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Four years and look out…

Hi Everyone,

A certain surprise memory occurred for me today… Four years ago today, I received my first book review request from an author!!! I can’t believe it has been four years… With everything that has happened, and through all the bumps along the way, I wanted to say, I am truly grateful for your continued support. THANK YOU! You all have kept me going and I appreciate each and everyone of you.

Now hold onto your beach hats, because several reviews are headed your way!


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And the Winner is…

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to everyone who checked out the Author Spotlight last week and thanks to those who participated in the drawing. A special thanks goes to Author, Luciana Cavallaro, for participating in the Interview and offering a giveaway. Three people participated in the drawing, I went to Random.org and entered the parameters of 1 and 3.

Drum roll, please…


Congratulations goes to … Commenter #1. Congratulations Dawn H.!!! You are the lucky winner of an ecopy of Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro. I will be emailing to find out which format you prefer. Congrats again!


Thanks again to all who participated. Make sure to be on the lookout for future Spotlights and Giveaways. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with great books.



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Author Spotlight and Interview

Good Morning Everyone,

Today’s Author Spotlight is on Luciana Cavallaro! Luciana has kindly participated in an interview AND she is giving away one ecopy of her Accursed Women book to one lucky commenter! I absolutely love Luciana’s unique take on Greek Mythology. You can read my reviews of Luciana’s previous work by clicking on the following titles: The Curse of TroyAphrodite’s Curse, A Goddess’s Curse, Boxed in a Curse.
I hope you enjoy this special treat. The directions for the giveaway are listed below the interview. Good luck to you all!



Hi Luciana! Thank you for being here today. Can you please tell everyone here a little bit about yourself and your books?

Thank you Nicole. I am honoured to be here with you and your readers.

Sure. I am first generation Australian Italian and was the first in the family to graduate from university. I am a secondary teacher of Information Services and Social Science which includes teaching Ancient History. I also evaluate pre-service teachers for Edith Cowan University.

My books are steeped in Ancient History and mythology, though are contemporary in style.


What made you decide to become a writer?

I dabbled in writing while in high school but didn’t pursue it but loved to read. It was after university the interest in writing was rekindled following the aftermath of a car accident. I was off work for 3 months and it was a difficult time recovery wise, physically and emotionally. I needed to channel my thoughts and writing was my outlet. Mind, that manuscript will NEVER see the light of day! I think I may even have shredded it. ;D


How did you fall in love with Greek Mythology?

I was 15 when I read Charles Berlitz book on Atlantis: The lost continent and from there my love affair with Greek Mythology was born. I kept telling my parents I was going to Greece one day and I did! It was the most exciting experience in my life travelling through the mainland and the islands. I have a feeling there is Greek heritage somewhere in our family DNA.


What inspires you to write about the strong mythological women?

That I must say was accidental, sort of 😀 I was part of a writing critique group and it was suggested I should write short stories. I didn’t read a lot of short stories, I felt they didn’t fulfill my thirst for the story or characters the same way as a novel did. At the time I was reading Euripides, and was inspired by his play Hippolytus. That’s when I wrote Aphrodite’s Curse. It wasn’t until a few weeks later the idea of writing about famous and strong mythical women was conceived. Women from the Ancient Greek world weren’t treated very well even Hera who was a powerful goddess. I wanted to change the perception of these women and offer readers a different point of view. The women I chose to feature in the Accursed Women collection were deliberate because of their fate and the vitriolic historicity that emerged in later stories.


If you could trade places with a Goddess, which one would it be and why?

This is a tough one. Each goddess has aspects which I admire and parts that I dislike. They really had nasty streaks. Certainly wouldn’t want to get on their wrong side! Though if I had to choose it would be Artemis. She was youthful, intelligent and protector of the environment and animals.


What do you like to read when you aren’t writing?

I read a wide range of genres with the exception of erotica, and horror that is overly gratuitous. I read historical novels/fantasy of course and lots of non-fiction sources. At the moment I am reading a book by Vince Flynn Act of Treason and indie author Ana Calin’s Blacksmith. I had just finished Fatherland by Robert Harris, brilliant book and one of my favourite authors and The lady of the Pier: the ebb by Effrosyni Moschoudi, an indie author. I try to read both traditional and indie authors.


Do you have a favorite scene or character from your books?

In Cursed by Treachery I like the scene where Medousa and her sisters are playing a game of aerial chase. It shows the sort of child she was and the family life she had. In A Goddess’ Curse, there is no particular scene but I did enjoy the repartee between Hera and Drake Drabbler. I had fun writing that story.


If you could ask readers one thing, what would it be?

To please leave reviews, they help authors more than they realize, especially those who are just starting out, which includes me. Even if it is no more than two sentences. I’m going to be cheeky here and add an extra point, please try new genres and authors. You just never know you may find a book and author you like.


Do you have any future books planned?

I do! At present I have a novel about to be published, the first in the Servant of the Gods series. It’s titled Search for the Golden Serpent and is about a reluctant hero from the 21st century who is transported back to 6th century BCE to prevent the downfall of the Olympian Gods. I am also working on a novella series, contemporary story based on a short story I wrote for my editor, who’s compiled an anthology based on keepsakes due out very soon. My novella series is about a family heirloom with unusual properties.


Where can readers find you?

Readers can get in touch with me via my:

Website http://www.luccav.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luciana-Cavallaro-Writer/304218202959903?ref=hl

Twitter https://twitter.com/ClucianaLuciana

Google+ https://plus.google.com/102236012274331554847/posts?hl=en

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/chindamo/boards/

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=242021145&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic


Giveaway Time:

To enter for your chance to win a free ecopy of Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro, leave a comment below telling me one thing that you like (or remember) about Greek Mythology. Winner will be selected using Random.org and announced on Monday, Feb. 9th at 1pm EST. Good luck!


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A Quote to Begin the New Year…

Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
~Alfred Tennyson


Happy New Year everyone! Four years ago today, I packed up my boys and we hit the road to begin our new life in South Carolina. It has been an interesting four years, but I am grateful for all of them. I have high hopes for a very happy 2015 for us all!

Thank you again for all of your continued support.

Cheers to 2015!

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Author Spotlight!

Hi Everyone,

This week’s Author Spotlight is on Andrew Joyce. He is currently running a sale on his ebook, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn.  He is also giving one lucky commenter a free copy of his book! (Details at the end of the post.)

Author Bio: Andrew Joyce’s latest novel, REDEMPTION, has hit #1 in two categories over the last year and was (for a short while) the number 27th best selling book on Amazon (out of over 2,000,000 books). He lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog Danny.
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Summary: Three men come together in the town of Redemption, Colorado, each for his own purpose. Huck Finn is a famous lawman not afraid to use his gun to protect the weak. He has come to right a terrible wrong. After his wife’s death, Tom Sawyer does not want to live anymore; he has come to die. The third man, the Laramie Kid, a killer Huck and Tom befriended years earlier has come to kill a man. For these three men Death is a constant companion. For these three men it is their last chance for redemption.

REDEMPTION won the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Western of 2013


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Author Spotlight

Good Morning,

This week’s author spotlight is on Brett Garcia Rose. He is releasing his new mystery novel, Noise.

Noise, by Brett Garcia Rose, is a thriller/mystery centering on a deaf character’s search for his missing sister. It’s short, violent, but ultimately it’s about love. Noise was published in June 2014 and is available for sale on AmazonBarnes & Noble and My Sister’s Books.

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A Quick Update…

Hi Everyone,

During the first week of this month, we were out of town. We went to Va to honor my Grandfather’s life and bury him next to my Grandmother. We spent quality time with friends, blessed that they helped us celebrate my grandparents’ lives. I am forever grateful to our friends.

Now that I am back, there will be numerous reviews posted this week as I get caught up with everything. You may notice a few changes as well, which I hope you will enjoy.

In the meantime, I want to hear how all of you are spending your fine Sunday evening?

I will be finishing a book from The List and the the review will appear later this week.

I wish you all a happy and colorful October!


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My Sister’s Books Review #54

The Aviator’s Wife

By: Melanie Benjamin

Aviator's Wife

Anne Morrow lived a happy life in the shadows of her political father and her beautiful sister. However, her life turned into a majestic fairytale when she meets Charles Lindbergh, who opens up the whole world to her. Anne lived during a time where women were not their own selves, but carried the identity of being their husbands’ wives. Yet through the encouragement and support of Charles, Anne pushed her limits and accomplished goals she never dreamed were possible. Unfortunately, Anne’s life with the Aviator is not going to be smooth sailing, yet one that is filled with turbulence and heartbreaking events. The Aviator’s Wife tells Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s side of this famous, whirlwind romance.

Written like a romanticized memoir, Melanie Benjamin transports readers straight into the heart and mind of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The setting flashes from Anne’s present self in 1974, back through time as she remembers significant events in her relationship with her hero, Charles.  Anne’s internal monologue is poetic, with several phrases that will remain in readers’ minds long after they have finished the book. This book brings about some debatable issues when it comes to Charles’ personality and Anne’s acceptance of daily life. Nevertheless, whether or not you like the Lindbergh couple or even remember why you recognize their name, this book is a definite must read.


This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

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Perfect Fling

Perfect FlingBy: Carly Phillips

(Serendipity Finest #2)

Format: Paperback

Read: August 2014

Erin Marsden has never set one foot, much less a toe, on the bad side of the line. Being the only daughter of the former police chief, she has maintained her good girl reputation. After leaving her brother’s wedding reception she decides to have a one-night stand with Cole Sanders, who has recently reappeared in town. Cole has many dark secrets concerning his long absence and he hopes to be able to leave town again soon. Things get even more complicated when Erin’s life is in danger and Cole is assigned to protect her.

Even though this book is the second in Carly Phillips’ series, it works well as a stand-alone story. Starting with a jam packed beginning, the storyline flows nicely while balancing all of the family dynamics and relationships. There is a lot of suspense as well as romance, however it is quite predictable. Overall for fans of Carly Phillips, readers will enjoy this latest chapter in the world of Serendipity.



The author of this book provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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A Quote to Begin Your Day…

“May the odds be ever in your favor!”

~Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games


A quote and a reading version of throwback Thursday. Tell me, what were some of your favorite Children’s or YA books growing up? Or ones that you have read as an adult and enjoyed?

Have a wonderful day everyone!



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