Friday, November 30, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Phoenyx in Flames - Book One in The Phoenyx Series by Daisy St. James

As a child, Jane heard voices. Felt what others could feel. She was witness to the things that went bump in the night and could tell a person's deepest, darkest thoughts with only a touch. Until tragedy changed her life completely, thrusting her into the care of Hutton Grimshaw.
Esteemed chair member of The Order of the Flame, Hutton does what he must. Training young Jane to be the one thing the shadows feared. Now, at the age of twenty-five, she is known as Phoenyx, the world's deadliest supernatural assassin. The hard and fast rules change when she finds Judas, a vampire, suffering in a back alley with no memory of who he is, or why he's becoming more and more human every day. With a price on her head and the survival of humanity at stake, Phoenyx finds herself . . . Changing. Her true nature is slowly beginning to reveal itself and mysteriously, Hutton is the only one who seems to know why.
After years of taking down the supernatural beings that plague her hometown of Crystal Haven, Phoenyx finds herself teetering on the fine line between good and evil. While her attraction to Judas begins to consume her, growing like a fire out of control, one thing becomes undeniably clear . . .

If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.



Slip into the sultry new world of Daisy St. James in her remarkable debut series Phoenyx in Flames. This the first book in this no pun intended HOT series! Doubtful at first St. James manages to hit my reader pleasure point as I found myself tumbling into addiction with this book. St. James gives us all the right elements we love in a juicy paranormal romance and then some. While a bit cliché at some points you don’t care you are under her spell and forgive.

St. James writing is crisp and smooth. She writes with bite and emotion. St. James main character Jane is the typical tough, gorgeous heroine chick you’ve seen before, but St. James makes her character alive in that she constantly battling against her natural womanly softness, well her just plain humanity. Let’s face it women were not all born hard and tough. Life makes us that way. 

The writing descriptions flow clear as you read St. James world comes to life easily in your mind, and that is what I like and mark as a successful mark to hit when you are writing a book. Phoenyx in Flames is a gobble up book and the ending will leave you salivating for more!


Daisy always dreamed of becoming a writer. From the moment she picked up her very first romance novel at the tender age of twelve, she was hooked. As she got older and more ambitious, she wrote her first Young Adult novel, which promptly got devoured by her temperamental Hewlett-Packard. Since then, she's learned a lot about crafting an engaging story to captivate readers - and how to back up her work to avoid utter devastation at the hands of technology.
Daisy lives mostly in her head but calls beautiful Montreal, Quebec her home. She spends her days as a stay-at-home-mom/voice-over artist and lives to make her family as happy as she possibly can! She spends her time daydreaming up sassy heroines and hot heroes. Paranormal Romance is her life.
Her husband is the man of her dreams and you’ll find a little bit of him in every Hero she writes. Most of her Heroines have a little bit of her in them as well. In doing so, she’s made her love for her husband immortal.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Winter Eternal: The River Flows Two Ways (Book I) by E. Thomas Joseph

In 1777, Captain Isaac Pearson joined the British Army when he believed the Colonial Rebellion would be dispatched with effortless haste. Taking a few American lives was an agreeable price for the pampered aristocrat who believed his actions in the conflict would afford him honor and glory. Yet, the path Captain Pearson rode was neither honorable or glorious and the price he would pay was beyond his imaginable fortunes.

Time is the enemy of all, the hunter of the hunters whom no measures of tenacity or weaponry can defeat. Yet, in the early days of America’s war for independence Phantom Regiments, ruthless shadow units, British Redcoats, American militia and crazed men of the occult race to acquire a mysterious Iroquoian artifact which offers the capacity to defeat time. Set in New York’s Hudson Valley, the contest for time will marshal tragic desperation and horrific ends. Winter Eternal, uncovered from layers of dust, deep within the archives of America’s Untold History is the tales of the soldiers and the citizens who sell their souls to pursue the mysterious Native talisman, the Kahontsi Ehnita; the Giver of Life…A revolutionary war has begun.



If our history books were only like this! E. Thomas Joseph takes American history on a wicked and disturbing journey in Winter Eternal. Historical fiction really isn't my genre, but the mixture of history and fantasy... Joseph writes it with enough prowess to grab your attention and pull you in his morbid historical tale.
Joseph’s writing flows nice and smooth. There is not a crack at creating his worded vision in your head. His cast of characters is divinely created, well rounded and written. For example, our main character Pearson is utterly the most pompous and pampered character created. You are unsure whether to root for him or wish him his demise. Overall historical fiction lovers will enjoy and indulge in this book. Especially if it could draw in a not so historical fiction lover. The author gets high praise!


Writing under the name E. Thomas Joeseph  Rahiem Jerome Brooks is the breakout novelist and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America. His debut thriller, LAUGH NOW won 2010 African-Americans on the Move Book Club's (AAMBC) Book of the Year & he earned 2011 AAMBC Author of the Year. LAUGH NOW also the Most Creative Plot at the DMV Expo's Creative Excellent Awards. Rahiem has also nominated at the 2011 & 2012 African-American Literary Awards for Mystery of the Year for Con Test and Murder in Germantown. In 2017, he launched his second publishing press, Prodigy Gold Books. The Background Story: Brooks grew up in Philadelphia before trekking to Los Angeles to study film/TV at UCLA. Finding it difficult to break into Hollywood, he adapted his screenplay into his first novel and later pursued an English degree at Harvard University and making writing a full-time job. He lives in Philadelphia with a Manx.

For all things, Winter Eternal follow on Twitter @WinEtern

Saturday, November 24, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Denisa, The Castellan's Daughter: A Romance Novella by Ronnda Henry

Denisa, The Castellan's Daughter is set in the medieval-like island continent of Penruddock. When Denisa is a child, she's betrothed to Karsten, the orphaned son of friends of her parents. He leaves his homeland, the Kingdom of Corby, to start a profession so he can return one day to marry her when she's of age. He's captured by slave dealers and sold, eventually, to the king of another kingdom. Ten years after he was enslaved, he has the opportunity to return to Corby, but only if he promises to return. At first, thinking that Denisa is now betrothed to another, Karsten decides not to let her know his true identity. Yet the two of them are drawn to each other. Will love eventually find its way?



The sweet queen of indie romance novellas has returned wooing us with Denisa, The Castellan’s Daughter. Henry takes us on an enigmatic journey of romance in this tale.
What would you do if you were betrothed to a man you've never met, but were told fondly about only to have him vanish? That is still one-day mysterious handsome emissary comes from a faraway land delivering news your betrothed is alive but is a slave thus saying you are free to marry another. Yet you’ve dreamed of meeting him come to have affection for him! Yes, this emissary guy is nice too, and he is flirting with you.  Next only, to find out the sexy emissary and your betrothed is one in the same! Left some details out, but that sums this sweeping romance it up.

Again, Henry never fails with her poetic Austen writing style and strong women characters. Denisa is the perfection of her time all prim and proper unless you cross her then she will flat out poetically tell you like it is not caring who you are. My favorite part is where Denisa reams Karsten when she discovers his dual identity.
Denisa, the Castellan’s Daughter is an engrossing sweet romantic novella perfect for the busy person who loves books.


Ronnda Eileen Henry is originally from Michigan and was raised in California and Virginia. She read a lot of history, biography, science fiction, and Regency romances when she was young, and her two favorite authors are Jane Austen and Aleksandra Layland. She has the heart of a romantic and believes romance is for people of any age. Sweet romance is her favorite, whether it's for a teenager or a person in middle age. 
Retired now, she lives in Florida.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Thoreau's Downsizing Planner for Seniors (Thoreau's Planners) by Phillip Baker

Thoreau's Downsizing Planner for Seniors is a wonderful write in planner workbook to help seniors, empty nesters, children or relatives of seniors, and caregivers help make this move easier through organization and planning. 

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While aimed for seniors, along with some Thoreau philosophy I a non-senior oddly found this book useful too. When it came to a recent move and we realized we had too many things, Baker's nice step by step guide is filled with question forms and tips in how to downsize and still remain organized. Baker touches on how we have a high emotional attachment to our things. The guide helps you ask yourself, 'do I really need to keep this item?' Should I toss it or could it be donated instead? 

The book contains actual forms you can fill out to keep you all organized. If you choose the eBook it includes the link to where you can print out the forms. A highly helpful recommended book can be useful for anyone.


Author and designer of planners for clarity.