Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Bulwark by Brit Lunden

Book Title:  Bulwark by Brit Lunden
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  146 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Chelshire, Inc.
Release date:   January 2018

Content Rating:  PG + M due to violence and mild sex.

Series Details:

Bulwark: a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.

The beating heart of this anthology is Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden.

Sheriff Clay Finnes appears in each book, but he is not the main character in each book.

Every book is completely stand-alone. You can read the books in order or out of order.

About the Book

Clay Finnes is the sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong, and will Jenna ever come back to him. He’s troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life. Clay has to admit that the fantastical stories, told by an accident victim as well as unusual sightings of wolves, things are getting a bit strange. A visit to the ominous Gingerbread House makes him realize that his life as he knows it will never be the same.


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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.

I’m not always a big fan of fairy tale rewrites but Bulwark is a good one. It uses the idea of Hansel and Gretel but it’s very different. Yes, there’s a place called the Gingerbread House and there’s a witch, but the rest is quite different.

Poor Clay is a sheriff, a “regular guy,” who’s had a rough time of it after losing his child and then separating from his beloved wife because of that loss. What he thinks is going to be another normal day is anything but!

I like that there were two possible endings. Which one is better? I haven’t been able to decide. They both have qualities of a good ending.

The narrator took me a minute to get used to. He was not what I expected, but I liked him. He had good timing, and I enjoyed the way he presented the story.

Bulwark is short but I enjoyed listening to it, and I look forward to listening to the next book, The Knowing.

About the Author

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

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Book Review & Giveaway: Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday by Alysson Foti Bourque

Book Title:  Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   March 17, 2020
Content Rating:  G

A “Mom’s Choice Award Winner”! Alycat’s brother, Bugsy, is playing in a golf tournament with some of his friends, and wants to use his lucky ball to win the game. But when Alycat forgets his lucky ball at home, Bugsy learns what luck is really all about. Can Bugsy win the tournament without his lucky ball? Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday is part of the Alycat Series: alycatseries.com.

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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 cute story! Alycat’s brother Bugsy has a lucky ball for when he plays golf. On their way to a golf tournament, Alycat realizes that she brought the wrong ball for him, but she draws on it to make him think it’s his lucky ball. Bugsy plays well without the lucky ball and realizes after he finds out what Alycat did, that he doesn’t need one after all.

This adorable story with colorful pictures teaches that luck isn’t as important as practice and hard work. Also, at the end there is a page called, “Alycat’s ABCs of Golf.” It lists a word that is related to golf for every letter of the alphabet. Such a fun way for children to learn new words! And adults, too. There are a couple of words there that I didn’t know.

Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday is a good book to get for young children, and I have a feeling it’s one of those that they’ll want to read (or want you to read) over and over again.

About the Author

Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the award-winning Alycat series. Alysson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center.

After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. Alysson enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves wholeheartedly.

AWARDS & HONORS

The Alycat Series has won several prestigious awards including:
Three Mom’s Choice Awards®
Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Best Book Award Finalist
NY Big Book Award
Reviewed by Midwest Book Review
Southern Festival of Books Panelist
Louisiana Book Festival Featured Author

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter   Facebook  ~  Instagram ~ Pinterest

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Book Review: Trigger Point Therapy Made Simple by Richard Finn

A practical guide to at-home pain relief with trigger point therapy

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, dealing with a chronic condition, or experiencing daily headaches―trigger point therapy can provide pain relief. Those hidden, tender knots in your muscles―also known as trigger points―may be small but they can cause a huge amount of pain. Trigger Point Therapy Made Simple puts healing in your hands so you can stop living in pain and get back to thriving in your life.

Learn the ropes of trigger point therapy with an overview of what causes trigger points, how trigger point therapy works, and what to expect. Organized by muscle, the illustrated, step-by-step instructions will help you find relief from injuries, fibromyalgia, and other myofascial pain conditions with gentle, easy motions and massage techniques. At-home treatment should be simple and effective―and now it is.

Trigger Point Therapy Made Simple includes:

Beyond massage―Treat your muscles and your nervous system in 4 easy steps for maximum long-lasting pain relief.
Anatomical aids―Handy anatomical illustrations let you pinpoint where your pain is and show you how to perform the gentle movements that will help you heal.
Mind and body―Retrain your brain with a holistic approach to treatment, including helpful habits, breathing exercises, and stress-relief tips.
Move better and recover faster with Trigger Point Therapy Made Simple.

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.

Although this book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I did find it helpful. I have chronic pain and this does work a lot of the time. What I found interesting is that I’ve instinctively massaged trigger points not knowing why it helped, especially when I have headaches.

As with anything, you need to individualize what will work for you. I don’t find it helpful to do all 4 steps all the time. Treating the trigger points works mostly for me, but the other steps can help certain pain at certain times.

Trigger Point Therapy Made Simple is exactly that…simple. It’s easy to understand. It also has illustrations of the trigger points. I recommend this book for anyone looking for help with pain. It’s especially helpful nowadays when pain pills aren’t readily available for those with chronic pain.

Book Review: Owly Trilogy by Orla Kelly

These short animal action and adventure stories set in a magic forest capture the very essence of childhood. Set in the world of forest animals who start off as strangers and enemies but who learn: to recognize the value of each other, the collective power of teamwork, about caring for and looking after each other, about the magic healing power of nature, taking care of the environment, and making the world a better place. This is a forest story and is wonderful to read at nap time or bedtime or anytime for children of all ages. Because they capture children’s imagination they teach so much about imagination and play.

“As a mother, I strongly believe we need to nurture our children but yet equip them with life skills and social skills that will help develop them personally,” says Orla.

These books teach children life skills and are positive, uplifting and teach children through the story about bravery, overcoming challenges, looking out for each other, helping each other, appreciating all the good things in our lives, taking care of our environment, and making the world a better place to live.

Lovely books for bedtime stories for children ages 4-8.

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.

The stories of Owly and his friends have messages that are good for children to learn: being kind to others, helping others, being thankful for what we have, and trying to make the world a better place.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure what age these stories would appeal to. They’re too wordy for young children and they have no illustrations. Older children might find them too immature for their taste. The stories also are in need of editing.

I think with some editing and/or beta reading, these could be transformed into fun and informative books for youngsters.

Contact the Author

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Book Review & Giveaway: Time with Norma Jeane by Elyse Douglas

Time With Norma Jeane: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Time With Norma Jeane: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Publisher:  Broadback (January 13, 2020)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Time Slip, Women’s Fiction
Tour Dates March and April, 2020
ISBN: 978-1671646032
Available in Print and ebook, 258 pages
Time with Norma Jeane

Description

A young woman is hurled back to 1954 to spend a week with Marilyn Monroe.  Together, they embark on their own personal journeys — one a coming-of-age — the other, Marilyn’s journey, a struggle to reconcile with her past and perhaps change the future.

Guest Review by Laura Lee

Time travel books are always a big win for me. And time travel romances, doubly so. The author of this book, Elyse Douglas, is actually a married couple who write under that pseudonym and I have read and loved two of their books in the past. Both were time travel books with a twist so I knew that I would enjoy this one, too. And, of course, I was right!

“Time With Norma Jeane” pulled me in immediately with the introduction of the main character, Darla who is 16 and just recently lost her mother. Her father remarried quickly and Darla does not get along with her stepmother. The only solace that Darla finds in her day-to-day life comes when she watches old movies, particularly those that star Marilyn Monroe. Monroe was Darla’s mother’s favorite movie star and, in this small way, she feels as though she can connect with her departed mother.

One day, when Darla overhears her father and stepmother fighting, she decides to take a walk in the woods to get out of the house. While walking, Darla stumbles upon a strange, glowing path in the woods. Before she knows what is happening, she is transported back in time to the year 1954 and is almost hit by a car. When the driver steps out to check on her, it turns out that it was Marilyn Monroe herself driving. Of course, Marilyn is as kind and beautiful as she was in real life, and she brings Darla back to the house that she is staying at to make sure that she is okay. Marilyn and Darla become fast friends and spend a week together while Darla tries to figure out how to get back to her own time.

This book was both great fun and incredibly touching. I loved every minute!

Praise

“A delightful and enthralling read! Elyse Douglas captured magic and put it on the page.”—Ambling Bookworm Reviews

“This is just an astonishing read that will have you hooked on page one and won’t let go till the last. I read it all in one sitting and could not put it down.”—Donadee’s Corner Reviews

Praise for Lost Mata Hari Ring

“I am amazed by the research done into her characters, especially since with this book it is a known woman from the past – Mata Hari. From the moment Trace falls back in time, the descriptions of people and towns created a vision in my mind and I could imagine myself there observing the situations. This book captivated me to the end! If you like books that delve into past lives along with time travel, this is a book you should pick up and read!”-Storeybook Reviews

“I must say that the authors did a fantastic job in writing this book. I do not believe that time travel is possible nor do I believe in reincarnation. But while I was reading this book, I believed it was all possible. Part of me envied Trace Rutland for what she experienced, for the things she got to see. What an exciting thing! Well, except for the being thrown in prison part.  Once I was about halfway through the book, putting it down for any length of time proved to be impossible.”- Lisa’s Writopia

“This book has it all mystery, romance , history.  I really enjoyed it as I didn’t really know that much about Mata Hari.  I like historical fiction and this book was filled with history.  I am not a believer in past lives but I found myself being drawn into the story and holding my breath to see what would happen next.  A very well done story.  I would recommend it if you like historical fiction.”-Mindy, A Room Without Books Is Empty 

About the AuthorTime With Norma Jeane: Time Travel Novel by 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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Book Review: Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Years by Walter J. Cook and Kelsey M. Klaas

A complete guide with practical information and support for parents of children from newborn to three years old, by childcare experts at the renowned Mayo Clinic. Written by doctors who are also parents.

Updated and Revised 2nd edition.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Years is a trusted and essential resource for new and experienced parents alike. In this fully reviewed and updated second edition, you’ll find practical guidance on caring for the new little one in your family, from birth to age 3. Inside you’ll find evidence-based advice on giving your baby the best nutrition and introducing your toddler to solids, tips for forming healthy sleep habits, strategies for dealing with fussiness and tantrums, advice on establishing a secure bond with your child, monthly updates on your child’s growth and development, and much more.

My Review

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

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Years is an extensive guide for parents of children from newborn to 3 years old. It’s an excellent book for first time parents as well as experienced parents. If you have a question about your baby, or if you just want to see what milestones he or she should be reaching at each age, it’s a great resource.

I’m planning on getting another copy of this for our son who is a first time parent. They often have questions, and I don’t mind answering them, but I’m sure having the information on hand will be comforting.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Years is definitely a resource parents should have on hand.

Book Review: Five Minutes, Alfie by Lily Mae Walters

Alfie snuggles down in bed,
dreams still in his little head.

He dreams he’s a king going out for a ride.
“A dragon sleeps in front of the gate,” they cried.

How will they succeed in waking him up?
By helping each other and lots of luck.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Five-Minutes-Alfie-Lily-Walters/dp/1681607077

US – https://www.amazon.com/Five-Minutes-Alfie-Lily-Walters/dp/1681607077

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.

Five Minutes, Alfie is about Alfie whose mom has told him he has five minutes to get up. Like many of us, he falls back asleep and dreams…but what a dream! He’s a king and there’s a dragon asleep in front of the gate. How will they get out?

This book is cute and it kind of rhymes. The illustrations are bright and colorful and my favorite part of Five Minutes, Alfie. This would be a fun book to read to youngsters.

About the Author

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lilymaewalters/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/LilyMaeWalters1

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