Will of a Tiger by Iris Yang
Historical fiction , Review / April 11, 2019

  Sworn brothers—one American, one Chinese—captured, imprisoned, tortured. Survival is just the beginning of the battle… In 1942, Birch Bai, a Chinese pilot, and Danny Hardy, a downed American pilot, become sworn brothers and best friends. In the summer of 1945, both airmen’s planes go down in Yunnan Province of China during one of many daring missions. They are captured, imprisoned, and tortured by the Japanese for information about the atomic bomb. Just days before the end of WWII, Danny makes an irrevocable decision to save Birch’s life. For Birch, surviving the war is only the beginning of the battle. He must deal with the dreadful reality in China—the civil war, the separation of the country, the death of one friend in the Communist-controlled Mainland and another under the Nationalist government, and his wrongful imprisonment in Taiwan. From Chungking to Yunnan, and from Taiwan to San Francisco, the sequel to Wings of a Flying Tiger takes readers along on an epic journey.   REVIEW   A must-read for those who love historical fiction. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews In this sequel to ‘Wings of a Flying Tiger’ author Iris Yang weaves another well-crafted historical fiction. Skillfully constructed,…

Wings of a Flying Tiger By Iris Yang
Historical fiction , Review / April 9, 2019

  World War Two, Japanese occupied China. One cousin’s courage, another’s determination to help a wounded American pilot. In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japanese troops searching for him, the American pilot’s odds of survival are slim. Jasmine Bai, an art student who has been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American. With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered. Love, sacrifice, kindness, and bravery all play a part in this heroic tale that takes place during one of the darkest hours of Chinese history.   REVIEW   A well-crafted historical fiction with a distinctly cinematic feel to it. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel, with brilliantly drawn characters driven by…

A Means to an End (A gripping emotional page-turner with a twist you’ll never see coming)

  Raymond had known hardship from a very early age. He witnessed his mother’s suicide and his father’s alcoholism. Throughout his teenage years he had suffered pain and neglect and swore to make something of himself – whatever the cost. Driven by ruthless ambition and a passion for cooking almost as strong as his passion for women, he became a chef. But he wanted more. Diane, a girl he met at a nightclub, seemed the answer to his prayers. But he didn’t account for Madge, her mum. No one was good enough for her beautiful little girl. And she would stop at nothing to get rid of him. How could he win her over? And how far would he go to satisfy his ambition and greed? A tale of love, loss, lust, about what people will do to satisfy their needs, and how it can make or break them.   REVIEW Vividly drawn characters driven by intoxicating and dangerous desires. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews A Means to an End by Peter Martin is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel, with brilliantly drawn characters driven by love, loss and lust. The author weaves a well-crafted…

Magical Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Short Stories & Poems for Children

  SYNOPSIS An exquisitely crafted book of short stories and rhyming verse tailored to kids and adult children alike, “Magical Bedtime Stories” serves as a whimsical literary lullaby for the dreamer to-be. These short stories and poems by Píaras Ó Cíonnaoíth are an enjoyable and entertaining collection that will bring a smile to the faces of readers. The stories are fascinating and imaginative, and each one entertains and conveys insightful and thoughtful messages. Through lulling rhymes, melodious stanzas, and pleasant themes, the reader or listener is gently catapulted across the stars into lady moon’s soothing embrace until they are sound asleep. With this wonderful collection by your or your child’s bedside, sweet dreams will become a nightly reality and the word “bedtime” will inevitably bring anticipation.       REVIEW Grady Harp |Top Contributor: Children’s Books |HALL OF FAME |TOP 100 REVIEWER ‘One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.’ ~ Sam Levenson Irish author and poet Píaras Ó Cíonnaoíth earned a Higher Diploma in General Counseling Skills, a diploma in Psychology, Mental Health and Mental Illness, and Mental Health Studies – Suicide, Violent Behavior, Substance…

The Death Doll

  BOOK SYNOPSIS In the summer of 1692, the infamous Salem witch trials were underway in Massachusetts Colony, North America. Meanwhile, a new Governor was appointed over New Hampshire colony, but his only interest was the land he felt entitled to. Citizens of Durham, New Hampshire, were losing property they’d farmed for years. It was a dangerous time to come to the Colonies, but Kate Tremont had no choice. Having lost her father and her home in Kingston, Jamaica, she sailed to Durham, New Hampshire to stay with her only living relative – William Stoddard, a farmer and devout Puritan. William demands obedience and conformity if Kate wants to stay, but that’s not the worst of it. Kate finds that enemies are easier to make than friends when she gives a doll to a child. When her act of kindness is twisted and used against her, Kate learns that evil happens when good people get angry!   REVIEW   A well-crafted historical fiction Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author K.D. Carter weaves a well-crafted historical fiction, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The story unfolds in small…

A Brush with Fate

  Brook Jacobson is on a mission to live her life on new terms after being consumed with grief in the complicated aftermath of her husband’s murder. She never imagined that fate would catapult her into the surreal world of Isaac Coles, mega film star. Isaac is captivated by Brook’s intellect, beauty, warmth, her strength of character, and an undeniable visceral sexual attraction, but the unresolved pain from his past complicates his feelings of love. As their passion ignites, Brook falls hard for Isaac, but if he can’t commit to their relationship, she knows their love is doomed. And Isaac is used to doing things his way, which doesn’t include being monogamous.   REVIEW An exceptionally well written erotic romantic suspense. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author Sila Long weaves an exceptional erotic romantic suspense that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a compelling and intriguing story of love, passion and jealousy in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a relatively fast paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last. It’s a…

Scot Free in Hollywood (Kyle in Hollywood Book 2)

  Three years after a shrewd director’s eye plucked him from obscurity, Kyle’s movie career has taken him from rebellious unknown to reluctant movie sensation. Along the way he has acquired a well-documented reputation as an irresistible ladies’ man. But his unblemished womanizer record is in danger when he is cast to co-star with rising European actress Barbara Bertucci. Their titanic clashes are the talk of the town until they unexpectedly go off together on a romantic holiday in Moorea. Is their romance real, or just the usual promotional photo op? About the “Kyle in Hollywood” series: Dry humour and a good dose of romance. He’s tall, he’s handsome and he doesn’t fit any mould. Kyle Harrison is a young Scottish actor blundering his way to the top of the Hollywood tree. Discovered on the Via Veneto in Rome, Kyle takes Hollywood by storm with his irreverent charisma. With his trademark slouch and deadly mixture of boyish charm and athletic good looks, Kyle is beguiling to the ladies but frequently misunderstood.   REVIEW A well-written and entertaining read. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Scot Free in Hollywood (Kyle in Hollywood Book 2) had every element a…

Kyle Harrison Movie Star (Kyle in Hollywood) (Volume 1)
Relationship Stories , Review / March 3, 2019

  Irreverent Scot versus the Hollywood star-making machinery. Who will win? Kyle’s photo is all over the tabloids, the day after he lands in Hollywood. He’s a movie star who hasn’t done a single screen test yet. A top director believes he’s discovered his next action hero, but Kyle is clueless about the business, although he certainly looks the part. Can he handle instant fame and stand up to Hollywood’s ruthless star-making machinery? About the “Kyle in Hollywood” series: He’s tall, he’s handsome and he doesn’t fit any mould. Kyle Harrison is a young Scottish actor blundering his way to the top of the Hollywood tree. With his trademark slouch and deadly mixture of boyish charm and athletic good looks, Kyle is irresistible to the ladies but frequently misunderstood. Don’t miss the sequels: Scot Free in Hollywood (Book 2) and Just Cause It’s Kyle (Book 3)   REVIEW   A light, fun and entertaining read. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Kyle Harrison Movie Star (Kyle in Hollywood Book 1) had every element a good story should have. A solid plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an…

Five Years & 1 Day: A Novel
Relationship Stories / January 27, 2019

  She finds herself hospitalized with no sensation in the lower half of her body Ella is 26 years old when her world collapses. A traumatic car accident puts an end to the vibrant and optimistic life she lives and forces her to deal with her inability to walk or even feel the lower half of her body. Ella finds herself confined to the spinal injury ward in a rehabilitation hospital which is turning – unwillingly, into her home. She hates the place because of what it symbolizes, how it looks and smells, but she knows she has no choice. Her long time boy-friend feels like Ella’s paralysis is his fault and cannot handle it. He asks for a break, leaving Ella not only in pain, but also feeling betrayed. The only thing that keeps Ella going are her friends; the ones who were in her previous life and the new ones she meets at the hospital. One of the new people in her life is Ophir and the spark between them – though exciting, brings more uncertainty to her life. Ella knows that she has to make some hard choices if she wants to continue living rather than just…

Fountain of Youth
Action Adventure / Spy , Shorter Reads / January 10, 2019

  45 year old widow, Amelia Martin, finds her life has fallen to pieces. Worse, she’s one of three hostages kidnapped by bandits while holidaying in the Amazon jungle. When her children refuse to pay the ransom, Amelia acquires a ruthless willpower to survive, and unexpected cold and deadly determination awakens in her to aid in her escape. Months later when she emerges from the jungle, youth and wealth on her side, did she find the legendary fountain of youth, or did she discover the woman she’d always been deep inside? REVIEW An intriguing action and adventure story. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews For thousands of years, people have searched in vain for a way to recapture their youth. The Fountain of Youth supposedly possessed the power to restore the youth of anyone who drank from or bathe in its waters… or at least that’s what legend would have us believe. Author Margaret Pearce weaves an intriguing action and adventure story with twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a philosophical tale in a very vivid and convincing way of the will to survive. It examines the…