Monday, August 31, 2015

The Dragon Stone Trilogy Book Review

Is Elias strong enough to save himself and halt the evil that is spreading across the land?

Publication Date: July 31, 2015
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Young Adult

Sequestered deep in the capital, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper weaves a plan to destroy all the dragons. He succeeds in driving them to the very brink of extinction. Only a handful of dragons and riders remain; living in exile in the desert. When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head.

With some help from his friends, Elias must escape the emperor's wrath and try to make it to the safety of the dwarf caverns. Elias holds the key to the salvation of the dragon race. Is Elias strong enough to save himself and halt the evil that is spreading across the land?

* * *

The evil emperor Vosper gathers his troops in the east, poised to conquer the entire continent. His target is the rebel city of Parthos, a constant thorn in his side, and the last sanctuary of the Dragon Riders.

Besieged from all sides, the remaining Dragon Riders come out of hiding. Forced to fight for their lives, they leave the safety of the desert, traveling across the land to gather intelligence and shore up forgotten alliances.At the center of it all is Elias Dorgumir, the key to an ancient prophesy, and Vosper will do anything to get his hands on him. Is it too late for the Dragon Riders to save Elias and stop Vosper from destroying the only refuge they have left?

* * *

As the races of Durn stand on the brink of war, the power-hungry emperor plans his conquest of the entire continent.

The dragon riders are fragmented. They have been scattered across the land; weakened by the discovery of a traitor in their own ranks.

Are the riders strong enough to defeat Vosper before he destroys them all?

My Thoughts:

I have to admit that I absolutely loved every single one of these books! And to make my day even better was the fact that sometime last year, I reviewed the fourth book, The Balborite Curse, so now all I need to finish the series is Book 5 and 6!! I can hardly wait to see what happens with the Dragon's and if they are able to have babies!!

If you love reading YA Fantasy books or books that have witches and magic, then you are going to fall in love with this series of books. The first 3 books have been compiled into one big book, which I love, because it's only one book that I have to keep up with instead of 3 separate ones plus the 4th one I somehow managed to review last year without even reading the first 3 and it still made sense.

But, I did dig it up and read it again so when I get the last 2 books, I am up to speed on what has happened in the last 4 books. I absolutely love reading about Dragon's and their mystical Dragon Riders (which is what they are called in the books). Each rider has some magic and can do spells while a few of them can really be powerful, which makes the less magical riders a little testy.

You have a little bit of everything in this series, romance, magic, betrayal, dragons, witches, elves, dwarves, tree sprites and an odd assortment of very bad creatures who do most of the dirty work. It's not overly violent and there are definitely not many romantic scenes, so young adults and teens can read this series.

I can't wait to get the last 2 books!!!

Happy Reading!
Kristian Alva was born into a family of writers and teachers. She worked as a staff writer and a ghostwriter before publishing her own manuscripts. She currently lives in the United States with her family. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading all genres, especially epic fantasy.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Family Magic Book Review

Family Magic by Patti Larsen is a young adult paranormal novel that won 1st place in World's Best Story contest and is published by Premiere.

The tour runs August 3-31 with mostly reviews as well as author interviews and guest posts. Check out the tour page for more information.
Family Magic
Category: YA Fiction, Genre: magic, witches, demons, paranormal romance, young adult paranormal romance, vampires, family saga, covens
Publisher: Premiere
Release date:May 2015

Book Description:

Her mom’s a witch, her dad’s a demon and she just wants to be ordinary. But, when an insidious evil comes after her family, Sydlynn Hayle has to choose to be the normal girl she craves or step up, embrace her magic and save her coven from disaster.
My Thoughts:
I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not in the first couple of pages, but, the more I read, the more the story grew on me and I found myself rooting for Syd and hoping somehow she would find peace or at least a way to live her life the way she wants to some degree.
I think all of us don't want to be told what to do or whom we have to marry, so it was a shock for Syd to find out things had been promised when she was just a baby and she wonders why on earth her mother would honor such a commitment that was made a long time ago, especially to a family that left the coven in disgrace the last time!
If you love YA Fantasy, this book is going to be right up your alley! It's packed with drama and everything flows, so that the story is told in a way to make you believe it and want to keep coming back for more. 
This book is Book 1 in the series, so I am hoping I get to read the rest of this series because I really loved all the characters and now I am hooked and what to know what happens to them!
Happy Reading!

About the Author:
Patti is an award-winning author with a passion for the paranormal. Now with multiple series in happy publication, she lives in Canada with her patient husband and six demanding cats.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Flesh And Blood Book Review

Flesh and Blood

Patricia Cornwell on Tour August 2015

Book Details:

Genre: Women Sleuths | Crime | Suspense
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: 06/30/2015
Number of Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780062325358 
Synopsis: cover

It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted?

Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper.

The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next.

First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.

My Thoughts:

I love these books! I have been reading the Kay Scarpetta series since the beginning and was very happy to find out I would get to read the latest one!

I love the way that Ms. Cornwell mixes the personal relationships with the technical side of what Dr. Scarpetta does. I think it makes the stories more interesting and also not so gory and bad all the time, just focusing on the murders.

Of course, there has to be some murders to keep Dr. Scarpetta in business, but at least with this particular series, the gory details are not so in your face that you might have nightmares about it. I have read some books that were so graphic, I didn't think I would be able to sleep and then when I did sleep, I was worried I might dream them!

So, these kind of series are the ones that I enjoy the most because it's still a crime investigation with a side of what is going on in these people's lives and how they are fairing both in their careers and in their personal lives. You will definitely want to read this book or go back and pick up some of her earlier books on Dr. Kay Scarpetta if you get the chance!

Happy Reading!

Author Bio:

Patricia CornwellPatricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world’s top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Prix du Roman d’Aventure.

Beyond the Scarpetta series, she has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography, and two more fiction series.

Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.

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.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Traveler Book Review

I have another Fantasy book that I wanted to share with all of you called Traveler by Dennis W. Green that I was really fascinated by to read.
Travis Becker is a police detective. So is Travis Becker. And Travis Becker. As a matter of fact, Travis Becker is a detective in countless existence streams, all of them living various versions of their lives, completely and safely unknown to each other. That is, until a brilliant scientist friend of his not only discovers the existence of parallel timelines, but how to navigate them as well.  
When a tragedy in one reality causes a chain reaction of events in other realities, Trav suddenly finds himself both at odds with and allied with different versions of the same people he knows throughout every reality...including himself.  
And if he can't trust himself, who can he trust? As the stakes grow steeper and Becker struggles to keep his sanity intact while fighting to keep the very fabric of time from unwinding, he realizes that the decisions he makes are not always black and white...sometimes they are blue and red. 
My Thoughts:
I really loved this book! It's very different and fast paced. You will have to be on your toes to read and understand this book and it's genre.
Trav is finding out that there are a lot of other people running that look just like him and actually have the same name as him! He has one that is actually a villain and is out to kill all the other Trav's out there.
So, it's up to the Trav in our world to figure out what the heck is going on and get a handle on the bad Trav and just what is he up to? Another shock to Trav is that his nerdy friend actually has a lot more to do with this situation than he is letting on. Once Trav figures this out, it will help him immensely in trying to figure out his best course of action.
You will love this sometimes crazy, sometimes funny and very dangerous story because it is really different and fast paced, so hold onto your reading seat while reading this book!
There is definitely a sequel coming and I hope I am able to read it because I love the excitement that this book brings!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Dennis Green's first novel, the sci-fi detective thriller, Traveler, ranked in the Top Ten in the 2014 Ben Franklin Independent Publishing awards, and has a 4.9 review average on Amazon. The second volume of The Traveler Chronicles is called Prisoner, and drops August 1, 2015.

Trav Becker's saga concludes in the final volume of the trilogy, Hunter, due in 2017.

A popular radio personality in his native Iowa, Dennis's adventures as a DJ were covered by newspapers from Anchorage to Los Angeles. He has also worked on the stage, TV, and independent film.

Dennis's writing has appeared in the anthology Sadistic Shorts, magazines including Grift, and Romance and Beyond, as well as his own blog at

By day, he is the general manager of Iowa's only jazz radio station, KCCK-FM. And if it's 5:30 am, you can probably find him in the pool, working out with the Milky Way Masters swim club.

Disclaimer: 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.

The Dreamer Book Review & Giveaway**Closed**

I have a really awesome YA Fantasy book to share with you called The Dreamer written by E. J. Mellow that I think you will love reading!
It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.  
Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars. There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence.  
Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams. But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?  
Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.  
My Thoughts:
I wasn't sure at first what the heck was going on with this book, but once I understood and got into this YA Fantasy book, it turned out to be a really great book and I enjoyed the difference from other YA Fantasy books that I have read in the past.
Molly at first thinks she is going insane until she finally realizes that she is in fact travelling to another world and that the guy she is seeing and/or dreaming about called Dev, is actually a real person, just not from her world.
Once she accepts her role in helping these people because it's the right thing to do and because she wants to save her world also, it goes from being just a love story to a war to battle the villians that want to take down both worlds.
You will definitely want to catch this book and the upcoming sequels!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
E.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. When she's not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.

Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter.
I thought this book was really a good book and wanted someone else to read it, so I will be giving my print copy to one of my readers. By the way, this is an autographed copy! Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
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The Memory Painter Book Review

I have a really great book to share with you today called The Memory Painter written by Gwendolyn Womack that I think you will really love reading.

Two lovers who have traveled across time. A team of scientists at the cutting edge of memory research. A miracle drug that unlocks an ancient mystery.

Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. When Bryan awakes, he possesses extraordinary new the ability to speak obscure languages and an inexplicable genius for chess. All his life, he has wondered if his dreams are recollections, if he is re-experiencing other people's lives. 
Linz Jacobs is a brilliant neurogeneticist, absorbed in decoding the genes that help the brain make memories, until she is confronted with an exact rendering of a recurring nightmare at one of Bryan's shows. She tracks down the elusive artist, and their meeting triggers Bryan's most powerful dream yet: visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer's, died in a lab explosion decades ago. 
As Bryan becomes obsessed with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the scientists' deaths, his dreams begin to reveal what happened at the lab, as well as a deeper mystery that may lead all the way to ancient Egypt. Together, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried. 
A taut thriller and a timeless love story spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history, The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack is a riveting debut novel unlike any you've ever read.
My Thoughts:
It took me a little while to understand what this book was about but once I got into the whole story, it really blew me away and I couldn't put it down until I had read the whole book! I stayed up until 5:00 am one night because I had to know how it finished!
The two main characters of this book, Bryan and Linz, come to realize that they have something in common. Of course, it is Bryan who catches on a lot quicker than Linz and even when confronted with evidence, she still resists the truth until something happens that she can no longer ignore.
It's filled with drama and suspense and will keep you on your toes throughout the book! It's one of those that you don't know what the next page will bring but it's worth the wait and I hope you will give it a try.
Even the villain in the book is not who you think it is and it will be the biggest surprise of all!
I am not sure if there will be a follow up book as the ending could be just that but there were many unanswered questions that it could possibly have a sequel. I for one would love to know what they do and did they find the hidden object and did it bring back what they hoped it would!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Originally from Houston, Texas, Gwendolyn Womack began writing theater plays in college while freezing in the tundra at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. During that time she lived in St. Petersburg, Russia on an independent study working with theater companies. She went on to receive an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Directing theater and film where she was encouraged to write her own material. After graduating she focused on writing feature screenplays and was a semi-finalist in the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship.
In 2009 she moved to Japan and began to write THE MEMORY PAINTER the following year.
Currently she resides in Southern California with her husband and son where she can be found at the keyboard working on her next novel.
Disclaimer: 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. 

A Heart's Betrayal Book Review

I have another installment of the Journey of the Heart series to share with you and the title is A Heart's Betrayal written by Colleen Coble. This is the 4th book in a series of 6 books.
Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier, but her secret could drive them apart. 
When Emmie Croftner answered the door to her late husband’s home, she discovered an awful truth: her deceased husband was a bigamist. And what’s more, the home she thought she inherited never belonged to her at all. 
Suddenly displaced, powerless, and ashamed, Emmie can’t stay in Wabash, Indiana. She makes a hopeful start for Fort Laramie, Wyoming, to find her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning. But when she arrives, she discovers she’s pregnant—and without a husband. The new start she’d hoped for slips from her fingers. 
But then she meets Isaac Liddle, a handsome soldier with a kind heart. When he begins to court her, Emmie wonders whether she could ever really be his—and whether she dares to tell him she is carrying another man’s baby.
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My Thoughts:
Although I did not read the earlier books, this short novella is actually a good stand alone book. It gave me enough of a background history that it didn't matter whether I had read the others or not. I got the basics of what happened to Emmie and was able to pick up the thread of the story quite well enough to enjoy this book just as much as if I had read the whole series.
Emmie sure does go through a lot it seems and in this book, she gets another shock but also some good luck finally happens, only to have an even bigger shock come once she is settled and thinks things might be looking up for her.
It's a good book and from just reading this novella, I think the whole series would be worth getting. I hope I am fortunate enough to read the next installment to see what happens to Emmie now that I am invested in her story.
Happy Reading!
About the Author: 
Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best.
She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers.
She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. You can visit with her on her Website for more information.

Disclaimer: 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. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Devil's Pocket Review

I have a really awesome book to share with you called Devil's Pocket, which is actually the 2nd book in a series written by John Dixon. The first book is called Phoenix Island and I will also tell you a little bit about that one also.
With a chip in his head and hundreds more throughout his body, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman was turned from an orphan with impulse control issues into a super-soldier. Forced into the mercenary Phoenix Force group, he begins to fear he’ll never escape. Sent to a volcanic island to fight for them, he’ll compete in a combat tournament that awards teens with survival for merciless brutality. But just when all looks lost, he spies a friendly face…and possibly a way out. 
My Thoughts:
Wow! This was a really interesting read for those of us who like YA Fantasy with a twist! It will make a lot more sense if you read Phoenix Island first but it still is a great book by itself if for some reason you can't get ahold of a copy of Phoenix Island. You won't lose the story of Devil's Pocket, but it will fill in some area's that help Devil's Pocket plot seem even more sinister.
This book is all about the end game of what was started in Phoenix Island and why the whole program was designed and what the actual maker's of the whole program what and need from all these guys fighting each other in Devil's Pocket.
It's very high tech stuff and it actually has some spy stuff included from another group of people wanting to put the people who made this whole scenario of fighter's coming together for this one big fight each year and the whole reason for it is really sinister and kind of sick.
I have a feeling there will be another book coming and I can't wait to read it!
Happy Reading!
The judge told Carl that one day he’d have to decide exactly what kind of person he would become. But on Phoenix Island, the choice will be made for him.

A champion boxer with a sharp hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble—using his fists to defend weaker classmates from bullies. His latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island.

Classified as a “terminal facility,” it’s the end of the line for delinquents who have no home, no family, and no future. Located somewhere far off the coast of the United States—and immune to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run by sadistic drill sergeants who show no mercy to their young, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stay until his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by the rules, so he makes friends with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed girl named Octavia. But he makes enemies, too, and after a few rough scrapes, he earns himself the nickname “Hollywood” as well as a string of punishments, including a brutal night in the “sweatbox.” But that’s nothing compared to what awaits him in the “Chop Shop”—a secret government lab where Carl is given something he never dreamed of.

A new life…A new body. A new brain. Gifts from the fatherly Old Man, who wants to transform Carl into something he’s not sure he wants to become. For this is no ordinary government project. Phoenix Island is ground zero for the future of combat intelligence.

And for Carl, it’s just the beginning…
My Thoughts:

This first book, Phoenix Island, will set up the next book, Devil's Pocket for you and will make Devil's Pocket even more sinister once you fully realize the whole reason why Phoenix Island and others like it really exist and what evil lurks behind the whole concept.

How John Dixon came up with this whole story is truly amazing because it's such a fanatical plan that it will boggle your mind, or at least it did mine! I really hope you get the chance to read both books as it really gives you an insight into how diabolical this group is in how they set up this whole thing with these kids.

Unbelievable is all I have to say!
About the Author: 
John Dixon’s debut novel, Phoenix Island, won the Bram Stoker Award and inspired the CBS TV series Intelligence. A former boxer, teacher, and stone mason, John lives in West Chester, PA, with his wife, Christina, and their freeloading pets.
Disclaimer: 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 you.