Starter Day Party Telesa: The Covenant Keeper

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I’m hosting a starter day party for the Telesa: The Covenant Keeper Tour.

Tour Schedule

August 31rd: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

Sept. 1st: Book Excerpt and Giveaway
@ Serenity’s Lovely Reads

Sept. 2nd: Interview
@ The Booklover’s Report

Sept. 3rd: Book Excerpt
@ Library Mosaic

Sept. 4th: Book Review and Excerpt
@ The Solitary Bookworm

Sept. 5th: Guest Post
@ Brenda McCreight’s Blog

Sept. 6th: Interview and Giveaway
@ I Am A Reader Not A Writer

Sept. 7th: Book Review
@ Aliaa El Nashar’s Blog

Sept. 8th: Book Excerpt
@ Nicki J. Markus’ Blog

Sept. 9th: Guest Post
@ Megan Likes Books

Sept. 10th: Book Review
@ I Heart Reading

Sept. 11th: Guest Post
@ C.S. Dorsey’s Blog

Sept. 12th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway
@ Soul Unsung

Sept. 13th: Guest Post and Giveaway
@ Sik Book Reviews

About Telesa: The Covenant Keeper

12964326Title: Telesa – The Covenant Keeper
Author: Lani Wendt Young
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

When Leila moves to her new home, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth’s elemental guardians – what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel – stamped with the distinctive tattoo markings of a noble Pacific warrior and willing to risk everything for the chance to be with her. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper?

A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

About the Telesa Trilogy

Lani self-published her second book ‘Telesa: The Covenant Keeper’ as an electronic book in October 2011 – a first for a Samoan author. Telesa is the first book in a Young Adult contemporary Fantasy series set in Samoa and within two months, it had reached number one on the Top Rated Fantasy Romance List on Amazon, the world’s largest e-book distributor. On June 10th 2012, the second book in the series, ‘When Water Burns’ was launched on Amazon, making it to Amazon’s ‘Hot New Releases’ listing within the first 48 hours. Both books 1 and 2 are also available in print books. The third book, ‘The Bone Bearer’ will be released in early 2013.

Lani uses a variety of social media to market, distribute and promote her writing, taking it to a global audience. The multi-visual marketing campaign for Telesa showcased a wide variety of Pacific talent as Lani collaborated with ‘up and coming’ innovators in the fields of photography, film, dance, art design, sports, modeling, bone carving, music, and fashion.

Author Bio

Lani is a Samoan-NZ writer who blogs as a (slightly Demented) Domestic Goddess at Sleepless in Samoa. Her award-winning short fiction has been published in collections in NZ, Australia and the UK. In 2009, Lani was commissioned to research and write her first book, the narrative non-fiction account of the disaster which devastated the islands of Samoa, American Samoa and Northern Tonga. The printing of ‘Pacific Tsunami – Galu Afi’ was funded by the Australian government and all proceeds from the book go to survivors who shared their stories for the project.

Lani is married to Darren Young (who is probably the most patient man alive) and when she’s not writing blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, getting depressed about a two star book rating on Goodreads, and ecstatic about a rave review on Amazon – she’s the full-time mother to her five fabulous children. (Who are also very patient people)

She won the following awards:

  • 2011 USP Press Fiction Award, ‘Sleepless in Samoa.’ Short story collection.
  • 2010 Commendation Award, Commonwealth Short Story Competition. ‘The Beast that Came from the Sea.’
  • Winner of the 2002 Telecom/National Univ of Samoa Short Story Competition. ‘A Sister’s Story.’

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Book Review: In The Presence of Spirits by Barbara Parks

13604243Title: In The Presence of Spirits
Author: Barbara Parks
Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Publication Date: September 8th 2012
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Traumatized by vicious poltergeist attacks that lasted five years, Barbara Parks never imagined that her deep-rooted fear of ghosts would disappear. A momentous turning point occurs when, still mourning the sudden death of a beloved friend, she receives a miraculous visit from him. This joyous experience marks her first step toward healing–and opening up to spirit world.
In the Presence of Spirits chronicles Barbara’s uplifting, personal journey of gradually accepting and embracing the clairvoyant gifts that allow her to see spirits. She shares dramatic and heartwarming stories of interacting with spirits who turn up everywhere: at home, on vacation, and accompanying her patients. From the departed uncle that protects Barbara’s young children from grave injury to the child spirits who bring comfort to their parents, these amazing true tales are convincing reminders that our loved ones are never far away.

In The Presence of Spirits was an enjoyable read about the paranormal in daily life. The author, Barbara Parks, has been confronted with spirits ever since she was a little girl. The house she grew up in was haunted by both friendly and angry spirits. She spent most of her youth trying to get over the traumas related to her house, and only grew to accept her paranormal gift when she became older.

I wasn’t always sure if the author wasn’t embellishing the truth here and there, but I chose to put my worries aside and give her the benefits of the doubt. The simplicity of this novel, in that it choses to recall both small events as larger ones, shows the truthfullness of most, if not all, events, in my humble opinion. The author writes well, although at some times I found the pace a tad too slow and the narrative a bit too descriptive. There was a large gap between the childhood events and when the author truly embraced her clairvoyant gifts at a later age, and everything between that gap progressed slowly.

I’m a big fan of these true haunting novels that relate to the author’s life in particular, and I found that, when compared with other similar books, In The Presence of Spirits ranks quite highly. There’s genuine emotion, sometimes good, sometimes bad, behind these pages. The line-up of ghosts is ever-changing, unique and interesting. I was surprised by how well the author dealt with her abilities later on in life when she seemed to have so much trouble coping at first, and I’m very happy with this change in feelings towards her clairvoyance. It would be a shame to throw such gifts away, or to fear them.

For fans of true hauntings, check out In The Presence of Spirits. It’s a genuine-sounding account that steers away from things one would only encounter in horror movies, with raw emotions dripping off the pages and offering a mix of intriguing, soothing encounters on the one hand and creepy, hair-rising on the other hand.

Book Review: Mysterious Minnesota by Adrian Lee

13757071Title: Mysterious Minnesota
Author: Adrian Lee
Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Publication Date: August 8th 2012
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Where humanity leaves its footprints, paranormal activity will follow.
From Fort Snelling’s resident poltergeist to the Wabasha Street Caves’ ghostly gangsters, Minnesota’s famous sites are rich in paranormal activity. Ghost hunter and historian Adrian Lee offers a unique and compelling tour of the state’s most haunted historic treasures. Along with his chilling, firsthand investigations of each location, you’ll find details on the history of the building, major events of the time, and the people involved. This fascinating historical context offers a deeper understanding of these paranormal hot spots and their restless spirits—Native American warriors, murder victims, convicted criminals, and others.
Clashes with indigenous tribes, lavish parties during the roaring twenties, botched public executions at Minneapolis City Hall, and the legend of John Dillinger are all explored in this one-of-a-kind guide to Minnesota’s haunted landmarks.

Mysterious Minnesota details a number of paranormal investigations in Minnesota, ranging from old hotels to caves to abandoned factories. What I enjoyed most about this book is that, as opposed to jumping from place to place rapidly, it focused on thirteen sites in particular and investigated them in great detail, talking about their history and the paranormal investigation by a large team.

The writing style of this book was very fluent. It was also very detailed, and vividly described. In some scenes, I actually could imagine myself standing there, in that old hotel room, or that creepy-looking factory, and feel shivers run down my spine. I also like how the author seems to take a step back and tell the readers about the hauntings almost matter-of-factly. There are obvious emotions in the accounts, but they never take over, and as a reader I had plenty of space to make up for myself what I chose to believe and what I didn’t. For me, this was one of the main reasons why I enjoyed the book. Detailed, with real, historical research at the base of most hauntings, and with scientific equipment such as a ‘ghost box’ (although I’m not sure how scientific that really is) to help the investigators communicate with spirits from the beyond.

I also liked how the book never goes over the top. It talks about paranormal phenomena, sometimes even communcating with spirits, but there’s nothing outrageous, such as ghosts trying to kill someone, a myriad of full-body apparitions or entire hordes of ghosts. For some reason, I found this book a lot more believable than some of the true haunting books I previously read, although I can’t exactly pinpoint why. Maybe it’s the historical research, or how the author doesn’t try to convince me. He doesn’t scream: look, this happened, now believe me! Instead, he calmly recites what happens, drawing me in more and more every page.

I was a bit sad the book was over. I wouldn’t have minded if it were longer (and it’s already quite long, over 300 pages) because I was seriously engrossed in the witness accounts and paranormal investigations detailed in this book. I definitely wouldn’t mind reading more true haunting books by this author. He has a keen eye for research and doesn’t go into “preaching” mode, enforcing his beliefs on the reader. Instead, he remains surprisingly neutral, but his writing style is intriguing and enjoyable.

If you like true haunting books, you don’t want to miss out on Mysterious Minnesota. If you’re one of the lucky people living in or near Minnesota, you definitely want to read this one, and then go visit the places mentioned and maybe meet up with some century-old ghosts. Recommended to all fans of true hauntings.

Starter Day Party for All The Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them

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Today I’m hosting a starter day party for All Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them by Anne M. Strick.

About the Book

12795028Title: All The Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them
Author: Anne M. Strick
Genre: Non-Fiction

This is book is for anyone interested in a job in films or television, and for those movie buffs who want to know backstage secrets, and how movies are really made. It is a book of interviews with those indispensable behind-the-screen people – the electricians, grips, truck drivers, scenic artists, make-up artists, graphic designers, carpenters, construction workers, seamstresses, costumers and special effects wizards – who make movie magic actually happen. This book tells what they do, how they do it, how they got their jobs and what adventures they’ve had. It is a book for all those fans who want inside stories about their favorite actors and the films they’ve made. It is a book for all those who dream of joining the Hollywood world and have the everyday skills required to work in the industry – which, surprisingly, most of us already do . In short, this is a book for everyone.

About the Author

Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others. She has published theater reviews, articles in Parents Magazine , Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-help books, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarly critique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”) . Born in Philadelphia, and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.

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Book Review: Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore

12680907Title: Bitterblue
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: May 1st 2012
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The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire.
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle–disguised and alone–to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.
Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Kristin Cashore is one of my favorite authors of all time. She has a literary talent that perplexes me and makes me feel more than a little jealous (but in a good way). In Graceling and Fire, the two previous novels in the Graceling Realm series, she crafted a fantasy world so mythical and strange, so different from everything I grew used to as a reader when I talked or heard about fantasy books, that is left me dazzled, mystified and intrigued. She has the rare ability to make her characters come to life on the pages of her novels. They’re multi-dimensional, complex people with a myriad of emotions and issues. I fell in love with Fire, and I liked Katsa a lot as well. Heck, I even liked Bitterblue, who was a side character in Graceling, and now steps up as the heroine of Bitterblue.

The problem is that, if I didn’t know the sheer amount of awesomeness Kristin Cashore is capable of, I probably would’ve rated this book a five. It redefines the standards of YA Fantasy literature, as well as the other Graceling Realm books. It plays with stereotypes and dismisses them, or turns them around and makes them new, fresh and original. Bitterblue still does that, albeit less so. It’s like, in a way, I’ve grown so accostumed to the awesome world that is the Graceling Realm, that it just doesn’t feel that new and shiny anymore.

Another problem with this book, as opposed to others, is the heroine. Katsa was strong, powerful, stubborn and capable of handling almost anything. Fire, although perhaps less powerful, more or less possessed the same traits. Bitterblue not so much. She’s a Queen, but instead of ruling a Kingdom, she’s being ruled by the Kingdom. Her subjects are still only starting to grasp the atrocities King Leck did to them by controlling their minds. They’ve missed out on so much already and went through such turmoil, that it’s left the Kingdom in chaos and despair. The people need a powerful, capable monarch to fix that, but Bitterblue, being a teenage girl who’s own father used the same mind tricks on her he did on others, isn’t up for the role. It takes a journey of self-discovery for her to decide what she needs to do, who she can trust, and what Queen she wants to be. In that aspect, Bitterblue is perhaps the most original of all Kristin Cashore’s main characters. What other book features a teenage Queen set to rule a Kingdom led to depair by her father’s wicked mind-control powers? The premise is astonishing, but the rest falls a bit flat. There’s no magic in this book. I don’t mean that literally. But there was something about the other two books that almost felt magical, and that is lacking here.

Mind you, Bitterblue is far from bad. It’s a very good book. It’s just that its light shines a little less bright when compared to the two previous books by the same author.

The mystery is…not at all that mysterious. At times, I wondered if I even wanted to know. The love affair was great, but could’ve used a bit more screentime. The rest of the story was so-so. There were elements that truly surprised me, and things I saw coming miles away. I also had the feeling the story dragged a bit, especially in the middle.

Bitterblue is a nice addition to the series, and when compared to other books, it shines far above them. Compared to the other books by Kristin Cashore however, it’s a tad bit dissapointing. Characters lacked depth and the plot lacked direction. I’d still recommend it though.

Book Review: The Rebel Princess by Anne M. Strick

9418699Title: The Rebel Princess
Author: Anne M. Strick
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: September 14th 2010
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Review copy provided for review by Enchanted Book Promotions.

An insider’s first-ever behind-the-scenes scoop on how movies are REALLY made: gritty, grinding, tunnel-vision labor, back-stage intrigue, explosive dramas, parties, and relationships that last a night or a lifetime.
Larger-than-life characters who live life with fervor, while contending with their own inner demons and one another, all in the pressure cooker of a location shoot in the exotic world of Mexico. This romp of a story follows the making of a movie from pre-production through wrap. A hotly passionate love story and a murder elevate the stakes.

The Rebel Princess is truly unlike any book I’ve ever read. It’s hard for me to classify it in one category, or to express why it’s so different. For starters, it’s written by an author who has real knowledge of the inside and outside of the movie industry, and it shows. The book starts with a bang, and from the very beginning it pulled me in. I had no idea the movie business actually was set up like this. Needless to say, I was more than a little surprised by the discoveries I made throughout this novel, but all in a good way. The book isn’t too technical, although it conveys the entire process of movie making from the beginning to the end. As a reader, I absorbed all this information without even realizing it. There’s no trace of ‘info-dumping’ anywhere in this book. As the story unfolded, I learned more about the movie business, while still staying right in the middle of the action.

Don’t think there’s no story in the book because it focuses largerly on the life and chaos on set. There is a story, and an intriguing one at that. The main character is one of the most intriguing characters I’ve ever come across in a novel. She has a myriad of contradicting emotions, an ambitious goal fitting for Hollywood and an attitude to match it. The side characters are each unique individuals as well, and they’re well-developed and three-dimensional. Cardboard characters? This author has obviously never heard of that before, thank goodness!

Not only was it a huge relief to be greeted by an, in my opinion, original, well-researched storyline, to add refreshing characters to do was a great asset as well. I also loved how author Anne M. Strick never once failed to keep the tension running high – from page one until the end I was biting my nails waiting to see what was going to happen next.

The Rebel Princess is a must-read. If you’ve ever been interested in Hollywood, you need to get this book. If you’re not that interested in life on set, but you feel like reading a contemporary romance with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to end, then you need to read this book as well. It’s original, it’s intriguing, it’s sexy, it’s daring. I’m truly amazed by this author’s talent and her ability to write about believable characters in believable situations. Also, did I mention that his happens on location? Add an exotic location in the mix and you know you’re in for one hell of a ride.

Book Tour: Book Excerpt for Maven Fairy Godmother

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Today I’m hosting a book excerpt for Maven Fairy Godmother, a fractured fairytale and women’s fiction novel by Charlotte Babb.

Book Excerpt

“Be careful what you ask for,” Maven said, “You just might get it.”

The girl stared at Maven for a moment. She held up her fingers and started counting. “I just want to have (one) the fabulous, romantic evening with (two) the beautiful clothes and (three) the lovely music and (four) the elegant food I didn’t have to cook.” Wistful hope shone on her face even behind the calculations of exactly what kinds of fun girls just want to have. She stuck out her thumb and added, “I was very careful.”

“You asked for it.” Maven wondered how a fairy godmother cast her spell. She hoped the wand would work, but in a dream, what could go wrong? “I will provide the clothes and the coach and the whole kit, cat and caboodle. If you like what you see, then go for the prince and make yourself happy. If not, then come back home and decide what you want. You have until midnight before it all goes away. At the twelfth bong: busted.”

“I’m ready.” The girl closed her eyes, held her breath, and stood very still.

How to grant a wish? The Bump suggested bopping the girl over the head, preferably with a broom handle. Maven swished the wand, but nothing happened. There was a song in the movie, but she couldn’t remember how it went. “Boopbetty Boopbetty Do!”

The girl opened her eyes again. “What? Do you need something for the magic…mice? A pumpkin?”

“Bring them on.” The girl ought to wash her face, too. But if Maven had magic for horses and coaches, a bath should be no sweat. Maven never cast a spell before, but she’d written affirmations, meditations and invocations. She’d soaked her head and sunk her bankbook in all flavors of Manifest your Mojo workshops trying to make some sense of her life. Maybe they’d work if she did them for someone else.

About Maven Fairy Godmother: Through The Veil

Maven-cover-200x300Title: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through The Veil
Author: Charlotte Henley Babbs
Genre: Humorous Women’s Fiction

Broke, busted and despairing over the mess her life has turned out to be, middle-aged Maven Morrigan is offered a job as a fairy godmother, a one-time-only last chance to make something of herself and make the world a better place.

Not knowing who to trust: her boss, her slithery familiar, or her own Bump of Direction, she has to find her personal power by relying on herself, her real world failures, and her sense of the absurd, to survive in this imaginary garden with real trolls in it so that her clients get their happily ever after.

Product Details
• File Size: 506 KB
• Print Length: 289 pages
• Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (March 30, 2012)
• ASIN: B007QD2XW2
• ISBN: 978-1-77127-000-7
• Price: $5.95
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Author Bio

Charlotte Babb began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name–although she sometimes mistook “Chocolate” for “Charlotte” on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter.

When her third-grade teacher allowed her access to the fiction room at the school library, Charlotte discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors have had the most influence on her desire to share her point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better.

In the meantime, Charlotte has fallen prey to steampunk and the gears are turning…corset, bustle and magic, oh my! She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.

She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours. Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, education, bankruptcy, and widowhood? Here.

Charlotte loves Fractured Fairy Tales and writes them for your enjoyment.

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Book Review: Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake #1) by C.J. Sansom

630981Title: Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake #1)
Author: C.J. Sansom
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 27th 2004
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Exciting and elegantly written, Dissolution is an utterly compelling first novel and a riveting portrayal of Tudor England. The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry. Shardlake and his young protégé uncover evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason, and when two other murders are revealed, they must move quickly to prevent the killer from striking again.

In the middle of King Henry VIII’s Reformation in sixteenth century England, lawyer Matthew Shardlake is sent out by none other than Thomas Cromwell to solve a murder mystery in a nearby monestary. With the monestaries dissolving rapidly as the revolution passes through the country, and the King’s Men disband the corrupt monestaries at lightning speed, this is a very tumultuous era in English history, and the ideal background for the story.

That said, Dissolution reminded me an awful lot of The Name of The Rose. Unfortunately though, The Name of The Rose was a lot better. I have nothing against C.J. Sansom’s writing style or narrative, but it pales in comparison to this classic. In the abbey of Scarnsea, a commissioner sent by Cromwell himself, who was evaluating the monestary, was found murdered. Shardlake and his assistant travel to the abbey to find the identity of the murderer and solve the crime. But as soon as they arrive in Scarnsea, it’s obvious that they’re the target of a menacing presence who wouldn’t back away from hurting them as well. Secrets are buried deep inside the monestary, and Shardlake needs to find them before they find him.

Dissolution‘s historical research is impressive. The characters are fascinating in their originality. Take the main character for example. Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer, pro the reformation, but he also feels mixed emotions at seeing the monestaries disappear. He cares about people, some more than others, but he has a keen eye on seeing through lies and solving mysteries. He’s physically deformed, and often complains about is – which is great, because it’s completely human to do so. He’s flawed, more than a little bit, and this makes him so deliciously human I fell in love with this character right away. I’m so glad this author realized not all main characters need to be perfect or have flaws that aren’t really flaws to be intriguing.

The side characters were intriguing as well. I especially liked Guy a lot, and hope he makes a return in the follow-up novels.

The mystery was a tad bit predictable. It reminded me of the typical Agatha Christie style, although it’s obviously set many centuries earlier. The character’s motivations were a bit too obvious, the possible culprits too easy to pick out. While each may have their own motivations for committing the murder, I had a faint idea of who’d done it about halfway through the novel. The mystery itself isn’t that impressive, but the historical setting, the way it’s painted with an astonishing amount of detail and the author’s ability to really get into the mind of the sixteenth-century inhabitants of England, is fascinating and brilliant.

Dissolution is a great read. It’s enjoyable from start to finish, and makes the sixteenth century come to life on the pages. I recommend it to all historical fiction fans. I’ll definitely read the next one in the series, Dark Fire. Don’t go looking for the most complicated mystery of all times, but with all the rest this book offers, the mystery hardly matters that much. If you like historical fiction, you need to give this book a try. Spectacular for a debut author, and I can’t wait to see what else the author comes up with.

Book Review: Haunted Files From The Edge by Philip J. Imbrogno

12979842Title: Haunted Files From The Edge
Author: Philip J. Imbrogno
Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Publication Date: August 8th 2012
Rating: Did not Finish
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Haunted Files from the Edge features gripping accounts of run-ins with angry spirits, phantasms, monsters, and poltergiests. It includes investigations of notorious specters, haunted places, and legends such as the Curse of Owlsbury, the Curse of the Green Witch, Sleepy Hollow, and the Ghosts of the Alamo. Using state-of-the art scientific tools and special imaging techniques, noted paranormal investigator Philip J. Imbrogno was able to find rational explanations for 73 percent of the hundreds of high strangeness cases he investigated, but a large number still defied explanation. These mystifying investigations are the ones included here. Each case is supported by eyewitness testimony and photographic evidence.

I’ve never been as nervous about posting a review before as I’ve been about posting this one. Why? Because in the first time for as long as I’ve had this blog, which is little over two years, I didn’t finish this book. I couldn’t. Believe me, I wanted to. I gave up in three fourth because I simply couldn’t take it anymore.

This isn’t the first true haunting book I’ve read. Up till now, I pretty much enjoyed all the ones I’ve read, some more than others. I’m skeptical about the paranormal, but I believe most of the things I read up to some degree. This book? It sounds about as unbelievable as if I’d walk downstairs and find an alien hiding in my fridge.

Talking about aliens, that’s one of the other things that’s wrong with this book. I went in expecting to read a book about hauntings, and up to some degree, the book is about just that. But for some reason, the author always wants to refer to aliens. I have no idea why he does this. It seems like aliens are his true expertise, but that doesn’t mean he should keep referring to them with every turning page. I also didn’t buy the alien explanations. Even when it’s obvious there are a thousand more fitting explanations that make a lot more sense, the author brings it back to aliens. I found this very annoying, and after a while, I couldn’t take it anymore.

For a while, in the middle, the book got better, but toward the second half, it got worse. The ups and downs of this book were so huge I had trouble reading on, and eventually quit. I never quit on books, so this is obviously a very bad sign. I don’t know. Aliens never interested me, and it isn’t something I’d want to read about (except in fiction) so maybe it’s that. Since this is supposedly a book about hauntings (as it says so in the title, Haunted Files From The Edge I was suspecting to read about ghostly investigations, not about the author’s speculations about the existence of aliens.

On top of the constant references to aliens, the writing style is also a bit bland. Some passages were so boring I had to skip through them. I had absolute trouble with both the author’s credibility and his writing style – it just wasn’t for me.

Then I came upon this distracting piece of news regarding the author’s credentials, which, apparently are all fake. While this may not necessarily reflect on whether his work is fake or not, it certainly refrained me from going back to this book and reading it till the end. If I really liked it, I probably wouldn’t have cared, but this literally drove me over the edge. Writing paranormal non-fiction may be a tough field to break through, but faking one’s been to university and in the army isn’t doing anyone any good, least of all one’s self.

I feel bad I didn’t like this book as much as I hoped I would, but I always vouched to be honest on this blog, and I’m doing just that. I’ve read and enjoyed a large share of paranormal non-fiction books. This one just wasn’t right for me. The constant referrals to aliens and the fake credentials pushed me away, as well as the writign style.

If you’re a fan of true haunting novels, you may want to give Haunted Files From The Edge a try, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you’re looking for better books in the genre, check out Mysterious Minnesota and Restless in Peace. I read both these books as well and enjoyed them a lot more. Reviews of these are coming at the end of August.

Starter Day Party Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1) Tour

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Hey everyone! Today I’m hosting the starter day party for Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1) by Willow Rose.

Tour Schedule

August 24th: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

August 25th: Promo Post
@ Whoopeyoo

August 29th: Book Excerpt
@ Andi’s Book Reviews

September 1st: Review
@ Sky Rose Reviews

September 2nd: Author Interview
@ Majanka’s Blog

September 5th: Book Review
@ I Heart Reading

September 6th: Book Excerpt
@ Fiktishuhs

About Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1)

13648992Title: Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1)
Author: Willow Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance

The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.

Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up. It is the first in a family saga that covers three decades of the character’s lives. The sequel is expected to be published in September 2012.

Author Bio

Willow Rose writes Paranormal Romance, fantasy and mystery. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys to watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

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