Book Review: The Sorcerer’s Garden by D. Wallace Peach

BLURB:

Recently fired and residing with her sweetly overbearing mother, Madlyn needs a job—bad. In a moment of desperation, she accepts a part-time position reading at the bedside of adventurer and amateur writer Cody Lofton. A near-drowning accident left the young man in a vegetative state, and his chances of recovery wane with each passing day.

Cody’s older brother, Dustin, and eccentric grandmother aren’t prepared to give up on the youngest son of Portland, Oregon’s royalty.

Dustin’s a personable guy, bordering on naïve, and overwhelmed by familial corporate duties and cutthroat partners. Grandmother Lillian’s a meddler with an eye for the esoteric, dabbling in Dustin’s life and dealing out wisdom like a card shark. One innocent conversation at a time, she sucks Madlyn into the Lofton story, dubbing her the princess and bestowing on her the responsibility of both grandsons’ destinies.

And all Madlyn wanted was a simple reading job.

Uninspired by her self-imposed stack of literary selections, Madlyn opts for Cody’s work-in-progress. Fantasy isn’t her favorite, but with only four chapters completed, reading The Sorcerer’s Garden should be no sweat, right?

Little does she realize, the story will begin writing itself and, by the hand of destiny, become her own.

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D. Wallace Peach’s eighth novel is a collision of medieval and urban fantasy centered in the Northwest Hills of Portland, Oregon.

Madlyn is quirky, blessed with a sarcastic sense of humor, and a tendency to say exactly what’s on her mind. At 28, she’s also abandoned her dreams of a fairytale life. A satisfying career and happily-ever-after romance simply aren’t turning up in her cards, and in fact, her junky car is careening downhill fast. A strong female protagonist with a reluctant streak, she finds herself trapped in a heroic adventure through overlapping worlds, unsure whether one or both are real.

Don’t look for a run-of-the-mill fantasy here. This is one tangled tale crafted especially for readers who enjoy plot twists that keep everyone, including the characters, guessing.

MY 5-STAR REVIEW:

A Fabulous Fantasy with a Twist

The Sorcerer’s Garden by D. Wallace Peach ranks high in the unique and clever category. The storyline weaves back and forth between reality and fantasy. Qualities such as integrity, greed, and feeling defeated by life itself play a big part. Peach intersperses delicate pieces of wisdom throughout this adventure that only entice you to press on – eager and excited to see what‘s revealed with each page turn. Madlyn, Cody, and Dustin become likable and genuine characters, keeping you entertained from beginning to end. Grandmother Lillian adds spice to the twist and turns. You’ll run into some bloody circumstances where you may be inclined to cover your eyes, but please don’t. You’ll miss the compelling action and superb description; even the subtle hints of humor add a bit of lightheartedness.

I began reading this book with the niggling awareness that fantasy isn’t my favorite genre. Candidly, I wasn’t sure if I’d like the story for this reason. But let me tell you, I was hooked from page one! Peach has an exceptional skill of painting pictures with her extraordinary words, along with her knack for excellent world-building.

Since I was thoroughly impressed with the writing and story-telling, I’ll peruse the author’s collection for more compelling tales to transport me into exciting imaginary worlds. So, if you’re a fantasy genre enthusiast, then I highly recommend reading The Sorcerer’s Garden. And even if fantasy isn’t your go-to genre, I implore you to dive into this adventure just as I did. Five stars for a fantastic adventure!

If you’d like to pick up a copy, below is the Amazon link:

Visit D. Wallace Peach to peruse her fantasy collection:

https://mythsofthemirror.com/

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading!

Lauren ❤️

(Book blurb was pulled from Amazon)

Emotional and Awe-Inspiring

Dear Friends,

I am happy to announce that Betty’s book, Skipping Stones, is available again on Amazon. There was a glitch, but all is fixed now, and here is the link to my introduction post where you’ll also find my review of her amazing book: https://baydreamerbubble.com/2018/07/01/skipping-stones/. 

Skipping Stones cover

The photo for the cover was taken by her son, Jason, and is absolutely stunning. Doesn’t it entice you to explore the magic and depth of her writing inside?

Here is the convenient short link for Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/yccscdzk, and if you haven’t already visited her blog, I encourage you to pop over. She is an amazing writer, so all it takes is one click on the link below, and you can also purchase a copy by clicking on the book image on her right sidebar. 
https://raindancepoetry.wordpress.com.

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As stated by Candice Daquin, “Albright’s voice is pure and deep simultaneously, and she writes using the dichotomy of human gravitas, fancy and folly, and our enduring relationship with the natural world as her quill.”

Thank you again for reading and for supporting Betty’s writing.
~Lauren ❤❤❤

Skipping Stones

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to announce the publication of my good friend’s book, “Skipping Stones.” Betty is a lover of nature, Mother Earth, gardening, song and dance. She writes beautiful poetry that leaves the readers sighing…She graciously asked me to write a review for the back cover of which I remain honored to do so. Please see below…

“Betty’s poetic narration in Skipping Stones is mythical and dreamlike, moving and heart- wrenching, delightful and thought-provoking. All facets of Mother Earth play an integral part in Betty’s life, and after reading her poetry, including the poignant personification of a tree, the reader feels more compassion. The language of grief is strongly persuasive, as if pulling the reader to the ground, weeping. The poems of love and romance seamlessly interlace joy, sorrow, and passion. Each word, each line, each verse in the Maeberrie series portrays vivid imagery and a mastery of captivating storytelling. Betty’s writing illustrates the seasons of life, peeling through many layers, touching countless levels of emotions, while adding clever wordplay. This book of poetry impeccably represents the devoted, empathetic, and beautiful spirit of the author.” 

Skipping Stones cover

The photo for the cover was taken by her son, Jason, and is absolutely gorgeous and enticing enough to turn the pages and discover the beauty that lies inside. So…

Here is the convenient short link for Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/yccscdzk, and if you haven’t already found her blog, I encourage you to pay her a visit, as you will not be disappointed. She is an amazing writer, so all it takes is one click:
https://raindancepoetry.wordpress.com.

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Thank you for your support, and I know you’ll love not only Betty’s poetic style, but also her heart.
~Lauren 💕🌷


 

 

 

 

“New Day, New Dreams” (Christmas is coming!)

Hi Everyone!

I want you to know that I have a new “page” entitled “Published Works.”
This page has all the information for ordering my book
and links for Xlibris, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

I also want to thank those of you who have already purchased a copy!
You Rock and I’m so humbled and grateful at the same time!
Some of us are excited 
and some are not so excited,
but the truth is Christmas is just around the corner
and my book would make a great gift.
I know some friends who have bought many for gifts, already,
as they’re thinking ahead. 

So, I invite you to visit my Published Works page…

I’m excited to say that several local bookstores
will be housing my book
and I’m currently working on setting up
poetry readings for the near future.
So, the excitement continues!

NEW DAY, NEW DREAMS BOOK COVER

You may also click on the sidebar widget to order through Xlibris.
However, I have included the links below, for your convenience.
For those of you purchasing a copy, it would be wonderful
if you left a comment or review on the site you purchased from.
I would greatly appreciate it.

Xlibrishttp://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0140289049/New-Day-New-Dreams.aspx

Barnes and Noblehttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/new-day-new-dreams-lauren-scott/1117050670?ean=9781483685687

Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/New-Day-Dreams-Lauren-Scott/dp/1483685683/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382066592&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=New+Day%2C+New+Dreams+Lauren+Scott

Thank you so much for stopping by
and if you choose to order my book,
I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it!
Your support by “liking” and “commenting” on my blog
and leaving encouragement along the way
will never be taken for granted!

Hugs, Lauren


It’s here – My First Poetry Book has been launched!

After years of talk and a few months of action, the final product is here. I have all of my family to thank for their ongoing support and encouragement and, of course, all of you, for your “likes” and “comments” that gave me the courage to take this step. Without you, this wouldn’t be a reality! 

I want to specifically thank my husband, Matt, for being the source of inspiration for many of the poems, my daughter, Stephanie, for her expertise editing, and my son, Michael, for his beautiful cover photo and for taking my “signature” author’s photo, as well. 

My first collection of poetry, “New Day, New Dreams” is now available to order from my publisherXlibris, as well as, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

NEW DAY, NEW DREAMS BOOK COVER

A big “thanks again” to all of you
and if you choose to purchase my book,
I hope you enjoy reading it. 

With Love and Hugs, Lauren