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Book Reviews !! True North and Nightfall

Today we’re stepping back from having a guest author and instead we’re featuring two authors in a review of their books by two of our blog members.

Sure hope you enjoy the reviews and leave a comment.  We’ll be sharing all the comments with the two authors.


by Marie Force

Published Marie Force   ISBN:9781466214040

Review by:  Susan Carlisle

The first time Travis North lays eyes on Liana McDermott, she’s wearing the most hideous bridesmaid dress he’s ever seen.  He doesn’t immediately recognize the world-famous model who is attending her cousin Enid’s wedding at the country club he owns. Thanks to Enid’s shameless matchmaking. Travis and Liana become acquainted and later embark on a two-week fling intended to be free of emotion and entanglement. As Liana’s return to work gets closer, however, Travis wonders how he’ll ever let her go
when the time comes whole Liana considers whether he might be her true north. Two high-powered careers, two amazing weeks and a love that comes along just once in a lifetime. Is she ready to give up her career for a different kind of life? Does he want the same things she does? After insisting on an emotionless affair, she can’t very well ask him. Or can she?

I have to admit that I heard Marie Force speak at a conference and had to check her book out. This is the one that she was told wouldn’t sale because it is about a model.  She went on to self-publish.  Sales skyrocketed. True North is an interesting read. I wasn’t put off by the heroine’s profession.  Force made her issues as real as any woman’s would be. The hero is a hot and self-made man that is easily likable.  The dog adds a realism. This book is nicely done and satisfying.


NIGHTFALL  -  A Dark Age Dawning Novel      by Ellen Connor

Published by: Berkley Sensation     ISBN 978-0-425-24169-1

Reviewed by:  Sandra Elzie

Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true.  Or that he would have a plan in place to save her–one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-marine named Mason owes a life debt to Jenna’s father.  Skilled and steadfast, he’s ready for the prophesied change, but Jenna proves tough to convince.  Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack–vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them.  As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes, too, forever altered by supernatural forces.  To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion–a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

I got this book at RWA Nationals in 2011, but it was kept toward the bottom of my to-be-read stack because I kept stacking books on top.  Finally, I turned the pile upside down and very soon I was reading Nightfall.  Wow.  Well, if the cover doesn’t grab you…and the blurb doesn’t grab you, the high-action book will definitely grab you.

This book starts by explaining that in m id-twenty-first century, the world, as we know it implodes.  Without power to supply all our needs, people are left to fend for themselves.  Can you imagine?  Well, this is about two characters, Jenna and Mason, who find a way to cope and survive whatever comes their way.   Believe me, if the world is ever in a crisis as this book describes, I hope there’s a guy like Mason available to help me survive.  It might sound like a terrifying situation, but I wholeheartedly enjoyed this book.  Paranormal Romance
The other two in the series, Daybreak, is available, and Midnight,  which will release on August 6th, 2013.  Order Nightfall and Daybreak and pre-order the Midnight today so you don’t miss one single action-packed chapter.

Dark Age Trilogy

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Laura Russell - April 10, 2013 - 3:15 am

Thanks for the two helpful reviews. I have read one of Marie’s later books. It’s nice to have a couple of older titles to look for.

Mary Preston - April 10, 2013 - 3:55 am

I agree about helpful, the exact word I wanted to use. Not books that would quickly make their way onto the top of my pile without your thoughts.

Sandra Elzie - April 10, 2013 - 4:54 am

Hi Laura,
You’re welcome! We might be a group of authors, but we all love to read and most of my books come from personal recommendations of others.

Sandra Elzie - April 10, 2013 - 4:57 am

Hi Mary,
I know just what you mean about books that I might not otherwise pick up. Sometimes I read something just because of the author…or recommendation…but once in a while, a cover blurb grabs me…such as in Nightfall. Kind of a scary thought…the world being totally w/o power & having to survive, but in the end, when good triumphs over evil, well, what’s not to love?

Maxine Davis - April 10, 2013 - 5:28 am

Thank you ladies. It looks like I have two more books to add to the “must read” list. True North sounds like just what I would pick to curl up on the deck with my lemonade and not come inside until dark. Nightfall also sounds great. A cabin in the Pacific NW with Mason? I’m glad to know good triumphs–can’t wait to read how.

Pam Asberry - April 10, 2013 - 6:05 am

Thanks for the reviews. As if my TBR pile wasn’t already toppling over! ;-)

Susan Carlisle - April 10, 2013 - 8:35 am

Hey all,

Marie’s book is a wonderful read. I would certainly move it to the top of the pile.

Marilyn Baron - April 10, 2013 - 10:16 am

Thanks for the wonderful reviews. I have to laugh about the book stack. I have so many on my TBR list, it’s ridiculous. And I keep putting the latest ones on top.

I just read a book I really enjoyed called War Brides by Helen Bryan for my book club.

I’m also enjoying the one I’m currently reading, called The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty.

I can’t imagine a world without books.

I like this segment.

Hildie McQueen - April 10, 2013 - 11:55 am

I just finished two regency romances by Grace Burrowes. Sometimes I depart from Paranormal (my first love) and get lost in the language and times of that era. It has to be well written or I throw it across the room though! I recommend Darius by Grace Burrowes. He is a totally different hero that transforms into a man that you will definitely not soon forget. :-*

Marie Force - April 10, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Thanks for the mention of True North. Glad you enjoyed it!

Sandy Elzie - April 10, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Hi Pam,
The answer to that problem is simple….just get a bigger bookcase!!! That’s because you can never have too many books…just too little shelf space. :-D

Sandy Elzie - April 10, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Oh Maxine, I love your idea…a good book, a tall frosty glass of lemonade and some sun. (sigh) I love Spring.

Sandy Elzie - April 10, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Hi Marilyn,
War Brides? Which war? I gotta check this one out. Hey, turn the stack over!!! Sometimes it’s amazing what’s at the bottom.

Sandy Elzie - April 10, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Hi Hildie,
Paranormal isn’t my first choice in reading material, BUT I love a well-written one. (Like Nightfall)

By the way, I was really surprised when I went out to Marie Force’s website (to let her know that we were featuring one of her books) and found out how many books she has written. The girl is a writing machine…and unfortunately for my TBR pile, there were SEVERAL that looks great.

Heading to FL in a couple of weeks…must fill up the Kindle.

Susan Carlisle - April 10, 2013 - 3:22 pm

I’m glad you stopped in. Ture North beat the odds so you do all us romance writers proud.

Marie Force - April 10, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Thanks, Susan! It continues to make me a couple thousand dollars a month, and it’s one of my lesser selling books. I give Travis and Liana all the credit for changing my life (along with the editor who thankfully said, “No one wants to read about a super model.”) I’m so glad I was able to prove her wrong.

Sandy Elzie - April 10, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Thanks for dropping by! Gotta say that I was impressed with your list of books. I’ve read Line of Scrimmage and Everyone Loves a Hero…both good, by the way, so now I have to check out some of the others.

Have a great day.

Marie Force - April 10, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Thanks Sandy! Just FYI that Maid for Love, book 1 in the McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, is free everywhere ebooks are sold. Thanks again for the mention and for reading my books!

Marilyn Baron - April 11, 2013 - 6:14 am

World War II, of course. It takes place in a small town in England. You would really like it,

Debbie Kaufman - April 11, 2013 - 10:13 am

Both of those sound great! I just finished several in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, a husband/wife writing team. Futuristic Atlanta/Georgia settings, magic that rises and falls in waves either wiping out or enabling technology, and a strong female protagonist. Book one, Magic Bites is the beginning. I think I’m about to start book four. :)

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