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text SPOILER ALERT! 2018-07-02 12:50
QUOTE: Fortress Plant by Dale Walters
 Fortress Plant: How to Survive When Everything Wants to Eat You - Dale Walters

"Imagine, after much struggle and bloodshed getting through the outer walls of a well-fortified castle, that instead of facing the enemy on solid ground, you suddenly find yourself falling into an inner moat filled with corrosive, deadly chemicals.  This is pretty much what many attackers face when attempting to invade plant tissues.  In fact, on some plants, the attacker will need to face chemicals while still on the plant surface.  Onions with coloured scales - red and brown onions for example -  contain phenolic compounds that leach into water droplets on the surface of the onion.  The onion smudge fungus, Colletotrichum circinans, needs water for its spores to germinate, but instead of giving life, the chemicals in the water droplets kill the pathogen.  This must be the equivalent of having boiling oil poured over you as you start to clamber up the castle wall."

 

- From Fortress Plant by Dale Walters (pg 64)

 

 

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review 2018-07-02 12:45
Fortress Plant by Dale Walters
 Fortress Plant: How to Survive When Everything Wants to Eat You - Dale Walters

TITLE:  Fortress Plant:  How to Survive When Everything Wants to Eat You

 

AUTHOR:  Dale Walters

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2017

 

FORMAT:  Hardback

 

ISBN-13:  978-0-19-874560-0

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From the blurb:

"Everything, it seems, is out to get you - bacteria, fungi, insects, vegetarians... even other plants.  So how do you survive?  As Dale Walters explains in this extraordinary account, you fight back.  And plants are not short of weaponry.  Constant vigilance, rapid communications systems, several lines of fortifications, chemical weapons, insect allies - all are deployed against invaders.  And you can't rest.  You have to keep innovating, and sharpening your defences, because you can be sure your enemies will be finding ways around them.

 

All this, of course, happens withot direction of purpose.  These are evolutionary arms races resulting from natural selection.  But they are no less deadly for that."

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Dale Walters makes use of an amusing fortress metaphor (the plant is the fortress and bacteria, fungi, insects, vegetarians etc are the invaders) to explore the large variety of methods stationary plants use to defend themselves from everything that want to eat them.  This book is divided into chapters on "recognizing the enemy", alerting the plant of imminent invasion "call to arms", the weapons of war, the variety of chemical compounds used to deter/destroy invaders, aid from plant "friends", and the never-ending evolving arms-race between plants and their enemies.  This book is written with the intelligent, intersted reader in mind - not everything is over-explained or simplified and there is a fair amount of botany and biochemistry involved.  However,   I do not believe that there is anything particularly difficult to understand in this book provided the reader is paying attention and not expecting to breeze through the book.  I found this book very interesting, with a lovely writing style, juicy science stuff and no irrelevant biographical side tangents.  The multitude of photographs were also very useful.

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-06-12 13:47
My one-hundred and fourth podcast is up!
 Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Science and Politics - Lisa M. Walters

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network! In it I interview Lisa Walters about her study of the thought of the 17th century writer and philosopher Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Enjoy!

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review 2018-06-12 10:00
Release Day Review! Christina's Tapestry (Tapestries #1) N.J. Walters!
Christina's Tapestry - N.J. Walters

 

 

Captivated by a lush tapestry she sees in a shop window, Christina Beaumont impulsively buys it, never imagining how that one action will change her life. The magical tapestry not only transports her to a world that resembles medieval Earth, but also into the arms of two massive warriors who both want to claim her.

 

Jarek and Marc, brothers of the House of Garen, are elated to discover the tapestry has delivered Christina to them, but ancient tradition dictates that they must compete for the right to be her husband. Both separately and together, the two will indulge Christina in every sensual way possible, taking her to passionate heights beyond even her most intense fantasies.

 

As the time for Christina to choose between the two men draws near, she is confronted with another option: she can return to her own modern world. Fearing their loss, Jarek and Marc will join forces to convince Christina to stay with them, even as they fight a rival family for the right to keep her as their very own . . . This is a revised edition of a previous published book.

 


Oooh, la, la, just wait until you hear what I have to tell you... I just had a sensational sensually stimulating visit to the past where I met the strong and captivating Jarek, Marc and Christina. These delighted me with their magical romance full of temptation and some really hot and sexy love scenes including menage scenes. The relationship itself was a bit slow in catching up to the sizzling chemistry that burned between these characters but hey who can blame Christina for being a bit slow on the uptake when she just got yanked from her time and place and dropped right in the laps of two super sexy warriors, who by their very natures would turn any red-blooded woman's brain to mush. I could certainly connect with her and the two warriors as they explained the prophecy concerning the tapestry and why there romance had to move at such a fast pace.

 

Which kept things hot and steamy throughout and had me glued to the magical pages and N.J. Walters brought the story to such vivid life that I could practically smell the fresh air and I pictures each and every scene as they happened and let me tell you, that I was quite flushed by the time Christina made her decision about whether to stay or to go home. I will definitely be awaiting the release of the next Tapestry series romance, meanwhile I think I will be on the lookout for my very own 'tapestry'.

 

 

 

 

Christina's Tapestry


http://www.njwalters.com/tapestries.html#christinastapestry

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/christina-s-tapestry-n-j-walters/book,13978864

 

 

The 1st book in the Tapestries series.

 

It is being re-released on June 12, 2018 by Beyond the Page Publishing and is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DDNPRN3/

 

Smashwords - http://www.njwalters.com/:%20https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/834414

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/N_J_Walters_Christina_s_Tapestry?id=bdVdDwAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/christina-s-tapestry-1

 

B&N- https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christinas-tapestry-n-j-walters/1107145653?ean=2940161991053

 

 


can be found at:

 

Website - http://www.njwalters.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/709041.N_J_Walters

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/N.J.WaltersAuthor

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/njwaltersauthor

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/n-j-walters

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/n-j-walters/author,246071

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-28 10:00
Release Day Review! Wolf of Her Own (Salvation Pack #9) N. J. Walters!
Wolf Of Her Own - N.J. Walters

 

 

Mikhail Matheson came to Salvation for his sister, but he stayed for Elise LaForge. She’s the alpha’s mother and the most fascinating woman he’s ever laid his eyes on. He’s wanted her from the first moment he saw her. He may feel like an outsider in the pack, but there’s no way he can leave when he’s sure Elise is his mate.

Elise’s made a home in North Carolina with her adult sons and their pack. It’s taken her a long time to get over the years she spent with her abusive mate, and while she’s content now, she can’t help but feel there’s something missing in her life. Mikhail stirs emotions in her she never expected to feel, and the attraction between them is off the charts. But Elise’s not sure how her sons and the pack will react, not to mention the danger the pack is facing.

 

 

 

The Salvation Pack is back with another spectacular romance.

 

Elise and Mikhail are two very strong and captivating characters that have wonderful chemistry and easily draw readers into their story. The romance is sweet but the relationship has quite an obstacle to be overcome, one with lots of emotional turbulence that has readers empathizing with the characters and wanting to help them along and of course, the story has blazing hot passion that keeps the pages heated throughout as this couple works hard for their happily ever after.

 

This fast paced story keeps readers on their toes with lots of anticipation and excitement not only because Mikhail really has to work hard to win Elise over but because another alpha comes for a visit and brings quite a bit of emotional trouble and thrilling danger to the pack.

 

Another words, A Wolf of Her Own is a romance that has it all, fantastic characters and a romance that not only fulfills every heart’s desire, packs quite a punch.  I always enjoy my visits to the Salvation Pack, which captured my heart from the very beginning because the characters are easily connected to and ensure that readers want to know how everything works out for each of them in their bid for happiness after overcoming such a heart breaking past and readers can’t help but become enamored of each of the pack members who show such enormous courage and a great strength of character that readers want each and every one to have a happily ever after.

 

 

 

Wolf of Her Own is the 9th book in the Salvation Pack series which includes:

Wolf at the Door

Wolf in Her Bed

Wolf on the Run

Wolf From the Past

Wolf on the Hunt

Wolf on a Mission

Wolf in His Heart

Wolf in Her Soul

Wolf of Her Own

 

Wolf of Her Own is available in ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   iBooks   Kobo   GPlay

 

 

can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   Facebook   Twitter   BookBub

 

 

 

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