Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MY BOOK REVIEWS

Lately, being a relatively good Book Reviewer, my Amazon Reviewer Ranking is 16,926 the last time I looked,  I’m being asked more and more to review someone’s book. And each time I am I direct that individual to one of my blog site to read the entry I posted regarding it. I posted my selection on this blog on October 28, 2014.

In this post I’d stated I only review those books I’ve won from the giveaways I entered on the internet, such as Rafflecopters by authors, giveaways on GoodReads.com, etc.  Lately, I’ve started to enter the giveaways on LibraryThing.com. I prefer to read REAL BOOKS, especially when they’ve been signed.

When I’m not reading/reviewing any of these books, as I stated in the entry about my selection process, I select a book which has been written by someone in the internet support group I belong to. So far this year I’ve already read/reviewed 6 books out of the 16 I’ve posted reviews for from this site; and the reviews for these books have been

2015-001 / 2015-003 / 2015-006 / 2015-009 / 2015-010 and       2015-013.

If anyone is interest in possibly getting your book[s] reviewed by me or one of the other 600+ members here is the link to Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules.


If, after checking this site out you decide to join please mention my name.




BOOK REVIEW 2015-016 - DRAGONBRIDE

As a Book Reviewer I’m always willing from time to time to venture out a read a genre I haven’t read before. So I’m happy that I happen upon this debut endeavor by Raani York.

There’s a lot more to the book than the title “Dragonbride.” Naturally, as you might have surmised the book is about a young maiden who has to marry a dragon.

Irma, a beautiful woman who happens to be a witch, gives birth to a child. So what, you might say. However, the child she gave birth to happens to be a girl, who, according to a very ancient prophecy, must be given up and properly trained to fulfil it.

Trained by her aunts, Shalima, the zealous student of the occult, becomes more powerful than anyone could have imagined.  When she reaches the age of maturity the required three tests she needs to pass in front of a tribunal comes as no match for this young witch.

Unlike most arranged marriages, her love for Dragan, her shape-shifting husband seems to be never-ending and not a single thing could ever bring it asunder regardless of the form he’s in at any given moment. 

Yet, despite this, an ominous dark cloud casts a shadow on their relationship; the shadow is the same prophecy which had brought them together which must be allowed to continue to its ultimate conclusion unless faith steps in and allows them to prevent it.

If you ever wanted a story full of romance, adventure, trust and the magic of fantasy then this book would be wonderful for its intended YA audience, or any reader who’s interested in rekindling their imagination; as it has for me and why I’m giving this book 5 STARS.  






BOOK REVIEW 2015-015 - THE SEXTAPE - A Dedication to the Ladies

I received a signed copy of this book in connection with a giveaway on GoodReads, and the following is my honest opinion for this book.

As a Book Reviewer I’m willing to venture out and basically read any genre. However, this time I got way, way over my head as I personally found the book to be too “hot.”

To begin with, the author is not lying when he forewarns potential readers regarding the sexually explicit content contained in the book as part beginning of the book’s description.

The author’s writing is so explicit that almost nothing is left out as for any potential reader to image. The language is most definitely crude, as are the physical interactions between its characters. While a purist might say the dialogue is full of errors at places, the reality is the dialogue is REAL given the characters involved.

The problems which exist for the book can easily be corrected, without changing a single nuance of the book itself. In separating the book into its separate components, the author uses the word “Scene,” which gives the impression the book contains a single story when it doesn’t. A better word would have been “Act” as she component is a separate short story.

Unfortunately, all the females in the book appeared to have been created from the same mold, as there is no apparent differences between each one; which is probably caused by the male POV the story has essentially been written in.

While the simplified double-spaced font was easy on the eyes, the lack of indentations made it difficult at times to distinguished one paragraph from another.

When I consider this book in its entirety; and allowing for the rounding convention for 3.5, I’m giving this book 4 STARS.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

BOOK REVIEW 2015-014 - NEXT WEEKEND

I usually don’t go for erotic romances, however when I heard H.K. Carlton has written a quick to read short story [novelette], I couldn’t resist checking it out.

When I read the storyline for “Next Weekend” it quickly reminded me of the Rupert Holmes song of 1980, “Escape” [“The Pina Colada Song”]. If you can’t remember or know what I’m talking about, here it is.


After reading this endeavor/endeavour I’m happy to say my assumption has been proven to be correct.

While each still had a feeling for each other even as the divorce proceeded forward, they also had a secret they both shared and had kept from each other. A secret which if known might have ruined the respect, as well as the figure they’d created for themselves and had kept from other.

If you or your loved one has ever kept a secret regarding the kind of sexual experience you’d like to share next, then you’ll understand what Miranda and Jordie Lang were going through in their relationship.

Ms. Carlton held nothing back in any of the details or dialogue here which will result in a vivid reading experience for those who love this genre.

I enjoyed reading this as I slowly drank my morning cup of black hazelnut coffee [sweet] and I believe you’ll enjoy this 5 STAR read as well.




BOOK REVIEW 2015-013 - MYSTIC TEA

Becoming the member of the week of an internet support group I belong http://tinyurl.com/mqo65sj afforded me the opportunity to choose a book written by another member from a list of books. Amd as a Book Reviewer I prefer to read REAL BOOKS especially when they’ve been signed, which is why I’ve chosen “Mystic Tea” for my next book to read/review. The following review is my honest opinion for this book.

While not being a Catholic has prevented me from knowing what nuns are really supposed to be like. On one hand, for me, the nuns in this book seems to me to be juxtaposition from what I’ve have been led to believe in the dramatic movies, etc., I’ve seen. On the other hand I can’t help but wonder whether the Sally Field character in “The Flying Nun”, Sister Bertrille; or Whoopi Goldberg’s character in “Sister Act”, Sister Mary Clarance, had any influence in Ms. Martin’s writing of this book.

“Mystic Tea” is a wonderful conglomeration of mixed-match women/nuns with each one seeking empowerment in their daily existence as the threat of possibly losing their home, the monastery, looms over their heads. The empowerment they find comes from within themselves as each discovers who they truly are, as well as from each other. The diversity for each character to each other aids in making their interaction quite interesting, and adds to the beauty for the book as a whole. This is especially true when it came to dealing with a relatively large change in their lives as I’ve just mentioned.

By naming each of her chapters in a somewhat helter-skelter random manner with one of her character’s name, seems to add to the realization of their differences while at the same time seeing how complex their relationship. And depending to what extend you’ve read this book, you might be able to see a collection of stories, one for each character which have been skillfully merged to give you this 5 STAR book.



BOOK REVIEW 2015-012 - DRIVE ME SANE

I received a signed copy of this book through a giveaway on the internet, and the following is my honest opinion.

While this story takes place in a small hometown atmosphere in Kentucky I can see it happening almost anywhere. In “Drive Me Sane” we are introduced to a young teenage couple, Sera Cavins and Tyler Creech, who are deeply in love with each together. In fact, they’ve even considered getting married to each other. But unfortunately, a strong, burning desire to become a country music singing star for one, and a stint in the military for the other for the other, acts like a huge saber bringing conflict and an unexpected changed to their relationship. They both go their separate ways with the love they’d once shared still part of their essence; with neither one expecting how fate would one day come along them together in a surprising set of circumstances.

The interesting about all this is the atypical role reversal we find here is that Tyler’s the one who wants to be the country singing star and she’s the one who’s off for a deployment in Afghanistan.

When her deployment is over, Sera needs to have some time and find a safe haven where she can recover from the deep psychological scars of war she’s suffered, scars which she’d never thought would have such profound effect on her psyche. The only place she can find this sanctuary is back in her uncle’s house in the small town she once lived.

While Tyler has had one hit song, he hasn’t made the impact he’d envisioned he would. This has caused him to become frustrated, and to lose his desire to do any more writing or singing.  His only thought is to return home to the same small town as well, and due to an unexpected family development he winds up in the same house as Sera.

Being brought back together by fate, they begin working together to resolve the problems each are now dealing with, as well as those they once had.

Did their efforts prove successful in not only bringing their former selves back the way they’d once been, but improving on it? The answer to this can be found in this endearing, and at times, tear producing book. And for having my heartstrings plucked, I’m happy to give Dena Rogers’ debut romance novel 5 STARS.


UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1440584052

Friday, January 23, 2015

A BLOG TOUR HAS STOPPED AT MY BLOG

I feel honored that NICHOLAS ROSSIS decided to stop here today with her blog tour. Mr, Rossis is the author of "Runaway Smile."



If you enjoy writing, write!

Ever since I remember myself, I have enjoyed writing. At school, many of my classmates dreaded essay-writing, whereas I could count on my essays to be read in class. So, when I finished highschool, I figured I’d try writing for a living.

Expecting words of praise, I showed one of my short stories to a career councillor who was a family friend. Instead of the expected thumbs-up, she told me in no uncertain terms that I had no future in writing, and I had best focus my energy on a “proper” career.


So, I became an engineer, then an architect, then a web developer.

In 2009, I decided to try again my hand at writing. A newspaper had a segment called 9, that included a short science fiction story each week. Usually, these were translated into Greek, but every now and then you would see a story written by a Greek. So, I submitted my story, not expecting much.

They published it, and sent me a cheque for 150 euros. I was ecstatic. I quickly wrote another couple of stories and submitted them, but the newspaper had by then ran into financial trouble and discontinued that segment. So, I sent one of the stories to a short-story competition, and won. The story was (traditionally) published in an anthology called Invasion.

I then started working on my novel, Pearseus, which turned into a series. I first published that on Amazon in late 2013, certain that I was missing something: surely someone would call my bluff. Amazon would take a look and go, “hey, you’re not an author. What are you playing at?”

Instead, people bought Pearseus and reviewed it. They said nice things about it and actually paid to read my work.

Wow. People liked my work. This really was an eye opener, and I continued to write and publish. I’ve learned a lot, developed my voice and interacted with hundreds of wonderful people.

Then, yesterday, the funniest thing happened. Remember that councillor I mentioned at the beginning? Apparently, she read Runaway Smile and asked my mother for my phone number – remember, this is someone I had not talked to in over 25 years.

Her first words were, “I wanted to congratulate you on your book. It’s absolutely wonderful. It’s clear that this is where your future lies. Don’t give up writing, it’s who you are and what you’re meant to be doing.”

Needless to say, I almost dropped the phone with surprise. All I could say was “aha,” and “thank you.” Then, I hung up and turned to my wife. “You’ll never guess who that was…”

If you want to see what this woman was talking about, why not read my children’s book, Runaway Smile, online for free and make up your own mind?




Book Blurb

I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…
From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.


Contact Information

I’m all around the Internet, but the best place to find me would be my blog, 

Anyone interested in my books can check them out on Amazon:

Also, people can read for free both Pearseus: Schism, on Goodreads and

Other places to connect with me include

       •   Twitter - www.twitter.com/Nicholas_Rossis
       •   Google+ - https://plus.google.com/+NicholasRossis  and
       •   Facebook - www.facebook.com/NicholasCRossis  

Brief bio

Avid reader. Web developer. Architect by training, holder of a PhD in Digital Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Most importantly, author.

Nicholas loves to write. He has published Runaway Smile, a children’s book, and the Amazon best-selling epic fantasy series, Pearseus. The fourth book in the series is currently edited, and expected to be released mid-February.

This tour is sponsored by http://www.4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com