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Dream of Me (Dream Maker #1)

by Quinn Loftis

Release Date: 02/28/15

319 pages

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“In the evening… [he] blows softly upon their necks, till their heads begin to droop. […] Under each arm he carries an umbrella; one of them, with pictures on the inside, he spreads over the good children, and then they dream the most beautiful stories the whole night.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson

Since the dawn of time, Brudair, otherwise known as the Sandman to the world, has faithfully lived out his purpose, faithfully performed his duties. He has never questioned his lot among the immortals, until now, until her. Sarah Serenity Tillman, a consummate beauty both inside and out, is a high school senior five months from her graduation. She has great plans, dreams of leaving the small town of her childhood behind her forever. But destiny has other plans, and it’s the Sandman’s job to make sure those plans are fulfilled.

The tall muscular Sandman, known as Dair to his friends, dressed in black, wrapped in shadows, is more than a myth. And he has a job to do. His very existence makes him a creature of the night, because dreams, (yes the legends got that part right), were indeed his specialty. But his purpose was more than just weaving dreams for sleeping children. No, his dreams were made to influence, made to ensure that certain special individuals, those individuals who would change the course of history, actually accepted their chosen destiny.

Little does Serenity know that she is Dair’s next assignment. And the dream that he weaves for her, if she follows its influence, will change the course of, not only her life, but possibly the whole of history as well. But she isn’t the only one being influenced. The beauty inside of her was weighing on the Sandman, lighting up the darkness that was his constant companion. Her light was warmth, it was life, and he didn’t understand how he had survived the previous millennia without it.

The Sandman was indeed greater than anything humans had ever imagined, and his purpose was vital to the course of history. So what happens when the weaver of dreams gets so distracted by a mere human that he ignores his own duties in the immortal realm? How can an immortal who was never meant to have a mate, join a young woman in her destiny without irrevocably changing the lives of millions and potentially altering history in a way the Creator never intended?.

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Excerpt:

Sometime later she woke to a dark room. She didn’t remember turning off the light but then her aunt could have done it. There was something strange about the darkness that surrounded her. Like a blanket being wrapped around her shoulders, the darkness seemed to envelop her. She pushed herself up until she was sitting and blinked several times, attempting to get her eyes to adjust to the lack of light, but it was no use. She was about to stand up when a chill ran down her back. It was one of those feelings she got when she knew someone was staring at her, even though she couldn’t see them. Serenity licked her lips nervously and swallowed down the lump that had developed in her throat before she spoke.

“Sandman.” The word came out much more desperately than she had intended. It almost sounded as if she were calling out to a lover. She swallowed again and then said more firmly. “If you’re there, please answer me. I sort of feel like an idiot talking into the dark.” Her words were met with silence, but still she felt the presence of something or someone. Good thing she wasn’t easily dissuaded. Unless of course she was indeed talking to an empty room, then perhaps it was less of a good thing and more of a need to get your brain checked out thing. “Please answer me, Brudair; are you here?”

“Yes.” A deep, rich voice threatened to lull her to sleep with one tiny word. She shook herself, pushing away the drowsiness.

“Can I see you?” she asked and felt her heart beat speed up at the prospect of finally seeing the object of her obsession for the past few days.

“I haven’t decided if that is a good idea or not.”

Okay, so perhaps she didn’t need to ask him any more questions because his voice was doing tingly things to her. Not okay, Sarah, not okay, she silently reprimanded herself. “Why are you still here if you’ve already shown me the dream meant to influence me?”

No answer.

“Why haven’t you moved on to someone else?”

Again no answer.

Getting frustrated, Serenity ground her teeth together as she spoke. “Why are you here?” Perhaps, that came out a little more rudely than she intended, but she wanted answers.

The deep voice finally rumbled “I am here because I want you.”

Whoa, did not see that coming.

About the Author:

Quinn-Auth-pic-1-282x300Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two son (and one on the way!), Nora the Doberman, and Phoebe the Cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is the author of twelve novels, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury.  Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.

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Book Excerpt from Vivian Wolkoff’s “Blood Red: Episode 2”

Britbear’s Book Reviews welcomes author Vivian Wolkoff with an excerpt from Blood Red: Episode 2

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In Blood Red: Episode 2, Evie Williams lives a boring life – and she likes it that way. Her world is very black and white. Routine is good. Excitement is bad. She’s happy to play by her self-imposed rules. After all, they help her keep her abusive, stalker ex-boyfriend at bay. Or so she believes…

But there’s more to the world than Evie could possibly imagine. Elves, vampires, witches and pro-Humanity terrorists are very real – and she can sense the danger they pose to her and others. Worst of all, they just realized how precious Evie’s gift is.

As the world Evie never imagined possible closes in on her, Chris, the vampire in charge of studying Evie, is getting more and more interested in her… and it has nothing to do with his loyalty to his vampire father.

Blood Red: The Complete First Season is a story of unlikely heroes, damsels who refuse to be in distress and political conflicts solved by fights to the death.

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Chris frowned. Evie had just run outside. She looked around, spinning on her heels slowly several times. Then, she froze.

She was just standing there, in the middle of the street. Her eyes drifted to the café. Their eyes were locked.

Chris’ eyes drifted down the street. The old pickup truck was rushing to Evie, skittering on the icy street. It looked like the driver had lost control. Evie looked terrified, her eyes wide and her face pale. Her shoulders shrank, bracing for impact. It only made her look small and fragile.

For a moment, Chris saw what would happen next. The car would hit her head on, the impact sending her flying several feet away. Her body would hit the cold pavement. Her blood would fall around her, painting the snow in shades of red and pink. The fire that burned in her eyes would disappear and her smell would fade into nothing. At that idea, Chris felt something inside him snap. He couldn’t let that happen.

Chris acted before he really thought about it.

He sped out of the café, his feet barely touching the frozen ground long enough to slide on the snow and ice. The headlights of the car hit his eyes, but it wasn’t enough to blind him. He saw Evie squint under the lights, her eyes scrunching shut. The big, old pickup truck sped towards them, unyielding and aimless. Its wheels were useless on the ice. A nice looking old man with tons of wrinkles on his narrow face and wide, scared eyes was behind the wheel, trying to reign in his beast of a car.

Chris reached Evie. He had seconds to save her life. His arm circled her waist and he pulled her close. He twisted his body out of the car’s path, taking Evie with him. He used his body to shield her, wrapping himself around her like an ivy. The pickup truck rushed past Chris, a wall of cold air hitting his back as the pickup truck passed them by. It probably had missed him by a hair.

For a few precious seconds there was nothing but the feel of her. Her smell around him, like warm caramel bathing his skin, and her breathing tickling his skin.

It took Evie a second to realize Chris was next to her. Her lips parted in surprise. He pulled her close, flurry drifting around them. Her skin was covered in deep shivers. Chris growled when he realized she was wearing nothing but her uniform. In the chaos of the moment, her eyes seemed to take forever to find his face.

Blood Red Box Set (1)

This episode is also available in the BLOOD RED – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. Buy it on Amazon.

About Vivian Wolkoff:

2013-05-17-423Vivian Wolkoff has always been in love with words – even before she could read them. So, it should be no surprise she turned to writing and reading very early in life. She first self-published a poetry book at the age of 13, followed by two honorary mentions in contests promoted by a small publishing house in her native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Then, she decided to do some living and find out what else she loved. After college and moving cross-continent twice, Vivian decided to turn to self-publishing again. She is the author of Showmance, the first book in a trilogy about a fake celebrity couple and their crazy fans, and the psychological thriller Love You To Death. Blood Red is the first novel in her Preternatural Chronicles – a shared universe filled with unlikely heroes, damsels who refuse to be in distress, intrigue and epic adventures.

Book Excerpt from Vivian Wolkoff’s “Blood Red: Episode 1”

Britbear’s Book Reviews welcomes author Vivian Wolkoff with an excerpt from Blood Red: Episode 1

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In Blood Red: Episode 1, Evie Williams lives a boring life – and she likes it that way. Her world is very black and white. Routine is good. Excitement is bad. She’s happy to play by her self-imposed rules. After all, they help her keep her abusive, stalker ex-boyfriend at bay. Or so she believes…

But there’s more to the world than Evie could possibly imagine. Elves, vampires, witches and pro-Humanity terrorists are very real – and she can sense the danger they pose to her and others. Worst of all, they just realized how precious Evie’s gift is.

As the world Evie never imagined possible closes in on her, Chris, the vampire in charge of studying Evie, is getting more and more interested in her… and it has nothing to do with his loyalty to his vampire father.

Blood Red: The Complete First Season is a story of unlikely heroes, damsels who refuse to be in distress and political conflicts solved by fights to the death.

01: 

Chris turned around, ready to make sure Evie was OK.

She wasn’t.

She was terrified. Her eyes travelled from his blood soaked shirt to his extended fangs and his enraged eyes. She was looking at him like he was her worst nightmare.

He took a step towards her, offering her his hand. Maybe if he acted normal, she wouldn’t be so freaked out.

Evie leaned back, gasping.

Chris pulled away, his hand dropping at his side. “I’m not going to hurt you, Evie.”

She didn’t move. She didn’t take her eyes off of him. All she did was let out these shallow gasps that were pure torture to him.

“Please, say something.”

She gulped. “What are you?”

He knew what he should do. He knew he should glamour her, have her forget what she just saw and send her back upstairs. He had to protect the Rule. That meant lying to her. That meant pretending to be just another guy. He didn’t want lies between them. He didn’t want what he was to taint what he had with Evie — as pointless and silly as that might sound.

So, doing what he should do — what he had to do — was no longer an option for Chris. Damned be the consequences. Damned be the compulsory death sentence.

“I’m a vampire, Evie.”

Blood Red Box Set (1)

This episode is also available in the BLOOD RED – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. Buy it on Amazon.

About Vivian Wolkoff:

2013-05-17-423Vivian Wolkoff has always been in love with words – even before she could read them. So, it should be no surprise she turned to writing and reading very early in life. She first self-published a poetry book at the age of 13, followed by two honorary mentions in contests promoted by a small publishing house in her native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Then, she decided to do some living and find out what else she loved. After college and moving cross-continent twice, Vivian decided to turn to self-publishing again. She is the author of Showmance, the first book in a trilogy about a fake celebrity couple and their crazy fans, and the psychological thriller Love You To Death. Blood Red is the first novel in her Preternatural Chronicles – a shared universe filled with unlikely heroes, damsels who refuse to be in distress, intrigue and epic adventures.

“The Last Vestal Virgin” by Lorraine Carey – Author Interview

Britbear Book Reviews is thrilled to feature author Lorraine Carey in today’s post.

The Last Vestal Virgin by Lorraine Carey

The Last Vestal Virgin by Lorraine Carey

In The Last Vestal Virgin, The stars were aligned, the portals were ready and the chaos had begun.

History meets mystery here, in this spine tingling tale of the Supernatural, where one very special young lady will uncover a dark secret about herself that had been hidden for many years and embarks on an unbelievable journey she never signed up for.  However, young Christina Ciccone was not ready to leave this lifetime. Raised in a strict Italian – American home, she was surrounded by love and pampered like a princess. So why had she experienced nightmares and panic attacks for so many years? What she didn’t know was that she had another family waiting for her from another lifetime. Christina recently graduated from high school and had big plans for college. While enjoying a trip to Rome with her history club the odd nightmares return and she is faced with bizarre encounters while touring many of the ancient ruins, causing her to become  ill. She is now faced with powerful supernatural forces, when one Roman goddess and her priestesses have decided this would be Christina’s last trip. They would take her to a realm where she would never return.She was never aware  these mysterious events had been planned since her birth.History has its own karma, and all will unfold here for Christina with an obsessive lover and Rome’s ancient cult of the Vestal Virgins vying to control her destiny. The story holds many true interesting facts on the Vestal Virgins, climaxing with a most shocking Paranormal twist.

I learned more about Lorraine and her writing when I interviewed her about her writing.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

The Last Vestal Virgin ~ This book is a Young Adult Supernatural Thriller about a teen plagued by nightmares for years and odd occurrences, only to find out on a trip to Rome, she will be catapulted into the world of the Paranormal, one that has been waiting for her.

If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for him/herself what would he/she say?

It would be Christina Ciccone, the main character. [She would say,] “Do not fear the unknown. Trust your intuition and instinct. Know that fate will lead you to where you are supposed to be.”

If one of your works were adapted for film, who would you cast for the main characters?

Christina Ciccone~ played by Selena Gomez

Mrs Silva~ played by Jamie Lee Curtis

Jade~played by Ariana Grande

Mr Fresceli~played by Tom Hanks

Helen Ciccone~ played by Madonna (she is a Ciccone by birth and a distant cousin)

Darien Russo~ played by Josh Hutcherson

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I’m an ebook girl~ all the way!

What book would you like to read again and why? How has this book influenced your writing?

It would be Prophecy by J.F. Penn. This story includes many historical facts and ones of a mysterious nature. I love haunted history or history of a supernatural theme. This is where my imagination begins to peak.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?

I would have to say it is hands down, the 1989 version [of] Wuthering Heights [by] Emily Bronte. The movie elicits that mysterious and haunting visuals that let me escape to a bygone era.

List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?

My most recent books were: Touched By Darkness, Cosega Search, and Bloodpledge.

I would recommend the entire Dantonville Series by author, Tima Maria Lacoba. I’ve read all three in the series, and they are a hybrid, topnotch Vamp series like no other I’ve seen.

What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?

I feel it is character development and it has taken me awhile to learn this one. It takes practice and lots of reading other novels to see examples of how authors can really let you get inside the characters’ heads. I believe when a reader can identity with a character and see that character as a three dimensional person, it’s a true accomplishment. There are many online workshops that offer courses on character development.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently polishing up a manuscript that is part Paranormal part Folklore. It surrounds many of the old gypsy legends that evolved out of a small medieval village in Italy. It is one where my ancestors came from and I had visited just two years ago. This prompted the creation of Beloved Sacrifice. It is due for release in January 2015.

What are your plans for the future, after your current project is finished?

My future goals include to keep on writing, but will expand to writing for adults than limit myself to the young adult audience.  After Beloved Sacrifice is released I plan on writing a self-help novel for parents and educators that will help prepare very young children to become successful readers. It will be a break from my usual paranormal genre.

Here’s where you can discover more about Lorraine and her work:

 | Author Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Google + | Amazon Author Page |

| Goodreads|

Buy The Last Vestal Virgin by Lorraine Carey on Amazon, and Blue Owl Publishing.

Other books by Lorraine Carey include: Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn, Book 1 (available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble), Out of the Ashes, book 2 of the Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn series (available on Amazon), Jonathan’s Locket (available on Amazon,  Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble), and Losing Ground, a memoir (available on Amazon).

Author Lorraine Carey

Author Lorraine Carey

Lorraine Carey is an author, children’s reading specialist and teacher. She has taught for over thirty five years in several states. Currently she works part time providing reading services for a private school. Lorraine lives on the island of Grand Cayman with her husband and dog, Matty. Ever since she was a child she had a love for ghost stories and the paranormal. Most of her inspiration comes from  the unique places she has visited or lived. Her first published piece was a short memoir, Losing Ground in 2010. She currently has four novels for middle grades to young adults, which are all paranormal with a twist of historical fiction.  At the present she is finishing another paranormal novel which will be available January 2015. Her upcoming novel will be targeted for Young Adult to adult readers. When she is not writing, you can find her reading, writing book reviews or snorkeling the beaches on the beautiful island of Grand Cayman.

Review: The Shroud

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What if you could clone Jesus? Would you bring about the second coming, or unleash something more sinister?

The Shroud is a cautionary tale for the new millenium. In it, David Moore tackles the controversy behind human cloning, melding it with the basic human need for hope, in a world that seems to have none.

After scraping blood samples from The Shroud of Turin, priests clone Jesus Christ, naming him Christian, but the boy is born without a soul, leaving him open to possession by the devil. The earth soon becomes a battleground between good and evil. The stakes? The souls of every living person on the planet. Can Christian be defeated by mere mortals? Can he be defeated at all?

The Shroud is an interesting read, tackling the good vs. evil and world domination archetype head on. Some questions plagued me as I read (such as why the old couple commits suicide and how Christian becomes so powerful so quickly), and although they are satisfactorily addressed later in the story, I wanted to know sooner. The suspense carries forward momentum as the plot draws to a climax. The final battle has a clever approach, bringing the story to a believable full circle.

The message behind The Shroud is that men should not play God (as in the cloning of human beings) and that any of us could become a hero, given the right circumstance. Though there are quite a few errors–primarily in punctuation–throughout,one is able to forgive them due to the gripping story line. The Shroud is a fast-paced read, sure to entertain any of its readers.

Mamabear gives this book

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Note: I was gifted an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest 
review.

 

Review: Frostbitten

frostbitten-cover-heather-beckHeather Beck’s Frostbitten, is an entertaining addition to the YA werewolf paranormal romance canon. In Frostbitten, seventeen year old Anastasia is sent to her grandparents when her mother can no longer control her behaviour. It is there, in Cedar Falls, Anastasia meets Frost, a young man adopted as a baby by her grandfather’s business rival. For Anastasia and Frost, it’s love at first sight. Life for Anastasia is complicated what with Anastasia being the new girl at school and brushing the popular kids the wrong way while trying to win her grandfather’s approval. She finds solace in fellow outsider, Frost’s embrace. After neighbours are mauled by what Anastasia thinks is a cougar, she soon learns there’s a dark secret in Cedar Falls’ past, one that is soon to come to the fore. And she and Frost will be thrown right into the middle of it.

I liked Beck’s werewolf tale. The story was fast-paced, and the characters are differentiated. Beck’s story keeps true to the rules popular culture tells us must govern this supernatural being, which is somewhat comforting, especially for a newbie to the genre like me. There are other similarities to be had with romances of the genre, most notably that the main characters fall fast and hard for each other, which is the problem I have with the genre (not necessarily with Frostbitten), and why I’m not a fan of the genre. Beyond this necessary trope, Beck handles the relationship well.

In the end, Frostbitten is a captivating read that, given a bit of polishing, won’t disappoint it’s young adult readers.

Mamabear gives this book

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Note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Necromancer Candle

necromancer-candle-coverRandy McCharles, author of The Necromancer Candle (Edge Publishing) is a master storyteller in this collection of three novellas. Each of the novellas tells a compelling story with well-rounded characters.

In the first story, “The Necromancer Candle”, teenage Cassidy is reeling having just lost her mother in a break-in. Cassidy is dying from brain cancer and struggles coping with her mother dying before her. She must battle Child and Family Services and the return of her estranged father. If that wasn’t enough, she sees visions of a dishevelled man she’s not sure is real, or a product of her cancer addled brain. Her life is thrown into further upheaval when she learns her family has been tasked since medieval times with protecting the necromancer candle.

In “Full House”, unemployed Jonas spends his time painting house and playing cards with his neighbours. When a neighbour is murdered and the head of the family tasks him with finding the murderer, Jonas is swept into an age old quest for the holy grail with ties to King Arthur and Merlin.

In “Merlin’s Silver”, Joan buys a silver tea set on a whim at auction. Amidst requests by shadowy figures to purchase the tea set from her, Joan contends with a wave of deathly bad luck. Though Joan is in this adventure with her husband, best friend, and a peculiar stranger, she alone must decide what to do with the tea set.

I read The Necromancer Candle inside of a week. I found the stories gripping and the characters interesting but marred by the deus ex machina method of plot resolution. “The Necromancer Candle” has wisps of the supernatural woven throughout, but the true supernatural aspect of the candle is not revealed until the climax and denouement. There is nothing paranormal about “Full House” (with the exception of a false reporting of a pentagram in a neighbour’s basement) until the climax. By contrast, “Merlin’s Silver” is rife with references to black magic and Merlin, but the magic doesn’t manifest until the climax. Though I was drawn in by each of the stories (with the exception of “Merlin’s Sliver” which seemed more farcical than not), I was let down by the climax.

In The Necromancer Candle, McCharles has great potential, but it falls flat. Perhaps this is due to the choice of narrative point of view. In each case, McCharles chooses the viewpoint of an outsider, totally uninitiated into the world of the supernatural. Had the first story been narrated by Cassidy’s father instead of Cassidy herself, for example, the same story might have had a more satisfying climax, as the reader would be in on the magic from the start.

One last note: I received a free copy of The Necromancer Candle by Randy McCharles in exchange for this review. My hope for this novel is that Edge plans to edit further before publishing to eliminate many of the typographical errors within.

Mamabear gives this book:

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