Letter H on the A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today is the letter H on the A to Z Challenge. Hidden Heart by Camelia Miron Skiba. Genre: Romance

Camelia opened the A to Z Challenge with a book under letter A, if you missed it here is the link, http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4yA and if you want to find out more about Camelia, check out this post when she joined the blog in our Romancing September Tour. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2zf

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A woman’s journey through the darkest depths of human emotion and life. A man’s struggle with heartache, redemption and finding love again. Do second chances really exist?

Tessa Cosma is a deceptively sweet businesswoman who knows how to ride the wave of chaos in corrupt, post-communist Romania to maintain the lifestyle she so carefully built for herself. Her ideal world shatters when an unplanned pregnancy ends after a brutal assault. To compound her troubles, she must unravel a fraud accusation that threatens her reputation and career.

Alessandro Santinelli, the charismatic Italian banker with whom she spent an incredible, lust-filled night a year ago, comes to her rescue. Tessa refuses his help and chooses to rise above the devastating forces of death, betrayal and fraud to prove her innocence and discover her true self.

Amazon.com  or Amazon.co.uk

Barnes & Noble

Here is a chance to win one of Camelia’s books

http://authorcameliamironskiba.com/2014/04/02/giveaways-at-night-owl-reviews/

Camelia Miron Skina

WEBSITE: LOVE. WTHOUT YOU http://authorcameliamironskiba.com/
FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/Camelia.M.Skiba
GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4864495.Camelia_Miron_Skiba
TWITTER: @CamiSkiba
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:  Camelia Miron Skiba
http://www.amazon.com/Camelia-Miron-Skiba/e/B007C79L1S/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Here are some randomly selected links to other bloggers taking part in the challenge, please find the time to visit their sites too.

http://jenniferfischetto.com/blog/

http://nicole-singer.blogspot.co.uk/

http://nibhz.wordpress.com/

During the challenge we are encouraging people to leave comments on as many blogs as possible, all supportive comments are greatly appreciated, thank you.

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Spirit Warriors by D.E.L.Connor (Feb 6th)

Spirit Warriors: The Concealing (Volume 1)Spirit Warriors: The Concealing by D E L Connor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spirit Warriors is a Young Adult story set in Montana, USA. It is an extremely well written tale about a group of friends growing up in the freedom of the wild landscape. The group have grown up re-enacting battle scenes with General Custer and Chief Crazy Horse. The story is narrated by 16 year old Emme, the daughter of a Montana Rancher. Her group of friends include Charlie the love of her life and the descendant of local Native Americans. Under the watchful eye of Archie, the foreman on the Flying A Ranch and Charlie’s Grandpa, the teenagers camp out in Tepees and learn the stories of The Native American ancestors.

Charlie believes his destiny is to protect Emme and that all the teenagers will need to join together as spirit warriors to fight an evil spirit. Machayiwiw will come soon and threaten the lives of the group, to be at their strongest for battle they must join with animal spirits and use their strengths for the coming battle.

Lilly is Emme’s best friend, but she spends her time with her friends, avoiding going home to a father who constantly abuses her. She is thrown a life line by Oscar Hines who leaves his ranch to her upon his death. She is wiser to her own destiny than Emme can believe, and her cheerful character humbles those who know her.

When Jack Arrington arrives to live with his uncle on the Flying A Ranch he befriends the group instantly. They must trust him and let him in on their secret lives. The group have a very close and supportive friendship which would be the envy of many teenagers, their dress code for the school prom is a prime example. Meanwhile the evil is drawing closer.

The author captures some great emotional moments between the teenagers and the events which surround Lilly. It brought tears to my own eyes on more than one occasion. This book deals with social issues which face many teenagers in todays society. I liked the setting where the children grew up in the countryside with horses, farms and native traditions. The historical lessons involving the spirits of the ancestors brought great meaning to the story and the interactions with the adults in the story worked well. I know I’ve read a good book when it stays with me for several days and I keep thinking about it. This book is not just for the YA market, adults can enjoy it too.

This review is based on a free copy of the book sent to me by Booktrope.com

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

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Della Connor will also be our guest author on the blog tomorrow, come back and read more about her book and her writing.

 

Butterfly Summer by Anne-Marie Conway

Book Review

Please give a warm welcome to my third young book reviewer, Jenny, to the blog with her first book review for us. Thank you Jenny.

 Butterfly Summer

Butterfly Summer- Anne-Marie Conway

Rating: 4/5

Becky’s life was simple before, but after moving back to Oakridge, everything got complicated. One old photo and her life comes crashing down. The only place, she can forget her worries is in Butterfly Garden with her new friend Rosa May. Relaxing in the Butterfly Garden for the whole summer sounds great to Becky, until she realises that even Rosa May has secrets.

With an intriguing plot that grips you the whole way through, Butterfly Summer is a great read. I loved the way Anne-Marie has described the emotions of the characters, especially Becky and her mum. It was cleverly written and I saw the characters develop throughout the book.

Find this book on Amazon.co.uk

Don’t Look Back by E. L. Lindley

Don't Look BackDon’t Look Back by E.L. Lindley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book that I have read by the author, a romance which also deals with adoption, broken marriages and teenagers. The book is set in Sheffield and Los Angeles, mixing up the cultures and different life styles of the characters. There is a lot of anger and strong emotions throughout the book for several of the characters and I particularly wanted to throttle Catherine at times. Catherine has a hard time dealing with many issues in her life and consequently hides from decision making or acts rashly then regrets it afterwards. I’m glad she saw sense in the very end.

see the book here on Amazon

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“O” of the AtoZ Challenge

Letter “O” brings us a book by Karen Whitaker. We are now over half way through the challenge, I can’t believe how fast it’s going. PLEASE try to leave a comment below, they are greatly appreciated as part of the challenge. Lastly I hope you enjoy reading about  Karen’s book.

Here is my submission for the letter “O”.

The book title:
One Woman’s Choice

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-womans-choice-karen-whitaker/1005508769?ean=9781475952155

http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Womans-Choice-Karen-Whitaker/dp/1475952155/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364054507&sr=8-2#_

Here’s what Karen had to say about her book;

One Woman’s Choice is a true story of a young female and her journey into adulthood and eventually motherhood.  It digs deep within the emotions and issues that women face every day.  But mostly, it’s a story of faith and perseverance.  It’s about believing in yourself, your choices and your decisions.

Thank you so much for your interest and including me in your AtoZ 2013 challenge

One Woman's Choice

A little more about the book;

One Woman’s Choice depicts a heartfelt and emotional story about a young woman who faced difficult decisions: abortion, single parenting, and adoption. Lingering in sorrow and guilt can be destructive. Examining the past and re-analysing life and previous choices can help one to cope with emotional pain. Karen Whitaker delves deep within her past and shares her own story to help other women overcome fear and helplessness. Facing the realities of abortion and adoption can empower women and establish a voice of strength that heals the heart and restores faith. One Woman’s Choice is a story about faith and the undying will to persevere and survive, no matter the obstacle. This is not a debate over Pro-choice or Pro-life, but an inspiring example of how one woman overcame the odds.

Here are today’s 5 randomly chosen links to other AtoZ bloggers;

http://www.lifeandaview.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.amberrisme.com/

http://thoughtsfromthepurplerockingchair.blogspot.ca/

http://butteredtoastrocks.blogspot.co.uk/

http://travellatte.net/