This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
The Shadow Constant by A.J. Scudiere is a fascinating story which may, in fact, be rooted in historical fact. Scudiere has created characters as varied as any like number of real people, and placed them in a situation which, although certainly not common, is as believable as any story you’ve heard or read. By fortuitous circumstance, Charlotte “Reenie” Temple Carroll inherited Hazleton House, an antebellum plantation mansion which had belonged to her ancestors back in the 18th Century. With her boyfriend, Evan Reeves, and his sister, Kayla, they hired a historical expert to help them restore the mansion to its legitimate period condition. Dr. Ivy Lopez was a young woman who was a stickler for authenticity, as was Reenie. But once they started tearing down walls which had been erected much later than the original mansion, they began finding interesting, and sometimes significant artifacts hidden within those walls. Some of these were suitable for display in the museum Reenie wished to make of the house, while others seemed to almost be hidden evidence of a crime. But of all their many discoveries, the blueprint behind a loose stone in the fireplace was by far of greatest significance to the friends and to the world at large. However, as they subsequently learned, people had previously been killed over that blueprint, and as Kayla, a brilliant engineer with Asperger’s, began to build the machine represented by the blueprints, the four became targets for considerable harassment, theft, vandalism, spying, and even kidnapping and attempted murder.
The Shadow Constant by A.J. Scudiere is a brilliantly conceived and written novel, intensely riveting, and thoroughly engaging. This is a must-read novel eclipsing many other “must-read” novels. Scudiere’s attention to detail presupposes personal knowledge of an authentic antebellum plantation mansion transposed to the pages of this book. If you can read only one book this year, The Shadow Constant would be an excellent choice for that book. It is a classic “David vs. Goliath” story situated in today’s world.