Guest Post: MARiANA SKY by Steven LeFever

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A genius bird finds the opportunity to speak with a spiritual man through their thoughts via transcendental meditation at Farallon de Pajaros, the northernmost island in the Mariana archipelago, which sets him off on a journey through the island chain, experiencing the multi-faceted tropical cultures, observing human behavior, lending his knowledge of the history, and accumulating philosophy through each flight, all to build spiritual growth in hopes of discovering what he really wants in this puzzling life, as he makes his way to Guam, the southernmost island of the Marianas. The cover art is by Gemma Doherty.

You can check out the book on Amazon here and Goodreads here

About the Author

Steven LeFever is a filmmaker, indie author, actor and director. His website is www.lesteze.com.

 

 

Guest Post: Devil Out Of Texas by Roger Raffee

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In the summer of 1973, a fourteen year old kid spends time with his grandfather and his friends, George Burns, Jack Benny, Georgie Jessel, and others, as they play cards at the Hillcrest Country Club near Beverly Hills, California. He later sits down to listen as his grandfather tells him the action-packed tale of his great-grandfather, the first Jewish Texas Ranger, and how his grandfather came to Hollywood to become one of the pioneers of the movie industry.
The young man learns about how his grandfather came to be friends with the early stars of the silver screen, like Tom Mix, William S. Hart, Lionel Barrymore, and Doug Fairbanks, and his grandfather’s association with the great Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa, the famous lawman Wyatt Earp, and other fascinating characters.

If you would like to buy this book, you can get it from Amazon here

Guest Post: 9 Series I Want To Complete by Dane Cobain

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I’ve always been a completionist. When I was a kid and I played RPG games, I used to insist on using a walkthrough so that I could do every side quest and find every secret weapon. I’m the same with TV shows and I apply the same ideology to writing, which is how I get so much done. So it’s no surprise that it applies to books, too.

When Kirsty was kind enough to allow me to write a guest post for her site, I thought I’d take my habit of completionism and take a look at some of the series that I want to complete. Some authors, like Graham Greene, didn’t write any series at all, and so I have no choice but to read their entire bibliography instead. But I’m not going to count those.

It’s not like I’m spoiled for choice! So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Ian Fleming – James Bond:

I’m about halfway through the Bond novels, although I’ll admit that I haven’t actually read them in order, and I have a few more books on my shelf ready to go. I was talking to my editor, Pam Harris, the other day, and she said that she couldn’t get into Fleming because he’s overly descriptive. I don’t have a problem with that, and while I do find him to be occasionally sexist, it’s sadly just a byproduct of the time that he lived in.

Jasper Fforde – Thursday Next:

So far, I’ve only read the first book in this series, but I loved the way that the author references other works of fiction, and I enjoyed his irreverent style of writing. I’ve got Lost in a Good Book, the second book in the series, on my bookshelf. I should probably make a start on it soon!

Robert Galbraith – Cormoran Strike:

Robert Galbraith, as you probably know, is J. K. Rowling’s pseudonym. There are two reasons why I want to finish this series – the first is that it’s J. K. Rowling, and the second is that I’m writing a series of detective novels myself, and so I want to learn from what she did. Funnily enough, I read The Cuckoo’s Calling – the first book in the series – during the 24-hour readathon I hosted via my book blog to raise money for Dyslexia Action!

Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot:

Okay, I’ll admit to wanting to read her entire bibliography here, but I’m particularly looking forward to finishing off the Poirot books. I’ve read a bunch of them already, but I’ll be trying to finish the rest of them in the next couple of years.

Peter James – Roy Grace:  

Despite him being a bestselling author with millions of copies sold and his work translated into a number of different languages, I actually started reading Peter James’ work after a couple of his books were sent to me by his publicists. I liked them a lot, and so I’m looking forward to discovering more of Roy Grace’s adventures.

Terry Pratchett – Discworld:  

I own more books by Terry Pratchett than by any other author, and whilst I’ve already ready maybe 95% of the Discworld series, there’s still a book or two that I missed out on, somehow. Problem is, I don’t want to finish them, because I know that now there’ll be no new ones.

S.H. Jucha – The Silver Ships:

I read the first book in this sci-fi series a little while back after being sent a copy, and I’m now two or three books in. It’s been great so far, surpassing my expectations, and so I’m looking forward to seeing how it finishes.

Shane Hegarty – Darkmouth:

Hegarty’s Darkmouth series is interesting because it’s reminiscent of Harry Potter when it comes to how it has appeal for both kids and adults. I’m also impressed by the accompanying website and videos that allow you to learn more about the town of Darkmouth.

R.L. Stine – Goosebumps:

Okay, so maybe I don’t want to read the entire series, but I do have a whole heap of Goosebumps books to go through. My old housemate left a load behind when she moved out, and so I’ve been slowly working my way through them. I used to love them as a kid, and I reckon I still have thirty or forty of them as an adult.

So there you have it – those are ten of the series that I’m working on finishing. I’ve already finished A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, The Dark Tower by Stephen King and Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse novels this year, so I’m definitely making progress!

What are some of your favourite series? And did you know that the plural of series is ‘series’? Let me know with a comment, and please do check out some of my books if you get the time!

Author’s Bio

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Dane Cobain (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK) is an independent poet, musician and storyteller with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not in front of a screen writing stories and poetry, he can be found working on his book review blog or developing his website, www.danecobain.com. His debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked, was released in the summer of 2015.

Book Review: “Scared Of The Dark” by Caroline Thornton

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I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Scared of the Dark is an illustrated book by Caroline Thornton. It is a rhyming book that aims to dispel any worries and fears about the dark. As someone who isn’t a huge fan of the dark, I found this book helpful. The pages were colourful and it was written in good prose that it was easy and fluent to read. The book is written in a way that encourages the reader to realise that they are stronger than they think, and that at the end of the darkness, there is always light.

There is a glossary at the end of the book for anybody who is unsure of any words used. It is aimed at children but it could be useful and an encouraging read for anybody who isn’t keen on the dark.

I rate this book 4/ 5 stars!

Guest Post: A Coronation of Kings by Samuel Stokes

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Tyranny. Desperation. Rebellion.
While Tristan may be the heir to the House of Listar, at heart he’s more a lad than a lord.
Mad with power, the ruthless and scheming Baron of Belnair will stop at nothing to gain the crown.  In one swift stroke the House of Listar lies in ruin.Alone, Tristan must fight for his life, and his people.
With everything at stake, Tristan must unite the unlikeliest of allies to block the Baron’s ascent. For the first time in his life he must become the leader he was born to be.
The Baron’s armies grow as an ancient magic stirs in the mountains. If Tristan fails, the throne, his freedom, and the love of his life will be lost forever.
A Coronation of Kings is the first book in this exciting new fantasy series. If you like fast paced adventures, spellbinding sorcery and wondrous new worlds, you will love Samuel Stokes’ A Coronation of Kings.
Grab your copy and enter this exhilarating new world today!
This book is available for free on Amazon here
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Author Bio

Many people love to read a great fantasy book. I love to live it! When I am not glued to my keyboard busily writing my next work, I can be found clad head to foot in armor, LARPing like a mad man. For those not familiar with the notion, LARP stands for Live Action Role Play where people get in costume and armor and fight over real life battlefields. It’s action packed and amazing, which is exactly how I like to write.

In my work you will find yourself submerged in thrilling new fantasy worlds. Each coursing with conflict that transpires at an incredible pace. I draw on experiences from my life and time spent living in Australia, The U.S.A and Japan to enrich the narrative of my books and provide you a taste of familiarity, as you plunge headlong into a scintillating new world.

If you enjoy my work, and I very much hope you will. Please take the time to connect with me via Amazon, Facebook or my website (www.samuelcstokes.com). I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Book Review: “Even Mummy Cries” by Naomi Hunter

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I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Even Mummy Cries is a children’s book written by Naomi Hunter and illustrated by Karen Erasmus. This is a story about a family. Their mother makes a huge point of telling her children how much she loves them on a regular basis. However, some nights, her children can hear her crying, which makes them sad.

The illustrations in this book are really nice and colourful. This story teaches children that everybody cries sometimes, even their parents. It reinforces that it is not their fault, and that their parents will always love them.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

Guest Post: My Season of Writing: Bible Bedtime Stories, Poems, Prayers, and Songs by Phyllis Morneau

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My Season of Writing: Bible Bedtime Stories, Poems, Prayers and Songs is a book by Phyllis Morneau.

It is a collection of inspirational Bedtime Stories, Poems, Prayers, and Songs written during a season of her life. It is ideal for a parent or grandparent to read to their children. Although written mainly for children, it is interesting and inspiring for readers of any age.

It is currently free on Amazon here until Monday 19th September.

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Phyllis Morneau was born in 1953 in Manchester, NH and was blessed with a loving Mom and Dad and 2 wonderful sisters. She has been happily married to her husband, Rich, for 44 years and is blessed with 3 sons, 1 daughter, 1 daughter-in-law, and 7 grandchildren.

The desire to write a personal memoir for her family, especially her grandchildren, was the reason for writing her 1st book “From My Heart to Yours: A Legacy of Love”. She wanted to share her family’s story and their love and also share God’s story and His amazing love, too. It was originally published in May 2011.

Her 2nd book “My Season of Writing” was also written with her grandchildren in mind. It is a collection of Bible Bedtime Stories, Poems, Prayers, and Songs written during a recent season of her life. Her grandchildren enjoy reading before going to bed so have enjoyed reading the stories and poems from each book.

Book Review: “A Secret Safe To Tell” by Naomi Hunter

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I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

A Secret Safe to Tell is a children’s book written by Naomi Hunter and illustrated by Karen Erasmus. It is a story about a young girl who is forced to keep a dark secret, being told that nobody would believe her if she did tell. It covers a very difficult topic in a way that children can understand and in a non-explicit manner. It teaches children that it is a good thing to speak out if you feel worried or scared that something is wrong.

The illustrations in this book are really nice, and the language used is child-friendly, so it makes it easy for parents to explain the story behind the book.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

Guest Post: Screwball by David Belisle

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Hayward Templeton, a psychiatry grad student at the University of Iowa, grudgingly agrees to pitch in a co-ed baseball game. A stickler for research, he discovers online how to throw a screwball and excels at it. Hayward’s team wins and while celebrating, they accidentally drop him on his head. As he lies on the ground unconscious, a few teammates discuss an upcoming psych quiz. Hayward unknowingly soaks it all in. When he comes to, he begins experiencing bizarre mental disorders — on his way to the big leagues as a screwball pitcher.

Author’s Bio

“But humor my key to story’s door” … David Belisle is an author and screenwriter finding the funny in yesteryear and yesterday with Guffaw, the Archangel of Satire, his willing accomplice. It’s kind of like getting hit over the head with a bucket of Gatorade. It’s a good time that sticks with you.

You can find Screwball on Amazon here or you can contact David on his blog here and you can get a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: “You’re Different Jemima” by Jedidah Morley

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I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

You’re Different Jemima is a children’s book written by Jedidah Morley and illustrated by Karen Erasmus. It is the story of a girl named Jemima who likes to go against the rest of the class. She sings out louder than everyone else, she uses different colours to colour in her pictures, and she likes to dance. However, she is regarded by her teacher and the rest of her class as ‘different’, and her teacher tells her to be like everyone else. Will her new teacher, Mrs Chuckles, teach Jemima to accept who she is?

I liked this book. It was bright and colourful. The story is engaging enough to keep a young child’s attention. Every time Jemima’s name appeared in the book, it was written in bright colourful letters, so it stood out. It has a strong moral lesson to be yourself, and to not let anyone tell you otherwise.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!