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“You cannot kill a breeze, a wind, a fragrance; you cannot kill a dream or an ambition.” - Michel Onfray
She saw it coming. She knew it would happen―but no one believed her.
Almost a year after tragedy shattered her family, sixteen-year-old Paige Thomas can’t break free from her guilt. Her mother ignores her, doting on her annoying little sister, while her father is a barely-functioning shell. He hopes a move to the quiet little town of Shadesboro PA will help them heal, but Paige doesn’t believe in happiness anymore.
On her first day at school, a chance encounter with a bullied eighth grader reawakens a gift Paige had forgotten, and ingratiates her into a pack of local outcasts. For weeks, they’ve been trying to cast a ritual to fulfill their innermost desires, but all they’ve done is waste time. After witnessing Paige touch the Ouija board and trigger a paranormal event, the girls are convinced another try with their new fifth member will finally work.
Once the darkness is unleashed, it’s not long before they learn it will give them exactly what they asked for―whether they want it or not.
Nine Candles of the Deepest Black by Matthew S. Cox is a fast-paced horror/paranormal novel with lots of magic.
The main character is Paige, who has been trying to heal after losing her older sister in a car crash, which she claims to have had a premonition about. Also trying to heal are her parents, who move to the supposedly quiet town of Shadesboro. There, Paige makes friends on the first day and they invite her to a Ouija game and later a spell-casting, which she doesn't believe in but agrees to do anyway.
In the spell, each girl asks for what her heart desires, but the spell is mostly infused with dark magic and intentions. Once the spell is cast, the girls realise that in order to get what they want, the magic will take something in return. They also release a demon.
The novel opens with a tense start especially in terms of conversation, however, Paige's sarcasm makes way for a light mood. "Now I know how sharks feel with those little fish clinging to their ass."
Paige is a likeable goth-character. I enjoyed seeing her transition from constant anger to kind and caring for her younger eight-year old sister, Melissa. Her character development is significant and realistic.
Other characters who also progress in the course of the novel are her parents. (Which I truly liked). Melissa is a fun and adorable character, who gives a lot of warmth to the mostly cold-inducing novel.
The part that bugged me though was the excessive description towards the end. I felt I wanted to know what's going on more than details about Paige. The parts behind the mirror were rather fuzzy and hard to imagine for me, as well. The grit at the end was a little over the top for me.
I also liked that the novel isn't purely good versus evil – I mean there is evil and a demon and all, but the original evil came in the form of greed and heartlessness.
"The sight of [the candles] stirred an odd feeling in the pit of Paige's gut. Rather than normal black-coloured objects, they seemed to absorb light, appearing to be candle-sharped holes in reality."
Nine Candles of the Deepest Black kept me cold and on edge all the time. Paige seemed to have a series of horrifying happening one after the other.
Overall rating: 3.75 stars.
Note: I received a free copy of Nine Candles of the Deepest Black in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour with Xpresso Book Tours.
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
The Book Club Murders by Leslie
Nagel is the first instalment in The Oakwood Mystery Series. And damn that was
a super-paced good read, perfect for a bibliophile and a mystery lover!
story's main character Charlotte – Charley – Carpenter, the owner Old Hat, a
clothing store, is part of a reading group focused around mysteries. She joins
the rich-women's book club with the ulterior motive of attracting buyers to her
opens with the scheduled books to be read between August and December. The group
of 8, called the Agathas Book Club, with each member labelled "an
Agatha", tackles a book each month. Set in the small town of Oakwood, Ohio,
the book also opens with the shocking revelation of a murder.
Agathas are shocked to discover that the victim is an acquaintance. They also
realise that the victim was positioned in a way that reflects the murder of the
book they were reading. Soon after, another dead body emerges, also linked to
the book club members.
"Most of the Agathas seemed to be enjoying
themselves, as if the poor woman had been killed for their entertainment. Be
honest, Carpenter. You're just as curious as the rest of them."
character in the novel has a role to play: corpse, amateur sleuth, killer, suspect,
police officer, helping hand.
detective investigating the killings is not-an-old-friend of Charley, but her high
school crush Marcus Trenault. As soon as they meet, old love and trouble are
rekindled. As the two suspect that the killings are done by a woman, Charley
suggests that they are likely to have been committed by an Agatha and convinces
Marc to use her as an informant to infiltrate the Book Club.
"Don't be fooled by the expensive armour, most of
these women are scared to death, usually of one another."
is a fun, slightly sarcastic character. She's smart, brave and passionate. She's
also realistic and down to earth. At one point, she faces Marcus and tells him:
"You owe me an apology."
felt that The Book
Club Murders was more crime and sleuthing than plain cozy mystery.
I loved it nonetheless and would definitely pick up the next books in the
series. I also enjoyed the romance aspect of the novel.
imagery and emotions in the novel were well-written, with lots of "show
absolutely loved the mystery-book references and how the author brought in published
mystery novels and used them in the murders. This book will have me picking up
several mystery novels and adding them to my lengthy – possibly never-ending - to-be-read
one is going to believe that for a second. Look, this is the twenty-first
century. Everyone watches CSI and Law & Order or whatever. If you start
asking questions about who left when, and did you notice anyone acting
suspiciously, how long do you think it's going to take before people figure out
what you're really up to?"
the mystery… that was plain wicked!
Note: I received a free advanced readers' copy (ARC) of
Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel as part of a blog tour via Lori Great
Escapes Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Artists, Poets, Writers, Authors, Dreamers, Friends and
Family; Welcome EVERYONE to Nadaness In Motion's bi-weekly picture-prompt
writing challenge Takhayyal.
featuring student and artist Yomna Ibrahim El-Mahany, whose artwork I've been
dying to share with you. The artwork is original, so if you'd like to use it in
your post, please credit the artist and add her name in the caption.
Starry Night by Yomna Ibrahim El Mahany
for Imagine, Takhayyal is a challenge for writers of all ages and genres; a
place to spark creativity and explore new genres.
post can be in English or Arabic, prose, poetry, short story, flash fiction;
you name it and write it.
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Today, I'm featuring author E. Graziani as part of a
blog tour for her new novel Alice-Angel of Time with a guest post.
Hello to my good friend Nada and all her
followers. Many thanks for hosting me on this blog tour celebrating the launch
of my newest title, the sequel to Alice of the Rocks… Alice-Angel of
Time in which the conclusion of Alice and Claudio's journey will be
available for all to read!
Book: Alice-Angel of Time
Author: E. Graziani
Publisher: Morning Rain
Publication Date: September
Their love transcends time, space, and
Alice Ferro did not travel 500 years into the past to
save her soulmate from persecution only to discover her journey had been in
vain! Forced to return from 1512 Italy to 2029 Canada without him, she cannot
focus on family, school, or friends as thoughts of Claudio constantly flood her
mind. When she discovers her love’s future is dire, Alice decides she must
return to the past to save him once and for all.
With some help, a bit of deceit, and a lot of
determination, Alice sets off to rescue Claudio. Unfortunately, she hadn’t
planned on things going so terribly wrong, and she soon finds her own life in
Written with charm and intelligence, the sequel to
Alice of the Rocks encompasses everything you could want in a young adult,
time-travel romance. Adventure, true love, intrigue, and dynamic characters
fill the pages alongside the elegant landscape of Renaissance Italy.
theme of the tour is A Virtual Tuscany Tour with Ali and Claudio
I thought that since I recently traveled to Italy,
that I would share some pics that relate directly back to my novel, Alice-Angel
of Time. I hope they inspire you to pick up a copy! I also want to send out a
huge thank you to Priya Prithviraj, of Writerly Yours for putting all this together. This blog tour would
not have happened if it were not for Priya and Jennifer Jaquith, my managing
editor at Morning Rain Publishing. Go to the Writerly Yours website for a full
schedule of the entire tour – there are lots of interviews, reviews and other
great stuff coming up!
In the meantime, I would like to share some
inspirational pics with you – they are pictures taken by me, this summer when I
travelled through Italy.
Some of the sites we visited follow in the footsteps
of our feisty heroine, Alice and her one true love, Claudio as they walked in Alice
of the Rocks.
Live every twist and turn in the plot, walk in the garden
with them when they share their first kiss, and race through the streets of
Renaissance Florence with them to escape the Medici guards. Its sequel was
released on 15 September, 2016, and I am so excited for all my friends out
there to read it - Alice-Angel of Time!
The first picture is of the Boboli Garden.
This green oasis in Florence is the setting of Alice and Claudio’s first kiss,
where they fall hopelessly in love.
The second is of a quiet spot in amongst the sprawling garden, where Claudio explains to Alice who she really is and where she comes from – it took a lot of convincing, but she finally did believe him.
I hope these lovely images of a calm garden in the
city of Florence have pleased you – thanks to Nada Adel Sobhi for having me as
Keep up with the rest of the tour for more guest posts, book reviews and other posts at Priya’s blog here.
is a teacher, author, speaker and life-long learner. She enjoys incorporating
strong female characters into her writing, to help inspire her readers. She has
worked with the Alzheimer Society of Canada to raise awareness and educate
people regarding this disease. Graziani regularly speaks to young people about
her books, inspiration for writing and the publishing process.
written War in My Town (Second Story Press), which was selected by
Canadian Children's Book Centre as one of their "Best Books for Kids
and Teens" - Fall 2015.
written three other books, Alice of the Rocks and Alice-Angel of Time
for young adults and Jess Under Pressure, a women's fiction novella
(Morning Rain Publishing). She resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband and
of Her Ownby Rebecca Heflin
is the third and final instalment in the Dreams Come True Series. This time,
the story revolves around Millie, an assistant to best-selling romantic author
Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down and
once I finished it, I just wanted to start it all over again!
Full of events, the first chapter in Dreams
of Her Own introduces Millie and her
soon-to-be crush, Ian. I particularly like how Heflin introduces the reader to
"Lists were her life. They provided
organisation, structure and a sense of accomplishment. She loved ticking things
off her list so much that if she accomplished something that wasn't on the
list, she'd write it down just so she could have the pleasure of marking it
I totally related to Millie in the lists and marking
part. There were many times that I felt Millie was like me; although her series
of unfortunate events were too much for a single person but believable for a
From the first chapter, we see how Millie views
herself, no self-appreciation whatsoever, and Ian's reaction to hearing her
voice for the first time. Total contrast and comedy, especially for the reader.
Also, in the first chapter, Ian rescues Millie from a
truck running a red light. After the chapter is over, the reader realises that
Millie and Ian will meet again soon but under different circumstances, making
the reader all tingly and excited.
"He'd saved her from becoming
another pedestrian versus motor vehicle death statistic."
Millie prefers to be invisible. Although of high
intelligence, she is socially awkward. Her experiences in school and in life
have prompted her to wear all brown to "blend in" and avoid being
"A twinge of guilt poked her. Not for
eavesdropping, but for doing to Ian what people did to her: judging a book by
Heflin makes great use of the setting through her
description of Darcy's house, the interior decorating. Her use of conversations
between Darcy and Ian also gives the reader a closer view of the setting. I liked
of Her Own is full of beautiful imagery
and quotes. It is also full of comedy and silly situations that happen to no
one but Millie. It cracked me up and made me want to give her a hug.
"She'd never been so close to a man
before. Unless you counted rush hour on the Brooklyn-Queens Crosstown."
Millie is an overall quirky character, with a big,
loving and caring heart. The moment things may progress between her and Ian,
Darcy and her friends immediately take it upon themselves to make sure she's
ok, even if that means giving Ian a clear warning "not to hurt her."
One of the techniques Heflin used was other
characters' description and thoughts of Millie: "She
resembled some prim, uptight spinster from a gothic novel."
"She was one big accident waiting
Both Millie and Ian have troubled pasts. Millie was
neglected, while Ian suffered from abuse in addition to his dyslexia, which he
hasn't shared with anyone except the family who took him in after his mother's
I like how Heflin gives Darcy, the protagonist in the
first instalment in the series, and Laura, the main character in the second
book, roles to play in Millie's life. It also gives a sort of connection and
progression in the series.
Millie's curses are hilarious and all
literature-related. "Hamlet and Ophelia!"
"Catherine and Heathcliff!" "Friar Tuck!"
The chapters just flowed and the pace was quick and
enjoyable. Millie witnessed major character development both inwardly and on
the outside. Ian's character too developed into a better understanding of
others. He learnt that he needed to trust others more, especially with regards
to his dyslexia.
I finished the book in two sittings, although I could
have finished it in one if it weren't for personal commitments. Although the
third in the series, Dreams of Her Own can be read as a standalone.
Dreams of Her Own is a quick-paced contemporary romantic comedy, not devoid of steamy encounters,
especially as Millie begins to learn more about sex, a topic she's only read
about in romance novels and educational books. A must read by all means,
although for ages 18 and above.
"She wore her mantle of brown as he
wore his mantle of tough."
Note: I received a free copy of Dreams
of Her Own in exchange for an honest review.
Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has
dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister
snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to her and told her to read it.
Rebecca writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately
pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.
Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America
(RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers
Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny