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An Encyclopedia of Tolkien by David Day

A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of Middle-earth.

The fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth contains a rich assortment of people, cities, and creatures—as well as a deep, intertwined history that spans thousands of years. In this beautifully illustrated, leather-bound volume, best-selling author and Tolkien scholar David Day presents four decades of research and writing on the lands and inhabitants Middle-earth. Sections of this A-to-Z dictionary are devoted to discussion of the battles, history, beasts, and heroes of Tolkien’s stories, and are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. This comprehensive volume on Tolkien’s world also includes an appendix of three primary legends that served as sources for Tolkien’s creations—the Volsunga saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle—and more than 200 black-and-white illustrations.

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About the Author

David Day (b. 14 October 1947 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a Canadian author of over forty books: poetry, natural history, ecology, mythology, fantasy, and children’s literature. Internationally he is most notably known for his literary criticism on J. R. R. Tolkien and his works.

After finishing high school in Victoria, British Columbia, Day worked as a logger for five years on Vancouver Island before graduating from the University of Victoria. Subsequently he has travelled widely, most frequently to Greece and Britain.

Day has published six books of poems for adults and ten illustrated children’s books of fiction and poetry. His non-fiction books on natural history include The Doomsday Book of Animals, The Whale War, Eco Wars: a Layman Guide to the Environmental Movement, Noah’s Choice and most recently Nevermore: A Book of Hours – Meditations on Extinction (2012).

His Doomsday Book was a Time Magazine Book of the Year and became the basis for the 100 part animated-short TV series “Lost Animals of the 20th Century”.

David Days best-selling books on the life and works of JRR Tolkien include: A Tolkien Bestiary, Tolkien: the Illustrated Encyclopedia, Tolkien’s Ring, The World of Tolkien and The Hobbit Companion.

Day’s Tolkien’s Ring was illustrated by academy award-winning artist Alan Lee, as was Castles, The Animals Within, Gothic and Quest For King Arthur.

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My Review

5 stars

This is the go to book for anything Tolkien. When I first received the book I instantly fell in love with the leather cover and gold edged pages. But I was completely blown away when I opened the book and started reading selections here and there. This is an extensive look into the world of Tolkien punctuated with beautiful artwork.

I am just an amateur when it comes to Tolkien, I have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ring series but that is where my knowledge ends. I started reading the encyclopedia by referencing a couple of the names that popped out to be from the books. But it was quickly apparent that there is so much more to Tolkien’s world.

Needless to say I started really reading this book. I admit I jumped around to the different names that were associated with the last passage that I read then I filled in the spaces in between. Now I can’t wait to go back and read the four books again any anything else that I have missed from Tolkien’s world.

This book would be an amazing addition to anyone’s shelves and the perfect gift for any Tolkien lover or soon to be lover. All I can say is get this book!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Disney Stories for 2-Year-Olds

A Mickey and friends collectible picture book made for 2-Year-Olds!

Join Mickey, Minnie, and all their friends in this collection of stories just right for 2-year-olds! Disney Stories for 2-Year-Olds includes fourteen stories with short, simplified text and bright illustrations, perfect for youngsters to follow along as parents introduce the adventures of Mickey and his friends. Whether it’s a camping adventure, the story of when Mickey first met Pluto, or a case of missing flowers from Minnie’s garden, this collectible makes a perfect gift for anyone turning two!

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 My Review

5 stars

This is a delightful collection of 14 stories sure to please any 2 year old. This book will introduce children to Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and the whole gang with quick, silly stories. These stories will take you and your little one on several adventures from a fire house to helping friends and everywhere in between.

I love that this is a bigger and heavier book. The pages are thicker with beautifully colored photos that will appeal to any child. The stories are a couple pages long and would be a great story prior to nap time or bed time. Each story also has a great message for children about working together, being true to yourself, or how to be brave when you are scared. I personally loved the last story The Bravest Dog.

This is a wonderful book and one that I recommend checking out for your children or some children that you know. This would be a great introduction to reading for any child.

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Disney Stories for 3-Year-Olds

The perfect collection of Disney stories for 3-year-olds!

From Peter Pan to 101 Dalmatians, three-year-olds will be introduced to wonderful Disney adventures in Disney Stories for 3-Year-Olds! This treasury includes fourteen classic Disney stories retold and simplified for a younger audience. With the same spirit as the extended versions and paired with colorful illustrations, this book is perfect for parents introducing their children to classic Disney adventures. With fourteen stories to choose from, youngsters can treat themselves to a favorite Disney classic story anytime!

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My Review

5 stars

This collection of fourteen classic Disney stories has been shortened from the originals that we grew up with. They are a simple version of the stories that will keep children’s interest without boring them.  Some of the stories included are Alice in Wonderland, The Aristocats, Peter Pan, and so many more.

I really enjoyed the shortened down versions, they have the basics of the classic story and enough to get you interested. I admit that after reading this book now I want to watch all of the movies. I realized that I have not seen a couple of the movies that are included in this book.

This is a delightful book to introduce 3 year olds to classic Disney stories. It was a well made book with thick pages that is meant to last. I love how the stories have more to them for the older children. I think this is a marvelous way to introduce toddlers to the wonderful world of Disney and to reading.

I received a complimentary copy of both of these books. I voluntarily chose to read and post honest reviews.

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The City of Souls

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The City of Souls (Starchild – 2) by Vacen Taylor

A gripping forest adventure full of mystery, betrayal and courage.

When a new sealer boy joins the journey, Mai, Long, and Akra are confident their challenges have come to an end.  But as they embark on their journey once again, they find themselves having to escape from the clutches of dangerous enemies.

They travel to Naroan – the forest lands of the soulbankers, the regulators of life and death. Against the backdrop of rules and suspicion, the children are challenged with unravelling the mystery of the Silvershade, which has been calling to Akra from the moment he arrived in the forest city. But Long is tormented by his doubts – he must face a deadly power from the Underworld before it takes him into the darkness.

Will the dark pebble take Long along a road of no return? Or will his friends find a way to help him?

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About the Author

Vacen Taylor is a children’s author with a portfolio of screenwriting and stage play achievements.  A selection of her poetry has been published in Art and Literature Journals. One of her plays was selected to be part of the Playwrights Program 2017 and then directed and performed as a performance reading at HOTA (previously the Gold Coast Arts Centre).

Her feature film script received a special commendation for Best Unproduced Screenplay titled Grandfathers at the British Independent Film Festival in 2018.  The logline can be found under Special Commendations for Unproduced Screenplays here.

Her TV pilot for a series (teleplay) was selected as a semi-finalist in the Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition in Los Angeles, CA. This pilot was listed in the top 50 for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition in 2018.

She presented the first mental health panel at OZ Comic-Con in 2017. This panel was a fantastic opportunity to discuss openly and honestly about artists and their mental health to help support wellbeing, foster connectivity and provide a culture of support.

In 2018 she presented the panel, ‘An artist’s guide to creative happiness: How to strengthen your creative performance’ at Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane. Her panels are extraordinary opportunities to explore ideas with people who are currently working in the industry. She aims to discuss subjects like individualism, the community, mental health, wellbeing, happiness, creativity, co-creating and self-awareness which often leads to interesting questions from the audience.

 

What else does she do? Vacen is also a creative workshop facilitator and proficient in, teaching, speaking and concept creation. Guest Speaker. Workshop Presenter. Creative Panel Facilitator. Mentor. Support Worker. Counsellor. Social Welfare Advocate.

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My Review

5 Stars

We return to this wonderful fantasy world as the children are trying to finish their original quest to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts. But they get trapped by sand slavers and barely escape. As they kids try to get to the Chamber of Souls to retrieve the Silvershade. But they are not alone in their quest. Dark and evil forces are also trying to find the Silvershade to use it for their own purposes.

Where to begin? I love how we jump right into the story from the end of the first book. I do recommend reading this series in order. This world just keeps getting bigger and better as the kids are on their quest. We discover many new people and creatures, not all of them good and helpful. We also find out someone is not quite as dead as we first thought.

This is an amazing series that is geared towards midgrade readers but anyone will enjoy. I think this book/series would be a great addition to any kid’s shelves. I was kept on the edge of my seat as I read The City of Souls and now I can’t wait to read the next book in the Starchild series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

 

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Whose There?

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Who’s There? By Kerena Swan

Appearances can be deceptive…

Arnold Eastwood is thrilled when social services allocate him a flat all of his own. Independence hasn’t come easily to a young man with Downs Syndrome but now he has the chance to live free from his mum’s nagging, find a girlfriend, watch endless movies and make new friends.
Meanwhile a London drug gang is setting up a supply line in Arnold’s town. They’re looking for someone to deliver drugs for them and somewhere to set up a base of operations.
Soon Arnold and his flat are in the drug gang’s sights. Drawn into the dark underworld of crack cocaine and modern slavery, Arnold soon discovers that friends can in fact be deadly enemies.
The question is: can he break free?

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About the Author

Kerena Swan trained as a Social Worker and worked for Social Services for over 25 years. For the past 14 years she has owned and managed an ‘outstanding’ rated agency for children with disabilities.  Following serious illnesses she decided to fulfil her long-held ambition of writing a book and getting it published. ‘Dying to See You’, published by Bloodhound Books, was her debut novel.

After many years of writing professionally in the course of her work, Kerena has discovered the exhilaration and deep joy of writing fiction and can be found at all hours in front of her computer. Her second novel ‘Scared to Breathe’ is now available and her third book, ‘Who’s There?’ will be released on December 13th 2019.

Kerena lives with her family in a small village in Bedfordshire, UK and her books are set in the surrounding areas.

Drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience of the problematic world of social work and social studies, Kerena adds a unique angle to the domestic noir and crime genre.

If you would like to hear more about new releases, read Kerena’s blogs and download a free short-story – the prequel to Dying to See You – then visit here and join her mailing list.

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My Review

5 Stars

Arnold Eastwood wants to get out on his own and is overjoyed to get his own flat from the council. Of course his family worries for him because he is not in the best neighborhoods and he has Down Syndrome. But with his sister out of work and returning home and his mother slowly getting sicker Arnold starts to worry about being out on his own without someone there to help him.

We also learn of Chip, a young man that has become almost a son to a local drug dealer. The dealer gives Chip the change to branch out in the suburbs. Chip falls in with Saskia, Arnold’s neighbor and things quickly go from bad to worse when the drug dealer comes to stay and wraps Arnold up in his dealings.

Where do I even begin with this story?!? Arnold is one of those pure souls that you want to wrap up and keep his innocence safe. Of course someone is going to take advantage of that and had me biting my nails hoping that things would work out for Arnold.

I also felt for Chip and Saskia. Poor Chip was just looking for someone and although not the best person, the dealer did he best to “help” the boy. Saskia has her own demons and is trying to straighten her life up but gets sucking into the mess all the same.

This is a captivating read and one I strongly recommend checking out. I loved it and can’t wait to read more from Kerena Swan.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

 

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TillHumanVoices

Welcome to the blog tour for Till Human Voices Wake us by C.S. Johnson!

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Publication Date: July 31, 2019

Genre: Science Fantasy/ Mermaids

Sometimes the difference between reality and insanity is only a matter of absurdity.

There is nothing Milo Bishop fears more than the thought that he is going insane.

Having grown up hearing his Uncle Jay’s stories about the strange mermaids Milo never had a reason to believe they were actually true. But when a near-death experience gives Milo a vision of a mermaid calling to him for help, Milo is forced to test his uncle’s claims. And when he winds up in Rasulka, the mermaid community tucked away, deep under the southern California seas, the question of his uncle’s sanity is the least of his concerns.

For in the heart of Rasulka, a growing whirlpool in the ocean-sky and the terrarium’s changing climate — along with a discarded prophecy that says their end will come when humans appear — all suggest that the end is near. Along with his uncle and best friend, Moss, and Eluia, a young mermaid who grew up hearing myths about humans, Milo has only hours to sort through his doubts and insecurities and face down unimaginable terrors if he is going to find his way home — before Rasulka, and everyone in it, is lost forever.

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“Are you awake?”

Much like the time I’d woken up in the hospital, I was beckoned back to reality by a familiar voice—but instead of my mother, this time it was her voice.

Am I dreaming? Am I dead?

I could hardly believe it. My eyes were covered with sand and dirt, and I squirmed as something nudged my foot, and hard.

“What is it?”

A new voice spoke from the other side of me. This one was a male voice, one that sounded older and much more disgruntled.

“I … can’t say.” She was the one who answered, and I knew from the gentle innocence of her voice, she hadn’t been the one who’d been prodding me.

“Well, is it alive, Eluia?”

Eluia.

Her name was Eluia, and before I could open my eyes to see her, I already knew she was the one I’d seen before. She was the one I’d spoken to while I was saving Moss from the whale.

“Yes, it seems so,” Eluia said. A soft whisper of a touch grazed my forehead. A shiver went through me at its chilling warmth.

“Let me see.”

“Don’t poke it with that stick!”

Right on cue, something stabbed my cheek, right underneath my goggles.

“Ouch,” I grumbled, tasting the salty thickness of air and musk through the mask of my wetsuit. “Watch it.”

“It’s making noises.” Eluia’s voice rang with excitement. “See, it is alive.”

“Hey!” I yelped, as another jolt of pain hit me, as I was prodded in the ribs.

“Ceros!” Eluia’s rebuke came quick. “Stop. You’re hurting it.”

“Just because it’s alive doesn’t mean it has value,” Ceros scoffed.

I didn’t have to see Ceros to know I didn’t think I was going to like him.

Ceros.

He was in one of Uncle Jay’s stories.

That moment was too surreal; I found myself debating with myself, torn between whether or not I was going to open my eyes and find out what destiny had in store for me.

Uncle Jay had told me before that some people don’t want to heal. But as I lay there, with my back to the ground and my limbs all sprawled out in different directions, I realized that it wasn’t just healing that people didn’t want. I didn’t want to be stripped of my ideas about life—and I didn’t want to take a leap of faith into a new world where things could be different or frightening.

“Just because that’s your opinion, doesn’t mean I value it,” Eluia murmured under her breath. From the sound of it, Ceros was already walking away, so I doubted he heard her.

Hearing her voice again—and the spirited defiance behind it—I decided I wanted to know the truth about her, if nothing else.

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About the Author

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C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at here.

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My Review

5 Stars

Milo Bishop has some problems and has some seriously negative thoughts when we first meet him. Milo grew up listening to his Uncle Jay’s stories of mermaids and is about done listening to them until he finds himself in Rasulka, the mermaid community below California. But these are not the wonderful mermaids of legend.

These mermaids don’t believe in humans. They are cold and cruel as they practice torture and murder in the name of science. This behavior is a recipe for destruction and it will be up to Milo to try and save those he can along with himself.

After reading Across the Floors of Silent Seas I couldn’t wait to dive head first into this book. Milo has some serious issues he is working with and my heart goes out to him. I think I would be thinking the same thing about the mermaids until I found myself in Rasulka too. But Milo has to make some serious decisions quickly if he is going to save everyone.

I really liked how this book makes you think, especially about Milo and his issues. I understood his mental health issues but he does realize how selfish he has become. This is not your typical happy, fuzzy bunny story and I loved it because of that. I really hope that there is more to come from this series.

 

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Across the Floors of Silent Seas (Till Human Voices Wake Us – 0.5)

Do mermaids believe in humans?

While working on a deep-sea diving assignment at the University of California, oceanography student Jay Bishop is dragged into a volcanic tube towards the earth’s core and certain death.

But much to his surprise, Jay not only survives the fall, he finds himself taken prisoner by a community of mermaids and kept alive as a science experiment. Confused and disoriented, Jay’s only hope to escape back to the surface is found in Paga, an elder of the community who believes Jay’s unexpected arrival marks the fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy.

With the community rising against them, Jay and Paga face dangerous choices — and their consequences — if Jay is ever to see home again. Will Jay make it back to the world on the surface? And even if he does, how can his life be the same ever again?

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My Review

5 Stars

Jay Bishop is an oceanographer that is studying the sea floor when he is sucked into a volcanic tube to the center of the earth. There he is rescued by mermaids to keep him to runs tests on him. To them humans are myths and legends. Jay just wants to go home but it looks like his fate is sealed except for an elder called Paga.

Paga believes that Jay is the fulfillment of a prophecy. Jay is trying to get Paga to help him but then again he is afraid of what awaits him on the surface. Are humans really going to believe his story? That is if he can escape the mermaids in the first place.

I love SC Johnson’s stories and jumped at the chance to read Till Human Voices Wake Us. I was also giving the chance to read Across the Floors of Silent Seas. I am so glad that I did. Jay has a great banter with his sister with just breathes life into them. I was instantly sucked into the story along with Jay in the volcanic tube.

I could not put this book down and ended up reading it in one sitting. I’m so glad that I have the next book in the series because I can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

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Blog Tour Schedule

December 2nd

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December 3rd

Rambling Mads Blog ( Spotlight)

Tsarina Press (Spotlight)

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Spotlight)

December 4th

Scarlett Readz & Runz (Spotlight)

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Viviana MacKade (Spotlight)

My Bookish Bliss (Review)

December 5th

Cats Luv Coffee & Books (Spotlight)

Didi Oviatt (Spotlight)

Lunarian Press (Spotlight)

December 6th

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review of Duology)

Book Dragons Not Worms (Review)

J Bronder Book Reviews (Review)

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The Last Thing She Told Me by Linda Green

Even the deepest-buried secrets can find their way to the surface…

Moments before she dies, Nicola’s grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden.

Nicola’s mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty’s garden, it’s clear that something sinister has taken place.

But will unearthing painful family secrets end up tearing Nicola’s family apart?

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Praise for The Last Thing She Told Me

‘Emotionally moving. A thought-provoking page turner with a poignant three-generational link.’ Jane Corry, author of The Dead Ex, The Sunday Times Bestseller.

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About the Author

I was born in North London in 1970 and brought up in Hertfordshire. I wrote my first novella, the Time Machine, aged eight, shortly after which I declared that my ambition was to have a novel published (I could have been easy on myself and just said ‘to write a novel’ but no, I had to consign myself to years of torture and rejections). I was frequently asked to copy out my stories for the classroom wall (probably because my handwriting was so awful no one could read my first draft), and received lots of encouragement from my teachers Mr Roberts, Mrs Chandler (who added yet more pressure by writing in my autograph book when I left primary school that she looked forward to reading my first published novel!) and Mr Bird.

My first publication came when I was thirteen and my Ode to Gary Mabbutt won second prize in the Tottenham Weekly Herald ‘My Favourite Player’ competition. At fifteen I won the Junior Spurs Football Reporter of the Year Competition and got to report on a first division football match from the press box at White Hart Lane (I got lots of funny looks and none of the journalists spoke to me.)

At sixteen I embarked on ‘A’ levels and a journalism course at De Havilland College, Hertfordshire, and my college magazine interview about football hooliganism with local MP and football club chairman David Evans made a double page spread in Shoot! magazine (they never paid me) and back page headlines in several national newspapers (only a nice man at the Daily Star bothered to check the story with me).

I joined my local newspaper, the Enfield Gazette, as a trainee reporter at eighteen. During a ten year career in regional journalism I worked as a reporter on the Birmingham Daily News, news editor on the Birmingham Metro News and Chief Feature Writer on the Coventry Evening Telegraph, winning Highly Commended in the Feature Writer of the Year category of the 1997 Press Gazette Regional Press Awards.

I loved working on regional newspapers but by 1998 my features were getting too long and the urge to write a novel had become too great so I left my staff job to write my first novel and work as a freelance journalist. I have written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times Educational Supplement, The Big Issue, Wanderlust and Community Care Magazine. I’ve also had a short story published in Best magazine

I found the writing and working from home a very solitary process so also worked as co-ordinator of the Birmingham Bureau of Children’s Express, a national charity which runs a learning through journalism programme for young people and taught journalism to schoolchildren for the National Academy of Writing. After I moved north in 2001 I qualified as an adult education tutor and taught creative writing classes to students aged between 18 and 82 for the Workers Educational Association across Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

After more than a hundred rejections from agents for my first novel (and more rewrites than I care to remember) I finally got an agent but still couldn’t get a publisher. I started work on my second novel I DID A BAD THING in 2003, finished the first draft and gave birth to my son Rohan in 2004, rewrote the novel and got a new agent in 2005, obtained a two-book deal with Headline Review in 2006.

I Did a Bad Thing was published in paperback in October 2007, made the top thirty official fiction bestsellers list (and number 3 in Tesco!) and has so far sold more than 77,000 copies. 10 Reasons Not to Fall in Love was published in paperback in March 2009, reached no 22 in the official fiction bestseller charts (and no 4 in Tesco) and has so far sold more than 80,000 copies. Both novels were also long-listed for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

Following the success of my first two novels I got another two-book deal from Headline Review, with Things I Wish I’d Known being the first of these. I am currently working on my fourth novel.

I enjoy travelling.

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My Review

5 Stars

Betty’s story starts in the 1940’s but we start the book in present day as she is dying. Just before she goes, she tells her granddaughter, Nicola, to take care of the baby’s in the bottom of the garden. When Nicola asks her mother who tells her it was just the ramblings of a dying woman. Then Maisie, Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in the garden which prompts Nicola to call in the police.

What follows is generations of women going through live with relationships, rapes, teenage pregnancy, and so much more. Each generation keeping secrets from the next but causing more pain for themselves. This is truly a heartbreaking story.

I will be the first to admit that I don’t really rush to pick up stories like these. But this one sounded good and I wanted a change. This story pulled me in from the beginning with Betty dying and Nicola’s mother essentially brushing it off. I could just tell that there was more to this story than a simple falling out.

I don’t want to give away too many details but I will say that you will need some Kleenex when you are done reading this book. The last part finished tearing up my heart when I didn’t think I could take much more. This is a great, sad, read and one I recommend checking out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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The Gateway to Danger: Chelsea Crosses into e-Commerceland by D. Gail Miller

Each of us crosses through the gateway from childhood to adulthood at some point in life. For some, that point comes early; for others, it arrives much later. Once we pass through, we find that we can’t go back. The gateway closes tightly behind us….

Four very different girls have been friends since kindergarten, calling themselves the Nutellas, stuck together by their passion for their favorite delicious, gooey lunch. As they have aged, their disparities have become as pronounced as their similarities, but they have continued to be there for each other through thick and thin.

Now in junior high, Samantha, Dorothy and Brittany rally around their mutual bestie Chelsea on her quest to make her smartphone time more productive, at her father’s prodding, by launching an e-commerce business. This seemingly worthwhile aspiration takes the four out of their childhood comfort zone in American suburbia and into a sometimes dangerous new adult-like world filled with thefts, lawsuits, fraudsters and troubles with legal authorities.

Despite their multiple close calls with disaster, Chelsea and her three tight friends overcome internal conflicts and survive to see another summer vacation. Chelsea cements her friendship with classmate Jeff Buckingham, who proves that a close boy friend can sometimes be very handy to have.

Refusing to be defeated by unfortunate and unjust circumstances, Chelsea sets her sights on a new e-commerce business as summer break dawns.

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About the Author

I am the author of more than two dozen books. Many are targeted for young adults and were written years ago, before the advent of self-publishing. After I became a Christian in the mid-1980s, I felt compelled to write, especially for the young. I also worked as an assistant editor for a Christian publication.

Authors, like many artists, can have a very hard time making an adequate income from their writing. So I took some time off from writing to earn an income through “real” work, mainly working for government agencies and in small retail businesses.

After my mother moved in with us, everything changed. I could no longer be employed for hours at a time outside of the home. My new role as caregiver necessitated that I be at home more. I fortunately quickly discovered the opportunities presented to freelancers (editors, writers, artists) through outsourcing web agencies such as Upwork, Freelancer and Fiverr. Work galore, as long as you didn’t expect to be paid too much per hour.

Most of my assignments involved editing, but I was thrilled to receive a few writing jobs. One of my assignments was writing Amish romance fiction. I did not know too much about the Amish, but I soon learned. Much of what I learned was incorporated in my first published book on Amazon, The Amish Research Guide, basically a guide for other fiction writers interested in writing about the Amish. I watched the progress of my novels on Amazon (all published under someone else’s name, of course) and decided that I might as well write and publish my own books. That way I would not have to follow the prescribed Amish romance formula so rigidly.

So that’s what I am up to now. The writing is great. The marketing is by far the biggest challenge. Once your book is published, how on earth do you get anyone to take a look at it?

My first fictional series, The Light of Dark: Leah, Tobias, Bethany and Jesse, a combination Amish romance and dystopian nightmare, is now available on Amazon.

My Review

5 stars

Samantha, Dorothy, Brittany, and Chelsea have been best friends since kindergarten and now they are in junior high. One day Chelsea’s father has had enough of her wasting her time on her cell phone. He challenges her to do something productive with her cell phone and she decides to start a business with the help of her friends.

What follows is three stories that break down the girls adventures as they create the business, get the product sold, and have many close calls and get into trouble for not following the letter of the law. The girls make new friends and enemies’s along the way and learn a lot about running a business.

This is a wonderful read to follow along as the girls learn about stating and running a business. I even learned a lot from the things they did and the events that happened. I loved how all of the girls were different form their religion, social standing, and families yet they were all there for each other through the end.

This is a wonderful read for any midgrade reader and up. I think it has a great message and is a great learning lesson for kids and adults alike. I strongly recommend checking out this book.

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Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner

 

Speak No Evil

by Liana Gardner

on Tour October 1 – November 30, 2019

Synopsis:

Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner

What if every time you told the truth, evil followed?

My name is Melody Fisher. My daddy was a snake handler in Appalachia until Mama died. Though years have passed, I can still hear the rattle before the strike that took her from me.

And it’s all my fault.

Since then, I’ve been passed around from foster home to foster home. I didn’t think anything could be as bad as losing Mama.

I was wrong.

But I will not speak of things people have done to me. Every time I do, worse evil follows. Now, the only thing I trust is what saved me years ago.

Back when I would sing the snakes calm …

Book Details:

Genre: YA Mystery Published by: Vesuvian Books Publication Date: October 1st 2019 Number of Pages: 285 ISBN: 1944109366 (ISBN13: 9781944109363) Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

Uncle Harlan slammed my bedroom door open. “You’re going to learn to show the Lord respect, girl.” He grabbed my neck and forced me to walk in front of him. My neck hurt where he dug his fingers in. He took me outside and shoved me toward the shed. He slipped the key in the lock and removed it from the hasp. The door creaked as it opened and then he thrust me through. “I’m not going to allow you to follow your mother’s footsteps. You’ll learn to make peace with snakes and not show them any fear. Or else.” He grabbed a snake case from the shelf, put it on the ground, and opened it. He stepped backward out of the shed and swung the door shut. The latch clicked. Uncle Harlan on one side of the door, and the snake and me locked inside. “I’ll come get you in time for school in the morning.” His footsteps receded. Light filtered through the cracks in the shed slats. In the dim light, the snake coiled in the corner, its tongue flicking out periodically. I slowly lowered to the ground and hugged Raksha Waya tight. The inside of the shed was slightly warmer than outside. Staying warm might be a bigger problem than keeping the snake calm. It ignored me and remained coiled, but the cold seeped into my bones. I scanned the shelves. There had to be something in here I could use to help keep warm. A tarp sat on a shelf on the opposite side of the shed from the snake. But I might not be tall enough to pull it down. Standing on tiptoes, I grabbed a corner and tugged. My fingers slipped. I set Rakkie on a lower shelf, then reached with both hands and tugged. The weight of the tarp almost knocked me over as I caught it. Making sure to keep my movements small so I didn’t threaten the snake, I unfolded the tarp and spread it out. Then I grabbed Rakkie and carefully crawled under a corner. Once settled with Rakkie on my lap, I pulled it over us and tucked it under my chin. The hours passed as the light changed and moved through the shed. My tailbone ached and my back hurt from sitting still for so long. Twilight came. Surely Uncle Harlan didn’t really mean to leave me here with the snake all night. When the darkness was complete and I could no longer see my hand in front of my face, I faced the hard truth—Uncle Harlan meant it. I’d spend the night locked in a small space with a pit viper. While my toes still felt frozen, the rest of me was warmer with the tarp. My eyes drooped and closed. Then I heard it. Hiss. Rattle. The whisper of something dragging across the floorboards. The snake was on the move. The slight rattle as it slithered through the shed made my heart pound. I froze. *** Excerpt from Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner. Copyright © 2019 by Liana Gardner. Reproduced with permission from Liana Gardner. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

Liana Gardner Liana Gardner is the multi-award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution (most recently the recipient of a 2018 Nautilus Book Award) and The Journal of Angela Ashby. The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface. Liana volunteers with high school students through EXP (expfuture.org). EXP unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow. Working in partnership with industry and educators, EXP helps young people EXPerience, EXPand, and EXPlore. Engaged in a battle against leukemia and lymphoma, Liana spends much of her time at home, but her imagination takes her wherever she wants to go. Liana is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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My Review

5 Stars

Melody Fisher is sixteen years old and has lived a rough life. She was raised by a man that gathered rattlesnakes for their church. But Melody has a gift, her voice, she can even charm that snakes. But she realizes quickly when she speaks the truth horrible things happen, like her mother being bitten by one of the snakes and her father disappearing.

For several years Melody has been bounced around in the foster system going from bad to worse situations but all the while not talking. Then she is on trial for stabbing a student at school. Even then she cannot bring herself to talk about what happened to save herself. But a court appointed therapist thinks she can find the way to Melody’s voice with music.

Oh my goodness, where to begin with this book. Melody is a beautiful person that has found trouble seems to find her. She feels that when she speaks the truth it means something bad is going to happen and quits talking. This in itself makes me just want to gather her up and protect her from herself.

But then she stabs a student at school. Everyone thinks she did it because of the foster homes and being a mixed blood kid. The thing that would save her would be to open up and speak the truth of what happened but she can’t find her voice after not talking for so long.

This is an amazing story that just sucks you in to this poor girl’s life. I understand why she thinks speaking the truth is going to cause problems but it just breaks your heart as you read the story. I loved

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A Death in Vegas


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Publisher: White Whisker Books (October, 2019)
Category: Murder Mystery, Crime Thriller, Las Vegas
ISBN: 9781499124551
Tour Date: Mid October-November, 2019
Available in: Audio Book & ebook, 176 Pages
Death in Vegas

Description Death In Vegas by Christopher Meeks

First published in 2014, In A Death in Vegas, the president of BenBugs, a company that specializes in beneficial bugs for organic gardening, discovers a young woman dead in his Las Vegas hotel suite. She had worked as a sexy lady bug at his convention booth—and he had nothing to do with her death.

While that’s being investigated, the FBI raids his booth on a money-laundering scam that he knows nothing about, either. Soon, the coroner doesn’t have good news. The police and FBI are against him—and his wife cannot be found. He flees to find the answers.

Highly acclaimed, Death In Vegas is being released as an audio book in October, 2019!

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Praise for Death In Vegas by Christopher Meeks

“Patton is easy to like right from the start. I felt myself feeling sorry for him. In a sense I started routing for him with all of his luck not going his way. I found this mystery to not only be a mystery but a mystery dosed with a bit of comedy and a love story.”-Becky Willis, What You Talking Bout Willis

“DEATH IN VEGAS he reaffirms the fact that Christopher Meeks can take the most quirky combinations of crime and humor and mold them with his magic pen into a novel that simply defies criticism. He has the gift to mold characters with such extensive backstories that after only a few pages as each new character is introduced they become part of the surround-sound family into whose story we have wandered. Meeks is a thorough-going Pro! “-Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame

“The only certainty about a Christopher Meeks novel is that the readers’ senses will be delighted with his originality, superb writing, warmly sympathetic characters and clever plotting. A Death in Vegas neatly fits in the cozy mystery genre and becomes literary fiction in the hands of this deft wordsmith.” –Linda Hitchcock, Midwest Book Review

“A suspenseful story that culminates in a life-or-death situation. Five Stars!” – Jim Chambers, Amazon Top-10 Reviewer

“You can always count on Christopher Meeks for a well written novel; this time Meeks excels at bringing almost a farcical edge to the humor in A Death in Vegas.” – Lori LutesShe Treads Softly

About Christopher Meeks:

Award winning author, Christopher Meeks has had stories published in several literary journals, and he has two collections of stories, Months and Seasons and The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea. He also has a new short story collection coming soon.

His novel The Brightest Moon of the Century made the list of three book critics’ Ten Best Books of 2009. His novel Love at Absolute Zero, also made three Best Books lists of 2011, as well as earning a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist award.

Chris’s two crime novels, Blood Drama and A Death in Vegas have earned much acclaim. He has had three full-length plays mounted, and one, Who Lives? had been nominated for five Ovation Awards, Los Angeles’ top theatre prize. Mr. Meeks teaches English and fiction writing at Santa Monica College, and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design. To read more of his books.

Mr. Meeks teaches English and fiction writing at Santa Monica College, and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design.

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My Review

5 Stars

Patton Burch is the owner of BenBugs, a company that provides bugs for organic gardeners to use instead of chemicals. He is at a lawn and garden show in Las Vegas. With the insistence of his wife, he has hired a young, beautiful girl, Chatterly, to be a sexy ladybug at his booth. After the first day and a strange series of circumstances he runs into Chatterly after the show and has dinner with her. This leads to her spending the night in his hotel room, innocently, and him finding her dead the next morning.

Everyone quickly thinks he was sleeping with Chatterly and the police think that means he killed her. Things go from bad to worse when his wife disappears to a breath of fresh air and the new investors are using BenBugs to launder money, which the FBI quickly think Patton is involved with. Patton knows that everyone thinks he did the laundering and the murder so he decides to step up and find out the truth to why Chatterly changed her name and why she was afraid. Besides, what could go wrong?

At first I admit that I kind of felt bad for Patton, he seemed like such a bumbling fool and I was impressed by how far that he had gotten. But he has a good heart and does want to help Chatterly even if he has secretly other desires. When he starts looking into Chatterly and the rest of the mystery he stumbled around like a drunkard. It’s hard to image that he was going to really solve the case or get himself into more trouble.

Over all I really enjoyed this book. Bill Perry does a wonderful job drawing you into the story and keeping you on the edge of your seat. If you like thrillers I recommend check out this book. I was a great read.

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Forever People

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Forever People by Alison Lyke

Welcome to Zeta City, where the whole world goes to die. Here, the Node System uploads the minds of the dying so they can spend eternity in a digital Promised Land. But, this cyber heaven is causing hell on earth for the living because the System forces them to earn Points to buy data in the afterlife.

Camille is a salty mercenary out to hoard as many Points as possible by exploiting the dying with illegal technology. She’s on the hunt for Toy, a rebel leader who uploaded lethal technology to her own brain in an attempt to wipe out everyone’s Node Points.

Camille goes to increasingly dangerous lengths in pursuit of Toy. She soon finds that the Node is full of warm reunions with loved ones and otherworldly creations. It’s also full of lies.

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Alison Lyke

About the Author

Alison is a fantasy and science fiction author and professor with a Master’s degree in creative writing. Her debut novel, a modern mythology titled Honey, was published in 2013.

She lives in Rochester, New York with her partner Jon-Paul and two sons, Jonah and Isaac. When not reading or writing, Alison enjoys spending time in nature, practicing meditation and yoga, and playing video games.

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My Review

5 Stars

In this future, people can live after death when their conscious is uploaded to the Node. But what kind of life they have in the Node depends on the credits they have earned before death, the more points the better the afterlife. Camille is someone that is hired to hunt down those that have died with debt and collect it. The main reason is to make sure her afterlife is very comfortable.

But then a rebel leader, Toy has decided that she is going to create an upload a virus which will cancel out the Node credits making everyone equal in the Node. Camille is not about to let someone delete all the credits that she has worked hard for so she goes in hunt of Toy. But what she finds is enough to bring the whole system to its knees.

This was a great read that makes to wonder about the afterlife. I don’t know if I would want to live in something like the Node but there are possibilities for those that are not ready for their end. But twisting it so people have to work for the points is just like in life with people working for money. I loved the concept of this book, it really makes you think.

Camille is a great character and the perfect one to go hunting for Toy. As for Toy I could understand what but I am questionable about her process to get the virus uploaded. This world is beautifully created. The narration sucked me right in with Camille and everything happening.

This is a wonderful sci-fi thriller that I recommend checking out. On the surface it’s a great read. But it is also one of those books that makes you think about the story and the possibilities.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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