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The battle between dark and light rages and the world is on the cusp of a tipping point. Will an age of darkness befall mankind or will the light prevail? 
David and Aurora have seen visions of each other their entire lives but never met, until now. Aurora a fearsome warrior and David a simple farmer are thrust into the heart of the battle. An ancient prophecy foretells of their final showdown with the Dark One. Will their faith be strong enough for them to prevail? 
Join them as they embark on their journey to the lair of the beast knowing they may never return.

 

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Book Review! “Deadly Vows” by Robert Marsh

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ***

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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Most of the time I pass on reviewing short story collections. I am more of a series kind of girl and short stories are basically the anti-series! We definitely don’t connect. 

However, Deadly Vows caught my attention because it was so unique. The collection is more of a hybrid cross between a poem and a story. 
My favorite was probably “Ain’t No Sunshine”. That is one of the great qualities about story collections. Most everyone can find one that speaks to them. Although I can also almost guarantee your favorite will change depending on what mood you are in. 

The whole book is pretty dark, and the emotions almost jump out and bite you. Since it is so dark and emotional it does have some foul language. If that kind of stuff seriously offends your sensibilities then I would pass on it. 

If you like reading things that are off the beaten path then this book is for you. 
I feel like I have to buy a paperback version of it just because it holds so much emotion and an ebook just can’t handle it. 
Plus that way I can pull it off the shelves and look at it anytime I want! 

The only thing that keeps it at a four stars is the fact that there are some pretty obvious typos. 

 

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“In life or death, sometimes the actions toward another person are not forgotten.  The invasions of another persons mind set can cause the viewer to take a step back, sit up and imagine that the enemy does not see what is coming.  They are in the inner part of the enemy head to feel the pain and not mix it up.
            In a new line up of horror stories, Mr. Marsh takes us to the existence that there is more to life and death that we already know.  Marsh focuses hard on showing us the different views of how pain and a doormat person can live inside us all and not realizing it until it is to late.
            Marsh mind set is so strong on the death of him, that he sheds a dark light just to allow us to read a little concerning the demons inside us all.  The style he shows is very conversational and straight forward in his own dark ways.
            A book inside a book, “The Deadly Vows” is the mindset of Mr. Marsh.  “The Deadly Vows” is powerful and offers us to see the evil we care not to see.  The question after reading this book is, “Is it safe to go out again, knowing that there are people that are out there with his mindset.  The “The Deadly Vows” is a dark and painful raw emotions book to read and it bares a spectrum of themes to comprehend.”

 

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Book Review! “Nobility” by Eva Caye

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ***
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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Nobility is the third book I have read in the *To Be Sinclair* series. It is by far my favorite. 
I’m not really sure if it is because it truly is the best one of the books so far, or if it is just because I am becoming more and more attached to the Universe that is the common theme with all of these books. 

I am certain that Prince Matthieu is one of my favorite Sinclair characters. This whole book was mostly about him dealing with all of his many many duties while trying to balance a somewhat normal life AND find some happiness. Whew. No minor task.

It is so hard to write a review for a book such as this. There really is no way to portray how interesting and enthralling it truly is!

The way the author writes the story just drawn you in and doesn’t let you go. I can only imagine the massive imagination she must have to be able to create the universe and the characters she has. 
Amazing!

About the only complaint I have with this book is that there are some spots where it did drag on. Nothing that detracted from the story overall – just a few spots that seemed to just be *fillers*. 

Overall I highly recommend the To Be Sinclair series. There is something about these books that you just don’t come across very often, and I will be reading them  all more than once! 

 

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Prince Matthieu Sinclair, the Heir Second, has many duties; he must not only take space duty in the Service, he also establishes the Imperial Protocol Academy to educate the multitude of Imperial youngsters in the basics of their lifestyle, since he will be the Emperor of their generation. Yet to find a lady who could withstand the pressures of being his Empress is a formidable task! 
When he returns from an undercover assignment to find disaster, Matthieu subsumes his needs to minimize the stress on his family, for they are more important than anything else. Yet when a diplomatic mission goes wrong and his strongest role model dies, who will help him cope with the tragedy? 

Book length: approximately 200,000 words 

This science fiction romance is the seventh book of the eight-part To Be Sinclair series. The saga continues with NOBILITY and ends with MORALITY, which detail the romances and political struggles of the future Emperor and the power behind the throne. Several scenes describe sexually explicit behavior.

 

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Book Review! “A Message From The Sparticist League” by G.A. Southern

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ***

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

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I always get excited to read a mystery. Especially when it has the added bonus of being a mystery/thriller.  
Some books let me down, but “A Message from the Sparticist League” was definitely not one of them!

It hooked me pretty much from the first chapter and called to me every time I tried to put it down until the ending. The ending I never saw coming I might add!

It seems that this book or genre has something in common with James Bond type stuff. I have never really watched those movies but after reading this I really want to!

The characters were very well developed. So much so that they almost came to life right off the page. They were all so different from each other but they blended together flawlessly at the same time. 

Anyone who is in the mood for a great murder mystery with plenty of other twists and turns thrown in should definitely grab this book up. It would be a perfect book to read at the pool or on the beach. It’s almost that time of year again!

 

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Food and sex, love and death. They happen to all of us, but not equally. 

It’s February 2004 in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Life is good but also cold, boring, and bourgeois smug. So when you spot someone who, decades ago, handed you a Trotskyist leaflet at the Whitehall Street Induction Center in New York City, of course you follow him. Why wouldn’t you? 

This is the story of a man who stumbles across a small piece of his past that’s haunted him since 1968 and, on a whim, sets out to uncover the truths and lies behind it. What he finds instead is a beautiful and mysterious secret agent, murder, and a guerilla band of ruthless rogue capitalists intent on capturing an unlikely, yet critically important, piece of the global economy.

Forty years late, here’s the first, and maybe the last, New Left detective thriller. The moral of the story is that there are no morals, only politics. Make sure your life is an adventure.

 

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Book Review! “Finding Billy Battles” by Ronald E. Yates

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

 

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I knew I was going to enjoy “Finding Billy Battles” as it is based on a true story…and I never pass up an opportunity to read a true story! What I didn’t know was how much I was going to absolutely LOVE IT!

There is something about this book that is almost impossible to explain, but it takes it from being a *good* book to a GREAT one. 

In “Finding Billy Battles” we meet Billy through his great grandson. They take an instant liking to each other, and Billy tells Ted (the grandson) that he is going to give him his old journals. 
Thus begins the long journey of turning Billy’s journals into this series. 

I can’t begin to explain how happy I am to have stumbled upon this gem! What an amazing microscope into history.
There is some crazy lingo and insights into the past that would have been completely lost to me. 

I think anyone and everyone should pick up a copy of this book and then tell all of your friends and family about it! 
This is a true classic in the making and I hope it rises to the top and gets all the attention it truly deserves!

Highly recommend! 

 

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Western
Kansas 1860. Billy Battles is born on a remote homestead just off the storied
Santa Fe Trail. More than one hundred years later a great-grandson inherits two
trunks filled with Billy’s personal effects. In those trunks are several secret
journals that reveal an astonishing life of adventure and violence that until
now was obscured by the haze of time and Billy’s desire for secrecy. 

The journals tell of a man both haunted and hunted who, in a
desperate search for peace and redemption, journeys far from the untamed American
West to the Far East, South America, and Europe. In amazing detail they describe
Billy’s interaction with a wide assortment of men and women–some legendary, a
few iniquitous, and many lost to history. They also recount his participation in
such cataclysmic events as the Spanish-American War, turmoil in French
Indochina, and violent revolutions in Mexico and South America.

Complying with Billy’s last request the great-grandson assembles
the journals into a compelling trilogy that reveals a man often trapped and
overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control, but who nevertheless manages to
persevere for ten decades.

 

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Are you getting all the romance, passion and joy you want in your relationship? Wouldn’t you like to… 

 

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• Be fully listened to and completely understood in the process? 

 

• Be nurtured and cherished in the unique way you feel loved? 

 

When it comes to the opposite sex, the intimacy rules are different! 

 

This book will help you understand and overcome those differences by sharing an ordinary couple’s extraordinary weekend of intimate conversations. Sarah and Matt get away from the house, the kids and their daily lives to listen to each other’s hearts, explore their differences and deepen their connection. 

 

Intimate Conversations enhances the lessons of their freewheeling dialogue with practical how-to sections inviting readers to explore their own hearts and those of their partners. 

 

Sarah and Matt’s weekend conversation will help you turn on your own love life by changing the way you express your love for your partner and by helping your partner do the same for you. Once you understand each other’s love frames, you will hold the keys to pursuing the highest level of intimacy with the one you love. 

 

Are you ready to turn your relationship into the lifelong love affair it was meant to be? 

 

Book Review! “Besieged” by L.P. Lovell

 

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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There are so many things I loved about this book! 
First, the prologue was awesome. I do sometimes look around and just think how complex our world is. Everyone has their own unique story. 

Lilly’s story is a dark one, but she puts on a show for the world. 
Theo is a rich playboy…but perhaps there is some deep dark desire inside him to actually give his heart to the right girl?
When Lilly and Theodore actually meet! Wow, let’s just say it makes for one witty, steamy, *can’t put it down* read. 

I really enjoyed how both Lilly and Theodore took turns being the protagonist. It made it very interesting to know both of their thought processes. 
The setting being in London was also a plus for me. Seeming that I am from the States and I have never been there. 
I love to travel via books! 

Highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a steamy read with a complex (and sometimes dark) story line.
If you absolutely can’t STAND cliffhangers than you may want to wait until the next book comes out….the ending may leave you either throwing the book across the room or carefully putting your reading device down while slowly walking away 😛

 

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What would you do if you were granted millions of pounds and a face that melts the underwear off of any woman? Meet Theodore Ellis, the business man who parties like a rock star, and has more women than he has room on his bed post to put the notches.

Meet Lilly Parker. With a difficult past; Lilly is cold, closed off and emotionally unavailable in every way. Don’t go thinking she’s the sweet and innocent victim though, she plays the game better than most men, and is the original use and abuse woman.
She’s built her walls ten feet high and topped with razor wire, but Theo is relentless in the face of a challenge and Lilly finds herself besieged by him. Can he get in her pants? Or will the unsuspecting man whore go a step further and finally tear down her walls? Unlikely.

This is no hearts and flowers love story, it is a battle of wills as a woman who trusts no-one denies a man who has never been denied.

Cue fireworks as female sass meets alpha male tenacity.

Besieged will make you laugh, fantasize and perhaps even shed a tear. 

 

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The riddle is solved! In Sky is the LimitTeresa Taylor identifies all the major emotions and attitudes involved in sales, and divides them into two different processes. She expands on how each process targets the behavior and mentality that the sales professional as an individual acts upon — usually in an unconscious manner — and elaborates on the results that can be expected from following each particular path.

She calls our attention to the two different processes that were written about millennia ago, along with the forewarning of their potential benefits and setbacks. It is established in this book that both processes are capable of bringing forth results; however, at the core of this book, the reader will find all the tools needed to bring awareness into focus, and to consciously choose the one process that can allow you to really you to produce in a more relaxed and joyful manner.

Sky is the Limit goes beyond the conventional sales procedures found in the great number of books and training materials in the market today, and instead, sets its sights on building a foundation within the individual. The book places the spotlight on your inner values, rather than on external factors. Farther than just the instant gratification of a sales transaction, this book focuses on the well-being and the right frame of mind of the individual. It will become clear that being in the right state of mind can easily attract a greater number of prospects and a steady flow of positive sales experiences, naturally placing the professional on the top.

…And It is precisely that focus that makes Sky is the Limit, a book of its own: A refreshing new look into sales, and what the profession is truly all about. If you are in search of answers, inspiration, improvement; and you are ready for a change, then Sky is the Limit is the book for you!

 

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This is an action-packed international thriller. In November 2013, a naval drone crashed into a guided missile cruiser off the coast of San Diego. News of that event got around fast. What the devil caused that crash? As the sun rose on the east coast, Kristen Luger, who had the looks others would give a right arm for and a Brazilian immigrant working in the NASA drone project, was asked to kick up her heels and bust a gut to patch the holes in the cause of this crash. Come with Kristen and her boyfriend Nolan in a journey that weaves a spell of doubts and fears down a chilling, dark street in a thrilling tale.

 

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Book Review! “Evan’s Ladies” by Eva Caye

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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I wasn’t sure exactly how this book was going to go. Was it going to be just a bunch of flings by an experienced player? Where we going to feel like reaching through the pages and slapping Evan?

Well, it ended up reading like  four romance novellas. Only they were more akin to “real life” dating and all the drama that comes with it. 

I cried at the end of Evan and Nicole’s story. I nodded along in understanding at Sarah’s predicament. 
Each romance was very natural and I could completely see why Evan was drawn to them and also why it couldn’t/wouldn’t work out between them. 

This book almost had the feel of a regency romance with the Lords and Ladies, but with this crazy (in a good way) sci-fi spin. 
Highly recommend to any fan of romance.  Or anyone looking for a great story. It would be a great book to read on a trip! 

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Prince Evan Sinclair, a brilliant stargate scientist, sees his love life soar to incredible heights and plunge to unbelievable depths. Yet of all the ladies willing to date an Imperial Son, who can he really trust? 

Is true love more than attraction? More than compatibility? More than fascination? More than friendship? From scientist Nicole (The Cremian Dance) to socialite Sara (Good Enough) to sufferer Vivian (Breathe) to stereotype Leah (Treasure Your Words), Evan finds out the hard way, as science, sex, sorrow, solidarity, scandal, sympathy, and sense deprivation characterize these four novellas that chronologically take place between Loyalty and Nobility, books six and seven of the To Be Sinclair series. 

Part I: The Cremian Dance 

Part II: Good Enough 

Part III: Breathe 

Part IV: Treasure Your Words

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