Book review: The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World by Kristin Rockaway

  • Title and author:  The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World by Kristin Rockaway
  • Publisher:   Center Street
  • Date published:  June 6, 2017
  • Pages:  352
  • Genre:  Women’s fiction / romantic comedy / travel

Book description:  Objectively, Sophie is a success: she’s got a coveted job at a top consulting firm, a Manhattan apartment, and a passport full of stamps. It isn’t quite what she dreamed of when she was a teenager dog-earing pages in exotic travel guides, but it’s secure. Then her best friend bails just hours after they arrive in Hong Kong for a girls’ trip, and Sophie meets Carson, a free-spirited, globetrotting American artist.

In the midst of their whirlwind vacation romance, Carson invites Sophie to join him on his haphazard journey around the world. While the brief international jaunts she sneaks in between business trips don’t feel like enough, Sophie is far too practical to throw away her five-year plan on a whim. Yet Carson’s offer forces her to question whether the reliable life she’s chosen is really what she wants–and she soon discovers that his feelings for her run deeper than she realized.

Praise

“With its spirited yet credible plot and vividly intricate charactersthis debut novel shines.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“…a fun, sexy debut perfect for readers who love exotic settings and a great love story. For those wishing to indulge their wanderlust, or who have dreams too big for tidy little boxes, this is an incredibly satisfying read.” — Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away With Me

“…brilliantly navigates one woman’s quest to let go of what is practical to pursue her passion and surrender to her inner dreamer.” — Kerry Lonsdale, bestselling author of Everything We Keep

“Can a novel be smart and loads of fun? Kristin Rockaway’s debut is proof that it’s possible. Warm, witty, and completely delightful, this book had my inner escapist itching to hop on the next flight out of town.” — Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences

“Kristin Rockaway is a wise and fresh new voice in women’s fiction and this book was a delight from start to finish.”  — Anita Hughes, author of Christmas in Paris

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About the author:  Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of software.

THE WILD WOMAN’S GUIDE TO TRAVELING THE WORLD is her first novel. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and planning her next big vacation.

Connect with the author:    Website   Twitter   Instagram   Pinterest   Goodreads   Facebook

REVIEW:

Sophie has it all. Or so she thinks. A top notch job, an apartment in New York and free travel with her job. But she is starting to unravel though she really hasn’t pieced it together yet. Her best friend dumps her on their first day in Hong Kong and Sophie, who considers herself an experienced solo traveller is suddenly lost. 

An unexpected encounter with Carson, a free-spirited traveller, turns her world upside down. He invites her to question her life, including her five-year plan for a successful career and questions why she hasn’t followed her dreams to travel. What? Sophie travels all the time.

Despite their different lifestyles, they begin to realize that the other fulfills them in a way they could not predict. However, the differences between them are tearing them apart.

This is a great read for anyone who loves to travel or who wants to bring something fun to read with them on vacation. Although a work of fiction, it does delve into deeper issues of insecurity and that sometimes we have to step back and re-evaluate what we need to do to be happy.

Book review: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading

  • Title and author:  Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading
  • Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Date published:  April 19, 2013
  • Pages:  220
  • Genre:  Mystery / thriller / women sleuths / YA fiction

Book Description:

Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist in side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into – and out of – all kinds of precarious situations. This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages – armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.

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About the Author:   I Like Root Beer. When I was younger I fancied myself a bit of a Root Beer connoisseur, drinking my favourite brand (A&W, of course) from tall, narrow champagne flûtes and revelled in the sound of the ice cubes clinking against the side of the thin glass, creating a magical tinkling ambiance as I looked down my nose at all the other inferior Root Beer vintages. As I grew older and began to travel all across the globe I was naturally inclined to seek out the very best Root Beers that the world had to offer. Sadly, as I was to discover, Root Beer is very much a North-American thing and you can’t really find it anywhere else in the world. On the bright side, however, it turns out that the world is a pretty great place even without Root Beer. There are a million amazing things to see and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her various adventures.

Connect with the author:   Website    Facebook    Twitter    Kitty Hawk Website

REVIEW:

Having just been to Iceland a few months ago, I was excited to begin reading about Kitty’s adventure in the third instalment of the Kitty Hawk series.  Did Kitty see the same things I did?  Yes, but she saw them from the air from the seat of her trusty De Havilland Beaver!  I saw Iceland all over again through her eyes and it makes me want to go back!

Kitty is warmly welcomed to Iceland by Konrad (who is originally from Alaska) and his family.  I especially enjoyed learning about the Icelandic naming Committee (you’ll see what I mean when you read the book).

Kitty is introduced to several interesting people by Kristin, Konrad’s daughter, who is studying environmental engineering at the University of Iceland.  Now this is where things start to get interesting (did you know there is a handsome, red haired, bearded Icelander Viking dude in this story?) (plus other cool stuff such as aluminum smelters).

There was plenty of action (pretty scary actually) in The Icelandic Intrigue. I always wonder how Kitty finds herself in crazy, dangerous situations when she’s pretty much a tourist like the rest of us (throw in a volcano, some Russians and some rotten shark meat).

I enjoyed reading The Icelandic Adventure as much as the first two books in the series and look forward to book number four “The Tragedy of the RMS Titanic”.

Book review: Halley’s Casino by Mark JG Fahey (3rd Place Winner of World’s Best Story Contest!)

Book Details:

Book Title:  Halley’s Casino by Mark JG Fahey
Category:  Adult Fiction, pages
Genre:   Science Fiction / Time Travel
Publisher:  Mark JG Fahey
Release date:  Jan 25, 2016
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: Jan 8 to 26, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (No profanity,  readable for all ages 12 and up, pure fun and witty story)

Book Description:

Halley’s Casino is set in 1986. 26-year old Nebula Yorker (Neb to his friends), is patiently awaiting the return of Halley’s Comet. He is about to discover that the world is not what it seems.

Upon the arrival of Halley’s Comet, Neb is confronted by a mysterious stranger who literally swoops out of the night sky. What happens next will change the course of Neb’s life and that of all he befriends.

This stranger (Mr. Tict) reveals to Neb that Halley’s is not a comet at all, but an Intergalactic Casino that has been posing as a comet for countless years. Mr. Tict is the Concierge of the Casino and he has come back to Earth to recruit Neb as his assistant.

What happens next is an eye-opening experience for young Neb that no one on Earth can imagine. It can only be explained by watching old Star Trek reruns, while eating cheese sandwiches and drinking hot chocolate. From androids with attitude to a vast assortment of alien beings and historic individuals, with a touch of time travel from ancient Babylon to 1757 London and back to Rome of 12 BCE, Neb soon learns that his past, present and future have always lain in the stars above.

It’s a rock and roll ride chock full of chaos, a formidable nemesis, drama, satire, humour, death and new beginnings, with revelations that Neb never saw coming.

Even John Lennon is amused!

Starting out on a quiet evening of star gazing, Nebula Yorker finds himself caught up in the most extraordinary time travel and planet saving adventure of a lifetime.

​And that’s only the beginning of what is to come.

Mark JG Fahey

Meet the Author:

Mark JG Fahey is not an alien, contrary to what you may have heard, though he swears he has been to space. Mark has dabbled in various undertakings throughout his illustrious career, from on-air hosting/reporter/stand-up comic to messenger for the Prime Minister of Canada. Mark also holds a degree in Restaurant Services. His family and friends can attest to his excellent cooking skills. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mark was raised and still resides in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. Halley’s Casino is the first book in the Halley’s Casino trilogy.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

REVIEW:
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Who doesn’t love a good space opera?  Dr. Who followers will enjoy Halley’s Casino.  It wasn’t the the TV show’s outstanding sets or costumes that won us over, it was the stories.  Halley’s Casino is a quirky, slightly sarcastic and entertaining guide to what we don’t know about the universe.  The author has a fertile imagination and presents situations that are completely new and unique in the sci-fi world.
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Written in a eccentric, informal  style, we are introduced to Nebula Yorker, an orphaned wunder kid who was adopted and raised by an older, unconventional couple.  They gave him an education in several sciences, multiple languages and cultures.  Late one night while admiring Halley’s Comet from his microscope, he is joined by an unusually dressed visitor.  The rest is history, or so they say.
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I honestly couldn’t put the story down, the story had such an unusual plot that you really couldn’t guess what would happen next.  I did have a bit of trouble with the really weird alien names, but discovered that if you read some of them backwards you’ll see some surprises.  (Phil Collins :D)
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I have to take my hat off to an author who uses “twerp” and “espouse” in the same paragraph haha!  Though this isn’t a literary masterpiece, his unique style only adds to the charm of this story.  I’m glad I chose to read and review this book because I would have missed out on an exciting adventure.
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An unusual and entertaining space opera that you won’t want to put down.
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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Degrees of Love: A Novel by Lisa Slabach

Book Details:

Book Title:  Degrees of Love: A Novel by Lisa Slabach
Category:  Adult Fiction, 344 pages
Genre:   Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Bookbaby
Release date:  Dec 1, 2017
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub & gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books to: Internationally
Tour dates: Jan 3 to 31, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult themes including infidelity, occasional F-word, non-explicit sex scenes)

Book Description:

At thirty-six, Susan Sinclair has it all. She’s just been promoted to Senior Vice President of Mobile Banking at her firm, a prestigious position bringing fresh creative challenges and a hefty salary increase. Like the shiny new BMW in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two beautiful boys, Susan exudes confidence and style.

Yet despite her success in juggling the roles of wife, mother, and businesswoman, Susan struggles with a secret dissatisfaction. Matt’s work in cutting-edge computer research pays less than her job, and with each advance in her career, he has grown more distant. But Matt refuses to admit there is a problem, and Susan forces herself to play along, determined to give her boys the close-knit family life she never had.

Then she meets her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. Working and traveling together, she and Reese become a crackerjack team, but little by little, pleasure mixes with business. For the first time in a long time—maybe ever—Susan feels seen and appreciated for who she is. Certain she would never allow their friendship to cross the line, Susan lets herself stray dangerously close to the edge.

​A moment of weakness changes everything. Now, unable to stomach the façade her marriage has become yet unwilling to decimate her family by moving forward with Reese, Susan faces a choice that could cost her everything—including her children . . . but possibly bring her more than she can dream.

Praise for Degrees of Love:

​”Slabach crafts a relatable, heartbreakingly real story that will no doubt resonate with those at a similar station in life: women who love their families yet yearn for just a little more—to feel wanted rather than needed, to feel passion rather than complacency. In engaging prose and through skillful storytelling, Slabach captivates with an all-too-familiar story that raises questions with no easy answers.”
– Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“This does not read like a debut author’s book. Slabach shows herself to be adept at portraying the complex emotions of the human condition. Her characters live and breathe on the page in a way that every author strives for, but few actually manage. Susan’s struggles ring true, and the way she handles everything makes her a very likable and relatable character.”
 Sarah Perry, San Francisco Book Review, 5 Stars

“Profound, heart wrenching and very emotional, it is hard to believe that Degrees of Love is a debut novel by Lisa Slabach. This is one of the best novels I have read this year.”
– Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorite

Lisa Slabach

Meet the Author:

Degrees of Love is Lisa Slabach’s debut novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and has two daughters, who are both pursuing careers in film. In her free time, she enjoys drinking wine with friends and cooking in her pink kitchen.

Connect with the Author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~ Facebook 

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

​Jan 3   – Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 3   – A Holland Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 4   – A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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Jan 5   – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 5   – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 8   – Sefina Hawke’s Books – review
Jan 9   – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 10 – The World As I See It – review / giveaway
Jan 11 – Elgee Writes – review
Jan 12 – NorthernMSW – review
Jan 15 – Bookish – review
Jan 15 – The Booksnake Etc. – review
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Jan 16 – Corinne Rodrigues – review / giveaway
Jan 17 – Books for Books – review
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Jan 19 – Truly Trendy – review
Jan 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – review
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Jan 24 – Wander Girl Life – review / giveaway
Jan 25 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
Jan 26 – Too Fond – review / giveaway
Jan 29 – Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest – review
Jan 30 – Book Lover in Florida – review / giveaway
Jan 31 – Jessica Cassidy – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 31 – Amie’s Book Reviews – review / giveaway
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Jan 31 – Novel Escapes – review

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Book review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series Book 2) by Iain Reading

  • Title and author:  Kitty Hawk and The Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading
  • Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Date published:  September 11th, 2013
  • Pages:  246
  • Genre:  Mystery / thriller / women sleuths / YA fiction

Book Description:

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty’s journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight.

As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

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About the Author:   I Like Root Beer. When I was younger I fancied myself a bit of a Root Beer connoisseur, drinking my favourite brand (A&W, of course) from tall, narrow champagne flûtes and revelled in the sound of the ice cubes clinking against the side of the thin glass, creating a magical tinkling ambiance as I looked down my nose at all the other inferior Root Beer vintages. As I grew older and began to travel all across the globe I was naturally inclined to seek out the very best Root Beers that the world had to offer. Sadly, as I was to discover, Root Beer is very much a North-American thing and you can’t really find it anywhere else in the world. On the bright side, however, it turns out that the world is a pretty great place even without Root Beer. There are a million amazing things to see and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her various adventures.

Connect with the author:   Website    Facebook    Twitter    Kitty Hawk Website

REVIEW:

Kitty is at it again with another nail-biting adventure in the Florida Keys.  Before she begins her around the world trip, she wants to take a bit of a vacation with her parents.  After exploring the Keys, she decides to go camping at Fort Jefferson to “really get away from it all”.  But we know Kitty,  her insatiable curiosity really gets the best of her when she suddenly sees an eerie green light in the shallow water close to the fort.  Unfortunately, she can’t resist taking a closer look.

I was curious to see how the author was going to prepare us for Kitty’s around-the-world trip.  I was a little worried that Kitty wasn’t ready for this enormous undertaking and was relieved to see all the precautions and preparation that Kitty and her family put into place before her trip.  The mini GPS maps really help to locate where she is on her flight path.  I googled a lot of the information I read in the book just to be sure she would be alright.  Her plane is a lot bigger than I thought and the extra fuel tanks will help her on her long haul flights.  I learned so much about geography, aviation, travel and literature as I read this book (and if you are interested to learn more, there is a mini encyclopedia at the end).

Kitty’s sense of adventure is contagious and I will be following her as she heads off to Iceland in her next book.  Where’s my backpack?

Book spotlight: 21 Days to Happiness: Increase Your Happiness, Productivity and Energy by Ingrid Kelada

Book Details:

Book Title:  21 Days to Happiness: Increase Your Happiness, Productivity and Happiness
Author:  Ingrid Kelada
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 230 pages
Genre:  Motivational, self-help
Publisher:  Wellness Ink
Release date:  September 19, 2017
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi & ePub)
Tour dates: Nov 27 to Dec 15, 2017
Content Rating: G (The subject is intended more for adults, but there’s no explicit language or content.)

Book Description:

Struggling to find work-life balance? Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or just want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just 10 minutes a day!

For some of us, feeling busy or stressed has become the new normal. Others feel okay, but just want a boost to productivity, energy and motivation.

Instead of hoping for happiness, what if happiness is something you DO, something you CHOOSE every day? The good news: it is and the solutions are simple.

Psychologist and happiness expert Ingrid Kelada provides a practical, step-by-step guide to help you increase your personal happiness and feel more motivated. You can learn how with simple 10-minute strategies. Each day of the 21-day journey focuses on onekey area of your life, including:

• Time: how to break the cycle of chaos and manage your time effectively.
• Body Language: exploring the surprising links between body language and happiness.
• Relationships: how to make the most of the number one predictor of happiness.
• Work: how to use your strengths and talents so that you are engaged and motivated.
• Money: what you should spend your money on to feel most satisfied.

The book is interactive. Each chapter features resources like apps to try, videos to watch for deeper understanding, or tools to help you master these new habits. At the end of three weeks, along with increased happiness, you’ll find you’ve become more:

• productive
• focused
• patient
• energetic
• healthy
• motivated
• positive

Happiness is a choice. A daily decision to choose happy can be easy, fun and rewarding. With this book, in just a few minutes per day, you can practice one new happiness habit, add resources to your arsenal, and jot down your notes in the journal section.

Buy 21 Days to Happiness today to create a happier more satisfying life.

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Ingrid Kelada

Meet the Author:

Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at www.keladacc.ca

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ LinkedIn ~ Instagram

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

Nov 27 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
Nov 27 – Sarah Rehmatullah – review
Nov 28 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
Nov 28 – Everyday Gyaan – book spotlight / guest post
Nov 29 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – The Autistic Gamer – review
Nov 30 – Travelling Through Words – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 1 –   Simple Wyrdings – review / giveaway
Dec 4 –   A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / guest post
Dec 4 –   Stylish Brunette – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 5 –   eBook Addicts – review / giveaway
Dec 5 –   #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 6 –   Take It Personel-ly – review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 6 –   A Holland Reads – review / giveaway
Dec 7 –   Laura’s interests – review / guest post
Dec 8 –   NorthernMSW – review / author interview
Dec 11 – From Isi – review
Dec 11 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / guest post
Dec 12 – JBronder Book Reviews – review / guest post
Dec 13 – Fur Everywhere – review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Wander Girl Life – review / giveaway
Dec 15 – One Frugal Girl – review / giveaway

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR: The Nomad Thriller Series by Georges Benay

Book Details for Nomad on the Run:

Category:  Adult Fiction,  290 pages
Genre:  Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher:   Bookstand Publishing
Release date:  April 15, 2011
Content Rating: PG (No swear words, some violence and minimal/clean sex scene)

Book Description:

Beneath greed, deceit and coercion hides the truth.
Enticed by an investment firm in Morocco, Eric Martin is caught in a world where no one can be trusted.

Beneath the golden desert and azure seas of Morocco lurks a hidden world of greed, deceit and financial terrorism. But the players are not who you might think. Lured away from his seemingly idyllic life as a managing director for a major international bank in Toronto, Eric Martin returns to his ancestral roots in Morocco.

Tempted by a mysterious offer from a boutique financial firm, Eric soon discovers he has walked into the middle of a whirlwind where everyone has their own secret agenda, and he unwittingly has become the key to unlocking them all. From the broad avenues of Toronto to the mean streets of Casablanca, Eric rushes to discover the truth before time runs out. But who can he trust?

The power and attraction of money is strong. In the midst of a dangerous cast of characters, Jeff Offenbach, bank president, knows more than he lets on. But how much does he know? Is he a key player in a scheme to terrorize the global economy, or is he just trying to save his firm from becoming another victim of the global economic collapse? Valerie is the unknown factor. Is she involved in the partners’ machinations, or is she as guileless as Eric? Can he trust her? And more importantly, will he survive long enough to find out?

Book Details for The Nomad’s Premonition:

Category:  Adult Fiction,   240 pages
Genre:  Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher:   Story Merchant Books
Release date:  April 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (some violence, a couple of swear words – minimal)

Book Description:

A new mystery waiting to be unraveled

Eric Martin has a gut feeling that his worst nightmare is about to make a comeback the moment the electronic record of the stock market trade flashes across his monitor.

Eric Martin is desperate to forget his past, one that almost cost him his future.

Working in Paris as deputy head of a bank’s internal security department, Eric notices a high-speed trader’s uncanny ability to predict extremely profitable trades. Even though there’s nothing illegal about the activity, he knows the trader’s success is more than just luck.

But, no one believes him. Armed only with a handful of data and a powerful instinct, Eric searches for the mysterious trader on his own. He suspects that a predictive algorithm has fallen into the wrong hands.

Eric sets off for Istanbul to find answers promised to him by an informant. He finds an unlikely ally in Interpol agent Stephanie Brule. With Interpol wanting him back in Paris and out of the way, Eric’s quest is also hampered by the sudden appearance of his ex-lover, a boss he’s not sure he can trust, and a terrorist who always seems one step ahead.

Will Eric put an end, once and for all, to the nightmare that began when he accepted a job that was too good to be true? Or will his need for revenge and justice lead him deeper into a treacherous world he has no way of escaping?

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Meet the Author:

Georges Benay is a former international banker who is now working as a Toronto-based writer and award-winning photographer. He is the author of two novels, including The Nomad’s Premonition and a collection of short stories. His award winning pictures have been featured in several magazines and book covers.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Photography Website  ~  Twitter

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

 Nov 20 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 21 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 22 – 411 on Books, Authors, and Publishing News – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – My Reading Journeys – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 24 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 27 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 28 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 1   – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 4   – A Page Before Bedtime – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 6   – Brooke Blogs – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 8   – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / giveaway
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Book review: Charley Poon’s Pomes by Robin Hawdon

  • Title and author:  Charley Poon’s Pomes by Robin Hawdon and illustrated by Wendy Halle
  • Publisher:  Clink Street Publishing
  • Date published:  November 7, 2017
  • Pages:  70
  • Genre:  childrens fiction / poetry

Description:

Unable to find good funny poems to read aloud to his grandchildren – other than the seventy year old A.A. Milne classics – British playwright Robin Hawdon sat down to write some himself. The result is this collection of thirty hilarious and touching poems, beautifully illustrated by Wendy Hoile, which recount the exploits of young Charley Poon – every parent’s nightmare – and his eccentric menagerie of nursery animals.

The poems cover everything from youthful games and exploits, to the problems of growing up, to the ups and downs of school and family life, and the joys of country and seaside holidays. Parents and grandparents will be delighted to have something new and entertaining with which to occupy those tricky lights-out bedtime moments.

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Meet the author:  Dividing his time between Bath, Australia and the South of France, actor, playwright and grandfather Robin Hawdon has enjoyed a successful forty year career in the entertainment industry. During the early years he was a regular face on British TV — appearing in many series and co-starring with Michael Crawford in ITV’s ‘Chalk and Cheese’ and starring in a number of films. He has trod the boards as Hamlet, Henry V and Henry Higgins in Pygmalion
and in leading roles in London’s West End. Later his love of writing dominated his career and he is now recognised as one of the UK’s most prolific comedy playwrights —with productions including The Mating Game which has played in over thirty countries and Don’t Dress For Dinner which ran in the West End for six years before playing on Broadway and around the English speaking world. Many of his plays are published by Samuel French and Josef Weinberger.  Robin has also directed a number of stage productions, and in the 1980’s founded the Bath Fringe festival, and subsequently became Director of the Theatre Royal Bath, England’s premier touring theatre. He has written several novels including A Rustle in the Grass, published by Hutchinsons in 1984 and republished recently by Thistle. A second novel, The Journey was published in 2002 by Hawthorns and a third, Survival of the Fittest, by SBPR in 2013. His first foray into children’s literature,

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REVIEW:

Charley Poon’s Pomes turned out to be much more than I expected.  The writer uses a variety of poetic cadences for the different pieces.  The book begins with one of my favourites, limericks!  As entertaining as the poems are, they highlight the simple joys,  mysteries and challenges of childhood.  There were several poems that dealt with more serious subjects such as grownups and “If I was God”.

The illustrations are charming and there are plenty of wonky words and tongue twisters to wrap your brain around.  I really enjoyed the section entitled “SPELLING”.  My favourite animals were Sammy the Snouse and Squawker the Cockatoo.

Some of the poems in the book remind of  ee cummings’ poetry, who happens to be one of my favourite poets.

A lovely poetry book that can be enjoyed by children (and adults) of all ages.

 

 

Book review: The Bedtimeasnaurus by Mike Bayliss

  • Title and author:  The Bedtimeasnaurus by Mike Bayliss / illustrated by Megan Egan
  • Publisher:  Bespoke Book Publishing
  • Date published:  November 14, 2017
  • Pages:  32
  • Genre:  children’s literature / children’s fiction /  poetry

Description:

A charming collection of gorgeously illustrated poems to encourage fun and bedtime bonding between parents and their children.

The bright pink flamingoasaurus spends its day standing on one leg looking for something to eat. The round and delicious tomotoasaurus sings a tune while soaking up the sun. These are just two of the imaginative and amusing dinosaurs dreamed up in The Bedtimeasnaurus, the sometimes naughty and always hilarious poetry collection for children by Mike Bayliss.

Developing the idea for over thirty years while working on other projects , Bayliss was encouraged to publish his collection after being diagnosed with stage IV non – Hodgkin lymphoma in April 2017, using his work as a positive outlet for his energy as he worked to battle the illness.

Complimented by charming illustrations, opportunities for kids to draw their own dinosaur creations and simple quizzes on each of the characters, The Bedtimeasnaurus not only provides an entertaining read for young children before they go to sleep but also offers a valuable chance for parents to connect and engage.

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Meet the author:   Born in Walsaill West Midland, UK, Bayliss is an entrepreneur that owns companies in several industries including building supply and property development. He also owns Bespoke Brewery, which opened in 2012 and has since won a number of awards for its craft beer. He lives with his wife and three children in Forest Dean, UK. This is his first book. 

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Meet the illustrator:
Hi there! My name is Megan Egan, and I’m a Brummie who just loves to create!

Creative Soul and Daydreamer, forged at Imaginate Creative in Leamington Spa, evolving into an Art Director at School of Communication Arts 2.0 in London.

I like drawing, pens, cats, big cities, drum & bass, spray paint, trainers, wine, weird clothes, clouds, graffiti, stickers, books, touchy-feely things, seals, cider, nice packaging, funky lights, bright orange, bare brick walls, scarves, abandoned buildings, olives, colouring in, bones, big windows, untouched snow, scribbling, pizza, fresh bedsheets, the smell of petrol, coffee… and I just bloody LOVE neon!

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REVIEW:

This is one of the funniest children’s poetry books I’ve read in a long time!  It’s pretty silly with a lot of “burping” rhymes!  It’s the kind of bedtime reading book that a child will want to have read over and over.  The illustrations are comical and interestingly, the more you look at them the more you see.

At the end of the book there is an interactive section entitled “Quiz time!” where you can go back and look for different things in the poems and pictures.

There is also an empty page where you can draw your own Bedtimeasnaurus (you can even give him a name!).  The last page is lined and you are encouraged to write your own funny poem.

It doesn’t end there!  What I like about this book is that it provides extra activities for the parent and child to do together.  The author has provided an email address where you can send your dino picture.  There is a competition for the best dinos.  https://www.thebedtimeasnaurus.co.uk/

A fun, interactive book that will tickle your funny bone!

Book review: Then She was Born by Cristiano Gentili

  • Title and author:  Then she was Born by Cristiano Gentili
  • Translator:  Lori Hetherington
  • Publisher:  #HelpAfricanAlbinos
  • Publication date:  January 9, 2017
  • Pages:  309 pages
  • Genre:  Women’s fiction / Africa / cultural heritage

SYNOPSIS

2017 Award Winning B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree and Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence for Outstanding Independent Literature.

Then She Was Born is more than a novel. It’s an international human rights awareness campaign supported by eleven Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis. Based on an inconceivable reality for many in the world today, Then She Was Born combines the drama and redemption of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner with the spirituality of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.

A child is born and the joy of her parents turns to horror. The child is different, in a way that will bring bad luck to their superstitious community. The tradition should be for her to be abandoned, but Nkamba, the grandmother, is allowed to care for her.

Naming her Adimu, Nkamba raises her as her own. Adimu is constantly marginalized and shunned by the community, although her spirit remains undiminished and full of faith. But when she encounters the wealthy British mine owner Charles Fielding and his wife Sarah, it is the beginning of something which will test them all.

As Charles Fielding’s fortunes wane, he turns in desperation to a witch doctor whose suggestion leaves him horrified. But as events begin to spiral out of control he succumbs to the suggestions and a group of men are sent on a terrible mission. The final acts, of one man driven by greed and another by power, will have a devastating effect on many lives.

Cristiano Gentili’s glittering prose and vivid imagery will have you captivated from the first page.

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Meet the author:   Cristiano Gentili is an author and a civil servant, from the Italian region of Tuscany. He is married and has a child.

Since his graduation, where he obtained a BA in political science, a MAs in humanitarian assistance and a PhD in social science, Cristiano’s work has taken him to some of the most challenging locations around the world, often dealing with the after effects of war and natural disasters. He currently works in Ukraine, in the hazardous border area with Russia.

In 2011, he went on a personal fact-finding trip to Tanzania, to assess the living conditions of Africans with albinism. From that experience his goal became to raise awareness of the living conditions of African albinos through the #HelpAfricanAlbinos campaign. His novel, Then She Was Born, is the English translation of his book, originally written in Italian.

Cristiano has met with eleven Nobel Peace Laureates, the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis, who have each read a part of his novel and have leant their considerable support to the campaign.

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REVIEW:

Adimu is a zeru-zeru, a nobody.  What her clan doesn’t understand is that she is not evil or to be feared, she is simply an albino.  This fictional story takes place in Tanzania where albinism is common.  In the larger cities such as Dar es Salaam, albinos are not treated any differently.  However, in small villages where tribal religions and superstition are the norm, these children are treated as non-humans.

Although this book is a work of fiction, it brings to light the tragedy of being born an albino in Tanzania.  Through the use of several very different characters, he author shows how these children are being abused solely on what they are perceived to be.

The plot was well written and suspenseful, however it does contain some very graphic scenes.  Apart from a couple of awkward parts, the translation was very well done.

I have met several albino children in Canada over the past few years.  These children are very much loved by their parents.  I thought I would include a heartwarming photo of two young girls enjoying themselves at a wedding.

Then She Was Born is a compelling and thought-provoking narrative that draws our attention to the plight of albinos in Tanzania.