The Forever Queen Book Review

November 10, 2010 at 1:09 am (Book Reviews)

My Book Review for The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick is up and running on Suite101.  Read a bit about if from Sourcebooks Inc. below then check out the review.

Forever Queen

What kind of woman becomes the wife of two kings, and the mother of two more?

Saxon England, 1002. Not only is Æthelred a failure as King, but his young bride, Emma of Normandy, soon discovers he is even worse as a husband. When the Danish Vikings, led by Swein Forkbeard and his son, Cnut, cause a maelstrom of chaos, Emma, as Queen, must take control if the Kingdom—and her crown—are to be salvaged. Smarter than history remembers, and stronger than the foreign invaders who threaten England’s shores, Emma risks everything on a gamble that could either fulfill her ambitions and dreams or destroy her completely.

Emma, the Queen of Saxon England, comes to life through the exquisite writing of Helen Hollick, who shows in this epic tale how one of the most compelling and vivid heroines in English history stood tall through a turbulent fifty-year reign of proud determination, tragic despair, and triumph over treachery.

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Vook – The new digital Book

September 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm (Book Reviews, Interesting stuff)

Has anyone tried a Vook, yet?

I was recently asked to review a Vook and I have to say, I find it quite interesting. The Vook is what I consider a video and a book put together. The one I reviewed was by acclaimed paranormal romance author; Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s titled Dark-Hunter: An Insider’s Guide.

You can check out my actual reviews on Suite101 and Examiner.com. They contain different info, so read them both.

But I wanted to mention a quick note here and see if I was the only one who hadn’t heard of a Vook. Geeze, I didn’t realize how technologically lame I was until I realized Vook was founded back in 2008 and I had never heard of it. Tons of authors are there in numerous genres: Deepak Chopra, Anne Rice, etc. But this was my first dab into Vook world.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Vook was neat though. You can download it for iPads, iPhones or touch screen iPods or in website format (which the technologically disadvantaged me did). I also chose to read the Vook in combo format, where I could read the story on my right, and watch author interviews on the left. This particular Vook had 5 short stories of Kenyon’s, some that were never-before-seen, pictures, and of course the interviews.

Sherry was interviewed in the very office she writes her novels in and gave readers a little insight into each story, which I found fascinating as a writer and not just a fan. Something else that I found cool, was how the Vook linked character names in the stories to their corresponding character profiles on Kenyon’s website. So, the characters I hadn’t heard of before, or couldn’t remember, I could brush up on while reading the story. Very cool in my opinion.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Vook was just released on August 8th of this year, so I am glad I got a first take on it, by the way…you can buy it here if you want…for cheap, might I add.

So if any of you guys have had an experience with a Vook, let me know…actually, if you have never heard of Vook, let me know too so I don’t feel all alone in the world.  🙂 Really though, I recommend Vook, if you haven’t tried it. The new wave in reading technology is getting better and better each time.

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Actor/Author Stephen Jared

August 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm (Book Reviews)

Great News…

I had the great pleasure of reviewing Stephen Jared’s new book. It’s a romance adventure titled Jack and the Jungle Lion and it was spectacular. I kept thinking it was like that old Michael Douglas film; Romancing the Stone, which I really liked. So needless to say, I really liked the book. Its is really hard to review a book that you love because you have to tamp down your excitment some what. I can’t just write, “Oh my gosh. Great book. Everyone should buy it, and if you don’t you are missing out big time!” I need to be preofessional, but now I can freely say it was a good book. It is really short and it made me laugh and the characters reminded me of classic movie starlets from the 40’s.

Stephen Jared also answered a few questions for me which was pretty cool. In fact, he mentioned that the inspiration behind Jack and the Jungle Lion, was in fact, Romancing the Stone (which was exactly what it reminded me of).

SO, take a look at the review and interview articles and I know you will love the book. You should take a look at the website for the book too. It is a wonderful site that continues the pretense of the story with a unique interview from the main character; “Action Jack” Hunter.

Something else great about the book and it’s site was the unique cover. The book cover was created like an old painted movie poster.The artist; Paul Shipper is quite gifted at this interesting art. The picture tells the story all on it’s own and I absolutely love it. In fact, I can’t tell you about it and do it justice, so here it is:

Here are some links to the sites I think you should check out:

Jack and the Jungle Lion Book Review

Interview with Stephen Jared Part 1
Interview with Stephen Jared Part 2

Jack and the Jungle Lion Website

Stephen Jared’s Website

Paul Shipper’s Website

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Kincaid’s Call Book Review

May 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm (Book Reviews)

So, I just finished a review of Kincaid’s Call by Leigh D’Ansey. It was a beautiful story, well worded for a short novella and I absolutely loved it. I swear I dreamed of going horseback riding with Nathan Kincaid 🙂

Seriously try it out and check out my review for tons of info.

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