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Book Review! “Thirty-Two Going On Spinster” by Becky Monson

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

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

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

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Oh my gosh, this book was so funny! I should disclose that I love comedy. I’m totally one of those people who can laugh at comedy shows on Netflix all day long, so this book was right up my alley.

Julia is a 32 year old, self proclaimed, spinster. She still lives in her parents basement and she hasn’t been on a date in about a decade. Even her job sucks!

Her life takes a turn for the better when a new cute guy is hired at her job, but will she be able to put her spinster ways aside and catch his eye? 

Great book! Definitely a cute story line with well fleshed out characters.
The only thing keeping it from five stars was the ending. There was something about it that just felt like it could have been better. Nothing bad enough to keep me from giving it an overall recommendation though =) 

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“Dear fans of Bridget Jones, Sophie Kinsella, and Marian Keyes, I have found an American author for you to meet and watch!” –Andi’s Book Reviews

 ***Thirty-Two Going on Spinster is the sleeper Chick Lit hit of the summer! With over 50,000 downloads since June! Filled with humor, this fun-loving romance and relatable beach read and has been recognized by top bloggers and readers alike as a great escape for the contemporary woman!***
 
Description:
 Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her career, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.
 
With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.
 

But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?

 

 

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Spotlight Book! “Moa” by Tricia Stewart Shiu

“It’s very adventurous and energetic book.” – Amazon Reviewer

“I recommend this book to anyone with a sense of adventure and delight and who loves fantasy and the occult.”  – Amazon Reviewer

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A Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Mystical Adventure Series (Book 1)
 
For almost 200 years, Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, has tried to solve the mystery surrounding her parent’s senseless murder and she’s running out of time. She and her entire lineage will perish if they do not find human aid.  

An energetic eighteen-year-old, Hillary Hause, has no idea that she holds the key to this centuries-old secret. With the help of her older sister, Molly and Heidi her seven-year-old niece, Hillary embarks on a journey determined to save herself, her family, Moa and the Hawaiian Islands. Will they all learn to accept themselves and their newly discovered spiritual gifts or cease to exist, never knowing Moa’s truth?

 

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Book Review! “Blackness Takes Over” by Norma Jeanne Karlsson

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

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

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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What a book! Drama, mystery, romance and suspense all rolled up in one package.

Shannon is the main character, and she has had her fair share of misfortune in this life. When she was six years old her father was murdered right in front of her and she almost died in the attack as well.
She went to live with her great uncle after that, as her mother couldn’t be bothered with her.
As a retired navy seal he taught her how to take care of herself and stay calm under pressure.

These traits will prove to come in handy as she starts college and ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The only good thing is that the horrible assult she suffered ended up bringing her into her new family. Kavy, Cally and Sully would do anything for her and vice versa.

However, things start to get complicated when she meets the son of prime witness to her fathers attack, Kel. He ends up really falling for her, but dating a girl who is more like a guy might be more than he bargained for. 

To add some suspense to the story, Shannon receives death threats after her fathers old enemies realize she survived the attack so many years ago. This prompts her to hire a body guard….like she really needs another guy around her 24/7!

The ending…..whew!! I can’t hardly wait until April! 
Highly recommend and a solid five stars. 

 

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DESCRIPTION:

Shannon Kelly’s life has been anything but typical. Her life has been altered viciously at the hands of others twice. However horrible they have been, it’s these changes that have given her a family and career…now possibly love. The last thirteen years she has been supported and loved by her protector, her entertainer, and her comforter, but never a lover. When Dylan Kellerman enters Shannon’s life he changes its course in more ways than one. He gives her hope and promise of a future she was convinced wasn’t attainable. Just as she begins to believe she has finally turned her life into something she can build a future on…blackness takes over.

 

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Spotlight Book! “Gorgons & Gargoyles” by Judith Post

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Gorgons & Gargoyles is a collection of five novellas: Flesh & Stone, Gargoyle, Missing, Samuel Meets His Match, A Natural Affinity, and a never-before-published title, Pack Problems! 
When Ally is attacked by a warlock in a restaurant parking lot, she worries that she’ll meet the same fate as her two sisters: DEAD. She shifts and survives the battle, but one of Summit City’s gargoyles—guardians who keep order among the supernaturals—realizes she’s more than just a mortal. When he realizes what she is and that she’s in danger, he and his three, fellow gargoyles swear to protect her. In the process, she falls for Dante, and she and the gargoyles become a team. After that, each gargoyle realizes there’s more to life than duty and service, and each finds his own soul mate until the gargoyle “family” is complete. 

 

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Book Review! “The Sky Between Two Worlds” by Glen E. Books

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

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

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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This work is labeled as a Science Fiction novel. It certainly does fit some of the criteria for that, but it is definitely not *hard core* sci-fi. In fact, it is kind of ominous in the sheer fact that anything and everything in this book could actually happen! 

In the not to distant future, science and technology determine who is the ultimate world power. The United States is in a constant struggle with the Middle East to stay ahead. 

We follow Kantak Johnshon, a native Alaskan as he studies at MIT and eventually goes back to his long distance girlfriend back home. 

Things really go to a head when the two world powers disagree on oil prices. That causes a huge electromagnetic burst of energy to be used as a weapon….we all know what kind of devastation that would bring about in a world so heavily dependent on technology and electricity. 

Will the men in power stop destroying the world before it’s too late? 

Great, fast paced read! The only thing that brought it down to four stars is the fact that the characters all had the same *personality*. I really, really, REALLY have a hard time keeping characters straight when they all have the same voice and reactions. Overall not too much of a detraction from an otherwise great novel. 

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DESCRIPTION:

A story of intrigue, love, battle and survival in a future world of titanic East-West conflict. Tragic events and miscalculations sweep nations toward global conflict. Leaders confront the consequences and struggle to shape the future world. The story is told by those caught up in the struggle, including Kantak Johnson who, about to graduate college, discovers a technology that can change the balance of world power. Suddenly he finds himself in the realm of assassins, covert actions and a war that threatens him, his friends, his family, and his country.

 

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Spotlight Book! “Brotherly Enemies” by Elie Nakouzi

The book is filled with people you will come to care about, and a story you can believe in.  – Amazon Reviewer
Elie’s story is incredibly inspirational, as well as eye opening.  – Amazon Reviewer 
He opened the eyes of the world and he also opened my eyes as well.  – Amazon Reviewer 
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Brotherly Enemies is a story of a young man growing up in the arms of one of the most turbulent regions in the world. From the time Elie Nakouzi was five years old, the environment in his home of Beirut, Lebanon was riddled with tension and death. As a young man, Elie watched his once peaceful community of Furn el Chebbak turn from pleasant and thriving into a warzone, with Christian and Muslim neighbors becoming enemies in a civil war that would span the next 30 years. 
As a boy, Elie’s main concern was understanding the differences that tore him from his Muslim friends and caused his family and neighbors to fear the worst. He focused on American culture, believing that the free States was the life he desired. He began to refer to himself as a pro-American and sought to be part of the culture he so admired one day. 
The Syrian occupation of Lebanon brought new terrors, as Beirut became separated into two factions, the west for the Muslims and the east for the Christians. 
Bearing witness to assassinations, other devastating crimes of war, and abominable displays of inhumanity, Elie found himself becoming immune to the constant barrage of death and hate and angry at the lack of protection from the rest of the world. This anger led to many questions, and once he discovered the question mark, Elie knew his future would always depend on it. 
As he grew older, his passion of journalism grew due a desire to denounce leaders such as President Hafez al-Assad, Saddam Hussein, and other brutal dictators. 
Brotherly Enemies begins the tale of Elie and takes the reader through the start of his personal revolution as a radio host, television talk show host, and eventually a serious journalist breaking the barriers of freedom of speech and inflaming the ruling dictatorship. He experiences threats against his life and his family, but he also enjoys the splendors of success, becoming one of the most well-recognized journalists in Lebanon and a voice of the resistance, often rubbing elbows with some of the most powerful people in world, including members of the Saudi royal family. But money, fame, women, alcohol, and a rampant appetite for luxury were always at odds with Elie’s true passion: the liberation of his country. This is the true story of one man’s perspective of war and his mission to bring it down, even if his voice was the only one being heard. 

 

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Spotlight Book! “Argosy” by Jason Brandon

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Now worldwide bestseller ARGOSY 

In Jason Brandon’s post-apocalyptic world, a deadly plague and its aftermath have killed most of humanity. Few survivors are left to inherit the Earth, but Jack and his family are among them. As an Historian, Jack knows that the answers to the questions posed by this new terrifying world can all be found in the past. Only the past will save the present as he and his family navigate the dead world of the apocalypse and work to build a new world by using all but forgotten lessons taught long ago. 

“ARGOSY is a literary triumph over the pulp that dominates the post-apocalyptic genre.” 

“Bestselling author Jason Brandon is strong out of the gates with his novel ARGOSY. Apocalypse, Dystopia, Science-Fiction, Thriller, History buffs will love the details. Every fan of the post-apocalyptic genre will have a blast reading this.” 

“This is the kind of thoughtful take on surviving the apocalypse the post-apocalypse genre needs.” 

“Jason Brandon has ripped the cover off the ball.” 

A novel of approximately 70,000 words. 

 

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Book Review! “Timelapse” by Lorrie Farrelly

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

 

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Wow – Timelapse is one of those books that sucks you in and doesn’t let go. I literally read it in about three sittings….and it is NOT a short book!

Right away you feel sorry for Alex as you find out how his wife died. She was pregnant with their son when they were hit by a drunk driver. Due to modern medicine, their precious little miracle survived.

 

Then the action starts within the first few pages and never lets up. Alex works as a teacher in a University. He is woken in the middle of the night because his office was broken into.
Unfortunately, in his trashed office, he finds a weird looking *cell phone*. It thrusts him into a parallel universe where Marshall Law is the only law and freedom is just a dream.

Things get strange fast. National Guard soldiers murdering young men and women right at the University he worked at. Only it isn’t a University anymore, Washington D.C. doesn’t look anything like it should, and both of his parents died before he was conceived. Which means there is no possibility of his son existing in this reality.

Oh, and his wife is alive. Only she couldn’t have married someone who was never born, so that is another knife to the heart.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this is a great book. I really don’t know if I would classify it as strictly Sci-Fi. It seemed like it had many more elements, and besides the Time Travel there were no other far fetched ideas. Plus it had a little bit of romance thrown in for some spice. 

Even if you aren’t typically a fan of the genre give this one a chance. I guarantee you won’t regret it!

 

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The accidental death of his beloved wife sent Alex Morgan into a numbing world of suppressed grief and rage, eased only by a profound bond with his son. Suddenly his life is shattered again when a chance discovery propels him into a world gone horribly, terrifyingly wrong.

Piecing together clues in this new nightmare, Alex suspects a colleague of taking a few, meddling steps back in time, changing the course of history – destroying Alex’s family and his world. Desperately clinging to his sanity, he searches for any evidence his young son still exists.

Jessica O’Neil is fighting a nightmare of her own, captured and facing execution for freedom-fighting heroics in her grim, oppressive world. When Alex rescues the feisty young rebel, she resists her dangerous attraction to him – a man who’s clearly crazy, literally in a world of his own.

Bound together first by chance and desperation, then by growing purpose, respect, and emotion, Alex and Jessie must depend on each other to survive. More than that, they must find a way to prevent a terrible crime from taking place – a crime that plunged both their worlds into nightmare – over a hundred years before. To have a future, they will have to find their way to the past.

 

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Spotlight Book! “Kitty Witty’s Big Adventure” by A.J. Fontaine

Anyone who has had cats knows that they are easily distracted by almost anything that moves……especially an “inside” cat that escapes to that big world outdoors. Our cat has been known to disappear for hours on end, distracted by who knows what! Such a wonderful story and one that is obviously written by a cat lover who is familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the “common” housecat! (if there is such a thing). I purchased 4 copies for gifts! – Amazon Reviewer 

 

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Kitty Witty has gone from the safety of his porch to being lost in the woods! His people are worried and searching everywhere for him, while he’s off on a big adventure. Will he make it home? 

Read now to find out!

 

 

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Spotlight Book! “The Art of HealingArt” by Jacqueline Ripstein

Books like this one that guide us toward to our spiritual nature, connecting us to our inner strength and the knowledge that we are really never alone, are timely and necessary in the times we are living in which our inner peace often eludes us. –Amazon Reviewer 

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The Art of HealingArt is a powerful tool to transform your life and unveil your Light, which is so critical in these challenging times. Each lesson guides to a revelation that is life-transforming for all who dare to uncover their shadows, thus mastering their lives. 

We are entering the most critical time in the history of humanity. …The book encompasses our life’s journey. It is a call to raise our consciousness and vibrations. Its purpose is to guide us to reunite with Spirit. Awakening wisdom, it helps you to transcend limiting thoughts, beliefs, and habits. The books mission is to empower you to achieve mastery over all trials of life. 

Each image contains the key to a different vibrational dimension, to inspiring life-changing insights. You’ll learn step by step, how to apply these keys in major aspects of your life, including relationships, health, wealth, and happiness. 

The arts have the power to inspire, to heal, and the power to transform our lives. This inspirational and transformational book reveals to us, through its images and their hidden messages, our Light, which is so greatly needed in these times of great changes. 
The messages from these paintings are thoughtful and thought-provoking, offering clues to personal metamorphosis. The birth of a “new you” is critical to the birth of a New Humanity. 
“The only battle to be won is to conquer ourselves first. It is up to us to confront the truth of our reality: either we awaken and begin to make small changes to help rebuild our world, or we sit down, do nothing, and let chaos take over our humanity. You decide….”

 

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