EVERY LITTLE EVIL by DC Farmer is an entertaining and often hilarious romp through urban fantasy fiction.  

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Title: EVERY LITTLE EVIL

Series: THE HIPPOSYNC ARCHIVES – BOOK 0

Author: D.C. FARMER    

Type of Book: EBOOK

Genre: HUMOROUS URBAN FANTASY FICTION

Length: 66 PAGES

Publisher: WYRMWOOD BOOKS

Release Date: MAY 29, 2016 

ISBN: 9780993273469

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Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 


FROM THE INTRODUCTION:

On the banks of the canal in Jericho, Oxford, sits a very ordinary-looking commercial property with a sign that says, “Hipposync Enterprises, Dealers in Rare Books & Manuscripts.”

Many people have read that sign and moved on, pausing only to wonder if such a shabby concern is still in business. But behind that careworn facade lives something else altogether. Something strange and arcane and vital to the security of the country and…yes, very probably the world.

So what do they really do in Hipposync Enterprises?

This book is the first in a series recounting  the cases plucked from their archives.

Ready?

Then buckle up. 


MY REVIEW: 


This book is the first of a series called HIPPOSYNC ENTERPRISES.

This novella is a wonderful introduction to the author’s world. In the real world (the one us humans inhabit) the Minister for Internal Affairs, Sebastian O’Hoy (known to the tabloids as SoHo) has disappeared from his highly secure home and seems to have vanished into thin air. “They are certain he did not leave the premises last night, but there is no sign of him this morning … There were symbols scrawled on the bedroom wall in what appears to be blood…”

Because of the strange symbols on the wall, the Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland decides that he needs to call the DOF – The Department of Fimmigration. “The DOF’s real function, of course, was to monitor the comings and goings of their own people, those Fae (Homo Elementus) who wanted to try their luck in a world where their own toned-down supernatural skills might be of some use.”

Captain Kylah Porter is a Fae and she is put in charge of finding the wayward Minister. The local police liason assigned to work with her thinks the DOF is a joke and that the regular police do not need their help. Kylah is sure that the disappearance has something to do with the Fae.

To that end, she travels to the hidden realm that most humans do not believe exists. It is a place where “Self-Stacking cutlery, bottomless drinking mugs, stay-warm toilet seats – all were a reality of daily life.”

What follows is part mystery, part comedy, part thriller and even part love story. All these parts add up to one highly entertaining read.

My favorite line in the novella is the author’s description of the facade of the building that houses Hipposync Enterprises, Dealers in Rare Books & Manuscripts (which is actually the Headquarters of the DOF).


“Its roots were exemplified by ornate signage: a hanging board with more calligraphic curlicues than a Christina Aguilera wig.”

There is also a character in the story named Mr. Viarga, who “… stood beneath them with a wooden ruler pointing hither and thither.” Get it? Viarga – wood? Ha ha!

I enjoyed this quick read and it has piqued my interest in the Hipposync Enterprises Series. I am not usually a fan of urban fantasy as it all seems the same to me, but EVERY LITTLE EVIL breaks the mold and creates its own niche genre.

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars for pure ingenuity and uniqueness. I am now a fan of author D.C. Farmer.

I recommend this book to people who enjoy such reads as Piers Anthony’s Xanth series. Plus, the book is FREE, so you have nothing to lose.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 


Once a successful doctor of medicine, DC Farmer now works two days a week for the NHS and, thanks to the wonders of Krudian physics, the other nine days a week for Hipposync Enterprises, as a scribe.

Hipposync was established in the early fourteenth century as a purveyor and publisher of rare books, the sort of stuff you are not able to get elsewhere and which contains information as varied as how to guard your castle against the Hordes of Maltasub using Harpie blood and tar, and how to change a beetle into a useful toothpick.

DC’s role in documenting the work of the Fimmigration Service  has, over the years, led to the realization that the world needs to know. Moreover, if he doesn’t tell someone soon he is going to burst. So, within the pages of his books  you will find actual accounts of the splendid work of the Fimmigration Service, beginning with The 400 Lb Gorilla.

DC Farmer is alive and well in darkest Wales.

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TERROR’S END describes the life, crimes and trial of Canadian Serial Killer – Alan Legere

Title: TERROR’S END

Subtitle: ALLAN LEGERE ON TRIAL

Authors: RICK MacLEAN, ANDRÉ VENOIT and SHAUN WATERS

Type of Book: PAPERBACK

Genre: TRUE CRIME, NON-FICTION, CANADIAN CRIME 

Length: 358 PAGES

Publisher: MCCLELLAND & STEWART INC.  

Release Date: 1992

ISBN: 0-7710-5595-1

Price: $6.99 CDN (IN 1992) 

Rating: 3 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟

Serial killer Allan Legere, who was already in prison for one murder, escaped from custody in May 1989 and killed four more people during a 201-day manhunt. (CBC)


When we think of serial killers, we generally think of them as being a United States problem. ( I apologize to my US based readets, but it is true).

Most people (especially Canadians) would  NOT think of Canada, which is famous all over the world for its friendliness and peaceful nature, as a hotbed of criminal depravity  – a fact that I am immensely proud of being a born and bred Canadian.

Until reading this book, I would have said that there were only two Canadian Serial Killers that I could think of; those being Robert Pickton from British Columbia who murdered prostitutes that he picked up on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia and the disgusting piece of filth that is Paul Bernardo who definitely deserved the death penalty (if it had been available in Canada.) So, when I began reading this book and learned of Alan Legere I was very surprised.

When I think of New Brunswick and the people who live there, I think of gorgeous scenery, lakes, the ocean, and amazingly courteous and helpful people. I have visited New Brunswick many times and I love it. Even in the cities, people are friendly and accommodating. It is difficult to fathom that a serial killer was born and bred in such a wonderful province. However, that is exactly what happened.

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Allan Joseph Legere was born and raised in the Miramichi area of New Brunswick. His reign of terror over the people of that area took place in and around 1986. 

One of the mugshots taken of Serial Killer Alan Legere

 This book contains so many spelling and grammatical errors that I feel like the publisher of this book should be ashamed of themselves. I assume that the reason for these errors was that they rushed the book through the publication process in order to get it onto newsstands and into bookstores as quickly as possible so as to take advantage of the public’s intense interest in the case at the time. However, in my opinion, there is simply no excuse for the sheer number of typos and spelling errors. It is RIDICULOUS.

Aside from the errors, the book seems to encompass the complete details of the crimes themselves, as well as what took place in the courtroom.

Official courtroom sketch made during Legere’s trial

Official Jury Sketch from the trial

The authors also managed to adequately convey the feelings of fear that the residents of the Miramichi area felt at the time the crimes were occurring as well as the anger and outrage citizens felt once the horrific details were released.

I also want to mention my disdain for Alan Legere on a personal note. Yes, he killed multiple people, but in my opinion he was / is a cowardly piece of scum. He chose elderly people as easy targets (probably because he knew he might be overpowered by younger, stronger opponents. He even murdered a elderly priest who had never wronged anyone in the ultimate act of cowardice. 

All in all, the book did hold my interest most of the time, but the details were so tediously described in some passages that I felt my attention wandering and set the book down for days on end.


It is for the reasons outlined above that I have chosen to give this book only 3 out of 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟

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THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY by Susan Rivers is one of the best historical fiction books that I have ever read. Coming in January – MARK YOUR CALENDARS or PPRE-ORDER NOW.

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Title: THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY    

Author: SUSAN RIVERS  

Type of Book: HARDCOVER

Genre: HISTORICAL FICTION

Length: 272 PAGES

Publisher: ALGONQUIN BOOKS  

Release Date: JANUARY 10, 2017

ISBN: 9781616205812

Price: $25.95 USD

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟   

I love that this book is unique in that the story is told entirely through letters, diary entries and court documents. It lends an intimacy and  believability to the story that would otherwise be impossible to achieve.

This is an actual photo of a civil war letter.

The story is set in South Carolina during and after the American Civil War.

Photo obtained from http://www.civilwar.org

Through letters we learn of how unique a period of history those years were. Marriages were made within days of meeting and men went off to war leaving their young, inexperienced brides at home to tend to properties and farms of which they knew next to nothing as was the case of Major Hockaday and his young bride; Placidia. 

But, those trials were nothing when compared to something that the men who went off to war had barely considered; the vulnerability their wives and children to theives, army deserters and rogues of all kinds.

The choice of crafting an entire novel mostly through letters lends itself to revealing the authentic voices of the charcters in the book. In fact, I found myself so immersed in the story that I felt I had been transported back in time to this dark period in America’s history.

This compelling narrative details a time when slavery was slowly (ever so slowly) disappearing as it became apparent that the South were destined to lose the war and to a time when men felt that it was their patriotic duty to fight for their beliefs. It also follows the gradual change in the belief system of the main character – Placidia and how, over time through the  education of life unsheltered by her father’s influence and money, her beliefs begin to change.

The story also does a credible job of describing the lives of slaves during that time. Readers cannot help but be drawn in to their plight even while understanding the need of their white owners to have them available as labourers in order for their farms to survive.

Photo obtained from Pinterest “Lest We Forget Slavery Museum”


THE SECOND MRS HOCKADAY
is at heart the story of a couple and their desire to create a life together despite the multitude of hardships they each endure. It is a story of resilience and hope despite the fact that their futures often seemed to be in doubt. In fact, I found the book haunting in it’s intensity and I was literally unable to put it down.

This book is exceptionally well researched and was inspired by a true story. Author Susan Rivers deserves every literary accolade that is sure to be coming her way.

I feel both humbled and blessed that the publisher (Algonquin Books) through Netgalley chose me to be an advance reader of this story and I will not be surprised when this book hits the Bestseller lists upon it’s official release. I also believe that this book will receive an abundance of literary awards upon publication.

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves not only terrific historical fiction, but a truly great read. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟  

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SUSAN RIVERS says “Language is my life.”

Susan began as a playwright, receiving the Julie Harris Playwriting Award and the New York Drama League Award, working as an NEA Writer-in-Residence in San Francisco, and being named as a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award for British and American Women Playwrights. She is a veteran of the Playwrights Festival at Sundance Institute for the Arts and the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and has crossed the country working on productions and workshops of her plays.

Fiction became Susan’s focus after starting her family and moving to the Carolinas in 1995.  She holds an MFA in Fiction-writing from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and was awarded a Regional Artist Grant from the Arts and Sciences Council there.  Since 2009, she and her husband have made their home in a small town in South Carolina, where stray animals and stories are thick on the ground.  (None are turned away.)  

Susan teaches English at a university in the upstate region of South Carolina and values her daily interactions with bright young men and women.

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Buried Secrets

by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Mystery, Thriller, YA, Suspense

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Synopsis: How do you live with yourself when you don’t even know who you are?

On a chill October night, a girl goes missing setting the small town of Oakridge on edge. James has spent the last five years running from a past that still haunts him to this day. Now he finds himself thrust back into a life he thought he left behind. Finding out his new home may be haunted and reconnecting with an old friend while being thrust into a murder mystery, James finds himself trying to figure out which end is up while questioning his own sanity.

**AUTHOR’S NOTE** Buried Secrets is a New Adult, mystery thriller with very little romance but heavy on the suspense.

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EXCERPT – PROLOGUE

Fall crept in like a burglar while the town slept. It brought with it a chill that felt refreshing after one of the hottest summers on Oakridge record. A slight, sticky fog hung in the air and evidence of Halloween was on nearly every doorstep in the form of carved jack-o-lanterns. Skeletons hung on doors, and festive orange lights draped roofs. Leaves coated the ground, wet and matted to the sidewalks and streets.

James breathed in the cool air that stung his nose just a bit. He loved when school let out at the end of the day. He never could wait to get out of the confines of the small, overcrowded classrooms. Even now he couldn’t fully escape it. Classmates of his walked and ran the same mile stretch he was, laughing and talking about anything and everything. Right now, he knew the junior high girl and her friend from his science class walking a few feet behind him were debating the hotness of Tommy Henderson, the varsity basketball player for Oakridge High. Everyone knew him, and everyone loved him. He was going to take the team to the championships. Probably would graduate and take some college to their championship, too. Something the whole town could be proud of. 

They met a few years ago when James was playing in the woods. AJ found him digging for worms—he’d been on a mission, wanting to teach himself how to fish, to live off the land like the people from ancient times—and he’d offered to help. AJ had run off, leaving James to sit and wonder where he had come from—he hadn’t heard him approach in the first place. He returned cupping a handful of water in his palms. He’d dumped the liquid in the hole James had dug, and moments later, worms began squirming to the surface. 

They became fast friends. James kept their friendship a secret. He wasn’t sure why exactly, except that AJ was his only friend, and he wanted to keep him all for himself. If he told someone, they might want to meet him, then the magic might go away. So they spent all that summer collecting worms and pretending to be hunters in the deep woods behind Oakridge Park. When summer break was over and school was back in session, James was disappointed to find that AJ wasn’t in any of his classes. In fact, he wasn’t in any classes in the school. No one heard of him. 

He finally broke and told his mom and dad about him one evening over dinner, because he was worried about AJ and needed to share him with someone, so he could feel close to him again. Like if he kept him a secret, and didn’t see him, then he wouldn’t be real anymore. It was an odd way to look at it, he knew, but he hadn’t ever had a friend quite like AJ. He was fun and daring and super inventive, and he liked James, flaws and all. 

So when he told his parents about AJ, they were happy for him. His mom said he probably just missed him in the halls. The schools weren’t huge, but they were big enough to lose someone in. His dad said that AJ probably just went to a different school. Maybe in the next town over, since no one knew him here. That settled it for a bit, and the next time James saw AJ, which was at the park just after sunset one evening when James was on his way home from skipping rocks in the small stream in the woods, he asked him about it. AJ had told him that both theories were wrong. He lived a few miles west through the woods and his mom homeschooled him. He said his dad did some sort of factory work in the next town, which was just enough to pay the bills and put food on the table, according to him. It was only then that James realized AJ didn’t wear the best of clothes, and he wasn’t as kempt as James was. But that didn’t make any difference to him. In fact, he felt closer to AJ than ever before. Finally, he had found someone who would never judge him. Someone who could truly understand him. 

So when Mercy Worthington fell into step with him, James’s heart beat a rapid tempo and his stomach turned to knots.

“Hi,” she said in a very delicate, but cheerful voice.

James stared at the ground and muttered a hello, but he couldn’t get up the nerve to really look at her.

“I’m Mercy. You’re James, right? James Clearwater. I think my dad works with yours at old man Jenson’s. He does the proofs, doesn’t he?”

James nodded. His dad worked at Jenson Design Studio where he developed photographs in one of the two darkrooms. His dad had big dreams of one day owning his own studio and becoming a famous photographer. Mercy’s dad was a set designer. James knew everything there was to know about Mercy and her family, and not just because the whole town knew who her family was, but because he paid attention and took notes. James was in love with Mercy Worthington, and had been since the third grade when she’d taken a job behind the lunch counter for a day and handed him a carton of 2% with that big, white smile of hers trained squarely on him. She was a senior at the high school, which made her five years older than James, who was thirteen now and in the seventh grade.

Today, like every day, she was radiant. Her dull blond hair waved gently behind her as the breeze caught it and when he found the nerve to look up at her, he found her green eyes smiling on him. 

He was going to marry her one day.

“I thought so,” she said, grinning. She took in their surroundings. “Do you take this route every day?” He nodded. “I’ve never seen you, and I walk this way every day. How come I’ve never seen you?”

He shrugged. “I dunno.” He felt awkward and short on words. He stuffed his hands in his pockets.

“You don’t talk much, do you?” 

He glanced at her and caught her teasing smile. He smiled back, feeling a little of the tension leave his shoulders. Why was she being so nice to him? A part of him felt like this must be a trick, but when he looked around, he only saw other kids from school walking silently or in small groups or pairs, chatting quietly. Could she really be interested in him? The only kids besides AJ that talked to him were the ones who poked fun of his clothes or his haircut, his slight lisp or the way he tripped over his own feet. She probably just felt sorry for him. He had heard of that before, girls who felt sorry for the underdog and took pity on them. Normally, he would get mad at being a charity case, but right now he couldn’t care less. Someone other than his family knew he existed. Mercy Worthington knew he existed. Suddenly, he didn’t feel like a shadow slinking around in the world unnoticed anymore. 

“So how long have you lived in Oakridge, James?” Mercy asked, as they crossed the street.

“My whole life,” he replied.

She nodded. “Do you have any friends? I never see you with anyone.”

He shrugged. “Some.” He didn’t want to look like too much of a loser.

“What about a girlfriend, do you have one of those?”

He felt himself blush. “No.”

“I know what your dad does for a living. So what does your mom do?”

“She likes to garden, but no one pays her for it,” he said. His dad was old-fashioned and believed that the wife should be home with the kids while the husband went out and provided for the family.

“That’s cool,” she said. “My mom is a painter. Sometimes she sells her art to the museum or to some person with lots of money. She’s pretty successful. I was thinking of painting when I get out of college. What about you? Do you know what you want to do after college?”

Honestly, James wasn’t sure he even wanted to go to college. His dad never pushed the notion, insisting that he wouldn’t amount to much more than a gas-station  attendant anyway. He wanted to be an astronaut when he was little, like most boys that age did, then he switched to a fireman after a class field trip to the fire station in fifth grade. Now, he just wasn’t sure what he wanted. 

“I’m not sure,” he said honestly. “Maybe I’ll just travel across the world for a while and live off the land until I figure it out.” That had been a dream of his and AJ’s, to hitch rides all over the country with nothing but a backpack and a few dollars in their wallet. 

Her face lit up with excitement. “That is so cool that you said that. I always dreamed of seeing the world, but my dad said that education comes first. I will have all the time in the world to do what I want after I get my ducks in a row.”

James wasn’t sure he believed that, but he kept his mouth shut.

Heavy footsteps approached from behind and moments later a big, strong arm wrapped around Mercy’s shoulder. Tommy Henderson had arrived. 

“Hey, babe.” Tightening his grip on her neck, he pulled her in for a sloppy kiss.

“Hey,” she said when she came up for air. “Tommy, this is James. His dad works with my dad. He’s going to travel across the world one day.” She said this with a grin that made James’ stomach flutter a little. 

Tommy sized James up, and James knew he was trying to figure out where he knew him from. James knew him from the many times he “accidentally” knocked his books from his hands, and “inadvertently” tore up his homework. James was afraid if he recognized him, he might have to endure another embarrassing moment involving colorful adjectives and descriptive threats, and he just didn’t want to be made a fool of in front of a girl like Mercy Worthington. 

He hung his head, allowing a few scraggly scraps of hair to shield his eyes.

“Travel the world, huh? Like a hobo or something?” He laughed, his deep, belly rolling chortle that made all the girls weak in the knees. James thought it made him look and sound stupid. “What are you hanging out with this joker for? He’s like two feet tall. I could smash him with my pinkie.”

James felt his finger press down on the crown of his head in demonstration.

“Hey,” Tommy said, putting himself between James and Mercy. “You trying to steal my girlfriend?”

“Stop picking on him, Tommy,” Mercy snapped.

Tommy sneered at James, then his features smoothed, and he turned on a smile for Mercy. “Whatever you say, babe. Just making sure the boy understands there’s no competition. You’re my girl, aren’t you, babe?”

Mercy rolled her eyes. “Of course, Tommy.”

They had come to a fork in the road where James’ house was to the left and Mercy’s to the right. “I’ll see you around, James,” Mercy told him, smiling apologetically.

“Yeah, see ya,” Tommy said, then ruffled James’ hair like he was some little kid.

James watched after them as they turned and walked off. After a few feet, Tommy turned to face James. “And, James.” James raised a questioning brow. “Stay away from my girl.”

Mercy punched Tommy in the side playfully, and he laughed, tugging her closer as they resumed walking. James felt his body begin to shake. He was angry. At that moment, he wanted to beat Tommy Henderson until his arms were too weak to continue. For the first time in his miserable existence, James thought he felt angry enough to kill. 

As the sun set, the day turned bitter cold, and the rain had moved in. It was sheeting down now, and Mercy’s shoes were soaking wet as her feet beat through every puddle. She was running, the rain pouring down her face in rivers, filling her eyes and blinding her to her path. Someone was chasing her. 

She’d decided to walk home after an evening at her boyfriend, Tommy’s, house, and almost as soon as she rounded the first street corner, she felt someone following her. The shadowy figure kept pace for a couple of blocks, then steadily picked up pace, until Mercy broke out running…and so did they. 

She was crossing the park playground now, and she could just make out the hill ahead. Her house was just over that hill, and if she could make it, she could get help. As her feet slipped, trying to find purchase on the soft, mud covered ground, Mercy could feel her muscles begin to cramp and burn with exhaustion. Against her will, she was slowing. When her feet hit the loose bark covering the playground, Mercy did slip. She caught herself with her hands and scrambled to her feet, pushing herself harder until she finally reached the bottom of the hill. There she used her hands, her fingers digging into the grass, and pulled herself up until she could look over and beyond to her house. The lights inside were a warm beacon, and she felt a sudden urgency come over her. 

As she came to her feet, Mercy heard a muffled thud, and glanced over her shoulder. It was a mistake that she wouldn’t live to regret.

The shadow stood before her, and to her surprise, she recognized the dark figure.

“What do you want from me!”

A visual sweep revealed something big and heavy looking in their hand, and with quick precision, the shadow raised its arm high in the air and brought it down hard. A slow trickle of blood broke through her hairline and ran down her forehead, then her face and dripped off her chin. A second blow caused it to grow thicker and run faster and Mercy fell to her knees, then finally her face, where her eyes focused and glazed over and her breaths faded away to nothing. And still the shadow hit her, until all the fury, all the anger subsided.  

Her last vision was that of the warm yellow glow coming from the living room window where her mother and father, sister and brother sat watching the evening news and waiting for her to come walking in the door any moment.

Stooping down, the figure wrapped its cold, wet fingers around Mercy’s ankles and pulled, slipping frequently under the girl’s slight weight as it dragged her lifeless body into the copse of oak trees beyond the playground. Come morning, when the sun broke through the clouds, children would run and play, never knowing the horrors of what happened just a short distance away. 

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J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Jeffrey Archer – SINS OF THE FATHER – Review of Book Two of the Bestselling Series THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES – A 5 Star Read 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

Title: THE SINS OF THE FATHER



Series: BOOK TWO OF THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES

Author: JEFFREY ARCHER       

Type of Book: PAPERBACK

Genre: HISTORICAL FICTION

Length: 339 PAGES

Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN – A division of MACMILLAN PUBLISHERS LTD

Release Date: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-250-03903-3

Price: $16.99 USD / $19.50 CAN

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟  

First off I have to admit that I have not read book one in the Clifton Chronicles series. I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. Fortunately for me, it was not necessary to have read the first book to understand and to enjoy THE SINS OF THE FATHER. 

Historical fiction is exceptionally difficult to write, especially if it includes specific years when significant events have taken place as is the case with this book. However, Jeffrey Archer is a professional and he is able to convincingly write about the time period in question.

This series has been referred to as: “Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international bestselling author.” And it is easy to understand why.

The book begins in 1939 on the docks of New York City. Harry Clifton has decided to take on a new identity in order to cut all ties to his past. He chooses to call himself Tom Bradshaw (the name of a fellow shipmate who died at sea) but little did he know that he chose the wrong person to impersonate.

Upon arrival on the docks, he is immediately arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

 When Sefton Jelks, a famous (and usually expensive) lawyer, offers his services for free, Harry has little choice but to accept his advice since he has no money. After Harry is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks disappears, and the only way for Harry to prove his innocence would be to reveal his true identity which  he has sworn not to do. He knows that in order to set free the woman he loves, he must let everyone back in England believe that he died at sea. 

Harry begins serving out his prison sentence unaware that Emma (the woman he loves more than anything else) has given birth to a son – his son.

Emma refuses to believe that Harry is dead and travels to New York to try to prove her theory.

This novel revolves around secrets – both personal and familial and gives reader a glimpse into the lives of those on both sides of the ocean both before and during World War II.

“The Sins of the Father bears all the characteristic twists of a classic Archer novel, and leaves readers wanting more.”

The author does an amazing job of explaining the backstory so that it did not matter that I had not read the first book. Jeffrey Archer has a gift for drawing readers into the story and making them care about what happens to them. This is especially true of the character Emma Barrington. It is impossible not to admire her dedication and fortitude during a time in history when women were often not taken seriously.

Because of the astonishing amount of detail and the obvious amount of research that must have gone into writing this book and the amazing character development, I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Watch a video in which Author Jeffrey Archer talks about THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES:

  https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=Y7nK1_6Tp00   


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

It has often been said that Jeffrey Archer’s own story would make an international bestseller. He was born in London, brought up in Somerset, the son of a printer, and educated at Wellington School, and Brasenose College, Oxford.

After leaving Oxford he was elected to the Greater London Council, and three years later at the age of 29, he became Member of Parliament for Louth. After five years in the Commons and a promising political career ahead of him, he invested heavily in a Canadian company called Aquablast, on the advice of the Bank of Boston. The company went into liquidation, and three directors were later sent to jail for fraud. Left on the brink of bankruptcy, he resigned from the House of Commons.

Aged 34, determined to repay his creditors in full, he sat down to write his first novel Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less. Written at the home of his former Oxford Principal, it was taken up by the Literary Agent, Debbie Owen, and sold to 17 countries within a year. It was also made into a successful serial for BBC Radio 4, and was later televised in 1990 by the BBC.

Since then, Jeffrey Archer has produced over 25 published titles and sold over 270 million copies around the world, in 97 countries and more than 37 languages. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (eighteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

Jeffrey’s latest project is a seven-book saga called the Clifton Chronicles. Book One, Only Time Will Tell, published in 2011, topped the charts around the world, spending 12 weeks at No.1 in India. Books two, The Sins of the Father published in March 2012, and three, Best Kept Secret published in March 2013, also went straight to No.1 in the UK, India, Australia and South Africa. The fourth book in the series, Be Careful What You Wish For, came out in hardback in March 2014, and spent twelve weeks in the top 10—four of them at #1—on the Sunday Times Best Seller list, and also went to #1 in Australia, India, and South Africa.

Jeffrey Archer was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from September 1985 until November 1986. In 1991, he was co-ordinator for the Campaign for Kurdish Relief, and he is also an amateur charity auctioneer. Jeffrey Archer was made a Life Peer in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1992.

Jeffrey has been married for 48 years to Dame Mary Archer DBE, who is Chairman of the Science Museum. They have two sons, William and James, and two grandsons, and divide their time between homes in London, Cambridge and Mallorca.

To learn more about this author visit the following links:

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WADE’S WIGGLY ANTLERS is an adorable book for ages 3 to 7 – COMING IN 2017 

Title: WADE’S WIGGLY ANTLERS

Author: LOUISE BRADFORD    

Illustrator: CHRISTINE BATTUZ  

Genre: CHILDREN’S BOOK

Length: 32 PAGES

Publisher: KIDS CAN PRESS – A DIVISION OF CORUS ENTERTAINMENT     

Release Date: MAY 2, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-77138-615-9 (HARDCOVER)

Price: $16.95 USD / $17.95 CDN

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

Wade is a young moose who discovers one morning that his antlers are “wiggly”.

He is very worried about his antlers falling off because he uses them for so many different things, so he decides to try to stop his antlers from falling off.

In the end, Wade has to learn to accept that he is growing up and that with growing up comes change. He also realizes that change just might not be so bad after all.

The illustrations in this children’s book are simply adorable. I love how the different animals are depicted and that they are not so stylized as to be unrecognizable which I see all too often in children’s books.

There is also a message found in this story that is something every child needs to learn and that is that change is inevitable and that it is not necessarily a bad thing.

I rate this children’s book as 5 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free ARC (Advance Review Copy) copy of this book.

Pre-Order online at INDIGO.CA


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

LOUISE BRADFORD loves to spend time outdoors and in the woods. She wrote this story after spotting a young moose (similar to Wade) on a camping trip at LAKE SUPERIOR PROVINCIAL PARK.

Louise’s other stories have been produced by CBC RADIO and CBC TELEVISION.

She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where she writes speeches for grown-ups.

Louise is a member of the Writers Guild of CanadaCANSCAIP, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Canada East).  

To learn more about this author visit the following links:

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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

CHRISTINE BATTUZ was born in France and received her Masters of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia in Italy.

Christine has illustrated over sixty children’s books, and has taught art to children of all ages.

Christine loves camping near mountains and rivers – especially with her husband and their son. She currently lives in Bromont, Quebec, Canada.

View more books illustrated by Christine Battuz HERE

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HOW TO RAISE A SMART-ASS BLOG TOUR

Book Details:

Book TitleHow to Raise a Smart Ass: Parenting That Should Not Be Tried at Home by Lucia Walinchus
Category:  Adult Nonfiction, 119 pages
Genre:  Parenting. Non-fiction memoir, Humor
Publisher:  Pronoun Books
Release date:  August 2016
Available for review in:  ebook: mobi (for Kindle), ePub,  PDF, gifted KIndle
Tour dates:  Oct 24 to Nov 4, 2016
Content Rating: PG (Some mild swearing, descriptions of labor. No f-words, sex scenes, drugs, etc.)

Book Description:

How to Raise a Smart Ass is a funny, witty, rollicking ride through the joys of early parenthood. The so-titled “Best Butt Wiper in the World” delights audiences by recounting tales of ninja nurses, naughty knights, and super-duper poopers. Whether you’re a proud parent or you aspire to populate the world with tiny terrors of your own someday, this book will have you laughing out loud, or at a minimum buying lots of sanitizer. Kids are messy.


Meet the Author:

Lucia Walinchus is an award-winning journalist, author and ice hockey addict. She has written more than 500 articles for various publications throughout her career and was recently named to the 2016 Fulbright Berlin Capital Program. She has been featured as a guest speaker on CNN and is a contracted freelancer for the New York Times. Walinchus currently lives in Oklahoma because she enjoys wide, flat golf courses that make her think she isn’t actually that bad. 

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter 

COMING SOON – BUTTERFLY BONES by Rebecca Carpenter 4 Stars for a truly unique YA novel

Title: BUTTERFLY BONES
Author: REBECCA L. CARPENTER 

Type of Book: EBOOK

Genre: YOUNG ADULT FICTION, SCIENCE, OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA 

Length: 248 PAGES

Publisher: LAKEWATER PRESS  
Release Date: NOVEMBER 28, 2016

ISBN: 9780994451170

Price: $3.99 USD

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Bethany should not be alive.

Bethany had been born with a rare bone disease known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta – more commonly referred to as O.I.

Her doctors did not expect her to survive and had sent her home to die.

However, between the butterflies and her scientist father, Bethany defied the odds – she lived.

Now 15 years old, Bethany can’t wait to graduate high school and get the heck out of her town where she is bullied relentlessly. However, the butterflies might just have an agenda of their own.

This story reminds us all of the incredible power of mother nature.

MY REVIEW:

So, what attracted my interest to this book was not what would draw most people. I wanted to read this book because of the fact that the lead character had Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

Why?

The answer to that is simple. I have three sister-in-laws who have different degrees of Osteogenesis Imperfecta. (Yes, it runs in families.) This disease is not one that you hear about very often and most people mistake it with Osteoarthritis or Osteoporosis. It is much more severe and life-altering than either of those other two diseases.


To learn more about Osteogenesis Imperfecta visit 
www.oif.org 

Anyway, on to my thoughts about this book. I enjoyed this Young Adult book because of a few different things. I liked that it highlighted Bethany’s bullying, but I found it difficult to believe that most people  (even teenagers) would stand by – or worse, take part in bullying someone who was so obviously disabled. I guess I have more faith in people than I should. But, it is good that the issue of bullying was addressed. 

As to the main storyline where Bethany’s father uses butterfly DNA to strengthen Bethany’s body; I loved it. The concept was original and I loved the twist. I definitely did not see it coming.

I rate thisbook as 4 out of 5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟 and I recommend it to Young Adult readers.

  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rebecca Carpenter is a native of western Colorado. She is married with two grown children and has been blessed with four amazing grandchildren.

She owns and directs a large childcare center where she shares her love for books.

In her spare time, she freelances as a copy editor, helping others attain their writing dreams.

She finds solace and clarity while spending time with her husband exploring the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

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MRS by Noa Grey is perfection in Chick Lit. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but most of all it will make you stay up all night reading. 5 Stars. 

Title: MRS

Author: NOA GREY     

Type of Book: EBOOK  

Genre: ROMANCE, LGBTQIA, WOMEN’S FICTION

Length: 271 PAGES

Publisher: THE STUDIOa Paper Lantern Lit Imprint 

Release Date: AUGUST 16, 2016

ISBN: 978-15312-867-9-8

Price: $6.99 USD

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Upon her death, Hope Jackson left millions of women without the self-help guidance they had relied on for years.


“‘She was everything to me,’ Lois Montgomery of Evanston confessed today. ‘I don’t know how I’m going to go on without her.’ Millions of her peers are in the same boat. A virtual nation lost without the guidance of one savvy, scrappy, and indefatigable woman who was well ahead of her time.”

Mims, Rory and Sarah in particular need answers. What the heck are they going to do now that the reknowned love-sex-marriage guru is gone?

Rory has just been laid off from her position at HEART AND HOME – a woman’s magazine and “She barely had enough money in her checking account to pay for lunch, much less life.” To top off the crapiest day of her life, her divorced boyfriend had decided to go back to his wife – leaving Rory with no job, no boyfriend, no money and a huge amount of credit card debt.

Mims is having an extremely difficult time moving forward after the death of her daughter, Daria. Mim’s husband had found solace in religion, but Mims does not share in his belief that religion is the answer especially since they used to attend church as a family and just being there reminds her too much of Daria. To make matters worse, she suspects that her husband might be having an affair. Married for thirty years, she has no idea how to move forward with her life.

Sarah’s husband is in jail. Turns out he embezzled a lot of money. Now, all her supposed “friends” at the Country Club who live in McMansions just like the one she lives in, have begun to snub her. After clawing her way up in the world from the trailer park where she was raised, she has two sons, no job and she might just lose everything if the law decides to take her home as restitution for her husband’s misdeeds. She is floundering and her future is uncertain.

What the heck are they going to do?

Hope Jackson always said: “Ain’t nobody gonna take care of you the way you can take care of yourself.” But can these women find a way to follow her advice.

Reading this book proves that you can’t judge a person based on outward appearances and will have you looking at those around you in a different and more empathetic light.

This book is hilarious at times and heart-wrenching at other times. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. But most of all it will keep you entertained from beginning to end.


I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Noa Grey is an author, mama and writing teacher. 

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two sons.

Noa also writes fiction under the name Zoe Fishman.

On Paper Lantern Lit’s blog is a 7 question mini interview with Noa Grey. Here are the questions they asked her as well as her entertaining answers. 

QUESTION 1. If you were a dessert, what would you be?


ANSWER
= Key lime pie.


QUESTION 2.
What’s the next place on your travel Bucket List?


ANSWER
= Italy!


QUESTION 3.
Which actress would you want to play you in the biopic of your life?


ANSWER
= Kathryn Hahn.


QUESTION 4.
What book has inspired your writing the most?


ANSWER
= Reading TURTLE MOON by Alice Hoffman as a teenager made me want to be a writer.


QUESTION 5.
Who is your secret cartoon crush?


ANSWER
= Sheriff Woody Pride.


QUESTION 6.
Favorite TV show right now?


ANSWER
= Veep.


QUESTION 7
. When you were six years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?


ANSWER
= An actress.
You can see the original interview post HERE 

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