Sunday, 28 February 2016

BlogTour #AutumnsRise #HaywaterNovel by #DebutAuthor #RGCorr #OneClickNow @RGCorr1

Book: Autumn’s Rise
Series: Haywater Novel #1
Author: R.G. Corr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hosted By: Francessca’s Romance Reviews

Synopsis 


 
On the discovery of a family secret and the heart-wrenching events that follow, Autumn Chamberlain has lost what little faith she had in those closest to her. Knowing she can never truly live her life if she remains with her family, and with an abundance of guilt laying heavily in her heart, she escapes the lonely world she felt forced to live in and heads to the seaside town of Haywater. The aim, to look for a new beginning, a fresh start. But she has one clear notion – to never love again.

Talented surfer, Zed Maddison, has always worked hard at protecting those closest to him, until the day he fails. Fighting his own demons, Zed flees his close family; unable to
face them and the remorse he feels before finally arriving in Haywater.

When their worlds collide, Zed has an unfathomable need to protect Autumn and becomes relentless in his fight, forcing Autumn’s defences to the limit.

Can her secrets remain dead and buried?

Or will a revelation destroy everything?



Excerpt

Her pupils were like shiny black rocks buried within the bluest of oceans. Her newly acquired, goddamn flirty smile was fucking awesome. The curve of her lips brought a desire to my dick that was well overdue. I liked this girl, a lot. But again she’d left me, leaving me with only the smell of her tantalising skin. Jesus, what was this girl doing to me? To see her dance, her body react in the way it was doing right now, filled me full of need. I wanted to pull her to me and shield my arms around her.
When I saw that prick in a suit stroll up to her five minutes ago, I almost ran across the bar. Her face was twisted up in fear, whatever he had said, wasn’t what she wanted to hear. The fact that I hadn’t received that look meant I was going to keep looking at this girl like she was my beginning.

 
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What others are saying

Wow, what can I say about this book except that it captivated me from start to finish. This début is not only beautifully written but it held a real sense of compassion as the characters were well nurtured and gradually came to life before my very eyes.~ Perusing Princesses Blog

A story that will captivate your heart. The emotions are real. The characters will have you falling in love with them. The story that lies behind this cover will have you glued right where you are sitting when you start reading this book ~ Goodreads Review

I loved Autumns Rise, and reading it I would never have guessed that this is a debut. The writing is superb and I was totally sucked into the story. I just wanted to give both Autumn and Zed a huge hug. It's a heartbreaking story but also a story of hope. ~ Goodreads Review


About The Author
 
G. Corr is a mum of 3 who loves to read almost as much as she does to write. When she's not working or writing, you'll find her nose deep in her kindle swooning over her latest book boyfriend.

Having had an overactive imagination for many years, a discussion with a friend at a soft play area, amidst the noise and mayhem of toddlers, finally convinced her to put pen to paper and write her first novel.

Autumn's Rise, book one in the Haywater series, will be released in February. Book two will follow later in the year.

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Friday, 26 February 2016

Gyre (Atlas Link Series Book 1) #BookReview @JessGunnAuthor

Today I am checking out NA Author Jessica Gunn - Gyre

What. The. Hell.

Chelsea had not meant to teleport. She certainly had not meant to teleport across the ocean to a secret military research station where a guy she once met in an alley in Boston worked.



Before the whole teleport business, Chelsea had her life mapped out. She was going to be an archaeologist. Spend her days digging up the past and her evening devoted to her rock band. Damn it all, she was meant to be performing at the Battle of the Bands. She wasn't meant to be here, with Trevor - the guy who had stepped in when she was being mugged.



Trevor had never met anyone like Chelsea before, her eyes drew him in. He couldn't stop thinking about her. But the very last place he wanted her was on board eaSatellite5. And the fact that she teleported in meant only one thing – her ancestors are from Atlanta - his ancestors sworn enemy. He had to get her off the station - for her own protection and for his sanity.



Chelsea has no idea what has just happened to her, but there are people at the station that can help her with her new found superpowers. But an ancient war - she never knew existed - is still raging and Chelsea is of interest to both sides, for she can read a sacred map that could bring the war to an end once and for all.



Can Trevor keep her safe while a war, not of their making, threatens to destroy their lives?



 What did I think of the Story?


Ancient myths, fantasy, archaeology, time-travel and romance - this book had a bit of everything. I liked the idea of an ancient battle and time-travel - this really caught my interest. 


Chelsea was an interesting character. She acts rather childish to begin with - and has a very aggressive attitude that I didn't really take to. Yes, she has a past - her boyfriend betrayed her and is now making-out with her ex best-friend – there is no doubt that she was treated appallingly, but she just came across as too aggressive for my liking. Once she had teleported I began to warm to her more, and as her relationship developed with Trevor she became much more likable and  enjoyed reading about her. 


Trevor, however, I liked right from the start. He was a little unbelievable as a computer geek...he didn't seem to know what was going on with his own computer system - which I thought was slightly odd. But nevertheless he was endearing.  He kept far too many secrets, in a mistaken belief that he was protecting Chelsea. A bad decision. It was obvious that she needed to know who she really was and what that meant for her safety. Instead she found herself in impossible situations with no idea what was going on and what to do about it.


The plot was good. It was engaging - if not a little predictable and I felt it wasn't always fully developed. I am guessing that is because we will learn more in the next book. Can't wait for the next book!


What Gunn wrote exceptional well was the romance between Chelsea and Trevor. The idea that whenever she was in distress she would teleport to Trevor was sublimely beautiful and really appealed to me. Their relationship was very believable and I really enjoyed it when  these two characters were together and I got the impression that Gunn was most relaxed in her writing when her two protagonists were in each others company.


I will be checking out book 2 in the series, because I am interested in the world that Gunn has created. I would recommend.



About the author

Jessica Gunn is a New Adult author and avid science-fiction and fantasy fan. Her favorite stories are those that transport the reader to other, more exciting worlds. When not working or writing, she can be found binge-watching Firefly and Stargate, or feeding her fascination of the ancient world's many mysteries. Jessica also holds a degree in Anthropology.
Links
Twitter @JessGunnAuthor
www.jessicagunn.com.


Monday, 22 February 2016

The Du Lac Chronicles by Mary Anne Yarde

“An evocative, timeless saga of love and betrayal”

Tony Riches, author of The Tudor Trilogy

 


“It is dangerous to become attached to a du Lac. He will break your heart, and you will not recover.” So prophesies a wizened healer to Annis, daughter of King Cerdic of Wessex. If there is truth in the old crone’s words, they come far too late for Annis, who defies father, king, and country to save the man she loves.

Alden du Lac, once king of Cerniw, has nothing. Betrayed by Cerdic, Alden’s kingdom lies in rubble, his fort razed to the ground and his brother Merton missing, presumably dead. He has only one possession left worth saving: his heart. And to the horror of his few remaining allies, he gives that to the daughter of his enemy. They see Annis, at best, as a bargaining chip to avoid war with her powerful father. At worst, they see a Saxon whore with her claws in a broken, wounded king.

Alden has one hope: When you war with one du Lac, you war with them all. His brother Budic, King of Brittany, could offer the deposed young king sanctuary—but whether he will offer the same courtesy to Annis is far less certain.
Available in paperback NOW!  
(Kindle version coming soon)


Where can I purchase the book?  

 


About the author.

Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury—the fabled Isle of Avalon—was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

At nineteen, Yarde married her childhood sweetheart and began a bachelor of arts in history at Cardiff University, only to have her studies interrupted by the arrival of her first child. She would later return to higher education, studying equine science at Warwickshire College. Horses and history remain two of her major passions.
Yarde keeps busy raising four children and helping run a successful family business. She has many skills but has never mastered cooking—so if you ever drop by, she (and her family) would appreciate some tasty treats or a meal out!

 

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Threaten To Undo Us #BookReview @RoseSeilerScott

 "...We will exact a brutal revenge for all they have done..." 
 Soviet Marshal Georgi Zhukov
About the story.
As Hitler's Third Reich crumbles and Stalin's Army advances, German civilians in the Eastern territories are forced to flee for their lives.

Leaving her dying mother, Liesel and her four young children hope they can make it from their home in Poland across the Oder River to safety. But all that awaits them is terror and uncertainty in a brutal new regime that threatens to tear Liesel's family apart.

With her husband a prisoner of war in Russia and her children enslaved, Liesel's desire for hearth and home is thwarted by opposing political forces, leaving her to wonder if they will ever be a family again.

What did I think of the story?

What a stunning portrayal of life as a German living in Poland before, during, and after WW2. This story takes you from the tranquillity of living an ordinary life on a farm, to the horrors of the Soviet War Camps. This book truly blew me away.

The historical detail in this story is amazing -- In a past life, I tutored Modern History, so I know that Scott knows her subject well -- The story is well-crafted, epic and spell-binding.

The main protagonist, Liesel, is just an ordinary woman, who wants to be a good wife and a mother, but war changes everything. Her husband has to go to war and she is left alone on the farm with her aged parents and her young children. Her community is torn apart and things will never be the same again.

When the Soviets come, to free Poland from German rule, Liesel's struggle changes from trying to find enough food for her children to eat, to the simple task of trying to keep her children with her.

She is forcibly separated from her children -- which would be any mother’s worse nightmare -- but that is only the beginning of her ordeal. She suffers unimaginable horrors, however she has a quiet strength and a courage that could match any one of the Soviet Generals. She holds on to one thought -- she will reunite her family, no matter how long it takes. And when everything else falls apart, she clings to her faith.

There are many wonderful novels out there about the hardships faced during World War 2, but rarely is the story told from the German perspective -- this is the first time that I have a read a story about a German family in Poland. I thought this book was very refreshing and Scott has written a very believable story that delicately shows the suffering from both sides.

Scott reminds her readers that many ordinary Germans did not want to fight their neighbours -- they did not want to go to war -- but they had no choice. The fear of the German Regime and then the Russian one, was very real in the telling.

Scott has done a marvellous job putting flesh to her characters. She is, without a doubt, a truly wonderful writer. She made me care for Liesel and her family. As a reader I grieved with them. I felt their joy as well as their heartache. The plot was gripping to say the least - I did not want to put this book down.

I would highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in this period of history. But be warned, this story will stay with you for a very long time afterwards.


Where can I buy the book? 
 
US 
CA
UK 

 
Link

About the author.
As a story from the German side of the family unfolded over the years, Rose set out to make it into a novel. During the process she has realized that not only is truth stranger than fiction, but truth can also be told through fiction. THREATEN TO UNDO US (MAY 2015) is the result of years of research, revealing a history that few in the Western world are familiar with. 

Rose won a "His imprint" award for a short story in 2013, was short-listed for a Word Guild Award in 2012 and has been published in "Light Magazine." Two inspirational non-fiction pieces will appear in the HOT APPLE WITH CINNAMON compilation in Fall 2015.


Since fifth grade, Rose has known she liked to write, but her career path has taken several turns including bookkeeping, piano teaching and mother of four. She is a longtime resident of Surrey, BC. Her eclectic reading tastes include historical fiction, biographies, memoir, literary and inspirational.


You can find Rose at her blowww.roseseilerscott.com, FB Author Page: Rose Seiler Scott, Twitter: @RoseSeilerScott and Goodreads: https://goo.gl/4zfofH

Friday, 19 February 2016

Keeping Secrets (Timber Ridge Riders Book 1) #BookReview @maggiedana


Keeping Secrets (Timber Ridge Riders Book 1)  by Maggie Dana is a beautiful equestrian YA novel.

What's the story?

A valuable show jumper is dead, and it's all her fault, which is why 14-year-old Kate McGregor has put horses and riding out of her life. Forever!
But her new summer job as a companion to Holly Chapman, a former riding star who's now confined to a wheelchair, takes Kate back to the barn--the last place she wants to be. Can Kate keep her terrible secret from Holly, who is fast becoming her best friend? More important, can she keep her secret from Angela Dean who lives for only two things--winning ribbons and causing trouble? 
Then a riding accident forces Kate's secret into the open ... and it's just the moment Angela has been waiting for.


 What did I think of the Story?

What a fantastic story, just the right length for children who are just about to master reading a full length YA novel.

Kate is a really likable character and has been treated absolutely appallingly by the riding school where she used to ride. Her father, a scientist, does not have much time for her and she is spending the summer with her aunt - although Kate has other ideas about how she wants to spend her summer.


Holly, is the daughter of a riding instructor / yard manager. She was involved in a car accident, in which her father died. Since the accident she has been unable to walk – although the doctors can find no medical reason why not. Kate is employed to be a companion for Holly throughout the summer holidays.  I really liked how Dana portrayed Holly – she is such a bright, heroic young lady. She is determined to live life to the full and her goal is very clear. One day she will get back in the saddle. One day, she will ride again. 

Keeping with the tradition of most pony books, there is the one spoilt rich girl at the yard. Angela thinks everyone is beneath her and even though she isn’t, she believes that she is the best rider at the school. Although Angela is every person at the stables worse nightmare, there is a little sympathy towards her, for she has an incredibly pushy mother, who cares more about her daughter winning ribbons than anything else.


Kate comes across as very mature, especially when she is faced with Angela's spite. She does not rise to the bait, but remains calm and does her very best not to get riled-up by Angela's taunts and bullying behaviour.


The story was a real comfort read. It made me think of sunny-days and horses...what could be more perfect?! It reminded me greatly of the pony books of my youth -- The novels of author, Christine Pullen-Thompson, comes to mind. I can see that Dana's story would bring great enjoyment to readers age 9 and over. So if you have pony-mad children in your life - as I do - then you may want to check this book out!

Where Can I buy the book?

US 

UK 
  
About the author.

Maggie Dana's first riding lesson, at the age of five, was less than wonderful. In fact, she hated it so much, she didn't try again for another three years. But all it took was the right instructor and the right horse and she was hooked for life.

Her new riding stable was slap bang in the middle of Pinewood Studios, home of England's movie industry. So while learning to groom horses, clean tack, and muck stalls, Maggie also got to see the stars in action. Some even spoke to her.


Born and raised near London, Maggie now makes her home on the Connecticut shoreline where she divides her time between hanging out with the family's horses and writing her next book in the Timber Ridge Riders series.


Contact.
www.maggiedana.com
www.timberridgeriders.com

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles - Eliza Tilton. #BookReview @ElizaTilton

'Shapeshifters, action, romance, and magic blend this fantasy/science fiction adventure into one epic tale.'

 Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing the Young Adult novel  Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles by Eliza Tilton.

What is the story?

Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.

Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains—a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don’t, they’ll never see home again.

Jeslyn’s new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she's forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.

What did I think?


Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles should come with a “buyer beware” label attached to the cover - because this story is highly addictive. Once started, I could not put it down.


Having not read the other book in the series, I was a little lost to begin with. Thankfully, by the time all the protagonists had been introduced, I soon caught up with the story and was ready to read on....what an adventure awaited me. Tilton writes from various points of view. This did not slow the story down in any way. Not once did I find myself wanting to get back to a favourite character’s POV -- I was happy to read about all of them. There was nothing about this story that wasn’t engaging.


Tilton has created a very vivid fantasy world that runs along side the human one. The creatures were believable, as was the landscape. It was very easy to visualise.


I really enjoyed reading the romance and, without giving away the plot, there is one very poignant moment on a beach which I think demonstrates the power of love so beautifully, and with so much grace, that the scene will stay with me for a very long time. Love is love – no matter what world you come from.


I have gained a new favourite author and I will definitely be purchasing the first book in the series.


Where can I purchase the book?



About the author

Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she's not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she's writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there's always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull. 

*I received a copy of this book from Curiosity Quills Publishing in return for an honest review.*

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Hunting the Eagle - Ben Kane #BookReview @BenKaneAuthor

If you are interested in the Roman era and enjoy reading historical fiction based around this time, then you may have stumbled upon The Sunday Times bestselling author, Ben Kane. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of Kane’s latest book, Hunting the Eagles.
Hunting the Eagles is the stunning sequel to Eagles at War.

What's the story?

AD 14

It is a terrible thing to lose one Eagle, let alone three. And to see 15,000 loyal soldiers of Rome butchered before your eyes is not something you are ever going to forgive or forget. 

Five years have past since the massacre in the wilds of Germania. Those who survived the carnage, now have to live with what they had witnessed, as well as the shame of losing their precious Eagles.

Centurion Tullas is one such survivor. His only consolation is that he saved as many lives as he could. But, instead of praise for his selfless courage, he finds himself demoted. There are two things he wants now…revenge on Chieftain Arminius – whose army slaughtered the three legions - and his old regiments Eagle.

Rome has had enough time to lick her wounds, she wants her Eagles back. It is time for revenge. It is time for war. The orders are clear, kill everyone and recover the Eagles. No mercy. But Arminius is not the type of man who will sit back and let such atrocities occur in his own kingdom. He slayed them once, can he do so again?
 
What did I think of the story?

It is difficult to write this level of fiction without it sounding like a history lesson, or without losing your reader to facts, figures and descriptions that they cannot hope to understand unless they have a degree in the subject. Ben Kane immerses you in the Ancient World, he doesn’t describe it – he does something extraordinary – he brings it back to life. He draws his readers into the thick of the action. Kane doesn’t let you get lost in the history, or leave you floundering around like a fish out of water. It is like having your own personal tour guide to the past. With Kane, I knew I was in safe hands.

Strangely, I did not feel that there was any one antagonist in this story – I was moved by the plight of Centurion Tullus and his legionaries, as well as his enemy, Chieftain Arminius. I cannot think of many books where my loyalty has been so split. Both characters had flesh on them; both had their own reasons to hate the other. The portrayal of these characters was sublime. Totally believable.
The battle scenes were vivid and were very real in the telling. It was like being there, without the threat of being brutally maimed or killed, of course!

Hunting the Eagles is part of a series, but not once did I feel that I had missed out on anything by not reading the prequel. Although, saying that, Eagles at War is now definitely on my ‘to be read’ list.

Publication date March 24th 2016


Where can I buy (Pre-order) the book?
 
 
UK 

 
eBook 

 

About the Author.

Kenya born, Irish by blood and UK resident, Ben Kane’s passion for history has taken him to more than 60 countries, and all 7 continents. During his travels and subsequent research, including walking hundreds of miles in complete Roman military gear, he has learned much about the Romans and the way they lived. Seven of his nine novels have been Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, and his books are published in twelve languages. He lives in Somerset with his wife and children, where he writes full time.
Ben Kane was born in Kenya and raised there and in Ireland. He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin, but after that he travelled the world extensively, indulging his passion for ancient history. Having visited more than 60 countries and all 7 continents, he now lives in North Somerset with his wife and family.
He has been a full time writer since late 2008, and has loved almost every moment of that time. Apart from all things Roman, Ben loves military history of any type. Basically, if a book features men with guns and/or swords, he’ll read it. Other interests include rugby, walking, and beer. If an afternoon can include all three, it’s bound to be perfect.
Ben is also lucky enough to be the Treasurer of the newly founded Historical Writers’ Association.