Lyrical descriptive writing, a compelling blend of history and mythology, and the unmatched beauty of Wales all combine for a richly atmospheric taleLyrical descriptive writing, a compelling blend of history and mythology, and the unmatched beauty of Wales all combine for a richly atmospheric tale in "Lamp Black, Wolf Grey". Author Paula Brackston has a way with words and a definite talent for spinning bewitching romantic stories. Contemporary life blends with elements from ancient days as a young married couple's move to the Welsh mountains unearths many truths, both old and new. Laura Matthews hopes that a life-changing move will bring about a renewal of her creativity as an artist and bring to life her greatest wish--a child of her own. As she and her husband, Dan, begin to acclimate themselves to their surroundings, an unexpected awareness seeps into Laura's consciousness. With Dan working several hours away, and coming home just on weekends, Laura mostly has her new home to herself--or does she? The land she now claims home was once the realm of Merlin, himself, and his presence is inescapable. As Laura becomes more involved with the history of the area, the past becomes her present, and her involvement with her neighbor, Rhys, adds an unsettling excitement to her existence. Will Laura find all that she has longed for, or are there powerful forces at work with a mysterious agenda all their own?
Morphing between the metaphorical and metaphysical, and back again, "The Hunger of the Wolf" may give you food for thought--or make you feel as thoughMorphing between the metaphorical and metaphysical, and back again, "The Hunger of the Wolf" may give you food for thought--or make you feel as though you have bitten off more than you can chew. Either way, author Stephen Marche confidently moves readers out of their comfort zone with an encompassing tale of unimaginable wealth that comes with an unusual and unsettling aspect of inheritance. The opening paragraph is indeed compelling, advising readers that the naked dead man found in a remote area of the frozen Canadian woods was actually the eighth-richest person in the world, billionaire Ben Wylie. A son of the Wylie's housekeepers, Jamie Cabot, a journalist, determines to find the truth surrounding Ben's ignominious demise. Three generations of Wylies have carved out an empire of capitalism entwined with a lupine legacy. Who's to bless, and who's to blame? As always, I enjoy reading outside my fiction box, and I am sure no two readers will come away with the exact same take on this unique tale from author Stephen Marche.
Unique, and completely engaging, "Crooked River" is a wonderful debut work from author Valerie Geary. Told in the alternating voices of two sisters, fUnique, and completely engaging, "Crooked River" is a wonderful debut work from author Valerie Geary. Told in the alternating voices of two sisters, fifteen-year old Sam and ten-year old Ollie, this is a mystery, a family drama, and so much more. An involving story line and compelling characters combined with beautifully descriptive writing will hold readers enthralled until the last page is turned. While Sam and Ollie's parents loved each other, they couldn't live together. The children lived with their mother in Eugene, Oregon while their father, Bear, settled in rural Oregon, living in a teepee and working as a beekeeper. He rented the land from good people, Zeb and Franny, whose friendship was like family to Bear and his daughters. Every summer, Sam would come to stay with her father. When Ollie was old enough to spend the summer, she chose instead to go to camp with her friends. Things changed forever when the girls' mother suddenly died from a heart attack and they were sent to live with their father on a trial basis. If things didn't work out, the girls would find a permanent home with their mother's parents. Adjusting to the new arrangement is somewhat of a challenge, especially for Ollie, who has not spoken since her mother's death. While Ollie may not be talking, she still sees plenty--including ghostly beings called "Shimmerings" who speak to her. One day, the sisters find the body of a dead woman floating in Crooked River. Sam tries to catch hold of the woman's body, but the river, swollen by rain and melting snow carries her away. When circumstantial evidence implicates Bear in death, the girls decide to keep their discovery a secret. However, Bear is arrested for the murder, and the girls must fight for their father's innocence and for the future of their family. "Crooked River" is a recommended reader's treat, and I look forward to more work from the talented Valerie Geary.
Author Kerrelyn Sparks brings her fan-favorite paranormal romance "Love at Stake" series to a possible conclusion with "Crouching Tiger, Forbidden VamAuthor Kerrelyn Sparks brings her fan-favorite paranormal romance "Love at Stake" series to a possible conclusion with "Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire". Former marine Russell Hankelburg lost decades of his life to a coma, and when he awoke, he was no longer human. Turned to a vampire, he seeks revenge against Master Han, the vile creature who stole his humanity. After tracking his elusive prey for two years, Russell is finally in a position to end the existence of the master vamp. However, unwelcome interference comes in the form of a beautiful were-tiger named Jia, whose rescue by Russell causes him to miss his chance to execute Master Han. Jia had also been attempting to kill the master vamp, who had massacred her own family. Jia turns out to be Tiger Town royalty--a princess engaged to a prince. Revenge, rather than matrimony, is uppermost on Jia's mind, and she convinces a reluctant Russell that together they can achieve their common goal. Russell is all too aware of Jia's beauty and intriguing golden tiger eyes. She is equally aware of his rugged masculinity and handsome mien. Will the partnership between them remain strictly business, or will a passionate attraction lead to love? Kerrelyn Sparks is an entertaining storyteller, and as this may be the final book in the series, she brings back many popular characters and ties up some story lines. Fans of the series will be pleased with "Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire", but they will hope that somehow there will more adventures to come for their favorite vamps.
An atmospheric, romantic tale, "The Widow's Walk", from author Robert Barclay, will find a home with lovers of the time-travel genre. In present day NAn atmospheric, romantic tale, "The Widow's Walk", from author Robert Barclay, will find a home with lovers of the time-travel genre. In present day New Bedford, Massachusetts, Garrett Richmond purchases the home of his dreams with plans to restore the house to its former glory. Though his friends and family doubt his sanity for buying the neglected manse known as "Seaside", Garrett has been drawn to the place for as long as he can remember. An architect himself, he knew exactly what to do to bring the old home back to life. However, he was unprepared for the lovely woman caught in time who had been trapped in Seaside for more than 170 years. Constance Canfield has once shared the home with her husband Adam, a whaling ship captain, who had been lost at sea. At the same time Adam died, Constance had been the victim of a tragic accident at Seaside, disappearing from the real world and remaining between one world and the next. Garrett is the first person ever to see and hear Constance since her accident. As their connection deepens, and the past begins to merge more and more with the present, the two of them must find a way to stay together. But how can that be? Will Constance remain in the modern world, or will Garrett find his own place in the past?
An imaginative retelling of a favorite fairy tale, "The Beauty's Beast" is both compelling and entertaining. Author E.D. Walker tells her take on theAn imaginative retelling of a favorite fairy tale, "The Beauty's Beast" is both compelling and entertaining. Author E.D. Walker tells her take on the tale in a descriptive manner, yet somehow leads the reader to also ponder what she is not saying, thus adding to the intrigue of the story line. Lady Kathryn de Remere's neglectful father sends her to the king's court to find a suitably plump-in-purse husband. Seeking to ease his gambling-induced financial burdens, her father cares little for the happiness of his own daughter. A fateful encounter with a strange wolf will change Kathryn's life forever. Spared during a hunt by the good king, the wolf with the soulful eyes and knowing, human expressions has deep, unexpected ties to the royal lineage. Is there enough of the nobleman left in the noble beast to save his very humanity? Will Kathryn's friendship and tender attentions keep the man from losing himself to the darker side of his nature? Can happiness be found where hope was almost lost? I look forward to reading more works from the talented E.D. Walker, who also writes as Beth Matthews....more