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Goddess of Everything: A Blood-Curdling Tale of Truth, Freedom, and Love by Paul DeBlassie III – Review by Tara Johnson Barnes

Goddess of EverythingGoddess of Everything by Paul DeBlassie III
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Goddess of Everything by Paul DeBlassie III tells the horrific tale of the length’s a mother will go through to keep her son’s love. Mother Juana de la Cruz is a devoutly religious woman and Superior of the Orphanage of the Holy Innocents located in the community of Atzlan del Norte. The Nunnery and Orphanage is a place of closely guarded secrets, one where evil and darkness lurk behind every door. Mother Juana de la Cruz’s son Gabriel de LaTierra is a psychiatric healer who has devoted his life to helping the children at the orphanage. When Gabriel starts uncovering secrets of supernatural happenings and missing children, he becomes suspicious of the true motives of the nuns running the Orphanage of the Holy Innocents. The one person he trusts within the orphanage and nunnery is his beloved Mother Juana de la Cruz, a woman who is a true saint in Gabriel’s eyes and could harm no one, especially a child. A woman who is also considered a saint by the devoutly religious community of Atzlan del Norte.

Gabriel’s wife Consuela, however, suspects otherwise and attempts to get Gabriel to see the true person his beloved Mother Juana de la Cruz is. Consuela has powers of her own as a seer and knows that true evil is smart, often hiding in plain sight. She tries to warn Gabriel that his beloved Mother Juana is pure evil. Gabriel finds such thoughts unimaginable because his Mother Juana is devoutly religious and he refuses to see how Mother Juana keeps him, her beloved son, brainwashed and under her spell. To shed light on what Mother Juana de la Cruz’s true intentions are, Gabriel is shown through visions from Consuela the blood sacrifices of children that take place in the desert late at night. A ritual that has been taking place for centuries and one that gives Mother Juana de la Cruz and her nuns immortality. Gabriel is horrified to think that his beloved Mother could be capable of such horrendous acts of pure evil and finds himself conflicted between the love he has for his wife and the love and devotion he has towards his mother. When his beloved wife Consuela is viciously attacked, and his young son is kidnapped, Gabriel is forced to act. Will Gabriel be able to find the strength and courage to save his wife and son? Will good triumph over evil?

The Goddess of Everything is a new twist on the age-old tale of good versus evil, and the darker side of religion. From the first page Paul deBlassie III pulled me into the story and held my interest with tales of the supernatural, magical powers, religious rituals and sacrifices, and the dark realms of true evil. This book was action packed throughout and delivered from start to finish. Great read that will give you goosebumps and will surely haunt your dreams!

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Code Name: Vulture (The Order of the Condor Series Book 1) by Maya Daniels and Sylvia Black – Review by LaBeccah Davis

Code Name: Vulture: Dark Vampire Romance (The Order of the Condor Series Book 1)Code Name: Vulture: Dark Vampire Romance by Maya Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the best supernatural romances I have read! The story line is not one that has been over played again and again. And the characters are easy to fall in love with. You want to get to know each of them and as you read through the book you can. I am excited too read the next book and learn more about those characters we have been introduced to in this book as well. I feel Danielle is a force to be reckoned with and vulture is sexy as all get out! Loved this book!!!

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Shield & Shade (Ascended Guardians Book 1) by Misty Hayes – Review by Lucy Vincent

Shield & ShadeShield & Shade by Misty Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, this was the first book by Misty Hayes that I’ve read. She currently has 4 books out, 3 are a trilogy and Shield and Shade are the start of a new series. It’s the story of a girl who’s life gets turned absolutely upside down- and shattered by family secrets. It’s full of so much action, and it’s such a page turner! I seriously cannot WAIT to see what the next book’s going to be about- and I’ll be reading her trilogy here soon! I can’t tell too much of what happened in the book without giving any spoilers, but if you’re someone who LOVES plot twists- this is definitely the book for you, and you will NOT regret it!!!!!

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very good read. Andy is half human and half fairy, and the story goes between caring for her dying mother and going back to her childhood days. Parts of the story were hard to follow for me when going back and forth, but overall, the story flowed all together. My heart goes out to Andy as she deals with many loses in her life. This story is magical and a good read relaxing day.

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Andy is a woman with a secret, she is fifty two and is half fairy and has had to return to her childhood home to care for her mother, they never had the easiest relationship, but now between the cancer and the dementia, Andy’s mother is dying and is a shell of her past self and is still living in a memorial to the past in her trailer on Iowa. Everything has changed since Andy left home as a young woman, barely of the age to live on her own, but when the total eclipse of the sun comes around, she harks back to a time when life was much more simple, a time when all she had to to was dance and make sure nobody was watching, a time of memories and the emotions tied to them.

As the almost forgotten memories come flooding back the more time she spends in the trailer, the more regret and pain she feels for her family and for herself, she reminisces about her relationships with her mother and brother, how her life was dysfunctional and full of secrets from the time she made her Barbie doll walk through the long grass as if on an adventure, walking into town with her older brother Danny, times she spent with her friends when she had them and a birthday present which awoke strange and confusing thoughts swirling around her mind. She thinks of all the times she felt ashamed, from the snapshots of her life she can barely remember to full vivid recollections. One thing she cannot remember however, is her mother telling her anything about her father, she learned all that from an Auntie Alana who she met at the age of thirteen amid a tumultuous period when all she wanted was to feel like she belonged and this new found relative gave her just that, with stories of fairies and the past with lessons for the future weaved within them. For once, all Andy’s questions were being answered and a whole new world and experiences were opened up to her, including flying and the dances, the things which set her apart, yet at the same time joined her to something beautiful.

However, not all Andy’s memories are positive ones, the memories of loss, death and loneliness also plague both her waking hours and her dreams, memories of Kenshi the boy who lived with Alana and who taught her about flying and stealing, her neighbor Mr Toliver who knew about the fairies, but kept their secret and told stories of his own family, Hairy the dog whom she rescued from a puppy farm and kept as a pet and the rest of the fairies she met over time, her family and the father of her daughter who left them behind. Can a childhood be overcome, or is change something which can only be brought about if the lessons are learned? How do love, loss, loneliness and joy translate over time and would you change anything if you could go back in time? These are some of the things this story makes you think about as you become immersed in learning about Andy and her life through her memories and experiences.

Reviewed by @roxsannel

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Kerry Carr

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really beautifully written story. It is an emotional journey looking back over someone’s life. The author does an amazing job of writing about something magical and making it so realistic.

This is the story of Andy. While she is currently nursing her dying mother she reflects on her life and choices that she has made. You also learn about how certain events in her life shape how she is today and how she grew up. Its a very deep moving story that looks at relationship both good and bad and the effect this has on life. It also goes into details and thinks about the circle of life. From being young and enjoying life to growing old and eventually dying.

It’s a emotional read through someone’s memories that you can’t stop.

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Erica Shoebridge

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beautiful and lyrical, The Eclipse Dancer is a pleasure to read. It is the story of Andy’s life, her family, her magic, and herself. Her memories come to life in vivid detail, lush and filled with the emotions, loves, regrets, and yearnings. Her rememberings weave together into the tapestry of her life in a heartwarming way. The writing is intimate and charged with emotion; I could feel the cool night air on her skin, and the sway of her hips as she danced. This is a lovely story, I would recommend you sink into a comfy chair and let it whisk you away.

Reviewed by @ericalorraine
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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Angela Packard

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was not like the books I would normally read and I found it to be quite enjoyable. While nursing her sick mother, she ponders on reflections of her own life. As I get older, my mother ages, and my kids are grown, I do a lot of the same. We are all different in our own ways, but this book reminded me that we are also all the same. Very well written and am glad I picked this up!

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The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber – Review by Heather Lovelace

The Eclipse DancerThe Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve come to expect emotional and thought provoking work when I pick up this author’s work. This book certainly met my expectations. She completely transfixed my imagination with the words she put to paper. I loved the journey I took in these pages. Truly a wonderful read.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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