Bloodline by Tara Ellis

Bloodline: Forgotten Origins Trilogy Book 1

The Blurb

“Sixteen-year-old Alex is your average teen who thought she’d be spending the next few years suffering through high school…not saving the world from an alien plague. But when a rare meteor shower unleashes something otherworldly, she finds herself at the center of a five-thousand-year-old conspiracy.
Guided by cryptic clues left from her deceased father, Alex is plunged into a strange world predestined since ancient times. As the mystery unravels, she discovers her bloodline is anything but average.
Pursued by both the people she loves and unknown enemies, Alex is forced to rely upon her instincts and the help of her friend, Chris and loyal dog, Baxter. Together, they race against time to find a cure.

Bloodline is the first book of the Forgotten Origins Trilogy.”

My Review

Loss often alters the way our days happen, and this is true for young Alex, who is still trying to deal with the death of her father. A rare meteor shower is due to interact with Earth’s atmosphere, reminding her of all the things her dad loved and pursued. Little did she know, her life wouldn’t be the same after the brilliant meteor display brings chaos to Earth.

With a mystery before her, her dad leading her, a little brother to fight for, and the help of a dear friend, Alex must do everything possible to restore order to not only the town she lives in, but the rest of the world, too. The burden is heavy, especially for a 16-year-old girl, but with Chris’ reminders of faith, and Jacob looking up to her, she pushes forward against seemingly impossible odds.

The pace of this novel was smooth and easy to follow along, and the mysteries unfolded just right. Tara Ellis is a talented author who created a rich environment and fulfilling characters. The world around her characters was easy to picture, and I found myself plugged into the place that Alex called home. Small clues lead me to my own conclusions – occasionally correct, occasionally incorrect, but always worth uncovering.

I like to stay seated quietly in my chair, while kind of feeling like I’m sitting on the edge of the seat, and that’s how this story unfolded for me. Each page kept me hungry for more, while each solution that Alex came to kept me satisfied. This is a story I won’t soon forget.

I give Bloodline by Tara Ellis 5 lucky horseshoes! I enjoyed reading her book and cannot wait to read the next one.


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The Woman on the Painted Horse by Angela Christina Archer

The Woman on the Painted Horse

The Blurb

“Alexandra Monroe is a slave smuggler, smuggling slaves north where they can live as free people. Her crime is sedition and her punishment, if caught, is death. The daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Montgomery, Alexandra lives a life not by her own accord, but a life she willingly accepts for her secret quest to save the lives of slaves. One afternoon, Alexandra comes face-to-face with handsome William Graysden. Although forbidden for his Creek Indian heritage, he captivates her. They fascinate one another, and ultimately find in each other a bond they don’t wish to ignore. After a series of events, however, William must face the choice to continue the dangerous pursuit of Alexandra’s affections or forget about her.”

My Review:

The Woman on the Painted Horse sucked me in from the first line to the last. I fell head-over-heels for the characters, and became part of their rich and living world. My heart beat with Alexandra’s, and I quickly felt as though I was smuggling slaves by night and juggling a life that wasn’t where I belonged by day. With the turn of every page, I wanted to know more and go deeper.

Angela created a sweet romance – one that delves into the depths of the relationships of Alexandra and several of the townspeople, the hero, and the protagonist. Angela took her time crafting a well researched, historical romance. She successfully took me back in time with her realistic characters. Angela is a talented author, and her beautiful told story held my attention from the time I opened the book until I finished reading – in fact, I don’t think I stopped reading to eat even once. I award this beautiful novel 5 lucky shoes because this skillfully crafted story tugged at my heart, made me angry, made me laugh…it made me feel.

She created a depth within her characters that rattled my bones. They seemed to come alive with every word I read, as if I could almost reach out and take hold of them. I was rooting for Alexandra from page one!



As of this morning, I have a complete first draft of my first novel. Now, keep in mind, this is strictly a rough draft, and it will require many hours (and much blood, sweat and tears) to edit. But it is written!

I’m pretty excited at the moment, and I hope to work through the edits in less time than the writing took me. I started this book in the early part of 2011, but quit working on it in May or June of the same year. I only recently (within the last 30 days) picked it up and began working on it again.

What project do you need to pick up and work on? What’s stopping you?