The Deceit of Darkness by C.S. Wachter

The third book in “The Seven Words” series by C.S. Wachter is now available on Amazon in both ebook and print forms. If you haven’t read any of the books in this series yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. These stories are filled with lots of action and plenty of good and evil.

In The Deceit of Darkness, Rayne’s trials continue, but as the One’s Light Bringer, he manages to bring light to Veres, even though he is a “Wanted” man–wanted for a crime he did not commit. As his friends help him get from Veres to Amathea, Travis, a man from the dark part of Rayne’s past, joins them as Rayne’s quest for the scrolls continues.

Throughout the journey, the relationship between Rayne and Lexi grows. Also, new foes, as well as a very dark old one threatens. Will Rayne be able to bring the Light to all of Ochen or will the dark threat of evil stop him?

C.S. Wachter leaves a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of this book–one that, once again, breaks my heart for Rayne. Will he be able to convince his friends to help him now that this new challenge has arisen? I certainly hope so, but I’ll have to wait for the next book to find out!

This series by C.S. Wachter is quite the roller coaster ride. It keeps me turning pages and cheering for Rayne from beginning to end of each of the books. I do not grow bored or weary of the characters or the plot line as C.S. Wachter has definitely learned how to set conflict in motion in her stories to create huge mountains for her main character to struggle to climb.

If you’re a fan of fantasy/speculative fiction, I highly recommend these books to you if you are a young adult or adult, but I will warn you: if you choose to read these books, you will most likely lose sleep until you reach the end of each book because you won’t be able to put it down.

Tea and Poetry

Teatime is by its very nature a combination

of small luxuries arranged in social symmetry.

And although tea for one is certainly a fine

thing, the addition of a circle of dear friends to

share it with ensures the whole is larger than

its parts

                                                                                          Author Unknown

Today’s poem is by Robert Frost:

Love and a Question

A stranger came to the door at eve,
And he spoke the bridegroom fair.
He bore a green-white stick in his hand,
And, for all burden, care.
He asked with the eyes more than the lips
For a shelter for the night,
And he turned and looked at the road afar
Without a window light.

The bridegroom came forth into the porch
With “Let us look at the sky,
And question what of the night to be,
Stranger, you and I.”
The woodbine leaves littered the yard,
The woodbine berries were blue,
Autumn, yes, winter was in the wind;
“Stranger, I wish I knew.”

Within, the bride in the dusk alone
Bent over the open fire,
Her face rose-red with the glowing coal
And the thought of her heart’s desire.
The bridegroom looked at the weary road,
Yet saw but her within,
And wished her heart in a case of gold
and pinned with a silver pin.

The bridegroom thought it little to give
A dole of bread, a purse,
A heartfelt prayer for the poor of God,
Or for the rich a curse;
But whether or not a man was asked
To mar the love of two
By harboring woe in the bridal house,
The bridegroom wished he knew.

I’m Still Here

Hello Friends,

I know this isn’t my normal Friday post. I shall return to my poetry next Friday, but I thought you might like to know a little about my absence. I’m sorry I’ve been absent from this blog for a while, but sometimes life throws things my way that require my time and energy in other places. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that your 2018 has begun with joy.

There are several reasons for my recent absence here: 1) my husband and I were working on cleaning out a spare room in our house to make a space for me to go to write without distraction and interruption:

20180103_18423220180103_18424320180104_141833  Our house is small and doesn’t have a lot of storage space, hence the freezer and cupboard and a few other items that share my space, but I LOVE the bookshelves filled with books and the open floor space! I’m so happy to have this wonderful place to go and let my imagination run free.

The other reason for my absence was due to the fact that my oldest son had jaw surgery  for an overbite just four days before Christmas. The first four days were the worst, but even now he is limited on what he can eat, so I have been taking care of him and making sure he still gets nutritious items.

Now, however, both our older boys will be returning to college and bible school, respectively, in just  a few days and it will be just my husband, our youngest son and I in the house. Our youngest and I will return to homeschooling, and I will return to my writing and blogging. I hope you will continue to follow me on this journey.

The Adulteress by Jeannette DiLouie

Back Cover Blurb:

Living in 1st Century Jerusalem, Keziah considers herself to be a Law-abiding Jew, devoted to appearances and propriety. When her parents announce her betrothel to an older priest who cares nothing for her, however, her worldview crumbles and she decides to create her own rules. But her new focus on the immediate over the eternal leads her into further trouble until the day she comes face to face with a universal story too inspiring to ignore.

Loyal to Rome but ruing his decision to join the legions, Demetrius is sure he hates absolutely everything about Judea. That is until the day he meets Keziah. Drawn to her from the start, he ends up fixating on her as some sort of salvation he has to have. Yet while he desperately wants to protect her from her abusive husband, he only ends up putting her in extreme danger; and himself down a precarious path he never could have predicted.

My Review:

First of all, I found this cover very intriguing, and though I’m not one who reads a book based on the front cover, I will say that the front cover of The Adulteress definitely drew me to the book. The blurb on the back cover cinched the deal and I was hooked.

I will admit that even though both front cover and back cover blurb grabbed my interest, I still approached the book with some caution and skepticism because I was well aware that it is a self-published book, and I have read many books that have been self-published or published by vanity presses that are of very poor quality and could have used a good editor’s eye to help the writer whip them into shape before publication.

So imagine my surprise when, from the beginning of the very first page of The Adulteress, Jeannette DiLouie captured my interest and held it captive until the very last sentence on the very last page.

I rarely give a book a five star rating because, as a writer, I believe it is important to continue learning and improving with each book, but once in a while I read a book that I believe the author has done a top-notch job on and couldn’t have done much, if anything, to improve it, and this is one of those books. Therefore, The Adulteress by Jeannette DiLouie has earned a 5 star rating from me.

I highly commend Jeannette DiLouie for producing a top quality book in the self-publishing market; for taking the time to have one or more than one other person/editor read her book and help her to be sure her writing had no glaring mistakes or typos that drive people like me crazy because those things always distract me from the story.

Ms. DiLouie did an excellent job of placing me in the setting of this story. I was drawn into Jerusalem and as Keziah’s story unfolded I found myself experiencing strong emotions: anger, frustration, and bewilderment with her parents; sympathy, fear and concern for Keziah; and the emotions continued throughout the story as Keziah’s life intertwined with the life of Demetrius and other important characters.

My concern for Keziah, and later, Demetrius, kept me turning pages as I hoped that by the end of the story, each would have their problems resolved and find some happiness or contentment in place of their pain and suffering.

Ms. DiLouis also created a situation in Keziah’s story that, though very familiar with the Bible, I didn’t see coming because I was so caught up in Keziah’s emotions. It made for a surprise followed by the thought “How come I didn’t see that coming?” This made the book even more enjoyable.

Jeannette DiLouie did a wonderful job with making Jerusalem real, bringing the 1st Century to life and describing scenes in such a vivid way that I was there, in Jerusalem, witnessing all of these happenings, and some made me chuckle, some made me want to give certain characters a good talking to, and others brought tears slipping down my cheeks.

This is one of those books whose characters and story will stay with me for a long time to come. It’s the kind of book I enjoy so thoroughly and love so much that I hate to see it end, and yet am relieved to reach the last page so that I won’t have to stay up late for one more night.

The Adulteress is filled with living, breathing characters set in a time of Biblical history and truth that reaches to your very soul as you read.

I was astounded to find that this is Ms. DiLouie’s first published book, and the fact that it is self-published was also surprising. It is definitely the best written self-published book I have read to date, and I highly recommend it. It is a story of abuse, romance, bad choices, pain and regret, suffering, real love and true forgiveness.