THE PROPHET AND THE WITCH Audiobook Blog Tour Stop with Giveaway

Author: James W. George

Narrator: Angus Freathy

Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Series: My Father’s Kingdom, Book 2

Publisher: James W. George

Genre: Historical Fiction

Puritans. Quakers. Pirates. Mohawks. Witches. And a brutal war…

If you thought New England was dull in the 1670s, get ready for a history lesson.

In the critically acclaimed “My Father’s Kingdom,” debut author James W. George transported his readers to 1671 New England, and the world of Reverend Israel Brewster. It was a world of faith, virtue, and love, but it was also a world of treachery, hatred, and murder.

Four years later, Brewster is a disgraced outcast, residing in Providence and working as a humble cooper. Despite his best efforts, war could not be averted, and now, “King Philip’s War” has begun.

The rebellion is led by Metacomet, known as “King Philip” to the English colonists. He is the tormented son of the great Massasoit, and leader of the Wampanoag nation. Once the most reliable of Plymouth Colony’s allies, they are now the bitterest of enemies. Meanwhile, Metacomet’s mysterious counselor, Linto, despises this war and will do anything to end the bloodshed.

Meticulously researched, “The Prophet and the Witch” is a tale of hope and brotherhood in the face of evil and violence. It features the remarkable cast of fictional and historical characters from book one, including Josiah Winslow, Linto, Increase Mather, Constance Wilder, and Jeremiah Barron. Additionally, new characters such as America’s first ranger, Captain Benjamin Church, bring this chapter of history to life like never before.

 

 

James W. George is a lover of history and historical fiction. He is a graduate of Boston University and a military veteran. He is currently residing in Virginia with his wife and children.
He published his critically-acclaimed debut novel, My Father’s Kingdom, in January 2017. The novel, set in 1671 New England, depicted the prelude to King Philip’s War. The Indie View gave it five stars: “This is high historical drama handled wonderfully…a tale that will fully engage you on every level.”
My Father’s Kingdom” is a planned trilogy, and book two, The Prophet and the Witch, was published in September 2017. This is an epic novel that spans the entire conflict of King Philip’s War, and includes such notable historical figures as Josiah Winslow, Increase Mather, Metacomet, Benjamin Church, and Mary Rowlandson. The Literary Titan awarded it five stars and a gold medal for October 2017. “Expertly written and instantly engaging from the first few pages…I was captivated…one of the more intellectual of reads.”

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Narrator Bio

Angus Freathy was born and educated in London – that’s the one in England, for you Ohio folks!

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he went to Switzerland to join Nestlé for a 2-year wandering assignment, which lasted 37 years and involved travel and work on every continent (except the cold ones at the top and bottom).

Periods of residence in the U.S., Hong Kong and Switzerland have resulted in a network of friends and acquaintances with an amazing range of world insight and a wide repertoire of mostly excellent jokes.

Since retirement, Angus and his (still working) wife, Debra have lived in Oregon, Maryland and are now in Dublin, Ohio, ‘the only place we have actually chosen to live since we have been married!’.

Following a crushing rejection by the BBC at the age of 19, Angus is re-activating a long-held ambition and launching a new career in voice-over, with the sole intention of having some fun and being in touch with some very talented people.

 

I found I was sorely lacking in my understanding of this time period during the growth of the colonies of North America.  I’m happy to see someone tried to unravel this difficult time, giving it life through a fictious story, yet following historical events. It’s true, it is understood the indigenous Indians didn’t take kindly to the colonists.  However, the colonists wouldn’t have survived their initial time in North America if it weren’t for the Indians.

This is a story, true to form, people, no matter what race, find something to harbor against each other. We see our present by reviewing our past.  In this historical fiction, Indian tribes fight against each other, the French and vice versa, the English colonists work the Indians against the other colonists to have the upper-hand in controlling the land taken from the Indians.  Add to the mix, religious inclinations.  It is rather a dismal time in history, one of greed, power, hardship and tragedy, and yes, there is hope.

If I had read or listened to book one of the series, I might have had a better grounding in what was happening.  The narrator moved the story along in one aspect, but I was a little confused on the other.  Perhaps it was my lack of the historical layout?

Freathy’s voiceover in singing was enjoyable, yet his various dialog voices for the various character kept me guessing who was speaking.  His French is very good and the dialog from the Frenchmen I enjoyed.  I liked the way he played up some of the witty dialog.  Noted, the women didn’t sound like women, so I didn’t catch on who Linto’s wife was when she spoke.  The Indian’s spoke with such a wide vocabulary, I had a hard time identifying they were from Indian tribes.  Author George wrote the dialog, so Freathy couldn’t really make it sound anything other than it was written.  Only in one scene, Linto spoke with broken English, and that was intentional, since he normally spoke fluent English.

I think if I listened to the story another time, I would get more out of the story and follow the historical events better.  There were different Indian tribes and several English colonists which were difficult to follow.  I admire the author’s attempt to shed some light on this epoch in the colonial history and look forward to his continued work.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by James W. George. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobookworm Blog Tour Stop and Review of Book 3 of the Series: A WITCH’S TRIAL by N.E. Conneely

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 3

Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Sep. 10, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

When Michelle pulls an old book out of a fire, she finds answers and heartbreak. The book confirms that a demon walks the land, though according to legend they were all dead. Now, she needs to rediscover the secrets to killing demons before her loved ones fall victim.

Elron’s budding relationship with Michelle suffers a blow when his mate returns. While he struggles with love and guilt, it becomes clear that not everyone gets their happily-ever-after.

N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Narrator Bio

Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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I was charmed by this suspenseful paranormal with a plethora of fantasy species — witches, elves, fae, werewolves, vampires, shape-shifters, giants, trolls, unicorns, demons, brownies, and wizards.

The crafting of the storyline, with its pacing and character development kept me intrigue and ready to listen any moment I could get.

Since the story picks up right where book 2, A Witch’s Path, leaves off, this series really should be listened to from its beginning.  Elron, an elf in his prime, 1500 years old, continues his interest in Michelle, only 25, with a lifespan of 300 since she’s a witch.  His approach to dating, or as he says courting, is unsure and tentative.  He’s not sure of his feelings, only knows he wants to spend time with Michelle and wants to protect her.  He asks the forest to help her, which it willingly does because they like her. Just when he is ready to commit a closer relationship to her, the writer spins a twist in the story, that just makes me say damn!

Michelle’s parents become more important in this story — Michelle’s relationship with her father is stronger and she begins relying upon their advice, but only after she very nearly dies. As her powers grow, so too, does her protective streak toward her family and friends.

Her popularity with the police force has brought her to the forefront of the community.  Her powers and strength are unknown in a witch so young.  Being clanless, she has trouble avoiding the bombardment of ‘invitations’ from clans who would want such a strong witch to join them.  Some ‘invitations’ are down right violent.

I was thrilled to see how Michelle is able to cleverly defeat evil within the community time after time, how Elron’s past is woven into the problems the community is having, and the blossoming sweet love of two individuals very much attracted.

Soundbooth Theater brings the story into living color.  It is a pleasure hearing the various voices of the different species, working together to defeat the evil which seems to be focused on Michelle! I enjoyed the emotional moments.  They are well done.  I know if I listen to anything else from Soundbooth Theater, I’m in for some good entertainment.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Review: SEA WOLFE by Kathryn Le Veque ~ Lucifer (Rhoan de Wolfe) pirating

36674850Title: Sea Wolfe Lords of the Sea, Book 4, Pirates of Britannia
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 154
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc., 1 edition
Published Date: February 6, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B0784PNNGL

 

Pirates of Britannia series ecopy purchase link:
Savage of the Sea
Leaders of Titans
The Sea Devil
Sea Wolfe
A Pirate’s Bounty

 

Publisher’s Summary:

Book Four in the exciting PIRATES OF BRITANNIA Medieval Pirate series!

1445 A.D. – Rhoan de Wolfe has lost himself in the mystique of the powerful pirate known as Lucifer, the mysterious first mate of the leader of the Pirates of Britannia. A man with no past, and no future, Lucifer deliberately keeps the details of his life private, but the truth is that a falling out with his father, years ago, have turned him into something dark, bitter, and brooding.

But he is the best pirate in the group known as Poseidon’s Legion, a band of English pirates based in Cornwall. When Lucifer and his mates intercept a merchant ship sailing from Ireland to Plymouth, little does Lucifer realize the treasure on board the vessel go far beyond monetary gain. A woman named Genevieve proves to be far more than merely a captive and in that instant, Lucifer’s life is changed forever.

Genevieve Efford was aboard her father’s merchant vessel, traveling back to England to marry her betrothed, when the pirates attacked. Genevieve is a woman with strong ideals and she is vehemently opposed to marrying a man she does not love. Being captured by pirates is almost preferable, but Genevieve is a lady who does not easily surrender. Even as she plans to escape, the big, brooding pirate known as Lucifer captures her interest.

For a man who has sworn off women, Lucifer is reluctantly drawn to the fiery lass. It is an attraction he cannot ignore and unexpected passion ignites between two people who have different ideals in life. Genevieve is the fire to his ice, but when a treacherous pirate in Lucifer’s ranks seeks to separate Lucifer from his lady, but the bond between Lucifer and Genevieve is something that cannot be broken.

Join the man named for a fallen angel and the woman he loves in a tale of romance, excitement, and most of all, pirate adventure as the Sea Wolfe rules the high seas.

My Thoughts:  True to form, Le Veque writes an intriguing storyline.  This is the last in a series written by both Eliza Knight and Kathryn Le Veque.

Sea Wolfe is about a man, a de Wolfe, and nobleman, has divorced his past and falls into the life of a pirate. He has amassed riches and misses nothing.  He is challenged by the chase, has English and Scot friends – a contented man, happy to remain thus.

That is, until he meets Genevieve Efford, taken prisoner when on the high seas.  After being imprisoned at Perran Castle for a month, she’s spitfire angry when Lucifer shows up at the pirate stronghold. Having sworn off women for ten years, he’s not eager to deal with her.  But she fascinates him.

Genevieve is eager to leave the stronghold, trying to figure out if she can beguile herself into Lucifer’s good graces and have him promise to let her buy her freedom.  After all, pirates are motivated by money.

Both have emotions not foreseen or welcome. In steps one nasty slimeball of a pirate, Curtiz, and all is chaos and hardache.

Will Lucifer admit to his feelings?  Will Genevieve want her freedom more than Lucifer?  Will kismet bring them together?

I enjoyed the novella.  It focused on Rhoan de Wolfe and if you’re a fan of the de Wolfe pack, you’ll enjoy how this story touches that world.

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Audiobook Review: A WITCH’S PATH ~ discover the supernatural…

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 2

Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Aug. 27, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

After a near death experience, Michelle has vowed to do her job, magical assistance for the police, and leave the heroics to someone else. Besides, life should be settling down for her since the trolls have been captured and the sorceress was neutralized. Unfortunately, the power behind the sorceress wants her dead, Elron starts acting funny, a magical creature wreaks havoc on a town, and there’s trouble with the werewolves. As if that wasn’t enough, the clans have started to notice her power and she has more reasons than ever to fear the clans.

Things go from bad to worse when Michelle’s best friend is abducted, and she must decide between her friend and her vow to stay out of dangerous situations.

 

N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Narrator Bio

Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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Michelle continues growing as a witch in the second book of the series.  She’s haunted by her clanlessness and not getting answers from her mother and new-found father.  She needs to know — her life is in danger and she needs to understand who she is.

She continues to work with the police stations locally and is getting ever-increasingly popular because she gets the job done.  Her strong magical powers are noticed by the community.  Her relationship with Elron is an interesting one, which continues to grow as Elron learns how to date — humorous scenes of awkwardness.

While Michelle performs her job with the officials, spelled lion statues attach themselves to her. She puts then outside her bedroom after she gets an unwanted visitor in her bedroom. They will attack anyone not invited into her room. She collects quite a menagerie of animals as well as friends–all ready to help or protect her.

I enjoyed Michelle’s humor even during the worst of times, her quick thinking and her compassion for people, no matter the species.  The community who watches out for her is growing as the fear of what wants Michelle dead coils tighter. Who is out there?

I’m enjoying this story.  It’s interesting, well-paced and only leaves me wanting to listen to more.  I love the narration, full of various species voices, a bit of Scot accent and some scary sounding voices, too. It’s extremely easy to read personalities through the narrators voices.

If you are a glutton for vampires, giants, leprechaun, unicorns, elves, demons, sorcerers, witches, shape-shifters, werewolves and others of the same ilk, this lively, animated story will amuse and intrigue.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Review: QUEEN OF THE NIGHT GUILD by Andy Peloquin ~ an emotional roller-coaster thriller

38085169Title:  Queen of the Night Guild Queen of Thieves Series
Author: Andy Peloquin
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Pages: 392
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc., 1 edition
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
ASIN: B078XJR8NK

 

Queen of Thieves Series
Child of the Night Guild
Thief of the Night Guild
Queen of the Night Guild

 

Publisher’s Summary:

“I am Ilanna, Journeyman of House Hawk… and vengeance will be mine.”

Ilanna has lost everything: her friends, her home, her family, her dreams of freedom.

All that remains is a burning desire to find the bastards who burned down her city and tried to kill her.
But a traitor hides among the ranks of the Night Guild, poisoning her friends and allies with lies.
Cast out and condemned to death, Ilanna has no choice but to turn to old enemies to save not only her life, but her Guild and city in the process.

Read the breathtaking, heart-stopping conclusion to the Queen of Thieves series!

My Thoughts: The author drops us right where Thief of the Night Guild ended.  Horror that Ilanna had lost all of what she had worked so hard to attain.  True, she had her freedom, but to lose those whom she loved to share it with is an emotion we all wish never to experience ourselves.

The Night Guild is built on the sins of mankind, where the innocent to survive must face the danger or die. The author takes the reader into the anguish of those whose freedom has been ripped from them, then to be part of the Night Guild whether they wish it or not. The life is for those who have the strength to survive, however they can.

Ilanna is a young woman who faces much in this three-book series.  Her experiences of tragedy, successes and determination had me admire who she becomes. She is intelligent and skilled in her trade and equally determined to find those who have taken her son from her, taking her to the brink of certain death.

This gripping  and gritty tale will stay long with me, rethinking the scenes where friends are there to help, where Illanna  is left alone with impossible odds and comes out the victor, where evil is found in the most benign faces.  I highly recommend this read if you love a thriller written with a writing style which keeps you on the edge of your chair.

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A Witch’s Path Blog Tour Stop ~ Review of WITCH FOR HIRE, book one of A Witch’s Path

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 1

Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Feb. 11, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

Most witches don’t work for police departments, but Michelle isn’t your average witch. She’s clanless, looking for a wizard who isn’t offended by her lack of family connections, and in danger of losing her job if she can’t find the escaped trolls before they start eating the local residents.

Trolls, angry police, and misbehaving spells are the least of her problems. Statues attacking homeowners might be problematic for your average witch, but to Michelle it’s another day at the office. Her real concern is the wizard suddenly interested in dating her and an old elf set on pestering her. When her happy family is rocked by a long kept secret her stable life falls apart faster than she can pick up the pieces.

N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Narrator Bio

Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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I enjoyed this fun read about a young witch trying to make a living in a society populated by humans, wizards, vampires, unicorns, elves, trolls, shape-shifters, brownies, and elves.  Michelle is extremely likeable–she respects all species and they in turn respect her.  Not belonging to a clan, she works alone, helping the police in her locality on a freelance basis.  Her strength comes from nature.  She is very attuned to the earth and the forest around the inn she permanently lives in. Everyone likes her, is concerned for her safety and takes an active role protecting her.

Michelle is struggling with Oak Consulting, a fledgling company she began.  She’s always getting calls from the police and through her witchery talent she does her job and then some.

The interplay between the owners of the inn and Michelle is touching and heart-warming. Everyone, it appears, looks out for her and she in turn is very loyal to them.

One recent visitor to the inn is one I am enjoying getting to know.  Elron is a 1500-year-old elf who was so hurt by the death of his mate, he lived in the forest for 200 years, until he felt a calling, compelling him to come to the inn. After meeting Michelle, he has difficulty with his feelings, with his awkwardness in befriending her.  He is very in tune with nature as is Michelle.

I enjoyed the writing-style of the book.  It is written in first person, sometimes in the point of view of Michelle, other times, Elron.  The author’s story moves along quickly with something new to ponder as we get to understand the community with its ever-increasing strange happenings.

The way the story is narrated also kept my interest.  Is it possible that Jeff Hayes can impersonate so many voices and with such aplomb?  I like the fact when Michelle is on the phone talking with someone, she sounds like she is, and the voice on the other end sound slightly ‘canny’.  I like it when someone is on the other side of a door, they sound like they are–the narration helps the listener perceive distance.  The narration gave the story such a charming cast, I am enchanted.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Review: THE SEA DEVIL by Eliza Knight ~ a story of courage to face what life has dealt and to survive with your heart intact

36443990Title: The Sea Devil Pirates of Britannia: Lords of the Sea, Book 3
Author: Eliza Knight
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 189
Published Date: January 16, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital
ASIN: B076JJ7W3G

 

Pirates of Britannia: Lords of the Sea Series ecopy purchase link at Amazon.com
Savage of the Sea penned by Eliza Knight
Leader of Titans
penned by Kathryn Le Veque
The Sea Devil
penned by Eliza Knight
Sea Wolfe
penned by Kathryn Le Veque

 

Publisher’s Summary:

A daring brotherhood, where honor among thieves reigns supreme, and crushing their enemies is a thrilling pastime. These are the Pirates of Britannia.

Thornley “Thor” MacLeod, Captain of The Sea Devil and prominent member of the Devils of the Deep is out for one thing and one thing only–revenge against Santiago Fernandez, leader of Los Demonios de Mar. Tormented by the demons of his past, he knows the only relief to his pain will be spilling the blood of his enemy. When he learns that Santiago seeks to find a child he abandoned nearly two decades before, Thor is determined to find the precious treasure first. Which means, Thor may have to sacrifice his honor in order to exact the perfect vengeance.

Orphaned at a young age, Alesia Baird has grown up along the harsh coasts of Scotland, bearing witness to many a nightmare. With the hangman’s noose dangling ever closer to her neck, she has to find a way to escape the only life she’s ever known. When she overhears a pirate mention he seeks the child of Santiago Fernandez, Alesia takes the leap, knowing this could be her only way out.

Alesia must keep up the ruse long enough to escape with her life, and perhaps a sack full of jewels. But when it comes time to jump ship, she finds her destiny may have led her in a different path. Will the hardened Highlander allow a lass into his heart—or is she destined to be forever alone?

Five-Star Read

My Thoughts: A story of revenge with wonderful character development, played out among pirates with their own codes of honor.  These are men who are as passionate in bedding women as fighting battles against their foes.  The protagonists, dealing with harsh childhoods beat the odds to survive giving them second chances to find love. The emotion of revenge is a powerful force, yes, even to survive.

One evening while in port, Thor heard in a tavern, his biggest enemy, Santiago, would pay much gold for the man who brought him the child he sired some 20 years ago.  Alesai also heard the tale, figuring she was the right age, desperate to escape the watchmen and the promise of a hangman’s noose, presented herself to Thor as Santiago’s daughter after she sneaked into his ship’s cabin to escape the guards. She hoped to obtain the gold, herself, and be on her way. Thor, a giant of a man, believes her story for she is the spitting image of her father.   

Just one too many thieveries, nimble of foot, quick of mind, filthy from years of surviving on the streets and in allies, Alesai, known better as the wharf rat has finally met her match in Thor, but not before she shows her prowess by challenging him to a fight, playing dirty to win. Thor is more intrigued by this sprite rather than angry. He seems to understand her.

As far as Thor was concerned, his revenge for her father, Santiago Fernandez, eclipsed everything else.  He lost his mother by his sword. However, his code of honor niggled his conscious.  Could he turn over this young, spirited woman to her hateful father? Could he bed her and strut around telling Santiago what he’d done? Just to gain revenge, but hurt an innocent victim in the process?

This is a story of the loyalty, honor and tricks between pirate brethren of the sea, with hot, spicy scenes of passion and deep love between Thor and Alesai. I’ve enjoyed the series thus far, and look forward to the last book of the series, Sea Wolfe.

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Early Review: REVENGE OF THE CORSAIRS by Elizabeth Ellen Carter ~ a tale of white slavers and the peril of women in a harem

37517212Title: Revenge of the Corsairs Heart of the Corsairs
Author: Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 340
Published by: Dragonblade, Inc.; 1 edition
Published Date: January 10, 2018

ASIN:
B07885RNLD

Heart of the Corsair Series ecopy purchase link:
Captive of the Corsairs
Revenge of the Corsairs
Shadow of the Corsairs

 

Publisher’s Summary:
Rescued after two years as a concubine in an Ottoman harem, former debutante Laura Cappleman faces a difficult journey back to normal life. As she travels to Palermo aboard Kit Hardacre’s ship, the Calliope, she is deeply traumatized – and pregnant by her kidnapper.

Laura rejects the emotional support of her long-time admirer, Calliope First Officer Elias Nash, and her cousin, Sophia, Kit’s wife. She withdraws into herself and her art. Finally, after giving birth, she decides to return to London, hoping to erase tormented memories.

Emir Selim Omar died on the day of Laura’s rescue, but his wickedness lives on in his third wife, Rabia, in whose household Laura was held. The ruthless widow may yet hold on to the power she wielded as mother to the Emir’s only male heir. However, as opportunists pick his empire apart, her child dies.

When Rabia learns Laura has given birth to a boy, the solution is obvious – the concubine is stolen property and so is the child sired by her late husband. She will take the boy and kill anyone in the way.

As Rabia’s assassins close in, Elias – both embraced and rejected by the damaged woman he loves, uncertain she will ever return, and alone in Palermo with the child he has given his name – must take the battle to the enemy. Otherwise, there may be nothing for Laura to come home to.

Five-Star Read

My Thoughts: This story is exceptionally intriguing to me.  Both protagonists struggle emotionally, creating devastating consequences. They  learn life lessons of grave importance.  Carter develops characters of strength and honor, living in a world not so honorable.

Laura’s emotional balance is tenuous.  Her friends tip-toe around her, giving her the space to heal from the emotional wounds to her spirit.  But how can she when she has an unwanted babe growing within her, a constant reminder of her days in the harem? 

Elias, the second protagonist, is drawn to Laura.  For two years, Kit, Elias and men eager to dispel the white slaver organization have been searching for Sophia and Laura’s whereabouts ever since they were abducted.  Through a cannily planned rescue the woman were taken from the harem, killing Emir Salim Omar.

Elias has a heart of compassion.  He is the knight in shining armor.  He proposes to Laura, to marry her and take her babe as his own.  Can Elias answer the question does he love Laura? Is Laura too damaged to accept this solution?  Is this what life offers her now, after being damaged? She refuses and withdraws further into her shell reliving the horrors, even unable to take solace in painting.

Then there is Samuel, Laura’s brother who wishes to turn back time, to forget what Laura has experienced.  He wants her back in England without the babe.  He’s a character who wants everything back the way it was—neat and tidy in his world by burying the truth.  He suffers guilt for not protecting his sister. Once she returns to England, he and his wife try to convince Laura to remain with them, expecting her to graciously accept their solution to life.  She still has her babe back with Elias.  Can she just walk away? Are they partially successful? But life isn’t that way, is it, kind reader?  What you experience can’t be tucked away, no longer a part of you. Laura realizes she is better off not forgetting, but remembering.  But what of Elias?

I enjoyed two aspects of this story immeasurably.  Elias is a man of God, a man who lives the tenants of his faith.  Often, we hear his inner dialog, those thoughts keep him grounded.  The other part is how Laura is able to reconnect to who she is and what she has become.

I’m eager to read the third of the sequel, releasing sometime this year.

 

 

 

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Audiobook Review: THE LOVER’S PORTRAIT by Jennifer S. Alderson ~ an art mystery based in Amsterdam during the 40’s.

The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery cover art

Title: The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Book 2
Author: Jennifer S. Alderson
Genre: Mystery, Thriller Suspense
Pages: 268
Published by: Traveling Life Press
Publication Date: June 22, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B01EVVS0RI

Narrated: Carol Purdom
Length: 10 hours, 42 minutes
Release Date: October 2, 2017
Published by: Jennifer S. Alderson

 

Publisher’s Summary:

Missing masterpieces, Nazi blackmailers and a pesky amateur sleuth.

When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery – rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer – he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in.

After studying for a year in the Netherlands, Zelda scores an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, where she works on an exhibition of paintings and sculptures once stolen by the Nazis, lying unclaimed in Dutch museum depots almost seventy years later. When two women claim the same portrait of a young girl entitled Irises, Zelda is tasked with investigating the painting’s history and soon finds evidence that one of the two women must be lying about her past. Before she can figure out which one and why, Zelda learns about the Dutch art dealer’s concealed collection. And that Irises is the key to finding it.

Her discoveries make her a target of someone willing to steal – and even kill – to find the missing paintings. As the list of suspects grows, Zelda realizes she has to track down the lost collection and unmask a killer if she wants to survive.

** One of The Displaced Nation’s Top 36 Expat Fiction Picks of 2016 **

Set in present day and wartime Amsterdam, this captivating mystery is not just about stolen paintings, but also the lives that were stolen.

The perfect novel for those who love art, history and mysteries.

This amateur sleuth mystery describes the plight of homosexuals and Jewish artists in Europe during World War II, as well as the complexities inherent to the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s.

©2016 Jennifer S. Alderson (P)2017 Jennifer S. Alderson

 

My Thoughts:   The teaser on the front cover gave me some idea where the story was going—One painting. Two claimants. Three murders. Isn’t that intriguing?

What I particularly liked about this book is how the author weaves an excellent mystery around a time period and subject I rarely read about.  It is quite the eye-opener.  The author is familiar with her material from personal experience, living in Amsterdam. She also has degrees in art history and museum studies.  With her journalist background, passion for writing, along with the credentials, she created a believable and cunning plot.

I appreciated her story crafting, providing pieces of the mystery while keeping me guessing all along; the way she keeps the mystery unfolding; and the way she moves the reader from the 1940’s to the present as the mystery and suspense coil ever-tighter.

I learned so much about how artists were able to ‘hide’ their work from the greed of those who would take what doesn’t belong to them.  I didn’t feel the author pushed ‘history’ down my throat, rather it came as a by-product of the story unfolding. Well written!

This story captures how times have changed, just some 80 years ago, people were much less accepting and tolerant of different life styles.  We still struggle with this, however.

I enjoy Zelda’s not-letting-anything-slide attitude with a bit of humor thrown in. She is quite the Nancy Drew of Amsterdam.  I also enjoy her exuberance for getting into the Master’s program.  I’m hoping Frederick and she will have a future.  He is a true friend. Perhaps in a sequel?

The story was a bit of a slow starter and the initial voice portrayed by Carol Purdom fell flat for me, that is, the voice for the museum’s project manager.  However, her voice for the old woman who claims the painting is hers, and the belligerent curator reliving his past disappointments, has her doing an admirable job adding energy to the telling.

All-in all, I enjoyed the sleuth and well-written plot.

 

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Newly Released! THE RED FURY by Kathryn Le Veque

36335637Title: The Red Fury d’Vant Bloodlines, Book 2
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Pages: 562
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B07627B9VK

d’Vant Bloodlines Series:
Tender is the Knight
https://wp.me/p40XtX-Rr (Booktalk with Eileen Review)
The Red Fury

 

Publisher’s Summary:
If you loved The Wolfe, Rise of the Defender, and The Dark One: Dark Knight, welcome to the original Le Veque epic Medieval saga of THE RED FURY. England and Scotland collide in this blockbuster tale of revenge, betrayal, hope, and passion.

1233 A.D. – A young woman forced to command her father’s battered Highlander army upon his death. Her only hope in saving her home, and her life, is with a fearsome mercenary called The Red Fury.

Josephine de Carron is a young woman with a massive legacy weighing on her slender shoulders. As heiress to the Earldom of Ayr, she is a cousin to the king through her mother, and the king considers her a most valuable bargaining tool in the politics of Scotland. But Josephine isn’t a willing pawn for the king – she’s only concerned with saving her family home, Castle Torridon, from the repeated attacks of a former ally. After a particularly nasty siege, Josephine realizes that they cannot withstand another, and she is forced to summon the most feared mercenary in Scotland, a man known as The Red Fury.

Andrew d’Vant is a paradox – an English knight, he escaped his wicked brother years ago and fled to the highlands of Scotland, forming one of the most rag-tag and fiercest mercenary armies the world has ever seen. He has become very rich by fighting – and winning – other men’s battles. Summoned by Josephine, Andrew’s price is too high for the beaten castle but his instant attraction to Josephine has him accepting the task for far less than his usual fee. There’s something about the strong, battered, and beautiful woman that draws him in.

But The Red Fury gets more than he bargained for.

A simple task of defending a castle becomes an enormous and complex tale of adventure, suspicion, royal intervention, and dark family secrets. When Josephine is thrust into the king’s politics in spite of her resistance, she finds herself pledged to none other than Andrew’s wicked brother. Now, Josephine finds herself at the heart of the Kingdom of Scotland and deeply in love with Andrew, and he with her. Andrew must join with former adversaries in order to save the woman he loves from the man who ruined his life.

The Red Fury is in for the fight of his life with the prize being Josephine.

 

 My Thoughts:  When wanting to delve into a meaty Medieval tale seeped in heart-pulling emotion, Le Veque does a bang-up job providing one!  We indulge with our every sense in a realistic setting of medieval life, where women, as much as men, fight for their lives, their honor, and what is theirs—women, men, children and property.

It is a time where women have little to say about their lives. It’s a time of kill or be killed, where friends are needed in one hand and a sword fills the other.

Andrew d’Vant, a man of determination, embodying hope and courage, seeks to destroy his brother, Alphonese d’Vant, Earl of Annan and Blackbank. For 19 years, his hate for his brother has simmered.  He’s a man known as The Red Fury, one who, when battle is upon him, he is beyond fast and ruthless.

As a lad, Andrew’s brother banishes him from the manor after putting his own mother in the dungeon.  Alphonse is not only hated by Andrew. Most others fear him because he is massive in build with a mean and vicious personality, his cruelty knows no bounds. Alphonse, in his own words says women are like chickens; a penny for a dozen, so I shall never go hungry. He’s so massive and brutal, women often die under his hand.

“…Alphonse lacked everything Andrew possessed—fairness, sensibility, uncanny intelligence, and compassion.”

The de Carrons and the Dalmellingtons had been feuding for years.  Josephine, eldest daughter of her father is in charge of her keep, now for some three years.  The Dalmellingtons keep hammering at them, every two weeks attacking their keep, and with each battle Josephine loses more men, a disheartening endeavor.  The idea of hiring mercenaries to help shore up their numbers gets introduced.  The best mercenary is hired, Andrew d’Vant, better known as The Red Fury.

Sweet Josephine de Carron, a woman as strong as sweet, falls in love with Andrew and he with her.  This budding relationship is unbeknownst to the king who wishes to use Josephine de Carron to build a better alliance between the English and Scots, by betrothing her to Andrew’s brother.

The day comes where Andrew must face his dragon.  He must avenge his mother and protect Josephine from his beast of a brother.

I enjoyed hating Alphonse.  So much is at stake for both Josephine and Andrew.  A sword fight between Andrew and Alphonse could not be more frightening leaving me pitifully hanging on every sentence, and ultimately holding my heart in my hands!

The supporting friends of Josephine and Andrew are well developed, entirely appealing, which have me eager to see them appear in any following stories for the d’Vant’s.  I am particularly drawn to Justine, Josephine’s sister, who fancies herself a physic and mystic, Nicholas de Londres, nephew to King Alexander, a talented and compassionate man, and friend to Josephine; Ridge, bodyguard to the king who has more honor in his little finger than what King Alexander possesses!  We learn little about Ridge, other than owing a debt to Josephine, but I’d love to see Le Veque write his story. 

If you are a Medieval genre fan, do yourself a favor reading what Le Veque has to offer. I recommend her many novels both in writing style and plot.

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