Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Here's What We Saw and a Linky


Here's what we saw walking our dogs the other day in the neighborhood. The guineafowl and peahens I photographed as we arrived home. Also, be sure to check out last week's post, Walking the Dogs and Spring Flowers.

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Benny

Koda

Koda

Benny and Koda

Koda

Benny

An airplane pulling a glider

Guineafowl

Guineafowl

Guineafowl

Peahens

Peahens

Peahen

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Heartsong

Heartsong: a Young Adult Science Fiction Adventure by [Douglass Lima, Annie]


Paranormal Misfits

Paranormal Misfits Box Set Books 1-3: Allies Of The Fae Realm by [Anaya, C.J.]


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Heartsong by Annie Douglass Lima

Heartsong
by Annie Douglass Lima

Heartsong: a Young Adult Science Fiction Adventure by [Douglass Lima, Annie]

About the Book:

Title: Heartsong | Author: Annie Douglass Lima | Pages: 296 | Genre: Science Fiction | Recommended Ages: Young Adult and Up

Book Description:

Two alien worlds.
One teen emissary.
No reality she can trust.

Thirteen-year-old Liz Smith has been ripped away from one foster family after another for years, so the idea of a permanent home is tantalizing. Who cares if that home is a colony sixty-five thousand light-years from Earth? The friends in her trusty e-reader will keep her company just fine on her interstellar relocation.

But when the adventure of a lifetime turns into the disaster of the cosmos, Liz can only retreat so far into the books that have always sheltered her from loneliness and loss. Trapped in half-truths and secrets that leave her questioning reality, can one orphaned bookworm find a way to stop two races from destroying each other … and somehow write a happy ending to her own story?

If you like books about space travel, aliens, or cross-cultural transitions, you’ll love this poignant science fiction adventure. Get your copy of Heartsong now to start the journey today!

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My Review:

Heartsong is a coming-of-age science fiction story about a girl named Liz trying to find her place in the universe. Having experienced a traumatic car crash in her childhood and living through foster care has made her learn coping skills that aren't always ideal. When she's accepted into a program to help colonize a new planet, she seizes the opportunity. However, things don't go as planned and Liz lives through another harrowing crash.

As she adapts and learns new skills in the alien world, she begins to finally feel at home. The problem is that while her new alien friends have been taking good care of her, there's something they haven't been telling her.

A lot of responsibility is placed on this teenager's shoulders. She'll have to make tough decisions if she wants to help the humans and aliens. Who can she trust and, when she has to make the choice, where will she call home? 

There are several themes wrapped up in this descriptive science-fiction adventure. Some of the themes include dealing with the loss of loved ones, the need for friendship, the value of different races, the importance of working together, and adapting to other cultures.

There is a mystery surrounding the crash of the spacecraft. Liz will have to sift through different versions of what really happened. There's also tension between the humans and aliens where she gets caught in the middle of it. Liz is a resilient teenager and this is her story.

I recommend this book for young adults and up. It would be great as required reading in schools, for military kids who move all the time, and for expat families too.


About the Author:
Annie Douglass Lima


Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published seventeen books (four YA action and adventure novels, five fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Paranormal Misfits Box Set and a Linky

Paranormal Misfits Box Set
by C.J. Anaya
Paranormal Misfits Box Set Books 1-3: Allies Of The Fae Realm by [Anaya, C.J.]

About the Box Set:

Title: Paranormal Misfits Box Set Books 1-3 (Allies Of The Fae Realm) | Author: C.J. Anaya | Pages: 641 | Genre: Fantasy Romance | Recommended Ages: Young Adult and Up

Box Set Description:

It's not every day a teenage girl is singled out for assassination.

Crysta has come to accept the fact that she is freakishly different. Her shocking white hair, creepy powers, and weird eating habits have prevented her from fitting in with her various foster families. Now that she is fully emancipated and providing for herself, she hopes that life will settle down and become something halfway normal.

Her hopes are shattered when a dangerous man with lethal intent breaks into her apartment, but this enticing stranger isn't what he seems. Is he here to kill her or protect her from others who will?

This series is a fae romance series that will not disappoint. If you love fae queens, mermaids, dark elves, satyrs, nymphs, fae realms, romance, devilishly handsome fae kings, magic, and mayhem then you will love this series.

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My Review:

My Fair Assassin (Book 1) is a young adult fantasy romance with a good looking assassin named Jareth who is sent to kill Crysta, a mere teenager. But Jareth soon discovers that she isn't a threat to his kingdom and decides to become her protector instead. Crysta thinks she's human, but she's never been able to fit in. The story is entertaining with some suspense and intrigue. It has some deeper themes like kids in the foster system who have to learn how to look out for themselves and to accept yourself including the things that make you different.

In My Fair Traitor (Book 2), Jareth and Crysta's love is put to the test. Both want what's best for each other, but neither win in the end, because he is poisoned and she is kidnapped by someone she thought she could trust. One of the themes in this book is that all races have equal value and Crysta's mission is to help all fae and humans living in the realm. Crysta also opens up to Jareth about a childhood trauma in this story.

My Fair Impostor (Book 3) is a more sinister story. Crysta's captor is willing to use any form of manipulation to convince her that she needs him and that marrying him will help her save the fae realm. It's distressing, because Crysta should know better. She grew up in the foster system on earth and would be able to pick up on body language and words that don't match with what she's being told, but her captor uses magic to keep her reliant on him. Jareth never gives up searching for her, but will he find her in time and how will she react after the lies that she's been told about him? The story continues in My Fair Invader (Book 4).

About the Author:
C.J. Anaya



C.J. Anaya is a USA Today bestselling and multi-award winning author. She also enjoys assisting authors in writing, publishing, and marketing their books with her helpful non-fiction guides on Amazon and her YouTube channel Author Journey.

She's a huge fan of The Mindy Project, Hugh Jackman, and binge eating any and all things chocolate. Who isn't, right?

As a mother of four awesome children, C.J. is usually helping out with homework, fixing dance recital costumes, or delivering her kids to their karate classes so they can learn discipline, respect, and "...kick some serious butt, mom." She loves writing entertaining reads for everyone to enjoy, and dabbles in singing and songwriting for kicks and giggles. Making out with her deliciously handsome Latin Lover-her hubby-is by far her most favorite extracurricular activity.

Email: authorandbookspotlights@gmail.com
Website: http://authorcjanaya.com


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Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #282

Make My Saturday Sweet is a weekend blog hop for all family friendly blogs. You are welcome to link your favorite post from the past week(s) and to visit the last link before yours and leave a sweet comment. It's a really easy and fun way to make new friends and to catch up on old acquaintances.

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It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Walking the Dogs and Spring Flowers with a Linky


It's Spring here in South Africa and the wild flowers are blooming everywhere! I took so many nice photos on this walk that I'm going to have to share them in two parts. This is Part 1. Amanda came with Hubby and me as we walked our dogs in the neighborhood. Both dogs were adopted from animal shelters. We got the Spaniel mix first and he's now an old boy. His name is Benny. The German Shepherd mix is Koda.

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Amanda







Benny

Koda

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St. Petersburg, Florida - Part 2
My Mom and Step-Dad's House in St. Pete



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My Latest Book Reviews:


Collision of Wills
on 2 Christian Romances in the California Elite Series

Collision of Wills: An Opposites Attract Christian Romance (California Elite) by [Kelly, Evangeline]


The Ruthless Billionaire
on 2 Christian Romances in the California Elite Series

The Ruthless Billionaire: A Clean Billionaire Romance (California Elite) by [Kelly, Evangeline]


Soul Render
Soul Stones Book 1

Soul Render (Soul Stones Book 1) by [Branson, T.L.]

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