Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Desolate by Stephanie Binding is now on!

New #YA book alert by a lovely young lady from Canada. Stephanie Binding has a bright future with this brand new release.

Camilla Lopez, a once privileged sophomore in high school, finds herself lost and alone in an unfamiliar world. Faced with mountainous obstacles from violence to multiple losses that test her resilience to the extreme, she is left feeling overwhelmed and despondent. Surprisingly, Camilla begins to build unshakable bonds with unlikely people in unlikely places; people who lift her out of her sorrows to the heights of love she is destined to reach.

My Review 

Desolate by Stephanie Binding is a well-written story that tugs at your heartstrings and touches you deep down inside. This young author writes with spirit and a kind of simplicity and honesty that makes you believe every single word, even knowing this story is fictional.

The sadness and desperation feels real and I am swept up into this emotional story. There is a stunningly beautiful quality to this authors language and a naïveté that is so precious that it brings me back to my own youth with all the self-doubt and uncertainty. This suspenseful story had me glued to the pages in anticipation.

Desolate is a story of strength and perseverance. A moving unusual love story that will break your heart and at the same time remind you of your first love.

This is a true survivors story. A message of hope.

The Briton and the Dane: Timeline by Mary Ann Bernal Audio Edition is available now!

The Briton and the Dane: Timeline

 Narrated by Michele Lukovich

The Briton and the Dane: Timeline

Dr. Gwyneth Franger, a renowned expert in early medieval England, is set upon learning the truth about the death of Lord Erik, the last descendant of the powerful House of Wareham. Her quest becomes an obsession, a condition that began with the discovery of a portrait of the tall and valiant warrior. Digesting troves of mildewed scrolls and source documentation only enhances her belief that Lord Erik was brutally assassinated by a cabal of traitors in the pay of William the Bastard, shortly before the onslaught of the Norman Invasion. 

On an archeological dig in Southern England, Dr. Franger finds herself transported back to the Dark Ages and at the side of the noble Lord Erik who commands an army of elite Saxon warriors. Witnessing the unrest firsthand, Gwyneth senses that her instincts had been right all along, and she is determined to learn the identities of the treacherous blackguards hiding in the shadows, villains who may well be posing as Lord Erik’s friends and counselors. 

Gwyneth knows it is wrong to stop the assassins, but isn’t sure she can find the strength to walk away and watch her beloved Erik die. Will she intervene, change the course of history and wipe out an entire timeline to save the man she loves? 

My Review

"You will go insane if you do not stop worrying about what will happen tomorrow. You must live this day given you; tomorrow will take care of itself."

This latest book in Mary Ann Bernal’s series is masterfully written, as I could visualize all the action going on around me and packed with ongoing suspense and captivating scenes that make it hard to put this book down. I was caught up in the emotional tale that was filled with romance, deception and intriguing encounters. This series is so delightfully entertaining that is makes you feel like you are a fly on the wall watching things that are not made for your eyes. Very clever the way the author tells such a unique tale that makes you want to know even more.

Timeline is from another time (past and present) which was not quite like anything I have ever read. I enjoyed every second I spent reading this fascinating book. 


I fell in love with medieval England after I read Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. Then came the great Hollywood epics such as Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, The Black Shield of Falworth and The Vikings, to name but a few. Add to the mix Camelot and an incurable romantic Anglophile was born!
The Briton and the Dane novels are set in Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain when the formidable Vikings terrorized the civilized world. The epic adventure runs the gamut of deception, treachery, intrigue, and complicated relationships during a time of war and conquest. Resource material such as book club discussion items, glossary of terms, period maps and character lists are available for download at

Mary Ann is a New York “expat,” and currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Briton and the Dane: Timeline