“The Earth Shifter” by Lada Ray is the first novel in a paranormal YA trilogy about saving the world from its own destruction. The Earth Keepers saved the world from the Comet of Karma in 1908. Now it is coming again and they must decide if the world is still worth saving.
Sasha is a teenage girl living in Moscow who has special talents and is being trained in their use by a Shaman named Tengis. She is one half of the Key that can save the world from the Comet. Kei is a gifted Chinese teenager living in New York. He is the other half of the Key and isn’t aware of his powers or his destiny. Somehow they must find each other.
Ray weaves a complex tale with a great cast of characters. She provides good detail on life in 1990’s Russia, at the end of the Cold War. The descriptions of Moscow and Siberia are rich and detailed. The theme of good versus evil is woven throughout the story. Should mankind be saved from the Comet of Karma. Is humanity worthy of redemption?
This is a great YA thriller that’s sure to please. I think adult readers will enjoy it just as much as the Tweens. Now to wait for Book 2, coming out at the end of the year.
“Temp to Permanent” by Toni Noel is a fun romantic romp with elements of mystery and suspense thrown in to sweeten the plot. When Carina Carrington’s secretary falls ill and the temp agency sends her Greg Lawless as a replacement, she knows she’s in trouble. Greg takes her breath away at first glance and keeps her on her toes with his efficiency. Even though there is a mutual attraction Greg keeps his distance to maintain his professional ethics.
As the missing secretary’s illness becomes protracted Carina begins having mysterious mishaps in her advertising business. It is as if someone is sabotaging her. As the incidences mount she begins to suspect that Greg is a plant in her business by some rival bent on her destruction. Ultimately, together they will find the culprit and perhaps their own happiness. Continue reading
I recently finished reading Debbie LaChusa’s “Breaking the Spell” and found it really spoke to me. Even though I’ve never been involved in network marketing or attended any self-help type conferences I found quite a bit that I could identify with.
The economic downturn left many of us struggling with the way we’d always thought of the world and what was important. Success had been defined for us at an early age by a society that monetizes everything. The book details how we got to the tipping point that led to the financial melt-down and how we’ve been programmed to think about success and happiness. Continue reading