Monday, July 5, 2021

June Book Review: A Vow that Twisted Fate Written by Katherine D. Graham

 




June Indie Book Review: 

The Vow that Twisted Fate by Katherine D. Graham


    (Hello reader! If you are new to my blog, hello and welcome. My name is Amanda the "Book Witch". I am a firm believer that reading is magic and since I tend to read often...I naturally coined the name for myself. I have decided to start reviewing Children's books and YA.  I am moving away from Romance books and really adult topics for the time being. I want this blog to be a safe place for those young readers out there who love the same magic that I love in a story. I welcome any motivational books/self help books, children's books ages 8-12, Children's picture books ages 4-8, and YA Books/fantasy/thriller. I hope to be a light in the darkness for all of those who love to read as I do. No matter your age. You are welcome here, with me. The Book Witch. Now let's get on with the review shall we?-A. Book Witch)



Afternoon my beautiful people. It has been a while since I have given you a decent book review. I went through a small reading slump and just couldn't seem to bring myself to read anything of substance. I knew I promised to review a book before July and so I decided to open the book and give it a try. Before I knew it the story drew me in and I read the book in less than three days time. It has been a very long time since I have been this excited about a book. I literally looked forward to opening it up and seeing what happened next.  I did not get as excited about A Court of Thorn and Roses as I did with this new book by Katherine D. Graham, The Vow that Twisted Fate.  I want to explain to you why this story captivated me in as much detail that I can give you WITHOUT spoilers. 

I became involved with the characters she built in the story as they were each given enough love and attention as they deserved. I am more of a reader that is character driven rather than plot driven. If you can build strong characters that I can understand, I will more than likely be interested in sticking with the story until it is done. The Vow That Twisted Fate, is about the main character, Arlena. She is described to have constant visions or phantasms that warn her of the upcoming war, ruled by an ancient sorceress. Her struggle is to confront the trouble that is her destiny and also confront who she is in the process. The story is written in such a way the character's are loveable. I became so hooked on the story because I understood Arlena and how her emotions felt the pressure of her duty. While I am not a Queen in charge of all kinds of people/creatures, I am a Mother. I am a Mother in charge of my fortress and my children. That is a ton of pressure all together and I am thankful I do not have to battle an evil sorceress in the process of all of my other duties.  The story has two love interests that makes it interesting for a bit and they are both equally interesting. If you are a person who likes having a love interest than this book  has a beautiful love blossoming from inside the pages.  However,  that is not what kept me reading page after page. The book was not as spicy as most books. In my opinion the scenes in which the love got a bit steamy were written in such a classy way it was just beautiful. The scene was not too vivid or detailed, but perfect just as it was. I wish more writers could write this way, so that those who want more action and adventure can just read past that and get right into the story.  Her creation of the villain was phenomenal and very well described.  Without giving too many spoilers, let us just say she was understandably misunderstood. 





Why did I keep reading the book?  THE CREATURES SHE CREATED!  I really love how she describes the creatures so vividly it reminded me of the times when I was younger reading Harry Potter for the first time. I would be so involved in the story because the Author painted such a detailed picture of the characters and the creatures inside the book. Katherine did a fantastic job doing the same thing in her book that I had an issue placing the book down. I wanted to keep reading, uninterrupted. The character development was nurtured and created so much that I understood the way Arlena felt and how her life was changed completely. I did shed a tear or two as well with her during the dark and sad times in the book. 

If you love to read fantasy because you crave adventure, self discovery, and magic than this book is the perfect book for you. The Vow That Twisted Fate has the perfect amount of adventure, magic, and self growth.  I promise you, it is worth the read. The only thing I do not like is that I wanted more. I am hoping she keeps writing, because I am a forever fan.


Great news! This book comes out this week!! July 9th! You can Pre-order on Amazon or check out the Author's website below! 





                                                                   Preorder here!      





"There are some who say I am the reincarnation of one of my ancestors: the White Queen, who vanquished all evil in our world once and for all. Now the same task falls to me."

                                                    - Queen Arlena the Fair


Katherine lives in the beautiful state of Tennessee with her high school sweet heart and her two sons (and her fur babies). She loves to travel, play Skyrim, and swim. She edits when she is not writing. To learn more check out her website above!



                                                         


Saturday, June 26, 2021

June Author Spotlight: Saudamina Mishra/Dhi

 

Who is your favorite Author?
"Harold Robbins and Ian McEwan"-Dhi

Hello fellow readers and ghouls. Have I got a wonderful post for you today! I had the pleasure of doing an Author Spotlight on someone I admire very much this month. She has written a book that provides amazing incite on life and self reflection. She was more than happy to be featured and answer a few questions for us! Her words from her book have given me the confidence in myself that I have been seeking lately. Her words of wisdom are truly a treasure for anyone who takes the time to download or purchase her book. Take a look at the Spotlight Interview below!  

Author Spotlight Interview:

What did you want to be when you grew up? ( How long have you been writing?)

"I had declared my ambition of writing to help people when I was an eight-year-old. I used to pen quotes and illustrate them in my journal even back then. of course, I didn't know the term 'author' or anything about the genre of 'self-help' at that age, but I suppose, I knew the essence of what I wanted to do."

What inspired your books?

"People-I have always maintained this. They, their personalities and what we can learn from them have been the sole inspiration for my books so far."

What is your favorite Author and favorite books?

"A Stone for Danny Fisher by Harold Robbins and the biography of the artist Frida by Hayden Herrera." 
 Authors: Harold Robbins and Ian McEwan.

What genre do you write?

"Self-help".

What or how did you decide to publish your book/books?

"I knew that since the stories and personalities of people I had written about had taught me so much about life and it's mysterious workings, they could be instrumental in helping others who might be going through similar ordeals, and help them cope as well. Hence, I decided to publish, but it was only in 2020, that I spurred to action all over again, by my Goddess, my late mother, that I had finally had my first book published; and then it was the unforeseen, overwhelming love that the first one had received, that made me publish the second one this year."

Tell us something interesting about you! 

"I believe in my own theory of numerology (the subject of my third book) to the extent that I could forget people's names but not their challenge and name numbers!"

What other hobbies do you enjoy?

"I have no time for hobbies since my career today is founded on all that I love doing, but since I am a trained western-classical violinist I do work to that, playing in the background."

Tell us more about your book or books that we should know!

"Well, as I mentioned above, my books belong to the genre of "self-help" and not intended to entertain. I believe books out to be tools that assist when in one's wellbeing rather than just a source of temporary escapism. To me, books are guides, instruments of connectivity and practical wisdom and that's exactly how I conceive my own."


It was such a unique experience to read some of this book myself over the last few days. The words in this book resonated deep within my soul. 
Saudamina Misha is truly a light in the darkness. I am so lucky to have made a friendship with such a talented and wise woman.

Here are some words of wisdom I highlighted as I was reading her work.

 I hope you enjoy! Scroll down for more information on this Author and her books! I highly recommend anyone on a search for personal purpose to take the time to download/purchase this book today. 

-A.  Book Witch




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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Check out my Lair!

 


This is where the magic happens. 
This is where the thoughts come from the imagination on to the paper. 
Because paper is still where stories begin, and end.
To some this may seem silly. Childish even to say the least.
But in the imagination lives a child who sees the beauty in even the smallest of places.
And if that means not fitting in or standing out in a group than that is okay by me.
For it is better to see the beauty in everything, or have an imagination that never ceases to see magic in the smallest of places, than grow up and realize....
how much more you could have done if you only could see.

I hope when my children come to this Library a part of them never wants to grow up.
That they can always come here to this spot where imagination began and remember what it feels like to truly be alive.


I hope I teach them to remember to be free in their own hearts and not reserved for the thoughts or opinions of others.