Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reviews for Otherworld Realms Books 1 and 2 by Isabelle Saint-Michael and a giveaway

Isabelle Saint-Michael is a cupcake enthusiast, shoe addict, and globetrotter. She is known for her sense of adventure and geeky hobbies. She is frequently seen haunting coffee shops and pubs into the wee hours of the morning. No matter where she goes, shenanigans and mirth are never far behind.

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Practical Uses for Princes with Pointed Ears

Otherworld Realms, Book 1

Isabelle Saint-Michael

Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Otherworld Romance, LLC

Date of Publication: November 14, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9908665-0-3

Paperback  978-0-9908665-1-0

Number of pages: 380

Word Count: 95,000

Cover Artist: CL Smith

Available at Amazon

Book Description:

Lillian Chambers was just an ordinary high school teacher, until she fell through a Fairy Circle. When she came to on the other side, she was surprised to find herself in the company of an Elven prince she thought only existed in her dreams. Now she’s slaying monsters and rescuing Prince Tallyn, instead of playing the part of the damsel in distress.

Tallyn had been the protector of his kingdom for over one hundred years. He knows that the world is filled with danger around every corner, but these days he’s finding himself babysitting the annoyingly fearless Lady Lillian.

When their worlds collide sparks fly, humorous situations ensue and the only thing for sure is that neither will ever be the same. Practical Uses for Princes with Pointed Ears takes readers on an adventure into a modern fairytale where we explore what it really means to fall for Prince Not-so-Charming


My dreams were more vivid than usual. It was like I was standing there with my favorite imaginary hunk. He and several others were packing up horses. There was a great deal of laughter and teasing among the men. They poked at each other until finally he had to step in and tell them to calm down. Even as he reprimanded them his smile shone brightly. I had never seen him smile with such a youthful presence.
Moments later another man appeared, just as handsome as my dream guy. “Tallyn!” he called, and my heart skipped a beat as I watched the man of my dreams turn to wave.
“Tallyn,” I could feel myself whispering. He turned and looked in my direction, as if he had heard me. His face fell a little when he couldn’t see me standing there.
“What’s wrong?” the taller man asked him.
I watched as Tallyn shrugged. “I was just thinking about how I was going to have to see your face every morning for the next few days and it quashed all the fun out of our camping trip.”
The taller man laughed, only to turn when someone called, "Maerryn!" which I guessed was his name.
I could feel the cool breeze on my skin, causing the hair on my arms to stand up. I watched with interest as the men finished packing up and began to ride away. I followed them through the forest I had seen a hundred times in my dreams. After a few hours they crossed the river in a shallow area then headed up a steep cliff, guiding their horses one at a time along the narrow ledge.
By midday the group reached the top of the cliff and stopped for lunch. The food smelled amazing cooked over the open fire. I felt my stomach rumble. When it did, Tallyn placed a hand on his stomach and looked around with confusion.
He was beautiful to look at, even with uncertainty creasing his brow. His green eyes deepened in color and his breath stilled. It was like he was looking right at me but couldn’t see me. With a shake of his head, he rejoined the conversation around him.
They packed up and left, heading across a path at the top of the cliff that led into another forest. The group seemed more hesitant when they entered the new area. They rode close together for hours, and when darkness finally threatened, they found flat ground and made camp. The horses were tied up, dinner was caught and prepared, and then the wine came out.
Boys will be boys, I thought to myself as they laughed, sang and passed around the bottles.
Behind me I heard the crack of twigs underfoot. Suddenly, I sensed someone else was there. I turned, looking in the direction of the sound, and I saw shadows moving through the woods towards the encampment. Panic filled me and I tried to scream, but I was just a watcher without a voice.

Holiday Spirit for Hire

Otherworld Realms, Book Two

Isabelle Saint-Michael

Genre: Holiday/ Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Otherworld Romance, LLC

Date of Publication: November 14th, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9908665-2-7

Paperback 978-0-9908665-3-4

Number of pages:164

 Word Count:41,000

Cover Artist: CL Smith

Available at Amazon

Book Description:

When life handed half-werewolf Grace MacGregor a pink slip four weeks before Christmas, she was determined to get back to work as soon as possible. She just didn’t expect it to be the very next day – or at the North Pole.  She now has four weeks to make other people’s holiday wishes come true, but will she be able to grant her own while she is at it?

Justin Kringle is the nephew of Santa Claus and his job is to keep operations of the Pole on point. When Grace is dropped bed and all into his work shop, he can’t decide if it’s love or hate at first sight. First impression: she’s a total mess. Can he keep her on track and remember to not mix business and pleasure?


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My Thoughts:

Practical Uses For Princes With Pointed Ears was a mighty fine thrill ride. I laughed, growled in frustration when a certain pointy eared prince did dumb things, smiled, and even cackled when the heroine saved the day over and over again in small ways and large.

The characters were delightful. The heroine, Lily, was strong, stubborn at times, smart, and selfless. Prince Tallyn, our hero, was overbearing at times, sexy, obstinate, determined and powerful. There were a slew of other great characters and of course this story had it's own villain too.

In this book I found, adventure, action, mystery, romance, lust, paranormal creatures aplenty and a plot that kept me glued to my kindle all night long! I really, really, really liked it a great deal.

I easily fell in love with this story. I can't wait to read more about these wonderful characters. I was lucky enough to have the second book at my disposal but it focuses on a different set of characters and a different setting with just a glimpse of this gang. 

In Holiday Spirit For Hire, we meet Gracie and Justin. Gracie is a halfling werewolf who finds herself without a job right before Christmas. She sees a job description and applies. Next thing she knows she wakes up in the North Pole half dressed and surrounded by elves.

Gracie has a rough start but has a wonderful personality and I couldn't help but cheer her on.

This second book is not quit as long but it introduces many new characters and thankfully gives us a glimpse of our favorite characters from the previous book too!

In Holiday Spirit For Hire there was plenty of spirit. I had a blast just reading it. I laughed a lot but it tugged a few of my other emotions too. There was some romance and sexy parts but mostly it was just a great  fun  holiday read. :D

I didn't expect to like it nearly as much as I did! I was a tad disappointed at first, to find out that the gang from the previous book wasn't the focus of this one! I quickly changed my mind as this book had me in stitches. I will be looking forward to reading the third book as soon as it is available!

I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought they were both fabulous! If you like stories about weres, dragons, elves, dwarves, etc...., you'll be wanting these at the top of your list! They don't have to be read in order but I would do it anyway.


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  1. ^__________^ i WANT! it made you laugh and smile so i definitively want to read this one and book 2 as well of course ( finger crossed for the giveway that thanksfully is open to international*_*)

    It sound really fun and engaging so on teh list without a doubt ( and teh fact they can be read our of order is a great bonus)

    pps: in case you did not receive my message yesterday HAPPY BIRTHDAY ( a littel late now^^)

    1. Yes, You would like these books. :-) Thank you for all of the Birthday wishes. I had trouble with my internet service yesterday. They are stiiiilllllll working on it. Thank goodness that I didn't quit my old service yet or I would not be talking with you now. Hopefully they get the problem solved soon!

    2. i hope it get solved soon but just in case i'm telling it you here...


      (and i do hope you get your package ultra soon)

  2. Thanks for the excerpt and post for these books.

  3. They both sound very fun! Plus you totally sold me on them. :) Adding to my list now!

  4. The Otherworld Realms Books sound great! I would like to read about these fascinating characters. Thank you

  5. The Otherworld Realms Books sound great, i would like to read about these interesting Characters. Thank you

  6. Both books sound so good. I love the characters and the book covers. I am looking forward to reading them. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. Happy New Year and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  8. The Otherworld Realms Books sound wonderful to read. Perfect way to start the New Year.

  9. Nice! good one Again. I am always looking for quality posts, I hope you will be adding more in the future. thanks for this. Keep it up. Sonalika 60