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Dragon Knight’s Axe (Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 3) by Mary Morgan


DRAGON KNIGHT’S AXE
Order of the Dragon Knight’s, Book 3
by Mary Morgan
Published by The Wild Rose Press
June 26, 2015
310 Pages


Alastair MacKay, a battled-scarred Dragon Knight flees to the sea to separate himself from his fae-given power connecting him to the land. But it is on land that he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland. It is through Fiona he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic—taking on the role of protector and at the same time leading him on a journey to confront his greatest regret and fears. 

Research assistant, Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archaeological dig, she awakens in another time. She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead—losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay. 

Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?

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Alastair MacKay’s powers come from the land.  Yet, he will take to the ocean in self-punishment, mocking the God of the Sea.
Cursed and battle scarred, he is feared by many.  They say he is two men.  One part angel–one part monster.  One would only have to look at his face to distinguish between the two.
Nevertheless, his day of reckoning grows near.
Alastair MacKay will have to battle the demon he created, for the love of a woman who is brave enough to love them both.
In the end, on must die.
 
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Dragon Knights Axe is the third book in the, Order of the Dragon Knights Series.  In this third book, we get to read Alastair MacKay’s story.  I do believe that Alastair MacKay has stolen my heart.  While I like all three brothers, he is by far my favorite!
 
After the death of his sister, Meggie, Alastair MacKay takes to the sea, refusing to stay on land for only short periods at a time.  He does this to punish himself for the death of his sister, by denying himself the power of land.  He is a battle scared warrior, and he believes that he is not worthy of redemption.  He is feared by many, and has few true friends.  The later of which is of his own choosing.
 
Fiona O’Quinlan is a research assistant, and it is a job she loves with a passion.  Some might say she is obsessed.  If she is doing research on a relic or a find, she does not leave any stone un-turned.  Fiona has a tendency to speak her mind, and she is no timid lass.  She also has a few demons of her own that she is fighting.
 
After working on a dig all day in the hot sun, Fiona decides she is going to take a break, and a short nap.  She goes to find a cool place, and accidentally walks into a grove of oaks (she was told not to go into this part of the dig).  She starts to get dizzy, falls to the ground, and sleeps.  When she awakens she is nearly 800 years in the past.
 
I am not going to say anymore about the plot or story, because I don’t want to spoil the ride for anyone reading this review.  I loved, loved Alastair and Fiona’s story.  Alright, so Alastair made me want to pull his hair a few times, because he is a very stubborn man.  I put those feelings aside, because I knew everything he had been through.  
 
He and Fiona have great chemistry, and there are a few steamy scenes in this book, but they are tastefully done.  The story moves along at a nice pace, and there is just enough tension to make you keep reading to find out what happens next.  There are a few of the same characters in this book that were in the previous two books.  I love it when an author does that.
 
There were a few scenes in the book that had me a little misty eyed.  You know an author is just as good at showing as they are telling a good story when that happens.  Mary Morgan has outdone herself with Dragon Knight’s Axe.  I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good romance, with time travel, paranormal elements, great story telling, and a strong H&H.  
 
If you are going to read this book, but haven’t read the first two, I recommend you read those first.  It will make this story more enjoyable.  You will know who’s who, and what happened that made the Dragon Knight’s go their separate ways to start with.  If you don’t mind not knowing, then I would jump into this book with both feet.
 
I was given an ARC of this book by the author, but my thoughts and opinions about this book are my own.
 
HAPPY READING!
 
 
 
 


 

About Mary Morgan 

a constant daydreamer and I have been told quite often to remove my head from the clouds. Yet, this is where I find the magic to write my stories. Not only do I love to weave a good tale, but I have a voracious appetite for reading. I worked for Borders Books for almost fourteen years. Imagine my delight to be surrounded by so many books, talking to others about them, and getting paid.


Pure bliss!

I have traveled to England, Scotland, Ireland, and France. There are those who know me well when I say, “My heart is in the Highlands.” I believe I have left it there, or maybe in Ireland.

When not writing, I enjoy playing in my garden-another place where magic grows. Of course, there is time spent with my family. They are the ones that keep me grounded.


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Ever After (Nantucket Brides, Book 3) by Jude Deveraux

EVER AFTER
(Nantucket Brides, Book 3)
by Jude Deveraux 
Published by Ballantine Books
June 23, 2015
368 Pages
Format:  Netgalley ARC
 

Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly’s acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie’s boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down: Not only has a mysterious relative left Hallie a house on Nantucket, but Shelly has been trying to steal it. Desperate to put her troubles behind her, Hallie impulsively flies to Nantucket.

New trouble, however, has already settled into Hallie’s guest room in the form of her newest client. Hallie is told that wealthy, young James Taggert has injured his leg in a skiing accident. Assuming that the devastatingly handsome man has led a charmed life, Hallie is surprised by Jamie at every turn throughout his recovery. His attentions draw her out of her shell—but he has a dark secret, and is tormented by nightmares that only her presence can keep at bay. She suspects there’s more to his injury than he’s letting on.

On this gorgeous island rich in history, magic is everywhere, even in Hallie’s own backyard. As Jamie’s relatives arrive for a wedding gala, something wonderfully unusual is in the air. There’s an aura of romance—enhanced by a pair of matchmaking ghosts and a colorful island legend. In their own little corner of the world, Jamie and Hallie unravel the timeless secrets of their own hearts, and a very special story of True Love destined to last forever after.

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Praise for Jude Deveraux’s EVER AFTER 
 
“A sweet cast of supporting characters rooting for the lovers adds zest and humor to this thoroughly pleasurable novel.” –Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
 
“Best-selling Deveraux’s fans will relish the closing installment in her Nantucket Brides series, which features many of her trademarks—a sensual love story, a touch of the supernatural, and members of the sprawling Taggert clan…The combination of a popular setting, likable characters, and happy endings for all make this another winner 
from this prolific author.” –Booklist 
 
“Deveraux saves the best for last in the final installment of the Nantucket Brides trilogy…This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close.” –Kirkus 
 
 
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‘Ever After’ is the third book in the Nantucket Brides Series, and I believe it is by far my favorite of the three.  It all started with book one, True Love, and followed with ‘For All Time’.  I have been reading Jude Deveraux’s books since I first opened the cover of ‘A Knight In Shinning Armor’.  

Hallie Hartley lost her father and step mother in an accident when she was a teenager, and her grandfather and grandmother not long after that.  The only family she has left is her younger step sister Shelley, whom she has to care for after her stepmothers death.  Hallie always felt she had to take a back seat to Shelley. She was basically a free babysitter, and a walking mat for Shelley and her step mother.   

Hallie is pretty, sweet, dependable, and a physical therapist.  She comes home one day to find a strange man sitting on her couch, and Shelley playing hostess to him.  It turns out that the man is there to let ‘Hallie’ know about the house she inherited on Nantucket, and to take her there. Shelley was posing as Hallie, and was actually going to steal the inherited house from her.  On a whim Hallie decides to go to Nantucket, and leave her unhappy life behind for a while.  At least she will making some money while there, caring for a young man that has had a skiing accident.

Jamie (James) Taggert is the skiing accident patient staying in Hallie’s newly inherited house.  He is over 6 foot tall, and built like a line backer.  When Hallie first meets him, she thinks he may be the most beautiful specimen of a man she has ever seen.  He is also a man that is doing his best to hide something from her.  Hallie was paid to do a job, but Jamie does not making it easy. 

As Hallie settles into her inherited big old house, it is soon overtaken by Jamie’s big, beautiful and rambunctious family.  Not only does she have a house full of people, but there are also Two Tea Sisters floating around playing matchmaker. Hallie and Jamie make it there mission to find out all there is to know about the two ghost sisters in her house, and what happened to them.

I loved this book!  I read it in one sitting, because I could not seem to put it down.  I was instantly drawn to Hallie and Jamie, and I cared about what happened to them.  It was fun to watch their relationship develop as they learned about the Tea Sisters, and themselves.  I loved Jamie’s gorgeous, and big family.  I wanted to be a part of their family.  

The story moved along at a steady pace, and I wasn’t bored at any time while reading it.  I loved the two ghost in residence.  They were fun and in no way scary.  I enjoyed watching Hallie blossom around Jamie, and his family.  Reading this book made me want to go to Nantucket, and stay a while.  I felt a little sad when the story ended, because I didn’t want it to and I was having so much fun reading it.  

This book does deal with a big issue, but it is dealt with in a lighthearted way that didn’t leave my heart heavy.  I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a beach romance, big families, and old houses with ghost in residence!  I was given an ARC copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

HAPPY READING!



 



Jude Deveraux is the author of more than forty New York Times bestsellers including Moonlight in the Morning and A Knight in Shining Armor. She was honored with a Romantic Times Pioneer Award in 2013 for her distinguished career.
 
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Guest Post & Excerpt For Dream Casters: Light by Adrienne Woods


Guest Post:  Process of Creating Dream Casters


Good day and thank you so much for having me today. For those of you that don’t know me yet, my name is Adrienne Woods. My debut series, The Dragonian Series, are the stories that got my writing career into first gear.

The Dragonian Series are all about dragons inside the world of Paegeia. Dream Casters is about Sandmen that help protect the world from evil that is in the form of Shadow Casters, which are also the ones that love to create those nasty dreams called Nightmares. They dwell on people’s doubts and fears –strive off it– and the Light Casters, well they help with protecting the good and creating beautiful dreams that helps us normal folk into reaching all our dreams, turning them into a reality.

The two series’ are far from one another so if you have read the Dragonian Series; you are not going to get the same feeling, setting, mood, etc. with Dream Casters. Each of my stories are unique, own voice and completely different from one another.

How I came up with this idea: Well it was easy. All my stories get created from my curiosity. I always wondered what the world would’ve been like if Dragons existed and poof, not able to find a story that could help me with this curiosity of mine; I created The Dragonian Series to help others that have the same type of problem as me.

This time, well I wondered about the Sandman. Why is it only him, alone? There are so many people and how on earth can he do everything by himself? Even Santa has helpers, but the Sandman has none, so I created Dream Casters. I gave him helpers and poof, it’s how it all started. As easy as that.

You just need an idea; a character, their friends, family, where the journey leads them to etc.  and you will have a story.
I have plenty more curiosities that are the outline of more series, like I said, you just need something that triggers an idea and you will have a story.

I hope you’re going to love Dream Casters as much as you have The Dragonian series, but just remember, the two stories are miles apart from one another.

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Title:  Dream Casters:  Light

Author:  Adrienne Woods
Publisher/Date:  Fire Quill Publishing/ May 29, 2015
Series:  The Dream Caster Series
Pages:  452
Genre:  Fantasy/Romance



Book Synopsis

Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da…..Seventeen year old Chasity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children’s story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, sound sleep.

Fearing she had lost her mind, Chastity soon discovers the shocking truth of her heritage- she is a Dream Caster. Chastity was never supposed to be raised on the Domain, or what humans call Earth and she is forced to return to her true birth place, Revera – the world of Dreams.

However, in Revera there is no balance between good, the Light Casters, and darkness, the Shadow Casters, and Chastity is caught square in the middle. She soon learns that there is no place for anyone containing both the light and the darkness within them, and the shocking truth that if anyone in Revera ever discovered her shadow self, Chastity would be thrown into the Oblivion – the world of Nightmares.

Dreams are always more than they seem, and this time Chastity is going to discover just how different they can be.


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A mixture of cologne over powered me as the four guys stood really close to me. Their hands touching my arms and clothes.
 
Then I saw the grit in my hands again. It was soft, not like sand, and it had a light golden color to it.
 
At once the slow motion stopped and I threw a handful of the stuff, hitting Mark full in the face. He crouched and tried to get it out his eyes. I felt more sand in my hand and Jake was next. I didn’t know where it came from or how any of this was even possible, but right now that didn’t matter. As I threw a handful at each and every one of them, a refill was waiting patiently in my palm.
 
Derek was next and before I knew it, all the boys were coughing and crouching down. Then one by one they fell over, in a fetus position with eyes closed and soft snores coming from their lips. 
 
Clare and Ty ran to the guys and crouched down. Ty felt for a heartbeat, but from the sound coming from their lips I knew they were still alive. I waited for men with cameras to jump out from behind the trees, yelling GOT YOU or something but it didn’t happened.
 
The fear on both Ty and Clare’s faces were real.
 
“What did you do?” Ty yelled.
 
“Nothing they didn’t deserve!” I yelled back hoping he would just back the hell off.
 
“You’re a freak!” Clare yelled, and stormed at me. More sand accumulated in my hand, but to me, she was still my best friend, one whose mind had been closed by the idiot that was busy running away.
 
I opened my palm and let the grit fall to the floor. A breeze picked it up and blew it softly into Clare’s face.
 
She stopped in her tracks, give a huge yawn and lay down on the ground.
Was she sleeping? 
 
I looked at my hands. The grit was gone, there weren’t even traces of it inside my palm, nothing made sense.
 
“Just go,” Nichole said as she crouched down next to Clare to investigate.
I stood still as a statue trying to process what was happening to me.
 
“Chastity!” Nichole yelled again. “Go!” 
 
I  looked down at Nichole. My legs finally started to move into the direction of home, and grabbed my backpack that had fallen on the turf.
 
I reached the city of Chicago fast and almost ran into a police office that was chatting to one of the waiters. Guilt over what I’d just done was evident on my face so I ran in another direction.
 
“Hey, you there, stop!” He yelled.
 
I didn’t listen and he chased me for a couple of blocks but he had probably had one too many donuts on a daily base and couldn’t keep up. I took so many turns down back alleys that when I finally stopped I had no idea where I was.
 
I breathed hard, trying to catch my breath and looked back at my hands. There was still no trace of the grit. It had just vanished. My heart beat fast again and cold sweat dripped from my temple as flashes of ogre-like bodies, almost the entire football team, falling down right after I threw the grit at them came to mind. Coach was not going to like this, and how was I going to explain any of it to anybody?
 
What the hell did I just do? I glanced at my hands one more time. What the hell was happening to me?
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Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girls night out, or just watching a movie. She’s a very chilled person. 
 
Her writing career started with Firebolt, book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid 2015. She also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of Monsters, which will be released in 2016.
 
Happy Reading!
 
 
 

 

 

When Your Parent Becomes Your Child by Ken Abraham

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Title:  When Your Parent Becomes Your Child
Author:  Ken Abraham
Publisher & Date:  Thomas Nelson (October 30, 2012)
Pages: 
256



Book Description

Hope and inspiration for helping parents through the aging process and the decline that comes with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dementia is one of the world’s fastest growing illnesses. Without a major medical breakthrough, the estimated 24 million people living with some form of the disease could easily jump as high as 84 million by the year 2040. It is rapidly becoming everyone’s problem.

When Your Parent Becomes Your Child tells the story of one family who reluctantly began to recognize and then deal with the common issues found in caring for their elderly loved one:

  • memory loss
  • physical decline
  • personal hygiene
  • dangers of driving and living alone
  • aberrant behavior
  • uncharacteristic attitudes

As he chronicles his own mom’s degenerative condition, New York Times bestselling writer Ken Abraham not only educates but offers inspiration to help readers cope with and manage their family circumstances.

With humor and spiritual reminders of God’s command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages readers, helping them shoulder the additional, often difficult responsibilities. And though patients will not recover this side of heaven, he suggests many practical things that families can do to make the experience safer, kinder, and more endurable for everyone involved.

Helping our loved ones live out their remaining years in dignity paves the way for a rewarding and enriching experience for our families, and for the people whose lives they have affected for all eternity.

What I Thought





I am very happy that I was given the chance to review Ken Abraham’s book ‘When Your Parent Becomes Your Child‘.  Before reading this book I had always associated Dementia with Alzheimer’s.  I just assumed that they were one in the same, but they are not.  Dementia is a cluster of symptoms (memory loss, forgetting how to do something or care for yourself), where Alzheimer’s is a specific medical disease that has many of the symptoms of Dementia.

I enjoyed reading Ken’s book.  I have learned things about the illness that I never knew before.  I am fortunate in that I haven’t had to go through anything like this with either one of my parents, and I hope that I don’t have to.  In this book shares his mother’s illness with us and her day to day life, care and quality of life.

Once Ken’s mother came to visit with his family for a bit and woke him up in the middle of the night saying that there were men in white coats outside her window.  Ken assured her there were not.  He even went so far as to take her outside in the dark so she could look for herself.

Ken and his siblings overlooked many things at first and decided it was just old age.  Such as their mother having a wreck because she forgot which pedal was for the gas and which pedal was for the break.  She would forget to take her medicine or take to little or no enough.  Accusing people of stealing from her all the time, to hoarding.  She would have out burst and say inappropriate and sometimes hurtful things to people.  She would even curse at times, something that she never had done before.

Ken talks about how he denied to himself that nothing was wrong with his mother, even when others noticed things he didn’t.  He talks about coming to terms with his mothers illness,  deciding on her care and where she would live.   He wanted the best care possible for his mother, but also care that was affordable.
I can only try to imagine how hard it was on his mother also.  To go from caring for yourself and being independent to not being able to bathe, dress or care for yourself properly.  This illness had to be frustrating for everyone.  It would be a lot to shoulder caring for a parent with Dementia or Alzheimer’s and to help them keep their dignity also.
Throughout the book Ken talks about his mothers love for singing gospel songs and playing the piano.  Even with her illness it seems she never forgot how to play the piano or the words to all the songs she loved.  Ken’s book is a must read for anyone that is caring for a parent.  Even if you are not caring for you parent it is a wonderful book to read to help understand the illness.  I enjoyed reading this book.  It was sad at times because I kept thinking to myself “what if this were my mother?”
Have you had a chance to read ‘When Your Parent Becomes Your Child’?  If so what are your thoughts on Ken’s book?

Happy Reading!

*This book was given to me to review by Book Sneeze on behalf of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own and I was not further compensated in any way, besides the book.

Spell Bound Falls by Janet Chapman (Spellbound Falls Series Book 1)

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Title:  Spellbound Falls
Author:  Janet Chapman
Publisher & Date:  Jove (February 28, 2012)
Series: 
Spellbound Falls Book 1
Format:  Hardcover

Maximilian Oceanus arrives in Spellbound Falls just in time to save Olivia Baldwin from an overly aggressive suitor, only to find himself attracted to the beautiful, if rather aloof, widow. And although Mac has come to Inglenook to get a handle on fatherhood, his newly discovered six-year-old son has set his sights on finding his father a wife.

Olivia, however, is busy getting Inglenook ready for its new season, so she doesn’t have time to deal with her growing attraction to the dangerously seductive Mac. Besides, weird stuff seems to happen all around him. Take the fact that her seatbelt keeps getting stuck in his presence, or locks magically open for him without keys, and that he seems to have a talent for sensing things. Never mind the three lost albatrosses walking down the road in the middle of the night. Since when are there albatrosses in Maine?

But despite Olivia’s resistance to falling under the sexy man’s spell, Olivia is having trouble fighting her longing. Because she knows Mac is just the man to unlock the powerful passion deep within her….

 
 

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I really enjoyed reading this book.  It is the first book in the Spellbound Falls Series by Janet Chapman.  I love reading romances and this one didn’t disappoint me, plus there was a little magic thrown in.  The characters were very likeable and the story line never got boring. 

Olivia Baldwin runs a camp to bring families closer together.  She was left a widowed when her husband was killed in Iraq, which left her to raise her daughter Sophie alone.

Then there is Maximilian Oceanus and his son Henry, they come to Spellbound Falls to attend the camp to get to know each other and to bond.  Mac is new at being a father, because Henry came to live with him not to long ago, after his mother died.

Over the course of the book Olivia and Mac are dealing with issues of their past, that cause them to doubt each other.  Olivia has abandonment issues because her father left here and never came back, and she had to grow up in several different foster homes.  Mac has relationship issues because of how his relationship ended with Henry’s mother.

Throughout the book Henry and Mac are keeping a secret from Olivia about the special powers that they have.  They can sense things that ordinary people can not.  They also have a special bond with the ocean and the weather.

There are a few people in Olivia’s life that are not who they appear to be.  Thrown into the mix is Mac’s sister, mother and father that make the story fun also.

Janet Chapman has wrote another fun and great Paranormal Romance.  I am currently reading the next book in the series ‘Charmed by His Love’ and I will let you know how that one was pretty soon.

 
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