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review 2019-01-08 03:56
Flora's Fury - Ysabeau S. Wilce
Flora's Fury - Ysabeau S. Wilce

  Watching Flora in adulthood is fascinating: it feels a bit like watching a child grow up. Flora Segunda was inventive and fun and a bit like watching Hermione get the lead role. I particularly enjoyed the world -building, but also the way each book 's focus shifts as Flora grows up. 

 

Vague discomfort with the way indigenous cultures are treated, but no fully formed opinions yet. Maybe later.

 

Library copy

 

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text 2018-11-26 02:34
Are Pirates Polite? - Corinne Demas,Artemis Roehrig,David Catrow
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Interesting way to teach manners. I liked the rhyme scheme and the silly contrast between pirates being rude/mean (stealing people's stuff) and being polite (saying "thank you" after stealing said stuff). Fun book overall.

The illustrations are definitely weird. Some fun craziness going on, but sometimes it was difficult to figure out what was happening. Some pictures didn't seem to match the accompanying text. Kind of a mess. And the ending was a little dark for my taste. 

Overall, I thought it was a good book though. At the end, there is a list of "Pirate Manners", which include share, say "excuse me", and wait in line. Not necessarily things pirates are known for but I get what the book is trying to do. Comparable to the line of thinking Jake and the Neverland Pirates uses with the message, "A good pirate never takes another person's property." Like do you know how pirates work? That's exactly what a "good" pirate would do. This one makes a little more sense, but just barely. Still a fun read and a crazy ride.
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text 2018-11-20 11:00
Book Tour & Giveaway with Excerpts! Pirates Calling Books 1 & 2 by Darren Simon!

 

 

 

The Dangerous Legacy
A Pirate's Calling Book 1
by Darren Simon
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

 

Thin, pale, awkward, bullied, Sam Every is a thirteen-year-old who finds comfort among his friends and his days at the beach. The ocean beckons to him. It is where he feels safest. Fitting in no longer matters when he is near the Pacific’s rolling waves. Gazing toward the endless blue where it touches the horizon, he imagines the ports he might someday reach and ponders his future.

 

Little does he know an apparition—a hauntingly beautiful girl from the sea—will lead him farther from his home than he could ever dream, for destiny has given him a dangerous legacy.


BOOK TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E55T8lMsAeQ

 

 

 

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Deadly Waters
A Pirate's Calling Book 2

 

Thirteen-year-old Sam Every has traveled back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy to face Captain Jem Slayer, master of the dark arts. Deceived into handing Slayer the ultimate weapon, the Sword of Zel-Kar, Sam has lost his hands, sliced off in his first clash with the evil pirate.

But all is not lost.

Sam’s friends have found their way back in time, and with the help of the pirate hunter, Benjamin Hornigold, have rescued him from the island where Slayer marooned him. Now, aided by a new band of rogues and a mystery friend, Sam must rise above his injuries and find the strength to again face Slayer before it is too late—before the future is forever shattered. ​

 


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

 

The Dangerous Legacy

 

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Deadly Waters


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Thunder erupted again in the distance. The splash of a second cannonball, closer than the first, rocked The Mutineer. But had the cannon fire come from Fog Island or another vessel? “Who’s after us?” Sam shouted.

 

The man who had saved them sprinted to the tiller to take control of the sloop before he bothered to answer Sam’s question. He pulled sharply on the tiller. The sloop lurched to the right until the deck nearly touched water. Sam fell and rolled against a crate. Seawater spilled into the boat and drenched him. His back tingled again.

 

The burning blade! Did it call to him? If so, he ignored it. A fire sword magically embedded in his back would not stop The Mutineer from capsizing, which the boat was about to do. It didn’t. Instead, the sloop’s speed doubled as the man brought the craft in line with a stronger windstream.

 

“Look!” the man pointed to the right of The Mutineer. Sam, now back on his feet, stared in the direction he pointed. Through the darkness was the outline of a large craft three stories high. “The way I see it,” the man shouted over the crash of water against his ship’s hull, “if Maximilian Black is after you, you must have angered Captain Jem Slayer. Slayer is a bloodthirsty pirate with his own fleet and enough wealth to command an army of pirates; and Black is Slayer’s right hand.”

 

Sam held onto the railing for balance and inched closer to Sarah. She watched the mystery man from the side as if… as if she doesn’t want to make eye contact. Maybe she doesn’t trust him as much as she said. Maybe she senses something.

Sarah grasped his hand and gently squeezed.

 

He nodded to her. “It’s going to be all right,” he lied.

 

The man continued to shout his explanation. “Since Black failed, I assume Slayer has sent a warship to do what Black could not. Kill you!” He looked at the sails of his sloop. “Hang on, young ones! We are going to race the wind!”

 

One more explosion cut through the night. A cannonball screamed as it hurtled toward them. “No!” Sam mouthed moments before the cannonball splashed into the sea yards from the hull. Water sprayed onto the deck.

 

“Ha, you bloody heathens! You shall not catch The Mutineer tonight!” The man held the tiller with one hand and shook a fist with the other.

 

As they pushed farther out to sea, the moon emerged from behind a cloud and revealed the pursuing ship. The glow showed a vessel with three masts topped with squared sails.

 

Two rows of dark squares dotted the length of her hull— gunports. So this is what a warship looks like. We’re dead. A cloud began to eclipse the moon, but before it did, Sam saw the mark emblazoned on the flag that soared above the ship— a skull and bones. “Pirates!”

 

 


Come on, you bastard. Show yourself!

 

He’d had enough of this world pushing him around. Enough of Slayer. Enough death. Enough of being scared of the next threat. No more! The time had come to start kicking some ass. Closing his eyes, he concentrated on the magic within him. He had to figure a way to control his powers. To command them to life… now.

 

Think, Sam! Words flashed though his mind. Ancient words. An incantation. Atamou Runfora Tananou. He knew what the words meant. Serve me now. His arms and wrists vibrated. His eyes shot open. A crimson glow surrounded his stumps. Yes!

 

“Captain, three points off bow,” a young crewman shouted from the bow. “Looks like mountains rising from the sea.”

 

“What say you?” Rackham whipped out his spyglass and held it to his eye. He climbed atop a railing, grasping a shroud with one hand. “Hell’s bells. I’ve never seen the like. Devil boy, you best see this. Me thinks this be our destination.”

 

Sam joined Rackham at the bow. The glow around his stumps vanished. The pirate captain leaped from the railing and held the spyglass up to Sam’s eye. Peering through the telescope, Sam gaped at the discovery.

 

Actually, stone pillars— maybe ten in all— towered over the sea, like rows of skyscrapers along a city block. How was such a thing possible in the middle of the ocean with no shore— no island— visible in any direction? The pillars shouldn’t be there, but they were. As if by magic. “That’s where we have to go.” Sam again thought of the incantation. His stumps ignited. “Get us there, Captain. Leave the beast to me.”

 

A terrible roar bellowed, rocking the ship to the starboard side.

 

Sam stumbled against a chest. The icy touch of fear rose up his back, threatening to steal his courage. Men around him grabbed onto lines, the long guns— anything to keep from falling. When the ship righted itself, he crossed to the port side. No way was he going to cower.

 

This showdown was going to happen. “I’m waiting for you.”

 

The monster rose from the deep off the port side. A massive serpent with two reptilian heads. A serpentine body, covered with diamond-shaped scales towered over the ship’s sails. Two necks branched off, each with a dragon head and snout filled with dagger-length teeth. A line of spikes stretched from the top of each head like Mohawks.

 

Sam’s chest burned. His heart beat like a horse’s hooves charging over a dirt road. “Come on, you filthy snake. You want me. Here I am. Come and get me.”

 

 

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Darren Simon is a former longtime newspaper journalist who now works in government affairs on California water issues and teaches college English. In his spare time, he is a freelance magazine writer. Guardian’s Nightmare is his first novel. The second book in the series is also under contract with Divertir Publishing. He resides in California’s desert southwest with his wife, two sons and two crazy dogs.

 


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THANKS FOR VISITING & HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!

 

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review 2018-11-15 11:00
Blog Tour with Excerpt, Giveaway & 5 STAR Release Week Review! Pirate's Passion (Sentinnels of Savannah #2) Lisa Kessler!

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Pirate's Passion by Lisa Kessler
Series Sentinels of Savannah
Genre Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher Entangled Amara
Publication Date November 12, 2018

 


Samuel Keegan used to man the wheel of the Sea Dog over 200 years ago, but these days he’s the front man of a southern rock band. Rum and women are plentiful, but his world is changing rapidly now that his crew is back together searching for the Holy Grail to break their curse. But the quest leads him to a historian with raven hair and a wicked smile. She holds all the answers, but she could also spell death for them all.

 

Dr. Charlotte Sinclair works for the Maritime Museum in Savannah, an expert on ancient pirate wrecks. When a government agent requests her help in a top-secret investigation, she discovers not only is the Holy Grail real, but the lead singer of her favorite band is actually the immortal pilot of the Sea Dog crew.

 

The search for the Grail opens some dark secrets better left hidden, and Charlotte's life might depend on one Pirate's Passion...

 

Each book in the Sentinels of Savannah series is STANDALONE:
* Magnolia Mystic
* Pirate's Passion

 

 

 

Over 200 years ago, Samuel Keegan used to the man the wheel of the Sea Dog but now he’s the front man of a southern rock band who has sworn off of commitment. Working for the Maritime Museum, Dr. Charlotte Sinclair is an excerpt on ancient pirate wrecks.

 

Readers can’t help be become excited and completely caught up in this swashbuckling tale full of suspense and romance. Charlotte and Keegan are two wonderfully vibrant characters that easily hold readers’ attentions as they not only deal with the sizzling chemistry that flares hot every time they come together, but as they try to find the missing Holy Grail relic. The romance is sweet but full of emotional woes and obstacles to be overcome but the main one is Keegan’s past which has him shying away from love and reader can’t wait to find out if they ever reach that happily ever after.

 

The romance isn’t the only suspenseful part of this fast paced and exhilarating story, there’s actually plenty of it to go around as the search for the Grail brings danger to Charlotte’s doorstep and the government agent causes Charlotte all kinds of stress after some family secrets are revealed… secrets that rock her world. There is never a dull moment in this adventurous swashbuckling romance that singes readers with passion even as it keeps them glued to the pages. This fascinating world is full of unique elements and charming characters that ensure that readers will come back for more.

 


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Pirate’s Passion is the 2nd book in the Sentinels of
Savannah series –


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1 Magnolia Mystic
2 Pirate’s Passion

 

 

& #3 Pirate's Pleasure (2019)

 

 


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By the time they left Bob’s, the streets were empty. Colton hadn’t lost track of time like that in…more years than he cared to think about.

 

He stopped in front of her shop and took her hand. “Thank you for the unexpected evening.” He brushed a kiss to her knuckles. “I hope it won’t be our last.”

 

Skye grinned, her cheeks still flushed with the Drunken Pirate drinks Bob kept pushing on them. “I thought you only had eyes for your ship.”

 

God, she was beautiful. “Until I met you.”

 

“So you do know how to be charming.” She took a step closer, looking up at him. “Maybe you could give me a proper tour sometime.”

 

Oh, he wanted to give her so much more than a tour. He brought his hand up to caress her cheek. “Anytime.”

 

“How about now?”

 

His heart thumped in his chest, and alcohol warmed his gut. Given the choice between sitting alone worrying about Eli and whether or not the curse was ending, or spending more time with her…ah hell that wasn’t even a choice. “Why not?”

He took her hand again, enjoying the spark of fire that lit through his bloodstream and led her through the fog toward River Street.

 

Seeing the usually bustling area empty was equally beautiful and haunting. It brought back memories of earlier days. Centuries before cell phones and email. Back when his crew would drop anchor in the cloak of night and shanghai new crew members out of the pubs.

 

Lifetimes ago.

 

He walked her across the gangplank and hopped down onto the deck. Turning back, he reached up to clasp her waist.

 

Her eyes widened. “Wasn’t there a step before?”

 

“Aye.” He nodded. “It’s for tourists.”

 

She still didn’t move. “So I’m not a tourist anymore?”

 

“No.” He shook his head and lowered her to the deck. Staring down into her eyes, his hands slid up her sides. “You’re my guest.”

 

She tipped her chin up toward him. He couldn’t resist the invitation, bending to kiss her lips. He hummed into her mouth as she opened, welcoming his exploration. She tasted like rum, root beer, and something wild he couldn’t place, but it didn’t matter. He wanted more.

 

Craved it.

 

Her hands moved up his chest, as he clenched a handful of her silky hair in his fist. He held her tighter. God, she was made for his arms. His heart pounded in his ears reminding him…he was alive. Until he bumped into her on the stern of the ship, only the swells of the open sea gave him a rush of passion.

 

His erection throbbed between them, and regretfully, she broke the kiss, stepping out of his embrace.


She reached up to touch her lips. “What the hell was that?”

“A damned fine kiss.” His chest rose and fell as he struggled to catch his breath.

 

She nodded, dropping her hand. Studying his face, her voice softened. “I don’t know what Bob put in those Drunken Pirates tonight, but wow. I’m impressed.”

 

He chuckled. “That kiss had nothing to do with the drinks.”

 

Her grin lit up the night. “Pretty confident for a pirate.”

 

“Aye.” He allowed his true accent to color his voice. “Haven’t ye heard? We excel at confidence, lass.”

 

“Damn.” She came closer, laying her hand over his heart. “You do make a sexy pirate.”

 

Except it wasn’t an act. She’d never believe him anyway, and he wasn’t ready for the night to end, so he kept the truth where it belonged. Buried.

 

 

To celebrate the release of PIRATE’S PASSION by Lisa Kessler, we're giving away for a $25 Amazon gift card!

 

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GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Open internationally. One winner will be chosen to receive a $25 Amazon gift card. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Entangled Publishing. Giveaway ends 11/16/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Entangled Publishing will send one winning prize, Pure Textuality PR will deliver the other. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.

 

 

LISA KESSLER is an Amazon Best Selling and award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com  She loves hearing from readers!

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-11-09 02:39
Splendor
Splendor - Catherine Hart

Initial thought:

 

Good writing, but too silly characters (especially the h who went from a prudish spinster to a sexy siren the moment she met the H, her transformation was the most hilarious of all -_-) and situations made it difficult for me to take anything seriously in this book. In fact it started out quite intriguingly and I thought I'd found a new author I'll be checking out often. Unfortunately, it also went downhill soon. I only kept going to see how the author resolved a particular twist regarding the H. There was no big surprises there in the end either. Sigh.

 

Thought I won't do a full review. Then I decided to add a bit more... :-<

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