Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Warwicks of Slumber Mountain by Cheryl B. Dale

Lindy Rand, almost eighteen, hears voices from distressed creatures that others don't. But she isn't crazy. She's a clairaudient.

After fleeing her stepfather's abuse, she lives with her grandmother at the bottom of Slumber Mountain owned by the wealthy Warwicks. Scattered throughout the world, clan members drift in and out of the mountaintop mansion like wraiths. People say they’re different. Maybe even witches. Cross them and your children sicken, your garden withers, your dog dies.

Lindy avoids them until one night The Voice makes her rescue GARETH WARWICK from drowning. When she takes him to the mansion, his aunt plies her with tea that puts her to sleep. Then the aunt proposes a trade: in return for fame and fortune, Lindy will loan her soul to the Warwicks. They need her clairaudient ability to communicate with the mountain.

It’s wrong to give away her soul, but Lindy wants desperately to be like other people, untainted by a sordid past. Maybe if she becomes successful, someone like Gareth can love her.

In a weird, erotic dream, Gareth takes her into the heart of Slumber Mountain and brings her back. But she’s dreaming. And it’s only a loan. She’s not really giving away her soul.

I’m fascinated by the paranormal, and as a Wiccan, I respect the energy of the Earth.  The Warwick’s give witches a bad name.  But, a book needs a good villain and Eleanor Warwick is a great one.  What she doesn’t understand is, you can take the girl out of the mountain, but you can’t take the mountain out of the girl.  Lindy was raised by her grandmother, and she learned those lessons well.

Eleanor may think she’s responsible for Lindy’s success as a model, but getting an agent to sign a girl only goes so far.  A reputation for showing up on time, clean and sober, professionalism, and being easy to work with is what keeps a person on magazine covers for ten years.  Listening to her financial advisor and investing wisely is what builds her fortune.  A lot of pretty faces come and go.  A lot of cover models come in from the sticks and spend their money as fast as it comes in.  Not Lindy.  When she returns to Slumber Mountain, she can hold her head up with the wealthy Warwicks.  She’s their equal, even though she still feels like little Lindy, the barefoot girl from the cabin at the base of the mountain.

You’ll love Lindy, hate Eleanor, and wonder about Gareth.  But mostly, you’ll enjoy this book.  The Warwick’s need her.  But the Mountain needs her more.  And you have to read the book to find out why.

Length:  230 Pages
Price:  $5.95

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.83.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file I created on my computer that’s sorted by my publisher, friends, and books “to review,” and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.


  1. Thanks for the lovely review, Rochelle! And I didn't know you were a Wiccan!

  2. You're welcome. I appreciate your support of my blog. You always comment on my reviews. I wonder what you'll think of the one coming up on New Years.

    Yes, I'm Wiccan. Someone obviously forgot to warn Eleanor Warwick about the law of three. What you put out will come back three-fold. I'm surprised I didn't mention that when I've reviewed other witchy books.

    Happy Yule!