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text 2017-09-14 13:10
Blog Tour: The Bow of Destiny by P.H. Solomon with Excerpt and Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for P.H. Solomon’s The Bow of Destiny. We will have info about the book and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 

 


 

 

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real. Athson has seen things that aren't there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he's not sure it's real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what's worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn't always sure what's real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.

 

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He struggles to breathe. Trolls stab helpless villagers through sliding curtains of choking smoke and raging flame. Dying children wail as mocking slayers howl. The violence fades into darkness. He flails and fears he lies in a grave yet finds emptiness instead of dirt. Silver light rises and Eagle's Aerie soars beneath the moon. Athson climbs the weather-worn stair and scraps his hands as he gains speed. The rock-face blurs as Athson swoops onto the pinnacle towering over the ocean, stands where no one ever has, sees what has been hidden. Athson pauses and then floats toward a voice murmuring by a swaying flame within a shadowed crevice. A silhouette kneels and rocks, dark against the fire beyond it. A woman's uneven voice chants: "The bow shall be hidden from heart..." The swaying speaker feeds wood into the fire. Sparks snap from the coals and whirl amid the orange-blue tongues. An arc forms in the smoke and fades into the stars. "The eagle will guide the heir..." An eagle's scream pierces the night wind. "The bow shall be found at need..." Wrinkled hands tie a wad of cloth with string - a bowstring. "And the arrow shall Eloch prepare." A shooting star streaks across the horizon and drags Athson's attention from the crouching figure before the popping fire. The eagle screams again - louder and nearer. The figure half-turns and tosses the packet at Athson's feet. He stares at it, then back to the kneeling woman. Her face half-lit by the firelight reveals a pointy nose that overshadows her receding jaw. Grizzled wisps of gray hair wave in the wind. "For you who suffers in silence for a secret." Athson stoops and inspects the package. He unties the knot and pushes the string into a pocket. Within the cloth, he finds a tattered note and more fabric he guesses is a pennant. "Zelma's done it." She gazes skyward and raises her arms.

 

 

 

 

P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/blog-tour-bow-destiny-p-h-solomon-excerpt-giveaway
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text 2017-09-12 12:35
Blog Tour: An Arrow Against the Wind by P.H. Solomon with Excerpt and Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for P.H. Solomon’s An Arrow Against the Wind. We will have info about the book and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 


 

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real. Athson has seen things that aren't there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he's not sure it's real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what's worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn't always sure what's real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.

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An Arrow Against the Wind

 

Book Two 

 

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Buffeted like an arrow in the wind.

The hunt for the Bow of Hart continues for Athson and his companions. They have escaped the clutches of Magdronu and Corgren, but they are still pursued. In need of answers to deep mysteries revealed in Chokkra, Athson must gain possession of the mythic bow to face both his enemies and his tragic past. But Magdronu's reach stretches among Athson's companions, endangering Limbreth and even Hastra in schemes to entrap them all. With each turn of the search for the Bow of Hart, long hidden secrets surface that threaten to destroy Athson. Will he falter like an arrow against the wind?   "An Arrow Against the Wind is a wonderful follow-up to The Bow of Destiny." - Bookwraiths "We have read more than a couple great books this year, and An Arrow Against the Wind is surely among them." - Fantasia Reviews

 

 

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The touch of a cold hand drew Limbreth out of the depths of slumber. Her watch already? But her eyes only fluttered open and shut. Hastra said nothing. That touch—it was far colder than the weather. It crept deep into her sluggish thoughts and along her spine.

Limbreth groaned and turned her head. Her eyes flared wide at the sight of a black hand. It grasped her arm. Her jaw worked, but she uttered not a sound. Her heart slammed in her throat, and her chest heaved. The Bane dragged her toward the door where Gweld squatted.

The figure of the Bane swallowed all the light in the small space even though the fire still burned well. Limbreth found some strength and flopped as the Bane pulled her to the door's threshold and then ducked out.

Limbreth's lungs strained to utter any noise. It was a spell! She fought for a sound and croaked a whimper. The Bane pulled her right arm out the door.

Why wouldn't Gweld do anything?

Limbreth fumbled with her free hand and snagged the rock edge of the doorway. The Bane yanked at her arm. Her breath came in gasps but made no viable sound.

She drew the deepest of breaths and mustered all her strength, which passed her lips in a feeble whisper: "Help." Not enough to wake anyone. You’re on your own. Gweld never moved.

The Bane yanked her torso into the blizzard outside. Her hand grasped the doorway fast and her left arm locked in pain. A groan escaped her lips.

   

P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

Links

Website *** Facebook *** Twitter *** Pinterest *** Google+ *** Wattpad *** Amazon *** Goodreads

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!
 
 
 

 

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/blog-tour-arrow-wind-p-h-solomon-excerpt-giveaway
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review 2017-09-09 03:08
A riveting exposé lets the reader down
Jamarr’s Promise: A True Story of Corruption, Courage, and Child Welfare - Kristin I. Morris,Joseph J. Zielinski, Ph.D.

Here's a book that should apply to a wide variety of people -- others who believe that Child Protection Services (using that as a generic term for all sorts of states' services); those who are convinced that the system will work if we trust it and have the right people in it; those who are convinced that New Jersey's state government is impossibly corrupt; those who like True Crime; and many others. Sadly, what all these different potential readers get is a poor book.

 

Jammarr Cruz was a nine-year-old whose Division of Youth and Family Services case worker was unable to keep his mother and her boyfriend from exercising their legal right to take the boy home. She fought it as hard as she could, but ultimately she was thwarted by those over her -- the boy went home and died a few months later. Kristin Morris, the caseworker, despite a total lack of evidence of her culpability, lost her job because of it. The book details her efforts to clear her name, get her job back, and make changes to prevent this from happening again. Meanwhile her family suffers, her finances suffer, as does her health (mental and otherwise).

 

Now, I'm supposed to be talking about the book, not about the events in it. Which is a shame, because I'd much rather talk about that.

 

The book is told in the present tense -- which is a choice that I do not understand. I rarely understand that as a choice in fiction, but in a book that is detailing past events in an actual person's life? It just makes no sense.The biggest problem with this book is the length -- 160 pages is not enough space to do it justice. 260 may have worked, 350 would've been better -- I'm guessing on page length, but I know that 160 just didn't do it. Too much of the book has to be told in summary form, where things had to be compressed and details had to be discarded. Sometimes, it made it hard to follow the sequence, sometimes it made it hard to sympathize with her because months would be brushed aside in a line or two. If they'd taken the time to fully explain how things happened, the reader would have a better sense of the chronology after Jamarr's death, would better be able to understand what she went through, and how this all had a horrible impact on her family.

 

Oddly, even given space limitation, there'd be a conversation that would recap the narrative we'd just read (or vice versa). Something else that didn't make sense to me.

 

Given the lack of details, the who so much is summed up and the reader is left to fill in many of the blanks themselves, this frequently comes across as a series of Facebook statuses from that friend who is always going on about how difficult their life is -- not the reasoned defense of actions made my a competent and caring professional -- which is what i think the book was intended to be, and I do think that's what she is. Also, much of what she says seems more open to criticism and doubt since we're just given a brief glimpse from a pretty biased source.

 

This book could've been so much better. The tragedy it describes, the injustices it describes deserve something more than this. Morris herself should've had a better representation to the world at large than this. But all we're given is this synopsis of a book, not the book itself (or at least what should be the synopsis of the book).

 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this novel in exchange for this post, my participation in a book tour and my honest opinion. I think it's clear that my opinion wasn't swayed by that.

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text 2017-08-31 11:49
August wrap-up!
Russian Hill - Ty Hutchinson
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
Contemporary Cables: Classic Aran Reimagined in Current Styles - Jody Long
The Green Mile - Stephen King
Original Magic: The Rituals and Initiations of the Persian Magi - Flowers, Stephen E., Ph.D.

6 books read, plus a sampler that I'm not really counting. Three of these Netgalley, but that dance card is clear in anticipation of Halloween Bingo reads.

 

Two surprisingly enjoyable reads from genres I don't often peruse were Russian Hill (Crime drama) and Shiver (YA Romance). Then of course The Green Mile was brilliant!

 

I've collected a couple dozen new samples but not reading them yet. I have Halloween books to read!

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review 2017-08-31 03:42
A handy guide to business manners
#Next Level Manners: Business Etiquette for Millennials - Rachel Isgar Ph.D.

This isn't a traditional etiquette book, its focus is on business manners for Millennials. It's about equipping the reader so that they have

a solid set of manners at hand will give you a basic strategy for the type of interactions that will raise that bar [on your personal brand]. The right business etiquette will make you stand out in all kind of great ways.

Isgar does this by focusing on a variety of scenarios that people in the workplace (well, some of them, anyway) will encounter, giving tips, suggestions, and guidelines to equip the reader to navigate them in a way that will help them at work and lay a foundation for future progress. The writing is crisp, clear, with suggestions of humor -- to keep the reader engaged, not to detract from the message. There's not much more to say about that -- the book has a simple focus and achieves it.

 

Like most writing on etiquette, a good deal of this seems like little more than common sense that someone jotted down -- but, also like most writing on etiquette, when you stop and think about it, someone needs to be dispensing the common sense that doesn't really seem all that common. For example, I frequently wondered if she was spending too much time talking about phone/tablet/etc. use. Then I spent some time at work, looking around and started to wonder if she talked about that enough.

 

Lane's illustrations are a nice touch -- they don't distract from the text while making the book more attractive. Outside of illustrations in a children's book or instructional manual, that's all I ask.

 

Could the book have been longer, could it have included Millennials in a wider-range of jobs? Yes. But even things that aren't directly applicable to most readers are easily made relevant to them. Is it too dependent on buzz words? Yes. But that doesn't detract from the value. Do the frequent uses of emojis detract from the text? Yes, I think so. But I've never seen anything that wasn't hurt by an emoji -- color me a grumpy old man, if you will, I'm simply saying that you should take that note with whatever amount of salt you deem appropriate.

 

#Next Level Manners is a quick, frank, attractive read. There's plenty of handy advice delivered in an easily digestible manner. Give it a shot.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for this post. I appreciate the opportunity.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/08/30/next-level-manners-by-rachel-isgar-ph-d
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