To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis by Andra Watkins

To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis by Andra WatkinsBlurb

Explorer Meriwether Lewis has been stuck in Nowhere since his mysterious death nearly two centuries ago. His last hope for redemption is helping nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney flee her madame mother in New Orleans and find her father in Nashville. To get there, Merry must cross his own grave along the Natchez Trace, where he duels the corrupt Judge, an old foe who has his own despicable plans for Em.

My Perspective

Andra Watkins is a hilarious and delightful blogger whom i have had the pleasure of subscribing to for over a year now. When she published her first novel at the beginning of March, i was very excited to read it.

The story is about famed American explorer Meriwether Lewis, who is sent from the afterlife to help escort a young girl, Emmaline Cagney from the terrors chasing her in New Orleans to her father in Nashville. However he soon realises that the terror chasing Emmaline, is the same terror that chased him in life.

I was drawn into the story immediately, holding my breath for most of the book. The events were obviously slightly unbelievable when you thought about it at the end, however during the book you don’t even think twice, you’re just so caught up in the chase.

The characters were well developed. I really liked Meriwether or “Merry” and i was rooting for him the entire time. At first, when i discovered the predicament that Emmaline was in, i was horrified and was rooting for her too. However my feelings towards her shifted from positive to negative throughout the book and even though i wanted to see her reunited with her father in Nashville, i did find her a little bit annoying. However this was probably a realistic portrayal on a real nine year old. The Judge was a slimy character and made your skin crawl – he was very well written.

The story takes place mostly in New Orleans and then on the Natchez Trace. Although not much actual time passes, the book is quite faced paced. There were some sections that i felt were a bit mismatched and didn’t flow as well however overall it was good.

At the beginning i was a little confused with some of the text and who it was about however after a couple of chapters it is cleared up and you realise. I did find myself referencing back to previous chapters throughout the book, which isn’t a bad thing, i just found it helped clear up any further confusion i had.

To be honest i felt the ending fell a little bit flat. I’m not sure how else you could have ended it though.

Overall it was a really interesting read and i read it over the course of several hours. It was hard to put down. I would definitely recommend it and to almost everyone as it crosses a variety of genres (historical fiction, paranormal, adventure) and probably would appeal to most people.

NOTE: To launch her book, Andra has just finished walking the Natchez Trace. It is an incredible feat and has been an unbelievably, fantastic journey to read about as she posted about it every day. Click here to find out more about it!

Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown

Legally Blonde by Amanda BrownBlurb

Elle Woods, University of Southern California sorority president and sociopolitical jewelry design major, is blonde, spoiled, creative and desperately in love with her college sweetheart, Warner Huntington III. But when Warner announces he’s off to Stanford Law School, and that while there he aims to find a girl ‘more serious’ than Elle to be his wife, Elle and Underdog, her pet Chihuahua, hatch a plan to follow him so that he will marry her like he’s supposed to do.

Elle’s Stanford misadventures are distinctly unpromising from the outset, and it seems that the one place where blondes definitely don’t have more fun is law school. But then she’s made an intern on the Murder of Malibu case, defending one-time fitness queen and apricot blonde Brooke Vandermark from the charge of murdering her billionaire husband. In a courtroom triumph, Elle vindicates Brooke and all who are blonde at heart with a tip any Cosmo girl should know.

My Perspective

Having watched this movie countless times since it first arrived in cinemas, i was pleasantly surprised to see that it was based on a book. I downloaded it onto my Kobo Touch eReader with the Kobo gift voucher that i received last year for my birthday from my Mum and Step-Dad.

The story is about Elle Woods; a beautiful, perfectly manicured blonde who has recently graduated from college. President of her sorority and homecoming queen, life couldn’t be more perfect. Except if she had the Diamond rock on her finger from her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, of course. However her perfect plans all come crashing down and soon Elle finds herself pursuing her dreams at none other than Stanford Law. Will she prove everyone wrong and be both a stunning blonde as well as a kick-ass lawyer?

When i first started reading it was so hard to not compare the book to the movie because i absolutely LOVE the movie. To be honest, it took me at least the first half to stop comparing it, because well, the book wasn’t actually as good as the movie. I was kind of disappointed. And i am amazed at how much they changed for the movie and how much better it was with those changes.

In terms of grammar, the book was written well but i found that the story was written a little bit all over the place. It wasn’t very consistent and sometimes there was too much description and other times not enough. There was also legal jargon throughout that didn’t have much meaning or place in the story.

The character development wasn’t as good as it could of been, again some things were described in great detail and others overlooked. Also the reader’s relationship with most of the characters was quite shallow and superficial. I found Elle a little bit hard to like because in some ways she really grew and in others not so much.

The plot was really great however the book was a bit slow and to be honest boring to start off with. It wasn’t until the middle that the pace and interest picked up and i found myself wanting to keep turning the pages.

I enjoyed the ending and i also liked how it was resolved however also left open in a non cliff hanger way for there to be a sequel.

Overall it was a light, silly, unbelievable read that you wouldn’t take too seriously. I would probably only recommended it if you’re into reading “fluff”.

Blog Tour – Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune by Charles Yallowitz

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune has Arrived!!!

Buy it Here for $2.99!

Book Blurb:

The magical adventure continues after Luke Callindor and his friends recover from their battles in Haven.

Nyx still has nightmares about casting the genocide spell in Hero’s Gate. Every night her heart is gripped by the sensation of hundreds of goblins dying by her magic. By the request of Lord Highrider and Duke Solomon, she is returning to fix the damage she caused. With Luke Callindor and Sari by her side, Nyx is ready to face the vengeful goblins and opportunistic thieves that plague Hero’s Gate. Yet, there is a darker threat that was born from her violated magic: The Krypters.

It is another action-packed, character driven story that will reveal one of our heroes has been lied to for their entire life.

Wondering what you’re in for? Check out the praise earned by the first three installments of this high fantasy series.

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero:

“I greatly enjoyed the vivid characters, the gripping plot, and the refreshingly unique writing style (present tense). ” – kdillmanjones

“One of the things that won me over was the bouts of humor. Especially in the beginning. “This is not possible! I am a Paladin!” I thought I was going to die with delight.” – C.N. Faust

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower:

“Nyx is such a strong personality. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and more of the other characters, new and already known, with the rich tapestry of Windemere unfolding in between intense actions scenes and moments of kindness and budding friendships.” – Danielle Taylor

“Almost like the Harry Potter series. The books start out so young and innocent, but by the last book – watch out!” — Momto4Booklover

Cover by Jason Pedersen

Cover by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies:

“One of the things I love most about this series are all the characters! They are developed so well that I feel like I know them personally. Even the newly introduced characters fit in immediately.” – BarbBookWorm

“Let’s talk about action. The author creates interesting action sequences with believable use of fantasy elements. He is very creative. There are also good sections where the characters stretch out and we get to know them better.” – Donald L. Mitchell “Music Lover”

Charles author photo B&WAuthor Biography:

Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

Contact:

Blog- www.legendsofwindemere.com
Twitter- @cyallowitz
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/CharlesYallowitz

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross CampbellBlurb

You know you love your child. But how can you show it so they really feel loved?

The #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages has helped millions of couples learn the secret to building a love that lasts. Now discover how to speak your child’s love language-and make them feel loved in a way they understand. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you:

  • Discover your child’s love language
  • Understand the link between successful learning and the love languages
  • See how the love languages can help you discipline more effectively
  • Build a foundation of unconditional love for your child

My Perspective

This is the first recommend parenting book that i have read (see this post).

Having watched Danny Silk’s Defining The Relationship series multiple times, i was familiar with the concept of love languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. I think learning about love languages is brilliant and if you don’t know anything about them then you really should.

This book focuses on the concept of love languages and how you can apply them with your children.

Content wise, the book was amazing. I feel like i have been equipped with so many tools on how to truly love our children when the time comes. Whether you are planning on having children, already have children, or all of your children have grown up and moved out, you will still benefit from reading this book.

Considering the book was written by two authors, it flowed extremely well. There was no disjoint and you couldn’t even tell the difference between who was sharing.

Overall this was a well written, interesting and extremely useful book that i think will hugely benefit a parent’s relationship with their children. If you have not read this book, then you must, no question about it.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Redeeming Love by Francine RiversBlurb

Angel, sold into prostitution as a child, survives by keeping her hatred for men alive. Then she meets Michael Hosea who loves her unconditionally. Day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation until, despite her resistance, her heart begins to thaw. But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. So Angel runs…

My Perspective

Woah. A friend lent me this book and I started reading it in a lull at work one afternoon and I finished it the next afternoon while at work. I could not put it down.

The story is based on the book of Hosea in the Bible of how how God told Hosea to marry a prostitute and love her unconditionally as God loves us. In this case God tells Michael Hosea to marry Angel, a young prostitute working in California during the gold rush and to love her and show her what unconditional love is.

The story was really well written and drew you in straight away. As I said I could not put it down and most of the entire book I was holding my breath and turning the pages almost faster than I could read them.

The characters were excellently written and really jumped out of the pages. They were alive with emotion, raw and real and you experienced every joy, every heartache right there alongside them.

The book has Christian themes however was not preachy, and if you want to understand what God’s love looks like, then you need to read this book.

The story is a love story however it is unlike most as not only does it stand the test of time and trials, the love is unconditional. No matter how many times Angel stumbles, Michael forgives her and loves her through it.

This book is beautifully written and will make your heart ache.  If you only read one book this year, let this be it. Even if you don’t believe in God, read this book – it gives us an example of what real love looks like.

I recommend this book highly, not just for women but for men also. Yes, it is a love story but it is not a romance. It will change your life.

If Only

mrsgillies:

A beautiful tribute on the effects of depression. You must listen to the song.

Originally posted on Minuscule Moments of Inspiration:

If only I could see

I hope you are happy there? If only I could sit and tell you about all the things you have missed. Introduce you to my children the ones you never met. I would say I’m sorry brother, I did not know you were suffering this much. You mentioned a black cloud that followed you sometimes but I never understood it, until after I lost you.

You are my younger sibling I was supposed to look out for you. I love you and miss you every day, your joking silly ways, that sparkle in your eye. Your passion for sport and your witty mind, your generosity especially to your sisters (Can I borrow your car?). Oh how I wish I knew what you were thinking and feeling . I found out later you said…

“Sometimes even in a crowded room full of  my big  family (eight siblings) I…

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COVER REVEAL – Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune is set to debut on Sunday, March 16th!!!

The magical adventure continues after Luke Callindor and his friends recover from their battles in Haven.

Nyx still has nightmares about casting the genocide spell in Hero’s Gate. Every night her heart is gripped by the sensation of hundreds of goblins dying by her magic. By the request of Lord Highrider and Duke Solomon, she is returning to fix the damage she caused. With Luke Callindor and Sari by her side, Nyx is ready to face the vengeful goblins and opportunistic thieves that plague Hero’s Gate. Yet, there is a darker threat that was born from her violated magic: The Krypters.

It is another action-packed, character driven story that will reveal one of our heroes has been lied to for their entire life.

About the Author:

Charles author photo B&WCharles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

Blog: Legends of Windemere
Twitter: @cyallowitz
Facebook: Charles Yallowitz

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Read the Previous Volumes of Legends of Windemere!!!

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover by Jason Pedersen

Cover by Jason Pedersen