Monthly Archives: September 2014

Argh, there be Pirates here!

Ahoy! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day, and in honor of it, I picked a piratey tale to tell. This week, I picked The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. This is the first book in their One Dozen Daughters series, and I won’t lie, I am very interested to see if they tell every one of the girls’ stories. The basic premise is that a small country has twelve princesses and not enough finances for dowries, so each must make her own fortune in the world. Strong women who are also princesses? Definitely an interest for me. Plus, I really liked Mercedes Lackey’s 500 Kingdoms Series, and this story sure does look similar.

This story tells the tale of the eldest, Clarice, who’s skilled with the sword. What starts out as a simple wanting to see the world, so she can make a name for herself and become a sword instructor turns into a mega adventure with pirates! (herself unwittingly becoming one of them) To add to that, she spends the majority of the book as ‘Clarence’, to make travels easier for her. Well, it’s not so easy when she meets Dominick, a shy but intelligent man with a big heart and an innate ability to lead, and falls for him. Hard. I loved the relationship between these two, focusing on their friendship, how close they become and how much they know each other before even contemplating romance. The rest of the ‘crew’ seemed to feel like simple characters, though. There is a lot of tension, but not a lot of depth to anyone outside Dominick and Clarice.

The storyline was interesting, but seemed to both be too fast and lag. There was a lot that happened in this book, but each main encounter felt like it was over too quickly, and Clarice spent quite a bit of time internally reflecting over everything. But, while parts of the book lagged a bit, there were still a lot of good story line. The action, now, that was something! The fights were well written, the tension palpable. I love the fantastical elements, the new ideas that these authors bring. There are a few questions left unanswered at the end, but that just makes me excited about what’s coming next. As this is just the first daughter’s tale!

You can get this awesome book for your Kindle or NOOK (and in Hardcover). And you can find her on Facebook. Enjoy!

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Fairytale princesses, noble knights, and… spies?

Hello! So, I have been given an amazing opportunity by Melanie Dickerson to review her newest fairytale, The Princess Spy, two months before its release date! I can’t begin to tell how excited I was when she sent me this amazing book. I have enjoyed every one of her stories so far, and this one did not disappoint! This story is the final connection between all her stories before, and i was really cool watching it all come together.

To begin, it’s hard for me not to like her style of stories. She does an excellent job researching the medieval era, and her settings are so vibrant and realistic. She makes it easy to understand feudal Europe, specifically the Holy Roman Empire’s Germany in this story. But she also brings in the beautiful ideals of fairytales, each with recognizable elements from the familiar tales, but also with great twists. She brings the heart of the story, the messages hidden within, and writes a unique tale that’s only hers. The Princess Spy utilizes that adorable tale of the frog prince, with the message of keeping promises, and reminding us that appearances can be deceiving.

This book follows the tale of Margaretha, the eldest daughter of the Duke of Hagenheim, She is a sweet character, full of heart, but loves to talk. (Yes, I know, now comes the comments about women and their love of talking. lol) But she is intelligent, learning as much as she can. That desire helps when Colin appears, a man who only speaks English, and she is the only one who knows the language. The romance between these characters is adorable, even as they fight their connection. They are forced to team up, to unmask a man who is not what he appears. Even as they learn about each other, they also have to discover what is inside them. This book is full of suspense and intrigue, an adventure filled with action, classic sword fights, the enjoyable woman who discovers her own strength, and a man who changes from an utter toad to a true charming prince. Definitely one of her best works, and one I highly recommend.

Want to learn more? Check out her blog, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. And you can  pre-order this amazing book on Kindle or Nook (or paperback, if you like a solid copy like me). I hope you enjoy this story!

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Mega Sale on Pirate Adventures!

Okay, so this isn’t quite a book review. Well, I guess I have a mini-review in here, but this post is all about a FANTASTIC sale on one of the best series I have ever written! Several years ago, I was looking for stories to do speeches off of. I wanted something different, and I was browsing different book websites. That is when I came across The Legacy of the King’s Pirates by MaryLu Tyndall. Let me tell you, when the description reads ‘Christian Pirates’ what else is a girl who’s looking for unique to do but perk her ears up? I found the first two at my local bookstore, and they were finished almost instantly. I loved them! And I could not put them down. I immediately went back out to get the third, and I have adored the author ever since then. Earlier this year, she gave us a gift of the fourth book in the series, The Ransom (Which I did blog about earlier this year). She has just recently revised her original stories, and re-released them on ebook, and guess what? They’re on sale! Through the 7th, all four of these amazing books are on sale for really good prices. 

The series starts with The Redemption, (Amazon) a story about a woman desperate for love, and a man struggling with his faith and profession. I couldn’t help but fall for Charlisse and Merrick as they fight to fall in love, even while struggling with the other dangers of the Caribbean. Full of adventure, intrigue, (of course romance), and a message to melt the heart, this story is still one of her best.

Then you have The Reliance, (Amazon, B&N) which continues the story in an interesting way. As Charlisse and Merrick are separated at the beginning, you get to watch them on their own, and I have to say, watching Charlisse become a pirate captain of her own was definitely enjoyable. Again, full of adventure and suspense as you wonder if they will ever be reunited, it is a great continuing chapter.

And the last of the original is The Restitution, (Amazon, B&N) which follows the story of Isabel, a girl we met in the previous novel with Charlisse, and Kent, a man from the beginning who’s always been a bit of a bad boy, but has a deep love for this one woman. She hates him, and he hates himself, but they are forced to sail together to save one other: their son. I loved the dynamic between them, the story of redemption (kinda a fitting name for the first book as it’s the theme throughout the stories) and of course the adventure of a mother and father desperate to save their child. 

Of course, the last story, The Ransom, (Amazon, B&N) is about the next generation of pirates, and is a perfect continuation of the story-arc. I can’t help but look forward to more from this awesome series!

And yes, I said sale. The Redemption is currently Free. That’s right, FREE! The Reliance, and The Restitution are currently on sale for $1.99 each, and The Ransom is only $2.99! These are AMAZING prices and will all go up after the 7th. So, check this series out! It is one of the best by this author. Oh, and want a chance to win an extra $25? Head on over to MaryLu’s blog and check out how you can. 🙂

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Mega Sale on Pirate Adventures!

Okay, so this isn’t quite a book review. Well, I guess I have a mini-review in here, but this post is all about a FANTASTIC sale on one of the best series I have ever written! Several years ago, I was looking for stories to do speeches off of. I wanted something different, and I was browsing different book websites. That is when I came across The Legacy of the King’s Pirates by MaryLu Tyndall. Let me tell you, when the description reads ‘Christian Pirates’ what else is a girl who’s looking for unique to do but perk her ears up? I found the first two at my local bookstore, and they were finished almost instantly. I loved them! And I could not put them down. I immediately went back out to get the third, and I have adored the author ever since then. Earlier this year, she gave us a gift of the fourth book in the series, The Ransom (Which I did blog about earlier this year). She has just recently revised her original stories, and re-released them on ebook, and guess what? They’re on sale! Through the 7th, all four of these amazing books are on sale for really good prices. 

The series starts with The Redemption, (Amazon) a story about a woman desperate for love, and a man struggling with his faith and profession. I couldn’t help but fall for Charlisse and Merrick as they fight to fall in love, even while struggling with the other dangers of the Caribbean. Full of adventure, intrigue, (of course romance), and a message to melt the heart, this story is still one of her best.

Then you have The Reliance, (Amazon, B&N) which continues the story in an interesting way. As Charlisse and Merrick are separated at the beginning, you get to watch them on their own, and I have to say, watching Charlisse become a pirate captain of her own was definitely enjoyable. Again, full of adventure and suspense as you wonder if they will ever be reunited, it is a great continuing chapter.

And the last of the original is The Restitution, (Amazon, B&N) which follows the story of Isabel, a girl we met in the previous novel with Charlisse, and Kent, a man from the beginning who’s always been a bit of a bad boy, but has a deep love for this one woman. She hates him, and he hates himself, but they are forced to sail together to save one other: their son. I loved the dynamic between them, the story of redemption (kinda a fitting name for the first book as it’s the theme throughout the stories) and of course the adventure of a mother and father desperate to save their child. 

Of course, the last story, The Ransom, (Amazon, B&N) is about the next generation of pirates, and is a perfect continuation of the story-arc. I can’t help but look forward to more from this awesome series!

And yes, I said sale. The Redemption is currently Free. That’s right, FREE! The Reliance, and The Restitution are currently on sale for $1.99 each, and The Ransom is only $2.99! These are AMAZING prices and will all go up after the 7th. So, check this series out! It is one of the best by this author. Oh, and want a chance to win an extra $25? Head on over to MaryLu’s blog and check out how you can. 🙂

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