“Catling’s Bane (The Rose Shield Book 1)” by D. Wallace Peach

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“Catling’s Bane (The Rose Shield Book 1)”

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/First Contact

Release Date: March 12, 2017

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In the tiers of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pain and pleasure, healing and death mark the extremes of their sway, but it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.

A child born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her the ability to disrupt the influencers’ sway. Established methods of civil control disintegrate before her. She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

To the Influencer’s Guild, she’s an aberration, a threat. They order her death and thus the betrayals begin. One woman protects and trains her, plotting to use her shield to further imperial goals. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans. As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?

The Rose Shield Tetralogy – a blend of science fiction and fantasy.

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like other world flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

Follow Catling’s journey as she grows from childhood into the deadly force that shapes the future. She is the realm’s shield, an influencer, assassin, healer, mother, and avenger. And all she wants is to go home.

The books of The Rose Shield Tetralogy
Catling’s Bane
Oathbreakers’ Guild
Farlanders’ Law
Kari’s Reckoning


D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com

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“Catling’s Bane (The Rose Shield Book 1)” by D. Wallace Peach

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Catling's Bane cover

“Catling’s Bane (The Rose Shield Book 1)”

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/First Contact

Release Date: March 12, 2017

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In the tiers of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pain and pleasure, healing and death mark the extremes of their sway, but it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.

A child born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her the ability to disrupt the influencers’ sway. Established methods of civil control disintegrate before her. She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

To the Influencer’s Guild, she’s an aberration, a threat. They order her death and thus the betrayals begin. One woman protects and trains her, plotting to use her shield to further imperial goals. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans. As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?

The Rose Shield Tetralogy – a blend of science fiction and fantasy.

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like other world flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

Follow Catling’s journey as she grows from childhood into the deadly force that shapes the future. She is the realm’s shield, an influencer, assassin, healer, mother, and avenger. And all she wants is to go home.

The books of The Rose Shield Tetralogy
Catling’s Bane
Oathbreakers’ Guild
Farlanders’ Law
Kari’s Reckoning


D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com

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“Maverick: Motor City Alien Mail Order Brides #3 (Intergalactic Dating Agency)” by Ellis Leigh #Review

maverick“Maverick: Motor City Alien Mail Order Brides #3 (Intergalactic Dating Agency)”

by Ellis Leigh

Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance

Release Date: November 1, 2016

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3/5 Stars!

At the end of Hudson’s story, I wasn’t too happy with Miss Stacy, but I tried to clear the negative clutter from my mind so I could enjoy this read, and watch the last two of the group get their HEA.

Both Maverick and Stacy harbor inner pain they’re afraid to let anyone see. He, because of the loss of his world and everything he knew. She, because of the loss of control of her own life caused by the devastation of illness and subsequent recovery. Grumpiness, sarcasm and caustic remarks are their shields. Sometimes, it’s understandable. Sometimes, it’s just entirely too mean-spirited.

When Stacy sets out to fix the mess she’s created before even actually “meeting” Maverick, she pushed my buttons. It was more like some reality show challenge quest she had to win. Meh. All she had to do was find the man and talk it out, but she instead found fault with him misunderstanding her remark and storming out. In Maverick’s defense, how was he to know her careless offhand remark was a covering lie? He didn’t even KNOW her. She bounded into the apartment talking a mile a minute, not giving anyone else a chance to complete a sentence. Double Meh.

Still trying to see Stacy in a positive light though. Just when I thought she’d won me over with the easy acceptance of Maverick’s origins, and admitting her own fears, Stacy lets me down by allowing the insipid remarks of a gossipy co-worker, and a cheating, lying ex-boyfriend to mess with her self-esteem. How? WHY? This opens a whole new can of ready-made drama and Stacy gets to sabotage the relationship while swan diving into a big old vat of self-pity (and perhaps a bit of self-loathing?) Had she always felt second best to the sister who put her first and would do anything for her? Misunderstanding a conversation between Hudson and Maverick leads Stacy to create a scene, then storm off. (Um, wait a sec. What did she accuse Maverick of doing?) Ten seconds of allowing anyone else to complete a sentence would have resolved the “problem.”

Much like with Cutlass and Chloe, I’m glad Maverick got the ending he wanted. For me, Stacy is an afterthought. She acted more like a twin to Chloe than to Macy, more consumed with Maverick’s appearance and sex with him than anything else. (Romance waves from the bench. “Put me in, coach!”)

I have never had a problem reading anything by this author, but this one brought me far too close to the DNF zone. Stacy turned off my sympathy from the beginning, and was wearing my empathy down fast. I needed her to pick a personality and stay with it. Hopefully, one I could tolerate. Contrary to popular trends, “sassy” and “feisty” are not always positive things, but Maverick was happy, and that was enough for me.

“Hudson: Motor City Alien Mail Order Brides #2 (Intergalactic Dating Agency)” by Ellis Leigh #Review

hudson“Hudson: Motor City Alien Mail Order Brides #2 (Intergalactic Dating Agency)”

by Ellis Leigh

Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance

Release Date: October 11, 2016

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4/5 Stars!

Another cute story from this author.

Hudson and Macy are great together, even if she was a bit hesitant in the beginning (and understandably so). Hudson’s eternal optimism even before he met Macy was just too adorable. He faltered slightly after Macy sent him away – still don’t get that. She’s studying to be a doctor, and was constantly spouting off clinical terms and definitions. Her response to Hudson’s secret just felt ‘off’. Not saying she had to be his number one cheerleader…it’s not every day you meet an alien…it’s just in MY fertile mind, she should have been more calm…and sensible. Macy made it right, though – so I’m still in her corner!

You know whose corner I’m not in? Ugh! I could not dislike Stacy more if she ran around slapping old people.

They’re twins…I get it.

Macy almost lost her…I get it.

They only have each other…I GET IT! But Stacy was such an insufferable cow, and totally took advantage of Macy. Not to mention, everything she did had a ring of jealousy to it. Some might say she felt guilty because of Macy studying so hard, and felt it was because of her…but I am not in that group. Why go to all the trouble to manipulate your sister into a dating/marriage situation, and then call her constantly during the date…and/or invite yourself along on the date??? No, ma’am! I’m pretty sure Stacy was a pain in the @ss even before she became ill.

Tried to look at their relationship from every angle, but it just didn’t work for me at all.

Definitely surprised at Ampetheia and her muddled visions! They don’t have twins anywhere else in the galaxy? (This is a serious question!)

(Also still not a fan of Miss Chloe. Much respect for her talk to get Macy back on the right track, but she still annoys me to no end. Chloe just seems to go out of her way to be abrasive and a rude cow. UGH! Not sure what Cutlass sees in her besides sex…but whatever. Not used to this author having females that exhibit Typical Romance Heroine behavior…but I’m trying.)

I like Maverick, and Stacy has truly mucked things up! She’d better fix it!

Enjoy!