TITLE: Inheritance

RELEASE DATE: September 30, 2016

AUTHOR: Rachel Adair

KEYWORDS: Fantasy, self discovery, the supernatural, malevolence, elemental force, Celtic Lore, Northern Ireland, Tower, woodland, mother nature

CATEGORIES: Fantasy/Action & Adventure

LENGTH: 308 Pages

ISBN: 978-1536857887

IMPRINT: Chimera

PUBLISHER: Ravenswood



Alhanna is devastated by the violent loss of her loving parents. Alone and submerged in a torturous grief she learns of an Inheritance. An estate in Northern Ireland, dominated by a monstrous tower. What awaits her inside the tower, may unlock her destiny.

Yet a dark, malevolent force pursues her as she begins on her journey of self discovery, into the world of the supernatural…

There stands a delicate balance between the five elements, one of which is in constant turmoil.

What has once been forgotten, will again emerge, like a whisper from afar playing upon the autumn winds….. Akasha.

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Originally from Yorkshire, Rachel now lives in County Down, Northern Ireland. Since moving to Ireland, Rachel feels most at home outside, surrounded by the cathartic cathedral-like silence that descends in the woodlands, along the Loch sides, and in abandoned quarries. It was there that she felt the impetus to begin writing.

In addition to being a writer, Rachel is a working mother of four fantastically charming yet quirky children. She says “It’s always a pleasure watching them grow and their wee personalities develop.”

Rachel’s formal education consists of average GCSE results and four A levels. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she discovered she was dyslexic, and with a little extra help from her family,  she has never let it hold her back.

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A truly exceptional read that will both break your heart and lift your spirits 5 Stars go to THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET by Tara Sullivan





Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Length: 320 pages

Release Date: February 23, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-399-17307-3

Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


  • I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET is the perfect title for this novel as the story within will both break your heart and lift your spirits. Sounds impossible, right? Well, I swear it is true.

Tara Sullivan has crafted characters that will settle themselves deeply into your heart and mind and that will stay with you long after you finish reading this incredible tale of bravery, determination,

The story begins on a cocoa farm in the remote farm region of the Ivory Coast (in Africa, for those of us who are geographically challenged.) It is on this farm that readers are introduced to fifteen-year-old Amadou and his eight-year-old brother Seydou.


We discover that the brothers are originally from Mali and that two years earlier they left their home in search of work and the opportunity to eat on a regular basis. Their family worked hard on their small farm, but drought made them unable to grow enough food to feed the entire family. The brothers had heard of school, but no one they know has ever been able to afford to attend.

Amadou and Seydou were “hired” by some men to work on a cocoa farm and were taken deep into the interior of the Ivory Coast. It was only after they arrived that the brothers realized they had been duped and would not be receiving any pay for the work they were to do. In fact, they were told that they owed the farmer money for what he had to pay the driver who had sold the boys to him and that they would have to stay and work at the farm until their debt was paid. So, in fact, they were NOT workers, they were SLAVES. Quickly they learned that if they did not work hard enough or fast enough to satisfy the farmers, they would be brutally beaten.


Children and chocolate: The sweet industry’s bitter side  By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn, 30-Jan-2014 NGOs say human trafficking and child labor remain deep-seated problems of the cocoa industry as a Nestlé, ADM and Cargill court case stirs up old supply chain concerns.

All Amadou cares about is protecting his younger brother. He obviously does not like the circumstances he has found himself in, but since he does not see any way out, he is resigned to it. The one time the brothers tried to escape, they were caught and instead of punishing Amadou, the overseers forced him to watch while they beat his brother bloody with chains. Seydou was only six at the time of the beating. From that day on, Amadou did his best to protect his brother and himself from more beatings.

Every day seems the same to Amadou and he has almost lost all hope of ever seeing his family again. That is, until one day when a new “worker” is delivered to the farm under unusual circumstances. Then, everything changed…….

I do not want to give any more spoilers for this book, so I will leave the details of the rest of the story out of this review. I will however, say that Amadou and Seydou are in for one heck of an adventure,

This is a story that highlights both the good and the horrible things that human beings do to one another.

When the average person thinks about slavery, we think about the past – back to a time when African-Americans were owned by white plantation owners in the Southern United States. What should instead come to mind is the fact that sadly, slavery still exists in our modern world.

Hand in hand with the issue of forced child labour is the issue of poverty. Seydou and Amadou grew up in a poor farming village in Mali and while they are fictional characters, there are literally thousands of children in identical situations today. For those of us that live in North America, the kind of poverty that Amadou and Seydou were born into is almost unimaginable. The closest most of us will get to seeing it is when we see television commercials showing starving children and even then, most people tend to look away.

THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET brings these issues to light while also telling an absolutely fantastic story filled with action, adventure, love, hope and highlights the power within all of us to figure out how to make our lives better. The tale itself is fast-paced and readers will find themselves riveted to the page and fully invested in the outcome of the brother’s adventures. I cannot say enough good things about this book.

I also want to assure potential readers that although this book is billed as a Young Adult novel, it is written beautifully and will appeal to readers of all ages.

I rate this book with the highest possible rating I can give which is 5 out of 5 stars.

My advice?







*Author information was copied from her website

Tara was born in Calcutta and spent her childhood and early adolescence moving around South America and the Caribbean with her parents who were international aid workers. Not only did this mean that many dinner table conversations centered around issues of international justice and poverty alleviation, but it was awkwardly normal for me to stick out like a sore thumb on the playground, at a birthday party, or on the bus.

Though she spoke Spanish like a native and felt more comfortable in Bolivia than holding her American passport, she was always seen as the outsider. When the UV rays from the hole in the ozone over the Andes badly damaged Tara’s eyes, her family was forced to leave what had always felt like home and move to the United States. Having never lived stateside before, Tara stepped off the plane at the age of 14 and started 9th grade the very next morning at a high school in rural Virginia.

Thus began her adventures in the United States. After high school she attended the University of Virginia, followed by a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Minnesota where she worked in refugee resettlement and interpreted at a prenatal clinic for indigent women.

Tara completed graduate school in Indiana before moving to Massachusetts in 2008. She currently teaches Spanish at Burlington High School and lives just outside of Boston with her husband, children, and a big furry mutt.

Learning to make "ugali" during my research trip to Tanzania for GOLDEN BOY.

Back in 2009, when she came across a news story about the kidnapping, mutilation, and murder of African albinos for use as good luck talismans, she was struck by the topic on multiple levels. The grown-up in her, the one that studied for a dual Masters in Non-Profit Management and International Studies and worked with village micro-finance and refugee resettlement programs, wanted to publicize this human rights tragedy. The kid in her, the one who had to hide from the sun and could never blend into a crowd, wanted to tell a story about what it must feel like to be a kid who has those problems in the extreme.

It was then that she sat down and started to write GOLDEN BOY. And the rest, as they say, is history…

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  • The above picture is of the author in Haiti while researching cocoa farms.





 Tour: The Shattered Seam by Kathleen Groger

The Shattered Seam
Kathleen Groger
(Seam Stalkers, #1)
Publication date: September 13th 2016
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young AdultGoodreads     B&N     Amazon

Spending spring break on an isolated island rumored to be haunted is not sixteen-year-old Sam’s idea of fun. Spending spring break with her uncle and his ghost-hunting film crew on an isolated island is even worse.

Way worse.

Her family’s secrets—and a genetic ability she can no longer deny—surface, along with the ghost of a rich serial killer who left behind a trail of trapped souls.

And he’s not through yet.

With only one chance for escape, Sam must embrace her family’s curse and close the Seam between the living and the dead. Or be lost, forever.

About the Author

Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories. She writes paranormal, fantasy, suspense, horror YA books. She is a contributing member of READerlicious, writers who love readers. Check out her blogs here.

She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.

The Tour

September 26th
Tiffany Shand Author Blog >> Guest post
shannonbookishlife >> Review
Lynchburg Mama >> Excerpt
MayaTheBookExplorer >> Review
Never Too Many To Read >> Review
Bibliobibuli YA >> Review

September 27th
Movies, Shows & Books >> Excerpt
Amie’s Book Reviews >> Review  ——> YOU ARE HERE
Whatever You Can Still Betray  >> Guest post
Anna’s Library >> Review

September 28th
Book Sniffers Anonymous >> Excerpt
The Best Books Ever >> Review
We Do Write >> Interview

September 29th
Eru Books and Recs >> Review
Book Lovers Life >> Review
The Avid Reader >> Review
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium >> Top 10 List
between folded pages >> Review

September 30th
Smada’s Book Smack >> Review
English Blonde >> Review
BooksChatter >> Interview
The book slayer >> Review



Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN) – Giveaway ends October 6th, 2016



RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 Stars

This book has all the elements required to tell a creepy tale. A teenager who believes she is sick because she seems to see things that others can’t see, a super-creepy locale, familial secrets, and lots of mystery.


Sam is sixteen years old and is spending Spring Break with her Uncle who films his ghost-hunting activities. She has absolutely zero interest in spending her vacation with her Uncle, and who can blame her. She is sixteen after-all and would rather spend time with kids her own age.

I do not want to give way too much of the story, but suffice it to say that this series debut will have young adult readers on the edge of their seats. At only 206 pages, it is a quick read which I believe appeals to the younger teen readers.

My only criticism is that I would have liked a bit more character development, but since this is the first book in a series, I am sure that readers will learn more and more about Sam as the series continues.

I rate THE SHATTERED SEAM as 4 out of 5 stars.




ALL THE THINGS WE LEAVE BEHIND by Riel Nason has only been available for sale for 1 day but is already destined to be a Bestseller. 


Author: RIEL NASON  

Type of Book: SOFTCOVER  


Length: 236 PAGES

Release Date: SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 

ISBN: 9780864920416 

Price: $19.95 CDN

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

* I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program.

An absolutely mesmerizing read. ALL THE THINGS WE LEAVE BEHIND is quite simply brilliant.

Set in the late 1970s in a tiny town in New Brunswick, the story begins with seventeen-year-old Violet reminisces about the childhood adventures she experienced with her brother; Bliss.

The ironically named Bliss has left home and Violet’s parents have left to try and track him down. They have left Violet in charge of The Purple Barn which is the family’s antique store.

During her childhood, Violet remembers all the times that Bliss would become incredibly sad for no apparent reason. In those days things such as mental illness or depression were not taken as seriously as they are today. (Even though current society still has a long way to go as well.) This book highlights his depression symptoms, without recognizing them for what they were.

With characters such as “Quinny” who is the silver haired old lady hired to work the store’s counter and Violet’s almost too nice boyfriend: Dean, working alongside her, what could possibly go wrong for Vi?

Violet visits the hermit who lives at the edge of her family’s property, and hears about the deer he spotted recently, then she begins seeing an all-white deer which seems to glow in the moonlight. Violet is not sure if she wants the deer sightings to be real or imaginary.

When Violet is tasked with the responsibility for obtaining the items from a legendary local estate, things come to a head.

This book contains so many compelling storylines within the main narrative that you just do not want to put it down.

As a seventies child myself, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgia for that time period. With the backdrop being an antiques store, feelings of nostalgia are inevitable, but somehow the author makes it seem as if it is the readers idea which probably will not make sense until you read the book.

This is easily one of the best general fiction books that I have read in a very long time and deserves to be rated much higher than just 5 out of 5 stars. Ten stars seem more fitting, but since that is not an option, I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I believe that this book will become a bestseller and that it is destined to win multiple literary awards. Add this to your MUST READ list. You will not be disappointed.


Riel Nason is a Canadian novelist and textile artist (quilter).

Her acclaimed debut novel The Town That Drowned won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize for Canada and Europe, and the 2012 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award.  It was also shortlisted for several other literary awards as well as longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  Her second novel All The Things We Leave Behind was published September 13, 2016. 

Riel’s original quilts have been exhibited across Canada including being shown twice at Quilt Canada (the National Juried Show). She is best known for her whimsical selvage quilts and bold use of colour.  Modern Selvage Quilting was published in March, 2016.  It features 17 of her original designs.

She grew up in Hawkshaw, New Brunswick and now lives in Quispamsis, NB with her husband, son, daughter and cats.

Today is the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks – Let us not forget. 

I do not normally post anything here on my blog that is not a book review, but I am making an exception today.

We need to ensure that we never forget the horror of that day, BUT we also need to remember that in that time of horror, people came together and did whatever they could to help the victims and their families. 

Here are a few quotes that were posted at PARADE.COM 

“On the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, remember and reflect with these powerful quotes.”

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”
President Obama in a 2011 radio address

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilotJason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pa., in 2002

“My older brother John lived [his life] in Technicolor. … When he walked in the door, the whole house lit up. And I’m sure heaven lit up when he got there too.”
Anthoula Katsimatides at the World Trade Center site in 2005

“Five years from the date of the attack that changed our world, we’ve come back to remember the valor of those we lost—those who innocently went to work that day and the brave souls who went in after them. We have also come to be ever mindful of the courage of those who grieve for them, and the light that still lives in their hearts.”
—New York City mayor ­Rudolph Giuliani at the World Trade Center site in 2006





Type of Book: HARDCOVER


Length:  24 PAGES


Release Date: MARCH 7, 2017

ISBN: 9781607749646

Price: $14.99 USD

Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟

* I received a free copy of this book through 
Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 


“Sometimes the first step to forgiveness is understanding that the other person is an IDIOT.”

I love that quote and it is oh-so-true.

OPEN WHEN is a cute book with whimsical graphics that will appeal to a wide variety of readers.

Karen Salmansohn is a “Happiness Expert” and she has created this book to help people boost their spirits.

This a collection of 25 notes that readers can open at the appropriate time; such as “Open When you’re feeling stressed out” or “Open when you need courage.” If readers do this they will then read a letter that will help them to boost their happiness quotient within the context of that particular situation. 

The only thing that I would change about this book is that I would have liked it be longer. I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟   

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“Karen Salmansohn is the founder of NotSalmon – as well as a best selling author and award winning designer – with over 1 million books sold – and over 1 million fans on Facebook. She is committed to inspiring people to live a life they love – no matter how much “you gotta be freaking kidding me!” life throws at you!Below is the story of Karen’s personal journey – a zig-zagger of a journey – with many obstacles to swerve around and peaks and valleys to travel up and through – which brought her to why she loves writing and designing inspirational books and products.”

On the author’s website it states that it is about “Self-Help for those who wouldn’t be caught dead doing self-help.”

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THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Erica Ferencik does not release until JAN. 10, 2017 but you NEED TO PREORDER THIS AMAZING THRILL-READ NOW!!! 




Length: 304 PAGES


Release Date: JANUARY 10, 2017

ISBN: 9781501143199  

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟  

* I received a free copy of this book through 
Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Drawn in by the book’s description, I began to read and immediately found myself able to relate to and to  empathize with the characters in THE RIVER AT NIGHT.

Pia, Win, Rachel and Sandra are all forty-something women who (like everyone I know) have busy lives. The four friends vacation together once a year, renewing their friendships and using the trips to briefly escape their everyday lives.

Pia is the adventurous one and has booked this year’s vacation – a whitewater rafting adventure on a remote river in Northern Maine. Despite their apprehension, the other women agree and their lives are forever changed.

ERICA FERENCIK is a master of pacing. This book moves FAST. There is never a lack of action and readers will find themselves quickly becoming engrossed in this dramatic tale.

I have actually been whitewater rafting (not in Maine) and I found that the author did a terrific job of capturing the mix of emotions that a first-time rafter experiences. From terror to euphoria and back once again to terror, the author relates every heart-pounding moment.

Also, I have to commend this author for her ability to hold the reader’s attention, not just through pacing, but also through exceptional word choice. Erica Ferencik seems to maintain the flow of the book effortlessly and that quality makes it incredibly easy to become absorbed in her prose.

When I first read the book’s description, I was concerned that it would end up being a female version of the hillbilly-rafting-trip-from-Hell movie: DELIVERANCE, but thankfully, that did not turn out to be true.

THE RIVER AT NIGHT is a heart-pounding, suspense filled, gem of a book. You will not be able to put it down. It pulls you in right from the first chapter and never lets you go.

My advice? Clear your calendar for a full 24 hours, grab a copy of this book and get comfy. You won’t regret it.

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟  


Simon & Schuster has published a Reader’s Guide for this book. It also contains information and sample questions for those who read this book with their own Book Club. To view the Reader’s Guide, CLICK HERE.


Photograph by Kate Hannon

Erica Ferencik is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Boston University. Her work has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio.

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An Amazing New Talent in Children’s Fiction – 5 Stars for MARCEL by Ada Akaltun – RELEASE DATE September 20th, 2016 

Title: MARCEL 


Illustrator: ADA AKALTUN

Type of Book: HARDCOVER


Length: 40 PAGES

Release Date: SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-909263-75-8

Price: $16.95 USD / £11.99 GBP / $24.50 CDN

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟   

I received a free hardcover copy of this book and a super-cute matching tote bag through the Goodreads Giveaway program.

Oh my goodness, this book is Adorable – with a capital “A”
Marcel is a French Bulldog pup who lives in New York City with his human. This book is an interesting look at family and change through the eyes of of a beloved pet. It is also a love letter to the city of New York.

This is clearly a children’s book, but there are amazing touches and details that will appeal to adult readers as well. For example, Marcel’s favorite bagel shop is called “Ruff and Sons” and his human sometimes takes him for pampering at “Mani’s Doggy Day Spa.”

The illustrations are simply perfect. They are both visually stunning and at the same time, they are full of whimsy.

The book is hardcover with a lovely blue and white striped cloth binding. The illustrations, both on the cover and on the interior pages are done with a matte finish which goes perfectly with this book’s style.

There is absolutely nothing that I disliked about this wonderful children’s book and for that reason I rate MARCEL by Ada Akaltun as 5 out of 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Judging by the picture at the end of the book, there is another “Marcel” book in the works and I will be waiting. I can’t wait to see what Marcel thinks of Paris.

Pre-Order Online at AMAZON.CA
Buy online at FLYING EYE BOOKS 


Eda is a New York based illustrator and printmaker from Istanbul.

Studying illustration at Central Saint Martins in London, Ada developed a love for traditional printmaking and collage, and began collecting paper ephemera, 50s fashion catalogues and old family photos to populate her increasingly detailed compositions.

 After obtaining an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins in 2010, she joined Heart Agency who began to represent her in both the UK and the US. Since then she has worked for a wide range of clients including Herman Miller, Bafta, Krug Champagne and Pentagram NY among others – as well as taking part in a variety of exhibitions internationally. Ada is also a founding contributor to Nobrow.

Ada’s Clients include:

Herman Miller – BAFTA – Krug Champagne – Pentagram NY – BFI Publishing – TIME – Smithsonian Magazine – The New York Times – Financial Times – Bloomberg Businessweek – Education First – Huffington Post – Nautilus – Therapy Today – The Guardian – New Scientist – Condé Nast Traveller – The Telegraph – American Way – Johns Hopkins Magazine – Faber & Faber – New York Magazine – Nobrow – V&A Museum – Time Out – GreenSource Magazine – Elle Canada – Bulletin – Brunswick Review – New Statesman – Harvard Business Review – Eye Magazine – Reader’s Digest – Wired – Der Freitag (Germany) – Nature Magazine – Washington Post – Stanford Social Innovation Review – Brummell

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A Must Read – THE SHIP TO NOWHERE by Rona Arato – COMING OCTOBER 4th, 2016 





Type of Book: PAPERBACK


Length: 176 PAGES


Release Date: OCTOBER 4, 2016

ISBN: 9781772600186

Price: $14.95 USD

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟   

* I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

THE SHIP TO NOWHERE is the true story of the voyage of the ship THE EXODUS 1947 from Sète, France to Palestine.

Eleven year old Rachel Fletcher has survived the Holocaust along with her mother and older sister. Sadly, her father was killed along with so many other Jewish people during World War II.

Emancipated from captivity, there are many displaced Jews who no longer feel that they are welcome back to their old lives. Many of them dream of returning to the Jewish Biblical Homeland of Palestine.

The people of Palestine are ready to receive any and all Jewish people who arrive on their shores.

Rachel and what is left of her family decide to join 4500 other Jews aboard the ship THE EXODUS 1947.

“They were going to Eretz Yisroel, the ancestral land of the Jewish people. There, for the first time in their lives, they could live freely and safely as Jews.” 

The conditions aboard the ship are crowded, but the refugees are hopeful of reaching their destination and finally feeling safe and welcome in a new land where they will be allowed to freely and openly practice their religion without fear of persecution.
Told in sparing prose that will appeal to the target readership  (ages 9-13) and filled with actual photographs from the harrowing voyage, this is a book worth buying.

 The photographs bring home the reality of the voyage much more vividly than words could possibly convey.

Middle-grade readers will be able to relate to the tale as it is told from the perspective of an eleven year old child. Adults who have yet heard this story will enjoy this book as well.

This story may seem not to be relevant to today’s world, but due to the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria, this story is exceedingly relevant. Millions of Syrian refugees are fleeing their war-torn homeland in search of a better, safer life for themselves and for their children – much the same as the Jews aboard THE SHIP TO NOWHERE.

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and I highly recommend it to all parents and educators. 


Purchase online  

Find out more about this book on GOODREADS  

To listen to the author read an excerpt from her book The Last Train click here.


RONA ARATO was born in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers in Canada and the United States. Rona is the award-winning author of 20 children’s books including The Last Train, a Holocaust Story.

She taught elementary school in Los Angeles and Toronto, adult creative writing for the Toronto District School Board, and has conducted business writing workshops for profit and non-profit organizations.

From 1994-1998, she was an interviewer for SURVIVORS OF THE SHOA, a Steven Spielberg project that recorded the histories of Holocaust survivors.

Rona Arato lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her husband, Paul.

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A HOUSE OF STICKS by Belinda Vasquez Garcia – A Memoir wothy of 5 Stars and One you won’t soon forget



Type of Book: EBOOK


Length: 222 PAGES


Release Date: JULY 6, 2016

ISBN: 9781534732049

Price: $13.99 USD (PAPERBACK)

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

* I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I found this memoir completely engrossing and utterly fascinating.

I grew up in a white middle-class neighborhood in a small town in Ontario, Canada. The author’s childhood may have taken place during the same time period as my own, but they could not have been more different.

Author Belinda Vasquez grew up poor. Now, when I say “poor” I do not mean that her family just did not get the latest toys, I am talking about actual poverty. The kind of poverty that meant they often went without ANY food. Fortunately for myself, I have never experienced true hunger, but Belinda woke up every morning with a gnawing hunger that would have made a grown man cry – nevermind a small child who did not know that there was any other way to live.

The summer before entering Grade 3, Belinda was given a copy of TOM SAWYER. She says that the book enchanted and mesmerized her. It was at that moment that she fell ” …madly in love with novels.” She writes: “What a revelation that anyone can write by painting images in people’s heads.” Before receiving the precious and life-changing novel, Belinda had only ever had access to two books – those books were a dictionary and the A/B copy of the encyclopedia.

It is not long after that that her brother, “Danny tells [her] about a magical place called a library with wall to wall books… [She becomes] as hungry for fiction as for food.”

Her family’s poverty and her mental and emotional escape through her love of reading are only small portions of the hard-knocks-life that Belinda lived during her formative years. This exceptionally well written book is her story.

The only complaint I have regarding A HOUSE OF STICKS is that it was over too soon. To my delight, I have discovered that there is to be a next installment and I can happily confirm that another book of Belinda’s memoirs is set to be released soon. The title to be-on-the-lookout-for is titled AFTER DADDY LEFT US and A HOUSE OF STICKS contains the cover reveal of that book as well as a short sneak peek at what it contains.

I rate A HOUSE OF STICKS as 5 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and I believe that anyone and everyone will enjoy this fascinating memoir that will grab you by the heartstrings and firmly take hold


Belinda was born in the Los Angeles area and, also, grew up in the Land of Enchantment in Albuquerque. She, also writes under the pen names Belinda Austin and/or B. Austin. She chose “Austin” because it was her mother’s maiden name.

She says that she has always been a nerd. She has a degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico and worked as a Software Engineer and Web Developer for many years. The only tech work she does now is on her own website, along with graphics for her books. 

She has mixed her extensive knowledge of technology with her  novelist skills to write a fantastical book entitled “Alicia’s Misadventures in Computer Land.”

Belinda has a strong Native American influence from her youth.

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