Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Doorway Back to Forever: Trust




Forbidden … and yet. The black vial calls to you.


“Mark my word,” Dr. du Monique said, “One third of your team will fall to Midnight—and this black vial will be the cause of it.”

Robyn, Kit, and Cam are called to be on the Elite Skyborn Warrior Team, but the Legend’s prophecy points a guilty finger—three of the nine are destined to turn on the prince. They swear none of them would ever fall, but the vial has a secret, mesmerizing appeal.
While learning to control their powers, their younger siblings, Shirley, Grace, and McCoy, are taught to spy on suspected magic-users and turn them in to the police. When the older kids discover a plot to kill Mr. Fischer, they must use advanced skills they’ve secretly cultivated—skills that could push them over the edge into Midnight.
Will they be the ones to fall to the dark side, or will their younger siblings have them arrested before their mission is complete?
A Doorway Back To Forever: TRUST, is the perfect sequel to BELIEVE. It takes two families on an adventure to Midnight and back that challenges their ability to trust who they are, why they are here, and what they’ve been chosen to do. Do you have the courage to join them?

“Nanette O’Neal spins another great tale of faith, this time asking who can resist temptation—would you pass the test?” Kary Oberbrunner, author of ELIXIR Project.

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I has the privilege of  reading the first book in this series a year ago when it first came out.
You can read my review HERE!

Now, as this second part of the story came out I reread the first book and remembered how much I enjoyed it. This second book was a great continuation of the story. Where the first one has us jump right into a crazy but fun adventure, this one takes us through a journey of growth and knowledge along with fun and games in the magical world. This is an adventure that leads the characters though not only physical danger, but also the draw of darkness that promises power and the internal struggle of discovering what they can do and how it can save themselves and the wonderful world they have discovered. I really enjoyed this journey and I really enjoy the continuation of this adventure. It was a quick easy read and can be enjoyed by all ages. I highly recommend this set of book and I look forward to reading other books by this author.



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Nanette O’Neal has had a long time passion for the idea behind the Doorway series, stemming from her faith and her love of story. 

Her interests have always been strong in various creative endeavors, such as music, martial arts, science fiction, and fantasy. Having studied music in college, she made a career of teaching and directing various ensembles in the public and private fields for years. 

When she decided to tackle writing, she began an intense process of study and research in the craft, through the use of text books, online tutorials, chat and critique groups, as well as various workshops, conferences and retreats. 

The Doorway series consists of seven novels about faith, courage, and the power within the human soul. She contributes regularly to an inspirational column for a religious website, Ldsblogs.com, and maintains her blog, Nanette O’Neal’s Doorway, found at NanetteONeal.blogspot.com. 

Feel free to subscribe to her blog posts and to like her author page. Nanette loves her husband and family, her faith, the mountains, aviation museums, Star Trek, and dogs.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Heart of Escher Review






James Fisher, a lonely, bullied schoolboy, finds himself in the dark and twisted land of Escher after wishing himself away from an ill-fated family holiday.

Lost and frightened, James must help heal the dying world of Escher, overrun by the creatures of the Nightmare forest, to return home.
Guided by the emerald-eyed cat, Sam, and befriended by the headstrong resistance fighter, Jasper, James is taken on an adventure through a world mirroring his own nightmares, where he is forced to confront his own fears and the ghostly Shadow in order to save Escher.

Unbeknown to James, not only is he fighting for Escher’s future, but also his own.

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I enjoyed this book and the imagination the author put into it, with the animal people and the adventures of not only Edward but his brother's as the journey continues. I enjoyed that every now and then we got a good insight into what other characters were thinking to pull the story along as they traveled. The places Author Jonathan Dance has created in Escher were fantastic and I really liked the unique idea of the Gardner and the different people. Overall I enjoyed the journey and the fun of the story as it progressed. More than once I found myself needing to finish a part before I could put the book down because it was too good to just set aside. I do highly recommend this book - especially for middle grade when kids are at that age of feeling vulnerable but wanting adventure. They will easily relate to the character in this book as he journeys to save Escher.



Born and raised in Hampshire, I spent most of my childhood dreaming up random adventures.

I left the sunny south coast to study Graphic Communication in Bath, where I fell in love with the rolling Somerset hills when I wasn’t walking up them.

Returning to Hampshire 6 years later, after meeting my now wife, Claire, I enjoy a quieter life, walking in the New Forest and relaxing with my wonderful wife and fluffy cat Molly.

I have always enjoyed telling stories, more often than not in visual form, either in films or animations. However, the idea of Escher was too big for me to do visually by myself so I picked up a pen and started writing.

Having written one novel, I am now keen to tell more stories of Escher, while at the same time expressing my imagination with my art. 


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tarragon Tour and Review (Dragon Mage)





After hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more, fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake the inhabitants of Tarragon.

Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside.

To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?


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I had the privilege of reading the first book in this series a year ago when it was first released. I love it and the review is HERE!
And now, I had the privilege of rereading the first book (which I enjoyed just as much as the first time) and then read the second book, released just yesterday! Here are my thoughts on that second book:
I found myself completely captivated as Tyler grew into himself and his abilities, I loved watching him become the man he could be and take on the role and powers he possesses. For Anwen I loved watching her become a woman who could make up her own mind when it came down to important issues and still be willing to recognize she needs the others to help her. I liked that she is not a "all powerful, can do it myself" heroine, but truly recognizes that there is power in listening to a learning from those around her but making her own decisions. There is so much growth in this book for all characters including Courtney. I really liked the character growth, the progress of the story  was really great too, addressing not only the how and why, but giving us great history of Tarragon and the dragon mages and the key keepers. I was completely into this book and did not like to stop reading to go to work. I highly recommend this book but you'll definitely need to read them in order. First pick up Key Keeper and then continue through on Dragon Mage. You'll love it!



Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Essence of Courage - book of devotionals






 As women we encounter multiple challenges, while simultaneously wearing
many hats. We need courage to face our challenges and commitments. In Song
of Solomon 4, Solomon ascribes the essences of his locked garden to the
courageous woman he has taken as his wife. This inspirational study will
provide an opportunity for you to discover:

• The secrets of the fruit, spices, and essential oils in Solomon’s locked garden.

• A deeper meaning of these fruits, spices and essential oil essences in Scripture by studying different women in the Bible.

• How others learn through their struggles and triumphs when you meet Cinnamah-Brosia and the women with whom she does life.

• Encouragement to allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate the essence of courage in your heart.

• Fun facts about the spices and essential oils, along with ways for you to
enjoy incorporating reminders of the fruit they represent into your life.



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I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to read this book, and it made sense. Anyone who has any knowledge of the bible can understand what author Lynn Watson is attempting to portray through her devotionals. I found myself thinking "that actually makes sense" a few times and "I never thought of that" as well. It was fun to see a different perspective and I loved the way the author tied the devotionals in to real life situations that all of us have seen and experienced so they were easy to apply to our own lives. Plus, I absolutely loved the fun facts she put after each section about the essential oils and history and such. I also found that it was a good, relaxing, and calming read. I highly recommend reading it and thinking about it in your own lives. You can read it all at once as I did - it's a quick read - or even just one devotional at a time and take it in. It's definitely worth it.
Thank you Author Lynn Watson for the opportunity to read this fabulous book of devotionals.



Pulled reluctantly into women’s ministry nearly four decades ago, Lynn Watson now treasures the opportunities that were provided to lead, encourage and mentor women through relationships and Bible studies. She wrote a few of the studies, too. Drawing from those experiences, along with years serving others professionally in the complementary healthcare field and her love for essential oils, Lynn delights in bringing her readers freshly inspired insights drawn from and focused on the many fruits, plants, oils, and spices mentioned in God’s Word. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve call Bartlett, Tennessee home. Their
home is filled with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren.




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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Undead Must Die Post & Review





Floriana is a seemingly ordinary art student, until an exciting opportunity to study ancient Greek relics introduces her to long-held secrets and shockingly dangerous truths. 

Her life becomes altogether extraordinary when a seemingly benign morning excursion transforms into an agonizing race across Europe to save humanity. Soon, she must work against the clock to recreate an antidote to save mankind before nostalgic Nazi militias make good on their plan to create a legion of superhuman zombie-soldiers that will wreak havoc on mankind.

As the heir apparent to a family of masterminds, Floriana is the only one capable of thwarting their efforts, but first she’ll come face-to-face with black roses, presumptive killers, and mysterious sects.

With the fate of the world in her hands, can an inexperienced and clumsy art student create an antidote before it’s too late?

Find out in this adrenaline rushing, young adult thrill ride, chock full of espionage, conspiracy theories, spies, and zombies!


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This book was a quick and enjoyable read! There was no sagging or waiting, you got right into the action and took off at a fast paced, which didn't let up (but also wasn't too much to make you feel overwhelmed.) I was swept along in the story and didn't even realize I'd read the whole book until it was over - it was that easy to get captivated. I enjoyed that the story focused more on the background of the undead and what to do to stop them rather than going into the gory details of the undead and the killings/bitings like many zombie books do. The characters had lots of personality and I enjoyed getting to know them as the story progressed. And I like how she tied in some historical fiction to bring around the reason that zombies are being made. I loved that part. Definitely a great story and I'm excited for the next installment to find out what happens!




Penny BroJacquie is a passionate writer, travel blogger, and life lover


After a long career working as a sports reporter for some of the largest media outlets in Greece, she decided that life is more beautiful when you work freelance.

In 2014 Penny published her first book, a travel guide called City Break In Athens. Her first published novella The Undead Must Die is Book 1 in The Order Of The Black Rose book series.

When she doesn't write, Penny pets her dogs, cooks new recipes, and takes photos. You'll find her somewhere in Europe enjoying a cup of coffee or watching a movie.




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