Day: August 8, 2018

Book Review: Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

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I requested Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou from NetGalley earlier this year after the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, contacted me about this new 2018 release. It sounded fantastic, so I added it to my August 2018 TBR queue. I enjoyed this family drama with a few twists and look forward to more from the author.
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Fires are dangers. Sometimes they burn out. Sometimes they kill people. And even worse, sometimes, they’re deliberate. From the very beginning, you know something bad happened between these two sisters, but you don’t truly find out the extent until close to the end of the novel. Along the way, they fight over a man, raise a child together, learn how to hate and love one another… all the while trying to live a normal life. Is that even possible after all they’ve been through?

Petrou is a new author for me, and I’m glad to have connected with her book. I enjoyed the writing style and the in-depth analysis of the relationship between Hattie and Penny. I immediately liked one and disliked the other, but my attachments waffled a few times before the end. A good author can cause readers to doubt what they’re thinking… then bring it all together with a final and powerful ending. While it was powerful, I’m not sure I liked the ending for this one, if I’m being honest. I felt it could have gone a different way, but I still enjoyed the entire ride.

Kudos to the author and publisher. I will look for more from Laurie Petrou and recommend this as a good book to read one weekend… or by a nice cozy fire!

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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My Very Own “Book Bucket List” – August 2018

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I’ve knocked the 15th entry off my Book Bucket List:  Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson. You can see the review here. In its place, I’ve added Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke to round out the 12 options for the next vote (post with poll to VOTE is below).

The poll for the September 2018 read is open. Click below to vote by 8/15!

 

Below is the link to the on-going Book Bucket List and a background on what it’s all about. My Very Own “Book Bucket List”  —  Click the link to access everything since the beginning of this post series as well as see the 12 books currently on the list.

 

About Me
I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS.  My second novel, Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/FatherFigure.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Book Review: Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

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After reading/reviewing a book co-written by Candace Robinson earlier this year, I immediately added another of her independently written books, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, to my summer reading queue. Mid-way through the book, I learned it’s a series and book two will be coming out in about a week (8/17/18). One thing’s for sure… Robinson is fantastic at writing YA/NA characters and story lines that appeal to a wide variety of reader types. I’m not normally a fantasy reader, but this is a prime example of why I could love the genre. From wicked twists on fairy tales to utterly shocking characters, I’m all in for the series!

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The debut in this series starts off rather quiet. A few people are missing, but no one’s super worried. Best friends Maisie and Perrie are in their own world about to graduate from high school. Perrie’s angry with her former boyfriend for doing something and she’s now making googly eyes at a new boy named August. Suddenly, people they know begin to disappear, including some from their own small group. At the same time, a mysterious museum pops up, but it’s made of stone and couldn’t just appear out of no where, could it? When Perrie finally gets into the building, everything changes. Imagine large snow globe-like glass objects with cute little scenes… imagine being inside them and meeting people you thought were only fictional characters! So… that’s all I will say as even that might be considered a bit of a spoiler, but in my opinion, that’s the exact reason why someone will pick up the book.

Effortless reading. It’s not quite a suspenseful thriller as much as it is an immersive must-read to understand what’s happening type of book. The rules aren’t clear yet, but we know from the prologue, there’s evil lurking somewhere inside someone — we just don’t know who it is. You’ll be drawn in from the beginning. You’ll care more about the story and the plot than the characters, as to me, this is all about how’s it gonna turn out? A fairy tale ending or complete and crazy destruction? Robinson’s writing style is strong and I wholeheartedly recommend diving into this book. I’ve already secured a copy of the second book and I will be reading it next month. Care to join?

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Book Review: Heir of Ashes by Jina S. Bazzar

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After interacting with Jina S. Bazzar via her blog for over a year, I decided to read her short story, The Curse earlier this year. I enjoyed it a lot even though I’m not a heavy fantasy reader. I added the first book in her series, Heir of Ashes, to my summer reading queue and finished it last week. All I can say is her heroine, Roxanne Fosch, is quite a captivating bad ass!

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For starters, the book is about 9k Kindle lines which is somewhere around 700 pages if I did the math properly. It was a daunting task, but by the time I finished it, I couldn’t believe it had gone so quickly. That’s a good sign when an author who can truly immerse you in a fantasy world full of awesome scenery and characters. If I tried to count the number of fight scenes, I’d run out of hands and toes! But each one felt different… between the multiple groups or assassins trying to get hold of her and the people she was trying to track down, Roxanne had tons of challenges to deal with. Along the way, Bazzar weaves in some romance, mystery, advice, and charm. It hits a bunch of happy spots when I’m looking for a well-written, cross-genre-style novel.

One of the most remarkable items the book left me with was how in Roxanne’s journey across those few days/weeks when we caught a sneak peak into her life, very little changed — and I mean this in a good way. She set out to escape, which happens. She set out to get revenge, which happens. She set out to discover who she was, which happens. But in the end, she’s basically back to the beginning not really knowing who she is anymore, trapped by a new force, and ready for revenge on the true tormentors. Book 2 will definitely handle all that drama and more, I’m sure, but in the meantime… so many questions about the different species and creatures in this world are still teasing me. Are her parents really dead? Was the curse from the original short story/prequel truly fulfilled? Why is this all happening? When will we meet the queen and her sister? How can I make Logan real?

I find myself intrigued and excited to learn more. I’d give this story 4.5 stars (rounding up where appropriate) and congratulate the author and publishing team on a successful launch. I look forward to picking up the next book in the series when it’s ready for publication.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Book Review: Disorderly Conduct by Mary Feliz

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I read Disorderly Conduct by Mary Feliz after I won this book through the Cozy Mystery Review Crew group which I love being part of! This is the 4th book in the Maggie McDonald mystery series, published in 2018, but I haven’t had a chance to read the previous ones, yet. I will be going back to read them at some point as I really enjoyed this one.

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Maggie is an organizational expert and in this caper, she’s providing tips to prevent and/or react to fires occurring all throughout her Silicon Valley hometown. When her best friend’s husband’s body is found among the wreckage, she’s playing mom to more than just her own family. As Maggie comforts Tess, all the kids suspect there’s something foul especially because their father was an experienced hiker and very cautious in all he did. As Maggie helps protect the town and comfort her friends, clues begin to surface, including a sinister group of internationals growing drugs in a nearby field. How does it all fit together? Read to find out… no spoilers here.

Being new to the books and author, I wasn’t sure how I’d do starting mid-series. There were a few references to prior murders, and a couple of people who had been suspects once; I will now know not to worry about them. For those reasons, I’d recommend reading in order, but otherwise, it would be a good standalone novel. I enjoyed the premise and characters. I did think the mystery was a little too side-story in terms of actual investigation. Maggie searches for clues along the way, but when she learns of the drug story, it’s a bit of a different book. That said, these series aren’t always about the mystery — sometimes it’s about getting to know a made-up setting and fictional characters. Readers enjoy living in someone else’s world, so there’s a balance with both a fun mystery and a cool get-to-know-you story.

I’d recommend it for folks who just like to immerse themselves in a different setting without needing a hardcore mystery to sink there teeth into. The characters stand out. Having pets is fun. Getting tips is beneficial. Overall a good read worthy of 4 stars. Thanks to the publisher and author for setting up this giveaway contest.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Author Spotlight: Robbie Cheadle – FREE SNEAK PEAK at New Story

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As part of our upcoming Children’s Book Readathon, we have a few fantastic authors and bloggers who are participating in the final week. Last week, I highlighted a wonderful writing duo that I came across about a year ago: Robbie and Michael Cheadle. Today they are sharing a special new story called Chocolate Delight and the Sugar Dog.

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Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet

have a son – Chocolate Delight,

a mild mannered and kindly lad

he’d never get into a fight.

This despite his enormous size

the biggest boy in town,

he has a smile for everyone

you’ll never see him frown.

The teachers at the local school

love to have him in their class,

polite and hardworking as can be

he achieves a merit pass.

He has a beloved sugar dog

he takes for walks each day,

‘round the hot chocolate ponds

they love to run and play.

These ponds on a cold winter’s day

provide visitors with a delicious treat,

a rich ‘n creamy drink, it warms you up

and is wonderfully thick and sweet.

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After school, moms gather at the ponds

their children and pets running free,

with a picnic blanket and basket

it’s the perfect place for high tea.

While out for a stroll one winter’s day

making the most of the weak sunlight,

an unexpected event occurred

which gave Chocolate Delight a fright.

Lord Humbug was out enjoying the sun

his trio of energetic dogs in tow,

they jumped into a steaming pond

and swam madly to and fro.

They delightedly chased the little ducks

that lived amongst the pretzel reeds

an unfortunate circumstance that occurred

when the dogs were off their leads.

A disapproving crowd soon gathered round

they did not like this game,

Lord Humbug ignored them; looking away

his dogs carried on just the same.

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The dogs were happily paddling around

yipping and yelping with pleasure,

disturbing all the water creatures

and disrupting the picnickers’ leisure.

The peaceable ducks were scared

they tried to escape – wings flapping,

the naughty dogs were excited

at the birds barking and yapping.

The wide mouthed, green frog

sunning himself on a leaf,

dived off and hastily swam away

before the dogs could do him grief.

Two of the dogs were strong swimmers

but the third had started to struggle,

his master worriedly called to him

and he gave his tail a waggle.

The poor little dog was quite unsure

strike for shore or stay and play,

he decided to play on with his friends

much to Lord Humbug’s dismay.

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Within a short space of time

it was evident, the dog was in trouble,

as he dipped beneath the chocolate surface

up popped a chocolate bubble.

The dog came up, making a whistling sound

paddling frantically on the spot,

the crowd looked on with baited breath

would he make it to shore – or not.

The poor little fellow was sinking fast

eyes huge – he was losing the fight,

Chocolate Delight plunged in to give a hand

and help him out of his plight.

Chocolate Delight got hold of the dog

and supported him to the shore,

the gathered crowd were really thrilled

and hailed him with cheers galore.

Lord Humbug apologised for his selfishness

and have Chocolate Delight a reward,

this he received with grateful thanks

glad that peace had been restored.

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet

were very proud of their boy,

they held a party in his honour

to show their pride and joy.

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Lord Humbug wanted to make amends

and built a home for the grateful ducks,

he now visits them every day

and the ducklings into bed tucks.

 

THE END

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I absolutely adored this story, but I’m saving all my thoughts and feedback for the week of 8/25 when we highlight Robbie Cheadle as part of the Children’s Readathon AUTHORS WHO BLOG week. I can’t wait to share my three reviews!

BELOW please find last week’s post with a special author interview and keep on the lookout for in 2+ weeks for our posts focused on their books!

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About Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books. Robbie is also the author of the new Silly Willy series the first of which, Silly Willy goes to Cape Town, is now available. (See More Below)

Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s books

All the Sir Chocolate books are currently available in hard copy and as ebooks and range from 2 to 9 years depending on the format:

  • A5 format for children aged 6 to 9 years
  • Square format for younger children aged 2 to 5 years

Aren’t these adorable covers and book art?

Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet live in Chocolate land where you can eat absolutely everything. Join them on a fantastic adventure to find the amazing strawberry cream berry and learn how to make some of their scrumptious recipes at the same time.

Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet find a lost baby cookie monster. Join them on an adventure to return the baby to its mother and learn how to make some of their delicious recipes at the same time.

Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook:

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

Sir Chocolate and the condensed milk river story and cookbook:

The Condensed Milk River where Sir Chocolate goes fishing has stopped flowing. The water creatures are losing their homes. Can Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet solve this problem? Includes five lovely new recipes.

Sir Chocolate and the sugar crystal caves story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet journey to the sugar crystal caves to collect the sugar water they need to make their soda pop. To get to the Chocolate Chip Hills they must cross the Chocolate Mousse Swamp infested with alligator sours and a meringue ghost. When they arrive, they discover that the sugar crystals are melting, and something needs to be done to save them. Learn how to make some four fun creations out of biscuits and the sugar crystals too.

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Silly Willy goes to Cape Town:

When the George family go on holiday to Cape Town, Cautious Craig cannot believe what he has to endure at the hands of his naughty and wilful younger brother, Silly Willy. Willy throws tantrums at the most embarrassing and inappropriate times, causes a commotion on the aeroplane and tries to steal a chameleon from Butterfly World. What is a poor older brother expected to do in these situations?

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Coming in 2018

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War II?

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Elsie and her family live in a small double story cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signaling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite, the war raging across the English channel, daily life must continue with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its scary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic WWII recipes.

Follow Robbie Cheadle @

Blog: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/

Blog: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Google+: https://plus.google.com/105609586198905397891

Facebook: @SirChocolateBooks

Twitter: @bakeandwrite

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Purchase Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s Books from…

Amazon

OR

TSL Books

What’s up next on Robbie’s Children’s Books Readathon?

A story entitled “Chocolate Delight and the sugar dog” will be shared on the blog next week! Stay tuned for the sneak preview and release of this adorable story!

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About Me
I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS.  My second novel, Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/FatherFigure.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.