Authors Showcase: Into the Unknown
October 25, 2012
The Book: Tournament of Chance
The Author: S. G. Rogers
Although Heather never believed the legends about the restoration of Ormaria, after three shape-shifting Ormarian wizards awaken from a long magical slumber, she joins their perilous quest to regain the throne. Heather battles vicious predators and angry trolls to free the wizards’ magic, but at a horrendous cost.
She is unexpectedly torn from the arms of the man she loves and hurled back in time to fulfill a prophecy not yet written. The ensuing maelstrom tests Heather’s survival skills, wits, and endurance.
Will she become an unwritten footnote in history, or can she trust the magic to lead her back to her one true love?
Review by anteater1982: TOC is a captivating story about a young girl who crashes through the crystal ceiling of the kingdom she lives in by challenging the upper class in the Tournament of Chance.
Heather is a plucky, strong character who will appeal to young adults, particularly girls. The reader will find it hard not to read “Tournament of Chance” well into the wee hours of the night — it’s difficult to put the book down before finding out what happens to Heather and her friends.
You will be glad you took the “Chance” to read this book! It’s fabulous!
The Book: Embraced
The Author: Darlene Jones
The Story: When Principal, Abby Davies, shows Curtis a page of scribbles and asks him to try to figure it out, Curtis isn’t sure what to think. He likes Miss D and all. She isn’t too bad for a school teacher. You can talk to her and she doesn’t make fun. But, sheesh, a secret code from aliens? That’s just too sci fi for him. To keep her happy, he says he’ll help. Thing is, once he starts studying the scribbles, he can see messages.
Coder Guy, as Abby calls whoever is sending the messages, wants her to fix things. What things? Miss D and Curtis find the answer when letters with Abby’s signature appear in newspaper offices. The things asked for come true. But, who’s writing the letters? Coder Guy? Or Abby?
Then the reporter shows up. What is a war correspondent doing in their little town? He says he loves Abby, but he sells her story to the world; her face splashed over every television and computer screen. The next day Miss D and Curtis are the only ones who remember the reports.
Review by Anneli: As I read Embraced, I identified with the character of Abby. What would I do if I were Abby and heard annoying clickings in my teeth? I’d be extremely worried that something was wrong with me.
What if the sounds were like a code being tapped out? I’d wonder if I was losing my mind. But what if it turned out that they really were messages from some supreme being “up there”? It sure isn’t something I’d tell anyone about. They’d think I was crazy.
Abby is in a real dilemma. And then things get worse for her. She meets the most beautiful man she’s ever seen in her life. He says he loves her, but he betrays her. Or does he? He’s in and out of her life. He asks her if she thinks she’s lived before. He visits without seeming to have to open a door – simply appears. Is he real? She wants him to go away so she can get her sanity back, but can’t bear it when he’s gone from her life.
And the messages? They tell her to write letters to fix things in the world. And it works! But it’s all so overwhelming for her.
Embraced will keep you turning pages to find out how Abby will deal with the bizarre things going on in her life. The author engages and entertains the reader from start to finish. Expertly written and thoroughly enjoyable.