Love It- From the intriguing cover to the designs inside and fantastical storyline. It lifts me into an exciting and enchanted world thjat I want to r...moreLove It- From the intriguing cover to the designs inside and fantastical storyline. It lifts me into an exciting and enchanted world thjat I want to return to. Would recommend it to everyone. (less)
Love the fantasy and action. The adventure keeps me engaged and the dialgue and descriptions keep me flipping through each page to find out what happe...moreLove the fantasy and action. The adventure keeps me engaged and the dialgue and descriptions keep me flipping through each page to find out what happens to the characters. Great story and would recommend it to everyone. (less)
It was a great poetic journey of description and experience taking me from the beginning to the very end. I enjoyed reading it and would read it again...moreIt was a great poetic journey of description and experience taking me from the beginning to the very end. I enjoyed reading it and would read it again. (less)
The cover is magificent with spledor, leaving me entranced to find out more and withi nithe pages a delightful story emerges with intersting character...moreThe cover is magificent with spledor, leaving me entranced to find out more and withi nithe pages a delightful story emerges with intersting characters seeming magical. The writing is clear and imaginative with direction. I would recommend it to others. (less)
I am not much for violence and so I was a bit intimidated at first, but I enjoyed the romance and feel in love with the characters I had to turn each...moreI am not much for violence and so I was a bit intimidated at first, but I enjoyed the romance and feel in love with the characters I had to turn each page to find out where the story would take them! ADDICTED!
Loved it and though not my favorite, definitly well done! At times the middle lagged with all the description of things, but the whole concept and in the arena was I-can't-stop-reading-it awesome! I would recommend it! (less)
1930 Munich. Two Lovers. Different Worlds. a Crumbling Country.
Family opposition and social prejudice are just two of the hurddles Eli Levin and Rebb...more1930 Munich. Two Lovers. Different Worlds. a Crumbling Country.
Family opposition and social prejudice are just two of the hurddles Eli Levin and Rebbeca Baum have to overcome and when the Nazi party comes to power and identity means persecution or freedom, difficult choies have to be made and the two lives are changed forever...find out what happens in this gripping love stroy for adults (sexual scenes and historical references).
Reader Reviews: You have something very special here. You have created a world that you can not have known personally, but which is completely believable, and that is what all writers aim to do, but only the really good ones achieve as well as you have -Philip Carlton
This is simply so adorable and sweet at the moment, although I am sure it will not continue that way. The prologue shows the strength of their loving union and the first chapter deals well with their introduction. I love the minute character descriptions - the blue silk tie, missing button, the contrasts of manicured hands and slightly dirty fingernails, but overall, the almost awkward interaction between them as they so obviously are attracted to one another. -Kendall Craig
REVIEW FROM BOOKTASTE: Lovers in a turbulent Europe.
Ami Blackwelder paints with words. Her special talent is creating scene and atmosphere populated by credible characters. The Day The Flowers Died is a love story, gently narrated, that recreates prewar Germany during the 1930s, and the German government’s menacing swing to the Nazis. The girl’s sweetheart is Jewish, her parents point out the brutal dangers, but innocent ecstasy ignores the politics and the racial hatred that are sweeping the nation.
As fascist ideology becomes law, the lovers encounter the harsh reality of life and death. Released as an ebook, this novel has quickly gained an unusually large number of downloads. Can there be a trend (much welcomed) away from vampires and back to realistic human passion?
This author’s books vary in genre and can be sampled here. Happy reading! Posted by Cathy, 9 December 2009. (less)
This romantic series has been described as having "the passion of Twilight, the adventure of Lord of the Rings, and the magic of Harry Potter."
Ami B...more This romantic series has been described as having "the passion of Twilight, the adventure of Lord of the Rings, and the magic of Harry Potter."
Ami Blackwelder is a prolific and award-winning writer having put her heart and soul into short stories, poetry, children's work and this amazing elfin series.
As one reviewer said: "She writes with tactile imagery and it's refreshing to experience this sort of romantic adventure from a male perspective."
These books are sure to capture both the fantasy and romance reader and are available in in these fine eBook sellers: OmniLit, Amazon, Books on Board, Smashwords and at the ireadiwrite Publishing online store.
More Reader Reviews:
"I really like how you capture Michael's trepidation about asking Evelyn out, the angst, the worry. He is an interesting character. Certainly something the YA's could sink their teeth into." –Diane
"I like the romance behind this. I am positive teenage girls will swoon. That seems to be the way into their hearts and you seem to be on the right path with these novels. I think it is neat to have this incorporated into high school and the drama that ensues is humorous and heart warming." -T.L Tyson
"I have to say that your writing is most impressive. Your characterization is superb, these are characters that all young adults will relate to. You have described the setting vividly." -Patrick Armstead
REVIEW FROM BOOKTASTE: Romantic fantasy saves the elves
Cathy Macleod, 7 December 2009. Maybe not quite saved but they’re given some breathing space, because ahead are seven further books and more fearful threats in the Guardians of the Gate series by Ami Blackwelder.
“Enter a world of elfin romance,” she invites and takes us there via a normal high school. Not all the scholars are totally human, however, and a beautiful new girl displays mysterious qualities and a close link to a nearby forest. The lad who falls for her finds himself battling nasties on the other side of the Gate that separates our world from that of the wee folk.
Author Ami skillfully captures atmosphere and emotions and deftly includes some great poetry too. She is prolific and talented. Check out some of her titles. (less)
Her books was very interesting. I read it easily and it flowed nicely. The American Indian historical background gave the romance a nice flavor and al...moreHer books was very interesting. I read it easily and it flowed nicely. The American Indian historical background gave the romance a nice flavor and along with Madonna Kennedy's Seed of the Mother, these two are two of my favorite for 2010 thus far. (less)
From the mysterious and ominous cover to the echoing words within the pages,MJ Caraway or otherwise known as Michael Pollackskillfully sculp...moreMJ Caraway
From the mysterious and ominous cover to the echoing words within the pages, MJ Caraway or otherwise known as Michael Pollack skillfully sculpts a novel that grips the heart. The Dark Light of November tells a story of Jimmie a guitarist whose dark lyrics and deep chords define a melancholy tone throughout the novel; Jimmie’s dark mood is well contrasted with his passion about the battle of the bands and his almost lustful musical endeavors for Ember, the girl of his dreams. Just as an ember is a glowing piece of coal or wood from a fire, Jimmie’s heart burns for her and she is the light at the end of a dark tunnel in his life.
The novel captivates the reader from the first chapter with a mysterious death of a young girl in a dark lake in the mists of parents and kids enjoying their picnics and conversations at the nearby park and an even more mysterious gift Jimmie feels he possesses. By chapter two the reader can sense the pull within the main character between his past and future, death and life, the girl of his nightmares and the girl of his dreams.
Michael Pollack’s metaphors such as the dream blurred like sidewalk chalk softened by rain are fluid and filled with crisp imagery allowing the words to be felt, heard and experienced. He illustrates Jimmie’s affections for Ember beautifully, comparing his confidence as one that germinates and withers like all flowers, connecting the reader on not only an emotional level, but on a level of nature and likewise with all things that are born, grow and die.
He compares Jimmie’s guilt for not saving the young girl seven years earlier to waves of painful memories needing to dull and recede, but the tide never brings relief. His main character is subtly defined as a tortured mind whose visions and sensitivities belong outside the normal boundaries of reality, creating a further chasm between his human connections with his friends and the other characters within the story.
This complex, yet sensitive personality makes Jimmie all the more loveable, drawing the reader into Jimmie’s life to comfort him and watch him with awe in his journey of self discovery, failure and success. As Jimmie’s courage to confront Ember blossoms Michael Pollack’s descriptions of Ember intensify, golden triangles of sunlight danced around her, painting a gorgeous halo around her and her silky walk, and build moments of passionate tension, confidence and retreat.
Interlaced within the framework of a mysterious visionary gift and tortured mind belonging to that of Jimmie and a dark light from water in the lake that swallowed the life of a young girl, Melody, seven years earlier emerges the most suspicious character of Sydney, Ember’s close friend.
Michael Pollack uses shades of inscrutable motivation to intensify the mystery and when an incident at a Halloween party stills Ember’s steps to a slow crawl, revealed are Sydney’s cruel intentions. Tensions strengthen between characters and the story twists into unpredictable outcomes. Like Sydney’s name defined in urban colloquialisms to be perfection, desired and wanting love yet fearing it, Sydney befriends the reader early in the story under a false pretense of purity and perfection which is later revealed to be flawed in jealousy and fear.
As Jimmie struggles to define what his visions see, his mind seemingly fuses with Ember’s own mind and the reader experiences portions of her life through Jimmie and most notably her possible end in which Michael Pollack poignantly describes it as light became dark, dark became cold, and cold became nothing.
True to Pollack’s original flavor for words, he equally creates an unprecedented chapter thirteen and fourteen of only a few words breaking from the tradition of multiple pages and capitalizes on the curt presentation of Jimmie and Ember’s paralleled experiences. The chapter culminates with Jimmie’s vision as a black cloak of darkness swept over his eyes and he listened to the echoes of a little girl’s screams.
This short two-chapter moment is integral in forming the reader’s understanding of the deep connection between Jimmie and Ember, which takes the relationship from its naïve, awkward beginnings into a fuller developed and sincere mature passion where Jimmie confesses he would give up his life to save hers.
As Jimmie’s friends become scarce and only one other friend, Rene, remains genuine to him Jimmie confides in her that he believes something is stalking him and Ember and possibly Sydney, something dark, something from the dark water of the lake and as he later realizes who is speaking to him in his dreams, he regains a sense of courage and determination to resolve the visions of his mind.
As Ember and Jimmie develop their relationship and Ember is no longer an untouchable princess, becoming a real person of flesh and bone, he contemplates whether he should share his revelations with Ember as the visions weigh real consequences of catastrophe. But Michael Pollack cleverly incorporates an apparition which aids in Jimmie’s need to share his gift with Ember and as the apparition speaks, revealed are more secrets about Ember.
Until this moment in the novel the title is possibly understood as the dark light of the water in the month of November, but the cryptic words are revealed to mean so much more as the climax intensifies and the passion between Ember and Jimmie strengthens from a blending of present and past connections. Jimmie overcomes his fears and journey’s with his glowing Ember to return to the dark water of the lake that had haunted him throughout his life.
At this final stage the mysteries of Jimmie’s foretelling visions, his deep connections to Ember, Melody, and the vision of the children come full circle with the ominous meaning of the dark water finally revealed which in this review will not be spoiled.
I highly recommend the YA audience as well as older readers interested in the paranormal to peruse this original novel by Michael Pollack full of twists, tunnels through time, dark tones, unpredictable characters and romance with a satisfying conclusion.