Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Billionaire's Secret Marriage and a Linky

It isn't often that the main characters in fiction novels have disabilities. I think the challenge for authors who choose to go that route is to do their character justice. That means you need to know what you're writing about! My latest book review, The Billionaire's Secret Marriage, is about a blind businessman with blue prosthetic eyes. The author has had family members who are/were blind and includes a wonderful prologue where she writes about them. If you're looking for more stories like this one, I'm including links to similar book reviews that I've done.

The Billionaire's Secret Marriage: An Inspirational Billionaire Romance (The Limitless Clean Romance Series Book 1) by [Dearen, Tamie]

About the Book:

Title: The Billionaire's Secret Marriage | Author: Tamie Dearen | Pages: 289 | Genre: Clean Romance

Book Description:

Stephanie Caldwell made the classic mistake… she fell in love with her boss.

The fact that Bran is blind makes no difference to Steph—she thinks he’s the most handsome man she’s ever laid eyes on. If only she didn’t have to see him every day, she could force herself to give up her pipe dreams. But she can’t quit--she needs this job to pay for her daughter’s medical treatment. To make things worse, he just got engaged!

Billionaire Branson Knight is pragmatic about his love life. He knows women don’t see him as a man, but as a blind person, worthy of pity. His only value lies in his wealth. So his engagement is merely a means to an end. But the last thing he wants to end is his relationship with Stephanie--he’s become dangerously dependent on his efficient personal assistant.

When Bran’s friends drag him off to Las Vegas, he convinces Steph to go along, to prevent him from panicking in the noisy, crowded environment. His fianc√©e, however, sees the trip as the perfect opportunity to coerce Bran into a quickie wedding. Steph and his friends are determined to prevent the disastrous union. But everyone has a secret…

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My Review:

The Billionaire's Secret Marriage is a clean romance that has it all. There are wonderful characters, deep issues, humor, intrigue, and great chemistry! There's raw honesty in the character of Bran, the blind billionaire. His friends are also "imperfect," but that's what makes them so unique and wonderful. Steph is Bran's personal assistant who has loved him secretly for the last two years. She's willing to sacrifice her own feelings to make sure that he's happy. Even with her best intentions, things don't go as planned! I highly recommend reading the heart-warming prologue first where the author shares her own family story. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review. Please note that the price was correct at the time of posting.

Related Book Reviews:

Books by Tamie Dearen

Blindsided by Kellie McAllen
Story about a blind lady

Starfall by Jessie Kwak
Story about a deaf girl

by Sarah K.L. Wilson
Story about a lame girl


Many of you already know that I volunteer three mornings a week reading in a sound room at the Blind Institute here in South Africa. The recordings are made available for the blind, visually impaired, and dyslexic. Most of what I read is for learners at the school for the blind. Usually it's English language notes, tests/exams, or textbooks.

One of the blind learners, Ying-Shan, switched this year to my daughter's high school, because of her subject choices, which weren't all available at the blind school. We've known her family for several years. Her little sister and Amanda are in the same class and good friends. Ying-Shan is in grade 10 and highly motivated to go far. She's also taking private German lessons with me, because she sings Opera and German is one of the languages she sings in. She's also an accomplished classical pianist! You can follow her YouTube channel here.





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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Colorful Sunrise and a Linky


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Unraveling Darkness by Alex Lidell

Unraveling Darkness
by Alex Lidell

Unraveling Darkness: Scout Book 2 of 2 by [Lidell, Alex]

About the Book:

Title: Unraveling Darkness (Scout Book 2) | Author: Alex Lidell | Publisher: Danger Bearing Press | Pages: 218 | Genre: Historical Fantasy | Recommended Ages: Young Adult and up

Book Description:

Kali’s kingdom is imprisoned—and she may hold the key.

In one breathless moment, royal scout Kali’s world has turned on its head. Bishop Bahir has deposed the king and seized the palace—with Kali’s sister trapped inside. Now on the run, Kali, Trace, and the future king of Dansil have only one place to go for help: Everett. An enemy kingdom of which Trace is the presumed-dead heir.

As Trace reclaims his identity—one that may leave no room for a Dansil spy—Kali faces her own growing magic, which may be their only hope of stopping Bahir.

With shattering secrets, daunting new powers, and uncertain allegiances, Kali must walk a deadly tightrope to protect her kingdom—and her heart.

UNRAVELING DARKNESS, by Amazon bestselling author Alex Lidell, is the final novel in the Scout series. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, and Sarah J. Maas.

Purchase on Amazon:
Kindle | Paperback


My Review:

Unraveling Darkness is the exciting final novel in the Scout duology by talented author Alex Lidell. Three allies (Kali, Trace, and Wil) flee the palace while three girls (each a sister of an ally) are abandoned to their fates. Kali and Wil are hoping that Trace will rally the support they need to turn the tables, but things don't go as planned. Kali is sick with fear for her sister's safety, Wil thinks his is happy with her new allegiance to the enemy, and Trace finds that his sister is formidable competition. Do they have what it takes with a few trusted friends to complete their mission? This young adult historical fantasy has it all with interesting characters, court intrigue, danger, magic, and a bit of romance.

Related Reviews:
Tracing Shadows
Air and Ash


About the Author:

Alex Lidell

Alex Lidell is an Amazon bestselling author of AIR AND ASH (Danger Bearing Press, 2017) and an Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex lives in Washington, DC.



Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Dragon School Books 9 and 10

Dragon School:
Prince of Dragons

Dragon School: Prince of Dragons by [Wilson, Sarah K. L.]

About the Book:

Title: Dragon School: Prince of Dragons | Author: Sarah K. L. Wilson | Genre: Fantasy Adventure | Pages: 95 | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Will the last light fade from the Dominion?

A new story from USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson

With darkness and war spreading across the land, Amel must fight to save her friends and keep them together long enough to fight the evil that stalks them. Will her best efforts be enough?

Fans of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern and Christopher Paolini’s Eragon will love Dragon School.

Prince of Dragons is episode nine of Dragon School – expect a new episode every eighteen days!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase on Amazon

My Review:

Dragon School: Prince of Dragons is Book 9 in this new and exciting young adult fantasy. Through all the action and adventure, Amel manages to reunite with Leng. The battle keeps heating up and both have duties to fulfill that force them to part once again. At one point, everything seems lost. Then Amel learns a stunning truth about her dragon, Raolcan, that blows her away. This is a quick read with a cliffhanger ending!


Dragon School:
Dark Night

Dragon School: Dark Night by [Wilson, Sarah K. L. ]

About the Book:

Title: Dragon School: Dark Night | Author: Sarah K. L. Wilson | Genre: Fantasy Adventure | Pages: 96 | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

It’s always blackest before the dawn.

A new story from USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson

Trapped in a cave with Ifrits beating down the front door, a traitor in their midst and a hundred innocent refugees to protect, Amel and Raolcan seem to have no options left.

But when allies discover another option, will they be brave enough to take it - even if it leads to a darker night than any of them have ever seen before?

Fans of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern and Christopher Paolini’s Eragon will love Dragon School.

Dark Night is episode ten of Dragon School – expect a new episode every eighteen days!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase on Amazon

My Review:

Dragon School: Dark Night is Book 10 in this new and exciting young adult fantasy. Amel is trapped inside a cave with her friends and a traitor while the battle rages on outside. It won't be long before the nearly unstoppable Ifrits force their way in. This story has the most intense action in the series. My heart was pounding the whole way through!


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About the Author:
Sarah K. L. Wilson

Sarah K L Wilson


USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson, hails from the rocky Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario where she lives with her husband and two small boys. Her interests include the outdoors, history, and philosophy. Her books are always about fantastical adventures in other worlds.



Disclosure: I received an ARC for both books and these are my honest reviews.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts

Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts
Book Blast and $25 Giveaway!

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About the Book

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Title: Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts
Authors: Lisa and Michael Cohn
Genre: Children's Book
Number of Pages: 86
Publisher: Canines and Kids Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Summary: Sensitive Bash gets grumpy and disruptive when his life is too bright, too loud, too smelly, or too busy. He counts on his dog, Lucy, to help keep him calm. But Paula, Bash's girl-power cousin, is causing all sorts of trouble. Paula says her soccer team has the right to take Lucy away from Bash because girls deserve the very best canine coaches. And superstar Lucy is the most successful coach around! How can Bash show he respects the girls' rights while keeping dear Lucy by his side?

Award-winning mom-son authors Lisa and Michael Cohn have appeared on the Today Show, AM Northwest, and SiriusXM Radio, and in Disney's Babble, as well as other media.



Our Review:

My thoughts: Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts teaches an important message candy wrapped with humor. Bash learns that under the Title IX law, girls have equal rights as boys when it comes to the best coaches and education. This is an early chapter book with expressive illustrations.

Amanda's thoughts: I liked that they loved dogs so much and let them be coaches. I think it’s cool that Ally is everywhere. Whenever you need her, she’s there. I like that the grandma is a coach and teaches the best girl team. I also like the grandma’s accent.

Disclosure: We received an ARC of this book. This is our honest and voluntary review.

About the Author

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Award-winning mom-son authors Lisa and Michael Cohn have appeared on the Today Show, SiriusXM Radio, AM Northwest, and in Disney's Babble, the Oregonian, and other media outlets. They are founders of the Roving Reader Leaders. Michael and Lisa have "traveled" 540,000 miles and visited students in 15 countries around the world via Skype in the classroom to discuss their books.



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Kingdom of Ash and Soot Review and a Linky

Kingdom of Ash and Soot


About the Book:

Title: Kingdom of Ash and Soot (The Order of the Crystal Daggers - Book 1) | Author: C.S. Johnson | Publisher: Prodigy Gold Books | Pages: 340 | Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description:

In an age of political unrest and racial divide, one girl's search for truth will determine the future of her kingdom.

Prague, 1870

For the last ten years, nineteen-year-old Eleanora Svobodov√° has worked as a servant in her stepmother's household, dreaming of the day she will be free to live life on her own terms.

But when her estranged grandmother, Lady Penelope, comes to Prague on behalf of Queen Victoria, everything changes. Throughout Bohemia, a string of murders and secret whispers hint at a larger coup, and Lady Penelope, as the leader of the Order of the Crystal Daggers, an ancient order of spies and soldiers that protect kingdoms and their rulers, is determined to discover the perpetrators. When she offers Eleanora the chance to help her prevent the kingdom from falling apart, she is hesitant to trust her. And while joining means freedom from her stepmother and protecting the people of Prague, Eleanora knows her life will never be the same--or her own.

Can she find a way to be free and still do the right thing? Or will joining the Order only lead to disaster?

With castle intrigue, true love, and family dysfunction, Cinderella meets Mission Impossible in this historical fiction spy adventure series from C. S. Johnson.

Release Date 3 July!

US Links:
Paperback Pre-Order on Amazon
Special Price with Publisher link


My Review:

Kingdom of Ash and Soot is the first book in the Order of the Crystal Daggers, an awesome new series by C.S. Johnson. She blends historical fiction with a touch of Cinderella and plenty of espionage. We meet her dynamic characters in the fabulous setting of 1870 Prague.

The line between right and wrong gets blurry when lies are the norm and assassinations are expected. 19-year-old Eleanora must decide if she wants to make a difference. She has high ideals, but does she realize the cost it will take? And, do her ideals fit with those of her grandmother, Lady Penelope? There must be a reason why her mother never told her grandmother that she and her brother existed.

This is C.S. Johnson’s best work of fiction to date. Be prepared to want to read the entire series, because the first book has a cliffhanger ending!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review.




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Across the Floors of Silent Seas

Across the Floors of Silent Seas

Across the Floors of Silent Seas: A Short Story (Till Human Voices Wake Us Book 1) by [Johnson, C. S.]

About the Book:

Title: Across the Floors of Silent Seas (a Prequel Novella to Till Human Voices Wake Us)  | Author: C.S. Johnson | Pages: 69 | Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Book Description:

Do mermaids believe in humans?

While working on a deep-sea diving assignment at the University of California, oceanography student Jay Bishop is dragged into a volcanic tube towards the earth's core and certain death.

But much to his surprise, Jay not only survives the fall, he finds himself taken prisoner by a community of mermaids and kept alive as a science experiment. Confused and disoriented, Jay's only hope to escape back to the surface is found in Paga, an elder of the community who believes Jay's unexpected arrival marks the fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy.

With the community rising against them, Jay and Paga face dangerous choices -- and their consequences -- if Jay is ever to see home again. Will Jay make it back to the world on the surface? And even if he does, how can his life ever be the same ever again?

Enjoy this short story adventure tale set before Till Human Voices Wake Us, a science fantasy novel from C. S. Johnson.

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My Review:

Across the Floors of Silent Seas is a unique story about mermaids who don't believe that humans exist. Jay is a human who, after a diving accident, ends up rescued by mermaids. Even though they keep him for observation and run many tests, they don't believe his claims of coming from the world above. None of them do, except for one counsel member named Paga. This novella has an element of thriller/horror and it's also an allegory.

Related Posts:
C.S. Johnson Author Interview
Books by C.S. Johnson

About the Author:
C.S. Johnson


C. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family.


Disclosure: I purchased this novella on Amazon when it was on sale. This is my honest review. There are no affiliate links.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bright Sunrise and a Linky


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