Friday, July 31, 2020

Dragon's Reach

Dragon's Reach

Dragon's Reach: An epic fantasy adventure (The Keeper Origins Book 1) by [JA Andrews]

About the Book:

Title: Dragon's Reach | Author: JA Andrews | Pages: 614 | Genre: Epic Fantasy

Book Description:

The truth is neither plain, nor simple.

Sable, a reluctant thief from the slums, can feel truth when people speak. For years she’s been using that skill to try to break free from the vicious gang boss she's indebted to.

Escape comes in the form of an odd set of companions:
-a dwarf running from the past,
-an actor with a magical, glowing tree
-a too-helpful kobold,
-a playwright with a knack for getting stories out of people, and
-a man and woman with suspicious, magical powers.


But Sable’s freedom is short lived.

On the edges of civilization, they discover hidden, terrifying lies in the offers of peace from the brutal Kalesh Empire.

Now, she must return to the city she fled, and along with her companions, attempt an impossible task—convince everyone, including the powerful Dragon Prioress, of the truth.

Except the Kalesh web of lies has ensnared everyone.
With her land, her people, and everything she loves hanging in the balance, Sable is the only one standing between freedom, and certain death.


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My Review:

Dragon's Reach is Epic Fantasy with a hint of romance. It's a page-turner of a story that's unique and unpredictable. There's danger at every turn. J.A. Andrews creates colorful characters, brilliant world building, and witty dialogue. This is the first book in a new series and will leave you hanging. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Sable and the others!

3 Favorite Quotes from
Dragon's Reach:

“I think we become better people when we spend time imagining what other people are living through."

“She prayed for your safety and that your heart wouldn’t be broken by the world. That it would stay generous and kind.”

“Only the same law everything else is under. That our own actions shape and change us, even the small ones.” Cintis paused. “Especially the small ones.”

Related Reviews:

A Keeper's Tale and
A Threat of Shadows

How JA Andrews began writing her first book:

My husband was out of town for an entire month and bored every evening. So I made it my goal to send him a chapter a night, just for pure entertainment. I think I ended up writing only about 10 chapters, but I liked them so much that even though I let them sit on a computer neglected for years, the characters and the story kept calling me back. Eventually I pulled them out again and decided to finish the story. It turned into my first novel, A Threat of Shadows. And those early chapters are still some of my favorites.

About the Author:
JA Andrews

JA Andrews

JA Andrews is a writer, wife, mother, and unemployed rocket scientist. She doesn't regret the rocket science degree, but finds it generally inapplicable in daily life. Except for the rare occurrence of her being able to definitively state, "That's not rocket science." She does, however, love the stars.

She began writing stories and creating coloring books because these sorts of things need an outlet. And now good markers are a deductible business expense.

She spends an inordinate amount of time at home, with her family, who she adores, and lives deep in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, where she can see more stars than she ever imagined.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Married 25 Years and a Linky


Last week we celebrated our 25th Anniversary! Hubby surprised me with flowers, red wine, Lindt chocolates, and a dainty necklace with pearls on a silver chain. He made sure to give me something silver for our silver anniversary! I'm wearing the necklace in the photo below. He also wanted to buy traditional roses and went to a couple of stores, but none of them looked all that fresh. I’m glad he bought the proteas instead. They’re stunning and they last longer. There are different varieties of proteas and you can see 2 types in the bouquets below.

Our kids also spoiled us! Jessica made savory crêpes for breakfast with Samantha's help. They were filled with spinach, mushrooms, chopped hardboiled eggs, and a little bit of sour cream. There were some cinnamon and sugar filled ones too.

Amanda baked us an Oreo cheesecake all by herself! She used Preppy Kitchen's recipe. It was her first time trying her hand at piping and she did really well. She also made us the creative card that I featured below.

Our main meal was an afternoon braai (BBQ). We had steak, lamb chops, and pork ribs, enough meat to last us a few days! If you're wondering, that's sweet potato wrapped in the aluminum foil. We had great weather, a sunny winter day with no wind. We’re still on lockdown here in South Africa, so we made the most of it at home.

What did I do for our anniversary? I made a card for Hubby and we’re sharing the wine and chocolates. 😄












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Elphie Meets the End of the World
A tender story for parents with fearful kids.

Elphie Meets the End of The World (Elphie's Books Book 4) by [Hagit R. Oron, Or Oron Misgav]


Promise of a Storm
by Catharine Glen



My featured weekend read this Sock Sunday is Promise of a Storm by Catharine Glen. Don't let the pretty cover fool you. This book is intense! It had my heart pounding with adrenaline and I could hardly put it down! This story follows Ema, who is a trained assassin living with a moral code that is in direct conflict with her loyalty and orders. She has to make tough choices that will pit her against powerful men. Can her love life with her childhood friend and subsequent lover survive as she desires truth and doing what's right? I made a few highlights of the text. Here are 2 of them: 1) But what could she actually do about it? She was a blade of grass trying to move a boulder. 2) Though Mitsugi would chide her for avoiding the mountain rather than attempting the climb. Ironic, since he literally lived on a mountain. #weekend #weekendread #socksunday #books #book #ebooks #ebook #bookreview #booklover #bibliophile #Bookstagram #bookaddict #bookstagrammer #indiebook #fantasy #romance #japanese #fiction #igreads @catharine.glen
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Friday, July 24, 2020

Elphie Meets the End of The World

Elphie Meets the End of The World

Elphie Meets the End of The World (Elphie's Books Book 4) by [Hagit R. Oron, Or Oron Misgav]

About the Book:

Title: Elphie Meets the End of The World | Author: Hagit R. Oron | Illustrator: Or Oron | Genre: Picture Book | Pages: 17

Book Description:

The end of the world is coming. Today. They said so on TV!

When Elphie overhears an older boy talking about the end of the world, he runs home to find a better place to hide. Luckily, Mom and Dad are there and the three of them manage to deal with the dreadful news.

Elphie books is a series of funny and sweet stories featuring a timid young elephant named Elphie. Each story is a different exciting adventure inspired by the daily life of young children. The books address kids and adult alike, and can be read without a specific order.

A free parent's guide with every purchase.

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My Review:

Elphie Meets the End of The World is a tender story about a young elephant named Elphie who hears some scary news and how this affects him. Elphie’s parents realize that he’s scared and try to alleviate his fears by speaking truthfully and putting his thoughts and energy on creating a party instead. There’s an interesting little “fake news” speech bubble toward the end that would make for a good discussion topic for parents and their children. The authors also provide a free resource if you sign up with your first name and email address.

Related Reviews:


by Hagit R. and Or Oron

Elphie and Dad go on an Epic adventure (Elphie's books Book 1) by [Oron, Hagit R.]


by Hagit R. and Or Oron



by Hagit R. and Or Oron



Bear with Bear
by Hagit R. Oron



About the Mother-Daughter Team:
Hagit R. and Or Oron


Hagit R. and Or Oron are a mother and daughter who love to create, imagine, laugh and have fun together. Their mission is to bring joy and happiness to kids and parents all around the world. How? One picture book at a time.

More About the Author:

Hagit R. Oron

Hagit R. Oron, an award winning author, became an avid reader the minute she learned to read.

During her teens, she worked as a librarian in a public library just to be close to books, where she soon found out that she has book-matchmaking skills, that is connecting the right book to the right reader.

Surrounded by all those great titles inspired her to start writing. She daydreamed her first stories while commuting to the library.

Everything changed when she discovered computer programming and realized that she’s an excellent coder. So, for many years, she wrote tens of thousands of code lines. Most of them began with an if.

But fiction was bubbling inside her and after two decades of coding, it suddenly erupted in the form of picture books. She had to give in.

Now she devotes her days to writing adorable stories for kids. She utilizes her coding experience to bury little Easter eggs in her books, by telling parts of the story with illustrations and by hiding messages aimed at the adult reader inside the text.

It’s her book matchmaking skills that make her stories appeal to a broad audience.


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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Sunset and Snowy Mountains with a Linky


It's winter in South Africa. I took these photos with my phone's camera on one of our evening walks with the dogs. 

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." Quote by John Muir, Scottish-born American naturalist, writer, and advocate of U.S. forest conservation.

Hubby and I are celebrating our 25th Anniversary tomorrow!








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Secret Courtship



My latest Sock Sunday is Secret Courtship by Jaycee Jarvis. It's Book 3 in The Hands of Destin series. I'm more than halfway through. This is turning out to be a memorable series. Each book has plenty of danger and romance. Jarvis has created a colorful world with passion and heart. I have noticed that opposites attract in each of her pairings. That's fine with me, because my husband and I are also opposites in many ways and we'll be celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 3 days' time. In Book 3 we get to know Ophelia, the beautiful and poised water seer, and Ulric, the burly and crude earthworker. They are awkward around each other and there's lots of miscommunication. Can Ophelia and Ulric get over their past hurts and learn to be open and honest with each other? There's also a strange sickness affecting the waccats and some are even dying. Can they save the waccats in time? Whenever something bad is happening in Trimble, Violet is always nearby. What part does she play? This story is more heart-wrenching than the others. At least Jarvis likes writing HEA endings, so I don't have to fret too much! I can't wait to read Terin's story. He'll be in Book 4. #weekend #weekendread #socksunday #books #book #ebooks #ebook #bookreview #booklover #bibliophile #Bookstagram #bookaddict #bookstagrammer #indiebook #fantasy #romance #fiction #igreads #secretcourtship
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Our Pets and a Linky


We have 2 dogs and 2 cats. 3 of our pets were adopted at animal shelters. Our dogs, unfortunately, cannot be trusted with our cats. If they had grown up with them, it might have been different. We adopted fully grown dogs though, both at different times and from different shelters.

The photos I'm sharing today were taken before our winter weather set in. We had a big storm on the weekend and there's snow on the mountains around us. This afternoon the sun came out and I went for a nice walk with my husband and the dogs.





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My latest Sock Sunday is Court's Fool by Frost Kay. Court’s Fool is a wonderful conclusion to an epic series. It’s a page-turner that has intense and happy moments. It moves quickly with multiple points of view as we follow the interconnected stories of the characters that we have come to love. Sage has to face her worst nightmare, but she’s willing to do so for a better future for all. Jasmine has her own harrowing experience. The world is at war when the story opens and continues that way through most of the book. It also has a good message like every culture and race has value. Even if one race is known to be cruel, not everyone of that race is bad. Thankfully it’s not the last book in this world. I can’t wait to read Mira’s story. #SockSunday #weekendread #whatimreading #books #ebook #booklover #bookaddict #Bookstagram #bookstagrammer #indiebook #darkfantasy #epic #fantasy #fiction #action #adventure #romance #suspense #bookreview #nofilter #nofilterneeded @frost.kay.author
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