How the World Reads

18 Jan


Book Review: I Met a Goat on the Road by Denele Pitts Campbell

18 Jan


A visiting guinea? Opossum in the dining room? What strange and wondrous occurrences can one expect while living on an Ozark mountaintop for thirty-five years?

These lyrical adventure stories feature chickens, raccoons, bugs, dogs, cats, and natural critters of this woodland home. Throw in a few neighbors who shoot copperheads or remodel the dirt road. Ponder the passage of time through a philosophical lens of wonder and delight. The seasons bring summer heat, winter snow, pouring rain, the power of fire. Lessons learned, questions posed–who has lived and died on this land? What is our responsibility to this place, its creatures, each other?

Come meet the goat on the road.

Author Denele Campbell can’t imagine living anywhere else. I Met A Goat On The Road is her second work extolling the mysteries and quirks of life in the Boston Mountains region of the Ozarks. Her watercolor illustrations add a whimsical flavor to the work.

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.

I Met a Goat on the Road is a collection of stories about life in the Ozarks. Some of the stories are about people and places but most of them are about animals, which are my favorites.

Whether it’s battling roosters, a possum under the house, or a guinea who adopted the author, the stories are both humorous and heartwarming.

I definitely recommend I Met a Goat on the Road especially for readers who enjoy stories about animals or life on a mountain in the Ozarks.



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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Halfway Dead by Terry Maggert

14 Jan



Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Erin Spencer

Length: 7h 12m

Publisher: Terry Maggert⎮2015

Genre: Paranormal

Release date: Aug. 07, 2015





Carlie McEwan loves many things. She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY – a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is 25 pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finest – and only – real diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it.

When a blond stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost to forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years. Come find me.

Danger, like the shadowed pools of the forest, can run deep. The danger is real, but Carlie’s magic is born of a pure spirit. With the help of Gus, and Gran, and a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic.


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Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.





Erin loves audiobooks! As an actress, they have allowed her to creatively stretch by playing all kinds of characters, all kinds of ages and all kinds of accents! She voiced roles in the Audie award winning title, Illuminae and was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the romance category. She has narrated over 100 titles and as an audiobook director has worked on at least 100 more. She has worked for most of the major publishers and also enjoys working with indie writers who are some of the most talented writers out there! Follow her on Twitter @ErinSpencerLA or find her on Facebook, Erin Spencer Actress.












I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy from Audiobookworm Promotions. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I always enjoy a good mystery but it’s even better when the main character is different from the norm. In this case, Carlie is a witch. She’s young, cute, single, and very serious about her craft. Witchcraft has been in her family for generations and she has some awesome magical powers.

This is the first book by Terry Maggert that I have read (or listened to) but it won’t be the last. I have a found another favorite author! I enjoy his writing and it was difficult for me to turn this audiobook off once I started listening to it. 

Carlie’s character is unique and likable. She’s not perfect which makes her more realistic. Jim, the detective who accompanies her into the forest, is interesting. He’s not magical at all; in fact, he has just learned that magic exists, but he is observant and calm at all times. 

Erin Spencer did a fantastic job narrating this book. Her voice is perfect as Carlie and she changed her tone just enough so that I knew when someone was speaking. I am looking forward to listening to her narrate the next book about Halfway.

I definitely recommend Halfway Dead, especially if you like reading paranormal books with a bit of mystery and humor.




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