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Cover Reveal – The Lost Sentinel  #fantasy #epicfantasy #heroicfantasy

Cover Reveal – The Lost Sentinel #fantasy #epicfantasy #heroicfantasy

Put this one on your reading list now!

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As promised, I’m ready to reveal the cover of my new book ‘The Lost Sentinel’.

But before the big reveal, here’s the all important blurb;

Silent Sea Chronicles

Book One – The Lost Sentinel

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?

Kalaya is controlled by the Assembly – set up to govern but now under the control of Rathnor, who is intent on persecuting those who have magic, many of whom have taken refuge in the Turrak Mountains.

Tei has been raised to hide her magic, until her father, Migil, is visited by an old friend who warns them that they must seek refuge in the mountains.

On the journey, an enemy attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He sees her into the care…

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“A History of Courtship” by Tania O’Donnell

“A History of Courtship” by Tania O’Donnell

Welcome to another Quirky Corner of History! This was such a fun little book to read. Subtitled “800 Years of Seduction Techniques”, this book is a survey of various aspects of courtship through the years. This is not a heavy history tome but a light, easy-to-read, fairly short book. The author takes a look at everything from beauty and seductive items of clothing to tokens of love and chaperones. I was particularly intrigued by how important the length of the point on a man’s shoe could be, and grateful that I have never received a “vinegar valentine”. If you’re looking for something a little different to read or maybe a source of “love” trivia then you need to check this out.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating  4 stars!

Happy Reading!

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Thank you to Pen & Sword Publishing for providing a review copy.

“The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

“The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

I have just five words for you, my readers: You Must Read This Book! The Fifth Petal is a fascinating mystery involving witches and pirates and old oak trees. It all takes place in Salem, Massachusetts where questions seem to lurk around every corner. Rafferty is the local police chief, who took over the job just a few years after the infamous Goddess murders. He still feels the burden of the unsolved mystery, which occurred on Halloween. Years later, a young man dies on Halloween night and the same person was at the scene. Her name is Rose. Rose is a homeless woman who before the Goddess murders was a highly respected researcher. She was like a mother to the Goddesses and they lived in her home.

Callie is the center of this story. Her mother Olivia was one the Goddesses who was murdered. Rose was like an aunt to Callie and did more to raise her than her mother did. Callie was 5 when her mother was killed and she was at the scene when it happened. The murders left her with physical and emotional scars, and the trauma of the murders blocked out many of her memories of the time. After being taken in by nuns and shuffled arounds through foster homes, she becomes a music therapist. The nuns had told her Rose was dead, so imagine her shock when she sees Rose on the evening news being accused of the murder of a young man. Callie knows she must go to Rose but she cannot possibly foresee how meeting her again will change her life.

What did I like about this book? Everything! The characters in the story are loaded with personality and very likable. The story itself is loaded with twists and turns that keep the reader fully engaged. A lot of Salem history is cleverly incorporated and the descriptions immerse the reader in the place. There was nothing I didn’t like about this book, except that it left me wanting more. This is book 2 in a series and I can’t wait for news of book 3. I highly recommend you check this one out.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!

Happy Reading!

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“Echoes from Death” by Helen Hanson

“Echoes from Death” by Helen Hanson

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

The Cruise FBI Thriller series just keeps getting better with “Echoes from Death” which is Book 3. Claudia and Baxter are back again and better than ever. This installment has them in Mazatlan, where Claudia is hoping to finally solve the mystery of Ravi’s death. It’s 10 years later, but an informant has come forward and Claudia gets permission to pursue it, unofficially. What neither Claudia or Baxter know is just how dangerous this search will be.

In this installment, Claudia and Baxter are finally a couple and I find their relationship to be really sweet. When she’s with Baxter, Claudia can finally let down the FBI tough guy stance and be herself. Baxter meanwhile, is so supportive and seems to have a 6th sense for what Claudia needs from him. This is a thriller so romance is low on the list, but I am really enjoying how this relationship is growing with each book. That being said, there are plenty of thrills and danger in this story. Whether on land or on sea, these two will not give up until justice is done. Helen Hanson fans will definitely love this book and if you haven’t tried her yet, you can’t go wrong with this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 2/26/2017

TBR

I finished two books this week and I didn’t add any to the list, so my ending TBR this week is 273!

NetGalley rating

Started the week at 69%, finished one NetGalley read, so I’m up to 70% today.

Coming this week

“London Underground Serial Killer” london-underground-serial-killer

I finished reading “If the Creek Don’t Rise” but the publisher has asked that reviews not be posted till closer to the pub date. I will be highly recommending it. if-the-creek-dont-rise

I have started reading “Moral Defense” by Marcia Clark. I really enjoyed the first book with this character “Blood Defense” so I’m excited to be reading this. moral-defense

Ok, so that’s about it for now. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Happy Reading!

 

“The Kill Sign” by Nichole Christoff

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“The Kill Sign” eases you gently into the story but leaves you breathless at the end. The action in this one gets more intense the further you go. I was exhausted by the end. Jamie Sinclair is one of those female characters that I love. She can be gentle and caring with those she loves without sacrificing the toughness she needs for her job as a private detective turned security consultant. She needs all of her skills for this one. A nuclear bomb has exploded on a riverboat casino in Mississippi with Jamie, her boyfriend Adam Barrett, and much of Barrett’s military unit on board. When Jamie realizes that someone from her past placed the bomb, she knows she can’t rest till he is found. The riddle of this mystery involves Jamie’s former boss and mentor Ray whose wife is pregnant, and also Jamie’s best friend.

This is book 4 in the Jamie Sinclair series but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. “The Kill Sign” works very well as a stand-alone. That being said I enjoyed it so much that I think I will have to go back and read the first three. I felt an instant connection with Jamie and was as comfortable with her as I would be with an old friend, even though we just met. This is an excellent book in the mystery/thriller genre and I am giving it 5 stars.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Alibi Books for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-up 1/15/2017

TBR Update: Last week the TBR was at 276 and this week it remains at 276. Why you ask? Well, I finished reading 3 books but had a moment of weakness on NetGalley and picked up 3 new books. So, the overall total remains unchanged.

Coming up: I will be posting my review of “A Bitter Pill to Swallow” by Tiffany Gholar tomorrow.

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I am currently reading “The Kill Sign” by Nichole Christoff and “In Such Good Company” by Carol Burnett.

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So, those are my plans for this week but I’m filling in for a vacationing employee this coming week and that will mean more hours at work. Wish me luck!

Happy Reading!

Bedtime Stories #4

This story has been a favorite of mine since I was young. I imagined the soldier to be so handsome, but I was especially impressed with him because he was able to stand firm and ready for duty no matter what circumstance he was thrown into. Happy Reading!

 

“The Hardy Tin Soldier” by Hans Christian Andersen

There were once five-and-twenty tin soldiers; they were all brothers, for they had all been born of one old tin spoon. They shouldered their muskets, and looked straight before them; their uniform was red and blue, and very splendid. The first thing they had heard in the world, when the lid was taken off their box, had been the words, “Tin soldiers!” These words were uttered by a little boy, clapping his hands: the soldiers had been given to him, for it was his birthday; and now he put them upon the table. Each soldier was exactly like the rest; but one of them had been cast last of all, and there had not been enough tin to finish him; however, he stood as firmly upon his one leg as the others on their two; and it was just this soldier who became remarkable.

On the table on which they had been placed stood many other playthings, but the toy that attracted most attention was a neat castle of cardboard. Through the little windows one could see straight into the hall. Before the castle some little trees were placed round a little looking-glass, which was to represent a clear lake. Waxen swans floated on this lake, and were mirrored in it. This was all very pretty; but the prettiest of all was a little Lady, who stood at the open door of the castle; she also was cut out of paper, but she had a dress of the clearest gauze, and a little narrow blue ribbon over her shoulders, that looked like a scarf; and in the middle of this ribbon was a shining tinsel rose as big as her whole face. The little Lady stretched out both her arms, for she was a dancer; and then she lifted one leg so high that the Tin Soldier could not see it at all, and thought that, like himself, she had but one leg.

“That would be the wife for me,” thought he, “though she is very grand. She lives in a castle, and I have only a box, and there are five-and-twenty of us in that. It is no place for her. But I must try to make her acquaintance.”

And then he lay down at full length behind a snuffbox which was on the table; there he could easily watch the little dainty Lady, who continued to stand upon one leg without losing her balance.

When evening came, all the other tin soldiers were put into their box, and the people in the house went to bed. Now the toys began to play at “visiting,” and at “war,” and “fiving balls.” The tin soldiers rattled in their box, for they wanted to join, but could not lift the lid. The nutcracker turned somersaults, and the pencil amused itself on the table: there was so much noise that the canary woke up, and began to speak too, and even in verse. The only two who did not stir from their places were the Tin Soldier and the Dancing Lady; she stood straight up on the point of one of her toes, and stretched out both her arms; and he was just as enduring on his one leg; and he never turned his eyes away from her.

Now the clock struck twelve—and, bounce! The lid flew off the snuffbox; but there was no snuff in it, but a little black Goblin: you see, it was a trick.

“Tin Soldier!” said the Goblin, “don’t stare at things that don’t concern you.”

But the Tin Soldier pretended not to hear him.

“Just you wait till to-morrow!” said the Goblin.

But when the morning came, and the children got up, the Tin Soldier was placed in the window; and whether it was the Goblin or the draught that did it, all at once the window flew open, and the Soldier fell head over heels out of the third story. That was a terrible passage! He put his leg straight up, and stuck with helmet downward and his bayonet between the paving-stones.

The servant-maid and the little boy came down directly to look for him, but though they almost trod upon him, they could not see him. If he had cried out “Here I am!” they would have found him; but he did not think it fitting to call out loudly, because he was in the uniform of a soldier.

Now it began to rain; the drops soon fell thicker, and at last came down in a complete stream. When the rain was past, two street boys came by.

“Just look!” said one of them, “there lies a Tin Soldier. He must come out and ride in the boat.”

And they made a boat out of a newspaper, and put the Tin Soldier in the middle of it; and so he sailed down the gutter, and the two boys ran beside him and clapped their hands. How the waves rose in that gutter, and how fast the stream ran! But then it had been a heavy rain. The paper boat rocked up and down, and sometimes turned round so rapidly that the Tin Soldier trembled; but he remained firm, and never changed countenance, and looked straight before him, and shouldered his musket.

All at once the boat went into a long drain which was as dark as his box had been.

“Where am I going now?” he thought. “Yes, yes, that’s the Goblin’s fault. Ah! If only the little Lady sat here with me in the boat, it might be twice as dark for all I should care.”

Suddenly there came a great Water Rat, whose home was under the drain.

“Have you a passport?” said the Rat. “Give me your passport.”

But the Tin Soldier kept silence, and held his musket tighter than ever.

The boat went on, but the Rat came after it. Hu! How he gnashed his teeth, and called out to the bits of straw and wood:

“Hold him! Hold him! He hasn’t paid toll—he hasn’t shown his passport!”

But the stream became stronger and stronger. The Tin Soldier could see the bright daylight where the arch ended; but he heard a roaring noise, which might well frighten a bolder man. Only think—just where the tunnel ended, the drain ran into a great canal; and for him that would have been as dangerous as for us to be carried down a great waterfall.

Now he was already so near it that he could not stop. The boat was carried out, the poor Tin Soldier stiffening himself as much as he could, and no one could say that he moved an eyelid. The boat whirled round three or four times, and was full of water to the very edge—it must sink. The Tin Soldier stood up to his neck in water, and the boat sank deeper and deeper, and the paper was loosened more and more; and now the water closed over his head. Then he thought of the pretty little Dancer, and how he should never see her again. A snatch of song sounded in the Soldier’s ears:

“Farewell, farewell, thou warrior brave,

For this day thou must die!”

And now the paper parted, and the Tin Soldier fell out; but at that moment he was snapped up by a great fish.

Oh, how dark it was in that fish’s body! It was even darker than in the drain tunnel; and then it was very narrow, too. But the Tin Soldier remained unmoved, and lay at full length shouldering his musket.

The fish swam to and fro; he made the   wonderful movements, and then became quite still. At last something flashed through him like lightning. The daylight shone quite clear, and a voice said aloud, “The Tin Soldier!” The fish had been caught, carried to market, bought, and taken into the kitchen, where the cook cut him open with a large knife. He seized the Soldier and carried him into the room, where all were anxious to see the remarkable man who had traveled about in the inside of a fish; but the Tin Soldier was not at all proud. They placed him on the table, and there—no! Where curious things may happen in the world! The Tin Soldier was in the very room in which he had been before! He saw the same children, and the same toys stood on the table; and there was the pretty castle with the graceful little Dancer. She was still balancing herself on one leg, and held the other extended in the air. She was hardy, too. That moved the Tin Soldier; he was very nearly weeping tin tears, but that would not have been proper. He looked at her, but they said nothing to each other.

Then one of the little boys took the Tin Soldier and flung him into the stove. He gave no reason for doing this. It must have been the fault of the Goblin in the snuffbox.

The Tin Soldier stood there quite illuminated, and felt a heat that was terrible; but whether this heat proceeded from the real fire or from love he did not know. The colors had quite gone off from him; but whether that had happened on the journey, or had been caused by grief, no one could say. He looked at the little Lady, she looked at him, and he felt that he was melting; but he still stood firm, shouldering his musket.

Then suddenly the door flew open, and the draught of air caught the Dancer, and she flew like a sylph just into the stove to the Tin Soldier, and flashed up in a flame, and then was gone. Then the Tin Soldier melted down into a lump; and when the servant-maid took the ashes out the next day, she found him in the shape of a little tin heart. But of the Dancer nothing remained but the tinsel rose, and that was burned as black as a coal.

 

 

 

 

Mystery Book Review: “The Six Train to Wisconsin” by Kourtney Heintz

Mystery Book Review: “The Six Train to Wisconsin” by Kourtney Heintz

A mystery, a psychic, and a romance, all rolled into one really good story! Kai and Oliver are devoted to each other, but Kai is also a telepath and the voices in her head are making her suicidal. In a desperate attempt to save his wife from herself, Oliver kidnaps her and takes her to his family home in Wisconsin. But this won’t be a simple vacation for either of them. When Oliver’s past starts to catch up with him and a 4-year old boy goes missing, complicated secrets will be revealed and lives will be changed forever.

This book is the first in a series and that’s a good thing because I really enjoyed the story and the characters of Kai and Oliver. Their devotion to each other is inspiring and the romance comes off as an integral part of the story. Of course, the mystery was my favorite part and I just had to keep reading until I knew the whole story. The paranormal aspect added a nice twist and was seamlessly incorporated into the overall plot. Overall, this was a really enjoyable read and mystery, paranormal and romance lovers can all find something they like with this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

Thank you to NetGalley and Aurea Blue Press for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Reading!

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What a Crazy Week!!

Between shopping for bedroom furniture and having to put our cat down, this week completely got away from me. The cat situation was very sad, an incurable intestinal disorder, but we knew the day was coming. On the up side, the new furniture looks great in my son’s room. Along the way I have managed to finish reading “The Golden Spider” by Anne Renwick and “The Ring Pros” by C. A. Huggins. Hopefully, I’ll get the reviews posted today or tomorrow. I’m also hoping to finish reading today “The Fourth Partner” by Rodney Page.

My TBR is currently at 277. At the top of the list for the coming week are “Bodysnatchers” by Suzie Lennox and “The Eternal Wonder” by Pearl S. Buck. I hope you all have a good week and enjoy your Sunday!

Happy Reading!