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Book review: Anne & Christopher Rice’s Ramses the Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra

I read the first in this series, The Mummy: Ramses The Damned, shortly after it was published, and this book wonderfully picks up where the first one ended. Julie, Ramses, the Earl of Rutherford, his son, and Cleopatra are seamlessly brought back to life. Two new characters, Queen Bektaten and the author Sybil Parker are great additions to the story line. The development of Bektaten is good: a queen that kiks ass and then takes names. Sybil has a connection with Cleopatra that is well played. While the book ends with most items wrapped up neatly, there is sufficient room to set up another book. See my complete video book review here!The Passion Of Cleopatra
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Book review: Jasper Fforde’s Something Rotten

Fforde carries forward the cast of characters from Jurisfiction, Book World, the Goliath Coporation, and Spec Ops, with a greatly increased role for the Neanderthals. The book opens with Thursday & Commander Bradshaw chasing the Page Running Minotaur into Nebraska and into a western shoot out. Thursday has spent 2 years in the Well of Lost Plots. Her son Friday is just over a year old and she decides it’s time to return to Swindon and the real world. Pickwick the Dodo laid an egg, and she too has an offspring, which has a bad attitude. She comes back to find the bank has continued to pay her bills and she’s in deep debt. Jasper has Friday speaking in Lorem Ipsum. Bringing Hamlet and Otto...
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Book Review: Jasper Fforde’s The Well Of Lost Plots

For her own safety from the Goliath Corporation, Thursday has been chased into Book World. She is pregnant with her eradicated husband’s child, and through the Character Exchange Program she is taking over a role in a book under development in the Well of Lost Plots. The Well is where books are developed and exists within the Book World library, administered by the Cheshire Cat. Her role in jurisfiction continues under her apprenticeship under Miss Havisham, and Granny Next helps Thursday address the ever present mindworm planted by Aornis. See my full video book review here!The Well Of Lost Plots
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Book Review: Jasper Fforde’s Lost In A Good Book

Fforde continues the wordplay in this next installment of the Thursday Next series with a theme of coincidences. Acheron is gone, but we meet his sister Aornis and she has a major impact on Thursday. Her husband Landen has been eradicated, changing her life so that no one remembers him, and she has to decide if she should rescue Jack Schitt. She also has to attend to her celebrity status due to her work on the book Jane Eyre, while concurrently fighting a court battle in Book World over this. Alongside all of this is the possibility of a new Shakespeare play being discovered. We learn about Book World, Jurisfiction and its members, Granny Next, and others. See my full video book review here!...
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Book Review: Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair

I really like the concept of Literary Detectives having to protect books and their characters. The humor is a bit campy, which is fine by me, but there are few apparent editorial quirks, Dad’s role is a bit distracting, and the love interest was so-so. I withhold a more severe commentary until I see where Jasper takes this concept. See my full video book review here!The Eyre Affair
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Book Review of Anne Rice: Prince Lestat and the Realm of Atlantis

In this particular instance, Lestat was not engaging and too wishy-washy, with the book ending in a love fest. Though some of the new characters are interesting, the amount of time spent on Atlantis is too much for this reader. 3 of 5 stars (maybe a little more, since I typically like what Anne writes. )See my full video book review here:Prince Lestat and the Realm of Atlantis
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My review of Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell

Circumstances of Childhood
I loved this book. The growth of the investment fund, SEC audit and investigation and the outcome that feature in the book are convincing. John Howell clearly has a very good knowledge base of corporate finance and its rules and regulations and the story rang true to me. The book comprises of two story lines that run parallel.One is the tale of a successful football star who turns his hand to running and investment fund, with some brilliance but, possibly, with to much trust and a lack of understanding of some of the technicalities. I though John Howell showed a very sound knowledge of computers and electronic trading and the associated risks.The second story line is that of enduring friends...
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First Ebook, Now Paperback!


I am thrilled to announce that my paperback edition of Look for Me Under the Rainbow has been launched on May 9, 2018!You can get your copy on Amazon at the special launch price of $6.43 only during May before the price goes up. My ebook will be available for $2.99. PAPERBACK  EBOOK I like my ebook cover, but paperback looks even better! Don't you think so too? Mario Kožar from MKM Media did a splendid job! If you like his style and how he does my book covers, visit his website and shoot him a message.Speaking of book covers: As you know, Look for Me Under the Rainbow is competing for Cover of the month May in AllAuthor contest. Being enrolled a day later than other books, it is ranked #6 wi...
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The Loneliness Of Marketing A Book.

Chasing media opportunities & marketing channels is probably the hardest part of being an author. Making phone calls, talking to producers (both TV & radio), collecting email addresses, promoting myself - it's not something that comes naturally to me - particularly in the state my voice is right now. I've nervous & I stumble over my words. I'm sure I sound like a creep. Then there's the book blogs. I've looked through hundreds over the past week - checking their review policies and ensuring my genre fits their audience ...then I craft the best email I can, ensure I've got my cover art and media kit attached. The responses I've had from these blogs have ranged from "thanks but no thanks" to t...
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You can't get blood from a turnip, but they got a whole bag full from me

My oldest daughter approached me with a simple request: Her twins were being asked to bring someone to their school to donate blood. You want to do something for your grandkids. After all, they're your ... wait for it ...Blood relatives.There was a short period of time, a few nanoseconds, in which my mind wound up to deliver a powerful, definitive, final, "hell no". Scream it. I've always had an issue with needles, which abated some over the years as I got used to allergy shots and annual blood draws. But the needle they use for an allergy shot is like, say, a BB Gun. My brother shot me with a BB gun once; it left a welt on my cheek (no, not that cheek), close enough that it could have put a...
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My review of I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Nunez Miret


 I listened to the audio book of I love your cupcakes. I enjoyed the reader, Gwen Olson’s, voice and thought it suited the book well. The pacing of the telling of the story was also good. I don’t always feel like that and have listened to some audio books where the reader’s voice has annoyed me to a point where I can’t listen to the book.This is such a lovely and entertaining light read. A story of entrepreneurial, friendship and community life with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure. It was quite delightful.When half siblings Dulce, Adelfa and Storm decide to go into business making interesting cakes and cupcakes in a community based setting that provided promotional opportunitie...
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Danny Needs Your Votes


My new book Look for Me Under the Rainbow has been enrolled in the AllAuthor Cover of the month for their May contest, competing with 69 other books!This year it has been enlisted a day later than other books, so already at the start it didn't have an equal position when it appeared online: it was over 140 votes behind.This is why my harp seal pup Danny and my book need your help more than ever! Please vote for Look for Me Under the Rainbow. Help it catch up and give it a chance to fight the battle of equals. With your support, we stand a chance. Without you . . . well I don't even want to consider that option.Thank you so much for your support! I look forward to your votes!Please follow thi...
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FREE e-Book!

Sale (freebie) extended until May 28th!My time-travel romance novel, Frozen in Time, is available for download at Smashwords. There are several e-book formats to choose from, but remember to use the code when you check out: TY56SFrozen in Time Hope you enjoy!  
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Still Figuring Out Things Here

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My review of The Staircase of Fire by Ben Woodard

The Staircase of Fire is an extraordinary book for children aged 12 upwards. The story is set in Shakertown, Kentucky in the 1920s and features a young orphan boy, Tom, who being raised by his Uncle Davis on his farm. Tom is a tormented soul have been instrumental in the accidental death of his baby sister. He is plagued by guilt and bad dreams and has a lot of anger towards anybody who mentions his sister’s unfortunate death. In the manner typical of teenagers, some boys use this as a way of inciting Tom’s ire and he ends up in all sorts of altercations and feeling very victimized. His own troubled state of mind makes it impossible for him to develop wholesome friendships and his budding re...
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Tornado Season--Twisted Twisters, or: Breaking Winds

Some say the best advice you can give people when it comes to tornadoes is to keep your insurance paid up and update your will.I prefer to be a little more optimistic. Still, my advice is just as simple and straightforward: At the beginning of March, dig a big hole in your back yard, then get into it while wearing a helmet and one of those "Red man" protective suits that a police dog can't penetrate. Then have the hole lined in concrete and covered with an armored steel plate. Now, the order of this is very important: Get in the hole before you have it sealed off with concrete and steel. You might want to bring in some water, snacks, a portable toilet, maybe a book to read, and, of course, a...
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My review of Watching the Daisies by Brigid Gallagher

Watching the Daisies is an extraordinary memoir of a woman’s life, starting with her childhood and moving step-by-step through her life to the present day.I enjoyed learning about Brigid’s life growing up with her three siblings in Scotland and their wonderful holidays to visit relatives in Ireland. The devastating death of her Mother at a young age is very poignantly described in this book, together with the far-reaching impact of the loss of their Mother on the children and their Father. The descriptions of the scenery in Ireland are compelling and beautiful.Brigid’s high school career paints a picture of an overachiever who finds herself ill-suited for her chosen career and takes the brav...
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My review of A Haiku Perspective 2018 by Annette Rochelle Aben

Annette Rochelle Aben writes the most uplifting and inspirational haikus and short poems. Her joy in the simple pleasures in life shines through in the word sequences she creates. Annette also demonstrates a deep understanding of people and the vagaries and depths of the heart that drive human relationships. There are also amusing insights into everyday life and the rule of nature.The first poem in this book is very powerful and tells a tale of human love and anger and the strains introduced into turbulent relationships by the introduction of a baby into the mix. This poem is titled Strings and my favourite verse is as follows:“He poured out his heartShe continues to guard hersSo, they do no...
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The Innermost House

This is my first blog here. It deals with a real life event that had the potential of leading to some interesting scenarios, like the kind of possibilities you found in Choose Your Own Adventure series that were all the rage back before kids had cell phones and flashy video games and they still had imagination.When I was maybe eleven or twelve, my family used to go down to Clam Beach a lot to gather driftwood, which we either used for stove fuel or building material.In those days, we had more time on our hands; the Mad River hadn’t shifted its banks yet so the entire beach was crammed with a jumble of hodgepodge of available material. There was no metal gate blocking vehicle access so people...
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Free Download as Thank You


I am giving my new book Look for Me Under the Rainbow for free!As a token of appreciation for the great reviews it received after its launch, Look for Me Under the Rainbow will be free for you and all your friends on the following days:Monday, April 23, 2018, 12:00 AM PDT to Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 11:59 PM PDTMark those dates and spread the word! Help it get lots of downloads so the truth about the hunt on baby seals in Canada comes to the every corner of the world.After that, Look for Me Under the Rainbow will be available at a reduced price of $1.99 until on May 1, 2018 it reaches its regular price.I hope you enjoy reading it. Please leave an honest review after you close your Kindle. Ju...
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