Elaine White's Life in Books

The Author

 

 

Elaine White is the author of multi-genre MM romance, celebrating 'love is love' and offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, exploring all possibilities within the romantic universe.

The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector's Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016's Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) Elaine is a self-professed geek, reading addict, and a romantic at heart.

 

The Reviewer

 

I’m an author and reader, who just can’t get away from books. I discovered the MM genre a few years ago and became addicted.

Top #50 UK reviewer on Goodreads
#1 reviewer on Divine Magazine

Native Wind

Native Wind - Marie A. Chisholm-Burns Book – Native Wind (Native Ingenuity: First Chronicle)
Author – A.M. Burns
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 216

Cover – Love it so hard!
POV – 3rd person, dual POV
Would I read it again – Yes.

Genre – LGBT, Steampunk, Dragon, MM, Magic, Shifters, Western, Alternative History


** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine



As a first in the series (and my first by A.M. Burns) I loved this book. I struggled to place it into one genre or category, but at the same time, although there was a lot going on (Alternative History, Western, Steampunk, Shifters) it never felt too much or over done. It never felt like the author was unnecessarily throwing things into the mix.

The world building is just incredible. I can't even imagine how hard they had to work to get all of it to work together so seamlessly, to make it all seem so natural and logical.

The best thing is that this is suitable for all ages (though I'd probably cut off anyone younger than 14 due to a few fight scenes). There is a sweet, romantic gay relationship between Gray Talon and Trey, but it's never explicit, I don't remember any swearing and the whole thing is very time appropriate – Old West style.

As for the characters, I really loved the two main characters – Gray Talon and Trey – who were strong, intelligent men, in an open gay relationship with no stigma from the People, and who were at the same time sensitive, talented and sympathetic to the plight of others.

Add in the feisty female Sarah, the silent but still intriguing Daphne, and Sherriff Derr and his Deputy Toby there was one heck of a team here. All with their own part to play and all interesting enough to reappear in the next Chronicle of this series. I certainly wouldn't mind reading about any of them in the next book. Which I'll definitely be reading.

Negatives? Meh. A few issues with spelling/grammar and one instant where Sarah first told us the name of her husband (Gary) only for him to be known as Daniel throughout the rest of the book. Negligible stuff and something that will be spotted in final edits, before release, no doubt. Nothing that interfered with my reading, understanding of the plot or with my enjoyment of the story.

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Overall, this was a fantastic blend of genres, that took me back to my days of watching John Wayne movies with my dad. It was nostalgic, simple and complex at the same time, well planned, structured and executed as well as thoroughly entertaining.

That cover made me want this the minute I saw it, without even knowing what the book was about. Did it deliver on what the cover promised? You bet your sweet tail it did. Steampunk? Check. Robots? Check. Dragons? Check. Western? Check. Not to mention romance, shape-shifters, ghosts, an all really brilliant, in depth, sympathetic view into the life of Native Americans and their plight with fighting against the Old West White Men who wanted to take over their land.

I could gush about this book for days. Instead, go read it. Then come back and thank me.