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  • The Ash Spear on Feb. 25, 2011

    The Ash Spear is based in medieval Britain in the 6th century, the Dark Ages, and is the third of the series. The other books are Storyteller and Flight of the Hawk written by G. R. Grove. Gwernin Kyarwyd is an apprentice bard, or storyteller, and this is a story of his journeys and trials. He is telling the story which begins in his seventeenth year and his second year of being an apprentice to become a harper and bard from his teacher Talhaearn Tad Awen. Talhaearn is the pencerdd (head poet) and harper to Cyndrwyn, prince of western Powys in mid-Wales. Gwernim has a love, Rhiannedd, who is "the dark-haired delight of my heart" and she is carrying his child. There are a number of characters in this book that have a close connections and loyalty to each other. Some other characters are Taliesin Ben Beirdd, Ieuan, Ugnach of Caer Sean and Neirin. The names are Welsh and hard to understand at first. I had to go back and read the first chapters to get the names straight. I have not read the other two books and think they may have helped but this can be a stand alone book. I began to pull the pieces together. The book is after the time of King Arthur and Taliesin tells the story of when he was the bard for Arthur and the final battle. One character in the book, Neirin, is going to walk the Dark Path and needs the help of three bards. The Dark Path is a Druidic spiritual rite of passage. It is becoming a true bard. They go to the Island of Mon, The Ash Spear was "the symbol of warfare and manhood but also stood for awen, the poet's inspiration of the bards". I had to find this on researching because somehow I missed the definition in the book. I liked the saying after most chapters" O, my children, is a story for another day" which encourages the reader to keep reading. It was like a bard leaving you waiting. G. R. Grove does an excellent job of descriptions and helps the reader know where the characters are and what they feel. There are emotions, pain, food, drinks, people, daily lives and worry. I really liked this book and look forward to reading her other books. I give it a five star because of the details and leaving me to want to do more research. Go to the authors blog on treGwernin.blogspot.com to see what she is writing. Leona Olson
  • Again on March 06, 2011

    First, I want to thank LibraryThing and Diana Murdock for the opportunity to read Again by Diana Murdock. This short novel by Diana Murdock is based on two main characters in different time eras. Both of the main characters have men in their lives that are possessive and the women are looking for passionate romance; the knight on a white horse type of man. The story is about a woman's feelings for real love. The men in the novel are all physically fit and are described as such. Eryn is the modern character and is a successful photographer; she is married to Bryce. Lady Catherine is the medieval noblewoman and it is assumed she will be married to Galen, someone she has known since childhood. Eryn has recurring dreams that bring her back to the time of 1501, the time of Catherine. The chapters switch back and forth between the two women. Both of the main characters have similar happenings in their lives. The book is somewhat based on reincarnation. A book called Twin Souls- Life Beyond Life and a necklace sent to Eryn by her brother are some mentions of the view of reincarnation. I liked the short novel but would have liked more substance in the writings. I received this complimentary ebook to read and review from LibraryThing. The opinions are my own. Leona Olson ( )
  • Tentacles: An Anthology on Aug. 13, 2013

    Tentacles: An Anthology Smashwords Edition Copyright Eva LeFoy 2012 Copyright D.R Larsson 2012 Copyright Haley Whitehall 2012 Cover Art by Melody Simmons This is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, and dialogue are products of the author’s imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entire coincidental Table of Contents Title Page Blurbs Copyright Solar Pioneer by Eva LeFoy Mr. Sweede by D.R Larsson Zaural by Eva LeFoy The Sacrifice by Haley Whitehall Author Bios: Eva LeFoy Eva LeFoy writes and reads all kinds of science fiction, steampunk, and romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, yoga and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her day job and travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her weird and dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers. D.R Larsson D.R. has been around the block a time or three, often in different time zones and different centuries. He grew up in costume at a historic site and couldn’t remember if it was 1876 or 1976. Later he studied everything. Music, history, education, psychology, sociology, geology, chemistry and anthropology, then spent 20 years as an archaeologist. Now, by day he works as a research assistant in a high tech industry. By night, among other things, he writes. This is his first foray into the public with his fiction. Haley Whitehall Haley Whitehall has been writing stories since the age of four. She has a history B.A and normally writes gritty 19th century novels and offbeat historical romance. This is her first venture into science fiction. It was fun and challenging. She plans on writing more cross-genre short stories in the future. Blurbs Four short science fiction stories of tentacle monster mayhem and destruction to keep you awake at night wondering if you’ve already been the next victim… --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Solar Pioneer by Eva LeFoy During the ten-year war, a remote scientific station on the edge of the galaxy has all but been forgotten. Tired of the war, cruiser pilot Coop takes the mission to re-establish contact with the team, but soon has to rescue himself from the clutches of a crazy scientist and a monster capable of keeping alive forever his wildest nightmares. Science Fiction Horror. 6,400 words. Leona's Review: I did not care for it and the language did not help my opinions. Strange and uncertain what was happening. Sorry, but not my cup of tea. I give it a 1 star. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mr. Sweede by D. R. Larsson Through a telescope, some galaxies may not look like much, but the full spectrum of beings still lurk within. Some live, learn and love within it. Some are travelers. Some hunt. But not all hunters look like predators. Some look just like us. Some were our best friends. Mr. Sweede was everyone’s best friend. Or so they thought… Science Fiction. 3,000 words Leona's Review: Definitely science fiction. Language was fine but the story lost me. A 2 star because the language was better. I thought at the beginning of the story there would be some substance. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zaural Captain Zaural Shuri is sent to respond to an emergency hail on Andvari, a colony of former inmates, after a colonist is killed by the planet's indigenous species. Once there, she must battle her ex-boyfriend, bizarre creatures, and her own fears to unravel the tangled web of clues before she loses her grip on reality. As if reality was ever what it seemed. Science Fiction with mild adult sexual content. 11,000 words. Leona's Review: This story had a lot of action but again, not my interest. I will give it a 2 star for the imagination. Language kept it from a 3 star. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Sacrifice One night Aveda, a scullery maid, is dragged out of bed by ruthless pirates and hauled on board their ship. She fears she will be sold into slavery or worse, but their plan is even more sinister. Down below, a monster she never imagined existed awaits the decision that will change her life forever... Science Fiction/Historical. 2,500 words Leona's Review: This story was one I could understand at the beginning and it ended with some humor. Not great but still deserves a 3.5 star because it was easy to read and language was fine. A very short story and quick to read. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I read these stories in the past and did not do my review so re-read it. I was not too impressed. There was a lot of imagination in the stories though. I do appreciate the complimentary copy from Smashwords. Leona Olson www.mnleona.blogspot.com