Audiobook Review: Looking for Dei

Author: David A. Willson

Narrator: Tanya Eby

Length: 10 hours 5 minutes

Publisher: Seeker Press

Released: Mar. 30, 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Join Nara and Mykel on a journey through the Great Land….

Fifteen-year-old Nara Dall has never been good at keeping secrets. Yet it seems that her life has been filled with them, from the ugly scar on her back to the strange powers she possesses. Her mysterious adoptive father refuses to say anything about her origins, and soon, she and her best friend must attend the announcement ceremony, in which youths are tested for a magical gift.

A gifted youth has not been announced in the poor village of Dimmitt for decades. When Nara uncovers the reason, she uses her own powers to make things right. The decision sets her and her friend on a path of danger, discovery, and a search for the divine. In the process, she learns the truth about herself and uncovers the biggest secret of all: the power of broken people.

 

David A. Willson has worked as a restauranteur, peace officer, and now, author. Taught by his mother to read at a young age, he spent his childhood exploring magic, spaceships, and other dimensions. In his writing, he strives to bring those worlds to his readers.

Much of his material is inspired by the “Great Land” of Alaska, which he has called home for over 30 years. He lives there with his wife, five children, and 2 dogs. He is passionate about technology, faith, and fiction–not necessarily in that order.

Looking for Dei is Willson’s debut novel, set in a land where many more adventures will take place. Stay up to date with his ongoing efforts through the Looking for Dei Facebook page or visiting the website at davidawillson.com.

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Tanya is a member of SAG/AFTRA. She is a narrator and has over 500 titles to her credit. She also narrates under the name of Tatiana Sokolov for books that are particularly saucy (AKA erotica books). When not narrating, she’s working on her own writing. Check out her books: Easy Does It, Blunder Woman, Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage, Foodies Rush In, Tunnel Vision, and Synchronicity. She also has a food blog at dips.tanyaeby.com.

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Give me powers, hive me heroes with magical abilities, give me a magic system and I am so down for a book! So yes, I liked it and quite a lot actually. I would have wanted a bit more, I would have wanted more attention to details but, there are so many great aspects to this book!

Let me start with the cover, because I think it’s great and it spoils a little how cool the main character is! Then we have the magic system which I think is awesome! Even if there are a few “common” items like someone trying to keep Nara safe or her not knowing her past and all that, these were so well introduced in the plot. I liked also her friendship with Mykel and could not stop to wonder if/when it will become something more.

We have twins who are opposites and many twists in the story, but with all these elements that grabbed my attention, my only complaint is the predictability of some situations. Indeed, it did not ruin my experience. More so since the things are not always what they seemed. Except this item, I have no other bad things to say about “looking for Dei”.

As for the narration, I liked it too. It “checked out” all the points on my list that make a great audiobook. I felt the narration, I could distinguish between the characters and I liked Tanya Eby’s voice very much.

4 out of 5 stars for “Looking for Dei” and I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s worth it! Enjoy!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by David A. Willson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Woven

Author: Bree Moore

Narrators: Rebecca McKernan

Length: 13 hours 49 minutes

Publisher: Books by Bree, LLC

Released: Mar. 28, 2018

Genre: Epic Fantasy

For 30 years, Elaina has sat in her tower, fingers caught in an eternal dance, cursed to weave the tapestry of life on her loom. Bound by an enchanted mirror whose magic shows her the distant lives of the people of Camelot, she must forever watch a land which remains ever beyond her reach. Elaina despairs that she will ever experience more than just the shadows of life, until one day, a face appears in the mirror that will change her life, and possibly her fate, forever.

Guinevere is losing her mind. When a severe injury to her head nearly kills her and awakens alternate personalities suppressed from her past, Guinevere learns that one of them is plotting with a knight of the round table to murder King Arthur and take control of Camelot. In the midst of war, Guinevere fights to save both her own life and the man she loves, each day coming closer to succumbing to the violent personalities within her.

Inspired by Arthurian legend and Lord Alfred Tennyson’s ballad, “The Lady of Shalott”, Woven spins a tale of two women who must risk everything to save those they love most into an epic of enchantment, love, and madness.

Bree Moore has been writing fantasy since the fourth grade. She lives in Ogden, is wife to an amazing husband, and the mother of four children. She writes fantasy novels between doling out cheerios and folding laundry. In real-life, Bree works as a birth doula, attending women in pregnancy and labor, which is huge inspiration for her writing. Bree loves shopping for groceries like other women like shopping for shoes (no, seriously), movies that make her cry, and Celtic music. She likes both her chocolate and her novels dark.

“Woven” is Bree’s first published novel, the start of what she intends to be an epic writing career.

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Born in the eighties with her formative years in the nineties, Rebecca’s taste in music and fashion never really had a chance. Fortunately, you can’t tell these things from her writing or voice-over work. HEr first novel, Trespasser, is as dark as her neon is bright, and you’d never guess from hearing her that she’s narrating science fiction in nothing but unicorn pants. Currently residing in London, Rebecca is passionate about travel, and has a good – albeit sometimes dubious – ear for accents. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in something or other, has a background in musical theatre, a past career in burlesque, and is a classically trained opera singer. Oh, and she likes greyhounds. And wine.

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I love legends, particulary King Arthur and his knights! So how can I not appreciate the amont of historical aspects in Bree Moore’s book?  I loved every page and I loved our main characters! It is a story in which there are only stron women and men that rely on them to keep them together.

On one hand we have Elaina (the Lady of Shalott), imprisoned and cursed to weave the destinies in a tower, far from the eyes of the many. She cannot look out, she cannot hope to be saved, she must not have contact with other people or else she may die. She never loses hope of escaping her faith. She wishes her lover would come and save her but years pass and this never happens. What’s more, her memories seem to be taken away. Until one day, when a boy dares to enter the tower and vows to help her.

In some other part of the kingdom, Lady Guinevere prepares for her wedding to King Arthur. An unpolished lady, with a bigger mouth than a queen should have, but with a strong character and an innocent heart. Later in the story, she faces her attraction to the king but as well a multiple personality disorder.

These two legends and many more are intertwined into this beautiful book. To my shame, I did not know much about Lady of Shalott, but Bree Moore pushed me to do a bit of research. She has altered here and there some elements, but kept to the basics. Without detailing too much, I liked the book and the combination between the two women and how their stories became united.

The narration was beautiful. Rebecca McKernan’s accent and her intonation, her desperation and hope were the highlights of my experience with “Woven”.

All in all, I loved every page and I will cherish this book as it combines very well history with fantasy, myths with love and drama. You should give it a try! Happy reading/listening!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Bree Moore. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Audiobook Review: A Witch’s Journey

Author: Tena Stetler

Narrators: Kate Tyler

Series: Lobster Cove, Book 1

Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Released: Oct. 19, 2017

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

Lathen Quartz, a former Navy SEAL turned handyman maintains the enchanted McKay property for the McKay estate. But someone is trying to steal the McKay magic. Lathen offers to help Pepper achieve her life-long dream of building a wildlife center. During the long hours spent together on the project, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But each harbors a deep, dark secret. Will they overcome their demons and give love a chance?

 

Best-selling author, Tena Stetler, has an over-active imagination and writes award-winning paranormal romance novels. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle.

Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Well, okay there are a few companion animals to round out the tales. Travel and adventure flourish in her novels. Any summer evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a glass of raspberry iced tea and a bowl of popcorn.

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Kate Tyler is an audiobook narrator and producer with several published audiobooks available on Audible, iTunes and Amazon. A background in drama and a successful career in voiceover, Kate lives with her family in San Diego and enjoys swimming, running, cycling and stand up paddleboard.

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Give me a story about witches, put some love inside and top it all with a dose of mystery and I am hooked. That’s a success recipe for me (I can think of a few other “ingredients” but don’t apply for this story at the moment).

“Lobster Cove” series starts pretty good. We have a witch trying to settle into her new home, plan for future and fall in love. But who would have thought that she and her new partner would both harbor secrets. The relationship between Pepper and Lathen is intense and their connection is very well captured. The hero in him starts acting once Pepper’s legacy is in danger. Let’s see if they manage to combine their abilities and solve the conflict J

Normally, I would be more than happy to brag about the magic and all that. However, I feel that in case of “A Witch’s Journey” the accent was more on the romance than on the actual magic. Yes, the plot is around that, but I would have wanted more action and more danger. There are many elements thrown in there, but not linked well enough and angles that could have been better explored.

The narration was excellent. Kate Tyler’s talent at disguising her voice and put feelings in all the lines made me enjoy the book even more. I liked her voice and, most importantly, I liked the fact that I could know, from the tone of her voice, who was talking. He is a great narrator indeed!

All in all, I’m giving the story 3.5 stars, rounded to 4, for a great narration. The book is great for fans of love and witches, but from action point of view, there is a potential that is yet to be explored. Looking forward for the next books. Enjoy J

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kate Tyler. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Book Review: Crossing in Time

Author: D.L. Orton

Narrators: Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard

Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Press⎮2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Series: Between Two Evils, Books 1

Release date: Oct. 7, 2015

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?

When offered a one-way trip to the past, Isabel sacrifices everything for a chance to change the rapidly deteriorating present – and see her murdered lover one last time. When she arrives 20 years in the past, buck naked and mortally wounded, she has 24 hours to convince a stunned but enraptured 19-year-old to change their future. Definitely easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that’s a heart breaker, save the world or not.

This offbeat tale is about falling madly in love when one is too cynical for such things, letting go of pessimism when it’s the last life jacket on a sinking ship, and racing against the clock when one doesn’t have the proper footwear. It’s a coming-of-age story for old fogeys, a how-to-make-love guide for diehard celibates, and a laugh-out-loud tragedy with a hopeful twist.

 

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR D. L. ORTON lives in the Rocky Mountains where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops.

In her spare time, she’s building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.

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Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard are Audie Award-winning narrators who have recorded over 40 titles together. They are passionate about acting and, in particular, the medium of audiobooks. The two love working together and have a ridiculous amount of fun playing off each other in the recording booth. Erin is deeply involved in the Audio Description community, translating visual images in media into aural pictures for people with low or no vision. She also performs Shakespearean text with The Strange Bedfellow actors troupe. Noah is a recovering 80s rock musician and an ardent home chef. Both Erin and Noah hail from the beautiful Hudson Valley Village of Nyack—and both are proud members of the Stage Actors Guild.

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Here are so many exceptional thing s about this story that it’s hard to capture all of them in a short review. So I’m going to lay down just some of the aspects that I believe are interesting and that can capture your attention.

“Crossing in Time” is a combination of many elements. We have love that can withstand time and while that, the world is collapsing. Yup, collapsing. Too many things happen in the same time – bombs, invasions, Ebola and with all these, two people find a way to love each other over and over again. In the beginning I was not very convinced about their relationship, since Isabel and Diego did not have the best start ever as a couple. Over time, they become close again even if the world has other plans.

Do you thing the combination between love, time travel and world destruction is too much? Well, it can be, sometimes. I felt a little overwhelmed of the many things happening and at some point it was hard to consider it as one story.  I was experiencing two different things. On one hand, we have the specialist analyzing facts and trying to understand what’s happening, and on the other hand we have a couple who’s just trying to enjoy their life together.

Since I had the privilege to enjoy the book in audio format, the narration was fabulous. Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard bring characters to life. They share the joy and the pain in such a vivid way. They are perfect when narrating books together. I’ve heard them before and now I was even more impressed since one character has a Spanish accent and there is another one which sounds British. They are so, so incredible!

All in all, this is a great book, with perfect narrators and it is a story for everyone. It has mystery, romance, conspiracy and twists. 4 stars from my end! Happy Reading!

 

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Book Review: The Art of Fully Living

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Title: The Art of Fully Living: 1 Man. 10 Years. 100 Life Goals Around the World

Author: Tal Gur

Published: October 8th 2017

Source: received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Do you want to experience your one life—your whole life—to its fullest measure?

In this stirring book, author, blogger and lifestyle entrepreneur, Tal Gur offers his own transformational journey as an inspiring example and practical guide to implementing the art of fully living to its fullest potential. You’ll learn how to actualize your potential by forging all aspects of your life through the process built into your life goals.

Once you discover “the art of fully living,” there is no going back; it will feel unacceptable to settle for less than your dreams—and what’s more, you’ll dream even more wildly, aspiring to action with greater clarity of purpose, broader horizons of possibility, and holistic vision across all areas of your life.

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My Review:

This is a book from which we all have something to learn. The author as combined his life experience with advice that we can easily follow, while there are aspects in common for these kind of books (that speaks of life changing and motivation), which I will detail in the following lines, “The Art of Fully Living” has a beautiful touch to it. There are tips that we can all implement in order to make our life easier and that help uncover our potential.

The author speaks of how he decided one day that he needed a change, he needed to return to a time when he enjoyed his life, when he felt completely satisfied. And while doing that, he made a list of things to achieve in the next years. He speaks about his failures and how he managed to achieve these goals. The positive notes of the narration, the positive and powerful message are very well transmitted.

Everything begins with an analysis of our current life of what we have and what we need to achieve or where we want to be in the following years. The rhythm of the story is very easy to follow and the experiences detailed are full of lessons learned. Young Tal travels to amazing places and develops his personality.

The story is very motivating. Using a friendly language, it encourages us to self-education, to open our mind to new possibilities and expand our potential. Reinventing ourselves, cleaning our space, mind and life of things and thoughts we don’t need and be involved in all our activities are just some of the ideas highlighted by Tal Gur.

Every story like this one starts with our protagonist abandoning the current lifestyle, quitting his job and travelling all over the world. However, for most of us financing such a journey may be an issue. But the steps we are encouraged to take are, most of them, very easy to take starting now.

After finishing “The Art of Fully Living” I felt more empowered and more decided to achieve my goals and to take the steps towards them. This is a book I will keep very close, as it deserves more than one reading. I recommend it with all my heart and I would like to thank the author for sharing his experience with us!

 

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Book review: When a Duke Pursues a Lady

An innocent woman.
A loyal agent to the Crown.
A path of deception that tests the bonds of love.
WHEN A DUKE PURSUES A LADY
Tabetha Waite
When a Duke Pursues a Lady
Series: Ways of Love Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication Date: January 10, 2018
After three years trapped in an abusive and loveless marriage, Lyra Coventry has been arrested for the murder of her husband, the Earl of Weston. Although she’s innocent of the crime, she has no one to turn to for help, until Alister Ayles, the Duke of Albright, comes forward to offer his aid. The handsome duke takes her into his custody, saving her from a jail cell. But Lyra doesn’t suspect Alister’s ulterior motive—to prove her guilty of treason—as she slowly loses her heart to a man who is far more than he seems…
Alister Ayles leads a secret life. To the ton, he is a dullard, the subject of ridicule. But as a highly respected agent for the Crown, he’s discovered a higher purpose by protecting his country. Now he’s faced with his toughest investigation to date, uncovering a plot against the Crown…and discovering whether or not Lyra, the woman he let slip through his fingers years ago, is a traitor. Nothing is as it seems, and as the plot unravels, the dangers to them increase. He struggles to keep his feelings for her contained, but when it comes down to a test of loyalty, will he stand strong, or fall prey to his desires?

My Review

“When a Duke Pursues a Lady” is a story full of twists and complications. The direction always changes (intentionally) and the reader is taken from following one path to the next. The action is simple, yet complex at the same time, so feeling bored and tired while reading is out of the question.

Lyra is a victim of 19th century perception of women. She has had to submit to a husband she never had feelings for, a horrible person whose death cannot cause anything else but relief. However, when accused of murder, she begins fighting for her innocence, all the while discovering the many layers her husband had. Alister’s conflictive feelings for his only love begin tormenting him as soon as he is charged with the task of finding out her involvement with an organization planning to overthrow the current leaders. Question is: will they be able to stick to their mission or will their feelings shift their objectives?

Now, I was mentioning the many layers of this book in the beginning of this review. We have treason inside a treason plan. We have characters that are not what they seem and what’s more, we have a murder that may not have happened as everybody tries to imply. I was reading until the end to find out who the killer was and my suspicions shifted many times throughout the book.

As much as I liked it, I decided to decrease one star from my rating because I would have liked more emphasis on Lyra’s development. She has had a very unhappy marriage that has left scares on her heart. I would have wanted to see more of how this has affected her.

All in all, I had a great experience reading  Tabetha Waite’s book. Her writing is beautiful and her story is very complex. If you are a fan of Historical Romance, this book is definitely for you. The mystery aspect is well integrated in the plot and this gives an additional plus. Happy reading !

About Tabetha Waite

Tabetha Waite

Tabetha grew up in a small town in Missouri with big dreams of being a published author after her fourth grade teacher said she liked reading her stories. She began her journey by putting pen to paper writing anything from fantasy to mystery. It wasn’t until she started high school that her grandmother introduced her to the classic, Gothic novels. As her love of romance grew to encompass Harlequins, it wasn’t until she read “Midnight Bride” by Kathleen Drymon did she develop a fascination for historical England. After discovering the allure of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, she was hooked!
It wasn’t until 30 years and 63 rejections later that her debut novel, “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” the first book in her Ways of Love series was picked up for publication in July 2016 to critical acclaim, winning the 2017 Best Indie Book Award in Romance and Second Place in the Feathered Quill Book Award in Romance for 2018. It was initially released as an ebook and later in paperback in February of 2017. Her second book, “Where the Viscount Met His Match,” released on ebook in June 2017 and in paperback in April of 2018. Her third novel, “When a Duke Pursues a Lady,” released on ebook in January 2018.
When she’s not writing, Tabetha is reading as true bookworms do, checking out any flea market, antique mall, or doll show she comes across, and working as a lunch attendant at the local community college. She is a certified PAN member of the RWA and is a proud supporter of Passionflix.
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