Monday, May 23, 2011

Ancient Awakening

This looks like a very creepy book, it sounds like one you might want to read with the lights on. Mr. Laube was kind enough to let me have his book for free. It has been added to my list of books to read and review. Have a peek!

Book Description:
Hell comes home to Jersey.
Seven ancient demons known as the Fallen have awakened in New Jersey after a hundred years. Fortunately for Mike and Ann, so has the one man who can stop them, Joseph Miller. Trapped in a hospital filled with mythical monsters, only together can they unravel the mystery of the Cursed and escape with not only their lives but their very humanity. 
Ancient Awakening is a Horror/Action novel with just the right touch of comedy. It is the first book in the series "The Ancient" which follows the adventures of eccentric demon hunter Joseph Miller. His job is to defend the human race against seven mythical demons and their offspring. Unfortunately for us, he has been dead for the last hundred years. Ancient Awakening will be followed by Ancient Enemies in 2010 and Ancient Revelations in 2011 and is written by Matthew Bryan Laube. 
The second edition of Ancient Awakening is re-edited and re-cut for maximum monster hunter action. It includes a free preview chapter of Ancient Enemies.

Take a look at his website too, really creepy! Click here to get to his website.


I Won Again!

I won another cool book, check it out. I can't wait to read it. I need to take a speed reading course so I can get through these books a little faster, but I really do enjoy savoring what I read.

Book Description
This debut suspense novella from Cameron Trost plunges the reader into the dark world of Michael Braun, a suburban landscape gardener who has lost everything he loved. When the opportunity to discover the truth about what really happened that fateful night six years ago presents itself, he seizes it. . . and lets darkness take hold.

This short tale of a broken man with one dark aim to achieve is full of action, raw emotion, and enough mystery to keep you guessing until the dramatic climax. The reader is begged to answer one important question: Did Michael Braun do the right thing?
Enjoy, I know I will!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lookie At What I Won!

I Won, I Won, I Won!

I entered a contest on Valerie Douglas' Facebook page and won the complete set of "The Coming Storm", how cool is that?  Thank you Valerie very much for your generous gift!  Below you will find information on the books I won!

Cover for 'The Coming Storm'

Elon of Aerilann, Elven advisor to the High King of Men, helped to negotiate the treaty between Elves, Dwarves and men. That treaty has held for nearly twenty years but now his foresight warns him that the fragile truce between the races is threatened from without by an unknown enemy and from within by old hatreds and prejudice. With the aid of his true-friend Colath, the wizard Jareth and the elven archer Jalila, he goes in search of the source of the threat. 
Ailith, the Heir to Riverford - fights her own silent battle. Her father has changed, something's wrong, but she can't say what, only that her beloved father is suddenly prone to inexplicable rages. Her quest to discover what changed him puts her life and soul in danger and leaves her only one place to turn, Elon. Ailith, though, has a secret that threatens everything for which they're fighting. To preserve the alliance, though, Elon may have to choose between his honor, his duty and perhaps much more.

Cover for 'A Convocation of Kings'

A shadow has fallen over the Kingdoms and once again Elon of Aerilann is called to answer it.  

Now a member of the ruling Council, Elon and his companions are forced to fight for the Alliance he has given everything to preserve. 

Now, even as a breath of hope is offered... 

Cover for 'Not Magic Enough'

For Delae, a lonely landholder on the edge of the Kingdoms, a frantic knock at the door on a stormy winter's night brings more than a cry for help. 
After centuries of war Elves have little contact with the race of men, but Dorovan can't bring himself to ride past those so obviously in need. Especially the small woman so determined to right the overturned wagon. 
One small act, with enormous consequences. Not Magic Enough is a tale of love and honor, duty and determination, that sets in motion a chain of events that will change the Kingdoms forever.

Cover for 'Setting Boundaries - a novella'

After centuries of war an uneasy peace has finally been negotiated between Elves, Dwarves and Men, thanks to Elon of Aerilann, Elven councilor to the High King of Men. One final task yet remains, one final bone of contention - to set the boundaries between their lands. It's a task that will be easier said than done. Although most of the lesser Kings signed the Alliance, not all wish to see it succeed, and some are willing to oppose it. Violently. 

For young journeyman wizard Jareth it's the opportunity of a lifetime. Unlike many he's long admired the calm, seemingly aloof Elves, especially Elon of Aerilann and his paxman Colath.

What he doesn't know is that the journey will test him to his limits, forge a friendship that will last for centuries, and change the Kingdoms forever.

Go check them out!  I can't wait to read them, I wish I could bump them up on my "Next to Read" list.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Merlin's Daughters

Here is the books description:
Merlin's Daughters tells the Arthurian tale from the standpoint of Gwyneth, the Fairy Queen. Her evil twin, Guenevere, has stolen Excalibur. Gwyneth and Nimue venture into the Human Realm to protect Excalibur, and they become caught up in the drama of Arthur's court. The story also reveals how the Arthurian stories came to be told in so many variations – and why.
I LOVED this book. This is a true fantasy story. I loved the way the author tells the tale of two sisters born into sorcery. There is Gwyneth who is the Queen of the Fairy Realm. She is loving, kind and good, everything a Good Fairy should be. She loves and watches over her fairies.

On the other hand you have Guenevere, who is the true source of evil. She is jealous of her good sister and covets what she has. The evil Guenevere is determined to have Excalibur for herself.

The way the author blends the whole story together is amazing and her attention to detail is fantastic. You truly feel like you are there in the fairy lands. This would be a wonderful story to share with a young daughter. I would love for the author to write more fantasies like this one. Great job and thank you for such a wonderful story!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

In Her Name: Empire

Hi everyone,

I went to the Children's Fair today in my town and met an author that I think is well worth reading. Here is some information on his book and how you can get a FREE COPY!

Book 1 of the In Her Name series:  

In the first book of an epic futuristic fantasy trilogy, In Her Name: Empire is the story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire.  

Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress.  

Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race.  

Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born.  

The story is continued in the second book of the trilogy, In Her Name: Confederation.
Grab yourself a FREE COPY and get reading!

If you help Mr. Hicks promote his new book Season of the Harvest you can enter to win a FREE KINDLE!

Season of the Harvest

What if the genetically modified crops that we’re being forced to depend on for food weren’t really created by man? What if they had a far more sinister purpose? 
FBI Special Agent Jack Dawson investigates the gruesome murder of his best friend and fellow agent who had been pursuing a group of eco-terrorists. 
The group’s leader, Naomi Perrault, is a beautiful geneticist who Jack believes conspired to kill his friend, and is claiming that a major international conglomerate developing genetically engineered crops is plotting a sinister transformation of our world that will lead humanity to extinction. 
As Jack is drawn into a quietly raging war that suddenly explodes onto the front pages of the news, he discovers that her claims may not be so outrageous after all. 
Together, the two of them must battle a horror Jack could never have imagined, with the fate of all life on Earth hanging in the balance…
Good luck with your writing Mr. Hicks and thank you so much for the FREE COPY of your book In Her Name: Empire, I can't wait to read it.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Josie's Thorn by Lisa Vandiver

Here is the books description:

Josephina McCrea returns to her Utah family ranch after her parents are killed in a plane crash, and her brother is injured in a mountain climbing accident, leaving him in a coma. Upon arriving at the ranch, she is met with adversity in many forms. She finds herself allied with her teen age lover, Jacob Rainthorn. Secrets that each have may destroy their second chance at love.
I did not like this book at all.  I thought the story line was good and really liked the characters and the way they interacted.  I think the author is off to good start, but needs a lot more practice and F7. 

What really took away from the story for me were typos, there were just too many for the story to be enjoyable.  In quite a few areas there were words where there shouldn't have been and words missing where there should be.  The word "sale" was used numerous times when it should have been "sell".  And the word bests was used instead of best, I think a dictionary would have been helpful for this author.

There were also a couple of areas that felt like they were missing something, a paragraph or sentence.  I also felt like I was left hanging over one of the characters, we hear about him through out the story and then there was a build up about him and then it just ended for that character, there was nothing about how the story ended for him, he was just no longer discussed.  I thought that was weird. 

I feel that this author might do better with time, proof reading and a dictionary.


Dragon Time by Ruth Nestvold

Here is the books description:
In Unterdrachenberg, time has stopped. After the death of his queen, the dragon king is mad with grief. Only a human woman can enter the dragon's lair to fix time -- a magic that is forbidden to women. Katja is the grand-daughter of a clockmaker, and she has watched her grandfather work with time for many years. But can she fix it on her own? More importantly, is she brave enough to try?

I really like this book, again (as with some other books) I wish it was longer. I thought this book had a very original idea and the mixture of dragons, maidens and time was very clever. 

I thought the whole story pulled together really well and would love to see the author continue with this story. I'd like to see how the ending plays out in the long run. 

I will definitely be reading more from this author. Keep up the good work! And thank you for giving your book away during "Read an eBook Week".


The Dawning of Power by Brian Rathbone

Here is the books description:
Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world or destroy it. 

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book.  There were some points where I just couldn't put it down.  I love the characters and how they interact.  You will fall in love with Catrin, she is a simple girl raised by her father on their farm.  Catrin doesn't know that one day she is to be the "Herald of Power".

Trying to learn her new powers and how to control them she is set off on a journey into the unknown and having no idea what the outcome of this journey might be.

I love her strength and courage as she faces the unknown and the love she has for her family and friends.

You will cheer for her and feel her pain as she completes her journey with her friends as they fight to keep their countryside.

I have posted the link for Brian Rathbone's book The Dawning of Power, contrary to few of the other reviews, I really felt this book was well worth the read (I don't know what book they were reading, but it wasn't this one).