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Review: Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden

Jan 17th, 2012 Posted in Book review, Giveaway | 4 comments »

OMG – I have just read the most wonderful book by Bernice L. McFadden! Here, you need to hear what it’s about!

Description:

Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi–a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families.

Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit.

Forty years later, after the death of her husband, Tass returns to Money and fantasy takes flesh when Emmett Till’s spirit is finally released from the dank, dark waters of the Tallahatchie River. The two lovers are reunited, bringing the story to an enchanting and profound conclusion.

Gathering of Waters mines the truth about Money, Mississippi, as well as the town’s families, and threads their history over decades. The bare-bones realism–both disturbing and riveting–combined with a magical realm in which ghosts have the final say, is reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Review:

I’ve done a review before on a book of Ms. McFadden titled Glorious. The author wowed me with this book, and has done the same with Gathering of Waters. As you can tell from the description above, the book sounds WONDERFUL! But the book is so much more! The book is raw with emotion, life, and experience. Not only do you feel for the characters, you are transformed into the characters and experience everything that they do. I have said this on Twitter in regards to this book:

Finished this book today:http://t.co/OIgaTl5P@queenazsa is an astounding heart wrenchingly wonderful master of prose!

I mean this today as much as I meant it then. I am not sure there is enough praise that I can give this book.

In regards to the publisher, Akashic Books, it is proof to the company’s worth to have Ms. McFadden as one of their authors. Since I am a book snob, and find typos in books (even by the ‘biggest’ of authors) I can honestly say that the editors at this house are worth their weight in gold.

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#Review WordPress 10 Easy Steps by Ciprian Gherghescu

Dec 20th, 2011 Posted in Book review | 3 comments »


I call myself a computer geek, though maybe I am more of a software geek. I’m completely and utterly lost when it comes to hosting, domain names, etc.

I was given the opportunity to read How to WordPress: 10 Easy Steps to Creating a Killer Website Using WordPress. I had hoped that this book would give me the knowledge to understand this topic in more depth.

Unfortunately I found that it was a bit lacking. The book showed the steps needed to complete in making a WordPress site, unfortunately not in a manner I understood completely. I think the two things that distracted me most were the excessive gramatical errors and a high number of URLs.

Run on sentences and content that was in befuddled English distracted me from the material provided. There were quite a few URLs that took away from the flow of words. I would have preferred the usage of shortened URLs that were footnoted or URLs that were referred to in the appendix.

The information given in this book by Ciprian Gherghescu did provide a modicum of information I will use. Unfortunately I feel the vast majority of the book will go unused.

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#Review of Iris and the Dragonflies by Rosemary Daniels

Dec 18th, 2011 Posted in Book review | 2 comments »

I love reading YA novels. They are more basic and storyline based without all the sexual pretense in them. Not that I don’t enjoy a very steamy read, but there are times that you just want to go back to when you were a kid and let out the breath you didn’t know you were holding. I’m not sure how you grew up, but I was not the HEROINE in anything in my life. I did not make a difference. I felt like a reed stuck in the mud. But Iris and her friends are definitely not that type of person at all.Let’s get you a bit of an blurb for you:

After dragons, in the form of spell-bound dragonflies tell Iris she is their long-awaited Dragon Seer, Iris takes the first step toward her destiny by challenging the greedy mayor who wants to destroy the local creek, the dragonflies’ home.  But evil never works alone and a man with his own mysterious connections to Iris will do anything to stop her.

 

 

Not only do I love YA books, I have a thing for anything that is  fantasy/sci-fi/magic/weres/vamps….let’s just leave it at I like the paranormal.

When I first started reading this bok, I thought that it was a little ‘kiddy’ but…I was reading a YA novel. So I pushed on (with no resistance) and read more. The book picked up so much more when her family took a summer vacation to Ireland (another of my favorite things to read).

I loved the power that has been passed down from generation to generation, the storys that Grandma and the others told  about the lank near by.

If it were not for Iris’ knowledge of the powers she has (though not fully developed) she would not have been able to do the things she had done, make friends, save her precious creek, and escape danger.

I am grateful that I had an opportunity to read this book. Don’t let me have think that I haven’t found some ‘flaws’ with the book. But I only did find 2.

1. The characters were well developed and some you even wanted to slap upside the head. But one of my favorite characters, Luciano, was written (in my humble opinion) was dialogued a bit hard. Even though you know what he’s saying, you spend more time trying to decipher the dialect the author is using. Maybe she could have done something like, ‘Luciano’s voice was so thick and authentic. Thankfully Iris was able to understand him perfectly.’ Maybe that would have gotten over my issue. (Again, no REAL issue)

2. How did I not know it was only one book of a series? Why did you leave me hanging? Why won’t she tell Grandma or her father? What’s going to happen while everyone is away? Is the school like Hogwarts? Tell me something, I can’t stand it. Now I have to read the next one….sigh….another book to put on my TBR pile.

I enjoyed this book and advise you to click on the cover above and pick up a Kindle copy or switch a page or to and get to the printed version (which I now want the autograph!) and buy it for yourself or the kids in your life ages 8-37 (or more if they are like me!)

I know you are in love with the concept of this book, so check out Rosemary’s website HERE. Don’t forget to get over to her Facebook page and give her some love!

 

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#Review: Plymouth Colony II by Sharolyn Wells

Dec 4th, 2011 Posted in Book review | no comment »

Blurb: Teris Keyes and her brother Eric are two of the few ‘lucky’ humans to escape the destruction of earth through the help of the Kelkani, who plan to use the humans to repopulate their dying empire. Stuck in an intern camp on an alien world, mourning the loss of all she once loved, Teris finds comfort in a romance with Camp Commander Kovar Not. The Elite of Kelkan don’t want this human contagion in the Kelkani bloodline, however, and the emperor compromises by exiling all mixed couples to a remote subcontinent. But that’s not enough for the Elite—especially their leader, Raetin Dare, who vows to make an example of them all. He kidnaps Teris to make her a public example. Teris must not only survive until Kovar can rescue her, but she must protect their unborn child.

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I have to admit this to you, sometimes I get tired of reviewing books. I do enjoy it, don’t get me wrong. But I also enjoy picking up something on my own and reading it. I feel like that way I have some options and control over what I read. I’m a word nerd and sometimes I want something that is going to make me pull out the dictionary. Yes, I still own a paper copy, and do not Google my words. (Unlike some people I live with.)

I am so happy that this book did everything I needed AND was a book I got for review. Sharolyn Wells was masterful in her use of words. Not only did I have to look some up, but they worked in such a great way and with a flow that I have not seen in quite a while.

Ms. Wells’ characters are very well thought out and interesting. The only problem I had with them was I didn’t think that Teris and Kovar should have fallen in love so quickly. I do understand the author’s desire to have them know they were in love as soul mates, but I would have liked a little more build up. But who am I to tell a talented author what she should write?

I also found this book to be very like the TV show Terra Nova. But to Ms. Wells’ credit, the show came out way after her work. I was so impressed that someone would have the forethought to come up with a story line such as this and then have the ‘big whigs’ of network television to come up with something nearly as good!

If you enjoy a good read and want something to challenge your mind and entertain at the same time head over to get her book NOW! Click HERE to purchase this book from Desert Breeze Publishing. I applaud their decision to publish this work. Congratulations Sharolyn Wells for a well thought out work and I look forward to reading another book in the future.

Red Leather Reunion by Karen Bostrom

Oct 27th, 2011 Posted in Book review | no comment »

Red Leather ReunionRed Leather Reunion by Karen Bostrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy WOW Batman! It’s amazing how much heat you can create without actually having sex. Just Jane’s description and manners showed greatly how good of an author that Ms. Bostrom is. Each move, word, and glance had a reason and design. There was no fluff to dig through and nothing that I have to guess about. I loved every second of this book and can’t wait to get my hands on another book by Karen Bostrom.

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