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Saturday 25 February 2023
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am a big fan of historical fantasies.
This recent read still surprised me so much, from one of the main characters being a selfish idiot to another thrown out in the streets by her own parents.
Historical romances usually take on a softer version of romance on the female characters projecting the males as someone who is in pain or unworthy, but this one was tough.
When I started reading, I didn't think I would like Gladys for some reason, but I started connecting with the character as I knew more about her. Same with Reuben too. I wish we had more information about other characters like Gladys' sister after she is married, whether Gladys' parents repented for what they have done, etc.
It just felt the entire world revolved around Gladys and Reuben in this novel.
One other thing - not a flaw - but illogical, is the mention of rockets in historical novels.. unless I am very wrong, I don't think rockets are even part of the century they are in.
Overall, it is definitely a great read and I lost some sleep over it (and that's a good thing) because I needed to know what happens next. :)
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Wednesday 17 August 2016
Her life with her handsome husband, Brandon, a successful criminal lawyer, starts as a happy one, but following a tragedy, guilt, alcohol and drugs crush their blissful world in a hurry. One minute Olivia is planning to leave the marriage and the next she’s floating at the foot of her son’s bed. Dead. Murdered. And all evidence points to Brandon as the prime suspect.
She is angry and determined to make him pay, but soon, she learns that she if she wants justice, she must follow the clues that reach back into Brandon’s past.
Suspenseful, romantic and awash in the afterlife thrill, She Never Got To Say Goodbye captures the power of love and friendship.
A book which gave me some unexpected surprises when I least expected it.
I read nothing from other reviews and go through Google ratings before I started reading. And I am happy for that decision.
It started off where Olivia and Brandon meet at a restaurant, become friends, falls in love, gets married and has a baby. Yeah, all these were said in the same pace in the book. No big ah's and oh's of romance and marriage. It just happened and then the tragedy hit the happy couple when Olivia was murdered. The spirit Olivia is on her way to getting revenge on... yeah, you have to go read the book, in order to know more.
It was not an easy read. I seriously didn't expect a paranormal plot. So many secrets and revelations - that will cause your mind spiral down to a complete mess. I was plastered in my chair with my Kindle until I completed this book. This is the first book for me from this author, but she made sure that I get her other books some serious attention.
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Monday 4 July 2016
Welcome to my tour stop of "Learning to Stutter" by Sherm Davis, presented by Elite Book Tours. To follow the full tour, please visit here.
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Kenneth Kocher seems to have it all - a good heart, a sense of humor, decent looks, and lots of money. What he doesn't have is something most of us take for granted - freedom of speech. Kenneth lives with a severe stutter which has wreaked havoc with his life since childhood.
After much embarrassment, pain and soul-searching, Kenneth realizes that to free his inner self he must accept the fact that he cannot be cured, and that he must learn to stutter with grace. Along the way he meets another stutterer and a young widow who are both dealing with the stumbling blocks in their own lives.
Using an experimental syntax to portray the neurological component of the syndrome, the novel gives the reader a unique view of stuttering from the inside out.
PRAISES FOR "LEARNING TO STUTTER"This is an extraordinary book. It’s the inside dope on stuttering. And if one person was born to tell the story, it’s David Sherman. And does he have a story to tell. The plot is consummate, the writing proficient, the pacing skillful, with a clarity of detail that renders it very realistic. After awhile, I found myself caring about all the characters, even (or particularly) the minor ones, oftentimes because they reminded me of myself, and were therefore incredible familiar. It is a reflection of the author’s versatility –as educator, in math and Language Arts, as musician and writer –and diversity –Jewish, New York born and bred, having resided all over the world –that some parts of the writing even speak to the Oriental in me. As each of the characters, stuttering and non-, go about their lives, problem-solving, adapting, you cannot help but see the parables at a universal level. Resonant, poignant, and ultimately elucidatory, this book get an A+ from me.
---- Ling T., Guatemala
In addition to those who struggle with dysfluency and their friends and family, I highly recommend this novel to educators and speech pathologists to ensure their understanding of the multi-faceted impact that this neurological syndrome can have on one’s identity.
---- Shari Mayerson, MS, CCC-SLP
Why is the name so difficult? Perhaps because there is no way to reach into the verbal bag of tricks which every person who stutters carries with him in a desperate attempt to seem normal. Word substitution (the favorite of all stutterers who block more on certain sounds than others) is impossible when the name is fixed and finite. Linking the end of one sound to the start of another to increase fluidity is impossible also, because the name begins with a specific sound, and most stuttering occurs on the initial syllable of a word.
EXCERPT FROM "LEARNING TO STUTTER"
OTHER BOOKS FROM SHERM DAVIS
This bilingual English/Spanish collection contains pieces ranging from flash fiction to folktale. Set in New York, New & Old Mexico, Guatemala, Italy, and the future, eight morsels of Zap Fiction lead off the collection, and five longer stories close it out. The Spanish translations, the product of a team of professionals, are as true to the original English as possible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Howard Sherman Davis is a writer, musician and international educator who has taught in five countries on four continents. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Long Island, he currently lives by Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. His journalism and fiction have appeared in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, and online.
Friday 10 June 2016
Author: Lloydd Marshall
Title: Halendor: First Light
Release Date: 4/25/16
Buy Link: Amazon
SynopsisAurora is the only daughter of two of Fredan’s most influential figures, but all of the money in the world can’t help her feel as if she belongs in that world. Gifted, or cursed, with telekinetic abilities that she hasn’t told her two best friends about, let alone her family, Aurora soon learns that she isn’t as unique, or out of place, as she had once believed.
The Elements have been hidden where no one would think to look, so Lisa has come to the backwater of the galaxy, Earth, to find them. She has a very specific mission: locate and inform five extraordinarily powered people that their lives are not what they thought. In fact, they have the ability to access vast planes of elemental magic and are known throughout the universe as the Elements.
Together they will have to overcome seemingly insurmountable forces possessing potent abilities and even more dangerous goals. Throw in two federal agents tasked with keeping Earth from ever knowing anything about supernatural events, and Aurora is in for a wild ride.
About the AuthorI grew up all over southern California and Washington state, with a smattering of locations about Oregon, Nevada, and Hawaii, and with each move I learned about new cultures and ideas.Many people have interests in literature and fiction, but few people have ever thought themselves so ambitious that they would chose to write and publish a book every single week. This is the promise of Lloydd Marshall and BLGM Reserve Estates, with a new trilogy dropping weekly, while a new Halendor Arc will drop on the last Monday of each month.Writing has been a passion, and through my life moving has always been a constant which has exposed me to various people and ideas about the United States and has only increased my love of writing. With each book, I hope to reach new people who will enjoy what I create.