Friday, November 17, 2017

6 Dangerous Love Stories with Linky

These 6 supernatural first-in-series books are coming-of-age love stories. In every story, there is a strong female protagonist with a dangerous male character from a djinn to a kelpie and even an alien. The last 3 books are available for FREE on Amazon Kindle.



One Wish Away (Djinn Empire Book 1) by [Seymour, Ingrid]

My Review:

One Wish Away is the first book in the Djinn Empire series. A girl with 3 wishes and a djinn that is too good be to true makes for a great story. Why does the djinn have so many secrets and can he really be trusted? This novel has all the elements of fantasy, romance, and suspense. Date rape is one of the topics in this book. I think it's appropriate for ages 16 and up. It has a satisfactory ending that won't leave you hanging.



Bound (Bound Trilogy Book 1) by [Sparkes, Kate]

My Review:

Bound is a coming-of-age romance fantasy and the first book in the Bound Trilogy. Rowan has lived her whole life afraid of magic and its consequences. She unknowingly saves the life of a dangerous man. He uses magic to conceal his true identity. She shows mercy, but the man whose life she saves has a duty to hand her over to an even more dangerous man. What happens when she discovers that she has magic bound within her? There is some sensuality, but no sex scenes. I think it's appropriate for ages 16 and up.


Super Starrella (Secret Supers Book 1) by [Springer, Aurora]

My Review:

Super Starrella is a superhero story with fun animal side-kicks.  It's the first book in the Secret Supers series. There's plenty of adventure, monsters and bad guys, and a girl learning how to use her new superpowers while figuring out her feelings for the good-looking biker and the handsome army captain. The story is suitable for ages 12 and up. 

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The Wild Hunt (Faerie Sworn Book 1) by [Nieto, Ron C.]

My Review:

The Wild Hunt is the first book in the Faerie Sworn series. It's an intriguing and fast-paced story with plenty of chemistry between Lily, a human girl, and Troy, a kelpie. Lily enters a world where the fae cannot lie, but carelessly spoken words can be used against you. The lines between good and bad are not always clear and nothing is as it seems. It's a well-written story with a cliffhanger ending.



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Curse of the Beast by [Lavering, Ashley]

My Review:

Curse of the Beast is an urban fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a werewolf as the beast. Tayla is a seventeen-year-old who catches the eye of a popular guy at school who is used to getting what he wants. When she doesn't feel the same way, he becomes threatening. However, this is just the beginning of her problems. There are plenty more that come when she finds herself bound to a werewolf. She has to find a way to protect the ones she loves from the werewolf and break the curse before she becomes its next victim. It's an exciting story with a cliffhanger ending.

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Broken Skies by [Kay, Theresa]

My Review:

Broken Skies is a dystopian romance and the first book in a three book series. Seventeen-year-old Jax is plagued by nightmares. Her twin brother tries to keep her safe by moving them into a walled-in human settlement, but neither of them are truly safe inside or outside those walls. Somewhere not so far away from the human settlement is an alien city with its own kind of walls, the human-proof kind.

The good guys and bad guys are not always obvious. The characters are more complex than you'd think. The story takes several unexpected twists. Jax ends up in an emotional tug-of-war between the humans and aliens.

Some of the content includes murder and torture. Rape is mentioned and also homosexuality, but not with details. Honesty, trust, and loyalty are key themes along with learning to get along with others who are different from you. This page-turner story has a cliffhanger ending.


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Negative Return by Jessie Kwak

Negative Return
by Jessie Kwak

Negative Return: A Durga System Novella (Durga System Series) by [Kwak, Jessie]

About the Book:

Title: Negative Return - A Durga System Novella | Author: Jessie Kwak | Pages: 156 | Genre: Science-Fiction | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

He's gone too far to land safely — but going forward is definitely gonna get him killed.

Manu Juric is a mediocre bounty hunter. But he’s damn good at reading people and creating unexpected explosions — and that can take you a long way in this business.

Not far enough, he learns when he tries to take out one of Bulari’s most notorious crime lords: Willem Jaantzen.

After the attempt is horribly botched, Jaantzen spares Manu’s life in exchange for joining up with his motley crew for one small heist. There’s a reason Manu avoids teamwork: it’s the worst. And as the increasingly unpredictable job plunges Manu into an ever-tangling web of uneasy dangers and bristly egos, he realizes he’s going to need to find some allies — fast.

And the one man he may need to trust the most is the one he’s been contracted to kill.

NEGATIVE RETURN is the second book in Jessie Kwak’s Durga System series, a fast-paced series of gangster sci-fi novellas set in a far-future world where humans may have left their home planet to populate the stars, but they haven’t managed to leave behind their vices. And that’s very good for business.

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My Review:

Negative Return is a fast-paced science-fiction novella full of suspense with seedy characters and unexpected twists. Who are the heroes when they are all villains? Even Manu Juric, the main character, claims to be double trouble. And, every moment is a life-or-death situation in their risky line of work. Will Manu survive after botching the hit job on the notorious crime lord, Willem Jaantzen? Well, let's just say that this is only the beginning of his problems.

Negative Return is the second novella in the Durga System series, but it takes place before Starfall, the first novella. It's a wickedly well written story and I can't wait to read more in this series!

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Jessie Kwak

About the Author:

Jessie Kwak is a freelance writer and novelist living in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not writing B2B marketing copy, you can find her scribbling away on her latest novel, riding her bike to the brewpub, or sewing something fun.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Handsome Peacock and a Linky


We have a handsome peacock that visits our property everyday. There are a couple of peahens that hang around too. The birds belong to Amanda's school, which is close to our home. Her school also keeps free roaming geese, ducks, turkeys, and rabbits. The children are taught to respect the animals, but it's not always possible to monitor all the children all the time.

Amanda was recently bitten above her ankle during break by a large black duck named Blackie. She didn't see it in time to get away. Her teacher took her straight to the principal and to other teachers to show the bite mark. I think her teacher was fed up with the duck. I've witnessed its aggressive behavior during one of Amanda's sports days. Amanda told me that she thinks it turned mean from being teased. It attacks without being provoked, so I'm glad the teacher made a fuss.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

3 Picture Books by Patricia Furstenberg

Tea-Party with Animal Friends from Books
by Patricia Furstenberg


Ana lives in the “Rainbow Country.” Grown-ups and Teachers call it the ‘Rainbow Nation,” but Ana likes to think she lives under a rainbow. Not that it rains a lot, actually most days are sunny here and she loves it. You can have a picnic any day and not worry about the weather!

Last night she worried. “Do you think it will be sunny tomorrow, Ma’?” she asked at bedtime half knowing it will be, half longing for her mother’s confirmation. Whenever Ma' said “yes” it meant yes and that was good to know!

“Yes, all sunny weather for your picnic, Ana,” smiled Mom bending to tug her in. Her hair was soft as it brushed Ana’s cheek and it smelled sweet… like Ma'. “Will they ALL be coming?” Mom’s eyebrows went up, a little worried.

There was a party scheduled for tomorrow, a picnic in their garden, and Ana invited ALL her animal friends. The ones that live in books. You didn’t think she would invite REAL ones, would you? Ana lives in South Africa. Would you invite a real lion to your picnic? I didn’t think so… There would be nothing left to eat for the rest of the party!

Ana picked up her guest list. “Winnie the Pooh and Friends,” were at the top of the list. How else, she grew up with “silly, old bear” and learned her grade 1 spelling with “T-I double G-ER.”

“Honey, cake and carrots,” checked Mom on her own list.

“Joyful Trouble,” smiled Ana. “Grandad will be happy to see him again!”

When her grandfather was a young sailor in Simon’s Town, long, long, long ago, during The Second World War, he was in charge with a fantastic dog, a huge dog, a friendly dog, Joyful Trouble the Great Dane. He was the first dog ever to be enlisted in the Royal Navy! Ana had a stuffed dog looking exactly the same whom she lovingly called “Joyful Trouble.”

“Bones,” smiled Mom. “He’s always been an easy dog to please.”

“As long as he's not asking for fresh fish!” giggled Ana, remembering the story. Then, eyeing the smudge on Mom’s paper went on: “Paddington Bear!”

“Marmalade sandwich!” laughed Mom.

“Lion and Dog,” said Ana next, following her list and tapping it with a finger. Then she glanced over to Mom’s sheet. “Do we have enough meat? What if Lion is hungry?” Lion and Dog were Ana’s new friends from “The Lion and the Dog”, a story she enjoyed very much because it reminded her that size doesn’t matter when one makes new friends. She especially liked the last illustration where all the zoo animals gathered around the Christmas tree while children sang Christmas carols.


Mom didn't look worried, “he is a rather small lion, isn’t he? And he does chew an occasional bone… we have plenty of those! How many dogs are invited to your picnic?”

“Four!” laughed Ana. “Puppy is coming too and then there’s Dog, Cheetah’s best friend in the whole African plain!”

“Puppy is a sweet little fellow, we have milk but, knowing him, he’d like to taste a little bit of everything from the table!” Mom winked. They both enjoyed reading “Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles” at bedtime, one poem each night. It was fun to cuddle together and see how the little dog grew, one poem at a time. Ana enjoyed to find out what mischievous adventures Puppy happened to… fall into!

“What will we feed Cheetah, Ma?” Cheetah the cub befriended Dog in “The Cheetah and the Dog” proving that different souls can be friends even if they look different. People became so captivated by their unusual story that almost overnight “The Cheetah and the Dog” had been spun into an African folktale. Ana thought about the book illustration in which Cheetah and Dog shared a meal of steak and eggs cooked over a camp fire!

“I’ll make sure we have small bits of meat,” Mom pointed towards the bottom of her list where a big exclamation mark stood beside “meat!” “Anyone else?”

“Only The Elephant and the Sheep,” smiled Ana looking like a lamb herself. This was the third book in the collection and Ana had fallen in love with the gentle baby elephant and his friendly, yet curious lamb companion. Reading the book she was surprised to discover that an elephant calf can hold such a big secret. She loved the happy ending; it reminded her of her mom’s favorite song, “Imagine”. Just like the illustration depicting the two new friends enjoying a quiet African sunset together under the sparkling light of friendly stars.

“Grass for them and sleep for you!” said Mom as she kissed Ana good night.

“Ma’,” whispered Ana half asleep, “will you come to our picnic too?”

And Mom smiled just as the moon and the stars smiled in the sky. “Yes, I'll come," and Ana knew that she will.



3 Picture Books with
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About the Author:
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Patricia Furstenberg


Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. She won two key legs (chapter six, "Someone is Missing" and chapter nine, "Reconstruction of the Crime") of the Write Your Own Christie Competition and was runner-up for chapter four. The Judges "were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style" and congratulated Patricia on winning the penultimate chapter. "This was perhaps one of the hardest rounds of the competition and the judges felt that Patricia's chapter was confident and intriguing." The judges thought Patricia's writing style is "well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense."

The Judges were Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandchild involved in publishing and promoting her books since 1960s, David Brawn, Agatha Christie's Publisher at Harper Collins UK for the last 20 years and Daniel Mallory who works primarily with thrillers and crime fiction at Harper Collins US.

When she’s not writing Patricia likes to read, read, read, drink coffee and listen to music. One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat's home. This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.



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Thursday, November 9, 2017

World Whisperer Series and a Linky

Book 1


Book Description:

Rich with adventure and magic, Rachel Devenish Ford's debut fantasy is the tale of a fearful misfit stepping into her true destiny.

As a fifteen-year-old outsider girl in the Worker village, Isika is destined for endless drudgery, serving her priest stepfather and worshiping the four goddesses of the Worker people. She doesn't fit in and she hates the goddesses, but her mother is dead, and her three remaining siblings need her to be good and keep them safe. She can't think of anything beyond surviving each day and trying to avoid her stepfather's wrath.

Until he decides to sacrifice her youngest brother to the goddesses. And Isika decides that enough is enough.

She sets out on a journey to save her brother, facing an unknown world outside the walls of the Worker village. In the new world, ancient gifts awaken within her as she finds more beauty and more trouble than she could have imagined. To save her brother, she will have to trust the magical creatures and mysterious new friends who have come to guide her.

What's more, as she learns to love her new place in the world, she will have to learn to control magic that could be the key to her destiny and the fate of everyone around her.

My Review:

World Whisperer is the first book in the World Whisperer series by Rachel Devenish Ford. I quickly got whisked away in this new fantasy adventure series that reads like an allegory. It's a coming-of-age story and young adult appropriate, ages 12 and up.

Dark-skinned Isika and her siblings don't belong in the evil Worker Village, but they don't know how to escape the poison walls or where to go with the sea on one side and the desert on the other. Isika, the eldest child, is strong and brave. With fierce love for her siblings, she stands up to her abusive step-father and finds a way to save them. Some of the themes in this story include forgiveness, humility, and friendship.


Book 2


Book Description:

In the second book in the World Whisperer series, Rachel Devenish Ford follows the tale of Isika growing into her destiny, even as forces from the Great Waste attempt to destroy her.

Though Isika now lives happily with the Maweel, her problems seem to be following her. Apprenticing for the master potter and enjoying life with a real family occupy Isika's days, until a call for help from her beloved stepmother forces her to choose between her new life and her old. As Isika rushes back to the Worker village in hope of rescuing her stepmother, she is thrust into a plot of deception and lies, maliciously pursued by evil forces. A journey deep into the desert will test all of her new found strength and gifting.

Jabari and the other seekers follow Isika with hopes of helping, until the moment they find themselves attacked by the endless evil and malice that seeks to destroy the World Whisperer.

Together they will have to find strength and belief in one another... if they ever want to make their way out of the desert and back to the land they love.

My Review:

Guardian of Dawn is the second book in the World Whisperer series by Rachel Devenish Ford. The adventure continues as Isika learns about her gifts, but not everyone is willing to release her into her calling. She has to make tough decisions and she can't please everyone. The problem is that she's running into a trap and evil is everywhere. Some themes in this story include destiny, responsibility, and team-work.


Book 3


Book Description:

In the third book of the World Whisperer series, Isika must face her deepest fears and emerge with her true identity intact. Isika is growing into her life in the Royal city of Azariyah. Her pottery apprenticeship is going well and her friendship with Jabari is blossoming. She loves her life with her family and longs to be a normal Maweel girl, something that isn’t possible with the Desert King in pursuit of her life. Evil forces want Isika captured or dead, and the threat of the Great Waste grows stronger daily. Why is the Desert King approaching Azariyah and why is he trying to burn Maween to the ground? As fires erupt all around Azariyah, the loyalty of the Maweel toward their World Whisperer is tested. Rumors follow Isika as she fights fire and suspicion to protect the city she loves and earn the trust of her people, ultimately standing before an evil so great, it will take everything within her to withstand and defeat it.

My Review:

Shaper's Daughter is the third book in the World Whisperer series by Rachel Devenish Ford. Isika has a relatively peaceful time as an apprentice, but it's not long before she faces her greatest battle yet. She needs the support of her friends and family to help her resist the poison of the Desert King. Her identity is soon shaken and she's close to giving in to the Desert King's wishes. Themes in this story include character, hope, and trust. The third book concludes with a budding romance and a few loose ends. It looks like there will be more novels in the series.

Disclosure: I received free digital copies of books 1 - 3 and these are my honest reviews.


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2 Children's Books by Hilda van Stockum

King Oberon's Forest
and Penengro by
Hilda van Stockum

Hilda van Stockum was a celebrated and popular children's book author and illustrator who was known for her depiction of family values, as well as her progressive themes of tolerance and compassion for others - themes that remain important in today's culture. Hilda wrote and/or illustrated more than thirty books from the 1930s through the early 2000s.

King Oberon's Forest


Book Description:

King Oberon's Forest is the only fairy tale written by Hilda van Stockum. It is the story of three brother dwarfs, renowned for their bad temper and unfriendliness, whose lives become completely changed after finding and taking in a foundling child. The book has a magical quality and reveals a different side of van Stockum. First published in 1957, King Oberon's Forest is wise, witty and full of adventure. This new edition of the book includes all of the original drawings which were done by Brigid Marlin, one of Ms. van Stockum's daughters, who is an accomplished artist and writer. For children aged seven and over.

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote to a friend that King Oberon's Forest was "charmingly written" and "beautifully illustrated."

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Amanda read two pages of King Oberon's Forest to me almost every night. I helped her with pronunciation and explained new words to her. The story is entertaining for children and adults. Amanda enjoyed the illustrations and made a rule that I wasn't allowed to peek until after she read that page. It's a classic fairy tale about woodland creatures that think and behave like people. There is also an orphaned fairy and three grumpy dwarfs.

Amanda and I giggled often. She understood the dry humor and that made it more fun. Some parts were slow going reminding me that it's geared towards a wider audience, not just children. I asked Amanda what the book teaches. She answered, "Don't be mean. Have lots of friends, because you'll make yourself happier and others happier."


Penengro


Book Description:

Penengro is an exciting story set in Ireland in which an orphan, Rory, is adopted by a couple because of his resemblance to their dead son. He runs away to escape from this uncomfortable situation, and meets and then lives with a group of gypsies. This book was close to the heart of the author, Hilda van Stockum, as she always sympathized with the outsiders in life. She was also close to nature and had a distrust of machinery, traits shared by the Romanies she wrote about. For children aged 12 and over.

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Penengro is a wonderful novel that celebrates the Romani gypsies and their way of life. The story is filled with captivating adventures, admirable characters, and delightful animals. It carries themes that will relate to older children and adults alike. It's both philosophical and whimsical with gems of truths and lively illustrations throughout. The ending is bittersweet.




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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cuddling Cats and a Linky


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