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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.

Kenneth G. Bennett, Author

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Bout of Books 9.0 – Goals

Bout of Books 9

My Goals

  • Participate in TWO challenges.
  • Leave a comment on TWO participants blogs.
  • Post a review of ONE book.
  • Create ONE list of ten word definitions (from current reads).
  • Start reading at least ONE of the classic books from my TBR pile.
  • Read for a total of EIGHT hours during Bout of Books 9.0!
  • Post ONE book related picture.

Updates

Monday

Started reading a classic book from my TBR pile:  Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Time spent reading today:  1 hour 20 minutes

Total time spent reading:  1 hour 20 minutes

Tuesday

Time spent reading today:  1 hour

Total time spent reading:  2 hours, 20 minutes

Wednesday

Posted a review of Luxury Suite by Cynthia Davenport.

Time spent reading today:  zero

Total time spent reading:  2 hours, 20 minutes

Thursday

 

 

 

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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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Maybe I Will

Maybe I Will – Book Review

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My Rating:  4.5 stars!!!Four and a half stars

My Review:

This is an important book.  Parents with pre-teens and/or teenagers – buy this book, read it yourself and then pass it along to them to read.  I am a mother of a teenager myself and I know that often teens shut their ears and don’t listen to a lot of the wisdom and advice we have to offer.    Encourage them to read ‘Maybe I Will’.  It covers a lot of vital, important information about sexual assault.  Here are just some of the important things I think this book portrays to pre-teens, teenagers and young adults in a sensitive way:

  • Sexual assault can be perpetrated by someone your own age, it can be one of your friends, someone you know.  It doesn’t have to be a stranger or a creepy neighbour or relative.
  • Sexual assault can happen in seconds.  It doesn’t have to be what people often think of as a ‘traditional rape’.
  • Sexual assault can happen when other people are in the room or nearby and it is possible that those other people may not know anything has happened at all.
  • Unfortunately, all sexual assault victims are not believed.  Even by their own friends.  However, that doesn’t mean it didn’t occur and it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
  • Sexual assault victims don’t always report right away.  The ultimate important thing is that you share it with someone you trust.
  • Sexual assault victims can be of either sex, male or female.  Perpetrators can also be of either sex, male or female.
  • Pre-teens, teenagers or young adults that are acting out, by drinking or by getting in others types of trouble, are often crying out for help.  Parents… if something out of the ordinary is happening with your child – Listen.
  • You are not alone.  Sexual assault happens to many people.  Perpetrators often have many victims.  Seeking support from other survivors is an important step in healing.

This book does a really good job at showing the after effects of someone who has been sexually assaulted.  The doubt that can creep into one’s mind.  Did that really happen?  Am I making a big deal about nothing?  What will people think if I say anything?  Will they believe me?  Is it my fault?

I will be passing this book along to my teenager to read, it’s too important an issue to ignore and hope that it simply doesn’t happen to your child because unfortunately – it can.

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

Welcome to Novel Publicity’s latest publishing house blog tour. Join us as two new titles from Luminis Books–we’re calling them the Luminis Duo–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!

About the book: It’s not about sex.

It’s about how one secret act of violence changes everything–how best friends can desert you when you need them most, how nobody understands. It’s about the drinking and stealing and lying and wondering who you can trust. It’s about parents and teachers, police officers and counselors–all the people who are supposed to help you, but who may not even believe you.

It’s about how suddenly all of your hopes and dreams can vanish, and you can find yourself all alone, with nothing and no one. Your only choice is to end it all or to start over… and all you can think is Maybe I Will.

Author Laurie Gray presents a compelling picture of the realities of sexual assault in Maybe I Will, drawing on her years of experience as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, dealing with crimes against children. The twist in the story is that we never know for sure if the victim is a boy or a girl, and we realize that it doesn’t matter, because it’s not about sex.

Pick up your copy of this Young Adult (with mature themes) through Amazon US, Amazon UK, or Barnes & Noble.

Laurie-Gray-150x150About the author: Laurie Gray has worked as a high school teacher, a deputy prosecuting attorney, and the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC (www.SocraticParenting.com). In addition to writing, speaking and consulting, Laurie currently works as a bilingual child forensic interviewer at her local Child Advocacy Center and as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech. She has served on the faculty of the National Symposium for Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama, annually since 2009. Her debut novel Summer Sanctuary (Luminis Books/2010) received a Moon Beam Gold Medal for excellence in young adult fiction and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist. Her third young adult novel Just Myrto (Luminis Books/2014) will carry readers back to ancient Greece to meet Socrates, Laurie’s favorite teacher of all times. Connect with Laurie on her website, Facebook, or GoodReads.

WIN PRIZES!

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray Aloha, Mozart by Waimea Williams, or an autographed copy of its tour mate, Aloha, Mozart by Waimea Williams. 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 HERE or on the official Luminis Duo tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

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 at www.luminisbooks.com.

Learn more about Maybe I Will‘s tour mate HERE.

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Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage – Book Review

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My Rating:  3.5 stars

Three and a half stars

Synopsis:

When Annie Ogden’s ex-boyfriend Michael Garcia reappears, she has to confront a lie dating back to her time in Iraq. Will she go back to hot, passionate Michael, who has developed a disturbing interest in meth, or stick with her pudgy PI partner and fiancé, Salvatore? The calculus changes when Michael is arrested for murder. When Salvatore refuses to help investigate, Annie is forced to try to find the killer herself. Meanwhile her sister’s creepy husband, Todd, is making more of an ass of himself than usual. Annie’s problems with three obsessive men suddenly pale in significance when she realizes the killer has set his sights on her. Having changed his mind about helping her, Salvatore finds himself in a desperate race against time, the only man capable of finding the killer before it’s too late.

My Review

I have a love-hate relationship with this book.  There were things I really disliked about it and other things I really enjoyed, hence the reason I am awarding Collateral Damage a three and a half star rating.

First off – I dislike the cover.  The girl on the cover, looks pissed off and it’s almost like she is giving the readers the finger (am I the only one who did a double take???).

I liked that the chapters in the book were from the point of view of either Annie (the main character) or of Salvatore (Annie’s fiancé).  The book was fast paced and the reading was smooth through-out.

What I really disliked about the book – was the believability factor.  There were SO many things, that were way too far-fetched.  A few examples:

  • Annie’s ex-boyfriend breaks into her sister’s apartment, lies in wait for several hours and then emerges from a closet when Annie comes over to visit her.  It is also discovered that this same ex-boyfriend, Michael, was the masked person who attacked Annie on the street as she was jogging the previous day (Michael claiming it was all so he could put an invitation into her pocket to go to a reunion party with him).  If those aren’t two HUGE red flags that this guy isn’t playing with a full deck and to avoid him like the plague – I’m not sure what is.  Then Annie is stalked by Michael to her cabin hideout in the woods… so what does she do?  She decides to hop in Michael’s car with him, to drive for hours and hours… crossing State lines to go to his reunion party.  All of this, without Annie even going home to grab some clothes, grab a toothbrush or speak to her fiancé about the trip.  Seriously – who would do that???
  • At the reunion party, Michael’s buddy and roommate is murdered (in his bedroom, with over a hundred people present at this house party).  Michael is arrested for murder because his prints were on the murder weapon, which was his very own bayonet.  What does Annie do?  Plunks down $10,000 as a retainer for a lawyer.  This just hours after, she discovers Michael had stolen her engagement ring off her finger, then lets her stress and worry about it and then announces to the entire reunion party that THEY (Annie and Michael) are engaged and slips the ‘missing’ ring back on her finger.  (I don’t know about all of you… but that sort of behavior would creep me out).
  • After Annie and her friend June, are attacked, drugged unconscious, rolled up in carpet and thrown down a Florida sinkhole, where they are left for dead  – the very next day they are catering a charity event.

It was these types of things… the believability factor – that I just couldn’t get over, which was frustrating as a reader because the rest of book was really good.  The characters were interesting, the plot was fast paced and interesting.

If this author worked on the believability factor of certain things – I would have rated this MUCH higher.

So, if you don’t care that much about believability (like I do)…  and you like fast paced, modern who-done-its, you’ll love this book.

Everyone – please remember to enter to win the great prizes!  See how below….

How to 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 Collateral Damage! 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 HERE or on the official Collateral Damage tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

About the Book

About the book: When Annie Ogden’s ex-boyfriend Michael Garcia reappears, she has to confront a lie dating back to her time in Iraq. Will she go back to hot, passionate Michael, who has developed a disturbing interest in meth, or stick with her pudgy PI partner and fiancé, Salvatore? The calculus changes when Michael is arrested for murder. When Salvatore refuses to help investigate, Annie is forced to try to find the killer herself. Meanwhile her sister’s creepy husband, Todd, is making more of an ass of himself than usual. Annie’s problems with three obsessive men suddenly pale in significance when she realizes the killer has set his sights on her. Having changed his mind about helping her, Salvatore finds himself in a desperate race against time, the only man capable of finding the killer before it’s too late.

Get Collateral Damage through Amazon.

About the Author

About the author: Frederick Lee Brooke is the author of the widely-acclaimed Annie Ogden mystery series, which includes Doing Max Vinyl, Zombie Candy, and Collateral Damage. The books do not have to be read in order. Having lived in Switzerland for the past two decades, Brooke has taught English, run a business and learned French, German and Italian.

Collateral Damage Frederick Lee Brooke author photo

You can find him online at www.FrederickLeeBrooke.com.

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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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It Chooses You – Miranda July

I just finished reading this book and wanted to write about it, while the feelings are still fresh.  I sat and read the entire book in one afternoon.  I could not stop reading it.

It Chooses You CoverI stumbled upon this book and had ordered it from Amazon.  It was one of those… if you like this… you’ll love this type of marketing tactics that Amazon does.  But – I took the bait and bought the book after having read the synopsis…. which sounds intriguing and “right up my alley” (as my mother would say).

The author, Miranda July, had started reading the PennySaver, which is a classified ad type flyer, that allows people to post their items for free, as long as the item was being sold for less than $100.  As the author notes in her book, sort of like Craigslist (or Kijii) for those that haven’t entered into the world of the internet yet.  So Miranda starts looking and reading the PennySaver cover to cover and becomes curious about who the people are behind the ads in the PennySaver.  She wanted to know who the person was that was selling the “Large leather Jacket, $10?” and what that person was all about.

So Miranda called up people from the PennySaver and asked to meet with them and offered to pay them $50 to allow her to interview them.  Most turned her down but some more adventurous souls or perhaps those desperate enough to earn the $50, accepted her proposal. 

Miranda brought with her to each interview, two friends, Brigitte Sire who was the photographer and Alfred her assistant, who was there to “protect them from rape”.  Brigitte the photographer, captured the other half of the story… in pictures.  Candid type pictures of the person being interviewed, as well as their living environment, their calendars, and sometimes taking photos of the interviewees photographs, photo albums or scrapbooks.

Domingo - one of the people the author meets.  He creates collages on his wall... containing pictures of babies, pretty women, cars and images of judges... all things contained in his fantasy life.

Domingo – one of the people the author meets. He creates collages on his wall… containing pictures of babies, pretty women, cars and images of judges… all things contained in his fantasy life.

The people she meets are fascinating.  The author isn’t afraid to ask questions… but does so in a way that is gentle, compassionate and understanding toward each individual’s different set of circumstances.  I feel like her personality, lent a great deal of weight towards each of these interviewees trusting her, opening up to her and revealing their inner selves.  I found that with certain interviewees – I was left wanting more.  I wanted to know even more about the people behind the items being sold in the PennySaver, just like the author did… view yet unseen.

There is a lot more to the book, than just the interviews and photographs.  The author also asks the reader questions about how the internet is providing an alternate world, so to speak, in which people do not discover others who are different from them, in the same way anymore.  She notes the affect that the internet has had on our generations new view of what ‘reality’ is… what our ‘world’ now has become for us.  One we created. 

The book, felt like a journey and at the end of it, I found my eyes watering at the beauty of people.  The beauty of our differences, the beauty of our life’s path but also the beauty of the end of life’s path and how both meaningful and meaningless it all can be.

Highly, highly recommend this book.

 

 

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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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