Friday, August 12, 2022

CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts

 CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts


Book Details:

​Book Title: CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (13-18+),  348 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publisher:  Twilight Fox LLC
Release date:  August 2, 2022
Formats Available for Review: print (softback) (USA and Canada) and ebook (EPUB and PDF)
Tour dates: August 2 to August 22, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 PG-13 for some profanity and mild violence.
Book Description:

The bonds of family go well beyond blood.

But can those bonds hold when the blood itself carries a devastating secret?

Fenlee's opal necklace had always radiated a certain warmth since her mother's death. But now, at sixteen, her world begins to unravel as the stone sparks to life, revealing itself to be an otherworldly artifact of untold power.

Between her mechatronics studies at the academy and scavenging expeditions beneath the sprawling city of New Cascadia, Fenlee and her adopted brother, Elliot, try to decipher the mysteries of her necklace and its link to events in Fenlee's past.

But they're not alone in their search.

Strange undercity dwellers offer cryptic warnings, drones track their movements, and deadly corporate agents lurk in the shadows. When tragedy rips Fenlee's family apart, she must learn to use the artifact's power to save those who are deeply precious to her. But nothing can prepare her for the dark truths that she will uncover on that journey…

“Lee,” Elliot mumbled. “I'm not who you think I am.” 
Author Matty Roberts
Meet the Author:

Matty Roberts began their career in journalism where they earned an Emmy and had the privilege of working on several other award-winning projects. They hold an MS from Johns Hopkins University and are now an engineer in renewable energy in Denver, Colorado where they live with their wonderful partner, two extraordinary kids, and the best doggie ever. In addition to writing, engineering, and parenting, Matty is a vegan enby nerd who is in love with this world and will forever be doing all they can to make it a better place. And they may be known to occasionally play in a punk band here or there.

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My Review
CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts was a great Sci-Fi/Dystopian book!! I really liked the mystery behind Fenlee's opal necklace and its otherworldly power. While I also liked Fenlee's adopted brother Elliot, it was Fenlee that was truly my favorite character. It was Fenlee and the author's world-building of New Cascadia that made this book an amazing read!

Thursday, August 11, 2022

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Gordon Jensen

 THE BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR Series by Gordon Jensen and Cara Highsmith

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Book Details:

​Book Title: The Way Out (Book 1: Be Careful What You Wish for Series) by Gordon Jensen with Cara Highsmith and Gordon Thomas
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  240 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publisher:  Highsmith Creative Services
Release date:  September 2020
Formats Available for Review: print (softback) (internationally) and ebook (EPUB and PDF)
Tour dates: July 18 to August 12, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. The language is pretty tame, but there are a few swear words. The bigger issue is some of the topics addressed in it. ​
Book Description:

When the Alpha Centauri crew returns to earth after a failed mission to explore a distant planet, they quickly learn the world is not how they left it.

Under new global leadership, the planet has managed to go decades without conflict, except for one major problem. Thanks to a pandemic caused by a mutation in a new strain of GMO corn, the world’s population plummeted to 2.6 billion, wiping out a disproportionate amount of men and leaving the globe run almost entirely by women. The mutation altered the human DNA, making it impossible to produce male babies and increasing Y-chromosome related diseases.

Because of their lack of exposure, the Alpha Centauri crew, especially the men on board, now find themselves in high demand. The Powers that Be think they are the solution, but with that solution comes the inevitable hunger for power and control. As greed, self-interest, and corruption rear their ugly heads, a planet that had found its way to peace is thrust into turmoil once again.

So, the question becomes: Are they really the answer to a seemingly unsolvable problem? The world may soon come to understand that sometimes getting what you wish for isn't the gift you think it will be.

The Way Out is at once a brilliant and relatable work of post-apocalyptic fiction. Think The Handmaid’s Tale mixed with Netflix’s The Wilds, and a touch of Interstellar, the movie. It’s a uniquely told story that will have you waiting as impatiently as the crew to understand the New World Order of the near future.

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TWO ROADS TO PARADISE (Be Careful What You Wish For Series) by

Book Details:

​Book Title: Two Roads to Paradise (Book 2: Be Careful What You Wish for Series) by Gordon Jensen with Cara Highsmith and Gordon Thomas
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  324 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publisher:  Highsmith Creative Services
Release date:  May 2022
Formats Available for Review: print (softback) (internationally) and ebook (EPUB and PDF)
Tour dates: July 18 to August 12, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. The language is pretty tame, but there are a few swear words. The bigger issue is some of the topics addressed in it. 
Book Description:

​Although the reappearance of the Alpha Centauri I crew was miraculous, it was not the celebratory homecoming they expected. Their return to a world reeling from a pandemic that wiped out more than half the population thrust them right into the center of controversy and conflict. Now, three years later, though the tide has turned and the survival of the human race seems to be secure, the survival of human relations is far less certain. The cure should have been the injection of hope the world needed to restore balance and end the chaos of the last four decades. Instead, the complex implications for personal rights and freedom have fractured the North American territory in such a way that the division may never be repaired. As the crew dispersed to find their place in this new landscape, Hunter Young found himself embedded in the Marshall administration as an agent for the mysterious K Group. What had been a relatively uneventful assignment suddenly becomes a whirlwind of adventure as he is called to a rendezvous that requires a long and circuitous journey.
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Author Gordon Jensen
Meet the Authors:

Gordon Jensen holds an MBA from University of Rochester, New York, Simon School of Business and a bachelor's degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After working in finance In New York for several years, Jensen went back to Minnesota to run the family business. He retired after selling the the business and is now fulfilling a number of life-long dreams, including writing a novel series.

Author Cara Highsmith
Cara Highsmith has always been drawn to the world of books and has found herself working in this industry in one capacity or another for the majority of her adult life. She holds a Master of Arts in English from Belmont University and did work toward a PhD at Middle Tennessee State University. Cara was on the editorial team at Hachette Book Group USA, working with several New York Times bestselling authors, for nearly four years. After leaving Hachette in 2008, she began freelancing, developing proposals and manuscripts for agents, editing and ghostwriting for authors, and assisting clients in preparing projects for self-publishing. Cara is a master of being a jack of all trades, but currently spends her free time working on several personal writing projects and enjoying life on a beautiful northern California mountain.

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Practical M.B.A. on Economics "What They Do & Don't Teach You At Business School" by Joseph Gulesserian

 The Practical M.B.A. on Economics

THE PRACTICAL MBA: ECONOMICS by Joseph Joseph  Gulesserian

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Practical M.B.A. on Economics "What They Do & Don’t Teach You At Business School" by Joseph Gulesserian
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  526 pages
Genre:  Non-Fiction Business Economics History
Publisher:  Brands Fifth Avenue Inc
Release date:   June 2022
Format available for review:  print (Internationally), ebook (gifted Kindle, pdf
Tour dates: August 1 to August 19, 2022
Content Rating:  G. Business Book on Economics

#1 Best-Seller in Economics History!

Book Description:

A Plethora of Wealth - Knowledge - Insights, that will help you take over the World and Beyond!

Government and the Central Banks have been managing the economic business cycle for over 100 years, creating the biggest Ponzi scheme of money printing ever invented in the history of civilization, as we now find ourselves living in a precarious house of cards. By hallowing out our manufacturing, have we diminished our inventiveness? What role did China really play in this, and what role did our own selfish desire affect the outcome, and what was the trade-off?

Is this the beginning of the end of US monetary global dominance, and how long can we print fiat money to support the vestiges of a declining Empire? Is the cost of living going up, or is it because currency is rapidly depreciating? What is the true source of effective inflation, and why is the wealth divide becoming greater?

The pages of this book bring to light the roots of our economic order of today, and help explain the world around us, how we arrived here, and what might lie ahead.

The Practical MBA on Economics is comprehensive, fast-paced, making for magnificent theatre, full of spills and chills, from stock market crashes to sovereign debt default, to the 1944 Bretton Woods reset, the IMF, the WTO, U.S. Dollar reserve, and mercantilism. We come to meet the economic thinkers that shape our world today from Adam Smith, Richard Cantillon, John Maynard Keynes, David Ricardo, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman.

With intellectual clarity, insights, wit and humour, Gulesserian challenges the narrative, simplifies complex economic ideas, and draws from historical events, to explain how we came to the current financial world order, its perils, and the future of tomorrow!

With compelling antidotes that entertain, filled with relevance and a library of knowledge that leaves the reader feeling full, and liberated to unlock the future. So, butter your popcorn, do fasten your seat belts, and enjoy the ride.  
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Author Joseph Gulesserian
Meet the Author:

​Joseph Gulesserian is an entrepreneur and a published author, who wrote “Newspaper Boys Always Deliver”, a story of pop culture and technology. He has built and brought to market health and beauty Brands with global reach that has sent him around much of the world.

With his technical training, he has spent time on the factory floor with technologies from machine building to software information systems, for competitive advantage.

He has an insatiable eclectic curiosity for flirting with the outer parameters of the human imagination, is a student of history, loves the arts, design, the digital age, math, while believing in the tenets of the marketplace of ideas and personal liberty.

After earning his MBA from Edinburgh Business School in the U.K., he taught Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, Statistics and marketing, as an adjunct professor at Toronto colleges. 

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

A MIDLIFE VOYAGE TO TRANSFORMATION by Donna Roe Daniell

A MIDLIFE VOYAGE TO TRANSFORMATION by Donna Roe Daniell

Book Details:

​Book Title:  A Midlife Voyage to Transformation by Donna Roe Daniell
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  233 pages
Genre: Memoir / Women's / Personal Transformation Self-Help
Publisher:  Mindful Books 
Release date:  June 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA only), ebook (EPUB and PDF)
Tour dates: July 25 to August 5, 2022
Content Rating:  G 
Book Description:

Can You Step into Your Power and Birth a New You at Midlife?

YES! Midlife, and the major events that encompass the ages of 35-65, can be devastating or powerful for women. But we can choose to be awakened at this powerful time of life. This memoir is the story of Donna Daniell's healing journey through the five stages of the midlife voyage-Lost at Sea; Finding a Mooring; Deep Diving; Rebirthing; and the New You-to find self-love, resilience, and feminine wisdom. It is also a roadmap for other women on the midlife journey, charting a course that transmutes challenges into inner rebirth and stepping into the power of the Wisewoman.

​FIND YOUR OWN INNER STRENGTH - TAKE THE VOYAGE TO TRANSFORMATION!
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Author Donna Roe Daniell

Meet the Author:

Donna Roe Daniell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado and has had a private practice in the Boulder/Longmont area since 2005 called Balance Your Life Coaching & Psychotherapy. She has offered family therapy and individual trauma treatment using mind/body trauma tools such as mindfulness, yoga and IFS through her psychotherapy practice. Since 2015, she has focused her coaching practice for women in midlife on unique programs to specifically empower women going through major midlife challenges to grieve and rebirth themselves through the 5 stages of her Midlife Voyage to Transformation. Today, through her website, Donna offers on-line courses, Talks and live workshops, mp3 guided practices to support this book, and adventure and mindfulness retreats in nature for women wanting support to wake up, become unstuck, and find a transformative healing path through life’s challenges.

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My Review
A Midlife Voyage to Transformation by Donna Roe Daniell was a well written book that was both informative and interesting. While I am not yet at the middle age point myself, I still found the author's wisdom and insight to be useful in regards to understanding myself as well.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

MICKEY ON THE MOVE FARMING by Michelle Wagner

 MICKEY ON THE MOVE FARMING by Michelle Wagner

MICKEY ON THE MOVE FARMING by Michelle Wagner


Book Details:

Book Title:  Mickey on the Move Farming by Michelle Wagner
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   July, 2022
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: July 12 to Aug 1, 2022
Content Rating:  G for everyone.
Book Description:

Mickey is on the move again!

He and his mom take pride in farming and gardening together, doing everything from raising chickens to growing delicious fruits and vegetables in their backyard orchard.

Mickey, who was born with deafness in both ears, has overcome obstacles to fully enjoy the great outdoors.

His Aqua Cochlear implants allow him to hear and appreciate the beautiful sounds in nature without the worry of weather dampening his day!

Join Mickey for another adventure!

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Author Michelle Wagner
Meet the Author:

Michelle Wagner is a full-time realtor, mom, and award-winning author who dedicates her time and energy to charities and events supporting children with hearing loss. Michelle takes pride in assisting families as they work through the different approaches to raising a special-needs child in a typical environment.

After discovering that her son Mickey was profoundly deaf in both ears, Michelle made it her mission to provide Mickey with the tools to ensure that he would live his best life. Today, Mickey, who wears bilateral cochlear implants, plays tennis and is currently in eighth grade at the St. Helena Montessori Farm School, where he is thriving and is social with his friends. Michelle makes sure that Mickey has the courage to be his optimal self. Michelle is donating 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of Mickey on the Move Farming to the Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund.

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My Review
MICKEY ON THE MOVE FARMING by Michelle Wagner  was a great kids book. I liked the farm setting and all the animal pictures. The fact that Mickey is deaf, but is able to hear with cochlear implants, was really cool. I liked the way this would help kids understand a bit more about deafness. 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Rose Hawthorne

 

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Inside the Book:



Title: Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders
Author: Shannon O’Gorman
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 200
Genre: Mystery

Book Blurb

Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders follows Rose, a celebrity author in her early seventies, who dislikes the limelight but does like Hermes scarfs, round violet sunglasses, and old colonial hotels. One day, she receives a letter asking her to visit Newgrange, Ireland and discover something that has been hidden there for a thousand years.

She asks her granddaughter Samantha to accompany her, but she hadn’t expected her to continually post photos of their progress on her Instagram account. An encounter with an old love and an unexpected discovery leads Rose deeper into the past, where she finds she must make a hard decision about her future.

Book Information

Release Date: March 16, 2022

Publisher:  Independent

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1736801079; 200 pages; $10.99; Free on Kindle Unlimited

Amazon: https://amzn.to/39a7pub

Meet the Author



Shannon O’Gorman is originally from Winnipeg, Canada and has been living in San Jose, California for the past 10 years enjoying the sunshine. She completed a BA in English at the University of Manitoba, with a specialization in Creative Writing. After university, the travel bug bit her hard and she spent the next 10 years traveling the world and supporting herself with odd jobs ( lots of fruit picking, waitressing, temp. work and ESL teaching). She spent many years in London, a few years in Israel on a moshav, and several years in Hong Kong. And then she found herself in Japan, where she married, had a daughter and ran an English school with her husband for 10 years. Throughout this time she kept diaries and wrote many short stories, some of which were published in small ex-pat magazines. Eventually, she returned to Canada and taught international students at U of Winnipeg, and newcomers to Canada at a technical college and was a teacher trainer for new ESL teachers. One day her husband said, “Guess what I got a job in California…” and not long after they packed up the car and drove south.  She taught ESL again in the USA, and one day decided to walk the Camino de Santiago a 500 mile walk across France to Spain and wrote a book about it, The Camino de Santiago: One Wanderful Walk, and found her love for writing again. She also completed a book of short stories about her travels, Some Wanderful Times and started a book series featuring the character of Rose Hawthorne. The first book of the series is Seven Wanders: The Ancient Wanders. Last year she retired from teaching, and is enjoying writing every day with her dog at her feet.

Her latest book is the mystery, Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders.

You can visit Shannon at Facebook and Instagram.  

My Review

I found that I quite enjoyed the mystery in the pages of Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders. I really liked the combination of Rose and her grandaughter Samantha, the age difference between the two offered two different view points that I really liked!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

OFF-BROADWAY: A MARRIAGE DRAMA by William A. Glass

 OFF-BROADWAY: A MARRIAGE DRAMA by William A. Glass

OFF BROADWAY: A MARRIAGE DRAMA by William A. Glass
Book Details:

Book Title:  Off Broadway: A Marriage Drama by William A. Glass
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  276 pages
Genre:  Family Drama
Publisher:  Hawkeye Publishers
Release date:   May 2022
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA and Canada), e-book (Gifted Kindle)
Tour dates: July 11 to July 22, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: Contains some profanity, has mature themes including drug use, adultery, sexual situations. There are no graphic sex scenes. Still, this is definitely adult material.

Book Description:

Cindy and Dave Knight got married too young. Several years later they are trying to make the best of it. He is a salesman on the fast track with a prestigious corporation. She is the indispensable assistant to a prominent Broadway producer. They own an apartment in Manhattan and enjoy knocking around the city together. However, Dave’s erratic behavior and career obsession strain the relationship. Can it be saved?
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Author William A. Glass
Meet the Author:

William is a retired business executive now living in South Carolina with his wife, Bettina. She teaches high school German while Bill is the soccer coach at a small college. Their three sons, Alex, Robert, and Gordon have all graduated from college and moved away to pursue careers. Now Bill and Bettina enjoy long walks with their dogs. When the weather permits, Bill commutes on his motorcycle. “It’s like taking a roller coaster to work!” he enthuses.

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GUEST POST FOR BOOKS FOR BOOKS
BY: William A. Glass, author of Off Broadway: A Marriage Drama
Suggested best friends for Dave Knight, my main character.
Recently, I was asked to name a literary character Dave Knight, the protagonist of Off Broadway, might
like to dine with. My answer was Mrs. Waters. That got me wondering about other characters in literature
who would be kindred spirits with Dave.
It’s no surprise that the first character that comes to mind who would befriend my main character is Tom
Jones. Like Dave, Tom is an unrepentant but lovable scamp. They would thoroughly enjoy going out on
the town together, hoisting a few brews, and maybe meeting some ladies.
Another literary figure who might chill with my main character is Yossarian. Like Dave, he’s a study in
alienation. Who knows if maybe, before the war, Yossarian was socialized? But by the time we meet him
in Catch-22, Yossarian is a gone cat. His orderly mind has been blown by what passes for military logic.
Dave Knight’s alienation has a simpler explanation. He has Asperger’s. This is not spelled out in the
book, but there are clues. It’s why he, like Yossarian, is of this world but not part of it. 
Dave grew up with kids like Ben Meecham. Both are military brats, but they would never have met since
Dave’s father was army while “The Great Santini” was a Marine. Still, if they had known each other while
growing up, they might have played touch football after school or gone to the post rifle range on
Saturdays. A difference between the two characters is that Ben is a good student and an athlete, while
Dave is a delinquent.
A real-life literary character Dave would relate to is Frank McCourt, who wrote the memoir Angela’s
Ashes. The two differ in that Frank grew up in abject poverty while Dave’s military family never lacked
life’s necessities. What makes them similar is both of their fathers were degenerate alcoholics, and their
mothers were loving but ineffective. Frank and Dave are both blessed with intelligence. They use it to
escape their families at the earliest possible opportunity.
My Review
I personally found OFF-BROADWAY: A MARRIAGE DRAMA by William A. Glass to be a well-written and entertaining fictional family drama book. The author did a great job in handling the adult themes in that while they were very much there he did not make them too graphic. I found I really felt for both Cindy and Dave Knight who got married too young at different times in the book.