Friday, May 31, 2019

The Rings of Faolan-Rubies by Kristal Dawn Harris


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn commenter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

From the first, Michael Faolan and Natalie Terrence knew they were destined to be Lycan mates, but constant danger in Michael's life keeps them separated. They are stalked by the hunters, a group of men who plan to eradicate all Lycan as vermin. Natalie refuses to acknowledge the bond that she has with Michael until hunters burn down his barn and he is gravely injured. She cannot resist his call, even with the threat hanging over his head. Michael Faolan has secrets of his own, but he is happy to accept Natalie's ministrations. Their attraction ignites into flames of passion as they continue to fight the hunters. Could his secrets dampen the hunger Natalie feels for her mate, or can they use that desire to build a family and forge a love so strong no man, woman, or beast can tear them apart?

Read an Excerpt:

Michael stepped closer to the wall when she slipped under her covers. He braced his hands against the stone. Sweat ran down his back and disappeared into the waistband of his loose jeans. The scent of her arousal drenched his body. He soaked it into his pores and his mind. His eyes glowed silver in the darkness. The predator rose to the surface quickly. His canines dropped over his lower lip. His body trembled all over, on the cusp of losing control. He rode the edge somewhere between man and wolf. His teeth snapped together before he collapsed on the floor to embrace the change.

Bones cracked and popped in the darkness. Black fur covered his skin as his body reshaped itself. His face elongated into a black snout. Huge paws formed where his hands and feet had been. Thunder clapped loudly above Heather Ridge. He was thankful for it as his body slammed into the wall. He held on too long before allowing his wolf to emerge. Now the beast was restless and edgy. Natalie’s scent still saturated the air even though she was asleep. His wolf growled low and deep with her so close.

About the Author:
Kristal Dawn Harris is an American author, born in Middletown, Ohio, on August 16, 1970. She currently resides in Ohio with her husband. Kristal has been married for 27 years and has two children. She graduated from Carlisle High School in 1988, then furthered her education at Miami University. She has a business degree in Accounting Technology. Kristal spent twenty years working as an Office Coordinator in the hospital until she released her debut novel, “The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds,” through The Wild Rose Press.

In 1999, Kristal suffered a debilitating disease called “Guillain-Barre Syndrome.” This rare disease damaged the nerves in her body requiring the use of drop-foot braces in order to walk. Kristal considers herself a survivor and encourages anyone with a disability to follow their dreams.

Kristal has one more book contracted with The Wild Rose Press which will release in 2019. She is considered a hybrid author since she published “Hand-Carved Wolf” on her own. Kristal is an avid reader who enjoys romance from all genres, but paranormal is her favorite.

CURRENT BOOKS BY KRISTAL DAWN HARRIS

The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds
Hand-Carved Wolf
The Rings of Faolan-Rubies
The Burn
The Red Heart

UPCOMING RELEASES

Red Snowflakes

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

ASTRAEUS by Haley Cavanagh


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of the audio version of ASTRAEUS. Haley Cavanagh will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

One pre-apocalyptic Earth. One desperate space mission to find a solution. One unexpected alien.

When Dr. Sakota Thorell signed onto the mission to scout out a new, habitable planet, she knew discovering extraterrestrial life was always a possibility. But she never expected to find an alien adrift in space, nor for that alien to be so intriguing. Sakota feels an instant and undeniable attraction to Astraeus, but he represents a million possibilities, and just as many threats.

There are others hunting Astraeus, and his rescue may cost Earth its last hope.

Read an excerpt:

She moved to pull away, but the man’s fingers closed over her wrist.

“Let me go.” She jerked her arm, but he wouldn’t release his grip. She gave him a cautionary look, and he loosened his fingers, though he still held her. Warning bells went off. What if he’s not here in peace? But his eyes sparkled impishly. He seemed to enjoy her skin pressed against his. Maybe he hadn’t been touched in a while. Or maybe he had a crush. Who knew.

Before she could extricate herself, the intercom chimed. “Sakota, are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine. He’s just being friendly—”

The man’s forefinger trailed along her arm again. She sucked in a breath and shut her eyes as a series of images flashed through her mind. A high wall made of stacked stones. A hand spread out to touch the tips of tall, golden wheat of a field. Multihued buildings in the distance under a purple sky. Children’s laughter and then screams. She jerked when the images changed. Strange rain, like metal. Black ships attacking from the sky, horrible screams which rent the air, death. A gentle brush against her hand again. She inhaled and opened her eyes. The man searched her, calm and patient. She struggled to see straight, but her mind spun.

“W-was that your—”

The isolation walls shot up. Rutledge burst into the room and advanced like an angry bear, brutish, immaculate, and combat ready in his black Oceanstone fatigues. “Let her go,” he snarled.

Rutledge yanked the man’s hand off her and pushed her aside. She fell to the floor on her back in a dizzy haze, reeling from the vision. She turned her head. The man bellowed and tore loose from his restraints. His and Rutledge’s images faded into one as they collided and fought. Rutledge’s weapon whirred as he strained to activate it. The rifle propelled over her head and hit the wall.

“Stop.” Her pleas fell on deaf ears. She closed her eyes.

The men barged into the room with heavy footfalls and angry shouts. She opened her eyes, but her vision swirled. The blurred image of the alien lifted Rutledge’s lieutenant like a kitchen chair and catapulted him in the same direction as the weapon. “Stop,” she hollered to the men. “Don’t shoot him. He wasn’t attacking me.”

Another soldier fell to the floor with a sick thud, holding his stomach. “Yeah? Well, he’s attacking me.”

The alien pounced over her, crouching low. He caged her with his body and made a guttural rumble in his throat, a warning to the men. She turned her head to the marines, who zeroed their weapons in on them.

About the Author:
Haley Cavanagh is a military veteran, wife, and mother. She is an alumna of Columbia College, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book that crosses her path. Haley resides with her family in the United States and enjoys spending time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. She loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

Website: http://www.haleycavanaghbooks.com
Newsletter: https://haleycavanaghbooks.com/vip-readers-group/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/1769243778
Twitter: https://twitter.com/haley_cavanagh
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/haleycavanaghbooks/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ambitioushales/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42207961-astraeus

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J42YGPN
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The Summer Nanny by Audrey J. Cole



The Summer Nanny
by Audrey J. Cole

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GENRE: Thriller
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BLURB:

It was the perfect summer job—until it turned into her worst nightmare.

Bridgett is enjoying an idyllic summer as the nanny for Leo, the son of a famous Seattle couple. Not only is she generously compensated to care for Leo at the couple’s Seattle waterfront estate, but she also develops a close bond with the boy.
When a masked intruder breaks into the home and takes Leo hostage, Bridgett will do anything to save the boy’s life. She soon discovers that her and Leo’s lives aren’t the only ones at stake when she learns the masked madman is not just a burglar—but a killer.

Will Bridgett be able to meet his demands and save the boy’s life?

It’s the Fourth of July. Detectives Blake Stephenson and Tess Richards are celebrating at a private charity event at the Space Needle where Tess is being honored for her volunteer work. Their evening is cut short when Tess’s younger brother, Chris, fails to show up for the event. His mysterious absence leads to more questions than answers. They leave the party early, hoping to learn the reason behind Chris’s puzzling disappearance…

Get ready for chills and thrills in this Emerald City Thriller Novella!

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EXCERPT:

There was nowhere to hide. The footsteps had almost reached the doorway to the kitchen. Bridgett reached for the handle of a large cast-iron pan. In her panic to pull it down, the pan caught on the edge of the metal hook that suspended it.

The footsteps rounded the doorway behind her. She let go of the handle and dove to the floor. The pan swung like a clock pendulum and clamored against the other hanging pots and pans.

Bridgett crawled behind the kitchen island. She scanned the dining and living room for a better hiding spot. She heard the killer's boots enter the kitchen. Seeing no better option, she scurried on all fours to the dining room and tucked under the dining table.

She tried to quiet her breathing as she looked toward the kitchen. The killer stood behind the island. He reached his gloved hand in the air to still the pan that was clanging against the other pots. He didn't appear to see her under the table. He turned around as if he'd heard a noise behind him.

Bridgett watched him walk straight toward the pantry door and pull it open. Seeing it was empty, he turned and marched past the kitchen island toward the living room.

It wouldn't take long for him to find her. There weren't many places to hide.

She could only see him now from the waist down. The blade in his left hand looked even bigger up close. She focused on his boots. They moved in the direction of the dining room. Bridgett's heart beat so hard against her chest she was afraid the killer would hear it. His feet stopped when he'd halfway closed the distance between them. Bridgett watched them turn away from her, and she knew it was now or never.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a writer of thrillers set in Seattle. After living in Australia for the last five years, Audrey has returned to the Pacific Northwest where she resides with her husband and two children.
The book is on sale for $0.99.
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MY REVIEW: 

This fast-paced novel had me on the edge of my seat. The heroine, Bridget, is a resourceful, strong character. She is babysitting for a summer for a wealthy family. Her boyffriend, the gardener, comes to visit one evening and she meets him outside. He tells her to remember to "set the outside alarms", and she goes in meaning to do that - but she hears a noise upstairs. After that, everything moves fast and the book is nonstop action. I definitely need to find out what happens bext - because the book ended before the story was fully wrapped up. Perhaps there is a scond book? At any rate, it was a fast, good read. If you like thrillers, this one is for you! 

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

Audrey J. Cole will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Monday, May 27, 2019

Joy After Noon by Debra Coleman Jeter

Joy After Noon
by Debra Coleman Jeter

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Joy marries a widowed bank executive caught in an ethical dilemma and misreads his obvious frustration while struggling to integrate into her new family. Inspired in part by Love, Come Softly, this novel explores the challenges of second marriages and dealing with step-children during the crucial years of puberty and teenage angst. A college professor coming up shortly for the huge tenure decision, Joy finds herself falling apart as her career and her home issues deteriorate and collide.

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Excerpt:
Joy opened a cabinet door to gaze at the rows of hand-painted spices, little bottles labeled in delicate, loopy cursive and decorated with yellow daffodils, each flower unique. What kind of woman would take the time to transfer store-bought spices into hand-crafted containers? The same woman who painted the daffodils? As a teacher of finance, Joy would question whether she could sell the hand-painted jars for enough cash to compensate for the materials and labor.

In this new universe, the question was altogether different. What was the question? Joy felt lost.

The jars appeared to be aligned in alphabetical order, and she checked to be sure. Coriander seed, cumin ... tarragon, turmeric. They probably hadn’t been used since Carolyn died. Either that, or Carolyn had trained Ray and the girls to keep them in their proper sequence.

The phone rang, startling Joy in the unaccustomed setting. She recognized the voice at once. Her colleague and coauthor Natalie. Yes, the honeymoon was wonderful, Joy told her. She elaborated on the brilliant turquoise of the water, the amazing world she and Ray explored together beneath the sea. She couldn’t tell Natalie the real wonder. To be held, to be nurtured, to feel cherished for the first time in so many years. For the first time ever by a man. She flushed at the thought of confessing as much, at her age.

I haven’t forgotten our paper,” she said instead. “I know I’ve been negligent lately. But I’ll get on it. Right away.”
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Debra Coleman Jeter has published both fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her first novel, The Ticket, was a finalist for a Selah Award, as well as for Jerry Jenkins’ Operation First Novel. Her story, “Recovery,” was awarded first prize in a short story competition sponsored by Christian Woman; and her nonfiction book “Pshaw, It’s Me Grandson”: Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the USA Book News Awards. She is a co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at nearly forty film festivals around the world, and captured several domestic and international awards.

Website and Blog: www.debracolemanjeter.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/njjeter/the-ticket-a-novel/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debra.c.jeter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebColemanJeter
The Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1941103863/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
The Ticket trailer: https://vimeo.com/50187275

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

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The first book in a promising series, Joy After Noon is about a woman's problems when she marries a man who already has children, and she is suddenly thrown into a very difficult situation. The author does an excellent job keeping the tension high, as the heroine, Joy, discovers that secrets can tear a life apart. Joy is a likeable character. She has had no experience with men before marrying Ray, (a widower), and he takes advantage of her insecurity and innocence. In a way, he is kind, but he doesn't seem to understand Joy, and she had problems understanding the family dynamics. The book had me in suspense to find out what would happen - give it a try, you won't be disappointed! 







Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Murder by Munchausen, by M.T. Bass


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.
A police procedural sci fi thriller ripped from future headlines!

After Jake shoots and kills a murder suspect who turns out to be the son of a powerful city councilman, he finds himself demoted to the Artificial Crimes Unit, tracking down androids hacked and programmed to be hit men.

When his case of an “extra-judicial” divorce settlement takes a nasty turn with DNA from a hundred-year-old murder in Boston and a signature that harkens back to the very first serial killer ever in London, Jake finds himself tangled up in the brutal slayings of prostitutes being investigated by his former Robbery/Homicide partner, Maddie–who is now his lover.

But a madman, The Baron, is just getting started with his AI recreations of Jack the Ripper's brutal crimes. And Maddie and Jake are teamed up again to stop the carnage as the Baron's army of human replicants imitate history's most notorious serial killers.

"It might not make sense, but the beloved Media tags it 'Murder by Munchausen.' For a price, there are hackers out there who will reprogram a synthoid to do your dirty work. The bad news: no fingerprints or DNA left at the crime scene. The good news—at least for us—is that they’re like missiles: once they hit their target, they’re usually as harmless as empty brass. The trick is to get them before they melt down their core OS data, so you can get the unit into forensics for analysis and, hopefully, an arrest." [excerpt from Murder by Munchausen]

Artificial Intelligence? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Artificial Evil has a name…Munchausen.

Read an Excerpt

From The Invisible Mind (#3)

It sat on a bench outside the dormitory of nursing students, waiting with its kind’s infinite patience. Originally acquired and programmed for landscaping at the Cleveland Clinic, the synthoid was one of a brigade of units which had been hacked and Munchausened, then returned to their menial daily services to mankind to await the Baron’s call.

There was no adrenalin surge behind the extremely life-like facade of humanity when that call came. Data packets, sent scatter-shot through the Atlas Grid, coalesced at the location outside the Cole Eye Institute, where it methodically trimmed and shaped the immaculate shrubbery around the building. To avoid Q’s metadata sniffing algorithms from detecting a download spike in the grid, the information came in digital sprinkles over the course of its human handler’s work shift, slowly building a malevolent intent to be executed that night. In the middle of the afternoon, it left the topiary unfinished to melt into the hospital shift change and disappeared.

Personality modules were a Gen-3 feature upgrade, which is why the earlier models were initially preferred. Swapping out a few IC chips and uploading hacked firmware was a relatively easy way to turn a quick buck with an automated contract killing. But evil innovates, too, and the same features that made synthoids even more human-like in their behavior also helped create robotic assassins which could better camouflage their malicious intents and evade the reach of the Artificial Crimes Unit by melting into and moving undetected through the humanity that surrounded them. For the Baron, it allowed for a greater measure of artistic expression in programming the synthoid’s behavior to not only recreate infamous crimes of the past, but to mimic the behavior of their perpetrators, which intensified the thrill of watching the video feed through the eyes of Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy or, this particular evening, Richard Speck. Jake wasn’t the only history buff and it amused Jamal that London police had photographed the eyes of Jack the Ripper’s victims, hoping to capture the last thing they ever saw: their killer’s face. If only Scotland Yard could have imagined the future.

The Gen-3 personality modules also supported the ANSI Adaptive Artificial Intelligence Protocol #9 to enhance the artificial human experience of real men and women who interacted with synthoids. The constant writing and rewriting of code in the personality/experience loop formed unique individual synthoid consciousnesses, which manufacturers uploaded to their servers for product improvement teams to study. In Munchausened units, that feed was hijacked and routed to another portal in the Darknet to build a collective id of evil.

At eleven PM, it rose from the bench and entered the dormitory. The bodies of nine women would be found the next day, having been strangled and stabbed to death. Unlike 1966, no eyewitness was left alive, though the phrase "Born to Raise Hell" was written on the wall in blood.

About the Author:
M.T. Bass is a scribbler of fiction who holds fast to the notion that while victors may get to write history, novelists get to write/right reality. He lives, writes, flies and makes music in Mudcat Falls, USA.

Born in Athens, Ohio, M.T. Bass grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, majoring in English and Philosophy, then worked in the private sector (where they expect “results”) mainly in the Aerospace & Defense manufacturing market. During those years, Bass continued to write fiction. He is the author of eight novels: My Brother’s Keeper, Crossroads, In the Black, Somethin’ for Nothin’, Murder by Munchausen, The Darknet (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #2), The Invisible Mind (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #3) and Article 15. His writing spans various genres, including Mystery, Adventure, Romance, Black Comedy and TechnoThrillers. A Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, airplanes and pilots are featured in many of his stories. Bass currently lives on the shores of Lake Erie near Lorain, Ohio.

Website: https://www.mtbass.net
Blog: https://www.owl-works.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/owlworks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Owlworks
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/mtbass
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5270962.M_T_Bass

Murder by Munchausen Trilogy Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Munchausen-Trilogy-Future-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07QDGHYZ6
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Discussion of a Decent Dream by E. Curtis


Discussion of a Decent Dream
by E. Curtis



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GENRE: Dark Fantasy

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BLURB:

In the fall of 1789, on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales, a dense, persistent fog enshrouds the village of Ingleton. Shadowed spirits hide in the mist and bedevil the townsfolk, heralding a tragedy that has befallen one of their own.

Edmond continues to search for Alexandra, his fiancée, who disappeared the same night that the mist set upon their town. Presumed dead by all others, he visits Alexandra's empty grave, desperate for any hint of what has become of her. Weary from the sleepless nights on his quest, no longer able to stay awake, Edmond falls into a dream before her headstone and there obtains clues from Alexandra as to her whereabouts.

Haunted all the while by a malevolent spirit, Edmond follows the trail that Alexandra left for him and enters the underworld, only to learn that he has been there before, and in fact, quite often. But more, he discovers how he is to blame for Alexandra's disappearance.

A dark literary novel rich in imagery, Discussion of a Decent Dream unearths the consequences of a child's decision to surrender his heart in exchange for unholy power and transcendent knowledge.

Discussion of a Decent Dream is a Finalist in Britain's Wishing Self Book Awards in the Adult category.

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EXCERPT
I had seen in dream that which appeared before me, a gloriously lined whirlwind of black. It exhibited itself as odd, twitchy, yet with cohesion, both beautiful and horrible at once, as if the core of this being eclipsed an otherwise unseen dawn. The vapor then solidified and took the form of a man, though its feet made no impression in the sand.

It warmed to me, expressing in that charred face such familiarity and delight. Even for my instinctive recoil, I made no real retreat, for I again wanted to hear it speak.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

E. Curtis draws on personal experiences of the otherworldly for his writing. Through dreams, visions, and waking encounters, his exposure to darkness has motivated him to detail what he has come to know of the preternatural. While a few short pieces have been published on an online literary magazine, Discussion of a Decent Dream is his first novel.

Website: http://discussthedream.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ECurtisBooks/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/discussthedream
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/discussthedream/

The book is on sale for $0.99 during the tour.


Buy link: www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07BTHW1SY/

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Son of the Moon


Original post by Radzy 



http://www.vainradical.co.uk/blogs/son-of-the-moon-blog-blitz/
Thank you, Em, for a wonderful review and blog post!

Em's Review (c) Radzy

Son of the Moon is the third book in the Legends of Persia series. If you haven’t read the previous two, then I encourage you to start there. This should not be read as a standalone, but I will give you a quick review on that first book as well, and then tell you when to go grab yourself a copy:

The Legends of Persia series begins with Road to Alexander, where Ashley, one of the luckiest journalists in the 30thcentury. She’s been chosen out of many as the one that year who will travel back to her selected time to interview a great figure from time. She’s chosen Alexander the Great, a lifelong passion of hers. She only gets 24 hours, and in that time cannot say who she is, or alter history in any way, shape, or form, else she’ll be erased from time.

Upon arriving, she tells the guards in Alexander’s camp she’s been sent to analyse the king’s dreams, taking advantage of the fact he is fascinated by dreams, and she gets in with ease. Her interview, however, turns from mostly unsuccessful, to catastrophic when after she leaves to return to her own time, Alexander ‘rescues her’: under the guise she’s truly Persephone, daughter of Demeter and goddess of Spring, being captured by her husband Hades. For Ashley, this is both devastating and awakening. She’s in love with her saviour, and doesn’t belong in her time, but like the King Damocles, there’s a sword over her head. One step out of line, one mention of her in a history book, and she’s erased from existence.

From that moment, the novel takes place over the first year to two years of Ashley’s time in the ancient world and her newfound relationship with the King of Heaven and Earth. While giving the reader a vivid sense of the time, the people, the author is also meticulously careful to ensure the reader is aware of both the hardships of living in a time pre modern medicine or acceptance the earth is round, as well as the difficulties of feeling out of place. There are stunning moments where both Ashley and Alexander must learn to be around one another. He’s short tempered, loves hard, and never says anything he doesn’t mean, but through that is deeply dedicated to those he cares for. She’s a product of her time, quick to speak, but fearlessly in love with both Alexander and his cause… a recipe for a deep, passionate romance that is only hindered by her secrets. Most of the population believes wholeheartedly she’s a goddess however… which makes life interesting but allows Ashley to hide under the rouse and protect herself from her time.

The novel is written in first person, with Ashley narrating. Everything is from her perspective, without deviation. Typically, I gravitate towards third person, but it’s obvious this work wouldn’t be as captivating in anything other than first, or with a different narrator. Ashley is a scholar, and a journalist, and how she perceives the world is true to that background.

I’d also like to point out here that this is not a fantasy novel. It doesn’t claim to be, but it’d be easy to assume in a time of gods and goddesses that there might be aspects. This is a sci-fi in the most honest sense of the genre, but it’s also a well curated historical fiction. It’s a romance as well, I suppose, but I’d take that term loosely as far as the genre as a whole is concerned. There isn’t the painfully predictable plot line, and while there is a lot of sex, that is a product of the time, not to get your rocks off.

Another thing I’d like to point out is that it’s obvious a lot of work has gone into this novel. From the very minute details, to the world as a whole. An example of this is when Ashley first arrives, she greedily sucks in the fresh, unpolluted air. That spoke volumes to me.

Something I truly adored about this novel, and the series as a whole, is that while Ashley keeps her truth secret, the genuine love in all senses between the characters is honest. This is a time where modern ideologies mean nothing, and comradery and what the heart yearns for is all that matters. It’s a surprisingly more peaceful, truthful time, and the author captures this effortlessly.

This novel, and series as a whole, is for those people who grew up with a passion for the ancient world, and always wondered what it’d be like to be given the opportunity to go back. It’s for those of us with a yearning for a simpler time, but then takes that nostalgia and emphasises the comfort of our modern world has made us both soft, and indifferent to pain.

If you’re interested in reading this novel, I highly recommend you do.

Now, if you’re new to the series, head off now, as I’m going to get into my review for the third novel.



Son of the Moon takes place directly after the events of the second novel, as the army have arrived in the Valley of the Gods on the search for Paul, before they head into India for the final stretch of Alexander’s campaign. Ashley is counting down the months she has left with her king and must make some painful decisions over the course of this novel, the most heart wrenching being whether she can live in a world without Alexander. What she’ll do, only she can decide, but in the meantime, she must exist, love, and be the valiant goddess her people believe she is.

There are powerful moments within this novel, the one which comes to mind being the aftermath of the fortress Alexander and his men conquer before they leave the valley. I won’t get into exacts, but the scene, the pain, and the hopelessness left me hollow. I had to close the book to come to terms with the events before I could continue. I’m an emotional person, and the author creates vivid, all-encompassing moments, where as a reader, all you can do is experience. This series is for people who want to feel things, to learn, and to walk away with a new outlook on the world. Yes the 330BC’s are tough, but they’re also pure, and it becomes more apparent as the series continues that the author wants us to be aware of our indifference to others and our environment. That scene hurt, but there are so many other exquisite moments where one or two lines will make you stop and think, hurt, or feel true joy. And though these novels take place over great swathes of time, each scene is captivating and meaningful.

Truly, and I don’t say this often, I’m madly in love with this series, and the testaments to that are the very real tears I shed after the valley, the weight I felt knowing alongside Ashley the end was coming, and the fact I had sleepless nights reading this series. I’ve seen more dawns reading these books than I ever have with someone else’s work, and as soon as I can, I will be getting paperback copies for my collection.

But let me get into some thoughts on the style, as my love doesn’t always mean you’ll be as captivated.

The novel, exactly as the first and second, is written in first person, exclusively narrated by Ashley as if she’s telling you the story after everything’s done and said. She’s not a reliable narrator, but she’s fair, honest, and depicts everything as she experienced it. There are moments where it’s obvious we’re being told the story, such as in moments where she’s asleep but finishes the scene without being able to know that’s what happened, but as a whole, it’s easy to get sucked into the moments.

Every character is vivid, with unique personalities true to their upbringings, time, and beliefs. The author has clearly devoted time to research and development, and this especially rings true with characters such as Plexis. He’s a free spirit, but over the course of the plot, grows and changes. They all do. From the second novel, continuing in this one, there’s a comfortable eb and flow amongst the characters. Their relationships and how they interact are established but change as anything would. For the third in a series, this is satisfying, and actually more enjoyable than perhaps the third, as there is that set-in stone background we have to build from.

There are unsatisfying moments as well, as there is with anything, but I can’t get into them without spoiling the plot. I will tell you this though – everything is done with reason and explained well. There aren’t loose ends here, which is all we can ask for as readers.

If you’ve read the first two books, and are considering getting this as well, please do. This series is getting better and better as it goes on.

The Blurb

Son of the Moon

Alexander the Great journeys to India, where he and Ashley are welcomed with feasts and treachery.

With their son, Paul, being worshiped as the Son of the Moon, and Alexander’s looming death, Ashley considers the unthinkable: how to save them and whether she dares to cheat Fate?

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Son of the Moon


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Review by Rae Reads - Review

We are now on book three of The Time for Alexander Series and in a way I do think you can read it as a standalone because Jennifer Macaire has managed to weave the characters back stories into this book. However to get the best understanding of the characters and what has happened so far I would suggest reading them in order.
In Son of the Moon we catch up with Ashley as she travels with Alexander and his army through India. Jennifer Macaire really did bring the story to life with all the wonderful descriptions of the setting, the food and the people. In a way I think this is probably my favourite book so far just because everything seemed to fall into place. I know the characters pretty well by now and the story had an extra bit of depth to it especially as we see Ashley find something she has been searching for since book one (I’m trying to keep it as vague as I can in case you do want to start the series from the beginning)
Then add in the drama of treacherous characters and Ashley really has to watch her back! I also started to feel Ashley’s apprehension as time begins to be marching even more quickly towards when Alexander will die. Ashley and Alexander’s romance is passionate and fiery but they work so well together! I loved all of the myths that were included I knew some but it was great to hear new ones and this is one of the things that I enjoy most about not only this book but the series.
Son of the Moon is told with historical detail showing legendary battles, snippets of mythology along with putting the author’s own spin on things. This has created a brilliant mix of fun, light and dark times with happiness, sadness and danger throughout. I can’t wait to see what will happen next!

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