AWRW Book Review: Shadows Of Serenity, by Marsha A. Moore

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Joyce Runsey spends her life savings to open a yoga studio in an historic Victorian St Augustine house, only to discover the property is haunted. A female ghost’s abusive, and very much alive husband, still tortures her by using dark witchcraft. The disruptive energy thwarts Joyce’s ambition to create a special environment to train students to become yoga teachers.

Joyce engages in a deadly battle with not only the tormented spirit, but also the dangerous husband. To protect her students from harm, she must overcome mounting obstacles. An unknown swami pays an unexpected visit to give advice on how to free the anguished ghost. Can Joyce comprehend and follow the wise man’s guidance in time to save everyone who depends on her?

205 pages
Published June 9th 2014
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy

“Something is not right. And I don’t intend to let whatever negative energy is here to drive off, or worse yet, harm my students of my studio.”

Joyce Runsey just bought a beautiful Victorian home in the woods, with a converted yoga studio, she named Serenity Woods Yoga. It is a great place for her to live, and teach her students the ages-old yogic path, so that they can become teachers themselves.

Almost immediately, bad energy surrounds the new construction, and a creepy message is scrawled on one of the boards. Her studio, although well meaning, is bathed in negativity.

Joyce learns that her Victorian is inhabited by a restless spirit who once lived there and wants no part in her or her teachings. How is Joyce to make sure her students reach personal growth when a ghost is harassing them? How is she to deliver the spirit from it’s imprisonment?

Before Joyce knows it, a Swami blesses her residence, and a paranormal investigative team named the Granny Ghoulies inspect her home. Joyce is willing to try anything to break the cycle of darkness, and the race is on… before it is too late and everyone is affected by the dark spirit.

I loved the plot for Shadows of Serenity. The juxtaposition of a serene, peaceful yoga studio, set up against the mystery and dark energy of the paranormal, made for a fascinating read! I can honestly say this was one of the most unique stories I have read to date.

I enjoyed Marsha A. Moore’s ability to build a world around her characters. Her writing style made the characters leap up from the pages. When she described the musky exotic scent emanating from the yoga studio, I felt as if I was there, practicing yoga and inhaling incense with the other students.

I learned a lot about yoga from Shadows Of Serenity, and it did pique my interest. The following is some of the yoga vocabulary I learned:

Asana:  The art of sitting still.

Purvadista: Award of destiny.

Ahimsa: The principle of non-violence toward all living beings.

Eight Limbs of Yoga: Guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life.

Dirgha Breath: A basic breathing exercise that is calming and grounding. Also called “three part breath”.

Metta: Empathy. An attitude of friendliness.

In my personal opinion, lovers of the paranormal, chick lit, and/or books that are yoga themed would love Shadows of Serenity!  Treat yourself to a copy today!

I was provided with a complimentary copy by the Author, in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review.

Marsha A. Moore

Author Marsha A. Moore

About The Author:

Marsha A. Moore loves to write fantasy and fantasy romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales.

The magic of art and nature often spark life into her writing, as well as watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out for an hour or more is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!

Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous, epic fantasy romance.

For a FREE ebook sample of her writing, read her historic fantasy short story, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.

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