Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep: Book 2) by Shayne Parkinson

There’s a large free read of this book. It caught my attention because I had never read a book set in 1880’s New Zealand before.

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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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8 Responses to Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep: Book 2) by Shayne Parkinson

  1. I was surprised to find it on Amazon with over 3,000 reviews.


  2. This plain simple sepia cover is an excellent example of what I wrote some time ago about the ridiculous book cover wars that sprung up over the past four years. This cover is not overly graphic. It’s simple and clean but it earned this author over a thousand reviews. It was the story that kept everyone reading not the cover.

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  3. Amanda Stevens says:

    I loved the story. It was well written and a good story about colonial life in New Zealand. I learned many things I didn’t know about that era.

    Despite that, I didn’t like the colonization going on in it. I couldn’t help but think about the people the soldiers killed for the settlers to occupy this land.The men, women and children who were massacred for these Scottish and Irish settlers to move in and build a farm. The settlers’ lives may have been hard. I won’t disagree but at least they still had a life to live.


    • Yes, that’s one of the downsides about reading these type of stories. Knowing the history of the region can take one’s mind from the story and bring attention to the Mass atrocity crimes. Mass atrocity crimes have historically referred to the three legally defined international crimes of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. And in all colonization all three took place. Had more been done in later years to address these issues created by colonization then perhaps you should enjoy the story more freely.

      I know the author was wrote a story about a young girl, her evil stepmother, and her incompetent father and how he allowed his new wife to destroy his daughter’s life. Charlie was too damaged to make any woman a good wife. The men in the story were all ultra control freaks except Frank and his brother screwed him over for not being a woman hater. A 16 year old girl marrying a 40 year old man was not uncommon back then. Life was very hard on women with no birth control in sight and if it existed she was allowed to use it. Most men had gone through three to four wives by the time they passed away. Especially if he owned an estate as Charlie did.


  4. Amanda Stevens says:

    These facts deceased my enjoyment of the story.


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