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4.09.2015

Tangled Omens ~ Review with Excerpt

Tangled Omens
The Seaward Isle Saga 2
By Joni Parker

Alex has a new mission - tracking the traitor within the kingdom who is aiding the pirates.  Her ability to listen in on Mellen's Elfspeak has allowed her to discover someone known as the Horseman is helping the pirates to escape from the king's forces and to terrorize those living and working along the coastal regions.

But tracking anyone aligned with Mellen is dangeous as he has the ability to summon Shadows to either do battle for him or to enter him - strengthening him.

Using her brother Beren's upcoming participation in the Southport Sword Tournament as a cover Alex determines to uncover this danger that has found its way into the kingdom.  Little realizing that the treachery runs deeper than anyone could imagine.

Trust is something that is hard to give as many around her give her cause to doubt their loyalty, but the Scinthians have never given her a reason to doubt or mistrust them.  And it is with the Scinthians that Alex feels most at home.  With the aid of these women Alex may succeed in finding and stopping the Horseman - if she can survive the threats against her life.

I was provided a copy of this book by the author through PUYB in exchange for my honest review and blog tour participation.

*Please note that this book may contain subject/language that may be offensive to some readers (PG+). The sneak peek that online retailers offer will not show these scenes.

About the Author:
Joni Parker was born in Chicago, Illinois, but left the windy city at an early age when her family moved to Japan. Upon return to the United States, her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Camelback High School and began college. However within months, Joni quit college and joined the Navy where she became a Photographer’s Mate. After 3 years in the Navy, she returned to college and got married. She got a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA before she returned to the Navy. As a Commissioned Officer, Joni attended the US Army Command and General Staff College, completing a Master of Military Arts and Sciences Degree. She retired from the Navy with over 22 years of service and spent several years traveling the United States in a motorhome with her husband. When he died unexpectedly, Joni returned to work for the federal government in a civil service job. Five years ago, she started writing and retired once more to devote more time to her new passion. She currently lives in Texas.

Her latest fantasy books are The Black Elf of Seaward IsleTangled Omens and
Blood Mission.

For More Information
• Visit Joni Parker’s website.
• Connect with Joni on Facebook and Twitter.
• Find out more about Joni at Goodreads.
• Contact Joni.

About the Book:
Title: Tangled Omens
Author: Joni Parker
Publisher: Village Green Press, LLC
Pages: 320
Genre: Fantasy/Action Adventure
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Alex, now an experienced soldier and proven tracker, goes undercover to
learn the fate of a pirate leader. As she conducts her investigation in the
market, she has her fortune read by the famous Witches of Winden, renown
fortunetellers. Unimpressed, she’s about to leave when a man barges into the
tent demanding his fortune be read. Alex observes and notices similarities
to hers--their omens seem entangled, but she dismisses it as coincidence.
However, she learns that he’s the Horseman, the most dangerous pirate spy
on Seaward Isle and wanted for treason by her King. Although she attempts to
follow him, he sails away on a ship.

When she returns home, she reports the incident to Governor Tyrone who tasks
her to find and kill him or die trying, her first tracker mission. Although she
doesn’t know his real name, she’s the only one who can recognize him. His
trail leads her north, deep into the pirate stronghold of Riverton, her first solo
mission.


For More Information
• The Black Elf of Seaward Isle is available at Amazon.
• Pick up your copy at Barnes and Noble.
• Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
• Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Book Excerpt:

By the time Alex got to the street, he was a block ahead of her. She saw
him trot up to a large house with a lot of carriages and people in front. Two
girls from Mistress Clarisse's house passed by in long elegant dresses, holding
the arms of handsome young men who wore black top hats. They smiled and
laughed at her as they strutted by. One of the girls turned back to Alex and
giggled. Alex realized they were laughing at her. She stared at her clothes and
wondered if she should go back to change into a dress, but she returned her
attention to her quarry. Where did he go?

Alex had lost sight of the Horseman in the crowd, but soon noticed him
at the entrance of the house where he was greeted and welcomed. She stood
in place, uncertain what to do next.

A man grabbed her arm and put his horse's reins in her hand. "Take care
of my horse, will you?" He put a coin in her hand and rushed off towards the
house.

Alex stared at the horse and didn't know what to do with it. On the
other side of the street, Noel had another horse so she pulled it over to him.
"Noel!"

"Where did you get that horse?"

"I was just standing on the street watching everyone, and a man put his
reins in my hand and asked me to take care of him. He must have thought I
was a stable boy. I don't know what to do with him." She petted the horse on
the nose.

"I'll take him. Let me this one in and come back." Noel laughed.

When he returned, Alex gave him the horse. "Here you should have this,
too." She gave him the brassie the man had given her.

"Thanks," he said. "If you want to earn a brassie, go up to the kitchen,
and help them. They need extra help tonight."

"I think I will. Where do I go?"

Noel pointed to the open door at the back of the large house. "The
Governor's celebrating his new home. All the rich people are here."