Thursday, 18 April 2019

BOOK FAIRS

A big thanks to the Kotobee Blog for sending me a link to a Book Fair calendar.  Here is the link to the Calendar

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I love a good Book Fair :-)

Bec x

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

A LIGHT IN THE DESERT - ANNE MONTGOMERY

A light in the desert has many characters and stories within it.  There is a Vietnam veteran Jason, who suffers from mental illness since returning and who finds himself protecting a pregnant sixteen year old girl named Kelly.  Kelly has lead a very sheltered life, with her mother and living with a religious group called the children of the light.  Kelly has a deformity of her face that prevents her from showing any emotions.  She was made pregnant by her step father and as her mother was disgusted by this, she wanted to send Kelly away to live with her sister (Who no one knows ever existed or actually does exist). Kelly and her Mother board a train heading to Los Angeles which is derailed by a sick and twisted boy who sabotages the rail lines to cause a disaster.  

Jason rescues Kelly from the wreck and takes her to his cabin.  He needs to alert The children of the light to let them know that he is safe with her.  Jason is bitten by something and when he passes out on the couch and is very ill, Kelly goes in search for help and gets herself into some trouble, stranded in the desert in the throes of childbirth.  


Part factual and part fictional makes for an interesting story-line.  This book was a slow burn, it took a long time to really get going before I found myself wanting to keep reading it.  By half way I was starting to find myself wanting to read the next chapter as the book picked up pace.  There is a lot of religious concepts and words which may or may not be off putting to some people.  Overall it was an Okay read once the book gathered pace and mostly well written.  


My thanks to the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest review.


My Rating 📘📘📘/5 


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A Light in the Desert
By Anne Montgomery
Mystery/Suspense
Paperback ISBN: 9781732139114


Ebook ISBN: 9781732139121 



Blank Slate Press/Amphorae Publishing Group
288 Pages


Price: $16.95 Paperback, $9.99 eBook



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Sunday, 14 April 2019

THE THING IS - ANDREW CARTER

This is anecdotal tales from the author growing up into adult hood.  From bullies to stealing alcohol, this book has it all.  Enjoy reading about his many travels and mishaps along the way.  There is late night fights, bogus jobs, night club kisses and a girlfriend or two.  

The Thing is....I really liked this book.  I found it very much a laugh out loud type of book and although sometimes I did not always understand the lingo (I am an Aussie chick), I found the writing to be interesting and at times hilarious.  If you are after a light hearted funny read I think you will enjoy the book.

My thanks to the author for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for my review. 

📘📘📘📘/5 

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BULLY BROTHER - CRAIG M DIAL

Bully Brother is a true story set in the 70's about Craig growing up in a family of seven between the ages of eight and sixteen.  His older brother David caused a lot of anguish for Craig but that did not stop Craig from admiring and loving him and wanting to be just like his older brother.  Through being held down on the ground with his bully brother spitting on him, to being tricked to jumping into icy cold water on the family camping trip, Craig still looked up to his older brother.  As they grew older, Craig was thrilled with the odd times that David would ask Craig to hang out with him.  Through a tragic event Craig understands the love his older brother had for him through the most unexpected way.

Bully Brother is a great read and a wonderfully descriptive text, you can see a clear picture of everything that is happening.  The author has even set the scene with songs  you can listen to while reading the book.  I found this feature to be very interesting and unlike other books I have read.  I really enjoyed this story and recommend it to you.  My thanks to the author for a copy of this book in return for my review.

Rating 📘📘📘📘/5


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Monday, 11 March 2019

SCREECHERS - KEVIN J KENNEDY


In a post apocalyptic world three men leave their community in search of a new world to survive in.  A Screecher is a huge beast that has adapted to survive in the world.  Amongst them are Apoc-Wolves and giant Crab like Scorpions all fighting for survival.  The story moves between the Screechers battle with the Wolves and Crabs, and the battle the men have between themselves and the creatures.  

This is a quick read, and quite easy to get into and to enjoy the fast pace of the story.  The description of the characters is very good.  I am not usually one to read sci-fi and I was a little hesitant at first, however, it was a really good read and I am glad that I read it.  

I rate it 📘📘📘📘/5

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My thanks to the author for a copy on this book in return for a review. 


 

Friday, 8 March 2019

SYRIAN BRIDES by ANNA HALABI

Syrian Brides is a collection of short stories all about brides and brides to be from the Syrian culture.  Some wives regret their decision to marry their husbands.  A wife who tricks her husband by hiding fish in Watermelon and making everyone around him think he is insane.  A woman whom pretends she is married to a man who owns a shop across the road from the Bakery and she tricks both owners into believing she is a wife to both shop owners so she can steal jewellery.  A wife who cannot tolerate her horrible mother in-law any longer who begs her brother (a Pharmacist) for a poison that cannot be traced. And a husband who wakes up to a woman that does not look quite the same to the woman he married the day before. There are unhappy wives, rich wives, poor wives, beaten wives, fake wives and those looking to be a wife.  I was a little worried I would not understand the book as I do not know any Arabic, but footnotes for any of these words are provided for you which is fantastic and keeps the story flowing, without having to consult Google to find out what something is.  

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, which has surprised me, as when I first began the book, I was worried there would be words or phrases that I had no idea about and that it would ruin the flow of the stories by having to look up the Arabic words, or Muslim cultures.  Anything like this that requires an explanation is provided for you (as simple as touching the footnote number for us kindle readers and it brings up the explanation for you).  This certainly added to the enjoyment to the story. My favourite story from the book was the one about the wife who stuffed seven fish inside seven watermelons and made out to her husband and his friends that she had no idea what he was talking about.  This story made me LOL (laugh out loud) and it was very good and enjoyable.  All the stories are very well written and although short, you get to know the characters and like or despise them quite quickly.  My only complaint for this book is that I got to the end of the book too quickly and wanted to read more.  I hope that the author decides to write more short stories, such as these, as they were really enjoyable to read.  I highly recommend this book.

My thanks goes out to the author for allowing me to read a copy of her book in return for my review.

📘📘📘📘 Books/5 rating

Print Length: 103 pages
Publication Date: November 1, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07K51KYLF




Sunday, 24 February 2019




Justice Gone
By N. Lombardi Jr
Genre: Legal Thriller


Justice Gone, a mystery/legal thriller which publishes February 22, 2019, touches upon many topical, controversial issues in today's society as well as being a thrilling and engaging read. The story encapsulates current social issues: police brutality, homelessness, the plight of returning war veterans, the frenzy of the press, and the mechanics of the US judicial system.

"When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.
A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran's counselor, is caught up in the chase.
Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa's patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield's dramatic capture.
Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?”
Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr. Tessa Thorpe.



About the Author

Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).
In 1997, while visiting Lao People's Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.

Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc. http://plainofjars.net

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.
His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police. Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Excerpt


Chapter 1

Bruntfield, New Jersey, just another banal town in a part of the country that nobody thinks about, was about to become famous; or rather, more aptly put, infamous. People sauntered past lackluster shops unaware that in a few days, the lackadaisical streets would bear the rabid frustrations that divided the nation; a pus-like bitterness that was held in check by the demands of everyday survival and the distractions offered by obsessive consumerism and brazen media. Some would inevitably blame the cascade of events on the weather, since the origins could be found on a hot summer day in 2006. Sure, just about all summer days are hot, but this one was close to the record, and humid to boot. By the end of July, the Northeast coast was suffering under a sweltering heat wave. Despite the humidity, no one could remember the last time it had rained. A hundred-year drought was predicted, they’d said. Bruntfield, among the many places under this curse, had its water supply so severely depressed that the city authorities were forced to impose water rationing. As if that wasn’t enough, the excessive load on air conditioners led to incessant brownouts. With the weather nothing less than insufferable, suffocating, oppressive, even provoking, tempers flared along with the temperature. But the local situation, as bad as it was, was about to get worse. In the heart of this small town, just a block up from the bus depot, sat Sliders, a rather successful drinking establishment catering to young adults, and noted for its ecstasy-fueled rave parties. At four in the afternoon, the owner, Joe Poppet, a burly man with a thick red beard and a well-developed beer belly, was staring out the large glass facade of his bar. “Screw this heat, man.” Joe was sweating because he didn’t want to turn on the air-conditioning; as a rule, he didn’t put it on until a half hour before opening. He possessed a rather cynical personality, considering himself continually persecuted by life’s little aggravations. Now it was the heat ramping up his electricity bill; soon it would be the freezing temperatures inflating his heating bill…always something. His worries constantly exceeded his hopes. He was sort of a “glass-half-empty” man. Rudy Glum, the shaven-headed bartender, was an easygoing optimist, a “glass-half-full” kind of guy. He was whistling as he washed the glasses in the sink behind the bar. “Tell me about it,” he chuckled. “I hear ya, buddy.” But Rudy’s sanguinity did not rub off on Joe. “There’s that guy again.” “What guy?” “That fucking guy we saw yesterday.” “Oh, yeah, he’s probably from the bus depot. Lotta homeless hang out there.” Joe continued to stare out the glass facade, feeling helpless. “For Chrissakes, why can’t the city do something and get rid of those bastards. They’re a fucking eyesore…it’s bad for business. Probably got diseases too.” Rudy finished drying the glass in his hand and hung it up on the beer mug rack. “Yeah, it’s a goddamn shame,” he said noncommittally, trying to get these glasses done before the evening crowd surged in. “He doesn’t have a shirt on.” “Yeah, well it’s hot, ain’t it? Wish I could take mine off." "And we’re opening in an hour. Ladies Night tonight.” Rudy said nothing while reaching for another glass from the sink behind the bar. “Call the cops.” The bartender froze with the glass still in his hand. “And tell them what?” “I don’t know, tell ‘em there’s someone suspicious hangin out on the corner…trying to break into cars or something. That way they’ll come fast.” Reluctantly, Rudy put down his dishrag, picked up the phone, and dialed 911, not feeling good about it at all.

P.S.I will be reading and reviewing this book in the near future :-)

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