Author: Maggie Shayne

Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

Posted March 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie ShayneEternity by Maggie Shayne
Series: The Immortals #1
Published by CreateSpace on January 10, 2013
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 326
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads
two-half-stars
half-flame

Three hundred years ago, Raven St. James was accused of witchcraft... Only one man tried to free her from the hangman's noose--Duncan, the town minister, who died trying to save her. Three hundred years later, the accused witch still lives and longs for her love...

At last, after centuries of loneliness, Raven has found her precious Duncan. But as he awakens to the passion of his past life, so too does the evil that tore them apart. Now Raven and Duncan must prove their love for all eternity..

       

 

 The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on February 25, 2013  (currently FREE as of writing this post)

Overall rating 3.98 with 2,853 ratings and 223 reviews

 

I had a lot of trouble with reading my Kindle freebies during the COYER challenge. A LOT. It’s not so much a problem when I am reading one a month for a Thrifty Thursday post. I can choose one with a more well-known author which is the first of a series or I got free years back. The quality of books I have access to read (which anyone can get at the library, it just takes longer) is so high I’ve gotten more picky perhaps.

Eternity has all the earmarks of a good pick.  It won awards. There are numerous ratings which are quite high. The author is relatively known and this is the first in The Immortals series. I liked her contemporary romance books, including another Thrifty Thursday pick, The Brands Who Came for Christmas. I’ve been reading and enjoying more fantasy. I like almost anything with some romance. It has magic!

OK, it’s bad when I am listing reasons I should like it.  I read about half and then couldn’t get myself to continue for 3 weeks. I finally read the other half one night. I struggled some with the world-building. You’re not dead if you die in certain ways. And once you don’t die, you’re immortal but after the first death you may not remember your first life. Or you might.

I don’t always like historical which was part of my issue, but I think the love interest being a priest and the treatment of women, along with the religious fervor of the time was off-putting. It starts in the late 1600s, during the witch trials / executions.  The romance was fast and lustful without the kind of relationship building dialogue I prefer. The characters sometimes acted immature in the doing things which fall into the TSTL category.

It’s an interesting premise and I might read on in the series because of the focus of the next book, Infinity. I’m already familiar with the world and the core plot probably won’t include religious aspects. It also appears to be set in a more current time period.

 

About Maggie Shayne

Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author.

Known within the Craft of the Wise as LadyHawk the Mythmaker, Maggie studied in the Black Forest Circle Seminary for three years, earning her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree elevations there. A licensed minister of Wicca, Maggie was later made a Craft Elder, and co-founded a new Wiccan tradition called RavenMyst Circle. Her coven, The Coven of the Redtail Hawk, turned out five new high priestesses, several of whom went on to form covens of their own, and making Maggie, according to the Old Ways, A Witch Queen.

While The Portal series is entirely fictional, and necessarily brimming with special effects, any portions of the stories pertaining to the actual practices and teachings of witchcraft are entirely authentic. Due to the oathbound nature of some Wiccan rites several of the spells and other rituals, particularly rituals of Initiation and elevation, have been altered, abbreviated, or are deliberately vague. These rites are revealed only to Initiated Witches who reach the appropriate levels of study in traditional Wiccan Covens.

If learning about real witchcraft is your goal, I’ll soon be releasing a nonfiction book, The Magick of the Witches, on that very topic. (Watch this site.) In the meantime, I strongly recommend books by Silver RavenWolf, Scott Cunningham, Dorothy Morrison, Gail Wood, and others, which will give you all the information you need to to decide if it’s the path for you, and to begin your own solitary practice.


The Brands Who Came for Christmas by Maggie Shayne

The Brands Who Came for Christmas by Maggie Shayne

Posted December 17, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

Currently, it is free on Amazon, $0.99 on Nook and Kobo. There is no real reason I should like this book. It’s got a billionaire and a virgin; it’s an older theme contemporary romance. So why did I pick it? (I have 100s of Kindle free books after all). Well, first because it is a Christmas story or, at least, Christmas is in the title. That seemed good for December. And I like to switch up genres and it was time for a straight human romance. It is written by a more well-known author who I’ve always wanted to try. In spite of the clichéd billionaire and virgin, I liked it pretty well. However, it’s truly fiction. The style and premise are unrealistic, so even […]


Shades of a Fatal Attraction! Deadly Obsession by Maggie Shayne

Shades of a Fatal Attraction! Deadly Obsession by Maggie Shayne

Posted December 15, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

It’s no secret that I love this series. This story does everything to keep my love in place!! First of all, I find fatal attraction-ish stories appealing on so many levels, especially when they’re done well. Mason Brown hires the nurse from hell to help with his needed home care following his hero life saving rescue of two children from a burning fire. Rachel’s paranormal instincts (she calls it NFP for “not “&)#% psychic) go into overdrive the first time she meets her but Mason’s a little slow to properly react. Things get even dicier when Marie Brown, Mason’s institutionalized sister-in-law, starts going off the rails. As guardian of his two nephews, Mason’s concerned that she’ll somehow connect with them. I could not put this […]


Utterly Chilling! Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne

Utterly Chilling! Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne

Posted December 4, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

I keep thinking this series will begin losing some of its appeal and that’s just not happening. Rachel de Luca and Mason Brown keep things fresh and interesting. In this latest story, a young woman, recently blinded as a result of a car accident, turns a street corner and just vanishes. It appears she was abducted and being a local judge’s daughter, the investigation starts down that track until it begins to tie in with the disappearances of other young women. And, it also seems to connect with the earlier abduction of Rachel’s assistant, Amy, some weeks ago (see the novella Dream of Danger). The mystery is thorny, the suspense chilling and Rachel’s offbeat humor just as wonderful as ever. I couldn’t put this one […]


Review: Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne

Review: Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne

Posted February 13, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

Rachel and Mason are back but have decided to take a break from each other as she needs time to explore life as a sighted person after having been blind for 20 years. He needs to come to terms with the devastation caused by his brother. Both thought that case was behind them but it seems as if someone is still targeting Mason’s brother’s organ recipients, specifically Rachel. This second book in the series continues the previous storyline…somewhat. Rachel and Mason don’t understand why but know she needs protection. In the meantime, they’re still fighting their attraction to one another and losing the battle. I enjoyed this story, maybe even more than the first book. Rachel’ snarky humor continues to be a delight in this […]


Review: Sleep With the Lights On by Maggie Shayne

Review: Sleep With the Lights On by Maggie Shayne

Posted January 16, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

The set up Rachel Mason went blind when she was 12-years old. A chance encounter with Detective Mason Brown led to her receiving his dead brother’s corneas. What first seems like an incredible gift turns into a nightmare when Rachel begins having disturbing visions. Mason is keeping a terrible secret about his brother and has a tough choice to make as he realizes there’s a connection between the organ donation and Rachel’s visions. What works about this story Connections between recipients of organ transplants and their donors have been written about before but this one has a slightly different twist to make it a standout. On top of that, Rachel’s snarky humor and clever banter made this story a fun, though macabre read. Shifts between […]