Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fun at the Beach and a Linky

Friend, Amanda, and Samantha

We had a lot of fun visiting my in-laws over the December holidays at South Africa's West Coat. We have 4 kids, but in some of the photos is another child the same age (10) as Amanda. The girls have been friends for the past few years. Not only are they the same age, but their grandparents live next door to each other and both own a miniature Schnauzer! How cool is that? I think Ziggy, my in-laws' miniature Schnauzer, is missing all that attention he got from the kids!

Robbie



Amanda and Ziggy



Jeremiah and Ziggy

Samantha, Amanda, Friend, and
both miniature Schnauzers

Jessica

Jessica, Friend, and Amanda


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The Princess and the Peacock

The Princess and the Peacock (Birds of Fae Book 1) by [Johnson, C. S.]


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Princess and the Peacock

The Princess and the Peacock

The Princess and the Peacock (Birds of Fae Book 1) by [Johnson, C. S.]

About the Book:

Title: The Princess and the Peacock (Birds of Fae Book 1) | Author: C.S. Johnson | Pages: 104 | Genre: Fairy Tales

Book Description:

The first time I fell in love with Princess Mele was when I saw her smile, and I fell in love with her the second time the moment I heard her sing.

Two memories burn within Kaipo's heart -- the death of his mother, which left him alone to die, and the arrival of Princess Mele, which gave him a new reason to live. Together with his adopted brother, Kaipo seeks out Jaya, the Fae Queen who lives on the Forbidden Mountain, in order to gain the beauty he requires to win Mele's heart. But Jaya has other plans for the scarred outcast who climbs up her mountain ...

The Princess and the Peacock is the first in Birds of Fae, a fantasy fairy tale novella series from C. S. Johnson.


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My Review:

C.S. Johnson has written a character-driven fairytale romance and put her own spin on it. It's a first person narrative. The character is a terribly scarred young man named Kaipo. His scars have caused society to shun him. He has an adopted brother, named Rahj, who is shunned for other reasons. Kaipo wants to be made beautiful, so that he can have a chance at winning the heart of Princess Mele. Kaipo, along with the help of Rahj, sets out to win her hand.

C.S. Johnson's fairytale doesn't begin with "Once Upon a Time," but the opening line isn't much dissimilar. It begins with, "The first time I fell in love with Princess Mele was when I saw her smile, and I fell in love with her the second time the moment I heard her sing." But just like all good fairytales, a lot of things go wrong first before they get better. In fact, a good portion of the story reads like a tragedy. There are some twists and turns as C.S. Johnson explores the themes of true beauty and love.

This story grabbed my attention and kept me hanging on until the end. It's a quick read and has all the important feels. Rahj was the most interesting character of all and I hope that he gets his own book in the series. I received an eARC from the author and this is my honest and voluntary review.





About the Author:
C.S. Johnson

C.S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Stunning Sunrise and a Linky



I'm interrupting my Christmas holiday photos to share this stunning sunrise that I saw last week from my house. The clouds were pretty neat too.







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Atlanta - Part 4
Pics from our trip to the States.




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The Exciting New Dragon Chameleon Series

Dragon Chameleon: Paths of Deception by [Wilson, Sarah K. L.]

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Exciting New Dragon Chameleon Series!

Dragon Chameleon:
Rogue's Quest

Dragon Chameleon: Rogue's Quest by [Wilson, Sarah K. L.]

About the Book:

Title: Dragon Chameleon: Rogue's Quest | Author: Sarah K. L. Wilson | Genre: Fantasy Adventure | Pages: 112 | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

It takes a special kind of magic to hide in plain sight.

A new series by USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson.

I've been hiding all my life but now I'm doing it for my country.

My partner in crime?
A chameleon dragon who takes things way too seriously.

They keep telling me that the world hangs in the balance, but I try not to take things like explosions, spies, and illicit magic too seriously.

After all, I get to ride a dragon!
That is ... when she lets me.

Perfect for dragon lovers everywhere, DRAGON CHAMELEON: ROGUE is episode one of a brand new series set in the world of DRAGON SCHOOL. It's the perfect beginning for readers new to this fantasy world but still contains hidden gems for long-time fans. Enjoy!

Expect a new episode every second Wednesday. Always free in Kindle Unlimited.

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My Review:

If you’ve read Sarah K.L. Wilson’s Dragon School series, you’re going to thoroughly enjoy her new Dragon Chameleon series set in the same world with a few new characters and new forces of evil to battle. Rogue’s Quest follows the life of a street kid named Tor Winespring and his dragon Saboraak. Tor gets introduced at the end of the Dragon School series. He helps the efforts to save lives when his city is burning to the ground. Hubric takes him under his wing at that time and promises to return for him and give him the opportunity to become a dragon rider. Rogue’s Quest picks up with Tor still waiting for a promise from Hubric that he is beginning to think was a lie. Follow Tor as he gets thrust into an adventure bigger than he ever wanted. And just when the story is getting really good, it ends on a cliffhanger that will leave you breathless and wanting more!

Disclosure: I purchased this book on Amazon Kindle. This is my honest and voluntary review.

Dragon Chameleon:
Paths of Deception

Dragon Chameleon: Paths of Deception by [Wilson, Sarah K. L.]

About the Book:

Title: Dragon Chameleon: Paths of Deception | Author: Sarah K. L. Wilson | Genre: Fantasy Adventure | Pages: 96 | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

It takes a special kind of rogue to spy on an enemy.

A new series by USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson.

I'm in a bit of a jam.

The basics?
I have about a hundred magic users chasing me, three people depending on me to help them out and some super weird markings on my arms.

They say this city is full of deception, that it will eat an honest man alive.

Good thing I'm no honest man.
I'm just a street-wise kid with a very serious dragon, and she'll get me out of any trouble I fall into. Right, Saboraak?

Perfect for dragon lovers everywhere, DRAGON CHAMELEON: ROGUE is episode one of a brand new series set in the world of DRAGON SCHOOL. It's the perfect beginning for readers new to this fantasy world but still contains hidden gems for long-time fans. Enjoy!

Expect a new episode every second Wednesday. Always free in Kindle Unlimited.

Purchase on Amazon

My Review:

Paths of Deception is the second book in Sarah K.L. Wilson’s new Dragon Chameleon series. It begins with Tor waking up from his concussion brought on by magical torture, only to discover that they still aren’t out of danger. His little group seems to think that he isn’t very useful and can be bossed around. Sure, he’s just a street urchin from a destroyed city, but there’s more to Tor than that.

What I like about Tor is that he’s learned to survive by trusting his instincts and he has a big heart even if he denies it. Some cool things happen in Book 2. There are plenty of things that will keep you wondering too. Typical of Sarah K.L. Wilson’s Dragon School series, this one ends on a high note in the middle of another crisis. I can’t wait for Book 3!

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


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About the Author:
Sarah K. L. Wilson

Sarah K L Wilson

USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson, hails from the rocky Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario where she lives with her husband and two small boys. Her interests include the outdoors, history, and philosophy. Her books are always about fantastical adventures in other worlds.



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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Holiday Dishes and a Linky


We ate a variety of delicious dishes over the Christmas holiday. Most of the food was prepared by my talented mother-in-law. Our last meal, before heading back home, was fish and chips from the harbor. 









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Prince of Secrets and Shadows



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