Feather's Commitment to Readers

Feather's Commitment to Readers
Author Feather Stone takes you on a richly textured adventure
through stunning landscape and into the minds of the desperate.
A strong cast of characters will grab and hurl you into a plot
full of treachery .... and passion that refuses to be silenced.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#Review of Shades of Atlantis and Shades of Avalon, by Carol Oates

Unforgettable. Truly, the Shades series stands out from all the rest of young adult, mystics, paranormal, romance novels. When the story line includes both current times and historical myth, you've got a winning combination. When told by an accomplished author like Carol Oates, the novel becomes a masterpiece of fiction that you wished had no final chapter.

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Shades Series by Carol Oates: Book Launch & Giveaways

Now this is a book that the world has been waiting for. There is so much to say about Carol Oates' books but I'll try to contain myself and be brief. Gut wrenching plot, romance at its best, and characters that breath down your neck. The setting? From modern times to King Artthur's magical & deadly battlefields. Are you tempted? Read on.

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The Shades Series
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Paranormal Romance

Book One - Shades of Atlantis

Since the death of their parents, Triona Pryor and her brother, Ben, have lived with their aunt and uncle in Camden, Maine. Now in her senior year of high school, Triona loves her family and friends, but she has always felt that she didn't quite fit in...in Camden, or anywhere else.

Enter Caleb Wallace, the devilishly handsome man who has recently moved to Triona's small town.

While their attraction to each other is instantaneous, it also proves to be dangerous...and deadly. When tragedy strikes, Triona flees to London for solace and to start her life anew. It's there she discovers from an unlikely source that her family has been keeping secrets from her - secrets about not only her birthright, but her ultimate destiny as well.

Armed with this knowledge, Triona finds herself thrown into a whole new world and into a battle to save the lives of everyone she loves.

Shades of Avalon - Lasiar and Díoltas

Excalibur is a prominent feature of Shades of Avalon, but it’s not the only sword or the only weapon. Swords are among the most ancient traditions of Guardians, the supernatural race in the Shades Series, although they are no longer commonly used.

When the conflict begins to heat up, two of the swords specially commissioned are Lasair and Díoltas.
Lasair, meaning flame, is Ben’s sword and Díoltas, meaning revenge, belongs to Caleb. It’s tradition to give swords powerful names, usually given by the first person to carry them into battle. While the name Caleb decided on will be obvious to readers, the name Ben decided may or may not be.
After events at the end of Shades of Atlantis, it’s not surprising Ben has a dislike of swords in general. Over time this dislike has developed into a fear, especially of Claíomh Solais, the shining sword of Celtic mythology. To defend and protect his family, Ben must overcome his fear. He does this by fighting fire with fire, so to speak. He combats his fear of Claíomh Solais by naming his own sword after another source of light—flame
The world around me blurred into a streak of colors as I spun, like a paintbrush swiped across an oil canvas. My sword met no resistance, and I knew I’d missed Caleb. He landed in a crouch another foot away, laughing. He’d jumped over my blade.

“You’ll have to try harder than that, boy.” He extended his arm, and the talons on his ends of his fingers glistened in the drizzle.

Book Two - Shades of Avalon

Ben Pryor grew up as an average kid in Camden, Maine, unaware of the supernatural storm brewing in his Celtic blood. However, at nineteen, as the last born in the royal line of the beings that once ruled Atlantis, Ben has eagerly embraced his newfound abilities and birthright.

When Caleb, his sister’s mate, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, the prime suspect is the last remaining member of the overthrown corrupt Guardian Council.

With the discovery that an old acquaintance has been keeping secrets and the future Ben was so sure of shifting before his eyes, the situation becomes more complicated, the ransom for Caleb too high.

In the sequel to Shades of Atlantis, Ben will delve deeper than he ever imagined into the magical old ways of the Guardians, the secrets of Excalibur, and the truth behind the legend of King Arthur.
About the Author, Carol Oates
Carol Oates came into the world on Christmas morning, in an elevator. Raised just across the street from the childhood home of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, it was only a matter of time before Carol’s love of all things supernatural would emerge.

She began experimenting with fiction at school and keeps the notebook containing her first unpublished novel in her desk drawer. Over three decades later, all her stories still begin life scrawled on paper.

When not writing, Carol can be found exploring history with her son. Luckily, he shares her love of old buildings, castles, and tombs.
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A-Z Challenge: How Full Is Your Tank - sense of abundance as opposed to a feeling of being impoverished

Fill Up Your Tank 

"How do we keep our inner fire alive? Two things, at minimum, are needed: an ability to appreciate the positives in our life - and a commitment to action. Every day, it's important to ask and answer these questions: 'What's good in my life?' and 'What needs to be done?'" -- Nathaniel Branden
I have found there's a very different quality to my action when it springs from a sense of abundance as opposed to a feeling of being impoverished.
When I sense I'm not good enough or that I don't have enough, I feel driven to be better and to have more. Whatever I do takes effort - there's an element of struggle involved. And this makes sense because there's no fuel - I'm working on an empty tank.

When I'm feeling abundant, I act out of my own inspiration. I'm rich and full and so the energy flows naturally. This action at times feels almost effortless.

It's important to remember that we don't need money to be abundant. All we need is appreciation of all that we have.

" ...what I focus on in life is what I get. And if I concentrate on how bad I am or how wrong I am or how inadequate I am, if I concentrate on what I can't do and how there's not enough time in which to do it, isn't that what I get every time? And when I think about how powerful I am, and when I think about what I have left to contribute, and when I think about the difference I can make on this planet, then that's what I get. You see, I recognize that it's not what happens to you; it's what you do about it." -- W. Mitchell

Feather Stone
I wonder how many people know the power of their thoughts. When I was much younger my friends would say jokingly, "Well, they can't arrest me for what I'm thinking."
What we didn't know is that a force far greater than our civil courts could change the course of our lives, create joy or misery, perhaps the difference between life and death. Our thoughts impact us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
You don't need a spiritual guide to test this ground. Monitor your thoughts thorought the day. It requires attention to be conscious of your thoughts. The next day make an effort to adjust your thoughts deliberately and with heart in an area you desire more success or fullfillment. You will perceive a shift in your experience.
Practice this daily and nothing can prevent you from your heart's desire.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A-Z Challenge: #Review of The Guardian's Wildchild by mylittlebookblog

Lizzy Baldwin of My Little Book Blog
agreed to #review my book, The Guardian's Wildchild. I had been impressed with how thorough Ms. Baldwin is in reviewing books. She has a wide range of genre interests and a keen eye for a story well constructed. Thankfully, her impression and assessment of my book was truly wonderful.


Firstly I must thank the author profusely for sending me a copy of this book; it always means a lot when I receive a book from an author. When I set up the ‘review requests page,’ I had no idea that it would gain such a response from the readers of my blog. I have since received a wide genre of books, from children’s books, thrillers, indie novels and sci-fi, to today’s fancy, a paranormal/romantic fantasy. I love reading books and being able to read such a wide range of books is a complete privilege as a reader. So, this is yet again one of these reviews, so thanks again to Feather Stone for sending it over and trusting me with such a special review; so, onto the review!
As always a quick over-view of the plot to begin; her Guardian Greystone knows Sidney Davenport as a ‘wildchild’; this is due to her radical love to rebel, and to break the rules. Sidney is gifted with a set of supernatural powers; however she must carefully conceal her control and abilities to the world. Even in difficult situations, that have the potential to change her life forever, she must be careful otherwise her enemies might discover the truth of who she really is, and then use this against her and have the Guardian destroyed. Sidney must call upon the spirit guides Celeste and Seamus to guide her through. To start her mission Sidney leaves her sweet home on Hawk’s Island, to stop the evil malice of two characters that want to wreck havoc worldwide. However Sidney does not hold the skills in espionage needed for the mission to be successful and after being caught and imprisoned she is sentenced to death.
In an odd turn Sidney cannot help but feel an attraction towards the man that is calling for her execution; the tall, dark and handsome Captain Waterhouse. Strict, determined and meticulous in every detail; however in the arrival of the female prisoner he finds his world being turned upside down in a nature he could never have imagined. Waterhouse is about to scrap all his morals and put his life in danger due to the connection between them. Through stunning imagery, an intricate and adventurous plot, and a strong cast of characters, Feather Stone gives readers a fast paced story woven with murder and magic.
So the first comment to make is if you were looking for a strong, strident and determined, female protagonist, look no further! Sidney as a main character is incredibly well characterised and appealed very strongly to me as a reader. She has a really sense of strength and flame and as a female reader I could not help but fall for her sass and grit. Even in the most difficult and stressful situations, she manages to not only ride the storm and stay tough and driven, but she also manages to fascinate and please the reader! I could not help but feel an instant connection to her and that is a real credit to the author. Too often in books we are given wishy-washy characters that are so easily vanquished, I often think it is due to the ’50 shades effect,’ that has left us with female characters that don’t appear to be able to stand on their own two feet. I must therefore pause here and salute Stone in the fact that that doesn’t happen here. (Yes!)
Additionally the strong characteristic written into the book makes Sam an extremely diverse and exciting character; at first we see him stony faced and demanding however he shows just the right of compassion when needed. He is slightly harder to warm to, in terms of characterisation, however this allows the reader to fully understand his character, which is a nice touch. Another strong point is in the fact that the setting is mostly located on the Navy ship. This allows for a large amount of description that ends up having an overall magical quality. The description is strong much like the characters and this allows a stronger diffusion of information into the reader’s imagination; I really felt immersed in the story and felt myself being drawn more strongly into the story as a whole. I also really liked the way that the author played with the emotions of the characters and really managed to change Sam’s perception of his own life.
The scenes that play out throughout the book between the two main characters were made extremely special and they felt extremely genuine and at times, as a reader, I felt I was intruding on scenes that were just plain lovely. I found myself rooting for their relationship, despite my first viewing of their relationship due to Sam being such a dark and brooding character; at first I thought what is Sidney thinking! However, he grows so significantly into his own character it ends up being extremely genuine and honest.
A final remark is that the author has a definite understanding of how to make the readers mind race; the book was extremely fast-paced meaning that it makes it very easy to read and fun to read as well; at no point did I think why has this part been include which is a big compliment. Additionally by leaving an epilogue it allows the reader to ponder their own thoughts and then read the resolution; by doing this it allows the reader some room to breath and recuperate before sinking their teeth back into the plot. One thing to note for me as a reader is that I felt it held more of a mystery feel than a paranormal/fantasy, which I originally thought was the main genre of the book and although for me that was fine due to not being the biggest paranormal fan, for others it may slightly disappointing in that respect.
It will come as no shock (from the above comments that I really enjoyed this book) with the strong characters, a real understanding of plot pace and a memorable love story this book really sang for me as a reader. The genre is not my stereotypical favorite however I can see myself definitely reading books from this author in the future!
The Guardian's Wildchild is available at Amazon.com