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Veiled Mist reviewed by Riëtte Cawthorn

published on April 24th, 2013

Veiled Mist by Eleanor T. Beaty

Posted by Riëtte Cawthorn on Monday, March 18, 2013 Under: “Discovery Your Destiny” Book Tour
I’ve never understood how the people that get to decide which age group a book falls into actually does it, because I’m sure I haven’t been a teenager or young adult for quite some time, yet those are the books I enjoy the most.Vampires and werewolves, witches, wizards, fallen angels, gypsies and aliens and who knows what I’m going to find next…I’m quite sure that the experts would say Veiled Mist falls in the teen or young adult section because I absolutely loved it.

First thing I loved; how the author made it really really hard for the reader to like the main character.  I mean, I really tried, I wanted to understand, but oh my word, did I want to shake her and tell her to grow up and smell the roses.  Obviously, as the book continued and the character grew you started liking her and then rooting for her to succeed and by the end of the book I really just wanted her story to continue, to see what happens to her next.

I was constantly surprised.  I love to try and figure out what’s going to happen next in a book, but the twists and turns the author threw in threw me off and it kept it exciting, I never wanted to skip a sentence because I thought I knew what it was going to say, I had to read every single word to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

The attention to detail, everything was so well-described, not only the scenery and surroundings, but also the characters. Their looks, personalities, how they change through out the books to become the characters that they’re ultimately supposed to be.  I loved getting to know all of them and really want to know what happens next.

The adventure!  Yes, I loved the way it was exciting, nerve wrecking and humorous all at the same time.  How Hanna had these dolls to deliver and got stuck in really dangerous situations, but the way she reacted to some of the situations actually had me giggling.  I love it when a book can get the reader to have a whole bunch of emotions in a matter of a few paragraphs, this book did that over and over.

I can probably carry on and on about all the things I loved about the book, but maybe I should just say this, read it.  Why not?  If you like a story that’s a little different then do yourself a favor and read it.

I’ll probably read it again soon – that’s one of the things I love about books, movies and music – reading, watching and listening to it over and over again, enjoying it time and time again, because we can and we should.

Till next time xx

 


The Count – A Paranormal Dog.

published on February 15th, 2013

My name is Count Dracula, I am over six hundred years old and some days I feel the years in my bones. Bones mmmm

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I should have asked for the rhino femur the gypsy tricked me next time, next time I will insist.

Anyways where was I? I was telling you about myself! I am of mixed blood my father was a Lhasa Apso (the lion dog of Tibet) and my mother was well, it isn’t quite clear what breed she was, according to Ornella the tricky gypsy. All I know is she was of a very rare breed gray with short hair.

“She was a mutt. Are you talking to one of your fans again?”

“I am and my mother was NOT a mutt. I really don’t know why that gypsy always has to butt into my conversations, she’s upstairs cleaning her travel trunks she should concentrate on what she’s doing, those things are a mess. 溺y mother was a descendent of a Komondor.

“Well that could be, so you had a mop for a mother?” The gypsy cackled, she can be so annoying sometimes when she thinks she’s funny.

“I will have you know The Komondors are a very powerful breed of guardian dogs. Tricky gypsy doesn’t know what’s she’s talking about half the time.

“Who look like mops.

That’s it, I知 ignoring her you can too there is no sense talking to her right now.

Okay so where was I? I keep getting thrown off track! Ornella isn’t my only problem today I have this zombie man that just walked in 10 minutes ago and sat down. He isn’t saying anything doesn’t seem to catch on that he’s dead no matter what I tell him he just SITS here. Let me see if poking him gets him going…

“You池e dead! Go visit the neighbors, they like dead people. Woah he’s moving now, a bit robotic but moving! There he goes through the living room wall the neighbor’s wife can see spirits so I usually send them over there. Glad to be rid of that distraction. Ornella, that tricky gypsy, she give me the power to hypnotize but only on the recently deceased I guess she doesn’t want to risk I will use it on her. I would too, wouldn’t be able to resist it.
Grrrr she is running around upstairs from one room to another now I can hear her! There must another descendant of the tribe surfacing. I hope where ever we are going this time it’s somewhere nice Paris or London, we haven’t been there in a while. Here she comes down the stairs, cross your fingers for me…

“We leave after I see child. She says and just leaves. This must be an important one; I have to go check out the map. See, on her bedroom wall is the tribal map for the Women of Janos it’s covered in all kinds of dots orange, pink, yellow. These dots represent the female descendents of the Women of Janos a magical gypsy tribe that has existed for hundreds of years.

I have been with the gypsy since 8 years before she became immortal since she was chosen as the tribe’s guardian, for the Women of Janos. That incredible moment happened on the night of July 18, 1456 not long after the Hungarians managed to fight off the Turks. I knew gypsies had magic before that but I never imagined one could be as powerful as my Ornella. After she became guardian, she in turn gave me immortality because I am very important to her. She can’t live without me I am her right AND left hand! She should treat me better or at least give me more GOOD bones that’s not asking too much is it?

Don’t tell her I am going in her room okay? She gets kind of snippy about that sometimes I just have to see where we are going.
The Caribbean?!?!?!?!? No, no, no, heat, muggy heat NO. The new dot is right on some island called Maurray right smack in the Caribbean. Why can’t these girls surface somewhere nice? I have to stop her-bah, I won’t be able to. What to do, what to do…
I should try to get something out of it at least though right? I know! I will have to find her travel map for my plan to work. Where is that damn thing?
There it is on top of she had been packing just before she left. I will just hide this map and wait don’t tell on me okay? l have to allow me to take my wild buffalo femur after all I don’t care that she says it’s not allowed, I get my femur or she won’t get her map back!

Oh no, I just heard the door slam! That tricky gypsy must be back I have to hide! I have to find somewhere, somewhere ooo the La Cavalera de La Catrina! Let me just get under the skirt nothing creepier a skeleton wearing a long gown, but it sure does seem like a good place to hide. I have her map and I will just tuck it back here with me and my favorite bone. She値l be willing to negotiate when she gets up here and I will win this time I WILL win. Six hundred years of existence has got to give me some advantage don’t you think?

Shhhh here she comes.


Review

published on February 11th, 2013

Veiled Mist by Eleanor T. Beaty

Posted by Trois Coccinelles Publishing on February 11, 2013.

While I was in Paris a few weeks ago, I received an email from Novel Publicity listing a few of the book offerings they planned to have up this month. I was excited to see Veiled Mist by Eleanor T. Beaty was one of the offerings and I jumped at the chance to do a review. I think I was hooked by reading that the  author lives in Brazil with her husband.

Veiled Mist features Hannah, a character you can’t help but dislike at first because of her self-centered and spoiled behavior. Hannah learns, to her dismay, that the decisions she makes about her own life will have a far greater impact on a tribe of Gypsies – a tribe, it is important to note, that Hannah hates.

While this is clearly a young adult book, I know that I got enough laughs and a few gasps that I would recommend this to anyone who wants a quick read that is both unique and humorous.

 


Guest Post – Hanna – a Paranormal Teen.

published on February 11th, 2013

Hanna.

A character that is hard to like…at first.

When you first meet Hanna Williams, the main character in Veiled Mist, you might not fall in love with her. You might even give off a groan as the story opens because Hanna starts off as a snob, mean even, shallow and futile. In other words, she’s a typical high class teen. But Hanna is a bright diamond…in the rough.

Many wonder why have a main character that is difficult to love? Because I think we tend to allow a first impression to form our opinion of people and we shouldn’t. I have done so many times and from that bad habit I learned people have layers.

The first impression: Hanna’s a spoiled, insufferable brat. The final impression: well… I will leave that up to you.

Through Hanna I tried to show her not so glamorous traits by using a twist of sarcasm, not intending to be preachy. I think it’s sad when shallowness and selfish behaviors are valued personality traits, so I showed them with humor. The fact that Hanna thought sleeping in a sequined gown would guarantee she would not be the gypsy from her dreams was comical and outrageous. In her mind if she slept like a princess, she was one!

Hanna represents many of us, not for her high class origin, but for the normal tendency we had as teens to not care about anyone or anything but ourselves. So what if the ice is melting in the North Pole? I mean, come on, it’s only ice, and like the fridge, new cubes will replace the ones I used in my ice tea. Let’s not get started on those white bears. What difference do they make? How does mankind benefit with their existence? We can always find a home for them in a Zoo. We could even add some color to their new home. White is boring.

And because she is a normal teen, writing as Hanna was not easy for me. I started off using a close relative as a muse and found myself staring at my own behavior at that age. Gosh, it was so long ago I had forgotten about that. It took a few uncomfortable moments to reconcile who I am now with who I was. It was a painful growth process. Unfortunately I didn’t have the help of such a crazy and determined mentor like Ornella! I wish I had.

Through Hanna I was able to make fun of myself, which was comforting as it showed I had grown. When Hanna decided to spend the last year of her life in a self imposed spiritual retreat, she tested turning inwards, looking into her soul, and found there was an empty space. She realized that if she spent a year staring at that empty space she would die of boredom. She tried to list what she had accomplished until that moment and came up empty, with the exception of finding out she was her family’s shameful secret. She couldn’t write her Eulogy. Or she could but it wouldn’t be longer than a paragraph, if that, and all she could do was list her physical attributes.

At that moment she had found a mirror and what she saw made her uncomfortable. And you think, ok, here she goes, turning point. Wrong. Still Hanna doesn’t want to walk the path of change. She wants things to remain as they were, and continue to live life in a comfortable oblivion. Don’t we all, because change can be hard.

Then came the best part as a writer and human; turning the table on Hanna. The change was forced by Ornella, using Hanna’s own worst fears against her. Watching her react, fighting to stay the same, provoked mixed feelings. To the bitter end she resists, but loses the battle because those who love her, the people who know the real Hanna, weren’t willing to give up on her.

Hanna is special even though she doesn’t know it. She’s paranormal, she’s got magic. She has a quirky personality and the most unexpected reactions. She’s annoying and she’s unique. Her logic is flawed and she doesn’t want to look reality in the face, but you can’t help but hope she’ll change. When Ornella, the six-hundred year old gypsy, and her mutt, Count Dracula come into Hanna’s life, one wonders who has the strongest will. A tough call. When reason doesn’t work, Ornella turns to very unconventional methods to convince Hanna she must embrace her mystical path in order to save not only herself but the entire gypsy tribe. Ornella and the Count find that changing Hanna is not a battle but a war they must fight and win to survive.

So what I wonder is, will you come to love Hanna as the story progresses? Will you cheer her on? Or will you prefer another character by the end of the novel?

 


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published on December 19th, 2012