My Review of The Rashade’ (Chronicles of the Coranydas Book 1) Author R. Tran

My Review of

The Rashade’ (Chronicles of the Coranydas Book 1)

Author R. Tran

This is a great epic fantasy novel with lots of twist and turns. I loved the magic and sword fighting wielded by the strong Mara as she leaves her mother and sister to take vengeance on the mage who murdered her father when she was just a child. I also loved following some of the mystical creatures throughout the book.

The book itself follows Mara and Kess and some of their friends as they go in search of the magic that will bring Mara sword to life and help her kill the mage. However the journey is long and there are revelations along the way. Will Mara gets her revenge? Will she finds the strength and magic to become an unstoppable force? Read this book to find out.

I also loved the friendship between Kess and Mara as it blossomed into an interesting partnership. I thought the author did a great job in portraying their emotions towards each other and some scenes especially towards the end were so beautiful. But there are so many wonderful and magical characters in this book that are enjoyable to get to know along the way.

I found Mara’s connection with her mum  interesting after Mara finds out she won’t be getting her birth right, after an incident deemed her unfit for the position. Instead her sister will someday for full the role.  This was cruel and I really felt for her in that moment.

I would highly recommend this book if you love fantasy and strong female characters as well as magic and adventure with scenes that are easy to imagine and emotionally charged at times. This is one for the must read pile.

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rashade-Chronicles-Coranydas-Book-ebook/dp/B01N211HHR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502678732&sr=8-1&keywords=The+rashade

 

My Review of The Tree of Rebels Author Chantelle Atkins

My Review of

The Tree of Rebels Author Chantelle Atkins

Wow The Tree of Rebels is a must read. I found this book emotional, gripping and beautiful in places. I enjoyed following Lissie and Ned into the unknown, as they discover a truth that changes their lives forever.

The book itself is about Lissie as she’s coming of age to stand on her own feet in province 5, where Lissie and her and her family live. unlike the old world there are not dogs in province 5. Lissie is used to this life and has a beautiful relationship with her grandmother who is the only one who remember life before province 5. However, one day Lissie sees a dog that leads her to a world beyond what she knows.  Lissie’s grandmother give her a diary so she too can be as wise. Will Lissie discover there is more than she has been shown? Will she be able to go back to life as she knows it after what she finds? Or will she become a rule breaker and fight against what she’s grown up believing is true? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

I loved the relationship between Lissie and her grandmother and how this book flips into diary entries. It give you a real sense  of both worlds. I also thought the author did a great job with her descriptions of what Lissie discovers. I could easily imagine the scenes and feeling that went with them.

I would highly recommend The Tree of Rebels if you like adventurous stories with great characters and wonderful descriptions and the scenes that will make you feel so many emotions.

Amazon Link 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tree-Rebels-Chantelle-Atkins-ebook/dp/B073QGHQZS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502386551&sr=8-1&keywords=the+tree+of+rebels

Feature Enchanting other worlds: Welcome R.Tran To My Blog To Tell Us about Her Book World.

Feature Enchanting other worlds.

Defy Reality by R.Tran

After her father was murdered before her eyes, Mara Coranyda  traded a life of privilege, for one devoted to vengeance.  Shortly into her quest to find the mage that murdered him, Mara discovered it wouldn’t be an easy task to accomplish. Not only would she have to find the magical artifacts to destroy him, but she would also have to raise an army to stop his conquest of her homelands. The consequences should she fail or even succeed set in and Mara has doubts about everything.  There will be a war of blades and magic with Mara at the center, but Mara wonders if she has the strength to survive.

For my series I wanted everything to feel familiar. I wanted the whole world to feel like earth with magic. They have one main land mass and two others are mentioned. They have an ocean and a sea. The climate changes with the seasons and as they travel.  Mara’s world is just one step out of synch with the 1500’s or so in my head. I tried to keep the clothes, weapons and everything else in that era with the exception of anything fueled by gunpowder.

There are four main races in the first two books each with their own culture and cities: the elves, dwarves, faye, and humans.  The humans have two similar yet separate cultures represented by The House of Kern and the Shiori Village. The elves have two separate cities each with their own ruler. Each gave a unique opportunity to create something fantastic in what could have been a very boring world. I will describe each of them for you as a taste of Mara’s world.

The House of Kern is the main temple and the center of the largest religion in Mara’s world. It lies far to the south and has people visiting from all over the land. I wanted the Temple to rival a great cathedral or mosque. It’s always fun to dream up a building and never worry if it would ever stand in reality.

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The House of Kern starts well into the courtyard graceful, white marble, arches support a latticed roof that provides shade to people waiting to enter the building. Scalloped three tiered fountains dot the courtyard closer to the House. They are for practical purposes, giving dirty travelers a place to at least wash their faces before entering.

The House itself has white marble with black veins. Arches mirrored the arbor only on a grander scale. They soar thirty feet before reaching the overhang of scalloped roof above. The supporting columns are carved with vines spiraling up to leaves at the top. Three great domed roofs rise another thirty feet above that over the interior rooms. The center dome is capped in gold and the two outer domes in slate.

Double doors lead into each domed section. The center pair of doors is larger than the outer two and all six are gold plated. A blazing sun is embossed in the center of each with its rays radiating out to the border of twisted vines. The sun represents Kern, the bringer of all life, and the vines represents all His creations.

Inside twin curved staircases flank the path to Worshipers’ Hall, Kern’s main sanctuary. The curved stairs are marble like the rest of the building. The risers are white and the treads are black, meant to echo the black and white diamonds on the main floor. Rich red carpet with golden suns and vines ran up the center with gold rods holding it securely in place on each tread.

The ceiling is thirty feet above and a giant gold and crystal chandelier hangs in the center lighting both levels. Upstairs, the balcony runs the length of the room and leads into the working parts of the House.

Inside, Worshippers Hall is square and fifty feet across. The upstairs rooms surround Worshipers’ Hall but never invade its space, allowing the domed ceiling to soar overhead. A gold leaf sun adorns the underside of the dome. Below the dome is a band of windows that let in sunlight. The walls become square below the windows and mark where the room meets the second story. The marble on the floor was a rich red with gold veins.

The Shiori are a tribe of warrior women said to guard one of the artifacts Mara needs to defeat her foe. They live secluded in the mountains to defend the bow, but their culture is also very different from the mainstream. To keep them secluded and secretive I wanted them to be self sufficient and never need a reason to leave the mountains.

The Shiori village lies in a valley that’s enchanted so it’s warm all year long. The main entrance is through a cave that is constantly guarded by the warriors of the tribe. Strange writing and pictures of large battles and family life cover the walls.

The cave opens onto a large open field. A sprawling village lays on the other side. Hundreds of small huts are lined up in neat rows, smaller on the edges and the largest in the center. The huts are made of woven panels and thatched roofs. Most of them are fairly small and plain with minimal furnishings; usually a table, chairs, bed and small chest.

The large hut at the center dwarfs all the others with oversized double doors. Inside is a large open room with a domed ceiling soaring overhead. Rows of torches next to each sidewall rise out of the ground to light the room. At the far end is a small wooden dais with only one stair leading up to it and a single wooden chair for the queen of the tribe. A small door at the back of the room leads to the queen’s office.

The only permanent structure in the village is the temple; a clay brick building with a domed roof. It’s bigger than several huts combined and even has a second story. There is an arched overhang above large double doors supported by rounded columns.

Inside is a huge open room and domed ceiling. Candles and torches are spread throughout the room for light. On the far wall there is a small table with bottles and candlesticks. A chair sat on the other two walls opposite one another. Six banners, each of a different color with gold runes embroidered down their center, hang all around the room. Two banners hang on the back wall; one white, one black. The wall on the right has an orange and a green banner and the wall on the left has a blue and red banner. The vaulted ceiling is painted to look like the night sky and gold runes run around the perimeter of the walls just below it. The floor has a geometric design made of different types of stone.

Artisans, farmers and un-married men live close to the temple in similar huts or communal barracks so the warriors in the center of the village can protect them. Fields surrounding the huts are rotated either growing different crops or laying fallow as necessary.

For the elves I wanted to write something different and give them a new home. I wanted the elves to be familiar yet fresh.

Their main city Eugea is in an ancient forest where magic hangs in the air and the trees still talk to one another. Enormous millennia old trees hold doors and windows hidden in the shadows of the bark. Balconies are built into and around the lower branches. Inside the tree is hollow with the main living space on the first floor and the bedroom upstairs. Tables, couches, shelves and stairs grow out of the tree itself. Well worn paths meander through the city of trees marked by torches; some of which remain lit even during the day due to the thick forest canopy.

In the center of the city hundreds of the ancient trees meld together to form a Great Hall that is oval and nearly 150 feet long. Great chandeliers hang from a ceiling that was barely visible in the light they offered. Tables are set along the walls in a large U-shaped formation with chairs only on the outside.

Lekanis is the elves secondary city formed after two factions split for political reasons. This city of elves was a total departure from any I read before. Lekanis was once the ancestral home of the sprites and in Mara’s world they were water elementals. They lived on the coast and now that they were extinct the elves moved in.

Lekanis practically sits on the beach and you can taste the salt in the air. Magic waits to bite any trespassers that stumble into the city.  Small thatched houses on stilts and platforms line the makeshift road. The walls of each home are simple plank boards bleached white by the sun. Shells hang in strands from the top of each doorway to form the door and the windows are covered in airy cloth. Inside the homes are simple; for those who aren’t mated or married they have a bed and a place to store clothes. All cooking is done communally outdoors.

The homes are scattered throughout the area and seemed to have no apparent order. Torches stand before each one but few are lit. Small tufts of grass grow here and there but not much else. Towering palms grow around the perimeter of the village.

A larger structure stands on the eastern edge of the village. All the elements are the same as its smaller counterparts and only its size and banners set it apart from the others. It serves as the meeting hall, council chambers and a place for the king to conduct any and all official business.

 

Author Bio

My dad died when I was 16 and it left me pretty shaken up. I never realized it at the time but I was clinically depressed. I needed counseling although I was too scared to admit it. I also didn’t want to freak out my newly widowed mom with the horrible thoughts running through my head. After reading a friends writing I decided to try the same. What started as self prescribed therapy soon turned into a hobby and now it is passion. 20 years later I have three novels published and have two more planned for next year. I have a B.S.B.A. and a Pharmd. I also have a loving husband and two beautiful daughters. I don’t know how my life would have gone if my dad lived; I do know that he’d be proud that I turned something tragic into something positive.  My biggest regret though is that my dad never met my family.

Buy Links:

The Rashade’:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N211HHR

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N211HHR

A Guardian Falls: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LJV5Z5

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072LJV5Z5

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Welcome to Enchanting Other Worlds… Starting with Finding Destiny.

Welcome to Enchanting Other Worlds…

Finding Destiny

This month I’ve decided to celebrate books that are set in future or other worldly places. I’d like to start off July’s month with my own novel Finding Destiny, where I’d love to talk a bit about the world Alex ends up in and some of the things he comes to experience.

Finding Destiny is set in the year of 2038 to a technologically-advanced, very colourful world. If you’re a first time visitor you’ll notice that there are huge computers and different coloured horses. So why not take a horse- be sure to hold on tight and ride into Quill City….

After a long journey where you’ve rode past woodlands , your hairs on your arms are raised  because you’re sure the owls have been watching you, some of them seemed to have red eyes. Soon enough you reach Quill City. Firstly you notice the lack of car fumes you’re used to, instead you get the heady smell of lavender as you dismount and wander past the sign into the hustle and bustle of men and women making their way past many shops. You stop and rub your eyes as you see robots of all different shapes and sizes following some of the people with their arms full of brightly coloured bags.

But you keep moving expecting a car or a bike to break the silence, but it never does. Soon enough you hear your tummy growling and you look around for a shop that sells food; you even brave it and ask a random stranger where you could buy a cake. However, he points you to The One Stop Capsule Shop. You look through the huge square window at the different coloured capsules and walked inside. Here you notice all your favorite food no- longer looks like food, but different coloured tiny capsules. You leave without trying and bump into a young girl emerging out of a swirling hole, but before you can ask questions she marches up the street where she is quickly pulled away from a shop that has Mommy’s Little Darlings written in big pink letters.

You rub your eyes because you saw the door handle smiling as it opened. You turn away and head back to your horse, this is enough for today, but before you make it an elderly woman hands you a heavy book and convinces you to read it by moonlight. You over hear a young woman telling off her friend for opening the book -claiming it will suck them inside. You shake your head thinking books can’t really suck you in, can they?

Soon enough you’ve got back to your horse and you ride back the way you came trying to make sense of the place you’ve just landed into….

Read Finding Destiny to explore more of this world and characters. I think it’s the magic of reading and writing- being able to transport into worlds far away from our real life. I’m hoping to make this a monthly feature on my blog so do keep an eye out for other worlds from other books told by other authors.

 

Also if you have something you’d love to see in a new world or a rule you’d put in another world if you were able to then feel free to share in the comment box. 

 

 

My Review of One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley

My Review of

One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley

Wow this is such a beautiful book. I wanted to read this book after hearing about One Million lovely Letters on a bbc1 documentary. I’m really glad I did. Jodi is a very inspirational person with a talent for creating beautifully written heartfelt letters that touch people’s hearts across the world.

One Million lovely Letters is about a young lady called Jodi, in her 20’s. When she got bitten by a tick and contracted a serious brain infection it changed the course of her life forever. But Jodi turned her illness into something beautiful when she set up a blog asking if anyone would like her to write them a letter telling them how amazing they are. She has a goal to write one million letters. So far she has written to people all over the world spreading hope and kindness to those who need it most at a stressful time in their lives.

I also loved how this book talks of how the little things can help when you’re having a bad time or you’re unwell, such as letters from a stranger, or a message that pulls you back from the brink of ending it all. I’m sure a lot can relate to pets making us feel better at one time or the other. Also I loved reading some of the beautiful letters Jodi had sent to people and how just a few words made their day a bit brighter. how special is that?

Jodi talks about people paying it forward by either writing letter themselves for others or even to oneself which can be equally helpful. I also think it’s interesting how she talks about self imposed rule, like not talking to strangers on a bus or asking people if they would like a letter for fear of getting a negative response, but her letter and the way she’s brightened so many people’s live proves just once in awhile if we set aside those rule and fears we can make the world a beautiful place.

I found this book very inspiring and it has a strong message. We all need reminding we can climb mountain and move stars or just get out of bed and see the sunrise because we are strong and amazing people. But sometimes it takes a stranger or loved one to put those words down for us and show kindness. Also if more people just wrote one letter to a stranger and of course loved ones to tell them how special they are wouldn’t the world be a magical place?

This book really made me to want write more letters or little stories to friends and even to people I don’t know if come across someone who I can send a little letter too. I think anyone who reads about Jodie, her letters and little kind notes she leaves places can’t help but want to grab a pen and paper or their laptop and pay it forwards by writing one themselves and spread the love.

As a writer myself I really see how words can help, not just myself, but to those around me. When my Nan was dying of cancer she disclosed that the things that kept her going was my stories and the letters she got from special people.

I can’t recommend this book enough -why not give it a read and feel inspired by Jodi’s stories and letters. Then see if you can write a letter or note to someone who needs cheering up, whether that be someone you know or not. I know I ‘m going to.

Also you can check out her website at:  https://onemillionlovelyletters.com/

Amazon link to One Million Lovely letters: https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Million-Lovely-Letters-inspirational-ebook/dp/B00FRKPG34/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

 

Welcome Linda Weaver Clarke To My Blog to Talk About The Rebel Series…

Welcome Linda Weaver Clarke to my blog to talk about The Rebel Series

Where did you get your inspiration for The Rebel Series?

All three books in this series are love stories set in the late 1700s. The Rebel Series was inspired by the stories of the American patriots who fought to be free from the dictatorship and tyranny of a king. It’s a theme that is dear to me. Liberty is something that I cherish. It’s a precious gift given to us by those who fought so valiantly. When I read the stories of the American Revolution, my heart swells with gratitude for those loyal patriots. When I look at our flag and pledge allegiance to it, tears well up in my eyes. When I listen to The Star Spangled Banner or God Bless the U.S.A., I get choked up. Especially when it’s sung by a choir.

How would you describe The Rebel Series?

This is a romance mixed with adventure. I absolutely love stories that are page-turners, which have some mystery and suspense. I love a romance where the man and woman know they are meant for one another. Even though there are trials along the way, they never give up on the other. I also like strong women characters in a story.

Please give us a description of book one: The Rebels of Cordovia.

There was a time when swashbuckling men and brave women engaged in daring and romantic adventures, those who fought with bravery and valor. In this battle for freedom, a love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

Now tell us about book two: The Highwayman of Cordovia.

Centuries ago, valiant men and courageous women engaged in daring adventures as they helped their fellow man. In the country of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty, but all is not well. A group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.

With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?

The Fox of Cordovia is the third book, which will be released Aug 21st. What is it about?

In this swashbuckling romance, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins.

What kind of research did you do for this series?

When I did some research about the “waltz,” I was surprised by what I found. The peasants were the first to dance the waltz. It was such fun that bored noblemen would sneak out and go to the country-dances. The Oxford English Dictionary back then called the waltz “riotous and indecent.”

In a 1771 German novel, someone complains about the “newly-introduced waltz” among the aristocrats. He wrote: “When he put his arm around her, pressed her to his breast, cavorted with her in the shameless, indecent whirling-dance of the Germans and engaged in a familiarity that broke all the bounds of good breeding—then my silent misery turned into burning rage.” Haha. It finally became fashionable in Great Britain when the wife of a Russian ambassador endorsed it.

I learned some interesting facts about lamplighters. The city is careful about who they hire because lamplighters also act as night watchmen and need to be trustworthy. I learned that the job is usually handed down from father to son and kept within the family. I love doing research.

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

To read a sample chapter from each of my books in The Rebel Series, go to http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/historicalromance.html and click on the title of the book that you want to read.

Here are two book trailers for your readers to watch, so they can understand what these books are about.

The Rebels of Cordovia

The Highwayman of Cordovia

To purchase a book, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/purchasebook.html.

 

Bio: Linda Weaver Clarke is the author of 22 books: historical romances, period romances, a romantic cozy mystery series, a mystery suspense series, a children’s book, and non-fiction. She has also traveled throughout the United States giving lectures on writing techniques. All her books are family friendly. She lives in Color Country, which is located in southern Utah among all the red mountains.

Linda Weaver Clarke is having a Book Giveaway, which will last until Aug 21st: Every visitor will receive 7 EBOOKS FREE if they preorder the Historical Romance: The Fox of Cordovia. For these promotional giveaways, go to https://lindaweaverclarke.wordpress.com.

 

My Review The Whimsicals: The Wonky Wingmen by Mr Bohemian.

My Review

The Whimsicals: The Wonky Wingmen

by Mr Bohemian.

This was a very interesting read in play form about angels and demons set in a fantasy heaven. There are 3 plays..

The plays are well written and put together, which make them easy to follow. This was something I really enjoyed about Mr Bohemian plays. Also in some places the characters in the plays are rather funny.

The first one was about angels on an avenge workday trying to spread help to mortals and convince them to stay on the right path.

The second is about temptation and being convinced to do something  forbidden. In this case the Angel Eve was told not to eat the apple off the tree or she would die. Does the Angel succumb? What happens if she does? You’ll have to read this play to find out.

The third was about pet and there angelic owner on a talk show, where the pets get to air their annoyance to their owner.

I liked third play the most because it was witty and in some places made me laugh. If you like fantasy writing with angels and demons, witty dialogues with light hearted religious  themes as a center point of the stories, you should give this book a try.

Amazon Link:

 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01MT9E11J/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738