Autumn at Kincraig

Autumn at Kincraig
By Tessa Ransford
Artist Steve Sanderson

Yellow birch leaves fall like flakes
on rooted rutted forest tracks
rain splatters
on plastic hoods among the woods.

Tawny oaks and bronzy bracken
beech leaves thickly dark and molten
as we walk
in single rank along the bank.

The living river far below
a dark brownish steady flow
then shower of sun
gently catches golden larche.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Bobos Babes Adventures: A Magical Halloween by Karen M. Bobos

Book Title:  BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN by Karen M. Bobos
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-10),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Publisher:  Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date:   September 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone. It’s a children’s Halloween-themed book about magic and sisterhood.

Book Description:

It’s Halloween time in the land of Harmony, and the Bobos Babes are ready for some fun!

When Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne visit Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique to look for Halloween costumes, they find Lily has left aside three special masks for them. The ladybug informs the sisters that they must wait until noon on Halloween to try on the mysterious masks but assures them they will have the best costumes in all of the land of Harmony.

The sisters can hardly wait, counting down the minutes on Halloween until they can don their curious masks. When the time comes, they learn their secret masks are enchanted, and the girls are magically transformed into the costumes of their dreams.

​After a fun outing Trick-or-Treating, the little monster, witch, and ghost — or sisters — agree that this was the best Halloween of all.


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My Review

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

Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne are the Bobos Babes. They’re sisters and they’re getting read for Halloween. When they go to Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique, they are given magical masks that make this their best Halloween ever!

A Magical Halloween is told in rhyme and the illustrations are fantastic with bright vibrant colors. The different costumes in the illustrations are creative and will encourage children to use their imagination. This is definitely a good book to read for Halloween or any time during the year.

About the Author

Karen M. Bobos began writing poetry and stories at the early age of ten. She is a life-long Chicagoan who now raises her family in the downtown area. During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, Chicago also became a city of unrest. Trying to keep her three young daughters in a world of magic during such scary times, the Bobos Babes Adventures were born. Her goal was to create a world of Harmony for her family and hopefully for others to escape, even if only for a moment.

The first book of the series, The Case of the Giggles, was published in December 2020. The Missing Egg launched in March 2021. The Lion’s Secret was published in June 2021, a tribute to her mother and late father’s incredible love story.  The Lovey That Came to Life and The Bobcat Birthday Party will be releasing in the upcoming months.​

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Giveaway

Enter to win a signed copy of Karen Bobos’ BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: MAGICAL HALLOWEEN! (one winner/USA only)

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Book Review: One More Kill by Carolyn Arnold

He marks them for death. Then he hunts them like prey.

He told her to run. And she did. As fast as her legs would take her, but it wasn’t fast enough…

The bodies of a husband and wife are found in a patch of woods in small-town, rural Arkansas by a neighboring farmer. They were shot with an arrow, gutted, and left to bleed out. The killer also removed their eyes and replaced them with large cat’s-eye marbles. The murder method and signature are too bizarre to point toward an isolated incident, and FBI Special Agent Brandon Fisher recognizes this right away. His boss with the Behavioral Analysis Unit, Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper, confirms that he’s crossed paths with this killer several years ago, and he has a voracious appetite for blood. In fact, Jack’s seen his work firsthand—six times, three couples, in three states.

Brandon, Jack, and the rest of the team head to Arkansas for one purpose: to bring down the ruthless and elusive serial killer who calls himself “the Leopard.” Versatile and adaptive, this madman hunts his prey like a wild, hungry cat—tracking them, then striking with swift viciousness. But just as the FBI think they might finally be getting closer to the Leopard’s true identity, he adapts his method and starts killing people faster than ever before.

Racing to catch up, and struggling to get one step ahead, the FBI comes to uncover buried family secrets that aid the investigation—while at the same time, flipping it on its head. Suddenly, the hunters are now the hunted. And while this case has haunted Jack since he joined the Bureau, things are about get more personal and dangerous than he ever would have imagined. If he and his team aren’t careful, one of them—or someone they love—may become the Leopard’s next victim.

A totally gripping and heart-pounding crime thriller. Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Catherine Coulter.

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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 have read several of Carolyn Arnold’s books, and I’ve enjoyed every one of them, so I was happy to read another one.

Brandon Fisher works for the BAU with the FBI. When they are called to investigate murders by an unsub who they thought had stopped killing 15 years ago, Brandon’s boss, Jack, is thrown for a loop. The Leopard, as the killer calls himself, was Jack’s first case and had never been solved. It’s not usual for Jack to be emotional about cases, but this one is different.

Even though the team Brandon works on is does a great job at solving cases, they each have their own problems, and Carolyn Arnold does a good job at developing each character. She makes them seem real, just like you or me (probably with better solving skills though).

This book starts with a horrific murder of a couple. Not only were they gutted, but their eyeballs were removed and replaced with cat’s eye marbles. I still cringe when I think of those dead marble-filled eyes.

I like Carolyn Arnold’s writing whether it’s a cozy mystery or an FBI thriller or something in between. Her writing flows well and her characters are realistic. If you like murder mysteries, serial killers, and/or the TV shows like Criminal Minds, you will like the Brandon Fisher series.

About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.

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Book Review: Amazing Facts for Kids by Rob Willis

Do you know …. why people sneeze? Or why the sun is round? Or why birds don’t fall when they sleep on a branch? If animals are allergic to humans? You can learn all this and more, about dinosaurs, lizards, the human body, and many other topics in this book.

I’m sure everyone loves awesome facts … and there’s no better news than a totally random and fascinating fact that changes your entire perspective on the world. And if you like reading random facts like these, this book is definitely for you.

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 read Jokes for Kids last year and thought it was a good book for kids to read especially at that time to help alleviate boredom. Since I liked it, I was happy to read Amazing Facts for Kids as well.

This book is great if you like trivia. As an adult, I learned a lot so adults will probably enjoy it as much as kids. For example, did you know that mongooses aren’t afraid of venomous snakes? Are mongooses dumb or crazy? No. Snake venom doesn’t hurt them because their cells are different from other animals in their protein composition.

There are a lot of interesting facts about animals, the human body, space, Earth, natural phenomena, marine animals, water, and more. I knew a few of them but many were new to me. So if you like reading about random and interesting facts, Amazing Facts for Kids is a book to check out.

Audiobook Review: Malice in Miami by Barbara Venkataraman

Reluctant family law attorney Jamie Quinn is loving life–and why wouldn’t she? Her boyfriend Kip is back from Australia, her long-lost dad finally has his visa and she’s about to start her dream job at an art foundation. But it all falls apart when Jamie is accused of stealing priceless art from a rare book collection. If she can’t find out who framed her, she can kiss her dream job good-bye–and her law license too. Meanwhile, Kip has problems of his own. Now an environmental activist, he uncovers a deadly secret–one that just might get him killed. Jamie’s in trouble, Kip’s in danger, and Duke Broussard has gone AWOL. How could Jamie’s favorite P.I. abandon her at a time like this?

Available on Amazon.

My Review

I have listened to several of Barbara Venkataraman’s books. I like her sense of humor and enjoy listening to her books. Malice in Miami was no exception.

The writing flows well and there are several different stories going on at the same time. Jamie has been offered a job with the Andrea Lowenthal Art Fund. Of course, she still has some cases at her law firm that have to be finished up, and one of them turns out not to have a quick or easy outcome. There is a murder but it comes pretty late in the story and is quickly solved.

Jamie’s boyfriend Kip is finally back but he’s still gone a lot. This guy can not sit still! Jamie must truly love him because she seems okay with him being gone. He starts working with an environmental group and they end up with some interesting (and dangerous) findings.

Duke is Jamie’s go to PI and is a good friend. I didn’t think I’d like him when he was introduced in the first book but he’s a good guy and a good friend. He has turned out to be my favorite character. Barbara Venkataraman describes him perfectly: “That was Duke. A dash of debauchery and a pinch of chivalry marinated in tequila and rolled into one good time Charlie.”

I definitely recommend this book but I would have enjoyed it more if I’d read it rather than listened to it. The narrator is okay and she does very well with the different voices. I would have liked a little more animation when she was narrating though.

Malice in Miami one of those books that leaves you with a good feeling. It is part of a series but does stand on its own.

About the Author

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: “The Fight for Magicallus”, a children’s fantasy; “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”, a humorous short story; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.” 

Her Jamie Quinn cozy mystery series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo”, “The Case of the Killer Divorce”, “Peril in the Park”, “Engaged in Danger” and, just released, “Jeopardy in July.”  All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.