Christmas Awards 2011

Monday 25 April 2011


Ghostland by Jory Strong

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

April 2009

ISBN: 978-0-425-22606-3

Pages: 341

Post-Apocalyptic Oakland, California

Aisling McConaughey is a shamaness that has been taken from her home and family. Now she has to be careful of whom she trusts because if she trusts the wrong person her family will be the ones to pay the price. Aisling needs to enter the “ghostlands” to find out what has happened to a wealthy man’s mistress. The problem is that every time Aisling uses her abilities she has to pay a price and if she isn’t very careful one of these times she just might have to pay a price that is much to high for her.

Zurael en Caym is a Djinn prince needs Aisling to serve as bait so that he might find an ancient tablet that is very important to the Djinn. Zurael’s plan is to kill Aisling once her usefulness is done, what he doesn’t count on is how his feelings for Aisling change the more he spends with her and gets to know her better. Now once he gets what he wants he will have to decide what to do with Aisling and his feelings for her.

Aisling and Zurael have come to the attention of people that if they are not careful will make sure that they never have a future at all. Aisling and Zurael have to race to find the truth before it is too late for them. There are powerful forces that are threatening both of their worlds and they are going to have to find a way to overcome them or they may lose all that they hold dear. They are also going to have to find out what is most important to them and if there is any way that they can stay true to their honors and if they will have chance to follow what is in their hearts.

This is a great story that was some wonderful world building. The reality that is painted in this story makes it very believable and the story just comes to life for the reader. The author took the many types of paranormal stories and brought them together in a story that is very engrossing. The twist and turns this one takes will have the reader trying to figure out just who is who in the story and just who is behind all the problems that the characters are facing. This is one story the reader won’t want to put down until the very last page and will have them eagerly reaching for the next book in the series.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

Friday 15 April 2011

Legend of Michael

Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones

Publisher: Sourcebooks

May 2011

ISBN: 978-1-402-25156-6

Pages: 416

Area 51/Groom Lake, Nevada

Michael Taylor is a soldier who has managed to become a legend in a new breed of soldiers. They are soldiers that have been injected with alien DNA to make them stronger, faster and better than the average soldier. One thing no one expected is the special abilities that some of them have gotten along with their new found strength and speed. Michael is one that has managed to get more and become more than the other soldiers. He has seen the dark side and come back to the light. Michael left everything behind including the one thing that meant the most to him, Cassandra Powell. She is also the one woman destined to be his mate but rather than hurt her or allow what he has become to affect her he left.

Cassandra Powell was devastated when Michael left her before. Now he is back and she isn’t sure if she can trust him. He is everything she never wanted but everything that she needs. Now Cassandra and Michael are being divided by their loyalties to duty and others only time will tell if they will be able to find a way to be together or if they will be completely torn apart again. Cassandra is the one person though that can help Michael and his comrades. Cassandra and Michael are going to have to find a way to work together to overcome the madman that if they don’t stop him will destroy the world and humanity.

This story takes the myths and legends surrounding Area 51 and runs with it in such a way that it is a very hard book to put down once you start reading it. This one story will hook you into a new series that will have you eagerly awaiting the new installment. This is a very well written story that builds a new world and is very believable and will have you guess just who side who is on. This is action packed and a very fast paced story that will have you turning the pages just to see what happens next. This one is worth picking up and reading.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

Monday 11 April 2011

Bound by Blood

Bound by Blood by Cynthia Eden

Publisher: Cynthia Eden at Smashwords

April 2011

Pages: 54

Miami, Florida

Morgan Labeaux is a vampire princess that has just made a deal with the local werewolf pack. Some say it is like making a deal with the devil. Morgan knows that both the vampires and werewolf needs this agreement to stand because a lot of trouble is heading their way.

Jace is the alpha of the local werewolf pack and he is about to get what he has been wanting for several years now, Morgan. Now he just has to find a way to stop the hell that is about to break loose and keep Morgan safe.

Morgan and Jace are going to have to find a way to stop the demons that are suddenly infesting Miami because if they don’t all the vampires and werewolves are going to be killed not to mention the humans that are completely unaware of the existence of the paranormal world. Somehow they are going to have to find the doorway that the demons are escaping from and close fast before it is too late. Now if they could just get their attraction for each other under control closing the door would be a lot easier to do.

This is another great story from this author. This is one that once the reader starts reading it they won’t want to put it done until the very last word is read. The action is fast paced which keeps the story moving along very quickly and the characters are sure to draw the reader into the story. This is a must read from an author that doesn’t let her readers down.

I give this one 5 red roses

Monday 4 April 2011

A Certain Wolfish Charm

A Certain Wolfish charm by Lydia Dare/ Source Books

Simon has a terrible secret that he feels unable to share with Lily, the woman he loves. When the moon is full he must give into the beast inside him and become the wolf. He cannot be at peace with himself, though he knows he dare not marry unless he can tame his wilder side. Forced to wed Lily to save her reputation, after he ruined it, he discovers that his bride is made of sterner stuff than he'd imagined. Lily will not rest until she discovers her husband's secret - but can she cope with the shocking truth?

This is one of the best shape shifter books I've read. I got it free in kindle and loved it from beginning tio end and went to buy another after reading half.
I give this book five red roses. Linda Sole

Night Of The Storm

Night of the Storm/ first Published by Coronet Books in 1996 Now republished in Smashwords/ Lindsay Townsend.

Wildlife photographer Melissa Haye still cannot forget the man she loved, who was murdered and cruelly taken from her by evil men. She knows that a wicked trade in smuggling exotic animals is still going on and suspects it is happening on Asteri - an island somewhere off Greece. Determined to bring them to justice, Melissa decides to take a new venture photgraphing the beautiful scenery on the island. However, she has a visicious enemy who is determined to see her dead.

Can Melissa join forces with Nicholas, the mayor of Asteri and break this foul smuggling ring or will her enemy prevail? Can she find love again?

Filled with danger and excitment this book keeps you on the edge of your seat to the last page. Lindsay Townsend is a brilliant writer with a talent for wonderful description and powerful prose. She is as good writing contemporary as historical.

I give this book five red roses. It is well worth reading. Linda Sole