#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – TheGlade by Harmony Kent

So happy to get back into the swing of things with a wonderful–and wonderfully funny–review of Harmony Kent’s apparently very scary book, The Glade. This is the kind of review most of us would love to get, and I know you’ll enjoy reading it. I did! Please pass it along far and wide so the rest of social media can enjoy it, too. Thanks!


The Very Scary Book Cover!

REVIEW:

Colm Herron
5.0 out of  5 stars
This book scared the pants off of me

(i) I didn’t enjoy this book
(ii) I highly recommend it
(iii) I didn’t enjoy it because it scared the pants off of me
(iv) This author, Harmony Kent, the lady who wrote The Glade, has a lovely charming face. I saw it. There’s a kind of kindness about it too … something good and wholesome
(v) And then you start to read The Glade and discover what goes on behind that charming face. You’ll be drawn into a plot that will probably frighten you half to death. Helen and her husband Geoff get away from stress (ha!) by renting an idyllic country cottage and that’s how they discover the glade
(vi) Ah yes, the glade. Don’t go there. It’s terrifying enough to read about it. No need to go there. Better not
(vii) Did I tell you that Geoff gets murdered and Helen gets blamed? No? Well, I’m telling you now. And her friends rally round. As well as her enemies. But which are which? That’s the question: which are which?
(vii) I’ve given away too much. And the little cottage in Donegal that my wife and I were planning on renting for two weeks next summer …. well, I’ll have to think about that.

BLURB:

“Readers who like to curl up during the long winter evenings and feel the delicious chill of fear running up and down their spines need only turn to The Glade to have all their expectations fulfilled.

“The Glade is a horror story in the mould of Stephen King, and rendered the more so by its faint echoes of Pet Cemetery and the even stronger resonance of the pervasive malignancy of It.”—Review by Brian O’Hare

This gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems. 

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.

Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power. 

This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller-coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama. 

“Expertly written, the book keeps you guessing at every turn. What can I say? You really have to read this book … if you’re brave enough!”—Review by Fantasy Queen

The Glade is an IndieB.R.A.G.Medallion honoree, and an Official Selection for the New Apple Book Awards 2015.

Praise for Harmony Kent: 

“Kent gives the reader mystery, intrigue, sex, action and characters risking their lives for a greater good. Kent’s writing is an immersive experience.” T. Dewhirst (Rabid Reviews) 

“With a very contemporary voice, Ms. Kent has found a place in this genre as she easily entertains and captures the reader…” J. Malinoski 

“Kent…is a master of her craft. There is magic in her writing.” J. Brooke 

Buy The Glade HERE


Author Harmony Kent

After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.

Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour, adorable husband, and quirky neighbours.

Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

Find Harmony on Social Media here:

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Twitter: @harmony_kent
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#ShareAReviewDay – THE PRINCE’S MAN by Deborah Jay

While Marcia is ensconced in her writing cave, I thought I’d hijack #ShareAReviewDay with the latest review for the opening novel in my Five Kingdoms epic fantasy series, THE PRINCE’S MAN.

I’ve had a tough few weeks (months, really), and this lovely review helped lift my spirits:

REVIEW:
D. W. Peach
5.0 out of 5 stars  Wonderfully written
September 24, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining and skillfully-written fantasy novel. I was particularly taken with the tight narrative, not a wasted scene or conversation, every word counting as the story unfolded. This contributed to a quick pace and complimented the well-considered plot that comes together with a satisfying ending. Though the first in a series, The Prince’s Man can also be read as a stand-alone.

All that good stuff, and then there’s more… the characters are fabulous, deeply flawed and sympathetic at the same time. The relationship between Rustam and Risada takes center stage. There are hints of a romantic attraction but the reader is saved from moon eyes and heaving chests by a very real tension based on past experiences, current loyalties, and objectives. Despite being allies, there’s a lot of loathing going on here. I love that.

Elves, trolls, and were-cats throw the story into the classic fantasy genre and are integral to the plot and underlying theme of the book. The political machinations are realistic enough to be recognizable today. Prejudices, bigotry, genocide, and beliefs in cultural superiority are alive and well in her world-building. The characters are forced to revisit their worldviews, but just like in real life, they will only open their eyes so wide. And Jay doesn’t hold back on the brutality.

I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series and seeing what happens to the two main characters as well as a host of others who intrigued me no end. Recommended for anyone who loves a good fantasy.

Available at most outlets HERE Continue reading

#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Twenty Years: After I Do by D. G. Kaye

This afternoon, let’s welcome D. G. Kaye (alias Debby Geis) back to The Write Stuff with a new review of her memoir, Twenty Years: After I Do.  I know you’ll enjoy this one, and will be happy to pass it along to all and sundry on your social media lists. Thanks so much for helping Debby get the word out!


Available on all the Amazons HERE

REVIEW:

Lauren Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Memoir On Love and Marriage: Love Without Limits
August 20, 2019
Verified Purchase

DG Kaye beautifully chronicles twenty years of her marriage and along the way encapsulates the heart of unconditional love amid life’s challenges. What I loved so much was her honest retelling of those years, both good and challenging. I found myself nodding again and again while I read as she honed into what the fundamental requirements were to maintain a healthy relationship. Respect, laughter, intimacy and patience are the cornerstones of a solid foundation that can withstand the trials of daily living. This is, or should be required reading for anyone in a relationship whether married or in a partnership. The author touched on so many issues that impact all relationships. This novel is a keeper and one I will return to over and over again. I extend a heartfelt thank you to the author for her candor and the gift to all of us for this remarkable book. Continue reading

#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Soul Swallowers: The Shattered Sea Book 1 by D. Wallace Peach

Please welcome our first guest today, D. Wallace Peach, who is sharing a great review of her novel, Soul Swallowers: The Shattered Sea Book 1. (I’ve read both Book 1 and Book 2 myself, and can attest to how good they are!) I know you’ll enjoy this review, and will remember to share it far and wide. Thanks!

REVIEW:
Mae Clair
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantasy Masterpiece!
July 25, 2018

Not only does D. Wallace Peach create phenomenal worlds, but she knows how to dish political intrigue with the best of them. In Soul Swallowers, the reader is immediately immersed into a fantastical world of royal hierarchies, caste systems, and a blending of the spiritual and physical as related to souls. The idea that someone can swallow the soul of another and inherit personality traits and skills from the deceased is utterly brilliant. There is very little in this world and carefully crafted tale that doesn’t pass for brilliance.

The central character, Raze, is born into privilege and power but turns his back on his societal status due to tragedy. One of the elements that made this book so appealing for me is the extensive cast of characters. This is Raze’s tale, but it’s also the tale of many others, each who have distinct stories of their own (including some thoroughly reprehensible villains).

Peach introduces numerous players whose lives eventually intertwine with each other and Raze. I was in awe of the political scheming and the multi-layered plot which is stitched as tightly as can be. You won’t find any holes here, but you will find superior writing, characterizations, and twists and turns that will have you swiping pages long into the night. The writing is at times lyrical, others grim, but always extraordinarily vivid. D. Wallace Peach has an uncanny ability to place a reader thoroughly in a scene by weaving word-spells with her descriptions. Lovely, lovely incantations of words. Definitely one of my favorite reads this year. I am so glad book two, Legacy of Souls is already available for pre-order. I’m headed there now! Continue reading

#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair

This morning, I have the great pleasure of welcoming Mae Clair to The Write Stuff. Mae is sharing a review of her book, Eclipse Lake, and I know you’ll enjoy it. Hope you’ll check it out on Amazon, and will also pass this post along on your social media. Thanks!

REVIEW:

Intriguing Family Dynamic
5 Stars ~ Christina Thompson

As a fan of Mae Clair’s other novels, I was not disappointed with Eclipse Lake. I enjoyed her vivid description of the sleepy town near Eclipse Lake. Although I liked the mystery and suspense, I loved the family dynamic even more. I’m a sappy sucker for a man with a healthy relationship with his son. The funny banter and touching interactions of the Carlisle Clan (Dane, Jesse, & Jonah) made me laugh and cry. Ms. Clair has done a superb job delving deep into the many levels of the Carlisle family. 5-Stars!!

BLURB:

Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors a long-buried secret.

PURCHASE Eclipse Lake  FROM AMAZON

You can find Mae Clair at the following haunts:
BookBub | Website | Blog | Twitter | Newsletter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

Been Looking for YOU! Wanna Share a New or Special Review?

 

Hi, Guys!

You might have noticed there are NO #ShareAReviewDay posts today. Sorry, but I haven’t received any new requests lately, and ran out of those I’d already scheduled. If you have a review you’d like me to share, full instructions are in the header bar at the top of the page, under “General Blog Rules and Various Feature Instructions.”

I happen to have a couple lined up for next Tuesday, but after that, it’s wide open. Let me know if you’d like to participate, send me the required items, and I’ll take care of the rest, on a first come-first served basis.

Looking forward to hearing from some of you. Thanks!

#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – That Darkest Place by Marcia Meara

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that when I have an afternoon opening in my #ShareAReviewDay schedule, I fill the spot with a review of one of my own books. Guess what? Yep, it happened again today, so I’m sharing a wonderful review of my 3rd Riverbend novel, That Darkest Place. Hope you’ll enjoy it and will pass it  along to  all your friends on social media. The Painter brothers will thank you for it, and so will I. ❤

REVIEW:

Alex Craigie rated a book 5 Stars
Goodreads Review

That Darkest Place is the third of Marcia Meara’s books in the Riverbend series.  I recommend reading them in published order so as not to come across spoilers – and I’m pretty confident that once you’ve read one, like me you’ll want to read the others!

This book picked up from where the second left off and tells the story of the two older Painter brothers, Jackson and Forrest. There’s intrigue and danger running through it but the biggest and greatest part of the plotline for me concerns the relationships between the characters. Marcia has a special talent for revealing the uncertainties and inner feelings of her protagonists in a way with which her readers can readily identify.

At the heart of the book is the subject of how people move on after tragedy strikes and the often dangerous, ill-considered assumptions made by those around them. Two of the characters have suffered severe physical and emotional damage that has left them feeling unable to interact socially. Their powerful portrayal creates such real and believable personas that you’re swept along with them, feeling their suffering and praying that they’ll overcome the obstacles before them.

Marcia has done her homework and the medical and psychological backgrounds feel real and grounded; there’s no instant solution. However, the book isn’t doom and gloom at all. As always, there’s plenty of wit and humour running through the plotline – even in the tender love scenes which capture the spark of passion, the fear of rejection and the joy in finding a soulmate.

This book has all you need for a captivating read. Buy it! Continue reading

#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Unknown Reasons by Joan Hall

Happy Tuesday, Everybody! This morning, we are getting the ball rolling with an excellent review of Unknown Reasons: Driscoll Lake Book Two, by Joan Hall. I know you’ll enjoy it and be glad to pass it along, too. Thanks so much! 

REVIEW:

Review: Irene Aprile 5 out of 5 Stars
Goodreads Review
May 2, 2018

Back to Driscoll Lake

Ok, I have a problem. I’m officially in love with Brian Nichols, the main character in this novel. In a literary fashion, of course (not even him could take my husband’s place). But this is a problem because now I’ve finished reading Unknown Reasons, what am I to do with my reader-self? How am I going to move on and leave Driscoll Lake?

I’ve already been there once, thanks to Unseen Motives, and I was only too happy to be back for another story. Matt and Stephanie, main characters in the first novel of the series, here are minor characters since the story follows events related to Brian and Rachel, other inhabitants of Driscoll Lake.

I would have liked to read it all in one sitting. Unfortunately, I had to go to work (too bad). If mystery with a touch of romance, or romance with a touch of mystery, are your thing, carefully plan your reading time because, once you start reading, Unknown Reasons isn’t going to leave your mind until the end.

It’s fast-paced, full of suspense, and has the right amount of love and passion, angst and thrill. I loved the fact the villain has a point of view because it makes the story multifaceted and well-rounded.

As usual, Joan Hall has the ability to fully represent the pros and cons, ups and downs, of growing up and living in a small town, where everyone seems to know everything about everyone, privacy is a luxury, and gossips never rest.

I can’t wait, (can’t wait!) for the third title in the series. Really. Can’t. Wait.

BLURB:

If you can’t stand the heat…

Rachel Jackson hails from one of Driscoll Lake’s wealthiest families. Like her father, she became a doctor and is now a respected physician. But despite her successful career, Rachel feels something is missing from her life—until she crosses paths with Brian Nichols.

The son of a hard-working mother and alcoholic father, Brian acted out when he was young, earning a reputation as a troublemaker. As an adult, he’s worked hard to clean up his act and now owns a burgeoning construction company.

Rachel and Brian form an unlikely friendship which begins to blossom into something more. But a series of structure fires—determined to be arson—puts Brian in the hot seat. The properties are all associated with his work, making him the prime suspect. Toss in his juvenile history, and he finds himself the focus of a tenacious investigator. Even Rachel starts to have doubts.

Brian struggles to save his relationship, his company, and his reputation. But unless the real arsonist is caught before striking again, everything Brian holds dear may go up in smoke.

Buy Unknown Reasons: Driscoll Lake Book Two HERE


Author Joan Hall

Joan Hall likes to create character-driven fiction with strong, determined female leads and enigmatic male characters. She’s always enjoyed reading a good mystery or suspense story, so it’s only natural that’s her favorite writing genre. When she’s not writing, Joan likes to take nature walks, observe the night skies, and explore old cemeteries. She also likes ghost walks and learning local folklore. Joan and her husband live in Texas with their three cats.

Contact Info, Website, and Social Media Links:
joan@joanhall.net

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – How Dare the Birds Sing by Marina Osipova

This morning, I’m very happy to welcome Marina Osipova to The Write Stuff. Marina is sharing a lovely review of her book, How Dare the Birds Sing, and I know you’ll agree this one sounds truly compelling. Please share it far and wide, so even more people will be intrigued. Thanks!

REVIEW:

Maya Daniels  5.0 out of 5 stars
What an emotional ride!
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
April 11, 2019

With each book I read, I’m becoming more and more in love with this author’s stories. A heart wrenching, emotional ride that will make you not want to put the book down. I would say this is a story of strength, survival and living life the best you can with the cards you’ve been dealt with. Wonderfully written, exceptional character development and a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading the book. I highly recommend this book, and this author!

BLURB:

How Dare the Birds Sing takes readers across the 1930s Stalinist Soviet Union and WWII in a tale whose characters are bound by secrets, love, hatred, and unthinkable quirks of fate.

Buy How Dare the Birds Sing HERE
Available now at your favorite digital store!


Author Marina Osipova

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Amanda in Alberta by Darlene Foster

This afternoon, I’d like to welcome Darlene Foster back to The Write Stuff. This time, Darlene is sharing a review of her book Amanda in Alberta. I know you’ll enjoy it, and Darlene and I would both be grateful if you’d share it, as well. Thanks!

REVIEW:
More exciting adventures with Amanda and Leah, this time in Alberta, Canada
By Christa Polkinhorn

Amanda is overjoyed. Leah, her best friend from England, is coming for a visit. Amanda and her parents have a whole sightseeing tour ready for her. They take her horseback riding, on a cattle drive, they visit a dinosaur museum, and Leah gets to meet Armanda’s extended family. Everything seems perfect until Amanda finds a stone one the cowboys lost. She soon realizes that quite a few unsavory characters are very interested in this stone and she wants to know why. Leave it up to spunky, feisty Armanda to get herself and her friend into a lot of trouble. This is another fun read for the young and the young-at-heart, full of quirky characters and fascinating adventures. And you learn some very interesting facts about that part of Canada.

BLURB:

Amanda is delighted to show Leah around Alberta during her visit from England. They take in the Calgary Stampede, go on a cattle drive, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, spend time with the dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and explore the crazy Hoodoos. When Amanda finds a stone with a unique mark on it, she doesn’t think it’s important until everyone seems to want it – including a very ornery cowboy. Is this stone worth ruining Leah’s holiday and placing them both in danger? Spend time with Amanda as she explores her own country while attempting to decipher the mysterious writing on the stone and keep it from those determined to take it from her.

Buy Amanda in Alberta HERE


Author Darlene Foster

Brought up in southern Alberta, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing stories, travelling the world and meeting interesting people. It’s no surprise that after a number of interesting jobs, she’s now an award-winning author of the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky 12-year-old Amanda Ross who loves to travel to unique places. Readers of all ages enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. When she isn’t travelling herself, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, Spain with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot. She believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true if they´re willing to step out of their comfort zone. 

You can reach Darlene on Social Media here:

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