Saturday, June 24, 2017

Free and Bargain Books Linkup Week 25


Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | Traci Hayden
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley Books | Jude Ouvrard
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Heidi Robbins
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry | J.C. Clarke
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings 
Sunday

For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Manroot Book Review

Manroot

By Anne Steinberg

Manroot by [Steinberg, Anne J.]
In the spring of 1939, Katherine Sheahan and her father, the taciturn Irishman Jesse, are looking for work in the isolated tourist town of Castlewood, Missouri, which offers bathing, gambling and adultery. Jesse gets a job as handyman and Katherine as maid at a small hotel. Jesse drinks and neglects his work and eventually disappears, abandoning his daughter. Katherine discovers the ginseng, the manroot, and other secrets of the foothills; she discovers herself as a natural healer who has inherited this gift from her Navajo Indian mother. She also has a special but unwelcome gift. She can communicate with spirits.

Among the hotel's regular clientele is Judge William Reardon, a local hero who metes out justice by day, then drinks the foul taste away at night. Escaping his sterile marriage, he becomes captivated by Katherine. He is like a man reborn. Theirs is a union of like-minded souls, but a dangerous dark magic is released. Can their love survive?

A powerful, haunting novel that explores the powerful themes of identity and destiny, love everlasting and its brutal twin, violence.

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MY REVIEW

Katherine was born under a bad star. She lost her mother to madness when she was a small child, so she was raised by her father, Jesse. Her grandmother, who was a full-blooded Navajo, instilled in her how to be one with nature. Katherine and her father moved around a lot, mainly because of his drinking and not being able to keep a job. When they happen upon work at a hotel in Castlewood, Katherine was more than happy to put up with the gruff cook and learn everything she could from her. Katherine loved working there and hoped to never leave. But how long will it last before Jesse’s drinking is discovered?


This book had a good plot with well-rounded characters. It started a little slow but picked up pretty quick. I liked how the natural ways of the Navajo were woven throughout. It was easy to feel Katherine’s loneliness and her feelings of betrayal. Even though she never felt sorry for herself, I couldn’t help but feel it for her. I could feel her misery as well. This was an interesting story, and I loved the spooky elements scattered throughout. I believe that there are things beyond our understanding, and this book was quick to emphasize that. 
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Seasons of Love Book Review

Seasons Of Love by [Kevin Focke]Seasons Of Love

By Kevin Focke

This short story collection, unique and intriguing like the shifting seasons, peers through the looking glass of love.














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MY REVIEW

This was a bit hard to understand. The author used pompous wording, and seemed to ramble on in his thoughts. The book is written in chapter wording, but had a poetry feel to it. Each chapter/season had a picture inserted at the beginning, with the name of the chapter on it. I liked that, and thought reach picture truly depicted what the chapter was about. The story begins by comparing love and time, and equating it to a clock.


The story then flips to him being young and running into a woman on the beach. At this point it becomes bizarre to me. He seems to admire her, but then only sees her as a possible receptionist? But then the next thing, he’s describing being in a coma but very aware of his surroundings. Then that leads into his grave. As I said, bizarre, because then it continues into a diatribe about what I assume is lost love. He does not speak up and the woman marries another. To me, this seems to be out of place, with his seasons scrambled. This was too short of a prose to really feel for the character. And the way it rambled, I really didn’t want to.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Gravediggers of Champagne County Review

The Gravediggers of Champagne County: A Novel (The Graveyard Series Book 1)

By Elizabeth Evans Kirk

The Gravediggers of Champagne County: A Novel (The Graveyard Series Book 1) by [Evans Kirk, Elizabeth]
The dead are the best listeners. 16-year-old Violet Chance thinks so, anyway. Which is why she spends most of her time in the graveyard, concocting elaborate stories of the departed, attending the funerals of strangers, and even impersonating the dead. 

After an unspeakable family trauma forces her into the safe arms of God’s Acre, the mystical town cemetery, she forges an unlikely friendship with Albert, the reclusive, old gravedigger—a haunted loner who prefers to spend his days six feet under, but whose fascinating stories about the buried enchant and captivate Violet’s imagination. That is, until the dead start telling her stories of their own, and what a lively bunch of storytellers they prove to be.

The Gravediggers of Champagne County is a rare coming-of-age tale about a curious girl tormented by the things she’s seen, haunted by the secrets she keeps, and the graveyard that won’t let them stay buried for long. A gritty and touching magical realism story about tragedy and loss, and the unbreakable bonds of love and trust that can be forged even in the darkest moments. Set in the sleepy, small-town of Champagne County, the cast of charming characters (living and dead) simply dazzle against a rich graveyard setting so gripping it’s sure to live on long after the last page has been read. 

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MY REVIEW

Violet loved the graveyard, the calming quiet and seclusion of it. She didn’t like people, being around them, conversing with them, and especially answering their questions. No, Violet was a loner. Except for her interest in Albert, the gravedigger. To her, he was the most interesting person in the world. They both had tragic pasts so Violet felt they were kindred spirits. But then Booth Rothschild gets hired as a second gravedigger and everything about him gets under Violet’s skin. And when she starts having visions where the dead are telling her their stories, she feels like the past is coming back to haunt her. Or did it ever leave?


One would think that the plot and characters would be creepy, but I thought it was fascinating. The character of Violet had a unique personality that was like a magnet. It drew me in from the beginning. I could read her diatribes all day and not lose interest. There was so much of the things she said I could relate to. I hated for this story to end, and I would like for it to be continued in another story, as the last chapter skipped enough time to easily be able to carry one.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Free and Bargain Books Linkup Week 24


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Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | Traci Hayden
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley Books | Jude Ouvrard
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Heidi Robbins
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry | J.C. Clarke
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings 
Sunday

For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ralphy the Rabbit Book Review

Ralphy the Rabbit: Finds Himself

By David L. Wallace

Ralphy the Rabbit: Finds Himself by [Wallace, David L]
Ralphy goes on a journey where he discovers what he thought was a flaw in himself is actually something unique that makes him special.

Poor Ralphy the Rabbit always felt he was different. He hated his ears and couldn’t hop as fast as the other baby rabbits in the pet store. None of the kids ever selected him. One day, a curly-haired girl named Marta locked gazes with him and they knew they were meant for each other.

Fun times lay ahead for Ralphy in his new home, hopping on the family furniture and getting carrot cake treats from Marta. But the good times are interrupted when Momma Sarah brings home an injured cat named Oscar. All of Marta’s attention now turns to helping Oscar recover.

Then Ralphy and Goldie the Fish discover that Oscar faked his injury to get into their home. They watch Oscar swing on the living room curtains. Oscar teases Ralphy about his ears and teeth, and threatens to eat Goldie.

Ralphy wants his friend Marta back. He doesn’t like being locked in his cage. One day on TV, a rabbit in a hat catches his attention. He watches Marvin the Magician turn a rabbit into a little girl. That’s it. Ralphy wants to be human. It will fix everything. His ears would look normal. He could tell Marta the truth about Oscar. He would be her favorite again.

The problem? Marvin the Magician lives in the flea market that’s far away.

Join Ralphy and Oscar on an entertaining journey to reach Marvin the Magician that teaches them about creativity, friendship, acceptance, and above all, about feeling better about themselves.

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MY REVIEW

Ralphy was one of a kind. Being a rabbit, he should have long, straight ears that stood up, but his were crooked and drooped like dog ears. At the pet store, no one wanted to adopt him, until he met Marta. She took him home with her and everything was great for a while. That is, until Oscar the cat appeared on the scene. Oscar was pretending to have been hurt by a car. Marta started playing more with Oscar and leaving Ralphy in his cage. That was bad enough, but Oscar was such a meany that Ralphy knew he had to find a way to let Marta know what a phony Oscar was.


I can see this book being read as a bedtime story. It was such a cute little story, and I can see more adventures being created with these characters. I applaud the author for making the story have positive aspects to the situations as they occurred. It was a good plot with characters that worked. Even the family was a good fit. I would definitely buy more books from this author, if they were stories about these characters. Their continuing adventures would make for an excellent bedtime story library.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Two Friendly Witches Book Review

Two Friendly Witches - stories 1 to 10

By Michael De Leo

Two Friendly Witches  -   stories 1 to 10 by [De Leo, Michael]
Collection of short stories about Two Friendly Witches: Stories 1 to 10

The key objectives of grandpa’s stories are to promote positive personal qualities in children and to provide humour and a little suspense.

Grandpa believes that his stories are suitable to be read by children, and to children of all ages and enjoyed by readers as young as 99 years and beyond. 







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MY REVIEW

Two Friendly Witches is a compilation of ten stories as told by “Grandpa” to his grandchildren each time they asked for a story. The main characters are Alicia and Phoebe, who are the witches. Then there was also their three friends, Blake, Leyton and Constable Bob, as well as a few recurring characters. Each of the stories were used as a teaching curve with positive points like good manners, telling the truth, and actions having consequences. Also, it shows how a loyal friendship requires a lot of give and take from both parties.


This book reminded me of some of the stories that my own Grandfather would share. He too loved to tell his made up stories to us kids. I liked the way all ten stories were in order and continued on from the last one. Each of the characters were loveable, and I thought it was sweet the way Constable Bob had a soft heart and cried so easily. The two witches were like outcasts with their looks and habits, and all they wanted was to be liked and have friends. I’m glad that this was a major point of the book. That’s what made it special. The author has a knack for telling interesting stories.  I believe kids of all ages will like this book.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

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