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Book Review: Samhain’s Embrace by Jesse Fox

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Title: Samhain’s Embrace

Author: Jesse Fox

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Publisher: Dark Roast Press

Genre: Erotic Fiction, Gay

Length – # OF PAGES: 69

Other: * M/M * Voyeurism

Pagan Author & Pagan Elements: Yes/Yes

Card Rating: – 5

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The Reviewers choice & Top pick

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Reviewed by: Jes L’Heureux

About The Book: What is loss to the human heart?

A spirit of nature, misunderstood and forgotten by modern man, when drawn out on the one night he roams the darkness freely, seeks to understand the meaning of loss and ease a young man’s pain.

Bran Conleth is a man broken by the ultimate loss – death. Desperate to summon his deceased lover he chooses the one night when the veil between the land of the living and the land of the dead is at its thinnest. Instead of his lover, he calls forth the embodiment of the night – Samhain.

Together they share one incredible journey that will teach Samhain about human loss and Bran that there is life after death.

The Review:

Dealing with the grief of his lost lover Bran takes to doing an ancient ritual, which will bring back Dmitri. The story unfolds with the unveiling of the past for Bran and his loss, as well as going though the ritual as it takes place. Alongside we get the impressions and thoughts of the almost forgotten deity of Samhain, and his place in the cycle. Jesse Fox creates this beautiful tapestry that weaves the past and present with magic and tradition. The story is like a dance going though the stages of grief that we experience when we lose a loved one. Bran learns to live with the joy, instead of holding close the pain of the one event that pulled them apart.

“This … is just one chapter. Now you must turn the page and see what awaits you in the next chapter” p.34,

The above quote perfectly expresses how this story unfolds.

I found the flow of the story was natural, and didn’t feel as though I were being thrashed by scene changes, or “oh yeah” moments. The descriptions of each character, the scenery, and atmosphere were rendered so vividly I could feel and see what was occurring. I felt that dealing with, and acceptance of the loss, was an important theme to this book. To have it pulled together with the idea and celebration of Samhain, the end of summer, the end of the cycle was a wonderful way to mesh the story. As we have all felt loss in our lives, the reminder that they live on and that we can find solace in another’s embrace, or in our faiths, is a great relief.

Big on the recommend scale, especially for those who are looking for something with a bit more pagan in its pages.

Pagan Elements:

There are definitely some Pagan elements; the first half of the story is about the preparation and the ritual itself. This entire story is about the nature deity Samhain and each of the embodiments of the different pagan celebrations.

Cover (Rated 1-10):

8 – I found the cover to be interesting in that I had to take a double take to make out what the image is, as I read the story I found the cover to be very suiting to the book as well.

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Announcements for January 2010

Wow, we have a TON of announcements for this month and lots of things coming your way.

We have a NEW page called : Who’s Blogging When? Calendar

This will let you know Who’s Blogging On What Day Each Month!

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THEMES FOR JANUARY!!!!!!!!

First, our theme for this month is Women Empowerment & Issues! We hope to bring you articles concerning Women & Healing, Women & the Goddess, Women Issues such as abuse, empowerment, self esteem, and more!

This month is all about raising our sisters up as high as we can no matter what path or faith they follow! A New Year is coming so we want those who are of our Goddess’ image ready, strong, and taking on the world!

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Don’t Miss New Posts!

Free Stuff: January 2010 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar

Paganism: The Month of January

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We have a new Pagan Artist of the Month!!!!!

First I’d like to say good-bye to Tom Brown who was our first *sighs*. You never forget your first do you? Well trust me, you haven’t seen the last of him if we have anything to do with it. I am sure *fingers crossed* Tom will let me show off his talent some more because he is such a good sport.

This month, however, we have one of our own that will shine. Her name is Kelley Heckart and not only is she an author but also an artist. So check out her interview and her kind of creations HERE.

Want to spread the word about Kelley? Here’s a short link so you can: http://wp.me/pwrVG-pJ

We appreciate any and all who help get the word out for our Artists and Writers. It helps them a GREAT deal.

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Who’s Releasing What?

Our Authors have a bunch of New Releases coming out in 2010. These are not ALL of their releases but they are the ones we know about thus far!

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Adrianna Brennan

Coming 2010:

  • Dawn of the Seraphs – Immortal Fire anthology
  • Blood of the Dark Moon
  • My Big Fat Greek Pagan Lesbian Wedding

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C.H. Scarlett

Coming in 2010

  • Bound by Blood: The Sacrifice (Book Two Of the Bound by Blood Series)– Dark Roast Press
  • The Web & the Willow— XOXO Publishing
  • Wyntress Nyght’s Supernatural Crack: Exes & Hexes— Noble Romance Publishing

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Christopher Newman

Coming in 2010

  • Love Bites Back–Freya’s Bower
  • The Scandalous Tale of Agnes Biggenbotten— Eternal Press

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Nix Winter

Coming in 2010

  • Immortal Fire
  • London Christmas
  • Kai Stubborn
  • Cain and Shelly

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Rie McGaha

Coming in 2010

  • Ancient Blood (the sequel to Blood Line) –Noble Romance Publishing
  • Ghosts of Valentine’s Day –Noble Romance Publishing (hasn’t been confirmed yet)
  • Caleb-My Soul To Keep Trilogy ( The sequel to Calen)—Noble Romance Publishing
  • Comes An Outlaw — XOXO Publishing
  • Closure–Champagne Books
  • One Good Man–Moon Gypsy
  • Written In Stone–Damnation Press

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Jesse Fox

Coming in 2010

  • AP Investigations—Dark Roast Press

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Kelley Heckart

Coming in 2010

  • Beltaine’s Song (Book Two of the Dark Goddess Trilogy)—Awe- Struck

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Bryn Colvin, Nix Winters, Adrianne Brennan

Coming in 2010

  • Immortal Fire anthology –Love You Devine Publishing

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If you’re an author with a past or upcoming release and would like a little free publicity then  please contact Rie McGaha at riemcgaha@gmail.com for info.

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And Some Reminders!!!!!!

Don’t forget that we have the Pagan Holidays or also known as the Pagan Days. These are posted every day (mind you I might miss a day or two depending on life craziness) but they are packed full of information that I am sure Pagans and Non-Pagans will find of interest. if you like myths, lore, or are a history buff wishing to know what the ancients were doing…well check them out!

Don’t forget about our Pagan Months either!

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Blood Noir Book Review

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Blood Noir

By Jesse Fox

http://jessefox1968.wordpress.com/

Dark Roast Press

http://www.darkroastpress.com/bloodnoir.php

Genre: m/m, mystery, contemporary

1TarotRating: 4.5 cards

Blurb:

Alex Klein, professional photographer, leads a blessed life with a supportive family and longtime lover Harley Scott, a successful PI. However, everything is about to unravel. He found peace in the arms of Harley after suffering from night terrors most of his life. Now the night terrors are back and his new assignment in Seattle may be the cause.

While he struggles to control his fears, back in St. Louis, Harley unravels a secret that could destroy the life they’ve created together. Maggie Reynolds is a convicted murderer, former member of a violent gang that terrorized the West Coast in the 1980’s. She may also be Alex’s birth mother, finally free after 25 years in prison. Positive his lover is in danger Harley heads to Seattle to save him from a mysterious stalker not beyond using murder to get what she wants. Are Maggie and the stalker one and the same?

Sometimes no matter how many lies you weave the past will come back to bite you in the ass. An intricate web of blood and deception, over two decades in the making, has Alex beginning to question his entire identity. Can he free himself from his past before it claims everyone he loves?

The Review:

This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. Written with great insight, I literally could not put it down. Blood Noir is a solidly written story with depth, intensity and strength much akin to that of James Patterson and Dan Brown. The writing is gripping, mesmerizing, exciting and compelling. The story line is so realistic you’ll feel as if you have been grabbed by the collar and jerked into the middle of a mystery so terrifying you’ll hope you’re dreaming. The characters are written as if they are live, breathing human beings that might live next door, with an the ending will leave you breathless! Do not miss this book!