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“Get your girl, Son!” Father’s Day Snippet from “CHARMEINE” in “The Light-Bearer Series” THANK YOU for 7 AWARDS!.

Percival and Carly are wonderful together…


Two Sisters: prattle tales of playful girls by Laura Wright LaRoche




10 little stories starring two little girls, 6 year old Addy and her younger sister, 4 year old Izzy. The girls have very different styles, Izzy always wears dresses and Addy’s favorite color is green. They do have one thing in common, they love to torment each other.



In each of the stories entitled Butterfly, Sticks, School Day, Mushroom Hunting, Her Party, Fishing, Garden, Zoo, Rainy Day,  and Vacation, Addy and Izzy are together (except School Day when Addy is at her first day of grade 1 and Rainy Day where Izzy is at home with her mom while Addy is at school) and each wants things her own way and will do whatever it takes to get her way even if it means tattling, hitting, crying or lying.



The stories are well written and at times, humorous and the descriptions of the girls is very well done.  However I don’t necessarily see the girls as playful. To me they’re spoiled brats that say and do whatever they like while their mother is absolutely oblivious. If my children were young, I’m not sure if I would want them to read this book, they had enough of their own bad ideas.



I won this book through GoodReads giveaway and my review was unsolicited.





Simon says now is a good time to read a book and he’s got some great suggestions for you! For a great YA fantasy read, Simon suggests

The Colors of Malent: Book One View a preview of this book online

The Colors of Malent: Book One (The Colors of Malent #1)

by Tim Adams (Goodreads Author), Sam Inzerillo (Goodreads Author)


I will be hosting a book giveaway, starting on June 7, for a copy of The Colors of Malent: Book 1. As well in the coming weeks, I will be interviewing Tim Adams and Sam Inzerillo. I really look forward to learning more about Malent, Alara and her friends as well as finding out more about Tim and Sam.

If your looking for an interesting historical romance

Montana Wildfire

Montana Wildfire by Rebecca Sinclair




Originally released in 1991, it has been re-released as an eBook. Amanda Lennox is over her head in trouble. She’s taking spoiled brat Roger to his home in Pony, Montana and fears she is lost. She lied about her experience in the wilderness, but really how hard can it be? When Roger goes missing, Amanda must rely on the help of the very rude, but very sexy half breed Jake, to help find Roger and not lose her heart as well.





For a good mystery, I would suggest





Two Graves

Two Graves by D.A. Graystone




To get more ideas on what to read, check out some great sites like GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and definitely give the indie authors a try! There are so many great books out there.





Have a good read!

I belong to GoodReads and LibraryThing and a few other sites like these. At GoodReads I belong to with a group of reviewers. We discuss reviews, and books, and authors but usually its discussions about reviews.  Lately there have been a rash of *false* reviews on Amazon and other sites as well. When I first heard about it I was really surprised you know, thinking why would you fake a review? Of course, once I thought about it I understood why. But still, writing fake review.




False or faked reviews affect everyone. From the reader straight on through to the author and the publisher. Readers, myself included, when I am just undecided which book to read, I will look at reviews just to see what people say about it. Many times its been through reviews why I have picked up a book I previously ignored and have ending up loving it. So now when I look, I know myself enough to know that I’m always going to be looking at them with the thought in the back of my head, ‘is this a real review’. Thankfully through Goodreads I have found a number of honest reviewers who I trust. Something to think about when you are deciding on a book, if there is not a single bad review, something’s wrong because not everyone is going to like the same thing. Its like this book


Against All Enemies Against All Enemies  by Tom Clancy, Peter Telep




I didn’t like this book at all. But a friend of mine loved it. We’ve had several discussions about it, no name calling lol, but we both really like all Tom Clancy’s other work especially this one

Patriot Games Patriot Games by Tom Clancy



I write reviews because I like to share how I feel about the books I read. Some I love, some are okay, some I hate. I write reviews to help others decided if they want to read a book, and I try to not give away to much of the story, but I do like putting in puns, little jokes which if you read the book you’ll understand. Things like that.




I also know that many, many books are sent out to reviewers whom are never heard from again. That really bothers me. To me writing reviews is a part-time job, and I set aside a little time everyday, so that when I’m finished reading the book, I have all the notes I need. As well, I request books in exchange for my review, so I review it. I think some people just see it as free books and nothing else. I see it as getting a chance to read new authors, new books and help other people decide if the book is the right fit for them. If you’re not going to review the book, don’t ask for one.




I recently read and then wrote a review for this book. I couldn’t believe all these positive, glowing reviews, I finally found 2 others that didn’t like it and the reviews didn’t sound at all like the story the 3 of us read. Turns out the reviews were all faked  and now the book has been removed from amazon. And I think that its great that amazon is doing that. I’m not mentioning names as I am not sure of what the outcome will be.




So here are a couple of tips if you’re worried about reading reviews.

Find a reviewer or reviewers you trust, stick with them

Check multiple sites like GoodReads, LibraryThing, Shelfari, Amazon

On indie books, read a few pages (you can do that on many of the above sites) to see if you like the writing style



Banned books…

I am a member of GoodReads, one of the places where I receive several of my books that I review. It’s a great site, lots of discussions on various subjects, groups to join and giveaways to enter (these are just a few of the great features of GoodReads, and other sites like LibraryThing (yes, I’m a member there too). One of the groups I joined focuses on banned books. It covers all the aspects of banned books, from when and where they were banned, what year, why they were proposed for banning and the eventual outcome.



Its surprises me to find out some of the books banned. I think one of my biggest surprises was to find this one

On the Banks of Plum Creek

On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House #4)


1997—Two parents in the Fort Garry School Division in Winnipeg complained about this
book. The title is part of the renowned series that inspired the TV series Little House on
the Prairie.
Objection—The classic children’s book, based on tales of the settlers in the American
West, was said to contain several references offensive to aboriginals. But school
superintendent Henry Izatt said: “Stories like this are an important part of our history on
this continent. Simply eradicating them from shelves does not seem to be the answer.”
Update—A committee of teachers, parents, and other members of the community
prepared to examine the complaint and report back to the administration, but in the
meantime the complaint was withdrawn.



(I found this online at Canadian Banned Books, 1997)



Now I do understand that aboriginals or native Americans, or whatever the correct term is right now, (and I mean no disrespect when I say that) could be upset because of how a few references were stated but quite frankly I really don’t understand why. The Little House books have always been and will probably always be my favorite children’s series. I never as a child (or as an adult reading aloud to my children), found anything offensive about them. But why would you propose to ban this book and not Little House on the Prairie which had many more negative comments regarding native Americans?



And then there’s

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger



Now I never liked this book, but not because I found it offensive and worthy of being banned but because I just thought the novel sucked. I found it hard to read because I just thought it was badly written.



And there are of course thousands of other books that have been banned or been proposed to be banned over the years. I personally think that if you think a book is offensive to you, don’t read it. If you think its inappropriate for your children, don’t let them read it (oh and BTW, when you tell a child not to read a book, follow through, be the parent, don’t let them read the book!).



You know what I mean…if you don’t like blood, gore and death why would you read a horror book? If you don’t wish to read about sexual encounters, steer clear of erotica (oh and why is it do you think that people make a big deal about erotica and yet romance novels, which usually have at least 1 explicitly written sex scene are okay) You get the picture.



I just really have a problem with other adults trying to tell me what I can read, or watch on television and….you get the picture.



I don’t believe any book should be banned! Oh and one final thought on this, for all the nice people out there that jump on the ban that book bandwagon without even reading the book in question…REALLY???

Two Graves

Two Graves by D.A. Graystone


Gregg Mann, Lieutenant at Southside Division in Kesle, Is uneasy when he views the first body.  While to some it looks like a gang related murder, there is just something that doesn’t sit well with Mann. Could this be the start of something else?

Preston Peterson, lonely, overweight and under-appreciated his entire life, has finally had enough. The first kill was an accident, technically not even a murder. Oh but the thrill, the rush, the feeling of power! Its not over until Preston Peterson says it is!

As Preston Peterson slips deeper into madness, the city becomes aware that there is a serial killer in their midst. What the people don’t know however could kill them, kill them all!

The first book in the Kesle City Homicide novels is a winner! An engrossing read from start to finish, its a true mystery thriller novel. An amazing cast of characters, some good, some bad, all believable. With a secondary plot line that ties into the murders and to good cops gone bad, it will keep you guessing as to who is the ultimate traitor.

I received this copy through GoodReads and my review was unsolicited.


While browsing at local Nanaimo  book stores, or online at GoodReads, LibraryThing, or Amazon, if I am not looking for a particular book, the first thing to attract me is the book cover.

Dark Genesis (The Darkling Trilogy, Book 1).
Dark Genesis (The Darkling Trilogy, Book 1).   is one of those. I prefer a physical paper book that I can hold in my hands, but there are times when I look for a good eBook. When I saw the cover for Dark Genesis, it drew me immediately. After reading the synopsis, I requested a review copy from A. D. Koboah. The book lived up to the book cover. (My review will be posted soon.)

And children’s books rely heavily on the book illustrators.

J.P. Trouble J.P. Trouble by Ryan Hill  The illustrator of this book, Stacy Evans, did a fantastic job of bring each pages words out in a beautiful, colorful drawing. They were bold, whimsical and helped to tell the story.

Other times, though, I have been misled by the cover art, in that it really has little to do with the book.Virgin Heat Virgin Heat by Laurence Shames I thought this would have something to do with pets gone wild, wrong! I don’t remember any where in this book anything about any kitten, certainly not one surrounded by fire!

Now this is bad cover art. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Sta... Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris.  I really don’t like to say anything bad, but this looks like a child drew this. I don’t know, maybe one did. And if that’s the case, nice job, otherwise it looks bad! Now I know its wrong to judge a book by its cover, but looking at this one, I have no interest in this book at all. And that I think is really sad. I don’t know how many books I’ve passed up over the years simply because the cover art is bad.

Now that I’m a little older and hopefully??? wiser, when I’m looking for a particular genre, like horror writer extraordinaire Stephen King   The Stand

I try not to let the cover art sway me into taking a book or leaving it, just on that basis.

Good or bad, thank you to all the illustrators out there! Even if I don’t like the book cover art, I appreciate your hard work and the time you put into your work.

J.P. Trouble J.P. Trouble  by  Ryan Hill


What better recommendation for a children’s book than laughter and happiness from a child.

Little Johnny Lippett just moved to a new town. He has no friends, no pets and even worse, he is too late to catch the school bus and has to walk in rain all the way to school. He slips and falls in the mud…could his first day in a new school get any worse?

Johnny’s teacher notices he isn’t paying attention in class, and sends him outside to take down the flag. He hears a little whine and finds a stray brown dog trying to stay dry. The dog sniffs at Johnny and likes what he smells, bubble gum and hot dogs. Two mean little girls take the dog away from Johnny when he brings it inside the school. The dog is afraid of the little girls and wiggles away from them. The brown dog runs outside and disappears in the rain. Johnny is very sad and worried about the puppy.

When Johnny’s mom arrives after school to pick him up much to his surprise the stray brown puppy is with her in the car! The brown dog had followed Johnny’s bubble gum and hot dog scent home and had barked until Johnny’s mother opened the door. Johnny’s mom asks if Johnny would like to keep the dog though she worries that it will be full of trouble.  Johnny is delighted and names the dog Just Plain Trouble.

When I received this book, I took it over to my granddaughter’s house to read it to her.  She laughed at Johnny when he fell in the mud, was angry at the two mean girls, and was really happy that Johnny and J.P. Trouble got to be together. She loved it!



The wonderful illustrations in the book are by Stacy Evans. The illustrations are boldly colored, and tell the story the words on each page tells.

I received this book from GoodReads giveaways and was asked for an honest review.

I’m a member of GoodReads and today I was looking through the group discussions when I came upon a discussion, really an argument, about whether a fictional historical novel

The Other Boleyn Girl The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory

is telling the truth about what happened in regard to King Henry VIII’s court and marriages. The discussion had been quite heated and as I read I have to admit that I was shaking my head in disbelief.  Fiction is fiction and it means that an author can and does include some elements of reality into their works but they do change reality to suit their stories. Philippa Gregory has made it quite clear that her novels are based on historical fact, not they are historical fact.

And if you look in the dictionary there are several definitions,


[fik-shuhn] Show IPA


1.) the class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration, especially in prose form.
2.) works of this class, as novels or short stories: detective fiction.
3.) something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story: We’ve all heard the fiction of her being in delicate health.
4.) the act of feigning, inventing, or imagining.
5.) an imaginary thing or event, postulated for the purposes of argument or explanation.
So I must ask why are there people who think that a fictional historical novel is the absolute truth as to what happened then (which is what more than one person is saying) and not the imagination of the author? I just thought it was a very, very strange discussion (argument) for people to be having because surely if they had read the book, they would noticed that the book is stated as being fiction.
Now I enjoy Philippa Gregory‘s writing, and I have read several of her books, but fiction is just that, fiction.
If I wanted to read a non fiction account about Henry VIII’s life and times, I would read a book like this Henry VIII: The King and Hi... Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir. It is an excellent historical account, with very detailed descriptions obtained by extensive research and it reads like a novel.
So is The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory truth or fiction?  Hmmm…fiction!


Catastrophically Consequential
Catastrophically Consequential  by  Stephen C. Bird

I decided to enter a giveaway for this book on GoodReads because I was intrigued by the blurb.  I won the book, it arrived at my home, and I put it on my list to read.  A week passed before I picked it up to read it. Quite frankly I had forgotten what the book was about. It was an eye opening experience!


Catastrophically Consequential is an extremely twisted, unconventional book of short chapters or stories, I’m not sure which. After the first 3 chapters (or is it stories?), I thought it was about a person with multiple personality disorder, then I thought “Are these related? Are they just meandering mind wanderings of a lunatic?”

It finally made sense when I got to the end of this short book, the author is an author /performer /artist…its the meandering mind wanderings of a lunatic!

A very distinct work, not for people who are looking for the usual written stories that have a plot, characters, beginning and end. Very bizarre, very twisted, very interesting!

I won this book on GoodReads


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