Flames and Thorns

My good friend, Gina Barlean, has done it again. She’s released a new book, the sequel to Thorns of Rosewood. This latest story is called Flames of Rosewood, and the suspenseful mystery sucked me right in from page one. She’s good at doing that in her books. Her writing is sharp and witty…and she can weave an intense mystery with her words and amazing characters. In fact, she’s so good that she’ll weave you right into the plot as well so you can’t escape the problems of the main character.

Gloria is our heroine in this one. I loved her in Book 1, but I loved her even more in this one. She’s strong, feisty, curious, and honest. There’s even a hint of romance that made me cheer…just a hint, but it added to the story a lot. This book deals with Naomi’s death (the wicked witch of the west who happens to be Gloria’s birth mom and is an ultra-evil woman—even as an old lady). Continue reading

Castles, Witches and Iron Kings

Eleanor and the Iron King Banner I just finished Eleanor and the Iron King and loved it. This is a medieval romance about an English girl matched up to marry a Welsh king to bring peace to her people. This romance has castles, dungeons, knights and sword fights, and a scary witch who keeps popping up to make you feel just enough creeped out in the castle with Eleanor that you’ll be glad you live in present day. Continue reading