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Book Review: Adirondacks Artemis by D.L. Luke

16 Jul

 

Adirondacks Artemis

By D.L. Luke

Genre: Young Adult

 

Author D.L. Luke vividly portrays the intriguing tale of one of life’s greatest fears-being lost in the wilderness. In Adirondacks, Artemis faces not only her present fears but fears for the future with only her dog and past experiences to guide her through her lonely introspection, her strengths, and weaknesses. Artemis and her dog are left deserted and alone with winter approaching, in the Adirondacks, with only a prayer and a hope for survival. Real and imaginary fears cloud Artemis’s judgment, but not her desire to reach the county road and safety.

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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.

When Artemis wakes up in the wilderness and realizes that her boyfriend left her in the middle of the night, she’s not as surprised as I would be but she’s scared and determined to find her way out. 

Adirondacks Artemis is full of introspection, philosophy, fear, survival, and vivid descriptions of the wilderness. The end is interesting because the story just seems to stop but the reader knows what will happen next. Unfortunately, I did a lot of skipping in this book. There was a little too much introspection and not enough action for my taste.

 

About the Author

D.L. Luke, author of the children’s book B: The Tale of the Halloween Cat, also known as Diana Denner, was born in New York City in 1965. A published short-story writer and painter, Denner earned a free education and graduated in 1993 from The New School in New York City with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Fiction Writing and American Literature.

Editor for New York State Watch, Denner also works as a community inclusion counselor for ARC Rensselaer. She owns an old Dutch Colonial home in upstate New York and is working on the completion of her second children’s book How the Dog Saved the Squirrel from the Hawk. She is a member of Center for Mark Twain Studies and Hoboken Historical Museum.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Infinity by Tabitha Lord

14 Jul

Book Title: Infinity by Tabitha Lord
Category: Adult Fiction, 304 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: June 6, 2017
Tour dates: May 22 to July 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (violence, non-explicit sex, language)

 

Description

In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind.

Almagest, Caeli’s home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peaceful planet suffers under a regime that grows more violent and oppressive by the day. Marcus, Almagest’s dictator, is building an arsenal of alien weaponry by selling empathic children into slavery. A resistance has risen, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and in hiding.

Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction.

 

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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. I had read the first book in this series, Horizon, and was looking forward to reading this one.

As I had hoped, Derek and Caeli return to the planet Almagest with a team. It was discovered that Marcus, the leader of Almagest, has started trading Novali children to other planets. So, unofficially, the Alliance has sent the team to help the resistance.

The members of the resistance have been through a lot but they’re strong and determined and with the team from the Alliance, they’re hoping things might turn around. It really doesn’t look promising but they work with what they have. There’s a lot of suspense especially when members of the resistance go into town for one reason or another. 

One thing that kept running through my mind as I read Infinity was what if they are successful at overthrowing Marcus and beginning a new stable government? What will Derek and Caeli do? I couldn’t believe that Caeli would leave her home again but, on the other hand, how could Derek give up his position?

Infinity is full of action, drama, and love. I like Tabitha’s writing style and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Meet the Author

Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, will be released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for www.BookClubBabble.com.

Visit her blog at www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey.

Connect with Tabitha: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

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BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE

May 22 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 22 – To Be Read – review of Horizon
May 23 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Infinity / giveaway
May 24 – 411 on Books, Authors and Publishing News – spotlight / guest post/giveaway
May 25 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 26 – Cheryl’ Book Nook – review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
May 29 – Book review nature photos and everything in between – review of Horizon
May 30 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Lisa Loves Literature – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 1   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Horizon
June 2   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Infinity
June 5   – Haddie’s Haven – review of Horizon / guest post / giveaway
June 6   – The Autistic Gamer – review of Horizon
June 7   – The Autistic Gamer – review of Infinity
June 8   – Library of Clean Reads – review of Horizon / giveaway
June 9   – Cheryl’ Book Nook – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 12 – To Be Read – review of Infinity
June 12 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Horizon / giveaway
June 13 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 14 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – review of Horizon
June 16 – 100 Pages A Day – review of Horizon / guest post / giveaway
June 19 – Elsie’s Audiobook Digest – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 20 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 21 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 22 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 26 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of Horizon / giveaway
June 27 – Crossroad Reviews – review of Horizon
June 28 – Baker Kella – review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
June 29 – Baker Kella – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 30 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review of Horizon
July 3   – Book review nature photos and everything in between – review of Infinity
July 4   – Sharing Stories – review of Horizon
July 4   – Books for Books – review of Horizon
July 5   – Lukten av trykksverte – review of Horizon / giveaway
July 6   – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Horizon / guest post
July 7   – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Infinity
July 7   – A Book Geek – review of Horizon
July 10 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of Infinity / giveaway
July 11 – Books for Books – review of Infinity
July 11 – Crossroad Reviews – review of Infinity
July 12 – Lukten av trykksverte – review of Infinity / giveaway
July 13 – A Book Geek – review of Infinity
July 13 – Reviews in the City – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 14 – Sharing Stories – review of Infinity
July 14 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review of Infinity

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Book Review & Giveaway: Appointment with Yesterday by Christopher Stratakis

11 Jul

Book Title: Appointment with Yesterday: A Novel in Four Parts with a Prologue and an Epilogue
Author: Christopher Stratakis
Category: Adult Fiction, 334 pages
Genre: coming-of-age / WWII / immigrant experience
Publisher: IndieReader
Release date: January 2017
Tour dates: July 3 to 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is no bad language or violence, but there are references to sex and sexual situations (including between a pre-teen and teen)

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Description

A poignant and compelling first novel, Appointment with Yesterday tells the story of Yanni, a cheeky and delightful Greek boy growing up in a small town on an island in the eastern Aegean.

Left in the care of his loving grandparents, Yanni endures the deprivation and terror of the German occupation during World War II and finally leaves his beloved homeland and family to rejoin the parents who had left him behind to make a better life for themselves in America.

Filled with heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of love, devotion, disenchantment, and dashed dreams, Appointment with Yesterday is, ultimately, the story of hardships overcome and a determined boy’s journey toward finding his destiny.

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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.

Appointment with Yesterday is about Yanni who grows up on a Greek island with his extended family. His parents went to America and left him on the island until they could make enough money to send for him and to give him a good life there. Although he misses his parents, his grandparents are loving and take good care of him. He finally does make it to America, after enduring German occupation during World War II and the hardships that went with that. But, of course, he learns that coming to America has its own hardships. Living with his parents and sister is like living with strangers, New York is alien to him compared to the Greek island, and he has no friends. He does eventually thrive and proves that hardships can be overcome.

It was difficult for me to get into this story at first. It seemed a little disjointed and when Yanni was daydreaming, it was difficult to get through. I believe the author was trying to show the dreams as well as some of the boy’s memories, but it didn’t flow well. After the beginning, though, his writing flowed well. The descriptions were done well and I was able to visualize the characters and their surroundings.

Appointment with Yesterday is an interesting book filled with the author’s memories as well as historical events and the challenges of immigrants.

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Meet the Author

Christopher Stratakis was born and raised in Greece. After moving to America, he graduated from Drexel University in 1951 and New York University School of Law in 1955. Shortly after joining the law firm of Poles, Tublin & Patestides in 1960, he became a partner, specializing in admiralty and corporate law.

He has written and published several articles, lectured on professional and historical subjects, served as Legal Advisor to several non-profits (pro bono), and was an arbitrator in maritime disputes. He is the author of Mnimes “Memories” (2010), a book of essays, short stories, and poems that he wrote as a teenager. In 2015, he co-edited Chains on Parallel Roads, a book published by Panchiaki “Korais” Society of New York. In recognition of his extensive community involvement, he has been the recipient of several awards from religious, governmental, and educational institutions.

Mr. Stratakis lives with his wife in New York City. He is the proud father of three and grandfather of three. This is his first novel.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Horizon by Tabitha Lord

25 May

Book Title: Horizon by Tabitha Lord

Category: Adult Fiction, 314 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: December 2015
Tour dates: May 22 to July 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are a few, moderately explicit sex scenes, genocide, rape, and moderate language)

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Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

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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 first half of Horizon takes place on Almagest, the planet that Caeli calls home. After she saves and heals Derek when his spaceship crashes on her planet, they get close quickly because they are connected through her gift. She tells him her story by showing it to him in his mind. Because of this, Derek and the reader learn a lot about Caeli and her history. Even though she has had a terrible few years, I liked this part of the story the most.

Derek’s character isn’t nearly as developed as Caeli’s character. He’s a commander who flies spaceships and he has the same desire to save people that she has. He’s brave, kind, and good looking. That’s about it. Maybe his character will be more developed in the next book?

The second half of Horizon takes place on board the command ship Horizon and on a planet that is in danger. Although this half of the book never slowed down as far as action, I found myself wishing they’d have a reason to go back to the planet. Again, maybe in the next book?

Horizon is a great first novel and I look forward to reading Infinity, the second novel in the Horizon series.

 

 

 

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Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, andlovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin
for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, will be released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by RhondaParrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for www.BookClubBabble.com.

Visit her blog at www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey.

Connect with Tabitha: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

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Win one of 5 prize packages that contains: Horizon (Book #1) and Infinity (Book #2) by Tabitha Lord and a $10 Amazon gift card (open to USA only – 5 winners)

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May 22 – Working Mommy Journal – reviewof Horizon / giveaway
May 22 – To Be Read – review of Horizon
May 23 – Working Mommy Journal – reviewof Infinity / giveaway
May 24 – 411 on Books, Authors and Publishing News – spotlight / guest post/giveaway
May 25 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 26 – Cheryl’ Book Nook – review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
May 29 – Book review nature photos and everything in between – review of Horizon
May 30 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Lisa Loves Literature – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 1   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Horizon
June 2   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Infinity
June 5   – Haddie’s Haven – review of Horizon / guest post / giveaway

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Book Review: Behind You by Carly Duncan

22 Sep

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9-21-2014 6-09-05 PMTitle: Behind You
Author: Carly M. Duncan
Pages: 208
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback/Audible

Summary:

When a mysterious attack lands Heather in the hospital on the brink of death, her family rushes to her side. Through an inconvenient maze of shadowed memory and family secrets, Heather can trust only herself to discover if her husband, parents, sister or aunt tried to kill her. During the course of their own narratives, each character confesses to their various crimes of passion, envy and ignorance, weaving Heather’s mystery into an untraditional tale about seizing the opportunity to start over.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Heather is attacked in her own home and she and her family take turns narrating about the events that lead up to the attack.

The character development in this story is very good. As each person speaks, you learn more and more about who they are and why they feel the way they do. This family is pretty screwed up and and each member has their own secrets.

As the story progresses, there are a lot of twists and turns. Nothing is as it appears on the surface.

The one drawback is that I was frequently confused about the timeline of events. Also, I was confused by chapter 1. I am still confused about chapter 1. Despite my confusion, I think anyone who likes dramatic mysteries will enjoy Behind You.

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About the Author

9-21-2014 6-09-39 PMCarly M. Duncan is a television producer by day and a writer whenever there is time. Her first short story was published when she was in high school after a writing group prompted her to begin blogging before it was cool. Carly’s debut novel, Marcie, was released in 2013. Though she’ll forever be a California girl at heart, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two children and beloved Westie.

 

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