Thursday, June 27, 2013

Willow Pond

As much as I would love to give this book a five-star review, I can't bring myself to.  From the description, I was expecting more of a period book, but there were very few actual period references, and too many current day references.  A writer myself, I know the importance of making sure to put dialogue specifically where you want it.  

The story behind everything was sound, and interesting for the reader to read.  With laryngitis currently, it was interesting enough to keep my attention all day, which I commend it for.  The characters, at least in the face of the kidnapping, are connectable, but then in some of their relationships I think they are a little hypocritical.  

The book, I feel, was well put together, but I didn't like very much how much it jumped.  It felt almost fragmented in parts, but then again, that could be the author's intentions.  The book was enjoyable, but I would have just enjoyed a little more accurate period references and consistency.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wild Wild Widow, A Western Romance

Rating:  3 stars

A typical romance, but a good page-turner nonetheless.  The story speaks of a widow, deprived of male companionship, and her need to adjust to ranch life.  If you're ever in need of a saucy read, this book will do just fine.  The endign could have been worked on a bit more, and if the book had been a little longer, I think it would have done even better.  As it was, though, it was not a disappointing read.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

On Unfaithful Wings, An Icarus Fell Novel

Rating:  4 stars

I got this Icarus Fell novel during a Kindle free promotion, and I can't say I was disappointed when I picked it up.  The main character was connectable, and sympathizable, and his story was one that isn't told very often.  It's not very often that a tale is told of a soul-harvester, and I thought this was a unique way to go after it.  I enjoyed the confusion the character felt, and I enjoyed learning as he learned the ins and outs of his new life.  The other characters were less connectable, and sometimes less enjoyable, but they also gave a unique element to the story.  All in all, a worthwhile read about an alternative afterlife.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Wild Passion, Story Three in the Wild Series

Rating:  4 stars

Wild Passion was a short story, and a quick read.  I acquired it on Amazon, through another free promotion.  It was a well-received and well-liked book, and I enjoyed it immensely too.  The action starts right away, and doesn't let you go.  Highly recommended.

This was a very unique short story.  I connected with the main female character right away, and I enjoyed it immensely.  The one thing I really didn't like was the jumping around.  It made the story feel disjointed, but at the same time, connected.  The abilities of the heroine are unique and special to her; it's not as smutty a romance as I was expecting, judging by the cover.  It's a unique read about defying and living the future you want to live, of sacrifice and tossing off the fetters of a life you thought you knew. My regret?  It ended.

"Light of Eidon" Legend of the Guardian-King, Book 1

Rating:  4 stars

Recently, I had the pleasure to finish a book entitled "The Light of Eidon," by Karen Hancock.  The acquisition of this book was through a kindle offer, as many series are now doing, so the first one is available for free.  I got it on a whim, and I can't say it wasn't wasted time.  The book begins innocently enough, with a young man running from his calling, and it has, from the very beginning, some pretty obvious Christian overtones.  Now, I will be the first to admit I don't generally jump at the opportunity to read Christian fiction, but for some reason this book just...intrigued me.  As I kept reading, I was not to be disappointed.  It became a page-turner for me, and although the characters weren't as connectable as I'd like them to be, it was still an enjoyable read.  It left many questions answered, and the realm of magic and myth that was within the book was a little far-fetched, but it was still a good read.  I know this reader, at the very least, will be buying the second book to see if the trend continues.

Monday, June 10, 2013


My first review will come up soon, I promise you that.  I just haven't been able to read as fast as I would like to due to work and other such life circumstances.

But, I would like to offer my readers a taste of Ashley.  Attached is the link to my first novel, Traveler, published this year.  Please read, and enjoy, and please post a review for me.

As a self-published author, it is very difficult for me to get publicity unless it is through word of mouth, or through the reviews of my peers.  I can honestly say that without your help, I would not be able to do this, embark on this adventure, and bring my story to the world.

Much love,