Today, I am so excited to be highlighting Golgotha, a great new release by Angela R. Watts. It is available now for purchase. Follow the Amazon link below to snag your own copy!
Four unlikely companions must band together to escape the Realm of Bones and save their kingdom from a reign of darkness.
Prince Moray will lead his empire to glory, even if it means dabbling with forbidden black magic. But when their parents are murdered, Moray and his brother, Finnigan, are cast into Golgotha—a realm where hope is dead. Finnigan fiercely believes his god, Elohai, will rescue them, but Moray will never trust again.
Princess Ama, promised in marriage to Moray to ensure her clan’s safety from rival tribes, arrives just before a coup and becomes trapped in Golgotha with the smart-mouthed mercenary, Gunnar. Surrounded by strange monsters and ravenous demons, Ama must fight to hold on to her faith—or lose everything.
Despite Ama’s Gift of prophetic dreams, Finnigan’s Gift of energy, Moray’s magic, and Gunnar’s blades, nothing can rescue them from themselves. If they fail to escape, darkness will devour the entire kingdom.
Shadow and Bone meets Mark of the Raven in this epic for fans of faith-based young adult fantasy.
Angela is the bestselling author of The Infidel Books. She lives at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, where she raises horses, dogs, cats, and snails. She’s been writing stories since she was little, and when she's not writing, she's probably drawing or working with her amazing clients.
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Today, I am posting two reviews for the newly published book The Bear of Rosethorn Ring. I wrote the first and Sarah wrote the second. Welcome to our part of Kirsten's blog tour as she introduces her latest book in her series Once Upon a Twist Tales. The release date was April 6, 2021, and is available now. The schedule for the blog tour can be found after our reviews. Enjoy!
About the Book:
When their father runs away, Marita and Diamond Kadlec realize how different twins can be. Marita’s ready to forget Lucas entirely, but Diamond wants to give him the second chance she’s never been able to give before. That’s before they discover that Lucas is indebted to the ill-tempered D’vard and his traveling circus, the Rosethorn Ring. The Ring’s entertainment lacks a bear, and Lucas must play the part of the savage creature to regain his freedom.
Lorcan D’vard cares only for three things: tending to his beloved beard, promoting his Rosethorn Ring, and eradicating the assassin out to kill him. With time running out, D’vard agrees to cancel Lucas’s debt and let him go free – if Marita and Diamond can apprehend the assassin before the assassin ends the show.
This is Snow White and Rose Red with a twist like you’ve never seen it before.
About the Series:
Once Upon a Twist Tales are your favorite fairytales retold backwards and upside-down, with a little bit of steampunk thrown in for fun!
My reviews for the previous books in the series:
Book One: The Rose and the Balloon
Book Two: Spindle Dreams
Book Three: Diamond
The fourth book in the Once Upon a Twist Tales is The Bear of Rosethorn Ring. This book is based on the fairy tale, Snow White and Rose Red. I was not familiar with this particular fairy tale so I read the original and found that Kirsten remained true to the tale just as in her other tales.
The book centers around Marita, Diamond, and their father, Lucas. It continues the family’s stories that began in Spindle Dreams and Diamond. The previous books brought the family back together, but not to the pleasure of all. After a dispute with Marita, Lucas takes off in Queen Maeva’s balloon, and no one knows where he has gone. Marita is happy with that, but her twin sister, Diamond, wants a chance to get to know her father. Reluctantly, Marita agrees to try to find Lucas with the help of Felix, her fiancé, and Diamond, who, unfortunately, is temporarily blind.
The search for Lucas is unsuccessful until they encounter a rather strange old man, whom Marita has unfortunately already had dealings with, and his bodyguard. Through some twists and turns they find Lucas at a circus and have to join the act themselves in order to find a supposed assassin and free Lucas from the debt that has imprisoned him there.
The story includes mystery, suspense, action, danger, and some intrigue. Though these features are present and make a good read, the real action of the story is in the relationships between the two girls and their father. It is a story of character development, relationship restoration, and forgiveness. This book in the series allows us time to really get into these characters’ lives and their motivations for why they act as they do.
Kirsten weaves a wonderful tale with some serious aspects as well. Life is all about relationships, and sometimes how people handle them can lead to a happy and fulfilled life or a life of utter despair.
Be sure to read Kirsten’s latest edition to her Once Upon a Twist Tales to find out which avenue the members of the Kadlec family chose to follow in the fourth book The Bear of Rosethorn Ring.
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Sarah, a member of our team, also read The Bear of Rosethorn Ring and decided to write a review as well.
This is a sweet sister story that bounces off the previous stories well and uses elements and plot points from the original fairy tale, Snow White and Rose Red, in great and creative ways.
I like how Marita and Diamond have such different personalities yet balance each other out so well and how they accept and love each other despite those differences. The brother/sister dynamic between Felix and Diamond was also really sweet and well done as Felix was just so sweet to and with her and Diamond was just so accepting of that—I really liked them and how their relationship developed. Felix and Marita were also great, and Samson is back! I just really love that horse, though I would never want to own him, LOL!
The themes of redemption and forgiveness woven in the tale are great, and I liked how the sisters approached the situation with their father very differently that fit their characters and pasts perfectly. The circus element was cool and something I haven’t personally read in a lot of books, and the whole assassin plot line was well done with a very exciting climax.
My only disappointment was Seth wasn’t in the book! He didn’t come on the adventure, and I’m very sad about that because he and Diamond are my favorite characters, and I wanted to see more of them together. Maybe the next book can be an adventure with them? Pretty please?
All in all, this was a really fun, sweet read, with great character development and a good take on a more obscure fairy tale. I would recommend this book to those who want a fun, fast read with good characters and a great theme, and to fairy tale fans of all ages.
About the Author:
Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the "Grimm Dickens" (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). She is present in many online circles under the name "Kiri Liz" if you care about things like that. As you read this, she'll be somewhere under a maple tree - trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once.
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Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds at meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you have learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into His most excellent harmonies.
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