Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.
The first review is for Yvette Calliero for her short story The One Chosen: A Diasodz Short Story (Chronicles of the Diasodz)
About the book
Valerie is eager to learn the skills needed to become a Diasodz warrior, but when she meets her new trainer, all she can think about is him.
Nolan is a master trainer who has taught thousands of fledglings throughout his life. He has never had a relationship with a student nor does he plan to.
When Nolan and Valerie are thrust together on a routine mission, nothing goes as planned. If they want to survive, they will need to trust each other. But how do you trust someone who has rejected you? Nolan and Valerie must find a way or lose each other forever.
Note: This short story is related to the Chronicles of the Diasodz series. It takes place in the early 1600s and sets the stage for a major conflict in the series. It can be read alone, but if you enjoy it, I encourage you to read the series.
A recent review for the book
A wonderful short story within the world of Diasodz. Valarie is transported to a special school where all the children that reached their death date go to become Warriors. All have special gifts that determine their place in this new order. Valerie has already practiced her Warrior specialty which calls forth a bow and arrows which materialize in her hands on a whim. Her friend, Hannah, can determine changes in the body and helps her when she develops a crush for the lead instructor, Nolan.
Upon graduation, as Valarie is no longer a student, Nolan feels comfortable in reciprocating those special feelings exhibited by Valarie. However, A third person, Drake, who heads the training programs, also has his eye on Valarie and wants her for himself.
In the Warriors’ first task, Valarie is paired with Nolan on a special mission. Will their feelings for one another cause them to lose their focus and get killed in the battle? The pair are soon ambushed by the enemy and fight valiantly – Valarie is seriously injured. Can Nolan save her?
At 65-pages, this story reads like a full-length novel. THE ONE CHOSEN is the prequel to the Diasodz series. I have already read the first book in the series and look forward to getting back into the series. Highly recommended!
Also in the Chronicles of the Diasodz series and by Yvette M. Calleiro
The next book today with a recent review is Myth and Magic by Mae Clair
About the book
AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…
Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.
THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.
After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?
A recent review for the book
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2021
Caithelden Breckwood is a tortured soul, carrying the weight of guilt for the death of his best friend. But they were only kids and all because of his family wealth and family name. Now he’s an adult with a set of steel bars around his heart and a new last name leaving behind all association to the Breckwood family. The only one he lets in is his young son, Derrick. He’s fiercely protective, determined that what happened to him will not ever happen to his son. However, when he is hired as a Private Investigator to get to the bottom of who and what is sabotaging Stone Willow Lodge, he comes face-to-face with his past including the one woman he has always loved.
Veronica is not prepared to face Caith again. The wound he left on her heart is permanent. As the events that occur at the lodge escalate into an all-out attack, Caith and Veronica are swept into a nail-biting journey that also finds them still deeply attracted to each other and often winding up in each other’s beds. The child, Derrick, plays a big part in helping each of the adults in this story heal and forgive. I loved all of the characters, but especially Caithelden’s mother, Morgana, who is fascinated by myth and magic. The family drama that unfolds is believable as personalities clash and old issues arise. I rooted for Caith and Veronica all the way. That kind of love cannot be denied. The book came to a more than satisfactory conclusion. If you love a good mystery mixed with a steamy romance, you will love this book. I highly recommend it!
A selection of books by Mae Clair
The final author today is Sandra Cox for the western romance, Tumblestar
About the book
Coop Malloy receives a telegram that his sister and brother-in-law have died and his ten-year-old niece is on her way to Texas to live with him.
Still reeling from the loss of his sister, he receives another shock when his childhood friend Randa Lockhart steps off the stage with his niece Kallie. He’s stunned to see that the little pigtailed nuisance that tagged after him, and his best friend, years ago has turned into a beautiful young woman.
Randa and Kallie have barely settled in when Coop finds buffalo hunter Marvin Doolin beating the local blacksmith within an inch of his life for laming his horse. Coop steps in and when the buffalo hunter tries to kill him, shoots him. Now Doolin’s four brothers are out to even the score.
When they go after Randa, they cross the line. They’re about to find out that there’s nothing Coop won’t do, and no one he won’t track down to protect the two females that have burrowed hard and fast into his heart.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Independent characters, wild horses, gunfights with buffalo hunters who smell like death, and love. What more can readers of western romance ask for?
When Cooper Malloy meets the stage coach to retrieve his young orphaned niece, Kallie, he discovers that she’s accompanied by his old childhood friend Miranda Lockhart, only Miranda’s no longer a child. Miranda and Kallie take up residence at Coop’s Tumblestar ranch and it’s not long before an attraction blooms. But who has time for romance when a ranch needs running? Wild horses need breaking, and the buffalo-hunting Doolin brothers are out for blood.
This story has lots of strengths from diverse and rich characters with three-dimensional lives to glimpses of life on the frontier to high-paced action with a variety of villains. Cooper is a great blend of grit and fair-mindedness, Miranda is courageous, and secondary characters are as strong as the main. Scenes involving the round-ups of wild horses and the rescue of an injured stallion were some of my favorites. Read and enjoy, but do not try this at home! Except for the romance, of course.
An excellent fast-pace read for fans of western romance. Highly recommended.
A small selection of Sandra’s books
Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books thanks Sally.