Book Title: The Space Between: The Prophesy of Faeries by Susan Rooke
Category: Adult Fiction, 452 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Holynok Press
Release date: September 12, 2017
Tour dates: Oct 23 to Nov 17, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (For some graphic violence. There is no sex or bad language)
Mellis, a courageous and resourceful young woman, is kidnapped from the human world and taken to the Space Between by a tribe of faeries called the Penitents. Because of guilt over an ancient sin committed by their angel ancestors against the Maker, the Penitents have cursed themselves with grotesque physical disfigurements. Mellis can help them reunite with the Maker and find their way back to redemption, but she would need to give up the life she's always known to remain in the Space Between.
As she struggles with this heart-wrenching decision, one of the Penitents, bent on revenge, commits a gruesome attack against the tribe, and they learn he has taken Satan--the Maker's greatest enemy--as his ally. All in the Space Between are facing grave danger. Will a long-awaited act of vengeance save them?
Susan Rooke builds a rich and fantastical world of angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Abounding with spirituality and humanity, this faery tale for adults has a cast of vivid characters you won't soon forget.
GUEST POST- Owning it
Opinion polls show over half the people in Iceland either believe outright in faeries, or won’t deny they might exist. Then there are the people who would sooner disbelieve in Iceland than believe in faeries. I’m on Team Iceland.
What do we mean by “faeries,” anyway? Often we mean little winged creatures that became fashionable 150 years or more ago. It’s unclear how that image gained public favor (little Victorian girls?), but once it did, it spread. Disney and his friend Tinker Bell (borrowed from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan) helped perpetuate the idea. The Cottingley faeries, photographed by two girls near the end of World War I, were a similar type. What a stir those five photos caused! Unfortunately, the Cottingley faeries turned out to be paper cutouts.
So, thanks to popular culture, faeries have acquired a twinky rep. I want to change that perception. But the first step is to own what I do.
I write books about faeries.
There. I’ve said it. You have no idea how long it’s taken me to get to this point. And though I believe in faeries, most people find the idea silly. When someone learns I’m a writer, they ask what I write about. And when I tell them, their facial expression changes from mild interest to utter condescension. They’re usually too polite to scoff, but the pitying scorn is in their eyes, and it always makes me cringe inside. Because I know what they’re thinking. They’re thinking Tinker Bell. We can’t help it. It’s our conditioning.
But forget Tinker Bell and your great-great-grandmother’s faeries flitting through the hollyhocks on gossamer wings. Faeries usually weren’t winged in folkloric tradition. That’s another innovation from Victorian times. The faeries I write about are vengeful, helpful, vain, humble, obstreperous, kind, or downright malevolent. Quite human, in fact. Some are small, but most aren’t.
As a character in The Space Between tells Mellis, “There are many different kinds of faeries, just as there were many kinds of angels. Some faeries are quite wicked, though none compare with the Evil Fallen. But many are not bad, and most are content with their lot. They have adjusted to their situation over time. It helps that they see themselves as vastly superior to the rest of the life forms on earth. By some measures they are.”
What makes me think I know these things? My characters have spoken to me in dreams; they’ve named themselves and revealed their secrets. Their stories are their own. Is it essential that writers of fantasy (or of any other sort of fiction) buy into the worlds they create? No, but I think it helps those worlds come alive for the reader. In my case, I didn’t have to make that leap of faith toward belief. I was already there.
I don’t make this stuff up. I just write what they tell me to.
Meet the Author:
Susan Rooke is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author of the forthcoming The Space Between Series. Her short stories and poems have appeared in publications such as The Christian Science Monitor and The Twilight Zone Magazine, among many others. She resides on a square of green, peaceful country not far from Austin, Texas, with her husband Glen, who runs a small cattle operation while Rooke writes fiction about angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Look for her fantasy novel, The Space Between: The Prophecy of Faeries on Amazon.
Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ facebook
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After years spent fighting alongside King Richard in the crusades, Lord Edmund of Hawksford is finally returning to his ancestral home. But far from a joyful reunion, what awaits him is devastation. His elder brother is dead, killed in a tragic fire at Hawksford Castle—and the title of duke now falls to Edmund.When he strives to rebuild the fire-scarred castle, Edmund learns that his was not the only life the fire shattered: his childhood friend Lady Phillipa survived the flames that took Edmund's brother, but badly burned, she has hidden herself away from those she loves. Yet as the pair renews their acquaintance, they find that their affection runs deep—perhaps even deeper than they'd ever realized.
As Edmund and Pippa begin to question whether the fire was truly an accident, they must discover the truth of the past before they can plan for their future. While coming perilously close to the answers they seek, Edmund and Pippa find themselves at the mercy of a dangerous foe who will stop at nothing to lay claim on Hawksford—and he will destroy any who stand in his way.
Sian Ann Bessy has once again created an outstanding novel!
The setting is twelfth century England on the Welch borders. It also touches on the ending of "The Crusades" and King Richard. It is a perfectly romanticized time of history,
Barley escaping the "Crusades" with his life, a dedicated knight and Lord returns to England only to discover his father passed away and his eldest brother - now the Duke- was killed in a fire. He knows his only option is to return home and take over as the Duke or all would be lost.
Upon arriving at the family castle, Edmund discovers much is amiss and the fire claimed more victims than his brother and his new wife. Much has to be done. He was never trained to be a Duke. He felt overwhelmed. He was well liked and respected and his mother had full confidence in him.
What he doesn't realize is his skills on the battlefield is what he will be required to use at home.
This is an action-packed historical romance. There is much danger and Intrigue that will appeal to even the non-romance lover. The reader's interest is captivated from the start and stays captivated to the very last page
The characters all "come alive" and the scenes easily visualized. The Book Cover and Tital "fits" the story very well.
This earns a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted with no suggestion of a positive review. This is my honest Review
Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.
She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children's books. She is a USA Today best selling author and a Whitney Award finalist.
Although Sian doesn't have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch." She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she's home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.
BookTitle: Beyond Believing (Book #1) by D.D. Marx
Category: Adult Fiction, 200 pages
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing
Release date: October 2017
Tour dates: Oct 16 to Dec 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG 13 Non-explicit sex, swear words (light...couple f bombs)
Book Description for Book #1:
When Olivia gets news of her best friend Dan’s fatal car accident, her entire life is upended. Shattered with grief and struggling to find any meaning or purpose to life, she trudges along with a gaping void in her heart. Finally, when her frustration reaches its peak, Olivia decides to trust Dan’s eternal friendship. That trust allows him to break through to her from the beyond, and Dan guides Olivia through the twists and turns of her life into something new and entirely unexpected.
When Olivia exposes a gigantic internal scandal at work, her career implodes. With no job and no one to turn to, she escapes to Palm Springs for the sympathy and care of her beloved cousin, Garrett. He isn’t quite the comfort Olivia hoped for, but on that journey, meets someone who fills the void in her heart. She’s never experienced such a deep love. It heals her soul and rekindles her spirit - and just may have been the design of her dearly departed friend all along.
Beyond Believing is a sweet, funny and romantic story that touches the heart, serves up delicious twists and turns, and shows the reader that there’s no such thing as “coincidence.” Author D.D Marx regards this book as her love letter to friendship.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This was an inspiring bittersweet tale of two tragedies which had a devastating effect on two individual lives lives.
Narrated by the two key individuals, it offered the reader the insights into the thoughts and feelings of the man and the woman these events effected and how each responded to his/her situations.
This is a story of true friendship and loyalty, family solidarity, existence beyond the grave, strong belief, and one's choices.
The characters are well portrayed and feel realistic. The background scenes are described in a way they are easily visualized. There is a steady captivating flow to the story.
For the average reader, this is a very interesting,relaxing, "quick read". However, I was disappointed to discover this was so similar to a novel I have previously read that I knew exactly what would happen for the most part of this tale...- Thus, it lost my interest... Never fear, the second book of the series made up for it.
Reader Beware: There are some crude remarks and a few sexual situations.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement to offer a positive review. This is my honest review.
Are you a foodie?
When I came up with the character Finn McDaniels, I was addicted to watching the Food Network, which is funny since I am not a huge foodie. Don’t get me wrong, I love food but I grew up with a very bland palette. I don’t like condiments. Say what? I grew up in the seventies and eighties so my “go-to” condiment, on a sandwich, was butter.
I was drawn into the network because I was fascinated these chefs could make, something from nothing, in a limited timeframe. Take the show ‘Chopped’. You are given a basket of ingredients and in a split second, the clock starts and you must make a five-star meal for the judges in under thirty-minutes to not be eliminated. The pressure and intensity alone would cripple me. The meals they create are nothing short of remarkable and nine out of ten of them include ingredients I’ve never heard of. It encouraged me to expand my palette.
I’m a texture person so if something doesn’t “look good” the chances of it crossing my lips is slim to none. Recently I had a friend take me to a high-end sushi restaurant. The entire sushi menu is on my “no thanks” list because of the raw and slimy textures. She asked me to trust her. My only rule was that she not reveal what I was eating until the end of the dinner.
The restaurant had a “chef’s option” where he chose what he prepared for you. The waiter asked us a handful of questions, around herbs and flavors, to get an idea of what we preferred. That was the only time we spoke. From there, eight different dishes were delivered from the kitchen, each more delicious than the last.
At the end of the night I found out I ate duck egg and almost fainted. That was right before I thanked my friend and informed her the meal was the best meal that I’d ever had the pleasure of experiencing in my lifetime. The moral of the story? In life, don’t limit yourself based on perceptions because you’re usually misinformed.
Meet the Author:
D.D. marx came barreling into this world with the “gift of gab”. Her parents quickly identified a pattern forming when each teacher conference contained the words “she’s a little too social”. d.d.’s biggest life concern was identifying which boy she’d be chasing at recess rather than mastering math problems. She parlayed this gift into creating play dates on the playground. If friendship were a business, she would be a millionaire. She prides her life on maintaining friends from every walk of life in every corner of the country. This is the fuel that fills her tank.
Graduating with a Communication degree from the University of Dayton, she attempted to break into the world of Public Relations but was instead side-tracked with a J.O.B. At the strong encouragement of her friends and family, who dubbed her a “funny story teller”, she stretched her comfort zone by entering the Second City program in Chicago where her itch for entertainment was finally scratched. Determined to share her story and create a legacy, she decided to combine these talents and become a writer. She returned to her alma-mater to immerse herself in a 3-day writing course where this dream finally came to life. Asked to imagine if she was a super-hero, her task was to dig-deep to describe her special powers. Based on the real-life tragedy of one of her best friends, that answer came without hesitation. All she’s ever wanted was the power to visit with him one last time. This is the inspiration that catapulted her into her debut project titled, the Beyond Series. She dove into a world imagining that he never left.
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Genre: Mystery & Detective
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 0062659227 (ISBN13: 9780062659224)
Series: DCI Lorimer #9
In the depths of a freezing winter, Glasgow finds itself at the mercy of not one, but two serial killersThis is Detective Inspector Lorimer’s worst nightmare and beyond anything he’s faced in his many years on the force. Can he find a link between the brutal slaying of prostitutes in the back streets of the city and the methodical killing of several unconnected businessmen?
When the latest victim turns out to be a prominent Scottish politician, the media’s spotlight is shone on Lorimer’s investigation. Psychologist and criminal profiler Solly Brightman is called in to help solve the cases, but his help may be futile as they realize that someone on the inside is leaking confidential police information. Meanwhile two killers haunt the snowy streets and Lorimer must act fast, before they strike again…
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Detective Lorimer has been promoted. Life should be a little more relaxed...WRONG!
He had barely enjoyed a day before he was assigned a death his team was assigned. As he began making assignments on the first case, more deaths occurred within a short time - One was a High Profile case.
While he felt he needed to devote his time to the first two similar deaths he was assigned, his superiors insisted he delegate those to a different department and put all his efforts on the High Profile case.
What Lorimer discovered was a "tangled web" of events which made little sense.
The action and suspense are steady in this well written tale of crime and intrigue.
The author steadily introduced new characters and situations. The "flow" was steady. The characters were developed well and were realistic. The events were also portrayed in a way they were easily visualized.
The Title and Cover image could have been better chosen. They both appeared very vague.
The test seemed slightly dragged out and slightly repetitious.
Although I enjoyed it, it had a difficult time keeping my interest.
I would offer Three and a Half Stars as a rating.
*This book was gifted me but I am not required to offer a positive review. This is my honest review.
Excerpt | A Pound of Flesh by Alex Gray
It wasn’t always easy to see the moon or the stars. This city’s sodium glow rose like yellow fog from its streets, blotting out any chance of star gazing. But she knew it was there. That cold white face dominated her thoughts tonight and she shivered as though it already saw her flesh naked and exposed to its unblinking watchfulness. Perhaps it was because she was trying to be seen that she felt such awareness. The red jersey pencil skirt folded over to create a too-short mini, those agonisingly high-heeled sandals cutting into her bare toes; spread across the bed back in the hotel they had seemed the garb of an adventuress.
Now, revealed in the glare of the street lamp on this corner she felt a sense of…what? Shame? Perhaps. Self-consciousness, certainly. But such feelings must be overcome if her plan was to work.
She had already overcome the blank indifference of the girls down in Waterloo Street, their body language both defiant and compelling. Her hips shifted, one slender foot thrust forwards, as she remembered how they had stood, languidly chewing gum, waiting for their punters. Their desperation drove them to return night after night, the price of a wrap of drugs equating to an hour with some stranger.
Her own need was just as strong, fuelled by a passion that would not be spent until she had fulfilled her desire. It was warm in this Glasgow summer’s night and her black nylon blouse clung to her back, making her uncomfortably aware of her own flesh. The thin cotton coat she’d worn to conceal these trashy clothes as she’d tapped her way across the marble foyer of the hotel was now folded into the black bag at her feet, along with her more sober court shoes. When it was over she would slip them on and return the way she had come, hair clipped in a businesslike pleat. She smiled thinly. Being a woman had some advantages; the facility for disguise was just one of them. Her carefully made-up face was stripped of colour in the unforgiving lamplight, leaving only an impression of dark eyes, darker hair tossed back to reveal a long, determined mouth. She recalled what Tracey- Anne, one of the girls at the drop-in centre, had told her: I get through it by pretending to be someone else for a few hours, then I can be myself again.
Tracey-Anne was lucky, though. After tonight she could never again be the person that she used to be. Glancing at the elegant façades around the square, the dark-haired woman suddenly saw these city streets through different eyes: the shadows seemed blacker, the corners harbouring ill intent. Her chin tilted upwards, defying those inner demons tempting her to turn back.
After tonight things would change for ever. When the car slowed down at the kerb her heart quickened in a moment of anticipation that astonished her. She had expected the thrill of fear, not this rush of excitement sweeping through her blood.
The man behind the wheel had bent his head and she could see his eyes flicking over her hungrily, appraising his choice. He gave a brief nod as if to say he was pleased with his first instinct to stop. Her lip-glossed mouth drawn up in a smile, she stepped forward, willing him to reach across and open the window, ask her price. For a moment he seemed to hesitate and she could see tiny beads of sweat on his upper lip, glistening in the light. Then the door of the big car swung open noiselessly and she lowered herself inside, swinging her legs neatly together to show as much thigh as she could. But the gestures were still ladylike, almost reserved, as if she knew that would quicken his senses.
‘How much?’ he asked. And she told him, one shoulder moving insouciantly as if to declare that she wasn’t bothered whether he could afford her or not: someone else would pay that price if he wouldn’t. She glanced at him briefly, catching sight of the tip of his tongue flicking at his lips like a nervous lizard, then he made a gruff noise of assent, looking at her again, as though to be sure of his purchase, before accelerating into the night.
Excerpt from A Pound of Flesh by Alex Gray. Copyright © 2017 by Alex Gray. Reproduced with permission from Witness Impulse. All rights reserved.
Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the Department of Health, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English. Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles, and commissions for BBC radio programs. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, she is the author of fourteen DCI Lorimer novels. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.
Connect with Alex Gray on her Website & Twitter .
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Our Family Christmas:
Draw closer to the Savior as you set aside a few minutes each day to celebrate the season with your family using this inspiring, fun-filled countdown to Christmas as your guide. From Christmas songs to holiday stories to activities for old and young alike, this compilation of Christ-centered ideas is designed with one goal in mind: to bring families closer together and closer to Christ this holiday season. Whether you're taking a quick moment to connect or are engaging in a longer opportunity to create memories, the stories, recipes, activities, and music on these pages are just the beginning of faith-affirming togetherness for families of all ages and stages during the Christmas season.
This is an outstanding book in preparation for the Pre-Christmas Season!
In this quality hardback book are wonderful ideas to fit any family situation, yet 'Bring Christ Back into Christmas". Although this book is primarily directed at a L.D.S. audience, there are suggestion in each chapter on ways any family can put "Christ back in Christmas". The non-L.D.S. reader can easily improvise to make the suggestions fit his/her own religious life-style.
The main object is to spend a few hours, or as little as an half hour, of ones time to create these memories and traditions. There is also a recommendation on each for short journal entering..
The book is set up as an advent calendar, with daily a delicious sounding recipe,activity and Christmas song with words and music score at the end of each chapter. There are also wonderful short stories such as, 'Fifty-six Cents' and 'Hallelujah! The Miracle of Handel's Messiah'.
The book conclude with day 24's Nativity event involving both the Bible and the Book of Mormon's account. Then the 25th is centered on Giving.
There are some traditional suggestions, but there are also suggestions I have never heard of or thought of. .
The writing style of this author, makes reading it, easy! There are wonderful, colorful illustrations containing nostalgic theme.
This i a wonderful family keepsake and would make a wonderful gift for any parent!
This definitely earns a Five Stars rating.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christie has enjoyed participating in speaking engagements across the country where she loves reminding groups of women that with God, they are not alone and are enough. Christie's heartfelt and quick-witted writing was first enjoyed in blog form on behalf of the Utah Jazz and Illume Gallery of Fine Art. Her performing career has spanned three decades in theater, television, film, commercials, podcasting and voiceover work. She is a longtime faculty member at the Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts where she inspires young people to increase their self-esteem through participation in the arts. She enjoys serving in her church's youth program. In her spare time you will find Christie with her husband and children, in nature or in the yoga studio teaching a class. She makes her home in Utah and occasionally, the Oregon coast.
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