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Wind Dancer      By: Jamie CarieWind Dancer by Jamie Carie. $ 2.99

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Raised in a British-held frontier town during the American Revolution, Isabelle Renoir is not like other women around her. A free spirit, she dances in the moonlight as a praise offering to God and is more at home fearlessly taking her long rifle and knife into the woods for adventure and inspiration.

But Isabelle’s latest journey may be more than even her strength can handle when a huge storm throws the raven-haired beauty off course and into the path of rugged American spy Samuel Holt. After matching wits and denying their passion for each other, they are attacked by Indians, held prisoner, and forced to watch the horrific killing of Isabelle’s brother. Now together but in captivity, they must fight spiritual forces that no knife or rifle could ever conquer in order to be free.

This is an inspirational historical. The reviews indicate that the Native Americans are portrayed as savages and that the Christianity theme is very heavy. However, in spite of that, many reviewers felt that the strong heroine was a pleasure to read as was the suspense and action.

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The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by     Michael ScottThe Alchemyst by Michael Scott. $ 2.99

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He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.

But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

From the Hardcover edition.

This is a middle grade book. “Filled with a wild cast of characters, some historically-based and some based on the myths ofmany different cultures, this is a non-stop adventure that will appeal to any reader with an interest in fantasy. In this engaging tale, Michael Scott, a prolific Irish author of children’s and young adult books that frequently unite elements of myth and modern times, leaves the reader eager for more. ”

One reviewer said the audio book is excellent.

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Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn ChildsForgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs. $ 1.99

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Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid—she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type—the instant they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

PW says “Childs’s (Goddess Boot Camp) effervescent storytelling conveys the delicate tension of first love, and her characters are sympathetic and charming; Lily’s frequent aquatic exclamations (“Speak of the devilfish”) are indicative of the book’s brand of humor. This sweet mix of magic, romance, and teen drama will leave readers satisfied, even as they hope Quince and Lily’s story will continue. Ages 12-up”

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The Highlander's Sword  by  Amanda ForesterThe Highlander’s Sword by Amanda Forester. $ 2.99.

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Scottish Highlands romance is a perennial favorite, especially when it’s as intriguing and sexy as The Highlander’s Sword. Set against the backdrop of the rugged Scottish Highlands and the tumultuous 14th century, Lady Aila Graham is destined for the convent until her brother’s death leaves her an heiress and her father hastily arranges a marriage for her with a Highland warrior she’s never met. Misunderstandings between the battle-hardened knight and his lady are exploited by their enemies and threaten the entire clan. Only by throwing caution to the winds and forging a powerful bond together can they rout a traitor and save their people—and their love—from destruction.…

PW writes “As Aila and MacLaren humorously struggle to find a time and place to consummate their marriage, they learn to trust each other, uncover a traitor, and discover the joys of love. Though the long-awaited sex scene doesn’t justify the buildup, entertaining secondary characters and plenty of intrigue keep the reader cheering all the way.”

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

4 Comments

  1. Julie M
    May 05, 2013 @ 12:05:14

    A bit of a “cut and paste” error as the blurb for “The Highlander’s Sword” is the same as the one for “Forgive My Fins”.

  2. Carolyne
    May 05, 2013 @ 18:45:41

    When I look at that last cover all I can think is “The Highlander’s Nipple.” I am experiencing some major cover design fatigue. I don’t even know anymore what an attractive cover is.

    The Alchemyst sounds interesting though. A fun middle grade book feels like just the right speed for me right now, and I could use some more myths and magic after reading Cornelia Funke’s “Reckless” and “Fearless” (which while not Romance do have a couple that I’m seriously rooting for).

  3. Kate K.F.
    May 05, 2013 @ 22:04:04

    The Alchemyst is a great read. I read it a while ago and kept meaning to catch up with the series but never did. It creates an interesting version of history and the two main characters are highly compelling, a good light read and worth it at that price. Also I found that it stood alone fairly well, yes, its the first of a series but the end isn’t too dangling.

  4. Shirely McMillan
    May 06, 2013 @ 06:36:54

    I like inspiration and historical book titled “Wind Dancer”, I like to read it. Before some days one of my colleague was talking about this book and here I get some new details about it.

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