Friday, September 21, 2018

Favorite Reviews #10

Our Author Gang's Favorite Reviews


Book reviews (good or bad) provide important feedback to the authors, and without reviews, a book gets lost in the thousands of other books that are released every month. Every author appreciates and values the opinion of readers, but we’re strongly discouraged from engaging with readers and thanking them for their reviews on publishing sites. The authors of Our Author Gang celebrate and appreciate the readers by posting our favorite reviews between September 10 and 22. Every day a different author of the group will post their books and quotes from their readers’ favorite reviews.
Thank you for your interest in our books and happy reading!

My Favorite Reviews

Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser is the winner of the 2017 Golden Book Readers’ Choice Award for Fantasy. I love this review because Dave Brzeski is a well-respected reviewer, and the British Society of Fantasy is a highly-regarded e-magazine.

“Joe Bonadonna is one of the growing number of authors whose work I have been meaning to get around to for quite some time. This particular book has been available since the beginning of 2011. At first sight, it’s classic sword and sorcery, set on a world populated by fighting men, merchants, wizards and a multitude of mythical, non-mythical and just plain made-up beasts. There’s a difference, though, in the style of the storytelling. It’s a first person narrative, executed very much in the style of the hard-boiled private eye genre. I was reminded of Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar tales, crossed with Chandler’s Philip Marlowe—sort of fantasy-noir. Dorgo Mikawber, himself, is roughly the equivalent of a private detective on this world, as he is a licensed dowser (complete with dowsing rod) of odylic (magical) energy, employed to deal with crimes of a supernatural nature.” — David Brzeski, British Society of Fantasy.


Mad Shadows II: Dorgo the Dowser and the Order of the Serpent is a semi-finalist in the 2017 Golden Quill Award for Fantasy. I love this review because Fletcher Vredenburgh is a prolific columnist for Black Gate online magazine, which is a very popular and successful e-publication.

“Joe Bonadonna is a heck of a teller of hard-boiled action and adventure tales. After too many years out of the toilsome fields of swords & sorcery, he returned in 2010 with a top-flight collection of short stories about one Dorgo Mikawber, dowser of magic and handy with a saber. I discovered Joe and that book, Mad Shadows (2010) here on the virtual pages of Black Gate, and reviewed it over on my site about four years ago. After another significant hiatus he’s returned with a second collection of Dorgo’s adventures: Mad Shadows II: Dorgo the Dowser and The Order of the Serpent (2017). That’s a lot of title for a book that just crosses the two-hundred page mark, but it gives a nice sense of the pulpy goodness that lies betwixt its covers. Dorgo Mikawber was raised in an orphanage, served in the army, and now makes his living as a magical investigator and finder of lost people.” — Fletcher Vredenburgh, Black Gate online Magazine.




Three Against The Stars is old-school, pulp magazine Space Opera in the grand tradition of Henry Kuttner, Edmond Hamilton, and E.E. “Doc” Smith. I love this review because William Patrick Maynard is a great author in his own right, and Black Gate is an award-winning e-magazine.

“Bonadonna has constructed an empire and galaxy that largely escapes the looming shadow of Star Wars and Star Trek to exist as an original work in its own right. Three Against The Stars is a rip-roaring adventure ride.” — William Patrick Maynard, Black Gate Magazine, author of The Terror of Fu Manchu, The Destiny of Fu Manchu, and others.



Thursday, September 20, 2018

Favorite Reviews #9


Our Author Gang Reviews 



Book reviews (good or bad) provide important feedback to the authors and without reviews, a book gets lost in the thousands of other books that are released every month.
Every author appreciates and values the opinion of readers but we’re strongly discouraged from engaging with readers and thank them for their reviews on publishing sites.
The authors of Our Author Gang celebrate and appreciate the readers by posting our favorite reviews between September 10 and 22. Every day a different author of the group posts about their books and quote from their readers’ favorite reviews.

Thank you for your interest in our books and happy reading!


My Favorite Reviews
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I love this review because the reader loved the book. It was also my first five star review ever. And hey any time a fantasy author is compared to another well known series its a feather in their cap. 

"The Rashade has similar tones to books such as Deltora Quest and Game of Thrones as the main characters set on an adventure where there are tombs, priestesses and sword fights that will leave the reader on the edge of their seat in anticipation. Epic battles crossed with a burning desire to destroy an evil man will mean the reader will be captivated until the very end.

Not everybody is who they seem and I thoroughly enjoyed the progression of each character as we learned more about their life through the unexpected relationships that develop. The characters come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from soldiers to priestesses to mages- humans who possess magical powers and mysterious grey eyes. Romance, swordsmanship and magical weapons will intertwine into a plot line that is consistently entertaining." ~ Literary Titan 
The review was removed from Amazon but you can read the entire review on their blog here.


I love this review because I was able to make the reader fall in love with a type of book she didn't normally read. Out of all four books in the set she picked my favorite to rave about too. 

"Book 3: Asher is king of the region. He rules with his partner, Hayden, a male too. They balance each other’s dragon and it’s a good partnership. In a move to solidify things with the South, Asher and Hayden agree to marry Skye as part of a peace treaty. But all is not as it seems and together Asher, Hayden and Skye must unleash their inner dragons for the betterment of the realm. A steamy male-female-ménage filled with twists and turns. I normally don’t read ménage but thoroughly enjoyed this one. There’s plenty of conflict but also sexual tension. The ending was superb!

Favorite Story: White Hot Ash. I love the dynamics between Asher and Hayden. It’s like they’re one soul in two bodies. Skye is a fab character with untapped strength. Loved it!

My Rating: 4.5 stars" ~ N.N. Light  You can read the full review on Amazon or on her blog





This review is short and sweet. You can feel how excited the reader is and she makes you want to read the book to.

I found this story to be original, fleshed out, and imaginative. I'm so impressed by the author's ability to write a balance of bad-ass militaristic action scenes, and meaningful inter-character connections. I enjoyed the contrast of cultures and other planets, the depth took my imagination to some awesome places. ~ Keisha Fladrick Goodreads Review


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Favorite Reviews #8

Our Author Gang Favorite Reviews


Book reviews (good or bad) provide important feedback to the authors and without reviews, a book gets lost in the thousands of other books that are released every month.
Every author appreciates and values the opinion of readers but we’re strongly discouraged from engaging with readers and thank them for their reviews on publishing sites.
The authors of Our Author Gang celebrate and appreciate the readers by posting our favorite reviews between September 10 and 22. Every day a different author of the group posts about their books and quote from their readers’ favorite reviews.
Thank you for your interest in our books and happy reading!

My Favorite Reviews

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I love this review because the reader gets the point of the story. Too often I feel that readers expect stories in certain genres to follow specific tropes without appreciating any variances. 

"What I found most admirable about the story was Toi’s ambition. From the boy’s beginning strapped to a chair being grilled by mysterious forces, I expected Toi to throw in a handful of tropes – a friendly CIA agent, a bit of bonding, a slow development of power, catastrophe averted and celebrations all round. To my delight (and aghast), this really wasn’t the case. The boy does save Earth, but at an enormous cost, both to Earth and seemingly to the boy’s love for humanity... I really liked this corruption by power of a character who starts out so sweet and eager to please. Toi handled it deftly and it really makes for quite a striking story." ~ Grim Malchien, Amazon.com review. Read the full review here.

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I love this review because the reader acknowledges how some topics are simply hard to write about and being able to pull it off is worth mentioning. 

"Author Toi Thomas is a special education teacher and it shows. She teaches "concept" (vs. "just another story"). Thomas' book "Plants and animals change over time" introduces the concept of "nature changes" or "the circle of life" in a sensible way.
Obviously, this topic includes that plants die, every year, and so do animals, though they live longer. Naturally, death is never a pretty topic but Toi Thomas manages to convey the topic in a brilliant way...
Highly recommended, especially to parents who might struggle with having to explain why plants or animals die." ~Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger. See the full Amazon.com review here.

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I love this review because it's short and sweet, much like the story it's written for. 

"This love triangle has some great moments of tenderness and affection...
Glorie Townson's [my romance pen name] characters are dimensional and have a good mix of vulnerability and backbone, which engaged my interest.
I felt as though I had met some good people, who were all flawed but likable..." ~Lorraine, Goodreads.com review. See the full review here.
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The Eternal Curse series was my first book and series I ever wrote and to know that someone liked it meant the world to me. It's currently unavailable pending a rewrite in order to align it with new developments in the 3rd installment. If you'd like to read the first two books and offer me your feedback, please consider joining my email list to receive a free digital copy. 

Eternal Curse: Giovanni's Angel Book 1- "I must admit the first couple of chapters were a little slow for me but I am glad I did not stop! It has turned into an OMG book!... This story is FULL of so many emotions! I laughed at times and was on the edge of my seat! It is a beautiful story and only the first in a series!...
This one is a story of love, trust, secrets, and learning who both of the characters are!... Written very well as it gives nothing away! Its a story to make you happy, sad, laugh and cry! A lot of surprises!" ~Ann, Goodreads.com review. See the full review here.

Eternal Curse: Battleground Book 2- "I really like how while it is a continuation of a series, it feels like its own story. I look forward to the next in the series." ~Shawnta Dodson, Goodreads.com review. See the full review here.
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If ever you find yourself wondering if you should write a book review, the answer is yes. Whether you feel compelled to share your experience or not, go ahead and write that book review. It will mean the world to a hardworking author and will help a reader decide if it's the book for them. As a reader, I know I appreciate it when someone has come before me and shared their experience.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Favorite Reviews #7



Our Author Gang Favourite Reviews
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Book reviews (good or bad) provide important feedback to the authors and without reviews, a book gets lost in the thousands of other books that are released every month.

Every author appreciates and values the opinion of readers but we’re strongly discouraged from engaging with readers and thank them for their reviews on publishing sites.

The authors of Our Author Gang celebrate and appreciate the readers by posting our favorite reviews between September 10 and 22. Every day a different author of the group posts about their books and quote from their readers’ favorite reviews.

Thank you for your interest in our books and happy reading!

My Favourite Reviews
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This review pleased me a lot. I had taken a chance when writing this sci-fi/dystopian series by introducing a slang-based language. I wasn’t sure whether or not it would work, and whether or not readers would be put off. Judging by the feedback, I am glad to say, it seems to have worked exactly they way I wanted it to.

Great beginning to an original tale

I enjoyed 'Echoes' in this book series, and so expectations were high for this, the prequel. The dystopian world is fully imagined and a treat for any fantasy reader seeking proper escapism. The characters are lovely, with a gutsy heroine to get behind, but for me what really stands out is the dialogue and language, which sets this series apart. Think 'Lord of the Flies' meets the wild children in 'Beyond Thunderdome' and you're somewhere close. It's fascinating to come across the phrases and words that are disjointed from our own yet not entirely different; chinese whispers from our language passed on through the years and slowly changing as they are passed from ear to ear.

The story is fast paced and hits the ground running from the moment the sinister Praisebees enter the fray, and the tempo doesn't let up. A pleasure to read, I look forward to more in this series and from this visionary author. By R T Worth


I love this review because the reader really understood what I am trying to say with this series. It isn’t just a dystopian adventure, but an appeal to my fellow man to save our beautiful planet. The reviewer appreciates my efforts as an author to create a unique world and draw the reader in .

A great story full of fun wordplay, great imagery, and an underlying commentary about the frailties of mankind.

"Echoes from the Lost Ones" is set in a dystopian future where tremendous stress is being put upon the characters in the book by the "Agros" who control both the creation and distribution of food. In the world of the novel, humanity is divided into geographically (and genetically) segregated groups that often view one other with distrust and prejudice, a situation which is aggravated by the scarcity of food. Wildlife has been nearly wiped out and only birds have any degree of abundance due to their ability to evade human predation. But the main character of the book, Adara, has a special and highly sought after skill: she can lure birds from the sky with her voice. She has left her home in "Cityplace" to search for her lost brother who has been taken by the Agros for an unknown purpose.

While there are sometimes grim landscapes peppered with the burnt and rusted wreckage of the past, the novel is not post-apocalyptic: whatever calamities brought civilization to this point seem to have been gradual and due to the foolishness of mankind. I think this is an important point and hints at some interesting commentary coming up in the series about the state of mankind today. I am excited to see what Nicola McDonagh has in store for us.

For me, though, the thing I liked best about the book are the various dialects of the characters in the book, and most specifically that of the narrator, Adara. The story takes place hundreds of years in the future and it would have been an easy out for the author to just give us plain old English. But McDonagh goes the extra mile and creates specific jargons for the distinct groups of people in the novel. For me this gave the story a deeper authenticity and helped to accentuate the prejudices between the characters - a seemingly important theme in the upcoming series. The dialects were not only very understandable, but often very clever and humorous, and Adara's narration was like a mixture of Stanley Unwin, Alex from "A Clockwork Orange", and the voice of Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky",

As a reader I felt myself caught between the sometimes silly naivete of the characters and the frightening reality of the world they occupy. This created a degree of anxiety that really pulled me into the story and, coupled with the subtle hints about the current state of mankind, gave "Echoes of the Lost Ones" great depth and humanity. All in all a great read. I eagerly await the next book in the series! By G. Bowdish



This review made me feel quite humble. I was so nervous about publishing this collection of short stories because they are examples of the kind of writing I feel most comfortable with, strange, off-beat, surreal. Not to everyone’s taste, so when I started getting 4 and 5 star reviews, I was shocked.

Sparkling jewels of short stories

‘Glimmer and other stories’ is a miniature treasure chest of jewels. I absolutely loved these short stories. As I was reading, I fell into a trance of adjectival excess... they were mesmerising, masterful, original, eloquent, lyrical, clever... There are some books I know I will return to, to savour them again with the same pleasure, and this is one of them. Nicola McDonagh’s use of language is subtly poetic; the words flow with a sensuous rhythm that carries the reader along on a wave of colourful narrative, sprinkled with uniquely painted descriptions that I found enchanting. Here are some of the most memorable examples:

In ‘Glimmer’– “I felt the sun on my cheeks and heard its heat melt away her frown...”

In ‘Scarecrow’– “The moon shone bright and made drops of water that clung onto the cobwebs shimmer like diamonds... like necklaces left out to dry by ghosts.”

In ‘Daub’– “...shadows... crawled along the skirting boards and up the walls like dirty fingers groping for something clean.” The story itself was imbued with a mystical quality that made all the stories such compelling reading. Nicola McDonagh has perfected the art of letting the deeper meaning lurking in the shadows of her stories creep up on you. And when it does it is shocking, even a little disturbing, but for me always satisfying.

I was overcome with a fit of superlatives again while reading ‘On the Eighth Day’. For me, it was an exquisite exemplar of sophisticated eroticism, an intriguing mystery that built up to its climax so stealthily that its chilling significance only gradually dawned.

There are seven bright jewels in this collection, and I have left descriptions of the rest for you to discover for yourself. You will not be disappointed. I believe you will be entranced, as I was, by the language, the story telling, and the beauty of these well-crafted stories. Nicola McDonagh has published two novels: ‘Echoes from the Lost Ones’ and ‘A Silence Heard’, both part of a series aimed at young adults. This is definitely an author to watch. By Lesley Hayes
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Favorite Reviews #6

Our Author Gang Favorite Reviews



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Book reviews (good or bad) provide important feedback to the authors and without reviews, a book gets lost in the thousands of other books that are released every month.

Every author appreciates and values the opinion of readers but we’re strongly discouraged from engaging with readers and thank them for their reviews on publishing sites.

The authors of Our Author Gang celebrate and appreciate the readers by posting our favorite reviews between September 10 and 22. Every day a different author of the group posts about their books and quote from their readers’ favorite reviews.

Thank you for your interest in our books and happy reading!

My ONLY Reviews (LOL)


100 Medical Milestones That Shaped World History is my second book. It was conventionally published and a work-for-hire project (IE no royalties). It is one of a series of books that give an overview of a topic, which includes 100 Men Who Shaped World History, 100 Women, 100 African Americans, 100 Writers and so on. The intended audience is students and interested laymen. Surprisingly, it's really not outdated despite its publication in 1998. 



Two stars – not for professionals
"Althought this book can provide a quick overview of the panorama of the main medical discoveries, which actually seem to be well selected, I expected a deeper and less fragmented cultural insight. While the elementary informations provided might be interesting for non professionals, I would rather advice 'Cambridge illustrated history of medicine' for those who are willing to read a good history of medicine on a complete wide cultural and general history background."

OK then. I actually did respond to this review, a longggg time ago, before I knew better. My response:
"Thank you for your comments. You are certainly correct, this is not a book meant for medical professionals. This is an overview of the 100 Medical Milestones, intended for young adult and adult readers interested in the history of medicine. Best regards, Ruth"

Note: Right in the product details it clearly states that it's intended for ages 7 to 12 and grades 2 to 7. (I didn't choose those age ranges, I'd put it closer to ages 12 to 18 and grades 6 to 12.) You can't fix these kinds of ridiculous reviews, so the best thing to do is laugh them off and move on.

My first indie book was The Soul of California – Cooking for the Holidays. I have recipes that I'd refined through the years and after being asked for a recipe yet again, I decided I should go ahead and put together a little cookbook of my favorite holiday recipes.



Five stars – A book I'll use
"excellent, very good description of the book. good facts and tips. I am sure your family loved to eat at your house. fast delivery"

This is a sweet little review. It's a quick but good review with positive statements. It doesn't take a lot to help an author along. A star rating plus a few words is all a reader needs to write. A simple "It was good, I liked it" is a good review.

You can't expect every reader to understand your book or leave a review. Even poor reviews are reviews and you shouldn't worry unless there are a lot of them. If there's numerous reviews mentioning a plot point, grammar, punctuation or formatting errors, then you should take another look at your work. Nobody is perfect and it's really easy for errors to creep in.

Believe me, when I worked in publishing, the boss, editor, proofreader and designer (that would be me) looked every book over and then we all reviewed the proofs again before the book was printed. Yet there were always mistakes and typos. It happens.

I want to encourage all of you who don't have any reviews (yet) or maybe a couple of less than nice comments on your books. Don't be discouraged. Everybody has an opinion and sometimes they stink, but a review is a review. Somebody cared enough to take time to sit down, log in and write out their opinion of your hard work.

Reviews aren't everything and the opinions of others don't define you as a writer. Even great writers get lousy reviews! Just keep writing and eventually you'll find your audience.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Guest Author: Tabetha Waite at #OurAuthorGang

Our guest author today:
Tabetha Waite 
Tabetha Waite is the multi-award-winning author of the historical romance Ways of Love Series. Her debut novel, “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” was published in July of 2016 and won the 2017 Best Indie Book Award in Romance and the 2018 Second Place Feathered Quill Book Award in Romance. She is a certified PAN member of the RWA. When she’s not writing, Tabetha is reading as true bookworms do, or checking out any antique mall she comes across. During the school year, she works as a lunch attendant at the local community college. She is a small town, Missouri girl and continues to make her home in the Midwest with her husband and two wonderful daughters.

You can find her on most any social media site, and she encourages fans of her work to join her mailing list for updates. www.authortabethawaite.wix.com/romance


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(open until the end of September. Release day on October 1) - http://aurorasbookbutterflies.com/yuletide_giveaway/

When Lady Philomena Wallace, the Countess of Lipscomb, receives a gift from a secret admirer, she imagines it’s a lark. It isn’t until a stranger from her past abruptly returns that she has to make a choice between a mysterious suitor - and a second chance at love.

Best of luck with your new release Tabetha!

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

My Favorite Cities #OurAuthorGang

My Favorite Cities


It's Saturday!
Take a break and enjoy a little tour of my favorite cities and watch the Simon approved
"slapping dancers" dance. I bet you don't know what slapping dance is, find out from the video.

"The sleepy little historical hometown, Sarospatak, where I was born and raised.
Sarospatak is a town in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, northern Hungary. It lies 70 kilometers (43 miles) northeast from Miskolc, in the Bodrog river valley. The town often called simply Patak, is an important cultural center. Sárospatak was elevated to the rank of free royal town by King Sigismund. In 1460, during the reign of King Matthias, it received the right to hold a market. The first Protestant college, one of the most important colleges of Hungary at the time, was founded in Sárospatak in 1531.
Today Sárospatak is a charming historical town and a popular tourist destination."~Wikipedia


Budapest is the capital of Hungary and a truly beautiful city.
"Budapest is cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, ranked as "the world's second best city" by Condé Nast Traveler, and "Europe's 7th most idyllic place to live" by Forbes. Among Budapest's important museums and cultural institutions, the most visited art museum is the Museum of Fine Arts, which is noted for one of the largest collections of all periods of European art and comprises more than 100,000 pieces."~Wikipedia


Eger is a beautiful historical city.
"After the Battle of Mohács (1526) a sorrowful period began in the history of Eger. During the dual kingship the town changed hands almost every year and the Turkish army came closer as well. This circumstance provided the reason for reinforcing the fortress. In the autumn of 1552, Captain István Dobó and his handful of soldiers were successful in defending the fortress and northern Hungary from the expanding Turkish Empire."~Wikipedia


Have you heard of slapping dancers? Now you can see Hungarian men doing it


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Friday, September 14, 2018

Favorite Reviews #5

Our Author Gang Favorite Reviews


Book reviews (good or bad) provide important feedback to the authors and without reviews, a book gets lost in the thousands of other books that are released every month.
Every author appreciates and values the opinion of readers but we’re strongly discouraged from engaging with readers and thank them for their reviews on publishing sites.
The authors of Our Author Gang celebrate and appreciate the readers by posting our favorite reviews between September 10 and 22. Every day a different author of the group posts about their books and quote from their readers’ favorite reviews.
Thank you for your interest in our books and happy reading!

My Favorite Reviews

Every review is precious to me, but there are a few that have really stood out as special:
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The Séance was my first foray into horror, so it was very reassuring to find out at least one reader thought I got it right:
“Simply amazing! This book was heart pounding, nerve rattling and just plain awesome! This is probably my favorite book by Tricia Drammeh so far! A must read for absolutely everyone. Considering Abby is a teenager, her crushes definitely made a lot of sense and had me flashing back to when I was about that age. It's such a great book about being young. I love it.” ~ Maegan Provan, Amazon
Every author wants to hear their reader loved their book so much, they can’t wait to re-read the book:
“Family is family. Love is love, no matter how that is defined by you. This was a really enjoyable way to spend a day. I could hardly put it down. It progresses nicely without seeming to "push" too much. I loved the reminders in here that you don't have to be blood to be family and that what we thought was what we wanted isn't what's best for us or even really what we wanted in the long run. I will more than likely reread this...and I already can't wait.” ~ C. Sullivan, Amazon
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This review made me smile from ear-to-ear because the reviewer not only found the characters relatable, but she also read the book over and over:
“I absolutely loved these books! Kept me entertained and wanting to ready with down to earth and relatable characters. I cannot get enough of these books! I have read them all at least 3 times in less than half month! I would recommend these books in a heartbeat to anyone interested in fantasy type books!” ~ Kristy Fries, Amazon
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Reviews are meaningful, not only to the readers who depend upon them to guide their purchases but to authors as well. Writing is a very solitary endeavor and it can feel very lonely at times. When a reader takes the time to compliment (or even criticize) our work, it makes us feel like we’re not so alone. Someone out there is reading the words we so painstakingly wrote. Someone is taking valuable time out of their busy day to offer feedback, and that means the world to us.
I want to thank every single reader who has left a review for my books. I do take every review into consideration and even the most critical reviews are appreciated because they have helped me become a better writer.

If you’d like to learn a little more about my books, you can visit my website or my Amazon page.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Favorite Reviews #4

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Book reviews (good or bad) provide important feedback to the authors and without reviews, a book gets lost in the thousands of other books that are released every month.
Every author appreciates and values the opinion of readers but we’re strongly discouraged from engaging with readers and thank them for their reviews on publishing sites.
The authors of Our Author Gang celebrate and appreciate the readers by posting our favorite reviews between September 10 and 22. Every day a different author of the group posts about their books and quote from their readers’ favorite reviews.
Thank you for your interest in our books and happy reading!

My Favorite Reviews

Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Book One






Palace of the Twelve Pillars combines fantasy and religion. I love both so this book is amazing to me! While I was reading I noticed that Asha is God's character and Sidramah is the devil's.
My favorite part of the book is when Brandan wants to go searching for Joachim even though he's a little jealous of him. This is my favorite  part because it reminds me of my sister Marguerite and me. Sure we get jealous of each other and it does include some pushing, shoving, and pulling hair, but we love each other so deeply just like Brandan and Joachim.
My least favorite part is when Brandan stabs Joachim in the shoulder. He literally stabbed him in the back!  Joachim was just trying to help Brandan because he was hurt. This reminds me of God and Satan. God created and loved Satan but Satan betrayed him. Just like how Brandan betrayed Joachim.
Out of 10 stars I would give this book 9 1/2 and I'm a VERY hard grader! I think many religion and fantasy lovers would enjoy this book as much as I did or even more.
by Maria Santos, age 10

Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two

Palace of the Three Crosses picks up where the previous book in the trilogy, Palace of the Twelve Pillars, left readers hanging in suspense. In it, we are reunited with Joachim and Brandan, the twin princes of Crato. Having gone through many trials and tribulations, have they each been truly healed and has their relationship been fully mended? Can they trust each other? Now faced with a missing mother and a kingless country, the princes must make many hard, adult decisions. In Palace of the Three Crosses, both physical and spiritual battles take place for the kingdoms in the land of Ramajadin, and for the hearts of the princes of Crato.

When Joachim is chosen as the new king of Crato, his brother becomes wrought with jealousy and turns back to the evil ways of Sidramah. As much as Brandan makes poor choices, he is a character with which many readers will be able to relate. Brandan betrays his brother, he falls in love with the wrong girl, and yet, through it all, the reader roots for him. Much like the humans of this world, he messes up time and time again, falls for Sidramah’s lies countless times, and yet, Asha still fights for him. Palace of the Three Crosses is full of love and loss, hope and despair, but as dark as the prince’s situation becomes, there is always the light that hope brings shining like a beacon in the dark.
Reviewed by Sarah Heath 
Sanctuary of Nine Dragons: Book Three


The last book of the Twelve Pillars series, The Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons, finally brings the story of the two kings of Ramajadin full circle. In The Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons, the reader will find a story of hope and ultimate sacrifice. This adventure of Brandan and Joachim contains exiles, kidnappings and a loss of faith, all of which culminates into an epic final battle between good and evil.

Sidramah, the evil god, still has a strong hold on Brandan’s heart, and only a great sacrifice will free him from the bonds. Joachim, unwilling to give up the hope that one day Brandan will return to Asha, must abide by the Council’s decision to exile his brother. When news reaches Joachim of the likely death of Brandan and the kidnapping of his young son, Prince Airyn, he blames himself and neglects his country. Will the family’s next generation make the same mistakes as those before them, and is it too late for Brandan and Joachim to mend their relationship?

I love that this book focuses on the guardian dragons and the role they play in restoring Joa’s Faith in Asha’s love and his master plan. The Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons is a beautiful, moving ending to Christina Weigand’s Twelve Pillars series, but I hope she doesn’t just stop there. The adventures of the next generation of the royals of Crato and Mahorg need to be told, and I can’t wait to read about them!
Reviewed by Sarah Heath 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Favorite Reviews #3

My favorite reviews



 Book reviews (good or bad) provide important feedback to the authors and without reviews, a book gets lost in the thousands of other books that are released every month.

Every author appreciates and values the opinion of readers but we’re strongly discouraged from engaging with readers and thank them for their reviews on publishing sites.

The authors of Our Author Gang celebrate and appreciate the readers by posting our favorite reviews between September 10 and 22. Every day a different author of the group posts about their books and quote from their readers’ favorite reviews.

     Thank you for your interest in our books and happy reading!
My favorite reviews 
 
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Chasing Victory was the first book I published. I am beyond grateful for my reader’s support and their wonderful reviews. The review below is one of my favorites because it makes me laugh, while at the same time making me extremely proud that I followed my dream.

"WOW!! This is the kind of debut novel that every author dreams about writing! 

Chasing Victory is perfect and masterful blending of science fiction, romance, and the paranormal into one tight perfectly delivered book. Page after page, I found myself becoming more and more engrossed with the story and its characters. You can even ask my husband when I tell you that he missed a meal because of this book. I think one of the biggest reasons why this book resonated with me so much is that it pulls on my career heart strings as I am a cancer research scientist. It’s not often that you see a bit of science thrown into a book such as this. 

Joanne’s characters are very well thought out and developed. Her hero is the perfect balance of intelligence, brass, and sex appeal. Tristan will melt your panties off with a smile while boggling you with his wit and intelligence. Yet, I am pulled more towards Victory. She’s special to me both in the sheer fact she’s a sassy female scientist (YOU GO GIRL) and her additional abilities. I have often wondered what my cats or puppies are thinking at times and she gets to do that!! Outside of Dr. Doolittle and the wild world of werewolves and shifters, do you ever see a human woman with these kinds of abilities!! Braxton is the perfect anti-hero. He’s willingly to do whatever it takes for his company and his ideals to succeed including kidnapping a woman and forcing her to work on her pet project. Just the sheer evilness of man who threatens peoples live in the name of science just screams evil genius to me!

Joanne Jaytanie has delivered the perfect paranormal romance & suspense novel. Like me, I bet you’ll find it difficult to put it down. So before you pick this one up, and I know you will, you might want to just clear your calendar for a few hours. I look forward to reading by Joanne!" – Lauren, Saints and Sinners Books


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One of my biggest concerns when releasing a new book is ~ will my readers like this book as much as the last book. 

“Joanne Jaytanie shows us that "Chasing Victory" was not a fluke. Her talents again shine in "Payton's Pursuit" with well developed characters and a plot that flows smoothly and quickly. The drama never slows as it builds to it climatic end. The chemistry between Payton and Collin is off the charts but the chasm they must cross to reach forgiveness and love is wide and one they are not always willing to traverse. Adventure, intrigue, suspense, paranormal abilities and romance abound. Join the second Winters sister as she learns about her abilities and connection to Collin and some of the others on campus. Another great read to be savored and enjoyed.” 
- DelAnne for NetGalley


There’s nothing I love more than a reader saying that they couldn’t put my book down. 

“Wow! Just wow! I’m finding it hard to express just how much I loved Willow’s Discovery. I may be wrong, but I think I may have achieved a new PB when I finished reading this book. I just didn’t want to put it down and I got a bit snarky when life got in the way of my reading time.

I’ve read the first two books in the Winter Sisters series. Willow didn’t play a big part in either of these books so I wasn’t sure if I would love Willow’s Discovery as much as I loved the first two books. I was wrong, but I’m glad I was.

The books in the Winter Sisters series tick all the boxes as far as I’m concerned – characters to love or hate, hot guys, suspense and the icing on the cake, paranormal content. This book held me in its grip from the very first page right until the last. It was full of unexpected twists and it definitely wasn’t predictable…” - Karen from A Thousand Lives Book Blog
I’m extremely honored that Chanticleer Book Reviews gave each of The Winters Sisters glowing reviews. Willow’s Discovery and Corralling Kenzie were awarded, First in Category for Paranormal Awards, in the Chanticleer International Writing Competition, for two consecutive years. Thank you.
  
“…For fans who are caught up in the lives of the Winters sisters, they are in for a big surprise with Jaytanie’s fourth installment. Up to this point, books one thru three have mainly concentrated on Victory, Payton, and Willow and KG’s sinister schemes directed toward the girls. But with the addition of the sisters’ neighbor Kenzie, Jaytanie opens the door to a whole new world of outsiders who have fallen prey to DNA tampering. Although pseudo-realism in design, this chilling realm into the dark side of medicine is reminiscent of the grisly experiments on children throughout history.

Jaytanie does a stellar job balancing the bad and ugly with the good, and “good” comes in various forms, the most obvious from the alpha-male SOCOM team and the Winters sisters. But on a deeper level, Jaytanie has created relatable characters; their near-realistic personas are riddled with strengths and weakness, even on a romantic playing field. Certainly, when Logan and Kenzie get their mojo on, it’s steamy. Leading up to those moments, Jaytanie sets an example of what a beautiful friendship should look like—slow but steady.

As with all of the books in this series, "Corralling Kenzie" functions perfectly well as a stand-alone read. There is richness when readers start from the very beginning of the series. Let’s just say that Jaytanie is a master of all things and will thrill and delight new readers as well as her loyal fans with this new installment.

The exciting aspect of this series is that book four does not complete the set. Closing on a major cliffhanger, Jaytanie has much more in store for her beloved audience. Stay tuned!” – Chanticleer Book Reviews

A heartfelt "thank you" to every reader who has left a review.