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Mar 14, 2015

Review: Frost Flower

Today I am reviewing the latest sweetheart of a romance from Linda Hays-Gibbs.  This lovely writer writes sweetheart romances set in the Regency era with fair damsels and manly heroes.  If you haven't had the pleasure of reading any of her books in the past, you'll definitely want to give her a try.  I find her books to be sweet and cleansing to the palette.  

Frost Flower

Lord Baltimore believes Lady Lina cannot love him if he is not a whole man. He could lose his leg any day, as it will not heal. She didn't like it when he stumbled in the waltz, much less if he cannot waltz at all.

Lina doesn’t believe she can love any man. They are all brutes that hurt her, besides her flaws are so horrible. She cannot speak without stuttering and her teeth are horrible when she smiles. Lord Baltimore deserves a beautiful countess for his Earldom.

They are both broken in different ways and must find the love to heal their hearts and bodies.

My Review:

Frost Flower is a tender, heart-string tugging tale of two people meant to be together.  Lady Crystallina seems almost too good to be true.  Not only is she the daughter of a duke and an heiress in her own right, but she is the most beautiful woman to ever grace society's polished ballroom floors.  Yet, as we all know, looks can too often be deceiving.  Beneath the delicate beauty Lina hides years of systematic abuse and neglect from her parents.  She is terrified of being out in society and easily bruised by their cruel and callous words.  She would flee and hide herself forever in the country if not for a pushy and hateful companion and a rather persistent suitor.

Robert, Earl of Baltimore is no stranger to pain.  After being held as a prisoner of war and tortured into near madness, most days it is all he can do to walk without a limp.  Although he knows his duty, he had no intention of courting for a wife...until he spies the magnificent Crystalline across a crowded ballroom.  He knows her reputation for being cold and haughty, yet despite this he finds he simply must dance with her, only to find the rumors true.  When he shares his opinion with a group of friends in her hearing, he cannot bear knowing he hurt her and begins to court her in earnest.  Loving the shy, sweet Lina is no hardship.  He falls...and he falls hard.

Although Lina had never intended to marry, she finds herself charmed and enchanted by Robert.  He is kind and generous where her family only showed her cruelty and disdain.  She begins to feel beautiful in her own right under his loving tutelage.  His courtship is tender and loving.  No one has ever made her feel so important and beloved.  Sadly, a woman possessing such beauty and wealth engenders more enemies than friendships.  An enemy will crawl out of the woodwork, determined to get her vengeance on the delicate lady and tear her from the arms of her beloved forever.  Robert will have to fight for her against all odds.  Pride, sanity, health - these obstacles are nothing in the face of true love.

This is a very sweet love story.  The focus is largely on the main characters, although a few friends become very much in the spotlight as the tale unfolds.  Lina is a sweet girl, without a vain bone in her body and with too much self-doubt at times.  You have to love Robert for his devotion and dedication of nothing else.  When most men would run off in the face of such odds, he never gives up on his Lina.  This story is completely clean, as well, so you should feel comfortable for you teens to nibble on this story, as well.  If you like the heat rating extra high in your books, this sweetheart of a tale probably isn't something you want to pick up.  If, however, you want a sweet confection of a love story reminiscent of fated lovers meant to be together against all odds, you'll love this book.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Yazidis: Who Are They? Inspiration for Halo of the Damned

http://www.amazon.com/Halo-Damned-Dina-Rae-ebook/dp/B0075XQYDM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407640709&sr=8-1&keywords=halo+of+the+damned

The news continues to report the Iraq/ISIS situation as they kill, rape, and torture the Yezidi (also spelled Yazidi) Kurds in Iraq. Some of you may even remember Saddam Hussein killing them off in the early '90s during the first Gulf War. The media misrepresented the Yezidis back then as they misrepresent them today, preferring to define the religion as meld of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism.  
I remember Saddam Hussein calling the Yezidis a bunch of devil worshipers as he killed them off decades ago.  The media did not expand on Hussein's comment, but it stayed with me.  In fact, I was intrigued about this obscure religion.  Intrigue turned into inspiration for Halo of the Damned, a horror/paranormal book starring an evil fallen angel who appears to his angel cult.  The cover shows a fallen angel standing in front of a Yezidi congregation.

In my novel as in real life, I am not sympathetic or tolerant of those who worship the devil.  Am I being politically incorrect? 
Disrespectful towards another culture?  

The Yezidis believe there is a God, but He is not who they worship.  Instead, they pray and worship Malak Tawas, the peacock and archangel, known as Satan in the West.  Muslims believe they are devil worshipers which is one of the reasons they want to kill them.  
Yezidis have a book like the Bible, Torah, and Qu'ran.  It's called the Black Book, but it's currently lost. Yezidis go by oral tradition.  Their leader is a secular emir and their society is based on a caste system. Yezidis must marry in their faith.  Like Muslims, honor killings among women are part of the culture.
This religion worships archangels and not all archangels live in Heaven with God.  One third of all angels sided with Satan when he waged war against God.  Am I suggesting they deserve to be targets of murder and rape by ISIS?  No, but...  
Melek/Malak Tawas
U.S. soldiers should NOT be compromised in trying to save them. Let Europe or some one else come to their rescue.
As far as ISIS is concerned, many underground reports claim they were trained by the U.S. in Jordan.  Wouldn't that make them the U.S.'s mercenaries?  Why would the U.S. bomb them after training them?  Did they go rogue-a Dr. Frankenstein situation?  Several reports from all major news channels focus on some of ISIS's monstrosities such as lopping off the heads of men, women, and children, and then throwing them around or kicking them as they celebrate their deaths.  This isn't new.  But when they were doing the same thing a few years back it wasn't publicized.  Why is the news bombarding us with these horrors now?  I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but I believe we are being deceived.  The news is just the abridged/censored version of the true story.  Conspiracies are welcome.  Opinions are welcome.  Leave a comment.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

"Desert Flower" - vampire fiction by Tom Olbert

“From the start of Desert Flower by Tom Olbert, it’s the monster who gets our sympathy.” – Patricia Esposito (5-stars)
 




 


A young girl's innocence is ripped from her when she is turned against her will into a vampire. Hunted and alone, Fleurette longs for escape from her hellish existence of eternal night, blood-letting and carnage.

In war-torn Afghanistan, another young girl, Ruhee has been cast into another kind of dark bondage as a child bride. Raped, tormented and suffering, she longs for escape. These two lost souls find a strange but pure form of sisterly love together as they survive side-by-side in a world gone mad. Ruhee must grow up amid war and turmoil.

As if American predator drones and the deadly raids of the Taliban were not bad enough, she must keep her "sister"'s dark secret, while merciless vampire hunters lurk in the shadows.

When Ruhee comes of age and finds an unlikely but pure love with a brave but deeply troubled_young Taliban soldier named Batal, Ruhee finds herself trapped between light and darkness. Her heart is torn in two, and she must make an impossible choice between love and immortality, as her young life teeters on the brink of hell.

 

 

Excerpt:

 





Feeling sure they would find her soon, she took the only chance she could, as Marcel had taught her.  Use what you have, he’d said.  You have your sweet innocence, mon petit.  That is your most potent weapon.  “Monsieur,” she called out weakly, crawling from hiding, reaching out a hand to the big man in the dark leather coat standing over her, the moonlight glinting off his silver crucifix.  Si voux plais…please…I am so hungry.  A little money…”

“Bugger off, you stinking little urchin,” he grumbled in disgust, turning away from the alleyway and starting down the street.  Seeing her chance, she slipped up behind him and slashed his arm with her talons.  He yelled in pain as the cross clattered to the cobblestones, his blood spurting over it.   Fleurette leapt on his back and plunged her fangs deep into his jugular, tapping the flow of warm, sweet blood.  It was nourishing elixir filling her veins, her cold heart starting to pump as her eyes clouded over in a sickly crimson fog.  The man thrashed and struggled to no avail, his body finally falling limp in her grasp as he slumped to the pavement, a last few twitching motions in his hands as he died.

“It’s over there!” another hunter yelled, across the street.  “It’s killed Ron!  Get it!”  Her strength returning, she slipped into wolf shape, bounding down the alleyway, turning to mist even as a silver-tipped arrow shattered against the wall behind her.  Resuming bat shape, she spread herself on the night air as she made for the harbor.  A large freighter bound for Asia loomed below, its hold open and dark.  She swooped down towards it, settling again into mist to avoid the notice of night watchmen who only shuddered, as though feeling a cold, icy touch of wind nearby.

Slipping into the hold, she resumed human shape and crouched in the darkness, waiting.  She sighed, holding her sides.  With the fresh infusion of blood she’d just taken, her wounds were healing quickly.  She slumped her head back against the cold metal bulkhead as her eyes swept the dark, shadowed interior of the hold.  A new start, she thought.  She was trying to find some hope in this endless flight, this eternal running.

She felt so alone.



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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wanted: Sarah Vargas

Name: Sarah Vargas
Height: 5'5
Weight: 120
Hair: black
Eyes: green

Last seen in Charleston, SC

Approach with caution. Sarah Vargas is armed and very dangerous.




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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hello Everyone! I am proud to announce that Eternal Press is publishing my latest book "Frost  Flower" which is a delightful sweet Regency Romance.
     In a turbulent time after the war with France ended, many people in England must put their lives back together. Two people who are broken in different ways find each other.
     Will their love be enough to mend their pain and help them overcome? No matter how perfect some things look there is always a flaw or a problem. Will a perfect Frost Flower melt in the arms of love or shatter in pain and dissolve into nothing to disappear all together?

Monday, January 13, 2014

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Book Reviewed by Barb Taub (author,reviewer)   I got a new review here. at The Romance reviews. Its not great but itits a review by George.    
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. I just want to thank everyone especially those few that have been such wonderful friends this past year: Trevor, helped me do a video, Dina,helped me with interviews and extra especially Leanna Harrow, who would not let me give up. Leanna you are the best friend ever. Thank you so much.
Love ya,
Linda