A YEAR OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS by @HelenaFairfax #Anthology #SundayBlogShare

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A Year of Light and Shadows by Helena Fairfax
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four Point Five Stars.

A Year Of Light and Shadows is a three book anthology, the stories all connecting and following on.

Book 1: Palace Of Deception. Set in the fictional southern Europe principality of Montverrier, this is the tale of Scottish actress Elizabeth Smith, who has been offered a summer job impersonating a missing Princess. She must take the place of Princess Charlotte at a royal investiture ceremony. For five weeks Elizabeth is housebound at the castle learning her character role. Full time bodyguard Léon, rarely leaves her side and they become good friends.

Book 2: The Scottish Diamond. Elizabeth and Léon return to her home town of Edinburgh, Elizabeth to her drama school where they rehearse for Macbeth and tries to find a job. An exhibition at the castle of the famous “Scottish Diamond” offers Léon work, until once again they find themselves embroiled in the plans of the Royal family of Montverrier.

Part 3 is a short story. A Question by Torchlight. Hogmonay celebrations in Scotland and Elizabeth fears she will lose Léon. Can the Italian ever settle in dreary Scotland?

This is a captivating and well written set of stories and is a quick read at just 179 pages in total.

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Book Description

Three spell-binding romantic mysteries in one romance boxed set 
Book One: Palace of Deception 
From the heat of the Mediterranean…. 
When the Princess of Montverrier goes missing, Lizzie Smith takes on the acting job of her life. Alone and surrounded by intrigue in the Royal Palace, she relies on her quiet bodyguard, Léon. But who is he really protecting? Lizzie…or the Princess? 

Book Two: The Scottish Diamond 
To the heart of Scotland… 
Home in Scotland, Lizzie begins rehearsals for Macbeth and finds danger stalking her through the streets of Edinburgh. She turns to her former bodyguard, Léon, for help…and discovers a secret he’d do anything not to reveal. 

Epilogue: A Question by Torchlight (A Short Story) 
A story of mystery and romance… 
The approach of Hogmanay in Edinburgh means a new year and new resolutions. Lizzie and Léon have put their year of danger behind them. But something is still troubling Léon, and Lizzie fears the worst…

About the author

Helena Fairfax

Helena Fairfax writes engaging contemporary romances with sympathetic heroines and heroes she’s secretly in love with. Her novels have been shortlisted for several awards, including the Exeter Novel Prize, the Global eBook Awards, and the I Heart Indie Awards. Her first novel was a contender for the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme Award.
Helena is a British author who was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She’s grown used to the cold now, and these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England, right next door to the windswept Yorkshire moors. She walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, finding it the perfect place to dream up her heroes and her happy endings.
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DARKNESS ECHOES anthology of YA #Hallowween stories @del_connor #Bookreview #wwwblogs

Darkness EchoesDarkness Echoes by L.A. Starkey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Darkness Echoes is an anthology if six YA short Halloween style stories.

Till Death Do Us Part by L.A Starkey involves Jennifer, cheer leader and troubled child after the death of her Grandmother. She has a school project to do and because she loves all things horror, she’d like to do it on the local haunted mansion. Friend Zack has been absent all summer and she persuades him to go with her to the mansion, where she gets more than one surprise.

Witch Moth by Kelly Hall. A teenage love triangle between Kitty and best friend Jenn over a boy called Colt, ends on the night they visit a haunted house. Kitty meets brother and sister duo Dahlia and Dominic Dane at the house and falls for Dominic’s good looks and manners. But there is something more to this pair and danger lurks for all the teenagers.

The Coming Of The Skin Walker by D.E.L. Connor can be read as a prequel to her Spirit Warrior series. Walking Bear and Nine Fingers are early native American hunters. They spot a young girl being chased by a figure who turns into a wolf before their eyes. They rescue the girl who tells them of a powerful medicine man called a Skin Walker who wants her dead.

Darkness Echoes by Chess Desalls is about a strange glowing lantern in the garden of Tori’s grandmother. She discovers that inside is a young man named Jared who was once a disabled apprentice to a clever man. Tori must find a way to help Jared escape from the lantern.

Cloak of Echoes by CK Dawn is the story of Emma. She is an empathy and can feel emotions of those around her. Mattox Daniels the new boy in school has eyes only for her. But he is more than just an ordinary boy, sent to protect Emma from the Netherwalkers he has come from Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table.

Hallowed Eve by DB Neilsen introduces us to Evee Hale, a troubled child who can see ghosts. Told to run by her dead father, Evee heads to the house of Dr Crane. Evee learns she has been chosen as a Soul Guardian and must face the real evil which surrounds the story of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow.

A good mix of spooky tales for the YA market.

This review is abased on a free copy of the book given to me by the authors.

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