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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory



This is book one of the One Dozen Daughters.   A small kingdom has a well loved ruler who has a dozen daughters and finally a son.  The son is to inherit but the kingdom is so small it will be impoverished if each daughter is provided with a dowry.   The girls are expected to seek their own fortunes.   This story is about Clarice, the eldest and her journey to become a sword master.  One surmises that their may be eleven more stories.

This was a delightful tale that has sorcery, magic, pirates, sea serpents and violence.   The violence is not terribly graphic so the book is fine for younger readers.   Clarice is a likeable character who has had a thorough upbringing that provides her with the tools to successfully navigate the outside world.

She befriends a ship's navigator, Dominick, and that leads to the seafaring adventure.   Typical Lackey, the book delves greatly into relationships.   She does a marvelous job of depicting complicated relationships.   If there are eleven more books, I will certainly try and read them all.


I recommend the book.

web site:  http://www.mercedeslackey.com/
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This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Never Forget!


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Please take 4.25 minutes to watch this remembrance of September 11, 2001.   Please offer a prayer for those who died that day, their families and for all those who are sacrificing themselves for the rest of us on a daily basis; especially our cops, firemen and troops. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Giveaway of The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light by Deirdra Eden

The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light




In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her powers.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, some of these Watchers go bad.

Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, (including a dwarf, pixie and dragon) a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

Watch the amazing Knight of Light book trailer on youtube.


About the Author


"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
-Deirdra Eden

Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online at AmazonDeirdra's website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Knight of Light by Deirdra Eden

The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light



 In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, demons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

Watch the amazing Knight of Light book trailer on youtube.


About the Author


"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
-Deirdra Eden

Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online at AmazonDeirdra's website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Knight of Light by Deirdra Eden Book Trailer

The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light



 In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, demons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.


The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions




About the Author


"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
-Deirdra Eden

Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online on AmazonDeirdra's websiteFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest.



This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Shadow Over Somerset by Bob Freeman Book Tour


About Bob Freeman:  Bob Freeman doesn't just write and draw occult detectives, he’s also a card carrying paranormal adventurer who founded Nightstalkers of Indiana in 1983.
A lifelong student of witchcraft, magic, and religion, Bob’s studies are reflected in his art, both as an author and illustrator.
Bob lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.
He can be found online at occultdetective.com

Shadows Over Somerset Book Synopsis:  Michael Somers is brought to Cairnwood, an isolated manor in rural Indiana, to sit at the deathbed of a grandfather he never knew existed. He soon finds himself drawn into a strange and esoteric world filled with werewolves, vampires, witches… and a family curse that dates back to fourteenth century Scotland.
In the sleepy little town of Somerset, an ancient evil awakens, hungering for blood and vengeance… and if Michael is to survive he must face his inner demons and embrace his family’s dark past.
Shadows Over Somerset is the first Cairnwood Manor Novel.


Illustration From the Book





Author Links:
Twitter: @OccultDetective


Tour Schedule and Activities
8/25 I Smell Sheep                             Interview
8/25 Beauty in Ruins             Guest Post
8/25 Shells Interviews                       Guest Post
8/26 The Cabin Goddess                   Review
8/26 Kentucky Geek Girl                   Top Ten List
8/26 The Writing Blog of Deedee Davies   Top Ten List
Illustration From the Book
8/27 Stuart Conover's Author Page            Interview
8/27 Blog of Sheila Deeth                 Post on Art
8/27 Deal Sharing Aunt                    Top Tens List
8/28 Horror Delve                             Top Tens List
8/28 SBM Book Obsession                Guest Post
8/28 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author      Guest Post
8/28 Willow's Author Love               Top Tens List
8/29 Bookishly Me                            Review
8/29 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void     Interview
8/29 Azure Dwarf                              Guest Post
8/29 Vampires, Witches, and me, oh my                Guest Post
8/30 Sapphyria's Book Reviews                   Top Tens List
8/30 Bee's Knees Reviews                             Review
8/30 A Haunted Head                                   Interview
8/31 Horror Tree                                           Guest Post
8/31 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void            Review
8/31 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals and more! Interview        


Amazon Links for Shadows Over Somerset:
Print Version: 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Shadows Over Somerset Author Bob Freeman's Excellent Guest Post


The literary landscape is changing and writers are changing with it. Now, more than ever, we have to brand and market ourselves to the readers out there, wherever they may be. Yes, it’s true that ebooks are gaining ground over traditional formats. While my preference remains the hardcover, I see value in ebooks replacing the mass market paperback. I have no fear that this foothold will in any way endanger the books we know and love. Paperbacks have always been disposable. Shifting these into the digital arena is a good thing. It’s good for the environment and it reduces clutter.
Don't Fear the Future
by Bob Freeman

It wasn't that long ago that I began culling my enormous collection of paperbacks. The primary reason was space considerations, but also an aesthetic one. I, of course, cling to those that are special to me, especially those books with deep sentimental attachment and the ones that don’t have a hardcover equivalent.

But what does all this mean for the writer? Essentially nothing. We have to continue writing. We have to continue to grow and express ourselves. And we have to continue to submit our work, from top to bottom. But now, more than ever before, we must be true and honest with ourselves. We must be sure of our ambitions. We must know, without a doubt, what we wish to accomplish, who we are, and what legacy we wish to leave behind.

Will any of us be able to support ourselves solely on our written work? Very, very few. I've a feeling though that for most of us, that’s okay. For the ones that find that a deal breaker, well, I'm not sure you're really a writer anyway. It’s got to be more than what side of your bread gets buttered or you're already doomed to not following your dream, but following trends and chasing dollar signs.

There’s no future in that.

See, a writer writes not for money, but because he is compelled to. It’s in his bones. And yes, a writer is looking for an audience. And he is looking for a paycheck, believe me. But more than anything, it is about the act of creation itself.

So quit fretting about the future. Write your stories, send them out into the world, and let the chips fall where they may.
Just do this: KNOW THYSELF.
Nail that one and you’ll be fine, no matter what the future holds.

Please Come Back Tomorrow 
for the rest of the tour information.

Host Note: Wow!  Bob verbalized so succinctly what I feel about writing.  I've often thought if I didn't write my head would explode!  Sure I get a rush when I get royalty payments but the real rush comes when someone tells me that one of my books has helped them, moved them or amused them.   It has been said that it is easy to recognize someone else's brilliance when they agree with you.  In that case, I'm feeling pretty darn brilliant after reading Bob's post!