Review: The Sacrifice (The Soul Summoner Book 5)

The Sacrifice“Hello, Praea.”

There’s only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name—her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan’s best friend’s phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx’s apartment to investigate, all she finds is a half-written list of things to do before Sloan’s wedding:

1. Order booze for the reception.
2. Send the final guest count to the caterer.
3. Register for gifts.
4. Don’t forget to—

That’s where the to-do list ended. Mid-sentence with a scrawled line like Adrianne had been dragged away from the task. If Kasyade was involved in the abduction, Adrianne probably had been.

The reason? Ransom.

The price? Sloan’s unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history.

But hell can’t rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan’s to wield. Now the prey becomes the predator as Sloan seeks to put an end to Kasyade forever.



My Review:

The fifth installment of The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder picks up where the last book left off.  And it starts with a phone call and the gut punch that Adrianne is missing.   The blurb makes you think that Sloan will be actively hunting Kasyade. The action is there, but for Sloan, she is forced to sit some of it out.   There’s plenty of page turning action, and heart rending romance packed in.  Let’s take a look at that.

(Spoiler alert.)

The love triangle: Sloan – Warren – Nathan.    Two men who both love Sloan, and are willing to die to protect her.  Warren is faced with the ultimate decision to protect his fiancee and unborn daughter.  With out getting more specific, I feel he did the right choice. Do I think his story with Sloan is over? No, I don’t.

Azrael and Adrianne:  These two have been dating.  With Kasyade being in possession of  Adrianne’s body Azrael will make the ultimate sacrifice to aide Sloan and protect her and his granddaughter. Azrael’s last words for Adrianne was really romantic.   Do I think he’s gone forever?  I don’t know. I’d like to think no, and that he’ll find Adrianne again.

Fury. What a complicated character! Her story line would make for another great read.

I would give this book four stars out of  five.   I did enjoy the story. I could connect with the characters on a very personal level.  Most of the series does have some foul language and  mild sex scenes. (Never graphic, about a PG 13 movie.) For me, this one pushed the boundaries. It was an uh oh, how do I unsee that? As a reader I don’t need to see the body’s physical reactions. We know that Warren and Sloan are intimate–she’s pregnant. They are getting married.  It was a simple line that I would have liked if my reader had it blocked out.

Roxbury Rating:  Mature 18+ for sexual situations and adult language


*I received an ARC from the author.


Review: Miss Wilton’s Waltz

miss walton's waltzSynopsis (as provided by publisher)

A follow-up to Josi S. Kilpack’s bestselling Proper Romance title The Vicar’s Daughter.

Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’ boarding school. She is different in Bath—more comfortable with herself—and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there.

When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine—Lenora’s newest and most troublesome student in the school—is Mr. Asher’s niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.

When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever—until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.

Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.

My Review:

I  noticed this title pop up on social media, so I wanted to get my hands on a copy. I had read and enjoyed The Vicar’s Daughter. 

This story continues with Lenora’s story. She’s not residing in Bath with her Aunt Gwen and teaching music as a school for girl.  Lenora is also naive and  is now sneaking out dressed as a man to sit by the river at night, which has become her place of solitude.  Her false sense of security is shattered when a stranger catches her at the river. Their paths cross again at the school, and Lenora’s quiet life becomes quite a challenge.  Will she rise to it, or run away again when things become too hard?

I loved this book. You really got a sense of Lenora’s personality, and  found her admirable. I also liked Aiden and his niece Catherine, and I rooted for them to find their happy ever after.

I received an ARC.



*This title hits the shelves on May 1, 2018 and is available for preorder.

The Dragon of Hidden Treasures by Juliann Troi (50% off Sale)

The Dragon of Hidden TreasuresChina 1923: In an ancient land battling for its very existence, violence and chaos reign supreme. Amidst the devastating aftermath of a revolution that toppled the divine Imperial system and left the once-glorious Empire torn and bleeding, ruthless warlords have claimed dominion. Political intrigue and betrayal are the only rulers now.

In the wrong place at the wrong time, Kathryn Kidwell is captured during an invasion of Canton by the warlord, Cheng Jiong. Recognizing the folly of allowing the only daughter of a powerful American trade lord to be cold-bloodedly murdered, Ty Wang must make an impossible choice: to save Kathryn will cost him his life, but to let her die could mean the death of his beloved homeland.

The Dragon of Hidden Treasures, Book 1 is the first chapter in the electrifying saga of Ty and Kathryn’s desperate struggle to stop a war that would blow China to pieces. Bound together by a love as strong as it is forbidden, their efforts could ultimately change the fate of a nation…and destroy them both.


Author Provided Rating: 13+

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Review: The Cadence

cadenceEmma King’s life is fairly ordinary, with the exception of one extraordinary aspect. She is plagued with the rare ability to feel a person’s emotions with a simple touch. Any sensation she feels becomes amplified to almost unbearable levels. Emma has learned to keep her hands to herself and her emotions under wraps.​

But when quiet, good-looking Gage Parmer moves to town, everything changes, and for the first time in her life, Emma loosens the chains that hold her emotions in check and prepares herself for the whirlwind that is to come. Mysteriously lacking in emotions, Gage tells Emma an incredible story that pulls her into his world of impossibilities. At first, she refuses to believe. But when she puts his words to the test, she discovers that his world is also hers. ​

Soon she will be forced to use her ability in an attempt to destroy an ancient evil that has defied death and ruled the centuries in a reign of terror.

They are called… The Cadence.​​

In the end, she has only one weapon and one chance to defeat the Cadence, break their circle of power, and restore hope.


My  Review:

This is a book I read some time ago. I thought I’d go through my books and share some of  books that still stand out. This is one of them.

I LOVED this book.

It is hard to know where to start with a book that moves you in ways this one moved me.  If you are looking for an epic story, this is one you can’t pass up.

I knew I was in for a treat with the Acknowledgements. This amazing author, Casey Hays, thanks not only her family, but she thanks her Savior, Jesus Christ. “He deserves credit for every blessing, every encounter, every talent I possess.” I don’t know about you, but that set the stage for my reception of this book. It doesn’t matter what religion Ms. Hayes is — she has it right. And I was willing to bet my time reading, this is a book she’d not be ashamed of sharing with Jesus.

As the story unfolds, a new boy at school named Gage enters the picture. He tells Emma a remarkable tale about The Gathering, and what it means to her, her loved one’s, as well as countless others. Not only does Emma learn that she has some say in controlling her emotions — they don’t control her, she learns that even in the darkest hour there is hope.

This is a story well worth reading.


Review: Never That Far

never that far.jpgLibby Lochewood is twelve years old in 1967 when her grampa dies of a heart attack. She is devastated at losing her best friend. Now that Grampa’s passed on, it’s just her and her father, and he is so overcome by grief that he can barely get out of bed in the morning.

The night of the funeral, though, Grampa’s spirit appears in Libby’s bedroom and tells her three important things: first, that she isn’t alone or forgotten–“The dead ain’t never that far from the living,” he says; second, that she has “the Sight”–the ability to see family members who have died; and three, that there is something special just for her in the lake. Something that could help her and her father–if she can find it. He kisses Libby on the cheek and vanishes in a soft glow of light and color.

Libby begins her search along with her friends Bobby and Martha, but it’s hard to know if they’ve found what Grampa wanted her to find since they don’t really know what it is. As Libby’s father falls deeper and deeper into depression, Libby and Grampa work together on a plan to help her father believe that their loved ones who have died are much closer than he thinks. But it will take all of Libby’s courage and her gift of Sight to convince her father and help him believe that the dead are never truly gone.

Never That Far is set in the lush, rural landscape of southern Florida and is a middle-grade novel about friendship, hope, and the power of family love.

My Review:

I want to start off by saying, I cried with this book. I feel very lucky that I had an ARC provided by Shadow Mountain.

Uniquely written, this story unfolds as you listen to the main character talk. (She has a style that takes you to another time and place.)  She has the gift of seeing those who have died, and during her journey after the loss of her grandfather she will heal her remaining family. This book is full of hope.

This book is about an amazing treasure called family.


This book releases March 6, 2018.

Review: Shahly’s Quest


Humans have taken a sacred unicorn from the forest. Shahly would do anything to rescue the stallion she loves. But she is young and inexperienced in matters outside of her herd. She will need help. She will need an ally. She will need the aid of her kind’s greatest and deadlieast enemy. But will she even survive her first encounter with one of the most powerful dragons in the world to rescue her stallion?




My Review:

Shahly’s beloved Vinton is captured by humans while she escapes. Thus begins her journey, where she will over come significant odds, makes friends with the awesome dragon Ralligor, and even learns to love a human. (Ralligor delivers some of the best lines in the book.)

There were multiple sexual and lustful themes that I think the book could have down with out. (It was the main drawback of the book for me.) One instance of the b word. Because of this, I think this book is suitable for older audiences.

Roxbury Rating: PG13  Sexual situations and  language. No on screen sex.

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Humans have taken a sacred unicorn from the forest.

Shahly would do anything to rescue the stallion she loves.

But she is young and inexperienced in matters outside the protection of the herd.

She will need help. She will need an ally. She will need the aid of her kind’s greatest and deadliest enemy. But first, she must survive her first encounter with one of the most powerful dragons in the world, unaware that he has an agenda of his own…


After the murders, Evelyn becomes invisible—even imperceivable. However, she can be hurt or killed. She is also different inside; a battle rages between good and evil, and the winner decides what happens to humanity. The situation seems hopeless until the two forces begin appearing in Adam’s dreams.

From The Back Cover:
Do you know who you are—really?

Evelyn is a 17-year-old high school student living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has never been popular—always the social enigma, in spite of her stellar academic and athletic abilities. It’s not because she was ever lacking in the desire or capability for friends either. Something else is up, and the most horrific tragedy she could never imagine is what brings it all to a head.

Now she must learn to survive in a world that cannot see her or even recognize she exists, cope with the loss of her parents, and unravel the mystery as to what has happened to her. The paradox is this: she simply cannot do it alone. What would you do if one day you woke up INVISIBLE?

The lonely sea dragon,Yong, wants a bride.

Chung Jo wants her father to regain his sight.

They will strike a bargain, and Chung Jo travels to Yong’s palace beneath the sea.

Beneath the sea, Chung Jo befriends a young servant of the sea dragon, and together they help Yong discover what it is to be loved.


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Review: Caleb and Kit

caleb and kitSynopsis:  

Twelve-year-old Caleb is shorter, frailer, and more protected than most kids his age. That’s because he has cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis meaning lungs that fill with mucus and a shortened lifespan. Caleb tries not to let his disorder define him, but it can be hard with an overprotective, prying mom and a big brother who is perfect in every way.

Then Caleb meets Kit-a vibrant, independent, and free girl who lives in a house in the woods-and his world changes instantly. Kit reads Caleb’s palm and tells him they are destined to become friends. She calls birds down from the sky, turns every day into an adventure, and never sees him as his disorder. Her magic is contagious, making Caleb question the rules and order in his life. But being Kit’s friend means embracing deception and, more and more, danger. Soon Caleb will have to decide if his friendship with Kit is really what’s best for him-or Kit.


My Review:

I picked up this book because the main character has Cystic Fibrosis.  My first impression was Kit seemed a bit like the girl in Bridge to Teribithia. She was imaginative, and Caleb took to imaginative play with her.  I wasn’t sure what to think of Caleb after awhile. Nor Kit. Neither were being honest, and I didn’t care for Caleb’s attitude, even though I understood it knowing even a small portion of the CF care routine.  During this time I didn’t care for the book.  But then at the end, I cried.  This is a book about family and friendship, and was a wonderful read.

I received an ARC from the publisher.


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Fundraiser for Author who suffered a stroke

Back on August 29, 2017,  my dad, author Jerry Skell suffered a massive stroke.  This has left him with substantial medical debt on a retirement income.  (This has also left him unable to repair his furnace. )

So, together we are running this fundraiser to help raise some of the funds he needs to pay the remaining medical debt. (And ease his financial burden too.)

Goal is $2,000.

Need is: $2,472.

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