Authors Showcase: Imagination Reigns
February 9, 2013
The Book: Broken Soul
The Author: Laura Wright LaRoche
Meet Aca Wayne Duran III as he narrates the many-faceted stories of the house he calls home. An elderly man who thought he might be crazy as the visions were revealed to him through vapors and smoke.
From beginning to ending, the stories within will captivate you while you struggle with the realization of human impact upon a wooden structure.
Is it just condensation on the walls, or the normal “cracks, pops, and pings” of a house settling? You be the judge as you read about murder, love, lust, kidnapping, torture, and more.
Each vision shared has been painfully recorded by both the house and the writer. While some tales are softer than others, they all relate to the cause of the. . . Broken Soul.
Review by Joyce L. Mitchell: Love the cover! The log cabin reminds me of a house I lived in long, long ago. Love the many stories narrated by Aca Wayne Duran III, an elderly man who thought he might end up in a loony-bin as visions were revealed to him through vapors, smoke coming out of the walls and floors.
The builders, Mary and August, poured their heart and soul into the walls of their new home. After Mary’s death, the soul of the house changed forever; it was lonely and sad. Several weeks after August buried Mary, he returned to the house and said a sad goodbye to their once-loving home; the walls of the house lined with moisture drops as it missed the love of its creators. One question, how was this house able to communicate?
The house wanted to be released, and Aca put together a plan to end it all!! This unforgettable story will keep you on the edge of your seat, written by the multi-talented Laura Wright LaRoche.
Review by Lenora Rogers: I think this is an amazing book, I so enjoyed it that I did not put down until the end. This book keeps you in anticipation of what is going to happen when the next family moves in this house. I loved the ending which I did not see coming. This is a well-written book and easy to read. I would read anything by this Author, amazing talent, and I want to read more.
The Book: Dreamlander
The Author: K. M. Weiland
What if the dreams you awaken from are the fading memories of that second life?
What if one day you woke up in the wrong world?
Only one person in a generation may cross the barrier of dreams to reach the other world—a world of war-scarred countries and fallen faiths. When a Chicago-born journalist finds himself on the far side of his dreams, he must hurl himself into battle to save a princess from her own people, two worlds from annihilation, and himself from a dream come way too true.
Review by Naomi D. Musch: K.M. Weiland writes without holding back. She pours an onslaught of visual and emotional power into each scene with a style that slams you between the eyes, knocking you into worlds as dangerous as they are beautiful.
I entered Lael, the world of the Dreamlander, with my eyes popping and my imagination spinning out of my head much like happened to Chris Redston, the Gifted and hero of the tale. The land, its colors, creatures, and races of folk overwhelmed me at first as I stepped out of the world I knew into a separate place where dreams are more than we imagined them to be. But as I slowly adapted to my surroundings, like Chris,the people of Lael pulled me into their lives until I was walking through the story with them, fearing, longing, and heart pounding for them.
I read with trepidation, because people were sure to die in this story. I’ve read each of Ms.Weiland’s novels, and I have come to expect a certain aspect of the bittersweet while never knowing quite how things could possibly work out. In Dreamlander, there was much evil to conquer, and it wouldn’t be put at bay without an epic battle to end all battles — a battle to possibly end the worlds.
I love the way the story moves between this world and the world of Lael. Ms. Weiland weaves two tales of adventure into one, and the impact of both worlds on Chris Redston felt real as I read.
Chris Redston learned something in the course of the story. He said, “Life has to be more than a series of random coincidences. What’s happened to me here–to us… There has to be a bigger plan.” That was a great theme. Always is.
If you like epic fantasy, don’t miss Dreamlander.
Review by Noel: Chris Redston is living two lives, and fighting two battles. He has been having nightmares of a woman on a black horse, warning him away. But from what? One day Chris wakes up to find that his life is changed forever; that his dreams are reality! He discovers that he is the gifted, and is told he has the power to stop the nightmares that have been plaguing him. All he has to do is bring one man back, but he does not know that the man is the Land of Lael’s formidable enemy.
Chris now has to prove himself and stop the world from breaking apart. But now the love of a woman is involved. He has to make a choice that will save those he loves, and stop what he unwittingly began.
Dreamlanders by K.M. Weiland is an epic book! It kept me hooked all the way to the end. She had intriguing, realistic characters, and the plot development was great. I never knew what was around the next corner, and it surprised me every time. She painted vivid pictures, and I felt that I was watching everything happen. I was pulled into a completely different world as I read this book, and was sad to have it over. I highly recommend Dreamlander, and I look forward to reading more of K.M. Weiland’s future novels. I know I won’t be disappointed.