Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stan Book Review


 
I have new book to share with you called Stan written by Richard Wold. I am not sure what you would classify it as it is part humor, part fantasy and a little bit of horror all mixed up into one book.
 
Synopsis:
Ever since he survived a suicide attempt, New York artist Stan Foster has not been himself. Plagued by amnesia and a head full of visions of death and destruction that fuel his ever-more disturbing work, he claws his way through a life he doesn’t recognize in search of his true identity. What he finds leads him to believe he is Satan, spit out from the bowels of hell to live among the mortal inhabitants of earth. Is he delusional, or is there truth behind this troubling revelation?

One woman can help him find out. Enter Abigail: lapsed Catholic, lonely city dweller, and psychiatrist with a heart of gold. Meeting Stan makes her question everything she’s believed about faith and humanity for so long, but she must overcome her own troubled background to offer him the redemption he needs—and ultimately wants.
This is actually a pretty good book! I just wasn't sure what the author was going for as I saw it as a little bit of humor, horror and fantasy sort of all rolled up into one. Of course, the subject matter isn't all that funny, as Stan is trying to figure out if he is indeed the Devil as several people are trying to tell him or if he is just plain crazy.
 
The reason I thought it had humor is that it just was too hilarious to me that this man who tried to jump off a bridge and kill himself could be the devil? What in the world would make him think that he could kill himself? Because ultimately, the Devil is already dead or immortal or whatever you want to call it and the description of him and a few of his "helpers" is sort of on the funny side also.
 
But, of course, it's no laughing matter when those old friends of his come calling and tell him it's time to get "real" and get back to being who he is suppose to be. But, Stan is starting to like being human and being with Abby, so he is stalling. But, sooner or later he is going to have to make that decision or it will be made for him.
 
Of course, I didn't see the ending coming and I have a feeling that there will be another book, because it ended rather suddenly and dramatically. I knew those "helpers" weren't going to go quietly! I think the next book will definitely be on the horror side if those two have anything to say on the matter!
 
I definitely wouldn't classify this book as something that anyone under 14 should read because it might not be appropriate. Otherwise, it's a good, different take on the Devil and what he might be like in a Fantasy/Romance type of book.
 
Happy Reading! 
 
Purchase your copy on Amazon.
 
About the Author:
 
Richard Wold is a business owner and consultant. He currently lives in Gurnee, Illinois. Stan is his first novel.
 
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Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Layla's Gale Book Review


 
I have a new YA Fantasy book to share with you called Layla's Gale written by Nicole Pouchet.
 
Synopsis: 
Life is finally on track for fledgling stage actress Layla Cohen until she realizes her gorgeous new director, Sebastian, is the star of the erotic dreams which she’s been having for months. She could handle the uncomfortable work situation if not for the further evidence she’s losing her mind: The wind suddenly whooshes at her command; memories of a past life emerge; and she’s sure someone is trying to kill her. 
Meanwhile, director Sebastian Tawanti is steering his small D.C. theater company into the big-time with his Incan mythology-based play. The culmination of his life’s work, he won’t let anything stand in the way of his play’s success–not his mother’s objections, not the inappropriate heat he feels for Layla, and not even the mysterious, empathic symptoms he’s experienced since meeting her. 
As Layla and Sebastian struggle with new love and burgeoning power, a sinister force unravels to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Will they learn the truth behind the Incan script in time to save their lives, the love they’re destined to share, and the future of humanity?
Layla doesn't realize it yet but her world is about to change big time! This was a fascinating book that deals with the Inca Indians and their myth about the nine warriors that are suppose to save the world or at least their people.
 
In the beginning of the story it tells of the past and the mother who had all the daughters and son-in-laws, which makes up the nine warriors but somehow something went wrong and she ended up having to seal them up in an underground cave with their souls intact for the next go around.
 
Seems that they have been doing this over and over but they had never been in the same time all together and the mother had thought that this time would have been perfect because they were all there at the same time, but as best laid plans sometimes do, it didn't happen.
 
Fast forward to our time and here we are introduced to Layla. She is one of the warriors but she doesn't know it yet. And the director is her soul mate but of course it takes awhile for them to get the whole thing. People are coming in between them and then there is the whole business of him being her boss in the movie about these Inca warriors. Everyone thinks it's just a myth, but is it really?
 
If you love reading YA Fantasy books then you will love reading this one! Ah, to be young again!
 
Happy Reading! 
 
About the Author:
 
Still amazed to be an adult, Nicole co-owns a marketing agency and writes paranormal romance novels. She has managed to center her life around raising her two small sons and being true to her family (including husband and friends), and is happiest near the water.
 
Nicole wrote a weekly column about life’s mysterious and mundane moments called “A Discerning Eye” for her local branch of AOL’s news website, Patch. Her poetry and articles have been published in journals including Executive PieSacramento Poetry CornerMother Earth JournalLummox JournalPoetry NowPoetry Motel, and The Duke University Archives.
 
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Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 

All Things Returned Book Tour & Giveaway



All Things Returned by:
Ute Carbone
Anton & Lenora Book 3
 Historical Romance Women’s Fiction

San Francisco

Anton and Lenora Boudreaux have settled into an idyllic cottage overlooking San Francisco Bay. They’ve left trouble behind them and found happily ever after—family, friends, and a business that has every expectation of being successful. Until the Willow sails into port.

The captain of Willow, Jacob Lowell, is privy to secrets that threaten Lenora’s reputation and Anton’s life. When Anton sails to Seattle on a business enterprise, Jacob tries to blackmail Lenora, threatening to expose all he knows and forcing her to make decisions that will test her love of Anton and her life with him.

All Things Returned is the third book in the Anton and Lenora historical novella series.
Buy Links:   Amazon    B&N    Champagne Books
 
About the Author:

Ute (who pronounces her name Oooh-tah) Carbone is an award winning author of women’s fiction, comedy, and romance. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, where she spends her days walking, eating chocolate and dreaming up stories.

Books and Stories by Ute Carbone: 


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Giveaway
Ute is giving away 2 copies of books 1 and 2 in this series:
Sweet Lenora and To The Wind
 

Entranced Book Tour & Giveaway


 
Entranced by Maddie Jame
The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, Book One
Time Travel | Paranormal | Romance | Suspense

 
Release Date: March 20, 2014
Category: Fiction > Romance > Paranormal> Time Travel
Heat Level: Sizzle
Length: Novel, @88,800 words
Series: The Legend of Blackbeards Chalice, Book One
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
ISBN: 978-1-62237-283-6
Ebook Price: $2.99 (Special Series First BookPricing)
 
Synopsis:
  
Can souls touch through time and hold on when all odds are against them?    
                                                                                       
Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future—until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss—a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night—and her life changes forever.
 
Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate’s head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate’s ship to save her.
 
Entranced sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.
 
An Excerpt
Claire stared at the man staring back at her through the night mist. She blinked and then focused her gaze once more.

He was still there.

Her pulse quickened. Her heart hammered in her chest. Slowly, she stepped around the wooden rocker and silently crossed the porch to the entrance. Just to the right of the steps she stopped, placed her hand around the carved porch post and leaned into it, her cheek resting against its smooth and cool painted exterior. Her gaze never left his, and his followed hers as she moved. Inhaling deeply, the misty air hung heavy in her throat. Claire held her breath for a moment and then slowly and silently let it out, trying to clear her mind of the haze.

The nearly full moon provided a shaft of light, perfectly illuminating the man. Waves beat steadily against the shore behind him, an ever-present drone in her ears.

Funny, she thought. The sound used to drive her crazy, now it was barely noticeable. The wind pushed cloud cover in front of the moon’s beam and again she searched the night for a glimpse of him.

There! He’s closer. Definitely closer.

She jumped and fought panic. Her heart skipped a beat. The first night he had stood at the foot of the lighthouse, barely a specter against the illuminated white. The next night he’d ventured nearer, away from the lighthouse.

Now he stood barely twenty yards away, slowly walking toward her on the boarded walkway leading to the steps of her porch. An image of a man. A hologram of sorts.

A ghost? Her imagination run amok?

He fascinated her. Too far away—always too far away to see his eyes—but she knew they were black as pitch, rimmed with clear bright whites.

He stood tall, with his fists placed on either hip. His broad stance was solid, roped with muscle. His hair was long, silky, and as black as his eyes.

Soft.

She could feel the texture on her fingertips.

How? She didn’t even know what, or who, this man was. But she knew these things about him. Somehow.

He stepped forward. The night breeze ruffled his loose, white shirt, opened halfway down his chest. The wind lifted and swirled her silk nightgown around her legs, and she wondered if the sight of it aroused him, as the glimpse of his bare chest aroused her. She hugged the porch post as he took a step closer.

And then another.

Her spine prickled with fear as well as curiosity and anticipation.

Oh, God. He’s coming closer.

Claire locked her gaze with his, stepping away from the post and backing across the porch until her rear bumped into the screen door. He stopped and stared. Mesmerized by his gaze, she felt a mystical pull, some sort of power emanating from him, propelling her closer. That push-pull rivaled the fear she felt in her heart.

He took another step forward. With each step his body became more solid. More real.

Claire shifted sideways and grasped the cold doorknob behind her.

Too close.

A soft ocean breeze blew a dark strand of hair across the man’s face, and suddenly she felt compelled to stroke it from his eyes. She wanted to reach forward, caress his temple, peer into those dark eyes…. She released the doorknob and took a half step forward.

He stood still.

She stepped forward once more— But before she could continue, clouds passed in front of the moon, leaving her in total darkness.

She stood, waiting, the connection broken. Her chest heaved in anticipation. Her pulse raced. Her breathing came in short, shallow gulps. She waited, but when the wind-whipped clouds passed out of the moon-glow’s path, she saw that he had vanished. Nothing but empty black night filled the open space between her cottage and the lighthouse.

Nothing.

Had he ever really been there?

Claire shook her head and blinked. Without fear, and with her heart beating a rapid tattoo, she rushed off the porch steps, turning in circles, her eyes straining through the night, searching.

“Come back here!” she yelled. “Who are you?”

But the night swallowed her plea. Only the ocean winds heard her call.
 
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Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal worlds, bestselling romance author, Maddie James, pens stories that frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres. Sweet or spicy, suspense or comedy, western or time-travel, her heroes and heroines always chase one thing—the happily-ever-after—whether they realize it or not!  
A Food Network junkie who plots the way she cooks—by the seat of her pants—Maddie always has a delicious end product in mind (and she always follows a secret recipe!).   
Her first book, THE WILD WEST, a Kensington Precious Gems romance, received a Calico Trails Cameo Award. RED: A SEDUCTION TALE, claimed first place as the Romance Book Scene's favorite novella of the year.

A four time nominee for a CAPA/Psyche Award from The Romance Studio, Maddie’s books have received numerous 5 Star and Top Pick reviews. Her books have landed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo top-selling lists, and she is frequently listed as a Top 100 Most Popular Contemporary Romance Author at Amazon.
Maddie is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and its Published Author Network (PAN), Louisville Romance Writers (LRWA), Novelists Inc. (NINC), Kentuckiana Authors, and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
Visit Maddie's website: www.maddiejames.com

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Giveaway
Maddie is giving away a signed print copy of Entranced !