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Book Review: 3 Hour Dad: Reading is Believing by Adam T. Hourlution

17 Oct

What would you do if you were suddenly told you were going to be a mum or dad without any notice? How would you react? What thoughts would go through your head? You haven’t prepared to be a parent, you’ve not made any arrangements and nobody in your family is aware.
Now imagine that not even the mum-to-be knew that she had been hiding a little person inside her tummy the entire time.
One day Adam, just your average, typical guy receives a call from his mother-in-law (to be !) summoning him to the hospital following his girlfriend being rushed in with suspected appendicitis only to discover that she is in fact having contractions and has been admitted to the labour ward.
This heart-warming and true story invites readers to step into Adam’s shoes and experience what it is like to be a 3 Hour Dad.
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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.

What a wonderful true story! This is a short book but it is delightful. The author and narrator is Adam and he got a phone call one night that his girlfriend was in the hospital…having a baby! Neither one of them had any clue that she was pregnant and she was in denial that she was even in labor. Of course, once she was pushing she had to accept their new reality. Although Adam was in shock, he stepped up and was immediately a caring father who learned quickly how to take care of his daughter.

If you’re looking for a book that will put a smile on your face, this is the book. It even made me giggle at times. Poor Adam really had a rough couple of days at first!

 

 

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Truth Kills by Nanci Rathbun

16 Oct

 

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Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 1

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Nov. 17, 2017

Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

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A murdered mistress. An accused mob boss. Can two detectives put their differences aside to find the real killer?

Angelina Bonaparte is starting from square one. After a messy divorce, the middle-aged librarian put down her books and picked up a new gig as a private investigator. When a mob boss heads to jail for his mistress’ murder, she has no issue with the womanizing scumbag rotting in prison. But when the suspect’s pregnant wife swears his innocence, Angelina can’t find it in her heart to refuse the case.

Already reluctant to get involved, her frustration grows when she’s forced to work alongside Ted Wukowski, a homicide detective who thinks a crime scene is no place for a woman. In the search for clues along the mistress’ long record of broken hearts and promises, Angelina’s natural charm is the perfect complement to her temporary partner’s take-no-prisoners interrogation style. And before long, she and Ted can feel their grudging respect transform into an undeniable attraction.

To solve the case and catch the murderer, the PI and the cop must learn to trust each other completely before an innocent man goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit…

Truth Kills is the first book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like fierce female detectives, unlikely partners, and nail-biting whodunits, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping crime thriller.

Buy Truth Kills today, and ride along with a hard-hitting detective who’s not afraid to reinvent herself!

 

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Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Narrator Bio

Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Truth Kills is a cozy mystery in which the lead character is not your typical one. Angelina Bonaparte is a in her fifties, is divorced, has grown children, and is a PI. She doesn’t need a man but doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life alone either. She has a “bozo” ex-husband and there’s a touch of romance with another man or two in this book that makes the story even more interesting.

The mystery in Truth Kills is pretty cut and dried and there aren’t any big surprises. It’s still an enjoyable read (or listen) because of the author’s humor and the character’s views on life. Being her age, I can identify with her well. The other characters are memorable and many of them aren’t what I’d consider “normal.” Her friends are quirky but the other people Angelina meets on the case have some warped views. 

The narrator has a nice voice to listen to and did a good job with flow and timing. I was also able to distinguish between the different people and enjoyed a couple of her accents.

I enjoyed listening to Truth Kills and I’m looking forward to starting the next book in the Angelina Bonaparte series, Cash Kills, hopefully tomorrow!

 

 

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Book Review: Big Bad Wolf by Nancy Gray

15 Oct

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Jane is ecstatic when she gets the role of Red Riding Hood in her school play, but she didn’t realize that they’d be using the stuffed wolf prop as the Big Bad Wolf. That tattered old prop has always scared her and, lately, she has been having strange dreams about it that make it seem like it’s something more.

Jane will have to get help to save herself from the hungry spirit that has haunted her people and her nightmares before it consumes her, or worse, escapes the prison of the last creature it took to sate its horrible appetite.

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

Big Bad Wolf is a scary story for middle grade readers and I think it would at least send a chill down the spine of young readers. Jane is in middle school and gets the lead part in a play as Red Riding Hood. The wolf is an old stuffed wolf that was donated by a family and it scares her and gives her bad dreams.

Of course Jane tries to tell herself that she’s silly for being scared which is a normal reaction, but she finally gives in to the realization that something is very wrong and it’s more than her imagination. She eventually enlists the help of other students who also end up believing that the wolf is evil. Will they be able to get rid of the evil that lurks inside the wolf?

This is a good story for this time of year. Not only is it scary and a fun story to read but it touches a little on some Native American beliefs which may be of interest to readers. It’s definitely a story for middle grade readers and it could be one of those stories that will help get reluctant readers to pick up a books.

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About the Author

Nancy Gray has published a number of works including her middle grade series Spine Chillers. She also published her YA fantasy series Blood Rain. Her short story “Chosen” appeared in Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Author Quest: a Penguin Special from Grosset & Dunlap. Her work also appears in various anthologies.

Nancy Gray has been writing for over ten years. Gray lives in South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys books, video games, anime, manga, and horror.

Her latest book is the mid-grade horror, Spine Chillers: Big Bad Wolf.

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Book Review: The Pajama Zoo Parade by Agnes Green

14 Oct

It’s time for jammies, blankies, and snuggles with a cozy bedtime story.

Your little one will love to go on an adventure night after night and see something new each time in this adorable, colorful storybook. 
Little baby zoo animals ready for bed make their way to dreamland, but not before they go on an adorable, colorful pajama parade.

It’s time for bed… Hip hip hooray! Let’s all give a cheer! The day is through. We’ve had such fun. Now sleepy time draws near. Before you drift away to dream, let’s check in at the zoo. I hear they’re having a parade and a pajama party too! 

Who’s the favorite tonight?

Happy Oliver the Octopus in his snazzy red PJs? 
Or maybe Polly Panda and her bright yellow jammies? 
It could the very sleepy Wally Walrus!
Each night, little lovable zoo animals walk through vibrant illustrations with whimsical, engaging rhymes by author Agnes Green, making bedtime an amusing adventure. 
Just like Kimberly Koala, who indeed is a snuggle bug, cuddle up with your little one and get ready for a good night’s rest with this entertaining, educational story.
Sleepy little zoo babies march off from A to Z in beautiful illustrations that tell an endearing bedtime story and create a truly engaging learning experience.

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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.

The Pajama Zoo Parade is a children’s book that is geared toward reading at bedtime. All of the zoo animals are on their way to bed and show off their pajamas on their way. They’re listed from A to Z in the parade from Albert the Alpaca to a Zebra named Sally. Every page is beautifully illustrated. 

All of the animals are cute, some are funny. The text is rhyming and the there’s so much to see that it will absolutely keep a child’s attention. After going from A to Z: 

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About the Author

Agnes Green is a passionate children’s book author, poetess, and mother, known for her uplifting, engaging storylines and relatable, lovable characters. To Agnes, children really are what her life is all about (her family, vocation, aspirations).

From her early childhood, Agnes had an affinity for the written word, which was fueled by her vivid imagination. About a decade ago, when searching for her oldest son’s first books, she decided to transform her passion into a vocation

Currently, Agnes serves as the Founder of the soon-to-launch independent publishing house, April Tale Books. Her debut book is in entitled “Today I’m a Monster.” In the near future, she will be releasing “The Perfect Potty Zoo” and “Ellie’s First Day in Class.” As a dedicated mother, she is a proud part of Parent’s Club, when kids and parents create crafts and read together.

When she isn’t crafting children’s stories, Agnes Green enjoys dancing, practicing yoga, and going on adventures. She also has an avid interest in psychology. Above all, she cherishes spending quality family time with her three beautiful children (a 10-year-old, 4-year-old, and 15-month-old). More often than not, her children influence her new story ideas and inspire her to be her best version daily. 

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Book Review: As Good as Gold by Patricia Furstenberg

11 Oct

As engaging as a tail wag.
Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favorite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humor we always knew our dogs possessed.
Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through such pondering as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?”
A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by expressive portraits of our canine friends. The poems are grouped in: Questions, Colors, Musings and Haiku.

* Ideal to boost you up by reading one poem at a time,
* Great conversational piece to have around on a rainy day,
* Fantastic tool to discuss colors in nature and everyday questions with your little ones,
* A gentle way to introduce children to animals’ feelings,
* Amazing picture to cheer you up.
* An ideal gift for any dog lovers!

Book links: 
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BZ5WTLK
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BZ5WTLK
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39783075-as-good-as-gold

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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.

As Good as Gold is a book full of poems about dogs and it’s a great book to share with children. It’s divided into four sections: Questions, Colors, Musings, and Haiku. I especially enjoyed the first section, Questions. A couple of the titles were “Why, Rain?” and “Why, Hedgehog?” They’re from the perspective of a puppy and are adorable. I can see reading a couple of these to children at bedtime. There are also cute pictures of puppies and dogs between the poems. 

Poetry is not my thing, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to appreciate it more and more, especially since my son writes poetry. A lot of it doesn’t make sense to me but these are the kind of poems I like. They’re simple and sweet! No need to have to figure out what in the world the author is trying to say, you can just enjoy. 

This would be a great addition to any dog lover’s library. 

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Patricia Furstenberg is the author of Amazon Bestseller Joyful Trouble. She writes children stories about real and imaginary dogs and about animals in general. Patricia believes each creature has a story and a voice, if only we stop to listen.
Patricia came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. “When I write, I write,” she usually says.
When she’s not writing she likes to read, listen to music, dance and bake.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.
This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.

Patricia Furstenberg Author Page and Blog: http://alluringcreations.co.za/wp/

 

 

Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr

10 Oct

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: Aug 28, 2018
Narrator: Mike Alger
Length: 8 hours, 32 minutes, unabridged
Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

Perfection can be a fatal endeavor.

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.

When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

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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 have read several books by Lauren Carr including Kill and Run  and A Fine Year for Murder in which Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are the main characters so I was looking forward to listening to this book. Thorny Rose Mysteries contain some of the same characters as the  Mac Faraday Mysteries. Mac Faraday is Jessica’s father so reading these mysteries are like a continuation of those. They all fit together and are fun to read.

I like Lauren Carr’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and she doesn’t get bogged down with lengthy descriptions. The dialogue is especially enjoyable. There are quite a few characters in this book, as in the other Thorny Rose Mysteries but they’re easy to keep track of because I know so many of them from previous books. If I were a new reader, I’d probably have to keep a list of them in order to not get confused.

Murphy and Jessica have only been married about a year but now that she’s in school, they’re having a rough time trying to find together time. When Murphy is picking up pizza for dinner one night, he runs into an old buddy and they decide to meet the next morning because his friend wants to talk to him about something. Just as Murphy gets to the park, his friend is shot and killed. Suddenly, he and Jessica are embroiled in mystery and murder. And then Murphy disappears. Will they find him in time?

The narrator does a good job narrating the story.  He has a good voice for narrating and does a good job with clarity and pace.

Murder by Perfection is a page turner and is another fine whodunit that will keep you guessing and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery. It will also stand alone without reading the previous books, but I suggest reading the books in order.

 
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Meet the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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

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Book Review & Giveaway: Freefall: A Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

10 Oct

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Freefall: Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzieFreefall: Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

Publisher:  Pen-L Publishing (Oct 1, 2018)
Category: Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
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During a four-day reunion in Whistler, B.C., Tillie Bloom, a wacky installation artist, reconnects with three women she had hung out with in the late ’50s and early ’60s. While in Whistler, secrets surface and a near death experience occurs during a hike, both of which bind the women at a deeper level.

Their new intimacy prompts them to celebrate the millennium as well as their approaching sixtieth birthdays in Italy. So a few weeks later, Tillie travels to Venice to have an extended reunion with her friends. While the women assume they’re in Venice to vacation and deepen their relationships, Tillie has a hidden agenda: she intends to crash the Venice Biennale, hoping to find a larger audience for her art. Cupid’s arrows complicate her goals when she and an Italian priest fall for each other.

The reflective quality of Venice’s canals also create unexpected changes in the women, causing them to turn inward. They all end up with a fresh take on themselves and their lives. Tillie, in particular, experiences a deeper understanding of herself. But will it take her on a path she’s ready to travel, and will Venice finally give her the recognition she seeks as an artist?

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“Hilarious, spiritual, and sensual, Freefall: A Divine Comedy takes you on a rollicking ride spanning three countries and four decades. These fascinating characters will fill your imagination, defying expectations about aging, art, and what truly matters in life.” —Laurie Ann Doyle, author of World Gone Missing

“This is an enchanting story about old friends reuniting as they struggle with thoughts on aging, religion, motherhood, men, art, and death. A delightful trip in every respect, with plenty of surprises and laughs along the way. A Divine Comedy, indeed!” —Mark Willen, author of Hawke’s Point and Hawke’s Return

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This is a story of 4 former friends who reconnect at a four day reunion in Whistler B.C.  They originally knew each other in the 50’s and 60’s.  They are all approaching their 60th birthdays and decided to celebrate together in Venice, Italy.

While in Italy, the women discover how much their lives really diverge from each other yet they also share a past and secrets that bond them even closer.  We also discover, not everyone is there for the same reason.  The main character, Tillie is a unique installation artist plans to crash an art extravaganza in order to promote her art. 

During the trip all 4 women reflect on their lives and past loves.  ‘Freefall’ is a rollicking journey with much depth.  There are a lot of laugh out loud moments, poking fun at life.  I also shed many tears while reading it.  Lily Iona MacKenzie has really captured the essence of life, friendship, and love.  Her characters come to life and kidnap the reader into their lives.  I highly recommend ‘Freefall’ for all literary fiction readers!  I give it 5 stars.

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About the AuthorFreefall: Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

A Canadian by birth, Lily Iona MacKenzie has published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 155 venues. Her poetry collection All This was published in 2011. Fling!, her debut novel, was published in July 2015. Curva Peligrosa, another novel, was released in September 2017.

Currently, she teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco’s Fromm Institute of Lifelong Learning. She also blogs about writing and reading.

Website: http://lilyionamackenzie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lilyionamackenzieauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lilyionamac

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Book Review & Giveaway: 221 B.C. by Kendall Price & Laura Vosika

9 Oct

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221 BC: Scroll 1 of Narmer War by Kendall Price221 BC: Scroll 1 of Narmer War by Kendall Price and Laura Vosika

Publisher:  Mill City Press, Inc. (January 31, 2018)
Category: Historical Fiction, Ancient Civilizations, Supernatural Powers, Young Adult
Tour dates: October-November, 2018
ISBN: 978-1545626108
Available in Print and ebook, 364 pages

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Set against the backdrop of the Ptolemaic Kingdom, an alternate history unfolds, linking the power of the pharaohs to magic. Brother is pitted against brother in a race to find twelve amulets, lost with the ancient pharaoh, and unlock their powers. Whoever holds the amulets holds that power; to save the world…or destroy it.

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Qibo, professor at the Museum of Alexandria and King Ptolemy’s dear friend has been murdered.  He has been stabbed multiple times.  The King is distraught. He asks Hannibal of Carthage to investigate. 

Hannibal has his hunches and gets to work.  He immediately suspects that it is part of a dark magic plot against the King.  The King was given a gift of a ring that he hasn’t been able to remove since he put it on.  He also has had some health issues and it is suspected that the ring has something to do with it. When Qibo was murdered, he was working on translating ancient tablets that may hold the secret to magical powers.

The rich history and alternative history of 221 B.C. come alive in the well written, imaginative novel. There are a lot of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.  I love the hunt for artifacts that are noted in the ancient tablets and said to have magical powers. 

This is the first book that is to become a series.  I can hardly wait for book 2.  I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical mysteries and ancient Egypt. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Praise for 221 BC by Kendall Price and Laura Vosika

“As the debut novel opens, King Ptolemy IV, Macedonian ruler of Egypt, is distraught over the apparent murder of his friend and mentor, Qibo (“Multiple gashes covered his body. His eyes stared at the ceiling, as if he could still see whatever had killed him”). The ancient Taoist master had worked at the Museum of Alexandria for years. This act seems to be the dark culmination to a number of days in which Ptolemy has been plagued with nightmares laced with what appear to be strange signs. He dreams he is the Pharaoh Amenhotep, worrying over his kingdom and suffering from dental pain, the latter of which seems to affect Ptolemy’s waking hours as well. After exhuming the dead pharaoh’s body, experts discover that he did indeed have advanced abscesses in his teeth, which leads head librarian Eratosthenes to posit that someone might be working magic against the king, perhaps to re-create history. The theory is that Qibo was murdered to prevent him from translating ancient tablets that might help Ptolemy unlock the magical powers of a set of 12 amulets that have been in the possession of the pharaohs for untold years, each associated with a different element. Using the artifacts, someone might be able to wrest control of the kingdom. As the story proceeds, Price paints a vivid, intricate portrait of war, juggling a wide array of famous characters, including the notorious Hannibal, and using meticulous research to flesh out this universe, rooted in historical facts and details. The prose is rich and involving, and the twists are carefully designed and executed. An inventive blend of Egyptian history and magic, this dynastic tale opens what promises to be a stellar series.”- Kirkus

“What grabbed my attention was the fact that it was based in Egypt during the time before Christ, about the Pharaoh Ptolemy III and his family struggle to maintain their control of the united Egypt. I love how the story is created with historical facts into mystery of hidden artifacts that hold magical powers and having characters with unusual powers too. It makes for a very entertaining novel and keeps the reader wondering what will happen next.”- Valerie I. Rosica, Amazon Review

“Clearly a great deal of research was done to write this book. It’s also exceptionally creative and engrossing! Hope there’s more to come….”-Kathryn Price, Amazon Review

“Very interesting  take on the Egyptian family the Ptolemy’s and their possible aliens within the ancient world and the invasion of Rome by Hannbal. Historical fiction worth reading!”-Char, Amazon Review

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About the Authors


Dr. Kendall Price was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, the third of four children. He attended high school at the Phillips Academy Boarding School in Andover, MA, a place that left him with many fond memories, and that he calls the most formative time of his life. The friendships in 221 BC are loosely based on his time at Andover.

Following in the footsteps of his father and two grandfathers, all doctors, Kendall attended Amherst College in Amherst, MA and the University of Illinois College of Medicine and studied pathology at Stanford University.  While there, he did four fellowships, including medical staff/ autopsy, hematopathology, surgical pathology, and immunohistochemistry.

Doctor Price lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife Michelle and their three children.  It was Michelle’s influence, with her study of Chinese medicine, and a masters degree in Chinese acupuncture, that led Dr. Price to become certified in acupuncture himself.  The magic in 221 BC is based on Chinese medicine.

In addition to writing and Chinese medicine, Dr. Price enjoys exercise, reading, and travel.  He has been to all 48 continental US states, Canada, Mexico, Alaska, and Copenhagen.

Other writing credits include a small booklet, available on Amazon, on healing dental caries by nutritional means.

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221 BC: Scroll 1 of Narmer War by Kendall Price and Laura Vosika

Laura Vosika is a writer, poet, and musician. Her time travel series, The Blue Bells Chronicles, set in modern and medieval Scotland, has garnered praise and comparisons to writers as diverse as Diana Gabaldon and Dostoevsky. Her poetry has been published in The Moccasin and The Martin Lake Journal 2017.

She has been featured in newspapers, on radio, and TV, has spoken for regional book events, and hosted the radio program Books and Brews. She currently teaches writing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

As a musician, Laura has performed as on trombone, flute, and harp, in orchestras, and big bands. She lives in Brooklyn Park with 5 of her 9 children, 3 cats, and an Irish Wolfhound.

Website: www.bluebellschronicles.com
Blog: http://bluebellstrilogy.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laura.vosika.author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauravosika

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Mindy Room Without Books is Empty Nov 27 Review

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Book Review: The Seer’s Fate by Christine Amsden

8 Oct

 

She can see the future, but she can’t escape it…

Danielle Hastings has lived countless possible futures, and getting involved with Adam Scot always ends in heartbreak. The gift of foresight has led her to one solid conclusion: avoid Adam at all costs. But when she sees a tornado tearing through downtown Eagle Rock – and Adam helping her save dozens of lives – she knows she has no choice.

Adam lives a charmed life; thanks to his powerful gift of charisma, everyone has a hard time saying no to him. Everyone, that is, except Danielle. Adam is determined to break through her shell…until he finds out the real reason she’s avoiding him. But by the time he realizes there’s no hope for a future for them, he’s in too deep to back out.

It seems there’s only one question the fates haven’t already answered: Will he break her heart, or will she break his?

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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.

One of my favorite series is the Cassie Scot series which takes place in Eagle Rock. Adam Scot is a little brother of Cassie’s and his gift is charisma. He always gets what he wants just by turning on the charm. Danielle Hastings is a seer and she knows that there is an attraction between her and Adam. She also knows that Adam will hurt her in the future. She has followed many different paths and every one has shown him hurting her. Because of that, she knows that she should stay away from him, but can she?

Danielle spends many hours looking into the future and sometimes she doesn’t know if some things are memories or things she’s seen in the future. Maybe she’s spending too much time in the future and not enough time living in the present. 

Even though this is a novella, Danielle’s character is well developed. I enjoyed reading The Seer’s Fate while I’m waiting for the next full length novel in the series.  

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About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she’s a mom and freelance editor.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Nana and the “c” by Doris Schneider

7 Oct

 

Nana and the “c” is a book for all ages and all cultures as it is about family and the ability to support a loved one through the challenges of cancer. It is told from a seven-year-old’s perspective as she gathers the courage to face her grandmother’s illness and learns that her irritating younger sister is perhaps smarter than she seems. Together they also learn how to conquer their biggest fear and replace worry with wonder. 


The story is uplifting and often humorous while symbolizing hope. It will make readers of all ages laugh, cry, and remember their own childhood and the relationships and events that influenced who they have become. The goal of this story is to help children through health crises in their family. The illustrator, editor and designer donated their time to help with the project in order to make possible the donation of copies of the book to waiting rooms of cancer clinics.

 

 

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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.

Nana and the “c” is written from the perspective of a 7 year old. Madison and her little sister find out that her grandma has breast cancer and they learn about the side effects of chemo including hair loss. Nana is very good at alleviating their fears about cancer and teaches Madison that it doesn’t help to worry. It’s more important to appreciate the wonder of our life.

Even though this book is a good one for children to read if they’re dealing with a friend or relative who has cancer, it’s also a good reminder for adults to focus on the important things in life. I think it’s an amazing idea to donate copies to hospitals and children’s centers.

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About the Author

Doris Schneider is an artist, scene designer, writer, and educator. She taught at William Carey University and was a tenured professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. She published two novels: Borrowed Things and By Way of Water

After her own bout with breast cancer, she wrote this story based on a real event with her granddaughters. While the illustrator, Wenhai Ma, was teaching at Duke University, the two became long term friends—culminating in their collaboration on Nana and the “c”.

 

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About the Illustrator

Wenhai Ma – American-Chinese scene designer, illustrator and educator. He was granted tenured professorship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, China and Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He has taught at Duke University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Purdue University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Central Academy of Drama, China and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. He is the author of Scene Design Rendering and Media (Focus Publishing, USA) and illustrator for 10 children’s picture books in the US. He has designed sets and costumes for various dramas, operas and musicals in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia. His first novel Such An Enchanted Night was published in Taiwan, 2017.

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