Monday, June 27, 2011

Illuminations of the Heart by Joyce DiPastena

Illuminations of the Heart, written by Joyce DiPastena, is a historical romance set in the medieval days of Duke Richard son of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. It is the story of Donna Siriol de Calendri a young widow who along with her maid, Lucianna travel from Venice to Poitou at the dying request of her brother, to live under the guardianship of his friend, Sir Tristan de Brielle. But Siri bears a striking resemblance to Tristan’s late wife, Clothilde, which makes her presence a painful reminder of the love he lost and a temptation too hard for him to bear.

Author Joyce DiPastena
It’s not often that one reads a book so well written and researched, as Joyce’s, Illuminations of the Heart. Joyce has taken meticulous care to assure historical accuracy, which added to this delightful tale of a romance fraught with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Joyce gives us the pleasure of a deeply romantic novel without resorting to degradation in any form—a truly desirable romance!

I highly recommend Illuminations of the Heart. It is not only thoroughly enjoyable to read, but also gratifying.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Chronicles of the Broken by Amanda Washington

Author Amanda Washington introduces us to six compelling youth—all with distinctively different personalities, and all lacking one key element in their lives—faith in something or someone greater than themselves. Amy is a game-addict with a major attitude who is being raised by her Asian and aged grandparents. Andrew detests every nanny his parents hire and devises ways to get rid of them. He has little respect for women and no clue how to interact with them either. Jessica is a loner who lives with a chronically ill mother and an alcoholic father. Trevor is a classic latch-key kid who is shy and physically abused by an older brother. And Marcus is a big, rough football player with a reputation as a hothead and a troublemaker.

Although they all go to the same high school, they do not know each other; until they are unwillingly thrust together at a Christian youth camp where an unexplainable miracle brings them together and causes them to take a closer look at their lives.

Author Amanda Washington
 Amanda Washington’s characters are well-rounded and believable down to their very dialects—that’s always a thrill to read! She has crafted a well-written Christian novel, without being an in-your-face Christian writer. Her messages are subtle and skillfully woven into the fabric of her novel. I highly recommend, Chronicles of the Broken!

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nia by Mella Reese

Princess Nia unwillingly receives a gift of a loyal bodyguard—Prince Garreth, the fourth born son of a neighboring kingdom, as an offering of peace between the two kingdoms. When her mother and two brothers die, Nia is left with the possibility that she might have to become the future queen even though she has no desire to do so.

She was taught the art of healing using herbs by her mother and grandmother, and has only distain for her father’s warring ambitions—she would rather heal than inflict pain, but she has no idea that someone close to her doesn't want her to be the queen either and crafts a cunning plan to destroy her. She comes to rely on Garreth as not only her protector, but also her friend.

Author Mella Reese attended Brigham Young University in Utah and Hawaii and then completed her degree in Special Education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is a survivor of Cushing's Disease. For more information on Cushings Disease go to

Author Mella Reese

Mella has put a great deal of effort into this story and in time will become a wonderful story-teller if she continues to write and is willing to study and learn from the writings of others. I wish her the very best in her endeavors.

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