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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Book Review: Angel Manor



Synopsis:

A beautiful house – with a dark and deadly secret. 

When Freya inherits her mother's childhood home, she sees it as an opportunity. A chance for a new life with her best friends, as they convert the crumbling mansion into an exclusive hotel. 

Instead, they'll be lucky to escape with their lives. 

As the first hammers tear through the bricked up entrances, a dark, terrible and ancient evil stirs beneath the house. An evil that has already laid claim to Freya and her companions' souls.


Buy Link: Amazon





When I started reading Angel Manor, I knew it was going to be a scary book but I didn't realize how terrifying it would be. Angel Manor will definitely go in my top favorite horror books of all time. It is definitely a truly horrifying book.  I distinctly remember reading this book while the wind was howling outside and the house was making noises. Those are great elements to scare someone especially when they are reading a scary book or watching a scary movie.

Ms. Noordeloos has different supernatural themes going on in the book that can seem overwhelming to the story. However, she ties them all so well that these different themes flow as one symbiotic theme. Never was I confused in the story with what was going on. Never was I confused as to whose head I was in while reading. This story takes the span of a few weeks but it never slows down.

Angel Manor is definitely not for a person who is easily offended or grossed out by graphic and violent themes. Ms. Noordeloos does not hold back in her writing of this story. She pushes these boundaries and when you think she can't push it anymore, she pushes it even farther. I loved that... I never thought I would but I did. She drew me in to the story so much that I couldn't put it down.  Ms. Noordeloos wrote her characters to embody evil and that came through in her writing.

One of the things I truly enjoyed about Angel Manor is that you don't know what's going to happen. You may think you know but you don't. Ms. Noordeloos just spins the tale to keep you guessing as to what's going to happen.

Do I recommend Angel Manor? You bet I do. When a book grabs my attention the way Angel Manor did and I couldn't put the book down, that's when you know it's a truly great book.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Book Review: Lost is the Night - Khale the Wanderer Book 2





Synopsis:
Khale the Wanderer: lost in the wilderness, scarred by Milanda's fate. 
Lord Barneth: the butcher of Colm hosts a feast in Khale's honour - but to what end? 
Cacea Selwen: a mysterious servant-girl whose fortune becomes bound to Khale. 
The Thoughtless Dark: a figure emerges from its shadows to decide if, this night, the Wanderer shall die. 

What others have said:
"Greg James has a wonderfully vivid and creative imagination which sets him apart from other writers in the Fantasy genre." - Cheryl Bradshaw, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Sloane Monroe Series 

"James' writing is flawless and strong. There were many moments when I forgot anything existed but the world he had built." - Heather Marie Adkins, Author of Abigail, The Temple & The House 

"This is dark fantasy of the highest calibre." - Adrian Chamberlin, Author of The Caretakers




Greg James delivers an unforgettable saga in this second installment of Khale the Wanderer books. 

James reintroduces previous characters into this story as well as new ones. He also introduces new and nightmare inducing foes that will make you scream for dear life. Each character introduced is profound and I found myself fighting alongside with them, wanting them to live to see another day, as bleak as those days are. 

In Lost is the Night we find Khale struggling, more than he has in his long existence, for his life. Khale is more vulnerable in this story and we see that side of him. In Under a Colder Sun, Khale was unreachable. Yes, I found him to be interesting with his roguish way but in Lost is the Night, Khale is more human and we see that side of him. We see him literally fighting for his life and fighting for another's life. 

This story takes on a life fighting journey that lasts through an entire night. Never does James skip a beat with everything that is happening. He tells this tale incredibly well and never was I confused as to whose story I was reading.  In the end, you will be left wanting to know more about Khale's fate as he embarks on a new journey in a different and frightening world. 

Do I recommend Lost is the Night? Oh you bet I do. A fantastic grim dark fantasy that will leave you yearning for more. 



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Review See How She Awakens


Synopsis:

The Seer has fallen, yet the prophecy remains. 
The World will burn, unless the Seer is Awakened. 

Izzy is lost to the void, doing everything within her power to forget the past two years of her life, when a voice calls out to her from the fog. Aberto begs for her to return while Kennan's voice implores her to remember. Everything within her is telling her to stay in the void, but then Aberto tells her the one thing powerful enough to pull her from oblivion, Molly is dying. 

What awaits Izzy on the mortal plane is more terrifying than she could've imagined. The darkness is on the rise and no one seems to see it, or they don't want to admit to the truth. With the darkness more powerful than ever, Izzy must find a way to push the past behind her and protect her loved ones, even if it means losing herself forever. 

Will Izzy fall to the darkness or will she finally discover who she was always destined to be? Find out what happens when the Seer finally Awakens.

Buy Link: AmazonBarnes & Noble




Wow! Wow! Wow!

If you thought that the previous 3 books were great then you are in for a fantastic ride! Michelle delivered, once again, in bringing us an enduring story about love. Love for our partner. Love for our family. Love for our friends. Love for humankind.

In See How She Awakens, Michelle gracefully brings this story to an end. Our heroine has literally been through hell. She has been dragged and pulled in so many directions, emotionally, that it's a wonder she ever makes it out of her unending despair, whole. We see Izzy rise and save the world yet in the process saving herself from being lost in an abyss of sadness.

While all that sounds sad, See How She Awakens truly is an uplifting story because it gives you hope. Hope that in the end everything will be just right with your world. Hope that life always continues, even when our hearts does not want to.

Michelle gave us hope in See How She Awakens. Hope that even when we have lost what is most important and treasured in our life, we can always find a way to heal, no matter how long it takes.

Do I recommend See How She Awakens? Oh you bet I do. I recommend you read the entire collection for you will fall in love with Izzy and her friends.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Book Review of Lucky's Girl



Synopsis:

Something has awakened on Grove Island. Something that, even in sleep, has held Elton Township in its black embrace. Something old, wise and patient. Something that walked the ancient forests and howled beneath black skies. 

Kenny McCord had a good life - his own slice of the American Dream. But all of that is over, so he is heading home to the small town he left behind so many years ago. However Kenny is not the only son that has returned to Elton Township. His childhood friend, and worst enemy, has come back to settle old scores and, quite literally, raise a little hell.


Buy Link: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22911381-lucky-s-girl?ac=1






I had the interesting opportunity to read Lucky's Girl for review. When I started reading it, I had no idea what I was in for. While it is classified as horror, I didn't find Lucky's Girl to be as scary as I thought. I found it to be more gory and jaw dropping than scary. It was intriguing and pulled me in because I just had to know how Lucky was the way he was. I needed answers. It had supernatural elements though not in the sense of ghosts, spirits, and other paranormal being. Cosmic horror is what it is classified as and I have to say that I like this sub genre.

I have to say that this book had lots of gore and, for lack of a better word, disgusting scenes. Scenes that pushed the boundaries, more so towards the latter of the book.

I had to read Lucky's Girl in doses. I couldn't read it in one sitting because there were things that I needed to digest. Things in the book that I needed to think about and realize why they were put in the book. All these things made Lucky who he is.

This is my first William Halloway book that I've read and I had mixed feelings about it. I wanted to love the book in its entirety but couldn't. I can't quite decide why though I have a theory. I'd like to say that it was because of the boundary pushing subject matter within the story but once you begin to comprehend why those things happen, it makes sense for it to be in the story. My theory is that I felt the ending was rushed. One minute I'm reading about what Lucky will do, and the next he is gone, or so it felt. After all that had happened, Lucky needed to get more than what he did.

Lucky's Girl is certainly not for someone who is easily offended or have strong religious beliefs. It will push your limits. It will test you. It will make you question your sanity for having made it through to the very end of the book. All in all, the story was a good and entertaining one. I enjoyed it, especially the intrigue as that is what pulled me in.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

King Tomb Book Review





Synopsis:

From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spellbinding conclusion to the bestselling, first Forever Evermore trilogy.  

Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability. 

When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller's private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns to a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment. 

They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. 

But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can't control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.






King Tomb is the final saga in Queen Lily's story though not the final book in the Forever Evermore Series.

King Tomb was explosive, jaw dropping and exciting. Ms. Dawn spun a tale that left you wondering which direction the story was going to go. This is the culmination of Lily's and Ezra's story, and the war between the magicals and non-magicals. Lily doesn't fail in being the kick-ass queen that we've come to know and love.  Ezra is still that drop dead gorgeous, to die for, and I-will-do-anything-for-you vampire that just makes you ooze with desire.

I have conflicting feelings towards this story. I loved it yet I wanted to throw it against the wall when I finished it. It's one of those stories that you love yet you just want to scream. Ms. Dawn really knows how to draw her readers in and take them for a wild ride. There are so many emotions going through out this story that you have to just finish reading it because you need to know what happens. There are also several things that you JUST DIDN'T SEE COMING!

Will you get your happy ever after? You gotta read it to find out.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: Under A Colder Sun


It's no secret that one of my favorite indie authors is Greg James. His writing style is one that is incomparable to any other, to me. Every time I read his words written on a page, I get drawn into the story and can't help but fall in love with the world he is creating and the tale he is telling, no matter then genre! His lyrical and poetic style of writing never gets old. Greg tells his tale in an eloquent manner which keeps you invested in the characters he is conveying. He gives you just enough of these characters to answer your questions but at the same time, leaves you wanting more. 

Under A Colder Sun: Khale the Wanderer Book 1 releases today for only $0.99 on Amazon

Greg James is also having a book release event today on Facebook. You can join in on the fun and get to learn a little bit more about Greg, and this story. Prepare for High Adventure. ;-)

Facebook link to the release party for Under A Colder Sun: https://www.facebook.com/events/658785644199600/






Synopsis:

A Grimdark Fantasy Adventure set in a world of Darkness and Chaos! 

Khale the Wanderer: dark warrior of legend, a reaver with a demon’s soul. 
King Alosse: ruler of Colm, willing to risk everything to save his city and its people. 
Princess Milanda: an innocent, kept pure since birth, unknowing of her fate. 
Neprokhodymh: the cursed city of sorcerers where Khale must make a choice that will scar him for life, or fall into darkness forever. 


What other readers said:

"Greg James has a wonderfully vivid and creative imagination which sets him apart from other writers in the Fantasy genre." Cherl Bradshaw, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Sloane Monroe Series 

"Greg James brings both his locations and characters to life with wonderful, descriptive prose perfectly balanced with a pulsating, relentless plot." Graeme Reynolds, Author of High Moor 

"I am hopeful that Greg James will shoot to the top of his class for the music in his words and the ideas that he so lavishly creates." - Janet Fix, Editor, The Word Verve Inc.





DISCLAIMER: I was given an ARC (advance review copy) of Under A Colder Sun in exchange for a review.

Under A Colder Sun is unlike any other book I've read where the villain is actually the hero. This tale is about Khale the Wanderer, who by all accounts, is evil and one should cower in his presence. Yet, at the same time, he ends up being the hero. But not the hero of fairy tales who saves the damsel in distress by slaying the dragon, no. He is a hero who has to do wrong in order to begin making things right. Khale is evil, yes, but in the end you will either grow to understand him and accept him as he is, or grow to wish him death. 

Greg James weaves an intricate tale of different characters trying to figure out their purpose in a world of chaos; a world that is dying all around them. This story is set in a time where you either fight to live or you just give up your soul and die.  

While the story is about Khale the Wanderer, it's hard to forget about one of the supporting characters that also give life to this story. Each of these characters have a tale to tell that explains why they are fighting for a better world. There is one character whom I fought with, in my head of course, the whole way through. She is integral to the story, yes, but she definitely irked me. While her view of the world was bleak, she was naive in her thinking of how easily she could fix things that were wrong. She had a black and white version of who Khale is and couldn't see past that. She was self centered and egotistical. Needless to say, she wasn't my favorite character. 

And that there is the beauty of Greg's writing. He creates these characters and gives them life, gives them meaning, a reason to exist. You will either love his characters or hate them. Either way, you are in for a great story. 

Under A Colder Sun is definitely a fantasy story meant for adults. Greg James does not sugar coat his words. He tells this story as the characters dictate and are meant to live. There will be more stories about Khale the Wanderer, as his story is not told in its entirety in Under A Colder Sun. 




Sunday, June 15, 2014

Face Scrubbies and Soap Pouch Spa Set Free Crochet Pattern




Yarn Used and/or Suggested:
Lily Sugar and Cream 100% cotton, #4, Country Stripes, 120 yards
One skein will yield 8 (or more) face scrubbies and one soap pouch with tie string. 
*Any 100% cotton #4 in any color will do.

Hook:

US Hook,  US 7/4.5mm

Notions and other materials:
Stitch marker
Darning needle for weaving in ends


Gauge: 
Not important

Abbreviation of stitches used (US):
CH = Chain
SC = US Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
SLST = Slip Stitch
RD = Round
ST = Stitch

Special Stitch Used: 
Magic ring/circle: Here’s an instructional post from All Free Crochet: 
If you can’t do the magic ring/circle, do the following to begin your round: chain 3, join with slip stitch, chain 1 and proceed with specified amount of single crochet in ring. Do not count chain 1 as a stitch.
Grit Stitch: You can follow the tutorial at Moogly Blog.


Please feel free to email me at diannevhunt@gmail.com with any questions.

Note: Chain 1, chain 2, and chain 3 do not count as a stitch. Photos at the end. 

Face Scrubbies - Make 8 (or more if you’d like).

RD 1: 8SC in magic circle/ring, join with SLST to top of 1st SC
RD 2: CH 1 (does not count as a stitch), 2SC in same ST as CH 1, 2SC in each SC around; join with SLST to top of 1st SC (not CH 1 join)
RD 3: CH 1, 1SC in same ST, 2SC in next ST, *1SC in next ST, 2SC in next ST*, repeat from *to* around, join with SLST to top of 1st SC, 24SC
RD 4: CH 3, 1DC in same ST, 2DC in next ST, *1DC in next ST, 2DC in next ST*, repeat from *to* around, join with SLST to top of 1st DC, 36DC
RD 5: CH 1, 1SC in same ST, 1SC in each ST around, 36SC, fasten off and weave in ends



Soap Pouch - Make one.

RD 1: CH 14, 1SC in second chain from hook, 1SC in next 13 ST, do not turn, going on other side of chain, 1SC in each ST to end of chain, 26SC 
RD 2: CH 1 (does not count as a stitch), 1SC in same ST, 1SC in each ST around, join with SLST to top of 1st SC (not CH 1 join), 26SC
RD 3-18: Do not join. Begin working in continuous round. Use stitch marker to mark beginning of each round for easier counting. 2SC to top of 1st SC, skip next ST, *2SC in next, skip next ST*, repeat from * to * around, 13 2SC clusters - 26 SC total, 13 skipped spaces. In last round, join with SLST to top of 1st SC
RD 19: CH 2 for height (does not count as ST), 1HDC in same ST,  CH 1, skip next ST, *1HDC in next ST, CH 1, skip next ST*, repeat from * to * around ending with CH 1, join with SLST to top of 1st HDC, 13HDC and 13 CH 1 space, 26 total stitches 
RD 20: CH 1, 1SC in same ST, 1SC in each HDC and CH 1 space around, 26SC, fasten off and weave in ends  




String - Make one

Chain 50 - or desired length. Wrap chain around CH 1 spaces. Tie with a knot at end and weave in ends

Pictures shown are for tutorial purposes only, that’s why they are a different color than color suggested. 


You can also download the pattern using Ravelry or Craftsy.



Copyright © 2014 Dianne Hunt
diannevhunt@gmail.com
Same DiNamics Crochet
This pattern is to not be redistributed or sold.
The finished item may be sold or given away 
but please give credit to Dianne Hunt.