Fantasy… Adventure… Mystery… and Romance!

Book Give Away Aug 1 – 15: You have a chance to win two fantasy romances filled with adventure, magic, and intrigue: The Treasure of Isian and The Alliance of Isian. Ebook: International. How do you qualify for this contest? Read the description below, and list what grabs your attention and why. Don’t forget to leave your email so I can get in touch with you.

Fantasy has become one of the most popular genre, simply because you are taken into a completely new world… a world of magic and mystery… where almost anything can happen. In this new series by Serena Clarke, we have an enchanting kingdom and mystical creatures that reside in the forests.

Treasure of Isian webBook: The Treasure of Isian

Synopsis: Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by giants, elves, dragons, and a vengeful water-witch. Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom?

Sample Chapter: http://serenaclarke.wordpress.com/sample-chapters

Review: “The Treasure of Isian is captivating and has many twists and turns. It gives a new dimension to fantasy characters. It was difficult to put down. Not only is it a fantasy, but a sweet love story that can be enjoyed by young adult and adult alike. The devotion of Elani to her Prince was enjoyable, making the reader wonder when the Prince will see her as something more than a servant.” –Linda Weaver Clarke, Author

 

alliance-of-isian webBook: The Alliance of Isain

Synopsis: Isian decides to make an alliance with their long time enemies in order to defeat a common enemy. So Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war. With a mysterious beast attacking the kingdom, their lives in danger, and overcoming their vast cultural differences, will love grow despite their trials?

Sample Chapter: http://serenaclarke.wordpress.com/sample-chapters

Review:I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Serena’s. I loved this book even more than the first one in the series. I am always intrigued by stories of arranged marriages and how they turn to marriages filled with love. These two characters had so much to overcome, coming from different cultures. Yet, they bravely took on the challenge because of the love they had for the people who they ruled over. There is plenty of action and intrigue in the storyline. I lost quite a bit of sleep reading way too late into the night. I love the characters. I want to know even more about their lives. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!” — Cheryl Larson

These books may be purchased at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It is also available as an e-book on Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords. The Treasure of Isian is $.99 and The Alliance of Isian is $2.99. Visit Serena’s website at http://serenaclarke.wordpress.com/about-author and learn more.

 

I have a book giveaway every week at my other Family Friendly Blog at http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com. Stop by and read the interview of a new author weekly.

 

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A Romantic Cozy Mystery: The Shamrock Case

There are many types of mysteries to choose from such as a cozy mystery, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, or the thriller. What is the difference? A cozy is an enjoyable story with a bit of humor. It can be slow paced but not boring by any means. The sleuth is always an intelligent and likeable woman. This genre is G-rated and focuses on the characters.

A thriller has non-stop action and doesn’t let up until the climax of the story. The hard-boiled mystery has violence, plenty of action, and is R-rated. The soft-boiled mystery falls in the middle of the cozy and hard-boiled and has light humor.

Shamrock webThe Amelia Moore Detective Series is closer to a cozy than the others but is not a “who-done-it” mystery. Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her business partner, the agency is flourishing.

Amelia and Rick have the makings of being a lasting couple that readers will adore and root for. The Shamrock Case moves along quickly. It goes by way too fast and I’m already missing the characters.” –Socrates Book Review

When Amelia is hired to search for her client’s grandparents, the case takes them to Ireland. Kate must learn about her heritage. Who are her grandparents and could they still be alive after all these years? Why did her parents leave Ireland suddenly and move to America? Is there more to this case than meets the eye?

Yvonne, Socrates Book Review, felt as if she had visited Ireland when she wrote: “The author paints a vivid picture of the beauty of Ireland. I feel as if I just returned from a trip to Ireland myself. I could easily see the greenery and magnificence of the country. With each book, Clarke introduces us to another exotic location.  She definitely does her homework before she writes about these places.  Clarke knows both her characters and locations well and it shines through each word she writes.”

To read a Sample Chapter, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/shamrock.html

 

About the Author

Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a new cozy mystery series.

The Shamrock Case (ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1499537574, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 2014) can be found at local libraries or online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

 

Here are the links for this cozy mystery:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble 

E-books available at both Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

 

Enjoy A Sweet Romantic Cozy Mystery

THE BALI MYSTERY

Amelia Moore Detective Series

Cozy mysteries are in a genre of their own. Most are about solving a crime, but this series involves missing persons. This is a cozy mystery with a touch of romance. What is a “cozy” mystery? It should be a G-rated story with no swearing or sex. It has many twists and turns and must have very likeable characters so that it can be turned into a series. A cozy mystery focuses on the plot and characters, and the main character is usually an intelligent woman.

 

“I have yet to be disappointed reading a book by Linda Weaver Clarke! Her books are always fun to read! Character development is a key part of writing her stories. The plot always has a twist I didn’t see coming and The Bali Mystery does not disappoint!  I know better than to start one of Linda’s books when I don’t have time to enjoy it! There is mystery, adventure, and romance all rolled into one.” –Review by Linda Badurek

 

Bali webIn this cozy mystery Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her business is flourishing.

When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.

Cheryl Larson wrote: “Yes, there is intrigue and mysterious men in black tailing our heroine at every move. Her handsome partner Rick saves the day and teaches our heroine how to defend herself. I enjoyed this sweet mystery and want to go explore the tropical island of Bali on my own now.”

 

Read a Sample Chapter at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/bali.html

Links to purchase:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

E-books available at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 

A Book That Will Fool You For April Fools!

THE REBELS OF CORDOVIA

Have you ever read a book that fooled you at the end and you said, “Whoa! I didn’t see that one coming” or you blinked your eyes and had to reread it because it “fooled” you? This is a book giveaway celebrating April Fool’s Day, so I’m giving a book away that will do just that. This tale will entertain those who enjoy bits of adventure, humor, mystery, and a tender love story.

This creative take on a Robin Hood-like story is charming and touching. It reminded me of childhood fairytales of good versus evil, with a nice romance weaved into it. Yea!” –Charissa Stastny

There are some exciting surprises and twists that will delight the heart. A very timely subject set in a gilt frame, definitely a must read!” –Cindi Clubbs

Linda Weaver Clarke writes with passion and grace, and the love story in this book is simply wonderful. This charming book was a pleasure to read, and I relished it.” –Suko’s Notebook

Rebels of Cordovia webBook: The Rebels of Cordovia

Synopsis: In the small country of Cordovia, small groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king. In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

Sample Chapter: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/rebels.html

This book may be purchased for only $12.95 from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It is also available as an e-book for $2.99. Visit my website at Make Believe and learn more.

 

 

Mystery, Adventure, And Intrigue!

“One thing I admire about Linda Weaver Clarke’s writing is that she desires to put the reader right there with her characters by describing the setting so well that you are swept away. From page one Linda eloquently describes in interesting details the surroundings and the feelings of her characters. I love when I begin reading a book and am taken in! The relationships and the communication between the characters is top notch.” –Melanie Ski, Jubilee Reviews

MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE WITH A TOUCH OF ROMANCE

AnasaziWebThe Adventures of John and Julia Evans is a mystery/adventure series that was inspired by one of my favorite TV shows called Hart to Hart, which featured a married couple investigating and solving crimes staring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. The couple is madly in love. You laugh at the humor and sigh at the romance. I wanted to create something similar. There is one difference. John and Julia have three college age daughters, giving more appeal to a larger audience.

Book: Anasazi Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans

Review: “This is the first book I’ve read by Linda Weaver Clarke and I’m already hooked. The first pages grab you right in and grab at your heartstrings as you read about the destruction caused by the flood. When Julia and John fight for their lives, readers will be on the edge of their seats for this one. There’s also romance in the mix. John and Julia’s marriage is strong and they are quite supportive of each other. Even when they have their ups and downs, it’s not for long and they get right back into each other’s arms. It’s nice to see a relationship portrayed this way. Very realistic and believable. This series is a “must read” for me. And…my Socrates Great Book Alert Award!” –Socrates Book Review

Sample Chapter: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/anasazi.html

In this series Julia is a reporter for a daily newspaper and John is a professional knife maker. Because of her curiosity, Julia gets herself into a bunch of trouble. Before long, she finds herself and her husband up to their necks in danger and running for their lives. In this series, I’m letting people know that we can still have romance in our lives, even after 20 years of marriage. We must keep our marriage alive with a bit of teasing, playfulness, and romance. In this series, we find out what a marriage can be like if we give and take a little.

(The Adventures of John and Julia Evans includes: Anasazi Intrigue, Mayan Intrigue, Montezuma Intrigue, and Desert Intrigue. These books may be purchased for only $12.95 from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. They are also available as an e-book for $2.99. Visit my website at Make Believe and learn more.)

A Romantic Cozy Mystery Set Near Superstition Mountain

DesertWebWith a blend of mystery and sweet romance, Desert Intrigue is based upon the adventures of a married couple and their three daughters. Socrates Book Reviews wrote:

“I loved the first three books in this series, but I actually loved this one even more. I didn’t think that was possible. The characters are so well written and I absolutely adore each member of the Evans family. They grab at your heartstrings and won’t let go. As for the story, talk about a fast-paced story. Desert Intrigue is that and more! It’s a book that will leave you with that “warm fuzzy” feeling. Linda Weaver Clarke has outdone herself with this book! I’m sure it comes as no surprise that it’s getting my Socrates’ Great Book Alert.”

When Julia’s brother announces that his dude ranch is haunted, she believes that someone is trying to run him off his ranch. The mysterious happenings have to do with Superstition Mountain, the lost Dutchman’s goldmine, and the great Thunder God. Is Kelly’s ranch really haunted? Will John and Julia find out who is behind these disasters before Uncle Kelly’s dude ranch is ruined?

Since this is a romantic/mystery, would a man enjoy reading it? Well, this is what Rick Estep, Reviews From A Man’s Perspective, says:

“As a guy, it was really great to see a man, check that men, being shown as strong not only physically, but emotionally as well. I’ve read a lot of books where the guy in the book isn’t shown as being connected to his wife/girlfriend through anything other than surface thoughts. With John and his brother-in-law Kelly, though, I saw them as “men’s men”, and ones that also were invested in the life of the women around them. The story moved quick enough, there were plenty of red herrings to keep me guessing, right down to the ending of the book.”

What is a “cozy” mystery? It’s a G-rated story with no swearing, sex, or violence. It has many twists and turns, a few red herrings to add interest, and is sometimes fast paced. A Cozy Mystery usually has very likeable characters so that it can be turned into a series.

Suko’s Notebook wrote:

“Desert Intrigue is an entertaining and joyful book, my favorite in this mystery series by Linda Weaver Clarke.  I love the sparks of romance in this adventure–they spice things up and add much interest to the story.  The book has a handful of surprises that I did not anticipate, and the mystery fuels much of the action.”

You may read a sample chapter at Make Believe.

Desert Intrigue (ISBN: 978-1-47008-421-9, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 2012)

 

Read A Sweet Love Story As You Sit Beside A Warm Fire

Rebels of Cordovia high resolutionThe patriots who fought for our liberty here in America during the 1700s were the inspiration for The Rebels of Cordovia. In this story, you get a glimpse of what another country had to fight for. The freedom of speech, freedom of equality, and the freedom to worship as we please!

Susan Ortlieb from Suko’s Notebook wrote: “Once I started reading The Rebels of Cordovia, I greatly looked forward to my time with this book, because the author is a truly terrific storyteller. She brings the characters to life through their mannerisms and conversations with each other. Linda Weaver Clarke writes with passion and grace, and the love story in this book is simply wonderful. In fact, this aspect of the story was the strongest draw for me. (Is it just me, or are love stories set in the past more romantic than those set in the present day?) I thought that Robin and Daniel sounded perfect for each other, and I enjoyed the steady development of their relationship. Suitable for young adults and adults, this charming book was a pleasure to read, and I relished it.”

The time period is set in the late 1700s. In the small country of Cordovia, there are two major groups of rebels fighting for the rights of the people, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king. Daniel, a good-looking rogue, is the leader of the Freemen. Robin Marie, a young woman, is the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Each leader is an expert archer and swordsman.

In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be? With bits of adventure and delectable kisses, this tale will entertain anyone who enjoys a sweet romance.

Author Anna Del C. Dye wrote: “What a fun and interesting tale The Rebels of Cordovia is. A very good story to keep you glued all the way to the end. I really enjoyed the romance mingled with the fights. It is a well-paced tale to give you entertainment next to a warm fire in the rain. Linda writes a good, clean, and sweet romance, for young adults and adults alike. You will enjoy this story to the end.”

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Cindi Clubbs wrote: “Linda Weaver Clarke has a storyteller’s talent for enchanting and mesmerizing the audience…there are some exciting surprises and twists that will delight the heart.

For those interested, you may read a sample chapter at Make Believe.

The Rebels of Cordovia (ISBN: 978-1484147658, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 2013)