Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Book Review: Adalindis: A Tale of Generosity by Isabella Berdyna Zysk



Adalindis, A Tale of Generosity, is a historical fantasy set in a medieval-like kingdom called Adri. Blending adventure and romance, it tells the tale of two people, a young noblewoman and a common-born captain of the palace guards, who meet under circumstances which foster misunderstanding. 

In the process of coming to know each other better, he learns that she has a generous spirit which touches the lives of many, and she learns that he has innate abilities of leadership and a pure heart.








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REVIEW

I never wished for two characters to get together so much!  Adalindis is an adorable tale! Told from his/ her perspectives, we meet Adalindis or Lindy an unconventional countess who is set to be presented to the King and Queen marking her open for courting. We then meet Kenric a stoic guard of the King and Queen’s palace guards. An orphan he takes his responsibilities very seriously. When the light appears in an area of the castle that should be closed, Kenric investigates stumbling upon Lindy a who to him is a very unorthodox young lady of nobility in only that she is a kind, generous, and strong thinking woman. Further, various encounters with Lindy’s generosity and strong will make him create an ill, wild picture of her. When Lindy’s Father, Lord Morris sends for him to inquire if he would wish to be a Castellan for him and was referred to by Lindy herself, and reveals to Kenric who Lindy truly is Kenric sees he was very mistaken about her. Kenric accepts the offer and when Lindy’s generous kind heart back at the castle puts them in danger, feelings always get put in perspective.

 Adalindis, A Tale of Generosity is wonderful! I totally loved this story! Lindy and Kenric are such strong characters. They are considerably written, you get who they are in an instant, and love them! If you are looking for a book to bring a smile to your face Adalindis will do just that. It is pretty much what Zysk’s books do, which is why she is such a delight to read. When I am tired of the heavy stuff, I only pluck up a Zysk’s book and she hands you a smile of hope, romanticism, and chivalry in a time far away.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Isabella Berdyna Zysk is a self-published author who enjoys a story in which good guys win in the end, even if there's a struggle along the way which all don't survive. She's a storyteller at heart and keeps the narrative suitable for both adult and young adult readers. She loves a medieval-like setting in fantasy worlds where knightly chivalry and noble valor are the goal but with access to better hygiene.

 

Isabella Berdyna Zysk was born in Michigan, raised in southern California and central Virginia, worked and lived in several states and foreign countries, and now resides in Florida where she enjoys retirement. 

Her interests include the writings of Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, horses, trees, sustainable farming, and art.


Monday, July 6, 2020

Book Review: The Hiders in Darkness by Paul Kocourek




A WORLD OF MONSTERS…

Bored Ronald Thorn longed for some adventure, and so joined his outgoing friend David Corey on a vacation camping trip.

But he never expected to hike his way into a strange world with a twilight sky and a pale white sun. Here, strange savage beasts made fortified cities the only safe refuge.

In all this, the last thing he expected was to meet a beautiful but endangered princess. Unfortunately for him, Ron unwittingly returned to Earth and now must somehow find his way back to that perilous world to rescue her...







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REVIEW

The Hiders in Darkness is a fantasy lovers’ tale. In it, we meet Ron Thorn your average guy, at your average job who is contemplating the lack of excitement in his life. When his best friend David invites him to go on a hiking trip with him to get some excitement in his life Ron begrudgingly agrees. He soon regrets it though as David leaves Ron in the dust. Trying to catch up Ron gets caught in a strange fog that rolls in from down the mountains. Trying to keep his bearing he comes out finding himself in a completely unfamiliar world called Fefn’la filled with dangerous creatures and a beautiful woman he remembers from his dreams, and who nearly kills him. Stating she is a princess running from an evil cult the Saa’maa who wants to gain power Ron promises to return her to her father. In their journey feeling grow between the two. They are ambushed by some bounty hunters hired by the Sa’maa forcing Ron to get separated from his princess and somehow stumbling back to the earth realm. Unable to get the princess out of his mind Ron sets out to find Fefn’la again now with his friend David in tow. They both find the portal back but get separated shortly after both embarking on an adventure of a lifetime. They then reunite later for a battle for all of Fefn’la and the hearts of the maidens.

Kocourek writing with the warming of C. S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia with his subtle hints of Christian symbolism. This symbolism permeates deeper near the climax in an effortless blend of fantasy and Christianity. His characters written modernly with a sense of humor and are just great. David and Ha’ cah is my fave and they steal the scene every time.

As for the namesake of this book The Hiders in Darkness they sort of play as a background boogeyman haunting the characters throughout the book. They come out from their hiding later surprisingly playing an important part. Hiders in Darkness was enjoyable fun to the end.

**** 4 Stars!








ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul has a background in computer programming and network administration and is an author of 3 books including The Hiders in the Darkness. For more information follow Paul on Goodreads and all his books.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Book Review: The Adventures of Ollie Orangutan by Larry Landgraf



In the beginning, all animals were born wild and free. Ollie, however, was born in a cage and has spent his entire life in a zoo. Everything he knew, he learned from his mother and through the bars of his confinement. His life was totally dependent upon humans. He always had plenty to eat and it was fun watching the humans who visited daily, especially the little ones. Life was comfortable and Ollie grew up soft.

But as fate would have it, that is all going to change. Ollie is thrown into a completely new environment of which he knows nothing. Ollie will have to learn new things in order to survive without the help of humans. He will make new friends, but the real world is wild. He will also find those who would hurt him. Can he toughen up and make a new life for himself?



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REVIEW

The Adventure of Ollie Orangutan could be made into a movie. Landgraf paints in the likes of such classics as "Homeward Bound" and "Milo and Otis"… well minus the children. Ollie does meet a human though in his adventure. Ollie actually comes from a zoo. To prevent overcrowding at Ollie’s zoo, they place Ollie on a train transporting him to another zoo. An accident happens that places Ollie in the wild world of the Texas swap lands. Ollie has never been in the wild before. Now his mission is survival and to find his place in this wild world. In his adventures, he meets the natives of the swamplands. Quite the characters they each find Ollie either interesting, frightening, or looking delicious! Can Ollie make it on his own?

I recommend The Adventures of Ollie for ages 7 and up. The book's goal is to teach kids the trials of life in an entertaining way. Another point out is The Ollie character is sweet and nice as can be, but he also is no fool either. Thus, showing kids being kind is a strength, not a weakness. I liked that. I read this to my twin boys (ages 7) at bedtime. A new chapter each night. They enjoyed it. It also got us all talking and having a discussion afterward. Ollie is a delightful book to bring family togetherness.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR




A former commercial fisherman and to save his fishing career Larry stepped into the literary world where he wrote his first book in 1986. The book and the career failed. After retiring he wrote his second book in 2012 “How to be a Smart SOB Like Me”. His next book was published in 2015 titled “Into Autumn–A Story of Survival” Then it was republished again in January 2017. The sequel “Into Spring–The Next Generation” came in January 2017 and earned him a finalist spot in the IANI (Independent Author Network) Book of the Year contest. Titling it The Four Seasons Series “Into Winter” and “Into Summer” soon followed.

“How to be a Smart SOB Like Me” which is considered his autobiography was re-published in 2017.

Many people mentioned “Into Autumn” would make a wonderful movie, so he took it upon himself to write the screenplay. “A Tempest in Texas” is his rendition of that script. In May 2017, “A Tempest in Texas” made the semi-finals in the Los Angeles Cine-Fest screenwriting festival. Shortly thereafter, it made “finalist” in the Influx Magazine Festival. In October it made “finalist” in the New York Screenwriting Festival and at the end of the month is in the hands of two producers in California.

Follow Larry and all his works @ http://www.intoautumn.com



Sunday, June 7, 2020

Book Review: Demon Tracker: The Council of Twelve Series Book 3 by A.J.Alexander






Zepheira is the best Demon Tracker working for the Good side. With her unusual looks, her phenomenal sense of smell, and her bravery, she quickly draws ‘The Big 7’s attention to her talent. They hire her to find one of them. Leaving her familiar surroundings and regular work environment unsettles Zepheira at first. But the challenge to prove herself and to increase the reputation of her infallibility tempts her.
She is convinced she will be a great asset to ‘The Big 7’. Little does she know she will be a much greater asset in Heaven’s fight against Evil. Zepheira suddenly becomes more than a hired tracker. She finds herself an important pawn in the game of love, heat, and fire. Will her courage and sacrifice be sufficient to dance with the flames.



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REVIEW



NOTHING BUT PRAISE!- Book 3 in ‘The Council of Twelve Series’ is WOW! Taking sometime after ‘Sundance’ (book 2) we meet demon tracker extraordinaire Zepheira of the Divine Army. With her proud horns and her master sense of smell memory, she is good at her job. When a summons from The Council of Twelve calls her away Zepheira is intrigued and floored at the attraction she has for Uriel. The Council of Twelve needs her help tracking a demon who stole the soul of a defeated angel. They need to find it soon or the angel’s soul will be lost to hell forever. Zepheira finds the demon who happens to have a connection in her mother’s murder. You see Zepheira is the daughter of Pan. When the hunt for the lost angel’s soul goes wrong Zepheira is taken by Lucifer. What is his connection to Pan and her mother? What is this sizzling bond growing between her and Uriel? Upon her release from Hell, it is discovered Sundance is still alive and has been a prisoner in Hell. A bold rescue is set up to free Sundance and it may cost Zepheira her soul.


‘Demon Tracker’ throws all the punches and hits every target! ‘Demon Tracker’ is a wonderous escape! I think the best book in the series yet. Zepheira is a breakout character and I fell in love with her instantly.  Alexander creates a character that is brash, sarcastic, witty, and tough without any effort. She has to be my favorite book character to date. I hope this is not the last in the series. We do still have a jilted Lucifer sulking in the shadows!














ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Fantasy author A.J. Alexander is working on her paranormal romance series 'The Council of Twelve' series. 'Soul Taker’ the first book was published on December 15, 2018.
She has written short stories and poetry in the past. Some of her poems can be read on her popular blog 'Writer's Treasure Chest.’
In her rare free time, she is extreme reading, excessive pool swimming, and playing monster-monopoly. Her strongest support system is her sister, family, and friends along with her three cats.



Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Book Review: The Goddess of Death: The Selanian Chronicles: Volume 3 by Peter Krausche




It's the spring of 1997 in Bend, Oregon, and Theresa has grown into a bright but treacherously beautiful young woman. But she would gladly sacrifice her long, golden locks and dark blue eyes to get rid of her ghastly premonitions. Things get worse when her latest vision of a double homicide comes true right in the town where she lives. As the bodies start piling up, she and her friends must figure out why this cross-state serial killer is mutilating their victims in the most horrific way and try to stop them before more people are killed.

On Chyoradan, the High Priestess Tamenisa Larutas must comfort her friend Tura, whose husband was murdered when he tried to secure information that could help them expose the sinister machinations of the elders of the Advisory Council. Tamenisa believes she can only save the situation by donning the guise of the Nightwraith, a mythical figure from the time of the Piralian Civil War 4,500 years ago. Through her nightly escapades, she hopes to gather enough evidence to stop their enemies and save herself and her friends.

Meanwhile, 4,500 years earlier on Piral, the Selanian Conference in Tolares is over after only one day, making it clear that the leaders of the Western Alliance were never interested in constructive participation but had always planned to sabotage the proceedings. Now Nova must warn the population that an army of roughly 50,000 troops will march upon their city within a week and they don't even remotely have the amount of resources they need to stand against them.
But because of what happened to her twenty years ago, Nova feels broken and doesn't know how to cope with her feelings for the young Lord Tolares, making it difficult for her to concentrate on the immense task at hand. When she hears of a sinister figure, who their enemies call the Nightwraith and who has been killing off members of the Black Guard to avenge the atrocities they committed, Nova knows that the Goddess of Death has already been awakened, and the time when her wrath will be unleashed is swiftly approaching.


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REVIEW

The Selanian Chronicles plunges down the dark rabbit hole in The Goddess of Death. Both tales also start to slowly leak into each other keeping you craving the crescendo that will bring it all together. Note you need to read the first two book in order to grasp the effects in The Goddess of Death. The prologue stories from the previous two books continue on in The Willow. We start to finally see how these prologue stories start to relate to our main title Goddess of Death.


In The Goddess of Death secrets, tragedy and tensions explode wide open as a hit is put out on the Catyana’s family. The Faren’s though are special. Catyana and her siblings are prophecy incarnate. To make things worse After the failed conference in Tolares the Western Alliance and their army is marching towards Nova her crew in to seize control.

When tragedy strikes the Goddess of Death is unleashed with the mythical Nightwraith by her side. Villiam’s true identity is revealed (still what is he? So many questions still!), yet what is his connection to the Nightwraith? Who the Nightwraith is will blow your mind! This is only the tip of the action that happens in The Goddess of Death

The best book in the series so far. Krausche indeed comes into his writing in this book holding no punches with his stubble undertone of the evil elements of civil war shrouding it in sci-fi fantasy action. His characters are written real and frustratingly complex. You love them. You hate them. Want to slap some sense into them. It makes them really real and true to their setting and environment. I eagerly await to see the fates that await us in the following volumes. The Goddess of Death has merely begun.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Peter Krausche was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to an enlisted officer of the US Air Force and grew up in Kettering, Ohio. After his parents divorced, his German mother remarried a Swiss citizen, and they moved to Switzerland when he was 13.
 He has always enjoyed reading and watching science fiction and fantasy, although he doesn't mind a good romance, some drama or mystery, or even a thriller. The influence of authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Stephen Lawhead, and Karl May are still noticeable in his work. The first drafts of The Rose and The Alley (the preludes to The Emissary and The High Priestess) were actually written in 1991 when he returned to Switzerland after a stay in Central Oregon. 
But life happens, and he turned aside from his attempts at serious writing for more than a decade. In the fall of 2003, he dug up his old manuscripts and started working on the Selanian Chronicles, a labor of love that has continued off and on to the present day. As with the creations of other visionary artists, it's his desire to bring light into the darkness and to suggest more uplifting and spiritual possibilities of life by placing the eternal values of love, hope, and faith at the center of his message. His personal experience has been that transcendence to higher ideals is often accompanied by the refining pain inherent to the process of transformation, and he attempts to incorporate these experiences into his writing. Last but not least, he considers himself a hopeless romantic who doesn't mind losing himself in the beauty of a flaming sunset. This personality trait naturally colors everything he writes, but he believes it enriches rather than diminishes his stories, and he hopes his readers agree.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

BookSpotlight: Our Hearts are Blind by Hedi Sprouse



Today we are happy to be a part of R&R's Book Blog Tour once again! 

Helping them spotlight. Our Hearts are Blind by Hedi Sprouse.



Publication Date: May 5, 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Romance

Heidi Sprouse does it again !! Our Hearts Are Blind will capture the readers attention immediately and continue holding you tight until you read the last word…..

In Our Hearts are Blind as the world is divided and in the midst of the Civil War, one family is also at war amongst themselves. Thomas Cooke is the youngest son to a rich and powerful plantation owner. Thomas and his older brother Beau have a great life….they have indoor plumbing, their house is beautiful, their closets are overflowing with beautiful clothing, they attend parties and they are loved and cherished by their parents and each other. Even though they have everything they could possibly want, Thomas cannot help but feel empty and confused.

His family is surrounded by workers, workers in the fields and around the house, maintaining the land. These workers have been a part of Thomas’s life forever but he cannot help but feel it is wrong because these workers are actually slaves…..and one of them, Caroline, has captured his heart. Thomas fell in love with Caroline when they were young and her mother would watch the two of them as she carried on her duties in the house. To the world, this feeling of love between Thomas and Caroline is wrong because Thomas is white and Caroline is black.

Thomas will do whatever it takes to be with Caroline….even leave the home and family he loves. Thomas knows that he cannot live this life anymore, it is a lie and it is tearing him up inside, he needs to do the right thing and help free the slaves even if it disappoints his family and he can never go back to his entitled life.

Follow Thomas on the hardest journey he will ever face. It will surprise the reader to see where it goes and who goes with him….. We can only HOPE Thomas gets his happily ever after.

“Our Hearts are Blind is not only a love story, but it is also a story about devotion and commitment, it is a story about conflict, it is a story about relationships and the bond between family.”

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Excerpt
At the sound of approaching footsteps, Beau signaled to him to be quiet. A willowy, statuesque woman in a dress the color of the heavy cream in Thomas’ morning coffee joined them, carrying a tray of chilled drinks. Her dark hair was braided around her head like a crown, one of Mama’s pink roses tucked behind her ear. Her skin, rich mahogany, glistened in the morning light. She set his heart to pounding and stole his breath away. She carefully placed a mint julep on the table at his brother’s side with a slight bow of her head, grace embodied in the form of a woman.

“Thank you, Caroline,” Beau told her politely.

Even her name was lovely, taken from their paternal grandmother. Her mother, Amelia, was named after their maternal grandmother. They were both favorites in a long line of help that dated back at least a century.

She slowly approached Thomas, giving him one glance of her creek-water eyes before dipping her head demurely. As she placed his drink in his hand, her finger grazed his skin. It was as if someone set him on fire. He wanted to latch on. Pull her into his arms. Set her on his lap and see if she would fit. He knew that she would. A blush seeped into her cheeks. She gave him a nervous smile and slipped away.

Beau’s eyes snapped as he set his drink down so hard it nearly shattered, “Is she what this is all about, why you are so upset? Brother, you need to stop this right now!”

Thomas shot up from his chair and made for the stairs when his mother stepped onto the veranda. Alicia Cooke somehow always managed to look cool and put together, not a hair out of place, her thick strands tucked neatly in a twist at the back of her head. Her day gown in a pale rose complemented her dark complexion perfectly. She was adept at putting out fires and unruffling feathers. Like a rudder silently at work beneath the surface of the water, she could steer her family in the right direction. She had an uncanny sense of when something was wrong. With her household, her husband, or her sons. Her forehead creased in the middle as she stopped her youngest and placed her hand under his chin. “Whatever is the matter?”

She usually had the power to soothe him. With her quiet ways, he often thought his mother understood him best. Right now, nothing would put him at ease. He pushed the air between his teeth and dipped in to give her a peck on the cheek. “I just need to go for a walk, Mama. The heat is getting to me and has put me in a foul mood.”






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heidi Sprouse is a resident of historic Johnstown in upstate NY and went to college at St. Rose in Albany.

Heidi started her journey to becoming an author when she was just a child. She would practice creative writing with her friends and continued to write on through college. It wasn’t until her early thirties, after her father passed away, that she began seriously penning words with the intent to write books. As an author, Heidi opens a window into her worlds of sweet romances, historical fiction, and suspense thrillers. She’s always in search of the finding the extraordinary within the ordinary; writing about strong men with old-fashioned values and the women who pick them up when they fall.

When she isn’t writing, she adores spending time with her husband Jim, her son Patrick and her furry canine kids. She also has a rewarding career as a Pre-K teacher.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Book Review: The High Priestess: The Selanian Chronicles Volume 2 by Peter Krausche






Three years have passed since the events portrayed in The Rose in the first volume of the Selanian Chronicles. Melina's sister, the former High Priestess, has vanished, and Melina's husband Talas is riddled with guilt because he believes he's to blame for her disappearance. Together, he and Melina decide to travel to the Forbidden Planet in the hope of finding her. Melina's friend, the High Priestess Tamenisa Larutas, has a bad feeling about the trip and tries to dissuade Melina from going. But Tamenisa is also hoping to gain Melina's help in her battle against the sinister forces at work in the Advisory Council. She knows her own troubled past is an overwhelming obstacle in this struggle, and if she can't find some answers and get herself under control, she fears all might be lost.
After the tragic events of The Emissary on the planet Piral, Nova, Catyana, and Vilam are on their way to Tolares to participate in the upcoming conference. The main goal of the conference is to defuse the increasing tensions between the eastern and western provinces before the situation escalates into a full-fledged war. But most people are attending because the conference is also the debut of the mysterious new High Priestess, who was chosen after the assassination of the former High Priestess and whose identity has been kept secret to protect her and her loved ones from a similar fate as her predecessor.
But Catyana's seemingly innocent actions two days ago, in which she transformed a large artifact from corten steel to pink granite, have had unforeseen consequences. Because of her rapidly evolving powers, someone believes Catyana poses a threat and has contracted an assassin from the Order of the Novantan to kill her. The problem is that the only way to cancel the contract is to figure out who the assassin is and eliminate them, permanently. What with the constant impressions of impending doom that have been hanging over her like a dark cloud for weeks, and the additional shock of having been torn away from her family and therefore the only familiar environment she has ever known, Catyana is close to despair and seems to be unraveling. Nova wants to help Catyana, but she doesn't know what's wrong with her or why her friend has been so anxious these past weeks. How can Nova prepare for the upcoming conference, protect Catyana, and find and eliminate the assassin, while she's so confused about her own emotions after seeing the young Lord Tolares again? Find out by reading the second volume of the Selanian Chronicles, The High Priestess



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REVIEW



Continuing from The Emissary: Volume 1 of the Selanian Chronicles both tales continue in The High Priestess as we see slowly how these two stories are slowly intertwining into one. Krausche promises it will all make sense in the completion. In volume 2 there is The Alley, a continuation from The Rose in the first book. We subsequently continue on from the events of The Emissary as days draw ever close to the Conference of Tolares. It is here the news of who the new High Priestess is ultimately revealed. Vilam Nova, Catyana, and crew barley arrive as an assassination arrow hits their carriage marked for Catyana. It was just a warning shot thought to alert the crew the assassin is coming. The trouble is when will they strike? Holding Catyana closer to them they move on to the Conference.


At the Conference, the new High Priestess is revealed to the masses as the already existing tension between the east and west Provinces and Selanian Order explodes. This widens the theory that Vilam may undoubtedly be the Emissary, and that Catyana may be their golden goddess of hope or their doom.

The High Priestess is a book you grudgingly can’t put down. Krausche does not produce one section where you are not intrigued. Though I did wonder if certain parts were necessary as the flow of the book is very drug out. It wasn’t until I was 70% in that, the book truly kicked into gear and hit its mark. It was totally worth it, though.  Krausche delivers a delicious climax that is a feast for your eyes. The next installment is called The Goddess of Death. Giddy up folks.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR





Peter Krausche was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to an enlisted officer of the US Air Force and grew up in Kettering, Ohio. After his parents divorced, his German mother remarried a Swiss citizen, and they moved to Switzerland when he was 13. He has always enjoyed reading and watching science fiction and fantasy, although he doesn't mind a good romance, some drama or mystery, or even a thriller. The influence of authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Stephen Lawhead, and Karl May are still noticeable in his work. The first drafts of The Rose and The Alley (the preludes to The Emissary and The High Priestess) were actually written in 1991 when he returned to Switzerland after a stay in Central Oregon. But life happens, and he turned aside from his attempts at serious writing for more than a decade. In the fall of 2003, he dug up his old manuscripts and started working on the Selanian Chronicles, a labor of love that has continued off and on to the present day.

As with the creations of other visionary artists, it's his desire to bring light into the darkness and to suggest more uplifting and spiritual possibilities of life by placing the eternal values of love, hope, and faith at the center of his message. His personal experience has been that transcendence to higher ideals is often accompanied by the refining pain inherent to the process of transformation, and he attempts to incorporate these experiences into his writing.

Last but not least, he considers himself a hopeless romantic who doesn't mind losing himself in the beauty of a flaming sunset. This personality trait naturally colors everything he writes, but he believes it enriches rather than diminishes his stories, and he hopes his readers agree.



Thursday, April 23, 2020

Blog Tour Stop: Summer Thunder by A.B. Gibson

The Book Tour Bus Stops Here! We are happy to be a part of R&R Book Tours for Summer Thunder by A.B. Gibson.

Today the bus stops here at Indie's Review! Book Spot Light, please!





 Looking for a dreamy romance to escape into, check out Summer Thunder by A.B. Gibson!


 Summer Thunder

Publication Date: October 15th, 2019

Genre: Contemporary Romance

A Modern-Day Fairy Tale That Will Have Readers Swooning

Lily is headstrong, independent, and stuck in a loop of bad luck. She makes fairy figurines that customers buy to bring them good luck, but her merchandise doesn’t seem do the same for her. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t believe in them.

Theos is handsome and charismatic, a kite-surfing superstar who travels the world. So why is he drawn to Lily and the store on a California beach she struggles to keep afloat? And could she be the one to trigger the awakening of his unusual destiny?

“Summer Thunder is one of the most anticipated romance novel debuts this year.” — Kendra Goldsborough, Four Seasons Books



 BOOK IS AVAILABLE ON Goodreads & Amazon


 Here is a stunning EXCERPT


 “The wind and water are perfect,” he announced. “Come out here, and I’ll help you on.”

 Lily waded in, experiencing the weird first-time feeling of water against a wetsuit. A wave broke and splashed in her face. While she was wiping her eyes, a larger wave crashed on top of her, throwing her into the surf. She staggered to her feet, but a third wave pounded her under water again. “I’m done!” She pushed her matted hair from her eyes and spit out sand. “I told you I couldn’t do it.”
“Don’t be silly. It’s impossible to stay dry in this sport, even for me. Be glad you got that part over. Here, grab my arm.”

The way his hands glided over the rigging gave her confidence, and she was glad not to have to worry which clips attached to what pieces of hardware.

“Ready?” He gave her that mischievous look again.

“Are you insane? What am I supposed to do now? I’m terrified!”

“Ha-ha. Nothing. You didn’t think I’d let you go up alone, did you? You’ll be with me the whole time. We’re going tandem.”

He held the bar with one hand as he leaned her back against his chest and positioned her feet on the board. His slick wetsuit felt strangely soft against hers, and she pressed closer to him. Then he wrapped his other arm around her and grabbed the bar for lift off. In seconds, they were up and speeding over the waves. He squeezed her slightly before he made the board make its first jump. She screamed in delight, and they jumped again. When he suddenly whipped the board around and reversed their direction, her body rolled into his strong arms, and she felt safe.

“Put your arms on top of mine.” She gripped each of his hands, and when she lowered her arms over his, it was as though a circuit had been closed. A massive jolt of energy raced through her body and from that moment she registered every twitch of his muscles as he pushed and pulled on the bar making subtle changes in direction and speed.

He put his mouth close to her ear, and she could feel his breath when he shouted, “Get ready to pop!”

They lifted off the surface, and Lily watched their magic carpet fly higher and higher into the sky and farther from the shoreline. So, this is what they mean by hang time, she thought and wondered how long they could float. His left hand released its grip, and she felt his arm tighten around her waist.

“Here we go!” The double somersault on the return down was more thrilling than any amusement park ride, and she held him tight long after they landed back on the water.

 “Want to go back in?”

She was having the time of her life. “No. Keep going. I love this!”

They were far from the shore when he took the bar again with both hands, turned the board around and screamed toward shore.

 “Hold on!”

 He pulled the board up to jump, and when he brought it down, she looked back to see they were speeding across a giant wave like the ones she’d seen in videos. In his fitted suit, hair spraying straight behind him, Theos looked every bit a god. They rode the crest all the way in, and the board came to a stop at precisely where they started.

He let her drop into the water. It was over her head, and she bounced on her toes. He let her cling to him, and she couldn’t stop laughing from relief and joy all at once. He leaned into the sway of the ocean and intuitively adjusted his weight to suit the jerking made by the crosscurrents. Suddenly, he wrapped his arms around her middle and pulled her into a quick embrace.

She pressed her hands against his chest to maintain some space, but she found the rapid thump of her heart entirely pleasant.

“What are you doing?”

“I’m trying to kiss you, silly. Isn’t it obvious?”

 Then it came to her. Theos had just helped her overcome one of her greatest fears. Helping her with another made perfect sense, and she had no problem reciprocating.








ABOUT THE AUTHOR





 With over four decades in the advertising business, Alan has written and produced television, radio, print and digital commercials and built his reputation as one of the most creative players in entertainment advertising. Not content with writing in thirty and sixty-second formats, he took to novel writing in 2015 and published three best-selling mystery/thrillers, under the pen name of A.B. Gibson. High Voltage is published by Story Merchant Books.

Alan’s first book, The Dead of Winter, is the inspiration for The Seeding, a feature film he is producing with Ken Atchity Productions. Gibson also is an Executive Producer of The Book of Leah, a feature film due for release in 2020.
He serves as Co-founder and Chairman of OneClick.chat, a video social engagement platform startup that often competes for time with his writing.

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