The Enchantress by Ally Capraro

Ally Capraro has done it again! First we are introduced to Ava Davenport, an Earthling who discovers her heritage is from another world, in The Descendant. Now we follow Ava’s adventure in Lapo in The Enchantress.

What is supposed to be a happy time in her life- planning her wedding with Maldrich- turns out to be another battle. This time there are two enemies to fight, the Xemlix and the Enchanted. In book one, the Lapo people have fought against Xemlix to save human kind on Earth. This time the Xemlix are working hand in hand with the Enchanted. Although Maldrich and his men are familiar with the Enchanted, they cannot see them. Ava can and it’s up to her to battle them.

In The Enchantress, Ava falls under their spell and is becoming an Enchanted herself. She becomes a different person, full of rage, and if she can’t fight it off, she risks becoming one of them.

I give The Enchantress 5 stars and can’t wait to read more from Ally Capraro.

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Two Graves by Zoe Kalo

two-gravesI was given this book to read in exchange for an honest opinion. Two Graves is a short novella, but don’t let that fool you. It has a powerful punch! Angelica has plotted revenge against the much loved Maestro and seeks it during a masquerade party. Seven years prior, she lost her son. In the book, Maestro says, “A mother’s love is an aberration solely for the continuation of the species.” Angelica’s love for her son never dies.

The novella takes you through an after party, disguised as a masquerade. The whole thing was dark and almost felt psychedelic as Angelica goes from one room to the next while seeking her revenge. For each room she steps in, there’s another encounter. Zoe Kalo made it feel like I was right there at the party.

I’m not completely sure where I stand with this book. I liked it. I didn’t like it. Both. Two Graves is a psychological suspense and that is probably the problem I have with it. I’m open to read almost all genres but this is the first time for this one, for me. It just took me a couple of reads to ‘get it.’ This doesn’t mean that the novella isn’t good, it just means that I am torn whether it’s for me or not.

My indecision on the book has nothing to do with the author or her writing. She did a great job crafting this story and I do encourage you to read it. In fact, this is just book one- there is more to come and yes, I will be reading more.

Title: Two Graves (Retribution Series #1) Author: Zoe Kalo Genre: Dark Psychological Suspense Audience: New Adult/Adult Word count: 18,000 words – 70 pages (short novella) Launch date: October 1st 2016 Visit Zoe on GoodReads Purchase on Kindle

About Author Zoe Kalo

A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…
A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir. She is the author of the YA fantasy series CULT OF THE CAT.

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My rebuttal on Amelia’s Story


I’ve read some of the reviews posted on Amelia’s Story and I just wanted to take a moment to point some things out to the readers and explain what’s going on in my head.

This story was published in 2013. I was too hasty and knew it, it had errors. But I was busy with life, took a little time away from writing, and never got around to fixing the things that got over looked. Then recently, I started planning a reboot on the book. Until recently, nobody even knew this book existed. I had made a couple of connections, put my head together with theirs and we had ideas for Amelia’s Story to come back to life.

I made the electronic version FREE because I wanted those people to download it and begin working on editing from different views. I honestly didn’t expect what was about to happen. What was free for a couple of people, turned out to a lot of downloads. As of the time that I’m writing this note, over 18,000 copies have been downloaded! Wow, who would have thought. (Yes, the people who I intended to receive it, did, plus some!) Amelia’s Story has since then peaked in the top 100 free Kindle books, and then lingered between 300-400. Now of course with so many downloads, comes bad reviews. To those who reviewed badly for editing- if I ever thought so many people would have seen the book, I would have gone about it a different way. Yes, you were right. I knew this long before you did. You just happened to buy the free book before I could stop you. However, thank you. It didn’t matter how many bad reviews came in because the number of downloads everyday astonished me. Guess the good over ruled the bad. It was never intended to reach the public in such a way that it did, but I’m not complaining.

As for the people who gave the book bad reviews because they didn’t like the story. Well, there’s a whole other story that you need to know.

“Amelia’s Story” is fictional but inspired by a girl, much like Amelia, and her story is as real as it gets. Her name was Sally Hamilton. This is her story, in fiction to make it a little more interesting to readers. Sally lived in my hometown. When I was younger, my father spent many hours/many days taking care of an old grave. He’d pull weeds, cut grass around it, and bring flowers. One day I asked him why. He told me the story of Sally Hamilton, and I cried. I asked how he knew the story. He told me it has been said from generation to generation, and showed me a local history book that printed her story. Her case was cold. Over 200 years later and never solved. He said it was up to me to continue the story so that everyone in my hometown would know her, and know what happened. Fast forward about 20 years later when the writing begun. I wanted to tell more than just the people of my hometown. I wanted to tell the world. But, there aren’t enough written details of Sally. I found a couple of reports, but definitely not enough to make a novel out of it. That’s where the fiction part comes in. I made up the town, envisioned my hometown. I made up the plot. But I didn’t make up the ending. I built the character around how generations described Sally. A kind person who would help anyone out. I had to change somethings to make this Amelia’s story and not just Sally’s. Sally was the daughter of a magistrate, Amelia the daughter of an apothecary.

I kept as many details as close to the real story as possible. Sally had a large family, so does Amelia. The evidence found at the crime scene, all found in the real crime scene. Even the old man neighbor who said the wind was howling, that happened in real life. There were 3 trials in the murder of Sally Hamilton- one for insanity, one from testimony told from one friend against the other, and one of perjury. Amelia’s Story has 2 trials; the perjury was just thrown in for a dramatic effect. The rumors of Army men in the area on the night of August 25, 1813 still buzz around my hometown to this day. When talking to the older generations, they believe my final outcome is what happened. Yes, maybe I have fictionalized the killer a bit. What is a good book if the villain isn’t larger than life?

I have read a few of the reviews that said they didn’t think it was believable. Why? Conspiracies have been around since the beginning of time. Why not in this book?

One review in particular said that I didn’t know what I was talking about. This review said that the War of 1812 did not have a “Major General.” Yes, it did. In fact, President Andrew Jackson was one. (No, the character in my book has nothing to do with him- I’m just stating that yes there were Major Generals.) There weren’t many officers of this position but there were some! Amelia’s Story is the fictional version of the true story, so anything is possible in fiction- even having a character be a major general. This reviewer also stated that the war ended in 1814, not 1815. That is arguable. The last battle might have been fought in 1814 but the official end of the war was February 18, 1815. However, it doesn’t matter. I didn’t state an exact date in this book. I started part 3 by saying the spring of 1815 brought an end to the war and Patrick Buchanan home. Yes, in those days it would take a foot soldier months to return home.

A lot have said they didn’t like the ending, wasn’t worth the time it took them to read it. Well I have to agree with them. I don’t like the way Sally Hamilton’s story ended either. Who would? She was an innocent girl taken too soon. There wasn’t a definite outcome, her case is cold. I for one would love to know the truth. Don’t like the ending of the book? I think you wouldn’t like the ending of the true story even more.

For those many people who already downloaded the book, I doubt you’ll be able to see this. If by chance you do, you’ll know why the story is the way it is. And, you’ll possibly forgive an author for having too many errors. I can’t express enough how I never imagined so many would download the book and read it before I had the chance to change it. For those who haven’t read it and are thinking about downloading the e-book, or purchasing one of the other formats- I hope that my words help you to understand exactly what you’re about to get into. This is inspired by actual events. I hope you like it.

Amelia’s Story is still going strong. I never intended to make money off of it, even now that it has been edited (again) it’s still free for e-book readers. I wrote this book to tell Sally’s story, although in fiction to make it an interesting read. I never once said that this book was my finest work either. But it’s a story so close to my heart.

As for the editing that was done. Spelling, grammar, and writing style have been checked and cleaned up. There are some ‘wording’ that has not changed strictly because the audio version is already in its final stages and I didn’t want the book that much different from the audio. Get Amelia's Story FREE here!

The Stranger by Anna del Mar

The Stranger- Anna del Mar

Summer in Alaska? I was immediately pulled into this story when Summer Silva, a native of Miami, finds herself stranded in the harsh Alaskan elements. She travels to Alaska, unprepared, to search for her sister, who ran away with a man she’d met on the internet. Summer crashes her rental, dressed wrong for the weather, and walking in hopes to find some help.

Seth is an angered Army Vet with pains of his own. Driving home, he finds Summer stumbling in the road and is immediately enraged. Seth thinks she’s a trap, set up by his greedy cousin Alex, who is after Seth’s position in the family business. He picks Summer up but demands that she tell him who she’s working for. She explains what she’s doing in Alaska but he’s not buying it. Instead he takes her home for the night, until the storm passes, where he’ll investigate Summer Silva for himself.

That night, Summer and Seth have a night of passion. I have to admit that I almost stopped reading at that point. I thought it was extremely out of character. Up until then, Summer was strong, independent, and on a mission to find her sister. There was no believable way that she’d be seducing the stranger. But, I continued reading and I highly recommend that you do as well. Although it seemed uncharacteristic, I realized that I haven’t yet known the real Summer at all. After that night, all her deep secrets are revealed and suddenly everything makes sense.

So now you know there is sex in this book. I hope you’re not surprised, it is, after all, a romance.

All leads to Summer’s sister end up with nothing, and Summer is forced to stay in Alaska. By now, Seth has found out all that he needed to know about Summer to make him want to get to know her better. He also learns that someone tried killing her that first night. There’s no way that he’s going to allow her to stay anywhere else. It’s his desire to protect her, although she doesn’t believe her car accident was a hit on her.

Together, they search for her sister. Together, they are starting to get to know each other deeper than anyone else ever has before. From the start, Seth wants to make Summer his and isn’t afraid to tell her that. But, Summer isn’t interested. Her only thoughts are on finding her sister, taking her home, and getting back to the life she is used to.

This whole book leaves you asking things like; where is this sister, who’s trying to kill her, and what is Alex doing next to corrupt Seth’s name and business? In the end, all is answered and The Stranger ends the way I hoped it would.

If you’re looking for a good romance, with a bit of military background- read the Stranger. The characters are real, the pace is fast, and you will be hungering for more. Great read, thanks Anna de Mar!

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Review- My Own Mr. Darcy

My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White 

I came across this book and couldn’t help but want to read it. I’m a Jane Austin fanatic and love all her work. I once wanted my own Mr. Darcy as well, so I adopted a bird and named him that. But, I was skeptical because Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites and I was afraid this book was going to be some kind of spin off. I was wrong, so very wrong.

Elizabeth reluctantly watches the movie with her mother and best friend, then becomes obsessed with it. It’s her dream to wait for a man that fits Mr. Darcy’s image. Not just any Mr. Darcy but one that looks like Matthew Macfadyen- and who could blame her, he was the best looking Mr. Darcy that Hollywood could find.

Her best friend, Janessa, tries to bring her back to reality. When Elizabeth meets Chad in a grocery store, Janessa encourages her to date him ten times before giving up on him. In walks Matt, her perfect Mr. Darcy look alike. Not only does he look like the part, he plays it as well. Elizabeth is on cloud nine!

I felt for both the men in this story. For Chad, who didn’t deserve what happens to him. For Matt, who also didn’t deserve what happens to him. However, I am very happy for Elizabeth who followed her dreams and we are to assume she lives happily ever after.

As an author myself, I found My Own Mr. Darcy to be a little predictable. Or maybe it’s because I dreamed of this story too- finding my own. But, Karey White has given Elizabeth all the romance she ever wanted. Elizabeth found someone who spoiled her with affection, stayed by her side, paved her future, and loved her unconditionally.

Was it Chad? Or was it Matt? I can’t tell you that. You’ll have to get a copy yourself, you won’t be disappointed. And if you haven’t seen Pride and Prejudice yet, what are you waiting for? Click the picture below to order your copy of My Own Mr. Darcy and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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I am giving away copies of St. Matthew's House on If you don't have a copy yet, enter for a chance to win. See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: St. Matthew's House: A Paranormal Romance Novella (Kindle Edition). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jul 29, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules Good luck!

A little about reviews

Have you ever wondered why authors ask readers to leave a review on Amazon, or other online stores, after you finished reading their book? The intent of this blog post is to explain it a little better to you.

  Picture this… Remember what it was like before the internet came along and buying books was a complete different experience. We went into a store, a real store that we can touch the walls with, and selected the books we wanted to read. A customer had an idea of what kind of book they wanted to read, and went to that aisle. (Hence, on Amazon you search Sci-fi, romance, nonfiction, ect- you did it years ago too.) There in the aisle was shelves full of books to choice from. The customer picked a book up, maybe judged it from its cover, and read the back of the book, the inside flap, any editorial reviews that were printed inside, and possibly started reading the first chapter. We put the ones we didn’t find interesting back, and we bought the ones that liked. You were able to hold it in your hands, feel it, skim through it, and check its price to see if you thought it was worth the price. Then the book was bought.

This happened at new and used book stores, by the way. I’m not saying that people can’t do this anymore, but bookstores in general are losing their appeals with all the online bookstores and ebooks available. Now bring your mind back to the present day. You want a book, you go on Amazon, there are millions of books. Many of which are self-published so you have no idea who the author is. Now you really are clicking on the ones that your eyes are attracted to, or the title interests you. But is it good? You can’t tell, you can’t hold it, you can’t flip through the pages. Yes, you can download a sample, or what Amazon calls “Look inside the book,” but that only gets you so far. You must sample read what they allow you to sample, not like in the book stores days where you could read anywhere you wanted in the book. How do you know if you’d like it?

Reviews! When others read a book and then go back to the site in which they purchased it and leaves a review- it’s like telling someone else whether they should buy the book or not. Reviews tell us things like, the book was a page turner, the reader couldn’t put it down, the ending was perfect. Or, the review could be just the opposite, the reviewer might say that there were too many spelling errors in the book, or the characters weren’t strong enough. It’s valued information for you and makes your decision process easier. So after you read the book, you do the same and help another reader decide if they like it.

Sad fact- many good books go unsold because there are no reviews left. My historical fiction book, Amelia’s Story, was downloaded over 350 times when it was priced free during a promotional period after its release. I personally sold about 50 of them myself. Many people have told me that they loved the book. It made them happy, sad, angry. It made them cry, but they all told me it was good and they looked forward to my new books. Unfortunately, there are only a few reviews left on it, and when new readers discover it- there aren’t enough reviews to convince them that it’s worth the price. Tragic but happens to so many independent authors.

What do we do about that? We should read books and then leave a few sentences about them online. They don’t have to be professionally written, you don’t have to be a writer. Just tell others what you thought. My newest novella, St. Matthew’s House, is being released tomorrow and I sure hope that I can get reviews posted. I realize that I’m still new in the industry and I’m not going to be a household name anytime soon. That’s ok with me, right now I’m building up a following. That starts with what reviews.

Hope that give you a better understanding. Happy reading!

First review for St. Matthew’s House- 4 Stars

Check out the first review of St. Matthew's House here. Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite St. Matthew’s House: A Paranormal Romance Novella is written by C.P. Murphy. Young bride, TaShena, is shot dead on her wedding day by her abusive ex-boyfriend, Adam, before he turns the gun on himself immediately after seeing her lifeless body. After such a tragedy, the church is no longer used as a place of worship and is transformed into a residence. When Sophia Demitri flees to Greenville to escape her abusive ex-boyfriend, Charlie, and start a new life, she feels blessed to find such a beautiful house, especially since she can easily afford the rent. Little does Sophia know that her every move is being watched by two ghosts – one of which is held against her will while the other rejoices in inflicting pain and torment on others. Sophia seems to feel their chilling presence and hear a woman’s voice whisper to her, which Sophia shrugs off as lingering dreams. When former groom-to-be, Frankie Everhart, notices that somebody has moved into the church where his beloved TaShena had been gunned down in front of him all those years ago, TaShena suddenly appears in his dreams, desperately trying to guide him towards the new girl in town. At first, it is to try to fill the void that TaShena’s death had created in Frankie’s heart, but it quickly escalates into something life-threatening with Sophia’s urgent need for protection from a man who only knows how to talk with his fists. As a domestic violence survivor, I have to say that I got chills while reading C.P. Murphy’s paranormal tale of psychopathic abuse. Starting with the murder-suicide of a bride by her ex-boyfriend on her wedding day and moving on to a woman who, years later, unknowingly moves into the building where the murder-suicide had taken place whilst escaping her own nightmarish abusive past, St. Matthew’s House is a fast-paced thriller which keeps the adrenaline pumping from start to finish. Incorporating the afterlife into a maniacal obsession which had led to such a horrific crime creates a unique and incredible storyline, filled both with fear and unbridled passion. As difficult as it was for me to read, I enjoyed how the story played out so beautifully. I recommend this book to mature audiences who enjoy a lot of action and drama in their paranormal romance.

St. Matthew’s House in on presale!

I'm getting very excited as my new book is being released in less than a month! Over 60 people have shown an interest in receiving an advanced copy for a review, and its been sent to a few blogs for review. I'm in the process of setting up a virtual book tour, so stay tuned and I'll tell you where you can find me. The book will be exclusive on Amazon, on July 5, 2016. I can't wait to see how the world feels about St. Matthew's House (A paranormal romance novella). Get your presale copy today and tell everyone you know who reads to get theirs. Stay tuned as the excitement continues. Get your presale copy here! And remember: it's FREE on Kindle Unlimited:)