Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 2

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Welcome to Day 2 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Sonya Loveday. Catch up with more from Sonya in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

The Summer I Fell

Where is your home town?

I was born in Presque Isle, Maine. I lived there for 10 years until we moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts for a brief 15 month period. St. Cloud, Florida is where I’ve spent the majority of my life.

How long have you been writing romance?

The Summer I Fell is the first NA/Contemporary romance that I’ve written to date. My other books are considered paranormal romance.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Honestly I don’t have a ‘favorite’ because there are so many great sub-genre’s out there!

Tell us about Riley’s childhood

A good majority of Riley’s life it’s just her and her dad. It’s a good thing her dad is so awesome and an even better thing that she has the Six. (Group of six friends)

When does Riley declare her feelings for Ace?

You don’t have to wait too long into the book to see things happening between Riley and Ace. When you start reading The Summer I Fell, your plopped right in the middle of Riley’s life hours after graduation. The feelings and friendships are right there- as if you’d walked up and sat down beside her on the tailgate of her truck.

Give us a hint about why Riley’s plans had to change.

Her financial aide falls through and now it’s up to her to decide what she’s going to do about it.

Tell us about some of the life changes that happen to Riley.

She’s forced to face the reality that growing up is not all it’s cracked up to be. Friendships can survive over time and distance. There are just some things that are out of your hands and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

Tell us about the 6 rowdy boys Riley grew up with, are they now 6 sexy men?

Oh boy…the Six! These guys are awesome! The beginning of the book you get to ‘meet’ all the guys as they interact with Riley. They’re funny, sexy and just a little crazy.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I’ve started the second book in The Six Series. Jared’s book will pick up when he leaves Alabama and will intertwine (partially) with Riley and Ace’s story.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Sonya Loveday

You can find me on Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, Google+, and Amazon!

facebook.com/sonyalovedayauthor Signed print copies can be purchased directly from me by messaging me on my Facebook author page.

sonyaloveday@wordpress.com

@sonyaloveday

loveday@gmail.com

http://amzn.com/e/B00LXD4252

Find a copy of “The Summer I Fell” here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Find out more about Sonya from Stephanie Hurt’s blog and all our Romance writers http://stephanie-hurt.com/

 

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Elizabeth reviews An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham

Today we have a review from Book Review Team Member Elizabeth, she blogs at http://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

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Elizabeth chose to read and review An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham

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Here is her review.

An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham

From the first few lines of, “An Independent Woman,” I knew that I would enjoy this book. The scene of a poor area of London is set, the clothing is of the Victorian era and Philomena, the heroine has our sympathy as she is already threatened by an evil foe.

The fast moving plot involves Philomena’s need to escape. Disguising herself and taking only a tiny portrait of an unknown woman, she boards one of the open-topped railway carriages bound for a new life in Bristol. But there is a dramatic change of circumstances when the train crashes in the Berkshire countryside. Philomena finds herself in the upstairs, downstairs world of Lord Thatcham, tempted by the hint of passion but convinced that she must escape once again.

The tortured soul of Hugh, Lord Thatcham is complex yet believable. His feelings of guilt and duty are at odds with his need for love and his interest in, “modern,” technology. Philomena also has a dark secret which she believes denies her any chance of happiness. Yet they share a common enemy who could unite them or dash their hopes for ever.

This beautifully composed story contains all the ingredients for a successful historical romance, including separation and misunderstanding. The minor characters are warm or evil and the historical details accurate and particularly interesting. A thoroughly good read.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

September Edition of Fleet Life and Elvetham Heath Directory

Here are the books that I have had featured in this month’s Fleet Life magazine. For the online version go to http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, click on the online directory and once it is loaded find my page of book reviews on page 6.

September Fleetlife

This month you’ll see;

Gypsy by Cynthia Harrison

Archer of the Lake by Kelly R Michaels

The Silence of Juliet Mann by Joanne Phillips

Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby

and The Last Observer by Dr Gary Vasey.

For the Elvetham Heath Directory, find a copy of the online version at http://www.ehd.org.uk. Click on the online directory and once it’s loaded turn to page 6

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This month you’ll find;

Kings and Queens by Terry Tyler

Business As Usual by E.L. Lindley

Some People Prefer Hotels by Nigel Hicks

The Birr Elixir by Jo Sparkes

A Woman’s Choice by Annie Thomas

 

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 1

WELCOME to the second year of Romancing September Across The World.

For the next thirty days we will be bringing you with some fantastic Romance books from across the wide range of books within the genre.

Everyday there will be a different book and there are two posts about the book and the author. The first is here in the Uk and the second is with Stephanie in the USA.

Each post is different and will introduce you the author and their book, so let’s see if we can find a book to tickle your literal taste buds.

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Our first guest is Caroline Storer. Catch up with more from Caroline in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

The Roman

Where is your home town?

I live in a small village called Llanfechell, which is on the lovely island of Anglesey in North Wales. It’s a lovely island with some wonderful beaches and is just on the doorstep of the Snowdonia National Park. You may also recall, that Anglesey was recently the “home” of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) whilst William was serving with the RAF up here at RAF Valley. I did invite them over for tea, but unfortunately they were too busy to pop over (only kidding!)

How long have you been writing romance?

I first put pen to paper; or rather fingers to keyboard back in 2007. But saying that, I have always dreamt of writing romance, and over the years hundreds of ideas for books have bubbled away in my over active imagination.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Historical romance without a doubt! I love most periods of historical romance; but if I had to pick three, then Ancient Rome, Viking and Regency romances would be my favourites.

When is your book set?

My book is set in Ancient Rome, in AD79

How was Marsallas betrayed?

The heroine, Justina was forced to lie to him when they were young by telling him that she wanted to be with his uncle, Quintus instead of marrying him. Believing the worst, Marsallas denounces Justina to Hades and leaves Herculaneum vowing never to return.

What has Marsallas been doing for the last 6 years?

Marsallas has thrown himself into the deadly world of chariot racing, gaining fortune, fame, and a salacious reputation throughout Rome. His bed could be kept warm by a different woman each night if he chooses, but his heart remains iced over as the memory of Justina’s betrayal continues to haunts him.

How does he meet Justina again?

Quintus is dying, and forces Justina to go to Rome to persuade Marsallas to return to Herculaneum to see him before he dies. Justina doesn’t want to go, but has no choice. When they meet for the first time in six years, Marsallas feels hatred for her; but underneath it all there is still a spark of desire for her that he can’t resist.

How does he believe he will avenge his broken heart?

When Justina steps back into his life he sees a chance to avenge his broken heart. He’ll take her for one night only, and then walk away from her as she walked away from him. But beneath the hurt, an attraction so intense still burns between the two, and as their fates begin to intertwine once more, their determination to resist one another starts to falter…

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I’m currently finishing off a Viking Romance. It’s a Viking with a twist, though. In my story, the heroine is the Viking and the hero is the Anglo Saxon lord who captures her when Vikings invade England in 1066.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Caroline Storer

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/caroline.storer.50?ref=tn_tnmn 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CarolineStorer6

You can also find me on my blog at – http://carolinestorer.blogspot.co.uk/

Find a copy of The Roman here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

On Barnes and Noble – http://ow.ly/tPHvY

On Kobo – http://ow.ly/tPI1N

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Caroline_Storer_The_Roman_HarperImpulse_Historical?id=aR-hAgAAQBAJ

iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/roman-harperimpulse-historical/id804712321?mt=11

Find out more about Caroline from Stephanie Hurt’s blog and all our Romance writers http://stephanie-hurt.com/

 

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Karen reviews The Unicorn Girl by M.L. LeGette

Today we have a review from Book Review Team member Karen, she blogs at http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/

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Karen chose to read The Unicorn Girl by M.L. LeGette

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Here is Karen’s review.

The book introduces you to Leah Vindral, growing up motherless at Willow Manor. Her days are filled with learning – thanks to her demanding governess, Miss Perish. Her daily highlight is mounting her mare Iris. After recovering from an illness, everything is different, and she decides to flee. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With The Unicorn Girl, M.L. LeGette has created a wonderful YA fantasy and/or coming of age story. Throughout her endeavour, you can ‘watch’ Leah develop from a whiny little girl to a young woman who makes her own decisions. The Unicorn Girl is a really entertaining and fast-paced read. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt quite close to the characters and their experiences. All characters were believable, still leaving room for the readers’ imagination. The Unicorn Girl is a great story not only for YA fantasy lovers – a truly enjoyable read.

This is a book to read again.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 19

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I an into my second year.

New Good DeedsDuring my week I’ll also being updating you on My Kindness Challenge which I’m also doing. I read about a new challenge to make the world a better place to live in. “Speak Kind Words, Receive Kind Echoes” see the inspiration on  The Kindness blog . During my learning process I’m donating money to charity for my slip-ups to make me work harder to achieve results. I earn no money from any of my book reviews, so having little to spare should focus my mind.

August 24th – Lent some books to my mother-in-law today who enjoys reading. Have been having a clear out and made a collection of items for the charity shop.

August 25th – Sent out a group e-mail to everyone on the Romancing September Tour to start creating some Buzz and support for the tour and all the lovely authors who are taking part and hoping to spread the news about their books. Finished reading Frenzy by Mark King.

August 26th – Completed 30 pictures that can be used on Twitter during the Romancing Tour. Walked round to a friends house to drop off a birthday present and picked up litter on the way home. Started reading Dark Water by Jan Ruth

August 27th – Left a tip with the barber who successfully scalped my son this morning. My book review today on the blog is for The Landland Chronicles by Dallas Sutherland, a good fantasy for younger readers. Helped out another friend with the bus timetable for college next week.

August 28th – Agreed to read and review two more books today, my list is getting rather long, but then I love reading. Added two more books to the book review team list this evening. Drafted up a guest author post for Mark King for October and have been liaising with reviewers and authors over book review books. Good deeds received, lots of lovely people are getting behind the promotion of the Romancing September tour which starts on Monday. Thanks for all the tweets and posts.

August 29th – Saw a gentleman drop a £5 note today, picked it up and returned it to him. Reading has been really slow this week, I’ve had 24 working hours of accounting book work to complete.

August 30th – It’s been really windy over the past day so there has been lots of litter blowing around. Picked up rubbish this morning and again this afternoon.

Patriot by A.S Bond

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Patriot is a fast paced thriller. Spoiler Alert.

The scene is set with an attack of an Afghan compound and a US Apache helicopter brought down by an advanced missile.

Scott Jensen works in intelligence for the Us Department of Defense in Washington a friend contacts him about evidence picked up from the Apache attack, the surface to air missile had a very advanced laser guided by a micro-chip made in the US. The technology is owned by New York billionaire Jean Maynard, friend of the President. When Scott asks for an investigation, the top brass shut him down.

Still believing Maynard needs investigating, Scott takes what he has to a journalist, Brooke Kinley. The trail soon leads to a mining town in remote Canada and Brooke sets out by herself to find out more. I like Brooke, she is a strong female character and really good at survival. There are lots of clues and details added along the way which you know will come together later in the story, a couple are victims of piracy in the Indian Ocean and a pair of geologists are attacked in Labrador. Plus someone is following Scott.

Dexter Adams flies into Labrador in search of his missing brother and finds himself involved in Brooke’s investigation when his plane crashes in a lake.

There are quite a lot of characters to keep up with and several intelligence agencies across the world get involved in this race to stop phase 2 of a terrorist attack and to find out just who is pulling all the political strings.

View all my reviews on Goodreads

 www.brookekinleyadventures.com

Patriot on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JV60S88

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It is also available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

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“A.S Bond is the pen name of Alexandra Pratt, an internationally acclaimed travel writer and journalist. Alexandra is also the author of six previous books, including Lost Lands, Forgotten Stories (HarperCollins, 2002), which is the story of her canoe expedition to Labrador that later inspired much of the ‘action’ in Patriot. Now married and based in the west of England, Alexandra works as a freelance journalist and also writes adventure thrillers under the pen name A.S.Bond. ‘Patriot’ is an award-winning thriller, which debuted at #13 in its category on Amazon. It is the first title in her series of Brooke Kinley Adventures and is available as both a paperback and an e-book. For more information and the latest news, visit www.brookekinleyadventures.com

 

Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Noelle reviews Britannia: The Wall by Richard Denham

Today we have a review from Book review Team Member Noelle, she blogs at http://saylingaway.wordpress.com

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Noelle chose to read and review Britannia: The Wall by Richard Denham

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Here is her review.

The year is AD 367 and four Roman soldiers of different age and rank return to their fort after hunting for deer to feed their garrison. They find everyone at the fort slaughtered, horses taken and food pillaged. Their fort is one of many along Hadrian’s Wall, a defensive fortification built by Romans in AD 122 and separating Britannia – the furthest extent of Roman rule – into a north and a south. North of the Wall are a dozen wild peoples, while south of the Wall there is Roman rule and an uneasy peace with other tribes living there. The four soldiers are 19 year old Leocadius, a foot soldier who is a womanizer and braggart; Vitalis, also a foot soldier, who is two years younger and still in reality a boy untried in battle; Semisallis Paternus, who has a wife and child living at another fort; and Justinus, a phlegmatic circitor or cavalry non-commissioned officer, who at 30 years old considered an old timer and is their leader by rank. Horrified by what they find, they decide not to bury the dead but are led by Justinus to the next nearest fort, in the hopes of finding reinforcements. There they find the same scene, but Paternus’ wife and son are not among the dead. The soldiers follow along the road between the forts, finding more slaughter and raiding, while heading south to a major town in the region. When they stop to rest by a cold stream, they are nearly discovered by the raiders, tall blond men riding Roman cavalry horses and speaking an unknown language. What were Saxons doing in Britannia?

Thus begins Britania -The Wall, an historical novel which has excitement, a good amount of brutality and gore, as befits the times, and wonderful historical detail and content. The authors have created an accurate world of Britannia at the times: the tribes and their characteristics, the organization and leadership both within the Roman army and the settlements, the gods and religious practices, as well as the living conditions. They are especially effective in the description of ancient Londinium, which would evolve through the centuries into the London we know.

The soldiers discover that the destruction of the raid was actually carried out by an army made up of many tribes, using Roman fighting techniques, and led by a giant of a man wearing a distinctive silver helmet, who is called Valentinus. There is a mystery running through the story of how these four soldiers became heroes of the Wall, how the Wall is rebuilt, how Londinium is fortified against attack: who is this elusive, charismatic leader? And when will Valentinus and his unholy alliance of Picts, Saxons, and Scots attack again?

This is a book for an audience of male readers of historical fiction; while I enjoyed it, it is not something a woman would pick up at first glance unless she was enamoured of that time and area, as I am. The major drawback to the novel is the Latin terms used are not defined. I took four years of Latin and even translated a portion of Caesar’s Gallic Wars, but I still had to look up a lot of terms along the way, which took me away from the story. I strongly suggest a glossary of terms, which will open the book to a larger readership.

The authors have created real and engaging characters in the four soldiers and provide us with lyrical and colourful descriptions of the times and society in which they live. I do recommend this book as an historical novel of substance, and I look forward to the next volume in the series.

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT – Aesop’s Secret by Claudia White

Today we have a review from eleven year old Rachel who has joined our book review team to read a book in her age bracket. This is her very first book review.

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Aesop’s Secret, Claudia White.

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Over the past few days I have been reading Aesop’s Secret by Claudia White. The book is about a ten year old girl named Melinda with a normal life up until the day she turned into a horse.

   This isn’t the kind of book I would normally read however, Aesop’s Secret has an interesting story line, amazing characterization and description and I loved the twists and turns. The interesting bits were amazing but in between those parts it didn’t encourage me to keep reading.

   I would say that this book is for younger, yet advanced, readers maybe aged 9 or 10.

One comment I would make is that while the cover artwork is beautiful it IS quite creepy and it might put some people off. Overall I would rate this book 3 stars out of 5.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Suraya reviews Music of Souls by JJ Kendrick

Today’s review comes from book review team member Suraya, find her at http://www.thestorymint.com

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Suraya chose to read and review Music of Souls by JJ Kendrick.

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Here is her review.

MUSIC OF SOULS

By JJ Kendrick Three stars

The opening paragraph was descriptive and I was immediately in New England. Very nicely done.

I am not a Vampire genre fan so was looking for strong characterisation and storytelling. As I went through the novel I found myself thinking I was looking through the window of a student flat where meals were discussed and general love affairs were the preoccupation.

Jackson hated himself for what he did to Sarah (5) yet we never see that inner conflict expressed in his actions or emotions. They have fresh clothes yet drink blood which I would have thought was a messy business so why bother with fresh clothes.

The switch back in time is clearly marked and there was some change in tone and voice. I thought there could have been more of a sense of being in another century. More description of costumes and dialect.

I liked the fact that the author described smells and thought we could have had more of that type of description.

The idea that having sex with humans was like having sex with butterflies piqued my curiosity. I would have liked to see how that played out….not erotically but as an example of how the relationships between humans and vampires were handled.

This story had great possibilities that were largely unrealised such as the encounter in the bar with Elisabeth. This could have become a real game of wits. Instead she slips away and becomes the ‘first woman to ever deny’ Jackson. Jackson’s reaction is to become violent. Again we could have seen his turmoil and why rejection led to a wild frenzied attack on a red head who collapses because he has taken too much blood. There is a panicked frenzy to ‘transfuse’ her, then Sarah and Jackson make her forget how she came to be passed out on the couch and gave her a story about being in the casino. The device of giving characters the ability to wipe people’s memories is like using dreams to explain complicated storylines which are difficult to resolve. It was a shame because this one event could have opened up a story line that became more complex with rising tension that made the reader turn the pages.

This encounter appears to have no impact on Jackson apart from making him ‘curse himself’. So we get no sense of inner regret or torment that he almost killed someone and what the consequences of that might have been.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com