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text 2018-12-05 13:34
VBT, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY: Song of the Boricua by Olivia Castillo
Song of the Boricua - Olivia Castillo


Yauco, Puerto Rico, February 1932
A young man Josephina had never seen was toiling alongside the workers. He had black hair and was very tan. She watched him work and felt an unfamiliar feeling come over her.
It was something she had never experienced before. She heard Marie chuckle beside her. “Il est beau,” Marie said with a knowing little smile.
Josephina’s cheeks turned as bright as a Poinciana flower. “Mon enfant, he’s like you, an orphan. Le petre asked if we could hire him. How could I deny him, fille?” Marie asked, shaking her head wearily.
“We have nothing, but when our priest speaks, how can we refuse direction from up high?”
Marie kissed the rosary she had around her neck and made the sign of the cross. She closed her eyes, fanning herself.
Josephina peeked at him, trying not to be obvious. The young man stood up, wiping the sweat from his brow, and took off his hat. He looked toward the house and spotted Josephina staring at him.
She quickly turned away, embarrassed. Again, with telepathic clarity, Marie spoke gently beside her. “His name is Alejandro. He is such a nice boy. I will introduce you aprés mon somme—after my nap.”
A flushed Josephina quickly protested “Mère, no, you must not.” Marie chuckled louder, the wrinkles around her eyes deepening. “Listen to your old mère.
You need to be with people your own age, not us vieux gens, old people.”
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/12/vbt-excerpt-giveaway-song-of-boricua-by.html
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text 2018-12-04 07:05
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review 2018-11-17 10:42
Astral Projection: "On Wings of Song" by Thomas M. Disch
On Wings of Song - Thomas M. Disch

(Original Review, 1980-07-27)

A paperback edition of Thomas Disch's "On Wings of Song" has come out, just in time to miss the Hugo balloting deadline. Although most of the novels that get nominated seem to be available in hardback, few seem to hit the mass markets in time for the voting. The shorter categories are even more inaccessible, particularly the nominees that appear in hardback anthologies like Orbit that are only bought by libraries.
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


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review 2018-11-14 18:22
Don't Stop Believin' (audio)
Don't Stop Believin': The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations - Jonathan Cain
I thought this was a great autobiography as it covers Cain’s life and his reflections during his lifetime, isn’t that what an autobiography is supposed to do? Some individuals are upset because this book talks too much about his childhood, it’s too religious and because it doesn’t cover enough of his life with the band Journey. Well, Cain had a life besides Journey. He had to begin his music career, get married, and experience a lot of hardships and failures along with some incredible successes and fun before he can join Journey.
I remember in the 80’s listening to Journey as I cleaned my house, cranking up the volume and forgetting about the task at hand. As I drove to work, I’d pop in some Journey along with some Def Leopard and sing, I didn’t care who saw me. It wasn’t until 2006 that I got to see them live, up-on-stage and I remember thinking, that it was just like Christmas! That summer, my daughter and I were “groupies” as we saw them four times as they toured with Def Leopard. I love that my daughter enjoys both these bands as she grew hearing their music from the speakers. Had I known the group would fall apart, I would have gone to more concerts that summer.
As Cain mentions in this book, there are individuals who have boycotted Journey as they adopt new band members when the original members drop out. I am one of these such individual. I tried the new Journey right after Steve Perry left and Arnel joined but to me, it just wasn’t the same. I cherish that summer my daughter and I spent going to concerts together, singing and dancing along with all the other fans. After reading this book, I now know more of the background information on his songs and I feel a deeper connection to the songs.
In this book, Cain begins by talking about his childhood. A fire ripped through one of the schools that he attended as a child, killing many students and teachers who were not able to escape. This tragedy haunted Cain for many years. Early one, Cain realized he had a musical talent which he took advantage of and he formed a small band with some of his classmates. I was shocked to hear that Cain’s first instrument was an accordion. Not an instrument I thought someone would WANT to take up.
What I enjoyed about this book was hearing how Cain plowed through when faced with another obstacle. It seemed that Cain was constantly being faced with one blow-after-another as he tried to start his career in music. His father’s encouragement kept him going too as his father believed that Cain had talent.
As Cain talks about the songs that he wrote or helped write, he talks about what they meant when he wrote them. They weren’t just thoughts that came into his head, these songs were based on events. Makes you want to listen to their songs and really think about them- the true feelings and meanings behind each and every last one.
Cain does talk about God throughout this book. Cain wavers throughout his life in his relationship with him- looking for a connection and answers to his questions.
I need to buy this book now. I would like to keep it to remember some of the songs and their true meanings as some of their songs are my favorite.


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text 2018-11-14 13:48
REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Soul Song (Soul Mate Tree #10) by Mikea Howard
Soul Song - Mikea Howard



Dottie wiped the tears from her face. Damn him, and damn his floosy too. She’d do what her mother constantly threatened her stepdad with, and remove his cock to wear it proudly on a chain around her neck.


I jus’ gotta find a way out of this kooky forest first.


Making her way back onto her feet, she dusted off her dress in a mindless motion. The fabric passed beneath her strokes smooth and dirt free. She studied the once vibrant red dress she’d worn on stage. The satin now appeared drab and colorless. Her bare feet peeked from beneath its hem, as clean as the moment she’d dabbed them dry from her bath. The blind sprint from her dressing room, across town, and up the hill, should have left them covered in filth.


In exasperation, she threw her arms in the air. “Swell. I mus’ be dead and I’m . . .”


She moved away from the tree to scrutinize her surroundings. As much as Dottie hoped she’d end up in heaven, her mother always insisted that, as a willful child trying to pass as something she wasn’t, her final destination would be a bit further down.

The sensation of electricity passing through the air made every hair stand on end as a matter-of-fact reply came from behind. “No, you aren’t dead, but you’re not exactly alive either. You’re in a realm known as the in-between.”


Spinning around, Dottie came face to face with a stranger. Like the tree, he appeared in color, only he wasn’t pink and purple. Instead, a tall man with reddish tan skin, swirling silver eyes, and waist length striking black hair, stared at her as though regarding a ghost. Thick muscular arms crossed over his chest as his shocked expression ease into a slow smirk, highlighting the defined beak-like nose, high cheekbones, and strong chin framing his mouth.


Nervously licking her lips, she couldn’t help but muse, Di Mi. Well hello, sailor.

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-tour-excerpt-giveaway-soul-song.html
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