Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dragon's Bride

Fantasy Adventure Series,
The Dragon and the Scholar,
by H.L. Burke

Book 4:
Dragon's Bride

Book 4: Dragon's Bride

About the Book

Dragon Prince Ewan has promised his beloved, Shannon, that he will become a man again or die in the attempt. Now he will do anything to make good on that promise. With the aid of his scholarly friend, Martin, Ewan consults the great Dragon Queen Harviss, who offers him a unique solution: return to the past to find Ewan's Fey ancestor and beg for her help. Leaving Shannon behind, Ewan and Martin travel to a dangerous past and fall into the clutches of a powerful Fey queen. Meanwhile, Shannon finds herself alone and with child. Unable to sit still with her husband absent, she joins with Ryan of Westshire in the prince's desperate search for his young son. King Riley, however, will see Ryan dead before allowing him to find the lost child. Can Shannon find a way to unite Ryan with his son? Or will the attempt cost her not only her life but the life of her unborn baby? Will Martin and Ewan ever find the cure they seek or will they remain trapped in the past and Ewan separated from his bride forever?

My Review

After reading Book 3, Dragon's Rival, I wasn't so sure that Book 4, Dragon's Bride, would have the same affect on me. I really didn't think I was going to enjoy it as much, so you can imagine how surprised I was to find that it exceeded my expectations. The author has this wonderful ability at creating exciting characters and intriguing plots. I highly recommend Dragon's Bride for teenagers and adults. Books 1 - 4 in this series, The Dragon and the Scholar, will also make a great gift set.

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My Reviews of
Books 1 - 3:

Dragon's Curse - Book 1

Dragon's Debt - Book 2

Dragon's Rival - Book 3

ABOUT H. L. Burke


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

For information about H. L. Burke's latest novels, author news and events, or to contact the writer, go to the H.L. Burke author website.


Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Parade Day and More with #WW #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #113!


It was Parade Day for the graduating class at our 3 teenagers' high school. Our grade 12 son, Jeremiah, took part - it was the school's 100th year celebrating this tradition.

The school year is coming to a close in South Africa and my son will soon graduate high school. Here it's called your matric year and those who graduate are matriculants.


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Jeremiah had to be dressed and out
of the house before the sun had even risen.







They wore hearts in honor of 2 boys
who were from the same class and
who would have been there with them,
except for a tragic school bus accident
a few years ago. One of those boys
was very close to our son.



Parade Day - 100 Years
of Tradition


Proud Father and Son

Proud Mother and Son

Jeremiah and two of his closest friends


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Home Office and #Weekend #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #103!

The vintage photos and art on today's post were all passed down to us by Hubby's parents. I imagine they hadn't been hung on walls in years, so we gave them a new home - our office - and a new opportunity to shine without costing us a cent.


Our Home Office


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Photography by Simon
1920's and 1930's





Paintings by
1970's

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Roxy Rogers Review

Welcome to the Roxy Rogers:
Your Destiny is Calling
Book Review Blitz

Roxy Rogers cover


About the Book

Title: Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny is Calling | Author: Emily Siskin-Toy | Illustrator: Brian C. Kr├╝mm | Publication Date: August 24, 2014 | Publisher: Three-Bug Books | Pages:32 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 9

Summary:

What happens when a young girl with a Hall of Fame baseball pedigree breaks the family mold and follows her dream to become a soul singer? "Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny Is Calling", a picture book for ages 6 - 9, lets children see that their families will love them just the same when they pursue their true passions in life.

Everybody in Roxy's family--from her great-grandpa (played with Lou Gehrig), to her grandpa (played with Jackie Robinson), to her mother (super-star college softball player), to her father (was a Los Angeles Dodger), to her sister (won a Gold Medal for Team USA Softball, and so on)--famously played ball, and Roxy is next in line. The only problem is that Roxy dreams of singing soul music like her idol, Aretha Franklin!

A historical addendum provides information about the Hall of Fame baseball players who turn up in the book, as well as Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul music. Additionally, a fun treasure hunt for clues about Roxy's true destiny runs throughout the book, giving readers an enhanced, interactive experience.

Sneak Peek

Roxy Rogers Inside Page 3

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Roxy Rogers Inside Page 1


Purchase

Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Print) | Kobo | iTunes


My Review

Amanda and I really enjoyed reading Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny is Calling. This adorable story has a valuable message with wonderful illustrations. Roxy is encouraged from a very young age to become a great ball player. The family members are all behind her, but what they don't realize is that Roxy has a different dream. She wants to be a great singer, not a great ball player!

The author, Emily Siskin-Toy, was inspired by her relationship with her own daughter and from her lifetime love of Major League Baseball. You can find out more about the author below.

After reading the story to Amanda, I asked her to explain what the story is trying to teach us. Amanda (who is 6 years old) easily understood what the story was about and why it was important for Roxy to be true to herself. Her two favorite parts were Roxy in the softball uniform looking at herself in the mirror (and seeing a singer instead) and when she went on stage to sing for everyone, including her family.

I highly recommend this story for children ages 5 to 9.

The Early Buzz

"I just LOVED this little book. Empowering for young girls, and at the same time powerful for young boys... The illustrations are perfect for this book: fun and eye-grabbing, and I also love that it includes facts about popular icons like Aretha Franklin and Baseball legends. Well done! " ~ 5 Star Review, Mariana L., Amazon

"Roxie Rogers is an inspiring read for all ages, truly. It speaks to that little voice inside all of us telling us "come out" to the real you. The artwork brings the story to life, and the text is great for read-along or for young readers on their own." ~ 5 Star Review, Laura, Amazon

"I just read Roxy Rogers to my 5-year old daughter and we both loved the book! The story was fun and engaging filled with dynamic illustrations. Besides the great life messages woven into the story, I really like how the story reads. It is really nice to experience a children’s book that is not mind numbing in its repetitiveness (you know the type) with words that flow easily off the pages. " ~ 5 Star Review, Wendigo, Amazon

About the Author:
Emily Siskin-Toy

Emily Siskin-Toy

A U.C. Santa Cruz banana slug alum, Emily Siskin-Toy launched her writing career with posts at various film and television magazines in Los Angeles. After a break in the action to raise her daughter, Emily and her college sweetheart founded WOW! Music Studios, a successful children’s music instruction school in Mill Valley, California.

But just like the character in her book, Emily’s true passion was something entirely different; she always dreamed of writing children’s books. Inspiration was everywhere for Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny Is Calling. While coaching her daughter’s youth softball and basketball teams, Emily eventually came to realize that the world of sports was a passion of hers, not her daughter’s, who really wanted, of course, to be a singer. The plot of the story was right in front of her, and the surrounding details would be cultivated from her lifetime of love for the rich history of Major League Baseball and her daughter’s love of music.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happy Birthday and More with #WW #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #112!


My hubby took this awesome photo
of Samantha the day before her birthday.

Samantha recently attended
a masquerade ball at the high school
with a couple of girlfriends.

Amanda and Prince

Amanda and Benny

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