Sense of Touch – A Review

Sense of Touch – Rozsa Gaston

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Enter the bewitching and bewildering world of High Court in the 1490’s.  A world where duty comes before your heart, your desires and your future.  A world where the wrong look and following your desires can cost you your future.

Nicole serves in the court of Anne of Brittany, Queen of France.  The Court is a sheltered world that revolves around the Queen and King, the intrigues of the ladies in waiting and discovering womanhood and love.  Nicole meets Philippe de Bois and their love for horses and healing pulls them closer and closer together.  Duty separates them until a chance presents itself to prove that love and duty can be the same person.

An exquisite read with characters that are as real as the feelings, pain and laughter that they share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Door Keeper

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About The Door Keeper:

 Adventure. Love. Destiny.

Single mom Eden Saunders has learned that tragedy is simply a part of life. Her mother died during childbirth, and her husband was killed just three years after they married. On a journey to discover where she comes from, Eden inherits the key to unlocking new worlds from her deceased mother—including the world that should have been her home. The only thing stopping her from exploring them is the fear of leaving her daughter behind. Caught up in the circle of legacy, Eden discovers the mother-daughter bond that even death cannot break.

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My review:

Enter a world within a world within a world.  Eden is thrown into an unknown alternate world on her quest to find her roots and family.  A chance encounter with a friend of her mother leaves her in possession of an old key and she ends up as Door Keeper, explaining not only her origins but her knowledge of many things never seen by normal mortal eyes. 

Caught between her life, art and devotion to her young daughter and the ever expanding involvement in exploring the alternate realities through the door, Eden is forced to embrace who she is and who she wants to be moving forward. 

An entertaining read that will pull you right into the different worlds and peoples.  Eden, different from a young age without realizing why, James, who is pulling doors closed after the death of her husband open and Gabby, her precious daughter and bright soul carrying the remnants of Eden’s heritage.

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Release date: February 20, 2017.

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 About the Author: Steen Jones

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Steen was born and raised in Woodstock, Georgia. While she has only recently discovered her passion for writing, she has always been an artist and a storyteller. A couple of years ago, a story idea gripped her and wouldn’t let go until she wrote it all down. The Door Keeper is her debut novel and she can’t wait to pursue all of the other stories that have built up in her over the last three and a half decades.

When she isn’t writing, reading, painting, or baking, Steen enjoys spending time Netflixing with her husband and playing in the pool with her two children at their North Georgia home. To read more about Steen, you can visit her on her website.

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Giveaway:

We are going to have two giveaways in celebration of the release of,  The Door Keeper by Steen Jones. One hosted by Royal James Publishing and one by the author Steen Jones.

The first giveaway, hosted by Royal James Publishing, will run from now until the release of the novel.

Click here  or visit Royal James Publishing’s Facebook page to enter to win a signed copy of, The Door Keeper by Steen Jones and a $20 Amazon gift card.

The second giveaway will start on the release date, more details about this giveaway to be released soon.

 

Love’s Transformation – A Review

Love’s Transformation tells the story of Batu, her parents and her loves, of a women learning to accept being different, questioning the status quo and breaking the bonds of tradition turned into person power.

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The story takes us through the trails, pressure and situations created by Batu’s arrogance and beauty, defiant nature and her ever abiding and loving parents in a time when tradition and women and men’s roles were clearly put down by the laws of their elders and tradition.  These roles ensured not only the survival of a people after the end of times but gave them known lines within which to operate and feel safe.  Batu’s questioning of traditional roles and implications, especially for women, leaves the tribe exposed and vulnerable to change, the very thing that their traditional leader is intent on keeping.

She is allowed access to learning and teachings normally reserved for boys, she chooses her own husband, falls in love and loses in love because of her pride in being different and being right.  Facing the age old tradition of single, barren women being expelled and cast out, she spends her last season with the tribe learning the history, realizing the implications of her arrogance and that love does not only transform and responds to what is seen but especially to what is felt.

Love’s transformation is a book dedicated to growth, pushing the limits and accepting the results of your actions and decisions.  It not only tells the simple tail of a women breaking with tradition, it especially gives power to her fellow tribe members and in the  end brings truth and harmony to a divided changing people.

A lovely read that left me feeling empowered, strong and proud to be a women of choice.

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Emil’s lifelong profession was in the field of Information Technology as a computer programmer and analyst.  

In 1977, Emil became a Silva Mind Control instructor. He founded and facilitated a meditation class, which was ongoing for over a decade. He facilitated various esoteric classes for over twenty years and also spearheaded and had been a part of several spiritual support and study groups. He formed a spiritual support group, which existed for two decades.

Late in the 1980’s, Emil was inspired to write his first novel, Batu: The Transformation, and it was published in 2002.

In 1999, Emil made a spiritual pilgrimage to India, with several friends and was initiated by his guru, Mother Bandana. Filled with spiritual fervor, he and two of the ladies from the pilgrimage founded the Sacred Waters Spiritual Center located in Mishawaka, Indiana. He was the center’s director, programs facilitator and live-in caretaker for a number of years. The center continues to flourish and provides an atmosphere where people can share their particular skills and acquire philosophical and spiritual knowledge regardless of their belief system.

Since 2000, he has recorded his thoughts and emotions through poetry. In 2003, the poem, Imprisioned, was published in a compilation of poems called The Colors of Life. In 2005, another of his poems, End My Yearning, was published in a compilation of poems entitled, Labours of Love.

 The five book Love Series, which includes Love’s Transformation, mirrors the deep cultural and religious prejudices against women in many countries that subject them to inhumane, if not life-threatening, treatment. Despite large-scale awareness spurred by social media and globalization, these biases still exist in our midst—and Batu and Kaathi’s stories shows us what they look like. Far from being preachy, Batu and Kaathi’s stories are written as is, subtly bringing to fore this “invisible” oppressive world into our mindset preoccupied with consumerism and material want. The Love Series of books elicit our empathy, not sympathy, that reading tomorrow’s news about a mother, wife, or daughter subjected to cultural or religious oppression suddenly has a face: that of Batu and Kaathi’s. The other Love Series books are: Love’s Sacrifice, Love’s Wisdom, Love’s Ancients & Love’s Courage

 

 

 

 

The Spell Breaker – A Review

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Spell Breaker tells the story of Alex, half human half magic, who finds herself the only person capable of rescuing an assortment of humans, elves, kings and princes from a stranded island off the grid of time.  The characters are an interesting mix of old, new, unknown and known peoples.  The story takes us into the land of the elves where greed and danger challenges everything Alex has learned and learn along the way.  The quest to rush the humans back to known earth tears Alex in half…does she follow her human calling or does she stay in the land of magic, going through the cycles of rising and decay eternally.

I loved the story but found the writing a bit stilted at places and the jumping between worlds and happenings can be quite confusing.  Even with this said, Spell Breaker is a delightful read and draws you into the story racing to the end to see what will happen.  The well-developed characters, whimsical traits of the elves and other magical eternal creatures will leave you giggling and gasping.  The contrast between the magical peoples and the very human natures of the peoples trying to survive in new and old worlds are great.  All in all a story well worth reading.  I would be looking forward to the next book in the Chronicles of Eledon series.

The Traveller Series: Tiffany Teoh

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Poetry has been a part of my life for so long that it feels like an extension.  Whether it is reading, writing, discussing or just enjoying the rhythm of words and the feelings and images invoked in poetry, I love poetry.  I must admit though that I have never had to review a book of poetry but when the chance came along to review The Traveller Series, I could not refuse.

The Traveller Series pens the travels, experiences, places, people and emotions of writer Tiffany Teoh in forty one poems accompanied by beautiful photographs of her travels.  I loved the cover that invoked a feeling of being at sea and starting off on an adventure.  And what an adventure this turned out to be.  Tiffany writes from the heart, her use of words so simplistic but capturing the essence of the moment and painting feelings, colors and places right before your eyes as you read.  Her poems touch on loss, love, being brave enough to face another travelers day, meeting new people, longing and finding balance and peace.  Her travels took her not only on a physical journey but an emotional journey as well and joining her on her travels through her words and photographs is an absolute joy to all the senses.

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I just love the lines “There was something so settling, about his unsettling nature, it was as if he needed, to touch every cell on, the epidermis of this Earth, just so he could begin, all over again.”  She uses words that roll off your tongue and then back again, and with every uttering, a new meaning, a new feeling and another layer is exposed.  Two lines, “Have we met? I feel like I’ve fallen in love with you before.” and so much is said and implied.

Definitely a must read for poetry lovers who, like me, prefer the simplicity of words used to create depth that is discovered upon reading and re-reading,  tasting the words, rolling them around and stringing them in sequence to evoke and challenge. “See, I consider my angels, to be strong, but I need someone, whose angels are stronger.”

About Tiffany Teoh:

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Tiffany is a Malaysian born Chinese, of Peranakan heritage. She was raised in Kuala Lumpur until the age of 17 and proceeded to live in Australia for 8 years until the age of 25. She is currently hitchhiking and traveling around the world with her fiancé and their puppy. For more on Tiffany, visit her website.

About, The Traveller Series:

 The series started from a longing to want to travel after hearing all the good and bad tales from long term backpackers.

Every single piece that made it and didn’t make it in this is book has a special place in my heart as they were the beginning of a journey of a memory that never happened, but a longing that was constant.

We all naturally have it in us to wonder and wander, it’s just a matter of allowing it to take you to places.

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A Space Between Worlds: J.D.Woodson

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A Space Between Worlds promises to be for the new generation what Atlas Shrugged was to an older generation. Not the story line as such, but the stretching, pulling and expanding of the readers knowingness, pushing the reader to the limit of former comfortable believing and being. Brilliant use of words, layering so many images, feelings, non-feelings and expectancy intricately crafted into each word flowing into intricately crafted sentences creating a world both familiar and new. What is real, made-up, previously experienced, waiting in the side-line, imagined or dreamed? Which is your world?

“How ignorant can you be? No matter the light, we all hide. We hide ourselves from the people we love, from strangers, from ourselves. How do you expect to show yourself to the world when you cannot show yourself to yourself? A mirror cannot lie. You sat in front of the mirror and denied the reflection you saw before you.”

Shanti with her masks, sadness and emptiness believing that the eternal sun would make her visible. Her world interwoven with Reno and Chandra. Reno with the gift of the language of flowers, but the taste of decay and death in his mouth and Chandra, the keeper apart and together of people and worlds, dancing pixie-like between lines, worlds and lives. So many questions, so many worlds and the most fundamental and promising to provide the answer to all questions of questions: “What is your first memory?”.

A Space Between Worlds will take you on a journey never experienced before and leave you with you questions answered and a million more blossoming with the blink of every new star born. Not an easy read but surely to become a favourite of those souls brave enough to take a dip and wade through the words, emotions and worlds created by J.D. Woodson.

“What has been forgotten will never be lost. The answers to the future lay in the sands of the past.”

A Space Between Worlds is a brilliant tale on all levels.

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About A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception:

Songstress Shanti’s final performance is no different than any other. Gazing into the mirror, the Songstress laments her faceless curse. To hide her unsightliness, she dons a beautiful mask. She knows she doesn’t belong in the darkness. Her desire is to live in a world of eternal light, to be seen for who she truly is.

An enigmatic man who calls himself Avidia beckons Shanti, claiming to know how to conceive the world of light sleeping inside of her, and escape her current world of darkness, Cauraaha. Avidia poses the question that will be the key to her desire, as well as an unresolved pain:

“What is your first memory?”

Reno, a gentle florist, has his own stigma, a translucent coil of thorns wrapped around his arm, draining him of life at the utterance of the word “Promise”. Hidden away in his heart is the knowledge of a past he doesn’t wish to face, one that connects to Shanti, Avidia, and her curse.

A dual narrative of introspection and self-discovery, A Space Between Worlds eloquently questions the truths of life and death, timeless bonds, and regret through lyrical imagination, philosophy, surrealism, and a journey through the unconscious mind.

 

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 J.D.Woodson

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J.D. Woodson was born Chicago, Illinois in 1992. He grew up in Palos Park, a quiet suburb southwest of Chicago. During his early years, J.D. gained a fondness towards poetry and continued to writing it through primary school and high school, winning small awards for his work. He would attend Columbia College Chicago with intent to major in poetry, however he shifted his focus and major to Fiction Writing due to his love for storytelling. After his sophomore year, he would take a leave of absence to study outside of the workshop method he was taught and gained experience as a ghostwriter which his projects spanned from fiction to non-fiction. To read more about J.D., you can visit him on his website.

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Weeping in the Wings….

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Series: Grace Bennett Mysteries, Book 2

Author: Terry Lynn Thomas

Published: August 11, 2016

Publisher: Black Opal Books

Genre:   Historical Gothic Mystery

Synopsis:

San Francisco, March 1943

Sarah Bennett harbours two secrets: She sees ghosts, and she’s in love with a spy.

When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr. Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to her—a spirit whose incessant weeping only she can hear.

Meanwhile, as Sarah struggles to cope with the relentless weeping, she comes face to face with Zeke, the man who left her six months earlier and is ostensibly convalescing from injuries suffered in an alleged accident. But Zeke has secrets of his own, and Sarah’s love and trust are soon put to the test.

Things take an even darker turn when an attempt is made on Geisler’s life, and Sarah finds herself caught in a struggle between the living and the dead. Unsure who she can trust, she must unlock the mystery of the weeping ghost in order to save Dr. Geisler—and herself—from an unknown enemy.

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About the Author:

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Terry Lynn Thomas married the love of her life, who promised to buy her a horse if she relocated to Mississippi with him. Now that she has relocated, she has discovered that she can be happy anywhere as long as she has her man, her horse and time to write. Terry Lynn devoured novels by Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, and Daphne Du Maurier as a child. These gothic mysteries captured her imagination, never let go, and influence her writing today. When she is not writing or riding her horse, she visits historical houses and cemeteries, hunting for story ideas.

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Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • 5 Mobi copies of The Spirit of Grace, book 1 Grace Bennett Mysteries, by Terry Lynn Thomas

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The Migrant Report – A Review

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About the book: The penalty for stealing is losing your hand. No wonder Ali can leave his wallet overnight in his office. Crime hovers on the fringes of society, under the veneer of utopia. Police captain Ali’s hopes of joining the elite government forces are dashed when his childhood deformity is discovered. His demotion brings him face to face with the corruption of labor agencies and also Maryam, an aspiring journalism student, who is unlike any local girl he has ever met. Ali and his unlikely sidekick must work together to find the reason so many laborers are dying. Against the glittery backdrop of the oil rich Arabian Gulf, Ali pursues a corrupt agency that will stop at nothing to keep their profits rising. As the body count rises, so does the pressure to settle the source. Can Ali settle the score before the agency strikes again? Get The Migrant Report through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s award winning books have focused on various aspects of life in the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar. From Dunes to Dior is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf and named as Indie Book of the Day in 2013. Love Comes Later is a literary romance set in Qatar and London and was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013, short listed for the New Talent award by the Festival of Romance, and Best Novel Finalist in eFestival of Words, 2013. She currently lives with her family in Qatar, where she teaches writing and literature courses at American universities. Connect with Mohanalakshmi on her website, Facebook,or Twitter.
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My thoughts:

The Migrant Report by Mohanalaksmi Rajakumar is not an easy read. This book stretches your mind and heart and begs you to try and understand actions, beliefs and behaviour foreign to our everyday sheltered lives. This is a tale of people and greed. Trust and friendship and ultimately how humans react in different situations. The Migrant Report tells the tale of migrant workers being shipped into a tiny affluent Middle Eastern Country to earn money to be sent home, whether that be India, Nepali or Pakistan. The mixture of cultures, taboo’s and beliefs creates a current of constant confusion and fear of what is acceptable, did I follow the correct procedure and ultimately “who will be blamed”.

In a county where the penalty for stealing is losing your hand crime is hidden and hanging on to the underside of this utopia with its class towers and dwellings filled with priceless carpets and golden taps. The contrast between the affluent and the working class is as harsh as the desert heat and wind in this world of money and greed. Police Caption Ali’s promotion into the elite government forces is shelved because he is judged “less of a man” due to a childhood deformity. Judgements passed, not only on citizens, but especially woman and the workforce is harsh and delivered by a world dominated by males. Maryam, a university student on the look out for a topic for a report, teams up with Captain Ali to find out why so many of the migrant workers, especially the ones working for her fathers business, are dying and what can be done. Added to the mix is a University Professor and his American wife trying to come to terms with personal loss and settling in this harsh country where woman and labourers are basically prisoners in their homes and surroundings.

The Half Killed – Quensby Olson

A rare novel of such beauty and contrast, words that caresses over skin, halting in your throat, waiting on the next word and the next word..darkness creeping ever closer through cracks of a dying London…

If ever there was a book that is nothing like it’s cover, this must be it. I went into the review a bit tentative, even a lover of all things magical has boundaries. I was in for the surprise of my life…what an amazing experience this turned out to be…

Thea, or properly known as Dorothea Hawes, grows up a rare prize, a true physic with abilities beyond understanding in London during the early 1900’s. She is pushed to perform at private séances by her Mother and Aunt, unleashing an evil beyond understanding causing the loss of her parents in a brutal, unexplained way. She ends up on the stage as a physic, the very thing that she is trying to hide from, haunting her every moment. The voices calling out, the nights where she sinks into nothingness becomes too much for her frail body and she unsuccessfully tries to kill herself. She lives, scarred physically and emotionally, retiring into seclusion, trying to be invisible as London crumbles in the rising heat and draught and deaths around her. Trying to not see what the future holds as people leave in ever bigger numbers, trying to outrun the cloud of darkness seeping through cracks and people all around, moving ever closer and closer to Thea.

She is sought out by Julian Chissick and is drawn back into this world of feelings and death that she wants nothing more than to avoid. Being drawn in by the killings of a group of young women of reputable employment, Thea finds the border between her mind and the monster she is trying to keep out thinning with every twist and turn until she is finally confronted by her truth and the truth of family secrets gone horribly wrong. Will she find the courage to do what must be done…will Julian Chissick, the former man of God, be able to do what Thea asks to stop the evil…

It is rare today to find an author who uses language almost like a caress, the contrast between the twists and turns and evil of the story in such contrast to the words that caresses like soft butterfly wings. The words conjure up the exact image of every hesitant movement made, word uttered, leaving you almost breathless as it moves as fluid as liquid over the feelings, movements and thoughts of not only Thea but all of the characters.

A rare novel of such beauty and intrigue, I found myself drawn in by the characters from the first page, holding on, wondering, expecting and horrified at every corner with them. A brutal evil held back by a frail Thea. The age old fight between good and evil, the play between class, honesty and accepted ignorance in a world where nothing is as it seems and everybody has something to hide…

An absolute gem of a novel.