Wednesday, June 22, 2016

REVIEWS OF ISOSCELES AND MOONLESS

What's happening today? I've been reading. Shh, don't look at the carpet that needs vacuuming, the floors that need mopping, and all those other boring chores. Sometimes a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do. I know, I know. Bad grammar. Anyhow, in between edits and new stories I'm visiting other worlds, other people, and learning their stories. I'm a slow reader, but that's okay. I'd like to share my thoughts on a couple of novels I recently finished. More to come. So, take a break and relax.

ISOCOLES: Scott R. Caseley:
Children and teens usually have best friends. Best friends sometimes change with the passing years. Sometimes they stay the same. Either way, best friends are seldom forgotten. So what does a young person do when his or her best friend dies, too young, too young?

Author Scott R. Caseley deals with such a situation in his recent YA coming-of-age-mystery ISOCELES. The book starts with the death of Trey Goodsby, Sean McIntyre’s best friend. He died in the bathtub, taking his own life. The story then flashes back thirteen years to give the reader the background on the two boys and Madeline Edwards, the girl Sean likes but who likes Trey. From the first day of first grade and through the years that follow, Sean stays in trouble. The situation with Sean’s parents and Trey’s family complicates matters.

Scott R. Caseley has written a story about family, friendship, love, and death. As we follow the three characters in their daily struggles, we see how each of them deals with the issues they face, not always in the best way, but remember, they’re children and teens.

ISOCELES would be a good novel for teens to read to see that they are not alone when they face seemingly impossible situations. A good novel that will make everyone who reads it want happiness and success for the young characters, at least it did me.

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MOONLESS (MAIDEN OF TIME BOOK 1): Crystal Collier:
Have you ever had nightmares that terrified you? Have you ever looked in a mirror and thought the reflection you saw was someone else because you’re not beautiful like the image staring back at you? In Author Crystal Collier’s fantasy novel MOONLESS (MAIDEN OF TIME BOOK 1) we meet sixteen-year-old Alexia Dumont, who has nightmares. For Alexia, they started when she turned sixteen, and, unlike the dreams most of us have that go away when we wake up, Alexia’s dreams come true.

The author has written a story about family, secrets, love, and danger. She has created a fantasy world with characters known as the “Passionate” and the “Soulless” to name a few. As Alexia, little by little, discovers the truth about her mother and father, as well as about Arik, the man she loves, she’s faced with choices that will determine not only her future but the lives of others as well.

I really like Alexia. She’s brave and bold at times. She’s also human, well sort of, enough to make mistakes. If you enjoy characters that keep you guessing what they’ll do next and a story with a touch of mystery and a little romance, then pick up a copy of MOONLESS (MAIDEN OF TIME BOOK 1). See if you can solve all the mysteries before the end. Things did not always turn out the way I expected them to. How about you?

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FREDDY, HOPPIE, AND THE EYEGLASSES: Author, Michelle Nott; Illustrator, Robert Lee Beers
What does the world look like to you? Do you see everything clearly? The veins in the leaf of a tree? The bee on the flower? The words in a book? And other things you look at? If so, wonderful. Some people, children and adults, have trouble, however. When they try to read, the words are a blur. They might see the leaf or the flower, but not little details.

In the picture book FREDDY, HOPPIE AND THE EYEGLASSES, by Author Michelle Nott, Freddy has a problem. He’s getting ready to go to school, but when he looks at his wristwatch the numbers are smudged and he thinks the watch is broken. His day goes from bad to worse, and he can’t answer his teacher’s questions because he can’t see the words in the book he’s reading.

His pet frog, Hoppie, comes to Freddy’s rescue, or rather she tries to. Freddy doesn’t know what’s wrong. Neither does Hoppie. What can Freddy do? FREDDY, HOPPIE AND THE EYEGLASSES is a story that many young people might relate to. Sometimes they don’t know they need glasses. Freddy’s story might help explain their blurry vision.

Robert Lee Beers’ illustrations are just right. The expression on Freddy’s face shows his confusion in the different scenes, and I really like Hoppie. Who wouldn’t want a frog that rides in the boy’s pocket and tries to help him solve his problems? This would make a nice addition to school libraries and public libraries, as well as your own private library.

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Happy Reading!
 

Monday, June 20, 2016

A LOVE THAT DISTURBS BLITZ

Quote for the week: It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt of it. Abraham Lincoln

We're starting the new week off with an exciting preview of Author Medeia Sharif's latest novel, A LOVE THAT DISTURBS. Now the title demands that I open this book to find out what it means. How about you? Does it arouse your curiosity? Let's see what Medeia has to say.

A LOVE THAT DISTURBS by Medeia Sharif

Evernight Teen, June 17, 2016

Purchase from Amazon (merchant sites will be updated on the author's site)



Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. As a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.



Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.



Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.



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Congratulations on another novel. Watch for my review.
 
Happy Reading.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

 
   
 
 
 

I know you're watching over me, the way you always did.
So, hi up there in Heaven. I'm trying to be good.
 
(Dad's the barber.)
 
 
 
 
Happy Father's Day to the father of my boys.
We miss you.
 
 


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A CAT, EDITS, A CRAZY WRITER

Here's what's happening in my life lately.
 
 
First, a Cat
 
Tiger's looking it over.
Nope! I don't like water!
I know what!
 
If I only had a pillow!
 
Second, edits!
 
 
Do they ever end?
 
Third, crazy writer!
 
 
Need I say more?
 
How is your world these days?
 
(I'm not complaining, just happy I have a story to edit and more are being typed on the computer.) Most of all, I'm happy Tiger and Patches adopted me. Her pictures later.
 
Happy Writing!


Monday, June 13, 2016

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES

Quote for the week: The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

I guess you noticed my title for today. What is that all about? Don't worry. (Like you are.) I'm going to tell you. Edits have slowed me down with everything else. I'm slow enough at reading and writing as it is, so I'm way behind in reading novels and writing reviews. I will catch up, with time. For today, let's just have some fun. Okay?

In my recent novel, UNDER A PURPLE MOON, Murphy always brings sandwiches to the Old House for the teens to snack on, while they discuss the world's happenings, their lives in particular. The sandwiches are  always peanut butter and strawberry jelly, Eden's favorite.

Excerpt from page 7:

He clicked off the flashlight, pulled a sandwich out of a sack and handed it to me: peanut butter and strawberry jelly. He always brought me the same, along with a can of soda. He cared whether I was hungry or not, which was more than I could say for my parents.

He didn't talk.

I didn't talk.

His shoulders relaxed.  The tension in my middle eased. We were comfortable together. We met at school last year. He was a freshman, I a sophomore. A couple of boys had cornered Murphy by the lockers and were calling him nasty names. I remember how he ducked between the boys in an attempt to get past them. The bigger guy towered over Murphy by at least a foot. He grabbed Murphy's arm and slung him against the wall.

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What happened next in Eden's memories?

So, what's your favorite snack? Is it a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Or other?

And is there such a thing as a purple moon? Have you ever seen one?


 
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Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

GIVEAWAY

I think it's time for a giveaway. Starting tomorrow, June 9th, I'm giving away a signed, paperback copy of my latest, A FAMILY FOR LEONA. You can enter with the form on the right. Here's a little about the story behind the story, if you haven't already heard.

Between the years 1854 and 1929, Rev. Charles Loring Brace, founder of the Children's Aid Society, sent over 100,000 children from New York to homes in the West. Leona and her sister Mildred rode one of those trains.

This book is their story. Some events actually happened; others were added since I do not know the details of her early life. Leona and her family are real. Many of the other characters, like Noah, are fictional. Thank you for reading Leona's story.
 

Available at:  Amazon                        Barnes and Noble                               4 RV Publishing

Happy Reading!




Monday, June 6, 2016

INK RIPPLES AND MOVIES

Quote for the week:  Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you can not be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peale.

Ink Ripples

#InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. They post the first Monday of every month with a new topic. They're all authors, but you don't have to be to participate.


The idea of #InkRipples is to toss a word, idea, image, whatever into the inkwell and see what kind of ripples it makes. We provide the topics and will be  blogging about them on the first Monday of the month. You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to include links back to Katie, Kai, and Mary.

Or you can simply share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #InkRipples. You might simply comment on one of our posts to play along. Tag us and we're always happy to share your posts and thoughts to keep those ripples going and intersecting.

Feel free to use any of the meme's images (created by the wonderful Mary Waibel.)

Topics for 2016 are:


June:  Movies
July:  Inspiration
August:  Guilty Pleasures
September:  Banned Books
October:  Masks
November:  Heritage
December:  Cookies





This month the subject is movies. I'm not a really big movie fan. I think too many other things keep me busy. Occasionally I go to the theatre, usually when family or a friend asks me to. The latest movie I've seen was Star Wars. I enjoyed it. Hope to see the next one.

When I was a kid my friends and I sometimes went to the neighborhood theatre. My favorite picture shows (yes, that's what we called them back in the day) were westerns: John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. I loved the horses. I also enjoyed a good Tarzan movie. Dracula I wasn't so crazy about.

Then in my teen years it was all about musicals and romance. Yeah, silly teen girls. Doris Day and Rock Hudson were the perfect couple. I wanted to sing and dance like Doris did. She was so pretty. Two bad I had two left feet and sounded like a frog croaking.

Today, I'm not a fan of all the violent shows. Truthfully, I don't even know what's showing now. My favorite movie of all time is Gone With The Wind.  Scarlet O'Hara was so selfish and exciting at the same time. Now, Clark Gable, Rhett Butler, what can I say? I like the historical part of Gone With The Wind. A close second is Rebel Without A Cause. James Dean and Natalie Wood. Need I say more?

So I have little to say about movies.

How about you? Are you a big movie fan?

Happy Reading.