Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Foresight by Sherry Ficklin, page 38. " Lilith pulled a glowing orb from the folds of her skirt. It was small, no larger than her fist, and glowing ever so dimly with yellow light. "
Gerry Tales by Gerry Boylan, page 111. ' "Now," I said, "you'll need to be careful not to get your fingers anywhere near the hook or weights. In fact, at the very last second, just before the weights smash into the hook, just let go. Can you do that sweetie?" '
Letters From Sweetwater by Dr. Dale Garland, page 209. "Then what about the billions and billions of people who never even heard of Jesus Christ, much less know His name; what about them? They's people now, good honest people, who have no idea that such a man ever existed."
Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway, page 181. "I was still so very confused about how I felt about him. He scared me. He excited me. His violence disturbed me, but his compassion touched me."
Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman, with Ellen Vaughn, page 57. "Steven has always responded to life's challenges and hurts through his music. Certainly this was the case with the pain of his parents' divorce. Their breakup was a wake up call, a catalyst, to say to me that he would not leave me, that in spite of the difficulties we faced, whatever came, we would be together."
Radiant Daughter by Patricia Grossman, page 219. " Standing in front of a row of cages, looking on silently as a zebra emptied his bladder - a seemingly endless affair - Milo arrived at a strategy. Whatever its worth, it was his single plan: he had no backup."
Her teen fantasy series, The Gods of Fate trilogy, is forthcomming from Dragonfly Publishing. Book 1, Foresight, is now available.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
I would have to say this is one of the best books I've ever read. I really liked it a lot. Diana Gabaldon was really on to something when she started the Outlander series. I'm sure she was unaware of what a huge success it would be. I had heard things around about this book for a long time, but my review schedule is tight and I was reluctant to start a book that it might take me awhile to finish. When I finally got the chance to read it, I was hooked from the first page. I'm of Scottish decent and it's always interesting for me to read novels set in Scotland. Some of them are very accurate and some are not. Outlander was very authentic and Diana Gabaldon most have done excessive research. I was really impressed.
Claire Randall is a very strong woman. She is assertive and she isn't completely at a loss when she figures out that she has traveled through time and ended up 200 years in the past. She keeps her wits about her as she is thrown into a relationship with the Clan McKenzie. Being a nurse during the war prepared the character for some of the challenges she has to face in the novel. I just really identified with her struggle between what she knew, with Frank and what she could have with Jamie. I thought the her character development was very well done.
One of the things that really liked about Jamie's character was his vulnerability. He is a warrior. He's used to being on the battlefield and fighting for his life. He's very masculine and certainly what anyone would call a man's man. But, yet he allows himself to fall in love with Claire. To totally gives himself over to the passion he feels for her and for what they could have together. His emotions are strong and he doesn't stuff them down like most male characters. I thought his character was refreshing and full of the spirit of a real highlander. "Fight hard, love hard," as my grandfather would say.
The Outlander series is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I found a very well done fan-made book trailer for the first part of Outlander. Check this out! I love the music as well.
I could not give this novel anything other than 5 out of 5 apples! I couldn't recommend it more to those who have not read this series. It's excellent!
They're the scandalous Sharpes, five hell-raising siblings tainted by a shocking family legacy. Now each faces a daunting ultimatum: marry by year's end — or kiss their inheritance good-bye.
In the two decades since a tragic "accident" took the lives of his parents, Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville, has survived the scandal surrounding that fateful night by living as an unrepentant rakehell. And with his grandmother vowing to disinherit him if he doesn't settle down and wed, he plans to fulfill the bargain in true Sharpe style — by bringing home a fake fiancée from a brothel! But his scheme is derailed when he rescues an American beauty in a dire predicament instead. Maria Butterfield came to London to track down her groom-to-be, who's gone missing, but her engagement won't stop Oliver from getting what he wants: her, in his bed. His rebellious masquerade may call his grandmother's bluff , but it's soon made all too real — by a love that tempts him to be a hellion no more.
1900's England was known for it's debauchery and Lord Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville was doing whatever he could to add to that description. He frequented brothels and gambling establishments, much to the chagrin of his grandmother who raised him and his siblings after the death of their parents. When his grandmother comes up with an ingenious plan that will see all five Sharpe siblings married before the year is out, Oliver is livid, but not without a plan of his own. Initially he decides to choose a woman from a brothel and bring her home, but he stumbles upon Maria Butterfield who finds herself in a predicament that will probably end her up in jail. When Oliver offers her a deal she can't refuse, he gets much more than he bargains for.
I really enjoyed the first book in the new Hellions of Halstead Hall series. Sabrina Jefferies has a way of creating a scene that allows the reader to visualize even the emotions that might be crossing the faces of her characters. Her sensual love scenes and witty dialog give The Truth About Lord Stoneville a subtle, yet poignant sort of atmosphere. Jefferies' character development was excellent. Not only do we get to know more about Oliver Sharpe, but his wayward siblings as well as they try to figure out how to use Oliver's situation to their own advantages.
Lord Oliver Sharpe is such a great character. Jefferies has used him as a supporting character in another one of novels and got such good response to him she decided to tell his story. I'm certainly glad she did. Oliver is the epitome of a rakehell. Gambling, visiting the brothels, the whole nine yards. But, underneath all that the reader easily can see that he is punishing himself. He has some serious issues but one thing is for sure, he does not want to be ordered around by his grandmother. He longs for something that he feels he will never be able to obtain, real love. Maria Butterfield may be just the girl to change his mind.
Maria Butterfield is on a mission to find her fiancée who is missing. When she gets herself into a tight spot she is resourceful enough to realize that Oliver is offering her the only foreseeable way out. She has a great determination about her and her curiosity and innocence draw Oliver like a moth to the flame. She offers him the possibility of happiness which is something he didn't even know he longed for. Her vulnerability is also a very winning characteristic. She is able to let down her guard with Oliver, which makes for some very sensual scenes.
This is great beginning to a new series. Look for my review of the second book in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series, A Hellion in Her Bed coming in October.
The Truth About Lord Stoneville is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
Here is a look at the book trailer.
I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag and look forward to the second book in this wonderful new series.
Here is some additional information about Sabrina Jefferies.
By the time Sabrina Jeffries was eighteen, she'd eaten chicken heads and jellyfish, been chased by a baby elephant, seen countless cobras and pythons, had the entire series of rabies shots, and visited rain forests and rubber plantations. But that wasn't enough excitement for her; to escape her mundane life as a missionary's daughter, she read romance novels.