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My Review and Spotlight of Hearts in Exile by Mysti Parker

In Books, Young Adult Fiction on June 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm

A Combination of Fantastic Fantasy and Remarkable Romance – 5 stars

Hearts in Exile Book CoverMy Review

Hearts in Exile is a story spanning sixty years, involving paladins, elves, necromancers, gods and dwarves, to name but a few. The two main protagonists, Sir Robert (Igrorio Everlyn ) and Loralee Munroviel, daughter of a High Priestess, are two young people who fall desperately and deeply in love only to be separated for ten long years, neither knowing where the other is. Loralee is banished to an island to be a Dragon Keeper with only the company of dragons and a pet snippet called Puddle. Sir Robert becomes a Holy Paladin and goes off to fight and achieve great things for king and country. A freak storm eventually reunites them. Throughout the story we learn, from the perspective of both Loralee and Sir Robert, how their lives and love began and see the tale unfold and build to an enveloping crescendo. I don’t want to give too much of the story away; it really is something you should read for yourself.

This book is the third in the Tallenmere series, and regrettably I have not yet read the first two. I am not really sure this matters a great deal though, as this book stands up perfectly well on its own.

Mysti Parker is clearly an accomplished storyteller whose imagination surpasses expectation. This is one of the few books I have read recently that I simply could not put down.  Clichéd as that may sound; it really is that sort of book. To say it is well-written would be superfluous. The whole shebang is flawlessly well-executed .The characters are enjoyable and believable, and very well-developed. Having never met any of them before, I felt an affinity with them almost instantly. There are the usual; the good, the evil and the in-between, as one would expect, but these characters are a little bit more. They pull you into their world and take you with them on their respective journeys.

All in all; a unique and beautifully told story in the classic style of fantasy and romance, with all the pieces wonderfully woven together and all ends tied up.

More about Hearts in Exile:
In Tallenmere, fate has a way of catching up with you…Somewhere, hidden in the waters of the Southern Sea, lies an island unlike any other. Within the amber glow of its pyrogem-laden cliffs, legend says the very heart of the dragon god Drae keeps the island, and its occupants, alive. Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard’s High Priestess Arianne, had no idea what she would face when she arrived by boat ten years ago and was left alone in exile. All she knew about Draekoria’s inhabitants was written in one tattered notebook. Now, her life revolves around keeping Drae’s descendants happy. Never in her life did she imagine being a Dragon Keeper.Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, has faced his share of hell, battling the evils of Emperor Sarvonn’s tyranny and the dark god Tyr’s abominations. But none of that compares to the ten years of hell he’s been without Loralee, presumed dead.

One freak storm changes everything. Now the two of them must fight to reestablish the delicate balance of the island before the dragons take things into their own hands. Through it all, they discover the secrets that kept them, and their hearts, exiled for a decade.                              

Mysti Parker Profile ImageBio:

Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full-time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s six-week free course, F2K.

Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.

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A Ranger’s Tale, Tallenmere #1 on Amazon

Serenya’s Song, Tallenmere #2 on Amazon

Hearts in Exile, Tallenmere #3 at Melange Books


Celebrate the Spring Equinox with Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

In Children's Books, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, Young Adult Fiction on March 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

On 20th March, 2013, we experienced the wonder of the Spring Equinox 

To celebrate this, and the significance of this passage to Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, you could WIN an Amazon Gift Card worth $25 

The Vernal Equinox

“Bravery is when you walk into a battle you are not sure of winning” – Jeffrey Fry

A great battle occurred during the Spring Equinox of the year of 2011, the year of disgruntlement. Tired of domination, deception and destruction, Mungai’s minions rose in rebellion against their oppressors and attempted to reclaim what was rightfully theirs, ours and that of future generations. They fought using every resource at the tips of their fingers, claws, hooves and paws. They fought in the jungle and they fought in the forest. They fought without fear and they fought with courage in their hearts.
The battle raged on with casualties on both sides until…

Find out who the victors are, and what becomes of our heroes, by getting your own copy of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor on Amazon.

Meet all the endearing characters – well, not all are endearing; some you wouldn’t wish to meet on a dark night, and some you may rue the day you ever met them at all. But unfortunately, if you haven’t already, you may well encounter at least one of them at some time in your life.

“Be careful who you trust, the devil was once an angel” – Unknown

To enter; answer the following three simple questions correctly and you could win a $25 Amazon Gift Card (All answers can be found in the excerpt below)

  1. Who gave the signal to commence battle?  a) Crow-Crow  b) Caw-Caw  c)  Claw-Claw
  2. What is the Oracle’s real name?  a) Forest Grump  b) Shriek  c) Edgar
  3. What did Gerald, the Oracle and Felicity hide in their clothing?  a) Feathers and bones  b) Guns  c) A goodly supply of bananas

Please leave your answers (e.g. 1a ) in the comments section with your contact details

The competition closes at midnight (EDT) on 31st March, 2013

The winner, randomly chosen, will be announced here on APRIL 1st – NO JOKE!

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An Excerpt from Mungai and the Goa Constrictor – Chapter Twenty Seven – Operation Equinox  

The reptiles, animals and birds were gathering silently in the clearing.

“Now that we’re all here,” said Caw-Caw, breaking the silence, “the time has come. We must all go to our battle stations.  Is everyone prepared?”

All the creatures nodded.

“Does everyone know what he or she must do?”  Caw-Caw continued.

They nodded again.

Then out of nowhere came a voice.  “COMMMPANY…HALT…AIMMM…oops! so sorry…‘TENNN…SHUN.   Captain Gerald Rupert Horatio-um-Peanuts (he added again very quietly) Brice-Copperbottom at your service…SIR.”

The Oracle’s, aka Edgar’s, ‘spirit sense’ had kicked in, and he was able to know where they were all assembling, and since no word had been received as was promised, he had alerted Gerald and Felicity. Suspecting they might be left out if they did not invite themselves, they had come along to ‘do their bit’.  Edgar looked surprisingly sensible, having lost the feathers and bones, and now being dressed in green and clothed like his companions.

“Um…we won’t need those,” said Caw-Caw pointing at the long sticks that made noises and killed. “But you are most welcome.”

“Don’t worry.” Gerald reassured him. “We’re not allowed to have the bits that do all the damage. These are just for show. Keeps the enemy on its toes, don’t you know!”

Caw-Caw briefly introduced the newcomers to the others, and decided they would be best placed inside the paper mill, preferably up in the rafters. They would be able to climb through the opening at the top of the mill without being seen. There, they could wait until they were needed.

“Organise that in no time,” said Gerald. “COMMMPANY…ATTT…EASE.  Private Felicity…you take the right…Gunner Edgar you take the left…I’ll take the middle.”

“Reminds me,” started Edgar, “of the time I was forced to take on a gorilla.  Big devil too!  Couldn’t escape that time!  Gerald tried to organise that, as well.  Gorilla didn’t like him all…reason I got into trouble in the first place. Called him a…”

“Yes, yes, Edgar, but we need to keep moving.  We’re running out of time.  Captain Gerald, ready your troops to take up their positions,” interrupted Caw-Caw before the rest all surrendered to boredom.

Gerald stood to attention again, and saluted. Then, without Caw-Caw seeing, they managed to hide the guns under their clothing.

“Good. Well now that’s settled, let’s go…and may good prevail,” said Caw-Caw.

The creatures had been turned into an efficient and formidable fighting force.  Together they were battling a common cause.  Even those who were natural enemies had become friends and allies, each one honoured to share in this campaign. They moved forward with pride and dignity.

Word came that Mungai and Goa hadn’t moved the lair yet, so the plan remained the same, and Duggit’s contingency plan remained unrevealed.

The creatures moved towards the lair, peeling off as they each reached their positions, until the only ones left, as they approached, were the deer and wolves.  Absolute silence was now maintained. Wilbur and Wily had come with them, ready to pass on information and progress. Akanya and Kaya were outside the lair waiting for their own signal, as were the deer.   Duggit and the other two-legs were also in position now, having made their way successfully to the undergrowth.  They too waited in total silence.

Still observing the silence, they saw dawn break, without the chorus, and Caw-Caw raised his wing.  In his claw he held a long branch which he swept in an arc from right to left in front of the rising sun.

Operation Equinox had begun.

“In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defence” – Sallust

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A Timeless Tale for Children and Adults Alike

In Books, Children's Books, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, Teen Fiction, Young Adult Fiction on September 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

Told through the eyes of animals, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor promotes tolerance, peace and harmony, and illustrates how easily seemingly incompatible creatures, drawn together from vastly different environments, with Mungai and the Goa Constrictor by Amelia Curzon - Book coverperceptions of life that are poles apart, can unite in a common cause – to overcome fear and oppression.  And guess what!

Well, that would be spoiling it, wouldn’t it!

But, let me tell you just a little bit more about the story……

Mungai, a plausible and resourceful creature of indeterminate origin, and with a penchant for easy living, finds a soul mate in Goa; a lisping, greedy, self-serving  Boa Constrictor. Having explained to her ‘the usefulness of the lesser species’ and his highly profitable master plan to find ways of passing through life without too much cost to himself and as little effort as possible, and at the expense of others  not as strong-minded or as clever as he is, Mungai soft-soaps Goa into joining him in his venture.  Captivated by Mungai’s way of thinking, Goa conspires with him to go in search of ………

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Read an excerpt from Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

“Truly, Curzon crafts an unforgettable story that speaks to the soul” – Claudia Moss (USA)  Reviews 5*****

Whilst the apes were trying to swing after him at the same speed, Gerald had an unfortunate accident.

He collided with a rather large, and not very friendly beast that, like Mungai, was of dubious origin. The beast had been asleep in the branches at the time, and was non too pleased by this unwanted intrusion into his dreams. He reared up on his hind legs, delicately balancing himself on the thinnest of branches, and lunged for Gerald.

“He looks like a monkey-meat lover,” thought Gerald, but he was frozen to the spot and could only think of his imminent death, followed by a prestigious military funeral, he hoped, for his few remains.

The unidentifiable creature grabbed Gerald by the feet, and swung him round and round above his head, and then hurled him skywards towards the canopy roof, where he became stuck between two branches. He was so far up, the others lost sight of him. On his own, with no-one to help him, he thought immediately of his ‘military training’ and decided to bring in the ‘vacate the high location’ manoeuvre. This manoeuvre was something only to be used in emergency situations, which he quite rightly deemed this was. He did not have much time, so he started straight away tearing off branches and bits of other vegetation, and weaving them together securely. He kept doing this until he had a large piece, three times his own size. He took one corner in each claw, and let himself fall backwards, down from the top. It was a very crowded tree. The growth from top to bottom was extremely dense. It cannot be said he sailed down from above, more bounced than anything. He bounced and he bounced and he bounced. From one branch to the other…sideways, backwards and forwards. Hanging upside down, he could not see where he was going. It was like blindfolded skydiving with obstacles. Much to his surprise, he found the jungle floor. It was not a soft landing.

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Tolerance, Peace and Harmony versus Greed and Deception

In Books, Young Adult Fiction on August 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor on Amelia Curzon's Blog - Carte BlancheTold through the eyes of animals, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor promotes tolerance, peace and harmony, and illustrates how easily seemingly incompatible creatures, drawn together from vastly different environments, with perceptions of life that are poles apart, can unite in a common cause – to overcome fear and oppression.  And guess what!

Well, that would be spoiling it, wouldn’t it!

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Something for the Summer Break!

In Amelia Curzon blogs, Books, Young Adult Fiction on July 21, 2012 at 12:26 am

Looking for ways to entertain and occupy the teens during the  long summer break!

Or, how about something to keep them quiet on those long car journeys!

99c could buy a whole bundle of peaceful driving. Such a big return for such a small investment!

Eight 5 star and One 4 star reviews  amazon.com  and amazon.co.uk 

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“With great dastardly characters and lovable up risers, and set amongst the glorious, if disappearing backdrop of an undisclosed jungle, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is a cautionary tale and a must read book for all”  BookChatterCath Reviews

“The sophisticated narrative will enhance any young reader’s vocabulary while making it an enjoyable read for any adult”  Maria Catalina Egan “M.C.V. Egan” (Delray Beach, Florida USA)

“AmeliaCurzon has created a beautiful fable in “Mungai and the Goa Constrictor” that warns of the effects of destruction of the forest in a fashion that is innocent, entertaining and compelling”  Scarlett Rains (Ohio, USA)

“Excellent book! Thought provoking and fun! This is a story that could take its place among ones the best in fairy tales with a lesson–but not only for children” The Happy Looker “T.H.L.” (Boston, MA, USA)       

“Truly, Curzon crafts an unforgettable story that speaks to the soul” Claudia Moss “TheGoldenGoddess” (Clarkston, Georgia United States)

“Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is a charming story filled with much wisdom of the sort the world so desperately needs. I highly recommend it!”  Jason Sullivan (USA)

“Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is a finely crafted fable that can be enjoyed by older children and adults alike” Patricia Paris (Annapolis, MD USA) 

Set in a rainforest of an unspecified continent, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is a humorous tale littered with colourful and enjoyable characters, conspiracies and unlikely friendships between the species. Told through the eyes of animals the narrative explores the predatory world of deception and greed. The book carries an important missive: ‘Beware of predators in the guise of friends’.

Mungai, the central character, is a jungle creature of indeterminate origin, who creates a cunning master plan allowing him to find ways of passing through life without too much cost to himself and as little effort as possible and at the expense of others not as strong-minded or as clever as he is.

He goes all out to achieve his objectives, regardless of the consequences, as he sets out to destroy the rainforest for personal gain.

On his travels Mungai encounters an equally ruthless and selfish creature, a boa constrictor called Goa, and together they go in search of innocents to use to implement their designs.

They subsequently meet, befriend and manage to convince all manner of creatures to join them in their venture with promises of great rewards in return for small labours.  The creatures believe their efforts to be beneficial to the environment and look forward to the promised bounty.  Before too long some notice their hard work continues but the rewards are not forthcoming and they begin to realise, with some input from the good outsiders they have teamed up with, the two legs, that what they are involved in is not good for anyone.

Dissatisfaction begins to burgeon and rebellion is imminent.

Mungai finds out, all too late, that those he shamelessly inveigled into his plans are not so naive as he first thought and eventually the tables are turned.

The perpetrators become the victims as Operation Equinox is devised and executed.

Website:  Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

New Paperback Release for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

In Books, Teen Fiction, Young Adult Fiction on March 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Sometimes we want more than an electronic copy of a book.

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor Book CoverWe may want something more tangible and durable. Something we can keep on our bookshelves at home and something we can lend to our friends and family, simply by handing it over!

For these reasons Mungai and the Goa Constrictor has now been released in paperback, especially for those who prefer a little more than the limitations of  technology.

Find your copy here:

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Review – “A Fable That Packs a Powerful Punch”

In Book Reviews, Books, Teen Fiction, Young Adult Fiction on March 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm
5.0 out of 5 stars “A Fable That Packs a Powerful Punch”, March 3, 2012
(Clarkston, Georgia United States)
This review is from: Mungai and the Goa Constrictor (Kindle Edition)

Kudos for Amelia Curzon and her impressive fable, “Mungai and the Goa Constrictor”!

Like the other reviewers of this work, I haven’t read an animal fable in years. The last I enjoyed was a film of “Charlotte’s Web” and a while before that, I read and taught “Animal Farm.” Truly, Curzon crafts an unforgettable story that speaks to the soul, reminding us to think for ourselves, to look inward for inspiration that drives us in life and to fearlessly turn back if we find ourselves heading down a path that doesn’t feel right.

Readers, this is a story for older children and, perhaps, keenly intelligent 12 to 13-year-olds. The vocabulary will send young readers running for a dictionary, although that is a good thing. The web of intrigue the mysterious Mungai and his sidekick Goa set for the charmingly sweet, albeit gullible, creatures is what could happen Anywhere in the Universe, if people do not learn to look beyond slick words and ill-wrought intentions of those who want to slither through life looking to live comfortably from the fruits of others’ labor.

I love the fate Curzon culls for both Mungai and Goa at the tale’s end! Read it for yourself to discover the hidden treasures and subterfuge taking place under lush jungle and woodland foliage.

Great literature teachers are going to have a delightful time creating learning centers and novel maps and an array of writing assignments for this book! Well done, Curzon!

March 3rd, 2012

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