Audiobook Review: Believe by Nanette O’Neal

Best friends share everything, right? Unless it’s a secret that could cost them their lives. Robyn and Kit are born with forbidden magic-sense, the power to see and hear beyond Earthly sight and sound. It’s a curse that haunts them, but the girls are strangely drawn to it—could there be more to this power than they’ve been told?

When they spill their secret, it opens a doorway back to Forever—a beautiful realm where magic-sense began. They learn the truth: they have been given a noble gift. It connects them to the Skyborn royalty of this new world. They’ve been summoned back by the forces for good to preserve the kingdom and revive the power where it once flourished—on Earth. It can thrive again, if Robyn and Kit are brave enough to follow.

However, the doorway awakens more than magical fairy-tales. A dark force is unleashed—one that has battled the Skyborn since time began, and it wants the girls dead, the Earth destroyed.

Beyond the doorway is where the adventure begins—trickery, kidnapping, a prison break, rescue teams, sword fights, magical gold-dust, holographic medallions, and singing orbs—but only for those who have the courage to believe.

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My Review

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

Kit and Robyn are new friends, but they both believe in magic which is now a crime. In fact, they both have magic-sense, the power to see and hear more than most people on Earth can. They end up in another world where magic, both good and bad, is everywhere. Nanette O’Neal has built an interesting new world, and I look forward to reading more about it.

Kit, Robyn, and Cam (Robyn’s brother) are just starting their adventures in Believe. They each face their own challenge as they face the dark force that wants them dead. Will they all survive the threats that they face?

The narrator, Joe Christensen, has a voice that is pleasant to listen to. He has good pace and timing, and he brought the story to life.

Believe is a great book for middle-grade readers. It has magic, adventure, fantasy, suspense, battles…it has everything most kids love to read about!

About the Author

Nanette O’Neal is a five-time published author, certified transformational story coach, and professional speaker. Ever since childhood, Nanette was fascinated with the nature of storytelling and how it has the ability to connect us to our higher self and change lives for the good. She uses the power of story to help people find clarity, gain courage, and walk with confidence to become the hero of the most important story of all—the story of you.

A Doorway Back to Forever is a seven-novel series for teens and families designed to entertain, awaken courage, and magnify the divine power within the human soul. The books of the series are Believe, Trust, Defend, Honor, Remember, Restore, and Become. Remember is the most recently released (October 2020) while Restore and Become are scheduled for publication in 2021. Nanette O’Neal is a 2020 top-ten finalist in Fantasy for the global Author Elite Award for Honor, book four in the series. Nanette currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband. She loves her family, hiking, Star Trek, and dogs. 

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Robyn and Kit are best friends who share everything—unless it could get them killed. They both have magic-sense, a dangerous curse where they see and hear things beyond earthly sight and sound. Robyn sees things that aren’t there, and Kit hears voices when no one is in the room. They dare not tell each other because it could get them arrested, but they can’t stop thinking about it. Finally, when the local bully, Logan, goes too far and teases Robyn about her secret in front of Kit, they spill their guts to each other and a magical doorway appears. It has a special message carved on it: Welcome Skyborn Warrior. Your Awakening is Now. It’s an invitation to step through, but there’s a problem: Robyn sees it, but Kit doesn’t.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Eye for Eye Trilogy by J.K. Franko

If you like smart, fast-paced thrillers with unexpected twists, then you’ll love J.K. Franko’s Eye for Eye Trilogy!

“REALISTIC & CHILLING!” – Mystery Thriller Week

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Legal
Published by: Talion Publishing
Publication Date: October 5, 2020
Number of Pages:1050

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My Review

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

The Eye for Eye Trilogy is fast-paced with surprises around every corner. It had many characters, and I can’t think of one that I liked, but each character was different in their own unique way. None of the main characters seemed to have a real problem with murder.

I thought having Roy and Susie’s therapist as the narrator of the books was ingenious. It did make sense, though, since they were both sociopaths so they’d seek understandably seek help.

This is a great trilogy that I especially enjoyed because I could read the books back to back. I did feel there was some superfluous text and occasionally just wanted the author to get to the point.

Eye for Eye

“NEW TWIST ON STRANGERS ON A TRAIN”
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Roy and Susie are on a skiing holiday, trying to take a break from the constant reminders of their daughter, tragically killed by a careless driver. Out of the blue they meet Deb and Tom, another couple with a tragic past and a shocking proposal to put things right.

As the bodies accumulate, secrets are revealed and alliances crumble. Ultimate survival depends on following the rules for a perfect murder. And the first rule is… leave no singing bones.

My Review

Eye for an Eye was my favorite of the three books. I think it was because I didn’t know what to expect and there were so many surprises. Once I got into the book, it was difficult to put down. There was so much going on!

At first, I felt sorry for the couples, and I can’t imagine what I would be capable of if one of my children were raped or killed. As events unfolded, however, I was shocked not only because of the lack of remorse but the deception! Roy, Susie, and Deb had so many secrets from others and from each other.

If you only have time to read one of the books in this trilogy, this is the one I’d recommend.

The Trial of Joe Harlan Junior

A college Halloween party. A night of fun, dress-up, and laughter. But for Kristy Wise, it quickly became a night of horror.

Now, Joe Harlan Junior, entrepreneur and son of a prominent senator, is at risk of losing everything as he stands accused of a crime he insists he did not commit.

Yet the facts are undisputed: Kristy was drugged, and she did have sex with Joe.

But was it consensual?

Read the story. Listen to the testimony. Is everything that happens next justified?

YOU decide.

My Review

In my kindle version of the trilogy, this prequel popped up. It’s a court document (mostly) about Joe Harlan Jr.’s trial that was the subject of a lot of the first book, so it was a nice addition. It’s short but enlightening. I would have read it before the first book if I’d known it was there, but I think I got more out of it after having read book one first.

Tooth for Tooth

What would YOU do?

What would you do if you got away with murder? Would you stop there? Could you?

Susie and Roy thought that they committed the perfect crime.

Their planning was meticulous. Their execution flawless.

But, there is always a loose end, isn’t there? Always a singing bone.

Now, while enemies multiply and suspicions abound, their perfect world begins to crumble.

The hunters have become the hunted.

My Review

Book two started slower than the first book, but eventually it was very good. I made myself a note to be sure to mention that “these people are horrible.”

Those affected by the murders had more of role in this book. Deb and Tom’s daughter, Kristy, the girl who was raped, sought answers. Eventually, of course, she sought revenge. The parents of those murdered in book one also wanted answers. There were also many new characters and more crazy twists and, of course, more murders. There was so much going on! I was surprised that I could keep the characters and events straight in my mind, but I was so invested in the story that it was easy.

At the end of Tooth for Tooth I couldn’t imagine how much more craziness could happen to these people!

Life for Life

What would YOU do if someone threatened your family?

Roy Cruise and his pregnant wife Susie barely survived an assassination attempt in their own home. The police now have them under surveillance. Meanwhile, Kristy Wise is a loose cannon—she knows too much and is trying to “set things right.”

What goes around comes around. And in this case, Roy and Susie may have pushed things too far. There are too many dead bodies. Too many foes plotting against them.

Roy and Susie must outwit the police and neutralize their enemies once and for all. If not, their days of retribution may end behind bars… or six feet under.

My Review

Life for Life had some of the same craziness especially in the first third of the book. A lot of book three was a trial…yes, someone was finally caught. While some aspects of the trial were interesting and there was a surprise or two, there was a lot of testimony that repeated events from the first two books. As a result, although interesting, it wasn’t the page turner that the first two were.

The ending wasn’t what I expected, but there was a lot in the trilogy that wasn’t expected! I look forward to reading book four.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman

Book Title:  Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Dec 2 to Dec 22, 2020
Content Rating:  G for everyone

When Jordy discovers a magic wand, he learns he can do just that. Whenever he wants some peace and quiet, all he has to do is say “ABRACADABRA WHOOPSIE,” and . . .POOF! His little sister Keeka vanishes. When he’s ready for her to come back, he simply says it reversed: “WHOOPSIE ABRACADABRA.” What could possibly go wrong?


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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.

I love this silly book! As the oldest child, I understand Jordy’s frustration with his little sister and wanting her to disappear. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could use a magic stick once in a while to make someone disappear?

Of course, Jordy is in heaven being able to poof his sister away whenever he gets frustrated or annoyed. But what if she disappears forever? He realizes that he loves his sister and would miss her. It’s a good lesson for children to learn. What an amazing gift this would be for a child who has just become an older brother or sister!

The text is easy to read, although children might need help with a few of the longer words the first time as well as one of the names. The illustrations are beautiful, bright and colorful.

About the Author

Adam Kargman lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and their two children. He was inspired to write Abracadabra Whoopsie after witnessing the sibling rivalry between his kids, which led him to wonder what would really happen if one sibling’s dream to make the other one vanish came true.

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Book Review: And The Creek Don’t Rise by R.M. Gilmore

On her twentieth birthday, Lynnie Russell—just a little ol’ thing from down in Havana, Arkansas—falls in love under a full silver moon.

Waking up the next morning naked and caked in blood, Lynnie is faced with a horrifying truth. She’s death incarnate.

In a race to unearth what she’s become, Lynnie must hide her beastly thing from those she loves most. If only to keep them alive.

When an unexpected ally offers help, how can she refuse?

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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.

And The Creek Don’t Rise started out as a budding romance between Lynnie and Rusty who knew each other all of their lives. On her 20th birthday, she just learned that he loved her, and she realized that she may love him as well…then BAM! Lynnie’s life changed forever.

I could feel her heartache and confusion as Lynnie struggled to deal with who or what she had become. I felt so bad for Lynnie until she eventually accepted her fate and became a badass warrior!

The characters are unique, and I enjoyed getting to know them. My favorite characters were Lynnie’s grandma and Mama Lee. They were both amazing “older” women.

R.M. Gilmore has a distinctive sense of humor which is clear even in this crazy fantasy. All of the books I’ve read by her are original, and And The Creek Don’t Rise isn’t any different. I’m looking forward to reading more!

 

★★★★★ “… a spellbinding story that is unique and original… …haunting, spine-tingling story that sparks the imagination and provokes nightmares.” – Reader’s Favorite

★★★★★ “And The Creek Don’t Rise is a bold mystical fantasy novel that demands to be read in one sitting.” -IndiesToday

★★★★★ “Two words… MORE PLEASE!” – L.C. Son, author of the Beautiful Nightmare series

★★★★★ “Intricately researched, finely crafted, dynamic and completely brilliant… will claw your heart out.” – Ravin Tija Maurice, author of the Prophecy Girl series

★★★★★ “Absolutely fascinating. I WANT MORE!” – Julia Mills, USA Today and NYT Bestselling Author

★★★★★ “Gripping fantasy that won’t let you go.” – Jody A. Cummings, author of the Phoenix Rising series

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Hattie walked me to the door and made sure Garret was there ready for me before leaving in a hurry. She’d wanted more from me than I could give. I’d tell her sorry on a day I wasn’t recovering from second-degree murder. Or would it be manslaughter? I’d slaughtered a man and I didn’t mean to do it. Maybe I could claim insanity. I didn’t know anything about the law but what I watched on Law & Order, and not one of those episodes covered accidental creatures killing under a bright blue moon.

“I made your bed up, Lynn. I got some pot roast in the cooker on the counter if you’re hungry.” He tried—hard as it was for him to be nurturing. I wasn’t even angry with him anymore for leaving me in the hospital. He was hurting more than he could handle. It rolled off him like heat on the pavement. There wasn’t anything I could do for him. I was hurting enough for the both of us.

“I’m fine. I just wanna sleep. I need to lay down a bit.” I walked past him, head down, to my bedroom at the end of the hallway and shut the door.

The second I was alone, my cheeks flushed and my bottom lip shook, but I downright refused to cry again. I swore to myself then that I would not cry over any of it until morning. I would sleep, eat, and then figure out what in the hell I was gonna do with myself.

I laid back, pulled the covers up over my head, and tried not to think anymore. Garret rustled around in the kitchen. I knew there’d be a mess for me to clean in the morning. He didn’t cook much, which was fine with me because I tended to have more work when he did the cooking than when I did.

I listened to my brother fumbling around in cabinets and drawers and tried to sleep. My eyes closed, breathing slowed, heart took a second to catch up. Blackness took over.

I startled awake, limbs frantic, reaching out for anything to stop me from falling. I swallowed hard and flipped the covers off my head. The yellow light outside had turned pale blue, casting shadows over my room.

My eyes focused on a deep black figure in the corner. I gasped, and choked, and blinked at the thing. My stomach dropped six inches when the shape moved out of the shadow and I could see what it was.

About the Author

R.M. Gilmore is a paranormal and mystery/suspense writer and creator of the occult bestselling Dylan Hart series. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her teenage minion, bearded man-child, and toys still in the box. With an awkward and incessant sense of humor, it is likely she will die laughing.

“Star-crossed lovers and dead things. It’s what I do.” – R.M. Gilmore

Website http://www.RMGilmore.com
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Book Review & Giveaway: Randolph the Christmas Moose by Gerry Gibson

Randolph the Moose lives with his mother in the Great White North. After a chance encounter with the reindeer from Santa Claus’ sleigh-pulling team, Randolph finds new joy in trail running as he trains to join the reindeer in Santa’s flight school. But when the head elf places him at the workshop loading dock instead (due to his tremendous bulk), Randolph has to use his brains and work ethic to earn respect at his new job… and even save Christmas.

Imagine Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer, except…

– Randolph has a healthy self-image

– Randolph has a more positive outlet for his feelings

– Randolph runs, but not away from his problems

– Randolph is pro-active, refusing to let Santa’s workshop define him as a moose

BE YOUR OWN MOOSE!

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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.

Randolph the Christmas Moose is a funny and delightful story about a moose who wants to participate in the reindeer games. It surprised me when Rudolph, of all the reindeer, told him no. How ironic is that?

Randolph kind of reminds me of Rudolph except instead of pouting, he works toward his goal. His mom helps him to realize that he doesn’t want to be a reindeer, he wants to be all he can be as a moose.

Randolph the Christmas Moose is a fun story with great illustrations that children will enjoy. Even better, it teaches children to work hard and be true to themselves. It also shows that stereotyping is not only unfair, but it doesn’t work in a business.

I love the changes that Randolph causes. Just think of how much better our world would be if we could all be as proactive as Randolph!

Randolph the Christmas Moose empowers kids to find the unique leader within themselves and to not allow stereotyping to limit their potential.”
–AUSTIN HIGHSMITH GARCES, author of The Miracle Tree and actor in Dolphin Tale 1 and 2

Randolph the Christmas Moose, filled with humor and character building, shares a twist to a familiar tale to produce an important message about how children can be hard-working, determined and true to themselves.”
–ADAM DOVICO, educator and author of When Kids Lead, The Limitless School and Inside the Trenches

“This is a charming and funny story that will not only entertain kids, but also help them understand that other people’s opinions don’t define them.”
–LINDSAY THOMPSON, filmmaker and writer for PBS’ Arthur

Randolph the Christmas Moose addresses many important childhood themes, including acceptance, endurance and bullying, without sounding ‘preachy.'”
–SUE ELDER, Ed.D., public and elementary school librarian, educator and bibliophile

Learn more at www.GerryGibsonAuthor.com

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A former teacher, Gerry Gibson is a writer, filmmaker, soccer coach, and YouTube/podcast host. His initial foray into children’s literature, Randolph the Christmas Moose, is being published by Loving Healing Press in 2020. Gerry currently lives with his wife, Courtney, his sons, Bennett and Turner, and countless other microorganisms in Winston-Salem, NC. He writes stories for kids because that’s what he is: a big, grey-haired kid.

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Book Review & Giveaway: This is the Earth by Deedee Cummings

Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children
Publisher:  Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019

Content Rating: G

A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

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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.

This is the Earth is for young children. It is full of vibrant colors and the story shows them that we’re all basically the same no matter where we come from. It encourages us to care for and respect each other and with that comes peace.

The colors will keep the attention of young children and that will encourage them to read this book over and over, which will help the message sink in. There are discussion questions and more information about peace in the back that would be great for older children.

If you are concerned about our world and all that is happening, This is the Earth is a book that will share the message of peace to children. If all of our children saw themselves as part of one big family, the Earth could be much more peaceful in the future.

About the Author

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

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Book Review & Giveaway: In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings

Book Title: In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make A Way Media
Release date:  November 2019

Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.


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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.

What a great Christmas story for children! One of the things I like most about this book is that the characters are realistic. Nick is really into playing video games, and he has a bad habit of calling things stupid. He’s a typical kid!

One thing that’s not typical about him is his name: Nick Saint. He never realized it before, but when the mailman makes a mistake and delivers a letter that was addressed to Saint Nick, at first he calls him stupid but realizes that he’s not that stupid after all.

When Nick’s mom encourages him to find out more about his homeless classmate, Nick learns quite a lot. He never realized that many kids at his school don’t have things as good as him. I’m sure there are a lot of kids like him because it’s not something that many parents talk about to their children.

Nick not only saves someone else’s Christmas but he learns about the act of giving. He was also impressed that Cooper was asking Santa for things for his mom and brother but nothing for himself!

In the Nick of Time is a sweet and timely holiday story. It has colorful pictures, good-hearted characters, and a great lesson about our world and how we can help others.

About the Author

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Runaways of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

The Runaways Of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

Publisher:  Kindle Direct Press (September 1, 2020)
Category: Young Adult, Teen, Fantasy, Dragons

ISBN: 9798681416005
Available in Print and ebook, 394 pages

Luke Houser and his friends enter their junior year at Missing Lake High School under extremely unusual circumstances after a tremendous forest fire kept the community on edge for months. The memory of the fire permeates all aspects of everyone’s lives, including those of the incredible secret dragon family who live up north. Luke makes a new canine friend through his step-mom’s veterinary clinic and Chase plays an important role despite not being one of the family’s beloved sled dogs.

The silver dragon, Zagros has some serious news for his young Dragoneer that will impact the entire dragon realm, particularly the young dragons, Helios and Cassiel. Luke has to process this information all while a crisis unfolds during English class. Luke has to make some serious choices that challenge the sometimes awkward sixteen-year-old but he cannot share them with anyone without risking the discovery of the magnificent dragons.

This is the fourth book in the Missing Lake series that follows a reluctantly intrepid young man’s journey into adulthood with his family, friends, dogs, cats and dragons by his side.

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Guest Review by Sal

This is absolutely the kind of book that, while it’s technically a Young Adult novel, makes for an enjoyable story for all ages and reading levels.

Luke Houser is a teenager living in the town of Missing Lake, Montana, and he has a seemingly normal life. He and his father own a group of sled dogs which Luke spends much of his time caring for, and, on top of that, his step-mother is a veterinarian, so Luke is well versed in animal care.

Just before the beginning of the book, Luke and his family are forced to evacuate their house due to local wildfires that are encroaching on Missing Lake. Packing up their dogs and everything else that is important to them, they leave town for several weeks. Around the time school is set to begin, Luke’s family returns to find that their house is still standing although the smell of the fires still lingers in town.
Everything goes seemingly back to normal, but for Luke, normal is a little different.

Since he was fifteen, Luke has been a Dragoneer, a keeper of a family of dragons that lives on a mountain outside of Missing Lake. The head of the family, an ancient dragon named Zagros, shares a telepathic link with Luke through which the two are able to communicate. Having survived the fires that ravaged the area, Zagros now tells Luke that his family is in danger from a more long term threat. The dragons need Luke’s help to save themselves from extinction in the future.

This was a great story with a very worthwhile moral in the end. Luke and his family and friends were excellent characters that made for a rich, interesting world.
Tanya Fyfe’s writing is spellbinding and her usage of atmosphere within the town of Missing Lake was pitch perfect. She has crafted a story here that is enjoyable, heartwarming and thrilling and is definitely worth the read. I have to give it all 5 stars!

Praise for Secrets Abound Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

“Winner of the Distinguished Favorite for Teens”- NYC Big Book Awards and the Independent Book Awards in 2018

“I so enjoy this series. With his anxieties about school, his love for his family’s sled dogs, and his adventures helping his stepmother in her veterinary clinic, Luke Houser is a very believable teenager in the mountainous wilds of Montana. Most of his problems are perfectly normal for a boy in his circumstances.
So his involvement with the local dragons feels totally natural.
The antics of the baby dragons once they hatch, especially the golden boy dragon, Helios (who is all boy too) are just as realistic feeling as those of Luke’s school friends. You get the feeling that dragons could be just as real as broken marriages and sick dogs. And you wonder how the dragons and dragoneers ever got by without good veterinary support for all these hundreds of years. No wonder they’re nearly extinct!”-Lora of Ettria

“While the third book in the series, I didn’t have a problem reading it without having read the previous two.  I enjoyed Luke’s interactions with the dragons and all they go through.  I was invested in these characters and what happened.  I found Luke and his family to be realistic as were all the problems (outside of the dragons) that he was having.  It is a clean book, which I love, and is just good.  I would let my young teens on up read this, I think they would enjoy it!”-Ashley’s Bookshelf

“The descriptions of North Dakota, Montana, and Vancouver are well written and help the reader sink into the story.  The characters and dialogue keep the pace going and makes for a book that is hard to put down. The ‘Secrets Abound Missing Lake’ is a memorable book that I plan to share with my grandchildren when they are a little older.  I also plan to read the first two books in the series and can hardly wait for book 4.  This book is a must read for those who like coming of age stories and dragons.  Actually animal lovers would love it as well.”-Sal, Bound 4 Escape

About the Author

Award winning author Tanya Fyfe was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada and trained and performed as a professional figure skater and coach for many years. After working briefly as an English Teacher in Japan, she met her husband, Dr.Alistair Fyfe and moved to North Dakota in 1994.

She completed her BSc and then got accepted into veterinary school in Saskatchewan which she graduated from in 2005. Since then she has worked as a veterinarian in ND and Montana.

Tanya has written stories since she was a little girl and enjoyed completing a course with the Children’s Institute of Literature several years ago. She began writing her teen fiction series in 2013 which began with Lost and Found in Missing LakeThe Dragons of Missing Lake followed and then Secrets Abound in Missing Lake came next. Around the time of publication she started selling real estate in Montana (because, clearly, she was not busy enough) but was still able to jump back into the story to complete Book 4, The Runaways of Missing Lake.

She enjoys hanging out with her characters and tries to give readers a sense of what it is truly like to live in the beautiful mountains of western Montana. She enjoys spending time on any golf course with her husband and they canoe, hike and ride horses as well. They share their world with 5 adorable cats, several horses and 3 ridiculously personable ferrets.

Website: https://tanyafyfe.com/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanyafyfe
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Book Review & Giveaway: My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn

Book Title:  My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   August, 2020

Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

This story is about Rosie, who lives in Chicago. Within three weeks she lost all of her hair and asked, “Where did it go?” Rosie loved to rock the bald, without even skipping a beat. She happily wore sunscreen -not even a hat!- in the summer heat. At bedtime, Rosie would tell her own stories with a smile on her face. She’d imagine her hair going on magical adventures all over the place. From a young age, Rosie loved herself and was not phased by her look, So her mother decided to share her spirit to teach others through this book. Come on this adventure with a confident bald girl, Who tells us Bald is beautiful! as she smiles with a twirl. We hope this book can inspire you to love others as they are, And to love yourself every day, whether your hair is near or far.

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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.

What an inspiring story for children as well as adults! Rosie is a real person and her mom is the author, Paula Quinn. When Rosie lost all of her hair, she wasn’t fazed. She was diagnosed with alopecia, but she would tell people that her hair went on vacation. She showed others how to love yourself even if you’re a little different…especially because you’re a little different.

It’s obvious that Rosie and her mother feel that helping those with low self-esteem is important. They’ve even started a mission to help others who are struggling to restore confidence, happiness, and pride.

My Hair Went on Vacation is adorable and has cute and colorful illustrations and rhyming text. It teaches children and adults to love yourself and others as they are. This is definitely a book I recommend!

About the Author

Paula and Rosie Quinn are the founders of Coming Up Rosies, a nonprofit dedicated to fulfilling Rosie’s dream to make bald kids like her smile confidently. At two years old, Rosie was diagnosed with alopecia universalis, an incurable autoimmune disease that results in baldness. From a young age, Rosie taught her parents how to embrace her difference by coming up with magical adventures of her hair each night before bed. Despite Rosie’s confidence, awkward questions and comments about her baldness started to bother Rosie. One day, her parents surprised her with a head scarf made from one of her paintings. Rosie immediately felt confident again, and wanted to share this feeling of pride with all bald children. Rosie lives in Chicago with her sister Caroline, her parents Paula and Larry, and their bernedoodle, Enzo. As a family, they love to go to Cubs games, have dance parties, and cook Italian dinners at home.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Feast: Other Horrifying Tales by David Vorhees

Feast: Other Horrifying Tales by David Vorhees

Publisher:  Amazon (August 31, 2019)
Category: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Supernatural

ISBN: 978-1670514585
Available in Print and ebook, 209 pages

A collection of short stories that take place on different holidays over the course of the year. The collection opens with “A New Year, a New Day, a New Life.” Grant Curtis is arrested on New Year’s Day and charged with the murder of his wife Carla. In “Easter: The Resurrection,” a resurrected Kyle Gardner seeks vengeance on Pastor Brian.

“The Vengeance of Cassidy Clay” is a narrative poem that takes place on Halloween. The poem tells the story of a slave-hunter who haunts the woods long after his death and many more spine chilling tales.

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Guest Review by Laura Lee

A series of short stories that will make your skin tingle and your heart skip a beat. ‘The Feast: And Other Horrifying Tales’ by David Vorhees is a short story collection like none that I have ever read before. Every story in this collection is based around a holiday, New Years Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and every one is more spine chilling than the last.

From the tale of a man who kills his wife and is haunted by the sound of her cellphone ringing, to the preacher carrying on a torrid affair who begins finding parts of his lover in Easter eggs hidden all around town, each story is scary and atmospheric.  One of the creepiest to me was the one that was set on Thanksgiving. It was a story about a young couple and their four-year-old son who goes off a back-country road in an accident and winds up having a very strange meal with a family that lives out in the rural wilderness.

Vorhees’ writing is both tense and suspenseful and every story kept me on the edge of my seat. I love the creativity of dedicating a story to every major holiday. As a horror fan, I got a thrill seeing how the author managed to take traditional wholesome holidays like Easter and Christmas and create a shocking and eerie scene from them. There were no weak stories in this like there are in most short story collections, every tale was unique in its own way.

I would love to read more from this author in the future. If he can come up with this original of an idea for a book of short stories, his other books must be just as interesting. Check this one out!

Praise for Feast

“Vorhees does a nice job of keeping a “theme” throughout (even as the stories change from tale to tale. This felt like one cohesive set of stories instead of a bunch of random ones thrown into a book.
The character building and storytelling were good and I thought that Vorhees was able to write short stories that felt realistic and new while also feeling “familiar”. What I mean by this is that they still feel like original stories but they don’t feel like brand new ideas. Just like some of the best horror films play on the same topics and plots – these stories benefit from good horror tropes.
If you’re a horror fan and a fan of horror short stories there’s bound to be something in this collection that’ll suit you. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and I’m glad that I had a chance to check it out.”-Brian’s Book Blog

“Most of the tales are deeply disturbing and be warned: you won’t be able to unsee them. This is a nod to the effectiveness of the author’s storytelling ability and gift for description.”-Kristine, Hall Ways Blog

“I thought each story was unique; I like the author’s writing style. I would recommend this to readers of dark fiction, if you like a little gore with your horror, and a realism that makes it stick with you after you are done. I could see giving this as a gift.”- Sarah, Quackzombie

“Mind-bending and wildly entertaining! I was hooked after the first story, and it just got better after that. The themed horror stories for each separate holiday was a new concept for me, making each story that much more riveting. The characters and scenes are well thought out and eerily relatable, which allows you to become immersed in the story. This collection of stories is a definite must read!”-Lyn Savage, Amazon

About the Author

David Vorhees joined the U.S. Navy after graduating Lima Central Catholic. Following his military service, he attended the University of Northwestern Ohio for Automotive business. He worked various factory jobs and attended the University of Phoenix online for a degree in arts with a focus in journalism. He recently worked for the Wapakoneta Daily News as a reporter/photographer/paginator.

He is the father of five and grandfather of five. He has always been interested in the occult and the scarier side of life. He loves history and the supernatural and truly believes there is nothing better than a good story.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorHorror
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thehoundofbakersville/

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