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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

VBT, EXCERPT, GUEST POST, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Glimmer by Rayna Noire

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Historical Fantasy

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For seventeen years, the convent walls kept Meara Cleary from the secret of her own parentage. A bearded stranger claims she’s his niece and promises to take her home. Before he can, a cataclysmic event thrusts her into a war-torn world. 

Meara vows to journey to Ireland to find her uncle, unaware of how perilous a journey it will be. Her Druidic father guides her through dreams, explaining her magical heritage. Her dead parent can’t help her with the intricacies of village life, especially when she catches the eye of the very engaged Braeden. 

A whirlwind composed of equal parts menace, romance, and revelation sweep Meara across the continent while gathering allies and enemies with equal speed. Her intent to return to her family turns into a fight to survive her own destiny. 

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Meara glanced back the way she had come realizing nothing looked familiar. How far had she’d wandered from the path. The rustle of movement and the snapping of nearby sticks sped up her heartbeat. A week ago, she’d panicked, sure, someone had followed her only to have a deer wander into the clearing, but this time two large shadows grew out of a nearby underbrush. People. She hadn’t expected this. Could they see her? One gestured in her direction and said something in a guttural language she couldn’t comprehend. The other answered in the same tongue. By the time, it took her to realize the men were after her, one had slipped behind her and grabbed her arm, pinning it painfully behind her back.

He spoke, as his companion reached out for her hair. "Kriegsbeute“

Meara twisted, knowing at an instinctual level she needed to get away from these strangers. The man holding her captive laughed, then muttered something before releasing her arm. She stumbled away recognizing an opportunity. A quick glance back showed the two of them being attacked by the bobbing lights. An occasional yelp assured her the attack was painful. They must be some type of glowing bees.

One hovered in front of her. Follow me. The musical voice sounded in her head. Besides the strangers behind her, there was no one else here. Certainly, no one with a voice as clear and bell-like that it reminded her of a raindrop or dew glistening on a flower. Somehow, this bobbing light placed the voice inside her own head. Her impulsive foray into the woods had landed her into a situation she didn‘t know how to handle. The shimmering light blinked, indicating a need to hurry.

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Glimmer will be $0.99 during the tour.


3 out of 5 (good)


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The blurb for this story promised a great read.  It promised to be interesting, keep you intrigued, and make you want to continue reading.  It met all those things but barely. The storyline was a good story line and it provided an interesting read.

The details and descriptions were a little too much. While I appreciate great details and descriptions to make it easy to picture what’s going on, there is a point of too much detail. Sadly, I feel this book falls into this category. There is a point of losing me with so much detail and making me second guess what I am reading. When I would start really getting immersed into the story, there would be something that would be over analyzed or over detailed and I would have to pause and figure out what exactly was going on and what was the main point, not just the supporting points.

These details also led to the book being a slow read. It didn’t seem to pass quickly as I read and I felt like time was just dragging.

These two major setbacks aside, I really enjoyed the book and the story. I think the idea behind the story line was brilliant but it could just use a little more finesse. I think the author has the ability to write absolutely stunning books in the future, so long as she limits some detail and descriptions.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Why an English Village for a Setting?


At a recent local book signing, people kept asking me if the books were set in Indiana. They weren’t, but it did put the thought in my head. Next year, I will have a start of a series set in Indiana.  Most of my settings take place in cities I have lived or visited several times.
I spent most of my summers in North Carolina and know the coast well. It’s not too surprising that I put one series there. Sometimes, a series or story can’t be in a well-known city. The reason behind this is too many people can find fault with the details. Readers are too concerned about streets not running in the right direction or the mention of a restaurant that doesn’t exist. Obsessing on these small details distract the reader from the plot line.
Even when I’ve lived somewhere, I try to stay with things that do not change such as a river or mountains. A mention of a popular movie theatre could be a bump in the road when it has changed hands and transformed into a flea market. Often mentioning a real-life place can sometimes be an endorsement. I might describe an actual park, but not call it by name.
Research is a must, especially for Glimmer, which is set in 1915.  The climate, plants, and even the wildlife has changed in England since that time. United States would have been easier, but I needed Meara to be intimately involved with the War, which would be hard to do from the States.
The next book in the Faerie Lights series takes place in Ireland, even though I’ve been to present day Ireland, more research is needed to be accurate about the time.
My editor informed me just because something has been invented doesn’t mean the general population would have it. That’s why the town in Glimmer has neither electricity or gas lights. Setting plays a big part in the story. Consider where you live and your previous vacations. Each place had something that made it unique.
On a recent vacation to the islands, we constantly lost electricity especially when storms hit. This is very common in island locales and would be a nice touch for a murder mystery. The setting can add tension romantic or otherwise.

I’d like to think I pick the setting, but sometimes the setting picks me. What’s your favorite setting and why?

Rayna Noire will be awarding a Kindle Fire (US only) or $50 Amazon GC (international) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Rayna Noire is an author and a historian. The desire to uncover the truth behind the original fear of witches led her to the surprising discovery that people believed in magick in some form up to 150 years ago. A world that believed the impossible could happen and often did must have been amazing. With this in mind, Ms. Noire taps into this dimension, shapes it into stories about Pagan families who really aren’t that different from most people. They do go on the occasional adventures and magick happens.


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15 comments:

  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      Keep entering every day. :)
      Rayna

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  2. Intersting how places we visit can provoke ideas and settings for books

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    1. I recently visted Salem, MA too. I see a series forming. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. This book sounds good! Can't wait to read it.

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  4. My favorite setting depends on the plot and characters involved.

    --Trix

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    1. Personally, I like visiting the area to get a feel for it. The characters often come from the setting.
      Rayna

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  5. Sounds like a great read . Thanks for the chance .

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  6. Hi Esther,
    Thanks for dropping in.
    Rayna

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  7. Thanks for sharing your review, I enjoyed reading it.

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  8. This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

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  9. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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