Book Review/Book Recommendation Dance of Hearts Author – Byrd Nash

Book Review/Book Recommendation
Dance of Hearts
Author – Byrd Nash

Ebook – Genre – Regency Romance/Fairy Tale Retelling – Cinderella
Ebook length – Approx 100 pages – Short Novella

My thoughts
Firstly I would like to thank Byrd Nash for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is now published.

Blurb
In Regency England, 1816, it is not fashionable to display fairy blood.
Melinda Wychwood managed to stay at her family home after her father’s death by working as her cousin’s unpaid housekeeper. But when a childhood friend returns, playing a game of deception, will she be satisfied acting as the dowdy chaperone? Or will her wild fairy heritage and a magical dress finally win her true happiness?

My Thoughts
Have you at all read Jane Austens books? I have and this reminds me of the days long ago, once upon a time, and not in my time, when horses were used as transport, they couldn’t zoom down mud hills in their SUV. Horses were not only used for transport, but as an entertainment, a canter here and a gallop there and being a lady you must ride side saddled. Ladies played being ladies with a cuppa tea, cake, sewing and embroidery and tittle tattle, for they did not have radios and TV … they talked. What comes with talk? Well the men definitely talked, two men in particular …. apparently a plan was hatched, a plan of deception. Can one deceive and then get away with it?

Byrd Nash writes this Cinderella retelling in Jane Austen style with a difference, not at all in a classical way, but we see here in a way that’s mixed of a magical realm of fairy tales. I was totally engrossed and invested in this short sweet story.

I particularly loved Melinda Wychwood, and through this excerpt you will see why.
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Excerpt
“While her eye color was diluted to almost an acceptable color, Miss Melinda Wychwood of the Grange, ChippingWorth, could not control her blush. Her downcast eyes, slight smile, and tone of voice were always to be relied upon for any occasion. However, her blush hinted at a wildness of manner. Uninvited, it would color her cheeks, migrating to her forehead. There the pink would highlight a beating pulse, fluttering like a caught bird, at her temple.”
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Yes, that’s right, there is a certain purity in her demeanour and, this I adore.

Speaking of admiration, I certainly admire Byrd Nashs writing. Although I have given a sizeable example of her writing up above, I couldn’t but help myself get thrown into the room where THE magical dress was being made, the magical dress will remain so, because I can’t reveal the magic, this is one that the reader will have to experience for themselves but, I will give you a sneak peak inside …. the sewing room … (I curtsey as you go through).
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It felt like they had stepped inside a jewelry box, lined in pink satin. The drapes on the walls shifted slightly as if an invisible breeze touched them and the distant chime of silver bells played pleasantly in the background.
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Where does this fit in as far as Melinda Wychwood is concerned? Is what I was telling myself as I went along my merry way of skipping through the woods (oh wait! that’s goldilocks!) … but wait, don’t go!! There is a forest in this story that has a very wicked? … well I will leave that up to you to find out.

I love the way the romance was handled in this happily ever after adult fairy tale. It’s clean and sweet.

Rating
5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Recommendation
This Cinderella Retelling, Dance of Hearts, comes highly recommended by me and will suit readers who like Regency Romance, a clean sweet romance, a short read, and anyone who likes happy ever after endings, forests, horses and happy endings.
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Book Review/Book Recommendation A Falling Starr (The Complete Trilogy) Author – Dani Hoots

Book Review/Book Recommendation
A Falling Starr (The Complete Trilogy)
Author – Dani Hoots

Ebook – Genre – Sci Fic/Fantasy YA

My thoughts
Firstly I would like to thank FoxTales Press/Dani Hoots for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is now published.

Who is Angela Starr? ….. Well this is a girl, who thinks thats what her name is.

Angela, after having an accident, wakes up in hospital and discovers she has amnesia. She knows she lives in Portland, her therapist decides it’s best for her to go to a community school. So, we as readers follow her around the new chosen college and we are slowly introduced to new friends and circumstances along the way. However, life is more complicated than that and Angela discovers men dressed in black snooping around. The mystery continues from there. On one hand putting the puzzle together on who she is and in the other hand keeping a watch on these men in black. There is also Emmerich, a boy that Angela meets through school, there is definately a connection between the two, although to me, Emmerich seems a bit too sleek and suspicious for my liking.

I loved Dani Hoots writing. It’s very light and suits the genre of Fantasy/Sci Fi well. I was so pleased that the author made Angela independent, sensible and created a realistic approach. well, apart from roaming all over the place in her pjs, although, kittens on pjs are excusable. Yes and Dani Hoots makes sure Angela leads a reasonably normal life as a student, microwaving is very essential these days.

The author knew my weakness in food and we have a platter throughout the book, such as donuts (well you got to have those) crepes, cinnamon honey bananas! (oh yum!!) Fire patties.
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Emmerich led me to the little vendor that sold crêpes and, after a ten-minute wait, they were wrapped up and handed to us. I had ordered a strawberry cream, and he had ordered a cinnamon honey banana.
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Lots of references to songs in this book which was apt to the age group of Angela, such as, “Labrinth”, “Somebody You Used To Know” and some song verses were weaved into the story.

Angela also liked movies, TV programmes and again the author made it prominent in the story, eg, “Torchwood”. “Dr Who” was a major influence and it’s written in different forms of references throughout the book, I’m guessing the author is a huge fan.

Yes, the author lead me on a very curious hunt when it came to the mystery side of this story and I congratulate the author for keeping me in suspense, because at times it was hard to put this book down, a very nail biting lead towards the end of the story.

5 star rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendation
I highly recommend this entertaining book and will suit all YAs out there that are interested in Fantasy and Sci Fi. Anyone who is after a mystery, as this had me scratching my head all the way through.

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Book Review/Recommendation – Love The Gift by Ellen Read

I thought I would include Ellen Reads book trailer to have a look at

Grief……. it comes to us all, at some point in time and with Mark it was no different. It was 4 years, Mark had decided to take a trip to see his best friend, Beth, a friend he has had since University days. Beth had emailed Mark inviting him to stay in the Sutton Forest. Due to the grief he was harbouring over his mother, he wasn’t sure whether to go or not, but he knew that Beth would push him to go, so go he did.

Beth operated ‘The Magnolias’ which is built on 20 hectares, a Georgian House, that had been turned into a boutique hotel and spa. ‘The Magnolias’ was so full that Mark ended up in a woman’s bedroom, but not anyones bedroom, this was Charlotte’s room, who had died over 100 years ago, no one had slept in it since and this bedroom wasn’t open to the public. As he was settling in he noticed a painting of a lady on the wall. Beth was proud to announce that it is her great great-aunt, Charlotte. Her last days were spent in her bedroom and in a walled garden, she explained.

What was the mystery behind the painting that was beckoning Mark? Was he seeing and feeling things that were real? or was it all a surreal dream?

I don’t know how many times I have re-read Love The Gift, and everytime it springs up, there are surprises that burst into glorious revelations. Ellen Read, to me, is the only author that has a knack of weaving a story into a whole different dimension, you feel transported to the place Ellen wants you in and places you in a comfortable array of showered goodness, words gently fall down into your soul and you feel quite at peace. This wont be the last time I read this, and I hope the flow of writing from Ellen will continue like a babbling brook wanting to be seen.


Quotes I Enjoyed This Time Around


I do highly recommend this novella. There is an important life lesson revealed nearer the end of the novella. Ellen has used the characters well to reveal what grief is, and how to deal with it. I loved Ellens approach to it and how she addresses it ……..so if you like novellas, Australian history and Australian places in your books, a look at grief and how people react towards it, life lessons, time slip stories and romance then, this ones for you.

This concludes my review, but leaving you all with the podcast and the You Tube versions.

Ep 17 – The Inca's Curse by Ellen Read Book Recommendations

Welcome back listeners to Episode 17 and today my book review/recommendation is an ARC, that now has been published and is called, The Inca's Curse. I recite the blurb and give my thoughts and recommendations to different genres. The Inca's Curse can be purchased through Amazon.com or search under Ellen Reads website. Thank you for popping by. Until next time. Bye.
  1. Ep 17 – The Inca's Curse by Ellen Read
  2. Episode 16 – Love The Gift by Ellen Read
  3. Episode 15 – A Nanny Called Alice by Barbara Hannay
  4. Episode 14 – Love Gaia – The Diary Directive by TL Clark
  5. Episode 13 – The Muse by Jessie Burton

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Book Review, Forgotten Love, by J.M. Davies

Book Review/Recommendation
Forgotten Love (Bound By Love #1) by J.M. Davies

Ebook – Genre – Contemporary Romance

Here was Summer, waiting for her husband to arrive, she was at the Italian bistro in the North End of Boston. She knew exactly what she wanted because she was a creature of habit and loved chicken parmigiana, but she held off giving her order, waiting for her husband to arrive. Yes he was late, as she peered at her Rolex watch. A desperate attempt to selvedge her marriage was what Summer was wanting to do. Fed up and not feeling that well, she was about to disembark when, there was a bit of a commotion, her husband, Rafe appeared.

Rafe could see Summers eyes, the love that had shined brightly was replaced with open disgust, but tonight was going to be different, but it was too late, Summer had thrown her wedding band off, like any decent man should do, he took the advice of the waiter and hi tailed it chasing after her wife. But when he opened the door to her well-organized third-floor condo, she wasn’t there.

The phone rang, Summer is in hospital. Yes, in hospital!! and had to be operated on as she suffered some head traumas. The thing is, the in laws had blamed him so Rafe and to pussy foot around them being at the hospital. 4 weeks in a coma, 4 weeks and miraculously Summer woke up, unfortunately this was bad timing as Rafe was just going out and in laws were going in when this was announced, taken onto one side, a pay off was made.

This is the back story, now 8 months later, with Summer having retrograde amnesia, the story takes a very different line. So how much memory has Summer lost? Does Summer remember her husband at all? How or what would trigger Summers memory?

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Firstly I want to sincerely thank J.M Davies for gifting me the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Gosh when I read this I felt so sorry for Rafe. He loses his wife through memory loss, this must be really hard to come to terms with, and also, watching Summer act like a single person and having no recollection of Rafe is even more baffling. You can, by his actions see, that he truly loves her. Oh it was just as heart wrenching watching Summer go through her troubles, yes, she was piecing together bits and pieces, but not quite getting there, her tears of hurt and not remembering were so sorrowful, you could feel the hurt seeping through the pages and into my eyes. Summer, oh dear, Summer!! At times I wanted to strangle her (metaphorically of course) she bounces like a yo-yo with her feelings towards Rafe, get a grip Summer, oh she is so annoying sometimes, just let your feelings go and live instead of holding back. Maybe this is why she is acting the way she is, because she is still hurting inside.

J.M Davies has an approach of leading you into the story with inviting words, the gentle flow, at the beginning is quite essential for the lead up to the main story. J.M Davies, plotting skills are marvellous and I couldn’t see where we were going with the storyline, it kept me guessing and always asking myself “what’s the trigger that’s going to help Summer remember?” I’m not a great fan of swearing in a book, so there is quite a bit in this one, the f bomb is used ahhhh, more than once, also with men were talking to men…. well reality check there. J.M Davies is a romance author and ahhh, this is very much a full on hot sex rumpy, bumpy, but I got to give credit where credit is due, it must be hard for a romance author to find different words used and describing a sex scene.

Although the love scenes are well out of my comfort zone, I’m still giving this a 5 star rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ….. I do notice if something is done to perfection and JM Davies delivers just that. What an ending as well, it left me saying … wow, what a stunned moment that was!!!

Recommendation
For all you romantics out there, this is definitely a pick up and read. There are explicit sex scenes in this book, so this is more of an adult read. This would also be a good one for other romance writers to read to get to grips on how other writers write, plus the concept of the whole storyline is a damn good one.
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Book Review on, An Ordinary Man by Ellen Read.

Book Details – Ebook – 7 pages – free download https://ellenread.com/
Genre – Short Story

What Is This Book About?
This short story is a true story about a chance meeting with a man that Ellen meet on a trip to the chemist. A man that had a bit of a secret to tell, a man with hidden talents. What does he reveal?

My Thoughts On This Book?
I was just so, so, memorized reading through this short story, I wanted to know as much as Ellen wanted to know about this mysterious man! Ellen’s writing has such flare and the words used really takes you there, one word I had to look up on Google, was…Akubra (so I learnt a new word). Ellen’s wity writing style is mixed with a poetic flow, for example and I quote here… “I decided an Akubra did not a bushy make” had me thinking, oh yes, this is Ellen and this is why I love her writing style so much, unique, wity and poetic. A phenomenal author and words never describe how amazing she is.

Quotes I Enjoyed

Now why did I choose this quote? Well, this is a phrase that’s not used here in New Zealand, so it definately intrigued me, and the Akubra reminded me of a movie I watched years a go, Crocodile Dundee.

I chose this quote because I was totally fascinated by the “3 chair rule” I didnt realise there was one. After reading this quote I certainly took notice at places like the doctors to see what people do, do…. must be living with my head in the sand.


Star Rating – 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendation
I recommend this short story for anyone who wants a little bit of an entertainment, with being 7 pages it’s a good one to read while waiting somewhere. Actually I read it at lunch time, that length of time to settle my stomach was just right…. for anyone who wants an “inbetween” read and for anyone who likes a wity, yet adventurous short story.
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Book Review, You Tube Style. Love Gaia – The Diary Directive by TL Clark

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The City of Light: The Secret Of The Tirthas

Book Review by Pauline Reid

The City of Light: The Secret Of The Tirthus by Steve Griffin

Blurb
A portal to India, hidden in a mysterious garden in the English countryside.

A demonic killer, preying on Indian street children.

A lonely English girl, the only one who can stop the killing.

After inheriting her great-uncle’s cottage, Lizzie Jones discovers a magical portal to Kashi, the Indian City of Light, concealed in his strange garden. Soon she begins to suspect a mysterious intruder might be the terrifying killer, the Pisaca of Kashi, using the portal to evade capture. Lizzie must act to save the children – but what can she do?


What I Thought Of This Book
Paulines Personal Picks, bought from Amazon.com as an ebook, this is a YA Fantasy Fiction/Middle Grade book series. Well right away I was drawn into this book with food on the table, yes, this time it’s beans on toast! So naturally at lunch time I had to have a feast of baked beans, but mine were with fish in a double decker sandwhich. I was so pleased that a dog was featured in this book, and Mr Tubs, as he is called has come to be a friendly animal that develops onto my pages with licks included (dry licks of course). Thank goodness Mr Tubs doesn’t jump on you, I don’t think I could stand my kindle jumping around.

Ok, so now let’s get serious now, you know I’ve always wanted to go to India, and this was my first chance, a glimpse of what it must be like to go there, Steve took me to a place I will never get to see in a life time … India, the Ganges, the way the people dressed, the gnats, the burials drifting out in the sacred river, the smells of incense, the smell of raw sewerage, all so real. We are lucky as readers to be transported to two places in this story, Lizzie finds a portal, at first, like any reasonable person would, she can’t believe that this is real, she must be dreaming, but reasonable explanations says she’s not jumping from England, to India. In India – a killer on the lose. Lizzie, puzzled, overwhelmed yet very curious sets out to find out more, but some very strange things are also happening back where she lives in Herefordshire, England, when she finds people she has seen in India now in her home town. Had they used the portal too? As readers we hurriedly read along to see if Lizzie can make sense of the situation. Is she being used in some kind of witch hunt?

Quote I Enjoyed



This was quite an entertaining read, such imagination was used to create quite an adventure. This is book 1 of a 5 book series. It will be quite intriguing to see where Lizzie will end up next.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star rating

Recommendation
I would like to recommend this book to any YA Fantasy Fiction Fan out there, to anyone who loves the culture of India, to anyone who loves witch hunts, anyone who loves reading middle grade books and anyone who is a fan of reading series.
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The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

Book Review by Pauline Reid 🦁 The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

Blurb
THEY OPEN A DOOR AND ENTER A WORLD

Narnia…a land frozen in eternal winter…a country waiting to be set free.

Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia–a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change…and a great sacrifice.

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My Thoughts
I loved the idea of jumping into my wardrobe and coming out the other side of it as a different world, I’m not keen on snow though, my preference would have been sunshine, flowers, butterflies and laughter in a forest scene.

I loved Lucy (🤣 no I’m not talking about the TV show here) for someone who was a child she certainly sounded quite wise. I’m thinking more in the lines of the start of the book when she met the Faun and when he admitted with a river of tears that he was to catch humans and give them to the Winter Queen. Go Lucy as she went back to the wardrobe, free and alive.

Now Edward was lured into Narnia by the wicked winter witch, the Queen, by Turkish Delight. I could see what was going on there, bribing Edward with more goodies if he lured the rest of the gang, and as he goes through back to the wardrobe, he feels sick with eating so much of the stuff. Gosh, what a horrid person this witch is. However, Edward was just as horrid when Lucy was so excited telling the rest of their friends about the secret country, because he decided to say it wasn’t true. What calamity this did among them all.
So what happens next? Does Lucy shine with a capital S and her friends see that she is right and go on an adventure that’s going to give them goosebumps, wet feet and cold noses? Or are they going to believe Edward?
I do hope they make the right decisions and take their snow shoes.

5 Star Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendation
This is classed as a classic book and would suit children, YA and fantasy Fiction lovers. This book has a variety of animals mentioned, so suitable for the animal lovers too.
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Footnote – Did you know CS Lewis was good friends with JRR Tolkien? Apparently they had an informal writers club called the Inklings.
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A Quote + Podcast Review on The Dragon Sleeps

It’s as if a giant hand has sprinkled stardust over the black velvety dome of heaven

Below is my podcast channel with the latest podcast, if you want to listen to The Dragon Sleeps podcast review, Episode 6 is the one you are looking for.

Ep 17 – The Inca's Curse by Ellen Read Book Recommendations

Welcome back listeners to Episode 17 and today my book review/recommendation is an ARC, that now has been published and is called, The Inca's Curse. I recite the blurb and give my thoughts and recommendations to different genres. The Inca's Curse can be purchased through Amazon.com or search under Ellen Reads website. Thank you for popping by. Until next time. Bye.
  1. Ep 17 – The Inca's Curse by Ellen Read
  2. Episode 16 – Love The Gift by Ellen Read
  3. Episode 15 – A Nanny Called Alice by Barbara Hannay
  4. Episode 14 – Love Gaia – The Diary Directive by TL Clark
  5. Episode 13 – The Muse by Jessie Burton

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read and listen, I will leave you now with the book cover of, The Dragon Sleeps, until next time ……. bye. 🖐

Oh Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, I was wondering why

Book Review

The Forest ~ A Tale of Old Magic ~  by Julia Blake 
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What This Book Is About?
Sally, Jack and Reuben, all from the village, Wyckenwood, kids that grew up together, try and tackle and get their brains around the stories of old, and the tales of  “The White Hind”.  Yes, there is something definately lurking in the forest. 
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The story is based on the authors love of old folklore, legends and myths, and this book she drew heavily on the legend of The Green Man, that has intrigued her since childhood.  
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There are two stories told here.   One of the present with the villagers, being introduced in such detail of people of the village and then there is the past, Julia Blake has chosen to tell the past in bold italics, and as folk tales.

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My thoughts On This Book
Oh Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, I was wondering why there is so much fuss over this book, and now I know why!!!  Julia Blake has such great world building skills, and alot of depth was put in, into telling us readers the world she wanted us to be in.  I was also amazed at all the minute details, that Julia puts into her characters and now I know why authors like to people watch, as Julia does this to quite an astonishing degree, infact to perfection.  Julia also has a beautiful narrative style, so it’s so easy to settle down and get right on to reading it.  Julia’s pace leads the reader with ease, but with a curiosity that’s not overbearing, slowly, but leads up to quite a dramatic interest, Julia’s sense of humour comes out in this book in the shape of her character names, such as, Wally Twitchett, Molly Mole, who is known really as Granny Mole, and others.  Julia Blake’s attention to detail, her poetic style, the flow of her words and rhythm are highly commendable.
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Rating System
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
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Recommendation 
Yes, this book comes highly recommended by me and if you like supernatural stories, past and present stories, folk lore, legends, myths, forest and nature settings, love triangles, mysteries and thrillers, and horror, love and happy endings,  then I suggest you pick up this book, as it’s highly entertaining.

Below is the front cover plus a podcast of the same book review if you prefer to listen to it.

Thank you for stopping by, until next time, bye 🖐

Ep 17 – The Inca's Curse by Ellen Read Book Recommendations

Welcome back listeners to Episode 17 and today my book review/recommendation is an ARC, that now has been published and is called, The Inca's Curse. I recite the blurb and give my thoughts and recommendations to different genres. The Inca's Curse can be purchased through Amazon.com or search under Ellen Reads website. Thank you for popping by. Until next time. Bye.
  1. Ep 17 – The Inca's Curse by Ellen Read
  2. Episode 16 – Love The Gift by Ellen Read
  3. Episode 15 – A Nanny Called Alice by Barbara Hannay
  4. Episode 14 – Love Gaia – The Diary Directive by TL Clark
  5. Episode 13 – The Muse by Jessie Burton

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Book Review

The Wicked Wolves of Windsor by Byrd Nash

Synopsis/Blurb
Explore fairytales with a twist in these magical stories featuring strong women.

Meet a talking horse that tells only lies and a magical raven who speaks in riddles. Find powerful witches, cursed wolves, and fae changelings in medieval castles, modern skyscrapers, and Regency ballrooms in this short story collection.


My Thoughts
I was quite intrigued by the short story titles in this book. Eight short stories in all. Milking Time. The Wicked Wolves of Windsor. The Queens favourite. The Prince learns a lesson. A Society Òf Heartless Women and Granny Starseed.

Although these were short stories, some were a lengthy size. Now these retellings of fairy tales are not suitable for children/YA but are written more for an adult audience. Some I didn’t really get and I asked myself, what was that all about and others I thought, yes, the meaning and morals stand true. I really liked, The Prince Learns A Lesson, but probably the most I felt drawn to was Granny Starseed, her eccentric nature, her ability to be just herself, and so she should be, given that she’s a Granny, if she hasn’t learnt to be herself at her ripe old age, then there is no hope for her at all.

Quotes I enjoyed
“I’ve got some pretty good chocolate chip cookies at my place,” his grandmother said.”

Why did I chose this one?

Yes, I know, I was particularly very hungry when reading at this particular time, so I guess it took my fancy, but not only that, but these chocolate chip cookies, bickies, as we call them in New Zealand were very special, in the story they could do stuff that I’ve never seen bickies do before 😍 … but watch your teeth, they can become hard as rocks!

And another I enjoyed


“Mara, the raven, hopped onto the back head rest and investigated each of the packages until Bab pulled out a package of sunflower seeds to stop his nosy behavior.”

Why did I chose this one?


Well come on, what’s not to like about sunflowers and birds 😍🌻🦅 (so sorry, no raven emoji, an eagle will have to do).

Star Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars

Recommendation
If you want a retelling of favourite fairytales this one is for you, it has horses, witches, roses, medieval castles, wolves, and even an eccentric lady that’s very wise and has some very interesting things to say. If short stories are for you, this would be a good one to read, although some of these stories are longer than your average lunch time break and lastly if you like morals to your stories these are good ones.

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Book Review

The Heart Casts No Shadow – Susan Holt

Genres – Fantasy/SciFi/Mystery/Romance/Dystopian/YA

What This Book Is About
Will Rhonwyn free her heart and her people, or become the pawn of the most dangerous man ever seen?

When her skill at a complex strategy game gives her a way into the palace, Rhonwyn becomes the eyes and ears of the Resistance.

She’s there to help bring down the evil King Risick – the man who seized control and forced her people into his mines. The man who killed Rhonwyn’s father before her eyes, breaking her heart and fracturing her sanity.

Everything changes when she meets a vibrant man who’s also trapped in the palace. Rhonwyn’s not so alone now and her soul begins to heal. But his dangerous secret forces Rhonwyn to choose between the freedom of her people and the love she’s finally found.

What I Thought Of This Book
First of all I would like to thank Susan Holt for gifting me her book in exchange for an honest review. Susan Holt is a New Zealand author, who lives in Porirua, Wellington, Wellington being New Zealand’s capital city. Susan Holts writing is very visual – like a movie.

The world building in The Heart Casts No Shadow, is phenomenal. Susan was inspired by a building she showed me on Facebook, here is the link

Shown was the audience hall, Mysore Palace, India. The colours of the inside of that palace are amazing, especially the lime coloured green, the rose round celings with the golden twirls were so magical, it certainly made my reading experience so much special. The Palace itself was just out of this world, with its domed topped red roofs, with a grass floor that made the Palace stand out more.

Now getting back to the actual book itself. I loved how this was set in a different time, for example the characters say, I’m 20 summers, instead of saying, I’m 20 years old. Their greetings were different too, instead of saying hello, or good morning, it seemed to be … “well met” and the reply being “Peace to you”.

Susan Holt is an expert at holding you in captivity, slowly enticing with bits and pieces, nudging here, a teaser there, all the while you are trying to figure out what was coming up next, no luck, Susan appears to twist these plots with very surprising results.

I enjoyed the character, Rhonwyn, who doesn’t know what a clock is and is kept up most of the night by something I can’t mention and I felt so sorry for the character, Kymra, who was having a real bad time, at the start she was fine, Rhonwyn and Kymra used to giggle like two hyenas and then just like that Kymra is as sad as a door mouse, you could tell her energy flagged, but why? We as readers are left wondering throughout the whole book.

Rating System
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Stars

Recommendation
This book is highly entertaining and comes highly recommended by me and will suit anyone interested in fantasy fiction, dystopian, science fiction (although not too heavily so) who likes alot of suspense, twists and turns, who likes romance and young adult genre and finally anyone who likes strong female characters.
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The Dragon Sleeps Interview (Paulines Interview with author Ellen Read )

THE DRAGON SLEEPS INTERVIEW

Pauline Reid’s Ten Question Interview with author Ellen Read

Pauline – Today I would like to welcome to my blog page, Ellen Read the author of The Dragon Sleeps

Ellen Read – Thank you so much for inviting me, Pauline.

Pauline – Ellen, where did you draw inspiration for writing The Dragon Sleeps?

Ellen Read – My inspiration came from a few different directions. Many years ago, I visited Werribee Mansion in Victoria, Australia and I absolutely fell in love with it. I thought that one day I would like to write a story with a house like that in it. So, this house inspired me to create Thornton Park, which is the home of the Thornton family.

Another source of inspiration came from a short story I’d written many years ago about an Indian antiques dealer who visited a manor house in England. He brought a tiger statue to sell to his client. Murders started happening and the daughter of the house suspected the tiger came to life and killed people. The antiques dealer was involved in a cult that demanded sacrifices. So, I thought I might take that basic idea. However, I have since written a book with tigers in it, and I didn’t want to repeat it. Instead, I chose a dragon. When I think of dragons in the real world, not fantasy, I think of Chinese dragons. This led me to think Ming Dynasty Dragon statues. I have always had a love of antiques.

Pauline – The Dragon Sleeps is aimed at readers who like cosy mysteries. Why did you want to write a book for this genre?

Ellen Read – To start with, I had no intention of writing a cosy mystery. Historical fiction and murder mystery, yes, but the cosy mystery tag really came after I finished the book and I was looking at categories the book could be placed in. I realised then that it fell into the cosy mystery category. Given that Agatha Christie has always been one of my favourite authors, it’s not surprising that I wrote in that genre.

Pauline – The characters in The Dragon Sleeps, are they based on people you know? If so, who? Or were they entirely from your imagination?

Ellen Read – All the characters are entirely from my imagination. There may be small details taken from one person, another detail taken from someone else. I’m sure most writers borrow habits or appearances from people they know. However, each character is entirely fictional.

Pauline – Have you a favourite character from, The Dragon Sleeps? If so, who? And why?

Ellen Read – I have to go with two favourite characters because I can’t really separate them. Those two are Alexandra and Edith. I love Alexandra because of her courageous spirit and her great love for her family. Edith, I love because of her dry wit and her kind and generous nature. I have had so much fun writing about them. I love their friendship and their love for each other.

Pauline – How long did it take you to write The Dragon Sleeps, starting from manuscript to being published?

Ellen Read – I wrote The Dragon Sleeps quite quickly. It took me two months to do the first draft. I did another two drafts. Then it went to my editor. Altogether, it took one year before I could say it was ready to be published. To start with, I self-published it. Then, I was offered a contract from Crimson Cloak Publishing in the US.

Pauline – I know, The Dragon Sleeps is a Historical Fiction, what are one of the factual places mentioned?

Ellen Read – Some of the story is set in Melbourne, Victoria. In 1927, when the story is set, Melbourne had been the capital city of Australia. Every state has its own capital city, but Melbourne had been the Federal Capital city. However, in May 1927, the Federal Capital moved to Canberra, a city purpose-built for that reason. At the time, Canberra was considered to be out in the bush, and although a beautiful city was built, a lot of people had their doubts on the location of it.

Another historical fact that may interest people is concerning the music of Stardust written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1927. It remains one of his most favourite songs. In The Dragon SleepsStardust becomes Alexandra and Benedict’s signature music. The theme continues when Benedict calls the stars of the Milky Way ‘Stardust’. They also frequently dance a Foxtrot to the
music. In my ballroom dancing days, my husband and I have danced many a Foxtrot to Stardust.  Originally, there weren’t any words to Hoagy Carmichael’s music. Mitchell Parish wrote the lyrics in May 1929.

Pauline – I know that The Dragon Sleeps is part of a series, but how many books are you hoping to write to be part of the series?

Ellen Read – I am writing the fourth book in the series now. The second book will be released this year. I do have an idea for a fifth book. Then, I think I will see. I have an idea for a spin-off series, that will involve mainly Alexandra and Edith in investigating in what will be purely cosy mysteries. Although the boys will be there, I think it will be fun to have the girls taking the lead.

Pauline – I have read all your books, Ellen, but perhaps you could tell readers here today what the titles are and what genre, where you can buy them from, oh and before I forget, have you any other projects coming up that you can tell us about?

Ellen Read – Besides The Dragon Sleeps, the second book is called The Inca’s Curse. My publisher has book three, and I am writing book four at present, as I’ve mentioned. They are all historical fiction/cosy mysteries.

I have written a short story, titled, Alexandra and Edith’s Escapades -The Diamond Ring. It is available on my website for free download.

Also free on my website is a short story titled, An Ordinary Man. It has a contemporary setting.

Another title that is free is Broken. Broken is women’s fiction, general fiction.

The Treasure is a novelette, which is longer than the short story but not quite as long as a novella. This is Young Adult Fantasy set in a medieval time period.

Love The Gift is a novella about grief and healing, loss and love. It can be purchased on Amazon and other online book stores.

Pauline – I know you are on Social Media, but perhaps you can mention to readers where they can find you?

Ellen Read –
Instagram   Here
Facebook   Here
Pinterest    Here
Twitter   Here
WordPress Blog  Here
ellenread.com   Here
Goodreads   Here

Pauline – And last question, I know you have a website, but perhaps you could mention to readers here today your website link? And just one more thing, what do you offer that’s unique to your website?

Ellen Read – My website is ellenread.com    Here

The three stories that I’ve mentioned above are available for easy download on my website.  Also, I have many of my photographs on my website. Most are of flowers, but I do have some architectural photos, too. Anyone who visits is very welcome to have a look through my photos.

Pauline – Thank you, Ellen for being on my blog today, I do hope future projects are a success for you. Take care and I wish you well and chat later sometime about forthcoming books.

Ellen Read – Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Pauline. It’s been a delight

Where to buy my book:
http://myBook.to/DragonSleeps    Here
Book Depository   Here
Barnes and Noble    Here
Waterstones     Here
Booktopia    Here

Book Review

Book Review by Pauline Reid ⭐ The Dragon Sleeps by Ellen Read

The Dragon Sleeps by Ellen Read
Book One of The Thornton Mysteries

Historical Fiction ( Australia – 1927 post or after WW1)
Cosy Mystery Murder/Romance
Crime/Thriller


Thank you to Ellen Read for giving me an ARC of The Dragon Sleeps in return for an honest review. This book has been re-published by Crimson Cloak Publishing

My View On What This Book Is About
We open The Dragon Sleeps, and here we are, an invitation to a weekend party at Thornton Park. The hot topic is a brass Dragon…… it sits inside a velvet-lined box. An antiques dealer, Mr Zhang sold it to, Thomas Thornton, (Alexandra’s father) the owner of Thornton Antiques.

Edith wasn’t all that impressed with the brass Dragon and told Alexandra so. However, Alexandra felt she had to defend her father and said to Edith it was rare, from the 1500s, Alexandra was also disappointed with it and confirmed as much to Benedict who is the manager of Thornton Antiques.

Alexandra confides in Benedict that she had her suspicions over one particular person who had been invited… the person was being very shifty.

In the drawing room, Alexandra and Edith were having a bit of a tete-a-tete. What about? ….well to do with Benedict Archer of course!! Who else? but at this time Alexandra questioned herself, had she been aware how fond she is of Benedict?

A wrought-iron spiral stair case leads up to the tower. It was here that Alexandra and Benedict discussed the prospects of telling her father that Alexandra had been learning the ropes of the trade (Alexandra wanted to be an Antiques dealer at her fathers shop) nearer the end of their conversation, they noticed the stars in the sky.

“Here, with the sea of darkness surrounding us, the Milky Way stretches like a diamond blanket across the sky.”

After reiminiscing over the starry night, they decided to dance a foxtrot, to the music of Stardust, after that, like the gentleman Benedict is, he escorted Alexandra back to her room.

The next day activities consisted of showing stained windows, which added alot of curiosity, tennis playing, and a very deep discussion about a sword and a hint of a walk in the zoo, which ending up being a full tour of the zoo.

It wasn’t until the next day Benedict discovered there had been an “accident” in the Orchard. Was it an accident, or was it murder? Who was accountable? Who was missing? Where did the missing sword go? What was in the muniment room, that had Alexandra so entranced about her grandfather’s notebooks?

My Thoughts On This Book
Well how can I put this without using my own cliche….. “I loved this book so much”. With writing up this review and leaving this till last, I slept on it till morning, and then some more….. this is a very special book for me that connected with me on a very personal level, a precious book that I will definately treasure for years to come.

The Dragon Sleeps, a cosy murder mystery, a historical fiction (set in Australia – 1920s after WW1), a romance, crime/ thriller to the flavour of Agatha Christie, but Hercule Poirot style.

Edith and Alexandra. I absolutely adored the banter that goes on between the two girls. Edith having such a dry sense of humour and slightly putting her foot in it which makes it even more facinating, and I love how Alexandra seems to put up with it and takes it in her stride. The camaraderie between the two, quite endearing and certainly makes reading about these two very entertaining.

Alexandra and Benedict. I loved the romance between these two. Some would say, it’s the old fashioned type of love, but I see it as an adoring love, a love that spreads with maturity over the years, not at all your hard, hot stuff, so it is in the nature to the story that Ellen uses this in a knowledgeable way.

Glossary. I loved how there is a glossary which is thoughtfully done, and is included at the end of the book, examples explaining of Australian language or towns, for example …. ANZAC biscuits, chutney, duffer.

Ellen Read’s dry wittiness in The Dragon Sleeps, seeps through and hints of this we get throughout, which adds flavour of what could have been a much darker book. Her breaks in the story, are well balanced. The construction of historical events are weaved so cleverly in the story that you don’t feel as if you are being bombarded with a history lesson. Her words made an impact where they should and softness where it should. I loved, also the soft quality of Ellen’s writing in parts of her story, I’m thinking of “her mothers essence”, the “romance part” of it for sure and even the sorrow behind the “funeral scene”, which seemed … bittersweet, magical and sensitive. Ellen’s plotting skills are amazing and I can’t think of a better word to use, “it’s a work of art, of words” is the closest I can put to it, again, this gives a different impact to the story, a gripping one, overall giving the book the exact right balance that is needed. I want to congratulate Ellen, her style and writing is astounding…. she leaves me speechless.

Rating System
I give The Dragon Sleeps, 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendation
The Dragon Sleeps comes highly recommended by me, and would suit anyone who likes Agatha Christie books, who likes historical fiction, who likes cozy mystery murder books, who likes soft endearing, maturing romance and anyone who likes wity humour and who likes crimes and thrillers.

A personal thank you, goes to you, Ellen, for such an inspiring book, your book has been a pleasure to read and much appreciated (and will be close part of my life).

The Sun and the Moon

Beautifully written.

A Struggling Author

The Sun was fiery,
Always hot-headed,
Always scary,
Keeping everyone afar.

The Moon was dim,
Full of spots,
Full of faults,
With not even light to boast of.

A trick of the universe or
A trick of fate,
Made the Sun fall
For the Moon.

Ever since, without fail, daily
The Sun decided to go down,
And stand behind the Moon,
So that she may shine.

The day was his,
He made the night hers.
The sweat was his,
He made the dreams hers.

How it really happened,
No can tell.
But come night,
The Sun’s love shines through the Moon.

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The day you were turned down

Very wise

Just.words

It was when you were elated to go about something, and suddenly you are told it’s not your cup of tea.

You may feel demoralized at once while still figuring out, what was the lacking factor that led to my oust.

You dive deep into the well of thoughts… realising the mistake you made, and thinking of solutions and ways to make an upgrade.

Then you are ready for the next battle… with all the weapons and armour in place, this time you are surely going to make it through the process.

©TARUNA RATHORE

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Book Review/Book Recommendation, Our Song by Milan Vohra

ARC – Book Review/Book Recommendation
I was given the ARC of Our Song by Milan Vohra in exchange for an honest review

Now Published

Ebook – Genre – Romance
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Blurb
‘People will leave. Even the good ones do. The music will stay.’ This is what life has taught Ragini. A struggling music composer who left the world of Hindustani classical music in Delhi to do her own kind of music in Bangalore, Ragini is impulsive, emotional and often a little lost. The typical creative type – or so Andrew thinks. The head honcho at a mega Pharma company, Andrew is half-British, half-Indian and a full-on ‘propah’ pain. Even if he’s gorgeous. The typical corporate type – or so Ragini thinks. He needs her to compose a song for the company’s silver jubilee. She needs him (well, just his project really) to be able to keep doing her music. They can definitely do without the sparks they set off in each other. Or the highs and lows and all the conflicting notes that being together seems to bring. Because love is off the table for him. And music is her only love. Can two stubborn people from such different worlds ever find harmony together?
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My thoughts

Firstly I want to thank Milan Vohra, for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is now published.

I loved this book, it was a light read with a humorous tone, but although this tone was humorous, it is mixed with the gentle but thoughtful writing of Milan Vohra’s, giving us readers a sense of relaxation. There is a moral to this story and Milan weaves this beautifully and excutes this in a thoughtful manner through her story.

Ragini a most unique girl, with a sense of humour applies for a job, she is a music composer, and her task is to convince her newly employer that, although her thinking is different the outcome will be the same.

Also we read with eager anticipation to see whether the love we see blooming actually blossoms, how will this end for these two? Rigini, a creative and uses a creativity that doesn’t meet Andrew’s common sense mind. Like chalk in cheese, will these two go together?
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There were some very thoughtful quotes that I connected with, and here are two just to give you a taste of the authors writing.

Quotes
‘Hope is someone who is there for you … Someone who can stop your … Spirit from crumbling …’

Why, there was even footage that Andrew hadn’t realized had been shot when neither of them had been aware of it – shots taken on the drive through the hills, the halts for tea, yawning, stretching, the wind blowing through Ragini’s hair, the smile going right up to her eyes, her hands always drumming a beat to a melody that was brewing in her head.

5 star rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendation
This is a light hearted book full of wittiness and also a sense of relaxation so would be very useful as a summer time read, I feel its light, breezy, refreshing attitude would suit summer sun and lazing and relaxing on a beach somewhere or in the garden in the shade. To anyone who likes morals in their stories, and to anyone who is a bit of a romantic.

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