Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Book Review: Sundance (The Council of Twelve Series Book 2) by A. J. Alexander

Sundance is a promising young Warrior Angel, the first in centuries to join the Divine Army. With the help of one of the most powerful Archangels, her skill and talent develop, allowing her to master some of the most difficult tasks that face her kind.
Sundance, under the supervision of the ‘Council of Twelve’ seeks to prove that she deserves her unusual gifts in the eternal fight between good and evil. Follow her adventures as she discovers love fights the good fight and finds herself in the heat of battle trying to keep her wings from being singed.



Sundance (The Council of Twelve Series Book 2) has renewed my love of fantasy/paranormal romance. I can honestly say no book has ever done that.
In book 2 we encounter 7-year-old Cara. Her parents tell her she is literally a gift from God...on a loan so to speak. You see her parents prayed for a child and God granted their wish, but she has to be returned after 7 years. When Cara suddenly falls ill with a mysterious illness, she awakens to find herself in heaven? Well sort of. She actually is told she is in sort of an angel army school to make sure if she is the right fit for the angelic army of God. Cara passes with flying colors and gains the new name of Sundance as she officially becomes a warrior angel in training. She excels at her position showcasing skills that have not been seen in an angel in a long time. This captures the attention of the Council of Twelve. Under their supervision, Sundance is exposed to her maximum potential with extraordinary powers. When evil strikes will Sundance be powerful enough to win against them? Or has her growing closeness and love with a human warrior she has fought beside hinder her? Got to read to find out!

A. J. Alexander has created a wonderful world here. Her writing is soft and poetic fantasy personified. Sundance herself is written with wit, innocence and kickass skills. Alexander's craft of writing action scenes is skilled. Alexander will have your attention at every page turn!

While this is book two in the series you really don’t have to of had to read book 1. Though it is recommended for there are cameo appearances from two of the leading characters from book 1. A delighted joy for me from having read book 1. Looking forward to the expansion of this series.

You can refer to my review of book 1 here 
    Soul Taker (The Council of Twelve Series Book 1)


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

To learn more about A. J. visit her website http://www.aurorajeanalexander.com/
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Book Review: Andro, A Knight of Tenby: A Romance Novella by Ronnda Eileen Henry

Andro was born in a small village in the mountains of the Kingdom of Tenby. At the age of eight, he's orphaned by an accident and goes to live with his grandparents in a small village near the seacoast called Andro's Nook. When he comes of age he begins training as a man-at-arms with the dream of becoming a knight and then knight commander. He achieves his goal and enters the service of a foreign king as captain of his personal guard. Little would he know that on his first day of service he would meet a young woman who would touch his heart, a widow with a small son. The problem was, she was the king's daughter and he only the son of a goatherder. In addition, rumor has it that she was promised to a nobleman of another kingdom. But danger would stalk the king, his daughter, and her son. Would Andro's courageous actions in defense of the monarch and his family be enough to win her heart and the approval of the king?



 Henry’s best tale to date! It is actually the third book in her Knightly tales’ collection. The other two being Dunstan, A Knight of Crozby, and Edmund, A Knight of Selby. Andro, A Knight of Tenby tells the tale of Andro Erhard a young goat herder by trade. When tragedy strikes, he gets taken in by his grandparents and taken into the town of Andro’s Nook where he meets his best friend for life Devyn Archer. Both dreaming of their future Andro reveals he’s wanted to become a Knight of the King (his grandparent once served the king too.) Andro makes his dream come true soon rising to knight commander and Captain of his own troops. Sent to the kingdom of Uswick to assist the King there Andro meets the woman he would like to spend the rest of his days with. She happens to be the King's daughter, though. Andro though catches her attention by saving her son’s life. Danger soon erupts through endangering the would-be romance. The true danger though relies on the King. Will he allow their love to thrive?

I absolutely enjoyed this book! Presently I have read Henry’s works before, and this one stands out as number one in my opinion. The romance is flirtatious sweet and Henry goes completely dark in this tale is all I will state. I was altogether surprised by the turn of events. Typically, she is bright and happy with mediocre danger. Being that this tale is about a knight Henry I evaluate she could venture into that darker dangerous world of noble knights.

Henry will compel you to be engrossed with every word. I was utterly shocked and appalled as the characters were let me tell you! I do not want to give too much away, so I enthusiastically recommend Andro, Knight of Tenby.
On a bonus side, this novella is in connection to another tale she wrote “The Innkeepers Daughter." It’s the story behind in how Andro’s Nook was founded and how the Inn that is the center of Ando’s Nook was founded.


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, March 17, 2020

Book Review: Taking Action for a Better Tomorrow by Jeremy P. Boggess

In our world today there are monumental and exponential changes occurring. These changes are happening not just in the local, international, and global arenas, but even within ourselves. Looking at ourselves, our governments, our societies, humanity, and the world in general, many questions and concerns may come to mind. Let us explore these, and discuss our responsibilities and the necessary actions that will help guide us into our future. It is important to look beyond isolationism or globalization. There are many different contributing factors to our immediate surroundings, the cultures we live in, and the changing situations that all humanity shares. And there are also many different forms of cause and effect at work. We must examine all of humanity, from the various cultures and sub-cultures that exist to our individual selves. The purpose of this book is to have you ask a variety of engaging questions, both of yourself and about the world around you. I want to help you explore these deep questions so you can find answers that will ultimately help you survive the intense upheavals of today.

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Have you ever thought about this planet? Our future as a human being? Jeremy P. Boggess has contemplated it all within his book. He grips us, the world as we are presently, then subsequently discusses what will happen if we continue down this path we are taking. Will it end in our destruction? Do we entertain hope? Boggess advises us, hence, the title of his book that we can by “Taking Action for a Better Tomorrow.” Boggess captures our world and dissects it piece by piece splicing in the actions we can take to correct our social and global concerns. We can BE better. Not purely for ourselves but for society wise too. Boggess hints that a better world can start with just one person doing the right thing. Taking that against all odds stand.

Boggess writes with thought-provoking ease, yet letting us know this is purely his overall view. Yet his insight produces you think. This book is a highly recommended read especially if global socialism and world politics are your passions of interest.


Ever since Jeremy Boggess was a small child, he has felt that there would be a chain of events set in motion and that his task would be to help us all through those changes.

He was born in 1971 in the United States of America, and in 2016 moved to Europe. In the 2000s he ran for the Idaho Senate several times as an independent with a desire to make a positive contribution to the lives of people. In 2008, while running for office, he self-published his first book of philosophical observations, Thoughts & Responsibilities. He graduated from Boise State University and Lewis-Clark State College with business degrees. Additionally, since childhood, he has studied philosophy and sociology because of his concern for the future of humankind.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Book Review: The Venturous Tales: A Collection by Isabella Berdyna Zysk

The Venturous Tales is a collection of five adventure tales set in a medieval-like fantasy world. The stories were previously published as separate novellas titled The Queen's Brother, The King's Niece, The Dowager's Daughter, The Earl's Son, and The Baron's Ward.

·        In The Queen's Brother, Elisedd is sent to a neighboring kingdom in the disguise of a pilgrim to learn what he can of two members of their royal family who are suitors for his half-sister's hand. However, he uncovers evidence of a plot that threatens both kingdoms.

        In The King's Niece, Robbie accompanies her cousin, the princess, to the palace after years together in a remote convent school. There, Robbie is in disguise because the king had banished her mother from the court many years before and though her mother has since passed away, the banishment was never lifted. From the vantage point of a servant, Robbie becomes suspicious of the king's champion and his intentions toward the princess.

·        In The Dowager's Daughter, a noble family to whom Kimberly is related through her mother's earlier marriage seems cursed with the loss of one heir after another, leaving it possible for a rival family of cousins to inherit it. When Kimberly loses her own father as well, she wonders how her mother will endure so much sorrow. However, with her father's death comes a clue that one of her mother's grandsons may have left a widow and child. She sets out to search for them only to find that the road ahead is more deadly than she had imagined.

·        In The Earl's Son, a baby boy named Salvo is the only survivor of a raid on their village. He grows up in a loving foster family of foresters who knew his mother but not who his father was. Under the patronage of their earl, Salvo is educated and trained for a future as a possible lord forester one day, if he earns his knighthood. War breaks out and Salvo accompanies his earl into battle, only to find his mother has been alive all these years as a captive and the wife (and now widow) of one of the chiefs of their enemy. She returns with him to her homeland bringing her children with her, but will she ever tell Salvo who his father is?

·        In The Baron's Ward, a young mixed-race child named Eustacia Rose is left orphaned. Her father's cousin, the baron, is her guardian but he sends her to a convent school very far away, never answers her letters, and sends word when she comes of age that she's not to apply to him any further. On her way to a possible position as a lady's scribe, Eustacia plans to stop at the baron's home to see if she can reestablish a family relationship as she knows no other relatives but she's robbed of her belongings and money. She arrives at his house only to find that he's gone to his country estate and is unwell. A scribe named Alfred takes her there and Eustacia is shocked to learn that the baron believes it was she who never answered his letters and that he views her as an ingrate. Alfred becomes suspicious that someone has kept them from each other, but who and why?



Venturous Tales: A Collection is a sweet collection of historical fiction tales filled with heroism, romance, and knightly chivalry. The author has previously released these tales individually. She has now crafted them spectacularly in this entertaining collection that is a tale in itself!

We open to High King Wigmund making a royal mandate to his trusted Royal Storyteller Lady Ethelfled. He requires her to scribe five tales of royal inspiring adventures that feature 5 of their neighboring kingdoms to be told at the summit of the Monarchs. Lady Ethelfled goes back to her workshop where we find she has 5 young writers working under her. She assigns each a tale to narrate, which happens to be the individual stories Berdyna Zysk released now bound in this collection.
I enjoyed the way she set up her series of books into this entertaining collection. 

You can view my reviews for 4 out of the 5 tales here. (I did not review Baron's Ward individually.)

If you are a historical fiction lover, I recommend you grab this book collection up. Berdyna Zysk writing fine, fresh and empowering.


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 goals 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.