Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Tour and Review for ROUND THE BEND by Alistair McGuiness


About the Author

Alistair McGuiness grew up in the UK in a town called Luton, which lies 30 miles north of London. Family holidays were spent in County Donegal, Ireland, staying with his Grandmother in their large family home where she had once raised fifteen children.
It was these annual trips that made Alistair realise his Great Uncles were SeanachaĆ­s (Irish story tellers). After a few pints of Guinness in the family bar, brothers Barney and Francis would entertain the evening crowds with their recitations of life in rural Ireland. As their rustic voices carried across the crowded room, Alistair would watch and listen as the animated tales mesmorised the overseas visitors.
44 countries and four decades later, Alistair now calls Australia home and in the tradition of Great Uncles Barney and Francis, loves to recite stories. He lives between the beach and the forest with his wife, two young boys and a fun puppy called Peppi. After decades of adventurous escapades Alistair is calming down and has decided to write more and bungee jump less!
He works as a Business Improvement Specialist and has just spent three years as a fly in fly out employee at a remote iron ore mine site in Western Australia. As a trainer and facilitator, he has worked in Europe and Australia and is passionate about helping people and organisations to become successful.
A fun family day for Alistair would be fishing from the local jetty with his boys, taking the puppy for a walk along the beach at sunset and cooking a scrumptious curry in the evening with his wife.
An ideal adventurous day for Alistair would be a days walking and scrambling in the Lake District with friends, followed by a visit to a village pub nestled deep in the English countryside.
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About the Book:

From the Amazon to the Andes and Kilimanjaro to Cape Town. This adventure story
captures the reality and exhilaration of leaving home to undertake Gap Year travel in South America, Africa, Fiji and Australia.
Three things happened simultaneously. The lioness charged, Alistair fled across the parched savannah and his wife screamed for him to run faster. Stuffed deep inside his tattered rucksack was a guidebook containing advice on what to do in wildlife emergencies, which he planned to read if he survived the next thirty seconds. Future plans to climb Kilimanjaro, teach English in the Amazon and live in Australia were temporarily forgotten as he turned to face the pouncing lioness, thinking back to the words of advice from his mother-in-law. "Don't do anything silly, and look after Francine." From deep underground in a remote Bolivian mine to the scorched Australian outback, Round the Bend is an adventure travel story. It explores the turbulence of redundancy, the excitement of travel, the anguish of leaving home and the challenges of starting a new life in Australia.

For More Information


  • Round the Bend: From Luton to Peru to Ningaloo, a Search for Life After Redundancy is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads
Lynda's Review:
I did so enjoy this book. Right from the beginning, I connected with the author as he struggled to make a life-altering decision, and then to try and learn a new language in a very short time. There is so much fun and adventure in this quest for a new direction in life. I'm impressed with the courage it took for this couple to complete their preparations and then to follow through. The story has great pacing, wonderful descriptions, and an ever-constant flow of unique travel and resettlement problems and successes. I highly recommend this book.




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Saturday, August 30, 2014

'Pantser' BUZZ - Get Yourself Out of the Closet



PANTSER BUZZ #1
Get Yourself Out of the Closet

Two diverse communities, commonly known as Plotters or Pantsers, inhabit the same world where story crafting is king. Because Pantsers seem to be the rebellious kid on the block, the marcher who is consistently out of step with the standard beat, should we slink to the side or create a revolution?

I'm a Pantser. I can't help it, I'm wired that way. I'm tired of constantly striving to conform to the ideology that plotting is the only legitimate avenue to true bookish success as a writer. And I'm convinced that there are a lot of other writers who feel the same way. So, I'm issuing a 'call-to-action'. And before anyone yells at me, I know that some writers blend both styles. If you fall into that category, by all means, come play with us.

Let's create a 'Pantser' Buzz. I'll chronicle my journey right here on my blog by issuing 'Pantser' promps, challenges, pointers, harassment, slap on the wrists, updates, suggestions, diy's, and much more. You can march (skip, jump, or hop) shoulder-to-shoulder with me, using whatever method you prefer. Let's create a common celebration of all 'Pantsers'. And since we 'Pantsers' are usually in our own 'la-la' zone, let's have some fun while we celebrate.

Ready to get started? I see you slouching over there. Sit up straight and pay attention. (*wagging my finger)
It's time for: Pantser Buzz #1: Get Yourself Out of the Closet

True courage means taking action even when fear grips your throat. Have you ever sat in a seminar by a successful author who is expounding the virtues of plot and structure and felt that the literary police were about to yank you out of your seat and charge you with the heinous crime of impersonating a writer? That may be a little dramatic, but I've felt something close to it on several occasions. When given a chance to differ, did I speak up? ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Stoning is still a viable form of execution in some parts of the world. I wasn't chancing it! Blogging seems to be a safer option. So how about you? Are you brave enough to identify yourself as a 'Pantser'? Shout it out, either by leaving a comment here, or in whatever style suits your Pantsing personality.

Lynda Coker - Romance Writer - Blogger - Fiber Artist


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Book Review: SLAPSHOT OF LOVE by Gary Pearson

Length: 356 Pages
Genre: Satirical Romantic Comedy
Amazon Link

About The Book:
Slapshot of Love by Gary Pearson is a satirical romantic comedy in the tradition of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity and Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary. Geri Halton is a young woman with an all too real life, working in an seniors’ residence in an industrial town, who finds herself thrown into the glamorous, but artificial world of a reality TV dating show called Slapshot of Love. Smart, funny, attractive, but not ‘model pretty’ or remotely glam, Geri must navigate the phony world of television and determine if her relationship with Ryan, the handsome hockey playing star of the show, is real, or contrived for the TV audience. The hilarious circumstances at both a seniors’ residence and the set of a reality TV show propel the characters through a comic story that also has a lot of heart.

Lynda's Review:

~ "I guess we'll cut it there." Josh said, but Tremblay was having none of it.
"Keep rolling. I want to keep talking to this one. She's pissing me off."
"Geri laughed and stood up. " I've had enough, I can go. This guy doesn't like me." Ryan looked perplexed. He was angry but this seemed unfinished. ~Page 136

Any story that's set in the middle of a reality dating show should promise both drama and humor. Slapshot of Love by Gary Pearson delivers both. While our heroine, Geri, discovers the unreality and bogus truths of the television-world, she also finds an unusual environment in which she can actually discover realities about herself and test the validity of her own hopes and moral foundation. 


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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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