‘Heart’s Desire (Whispes of Grace series)’ by June Caedmon Book Review by LAWonder10 Visit This Site March 6, 2014 for an Interview With the Author!

Mel was headed to Savannah, Georgia for an overdo visit with an aunt.  Partway to Vicksburg, bullets whizzed past and the prize stallion borrowed from home “spooked” and bulled lose from the buggy, sending it the buggy on a collision course toward a stationary wagon near the river’s edge.  The two Elliot brothers hurried toward the accident to assess the situation. John was furious at the carelessness of the young man driving plus the dent in his wagon. Sam, however, was more concerned with the well-being of the young man who looked to be about 16 years old – too young to be driving in the rough country alone. It appeared Mel had nothing more than a few cuts and bruises. The forehead cut needed stitches. John demanded payment or restitution of the damage while Sam tried to diffuse the situation. John demanded the young man stay on the Plantation and”work off” the damages while his wagon would be repaired in the nearby tow. The boy readily agreed.  John stormed off and Sam led the boy to the main house to take care of the injuries when suddenly he fainted. Calling out to his aunt, asking her to quickly clear…

MEET NEW CHILDREN/YA AUTHOR ROBERT L. HUNTON, WHO HAS GRACIOUSLY AGREED TO THIS INTERVIEW!

                    Robert, I am so thrilled to have you join me in this interview! I recently read ‘ Gift of the Desert Dog’ and was so impressed with the story content, plus your remarkable writing ability which enables the reader to envision the entire story in her/his mind. 1. You  have lived and taught in Middle School for many years in the eastern United States. What influenced you to move to the Arizona desert to live and to begin a new  career in writing? I first came to Arizona during school recess in the spring of 1994. The impact this area had on me was immediate. It was a senses overload! Visiting Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly was an ‘out of body, out of mind’ experience.  The vastness of the landscape was in such sharp contrast to the green mountains, woods, and streams of my native Vermont.  New England is incredibly beautiful, particularly in the summer and fall; pastoral with close-knit, small town charm. But it hadn’t occurred to me that I could drive down an Arizona highway at sixty-five mph, with a far distant spot in full view, and not…

‘The Gift of the Desert Dog’ by Robert L. Hunton Book Review by LAWonder10 – Please visit my site on Thursday, 02/27/2014, for my Interview with this talented author!
Children's Books , Young Adult Books / February 25, 2014

Join in on the exciting adventures galore, with this intriguing tale of 12 year-old Daniel Rivas! Daniel was an ordinary boy, with the ordinary peer pressures at school. He had a couple of true friends plus was faced with a couple of trouble-making bullies. However, Danny’s life was slightly unusual because he lived on the San Xavier Indian Reservation in Arizona with his family.  Also living nearby, was his beloved grandfather, Joseph who was a Makai – a healer. The story begins with Danny wandering in the desert near his home, trying to find refuge from the challenges he was experiencing at school and at home. Because he was distracted he nearly lost his life but was rescued by an unlikely ally…a desert dog. This was no ordinary dog, but a creature feared by most. Thus began a ceaseless number of events which would change Danny’s life forever. Daniel’s experiences is similar in many ways to challenges all youth face at one time or another.  This book is ideal for mid-elementary to High School age children. This book was written well with a continuous even “flow” from one event to another. It was slightly enhanced with minimal illustrations depicting places,…

‘Perfecto En Los Ojos De La Madre Naturaleza: A Spanish/English Children’s Book by LaVina Vanorny-Barcus – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / February 24, 2014

What a fun way for children to learn words of other languages! This delightfully illustrated book comes in all English, English/Spanish, German, Polish and Czech. The child is not inundated with a whole language but only sixteen words of the other language. after repeated times of reading or hearing them, the child will soon learn them. The setting is in the school room and also on the grandparent’s farm. There is slight rhyming and repetitive phrasing that emphasizes the main message the author desires to permeate the child’s mind with…Uniqueness of self. The tale delves into farm animals and living. What child isn’t interested in this? It is well written and a uniquely developed idea. The English words of the title are, ‘Perfect in Mother Nature’s Eyes’. The title and cover page fits the content well. The book cover is cute , colorful, and eye-catching. The book cover and inside illustrations are done very well by Sami Mac. This review of this book offers a  Five Stars rating for content, illustrations and creativity. This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which I have given. Buy This Book From Amazon Here. [raw] [/raw] My…

Join Me in My Interview with Author – LaVina Vanorny-Barcus! We have had a few set-backs with this Interview Schedule but finally I have it all worked out!!
Uncategorized / February 24, 2014

          LaVina, I am truly excited to have you join me on my site to get to know more about the author within “the mysterious” LaVina Vanorny-Barcus! 1. LaVina, I have been unable to find the least amount of information on you than any person I have considered interviewing. You have written a Cookbook – ‘My Czech Heritage Cookbook’ – which sounds wonderful. I understand this actually contains some of your family’s recipes. What are a few of your favorites?  I wrote this cookbook to honor my Grandparents  and especially my Grandmother’s   wonderful cooking of which she was so proud.  Both sides of my family have their roots in what used to be called Czechoslovakia.  My Grandparents mixed Czech and English in their everyday conversations.  I have always been very proud of my heritage so I wrote this cookbook mainly to give to my cousins and family members.  It is and probably will always be my best seller since there are very few books like it.  Without a doubt my favorite recipe is the bakery Kolaches.  My Grandmother felt it was good luck to have them at your wedding so she made 900 to share with guests at mine. …

Introducing Sabrina – A Wonderful, Capable Book Reviewer – One Who Will Be A Frequent Guest On This Site!
Uncategorized / February 22, 2014

  I am so excited to do this Interview today with Sabrina! She is a talented Book Reviewer I am confident in. She is almost as obsessed with books as I am and is an avid reader. I truly want all of my audience to become familiar with her and learn to appreciate her insight as I do. She will be a regular on my site assisting with Book Reviews 1. Sabrina, you are an avid reader. What are your favorite genres of books to read and why? My favorite genre changes from day to day. I have always been a sucker for a good romance but most recently I’ve been sticking to all things paranormal and sci-fi. I have recently also gotten into self-help and biographies. Really, it just has to be entertaining to me and hopefully has a love story somewhere in there. LOL!!  We can all use a nice love story. 2. Tell us a little about yourself…Where you have lived, what are your hobbies, and one of the most memorable times of your life. I’ve been fortunate to have lived in a few places that I really loved. I was born in Las Vegas, NV and…

‘The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr ‘(Ladies in Waiting #2) by Sandra Byrd Book Review by Sabrina…Discover more about my Guest Reviewer on Saturday’s Interview with Sabrina!!

I thought this book held a lot of historical content, which I love, and the story was entertaining and clean. This book covers a longer period of time than I am used to reading in one book so I felt at times that I had a hard time connecting with the characters and story because many things were glazed over. That being said the story line was interesting and the character building well done. It was interesting to read the story of Kateryn Parr from the eyes of a lady in waiting. There are a couple things I didn’t love about this book. The first is that I couldn’t get really involved in what was going on all the time. When I read a book I look for a lot of character interaction and a little excitement. I felt that this was more observation with moderate character interaction so I didn’t get to involved. Also, it lacked entertainment factor. The second thing that I didn’t love was that it was almost too nice of a book. My understanding of the time during Henry III’s reign is that is was very twisted and lots of craziness. This book addresses the issues…

‘The Thing With Feathers’ by Anne Sweazy-Kulju – Book Review by LAWonder10

  If you are looking for calming, reflective novel, this is not it! It is a disturbing story of a sadistic man who was made a preacher in a small Oregon community. The people were very friendly and accepting of the new preacher and his daughter. The time period begins about 1928 and spans through to about 1945. The country went through some very trying times during those years and small farming communities were not exempt. The story primarily centers around Preacher Bowman and his daughter, the Marshalls, Rebecca, and the Tjaden family, Other characters are introduced and some fill a major role in the plot. The characters describe become very real and the landscape, plus background scenes are well portrayed. The title is taken from a poem by Emily Dickinson which discloses the story connection to the title. It is an acceptable title but not one to draw a reader’s attention. The book cover reflects the same observation. It is too dark and slightly deceptive to “catch” the reader’s eye. This is a unique tale of the roller coaster of life – the good times and the bad. It is a time where sacrifices were great and honor was…

‘Bodie’ by Anne Sweazy-Kulju – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / February 18, 2014

If you like history, Ghost Towns, and the unexplainable, this is the book for you. This is an intense mystery about twin sisters, re-occurring dreams, and both historical and contemporary fiction. The twins had a less than desirable childhood but survived resulting in a very strong bond between them. The older sister, Lara, was very protective and intuitive. The younger sister, Lainy, was more trusting and somewhat lacking in wisdom. They knew of no other kinfolk nor where they came from.  Events soon began unfolding in very mysterious ways.  In order to receive answers, it was decided they would have to take a trip to Bodie, California… Would it be their last trip? Would the answers remain a mystery? The suspense holds the reader’s interest to the very end. This was a well-written novel based on a true story.  The adventures are continuous and the reader never becomes disinterested.  It encompasses some interesting theories. The characters are portrayed very realistically, and the background scenes are described vividly. The Book Cover is highly lacking in effectiveness. It definitely needs more eye-catching augmentation. The title is also lacking in appeal. Something about the ghost town or murder needed to be added to…

I Am Excited to Interview the Author of the Wonderful “Talon” Series – Gigi Sedimayer

                   I am very pleased today to introduce an upcoming author and the creator of the Talon Series – Gigi Sedimayer! This is a wonderful series for the whole family to enjoy! 1.Gigi, What inspired the incredible ides of a young girl with a growth handicap and a Condor? I am writing now for the last 20 Years. Surviving cancer I soon began to think again and came to my senses. Since I couldn’t work at my traditional job any longer, I started to write. In the beginning I wasn’t sure, in which language I should write. But then I decided to write in English, since my English became better and we live in an English-speaking country. Albert, my husband, taught me how to use a computer and I wrote many short stories. I entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave me confidence to go on writing. One of the short stories was about Talon and Matica. Judges from the competition loved the story and so I thought, I could probably develop a series about Talon and Matica. And so the TALON series came to life. My motto was: “Teaching Children Self-Confidence through…

‘Embracing Ashberry’ by Serenity Everton – book review by LAWnder10
Adult Books / February 14, 2014

What a well-written tender love story. The emotion and intimacy was very well done without the explicit detail. Had the author relied on her skill without the detail her reading audience would have been greater, including the Young Adults. I cannot retain a book like this for my library nor can I recommend it because of the sexual explicit detail. What a pity to ruin an excellent work by displaying intimacy so blatantly when her literary skills easily sufficed without it. Here is the summary of the book from Goodreads: The Marquess of Ashberry had never planned to marry or have children, but there is something about Ella Whitney he can’t quite ignore. Her skittishness, her inclination to overlook his existence and her vulnerability has him re-thinking his future.  Ella Whitney is skittish, and for very good reasons. But she can’t avoid Ashberry’s company all the time with her brother marrying his sister. Instead she has to face her fears, stand up to her family, and remember her dreams. My review of this book offers a Four Stars rating. Purchase this from Amazon here. [raw] [/raw] My Thoughts:  So many times- such as this – a perfectly enticing book is…

‘Little Joe’ by Michael E. Glasscock III – Book Review by LAWonder10

Attention all “Baby Boomers”! This is the beginning of a great new classic series! For all those who enjoyed the Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and all those other nostalgic stories, you will absolutely love this! It is so well-written and steadily accelerates, never losing the reader’s interest. When I first saw the title, I was not especially anxious to read it but I made the commitment so had to give it equal consideration with an “open mind”.  I was so mistaken with my first impression. This is a perfect book for a ‘family reading time”.  Most all ages can appreciate “Little Joe” and his story. It is a great book club book for any age group – male or female. (There are a few crude words which can easily be substituted) Little Joe’s father was a Naval fighter pilot during World War II.  His mother was a “stay-at-home” mom. His father had orders to relocate so nine-year-old Little Joe was forced to leave his beloved Texas and all his friends there.  They veered slightly out if the way to their new location so the family could visit Little Joe’s maternal Grandpa and Grandma Washington. On the way there,…

‘Liberty Belle’ by Patricia PaJac Carroll – book review by LAWonder

What a fun, clean, wholesome romance story! Feeling the need to “save face’ plus a spirit of rebellion, Libby, with her tag-along-aunt, escapes to gain independence. She begins to wonder what she was thinking as series of events take place. Nothing worked out as she planned – almost nothing. Continued action until the very end, keeping one in suspense makes this a very worth while book to read.  Occasionally there is a small lapse of adventure but the final chapters make up for it This book has a variety of characters which are very well-defined..They seem very real. The book cover is colorfully eye-catching and perfect for the story.description of the background scenes are very vivid. This book has earned my review, giving it a Five Stars rating. Buy this book from Amazon here. [raw] [/raw] My Thoughts: I love book like this that are full of adventure and emotion but very clean!

‘Santa Fe’ Mi Casa’ by Harlan Hague – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Historical Fiction / February 11, 2014

Anthony Bradford (“Brad”) and John Henry Harris were both Missourians who enlisted  as members of  The United States Army of the West group, posted at Fort Leavenworth. They were very different in personality but immediately became close friends. Their group had intended to fight the Mexicans for the Santa Fe area but arrived to a peaceful, community under United States control. While in Leavenworth, awaiting further assignments, the guys often visited the local cantinas. It was during on of these visits that Morita “caught John Henry’s eye”. From that point on, john Henry began to view his attitudes, thoughts, and goals differently. The were sexual situations, although it contained no explicit scenes, that made it undesirable for YA reading. It would be disturbing for some adults as well. The development of the characters were done well.  One cold easily feel familiar with them.  The scenic/background was described quite well.  Te title is good but the book cover would have been a better selling point if some Calvary people or scene depiction had been included. As it stands, it is a passable cover. This was an interesting tale and the “flow” of the story steadily moved along.  It was well written,…

Introducing a New Talented Children’s Author – Vicki Fraser !
Children's Books , Uncategorized / February 11, 2014

         I am excited to Interview Vicki Fraser today and introduce her new children’s book, ‘Dear Bully of Mine’. It is, indeed, a privilege to have this Interview with you, Vicki, enabling us – your readers – to get to know you better. 1.      Vicki you are an elementary school teacher, correct?… Which grade do  you teach?  Is this your first published book? I am in my fourteenth year of teaching.  I am currently teaching a grade five group as well as English Language Arts to a 5-6 split.  I have taught grade six for most of my teaching career. Yes, this is my first published book. It is a dream come true! 2.  The subject you chose to write about is different types of “bullying”.  Is this an issue at your school? How big of a problem is it? I believe that anywhere you go, you can find bullying.  It is not limited to schools, it occurs in offices, hockey arenas, sometimes even within families.  Bullying does not just happen to children, I have met many adults at different book signings that have told me that people at their workplace should read the book.  I totally agree. When…

‘A Time For Every Purpose Under Heaven: One Woman’s Trip To Africa…My Story’ by Chris Loehmer Kincaid – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Non- Fiction / February 7, 2014

Chris Kincaid accompanied her daughter on this very special short mission to Africa. She records a touching memoir of some of her activities and heartfelt memories of the time she spent in various parts of Kenya.  This experience “opened her eyes” to a whole different world and life than the one she had always known…An experience she will never forget. The author added a few photos depicting parts of her journey. Other parts of her journey are portrayed through words. The title is fitting and the book cover is perfect in the depiction of her story. Chris asks one question throughout her book which she never really answers. I think the reader can surmise the answer but her answer “hung in the air” leaving the reader a feeing that lacked in completeness. My review of this book offers a Four Stars rating. This book was graciously sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which I have given.   BUY THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE. [raw] [/raw] My Thoughts: My husband an I had the opportunity to serve and live among the Philippine people for two wonderful years. I feel all people of more abundant living should…

‘Young Love and Tragedy: The Felton Chronicles’ by Mary Duncan – Book Review by LAWonder10
Young Adult Books / February 6, 2014

Tara Jackson and Meagan  Keys were lifelong best friends as were their mothers. Soon after the death of Meagan’s father they moved into the same neighborhood. Tara’s brother, James, was two tears older than the girls and no longer looked at his sister’s best friend in the same way he had most of their lives. Tara and James’ father served as a policeman as did Meagan’s father before he was killed. The two families lives were closely entwined. The County Fair came to town and it had a new added attraction. A large group of the teenagers joined many other people there on Friday night.  It was a night the entire town would never forget. How could such a tragedy occur? What happened? This large tragedy was the first in many years…Would it be the last?  So many lives were affected within a year’s time. The intrigue and mysteries continues throughout the book. The characterizations wee well defined. The story was somewhat predictable but  very good. The main issue I had was it was written in a way one might tell a story to a young child, yet it certainly was not written for young children. My review therefor offers…

‘Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Survivor’ by Karen Ingalls – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Non- Fiction / February 3, 2014

This is a short but profound book. Karen Ingalls shares her experience in discovering then “dealing with” this deadly, silent killer. Outshine contains good information for all women – not just those who have been diagnosed with cancer. She lists steps to take to catch it in the early stages. Karen offers heartfelt advise and support for those going through this abhorrent condition. I want to applaud Karen for her writing this helpful, easily read book. It can possibly save many women’s lives in the future. The title will be verified within the over of her book as will the book cover. I have a difficult time reviewing some memoirs because most of them seem to offer too much information to keep the reader’s interest yet deliver a message often needing to be heard and take note of. I do feel this book deserves a Four Stars rating for importance of content. It is written well and concise. This was sent to me by the author for an honest review of which I have given. Buy this now from Amazon. [raw] [/raw]  

‘Dear Bully of Mine’ by Vicki Fraser – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / February 3, 2014

This is a much needed book for elementary age through middle school. It is also a large, great book for summer reading programs. Although bullying in various ways has always been a problem, in the United States, it has increasingly gotten worse. This situation is, also, one cause of the arising number of teenage suicides… If only those early developing years did not do havoc on one’s emotions and self image! It seems so important to “fit in” and be accepted. This is a rhyming short, to the point, story on different types of bullying and encourages self worth and fortitude in defense of oneself. The illustrations are done very well by Cody and Sean McGrath. The rhyming is done well and the illustrations are very effective. I, therefore, review this book giving it a Five Stars rating. *Thus was sent to me for an honest review, of which I have given BUY THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE. [raw] [/raw]

Interview with Award-winning Author – Kathleen Baldwin! Among other great novels, she is the author of ‘Diary of a Teenage Fairy Godmother’.
Uncategorized , Young Adult Books / February 3, 2014

   \        It is with great pleasure I introduce Kathleen Baldwin – an award winning author and her new book!   1. You had a wonderful mother who read to you a lot as a child. What were some of your favorite stories she read? My favorites back then were Heidi and Black Beauty. When I was in third grade she read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to us. I loved those books, too. Sigh. I miss her. Those books were among my favorites as well.  2.  You had the rare privilege of growing up around all four great grandmothers. What are some of the things you remember about them? Their stories. Oh my goodness, their stories were amazing! I’ll never forget walking with my great-grandma Flora across her farm to an old apple tree beside the cornfield. She pointed, “That’s where I buried my twins.” No one ever talked about those babies. They came too early and died minutes after being born. I’ll never forget her face, gnarled, toughened by the storms of life, wrinkled as the tree bark, but her red-rimmed eyes softened as she stared at that bit of earth that held her babies’ bones. I am sure…

‘Soul Screamers: Book One’ by Rachel Vincent – By A New Guest Reviewer – Sabrina! My Interview with her will be in February 2014!
Adult Books / February 1, 2014

This book is comprised of a Prequel and the first two books in the series. I must say the cover is what really made me want to read this story it had a dark kind of mysterious feel to it…which as the series went on fit pretty perfect. The prequel started out OK. I didn’t feel there was any real lead into the story but it gave a good background and is referred to often throughout the rest of the book. In the first book, My Soul to Take we are introduced to the main character Kaylee who is a bean sidhe (bashee) but hasn’t yet discovered it. Through a series of events, and with the help of her new boyfriend Nash she discovers who she is and realized there is this whole other world that has reapers, hellions and other unfavorables.  I really had a difficult time getting into the story at all until after the first 100 or so pages. I really liked the premise for the story but the first book was not in my opinion well written and lacked a flow and the character building was really slow and they were hard to connect to. However,…