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Here is another fabulous reader review of Odile, Legend of the Black Swan from Indie book blogger, Melanie A. Smith put together with a lovely bookstagram photo done by @carpelibrum.in of Instagram! If you love dark fairy tales, be sure to grab up your own copy of Odile and... Enter the world of the Black Swan.
Pale, cold mistress of the serpent’s lair, blood red lips and coal black hair…
Enter the world of the Black Swan, a dark and seductive tale where things are not always as they seem. Odile is the reviled villainess of Aarroughac, a castle inhabited by the evil wizard, Count Rothebart. After a sinister magic sweeps through the land and results in death, Odile is accused of the crime. Von Rothebart vanishes, leaving her to face the wrath of an entire kingdom alone until a mysterious stranger with powers of his own comes along.
With vengeance as his guide, Lord Azarus di Caspari hunts an ancient curse. When he crosses paths with the Black Swan of legend, he immediately makes up his mind to use the temptress’s magic for his own devices. But when Azarus learns that the story of the sorceress might not be true, disappointment gives way to desire. Spells are cast and secrets are revealed, but can love exist in the shadow of two dark hearts such as theirs?
Are the tales of the Black Swan true? Is she a murderess and an evil sorceress to be feared or is she the only thing standing between true evil and the fall of a kingdom? Only time will tell as the magical story of the Black Swan unfolds.
Odile, Legend of the Black Swan is a stand alone fantasy, fairy tale romance inspired by the legendary ballet, Swan Lake.
An Enchanted Lands Romance.
Happy Book Teaser Tuesday! Here is a little bit from one of my favorite scenes in Moontide. Here, Cindy gets the sense that the strange dreams she's been having might be more than just dreams.
She veered left with Iris once they hit the water and picked up speed, splashing through the foamy surf. The mare’s exhilaration was contagious and Cindy reveled in the feel of freedom. She’d never been so at ease riding before, but something had come over her and it was as if she just knew what to do, like she was remembering. Remembering what though? The horse, the ride, the place? She couldn’t piece it all together enough to make sense of what felt like recollections but couldn’t possibly be.
Ronan and his stallion gained on them and she pushed Iris forward, laughing into the wind. Her spirit melded with the horse’s as they pounded across wet sand. Small white flickers sped through her vision like fireflies. She raced through the tiny balls of light as they blurred, fading into the sunlight and the gleam of the water. A sensation of strength came over her, rushing through the blood in her veins as if some fire had been lit within her.
Foreign words like the ones spoken in her dreams filled her head. This time, she had a vague idea of their meaning; moon then goddess. They’d barely flitted into her consciousness when Ronan caught up and headed her off.
Both horses turned their riders in a final circle as they pranced and reared against the rolling water in a climactic end to their game.
Moontide, Tides of Atlantis Book#1
Available on Amazon or read for free on Kindle Unlimited
Tides of Atlantis
Mankind and the gods alike have grown complacent and the restless forces of the underworld that have been simmering beneath the surface are coming out to play. They will not stop until their thirst for vengeance is satisfied and all worlds have returned to yawning pre-time chaos.
Ten lost kings ─ sons of Poseidon─ and rulers of a condemned land are our last hope…if only they can be found. Cursed by the gods after the fall of Atlantis, the kings have passed into anonymity with no memory of who they are. Forces of both good and evil are hunting them. Poseidon needs them to win the war for the universe. Evil is bent on their destruction.
Upon A Moonswept Tide…
Trapped in time…Ronan Garring is a man of action; a ship captain who has sailed the seas from Europe to the Caribbean…in the seventeenth century. When he is tricked by a sea nymph, he is sent to a deserted island in Poseidon’s realm to serve the gods for all time. On a mission to modern day Miami, he finds his earth home crawling with underworld evil and is waylaid by an enchanting human woman who seems to stall his attempts at completing his quest at every turn. He can’t be sure if she is an entirely innocent wrecking ball or the agent of a more sinister force. Against all his good intentions, he finds himself continually, albeit pleasantly, entangled with her both in this world and beyond.
Searching…for a friend whose gone missing, Cindy Pierce left the Rocky Mountains for the beaches of Miami to try to make sense of, what looks to be, a hopeless case. As the trail grows cold, she stumbles into an intriguing dark stranger and is literally knocked flat. Fierce and intense as he is, towering over her and exuding old world masculinity, she can’t help her body’s immediate response to him. When she finds herself being chased across the southern tip of Miami and into the Florida Keys by the handsome foreigner however, she’s convinced he’s not only psychotic but intent on doing her harm. Once she finds herself in his arms again though, her attraction to him can’t be denied and neither can the fact that he may be the only one who can save her from the dark forces at work on the beach.
Join the race to find the kings in Amanda V. Shane’s new Tides of Atlantis series and help them to discover their soul mates, the women who will win their lost hearts and help them fulfill their destiny!
… in a land of winter’s tales, beyond the forest and the world we mortals know as ordinary, a maiden lived with hair of gold and snowy white, eyes of shining blue and lips to shame the blood, red rose.
A commoner and the outcast of her village...Nika is forced to flee her home to keep the dark secret of her birth. When she is hunted by a rugged Northman, she finds herself lost in a land of spells and curses. His kisses start to melt her cold, lonely heart, her secrets are laid bare and she finds herself in a magic war for the man and the kingdom she loves.
King of a cursed and ravaged kingdom...when Vasilli first lays eyes on Nika stealing bread at a fair, he knows he has to have the fair haired beauty. The legends surrounding his lands tell of a snow maiden who will break the curse of the Northern Kingdom but he wants Nika for his own.
From a land of winter, ice and snow comes a tale of enchantment and romance. Mages and sorceresses, omens and curses - this spellbinding grownup fairy tale is a story of magic in an ancient land and a legendary love that will heat up even the coldest winter night.
Inspired by the Russian fairy tale The Snow Maiden and legendary characters of The Nutcracker Ballet.
This story involves some intimate scenes and adult situations. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
What readers are saying about Snow Maiden:
"...a classical tale of good versus evil with a magical, steamy slant." ~Linda, www.readingbetweenthewines.com
"Miss Shane is an extremely illustrative writer. She paints a story that is so seductive and enchanting." ~Angela G., www.whiskeyangellife.com
"The romance between Nika and Vasilli develops at a delicious pace..." ~Bianca, www.ismellsheep.com
"This book will pull you through its pages! This read is compelling and full of adventurous action and love!" ~Amazon reviewer
Happy Wine Wednesday everybody! Okay, I know that I usually post romance novels for wine / book pairings on Wednesday buuutt... check out that amazing bottle!! When I saw Game of Thrones Chardonnay I knew it was going up on the blog. Timely too, considering the final season airs this weekend. Wine maker Bob Cabral has crafted a whole line of GoT wines so be sure to check out the website (link below). If you're at all a Fantasy lover / reader, I'm sure you already have the whole book collection in a hallowed display somewhere in your home, but to keep with tradition here on the RR&W section of the blog, I'm including the book link for the series and the description of famed Fantasy Author George R.R. Martin's masterpiece.
Have a wonderful rest of your week as the countdown to Season 8 continues. Be sure to grab your copies of the books and a bottle of Game of Thrones Chard. Happy reading everyone!
For the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones are together in one eBook bundle. An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine—international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now this bundle collects the entire monumental cycle in the most convenient format available:
A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
A STORM OF SWORDS
A FEAST FOR CROWS
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”--Los Angeles Times
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times
About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.