FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
“Brrrr, it’s chilly outside,” Tattle enters the office in a Mrs. Claus Suit.
“Not if you live in Arizona!” Wrye does a two step, ending with, “Ta…da!”
“Ah, so it’s duelling Christmas jokes ye are after, m’elfin friend.” She swirls about and verbally assaults. “What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic.”
Wrye thinks, huh, but counters, “Why does Santa have 3 gardens? So he can ho-ho-ho.”
Walking around Wrye, Tattle’s skirt swirls “Why was Santa's little helper depressed? Because he had low elf esteem.”
“What do you call an elf who sings? A Wrapper!”
“What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? Frostbite.” She holds up a hand. “Enough. I win. Time for our Love of Literature Leap Reviews.”
Again Wrye thinks, huh, but bows concession and off they go.
The duo find themselves in BORN IN ICE by Linda LaRoque, a futuristic/sci-fi/romantic suspense.
Zana Forrester left her young daughter and elder mother to brave the unstable roadways in the year 2080. She lived in a world where global warming had taken control, and avalanches, like the one that killed her husband, were not uncommon. Having to survive and keep her family fed and warm, she works from home as a computer programmer, but now and then she had to leave to pick up supplies.
Not to overtax her mother, she had taken her baby boy Jonathan with her and left her daughter, Katy. Soon after they start out, they are consumed by an avalanche.
Seventy-five years later, Brock Callahan and his crew salvage a rare all-terrain vehicle buried in an iceberg. After outrunning a dreaded pirate, they take the vehicle aboard his ship. Inside, unconscious, Zana holds her dead son. In her time, drugs had been administered to keep tissue from freezing completely, which allowed for Zana’s rebirth. Her son had been too young for the treatment.
Hence, Zana awakes to a world much different from her own, without her son, and not knowing what had happened to her daughter or mother. Finding her daughter becomes her main concern despite being instantly attracted to Brock and the new life he can offer her.
Meanwhile, Brock, a widow, is immediately drawn to the lovely Zana, and believes she would be the perfect wife and mother to his own daughter. Yet he refuses to love her. Death always follows those women he had loved. Both have their own agendas, but fate keeps them together as they battle through the dangers and heartache of the weather torn planet and its survivors’ tumultuous days and nights.
To further complicate their goals, a foreboding evil stalks them. Though Zana had been reborn, death is once again at her heels, threatening not just her but those she is beginning to love.
Tattle whoops, “Wow! If you like adventure, suspense well-dosed with the unexpected and romance, this is the book for you. The prose pulsates with persistent realism despite being set in a futuristic world. You find yourself glancing out the window to remind yourself you don’t live in a city under the sea or a modernized cavern. The story absorbed me within the first paragraph, and I felt the characters pain and trauma. I became Zena’s and Brock’s cheerleader as their fortitude helps them overcome both physical and emotional bouts of intense ordeals. This read became part of my heart long after I put the book aside.”
Wyre nods in agreement. “The story itself captivated me. The characters crawled under my skin and held me enthralled. I was in constant anticipation of what would happen next, and whether or not they would survive. The writing itself was so accomplished and well-done, I could almost hear a musical score adding to the background suspense. It was such an enjoyable journey, I found myself wanting to visit that world, meet the people, and applaud their bravado. Many books have captured my interest, but this one baited, hooked, and cooked me well. I am forevermore a LaRoque fan!”
Tattle and Wrye read their way through CLAIMED by Andrea R. Cooper, a paranormal, fantasy romance.
Dream jobs aren’t always the dream you expect them to be, and Renee Maxwell soon discovers that truth. Being an assistant to sensuous and dreamy archaeologist, Damon Cubins, in the ancient ruins of Turkey has its perks. Mostly, it is gruelling work and feverish nights. Not, hot, ooh la la type of nights but actually feeling sick with a legit fever. It doesn’t help that visions insert themselves over reality. Damon, though, incredibly handsome to begin with becomes even more tempting, taking on the traits of a chiseled, perfect hot-to-the-bone god. Meanwhile, Travis, a volunteer, she swears is beginning to look gnome-like. Was it the heat? Was it the flu? Was it the weird dreams? No, no, and no! She had recently dug up a crystal, an insignificant find, she pocketed, intending to make it into a necklace, but it is also affecting her.
What she doesn’t know is that the crystal is the very one Damon has been seeking. Damon Cubins is an incubus and if he doesn’t find the crystal and feed off of its energy, he will turn into a full demon. Once he knows Renee has found it, he realizes he must get that crystal away from her. Ironically, the full-figured beauty has feminist views and, unlike most women who fall for his charms, she resists his romantic overtures. She is quite content to let his model thin girlfriend have him all to herself. Well, maybe content isn’t the exact word. Attempting to resist might be more accurate.
Damon though needs that stone. Though he can feed off others’ sexual energy, he refuses to do more than siphon a taste, rather than hurt them. Unlike his cousin, Clive who feeds off violence and war, Damon cares for humanity. He soon finds he also cares for Renee. Will she run when she realizes what he is? Will Clive create enough chaos to put them all in danger? Will Damon lose Renee and become a demon? Read to find out!
Tattle sighs. “This is one of those romantic, paranormal romps you want to jump into as if it is a shimmery lake and discover it has a tumultuous undertow. It has just the right blend of danger, adventure, sexuality and romance to satisfy every emotional nook and cranny of your literary being. I really like Renee, especially how she keeps sticking to her views and independence. It was a hoot, however, watching the very likeable and sexy Clive not get the girl right off the bat. Cooper’s writing has a clean, crisp feel, giving the storyline a swift pace. The dialogue is very believable with a grand amount of bantering that kept me smiling even though I kept rooting for them to reveal their true feelings to each other. This is the perfect book to curl up with on a quiet, cozy night with only enough light to read by.
Wyre grins. “I thoroughly enjoyed reading CLAIMED. It is reminiscent of the grand style of romance novels blusterous beginnings. It is a compelling read yet had its own unique speed, I couldn’t put it down but I didn’t want to rush it. I felt the need to read each phrase, every word. I liked the play of good and evil, especially showing an incubus that is more than simply sexually driven. Cooper took paranormal to a different level, writing a story that wasn’t a clone of what is already out there. It had a unique plot and its own remarkable style. This author will quickly gain a following, and I am personally looking forward to her next book.”
Hope you all enjoyed our reviews! Until next month, keep reading.
Dona Penza Rutabaga Tattle, Esq. and Associate Wrye Balderdash
of Blather City, Wannachat
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