The Butterfly’s Cocoon
Thornton Park, set on a vast estate shrouded in mystery and hidden secrets, provides an ideal backdrop for a conference on immortality. Intended to highlight cultural similarities and differences in beliefs, the conference takes an unexpected turn even before it begins. Alexandra and her family soon find themselves entangled in a paranormal quest to uncover the secrets of eternal life. To add complications to the quest, people are being murdered. As the family’s detective, Alexandra is determined to unravel the mystery and apprehend the culprit. While uncovering clues, she finds herself discovering dark tales and myths that could place her unborn child and herself at risk. Are they unfounded, or are Alexandra and her baby in danger?
Amidst the unfolding enigma, romance blossoms as Edith falls for the enigmatic James. Author Ellen Read masterfully crafts an engaging narrative that effortlessly blends critical plot points with an immersive scene setting. Readers are transported to Thornton Park, as if joining Alexandra and the conference speakers in their pursuit of eternal life’s elusive secret. The novel boasts a diverse cast of characters, each with a unique story to share. While keeping track of each conference attendee’s origins may prove challenging, their individual theories and backgrounds enrich the overall narrative. Readers will be drawn into each character’s backstory and get to know them, seeing how they fit into the story’s overall plot. Ellen’s skillful storytelling breathes life into the world of the Thornton Mysteries, leaving readers eagerly anticipating future installments.
The Butterfly’s Cocoon is a captivating read that combines mystery, romance, and a touch of the paranormal. The author’s deft handling of the plot and setting creates an immersive experience that transports readers back in time. With its intriguing cast of characters and thought-provoking themes, this novel is a must-read for fans of the Thornton Mysteries series.
Pages: 322 | ASIN : B0BV3CNBNC
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Wish Star World
A mystical world where all is not as it seems. The downfall of a spectacular civilization with powers that span time and space. Children, twins, borne of magic. An exciting prophecy and the potential to save the universe. All of this is packed within the pages of Wish Star World by L.A. Burnett. A fantastical adventure spanning space and time, readers will find themselves swept away by the constant action and intriguing storyline. Our twins, Phoebe and Clarence, are more than even their parents realize, with potential spanning generations. Buckle up, readers, you are in for a ride.
Combining magic, time travel, space travel, and adventure, the twins find themselves swept up in a seemingly endless adventure. The pacing for the story itself is relatively good and easy to follow. Burnett doesn’t just explain or over-explain the universe that was created and the rules within it. They show it to the readers. Little bits are explained organically throughout the story, which makes it easier to understand and enjoy. More traditional high fantasy or science fiction books often spend too much time explaining their reasonings and the rules of the world. As such, this book gives the feel of a Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman-type story in that the author trusts the readers will understand. And we do.
The character development in this book is truly impressive, and it’s evident that the author invested a lot of effort into crafting them. However, while the ending may have felt a bit rushed, it’s possible that this is just the beginning of an exciting new series. With the fast-paced events that occur at the end of the book, readers are left eager to learn more about what comes next. It’s hard to say for sure if subsequent volumes will clear up the story’s loose ends, but the potential for a continued series is definitely there. It’s possible that the author is exploring new ideas with this book and will expand on them if readers respond positively. Overall, I’m excited to see where this series goes and look forward to future installments!
A delightful mash-up of fantasy, space, time travel, and adventure will await readers in the pages of Wish Star World by L.A. Burnett. This fantastical book follows the journey of twins Phoebe and Clarence as they learn more about their heritage than they bargained for. It packs a lot of punch, and the characters are well-developed.
Pages: 240 | ASIN: B0828GCV8Y
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In a world where love is the ultimate conqueror, navigating the complexities of merging one’s life with another’s can prove to be a daunting task. Alas, the scarcity of outstanding and eligible partners only adds to the challenge. Nevertheless, the quest for a compatible mate should never be abandoned, as destiny may have it that one’s soulmate is out there waiting for them.
Snowfall, a novel penned by the talented Hermione Lee, transports readers to a world where Pristina Cardin, an ice witch, resides in her solitary ice manor on a mountaintop. With little interaction with the outside world, Pristina found solace in the confines of her icy abode. Unbeknownst to her, a nefarious character lurked in the shadows, waiting for the opportune moment to rid the world of her presence.
It was not until another witch was hired to eliminate her that Pristina’s life was forever altered. Instead of carrying out the original plan, the witch cursed her with a timeline of one year, after which she would meet her demise by melting into the floor of her manor. Isolated and resigned to her fate, Pristina never envisioned the possibility of love or companionship until Gabriel, a wealthy wizard engaged to a manipulative woman named Marleigh, entered her life.
The novel’s enchanting storyline and portrayal of true love restores hope to those yearning for their soulmate. Hermione Lee’s vivid and engaging writing style effortlessly draws readers into the story, while the plot’s fast-paced twists and turns keep them guessing. The author’s ability to craft well-rounded characters with whom readers can connect emotionally is particularly noteworthy.
Pristina, the novel’s compelling protagonist, is a character that readers will undoubtedly adore. I highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy and romance, as Hermione’s writing is exceptional, and the story is both charming and engaging. It is with great anticipation that I look forward to reading more books by this incredible author.
Pages: 204 | ASIN: B0BWFQDD59
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The Forgotten Prophecy
In Ray LeCara Jr’s The Forgotten Prophecy, readers are treated to a captivating blend of supernatural elements and international intrigue that elevates the suspense and thriller genre to new heights. Set against the backdrop of Catholicism’s epicenter, the narrative follows protagonist Simon Free as he grapples with vivid dreams, the tragic loss of his uncle, and an unspoken foreboding about his town’s future. As Simon enlists the aid of an unlikely group of allies to unravel the truth, he discovers his crucial role in an ancient prophecy. He faces a profound choice: uphold his family’s traditions or adhere to his personal convictions, with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance.
The Forgotten Prophecy challenges Simon’s faith and the reader’s, with LeCara Jr’s evocative writing style and vivid imagery exploring the intriguing concept of a conscious, living evil. The novel poses the thought-provoking question: “If evil is natural, would you still try to stop it?” Delving into this philosophical theme, LeCara Jr’s work resonates deeply and leaves a lasting impression. Religious readers will appreciate the authentic incorporation of Christian motifs and quotations throughout the text. However, this engrossing tale also appeals to a broader audience, with its gripping narrative that builds tension and anticipation with each page.
Fans of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, James Erith’s Power and Fury, or Amber R Duell’s Dream Keeper will find much to enjoy in The Forgotten Prophecy. As readers accompany the reluctant hero on his quest for truth, they may find themselves questioning their own beliefs. Undoubtedly, this stimulating and emotionally charged novel merits a resounding endorsement.
Pages: 405 | ASIN : B0B95TTRBF
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Molly Shipton: Secret Actress
In Molly Shipton: Secret Actress by Sheri Graubert, readers are transported to an era devoid of modern conveniences such as electricity and running water. Set in a time when women’s abilities and contributions were often underestimated, despite having a reigning queen, the novel provides a vivid portrayal of the societal constraints faced by women during that period.
The story follows the journey of Molly and her younger sister Juliet, who, having lost their family and home to the plague, find their way to Stratford. Seeking liberation from the limitations imposed on them as women, the sisters disguise themselves as boys, allowing them to explore their passions for singing, acting, and playing the lute without hindrance. As the plot unfolds, Molly and Juliet struggle to survive on the streets, eventually making their way to London, where they have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of theatre.
Brimming with energy and a zest for life, the author’s voice resonates through each character, offering a captivating and fast-paced reading experience. Rich in detail, Molly Shipton: Secret Actress masterfully incorporates elements of suspense as the risk of the sisters being discovered looms throughout the narrative. The novel serves as a powerful reminder of the rewards of pursuing one’s dreams despite the odds. This exceptional novel boasts inspiring characters, a Shakespearean flair that is both entertaining and poetic, and a focus on the resilience of women in the face of societal constraints. The novel delves into the complex dynamics of Molly’s relationships, offering authentic portrayals of love and camaraderie.
Throughout the story, the female characters demonstrate defiance against their lack of rights, each in their own way. With an engaging plot that is both witty and adventurous, Molly Shipton: Secret Actress is a delightful exploration of the power of determination and the human spirit.
Pages: 311 | ASIN: B0BD2N6Q6R
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The Strength Sisterhood Can Have
For My Sister follows twin sisters from Mumbai who, through unfortunate events, end up separated and in the red light district. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?
For My Sister was inspired by my volunteer work overseas with girls rights and human rights awareness causes in Uganda and India. When I wrote the story, at first, it was a part of a collection of short stories highlighting causes like girl trafficking amongst others. The story of Amla and Asya stood out to me and when I developed it more, it turned into this novel. I spent many hours doing research with nonprofits who serve survivors of human trafficking as well as interviews with survivors of child marriage. While the story is fiction, it was important for me to portray the experiences with empathy and accuracy.
What was your process in writing the characters’ interactions to develop the bond they have?
I derived much of the heartfelt and complex interactions between Amla and Asya from my own experiences as a sister myself. Since I was writing about twins, I interviewed a doctor and expert on twin identity to dive deep into the main characters’ minds. The twin bond is even stronger than regular siblings, like my own close relationship with my sister which allowed me to dive into understanding that relationship. I learned that twins have been reported to feel their sibling’s pain, even when apart. When it came to Amla and Asya, I wanted to portray the strength sisterhood can have in times of darkness.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
I wanted to give voice and visibility to the voiceless, specifically trafficked girls and women such as Amla and Asya. Along with the social issue of human trafficking, I touch upon gender inequality, colorism, caste and poverty. The main theme I hope one feels when reading about these topics is connection. I believe one of our greatest human qualities is our ability to feel and connect with one another. Stories bring people together and can inspire us. Inspire all of us to listen to our inner voices, just as Asya and Amla did to gain their freedom. People have been using the power of sharing stories since ancient times.
What is the next story that you’re writing and when will it be published?
I am currently working on another novel focused on being first generation and social causes related to race and identity. Stay tuned at my social media handles, psnamaste on Instagram and Puja Shah Author on Facebook to learn more.
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I Think That Is Kinda Funny
Growing Down follows two drunk men who spend the day running around town trying to make up for what they feel is lost time in life. What was the inspiration for your story?
I don’t remember exactly the inspiration from it other than initially I wanted to write a story about a character who could not find their way home. I also remember sitting in a movie theater and seeing Federico Fellini’s I Vitelloni. I thought the movie was wonderful.
Did you plan the tone and direction of the novel before writing, or did it come out organically as you were writing?
I would say organically. At this point in time I am so busy that hardly any planning goes into anything anymore. I have my notes, but I rarely use them and much of the finished product is often the initial idea reworked over and over.
Are there any emotions or memories from your own life that you put into your character’s life?
Yes and No. I don’t think I know anyone who left a wedding early and got drunk with a buddy, usually that happens after the wedding is over. I do know that I am thirty and a lot of people around me are as well. I think when friend’s or acquaintances start having children, getting married, talking about their retirement, etc. it does make one reflect because nobody tells ya, ‘you are this age, this is this time…,’ so much as one person does it and the rest follow suit. I think that is kinda funny.
What story are you currently in the middle of writing?
I’m working on a story called Louis, which is about this happy go luck guy that likes to ride the subway train. I would really like to do something that involves animals. I work at Unity Farm Sanctuary in Sherborn, Massachusetts and among many of the animals there I love being with the pigs. I have some stuff on paper involving pigs, but it would hard to be Babe or Charlotte’s Web.
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He’s Bound For Termination
Titanium Warrior follows a man and woman whose lives are intertwined by fate and their destiny that could destroy the world. What was the initial idea behind this story and how did that transform as you were writing the novel?
I’ve been a lover of Greek mythology all my life. The concept of the Titanian universe sprouted from the Greek Titans and what could happen to the world if Kronos’s magic was misused. The Titanian race, descendants of the Titans, was created to protect humans and creatures with god-like powers, but that ability carries a high price. Hagen the main character in Titanian Warrior appeared in an earlier book. At that point in the Chronicles, he was impulsive and too anxious to demonstrate his powers. He’s matured in Titanian Warrior. The weight of his rash actions weigh heavily on him and if he doesn’t atone and find his eternal mate, he’s bound for termination.
What was your process in writing the characters interactions to develop the bond they have?
I’m an instinctual writer. In the business that’s called being a pantser. I allow my muse to invite the characters in and speak their story. Faiza came to me naturally. Her loyalty to her family was an inspiration for Hagen and a source of frustration at times. Their bond is best explained in the pages of the book.
What were some of your inspirations as a writer?
Dame Dorothy Dunnett, J.R.R. Tolkien, Laura Esquivel, Jody Hill, and Isabel Allende, to name a few have been a source of inspiration. Whenever I hit the doldrums, I read a few passages from a favorite book and that sets the writing muse on fire.
What is the next book that you are working on and when can your fans expect it to be out?
My next book is a contemporary romance, with dark themes in the Central Florida Stories. The manuscript is with the editor and I hope to release it in May. Meanwhile, I’m working on another Central Florida Story. I’m planning on an end-of-the-year release.
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