Yay! Tomorrow is the release day for the fourth book of the Harbor Pointe Series. If you haven’t picked up your copy there is still time. I am sharing the blurb and my review here today.
The Harbor Pointe Inn has loomed on California’s cliffs for generations of Hawthornes. For some, it’s been a blessing. For others, a curse. Travel through two centuries of stories to discover the old inn’s secrets.
In 1858, a ship carrying ice from Alaska wrecked off the coast of California, and little does Taliah Keldan realize how that tragedy will impact her life in 1972.
When Tali decides to quit college and become a civil rights activist, her disappointed parents encourage her to think it over. What better spot for contemplation than at her aunt and uncle’s Harbor Pointe Inn, a charming seaside getaway with its own lighthouse? The place is under renovation and empty of guests. All she’ll have to deal with is the construction crew.
But the inn is far from peaceful.
Tali discovers an old Bible hidden in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Strange prayers angle down the margins, all but one ruined by the sea. When she deciphers the crude writing, a dark portal gapes open to a pre-civil war night when an escaped slave in a foundering ship prayed to his voodoo God. A winged creature emerges from the watery void, and her stay transforms into a nightmare.
With the aid of the construction foreman, Tali is determined to send the beast back through time, a choice that will risk their lives, test her convictions, and change her future.
Taliah is very aware of how the shade of her skin affects how she is treated in 1972. She drops out of college so she can join the protests and try to change the world. Her parents, though, ask her to think about it and she ends up caretaking for her uncle and aunt’s inn in a small coastal town for a month. In the old lighthouse keeper’s house where she’s staying, a bible is found. After reading some words aloud, she ends up with an unexpected guest, or hungry gargoyle named Zam. Tali is a strong character with a burning sense of justice in a world where it is limited. I love the relationship she develops with Zam and her determination to send him back. Zam, though, is my favorite. His scary appearance had nothing to do with his gentle personality. When he wasn’t focused on filling his stomach, he was trying to communicate his needs to Tali. With the unpleasant contractor Greg, Tali’s thrust into a world of voodoo, time travel, and slavery. This well-written story had a little of everything that blended perfectly together. An exciting, yet thought-provoking story I can highly recommend.
A long-time reader, best-selling author D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life when years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books. She was instantly hooked.
In addition to fantasy books, Peach’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of the arts in her local community, organizing and publishing annual anthologies of Oregon prose, poetry, and photography.
Peach lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.
For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.
For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.
Ready for an adventure?
The Ferryman and the Sea Witch
The Sorcerer’s Garden
The Bone Wall
The Melding of Aeris
Unraveling the Veil Series:
Liars and Thieves
Allies and Spies
Lords of Chaos
The Shattered Sea Duology:
Soul Swallowers, Book I
Legacy of Souls, Book II
The Rose Shield Tetralogy:
Catling’s Bane, Book I
Oathbreakers’ Guild, Book II
Farlanders’ Law, Book III
Kari’s Reckoning, Book IV
The Dragon Soul Saga:
Myths of the Mirror, Book I
Eye of Fire, Book II
Eye of Blind, Book III
Eye of Fire, Book IV
Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Space Tale
NOTE: There will be no post next week as I will be taking it off to get ready for Thanksgiving. There will be an early Monthly Newsletter at the end of this week. Watch your email for it if subcribed.
For those who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving!
Embrace your inner child by reading a good story! D. L. Finn