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Thursday, June 27, 2013

'Core' by Teshelle Combs, book review

I’ll be honest. I’ve never read a “dragon” book. I am totally devoted to vampires, creepy-crawlies, and fuzzy shapeshifters. Reading about dragons never crossed my mind. But it wasn’t just the beautiful cover of ‘Core’ that hooked me.

Teshelle Combs’ writing is superbly descriptive and genuine. Her dialogue flows smoothly while offering a unique distinction to each character. Ava, the seventeen-year-old heroine, is brought to full bloom by Combs. She is damaged, yet strong. Walked on, yet above it all. Victimized, though never a victim. So the relationship she forms with Cale, a red dragon, feels very rewarding. Their relationship exposes small facets of Ava’s life that are otherwise hidden.

It is very pleasant to watch the boy chase the girl for once -and not be domineering, pushy, or creepy. Cale is sincere, to say the least, and has many layers, as do all of the characters. Most importantly, his attraction to Ava feels real. It is validated not by lust, but by true attraction on multiple levels. While the pace moves swiftly, Ava and Cale manage to share tender moments and small gestures that bind them even closer, endearing them more to readers. I especially appreciated the moments when Cale DID try to put his foot down and Ava does all but pat his head and say, “How sweet.”

Threaded throughout the storyline, propelling the drive further, are character traits for each type of being. For example, red dragons emit heat, are quite boisterous, and have the power to be healed by fire as well as entertained by it for hours, while blue dragons prefer stillness and would get along smashingly with Sheldon from ‘The Big Bang Theory’. The ‘Nightfolk’ are genius, too. This term covers all the “bumps in the night.” And they are anything but average portrayals. These melancholic creatures are intriguing.

‘Core’ is full of action, as well. I love that Combs isn’t afraid to push the limits. That’s the whole point of fiction, right? Especially fantasy. To grab the normal limits and throw them off a cliff. (There is a killer plane scene that left me with an evil smile.)

Overall, I enjoyed all of the characters (with the exception of Ava’s foster mother, who is just kind of a boob), and felt that the progression of Ava’s decent into the dragon world as a ‘rider’ was well paced and exceptionally written with realistic touches. ‘Core’ is a rare book that makes it to my ‘Read Again’ pile. It will definitely be a go-to book, and I look forward to the rest in the series.

In a nutshell: Ava is a young, local fighter, and she’s damned good. In the end, she realizes that she doesn’t have to approach everything like a fight. She can love just as well. 

The final verdict: 
Every girl needs a dragon... 
Some girls might want to stock up. 
I'm not judging.
I might be one of them. ;)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Interview with author Ronda Caudill

I was lucky to get an interview with author Ronda Caudill, Ph.D. today, so show her some love!

Hi Ronda! Thank you for taking the time to stop by. First, please tell us a little about yourself. 

I am married (24 years) to my high school sweetheart. I have two daughters and a son-in-law. I have a wonderful and supportive family that I am so thankful for. My educational background consists of a BA in Interdisciplinary English, a MA in Education and a PhD in Education. To date I have three books and a short story published: Birthright and the Choice are both part of the Nobleman Novel series, Forbidden Fruit and the short story is titled A Night at the Bishop House. I write primarily paranormal romance and horror. 

What genres do you enjoy reading and writing? Why?

Paranormal and horror. I have always been fascinated with the paranormal.

Which authors inspire you as a writer?

Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

What is the draw for readers in 'Birthright' and the sequel, 'The Choice'? 

They are not only a paranormal romance but they bring in just about anything supernatural that a reader could want. This series follows an immortal Blake Billings and his lost love and reincarnated Nila Jones. 

Ooh, you've got my attention!
Please describe ‘Birthright’ in 50 words, 10 words, and 1 word. 

The Nobleman series, Book I
The Nobleman series, Book II
50 -Since Nila’s 17th she has been dreaming about a handsome young man. On the first day of her junior year she discovers that he is not a dream but a real guy—a new guy in school. They quickly discover that being together is not as easy as it is for normal teenagers.

10 -Nila and Blake rediscover a lost love that has many obstacles.

1 -Bewitching.

 Are you working on a project now? 

I am currently working on the first book in the Glasshouse Children of Ravenshire series. It is a children’s series kind of along the lines of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Spiderwick Chronicles. It is about five children—the Frye children but everyone in the town of Ravenshire call them the Glasshouse children. This series will follow each child in at least one adventure. There will be at least five in the series with an introductory book called Ravenshire that gives a background on everyone in town. Ravenshire and the first Glasshouse Children book are slated to be released together sometime this summer.

That sounds like something my daughter and I would love to read together. I can already tell you that 'Ravenshire' will be a "must have" on our reading list this summer.  

Where can readers fall in love with you and your books?

My books are available on Amazon. Readers can find out what’s new with me at and they can check out books and authors that I discover on my blog at 

As a crazy movie lover and fan of ‘Inside the Actors Studio’, I am now going to force you to answer James Lipton’s final ten:

1. What is your favorite word? Inordinate

2. What is your least favorite word? Like

3. What turns you on? Romance

4. What turns you off? People who are stuck on themselves

5. What sound or noise do you love? A kitten meow

6. What sound or noise do you hate? Loud vehicles

7. What is your favorite curse word? F*%$

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Acting

9. What profession would you not like to do? Anything manually laborious

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? I read all of your books and absolutely loved them.

I have to agree with loving a kitten's meow. And your answer for #10 is classic! 
Thank you again, Ronda, for taking time from your busy schedule to give my readers a treat today!

More books by Ronda Caudill:

Southern Gothic short story of terror
A tale of Jack the Ripper

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