March Book Reviews @StephenGeez @ammanay @stacitroilo @BalroopShado

Let’s take a break from “Just Her Poetry” to talk about some great books I’ve read!


Timeless Echoes

by Balroop Singh

“Timeless Echoes” is a beautiful collection of free verse poetry. I loved the echo theme throughout the words that connected them. There were many subjects, but all came from the heart. I could relate as a mother and human being with the poem, “Shrieking Echoes.” It tugged on my soul. Ms. Singh’s use of nature provided solid images to guide me through the feelings. “Captive” reminded me that nothing is permanent, much like the snow–so are our emotions. “First Love” references books, and that brought an inner smile of a reader’s truth. Poetry finds a way to connect us, and this collection did that on many levels.  I recommend this heartfelt book of poems.

Mind Control (Medici Protectorate #2)

by Staci Troilo

This is the second book in the “Medici Protectorate” Series. It continues the story of the brothers whose job it is to protect the bloodline of the Medici family or the Notaro sisters. The focus in “Mind Control” is on Vinnie and Jo and the secrets they both have. Drawn to each other they let their fears get in the way, which only adds to their attraction. Their past keeps them from trusting and in Jo’s case makes her want to run away. I found myself rooting for them to get past themselves. With the enemy one step behind the group, Vinnie and Jo’s steamy romance takes over the story. There were some surprises I wasn’t expecting, which I always appreciate. I loved the Italian culture infused into the storyline along with the magic, family, relationships, betrayal and coming to terms with the past. I’m enjoying this series and can’t wait to read the next book. If you love a steamy romance, adventure, history, strong characters, and family, you’ll love this series, but start with book one and take the whole journey.


By A. M. Manay

“Unclean” is the second installment of the “Hexborn Chronicles,” and the storyline continues where the first book left off. I’ve come to adore the new relationship between Shiloh and Silas. I was sad they were apart, thanks to greed, corruption, power and some bad decisions. This left Shiloh finding her inner leader as she takes care of the people falling sick. Then things go from bad to worse, and Shiloh develops new friendships. Her determination pulled me further into this intriguing story that’s filled with magic, royalty, family, loyalty, and deception. Shiloh gains more knowledge of not only herself but how to maneuver within a bleak situation.

This is a well-written, fast-paced adventure with enough twists, making it hard to put down. Shiloh is at the heart of this tale and has quickly become one of my favorite characters with her strength and sense of justice, even though she is one of the “unclean.”  Like I said about the first book, I’m captivated with the magical girl who has pink hair and eyes.   Although this can be a stand-alone, I’d start with “Hexborn.” You don’t want to miss any of this tale. I highly recommend this YA book for all ages.

What Sara Saw

by Stephen Geez

A simple trip to an art gallery and a pen drawing changes the lives of Geoffrey and Phrekka. A friendship ensues over a picture of a young boy. Then an amazing journey begins to find the artist, Sara. What these two people discover is more than just an artist, it is also a journey of finding themselves, too. I loved the inner dialog and insecurities that made both characters incredibly real to me. The story was tender and painful as it unfolded. I was utterly taken in by the complicated relationships and spellbound as each detail was revealed. It is a unique story of love with some cruel realities of life thrown in. Beautifully written, this is a story I will remember.

This will be a busy week:

  1. There will be a special edition blog for “Books That Changed Me” 2019 Spring Edition.
  2. Monthly Newsletter will make it to your email on the first day of spring.
  3. “Just Her Poetry” Tour starts Tuesday,  March 19-29. I will post a link here each day of the tour.
  4. “Just Her Poetry” release day on Amazon, March 22nd! March 31st everywhere else.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Week:)

Embrace your inner child by reading a book! D.L. Finn

30 thoughts on “March Book Reviews @StephenGeez @ammanay @stacitroilo @BalroopShado”

  1. Wow! What a pleasant surprise Denise! Thank you so much for featuring my book and writing a five star review at Goodreads too. I am thrilled to be mentioned with such fantastic writers. I liked your reviews and I feel I would like to read ‘What Sara Saw’ first of all. My kindle keeps calling me yet I spend more of my time with WordPress. 🙂 🙂

    1. I enjoyed your poetry, Balroop:) Always happy to feature books I’ve enjoyed with the hope others will get to read them, too! “What Sara Saw” had the feel of some the indie movies I’ve seen. Those are the gems I’m always happy to find:) I understand the Kindle calling but WordPress taking our attention!

    1. I know what you mean about a growing TBR list, Jacqui:) I keep saying I’m not going to add another book until I catch up, but then I find one I just can’t pass by, yours new one being one of those! I did “Books That Changed Me” last year and thought I was done, but found I keep finding more great books to share. So at least one more year:)

    1. Thanks, Jan:) I always miss when I’m not reading, too. I never seem to catch up though.

  2. Great reviews, Denise. I’ve read and loved “What Sara Saw” and have both Staci’s and Anne Margaret’s book 1 waiting on my TBR.

    1. Thanks, Soooz! “What Sara Saw” was a great story. I kept thinking the story would make a great movie. It reminded me of one of those indie movies I love to find. Thanks for the recommendation of it!
      I’m sure you will enjoy Stacy’s and Anne Margret’s stories.

    1. Thank you Mary. I feel the same way when I read reviews, that they can change the order in which I read them.

  3. What a surprise to find this in my inbox today. I’m so glad you liked the story. (Vinnie is my favorite Brother, although I love them all.) I’m honored to be included in such talented company here. Thanks, Denise.

    1. I can see why Vinnie is your favorite, his character did tug at the heartstring a bit. Plus I loved his story. I’m looking forward to reading the next two and see what happens next. You are one of the talented Staci:)

  4. Wow, you’ve been busy reading and have so much lined up for the month! Mind Control was excellent. I enjoyed the entire series. That blend of history, Italian culture and mystery sucked me in from the start. I’m a goner on Nico who gets the spotlight in book 3 😉

    1. I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted. The headache that accompanied the flu put a kink on that plan but I caught up quickily after! Yes, March is a busy one and I’m ready for Spring. I do love the blend of mystery, Italian culture, and history, too. Now you have me curious about book 3 and Nico!

      1. Mae, it always warms my heart that you love Nico so much. Thanks.

        Denise, I do hope you’re feeling better now. This illness really hung on!

      2. Thanks Staci. It seems to want to stick around. At least I only do this every twenty years…lol. My poor grandkids have been sick for over a month with different things…

  5. Amazing reviews to share, Denise. Thank you. Best wishes on your blog tour and upcoming release. So thrilled for you! I’ll be following along for sure. Cheers, my friend! 🙂

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