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Books for a buck

The reviews are coming in randomly. I’ve copied and pasted some of them below. Readers, these books, except the very last one which is the longest story, are all ONE dollar at Amazon. Click to buy.

The Samsara Chronicles

Book Review:
            EOS is the first of 14 parts of a story broken down into 14 books.  To start off Seanna and Blake find out they are having a little girl, Aislinn, who the Antiquitas say is special.  Seanna doesn’t know what to believe as she hears music and sees bright lights that tell her how special her child is.  The first part ends with her birth, watched over by the angels.
            26 years later world war 3 is tearing the earth apart.  In the midst of this mass distruction a little girl finds a candlestick that the angels tell her to take to her sister Aislinn.  Angelica has lost her family but knows she is on her way to find her sister.
            The whole sisters but not sisters thing was really confusing, but I figure it will make more sense as the story progresses.  So far I am drawn in and intrigued by the story.  I am excited to read the next part and see how Angelica and Aislinn find each other and is Seanna and Blake are still around.
            I give part one of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

Review: This is a short novella and I will be reading and reviewing all 14 books in the series over the next 12 or so weeks. In the first book, we meet Sienna and Blake, a loving couple in their early 40s. They live on a 10 acre farm and although they had always longed for children they were never able to have any naturally or through assisted efforts.   They are not young lovers, but they are still enamored and the story begins with a sensual dream that results in warm lovemaking that is private and not described. There are several sensual encounters that are tastefully presented. They may seem prominent because this book is so short, but the story goes beyond the lovemaking.

The initial encounter is to set the story for the series as the activity results in an unexpected pregnancy. Harmonious voices and lights appear to Sienna as the Antiquitas, the ancient keepers of knowledge. They let her know that her daughter, Aislinn, is a chosen child to save the world in the future.

The writing has an easy flow and I enjoyed the descriptions and the anticipation set up by this story. The characters are nice although not deeply developed. After the birth of the baby the book shifts 26 years to the future where the world has been devastated by World War three. Another child, Angelica, is introduced as a ‘sister’ preparing to meet Aislinn.

This is an interesting set up, to have this many novellas set out separately. This first book is only 50 pages. It is engaging and I am interested in where the story will go. There are some scenes that are not pursued, like the sighting of a white wolf, and it will be interesting to see if this is picked up in future books.

Pleasant description:

Stately evergreens flanked the driveway, their feathery branches already laden with a veil of white. Location 160.

Devastation:

Above the cries of the wounded and dying, a tolling bell solemnly lamented man’s legacy–now crushed and broken between the dust and rubble that had become the domain of vermin. Location 520.

Book Review:

            Nadir is the second of 14 parts of a story broken down into 14 books.  Sienna and Blake still live on their farm, but their daughter Aislinn lives in the city.  The world has suffered from war and a plague like disease called the ‘scourge.’  There are tons of homeless and crashers, which seem like extreme drug addicts or scourge victims.  The voices and lights that Sienna saw while pregnant come to Aislinn when she is upset or worried and comfort her.
            The story starts with her apartment having been broken into by someone searching for something she has, but she doesn’t know what it is they want.  Two officers just happened to be in the area.  One, Detective Dylan Young, has a premonition or strong urge to go to the apartment even before the call about the break-in.  Dylan and Aislinn have an immediate connection.  Aislinn’s voices tell her to trust him.  She ends up asking him for help and it turns out to be a good thing because he saves her twice from two crashers with bright green auras.  His aura is deep mauve, which is a good thing.  Green seems to be evil or at least dangerous.
            I give part two of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.
Review:  Eos is the first of 13 in the Samsara Chronicles by Gabriella Bradley and Diana Kemp.  Each section is very short, so I do not want to spoil it by summarizing the story.  I will tell you that the writing is strong and the story engrossing.  The characters are fairly well developed and most are likable.  I look forward to seeing how they develop over the next 12 books in the series, which I will also be reviewing here.  Perhaps once I’ve completed the whole set I will review the story as a whole.  In the mean time, happy reading and enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a kindle fire.
Review:Covenant is the 3rd of 14 parts of a story broken down into 14 books.  In this story Aislinn and Dylan come closer together.  They are staying together because of Aislinn’s apartment being broken into, but emotionally they are connecting also.  Aislinn continues to see auras.  Aislinn is told of a crystal skull at her work Christmas party and goes to see it after work that same day.

            The antique store owner won’t sell it.  He is holding it until the rightful owner arrives for it and a special box that belongs to Dylan somehow.  Christmas at Aislinn’s parents turns into a nightmare when they are attacked.  She and Dylan divert the attack with the help of the skull, but the day is ruined.  Returning home they confess their feelings for each other and then learn they must open the door for Altithronus.
            This was a gripping installment of the story.  It’s like you say ‘finally’ when they admit their feelings for each other because you knew it was going to happen.  They also find out how strong they are, why they are there, and what they need to do next.  It would be hard to be in their position, but in a world where only 1/3 of the people are still alive stranger things could happen.
            I give part 3 of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

This is a review of the first book Eos from The Samsara Chronicles. 

WOW! Talk about interesting with a hanging at the end.  This book will draw the reader in wanting more and wondering what happens in the next book.  I loved how the authors left everything hanging at the end.

This book is a very fast read and took me about 25 minutes to read while at work.  Yes, longer than normal but I was trying to figure out a problem at work and reading this book helped to clear my mind and solve the problem.  That just goes to show you what a great book this actually is.

I am reading all the books in this series so stop back by and read all the reviews for this amazing series.

The bunnies and I give this book carrots

Thanks for a great read Gabriella & Diana I look forward to the rest of the series.

Review:
This is the second book in the Samsara Chronicles series. Although it picks up where the first book ends, it doesn’t review much of the first book but seems to assume that the reader has read book 1. This book is all about introducing the reader to Aislinn and Dylan and briefly explaining their mission.

Aislinn is a survivor who moved from her parents’ farm (book 1) to go to college and then get a job in the city of Vancouver which, even with much destruction, has fared better than many cities that have been reduced to rubble by earthquakes, fires, drought and uncontrolled looting. Aislinn has always had her own private light bubbles to comfort her in times of stress. Now she learns from her bubbly light friends that she is “the bearer of the light”, a chosen leader. The warm, comforting lights explain that Aislinn must run and hide to be kept safe from the enemy, the Eletarii, who are actively seeking to kill her. The Eletarii presence is growing and they will do whatever it takes to stop Aislinn from saving Earth.

Aislinn also learns that the police detective, Dylan, who responded to the break in at her home is another ‘chosen’. It is implied they had a past together and that they are intended to be together to help save the Earth although the battle and plan of salvation are not yet fully explained. I liked the calm strength of both Aislinn and Dylan.

The authors set the scene in the devastated city, including many devastated lives that have sunk into extreme depravity. It is ugly and shocking. There is some bit of telling through the light beings rather than showing through action. Yet the story is engaging as it builds.  This book only lays a foundation for the continuing story. There is much yet to be developed in the characters and the plot and I am interested to learn more in the next book.

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An example of description that I liked:

Misshapen snowflakes resembling gray tufts of cotton candy rained a dismal veil. It seemed ironic that the frosty blanket would soon smother the drought-scorched land… Location 645.

Book Review:
            Aislinn and Dylan are given gifts by various people to help them on their journey.  The spheres continue to guide them and tell them they must open the portal to save humanity.  People seem to know they are coming, on both sides… good and evil.
            Aislinn and Dylan meet three people who give them gifts to help with their journey, including Angelica who could be Aislinn’s sister or daughter.
            This story continues to be fascinating.  I hang on every word and the book races by, ending before I realize.  The writing is fast paced, intense, and pushes the action along with the reader hanging on as the story flies by.
            I give part 4 of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

IT’S OUT and 2 are free

The Samsara Chronicles came out earlier than expected. Now available at Amazon.com, the first two books are free for a limited time!

Blending elements of futuristic, fantasy, science fiction and the paranormal with a touch of romance, the Samsara Chronicles explores the duality of good and evil set against two worlds, Earth and Nirvana.

Netherworld

Netherworld, Book 9 of the Samsara Chronicles

Directed by one of their Earthly guides, Aislinn and Dylan venture to the Overlap, an ancient castle situated within a temporal rift where they discover the nature of Shakan’s treachery.

Seeking answers regarding the kidnapping of her parents, Aislinn and Dylan follow one of their Earthly guides to the mysterious Overlap, a temporal rift situated within an ancient castle. There they experience past events that reveal the nature of the rival Nirvanan bloodlines as well as the identity of the traitor in league with the Klatrians.

EXCERPT:

She felt a fleeting caress against her cheek and stopped. Turning slightly, she felt it again, though this time stronger. The draft ruffled her hair, the musty odor reminiscent of the gush of stale air expelled by the arrival of a subway train. She felt the skull glow through the cloth. Her stomach tightened in anticipation. “Dylan—”

She had barely grabbed his hand when the vortex exploded through a barred door like a cannon shot, its resonance a banshee scream. Swept off their feet, Aislinn desperately clutched the skull while Dylan struggled to keep a grip on her. They slid along the cold stone. Ahead, Dylan spotted the recessed niche to yet another barred door and half scooted, half crawled toward it. Pressed close to him, Aislinn glanced behind and gasped as an infernal glow oozed from the open doorway. The malevolence emanating from it reminded her of the entity that had first terrorized her in her apartment on Earth. A nauseating stench of scorched rubber filled the air.

“My God, what is that?” Dylan cried, cradling Aislinn against his chest.

Strands of loosened hair whipped around her face and almost dislodged her tiara. She slipped the skull from the sling, gripped it and focused on the vortex. Her ring sparkled like a Roman candle. Reveling in its freedom, the vortex churned, writhed and ricocheted off the walls in a bizarre dance of exaltation. The walls trembled from the force, the doors rattled in sympathy. Pushing the din from her mind, Aislinn felt her fingers merge with the skull, the energy forming a bond with her ring. It flared, crackled and fanned out, immersing the shadowy ruins in immaculate white light.

“Get out!” she cried. “Return to the dimension that spawned you. You have no power here.” Defiantly, she rose into the buffeting wind and raised the skull.

Dylan reached to stop her but she stepped away from his grasp. He pressed himself into the door niche and shielded his eyes from the skull’s almost solar glow.

“You’re nothing,” she continued. “Merely a shadow of the past and the hatred that nurtured you.”

 

Nirvana

Nirvana – Book 8 of the Samsara Chronicles

Dylan, Aislinn and the chosen humans arrive on Nirvana but now the pair faces another alien threat, this time to their homeworld.

Aislinn and Dylan’s joyous homecoming to Nirvana is tempered by yet another crisis. Aliens, assisted by a traitorous member of Nirvanan security and a threat to the royal bloodline, have kidnapped Aislinn’s parents and hold them hostage on the dying world of Klatria. Aislinn and Dylan now face the task of rescuing them before they are killed.

EXCERPT:

Aislinn gasped as a sensation of coldness washed over her. At that moment, the woman doubled back and veered onto a path near the fountain. As if sensing Aislinn’s scrutiny, she suddenly paused and raised her eyes. Their glances locked, and a hostility beyond description emanated from the woman’s gaze. Bolting off at the sound of shouting, she somehow lost her footing and fell onto a sunny part of the path. Witnessing the spectacle below, Aislinn clasped the railing with white knuckles.

“There! On the path!” she cried out, the breeze carrying her voice downward to the guards, spurring them into action. Snared by the sunlight, the woman struggled to rise as though stunned. Her reactions were sluggish. She glared balefully and tried to bolt from the contingent of approaching guards, but stumbled again.

Dylan returned a moment later. “It’s okay. They won’t get away. The guards have been on alert since yesterday’s incident. These two have actually been spotted before, but managed to get away.”

Aislinn frowned at the woman’s increasing agitation. She stumbled with the uncoordinated movements of a drunkard.

“Dylan, look!”

A guard advanced on the disoriented woman while a second jumped her from behind and tackled her to the ground. The woman fought the men with unbelievable viciousness before her body abruptly slackened in their grip.

“Watch yourself!” Aislinn cried out to the guards, again sensing the woman’s malevolence.

Almost on cue, the woman exploded into a frenzied resistance. The second guard was caught by surprise and barely missed her flailing fists. It took both a supreme effort to subdue her. Aislinn watched in horror as the woman’s fury transformed into agony. Writhing in the sun, she began screaming and clawing at her face, the epidermis peeling off in shriveled, parchment-like strips. Even from a distance, Aislinn could see revulsion in the guards’ faces as the woman savagely gouged her flesh. Muddy fluid jetted from the wounds, and despite the intervention of a third guard, none could stop her self-mutilation.

Aislinn shook her head as if to banish the ugly scene. “Dear God, is this what we’re up against?”

 

Covenant

Covenant Book 3 in the Samsara Chronicles

Pursued by increasingly violent Eletarii minions, Aislinn and Dylan acquire the first and most important talisman necessary to open the celestial gate.

Targeted by Eletarii minions, Aislinn and Dylan are guided to acquire the crystal skull, the core of Aislinn’s past and future power. After a terrifying encounter with the dark forces while spending Christmas at her parents, Aislinn and Dylan accept the perilous journey ahead of them.

EXCERPT:

The skull was approximately the size of a baby’s head and shone with mystical brilliance. She reached into the glass case and placed both her hands on either side of the skull. An overwhelming power surged through her body. For a very brief moment, the spheres appeared and hovered around the glass case as if to convey a message.

Aislinn watched one of the spheres hover over the case while another hummed around her head. She nodded—the message in her mind suddenly clear. She looked at the dealer. “I want to buy it.”

He ran a hand through his hair, the gesture betraying his uncertainty. He glanced at the skull almost as though seeking approval. “Young lady, I have other customers waiting. As you know, the price is—”

“I know the price. You want five thousand dollars for it. I want it.” She had no idea why she wanted the skull so badly and thought of her savings that would be eaten up by such a foolish extravagance. To indulge in such a purchase was totally out of character, yet she could not fight the feelings that compelled her.

“I’ll agree only if you can pay cash or by approved debit card,” he told her hesitantly. “And that’s providing I’m able to reach the verification center. The service only operates a few hours a week.”

She nodded—her determination to buy the skull overriding any other consideration. “I can pay with my debit card for both items,” she said, removing the card from her wallet and handing it to him. The dealer paused before lifting the phone to call for approval. She had the distinct impression that he didn’t really want to sell the skull.

The dealer inspected her signature on the card. “You know, I almost hate to let it go. It’s been my companion for many years.”

“How did you come by it?” she asked.

“An old woman left it to me. She was a very dear friend.”

“Then why do you have it on display?”

“I’m getting on in age and have no family. I would hate to see it fall into the wrong hands and hoped the skull would point me to the rightful future owner.”

“How could it tell you that?”

“It can. Would you please place your hands around the skull again?”

She complied and gasped when she noticed her hands glow and become almost transparent. It was almost as if a torch illuminated the flesh from beneath.

The dealer stepped back as light enveloped her and gasped. “It seems I’ve found the rightful owner. You may have the skull. I will not sell it.”

EOS

Wow, it’s the 30th already, where does time go? Here is an excerpt from book 1 in this series. The first book is basically like a prolog. It is the most romantic piece in the whole series and the most sensual, but integral to the story. The Samsara Chronicles really are not erotic. They’re futuristic, fantasy, science fiction with elements of romance.

Excerpt from Book 1 in the Samsara Chronicles

Seanna snuggled against the pillows and drifted off, the background sounds of Blake in the shower a receding whisper. She felt herself sinking into cotton wool silence, her head spinning beyond the effects of the single glass of Merlot she had at dinner. Embraced by a warm spectral breeze, her hair billowed in an auburn veil. Invisible hands gently directed her like a falling leaf into an aura of brilliant light tinged with ethereal hues of blush pink, rose and mauve. Seanna reached out in awe to embrace the shimmering sea of color. Silken to the touch, it caressed her bare skin. A sensation of bliss infused her.

She drifted onto a field of gossamer grass. Surrounded by a pastoral landscape, her gaze followed the undulation of verdant hills and riotously blooming meadows. Such was the intensity of colors and fragrances that she felt she could touch and even taste them. The peace and serenity of the wondrous landscape enveloped her with an infinite sense of well being. Snowy birds with cascading silver-specked tails soared in an endless azure sky.

“Where am I?” she whispered.

A breathy voice answered. Behold your destiny, my child.

A floral perfumed breath whispered against her ear. Seanna watched a swirling mist appear. Soft, tinkling music danced on the wings of the breeze. She discerned shapes, glass balls that resembled fragile soap bubbles like the ones she used to blow as a child, some large, some smaller. They pirouetted toward her in a graceful ballet. A vague figure formed in the center of the mist cloud. It waxed and waned, teasing her with fleeting glimpses of a body, a face, then quickly disappeared as though embraced by an evening fog.

Seanna tried to rise from the velvety grass but spectral arms guided her back. She lay on the pliant blades and felt a delicious languor overcome her. Rays of sunlight caressed her body, arousing her until every nerve on her body cried for release. Her flesh pimpled, her nipples hardened. Eagerly, she spread herself open to embrace the golden light. The spheres hovered around her and glided against her skin. Phantom hands raised her legs and played against her flesh like a master pianist.