The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story by David Crow
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 344 pages Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Sandra Jonas Publishing House
Release date: May 7, 2019 | Tour dates: May 6 to 17, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + Mature subject matter of abusive parenting. No explicit pornographic sex, but frequent profanity.
Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his three siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder.
A shrewd con artist with a genius IQ, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn’t protect him. One day, Thurston packed up the house and took the kids, leaving her with nothing. Soon he remarried, and David learned that his stepmother was just as vicious and abusive as his father.
Through sheer determination, and with the help of a few angels along the way, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to stop helping his father with his criminal activities, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow. With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.
The Pale-Faced Lie is a searing, raw, palpable memoir that reminds us what an important role our parents play in our lives. Most of all, it’s an inspirational story about the power of forgiveness and the ability of the human spirit to rise above adversity, no matter the cost.
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Review by LAWonder10:
This is a devastating tale of a family beyond dysfunctional! The cruelty and neglect of children is heart-wrenching!
Pale-Faced Lie is a testimonial of how one can rise above his/her circumstances and challenges to become whoever they want to be.
Not only did David Crow have to overcome incredible childhood neglect, abuse and delinquency, but, also, learning disability and poor hearing and sight.
David's tale is an inspiration to all, but I disliked the continual profanity and crude language. I unerstand that i part of the effect of what he endured but the reader could have "got the picture" with less actual strong language.
Pale-faced Lie is a great Title. It is a "play on words" because of the parent's Indian/Caucasian heritage. It is also about continual lies. The Cover is eye-catching and depicts the story content well.
This is very well written and successfully keeps the reader's interest throght his story. One can feel the intensity of the emotions and situations portrayd through diction.
I offer a strong Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me, with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
PRAISE For the BOOK:
“[Crow] has considerable wisdom to impart, and an unexpected ending that will linger in memory. I promise that you've never read a book quite like this one."
—Jeff Guinn, New York Times bestselling author
“…A memoir of an extraordinary life that is lifted by extraordinary storytelling….It is emotionally engaging, consistently entertaining, and nearly impossible to put down.”
—James Anderson, author of The Never-Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road
“Heartbreaking and gut wrenchingly honest. Anyone with a troubled childhood should read The Pale-Faced Lie. David Crow’s book is proof that hope rises from the ashes.”
—Chris Enss, New York Times best-selling author
Meet the Author:
David Crow spent his early years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. Through grit, resilience, and a thirst for learning, he managed to escape his abusive childhood, graduate from college, and build a successful lobbyist business in Washington. Today, David is a sought-after speaker, giving talks to various businesses and trade organizations around the world.
Throughout the years, he has mentored over 200 college interns, performed pro bono service for the charitable organization Save the Children, and participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. An advocate for women, he will donate 10 percent of his book royalties to Barrett House, a homeless shelter for women in Albuquerque. David and his wife, Patty, live in the suburbs of DC.
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Hers to Protect (Shores of Indian Lake #11) By Catherine Lanigan
Contemporary Romance |Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
April 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
She’s sworn to protect…
But does that include a speeding celebrity?
Violet Hawks is a by-the-books police officer—so when she catches a man speeding, she arrests him. Only, the man is famous race car driver Josh Stevens. To make amends, Josh launches a charm campaign, and it works on the small town…and on Violet. But when Josh is connected to an investigation, Violet begins to wonder—can she trust her instincts when her heart is involved?
MY REVIEW (LAWonder10}:
Violet took her job enforcing the law very seriously. She, also, wanted to prove herself capable and strong, regardless of her petit build.
While she was participating in a, sought after, opportunity to work surveillance with the detectives, what she believed to be "the culprit" of their investigation, sped by in an expensive car. After giving chase and calling for back-up, she discovered he was a celebrity. Nevertheless, celebrities should not be "above the law".
This is a fun tale with strong characters, fortitude, emotions, mystery, action and romance.
It is very well-written. The Title is a terrific "play on words" and fitting, as is the Cover very fitting.
The characters are well-defined and easily connected to. The scenes are portrayed in a manner, easily visualized.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating for this book.
*his was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, RESCUED BY THE FIREFIGHTER and HER TO PROTECT (2019).
Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs. She writes a monthly blog for Heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com.
As heiress of Rosings Park, Anne de Bourgh’s health is of utmost importance to her mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Thus, following the shock of a recent fire at Rosings Park, the young woman is spirited away to Brighton to take the cure. While her domineering mother is bent on healing her daughter’s sickly constitution to secure her a suitable match, Anne herself is far more concerned with sketching the flora and fauna of the lovely sea town. It is in pursuit of artistic inspiration among the flowers that Anne becomes acquainted with Mr. Owen Talbot, a charming man with whom Anne feels an immediate connection, notwithstanding their differing stations.
But despite their growing esteem for one another, the couple faces an insurmountable problem: Lady Catherine has set her sights on a rich, well-connected man for her daughter, and Mr. Talbot is simply too common. With their love in jeopardy, the couple soon faces far graver problems. There has been a murder in Brighton, and Anne is innocently drawn into an amateur investigation that ultimately traces its roots to her own family. With a frightening foreshadowing regarding the de Bourghs, Anne begins to question whom she can truly trust.
MY REVIEW (LAWonder10):
Ronda Gibb Hinricksen is a very talented author. I believe this to be one of her very best books written so far!
Finding Anne de Bourgh is about "finding" in multiple ways... Finding a missing woman; Finding oneself; Finding the real person within the outward facade.
This tale is a wonderful drama, with romance, daring and suspense.
It is a story on not allowing our circumstances to rule us.
The characters are well-developed , as always, and the situations portrayed in a way they are easily visualized.
As always, Ronda Hinricksen has researched history, making this as realistic as possible.The Cover and Title are very "fitting"This earns a Five Stars rating.
*This was gifted me with no instruction for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen:
Award-winning author, Ronda Hinrichsen (also writing as Kathleen Marks) and her family own a small farm located between the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Great Salt Lake where she regularly sees eagles, hawks, owls, and ducks. Lots of ducks. She is the author of independently and traditionally published non-fiction, romantic suspense and speculative books as well as numerous magazine articles and stories for children and adults. She also enjoys teaching about writing in conference and classroom settings. To learn more about Ronda, visit her on her Website .
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Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky
Adult Non-Fiction, 207 pages | Publisher: Apollo Publishers
Genre: Automobile Technology, Car enthusiasts
Release date: May 7, 2019 | Tour dates: May 6 to 24, 2019
Content Rating: PG (this book is accessible to everyone)
From the witty senior editor of Jalopnik, Gizmodo Media’s acclaimed website devoted to cars, technology, and more, comes a revealing, savvy, and humorous look at self-driving cars.
Self-driving cars sound fantastical and futuristic and yet they’ll soon be on every street in America. Whether it’s Tesla’s Autopilot, Google’s Waymo, Mercedes’s Distronic, or Uber’s 24,000 modified Volvos, companies across industries and throughout the world are developing autonomous cars. Even Apple, not to be outdone, is rumored to be creating its own technology too.
In Robot, Take the Wheel, Jason Torchinsky explores the state of the automotive industry. Through wit and wisdom, he explains why autonomous cars are being made and what the future of automated cars is. Torchinsky encourages us to consider autonomous cars as an entirely new machine, something beyond cars as we understand them today. He considers how we’ll get along with these robots that will take over our cars' jobs, what they will look like, what sorts of jobs they may do, what we can expect of them, how they should act, ethically, how we can have fun with them, and how we can make sure there’s still a place for those of us who love to drive with manual or automatic transmission.
This unique and highly readable volume is brimming with industry insider information and destined to be a conversation starter. It’s a must-have for car lovers, technology geeks, and everyone who wants to know what’s on the road ahead.
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About the Author:
JASON TORCHINSKY is senior editor of Jalopnik, a website devoted to news and opinions about all things automotive. As a writer and artist, he is known for his articles, artworks, talks, and videos about cars, technology, and culture. He has raced cars, wrecked cars,
and driven possibly one of the most dangerous cars ever made with the King of Cars on the Emmy-winning Jay Leno’s Garage. He lives in North Carolina.
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A Touch of Darkness (Hades & Persephone #1)
by Scarlett St. Clair
Publication date: Spring 2019
Genres: Adult, Mythology, Retelling, Romance
Synopsis:Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.
Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.
After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.
The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a Goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows--and it’s forbidden.
Why? We need to celebrate!
Persephone smiled. Ever since she’d told Lexa about her new job two weeks ago, she’d been hounding her to go out for drinks. Persephone had managed to postpone the outing, but she was quickly running out of excuses and Lexa knew it.
I am celebrating. Persephone text. With a vanilla latte.
Not with coffee. Alcohol. Shots. You + Me. Tonight.
Before Persephone could respond, a waitress approached holding a tray and her steaming latte. Persephone came here often enough to know the girl was as new as the narcissus. Her hair was in two braids, and her eyes were dark and laced with heavy lashes.
The girl smiled and asked, “Vanilla latte?”
“Yes,” Persephone said.
The waitress sat Persephone’s mug down, and then tucked her tray under her arm.
“Need anything else?”
Persephone met the girl’s gaze. “Do you think Lord Hades
has a sense of humor?”
Her eyes widened, and she responded, “I don’t know what
The girl was clearly uncomfortable, probably at hearing
Hades’ name. Most tried to avoid saying it, or they called him Aidoneus, to avoid drawing his attention, but Persephone wasn’t afraid. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that she was a goddess.
“I think he must have a sense of humor,” she said. “The narcissi are a symbol of spring and rebirth,” her fingers hovered over the petals. If anything, the flower should be her symbol. “Why else would he claim it as his?”
Persephone stared back at the girl, and her cheeks flushed. She stammered, “L-let me know if you need anything.”
She bowed her head and went back to work.
Scarlett St. Clair lives in Oklahoma with her husband. She has a Master's degree in Library Science and Information Studies and spends a lot of time researching reincarnation, unsolved murders and Greek mythology-all of which made it into her debut novel, When Stars Come Out.
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The Forgotten Ones by Andrea Bills
Publication date: May 6th 2019
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
From the iBooks Bestselling Author of Hardwired comes... One small town... One lost love... One killer.
Agent Caitlin Cade is called back to her hometown by a serial killer. She’s avoided the town for six years, trying to create a new life away from the painful memories of the sudden passing of her father and a love lost.
Dean Campbell was given a mission that forced him to walk away from the only woman he had ever loved. Just as his mission is over and he can return to her news reaches him that a serial killer has Caitlin caught in a deadly game.
Can Dean handle not being the one in control in order to show Caitlin he’s back for good? Can Caitlin not only face her past but also a killer who always seems two steps ahead of her? As a game of chess plays out using human bodies, secrets and lies come to see the light of day for the first time.
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The Forgotten Ones - Andrea Bills
A well-written story. I really like The Brotherhood Series. It brings so much to attention of the dark and scary things in this life. It's troubling to think of all the monsters in the world.
The characters are well-developed. Their emotions are so easy to feel. It pulled me right into the story. I love all the characters. Caitlin and Dean have a wonderful relationship with a strong chemistry that everyone would like to have. I adore Caitlin's tenacity. I also love Kip, Luke and Beryl, the way all of them are always there for each other. They make a great team.
The cover and the title of the book are a perfect match for the story.
There is dark and graphic content as well as profanity and sexual explicitness.
I highly recommend this book to adults. It is a very good read.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
written by Vickie
Andrea is a wife, mother and writer from small town West Virginia. She spends her time while she's not dreaming up lovers and villains alike chasing after her two kids and husband.
Her overactive imagination and her husband's wacky dreams attribute to her love of the written word. Guilty pleasures include reading all night and Reese Cups.
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Charlotte's Promise by Jennifer Moore
218 pages | Publisher: Covenant Communications (May 1, 2019)
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Charlotte was torn from her little brother after they witnessed the horrible deaths of their parents and many others. For some reason, she and her brother were spared and sold to slavers. She had endured endless abuse but would survive for her brother's sake. She promised she would find him and she would... somehow.
One stormy night, her slavers were distracted and she was able to escape. She found a man's outfit hanging on a line and quickly traded her dress for it. She cut her long, golden, locks, put on a cap and sought work on a ship as a boy. Through her determination and tenacity, she was able to secure a position on a ship which would take her to New Orleans where her brother was, most likely, taken to.
Captain Alden Thatcher couldn't believe his first mate and the others, couldn't see this was no boy but a girl. As he was about to dismiss her, her captures approached his ship determine to search it for the missing girl. He would never allow those filthy scoundrels to take her so went along with her ruse, expecting the worse.
This is an amazing tale of the perseverance and bravery of a young woman, determined to prove herself in order to find her young brother.
It is, also, about the comradery of a loyal ship crew with each other and their captain, during a contemptuous time of American history before the Revolutionary War documents were signed and acknowledged.
The author's notes at the end of the book adds great tidbits of, little known, historical facts.
The characters were so realistic, as were the scenes. The reader was easily "brought into" the story. There was constant adventure and action from the beginning page to the very end.
This was very well written. The various scenes smoothly flowed one to the other.
The Book Cover and title were a perfect "fit".
I offer a Five Stars rating for this novel.
*This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Charlotte's Promise - Jennifer Moore
I absolutely love this story! It is very well-written. I also love the history in the story and appreciate the time and effort put into the research.
The characters are fabulous. I adore Charlotte. She is the type of character everyone wants to be like. Someone who is always thinking and doing things for others. Alden is also a wonderful character along with all of his deck hands. It is easy to feel their emotions and to picture yourself there with them.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
I highly recommend this to all those who love a great historical and beautiful romance story.
I give it a literary rating of 5/5
written by vickie
About Jennifer Moore
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was aboard a British frigate during the age of sail.
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Eye of the Hurricane (A Fate’s Fools Novella: Breath of Air Collection) by Ophelia Bell
Publication date: April 30th 2019 | Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Synopsis:My name is Aella, and Fate wants me dead.
According to entertainment news, I’m the Angel of the Las Vegas Strip, the most sold-out singer at the Pandemonium Casino. According to the higher races—who I didn’t even know existed up till now—I’m part of the bloodline, which means I’m part-human, part-something else.
It also means I’m a threat to Fate’s precious balance.
To protect me from Fate’s wrath, three demigods have taken it upon themselves to act as my guardians—and lovers. But with the hounds of Fate nipping at my heels, can the Winds tear themselves away from their sibling rivalry over my affections long enough to keep me safe?
And why do I have to choose?
Warning: This book is a standalone novella set during Ophelia Bell's epically sexy "Fate's Fools" series. It is a fast-burn HOT and steamy RH odyssey, not meant for the faint of heart (or libido)... #whychoose!
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Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren't apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don't mind being with a woman who's in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.
Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.
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Lotus Effect by Trisha Wolfe
Publication date: April 29th 2019 | Genres: Adult, Suspense
Synopsis:Aella, angel of Las Vegas, songstress of my heart, the wind flows in her veins, yet she lacks the wings to fly.
Either of my two brothers or I could grant her the power of the winds, yet can’t agree on which of us is worthy of her love. We’ll tear each other apart before either of us gives up his claim on her. Yet she resists choosing.
The Winds themselves have never fought so hard for a woman. If we weren’t immortal, we would tear each other to pieces over this pretty little human. We’ll survive the fight, but the rest of the world might crumble in the process.
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USA Today bestselling romantic thriller author Trisha Wolfe. From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up imaginary worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her imaginary worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.
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The Cowboy's Perfect Match (The Sweetheart Ranch #2)
By Cathy McDavid
Contemporary Romance | Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming
He may not be perfect… But he’s perfect for her!
Ryan DeMere is definitely enjoying the perks of being Sweetheart Ranch’s new wrangler—the best is working with head chef Bridget O’Malley. He’s fallen head over spurs for the talented and determined beauty. There’s just one hiccup. Bridget is holding out for Mr. Right—and Ryan doesn’t quite meet her requirements. But he’s determined to win Bridget over, because Ryan may not be perfect…but maybe their love could be.
The Cowboys Perfect Match - Cathy McDavid
This is a wonderful story with a sweet romance.
The characters are well-developed. Their emotions are easy to feel. Ryan and Bridget both had their agendas. It is fun to see how they both learn what's important, and all they thought was important, really isn't.
The cover of the book and title are a perfect match for the story.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
I highly recommend this heart warming romance.
I give it a literary rating of 5/5
written by Vicki
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Bridget's biological clock was ticking. Her, and Grandma Emily, have made a success of Sweetwater Ranch, now she needed to find "her match", marry and start a family. It didn't help that her younger sister, Molly, was soon to be married.
Ryan had bought three other "fixer-uppers" an had made a good profit on each. If he could do as well on his newest purchase of a ranch house in a small community in Arizona, he should be able to do the same with one more and settle down to a wife and family. He wouldn't struggle to make "ends meet" as his father had always done. In order to accomplish his goal, he had to also maintain a job other than just his refurbishing... Sweetwater Ranch offered the perfect job situation for him.
Best made plans seldom work out as planned....
This is a great story of two key individuals whose first impressions were incorrect and each ones goals were very different in many ways. Still, their attraction to each other grew, but "life" got in the way, forcing them to go separate ways.
The author has creatively portrayed the "ups and downs" of life in this stimulating tale of two lives coming together, only to be torn apart again through unexpected circumstances. There is plenty of action and suspense. There was just slightly too much drama for me but totally worth the read. The characters were very endearing and the scenarios "played out well". The Cover and Title were eye-catching and fit the story well.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
This book was gifted me with no requirement of a positive review. This is my honest review.
A Cowboy's Christmas Proposal (The Sweetheart Ranch #1)
By Cathy McDavid
Contemporary Romance | Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
November 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming
At a magical time of year… Can a cowboy help falling in love?
For single dad Owen Caufield, living and working at Sweetheart Ranch for a month is the perfect change of pace. While the cowboy turned wedding officiant can now spend more time with his children, Molly O’Malley, his new boss, is less thrilled. A wedding ranch isn’t the best place for three rambunctious youngsters. But amid the chaos—and the coming holidays—it may be the best place to fall in love…
About the Author
As a sophomore in high school, NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid won a local writing competition with her self-illustrated children’s book. Who knew that small triumph would eventually lead to a career writing contemporary romances with over 1.3 million books sold? With forty-seven titles to date, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins recently married her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world four years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking men who ride the range or fight fires or hunt creatures all while sweeping the girl off her feet. It’s a tough job but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.
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Becky on Books - Review
It's All About the Romance - Excerpt
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E-Romance News - Excerpt
EmpowerMoms - Review
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Reading Is My SuperPower - Review
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May 18th: Grand Finale
Wedding bells are finally ringing for Jacklyn “Jack” Wyatt and her FBI-agent fiancé, Damon Wade. After their adventurous beginning, the happy couple finds the relative calm leading up to their big day a huge relief. Unfortunately, it seems the peace and quiet were too good to last. As they embark on their honeymoon, a weeklong cruise, Jack can’t shake the feeling that something is off with her new husband. When she stumbles upon a secret plot—one in which her husband is a key player—she realizes this getaway will be anything but smooth sailing. When she delves into the shady happenings aboard the ship, Jack realizes Damon’s involvement is just the tip of the iceberg—she has become an unwitting player in a deadly conspiracy, and in such close quarters, there is no escape. Now, Jack has no choice but to work with her new husband to unravel the truth before their happily ever after—and their lives—are ended all too soon.
Review by LAWonder10:
"Jack" could hardly believe the day would soon arrive that she would become Mrs. Damon Wade! They had been through so much together, yet, in spite of her many faults, he was marrying her! He had meticulously planned out a "Dream Honeymoon Cruise" … Little did she know it would become a Honey moon nightmare!
This is a story, addressed to an LDS audience, yet, it is a fun tale for anyone to read. It can be read as a "stand alone", but if you haven't read the first book in this series, you will do an injustice to yourself not to read it first.
The first book is more hilarious than this one... In fact, I feel this one took the incompetence and hilarity a little to the extreme. It caused much of the momentum to be lost.
It was still a fun read.
The characters are well-developed and the scenes are vividly visualized.
The Book Cover and Title are a great "fit"!
I offer a Three ad a half Stars rating for this book.
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The Starfarer (The Araloka Chronicles #2)
by Petra Landon
Publication date: November 16th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Synopsis: A feisty farmer with a dangerous heritage and a mysterious starfarer from a mighty race engage in a delicate dance of love, faith, longing and survival, while the sector burns around them!
A powerful entity readies to join the brutal war in Sector Araloka. The Ur’quay’s return to their old stomping grounds will have repercussions for the sector — affecting the present, changing the future and shining more light on the past.
Sila Gatherer hides a deadly secret on a rural planet. Until an accidental encounter with an alien starship changes her life. Threatened, exiled and adrift, Sila must learn to survive far from home and everything familiar.
Star Captain Zh’hir Mu’raat is Ur’quay – legendary starfarers renowned as warriors and explorers. On a desperate mission to a distant corner of the galaxy, his world collides with Sila’s. Thrown together, the starfarer and his accidental captive forge an extraordinary bond.
The farmer & the starfarer
Drawn to each other despite the odds, Sila and the Star Captain must fight for a future together as the war, her ability, Ur’quay tradition and a complicated legacy test their faith. When a powerful foe threatens their new coalition, they race against time to unravel a centuries-old secret. With the fate of Sector Araloka and the Ur’quay at stake, can the starfarer follow his heart or will history repeat itself again …
Author’s Note : This is the second book in The Araloka Chronicles, a collection of SciFi Romance & Space Opera with swashbuckling adventure. The story is standalone, though the reader’s experience will be enhanced if the books are read in order.
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An avid reader all her life, only recently has Petra allowed her own imagination to run riot. She loves to travel and reads everything she can get her hands on. Her idea of a good read is one where the story and characters linger, long after the book has been set aside. She strives to write fantasy with vivid characters and elements of adventure, mystery and romance juxtaposed together, since those are the tales she has enjoyed the most over the years. To share the stories swirling in her imagination is a labor of love and a lifelong dream come true for Petra.
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It was a crisp winter day when six-year-old Kacey McCallister lost both of his legs, forever altering the course of his life. This unthinkable trial could have broken him, but from that day forward he chose to rise above his circumstances and learn to live without limits.
For those struggling to find hope in the depths of physical, spiritual, or emotional trials, this incredible story of one man’s unbreakable courage will inspire and motivate readers to not only survive but thrive amidst life’s challenges.
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This is an amazing true story about an outstanding boy/man.
I can't imagine the devastation of watching a six-year-old boy - especially a son - run in front of a semi truck and have his body "whipped way" right in front of me!
This story is of young Kacey McCallister's journey through life as a double leg amputee with his stubborn determination and unbelievably tough supporting family.
Kacey's attitude is very inspirational and the obstacles he has faced and overcome is "mind-boggling"! He has not only overcome them but has "rose-up" above them as conqueror.
Kacey's account of his life's experiences are very captivating and humbling at the same time.
In 'When Life Gets You Down, Rise Up!', from the first life-changing accident through his elementary, middle school, and High School years to fulfilling a Church mission, starting his own family and gaining higher education, Kacey openly tells of the ups and downs of his life and how he continually "rose above" each obstacle. He also tells of the ongoing healing techniques when his health and physical disability sometime slowed him down.
This is one book all people should read and be encouraged by.
It is written from Kacey's Church of Jesus Christ's standpoint, but one that people from all walks of life can truly benefit from.
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*This was gifted to me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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Do you sometimes wonder what it would be like to live in a castle during the era of knights and dragons? Well, join me today as author Hank Quense visits to tell us about his latest fantasy release, THE KING WHO DISAPPEARED.
Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post. The author is giving away two print copies (US only) of his book and three eBook copies.
Synopsis of the book:
Bohan, a king, is at war with Jerado, an evil wizard who controls four neighboring kingdoms. Bohan, his wizard, Ansgar, and his guards are trapped in a cave by Jerado who magically seals the cave. Ansgar casts a sleep spell on all of them. It will last until the cave is unsealed.
More than 200 years later, an earthquake unseals the cave and frees Bohan. While catching up on history, he learns Jerado is still alive and rules the country as dictator. Bohan learns this from a sympathetic constable named Leticia. After talking to Bohan and his guards, she recognizes him from school lessons as the King Who Disappeared. Bohan determines to go to the capital, Dun Hythe, and gain revenge. Leticia promises to go with him to find out what happened to her father who was arrested and disappeared.
Jerado learns that Bohan is still alive and headed to confront him. He tells Lithgow, his son, and Flavia, his daughter about Bohan. Lithgow is the War Minister and Flavia the Minister of the Interior. They hate each other and each plans to succeed their father when he retires.
Jerado orders Lithgow to use his soldiers to block and kill Bohan. Flavia, who also has troops, decides to kill Bohan before Lithgow can. Bohan and his guards, all heroes, brush past Flavia’s soldiers and route Lithgow’s. Jerado now orders Lithgow’s troops to seal all the city’s gates and search everyone entering the city.
Meanwhile the citizens in Dun Hythe are suffering from Jerado’s rule and from Flavia’s imposition of lower wages to raise profits for the many businesses she controls. The wage restrictions impact on the Godmother’s bottom line. She is the head of a crime family who controls all vice in the city. She is also the head of the two largest and most powerful labor guilds, the teamsters and the dock workers. With Flavia’s wage restrictions in place the citizenry does have any money to have fun in the Godmother’s saloons or gambling halls. Also the workers don’t make enough money to feed their families.
Jerado’s Treasurer, Maurice, learns a few of Jerado’s family secrets. He knows how Flavia embezzles vast amounts of money from the contracts she gives out. Maurice learns about Bohan and the attempts to kill him. These and a few other secrets ensure his early death if Jerado ever finds out what he knows. Maurice meets with the Godmother and they agree to help each other for their mutual protection.
Now close to Dun Hythe, Leticia agrees to enter the city and scout it out. Hopefully she can find a way for Bohan to enter the city. She also wants to meet with the Godmother because her father was once a high-ranking official in the dock workers guild. Leticia hopes the Godmother can find out where her father is.
Within the city, rumors swirl about the reappearance of the King Who Disappeared. The Godmother ignores the rumors and is stunned to learn from Leticia that Bohan is really alive and outside the city. After a lively discussion, The Godmother agrees to smuggle Bohan into the city in return for a guarantee from Bohan for protection for her business.
Bohan and his mates enter the city by boat in the middle of the night and meet with the Godmother and Maurice who tells Bohan the layout of the palace and how to sneak into it. To make a distraction, the Godmother will call a city-wide general strike to coincide with Bohan’s attack on Jerado.
Bohan and Ansgar sneak into the palace at night with Maurice in the lead. Leaving Maurice behind, they advance into the living quarters and confront Jerado. A confusing battle ensues as the two wizards throw spells at each other. Using Ansgar’s spell as a distraction, Bohan gets close enough to Jerado to use his sword on the wizard thus gaining revenge.
With Jerado out of the way, Bohan arrests Lithgow and Flavia, proclaims himself king and agrees to work with the Godmother, orders a wage increase for all the workers.
Everyone is happy except Jerado’s children who must perform menial work for the rest of their lives.
Review by LAWonder10:
This novel of fantasy appears to be a "spoof" of kings, killers & "calamity"! It, also, seems to add "The Godfather" to that "spoof".
King Bohan and his "gang" set out to make right, wrongs by n evil, greedy king. In their efforts, they were tricked and entrapped. By the power of one of the men, a wizard, they did not die. Miraculously, they survived and were freed, only to discover great changes since their capture. The evil king travailed, became worse, and people everywhere were suffering more than ever. He, also, has two children who are even worse. It seems impossible to succeed against the odds but they had to try.
The characters are very diversified. The scenes are depicted well. The book cover and title "fit" well.
Although the tale "flows smoothly" and is entertaining, it lacks "energy" and "connection". The ending is complete, yet, weak.
I offer a Three Stars rating for this book.
*This was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories.
He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject.
He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.
Hank’s Amazon Author Page
Thanks for stopping by today during Hank’s visit. Have you ever made up stories about wizards and kingdoms?
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Book Title: HIIT Your Limit: High-Intensity Interval Training For Fat Loss, Cardio, and Full Body Health by Dr. Len Kravitz
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Fitness and Wellness
Publisher: Apollo Publisher | Release date: October 19, 2018
Tour dates: April 15 to 26, 2019
Content Rating: G (The book is a workout manual. It contains no graphic language or images.)
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High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an extraordinarily effective form of training that mixes high- and low-impact activities during periods ranging from seconds to eight minutes. In HIIT Your Limit, Dr. Len Kravitz, who has been inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame and been an internationally-renowned exercise scientist for the past thirty-six years, and sold nearly 100,0000 copies of his last fitness book, explains what HIIT is, how it effects your entire body (externally and internally), gives 50 workouts and a guaranteed plan to whip you into shape fast, and presents a wealth of nutritional and other advice to further its impact.
HIIT was recently rated the #1 new fitness trend by the American College of Sports Medicine and is the key to staying fit for celebrities like David Beckham, Britney Spears, Hugh Jackman, and Scarlett Johansson. In addition to fat loss, it’s been proven to have major health benefits on blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. Through this groundbreaking volume you’ll learn why, and see how to get fit quick, and have a fun and a truly sustainable exercise program, no expensive personal trainer required.
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
There were several impressive aspects to this book.
The author corrects a lot of - in his opinion - fallible ideas that one diet is better than another. He states, "There is no one perfect diet..." because each person's physical make up is different. Each has got to find one which fits him/her the best.
With HIIT (High-Intensity Internal Training), anyone in any stage of life and health can do this.
It is important to become "in tune" with one's own body, so one can know when to increase or decrease the amount of exercise to best aid the individual. There are many hints he offers on how to determine this. (Or know when one has HITT his/her Limit)
This simple exercise program can aid one in avoiding or decreasing many health issues.
He guide one in setting goals, and in putting this program to work. Exercising can be as simple as walking around one's office or in one's home while on the telephone.
Dr. Kravitz has developed a formula which includes: Motivational messages; Timer Setting; Exercise Mode; Warm Up; and Workout Design, with Interval, Duration and Intensity levels.
In this book, he gives several options. Also, included is illustrations of "Future workouts - including the us of weights.
In Section 4, Dr. Kravitz also expands on "100 Ways to Cut Calories" in ach person's every day life.
This is one program, I am convinced I can implement in my life, where other programs have failed.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positve review. This is my honest review.
About the Author:
Dr. Len Kravitz has thirty-six years of experience as a researcher, writer, and speaker on fitness, and is the coordinator of exercise science at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Anybody’s Guide to Total Fitness (now in its eleventh edition with nearly 100,000 copies sold), and Essentials of Eccentric Training; has published more than 300 articles in dozens of health and fitness publications; and regularly travels the country as a speaker on fitness and health. Among other awards, he was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Dr. Kravitz lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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