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The Warrior Queen (The Guinevere Trilogy) by Lavinia Collins

August 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Synopsis: ‘The Warrior Queen’ is the first installment of ‘The Guinevere Trilogy’, a new series of eBooks that reimagines the famous story of Queen Guinevere for a modern audience.

When her people’s army is destroyed in the war with King Arthur, Guinevere is horrified to discover that her conqueror has demanded to have her as his bride. She arrives at Camelot angry and resentful, but quickly finds that the king who defeated her people in battle is not the brute she expected. Slowly, she gains a fragile happiness in her new home, but this is threatened when war comes again. When her life is saved on the battlefield by a mysterious French knight, Guinevere finds herself caught between desire and duty, the longing for happiness in the new life she has, and her desire to be free and follow her heart.

This original re-imagining of a much-loved legend gives readers a new Guinevere; passionate, headstrong and fiercely independent. An immersive adventure through Arthurian legend, steeped in magic, passion and intrigue, this book won’t disappoint, ‘The Warrior Queen’ retells the classic narrative through the eyes of a queen determined to escape the bounds her society has placed on her, determined not to be ruled by the men who surround her, and determined to be master of her own destiny.


Review:  I have a love for the story of King Arthur that started back in my childhood and has never gone away. I’ve never been overly fond of the Guinevere character. I was more of a fan of Merlin, personally. This is a much different telling of the story of Guinevere, and makes her infinitely more interesting and likeable than the original tales as well as some stories I’ve read from other authors. She’s a bit of a wild thing, and definitely her own person. Forced into a role she doesn’t really want, she grows accustomed to thing and falls in love with Arthur, at least. As always, there must be the affair with Lancelot, which is generally what made me dislike her in the first place. But the telling of the story is great and the story itself, a much different version, compelling enough for me to want to read on in the future.




Etched in History by Amanda Marie

August 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Synopsis: Now available from Linkville Press!

Two families: one white, one black. One family escapes the oppression of 19th-century slavery; the other seeks refuge from the oppression of nature gone wrong. They meet in the wilds of Oregon, in a world far different from the places of their origins.

Hope is a strong, vivacious girl, open to friendships and willing to accept all. Joshua is the black teen who becomes her best friend, even though her family does not wish it. When Hope goes blind from scarlet fever, Joshua is instrumental in finding help for her, and Elijah and Mia pave the way for a relationship that spans the centuries.

A few years pass, and now Joshua comes to Hope’s aid again, when it seems there is a way to regain her sight. When their relationship blooms into something more serious, it turns out that the ones who are truly blind are those who let racism stand in the way of love.

Set in 1800s Oregon, Hope’s journey has her meeting historical figures such as Oregon Senator George Baldwin and Mr. William Clark (Montana’s Copper King) and is a story that will surpass the limitations of prejudice.


Review: Historical fiction or historical romance isn’t really my genre. However, I read this and found it to be interesting. It is written from several characters’ perspective, giving the reader insight into the minds and feelings of each character instead of just the eyes of one. It’s a historical romance, and as such must have had some research behind it, which the author clearly did and did well. This was a sweet romance touching on more than just the love, but also the racial issues of the time and the courage of the characters to look past what society of the time told them was wrong to reach happiness. It’s a very touching and well written, well researched story that paints a very accurate view, in my opinion, of the feelings of the time.



The Pendragon Legacy: Sons of Camelot book One by Sarah Luddington

August 11, 2014 Leave a comment


Synopsis: “I am just a man, I am not the Black Wolf of Albion or the White Hart of Camelot, I am just a man. I have but one task – to keep Galahad du Lac alive and away from the Lady of the Lake long enough for him to take the throne of Albion. I will do this for the sake of Camelot and my heritage, but also because Galahad du Lac is possibly the only man I will ever truly love.”

Loholt Pendragon and Galahad du Lac are the two men set to rule Albion now the old guard are gone.

Unfortunately, Loholt is burdened by a crown he doesn’t want and a heritage of which he feels unworthy. Galahad is burdened by his parent’s sacrifice to The Lady.

Her hate for the royal family has left Galahad profoundly damaged and a difficult man with whom to reason.

These two young men must find a way to work together to save their families, their heritage and ultimately each other.

The first book in a new series based on hugely successful Knights of Camelot that began with Lancelot and the Wolf.


Review: I love this author. I have since the first book of Knights of Camelot. That series was an emotional roller coaster. I can already tell this one will be the same. I love Loholt, Arthur’s son, a lot more than I did his father. He’s very comfortable with who he is, but he doesn’t like the responsibility that comes with being the oldest living child of King Arthur and heir to the throne of Camelot. He doesn’t want to marry a woman he can’t truly love just to have children. He doesn’t want the complicated love life his father and Lancelot had. Too bad he’s already got it. Galahad is a victim in all this. Raised by the very strict, rigid, and misguided Lady of the lake, he’s supposed to rule her way when he gets to challenge for the throne. He’s raised to believe that his mother, Morgana, and father, Lancelot, were tainted and poisoning Avalon. I still hate the Lady, as I should, and reading this story I ache for Loholt, who goes through the ultimate embarassment at one point in the line of duty to protect the future king and the man he’s in love with. Both face betrayal and heartache, and I cannot wait for the second book in this series.


The Welter War by D. Drache Dragao

August 11, 2014 Leave a comment

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Synopsis: The boxer: The king at 147 pounds, Michael Bennett, is brash and cocky but has the ability to back up his mouth in the ring. But why won’t he defend his words in the sport he constantly runs down? Surely he isn’t afraid of men who can come in off the street and fight in uncivilized settings like a cage.

The mixed martial artist: Elijah Moore, the greatest welterweight in the history of the fastest rising sport, comes from a more humble background. His life outside of the cage is driven by the memory of his beloved. He has a secret that needs to come off of his chest and unwaveringly stares hate and intolerance in the eye to bare himself to the world.

It’s not common knowledge that there’s no love lost between Elijah and Michael, but their accolades and their personal battles set the stage for an inevitable war that will answer the question: which is the superior combat sport?

Review: This isn’t a romance story exactly. There are elements of romance in it. Elijah’s sexuality comes to play a big part, but it’s more of showing who he is than a major focal point. I like him. He’s honorable and loyal, fiercely devoted to his family. Michael is his polar opposite. He’s a boxer and looks down on MMA. He’s very brash, has a bit of a temper, and is not the most likable guy. He’s a family man, that much is obvious. He loves his son, he loves his wife. This story is a build to a clash of these two men who are at the top of their sports and the clash that comes before mutual respect. The final fight between the two is satisfying and comes to a respectable conclusion.


Unwelcome Gifts (The Great Powers Book 1)

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment


Synopsis: Xanthus Terrinass is a gorgeous, powerful mage with a bright future. As the heir to the Terrinass family, who possess the rare magic to transfer between worlds, he’s looking forward to the freedom his abilities will bring him. But power has its price, every mage is expected to marry and produce gifted offspring. Xanthus has managed to hide being gay, and has almost convinced himself to fulfill his obligations, when he meets Brice. Brice has spent his whole life waiting for the man of his dreams, literally. His magic has shown him glimpses of a beautiful, soul connecting love destined to end tragically. If he can trust his visions, being with Xanthus may lead to his death, which is reason enough to keep his distance. When Brice discovers his parents have sold his ungifted sisters into slavery on another world, Xanthus is the only man who can help save them. Every moment they spend together they fall more deeply, and more dangerously, in love. As they cross the worlds to rescue his sisters, Brice seeks not only their rescue but a way to change his own destiny with Xanthus.


Review: I simply loved this book. I can’t get enough of this series. Brice is definitely my favorite. He’s powerful, though he’s not  mage specializing in battle like Xanthus. He’s determined  and loyal, and will do anything for those he loves. Xanthus is young, but determined. He knows his sexuality, and knows the penalties in their society for it. But the attraction between these two is undeniable and they compliment each other well, even if it has to end in tragedy. The rest of the cast is interesting. Warren is a Cleric, and the irony is that the arcane mages are the ones that look down on homosexuality, not the clerics, followers of the god and goddess. They seem to have a bit more of a pagan ideal, that love is something to be cherished, and I have to say that is a very refreshing change. Ambrose, the thief of the story, has a lot more power than he’s willing to reveal and I look forward to seeing him grow and one day gain the type of love he saw between Brice and Xanthus. I have my opinions on who shows him such love, and I can’t wait to see if I’m right. The few editing errors I saw didn’t take away from the story at all. I was enthralled and simply must read book two.

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Winter’s Island by Lillian MacKenzie Rhine Cover Reveal

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment


Today is the cover reveal for Winter’s Island by Lillian MacKenzie Rhine. She will talk a little about the book below then reveal the beautiful cover for us. Keeping reading for a great giveaway.


Winter’s Island is the story of Cay Winters–a young, artist whose only want in life is to not end up like her reckless mother. After being raised by an intrusive aunt, Cay finds it easier to just run free of her fears hoping that the evils of the world will never catch up to her. Well that is all wishful thinking when she arrives in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands as a mentor to her impressionable cousin.

Her first test is to get through the initial meeting with her cousin’s liaison, William Gatling. He affects her in a way that takes her senses away. Little does she know, he holds a secret that can save her life…as well as end it.

Islands, the pesky, majestic things that they are, don’t allow you to run very far before the demons or in this case…VAMPS…catch up to you, so let’s hope that Cay can make it out alive.

…and now the reveal…








Title: Winter’s Island

Publisher: Hot Ink Press

Release Date: July 16, 2014

Cover Artist: Rue Volley




Lillian MacKenzie Rhine (“Lilly Mac”) writes in several genres ranging from paranormal to historical. She believes that the possibilities of creation should not be limited to just one category, but one should allow the story and characters to dictate where the journey starts. Being a beta reader and avid reviewer for several years has allowed her to write her material with the reader in mind which gives her books a more realistic and relatable approach.

“An open mind expands all horizons, and I don’t want to miss a moment.” ~ Lilly Mac



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Torii (To Rule the Universe Book 1) by Amanda Marie

June 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Synopsis: Tara just wanted to fit in, but she hated school. When the weird talking dog shows up in her room, Tara is convinced she’s studying too hard, but she can’t shake the feeling that something’s wrong. When her best friend is killed, Tara finally decides to listen to the dog, and finds herself in a world she only thought existed in books and movies. So just who is she? And who is the mysterious man with the hypnotic green eyes? Are myths really reality?


Review: Took me a few to get the flow here, but once I did, I was pretty hooked. First off, major point for me due to personal preferences is the fact that Tara is a red head. Red heads rock. Now, as for the actual story, Tara starts off feeling like a normal teen. Has no clue what she really is. She knows she’s adopted, but she wasn’t more than a year old at the time. She has a brother that she was found with, and she’s had a pretty privileged upbringing. She quickly finds herself thrust into a world she’d never have been able to imagine before, and now she’s got far bigger worries than getting passing grades in school. She’s a pretty important person.
The ending leaves me with a cliffhanger. Not that I didn’t see it becoming a problem, but it makes things so much more interesting later. So the only question is, where’s the next book?

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