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Exodus 2022

EXODUS 2022

Book Review

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My Rating:  Four Stars

Four Stars

One word to sum up my opinion of Exodus 2022 – IMPRESSED.  I don’t normally read anything that could be described as sci-fi but the synopsis for this book lured me in and I’m glad it did.  If you’re a sci-fi fan – you’ll love it.  If you aren’t a sci-fi fan – this will be one sci-fi book you WILL enjoy.  Give it a shot!

About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of EXODUS 2022! Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form on the official EXODUS 2022 tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

About the book: Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.

Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.

What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.

With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain

Get EXODUS 2022 through Amazonor Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Kenneth G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, and the new sci-fi thriller, EXODUS 2022. A wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys mysteries, science fiction, action adventure stories and, most especially, novels that explore the relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son and two hyperactive Australian Shepherds.

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Sabrina’s Window

Sabrina’s Window
by Al Riske

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MY RATING: FOUR STARS
Four Stars

My Review:

This book centers around two main characters, a 17 year old teenager named Josh and a 31 year old hairdresser named Sabrina.  Josh’s life intersects with Sabrina’s when he breaks her window while trying to deliver her newspaper.  He wants to make retribution for it and they end up developing a complicated but interesting relationship.  The characters in the book are well developed and intriguing.

I really did enjoy this book, however I kept waiting for something MORE to happen.  The plot was a little bit slow paced and I felt there could have been so much more done with it.  Sabrina’s Window reminded me a little bit of the book “The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink but without the sexual scenes and focus on the romantic relationship.

Bottom line – worth reading.

About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as three new titles from Luminis Books–we’re calling them the Luminis Literary Triad—tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Sabrina’s Window by Al Riske, or an autographed copy of its tour mates, Antiphony by Chris Katsaropoulos or A River So Longby Vallie Lynn Watson. Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Literary Triad tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

About the book: On a chilly morning in Taos, New Mexico, a 17-year-old paperboy breaks the window of a 31-year-old hair stylist — an accident that marks the beginning of an instant, inexplicable bond between them. In the course of one high-desert summer, Joshua and Sabrina share confidences, intercede in each other’s love lives, go on a date that scandalizes the town, and confront questions of fidelity, desire, and the nature of love.Get Sabrina’s Window through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Al Riske grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and ghostwriter. His short stories have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Pindledyboz, Switchback, and Blue Mesa Review, where his story “Pray for Rain” won the review’s 2008 fiction prize. His second novel, Faint Promise of Rain (Luminis Books) is due out in the spring of 2015. He now lives in California with his wife, Joanne, and their dog, Bodie. Connect with Al on his website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads..

Al Riske

Author – Al Riske

Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field.

Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN.

Learn more about Sabrina’s Wndow‘s tour mates HERE.

 

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Spank Me…

Luxury Suite

by Cynthia Davenport

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MY RATING:  FIVE STARS!

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“Some people are so poor they have nothing but money.”

This quote certainly applies to the women in this charming anthology featuring three women who discover that wealth cannot buy them what they really desire – a strong hand willing to lend some disciplinary guidance.

Luxury Suite is a collection of three stories featuring young ladies whose judgment and self awareness are tainted by an excess of money.

In Lindy’s Luck, upright, honest girl next door Lindy Saradon seemed to have everything – a loving husband, a devoted family and a full time job. The only thing she didn’t have was a huge bankroll. When a lottery ticket turned up an unexpected win, it seemed the picture was complete.

Money has a funny way of changing people however, and deception and greed soon replaced Lindy’s solid social and family values. Had Lindy’s luck been the best thing that ever happened to her – or the worst?

Wealthy socialite Tasha Mercedes had landed a deal to host a new talk show in ‘Personally Trained’. Deciding she needed to get in shape for the upcoming taping, she hired dashing ‘Trainer to the Stars’ Nate Bronson to assist her – and then quickly neglected him and her workout responsibilities.

Would Nate be able to get through to his self indulged client, or would Tasha’s personal goals remain unfulfilled?

With Nicole Manning in ‘The Sweetest 16’, everything had to be over the top – and her daughter’s Sweet 16 party was no exception. While husband Richard was out of town, Nicole was home planning the ‘party to end all parties’. Desiring the limelight as much as her daughter, Nicole called in film crews from a reality television show to document the event – without her husband’s knowledge. Would clearer heads prevail or would Nicole’s plans for her daughter’s Sweet 16 party turn the celebration into a national spectacle?

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Visit the Authors Website:  www.cynthiadavenport.com

 

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Bout of Books 9.0 – YAY!

Yay!  I love Bout of Books!  It’s always so much fun.  Count me in!

 

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender   and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that   begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th   in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and  the  only reading competition is between you and your usual number of  books  read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand  prize, but  all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

 

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Silent Words

Silent_Words_CoverMy Rating:  4 Stars

Four Stars

My Review

“The tiny word factory hidden behind her heart shuts down.”

Silent Words is not your average children’s book.

Zelda is a happy, talkative child, with loving parents, until a storm changes everything.

The futuristic styled illustrations are a diving board into a world of limitless imagination for a child to explore and become lost in.

While the story itself is a sad one, the ending is filled with hope and healing.

There aren’t a lot of great children’s books based around bereavement – this is one of them.

“LOVE, SAFE, HAPPY, HOME.”

If you are looking for a book to read to a child to help them with the loss of a loved one – I would highly recommend it.

Enter the GIVEAWAY to WIN some great prizes… look for the Rafflecopter link at the end of this post!

Available NOW on Amazon and Barnes & Nobel

ABOUT THE BOOK: Zelda loves to talk. She always asks a million questions and her head is full of words like apple, bunny, cartwheel and dwizzledoodle. But when a sudden storm turns Zelda’s world upside down, all her words go silent. Zelda must embark on a quest across mountains, forests and oceans to find her parents—and her voice.

This moving tale about loss and hope will tug at your heartstrings. Author Chantal Fournier’s poetic storytelling style and illustrator Nicolas Lajeunesse’s evocative artwork combine to create a poignant story in which a child discovers comfort in the power of words.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

TogetherChantal Fournier (Author)

Originally from a small-ish city not too far from Montreal, I now live in Toronto, Canada, after a long stint on the beautiful Canadian West Coast, where I taught French to university students.

Silent Words, the story of a girl floating on a peculiar cloud, is my debut book. It is the fruit of a long collaboration with my artistic husband, Nicolas.

Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator)

As the son of a sculptor and the grandson of a painter, art has always been a part of my life. After studying filmmaking in Montreal and working with my father for a few years, I left my French-Canadian roots and headed for the West Coast, where I discovered digital arts.

I live in Toronto, Canada, with my wife and family.

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The Angry Woman Suite

The Angry Woman Suite

by Lee Fullbright

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MY RATING:  FIVE STARS

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I don’t give many books a five-star rating but The Angry Woman Suite truly deserved every shiny one!  This book has everything I love about an excellent read.  WARNING:  This book is not for those looking for a ‘fluffy’, ‘easy to read’, ‘simple’ story.  If you aren’t paying full attention – you’ll miss out on one of the fascinating, psychological twists and turns and there are LOTS of them.

The characters are intensely well-developed, the plot is absolutely fascinating and there are so many layers, so many interesting sub-plots – I’m sure this will be one of those rare books I will take the time to re-read and enjoy all over again. 

Do yourself a favour – pick this one up.  It’s the type of book… you’ll hesitate to lend out to friends – in case you don’t end up getting it back! 

WIN PRIZES

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of The Angry Woman Suite! Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $50 Amazon gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win… the full list of participating bloggers can be found here.  The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter.  You can find the contest entry on the Angry Woman Suite tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

About The Book

Master storyteller Lee Fullbright weaves three unique voices together in her award-winning psychological mystery about consequences. The Angry Woman Suite is a rare and bold novel; a heartbreaking, hopeful marvel.

“They need to be exercised, hearts do … to keep them strong.”

Every family has skeletons, but the Grayson family has more than its share of secrets–and of portraits. Mystery portraits that incite and obscure. Portraits to die for.

An unsolved celebrity double murder in Pennsylvania. A girl looking for autonomy. A young man in search of an identity. An older man’s quest for justice.

A plot that pulls and twists.

“A special read … a very gifted writer, like a seasoned classic composer. So great is the writing, it’s worth the read just for that, but then Fullbright brings in story, rich in character, and descriptions that bring you home, with scenes that flow one into the other, even in divergent times, decades apart–and it all works, and works so well that I’m going to read it again and then put Lee Fullbright’s The Angry Woman Suite on the shelf along with Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.”–Paulette Mahurin, author of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap“What Lee Fullbright has put between the covers of The Angry Woman Suite, even if I were to learn how it was done, still would border on literary magic.”–Sean Keefer, author of The Trust

Awards for The Angry Woman Suite:

  • SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARD, Best Mystery
  • 2013 GEISEL AWARD, Best in Show
  • 2012 INDIE DISCOVERY AWARD, Literary Fiction
  • 2012 GLOBAL E-BOOK AWARD NOMINEE

About The Author

Lee-FullbrightLee Fullbright, a lifelong San Diegan, lives on beautiful Point Loma with her Australian cattle dog, Baby Rae (owner of her heart). Her literary mystery, The Angry Woman Suite, was a Kirkus Critics’ Pick, and won a Discovery Award (for literary fiction), as well as a Royal Dragonfly HM, and the award for “Best Mystery” at the 2013 San Diego Book Awards. Lee Fullbright is also the recipient of the 2013 Geisel Award, for “best of the best” at the SDBA.

Connect with Lee on her websiteFacebookTwitter, or GoodReads.

 

 

 

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Bout of Books 8.0 – A Sad Ending

Bout of Books 8.0 – A Sad Ending

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Okay – the week is over and once again I did NOT meet the goals I set for myself.  You’d think I learn to set my goals lower…. is that a sign of optimism on my part or just stupidity?

Regardless of how I do though and how I have NEVER yet reached all the goals I set for myself… I always enjoy participating in Bout of Books and for me – that’s the point.  So on further reflection… I DID reach my goal!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday – Book Image I Love

This post is part of the goals I created for myself as part of Bout of Books 8.0.
I have challenged myself to choose and post an image to do with books or reading that I admire and love.
This is that image for today…

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What ONE word comes to mind when you see this image? 

I am curious to see the different words people choose… 

Please write your ONE word in the comments below….

My ONE word is:  HEAVEN

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Sunday – Book Image I Love

This post is part of the goals I created for myself as part of Bout of Books 8.0.
I have challenged myself to choose and post an image to do with books or reading that I admire and love.
This is that image for today…

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What ONE word comes to mind when you see this image? 

I am curious to see the different words people choose… 

Please write your ONE word in the comments below….

My ONE word is:  TOUCH

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Saturday Progress – Bout of Books 8.0

I am very pleased to have participated in my SECOND Bout of Books 8.0 challenge this week!

I completed the Acrostic Book Poem Challenge.

Click on this link to see the poem I created from the book title The Picture Of Dorian Gray.

Saturday’s Progress

Read today:  The Ethical Slut
Pages read today:  50-ish
Thoughts on today’s Bout of Books 8.0 experience:  Had a lot of fun participating in the Acrostic Book Poem Challenge!
Goals accomplished today:  Entered another challenge – Acrostic Book Poem, hosted by I Read, Ergo I Write.
You can find my poem post by clicking this link:  Acrostic Book Poem Challenge.
I did read (although didn’t reach target page count).
Goals accomplished so far:

  • Post a new image to do with books, reading, etc. on my blog everyday that I admire/love.
  • Participate in TWO challenges during the week
Goals left to accomplish:  too many to face by listing them!   😦
To view my post of my entire week of progress (or more accurately LACK of progress)… check out my post:  Bout of Books – Goals and Progress
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