Book Review: 17 Marigold Lane by R.M. Gilmore

22 Jul

In a town like Flintlock, Prudence Penderhaus was a freak. A weirdo. A loser of epic proportions.
That was until one word changed her life, and the town of Flintlock, forever.
When a moment of long-awaited courage brings her to the porch of the town-dubbed spook house, uncovering an odd boy no one knew existed is only the beginning.

My name is Prudence Penderhaus. 
I’ve never done anything remarkable. 
​Never even bothered to look up. 
Until the day I found out I was dying.

Buy links:

Print:

https://www.rmgilmore.com/store/p44/17MarigoldLanePaperback.html

eBook:

https://amzn.to/2kfhWLf

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/17-marigold-lane-rm-gilmore/1122621843?ean=2940161215838

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/17-marigold-lane-1

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=lumjDwAAQBAJ

My Review

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

I’ve read most of R.M. Gilmore’s books so 17 Marigold Lane was not exactly what I expected but it was amazing! I especially like the way she depicted Asperger syndrome in a realistic and relatable way.

I was hooked from the beginning. Poor Pru just found out that she has cancer and believes that she’s going to die. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, she decides to make the rest of her life count. Pru’s sudden bravery not only changes her life but the lives of many people in Flintlock, especially the family at 17 Marigold Lane.

17 Marigold Lane contains well-formed characters, hateful classmates, loyalty, hope, despair, mystery, and a few twists. What more could you want? It’s a book that’s difficult to put down, and I can’t wait to read the next book, 19 Marigold Lane.

Other Reviews:

“…one of the best portrayals of high functioning autism I’ve read in a long while if not ever.” – Shannon N., Triple A Book Blog and ASD mom

“What would you do if you found out you may die soon?  Well, if you’re Prudence Penderhaus, you get brave.” – Tonya Allen, Abibliophobia Anonymous 

“I couldn’t hug this story tight enough! 5 stars!” – T.L. Manning, author of the Six Feet High series, and Cursed series. ASD Mom of 15 years.

About the Author

R.M. Gilmore is a paranormal and mystery/suspense writer and creator of the bestselling occult series Dylan Hart Odyssey of the Occult. 

R.M. resides in California with her family and a ton of pets. Choosing to behave ‘outside the box’, R.M. prefers to think and live freely without the constraints of social stigma or the ideals of literary rules. That being said, she truly is not your mother’s author.

Website http://www.RMGilmoreAuthor.com

Twitter RMGilmoreAuthor

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Monster Of All Time by JT Hunter

20 Jul

Genre: True Crime
Published by: RJ Parker Publishing
Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 1987902521 (ISBN13: 9781987902525)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Description

Ambitious, attractive, and full of potential, five young college students prepared for the new semester. They dreamed of beginning careers and starting families. They had a lifetime of experiences in front of them. But death came without warning in the dark of the night.

Brutally ending five promising lives, leaving behind three gruesome crime scenes, the Gainesville Ripper terrorized the University of Florida, casting an ominous shadow across a frightened college town.

What evil lurked inside him?

What demons drove him to kill?

What made him A Monster of All Time?

My Book Review

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

I like true crime, but I didn’t remember this story. I was young and busy with college and a young child, so I didn’t keep up with the news on a regular basis. So I was happy to read this book when I had the opportunity.

The information about the first prime suspect and how the media affected his and his family’s lives was good information to include. People don’t often realize how horribly innocents can be affected by the media. I also appreciated knowing that he was able to overcome that negative publicity.

Although Danny Rolling’s childhood wasn’t a good one and he had a below-normal IQ, that’s not an excuse for being a peeping Tom or committing robberies, rape, murder and more. He deserved the sentence he got.

I did find the information in A Monster of All Time interesting but I found it repetitive and difficult to follow.

About the Author

J.T. Hunter is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience practicing law, including criminal law and appeals, and he has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature.

JT’s bestselling true crime books include:Devil in The Darkness: True Story of Serial Killer ISRAEL KEYESThe Country Boy Killer: The True Story of Serial Killer Cody LegebokoffIn Colder Blood: True Story of the Walker Family Murder as depicted in Truman Capote’s, In Cold BloodDeadly Deception: True Story of Tampa Serial Killer, Bobby Joe LongDeath Row Romeo: The True Story of Serial Killer Oscar Ray BolinThe Vampire Next Door: True Story of the Vampire Rapist and Serial Killer

Catch Up With J.T. Hunter On:
jthunter.orgGoodreadsBookBub, & Facebook!

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Book Review: Humongous (& Cool) Words for Kids by SB Hilarion

19 Jul

After immersing themselves in mantras in I AM Manifesto, young siblings Hao Finley and Sabine Yi Lee are on their journey of seeking knowledge from around the world. In Humongous (& Cool) Words For Kids, these philomaths not only learn about words from their own and other cultures and countries, they absorb new facts about stuff they thought they knew. Name the subject, they’re sharing: science and math (big, uncomplicated check!), different languages (“oui, sí, shì” check!), environmental awareness (layered-atmosphere check!), etiquette (thank you, check!), music (treble clef check!), international cuisine (lots of yummy checks!), and many more. All shared with wit.

Available on Amazon.

My Review

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

This is a good learning tool for kids. It lists words and their pronunciation which is always helpful (I remember my dad getting tickled when I was a kid and I said something about the Cher-O-kees and dun-GAR-ees in the same sentence).

Each word contains a good definition, sometimes quite detailed. Within the definitions are new words that include definitions. It sounds confusing but it works. I’m not sure why the pronunciations are listed first and the definitions are listed separately though unless it’s to give the child an incentive to repeat the pronunciation.

The words are listed in alphabetical order which seems to be the best way to list them. At the end of the book, there is a chapter called “Potpourri.” Why weren’t they included with the rest of the book? The words were interesting, but I kept thinking I must have missed something.

Overall, this is a good book to help kids learn new words. I sure learned a few new ones!

About the Author

SB Hilarion is the author and main illustrator of the nonfiction educational books in the Raising Young Scholars Series. The author of I AM Manifesto, and Humongous (& Cool) Words For Kids, she enjoys sharing new things that she learns. After all, that’s what a philomath would do. Hilarion lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, plus some groundhogs and deer who refuse to pay rent.

Website https://www.sbhilarion.com

Book Review: Daring Summer by Elyse Douglas

18 Jul

Daring Summer

Publisher:  Broadback (May 1, 2019)
Category: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Tour dates: June 24-July 31, 2019
ISBN:978-1093138429
Available in Print and ebook, 285 pages

Description

A hot summer beach—
A marriage gone wrong—
Daring eyes and daring love, betrayed by a secret passion.

Kim feels trapped in a loveless marriage to a jealous, wealthy older man. He blames her for crippling him in an auto accident that he himself caused. Kim strives to make the marriage work, despite her husband’s blame, verbal abuse, and bitterness. When she meets a wickedly handsome man on the beach, she fights not to want him, not to want a new life and not to fall in love.

But Derek is seductive and irresistible—a former soldier who has recently come to town to start a landscaping business. Kim falls hard for him, as he does to her. Although Kim wants a divorce, her husband finds out about their affair and devises a plot to destroy them both. They must struggle to survive a web of lies, deceit and dangerous passion.

Guest Review by Betty B.

It’s hard to define what makes ‘Daring Summer’ by Elyse Douglas so special. Is it the compelling plot? The complex character development? The beach setting? It seems to be that all of these things join together to make a story that is both captivating and provocative. A story that takes the reader on a journey that most of your average romantic suspense stories are not willing to take. I found that ‘Daring Summer’ had more depth and intrigue than most of the romances I have read.

This book pulled me in immediately with a scene of the heroine attempting to thwart the temper of her husband as he tries to run their car off the road in a fit of rage. From that exciting opening, the book evolves into a suspenseful story about finding love in unexpected places and whether or not that love has the ability to conquer almost impossible odds.

I zapped through reading this book in only a couple of days, and that was only because I had to force myself to put it down and deal with normal life at some points. Despite the Long Island setting and the quick-nature of the read, I hesitate to classify this as a “beach read.” It was too engaging for that. The plot came together like a puzzle where all the pieces were there originally but it wasn’t until the end that you could see how they all went together.

Reading this book was a rewarding experience all around. I would love to read more by this author team and see what else they have in store. ‘Daring Summer’ challenged my idea of an average romantic suspense novel. It truly shook up the genre and turned it on its head. I will be thinking about this one for a while. 5 out of 5 stars.

Praise for Other Side of Summer

“5 stars, another great, emotional read from this author!! I was hooked the minute I started reading it. Be warned you will need a box of tissues to read. I really love this author!”- Melissa Mendoza, Anne & Melissa’s Book Love

“I found this to be a satisfying, well developed warm and enriching read. It gave me a lot to think about. I will recommend it to readers of both genders, age high school and up, who like substance in their novels.”-Laura Reading, Laura’s Interests

“The book is more than just a contemporary romance – it’s a family saga, a book about the bonds of family, about love (not just between partners but between parents and children), about life and the choices we make. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. The writing is hauntingly beautiful, and the author has a talent for crafting believable characters. An excellent book, and I look forward to reading more by this author.”- Majanka, I Heart Reading

“Great story, I give it five stars.  I thought the book was wonderful and emotional, and I loved the writing style and how the words flowed.  I was happy to fantasize about being there to watch the story unfold.  I loved this story; took me back to my young beach days.”-Diana’s Book Reviews

About Elyse Douglas

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature.  She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.

Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader.  He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.

Website: www.elysedouglas.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

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17 Jul

Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

17 Jul

In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic.

My Review

I usually read a book before watching the movie, but I watched the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale before I read the book. I like dystopian novels so I expected to like this book at least as much as the series. Unfortunately, this is one of those cases that the movie (or Hulu series) is better than the book.

Even though there are many similarities between the two, I found the book difficult to read. I couldn’t connect with Offred and there were pages of rambling that didn’t add to the story. It is presented as Offred’s musings, observations, and memories.

Although I was disappointed in The Handmaid’s Tale, I may still read the sequel when it comes out. It sounds like it’s going to be based on the Hulu presentation so it may be easier to read (I’m keeping my fingers crossed).

About the Author

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in over thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; and her most recent, Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

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Book Review: Irving Titans by Jeff Dawson

15 Jul

1989: The Irving Titans reached an all time low: 1-15. The glory days of NFC Championships and Super Bowls were a distant memory. That was about to change as the collapse of the S&L’s would force the current owner, Bum Reason, to sell the storied franchise to billionaire oilman, Reuben Weitzman.

Weitzman would initiate sweeping changes: eliminate the current collection of players, revitalizing the fan base with the promise of returning to the glory days and fire the most beloved coach of the NFL—Steve Osburn. He would replace him with Marshall Jankowski, an old classmate chum and top coach in the collegiate ranks. 

The one player he’d like to cut but can’t, is veteran quarterback, Jimmy Stone. His occasional lover, Charlene Rivers has more dirt on Jankowski, Weitzman and other NFL notables, than a dump truck could haul-off. 

Strap yourselves in for the most raucous, rambunctious, risqué ride in sports history! 

Available on Amazon.

My Review

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

What a ride! If you’re a football fan or a Cowboys lover or hater and you don’t mind a lot of sleaze, this is a hilarious book. My husband is a big Cowboys fan and if he was a reader, I would recommend this book to him.

I couldn’t find one person in this book that I liked. I tried to like Jimmy, the protagonist, but I was unable to find any redeeming qualities. It doesn’t matter, though, because Irving Titans is a well-done farce.

This story of the rise and fall of the Titans is also about the rise and fall of most of the characters involved. Interestingly, the main driving force of both the rise and fall of the Titans is Charlene, a woman who will sleep with anyone and has no qualms about bribing anyone either. As a reader (and a woman), I liked the power she had as a woman but hated (yes hated) the way she got that power.

If you’re a football fan and you’re looking for a good laugh, this is the book for you…if you have an open mind.

About the Author

I spent twenty-five years in the wonderful world of road construction. Back surgery in 2010 put the skids on that career. My body couldn’t handle the rigors of twelve to sixteen hour days, six to seven days a week. As I convalesced, licking my wounds, I wondered what to do next. Not being out in the sun getting baked, or dodging traffic, was going to be a hard act to follow. Seriously, what else did I know? An article in the Dallas Morning News caught my eye. It was about being a professional speaker. Hmm. That sounds interesting. Becoming mobile again, I took a seat in front of the blank monitor, pondering what to write. Let’s start with something we know—my life. 
The first work was titled “God’s Plan: A Glimpse Into One’s Life.” I re-titled it six months later to “Why Did Everything Happen?” I looked back at the last twenty-five years and how the death of my partner, father and true love affected my life. I was amazed at the revelations. Since then, I’ve moved on to write in several different genres. Some say I should change my name when diverting from the path. Well, right or wrong, I’m sticking with my name. The current works range from the memoir of my one true love: Debbie Beck—RIP 7-20-2009—Love’s True Second Chance, an alternative historical perspective of Vampires and WWII—Occupation, a newly released Sci-Fi time travel adventure,—Gateway: Pioche. If that isn’t enough, how about two Baseball Coaching Manuals? 

I currently live in the DFW area, spending time with my daughter, her girls and my oldest son. When I was in construction, I never had or took the time to enjoy what surrounded me: love, family and friends. My true love, Debbie and her girls reminded me what was important in life; “we work to live, not live to work.” 

Website: http://www.lddjenterprises.com
Twitter: jeffdawson59

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