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Book Review & Giveaway: Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind by Amanda Jayne

24 Oct

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Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind by Amanda JaynePublisher:  Waldorf Publishing (July 1, 2018)
Category: Essays, Travelogues , Travel, Adventure
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1642556797
Available in Print and ebook, 140 pages

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Description

This collection of near-death (and a few almost-near-death) stories take you on adventures in Africa, South America, Nepal, Japan and Thailand. Close Encounters with an angry snake, the edge of an abyss, an unfriendly African tribe, a fake guide or two, a mean Dutch man, a magic whirlpool, a nasty case of Typhoid and a severe case of mountain stupidity are told with the confidence of a traveler who has discovered that no matter what happens, everything works out in the end.

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Guest Review by Sal

If you like travel and adventure, even if it is just from an arm chair, you are going to want this book!  Amanda Jayne has traveled to many different countries and at every turn has encountered near death experiences. 

In Japan, on a drunken night, a bunch of English teachers agreed they would climb Mt. Fuji.  They found out that most people climb at night so set a time to meet the next evening.  Only one person showed up besides Amanda.  It would have been evident to anyone who has done mountain climbing that they both arrived ill equipped.  They learned two valuable lessons: do what the locals do and be prepared for everything.  “Reasons for near-death: Ignoring all advice on mountains and mountain sickness; Stupidity.”

In Nepal, on the Bhote Kosi River, Amanda went rafting.  Just getting to the river was an adventure which included hiking, giardia (and finding place to have diarrhea), and a packed bumpy bus ride.  Then the real fun and danger began.  “Reasons for near-death: Attempting to tackle a set of rapids without a raft; a vicious whirlpool.”

The Amazon, Bolivia, Amanda signed up for an eco-friendly raft trip down the river with a so called, experienced guide.  “Reasons for near-death: Inexperienced guide on his first trip; getting lost in serpent infested waters; possible implosion due to infuriating Dutch man.”

These are just a few of the experiences Amanda Jayne had during her travels.  To read the full stories and about her other hair rising travels, you will have to read the book.  It is well written, with lots of humor and captures the places and situations so well that I felt as if I were there.  You can get lost in this book in the safety of your arm chair and avoid the danger Amanda Jayne got in too.  If you are a real adventure traveler, you can learn to avoid some of the pit falls.  I give this book five stars!

 

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Praise for Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind 

“A fabulous book that makes you smile all the way through; the stories of Amanda’s adventures and her zest for life flows from the pages and makes you on the one hand, wonder how she has survived and the other embrace her energies. A book that you don’t want to put down and leaves you in a happy place.”- Richard Newey, Amazon Review

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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.
A proportion of sales is donated to a random act of kindness fund.
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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!

 

 

 

Book Review & Giveaway: Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom

10 Mar

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Mary Brown is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs, has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker, and discovers that even her hands and feet look fat, it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun.
This is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye.
The story is laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way-too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in.

Bernice Bloom is the big, new name in comedy writing…this is the first full-length novel after her series of laugh-out-loud mini books.

Purchase from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

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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.

Having been overweight all of my life, I can appreciate both the humor in Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl as well as the horror of realizing that she’s in an embarrassing predicament because of her size. Some of Mary’s situations are hilarious but serious issues are brought up as well. Everyone in Mary’s Fat Club already knows that eating is an emotional response but facing the original triggers and having someone they can call when they’re about to overeat helps, just as AA helps an alcoholic. 

I enjoyed Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl. I was a little disappointed in Mary at times, not because of her low self-esteem but because of her sabotaging a good relationship because of that low self-esteem.  She’s so strong in some ways and has a great sense of humor and I was so proud when she made the right choices when eating out. It can be so difficult! Go Mary!

I hope there will be more stories about Mary’s struggles and triumphs.

 

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About the Author

Hello, my name is Bernice Bloom and I am a writer (I write light-hearted rom-com style novels and also work as a magazine journalist and advertising copywriter) and jewellery designer. My recent series of novels is called ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ and it features a heavily overweight woman called Mary Brown. She is bright, funny, friendly and bonkers. She’s also fat. The books blend the comedy of her efforts to lose weight with a more serious backstory about what happened to her in the past that had led to the issues that make her prone to over-eating. I’m fascinated that there are so few overweight heroines in literature. Women can be manipulative, evil, even murderers in fiction, but not fat! Certainly not fat and beautiful with loads of friends! Then along came Mary and she’s developed quite a fan base of people who love the fact that the heroine is large. She gets lots of letters and I have ended up taking her on lots of adventures!

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https://www.facebook.com/BerniceBloombooks/

https://twitter.com/Bernice1Bloom

https://www.instagram.com/bernicebloomwriter/?hl=en

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Giveaway

Win a Daisy Bracelet and Earring set created by Bernice Bloom (Open Internationally).

 

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will be passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

 

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16 Feb

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Book Review & Giveaway: Golden Gremlin by Rod A. Walters

16 Feb
Book Title: Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers
Author: Rod A. Walters
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 228 pages
Genre: Humor
Publisher: Omega Man Press
Release date: November 2016
Tour dates: Feb 12 to 23, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Mild and indirect innuendo to both sex genitalia, a short essay about the fictional “AssBook,” an essay on current health-care talk, a teaser “is his cord long enough?” to get readers to choose a short piece on electric cars next, etc.)

 

Description

Written to make Dave Barry, Lily Tomlin, and Ben Stein laugh, Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers delivers the experience of a balanced life, and the wisdom to like most of it, and then laugh at the rest of it. What the heck, Barry lives in Miami, habitat of geezers, and Ben Stein is one. The world really needs that push, vigorous or gentle, from misanthropes & geezers, the world’s most valuable golden gremlins. Misanthropes pretend to not like or need other people, but in reality, they merely prefer their own company much of the time. Geezers, aside from that silly name, also like their own company quite well. Both share the virtue of seeing the world calmly. You get pointy bite-sized life pointers from these experienced gremlins, told in easy bite-size chunks. Laughter included in the price! Two out of three wouldn’t be bad either.
Life is good! So laugh a little at yourself on the way through these pointy essays, and that will buy your laughing at the world’s simpler parts, guilt-free.

Golden Gremlin comprises about 70 short essays bundled into six topic areas:

NATURE: boys, ugly drivers, and coffee cups in the ‘fridge.
WORDS: the real meaning of Caucasian and Genre.
BUSINESS: deafness at the economics conference, and getting on AssBook.
KITCHENS: sushi chefs, and truth about manna.
HISTORY: when Hell froze, and Attila the Honey.

Golden boy gets to be GOLDEN GREMLIN: experience overcomes certainty.
What things could possibly be more important!

 

My Review

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

Golden Gremlin is full of stories written by an old geezer with a good sense of humor. Some of the stories are cute and some made me laugh out loud. The prologue is about the author going to meet with his publisher by stealing the Residence’s mower. To make sure he didn’t get pulled over, he made sure he knew how to cut the grass alongside the road so that he would look like a worker mowing. 

I read this book in one sitting but I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I’d just read one or two stories at a time. In fact, I plan on keeping it and doing just that at some point in the future. It’ll be a nice way to wind down before going to bed.

I definitely recommend Golden Gremlin. Anyone who has dealt with the elderly will appreciate it while those who haven’t had that privilege may learn a thing or two.

 

To read reviews, please visit Rod A Walters’ page on iRead Book Tours.

 

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About the Author

 
Rod Walters lives and writes in upstate New York to prove he can be an all-season writer. Since he wants everybody to be all-season persons no matter her or his circumstance, his writing aims sharply toward the practical—without turning into one of those godawful do it ma’ way authors. Life, after all, is practical hour by hour. Self-described as “old enough to know better, and he probably is,” his former life as Army officer, engineer, and administrative assistant could not have better prepared him to write both light and more serious short pieces pointing to creating a balanced life. Chuckling at yourself usually makes a good takeoff, he says. Giving up having to be certain makes for a good landing, especially for one’s friends! Then again, who the heck wants to live a balanced life? Mostly everybody does. That’s why he now writes. Although many friends nudge and badger him to be a Facebook and Twitter butterfly, he tries not to spend many numbing hours a day with circular keyboard tapping. Writing works better.
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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators, Book 2: Zombie School Lockdown by Grivante

28 Jan

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Author: Grivante

Narrator: Ian McEuen

Series: The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators, Book 2

Length: 3 hour 30 minutes

Publisher: Grivante Press

Released: Oct. 30, 2017

Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure

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The Zee Brothers suit up for their second adventure. This time answering the call from a local charter school that fears they may have an outbreak amongst their students.

The brothers find themselves trapped inside the school, with no weapons, scared children and a host of hungry and toxic undead.

They improvise with the help of the school lunch lady and a rather intelligent young student to try and stop the toxic infection from getting out of hand. The aftermath leads Jonah, Judas and JJ to a small farm on the outside of town, where they find the cause of the outbreak with mysterious links to the brother’s past.

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Grivante writes sci-fi, fantasy, horror and post-apocalyptic fiction with a writing style that bounces between comedy and action-packed horror, most often mixing together to create things like Zombie Omelets and Spleen Soup.
He is best known for his Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminator series, a comedic horror series that both celebrates and pokes fun at everything that makes zombie pop culture cool.

His publishing company Grivante Press focuses on publishing page-turning speculative fiction.

He loves things like George Romero’s “Of The Dead” movies and Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” and feels there are many authors telling those types of stories well. He’ll leave that type of story telling to them and keep focused on the weird gonzo-action filled tales he likes to write and his readers like to read!

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Narrator Bio

Bred in a test tube in a far distant future, Ian is a prototype never meant for mass production. A rare genetic hybrid of opera singer, actor, narrator, rock vocalist, and electronic music producer, he travelled back in time to join forces with Earth’s last and best hope: the underpaid, under-appreciated, and oft misunderstood writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Since then, he has narrated over 20 audiobooks, voiced characters in video games and cartoons, and melted many a face with his powerful vocals.

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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 Grivante. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

This is another fun audiobook about brothers Jonah and Judas who are zombie exterminators. This time a school is being overrun by zombies. The Zee Brothers are called in by the school nurse who had seen zombies before when she was in the military. Even though the brothers can’t get to any of their weapons because the school is in lock down, they are able to improvise with the assistance of the school nurse and a student. But even if the school is cleared, they still have to figure out where the outbreak began.

The Zee brothers and their girl, JJ, are all crazy. Her dog Xanadu is cute and has his own way of helping out. Even though this book has more of a plot than the first one, it is still funny. There were times it made me giggle but other times it was laugh out loud funny.

If you like something different, I definitely recommend trying the Zee Brothers.

 

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: The ZEE Brothers: Curse of the Zombie Omelet by Grivante

20 Jan

Author: Grivante

Narrator: Ian McEuen

Series: The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators, Book 1

Length: 1 hour 55 minutes

Publisher: Grivante Press

Released: Dec. 12, 2015

Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure

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Orgasms, Chocolate & Zombies? Just an average day for Jonah, Judas & JJ.

The Zee Brothers have a strange and dangerous vocation. While some hunt rodents or pests in the dark, Jonah and Judas tackle much larger prey… Zombies. Equipped with a well-loved artillery gun, DeeDee, and a much used and somewhat abused pickup truck called Sasha, the duo clear the night of undead pests, keeping the ever present threat of a Zombie Apocalypse at bay.

When the slap happy pair receives an after hours call for extermination that ends in a gurgle, they head out, guns locked and catch pole loaded. It seems that an incredibly foolish developer built a high cost, gated community atop an old indian Reservation – a Reservation that soon became a graveyard and home to magic much older than the flimsy walled homes that tried to take over. Lost in this sea of new houses, an ancient artifact lay buried till the obnoxious Home Owners Association President disturbed it – and awakened the Zombies from their slumber to retrieve it. 

Now it’s up to the Brothers to find it and lay the walking dead to rest. Along the way they meet the woman of their dreams, JJ, her magical and disco imbued dog, Xanadu, a denture wearing Zombie and a High Priest that offers a bit more danger than DeeDee can handle.

Filled with pop culture nods and heroes that just don’t know when to quit, it’s a slap happy, blood filled adventure, as the trio fights off zombies and the brothers fight each other for JJ’s affection. 

If you like Ash Vs Evil Dead, Army of Darkness and Scooby Doo, you’ll want to buy this action packed romp and dive into The Zee Brother’s adventures today!

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Grivante writes sci-fi, fantasy, horror and post-apocalyptic fiction with a writing style that bounces between comedy and action-packed horror, most often mixing together to create things like Zombie Omelets and Spleen Soup.
He is best known for his Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminator series, a comedic horror series that both celebrates and pokes fun at everything that makes zombie pop culture cool.

His publishing company Grivante Press focuses on publishing page-turning speculative fiction.

He loves things like George Romero’s “Of The Dead” movies and Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” and feels there are many authors telling those types of stories well. He’ll leave that type of story telling to them and keep focused on the weird gonzo-action filled tales he likes to write and his readers like to read!

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Narrator Bio

Bred in a test tube in a far distant future, Ian is a prototype never meant for mass production. A rare genetic hybrid of opera singer, actor, narrator, rock vocalist, and electronic music producer, he travelled back in time to join forces with Earth’s last and best hope: the underpaid, under-appreciated, and oft misunderstood writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Since then, he has narrated over 20 audiobooks, voiced characters in video games and cartoons, and melted many a face with his powerful vocals.

WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram

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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 Grivante. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

What a fun audiobook to listen to! Brothers Jonah and Judas are zombie exterminators. When a house developer disturbs an ancient Indian reservation/burial ground, a High Priest calls all of the dead to find a lost amulet. The dead come back in the form of zombies. So Jonah and Judas jump in their trusty truck, Sasha, and they have their artillery gun, DeeDee with them. 

Even though this audiobook is only about 2 hours long, there are a lot of close calls with the zombies and a lot of laughs. These guys are crazy. And their friend JJ is just as crazy as them. She even has a dog named Xanadu who is magical.

If you like something different, I definitely recommend trying the Zee Brothers.

 

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