Book Review: Darci the Drummer Takes Drum Lessons by Jeremy Bridgman

18 Sep

Darci the Drummer is a picture book for children ages 4 to 9 and brings to life the story of a 2nd grade girl who is a passionate drummer at heart, bashing away to the beat with natural rhythm on anything she can find when she hears a good song. Darci dreams of the day when she can play on a real drum set with skill. However, her little brother hates the raucous noises she makes, and she has no idea how she can even become a “real” drummer. Despite the criticism from her brother, and ensuing self-doubt, her parents help show her the way by surprising her with drum lessons and the encouragement to keep working at something she loves. Darci the Drummer invokes the passion of music and of learning how to play an instrument; it introduces children to various musical terms and the names of some influential drummers that span different musical genres; and it highlights the importance of musical education and the determination needed to improve oneself through practice.

The concept for Darci the Drummer formed as a result of Bridgman’s own musical adventures at a young age, along with the experience of music lessons that his own children are blessed to receive today. Bridgman was also inspired by the delight that has been exhibited by many who have sat down at his drum sets for fun, and the perseverance that he encourages in his children when facing doubt, struggle, and criticism.

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MY REVIEW

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Darci is always drumming on things. Rather than telling her to be quiet, her parents encourage her and tell her they think she has real talent. They surprise her with drum lessons! She’s excited but once she finds out how much work it’s going to be to be a good drummer, she momentarily has doubts. Once she has the tools she needs though, she’s ready to get busy learning all she can.

Darci the Drummer has colorful illustrations on every page by Gabbi Steiger that should help keep the interest of younger children. It also has a good story that encourages children to pursue their passion, something I’ve always thought was important. I like how other learning opportunities are included such as showing the names of some of items in the drum set and explaining what a metronome does. My favorite extra learning “extra” was that when a color is mentioned, that word is that color, for example gold.

I definitely think this is a great book for children 4 to 9 to enjoy and learn at the same time.

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ABOUT JEREMY BRIDGMAN:

Jeremy is an active member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators and a life-long musician, currently playing the drums in various music groups along with composing and producing music in his home studio, located in the charming downtown Westchester neighborhood of Bakersfield, California. He is also the proud father of four musical children, and husband to a lovely piano teacher and singer. He manages his own company with multiple distinct aspects, consisting of IT services and support; music recording, production, and performance; book authorship; and more.

Darci the Drumm​er is meant to encourage children to pursue their musical interests and education,” says Bridgman. “In an age where music and arts programs are continuing to see a cut in funding, it’s important to begin fostering the passion for music at a young age.  I hope children of all ages remember the absolute joy Darci experiences when it comes to her love of playing the drums, and to use that joy to connect to their own interests and passions.”

 Darci the Drummer is available for purchase through AmazonBarnes and Noble, and other fine retailers. Learn more by visiting www.darcithedrummer.com, or connect with the author on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete

17 Sep

Book Title: The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete
Category:  Adult Fiction;  243 pages
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:   Sands Press
Release date:  March 7, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub)
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Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: R (Violence towards women based on real life events, language, graphic violence)
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​Nicole Baker is a quiet girl – the type of person who is seldom noticed by anyone. That is until one day she discovers she has the unique ability to see images move on photographs. At first, she uses her ability to entertain friends at parties and work. Then senior detective Paul Hammond learns of her ability and enlists her help in a case of unsolved murders that he has not been able to make any headway on.

Carl Kadner, a rookie reporter with the local paper is investigating the murders as well. And he learns what it takes to be the kind of reporter he wants to be when he puts himself in danger for the sake of the story. It is only when Carl, Nicole and Detective Hammond pool their resources that things start making sense.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Paul is a detective and is given the lead on a possible homicide case but all they have is a woman’s arm. There are no leads until another woman is killed, and a woman named Nicole suddenly has a gift with which she can look at a picture and see what happened when it was taken. She’s able to give some clues to the police.

As the serial killer continues to search for women who fit his criteria, Paul and Nicole fall into a relationship that seems to be good for both of them. The killer ends up in a relationship with a girl named Katy. It’s a strange relationship but it works for them.

Carl is a rookie reporter who is also on the case. He does some investigating on his own and always seems to be right there with the police investigation if not a little ahead of them.

I thought Mind’s Eye was good from the beginning. It kept my interest and was not only suspenseful and cringe-worthy but funny. All of the characters were well-developed and unique. There were a couple of unanswered questions which was a little frustrating but it still had a good ending. It would have been a faster and even better read if the dialogue had been edited. It was often difficult to know who was talking which slowed me down quite a bit. Despite the dialogue, I recommend Mind’s Eye.

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About the Author

Perry Prete is a Canadian crime writer and paramedic. His first novel, All Good Things, introduced us to Ethan Tennant, a City of Ottawa paramedic who looks at crimes from the medical perspective.

Perry continues to work full-time as a paramedic and uses his thirty plus years of life changing and sometimes dramatic experiences to bring realism to his gripping medical novels. His other works include, The Things That Matter Most and All Good Things.

He is also a business owner, specializing in the pre-hospital care field. His company sells medical equipment across North America, primarily to EMS agencies.

A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Perry, graduated from Fanshawe College in London but now lives and works in Brockville, Ontario.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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My Child Did Exist

15 Sep

This poem touched my heart. Our son and daughter-in-law recently lost their first child, our first grandchild two weeks ago. Her name was Athena Rose and she was stillborn. It’s the hardest things these kids have ever gone through and I am amazed at their strength.

Book Review & Giveaway: Building Mountains from Dust by Kimberly S. Young

14 Sep

Building Mountains from Dust by Kimberly S. Young

Publisher:  Authorhouse (June 12, 2018)
Category: Memoir, Inspirational, Spiritual, Grief
Tour dates: August & Sept, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5462-3763-1
Available in PDF, 128 pages
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Like ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese, ‘Building Mountains from Dust’, award winning author, Kimberly Young shares her story of survival and inspiration. At fifty, Kimberly’s structured, organized, and driven life is thrown into a tailspin when she is diagnosed with advanced staged lung cancer.

Never a smoker, Kimberly makes frank reflections about her decision not to have children, and how she makes peace with her mother, who abandoned her over fifteen years ago. This is a story about heart-wrenching life lessons, forgiveness, and about finding faith, as in a tragic twist of fate; Kimberly survives her cancer when her husband of twenty years suddenly dies.

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Praise for Eighth Wonder by Kimberly S. Young

“The more I read, the more I couldn’t put the book down. As the story unfolded, so did the wonder of life and all of the tricks that it plays on us.
This book is a story about life, love, loss, heartbreak, and moving forward. How we sometimes sleepwalk through life focused on superficial goals rather than our hearts desire; and how we sometimes find love and comfort in the most unlikeliest of places.
The characters were well developed and the story line was unique. When you finish the very last word on the very last page, you feel as though life has completed its circle.”-Donna McBroom-Theriot, My life One Story At A Time

 

“The Eighth Wonder is an emotional, heart-tugging journey into the lives of two people, Nicole and Tom.  Both from different walks of life, it’s fate when their lives intersect.  It’s not a happy journey at first, for either of them.
Told through flashbacks in both perspectives, the writing is lyrical, yet poignant.  Young has created memorable, realistic characters that really touch an emotional chord on a tiered level.  Life is full of choices, and the output of those choices will change not only your life, but others around you.  A unique love story with a surprising ending, The Eighth Wonder is an emotionally charged read!”-Minding Spot

 

“A Forbidden love story written with compassion and sincerity.”-Lynelle Clark, Inspire To Read

 

“Kimberly Young has constructed an amazing first novel about unexpected love and the strange chemistry of May-November romances. This is no bodice-ripper or sappy saga of moonstruck entrancement.  Her characters are deep, and the reader roots for them.” – John M. Hanchette, Pulitzer Prize-winner and St. Bonaventure University journalism professor
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Guest Review by Katy

Any book that starts out with a Stevie Nicks quote is a winner for me and this book did not disappoint. 

Building Mountains from Dust: A Memoir‘ is the story of a fifty year old woman named Kimberly Young, who goes from thinking that she is perfectly healthy one day to being diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer the next. To top that off, her husband is battling health issues of his own and dies. What follows is the story of her inner emotional journey through coming to terms with her diagnosis. 

Because the book is a memoir, Young’s writing is that much more heartfelt and real. Reading about her devastation over the diagnosis and her eventual acceptance of her situation was, at times heartbreaking and mesmerizing. I couldn’t put this book down. I needed to find out what happened next at every turn. 

After having recently dealt with a cancer diagnosis in my own family, Young’s struggles to make things right with the mother that had abandoned her touched me deeply.

Especially coming at this time in my life, this book has left such an impact on me that I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. Young’s ability to overcome the adversity in her life and continue to look on the bright side was inspiring to me, personally. 

I’m giving five stars to this book! I’d recommend this to anyone who has personally had cancer or who has had a relative that was diagnosed with cancer, like I do. Or just anyone who is looking for an inspirational read that will make you feel better about your own struggles. Young’s diagnosis definitely puts whatever you might be dealing with in your own life into perspective. 
Either way it’s a breathtaking read that will make you really think about what you want to do with your life and the things that you hold most dear.

5 stars

 

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About the AuthorBuilding Mountains from Dust by Kimberly S. Young

Dr. Kimberly Young is a renowned psychologist, author, and speaker on Internet addiction. Since 1995, she has written numerous articles and books on the topic. She is a professor at St. Bonaventure University and her work has been featured in The Dr. Oz Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC’s The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, PBS, Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times. Building Mountains from Dust chronicles Kimberly’s transformation from noted counselor helping others to becoming a patient hoping to survive cancer, and how she found her faith after her Buydiagnosis and surviving the death of her husband.

Website: http://www.netaddiction.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Netaddictioncom-136696902621/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrKimberlyYoung

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Book Review & Giveaway: Death Logs In by E.J. Simon

13 Sep

Book Title:  Death Logs In by E.J. Simon

Series: Michael Nicholas Book 2

Category:  Adult Fiction, 340 pages

Genre:   Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller

Publisher:  Endeavour Media (UK)

Release date:  Dec 14, 2017

Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF & ePUB)

Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018 Content Rating: PG-13 + M 

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​Some of the most powerful people in the world want to kill Michael Nicholas. Only his brother Alex can save him—the problem is that Alex is dead.

It’s been almost a year since Alex Nicholas, a Queens-based underworld boss, was gunned down. After Alex’s brutal murder, Michael inherited not only his brother’s business, but his enemies. Michael is now a key player in a world he once feared. By day, he is the head of a Fortune 500 company. By night, the CEO of Tartarus, one of the world’s largest illegal gambling operations.

Before his death, Alex invested heavily in breakthrough artificial intelligence software so that he could live forever. It worked. In his virtual form, Alex can communicate with Michael and monitor information—and people—in ways the NSA would envy.

It is Alex who discovers Michael’s life is in danger. He detects plots that reach from the darkest corners of Queens to the highest officials in the Vatican—and they all want Michael dead.

Michael is now in a race to save his life, but he is never alone. Alex is there to help him navigate through this maze of life and death. Also protecting Michael from the forces closing in around him is Sindy Steele, a beautiful and lethal bodyguard.

How far is Michael willing to go to save his own life and that of his family? Guided only by a familiar face on a computer screen, will the information Alex discovers allow Michael to go from being the hunted to the hunter?

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Michael Nicholas had a normal quiet life only a year ago until his brother, a bookie, was gunned down. Michael continued to work as a CEO in the corporate world but also took over his brother’s business and has done surprisingly well. In fact, he’s done so well that some people think his brother, Alex, is still alive. Alex isn’t alive, or is he? He had an AI duplicate made of himself before he died and his AI self seems to have developed to be smarter and better than the original Alex.

Michael is not as moral as he once thought he was. In fact, I don’t like his character much as a person. He doesn’t seem to think anything about people who are “in his way” dying. He often thinks it’s just coincidence but at one point I’m pretty sure he said he didn’t believe in coincidence, maybe in book one. He’s also taken on a mistress which he never would have done before his brother’s death.

There are so many things going on in Death Logs In it’s not a quick read. You have to pay attention to what’s going on, who wants whom dead, who is an ally and who is an enemy (or are they?). It was difficult to put this book down.  I do suggest an edit. There were quite a few missing quotation marks which made it difficult sometimes to know when someone was talking or had finished talking and I had to reread those paragraphs.

I definitely recommend Death Logs In. This is the second book in the series but it does have enough back story that it can stand on its own.  I like the way it ended but I’m curious what will happen with Michael and Alex next.

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Meet the Author

E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website: http://www.ejsimon.com.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Girl from Spaceship Earth by Patricia Ravasio

11 Sep

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Girl From Spaceship Earth by Patricia Ravasio

Publisher:  Chapman Park (September 11, 2017)
Category: Memoir, Non-Fiction, Social Activism, Women Empowerment
Tour dates: Sept/Oct, 2018
ISBN: 978-0999046302
Available in Print and ebook, 299 pages

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The true story of a life intertwined with the utopian ideas of an American genius.

A mind-blowing two-day interview with iconic futurist Buckminster Fuller in 1982 Chicago leads an overeager advertising copywriter to promise she’ll share his urgent messages with the world. She has no idea what she is getting herself into, scarcely understanding what he is talking about.

When his dire predictions come true on America’s worst day (9/11) she must face up to her commitment, which morphs into a fiery obsession thanks to unsettling discoveries about Bucky’s archives further confirming the truth of his warnings. Her outsized passions threaten her relationships and her sanity as she grapples furiously to bring his ideas back into the world.

This heartrending karmic tell-all memoir is about climbing out of comfort zones to find your own voice and make a difference in the world. It also gives readers a charming introduction to the ideas of a long lost genius you’ve probably never heard of.

 

Praise Girl From Spaceship Earth by Patricia Ravasio

Named Adventure Book of the Month by Hipcamp, October, 2017

“This is a well written, easy to read, girl empowering non fiction story that engages young adult readers.”-ToadHallLibrarian (WorldCat)

“An amazing personal journey that will simultaneously break your heart and mend it.” – Contempobook

“This world changing book makes a great holiday gift.”-Life…Successfully

“This is a great book! Pat Fields is a fledgling journalist who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to interview Buckminster Fuller. He gives her more than just an interview, he gives her a mission to save the world. This book would make such a great movie. 5 stars!”-Crimson, Goodreads

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What a fantastic read! I read this in about a day because I just couldn’t put it down. I have to say, I was a little skeptical going into it. I don’t know anything about Buckminster Fuller and I’m not that interested in architecture, but this book was not just a dry non-fiction work that laid all the information out like clothes hanging out to dry.

I truly felt like this memoir brought me on an incredible journey. It read like a novel.  I learned a lot about Buckminster Fuller in an interesting, engaging way and it also had an excellent plot. It took me about halfway through the book before I realized that it really was a true story that had actually happened! It was so incredible I just assumed it was fiction.

The story revolves around a female copywriter named Pat Field who scores an interview with the famous architect in the early 1980’s. She expects it to be a normal interview; but of course, things don’t quite go as planned. Dr. Fuller turns out to be more of an eccentric–and more of a genius– than she anticipated. Rather than a straightforward interview, Fuller delights her with notions about man’s relationship with nature and then darkly predicts the downfall of America as we know it.

Pat promises to properly warn the country in her article but forgets to use the information that Fuller has given her. Later, as some of Fuller’s predictions come true in the form of the September 11th attacks, Pat remembers her promise to “Bucky” and vows to use his insights to help protect the earth. This book was fast-paced, exciting and well-written. The 1980’s setting in particular was spot on. I really felt like I was in that decade while I was reading it. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a thriller with a bit of a historical bent or just an excellent plot.

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Girl From Spaceship Earth by Patricia Ravasio

Patricia Ravasio has won awards for her radio journalism, advertising copywriting, real estate sales and community volunteerism. This is her first book, which she decided to publish on Election Night, 2016, when she realized how quickly time was running out on humanity’s clock. The Mother of three happy and ferocious grown Bucky girls, Patricia lives in Northern California with her husband of thirty years and two dogs.

Website: https://buckyworld.me/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/patravasio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GirlFromSpaceshipEarth/

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