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ARC Review: I Give You My Heart

33375941 I Give You My Heart by Pimm Hest
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yuto receives a special gift. A gift that will change his life. A gift that moves him and brings him comfort, warmth and shelter. A gift for life. A gift to pass on. A poetic fairy tale with valuable life lessons, 56 pages of stunning artwork and magnificent laser cutouts that will enchant you. The story is about a special life-changing gift; I GIVE YOU MY HEART is an ideal gift itself, one that will change the life of all who read it.


*I received an eARC through NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion*

Such a beautiful story! Both the pictures and the story are well done, and beautiful. The story is one of life, and knowing what’s important. This story is enjoyable no matter your age, and parents and teachers can enjoy it right along with their children! It also shares a message that if we take care of nature, nature will take care of us.

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Blog Tour: Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot (Add Review)


Children’s book
Date Published: 11/1/16
Publisher: Mascot Books

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Melvin is known for being a sad…(ish) robot. But, as he finds new friends and experiences, he may just figure out how to be happy…(ish).


About the Author


Joshua Margolis is a sculptor, photographer, and author from Oakland, Ca. His work has been featured in many galleries and studios. He was the de Young Fine Arts Museum artist in residence for the month of July 2014, where he brought his monsters and robots project to sculpted life. Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot is the first story of its kind to incorporate Joshua ceramic sculptures into a real world setting, creating a unique visual narrative.
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Curse Breaker 2: Darkens

Curse Breaker 2: Darkens

By Melinda Kucsera

Genre: Dark Christian Fantasy

Published: July 28, 2017


Summary From Goodreads:

God’s never had a warrior quite like Jerlo on his side.

That’s probably a good thing since a body and a book are unaccounted for. Both formerly belonged to a vanquished demon, but neither were found when the dust cleared. The question of what happened to them prods Jerlo to seek out the one person he swore he’d never speak to—a man everyone thinks is long dead. Jerlo’s relentless quest leads to the oubliette and a psycho’s cell where shadows of his past take him captive. Jerlo must outwit the dark force rising in his home without magic before he falls under its sway. The life of his ward hangs in the balance. One wrong move and the young man God asked him to protect will end up a mindless automaton, or worse, dead.

In a land where magic is their only hope, can a man of faith triumph?

Find out in Curse Breaker 2: Darkens the action-packed sequel to Curse Breaker: Enchanted. Christian Fantasy meets Dark Fantasy in this fast-paced narrative pitting Jerlo against monsters both inside his mind and outside it. God has never had such a flawed champion on his team. Fans of C.S. Lewis will enjoy Jerlo’s quest to safeguard the young man he wronged. Get Curse Breaker 2: Darkens today!

***Curse Breaker 2: Darkens can be read as a stand-alone book or as part of the Curse Breaker Series. Shh, don’t tell the characters I told you that. We’ll just keep that a secret, okay?


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  About the Author: 
Melinda
Kucsera writes fantastic short stories, novels and books when not being
kidnapped by dragons or chased by armies of fictional characters
demanding that their stories be told. She leaves the running of her
newsletter to a cast of loveable characters who are far better at
engaging in magical mayhem than in effectively marketing the books they
star in. They also run her website, https://melindakucsera.com Sign up here to experience their weekly shenanigans: http://www.mkucsera.com/welcomecharacters. Such is the exciting life of this author.

Blog Tour: Shadowbane

Shadowbane: Age of Aelfborn by Paul Francois

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Published: September 27th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:
During a time of
strife, Megildur must traverse Aerynth to rescue his sister and fulfill a
destiny ordained by the All-Father. Finding Shadowbane, the mighty but
cursed sword, will be challenging enough for this young Aelfborn. In a
world torn apart by treachery and conflict, it is every being, or
creature, for themselves.


This novel combines qualities from Lord
of the Rings© and Greek mythology, with a few twists on some new
races…such as Irekei, Aracoix, and of course, Aelfborn. This is the
first novel to reveal the lore behind the epic player versus player
game, Shadowbane.

Aerynth exists within a shroud of betrayal and
deceit for over 100 years. In this realm of chaos, Megildur finds help
from an unlikely pair…a sneaky Shade and a nomadic Nephilim. Can this
unique trio bring peace and order to Aerynth, or fall prey to the Terror
of Terrors?

 

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Paul  Francois About the Author:

By day, Paul Francois is a
mild mannered IT professional. He has been in the technology field for
over 20 years. One day, in 2011, he started pondering story ideas until
they leapt out of his brain and onto paper…onto the computer to be
precise.

Join him as he discovers which genre suits his writing
style best. Fantasy, Sci Fi, Thriller, or perhaps…all of the afore
mentioned. The road is dreary and his journey long, sit back and enjoy a
tale as we travel it together.

Author Links: 

Email: paul@crusaderscrypt.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorPaulFrancois
Twitter: @AuthorFrancois

Website: www.crusaderscrypt.com 

Blog Tour: Halloween is Murder (Add Review)



 
Beware of all that goes bump in the night…Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm.

But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.

As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

 You can buy Halloween is Murder wherever books are sold, including the following popular retailers:
To find out more about Halloween is Murder and the other installments in the McKinley Mysteries series, including box sets, visit CarolynArnold.net/Mckinley-Mysteries.

About the McKinley Mysteries:

Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to HartCastleColomboMonkRockford FilesPsych, and Magnum PI.

About the Author

Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
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Blog Tour: Life From A to Z



Book Details:


Book Title:  Life from A to Z; Cycles of Life: Volume 1
Authors:  Gaudys Laxury
Category:   Adult Fiction; 132 pages
Genre:  Poetry
Publisher:  SugarCane Publishing
Release date:  October 2017
Tour dates:  Sept 18 to Oct 13 2017
Content Rating:  PG

Book Description:

When we hear a poem, we may recognize certain patterns of rhythmic flow—a beat or rhyme, but

not all poems have a standard prose and not all poets are alike; a mind filled with constant words

and images, thoughts and sensation—poems of long proses.

Poetry is poetry.

Then there are poems that are short, brief and to the point, but so much power exudes from just a

couple of words.

Poetry is poetry.

Just as art is universal, poetry is in the eye of the beholder. This book includes rhythmic poems, micro-poems, and passionate poems—set to stir emotions and feelings in the reader.

Not everything in life can be planned or placed in order from A to Z, but this book also includes inspirational poems for each letter of the alphabet for those small moments, when you just need a tiny bit of order in the middle of chaos. Flip to a letter and you will see, the wonders that can be.

Blog:         Stephanie: Adventures Thru Wonderland
Author:    Gaudys Laxury
Book Tour:    Life From A to Z
Word count:    466 (excluding title)
Date:        September 20, 2017
       
The Intricate Conundrum of a Creative Writer, Passionate Painter, & Analytical Thinker
By Gaudys Laxury


Where does one fit in this world that is constantly evolving, as a left-brain and right-brain user? I am a writer, a painter, and an analyst. I see the world through a different telescope and my mind is a kaleidoscope of colors; that is until the moment that my left brain kicks in and I feel the urge to investigate logical answers.


Thus, the conundrum begins. The push and pull felt in the chattering mind.   


As a painter, the genre I mostly focus on is abstract expressionism, although lately my artworks have evolved into surrealistic themes. I have been influenced by diverse artists, including Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Edgar Degas, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Fernando Botero, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Yves Tanguy.


By contrast, I do not have a specific writer or book that has influenced my ability to write, but rather, I am fond of the written word. There is an intellectual stimulation felt from authors who have the ability to capture the audience through their written words.


Metaphorically speaking, I believe the corpus callosum, the area between both hemispheres, lies my investigative itch, always ready to explore while using both the creative and analytical sides to obtain answers.


I currently work in the legal industry as a researcher creating reports that bring a unique perspective to intelligence work. In order to work on creative projects while working full time on analytical projects, takes determination and perseverance. In order to work on analytical problems, when suddenly a creative idea comes to mind takes patience and confidence to either place the idea in the back of the mind or jot the idea down and try to recall at a later date.


Having the ability to use both the right and left hemisphere of the brain is a blessing.  I thank my parents for giving me the gift to be able to interchange naturally and effortlessly between both hemispheres.


I use both sides of my brain to process information. My right side of the brain is emotional allowing me to take in experiences and to see the “big picture,” while my left side recalls details. I can easily shift between both sides, which I believe leads to a more complex of a creative thinker.


But being different is innovative and having the ability to shift rapidly between divergent and convergent thinking makes me unique, more inventive and a better problem solver.


Where do I fit in this world that is constantly evolving?


I do not need to mask and mold myself into this world or fit to societal means. As with any functional interaction between the cerebral hemispheres and the dynamic interaction with one another—I am a writer, a painter, and an analyst who fits uniquely fine in this kaleidoscope world we’re living in.

 

Meet the Author:
Gaudys Laxury is a visionary autodidact artist, writer, and poet. She studied politics, law, and communications during her graduate years, while incorporating her passions for creative arts.

As an artist, Gaudys learned to be open and creative. As a writer, she learned that words are the gateway to communicate and inspire lives. As a poet, Gaudys learned the subtleties and transformative discipline of the arts — the power to bring words together and unify on an abstract and metaphorical level; to make us think to the highest virtue.

The first book written by Gaudys, The Pearl inside the Orchid, was designed to inspire, channel emotions, and connect readers on a deeper and spiritual level. Life From A to Z is her second book, which reflects an expression of life, relationships, and inspirations. Both books have been dedicated to her family and muses.

Connect with the author: Website Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

ARC Review: Once Upon a Tree

34262292 Once Upon a Tree by Soren Kisiel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This fable of a little leaf looking for his purpose will delight children and their caretakers.
The whirling, swirling adventures of an ordinary little leaf high on a tree, struggling to find its purpose. The leaf watches baby birds break out of their shells and grow until they learn to fly. Caterpillars wrap themselves in silk and emerge as magnificent butterflies. Warm sunny days get shorter and windy chilly nights grow longer. The little leaf is terribly worried that it should be transforming too. It no longer noticed anything other than the thoughts spinning in its head. The leaf held on to the tree with all its might, growing exhausted as increasingly cooler winds blew. Then one day, the leaf noticed it had become a beautiful crimson color. And it became aware that maybe, maybe it was time for the leaf to fly too. The leaf was very tired, so it just let go. As it danced and twirled to the ground in the amber sunlight, the leaf finally learns its own unique purpose.



*I received an eARC through NetGalley for review. This in no way effects my review*

A fun story about a leaf finding it’s purpose in life, and learning what it means to be yourself. The leaf worries that it’s missing out, and ends up angry that everyone else seems to have things figured out. It’s important for children to realize that they will discover themselves when the time is right, and while it may seem everyone else has it all figured out, we all go through seasons of changes and rediscovery.

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ARC Review: Where Is My Coat? Jungle Animals

33375933 Where Is My Coat? Jungle Animals by Anita Bijsterbosh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The jungle animals in this book need your help. Will you help them find their coats and give them their colors back? Turn the page and discover who they are. Crocodiles, elephants or lions? Or maybe zebras? An animal book with black-and-white and color pictures that stimulate visual development.


*I received an ecopy from NetGalley for review. This review is my honest opinion.*

A fun, interactive, visual learning tool for toddlers to learn their colors as well as learning about animals and how they look. A great way to introduce young children to animal facts and their different markings.

ARC Review: If My Moon Was Your Sun

33573074 If My Moon Was Your Sun: with CD Audiobook and Music by Andreas Steinhofel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Did you hear the story about Max, the boy who kidnapped his grandfather from a nursing home ? You didn’t see it on the news? Well, let me tell you about it.

Max lives in a small town, much smaller than yours. His grandpa is losing his memory, but still remembers quite a bit. You can imagine how they hurried, Max and his grandpa, followed by old Miss Schneider, who insisted on coming along. Why were they in a hurry? Because everyone was after them. Max had skipped school to rescue his grandpa, and they were just starting out on what promised to be one of the best days of their entire lives.

A touching story about dementia and the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, with full-color illustrations and a read-along CD audiobook featuring twelve classical pieces for children by Georges Bizet and Sergei Prokofiev.

*I received an eARC copy through NetGalley for review. This review is my honest opinion*

I have mixed feeling about this book. I wanted to like it, but there seemed to be a lot of adult influances, such as jokes about kissing, and old people being ‘kooky’ and a mention that “butterflies teetered drunkenly”, I wouldn’t recommend using drunkenly in a children’s book. I also don’t like the thought that if this happened in real life, it could turn out really bad!(Yes I know it’s not supposed to be taken seriously, but making the cops come find you is not my idea of funny.)

But then again, it was a fun story, and the art work, both brilliantly colorful, and slightly exaggerated, fit perfectly with the tone of this story. I liked the characters, and at the story tries to gently teach children about what happens when people get older, and their minds no longer work right all the time.

So overall I liked the writing and characters, but some of the humor and describing words could have been better handled.

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