‘For Love or Loyalty’ by Jennifer Hudson Taylor – Book Review by LAWonder10

For Love or Loyalty is a good title for this touching historical romance novel.  It relates to more than one instance. The serene appearance of the cover is also a good choice.  It is very descriptive of the female main character and the background hints at the storyline. It is light enough to be eye-catching and dark enough to set the verve of the story. The characterization was solid and the reader felt a definite connection to each. I love “highland” type stories. I find Ireland, Scottland, Wales contries to be so fascinating with a sense of mystic lore. However, only part of the story is in Scotland but is very much a story of early colonization before the Revolutionary War.  It reminds us there were many, other than black people, who were cruelly treated and made slaves of under the ruse of “indentured servants”.  Many of the “indentured servants” were never freed and many died under the deprivation and cruel treatments of slavery. This is a story of a family clan severely wronged by another family clan.  The eldest son of a widow is determined to seek revenge and tries to get even in a partial way by implementing a…

Interview With the New, Dynamic Author of ‘STONES Data’ – JACOB WHALER!

           Book One of the new Futuristic Thriller Series I read and reviewed this exciting, new series by this very talented author. It is great for adults but perfect for the YA audience – It is Clean, plus, “blow your mind” exciting! I then contacted Jacob Whaler and asked if I could do an interview with him and he graciously agreed.  I am very pleased to introduce to the world Jacob Whaler and Book One, ‘Stones: Data’, of his new futuristic “Stones’ series.  I am certain this will be a genuine “hit” with adults and YA alike! It would also be a great new movie series!  Move over, ‘Star Wars’ & “Matrix’!  Jacob, when you were only six years old, you found an unusual stone while on  a fishing trip. Your grandfather really wanted that stone. Can you recall that occasion and the feelings you had, causing you to refuse to “give it up”? We were bank fishing on a fall day in the late afternoon. Granddad was warming up some pork and beans on a small stove, cutting up little Vienna sausages and dropping them in the pot. Dad was watching our fishing poles propped up on forked sticks, lines out…

‘Strait of Hormuz’ by Davis Bunn – Book Review by LAWonder10

The ‘Strait of Hormuz’ is an action-packed suspense/thriller that could very easily happen. In the final book of the Marc Royce trilogy ends with suspense and a bittersweet romantic nebulous up to the very last page. While still grieving, Marc is compelled to risk all, at the request of one he despises yet respects and feels totally indebted to.  Although he no longer is an agent for the U.S. government, he could not refuse this man. Is he being set up? He quickly realizes it is not only his life at risk but also the life of one from his past. He must quickly try to save the other person’s life! From this point on one situation leads to another. The reader is rapidly drawn into the action.  I could barely put it down from start to finish! Davis Bunn successfully describes each scene, each character to the point one feels he/she is actually there. The book cover “hints” at what the plot entails but doesn’t give anything away. Still, it is very eye-catching. It is beneficial to the reader to read the other two in the series, however, this can be a “stand alone” and still keep the reader’s interest from start to finish. My…

‘Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen’ by Christy Monson – Book Review by LAWonderr10
Children's Books , Edifying , Inspirational / October 25, 2013

What a picturesque, delightful way of explaining sad things to toddlers! This is a large, high quality, colorful picture books with simple but plain writing to assist the very young in coping with various types of sad, painful situations which occur in one’s life. The Cover is bright e and cheerful as are the illustrations which are done so well by Lori Nawyn. Each page has large illustrations that will capture every little ones attention.  It is perfect to read to a very young elementary group because all wil be able to view each page as it is read…”A picture says more than a thousand words”. In this case it is mostly true. I give this book a Five Stars rating. This was generously sent to me by the author for an honest book review, of which I have given. PURCHASE THIS BOOK NOW FROM AMAZON. [raw] [/raw]

‘Author You’ by Dr. Judith Briles – Book Review by LAWonder10

When I contacted award-winning author/business person/publisher, Dr. Judith Briles, and she said she would send her book, ‘Author You’, for review, I thought,”Okay….This should be interesting.  It WAS! It was GREAT!  For all authors, it is a must!  Whether you are a casual author or a serious one, this book has key points and creates an awareness in all that is involved in becoming an author. It is presented in a “workbook” fashion so you can analyze yourself and if it is truly what you are willing to do to make it worthwhile and successful. I found many parts of it that would have totally benefited me before beginning my blog! Regardless what business ventures you are pursuing, applying this book’s instructions and layout – adjusting it to fit your individual needs – can benefit anyone creating a blog or business online. Many aspects of online ventures are discussed it this remarkable book/workbook. My policies are to donate the books I receive to the Library system for further reviews, but I am selfishly “holding on” to this was to benefit self,family and friends.  I really feel ashamed not to share it with the public but not enough ashamed to give…

‘The Cutting Edge’ – by Ace Collins – Book Review by LAWonder10

‘The Cutting Edge’ is a great story of a model who finally “hit the Big Time” but at what cost?  Was it really worth the sacrifices she would be making? She decided to go back home where she would discuss it with her father,  realizing it was not only her life this decision would be affecting. She arrived late at night, deciding to spend the night in a motel rather than awaken her parents…a hotel she never made it to.  The ensuing events changed her life forever! This is a dynamic story concerning vanity, self worth, unconditional love, cruelty, violence, spiritual healing, dysfunctional families, The cover is very profound and reflects much of the story. It succeeds in getting one’s attention. The characters were very defined and the reader easily connected to them. However, the scene’s surrounding events could have been better described.   There were a few grammatical errors, as well. There were times when the “flow” of the story didn’t go well and there was some repetition. The story, itself, was good and “clean” enough for YA audiences. There were also many good points made…ideal for Book Club discussions. I fluctuated between giving a three or four stars book review rating and decided…

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, BRAE WYCKOFF & CEO OF LR PUBLISHING!

I am so pleased, Brae, that you accepted my request for this interview.  Brae Wyckoff, is not only a talented author, but is, also, the knowlegable,                   CEO of LR Publishing, who exhibits high integrity.   Hey, but that isn’t all!……. He also hosts a radio show, Broadcast Muse Radio Show, plus, he and his wife, Jill, share a site on Facebook and has recently opened a blog on ‘The Greater News International Ministry’. He is definitely a busy man! 1.       Brae, Does your company publish ONLY fantasy e-books?  If not, what other genres? I decided that narrowing the genre to fantasy would mean not a lot of published books, but it also meant we will bring out quality books. LRP is not bound to just ebook format and we would publish paperback as well. My company is a resource to help authors succeed and make a career for themselves. 2.      What other genres are going to be accepted in the near future? At this time we only are going after epic fantasy books that have a message of hope. It is better to do something with excellence rather than spread yourself thin. At the same time we are also going…

‘Winter Shadows’ by Casey Bond – Book Review by LAWonder10
Edifying , Young Adult Books / October 18, 2013

We live in a world where it is hard to trust others.  Will this lack of trust become necessary in the future years? This story’s setting is in the United States of America, in future years and, frighteningly, could very easily happen in the not-so-distant future.  It is a very realistic story with an unexpected ending. The story mysteriously opens and the reader is not certain which “direction it is headed in”. It soon becomes apparent to the reader what is happening. The plot slowly adds more key characters.  The tale slowly but steadily builds as “the plot thickens”. There is a steady flow and build up until the very end.  The ending was good but a little abrupt and weak.  The characters were well defined, giving the reader that sense of connection needed for a great book.  It was written mostly in the first person by three individuals, but it wasn’t always clear at the very beginning of  the chapter, which person was speaking. To elaborate much more, it would “spoil” the book for some. What would your family do if suddenly threatened with separation or to come under the control of others? Would you be prepared? The title is explained toward the end but I felt…

‘Spell’ by Janell – Book Review by LAWonder10

Whether you are “into” Halloween or not, this is a great, clean book to fit in with the holiday festivites. There were several key characters which permiated the book. The main character would be Pastor Walter Goodman, beloved pastor to all who knew him…to some more beloved than to others. The characters have very distinct personalities. The author has portrayed them in a way the reader feels a definite connection. The cover of the book clearly sets the pace for the story and is well done. Can a desperate person use evil means to interfere in the life of another?  Can that evil force overpower good?  Can a pastor become a victim of the workings of evil? Read this and discover it all for yourself. This gravitates between the thoughts of three key people but does it very well.  It is never confusing.  The story moves forward steadily and never drags and is not repetitive.  It is very well written. I could not find any flaws in the writing or production of this book. My review of this book gives it a Five Stars rating. This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which…

Introducing Donalisa Helsley – A bright, new, Award-Winning Children’s Book author!
Children's Books , Uncategorized / October 16, 2013

  It is my pleasure to introduce Award-Winning Children’s Author, Donalisa Helsley! 1.  Donalisa, each of your delightful books pinpoint some area of   challenges children often face.   In your first book,                ‘The Day No One Played Together”,  it was about Compromise.     ‘I Love You Better Than Chocolate Chip Cookies’, was about the importance of expressing love…is that correct?  Yes.  I want children to have fun reading but also walk away with a valuable lesson. 2.  What inspired you to begin with these two subjects? I wrote ‘The Day No One Played Together” after teaching my daughters about compromise. I work with children and I know that it is a skill that all people need. ‘I Love You Better Than Chocolate Chip Cookies ’came about from a game I used to play with my girls.  We used to tell each other all the things we loved and how we loved each other more. My eldest LOVED chocolate chip cookies. My youngest used to tell me she loved me more than chicken nuggets (which was a pretty big deal). I wanted them to have a story that they could read over and over and one day share with their children. 3.  ‘The Worry Glasses’ was the first…

‘The Chamomile’ by Susan F. Craft – Book Review by LAWonder10
Uncategorized / October 15, 2013

The Chamomile is a wonderful historical romance story that has it all! There is action, adventure, romance,  drama, intrigue, etc., yet it is very “cleanly” written.  I read this in July when I had several major disasters so I failed to review it. I remembered I held it at a Five Stars rating so read it again to be sure I didn’t miss any details. It is an ideal story for family discussion and for Book Clubs. The time period is the Revolutionary War.  A young woman and her younger brother, (by two years) were left orphaned with only their Cherokee servant/sister, Elizabeth, to care for them. Lilyan was an artist with her own shop and Andrew insisted on joining the American Militia with his best friend Herald. An older man, Callum, was given the “charge” by their father, before he died, to watch over them. There were other supporting character – of both opposing forces. There was a perfect mix of fact with fiction. The story moved smoothly from page to page, never losing the reader’s interest. The cover was attractively done with subtle clues of the storyline in the background. One could not help but “fall in love” with the main characters. They were very…

‘My Warp Speed Mind’ by Donalisa Helsley- Book Review by LAWondr10
Children's Books / October 15, 2013

What an outstanding book!  Donalisa has once again created a marvelous educational book for children, parents and instructors. Kalpart did an equally amazing job of effectuating Donalisa’s words with bright, colorful illustrations.  What an incredible team! Have you ever known of anyone who act obnoxious in class or act out of control?  Perhaps they suffer from ADHD.  Perhaps they just do not know how to restrain themselves. This story is about Drake and how he struggles with his actions, which seems to annoy others and cause them to become angry.  He gets just as upset and angry because he feels attacked by everyone. As he describes his thoughts and feelings, some may be able to relate and others may feel a better understanding. This will assist anyone struggling with ADHD, plus enable children and adults to have more of an insight into this problem.  There are also “pointers” on how to aid in coping with this for both child and adult. It is written in a colorful, fun way, yet, the main idea is implemented. I have someone very dear to me who struggles with ADHD every day.  After reading this,  I am much more informed than I was before. I earnestly…

MEET CAMI CHECKETTS!
Uncategorized / October 15, 2013

Below is a Brief Bio of Cami but the “really good stuff” is in my Interview with her below the Bio! Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction. Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. She teaches strength training at her local rec and shares health and fitness articles at http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com. Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing. As you can probably tell, Cami is a vibrantly, full of life person.  I not only discovered this through her writings but, also, through other personal enterchanges I have recently had with her through the internet.  We are now celebrating her “New Release”   ‘BLOG THIS!”   1.    Without “spoiling” the plot of ‘Blogging This!’, why did you choose this particular subject? I had a nightmare where I was playing with my boys in the backyard and a man walked up and shot me. I woke up sweating and…

‘Stones: Data’ by Jacob Whaler – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / October 14, 2013

Stones is the first book of a new, exciting futuristic series.  The beginning setting takes place in the latetwenty-first century.  Matt and Jennifer have been friends for years. Matt’s feelings are strong towards Jessica and he wants to take their relationship to the next level. Jessica seems to feel the same for Matt, for him, yet, she has allowed him no intimacies. The story opens with Jessica and Matt texting.  He is on the slopes for the last ski trip for the season. Jessica warns him not to do anything crazy.  They had a date that night. She is going on to bike race and afterwards they are to share a special evening together.  Jessica, also, reminds Matt of his father’s insistence on wearing head gear and all the other safety equipment.  Matt feels his father, Kent, is over protective. He, therefore, doesn’t wear the safety gear and makes a careless choice.   Miraculously, he survived but fell on a strange looking rock… one he decided to keep – at least for now. In a few days Matt will be leaving for Japan, where he was born and happily lived for a few years with both his parents…Before his mother was killed. It was then he and his father were forced to flee from Japan and his life became very chaotic. …

Book Tour and Giveaway! Cami Checketts’ ‘Blog This!’

Cami Checketts is an amazing author! Her new, exciting,  story of a courageous young, single mother is a “must read”! In this fast-paced, suspenseful – yet, romantic – new adventure novel, a single mother’s life is nearly ended because of her successful blog information center. Check back here on Monday for a scant Biography and my personal Interview with Cami Checketts!  Oh, and do not foget to enter on the Rafflecopter, plus, check out the other awesome blog sites on this tour!! Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family? Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler’s violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him. Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children, but after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha won’t hide any longer. In a race against time, can Natasha expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world? From the very first chapter, Blog This grabs your gut and your heart with surprising action and touching moments. Cami Checketts blends suspense, humor, and good, clean romance into a story that…

‘Gently Awakened’ by Sara Joseph – Book Review by LAWonder10

Gently Awakened is highly recommended reading for any artist or literary person. I also would recommend it for the “lay” person as well. It is a very uplifting, motivational book. The author is not only talented in her writing ability, but in art, poetry, knowledge and wisdom, too. I thought I was quite well-versed in the bible. Some thoughts and quotes she brought out put a “new light” on scriptural references I have read many times. In addition to scripture references, Sarah uses her own personal experiences, and a few experiences of others. They all work together in creating this “work of art”. The poetry added throughout the book is beautifully written, as well as inspirational, as is the artwork. The cover lightly touches on her art ability. The title is also a good reflection of what is inside these pages. However, there were a few typo and at times the text was repetitive – but repetition is how we are taught. This still is a book not only to read but to keep as a valuable reference and teaching aid. I give this book a review with a strong Four Stars rating. I was generously sent this book for…

‘Mr. Tilly and the Halloween Mystery’ by Noreen Leighton – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / October 10, 2013

This is a delightful story for toddlers and early elementary age. Mr Tilly is a dog who was adopted and now a devoted pet. He does all he can to bring joy and service to others. In this episode, Mr. Tilly tries to aid a friend in her loss and in searching for answers, he runs into a very scary situation.  He uses all his resources to find answers. What the result is seems simple but comical. A mild Halloween tale that won’t scare your little ones but will allow them join in the Halloween holiday fun. The cover and illustrations, done by Lorna Wilson, are simple, colorful and delightful. The story did not have a smooth “flow” and some of the scenes did not feel complete. I feel the author’s efforts to lesson the “scariness” of the story, cut out too much of the “meat” of the tale. Because of great illustrations and the writing style, I still review this book with a weak Four Stars rating. This was generously sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which I have given. BUY THIS BOOK NOW FROM AMAZON. [raw] [/raw]

‘Annie’s Christmas Wish’ by Barbara Cameron – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / October 10, 2013

This is a slightly unusual Amish story.  It is published just in time to welcome the upcoming Holiday Season. Unlike most Amish girls, Annie’s main goal was not to be a wife and mother – although she would not discount that entirely – but her heart was set on becoming a writer.  Now at age twenty-one, her goals were still the same. Would anything change them?  She felt sure nothing would quell her desires – obsession- for writing.  Luckily, her parents weren’t a traditional Amish couple, so allowed, and even encouraged, her to develop this talent. Her mother had been raised “Englisch” but had come to stay awhile with her Amish grandmother, years ago, and had grasped the Amish life whole-heartedly.  Annie and her mother fit together so completely.  This was a strange thing, due to circumstances. Just before Christmas, her mother was to be honored for a very noble deed she initiated before she left New York City to live with her grandmother. To Annie, the thought of going wasn’t to see the things most would want to see, but to visit the New York Times building and the television studio where her mother once worked.   After giving it much thought,…

‘The Magic Word’ by Sherrill S. Cannon – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / October 5, 2013

What better month is there to introduce “Magic” anything than October?  October is here but that is not the “magic” we speak of in this delightfully, rhyming story of a rude little girl.  In a world where rudeness is so commonplace, this is a very picturesque way of attempting to change that. Sherrill is very good at presenting important issues through rhyming and storytelling.  The only problem I found with this story is the unrealistc part of it.  In teaching important lessons, it is also important to teach “it takes time’.   This book is aimed toward toddlers and  very early elementary age…. An age where there is very little patience.  I feel we must be very forthright in the way we present important lessons.  This also gives us the added opportunity to teach young  children patience. The cover slightly relates to the story but not without a lot of imagination.  However, it is very colorful and eye-catiching.  Little girls would be very drawn to the cover picture.  The illusrations are colorful and well done throughout the story by Kalpart. Sherrill’s books are needed on every library shelf where toddlers or elementary children visit – whether it be at home or school. …

‘Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans’ by Rush Limbaugh
Children's Books , Young Adult Books / October 4, 2013

OK, so you may not be a fan of the arogant Rush …regardless, this is still an accurate record of our forefathers which has greatly been lost in our school systems.  It is an injustice to early patriots who sacrificed so greatly , not to honor them for all the good they did for this nation, that we can enjoy freedoms we do. I am anxious to get theses for my grandkids to enjoy and learn from.  It is a book the whole family can discuss and learn from together!   BUY THIS BOOK NOW FROM AMAZON. [raw] [/raw] America : A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney, Robin Priess Glasser OK…So if you ABSOLUTELY do not want Rush’s book, this is also a delightful book full of illustrations for the whole family to enjoy BUY THIS BOOK NOW FROM AMAZON. [raw] \ [/raw]

‘The Soul of the Rose’ by Ruth Trippy – Book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / October 4, 2013

This is a great historical drama. It is a book you can  read and relax with. Celia had experiencded an upsetting crisis in her hometown.  Her parents arranged for her to work for good friends in another town. Her employer also provided her room and board. Celia loved books so she was more than content to work in the Chestley’s book store.  Her literary talent bloomed and expanded within the small community, where she also made some dear friends. In an unfortunate situation, she met the town’s recluse – Mr Lyons.  He was a very good customer of the Chestley’s but only came out at night before te store closed.  She was fearful she had immediately made an enemy.  He was a very mysterious person. In Celia’s excape from one disturbing situation, she discovers wherever one goes, there will always be more confusing and often painful situations.  Celia must learn to trust her heart and feelings, choose wisely, and avoid temptation when it becomes very real.  Will her heart or will her reason win out? The rose was Celia’s favorite flower. The title cover reflects this, plus, discloses parts of a verse from the plot. However, I would have preferred more than two hands…