Lark’s Labyrinth Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book



Print Length: 674 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461177367
Publisher: The Wild Harp & Company, Inc. (November 28, 2017)
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English


The Spear that pierced Christ’s side on the Cross has played a secret, but major role in history. Charlemagne, Constantine, Otto the Barbarian, The Knights Templar and Adolf Hitler all owned it… and believed it gave them the power to rule the world.

What if they were right?

The first time Dr. Cait Monahan ever heard of the Spear of Longinus was the night her husband was murdered because of it. That was when the terror began.

…right before the U.S. Government, the CIA, Neo Nazis, the Vatican and a secret cabal of 13 powerful global manipulators sent their assassins after her and her 9 year old.

 


…just before a lethal secret propelled her across Europe following a riddle that hadn’t been solved since the Holocaust.


…just before Cait Monahan became entrapped in an interdimensional labyrinth that her own husband may have helped design.

Now she’s a player in a game that has led to mystery, magic, mayhem and murder for over 2000 years, and only the help of a tribunal of long dead men may be able to save her.

Vibrant and cerebral, filled with intrigue, Conspiracy Theory and more ancient secrets than the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lark’s Labyrinth pits characters you’ll care about against a mystery you’ll want to solve.

Inside Lark’s Labyrinth is a secret men have killed for …now a woman, her sister, her child and their small band of friends are all that stand between us and the dark, insidious power that’s a hairsbreadth away from ruling the world.


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Praise for Lark’s Labyrinth

“Politics and religion collide as Spellman delivers another fast-paced, suspenseful, and totally enjoyable thriller… The author constructs a blistering story–replete with political and religious intrigue–that never slows down and will keep readers turning the pages of this spectacular thrill ride.” Publisher’s Weekly

Praise for CATHY CASH SPELLMAN

“…Almost impossible to put down. The Author has the ability to produce one powerful scene after another and the action draws you helplessly on…” ―Publisher’s Weekly on So Many Partings

“…A cross between The Thorn Birds and Ragtime…” ―ALA Booklist on So Many Partings

“Flows along with an inexorable narrative current that propels the readers from one involving episode to the next.” ―Booklist on So Many Partings

“An energetic plot that never takes a breather.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Paint the Wind

“A western extravaganza.. a plot teeming with outsize characters.” ―Publishers Weekly on Paint the Wind

“I have never read a book or connected with an author who has touched me so deeply – as a mother, a grandmother, and another psychic kindred soul!” ―Elizabeth Taylor on Bless the Child

“This book has really touched my heartstrings as both a mother and grandmother. And Cathy Cash Spellman is one hell of a writer!” ―Maureen Stapleton on Bless the Child

“With a seductive, at times spellbinding style, author Spellman (An Excess of Love) incorporates ancient myths into an entrancing romantic thriller.. Spellman succeeds in capturing the reader’s close attention as an unrelenting sense of foreboding drives the narrative forward with power.” ―Publisher’s Weekly on Bless the Child

Review

Well, what a ride! There is just so much packed into this book. While there is so much in this book the world building is extensive enough to help everything make sense. I mean, this is a tome of a book. It’s the thic bottomed girl that I love to see in books (ignore me being weird, I just really like long books). It makes it even better though when I’m reading a big book that continues to make me want to learn more.

You know, it might be the current events that are making me feel this way (honestly though, I’m just typically like this), but I’m really digging all of the elements in this story. I mean, there’s just almost too many to list. Which I know can sound daunting, but it’s really now because everything just masterfully came together. Plus, I’m going to go back to this, but the book is heavy so there’s time for everything to be woven together. But I can’t even say I know what genre I would classify it as because it could fit into so many different ones.

All in all I really enjoyed this book. Don’t be fooled by it’s size, it really lures you in! And since it covers so many different things I think any number of people would be really intrigued by it.

About the Author


Photo Credit: Dakota Cash

Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE – REVIEW AND INTERVIEWS
APRIL 13th MONDAY JeanBookNerd GUEST POST
APRIL 14th TUESDAY TTC Books and More GUEST POST
APRIL 15th WEDNESDAY BookHounds INTERVIEW
APRIL 16th THURSDAY A Dream Within A Dream EXCERPT
APRIL 16th THURSDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon REVIEW

APRIL 17th FRIDAY Life Within the Pages REVIEW
APRIL 17th FRIDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW & GUEST POST


WEEK TWO – REVIEWS
APRIL 20th MONDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
APRIL 21st TUESDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
APRIL 22nd WEDNESDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
APRIL 22nd WEDNESDAY Books and Zebras REVIEW
APRIL 23rd THURSDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
APRIL 23rd THURSDAY Author Kelly Riser REVIEW
APRIL 24th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW

APRIL 24th FRIDAY Casia’s Corner EXCERPT

Giveaway


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Supercharged Life Podcast Review

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From Dr Judy Ho: 

This podcast is a passion project of mine and so important to me because I want to help provide accessible mental wellness tips that are research backed and easy to use for everyone. The goal of this podcast is to teach listeners to take control of their lives – in relationships, career, physical and mental health. I interview amazing guests each episode and provide scientific tips that can be implemented right away.

About the PodCasts and Dr. Judy Ho: 

Dr Judy Ho is a Los Angeles based triple board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University. Her thought provoking insight and analysis of the human psychological condition has established her as a go-to television host, panelist and expert on numerous national broadcasts. She is the author of the best-selling book, “Stop Self-Sabotage,” a useful tool for anyone standing in their own way, who undermines their own interests and intentions and is looking for lasting change and meaningful success.

Dr. Judy will show you how to grab life with both hands and live it to the fullest.  Whether she’s helping to navigate life with her patients, swinging from a flying trapeze, singing her favorite Broadway songs or taking on a new adventure; Dr. Judy walks her talk and invites others along for the journey.

“SuperCharged Life with Dr. Judy” is where she will dive deeply and fearlessly into guests’ issues in love, sex, friendships, work-career, bad habits, addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety. Sometimes it’s painful to uncover what’s really holding them back, but with Dr. Judy’s help they can discover a new way to take on life, inspire love and create happiness and fulfillment. Each podcast will give a tangible tool they can do that will “SuperCharge” their lives!

Possible Guests:
• Kourtney Kardashian
• Gwyneth Paltrow
• Dr. Phil
• Chrissy Teigen
• Kristen Bell
• Vivica Fox
• Dr. Travis Stork
• Brene Brown
• Dr. Drew Pinsky
• Sarah Pendrick (women empowerment coach)

Review

Podcast?! What?! New I know! But honestly when you have nothing to do they’re a great source of entertainment! Or even if you’re just cleaning around the house or whatnot they’re a great thing that you don’t have to actually watch, but can listen to! And what better podcast to listen to right now than Supercharged Life with Dr. Judy Ho! During it you not only get amazing wellness tips, but also get to listen to some amazing stories and insights from an amazing selection of celebrities!

I’ve been slowly getting into the habit of listening to things as I go about my day, so I really loved checking out this podcast! It’s exactly the type of content that I love to listen to because I’m all about at least hearing about different wellness techniques (even if it takes me eons to actually do them). So I definitely recommend checking this one out!

To start, go to this link on your phone:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/supercharged-life-with-dr-judy/id1501219826

Landing page for the podcast: https://www.drjudyho.com/podcast-1  

Need Help? Here is a tutorial 👉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lHoSuX0JgE&feature=youtu.be

iTunes link to subscribe, download, and review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/supercharged-life-with-dr-judy/id1501219826

Page to sign up for email list: https://www.drjudyho.com/connect

ABOUT STAGE 29 PRODUCTIONS

Stage 29 Productions was founded by CEO and Executive Producers, Jay McGraw and Dr. Phil McGraw. They have found success in first-run syndication, scripted series, publishing and app development, including the perpetual #1 daytime talk show Dr. Phil, the Emmy® Award-winning the syndicated series The Doctors, and the successful tele-medicine app Doctor On Demand.

The Edifice Review

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About the Book

Connor Laurel was always small, normal, and routine. He lived in a tiny, tight neighborhood where nothing ever happened. This was his life until he found out he had a rare disease.Connor wasn’t just frightened, he was also getting taken away from his home by strange men. He soon finds out that these men, and the place they’re taking him is anything but small, normal, and routine. Finding out who he really is, what he really has changes everything and raises the stakes. If Connor wants to find understanding, he has to be patient and learn everything he can from his new home. There’s only one problem — Connor isn’t sick, he has an unseen, super power.R. K. Holliday introduces an unforgettable boy who must learn to fight, learn to fly, and defy all he knows to uncover the truth.

Review

Now I don’t always read middle grade books, but when I do you best believe they have magic involved! The Edifice is such a fun, quick, and delightful read! As soon as I started it I was transported back to the feelings I had when I first read Harry Potter. I actually kind of reminded me of a cross between HP and X-Men. But anyways, I just find something so relaxing about stories set in schools for the gifted, don’t you?

The one thing that surprised me the most, and that I absolutely adored, was all of the wild technology in this story! It added a bit of a sci-fi element and I think that really helped this story stand out. I mean magic and technology really do go hand in hand, so it was only fitting that it was added. The world in itself was kind of futuristic which was another cool addition. It made all of the new technology fit in with the story and nothing seemed out of place.

The characters themselves were really charming and fun to read about. Connor is a great example of a young male character and I can see many young boys reading this book. Some of the dialogue was occasionally awkward sounding, but then again this is a middle grade book, so I could just feel that way since I’m *old.* But this in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the story! It was just such a fun read from start to finish and I look forward to the next book in the series!

About the Author

R. K. Holliday was born and raised in central Mississippi. He was a psychologist and software developer before shifting to publishing and writing. He lives in Winter Park, Florida and is often sunburned. THE EDIFICE : BOOK ONE is his debut into fiction

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Killer Domes and the Chosen One – Review

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About the Book

As the old world burned, the elite departed to colonise space in search of a new home. Most of the human species perished on earth’s surface, but a protected few remained. Many generations passed without question, but now suspicions are starting to rise.

Follow the story of Maz and her best friend Hap, as a chance encounter with a stranger lures them into a mission to decide the future of humankind.

The book will be on Kindle with a free promo Xmas Eve, Xmas Day, and Boxing Day

Review

As soon as I read the back of this novella I knew it was for me. I mean, who can deny a blurb that yells at you for reading the blurb! I want to first off let you all know that the manuscript was recently read over and edited by an editor, so it’s nice and polished!

As soon as you start this book you can tell it’s going to be a fun, slightly wild, and probably crazy ride! This book was exactly what I needed right now. It was short and sweet and oh so interesting! I found myself adoring all of the characters and really excited to find out what comes next. This leads me on to the writing and pacing of the story. In short they’re both: really good. The story is quick to move on with itself and you’re never left feeling that it is dragging. And the style of writing fits this perfectly. It’s witty and to the point, while also managing to take a few moments to add in detail where it’s needed.

Now, science fiction is typically out of my comfort zone, but I’ve been trying to change that this year. With that being said, I’m so happy I got a chance to read this book because it’s definitely helping to sway me to the sci-fi side. I loved all of the characters and was obsessed with Hap’s fascination with living creatures and Logan’s happy go lucky self. They were just so squishable!

Part of the reason I loved this story so much is that it is a post apocalyptic story. While the elite of earth were sent to live in space, some of the “leftover” people (I’m sorry, I know that sounds terrible but I can’t think of a better way of putting it) were sent to live in domes. These domes are manufactured perfect cities, but all is not as it seems. Which leads our rag tag cast of characters on a journey to save the inhabitants of these domes, and hopefully humanity along the way.

About the Author

Gibbo Gibbs is an author from the UK who lives a mostly nomadic life, spending his time writing and volunteering at animal charities. He plans to publish a range of science-fiction and fantasy stories, and then expand into games in the future.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Night Spinner Review

Night Spinner by Addie Thorley is a magical retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Now, for me an amazing retelling is a retelling that I can’t outwardly see as a direct retelling of the story. And Night Spinner definitely hit the mark for this!

So, this is a story about redemption and finding yourself along the way. It is about discovering who you are as well as those you thought you were close to. Night Spinner begins at an ending. Enebish has given up on everything but living out her days at a monastery after committing an atrocious crime: losing control of her night spinner power and taking out a merchant caravan. Broken and scarred she believe that this is all she deserves, but when faced with the opportunity to once again become the warrior she once was she cannot resist. Thus Enebish sets out on a journey to find Temujin, the notorious criminal stealing from the Imperial Army.

So, I have to warn you that this book started off a little rocky for me. There were a lot of descriptions and I kept finding myself confused. But around 50 pages in the story really started to pick up and I was hooked. This story started off with a bang and the momentum just kept building. Once I understood the story and magic system more I found myself deeply engrossed in this momentum. There are twists and turns all over the place and it is just a wild ride.

Also, these characters are the definition of morally gray. They’re all unique in their own way but they all have negative qualities. Its amazing. I love when characters are not flat and one dimensional!

But, overall, you really need to read this book! It’s seriously amazing and I NEED the next one immediately. Like, I want to continue on this adventure right now!

I received a copy of this arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Practical Magic Review

I’m finally back and writing a review! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, my mother was up for an extended stay so I didn’t have time to update! So, I’m going to start my *hopefully* rapid fire reviews with a review on Practical Magic. My reading this has been a long time coming, and I’m so happy I finally picked it up! I’m going to do something a little different, and probably blasphemous, and I am going to compare it to the movie. Now, hear me out, I’ve loved the movie for a long time and I was really intrigued with all of the differences between the book and the movie and how differently I felt about the same things between the two portrayals.

Sally

Ok, can I just say I need more Sally in the book? Sally was always my favorite in the movie, which is why I think book Sally fell a little short for me. Her story in the book was rushed over that last chapter or so and I just wanted more of it throughout the book.

Gillian

Gillian was pretty similar and I’d say she actually had a bigger role in the book than the movie. She’s one of those characters that you love to hate. She’s clearly and obviously one of those people that can’t help but be selfish, but she’s also not someone that you utterly loathe. I feel like this is a terrible description, but that’s what has come out of my brain.

Sisterly Love

I mean, these sisters fight like sisters and they love each other like only sisters can. Their love for one another transcends the movie and the book.

The Aunts

The aunts in the movie are VERY different from the aunts in the book. In the movie they’re a couple of fun loving wild women. In the book they’re a bit more mysterious and I was left wanting to know more about their backstory. The aunts weren’t in much of the book, but when they were things were intriguing!

Next Generation Owens

Ok, seriously, Sally’s children were the biggest and weirdest change for me between the book and the movie. Seriously, it had me questioning if I remembered the movie correctly. You guys, just… I’m still shook over this and questioning my sanity.

So, some final thoughts and points I’d like to make. FIRST AND FOREMOST, WHY ARE THE CHAPTERS SO LONG?! I need to stop at the end of a chapter, but this book is basically split up in giant sections instead of chapters. WHY? I had to stop in the middle of pages and chapters and it was so confusing.

Now, there are a lot more differences, but I don’t want to spoil anything from the movie or the book. They’re both amazing in their own rights. The book is written with a lyrical mysticism that aids in increasing the magic of the story. The movie is basically the quintessential 90s witchy movie, I mean, need I say more?

I Can Make This Promise Review

Happy pub day to this little cutie! I Can Make This Promise is a gorgeous debut written with the voice of an experienced author. The story of Edie unfolds in a voice that any middle schooler can visualize and understand. This is a story about growing up and realizing that life isn’t always as perfect as it seems. It is about dynamic friends and family relations and discovering a past you never knew existed.

I Can Make This Promise begins with Edie finding a box of photos, journals, and letters. All her life Edie has known that her mother was adopted by a white family as a baby, but with this box Edie discovers her parents had lied to her all of her life. After some careful feeling out of her parents, Edie realizes that they are fully committed to keeping the past from her. And with this Edie decides to figure out the past, and maybe herself, on her own.

Now, I don’t usually read middle grade books, but as soon as I saw this book I knew it would be special. This is a poignant tale with a Native/Indigenous American voice. This group is so underrepresented in literature that I often find myself grasping for any hint of representation in books. Day pulls her own families history into this novel, which makes this story even more important as it is an own voices piece of literature. This book also covers some of history’s dark, and little known, side of Native children being taken from their families.

*I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*