Sunday, May 31, 2015

Book review - Warrior's Surrender, by Elizabeth Ellen Carter - Red Moon Book Tours

Alright guys, we are bringing you a little something different today.  We have been asked to participate in a Blog Tour for a wonderful book.  I can say I am taking great pleasure in helping promote this book.

I do recommend it if you like historical romance. It has a little bit of everything in it for you, but I am getting into my review, and that is not how I roll, so I guess we should just get things going. I am going to give you my review, with the book's description and excerpt to follow.  Also, there is a give away, let me post that before the review.

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Book Description:

A shared secret from their past could destroy their future…

Northumbria, 1077. In the years following William the Conqueror’s harrying of the North, Lady Alfreya of Tyrswick returns to her family home after seven years in exile. But instead of returning victorious as her dead father had promised, she returns defeated by Baron Sebastian de la Croix, the Norman who rules her lands.

To save her gravely ill brother's life, Alfreya offers herself hostage to her enemy. As Alfreya gets to know her new husband, she finds he’s not the monster she feared, and their marriage of convenience soon becomes a bond of passion. But Sebastian is a man with a secret—one that could destroy him.

As a series of brutal murders haunt their nights, the man who betrayed Alfreya’s father returns claiming to be her betrothed. He has learned Sebastian’s secret and will use it to further his own ambition—using Sebastian’s own family—which will destroy Sebastian and mark him a traitor, and plunge an unprepared England into war with the Scots…
Book Title: Warrior's Surrender

Author: Elizabeth Ellen Carter

Alright, so before I start anything, let me say I got this book in exchange for an honest review.  I can say that I enjoyed this book.  I have not read a historical romance in a while, and I can say this was a great journey back into that genre of books.

The characters are very strong and well developed.  They keep you engaged and in some ways you are always cheering for them when something happens.  They do keep you reading on, engaging you with each action they take.  I loved how the male and female leads in this book played well off each other.  It is always good when your love interests have real chemistry.  You can't have a good romance novel without chemistry.

The story itself was great.  I loved how you read the prologue and when you get into the book, the actions there come back into play.  It is always nice when you get a good back story that you can follow.  I can say it was a bit predictable, but that is not always a bad thing.I could see it coming.  I am trying to not give anything away because even from the get go you have things that factor into the rest of the story.

The side stories in this book don't take away from the main story and really they help move the main story along.  Sometimes in books you get the main story and the back stories have nothing to do with it and pull away from it, not in this book. This book flows well and moves from one part to another with no huge issues.  As with all books, some parts are a little rushed, but over all it moved well.

Pros: Well thought out story, strong characters, great themes

Cons: Some places rushed, some conflicts didn't feel fully resolved

Overall rating: This book is highly recommended!!


By the light of the fire she could see the abandoned chair. To see the second chair Frey must peer around the door. 

It too was empty.

Frey frowned. Did she doze and Sebastian slipped past her unseen? She took a further step or two into the room and looked.

The bed was…

Before Frey could complete the thought, she was grabbed roughly from behind and held firmly against a man’s broad chest. A large hand covered her mouth and suppressed an involuntary scream.
The man recognised her and relaxed but did not remove his hand.

“You picked the wrong night to slit my throat while I slept, princess.”

Sebastian’s whispered voice filled her ear. He held her still for long moments before speaking.
“Are you recovered? You will not scream?”

Frey nodded and shook her head in answer to each question and she was released, her heart pumping furiously.

“Do you suggest I pick some other night then?” she said, wiping her mouth to rid the sensation of his hand. 

Sebastian ignored her barb and poured a small measure of spiced wine into his goblet. He handed it to her and watched as she drank.

“Why do you assume the worst of me?” she asked.

“Habit,” he answered, arms folded across his chest. “Now tell me what you’re doing in my chambers while others sleep.”

“I have to speak to you.”

Sebastian’s eyebrows rose in surprise. It might have been scepticism, but Frey couldn’t be sure.
“And it couldn’t wait until morning?”

All of a sudden Frey’s courage left her and she wondered if her senses had taken leave of her too.
She was an unmarried woman, alone, late at night in the bed chamber of a man whose mere presence made her feel powerful sensations that she struggled to understand. What on earth was she doing?

She shook her head softly. 

“This was a mistake.”

As she turned to leave, Sebastian grabbed her wrist.

“It’s a mistake to not finish what you start.”


A future with words was always on the book for Elizabeth Ellen Carter who started writing her own stories when she ran out of Nancy Drew mysteries to read when she was 10.

Using her mother’s Olivetti type writer with the italic keyboard, she spent endless school holidays making up her own stories and then using the Dewey Decimal System to arrange and categorize her bookshelf.

Somewhere around the age of 13 she determined to become a journalist and at 17 was awarded a cadetship to the Gold Coast Bulletin.

She covered news, council, education, health but had the most fun as the paper’s entertainment and features reporter covering film, TV and music.

Best of all she met her husband there and together they started a small award-winning media, marketing and advertising agency and now she works as marketing manager for an international organic skin care company.

In 2012, Elizabeth also returned to the keyboard to write stories (and laptops are so much better than manual typewriters).

Her debut, Moonstone Obsession  was shortlisted for the 2013 Romance Writers Of Australia’s Emerald Awards for unpublished manuscripts.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Review - The Black Lotus, by Claire Warner

You just have to love three day weekends.  I got so much done and did a lot of reading.  The blog will be part of a blog tour that starts on June 1st.  We are trying to get the blog out there more and if you are an author reading this, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you get your book out there. 

And this week's book review...

Book Title: The Black Lotus 

Author: Claire Warner

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

From the get go this book held my attention.  The prologue gave me an idea of where the book was heading, like so many have started doing, but it did not prepare me for the full idea and how the characters all got from point A to point B.  It was a well thought out idea and the book holds great promise for a series.

This book was definitely not like most of the paranormal romance that you read.  You get from point A to point B and the two main characters fall in love/get married.  That is not what happened here and I am glad it didn't.  Sometimes a nice change of pace helps bring freshness to a genre.

I do wish that we got more back story about the "issue" the characters are facing.  I felt a little confused about what they were dealing with.  It wasn't enough to take away from the story but I feel like we could definitely use more back story.  I just would love to know how they all ended up the way they are.

I can say that as a character Melissa is a great main character.  She is definitely not your simple, happy girl who does what her family wants her to do.  No, she is stubborn, feisty and definitely a handful.  I love women like this though.  You get so many period women who do exactly what their families want.  She was not one of the those girls.  She made the story more fun, with her own idea of what she needed to be doing.

I can't wait until the next book so I can see where everything goes for these characters.

Pros: The characters are strong and the story is well thought out.

Cons: More back story needed, and sometimes things felt a little rushed.

Overall Rating: I would definitely recommend this book!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Review - Bottle Banished: Dreaming of Genie, By C.L. Riley

So I am a week behind on my reviews.  Last weekend my husband and I spent two days at a the Amarillo YC3 (Yellow City Comicon) as vendors. And of course, Sunday was Mother's day, so I was not really around then either.  So I have to get caught up.

I love that I am getting so many books to read.  I have to thank all the wonderful authors that have asked me to read their books.  They have been great and I love each and every characters.  Yes, sometimes I say they need to work on something, but for the most part I see great potential in each and every book!

That being said....

Book Title: Bottle Banished: Dreaming of Genie

Author: C.L. Riley

I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)

This book was out of my current genre obsession but it was great!  I loved the idea of the Jinn and Genies.  I love how the characters were developed and you get several different views of the story, from each main character's side.  I love when I can get different views of how a story is going to go.  Not a lot of authors can do it, and do it well.

This book was well written.  The flow was great and it was a very easy read.  You don't struggle with the story.  I also didn't have any problems with following the story. Sometimes the story gets muddled in books but not with this one.  This time I could follow the story and I wanted to keep reading, to know what was going to happen next.

I can't wait to read the rest of the books this series is going to bring to us.  I would love more stories for the other characters.  We have Genie and Reid in this one.  I want more Mark and I would love more of the big powerful Jinn Kuru that is after Genie.  I mean, come one, there is a red head involved.  ((I am a red head and love when there are strong red heads in books.)) 

Pros: Great writing, easy to follow and the characters are likeable and easy to love.

Cons: I want more back story at times.  I feel like I need more on some of the characters to help with this book.

Overall Rating: I would definitely recommend this book!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Book Review - Hollow's Charge, by Arielle LeClair

I am overwhelmed with how many books I am being asked to review.  I love that I can help so many with book reviews.  So many people want to be writers and I say go for it.  I wish I could write.  I try but in the end I never get very far.  So I decided that since I can't seem to write I will help others who do.

I have tried ways to motivate myself, but I just can't seem to get myself into the right frame of mind. That is ok though, I can help others achieve their dreams.  It could also be what I need to be able to push myself to finally do some writing.

Today's review...

Book Title: Hollow's Charge

Author: Arielle LeClair

So I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am glad that I was asked to read it. It was fun and entertaining.

Rosaleen is a wonderful lead and really directs the story in the direction it needs to go in.  She is the one chosen to become the new Keeper of the Hollow, but before she takes over her position she has to go on a quest to save her kingdom from a woman who should have never been on the throne. She finds out all this information from a person she was not planning to ever see and it throws her for a loop. 

The story and back stories were wonderfully thought out.  I loved how the characters interacted with each other. It was all well developed and there was no much just thrown together. I got a little lost only once and that was with how Rosaleen saw the king for the first time.  I had to read that part over a few times to understand what she was saying.  It was more implied, but I did not catch it.

So overall I enjoyed this book.  What I am hoping, hint hint, is that this book will become more then one book.  I know that it was ended nicely.  I am glad that this book ended well and wasn't one of those books that had to bring everything together in the last chapter and tie it all up with a nice little bow.  Arielle did so well with making sure the ending was not something all thrown together just to clean up any issues.  I wish more authors did that instead of throwing things together quickly to get to the ending.

Pros: Great characters, great story

Cons: Grammar issues

Overall rating: Very recommended!!