Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Donavan: From Michael Bunker's World of "PENNSYLVANIA" by D. K. Cassidy is on pre-release on Amazon.com



I was fortunate enough to have a sneak peak at this wonderful book, Donavan: From Michael Bunker's World of "PENNSYLVANIA" by D. K. Cassidy which is on pre-release on Amazon.com.


In Michael Bunker's “Pennsylvania”, we briefly met Donavan Yoder--a young man divided. Born in the Amish Zone, he was raised to embrace a plain, peaceful life. After he grows up, Donavan becomes an officer with the Transport Authority, the tyrannical government grinding New Pennsylvania under its iron boot. Eventually, his conscience leads him to side with TRACE, the resistance group fighting Transport for the freedom of the entire planet. Donavan has made some tough choices in his life. What ultimately drove him to sympathize with the very rebels he'd fought to subdue?

My Review

Donavan by D.K. Cassidy is a compelling, touching, emotional read. The words on the page drew me in instantly. This boy's tale stirred feelings deep down inside and I read with great vigor.

The author has the keen ability to draw readers in with her realistic dialog and clear writing style.

Would Donavan follow in his parents footsteps? Questions lurked in the background, wishing this young man would follow his own path and go after his dreams though, not all is as it seems as this story develops.

Donavan has an unusual plot line that will suck you in. I loved the suspenseful turns that had me eating this up, wanting more.

I highly recommend adding Donavan to your reading list.

D.K. Cassidy has been scribbling stories since she was a child and loves to write in various genres including Magical Realism, Urban Gothic, Science Fiction, and Literary Fiction. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington.
D.K. Cassidy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her greatest fans: her husband Mark, twin sons Aidan and Jared, and three cats. When not writing, she loves to travel, run, knit, use the Oxford comma, and of course read!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Firebound (Spellbringers Book 2) by Tricia Drammeh

New Release! Firebound, book two in the Spellbringers series by author Tricia Drammeh is now available on Kindle and is coming to paperback soon. If you liked Spellbound, you'll LOVE Firebound. Grab your Kindle copy today for only $2.99! 


Rachel's thirst for knowledge about the family she never knew drives her to keep a secret from the Alexanders that shatters Jace's trust in her. With her renewed dream-relationship with Re'Vel, she walks a razor's edge, putting the entire Alexander family - and Alisa - in terrible danger. 
Alisa and Bryce are more in love than ever, but his jealousy and possessiveness threatens to push Alisa away. With his Claiming Words ringing in Alisa's ears, she tries to reconcile her sense of independence with her desperate yearning for Bryce. 
A dark enemy from the Alexanders’ past is out for vengeance and uses Rachel as his target to get to the family he despises. When Alisa is caught in the crossfire, Bryce is willing to sacrifice anything to save her - even his own soul. 


My Review

Firebound by Tricia Drammeh is the second book in the Spellbringers series.These are such powerful books and this installment was a great addition to the first. The writing is coptivating, as well as the plot. This book invites you right in. 

There is a romantic aspect to this story that made it hard to walk away from. The characters have something special. So much so that you want it to work out for them.

This is a magical story that touched me. Firebound is so entertaining that you won’t want it to end. Just thankful there is a third book in the works. I am truly looking forward to learning how things fall together. 

The shocking twists and turns caught me off guard and had me reading much longer than I anticipated. I highly recommend this book and others by Tricia Drammeh. Doesn’t matter what the subject, this author knows how to grab its reader by taking us on a moving adventure. Her stories are well rounded and filled with humanity. 

Quote~

"Bryce said he wanted me, but now I wasn't so sure. Rachel told me she could see the initial ties that bound him to me-ties which formed when he spoke the Claiming Words. But those ties did not constitute a real Bond. Did it? I felt changed by his claim. My soul screamed for his, but perhaps he didn't feel the same. Maybe he could sever the ties that bound us without a second thought? But for me it wouldn't be so easy. I had no magic to pledge to him, but I'd given him my heart."



Spellbound (Spellbringers Book 1)

The Demon Re’Vel stalks his prey in the forest of dreams, slowly gaining control over the mind of his victim. Rachel doesn’t realize the Demon is real. In fact, she doesn’t believe in magic, Demons, Hunters, or any of the other things the Alexanders have warned her about. She resists their protection, but can’t resist her overwhelming feelings for Jace. 

Alisa has been drawn to Jace since the day she saved him from a Hunter attack. A mere human in a world of Spellbringers, Alisa has been embraced by the Alexander family as a hero, but not everyone is willing to accept her. Jace’s intimidating older brother, Bryce, keeps his emotions and his secrets hidden. When Bryce confides in Alisa, it puts her relationship with Jace and the entire Alexander family at risk. 

Danger, secrets, and betrayal collide, and when the Demon makes his claim, the small, southern town of Oaktree becomes a battleground for Rachel’s life. 

Formerly published under the title 'The Claiming Words,' Spellbound is a completely re-written, re-vamped novel featuring added scenes, additional chapters, and a new ending.

My Review


From the opening sentence of Spellbound I was hooked. Tricia Drammeh expertly weaves a tale of great fascination. I read in a fury wanting to know more. I was enthralled with the story and indulged myself until I got to the end. I couldn't put this book down. That is how good it is.

Alisa's story touched me and I could relate to her insecurities. She is a teenager who has to deal with a constant bully who happens to be her cousin.
Written in such a way it was easy to connect to her and what she was going through.

I liked that this story shared different viewpoints, going from Alisa to Rachel. Both stories seemed to parallel the other. Really felt like I was getting into their heads. So good to get more than one perspective.

I guess you can call this a coming-of-age story yet it isn't quite what it seems. There are paranormal aspects that kept me guessing and a well developed plot line that kept me on my toes. So many twists that I did not see coming.

I don't think you have to be young to enjoy this YA story. I ate it up in one sitting. This book is fast paced, wildly entertaining and easy to escape into the unknown that was Spellbound. Highly recommend reading this book before book two, Firebound comes out. This is a great start to the Spellbringers series.

Quote ~

"My worry over Jeffrey would be a constant tickle in the back of my mind, probably for the rest of my life. I longed for days past when the only things I had to worry about were grades and college applications.I used to live in a world where magic only existed in my silly little vampire novels. Now magic followed me everywhere, and I couldn't find safety even in my dreams."


Bio

Tricia Drammeh is a wife and mother of four children who lives in New Hampshire. Her published works include the Spellbringers series, Better than Perfect, The Seance, and The Fifth Circle. She is currently working on her eighth novel. When Tricia isn't writing, she can be found devouring books, chasing cats, or consuming vast amounts of coffee.



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tangled Roots by Rebekkah Ford is on pre-order on Amazon.


I am delighted to be sharing another brand new book from Rebekkah Ford. Tangled Roots is on pre-order on Amazon. It’s due to release on Oct. 11th.
TANGLED ROOTS IS A STANDALONE NOVEL; however, if you read the Beyond the Eyes trilogy, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the characters and their world in this tale. 


After eighteen-year-old Carrie Jacobson discovers she was a witch in a previous life, she seeks to reawaken the past part of her soul. With the help of an eccentric enchantress and a boy who is more than he seems, Carrie succeeds and is spellbound by the memories of her life in the 1600s. She reverts to her bewitching, more volatile form and sets out to break a curse she cast long ago. If she succeeds, she’ll unleash a powerful force, the likes of which has not been witnessed in centuries.
Carrie’s boyfriend Jack (A.K.A. Tree) cannot help feeling unease about the changes he sees in the woman he loves. When Carrie’s past clashes with the present and dark magic intoxicates her once again, Tree must take drastic matters into his own hands and attempt to save Carrie from herself.  
With Tree’s help, will Carrie be able to resist the allure of her new powers? Or will she plunge into the deep end and give into them?


Bio
Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents' Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator's League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO's. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. Her fascination with the unknown is what led her to write the Beyond the Eyes trilogy and the soon to be released new adult urban fantasy, Tangled Roots.


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The Snake Pit: Jr. High Can be Torture by Donna Dillon

Together, Donna Dillon and Master Koda Select Publishing just re-releashed her first novel with updated editing and a fresh new cover.



The Snake Pit: Jr. High Can be Torture is an important piece of work because of its content and subject matter. It’s not an easy, fun read, but is a book that every student, teacher and child advocate should read. Donna is very passionate to do what she can to stop bullying in the school system and MKSP has joined her in her quest. 
Donna Dillon published her first book in October 2010. When Master Koda Select Publishing approached her with a publishing contract, she took the opportunity in hopes to expand her reach and build her brand. 


 Synopsis

Cinda doesn't look like other twelve-year-old girls. A facial defect, and the surgery to correct it has left her face scarred and disfigured. When she walks into Hargrove Junior High for the first time, Cinda knows the other kids won't see how smart she is, or what a good friend she could be. The other kids will see her as a monster, and her life will be torture.

The school cafeteria, or The Snake Pit, as the kids call it, is the prime location for bullying. One pretty girl in particular takes an instant dislike to Cinda. Day after day she is pushed, tripped, and laughed at. Not all the other kids bully her, but only one tries to help.

Charlene Carsten is Cinda's only friend. She tries to stop the bullying, but the other kids won't listen. She tries to tell the Principal, but he only sees what he wants to. She tries to tell the teachers, but they all say the same thing, “kids will be kids.”

When Cinda falls victim to a vicious prank at a school dance, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of everyone involved. 


I had a few questions for Donna:


1. What led you to publish your work with MKSP?

 I can write, but I suck at marketing. Kim and her team had some definite ideas about how we could get The Snake Pit books moving. It was a no-brainer for me.

2. How has it felt being with a publisher compared to doing it all on your own?

 I have never been a loner. I much prefer being part of a team, so, so far, it has felt pretty good!

Donna, why did you write this book?

Cinda, the character in my book, The Snake Pit, was born with a cleft palate, and so was I. The things that happen in the book are fiction, but how she felt was exactly how I felt growing up. Being bullied for something you can't possibly help, or change, is horrible. I chose to turn it into something positive, but many bullied children do not. I'm 47 y ears old now. I can still hear the bullies voice in my head. But, the thing I remember the most, the thing that bothers me the most: the silence from those who just stood by and let it happen, and did nothing to stop it. That is why I wrote this book.



My Review

The Snake Pit: Jr. High Can Be Torture by Donna Dillon is a powerful explosive read. I loved the conversational style in which this story was told. Actually it was students, teachers and parents talking to a detective. It’s not overly dramatic but packs a good punch. This book deserves a big WOW. from me. I was instantly pulled in and emotionally involved.

This is written how a person would talk. Very natural. Right to the point. The message was as clear as day and not at all made you feel that any of it was made up for entertainment value. 

There needs to be more to stop the bullies in their tracks. I love that the author is dedicated to just that. She writes with true conviction and passion. Her message should be spread far and wide. I believe this is a book that everyone should read. Not just young people. This violence is spread world wide and is an epidemic. Teachers should be sharing this in their classrooms and parents should be reading it to their children. Same goes for libraries. The Snake Pit should be available in all libraries, as well.


The author tells this story with grace but without holding back. She puts it out there and it is effective. Psychological abuse can be just as bad as the physical kind. This is a relatable story and the message is universal. Highly recommend.


Author Bio
Hello everyone! I am Donna Dillon: Author, Illustrator, and M&M connoisseur. I am the author of 5 and 1/4 books thus far. I have been writing in the young adult genre with The Snake Pit and Return to the Snake Pit which both deal with bullying in the public schools, and the children's genre with Why Did It Have to Rain Today? and My Special Christmas Child. My new book is a leap into the thriller/suspense genre so I'm anxious to finish and see how that goes. 


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Playing Charlie Cool by Laurie Boris is now on Amazon.com!




(Trager Family Secrets Book 3)

With a few humble words, mayoral staffer Joshua Goldberg comes out to the New York press, resigns his post, and leaves his wife. Three months later, he is still skittish about making his relationship with television producer Charlie Trager public. 

Charlie understands Joshua’s stress over the divorce and his desire to step back into the political spotlight. But he’s tired of schedule conflicts and frustrated about getting put on the back burner while the pressure ravages the man he loves. Managing some of the most demanding divas in network television has taught Charlie patience. But his cool facade is wearing thin. 

Longing to ease Joshua’s anguish and burning for control in a situation that seems headed off the rails, Charlie takes a huge risk that could destroy everything he and Joshua have worked so hard to build.


My Review

“When strength and fear shake hands, it can move mountains.”

Playing Charlie Cool by Laurie Boris takes you right in from the Prologue. Already I know there is trouble lurking around the corner. This won’t be an easy ride nor would I have wanted it to be. There is pleasure in the details. Something Miss Boris is well skilled at. Details! They are laid out like an artist paints on canvas. 

The author has the ability to casually take you into the story as if you were there all along. It’s a very natural introduction and the story plays out in vivid color. I love stories of the human existence. Everything doesn’t have to be so neat and tidy. This woman has a gift of telling a hard story making it realistic and relatable. As a reader you are summons in. The surroundings all come to life as do the characters. Instantly, these characters are flesh and blood. It’s as if you have met them before. The smart dialog passes smooth and naturally and you forget you are even reading. There is a coolness to the writing that feels fresh and then there are turns that I didn’t see coming. Attention grabbing.

It was difficult not to get involved in the relationships and the approaching drama. Real life situations are tackled. I have to give the author credit for putting it all out there. She picks subjects that are not always easy for people to digest but she doesn’t seem to care. She has a story to tell and by golly she is going to tell it. She could be considered brave by some standards but she is obviously being true to herself. With that kind of truth, doors open and the world becomes a more compassionate place.

Quote ~

She huffed out a breath and swatted at his arm. “I want to see”—she lowered her voice—“where he kissed you.”
“Ah. Well, you’re gonna have to be more specific. Which ‘he’ and in which place?”
She stopped, and with one hand on her hip gave him an eyebrow that Melanie would have been proud to call her own. “You’re awfully caffeinated today.”
“And you’re so much fun to tease.” He looped his arm through hers. “Right this way.”
He led her around the side of the stage and down the corridor behind it, stopping outside the archive room.
“Here?” Liza peered inside. “The file room? How Jack Lemmon of you.”
“It wasn’t in there.” He pointed to the floor. “It was here.”
Her eyes widened. “In the middle of the hall? You kissed the congressman in the middle of the hall?”





The Picture of Cool 

(Trager Family Secrets Book 1)



Television producer Charlie Trager spends his days working with beautiful women on a daytime talk show. But underneath his cool fa├žade, there’s a hollow spot in his heart, waiting for the right man to ease his loneliness. Then he meets the show’s next guest, a handsome young politician with a bad case of nerves—and a secret that could turn both their lives upside down. (Short novella: 14,000 words)


The Picture of Cool is written a focus on the human existence which comes out in an unusual way. This realist tale gets right to the point. The prose is sharp and precise. I was moved right away. Instantly connected to the story and the characters. This contemporary love story (or is it a love story?) pulled me in and held my attention. Miss Boris writes a very solid book. She puts her life force into her stories which makes her books intriguing no mater what subject or landscaping.


"Charley squeezed his eyes shut for a second and then took the plunge, unsure if he was making the biggest mistake of his life or opening the door to what could be the best thing that ever happened to him."





 (Trager Family Secrets Book 2)


A family accidentally learns that their matriarch, Estelle, not only has breast cancer but also intended to take it to her grave. Now that the secret is out, Estelle decides to ask Liza, the daughter-in-law she once called a godless hippie raised by wolves, to kill her. A horrified Liza refuses but keeps the request from her husband and his brother. As the three adult children urge Estelle to consider treatment, their complicated weave of family secrets and lies begins to unravel. Can they hold their own lives together long enough to help Estelle with hers?

My Review

Don't Tell Anyone is a story of a dysfunctional family. It could be so many families but this one is dealing with the big C word that makes it anything but normal. There is nothing normal about cancer or a family experiencing it first hand. Even though this is an extremely sad topic there are a lot of funny undertones that keep this tale one of humor, humility and the real essence of true life. I really enjoyed large storyline and could relate on many levels from my own life experience. Having had lost both parents to the big "C" made me a bit hesitant to read this story but instead of bringing me down I was really touched on so many levels. Boy, it home but done in such a beautiful heartfelt way. I love a book that moves me like this one has. By the way, it is not just about how cancer changes a family but this is a story of relationships that feel deep and real. The dialog is so natural and the writing is ever so clear and easy to get absorbed into. There is an realness in the authors voice and the messages she portrays.

"Estelle appeared to consider her options. "The pillow would work. I saw Cary Grant do it in a movie. Or you could get me pills. Marilyn Monroe took pills. Some people think it was the Kennedy's, but I know it was pills."







Bio


Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of four novels: The Joke's on Me, Drawing Breath, Don't Tell Anyone, and Sliding Past Vertical. When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for IndiesUnlimited.com. She lives in New York's lovely Hudson Valley.



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Briton and the Dane by Mary Ann Bernal, narrated by Sebastian Lockwood available on Audible



The Briton and the Dane by Mary Ann Bernal, narrated by Sebastian Lockwood available on Audible.

Description 

King Alfred the Great has thwarted the Viking threat against his kingdom of Wessex. Signing a treaty with the formidable Danish King Guthrum, he succeeds in pushing the heathen army back to the rolling fens of East Anglia. 

An uneasy peace holds sway: The King establishes a standing army under Lord Richard, who takes command of the citadel at Wareham. 

Richard and his army are accompanied by his daughter, Gwyneth, an impetuous and reckless young woman – at once striking, intellectually gifted, but dangerously vain and imprudent. 

While Richard broods on the Viking threat, Gwyneth falls in love with an enemy prince - only to discover that she has been betrothed to a Saxon warrior twice her age. 

Refusing to countenance her grim fate, she flees the fortress, but is soon kidnapped by a Viking warrior and taken to the camp of King Guthrum while Saxon search parties scour the land. 

In captivity, a hostage to fortune, and the focus of political intrigue, Gwyneth is submerged in a world of expediency, betrayal and black treachery. Slowly, she realizes the truth is suspect, nothing is what it appears and her reality cannot be trusted. 

And all the time, against this background, she desires nothing more than to be reunited with her dashing Danish prince. 


My review 


The Briton and The Dane is the first book in a trilogy that takes place in the ninth century. This book caught my attention right away. It was easy to get swept away into the drama and intrigue. I was amassed over all the deception that took place during those time periods. This book also has a very seductive side which made the story even more captivating and entertaining for me.

I love how Mary ann Bernal writes. She is wildly talented and has a real gift for telling a colorful story. The characters are very lifelike and the dialog is impeccable. I loved how the scenes keep shifting around throughout each chapter. I had to pay attention but it was so spellbinding and alluring at the same time. It is all very comprehensible and clever.

I loved all the history along with the romantic side to this novel. You can feel the love that the author has for her story. There is just so much passion throughout these pages.




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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories by Mary Ann Bernal, on Amazon.com September 22nd.


Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume One) by Mary Ann Bernal is available for pre-order on Amazon.com


“Scribbler Tales is a unique mix of genres in one anthology rich with tension, humanity and genuine emotion. Unconventional settings and unexpected twists are bound to leave you pondering long after you close this book.” 
In “Desperate Measures,” you will learn of human cloning experiments gone awry. “Forbidden Lore” beckons Arianna and Ethan into a haunted cemetery where you will discover how they survive the night. Star-crossed lovers who refuse to accept the inevitable rise to a surprise ending in “Forever Lost.” In “The Hourglass,” the weakness of human character is exposed when Flair makes a covenant with the Devil. “Sail with Me” is a slice of life read about the confessions of a military brat who changes his life against all the odds. 


My Review

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories by Mary Ann Bernal, all dark, are written in such a way that you have to read more. The author crafts stories that pull her readers in. Wanting more but getting just enough. There is great skill that goes into her stories but she seems to write with ease. The words flow effortlessly. This is a smart collection that kept me guessing. Slices of life that no matter how far fetched feel authentic.

Desperate Measures is sharp. Hauntingly realistic. This is an interesting story about cloning. Quite chilling and entertainingly good.

Forbidden Lore is the story of Ethan and Arianna a married couple who met on 9 11. This is an intriguing story that kept me guessing and glued to the page. Nothing is as it seems and I was brought into the mystery that was Forbidden Lore.



Forever Lost is such a beautifully written, emotional tale that played out like scenes in a movie. There is love and there is deceit. This is a love story.

Sail with Me caught my attention. I love the conversational style of this story. Right in your face. A story of a military brat. This is Aaron’s story. A coming-of-age story of sorts. I was very touched.

In The Hourglass Flair knew her fate. She watched the hourglass knowing Death was at her feet. Flair held the secret from her husband Brice. This is a beautiful creative story that moved me.

Quote~

“Death’s laughter echoed sinisterly throughout the eerily still cave that rocked beneath the thunderous roar of nature’s wrath as the tempest raged outside.  Flair glared at her nemesis as she removed the dagger on Brice’s belt and flashed it before her amused opponent.”


Bio

I fell in love with medieval England after I read Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. Then came the great Hollywood epics such as Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, The Black Shield of Falworth and The Vikings, to name but a few. Add to the mix Camelot and an incurable romantic Anglophile was born!
The Briton and the Dane novels are set in Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain when the formidable Vikings terrorized the civilized world. The epic adventure runs the gamut of deception, treachery, intrigue, and complicated relationships during a time of war and conquest. Resource material such as book club discussion items, glossary of terms, period maps and character lists are available for download at http://www.maryannbernal.com.

To Purchase Mary Ann Bernal's novels, visit her author page at:

                                       
  Amazon US
                                         
  Amazon UK
                                      
  Amazon France
                                      
  Amazon Germany
                                   
  Barnes and Noble



Monday, September 1, 2014

The Briton and the Dane by Mary Ann Bernal, narrated by Sebastian Lockwood available on iTunes



The Briton and the Dane by Mary Ann Bernal, narrated by Sebastian Lockwood available on iTunes


Description 

King Alfred the Great has thwarted the Viking threat against his kingdom of Wessex. Signing a treaty with the formidable Danish King Guthrum, he succeeds in pushing the heathen army back to the rolling fens of East Anglia. 

An uneasy peace holds sway: The King establishes a standing army under Lord Richard, who takes command of the citadel at Wareham. 

Richard and his army are accompanied by his daughter, Gwyneth, an impetuous and reckless young woman – at once striking, intellectually gifted, but dangerously vain and imprudent. 

While Richard broods on the Viking threat, Gwyneth falls in love with an enemy prince - only to discover that she has been betrothed to a Saxon warrior twice her age. 

Refusing to countenance her grim fate, she flees the fortress, but is soon kidnapped by a Viking warrior and taken to the camp of King Guthrum while Saxon search parties scour the land. 

In captivity, a hostage to fortune, and the focus of political intrigue, Gwyneth is submerged in a world of expediency, betrayal and black treachery. Slowly, she realizes the truth is suspect, nothing is what it appears and her reality cannot be trusted. 

And all the time, against this background, she desires nothing more than to be reunited with her dashing Danish prince. 

My review 

The Briton and The Dane is the first book in a trilogy that takes place in the ninth century. This book caught my attention right away. It was easy to get swept away into the drama and intrigue. I was amassed over all the deception that took place during those time periods. This book also has a very seductive side which made the story even more captivating and entertaining for me.

I love how Mary ann Bernal writes. She is wildly talented and has a real gift for telling a colorful story. The characters are very lifelike and the dialog is impeccable. I loved how the scenes keep shifting around throughout each chapter. I had to pay attention but it was so spellbinding and alluring at the same time. It is all very comprehensible and clever.

I loved all the history along with the romantic side to this novel. You can feel the love that the author has for her story. There is just so much passion throughout these pages.



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