Ghostly figures intermingle in modern day life, meteors streak across the heavens on a collision course with Earth, while the ground quakes and tsunamGhostly figures intermingle in modern day life, meteors streak across the heavens on a collision course with Earth, while the ground quakes and tsunamis surge across the open sea. What would you do on the End of Days?
I am the author of this disaster/adventure novel. This was my first published book. I hope that you enjoy it. ...more
In Secret of the Sands, talented authors Rai Aren and Tavius E. weave the threads of the past and present into an intricate literary tapestry surroundIn Secret of the Sands, talented authors Rai Aren and Tavius E. weave the threads of the past and present into an intricate literary tapestry surrounding the great sphinx of Egypt. From the moment I turned the first page, I was caught up in their tale, gasping for breath as the secret trap door slammed closed, cutting off my air, shouting for joy at Mitch and Alex’s archaeological discoveries, chuckling at their friends’ Jack and Bob’s antics, and frowning at Zazmaria’s greed and treachery.
The mark of a truly good story is one that transcends the ages. Although the writers may base some of their novel in the past, a good yarn echoes into the present and future, as well. Secret of the Sands cherishes love, family and honor, condemns evil and treachery and presents us with a tantalizing theory of what lies beneath the great sphinx. Is the power behind the sphinx not of this world? If so, how can man possibly hope to control it?
I want more. Thankfully, the sequel, Destiny of the Sands is apparently already under way and this reader shall be one of the first in line to continue reading this marvelous saga of Egypt. ...more
How many of us wear a social mask, putting forth the façade, the face of what we want others to see? The title of this novel is well suited to the stoHow many of us wear a social mask, putting forth the façade, the face of what we want others to see? The title of this novel is well suited to the story itself. From the moment that sweet young Becky meets handsome and rich Bob Dillough, she’s swept along on a romantic tsunami that promises she’ll live happily ever after. Becky’s “prince”, however, is far from perfect.
Although Bob wines and dines his young bride, he is severely flawed. He drinks too much, lies, cheats on Becky and has more excuses than a tardy high school student. As Bob’s behavior turns increasingly violent, Becky starts looking for a way out of her predicament, even though she is assailed by guilt for her failing marriage. I held my breath when Bob literally shoved a gun into Becky’s face! For a few terrible moments, her life hung in the balance. Thankfully, Becky was able to escape Bob’s clutches and this book is a strong statement against domestic violence and abuse in all its forms. What makes The Door of Façade all the more compelling is that it is a true story - Becky’s story. I can’t wait to read her second novel to learn the good news! ...more
Draegon’s Lair struck me on two levels. First, it is a wonderful historical romance, one of the best I’ve ever read - and I’ve been reading them for oDraegon’s Lair struck me on two levels. First, it is a wonderful historical romance, one of the best I’ve ever read - and I’ve been reading them for over 40 years. Ms. Ciletti plays the factions of good and evil off each other with the ease of an orchestra conductor. The plot has several delightful twists and turns and her character development is superb. Bastion, Draegon’s evil twin brother, chills me to the core as he torments and abuses beautiful Alys both verbally and physically. Some heroes are so downright pure that they are virtually untouchable. Not so with Draegon. Although he is brave and honorable to a fault, Draegon’s doubts and fears make him vulnerable and I bonded with him over the course of the novel.
Second, Ms. Ciletti has a great deal to say about surviving abusive relationships and how our own insecurities may cloak and hide us from the life we were born to live. Draegon is a prisoner of darkness and shadow, keeping the world at bay lest his true appearance be revealed. And yet, when he finally allows the hood to fall, he is surprised by what people really think about him. This is a lesson for us all. Well done, Ms. Ciletti! Well done. ...more
“Nothing is what it seems, take nothing for granted.” With these words still haunting me from the back of the book, I dove into Mariard, Volume I, The“Nothing is what it seems, take nothing for granted.” With these words still haunting me from the back of the book, I dove into Mariard, Volume I, The Gifting and couldn’t put it down! Ms. Jones leads the reader through an engaging tale, a story of good versus evil, treachery, honor and love that spans a generation.
The gift of the Mariard holds unspeakable power. In this novel, opposing factions clash again and again as they seek to win the day, battling not only with their bodies, but with their minds, as well. The “game” rages on multiple levels and the reader is swept along in a torrent of magical confrontations until the true natures of Tegan, Cathmore and Vieanne are revealed.
What a great movie this would make! The visual imagery contained in the book would yield some stunning sets and the story would capture the audience’s attention from the opening to closing credits. I’m really looking forward to reading the additional volumes in this series. ...more
Mourning Redemption captures a segment of American history with wit, charm, drama and love. This story is as raw as an abusive husband and father, asMourning Redemption captures a segment of American history with wit, charm, drama and love. This story is as raw as an abusive husband and father, as frightening as the Black Maria bearing her injured, dead and dying coal miners to their families for a final farewell and as tender as young love and a stolen kiss.
From the moment I turned the first page of this marvelous novel, I was drawn into the story of the Evans family, as they crossed the Atlantic to settle in New Salem, a coal mining town in southwest Pennsylvania. Here, the miners are but cogs in the coal mining “machine”, endlessly yoked to soaring credit at the company store, poor housing and food and lives filled with hard work, black coal dust and ever present danger. The only chance many have of breaking the vicious cycle lies in the grave and any stolen moments of joy in the interim seem as precious and rare as gemstones.
I was drawn into the forbidden love of “bad boy” Orville Jenkins and Kelly Hennessy, which tugged at my heart strings as a pregnant Kelly was sent packing to Michigan to have her child. As the world goes mad in the midst of the Great War, Orville is filled with dreams of being united with his love and their young son, Morgan, but Kelly dies while he is still overseas and Orville passes on as well, leaving poor Morgan a young orphan. Morgan’s return to New Salem on Geraint Evans’ broad shoulders heals many wounds, proving to all the resilience of life itself. Despite the incredible struggle and numerous setbacks, life is indeed to be treasured, savored like fine wine and renewed in the eyes of the very young. Like the boys of New Salem, may we swing life’s bat with all of our might and grin with delight at every home run. This book is a triumph. ...more
What a delight! Fran Orenstein has written a marvelous tale of two young men who leap into one of the tales in the Book of Mysteries and suddenly findWhat a delight! Fran Orenstein has written a marvelous tale of two young men who leap into one of the tales in the Book of Mysteries and suddenly find themselves transported to a strange, new world. In Balalac, nothing is quite what it seems. The lake boils, a wizard and dragon are on the loose and the nightly earthquakes have the townspeople in a dither. Here, the juice is blue-green, the milk is purple, stairs lead nowhere and the local bookshop disappears and reappears in the blink of an eye!
Young Zack and Tyler endeavor to learn the truth behind the wizard’s sweet mask and in the end, learn a lot about friendship, goodness, courage and honor in the bargain. You’ll turn the final page with a big grin upon your face and yearn for more. Suitable for every teenager. ...more
I loved Jennifer Lewis' descriptions of Caspia, her created island nation. It sounded lovely and terribly romantic.
I also enjoyed how Sebastian, a priI loved Jennifer Lewis' descriptions of Caspia, her created island nation. It sounded lovely and terribly romantic.
I also enjoyed how Sebastian, a prince who had everything he'd ever wanted, found himself desiring a woman he could not obtain. Such a dilemma - that is, until he realizes that the woman of his dreams is in love with him, too! ...more
Wow! Lord of the Desert remains one of my all-time favorites from Diana Palmer. The mix of cultures and clash of wills was marvelous until the last paWow! Lord of the Desert remains one of my all-time favorites from Diana Palmer. The mix of cultures and clash of wills was marvelous until the last page was turned. ...more