Tuesday, March 23, 2021

BANEWIND by M.B. Chapman

BANEWIND
by M.B. Chapman
Young Adult

Almost two weeks ago I was just a normal girl getting ready to start my senior year of high school, deciding where I wanted my life to go. And now?
 
I’ve kissed a boy. I’ve been to another world. I’ve seen death.
 
And I don’t know what my life’s become.

Banewind tells the spellbinding story of 18-year-old Genevieve DeWinter, a typical high school girl who finds herself entangled in the throes of adventure, romance, and survival after discovering the existence of a group of magical beings known as Formulists and their co-existing world, Banewind.

With the arrival of several mages in her hometown of Parma, Ohio, Genevieve soon learns that these extraordinary secrets are rooted deep within her family’s history when it is revealed her deceased mother was a heroic warrior in a long lineage of female protectors called the Holy Guardian. Now, a vengeful group of Formulists known as the Voidweavers have returned and set their sights on Genevieve, believing she might be the next Holy Guardian and the key to awakening their fallen leader, the Void King, who had been destroyed by Genevieve’s mother when she sacrificed herself a decade earlier to save Banewind and all of humanity from an unthinkable evil.

With the help of new allies, Genevieve must fight to stay alive as she unravels the mystery and danger that have shattered the stability of the life she once knew before the Voidweavers succeed in shadowing the world in chaos and darkness once again.





About the Author


Matt Chapman grew up outside of Cleveland and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he is completing his residency in Psychiatric medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine where he obtained his MD and a graduate of Saint Louis University where he majored in Biology.

Matt has had a passion for writing and reading since childhood and continues to find time for these interests among his other pursuits, including medical education and leadership studies. He is currently working on his next novel in The Banewind Series.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: https://www.lightmessages.com/mb-chapman

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mbchapman90

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/banewind_series

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

THE MYSTERY AT TURKELTON MANOR by Kraig Dafoe

THE MYSTERY AT TURKELTON MANOR 
by Kraig Dafoe
Middle Grade Mystery

Twelve-year-old Nathaniel Jones wants to be a detective. Though his imagination tends to run wild, Nate knows something strange is going on and he is determined to figure it out. Hearing noises at night, the young detective sees a strange figure lurking about. The Turkeltons are rich and Nate’s grandfather is their groundskeeper. As a result, Nate gets to spend the summer on the manor grounds. With priceless art and expensive jewelry in the mix, and someone creeping around at night, Nate becomes determined to catch a thief. There’s just one problem; nothing seems to be missing.




About the Author


Kraig Dafoe was born in New York.  Kraig went back to college at the age of 42 earning his BA in English writing, and graduating cum laude from Washburn University in 2017. Deciding to continue his education, Kraig received his Master of Liberal Studies degree in 2019. Kraig is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Visit his website at http://www.kwdafoe.com.

      


 



Friday, January 15, 2021

Book Review: The Alcohol Con: How To Outsmart It by Michaela Weaver



The Alcohol Con: How To Outsmart it

by Michaela Weaver
Nonfiction Self-Help

 

Is drinking having a negative effect on your life? You are not alone!

Millions of strong-minded, capable people find themselves falling victim to the biggest con trick of our time – alcohol!

It lures us with false promises of fun and social acceptability. Instead we find ourselves caught in a cycle of drinking, hangovers, morning regret, and guilt.

Despite being successful in other areas of life, it seems difficult to change our drinking habits. In the face of alcohol it’s easy blame ourselves, and believe we are unable to exercise self-control.

In this ground-breaking book, The Alcohol Con is exposed, and unraveled with insight and humour. Drawing on her own experience, and with a background in science and professional coaching, Michaela Weaver paves the way for you to outsmart the alcohol con, break free and move forward to a bright new sober future.

My Thoughts.... 

Interesting read. Michaela Weaver takes us through the process of combatting alcoholism in a way that makes sense. In her book, The Alcohol Con: How To Outsmart It, she explains how we can look at it as a con job and lists the players who contribute to it. What I found interesting - well several things - is how the alcohol makers learned to make their tonics more pleasing to the tastes to offset those young drinkers who found it unpleasant; thus allowing more consumers to purchase it. That's one way they conned people into drinking it. I found several things interesting in this book that I had no idea about. But it was in Michaela's easy-to-read terminology that I found the whole subject fascinating and spot on. Will recommend to those who can't get out of the drinking trap as well as families facing the challenge of having their loved ones consumed by the alcohol con.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

SERPENT RISING by Victor Acquista




SERPENT RISING 
by Victor Acquista
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Contemporary Fiction


Serena Mendez is haunted and she is hunted…… Haunted by trauma—terrified and scarred as a young child, when a secret initiation into an ancient order of Lightbringers went horribly wrong. Unaware of the power latent in her blood, she is haunted by a life out of sync with her true identity. At twenty-one, she is abrasive, jobless, in debt, and addicted to sedatives. Haunted by her past, she knows nothing of her destiny.
… Hunted by an enemy—ruthless and powerful, a Brotherhood that has been pitted against the Luminarian Sects for thousands of years. An ancient struggle continues—The War of the Two Serpents—a saga extending back to the dawn of civilization, to the time of the second breaking, when the elite sought dominion over the masses. Those serving truth and light opposed these dark forces. In return they were persecuted, burned as witches, suppressed and nearly defeated by the powers of darkness.But the flame was not extinguished.An old Navajo dream-walker had a plan to open the seven chakras mystically binding Serena’s power. To fulfill her true destiny, to unleash the latent power within her blood, Serena journeys to six continents where she uncovers the truth of who she is, and what she must do.A warrior stirs, a Lightbringer. She is Serena Mendez. She is awakening. She is a Candelaria…Serpent Rising is a story of unfulfilled destiny, discovery, transformation, and courage to embrace the truth.

  



About the Author


Victor Acquista has become an international author and speaker following his careers as a primary-care physician and medical executive. He is known for “Writing to Raise Consciousness.” His multi-genre works include fiction and nonfiction and often incorporate social messaging to engage readers in thought-provoking themes.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, the Florida Writers Association, Writers Co-op, and is a Knight of the Sci-Fi Roundtable.When not pondering the big questions in life and what’s for dinner, he enjoys gardening and cooking. He lives with his wife and dog in Ave Maria, Florida.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

SURVIVING HIROSHIMA by Anthony Drago & Douglas Wellman


SURVIVING HIROSHIMA: A YOUNG WOMAN'S STORY

by Anthony Drago & Douglas Wellman
Biography

From Russian nobility, the Palchikoffs barely escaped death at the hands of Bolshevik revolutionaries until Kaleria’s father, a White Russian officer, hijacked a ship to take them to safety in Hiroshima. Safety was short lived. Her father, a talented musician, established a new life for the family, but the outbreak of World War II created a cloud of suspicion that led to his imprisonment and years of deprivation for his family.

Then, on August 6, 1945, 22-year-old Kaleria was doing pre-breakfast chores when a blinding flash lit the sky over Hiroshima, Japan. A moment later, everything went black as the house collapsed on her and her family. Their world, and everyone else’s changed as the first atomic bomb was detonated over a city.

After the bombing, trapped in the center of previously unimagined devastation, Kaleria summoned her strength to come to the aid of bomb victims, treating the never-before seen effects of radiation. Fluent in English, Kaleria was soon recruited to work with General Douglas MacArthur’s occupation forces.


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Anthony Drago

Anthony “Tony” Drago was born in Camden, New Jersey and spent much of his early childhood at his paternal grandparents Italian grocery store. From a young age, his mother, Kaleria Palchikoff Drago, would tell him the captivating story of her journey from Russia to Japan and then to the United States. It created Tony’s foundation for his love of history—especially his family’s history—bringing him to write this book.

After retiring in 2006, Tony doubled down on his passions—flying his airplane, restoring his classic car, and traveling the world with his wife, Kathy. Tony and Kathy have been married for forty-five years. They have three adult children and enjoy spending their days on the beach in their hometown of Carmel, California with their eight grandchildren and dogs, Tug and Maggie. For more information about Kaleria and the book, visit http://www.survivinghiroshima.com.


 

 

 


Douglas Wellman
was a television producer-director for 35 years, as well as dean of the film school at the University of Southern California. He currently lives in Southern Utah with his wife, Deborah, where he works as a chaplain at a local hospital when he isn’t busy writing books.

For more information on Doug and the books he has written, visit his website at http://www.douglaswellmanauthor.com.

 

 

Monday, September 28, 2020

I Didn't Forget by James S. Kelly

I DIDN'T FORGET
James S. Kelly
Mystery


The double murder of two long time friends has caused hysteria in the small town of Solvang, Ca. Its up to Clay Wrens, the county’s premier detective to solve the murders and calm the townspeople.

Complicating the investigation is a local politician who’s afraid the Wrens will uncover his financial transgressions, while a female reporter, with her own agenda, is suggesting that Wrens be replaced.

As the investigation moves to a climax, Wrens is drawn to a twenty five year old murder and the convicted murderer, who’s just been released from prison.

 




About the Author

James S. (Jim) Kelly is a retired United States Air Force Colonel with over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. Prior to his retirement, Jim was Program Director for a Communication’s Program in Iran, working directly under the Shah. Jim and his wife, Patricia own and operate High Meadow’s Horse Ranch outside Solvang, California. All of his novels use Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley as a setting. Over the past 15 years, Jim and his wife have been active in a charity supporting our troops in forward operating locations, in hostile territory, overseas. To contact Jim, email him at jkelly2020@outlook.com.
Website: www.kellywritings.com
 
 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Book Review: THE SECRETS TO LIVING A FANTASTIC LIFE by Dr. Allen Lycka & Harriet Tinka

The Secrets To Living a Fantastic Life

by Dr. Allen Lycka & Harriet Tinka
Nonfiction Self-Help
 

Each author suffered near-death experiences and sought renewal through the wisdom of human virtues that refocused them on a life of richness, appreciation, joy and service.

Offered in the format of an enchanting and charming dialogue between the two authors, the book also includes their chronicles of pain and triumph, allegories and stories, along with inspirational and insightful quotes. The exploration of each of the 13 Golden Pearls creates a necklace of self-empowerment that will enhance anyone’s life.

The Golden Pearls shared offer a roadmap for living a life that is rich in love, achievement, appreciation, joy and service. They offer strength, comfort and encouragement.

The authors are on a mission to transform lives. Dr. Allen Lycka is now a full-time speaker, author and transformational leader and Harriet Tinka coaches young women to fully embrace who they are through her Empower Me programs.
Why I Wanted To Read...

I found out that second chances are a real thing and also don't believe the first diagnosis if something is wrong...get a second opinion. I really couldn't wait to read the stories inside and how it related to 12 pearls. 

My Thoughts on the Book Cover...
Love the pearls on the cover. Very symbolic. Ties in perfect.
What I Loved... 

The conversational style of the authors was very pleasing to read. Their back stories made me want to weep, though. Especially Harriet's. But the rest of the book was heart-wrenching and really touched me and made an impact.

What I Didn't Like.. 

Nothing.

My Thoughts.... 

Beautiful beautiful story. The whole book is based on these 13 pearls of wisdom. Love the concept. I didn't even know there was such a thing as gold pearls.The 13 pearls are divided into chapters that begin with a beautiful true story that will melt your heart. After you read the stories, this is when Dr. Lycka and Harriet Tinka engage in conversation about the topic. Love the way they did this...never saw anyone else do it. I enjoyed this book immensely. Made a profound difference in my life and one that I'll always remember and talk about.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

MAGNOLIA by James S. Kelly

MAGNOLIA

by James S. Kelly
Historical Fiction

Two young men grow up in the south, become great friends and love the same woman. One moves north as the civil war nears and becomes Administrative Asst to Abraham Lincoln The one who remained in the south vacates his office of US Senator to become the south’s chief spy. Both men are pitted against each other during the war. As the war ends, they try to renew their friendship but will the presence of the one they both love be an impediment.

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James S. (Jim) Kelly is a retired United States Air Force Colonel with over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. Prior to his retirement, Jim was Program Director for a Communication’s Program in Iran, working directly under the Shah. Jim and his wife, Patricia own and operate High Meadow’s Horse Ranch outside Solvang, California. All of his novels use Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley as a setting. Over the past 15 years, Jim and his wife have been active in a charity supporting our troops in forward operating locations, in hostile territory, overseas. To contact Jim, email him at jkelly2020@outlook.com.
Website: www.kellywritings.com
 

 

Friday, August 14, 2020

Book Review: A Whiskered Perspective by M.G. Spear

A Whiskered Perspective

by M.G. Spear
Fiction
Meet the cutest new black kitty in fiction, Pumpkin!

Like cats? Relationships? Then A Whiskered Perspective is for you.

Relationships are hard, but they are worth the effort. You should try your best, no matter what, to work things out, right? Not always.

Miller thinks she has found love but her cat, Pumpkin, tells a darker story. Not all love is equal, even if you desperately want it to be.

It’s a different take on relationship turmoil and the power of a connection between a cat and his human.
Why I Wanted To Read...

Hey, it's about cats!

My Thoughts on the Book Cover... 

Reminds me of a cat friend I used to have.

What I Loved... 

This cat, Pumpkin, has to be the smartest cat alive.

What I Didn't Like.. 

I wanted to shake the woman and tell her to open up her eyes to these bad relationships!

My Thoughts.... 

Cute, but sad in some parts, story about a woman and her cat - it takes the reader through the various relationships the woman has while trying to find Mr. Right. I wanted to feel sorry for the woman but she had some kind of neurosis about being by herself going on. One by one, the woman's relationships bite the dust and what I wanted to do was shake her to get some sense into her. However throughout all these relationships, there was the cat, Pumpkin, who, after all was said and done, saves the woman from losing it completely.

The woman - Miller - is a strong character but in real life she'd be a very weak woman probably because of her upbringing (the mother is particularly wretched in my opinion). Spear knew how to bring out the flaws that's for sure. Pumpkin, in my book, is the hero.

A word of warning - the ending is going to blow you away.

I enjoyed reading A Whiskered Perspective because as the title implies, the feline perspective is often the best perspective!

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Susan Rubin + Enter Giveaway!

The Road Not Taken

by Susan Rubin
Fantasy/Time Travel

The debut novel from Los Angeles-based playwright and filmmaker Susan Rubin is a trippy fantasy that uses time travel to explore the inner drives of a woman in midlife. In The Road Not Taken, a simple trip to the lipstick counter becomes an opportunity to unravel the mystery of self.

Widowed suddenly at age 50, Deborah is left with plenty of money but no direction to her life. Shedding her suburban housewife life, she moves back to the West Village where she grew up. When she meets a woman who appears to be an identical twin, Deborah discovers the Lost: a group of 100 fully-formed people who were dropped off on Earth as it cooled down and who have lived on the planet as it developed. The Lost show her the myriad dimensions of Spacetime, taking her to ancient Egypt, Weimar Germany, and planets without inhabitants. They reunite her with deceased loved ones. She forms relationships with an Egyptian god and a famous artist through whom she lives new truths and learns who she needs to become to walk the road not taken.

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Susan Rubin has written for Funny or Die, and in contrast, she’s written more than two dozen documentaries that highlight international women’s issues like domestic violence, forced child marriage, and untested rape kits accumulating in police evidence rooms. Rubin has used her skill, empathy, and compassion to render these darkest of topics into accessible films distributed to tens of thousands of college classrooms.

As a playwright, Rubin has, for 20 years, been the recipient of Los Angeles County Arts Commission Grants and Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Grants. She also was honored with a six-year residency at the prestigious Los Angeles Theatre Center. Her plays have been seen at New York Theatre Workshop, Baltimore Center Stage, and at every major 99 seat theatre in Los Angeles including co-productions with Bootleg Theatre, Circle X, Skylight Theatre to name a few. She is the recipient of Garland, Ovation and LA Weekly Awards. Visit her website at  http://www.susanrubinwriter.com/.

GIVEAWAY!

Susan Rubin is giving away an autographed copy of THE ROAD NOT TAKEN!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one autographed paperback copy of THE ROAD NOT TAKEN.
  • This giveaway ends midnight August 28.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on August 29.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Book Review: Pain In My Heart by Daryl-Jarod

Pain In My Heart

by Daryl-Jarod
Poetry

Pain in My Heart is a candid and honest journey through the eyes of a hopeless romantic. Each poem serves as part of a puzzle that not only pieces together heartache and love, but also the vulnerable parts we fearfully conceal from the world.

Poems that cover topics of self-love, depression, anxiety, and life as a gay black male in today’s society, all await you as Daryl-Jarod unlocks his heart to yours, one page at a time.

Why I Wanted To Read...

I have friends in the LGBT community and I hear their frustrations. I wanted to read more on the subject.

My Thoughts on the Book Cover... 

The book cover expresses to me self-love.

What I Loved... 

These poems are deep and goes right through the heart.

What I Didn't Like.. 

Not a thing, but it did make me sad.

My Thoughts.... 

As I mentioned above, I have friends in the LGBT community. They open up to me and I sense their pain. I sense their happiness as well but underneath is a layer of frustration which makes it hard to self-love. A few have succeeded but a lot have inner turmoil. The poems in this book expressed their innermost thoughts written quite eloquently and succinct by Daryl-Jarod, a member of the LGBT community.

Here's one that sums it up which is the beginning poem of the book.

NO TURNING BACK
Knife to his throat 

Pain in his heart 
He contemplates his life 
And realizes there’s no turning back
If he takes this leap 

He could surely change his fate 
But if he gives up now 
What about those he’ll leave behind?
Is it selfish to want the nagging pain to end? 

Is it absurd to wish those tears away? 
Is it truly a sin to play God  
And end your own life? 

This puts a dagger right through the heart. I believe gay men tend to take on female characteristics such as being sensitive, yet not afraid of expressing their thoughts when heterosexual men tend to keep that stuff inside.

I enjoyed reading Pain In My Heart even though it left me a bit sad. Daryl-Jarod's PAIN IN MY HEART is a living testament of the inner soul of gay men. Quite an eye-opener!