Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book Review for Tree of Souls The Mythology of Judaism by Howard Schwartz Book 3 Part 6.10

General Information:

Name of Book: Tree of Souls

ISBN: 9780195086799

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Year it was published: 2004

Overall theme:

"With only one God, heaven would be a barren place, at least in mythic terms. Yet the actual Jewish view of heaven is quite different. There are seven heavens, filled with angels and other divine beings, such as the Messiah [Not jesus!], who is said to have a palace of his own in the highest heaven. The clestial Temple can be found there- the mirror image of the Temple in the earthly Jerusalem- as well as an abundance of heavenly palaces, one for each of the patriarchs and matriarchs and sages, where he or she teaches Torah to the attentive souls of the righteous and the angels..." (xliii)

"Drawing on the full range of Jewish sources, sacred and nonsacred, ten major categories of Jewish mythology can be identified: Myths of God, Myths of Creation...Each of these categories explores a mythic realm, and, in the process, reimagines it. This is the secret to the transformations that characterize Jewish mythology. Building on a strong foundation of biblical myth, each generation has embellished the earlier myths, while, at the same time, reinterpeting them for tis own time." (xlv)

Book Three: Myths of Heavens

Part VI: The Palaces of Heaven

226. The Palaces of Heaven

Issue: Description that the scholars who pass on go on to study Torah with the masters in palaces and in the heavenly Garden of Eden, and that the scholars can get a chance to study Torah with masters from Rashi to Moses and to Abraham.

227. Women In Paradise

Issue:In the Paradise there are six palaces where women make home. First palace is Bitiah's who is Pharaoh's daughter and who raised Moses. Second Palace is that of Serah bat Asher then there is Yocheved who is Moses' mother as well as Miriam his siter and Deborah the prophetess. Beyond those six palaces are the four palaces of the matriarchs; Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel. But these palaces weren't seen yet.

To be continued...

G943 Book Review of Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr

Name of Book: Twofer Murder

Author: Lauren Carr

ISBN: 9781975776305

Publisher: Acorn Services

Part of a Series: Mac Faraday Mysteries; Lovers in Crime Mysteries; Thorny Rose Mysteries)

Type of book: Boys weekend, girls weekend, West Virginia, psychology, analysis, delusions, psychopath, lying, past, sins, mysteries, murders, bonding

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

Twofer murder? What’s a twofer murder?

Twofer Murder is a treat for fans of best-selling author Lauren Carr’s fast-paced mysteries! Lauren’s latest novel contains the main characters from her three successful series: Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go away for a fishing weekend only to get caught up in the murder of a journalist investigating fraud at a timber company. Meanwhile, the ladies are spending the weekend in the presidential suite at a posh resort where Jessica Faraday is to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late grandmother at a murder mystery writers conference. But before they have time to get their facials, they get wrapped up in their own real mystery when an up and coming author ends up dead!

Lauren Carr’s Twofer Murder is a 2-for-1—making it a must-read for any mystery fan!

Characters:

Main characters include the boys and girls as well as the pets which are more than just there to be there but they have active roles to play. There is also a character list in front of the book which makes it a bit easier to figure out who's who. Also as well, the main characters are all different and not the same which makes it easy to recall them. Secondary characters are also fascinating, but because of the fact that two mysteries are mixed in instead of being separated, secondary characters were a bit more difficult for me than I would have liked.

Theme:

Nothing is what it seems

Plot:

The story is written in third person narrative from women's and men's points of view, the detectives that is. The characters are well formed and use their hidden strengths and I appreciated the reminders that I forgot. I also enjoyed the boys' mysteries and all the twists and turns it entailed, keeping the reader hooked to see which way it'll go next. I do feel that instead of being mixed, the author could have had two separate parts for the mysteries, or three parts; one beginnings another girls and another boys which will keep the tension high in my opinion and won't be frustrating in remembering the details and roles that the secondary characters play. The ending of the girls' mystery could use more explaining, especially the uncovered evidence.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Buy the Book:
Amazon
Add to Goodreads


Meet the author:

​Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

Opinion:

Considering how much I've fallen in love with the previous characters in her Thorny Rose Mysteries, I was really excited to read the latest installment and catch up with my new favorite detectives. The stories don't disappoint in that the reader is treated to two sensational mysteries that involve murders, logic and a good bit of fun as well as dogs that have hidden talents and aren't afraid to use them. What I did find disappointing is that the author broke mysteries apart, and I feel that the girls' mystery wasn't explained towards the end as well as I had hoped. It also was difficult to balance mystery when it seemed that every few chapters the reader is switched from boys' mystery to girls' mystery and so forth.

This is for iRead Book Tours

BOOK REVIEW TOUR SCHEDULE:

Dec 4 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Dec 6 - Books for Books - review
Dec 6 - My Reading Journeys - review / giveaway
Dec 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / giveaway
Dec 11 - Christa Reads and Writes - review
Dec 12 - Cassidy's Bookshelves - review / giveaway
Dec 14 - FUONLYKNEW - review / giveaway
Dec 15 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
Dec 20 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Dec 21 - Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 22 - Nighttime Reading Center - review / giveaway
Dec 27 - JBronder Book Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 28 - Kristin’s Novel Café - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 29 - Bound 2 Escape - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 2 - fundinmental - review / giveaway
Jan 2 - The World As I See it - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 4 - Laura's Interests - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 5 - Olio by Marilyn - review / giveaway
Jan 6 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 8 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - book spotlight / author interview
Jan 9 - Cheryl's Book Nook - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 10 - Amie's Book Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 11 - Blooming with Books - book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 12 - Pause for Tales - review / giveaway
Jan 15 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - review / giveaway
Jan 16 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
Jan 18 - Sahar's Blog - review / giveaway
Jan 19 - Jessica Cassidy - review / giveaway

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Monday, January 8, 2018

G952 Book Review of hero by Boyd Taylor

Name of Book: Hero

Author: Boyd Taylor

ISBN: 978-0-9894707-2-8

Publisher: Katherine Brown Press

Part of a Series: Donnie Ray Cuinn series

Type of book: Mysteries, "alternative news" politics, history, two sides, modern times, fact checking, learning lessons, Austin Texas, family, friends

Year it was published: 2012

Summary:

When budding historian Donnie Ray Cuinn stumbles upon an old letter in the musty bowels of the Texas State Archives, he believes he has uncovered the true story of Sam Payne's valiant, or perhaps not so valiant, capture of Mexican leader Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto. Cuinn's findings are published in a local magazine. But the article eventually becomes fodder in the gubernatorial race between Democratic upstart Bob Braeswood and Republican favorite Sam Eben Payne V, the great-great-grandson of the Texas hero. Braeswood is intent on exploiting the past, while Payne will do anything to suppress it. In the ensuing battle, Donnie finds his beliefs, not to mention his relationships, stretched to the limit in the first novel of the Donnie Ray Cuinn series, Hero. "Political intrigue at its best." - Max Sherman, former Dean of LBJ School at the University of Texas

Characters:

Main characters include Donnie Ray Cuinn who is a budding historian and has discovered the secret account of what happened to a local Republican politician's ancestor. There is also Donnie Ray's best friend who seems to be a playboy and has shady dealings of his own. There are also Donnie Ray's adopted parents who encourage him and who are there for him no matter what. And Donnie Ray's love interest, Cecilia Rueda Medina who is a budding lawyer.

Theme:

Life is more complicated than it seems

Plot:

The story is told in third person narrative from Donny's point of view. The strong points in the story include the interesting premise, the twist at the end and the funny spin on history as well as highlighting interesting points about Austin. What the author could have worked on are the characters' development and perhaps the impact of certain scenes. I also liked the lessons that people should learn, such as there being two sides to the story and to be careful what you attach your name to as well as to check your sources.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)


Meet the Author:

BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

​Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook




Buy the Books:
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
Add to Goodreads
Opinion:

Let me first mention this: the story was published in 2012, way before the Trump Age of divisiveness and fake news began. Why am I saying it? Because the book talks about the "fake news" four years before it happens! What I did enjoy about the story are the twists and turns that the author puts his character through and I also liked the funny take on Santa Anna's defeat and how its used for political folderol by the opposing party. (I honestly imagined the villain of the story as Donald Trump!) What I feel that the author could have worked on more are the characters' personalities which seemed to suffer from lack of development and I also wanted more of the villain in the story.

This is for iRead Book Tours

BOOK REVIEW TOUR SCHEDULE:

Jan 3 - Library of Clean Reads - tour kickoff / spotlight all 4 books / giveaway
Jan 4 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Hero / giveaway
Jan 5 - Literary Flits - review of Hero / giveaway
Jan 8 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Hero
Jan 9 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Hero / author interview / giveaway
Jan 10 - Library of Clean Reads - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Jan 15 - Library of Clean Reads - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Jan 17 - Olio by Marilyn - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Jan 18 - Books for Books - review of Hero
Jan 19 - Literary Flits - spotlight of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Jan 22 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of The Antelope Play
Jan 23 - A Mama's Corner of the World - spotlight of Books 1, 2 and 3
Jan 24 - Hall Ways Blog - spotlight of Books 1, 2 and 3
Jan 25 - Books for Books - review of The Antelope Play
Jan 26 - Olio by Marilyn - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Jan 29 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Necessities / author interview / giveaway
Jan 30 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Necessities / giveaway
Jan 30 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Hero / guest post / giveaway
Jan 31 - Hall Ways Blog - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 5 - Literary Flits - spotlight of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 6 - Books for Books - review of The Monkey House
Feb 7 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Hero / giveaway
Feb 7 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 8 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 9 - A Page Before Bedtime - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 12 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of The Monkey House
Feb 13 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 14 - Bound 4 Escape - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 15 - Books for Books - review of Necessities
Feb 16 - Fantastic Feathers - review of Necessities
Feb 19 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Hero / giveaway
Feb 19 - Literary Flits - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 20 - FUONLYKNEW - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 21 - FUONLYKNEW - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 21 - Bound 4 Escape - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 21 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 22 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Hero / guest post / giveaway
Feb 22 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 23 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 23 - Books are Love - review of Hero / guest post / giveaway
Feb 26 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Necessities
Feb 26 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of The Monkey House/ giveaway
Feb 26 - Books are Love - review of he Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 27 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Necessities / guest post / giveaway
Feb 27 - Books are Love - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 28 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 28 - Books are Love - review of Necessities / giveaway

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G939 Book Review of House on the Forgotten coast by Ruth Coe Chambers

Name of Book: House on the Forgotten coast

Author: Ruth Coe Chambers

ISBN: 978-1-63152-300-7

Publisher: SheWritesPress

Type of book: Florida, misfit, drugs, family, ghosts, mysteries, 1879, 1987, secrets, emotions, exploration, history, marriage, love

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

Secrets, lies, and murder haunt The House on the Forgotten Coast, a magical novel set in Apalachicola, Florida, in the late 1980s. The novel begins with the beautiful Annelise Lovett Morgan, who, powerless in the face of her southern heritage, is forced to marry the mature Coulton Morgan instead of the young man who has captured her heart, artistic Seth Mitchell. But seventeen-year-old Annelise dies on her wedding day in 1879, never to live in the remarkable house built as a wedding gift from her father--and her story ends there, until Elise Foster's parents buy the historic house in 1987. When this happens, the house becomes a portal whereby Annelise and Elise, two young women from very different centuries, meet to solve a murder that occurred 100 years earlier.

Characters:

Main characters include Elise, her mother Margaret, her stepfather Edwin and the town residents which include Peyton Roberts, Nadine Fletcher, and Ty Roberts who is distantly related to Peyton. Elise has always been a misfit and has only one friend. She cannot fit in even within her family. However when her family moves to Florida, she seems to completely change in profound ways. She is a sensitive young woman attuned to higher spirits. Margaret and Edwin have their own secrets they keep from Elise, including why they rarely if ever talk about Elise's biological father Gene as well as the true purpose for them moving to Florida. I imagine that Peyton Roberts sees himself as an actor and as ladies' man. He is loyal, sweet, extremely flirty and prefers old ways to new. Nadine Fletcher is a retired teacher who tells Elise more about the mysterious house, and Ty Roberts has fallen in love with Elise, although that feeling is not reciprocated by her. There are numerous other characters, but I think it will be more fun to read the book to find out who they are.

Theme:

I've read the book from cover to cover, and I'm not sure I got what it was trying to teach me; is it that mysteries cannot stay hidden forever?

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from pretty much all the characters' points of view, and is more of exploration of small town rather than a ghost story as the reader may hope from the summary. I think I expected to see more of Annelise's timeline beyond the mere snippet provided in beginning of her wedding, which disappointed me. What was good is the slow evolution of Elise and a love interest's romance and of the best way for a man to show he is interested in a woman.

Author Information:
(From Poetic Book Tours)

About the Author:


Ruth Coe Chambers takes pride in her Florida panhandle roots and her hometown of Port St. Joe has inspired much of her writing.

She is indebted to the creative writing classes at the University of South Florida where she found her “voice” and began writing literary fiction. Listed in the Who’s Who of American Women. She has recently republished one novel, and published it’s sequel, and has written two award-winning plays. She is currently working on the third novel in her Bay Harbor Trilogy. She has two daughters and lives with her husband and one very spoiled Cairn terrier in Neptune Beach, Florida.

Her two earlier novels include The Chinaberry Album and Heat Lightening.

Add to GoodReads:




Available on Amazon.
Opinion:

I only read the book once, and I get the feeling this is a type of book that needs to be read multiple number of times to really appreciate it, thus I feel guilty for my rating. From the start the tale is intriguing and I loved the interactions and hidden secrets between Elise and her family members. I also thought that Elise might have suffered from disability where her senses confuse one with another. (For example, people who can taste triangles instead of tastes.) I also liked the mystery of Annelise and how she connected to the small town. And I also liked the ending when some things finally began to make sense and a feeling of creepiness came in. Unfortunately, I found many aspects of the story confusing, one being the reincarnations which the author seems to hint at, and who was reincarnation of one man and who was another. I also expected for the story to be one thing, but it turned out to be another instead. I think what I expected is for the story to be a little similar to Alice Sebold's Lovely Bones, at least in terms of a narrator guiding people towards one conclusion, but instead the story tackled the issues of being in a small town and of progress versus tradition.

This is for Poetic Book Tours

Blog Tour Schedule:
Nov. 16: Bookfan Mary (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Nov. 20: I’d Rather Be at the Beach (Review)
Dec. 1: Book Nerd Native (Review)
Dec. 13: Silver’s Reviews (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Dec. 15: Readaholic Zone (Review)
Dec. 20: 100 pgs. A Day .. Stephanie’s Book Reviews (Review)
Dec. 28: Broken Teepee (Review)
Dec. 29: Modern Creative Life (Guest Essay)
Jan. 3: Wall-to-Wall Books (Review)
Jan. 8: Svetlana Reads and Views (Review)
Jan. 13: Jorie Loves A Story (Review)
Jan. 18: Erica Robyn Reads (Review)
TBD: Book Nerd Native (Guest Post/Giveaway)
TBD 2018: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen (Review)3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

G961 Book Review of beyond forever by d.d. Marx

Name of Book: Beyond Forever

Author: D.D. Marx

ISBN: 978-0-9972481-2-8

Publisher: self published

Part of a Series: beyond series

Type of book: afterlife, death, other side, marriage, cooking, relocating, decorating, dreams coming true, motherhood, choices

Year it was published: 2018

Summary:

Just as their life is seemingly back on track, Finn McDaniel’s gets news that sends him into a tail-spin. He is faced with the prospect of losing Olivia Henry forever. He immediately turns to Dan, Olivia’s deceased best friend, who is her loyal and constant guardian angel from the beyond, imploring him for his help. In the midst of all of the chaos a special package is delivered that changes their lives forever.

While Finn is determined to grow his restaurant to new heights by chasing after the coveted Michelin Star, it is Olivia who finally sees her dream come to fruition in a way never thought possible. Finn is determined to support Olivia through her shocking breakthrough and even has a very special surprise up his sleeve that she never sees coming. Just as their plan is set in to motion and they settle in to their new normal, they have an earth shattering encounter. In that moment it is revealed that they have much more than just a spiritual relationship with the beyond.

Characters:

Main characters include Olivia, Finn and their new baby Dani as well as friends and family. Olivia and Finn continue to exhibit the traits of determined go-getters who continue to be completely in love with another and who continue to ask for help from Danny and Christine. They have strong relationships and friendships with both family and friends and enjoy one another's company a lot. Of course Olivia's cousin/friend Garret plays a strong role in being in charge of decorating sets or houses and making everything look perfect. Tex-Mex continues to be loyal to Finn and will do whatever he can for him.

Theme:

Friendship from beyond is possible, as well as dreams

Plot:

The story is in first person narrative from Olivia's and Finn's points of view. While I liked the sweetness as well as the importance of friendships, I do feel as if the author tended to move a little too fast during the bad events which made it seem as if the growth was skipped over. Since I became a mother few years ago, I paid attention to that particular section. Few parts for me were accurate in raising a child, but some of the aspects seemed a little too perfect during that tumultuous period, but my experience was more of negative than positive during that time, unfortunately.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)


Buy Book #3:
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
Add to Goodreads


Meet the Author:

D.D. marx came barreling into this world with the “gift of gab”. Her parents quickly identified a pattern forming when each teacher conference contained the words “she’s a little too social”. d.d.’s biggest life concern was identifying which boy she’d be chasing at recess rather than mastering math problems. She parlayed this gift into creating play dates on the playground. If friendship were a business, she would be a millionaire. She prides her life on maintaining friends from every walk of life in every corner of the country. This is the fuel that fills her tank.

Graduating with a Communication degree from the University of Dayton, she attempted to break into the world of Public Relations but was instead side-tracked with a J.O.B. At the strong encouragement of her friends and family, who dubbed her a “funny story teller”, she stretched her comfort zone by entering the Second City program in Chicago where her itch for entertainment was finally scratched. Determined to share her story and create a legacy, she decided to combine these talents and become a writer. She returned to her alma-mater to immerse herself in a 3-day writing course where this dream finally came to life. Asked to imagine if she was a super-hero, her task was to dig-deep to describe her special powers. Based on the real-life tragedy of one of her best friends, that answer came without hesitation. All she’s ever wanted was the power to visit with him one last time. This is the inspiration that catapulted her into her debut project titled, the Beyond Series. She dove into a world imagining that he never left.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest
Opinion:

Just like the previous two books, this continues the story of Olivia and Finn as well as their guardian angels and its also devoted to friendships in different forms be they between a husband and a wife or between male friends or female friends. Friendship is a very important ingredient, which I've liked. For a lighthearted and sweet romp that's dedicated to friendship, this is a right read, but for something on a heavier side, I'd probably go look elsewhere, and I was in a mood for something light, sweet and profound.

This is for iRead Book Tours
BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

Oct 16 - Library of Clean Reads - trilogy spotlight / giveaway
Oct 16 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 17 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 18 - Cindy's Love of Books - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 19 - A Holland Reads - review of Beyond Believing / guest post / giveaway
Oct 23 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 24 - My Reading Journeys - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 26 - Book Lover in Florida - review of Beyond Believing / guest post / giveaway
Oct 27 - Kristin's Novel Café - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 30 - Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest - review of Beyond Believing
Oct 31 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Beyond Believing
Nov 1 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 3 - Cindy's Love of Books - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 6 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Beyond Love / author interview / giveaway
Nov 7 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 10 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 14 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Beyond Believing / guest post / giveaway
Nov 15 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 15 - Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest - review of Beyond Love
Nov 16 - My Reading Journeys - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 20 - Haddie Harper's Reviews - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Nov 21 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 22 - Kristin's Novel Café - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Nov 23 - A Holland Reads - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 28 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Nov 29 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Beyond Love
Nov 30 - Book Lover in Florida - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Dec 1 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 4 - Cindy's Love of Books - review of Beyond Forever
Dec 4 - Cindy's Love of Books - book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 5 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 6 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 7 - Haddie's Haven - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Dec 8 - Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest - review of Beyond Forever
Dec 12 - My Reading Journeys - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 14 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 18 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 19 - Kristin's Novel Café - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Dec 20 - Haddie's Haven - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 21 - Book Lover in Florida - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
​Dec 22 - A Holland Reads - review of Beyond Forever/ giveaway
​TBD - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Beyond Forever4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G949 Book Review of the marriage of miss Jane Austen by Collins Hemingway

Name of Book: The Marriage of Jane Austen

Author: Collins Hemingway

ISBN: 978-1-5049-1102-3

Publisher: Authorhouse

Part of a Series: The Marriage of Jane Austen

Type of book: 1802-1805, marriage, wealth, trade, science, war, Napoleon, Regency England, fashion, hot air balloon, old maid, Bath, travels, letter exchange

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a prim and proper life as a single woman. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she—and the marriage remained secret for 200 years?


The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen is a trilogy that resolves the biggest mysteries of Austen’s life, the “lost years” of her twenties—a period of which historians know virtually nothing.

- Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair?

- Why, afterward, did the vivacious Jane Austen prematurely put on “the cap of middle age” and shut herself away to write her books?

- Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters, journals, and diaries from this period?


The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy presents an original love story, based on actual history, to put forth a believable, compelling, and plausible answer to Austen’s lost years.


Go with Jane Austen as this thinking woman, and sensitive soul, seizes the opportunity for meaningful love with a man who inspires her and understands her independent spirit—the one man worthy of her mind, heart, and soul.

Characters:

Main characters include Jane Austen who is best described as sharp, witty and a challenging woman. She also seems to be resigned to her fate, whatever it may be, and is also daring as well as fearless. Ashton Dennis is Jane's suitor and he is also impulsive and thinks a lot of things can be fixed with money. He is interested in science and exploration and isn't afraid to put his life at risk be it in small or major pursuits. There are other characters such as Jane's sister Cassandra, then Ashton's sister and the various family members of both Dennis and Austen households. Unfortunately Cassandra's character didn't make a big impression on me, but Ashton's sister and mother did. Ashton's sister is talented in finances, while Ashton's mother detests the Austen family and is overly protective of Ashton. My favorite part was the banter between the mother and Jane Austen.

Theme:

Don't give up on love

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from Jane's point of view, although in the middle are letter exchanges from Jane to Ashton (her suitor) and to Cassandra as well as to Ashton's sister. The love and attraction are not instantaneous and they do take time to build into something more. What is also enjoyable about the story are the characters and how their personalities shine through the 1800s language style. (I've read all of Jane Austen's novels, most twice, and couldn't even understand or sense the characters because the language was too distracting for me.)

Author Information:
(From HFVBT)



About the Author



Whether his subject is literature, history, or science, Collins Hemingway has a passion for the art of creative investigation. For him, the most compelling fiction deeply explores the heart and soul of its characters, while also engaging them in the complex and often dangerous world in which they have a stake. He wants to explore all that goes into people’s lives and everything that makes tThe hem complete though fallible human beings. His fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding regard for courage in the face of adversity.

As a nonfiction book author, Hemingway has worked alongside some of the world’s thought leaders on topics as diverse as corporate culture and ethics; the Internet and mobile technology; the ins and outs of the retail trade; and the cognitive potential of the brain. Best known for the #1 best-selling book on business and technology, Business @ the Speed of Thought, which he coauthored with Bill Gates, he has earned a reputation for tackling challenging subjects with clarity and insight, writing for the nontechnical but intelligent reader.

Hemingway has published shorter nonfiction on topics including computer technology, medicine, and aviation, and he has written award-winning journalism.

Published books include The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy, Business @ the Speed of Thought, with Bill Gates, Built for Growth, with Arthur Rubinfeld, What Happy Companies Know, with Dan Baker and Cathy Greenberg, Maximum Brainpower, with Shlomo Breznitz, and The Fifth Wave, with Robert Marcus.

Hemingway lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Wendy. Together they have three adult sons and three granddaughters. He supports the Oregon Community Foundation and other civic organizations engaged in conservation and social services in Central Oregon.

For more information please visit Collins Hemingway’s website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Opinion:

For readers who are seeking a happily ever after ending for the beloved Jane Austen that is written in her familiar style should really check out the book. The writing style is 1800s and the characters feel human and somehow the story transcends the time and becomes accessible to the modern reader. What I did find confusing is whether this is fiction or fact? What I mean, I know that surviving records list Jane Austen as for being single for her whole life, but is this a what-if story, an alternative universe of where she got married, or does the author imagine a happy ending for her by having her get married and she will get back to her old life? Really am hoping I'm making some sense of this. All in all, a delightful tour of a possible happy ending for Jane Austen aficionados.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 4
Kick Off at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, December 5
Guest Post at The Writing Desk

Wednesday, December 6
Excerpt at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Thursday, December 7
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Friday, December 8
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review at Adventures Thru Wonderland

Sunday, December 10
Review at Clarissa Reads it All
Review at Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings

Monday, December 11
Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Tuesday, December 12
Feature at The Hungry Bookworm

Wednesday, December 13
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Saturday, December 16
Interview & Excerpt at T’s Stuff

Monday, December 18
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Wednesday, December 20
Review at Faery Tales Are Real
Feature at A Literary Vacation

Friday, December 22
Feature at The Reading Queen

Wednesday, December 27
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Friday, December 29
Review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Tuesday, January 2
Feature at Broken Teepee

Thursday, January 4
Feature at Books of All Kinds

Friday, January 5
Review at Birdhouse Books

Monday, January 8
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Wednesday, January 10
Review at Singing Librarian Books
Review at WS Momma Readers Nook

Thursday, January 11
Review at What Cathy Read Next

Friday, January 12
Review at Diary of an Eccentric
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Friday, January 5, 2018

A.E. Wasserman's Langford Series Book Blast


1884 No Boundaries: A Story of Espionage, and International Intrigue by A.E. Wasserman


Publication Date: April 29, 2015
Archway Publishing
Hardcover, Paperback, and eBook; 382 Pages

Series: Langford Series, Book #1
Genre: Historical Fiction


Love, murder, sex, and terrorism swirl within a collapsed world economy.

No, it's not today.

It's London, 1884.

Recently married Langsford, born of wealth and privilege, is bound by the restrictions of Victorian society. Dynamite has been invented, but the term "homosexuality" has not and men can be arrested for either.

Langsford accompanies his visiting friend, HEINRICH, eighteen, who innocently flirts with young ANNA at London's Leadenhall Market.

What should be the end of the story becomes the beginning, for Heinrich falls in love with her, never part of the plan. Instead it becomes the catalyst for everything that follows when he flees Germany to return to her. Events unfold that expose terrorists, espionage and international intrigue.

Langsford walks a fine line as he crosses boundaries he never imagined, rubbing elbows with spies, killers and would-be assassins to save his friend, stop an assassination, and prevent a war.

“Wasserman’s writing is atmospherically rich. Very strongly recommended.” – Historical Novel Society, London, critical review of 1884 No Boundaries

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1886 Ties That Bind: A Story of Politics, Graft, and Greed by A.E. Wasserman


Publication Date: November 3, 2016
Archway Publishing
Hardcover, Paperback, and eBook; 320 Pages

Series: Langford Series, Book #2
Genre: Historical Fiction


It is 1886 as Englishman Lord Langsford travels by train to San Francisco. Newly widowed, Langsford is desperate to escape his grief, demons, and life in England. As Langsford completes the last leg of his transcontinental journey, his life unexpectedly changes once again when he crosses paths with Miss Sally Baxter, a beautiful rancher who packs a pistol in her purse.

Sally has made it her mission to find the men who robbed a train and killed her brother. Unfortunately, no one—not even the owners of the Southern Pacific Railroad—seem to care. Unable to resist her pleas, Langsford offers to help Sally and soon becomes entangled in a web of politics, corruption, and greed. As murder, threats, and attacks ensue that endanger both Sally and Langsford, influential men in both California and Washington, D.C. jockey for positions of power. Langsford, who finds himself oddly attracted to Sally, now must sort through criminals and politicians alike to discover the truth behind her brother’s death and prevent his own murder.

"The author has woven a complex net of intrigue and background to the murder that makes the entire book so much more than just a mystery. As the title appropriately states, this deals with issues of politics, corruption and greed in a very accomplished way. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Highly recommended." - Christoph Fischer, UK Reviewer Discovering Diamonds

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1885: Crossings by A.E. Wasserman

Publication Date: October 5, 2017
Archway Publishing
Hardcover, Paperback, and eBook; 142 Pages

Series: Langford Series, Book #3
Genre: Historical Fiction


Anna’s hand holding the letter trembled as her vision rocked, going in and out of focus. She felt as though she was falling backward and at the same time rolling forward, expecting to land face first on the floor. She put her hand on the table to brace herself. She no longer heard the song birds in the buckeye tree outside the window, or the hoof beats on the cobblestones passing the front door, or any sound at all.

The world around her ceased to exist—only the paper with Henry’s written words: his own account of what happened during the past year.

The entire time, she’d known he wasn’t telling her everything—but this—she could never have imagined any of it. The hard fact was, Henry will never escape the truth.

“1885 Crossings gives us another opportunity to return to the world of Henry, Anna, and Langsford. A.E. Wasserman’s writing is beautifully done—tense and uncomfortable. The ending gave me a chill.” -Chuck Sambuchino, Bestselling Author

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About the Author

The daughter of a newspaperman, A.E. Wasserman grew up in a household filled with books and stories. At age 14, she wrote her first novella and never stopped writing.

She is the author of a new mystery/thrillers series, the first of which takes place in London: 1884 No Boundaries, A Story of Espionage and International Intrigue. The second in the Langsford Series, 1886 Ties That Bind, A Story of Politics, Graft and Greed, has just been released.

Her work, critically acclaimed as “richly atmospheric,” is being noticed by readers and critics alike, and has garnered international attention, not only in the U.S., but Europe and the U.K. as well. She recently received top honors from Writer’s Digest for her work.

After graduating from The Ohio State University, she lived in London, then San Francisco. Currently she resides in Southern California with her family and her muse, a Border Collie named Topper.

For more information, please Visit the author’s web site at www.aewasserman.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Book Blast Schedule

Monday, December 18
Passages to the Past

Wednesday, December 20
Donna's Book Blog

Thursday, December 21
Cup of Sensibility

Friday, December 22
The Writing Desk

Tuesday, December 26
Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, December 27
A Book Geek

Friday, December 29
Back Porchervations

Tuesday, January 2
Bibliotica

Wednesday, January 3
Svetlana's Reads and Views

Friday, January 5
Just One More Chapter

Saturday, January 6
Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Monday, January 8
100 Pages a Day

Wednesday, January 10
A Literary Vacation

Friday, January 12
Pursuing Stacie

Giveaway

During the Book Blast we will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on January 12th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Langsford Series Blast



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