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text 2018-08-16 17:33


My two latest buys, do you know how excited I am to finally have my hands on Origins!! I bought it for my dad in hardback for Christmas and was very tempted to keep hold till I had read it first, but I was a good daughter. Plus Waterstones had it half price!!

 

So I've never read any of Cassandra Clares books.....honestly I don't know why, they've neem on my TBR list since the list began. I am kinda glad I waited thought seeing as I stumbled across this gorgeous cover set. 

 

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review 2018-08-16 16:53
Flash Friends

 

 

Flash Friends: A Perry County Novel

Dennis Royer

Paperback: 334 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 23, 2017)

ISBN-10: 1547166517

ISBN-13: 978-1547166510

https://www.amazon.com/Flash-Friends-Perry-County-Novel/dp/1547166517

 

 

Reviewed by: Dr. Wesley Britton

 

I was delighted to meet author Dennis Royer at a local writers’ conference this August. I was intrigued to hear his description of his latest Perry County novel, Flash Friends, as that’s the locale where my stepson and my grandson live. I was curious to hear that one of his main characters is blind. So am I. 

With these connections in mind, I bought one copy of the book for my grandson and asked Dennis to send me an e-book version so I could write this review.

 

In short order, I was feeling mixed messages, to mangle one usually tried and true metaphor. In many ways, the character of the blind twenty-two-year-old blind character, Annalise DaVinci, was very believable. Her resentment of anyone or anything that frustrated her proud independence is something I’ve seen many, many times. On the other hand, I couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t using a white cane, especially as she was living out in the boondocks and apparently taking long walks in the country. Without a cane?

 

True, Royer tells us Annalise doesn’t use her cane to look less conspicuous. As the story progresses, we get more and more clues about Annalise’s past from which she is running and hiding.  Still, not using a cane, or guide dog and just relying on the apps in her cell phone, I can promise you, is dumb. And dangerous.

 

The other main character is Bo Camp, a rookie volunteer firefighter who lives on a dairy farm with his parents.  They’re neighbors to the Johnsons, who have leased a duplex to Annalise. Annalise is the first person to learn a massive fire is devouring the Johnson house, and Bo is the first person to arrive on the scene to help out.

 

In short order, fire companies from all over the region descend on the blaze and one firefighter dies of a heart attack at the scene. This leads to a number of investigations of the incident where various law enforcement agencies view Bo, Annalise, and the Johnsons with suspicion. Why? And what is Annalise afraid of? Who is she hiding from?

 

As the story progresses, I realized Royer is extremely good with character development, offering very believable emotions, motivations, and actions by all his leading and supporting characters. He’s also very good at distributing clues and foreshadowings of several mysteries he’s developing. I was more than surprised by the final third of the book where most readers who know this area will be amazed to see Perry County in this light.   

 

I also realized Flash Friends is an ideal YA novel, and likely too the rest of his Perry County stories. The rural setting is vividly sketched, especially the Camp dairy farm where Bo’s father is concerned his son won’t follow in his footsteps into the family business. The area described around West Perry County, not surprisingly, is clearly drawn from the author’s personal experience. On the other hand, I know Mechanicsburg doesn’t have a store selling adaptive technology for the disabled and there’s no such thing as a Dauphin County School for the Blind. 

 

Of course, the book is fiction so poking holes into the verisimilitude regarding the Central Pennsylvania blind community isn’t really fair, especially as the reader would have to really have specific knowledge to know about such details. Right now, I’m eager to find out what my grandson thinks of the book. I’m also curious to find out what readers think who know little or nothing about this area. Let me know—

This review first appeared at BookPleasures.com on Aug. 15, 2018:

https://waa.ai/ayJX

 

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text 2018-08-16 12:35
Blog Tour: Tales From the Forest by Johanna Sarah Aldridge with Giveaway

Today’s stop is for Johanna Sarah Aldridge’s Tales From the Forest. We will have info about the book and author,and a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 


The Forest Realm is a magical world within our own. You cannot see it, nor can you hear it, and only very few might be able to feel it. The realm feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and protects the hunted... so long as their hearts are pure.

Recently orphaned, two heartbroken brothers are at risk of separation by the government...

A black Labrador leads a colony of rabbits away from danger...

A destitute family of rats seek a new life away from the pollution of the big city...

All have been rescued by the realm of magic, and their lives are truly about to change.

Come and join us in The Forest where magic thrives, adventures are rife, and friendships last forever.

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Jo was born in Colchester, Essex, in 1974 and since an early age has always been accused of having a wild imagination. This didnt stop her from studying for an honours degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, training as a science teacher, then go on to train as a Biomedical Scientist. She eventually took a post in Clinical Chemistry at Jersey General Hospital in the Channel Islands.

Whilst holding down a full time job, and working 28 hour emergency on call shifts, she has managed to find the time to share that wild imagination with the world by writing online fan fiction stories about the CW series Supernatural.

She enjoyed it so much that, with a lot of encouragement from her husband, she decided to write her own stories. Not an easy task for somone dogged by anxiety and depression, and since her diagnosis in 2013 she has also been battling with Ulcerative Colitis.

In spite of her struggles, Tales from the Forest, a series of short stories set in a magical realm, began to take physical form on her laptop screen, and her black labrador Nelson is a valiant hero in some of the stories. As an avid animal lover, she has vowed that all proceeds from the sale of this book series will help to set up a forever home sanctuary for stray, elderly and abandoned dogs.

Although still working full time at the hospital, she has turned her thoughts to the future, and now holds a Diploma in Dog Training from the Centre of Excellence, and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Canine Communication in order to prepare for a life of working with rescue dogs.

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Website *** AllAuthor *** Facebook *** Twitter *** Amazon *** Goodreads

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text 2018-08-15 16:37
Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 1360 pages.
The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu

I'm not even on page 2, there is a long introduction that I can't seem to get out of. It's got a lot of good background though, knowledge is power, etc.

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text 2018-08-15 14:55
Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 190 pages.
The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim

"What a blessing it is to love books.  Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garden."

No contest on the books -- and love of flowers ...

 

And Elizabeth has an honest-to-God favorites shelf!  Go figure!

"In the centre of my library there is a wooden pillar propping up the ceiling, and preventing it, so I am told, from tumbling about our ears; and round this pillar, from floor to ceiling, I have had shleves fixed, and on these shelves are all the books that I have read again and again, and hope to read many times more -- all the books, that is, that I love quite the best.  In the bookcases round the walls are many that I love,  but here in the centre of the room and easiest to get at, are those I love the best -- the very elect among my favourites."

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