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DWED had the pleasure of reviewing Monster, while I don't want to downplay that work I just have to say Wounded was an explosion on paper. From cover to cover I was transfixed. The story of Sam and her lifestyle to finding love and losing something so dear to her was enthralling and almost real. The connection I felt with all the characters was hard because once I finished, the finality of ending the story with them made me sad. Ben really put his soul into this work and he did a fantastic job.

True page Turner, mind bender, tear jerker, sitting on the edge of my seat kind of read.

 
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Mary Jane is on the run, but from who? where to and why is she running? Not only was I intrigued by the opening of this riveting tale, but I found that I was asking these same questions throughout the book.

Who is Mary Jane and why is she running? Who can she trust, who is her enemy? Nicole takes her readers on a mind bending roller coaster as we follow Mary Jane and her journey of discovering who she is and why she is on the run. The book is suspense, thrilling and a psychological mystery all in one with action packed scenes, strong defining characters and twisrs that left me wanting more.

 
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Synopsis: After the fall from the Maaldan cliff, Chalice is reunited with her friends on a journey that takes them to the coastline of Ielieria.  Little do Vlaad and his Fierain know what is in store for them as, bit by bit, their plans are thwarted by this blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty.

The small band of rebels then travels across the Realm, preparing it for war, while Chalice herself is brewing plans of her own that may just land her in the hot seat.  What will happen when she returns her father to the throne?  What will happen when he finds out what she has done?  And ... what will happen once Dar'Maalda learns of the rebels' location?

In the third and final novel of the trilogy, The Legend of the Raie'Chaelia, you find out.  It is a dramatic finish to an epic story of action, adventure, betrayal, forgiveness and love.

Rating: 2.5 stars **

 

My Thoughts: I had the pleasure of reading the entire series and find that I have to be completely honest in my findings. If I do not like a book, I try to assimilate a valid list of reasons why and give a most humbling opinion as to not cause harm to the writer and the potential of their work. I try to give it its due diligence and attention. I read through each book twice to make sure I felt the same when finished.

First, I believe Melissa worked very hard on this series and I have no doubt that a lot of heart and soul went into this project. While her creativeness and eagerness to tell the story of Chalice and her journey showed, I found that everything did not click or fit in order to give me as the reader a great connection.

I believe the writer Melissa, has the potential to be magnificent. While her descriptions of each character lacked the depth I needed to connect and maintain connection, I did feel like she made a valiant effort to establish the bond between reader and character but fell short. I do not believe it entirely her fault, I believe her writing style and my own imagination just didn’t mesh well and I believe that is the reason for my lack of enjoyment for this series. No matter my disconnection I did continue to read in order to give The Return as well as its sister books the time and attention they deserved in order to give this review.

It was very disappointing to me because I love fantasy, I love falling into other worlds that authors create. I find it encompassing and generally enjoy books I have read. I am not in any way demoralizing or making this a put down. I am simply saying that there were instances when I began to feel that pull during my reading, I would get excited and then ultimately the anticipation would die a very fast death because of misunderstanding the passages, not understanding what the author was trying to convey and where exactly she was trying to lead me on this journey of her world and the people within it.

When I finally got to “The Return” I was a bit reluctant. I experienced some of the same let down from the two previous books, but I will honestly say this book showed more promise as Melissa was gaining her footing. I feel horrible for not being able to jump for joy as I had thought I would in the beginning, I felt like I was left high and dry and it frustrated me because the potential for this series to be great is there, it just wasn’t for me.

**** Although I may not have liked the book very much, I do however want to acknowledge that one may not like everything they read and encourage my viewers not to pass judgment on my thoughts alone. While it may not have been my cup of tea, it could very well be yours. Happy Reading always! ****

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Synopsis:

James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties with anyone. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth. Though it has been years since Elizabeth's death, James cannot move on.

Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail. Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feelings for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be. Soon James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?

Part historical fiction, part romance, part paranormal fantasy, Her Dear and Loving Husband is a story for anyone who believes that true love never dies.

 

 

Rating: 4 stars ****

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

Who doesn’t love a good witch’s tale? With all the choices a reader has out there one might think another tale might be a little too much but not for Meredith Allard. She has constructed a masterpiece of good old folklore, talent, imagination and history. From the beginning I was hooked, I couldn’t put it down and it reminded me of why I love a good hauntingly romantic story.

There was no stone left unturned, I couldn’t help but fall in love with James and Sarah, although I found it bizarre this man could fall for someone else while his heart in the beginning still belonged to his dead wife. But it goes to show no matter the level of complexity love can still be a beauty to be had and shared.

This was a great read, and just in time for the month of October where we celebrate Halloween and all that is spooky.
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Synopsis:  Wealthy entrepreneur Nigel Cain has devised an efficient new way to bring the earth's most precious resource to the masses - clean water - by transporting massive man-made icebergs from the frigid arctic and delivering them literally to the doorsteps of millions.

Gabriel Pike works at a small engineering firm that has been awarded the task of giving the final safety approval to pilot the first gigantic block of ice into New York harbor.

A consummate showman, Cain has built a fabulous 5-Star hotel and casino high atop the iceberg so his celebrity guests and media elite can cover this spectacle from beginning to end. Pike is whisked away from his work-a-day world and dropped into the lap of luxury where he's expected to simply rubber-stamp his inspection.

A brutal winter storms ravages the iceberg and exposes structural inconsistencies and hidden agendas that fill Pike with serious doubts about the true intentions of the project.  But a grisly double homicide on the ice puts the inspections on the back burner and sends Pike's life spiraling out of control when he's accused of being the jealous murderer in a lover's triangle.

But Pike soon discovers that there is far more at stake than just his life. He uncovers a conspiracy more heinous than anything he could have imagined - a plot that will level a city, change the political face of America, and whose shockwaves will be felt around the world. Fate rests in his hands - if he can survive long enough to take action...


 
 
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Author- Ahmad Taylor
Synopsis:  Delve into the world Martin Thomas, world-renowned scientist and patriarch of the Thomas family from best-selling Sci-fi/Suspense/Thriller: Dark Side of the Moon (DSOM).

Book 1 takes you back to Martin's early years as a military recruit and carefully guides you through one harrowing mission after another until he finds himself working for ARCA, the same organization later suspected of kidnapping him in Dark Side of the Moon. Read about his first classified missions and how he met the only operative more intense than he is: his future wife, Susan.

Martin Thomas, is the first book in the Sea of Tranquility series: a History of Dark Side of the Moon. The compilation prequel to the best selling Dark Side of the Moon.
Rating: *** 3 stars

My thoughts:

This Novella was very interesting to say the least. It was short and sweet, but very hollow to me when it came to details and characterization. I felt like I was reading a teaser and while the storyline is a good hook, it still left me a bit incomplete.

Besides my thirst for more, I found Ahmad to be a very tasteful writer. He has the makings of being a lucrative if not objective writer. I liked the general outline, the plot and I found the scenes to be pleasantly written.

His depictions of military personnel, duties, mindset and functions gave me as a reader a definitive view into the direction he wanted the story to go. As this book is a prequel I know I will be looking forward to reading the main novel.


 
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Rating: **** 4 stars

My thoughts:

 This book is packed with a punch. I found myself absorbed in it from the first sentence. Why it has its raw moments, its funny and interesting moments, it did have a good pacing that kept me focused on the storyline, characters and scenes.

A. T. Hicks has a very descriptive style that not only gave me a vivid picture of each event in the book, but allowed my own imagination to follow and conjure the picture she was weaving.

I loved following Peaches an ordinary mother who found herself in an impossible situation of finding the killer of an old dear friend who found himself in an equally impossible situation that cost him his life.

Peaches & the Gambler is definitely a book I enjoyed from start to finish, and even in-between. The story flowed perfectly, allowing me as the reader to follow it effortlessly, all the while having a satisfying experience.

I must admit I read it twice, as I do most of my favorite books and I found it hard to put down each time. Thank you A. T. Hicks for allowing me this opportunity and bringing this work to my attention.

Synopsis: What does a strip club, a dead man and a Dove ice cream bar all have in common? Peaches Donnelly. Peaches Donnelly has a major problem: she's just been fired. Unaccustomed to filling her days with nothingness, she embroils herself in the murder of a childhood friend. However, standing between her and the solving of this heinous crime are two pesky daughters, a selfish opera singer sister, the diet from hell and two sexy men she can't resist. Add to this bubbling pot a hasty decision to go undercover as a stripper and you have a story rife with drama, laughs and a little dash of danger. Follow Peaches and the always funny cast of characters in this first installment of a rollicking series of cozy mysteries.

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Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Madison Mae and her younger brother, Albert, want to help save the family farm during troubled times.
 
When a mysterious Magical Hat Shop appears by their grandpa's red tractor mailbox, the children meet Tilda Pinkerton who presents them with one-of-a-kind hats, causing new ideas and talents to suddenly burst forth.  
 
As a flood of harm comes rushing towards the farm, Tilda Pinkerton teaches the children how they can accomplish much more than anyone ever imagined.

 

 

Rating: **** 4 stars

 

 

My Thoughts:

I adored this book. Not only was it a bonding tool for me and my children, but it was entertaining, had great values that can easily be instilled in children in terminology that is not hard for them to understand. It was also easy to follow, funny, engaging and very much an enjoyable read.

Although this was my children’s and my first introduction to Tilda Pinkerton, we loved her from the start. She could be quirky and cute, intelligent, and wholesome.

Add to the mix two children who desperately wanted to save the farm they loved, you have the perfect combination for a lovely entertaining story.

Purchase link-- http://www.amazon.com/Tilda-Pinkertons-Magical-Angela-Shelton/dp/0985944374/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1376312957&sr=8-2&keywords=tilda+pinkerton

DWED Interviews Angela Shelton, Author of Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats

 

 

DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I am a writer, actor and public speaker. I left the city to live in the country and write. I collect hats, married my first love, have a German shorthaired pointer named Emma, and plan to some day get pygmy goats.

 

 

DWED: Have you always aspired to publish a novel?

 

Yes! I have been a writer since I was eight. I entered and won a lot of writing contests as a kid. I knew I wanted to write, wasn’t sure if it was a book, movie, or memoirs… Yes, I thought about writing memoirs as a kid. I had a lot to say about life!

 

DWED: Would you say the journey to publishing was easy or hard? Why?

 

Publishing was not that difficult, rejection was. (Ha!) I had been with a big publisher for my first book and had gotten them through a random set of circumstances – they heard me speak at a church and approached me.

With Tilda, I went to another big publisher and was rejected. They said Tilda was too educational for them, too geared towards smarter children. That’s what sold me to keep it as it was!

I wrote a larger and smaller book series with Tilda as a vocabulary builder for kids so they more you learn the more you get to know about Tilda. The smaller chapter books are Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats for beginner readers with a very large glossary. Those books show how Tilda gifts hats to kids on Earth so they can be their own heroes. The larger books are The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton for more advanced readers (50+ women are the biggest buyers actually). They show where Tilda came from (the Sombrero Galaxy) and how she gets to Earth.

The bigger publishing house said writing for different age groups was clever but they wouldn’t know which one to start with first so they were passing.

I went the smaller indie publishing route with Quiet Owl because I had more control, kept a larger percentage once the art was paid for, and had a smaller group of people to work with. With the big house there were so many people that it got a bit like too many cooks.

 

DWED: Who or what would you say inspired Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats”?

 

Meditation. Yes, I was in a prayer/meditation asking for the muses to give me another book idea that was fun, nothing to do with trauma and recovery, and good for kids.  I got “Tilda Pinkerton collects hats” and I was hooked. I thought, tell me more… and so Tilda began.

Most of my ideas have come through dreams or meditation and prayer.

   

DWED: How does Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hatsstand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?

 

The smaller books stand out because the kids are the heroes. I turned the hero/heroine on its head (with a great hat) and instead of making the hero change everyone - she gives the children, and many adults in the story, a hat that inspires them to change their own lives.

Within the pages is a glossary of bigger words to learn as you read. There are also coloring pages at the beginning of each chapter that you can color, if the book belongs to you.

    

DWED: At length how would you describe the feedback for Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats”?

 

So far what I wanted to happen has – smart kids and clever parents LOVE and “get” Tilda. Teachers really like the chapter books too. I’ve been contacted by a group of them who are using the book in their classrooms. That makes me do a happy dance.

I’ve heard from three people so far that it was too educational for them and too focused on teaching kids better vocabulary, but that’s what I wanted to do!

Plus, I have no interest in dumbing down writing to appeal to everyone. That’s what is dumbing down our nation. I’m perfectly fine with precocious kids loving Tilda.

I’ve also heard from quite a few parents and kids that they are now inspired to make hats – which makes me giddy! If I inspire families to bring more creativity into their homes as well as teach their kids larger words to combat the LOLs of the world, then I have done my job.

 

DWED: Would you say you have a unique style of writing?

 

Writing Tilda books (big and small), I definitely have a style. It is very Suessian. Tilda’s voice is almost written to be sung, even though I am not a singer, that’s how I see and hear her.

 

DWED: what kind of messages do you try to instill in your writing?

 

I prefer clean ones (in the children’s books anyway). The Tilda books, large and small, have many lessons in them. The first book focuses on paying off your debts, learning a new trade, inventing new products and respecting the old as you incorporate the new.



The main morals are that you have the power to change your life and be a better citizen of the world.

 

DWED: Who is your favorite character in Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hatsand why?

 

That would have to be Tilda Pinkerton herself because she speaks in rhyme. She inspires children to be their own heroes, and makes people think outside the box.

 

DWED: Who is your least favorite character in Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hatsand why?

 

I really don’t have a least favourite character.  They all make me giggle, even Mr. Seedy.

 

DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?

 

By day I help service providers (therapists, social workers, nurses, teachers, preachers etc. ) who are helping survivors of abuse heal. Throughout 2013, I have been setting up HealingSpeakers.com for those healing from abuse and trauma and those helping them heal and move on.

By night I write books, scripts and TV shows.  I have one that may be on TV in 2014 – crossing fingers and toes.

Of course, there are more Tilda books to come for beginning and advanced readers while my hat collection grows.

 

DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?

 

Love your rejection letters and keep writing!  The publishing world is changing so drastically by the minute, so don’t let what one publisher says about your book sway your own intuition about it. Go find readers.

 

DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?

Folkmanis puppets sponsored Tilda’s chapter books and there are puppet videos for the large glossary of words on MagicHatShop.com. 

 

Author Links: http://angelashelton.com/
 
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Synopsis: the idiosyncratic story of a brown girl with an American passport and very little compunction about pursuing what she wants—even when she should stop and think it over. Salihah dances, drinks, dates and attempts to find her purpose in this autobiographical novel that chronicles a young woman’s twenties. With a little flirting, a lot of signs from her guardian angel and her crew of eclectic travel buddies she makes her way across four continents. Her companions on theses escapades include a half-Ethiopian half-Brazilian dating guru, a gay retired ballet dancer and a collection of lovers from the beach who can never come home to her real life.





Rating- ** 2.5 stars

My thoughts:

This book was not one of my most favorite reads. In comparison to most Indie books I have read, it was very well written, informative, and intelligent. However, my connection with the title Character who is also the Author had been severed within the first four chapters.

While I enjoyed being led through the vast cultures during Salihah’s travels, I didn’t grasp how one could be so misguided. The title character had little to no remorse for the wrong doing she had done on her travels, her lack of morals, and her demeaning behavior by blaming the world except herself for her misfortune and short comings: all in all she was both the protagonist and antagonist to me.

By the end, I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was angry. The time is set before terror was the world’s worst enemy, so I understood that precaution was maybe an afterthought. But as a woman, she had no common sense towards safety. Her infidelity was depressing, and I found myself wondering at times, why hadn’t anyone tried to kill her yet? She was so loose throwing caution to the wind. She had no respect for the people who had gone out of their way to help, her family was the least on her mind, and even her life’s path was not something she paid attention to. It reminded me of a bratty girl with no moral compass and a selfish streak of 180 on a crash course to see the world and wondering why she can only view it alone. Wondering why, once she returned home, there was no one to care or greets her.

Besides my beef with the main character, it was a very stimulating read. Salihah’s depiction of cultures and their homes was almost like watching the discovery channel, the knowledge and explanations were vast and enticing. Her travels were descriptive and inviting.

While I envied her free spirit to go with the flow and let her compass for traveling be her guide, I couldn’t understand why she put herself in impossible situations. I guess you can chalk it up to growing pains.

****Although I may not have liked the book very much, I do however want to acknowledge that one may not like everything they read, and encourage my viewers not to pass judgment on my thoughts alone. While it may not have been my cup of tea, it could very well be yours. Happy Reading always!****

http://www.amazon.com/Transient-A-Colored-Girls-Travels/dp/1482340291/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375478112&sr=8-1&keywords=transient+a+colored