The Merchant’s Pearl (The Merchant’s Pearl Saga Book 1)
Fiction , Reviews , Romance / October 9, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION As a missionary’s daughter, Sarai was taught that love and faith conquer all. But when her parents are murdered, she quickly learns that the world doesn’t stop for love. As a teen, Sarai—now called Leila—is enslaved, a palace concubine for the Ottoman Sultan Aziz. Though she does her best to elude him, she’s forced out of her shell when his son, Prince Emre, claims her for his own. Tossed into competition with the other girls in his harem, Leila must face the lavish attention of her young master and the resulting retaliation from his prior favorite, Aster. But it’s an unexpected gift and a glimpse inside his family’s struggles that collide headfirst with Leila’s upbringing. Soon, despite her better judgment, she finds her heart has a mind of its own. Can she subject her faith and independent spirit to such a future—a future in which the best she can hope for is to be his favorite? How will she stand sharing him with the other girls in the harem? As the sultan’s fragile kingdom unravels around them, will it even matter? REVIEW A well crafted historical romance By Piaras on October 2nd, 2017 Whatever flaws we might identify or…

Three Leaves
Biographies & Memoirs , Fiction , Romance / September 21, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Three Leaves chronicles Steven LaVey’s struggles as a young man as he comes to terms with his life after fledging home from an overbearing and dominant mother. Split into three parts, each leaf of the book concerns the budding and falling of the author’s tragic romances. Throughout his search for his identity as an adult, he experiences the madness of love and an inability to control his violent emotions. This poignant memoir is the true account of a broken man nearly destroyed by his pent up rage and inability to trust anyone including himself. Three Leaves is the disturbing tale of a fight to the other side of madness and self-destruction. It reveals the man behind the trauma, the pain behind the rage, the heart behind the hatred.   REVIEW Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a…

Minor Glitches (Southern Chaotic’s MC Book 1)
Fiction , Reviews , Romance / September 17, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION We’ve all heard the saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” but what if the lemonade leaves a sour expression on your face? That’s what Dani wonders until the day she receives two perfect presents. Instead of letting life’s glitches set her back, Dani prevails. Ryker had only one aspiration when he left his hometown eight years ago, to be prosperous, but that blew up in his face when the love of his life left town. He takes his glitches and turns them into meaningless encounters with nameless women to feel adequate. Ryker and Dani bring new meaning to ‘keep your friends close and your enemies closer.’ What happens when Ryker is faced with the reality he left behind? What happens when Dani is faced with her past and the people who turned their backs on her? REVIEW A Well Crafted Contemporary Romance By Piaras on behalf of Emerald Book Reviews September 16, 2017 Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, well thought out themes, characters, and language that make…

LOVE SO INNOCENT
Romance / April 14, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Jimmy is a lonesome young man who, for over three years, has been without that special girl who would love him in such manner that no family member nor regular friend could. On his way home, he stops to observe a house on fire. Afterward, Lauren, his childhood sweetheart, sees him. Immediately, he is wooed by her adamant sympathy; she stops and covers him with her umbrella. They both are now stupefied. She wishes to smile with him, but he finds it hard. They then walk home together … further breaking the commandments of their parents. Jimmy leaves her side; his heart finally glimmering with hope, and his mind darkening with dread. He heads to his door with trembling knees. But Lauren also has her heartache. One which will grind his fantasies to dust. Will true love keep him patient when he finds out? Or will his sudden taste of her affection send him crazy after another girl who’ll blow the “dust”? A story of superb friendship, humor, love, and an elating resolution. REVIEW A captivating, praiseworthy and thought-provoking read, April 13, 2017 Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to…

Catalyst Moon: Incursion: A New Adult Fantasy Series (The Catalyst Moon Saga Book 1)
Reviews , Romance , Science Fiction / March 22, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Winner of Inkitt’s Dreamlands contest, this is the first book in an exciting new adult fantasy series. In Aredia Mages are feared, and kept like prisoners by sentinels – Warriors sworn to protect the world from magic. So what happens when a mage and a sentinel are forced to rely on each other to survive? Kali, a crippled mage who longs to escape her painful past, travels to meet a powerful healer in Whitewater City. But on the way her sentinel escort is decimated by monstrous raiders, leaving her with a single guardian, Stonewall: a sentinel with nothing but his chosen name and his faith in the gods. Together, Kali and Stonewall must learn to work together to survive a harrowing journey while demonic creatures from the north invade their lands. Meanwhile, the mages and sentinels of Whitewater City are drawing battle lines and preparing for war – against one another. What will await them should they ever reach their destination? REVIEW First book in an exciting new fantasy series, August 23, 2016 Catalyst Moon: Incursion (The Catalyst Moon Saga Book 1) is a well crafted Science Fiction & Fantasy novel. And I would imagine that fans of…

Faery (Wolfmoon Book 4)
Reviews , Romance , Science Fiction / March 16, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Maeve and Harold are about to be tested. Between the birth of their baby girl and Maeve’s obsession with the faery known as the ‘love talker’ lie many twisted paths. When the Elven queen becomes part of the equation it takes more than love to reweave what’s been unraveled. A Fae civil war brings Harold’s alter ego, King Kenneth MacAlpin, to the fore, possibly ruining Maeve and Harold’s relationship forever. Danger abounds, bringing with it hard decisions and possibly death.   REVIEW A Wonderful and Creative Flight of the Imagination, October 1, 2016 This story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book. This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are twists and turns in this page turner that will take the reader on a…

Frost On My Pillow
Reviews , Romance / March 14, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION One girl, one voice, one necklace with the power to change the universe if fallen into the wrong hands… One love that’s sure to show in the stars… One boy who will do anything to protect her, even if that means laying down his own life to keep the demons from her… One Fire, one Ice. REVIEW A Well Crafted Romantic Fantasy, By Piaras March 13, 2017 Frost on my Pillow (The Fire Bringer Series Book 1) is a well crafted romantic fantasy tale. And I would imagine that fans of this genre will love having a nibble this one! This is my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed. The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book. This charming and praiseworthy work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows…

Princess Dracula

BOOK DESCRIPTION Ruxandra learned everything she knows while growing up in a convent. Training to be the perfect nobleman’s wife, she relishes the prospect of a simple life. But everything changes when her father, Vlad Dracula, retrieves her on her eighteenth birthday. Securing her a marriage is the last thing he has in mind… After he performs a mysterious ritual over her, Ruxandra gains uncontrollable supernatural powers. Alone, terrified, and faced with an unknown future, she is left to forge a new life for herself. There’s only one thing she knows: if she doesn’t learn to control her unnatural instincts, she’ll destroy every last shred of her humanity. Princess Dracula is the first book in a dark fantasy horror series. If you like crisp writing, emotional gravitas, and intriguing retellings of classic tales, then you’ll love John Patrick Kennedy’s new twist on vampire lore. REVIEW  A Well Crafted Dark Fantasy Horror, January 26, 2017 by Piaras on Amazon Princess Dracula is a well crafted dark fantasy horror. And I would imagine that fans of this genre will love sinking their teeth into this one! This is my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed.…

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