Monday, September 26, 2011

Reaching Riverdale Review with a meet and greet with the author Geeta Schrayter

I would like to welcome Geeta Schrayter to my blog today She is joining us to talk a little bit about herself and her new book Reaching Riverdale.

Thanks for having me Sally!

1. You said in Reaching Riverdale that it is best to write your plans in pencil rather than pen.

Q:) What plans have you written in pen that you have inevitably crossed off?

A:) Acting would probably have to be one of them. I grew up watching my eldest brother perform as the lead in a lot of his high school plays, and I was always in awe.  I wanted to act too, when I grew up, but in movies and television. I was convinced I’d move out to California and become a star.

When other girls were writing their names inside hearts with that of a boy they had a crush on, I was practicing my autograph.

I did end up going to Los Angeles for an acting seminar one summer, and a lot of my high school friends ended up signing my yearbook with some sort of encouraging message regarding that plan. But considering I’m currently in Connecticut answering your questions, clearly that didn’t happen.

Q:)What did you pursue instead?

A:) Well, being a writer was the other plan I wrote down in pen. Only I never crossed that one off. So I went to college and got a degree in communication with a journalism concentration, all the while focusing on the fact what I really wanted was to be an author. Becoming one is a goal that’s been as constant as change usually is. And, since we’re here talking about my debut novel, its one plan I’ll never have to forgo.

Oh, and all that autograph practice? It wasn’t for nothing… but when I was younger, I’m not sure I knew it’d be for books instead of blockbusters.


2. You wrote so passionately about the small town of Riverdale that I found myself wanting to move there myself.

Q:)    Are you from a small town?

A:) I grew up in a couple of small towns. They were places where your parents would let you wander off down the road with a friend to play in the woods, or give you a dollar after a bit of pleading then let you walk to the local convenience store for an ice cream or a candy bar.

In one town, some of my summer afternoons were spent sitting on the stonewall that separated our yard from the farmer’s next door, naming all of his cows. A couple times one would escape and end up in our front yard. I remember keeping an eye on them while the farmer was retrieved so they wouldn’t wander into the road. Although, there wasn’t much traffic, so I doubt there was any real danger.

Q) Do you still live in one? 
A:)  I don’t think I can call it a “small town” since there’s over 30,000 residents, but it used to be. It was a quaint little farming community when my mom was growing up, and it still has a lot of small town qualities – charm, if you will - despite its size.


3. There is a lot of baking in your book and it sounded so yummy it made me hungry.

Q:)  Do you like to bake?

A:) I love to bake. I still remember the first thing I made on my own. I was probably 11 or 12 and it was a raspberry strudel. Pies, cookies,  cupcakes, muffins, cakes, bread, biscuits – you name it, I love to bake it.

In some ways, baking is like a piece of heirloom furniture, in that it’s something that can be passed down from generation to generation. My great-grandmother taught my grandmother, my grandmother taught my mother, and then my mother taught me. Tips and secrets were passed down as were family recipes. I love going into my grandmother’s old recipe box and consulting one of the well-used cards covered in her pretty cursive to make something delicious.

Q:) What food is your favorite feel good thing to make and or eat?

 A:) Well, unfortunately for my hips, I do love a fresh batch of gooey cookies. I’m also a fan of soup, and Indian food is almost always guaranteed to make me feel good.

4. I know it is silly but I believe the bad person is as much a part of a story as the hero and I found Rick to be a wonderful bad apple.

Considering the apple references all throughout the story, I like that you just called Rick a bad apple. That’s precisely what he is.

Q:)  Who was your favorite character to get to know in Reaching Riverdale?

A:) I’d have to say Mr. Carter. I just love the way he sort of encompasses what he does – he’s got that rough exterior, but he’s a big softy underneath – almost like a loaf of bread!

In reality, I love talking to older generations. They’ve treasure troves of information and fabulous stories to share if you take the time to listen.

Q:)  How did that character change from your original plans for them?

A:) Actually, Mr. Carter didn’t become an integral part of the story until I was well into writing. In fact, he wasn’t even a part of the plot when I first started. I had planned on Mr. Palmer sort of being that charming older man you can’t help but love, but then the bakery aspect came to be and Mr. Carter evolved with it.

5.  For a first book, I think that this one is a smash hit.
 Thank you! I’m very excited with how it came out 

Q: ) What are your plans for future projects?

A:) Presently I’m working on a novel that takes place in India. I grew up around Indian culture, I’ve been there three times and kept a blog chronicling my experiences there, so all of those aspects are fuel for the literary fire I’m stirring. I hope everyone who’s enjoyed the adventures in New England in this first book will like traveling around the world with me in the next. It should be finished in January.

I’m also working on a book that continues some of the storylines in Reaching Riverdale, so I’m excited for that as well.

6.  According to your goodreads.com profile you are an avid reader.

Q:) Who are some of your favorite authors?

A:)  Hmm, let’s see… Jane Austen, Nora Roberts, Mark Twain, Marion Chesney, Emily Griffin, Nathanial Hawthorne, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, the Bronte sisters… to name a few.

Q:)  How have those authors changed over the years?

A:)  I can’t say they really have. The Scarlet Letter was one of the first classic novels I read and I’ve been a fan of Mark Twain since reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in school.

But I’m trying to branch out more now. I love my classics and a good romance, but there are so many people who praise authors such as John Grisham I figure I should give them a shot, too.


Q:)  Who has remained a constant favorite?

A:)  Jane Austen has been my favorite since the day I discovered Pride and Prejudice. I’m obsessed with her, but somewhat of a traditionalist in that I haven’t read any of the fan fiction that’s based on her novels. If I want to read about Mr. Darcy, I’ll go get lost in Pride and Prejudice for the thousandth time. Or Persuasion (second favorite) or Sense and Sensibility (third) perhaps.

7.   What advice do you have for someone who is just starting out writing? 

A:)  Well, “don’t give up” is always a good place to start. If you love writing then write. Not to sound like a Nike commercial but just do it. I can’t stress that enough.

 There may be people who tell you having writing aspirations is silly or not very practical but you can’t listen to them.

Write what you feel. Don’t write and worry about finding agents and publishers down the road. I truly believe everything that’s meant to happen will happen. Worrying will do nothing but give you frown lines.

You’ve started writing, now don’t stop.

8.   When you are not writing what do you do for fun and relaxation? 

A:) I love to read, spend time with my family and friends, drive around with the windows down and the music up, shop, take day trips, cook, bake and go for a nice run – especially now with the brisk autumn air.

Oh! and as soon as the holiday season arrives, act like a sugarplum fairy.

I’m obsessed with the holidays and you’re likely to find me outside catching snowflakes on my tongue, inside baking cookies, singing holiday songs, wrapping presents, mailing piles of cards and just generally trying to sprinkle good cheer around. If I had a personal slogan during that time of year it’d probably be: "Why visit the North Pole when Geeta’s so near?!"

9.   Which character from Reaching Riverdale do you most relate to?

A:) While my life hasn’t played out like Annebelle’s, some of her frustrations and dilemmas are certainly relatable to me. Particularly, the desire for small town life versus city living has always been something I’ve fought with. As a solution, I’ve decided that I need to have at least three homes. So I better get to work on writing some bestsellers.

10.   What is the best part of becoming a published author? The worst?
 
A:) Having people read my book is definitely the best part. The only person I let read the story while I was working on it was my sister, then my mom when it was finished. So during that entire time, it was just the three of us who could discuss it. Now that others have read it it’s surreal having them talk to me about it – name things they loved, characters they related to et cetera.

It’s also made a few friends who aren’t necessarily the reading type pick up a book and read. Since I consider reading so important, that’s certainly a plus.

As for the worst part, honestly, I can’t really say there is one. After all, this is a dream come true!

Ok, ok, well, all the paparazzi and the fans pestering me for autographs whenever I go to the grocery store can be vexing…

Just kidding! Someday, maybe… 

Thank you Geeta!
If you would like to know more about Geeta you can find her
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My Review of Reaching Riverdale.
 


Reaching RiverdaleReaching Riverdale by Geeta SchrayterMy rating: 5 of 5 stars


Annebell is always trying to get away from her home town of Riverdale despite her friends and families wishes that she will ultimately decide to stick around. When she returns home for her graduation party Annabell finds her beloved bakery closed heartbroken she takes it upon herself to bring it back from the grave. With a little help from her friends she learns that a little tender loving care can go a long way. This is a hometown book that will warm you to the soul and I would recommend it to anyone who likes, romance and, feel good books.


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Senior Year Bites by J.A. Campbell

Senior Year BitesSenior Year Bites by J.A. Campbell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


If you find yourself suddenly turned into a teen vampire then this book is a must have instruction manual. High School is hard enough to handle without the drama of being turned into a vampire. This is a wonderful book about how one such teen does just that. She turns a horrible situation into a positive one by becoming a hero instead of a monster. I found that Senior Year Bites is something you can really sink your teeth into at any age and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read.



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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Millennium No.1 By Stieg Larsson

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book has several plot points. You begin the book in the middle of a trial where Mikael Blomkvist is being charged with liable for printing a false magazine article about a big financial tycoon. Then it moves on to a old man from the Vanger family who is trying to solve the disappearance of his granddaughter. The Old man hires Lisbeth Salander the Girl (whom is actually a 20 year old woman) with a dragon tattoo to do a background check on the man who is being sued. Mikael then in turn is hired to find the missing granddaughter. During, the process of his investigation he finds out about the background check and hires the woman with the dragon tattoo to help him. This book reads like a magazine. The different plots and character's life stories are intertwined though out the book. I fond myself thinking that at the end of a chapter it should say to continue this story turn to page 20. It isn't until all of the characters are introduced that this book really gets going and is a very intense crime drama that makes your blood race and you find that deep down this book is about the hidden abuse of money and women. Would, I recommend this book? Well, that would depend on the person reading it. If you like to read magazines and you are not the kind of reader who stops reading a book, if you don't like the first chapter then you will like this book. I think that the middle of this book is well wroth reading the rest.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Search the Dark by Charles Todd

Search the Dark (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #3)Search the Dark by Charles Todd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Search The Dark by Charles Todd
Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent to a small town to find two missing children but instead of answers he finds more questions. Even though he is constantly haunted by a ghost from his past the inspector expertly wades though the evidence to find the real truth.
This is a mystery book so there are several crimes to solve. I found that about halve way though I was yelling at the pages saying all right that's enough time to solve. The clues were subtle but obvious and a casual gumshoe would get it right away. That said I love the fell of this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries.




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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Meet and Greet with Author Devin O'Branagan

I am pleased to welcome Devin O'Branagan to my book blog.
Thank you Devin for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to me.





1. You wrote Red Hot Liberty and Show Dog Sings the blues at the same time was this task difficult? What were some of the challenges? What were some of the rewards?

Yes, it was very difficult to write RED HOT LIBERTY and SHOW DOG SINGS THE BLUES at the same time, but I have made the decision that from now on I will work on multiple projects at once. It does keep the creative energy fresh and helps avoid writer’s block. I’m also hoping it will allow me to produce books more quickly.

2. When you created the character Valentino DeMitri in Red Hot Property, did you have any idea that he would turn out to be such a force of nature that he would need to be carried over into Red Hot Liberty?

When I initially conceived of Val, he was merely intended to be the comic relief in RED HOT PROPERTY. However, midway through the book he took on an incredible life of his own. People responded in amazing ways. One English professor from Auburn University wrote me a letter and suggested that Val was a metaphor for Christ. I’ve had members of the gay community write and ask for photos of him. Elderly women have expressed interest in adopting him. And a multitude of straight women of all ages have sent fan mail declaring their love for him. Personally, I find myself talking to him when I’m depressed or scared. I believe that the character of Val tapped into the archetype of compassion—a wounded soul who is healed by loving others. He is the type of human being we all want to have in our lives. So, to answer your question, Val will always be part of the RED HOT novels in one way or another because he simply must be. He is the soul of that series. I fully expect that someone will start a fan club for him long before anyone gets around to starting one for me! LOL !

3. You have written many types of books from chick lit to Young Adult. What is your favorite kind of book to write?

Whatever book I am working on at the moment is the kind of book I always want to write. When I finished writing my urban fantasy GLORY, I did not want to return to writing my RED HOT chick lit series. Now I’ve finished RED HOT LIBERTY, I’m having a hard time working on the sequel to GLORY. It’s not easy for me to shift gears, which is another reason I plan to work on multiple projects simultaneously from this point forward.


4. Besides books what other literary things do you write?

I write a humor column for TAILS Magazine. I am also working on a fantasy called “Vampire-Hunting Dogs in Space” that is being told entirely in cyber-space.
Devin's Tails
5. You said that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Show Dog Sings the Blues will be donated to Australian Shepherd Rescue? What other things do you do to help animals?

I’ve held two huge raffles to benefit Best Friends Animal Society (the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary). I donate money from plush toy sales at my online gift shop to Aussie Rescue, Border Collie Rescue, and Cat Rescue. I donate autographed copies of my novels for auctions to raise money for Basset Hound Rescue and other organizations that raise money for animal welfare.

6. You normally write about Australian Shepherds. Was it difficult to step out of your norm and write about another breed?

Yes! When a Basset Hound won the first Best Friends raffle I held, the prize was to feature him as a character in my novel RED HOT LIBERTY. I did tons of research. Now I need to learn about Labradoodles for the dog who won another Best Friends raffle I held. (Bocker the Labradoodle will become a character in the third book in the RED HOT trilogy.) It’s challenging because I want to portray the dogs well. I have another book coming up soon that will introduce yet another Australian Shepherd as a main canine character, and I asked my adviser if I should make the character another breed instead so as not to OD my readers on Aussies. She wisely reminded me that Aussies are what I know best and can most accurately portray. So, I will stick with my own breed whenever possible.

7. What are some of the things that inspire you to write?

I’m not sure how to answer this question. I’ve been writing since I was five years old. I can’t imagine not writing. I need very little inspiration, as the passion is inborn.

8. Can you tell those who don't know a bit more about about your very successful website and forum at http://www.devinwrites.com

I have a wonderful website which offers a lot of entertainment. There are book trailer videos, a multitude of book excerpts, free short stories, fun bios of many of the characters in my novels, book giveaways, a gift shop with custom-made products tied into the themes of my novels, pages devoted to the real-life animals featured in my books, a bookstore where fans may buy autographed (and pawtographed) copies of my novels, a hub from where people can follow the cyber-adventure of “Vampire-Hunting Dogs in Space,” links to all three of my entertaining blogs, an archive of my eNewsletters, and a sign-up box where fans may subscribe to those newsletters. Most exciting of all, is my online forum. What began strictly as a writers’ forum over a year ago is now also a gathering place for artists, readers, animal lovers, and people who want to share their metaphysical interests. For the writers, we have a critique forum, brainstorming sections, monthly flash fiction contests, news updates about the publishing industry, marketing strategies, and a whole lot of moral support. I encourage everyone to visit and consider joining our great group.


9. What are your plans for future projects?

My next release will be the paranormal thriller THRESHOLD. It is about a little boy who has a near-death experience and returns with a mission. I am also working on the sequel to GLORY and a prequel to SHOW DOG SINGS THE BLUES.

10. When you are not writing what do you do for fun?

I read. I meditate. I am also a gourmet vegetarian cook.

11. Your books are so full of faith and the pursuit thereof. Is this a reflection of your own life or something that just seemed right for the work?

All the fiction I’ve written, from the time I wrote my first story at age five, has been a means for me to explore issues of spiritual faith, courage, honor, and integrity. The themes of my novels reflect my own lifelong journey of discovery.


Devin has written many books all of which can be purchased on her website http://www.devinwrites.com/

Bellow are the reviews for the ones that I have read.


Red Hot PropertyRed Hot Property by Devin O'Branagan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


DEVIN O’BRANAGAN RED HOT PROPERTY
What do you do when a bubble blowing, pink bunny slipper wearing, Cuban psychic reads some bird bones and tells you to uproot your whole life and start over in a new town and career? Well if you are anything Molly O’Malley and have a young child's welfare to consider you do exactly what she says. This upbeat book is filled with joy sadness and a whole lot of love. It will make you sing, dance, laugh, and cry. It is well worth the read for anyone who likes romance, chick lit, or just an all around good book. I have to say that this it a wonderful book that I will read over and over.


Red Hot LibertyRed Hot Liberty by Devin O'Branagan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Safety was Molly's cry until she met Liberty True and her flag wearing Basset hound Ross. When Liberty first entered Molly's new office she was off put by this forceful tinfoil hat wearing woman who talked about survival and government conspiracies. As their friendship grew however Molly found more then she bargained for. She realized that somethings life, friendship, love, and faith are worth fighting for no matter the consequences. As with Red Hot Property I loved this book it was filled with new and old characters that despite their fictional status I have grown to love them as if they are real and they affect my life accordingly. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes, romance love, friendship, or is searching for the meaning of life.

Show Dog Sings the BluesShow Dog Sings the Blues by Devin O'Branagan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Have you ever met a dog that you swore, that if it walked on two legs instead of four, it would be more human then most people. Well Tali is one such dog born and raised to be a pampered show dog in this book she finds out that she is more then just a pretty face. In a unfortunate event during a play date Talie is mixed up with her Cow dog sister and forced to help on the ranch, unaware that by doing so she helps herself and others find out that there is more to life then what you see on the surface. Deep down life and death are powered by love and that makes the world go around. I loved this little sister novella to Red Hot Liberty it gives you real insight into the powerful mind of a dog and reminds us that just because they can't speak, that doesn't mean they don't have hearts or souls. I would recommend this to anyone who likes dogs, friends, and a good laugh.

Witch HuntWitch Hunt by Devin O'Branagan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In this book you live and suffer with several generations of the Hawthorne family, as they battle with persecution, exile and execution, that ends in a modern day massacre. This travesty is created and led by one man who has the power to motivate the masses to condemn what they didn't understand. It really makes you wonder how far people will truly go to prove that their religion is the best.

Since the very beginning of time, the human race has tried to interpret, enforce and follow Gods law. They have instead, distorted, abused, and, disobeyed it for their own spiritual gain. This horrible reality has not improved at all over the centuries even though we claim to be more civilized. For some reason people are driven to exterminate anything that they don't understand in the name of their religion even if innocent lives are harmed in the process. This book reminds us that faith can be a very powerful thing for both good and evil and how you use that faith defines you as a person.

I think that this book is well worth the read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.

I received this Pre-reader copy from the author.

GloryGlory by Devin O'Branagan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Glory By Devin O'Branagan
Love, Hate, Life, Death, and Faith, these are words that we all take for granted every day, yet they seem to be what holds the fabric of the universe together. This book is about a young girl who finds that each one of those words are more than just words they are power. When Glory finds out that she is the cure for a deadly plague she is thrown into a world she only thought existed in the movies. With the help of some very unconventional friends she finds herself in a deadly race to save all of humanity. I found this book to be very enjoyable and well worth the read because it was filled with love, loss, and passion. It is not like any other book that I have read of this kind and should not be treated as such just because of the subject matter or characters in it. This book is all about the power of Faith and should be approached that way.

Pretty SacrificesPretty Sacrifices by Devin O'Branagan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Glory. the first novel in this mind blowing series, a young woman's world was turned inside out when a pandemic nearly wipes out everyone. Now in this page-turning sequel, the evil is back to claim the lost souls of the dead. It is up to Glory, with a little help from her unusual friends, to fight the battle for the side of good. As with the first novel this book is about faith; the faith in love, faith in God and faith in the power of friendship to overcome all obstacles. This book is a must read for everyone! This series will be displayed on my shelf with great pride and read over and over!


Threshold by Devin O'Branagan
ThresholdThreshold by Devin O'Branagan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Life is a set of bumpy roads. These winding paths all lead to one event that changes your life forever. The way you choose to travel, determines how the end will play out. For Cole Dillon that choice came sooner than expected when he died after falling into a frozen lake. With a little help from his friend Elijah Thunderbird, a Native American Shaman, he is given a second chance on life and a mission to close a dark rift torn open by his return. On the surface this book is about how a near death experience changes the lives of the Dillon family and those closest to them. Underneath it is a tale of love, loss, and a deep faith that will leave you speechless. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels there is something missing in their lives. If you are anything like me you will do just as I did and as soon as you read the last page you will find yourself turning back to the front to read it again.

For more information on Devin or any of her work please feel free to check out her website Devin Writes and her Tails magazine blog Devin's Tails I Will see you there!

I would like thank Devin from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to answer my questions. Please, keep writing such entertaining books! You will always have me as a reader.

Wizard's First Rule By Terry Goodkind

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What is the Wizards first Rule? Simple, Man is stupid they will believe anything that you tell them if you make it believable enough even if it is not the truth. This book is about a man that finds out that he is more then he seems. I really enjoyed this book but, I like wizards and magic and I would recommend it to anyone who does.



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Friday, July 29, 2011

Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah

Distant ShoresDistant Shores by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book is about a bird who falls out of her nest because she has forgotten how to fly. Elizabeth Shore aka "Birdie" realizes one day that her life is not all it is cracked up to be. She has a husband, and two wonderful kids but somewhere along the way she has lost herself. After a tragedy in the family shakes her foundation. Grief forces her from her nest and she realizes that has to find the deep down love for herself and her lost passions before she can fly up to her nest to be loved once more. Along the way there is hurt feelings, and a drastic brake-ups but in the end she gains more than she bargains for. I really enjoyed this book it reminded how important it is not to give up on my writing no matter how hectic my real life gets. The only problem I had with this book is that the pacing is painfully slow but maybe that was the point as it was a book about healing relationships and that process is never easy or quick. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, or is struggling to find themselves.



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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Range Feud by J.A. Campbell

Range FeudRange Feud by J.A. Campbell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In this latest installment of Into the West Tina's adventure continues to unfold. This time while checking the fence she is once again drawn to the mysterious canyon that takes her into the past. This book is a wonderful adventure that is like a long kiss good bye it leaves you hungry for more. It is written for young adults but I would recommend this book to anyone who likes, adventures, mysteries,and a little romance with a hunky cowboy.



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High Noon by Nora Roberts

High NoonHigh Noon by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Have you ever loved someone or something so much that if anything happened to them you would stop at nothing to seek retribution for your loss. That is exactly what this book is about love, loss, and the power they both have over people's lives. I have to say that I loved this book from beginning to end. The best and worst part of this book is that the characters were so real that you didn't want the book to end so, when it did you were left hanging wondering about the well being of all the characters not just those in the last few pages. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, suspense, and a good mystery.



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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Wild Soccer Bunch Book 2 Diego the Tornado

The Wild Soccer Bunch, Book 2, Diego the TornadoThe Wild Soccer Bunch, Book 2, Diego the Tornado by Joachim Masannek

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Wild Soccer Bunch Book 2 Diego the Tornado

This is the second book in the Wild Soccer Bunch series.
In this new book there is a new boy in town who wants to play on their team
The problem is that the boy's father a famous soccer player doesn't want his son to play with a bunch of kids he wants him to play with a real soccer league. It is up to the Wild Soccer bunch to learn what it means to be a team and a friend. This is a great book about the power of teamwork and friendship. I would recommend this book to any young adult who likes soccer, friends, and a good laugh. My four children all read this book and they loved it!



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Bleachers By John Grisham

BleachersBleachers by John Grisham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Bleachers By John Grisham
Sometimes a sports team is the back bone and life blood of a whole town. In this book
a infamous coach is dieing. His death has brought everyone back to their hometown to honor him. In the process they lay to rest more then just a great man.
They learn to accept the power of a man to motivate a group of people throughout their entire lives not just when they are on the field.
This book makes you realize that it is more than a sport it is a state of mind. I would recommend this book to anyone who has had a mentor not just those who like football.



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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks

True BelieverTrue Believer by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


On a routine investigation of a weird phenomenon a scientific research writer finds more then he bargains for in the small town of Boon Creek. This book is all about love loss and the power of a community to look out for one of their own. I loved the sentiment of this book that true love can not be put in a box and studied scientifically. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance and the mysteries of small towns.



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Friday, June 17, 2011

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If I were to describe this book in the manor of the book itself I would think that its color would be blue. Not just any blue mind you but the pure blue of the sky after a rainstorm. The blue that is so beautiful it makes you happy and sad at the same time. This book chronicles the life of a child in Nazi Germany during WWII. It is Schindler's List and the Diary of Ann Frank rolled into one. This story is narrated by the soul collector and this unusual view point gives this book a unique twist on reality that is both creepy and compelling at the same time. I laughed and cried until my sides hurt. I think that this book is wonderful and a must read. For anyone who likes drama, or historical fiction or an all around good book. It is going on my to read again list!



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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Witch Hunt by Devin O'Branagan

Witch HuntWitch Hunt by Devin O'Branagan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In this book you live and suffer with several generations of the Hawthorne family, as they battle with persecution, exile and execution, that ends in a modern day massacre. This travesty is created and led by one man who has the power to motivate the masses to condemn what they didn't understand. It really makes you wonder how far people will truly go to prove that their religion is the best.



Since the very beginning of time, the human race has tried to interpret, enforce and follow Gods law. They have instead, distorted, abused, and, disobeyed it for their own spiritual gain. This horrible reality has not improved at all over the centuries even though we claim to be more civilized. For some reason people are driven to exterminate anything that they don't understand in the name of their religion even if innocent lives are harmed in the process. This book reminds us that faith can be a very powerful thing for both good and evil and how you use that faith defines you as a person.

I think that this book is well worth the read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

No Permanent Scars By Michael Hemery

No Permanent ScarsNo Permanent Scars by Michael Hemery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Did you ever wonder when you fell off your bike and scraped your knee as a kid if it would leave a scar? This book is all about the scars that we acquire throughout life both emotional and physical. I loved the sentiment in this book but I did not like the way it was put together. I enjoyed the lazy humor but it switched between childhood and adult memories causing it to loose some of the flow. I would however recommend this book to anyone who is alive and is not offended by swear words.



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The Midnight Club by James Patterson

The Midnight ClubThe Midnight Club by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There are two types of law the street law and the the law enforced by cops like John Stefanovitch this book is all about the battle of the these two laws. Just when you think one or the other is getting a head in the game something happens that turns it all around. Even though this is not one of James Patterson's best novels it is still a good solid read with a good feeling ending. I would still recommend this book to anyone who likes crime dramas.



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Odd Hours By Dean Koontz

Odd Hours (Odd Thomas, #4)Odd Hours by Dean Koontz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The saga of Odd Thomas continues in this compelling novel that takes Odd to the Ocean to save a young pregnant women. Along the way he befriends an old actor, a scared lady and a woman who like himself feels the twinge to help people. With a little help from a Ghost dog and Frank Sinatra, Odd is in a race to stop a group of bad men that are intent on making a quick buck no matter how many lives are lost as a result. I would have to say that Dean Koontz really knows this character every page comes alive in your hands and you can't help but stroking each page to move faster to find out what happens next. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes, humor, fantasy, horror, and a good old fashion book that you want to read over and over.


On a side note I hate that authors have to be labeled. Dean Koontz is labeled horror but I would not really classify Odd Thomas Horror and a lot of people are not reading it because they think that it is horror. Granted there is death in there shooting and stabbings but it is not really gory or over the top. The Odd Thomas series is very funny. If you don't like Horror then don't read Intensity but if you like a good amount of humor and can stand a few shootings then Odd Thomas is for you.


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

You've Got Murder by Donna Andrews

You've Got Murder (Turing Hopper, #1)You've Got Murder by Donna Andrews

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I think there for I am! This is what a AI is thinking and feeling when her programer goes missing. She decides that it is her job to to save him. With a little help from her friends she sets out on a quest that leads to some extraordinary detective work and a weird adventure. Well this book started out very interesting and got better and better until the end where it fell flat on it's face. It falls under the category of well I am done writing now wrap it up. Leaving several plot points hanging.



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Isabel's Bed By Elinor Lipman

Isabel's BedIsabel's Bed by Elinor Lipman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


In this book Isabel, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and has decided to write a book about it. Not knowing the first thing about writing she hires a ghost writer. The lives of all of the charterers intertwine in a weird set of events that lead everyone to find themselves a different place in their lives then where they started out. If you are the kind of person who reads the first ten pages of a book to see if they will like it or not then this book is defiantly not for you. The first chapter or two of this book are very boring and poorly written but like in the book itself the author finds their grove and it is well worth the read. I love the interaction between the characters and the personal growth that they all go through. I would recommend this book if you like, Chick Lit, romance or a bit of fun read when you have nothing better to do. I found this book in the trash.



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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Red Hot Property by DEVIN O’BRANAGAN

Red Hot PropertyRed Hot Property by Devin O'Branagan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


DEVIN O’BRANAGAN RED HOT PROPERTY
What do you do when a bubble blowing, pink bunny slipper wearing, Cuban psychic reads some bird bones and tells you to uproot your whole life and start over in a new town and career? Well if you are anything Molly O’Malley and have a young child's welfare to consider you do exactly what she says. This upbeat book is filled with joy sadness and a whole lot of love. It will make you sing, dance, laugh, and cry. It is well worth the read for anyone who likes romance, chick lit, or just an all around good book. I have to say that this it a wonderful book that I will read over and over.



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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The 5th Horsemen by James Paterson and Maxine Paetro

The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club #5)The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Once again we are transported into the life of Lindsay Boxer. This time around she is torn between the job she has and the one she really wants to do. Unlike most cops who welcome promotions, the Lieutenant misses being on the street bringing the bad guys to justice. There are two cases that Lindsay and her team have to solve in this book. The in first case dead girls are being left in expensive sports cars. Meanwhile, at a local hospital people are unexpectedly dying.
I have to say that I have a real love hate relationship with this book. The car girl murders were great and the twist at the end was well worth the read. The ICU deaths on the other hand were preposterous and unbelievable. Their only purpose being for future plot development. That said I did like this book an would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries, and drama.



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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Westward, Yo! by J. A. Campbell

Westward, Yo!Westward, Yo! by J.A. Campbell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Every child hates to move and Tina is no exception. She is leaving her best friend and a wonderful mall for desert and a old farm house. Tina's only consolation is that she can work for a local ranch where she can ride in exchange for a little hard work. When the ranch owner asked if she would like to go on a cattle drive with them she jumped at the chance. On their journey one of the calves goes astray however and her well trained horse takes her on a wild goose chase to retrieve it. You will never believe the wild adventure she has. I have to say that with out a doubt this short story is well worth the read for any age group that likes fantasy, horses, and a little bit of mystery.



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Speak to Our Desires b y Brenda W. Clough

Speak to Our DesiresSpeak to Our Desires by Brenda W. Clough

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to know exactly what someone wanted just by looking at them? No guess work or painful conversation where they may or may not be truthful with you? Well that is what this book is all about. Ellie Quartern and her mother have a gift of sight that allows them to see what peoples deepest desires are. Its main focus is a search for Ellie's mother. She has gone missing so Ellie hires Tim Coates a privet investigator to find her. In the possess they both find something wonderful and horrible out about themselves. I really like the concept of this book but I do not think that it was executed very well. It seemed to be out of order and it ended very abruptly leaving you with a sense of informational loss. If you have nothing better to do and you like mystery, romance, drama and a bit of fictional documentary all rolled in to one then this book is for you.



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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz

Your Heart Belongs to MeYour Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Ryan heart has failed and at 34 he has found himself on a waiting list for a new one. Impatience for life gets the better of him and he searches for a new doctor. Dr. Hobbs finds him a heart in record time and the transplant is a success. A year later things begin to happen to him that make him wonder if it was all worth it. This is a book filled with love suspense, danger and a little Poe thrown in for good measure.


This is not my favorite Dean Koontz book but it is not bad either. I think that it was a little slow on the upstart but the ending was fast paced and well worth the reading of the rest of it. The subtext of this book is that you can't buy life you just have to live it and let it be as it should be. I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, romance, horror, and drama. I bought this book from a used book store.



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With the Tide by Mary Bright Carr

With the TideWith the Tide by Mary Bright Carr

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


When I write a review about about a book I normally start by telling the, would be reader what the book is about. Then I state my opinion on the book and whether or not I would recommend it as a worth while read.
For this book, I have to break that format because frankly after reading this 217 page book I have no Idea what it is about. I was lost from page one on! This book is a list of sentences that have nothing to do with one another. I give this book a 1 out of 10 and I hope that this pre-reader copy gets a big edit before it hits the press for real. I think that it could be a good book if it had some sort of flow, direction, plot, or point but it bounces all over the place leaving you dumbfounded.
This book is a pre-reader copy provided to me by the publisher Publishing Works Inc.
Publishing Works was launched in 2003 as an independent press specializing in regional titles. Since then, the company has grown dramatically to embody a list of titles that spans diverse genres, age levels, and subject matter.



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The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory

The Virgin's LoverThe Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book is a Historical fiction of Queen Elizabeth I and her lover. I find that in historical fictions the names of the people get in the way. I think that this is the case with this book the beginning of this book dragged a bit while everyone was being introduced. The ending was good however and worth the read.
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The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic GoddessThe Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book was about a lawyer thinks she made a big mistake and walks out on her job. She ends up in country where she is mistaken for hired help. She learns that hard work is not always fast sometimes you have to slow down and discontent. This is a great book it is funny and down to earth.
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The Triumph of the Sun by Wilbur Smith

The Triumph of the SunThe Triumph of the Sun by Wilbur Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is a Historical fiction of the Holy War between Egyptians and Arabs in Cairo during 1884. I think that this book was well written at first I was apprehensive about this book because the description on the back does not do it justice. The love scenes are a bit redundant but this does not affected the enjoyment of this book.
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Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler by Brad Matsen

Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie KohlerTitanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler by Brad Matsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book is about the people who discovered the Titanic. They decide to go back for a second look to find out why the Titanic really sunk. Did you ever wonder why the titanic sink without more of a warning? I think that this book is a must read for all!
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Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's WifeThe Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book is about a woman's husband has a genetic defect that causes him to jump to important events in his time line. I think that this book is good up to a point but the ending is lackluster.
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Sundays at Tiffany's

Sundays at Tiffany'sSundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Almost, every kid has an imaginary friend Jane Margaux is no exception her special pal is Michael. One of their favorite things to do is eat sundaes at Tiffiany's, when her busy mother takes her out, for their weekly trip to admire the jewelry. This was not to last however because Jane was turning nine and Michael had to leave he didn't want to that was just the unwritten rule of being an imaginary friend. He told Jane that it would be alright because she would soon forget him. The thing is that she didn't she just loved him to much to let him go. Now she is all grown up and still likes to eat sundaes at Tiffiany's one day she happens to run into her old dear friend Michael. They pick up their relationship right were they left it and something extraordinary happens.

I have to say that I loved this book from beginning to end. Since I had a rough childhood I had many imaginary friends a whole city in fact. Many a times I wished that they would all be could be real so that I felt less alone. This book is about the power of love and how it can make the impossible possible. I would recommend it to anyone who likes romance, and drama, or had an imaginary friend when they were little.



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Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika_Oufkir

Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail (Oprah's Book Club)Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book is a Documentary about the life of Malika Oufkir her father was the General for the king. The king even adopted her when she was little. Then her father turned against the king and was excited for treason. The king then imprisoned his entire family for twenty years until they escaped to France. I really liked this book it is all about how politics can crush humanity. This book shows that even if you are put through the worst time of your life your family is the most important thing in it. I also liked that while she was imprisoned she wrote stories to stay alive and to keep her family alive as a writer this was very moving. I give it a 4 out of 5 it flows well and is worth the read. This audio book was bought at Great Escape.



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Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver

Sleeping DollSleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book is about the fact that there is more to a crime than just the persons committing it there are also victims and they are not always obvious. I think that this book is very good it had several unexpected twists.
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Shopaholic and Sister by Sophine Kinsella

Shopaholic and Sister (Shopaholic, #4)Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book was all about the fact that opposites attract one sister buys to much the other reuses her coffee grounds. When they are thrown together there is a grand battle of love and war. I think that this is a very funny delightful book a must read for any sister.
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The Shack by William P Young

The ShackThe Shack by William P. Young

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book is about a man finds himself through learning to let go of a great loss and he finds a way to live again. I think that this is one of the best books I have read in a while. This is a must read for every one but not for the faint of heart as there is a great tragedy in it.



Update I after looking at the other reviews of this book I want to add the fallowing:

Well according to the other reviews on this book you will either love it or hate it. I personally thought that it was very well written everyone who gave it poor stars over analyzed it. Since it had God in it they wanted it to read like the bible. It is a work of fiction and should be approached as such.





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Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1)Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When women in Virginia keep coming up brutally strangled to death. It is up to Chief Medical officer Dr Kay Scarpetta to use forensic evidence to solve the crimes and the only clue she has to go on is a lingering smell of maple syrup at the crime scene. This is good book that keeps you guessing until the very last page. It is well worth the read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes crime dramas. I acquired this copy from a used book shop.



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One for the Money Janet Evanovich

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book is about a down on her luck girl that decides to become a bounty hunter. I think that the people are described well and it is funny needed more action though.
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On the Steet Where you Live by Mary Higgins Clark

On the Street Where You LiveOn the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


On the street where you live.by Marry Higgins-Clark
This book is about a small suburb is in an uproar over the newly discovered remains of two young women that disappeared over a century apart.Soon there is a race to figure out if this killer is a copycat or something more mysterious before he strikes again.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 I think that this is a great who done it novel that keeps you guessing till the end and.it is well worth the read.
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Odd Thomas Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is a wonderful book and the best review I can give it is a line from a book itself.
"I see dead people but by golly I do something about it!" Odd Thomas
If you like mystery, Spence, and Ghosts, with a bit of hummer thrown in this is a book for you. A must read for all old and new and old Dean Koontz fan


On a side note I hate that authors have to be labeled. Dean Koontz is labeled horror but I would not really classify Odd Thomas Horror and a lot of people are not reading it because they think that it is horror. Granted there is death in there shooting and stabbings but it is not really gory or over the top. The Odd Thomas series is very funny. If you don't like Horror then don't read Intensity but if you like a good amount of humor and can stand a few shootings then Odd Thomas is for you.


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The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang

The Oak LeavesThe Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book is about a woman finds a secret in a nineteenth- century family members journal that affects her whole family. I think that this was a decent book the only problem was that there was allot of filler before you got to the real meet of the book. It is a must reed for all new mothers though. It is all about God loving his children and everyone is special even if they have genetic problems.
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The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing by Marilyn Durham

The Man Who Loved Cat DancingThe Man Who Loved Cat Dancing by Marilyn Durham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book is a western were a man goes to jail for killing the men who hurt his wife. When he gets out he robs a train to get money to buy back his son. In the process he falls in love with the hostage. I think that this book had good points and bad. It had a tendency to drag in the where and when departments but the who the book was about carried it.
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Kiss me Deadly by Michele Hauf

Kiss Me Deadly (Silhouette Nocturne) (Bewitch the Dark, #2)Kiss Me Deadly (Silhouette Nocturne) by Michele Hauf

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book is about a vampire who accidentally falls in love with the witch who tried to kill him. This book is very good if you like romance, vampires, witches and a bit of the Devil thrown in for good measure. I give this book a 6 out of 10 for an old idea that was given a new twist. I read this book on-line for free at http://www.kobobooks.com/



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IT by Steven King

ItIt by Stephen King

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


This book is about a crazy demonic clown that kills a bunch of children. Then when the surviving children growup to be adults they go back and face there fear of clowns and try and kill it. Now I know there are many people out there who think that killing all clowns is a good idea but I believe that this is a whole lot of pages for not allot said.
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