The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay

The Prince's Man (The Five Kingdoms, #1)

Title: The Prince’s Man
Author: Deborah Jay
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Kindle Edition, 444 pages
Published July 29th 2013 by Deborah Jay (first published 2013)
ASIN: B00DWLAAGS

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Think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings. Award-winning fantasy, THE PRINCE’S MAN, is a sweeping tale of spies and deadly politics, inter-species mistrust and magic phobia, with a touch of romance.

Rustam Chalice, hedonist, dance tutor and spy, loves his life, never better than when he’s bedding a gorgeous woman. So when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action.
Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Halnashead, teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin who despises him.
And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.
Plunged into a desperate journey through the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.
They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity, and worse, his loyalty to his prince.
For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.

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I was given a copy from the author for my honest opinion.

I like fantasy, everyone knows me, knows that. So when Mrs Jay asked me to read The Prince’s Man for my honest opinion, I couldn’t say no.
In the beginning I did struggle to get into this one. We get introduced to so many people with funny names, (the only thing I don’t like about fantasy, are the weird names the author use, I can never seem to remember them and I always get confused with who is who) .

It didn’t want me to put the novel down as I like the concept of this fantasy (I mean just read the blurb)
When I did get into it, my mind was blown away by her writing skills, well developed characters and twists in the plot.

I know there is going to be a second one, because this one ended on a bit of a cliff hanger and it’s one I can’t wait to get my hands on.

I’m not going to get into the story of what it is about. The blurb is doing it’s job and to be honest there is so many things going on in this novel, I don’t know where to begin.

i loved Rusty and how he grows through his quest and I feel for Rasida and why she is the way she is. She saw her family killed at the age of 6 and she had to basically raised her younger brother. The conflict Mrs. Jay uses between these characters are so vivid and read. It’s an amazing world she created, that reminded me a bit of Lord of the Rings/The Game of Thrones.
The fighting scenes throughout the novel were done perfectly. Not too gory and yet we could still see and feel what her character go through.

The story is an amazing read, and one, when I got into it, I couldn’t put down.

Good luck with the rest of the series Mrs. Jay and hope to get my hands on the second one soon.

Kind wishes,

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The Ethereal Underground by Brooke Kennedy and Briana Gaitan

Ethereal Underground

Title: Ethereal Underground
Authors: Brooke Kennedy and Briana Gaitan
Genre:
Paperback: First Edition, 333 pages
Published: November 15th 2013 by Brooke and Briana
ISBN: 1493564951 (ISBN13: 9781493564958)
Edition language: English

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Can the person who was sent to steal your soul, be the same person who steals your heart?
The keepers are protectors of the planet Cabalin, charged with defeating identified enemies and preventing other planets from waging war on their dying planet. They are expected to keep their emotions in check and do as they are told no matter what the consequences. One of their rising warriors, however, has been placed on sabbatical for reasons unknown to those around him. Rebellious, impulsive, and moody, Ash has continued to break the rules by frequenting the Ethereal Underground, the seedy hang out in the eighth layer of the planet. Ash has always believed in the keeper’s cause, but his taste for adventure always seems to get him in trouble.
The seraphs live on a different plane of existence. They watch over the mortals and reap their souls when it is time for them to depart to the afterlife, but do not associate with the beings otherwise. They are duty bound and loyal creatures, each of them having an affinity for a force of nature that they can use when needed. When a seraph breaks the rules, they are banished and stripped of their affinity. These evil creatures are named the fallen. Annalise, a reaper seraph blessed with an affinity for water, has always followed the rules until she is called to reap Ash’s soul and take it to the afterlife. This time, however, she finds it difficult to take the soul.
Their worlds were never supposed to meet. Now everyone’s future is in jeopardy, their lives turned upside down as they find themselves on the run from the very people they thought they could count on. The two of them must search for a way to clear their names and hunt down the evil forces of the fallen, without losing themselves or those they hold dearest. This epic fantasy will take you on an exhilarating quest for love, truth, and revenge.
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I was given a copy by the authors in exchange for my honest review.

I am going to say this again, I’m not a fantasy lover, meaning that I do not like world’s playing off on planets, aliens, space ships, etc. BUT. AND THERE IS A BIG BUT.

Ethereal Underground blew me away. I couldn’t put it down. It was really well written story with vivid decriptions, a huge imagination from both these authors and great story telling skills. I absolutely adored her characters and my favorite is Finlay. Love him to bits. There are a couple of annoying characters but that is why they are in novels, to annoy us and play with our emotions and they did it so well.

It tells the story of Ash and Analise, they were never destined to meet, but fate always have plans of her own.
Ash is a keeper. Keeping the planet save and also need to be told constantly what not to do. He is a really well developed character.
Then there is Analise, a sephra and quiete the opposite of a Keeper and of Ash.
She obbyes the rules and never sets a foot out of line, until she is send to reap Ash’s soul. She questioned everything she knows and end up doing quiet the opposite she was send to do. Saving his life.

I’m sure with the book description and a bit of my spoiler, you can tell that this is a winner. Coming from someone that despise Sci-Fiction, you should buy it ASAP.

i really enjoyed this one and I wish you both the best of luck with this series. Please let me know when the next one is available.

Kind Wishes,
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Hidden Pieces: Return to Avani by Bridgitte Mileson

Hidden Pieces: Return to Avani

Title: Hidden Pieces: Return to Avani
Author: Brigitte Mileson
Genre: Fantasy
Paperback: 362 pages (also available in e-copy)
Published: September 5th 2013 by Authorhouse
ISBN: 1491804068 (ISBN13: 9781491804063)

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“I know who you are, and I know I am not the only person who has been looking for you…” Ever wondered how a few small words spoken just the right time can change your life forever? Guided by a mysterious and uncontrollable power, Tierra’s life suddenly becomes chaos as she races against time and the unknown to unravel the tangled web of the mystery and magic surrounding new worlds, ancient languages, symbols and gifts. Although determined to find out the truth of her past and what her future holds Tierra eventually has to go through her own journey of self discovery along a winding path fraught with excitement, deception, love and the smallest believe that she is not completely losing her mind. But….. With time running out and the unknown hunting her, will she make it or will she pay the ultimate price.

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I was given a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Hidden Pieces: Return to Avani is a novel written by Bridgitte Mileson.

I really enjoyed it as it contains my two favorite genres: YA AND FANTASY.

Tierra is a beautiful, orphaned teenagers that has no memory of her past and where she comes from. She experience life that most teenagers would connect to. She is your typical outcast that only trusts herself. She’s a victim of bullying and has that typical crush on the boy. It;s a famous recipe that still works for YA novels. Even though it has been done so many times.
Sounds like a pretty ordinary teenager, but she’s not. She got a close connection to nature and an ability to heal broken bones.
This story gets really interesting when she gets a visit from a stranger. He gave her a letter stating that she must go to England and that others are searching for her too.
She finds herself in a magical world filled with symbols, creatures and other beings just like her, and had to learn how to survive by adapting to their reality, leaning new skills and become a master at the ones she already have.

It’s were her magical journey begins of discovering who she is and what she is destined to become.

I really enjoyed this one, even though it has pretty standard story, plot and characters of a fantasy world. I was pulled into it from the beginning with it’s action packed and fast pace story telling. However, I did find some contrast problems through out the novel that didn’t add up or felt real, but all in all, it was an enjoyable read and will recommend it to anyone that loves a good YA FANTASY.

I wish you all the best of luck with Hidden Pieces: Return to Avani and hope that there will be more to come.

Kind Wishes,

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Chill Run by Russell Brooks

Chill Run

Title: Chill Run
Author: Russell Brooks
Genre: Thriller
Kindle Edition: 243 pages
Published (first published December 1st 2011)
ASIN: B006GIYK42
Edition Language: English
Setting: Montreal (Canada)
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You know a publicity stunt has backfired when someone dies.
Starving author Eddie Barrow, Jr., will do anything to get a book deal with a NYC publisher. Even if it means getting caught by the media while engaging in S&M with a female celebrity as a publicity stunt. What Eddie gets instead are details of a billion dollar fraud scheme from a suicidal client who’s fatally shot minutes later. Now on the run from the law and the killers, Eddie seeks help from two unlikely friends—an alcoholic and a dominatrix.
With few resources, Eddie races to clear his name, unveil the fraud scheme, and expose the killers before he becomes their next victim.
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I got a copy from the author for my personal opinion.
Chill Run is a novel I can personally relate to. Eddie is the MC, that struggles as an author. He went through everything I can relate to. Numerous rejection letter, lack of support and only a handful of fans. It’s not the ideal start for an author. So, I just want to begin with that and congratulate Russell Brooks for getting those type of emotions right on. I certainly relate.
When Corey, Eddie’s best friend, with Corey’s girlfriend Jordan came up with a plan how to increase his book sales, everything went down wards. What Eddie thought would be a get famous fast sceme, it turns out into a murder with him being the main suspect. Now on the run the trio tries their very best to get Eddie free from this crime, at the same time they need to run as they are being tracked as killers.
I’m not much of a THRILLER fan, but the blurb immediately caught my interest and decided to take a chance. I really enjoyed this novel and I would recommend it to anyone that loves reading Thrillers. The suspense left me at the edge of my seat the entire time, the story line was amazing, I tried to guess throughout the novel who the killer was and
the fact that I couldn’t just show you how beautiful this story was. The characters are developed in such depth and the pace of the novel made it an enjoyable read.
Thank you for asking me to read this Russell and I wish you all the luck with CHILL RUN.
Kind Regards,
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Darkwells by R.A Humphry

Darkwells

Title: Darkwells
Author: R.A Humphry
Genre: Fantasy
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published 2013 by Amazon
ASIN: B00F3ABYZW
 
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Taken from the swaying grass of the open savannah to the neat green fields of the West Country, Manu Wardgrave is a boy out of place. His struggle with his identity and his discovery of the reality behind the dream he had of England will decide, in fire and battle on the strange and ancient hill that overlooks his enigma of a new school, more than just his fate and place in the world.

Heather Evynstone is a girl living on the margins. Ashamed of her fortune teller mother and her rough narrowboat home, she dreams that her genius for costume design will drag her into a better life. The future of the world will hang on how she deals with the darkness she finds in Darkwells.
Henry Grenville carries an old and famous name. He is kind and funny and likeable and should be happy and content. He has a tragic and traumatic past and finds himself isolated and alone. He resists the apathy and nihilism that threatens to engulf him and desperately seeks the prophesied ‘key to his future’.

From the wide empty wilds of the African bush to the lonely, ancient Tor in the West Country, Darkwells is a story of friendship and destiny and duty. It is about loyalty and love and how both is lost and found. It is a tale of magic and adventure, of friendship and destiny and duty. It is about loyalty and love and how both is lost and found. It is a novel about identity that explores the shifting sense of self and culture that Henry, Heather and Manu have to face as they struggle with things long broken and with promises unfulfilled.

Old myths and new beginnings clash in a storm of magic on England’s most magical hill. Who will emerge triumphant from the smoke and fire on the Tor?

 
 
 
 
 
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i was given this book by the author for my honest review.
 
I love fantasy. Always have and always will. Manu is half Moari, half Engish boy that struggles with what most boys go through in life. Finding themselves and whether they belong or not. It’s a good recipe that has worked for many novels. Humphry’s vivid descriptions pull you immediately into the novel.
Magic is always present in the novel but not as much in the beginning as when Manu goes to Darkwells. A school where he would finally find himself and fit in,
 
We meet all sorts of characters and my favorite is Heather. I think Humphry has done an awesome job by creating her. She is well developed an very likable. Henry is another one of his character. A bit more dark, mysterious and hid plenty of secrets.
 
I loved Darkwells for it’s setting, story line and characters. Although I do feel, Heather was the most developed, and at times I did feel that the others could be a bit more fine tuned but it didn’t made me stop wanting to find out what would happen next.
So in my opinion, this is a page turner and one I would recommend to everyone.
 
Good luck with Darkwells.
 
Kind Wishes,
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Schedule of Firebolt for Enchanted Book Promotions

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February 1st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

February 3rd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

February 5th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

February 6th: Author Interview @ Fantasy Book Lane

February 7th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

February 8th: Author Interview @ Michael SciFan

February 9th: Book Review and Excerpt @ Forever Book Lover

February 11th: Guest Post @ Majanka’s Blog

February 12th: Book Excerpt @ Deal Sharing Aunt

February 13th: Author Interview @ Rainy of the Dark

February 15th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

February 17th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

February 19th: Author Interview and Giveaway @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

February 21st: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

February 23rd: Guest Post and Giveaway @ The Readers Hollow

February 25th: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

February 27th: Character Interview @ The Book Daily

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ENCHANTED BOOK PROMOTIONS PRESENTS: RELEASE DAY PARTY: Who Killed Tom Jones by

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Who Killed ‘Tom Jones’?

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In Gale Martin’s newest novel, Ellie Overton is a 28-year-oldrest home receptionist with a pussycat nose who also happens to be gaga for the pop singer Tom Jones. Regrettably single, she is desperate to have a red-hot love relationship, like those she’s read about in romance novels. Following an astrological hunch, she attends a Tom Jones Festival and meets an available, young impersonator with more looks and personality than talent. Though he’s knocked out of the contest, he’s still in the running to become Ellie’s blue-eyed soul mate—until he’s accused of killing off the competition. It’s not unusual that the handsome police detective working the case is spending more time pursuing Ellie than collaring suspects. So, she enlists some wily and witty rest home residents to help find the real murderer. Will Ellie crack the case? Must she forfeit her best chance for lasting love to solve the crime?

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Gale Martin is an award-winning author of contemporary fiction who plied her childhood penchant for lying into a legitimate literary pursuit during midlife. In 2011 Booktrope Editions published her debut novel DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA, a humorous backstage story about an opera company trying to stage Don Giovanni,which was named a “Best Kindle Book of 2013” by Digital Book Today. GRACE UNEXPECTED (2012) features a professional woman with a heart of fool’s gold, who unexpectedly gets entangled in a love triangle. She regrets never having the chance to thrown a single unmentionable at Sir Tom Jones or one of his tribute artists. She has an MA in creative writing from Wilkes University. You can find out more about her at her website:http://galemartin.me.

We’re celebrating the release today for “Who Killed ‘Tom Jones’?” by author Gale Martin.

Book Excerpt

A resonant male voice—Stan McCann’s, she presumed—began belting out “Delilah,” one of Tom Jones’ biggest hits, and the crowd cheered him and the fact that the show had finally taken off.

I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window,” McCann sang as he proceeded down the stage-right steps and strutted through the aisle, approaching Ellie’s row. All decked out in a black bolero jacket with a sequined lapel, starched white shirt, and satin cummerbund, he could have doubled for a bullfighter on a dude ranch. He looked yummy. Good enough to nibble on.

“Stan? Oh, Stan?” Dorothy Hamill called in a high-pitched squeal. Dorothy hurled her panties towards him, and they sailed past Ellie’s face, landing in the middle of the aisle at his feet. “For you, honey,” she cried.

Between stanzas, McCann retrieved the panties, rewarding Dorothy with the attention she craved. Then he mopped his brow with them, causing a fresh round of squeals. Like a toreador, he bowed theatrically to the smitten panty-chucker. “Thank you, darlin’,” he purred, in a rich lilt that sounded like he’d been weaned in Wales instead of the U.S.A. Then he aped sniffing her panties. “We’ve met before, haven’t we?”

Dorothy screamed louder than the lovesick teenagers at the first (and last) Hanson concert Ellie had attended in junior high school. If Dorothy howled in her ear like that again, Ellie might have to stomp on her brown suede boots.

She groaned out loud at Dorothy’s antics, which caught McCann’s attention. He met her gaze, then cut his eyes to Dorothy’s face, giving her outfit a onceover. “Sisters?” he asked.

As if! Ellie thought.

Embarrassed, Ellie shook her head no, but Dorothy cried out, “Yes, yes!

That one would say anything McCann wanted to hear.

As McCann strutted down the aisle toward stage left, Dorothy turned on Ellie. “Why didn’t you tell him we were sisters?”

“Why do you think?”

Dorothy pouted. “But he was looking for sisters.”

I’ll bet he was. Ellie thought. Or at least the persona he’d adopted was. But it was best not to scold Dorothy. If she wanted to behave like a fawning groupie, that was on her. But Ellie didn’t want to be sucked into that scene. It was common knowledge that in his prime, Tom Jones slept with 250 groupies a year. If one of his impersonators behaved like that as well, she wanted nothing to do with him. Nor did the situation require launching into an explanation of why Ellie was in the audience to begin with. Certainly not for a one night stand with a Tom Jones impersonator, no matter how good he was.

No, Ellie clung to a thread of hope that she might find (dare she even think it?) her soul mate here, not someone pawing at her between the sheets for a quickie with the very next quickie waiting in the wings.

As it turned out, a barrage of panties and one or two bras chased McCann all the way to a set of wooden steps flanking the stage. The stairs hadn’t been painted yet. In fact, the entire stage unit must have gone up hastily, from the slapdash look of it.

McCann picked up one of the brassieres and swung it over his head as if preparing to lasso some lucky Double-D cup in the crowd.

“Oh, oh, oh,” Dorothy cried, as if pained again.

This was some serious fan crush, bordering on groupie pathology. Ellie was equally as enthusiastic a Tom Jones fan but prided herself on showing more restraint.

McCann swayed back and forth in front of the stair unit, in three-quarter time. Though his head and broad shoulders dipped right and left, his crisp white shirt barely moved. Extra starch, she supposed.

My, my, my, Delilah,” he sang, his unrequited love for the two-timing Delilah infusing every grand gesture. As Ellie let the familiar refrain in a pitch-perfect imitation wash over her, she recalled a particular video of Tom Jones himself singing this song on some British version of “American Bandstand,” while hundreds of young people struggled to fast dance to a waltz-time ballad. Tom Jones warbled like a champ, but the crowd’s attempts at dancing put her in mind of gooney birds doing the time step.

McCann had cultivated the singer’s signature mannerisms—punching the air rhythmically, sliding from one note to the next in a dramatic portamento—and every bit of the swagger.

“He’s a great impersonator,” Ellie said.

“Tribute artist,” Dorothy scolded. “These days, they like to be called tribute artists.”

Ellie nodded sheepishly. Between the chorus and the next verse, McCann started up the stairs to the stage. As he ascended the third step, it was as if the show switched to slow motion. McCann lifted his left leg, poised to land on the next stair. Ellie watched in horror as it crashed through the plywood plank, tearing McCann’s perfectly creased pants and reducing his left leg to an unsightly stump, at least from the audience’s perspective.

Festival-goers gasped. McCann stopped singing and clutched first at his thigh and then at his groin, unable to extract himself from the jagged plank.

“Help,” the baritone trilled in an agonizing register that rang out almost an octave higher. “Somebody . . . help!”

The piped-in accompaniment stuttered to silence.

I wish you all the luck with your novel, Who Killed Tom Jones.

Kind Wishes

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