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text 2021-08-30 08:33
99ยข BOOK OF THE WEEK. The BIRD WITCH - The Mattie Saunders Series Book 4

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The BIRD WITCH - The Mattie Saunders Series Book 4

August 31 to Sept. 7th

 

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Can you love someone whose worldview is different from yours? Who is committed to a cause that excludes you because of your race? Simon is an Indigenous person dedicated to the struggle for justice for First Nations people. Mattie loves him but is love enough?

Birds are dying. At the Saunders Bird Rescue and Sanctuary where rescued parrots abandoned by their owners are rehabilitated and re-homed, a deadly virus has them dying in Mattie's hands. In the midst of this outbreak, she's called to investigate a mortality event where dozens of starlings fly into the pavement as if committing suicide.

Mattie looks to Simon, her rock and refuge, for support, but after spending weeks at a remote protest site, as soon as he returns home he begins working with Wendy Walters, the attractive, ambitious Indigenous politician on her re-election campaign. Mattie's just about had enough.

When Simon proposes a vacation on the Mexican Riviera, Mattie sees it as an opportunity to recover from the death of her beloved birds. She's also hopeful it's an indication Simon's reconsidering his priorities. She didn't realize while on vacation he'd want to attend the Conference of Indigenous Peoples in Chiapas. Mattie's annoyed but decides to indulge her passion and do some tropical bird watching rather than attend a boring conference.

But Simon's conference turns out to be anything but boring when a deadly firefight erupts between the Mexican Army trying to arrest suspected terrorists and revolutionary Zapatista's.

Now Simon is missing, and Mattie is determined to find him, but to do so she must first escape being kidnapped by corrupt Mexican police and avoid abduction by vicious cartel members.

The fourth book in The Mattie Saunders Series, The Bird Witch combines romance and action with environmental themes for an exciting exploration of contemporary culture and issues.

"Fantastic voice! Great writing...great discovery!"
- Bryan Fagan, author of Dempsey’s Grill

"A great book. The characters are believable and relatable... makes me want to go back and read the other three!"
- Laurie Ingebritsen, author of Unexpected Healers

"Great book. Highly recommend."
" ...it is a joy to read a character that can make you feel so many different things but still enjoy her overall."
- Goodreads review by Industry

“If you’re tired of the same old romance “formula” books that all read identically then this book could be for you.
- Clark Wilkins, author of Survive - Love and Murder in Alaska

"A very professionally written ecological thriller book."
- Tony Parsons

 

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text 2021-06-23 08:53
FREE E-BOOK - The Bird Witch

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The Bird Witch

Book 4 in The Mattie Saunders Series 

 

 

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Can you love someone whose worldview is different from yours? Who is committed to a cause that excludes you because of your race? Simon is an Indigenous person dedicated to the struggle for justice for First Nations people. Mattie loves him but is love enough?

 

Birds are dying. At the Saunders Bird Rescue and Sanctuary where rescued parrots abandoned by their owners are rehabilitated and re-homed, a deadly virus has them dying in Mattie's hands. In the midst of this outbreak, she's called to investigate a mortality event where dozens of starlings fly into the pavement as if committing suicide.

 

Mattie looks to Simon, her rock and refuge, for support, but after spending weeks at a remote protest site, as soon as he returns home he begins working with Wendy Walters, the attractive, ambitious Indigenous politician on her re-election campaign. Mattie's just about had enough.

 

When Simon proposes a vacation on the Mexican Riviera, Mattie sees it as an opportunity to recover from the death of her beloved birds. She's also hopeful it's an indication Simon's reconsidering his priorities. She didn't realize while on vacation he'd want to attend the Conference of Indigenous Peoples in Chiapas. Mattie's annoyed, but decides to indulge her passion and do some tropical bird watching rather than attend a boring conference.

 

But Simon's conference turns out to be anything but boring when a deadly firefight erupts between the Mexican Army trying to arrest suspected terrorists and revolutionary Zapatista's. Now Simon is missing, and Mattie is determined to find him, but to do so she must first escape being kidnapped by corrupt Mexican police and avoid abduction by vicious cartel members.

 

The fourth book in The Mattie Saunders Series, The Bird Witch combines romance and action with environmental themes for an exciting exploration of contemporary culture and issues.

 

 

"Fantastic voice! I'm not typically a "series" reader but loved this author's voice. Simon is an Indigenous native who struggles for justice for First Nations people. His character study is VERY interesting writing. Great writing...great discovery!" FIVE STARS

 

"A very professionally written ecological thriller book." FIVE STARS "

 

"... a great book. The characters are believable and relatable and continue to evolve as the story progresses. ...I didn't have to read the other three books in order to step into the main character's journey. Although, having read it, it makes me want to go back and read the other three! "...a great job of weaving the complexities of relationship into the story, and I could really feel the push-pull Mattie and Simon experienced between their desire for relationship and a need to pursue their passions."

 

"Great book. Highly recommend."

 

"Mattie, despite being severely flawed (on purpose)... her faults do not make it harder to root for her although, at times, it's easy to find yourself annoyed with her. ...it is a joy to read a character that can make you feel so many different things but still enjoy her overall." "Simon, was my absolute favourite character ... sweet and kind and endearing and patient and so well written" "One of the subplots in this book was romance and it was honestly so well done...interesting and refreshing and sweet."

 

"The writing ...was so nice, witty, and refreshing. I thought it was lovely."- Goodreads review by Industry

 

 

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review 2020-04-20 05:03
Little A-holes Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

Okay, so I'm "medicated" right now and hormonal as Hell. This should be fun.

 

Pros: well paced and in a unique town

 

Cons: I. Hate. Everyone. In. This. Book.

 

Every character was a cookie cutter walking stereotype. And the plot was so damn obvious I had it figured out about a quarter of the way thru. The only character I felt really bad for was the baby. My god. Insufferable petty white-people bullshit. And I'm white. I felt second-hand shame for these people. What was supposed to be political statements came off as just plain racist because of the blatant cliche of it all. 

 

But I had to finish this shit because I wanted to see how many things I had guessed right. The tally? All of them. Lord help me.

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review 2020-03-28 04:36
Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

I don't know that I've read a book with a more appropriate title. That thought kept cropping up with every chapter read in this story.  

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review 2019-09-07 02:18
Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng,Jennifer Lim

I finished this book today, and now I miss it.

 

Shaker Heights is an affluent, progressive planned community in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio.  Elena Richardson is third-generation Shaker Heights, and it's no mistake that the Richardsons are a prominent family in the neighborhood.  Elena married her college sweetheart, Bill Richardson, who became a well-paid attorney, established her own career as a local newspaper reporter, and had five children:  Lexie, Trip, Moodie, and Izzy.

 

The Richardsons also own a rental property--a duplex in their community, inherited from Elena's family.  Elena feels she does good by keeping the rent low ($300/month for each apartment) and renting to people she considers deserving.  The bottom unit has been rented for a long time to Mr. Yang, a reliable tenant.  The upper unit has had more turnover, but Elena believes she has found tenants who will grow roots there:  photographer Mia Warren and her teenage daughter Pearl.  

 

Pearl soon becomes friends with Moody, who is in her grade, and before long, she is a fixture in the Richardson house.  Mia becomes a presence there, too, when Elena hires her to do housekeeping and cooking.  Izzy, the youngest Richardson and black sheep of the family, convinces Mia to allow her to be an unpaid photographic assistant.

 

Everything changes when Linda and Mark McCollough, friends of the Richardsons, are going through the process of adopting a Chinese baby whose mother had left her at a fire station.  From Izzy's description of the situation, Mia quickly realizes that the desperate, depressed mother who left the baby at the fire station is Bebe Chow, who works at a Chinese restaurant where Mia has a part-time job.  Mia tells Bebe about the Richardsons, and soon the matter is covered by the local press, and a case in family court ensues.

 

Enraged that Mia dared disrupt her friends' happiness, Elena begins to use her reporter skills and connections to delve into Mia's past and dig into some mysteries.  Why were Mia and Pearl (as an infant) the subject of a photograph by the famous photographer Paula Hawthorne, which happens to be in the local art museum?  What happened to Pearl's father?  Why has Mia been so nomadic?

 

The title of the book refers to an incident described at the beginning of the book, from which the narrative backtracks and then returns.  Someone has set a series of fires in the Richardson house, leaving "little fires everywhere," including on each bed.  Who did this, and why?  Everyone seems to be assuming it was Izzy, who seems to have disappeared.  Are they right?  And if so, why would she do such a thing?

 

This book was written in such a compelling voice, with a third-person omniscient narrative that was never clunky.  It explored issues of conformity, individuality, identity, morality, and the meaning of motherhood.  Set in 1997 and 1998, when the author was a a teenager, the book also takes on race, class, and gender, along with their complexities.

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