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Author feature

So, have you heard the news??? 

Over on PoetryByPamela I am turning every other Thursday into a Featured Author/Blogger post. I will be doing something different with each one. I debuted it today with my favorite author, Sarah M. Cradit. Sarah writes the House of Crimson and Clover Series. You can check out the post here

But what am I thankful for today. Everything!!!!!

Today was just one of those days. But I left work early to go to the Home and Garden Show. Just seeing colorful flowers and landscaping that was alive (instead of the dead stuff we have right now) really lifted my spirits. So, while I bask in the glow of seeing flowers, you should dash over to my other blog and read about Sarah Cradit

Fire and Ice by Sarah Cradit Review

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Fire and Ice is a short story about Remy and Fleur Fontenot. The twins have a gift. Remy’s gift is Fire and Fleur’s gift is Ice.

Through a Mardi Gras Krewe ball, where the sport of the night is how many sexual conquests can be obtained, Anne is introduced. Since this was a short story, not a novella, there just wasn’t time to learn much about anyone. But it demonstrates the strength of the author’s writing talents.

Worth a read, but learn more by reading the series.

Is a Series the new thing?

As you know, if you’ve read much of my blog at all, I read a lot. I always have. One of my favorite authors is Stephen King. Almost all of his books are individual, stand alone books. Other authors produce books that don’t have to have multiple books to tell their story.

I’m not talking about the same character in many books (Patterson’s Alex Cross, Silva’s Gabriel Allon and others). Those books can be read without having read any other books with the same character.

But the trend seems to be writing a multi book series. Is this a thing now? I have series fatigue. I want to enjoy a book…not necessarily a library of the same thing. There are sequels. And there are trilogies. But that’s where I really wish it would end. And no more 600 page books please. Is that really necessary?

Expand yourself. Write a book about something different than an expansion of an existing storyline.

One notable exception to a long series is Sarah Cradit’s House of Crimson and Clover series. Not only are they well written books and novellas, but they are not never ending books. And there is plenty of variety in the writing and story.

These are just the opinions of one reader so don’t bash me for not wanting to read 15 books about one thing. I’m sure there are those who will disagree with my opinion. (Isn’t that what makes the world so fun…we aren’t all alike).

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It is snowing again đŸ˜ª but it is supposed to change over to a frozen mix đŸ˜‚. Finally getting warmer tomorrow and just rain. I sure hope so but I’m not overly optimistic about it getting warmer.

I’ve checked in for my flight and downloaded my boarding pass. I’m stuck at the back of the plane, but at least it is an aisle seat (I’m too cheap to pay to choose my own seat. My bags are packed. It looks like Mr. Wonderful won’t be taking me to the airport even though he promised he would. He did this to me once before. I said a few choice words. I yelled. I cried. It’s been pretty frosty here tonight. I’m going to drive myself and it will be up to him to figure out how to get my car back or else pay to park it for ten days.

But then I got home from work to some surprises. I had a signed copy of Red a Clay and Roses from my dear friend Susan. Best part is I’m going to get to thank her in person next week when I stop in Orlando to see her! Then I saw another envelope in the nail. It was my signed bookmarks from Sarah Cradit plus more that I can give out. I felt so loved. And if you haven’t read Susan’s book or any of Sarah’s books in the Crimson & Clover series, you definitely need to do that. They are all wonderful reads.

Today I’m thankful for my author friends and their high quality books. I’m thankful I’m leaving this frozen tundra tomorrow. Trust me when I say, I will not miss all this white snow.

Dauntless Indies Review

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I gave this four out of five stars.

Three short stories from Sarah Cradit, Brandy Rivers and Felicia Tatum. I love Sarah Cradit’s books so I started with her story Beyond Dusk: Anne. This was one of the novellas that are just extra info for her books and characters. I was not at all disappointed in Anne. It just makes me want even more.

Shadows Fall by Brandy Rivers was a fantasy tale. I have never read any of her books so wasn’t sure what to expect. It had fantasy and explored an erotic theme. I think the story did exactly what was intended – I want to read her books now.

The last story was by Felicia Tatum called Masked Encounters. I thought this story was good but a bit too predictable. I wanted it to be longer so there was a little more intrigue before jumping straight into sex. Again, I have never read any of her books so perhaps this story is carried forward in one of her books. But I wish it had been a little longer to allow for more actual interaction – to me that would have been more erotic.

But I would recommend picking this collection of stories up and giving them a read before bed.

The Illusions of Eventide – NOW AVAILABLE!!!!

The Illusions of Eventide is here!

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The long awaited third novel in The House of Crimson and Clover series is now available on Amazon, BN, Kobo, and Smashwords! Links for Itunes, Sony, and Diesel coming soon.

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Story Overview

1479467_625040174203746_1521512437_nNicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.

Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family’s holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.

Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you’ve set free what means the most.

What Reviewers Are Saying

“In a word… beautiful. With every new installment I get to read in this fantastic series I fall more and more in love. This is by far the best novel by Sarah I have read, and one of the best books I’ve gotten my hands on of the year.”

“Many books can leave you breathless until the book abruptly ends and you have so many unanswered questions and feel cheated. That is not the case with this book. The author takes you to the very edge, then brings you back on multiple occasions.”

“LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!! Could not put it down!!”

“This is a story about forgiveness and redemption, thickly seasoned with fantasy and paranormal. Cradit has mastered connecting the dots.”

“Cradit’s ability to weave a story filled with mythology, paranormal, and the reality of life so fluidly kept me turning page after page, thoroughly engrossed. The Illusions of Eventide is by far my Top favorite of 2013!”

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The House of Crimson and Clover Series

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St. Charles at Dusk
The Storm and the Darkness
Sony: Coming Soon
Beyond Dusk: Anne
Sony: Coming Soon
Diesel: Coming Soon

Also Coming Soon

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Illusions of Eventide by Sarah M. Cradit

The Illusions of Eventide

by Sarah M. Cradit

Giveaway ends December 23, 2013.

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Book Review – Illusions of Eventide – Crimson and Clover Series by Sarah Cradit

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Where do I begin? Illusions of Eventide is the third book from the Crimson and Clover Series. It could stand alone, but I really think reading at least The Storm and the Darkness would make reading this much easier.

The Goodreads description is: Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.

Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family’s holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.

Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you’ve set free what means the most.

My review and recommendation:
The first two books had a touch of paranormal in them, but this one went to a new level. At first I wasn’t sure about that, but the characters and the writing sucked me in. As new characters were introduced and the new world was described, I felt completely at home.

I was drawn to Mercy, even knowing all of the secrets that hadn’t been exposed to Nic yet. I could see what I thought was going to happen, but then I would be wrong. The characters unfolded in a perfect way.

Many books can leave you breathless until the book abruptly ends and you have so many unanswered questions and feel cheated. That is not the case with this book. The author takes you to the very edge, then brings you back on multiple occasions. Then when so many books would typically end, Ms. Cradit continues telling the story. She created a desire for more. And reading the first chapter of Bound, I know I will not be disappointed by the next book.

I highly recommend this book (and the entire series) if you are looking for a book to entertain you, a book to draw you into the lives of the characters, a book to let you escape reality for a few hours. The storytelling was exquisite and very well written. I can’t wait for the next book.

Illusions of Eventide will be released on December 14

I received an ARC copy in exchange for a fair and honest review, but the opinions are totally and completely my own.

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