Off visiting …

… my lovely friend and writing buddy, Nicky Wells – virtually that is. Am over at her blog talking about Arundel, the setting for my book, United State of Love, and sharing some of my pictures.   Feel like I should ask the local Tourist Information Office for a job 🙂

CentreStage – Sue Fortin Photographic Walk Around Arundel

The Silent Touch of Shadows – Christina Courtenay

What will it take to put the past to rest? Professional genealogist Melissa Grantham receives an invitation to visit her family’s ancestral home, Ashleigh Manor. From the moment she arrives, life-like dreams and visions haunt her. The spiritual connection to a medieval young woman and her forbidden lover have her questioning her sanity, but Melissa is determined to solve the mystery. Jake Precy, owner of a nearby cottage, has disturbing dreams too, but it’s not until he meets Melissa that they begin to make sense. He hires her to research his family’s history, unaware their lives are already entwined. Is the mutual attraction real or the result of ghostly interference? A haunting love story set partly in the present and partly in fifteenth century Kent. Christina Courtenay won the 2012 Best Historical Romantic novel of the year award (RoNA) for her novel, Highland Storms.

My Thoughts

The Silent Touch of Shadows is two love stories set hundreds of years apart but which overlap and weave themselves together seemlessly.  The present slips into the past and the past slides its way into the present with little effort.

I liked the way the story nipped back and forth and I was able to link up the events happening in the past to those happening in the present day.  I was initially concerned that this would be confusing but it certainly wasn’t the case.

The stories told brought different feelings at different times, sadness and despair, hope and happiness with an added bit of mystery and intrigue.  I think Sibell and Roger’s story will stay with me for a long time.

Links for Christina Courtenay

Blog http://christinacourtenay.com/?page_id=278

Website http://christinacourtenay.com/

Twitter @PiaCCourtenay

Amazon link here 

Thank you ChocLit for sending me a review copy

Construct A Couple – Talli Roland

Is any relationship strong enough to survive a string of secrets?

With a great job at a reputable magazine and a man who’s the perfect match, Serenity Holland thinks she’s laid the foundation for an ideal London life. When a routine assignment uncovers a shocking secret threatening her boyfriend’s company, Serenity decides to leave nothing to chance, taking matters into her own hands. Soon, though, she realises keeping secrets isn’t as easy as she thought . . . and the consequences are far worse than she ever imagined.

My Thoughts

I found Talli Roland’s style of writing, first person present, refreshing and a nice change from the usual third person I tend to read.  Although written with a light touch it did look at deeper problems within a relationship.  I felt I really got to know Serenity and could empathise with her as she tried to do the best all the time and found herself between a rock and a hard place.

I liked the plot behind the story and the setting, together with the supporting characters which all contributed to a really rounded novel.

I wasn’t sure about Jeremy and several times I felt that Serenity should tell him to push off. Whether she did or not, you will be able to find out by reading this gentle and sweet novel.

Links for Talli Roland

Blog http://talliroland.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter : @TalliRoland

Facebook : Talli Roland

Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Construct-A-Couple-ebook/dp/B008A6V1CW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344197617&sr=8-1

Angelic Wisdom Trilogy by Richard Holmes

This wonderful trilogy of angelic insights started life back in 2002, and was originally three separate volumes. It is a delightful piece of work that allows the reader to take a peek into the very souls of these truly amazing celestial beings that we like to refer to as angels. The first part of the book goes into great detail as to how the angels function and what they actually do for the Earth and mankind in general. Part two gives a deep insight into spiritual (natural) law and answers the kind of questions that tend to keep the average mere mortal frustrated and in the dark. For example, have you ever wondered why you continuously seem to attract the same kinds of people into your life that always cause you hurt and pain? This question and many more are dealt with within the pages of part two. There are also question and answer sessions in parts one and two, between the author and his celestial guardian, that are both thought provoking and interesting to say the least. Finally, part three consists entirely of such a session and deals with matters that the author felt remained unanswered from the previous two volumes. This book will change your life; you can’t afford NOT to read it.

Extract

Intention is probably the most important thing in any thought, feeling or deed that you conceive, in that it is the intention behind the thought, feeling or deed that determines the outcome. The outcome in this case meaning the level of cause and effect. There have been many deeds carried out with good intentions that have not yielded desirable results. However, this does not necessarily mean that the perpetrators have acquired a degree of negative karma by their actions. It is what is in your heart that counts.
Your intentions count for everything, and this is a very important truth to grasp for all those who seek a pathway of light. Once you conceive a thought there is a simultaneous interaction between the mind and the heart. In this minute moment in time, your intentions behind the thought are determined. Remember, we have spoken previously about today’s thoughts being tomorrow’s reality. As soon as the thought is conceived it goes out into the ether and will manifest itself at some stage or other. This means that if you have a thought based on good intentions, but for various reasons forget to carry out the actions behind the thought, there is every chance that the manifestation of the good actions will take place anyway. For example, if you know of someone who is under the weather and needs healing, it may be your intention, via your thoughts, to send this person absent healing (please see the section on healing for an explanation of this). If you then forget it won’t matter because the thought has already gone out into the ether. Your angels in the higher spiritual realms will pick up on this and act in accordance with your thoughts.
Everything is created by the thoughts of man. Humans create all situations for themselves by the power of their thoughts. Life on the Earth plane is most definitely an illusion, but the actions of humans are the product of previous thoughts, which in turn became feelings and then actions. Today’s thoughts create tomorrow’s life; we have stated this on many previous occasions. Humans are slaves to their own thoughts. The human mind will “steal” your happiness and create for you unhappiness based on illusion. By the same token humans can also experience joy whilst on Earth. The thing to remember is that matter is constantly in motion and is driven by the thoughts of humankind. It’s like a child having a piece of plasticine and constantly creating different objects from the same piece. The plasticine itself will always remain the same but the object created will always be in accordance with the child’s imagination. This is the illusion. Everything on the Earth plane is comprised of matter, which is concentrated energy. The energy will always be constant, but the scenarios of people’s lives will always be a product of their thoughts. Thoughts are very confusing and changeable; therefore the illusion will change too. This is why some people appear to go from disaster to disaster throughout their lives.

About the author

I am a medium and clairvoyant and also the author of spiritual books and producer of meditation CD’s that have helped to change the lives of many people from all walks of life. Only 12 years ago I was still struggling with an alcohol problem that was threatening to take my life in a very negative direction from which there would have been no return. These days I use the same principles that enabled me to turn my life around and apply them to my client’s individual needs. I help people replace the old negative mindsets, that keep them rooted in the past, with new positive thoughts and attitudes that enable them to get what they dream about having and being in their lives.
By drawing on my own life experience I help people to grow and realise their true worth and potential; helping them to express themselves in ways that make them feel happy and fulfilled.  People contact me when they are at a crossroads in their lives or when they feel they are stuck in a particular negative situation. It may also be because they are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one or they may simply be in search of some guidance of a spiritual nature. Whatever the reason, I always aim to make people feel at ease so that they can enjoy the experience. I also help people to realise the gifts of clairvoyance, mediumship and healing that are present within themselves. This can be on a one-to-one or group basis and is achieved through guided meditation and other methods of inner work.

The Dark Man’s Son – Meg Whitlock

She claimed the muggers were demons, but of course Jason didn’t believe her. At first.


When a mysterious woman appears in a dirty alley to rescue Jason Latimer from a pair of muggers, he tries to write her off as a garden variety lunatic. But he can’t shake the memory of her intense green eyes that seemed to flash gold, or the glowing sword she’d worn on her hip.

She calls herself Alex (no last name) like she’d made it up on the spot, and she offers Jason her protection. From what, she can’t or won’t say. He refuses, and that night he dreams of a dark man with the same offer. His black eyes flash blood and garnet, and he smells of burning things. Jason refuses him, too.

A chance meeting brings Alex and Jason together again, and she tells him of the Guardians: two immortal beings created near the beginning of time with the express purpose of fighting for mortal-kind’s soul. She is Light, and the man from Jason’s dream is Dark. Jason must choose, because Lucifer, for reasons purely his own, has unleashed the armies of Hell to hunt Jason down.

But there are things about Jason that not even he knows, and he’ll face hard truths and bitter choices as he struggles to find his place in a world redefined. Will he rise to the challenge, or, when the time comes, will he falter?

From Renaissance Florence to the French Revolution, from World War II to the modern streets of New Orleans, The Dark Man’s Son is a riveting journey filled with unforgettable characters, wry humor, dark twists, and a touch of romance.

My Thoughts

The Dark Man’s Son  is broken into three distinctive times, the present day, various historic times and ‘From The Journal’. I must admit at first I wasn’t quite sure if this would work, but taking each era at a time, I was able to follow what was happening. Gradually, a vivid back drop to the book was being unfolded.  Looking back, I think it actually worked extremely well. Drip feeding back stories of the central characters and especially the technicalities of being a Demon , a Guardian, a vampire, a Prince from Hell or indeed Lucifer himself, weren’t things that could easily be explained in a couple of sentences.

Part One of the novel shifts between times and the individual stories told gradually reveal to the reader how the lives of the central characters are linked.  The connection wasn’t obvious but was threaded in very well so when it became apparent it was totally plausible.

It was at Part Two the story really took off for me as the main characters, Jason, the mortal one, Alex the Guardian of all things good and Cassius The Dark Man really came into their own.  There was great chemistry between these three.  I loved Cassius’ dry and sarcastic caustic humour, he had some great lines – in fact, being a sucker for a bad guy, he was my favourite character in the book.

Without giving anything away, Part Three sees things really hot up and the story come to an unexpected conclusion, leaving way for the sequel.

Meg Whitlock’s writing is good, clear and hugely entertaining in all the right places. I felt the tone suited the genre, with an atmosphere I would expect and although I know nothing about Guardians, Angels , Demons, Vampires and other such ghouls, I was easily drawn into the story.

This is not my usual genre of reading but I did enjoy it and would imagine anyone who does read this type of book would be pleased they had.

Meg Whitlock can be found on Facebook, Twitter and her own blog www.blogbymegw.blogspot.com