Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Deadman's Blood by T Lynne Tolles

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As the dust settles from the destruction of the Bloodstone Heart, a small scroll that had been hidden in the hearth of the altar room for hundreds of years, reveals a prophecy that seems to be about the Larsen family. While the group tries to unravel the riddles of the prophecy they also start to notice they've acquired some interesting new powers from the Bloodstone itself, some of which are going to take some getting use to.

Darby and Devon head to Ireland to set up house and get ready for their impending nuptials when Darby is asked to help cure the Summer Queen of the Everworld or the delicate balance of power between the Seelie and Unseelie courts will topple throwing the planet into a deadly ice age. While at home, things take a turn for the worse when there's a tragic airplane crash, the Larsen vampires start dropping like flies, Bernard goes missing, and all the bad deeds dealt seem to point towards one person - the Dark Angel.

What's so important about the altar room? Why are people dying in the name of this prophecy? Will the Larsen's survive these new tragedies? These questions and other deep seated secrets will be revealed in this final installment of the Blood Series.


The rest of the group had started to stir when Bernard poked his head into the dining room and asked Josh to join him. Josh got up and headed for the door, holding onto Melanie’s hand and pulling her behind him.

“What’s up, Bernard?”

“Well, I called Dr. Rowe here to check on your hand.  I felt with such a bad cut, he should take a look at it,” Bernard said.

“You shouldn’t have, Bernard. It doesn’t hurt a bit,” Josh said.

“You should have it looked at, Josh. It looked like it was bleeding pretty badly before you took a shower,” Melanie urged.

“Fine. But I’m telling you it’s fine,” Josh argued.

Bernard walked Josh and Melanie into a room at the other end of the house, where Dr. Rowe was unpacking something from his bag.

“Ah, Mr. Brenner and the lovely Ms. Harper. How are you both?” Dr. Rowe inquired.

Melanie said, “Very well, Dr. Rowe. Thank you for coming.”

“So, Josh. I hear you had a run in with a nasty jar,” Dr. Rowe joked.

“It’s not a big deal,” Josh said.

“Are you kidding? He crushed it and the lid,” Bernard interjected.

“I’m sure the jar just had a flaw in it and I grabbed it at that fragile spot,” Josh argued.

“Well, let’s see how deep it is. I’m sure Bernard cleaned it well. He’s been patching you all up so much lately that he’s practically an MD himself,” Dr. Rowe said with a chuckle.

Josh held out his bandaged hand to the doctor. The bandages were red all the way through. Dr. Rowe carefully unwrapped his hand. “Hmm,” he said, looking at Melanie. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say you were a vampire and healing yourself quite quickly.”

Bernard stepped forward as Melanie and Josh both looked at the unbandaged hand.  There were two red lines across his palm, one about an inch across and the other about a quarter inch, but the wounds looked two weeks old and almost completely healed.

Bernard stuttered, “But...but...this morning...”

Dr. Rowe looked from Bernard to Josh then said, “Been biting vampires lately?”

“Uh, no,” Josh said.

“Well...I don’t know what to say, you certainly don’t need my services. It looks fine. No infection. At this rate, by tomorrow you won’t know you had a cut at all. Quite remarkable for a human. The only explanation I can come up with is that you were in contact with a ‘healer,’” Dr. Rowe said. 


T. Lynne Tolles can be found most days, juggling one of two cat muses and a laptop, tripping over a Newfoundland puppy and washing a never-ending pile of laundry. When life doesn’t get in the way, she writes paranormal romances for new adults.

Her passion for witches, ghosts, and vampires together with a light-hearted wit are reflected in her loveable characters and the adventures of mystery they unravel to find their happily ever after.

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Book Review -- Deadman's Blood by T. Lynne Tolles

Deadman's Blood (Blood Series, #5)Deadman's Blood by T. Lynne Tolles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is part of a series, and having never read any of the earlier ones, I was apprehensive about what I should expect in this book. This book enraptured with a gripping plot and a superb narration. Although I was having a hard time keeping up with the characters, I found the book thoroughly enjoyable all the same.

The story revolves around the mystery of the Bloodstone Heart, which has only been recently destroyed. The group of protagonists discover a small scroll. When one of them realises that the scroll prophesizes the fate of the Larsen family, the group finds it hard to ignore the scroll. Things take a turn when they discover that they have each acquired some special powers and while they are finding it troublesome to cope up with the special powers, Darby and Devon are busy preparing for their impending wedding. Darby is pulled out at the stage, as his help is needed to cure and save the Summer Queen of the Everworld, failing which terrible things are predicted to befall the planet itself. The planet also starts getting infested with Larsen vampires. There is a devastating plane crash which leaves everyone stunned and Bernard vanishes. Is there a connection among all these happenings, and will the group manage to survive and save themselves, is what the book takes us through.

The plot was wonderful, but as I mentioned, having never read the earlier books in the series, I was getting lost in remembering the characters and the numerous sub-twists in the plot. The speed at which the book progressed also left no time to analyse characters in depth. The narration was captivating and the the language was very apt. Overall, an enjoyable read. I recommend this book to lovers of fantasy and paranormal genres, but I do suggest that one reads the series in order, instead of picking up this book as a standalone.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Entangle by Veronica Larsen

Title: Entangle

Author: Veronica Larsen
Genre:  Romance (Adult, Contemporary)
Happily ever after? It doesn’t exist.
I wore the big white dress and rode off with Prince Charming. Then Charming changed his mind.
These days, I don’t put my heart in anyone’s hands because I don’t even know where I’ve left it.
So when a ruggedly handsome, blue-eyed man stirs my desires awake for the first time in years, I tell myself it’s a one-time thing.
And now? I’m hooked. Nothing could prepare me for Leo. He weaves simple, deliberate movements into pure, gilded pleasure. Like a sensual alchemist.
I’m so blinded by lust I barely notice the gaping hole opening underneath me, the one that’s sure to swallow me down. Because every time I’ve dared to get close to someone, they’ve cracked me wide open.
Why should this time be any different?


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Book Review -- Entangle by Veronica Larsen

EntangleEntangle by Veronica Larsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolved around Alexis Stone, a highly successful and attractive entrepreneur. Being in the corporate world comes naturally to her, but keeping her heart from getting broken doesn't. A particularly painful incident leaves her loathing relationships and she decides to stay single and unscathed. However, she is unable to resist herself from getting drawn to Leo Conrad, the Director of Engineering in her company. His cool indifference and masked demeanor pique her interest. Leo is keeping away from relationships and girls, owing to a horrid experience he has had with his ex girlfriend, which leaves a bitter aftertaste in his mouth. They eventually give up trying to deny to themselves their mutual attraction, but are not ready to trust anyone to keep their hearts and emotions safe. Are they able to move on from their troubled pasts and find solace in each other again, is what the book takes us through.

This was a breezy romance and an easy read. The characters of Alexis and Leo shared a good chemistry and the pace of the book was just right to engage the reader's interest. I found the plot good to begin with, and slightly predictable later on. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the book and I would recommend this book to lovers of romance and emotional dramas.

My rating for this book: 3.5 stars

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The Forgotten by C Evenfall

Genre: Paranormal Fiction

Publisher: Books, Authors and Artists
Date of Publication: Oct. 26, 2014


Number of pages: App. 55
Word Count: 19,000

Cover Artist: Sherry Thoman

Book Description:

The Forgotten is the third novella in the series titled, The Wraith of Carter’s Mill.

Shyanne has gone home, and her life is happier than she ever imagined it could be. The family home, restored to its original state, brings Shyanne closer to her roots. Everything changes when her eight-year-old daughter, Melody begins to exhibit strange behaviors.

When Melody slips into a strange coma, Shyanne is not convinced the problem is medical. Visions, dreams and clues from her guardians, take Shyanne deep in the woods to long forgotten Carter’s Mill. Shyanne loses all concept of time and is unaware that she is assumed missing. A search party led by her husband turns up nothing. Drake Monroe will not give up. He is determined to do everything he can to keep his family together.

Meanwhile, Shyanne’s family history unravels. She finally faces the dark entity that has plagued the Carter women for generations. Can she break the curse that threatens to destroy her family before it is too late? Will she fade into the forgotten history of Carter’s Mill?

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About the Author

C. Evenfall grew up in a small fishing village in Eastern North Carolina. The area was rich with history, ghost stories and unexplained phenomenon; all fodder for the vivid imaginings of a young girl. She began “collecting” stories at a young age.
At aged six, C. Evenfall experienced the paranormal firsthand and has been seeking answers ever since. Her fascination with the unexplainable and her love for old family ghost stories inspired her to write a collection of novellas. Each inspired by the experiences passed down through her family for generations.

C. Evenfall resides on the Carolina Coast with her husband, a self-proclaimed skeptic. She loves him anyway and the two complement each other perfectly.

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The Forgotten by C.Evenfall

The Forgotten by C.Evenfall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This novella is the third instalment of The Wraith of Carter's Mill series. Having not read the first two before, I had my own apprehensions about how I would relate to the characters and plot in this one. But the world of Shyanne, Melody and Drake took me in completely and I found it to be a pretty engrossing tale.

Shyanne returns to her ancestral home and looks forward to all the goodness and glory that she hopes awaits her in the future. Unfortunately, when her daughter Melody falls ill and turns comatose, nobody but Shyanne is convinced that the problem with her daughter's illness is much more complicated than what modern medicine can comprehend. She also experiences strange dreams, hallucinations and visions to reaffirm her belief. Armed only with the directions from these paranormal elements, she sets out to face the demons of her lineage and save her daughter. Little is she aware that her quest also leads her to uncover some family mysteries. Shyanne's husband Drake, is at his wit's end trying to look for a wife who has gone missing, in search of things that her paranormal voices had brought her to, and trying to keep his head straight with the woes of his eight year old daughter in coma. Do they all manage to keep their sanity in check and save Melody, is what the book takes us through.

The plot of the book was gripping and it was delivered in a brisk pace, keeping the reader's interest alive. I would have loved to read more of the characterisation of Shyanne and Drake in depth, as these two people represent two radically opposite belief systems - with Shyanne being led by the paranormal and Drake being grounded to reality. However, owing to the length of the book, I understand there cannot have been much scope for delving deep into the folds of each character. Overall, this was a superb read.

I recommend this book to lovers of all paranormal genres.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Play of Light by Debra Doxer

Publication date: December 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

     Play of Light by Debra Doxer 

I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.

At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.

That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.

But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?

~ This is a standalone story. ~


Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

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Book Review -- Play of Light by Debra Doxer

Play of LightPlay of Light by Debra Doxer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The tale revolves around Sarah, who returns to her face the demons from her past - the main one of them being Spencer, the boy she had fallen in love with, and the boy she had allowed herself to be crushed by. Still haunted by the intensity of her wounds, her heart winces every time she encounters the boy on her return - except for the fact that she is conscious of how they have both grown from being a boy and a girl. Spencer tries to explain to her about why he did what he did, however cruel it had been. While Sarah attempts to reveal the truth behind the devastation that changed her life, she counts on Spencer's support this time, and trusts him to not betray her, all over again.

It's tremendously difficult to box this tale into a specific genre - it has elements of beautiful friendship and a sprinkling of soulful romance. It also has moments of intrigue and mystery. Having found the blurb irresistible, I started on the book with a lot of expectations - which were more than met! The book gripped me from the very start and I finished it in one setting. The narration was spectacular. The way Doxer weaves the story to morph the childhood into adulthood for Sarah and Spencer was remarkable - in fact the reader can even feel that one moment when they aren't just innocent children anymore, burdened with the brutality of fate. Spencer's characterisation was fabulous - the turmoil inside that boils constantly because of his helplessness has been brought out very well.

I was thoroughly consumed with the destinies of Sarah and Spencer and their intertwining lives, and the mild melancholy lingering throughout the tale was so powerful that it was heart-wrenching! I would highly recommend this book to all lovers of emotional drama and romance genres.

My rating for this book: 5 stars

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