Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Pen Review: Large Edition Chalk Full of Book Reviews

Welcome to the latest edition of The Pen Review :Large Edition: Chalk Full of Book Reviews! Thanks to Eternal Press for sending me great reads. Hope you all enjoy this round of book reviews!

First off let's start off with Fey by Tessa Buxton!

Fey by Tessa Buxton
Publisher:Eternal Press
Pages: 37
Author's Website:
Price: $2.95 CA
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Fey By Tessa Buxton follows the story of rescue vet named Ryan. Ryan is a very busy man who hasn't had a successful date in quite some time. After another disastrous date, Ryan finds himself comforted by the lover in his dreams. When Ryan suddenly figures out that his dream lover is not dream what is he to do? Somewhat embarrased Ryan finds out he summond a faery! What is there to do, but fall in love. A light read, those who love faeries and love stories will enjoy the story of Fey. Check out the excerpt below!


The date with Darren had been better than disastrous, but only slightly. It was almost as if the entire universe had gathered to make sure it went wrong. The restaurant was hideously overbooked so they had to wait in the bar, Darren had been so nervous he’d messed up every order he had tried to make and instead of a virgin sea breeze, because he was driving, Ryan ended up with a sea breeze made with Virgin vodka, which he had to bring back.

When they had finally been seated, their conversation had gone past apologies into stilted conversation about work as they quickly realized that they had absolutely nothing in common, because Darren spent his spare time playing some computer game online and Ryan couldn't even check his E-mail without help.

Grandiloquence by Robert Appleton
Genre: Sci-fi
Publisher:Eternal Press
Author's Website: n/a
Pages: 24
Price: $2.50 CA

Can friendship be formed in the stars? Of Course! Robert Appleton's Grandiloquence is just that. This lovely tale takes place in the distant future. A giant exoskeleton built around the earth permits anyone who can pay the price, access to the solitude of a space booth—the ultimate place to stargaze, get laid, or just escape for a while...

This story revolves around that of Benjamin Umbize. Benjamin has just suffered the loss of his family due to Namibian genocide. Seeking seclusion and some peace, he checks into room 328, the room infamous for a haunting of the very person he is studying. There he meets famous pop starlet, Bianca Burnett who was scheduled on her own event with a boyfriend. Bianca making a mistake by going into the wrong room, but when she finds out it's too late to turn back. But this night will change the lives of both of them, a unforgettable night of friendship.

I really enjoyed the story of how to different people can meet in extraordinary places. Robert takes on a ride, a ride that says even friendship can be formed in the stars. Read the excerpt below to get a taste of the future!


Through the automatic sliding doors, a narrow blue-carpeted corridor wound to the left. It smelled of fresh ink, or some strange detergent. Transparent panels, set at equidistant points along the ceiling offered staggering glimpses of the elevator shaft—a gargantuan tower that rose above the atmosphere itself.

“Anyone afraid of heights?” she muttered.

One of only thirty-two on the planet, the giant tower was over sixty years old. Project Dreamcatcher—an exoskeletal framework over Earth had recently been completed to the tune of many trillions of dollars. In terms of interstellar freight and logistics, the project was expected to save corporations many times that amount in the long term. The amount of fuel required to pull a shuttle free of the earth’s gravitational pull was prohibitive, especially when multiplied by tens of thousands of shuttles per year. Despite global opposition, the exoskeleton did constitute a sound long-term investment. Entire industries had emerged on the giant framework over the planet. A cooperative venture hitherto unprecedented in human history, the Dreamcatcher itself had required the exhaustive mining of eleven planets in neighbouring systems.

In the olden days, this would all be science-fiction, she thought. Too bad all I’m using it for is to get laid.

She adjusted her handbag strap on her shoulder and untangled the other two straps—one belonging to her black tank top, the other to her purple bra. Rummaging in the pocket of her denim skirt, she retrieved a stick of gum. Bland flavour. I wonder if it’ll last me to the top, she thought, glancing up to where the tower met the clouds in a vague, blue hue.

Jazz Hands by Eric Erato
Publisher:Eternal Press
Pages: 55
Author's Website:n/a
Price: $2.95 CA
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The fourth book in the First Night Series, Eric Erato is back with Jazz Hands for a look into passion, sensuality and music. When a student of music meets that of a Jazz master, what can happen?
Passion and heat! Has the Jazz master met his match or has the student of music have a lot to learn? Want to know what happens?
Read the tantalizing excerpt below!

As a man independent for decades, I had been resigned to living by
myself, for myself. Duke Ellington wrote of his famous satin doll that “I
will give it a whirl, but I ain’t for no girl catchin’ me.” I have tried to live
by this philosophy my entire adult life, keeping to myself, consorting
with the people I respect, but not playing the romantic games that can
restrict a man’s freedom of action.

I have been a contented free agent, invulnerable to the attacks of
emotion and need that trap the best of our breed. My passion is beaten
into a keyboard every night, not pressed into the warm and willing flesh
of paramours and matrimonial aspirants. I am a man always in control of
his mind and his muse. A lone, independent man who was spotted,
stalked and captured. A man whose life changed in one night attending
to selfishness and cruelty, instead finding the key to stability and

One night can change everything. As a natural night creature, no
nocturnal foray into debauchery and dissipation surprises me. The
darkness affects all who plunge into its inky, velvety void, warping the
very sanity of the uninitiated, draining resistance from the terminally
timid and eliciting the true rolling, restive rhythm of the nighthawk. The
night strips away the people we want to be and bares the people we are:
grim, glorious or ghastly.

No Dungeon So Dark By Sam Kepfield
Genre: Scifi
Publisher:Eternal Press
Pages: 24
Author's Website:n/a
Price: $1.80 CA
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No Dungeon So Dark follows the story of Jon Larson, a sargent. A sargent a little after the 21st centry where beauty is valued more than anything. A world that he does not like at all. Until he meets Giselle on a distant planet. Giselle has some scars of her own that has made her run away from intamacy including the love Jon could offer her. Will Jon and Giselle come together or will the past have Giselle run?


“No. You kept those so no one would ever love you for your looks again.” I reached out, put a finger on her chin and made to turn her face to me. She resisted at first, but wound up looking at me. “It’s a shame, because you’re beautiful. Even with these,” I said, tracing a finger along the long scar from her ear to her mouth.

She flinched, but I moved her face back. “Perfection isn’t beauty. It’s dull.” Dozens of faces on bar girls flashed, all of them enhanced, just like the boobs and bellies and butts. “Imperfection can captivate. What would the Venus de Milo be with arms?”

Revenant by Janet Elizabeth Jones

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Vampire

Publisher:Eternal Press

Pages: 255
Author's Website:
Price: $5.95 CA
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Revenant follows the story of
Talisen Davies'whose goal is to discover the fate of her hero, eighteenth-century sea captain Ellory Benedikt, who disappeared after his marriage to her distant ancestor. The story of the sea captain is the labor of love her grandmother had started, the family history.

One night at a beach she meets Ellory, a man she finds herself attracted to. Not knowing the real truth behind him, she follows him to know more about her family history. For twenty-five years, vampire Ellory has resisted the return to the beach in Maine where his mortal life ended. Until he no longer can resist and meets the woman who has summoned him. As Talisen seeks to find answers, both Ellory and Talisen will get to know one another. Not knowing that Talisen is on her way to knowing the truth. What happened to Talisen's captian? What will happen to them?
I really enjyed reading this tale of Ellory and Talisen. If you love romance, adventure, and vampires, be sure to read this tale!


She pressed her mouth against his ear. "Drink from me."

He groaned against her, nuzzled her throat hard, lapped at it with his tongue until she pleaded. The pierce of his fangs and the rush of her life-giving blood pouring into him cast her over the edge into pure joy.

For sacred seconds their souls danced like their bodies did. One forever. Inseparable for all time. She heard his soundless declaration of love in her mind, felt it in every move of his body.

You are my wide, warm ocean of mystery. My safe harbor. My copper-coin moon rising to light my way, brighter than a thousand suns. Your love is my sustenance, stronger than a river of blood, all that my light-deprived soul thirsts for.

I haven't the words to tell you how much I treasure what you've given me tonight.

Revenge by Rita Karnopp
Genre:Romantic Suspense
Publisher:Eternal Press
Pages: 235
Author's Website:
Price: $6.95 CA
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Revenge by Rita Karnopp is filled with action, romance and suspense. I found myself not being able to put this story down!
Revenge follows the story of Abi and her newborn daughter, Kelly. To Abi's dismay, her own husband has been making attempts on her life! Trevor Madden is an controlling and abusing husband who want to destroy his Abi. That is until the handsome and kind police officer, Miles Sandler steps in. Agreeing to his help, Abi and daughter follow Miles into the icy and cold wilderness. What will happen? Will Trevor find Abi and her daughter or will Miles be able to protect them?


Chyna landed hard. The shock of discovery hit her full force when Trevor slammed the truck door shut. "I'll get you for this," she shouted at him through the open window. "See you in hell!"

She pulled herself upright in time to see him push the front fender of the truck. She dived for the door, but momentum sent her hard against the front window. Her forehead ached and the sound of cracking glass filled her with fear.

She turned and glared through the open driver’s side window and found herself shrinking from the cold gray, almost lifeless eyes that stared back at her. She hated the smirk on Trevor's face. Scraping sounds of metal against tree bark caused her to cringe. The vehicle slid from the tree, and began a downward slide.

She swore she heard Trevor laugh. She couldn't see anything but a black abyss. The vehicle picked up speed as it continued to skim the grassy embankment. She found herself suddenly tossed to the roof. The truck rolled, slamming her head against the dashboard, jamming her shoulder. A stabbing pain tore at her leg. "God, help me," she cried out loud. "I'll do whatever it takes, but please don't let me die. I have to be there for Abi and Kelly."

The vehicle slid to a stop. Chyna drew in a breath. In her foggy state something or someone warned her to concentrate, to be aware. She drew in a breath and smelled gasoline. A new fear gripped her senses.

Chyna tried to scream but no sound came, only a low, disbelieving moan escaped her lips.

"God, don't let me burn alive! Abi…Kelly…” She whispered. “I'm so sorry…."

Trace Elements by Bruce Cooke
Genre: Suspense
Publisher:Eternal Press
Pages: 103
Author's Website:n/a
Price: $4.95 CA
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Marine Biologist Trace Patterson finds his life in danger, but why? Being a biologist, Trace has found a way to eliminate the crown of thorns starfish in order to save the Great Barrier Reef. Arch enemy of Trace and multi-millionaire, Charles Edgely has found a formula that can help those with Alzheimers using the coral in the reef. Trace now knowing that Charles may have a cure that may saving his father, he faces that he has no choice. His life erupting around him, Trace will encounter the challenges of his life.


Few establishments in Swordfish Bay owned powerful craft such as this. He could make out the silhouette of two men: one driving, the other standing. He recognised neither. Flames erupted from an object one seemed to be holding. The sound of continuous gunfire filled the air. Shit. He dived to the floor of the boat. Glass shattered and the hull splintered. A shower of timber fragments erupted inside the cabin, stinging his exposed skin.

Holes appeared in the cabin walls, and the thump of bullets striking forced his head lower. He heard the boat speed past. When he glanced up, he could see the boat turn to make another run. Again, gunfire whizzed around him, causing more damage.

Bastards! What’s their problem?

He braced himself for another onslaught. How the hell would he get out of this? He needed an escape before the boat came again. He had no time to don his wetsuit, but he could slip on his diving gear. He still had enough air to stay under for at least five more minutes.

He grabbed his tank, put his arms through the straps, and perched on the rail, ready to jump, when he looked down into the water. The large dorsal fin circled the craft. His four-metre nightmare was back.

Genre:Historical Romance
Publisher:Eternal Press
Author's Website: n/a
Price: $6.95 CA
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This next work was another favorite of mine. I loved it so much I had to use the summary instead of trying to describe. The summary says so much. Lovers of historical romance will enjoy the tale of Morgan. Anne Ireland creates a wonderful world that a reader gets lost in.


Song of the Mountains is a passion infused and turbulent story of a man’s battle against the odds. It is Morgan’s duty to help the Prince of Wales in his fight against oppressive England. But when Morgan is tricked into a marriage he cannot honour, he finds himself desperately in love with the wife of another man. Now as loyalty to his leader and the conflicts in his heart collide, can anything save Morgan and the nation he loves beyond his life?


Seeking out the source of the noise, which seemed unnaturally loud in the stillness of her idyll, she saw that two young men had dived into the river from the opposite bank. A third man stood on the bank waiting for them, keeping watching over their horses. She thought from his dress he was a servant, but could not tell his identity or of the men in the water.

They were swimming towards her, racing each other and calling out excitedly in the way young men will, reminding Morwenna of her young brothers who sometimes swam in the lake near her home at Bala. As they came nearer, she saw their shoulders were naked and realised they must have removed much of their clothing before plunging into the water. One of them had reached the bank a short distance from where she was sitting. He had not seen her because of the reed bed that partially obscured her and them.

She had a clear view of the man, who hauled himself from the river and stood shaking his long hair like a hound, the droplets sparkling in the sunshine as they flew around him. He was completely naked; his strong, muscled body open to her curious gaze as he stood laughing at his friend, clearly unashamed of his unclothed state and pleased to have won his race. He was beautiful! Morwenna drank in the sight of his power and grace. The colour of his skin seeming to indicate this was not the first time it had been exposed to the elements, gleaming wetly like pale copper in the sun’s rays. She could not draw her eyes away for she had never seen a man thus, nor such a well formed man at any time. And then his friend shouted a warning, pointing in her direction from where he trod water in mid river, and the young god on the bank turned his head to look at her.

1 comment:

  1. Denisse, I want to thank you for giving us at Eternal Press such glowing reviews!

    For myself especially, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for reviewing Revenant. You see, I have yet to receive a review for this book, and now, thanks to you, I have one! LOL
    Janet Elizabeth Jones