“Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel” by Alice McVeigh

Author Alice McVeigh considers herself a Jane Austen fanatic. She has read all her books multiple times. When she began thinking about writing a story that would reflect her love of Jane Austen, I think she made the right decision. … More “Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel” by Alice McVeigh

“Albobonnae’s Way” by Bella Rayne

I have to say that I was drawn into this story right from the start. When Serena spoke of Castle Fay, it always sounded magical. Once she arrived to spend an indefinite amount of time with Aunt Sylvie in hopes of finally being able to move on with her life, I felt that Castle Fay may very well be the key to help Serena finally heal her broken heart. It wasn’t until one crazy occurrence after another started happening, I had to wonder if staying at Castle Fay was the smartest move after all. … More “Albobonnae’s Way” by Bella Rayne

“War Bunny” by Christopher St. John

“War Bunny” is a spectacular fantasy novel written by Christopher St. John. Set in a dystopian world where humans are non-existent, a female bunny called Anastasia begins questioning the ways of Yah in her home, Bloody Thorn Warren. It was believed that prey should not fight back and should accept their fate of being devoured by predators (Blessed Ones). This was known as Glorification. That was the will of Yah and was never to be questioned. … More “War Bunny” by Christopher St. John

“Brandy, Ballad of a Pirate Princess” by Dan E. Hendrickson

Master Shaolin priests, stories of the far East, the practice of Tai Chi, pirates, slave traders and Her Majesty’s British Naval forces combine to bring the Pirates of the Caribbean more realistically to life within the pages of “Brandy, Ballad of a Pirate Princess.” From ship captains and tavern owners, to death curses and sea battle, this story uses romance and family to anchor readers firmly to the story.  … More “Brandy, Ballad of a Pirate Princess” by Dan E. Hendrickson

“Through the Waves a Steady Path” by Patrick M. Garry

It has been a while since I have read a book with such strong character development. On the surface, Elaine appears to be a former cop turned campus security and Reilly appears to be that typical semi-annoying 18-year-old kid who is naïve to the world. But as the story develops, readers learn that there are several layers to both characters. Some of the layers cause other minor characters to struggle in figuring out who and why Elaine does what she does and how she seems to cope with all of it. … More “Through the Waves a Steady Path” by Patrick M. Garry

“Moon and Shadow” by J. Steven Lamperti

“Moon & Shadow” differs from the typical epic fantasy books that I have read in the past. It features the characteristic hero, who must go on a quest to fight a great evil, but this hero is ambiguous and a little goofy. He is not sure why he is going on such a journey, or why he suddenly feels like he has a great responsibility to maintain the safety of his town on his own, but he knows that if he sticks to his guns and keeps following his instincts, they will keep leading him in the right direction. What is unique about it, however, is that instead of being filled with sword fights and battles between sorcerers, dragons or other mythical creatures, the hero uses the weapon he knows how to wield best: compassion. … More “Moon and Shadow” by J. Steven Lamperti

“On the Trail of the Wind’s Tears” by Lynne Armstrong-Jones

The author did a beautiful job of weaving magic into this story. She brings the characters alive as she takes us inside their thoughts. We see both their strengths and weaknesses. I loved being able to get wrapped up into what was happening and the magical elements are a wonderful addition. … More “On the Trail of the Wind’s Tears” by Lynne Armstrong-Jones