Welcome, welcome! Today, we’ve got TJs Virtual Book Tours stopping in, along with Jena Baxter to talk about Jena’s new book Veiled Memories.
A little about the author Jena Baxter
Reviews for Veiled Memories:
This book is not your normal love or angel story. It is very unusual and very good all at the same time. I love all of the detail that is given about the locations the characters are in. I could picture everything so clearly and feel their emotions so strongly it was like I was standing in the room with them.
The angels in this story are very human in the way that they feel love, regret, shame, and anger that they don’t feel like unearthly, heavenly beings. I felt like I could sympathize with their struggles to battle the fallen and demons that prey on humans.
There are a couple of shocking moments where I was very surprised about what an angel had done because I would never have pictured a heavenly being doing such a thing. Ilan is warrior angel and struggles with obedience and different events that happen in his life. He doesn’t know who his parents are or what happened to them to cause him to be an orphan at a young age. This plays, I think, into his struggles to be obedient to those in charge. Thankfully, he has friends that are there to keep him from ruining everything and falling from heaven.
He is given the assignment of being a guardian to a woman named Lily and her husband, and there is where his biggest problem happens. He falls in love with his charge, but has to give her up. In order to fulfill his duty he wipes her memory of him clean, but still watches over her, loving her without being able to have her. Ilan’s close friend, Eytan, is placed as guardian of Lily’s daughter and helps Ilan cope with being a guardian.
When tragedy strikes, he and his friend go above and beyond what is necessary to protect as many people as possible. Will he ever be with the women he loves? I’m not sure but it is worth finding out. There isn’t much to complain about when it comes to this book. I think that some people may feel like the angels are too human with all the emotions running through them in this book, but I don’t think that it detracts from the story at all. In all I found it to be well written with good solid characters.
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What do you get when you mix fallen angels, guardians and warrior angels with humans? A wonderfully written book that has great morals.
That is exactly what you will find in this book of love and loss, family and friends, and finding out what one is capable of doing when put in compromising circumstances. There were a couple stumbling blocks from an editorial stand point but once you become enthralled with the story itself it’s easy to get past that and see the values this story holds.
This is definitely one to shelve for a rainy day read when you have time to enjoy the complexity of the characters in the story as well as their roles.
Ilan is a warrior angel who fought many centuries along side his best friend and bonded brother, Chayan, until the day he fell. Chayan committed the worst atrocity possible, he took a humans life, though it was done in order to protect the female he was guarding he still has to atone for that sin. This forced Ilan to take on a different perspective and a different role, one he learned to love.
Ilan not only looked after the female that Chayan lost his life for but another as well. He learned a great deal about himself and human behavior in the process. And through him we learn many valuable lessons to ponder.
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This story is about the difficult time angels have trying to do their work, when the humans they are trying to help won’t listen. Even the ones that can see him expect more from him than is possible for him to do.
Ilan has a bonded brother, Chayan who falls because he killed a human that was hurting a girl he was guarding. Ilan is devastated by the loss of the person who is closer to him than any other being.
Then he has big problems with his next assignment. His emotions are almost human, his love for the people he looks after intense. He faces punishment for not doing what the Ancient one has ordered. Some of his superiors have their own reasons for the assignments they give him. These will push him to his limit.
I cried a lot reading this. Ilan really is put through the emotional wringer. Our hero is more human than he should be, but he is strong and incredibly brave. Maybe in the next books poor Chayan will be redeemed. When Ilan finds out whom his father and uncle are he is going to be more angry than any angel should be.
Only the pure at heart can see our hero. So next time a child is talking to an invisible friend, relax, it’s a guardian angel.
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Once again, I took on a book with no idea what I was getting into. The description did state it was a paranormal romance, so I thought I had some idea. This was nothing like what I expected. This book goes onto my shelves with a smile, since the plot does not revolve around the romantic element. Well, not that much around the romantic element.
Well paced, it definitely keeps you on your toes wondering what’s coming next. A few times things felt just a touch rushed, but this is perfectly forgivable, as the scenes this happened in were scenes of chaos and destruction. If things aren’t a bit rushed under those circumstances, I’m not sure when they would be.
The world building was minimal, as most of the story occurs right here at home. Most of the scenes that draw from current reality had enough information to let you know it wasn’t in your own home town, yet left enough unsaid you could envision them occuring just about anywhere in the environment. Such as the war-torn village, or the big cities. The one time when a specific city was mentioned, there wasn’t enough detail for me to say “yes, this is it” or “this varies wildly from the actual city”. Others who may have been there will probably have some more to say on that bit.
The character development was wonderful. Complex, and fully developed characters definitely set the stage for this story. There is a lot of introspection with the main characters, as they live through both the hum-drum of their regular lives and the unexpected upheavals of death and broken rules. For some, the consequences are more dire, for others there is reward at the end.
While this book is part of a series, the story contained within its covers comes to a well rounded conclusion, and does not leave you hanging over the cliff waiting on the next one to arrive. The only difficulty I had with the book wasn’t with the story, but with the formatting. I was given a PDF file, and those don’t reflow so well for screen size, so there were places with large gaps in the text, or chapter titles on the wrong page. Not something that jarred me out of the story, though. Overall, a nice 4 out of 5 stars. Once it hits the shelves, I may take a second look at the formatting issues, and if they are corrected in the reader apps, will be giving back the last star. Well done!
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If you want a copy, you can head over to Amazon here, and pick one up for yourself. I really strongly advise you to do so. It’s a great read!
If you wish to follow the rest of the tour, you here is where it is the itinerary:
1) May 3 – P. Winmill – petulareadsromance.blogspot.com
3) May 4 – D. Cox – www.facebook.com/WouldYouLikeABookWithYourWineBlog
4) May 5 – L. Holden –
5) May 6 – E. Clouse – starcrossedromance.wordpress.com
6) May 10 – M. Clark –
7) May 18 – K. Caffee – https://pukahworks.wordpress.com
8) May 31 – L. Frazier – http://lyndakayefrazier.wordpress.com
9) June 1 – C. Cassada – carolcassada.blogspot.com
10) June 2 – M. Synthia – mollysynthia.com
11) June 3 – T. Jones – arachneenterprisespublishing.com
12) June 4 – T. Jones – tjsauthorcentral.wordpress.com
13) June 5 – S. Stuckey – susan-stuckey.storytellersinn.com
14) June 6 – G. Markowitz – grineldamarkowitz.wordpress.com
15) June 7 – G. Markowitz – thepearlydroplets.blogspot.com
16) June 8 – M. Weber –
Thank you all for stopping by. TJ it has been a blast working with you. Jena, I loved your book, and can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of the series.
For my readers, thank you for coming out to support the release of Jena’s new book. Please feel free to follow the tour as it travels through the other stops.