Fairy Dinosaur, by Rose E. Hils is a playful children’s story that teaches kids the importance of following their dreams. The book shows a cute fairy dinosaur presenting the many enjoyable careers to pursue. This magnificent book is filled with colorful art and an adorable dinosaur in various funny and charming situations. Children will have a fun time learning about different ways to make the world a better place.
What I liked most about Fairy Dinosaur was the simple but animated hand-drawn illustrations that pop with vibrant water-colors. Every page has some delightful bit of imagery and is filled with color, allowing the reader to better visualize each job and guarantees that this book will capture a child’s imagination. The rhyming throughout the story makes it easier to read and much more engaging. The book can help any kid find a hobby, and maybe a future career!
Fairy Dinosaur is a fun story that educates children about different careers and hobbies. It’s an easy read, and is filled with adorable characters!
Pages: 28 | ASIN: B08NTS71M8
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How Ferris Wolfe Got Fired is a memorable story about the intricacies of working for a corporation, in this case it is ‘Aquatic Hobbyist.’ The novella focuses on different perspectives within the company and the building where the company resides. The different perspectives give you insight of how unhappy people actually are working for this company. I really enjoyed this evocative story and couldn’t help but empathize with Ferris. Just as soon as he had tried his best in raising the company’s numbers and then being recognized with this accomplishment, he is fired for an incident that occurs in the office. Just as he is about to rejoice in his triumph he is quickly shot down and blamed for a lot of the actions that his employees partake in.
The reality of this intriguing story is how the most dedicated workers are punished, despite their devotion to their occupation, just like Wolfe, while the others are given a pass; it’s frustrating but it is true in essence. One thing I really like about the different perspectives, or rather focus on different characters, was that it gives readers a look at people who might have had a motivation to sabotage the company. We see characters like Elena and Theo who arguably are taken advantage of as well as Imogen. They are characters who attempt to not only work but do their best and pick up the slack–arguably they are underestimated. This is a short but entertaining tale that gives insights into how a corporation might operate and it reels you in with a curious whodunit story? Who has breached the system and attempted to take down Wolfe?
How Ferris Wolfe Got Fired is a quick read that has characters you can empathize with and a puzzling riddle that makes this mystery story an engaging read!
Pages: 113 | ASIN: B08RSQVRMR
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Walking with the Word: Viewing Chronic Health Issues Through the Lens of Scripture will give readers the strength to face the challenges that they are going through. Aaron Montgomery gives readers a message of hope and optimism even when one feels like giving up. The text in the book is warm, welcoming, and pleasant. I like that the author never hides his vulnerability. The author feels very authentic and connects with his audience and does not try to conceal any truth. Reading this book is therapeutic and will have you change your perspective on many things in life.
Any reader who enjoys good inspiring stories will appreciate how Walking with the Word starts. In the introduction, the author directly speaks to readers that either have received news about their health or the health of their loved ones. This part of the book is important for many as it feels like a one-on-one session with the reader. I enjoyed reading the introduction because the author gives a sneak peek of Walking with the Word while mentally preparing the reader for the content in the book. Chapter one of the book is titled ‘Trust God and His Word’. This was one of my favorite chapters because of the assurance one gets while reading. Aaron Montgomery talks about the love of God and how faithful the lord has been to him. This chapter is refreshing to read and encouraging for any Christian who had started to lose faith. The author adds bible scriptures after every few pages to explain the content into perspective. I love this style of writing because the bible verses are a good reference point for those that want to read more.
Each chapter in the book has something different that the reader can learn about. Aaron Montgomery writes about being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain Syndrome among other conditions. His journey is interesting as the reader takes us through the details of living with the mentioned conditions, relating with family and friends and how one can survive chronic ailments. The author tells it all. He is candid and has the ability to help the reader understand even the most complex of terms. One of the major lessons learned in this book is that it is important to have a strong support system when going through health issues. The support system could be one’s spouse, their children, colleagues at work, parents, and even friends and neighbors. Brandy, Aaron’s wife is an inspiration among many. I like how Aaron talked about his wife. One could feel the love through his words.
Walking with the Word is a motivational book that inspires faith in readers. Anyone looking for an easy to read book that will help them grow spiritually will find a wealth of knowledge and encouragement in this book.
Pages: 180 | ASIN: B08DTLQRJ4
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Watch What You Wish For follows a group of friends who accidentally unleash the evil powers within an ancient Wishing Tree. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
Many people are dissatisfied with some aspects of their lives, and never more so when they are teenagers. I was originally going to have the characters make their wishes at a wishing well, but then I decided that a wishing tree could be a lot more dramatic!
Sophie is an interesting and well defined character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
Sophie’s a bit of a follower, tending to be easily influenced by those around her. Had she ended up hanging out with the wrong crowd after her move to Mariposa, she could have ended up in trouble again. But through pure good luck, she ended up befriending a couple of really good kids who showed her the meaning of kindness and true friendship.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The theme of friendship was the most important one. I’m always amazed by the extent to which friends can affect a person’s life choices.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
‘Watch What You Wish For’ is now the first book in the trilogy entitled ‘Mariposa Mysteries.’ I’m currently working on a YA novel that will probably be available in late March.
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Orange City by Lee Matthew Goldberg is an exciting dystopian thriller and pretty much a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s about Orange City: a bizarre place where its inhabitants are kept firmly under the control of the Man. Here they toil away for faceless organizations and use petty distractions to not drown in the misery of their jobs. Here, Graham Weatherend is placed in a unique position– he has to decide whether he will work for a dangerous and addictive new product, innocuously named Pow! Soda or whether he will take up the more risky path of finding out exactly what is going on in a world where he can trust few.
Graham is an introverted and humorous character with neat tricks up his sleeve in the most unlikely situations. His quest is to find out the truth about the soda while avoiding being banished to The Zones. All the while navigating the unexpected effects of Pow! Soda. There are some other difficult topics also addressed in this book– especially surrounding Gayle’s situation. The abuse of power and free will are central to the characters’ motivations and behavior.
I kept trying to anticipate the next twist of the plot but I could never guess where this book was going to go- the book is not only a few steps ahead of me, it simply does not follow regular science fiction rules. Which is not a bad thing at all- I was strapped in for a fun romp and ended up with a substantial and thoughtful novel. There’s probably thousands of science fiction books and movies in the world but the best of the lot have always been the ones that are adjacent to reality. The sweet spot in the uncanny valley where if the universe were merely a few degrees askew the characters’ lives would be our lives. This is what happens here.
The writing is sharp and cool- it has a neo-noir thriller vibe to it that wouldn’t be out of place in a movie where a tortured Ryan Gosling runs around town saving people while being drenched in moral ambiguity. Meaningful prose and intense drama ensues.
Orange City is a great read for anyone who enjoys science fiction thrillers or just cool and atmospheric books in general. Just be prepared to have a mini-existential crisis about where our world is headed!
Pages: 231 | ASIN: B08R96Z37G
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Ardent Grandeur follows an aspiring music artist through triumph and tragedy on his way to the top. What was the inspiration for the setup to your riveting story?
The inspiration for the book, Ardent Grandeur came from my first self-help book, “Cheaters Never Win: How to Stop Cheating in Any Relationship or Never Start,” which emphasizes the importance of figuring out your “why?” in effort to change behavior. With the fiction novel, Ardent Grandeur, I wanted to “paint the picture” of how our decisions impact those around us, and how we can cope and overcome life challenges in a better way. I want people to see how their decisions can impact others. Sometimes, the offender doesn’t always get to see how their behaviors and decisions impact others, so I give a voice to those characters in the book that allows them to tell their stories by having deep, thought-provokng conversations with their offenders. Just like the book states, “Every life decision, matters more than we think.”
Bryce is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
The driving ideals behind Bryce’s character development was to show different stages of his life and show people that despite your upbringing or what you have done in your past, people can change, if he/she wants to change and works toward making the necessary changes in their life. Even trash is recyclable. No matter how many times people travel down the wrong path in life, they can still change their direction (route recalculate like a GPS) to put themselves on the right path in life.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Some of the important themes that were important for me to explore in the book are: unconditional love, self-worth, self-efficacy, effective communication, self-love, critical thinking, behaviors, and decision making. Our behaviors can be a result from our life experiences (good or bad) and the decisions that we make in life are so important because they can impact us, as well as those around us, in a negative or positive way. Yet, even when we make poor decisions, we don’t have to be held captive to those decisions. We can get to the root cause of our behaviors, acknowledge them, and put in the work to do and be better.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I am currently working on the sequel to Ardent Grandeur to continue the story and will hopefully release it by the end of 2021.
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Ardent Grandeur is a fiction, novel about an aspiring music artist who is passionate about living a life of “Grandeur” and will stop at no end to reach the top, despite who he hurts along the way. Through triumph and tragedy, the decisions we make can lead to negative or positive outcomes. In the end, everyone in the book learns the valuable lesson that life decisions matter more than you think. The book causes us to think critically about our own life decisions and how they can impact those around us.
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Trigger Point follows Luc as he must stop a terrorist plot while navigating a political and religious web of corruption as a deadly team is hunting him. What were some sources that informed this novel’s development?
I was intrigued by “The Islamist: Why I joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left” by Ed Hussain, “Radical Islam: Past, Present, and Future: What Moderate Muslims Will Not Tell you” by Anita & Vann Boseman, “God’s Wolf: The Life of the Most Notorious of All Crusaders: Reynald de Chatillon” by Jeffrey Lee, “A Common Word Between Us and You” by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, Kingdom of Jordan. There was also “The Entity: Five Centuries of Secret Vatican Espionage” by Eric Frattini. At the time of writing, the book was prohibitively priced to the extent I asked myself, ‘Who does not want us to read this?’. All-in-all, I wanted to challenge the stereotype of a terrorist and show that everybody has a propensity for violence if not checked.
Luc Fortesque is a consistently entertaining character. What were some character motivations that you felt were important to developing him throughout the novel?
In the first book of the series, The Apocalypse Trigger, Luc is the bad guy. Readers will hate him. By the time I wrote The Immortality Trigger, he seemed like the guy I wanted to return. So I set him on this path of redemption. He’d done some pretty nasty stuff and has always attributed his life-choices to external stimuli. But at the end of the day, our decisions define us, and who we become. That became the theme and we see it resolve in Trigger Point. The bad guy finds his soul, his righteousness. Also melds with my belief that everybody is doing what they can to survive in this world.
Was there anything taken from real life and put into the story?
Plenty. All the locations, vehicles are factual. Raynald de Chattilon and Nur ad Din were sworn enemies during the crusades. The syncretism of Catholic and Maya beliefs is real as is the ritual and the construct of the typical Maya village. Zombie Deer Disease is real, as is the (questionable) research that I caught onto and used to great effect. The Swiss vaults described in the book exist and nobody knows the true extent of the wealth or secrets stored there. The Japanese Unit 731 existed and its research was co-opted by the US after WWII. The Chinese AI entity is based on fact – Western companies are indirectly providing the expertise much to the concern of their home nations. I’ve done my best to be non-offensive yet informative in my exposition of Catholism, Islam and religious trends.
This is the third book in your Luc Fortesque Adventure series. What can readers expect in book four?
Visitors to my website will observe I’m happy doing trilogies before moving on to something fresh. For now, there won’t be another Luc Fortesque book. I’ve got another hero coming up and yet another that I’m concluding in another series. Then I’m contemplating a wild prehistoric adventure. Who doesn’t ?
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Decanted is the story of bored millennial wine enthusiast and super palate Samantha Goodyear. When Samantha gets the opportunity of a lifetime to visit and work on one of the finest vineyards in France, she drops everything to go. Samantha returns to the United States and begins to build her own wine empire from a special gift left to her family by an older relative from World War II. But disaster strikes and the possibility of love once again enters the picture. Will she take the opportunity and will her business survive?
This emotionally charged book that radiates the aura of leisure and gives the reader a beautiful picture of sunny California, historic France and miles of vineyards. Author Linda Sheehan gives readers a light romance that is humorous at times and not too bogged down with heavy drama, although there is plenty of it it’s always refreshing. The flashbacks to the past and Aunt Vivian’s story are wonderful too and provide extra insight into the culture and art of winemaking that shapes Samantha’s life. The one thing that makes this novel stand out from other contemporary romance novels is the wine culture that is used as a fascinating backdrop to some stimulating scenes and alluring characters. The characters are all distinct and have their varying degrees of interest and class in the world of winemaking. There are the snobs, the hard workers, the casual enjoyers, and all are represented effortless yet realistic way. Samantha in particular is a compelling protagonist. She is a relatable millennial who is stuck in the rat race and trying to make a living, figure out life, and manage issues between her parents. But the truly amazing and likable things about Samantha is how she pursues her passions with abandon, all the while staying true to her herself. It is so refreshing and unique to read a protagonist so ready to think, act, and pursue her true self and her desires.
Decanted is a wonderfully realistic and intelligent new adult romance novel revealing a well-researched wine culture that’s effortlessly entertaining. I enjoyed the rich and detailed explanations of the natural views and taste or smells of the food and drink in the book. This book is a paradise for the gastronomically inclined. I highly recommend this as a light and refreshing read to any who dreams of the French campagne, soleil, et bon vin.
Pages: 265 | ISBN: 978-1-68433-703-3
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