Welcome to the Friday edition of the Author Update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves of the bookstore.
The first author and poet today is Bette A. Stevens and a recent review for her poetry collection My Maine.
About My Maine
Inspired by The Pine Tree State—Maine’s diverse landscape, natural beauty, rural communities, and independent people—the author’s 150 haiku poems, along with her photographs, reflect the Maine she knows and loves. Bette A. Stevens’s imagery draws the reader into her world of wonder and delight. My Maine takes readers on a poetic journey through Maine’s four seasons. Whether you’re a native Mainer or from away, Stevens’s short story poems and photographs will resonate.
The collection opens with a haiku tribute, “Maine Pines and People.” The journey continues with the rejuvenating spirit of “Spring Awakenings” and “Summer Songs”; then on to more of the magic and majesty of the places and people of Maine in “Autumn Leaves” and “Winter Tales.” This is a poetry collection to be slowly savored, made even more delectable with the author’s original drawings and photographs. In addition to its poems and photographs, My Maine includes state symbols and interesting facts about The Pine Tree State.
One of the recent reviews for the collection
This book of Haiku puts the State of Maine in a whole new perspective. The author takes the reader through each of the four seasons and through well-written Haiku, shows the unique aspects of the Pine State. I also loved the fun facts about Maine at the end of the book. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves Haiku, amazing photographs and has a fascination with Maine!
Also by Bette A. Stevens
Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US
and Amazon UK: Amazon UK
Read more reviews and follow Bette: Goodreads
Connect to Bette A. Stevens via her blog: 4 Writers and Readers
Time to catch up with Fiona Tarr and her latest book released in October 2019 Relic Seeker (The Priestess Chronicles Book 2)
About the Book
A young time-travelling, magic wielding Priestess and her gifted friends must retrieve an ancient Goth relic before it is used to change history.
This isn’t the Priestess Ariela’s first trip through time, but now she has friends along for the journey. When she arrives, she is alone, dressed as a servant, yet surrounded by opulence. Her guide and mentor, the Angel Raziel hasn’t given her a clue about her quest and she quickly finds herself serving a deadly enemy from her past.
Ariela realises that keeping her magical powers secret isn’t going to be easy. She is being hunted by a powerful magic wielder who is determined to destroy her and change history forever. In the midst of a violent and intense battle to protect the ancient relic Brísingamen, once worn by the goddess Freya, Ariela calls upon the strengths and powers of her friends and a group of strangers.
As Ariela gathers her allies, she realises her powerful adversary isn’t the only threat. She has been betrayed by someone she thought she could trust.
Relic Seeker is book 2 in a new series by Fiona Tarr. It is fast paced and offers a great read for young adults or adults looking for a fun, quick, weekend read. If magic and time travel spark your interest, then you’ll enjoy this fun, fantasy adventure.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2020
I really enjoyed reading another of Fiona Tarr’s novels. Relic Seeker is well paced, with wonderful characters and a good balance of adventure, mystery, tender moments, and surprises. Trust is a central issue, with costly betrayals littering the battleground when the characters find out who they can trust, and who they cannot. The stage is so well set and the action so well drawn that I felt like I was right there beside Ariela and Culaan, experiencing their heartaches and adventures. Although it’s not my usual thing, I loved the elements of time travel, magic and history. Highly recommended.
Also by Fiona Tarr
Read all the reviews and buy the books including a box set: Amazon US
and : Amazon UK
Kobo, B&N, Apple : https://books2read.com/u/bM92aB
Read more reviews and follow Fiona: Goodreads
Connect to Fiona via her website : A Time 2 Write
The final author today is D.Wallace Peach for Sunwielder which is also now in audio version.
In a land on the brink of war, Gryff Worden discovers his family slaughtered, his farm in ruin.Mortally wounded, he stumbles upon a timekeeper, an old woman of the northern forests, one who tracks the infinite paths of each life. She offers him a sunwield, a medallion promising to return him to the pivotal choices that swayed his life’s journey. Her only condition—he must wear the bronze charm until the end.Now his story remakes itself, casting him backward in time to moments of decision and death. His old life gone, he no longer remembers the purpose of the medallion burning his chest. As he uncovers the sunwield’s power, new choices lead him on an epic adventure through war, death, friendship, life, and love.
One of the recent reviews for the book
If you would be granted the ability to travel back in time and redo some of your life choices, would you take it?
What if strings were attached?
Without giving any spoilers away, I loved the way D. Wallace Peach handled the plot and the magic she instilled in the time-travel charm as well as the twists she put in the past being relieved. The worlds she created were fascinating and very well developed as well as full of political intrigue. It was amazing to discover how Gryff’s new life options affected those involved and the heartache he went through was gripping, well balanced by lyrical descriptions.
I found it hard to put it down, so many chores were put on hold until I finished the book…
Sunwielder is a page turner with a super clever plot, highly recommended.
A small selection of of other books by D.Wallace Peach
Read the reviews for buy the books: Amazon US
And Amazon UK: Amazon UK
Read more reviews and follow Diana: Goodreads
Connect to Diana via her blog: Myths of the Mirror
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm.. thanks Sally.