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The Princelings of the North by Jemima Pett, A Book Review

A fantasy with suspense and ethics written within it, the Princelings of the North by Jemima Pett reminded me of C.S. Lewis and his books, The Chronicles of Narnia.  This is the eighth book in Pett’s, The Princelings of the East adventure mystery series for good readers 9-14 yrs.

I have to admit this was the first book I have read in the series, but I am seriously contemplating on going back and starting at Book One to read the whole series.

The Princelings of the North is for everyone who loves to read fantasy regardless of whether you are a child or an adult.

Kevin, the main character, is confronted with challenges that he has to overcome if he wants to live and receive his inheritance. Having jumped at an offer by his Uncle to take a small trip, Kevin threw himself into a precarious situation. In fact, his trust in his Uncle before the trip had me ready to jump into the story and tell him to open his eyes and to look at his Uncle for who he was, but I did not do that. Instead, I kept reading the book, which was hard for me to put down. As I read further, I found out that Kevin was not as dumb as I thought he was.

One of the most intriguing situations in the book is a bottled post. Like any bottled post, it stimulated two young boys to go on a daring  search, and they become helpers. Throughout the book, the tension built as the Kevin, Dylan, and Dougall continued on their adventure.

I loved Pett’s choice of names for the castles.  Names like Deeping, Forrest, and Haunn were symbolic and played with my imagination.

It was also engaging to see how Pett wove the subplot of Dylan and Dougall into the story.

The Princelings of the North by Jemima Pett is a delightful book and one that I highly recommend.

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

SHADES OF LOVE, UPCOMING BOOK RELEASE

Hello Everyone,

Shades of Love, an upcoming book written by ten award-winning authors will be released November 7, 2017.  Pre-order is  available now on Amazon and that includes Amazon Germany.

The stories are multicultural; something you might enjoy. There’s a special offer with the pre-order, so if you would like to read it, pre-order now. That’s what I have done.

Have a great week.

 

 

 

 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

 

Shades of Love

Love knows no boundaries and bridges the gap between creed and culture. Whether prince or pauper, beauty or beast, cupid entangles unsuspecting hearts. From the exchange of a glance to the throes of romance, follow these couples as they discover that love has no limits. Indulge your taste for adventure with ten diverse tales from familiar and exotic parts of the globe. 

“Shades of Love” is brought to you by a select group of ten award-winning and best-selling writers, whose stories feature couples who close the cultural divide through their love. 

 

Author Description of Novels

 

Claiming Lana – Reana Malori

Jake Bradford and Lana Miller are two strong-willed people who seem to be sworn enemies. That all changes in the blink of an eye when they’re thrown together for an important project. When passion simmers just under the surface, the outcome is not what either of them could have expected, but exactly what they needed.

 

Caliente Nights – Suzette Riddick

Nursery school teacher Jeanette Adams and athlete Alonzo Castro are immediately attracted to each other. He is aware of his Cuban mother’s disapproval, but it’s not enough to keep him from pursuing the African American beauty.

 

The Blind Shot – J.L. Campbell

Kofi Danquah and Regina Chu are settlers in a foreign land, but the one thing they have in common is their attraction to each other. As their relationship moves from platonic to passionate, so does their families’ opposition to their love … but Kofi and Regina want what comes naturally and they won’t be denied.

When East Meets West – Annamaria Bazzi

Winter Portobello, a coed from a faith-based Italian family falls in love with a fellow student, Samir Chamas, a Lebanese immigrant. Together, Samir and Winter must prove their love to be as strong as the hearts that bind them, despite the cultural and religious differences that threaten to destroy the Chamas family.

 

Would Smell As Sweet – Janae Keyes

Sick of feeling like a prisoner in her own home, Shayna moves the small town of Cotton Springs, Texas. She puts the pieces of her life back together and finds romance, but Happily Ever After only lasts until Shayna’s stalker finds her hiding place and turns her dream into a nightmare.

Postcards from Havana – Toye-Lawson Brown

Arlene Joy never expected to win a five-day trip to Havana, Cuba. After meeting Arlene at a fiesta, Vincenté Martinez is happy he came home.

Third Base – P.C. Zick

Baseball star Tomas Vegas loses focus on his game when he meets Adriana Moretti from a tight-knit Italian family. When she falls for the handsome Puerto Rican, their families attempt to pull them apart, which only brings them closer together.

The Best Game – Hebby Roman

After years apart, Liana De Leon and Damian Escobedo meet again in their San Antonio hometown. Liana wants to escape her high-profile life, but coming home isn’t working out the way she planned. Instead of the quiet life she envisions, the city’s most eligible bachelor is set on winning her heart and making all her dreams come true.

Small Town Boy – Caroline Bell-Foster

They were first loves, but tragedy struck before Kerry and Noah could explore their lives further. Years later, can the British politician and the American County singer ever re-connect?

Sometimes Money Ain’t Enough – Stacey-Deanne

Raquel Hood has everything a woman could want; money, beauty, and an entire town under her command. But after meeting Tobias, Raquel realizes that sometimes money ain’t enough.

 

Short Author Bios

Reana Malori is an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of sensual and contemporary romance. She weaves stories that pull the reader into her world and to share in her universe, even if only for a short time. Her stories feature women you’d love to hang out with and men who love them with everything they have.

Suzette Riddick enjoys writing romance novels with real life situations readers can relate to. She’s an Amazon bestselling author of African American Romance. In 2013, she was nominated for an Emma Award and was a featured author in USA Today ~ Happy Ever After.

J.L. Campbell is an award-winning, Jamaican author who writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, sweet romance, women’s fiction, as well as new and young adult novels. She is a certified editor, who also writes non-fiction.

Annamaria Bazzi – Love is an important part of life, not just something to be experienced but also to be read. After thirty-one years of marriage, and still going strong, Annamaria Bazzi believes in the happily ever after. This strong belief transcends into her romance novels—every person deserves his and her own happy ever after. Annamaria writes contemporary romances to bring new love experiences to her readers. She also writes young adult sci-fi/fantasy and dabbles in paranormal short stories.

Janae Keyes – Janae Keyes is an American mom, wife, and hopeless romantic living in Europe. She loves to explore various cultures coming together through the magic of love. Residing in a suburb of Brussels, Belgium, with her husband and daughter, Janae loves to share her passion for romance with others.

Toye-Lawson Brown is an Amazon bestselling author of multicultural romance novels. In 2014 she was nominated by the B.R.A.B Book Club for Breakout Author of the Year.

P.C. Zick – Bestselling and award-winning author, P.C. Zick, creates contemporary romances with a social consciousness. She describes herself as a storyteller no matter what she writes. Strong female leads, handsome and heroic men, and descriptive settings grace more than a dozen published novels.

Hebby Roman is a New York traditionally published, small-press published, and Indie published #1 Amazon best-selling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her book, “Border Heat,” was a Los Angeles Times Book Festival selection. She has been a RONE Finalist three times and in three different categories.

Caroline Bell Foster is an internationally bestselling, multi award-winning British author of diverse romantic fiction and named as one of the most influential people in culture & entertainment in the East Midlands, England.

Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) is an award-winning author of sensual romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction books. She’s written Amazon Top 100 bestsellers, and her work has been praised and reviewed in USA Today numerously. Stacy’s books are full of passion, thrills, intriguing characters and so much emotion you can’t get enough! If you want something different and unpredictable then definitely check out her work.

Only $0.99 on Amazon or FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Find the boxed set at: https://www.amazon.com/Shades-Love-Reana-Malori-ebook/dp/B0762C4N71/

 

 

 

 

Maski: Broken But Not Dead, by Joylene Nowell Butler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing that caught my attention as I read Maski: Broken But Not Dead, by Joylene Nowell Butler was the name of the heroine, Brendell Meshango. Just seeing a name that is so entirely different from the typical White Anglo-Saxon Protestant culture awoke my curiosity to know more about her main character.

 

Meshango, a woman, a half-breed, a person from a minority culture who breaks out of the jail cell she has locked herself in for years. On her road to discovery, a bizarre occurrence takes place that forces her to face herself.

 

 

Joylene Nowell Butler does an excellent job developing and presenting Meshango’s fears, her confusion, her sense of loss and her willingness to protect the only person she has ever loved.

 

In many ways, in my opinion, Brendell Meshango represents women who belong to any minority. Women, who bury their personalities, hide their beliefs and conform to a society that demands that they change and emulate the Caucasian woman.

 

Maski: Broken But Not Dead is an extraordinary novel that riles the reader.  In fact, I got downright angry.  Meshango’s life story brought forth my wrath, and I was ready to fight for her and my existence.  But, and I say that with a big BUT, Butler captured and held my attention until the very last page.  I did not close the book or put it aside. I wanted to see how she resolved the conflict, and I was not disappointed.

 

I congratulate you Ms. Butler on writing an outstanding novel that riled, inspired, and encouraged me.

Book Blurb:

Award-winning author Joylene Nowell Butler is showcasing not one, but two of her intriguing books in two different formats and you could win a copy of one of them.

Joylene won the IPPY Silver Medal with Broken But Not Dead. Once only available in print, the book has received a fresh new cover and title for readers to enjoy and is now available in eBook format. Maski: Broken But Not Dead is the prequel to Joylene’s 2016 release, Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries, which is now available in audio format.

 

Maski: Broken But Not Dead
◊ By Joylene Nowell Butler
◊ Psychological Thriller

◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC
◊ eBook ISBN 9781939844385

 

To the Breaking Point…

When Brendell Meshango resigns from her university professor position and retreats to her isolated cabin to repair her psyche, she is confronted by a masked intruder. His racial comments lead her to believe she is the solitary victim of a hate crime.

         However, is all as it appears? After two bizarre days, the intruder mysteriously disappears but continues to play mind games with her. Taught by her mother to distrust the mainstream-based power structures, and with her stalker possibly linked to a high level of government, Brendell conceals the incident from the police. But will her silence keep her safe?

         Then her beloved daughter, Zoë, is threatened and Brendell takes matters into her own hands. To save Zoë, Brendell searches for the stalker and confronts not just a depraved madman but her own fears and prejudices.

 

Maski: Broken But Not Dead is available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

Joylene, Métis, is the author of Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and Break Time. She and her husband and their two cats reside in Canada for the summers and Nayarit, Mexico, for the winters. They believe life should be an adventure.

For more on Joylene and her writing, visit her website and blog, as well as connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon.

Comments on Maski: Broken But Not Dead:

“A psychological thriller filled with suspense, action and drama…” – John Bell, 93.1CFIS-FM: Prince George, BC

“Riveting and beautifully written. You won’t be able to set it down.” Judith S. Avila, author

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Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGING & BECOMING – A Reflective Enquiry by Susan Scott & Susan E. Schwartz, PH.D

 

If you have ever thought that when you have reached the age of forty-five or fifty, you have reached your zenith, then forget it. That is a myth, which has caused many women to bury their heads in the sand causing them to refuse to reflect over the process of aging. Closing their minds to desires and goals that might have been or that still can be, they block the energy from within themselves that they need to change. Life has nothing more to offer, so they stagnate.

Aging and Becoming, a book by Susan Scott and Susan E. Schwartz, PH.D presents us with the thoughts of women who are discovering what aging means to them as they go through the process of becoming older. There are some hard truths in this book. Therefore, the book, Aging and Becoming, will force any woman into deep consideration.

I found it rewarding that many of the women interviewed in this book are not drowning. That is very encouraging. Rather they have become explorers. As one woman said, and I like her way of thinking,

“Aging is something we do every day. It is necessary to life and unavoidable.”

I had to smile because I agree. Becoming older is unavoidable.

An excellent book for all adults at any age, I highly recommend it.

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

 

 

 

 

Finding My Way

Good Morning Everyone,

Just finished reading an introductory post to Kathryn Jane’s new book, INTO THE SUNRISE. Just had to purchase it because book blurb convinced me that in many ways there might be some similarities between me and the main character, Dusty.
Jane is an excellent writer. I’ve already read, DO NOT TELL ME NO and it deepen my love for horses and for her flawed characters.

One of these days, I am going to take the time and do a review on both books.

 

 

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

Creative

Today I begin a new project.

Today I begin talking, publicly, about why my characters are so flawed, and why they have so much to overcome before they find happiness.

Why now?

Because it’s finally time, and because today I released, INTO THE SUNRISE, a story I’m passionate about. A story about a woman who overcomes enormous obstacles, and learns to celebrate her own strength.

It reminds me of who I am.

And it reminds me of everyone else out there who has struggled to overcome.

So bear with me for a few days, while I explore what it meant to me, to finally realize I was from a dysfunctional family.


From shattered dreams to incredible joy.

Soul-destroying questions and equally stunning answers have Dusty digging deeper than she ever thought possible, and when she discovers her Self in an entirely foreign landscape, she begins anew, more determined than ever to achieve her lifelong dream.

If you…

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THE SNOWMAN: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée – A Book Review

 

The Snowman by Yolanda Renée is an engaging read. It is the prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries, featuring Steven Quaid and his lovely Sarah. Fortunate to have already read the entire series, starting with book one, Murder, Madness & Love, book two, Memories of Murder, and book three, Murder & Obsession, I have to admit I scratched my head, wondering how Renée was going to pull off bringing out the prequel after the series had begun.

To say she has done an excellent job at tying the Quaid series to the prequel is an understatement. Renée addresses real issues that will make you shudder and think as you turn the pages moving toward the end.

Renée is simply an audacious writer that can tie in reality with fiction as she points out a sickness going on in societies all over the world. The victims are children and Renée in her own spunkiness takes a swing at this deplorable sickness.

The Snowman is haunting. It will haunt you. I cannot say how many days it will take me to remove the images she painted from my mind. They still gush forth like a jet plane moving at high speed.

Yet, The Snowman is well worth the read, even though there are explicit scenes of violence and language that will make you cringe.

But enough about what I think. Read The Snowman. Even if you don’t love thrillers or mysteries, this book will capture you.

 

◊ THE SNOWMAN
◊ by Yolanda Renée
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: TRACE Enterprises
◊ Series: Detective Quaid Mystery
◊ Novella
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Contains explicit sex & violence

 

It takes a true artist to pursue his victims in the art of seduction, and Stowy Jenkins is no exception, especially with blood as his medium.

 

            Stowy Jenkins, aka, Stone, and as Alaskans refer to him, the Snowman, is a true artist. His muse, Gigi, is the ultimate inspiration for his painting. Her rejection inspires him to use a very unusual medium…blood.

            While art may be his passion, the taste for blood is his obsession, and multiple murders, the result.

            Rookie, Detective Steven Quaid, is no fan of the Snowman’s murderous exhibitions. A twisted and deadly relationship bond the two men and neither knows who will come out of it alive.

 

About the Author:

At one time Alaska called to her, and she answered. She learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. She’s traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of her most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left her and thus now influence her writing.
Despite her adventurous spirit, she achieved her educational goals, married, and she has two handsome sons. Writing is now her focus, her newest adventure!

 

You can connect with her here:

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Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

The Lies That Bind, by Ed Protzel, A Book Review

 

 

Empty pistol has sealed more deals than all the numbers in my head, Hurst thought. We’re going to need every trick in my bag, and some I haven’t thought of yet. (Quote from The Lies That Bind, by Ed Protzel.)

 

The Lies That Binds by Ed Protzel depicts the dichotomy of the Deep South.

It is a story that shows  a period long forgotten but the book also shows the character of his protagonist, Hurst, trying make some sense of his existence.

Well-written, Protzel draws his readers into the Deep South, into Mississippi, the swamps, and the picturesque scenery of a southern state.

It is an intense book. There are a lot of things happening, and you cannot hurry through it, because Protzel pulls you into his world. You want to read what comes next.

The Lies That Bind is the first book I have read by Ed Protzel. To say that it was an interesting read is an understatement because it is more than interesting. The book engages your mind.

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

Creating Stories by Hank Quense – A Book Review

When I started taking my writing career seriously, the book Creating Stories by Hank Quense would have been a great book to have, but that was some years ago.

 

Writers are people who evolve. We are in a constant process of learning and implementing. We never stop, and so as I began to read Quense’s Creating Stories I found myself treasuring the way he presented his expertise about the writing process.

 

Creating Stories is a precious jewel, which shows the beginner writer what he or she needs to have to write a novel, from story idea, to developing characters, settings, plotting, sub plotting, structure, design, and emotional arcs to the story ending. He doesn’t just tell you what to do but shows you how to do it with the charts and links that he has included in the book.

 

For the mature writer, it is a refresher and reminder of the writing process. It is a handy tool to have among your writing books.

 

Creating Stories by Hank Quense helps you stay grounded in your novel writing process and it is well worth reading. It is now a part of my writing craft library.

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

How Bad Do You Want To Be In This Anthology?

Little did I know when Karen Helene Walker asked me that question that it would open doors for me to another level of writing and bring me closer to my dream.

 

To say I was stunned when Karen asked me this question is an understatement. She was referring to the deficiencies in my submitted piece. Deficiencies only a professional editor, award-winning writer, and teacher like Mark David Gerson could see, which meant extensive revising for me.

 

My heart beat like a snare drum as I counted the cost. I was writing in NaNoWriMo, taking three writing classes, caring for two people who are dear to me, fulfilling concert obligations and working on the manuscript I hope to submit before the end of this year. In other words, my plate was overloaded.

 

Did I have the time? Should I forget I said yes and move on to something else? These two questions went through my mind. I consider my word to be more valuable than any currency in the world, and the fact that I had given Karen my word is what grounded me and kept me from saying, sorry, I have no time. Forget it.

 

 

Today, my joy lies in not only being one of the writers among the outstanding writers in Still Me… After All These Years, but more so from what I have gained by working with Mark David Gerson, the editor of this anthology.

 

Still Me…After All These Years is a challenging book. Every essay challenges you to lay self-pity aside and stop thinking about what you cannot do and do it. When I look at my copy, I hear it knocking on my door, encouraging me to keep moving beyond my self-imposed boundaries and to walk out on waters that will take me  higher than I can imagine.

 

As MF Sanborn says in her essay, A Lesson in Trust, out of the anthology,  Still Me…After All These Years.

I lean into life, curious and unafraid.

I wish all of you a peaceful weekend and be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

STILL ME…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, 24 WRITERS REFLECT ON AGING, BY KAREN HELENE WALKER

 

Good things for an individual are born out of the vision the person holds steady before his or her inner eyes. The person comprehends, as he or she examines what it will take to fulfill the vision that it is made up of building blocks. Each building block has to be mastered, which means learning, changing, expanding, and shaping, one step at a time. I believe that is why God said, “Don’t belittle the small steps.” Small steps, equivalent to building blocks, are vital to moving forward toward the vision and maintaining the momentum.

Friday evening, I received the hard copies of one of my small steps.Still Me…After All These Years by Karen Helene Walker is an Anthology in which twenty-four writers Reflect on Aging.

I am elated to be one of those authors.

Still Me…After All These Years is available in print and as e-book at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords and other bookstores.

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

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