Wow! I loved this vampire tale called "Lifeblood" by Werner A. Lind. You will fall in love with the sad Ana vasilifata right away, as your heart leapsWow! I loved this vampire tale called "Lifeblood" by Werner A. Lind. You will fall in love with the sad Ana vasilifata right away, as your heart leaps in the strange darkness that Ana must carry with her everywhere she hunts or roams. Never seeing the light or the people and places she holds most dear to her heart, she is now with the Undead, as a vampire was never her choice. Traveling in time from 1665 where Transylvania still thrived, you will leap suddenly into Joshua's world of modern 2008 leading your heart to then pound with fresh excitement of her time traveling journey as she meets up with this twenty-four year old man and finds even she may have hope to have a kind friend. But can Ana keep her secret of her early century vampire ways-hiding in blackness of the night and feeding on animals a secret in her new world? Intriguing and never too vile, you will find yourself in hopes that Ana finds what she is looking for throughout this somewhat solomn and sad storyline. However, this vampire tale is a mix of feelings from the beginning to the end as you journey from what the author, Werner A. Lind, has truely combined in a classic idea of supernatural with a modern somewhat romantic, and youthful adventure!
Although I am not sure that I can call this an outright romance, but more of a friendship that 'grows' with companionship and trust. Ana finds that trust, however, is something the young vampiress has trouble finding in this story! You will first feel Ana's loneliness and then feel her pain. The story jumps from time to time era which I like to see in a novel of this genre. Also, it carried the perfect language for each character type, yet, leaving the conversation clear and easily understandable. Most authors overdue this. Werner spins a tale that flows well, has a fast-past plot, and makes for a great weekend read. Your children over twelve would love this book as well. This book did carry the feel for a younger audience than myself. But, still I enjoyed it.
Great Job, Werner! I give it five stars, and that is hard to get from me. I will brag on this one for some time to come!
Janie Pendleton, Novelist- book reviewer The Gates to Love and War ...more
**spoiler alert** First star for; I just want to say, that this author's expression of detail is equisit! So, I gave her my first star for her debut n**spoiler alert** First star for; I just want to say, that this author's expression of detail is equisit! So, I gave her my first star for her debut novel, that exuded graceful, and yet powerful details.
Removed a star for; Now, the problem with me, was the flow of the tale. The story seemed to be so perfectly detailed that I did not feel I was moving in the tale fast enough. Too many explainations in the beginning, losing my interest several times. By chapter seven however, my interest peaked as the story became a fluid tale...leaving me wanting to read more...much more.
Second star for; *(Spoilers) I loved the part where she tries to get away from the "redcoats" a very detailed scene as her near rape and murder were one of the best scenes I've ever read in a historical romance. I felt Ewen's presence here and heroine's power to achieve living status....Again, great details(but not so many details the scene flowed with a moving storyline here!)
Removed a star;*(spoilers*) Also in the scene above, no matter how great I believe it was. My husband is a professor of medicine, and says you cannot cut your foot deeply on soft cartlidge of one's nose...She might change this to his teeth or broken jaw bone, as teeth and bone-jagged may cut a foots tender skin. Also, the burned finger...not happening for me. If she was so accurate and shot the revolver accurately, as written, how would it have given her a powder burn? Her hand would have to of been near the flint (hammer) for that to happen. Twenty-two years in military, I would know...I'm a munitions expert. Now maybe average reader might not catch these details...but with so much work in the history and details of it...I would expect to see that rightened to gain this star back! Also, should have spent more time with Robert and conversed, and part where she fights with Rowena, after saying she was in fighting classes in her time...the fight was so weak here. After he let Rowena go...she should have reappeared one last time...she was the herione's greatest threat after all. Also, did they make love on the riverbank, close to where his dead brother lay? Us Scots would never do that...a proposal YES! Sex next to a dead brother and after she'd been rendered unconscous....Never...Bad taste there.
Third Star for; Now the Highlander language...very well done!! Not so strong, we could not understand it, yet it left me with the fact I was not in US anymore. Loved her grip on the way she wrote this in. Excellent job! Most seasoned author's go overboard here.
Forth star for; Historical accuracy, I gave another star for this as I am a Scot and the better part of her explainations and cameron clan is true. I like the way she changed it up for the "romance" time travel part.
Fifth Star; For the whole idea of time travel and through the Labyrinth/witch...all good ideas.
Sixth star; For the ending...I won't give this away, but I love surprises, and the author pulled this off by answering all red herrings and leaving us to love the heroine and the tale of "Master of the Highland". I look forward to reading her next novel knowing she will be even better! Great Job Veronica Wolff.
Contains "No Spoilers": My stars of "Flag of Her Choosing"-- Six Stars!
First of all, let me just say, you must set time aside to read this novel, "FlaContains "No Spoilers": My stars of "Flag of Her Choosing"-- Six Stars!
First of all, let me just say, you must set time aside to read this novel, "Flag of Her Choosing" by Derek Hart. I took my time and read and reread sections to soak in the plot...which BTW got it its first star! The second star is for the fact that this was very intriguing (I won't give any spoilers away here). But, then again, so was the last three books I've read from this author, as now I can say, I've become quite the huge fan! The third star is for this author's talent for setting a scene in the important parts of the plot, which again, is most impressive. The fourth star I gave for the fact that Derek's novel "Flag of Her Choosing", he makes a point to lead you down paths you would not have thought of, leaving you excited, and wanting to read on for answers to tidbits here and there. I love that! The fifth star I gave this author was for his infamous historical accuracy, and language that carried clear, understandable sentences. That meant not having to stop to check words often for what the author meant to say to his readers. Dereck as usual, got his point across without to many details that can bore a reader. This novel got another star (sixth), for the love scenes! Unfortunetly there is no SIXTH STAR to give this wonderfuly talented author.
Derek Hart, once again, comes through here, answering all red herrings and leaving no stones unturned! I will read this one again, just as soon as I've read "Seas Aflame" by Derek Hart, which I can assume will be just as exciting if not more...
In final: Another execellent read by Derek Hart, that kept my attention longing for more, as it gave me that same completed it and loved it feeling, that wrestled my mind for days!
PS. I believe this would make a great movie. It would be interesting to see what Derek would do with it in the film script version.
Janie Pendleton, Novelist The Gates to Love and War ...more
This novel called "Sean" is very intriguing! I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this novel. This is a weekend read and you will want to savour yourThis novel called "Sean" is very intriguing! I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this novel. This is a weekend read and you will want to savour your time with this thriller. I gave it five stars for the plot, character setup, terminology accuracy, historical accuracy, and answering of the red herrings. No stones were left unturned in the mystery. I found Daniel Fitpatrick's novel hard to put down and will problably brag on it for some time to come!
Congrats and looking for your next adventure!
Janie, Author of The Gates to Love and War. ...more
Constance O'banyon has just never let me down, she is definately one of my favorite historical fiction novelist. I can't wait to read her new novel baConstance O'banyon has just never let me down, she is definately one of my favorite historical fiction novelist. I can't wait to read her new novel based in Egypt. Janie...more
My daughter is reading it for her Advanced College English class over the summer. I hope she enjoys the messages it brought to me as well. Thank you My daughter is reading it for her Advanced College English class over the summer. I hope she enjoys the messages it brought to me as well. Thank you for another great read!...more
Dynamic story!! Best of three in the Egyptian Series so far...I do hope this brings more stories to light. I can't seem to get enough of Constances paDynamic story!! Best of three in the Egyptian Series so far...I do hope this brings more stories to light. I can't seem to get enough of Constances passion for historical writings on the subject of my favorite heroines and heros. Please Constance, keep them coming!!
First Constance gave us "Lord of the Nile", where Denae' and her handsome hero Lord Ramtat took arms and took in love across the times in Rome, then there was "Sword of Rome", the story of Danae's now sister-inlaw Adhania and her beloved hero, Macellus, the Roman general and warrior of his day took flight. Leaving us with the street urchin called Thalia, whom Adhania rescued in the streets of Rome as a child. But who was Thalia really. This book creates the atmosphere that pulls in our favored characters from book one and two. In a fight for her life, Thalia will meet yet another hero, another general--another man just like the one her adopted sister's married in earlier books....a warrior, that will not give up until he sees Thalia in her rightful position on a small island called Bal, Forea....the new home of the fallen city of Alantis!
Be prepared to fall in love with Thalia, eighteen and hardly ready to stand on her own two feet in a strange speaking land. She decides to take it upon herself to reunite the people, just as her sister Cleopatra would have done....And then watch her rise above her duty, in order to save the island people from hunger and war...Constance, finally comes through on her exotic sexual expression, that was hidden in the previous books, to bring us devoted and lavishing love scenes worth rereading...over and over! Come hide in the passions of love, honor, and betrayal in "Daughter of Egypt"!
One sentence line: O'banyon's third book of the Egyptian herione series is possibly her best book yet, with a wonderfully created characters, that carry the erotic tale of love, honor, courage, and betrayal.
Janie Pendleton, Novelist The Gates to Love and War...more
First, let me just say that this author, CB Smith, delivers up a delightful taste of real life "Artistic" justice in the book "Still L(*no spoilers*)
First, let me just say that this author, CB Smith, delivers up a delightful taste of real life "Artistic" justice in the book "Still Life with Psychotic Squirrel". I gave my first star for his originality, cleverness, and loose-comic reality checks. The second star, I gave for his capablity of bringing back my own childhood memories, and the third star I gave for the chapter "Auntie Terrorist"...hilariously real for me, as were so many of the other childhood events he offered up in this charming yet giddy book of life. The forth star that I gave this novel, is for its historical accuracy and attention to detail where the actual scene set up was concerned. The fifth star, I gave this novel for blending together the reality checks with real-life situations that I am sure we have all suffered through from our own past family experiences. Although a bit 'Squirrelly' in style, our Author's rendition sets you up for a fun fall--yet again, that is its title!
Ex; To Uncle Henry who just 'chose' to eat another Aunt's cookies at sunday dinner:
henry's wife: "Henry? Why don't you like my cookies? The ones I slaved over for the last three days?
Henry: "Uhmmm, well, he stuttered, it's not that dear, it's just that these ones looked so good...
Wife of Henry: "Oh!" she snapped, "I see, THAT one looked good, but MINE didn't?
...lol...I've heard that one before! Haven't you? Hint to hubbies, always put something on your plate from wifey first!
***One sentence review for book jacket:
"Fast-paced, filled to rim with reality and fun, which makes for an encitful read."
Janie Pendleton, Novelist The Gates to Love and War...more
An excellent tale of love, courage, and respect. This novel by Derek Hart was full of intrigue. A great read for the beach or traveling. I felt like IAn excellent tale of love, courage, and respect. This novel by Derek Hart was full of intrigue. A great read for the beach or traveling. I felt like I was onboard the Carla herself. It can't get any better than sailing to our favorite ports while this book gets you in the mood to find an onboard romance, can it? *winks*
The dicey star here is a magnificant dancer named Ralene and she will perform for you both onboard the stage and in your heart nightly, while her onboard shipmate and "First Officer" Drake sets the fast-paced read. Characters you won't forget for a long time. This book although a bit informative at first, speeds into a life-like tale of passion and betrayal quickly. I found myself longing for more after I slapped the cover closed!
Unlike Derek's other four novels that I have thoroughly enjoyed as well, this book was completely off the beaten path from his usual casualties of war-type reads. Proving once again, that Derek Hart can write several genre type manuscripts to fulfill his reader's interest. Very well done.
*Come sail away in this near perfect dreamstate novel by Derek Hart.
Janie Pendleton, Fan and Novelist The Gates to Love and War...more
This was a fresh look at Daniel's ideas on Quantum Physics. My hubby read first as this is his hobby reading genre. He said it was full of surprises aThis was a fresh look at Daniel's ideas on Quantum Physics. My hubby read first as this is his hobby reading genre. He said it was full of surprises and possiblities, and made him think on a higher plane than most books he has read on the subject. We are both looking forward to this authors work called "Sean" which I just got in the mail today! I am sure we will see more of this author's work in the fiction and non-fiction arena! Great job, Daniel!
First let me just say, Milo Wolf's book gave science and the discovery of universe matter a new POV for me. His ideas that light transfer from the staFirst let me just say, Milo Wolf's book gave science and the discovery of universe matter a new POV for me. His ideas that light transfer from the stars in a single wave and not in visual particles were amazing. So intense, yet so simple if you think about it. Which I did- I thought a lot. This is the purpose behind Milo's research. To bring about a clearer understanding of how the universe exist and transfers the look of matter. The answers to your questions of why's and how's will come alive while your reading his work. Bringing the theories to actual visions in your mind giving you that "Oh, I get it!" feeling while your reading his manuscript!
This book starts out with the fasinating life story of the author. Just the first part of Milo's book alone was worth the read. What a life this Electrical Engineer has had. From WW2 to Iraq war, this man has lived to see it all...his work has even landed the Apollo on the moon! A great feat within itself at the time it occurred and even on todays scientific standards. Very impressed.
The second part of the book brought us an introduction to life's universal questions, and chats with ancient scientist like Arepostle, whom I love to research his theories and how he came upon his ideas of them. I believe had the Library of Alexander not burned, we would know far more than what we do today of our own future...as these earlier scientist thoughts and theories flow through your mind, you will get on with the next stage of the book. Milo saved the math section for the end, so if you are like myself and fall short of anything more than simple algerbra and calculus...you can still read the first sections of this book with ease.
I slapped the covers on this book closed, fully sastified with that freshly understood feeling that you don't have to be a "rocket" scientist like the famous author in order to get involved with finding answers to those complex questions that we ask ourselves daily. The universe and how it effects the planets have always been one of my greatest 'need to know' driven inquiries. Crazy as it may sound, his visions fit my theories of how God is EVERYTHING we touch. All matter that surrounds us. To me, Milo just explained the actual truth to God's knowledge. The finale to the end of life and the start of heaven...energy transfer from body to light? Hmm...something else to think about!..lol...
In short: Inquiring minds who want to "KNOW" the answers of time, space, material, light, etc...will find this book fasinating! We have all asked ourselves, questions like "Could the planet earth exist without the stars?" or "Could matter really only be one wave and not particles?"
Milo writes for the reader, scientist, and the hobbist! This book was easier for me to understand than most books that I've read on the subject. His book made the most realist notions, leaving me a believer of light transfer between electrons as a direct transfer. It left me wanting to read more of his work.
BTW... I read Daniel Fitzpatrick's "Asleep at the Switch" Quantum Physics book first. This was another five star read and I recommend that you contact Dan here on Goodreads and get a copy of his book today as well!
Keep looking at up at the stars!
Janie Pendleton, Novelist The Gates to Love and War ...more
All I can say is 'Derek Hart' is a genius with the quill and I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend novel. I read it slow to soak in his words and my thou All I can say is 'Derek Hart' is a genius with the quill and I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend novel. I read it slow to soak in his words and my thoughts, but it was exciting and full of great vinettes to the end. Thank you Derek for the FREEBY!
Anyone can read this first novel of many called "Tales of the Yellow Silk" by Derek Hart, for FREE by simply following the instructions on his Goodreads site. Don't forget to put Derek's other novel's on your summer reading list!
Lakota Winds by William Venner, is probably one of the best written pieces of YOUNG ADULT historical fiction-novels ever written for the Sioux indiansLakota Winds by William Venner, is probably one of the best written pieces of YOUNG ADULT historical fiction-novels ever written for the Sioux indians.
William spins an interesting tale with historical facts, intrigue, romance, honor, and even betrayal. The story begins with tribal life style, and that infinate day in history--1876, when the white "horse soldiers" attacked the village of the sioux indians. A day that ended a beautiful way of life--a dynasty. Read about the hours that followed, when the sioux and cheyenne indians came together as allies to stop the white man (wasi-chu). This battle changed indian and US history, forever. Feel Custer and his army, as they ride across the native lands in great numbers.
Find out what is was like first hand to be a sioux woman or warrior during this tme period. Learn how an Indian grandmother's life helps recall times past to help teach her family how to live through the hard times.
For adults and preteens alike, this book should be on every school library shelf, or class reading list for book reports. I wish I'd had more books like this one in our classroom as a young girl. Buy this for your child today!!
Janie Pendleton, Author The Gates to Love and War...more