Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Girl Who Escaped by Mark Nolan

 

One month ago, four college girls were abducted. Three were brutally murdered. One girl escaped.

Angie Taylor was traumatized and shocked speechless.

The police think she killed her friends, and then had a mental breakdown. 

Her psychiatrist believes she has an emotionally unstable personality disorder. 

Can she ever speak up and describe the killer’s face to a police sketch artist? 

Is the murderer stalking her right now, eager to finish what he started? 

Everyone in the city is on edge, fearing the worst, not sure what to believe. 

 

A visit from a determined FBI agent shakes things up and raises the stakes. FBI Special Agent Brenda Reynolds of the VSRT must investigate whether the mysterious silent girl is a victim, a killer, or has gone insane. 

 

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“Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start.”


“This was the first Mark Nolan book I have read and it will not be the last. This was a fast-paced, thriller, with an amazing plot and great character building.”


“Great plot; wonderful cohesive characters; talk about action packed; thriller,… oh yeah from page one through the end! Once you start this book you CANNOT put it down – trust me. “

“I have not read a good mystery thriller in such a long time. The Girl Who Escaped was AMAZING! 5 stars AMAZING! Mark Nolan kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.”

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About the author

Mark grew up on the California coast and has lived in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. He enjoys being close to the ocean and has enjoyed boating, fishing, scuba ping and exploring in Florida, Mexico, California, Hawaii, etc. His first novel, Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie was a Top 20 Bestseller in the Amazon Kindle Store and a Kindle Unlimited All-Star.



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Book Review & Giveaway: Shadows Over London by Christian Klaver

Book Title:  Shadows Over London (Empire of the House of Thorns series – Book One) by Christian Klaver
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 320 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Publisher:  CamCat Books 
Release date:  May 2021
Content Rating: PG. It’s very clean.

Book Description:

The Faerie have come to take London, and only one girl stands in their way.

​Justice isn’t your average fifteen-year-old girl. She’s an irrepressible scoundrel, and she always has a plan. But her world falls apart when her father forcibly bundles the entire family into carriages in the middle of the night and carts them off to a strange mansion on the outskirts of Victorian London. The Faerie are invading, but the Kasric siblings can’t stay neutral in the ensuing war when they find their parents on opposing sides. Justice has no choice but to embrace her burgeoning magical powers to fight against the Faerie and save her family.

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My Review

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

The story is told from the viewpoint of 15-year-old Justice Kasric. At the beginning of the story, she seems to be your typical teen in a family with a father at sea and a mother who shows favoritism, and Justice is not her favorite. Then they are all whisked away in the middle of the night, and their lives are changed forever.

Once the family is in the mansion, strange things begin happening, including Justice being able to see ghosts. Eventually, they realize they each have some sort of power. Once their mother leaves them behind, they realize they must escape which is easier said than done. After they escape the mansion, the adventure truly begins.

The children find out that there is a threat of war with the faeries. But there aren’t only faeries and ghosts in this world, there are goblins and dragons and many other fantastical creatures.

This is a dark young adult fantasy that is definitely not for middle school readers or younger. There is occasional action but there is also a lot of downtime in between when Justice is trying to work things out or is having conversations with other characters.

I didn’t feel connected to the characters, so hopefully there will be more character development in the next book.

The narrator was very good. She did great with the voices, and her pace and timing were perfect. Because of the narrator, I think I enjoyed the audiobook more than if I would have read the book. I’m still confused about some things. I will definitely be listening to the next audiobook in the series because there are things that haven’t been resolved, and I have to find out what happens.

About the Author

Christian Klaver has been writing for over twenty years, with a number of magazine publications, including Escape Pod, Dark Wisdom Anthology, and Anti-Matter. He’s the author of The Supernatural Case Files of Sherlock Holmes series, but has written over a dozen novels, both fantasy and sci-fi, often with a Noir bent. He’s worked as book-seller, bartender and a martial-arts instructor before settling into a career in internet security. He lives just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan, with his wife, Kimberly, his daughter, Kathryn, and a group of animals he refers to as The Menagerie. He’s also a part of the Untitled Writer’s Group based in Ann Arbor for the past decade or so with a bunch of equally starry-eyed dreamers and social misanthropes.

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Book Review: Vandals & Yule Scandals by Trixie Silvertale

Mitzy Moon adores the Winter Extravaganza. In fact, she’s so eager to sip mulled cider this year, she’s volunteered to help with set-up. But when a mysterious blaze destroys the curling arena, her holiday treats could be the next thing to go up in flames.

With the whole town acting odd and visions of a snow princess dancing in her head, Mitzy risks her own safety to pursue the truth. She ignores ominous warnings from the sheriff, Ghost-ma and her entitled feline, and may have leaped out of the frying pan and into an inferno…

Can Mitzy’s snooping reveal what history has hidden, or will this Yuletide be her last?

Vandals and Yule Scandals is the twenty-first book in the hilarious Mitzy Moon Mysteries paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s Christmas caper.

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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.

This is the 21st and last book in the series. I was sad to hear that it is the last book, but Trixie has another series starting!

Mitzy Moon is hilarious and a klutz. Her boyfriend, Erick, is the sheriff and loves Mitzy. In fact, Mitzy is waiting for a proposal but every time she’s around Erick, all she sees in her mind is a snow princess. Did I mention that Mitzy has powers? She has learned to hone those powers over the past three years from her mentor, lawyer, and friend, Silas. She could read Erick’s mind, but she’s promised herself not to do that.

As usual, Mitzy and Erick are on a case, and they work great together as a team with his skills as a sheriff and her psychic skills. Of course, her caracal, Pyewacket, has some helpful input as well.

The people of Pin Cherry Harbor have become like close friends, and I’m thrilled that there’s more to come.

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

Book Review & Giveaway: Are You a Pineapple? by Kathryn A. Zolman

Book Title:  Are You A Pineapple? by Kathryn A. Zolman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   May, 2022
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA), PDF
Tour dates: Nov 25 to Dec 16, 2022
Content Rating:  G. Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

Kevin has a beautiful new puppy! But what should he name her? He wants to find a name that is unique, just like her. Kevin knows the puppy is special, but he’s about to find out just how smart she is when she helps Kevin choose her own name!

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My Review

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

Are You a Pineapple? is a cute story about Kevin who gets a new puppy. He asks the puppy if she likes different names, but she just seems bored until he says the name Pineapple! Then she gets excited and jumps on Kevin and gives him kisses. So, Pineapple it is!

Not only is this story cute, but the illustrations by Walter Policelli are realistic with bright colors that will keep the attention of children. It also teaches children to respect pets just as they should respect people.

Are You a Pineapple? is based on a true story, and it’s definitely a book that children will enjoy.

About the Author

Kathryn A. Zolman never expected to write a children’s book, but when Pineapple came into her life and she heard the story of how this sweet, smart dog got her name, she thought it would make a fun book for parents to read to their children. Pineapple is a Bull Mastiff, German Shepherd, Chow mix, and much like a real pineapple, she knows how to stand tall and is very sweet on the inside!

Kathryn is an avid dog lover. Along with her husband and daughter, they have raised three Doberman Pinschers, each with their own unique personality and character. Kathryn is an advocate for not only raising children to respect all animals, but also to be thankful for the pure joy that they bring to our lives. In writing this book, Kathryn seeks to spread a positive message and hopes it will help children express more gratitude in their lives.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Practicing Mindfulness by Kim Larkins

 

 

Let Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo and her friends help your child learn and practice mindfulness skills in this highly interactive activity and coloring book. Emma Lou, with the help of Gigi the Ginormous Giraffe and all her friends, want to help children remember ways to be mindful. A variety of activities will help children sharpen their mindfulness skills. Children will:

  • Follow a maze to Gigi’s house
  • Color in pictures to go with each lesson
  • Learn a breathing technique
  • Practice being present
  • Try a crossword puzzle about feelings and much more!
  • Have fun and remember to be mindful from start to finish!

My Review

Practicing Mindfulness starts with defining what mindfulness is: paying attention to what is going on right now. There are many ways to practice mindfulness. Focusing on your breathing, listening to the sounds around you, and feeling and understanding your body’s sensations are all explained here in a way children can understand. Best of all, it teaches about using mindfulness to be a kind and caring person.

This fun book teaches about mindfulness not only by explaining, but by having the child interact. After each chapter, there’s space for a picture or to answer a question. There are pictures throughout the book that can be colored. At the end, there are games such as wordsearch or a maze. The games focus on the contents of the book.

The characters are great too! The main characters are Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo, Pearl, and Gigi the Gentle Ginormous Giraffe. What kid won’t love those names? And they have many friends with cool names too.

Practicing Mindfulness would be a great addition to a child’s library. I may have to purchase a copy for my grandkids when they get a little older. They’re not quite old enough for these concepts yet.

“This book will be a helpful tool for the therapist or school counselor who uses directive approaches. The activities are easy to introduce and scaffold mindfulness opportunities for children and their families. It can be used as a standalone intervention or integrated with other therapeutic approaches.” –Theresa Fraser, CYC-P, CPT-S, MA, RP, RCT, CT, trauma, loss and attachment clinical specialist

 

“Through a variety of fun and insightful exercises, Kim Larkins’ Practicing Mindfulness offers children the gift of cultivating awareness and the beautiful magic that awaits them in the present.” –Aimee Ruland, author of Float: A Guide to Letting Go 

 

“An important and engaging resource! This book is a must-have for therapists, caregivers, teachers and anyone who hopes to share with children the gift of mindfulness. With playful, succinct dialogue and delightful drawings, this book will be cherished by children and adults alike!” –Jillian Kelly-Wavering, LCSW, RPT-S, author of My Grief is Like the Ocean 

 

“The Practicing Mindfulness activity book follows a progression of knowing how to become present, how our body sensations communicate with us and how to create compassion for ourselves and others. The simplicity of the activity book makes it accessible for different age ranges and is a space for creativity to shine. ” –Lindsey Frank, M.Ed., president of the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM), author of The Superpower of Your Heart 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Brighter the Stars by Bryan Prosek

Book Title:  The Brighter the Stars by Bryan Prosek
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  256 pages
Genre: YA Science Fiction 
Publisher:  CamCat Books 
Release date:  November 2020
Content Rating: PG. It’s very clean.

Caught between love and revenge, Jake has one chance to live up to the man his uncle was.

Earth crashed into interstellar politics as a lightweight, lagging so far behind other planetary weapons systems everyone feared they wouldn’t survive first contact with other worlds without quick action. By 2185, Earth had united itself into five geographic sectors and developed a defense system powerful enough to keep aggressors at bay—for now, at least.

Jake Saunders became a Legion soldier to honor the memory of his war hero uncle, who was brutally murdered in front of him when he was still a young teen. Fast forward a few years, and Jake and his best friend Cal have been tasked with escorting Cal’s older sister Diane to become Earth’s ambassador on a far-off planet. It’s the opportunity of Diane’s career, very likely a lifetime post. But for Jake, that could mean a lifetime’s heartbreak. He has loved Diane since they were kids, and every step closer to that ambassador assignment is a step closer to goodbye.

​But somebody is after more than Earth’s defense, and Jake, Cal, and Diane are on a trajectory to crash headlong into that dangerous plot. Somebody wants to play Earth against its most immediate threat, Craton, and convince both to develop super weapons—and he’s working with the person who killed Jake’s uncle all those years ago. When he reappears on Jake, Cal, and Diane’s journey to the ambassadorship, Jake is faced with difficult choices to look out for his friends and honor his uncle’s memory.

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My Review

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

The Brighter the Stars begins with Jake when he’s a teen. He lives with his aunt and uncle because his parents died when he was little, so his uncle is like a dad to him. Horrifically, he witnesses his uncle’s death. This changes his life to the point that he’s obsessed with finding and exacting revenge on the murderer, a Cratonite.

Eight years later, Jake and his best friend, Cal, have enlisted and are tasked with taking Cal’s sister and Jake’s lifelong crush, Diane, to a distant planet which happens to be near Craton. That’s when the adventure truly begins with close calls, twists, fighting for their lives, and more.

The narrator was very good. His pace and voice worked for this story. I was able to tell the difference between the different characters by just a small change in his voice for each one.

I’ve always enjoyed young adult books and this one is no exception. It has young love, loss, action and more. I recommend The Brighter the Stars to young adults as well as adults who like sci-fi. I’m looking forward to listening to the next book, The Darker the Skies soon.

About the Author

Bryan Prosek is a science fiction writer and business attorney. Along with his debut The Brighter the Stars and the forthcoming A Measure of Serenity, he has published books and articles in legal trade journals and magazines. When he isn’t writing or practicing law, you can probably find him watching science fiction movies or television shows. He loves the big screen and the small screen. There’s a good chance that he’ll be watching one of the numerous Star Trek movies or series, but he could be watching anything from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Conjuring.

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Book Review & Giveaway: How the Wicked Run by Annabelle Lewis

Book Title:  How the Wicked Run (A Boston Clairvoyants Novel) by Annabelle Lewis

Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 283 pages

Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Thriller with Romance and Humor
Publisher:  PePe Press
Release Date: Oct 2022
Content Rating:  PG13 +M: Lots of cursing, kidnapping, all sex off page, no gore

Destined for Love and Danger

Sidrah Keeling, well-intentioned Boston clairvoyant and stalwart protector of her newfound family of psychics, purchases a country respite hours away from her grand Boston home. Lazy Pond Farm, just outside the town of Macoun, Massachusetts is an enormous fixer-upper, but it perfectly serves her agenda of fostering romance and promoting healing. In that order.

But instead, the group encounters trouble. Fate, as usual, has her own plans.

Macoun—named after the apple—is infested with racists led by a man who harbors terrifying secrets.

Will Jenny, Max, Sidrah, Leon, and Bones—the fabulous five—have the power to change Macoun? Will they be able to rescue those who need saving?

And what about love?

As the fates do battle, so will the lives between the wicked and the good. A twisted thread. Who will break? In How the Wicked Run, romance, mystery, and adventure collide once more for this enchanting family of audacious clairvoyants.

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My Review

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

I had read Dead Cat, Run and Cut and Run and I liked them, so I was happy to review the third book in the trilogy.

Five psychics in Boston found each other and have become a “family.” They truly would do anything for each other. There was a lot of character development in the first book so although How the Wicked Run does stand on its own, I would recommend at least reading Dead Cat, Run first for an even better experience.

The psychics are good, moral people and know they need to help others, so they are constantly battling evil. They are led by Jenny’s visions but one of her visions is personal, and Sidrah is all over it. Jenny works so hard for others, so Sidrah wants this vision to come true so that she’ll have a little time to herself.

Once again, they’re up against evil. Once the murderer/kidnapper is brought to light to the reader, the book gets difficult to put down. The things he does to a “friend” are unfathomable.

I like how seemingly unrelated events eventually tie together. If you’re looking for a good thriller, How the Wicked Run won’t disappoint.

About the Author

Annabelle Lewis is a pseudonym for the author who lives in Minnesota but was raised in Texas. An important distinction for those who understand both states. When you read her work, this diversity will explain a lot. An avid reader since she got her first bicycle and a library card, she discovered the world, first through books. The mother of two children and several furry ones, she stayed home to raise her family, then stopped to take a breath and searched for new worlds to conquer. She found it with writing.

The Boston Clairvoyants novels as well as the Carrows Family Chronicles all take on the battle between good and evil. Vividly portrayed and humorously written, the reader will root for the bad guys to be taken down by the ensemble and recurring cast of characters in each series.

Annabelle considers herself a champion of the screwed over. And a dog lover. And an incredible mom. Oddly, she’s not a good dancer.

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Book Review: Farty Pants by C. Jordan

Do you have a Farty Pants in your house? A toddler that find farting/tooting hilarious? Then, Farty Pants is the book for you!

Ethan loves his mom and dad very much.

He loves them so much that he likes to give them gifts each and every day.

Sometimes Ethan paints them pictures.

Sometimes Ethan gives them cool rocks or good pointy sticks from outside.

Sometimes he gives them a kiss on the cheek.

But most of the time he gives them his favorite gift, a “special gift”… and that gift… is to fart on them!

Ethan thinks farts are the best, funniest things ever… so he is a bit confused why other people don’t like it when he farts on them.

Farts can be funny… but other people don’t always feel the same way.

Will Ethan be farting on people forever?

Will his mom and dad manage to stop him?

Who else will fall victim to one of Ethan’s “special gifts”?

This is a book to teach little ones all about the appropriateness of farting.

It also teaches them that you should never do something to others that you wouldn’t want done to yourself.

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My Review

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

Ethan thinks it’s funny to fart on other people, especially those he loves. His mom and dad and even his grandmother tell him that it’s not appropriate or funny, but he keeps on farting.

His parents use an unorthodox way to teach Ethan how it feels to be farted on. Children who read this book will probably find it hilarious, but some parents may find it inappropriate. That being said, it works, and he learns not to fart on others, when it’s appropriate to fart, and that he shouldn’t do something that someone asks him not to do.

The illustrations are colorful and cute. As much as kids get tickled by farts, this book will be one they enjoy. It does, however, need editing.

About the Author

C. Jordan grew up in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with dreams of becoming an author someday. As a young adult Jordan spend time working as an EMT and civil servant. Nowadays, Jordan spends her time with her family and creating a variety of different books for adults and children.

Book Review: Flicker’s Garden Rescue by Jodie Parachini

Aitchoo! Queen Bee has the sneezies and is having trouble organizing this year’s pollination. Without pollen, the plants won’t be able to make the seeds and fruits for the annual Garden Party. Luckily, Flicker and her friends are on hand to save the day.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flickers-Garden-Rescue-Grand-Hotel-ebook/dp/B09TNGTYZL

US – https://www.amazon.com/Flickers-Garden-Rescue-Grand-Hotel-ebook/dp/B09TNGTYZL

My Review

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

It’s a workday at the Grand Bug Hotel, but Flicker hears someone sneezing. As he looks around, everyone is working (and not sneezing) until he finds Queen Bee who has the sneezies from allergies and is afraid that she won’t be able to organize this year’s pollination. Flicker gets busy to rally the troops to get the pollination done.

Flicker’s Garden Rescue is a great story with beautiful illustrations. It also teaches children about the importance of pollination and how it works. And it shows how helping others can be important. It’s definitely a book that will be in my grandchildren’s library.

About the Author

Jodie Parachini is a children’s author and editor. She lives in a village in Hertfordshire, England, where she loves swimming, gardening, and taking long, rambling hikes with a smelly dog. She can be found at www.JodieParachini.com

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Book Review: Sir Badalot and the Cranky Danky Dragon by Rachel Jankovic

In a tiny magic kingdom, by a heave under a willow, Sir Badalot’s castle just fell down. Again. He stomps and hollers and shouts…never knowing that the Cranky Danky Dragon is right behind, knocking down his castle and brewing Sir Badalot’s howls into a delicious whine. When Sir Badalot finally realizes what’s ruining his kingdom, he knows he has to find a way to keep that nasty dragon out forever.

Your child will be captivated by this whimsical guide to emotional self-control by Rachel Jankovic (with lush illustrations from Forrest Dickison), and you will be surprised how often Sir Badalot’s story will pop up as they fight their own dragons!

Does your child struggle with anger management and emotional self-control? Banish the fussiness with this adorable tale of Sir Badalot: the grumpy knight who just can’t seem to build his sand castle, and it’s all his fault. Will he learn to beat the dragon who keeps ruining everything?

Give your children a hero they can laugh at and imitate. With Sir Badalot, young kids will learn to love their home and rejoice in fighting life’s dragons–starting with the dragon in their own heart.

Need a birthday gift or holiday gift for kids? Give them this fun read-aloud picture book! Sir Badalot, like all good knights, learns to fight the dragon…but you might be surprised at who the dragon really is. Before the story ends, Sir Badalot will be your kids’ new favorite household name.

Kids will love this story written by Rachel Jankovic (Loving the Little Years) with its whimsical rhyming tale. Every page features beautiful watercolor illustrations by award-winning artist Forrest Dickison (Netflix’s Hello Ninja). 

This book is published by Canonball Books. Canonball Books is the children’s imprint of Canon Press. At Canonball, we believe stories are soul food, so you can expect excitement, danger, loyalty, virtue, and family in your Canonball books. Feed your kids the right books!

Souls will be fed and shaped from the inside out. That much is inescapable.

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My Review

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

What a cute book! Sir Badalot sure whines and fusses a lot because his kingdom keeps getting ruined. When he realizes what he needs to do, though, things turn out much better. And no whining!

The story is good. It rhymes and it has a good lesson. The illustrations are amazing! They’re bright and colorful and kids will love them. I love the dragon illustrations.

This is definitely a book that should be added to your child’s library. I can’t wait to read it to my grandsons!

About the Author

Rachel Jankovic is a wife, homemaker, and mother. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts & Culture from New Saint Andrews College, but mostly reads cookbooks now to avoid story grip (being highly susceptible). In 2003, she married her husband Luke, and they have seven children who know how to party. Rachel loves color, fabric, yarn to knit with, kids to laugh with, and laundry (not so much).