Storm at The Keizer Manor by Ramcy Diek
Review by Lauren1
Ramcy Diek’s engaging novel, Storm at The Keizer Manor will sweep you up in the storm of Annet’s and Forrest’s lives and command your emotions. I give this well thought-out fictional, adventurous tale of time travel a PG-13 rating for non-explicit sex and language. It’s a jewel for romantics to treasure. Like a fabulous meal lingers on your tongue, this story remains with you to mull over and savor in quiet moments.
Their little family is just beginning to bud. He is a job-hunting college graduate – she is a manager of a well-known art gallery. They stroll on the beach and a tempest descends – forcefully separating them. What is a twenty-first century stubborn woman to do when she awakens in the nineteenth century? If you answered, ‘cause a storm,’ you would be correct.
She wrestles with her lack of conformity and expected behavior in society. He, for months, must endure the stares and public humiliation of his girlfriend’s disappearance as the police work their missing person case. Our main characters suffer greatly and the tension is palpable in both realms.
As in life, not everything is tied up with a bow. One curious, fortune-telling woman feels a link to the time traveler and we wonder about her abilities and a possible other-worldly connection. With easy-to-love-characters as flawed and real as these, the ending came too soon. I was satisfied but greedy and wanting to know more. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
This eloquently-written story tracks slavery on two levels; the early African people loaded onto slave ships against their will and a wealthy aristocratic old man’s purchase of a young, innocent bride to cover her family’s deep debt. It mattered naught to anyone that she was in love with someone else. It takes a gifted writer to use the theme of slavery in a romance novel and Alissa Baxter does it well.
Now that the old man is dead, it’s easy to understand Isabelle’s tainted view of matrimony. She went from being bossed around by her father to being ordered around by her husband. She is simply over it and is quite enjoying her independence, both personally and financially when she returns to her home town and comes face to face with her first love at a house party. Slight problem here; he’s engaged and in love with someone else and Isabelle is questioning her heart at every turn. With horrible weather conditions impairing travel, a dozen or more house-guests are trapped with each other for days.
Enter Mr. Bateman. What a cocky rake! Handsome and rich and capable, he sets his eye on the lovely Isabelle who is pining over her old flame. We soon learn that what Mr. Bateman wants, Mr. Bateman gets, and we are delightfully immersed in their personal romantic war as they jockey for acceptance and love. A clean novel that transports us to another time; I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
These are great questions asked in the blurb for the book, Sarah’s Shadow. The character of Sarah is wonderfully illustrated by Si Clark and delightfully real thanks to the author, Nick Jones. She is tall and gangly with stringy hair and huge eyes, and sensitive about her appearance. When her friends mock her shadow on the playground, she is upset and wants to rid herself of the offending silhouette. More subtle than other books on the subject, but nevertheless significant; this book deals with grade school bullying.
Peer pressure gets to Sarah and when an opportunity to ditch her shadow presents itself, she jumps at it. She suffers a giant personal loss in her desire to ‘fit in’. Another question might be, “Have you ever given something of value up to be accepted by your friends?”
Now without her shadow, Sarah has a new concern; will she be mocked for not having a shadow? She alters her schedule and activities to avoid addressing the issue. The climax of the narrative occurs when her friends decide to play a ‘shadow’ game and she doesn’t have one. Sarah is tearful and remorseful over her loss and wants her shadow back. We wonder how this situation will resolve itself and we are pleasantly satisfied when they are reunited.
Self-acceptance is yet another message interwoven in the text. Although Sarah is adamant that she will never again betray her shadow, it would have been nice if she had apologized to her shadow as she clearly had a personality of her own; therefore, taking responsibility for her mistake.
With social media body-shaming and schools writing policy on bullying, Sarah's Shadow should be a classroom topic of discussion in elementary schools everywhere. I would like to see Nick Jones create a discussion/workbook to be sold alongside this treasure of a story. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Alexander Prescott was bored with the predictability of eternity when his world was rocked by a beautiful woman who looked exactly like his long-lost love. Even though she was human, he knew he'd found the woman destined for him. That was, until he met Gwen.” (Excerpt from the blub for the book, Revelations.)
The blurb for Bellamy Westbay’s fantasy-romance, Revelations, dips our proverbial toe in the water. This story is a tsunami of multiple love triangles coupled with levels of beings; humans, 14,000 year-old angels and a mix of the two; hybrids. Alex loves Eva who loves him but weds Lew. Hannah loves Alex and sleeps around, but Alex loves Gwen who thinks she loves Ky because he loves her. There is plenty of pining, craving and sweaty, lust-filled passion to keep you forging ahead. Written in alternating character first person past tense, author, Bellamy Westbay reaches for the stars with this paranormal celestial romance.
Revenge and jealousy themes rear their ugly heads one-third of the way into this tangled love affair. We learn that flirtatious, slutty Hannah is jealous of her friend Gwen who, despite her clumsiness seems to be unaware of her own amazing beauty and of men’s designs on her. Also present is the feeling of abandonment from which Gwen, Ky and Alex all suffer.
Less about revelations than it is about destiny, Revelations is not a Christian story. It should not be confused with the Book of Revelations from the bible. This book simply reveals fictional prophecy through the character’s dreams and imagery. These subconscious ‘revelations’ show us the protagonist’s love-longings and fears. Even before Gwen meets her foreign prince, she dreams of a hot, faceless protective man on the beach to whom she feels passionately drawn. The mystery dream man could be one of several different men. It’s a puzzle. Conversely, she dreams of wickedness and it has a face; and one we don’t expect.
God is capitalized throughout this narrative which could lead one to think the ‘heaven’ referred to is the Christian’s heaven from the bible. It’s not. We learn about a ‘creation room’ where God is still busy at work creating new universes though a large hole in the room’s floor. It’s entertaining, but not a source of religious information by any stretch.
Although heavy on the romantic, lusty heat index, there is no consummation; mainly kissing, plenty of hot body description and yearning. The content of Revelations is heavily laced with profanity with over 120 uses of the F-bomb and 65 assorted other curse words. If you enjoy a non-erotica, paranormal romance—essentially 400 pages of foreplay with a cliff-hanger ending—then this book is for you. I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this digital book in exchange for a review.
Author, Douglas Wells takes us on a two-decade-long memorable adventure of passion, drugs and alcohol, love and loss. This adroit narrative’s pace transports us back to the eighties with high hopes for the conceited, romantic protagonist; Jackson. Is he the victor or the victim of his own cavalier flirtations? We itch to find out. We cheer his successes in love and career and lament his disappointments. Most of all, we embrace his growth and wish him well.
The twins’ lives take divergent paths; one to college and the other into seedy night clubs. They are stunning women with their own thoughts (and lack of) for the future. Sometimes rational, sometimes ridiculous, Hadley and Haley lean on each other in times of sickness and divorce. Happiness is fleeting as their decisions rock their worlds with the trauma of addiction and grief. Hadley said it best, “You saved me, and I’ve been drowning ever since.”
How We End Up is a creative adult story published by TouchPoint Press. It is filled with profanities, but at the same time, it challenges the reader with its commanding vocabulary and wordy sentences. It's suspenseful and not short on drama. The title of this work is spot on. Nothing can prepare you for this tale as you find out how these characters ‘end up.’ Thought-provoking and intelligent, we are left sitting at the bar ruminating with Jackson Levee in the end. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Lurking in the Forest Folk village of Ghroc is the shape-shifting, murderous wanna-be dark queen, Baobh. She is searching for the central jewel missing from an ancient necklace she stole. Once the gem is in its rightful spot, Baobh will have immeasurable powers. She has kidnapped a man in the hopes his daughter will come for him.
Enter the six-foot-tall, beautiful protagonist, Rhiannon. She is as mysterious as the lyrics in her namesake song by Stevie Nicks.
Rhiannon Kossi strays from her Montana ranch in search of her father who mysteriously disappeared. Deep in a forest, she accidentally accesses a route to Baobh’s world (hence the title of the book) and that’s only the beginning! Other-worldly characters like elves, giants, gypsies and soldiers appear, as well as Rhiannon’s pet wolf, her great stallion, Zellan and a winged cat-like beast called a pax. During her tireless search, she falls in love and discovers her destiny; her calling and the reason she was born.
The theme of good and evil is alive and well in this passionate story of vengeance and heirship. This is a truly magical adventure; it’s a world where men wear chain mail and swords and a knife-carrying woman cannot escape her birthright. I enjoyed this modern, mid-evil romp in all its splendor and was sorry to encounter a cliff-hanger ending. Mature and young adult readers who enjoy clean fantasy should not miss Tree of Bone and Mist. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.