Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Amanda at the Beach and a Linky


We really enjoyed our time at the beach on South Africa's West Coast. Even though we've been back home since early January, I still have photos to share. And, today's pics are some of my favorites!






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Marie's Big Adieu: A story of moving away from a friend. by [Rittershaus, Tamara]


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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Marie’s Big Adieu

Marie’s Big Adieu

Marie's Big Adieu: A story of moving away from a friend. by [Rittershaus, Tamara]

About the Book:

Title: Marie's Big Adieu | Author: Tamara Rittershaus | Illustrator: Giulia Iacopini | Publisher: PenMagicBooks LLC | Pages: 20 | Genre: Picture Book

Book Description:

A stunning keepsake book of friendship, moving away, and starting new.

Moving is hard, especially when you leave your best friend behind. When Marie moves from the country to the city, will she have to say goodbye to her friend forever?

A rhyming story of friendship for anyone who’s said a “big adieu”.

Marie’s Big Adieu acknowledges the fear and grief of those “big goodbyes” and validates the child’s struggles in new situations.

The beautiful illustrations and poignant poetry will connect to the heart of any child who has moved away from a best friend. A perfect gift for a family moving with children, ex-pats, immigrants, or anyone who’s said a “big adieu” to a best friend.

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My Review:

This is a beautifully written and illustrated picture book about a child, named Marie, living in a cross-cultural environment. Marie is happy and well-adjusted, but she discovers that her dad has a new job and they have to move. Leaving her best friend behind is the hardest. As you follow along the lyrical script, you will find out how she copes with change.

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Best friends

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Sailboats and Seagulls with a Linky

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Traitor of the Entitled

Traitor of the Entitled
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Traitor of the Entitled: An Obsidian Queen Novella by [Cook, Shannon Lynn]

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Title: Traitor of the Entitled: An Obsidian Queen Novella | Author: Shannon Lynn Cook | Pages: 97 | Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book Description:

It’s not easy being a fix-it girl in a sea of fire-wielders and healers, but Chloe doesn’t mind all that much. All her adult life, she’s kept her head down and ran her one-woman tech repair business, keeping out of everyone’s way and drawing as little attention to herself as possible.

Life is good. Or at least it is until Chloe meets Eric, a six-foot-four gladiator lookalike with the ability to simultaneously wield a gun in one hand and soothe a kitten with his other.

He’s a knight marshal.

He’s not to be trusted.

He’s also the nicest guy Chloe’s ever met.

Now Chloe’s life is careening down a dangerous path, and Eric just might be the only person she can rely on. But can she trust the enemy? And when it comes down to it, is he truly an enemy at all?

Author’s Note: Traitor of The Entitled is a novella-length companion to the Obsidian Queen series that takes place between Knights of Obsidian and Creatures of Midnight. It’s not intended to be read as a standalone.

Obsidian Queen Reading Order:

Guild of Secrets
Princess of Shadows
Knights of Obsidian
Traitor of the Entitled
Creatures of Midnight (Coming in 2020)

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My Review:

This is the story that needed telling! There are some pieces missing that we have to guess at in Knights of the Obsidian (Book 3) and those pieces get told through Chloe's POV in this novella, Traitor of the Entitled. The story also takes us past those events to set the scene for the next book in the series, Creatures of Midnight, which will be released in 2020. Eric, one of the knight marshals, shares the spotlight with Chloe. He gets to really shine and not just be a supporting character. This is an exciting and crucial novella with lots of feels. There's also a big reveal. Read it! You won't be disappointed.

Disclosure: I received an ARC. This is my honest and voluntary review.

About the Author:

Shannon Lynn Cook

Shannon Lynn Cook is a pen name for an Amazon bestselling author who woke up one day and decided life would be more interesting with magic and lots of love interests. (For her characters, not herself.)

She drinks too much sweet tea, prefers pie to cake, and hopes to someday own a hairless cat of her very own. Shannon lives in Colorado with her beloved (romance-hating) husband, two creative kids, and several extremely demanding fur babies.

Shannon also writes sweet young adult contemporary and fantasy fiction as Shari L. Tapscott. 



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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Amanda and Ziggy at the Beach with a Linky









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Friday, January 31, 2020

The Sorcerer's Quest and More!

Three Gaslamp (Steampunk) Fantasy box sets that are on sale for $0.99 each! I have previously read books by all of these authors and I highly recommend their work. I also own all three series, but I have only read the Sorcerer's Quest and have included my review below.

Sorcerer's Quest

Sorcerer's Quest (Complete Trilogy): An Epic Fantasy Completed Trilogy by [Baldron, NAK]

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My Review:

Wow! This was my first introduction to Nak Baldron's writing and he's a great storyteller! I got so caught up in his characters and their stories, especially orphan Ren and his mentor Brandon, that as soon I finished Book 1, I picked up Book 2, and then bought the box set when it went on sale, so I could read Book 3!

Orphan's Price is a fitting title as Ren has to count the cost to have a chance at a better life. He doesn't have the type of intelligence that is prized in his part of the world, but he has magic, which is prized in other lands. Life for Ren isn't fair and bullies make it almost unbearable for him, but Ren doesn't give up.

The second book introduces two new people, a girl who must become the new clan leader and her young champion. I got so caught up in Shaya and Akio's characters that I went on to read Salt and Steel that tells Akio's story!

Ren is totally out of his element in the Sapphire Nation, but I'm looking forward to watching him grow and become a formidable force. In this book his magic doesn't get used. Perhaps he should have had some time to practice, even if only in his room. Brandon, on the other hand, gets to shine in his own way back in the Pearl Nation.

We continue Ren's adventures in the third book. Ren, Shaya, and Akio are young adults who have left childhood behind a long time ago, although Ren is still the gentlest of the three. In this story, we also get to know the royal twins, Adaku and Abaze, and what has made them who they are today when they're at the sorcerer's trial. Ren is languishing in jail and worried that he won't even make it to the trials! The question is, if he does make it, will he be ready?

This episode has lots happening with many good scenes. It was a little choppy in places like when switching POVs, but it’s such an interesting story that I didn’t mind having to reread pieces. I definitely want to find out what happens next!

Spellsmith & Carver
Spellsmith & Carver: The Complete Boxset by [Burke, H. L.]

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Agents of the Crown

Agents of the Crown (The Complete Series: Books 1-5): An epic fantasy boxed set by [Buroker, Lindsay]


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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Dolphins at Britannia Bay and a Linky


We had so many great days at Britannia Bay over the Christmas season and seeing dolphins was a regular occurance. Trying to capture them on camera was another story! It's especially exciting to get the dolphins when they're surfing the waves. Thankfully, I managed on one of the days to get several good shots. All of these photos were taken on that day. I bet the kayakers and the paddle boarder enjoyed seeing the dolphins up close! That must have been a real treat!











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My latest Sock Sunday is the second book in a wonderful steampunk duology that I'm reading to Amanda (age 11). It's called Innovator: Adventure by Association The Everternia Saga by Zen DiPietro. The series is strong on friendships and adventure with lots of whimsy. We love Sally, a non-player character (NPC) in Everternia who has become self-aware. She's ready to take on the world she lives in and make some changes for the good of all NPCs and Adventurers from Real World. Zen DiPietro has created a cozy Steampunk RPG world. Amanda even asked when reading Book 1 if this was a real game, because she wants to play it! This is a fun story for all ages. #SockSunday #whatimreading #steampunk #fantasy #fiction #adventure #mystery #friendship #funny #rpg #litrpg #youngadult #middlegrade #bookreview @zendipietro
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