Monday, July 6, 2015

Forbidden


Ten years have passed since the war that destroyed the Sazi Council and inflicted a horrible "cure" on thousands of Sazi, robbing them of their ability to shapeshift.

Luna Lake, isolated in Washington State, started as a refugee camp for Sazi orphans. Now it's a small town and those refugees are young adults, chafing at the limits set by their still-fearful guardians.

There's a reason to fear: Sazi children are being kidnapped. Claire, a red wolf shifter, is sent to investigate. Held prisoner by the Snakes during childhood, Claire is distrusted by those who call Luna Lake home.

Before the war, Alek was part of a wolf pack in Chicago. In Luna Lake he was adopted by a parliament of Owls, defying Sazi tradition. The kidnappings are a painful reminder that his little sister disappeared a decade ago.

When Claire and Alek meet, sparks fly - but the desperate race to find the missing children forces them to set aside their mutual attraction and focus on the future of the people.

This book is so good. I couldn't put it down. It has been a while since I read a book that I couldn't figure out who was behind all the evil doing. There are so many twists and turns. 

Claire and Alek have a magnetizing attraction. From the first moment they meet to the last page of the book, they suck you in. Are they good for each other or not? Can they trust one another or not? These are the questions I was asking myself as the story progressed.

The story... I am not going to say anything about the plot, except that this story is wonderfully written. 

The other characters... So many good characters that just add to it. Denis, Dani, Rachel, Scott, Lenny, and the three old birds. Everyone is so vibrant. No character is underdeveloped. 

I can't wait to see what happens next in the Sazi universe. 

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am really glad that I did. Forbidden will be available for purchase August 18, 2015.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

This Week's Book Haul!


Hello Again

So, I haven't been blogging like I intended to. I have been putting in almost sixty hours a week at work. I have been reading though. I keep meaning to review books, but haven't. And I keep beating myself up about. Thinking that I am not a good enough writer to do decent reviews, but really who are these reviews for? Am I going to be criticized by some unknown internet hierarchy? Is there some blogging committee that will take down my blog if my review isn't perfect? Or is my blog and my reviews just for me? Something that I started so that I could share the books that I love with the world. Does it matter if I can't write more than a few paragraphs saying what makes a book special to me?  With my new philosophy I am going to write what I want to write not what I think others want me to write. I love books. I think others should know about these books. Nothing makes me happier than hearing someone talk about a book that they wouldn't have ever read before.

Last year I started playing audio books out loud in the office. I made sure nobody objected to it, and I got one co worker hooked on a series that they have now listened further in it than I have.

The privilege of listening out loud was taken from us, but they got their own audiobooks site and brought in some headphones and completed the series. That has made my year.

I guess the point of this post is that this blog is for me. The posts in it should make me happy, and if I get one person to read (or listen to) something that they wouldn't have before, it will all be worth it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I am BACK!

So I went away for a while. Okay, almost a year. Work has been really crazy, but I am now back. I never stopped reading, but now I have the need to share again. So, look forward to more reviews, more recommendations, and more of my favorite lists.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Review: Cuban Sun

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Thirty one year old Law student Sofia Koury that she found a refuge from memories of her mother's suicide and life with her controlling father. But when her mentor Alexander Quintis proposes her for an internship on his colleague's yacht, events move into dangerous waters.

At first excited by the prospect of fieldwork, the attacks on board make Sofia realize that someone she trusts is not as they seem. Caught in the whirlpool of antique cars, surveillance, and defense training, Sofia struggles to uncover the deception ahead.

She must now rely on intuition and lessons from her painful past to complete her assignment and stay alive. Sofia faces the challenge of her life navigating a budding relationship, self-discovery, and an uncertain future all under the sultry Cuban Sun.

This was a pretty good story. There were a few parts that were predictable, but all and all a decent read.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Crosswind

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Storm’s coming…

Life on Earth is much improved since the pagan gods' return. As conflict eases around the world, attention -- and money -- has turned to more humanitarian goals: improving the lives of the First Nations peoples and others who were repressed for thousands of years.

But the former ruling class – the military, religious, and corporate leaders who profited under the old system -- are about to stage a last-ditch effort to bring their good times back.

The gods refuse to start a new war against those men, because that would make them no better than Their opponents. Instead, They have drafted three humans to help Them. Together, Tess, Sue and Darrell must find a way past their own flaws to ensure the gods' peace will not be destroyed.

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Genre - Urban Fantasy Pages - approx 275 (68K words) Published November 20th - Amazon

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About the Author: Lynne Cantwell

Lynne CantwellLynne Cantwell has been writing fiction since the second grade, when the kid who sat in front of her showed her a book he had written, and she thought, "I could do that." The result was Susie and the Talking Doll, a picture book, illustrated by the author, about a girl who owned a doll that not only could talk, but could carry on conversations. The book had dialogue but no paragraph breaks. Today, after a twenty-year career in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University (or perhaps despite the master's degree), Lynne is still writing fantasy. In addition, she is a contributing author at Indies Unlimited.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013






The gates to hell are thrown wide when Alloran is betrayed by his best friend, Ladanyon, and framed for forbidden magic. He is hunted by the guards and the wizards both, tormented by the gruesome murder of his friends and loved ones, and crippled by fear for the living.


Now Alloran must face his demons, or damn the woman he loves.



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Confronting the Demon


Genre – High Fantasy (17+)
Length – 110 pages
Published – September 24th

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“Ballintyne gives wonderful descriptions and I found myself becoming lost in the magic of her words in a picturesque world with every turned page”  Bella Doerres
“The power-packed action will leave you breathless and the eerie suspense will make you chomp on your own nails, beware!” Satarupa
With imagination and detail that paints a full scene for the mind’s eye, Ciara takes us on a short but exciting journey into a world of magic, love and demons from hell.“ Miranda Wood of DustyKatt’s Stuff Reviews
“I actually enjoyed a good fantasy novel that didn’t take days and days to read, but still offered the opportunity to get caught up in its world and story.” - Tracy Riva Global eBook Awards Judge

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Alloran huddled in the shadows of the alley mouth across from the west gate, watching the guards search every man and woman leaving the city of Ehsan. He sweltered within the confines of his light dust cloak. The hood concealed his face, and a few days worth of stubble blurred the shape of his jaw. Anything to make him that much harder to recognise. Unfortunately, he couldn’t hide his indigo wizard eyes from another wizard or a sorceress, though a spell concealed their colour from normal vision.

A queue of backed-up traffic wound out of sight along the Avenue of Falling Stars. Travelers, merchants, and farmers waited with resigned patience.

Seven hells, after three months, the delays were normal. Surely, they’d give up soon.

Will they? For such a heinous crime….

It was not a thought he liked to dwell on. He slouched to hide his unusual height, and squinted at the mailed guards. They represented a minor inconvenience. The quartet of three wizards and one sorceress, though, were entirely different. There’d be no escaping their notice, even though the soldiers might be fooled. Almost involuntarily, his gaze flicked to the castle–not the king’s castle in the central district but the wizards’. Perched atop the mountain overshadowing the city, its turrets clawed the sky. Home, once. Now he hid from it like a beetle scuttling away from the sun. Only enough luck to fill the seven celestial levels kept him safe.

The wizards stood as the guards inspected each traveler and allowed passage. One, in linen shirt and leather pants with a sword on his hip, spoke companionably to the guard nearest him. The silk-swathed sorceress gazed down the street towards Alloran, or perhaps past him, with eyes that were yellow or purple, the mark of a woman of power. Easing back into the shadows slowly enough to avoid attracting attention, he headed to the square where Dek and the unfinished statue would be waiting.

A peaceful lassitude crept over Alloran at the thought of the statue. Three months ago, the notion of hacking a statue out of a lump of rock would have been distasteful, to say the least. Now, the act of creation gave him a refuge that he couldn’t find anywhere else.

Stripping off the cloak, he tramped through the back alleys, his boots squelching through something he didn’t care to examine too closely. Summer heat left the narrow streets ripe with the stench of rotting garbage. The muck would take weeks to clean from his boots, assuming he wouldn't have to traipse through the same decomposing food tomorrow. But he knew better.

He heaved a sigh for the soft leather half-boots he’d favoured in another life. Of course, they’d be ruined even faster than the heavy work boots. Oh for a clean street.

In the past, he’d waded knee-deep through any kind of muck as long as an answer lay on the other side. Two lives ago, that had been. Now, he did it in the hope of prolonging his pathetic existence one more day.
A tangled pile of crates blocked most of the alley. When he squeezed between the stack and the alley wall, the splintered wood scratched the stiff canvas of his smock and snagged his stonemason’s mallet. It was impossible to avoid the rubbish piled between wall and crates, and he wrinkled his nose at the stench.

If only he could take the main streets, kept clean by an army of royal sweepers, but they’d be watching for him there and at the gates. No one at the citadel would expect to find him in this stinking back alley. No, not him. Not the man of silks and velvets.

As he slipped through the narrowest point, the crates shifted, allowing him a glimpse into the middle of the pile. An eye stared back at him. A fixed and glazed eye.

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Ciara Ballintyne was born in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, one masochistic cat, and one cat with a god complex.


She holds degrees in law and accounting, and has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004. She is both an idealist and a cynic.


She started reading epic fantasy at the age of nine, when she kidnapped Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings from her father. Another two years passed before she began her first attempts at the craft of writing. Confronting the Demon is her debut book.

She enjoys horse-riding, and speculation about taking over the world. If she could choose to be anything it would be a dragon, but instead she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House. M.D.






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