Review of ‘Not For Ourselves’
Alyssa is a member of a group of believers in witchcraft in her local community, whose peaceful life is shattered when a group of drunks, off-duty deputy sheriffs, disrupts an event they are hosting to raise money for a local animal shelter. The leader of the group of rowdies, Justin Nevel, is the nephew of the sheriff, and when the group files a complaint, he vows revenge. Nevel focuses his rage on Alyssa, constantly harassing her with threatening phone calls. In an effort to learn why she has been singled out, Alyssa performs a spell, but instead of finding an answer, she finds herself merged with the spirit of Shannon Marie Cullen, a Scottish girl caught between clan tradition and her desire to be a free spirit.
What follows this unearthly reunion is love, betrayal, bloodshed, and murder, leading to Shannon’s untimely murder at the hands of a jealous bastard son of one of her father’s primary rivals.
As Alyssa struggles to make sense of what she is experiencing through this spiritual union across space and time, Nevel ups his threats, and sets out to kill her. She is tossed between the violence of the past and the violence that is plaguing her real life, and in the process learns that she is not the only one channeling spirits from the past.
The action in Not For Ourselves by Theresa Chaze begins on a high note, and continues to escalate to a fever pitch, as Alyssa makes sense of past events, and how they relate directly to her present-day life.
Chaze does a masterful job of relating events of the distant past to the present, and grabs the reader’s interest from the first page until the satisfying conclusion. You don’t have to be a fan of this genre to appreciate the deeper meanings contained in this work, but I’m willing to bet that after reading this book, you’ll become a fan, and look forward to more from this author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, and I give it four and a half stars.
Review of ‘God Saw a Butterfly’
God Saw a Butterfly by Theresa Chaze is an inspirational parable about Shylon, a butterfly, following her from her time as an egg, through her pupal stage, and to her emergence as a butterfly. Beset by doubts and uncertain of her purpose and identity, Shylon almost lets anger overcome her, but in the end, comes to terms with the cycle of life with the occasional voice of Mother, not to guide her, but to help her see that she makes her own way through life.
Based loosely on the parable, ‘Where a caterpillar sees death, God sees a butterfly,’ this engaging story is life in a microcosm. Through the humble eyes of a lesser creature, the reader is shown the miracle of life. Despite a few annoying typographical errors, I found this story inspiring and uplifting. The author shows with amazing skill that even the smallest of creatures has something to teach us all.
I received this book free in exchange for my unbiased review. I give it four stars.
Review of ‘Dragon Domain’
Cheyenne and Celeste had been close—in fact, Celeste was like a mother to Cheyenne—until Dominic came. He promised Celeste love, but instead, he awakened her dark side, and the two of them are determined to destroy Cheyenne. With the help of Jane and others of the Dragon Clan, Cheyenne must resist a force that becomes stronger with each soul Dominic and Celeste binds to their dark designs. The forces that Cheyenne must face as she fights to save her home, though, are overwhelming.
Dragon Domain is the second book in the Dragon Clan Trilogy by Theresa Chaze. It is a compelling tale of love and betrayal with a Wiccan heroine you can’t help but cheer for. The action is chilling and the human emotions are deep. This one reads like a good thriller, with a dollop of witchcraft thrown into the mix. You don’t have to be a fan of paranormal fiction to like it.
This is one you’ll want to schedule a good block of time to read, but you won’t want to put it down once you’ve started.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I give it three and a half stars.
Interview on “Until You Walk the Path You Don’t Know Where it Goes”
Internet radio personality Theresa Chaze will be interviewing my tomorrow on her BlogTalk radio show, “Until You Walk the Path You Don’t Know Where it Goes.” This will be my third time on her show, and we’ll be talking about my recent books, what life’s been like since I retired from government service and went into writing full time, and my writing habits, among other things. Theresa’s shows are always fun and interesting, so you won’t want to miss it – and, I’m not just saying that because I’m on the show. Check the following link for air time and other information: