The Broker by New York Times Bestseller @JohnGrisham #bookreview #thriller #books


The Broker

 

Title: The Broker

Author: John Grisham

Genre: Thriller, Mystery and Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

 

In his final hours in office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems that Backman, in his heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

 

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him?

 

My Review:

My reading of the Grisham library continues in my hopes of finding a book I love.  The 2 stars I give this one means it didn’t happen again.

 

This is an unique book.  The ‘hero’ of the book is downtrodden and put upon and barely makes it out on top in the end.  The ending was not as successful as it could have been.

 

The author spent hundreds of pages working up the litany of assassin groups after the broker and then the end has one called off.  What about the Chinese hit man?

 

Not a strong finish to a book that didn’t appeal to me.  I would have liked 3 chapters of the Broker getting all the people who had treated him badly and torturing them for 6 months.  I detest bad people getting away with being bad.

 

Again, 2 stars and I am giving my hard cover copy away.

 

My Rating: 2 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Broker-John-Grisham-ebook/dp/B003B02PF4/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Broker-John-Grisham-ebook/dp/B003B02PF4/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Broker-John-Grisham-ebook/dp/B003B02PF4/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1110.The_Broker

 

Author Biography:

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, John Grisham was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby–writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn’t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grishams hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham’s success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one book a year. His other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza,The Appeal, The Associate, Ford County, The Confession, The Litigators, Calico Joe, The Racketeer, Sycamore Row, Gray Mountain, and Rogue Lawyer. All of them have become international bestsellers. In addition he has written six novels for Young Adult readers: Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, Theodore Boone: The Abduction, Theodore Boone: The Accused, Theodore Boone: The Activist, Theodore Boone: The Fugitive, and Theodore Boone: The Scandal (2016). There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction, and Ford County (November 2009) was his first short story collection. Partners (March 2016) was his first original digital short story. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books’ protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients’ case, earning them a jury award of $683,500—the biggest verdict of his career.

When he’s not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.jgrisham.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/JohnGrisham

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/JohnGrisham

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+JohnGrishamAuthor

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEBE9C00C73C7E9C8

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

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The Longest Night by Horror Legend J. N. Williamson #bookreview #horror #supernatural


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Title: The Longest Night

Author: J. N. Williamson

Genre: Horror, Paranormal

 

Book Blurb:

The ladies of the evening will never see the dawn! More than half a century ago, the women died, victims of a crazed and hideous killer. But even in death they found no rest, for night after night they die again. And now the horror grows, as death reaches out to claim new victims and fresh blood…

 

My Review:

What a spectacular ghost story this book is.

 

You take a ‘typical’ American family who is down on their luck and then they find opportunity in another city in a house with a ‘history’.  The ghosts who haunt the home are 99% victims and just want to find the light and 1 is evil and doing evil even in death.  The moral of the story is how the bad in the family empowers the evil to more power.  In the end, the truth sets everyone free.

 

Scary, well written, gripping, touching and absorbing.  A 5-star ghost story by one of the greatest supernatural authors of all time.  My all time fave horror writer who lives on after his passing in his fantastic books.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Longest-Night-J-N-Williamson/dp/0843922885/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/370251.The_Longest_Night

 

Author Biography:

Gerald Neal Williamson (April 17, 1932 – December 8, 2005) wrote and edited horror stories under the name J. N. Williamson. He also writes under the name Julian Shock.

Born in Indianapolis, IN he graduated from Shortridge High School. He studied journalism at Butler University. He published his first novel in 1979 and went on to publish more than 40 novels and 150 short stories. In 2003 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Horror Writers of America. He edited the critically acclaimed How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction (1987) which covered the themes of such writing and cited the writings of such writers as Robert Bloch, Lee Prosser, Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, William F. Nolan, and Stephen King. Many important writers in the genre contributed to the book. Williamson edited the popular anthology series, Masques. Some of his novels include The Ritual (1979), Playmates (1982), Noonspell (1991), The Haunt (1999), among others.

He was also a well-known Sherlockian and received his investiture (The Illustrious Client) in the Baker Street Irregulars in 1950.

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

The Du Lac Princess by Award-Winning Author @MaryAnneYarde #bookreview #FridayReads #Arthurian


The Du Lac Princess UPDATED

 

Title: The Du Lac Princess (Book 3 Of The Du Lac Chronicles)

Author: Mary Anne Yarde

Genre: Historical Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

War is coming…

 

The ink has dried on Amandine’s death warrant. Her crime? She is a du Lac.

 

All that stands in the way of a grisly death on a pyre is the King of Brittany. However, King Philippe is a fickle friend, and if her death is profitable to him, then she has no doubt that he would light the pyre himself.

 

Alan, the only man Amandine trusts, has a secret and must make an impossible choice, which could have far-reaching consequences — not only for Amandine, but for the whole of Briton.

 

My Review:

War is coming and nothing can stop the man orchestrating everyone and everything to exterminate the du Lacs from the face of Earth. But the Keeper of the Blade has just emerged and he is flesh and blood, not just a myth. He will need the help of the du Lac brothers, that is if they don’t kill him first.

 

Amandine is rescued from certain death by Alan and kept alive. She is forced into captivity while Alan is away and tortured by monks all in the name of the Roman Church. “The Devil must be purged from her body and soul.” Alan returns (along with King Philippe and Mordred) who delivers swift punishment for Amandine’s mistreatment. King Philippe makes her his ward and she is safe, for now. For surely, her death will come, as all who are du Lacs.

 

Merton aka Galahad, believing his beloved Amandine is dead, vows revenge. Even though he is a crippled, one-armed man, he won’t rest until her killer is dead. He runs away from Brother Sampson and heads back to his brother, Alden. Along the way, he gets lost and an old Celtic woman finds him. She restores him back to health and teaches him many things, things Merton never knew about his father (Lancelot), Arthur and even Guinevere (yes, Arthur’s Guinevere).

 

Alden is at his wits end trying to run his kingdom, look after Merton, determine who is his enemy and who is his ally all while trying to keep war from crossing his borders. When he sends out a search party to find Merton, shock and remorse shake Alden to the core when they return. The Keeper of the Blade seeks his council and assistance as does a woman all of Briton thought long dead. Will the du Lac brothers unite under the same banner or will they kill each other with Mordred watching from the shadows?

 

I’ve been waiting months to read this book and when it finally came out, my expectations were high. The Du Lac Princess has a lot going on, between twice as many characters as in previous books and the multiple storylines, and I found myself re-reading passages to keep everything straight. I found it a little jarring to go from one storyline to the next, especially in the middle of a scene. This pulled me out of the story on several occasions, which I don’t believe was the author’s intention.

 

The dramatic tension was well done, though. While I didn’t care for the compounding obstacles Merton had to continually face, it all tied together by the end of the book. The dramatic tension between Alden and his brothers, especially leading up to the climatic conclusion, was spot-on. Lessons learned, betrayals revealed, grace and love unite to combat evil deeds all make this a must-read. Yarde breathes life into Arthurian legends and makes history come alive.

 

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, especially 6th century Briton, this is a must-read! Fans of Game of Thrones and The Vikings will love this book and will want to read the whole series.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Amandine. What a brave woman she is. She’s lost the one man she’s ever truly loved and King Philippe is the man responsible. She’s tortured in the name of God by the Church and yet still maintains her dignity. She’s a du Lac, after all.

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Du-Lac-Princess-Book-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B075XS4NZ1/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Du-Lac-Princess-Book-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B075XS4NZ1/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Du-Lac-Princess-Book-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B075XS4NZ1/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36307275-the-du-lac-princess

 

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Author Biography:

Mary Anne Yarde is an award-winning author of the International Bestselling series — The Du Lac Chronicles.

 

Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury–the fabled Isle of Avalon–was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

 

Social Media Links:

Blog

https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/maryanneyarde/

 

Twitter

https://twitter.com/maryanneyarde

 

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15018472.Mary_Anne_Yarde

 

Amazon Author Page

https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Anne-Yarde/e/B01C1WFATA

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

“Her Protector Became His Betrayer” A Penny’s Worth @CynaMarie #bookreview #romanticsuspense


A Penny's Worth

 

Title: A Penny’s Worth

Author: Cynthia Austin

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

Sara Conrad just about had it all, wealth, beauty, a prominent place in Las Vegas society as the owner of a popular nightclub, and a reputation that was second to none.

There was only one thing Sara failed to possess…

Her life.

That’s because it was dominated by a despicable sociopath, her husband, Ezra Silverstein, who rarely let Sara out of his sight and manipulated her every move.

Out of desperation, Sara turned to a bodyguard at her club, Max Tobias, for sanity and salvation. Before long they are on the verge of a torrid affair that threatens not only to engulf them personally but their very lives, as well.

When Silverstein catches wind of Sara and Max’s relationship, he is determined to make them pay for their betrayal. He makes it his mission to inflict a blood thirsty punishment on his beloved Sara and her romantic rescuer.

As events reach their dramatic climax, Sara is stunned to discover Max is not really a bodyguard at all. This revelation turns her entire world upside down leaving her vulnerable and unable to trust anyone, especially the man to whom she had given her heart.

Riveting. Unpredictable. Page turning.

The story of a good woman trying to survive in Sin City where Satan himself has set up camp in her own marriage, and the only man she had truly loved turned out to be a virtual stranger.

God help her.

 

My Review:

“He had set all the players nicely on the board, but perhaps he chose to place the wrong protector next to his Queen. The bishop has been a betrayer.”

 

Sara is married to Ezra, a vicious, devious bastard and he loves nothing better than to elicit pain in creative ways to those around him, especially his wife. Sara, frightened beyond belief, turns to her bodyguard, Max, for help. Their affair, while hot, threatens to expose their betrayal to Ezra. Sara is caught between her sadistic husband and her protector who is hiding secrets of his own. When Ezra vows revenge, Sara doesn’t know where to turn and is left to fend for herself. Will she survive and if so, is her life worth more than a penny?

 

I liked A Penny’s Worth for its damaged characters, intense drama, accurate portrayal of an abusive husband, suspenseful plot and romance. Yes romance. While the genre is romantic suspense, I would categorize it more as dark mafia romance. The grittiness of what it means to be a part of an organized crime family is the backbone of this book. Every decision Ezra, Sara and even Max make revolve around this theme.

 

Yes, it is a classic love triangle but Austin puts an intriguing new spin on the trope that I found refreshing. Sara is, quite surprisingly, a strong woman and in the end, her choices are a part of who she becomes. Ezra is a controlling SOB but he loves Sara in his own way. Max loves Sara, too, but his love is fraught with secrets (no spoilers here).

 

I found the drama a little too much to take at times. It felt like it was a soap opera (think Dynasty from back in the day) and while some drama is good, it was a little over the top.

 

If you’re looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, not knowing what will happen next, read this book! There’s definitely some twists I didn’t see coming.

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Pennys-Worth-Cynthia-Austin-ebook/dp/B0748MXRXH/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Pennys-Worth-Cynthia-Austin-ebook/dp/B0748MXRXH/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pennys-Worth-Cynthia-Austin-ebook/dp/B0748MXRXH/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35669156-a-penny-s-worth

 

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Author Biography:

Cynthia Austin lives in Northern California with her
husband, two boys, and Olde English Bulldogge named Count
Dogula. They love all things horror, gothic, and Victorian
which prompts her friends to dub them as “The Adams
Family.”

She is an avid reader who may be slightly obsessed with
music. She hears music in a way that she believes the
artist intended it to be heard: visually, with a storyline
that follows. Listening to the songs by her favorite
artists, she was inspired to write her first series titled
“The Pendant.”

Cynthia has been published twice in The Writer’s Monthly
Magazine as well as the online news site, Yahoo!
Voices. She currently attends Diablo Valley College, in
Pleasant Hill, California, where she is working to achieve
her degree in English.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/cynthia-austin/

Twitter https://twitter.com/CynaMarie

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cynthiaaustinwriter

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/38467459-cynthia-austin

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

“Wow! A Must Read.” Angelica by @ClabePolk #CrimeFiction #bookreview #Suspense


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Title: Angelica (The Detective Mike Eiser Series Book 2)

Author: Clabe Polk

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

A long time ago, Angelica Vicetti did some very bad things with some very bad men. Now she’s built a new life for her family, far from Las Vegas.

Now it’s all about to come crashing down.

Angelica Vicetti of Las Vegas has become Angela Cassetta of Poplar Bluffs, just outside Atlanta, Georgia. She’s built a successful real estate agency, and the son she rescued from Vegas when he was a youngster is now a high school baseball star and destined for great things.

But the mob bosses in Vegas who forced her underground haven’t forgotten about her. A string of hit men come to town to kill her, but each time she saves herself and her son, with the help of her friends and Mike Eiser, a local Sheriff’s detective who has seen far worse.

Then things get even more complicated, when one of the hit men changes his mind and becomes strangely important to Angela in a whole new way… and a team of Federal agents come to town and ratchet up the odds. Suddenly, sleepy little Poplar Bluffs is awash in blood.

Angelica will have to take it all the way to the edge and beyond – into murder, kidnapping, and lying to the Feds – to save herself and her son. But… can she survive the fight for her family’s freedom?

 

My Review:

Wow.  A MUST READ. What a fantastic story this is.

 

I have to say that a small town like Poplar Bluffs faces the most crime a small town has seen since Jessica Fletcher lived in Cabot Cove.

 

I loved the story of Angelica and her family and just LOVED how every group of bads moved in, tried something and were dealt with in superb fashion.  The growing relationship between Danny and Angela was beautiful.

 

The best line of the book has to be, ‘What happens in the kitchen, stays in the kitchen.’

 

It became so funny how every type of bad guy/cop/etc. ended up eating at Bertie’s.

 

A fantastic book that I loved every second of and am sorry it ended because I can’t wait to read it again.

 

If you are only going to read one Detective Eiser book, make it this one. It is the greatest and a fun read.

 

I would give it 1,000,000 stars but must settle for 5+

 

My Rating: 5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Angelica-Detective-Mike-Eiser-Book-ebook/dp/B072KHYQWJ/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Angelica-Detective-Mike-Eiser-Book-ebook/dp/B072KHYQWJ/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.com/Angelica-Detective-Mike-Eiser-Book-ebook/dp/B072KHYQWJ/

 

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iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/angelica/id1248671492?mt=11

 

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729888

 

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Clabe_Polk_Angelica?id=SCspDwAAQBAJ

 

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Overdrive https://www.overdrive.com/media/3329230/angelica

 

Scribd https://www.scribd.com/book/351329966/Angelica

 

Author Biography:

Clabe Polk is into a second career as a fiction author.  Retiring after more than thirty-seven years of professional environmental protection, including criminal law enforcement and criminal law enforcement training, Mr. Polk has taken his professional experience, scientific background, a lifetime of practical skills from designing and building houses to music, his love of reading, research and writing and combined them into action stories about real people told in a tongue-in-cheek style all his own.

 

He currently lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, two daughters and the family’s cockerpoo named ‘Annie’.

 

Clabe’s creation, Poplar Bluffs, Georgia, hometown of Detective Mike Eiser is a community all its own. Margie over at Bertie’s Café is never without a friendly cup of coffee or a glass of sweet tea and she has her ears tuned to take in whatever you’re talking about, so y’all come see us!

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://clabepolkmysteryadve.ipage.com/index.html

Twitter https://twitter.com/ClabePolk

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clabe-Polk/378843275625201

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/clabep/clabe-polks-book-board/

Google+ https://plus.google.com/112644276834570344182

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

You Dear, Sweet Man by Thomas Neviaser is a Riveting Must-Read! #bookreview #paranormal #fantasy


You Dear Sweet Man

 

Title: You Dear, Sweet Man

Author: Thomas Neviaser

Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

The subway ad is enticing. One might even consider it elegant as well. A beautiful woman, sitting atop a desk in a sparsely decorated office, staring directly at Bobby Fastow, a blue-collar worker, on his way to his monotonous yet physically exhausting job. The photograph has an unusual charisma, a spectacular presence. It seemingly leaps off and out of the poster.
Bobby Fastow intensely absorbs the information directed at him. BurgerBlast, his favorite fast food restaurant, famous for quick service and reliable, if not artery-choking fare, is announcing a new name and a new direction.
But, in the world of advertising, nothing is as it seems. What if the line that separates an advertisement from the real world were erased? What if an image stepped from an ad and beckoned you to follow it back, inviting you to melt into its world. Could you resist? Bobby Fastow couldn’t, and his decision would turn his world upside down.

 

 

My Review:

In the cutthroat world of fast food, owners/board of directors will do anything to stand out, even so far as to blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

 

Bobby Fastow is an ordinary guy working a dull blue-collar job. He takes the subway to and from work. Something catches his eye so he glances up to see his favorite fast food joint’s latest ad. He’s drawn to the woman in the ad and it seems like she’s staring at him, beckoning him towards her. It’s just an ad, right? Bobby thinks he’s going crazy or maybe he’s working too hard. But everything changes when the woman in the ad steps out and coaxes Bobby into her world. His one decision will alter his world forever because like that old rock song says, you can enter but you can never, ever leave.

 

What an imaginative, original story! I’ve never read anything like this before and I love that. We’re all a little bit like Bobby, living our normal life while unconsciously being manipulated by marketing and advertising. All hail the slick mad men of today… or not. While the themes are clearly presented, there’s a few underlying ones that make you think about the device-driven world we live in today.

 

You Dear, Sweet Man by Thomas Neviaser has a diverse bunch of characters and while it might be difficult to follow them all, Neviaser plunges the reader into the psyche of each character without much effort. The character arcs were intriguing plus a few twists and turns I didn’t expect make this a must read. Bobby and Charlie were opposite ends of the spectrum yet their motives behind their actions made this book all the more addictive. A terrific read and thanks to Neviaser, I will never look at ads the same way.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Bobby. I really connected with him as a character. From his blue-collar job to how he responds to all that happens to him, it all combines for a riveting experience.

 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/YOU-DEAR-SWEET-THOMAS-NEVIASER-ebook/dp/B072KFQ17C/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/YOU-DEAR-SWEET-THOMAS-NEVIASER-ebook/dp/B072KFQ17C/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/YOU-DEAR-SWEET-THOMAS-NEVIASER-ebook/dp/B072KFQ17C/

 

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/you-dear-sweet-man-thomas-neviaser/1126599897

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35464547-you-dear-sweet-man

 

Thomas Neviaser

 

Author Biography:

Dr. Neviaser is a retired orthopaedic surgeon and author of many medical articles, papers, presentations, and contributions to medical texts.  He’s written extensively on shoulder conditions, his specialty. He is available as a speaker on most orthopaedic conditions.  His dynamic presentations involve a great deal of audience participation and personalized attention to attendees.

 

Today, Dr. Neviaser devotes his time to writing both fiction and non-fiction books. He is a columnist for the Culpeper Star-Exponent and The Culpeper Times newspapers. You can read his perspectives on family, life, and politics at starexponent.com on an every other Sunday schedule.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.thomasneviaser.com/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie is a Must-Read #bookreview #memoir #TuesdayBookBlog


Roughing it in the Bush

 

Title: Roughing It in the Bush

Author: Susanna Moodie

Genre: Memoirs, Biographies, Canadian History

 

Book Blurb:

In 1832, Susanna Moodie immigrated to Canada from Britain with her husband and daughter in search of comfort and independence in the unsettled Canadian backwoods.

 

She went on to chronicle her experiences in this personal, accurate, and often humorous account.  This Norton Critical Edition of Roughing It in the Bush provides everything that a student needs to analyze and enjoy Moodie’s tale.

 

A thorough “Backgrounds” section includes images, a map, contemporary reviews of Roughing It, and letters written by Moodie to her husband during the winter of 1839, at which time he was serving a military appointment in the Victoria District and she and her children were facing life-threatening illnesses.

 

“Criticism” contains ten essays by leading Canadian scholars and authors, among them Margaret Atwood, Carl Ballstadt, D. M. R. Bentley, Susan Glickman, and Michael Peterman.

 

A Chronology of Susanna Moodie’s life and a Selected Bibliography are also included.

 

My Review:

A timeless book that is beautifully written and each story is either led by or accompanied with terrific poetry.  Susannah Moodie was a settler in Upper Canada in Pre-Confederation days.  The interesting thing is that this book is relevant to anyone in North America. The shared history of moving to a new world and starting off roughing it in the wild is one that has been experienced in North America for nearly 500 years.

 

The writing of Moodie is brilliant and you can really feel what living in that time and in those conditions, was like.  She has a way of describing her surroundings and the people she meets with such clarity; your mind easily envisions it.  A fantastic read that everyone should enjoy.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Roughing-Canadian-Library-Susanna-1989-06-01/dp/B01I25KUC2/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/162862.Roughing_It_in_the_Bush

 

Author Biography:

Susanna Moodie (born Strickland; 6 December 1803 – 8 April 1885) was an English-born Canadian author who wrote about her experiences as a settler in Canada, which was a British colony at the time.

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Wrecking Balls by @joegiambrone is a #StandUp #Comedy Must-Read! #bookreview #books


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Title: Wrecking Balls

Author: J. Giambrone

Genre: Fiction, Comedic Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

Set in the world of stand-up comedy, Charleston and Gary are on the verge of comic greatness: broke, wasted, and floundering through life. As Charleston turns 30 he faces an existential crisis. His comedy career in the gutter, he considers leaving the life. That is until Gary pilfers one of his joke ideas. Then it’s comedy Jihad to the death, and there can be only one.

 

My Review:

Ready to enter the world of stand-up comedy? Giambrone gives us an unfiltered glimpse into the world of comedy and what it takes to make it. The perfect joke may be nirvana but would you sell your soul and stab your best friend in the back for it?

 

Charleston and Gary have been friends since kids and both are fledging comedians. They take turns in the comedy club circuit, hoping to be discovered. It’s hard work, crafting a routine and going out there day after day, in pursuit of the perfect joke. When Charleston turns thirty, he’s given up hope on becoming famous and seriously considers ditching his comedy career. I mean, anything is better than this, right? Not when your supposed best friend steals one of your jokes. Charleston vows revenge and it’s an all-out war to beat his ex-best friend and be the top comedian. Will he finally be #1 or is his life one big joke?

 

I freakin’ loved this book! Caution: there’s a lot of profanity and crude language in this book but you’re dealing with comedians so it’s appropriate. Giambrone is a stud when it comes to comedic timing because I found myself laughing out loud as I read Wrecking Balls. It’s in Charleston’s POV so we get to witness how comedy is born and what it takes to be a stand-up comedian. Both Charleston and Gary play off each other and I’m still trying to figure out who the straight man is.

 

One thing that bothered me was the constant flashbacks, going back to when Charleston was a boy. A few flashbacks are okay but every other chapter was a little much for this reader.

 

Remember when Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi would do those comedy shows together? Wrecking Balls is just like that, only better. If you like comedy and comedic fiction, this is a must-read!

 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Wrecking-Balls-Joe-Giambrone-ebook/dp/B073HQYKHP/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Wrecking-Balls-Joe-Giambrone-ebook/dp/B073HQYKHP/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wrecking-Balls-Joe-Giambrone-ebook/dp/B073HQYKHP/

 

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Inktera http://www.inktera.com/store/title/2e8cd81a-8f08-4a77-b047-443ba27d9d55

 

Blio https://www.blio.com/web1/actions/searchHandler.do?key=BTKEY0021165495&nextPage=booksDetails&parentNum=12848&itemNum=ITEM:1

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35553109-wrecking-balls

 

Joe Giambrone

 

Author Biography:

Author of Wrecking Balls, Transfixion, Hell of a Deal, and more. Look for an upcoming superhero fantasy called Demigods as well as a children’s adventure tale called The Pond.

His non-fiction freelance journalism appears at International Policy Digest, WhoWhatWhy, Counterpunch, Globalresearch, Foreign Policy Journal, High Times, OpedNews and numerous other online outlets.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.joegiambrone.us/

Blog https://jgiambrone.wordpress.com/category/my-posts/

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/joegiambrone

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/joe.giambrone.7

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon V: Cold Fusion is a 5+ Star #Satire! #bookreview #books


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Title: Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon V: The Intermission A.K.A. Cold Fusion

Author: Gabriel Bacopa

Genre: Fiction, Satire, Humorous Fiction, Story Stories

 

Book Blurb:

Waseem, a truck driver endowed with wisdom from aliens, is given a mission that explains the details of the beginning of World War III.

 

Also featuring:

 

Fainting Girls: An epidemic of fainting girls leaves a doctor baffled.

 

Comments from Critics:

 

“Absolutely Vulgar” – Autistic high school student

 

“You should not publish this story. It is offensive. It will cost you your career. If you want your works to be taught in high schools, then absolutely do not publish this story” -Bisexual girl

 

My Review:

The author uses this story to illustrate the how in the start of the WWIIII or so and in doing so, we get another harsh light shone upon a rarely addressed topic.  Not since Amy Schumer did a skit on her show have I seen such a rip at the ‘rape culture’ that is sadly pervasive.  This story is another superb example of great writing and truly fits in with the wonderful Eating Ice Cream series.

 

Fainting Girls – If I could, I would give this 5,000,000 stars but 5+ must do.  Simply put, this is the BEST story this author has written.  There’s a great skewering of the medical and pharma professions as he tells the tale of John.  The description of the appearance of John, when read aloud to female co-workers, actually caused audible gasps. So, the fainting after washing his hair and putting on a snazzy shirt isn’t far fetched!

 

Superb story by a superb author – my fave author of the 21st century.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Eating-Ice-Cream-Armageddon-Intermission-ebook/dp/B0727YMFWJ/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Eating-Ice-Cream-Armageddon-Intermission-ebook/dp/B0727YMFWJ/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eating-Ice-Cream-Armageddon-Intermission-ebook/dp/B0727YMFWJ/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35110006-eating-ice-cream-in-armageddon-v

 

Author Biography:

Modern Shakespearean/Wise Fool. Gabriel Bacopa has been called one of the best authors of the 21st century. “This Generation’s John Steinbeck.” “The most prescient author of the 21st century.” He was born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an Israeli Jewish mother in the Suburbs of Orange County, CA. His book topics and genres range from mental illness/health, philosophy, politics, Dark Comedy, social commentary, dystopia, sci-fi, romance and suspense.

 

Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: https://gabrielbacopa.wordpress.com/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielbacopa/

 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-Bacopa/e/B01M1N7L45

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

A Riveting, Realistic Tale — The Soldier’s Return by @LauraLibricz #bookreview #RRBC #KU


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Title: The Soldier’s Return

Author:   Laura Libricz

Genre:   Historical Fiction

Publisher:   Blue Heron Book Works

 

Book Blurb:

The year is 1626. A senseless war rips through parts of Germany. Ongoing animosity between the Catholics and the Protestants has turned into an excuse to destroy much of the landscape situated between France, Italy and Denmark. But religion only plays a minor role in this lucrative business of war.

 

The young Dutchman, Pieter van Diemen, returns to Amsterdam in chains after a period of imprisonment in the Spice Islands. He manages to escape but must leave Amsterdam in a hurry. Soldiers are in demand in Germany and he decides to travel with a regiment until he can desert. His hope of survival is to reach Sichardtshof, the farm in Franconia, Germany; the farm he left ten years ago. His desire to seek refuge with them lies in his fond memories of the maid Katarina and her master, the humanist patrician Herr Tucher. But ten years is a long time and the farm has changed. Franconia is not only torn by war but falling victim to a church-driven witch hunt. The Jesuit priest, Ralf, has his sights set on Sichardtshof as well. Ralf believes that ridding the area of evil will be his saving grace. Can Pieter, Katarina and Herr Tucher unite to fight against a senseless war out of control?

 

My Review:

A riveting, realistic tale that takes the reader back into living the 17th century life of people during the tumultuous days of the Thirty Years War.  This book is the second book of a series but stands on its own as a great read.  The author manages to tell the personal story of many people.  The angst of getting through the basics of life is stridently presented.  Katrina is a heroine that resonates with the reader and the ending of this book, once more, leaves the reader wanting more.

 

A brilliant, realistic historical tale that brings forth all aspect of the suffering people went through in this violent period of German history.

 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon.com:  https://www.amazon.com/Soldiers-Return-Heavens-Pond-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B074RKR9R1

 

Amazon.co.uk:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Soldiers-Return-Heavens-Pond-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B074RKR9R1

 

Laura Libricz

 

Author Biography:

Laura Libricz was born and raised in Bethlehem PA and moved to Upstate New York when she was 22. After working a few years building Steinberger guitars, she received a scholarship to go to college. She tried to ‘do the right thing’ and study something useful, but spent all her time reading German literature.

 

She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to Germany, where she resides today. When she isn’t writing she can be found sifting through city archives, picking through castle ruins or aiding the steady flood of musical instruments into the world market.

 

Her first novel, The Master and the Maid, is the first book of the Heaven’s Pond Trilogy. The Soldier’s Return is the second.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.lauralibricz.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraLibricz

Google+ private page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LauraLibricz

Google+ brand page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/111626375322992289353/111626375322992289353

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3c-yIyoN-UprxB15L5l8zA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LauraLibriczAuthoress/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauralibricz/

Blog: https://lauralibriczblog.wordpress.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.de/lauralibricz/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6526953.Laura_Libricz

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-libricz-8980a43a

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Tempted by Mr. Wrong by USA Today Bestseller @jacqbiggar is Stupendous! #bookreview #romance


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Title: Tempted by Mr. Wrong

Author: Jacquie Biggar

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance

 

Book Blurb:

How can something so wrong, feel so right?

 

Falling for her step-brother is a mistake T.J. doesn’t want to repeat, but one look into those sapphire blue eyes and she’s ready to give him whatever he wants.

 

Tammy-Jo Hawthorne’s marriage was floundering, but she never expected her husband to make her the laughing stock of Magnolia.

 

And she definitely didn’t expect to trip over him in their front yard after he’d been murdered.

 

Jason McIntyre was forced out of his home and the love of his life by the man who’d haunted his nightmares for ten long years.

 

Now Jason’s back–and he wants revenge.

 

My Review:

Jason and Tammy Jo are step-siblings yet aren’t related. So, when they explored their feelings when they were about to graduate high school, why did Tammy Jo’s father kick Jason out of the house, calling him filth and other words I won’t repeat? It’s ten years later and Tammy Jo’s marriage is on the rocks and she’s become the laughing stock of her father’s country club. Talk about a bad night. But when Jason pulls up and offers her a ride home, she’s humiliated. Of all nights, he had to witness her spiral down into the mud. No really, she’s stuck up to her whatsit in southern mud with rain pelting down.

 

Jason’s back in town on a covert operation to bring down two men closest to Tammy Jo. Revenge is sweet, or so thinks Jason. But Jason didn’t expect murder to enter the picture and the one woman who’s stolen his heart may just be the murderer. Can Jason keep his salacious feelings for Tammy Jo at bay while he’s investigating or will he be tempted to dip into Tammy Jo’s honey pot once more?

 

This is the first step-brother romance I’ve read and leave it to Jacquie Biggar to make it more than just sex. There’s so many layers to this story and I loved it! First, there’s the takedown of a ponzi scheme that Jason’s investigating. Then, there’s the steamy romance between Jason and Tammy Jo. There’s the revenge Jason is seeking with his step-father (Tammy Jo’s father). Oh, plus a murder to solve and Tammy Jo to be cleared. Did I mention the touching sub-plot of how Jason’s mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s?

 

The suspense was spot-on and something I come to expect now from Biggar’s bestselling books. Sizzling romance with steamy love scenes, also a must in her novels, but it’s the characters that make this a five star and a must-read. I laughed, I swooned, I gasped (totally didn’t figure out the murderer until Biggar revealed it), I cried. Highly recommend!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Jason. I loved everything about him from his magnetic sapphire eyes to his fierce love for his mother, from his vow for revenge to his passionate forbidden love for his step-sister. He’s a broken alpha hero but Tammy Jo just might be able to put him back together again.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

http://a.co/eHqYH64

 

International link: http://books2read.com/TemptedbyMrWrong

 

Add to your TBR List: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35609451-tempted-by-mr-wrong

 

Jacquie Biggar

 

Author Biography:

JACQUIE BIGGAR is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love.

 

She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.

 

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

 

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart.

 

Social Media Links:

http://jacqbiggar.com

 

http://Facebook.com/jacqbiggar

 

http://Facebook.com/jacquiebiggar

 

Facebook Street Team:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Biggarsbookbuddies/

 

http://Twitter.com/jacqbiggar

 

http://amazon.com/author/jacquiebiggar

 

https://www.goodreads.com/JacquieBiggar

 

http://Pinterest.com/jacqbiggar

 

https://plus.google.com/+JacquieBiggar

 

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jacquie-biggar

 

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

The Reframe: Reframe Relationships by @B_Matha_Maddox #bookreview #selfhelp #Men


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Title: The Reframe: Reframe Relationships

Author: Brian Maddox

Genre: Relationships, Self-Help, Self-Improvement

 

Book Blurb:

The Reframe is a self-improvement book with the primary goal of attracting a desirable mate from a male’s perspective.
This book is composed of three main sections Social, Health and Wealth. These categories cover a wide array of topics and link them back into the main idea of finding a meaningful relationship that will stand the test of time.

How can you attract and maintain a relationship in perpetuity with a partner you truly desire?
The Reframe doesn’t just tell you to be confident, genuine and non-needy like so many other books in today’s men relationship book market. Instead it collectively shows you how to bring that confidence out of you naturally, ensuring you get the most out of your relationships and out of life.
This book tackles the idea of social conditioning and therein challenges the reader to push him/herself in interesting ways. The author argues that these somewhat unorthodox tactics and “reframes” are needed given societies view on relationships are not working as intended, citing an ever-increasing trend in failed marriages.

This book is a must read and does succeed in making the reader think about relationships in a most interesting, albeit alternative way.

 

My Review:

When it comes to relationships, it’s important to understand differing points of view and sometimes it’s necessary to reframe your thinking. While this book is geared for men, as a woman, I found it useful and intriguing. See, we’re all social creatures and we crave the same thing: to be loved and to love in return.

 

In The Reframe, Maddox takes a logical approach to dating and relationships. He incorporates today’s digital societal norms and breaks down what it takes to be more confident, attract a desirous mate and maintain the relationship.  Maddox doesn’t just tell men how to be more confident but shows through examples how to naturally be the best man he can be. It’s not about fancy cars, money and Adonis physique that makes a successful relationship but by being genuine and engaging with a woman which reveals a man’s true heart. No mind games or tricks; just a man and woman interacting in a meaningful way.

 

Maddox asked for a female point of view and here is mine on The Reframe:

 

Men, you need to read this book! Not only is this an invaluable guide to relationships but Maddox speaks from experience. When he’s describing women and their actions, he’s spot-on. I found myself nodding in agreement about how women think and feel. If I didn’t know better, I’d think this was written by a woman.

 

A modern relationship book that will reframe your perspective on dating, relationships and connecting with your partner. I wish I had read this book when I was dating. What Covey did for time management, Maddox does for relationships. Highly recommend!

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Reframe-Relationships-Brian-Maddox-ebook/dp/B01M0SG80F

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Reframe-Relationships-Brian-Maddox-ebook/dp/B01M0SG80F

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reframe-Relationships-Brian-Maddox-ebook/dp/B01M0SG80F

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32078945-the-reframe

 

Author Biography:

Brian Maddox (1988) was born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. For the first ten years after high school Brian continued to find himself in post secondary studies. After achieving his Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) in 2011 at the University of Alberta, Brian landed a desk job as a full-time accountant where he completed his Charter (CPA) under the CMA legacy program in 2015. The choice to pursue never ending school seemingly paid off allowing him to purchase his first home by the time he was 25. Unfortunately, this monetary “success” didn’t carry its way much into his relationships which motivated Brian to write his first officially published book, “The Reframe: Reframing Relationships.” This book sites that a re-frame is needed with regard to relationships in today’s society given the ever-increasing rate of marriages that now fail. Brian continues to spend the bulk of his time working as a full-time accountant, reading self-help books and studying for his CFA designation examinations. He hopes that his book will make a pivotal difference in the lives of its readers and ambitiously hopes that it even helps to straighten out society’s misguided view on relationships.

 

Social Media Links:

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Brian-Maddox/e/B01M15DF0G/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Twitter @B_Matha_Maddox

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheReframe

Goodreads Author Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15820383.Brian_Maddox

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks by @cyallowitz #BookReview! #IARTG #TuesdayBookBlog


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Title: The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks

Author: Charles E. Yallowitz

Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories

 

Book Blurb:

Enter the world of Windemere with 11 action adventure short stories featuring a man who is out to make an honest living.

 

Some heroes seek fame. Some seek fortune. Others simply want to save the world. Ichabod Brooks only wants to put food on the table for his family.

 

Known and respected as the man who can get any job done, Ichabod has seen his share of adventure. Most of which have been highly exaggerated by bards. Still, the man has his famous reputation for a reason. Whether it be climbing a temperamental mountain for eggs or escorting orphans to their new homes, Ichabod takes every job seriously and makes sure he is as prepared as he can be. Not that it helps since things always take a turn for the worse.

 

My Review:

I’ve been a devout follower of the Legends of Windemere series so when I saw a spin-off of sorts, I knew I had to read it.

 

Ichabod Brooks is a man who’s a mercenary for hire and he’s always up for a new adventure. If you need a magical item or need some help rescuing orphans, Ichabod is your man. His wife handles the contracts and is the brain behind the business, which I loved. He’s just out having adventures and trying to play down his exploits. Oh, and he can bake, too. These are the stories along with a one sentence synopsis:

 

Ichabod Brooks & the Starwind Egg – Every ten years, the birds lay starwind eggs and it’s up to Ichabod to snag one for his client but this time, his luck might just be up.

 

Ichabod Brooks & the Phantom Archer – Ichabod is judging an archery contest but when the contestants get killed, Ichabod must take on the challenger for himself.

 

Ichabod Brooks & the King of Nowhere – An emerging cult wants to unite the kingdoms under the banner of lawlessness and the only one who can save everyone is a man knows as the King of Nowhere.

 

Ichabod Brooks & the Island of Mirrors – Waking up on an island of mirrors is disturbing enough but Ichabod must work together with an old enemy or wind up worse off than death. (My favorite story!)

 

Ichabod Brooks & the Yellow Ogres – With the wife away, Ichabod is relishing in time spent alone but when a band of yellow ogres start stealing shamans, he must figure out how to stop them before his wife returns.

 

Ichabod Brooks & the Resurrection Bowl – Of all the gin joints … Ichabod wishes he could pass on this adventure but he doesn’t have a choice so off he goes in search of an ancient artifact that can resurrect the dead.

 

Ichabod Brooks & Toy Tower – Ichabod must defeat a tower of traps created by a crazy toymaker in order to receive the grand prize at the finish line but has his luck just run out?

 

Ichabod Brooks & the Jester Flute – A bard has stolen a cursed flute and now Ichabod’s reality is anything but. (My second favorite story!)

 

Ichabod Brooks & the Orphan’s Shadow – Hired to escort orphans to their new homes, Ichabod is caught off-guard when the orphans suddenly fall ill and death is right around the corner unless Ichabod can figure out what’s going on.

 

Ichabod Brooks & Zaria’s Kiss –  Ichabod and friends are on an adventure to recover the Purity Goddess’s relics from the sea but before they know it, something appears to s-s-strike them down.

 

Ichabod Brooks & the Vixen of Errenshar – Olivia Thorne has been a seductive enemy, thwarting Ichabod’s every move but this time, she might have the upper hand.

 

If you’re looking for adventurous short stories with character depth, a solid plot and colorful dialogue, pick up The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks today. Yallowitz’s writing style is quick-witted, full of adventurous fun and original. Highly recommend!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “They also don’t have your wife making deals that you can’t say no to. She mentioned that you’re getting three times the usual pay because this baby is going to be prepared for Duke Solomon’s wedding. Personally, I’m looking forward to your wife’s cooking after this. Surprised your gut isn’t huge considering that woman can make a pot roast even the gods would praise. Did you happen to bring some of her dishes for the road?”

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Life-Times-Ichabod-Brooks-ebook/dp/B073NR7XKC/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Life-Times-Ichabod-Brooks-ebook/dp/B073NR7XKC/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Times-Ichabod-Brooks-ebook/dp/B073NR7XKC/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35533624-the-life-times-of-ichabod-brooks

 

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Author Biography:

Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you, and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

 

Social Media Links:

Blog: www.legendsofwindemere.com
Twitter: @cyallowitz
Facebook: Charles Yallowitz


Website: www.charleseyallowitz.com

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Schism (The Detective Mike Eiser Series Book 1) by @ClabePolk #BookReview! #suspense #FridayReads


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Title: Schism (The Detective Mike Eiser Series Book 1)

Author: Clabe Polk

Genre: Detective Mystery, Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

Atlanta’s infamous Bowen Homes Projects is no place for children, especially two teenaged boys. If anyone knows, it’s Kat Thomas. The single mom has seen enough senseless death and broken dreams to last a lifetime, and she is seeking a different future in Poplar Bluffs.

But dark shadows fall on even the brightest futures.
“Mad Dog” Lincoln lives up to his name every day on the streets; never more so than the time he killed Kat’s fiancé to leave her broke, pregnant, and alone. Now, the Dog is demanding one of her sons as the newest recruit for his gang, the Raven’s Claws.

Kat is desperate to save her family from a life of crime, but a single mother is no match for a raging criminal like Mad Dog, whom even the police avoid. All but one, that is: Detective Mike Eiser. Determined to end Lincoln’s reign of terror once and for all, Eiser will soon discover that ruining Lincoln’s plans might just turn a mad dog rabid.

 

My Review:

This was a long read and but one that kept the reader interested.  The plot seemed centered on the thug and it kinda surprised this reader to realize it was a book about a police detective.  For a good part of the book, Det. Eisner was nowhere to be found.  The character of MD seemed indestructible and that wore on me after awhile.  I would have had a certain gun aimed three feet higher for a more permanent solution.  The book turned out to be a modern day urban version of a Mike Hammer mystery.

 

I think fans of old fashioned film noire detective movies and books will love this book.  It’s a page turner that keeps a reader on the edge of their seat.

 

A four-star work because the plot arc of MD’s focus on one family wasn’t really well defined.  Ran on a bit but the great action scenes did allay that somewhat.  A worthy addition to the annals of great detective novels.

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Schism-Detective-Mike-Eiser-Book-ebook/dp/B01M7Z2ACI

 

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/schism-clabe-polk/1121963089?ean=2940156962976

 

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/schism/id1172999648?mt=11

 

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/schism-26

 

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/679160

 

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Clabe_Polk_Schism?id=OfdvDQAAQBAJ&hl=en

 

Overdrive https://www.overdrive.com/media/3030036/schism

 

Blio https://www.blio.com/web1/actions/searchHandler.do?key=BTKEY0019840262%20&nextPage=booksDetails&parentNum=12848&itemNum=ITEM:5

 

Scribd https://www.scribd.com/book/330015674/Schism

 

Author Biography:

Clabe Polk is into a second career as a fiction author.  Retiring after more than thirty-seven years of professional environmental protection, including criminal law enforcement and criminal law enforcement training, Mr. Polk has taken his professional experience, scientific background, a lifetime of practical skills from designing and building houses to music, his love of reading, research and writing and combined them into action stories about real people told in a tongue-in-cheek style all his own.

He currently lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, two daughters and the family’s cockerpoo named ‘Annie’.

Clabe’s creation, Poplar Bluffs, Georgia, hometown of Detective Mike Eiser is a community all its own. Margie over at Bertie’s Café is never without a friendly cup of coffee or a glass of sweet tea and she has her ears tuned to take in whatever you’re talking about, so y’all come see us!

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://clabepolkmysteryadve.ipage.com/index.html

Twitter https://twitter.com/ClabePolk

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clabe-Polk/378843275625201

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/clabep/clabe-polks-book-board/

Google+ https://plus.google.com/112644276834570344182

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

The Second Cup by @SarahMarieGraye is A Beautiful Story of Six Friends and Suicide #bookreview


 

Title: The Second Cup

Author: Sarah Marie Graye

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

University was years ago, but Faye’s heart still belongs to her first love from her days as a student. She knows Jack might have moved on, but when she decides to try and track him down nothing prepares her for the news that he’s killed himself.

With the fragility of life staring them in the face, Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage and Faye her friendship with Ethan. And poor Olivia is questioning everything – including why Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest. Is she about to take her own life too?

The Second Cup is the first novel by London South Bank University postgraduate scholarship holder Sarah Marie Graye.

“Emotionally challenging and highly original The Second Cup proves a powerful debut for Graye and a hard book to put down.” – Book Viral

 

My Review:

What happens to a group of university friends (or mates as the Brits say) when one of their own commits suicide? No one has heard from Jack in ages and at the same time that Faye decides to see what he’s up to, she gets the news that he killed himself. Crushed beyond belief, she goes to meet her three girlfriends at the pub. Faye, Beth, Abbie and Olivia all deal with the news in their own way and separate from the others.

 

Faye goes on a trip to find Ethan, Jack’s best friend, and her friend as well. Abbie questions her life choices, her husband and deals with a mini-crisis of her own. Olivia is wracked with grief and wonders what will happen next. Beth, it seems, is hit the hardest. She just wants to escape the pain so she takes a pill and winds up in the hospital. Each woman has to come to grips with what happened to Jack and either embrace life or walk away.

 

The Second Cup is an emotive portrait into depression, suicide and the utter despair loved ones feel after someone commits suicide. Six friends, each dealing with their own circumstances at a crossroad, trying to figure out which way to go. Four choose life, one death and one is undecided. A clear message of clinging to what’s important underlies the grief and sadness of losing someone.

 

There are five POV’s which was confusing at the beginning but I understood why Graye choose multiple views. It brings us right in and as the reader, it’s what’s needed to connect with the five friends. The last chapter is Jack’s and while I’m still a little confused about why it’s in the book, it sheds some light on what led to Jack’s suicide.

 

Brilliantly written, Graye takes an intense situation and instead of shying away from it, she strips away the bandage so we can see the raw, oozing wound. Depression is in every corner of the world and suicide rates are rising. This book sheds light on why we need to help those suffering from it in any way we can.

 

Favorite Character/Quote:

“There also seemed to be a calmness between her and the others that hadn’t been there before. Life was like one of Matt’s games and she’d made it to the next level: to adulthood.”

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Second-Cup-Sarah-Marie-Graye-ebook/dp/B0743LZ4XV/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Second-Cup-Sarah-Marie-Graye-ebook/dp/B0743LZ4XV/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Cup-Sarah-Marie-Graye-ebook/dp/B0743LZ4XV/

 

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35806547-the-second-cup

 

Author Biography:

Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. One of five daughters, to the outside world Sarah Marie’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing… until aged 9, when she was diagnosed with depression. It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision. Now in her early 40s, and with an MA Creative Writing from London South Bank University (where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder), Sarah Marie has published her debut novel – about family, friendships and mental health.

 

Social Media Links:

Website https://thedissociatedvoice.com/

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/SarahMarieGraye

 

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Marie-Graye/e/B0744LTJPH

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Friday Book Round-Up Spotlights Three Amazing Children’s Books #FridayReads #kidlit #bookreview


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. I love reading children’s books and have had the pleasure of discovering three amazing books. So, I’d like to share them with you as well as my thoughts. I hope you like them as much as I do!

 

Lizzie and Lou Seal by Patricia Keeler (Free as of Thursday night)

What will Lizzie do when Lou Seal loses his puff?

 

Lizzie loves her flip-flops. They go shuffle shuffle across the rug, smack smack on the floor tiles, and thwap thwap down the stairs. Lizzie also loves her blow-up toy, Lou Seal. Lizzie and Lou Seal are off to the beach, but beach fun turns to beach disaster when Lizzie loses her flip-flops and Lou Seal starts losing air! It’s a sink or swim scenario. What will Lizzie do?

 

This is a beautiful book with mixed media art and a lovely retro feel, for fans of Ladybug Girl at the Beach. Children will relate to Lizzie’s independence and creative problem solving and fall in love with Lou Seal themselves. Filled with lots of fun words and sounds, this is a perfect read aloud book for parents and children alike.

 

Review: Lizzie’s ready for the beach. She has her flip flops and her best friend, who happens to be her blow-up toy, Lou Seal. But along the way, Lizzie loses her flip flops but it turns serious when Lou Seal starts losing air. What will Lizzie do? A cute story with beautiful watercolor illustrations. It reminded me of when I was young and loved going to the beach. Ideal for kids ages 4-7.

 

Budding Reader Book Set 1: Cat and Rat by Melinda Thompson  (Author), Melissa Ferrell (Author), Doug Oglesby (Illustrator) – Free as of Thursday night

Reading is a neurologically complex skill. So, it isn’t surprising that many children find learning to read difficult. Make learning to read more fun with award-winning Budding Reader eBooks, arguably the easiest learn-to-read book series on the market. These research-based eBooks were developed in consultation with Cecilia Minden, Ph.D., the former Director of Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They were illustrated by artist, Doug Oglesby, winner of one Emmy, five Emmy nominations, and three international awards from the Broadcast Designers Association.

Budding Reader eBooks use an innovative format to ease children into reading. Using research-based best practices identified by the National Reading Panel, each of the five Budding Reader eBook sets (one for each short vowel sound) tells an original story over the course of ten books. Previewing a book dramatically improves reading comprehension, so Book 1 in each set is a wordless picture book which introduces the story through colorful illustrations. Repetition aids brain development, so the story is retold in Books 2-10 with an ever-expanding vocabulary. By repeating words and gradually adding new ones, Budding Reader eBooks help new readers (even reluctant ones) experience success from the very start.

In total, the Budding Reader eBook series introduces more than 60 simple words including dozens of common sight words. Learning is reinforced with free companion writing worksheets (available at buddingreader.com) which provide a multisensory experience and enable children to practice both reading and writing. A free parent guide with tips for working with new readers is also available on the website.

The first set in the series, Cat and Rat, introduces the short “a” vowel sound and is designed to be a child’s very first reader. With only eleven words (and, at, can, cat, look, rat, see, stop, that, the, you) introduced over the course of ten books, Cat and Rat aims to provide even the most reluctant reader with a positive first introduction to reading.

Series: 
Set 1: Cat and Rat (Short a; 11 words)
Set 2: Wit and Kit (Short i; 17 words)
Set 3: Bugs (Short u; 18 words)
Set 4: Hop! (Short o; 18 words)
Set 5: Hens (Short e; 22 words)

For every eBook set sold, Budding Reader donates one to a child in need. One for You. One for the World. A Better World with Every Purchase.

Gold Mom’s Choice Award Winner: The Mom’s Choice Awards has named Cat and Rat among the very best in family-friendly media, products and services.

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Review: I loved this book and it’s perfect for any child learning to read. It’s ten books in one and it starts with a series of illustration. Then with each new book (or section) it introduces the reader to a new word so by the end of reading book ten, the reader will have learned ten new words. I love the concept of this and it makes reading fun for kids. The best part is that for every book sold, Budding Reader donates one to a needy child. Brilliant! Ideal for kids ages 3 – 5.

 

If You Have A Hat: A Silly Rhyming Picture Book for Kids by Gerald Hawksley  (Author, Illustrator)

If you have a hat, put it on your head!
Simple silly rhyming text and jolly pictures make this a super book for sharing with children. Ideal for encouraging creative kids to make up their own silly rhymes, as well!
A great illustrated children’s book for ages 2 and up, it is also suitable for beginner readers, or for bedtime rhyme time.
(The ebook version contains extra pages of hat-based jokes and puzzles, making it even more value for money.)

 

Review: I’m a big fan of silly rhymes in children’s books. Not only is it fun to read (aloud or to yourself), kids love it. Hawksley reminds me of Dr. Seuss in that he awakens the imagination in every reader and is a very talented artist. His illustrations are very colorful and the wording is easy for anyone to understand. In this one, his subject is hats and it’s a cute one. My favorite one has to be this joke – What kind of hats do penguins wear? Ice caps! Highly recommend! Ideal for ages 3 – 6.

 

 

What’s the best children’s book you’ve read recently? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

Child of the Kindred by @Mtmagee1013M Must Be Savored, Like a Fine Wine #fantasy #FridayReads


Child of the Kindred

 

Title: Child of the Kindred: The Rinefield Chronicles: Book 2

Author: M. T. Magee

Genre: Heroic Fantasy, Fantasy, Medieval Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

ATTENTION All Lovers of Gaelic Historical Fantasy and Romance
BOOK 2 IN THE SERIES The award winning epic historical fantasy saga continues.

 

Enter the realm of Rinefield, where love, danger, adventure and romance awaits you. Their world is changing and a new era has begun. Princess Laurel finds her kingdom of Gwenlais, torn and shattered from a bloody siege. Her people now looking to her, to help them rise above the ruin and misery inflicted upon their once peaceful and sheltered realm. Laurel and her beloved Prince Caleb, must find a way to unite their kingdoms, as never before. The enemy from a distant land makes a bold and savage attempt, to thwart the unity of the two kingdoms of Gwenlais and Heathwin. The odds have never been greater against the realms or the two lovers that hold the kingdoms together. Will their people and their love survive all they have lost? Will new life rise from above the ruins?

 

My Review:

To say that Child of the Kindred swept me away, not unlike Tolkien did, is an honor I’m proud to bestow. A beautifully-written heroic fantasy that must be savored, like a fine wine.

 

Princess Laurel has been captured by the despicable Warrick. Hope is slipping away as Warrick’s army plunders Gwenlais, leaving only death and destruction in its path. Her people look to her for guidance and strength and she, in turn, looks to Prince Caleb to rescue her from the clutches of Warrick. Will Caleb liberate Laurel in time or has Warrick driven a wedge between the two lovers for good?

 

I loved this, even more than book one, and it ranks right up there with LOTR. Filled with rich dialogue, intriguing characters (yes, even the antagonists), heart-stopping action and all-encompassing romance. There’s a lot going on, what with Laurel being captured by the enemy and a kingdom (Gwenlais) in ruins. The uncertainty mounts as the plot twists in directions I didn’t see coming.

 

But what really captured me, as a reader, was the descriptive narration. While the kingdoms are fictitious, they seemed so real to me. I could envision the beauty of the mountains and the rich detail of what life was like for these people. The author shared with me that she got her inspiration from Scotland and Ireland. A masterful job on world-building.

 

If you’re looking to get swept away to a new world, filled with adventure, treachery, romance, warring kingdoms and so much more, pick up Child of the Kindred today. Although, I’d recommend reading book one first. Perfect for high fantasy (GOT, LOTR, Vikings) fans!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Warrick. I know, I know, he’s the big bad but he’s so much fun to read. He’s a wicked man and evokes terror in his wake. Scenes between him and Princess Laurel are a treat to read.

 

My Rating: 5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Child-Kindred-Rinefield-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07286SYTR/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Child-Kindred-Rinefield-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07286SYTR/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Child-Kindred-Rinefield-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07286SYTR/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35125631-child-of-the-kindred

 

MT Magee

 

Author Biography:

I am an international #1 bestselling author of #YA historical medieval epic fantasy, that is beautifully romantic and whispers of Gaelic legend. I am very honored to also be listed as Listopia’s #1 Fantasy Romance (not urban) as well as #1Best First Book in a Fantasy or Sci-fi series.

 

 

I live in New England on a small farm with my husband Francis Magee, and son Charles. My oldest son Tyler just moved to North Carolina where he is a very busy restaurant manager.

 

 

My favorite authors are Tolkien, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, and the earlier works of Terry Brooks.

 

 

I have always loved fantasy especially that in the epic scope. It has to be romantic, because what is epic fantasy without an epic romance.

 

Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/therienfieldchronicles/

https://therienfieldchronicles.com/

https://twitter.com/Mtmagee1013M

https://www.pinterest.com/frumpyfarmer/the-treasure-of-gwenlais-the-rienfield-chronicles-/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14389603.M_T_Magee

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Eyes of the Seer by @AshleyYork1066 is a #HistoricalRomance Must-Read! #medieval #bookreview


EofS-WEB

 

Title: Eyes of the Seer (The Derbfine Series Book 2)

Author: Ashley York

Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval Romance

 

Book Blurb:

In ancient Éire, men and women take to the legends for answers. Different-colored eyes are the mark of a Seer, it is said, and those who can see the future are in league with the devil. They cannot be suffered to live.

He wishes to prove himself…

Marcán of Clonascra bears the bloodline of Brian Boru, the legendary high king, and his prowess as a warrior has earned him great respect. But he was born with different-colored eyes, and there are some who would have him suffer a Seer’s fate. His fiercest adversary is Beibhinn, mother to Diarmuid, his close friend and king, and Astrid, the woman who holds his heart. If Astrid ever showed him any interest, he would fight Beibhinn and any army to wed her.

She is desperate to escape…

Astrid is sick of her mother’s belittling, but her brother is in no hurry see her married, so she decides to see to her own match-making. The man she approaches quickly reveals his lack of honor, but her overbearing mother pushes her to wed him anyway. When Astrid discovers Marcán’s love for her, she realizes that what she wants has been in front of her all along. True happiness awaits them, but only if they can put a stop to her mother’s plans.

 

My Review:

Astrid has been under her mother’s thumb from the time she was small. She tries to please Beibhinn but when her mother thrusts Astrid into the arms of a lecherous man with no morals, she’s torn between duty and self-preservation. Her brother Diarmuid is far too busy with his own happy marriage (read his story in Curse of the Healer) to see she’s properly married to a man who’ll be a good match and treat her with respect and honor. Then there’s her bodyguard and warrior, Marcan, who’s always around watching her like a hawk.

 

Marcan is an honorable man, fierce warrior whose ancestor is none other than legendary Brian Boru. He’s well-respected, even though he bears a genetic trait that most seers have: different colored eyes. His heart, though, belongs to Astrid. She doesn’t know he exists, except as her brother’s close friend. All she has to do is say yes and he’ll fight anyone who stood in their way, even Beibhinn.

 

Astrid realizes almost too late her feelings for Marcan and in a moment of passion, confesses her love. Now together, they confront Beibhinn to disastrous consequences. Can their love overcome hatred or will Astrid and Marcan be ripped from each other forever?

 

Another moving historical romance by Ashley York. I know I’ve said this before, but reading York’s books is like taking a step back in history. From the first page, I was swept away. The narration was so rich, so vivid, I swear I was sitting next to Astrid and Marcan.

 

I like a good antagonist but I utterly despised Beibhinn. She’s a vindictive, miserable person and I wanted bad things to happen to her. She’s the epitome of selfishness and greed. Such a contrast from Marcan.

 

If you love sweeping historical romances, pick this up today! While it is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Marcan. I loved how strong he was yet had a loving, sensitive heart. He was such a wonderfully complex character and seemed to bring out the best and worst in Astrid. His protectiveness of her throughout the book made me swoon. Every woman deserves a man to love her like Marcan loves Astrid.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Seer-Derbfine-Book-2-ebook/dp/B072MFRH8G

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Eyes-Seer-Derbfine-Book-2-ebook/dp/B072MFRH8G

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eyes-Seer-Derbfine-Book-2-ebook/dp/B072MFRH8G

 

Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eyes-of-the-seer-ashley-york/1126525453?ean=9780998668420

 

Apple https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/eyes-of-the-seer/id1245425855?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/eyes-of-the-seer-3

 

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ashley_York_Eyes_of_the_Seer?id=Oc4mDwAAQBAJ

 

Ashley York

 

Author Biography:

Aside from two years spent in the wilds of the Colorado mountains, Ashley York is a proud life-long New Englander and a hardcore romantic. She has an MA in History which brings with it, through many years of research, a love for primary documents and the smell of musty old libraries. With her author’s imagination, she likes to write about people who could have lived alongside those well-known giants from the past.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: www.ashleyyorkauthor.com

Email: ashleyyork1066@gmail.com

Twitter: @ashleyyork1066

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

How the Brain Connects to Cognitive and Behavioral Change #BookReview #Medicine #Health


 

Title: How the Brain Connects to Cognitive & Behavioral Change

Author: Robert Lavine PhD.

Genre: Medicine, Health, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

 

Book Blurb:

Not only do nerve impulses from the brain affect human behavior, but emerging evidence shows that practice and treatment can change connections in the nervous system. Here you can explore brain-cognitive-behavioral connections based on neuroscience and psychology. Brain imaging, other tech tools. and cognitive-behavioral therapy are at the leading edge of these advances in clinical neuroscience.

Eye contact as a social response affected by oxytocin hormone, anxiety-related signals from the prefrontal lobe, the brain’s default mode, and cellphone effects are only some of the areas explored. These stories describe how neuroscience can advance our understanding and treatment of social anxiety, autistic spectrum disorder, PTSD, and depression, and how resilience, technology, and treatment can affect people who face these and other challenges.

Among the challenges discussed are childhood stress, tics, and stroke rehabilitation. These stories are works in progress. If you are a reader fascinated by the human brain’s connections to behavior, a student of psychology, medicine, nursing, counseling, or therapy, or a clinician, you may find these stories surprising—in a good way.

 

My Review:

I’ve always been fascinated by how the brain works and how it relates to our impulses and behaviors. Can science work together with clinical psychology and technology to help us understand and treat such things as anxiety, PTSD, depression and autism? Dr. Robert Lavine thinks so and after reading his book, so do I.

 

Clinical neuroscience can be dry reading but Dr. Lavine’s writing style is easy-going, knowledgeable and insightful. Each chapter deals with another treatment/theory and he adds applicable examples the reader can understand to support his findings. Lavine quotes from numerous studies and professionals in the medical community which adds validity to his thesis. While he talks about various treatments, he lets the reader come to their own conclusion, which I appreciate.

 

The best part of the book is Lavine’s repeated statement about discussing all options with a physician and/or professional. I like that because it reaffirms my belief that while research is great (and required for anyone in this day and age), it’s always best to discuss it with your doctor before starting a new treatment.

 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to live a healthy life because once you understand how your brain relates to the rest of your body, everything else makes sense.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “How do some people do better than expected despite poverty, abuse, and other major challenges? … the ability to muster inner resources, an inner ‘locus of control’, and an ability to re-evaluate a threatening situation in a more realistic and empowering manner that encourages people to take meaningful actions to help themselves or others.”

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/How-Brain-Connects-Cognitive-Behavioral-ebook/dp/B06X9BM7BR/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/How-Brain-Connects-Cognitive-Behavioral-ebook/dp/B06X9BM7BR/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Brain-Connects-Cognitive-Behavioral-ebook/dp/B06X9BM7BR/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34536770-how-the-brain-connects-to-cognitive-behavioral-change

 

Author Biography:

Robert Lavine, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and recent Associate Professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences who has always been fascinated by the human brain and its connections to thought and behavior. He has recently published on the intersect of neuroscience, psychology, and well-being for The Atlantic, The Scientist, The Medical Educator, and Psychology Today. His new books are “How the Brain Connects to Cognitive & Behavioral Change” (2017) and “Neuroscience ABCs: Human Brain Physiology Guide” (2016). His blog, Neuro Behavioral Betterment, is in Psychology Today.

 

Social Media Links:

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Lavine/e/B001KDYVOM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

Psychology Today Page https://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/robert-lavine-phd

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Royal Enchantment by Sharon Ashwood @RowanAshArt #bookreview #PNR #FridayReads


Royal_Enchantment

 

Title: Royal Enchantment

 

Author: Sharon Ashwood

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

Book Blurb:

She married the king. She wanted the man.

 

Guinevere’s marriage to Arthur was a political partnership, never a romance. Merlin knows that the king’s court, newly restored at a medieval theme park, will only be complete if Arthur has his lady. Little did anyone suspect that once Guinevere gets a taste of twenty-first-century freedoms that this ancient queen would lose interest in belonging to any man—even a royal one.

 

It takes a dragon, and some passionate nights spent in each other’s arms, to lure her back to her husband’s side. Arthur is willing to accept Gwen’s help in protecting the new Camelot from a fae menace, but the bigger challenge will be wooing back Guinevere for a second chance at love…

 

Enchanted Warrior, the first story in this stand-alone series, is a 2017 RITA Finalist for Best Paranormal Romance.

 

 

My Review:

Camelot is reborn in the modern era and thanks to Merlin, Queen Guinevere is reborn in the present. The fae are on the verge of attacking the human realm using a feisty, independent dragon and the last thing King Arthur needs is his queen meddling in his affairs. Old arguments threaten to drive a wedge between king and queen, not to mention the knights. Can King Arthur see his Queen for the woman she is and make her his equal or is the royal enchantment a faint memory?

 

I’m a big fan of all things Camelot and while this was an original take on King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, I found it hard to relate to the characters, especially King Arthur and his knights. Arthur is a ROYAL JERK and a pompous one at that. The conflicts between him and Gwen were never-ending, making me sometimes wish the dragon would just light King Arthur’s body on fire and be done with it. The belittling of Gwen in modern times got so old. I’m elated the ending was a happy one but boy, it took a long, long time to get there.

 

What I loved most was Guinevere. She’s regal in all regards but the more she’s in modern times, the more growth happens to her. She’s an intelligent woman whose search for knowledge makes her astounding, even by today’s standards. She could run the world and I’d like to be her advisor! Gwen is the best part of this book, hands down.

 

If you’re looking for a modern-day feminist Camelot story, I highly recommend Royal Enchantment. It’s a great series and kudos to Ashwood for bringing a fresh approach to the King Arthur lore.

 

Many thanks to Harlequin Books and Sharon Ashwood for giving me an ARC via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “Battling monsters was a man’s business. Never mind that it was the women, left at home, who had the most face time with whatever horror was tearing the village apart. They typically had the beastie on the run by the time Sir Whatever showed up to poke it with a sword.”

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Enchantment-Sharon-Ashwood/dp/0373139918/

 

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/royal-enchantment-sharon-ashwood/1125315034?ean=9780373139910

 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/royal-enchantment-1

 

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/royal-enchantment/id1198277378?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

Harlequin: https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781488031205_royal-enchantment.html

 

Author Biography:

Sharon Ashwood is a freelance journalist, novelist, desk jockey, and enthusiast for the weird and spooky. She has an English literature degree but works as a finance geek. Interests include growing her to-be-read pile and playing with the toy graveyard on her desk. As a vegetarian, she freely admits the whole vampire/werewolf lifestyle fantasy would never work out, so she writes paranormal romances instead. Sharon lives in the Pacific Northwest and is owned by the Demon Lord of Kitty Badness.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsharonashwood/?ref=br_rs

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RowanAshArt

 

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Author Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Ashwood/e/B003FDTFF0/

 

Website: http://www.rowanartistry.com

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

The Trials of Adrian Wheeler by @SteveShearBooks #bookreview #fiction #Military


The Trials of Adrian Wheeler

 

Title: The Trials of Adrian Wheeler

Author: Steve Shear

Genre: Fiction, Military, PTSD

 

Book Blurb:

Marine Private Adrian Wheeler, accused of murdering Iraqi women and children, arrived home to face nothing less than: An unrelenting father who cajoled him into enlisting, PTSD, sexual Inadequacy, a sensational court-martial trial, a sister with HIV. He returned from Baghdad and the Iraq war disabled and disillusioned an amputee with a bad knee. His brother, John Mike, didn’t return at all. Both participated in a reconnaissance mission seeking proof Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, WMDs, a mission that tragically failed, a mission in which innocent women and children died along with John Mike and other combatants. As the sole survivor, Adrian carried the details of that trauma deep within his subconscious, and often drank himself unconscious in hopes of hiding from the visitors who came in his sleep; his domineering father, a retired Vietnam veteran, and Rachael, the girl he left behind. In his mental state and physical condition, he did everything he could to avoid her—and the couch they first made love on before he lost his arm. Just when he began taking control of his life, Adrian was charged with the murder of all those women and children. But did he do it? Could it have been John Mike? Or possibly an insurgent? Adrian’s only hope was to get beyond his trauma and recall the terrible secret buried deep within the cellar of his psyche. That required Rabinowitz (a psychotherapist specializing in PTSD) and Angelo Benedetti (a renowned court-martial defense lawyer) to help him remember—and to convince the court he was innocent—whether he was or not.

 

The Trials of Adrian Wheeler has been optioned as a movie by a production studio in Los Angeles, Filmed Imagination and Daniel Dreifuss (producer of the Academy Award nominated movie, NO), and the screenplay has been completed.

 

My Review:

This is a tough read but one that is worthy of the time put into it.  The author tells a compelling story full of basic issues that resonate far too often in this 21st century world.  The main point is PTSD but the other key issues (oft interrelated with the main) are racism, militarism, love, self respect, dignity and living with disability.

 

I loved the characters of Rachel, Daisy and Esme but had a full on hate for Pa and John Michael.  Adrian is a character a reader must feel for on a deep level.  The story is brilliantly written and tells a story that must be told today more so than before.

 

This book shines a bright light on the crime that the U.S. has been committing for the entire 21st century.  America sends its young people to fight in a war but does nothing to take care of them when they come marching, limping or rolling home.  If you cannot find a way to pay for every single possible after care possibility, from basic health care to full health restoration to mental care to job and career help, then DO NOT send young people to fight.  You cannot deal with battalions of grievously physically and injured soldiers with a ‘we’ll deal with it later’ mentality.  Until America can get proper funding to the VA and proper staffing so that soldiers suffering with PTSD are no longer killing themselves waiting for a treatment session  – then they can no longer send soldiers to fight.

 

A powerful book that is one of the most important books any politician or American family can read.

 

My Rating: 5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Trials-Adrian-Wheeler-Steve-Shear-ebook/dp/B00HTP5LY4

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Trials-Adrian-Wheeler-Steve-Shear-ebook/dp/B00HTP5LY4

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trials-Adrian-Wheeler-Steve-Shear-ebook/dp/B00HTP5LY4

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21125822-the-trials-of-adrian-wheeler

 

 

Author Biography:

The Trials of Adrian Wheeler was my first published novel (L&L Dreamspell, 2011). It was awarded runner-up in the San Francisco Book Festival 2015.

 

Filmed Imagination of Los Angeles and Daniel Dreifuss (producer of the Academy Award nominated film NO) took a film option on The Trials of Adrian Wheeler. FI hired Erik Wolter, an established screenwriter, to write the screenplay and FI is now looking for partners to produce the movie. Erik and I have collaborated on a sequel to the screenplay, Justice for All.

 

My wife, Susan, and I also collaborated on The State vs. Max Cooper and The Steele Deal (published by ArtAge Publications), courtroom plays in which the audience serves as the jury. Both are being produced around the country. I have found one review of Max Cooper based on its performance at the James Downing Theatre in Chicago (http://www.chicagonow.com/count-gregulas-crypt/2013/05/theater-review-youre-the-jury-the-state-vs-max-cooper-the-james-downing-theatre/).

 

In addition to the Fountain of Youth, I have three novels that have recently been completed: The First Coming, An Eye for an Eye, and The Click. I am presently collaborating with Erik Wolter on a screenplay based on The Click.

 

I have been writing poetry for over fifteen years and am also a portrait and figure artist and sculptor, having been represented by a number of galleries in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. I am presently represented on line by Vango Art.

 

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.steveshear.net/

 

Twitter @Steveshearbooks

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Reconstructing Charlie by @CharJGordon Reads Like a Hallmark Movie! #bookreview #womensfiction


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Title: Reconstructing Charlie

Author: Charmaine Gordon

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. “This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own.” Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.

 

My Review:

Charlie’s been on the run from her abusive father her whole life. In one terrifying moment, Charlie stops running and protects her mother and siblings. Blood on her hands, her mother packs a suitcase and ships Charlie off to an estranged aunt and uncle. “Don’t lose this, Charlie. It’s your passport to a new life.” With a note and suitcase, Charlie walks out on her old life and starts a brand new one.

 

So begins the story of Charlie. Her aunt and uncle are the family she’s never had and they provide everything Charlie needs to turn her life around. A good home, love, affection and opportunities galore. It’s up to Charlie to carve out a life for herself and make her lofty dreams come true. Along the way, she encounters strife, inner turmoil and guilt. She has obstacles to overcome and a past life to bury, but she does it with the support of her new-found family and friends. Spanning over a decade, Charlie grows from an insecure teenager into a confident woman of business.

 

I loved this book! It’s an inspiring story of a young woman torn between her past life and building a new one. It’s a fast-paced novel which reads like your favorite Lifetime/Hallmark Channel movie. My heart broke for Charlie, at how she had to live in such fear around her father and grown up way too fast. I loved how her new family embraced her as their own (especially Edgar and Robert). The men come and go in Charlie’s life but each of them teach Charlie something and that is real life in a nutshell.

 

If you’re looking for an empowering women’s fiction written with emotion, pick up this book today! You won’t regret it.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Charlie. She could’ve crumbled and lived a terrible life but instead, thanks to a wonderful support system, grew into a beautiful, caring, compassion women. I loved her fiery spirit and determination to make a difference. She’s a role model to young women and women everywhere.

 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Reconstructing-Charlie-Charmaine-Gordon-ebook/dp/B004KKZ6WS/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Reconstructing-Charlie-Charmaine-Gordon-ebook/dp/B004KKZ6WS/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reconstructing-Charlie-Charmaine-Gordon-ebook/dp/B004KKZ6WS/

 

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/38890?ref=lexcycle

 

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/lu/book/reconstructing-charlie/id419793348?mt=11

 

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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/reconstructing-charlie

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10364570-reconstructing-charlie

 

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Author Biography:

Charmaine Gordon writes books about women who Survive and Thrive. Her motto is take one step and then another to leave your past behind and begin again. Six books and several short stories in three years, she’s always at work on the next story. The books include To Be Continued, Starting Over, Now What?, Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission and The Catch, and her series of Mature Romances, The Beginning…Not the End.

 

“I didn’t realize at the time while working as an actor in NYC, I’d become a sponge soaking up dialogue, setting, and stage directions. I learned many tools of writing during the years watching directors like Mike Nichols and actors including Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, and Billy Crystal. And would you believe, I was Geraldine Ferraro’s stand– in leg model, my first job giving me entrée into all the Unions needed to work. When the sweet time ended, I began another career and creative juices flowed.”

 

You can reach Charmaine at
http://authorCharmaineGordon.wordpress.com

 

And on her FB page http://www.facebook.com/charmaine.gordon

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Desperate Bride (Forever Brides #3) by @asfenichel #BookReview! #historicalromance #Netgalley


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Title: Desperate Bride (Forever Brides #3)

Author: A.S. Fenichel

Genre: Historical Romance

 

Book Blurb:

An unexpected promise . . . an everlasting passion.

 

An accomplished musician, Dorothea Flammel has refused more proposals than any London debutante; her only true love is her music. Dory’s shimmering talent and beauty have long been adored from afar by Thomas Wheel, an untitled gentleman who can only dream of asking for the hand of a nobleman’s daughter. But when her father, the insolvent Lord Flammel, arranges for Dory to marry a lecherous Earl in order to pay off a debt, she runs to Thomas—and proposes marriage to him.

 

Eloping to Scotland saves Dory from a disastrous fate, but what is for her a mere marriage of convenience proves more passionate—and more complex—than either imagined as rumors, scandal, and buried emotions come to light. And when a vengeful challenge from a drunken and embittered Lord Flammel puts Thomas’s life on the line, will the fragile trust between husband and wife be enough to save them both?

 

My Review:

Dory has only ever loved one thing: music. An accomplished musician and composer, she has longed to grow old with her music but as a daughter of a Lord and Lady, she must marry and marry well. When her unfeeling parents order her to marry Lord Hartly (a man old enough to be her grandfather), she must act and quickly.

 

Thomas has been half in love with Dory for years but she’s above his station in life and the ton, let alone her parents, would never approve of him offering marriage. But in a strange twist of fate, Dory proposes to him. At first, he rejects her but after seeing the odious man she’s intent to marry, he reluctantly agrees. They elope to Scotland and get married with Elinor and Michael as witnesses.

 

Now married and perfect strangers, both Thomas and Dory come to grips with what they’ve done. Dory is wracked with guilt, especially when her father calls out Thomas at White’s. Thomas tries everything he can to bring out love and affection in Dory but she’s closed herself off from him. Conflicts and misunderstandings abound but can Dory and Thomas overcome them in order to live a happy life or has this been one giant mistake?

 

I love this whole series and am a big fan of Fenichel’s work. That being said, I found this installment to be less appealing than the other two. Dory and Thomas go round and round again with misunderstandings and conflicts. Instead of communicating their feelings, they let things fester and it only leads to more misunderstandings. I disliked Dory as a heroine because it appeared that no matter what Thomas said, she didn’t believe him or his love for her. There were certain times when I wanted to wring Dory’s neck.

 

Other than that issue, I loved Desperate Bride. Extremely well-written with spot-on historical accuracies, colorful characters and a satisfying ending. Fingers crossed for a book four in the series.

 

Thank you to Kensington Books, A. S. Fenichel and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: She let out a long sigh. “I do not give a damn about titles. I am to be married to a lecherous old man who will keep me as a trophy and perhaps allow me to play pianoforte from time to time to entertain his friends. Everything I have ever wanted tossed aside. My mother will do as she has always threatened and burn all of my music.” She leaned forward and touched his face. “Everything I am is about to be ripped from me. Can you understand, Thomas?”

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

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Author Biography:

A.S. Fenichel (Andrea) gave up a successful IT career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

Andrea adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Currently writing for Kensington Books, she is published in historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. You can learn more about Andrea’s books at http://asfenichel.com  or visit her on her Facebook page, where she spends entirely too much time. https://www.facebook.com/A.S.Fenichel .

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real-life hero, her wonderful husband, a fussy cat and a demanding dog. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.

 

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Ritual of the Lost Lamb by @cyallowitz Delves into #DarkFantasy! #bookreview #fantasy #ASMSG


Ritual of the Lost Lamb

 

Title: Ritual of the Lost Lamb (Legends of Windemere Book 13)

Author: Charles E. Yallowitz

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

Death is a blessing that the Baron is not ready to bestow upon his precious guest.

 

In the aftermath of the Baron’s attack, Luke Callindor has disappeared and the only clue is a psychic scream of agony that Dariana cannot ignore. Fearing that a journey to Shayd will start their final battle before they are ready, the champions have devised another way to rescue their friend. With permission from the gods, Nyx has begun the long-sealed Ritual of the Lost Lamb. It is a complicated and exhausting spell, which is made even more difficult by a new enemy whose only goal is to make all of the Baron’s enemies suffer.

 

It is a race against time where every passing minute brings Luke Callindor one step closer to a fate worse than oblivion.

 

My Review:

A darkness has fallen on Windemere and even the gods and goddesses aren’t sure what to do. Heated debates ensue as one god pits against another while the Baron looks on gleefully. His rescue is almost at hand and he still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Luke Callindor is his prisoner and he intends to wreak as much pain and destruction as possible. How much can a champion take before he gives up the will to live?

 

Luke’s capture has fragmented the rest of the champions’ spirits as they know deep in their hearts that the final battle is coming and they need Luke’s leadership and strength if they have any hope of defeating the Baron. The group has one goal: rescue Luke using any means necessary. Nyx gathers what is needed to perform the ritual of the lost lamb with the help of the others. Dariana uses what psychic abilities she can to stave off a new enemy (thanks to her father, the Baron) but when the gods ask her to kill a family member, will she be able to or is this another test she’ll fail? Everyone’s lives are at risk in this dark installment of the Legends of Windemere, leading up to the final battle.

 

There’s a lot of darkness in this book but adds to the contrast between the Baron and the champions. While the Baron and his latest ally unleash death, destruction and pain on everything the champions hold dear, there’s a glimmer of hope. Each champion has the power to defeat the Baron and the only question remains: will they cross the line or will they die trying?

 

Brilliantly written, this is Yallowitz’s best book yet. He takes us deep into the bowels of darkness, thrusting the champions into unwinnable situations and we, the readers, get to witness it. The torture scenes with Luke were hard to read yet done with a subtlety I found refreshing. The new enemy (won’t say who it is because I don’t want to spoil it for you) gives new meaning to a demented evil creature. The ending was so well done, I applauded. I can’t wait for the final battle!

 

If you enjoy epic fantasy with a dark side, give this a read. It’s a stand alone (as is each of the books in the series) but I recommend reading the previous books first. Trust me on this.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “They think eradicating evil is the way to save the world, but too much good could be just as dangerous. One can really only keep darkness at bay or you risk wasting the limited years that you have been given in complacency. After all, not all of us can ascend.”

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Ritual-Lost-Lamb-Legends-Windemere-ebook/dp/B07145TX46/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Ritual-Lost-Lamb-Legends-Windemere-ebook/dp/B07145TX46/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ritual-Lost-Lamb-Legends-Windemere-ebook/dp/B07145TX46/

 

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35111861-ritual-of-the-lost-lamb

 

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Author Biography:

Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you, and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

 

Social Media Links:

Blog: www.legendsofwindemere.com

 
Twitter: @cyallowitz

 
Facebook: Charles Yallowitz

 


Website: www.charleseyallowitz.com

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

The Ghost Chronicles, Book 1 by @MarloBerliner #YA #Paranormal #bookreview


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Title: The Ghost Chronicles, Book 1

Author: Marlo Berliner

Genre: Upper YA Paranormal with Adult Crossover Appeal

 

Book Blurb:

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

 

Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.

 

That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.

 

To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.

 

Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.

 

So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.

 

 

My Review:

Michael Andrews has a charmed life, that is, until his young life is cut short due to an accident. But contrary to popular belief, he doesn’t move on to Heaven or Hell; he’s roaming haplessly among the living. Not sure what to do or how to feel, he clings to the past and pines for the future he’ll never get. But then he meets Tom who becomes like a mentor to him. He discovers he’s got the Devil on his tail, hunting him down to drag him into Hell. Just when the afterlife was getting interesting…

 

Michael on the run when he bumps into Sarah, a ghost just like him, and they instantly connect. Can two spirits fall in love? Anything is possible but it’s against the ghostly rules. Is their love affair over before it starts and why does the Devil want his soul so badly?

 

I’m a huge paranormal fan and this ghostly tale, while not scary in any way, sheds light on what the afterlife might be like. Confusing, sad, overwhelming, happy, are some of the emotions portrayed which made me think long after I finished the book.

 

I took a full star off my rating for the abrupt ending. I know that this is book one in the series but for me to read the next one, there needs to be some kind of conclusion, a plot arc closed, something. Disappointing.

 

I loved the backdrop of New Jersey and the author’s descriptive narration transported me. The world-building in The Ghost Chronicles, while not 100% original, suspended my disbelief completely. I was completely taken into Michael’s head through his POV and his reactions made it an excellent read. The romance, while sweet, made me smile. Michael and Sarah are so cute together, exploring love and desire as ghosts.

 

If you love paranormal with a touching romance, pick this up today. I look forward to reading book two and seeing what happens next.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “To be warm again, to tingle again, to feel again, these sensations were so familiar, yet already so forgotten.”

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon –

US – https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Chronicles-Marlo-Berliner-ebook/dp/B017DWXPTA/

 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Chronicles-Marlo-Berliner-ebook/dp/B017DWXPTA/

 

Barnes & Noble –

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ghost-chronicles-marlo-berliner/1123052689?ean=9780996972413

 

Walmart –

https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-Ghost-Chronicles/54934980

 

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Author Biography:

Marlo Berliner is the award-winning author of THE GHOST CHRONICLES, her debut book which was released in November 2015 to critical acclaim. The book won the 2016 NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book, was named a FINALIST in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction, received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and was awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion. Marlo is represented by Eric Ruben of the Ruben Agency and she writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. Marlo is also a freelance editor with Chimera Editing. Her second book, THE GHOST CHRONICLES BOOK 2, will be released in August 2017.

 

When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband, two sons, and a rambunctious puppy named Max.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: www.marloberliner.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Marlo-Berliner/e/B017EVF4AS
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarloBerliner
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marloberliner
Instagram: https://instagram.com/marloberliner
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14560514.Marlo_Berliner

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N