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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
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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.

Kenneth G. Bennett, Author

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Sabrina’s Window

Sabrina’s Window
by Al Riske

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.




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



Five Stars 2MY REVIEW

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! 


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

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.





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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Acrostic Book Poem Challenge!

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This challenge is part of Bout of Books 8.0 and the challenge has been hosted by I Read, Ergo I Write.

The instructions of the challenge are: 

– Pick a book! Any book!
– Write the title vertically on a sheet of paper.
– Next to each letter, write an adjective or a line or verse that describes the book.

So… without further ado…  here is what I came up with for my current read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, which has become one of my favourite reads of all time.


Picture of Dorian Gray Book Cover  T – Thoughts and philosophies

  H – Heavily influenced by friends,

  E –  Erode away his vulnerable soul.

  P – Posing for the

  I –  Image painted by an adoring friend,

  C –  Captured his fleeting moment of youthful innocence.

  T –  Truth is hidden

  U –  Under lock and key

  R –  Revealed by drawing back the curtain –

  E –  Evil, misdeeds, guilt, and sin.

  O –  Obsessively

  F –  Fearing others will discover the

  D –  Destruction within his Adonis exterior.

  O –  Obvious to viewers of the portrait,

  R –  Reality of who he truly has become can not be

  I –  Ignored.

  A –  Art once created by an adoring friend,

  N –  Nourished his

  G –  Guilt

  R –  Ripping

  A –  Apart more than just his treasured

  Y –  Youth but his stained soul.




Saving Ben – Book Review

Saving Ben

written by Ashley Farley


My Rating:  4 Stars

Four Stars

Life is sweet for  Katherine Langley. A freshman at the University of Virginia, she is free  from the drama of her parents’ dysfunctional marriage and ready to  focus on studying to become a nurse. Her brother, Ben, belongs to the  hottest fraternity on campus, and her new roommate, Emma, is beautiful  and charming, a party girl whose answer for a hangover is happy hour.  She is also a psychopath.
When Katherine’s obsessive-compulsive  overprotective brother succumbs to Emma’s charms and falls dangerously  off-track, Katherine must save Ben from himself. Lives are threatened  and someone disappears on New Year’s Day. The only evidence left: a  single set of footprints in the snow.
From the university campus  to a cozy cottage on Carter’s Creek, Virginia, Saving Ben is a haunting  tale of love and loyalty, anger management, substance abuse, and  betrayal.

My Review:

I was first attracted to this book because of the synopsis.  Psychopaths fascinate me – I love learning and reading about them.  It was interesting reading a story with a character such as Emma.

This book did not disappoint.  It was fast paced, tension filled and dramatic.  The characters seemed to be living, breathing people – not simply words on a page.  I usually do not particularly like reading about substance abuse (I have enough of that issue in real life) but it certainly fit well and was a necessary element within this novel.  The description of the substance abuse and the affect that it has on loved ones, certainly hit home with me and I was not surprised to see that the author had first hand experience with the destruction that substance abuse so often leaves in its wake.

Full of twists and turns and lots of suspense – this novel is worth the sleep you’ll miss… staying up late into the night… reaching that very last page!

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WIN – Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan


ONE of my lucky followers will WIN…

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Publication date:  May 27th, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance


“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”
I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”
But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my façade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his. 
With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?
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Author of Unbreak Me

Author of Unbreak Me

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Ryan writes romances with humor, heat, and heart. Her books are described as fun, flirty, and wickedly sexy. A lover of learning, Lexi has been in the classroom all her life and currently holds the title of assistant professor of English at her local community college. Lexi is a proud member of Romance Writers of America. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two children.
Author Links: Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


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WIN – Surface by Tiffany Daune


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Publication: February, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal


Bound to the water bound to land, a Siren’s soul will never be safe on either side of the ocean’s surface. Hidden beneath the rolling waves lies the secret to Theia’s past and as she unveils each haunting truth, she realizes the last seventeen years of her life have been a lie. Now, drawn into a mysterious new world and with nowhere to turn, Theia must place her trust in Luc, a beautiful boy who stops her heart with each dazzling smile, but even his unearthly charm can’t hide the truth—he has secrets— dark secrets binding him to his world—an underwater world where Theia will never belong—a world determined to destroy her soul.

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Tiffany Daune doesn’t get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.
She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn’t caught them, yet.
Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.
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Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Tiffany Daune

  • She’s clumsy
  • She dances when she gets writer’s block
  • She makes goofy faces in the mirror
  • She does a pretty good ape impression
  • She used to scuba dive
  • She wanted a chimpanzee when she was eight
  • She eats peanut butter with a spoon
  • She sometimes read novels while cooking
  • She can’t ride a bicycle
  • She’s part fish


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Fat Positive Book Giveaway!

The Nearsighted Owl is having a Giveaway…

One person will win a Kindle edition or paperback copy of all three books:
Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion
Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body
Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir
Three follow-up winners will win a 4×6 print of their choice from her shop.
Prints like this:
Actually… what the heck am I doing….  I should not be telling ALL of you!  I entered the contest!  The more people who enter, the worse my chances of winning….
Hmmm…. On second thought… please DO NOT go to her fantastic and fat activist blog, which is full of great stuff!
(I obviously didn’t think THAT one all the way through!  Sounds like me, doesn’t it?)
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