Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Book Review: PUMPKIN TIME by Erzsi Deak

Genre: Children's (4-8 Years)
Length: 32 Pages

About The Book:
The day Evy slipped on her gardening boots and began planting seeds in the soft, black earth, she saw a feast waiting to sprout. Evy is so focused on watching her garden grow, that she misses all the silliness going on around her- pigs dancing, donkeys flying, and sheep having a picnic.

But after nurturing her garden all summer and harvesting in the autumn- it’s Pumpkin Time! And what better way to celebrate than with a delicious feast for everyone.

Gorgeously illustrated by New York Times and IndieBound bestselling illustrator, Doug Cushman, this charming picture book features pumpkin facts, delicious recipes that parents and children can share together, as well as a step-by-step walkthrough of Evy’s pumpkin growing process (in case you were too focused on all the silliness).

Pumpkin Time captures the beauty and bounty of fall and harvest time, and encourages parents and kids to try their own hand at gardening.

Breeze's Review:


Pumpkin Time is a fun book that I was happy to review. The book immediately caught my attention because of the illustrations. They are well done and contain so much detail that children who are not of reading age will still enjoy this book tremendously! The story line is creative. My girls and I followed Evy around while she is oblivious to the events around her because she is working on a very special surprise. I just love how interactive this book is with a recipe and fun facts section in the back. This is a cute, creative and interactive book that anyone with young children would love. 5 stars!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book Review: SPARTAN AND THE GREEN EGG Book 2: THE REEFS OF MINDORO ISLAND by Nabila Khashoggi

Genre: Children's
Length: 58 Pages

About The Book:
With a friendly alien spaceship called Egg always close by, Spartan, his three friends, and his dog, Grimm, continue their adventures traveling the Universe. In Book 2, The Reefs of Mindoro Island, the team of explorers goes to the South China Sea to visit the beautiful isle of Mindoro. It is the seventh-largest island in the Philippine archipelago where thousands of miles of precious coral reefs, abundant with wildlife, are in danger. Spartan and his friends face a challenging mission; to stop some reckless and avaricious fishermen from blowing up the very fragile coral reefs with explosives. They befriend a brave young girl from the traditional Iraya Mangyan tribe, and are presented with an obstacle: in order to save paradise, they must take a huge risk.

Breeze's Review
There are so many wonderful things about this book that I don't know where to start! First of all, the illustrations are phenomenal. I would get so distracted while I was reading because the illustrations just pop out and capture your attention. The book has so many fun adventures that my daughter and I read the book and then reread it. The group of friends in the story are funny, clever and work well together as a team.

This book is so creative in the way it teaches us about taking care of the environment. This story is so interesting and creative that it will capture the attention of younger and older children. I am happy to have had the chance to review this book and I hope the author continues to write more in this series. 


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Book Review: SPUNKY AND DUNKY AND BUDDY BEAR by Gary C. Newton

Genre: Children's
Length: 38 Pages

About the Book:
Abandoned and alone...... Who will save them? 

“The Adventures of Spunky and Dunky and Buddy Bear” visualizes the experiences of two monkeys left alone in the African jungle as a kind bear from Canada finds them and takes them back to their new cabin in the big woods of Canada.



Breeze's Review:
My 5 year old daughter and I sat down and enjoyed this book together. The story was about two monkeys whose parents were taken away in Africa. A kindhearted bear named Buddy Bear took the monkeys home with him. The two little monkey's were trouble makers at times, but Buddy Bear taught them the importance of listening and obeying. There are many adventures that take place in this story which kept my daughter's attention the whole time. When we finished the book I asked her what she learned and she responded by telling me so many things she had been taught by the story.

 As a parent I can not express enough how appreciative I am to find books like this. The adventures that the monkeys take in the book are all very realistic and help me as a parent to teach my children about how to handle certain situations. The illustrations are wonderful! You instantly feel like you want to give Buddy Bear a hug just by looking at the pictures of him. Parents and children will love sharing this story together and teachers could use this book to read aloud in class. I urge all parents to add this one to their library! 



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Book Review - LAWLESS LOVE by Andrea Downing

Length: 42 Pages
Genre: Western Romance - Historical
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About The Book:
Lacey Everhart has carved out a tough existence in the wilds of 1880s Wyoming, working hard to build a secure life for herself and her younger brother, Luke. She will stop at nothing to protect what's hers and keep them safe. Even if it means keeping a secret that could destroy their lives.

Marshal Dylan J. Kane is a man who considers everything as black and white, right or wrong. He's never seen life any other way until he sets eyes on Lacey. Suddenly the straight and narrow that he's followed has a few twists and turns. Loving Lacey offers the home life for which he hankers...but can he really love a woman who seems to be plain lawless?

Lynda's Review:
This novella by author Andrea Downing is quite a story. From the very first page, both Lacey and Dylan jumped right into my heart. These characters have rough edges, some crazy humor, adventurous souls, and hearts as big as a prairie sky. Circumstances divide them, but love always finds a way. What happens when a strong-willed man with uncompromising principles meets a wildly tenacious woman determined to accomplish her own agenda? Well, let me just say, LAWLESS LOVE might be a strong clue. :)



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Monday, July 28, 2014

Meet Author Angela Hayes - Interview

Author Angela Hayes
Welcome Angela...I'm pleased to have you as my guest today; and I thank you for taking time from you busy schedule to answer a few interview questions. Why don't we get started with a short introduction...


Angela: I'm a married mother of two. I split my time between bringing characters to life by computer, and yarn to life with needle and hook. You can find me at www.authorangelahayes.blogspot.com,  or email me at author_angelahayes@yahoo.com. I’d love to hear from you. Other places you can find me:

INTERVIEW:
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
Unfortunately I’m a part time writer, with a full time job and motherhood vying for first place. Something that absolutely wreaks havoc with my writing. As much as I try, it always ends up taking a back seat to life. I hope one day to make writing my career- but it will always come second place to family.

What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
Out of the whole book, writing chapter 43- “Just the Facts” is my favorite. It took a lot of emotion to write and I think it turned out perfect. Without giving too much away, it’s the first time since Love confessed to Danton that she was able to see true love, that Love was able to show Danton that have a touch of magic isn’t all fun and game. It always Danton to see the truly human side of Love.

What projects are you working on at the present?
I’m hard at work on book 1 ½ , a short story featuring Melanie and Everett from Love’s Battle, as well as books 2 and 3 in the True Blue Trilogy- Faith’s Forever and Hope’s Wish.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?
Love’s Battle was actually easy to write- everything just sort of flowed and fell into place. This is not the case with books 2 and 3, as I find myself consistently banging my head with a dictionary/ thesaurus trying to find the right words.

How did you come up with the title?
I just love the title and I don’t think another would do. Love’s Battle perfectly sums up Love (the characters’) fight to be with her soul mate- a man who in the beginning distains any thought of love.

What do your plans for future projects include?
In addition to completing the True Blue Trilogy and its subset of short stories, I’ve recently submitted a paranormal romance to TWRP for consideration. I hope then to try my hand at writing a screenplay for Love’s Battle. I would love to see the entire trilogy made into a made for TV movie.



~If love isn't worth fighting for, what is?~


About Angela's New Book:
Love Howard has more than a knack for matchmaking. Born from a forbidden passion and a twelve-hundred-year-old promise, she and her sisters can literally see true love. And while Love has no problem bringing other couples together, her own romantic life could use a little help.

Danton DeAngelo has always been well grounded in reality. So it throws him for no small loop when the woman he’s fallen for believes that she’s been reincarnated eleven times and can actually see true love.

Now Danton is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Accept Love for who she really is, or walk away from her forever.



EXCERPT FOR LOVE’S BATTLE- ANGELA HAYES


The hand Love pressed to her brow was visibly shaking. “There’s something I need to tell you. I just need you to keep an open mind.”

“What is it? Are you sick?” Danton asked.

“No, I’m not sick.” Her voice trembled on a forced laugh. “It’s something else. Something I‘ve been trying to prepare you for. This would be so much easier if you believed in magic. If you could believe that what I’m about to tell you is the honest truth.”

Turning, Love opened the iron chest, the hinges groaning with the effort as specks of rust littered the floor. From its depths she pulled out a clear plastic bag that she held tight to her chest, eyes closed, before handing it to a confused Danton.

“This is my tartan, my plaid. Before it faded and was dinner for the moths, it was once patterned in checks of green, gray, and brown. The purple and white stripes that ran through the hem identified the wearer as part of the royal family.” Love tapped the plastic, her finger pointing out where each color should be. “It was a gift from my father. The first and only time my sister’s and I met him, he was on his deathbed, we were eighteen. A week later our mother died in the same moment he drew his last breath.” Needing the extra air Love drew a breath of her own. “That day was the thirteenth of February, eight-hundred and fifty-eight AD. My father was Cinaed mac Alpin, crowned king of the Picts and Gaels. He was Scotland’s first king.”

“Eight- hundred and fifty-eight?” That couldn’t be right, she was only twenty-five. “Don’t you mean Nineteen-eighty-seven?”

“No. I was born for the first time in Scotland during the middle of the ninth century.”




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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Book Review: SUN POWER by Neville Williams

Genre: Non Fiction
Length: 384
AMAZON LINK

About The Book:
America is on the brink of a green energy revolution that can save the planet, and increase peace and prosperity, by harnessing the unlimited solar power. After decades of promise, the technology for alternative energy solutions now exists to replace our dangerous addiction to fossil fuels with cheap, clean solar energy.

Neville Williams has been on the leading edge of this revolution for decades and knows from firsthand experience how sun power can transform lives and communities for the better. He has traveled the globe bringing solar-generated electricity to struggling communities throughout Asia, Africa, India, and the developing world. From isolated villages high in the mountains of Nepal to remote settlements in South Africa, Williams has worked to bring sun power to even the most off-the-grid reaches of the planet. He has brought that knowledge and experience back to America where he founded one of the country’s fastest growing solar companies.

If millions of poor families in the Third World can get their power from the sun, why can’t Americans concerned with their rising power bills, dependence on foreign oil, and carbon footprints do the same?

The answer is that sun power is here, it works, and can light up a new era of economic and environmental security—if we have the will to seize this historic opportunity. This book is not about predictions or promises. It’s about what’s happening now, all over the world, and what still needs to done.

Lynda's Review:
This book opened a window on the subject of solar power. It gave me a clearer view of a subject that has always fascinated me. It describes how people worldwide are harnessing the sun's power in countries like: China, Africa, and many more. It talks about solar farms and those odd looking compilation of devices atop many rooftops, especially in the industrial buildings. It raises the question, Why Can't The US Do More To Provide This Type Energy For Its Citizens? If you want to know what's available in this technology and what's happening elsewhere in the world, this is a good read for you. You can read more about this book here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

THE FORTUNE HUNTER by Daisy Goodwin

Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Length: Hardcover -  480 pages
Amazon Link

About The Book:
Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi," is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse.

Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National --- until he meets Charlotte Baird. A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte falls in love with Bay, the first man to really notice her, for his vulnerability as well as his glamour. When Sisi joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that threatens the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and all of their futures.

About The Author:
Daisy Goodwin is an award-winning television producer, writer and founder of Silver River Productions.
A Cambridge graduate and Harkness Fellow, Daisy began her TV career as an Arts Producer at the BBC. Here Daisy devised many highly successful shows, including Bookworm, The Nation’s Favourite Poems, and Home Front.

In 1998 Daisy moved to Talkback Productions as Head of Factual and was quickly promoted to Editorial Director. There she devised among other shows: Grand Designs, How Clean is Your House and The Life Laundry.

Daisy founded Silver River Productions in 2005. Silver River has produced programmes as various asElizabeth Taylor – Auction of a Lifetime; The Town That Never Retired; If Walls Could Talk – The History of the Home with Lucy Worsley; and the BAFTA-winning Off By Heart. New programmes include The Big Allotment Challenge and The World Made by Women presented by Amanda Foreman

In addition to this, Daisy is an editor of numerous poetry anthologies and reviews regularly for the Sunday Times. Daisy’s family biography Silver River was published in 2007 and her first novel, My Last Duchess, was published in 2010 and has sold over 100,000 copies and made The New York Times bestseller list. Her second novel The Fortune Hunter is published in April in the UK and July in the US.

Daisy is married to Marcus Wilford who she met at university. They have two daughters, and three dogs and live in West London.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review: NUCLEAR FARM by Charles C. Anderson

#Political #Thriller #Navy Seal #Terrorism

Genre: Thriller
Length: 282 Pages
Amazon Buy Link

About The Book:
AFTER SEEING THOUSANDS OF DEAD CHILDREN IN THE STREETS OF WAR-TORN MIDDLE EAST, EX-NAVY SEAL ANDY CARLSON USES HIS 4,000 ACRE ANTEBELLUM PLANTATION TO TRAIN HIS PRECOCIOUS TEN YEAR OLD TWINS, JACK AND AVA, TO BE WARRIORS, NOT CASUALTIES.

The U.S. President and the Prime Minister of Britain receive a startling warning. If they come to the aid of Israel in the coming Islamic Jihad against the Jewish state, martyrs hidden in their countries will destroy entire cities with nuclear warheads already in place. Any doubts the U.S. president has about nuclear weapons being in the hands of Islamic Fundamentalists are shattered with a mushroom cloud over the remains of Ras Tanura, a key Saudi oil export terminal near the Strait of Hormuz. One man and his wife have unique skills to address this nightmare. Their brainiac kids join them to track down one nail-biting threat after another.

NUCLEAR FARM is the second novel in THE FARM series by award-winning author Charles C. Anderson.


About The Author:
Dr. Anderson is a retired Naval Officer, an emergency physician, a critical care physician, and a weapons specialist. He is an expert on Colonial Virginia, the Civil War, limestone caves, and military installations in Hampton Roads, Virginia, all key subjects in this novel. The plantation depicted in this book has been his family's home since 1743.

Lynda's Review: 
  ~ "The last time I asked you about school, you said they were ready for Harvard."
   "I also said that Harvard wasn't ready for them."
   "Then they may was well get some on-the-job training before puberty blows us all out of the water," Andy said. ~ Page 162

Nuclear Farm is the second book in the Farm series. It reads well as a stand alone, but I think I enjoyed it much more because I'd already read the first book, The Farm. This book falls into the category of political thriller and stays true to that genre. With a little history and a lot of potential hazards and threats to the U.S. National Security, it will keep its readers turning pages. 


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