Prepare to Be Blown Away By “How to Walk Away”

If you get your hands on a copy of this How to Walk Away, you may as well cancel everything on your calendar for the next two or three days, because you won’t be able to put it down. I was hooked on the first page of this fantastic book. Katherine Center  is a master at creating beautifully written, often comic, sagas of overcoming tragedy and maneuvering family dynamics. To read my full review, click right here.

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In Stores Today: Two Girls Down

Two Girls Down, the most recent work of Louisa Luna, takes the reader through the emotional roller coster of searching for missing children.
 
Many current social issues are subtly woven into a compelling yet agonizing, and all too realistic story. This is not a depressing book, as some of this genre are, but it is one that will stay with you after you have closed the book, or turned off your e-reader.
 
To read my review, click right here. Two Girls Down is in bookstores today.
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Disappointing News

I have disappointing news. Amazon has cancelled my status as an Amazon Affiliate/Associate because I have not had any “qualifying” sales in the first 6 months as an affiliate. I actually had 4 sales, but they were from family, and don’t count.
 
I will attempt to find another way to monetize this website and blog while I work to build up enough of a following to attract people who will go through my links to get to Amazon.com, then make their purchases. For the time being, all Amazon ads will be removed from my website and blog.
 
Thank you for following my site.
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Children’s Books Are Delightful Gifts

I have fallen in love with children’s books all over again. They just keep getting better, then of course, there are the classics. With the holidays coming, I wanted to share with you some of the wonderful, heartwarming stories for children I have discovered. I have made the titles below into clickable links that will take you to my reviews of the books.
 
The Polar Express, is especially fun for Christmas, and anyone who believes (or wants to believe) in Santa.
 
Good Night Yoga, is a book I wish had been around when I was little, and when my daughter was little, too. It helps to relax and calm both children and parents when preparing kids for bedtime. 
 
The joyful, high-spirited prose of Leaps and Bounce, will delight small children with a simple, yet fun biology lesson slipped in so carefully, they won’t know they are learning.
 

What Do You Do With An Idea? is one of the most impressive books for small children I have seen in a very long time. It encourages all of us not to fear taking our ideas seriously. This book should be required reading for every person everywhere.

The Ugly Pony is a modern retelling of The Ugly Duckling, and is an especially good book for middle school children about bullying.
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J.A. Davis’s “Crisis” Series

While on vacation I read J.A. Davis’s newest book, Crisis: Black. It’s the sequel to his debut novel, Crisis: Blue, which I reviewed in early 2017. If you enjoy political thrillers and adventure/suspense novels you will love these books. 
To read my review of Crisis: Black, click right here; and to read my review of Crisis: Blue, click here. The third in this series, Crisis: Red, is in the works now, and I can’t wait to read it.
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Two Girls Down, But Not Out

I just finished a fantastic book. Two Girls Down, the most recent work of Louisa Luna, takes the reader through the emotional roller coster of searching for missing children.
 
Many current social issues are subtly woven into a compelling yet agonizing, and all too realistic story. This is not a depressing book, as some of this genre are, but it is one that will stay with you after you have closed the book, or turned off your e-reader.
 
To read my review, click right here. Two Girls Down will be available for purchase on January 9, 2018, or you can pre-order it now.


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Two Great Lowcountry Mysteries

Lowcountry Book Club and Lowcountry Bonfire are #5 and #6 respectively, in Susan Boyer‘s Liz Talbot Mystery Series. Boyer is a recipient and of the Agatha Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and was shortlisted for the Pat Conroy Beach Music Mystery Prize. That alone was enough to convince me that her books are worth my attention. I am grateful to her agent at Claire McKinney, PR, LLC, for sending me copies of both of these books.
Liz and her husband, Nate, are private investigators extraordinaire, solving cases others cannot. One fun aspect of the series is the comical Colleen, Liz and Nate’s high school friend who died at 17. Stuck forever at age 17, Colleen continues to materialize and often helps the two private investigators with their cases. It’s a bit of a stretch of the imagination, but certainly adds a layer of humor to the series.
Cozy mystery lovers will be enchanted with this series. To read my full reviews click here for Lowcountry Bookclub and here for Lowcountry Bonfire.
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English Garden Mystery

Set in England, Pru Parke, gardener extraordinaire, is hired to refurbish the famous gardens at Glebe House in the Cotswolds. The elderly magistrate, Batsford Bede, is murdered, and soon almost everyone around him is a suspect. Best Laid Plants, by Marty Wingate (also a gardener) is a wonderful cozy mystery. This avid gardener especially loved it. To read my full review, click right here.

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Greek Saga is Author’s First to Be Published in English

Lena Manta, is a well-known Greek author, quite popular in Greece and elsewhere. Her book, The House by the River, is the first of her books to be published in English. I had the honor of being the first to publish a review of this wonderful book on BarnesandNoble.com. It’s a saga that extends from WWII through the 1960s or 70s.  To read my full review, as usual, click right here.

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Creepy Book for a Creepy Day – Happy Halloween

The story has nothing to do with Halloween, but it is truly a creepy book for a creepy day. Except for a few common grammatical errors, I couldn’t put it down. To read my review of The Marriage Pact, click right here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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