Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cathadeus: The Walking Gates Book One by Jeff J. Peters (Book Spotlight and Giveaway!)

Today I'm featuring Jeff J. Peters' debut novel Cathadeus, which I will be reviewing on Jan 23, so look out for my thoughts on what promises to be an exciting fantasy adventure. If you want to read the prologue, scroll down to the link below and also enter for a chance to win a copy and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Book Details:

Book Title: Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates)
Author: Jeff J. Peters
Category: YA Fiction, 344 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: Dec 8, 2017
Tour dates: Dec 4 to 15, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)

Book Description:

It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .

What Readers are Saying about Cathadeus:

“Jeff J. Peters’ strong cinematic writing style allowed me to easily visualize the story and feel that I was right there alongside the characters.”
- Alison W.

“Jeff J. Peters’ writing is so smooth and easy to read – I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it was…and how quickly you end up being drawn into the story because of it.”
- Amanda R.

“Cathadeus is the best kind of fantasy story - you get to learn along with a flawed main character while you get lost in a richly designed world. You can’t help but keep reading. A cleanly written pairing of characters you wish you could spend more time with and an enthralling world built around them. Cathadeus is the kind of story that plays perfectly off of your imagination, with characters grounded in reality to make it feel like you could really be there.”
- Ryan N.

“Jeff J. Peters definitely has storytelling skills...The story stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it. Young readers will be drawn in this imaginative story, while they relate to Braxton’s struggles with temper, insecurity, and young love. Cathadeus is dramatic, with an anxious tone—at times bleak, as the story keeps you wondering until the final battle if good will prevail.”
- Elizabeth C.

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Meet the Author:

JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Heart of the Highlands: The Beast by April Holthaus (Review and Giveaway!)

Today I'm featuring World's Best Story 2nd place winner! If you are a fan of historical romance with plenty of action and full of swoon-worthy sword-wielding Highlander Scots, you should check this one out. There's also a giveaway to win a paperback copy and s $25 Amazon gift card!

Book Details:

Book Title: Heart of the Highlands: The Beast (Protectors of the Crown Book 1)
Author: April Holthaus
Category: Adult Fiction, 326 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Grey Eagle Publishing, LLC
Release date: July 2015
Tour dates: Nov 27 to Dec 15, 2017
Content Rating: R (for graphic sex scenes, and mild language)

Book Description:

For hundreds of years, Scotland has battled the English for their freedom. Now, they face a new enemy. In a divided world between politics and religion, the young King James V faces the threat of his own people rebelling against him. As civil war breaks out among the Highland clans, James recruits a secret group of warriors for protection. He calls them the Protectors of the Crown.

Ian MacKay has one mission; to defend the crown no matter the cost. Along with his men, Ian's mission is to hunt down one of the most dangerous men in the Highlands. But when the daughter of an enemy enters his life, his heart becomes captured instead.

Keira Sinclair has lived a life of peace and simplicity until now. With her clan on the verge of losing everything, she is forced to wed a Laird from a neighboring clan to ensure that hers survives. During her travels to her new home, her carriage is attacked and Keira is taken hostage by a ruthless man.

Caught in the middle of a war that she does not understand, will Keira's secrets be safe, or will she succumb to the Highland warrior who now threatens to capture her heart?

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

It's been a long time since I read an historical romance novel set in medieval Scotland and I was eager to dig into this one. This was a fun book to escape with! The novel is set at a time when the Highland clans are at civil war with one another. A secret group of warriors known as Protectors of the Crown are on a mission to protect their King James. Among these is Ian MacKay, who comes upon Keira Sinclair as she is travelling on her way to meet her betrothed.

Sparks fly as these two headstrong characters find themselves at odds even as they are attracted to one another. When Ian discovers she is betrothed to a dangerous man, a person she has never met, and one that he is hunting, he keeps her in his custody both for her protection and also to discover what connection Keira's father has with this man.

I enjoyed the history, the romance, the action and the plot. The book was well-paced and kept my attention throughout. There are two sex scenes that are explicit but dignified and take place between a married couple. I enjoyed that this is the first book in the Protectors of the Crown series and I am tempted to read the second book which is already published.

If you are a fan of historical romance with plenty of action and full of swoon-worthy sword-wielding Highlander Scots, you will enjoy this one.

To read reviews, please visit April Hothaus' page on iRead Book Tours.

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book. I was not  told how to rate or review this product. All opinions are my own.

Praise for Heart of the Highlands:

"The Beast was a highly enjoyable romance." - Readers Favorite Book Reviews
"Heart of the Highlands: The Beast reminded me why I love historical romances and need to read more of them!"- NightOwl reviews
"The romance was sigh-worthy." - Kilts and Swords
"A new and exciting series." - My Book Addiction and More
"Rich, Rich, Rich in detail. Well written and researched." - World's Best Story Judge

2017 Reader's Favorite Book Award Honorable Mention
2016 World's Best Story Award 2nd Place Winner
2015 RONE Award Nominee

Heart of the Highlands: The Beast is the first installment of the Protectors of the Crown Series. Here are the other books to follow:

Protectors of the Crown Series
Book Two- Heart of the Highlands: The Wolf; published
Book Three- Heart of the Highlands: The Dragon; 2018
Book Four- Heart of the Highlands: The Lion; TBA
Book Five- Heart of the Highlands: The Stag; TBA

This series follows a group of five warriors who live their life protecting their king and country. The historical setting is Scotland 1537-1538 during the reign of James V of Scotland.

Meet the Author:

April is an Award-Winning Author for her Scottish Historical Romances. For more than ten years, she has worked full time in the direct marketing business, but developed a passion for historical romances through her love of reading, history and genealogy.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor by Isaac Alexis, MD (Review, Author Interview and Giveaway!)

Today I'm featuring Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond, a short memoir that is the portrait of a doctor with a mission. I found it interesting and inspirational. Check out my thoughtson the bok, my interview with Dr. Alexis and be sure to scroll down to enter the giveaway an win your own copy!

Book Details:

Book Title: Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond
Author: Isaac Alexis, MD
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 100 pages
Genre: Education and Reference
Publisher: Independent
Release date: October 17, 2017
Tour dates: Dec 4 to 15, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 for mature themes

Book Description:

A prison doctor offers insights into the system's "Correctional Medicine"

Dr. Isaac Alexis' newly-released book Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond tells of his varied experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while at the same time urges teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.

Dr. Isaac Alexis brings the fast-paced, high-pressure reality of correctional medicine to readers in his new book. He discusses health problems that inmates face during incarceration and offers detailed descriptions of medical complications that plague many people inside and outside of prison. He also speaks directly to young people about avoiding gangs and drug addiction, as well as respecting their bodies in order to preserve their physical and mental health and their freedom. Dr. Alexis's personal experiences growing up in a tough New York neighborhood act as examples of how young people can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

The desire to help people who do not have access to quality health care drove Dr. Isaac Alexis to focus on correctional medicine. The author also shares how his faith empowers him to advocate for the best medical treatment for the population he works with.

A fascinating and important book, Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond is a book that should be read by anyone dealing with teenagers and young adults whether in the home, public or educational facilities.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

In Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond, Dr. Isaac Alexis begins his memoir by giving us a brief overview of his early life as an inner city NY kid and his family background. We are introduced to a man who benefited from a strict upbuilding and who worked hard to become a doctor. The writing is similar to a stream of consciousness narrative mode and there are no dates to orient the reader as to what time in his life or history the author refers to, except that he grew up as a teen in the 80s.

Dr. Alexis then moves on to describe his days as a physician in correctional medicine and his experience when taking care of patients in prison. It's clear this is a man who cares about people. Dr. Alexis is a positive person with a Christian outlook and he applies the principle of the Golden Rule of treating others the way you want to be treated. He clearly is an advocate for providing equal medical treatment for his patients in prison, sometimes going against the superior doctor's orders (of minimal treatment) when he felt a patient's life was at stake. Dr. Alexis took his doctor's oath seriously and saved the lives of prisoners who would have otherwise died if not for his care.

Throughout the narrative, whenever Dr. Alexis mentioned a medical condition, he would explain the condition in detail. Sometimes the details were long and contained medical terms a layperson might not understand. Humor is also infused throughout and I could see Dr. Alexis has a big personality, a forceful positive bigger-than-life kind of character that I liked immediately. I can see how this kind of personality would be needed in his difficult line of work.

As a parent of teenagers, the chapter on drug addiction was the most interesting. It reinforced everything I have read and believe about how aware a parent needs to be in the lives of their teens. Dr. Alexis brings out his experience as a parent, reaching out to other parents to be involved in their children's lives.

Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond is a short book of 95 pages that can be read in a few hours. It's the portrait of a doctor with a mission. It's more of a memoir than a resource book, however, with some advice for parents on being vigilant and involved in their children's lives.

To read more reviews, please visit Dr. Isaac Alexis' page on iRead Book Tours.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not told how to rate or review this book. All opinions are my own.

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Interview with Dr. Alexis:

LCR: Welcome to Library of Clean Reads! Can you describe your book in 20 words or less?

IA: My book deals with the medical complications that can affect many people both inside and out of prison and also counsels our young people against STD,Drugs and gangs.

LCR: What do you hope your memoir/reference book will do for your readers?

IA: I would hope my book would encourage young people to make positive choices avoiding STD’s, gangs, and drugs.

LCR: I admire people who set out to write a self-help book and so intimately share their lives with the world. What was the hardest thing about writing this book? The easiest?

IA: The hardest thing about writing my book was revealing my cousin who died of a drug overdose but I did it to show that all our choices in life have a consequence. The easiest thing about writing this book is knowing that as a Physician how can I possibly be silent when people can benefit from leading healthy lives.

LCR: What is the funniest (or strangest, or scariest) incident that has ever happened to you?

IA: The funniest thing that happened to me was when my daughter was 6 months old she would crawl on the floor like up at me with those adorable little baby eyes and then when I was not looking she would proceed to bite my leg with all her might making me jump as high as Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls.

LCR: Can you share with us some of the people you admire the most?

IA: People I admire most one of whom is a deity is 1) Jesus 2) Mother-legendary work ethic 3)Wife 4) Children 5) Dr. Benjamin Carson 6) Dr. Keith Black 7) Dr. Alexa Canady 8) Dr. Leonidis Berry.

LCR: Now a fun question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Who would you see?

IA:  I would travel back in time to see Kings Solomon’s temple.

LCR: Any future projects you would like to share with us? 

IA: There is another book that I’m in process of writing.

Meet the Author:

Isaac Alexis, MD, completed an internship in trauma surgery at Cornell University at New York Hospital of Queens, and he cross-trained in family medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. Alexis served as medical director at the Department of Justice as well as director of infection control and chair of the quality improvement medical committee. He has several years of correctional medicine under his belt.

Dr. Alexis's book Life and Death behind the Brick and Razor-Code Red Diamond relays his experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while also challenging teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.

Connect with the author: Website

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