M.S.Fowle weaves a fantastical tale about a kingdom bereft of magik—ruled by a monarch who cannot see beyond his thirst for power. He searches for the Sire, the creator of all magik and in his quest unleashes terrible cruelty on his subjects. War rages and the people of the land live in fear. Magik is prohibited; those found practicing are captured and punished. Here the select few enforce their rule on the laity, to subdue and control them. Amongst this chaos rises a story of faith, friendship, loyalty and …. well magik.
I liked the author’s writing style – the flow is smooth and effortless, though at times I did find it a bit grand in some portions. I had to stop, take a breath and go over the lines a couple of times to let them sink in before I continued further.
The characters are very endearing especially the twins. As you read through you will definitely fall in love with Claire and Walter. They fight yet they stand by each other. They will make you laugh, cry, bite your nails in fear for their lives. You will find yourself enjoying their adventures and little skirmishes.
The end was not surprising yet I was disappointed by the quick closing and felt that it was a bit rushed. It kind of broke the flow that the author had maintained through the earlier chapters. But let’s be honest I was also sad that the story ended.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and do hope there are more adventures of Walter and Claire and we read them soon. I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I did blog tour & cover reveal of this book a few months back and as a follow-up, today I share with you my review of the book. Go on … spare a few moments and read this. Better yet, go pick both the books in the series available at Amazon – only for today.
Okay, first things first – this is a really good, fun book to read. That said, I have to admit there were few ups and downs in the narration. Some places the flow of the story gets stuck with a phrase or a line that just does not come out well. You have to re-read it to get back to the story. I at times, felt that maybe like the main character Piper, the author too was thinking faster than what she was able to pen down and so you see the narration skip something and then move on.
But … once I settled into the story, these minor errors were completely forgotten. The story overpowers your thinking and you will forget everything else. There are so many amazing characters and the way the story is woven through their lives–is very enjoyable and engaging.
Piper is an intelligent, smart girl and it is a delight to walk with her as she experiences love & joy, pain and sorrow. The people she meets are vibrant, dynamic and full of life– even though they may not be good.
I felt that author Eris has done a remarkable job with this book and I truly look forward to reading the successive books in the series. Hopefully they will be as interesting as this one was.
Just an afterthought – the book needs a more attractive cover. At present, the cover hides a very good book behind it.
I know you all have been wondering where I have been for the past few days (nearly a month, actually). Let me assure you, everything is fine. I have just been busy with things here and there, but that’s for another day.
Today, I have something else to talk about. I have been given the opportunity to host the blog tour & cover reveal of Eris Kelli’s “Piper LeVine, a Gypsy’s Truth” and with great pleasure I would like to introduce to you Eris Kelli —
Eris grew up in the Pacific Northwest as the youngest of eight children. Her writing is fueled by her love of adventure, learning and her drive to explore an idea. She now resides in Midwest America, with her husband, 2 beautiful children, and happy old dog. Currently she is fast at work on the third book in the Piper LeVine Series.
Please join me in welcoming Eris as she shares with us her thoughts on how authors should tackle one of their most difficult task – of finishing the book they’ve started writing.
How to Write a Book from Beginning to End
By Eris Kelli
The most popular topic for authors to write about is how to get published. It’s a great topic, but so many of us jump the gun. You will never, ever, ever publish a book no matter how awesome it is, if it isn’t finished.
So why haven’t you finished your novel? Here are some of my old reasons and other that I’ve been given.
– No time.
– My computer is having problems.
– I’m still working on my outline.
– I can’t get started.
Here is my advice and you can take it or leave it.
As far as not having time goes, if you can carve twenty minutes out of your day, then you have time. It’s true just hang in there with me, and I’ll tell you.
If you were to write one page a day without fail you would have 365 page book at the end of one year. Hey, it’s a book more than no book at all next year, right? And I believe once you get rolling on it’ll be more than just a page a day.
The thing is if you really want to write you’ll find a way.
I am a busy mother of two. If I were to try to sit down at my computer while my youngest was about, he’d attack the keyboard. I had to write! So, I carried a notebook with me and wrote the old-fashioned way. Typing it later once my little ones were down for the night was a chore, but now I have Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth.
If it’s trouble getting started, don’t stress it. Just begin and keep going. Nothing is in stone. You can return later and perfect your beginning, middle, or end. I went back and re-wrote the beginning for Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth, six times and even more with other books I’ve written.
If this sounds like work, you don’t want to do than writing may not be your thing. If you love it and want it, then you have to do the work which comes after the book is written, believe me!
I had the best time writing, Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth. Not only did I get to go on a great romantic adventure with Piper, who is a fun young woman to tag along with, but I got to explore the Gypsy culture and experience magic!
My wish for you is a great writing adventure of your own. I hope you’ll get the chance to read Piper Levine, A Gypsy’s Truth and feel free to find me on Facebook and tell me what you think. Until then, happy writing and exciting reading.
You can get a copy of Eris Kelli’s “Piper LeVine, a Gypsy’s Truth” on — Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders or KOBO. Please visit GMTA publishingfor more details.
Here’s a short summary of the book–
Piper LeVine is the daughter of wealthy Senator, Harold and Katrine, or so she thought. When a stranger arrives in the night and throws her identity into question, Piper must uncover the secrets of her true origin.
Treacherous demons from a past she never knew she had are coming for her and only the Gypsies know how to deal with the monsters of myth.
Nicholas proves less than truthful from the get-go, but who can she hold onto amongst a sea of mystic if not hostile strangers? He is dangerous, captivating, and the only one who she knows that will stand against the creatures of the dark that seek her.
In search for the truth Piper will find more than her identity. She will discover her destiny, what she is made of, and the family that determines her fate.
Thank you for joining me today. Keep a look out for my review of the “Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth” — to follow soon.
My deviation – ‘The Other World‘ was declared one of the winners of the Halloween Contest hosted by Selunia on Deviantart.com.
We were supposed to create a deviation using any three of the stocks provided by her. I used her pics of a cat (tiny thing in the center of the vortex), the setting sun sky and the buildings along with pics provided by others. Thanks to all the stock providers for some wonderful pictures. Credit details are given here.
Some new creations are also there in my gallery. You can click hereto see them.
I know I am way behind in meeting my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but I am not giving up. 🙂 I am trying to read as many books I possibly can, in whatever time I can squeeze out of my work. Mirror Bound is one such attempt that thankfully, has been successfully accomplished.
I received this e-book as part of a book promotion, in exchange for a review. Though there were many books on my to-read list still I went ahead with this one first as I just did the author feature and it made sense to follow it with a review. Well as promised, I have read it, actually liked it and so am reviewing it now. Here it is…
Book Summary: She came home to settle her great grandmothers affairs and figure out her own life. Finding out that her grandmother left her everything including magic powers she forgot to unbind before her death. Anna finds someone to love amidst the war against the woman that was supposed to love her and her twin sister. The mother goddess helps her gain her magic. Can Anna stop her mother before her mother stops her?
I found this to be a good book with both +ve as well as -ve points. Honestly, it is readable and quite enjoyable too. The story maintains a steady pace throughout and the element of magic and mystery keep the interest levels up.
The book is written from Anna’s perspective and it starts off quite smoothly. However, in the first few pages I felt that there was some confusion between who’s Ma — the mother or the grandmother or great grandmother. It’s only later that things get sorted out. The introduction of John spices things up. But I actually could not come to terms with the ease with which Anna accepts that her Ma is a witch and she too has powers as did her sister. I mean, I would probably have freaked out if a stranger, whom I’ve just met, tells me that my loved one had such a big secret. This section should have been a bit exciting rather than just swim by you. Also the whole ‘I knew what was coming’ attitude of Anna was a bit odd.
Still, I liked reading through the book. The author does a good job in creating a balance between all that is happening and the different characters that appear in the story. As the story progressed, it became more engaging. Anna’s meeting the Mother Goddess and preparing for the final battle, sure are the highlight of the book.
I would recommend this book to those interested in witches and magic. I am sure that they will like it.