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review 2018-05-15 22:20
Review: Ray Vs the Meaning of Life
Ray Vs the Meaning of Life - Michael F. Stewart

Ray is a typical teenager just trying to get through high school and find something he enjoys. He spends most of his time playing video games by himself and crushing on a neighbor girl. Then his grandmother dies and everything gets turned upside down. Ray finds himself suddenly responsible for an entire trailer park and all that it entails.

I'm a big fan of coming of age stories and this one does not disappoint. What seventeen year old is ready to discuss the meaning of life? I certainly wasn't. Ray's search for understanding leads him on a hilarious and sometimes disgusting path towards enlightenment. The author does not shy away from the muck that is part of the daily grind of running a camp full of miners and misfits.

I have to say one of my favorite parts of the story was the pool iceberg. The simplest of problems can become overwhelming if we don't manage our expectations of them, including how long it takes for ice to melt once the weather warms up. The symbolism of this and Ray's interactions with Penny really warmed my heart.

There is a lot of depth to this story, family struggles, helping those in need, taking responsibility and of course growing up. Ray's family is an eclectic group of misfits who motivate him, intentionally and not, towards finding his meaning of life. You'll want to join in on this hilarious "spiritual" journey.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a fun coming of age story with a lot of heart.

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review 2018-03-07 16:38
Review & Giveaway – The Boy Who Swallows Flies by Michael F Stewart @MichaelFStewart @XpressoReads
The Boy Who Swallows Flies - Michael F. Stewart

I know the target audience for The Boy Who Swallows Flies by Michael F Stewart is 4-7, but I am young at heart and loved every minute of it. How about you?


Amazing cover done by Martin Stiff


The Boy Who Swallows Flies Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: February 15th 2018
Genres: Middle-Grade, Mystery, Superhero




Michael F Stewart has a way of taking a simple story and leading me down a road I didn’t anticipate, but am so very happy to travel. He layers bits on top of bits and I cannot imagine any child…or any person, for that matter…not reveling in his imaginative, creative and excellently written stories that leave me anticipating the next one.


Jerrod faints a lot, thus the helmet on the cover. His falling out isn’t all bad, in fact there is a benefit, but he’s loathe to share it and I’m sure not going to tell you. You will have to read this wonderful story to find out for yourself.


Gavin is his only friend, other than the bugs he collects. He is the Bug boy, and he revels in it. Gavin is gifted, very smart. Jerrod thinks he’s the dumbest kid in school, but Gavin doesn’t believe that. He just believes Jerrod hasn’t found his ‘aptitude’ yet.


I love the world he lives in…letting some of his bugs run free in his room. Like Jerrod, we all have something special to offer the world, we just have to find out ‘talent’. You never know what will lead to your future, so you need to keep your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hands open. 


I can see how Micheal F Stewart has left the options open for more daring adventures with Jarrod, Gavin, and Jarrod’s new friend, Dog girl. Please say it’s so, Michael.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Boy Who Swallows Flies by Michael F Stewart.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars




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review 2017-12-08 16:30
Magical Children’s Adventure – The River Keepers by Michael F Stewart @MichaelFStewart
The River Keepers - Michael F. Stewart

The fabulous cover for The River Keepers by Michael F Stewart is done by Martin Stiff. Great job, Martin.


I love when a cover depicts the story inside and Martin’s cover was only the first step drawing me into the adventure.


The River Keepers

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I had read A Cold Dark Place by Michael F Stewart and loved it, so when Michael offered me a copy of The River Keepers for review, I snatched it up and began to read.

I love that the adventure is in their own backyard. So…after your children read this, you may see them outside, looking…


Natasha and Teagan are sisters. Actually, they are more than that. They are twins, mirror opposites.


A freak storm. A downed tree. What’s that I see?


At eleven years old they are off on an adventure that leads them to research and learning, getting lost in the magic and growing in ways they never could have foreseen. Their adventures will not only change their lives, but their parents too.


I love how Michael slips a little science and ecology into the story in a way that is sure to intrigue everyone. I love when there is a lesson to be learned and it is wrapped up in a wonderful and entertaining tale, sending a subtle message to all who read it.


A skunk, a mouse, a frog…what would it be like to walk and hop in their footsteps?


You will never look at critters…or gnomes…the same way again.


When the skunk sprayed…I laughed out loud.


When the mouse squeaked…I cringed in fear.


Michael F Stewart has created a magically wonderful adventure that is suitable for all ages. To all you adults out there…let your inner child run wild!


Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars


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A Cold Dark Place


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review 2017-11-29 23:25
My Review of Keep in a Cold, Dark Place
Keep in a Cold, Dark Place - Michael F. Stewart

Keep in a Cold, Dark Place by Michael F. Stewart is a story of Limphetta O'Malley, best known as Limpy, who lives on a potato farm. She has aspirations of a grander life, in fact, she wants to pursue her love of sewing. While rotating the potato bags in the barn one evening, Limpy discovers a hidden box. What she unleashes will change her world forever.

This is a well written story of determination, facing your fears, and self-discovery. Michael's story gripped me and wouldn't let go. The characters stay with you, and gives you something to think about. 

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-08-18 00:00
Counting Wolves
Counting Wolves - Michael F. Stewart Counting Wolves - Michael F. Stewart Counting wolves is Milly's story of how she deals with her fear. Of how it affects her life from day to day; from minute to minute; of how she comes to terms with her fear. The challenges that she has to face day after day, the hiding, the covering up of the lies that live within her.

Milly has this wolf that hunts her day in and day out, nightmare after nightmare that will tear her limb from limb if it catches her. She has to use her magic to keep the wolf from attacking her and the ones she loves and cares about.

After she passes out in gym class her evil stepmother has her committed in a physic ward where she meets a lot of new friends that help her deal with her wolf while she in return helps them to deal with their wolf.

When I read the summary for Counting Wolves with Milly and her wolf and using her magic to stop the wolf lead me to believe that it was a totally different story than I was anticipating. But that definitely didn't stop me from enjoying it. I have loved reading Milly's story and I hope that I have not given too much away because I do think that this is Milly's story to tell so I am going to let her tell it.

Counting Wolves is a brilliantly written story one which I think would benefit a lot of people. Counting Wolves is one of those stories that will stay with me for a long time to come if not forever. I believe that Milly's story will help me with my own wolf.

If you like a little magic and fairy tales in your life then Counting Wolves is just the story for you. Pick up your copy today and join Milly on her journey with fighting her wolf.
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