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Book Review: The Land of the Beasts by S.F. Claymore

17 Aug

“Psykoria is on the brink of civil war. King Breetor knows he must do something to appease the unrest. He decides that the only way he can win peace is by impressing the other lords with a feat so grand it will win their undying respect.

There is a legend of a land where the greatest beasts in the continent reside. In a war past, men bore witness as dragons appeared in their realm to help end the conflicts. Breetor has decided to follow their trail and find this land. If he can bring back proof of its existence, perhaps he can end the unrest in his realm once and for all…”

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.

King Breetor decides that he is going to go to a faraway land to defeat a dragon and bring proof back to his people. There is growing unrest and he thinks that they will respect him if he shows them how brave he is.

What an adventure! Breetor and his men battle the sea and actually find the Land of the Beasts. Not only are there dragons but there are many dangerous beasts. The people who live in this land are welcoming, but when they find out that Breetor wants to kill a dragon, they’re not happy because they believe it will cause a war with the dragons.

Breetor’s adventure turns out to be very different from what he’d envisioned. He learns a lot about dragons as well as the Land of the Beasts. Will he be able to accomplish his goal of proving his bravery?

The Land of the Beasts is a fun adventure for readers around middle school age. For me it was a quick read that was good but it would have been better if I could have connected with the character.

About the Author

Born and raised in the UK, I have a technology-based education, but my passion has always been in creating stories, worlds, characters, and doing anything that allows me to use my imagination.

I’ve had the privilege of being able to travel many parts of the world in such a small number of years, learning of different cultures and histories. Everywhere I go, I’m always absorbing new knowledge, and when one has so many ideas bursting in their mind, there is no greater joy than allowing them to materialise.

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Book Review: The Lost Boy by Ian Campbell & Tim Constable

13 Aug

Title: The Adventures of Billy Bog Brush: The Lost Boy
Author: Ian Campbell & Tim Constable
Release Date: 15th August 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 40
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link:
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Billy-Bog-Brush-Lost-ebook/dp/B07V3P74BB

While Billy is out for a walk, he comes across a lady who is looking rather worried. Offering to help, he discovers that her son hasn’t come home for his tea when he should have. Billy, who knows all the places where the local children go to play, suggests that he could look for him, which leads to an adventure involving various people and places in his home town, Flushington! In this intriguing story Billy once again demonstrates his willingness to help others and work out a way to do something which at first seems beyond him.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy.

Billy Bog Brush is always willing to help others. In The Lost Boy, a neighbor’s son is missing, so he offers to look for him. Billy Bog Brush finds the boy stuck in a treehouse and unable to get down. With the motto “I Can Do This!” Billy tackles the problem and comes up with a solution to help the boy get down. Talk about a hero!

The Lost Boy is not only a cute story, but it teaches children the willingness to help others as well as working out solutions. It also has some fun drawing activities at the end of the book.

Although Billy Bog Brush is kind of odd (he has a toothbrush head), I recommend his stories. They’re cute and educational.

About the Authors

Ian Campbell is a senior storeman for the MOD. Born into a military family, he has lived in Germany, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom. His first book, A Walk with God, was published in 2011.

Tim Constable works as a data analyst. He is also a musician, in the Coventry Cathedral choir as a boy, then later composing and playing in his own rock band. As a graphic artist, he has designed logos and flyers for various organizations.

Website www.billybogbrush.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BillyBogBrushICTC/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBBAdventures

Book Review: There’s a Giraffe in my Bath by Louise Andrews

12 Aug

Title: There’s a Giraffe in my Bath
Author: Louise Andrews
Release Date: 9th July 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 20
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Summary

When four toy animals come to life, they become unlikely friends. The toys try to help each other out in a fun bath time adventure. But they might just need some extra help..! There’s A Giraffe In My Bath! is the first story for children between the ages of 3 and 6 by Louise Andrews. Illustrations are by Nick Roberts.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47315093-there-s-a-giraffe-in-my-bath

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Theres-Giraffe-Bath-Louise-Andrews-ebook/dp/B07RZ5B3BH/

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy.

There’s a Giraffe in my Bath is for young children. It has cute, colorful pictures that will keep the attention of youngsters. It also has rhyming verse about a child’s toys having difficulties at bath time. It’s a fun story to read!

I look forward to reading There’s a Giraffe in my Bath to my grandson as soon as he’s old enough. It says it’s recommended for ages 3 to 6 but I think children as young as 2 years old would like this because it’s short with good illustrations.

About the Author

Louise Andrews is a mum to two young boys, whose love for taking all manner of toys in to the bath inspired this story. This is the first book written by the author, who particularly enjoys creating rhyming stories for her children. What started as simple stories to entertain her children has become a passion for creating exciting stories for children everywhere.

The great news is that there’s more to come from Louise. There’s a Giraffe in my Bath has sparked the imagination and led to another children’s book which is currently being written, with more ideas for future books too.

Louise has always had a love of books and still finds time to read all types of fiction. Her favourite authors include; Jodi Taylor, JK Rowling, Maeve Binchy, Katherine Arden, Ben Arronovitch, Jill Mansell and Daphne Du Maurier. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is Louise’s favourite book.

With two boys to look after (3 if you include the husband!), spare time is at a premium. But when she finds time, Louise enjoys exercise classes, discovering new box sets to binge on, music, cooking (and eating!) and, of course, reading and writing books.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/author_andrews

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louise.andrews.58152559

Book Review: One of Us by Rachel McLean

4 Aug

‘Leave, or die.’

Jess Dyer has won safety for her sister-in-law Ruth and proved her worth as the leader of her refugee community.

Sarah Evans has stood up to her parents and discovered who she can trust.

But the villagers still aren’t welcome. When the local population expresses its anger, can Jess keep everyone safe? And can she hold it together as Steward when someone she loves dies?

And how will Sarah react when her new fiance Martin receives death threats, telling him he must leave her, and their village?

One Of Us is a gripping thriller about belonging and acceptance. It’s the third book in the Village trilogy and the sequel to Sea Of Lies.

Purchase Link:

https://books2read.com/one-of-us

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. I had read Thicker Than Water and Sea of Lies, the first two books in this trilogy, and was looking forward to reading the last one.

Six months ago, several women were kidnapped from the refugee community but the women are still trying to deal with the abduction. A couple of them are dealing in healthy ways and a couple aren’t dealing with it very well.

At the same time, the nearby town of Filey has had an explosion and a lot of the citizens have lost their homes. They’re now expecting the refugee community to share their housing even though they’re not welcome in town.

It seems like all hell has broken loose, and the steward of the refugee community, Jess, is having trouble keeping up. Not only does she have a lot to take care of but her brother fights her at every turn. It’s quite annoying because it doesn’t matter what the subject is, he disagrees with Jess.

There is a wide array of characters. I like how the author portrays most of them as all good or all bad at the beginning but by the end, the reader learns that not everything is as it seems. I was surprised at how much a couple of the characters had changed since the first book.

The end of the trilogy was a little unexpected but it was a good ending.

About the Author

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at a breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

Social Media Links –

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Book Review & Giveaway: Medellin: Acapulco Cold ( Rick Fontain Book 3) by Bill Fortin

29 Jul

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Publisher:  Cold War Publications (May, 2019)
Category: Action/Adventure, Cold War, Military, Crime, Historical Fiction
Tour dates: July/August, 2019
ISBN: 978-0996478670
Available in Print and ebook, 356 pages

 Medellin Acapulco Cold

In March 1987, the CIA’s Operation Acapulco Cold took on the Medellín cartel. The journey would be dangerous. The alternative for not recovering the nuke would be too horrible to imagine.  

A theft occurs as a result of President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev’s treaty agreement in January 1986. Russian SS-20 medium-range missiles were removed from Eastern Europe and their nuclear MIRV packages removed. A shadow group inside the failing Russian government steals three of the nose-cone assembles.

A Russian named Geonov is charged with selling one of these devices to the Medellin cartel. The asking price was $40 million dollars in cash. Pablo Escobar did not even blink when he was offered one.  Operation Acapulco Cold is the detailed action taken by the CIA to address this life-altering situation.

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Guest Review by Sol A.

An absolute thrill ride from start to finish– I’ve been a fan of the Rick Fontain books from the very first novel and this installment (the third in the series) did not disappoint.  Action-packed and jam-packed with well written, fast-paced sequences, “Medellin: Acapulco Cold” follows Fontain on his quest to recover a stolen nuclear warhead. 

Set in 1987 during the height of the Cold War, ‘Medellin’ perfectly captures the fear and loathing of that ever-present 80’s boogeyman, the Russians. Fontain has to go to work finding the warhead while simultaneously battling the Russians and struggling internally with his own guilt over being partially responsible for the lapse in security in the first place. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t go too far into the details, but let’s just say that Fontain’s character develops very interestingly throughout the novel and by the end, I was impressed by the author’s ingenuity and creativity. 


Speaking of the author, one of the things I love so much about these books (and the reason I never miss a new one) is Bill Fortin’s cutting sense of humor and talent with words. In his capable hands, a novel that easily could have been another dry spy novel becomes a witty romp. You grow to like Fontain’s character very quickly in these novels for the simple reason that he is a funny guy. Something a lot of thrillers inexplicably leave out for their main character. 


The situations that Fontain gets himself into, the circumstances that he faces with humor and presence are enough to entertain even the most lackadaisical reader and keep them guessing up until the very last page. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and will be eagerly looking forward to the next installment of the Rick Fontain series! I give it a 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Bill Fortin served in the United States Army, 3rd Armored Division, from 1968 to 1970.  He retired from AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs in 2001 and is currently the CEO of Cold War Publications. Bill earned a Bachelor and Master degrees in Management Sciences from the University of Baltimore.

A native of Westminster, Maryland, Bill is an active member of Rotary and retains membership in the Association of the 3AD. He is married to Judy and is surrounded by a host of 4-legged children (Border Collies and cats) plus 2 very noisy feathered companions.

Website: www.coldwarpublications.com
Book Launch Website: https://booklaunch.io/704732506290559/medellin-acapulco-cold
Blog: http://billfortin.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bill.fortin.104
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BillFortin

Giveaway

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Book Review: 17 Marigold Lane by R.M. Gilmore

22 Jul

In a town like Flintlock, Prudence Penderhaus was a freak. A weirdo. A loser of epic proportions.
That was until one word changed her life, and the town of Flintlock, forever.
When a moment of long-awaited courage brings her to the porch of the town-dubbed spook house, uncovering an odd boy no one knew existed is only the beginning.

My name is Prudence Penderhaus. 
I’ve never done anything remarkable. 
​Never even bothered to look up. 
Until the day I found out I was dying.

Buy links:

Print:

https://www.rmgilmore.com/store/p44/17MarigoldLanePaperback.html

eBook:

https://amzn.to/2kfhWLf

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/17-marigold-lane-rm-gilmore/1122621843?ean=2940161215838

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/17-marigold-lane-1

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=lumjDwAAQBAJ

My Review

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

I’ve read most of R.M. Gilmore’s books so 17 Marigold Lane was not exactly what I expected but it was amazing! I especially like the way she depicted Asperger syndrome in a realistic and relatable way.

I was hooked from the beginning. Poor Pru just found out that she has cancer and believes that she’s going to die. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, she decides to make the rest of her life count. Pru’s sudden bravery not only changes her life but the lives of many people in Flintlock, especially the family at 17 Marigold Lane.

17 Marigold Lane contains well-formed characters, hateful classmates, loyalty, hope, despair, mystery, and a few twists. What more could you want? It’s a book that’s difficult to put down, and I can’t wait to read the next book, 19 Marigold Lane.

Other Reviews:

“…one of the best portrayals of high functioning autism I’ve read in a long while if not ever.” – Shannon N., Triple A Book Blog and ASD mom

“What would you do if you found out you may die soon?  Well, if you’re Prudence Penderhaus, you get brave.” – Tonya Allen, Abibliophobia Anonymous 

“I couldn’t hug this story tight enough! 5 stars!” – T.L. Manning, author of the Six Feet High series, and Cursed series. ASD Mom of 15 years.

About the Author

R.M. Gilmore is a paranormal and mystery/suspense writer and creator of the bestselling occult series Dylan Hart Odyssey of the Occult. 

R.M. resides in California with her family and a ton of pets. Choosing to behave ‘outside the box’, R.M. prefers to think and live freely without the constraints of social stigma or the ideals of literary rules. That being said, she truly is not your mother’s author.

Website http://www.RMGilmoreAuthor.com

Twitter RMGilmoreAuthor

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Monster Of All Time by JT Hunter

20 Jul

Genre: True Crime
Published by: RJ Parker Publishing
Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 1987902521 (ISBN13: 9781987902525)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Description

Ambitious, attractive, and full of potential, five young college students prepared for the new semester. They dreamed of beginning careers and starting families. They had a lifetime of experiences in front of them. But death came without warning in the dark of the night.

Brutally ending five promising lives, leaving behind three gruesome crime scenes, the Gainesville Ripper terrorized the University of Florida, casting an ominous shadow across a frightened college town.

What evil lurked inside him?

What demons drove him to kill?

What made him A Monster of All Time?

My Book Review

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

I like true crime, but I didn’t remember this story. I was young and busy with college and a young child, so I didn’t keep up with the news on a regular basis. So I was happy to read this book when I had the opportunity.

The information about the first prime suspect and how the media affected his and his family’s lives was good information to include. People don’t often realize how horribly innocents can be affected by the media. I also appreciated knowing that he was able to overcome that negative publicity.

Although Danny Rolling’s childhood wasn’t a good one and he had a below-normal IQ, that’s not an excuse for being a peeping Tom or committing robberies, rape, murder and more. He deserved the sentence he got.

I did find the information in A Monster of All Time interesting but I found it repetitive and difficult to follow.

About the Author

J.T. Hunter is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience practicing law, including criminal law and appeals, and he has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature.

JT’s bestselling true crime books include:Devil in The Darkness: True Story of Serial Killer ISRAEL KEYESThe Country Boy Killer: The True Story of Serial Killer Cody LegebokoffIn Colder Blood: True Story of the Walker Family Murder as depicted in Truman Capote’s, In Cold BloodDeadly Deception: True Story of Tampa Serial Killer, Bobby Joe LongDeath Row Romeo: The True Story of Serial Killer Oscar Ray BolinThe Vampire Next Door: True Story of the Vampire Rapist and Serial Killer

Catch Up With J.T. Hunter On:
jthunter.orgGoodreadsBookBub, & Facebook!

Giveaway

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Book Review: Humongous (& Cool) Words for Kids by SB Hilarion

19 Jul

After immersing themselves in mantras in I AM Manifesto, young siblings Hao Finley and Sabine Yi Lee are on their journey of seeking knowledge from around the world. In Humongous (& Cool) Words For Kids, these philomaths not only learn about words from their own and other cultures and countries, they absorb new facts about stuff they thought they knew. Name the subject, they’re sharing: science and math (big, uncomplicated check!), different languages (“oui, sí, shì” check!), environmental awareness (layered-atmosphere check!), etiquette (thank you, check!), music (treble clef check!), international cuisine (lots of yummy checks!), and many more. All shared with wit.

Available on Amazon.

My Review

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

This is a good learning tool for kids. It lists words and their pronunciation which is always helpful (I remember my dad getting tickled when I was a kid and I said something about the Cher-O-kees and dun-GAR-ees in the same sentence).

Each word contains a good definition, sometimes quite detailed. Within the definitions are new words that include definitions. It sounds confusing but it works. I’m not sure why the pronunciations are listed first and the definitions are listed separately though unless it’s to give the child an incentive to repeat the pronunciation.

The words are listed in alphabetical order which seems to be the best way to list them. At the end of the book, there is a chapter called “Potpourri.” Why weren’t they included with the rest of the book? The words were interesting, but I kept thinking I must have missed something.

Overall, this is a good book to help kids learn new words. I sure learned a few new ones!

About the Author

SB Hilarion is the author and main illustrator of the nonfiction educational books in the Raising Young Scholars Series. The author of I AM Manifesto, and Humongous (& Cool) Words For Kids, she enjoys sharing new things that she learns. After all, that’s what a philomath would do. Hilarion lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, plus some groundhogs and deer who refuse to pay rent.

Website https://www.sbhilarion.com

Book Review: Daring Summer by Elyse Douglas

18 Jul

Daring Summer

Publisher:  Broadback (May 1, 2019)
Category: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Tour dates: June 24-July 31, 2019
ISBN:978-1093138429
Available in Print and ebook, 285 pages

Description

A hot summer beach—
A marriage gone wrong—
Daring eyes and daring love, betrayed by a secret passion.

Kim feels trapped in a loveless marriage to a jealous, wealthy older man. He blames her for crippling him in an auto accident that he himself caused. Kim strives to make the marriage work, despite her husband’s blame, verbal abuse, and bitterness. When she meets a wickedly handsome man on the beach, she fights not to want him, not to want a new life and not to fall in love.

But Derek is seductive and irresistible—a former soldier who has recently come to town to start a landscaping business. Kim falls hard for him, as he does to her. Although Kim wants a divorce, her husband finds out about their affair and devises a plot to destroy them both. They must struggle to survive a web of lies, deceit and dangerous passion.

Guest Review by Betty B.

It’s hard to define what makes ‘Daring Summer’ by Elyse Douglas so special. Is it the compelling plot? The complex character development? The beach setting? It seems to be that all of these things join together to make a story that is both captivating and provocative. A story that takes the reader on a journey that most of your average romantic suspense stories are not willing to take. I found that ‘Daring Summer’ had more depth and intrigue than most of the romances I have read.

This book pulled me in immediately with a scene of the heroine attempting to thwart the temper of her husband as he tries to run their car off the road in a fit of rage. From that exciting opening, the book evolves into a suspenseful story about finding love in unexpected places and whether or not that love has the ability to conquer almost impossible odds.

I zapped through reading this book in only a couple of days, and that was only because I had to force myself to put it down and deal with normal life at some points. Despite the Long Island setting and the quick-nature of the read, I hesitate to classify this as a “beach read.” It was too engaging for that. The plot came together like a puzzle where all the pieces were there originally but it wasn’t until the end that you could see how they all went together.

Reading this book was a rewarding experience all around. I would love to read more by this author team and see what else they have in store. ‘Daring Summer’ challenged my idea of an average romantic suspense novel. It truly shook up the genre and turned it on its head. I will be thinking about this one for a while. 5 out of 5 stars.

Praise for Other Side of Summer

“5 stars, another great, emotional read from this author!! I was hooked the minute I started reading it. Be warned you will need a box of tissues to read. I really love this author!”- Melissa Mendoza, Anne & Melissa’s Book Love

“I found this to be a satisfying, well developed warm and enriching read. It gave me a lot to think about. I will recommend it to readers of both genders, age high school and up, who like substance in their novels.”-Laura Reading, Laura’s Interests

“The book is more than just a contemporary romance – it’s a family saga, a book about the bonds of family, about love (not just between partners but between parents and children), about life and the choices we make. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. The writing is hauntingly beautiful, and the author has a talent for crafting believable characters. An excellent book, and I look forward to reading more by this author.”- Majanka, I Heart Reading

“Great story, I give it five stars.  I thought the book was wonderful and emotional, and I loved the writing style and how the words flowed.  I was happy to fantasize about being there to watch the story unfold.  I loved this story; took me back to my young beach days.”-Diana’s Book Reviews

About 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: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

17 Jul

In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic.

My Review

I usually read a book before watching the movie, but I watched the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale before I read the book. I like dystopian novels so I expected to like this book at least as much as the series. Unfortunately, this is one of those cases that the movie (or Hulu series) is better than the book.

Even though there are many similarities between the two, I found the book difficult to read. I couldn’t connect with Offred and there were pages of rambling that didn’t add to the story. It is presented as Offred’s musings, observations, and memories.

Although I was disappointed in The Handmaid’s Tale, I may still read the sequel when it comes out. It sounds like it’s going to be based on the Hulu presentation so it may be easier to read (I’m keeping my fingers crossed).

About the Author

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in over thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; and her most recent, Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

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