Whitehall (Season 1 Episode 8): “Ambitions Which Climb Upwards”
Even the queens don’t always get their happy endings. No baby and heir to the thrown in her belly. The king taking up in his old bed of preference. Plus, a slew of others who want nothing more than to see her fail. Luckily, Catherine is not the quitting type and carries on to be the queen Charles and England want. Will it be enough and does she have enough people and time on her side to win?
Whitehall is a must read series that continues to keep you coming back for more. Episode 8 is no different. Catherine refuses to quit. Barbara continues to use her only talents of lying and persuasion to get what she wants. And each new character that comes along only makes the story juicer. Looking forward to episode 9!
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Liz Duffy Adams, Delia Sherman, Barbara Samuel, Madeleine E. Robins, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Sarah Smith
The Witch Who Came in from the Cold – Episode 13
Intel Log: Episode 13- Company Time
Sides are chosen. Lines are crossed. With time running out, allegiance to country seems to come in second to allegiance to greater powers. CIA and KGB intermix as they choose sides in the battle between the Flame and Ice consortiums for Hosts. Dom is definitely Flame, but when and why this happened still unclear. He has gained control of the Host for the Flame, unbeknownst to Dr. Sokolov, who appears to not even know his role in this battle. Gabe, Tanya, Alestair, Nadia, and Jordan join together to help thwart Dom’s deception using Ice magic. And it appears that being left on the outside has left Josh with a bitter taste. As it all comes to an end the question remains is it over? Or better yet, will it ever be over?
Sparks fly and more in Episode 13, the final episode of season 1 of The Witch Who Came In From the Cold . Everyone comes out to play in this final episode and readers will not be disappointed. It is full of fast-paced, high-intensity action paired with magic at a level that has not been seen until now, with a cliff-hanger that lets readers know that the game is not over and has only just begun. Readers will have to wait until 2017 when Season 2 is released. However, with the high quality and intensity of the writing in Season 1, readers will definitely want to make sure they come back for Season 2. Keep an eye out for, Whitehall, coming soon from Serial Box Publishing that takes us back to England and the reign of Charles II. You can find a sample episode included after the conclusion of Episode 13 of The Witch Who Came In From the Cold .
Hamagel: The Story of Three Sisters
Evil and poison loom over the land and among the people in Benjamin E. Jenkins’ fantasy novel, Hamagel: The Story of the Three Sisters Volume I: Rise of the Industry. The Social, a group of provinces, fought among each other for hundreds of years until the Peace Accords were signed bringing peace and contentment to the land. Beginning as the promise of wealth and prosperity, the Industry began in Agartha, a province in The Social. Run by Lord Daimon, the Industry gained strength and desired more resources depleting the land and aggravating the peaceful life The Social had once enjoyed. Now, years later the land and provinces are either in ruins or threatened by the spread and rise of the Industry. Lord Daimon has formed alliances and aims to conquer all for the Industry. Hattie, Ellen and Margaret, The Three Sisters from Anciria, lead a group to Mount Mandara with mission to save their world and others from The Industry and Lord Daimon. Each sister carries a special trait to help accomplish this mission that are both unique and powerful to each in accomplishing their mission. While they are focused on their goal, the rest of The Social continues to feel the threat of Lord Daimon and the Industry and fight to survive. Some are driven by greed, some by honor and others by duty in a land where the ultimate goal is survival.
Jenkins, has delivered a high intensity, fantasy novel that is as detailed as it is gripping. While it first seems like a series of short stories that are loosely linked, you quickly learn that as each character is introduced they are all linked in some way and will eventually come together as the story unfolds. The Three Sisters are the main characters linking all of the others together, both good and bad. As Volume I ends, readers are left reeling as they anxiously awaiting Volume II. With a lot of background information about characters given in Volume I, Volume II has the potential to take off right where the story in Volume I left off. Looking forward to what is ahead for The Three Sisters.
A New Leash on Life
Some people have a pet in their life that is the center of their world, or at least a major part of it. The pets are showered with unlimited love and attention when they are the only “baby” in the house. What happens though when your pet baby is replaced by a real baby? What happens when that real baby begins to grow up and explore the world around him or her (including the family pet)? These questions and more are raised and answered in the picture book A New Leash On Life written by Kara Hamilton and illustrated by Alexandria Gold. This book shows pet owners in this great big world, that gets bigger every day, there is plenty of room for everyone with two legs or more.
A New Leash On Life is a fantastic picture book that when first read, can be seen as a wonderful book for teaching children about how to behave around pets. However, author Kara Hamilton takes it a step further and turns it into an enjoyable story for children as well as an informational and instructional book for adults with pets who may be adding to their family. The beautiful illustrations done by Alexandria Gold are very engaging and will easily capture the attention of young audiences.
This is beneficial to the book not only for entertainment purposes but also because it shows children what the story is saying so they are able to see what the right and wrong ways are to interact with pets. I especially like the portion at the end of the book geared specifically towards adults. Many times, books like these are written with the hope the adult will learn along with the child, and unfortunately, sometimes books like this turn into just another story book. The information provided outlines step-by-step the introduction of a new family member to a pet, how to teach a child to interact with their own or other people’s pets and more. Very well written, great message, and the addition of the donation of a portion of the profits from the book being donated to The Humane Society of the United States puts this book over the top for me. Well done!
The Witch Who Came in from the Cold – Episode 8
Intel Log: Episode 8- Cover the Silence
East and West. Flame and Ice. Friend or foe? Ally or enemy? Zerena Pulnoc, the ambassador’s wife is finally revealing that she is more than meets the eye. Not only is she loyal to “Mother Russia,” she appears to have ties to Flame. How strong is yet to be seen. Sasha continues on his quest to uncover Tanya’s secrets, especially those that concern the radio. Turning to Zerena proves to be a dead end for him but not for her. Why? Jordan’s bar is targeted due to ley lines carrying magic beneath it. Determined to protect her family’s hold on this spot and remain neutral, Jordan ends up fighting Flame thugs sent to scare her. How safe is she, and how long will it stay that way? Will neutrality hold true? And why does the Flame come now? Dominic Alvarez attends the party thrown by Zerena. She zeros in on him to try to get information. The tables appear to be turned this time as Zerena walks away with nothing on him but Dominic picks up on Joshua’s personal secret. Problem for Joshua or just bad luck? A very busy day in a country full of spies from all sides. No one to trust but everyone wants something.
Secret messages and clandestine meetings. Secrets and lies. Episode 8 of The Witch Who Came In From the Cold combines magic, action, and typical spy games for an episode that will leave you wanting more. Even though this episode only focuses on four of the main characters introduced so far (Jordan, Dominic Alvarez, Zerena Pulnoc the ambassador’s wife, and KGB head Sasha) a lot of critical information for the plot of this serial is revealed. Haven’t started reading The Witch Who Came In From the Cold serial yet? Catch up on episodes 1-8 so you can be ready for the next episode. This is one ride you don’t want to miss.
A Visit to the Kingdom of Camelot
Camelot has always been a magical place about which many grand stories of King Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table have been written. In A Visit to the Kingdom of Camelot by R.L. Greenwood, we are taken to that magical kingdom and told not only the stories about King Arthur, Merlin, Sir Lancelot, and the other well-known knights, but we are also introduced to some new characters in the kingdom. In a series of short stories, we meet Sir Lancelot’s younger brother, Ellsworth who is later named Sir Burpsalot by King Arthur and their sister Wendy. These stories about Sir Burpsalot and Wendy continue with the tradition of grand adventures, peril, and majesty that are common in all stories about Camelot and its inhabitants. Sir Burpsalot and Wendy work alone and together to defeat the problem with the Stinkers, venture off to Beanland, and find their place in the world with the talents they possess.
Complete with dragons, unicorns, magic, and happily ever afters, A Visit to the Kingdom of Camelot has much for young readers to explore. Greenwood takes the timeless setting of Camelot a step further by adding delightful, new characters that are full of honor, intrigue, mischievousness, magic, and wonder just as the well-known characters of King Arthur, Merlin, and the Knights of the Round Table have had in stories told through the years. The fact that Greenwood adds the characters of Sir Burpsalot and Wendy to Camelot and gives them their own adventures and stories is brilliant, because it expands the wonder of Camelot. A Visit to the Kingdom of Camelot will appeal to both girls and boys with the fun adventures and strong characters, especially Wendy, a strong female character. As a book for beginning chapter book readers or a fun bedtime book, where a new adventure can be read each night, Greenwood has written a wonderful book that introduces Camelot to a whole new generation.