Dariel Raye’s Sunday Review: “Soul Weaver” by Hailey Edwards

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Soul Weaver

Soul Weaver

“Soul Weaver” is a paranormal romance with the belief in soul mates at its core. The love  story between a heroine nearly disabled by fear, and a fallen angel indentured to serve hell through eternity sounds impossible, but constant, innate conflict builds as the relationship between the unlikely couple develops.

In addition to the plot twists and world building, the hero and heroine were genuinely likable. Chloe, the heroine, is agoraphobic, thus fearful of going outside. Nathaniel, the hero, fell from heaven for lying in an attempt to protect his brother. Simply put, they both have major baggage.

Nathaniel is literally a weaver of souls, and an assassin for hell. In Edwards’ world, the wings of fallen angels become frayed over time. Certain souls have committed acts that make them vulnerable to hell. These souls are taken, then woven together by Nathaniel and given to other fallen angels to replace worn wings.

When Nathaniel witnesses a near fatal accident involving Chloe, he goes against every law and rule to save her, to the point of giving her a piece of his soul to ensure her life and recovery. This has never been done before, so he has no idea what to expect, but he soon finds out.

Nathaniel is drawn to Chloe, and finds himself protecting her from his brothers, particularly the brother he fell from heaven to save!  He keeps secrets from his angelic brothers, his boss, and Chloe. Chloe’s agoraphobia doesn’t help, either. Her lack of faith in herself, coupled with the inability to go outside, makes her an easier target, rife with nightmares and trust issues.

Edwards’ play on soulmates, development of a flawed, but very likable heroine, and unique take on the world of fallen angels makes this a story you won’t want to miss. The world building is thorough and intricate, and the plot twists kept me guessing. Personally, I like that. In addition, the love scenes are hot and emotionally intense. An easy 4.5 stars.

Dariel Raye Featuring Chantel Rhondeau’s New Release, “Always and Forever”


I’ve always been an avid reader.  Fantasy, mystery, horror. Reading takes you to a different world and you can be a different person. I always loved that. It was when I read Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series that the idea to write my own book struck me. I’d always been imaginative, daydreaming up all sorts of stories in my mind, I’d just never tried to write one down before. However, I wanted to read another book with intelligent dragons like Ms. McCaffrey had in her books.

That book didn’t really work out, but it was a good learning experience. Once I gave up on writing that story, I realized I needed a bit of instruction on how to write. I began searching the internet for any articles I could find on the process. I love Holly Lisle’s website for this; she has a lot of free articles. I started buying her programs, took her How To Think Sideways writing boot camp. I even took a few classes through my local college.

Four fizzled plots later, I picked up a book by Jayne Ann Krentz. I thought it was a mystery, as I picked it up off a markdown table, and it didn’t say the genre. However, it was romantic suspense, which instantly captivated me. I’ve always loved my stories to have a romantic theme to them, but I’d never read romance. This genre, however, is perfect for me. A love story, a bit of mystery, some horror thrown in, and I’m always guaranteed they will live ‘happily ever after.’ Suddenly, I couldn’t stop the story ideas from coming. Romantic suspense is MY genre.

I wrote Always & Forever in a few months, joined an on-line critique group so I could hear the truth about my work, and after many, many edits, Always & Forever is ready for the public’s reading pleasure.

“Always and Forever” is author Chantel Rhondeau’s exciting new contemporary romance! Read about it below and stop by my blogger site tomorrow for an interview with her sexy hero, Zac 🙂

A suspected murderess flees her former life in search of tranquility, but ghosts she left behind refuse to die, threatening to destroy her happiness.

Lilly Price is desperate to escape public scrutiny once released from her incarceration. She moves to a lakeside community in hopes of remaining anonymous while rebuilding her tattered life.

Widowed Zach Woodbridge is in no hurry to find a new bride. He longs for a peaceful summer, writing at his lakeside cottage. Things change after an introduction to his grandmother’s new assistant, Lilly.

When Lilly’s secrets are revealed, can their fragile relationship weather the storm?  And when a man from the past returns to reclaim Lilly, using any force necessary, can she and Zach protect the people they love?

ONTENT WARNING: Violence, mild language, sizzling love scenes. 

Review: The Eagle’s Woman by Miriam Newman

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The Eagle's Woman

Son of an impoverished, dying Norse chieftain, Ari raids for booty and slaves so he can feed his people. Pagan himself, still he spares priests though he sells them. He’s a heathen, a murderer, and it is a sin for any Christian woman to love him. Yet when he abducts Maeve from her peaceful Irish fishing village, he may have found the one woman who can.

“The Eagle’s Woman” is a novella set in Viking times. Ari is a “heathen” Viking, and Maeve is a “God-fearing” young maiden. Vikings live by taking from the land of others. As the Vikings continue on their way, raping, killing, and pillaging, they seek the greatest prizes to sell and replenish their riches – women, particularly young women.

Ari is the younger of two male children, so his older brother, Soren,  stands to inherit their land, and Ari will have to leave and make a home elsewhere.

Maeve is betrothed to another man, but he is rough and inconsiderate with her, and overly eager to bed her with just his own pleasure in mind. When one of Ari’s men captures and attempts to rape Maeve,  Ari saves her – not because he’s against her being raped for moral reasons, but because she is worth much more as an untouched virgin.

Ari takes measures to keep her alive because she will bring him a good price at the market, and although he won’t admit it, he is attracted to her. Unfortunately, as soon as his jealous-hearted older brother sees her, he wants her for himself.

I was impressed by Newman’s ability to weave such strong characters and believable conflict into this short historical novella. Ari has some less than ideal complications in his life, and the romantic in me would have preferred a more open expression of his feelings, but the book held my attention because of the three-dimensional characters.

“The Eagle’s Woman” is a quick, action -packed, well-written story, but a little light on the romance for my taste. 3.5 stars.

Meet @Tweetthebooks Jeff Bennington! Husband, Father, Author, Seeker

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Hi! Author Jeff Bennington is one of my wonderful twitter friends! He writes scary stuff like “Creepy,” “Twisted,” and “Reunion.” Jeff will be featured at my blogger spot tomorrow! Come sit a spell with us and find out more about him 🙂

Meet Christopher C. Starr! Learn About His Controversial New Book

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Author Christopher C. Starr has a new release entitled “The Road to Hell.” Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like! Here’s a bit about Christopher to whet your appetite. I have a full spread tomorrow on my blogger site – more about the author and his fascinating book. Make sure you stop by tomorrow!