Haven (Chronicles of Warshard, #1) by Katherine Bogle #RBRT



The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(by Goodreads)

Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.

With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home.

As Kadia’s obsession with Haven mounts, little time remains, and Haven must make a choice; join together with her fellow Royals, and test her immortality in a final stand against the evil Queen, or flee across the sea to a foreign republic in hopes of salvation. Both choices have a cost. Both plans could go awry. Haven must decide quickly, or she might be the only one left.

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
Series: Chronicles of Warshard, #1
Length: 208 pages
Release date: 2016-05-10



For a moment the noise continued, and Haven feared she hadn’t spoken loud enough. But once the moment passed there was a hush through the crowd. Their panic lulled now that the Queen, who’d clearly been shot straight in the heart, seemed to have made a full recovery.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to princess Haven; when her parents and brothers are killed, the immortal young woman needs to deal with war and an evil adversary.

With Haven, Katherine Bogle has created a fairytale-like fantasy story with more than a hint of romance and dark magic. It is a quite enjoyable and intriguing read; it felt like listening to a fairytale. Katherine Bogle paints a clear picture of Haven’s mind while the story evolves. Haven’s character develops nicely, growing with her tasks and/or obstacles – thus changing from being irritating to appreciated. The characters are of sufficient depth when required. I loved the wordplay regarding one of her female guards: Lareina (Spanish:  La Reina = The Queen). The story is nicely woven and has a good flow. I am looking forward to the second book in the series.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy, fairytales, and stubborn protagonists.


In brief:

Cover ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Writing ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters ⭐⭐⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳 – 😡


About the author

Debut author of the YA Fantasy novel, HAVEN, the first in the Chronicles of Warshard series. It came in 2nd in the World’s Best Story contest (2015).

Katherine Bogle has written four full books, attended Holland College for Photography, and travelled over seas to Ireland, Scotland, England and Cuba.

You can find her tweeting away about her latest novel, THE ALDAR DOMINION, or writing her next WIP, THE QUEEN OF THIEVES. Her first novel, SANCTUM came in the top 10 of the World’s Best Story competition (2014) and will be released in late 2016/early 2017.


Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you. 🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Haven?  Or – if you did not yet read Haven – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂






10 Statements – Jordan Phillips


Jordan Phillips is the author of Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French. She spends most of her time in New York City with her husband and daughter but enjoys escaping to her apartment in Paris as often as possible.

Jordan holds a master’s degree in fashion marketing and management from the École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) in Paris, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). She is also the author of Sustainable Luxe: A Guide to Feel-Good Fashion and The Lure of Luxe: Climbing the Luxury Consumption Pyramid.

For more information, and to shop for fabulous vintage clothing and accessories from France, please visit www.inspiredbyparis.com.


Find me…

website:  https://inspiredbyparis.com/

universal book link:  getBook.at/inspiredbyparis

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/inspiredbyparis/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jordanmphillips/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jphillipsny

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jordanmargaretphillips

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/jordanmphil/

Snapchat:  inspiredbyparis


My personal motto:

“If I lose myself, I lose it all.” (borrowed from Beyoncé!)


10 statements
  1. A typical work day begins with… three espressos, breakfast, checking emails and social media, getting my daughter off to school.
  2. I lose track of time… when I’m reading, writing, or planning a trip.
  3. I have always… loved escapism, whether virtually through books and magazines, or in reality through travel.
  4. I have never… Never say never.
  5. Home means to me… I have lived in many cities, but the very first time I really felt home was the first day I moved to New York. Even though I had to kill a rat and several cockroaches on day one, I felt at peace and home for the very first time in my life. I will never leave. It is the most exciting city in the world to live in.
  6. I am inspired by… Paris! For visiting, there is nothing like Paris. It is the most beautiful city in the world.
  7. I would like to meet… Michelle Obama.
  8. My worst character trait… impatience.
  9. My best character trait… perseverance.
  10. The best advice I was given… always consider where the other person is coming from before judging or responding.

Front Cover for Website and promo copy.small


Part travel narrative and part lifestyle guide, Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French is a must-read for anyone who’s ever dreamed about traveling to or living in France.

Author Jordan Phillips is a bona fide Francophile. Just show her a wedge of oozy French cheese or a slightly dilapidated Mansard roof, and she’ll swoon every time. Before moving to New York, Phillips lived in Paris, and she still travels to her apartment there frequently. But through these experiences, she learned that—as in so many things in life—fantasy is often better than reality.

Filled with historical tidbits, motivational nuggets, and honest insight, chapters such as “La Vie Est Belle,” “The Paris Syndrome,” and “Jacques-in-the-Box” reveal the truth of what it’s really like to live in the most beautiful city in the world.

Whether you’re headed to Paris next week or never make it there at all, this chatty and information-packed book will introduce you to the real City of Light—beyond the fantasy of the Instagram version.



Three years of self-publishing as T. J. Blake

Dear readers,

Let me introduce you to author T. J. Blake!

T. J. Blake #Author

March 2016 marked three years into my indie author career, and the 23rd of August marked three years since I was featured in The Surrey Advertiser, with my debut novel, Endurance.

My time of self-publishing horror and thriller novels has been a real blast; I simply cannot complain about my experience with self-publishing what so ever. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing numerous stories for people to read, I’ve loved hearing what people think of my stories, I’ve been both stunned and thrilled about seeing sales across the world, and I’m excited for what’s to come.

I thrive on entertaining people and I love nothing more than getting lost in my own imaginary world, surrounded by people who I do not know but care about tremendously; and then left to observe this universe, and tell you what is happening.

My love for writing will never change, so there is a…

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Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie (Jake Wolfe, #1) by Mark Nolan


The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(by Goodreads)

A mysterious killer who calls himself The Artist is assassinating lawyers in San Francisco. When photo-journalist Jake Wolfe accidentally takes his picture during a murder, The Artist adds Jake to his kill list and he becomes a target in a deadly game of cat and mouse that only one of them can survive. How far would you go to protect the lives of your family and friends from a killer? How many laws would you break? Would you risk your own life, or deliberately take the life of a murderer? Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie explores these life or death questions in a thrilling story about a reluctant, flawed hero. Jake is a veteran who wants to leave his secretive past life behind him but who finds that he can’t ignore his duty and his personal moral compass.

This fast-paced novel features a cast of quirky well-rounded characters, each with their own individual idiosyncrasies; including several feisty strong-willed women, two smart-mouthed San Francisco Police Homicide Inspectors, one highly intelligent dog, and a philosophical killer who shares Jake’s admiration for Van Gogh paintings. As Jake gets closer to unraveling a merciless conspiracy, his life gets turned upside down and the danger level increases, adding to the growing suspense in this entertaining page-turner. A good read for those who enjoy mystery, suspense, action, unique characters, witty dialogue and some romance too. On sale in over a dozen countries around the world. Be the first among your friends to read it.

Fans of new kindle unlimited novels will be happy to know this book is one of the hottest new crime thrillers and mysteries in kindle unlimited books.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Assassinations, Animals
Series: Jake Wolfe, #1
Length: 646 pages
Release date: 2016-01-01



Judging by the sound of the suppressed shot, and the direction and angle that it appeared to have come from, Jake figured that the shooter was probably up in a tree, over in the woods area of the golf course. He used his camera to scan the area, and he saw a brief flash of light as the sun reflected off the glass lens of a rifle scope. Then he saw the killer, up in a tree, aiming the rifle right at him.

Not good, not good at all.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Jake Wolfe photo-journalist and veteran.

With Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie, Mark Nolan has created a gripping thriller with highly realistic characters and a touch of romance. It is a compelling read, keeping you firmly in its grip. The characters are believable and complex; thriller fans will love to follow Jake through the story. Mark Nolan draws you close to the protagonists and their mindsets while the story evolves. I was drawn close to Jake – a man with a sense of duty and justice, past experiences, and love and respect for dogs. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and/or virtues. I am thrilled that this book is the first in a series; Jake Wolfe and his allies are an interesting bunch. I loved it – a real page turner.

This is a book for you if you like thrillers, complex characters, justice, dogs, and if you do not mind a certain amount of gore.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Writing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳


About the author

Mark Nolan began his writing career as a successful entrepreneur who created news stories for businesses that were featured in The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Parade, Readers Digest and Associated Press. Nolan was born in San Francisco, grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has also lived in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. He has raised two great kids and one very smart retriever dog. Right now he’s busy writing the next book about Jake Wolfe (Book 2), but he also tries to make time every day to answer emails from readers. You can reach him at marknolan.com/contact

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Mark Nolan

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you. 🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie?  Or – if you did not yet read Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂