On My Wishlist (#13)

This book came up as a recommendation on Goodreads so I decided to find out more.  I love the sound of  it 🙂  and the cover is gorgeous.  I’ve enjoyed every indie author’s work I’ve read … so here is my one wish this week:

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463708343
  • Publisher: Pauma Publishing (9 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language English
  • ASIN: B005C1R1HM

ROSE Frost receives a bracelet on her sixteenth birthday, a parting gift from her mother who claims it is a family heirloom. From that night Rose starts having vivid dreams and strange visions.

DAYS after, her family separate and Rose moves into her grandmother’s house. Rose remembers happy childhood holidays with her grandmother, and is eager to rekindle her friendship with Hannah and Mira, the two girls she played with as a child. Rose’s dreams start to involve a woman called Halíka Dacomé. A legend or a figment of her imagination, she knows not, but her grandmother, Daisy, remains reluctant to talk it.

DANGER strikes one night. Rose is first on the scene after she smells burning and discovers a car that has been purposely set on fire. She is convinced that the boy in her latest vision is inside the car. The mysterious Aiden Deverill pulls Rose to safety, but not before a window explodes and a ball of fire burns them both. She uses her secret healing gift to heal the scars and to all appearances remains unscathed.
But Aiden is free from burns too and Rose doesn’t know why.
She is drawn to his alluring smile, his gorgeous dark looks and hypnotising blue eyes, but as they get closer her friends warn her off claiming that he’s bad news.

Rose tries to find the truth about Halika Dacomé and more about why Aiden is so disliked, but she soon gets drawn into helping her friends solve the mystery behind the missing Warminster townsfolk. The latest missing person is her new friend Jez’s father.

During the investigation she meets Morgan, a family friend of Daisy’s who lives in the cottage at the bottom of Daisy’s garden. He’s kind, funny and clearly devoted to her, but Rose finds out that his hatred towards Aiden and his grandfather, Ben Deverill, lies rooted in a shocking event that happened years before involving both families.

For Rose, her new life is beginning but she soon realises that people are not always what they seem, and finds it difficult to determine who to trust.

What she always believed to be a happy family and a friendly town soon turns on its head when she discovers that her family secret, Aiden Deverill and the truth behind Halíka Dacomé is at the heart of the whole conspiracy.

What’s on your wishlist?


On My Wishlist (#12)

My wishlist this week is inspired by Pussreboots.  Last week I added on my wishlist that I was looking for recommendations for a fantasy series and Pussreboots recommended the Landover Series.  I loved Terry Brooks ‘Sword of Shannara’ series and after reading the blurb on the Landover Series it went straight on my wishlist!  I also brought ‘The Jerle Shannara Trilogy’ 🙂  

This is the first book in the series:

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (14 May 2007)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1841495557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495552

Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, complete with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement had promised. But after he purchased it for a million dollars, Ben Holiday discovered that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention…Such as the fact that the kingdom is falling into ruin. The barons refuse to recognize a king and taxes haven’t been collected for years. The dragon, Strabo, is laying waste to the countryside, while the evil witch, Nightshade, is plotting to destroy no less than everything. And if that weren’t enough for a prospective king to deal with, Ben soon learns that the Iron Mark, terrible lord of the demons, has challenged all pretenders to the throne of Landover to a duel to the death – a duel no mere mortal can hope to win. But Ben Holiday has one human trait that even magic can’t overcome. Ben Holiday is stubborn.

What do you have on your wishlist this week? 

On My Wishlist (#11)

I’ve been  looking around for a new fantasy series and found Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality series.  This intrigues me because the books focuses on supernatural mantles.  There is Death, Time, Fate, War, Nature, Evil and Good.  Each character goes from being mortal to wearing the mantle.  It’s a fictional reality that parellels our history but society has advanced magical and technical skills.  I would love to read how humans deal with this and am interested in ancient philosophies and mythology!  

This is the first book in the series which I found on Amazon (it’s not a new publication):

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (1 Dec 1996)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0345338588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345338587

When Zane shot Death, he learned, too late, that he would have to assume his place, speeding over the world riding his pale horse, and ending the lives of others. Sooner than he would have thought possible, Zane found himself being drawn to Satan’s plot. Already the Prince of Evil was forging a trap in which Zane must act to destroy Luna, the woman he loved…unless he could discover the only way out….
The first novel of the INCARNATIONS OF IMMORATLITY series.

Do you have a fantasy series you would recommend to me? 

On My Wishlist (#10)

I’m a sucker for fairy-tale, myths or legends being re-told in a modern world!  

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (PB) (6 Jan 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1849920729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849920728

When the family business collapses, Beauty and her two sisters are forced to leave the city and begin a new life in the countryside. However, when their father accepts hospitality from the elusive and magical Beast, he is forced to make a terrible promise – to send one daughter to the Beast’s castle, with no guarantee that she will be seen again. Beauty accepts the challenge, and there begins an extraordinary story of magic and love that overcomes all boundaries. This is another spellbinding and emotional tale embroidered around a fairytale from Robin McKinley, an award-winning American author.

This appeals to my romantic side (jousting knights and beautiful ladies) and also to my interest in history (which does include the worst things that have happened!).  

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (1 Oct 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1845950992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845950996

As the review in the Guardian says ‘Statistics are all very well, but unless they come clothed in flesh it is hard to know them in your bones. You can read about the Black Death until you’re blue (or, rather, yellow with funny red blotches) in the face. You can know it wiped out a third of Europe’s population, but until you’ve seen a man sobbing as he tells you he has buried five sons, or watched as wild pigs chomp on the remains of your loved ones, then history remains a glorified spreadsheet of society’s profit and loss.’

What do you think about my choices this week?  Visitors to the blog are warmly invited to share your wishlist.  So many fab authors and stories out there.

On My Wishlist (#9)

It seems like I have been interested in right/left brain function for ever … I want to try out the activities in the following book.  Yes, it was published in 1991 but it’s only been on my wishlist since January 2010!

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (1 Mar 1991)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0671701355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671701352

A book which demonstrates the way to gain first-hand experience of the “inner child” – actually feeling its emotions and recapturing its sense of wonder – by writing and drawing with the non-dominant hand.

To be honest, ‘That Summer in Ischia’ intrigues me.  I want to find out what happened!

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906994188
  • Publisher: Tindal Street Press (5 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language English
  • ASIN: B004WK2ZWA

In the long hot summer of 1979, best friends Helena and Liddy travel to the beautiful island of Ischia to be au pairs to the children of two wealthy Italian families: the Verduccis and the Baldinis. From the opulent hillside villas and sun-drenched beaches the girls plan their great adventure to find romance and excitement, whatever the cost, on the sleepy island. But when a little boy in their care goes missing, the spell is broken and the girls find themselves under suspicion from police. Under pressure, the cracks in their relationship begin to show and one will betray each other, changing the course of both of their lives forever. Twenty-five years later, Liddy, walking her dog on an English beach, spies a figure oddly reminiscent of her estranged friend. And so begins a startling quest to the villa where it all went so wrong for Helena and to the heart of the mystery of what really happened that summer in Ischia.

What’s on your wishlist this week?

On My Wishlist (#8)

I believe that the power of the mind is vast and there’s untouched depths to what we know!  This book has been on my Amazon wishlist since March.  I love to hear of a self-published author being noticed and taking on by a publisher 🙂

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2642 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (18 Mar 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language English
  • ASIN: B001EQ5ZJK

With more than 100,000 copies sold of his self-published book, The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton teams up with Hay House to bring his message to an even wider audience. This book is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology, that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts. Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.

Here’s another author I read before I started blogging my book reviews – I enjoyed Thursbitch and would love to read The Weirdstone of Brisingar!

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks; (Reissue) edition (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0007355211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007355211

A tale of Alderley
When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, they are saved by the Wizard. He takes them into the caves of Fundindelve, where he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights.
But the heart of the magic that binds them – Firefrost, also known as the Weirdstone of Brisingamen – has been lost. The Wizard has been searching for the stone for more than 100 years, but the forces of evil are closing in, determined to possess and destroy its special power.
Colin and Susan realise at last that they are the key to the Weirdstone’s return. But how can two children defeat the Morrigan and her deadly brood?

So many books and not enough time – sigh …………….

On My Wishlist (#7)

Before I started blogging my reviews, one of the books I thoroughly enjoyed was Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll (the author is actually two people, husband and wife team).  The Watchtower is the second book in the trilogy and I can’t wait to see where the journey takes us.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (4 Aug 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0593065972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593065976

The second novel in the thrillingly original, deliciously dark urban fantasy trilogy that began with Black Swan Rising.

The last in a long line of women sworn to guard our world against evil, jeweller Garet James is struggling to come to terms with who – or what – she really is.
Will Hughes, the alluring four-hundred-year-old vampire who tasted her blood and saved her life, could help, but he’s disappeared. Garet believes he’s in France, searching for the Summer Country, the legendary land of the Fey where he might be freed from his vampire curse.

Desperate to understand her legacy, Garet follows Will. In Paris, she encounters strange, mythic beings – an ancient botanist metamorphosed into the city’s oldest tree, a gnome who lives beneath the Labyrinth at the Jardin des Plantes, a dryad in the Luxembourg Gardens – meetings that convince her she is on the right path.

But Garet is not the only one trying to find the way in to the Summer Country – and the closer she gets, the more dangerous it becomes…

I have recently finished reading The Legacy by Katherine Webb (which is the first book I’ve read by this author).  Love her writing so hoping this book will grip me as much as The Legacy has!

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (31 Mar 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1409112616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409112617

England, 1911. The Reverend Albert Canning, a vicar with a passion for spiritualism, leads a happy existence with his naive wife Hester in a sleepy Berkshire village. As summer dawns, their quiet lives are changed for ever by two new arrivals. First comes Cat, the new maid: a free-spirited and disaffected young woman sent down from London after entanglements with the law. Cat quickly finds a place for herself in the secret underbelly of local society as she plots her escape. Then comes Robin Durrant, a leading expert in the occult, enticed by tales of elemental beings in the water meadows nearby. A young man of magnetic charm and beauty, Robin soon becomes an object of fascination and desire. During a long spell of oppressive summer heat, the rectory at Cold Ash Holt becomes charged with ambition, love and jealousy; a mixture of emotions so powerful that it leads, ultimately, to murder.

On My Wishlist (#6)

I love re-working of fairy tales and myths!  This book is an addition from a recent wishlist I viewed.  Can’t wait to read it!

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language English

When Alexandra’s mother is slain by an unnatural beast, shadows fall on the once-lush kingdom. Too soon the widowed king is entranced by a cunning stranger — and in one chilling moment Alexandra’s beloved brothers disappear, and she is banished to a barren land. Rich in visual detail, sparked by a formidable evil, and sweetened with familial and romantic love, here is the tale of a girl who discovers powerful healing gifts — and the courage to use them to save her ailing kingdom.


This story has echoes of one in my life – my grandfather came home from WWI to find out that his wife and youngest son had died (at the end of the war) by the influenza that was sweeping through London.  I will never know completely how much that changed his life.

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd (7 April 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1844086097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844086092

1920. The Great War has been over for two years, and it has left a very different world from the Edwardian certainties of 1914. Following the death of his wife and baby and his experiences on the Western Front, Laurence Bartram has become something of a recluse. Yet death and the aftermath of the conflict continue to cast a pall over peacetime England, and when a young woman he once knew persuades him to look into events that apparently led her brother, John Emmett, to kill himself, Laurence is forced to revisit the darkest parts of the war. As Laurence unravels the connections between Captain Emmett’s suicide, a group of war poets, a bitter regimental feud and a hidden love affair, more disquieting deaths are exposed. Even at the moment Laurence begins to live again, it dawns on him that nothing is as it seems, and that even those closest to him have their secrets …

What do you think about my choices this week?  Please feel welcome to leave a comment.

On My Wishlist (#5)

I have a confession to make – this book was on my wishlist until I was browsing my list at Amazon to choose which book for the meme this morning!  It’s now downloaded on my Kindle waiting to be read …………………….. 

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language English
  • ASIN: B002S5NOWG

Life on Mars meets It’s a Wonderful Life in this inventive romantic comedy that looks at what we can learn from the past….Life on Mars meets It’s a Wonderful Life in this inventive romantic comedy that looks at what we can learn from the past….Journalist Rosie Hartford is having an odd day. Or one hell of a hangover…Having had a blazing row with her boyfriend – fellow journalist Will – she reluctantly sets off for her latest assignment: an interview with one of the residents of The Meadows, a grotty local estate about to become the set for a major reality TV show, The 1950s House.But stepping through the front door, Rosie finds herself in a different house – and transported back in time. Everything is grey and drab – the food, the clothes, the TV. It’s like the world is in permanent black and white.It’s not long before Rosie realises what’s going on. She’s obviously a contestant on the 1950s show! She’s pretty miffed she’s not been given warning, but she might as well give it a go – after all, the cameras are always watching and the first rule of reality TV is always keep smiling…But what really sends Rosie into a spin is the fact that Will is there too – but here he is known as Billy and has been married since he was 16 to Rosie’s best friend. In the 1950s, Will/Billy is a family man and devoted father, a side to him that Rosie finds hard to imagine. He grows vegetables, repairs shoes and even has a shed. He is, in fact, a grown up.The truth slowly dawns on Rosie that this is reality, not reality TV. After she gets over the shock, she begins to embrace daily life 1950s-style. Gone are the excessive consumerism, drifting relationships and cheap thrills of the Noughties. In its place is make do and mend, commitment, duty and honour.Together Rosie and Billy make a great team, covering dramatic local stories, and inevitably growing closer until Rosie falls in love with Will/Billy all over again. But now he has a wife and kids and is out of bounds…Unless she can get back to 2008…

On My Wishlist (#4)

I am really drawn to this book.  The stained glass window and a Victorian love story reflecting Fran’s life.  I love the symbolism! Sounds a great read too ………………..

Simon & Schuster UK, April 2009
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
ISBN-10: 1847391400
ISBN-13: 9781847391407

Fran left home to pursue a career in foreign cities, as a classical musician. But now her father is dangerously ill and it’s time to return.
Taking her father’s place in the shop, she and his craftsman Zac accept a beguiling commission – to restore a shattered glass picture of an exquisite angel belonging to a local church. 

As they reassemble the dazzling shards of coloured glass, they uncover an extraordinary love story from the Victorian past, sparked by the window’s creation. Slowly, Fran begins to see her own reflection in its themes of passion, tragedy and redemption.
Fran’s journey will lead her on a search for the truth about her mother, through mysteries of past times and the anguish of unrequited love, to reconciliation and renewal.

The Nephalim have always fascinated me.  I enjoyed reading Theolyn’s ‘Working with Archangels’ (you can read my review here) and look forward to this being published in December 2011!

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: O Books (9 Dec 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1846945135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846945137

Early in 2009 Theolyn Cortens, poet, astrologer and esotericist, well known for her channelling of inspirational messages from angels, started to receive messages from a group of twelve disincarnate Nephalim, the great ones of old, mentioned in biblical texts, who want to offer guidance to humanity during these times of change. The extraordinary material in this inspired book will make a unique and valuable contribution to understanding how human evolution can move us all towards a remarkable future. Theolyn’s conversations with the Nephalim confirm that we are supported by invisible elders, or ancestors in our commitment to live in to our highest possibilities. Then we will exist in harmony with each other and with all the other creatures that dwell on our beautiful planet. The spokesperson for the Nephalim is Seth. He explains: Our mission is to remind all humanity that history will not have to repeat itself, if only enough of you take on the full responsibility of your real destiny.