April 29, 2016

Mysterious Romania (XXIV) Easter in Romania

Sarbatoarea Invierii Domnului sa va aduca lumina, liniste sufleteasca si belsug! 
                                               Paste fericit!

Easter is one of the most important celebrations of Christianity, commemorating the moment when Jesus came back from the dead. We, as Orthodox, celebrate it, this year, on 1st May.

 Allow me to end the post with the traditional greeting Romanians use for forty days starting with Easter Day,    
                          “Hristos a inviat (Christ has risen).”

April 28, 2016

Book Review (L) A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair

    Point Pleasant

Behind a legend lies the truth…

As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real . . .

Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer .

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A Thousand Yesteryears is a gripping dark mystery that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat, guessing what would happen next as Eve and Caden are drawn into the investigation of the disappearance/death of girls in Point Pleasant, while dealing with their personal relationship.

I have just finished this book and, to be honest, I wish there was more and I can't wait to tell you why.  Where should I start... let's start with the characters.  The author had me hooked from the very beginning. With her character development, with the descriptions of places and situations - these add so many dimensions to the story - I felt as if I were one of her characters watching from the sideline.  Mae Clair must not believe in wimps, because her books are littered with strong female characters. Like  Eve in A Thousand Yesteryears. Eve Perrish has strength, intelligence, and determination. What does Eve discover about her beloved Aunt Rosy? Will the discovery reveal a horrible thing that could estrange her from the newly rediscovered love? Will the secrets "ruin" them in the "ton"?

In the style of S King and A Christie, the author spins a story of deceit, revenge, romance and tragic history whose ending took me totally by surprise. I left my role as character on the sideline, to become the main character Eve, saying to myself, "Now why didn't I see that?!" 

Expect the unexpected and never let your guard down when you're around Mae Clair’s books!

I will warn you of one thing: if you start reading this book you'll binge read it!

I think this statement confirms how awesome this book is!

 If you appreciate mystery, suspense, myth, legends and paranormal tales you certainly should read A Thousand Yesteryears!

All in all, I am superbly impressed, and anxiously looking forward to book 2! 

April 25, 2016

Night of the Mothman by Mae Clair

I had the luck to read an ARC copy of this highly captivating and intriguing story. One of Mae's best, trust me.

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A pair of red evil eyes staring out from a black backgroundTomorrow is release day for A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS, the first novel in my Point Pleasant series. I’m not actually kicking off a blog tour until the beginning of May, but I thought I’d do a couple of posts related to Mothman sightings this week, since he factors so highly into the novel and series.
The first sighting of the infamous cryptid took place on the night of November 15, 1966. Roger Scarberry, his wife Linda, and friends Steve and Mary Mallette took a drive to the “TNT,” a remote wooded area approximately six miles outside of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Once a World War II munitions site, the region was popular with many young couples who simply wanted a place to hang out away from town.
A Thousand Yesteryears 2The two couples parked near an abandoned power plant and were chatting when they spied two glowing red spheres behind a gate. It didn’t take long to realize those disembodied spheres were actually eyes. A creature unlike any they had ever seen regarded them steadily in the darkness. Towering nearly seven feet tall, the nightmarish form appeared humanoid with enormous wings folded behind its back.....
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April 23, 2016

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (46) William Shakespeare

                                        April 23, 1564

          "The object of art is to give life shape."


He was not of an age, but for all time!—Ben Jonson (1572-1637)

April 19, 2016

Guest Promo (CXLVII) Kim McMahill

                  My today  guest comes from Colorado. A big hand to:

                                           Kim McMahill 

                    She shares with us her latest release:

                                       A TASTE OF TRAGEDY

Morgan Hunter sacrificed everything for her career. She had yet to encounter anything she wasn’t willing to do to succeed . . . until now. When she uncovers evidence that the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous, she must reevaluate her priorities. As questions mount and the body count rises, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to hide its secrets and protect its profits. With no one else to trust, Morgan is forced to seek help from the man she drove away, but whom she never stopped loving.

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“Here, let me help you,” Morgan said as she draped Devyn’s arm around her shoulders.
Morgan tried to relieve as much weight as she could from Devyn as she helped her hobble to the waiting vehicle. Once Devyn was seated in the cramped back seat, Morgan dug out her emergency supply bag. She handed Devyn a blanket and a bottle of water. “I have a first aid kit, but I think you need something a little more than a bandage.”
“It’s just a few scratches. I’ll live.”
Morgan could see why Nick trusted Devyn with his back. As she looked at the battered and bruised woman, who had taken off into the desert in the middle of the night in bare feet to prevent a criminal from getting away, she had to admire her. Devyn had to be in extreme pain, yet not a complaint escaped her lips.
“Make room in the back,” Nick huffed.
Morgan looked up to see Nick trudging toward her with an inert Aaron slung over his shoulder. She raced to the tiny back cargo area and moved a few items around so Nick could squeeze the body in the vehicle.
“Is he dead?” Morgan whispered.
“Not quite, but we need to get him medical help A.S.A.P. The bullet didn’t hit any vital organs, but I’m not sure how much damage he suffered from the knock to the head”
Morgan watched as Nick set the man down in the vehicle, and then she joined Devyn in the back seat. Turning around and kneeling, she was able to lean over the seat and assess Aaron’s injuries. She folded up a handkerchief and placed it over Aaron’s gunshot wound and applied pressure. She wasn’t sure which was bleeding more, the bullet hole or the bump and cut to the head, but she had to try and slow the blood loss any way she could.
“That’s all we can do for now,” Nick said. “Just keep the pressure on the best you can.”
Morgan nodded as Nick secured the back and then got behind the wheel.
“You okay?” Nick asked as he turned to face Devyn.
“I’ve had better days, but sadly, I’ve had worse.”

Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming, which is where she developed her sense of adventure and
love of the outdoors. Kim started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense. Along with writing adventure novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology and cookbook. Kim recently relocated to Colorado, and when not writing, she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family.

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