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text 2019-07-14 17:32
Reading progress update: I've read 45 out of 124 pages.
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 1 - Matt Frank,Chris Mowry

 

This makes it all worth while. Stomp Zilla into the dirt, Goji.

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text 2018-08-24 10:00
Spotlight Tour with Giveaway! Rulers (Eternity's Account #4) Catherine Sharpe & Julie Bryson!

 

 

Book Details:

 

Book Title: Eternity's Account: Rulers (Book #4)
Authors: Julie Bryson & Catherine Sharpe
Category: YA Fiction, 364 pages
Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy
Publisher: Createspace
Release date: April 1,2018
Tour dates: Aug 13 to 24, 2018
Content Rating: G

 

​Book Description:

 

Patterns. They are the material weaved to make the intricate fabric of the universe. The one guiding the threads is the one teaching the 12 chosen children to recognize the complex design within the fabric of time. Each stitch aligns the essential elements of the story, revealing the intended pattern to be followed. Owr, the master creator, has tucked the invisible into the hem of the visible, allowing the children to peek between the tightly drawn threads to study how the spiritual affects the physical.

 

​The Eternity's Account series continues - beyond the creation, the inception of evil, the fall of man, the division of kingdoms, and the fusion of dimensions. As the children tug on the seam of the cosmos, a new set of patterns is exposed. They prepare to witness the next stage in the saga; the rise of the rulers and the effects they will have upon the fate of the universe.

 

 

Rulers

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40097883-eternity-s-account?ac=1&from_search=true

 

is the 4th book in Eternity's Account

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/232380-eternity-s-account

 

which includes

1 Stones of Fire
2 Kingdom Lost
3 Worlds Collide

 

& is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://goo.gl/e9eyhR

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eternitys-account-julie-bryson/1128397473

 

BookDepository - https://www.bookdepository.com/Eternitys-Account-Julie-Bryson-Catherine-Sharpe/9781982055318

 

IndieBound - https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=Eternity%27s+Account%3A+Rulers

 

 

You can veiw the trailer here:
https://youtu.be/l4TLdT3R56E

 

 

Catherine (Cam) Sharpe:
Catherine Sharpe graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, achieved a Master’s degree from California State University Northridge, and earned her doctorate in Language and Culture from the University of Texas Austin and Strassford University. She has three boys and has been married to her husband Larry for over 20 years. They reside in Louisiana.

Julie Bryson:
Julie Bryson authored the book “Out of the Ashes: How Autism Changed My Life” after her youngest of three daughters was diagnosed as autistic. She is a cosmetologist and fitness instructor. She has been married to her husband Chris since 1994, and they live next door to Catherine.

 

 

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

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/eternitysacct

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eternitysaccount/

 

 

 

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

 

Aug 13 - KC Beanie Boos Collection - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 13 - TFaulc Book Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 14 - Library of Clean Reads - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 14 - FLY HIGH! - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 - Locks, Hooks and Books - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 - Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 16 - Cheryl's Book Nook - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 16 - The Autistic Gamer - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 17 - Bound 2 Escape - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 20 - #redhead.with.book - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 21 - Bookworm for Kids - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 22 - Paulette's Papers - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 22 - Declarations of a Fangirl - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 - StoreyBook Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 24 - Stormy Vixen's Book Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway

 

 

 


Win all 4 books in the Eternity’s Account series (open to USA only - 1 winner)
Ends Sept 1, 2018

 

Enter the Giveaway!
https://goo.gl/2qvd9T

 

 

http://www.ireadbooktours.com/

 

 

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text 2016-01-02 19:29
2015 Roundup
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals - Gillian Gill
Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends - Mary McAuliffe
The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London - Judith Flanders
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
The Martian - Andy Weir
Embers - Sándor Márai,Carol Brown Janeway
The Rhetoric of Death - Judith Rock
Murder as a Fine Art - David Morrell
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
The Alchemist's Daughter - Mary Lawrence

Well, I had a good reading year in 2015 - I beat my original goal of 75 in October, and finished with 95 or so books read.  And most of them were good reads, some very good indeed. 

 

Best books I read this year: We Two, a joint biography of Victoria and Albert, by Gillian Gill; Dawn of the Belle Epoque, a cultural history of Paris, 1870-1900, by Mary McAuliffe; The Victorian City, a study of Dickens' London, by Judith Flanders; Uprooted, an Eastern European fantasy novel by Naomi Novik; and The Martian, by Andy Weir.

 

Weirdest reads: Embers, by Sandor Marai.  (Beautiful writing, but a strange, strange "plot.")  The Awakening of Miss Prim, by Natalia Fenollera. 

 

Best author discovery: Judith Rock, who writes historical mysteries set in the Paris of Louis XIV.  Her detective is a Jesuit priest, whose duties are teaching rhetoric and ballet to the aristocratic sons of France.  There are only four volumes that I know of in the series; the first is The Rhetoric of Death.

 

Weakest reads: Murder as a Fine Art, by David Morrell.  (The main character is well developed; unfortunately no one else is, and the plot is highly melodramatic.)  The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman.  (Too many plot elements stuffed, with none done full justice, into one short novel.)  The Alchemist's Daughter, by Mary Lawrence.  (A historical mystery with ahistorical tea, and a heroine I didn't either like or care about.)  Medium Dead, by Alexandra Gladstone.  (Victorian lady doctor, whom all including Queen Victoria accept, and her boyfriend, the earl whose hobby is breaking and entering combined with lock-picking, I just couldn't buy.)

 

But all in all, a very good year!  I hope 2016 is as good.

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text 2015-08-01 02:34
July Roundup
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals - Gillian Gill
Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends - Mary McAuliffe
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
Ancillary Sword (Ancillary Justice) - Ann Leckie
The Quiet Gentleman - Georgette Heyer
Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell,Steven T. Murray
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

Best reads: In a perfectly extraordinary month, I read 2 five-star books (We Two and Dawn of the Belle Epoque), and a 4.5 star book (Uprooted).  For several days this month I had "reading hangovers"; whatever I read I felt sure it wouldn't be a good as what I had just finished.

 

Strangest read: Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie.  I liked it, as have others in the science fiction community (it won a number of awards), but I can see how the narrative style could drive some readers nuts.

 

No Worst Read, as nothing really under 3 stars.  But the Weakest Read was The Invisible Library, a steampunk alternate-universes fantasy (with librarian spies, homicidal steam centipedes, faeries, vampires, dragons, and werewolves), which tried to do a bit too much at once.  (Yes, I was reminded of The Parasol Protectorate novels, among other things.  I like those better, by the way.)

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review 2015-07-27 00:26
Hell of a Book. Loved it!
Hell, and God, and Nuns with Rulers - John Collings Squire

John Collings' book Hell and God and Nuns With Rulers, gives us a peek into the life of a teenage boy named Tristan. His parents are Catholic and have injected as much religion into his life as possible. He goes to Catholic school, attends church every Sunday, and is now taking classes to be confirmed in the Catholic Church.

Tristan meets a boy named Edward at a party. They kiss, he likes it. His reaction to the kiss scares him. His entire life his parents and church has taught him that he should find a nice woman to marry and have children with. He worries that his feelings towards this other boy are a sin. As much as he tries, he can't make his feelings go away. He decides to have an 'inside the closet' relationship with Edward. He quickly learns that things are hard to keep secret. All it takes is one slip up and you are the new town scandal. Everyone knows about their relationship, even his parents. No one treats him the same anymore, his father can't tolerate being in the same room with him.

Blurb from back of book:
The holy sacrament of Confirmation is considered Baptism for adults, a time when individuals proclaim their faith in God. So why does Tristan Adamson feel so much trepidation when his parents force him to take classes to be confirmed in the Catholic Church? Is it because he isn't sure if this is the right choice? Does he have more important concerns he needs to attend to, such as his grade in English class, or working at the Burger House? Or is it something much deeper that a chance encounter with someone at a party forces him to face? As Tristan sets out to answer these questions, he begins a journey of self-discovery that will force him to face the powers of Hell, and God, and nuns with rulers.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. The parts that talk about the pressures many Catholic teens feel were so familiar to me. My Catholic parents and teachers used God as a scare tactic to make me follow their rules. I was expected to be the perfect Catholic girl in every aspect of my life. I think some of the pressure is what turned me away from the religion the minute I was out of my parent's home.

Tristan's problems are far worse than mine ever were. This book gave me a realistic idea of how it must feel to be terrified of feelings you can't control. He feels happy when he is with Edward, but is a nervous wreck about the repercussions he might have face if he continues to have a relationship with him. How will his relationship with his parents, friends, and God come out after all of this. Is his attraction to other males a one time thing, or will he be like this forever?

Excerpts from the book that really stood out to me:

...”Have you had intercourse with that boy?”
“Mom!”
My dad sided with her. “Well, have you, Tristan?”
“Dad, how could you ever think that? We've only gone on one date.”
My dad turned away from me in digust. “Oh, but you've thought about having sex with that boy, haven't you?”
I just sat there with nothing to say. Mostly, I just felt numb.
My mom shook her head back and forth. “Tristan, where did you get this crazy idea about being gay? Television? Music? Public School?”
“Mom, it has nothing to do with any of that. I just like boys.”
My dad turned around to face me again, “No, Tristan, you do not just like boys. I will not have a gay son. Do you hear me? You are not gay. You're just going through some phase. We can fix you and you will want to be fixed.”


After this, his parent tell him he will be attending Sister Corregio's Apostolate to be taught how not to be gay.

This written from Tristan's point of view. The author is a very talented writer. He is an English teacher at an alternative high school in Colorado, the grammar in his writing is top notch.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants more insight into the conflict between religion and homosexuality. If you are greatly opposed to homosexuality you may find this book offensive.

Received through Goodreads First Reads       

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