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review 2019-02-06 10:29
Book Blitz: The Blackfish Prophecy by Rachel Clark with Giveaway
 
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Young Adult / Nature
Date Published: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Fawkes Press
 
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Best friends Terra and Tiluk live alongside the wild orcas of Washington State. On the other side of the continent, Miles wallows in anger and self-pity fueled by his parents' divorce. In a moment of harrowing fate, their lives converge when Miles witnesses a captive orca brutally kill his trainer at a marine amusement park. When Miles contacts Terra and her family of whale biologists to better understand the "killer" whale, the three teens soon realize they are more linked to each other - and the whales - than they ever imagined. Driven by a primal urge to connect with the highly-evolved consciousness of the orca, the teens take extraordinary risks to challenge big business and renew lost traditions. Their journey is set to restore an ancient mystical bond between humans and whales that ultimately reveals The Blackfish Prophecy…a revelation about Terra - and those like her - that's about to change everything.
 
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But this evening Claire was no peacemaker. She’d rung the bell. The bell was only for extreme emergencies. Yet when she’d gotten the call from a colleague in Florida about what had happened at OceanLand this morning, ringing the bell was her first response. With that phone call, all the years of hurt and frustration burst, and something broke inside her. She’d known even as she rang the bell that obviously this wasn’t a true emergency, but a part of her needed the tolling just the same. Something had to change. He’d killed again. Her heart cringed, thinking of him. She wiped her eyes, again.
 
Claire shivered inside her parka and glanced back at Terra and Tiluk, hand in hand as they descended the long set of stairs behind her and the other adults. She saw that Terra gingerly held the carved and bloodsoaked whale that shed brought home, her fingers bandaged from the cut shed given herself. Claire hadnt been surprised to see Terra’s carving of the new calf. She knew her daughter felt a special kinship with Wendy’s new baby. She took a deep breath of the salted air she loved so much, reminding herself why she and her family were here. But her stomach remained tight with grief and empathy. Now, instead of having the chance to meet the new calf her daughter had dreamt about with a free and easy heart, the news of the killing shadowed everything. And even though she was a scientist, a worldclass researcher of the highest order, Claire had asked Terra to broadcast the Adagio on the twoway. Just this once. With this latest killing, she felt an overwhelming need to ritualize her sorrow with the whales.
 
She looked at her husband Bill, taking in his saltandpepper windswept tousle of hair and etched face. His grim glance told her he felt as sick with the news and what it meant as she did. Looking back at Joseph and Maggie, she knew they felt it, too. Joseph reached out and clasped her shoulder for a moment, his eyes holding hers.
 
“Careful Claire,” Maggie said, eyeing the narrow, steep stairway. “Mercy, we don’t need any more injuries today,” she murmured. Claire stopped short, turned all the way around, and leaned into Maggie, hugging her briefly from the stair below.
 
“I know, honey.” Maggie hugged her hard. “I know.”
 
Terra met Tiluk’s eyes, puzzled. What is really going on here? The adults said they’d explain about the Shantu news later, at dinner. Why was her mom so upset? Terra didn’t even know how to feel about what they’d told her. She was too dazed. The calf has a brother. The calf has a brother. Her mind, overwhelmed by this news—and the killing—had shut down. The words kept rolling around and around her head: The calf has a brother. But her brother killed a human. Her brother killed someone. It was all she could think of as if the news itself blocked her from considering its implications. Tiluk had grown even more solemn and quiet than usual. Neither Terra nor Tiluk were ready to know more.
 
About the Author

photo unnamed 1_zpsmo4acqvk.jpg Rachel is a writer and biologist. As a kid she got hooked on all things animal, vegetable, and mineral. To complicate matters, she was hatching up stories before she could hold a crayon. Once she discovered biology it was all over. Ever since her first class in 7th grade when she refused to dissect a frog, a little voice in her head said: You gotta share this amazing stuff about how nature works, and ask if we really need to harm it. The little voice only got fiercer once she went to college and worked with captive dolphins and Beluga whales, then got to see wild killer whales only a few weeks later. From then on it was an all-out quest to convey the wonders of nature, while pointing out the serious problems of our very bad habit of dominating others and the Earth. She’s been a card-carrying science writer for twenty years. The Blackfish Prophecy is Rachel’s first book.

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review 2016-10-13 00:00
To Die For
To Die For - Alice Clark-Platts,Rachel B... To Die For - Alice Clark-Platts,Rachel Bavidge 10/13/16: Currently free at Audible.

This was really a pretty good short story. A lot more involved than I would have expected for such a short piece. Really, a great way to spend an hour. The narration was wonderful. I would definitely look for more works by this author and narrator.
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review 2013-10-25 00:00
Claimed by Aliens
Claimed by Aliens - Rachel Clark This book was a short read with lots of action. It was MMMMMF bisexual ménage acts. Chloe has a gay roommate, Kyle. She arrives home to hear the sounds of lovemaking between Kyle & Rick. She is drawn to their room and joins in the action. The attraction is so great Rick mates with Chloe without protection. The other pod husbands Joal, Noco, & Varn arrive to meet and bind with the new mate. This story is extremely short, but it accomplishes marrying elements of sci-fi to suspense while maintaining red hot ménage action. It was an interesting short read with enough substance to the plot to accentuate the heavy sexual activity. There is anal, oral, and even double anal sex so this story is not for the faint of heart or those easily offended. It is not coarse nor does it involve crass language. It's a loving committed polyamorous relationship. I enjoyed every aspect although I had trouble understanding some of the positions and groupings. It was a fun read that helped me stay awake with a sick little one. It will gain and hold your attention and it's a great way to experience bisexual ménage without tying human emotions to a situation.

Reviewed by Michelle for Cocktails and Books
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review 2013-05-18 00:00
Accidental Love for Three - Rachel Clark Accidental Love for Three - Rachel Clark Read this a couple years ago, but it didn't get marked read. Just adding it again for keeping track, I do remember this was a decent story with MFF action, which is kinda hard to find.
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review 2013-01-09 00:00
Tee-ani's Pirates - Rachel Clark Tee-ani's Pirates - Rachel Clark I never know, with Siren romances, if the story will be good, or complete garbage. I'm happy to say, this was a good one. It was well written, with no errors! I look forward to reading more from this author.
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