Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Wind and Fire @fourbornbooks

TITLE: Wind and Fire
SERIES: Fourborn #1
AUTHOR: Megan Futcher
RELEASE DATE: October 6th, 2015
SOURCE: complimentary copy

In a world where the four elements rule as gods, the Gaias of Wind, Fire, Water and Earth determine the existence and fate of every man and woman. Threatening this seemingly perfect world this the Fourborn – a yet to be identified being born of all four races and the only one who has the power to set mankind free from it's elemental shackles. 

Divinely chosen in the pending chaos is a guardian from each race. With the words of an ancient prophesy as their only guide, they must find and protect the Fourborn at all costs or risk losing everything they hold dear. 

Kofi, an inexperienced warrior finds himself in a war without end. Fleeing the devastation, bloodshed and terror, he leaves his beloved homeland behind as he sets out on a journey with the promise of finding a cause that is worth fighting for. 

Lela, a child of the Wind and the Fire is determined to escape the life she was born into. Faced with a war of her own, she must find an inner balance if she is to claim the life she so desires. 

The worlds of Wind and Fire collide when Kofi and Lela find themselves caught up in an adventure of enormous proportions. Setting out on a mission that spans three lands, they must defy not only their Gaias and the prophesy but themselves in order to find the Fourborn while the dangers of an all consuming darkness takes shape around them.

I was born into a family of dedicated bibliophiles. I'm a proud introvert and some of my fondest memories are those of visiting libraries and local book stores. In many ways, growing up I saw my library card as my best friend. 

From the moment I was able to write a full sentence I was dabbling around with words, creating stories out of the fictional worlds and the characters that lived on in my imagination. Nearing the end of my school years I was swept up in the fast paced world of food and with a box of my most precious books under my arm, I moved away from home, determined to become a chef. After three years of study I graduated with a diploma in professional cooking. But it was during the many hours of pre-service preparation that I often found my mind wandering to a fantasy land and all I did on my days off was browse book stores and read. 

A move to a new country in 2010 set about a massive change in my personal and professional life. The long, fruitless hours I was spending in the kitchen finally caught up with me and in 2014 I took the plunge, trading my knives for a keyboard. 

My love of reading extends to a diverse range of genres including – fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction and the supernatural. People and cultures have always fascinated me too and I enjoy thumbing through heavy books on anthropology and archaeology. 

My novels and novellas dive into an unknown world before recorded history and I love asking the 'what if' question while I create and write a fantasy spin on human evolution.
The decision I made to 'go indie' started with me opening a new project in Scrivener for Linux, from there my eyes have been opened to so many fantastic possibilities. I'm a massive supporter of letting the creative mind go wild and indie publishing is such a great way to express oneself freely. I've met so many amazing people on my journey so far and the knowledge I'm gaining along the way is invaluable and I can only see it expanding as the indie revolution across all industries explodes in the coming future. 

Along with reading everything I can get my hands on, I'm an enthusiastic gamer (who is determined to get over FPS – first person sickness). I also love movie date nights, yoga and cooking for my family and friends. 

I currently live in Perth, Western Australia with my Trekkie husband, Andy.

Wind and Fire is a well thought and good written science fiction-fantasy with interesting characters and a smooth rhythm. 

With a prophecy as a guide, Kofi and Lela end up together living a tremendous adventure. The story has a lot of action and chapter by chapter a whole story is built. Their relationship flows naturally and you want them to be happy and successful in their quest.

The descriptions are really good and help to imagine this world divided into four races

Of course being the first book we still have some questions to answer. Overall is a good read and quite entertaining. The alternating POV was a good thing and I enjoyed it a lot.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ceruleans Anniversary Party: February (Giveaway)

Ceruleans Anniversary Party: February

Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess. ‘Write, Charlotte,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.
Thirty-odd years later, Charlotte is a professional writer. For authors and publishers, she writes and edits books as The Book Specialist. For herself, she writes soulful, coming-of-age romance for young adults.
Charlotte grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in a village of Greater Manchester with her husband and two children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her walking someplace green, baking up a storm, or embarking on a DIY project. She recently achieved a lifetime ambition of creating a library in her home to house her ever-increasing collection of books. She pretends not to notice that the shelves are rather wonky.

You can find Charlotte online at:

Review: Burning Embers @fieldinghannah

TITLE: Burning Embers
AUTHOR: Hannah Fielding
RELEASE DATE: April 15th, 2015
PUBLISHER: London Wall Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

After calling off her wedding, Coral Sinclair, a beautiful but naive young photographer, learns that she has also lost her father. Leaving the life she's known in England, she sails to Kenya to take ownership of her inheritance - Mpingo, the plantation that was her childhood home. On the voyage, Coral meets a charismatic stranger and their mystifying attraction shakes her to the core. When she encounters him again days later near Mpingo, she is warned that the man is not to be trusted. Rafe de Monfort, owner of a nightclub and the neighbouring plantation, is not only a notorious womanizer but also entangled with Coral's stepmother, which may have contributed to her father's death - or so the rumours go.

Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean. 
Hannah is a multi-award-winning novelist, and to date she has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; The Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights Trilogy – Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – her fieriest novels yet, set in sunny, sultry Spain. 

You can find Hannah online at:

Coral is going back to the place where she grew up. After her father's passing, she is back in Kenya. As soon as she arrives she meets an intriguing mysterious man. After some questioning to her old nana, she finds out that her step-mother and the mysterious man share a turbulent past. 

Coral and Rafe begin a journey to let go of the past and finding love. Of course the tension between Coral and Rafe is almost palpable. Their relationship is exciting and sensual, the passion between them makes the pages burn.

The book has more than 200 pages but the writing makes it so easy to read. You get lost in the pages and the romance and the exotic Kenya. And much sooner you finish the book filling whole and complete.

I really like all Hannah's books and this one is not the exception. I recommend this if you like romance.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: Melody's Key @DallasCoryell

TITLE: Melody's Key
AUTHOR: Dallas Coryell
RELEASE DATE: June 24h, 2016
PUBLISHER: AsherRain Publications
FORMAT: Ebook & Paperback
SOURCE: complimentary copy 

“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.” 
Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

Dallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies. All of the songs written by the characters in this novel are real and can be viewed on the author’s fledgling YouTube channel: Selfies and other

assorted randomness can be found on the author’s Instagram:

Sometimes all you need is someone who believes in you and teaches you that love can heal all wounds. 'Melody's Key' is a story about growing up, learning that people are more than just what you can see at plain sight and that life is full of surprises.

Tegan is a lovely girl, she gave up her dreams of attending college to stay home and help her family with their business. One summer a famous singer arrives at their place and at first she thinks he's all that magazines says. Of course, Mason is more than just a sexy singer and has demons of his own.

I adored the characters, Tegan is really human and feels like a real person. Her bunch of brother and sisters are all great and hilarious. Her friend, Simon is adorable and I think was one of the best from the book. I liked how Mason is portrayed and his evolving is natural.

The romance is sweet and innocent at first. Both of them are broken somehow and they need to trust each other before move on beyond a friendship. Their pasts hide many secrets and suffering. Then,  little by little they help to heal and let go of the fears, doubts and the what if?.  

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and as a romance, it's a really good choice.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Review: Enchanted Desire

TITLE: Enchanted Desire
AUTHOR: Paul Lonardo
RELEASE DATE: June 17th, 2016
PUBLISHER: The Wild Rose Press
SOURCE: complimentary copy

I had my life all planned out...until I met him. Kenny Honana is sexy and alluring. Mysterious. I'd always been drawn to the Native American heritage, and now I found myself dream-deep in a supernatural tribal ritual. Little did I know, his vision quest would involve me in a sexual odyssey beyond my wildest dreams. But when the quest is over...what becomes of us?
Paul Lonardo has published both fiction and non-fiction. He has had titles excerpted in Reader’s Digest and reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly.

FROM THE ASHES became the basis of a 2013 documentary web series, THE STATION, which he produced. Paul was interviewed as part of NBC’s documentary program featuring the true crime story depicted in his book CAUGHT IN THE ACT.

'Enchanted Desire' is a hot and magical romance. Shanna is not happy with her relationship and some recent events are taking its toll on her. One day she walks into a strange shop and meets an intense and sexy man. Somehow she starts to have vivid and sensual dreams with him that turn her life around.

The story behind the mysterious dolls is intriguing and the native American folklore gives the plot a really solid background. The writing is really good and the characters are quite interesting.

This one is a short story, it will only take you a few minutes-hours to read. The intensity and passion of the story will catch you and won't let you go.

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