again until a glowing orange crescent forms on the horizon, for the orbiter is nearing the terminator line once more as dawn approaches.
The light of a new day rapidly washes over the spacecraft and veils the heavens. But on the horizon a lone starlike object remains—the crew's new home, the International Space Station (ISS), orbiting 240 miles above Earth.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

THE DECISION The Friessens, #5

The Decision
by Lorhainne Eckhart
Series: The Friessens, #5
Genre: Women's Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 30, 2016

The Friessens, stars of the bestselling series, are back with THE DECISION, another heartwarming fan favorite romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorhainne Eckhart.

Emily Friessen has everything a woman could want: a husband who’s the love of her life, a family that stands together, and children she wouldn’t trade for anything. To everyone around her, she’s confident and strong—but then, she has to be with a man like Brad, who is all about family and too handsome for his own good.

Emily isn’t as together as she appears, though, and when life throws her and Brad a curveball, it tests their relationship, leaving Emily scrambling and feeling very much alone as both are faced with a decision no parent should have to make.

Don’t miss any of The Friessen books, beginning with The Forgotten Child, the very first book in this big family romance series:

The Forgotten Child (Brad and Emily)
A Baby and a Wedding (An Outsider Series Short)
Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed, and Diana)
The Search (An Outsider Series Short)
The Awakening (Andy and Laura)
Secrets (Jed and Diana)
Runaway (Andy and Laura)
Overdue (An Outsider Series Short)
The Unexpected Storm (Neil and Candy)
The Wedding (Neil and Candy)

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)
The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)
A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)
A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Reunion
The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)
The Promise (Diana & Jed)
The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)
The Decision (Brad & Emily)

PRAISE for Lorhainne Eckhart’s books: 

“Lorhainne Eckhart has a way at really tugging on the heartstrings and this story is no exception.” 
 “The latest installment into the Friessen legacy has continued the rich storytelling and chemistry since the series began with The Forgotten Child. I love how all of these characters have grown/matured with each new story. Thank you Ms. Eckhart for continuing this wonderful saga.” 
“Eckhart is one of the best storytellers that I have read in a long time. I was riveted by this series as much as I was by Saved. I am an avid reader, and I've become impatient with poor writing. I would recommend reading any of Lorhainne Eckhart’s books, but only if you enjoy reading books that you can't put down.” 
“Wow, what a story!
Loved this, loved this, loved this! Grabbed me from the start and held me the whole way through. Obviously this writer has the talent to pull the readers in and keep them - thank you.” 
 “A brilliant book, a must read and thoroughly enjoyable. I am passionate about Lorhainne Eckharts writing.” 
 “This family history is so intense it is hard to stop until the end. I enjoy this story so much that I bought all the books concerning this family. Had a hard time closing the book until I finished.” 
“Best Family Series Ever!
I love the dynamic of this powerful close family. Three brothers, a cousin and all the spouses and children make for an interesting spellbinding story you won't want to put down.”
 “Whole lot to love!
Haven't read one yet I haven't absolutely loved, this one is no exception. Get it, read it, fall in love with this series and this author.”
“I loved the whole series. I could keep on reading about this family. Makes a person wish they could be part of them.”

THE DECISION (Brad and Emily are back) releasing March 30, and for all my superfans I’m offering a very special #99Cent pre-order DEAL on THE DECISION up until March 31 when it will revert to its regular price of $2.99

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorhainne Eckhart’s books have been described as Longmire meets old-school Dallas, and she recently received the 2015 & 2013 Readers’ Favorite Award for Romance & Romantic Suspense for her titles The Price to Love and  Lost and Found. With over forty titles under her belt, her big family romance series are loved by fans worldwide. Books that celebrate love, family, commitment, hope, and making a relationship work. With flawed strong characters, characters you can relate to. Lorhainne writes the kind of books she wants to read.

She is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, such as romance, western, military and mystery/suspense. She has written multiple series, including The Outsider, Walk the Right Road, The Wilde Brothers, Saved, The Friessens, and her two newest additions, Married in Montana, and her high-stakes suspense and sizzling, red-hot romance series, Kate and Walker, Deadly, Dangerous and Desired.

You can chat with Lorhainne on Facebook, Twitter @LEckhart, and her blog at

Monday, March 28, 2016

Death Sits Down to Dinner Review



Death Sits Down to Dinner (Lady Montfort Mystery #2)
by Tessa Arlen

Publication Date: March 29, 2016 
Minotaur Books Hardcover & Ebook; 320 Pages 
 Genre: Historical Mystery

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 Filled with deceptions both real and imagined, Death Sits Down to Dinner is a delightful Edwardian mystery set in London.
 Lady Montfort is thrilled to receive an invitation to a dinner party hosted by her close friend Hermione Kingsley, the patroness of England’s largest charity. Hermione has pulled together a select gathering to celebrate Winston Churchill’s 39th birthday.
Some of the oldest families in the country have gathered to toast the dangerously ambitious and utterly charming First Lord of the Admiralty. But when the dinner ends, one of the gentlemen remains seated at the table, head down among the walnut shells littering the cloth and a knife between his ribs.
 Summoned from Iyntwood, Mrs. Jackson helps her mistress trace the steps of suspects both upstairs and downstairs as Hermione’s household prepares to host a highly anticipated charity event.
Determined to get to the bottom of things, Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson unravel the web of secrecy surrounding the bright whirlwind of London society, investigating the rich, well-connected and seeming do-gooders in a race against time to stop the murderer from striking again.  



Advance Praise

“Despite Clementine’s luxurious lifestyle, she’s got a head on her shoulders . . .and is as cagey as she is charming. A neatly crafted whodunit dripping with diamonds, titles and scandal . . .” -Kirkus Reviews

 “The close, mutually respectful partnership between Clementine and Edith will remind Dorothy Sayers’s fans of the relationship between Lord Peter Wimsey and Bunter, his manservant. Arlen does a good job of depicting a period when class distinctions have become blurred by new money and more-relaxed manners. The plot, which includes a slew of red herrings, builds to a startling denouement.” -Publisher’s Weekly

 “VERDICT Real-life Edwardian personalities abound in this period historical, and the upstairs/downstairs focus delivers a clash of temperaments. This title is bound to appeal to fans of historicals set in this period and of such authors as Rhys Bowen and Ashley Weaver.” -Library Journal  

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02_Tessa Arlen

TESSA ARLEN, the daughter of a British diplomat, had lived in or visited her parents in Singapore, Cairo, Berlin, the Persian Gulf, Beijing, Delhi and Warsaw by the time she was sixteen. She came to the U.S. in 1980 and worked as an H.R. recruiter for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympic Games, where she interviewed her future husband for a job.
She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
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I recommend this book to the new generation of Downtown Abbey fans, to those who read the wonderful, classic mystery series that become Public Television favorites, and to those with a questioning mind who appreciate the nuances of history which add depth and quality to the reading experience.

Set in the Edwardian era, that fabulously exciting era of history on the brink of extreme change.
Impending war, with new technologies to consider. Established ways and households realizing their time is running out. Women expressing themselves more noticeably and much louder. 
Still, the established rules and customs not giving way without struggle.

The story sets the scene by explaining who the dinner guests are and the relationships between them. While the initial dinner celebrates a well known guest of honor, that is not to say he is respected and admired by all. After the murder is discovered, the reader also learns much about the times and proper ways, much about each individual person by how they respond and carry on.
The fact that the women who investigate are from different segments of society also speaks volumes.

This book is easily read as a stand alone. I also consider it one of those wonderful novels that should be reread to catch the embedded clues and will be as exciting as the first read. 
The additional information the author offers regarding actual persons of this era encourage me to delve deeper into the history of those times.

I was given a print copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I look forward to reading more about these collaborative sleuths.

When a Laird Loves a Lady


When a Laird Loves a Lady 
(Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts, #1) 
by Julie Johnstone

Publication Date: March 22, 2016 eBook; 305 Pages ASIN: B01C4R46L0 Series: Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish/Medieval Add to GR Button    

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When a Laird Loves a Lady (Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts, #1) by Julie Johnstone

Publication Date: March 22, 2016 eBook; 305 Pages ASIN: B01C4R46L0 Series: Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish/Medieval
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 A need to belong drives her. 
A longing to forget compels him. 
Fate may send them into each other’s arms, but only love can mend their hearts. 

 An Outlander Raised by a tyrannical father, Marion de Lacy yearns for the comfort of belonging to a loving family.
So when her father announces her betrothal to an evil baron in exchange for a number of knights, she concocts a desperate scheme to avoid the marriage: feigning her own death and then fleeing England.
But when her plan goes terribly awry and she’s captured by the baron, not even her careful preparations could ready her for the Scottish barbarian who rescues her and then informs her that he’s to marry her by edict of her king.
Certain her father will defy the king’s orders and wed her to the baron if she refuses the Highlander’s hand, Marion agrees to marry the strangely compelling but obstinate laird of the MacLeod clan.

 A Highlander
After the death of his beloved wife, Iain MacLeod has no desire to marry ever again. Yet when he finds himself obliged to do so to secure the freedom of his childhood friend and king, he reluctantly travels across England to collect his unwanted bride, expecting to find a cold Englishwoman.
Instead, he discovers a fiery, bold beauty who is fiercely loyal, protective of those she loves, and defies him at every turn, challenging his certainty that his heart is dead.

Following a hasty marriage and perilous journey to Scotland, Marion harbors no illusions that her new husband loves her. Still, her heart cannot resist the noble, brave warrior, and she cannot suppress the hope that she has finally found where she belongs. However, the harder she tries to fit in with the clan and gain Iain’s love, the farther away her dreams drift.
Iain is more than willing to give his respect to his courageous wife—her kisses and caresses even ignite his blood and demand his passion—but he refuses to give up his heart. That is, until enemies near and far threaten to take Marion from him.
Now the demons that haunt him can only be conquered by surrendering body and soul to Marion, if only it’s not too late…

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Julie Johnstone is a USA Today best-selling author of Regency Romance and the author of a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance book.
She's been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends.
As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination.
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As I am reading I am loving the language. It draws me deeper into another place and time and doesn't slow me down!  This is a perfect escape read.

Written about a time when women had no value yet were still priceless. 
Marriage to Marion de Lacy was much sought after for the land and allegiant ties that come with her.
Her father, a cold, cruel man intends to marry her off to a possibly more cruel and heartless man strictly for his political and power hungry self centered plans. 

Knowing this, Marion decides her only choice is death and she fakes her own.

Iain MacLeod, a Scots laird, is fair and reasonable, also not bad to look at, but ends up being ordered to marry Marion as part of political negotiations towards the release of Scottish King David who is being held prisoner by English King Edward. 
This is not a exactly political thriller but politics set up the dilemma. 
This is an excellent historical adventure romance with something for everyone.
Betrayal, exciting adventure, a mystical seer, bickering females - 
it isn't as simple as knowing who can't be trusted! 

Ian has been married and finds no need to marry again. He agrees, only to aid his king. 
He has no intentions of giving his heart to anyone, especially an English woman.
Marion, on the other hand, has no intentions of marrying for anything other than love.

The characters are beautifully complicated. The relationships, even between siblings and friends, are well developed and altogether draw you right into the action.
Reading about Marion's introduction to the physical side of a marriage will have you experiencing it as if it is your first time. I can not recommend this strongly enough. Pick it up and enjoy!

I am anxiously awaiting to read more about Bridgette's adventures.

If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.