Book Review: Fighters, Feared and Fallen by N. D. Richman

Title: Fighters, Feared and Fallen (Boulton Quest Series, Book 3)

Author: N. D. Richman

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

Pages: 210

Recommended Ages: 10+

Thomas is swept into Robert Cain’s web of terror
He’s forced to fight in a child army
Against the most evil of people
And learns the first casualty of war is the truth

“If you can’t trust yourself, Thomas, who can you trust?”

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.

Fighters, Feared and Fallen, book #3 in the Boulton Quest Series, is a middle grade and young adult book. I read the first 2 books, Brothers, Bullies, and Bad Guys and Sinners, Survivors and Saints quite a while ago, but I remember liking them so I was happy to read Fighters, Feared and Fallen.

Book #3 is mostly about Thomas being abducted along with thousands of other children and taken into the future. They’re taught to fight to save the world…but are they being told the truth? I wondered since they were not treated well if the leaders were being honest. Their excuse was that they needed to harden the kids to be good fighters…but is that true? Thomas definitely learns how to fight and fight well.

I was sad to see that there aren’t any more books in the series. I understand that the author reached his goal by encouraging his children and other youngsters to read, but there are questions that haven’t been answered!

About the Author

I started to write for my son, a reluctant reader. I set out to write a series of books that captivated from the first chapter and pushed the reader through with a solid plot, relentless action and adventure, and humour.

Comments received from parents and teachers indicate I’ve accomplished my goal. I’m very proud of the Boulton Quest Series. It has captivated the hearts of reluctant readers around the world, boys and girls alike, and is entertaining their brothers, sisters, parents, and grandparents.

Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and getting into trouble:  What a great way to grow up!  One of my favourite memories is sitting on the handlebars of my brother’s bike, my dog on my lap, as he careened down the steep mountain trails above our home in Kamloops, BC. My brother and I had caves, tree forts, frog filled ponds, and cactus patches to play in, and sling shots for protection. Somehow I survived my childhood and proudly moved on to fatherhood. My children, Christopher, Michael, Thomas, and Katherine, kindly donated their names, characters, and ideas to the Boulton Quest series of books.

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Book Review: Jokes for Kids by Rob Willis

Kids love jokes!

  • 330+ jokes!
  • BONUS – gift for you!
  • Short/not boring for kids
  • Kids become more confident
  • Have fun anytime and anywhere
  • Great gift idea for any child.

Jokes for Kids is chock-full of Q&A, knock-knock jokes, and short stories for kids for endless hours of fun and laughter.

Keep kids laughing, learning, and reading for hours with this book of jokes of the day for kids.

There are jokes about animals, food, monster, school, knock-knock jokes for children, and funny stories for kids!

Joke telling is a very effective and fun way of building a child’s confidence.

This book is especially great for traveling, waiting rooms, and reading aloud at home.

If you’re looking for a fun way of getting even reluctant readers to read, this book will not disappoint.

My Review

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

Jokes for Kids is a fun book for kids to read. Most of the jokes are pretty funny, and they’re separated into categories: animals, food, monsters, school, other, knock-knock. There are also some short and cute stories at the end and three coloring pages.

There’s an introduction at the beginning of each section. As the book points out, not only is the book fun for kids, but it means that they’re reading. That’s always a plus!

I’ve included a couple samples from Jokes for Kids. The first one tickled me:

I think this is one kids will like:

I picked two jokes that were illustrated but most of them aren’t. The illustrations that are included, though, are adorable as well as bright and colorful!

This would be a great book for kids during the summer months to help prevent boredom as well as get some reading time in.

More New Releases

The Adventures of a Creature Called Blog: Blob and the elephant

There are two types of elephant that Blob could fly to see, African and Asian, which one would it be, African elephants are bigger and have enormous ears. The oldest ones can live for nearly a hundred years. The first in a series of picture book stories about a small, yellow, adventurous creature called Blob. Follow his fun-filled adventures all over the world and join children, from the age of two upwards, who have been fascinated and delighted by these charming tales.

About the Author:

Rupert Stewart Cox’s father was a soldier in the Royal Artillery, back in the day when soldiers were posted all over the world, so he has had that old travelling bone in him forever. His childhood was spent between England, Malaya, Kenya and Germany. Then Australia, the Caribbean, India, the Far East were added to destinations for that bone. Rupert’s working life was spent on farms. Sheep, arable, beef, potatoes and dairy farms. He has always been enamoured by the countryside and animals

Rupert now lives in southwest France with his wife Mary. They have two daughters and two grandsons. Rupert has been telling them all stories for the last 30 odd years and more recently stories about Blob. He fills days walking and restoring chairs, children’s chairs, benches, stools, baskets and the like.

Rupert has now passed the travelling bone on to Blob and has begun documenting his travels and adventures.

Excerpt from the Book:

“Blob and the Elephant” is available in paperback from Amazon UK at:

This charming book can also be downloaded in e-book format from Amazon UK at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Rupert Stewart Cox’s literary agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
darin@theinspiragroup.com
tel. UK +208 292 5163

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Where is Tommy?

Whilst working in a hospital in Arusha in 1933, an unknown force sends Ocean McKenzie back in time to Arusha 1933 where she meets and falls in love with a young anthropologist. Their adventure has only just begun, however, as the unknown force conveys them further back, to a time when Homo erectus still roams the world. After two years, Marie risks their lives and that of their son with devastating consequences. Spurning friendship with the only man who knows what happened to her family; can she find the courage to put aside her heartache and take the first hesitant steps to salvation?

About the Author:

Susan Harpham was born in North Wales but moved around the country with her parents and sister until she settled in South Yorkshire when she was six years old.  She has worked as an Administrator for most of her life though she did work for some years as a Technology Assistant in a Systems Department.  Sue and her husband Martin live in a village near Sheffield.  They have two sons.  She started writing this novel thirty years ago but abandoned it for a while simply because life got in the way but ten years ago she picked it up again and started developing the detail.  She has always scribbled stories or poems, but this novel became a mission that she needed to complete, as she came to realise that it kept her grounded and sane in a somewhat turbulent world.

Excerpt from the book:

“’Ali, where is Tommy?’

He looked at her steadily for a few seconds and then decided he had to tell her the truth.

‘I’m sorry, my dear, I really don’t know.  I haven’t seen him since he left your room this morning.’

‘You’re worried about him, aren’t you?’

‘A little.’

‘I know it’s my fault but you must know now how very sorry I am.  Do you think he might have gone to the Gorge?’

‘It is possible, Ocean.  I thought that too and I believe what he has taken with him suggests just that.’

‘He’s not gone for good then?  I mean if he’s left some of his possessions behind he must be coming back.’

‘Yes, I think you’re right.’

Ali knew he was being evasive.  A silence developed as both sat with their own thoughts.  All of a sudden Ocean thought of something.  She felt inside the pocket of the cardigan she was wearing and brought out a beautiful embroidered handkerchief and as she looked at it, she smiled as if remembering something before then glancing across to Ali.  He was startled to see a mischievous sparkle in her eye and had to admit it was beautiful and, he realised, how much he had missed it, but hadn’t realised quite how much.”

 

 

“Where is Tommy?” is available in paperback from Amazon at:

 You can also download a digital (e-book) version of this book at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 020 8339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

Book Review: The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook by Linda Larsen

Prepped quickly, cooked slowly—wholesome, hearty meals for any day of the week

There’s a reason slow cookers have been a staple in American homes for more than half a century: with just a few minutes of prep in the morning, you can have a delicious dinner waiting for you when you get home. And with The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook, you’ll never get bored with your options. From healthy breakfasts to soups and stews—even enticing desserts—this book has it all!

In the first chapter of this slow cooker cookbook, you’ll get to know your favorite appliance even better, including what settings are best for each dish, a primer on safety, and a few tricks to maximize your slow cooker. Then dive into 225+ creative, simple, and timeless recipes that are designed for maximum flavor for minimum work. From comforting classics like Potato and Sausage Frittata to Moroccan Lamb Stew or even Korean Short Ribs and Carrots, see how this slow cooker cookbook can help you make even more with your slow cooker.

Inside The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook you’ll find:

  • Lighten up—No canned soups or super-processed foods in this slow cooker cookbook! Plus, a low-calorie label makes healthy options easy to find.
  • Modern meals—Whether you need a casual family meal or dinner party fare, these recipes are fresh and innovative.
  • Weeknight heroes—Choose from scores of meals that are specifically designed to take 15 minutes or less of prep and cook for 8 hours, so dinner is ready when you are.

Make the most—and the most delicious meals—out of your slow cooker with The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook.

My Review

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

I have been looking for a good slow cooker cookbook for a long time. This one is exactly what I’ve been looking for. The prep time is short and the cook time is slow. And the recipes I’ve tried so far are delicious. I’m always looking for new ways to cook chicken, and there are several in The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook that I’m wanting to try.

If you haven’t used a slow cooker much, the first chapter has “Slow-Cooking Basics” that will be helpful. Then there are nine chapters that have everything from breakfast to dessert. So many of the recipes look yummy! There is also a chapter called “Basics” that tells how to cook things that are used in many recipes such as vegetable stock or caramelized onions.

I’m so glad I got this book, and I definitely recommend it if you use a slow cooker.

About the Author/Editor

I am a journalist and author. My blog is called “Linda’s Best Recipes.” I have developed and tested recipes since 1987. I have also written articles for Woman’s Day magazine, my recipes have appeared in ‘Quick and Simple’ magazine and ‘First’ magazine. I have also been a columnist for ‘First’ magazine. I have worked for the Pillsbury Company since 1987 and have been a home economist for the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest since 1988.

I hold a B.S. degree in Food Science and Nutrition with High Distinction. And I have a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College. I am the editor of Food Poisoning Bulletin, a Google News site.

I’ve now written forty cookbooks, have written one non-cookbook book (Medical Ethics for Dummies – surprise!) and am in the process of writing one more. Stay tuned!

New Releases

Last Resort

The threat of disclosure after years in obscurity found our three hackers in a quandary. Do they take the accolades handed out by the highest power in the world, or cower beneath their cloak of mystery forever?

Passing years and wealth beyond most people’s wildest dreams would be no compensation for being disclosed as thieves.

An empire built from their spoils had led to a mix of overcoming evil on an unprecedented level whilst seeking to prevent the extinction of endangered species.

With the realisation that nothing lasts forever, plans must be made for the next move.

About the Author:

L. J. Greatrex was born one of three siblings in a small village in the Midlands, having only moved around the same village three times with just a small break when living in West Kirby on the Wirral. L. J.’s career began with General Electric and progressed through to the financial sector of the steel industry, spending the most recent years with a classic car parts company and today as their Financial Health Consultant.

Over many years travelling the globe with family and friends for pleasure, the ideas developed and used in the Hackers series of novels (which includes Conscious Revenge, Payback, Just Deserts, Without A Doubt, Doubt Revisited, Informed Decision, Dark Forces and Misconception) have been in part attributed to these experiences; that and a vivid imagination has helped create the characters and situations in these thriller novels.

Excerpt from the Book:

“Keep your head down,” Paul shouted above the confusion, “it looks like a raid.”

Before I could take evasive action, a heavy boot kicked out, and I fell to the floor in agony. Keeping my head covered by my arms, I narrowly missed a second boot as the two ran to the door, firing guns randomly to avoid being pursued.

From screaming and shouting, to complete silence as the pair made their intentions to kill anyone getting in their way quite clear. They shot widely in all directions as some players screamed, and cries rang out as the shots ricocheted and flew randomly, piercing flesh in their attempted to escape.

Paul was thrown to the floor by security men, as a whole team of muscle-bound bouncers raced to the scene. I heard his head hit the side of the elevator and watched in horror as he slowly moved to one side to prevent being trampled underfoot.

The elevator door opened, and two tourists began entering the room, only to step back in haste having seen the commotion, “give me your hand,” one said to Paul as I tried to move him.

“Where are you hurt,” I said, seeing blood oozing through his shirt.

“I’m not sure, but it hurts like hell,” he murmured, not wishing to attract attention as the second wave of raiders wearing clown masks fired into the air.

“Last Resort” is available in paperback from Amazon UK at:

This book can also be downloaded in e-book format from Amazon UK at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (L. J. Greatrex’s literary agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
darin@theinspiragroup.com
tel. UK +208 292 5163

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Don’t Look Back

A moving story of domestic violence and overcoming it

We all experience love and romance in life and sometimes hurt. But for some, it can be a more sinister experience of manipulation and physical abuse, this is a story of a young woman who unfortunately did experience this. Blaming herself and feeling worthless until she was too frightened to speak out. This story depicts such a marriage and how she found the strength to fight back and reclaim her life; good versus evil. Just another twist in the rich tapestry we weave as we move through life.

About the Author:

Barbara Anne Machin was born in 1940 and is the youngest of eight children. She is married and has one son, and recently celebrated her diamond wedding anniversary. She has always been interested in writing but has never attempted to publish before. A friend and her husband encouraged Barbara to send her trilogy of stories to a publisher. She writes more for a hobby and has worked all her life and still works part-time.  She has held many managerial positions in large companies and does not like to be idle.

This is Barbara’s third book.  Her first book is entitled “A Beloved Cousin” (2019) and her second book is “Shadow of Guilt” (2020).

Excerpt from the Book: 

       “Well, sir, there is no easy way to say this, but there has been an incident at your daughter’s house.”

“My Maisie!” he asked in amazement.

“Can you tell me if Maisie has been in touch with her ex-husband, Hugh Grainger, recently?”

“In touch with him, never!  She never will again after how he abused her in America.  She would never let him near to her again.  Maisie lost our grandchild because of the beating that he gave her, she still hasn’t got over that.  Why do you ask?”

“So, he has abused and beat her before?”

“Yes, but…” Maisie’s dad did not get any further.

“Now what are you saying, is Maisie all right?  He hasn’t hurt her again, has he?” Gwen asked butting in before her dad could answer.”

“I’m afraid he has gained entry into her property while she was sleeping and beat her badly and if it hadn’t been for the quick intervention of her neighbours, God knows what else he would have done.  They have taken her to the local hospital in Chester, so if you would like to get yourself changed, we’ll take you to the hospital.”

“Is she going to be all right?” her dad asked.

“Don’t Look Back” is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

This novel is also available to purchase in paperback at:

The book can also be downloaded as an e-book from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 020 8339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

Book Review & Giveaway: Yummy Me Feels So Good by Lion Iam

Book Title: Yummy Me Feels So Good by Lion Iam
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 36 pages
Genre: children’s feelings. baby animals, children’s social situations, self esteem, mindfulness, parenting
Publisher: Funny Bird Production
Release date: January, 2020

Yummy Me Feels So Good isn’t just another story book. It is something you can use with your kids and grandkids for many years. Simple and childlike, kids identify with the gentle creatures within. Absolutely beautiful, Yummy Me is a genius way of helping children immediately connect with the world of emotions through enchanting animal friends. The images and words are so simple and therefore can be grasped by children and adults of all ages. The book can easily open up space for a dialogue about emotions between an adult and a child, all the while being playfully disguised as animal talk. Children laugh and grimace as they flip through the pages, mirroring the emotions they feel on the pages. Yummy Me is a great doorway to explore the sometimes difficult arena of emotions, both for children, teachers and parents.

Rather than labeling certain emotions as “good” or “bad”, these emotions simply get space to be as they are, and encourage the reader to remember that they too will pass. The final message of the book that we are in fact “none of these” me’s is a loving reminder that at any moment we can start our day again from joy. “I have seen firsthand how taking out this book can transform a child’s tantrum into a smile and eventually bursts of laughter.


Lion Has a Word for the Big People

Buy the Book:
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My Review

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

As an adult, I understand that the goal of the text is to explain to children that it’s okay to feel different emotions and that each emotion is temporary. Because children won’t understand that when reading this book on their own, it should be read aloud and discussed at least the first time or two.

Yummy Me Feels So Good has great illustrations. They’re colorful, some are well done, while others look like they were drawn by a child. The different animals clearly show the different emotions being discussed. I think children will enjoy all of them.

I haven’t had a chance to read this to my niece, but I can see it becoming something she’ll use often: “I’m angry me” or “I’m hungry me.” I look forward to sharing this book with her and my grandchildren!

“Lion I AM validates and assists children to experience emotions in a conscious manner — essential to learning and gaining self-knowledge.  Scientific research has demonstrated that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.   Yummy Me Feels So Good will help you and your child learn to be “Lions of Love,” to consciously choose and express effectively what you are feeling.  Being watchful and strong like the Lion brings acceptance and maturity in the ever changing world of feelings. Then everyone can share this “feeling of magic” and joy with others.”  – Harold H Bloomfield MD, N.Y. Times bestselling author

About the Author

The author Lion I Am lives on a beautiful island with lots of trees and animals. He likes quiet spaces in nature just like his animal friends. He enjoys talking to the turtles, dolphins and whales when they’re around. Like the Lion he enjoys relaxing in nature and listening to the sounds of the birds and animals and that of the wind in the trees and bamboos. He especially loves the beach and the ocean surf. One of his favorite things is swimming in the strong waves in the ocean. He loves playing with children and animals. They help him laugh at all his passing Me’s and his funny moods. The children and animals remind him to be grateful for life here on this beautiful Earth. ​ Lion I Am loves to visit with teachers and children who read the Lion I Am books together and share their feelings and playfulness together. The Funny Bird Productions mop top birds sing “All there is is Love, Love is all there is. Love is all there is, All you need is Love” They know the important things in life.

Connect with the author:  

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