Book Review: Sol Invictus by Ben Gartner

Siblings John and Sarah barely made it home last time, but in their next time traveling adventure the challenge really heats up. Surrounded by clashing cultures on the ancient Roman frontier, they must fulfill their quest to unite the emperor with his enemy, an Alemanni barbarian, or risk being stuck in time forever.

An action-packed fantasy full of sword fights, chariot chases, fearsome wild animals, and high mountain survival. For graduates of the Magic Tree House looking for a thrilling middle grade page-turner, read Sol Invictus, book two of The Eye of Ra series!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

John and Sarah recently moved to Maryland, and they’re handling it okay. Sarah seems a lot moodier though, and she doesn’t want to spend much time with the family. It sounds like typical growing pains at first, but is there more to it?

When their parents decide to take John and Sarah to a museum, they end up in the ancient Roman frontier! This time, it is no accident. The gods are sending them on a mission, but they don’t want to time travel again. When they get there, they try using the Eye of Ra to return, but it doesn’t work! They decide that they probably have to complete the mission, but that seems impossible. They’re smart but I couldn’t see how they could complete this mission to get home.

John and Sarah make several friends while they’re in the ancient Roman frontier. I was hoping for more action in this second book, and I got it! I’m impressed with how the author incorporated a lot of history in Sol Invictus without it feeling like a history lesson. It didn’t slow down the story at all.

Sarah is having more and more trouble figuring out how to deal with the conflicting emotions she’s feeling and tends to walk off to be alone, forgetting how dangerous that could be. She made me so nervous running off like that! I enjoyed watching them grow throughout the book.

Sol Invictus is full of adventure that middle grade readers (and adults) will enjoy. It contains a lot of action and is a page turner. This time that John and Sarah are in is more dangerous than where they were in ancient Egypt, and they have to be on guard at all times. I’m looking forward to reading more books in The Eye of Ra series.

About the Author

Ben Gartner is the award-winning author of The Eye of Ra adventure series for middle graders (ages 8-12). His books take readers for a thrilling ride, maybe even teaching them something in the meantime. Ben can be found living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys.

Email: ben@bengartner.com

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Book Review: The Eye of Ra by Ben Gartner

Exploring a mysterious cave in the mountains behind their house, John and his sister Sarah are shocked to discover they’ve time traveled to ancient Egypt!

Now they must work together to find a way back home from an ancient civilization of golden desert sand and a towering new pyramid, without parents to save them. The adventures abound—cobras, scorpions, a tomb robber, and more! The two kids have to trust each other, make friends who can help, and survive the challenges thrown at them . . . or be stuck in ancient Egypt forever.

For readers graduating from the Magic Treehouse series and ready for intense action, dive into this middle grade novel rich with meticulous historical detail.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

John and Sarah live in Colorado and are moving to Maryland soon, and of course, they’re not happy about it. When on a hike with their parents, they find a cave and magically end up in ancient Egypt. Although they want to go right back home, it’s not possible. They’re going to have to stay in this time and place until they can figure out how to get home.

Luckily, they meet a boy whose family takes them in. During the weeks that John and Sarah are in ancient Egypt, they (and the reader) learn a lot about it. I found the information interesting, but there may be a little too much detail for middle grade readers.

Sarah has a bit of an attitude which I thought was funny because that’s typical for her age. John not only learns a lot about ancient Egypt, but he now knows the he will be okay when they move. If he can make friends in another time, surely making friends in Maryland will be a piece of cake!

The Eye of Ra is an adventure that middle grade readers will enjoy. It doesn’t have as much action as I thought it would, but it gets pretty intense near the end of the book. I’m looking forward to reading Sol Invictus, the next book in the series.

About the Author

Ben Gartner is the award-winning author of The Eye of Ra adventure series for middle graders (ages 8-12). His books take readers for a thrilling ride, maybe even teaching them something in the meantime. Ben can be found living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys.

Email: ben@bengartner.com

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Audiobook Review: The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic, but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains, she must leave her old life behind. On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.

Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for their new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache, and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic? 

If you like character-based fantasy, then you’ll love The Lost Sentinel – book one in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Kalaya is an island nation whose people no longer embrace magic; in fact, they persecute mystics and their protectors. Mystics now hide in the mountains. Tei is a young mystic whose father has taught her to hide her magic. After a visit from a stranger, he decides that it is time for Tei and him to leave for her safety. Tei hides with the other exiles, but she has an important mission: to find the lost sentinel before the current sentinel dies.

The author has done a great job at world building. It was interesting learning about Kalaya and its people. The characters, however, could have used more development. I wasn’t able to connect with the characters, even Tei. Hers is one of three stories that I’m sure will eventually all merge. The second story is about Brogan whom Tei has a connection with although they’ve never met. Farrell is probably my favorite character of the three. He is the captain of a ship but he wants more for his family and his people, and he’s wanting to make some difficult changes.

The narrator has a voice I really enjoy listening to. He also did well with pace and timing.

The Lost Sentinel is a fantasy that many readers will enjoy. I think it should be read with the realization that it would be preferable to read the trilogy, because although the ending was good, it’s not really a stand alone.

About the Author

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two children and a crazy puppy.

Her writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave Suzanne the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Now an author of four novels including the completed Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy Suzanne hopes the dreaded ‘W’ word will never rear its ugly head again!

She loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

Suzanne collects books, is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles and old ruins whilst being immersed in the past. She likes to combine her love of nature and photography on family walks, but most of all she loves to escape with a great film, binge watch TV shows, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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My name is George. Seoras, if you speak Gaelic. Born in the United States, German on my father’s side, a native of Bamberg, and a Stewart on my mother’s side from a wee parish outside Stirling. I am a keen learner, eager to travel the world around me, and an instructor of English with years of experience teaching in the US, Turkey, and Japan. In audiobook narration, I have discovered a perfect opportunity to perform and play with languages, dialects, characters, cultures. Essentially, my voice is my livelihood, and my spirit longs to explore.

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Book Review: Under the Roman Sky by G.W. Hixon

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God and the Devil have decided to meet again at last, but to do so they must each take human form again. Rome will form the perfect backdrop to their summit.

So an Englishman who has lost his mind; an American couple with death on their minds; a young Argentinian man with living on his mind; a megastar songstress with trouble on her mind; a grouchy priest with too much on his mind … and a dog called Walter, are fated to meet, under the Roman sky.

This is not a who done it. This is a who the hell are they?

My Review

Under the Roman Sky is different than the books I normally read. It is about God and the Devil deciding to meet on Earth after many years of being dissociated. Theirs is a love/hate relationship, and they are both portrayed with human characteristics. God is not pure goodness, and the Devil is not pure evil. It tickled me that they used phones for communication.

The ideas in this book and the mystery of whose form God and the Devil take over makes it interesting. I spent a lot of my reading time trying to figure out who God and the Devil were in Rome. There were obvious choices, but there were several other characters to choose from.

A lot of the story flows well, especially where there’s dialogue. The interactions between God and the Devil were the best because they were easy to read and humorous. The story goes back and forth between the present and memories, but it was surprisingly easy to follow. There are times, though, that there is a lot of rambling.

God and the Devil aren’t anything like I would picture them, especially having been brought up Catholic. Their characteristics are more human. The Devil is too nice, and God isn’t nice enough. I found it funny, but there may be readers who are offended.

About the Author

G W Hixon lives in Ripon, North Yorkshire, England. He has recently returned to his home town after having spent 20 years living mainly in the South East of England and latterly on the Yorkshire coast. He has a strong interest in theology, particularly why people chose to believe in the things they do. He is also passionate about ancient Roman history, being a regular visitor to the city of Rome. That city, along with the hills and vales of his native Yorkshire, heavily influence his writing.

Excerpt

“The Devil makes work for idle hands,” God said, quietly, mischievously, whilst starting to chuckle.

It caused the Devil to laugh out loud. “That is what they say, isn’t it? But the sentiment has always been quite wrong, old man. We have, you and I, all of the time in the world.”

“We have, indeed,” God replied.

“If only they knew it,” said the Devil.

For the first time, they laughed together and not at one another. For the first time, they shared the irony that formed the joke at which they were forced to laugh. But spite and envy tainted the sound of the Devil’s laughter.

“And now I turn the question on you, dear friend,” God said, as his spirit calmed. “Why him? Why then? Why, inside that house, when all else was good? Why him?

“Because you loved him,” the Devil replied. “And I knew that you loved him.”

“I did,” God said, subdued and sad. It is a funny thing, how sadness can befall someone so soon after they had been committed to laughter. “He had been my friend. He had been my friend for years. Someone who had been kind to me.”

“Then that is why him.”

“The woman had anointed my feet with her oil, that’s all she did.”

“You were in love with her!”

“It was not possible for me to fall in love. I am love.” Angry, now. The sound of laughter a memory.

“Lust, then. You were in lust with her. You wanted to experience … that … above everything else.” Anger, indeed, from both participants.

“No, you are – were — wrong.”

 

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Audiobook Review: Believe by Nanette O’Neal

Best friends share everything, right? Unless it’s a secret that could cost them their lives. Robyn and Kit are born with forbidden magic-sense, the power to see and hear beyond Earthly sight and sound. It’s a curse that haunts them, but the girls are strangely drawn to it—could there be more to this power than they’ve been told?

When they spill their secret, it opens a doorway back to Forever—a beautiful realm where magic-sense began. They learn the truth: they have been given a noble gift. It connects them to the Skyborn royalty of this new world. They’ve been summoned back by the forces for good to preserve the kingdom and revive the power where it once flourished—on Earth. It can thrive again, if Robyn and Kit are brave enough to follow.

However, the doorway awakens more than magical fairy-tales. A dark force is unleashed—one that has battled the Skyborn since time began, and it wants the girls dead, the Earth destroyed.

Beyond the doorway is where the adventure begins—trickery, kidnapping, a prison break, rescue teams, sword fights, magical gold-dust, holographic medallions, and singing orbs—but only for those who have the courage to believe.

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I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Kit and Robyn are new friends, but they both believe in magic which is now a crime. In fact, they both have magic-sense, the power to see and hear more than most people on Earth can. They end up in another world where magic, both good and bad, is everywhere. Nanette O’Neal has built an interesting new world, and I look forward to reading more about it.

Kit, Robyn, and Cam (Robyn’s brother) are just starting their adventures in Believe. They each face their own challenge as they face the dark force that wants them dead. Will they all survive the threats that they face?

The narrator, Joe Christensen, has a voice that is pleasant to listen to. He has good pace and timing, and he brought the story to life.

Believe is a great book for middle-grade readers. It has magic, adventure, fantasy, suspense, battles…it has everything most kids love to read about!

About the Author

Nanette O’Neal is a five-time published author, certified transformational story coach, and professional speaker. Ever since childhood, Nanette was fascinated with the nature of storytelling and how it has the ability to connect us to our higher self and change lives for the good. She uses the power of story to help people find clarity, gain courage, and walk with confidence to become the hero of the most important story of all—the story of you.

A Doorway Back to Forever is a seven-novel series for teens and families designed to entertain, awaken courage, and magnify the divine power within the human soul. The books of the series are Believe, Trust, Defend, Honor, Remember, Restore, and Become. Remember is the most recently released (October 2020) while Restore and Become are scheduled for publication in 2021. Nanette O’Neal is a 2020 top-ten finalist in Fantasy for the global Author Elite Award for Honor, book four in the series. Nanette currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband. She loves her family, hiking, Star Trek, and dogs. 

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Robyn and Kit are best friends who share everything—unless it could get them killed. They both have magic-sense, a dangerous curse where they see and hear things beyond earthly sight and sound. Robyn sees things that aren’t there, and Kit hears voices when no one is in the room. They dare not tell each other because it could get them arrested, but they can’t stop thinking about it. Finally, when the local bully, Logan, goes too far and teases Robyn about her secret in front of Kit, they spill their guts to each other and a magical doorway appears. It has a special message carved on it: Welcome Skyborn Warrior. Your Awakening is Now. It’s an invitation to step through, but there’s a problem: Robyn sees it, but Kit doesn’t.

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Book Review: Emery & Reyes (Evermarked novella 2.0) by AJ Eversley

The story of Emery and Reyes before Evermarked. This novella also tells how Jayla and Caspian became Watchers.

My Review

I read the Watcher series by AJ Eversley a while back, and I’ve been looking forward to reading this new series based in Cytos, the same city that the Watcher series began in. I liked the novellas she wrote about different characters from the Watcher series, so I knew I wanted to read about Emery and Reyes.

I’m planning on reading Evermarked soon, so I decided to read this novella first. Normally, I would wait until after I read the first book, but I already know a bit about the story, so I wanted a little back story. Even though it’s short, Emery & Reyes gives plenty of a back story as well as being as absorbing as one of AJ Eversley’s full length novels. Now I can’t wait to start reading Evermarked! If only I could take a day off to read…

About the Author

As an avid reader from a young age, it only made sense that one day I would write my own stories. I grew up in a small town in central Alberta Canada where there wasn’t much to do but read, cheer on the Oilers and attempt to enjoy the long winter months. 

​After high school, I attended college where I played 4 years of college basketball and eventually went into Recreation as a career. I stayed at the college I graduated from, where I am currently still employed full-time (as well as writing full-time…some days I wish clones were real so there could be two of me!) and am heavily involved in the fitness industry. 

​My first book series, The WATCHER Series, was self-published in 2017 and later picked up by Aelurus Publishing to be republished. The three-book series, along with a second four-book series The HIDDEN WAR, set in the same world released in 2020. 

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Book Review: Return to Atalan by Richard Brewin

It’s been almost a year since Isla found herself in the magical land of Atalan. Now she must return there, after a wizard called Steve mysteriously appears at her house and asks for Isla’s help. On their arrival in Atalan, they discover that an evil wizard is trying to take over the land with the help of the goblins, by using a spell that puts everyone under his command. Isla sets out to put a stop to this fiendish plot along with the help of some new found friends, Benji the elf and Sophie the bushwhacker. Can Isla help save Atalan and once again return safely to her family?

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My Review

Return to Atalan is a fantasy for children that has all of the elements of an exciting and adventurous fantasy. It is fast paced, so children won’t get bored, and the humor is the type that children will definitely enjoy. It will also encourage them to use their imaginations when reading about Atalan.

This is the second book of Atalan, and I expected Isla to meet up with Fartybubble and Oliver, the other main characters in the first book. Although she does see them for a short time, she is mostly with other, new characters who are just as unique and interesting as Fartybubble and Oliver.

It’s great how it often looks like all is lost, and suddenly something happens to give Isla and her friends hope. Isla is often the reason for this. She has good instincts and an impressive imagination. However, she wouldn’t get far without her friends and their abilities. Teamwork is definitely something children can learn from these stories. More than that, though, it’s a fun read for anyone of any age.

Some of the names of the characters are so funny! Children will love the names of the Unkerdunkies (as well as just the name Unkerdunkies). How could you not laugh at the name Fartybubble or Thunderbum?

I definitely recommend this adventure/fantasy that is a stand alone, but would be that much better if you read Atalan Adventures first.

About the Author

Richard Brewin has spent most of his working life within the health and fitness industry. He also has a passion for writing and after years of toying with the idea of writing a book, he has now completed his first children’s fantasy fiction. Inspired by and written for his children, Richard decided to get it published after receiving tremendous feedback from those that read it. Children’s fiction is the genre he enjoys the most and hopes to publish many more titles in the future.

Book Review: And The Creek Don’t Rise by R.M. Gilmore

On her twentieth birthday, Lynnie Russell—just a little ol’ thing from down in Havana, Arkansas—falls in love under a full silver moon.

Waking up the next morning naked and caked in blood, Lynnie is faced with a horrifying truth. She’s death incarnate.

In a race to unearth what she’s become, Lynnie must hide her beastly thing from those she loves most. If only to keep them alive.

When an unexpected ally offers help, how can she refuse?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

And The Creek Don’t Rise started out as a budding romance between Lynnie and Rusty who knew each other all of their lives. On her 20th birthday, she just learned that he loved her, and she realized that she may love him as well…then BAM! Lynnie’s life changed forever.

I could feel her heartache and confusion as Lynnie struggled to deal with who or what she had become. I felt so bad for Lynnie until she eventually accepted her fate and became a badass warrior!

The characters are unique, and I enjoyed getting to know them. My favorite characters were Lynnie’s grandma and Mama Lee. They were both amazing “older” women.

R.M. Gilmore has a distinctive sense of humor which is clear even in this crazy fantasy. All of the books I’ve read by her are original, and And The Creek Don’t Rise isn’t any different. I’m looking forward to reading more!

 

★★★★★ “… a spellbinding story that is unique and original… …haunting, spine-tingling story that sparks the imagination and provokes nightmares.” – Reader’s Favorite

★★★★★ “And The Creek Don’t Rise is a bold mystical fantasy novel that demands to be read in one sitting.” -IndiesToday

★★★★★ “Two words… MORE PLEASE!” – L.C. Son, author of the Beautiful Nightmare series

★★★★★ “Intricately researched, finely crafted, dynamic and completely brilliant… will claw your heart out.” – Ravin Tija Maurice, author of the Prophecy Girl series

★★★★★ “Absolutely fascinating. I WANT MORE!” – Julia Mills, USA Today and NYT Bestselling Author

★★★★★ “Gripping fantasy that won’t let you go.” – Jody A. Cummings, author of the Phoenix Rising series

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Hattie walked me to the door and made sure Garret was there ready for me before leaving in a hurry. She’d wanted more from me than I could give. I’d tell her sorry on a day I wasn’t recovering from second-degree murder. Or would it be manslaughter? I’d slaughtered a man and I didn’t mean to do it. Maybe I could claim insanity. I didn’t know anything about the law but what I watched on Law & Order, and not one of those episodes covered accidental creatures killing under a bright blue moon.

“I made your bed up, Lynn. I got some pot roast in the cooker on the counter if you’re hungry.” He tried—hard as it was for him to be nurturing. I wasn’t even angry with him anymore for leaving me in the hospital. He was hurting more than he could handle. It rolled off him like heat on the pavement. There wasn’t anything I could do for him. I was hurting enough for the both of us.

“I’m fine. I just wanna sleep. I need to lay down a bit.” I walked past him, head down, to my bedroom at the end of the hallway and shut the door.

The second I was alone, my cheeks flushed and my bottom lip shook, but I downright refused to cry again. I swore to myself then that I would not cry over any of it until morning. I would sleep, eat, and then figure out what in the hell I was gonna do with myself.

I laid back, pulled the covers up over my head, and tried not to think anymore. Garret rustled around in the kitchen. I knew there’d be a mess for me to clean in the morning. He didn’t cook much, which was fine with me because I tended to have more work when he did the cooking than when I did.

I listened to my brother fumbling around in cabinets and drawers and tried to sleep. My eyes closed, breathing slowed, heart took a second to catch up. Blackness took over.

I startled awake, limbs frantic, reaching out for anything to stop me from falling. I swallowed hard and flipped the covers off my head. The yellow light outside had turned pale blue, casting shadows over my room.

My eyes focused on a deep black figure in the corner. I gasped, and choked, and blinked at the thing. My stomach dropped six inches when the shape moved out of the shadow and I could see what it was.

About the Author

R.M. Gilmore is a paranormal and mystery/suspense writer and creator of the occult bestselling Dylan Hart series. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her teenage minion, bearded man-child, and toys still in the box. With an awkward and incessant sense of humor, it is likely she will die laughing.

“Star-crossed lovers and dead things. It’s what I do.” – R.M. Gilmore

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The Rose Petal Killer

Lord Sebastopol is in trouble again!  Arrested in relation to a murder he supposedly solved years before, Victorian England’s finest amateur detective has to persuade the police that he didn’t falsely accuse the wrong person.  Relating the tale of how he identified the Rose Petal Killer, Sebastopol and his faithful colleague Bryers find themselves caught up in a fresh wave of murders. The Rose Petal Killer might be a figure from his past, but Sebastopol is about to find out that buried secrets have a way of resurfacing, and they’re clawing their way into the present to threaten his credibility, and perhaps his life.

About the Author:

Marc Everitt has written and published 10 books including 2 standalone science fiction novels, a haunted house book, a race against time contagion thriller, 2 short stories and the stunning space opera trilogy ‘Days of Entropy’. 6 of these are also available as audiobooks. Most recently, he has gathered the suspects in the drawing room for the dramatic reveal in a murder mystery. Marc lives in Wiltshire, England with his wife, three children, two dogs and a bossy cat. Marc has a degree in English Literature & Philosophy from the University of Hertfordshire and is a ltd co director in financial services.

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“Lord Sebastopol,” said the commissioner, sounding contrite and almost humble despite his status. “You are right that we perhaps reacted rashly in the way in which we brought you here. That could have been handled better on our part, but the fact remains that this is a dire situation, and we are in a lot of trouble. Heads will roll, and I am afraid that mine will be one of them. Not to put too fine a point on this, I would be surprised if yours were not to follow. If punitive legal means are not applied to you for your part in this matter, then at the very least, you can expect the newspapers to run with it and make such a fuss about what happened that you will effectively find that your career as a detective will swiftly come to an end. It is in all of our interests to get to the bottom of this and try to prepare a coherent argument as to what went wrong and what could have been done to prevent it.”

“Commissioner,” Sebastopol said patiently as if talking to a backwards child, “nothing went wrong, save of course, for the death of Lady Wolstencroft and the unforgiveable time it took me to get to the heart of the matter. The man we apprehended was the Rose Petal Killer; I am convinced of that.”

“But…”

“I am not denying that there is someone out there who is a dangerous killer, and one that has a similar sickness of mind to the Rose Petal Killer, maybe even someone who venerates the killer and wants to follow in his footsteps. No doubt that we need to catch this blackguard and that this matter is exigent, but to say that they are somehow connected to the Rose Petal Killer themselves is sheer folly, I can assure you.”

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Return to Atalan

It’s been almost a year since Isla found herself in the magical land of Atalan. Now she must return there, after a wizard called Steve mysteriously appears at her house and asks for Isla’s help. On their arrival in Atalan, they discover that an evil wizard is trying to take over the land with the help of the goblins, by using a spell that puts everyone under his command. Isla sets out to put a stop to this fiendish plot along with the help of some new found friends, Benji the elf and Sophie the bushwhacker. Can Isla help save Atalan and once again return safely to her family?

About the Author:

Richard Brewin has spent most of his working life within the health and fitness industry. He also has a passion for writing and after years of toying with the idea of writing a book, he has now completed his first children’s fantasy fiction. Inspired by and written for his children, Richard decided to get it published after receiving tremendous feedback from those that read it. Children’s fiction is the genre he enjoys the most and hopes to publish many more titles in the future.

Excerpt from the book:

“Wally explained how Barry along with Fizzbit, who was already under the spell, and the goblins had arrived at his house and had kicked the door down and had taken him captive before he had a chance to defend himself. The only thing he had time to do was to hide the serum under the floor in the hope that Steve or someone else would find it. The goblins had ransacked his house and had taken away all of his potions and his wand, but luckily they never discovered the serum.

After that, he was taken away and led to the Unkerdunkie village where, on their arrival, Barry had cast his spell and put the entire village under his command. Once that had happened, Wally explained how he was held prisoner inside the cage while Barry, Fizzbit and a small army of goblins had left to go and invade the elves’ settlement.

Suddenly, Wally’s story was interrupted by shouting from above. Surely, Oliver and Benji haven’t fallen out already, thought Isla?!  She looked up to see Oliver, Fartybubble, and their two newfound friends racing back down to the forest floor on the lift. They were waving their arms around frantically, pointing towards something in the distance. It was difficult to hear what they were yelling about as all four of them were shouting at the same time.

Both Isla and Wally turned to look in the direction the foursome were pointing and immediately saw what was causing all the commotion. Coming through the forest in the distance was another group of goblins, only this time they were not alone. Leading the pack was Fizzbit, and the giant troll didn’t look happy.”

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Runaways of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

The Runaways Of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

Publisher:  Kindle Direct Press (September 1, 2020)
Category: Young Adult, Teen, Fantasy, Dragons

ISBN: 9798681416005
Available in Print and ebook, 394 pages

Luke Houser and his friends enter their junior year at Missing Lake High School under extremely unusual circumstances after a tremendous forest fire kept the community on edge for months. The memory of the fire permeates all aspects of everyone’s lives, including those of the incredible secret dragon family who live up north. Luke makes a new canine friend through his step-mom’s veterinary clinic and Chase plays an important role despite not being one of the family’s beloved sled dogs.

The silver dragon, Zagros has some serious news for his young Dragoneer that will impact the entire dragon realm, particularly the young dragons, Helios and Cassiel. Luke has to process this information all while a crisis unfolds during English class. Luke has to make some serious choices that challenge the sometimes awkward sixteen-year-old but he cannot share them with anyone without risking the discovery of the magnificent dragons.

This is the fourth book in the Missing Lake series that follows a reluctantly intrepid young man’s journey into adulthood with his family, friends, dogs, cats and dragons by his side.

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Guest Review by Sal

This is absolutely the kind of book that, while it’s technically a Young Adult novel, makes for an enjoyable story for all ages and reading levels.

Luke Houser is a teenager living in the town of Missing Lake, Montana, and he has a seemingly normal life. He and his father own a group of sled dogs which Luke spends much of his time caring for, and, on top of that, his step-mother is a veterinarian, so Luke is well versed in animal care.

Just before the beginning of the book, Luke and his family are forced to evacuate their house due to local wildfires that are encroaching on Missing Lake. Packing up their dogs and everything else that is important to them, they leave town for several weeks. Around the time school is set to begin, Luke’s family returns to find that their house is still standing although the smell of the fires still lingers in town.
Everything goes seemingly back to normal, but for Luke, normal is a little different.

Since he was fifteen, Luke has been a Dragoneer, a keeper of a family of dragons that lives on a mountain outside of Missing Lake. The head of the family, an ancient dragon named Zagros, shares a telepathic link with Luke through which the two are able to communicate. Having survived the fires that ravaged the area, Zagros now tells Luke that his family is in danger from a more long term threat. The dragons need Luke’s help to save themselves from extinction in the future.

This was a great story with a very worthwhile moral in the end. Luke and his family and friends were excellent characters that made for a rich, interesting world.
Tanya Fyfe’s writing is spellbinding and her usage of atmosphere within the town of Missing Lake was pitch perfect. She has crafted a story here that is enjoyable, heartwarming and thrilling and is definitely worth the read. I have to give it all 5 stars!

Praise for Secrets Abound Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

“Winner of the Distinguished Favorite for Teens”- NYC Big Book Awards and the Independent Book Awards in 2018

“I so enjoy this series. With his anxieties about school, his love for his family’s sled dogs, and his adventures helping his stepmother in her veterinary clinic, Luke Houser is a very believable teenager in the mountainous wilds of Montana. Most of his problems are perfectly normal for a boy in his circumstances.
So his involvement with the local dragons feels totally natural.
The antics of the baby dragons once they hatch, especially the golden boy dragon, Helios (who is all boy too) are just as realistic feeling as those of Luke’s school friends. You get the feeling that dragons could be just as real as broken marriages and sick dogs. And you wonder how the dragons and dragoneers ever got by without good veterinary support for all these hundreds of years. No wonder they’re nearly extinct!”-Lora of Ettria

“While the third book in the series, I didn’t have a problem reading it without having read the previous two.  I enjoyed Luke’s interactions with the dragons and all they go through.  I was invested in these characters and what happened.  I found Luke and his family to be realistic as were all the problems (outside of the dragons) that he was having.  It is a clean book, which I love, and is just good.  I would let my young teens on up read this, I think they would enjoy it!”-Ashley’s Bookshelf

“The descriptions of North Dakota, Montana, and Vancouver are well written and help the reader sink into the story.  The characters and dialogue keep the pace going and makes for a book that is hard to put down. The ‘Secrets Abound Missing Lake’ is a memorable book that I plan to share with my grandchildren when they are a little older.  I also plan to read the first two books in the series and can hardly wait for book 4.  This book is a must read for those who like coming of age stories and dragons.  Actually animal lovers would love it as well.”-Sal, Bound 4 Escape

About the Author

Award winning author Tanya Fyfe was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada and trained and performed as a professional figure skater and coach for many years. After working briefly as an English Teacher in Japan, she met her husband, Dr.Alistair Fyfe and moved to North Dakota in 1994.

She completed her BSc and then got accepted into veterinary school in Saskatchewan which she graduated from in 2005. Since then she has worked as a veterinarian in ND and Montana.

Tanya has written stories since she was a little girl and enjoyed completing a course with the Children’s Institute of Literature several years ago. She began writing her teen fiction series in 2013 which began with Lost and Found in Missing LakeThe Dragons of Missing Lake followed and then Secrets Abound in Missing Lake came next. Around the time of publication she started selling real estate in Montana (because, clearly, she was not busy enough) but was still able to jump back into the story to complete Book 4, The Runaways of Missing Lake.

She enjoys hanging out with her characters and tries to give readers a sense of what it is truly like to live in the beautiful mountains of western Montana. She enjoys spending time on any golf course with her husband and they canoe, hike and ride horses as well. They share their world with 5 adorable cats, several horses and 3 ridiculously personable ferrets.

Website: https://tanyafyfe.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanya.fyfe.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanyafyfe
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tanyafyfe/

Giveaway

This giveaway is for 1 copy each for 3 winners and is open to Canada and the U.S. only. The winners will have the choice between print and ebook. This giveaway ends November 26, 2020,midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted by Rafflecopter only.

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