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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Xpresso Tours Presents: Birth by Donna Russo Morin; #BlogTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow,#TBR, #Review

Donna Russo Morin 
(Once, Upon a New Time, #1)
Publication date: February 15th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Rating:  4 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Xpresso Book Tours and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".
New worlds don’t appear. They are born from the labor of those who envision them.
Count Witon has grown weary of the constant war between the races. Together with his wife Belamay, and Persky – first of a rare Human / Elf breed – Witon plans to create a new society: a utopia for anyone who longs for peaceful coexistence.
They recruit pilgrims from every city and species; most to success, some to failure. Together, they set off to a small, yet promising island, found by chance in the middle of the churning ocean.
But the journey there is fraught with challenges, and none of them is as dire as the one they face once they reach their destination. Will they have the strength and determination to give Birth to this New Time?
Once, Upon A New Time is a medieval fantasy with a double-edged sword: one of blood, the other of lust.

My Thoughts:

Witon is willing to do what is necessary. He’s unique in his beliefs. Belamay isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She loves a man with honor. Our author is very good in showing the reader how much they care for each other.

This is a story that combines the medieval feeling with fantasy. There is a thin line in what we believe to be true and those that we grew up reading but told they are just part of fairy tales. Part of the medieval is easy to see when you’re reading their conversations. This is a great way for your imagination to run free. It’s a story of possibilities. And it acts as a reminder that during certain times, in history, there was more action and less talk. But what I loved was that our author shows us that people can be different and yet be friends.

That’s not all there is to this story. Emotions play a big part here – especially for Witon. There is violence – may have you thinking back to our own history. If you’re squeamish at all you may have to decide if you’re going to eat and read at the same time. We have titles to each of the chapters that may help you when you’re deciding where you need to stop. Since this is the first book of a series the author is doing a lot of world building that will set us up for any books that follow.

It was a great way to get introduced to a new author for me. What a nice change from my favorite genre, romance. It was a nice reminder of what I loved about the Star Trek series. And as Buzz Lightyear would say, “to infinity and beyond”. I’m looking forward to see where this adventure is going to take me.

Author Bio:

Donna Russo Morin is an award-winning historical fiction author. Donna has dabbled as a model and actor, working on Showtime's Brotherhood and Martin Scorsese's The Departed. Branching out with her storytelling skills, Donna is now a screenwriter. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Donna lives on the south shore of Rhode Island close to the ocean she loves so very much. She is the proud mother of two sons, Devon and Dylan, her greatest works in progress. 

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