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Book Review! “The Atlantis Crystal” by M L Rigdon

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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I must admit, I knew I was going to enjoy this book pretty much from the start. Why? The main character’s name is Philadelphia. Phil for short.
Who can resist a book that shows such promise? Not I!

 

Of course this book has the normal elements that all romance novels have, BUT it has such a good plot, characters, and dialogue that you don’t notice the ‘same ol same ol’ story line.

Another thing I loved was the author really knew how to use dialogue to her advantage. In some books you can tell the dialogue is just there because it has to be, but with this one it was there because it was awesome! There were some parts that had me laughing out loud.

I completely fell in the love with the characters. Phil was a kick-butt heroine. Following her and Rod while they set off to find her missing uncle was so much fun! If you love books that have lots of adventures while still having the romance we all want then this book is a must read.
I definitely have a book hangover now, the sure fire way to know the book you just read was amazing!

I will be recommending this book to everyone.

 

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Blurb:

Feisty librarian longs for the excitement of her youth, when she spent summers exploring the Amazon and Maya ruins with her controversial uncle. Hunky writer is looking for her missing uncle but is delighted to run into the niece instead. Putting on a macho guy act, he talks her into letting him tag along when the fascinating, kick-butt librarian sets off on a hilarious adventure to rediscover herself and rescue her beloved uncle.

 

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Book Review! “A Memory in the Black” by Michael G. Munz

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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The author asked me to read this book without reading the first in the series. I agreed with a bit of apprehension. I LOVE series and the thought of messing it up always bugs me. 
I accidentally read the second book in the Trylle Trilogy before the first one…I still haven’t recovered!

I was happy to find out that this book read fine on its own. However, there were a few times when I felt like I was *missing* something. For example, when Gideon was spotted I felt a little lost.

Overall I feel that you can definitely read this book on its own but if you are anything like me you will want to go back and read the first book! Which is not a bad thing at all =)

I really liked this book because the characters were all so relatable. Usually I can only connect to the main character and maybe one other supporting character. That is usually a big maybe. 
With this book all of the characters are literally jumping off the page. I loved it.

I think anyone would enjoy this series, even if you aren’t a science fiction fan. The way the futuristic elements are introduced is very natural and not wordy or descriptive. 

The last thing that I thought was really well done was all of the story lines flowing together so seamlessly. Usually when I read a book that has so many things going on, most of them just conveniently disappear without any real resolution. Not the case with this book!

About the only con I can think of is the fact that book three isn’t out yet! 

Highly recommend to anyone!

 

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The sequel to A Shadow in the Flames comes to Kindle!

Save humanity from itself. It is the goal of the worldwide conspiracy known as the Agents of Aeneas. For months they have struggled to unlock the secrets of an alien spacecraft buried on the Moon. Now word of that craft has leaked, and multiple groups plot to seize it for themselves.

One man has plumbed its depths and returned alive. While Agent Michael Flynn protects him from those who believe that he knows too much, together they must find a demon from Michael’s past: the freelancer Diomedes. Michael’s violent ex-mentor, Diomedes murdered a man at the heart of the spacecraft’s discovery. They must learn why.

Meanwhile the vigilante Gideon, slain by Diomedes six months ago, has been seen alive in the city of Northgate. His baffling return will draw two women into dangers far beyond those that lurk in the city. 

Memories that haunt them all will entangle their fates as one in the blackness.

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Book Review! “The Traveller” by Garrett Addison

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING ***

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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I love reviewing books because I get to read books that I NEVER would have found by myself. 
It feels like I am constantly saying “this book is so unique” or “I have never read anything like it before”….but it’s true! I have never read anything like this before!

Right from the beginning I liked the writing style. However, I soon became concerned that I was going to be bored to death reading this book. I mean, most people are bored LIVING a life like the protagonist lives, much less READING about it.
I couldn’t have been more wrong however. Soon the entire story line is turned upside down and there are twists and turns you won’t see coming. You think the story has come to a resolution when suddenly the ending takes you completely by surprise.

The other thing that is really unique about this book is that NO CHARACTER is named. Not the main character, not his wife, not even his horrible boss. Although the boss does get a few fitting nicknames.
I can’t quite decide if I like the whole “no name” thing, but I do have respect for how hard it must have been to write a whole book with no names. 

Overall it was a solid 4 stars. Anyone who is looking to read something unique, or who is a “traveller” themselves would really love this story. 

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Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself.

A family man struggling in his pursuit of a work/life balance embarks on yet another trip at the whims of his tyrannical bitch of a boss.  But on this trip he is a world apart from his usual self.  Suddenly confident, capable and unafraid of his manager, reclaiming his life becomes less about corporate advancement and satisfying his ego than outright revenge on his boss.  With nothing but success in his wake and seemingly limitless potential at his disposal, being coerced to work with his nemesis in a remote corner of the world provides the opportunity for not just a confrontation, but a final solution to what he sees as the bane of his life.  Succeed or fail, either way this trip will be the making of him or the end of him.   

Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself… because nothing lasts forever.

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FREE Kindle Book! “The Atlantis Crystal” by M.L. Rigdon

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Feisty librarian longs for the excitement of her youth, when she spent summers exploring the Amazon and Maya ruins with her controversial uncle. Hunky writer is looking for her missing uncle but is delighted to run into the niece instead. Putting on a macho guy act, he talks her into letting him tag along when the fascinating, kick-butt librarian sets off on a hilarious adventure to rediscover herself and rescue her beloved uncle.

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Spotlight Book! “The 5 Step Essay Writing Process” by Stephen E. Dew

The author, Stephen E. Dew, is a veteran of 33 years in the Telecommunication Industry in Australia. He obtained an Associate Diploma in Engineering in 1997 and achieved several units towards a Graduate Certificate in Management by 2004.
After leaving the Telecommunications sector in 2008, he traveled SE Asia and settled in Cambodia, where he obtained TESOL qualifications in 2010, and a Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Applied Management in 2011. He now teaches English at a well renowned University in Phnom Penh.
For more information about the author and his books visit Academic Writing Skills

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Academic essay writing is an essential skill for universities, colleges, and other tertiary educational institutions. Moreover, English writing skills form a part of the assessment requirements of many courses at university, college, or even high school.

Academic essay writing is not a simple task, however, as a student, it is important for you to have the necessary practical essay writing skills, so you can get the best possible results for your essays.

ESL Students must be determined because essay writing is one of the most important aspects of your university education. Basically, it alone determines the grade and final result of your degree.

In my experience, as a TESOL Instructor, It seems that many International students do not really practice the English writing process.

In this book, You will discover how to write an academic essay using a practical 5 step essay writing process to create a successful academic essay for your professor.

As the book details a practical essay writing process, you will need to draw on the main points that are of interest to you and which you need to improve. This International students essay writing guide will help solve some of your practical English essay writing problems.

The book outlines the basic 5 steps for English essay writing which includes:

1. Prewrite
2. Organise
3. First Draft
4. Revise and Edit
5. Final Polish Version

The benefits to you are:

1. You will have a proven practical essay writing process.
2. You will improve your basic English academic writing skills and knowledge.
3. You will become a faster, stronger, and more proficient academic essay writer.
4. You will show your classmates how easy English writing skills really are.
5. You will boost your self confidence in English academic essay writing.
6 You will impress your professor at university or your lecturer in your regular English classes.
7. You will look like a more professional writer.

And best of all; Your grades will improve. And let’s face it. That’s what you want, isn’t it!

Although, I wrote The 5 Step Essay Writing Process for my ESL Students, anyone such as an International student, high school student, undergraduate or graduate student, and even a mature age student can benefit from understanding and applying this practical 5 step essay writing process. 

In conclusion, before you get into the “5 Step Essay Writing Process”, it must be said that this essay writing guide is for people who are prepared to APPLY the process. That means do, not just say! As an International student, you must follow the 5 step essay writing process if you want become a more professional writer and receive better grades.

Apply your learning. Just don’t be an academic, take action and you will write your way to a BA.

It’s all up to you, simply apply the learning and get the results you want by reading and follow “The 5 Step Essay Writing Process – English Essay Writing Skills for ESL Students”.

Oh, and incidentally, as a bonus, there are some checklists and some graphics I have made downloadable, so you can use them to supplement your essay writing skills.

Best of luck,
Stephen E. Dew
Author and TESOL Instructor

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Spotlight Book! “Changed Forever” by Steven Misosky

“Although, it is a young adult novel, I was fascinated by the things I discovered while reading this book. ”Amazon Reviewer 
“What really amazed me is the depth of the author’s knowledge about Spirituality and Dreams. ”Amazon Reviewer 

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Caution! This is not another version of dystopia, or a new twist on forbidden love. There are no vampires here, either. This story is meant to engage you in another way. Now, if you want to learn amazing things about yourself and our world, while you’re being entertained, then this is a story for you. Two special souls have incarnated in order to help a struggling planet. They didn’t have to come, like most of us. They came out of pure love. This is their story. Follow their adventure as they first learn of their destiny. Go with them into dreamland, and learn right along with them how to unravel it’s mysterious messages.
This book delves into the mysteries of life. Did you ever wonder why we dream? Do you take your subconscious for granted? Is there anything behind the superstitions surrounding the number thirteen? Why are we here? Explore the answers to these questions and more. Learning life’s mysteries can change your life!

 

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Spotlight Book! “My Brother, My Rival” by Eve Rabi

“This is another action and emotion packed story from author Eve Rabi.” – Amazon Reviewer
“This book kept me reading and I ended up pulling an all nighter ” – Amazon Reviewer

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Cody Garrett, a former Navy SEAL, has never met a skirt he didn’t fancy. His six-pack, rugged looks and bad boy image ensures a steady stream of hot babes waiting to slip him their phone numbers wherever he goes. 
So, he is confused when Bridie Barker refuses to go on a date with him. 
It’s not like she’s a stunning beauty or something. According to him, her ears are big, she’s well-rounded and she’s not even a D-cup. 
In spite of her shortcomings, the more she pushes him away, the more he finds himself thinking of her. 

Twenty-year-old Bridie Barker has control issues. Every detail in her life is planned. 
Her closet is color-coded and she has an array of storage containers, to ensure that everything is in its correct place. 
Her whole world is black and white, and grey areas are a no-no. 
She prefers it that way; it keeps her focused and prevents her from becoming the crackhead her mother was. 
When she meets the warm and grounded Scott Garrett, she thinks she has found her soul mate. Unfortunately, and to her disappointment, things don’t pan out with Scott. 
While waiting tables, she has a disastrous run-in with his brother, Wild Boy Cody Garrett, King of Body Shots, who parties every night with a different girl. 
Even though he’s good to look at and makes her laugh, she turns down his advances as he’s clearly the tag-and-release kind of guy. 
Besides, she is pretty sure he owns not a single storage container, and she’s certain that his closet is not color-coded.
Problem is, Cody Garrett finds her rejection an aphrodisiac and pursues her. 

My Brother, My Rival is a sexy, modern-day, drama-filled love story. 
Warning: sex scenes, violence, racial themes and coarse language.

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Book Review! “Shiri” by D.S. Taylor

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING *****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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I have never read a story about ancient egyptian times. So, needless to say I was quite excited to get started on this historical fiction novel. Which just so happens to be set in…….ancient egyptian times!

Shiri is the daughter, who was promised to be a son. I actually liked this book right from the start JUST because of this fact. As a mom of four girls I often have to remind my husband that a girl can be even more of an asset than boy 😛 (kidding…..kind of…)

The story really starts to get going when Shiri is fifteen years old. Her entire family, including the father she loves so much, is killed by Pharaohs army. 

The last thing her father tells her to do is “RUN”. So she does. She tries to warn the Shepherd King that Pharaoh’s army is coming. Warn them she does, but in the end it doesn’t matter. 

This story spans several years, and is full of suspense and revenge. Any fan of historical fiction would absolutely love it. 

The world building was amazing. It really felt like you were in ancient Egypt. The flow was great as well. Even though it is a relatively long novel, it still felt to short. Always the best indicator of a well written story!

Highly recommend!  

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Shiri blocks her ears to her mother’s screams and sees the arrows strike her father’s chest. With their murderers bearing down on her she turns to obey his final command. “RUN!”

Amenhotep, Prince of Egypt, burns her village, enslaves her people, and destroys all she loves. Only Shiri escapes. With tears in her eyes and vengeance in her heart, she races to warn the Shepherd King. If she doesn’t reach him in time, all Palestine will burn.

It’s a race that takes her from the fields of Armageddon, to the sands of Ancient Egypt and the very heart of Pharaoh’s court. It’s a struggle that brings the deaths of kings and the birth of a god. It’s a quest that sees her fall in love.

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Spotlight Book! “Cult of Mirrors” by Chomi Prag

“Makes for an unusual story, which includes courtroom stuff (which I thought was fantastic) and some great thriller elements.” – Amazon Review

“I Just finished reading it and I have to say It was very hard to put down this book.” – Amazon Review

 

 

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CHERYL PRAETUM is a young attorney who lands the case of a lifetime when DANIEL BLOOM retains her services to file a standard consumer bankruptcy case. Cheryl discovers Daniel signed a loan document borrowing $3,000 from a large private university to attend their school. Upon further investigation Cheryl realizes the university never gave Daniel the $3,000 he borrowed. Cheryl divulges this fact to Daniel and he decides to file suit against the school in bankruptcy court to discharge the so called student loan.

The university is extremely threatened by the suit because if Daniel wins he would open the door to a retroactive and present day class action and the school would lose millions of dollars. But deals made behind closed doors between the large political organization and the judge prevents Daniel from obtaining fair treatment in court. Cheryl and Daniel are ridiculed by the bankruptcy judge and lose thereby causing Daniel to file an appeal to the federal district court, where things don’t fare any better. The district court judge assigned to Daniel’s case used to sit on the bankruptcy court and is good friends with the lower judge. The district judge tries his hardest to stop Cheryl from pursuing Daniel’s suit against the MIDWEST SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, but when his underhanded tactics of bullying don’t work he sanctions Cheryl and Daniel to pay a fine of $82,000 to Midwest’s attorney. Cheryl and Daniel contemplate filing a further appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Cheryl is devastated by the loss and realizes Daniel can only get the amount of justice he can afford, which amounts to nothing. At this time a friend from the past, TRAVIS MANNING, re-emerges into Cheryl’s life asking for help with his deceased mother’s estate. Travis introduces Cheryl to a new and legal designer drug called bath salts. Soon Cheryl becomes dependent upon the bath salts and Travis’ emotional support to deal with the aftermath of the district court’s decision. 

Soon Cheryl begins to see strange images and apparitions of demons and spirits around her while in Travis’ presence. A clandestine group of people go to Travis’ house when Cheryl is uninvited. Cheryl feels a negative, ominous and evil presence surrounding her. She attributes this presence to either or both the bath salts and Travis so she attempts to stop communication with Travis. In return for trying to break free a group of people start following Cheryl around. They take pictures of her in public. Her cell phone starts turning on by itself and won’t turn off. Cheryl feels a spirit watching her every move. There is an uncontrollable compulsion that pushes her back to Travis and upon her return an extremely frightening supernatural event occurs. 

The police force Cheryl to be admitted to a mental hospital where she is later released. Cheryl continues to experience a high level of harassment and surveillance by a gang of unknown people that stalk her relentlessly. The police refuse to assist Cheryl against this group of people. She suspects law enforcement are also part of this group.

She reaches out to an old law school friend TIM CAREY for help. Tim comes to visit Cheryl and upon his arrival the gang stalking and surveillance stop. So does her contact with Travis. But Tim has to go back home to the east coast to take care of his ailing parents. While he is gone the stalking resumes and Cheryl comes close to suffering a nervous breakdown. She begins to live life on the run, not getting enough to eat or sleep. Her practice takes a downward turn because her income generating ability is compromised by having no confidential means to talk or meet with clients. 

Cheryl and Daniel decide to pursue a further appeal with the Court of Appeals. Cheryl also finds out she is pregnant but doesn’t know who the father of her unborn child is.

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FREE Kindle Book! “Fast and Healthy DINNER Recipes” by Angela Moore

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This is a cookbook full of quick and healthy dinner recipes. Every recipe takes 30 minutes or less to make. They are all healthy and filling. Remember, you can always change, add or subtract ingredients. Never be afraid to experiment and add to my recipes. As always however, I completely understand if you find my recipes too perfect to change. 

In addition to the food preparation directions, each recipe has a conversation starter and an interesting fact. The conversation starters are geared toward children. They are not deep or emotional topics as my goal was fun dinner conversation. The interesting fact are in some way related to the food in the recipe.