YEA THOUGH I WALK BY @J_P_Sloan @CuriosityQuills #Paranormal #Western #Bookreview

Yea Though I WalkYea Though I Walk by J.P. Sloan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yea Though I walk is a paranormal western set in Wyoming in 1876. It opens with a scene where a man’s foot is roasting on an open fire and later eaten by human cannibals known as Wendigos

Linthicum Odell is a member of the Godpistols a group using religion as a rule of thumb to rid the country of evil. Escaping from the super human cannibals during an attack by blood drinking stiggers, Odell is rescued by Denton Folger, a local newspaperman.

Denton lives near Gold Vein with Katherina, a strange women who sleeps during the day. In return for his rescue Odell agrees to help Denton rid the town of Lars Richterman the local town thug and leader who is forcing people off their land for his own grand scheme.

The last third of the book becomes extremely complex as the triangle around Denton, Odell and Lars closes in and their fight with the Wendigo draws to a climax. Here the writer shows his aptitude to stretch the limits of the reader. I often found it quite hard to know who was talking, but I cannot reveal more without dropping in huge plot spoilers. An interesting story concept, I enjoyed the setting and the buildup but got lost on the way to the end.

This review is based on a copy given to me by Curiosity Quills

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#FridayBookShare YEA THOUGH I WALK by J.P Sloan @J_P_Sloan #Paranormal #Western

 

#FridayBookShare  brainchild of Shelley Wilson

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With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley has created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on the book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

I’m currently reading an ARC of Yea Though I Walk by J.P. Sloan, due out on July 11th from Curiosity Quills Press

First line of the book. “It’s the smell that hits me first.”

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

“Never leave a devil without puttin’ it in the dirt.”
~ First Law of the Godpistols.

Gunning down the heathen monsters of the untamed West is the calling of the Godpistols, and may be Linthicum Odell’s only path to redemption. A Union Army deserter, Odell figures he has plenty of sin to atone for. As he has yet to earn the Godpistols’ trust, they send Odell on a thankless errand to Gold Vein, a mining town with two afflictions: a corrupt local justice named Lars Richterman, and a horde of cannibal wendigo in the surrounding hills.

Half-dead from a wendigo attack, Odell is nursed back to life by Denton Folger, a righteous press man from the East Coast. Intent on settling debts, Odell takes up Folger’s cause against Richterman and his schemes on the land surrounding Gold Vein. Odell soon realizes that Richterman and the wendigo in the hills are not the only monsters threatening the town. His greatest ally comes in the form of Folger’s ferociously capable wife, Katherina, who holds the secrets to the intrigues of this valley. To save Gold Vein, Odell must pry loose these secrets, though her dark allure may prove too much for Odell’s loyalties… both to his Godpistol dogma and to Folger.

When Odell discovers the truth of what brought him to this valley, and why Katherina keeps this truth buried, will his virtue fail? Or will a bag of silver bullets be enough to survive this war between devils, virtue be damned?

Introduce the main character using only three words. Linthicum Odell; Caring, protective, evolving

Delightful design.

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Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?) Readers who like paranormal mysteries, maybe even Western readers.

Your favourite line/scene. An early line “Inside the fire is a length of meat on a spit. I try to keep my breath even when I recognize it’s a man’s foot.” -ohh shudder!!

 

If you want to join in, then answer the F.R.I.D.A.Y questions and use the Friday Book Share meme. Tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72) and myself (@rosieamber1) in so we can read what you have added too.

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Ridge by @StephanieHurt4 #bookreview

Today’s team review has come from Georgia, she blogs at http://www.georgiarosebooks.com

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Georgia has read and reviewed Ridge by Stephanie Hurt

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Review for Ridge by Stephanie Hurt

 

Ridge is an easy read, sweet romance between the eponymous Ridge Cauthern, an ex soldier recently back from Iraq and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and the vet, Mallory. I should add here that I loved the names of all the characters in the story. This is the first in a series which I’m assuming will be based on the Cauthern family which is populated by handsome sons, Ridge, Oakley, Chase and Luke and a beautiful daughter, Maggie – all of whom I’m sure have stories waiting to be told. The parents are mentioned but not named.

I do like to use my imagination when conjuring up characters but a little light painting helps to give me something to get started on and I had no real idea what anyone looked like other than the fact that there were all gorgeous. The brothers clearly weakened the knees of all the women they came across and I would have loved to have had some little descriptive passages here and there to show me why they were so fancied. I did like the closeness of the siblings though and would have loved to have known more about their parents as well – perhaps in future stories?

I have always loved a western so give me cowboys, horses, wide open prairies and cattle wrangling and I’m in heaven. However here I wanted much more detail – I wanted the dust and heat, I wanted to see the prairies, smell the sweat of the horses and feel the feelings that were at the heart of this read. Ridge was struggling on his return to the ranch after his experiences of war and initially pushes Mallory away feeling he can’t have any sort of relationship. This resolves itself quickly as his attraction to Mallory increases and, as they keep being thrown together because of animal based incidents, the inevitable happens. It was all so quick though, I’m not sure how long this book is but it felt short and consequently a little rushed. It’s probably only a personal thing and some, I’m sure, love a quick read but I like to dwell a little longer on settings, that for me could be perfect, and situations, that I would have loved to have felt in detail.

I should add that I really did like the cover design, the western style font and the silhouette I thought worked very well.

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Guest Author June Kearns

Today our guest is June Kearns author of yesterday’s book “An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy” Here is a link to the post if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-58k

June Kearns

Let’s find out more about June and her writing.

1)Where is your home town?

I grew up in a little Victorian railway town in Buckinghamshire, England, but have lived in Leicestershire since I first started teaching.

 

2)How long have you been writing?

As a solitary little girl (only child!), I started writing things down almost as soon as I could read. How did the author do that, I remember thinking about certain passages in my first reading books.

 

3)You write historical romance, what period do you like best?

I don’t have a special favourite. For me, a new story is often sparked by attraction to a character, rather than a period – occasionally an anniversary of an event, a film or book. Sometimes, just something in the air!

 

4) “An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy” is a western. What inspired this book?

Partly a love of that Western genre – from Elmore Leonard stories, and films like The Big Country, where cool, silent, cowboy heroes, bruised by life, bring order west of the Pecos!

Partly too, a fascination with the landscape. Having been brought up in England, with tidy fields and neat hedges, I’m fascinated by the effect that wide, empty land, stretching to the horizon would have on a person.

 

5) Do you have any particular heroes from the Western period?

I’m so predictable! All those rangy, decent-hearted, fictional ones who carry their good looks like old saddle-bags flung over one shoulder.

Rugged, graceful Gregory Peck, in The Big Country.(Sigh.)

The intense and mysterious Clint Eastwood, (Pale Rider).

Paul Newman in Hombre and Butch Cassidy, with that sapphire stare that melts at 50 paces!

I admire the bravery and spirit of Native American heroes, too – like Sitting Bull, who’s said to have studied the tactics of Caesar.

 

6) There are ghostly figures in the background of both books, tell us a little about them.

The ghostly element in “An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy” was sparked by reading about traditions of myth and magic in Native American tribes, when I was researching.

In “The 20’s Girl” I just wanted to summon up a “Blithe Spirit” feeling, although I couldn’t hope to match Noel Coward, and that fabulous play!

 

7)The 20’s Girl was really fun, what’s your favourite thing about the Jazz era.

I just love the style and fashion! And the music.

When I started writing though, I read “Singled Out” by Virginia Nicholson, describing the plight of those women in England at the time, with little hope of finding a husband. They were given advice! “Never wear extreme fashions. Men prefer a quieter mode of dress.” And, “Try not to have opinions. Rather, learn to cook a good dinner.” Poor things. Can you imagine?

 

8) Can you tell the readers how a man from Texas might be able to rescue Gerry from bankruptcy?

The man from Texas was ready and willing, to buy back the half-share of his cattle ranch that Gerry (to his horror) had inherited, thus saving her from squalor and penury. Unfortunately, she wasn’t prepared to agree quite so readily.

9) What was Gerry’s Aunt’s dying wish?
Leonie’s dying wish was for her niece to go and see the Texan ranch for herself. Why? She didn’t ever explain.

10) I’d love to read Scoot’s tale, do you think a sequel might be on the cards?
A sequel? Oh, that’s interesting. Usually though, when I’ve finished a book, I like to leave the characters alone, let them get on with their lives and move on. But, never say never! We’ll see.
At the moment, I’m researching the 1930’s, initially inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn and Robert Capa, and hope to publish a new book, in 2015.

An Englishwoman's Guide to the Cowboy

 

 

 

 

 

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

I’ll be reviewing June’s second book “The 20’s Girl, the ghost and All That Jazz” next week

Here is a quick video, click on the link below or copy and paste this URL into your browser https://vimeo.com/90172390

Meet Author June Kearns

Author Sites: website: www.junekearns.com

Twitter: @june_kearns

 Blog: www.newromantics4.com

Facebook: June Kearns

Come back next week for my review of The 20’s Girl, the ghost and all that Jazz.

An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns

An Englishwoman's Guide to the CowboyAn Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s 1867 and 9 people are squashed inside a stagecoach as it beats it’s way across the hot dust of Texas. Inside are English trio Annie Haddon, her cousin Charlotte and Aunt Bea. In true British aristocracy style the ladies are broiling in their layers of clothing, gloves and hats, but it is against strict etiquette to be seen in anything less.

The white man is sweeping across the states of America, bringing it’s railway and forcing the native Indians out. Tensions are high and stages coaches easy targets. When the stagecoach crashes in a typical hold up, Annie if left for dead. That is until Colt McCall rescues her.

With an Irish father and a Sioux mother, Colt has had a tough life. He learned to fight hard to get where he is today, he respects the Comanche Indians and hates the way that money and greed of the white man is killing off a way of life. Yet he’s not safe from either side, he’s a wanted man by the army, and he hasn’t much time for a prim and proper English lady.

In the time it takes to get Annie back reunited with her relations at Fort Mackenzie, she learns to like much of the wildness. Stupid and feisty, causing endless trouble for McCall, she’ll stick up for what she thinks is right, making mistakes but earning respect along the way.

I really enjoyed this book, a fan of the old cowboy movies, this book took me back to the old stories about the wild west, with an old fashioned romance. I felt I was watching a movie again and half expected Calamity Jane to walk on set at any time.

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

June recently featured on my April A -Z Challenge with her second book “The 20’s Girl, The Ghost and All That Jazz” click here to read the post. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4wS

June will be back tomorrow as our guest author on the blog, and you will be able to read my own review of June’s second book next week on the blog.

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