Archive March 2011

Ivory

Ivory

Lately, I’ve been reading many e-books that have been published independently by their own authors.  Ivory, written by Steve Merrifield is one of them.  It was listed on the Science Fiction section of the Barnes and Noble website, and it was FREE!  Since it was free and I was curious, I decided to give it a try, and I am very glad I did.  It has been a long time since I have gotten a little uncomfortable while reading a mystery/horror book.   This book managed to make me squirm a little and look over my shoulder. Read more…

Sins of the House of Borgia

Sins of the House of Borgia

Ah, the Borgias!

I am into this historical fiction kick, and I wanted to read something related to the Borgias since Showtime is premiering a new original series about them.  I found this little book while browsing in my Nook Store (I love my Nook, haven’t I said that enough?).  It seemed interesting, decadent.  I mean, it is the Borgias, one of Catalonia’s naughtiest exports and they had Rome right under their thumb for the longest of time.  Who wouldn’t want to read about them?  Well… I do, and when I saw this title I hit “purchase” and just went on my merry way reading it.  I also noticed it has a lot of red in the cover… maybe this is a trend in publishing now a days?  Lure your readers using the colors associated with the things the story promises for your covers.  Red for blood, lust, love, passion, rage, qualities well associated with the Borgias. Read more…

The Red Queen

The Red Queen

No, I did not read the same book twice.

This is The Red Queen, a historical fiction book written by Philippa Gregory.  The very famous Margaret Beaufort, the founder of the Tudor dynasty and the grandmother of the infamous Henry VIII.  The woman that gave birth at age twelve and had the grit and backbone to put her son on the throne (Henry VII) and become mother to a King of England. Read more…