Showing posts from January, 2014

Book Review: Banished Love by Ramona Flightner

Title: Banished Love (Book 1 in Banished Saga)
Author: Ramona Flightner
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance

Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family's wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston's West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.
As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?
When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLead, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa's love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves.
Will she yield to expectations, or follow her heart on a journey of sel…

Book Review : Sparks by RS McCoy

Title: Sparks
Author: RS McCoy
Publication Date: December 4, 2013
Genre: Fantasy/Magic

"Everyone in the world has a spark, a light inside that guides them, keeps them alive."

When Lark Davies enrolls at Myxini, he knows there aren't many like him, but he doesn't realize just how rare his abilities really are. He thinks nothing of being asked to keep his spark a secret; after all, he can barely control it. Thoughts and emotions flood unbidden into his mind until he can scarcely walk or hold a conversation. But just when he needs it most, his ability fails him. Myxini School for Children specializes in training young men and women who have powerful sparks. Strikers are taught to manipulate fire. Trackers learn to find animals in the most formidable terrains. Handlers are instructed in communication with large predators. But forty years have passed since the last time they had a Reader–a student with the ability to read minds.
When Lark Davies enrolls at Myxini, he know…

Book Review: Killing Pythagoras by Marcos Chicot

Title: Killing Pythagoras 
Author: Marcos Chicot
Publication Date: January 4, 2014 (English Version)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Blurb: The venerable philosopher Pythagoras, one of the most powerful political figures of his time, is preparing to name a successor from among his grand masters when a string of murders rocks the Pythagorean community. The killings, each more baffling and unpredictable than the last, gradually unveil the workings of a dark and powerful mind, more formidable than that of Pythagoras himself.
Egyptian investigator Akenon and the enigmatic Ariadne work to identify the murderer while at the same time coming to terms with their own tumultuous relationship. The challenge they face is one in which the ghosts of the past are interwoven with the sinister threats of the present: a challenge from which it seems impossible they will escape alive.
Killing Pythagoras, based on real-life historical events, will plunge readers into an apparently unsolvable mystery. Readers will …

Guest Post: The Story Behind the Novel of Killing Pythagoras by Marcos Chicot

Kayla here. Now, later this week I will be posting the review of a book that I am currently reading called Killing Pythagoras. A fabulous novel by the author Marcos Chicot. This book is full of murder and intrigue and right now is just knocking my socks off. But I'll save the rest for the review.
To kind of give a tiny sneak preview of the book and its contents, Mr. Chicot has kindly allowed us to post the story behind the novel. The story of how this book came to be.

So, without further ado. Here it is...Marcos, take it away.

To tell the lengthy story behind the publication of Killing Pythagoras, I must begin by mentioning my daughter Lucía's influence in my life as a writer. Before she came into the world, I had spent twelve years writing on the side, fitting it in around my work as an economist and a clinical psychologist. However, on August 21, 2009, my life changed. At nine o’clock that night, after seventeen hours of labor, Lucía, our first child, was born. One minute lat…