Friday, November 17, 2017

Review - Dark Days of Promise

Thirty-four year old Vicki Laramie must learn to trust before she can love, but she might die trying.

While Vicki’s children grapple with the death of their father -- a man whom she’s successfully fabricated as loving, a lie her rebellious teenager recognizes -- she must find a way to support her family and find a role model for her boys. She never intends to fall for Staff Sergeant Chase, her best friend’s son, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She’d much rather choose a safer man to love, but her children have a voice in the decision she makes. With two deaths to deal with, a suitor after her money, a rebellious son, and Sergeant Chase’s repeated attacks, she can only hope to survive the danger she faces. If she doesn’t, her children will be left without either parent.

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I really enjoyed this book, even more than I thought I would. I was already prepared to like it already - I'm a big believer in romance and all the obstacles that come with it. Plus, throw in a bit of danger and some tragedy, and I was sold. I was completely pulled in from the start, eating up the story and finding myself wanting to know what would happen next. I wondered and hesitated with the main character, feeling her situation as she dealt with the situations placed before her, and wanting so much for everything to work out. This was a great story, it really did envelope the reality of a family struggling and the ache of loss, the struggles of PTSD and it's affect not only on the individual but all persons in his/her life, and the desire of a woman who wants to have something that makes her happy while recognizing that her children had a say in her choices. I loved it! I will absolutely read this again and I highly recommend it. It's clean, captivating, and wonderfully written!

Shaunna Gonzales currently resides with her family in the greater Seattle area. Married over thirty years, her role as wife and mother of four continue to be her priorities.
A storyteller in her youth, she endevored to extend her love of stories to the written word and in 2005 began to write her first novel. Though that manuscript will remain buried, she has continued to learn.
Once told by her doctors that she would never leave her wheelchair -- due to her Multiple sclerosis. It has been tucked in a closet while she continues on. (In other words muddles on.)

Shaunna has worked as a professional reviewer for InD'Tales eMagazine for three years. In 2012 she also served as the vice president of Moonwriters, the on-line chapter of American Night Writers Association (ANWA She prefers to write romantic fiction and has ventured into the romantic suspense, and time-travel genres. Her debut novel, Dark Day s of Promise was released by Desert Breeze Publishing in 2012 re-released 2015.
Although she prefers to spend her days writing, she is willing to share what she has learned from the school of life and is often found "giving back." 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review - Evidence is Lacking, Yet Still I Hope

Joshua Henry Bates, a young teacher of a country school, wonders if there will be more to his life. Yes, there are summers away from the farm, attending the University of Utah, dancing at Saltair, watching pictures shows, and eating ice cream on bone dry days. In his journal he questions his future. He finds a young woman to love, but she is an ever-mutating mystery. His job seems to be a dead-end. His parents need his help more all the time. Josh tries to change his life: cooling the relationship with his girlfriend, teaching in a new school, and registering for service in the American Expeditionary Forces. Still, Joshua is filled with self-doubt. Will Josh marry the girl? Will he find a dazzling life mission? Will he be victorious in war? Each chapter contains one to thirty primary sources from the life of this young man drafted as a doughboy in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign.
 Praise for the book:
If you have ever searched for your own history, or a way to bring
history to life, this book is a masterpiece.”
Kelly Milner Halls, author of Saving the Baghdad Zoo

 I admit that family history, while important to me, has never been a top priority for me. This may have to do with having a mom, aunts, brothers, sisters, and grandparents who always did it so I didn't feel the need to do anything - the info was all there for me. However, since marrying my husband and finding that he knew nothing of his family history, I have started dabbling a bit into that topic. This book is an amazing help and I loved it, plus it was fun to learn the things Joan had uncovered and to follow along with Joshua as we uncovered his story. I found myself learning things I never knew could be resources and wondering how I preserve my own story for future generations. Plus, what could I learn about my family and my husband's family that might have been missed by others? And, of course, I found myself captured in Joshua's story, just like all the students that were first introduced to this book and the lessons in it.
This book was well put together and a lot of thought went into it. I found myself more engrossed in this book than I thought I would be and it made me want to learn more and do more to discover the past. Well done to the author, and thank you for sharing this with us. I highly recommend this book!

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Joan Enders lives in Washington State with her husband Jerry, and loves the Pacific Northwest! For 28 years she taught literature and research skills in school libraries to middle and high school students, and advocated for full-time school librarians in every school. She was a recipient of the American Library Association's Frances Henne Award for library leadership. 

She loved her jobs, often to distraction. Once Joan stayed so late at the school library that the custodians waxed the floors, unaware that she was still upstairs. She crept out the least sticky exit. Joan now teaches librarians on webinars. When not teaching she administers the local Family History Center for FamilySearch International. She enjoys peeling back the research onion for students and adults. That was the motivation for her first book, which replicates her most popular inquiry lesson for U.S. History students and teachers. Joan speaks in her community, for professional organizations and at genealogy conferences.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Storm Child - Review

16-year-old Eridale Storm must leave the only home she’s ever known and brave the dangers of the unknown wilds to escape capture by Imperial soldiers.
The only safe place is with her mother, who abandoned her to lead the freedom movement when Eridale was just a child. On her journey, Eridale learns that she holds a key role in the confilct between the Empire and the Freedom Fighters. Her choices could lead the people back to freedom or shackle them under the imperial throne forever.
Can Eridale face the heritage that will define the rest of her life?

I enjoyed Melanie's story - a lot! I am always hesitant about post apocalyptic stories because I feel like there is an over saturation of them just now, but this one was well done and I enjoyed it. The world Author Melanie Mason created was fantastic and easy to follow. She wove in details as though they were everyday things and what we didn't know she was able to relay to us through her characters learning. The story grabbed my attention and I held on for the ride. It was enjoyable, clean, and I am excited to see what she brings out next!

Melanie is an author, designer, photographer, and flight attendant all rolled into one. She has told stories all her life and finds her passion in sharing the plots that spin through her head. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her two dachshund-chihuahua dogs. She loves the beauty of the Pacific Northwest that feeds her imagination.
When no one is listening, Melanie loves to belt Broadway songs in her living room and car. Someday she hopes to be on a flight where someone is reading her book.

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Tell us about your writing - What genre do you prefer to write? What books, stories, other
publications that you've written are your personal favorites? Anything new coming up?
I love fantasy and mystery, so if I can put them together that is even better. Storm Child is
Dystopian, but there is an underlying mystery to the whole book and the world she lives in is a
crazy view of a possible future.
My Storm Series is one of my favorites that I've written. Of my published books it is a tie
between Storm Child and The Ring of Remaliha. I like mystery with a twist of romance.
In about six months, maybe less if I find the time, I will be publishing book two of the Storm
Series: Imperial Storm. The Kindle version of Storm Child has a sneak peak. ;)
I also have a short story that is part of a romance anthology that is available now on Amazon.
The anthology is Unspoken Words and my short story is Without Saying a Word.

What about you as a person? What do you do to relax? Favorite movies or tv shows?
I'm not sure what relaxing is right now. Between my writing and my flying schedule I don't have
much down time. Believe it or not, I actually like to curl up with a good book and read. When I
feel like it, I play the piano, hike (when it's not raining), and I always love getting some beach
time (even on the rugged and cold Oregon Coast.)
I can't say I have a favorite movie. I like action and adventure. Some movies that I've watched
over and over are: The Princess Bride, Paycheck, Undercover Blues. I'm definitely not a movie
critic. If it entertains me then I like it. I do have to say that Wonder Woman was awesome. I
haven't walked out of a theater intending to buy the movie for a long time.
My hobbies are writing, singing, piano, and theater. I haven't been able to do any theater stuff for
years though because of my job. Maybe someday, when my books can support me and I don't
have to be a flight attendant, I'll get back into the theater stuff. I also love hiking the trails here in
Portland. There is something about nature that brings me back to a good place.

What gets your creative juices going? Do you write to a music, and do you want to share
your playlist?
My creative juices are an interesting thing. I feel that I have been blessed with inspiration for
most of my stories. A lot of times I will get an idea (I like to attribute that to my Heavenly
Father) and I start working or researching. Sometimes I have really vivid dreams and that starts a
story. Sometimes it is just a scene that pops into my head and then the story unfolds.

When I write, I don't plot stuff out. I write by the seat of my pants. I love it that way because it's
like I'm reading the book for the first time . . . it's just in my head.
I don't write to music, but sometimes songs will inspire me. As I was finishing up the edits on
Storm Child I was thinking about a theme song that could define the series (like if it was made
into a movie or a tv series). I went searching on YouTube and found a song by Ruelle that I fell
in love with. It's called Hero. It fit the series perfectly. Now when I want to get all excited about
Storm Child I look up the video and listen.
I've had other songs: pop, classical, instrumental, and rock inspire me. But as a general rule,
when I write it is just me and my head.

"All writers must have cats, especially if they write fantasy or speculative fiction." Do you
have a stand on this one? Any cute pictures of your kitty or other pet?
So as much as I'd love to have a cat, my room mate and best friend is allergic to them. However,
I do have two adorable dogs. Jet and Grant. Grant sometimes acts like a cat, so that helps with
the kitty urges and every once in a while I got to the pet store and pretend to shop for a cat.

Me and Grant  &  Me and Jet

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz Day 12

Jessica Parker’s adventures in the written world, have occurred as long as she can remember. Reading stories of dragons, magic, romance and the power of one person, inspired Jessica to write stories of her own. Jessica is currently working on a fairy tale series and the sequel to The Bride Trials
Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, driving four wheelers, swimming, scuba diving, movies and cooking.
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What if the greatest deception comes from our own heart?

Despite knowing little in expressions of love, Anessa, Queen of the seven covens would set the world on fire if it meant gaining the attentions of Rothe. Despite his past and state of exile, she is determined to remain loyal to the only man to ever claim her love… even if it means stealing the magic mirror of Eventyr. 
But when the shocking truth of Rothe’s intention rises to the surface, Anessa realizes that his dark obsessions are far more than she is prepared to forgive. Caught between the pains of betrayal and the need to gather her courage to face the man she once thought she loved, Anessa steels herself to do whatever it takes to see him fail.
Even if it means making the princess Snow White sleep forever. 
Can Anessa protect the royal family? Or will her own broken heart prove, once and for all, that it really is as evil as the stories say?

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Top Ten List:

1. Family is my ultimate favorite. Everything I do is for them.

2. I could eat Sweet & Sour chicken every day.

3. I'm a sucker for a book with a good romance plotline.

4. My favorite vacations growing up involved camping. Give me trees and mountains I'll be happy.

5. Chocolate, do I need to say more?

6. Books, I have always loved books. Growing up my parents couldn't send me to my room as a punishment because I'd just read.

7. I love scuba diving! The world under the water is amazing.

8. My favorite movie at halloween time is Hocus Pocus. Who doesn't love a story about witches?

9. Fairytales are the stories I'll never have enough of.

10. Star gazing. There is something magical about staring up into the darkness and seeing a fraction of the universe. 

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