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Some Great Books I've Read and Reviewed

 

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Awakening in the Northwest Territories by Alastair Henry 12+ *****

If you enjoy engrossing and thought provoking reads, full of humor, adventure and intrigue, then you should get this book.  Although the  book spans sixty years, the core of the story takes place in a remote location in Canada's far north, where Alastair, discontented with the passivity of an early retirement, went to live with a small First Nations band in search of adventure and a deeper meaning to life. He found what he was looking for.  Cultural differences and a challenging environment caused a paradigm shift in his spirituality and life philosophy. If you would like to purchase this book please visit:

My review for this book: "I found Alastair Henry’s memoirs to be both eloquently described, motivational and inspiring. This book is certainly worth a read and comes highly recommended. Alastair was destined to travel and discover new challenges throughout his life. This memoir is a tale of a man’s struggle to find happiness and spiritual peace. This tale begins in Bolton, Lancashire and follows his life’s journey to the far northern reaches of the Northwest Territories at Lutsel K’e not far from Yellowknife where he became a General Manager and manages the affairs of the Dene band. As a Buffalo Airways fan, I was keen to find out more about life in the Northwest Territories and know more about the people and because of Alastair’s ability to tell his story in such a colourful way, I found this book a delight to read. Alastair’s descriptions of the landscape and his dealings with the complicated Dene community brought the book to life. His stories are both humorous and entertaining and I look forward to reading more about Alastair’s life.  This book gets a five star rating"

An Abduction Revelation by Thomas L Hay 12+ *****

An Abduction Revelation is a story that explores a compelling blend of seemingly true events with mysterious unknown entities.

Who are the abductors? Where do they come from? Where are they hiding? Do they even exist? The answers are revealed in an intriguing adventure spiked with mystery, a dash of romance, a teaspoon of heartbreak, and a cup of revelations that will shock and torment your reality. A perfect recipe for an entertaining tale. Join the ‘Comeback Kid’ on his incredible journey as he uncovers secrets behind UFOs and comes face to face with his abductors. A compelling and amusing sci-fi/memoir curiosity - Kirkus Reviews Visit Tomas L Hay website

My review for this book: I enjoyed reading this book, Tom has a friendly and engaging writing style and he could almost be in the room talking to you. It is interesting to see how songs connected Tom’s life together and he tells a unique, intriguing and sometimes tragic tale about his life and the abductions. I was a little surprised about Tom’s ‘tom cat’ antics but there is a reason for this and you will have to read this book to understand. Whether these memoirs are truth or fiction is another matter but if the reader is left wondering about this then I believe a goal has been achieved. I have a sneaky suspicion that the abductions did take place which worries me and think this could be made into an exciting film.I am going to give this book five out of five stars. There was an unexpected ending and I wanted the book to continue – a great read! :)

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Taming Tigers by Daisy White 10+ *****

Seventeen year old Talia is struggling to earn a living as a seamstress, surviving in the infamous Camps of war torn Arista. When her soldier fiancé Kellar suggests a bizarre route of escape – stowing away in the cross desert freight train to Leonore, Talia jumps at the chance. In Leonore she can marry Kellar and expand her business – leaving the war behind... But a freak accident leaves her stranded and alone in the desert. Caught between the two countries, and forced to face her troubled past Talia must choose between love and revenge, whilst playing the ultimate game of survival. Comforted by The Guardian and haunted by The Ghost Talia begins a journey that will change her life forever... ‘A rich mix of evocative mysticism and gritty fantasy – Beautiful...’

My review for this book: "I loved Taming Tigers and did not want it to end. Daisy White has created a dramatic and engaging storyline and you cannot help but become emotionally involved. The words flowed effortlessly and brought to life Talia’s dystopian world. Definitely a page turner and both young and old will enjoy this book. I am looking forward to reading the sequel. This book gets a five star rating."

Perception of Life by Shandi Boyes 18+ ****

Noah Taylor is on the cusp of stardom with his band 'Rise Up'. Noah's soul has been shattered beyond repair after a series of devastating family events. The last thing that Noah wants is a committed relationship. But Noah soon learns that life doesn't always work out the way you plan. Sometimes life can take you on a small detour.

My review for this booK: "Emotionally charged with a Surprising Ending. Noah is a handsome new pop star, rising to fame and Emily has just finished high school. They fall in love and cannot get enough of each other. At first I thought this novel was going to be just another typical new adult hot romance but as I read on I changed my mind. Because Shandi Boyes’ character and location descriptions are so good, you can’t help but be drawn into Emily and Noah’s challenging world. She captures perfectly all her characters, insecurities, their emotional pain and their highs and lows. I like Shandi’s writing style, she retraces events so you get both Emily and Noah’s perspective and she has created a great storyline."

Sex, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness by Humphrey Zinyuke 18+ ****

In Sex, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness: Wisdom for America's New Sexual Order, Humphrey Zinyuke dissects sexuality with rare sagacity, debunking those aspects of it that are often over the head, or simply intrigue. In what is perhaps the most timely book since Jonathan Cahn's 'The Harbinger', Humphrey takes stock of modern day sex, exploring its commercial, political, sociocultural, and even religious bearings whilst taking us on a tour of key sexual precedents, from Kinsey, Woodstock, right through to this day when the Gay Agenda has reached fruition. He goes a step further to prognosticate the eyebrow raising future of sexuality. This witty and satirical treatise promises to dispel the mystique on all issues sex: from those as grave as the shocking evidence of Jesus Christ's counter-cultural teaching that marriage is in-fact not for everyone, to such trivia as why love and scandal are fast becoming the best sweeteners of tea. An end-times piece, for they that would blend passion with prudence.

My review for this book: "A thought-provoking study. This book is an objective study of human sexuality. Historically and over the past decades, our attitude towards sex, religion and the freedom to express ourselves has shaped who we are and our society. Humphrey Zinyuke’s writing is observant and astute. His book opens your eyes up and makes you think about our future. Is there a new American sexual order? Do we have any control of our destinies or does our sexuality rule us? Have we become immoral or are we just freely celebrating sexual liberation?

 

An amazing wealth of sometimes controversial quotations, media articles and music references, illustrates in a light hearted way, how whether we realise it or not, we cannot help ourselves and are constantly seeking the Holy Grail – that is happiness, holding hands with sexual satisfaction. Whether they can both be found is another matter. Humphrey Zinyuke presents the evidence and it is up to you the reader to decide.

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The Girl with the Red Hair by Michael J. Sanford 14+ *****

She was just a lost girl when they found her.  The circumstances are odd, that much is true. But she's just a child. She needs protecting. She needs guardians. Before long, strange magic manifests from the small girl, equally awe inspiring as it is terrifying. Does she control the fire and light? Or do they control her? Shadows are rising from Alfuria, the very world beneath their feet. Sometimes they call, wishing for an unending embrace. Dragons have risen as well, from myth and legend, stalking land and sky. The roar of such beasts shakes even the most resolute warrior. Shadows, gods, dragons, and the girl with red hair. What is real and what is merely illusion? Adelaide is undoubtedly important. That may be the only certainty.

My review for this book: "Powerfully Imagined. Michael J. Sanford is a talented writer and has created a beautifully written dark tale. For those of you that enjoy an epic journey, involving colourful enigmatic characters and battles through enchanted lands, then this book is for you. The writing is almost poetic in places and breathes life into the unstable worlds that the characters find themselves in.

This is my kind of book and I did not want to put it down. I am looking forward to reading the next saga as there are many questions that need to be answered. Congratulations Michael, this book comes highly recommended and I have given you five stars."

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Duck's Misery (Caution, Girl Up Ahead series) by J.M. Denholme 18+ ****

We all have a place in our youth where deeds and words linger even though we do not. Vince is a guy with the world in his pocket until a day at Duck’s Misery sends him colliding with his past. Let Vince take you along on his journey … someday you may find yourself making a similar one of your own. “Duck’s Misery” is the first of several, stand-alone, short stories of the “Caution, Girl Up Ahead” series

My review for this book: "I found this novelette to be attention-grabbing and at the same time alarming. J.M. Denholme has written this tale through Vince’s eyes. Vince is a young man starting out in life and is having difficulties forming relationships. It is sexually graphic in places, so be prepared. As he recalls his memories about a past love affair we get to understand how he became so damaged. Denholme has a great writing style and the story flows naturally. After reading this, you can’t help thinking about past romantic interactions and how painful love can be. I’m looking forward to reading the next episode.

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Toad Frog, Mouse, & Monkey Boy: Magic & Mayhem by Kerie Boshka  6+ ****

Eleven-year-old Toad Frog has big problems, and her horrible name is only the start. She’s in trouble all the time thanks to her little sister, Mouse. And her younger brother, Monkey Boy, is as weird as he sounds. School friends whisper mean secrets, and Toad Frog’s teacher takes every opportunity to embarrass her in class. Just when it seems life can’t get any worse, it does. But fate has a surprise in store. Right in the middle of Toad Frog’s darkest hour, she learns a magical secret. And it’s got the power to change everything. Suddenly, she’s on the brink of being cool, popular, and happy, if she can only pass the final test. Toad Frog will soon learn that the gift of giving is the greatest gift of all. TOAD FROG, MOUSE & MONKEY BOY: Magic and Mayhem is the first in a series of quirky tales that inspire kids to overcome adversity, dream big, and live happy lives. It’s best suited for readers ages 6-12

My review for this book: "Never Judge a Book by its Cover. I think this is a great story for children who have difficulty making friends and who find themselves getting angry with their lives. Toad Frog is a young girl with issues. Being given such an awful name by her parents is only one of the things that makes her cross. She is presented with a journal but will need to believe in magic and perhaps herself too, if she wants things to change. Kerie Boshka has written a lively magical tale that will inspire children like Toad Frog and will help them to turn their lives around. There are many lessons to be learnt and adults may learn a thing or two as well. The illustrations and storyline will appeal to children ages 6+

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Mondo Bohemiano by Quentin J. Parker 16+***

The Necklace: The Dusky Club June 1962 by Linda Rice 18+****

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What if you could travel back into the pastto meet the man of your dreams at a time when it would be possible for him tofall in love with you?Susan does justthat when she meets two ladies from Haiti while on a cruise with her childhood friend,Lynn.  Mika, the elderly of the two ladies claims she can see into Susan's soul, and that if she sends her back intime to meet James, the man who Susan has dreamed of for fifty years, Susanwill learn something important about him and about herself.

Susan travels backto the year 1962 in her 17-year-old body where she meets James, age 20, who ispart of a band who will one day become the most famous band of all time.  Susan is stunned and delighted when James isinstantly drawn to her, inviting her out for coffee and offering to walk herback to her hotel after the band quits playing for the night.  

But much to herconsternation, Susan's 17-year-old hormones begin to play havoc with her62-year-old brain, tempting her towards a relationship with James that she'snot really certain she wants.Will James end up to be the paragon Susan'salways thought him to be?  Or, will shelearn that sometimes when a dream comes true, that it's not quite what youexpected?

My review for this book: A Steamy Nostalgic Tale This was a fun book to read. When I was a young teenager, I never became star struck. My friends exasperated me when they talked endlessly about their crush on a member of a band. Linda Rice has written a unique, nostalgic romantic story set in the 60s in Brighton. When Susan and her friend Lynn were young, they both followed a famous band and Susan became fixated with one of the band members. Her obsession with James has lasted a life time and it has been difficult to lead a normal life. Susan and Lynn are given the opportunity to travel back in time and meet their idols but are in for a few dark surprises. Susan has a few lessons to learn and Lynn embraces this break which made me chuckle. This was an engaging novel to read and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series."

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Is there life after having your heart destroyed? When ‘happily ever after’ crashes and burns? In the shadow of losing the love of his life, one man attempts to salvage his soul. He is Nigel Q. Bunnytail. Twenty-something, artistic warrior prince, and sex fiend par excellence.

To accomplish this, he decides to leave behind the tainted trappings of his Philadelphia and his band of gifted friends, for the rustic charm of Spokane, Washington - and the white-haired therapist Sigrid Anderson, who can’t wait to either marry him or dissect him.

Whichever. Mondo Bohemiano is a love and sex farce – sometimes funny, sometimes poignant - and maybe equally instructive on what to do as well as what to avoid.

My review for this book: "A Whacky Bunny Feast. I have never read anything like this. Nigel Bunnytail is a striking, charismatic, woman eating man and is trying his best to recover from a broken heart. The first part of the book introduces you to Nigel and his eclectic mix of friends. It took me a while to get to know them all. Nigel lives and works in Philadelphia and I was drawn into his chaotic world, kicking and screaming. By chapter nine the pace changes and everything starts to make sense. Quentin Parker is a smart writer and his style is fast paced with some challenging colloquial interactions between his characters.The storyline is straight forward but whacky. I enjoyed seeing how Nigel tries to transform his life and can’t decide whether he is getting what he deserves. The end of the story, has been left open for the next book in the series.

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The Rift by J.T. Stoll 12+****

A bitter civil war from a world of magic has spilled over into the small California town of San Luis Obispo. In a desperate act, a warrior from the world of Ruach gives soul armors—the ultimate weapons of his world—to four high school students. This sounds like the exact opposite of how Vero would like to spend her senior year. Poor and new to the area, she finds surviving in her new surroundings hard enough without stepping into the middle of a war of wizards. Unfortunately, two soldiers from the other world know what she looks like and want her dead. In the small town of San Luis Obispo, it’s only a matter of time before they find her. She might have to fight, whether she wants to or not.

My review for this book: "An Unnerving Adventure Story J. T. Stoll has an engaging writing style and I found this book easy to read. I think that teenagers and adults too, that are into gaming, will enjoy the high action storyline. Imagine being faced with the daunting task of having to defend your town and perhaps the world too whether you wanted to or not. Vero, Pieter, Neil and Gloria only have a few days to learn how to use the powerful alien armor and weapons they have been given, if they have any chance of surviving. A lot of us dream about becoming superheroes but the reality of being one maybe too much to handle. The prospect of there being parallel world’s alongside are own is unnerving. J.T. Stoll’s exciting novelette is the first instalment of what I think is going to be a thrilling series."

The Secret of Sinbad's Cave by Brydie Walker Bain 7+ ****

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Nat Sheppard’s world is turned upside down on the first day of the school holidays by the discovery of a secret room containing cave maps with clues to an ancient treasure. But Nat and her friends soon discover they’re not the only ones chasing the jewels. Professional treasure hunters are on the trail – and they’re prepared to eliminate anyone in their way.

My review for this book: "An Entertaining Read for Older Children This is a fast paced and exciting adventure story and Brydie Walker Bain has a lively writing style that will captivate the attention of the reader. Nat is the courageous heroine of this tale and with the aid of her sister Kathleen, her annoying brother Jack and their friends, they embark on a perilous task of finding Sinbad’s treasure. There are of course malicious villains to deal with but they have Maori magic to help them. The storyline is classical and it did remind me of the Famous Five stories but Brydie’s characters are more developed and interesting and her descriptions of the New Zealand landscape, caves and weather conditions are awesome. I pity Nat’s father as all his children are accident prone. His hair must be pure white by now!"

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Halversham by R.S. Anthony 16+ ****

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With his mother dead and his father jetting off on yet another business trip, fifteen-year-old Andy Monaghan can't stand the thought of spending summer alone in the city. Instead, he seeks a few weeks of solace in the place his mother loved the most: the rural town of Halversham where his father was raised. No sooner does Andy arrive in Halversham than he hears of strange incidents occurring in town, including a few too close for comfort. Before long, Andy is reluctantly reeled into a chain of events that quickly darken the rose-colored glasses he's been wearing for his mother's beloved country getaway. Finding out who's responsible for Halversham's many tragedies becomes Andy's main priority. As he reconnects with his father's family and dives deeper into the mysteries surrounding the town, he finds that even his own may not be safe from trouble. Is he willing to risk everything to uncover the truth of Halversham's dark secrets, and protect the people he loves?

My review for this book: "A Quirky and Disturbing Tale - Neglected by his father, Andy who is nearly sixteen, decides to stay in a village that his mother loved and attempts to come to terms with her death. This peaceful retreat, turns out to be more than he bargained for. R.S. Anthony is a quirky writer and her story-line, I found bizarre and shocking. This book did leave me thinking about it after so I guess that means there is something about this tale that is intriguing. Halversham will certainly surprise you.

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Inevitable Ascension by V.K. McAllister 16+ ****

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The innocent never waver from doing what’s right, even if it means drowning the world in fire. Violina had been burned and betrayed by mankind ever since she had sprung into existence. They named her a heretic and condemned her to a pit to live and die in agony. Though she sat stranded, starved and bloodied, she would not submit. Violina, the girl who had been mocked and hunted for rejecting the warped ideals of artificial authority, would lay down her own law. Inevitable Ascension — A rapid-fire action/adventure novel packed with wit, humor and a host of twists that will literally make your brain explode! Actually, not literally. Otherwise that would be really gross.

My review for this book: A Spectacular Manic Ride - This is a high action, mind boggling, dystopian, steampunk style roller-coaster ride of a book. The characters are two dimensional and almost cartoon like but this just adds to this unique story-line. Violina is one tough woman and slowly comes to realise that she is the only one that can save the world from impending doom but power is a strange entity and can be easily abused. Lux her sidekick, has a heart and does not let anything get her down. Both have a thirst for fighting. The two heroines have some remarkable machines, weapons and creatures to contend with. This is a well written, fantastical and engaging story. I wouldn’t read the end of the book last thing at night as you really need your wits about you to understand it.

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When Millennials Rule by David and Jack Cahn 16+ ****

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When Millennials Rule offers an optimistic story about how the generation that grew up through 9/11 and the Great Recession will rise above these setbacks to unify around common-sense solutions and take back America’s future. China has swallowed our jobs. Social security is going bankrupt. Radical Islamic terrorists threaten our safety. Our planet is on the brink of environmental disaster. Meanwhile, politicians pound their chests in ideological wars that enrich lobbyists and special interest groups at the expense of the American voter. If America today is at a crossroads, it is the millennial generation – long ridiculed as selfish egotists and narcissistic Twitter drones – that will face the momentous task of restoring the promise of a better future. But where are millennials leading America? How will this generation shape our nation’s future? These are questions everyone is asking – in newspapers, in books, on television and on Twitter. And they’re baffled. The Nation called it “Millennial Madness” and The Atlantic complained that millennial political views “don’t make any sense.” Five years ago, David and Jack Cahn – identical twins, competitive debaters, and New York magazine’s “Twin Titans” – set out to answer these questions and uncover their generation’s political identity. Traveling across the country, from Kentucky to Illinois to California, they talked with more than 10,000 young Americans about everything from campaign finance reform to nuclear proliferation, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. When Millennials Rule is the story of their journey. They start in New Haven, Conn., just months after the Newtown shooting, and end in Philadelphia, where the 2016 Democratic National Convention is set to launch one of the most contentious elections in modern history. Combining thorough reporting with the compelling stories of their peers, the brothers craft an authentic, first-person portrait of what millennials stand for and why.

My review for this book: "Putting a Spanner in the Works - I am a UK reader, sat in my ivory tower and do not really know what politically, is going on in America. My eyes have now been opened. The authors of When Millennials Rule, David Cahn and Jack Cahn have travelled across America and have spoken to dozens of Millennials (those who are now able to vote) and have captured within this book, their frustration with the current political system and their cries for reform. This study has been well written, well researched, is informative and is dynamic. If anything, it will engage those wanting change and will motivate them to take action and be heard. This book did however make me feel exasperated as we seem unable to steer our economic and moralistic ideals on the correct course and are destined to fall off the edge of the world. Our utopian dreams are now in the hands of the Millennials and we can only hope for better times. This book has been an education.

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The Millennial Party by Mark Palmer 12+ *****

Three recent high school graduates are selected to begin a movement to create an entirely new political party based on the principles and ideals of their generation. Throughout their college experiences at an Ivy League school, this story follows these young adults as they grow and develop into the unique candidates the party leaders hope for them to become. With every unexpected twist and turn, the candidates are taken on an emotional rollercoaster as they attempt to change the direction of their country for the better, all while competing amongst each other as the world watches and critiques their every move.

My review for this book: "A Fresh Approach - This was something new for me to read and I found the storyline unusual, engaging and thought provoking. Jessica, Austin and Tyler, three intelligent young people are enticed into joining the new and sparkling Millennial Party with the hope that one of them will eventually become the President of America. When the candidates are brought into the limelight, they have a rude awakening and their lives are changed forever. This novel shows what power and fame can do to people. Mark Palmer, keeps the story moving at a fast pace and it is difficult to put this book down. I guess I had high hopes for the new candidates of the Millennial Party but was shocked.  The plot will not disappoint – highly recommended."

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The Stonegate Sword by Harry James Fox 12+ ****

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The Old Empire is gone - But tales still tell of marvels from long ago-flying machines and devices run by the power of lightning. Now grass grows in the streets and rusted hulks are all that remain of the proud machines. A new time of troubles now threatens. The free towns of the rugged mountains and plains are in the path of conquest. The Prophet's armies are coming, filled with hatred and armed with terrible, rediscovered weapons. Donald of Fisher, outcast and alone, is in the path of the march, searching for Rachel, who has been captured by the Raiders-minions of the Prophet. But how can he find and rescue one small captive in a wilderness teeming with enemies? And even if he succeeds, should he wield his sword beside the tiny band of defenders? Is Donald to become yet another victim, or is he, just possibly, the deliverer promised in prophecy? What can one person do in the face of a war that will shape the future of a continent?

My review for this book "A Magnificent Read - The Stonegate Sword is a great book to read and Harry James Fox’s descriptions of all the characters and battles are phenomenal. The fast moving plot, keep the pages turning. You are led to believe that it is medieval times but this is not the case! Donald of Fisher, the main character, is a peaceful man of learning. To remain in Stonegate, he has to receive battle training. A large dark force from the east threatens to invade and it takes all of Don’s wits and nerves to protect the free. If you enjoy lots of battles, then this is the book to read. Philip, a young farmer’s son has a curious tale to tell and I was eager to follow his journey. The female characters in this adventure story, Rachel and Deborah I found to be two dimensional. If there is a sequel then it would be good to get their perspectives on events. Harry’s writing is so vivid that at times you feel that you are standing right next to Donald and can see what he sees. I am eager to find out what happens to him and hope that there is a sequel. A highly recommended read.

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Hire Train Monitor Motivate: Build an Organization, Team, or Career of Distinction in the Transformational Workplace  by David J. Waldron ****

The transformational workplace of the twenty-first century is front and center. Are you ready to navigate its twists and turns toward reaching your career goals and dreams? In Hire Train Monitor Motivate, author and veteran organizational leader, David J. Waldron, offers powerful, yet simple techniques that can dramatically improve your organization, team, or individual career achievements in today's hyper-competitive local and global marketplaces. This practical book will teach you how to master the art of workplace effectiveness by first making a lasting commitment to placing people first, whether a customer, recruit, staff member, or coworker. Then hire, or get hired for an optimistic mindset; train, or be trained for delivering quality products and services; monitor, or allow monitoring for regulatory compliance; and motivate, or stay motivated for enduring performance. As a practitioner more so than an academic, Waldron, presents unpretentious, everyday workplace rules that when implemented, or followed, can transform your organization, team, or individual career to one of lasting distinction. Master the proven techniques for playing the game the right way and learn how to practice leadership or teamwork by inclusion toward making your workplace a great place to learn, earn, and grow.

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My review for this book: "An Inspiring Guide to HR Management - David J. Waldron has poured his thirty years plus of leadership skills into this book and I would recommend that anyone aspiring to start a company, to read this first. If only all companies adhered to David’s common sense and thoughtful guidelines then the workplace would be a better place. This is not a particularly long book and is well worth a read, not only by bosses but also by those that are in a position to steer their team in a positive direction. So many of us feel unappreciated for the work we do. David’s book is like a mini manual, is well written and is sure to inspire and encourage anyone considering launching a new business and hiring staff."

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Blood on the Table by R.C. Dilan 18+ ****

Controlled by the faceless elite, those lucky enough to avoid life in prison, live their days steeped in fear of tomorrow. Jackson Elliot and his older brother, Isaac, were not so lucky. Swept into the system ten years ago, they have spent the last decade surviving behind the concrete walls of Sidney prison, hidden from the life outside and the cataclysmic events that have shaped a world few could recognize. When a charismatic con man, Robert Ford, finds himself their unwilling cellmate, all their lives begin to change. Suddenly Jackson can see a light at the end of his bleak tunnel and starts to hope that maybe he and his brother can escape this cage of solitude and death. As a plan begins to form and details emerge, they will all face harsh truths and revelations they can never step back from. How far will they go for freedom? And what of the Republic? The leaders are still in place, still rounding people up for work camps and prison, still crafting their crystal cities and still slaughtering countless in the name of Unity. How far will THEY go? BLOOD ON THE TABLE is the first book in a series set in a dystopian society. This first installment takes the reader on a dark exploration through the fractured psyche of a revolutionary.

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M review for this book: "A Brutal Dystopian Escapade - R.C. Dilan has written a fast paced, high action, bloody tale. This book is not for the faint hearted and is an exciting read. At first I felt sorry for Jackson, the main character, and could understand why he was so bitter and why he had almost given up hope. As I read on and got to know him, my assessment of him changed – I am not sure I like him very much. Jackson’s brother wanted to transform the system without violence. The question is, is this realistic? Can you fight pure evil without taking innocent lives? You will have to read this book to find out. R.C. Dilan weaves a clever tale and although, his writing is brutal, it is engaging too. This is the first book in the series and I am eager to see how the story unfolds."

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I'll Be Damned (Series 1) by Casey Keen 18+ *****

Saved by the Spell (Series 2) by Casey Keen 18+ *****

A sister kidnapped. An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner. A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is. The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her. Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions. As the owner of the coffee shop Deja Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld. Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is - a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive..

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My review of this book: "An Exciting and Absorbing Plot - I’ll Be Damned is the first in a series of three and well worth a read. The protagonist, Anna Wolfe has a feisty character and has for a long time know that she is different. We have all felt awkward about ourselves as young adults and it is a dream come true, if you doubt yourself and gorgeous men are interested in you. Anna’s relationships with Valen, a werewolf and Roman, a warlock, certainly get your heart racing and the writing absorbs you. Casey Keen has written an absorbing saga with colourful characters, a classic love triangle and an exciting plot. Her descriptions of the landscape and people are wonderful and it is difficult to put this book down. Thank God I have the next in the series to read, as the first book ends with a dramatic cliff hanger."

Two worlds in danger. A Grand Witch behind bars. A stunning Werewolf and a devilishly handsome Warlock’s pursuit for her affections. You think you have it bad? Grand Witch Anna Wolfe awakens to find herself imprisoned by Micah, the Prince of Darkness. Micah’s on a quest for world domination—and it’s not just the Netherworld that’s in danger. The human world is threatened as well. Now, it’s up to Anna to escape from Micah's clutches so she can locate The Scholars and an ancient book before both fall into the wrong hands. With a fiercely loyal Werewolf and immensely powerful Warlock by her side, what can go wrong? A lot apparently. If fighting off the Prince of Darkness wasn’t enough, Anna’s emotions are a whirlwind, as she battles between what fate demands and what she actually wants.

My review of this book: "Series 2 – Sensational! After reading I’ll Be Damned, the first book in the series of three, I was compelled to move swiftly on to the next book Saved by the Spell, and was taken on a fantastical journey. Anna Wolfe, now a Grand Witch, is learning to use her magic and is maturing. Casey Keen’s imagination is amazing. She writes beautifully and with passion. Not wanting to give the plot away, I can only say that the love triangle is fit to explode and the fight to oppress the evil Micah gets more complicated. Poor Valen! I got to the end of this book too quickly and am looking forward to reading To Spell with it, eager to find out how this all ends."

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To Spell With It (Series 3) by Casey Keen 18+ *****

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Valen disappeared. Micah’s quest for world domination is underway. An ancient bond threatens to destroy Anna and Roman. A vampire who cannot be trusted. Grand Witch Anna Wolfe’s worst nightmare has just begun. Valen is being held hostage by Micah and to make matters more complicated, an ancient bond brewing between her and Roman threatens their very survival. Anna will stop at nothing to get Valen back, even visiting the dreaded Netherworld and enlisting the help of Vlad, the King of the Vampires. What Anna isn’t prepared for is battling Micah and his endless army of demons, while waging war on The Highers. Faced with terrifying encounters and disastrous black magic, Anna must do everything in her power to rescue Valen and protect both worlds.

My review of this book: "A Fantastical Finale - To Spell With It, was the third and last book of the Anna Wolfe series and it did not disappoint. Anna, now a powerful Grand Witch has to battle against Lucifer and the Prince of Darkness. At the same time she has to find a way to rescue her true love and dissolve the intoxicating love triangle between her Valen and Roman. Her powers are all consuming and are affecting her. Casey Keen weaves a web of intrigue and I would recommend this series to anyone that loves the complexities of the supernatural world and the characters that dwell there. I am looking forward to reading more books by Casey Keen.

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Pale Highway by Nicholas Conely 13+ *****

Lane Butcher's spoiled, unhappy, wife wants out of the marriage, but she doesn't want to forfeit the fortune he inherited. In desperation, she strikes a deal with the devil to make Lane commit suicide. Her pact unravels when she fails to live up to her side of the bargain. The marriage ends, but not exactly as she had planned. The unfulfilled pact allows dark spirits to infiltrate the once beautiful mansion. Family members and the household staff experience paranormal activity and most come face to face with their biggest fears. Lane begins to lose touch with reality and the young industrialist retreats to the basement. He refuses to be seen or talk after revealing the unsettling news that the spirits of the damned are trapped inside the house until he dies. After the servants flee in fear and there is no more family left, a non-blood relative is tasked with managing the decaying mansion and caring for a relative she's never met. The idea of living in the vine covered, unkempt mansion with an insane relative holed up the cellar does not appeal to Corwyn, but she has nowhere else to go. Lane and Corwyn are trapped inside the house by different circumstances and neither one wants to be there alone. Once she discovers the real reason for Lane's retreat from the world, Corwyn believes she can help him. That is, if she can keep her own sanity in a house the town believes to be cursed. The mansion on the shores of the lake has the tragic past to prove those rumors correct. There's only one thing strong enough to break the curse. Love.

My review of this book: "A Creepy Disturbing Bloody Tale - This is a strange tale, Lane, the main character is tormented and tortured slowly, both mentally and physically by his wife, Gwen. You are taken on a freaky, alarming tale, trapped in the walls of Iron Heights, a crumbling mansion on Butcher Lake. The servants, do their best to help Lane and the author, Kristine Goodfellow brings the characters all to life, vividly. Kristine is a skilled writer and her words flow effortlessly, painting a gruesome web of demonic hell. The pages turn quickly and I enjoyed this book. This is a thrilling read and I highly recommend it. I will not be going down to a cellar any time soon!

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Mansion on Butcher Lake by Christine Goodfellow 18+ *****

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Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer's, and his mind is slowly slipping away. When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus. Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel's hallucinations interfere with his work.

As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?

My review of this book: "A Mind Blowing and Compassionate Tale - This really was an amazing, zany, emotion provoking story. The main character, Gabriel Schist, finds himself in a nursing home and is doing his best to address the fact that he has Alzheimer ’s disease. He is doing everything he can to fight it but this horrible ailment is slowly destroying his brilliant mind. A deadly Black Virus threatens to wipe out humanity and it is a race against time for poor Gabriel to find a cure. The author, Nicholas Conely, writes brilliantly and you are taken through Gabriel’s life and come to understand how he came to be so emotionally isolated. You cannot help but feel sorry for his daughter too. Melanie is slowly losing her father and she is finding it difficult to cope. Nicholas also brings to light how deficient our system of caring for the elderly really is. It is time for change, I think! Some really clever writing here. I found myself laughing and crying at the same time. This book is highly recommended and well worth a read.

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Riker's Calling by Rico Lamoureux 18+ ****

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From school bullies to the crime-ridden streets of his hometown of Los Angeles, Jeremy Riker has always felt the need to do something about the injustice surrounding him. Just as he sets out on his journey as an urban warrior, he unknowingly gives rise to an obsessive adversary, who ends up becoming one of the most notorious serial killers the city has ever known. Dubbed by the news media as The Spyderco Killer, the methodical psychopath roots himself deep into Riker's life for the long haul, until his own madness propels everything into an intense climax.

My review for this book: "A Gruesome Thriller - This novella was fast paced, with high action and was a hell of a ride. Jeremy Riker, the main character, is a tough private investigator and a brilliant martial artist. His world is blown apart, when a serial killer latches on to him; taking delight in causing Riker emotional pain. Rico Lamoureux, the author writes a disconcerting, rapid, murder mystery with excellent narrative. I believe that this novella would be the first in a great TV series. You never really get to know Riker properly but you are always on his side, hoping for the best. I would be interested in reading the next book in the series. I look forward to hearing from you and wish you all the best for the future."

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The Mountains by Joey Willis 12+ ****

My review for this book: "A Mountainous Undertaking - This book was a pleasant surprise. As this is a spiritual adventure story, I was expecting to be immersed in too much talk about God but it was not like this at all. This really is a book about Micah and his emotional passage as he becomes a man and learns about his purpose in life. If you hear a voice and believe it to be that of a celestial body then you may have a hard time getting your friends to believe you. Grief stricken, Micah is taken over the mountains on a journey of self-discovery, he faces many challenges, meets many strange characters and faces prejudice and destruction. The author Joey Willis, has a great writing style and a vivid imagination. It took me a while to get through this book but I liked the storyline and was eager to find out where Micah was going. There is only so far west you can travel."

Micah just heard The Voice of The Great Spirit and is desperate to follow where it leads. His ancient village is wedged between a mysterious mountain range and a vast ocean. Nobody in the village has ever known what lies beyond either. After experiencing triumph and tragedy within the village, Micah decides to dare the journey over the mountains. Unbeknownst to the people of the village, the world is at war. A strange race of creature has been battling humans for as long as anyone can remember. Out West, the island of Hell looms and its darkness is spreading. Micah quickly finds himself in the heart of the conflict. Joined by a supernatural guide and a band of complicated companions, Micah discovers more than he could have imagined about identity, the nature of love and the dangers and joys of risking it all.

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The Ivory Caribou by Caroline McCullagh 16+ ****

Is it a love story? Or is it an adventure story? Or is it a commentary on the tragedy of war? It is all of these, and more.  Award Winning Author Caroline McCullagh weaves a thrilling and dynamic story around Anne O’Malley’s genealogical search for the story of her late husband’s father that takes her to the far North of Canada to find new relatives among the Inuit culture, to Europe behind the lines in World War I, and back to the small Inuit village where she finds romance. The Ivory Caribou won Best Unpublished Novel in the San Diego Book Awards.

My review for this book: "A Sensual Arctic Romance - This is a charming story, and follows Anne O’Malley’s emotional journey as she tries to find out more about her husband’s history and come to terms with his death. Ann meets Jack, an enigmatic character, and his family, in a land wear Caribou migrate and polar bears roam. Falling in love with someone that does not show emotion proves to be a challenge. Caroline McCullagh, has created a well-crafted romantic tale. This book also provides an insight into Inuit culture and this I found really interesting. I also loved learning about Brendan’s life during World War II and found his account of life in Germany fascinating. So as well as being a classical love story, it is also informative and is well worth a read.

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Sol of the Coliseum by Adam Gaylord 16+ *****

Deep in the bowels of the Coliseum of the mighty Astrolian Empire, the orphan, Sol, is raised by a makeshift family of guards and fellow slaves to become the most famed Gladiator in all the land. Alongside K'nal, his giant Frorian fighting partner, Sol must battle cunning warriors and fantastic beasts to delight the crowd and stay alive. But when an oppressed populace transforms Sol into a revolutionary folk hero, the Empire sends its most ruthless assassin to put an end to the uprising. Sol’s only chance is to do what no slave has ever done: escape from the coliseum and the only home he’s ever known.

My review for this book: "I really loved this book. There is nothing I like better than reading a tale about a warped empire and then watching the protagonist, in this case Sol, rebel. This is a fast moving and exhilarating story.  Sol, born in gloomy underground servant quarters, has no idea what life is like beyond the coliseum. All he knows, is that he must fight men and beasts, as a gladiator and stay alive. Through spoils, sexual slaves, he learns about life beyond his walls. The author Adam Gaylord writes brilliantly, breathing life into some impelling and dynamic characters. I find myself still thinking about them days after finishing the book. There just has to be a sequel as I am sure that others like myself, will want to find out what is in store for Sol and his friends. Thank you Adam, for writing such a good book – highly recommended.

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The Borman Factor by Robert Lalonde 16+ ****

A big city crime reporter is brutally murdered in broad daylight. His watch and wallet are missing, so police call it a robbery gone wrong and close the file. It's an election year and authorities don't want unsolved murders stealing headlines. The family wants to know why Terry Reynolds was murdered. From city hall to the depths of Toronto’s criminal underworld, Nick Borman is in hot pursuit of a cold-blooded killer. Will Nick get the killer or will he become the next victim?

My review for this book: "Nick Borman Hits the Streets of Toronto Running. There is nothing like reading a fast paced thriller and The Borman Factor ticked all the right boxes for me. Author, Robert Lalonde, has woven a tale of corruption. In this world, there just has to be hundreds of developments that have been built erroneously, leaving a cloud of suspicion hanging over them. No nonsense, lead character, security specialist/investigator, Nick Borman, is determined to track down those that believe they are above the law, in the city of Toronto. This was a roller-coaster read and the story-line, was solid and believable. The plot is intricate as any good plot should be and you have to have your wits about you to absorb all the clues and subplots. I would have liked to get to know Borman better and to understand what makes him tick. I guess I will have to read the next book in the series to find out more about him. I recommend this book to all those that like a good crime novel.

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Evelyn Dear Fender by Rodney Jones 12+ *****

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Isn't believing you have a chance, even when you don't, better than knowing you don't when you don't?  Evelyn Hatfield sets out to be the first to reach the mythological land of Methania. But before her epic journey can begin, she must first suffer high school jealousies, the apathy of conformity, and a pair of clueless parents--all while learning to sail. Through chance, and a few innocent manipulations and half-truths, Evelyn finally sets sail for the distant horizon where she and her stowaway monkey, Bobo, do battle with their most fearsome enemy, the weather... and lose. Shipwrecked on a tiny island, 4,000 miles from home, she meets Fender Spigot, an equally shipwrecked explorer from Methania who, having never heard a language other than his own, gibber-jabbers his way into her heart. Regardless of their communication issues, they manage to help each other escape the island and head home--Evelyn, sailing east, and Fender, west. They soon discover, however, that absence makes the heart grow fonder. But how can they, again, find each other with a monstrous ocean and a thousand misunderstandings between them?

My review for this book: "An Unusual and Fun Read - This was a great read and I loved it. Evelyn, the main character, is an adventurous teenager and has a way with sailing boats. She embarks on a journey of a life time and goes in search of a mythical land, Methania and pushes the boundaries. Her story is not only intriguing but funny too and when she meets Fender, the title of this book will make sense. Fender, a reflection Evelyn, is a quirky character and you cannot help but love him too. Rodney Jones the author, writes brilliantly and obviously has a passion for sailing - I’d be surprised if he doesn’t sail as the writing was so convincing - by the end of this book you may want to try it. I have given this book five stars and it comes highly recommended."

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Delbert the Reluctant Spy by Marko Kitti 7+ ****

Ten-year-old Delbert’s world is grey and glum since his grandfather died. Everything is a dull routine, and all Delbert wants to do is stay in his room. What’s more, he has to cope with an annoying next-door neighbour, Evie, who has committed her life to being in love with him. But Delbert’s whole life is about to change when he is forced into a SUPER SECRET SPY MISSION to find a missing cat called Pandora. What seems like a straightforward job suddenly escalates into the stuff of real spy stories. Bursting with humour and thrilling surprises, this fast-paced, action-packed story takes Delbert and Evie on a wild ride with an UTTERLY SHOCKING SECRET at the end…

My review for this book: "A Super Spy Series in the Making - Delbert, recovering from the loss of his grandfather, is given the chance to train as a secret agent and is given a mission that he might not be able to pull off. His friend Evie is there to help him, whether he wants her to or not.Author, Marko Kitti has written an entertaining and quirky first super spy story that I am sure children will enjoy. It has a lot of humour in it with some funny illustrations. The story-line is unusual and has a surprise ending.

An amusing book. Well done Marko."

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Hope and Humiliation: A Journey of Love by Lucy Barton 16+ ****

What really happens behind closed doors? Who really knows the truth? Sometimes, even those most intimately involved have no concept of reality. Too much has been invested which renders them incapable of seeing the wood for the trees. What is love? Real love? Is it the fairy tale we have all grown up searching for – filled with happiness, laughter, security, adoration, commitment, loyalty and fun? Or something more sinister – filled with longing, hope, humiliation, desperation and despair? How does one carry on? When her reason for living has gone. What a frightening place the future now seems, With banished hopes and long-lost dreams.

An intimate tale of an influential bond; charting the highs and lows that come with real love and adoration. A sympathetic fusion of poetry and narrative that acutely highlights the rollercoaster of relationship emotions. A powerful tale that many will be able to identify with. A must-read for anyone who is, has been or who wants to be in love - and for those who have had their heart broken.

My review of this book: "When Love Goes Toxic - This was an intriguing memoir by Lucy Barton and many readers will benefit from reading this depressing and at times exasperating book, if they find themselves in a dysfunctional relationship. The poems laced through the book are similar but illustrate the complete mental torture felt by Lucy as she fought to love and be loved. When one loves too much and the other is too messed up to understand love, then the relationship is doomed to fail. The writing is basic and in diary form but you are compelled to finish Lucy’s tortuous account of her relationship with John."

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The Dragon of Time:Gods and Dragons by Aaron Dennis 16+ ****

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Scar, an amnesiac mercenary, has been hired by Zoltek, leader of the nation of Usaj, to battle Kulshedran soldiers. With the promise of asking Zmaj, the All God, about his past, Scar lends his fighting prowess, but there is more than kings warring for territory in the world of Tiamhaal; there are Gods and Dragons vying for men's souls.

My review of this book "A Fierce Fable Author, Aaron Dennis, writes eloquently and tells the story of an iconic mercenary named Scar, who finds himself engaging in a bloody battle. He cannot remember his past and this is really a tale about a mystic warrior’s journey of self-discovery. This book is not for the faint-hearted, it took me until the half way point before I became fully immersed. There are many names of strange lands and peoples to absorb and the fighting scenes are particularly brutal. The plot is not unusual but has something and keeps you reading. The notion that dragons could be evil and be influencing men, did not sit well with me but it is the essence of this unique tale so I soldiered on to the end of the book and was not disappointed."

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Bees in Loretta's Bonnet by Lois Wickstrom 4+ ****

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When Loretta dropped her armload of firewood on the hearth, a mysterious tube fell from between the logs. It was a leafcutter bee nest. Loretta took it back out to the woodpile and watched as holes appeared. But where were the bees? She found more holes appearing in leaves on her rose bushes. And even some of the rose petals. But where were the bees? Leafcutter bees are more efficient than honey bees for pollinating gardens. The book includes instructions for building a nest that may lure wild bees to your yard.

My review of this book: "A Tale of Lovely Leafcutter Bees - Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet is a charming and educational tale about a little girl who is fascinated by nature and after finding a Leafcutter bee’s nest - learns more about them. I have heard about solitary bees but not a leafcutter bee and absorbed the beautiful colour illustrations and story keenly, wanting to learn more. I also liked very much the instructions about how to build your own Leafcutter nest to attract bees. I love nature too, so can recommend this book for children of all ages."

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Next of Sin by Lisa Gordon 18+ *****

A series of deaths which the police think are unfortunate drownings date back to 1987; but Gaby, the only witness in all that time, is about to realise that something far more sinister is going on! A strange recurring dream is haunting young lawyer Gaby; she seeks help from a psychologist and a psychic as she tries to figure it out. Then......it hits her; the memory floods back! Suddenly everything she thought she knew about herself, her family and her past is cast into doubt. Someone she loves is a KILLER. But who will believe Gaby? He is popular, successful, charming and credible. The Police will say that she has no evidence. People will call her mad, paranoid or vindictive. But Gaby is a determined young women and she selects her allies with great care, as there are few she dares trust in this duplicitous new world she finds herself in. She and a maverick detective, Robbie Baggio set about assembling the evidence: secretively and urgently, before the cunning serial killer strikes again. However, he gets wind of her suspicions and this time when he kills, it's someone very close to Gaby, someone who also knows the truth. Suddenly she realises that she is up against more than just him, he has eminent and influential friends and the scales of justice are rigged against her. What would you do? What will Gaby do? A thriller that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again and the safe answer.....is NO. If you enjoy Sidney Sheldon and Nicci French do not miss this enthralling mystery from Lisa Gordon winner of the 9th American Gem Literary Contest.

Being an author, I know how important it is to get as many reviews for your books as you can. It is a struggle to find reviewers who are able to help. As well as writing, I like to read and review books. At the moment I have a huge pile to read that will take me into next year to get through.

 

I am going to close book submission for reviews for a while. I feel bad but have to be realistic about how many books I can read in a year. However...

My review of this book: "A Shocking Revelation - Next of Sin captured my attention from the very beginning and I found it difficult to put down. Author, Lisa Gordon, has weaved a clever plot and the writing flows effortlessly with lots of twists and turns. Gaby Butler, the protagonist of this warped tale, makes a startling discovery and has to secretly collect evidence and only talk to those she trusts. She begins to understand who she is and also learns a few home truths. I liked Chantelle’s (Gaby’s brother’s ex-girlfriend) character too and thought she brought a lot to the story. Well done Lisa for creating such an exciting read. I highly recommend this book and would like to see another in the series."

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The Necklace II: Back to Brighton by Linda Rice ****

It’s been five months since Susan and her best friend, Lynn, returned from their short journey to the past. A gifted woman had sent Susan back to cure her of an obsession with James, a man she had fantasized about all her life. The steamy affair sated Susan's curiosity and taught her a valuable lesson. She is glad to be home but feels incomplete. When she discovers that leaving her ballerina necklace in 1962 had created a link to her former obsession, she must seek help in returning to the past to retrieve it.

 

November 1962: Susan is once again in the Dusky Club where James and the boys who will one day become the most famous band of all time are still engaged to play. Will Susan be able to find her necklace bring it back into the present? Will the link between her and James finally be broken?

Note - This book contains erotica.

My review for this book: "The Obsession Continues - I have read the first in the series and enjoyed that and think the plot is unusual and imaginative. The Necklace 2 improved as it went along and in the end looking back, I did find this book intriguing and for me disturbing too. If I find myself thinking about the story-line for a long time afterwards, then I know that I have read a great book.  Susan the main character, thinking she is cured of her obsession for James, the leader of an up and coming band, goes back in time, with her friend John, to retrieve a necklace. John's story is an odd subplot but very fitting.  She hopes to sever her irrational bond with James but things do not go to plan. Susan is drawn back into James’ web and allows herself to be mentally and physically abused. At some points in the book, I did find myself yelling at Susan with exasperation. The author, Linda Rice, has written a twisted tale. This vivid story takes you on an emotional roller coaster and becomes addictive."

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Fun and Games by David Michael Slater ****

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The 1980’s: it’s the time of Dungeons & Dragons, banana clips, and Atari. Jonathan Schwartz is growing up in a family like no other. His sisters, Nadia, the dark genius, and Olivia, the gorgeous tease and temptress, manipulate Jon and his friends for their own entertainment. And his Holocaust survivor grandparents? Their coping techniques are beyond embarrassing. A disastrous visit to Jon’s class by his grandmother unhinges his famous father, setting off a chain of events that threatens to send the dysfunctional Schwartz clan up in flames once and for all. Fun & Games is a heartbreaking and hilarious story of faith, family secrets, betrayal, and loss—but it’s also a tale of friendship, love, and side-splitting shenanigans.

My review of this book: "A Chaotic, Whimsical Account of a 1980s Teenager’s Life - Author, David Michael Slater has delivered a crazy tale of a family so dysfunctional, that you would only believe it, if you saw them. Take it from me, families like this do exist.  I particularly liked the character of the grandmother and although she was a stereotypical Jewish old lady, I found her to be captivating. For those of you that have been the sensible one in a dysfunctional family unit, you will appreciate the main character Jonathan Schwartz’s struggle to cope with his life. Even Jonathan’s friends have issues. The author has crafted a well written plot and I found it engaging. This is a fun and is at times a sad read as within every dysfunctional family there are underlying issues. You can’t help thinking that there is another book to come as the ending is left open."

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Emotional Support for the Newly Divorced (Divorced and Scared No More Book 1) by T Asher and Tony Haynes ****

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Have you experienced Divorce? Are you questioning what your future will be after your vows of "I do" turn into "I do not" along with the loss of all the dreams that never will be fulfilled? Divorced and Scared No More: Emotional Support for the Newly Divorced is the first installment of the three-part trilogy written to assist readers in post-divorce related matters while providing you the motivation you need to move on. Author Tasher speaks from personal experience; having gone through the many stages of relationships. This includes denial of a failed marriage, expressiveness needed to gain healing and how to remain emotionally grounded. You'll find ways to embrace your new found freedom and turn the lemons life threw at you into a Zesty Lemon Sorbet! Therapist and clinical author Justin Nutt, LSCSW, LAC consulted as a technical advisor for the series. Insuring everything presented be accurate and quality material while still being a comforting, easy-to-read guide to surviving divorce.

Co-Author Tony Haynes is a practitioner of Acrostic Poetry -poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. At the end of each chapter, you can look forward to reading a clever poem from words found within the word DIVORCE. These are poetic thoughts that ask "How did I get here?" This rite of passage has everything to do with life and our stories affects each other because we are all connected. Now it's time to peek inside and see how, where & why our lives intersect. There are so many insightful topics in the book, which will help you feel inspired to look inward and become aware of your needs to help you live again. There is still life after emotional death ... Isn't it time for you to be happily divorced and Divorced and Scared NO More?

My review of this book: "A Down To Earth Guide - This book is not only helpful for those that are newly divorced but is also great for those that have low esteem after having suffered a difficult end to a relationship. The author, Tasher, having suffered badly after her divorce, has gone on to produce three helpful and insightful guides on how to cope day to day as a single person again. This is the first in the series and is abundant with strategies to help all. In places, Tasher, throws a humorous light on what can be a difficult time. This book is a good down to earth guide and will appeal to many."

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Sinfonia: First Notes on the Lute: A Vampire Chronicle: Book One by David Landrum ****

Nelleke Reitsma is one of the world's top lutenists and guitar players. She is very good because she has had 350 years to practice. Sinfonia: First Notes on the Lute records her life, beginning with her entrance into the world of the undying through friendship with Izaak, a mysterious young man who only comes out at night; and, eventually, her crossing over into that world. Leaving her native Netherlands for England, she finds herself embroiled in a fight to save the vampire community of London from destruction. She encounters Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth, and, using her connections to government and the theater, uncovers the last followers of an ancient religion that possesses power capable of destroying Nelleke and the coven of vampires to which she belongs. It is up to her to stop them. A fascinating and compelling piece of paranormal fiction, it abounds in danger, romance, horror, love, and beauty.

My review of this book: "A Fast Paced Vampire Fantasy - I was given this book to review and am always up for a vampire story and this did not disappoint, although I did find the ending was rushed. I guess I just wanted to hear more about Nelleke, the main character in this story. Nelleke, becomes a vampire, through no fault of her own and is condemned to feed on human blood and live for ever. Her story is a sad one and you cannot help but admire her strength of character. The author, David Landrum, writes intelligently and draws you into a plausible vampire world, living side by side with the people in our cities. I liked the fact that their victims were only those that had corrupted souls and that the vampire clans mingled with famous historical characters. The plot is a classical vampire story but intriguing none the less. If this is chronicle 1, then I hope that my thirst for more vampire action will be satisfied in the next series."

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Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus and Jay-Jay and His Island Adventure by Sue Wickstead *****

Do you wish you could get better grades? Do you struggle with certain subjects and believe that maybe you're not cut out for them? Do you want to spend less time studying and still get good grades? This book is the perfect go-to source for all students...It's a must-read for all students! The Page-Hungry Bookworm. I highly recommend Anyone Can Get an A+ to every college student and any secondary student thinking about higher education. McNeil's Reviews Practical and sound advice presented in a caring supportive manner. Sarah Jackson, Author and Reviewer. Anyone Can Get An A+ is a conversational, down-to-earth guide for high school and college students on how to maximize their learning and get the grades they want. This book draws on research from the fields of psychology and neuroscience, and gives students practical advice that they can implement right away, to overcome procrastination, make the most of their study time and improve their grades significantly. Who this book is for: College students who want to learn how to juggle classes, extra-curricular activities, other activities and also have room for a social life High school students struggling with the pressure to get good grades to get into college, pass standardized tests and be eligible for scholarships Parents who are worried about how to help their children get better grades without overburdening them Teachers who want to understand how to help their students learn more deeply while enjoying their lessons

Counselors and tutors who work directly with students, to better help motivate and inspire students to do their best. Adult learners who are going back to school, or want to learn a new language or skill.

My review of this book: "A Good Common Sense Guide - It has been a while since I studied or took an exam and after reading this book, I realise how pathetic my revision plan was. How I wish I had this book to help me organise myself and I think that although I may not have achieved an A+, I would definitely have passed a few more exams. I would like to think that everyone could get an A+ but think it is unlikely. Geetanjali Mukherjee, the author, has produced a practical and enlightening guide that will help all. Each chapter are tips and are well put together, do not waffle on and can only help those that have little confidence in their ability to study and take exams. Geetanjali principles can be applied not only to studying but also to any challenge we face in life where organisation is key. This book comes highly recommended."

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Jay-Jay the bus is rescued from the dirty scrap yard, where he was sadly gathering dust and cobwebs. Feeling nervous yet excited, he is taken to an airport where he is magically transformed into a 'Playbus' full of toys, games and adventure. A fictional tale based on a real life bus 'Supersonic', which flew in the imaginations of the many young children who visited it. A children's picture book

My review of this book: "A Supersonic Children’s Story - This story is based on a true story about a bus that is given a second chance and becomes a supersonic star in the hearts of children. Children of all ages will enjoy reading about the old bus JJK 261 Route B and will discover how it became Jay-Jay the Supersonic Playbus. Jay-Jay has a cheerful disposition and just loves bringing joy to children. This is a great read for early readers and the excellent illustrations will keep the pages turning. Author, Sue Wickstead, also known as Lego Lady, has captured Jay Jay’s adventures beautifully."

Jay-Jay is no ordinary bus. His journey is full of play. He is a Playbus, he brings fun and adventure to the children wherever they are. A safe place to play where children can use their imagintion and explore. Once a real bus his story has been told in many schools. "We wish he was still here," the children say. "We would love to go inside!" Well you can and he is, even if only in fictional form, his story goes on. The real Playbus proved so popular that the idea was copied by many other play projects.

Always bright and colourful, they stood out from the rest and knowing they were different, the children and other users would come along to look inside and explore to find out what was on offer. The real Jay-Jay ras much loved and fondly remembered.

My review of this book: "A Supersonic Children’s Story - This story is based on a true story about a bus that is given a second chance and becomes a supersonic star in the hearts of children. Children of all ages will enjoy reading about the old bus JJK 261 Route B and will discover how it became Jay-Jay the Supersonic Playbus. Jay-Jay has a cheerful disposition and just loves bringing joy to children. This is a great read for early readers and the excellent illustrations will keep the pages turning. Author, Sue Wickstead, also known as Lego Lady, has captured Jay Jay’s adventures beautifully."

Anyone Can Get An A+ by Geetanjali Mukherjee ****

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Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett *****

Rainbow’s magic hands can shape trees at her will, but her gift is dangerous and has fatal consequences. From England to France, through secrets, fears and parallel worlds, Rainbow’s journey to understand her powers takes her beyond everything she’s ever known. To find the truth, she must also find herself.

My review of this book: "Tree…mendous! - I just loved this book. The author, Harriet Springbett, writes in a lively and engaging manner and the storyline is a captivating and an unusual one. The main character Rainbow, is a young teenager, living in a dysfunctional family. She is finding her way in life and travels down a confusing and twisting path. The transformation into adulthood can sometimes be a painful one. Rainbow discovers that she has an affinity with trees and can heal or stretch their limbs. The writing is creative and imaginative and the plot is a clever one that will keep you guessing until the end. This book is great for both young and old and comes highly recommended."

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Before I Left by Daisy White *****

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Nineteen-year-old runaway Ruby Baker and pregnant best friend Mary escape domestic violence in London to find a new home in Brighton. They join a glitzy set of party girls who are hell-bent on enjoying themselves in the new freedom of the 1960s. But their new life soon comes under threat. Ruby keeps spotting a tall stranger in the shadows. Someone is watching her. This man may have followed them from London. And Ruby fears her dark secret will be exposed. Then a murder at a local beauty spot brings more danger for the party-loving set, and the first murder is followed by a second. Rumours of occult sacrifices spread across town. In a breaktaking conclusion, Ruby faces a race against time to save someone very close to her. Can she keep her secrets from being exposed and her new life from being destroyed?

My Review of this book: "A Great Thrilling, Chilling Tale - Daisy White’s books are always a pleasure to read and ‘Before I Left’ is no exception. Ruby Baker, the main character, escaping from a brutal past life with her best friend Mary, has a dark secret. Once the secret is revealed, your feelings towards Ruby may change as you weigh up the moral implications. The storyline is a traditional murder plot but this twisted tale is more about the fascinating characters depicted and the pages keep on turning as you decide who you can or cannot trust.Daisy is a talented writer and her dramatic descriptions of Brighton bring it alive, vibrantly portraying it’s moody side and also the lively party life in the 60’s. The exciting ending, although it answers all your questions, is left open and I am eagerly looking forward to the next in the series. This book comes highly recommended."..

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It is so difficult to get your work known. Any web presence is a bonus and I am more than happy to host a guest post or interview. My blog is about my book marketing journey so if you could write something about you, your work and how you promote your books, then that would be great. If you want to create interview questions instead that would be fine too.

Submersive by Anela Deen ****

In The Mirage of a Man, Hasu August tells the story of Fan Fay, an Australian of Chinese origin and a seemingly perfect career man, devoting his mortal life to his immortal love for a wrong person.

 

Fan, now dead, left his 'confession', through a psychologist whom he visited while he was alive, to Yun, a woman who was a tower of strength once in his life. The confession reveals a secret kept with an enchanting pool hall, which was built by him and Ken, a Japanese man living out his dream in Shanghai; the secret, which raised Fan to euphoria and reduced him to despair, contained a journey of loving and struggling, despite the fragility of life, despite no fine destination to be guaranteed...

My Review of this book: "An Emotional Literary Read - This is an unusual book and Hasu August the author writes poetically and his descriptions are eloquent. I think it was his writing skills that kept the pages turning. The story is the based on a man’s journey through life and his emotional struggle as he guards a dark secret. I felt sorry for Fay Fan, the protagonist and felt his pain. I have to say that it took me a while to read this book as the story-line, for me was a little slow. It was however, interesting learning about Chinese and Japanese culture. This book has left me thinking about it after. I believe The Mirage of a Man to be a good literary read."

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In a not so distant future, an unprepared humanity barely managed to repel the Locusts when they invaded Earth. But the long war left its mark on mankind and the Establishment was founded to ensure it would never come so close to destruction from an alien force again. Now, decades later, the world is run by this single governing entity. Loyalty is rewarded. Disloyalty is met with corrective action.  As an inquisitor for the past twenty years, Gemson used torture and interrogation to root out subversives. He’d worked hard to earn his cold, hard reputation. Now he finds himself on the subject’s side of the interrogation table. Loyalty? Some bonds transcend the laws of state.  Insurrection is a five-part novelette series. Each installment is told from the perspective of a single character, each interconnected with the others and humanity’s ultimate fate.

The Mirage of a Man by Hasu August *****

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My review of this book: "An Explosive Beginning - Subversive, although just a novella and the first of a five part serial was both entertaining and exciting. The main character, Gemson is charismatic and you are hopeful that he has left his shady past behind him. Gemson and his sister Ellie, are involved in a twisted rebellious mission. The author A. Deen, writes in a lively engaging manner. You can easily read this episode in one sitting and are left wanting to know more.  A powerful start to what I think will be a thrilling series."

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Sikaran Dawn by Revd. Joanna Z. Ray ****

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"SIKARAN DAWN" it is the twenty fourth Century and this is an epic space saga of Sikaran Chivalry. Earth is tyrannised by brutal, sinister Gloshans in the space war. The Sikarans come to the rescue and help planet Earth to win out in the end.

My review of this book: "A Captivating Space Conflict - Being a Star Trek fan, I am always up for a great space adventure and Sikaran Dawn did not disappoint. It was however, not what I expected, which is always a good thing as I like an unusual tale. This space saga turned out to be an account of how the protagonist, Marayshan, an ethereal character, conquers evil. Joanne Z. Ray, the author, writes in an elegant and informative way and holds the reader’s attention. The story-line is thought-provoking, although at times a little idealistic. There are a few lessons hidden within the pages. Parabolic undertones were present throughout the book and made for some unusual reading. I would recommend this book to both young and old."

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A Spooky Tale by Sue Wickstead *****

Jay-Jay and the Carnival by Sue Wickstead *****

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is a brightly coloured playbus full of toys. He’s always ready for adventure, and after an eventful summer the bus is ready for his journey to the carnival. The children are also excited – but what will happen on the way?                 A children's picture story book.

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My review of this book: "A Colourful Sunny Adventure - This is the third book in the series and once again Sue Wickstead has written an enchanting story that will amuse young children. In this episode Jay-Jay the supersonic bus takes part in a themed carnival and there are a few surprises along the way. The illustrations are bright and vibrant and really add to this delightful book."

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When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go ... But... What could possibly go wrong? why did the class not feel well? Read the book to find out.

My review of this book: "A Fun Read for Young and Old - This is tale will really entertain young children as it has the repetitive element that children love and lets you follow a map showing where the school children go on their outing with their teacher. The illustrations are marvellous and the storyline amusing and inventive. This book is bound to be a crowd pleaser."

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Falling Dusk Lost Guardians Book 1 ****

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Anna McKenzie just wants her life back. She wants the brutal murder of her brother never to have happened. She certainly doesn't want magic, power, and to deal with a certain vigilante named Victor Prince... ...but once the world of magic has claimed her, there is no escape.

My review - "A Roller-coaster Ride Falling Dusk was really easy to get into and you are taken on a bumpy ride. The author, Jennifer R. Povey, has a hassle-free writing style and the pages turn quickly. A reluctant Anna McKenzie is plunged into the magical underworld after she witnesses the sinister murder of her brother. The storyline is a traditional struggle against good and evil but the plot is well thought out. I quite like a story that has unexpected twists and this did not disappoint. Anna’s growing relationship with the dark and the mysterious Victor Prince is captivating and the reader is taken on an emotionally rocky journey. My only fault with the book is that it finished abruptly and left me a little deflated but then there are more in the series for me to read so all is not lost ;). I was given a free copy of this book and have been under no pressure to produce a review - it has been a pleasure :)"

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