An exciting New Page on my blog, “Buy the Book!”

As the title of this post indicates, I have prepared a new page on my blog … BUY THE BOOK! … and I’m excited about it!  Why? you may ask.  Well, because the new page, which you can visit by clicking on it in the menu above,  is set up to help in promoting the books I review.

On that page I have listed the books you can also find under the menu heading BOOK REVIEWS, but on the new page I have linked to where you can purchase the books on Amazon – both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. As long as they are listed on Amazon these links will be good. I’m hoping this will help you to easily find the title you’ve just read about here before you forget about it in the busyness of your day. If you are anything like me you will wonder later .. what was the name of that book I wanted? 

So, please, go now and check out the new page, the one called BUY THE BOOK! And I would really appreciate if you let me know what you think of it. Thanks!  :)

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

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Book Review: Lust, Money & Murder – by Mike Wells

Lust, Money & MurderBook: Lust, Money & Murder: Book 1
Author: Mike Wells
Publisher: Mike Wells
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Date: January 18, 2014
Genre: thriller, suspense
Pages: 107 
Price: Under $3.00, digital;  may still be free
My rating: a good start to a three-part book
 
 

Lust, Money & Murder is not a title I would ordinarily select, but the author requested reviews in exchange for the ARC.

Lust, Money & Murder is really a teaser. It is part one of three parts that make up a complete book; therefore, this volume is short and didn’t take long to read.

The author, Mike Wells, grabs the reader’s attention in the prologue, but then there is no connection with the rest of the story; perhaps that comes later. Some things are somewhat contradictory, such as this: Elaine looked down at it, unable to move. She abruptly rose. Later in the story, the man Elaine is falling for is somewhat cool toward her but then …. well, that changes abruptly, too.

Lust, Money & Murder takes the reader through Elaine’s life from a little girl doted on by her father, to a coming-of-age young woman. She becomes super focused, though, on her libido, and does some crazy things for a crazier reason. Later, she applies herself to her future goal and becomes highly regarded in her chosen field – chosen for the purpose of revenge – through which she meets the rather secretive man she thinks she can truly love.

Even though there are sections that could have been delved into more to extend the read, and the story could have benefited from more editing and development, Lust, Money & Murder is a good start. The groaner is the last line, which ended up being a cliffhanger mid-scene. (If you are tempted to get part one, please don’t spoil it for yourself by reading the end first!) The continuation is in book two, and since there are three parts it is likely the same thing happens at the end of book two as a lead-in to book three. Apparently, together they make one complete novel.

If you enjoy reading suspense, thrillers, espionage, you may enjoy Lust, Money & Murder, book 1, by Mike Wells, and want to purchase books 2 and 3 to continue the story.

You can find Lust, Money & Murder, book 1 listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

 

 

 

 

Arthur, the unwelcome visitor

Have you ever had the experience of a visitor who came uninvited and left not a moment too soon?

Have you tolerated the overbearing presence of that visitor knowing it was a limited stay?

Have you had major clean-up after the visitor finally left?

Arthur … Hurricane for some, but tropical storm for us here in Nova Scotia, was just such a visitor. Some areas were a week without power after that visit, some still have serious damage to clean up.

At my house we had no storm damage, but here is what it looked like at my dad’s after Arthur left.

downed hummingbird vine.This is the hummingbird vine that grows up against the two-storey house all the way to the roof. The trellis was pushed over by the ferocious wind and the vine was damaged so had to be cut to half its height once it was hoisted back up into place. 

downed hummingbird vine2It had fallen into the lower driveway, blocking it.

This vine will be covered in gorgeous red trumpet blooms the hummingbirds love to feed from in the summer.

 

wrecked mapleThis is the side of the house on the upper driveway. The huge maple trees, one in particular, took quite a beating.

The driveway was totally blocked until my husband, and my cousin who happened along, sawed the heavy limbs and got the wood out of there.

wrecked maple2You can see the limbs from one tree hung up on  the tree next to it.

Dad and I heard the crashing of the limbs when they were being torn off the tree.

 

top of tree downI apologize for the poor quality of this photo which I took through the screened window overlooking the driveway at the back of the house. What you see there is the top of the tree in the above image. The wind had snapped it off and driven it over the roof and onto the driveway at the far corner of the house. The thing about that is I’d had Meyya (my Schnoodle pup) out awhile before and I am very thankful we were not out when that happened because it probably would have hit us.

Arthur was a blustery, noisy, destructive visitor. Fortunately, his stay was a short one because, unfortunately, the impact of that stay was longer.

Every season has its wonder, its beauty, and its hazards. Even so, I love it here in Nova Scotia.

What do you contend with where you live? What about where you live keeps you there?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

Author generosity … book giveaway extended!

As I continue on this adventure of reviewing books, I am finding most authors and/or their publishers to be generous souls. If they want to promote their books, and have the budget to offer a few for free to my readers, they will do so. It all helps with image of both author and publisher, and also puts more books out there. It’s not easy selling books, promotion is hard work. That’s one reason I enjoy helping in my own small way.  But …

Things don’t always go as planned.

Storms happen. Internet connections drop. Books aren’t scooped up for reasons we don’t understand … because … did you mean to enter the draw but forgot?

If you wanted your own copy of the adult mystery thriller The Tipping Point by Walter Danley, but you missed the deadline, don’t be discouraged. Even though the giveaway dates have passed, Walter has generously offered a copy of his book to be given to YOU if you are among the first five persons to leave a comment. (click HEREto read about Walter) How generous is that! Five e-books being given away.The Tipping Point. Walter DanleyPlease don’t delay, leave your comment today! Walter will be happy to respond because he wants to give you an e-copy of his book – The Tipping Point – a thrilling crime story filled with mystery, action, suspense, and interesting characters.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!   :)

Book Review: Drowning Mermaids – by Nadia Scrieva

Drowning MermaidsBook: Drowning Mermaids
Author: Nadia Scrieva
Publisher: ThunderWords
Date: January 7, 2014
Genre: fantasy
Pages: 316
Price: paperback under $12.00; Kindle – may still be free
My Rating: interesting fantasy that adds dimension to one’s imaginings
 
 

There are depths of the ocean no one has ever seen, where no human could possibly survive. Or can they? There are places in the ocean that exist only in one’s imagination. Or do they?

What if a person has mermaid abilities? What if a person has mermaids in the family but doesn’t know it?

In Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva – book one of the Sacred Breath series – we get to find out the answers to those questions. In this book we follow the life and struggles of Aazuria and her sisters who are living on land despite being better accustomed to living under the ocean waves. There is the fight-to-the-death battle with opposing forces, fisherpersons in grave danger, events and misunderstandings that lead to tragic circumstances. And of course there is the love interest, the impossible dream, the hope for a future worth pursuing.

A warning to young readers: unfortunately there is some nasty language in some places and a few suggestive mature scenes, otherwise this would have been a suitable book for them to read.

Despite what I mentioned in the above paragraph, and some editing that was missed, Drowning Mermaids is a story depicting strong female characters and a storyline that holds one’s interest. If you ever wondered what it would be like to live under water, or if there are really mermaids in the ocean (or in your family), you may like to read Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva to find out what one creative author thinks about all that. Experience the fantasy.

You can find Drowning Mermaids listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

Book Review: Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons) – by Jodi Carmichael

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger FoodBook: Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons)
Author: Jodi Carmichael
Illustrator: Sarah Ackerley
Publisher: Little Pickle Press
Date: November 26, 2012 – Kindle; April 1, 2013 – paperback
Genre: chapter book
Pages: 152
Price: Kindle under $5.00; paperback under $7.00
My rating: Excellent way to learn about Asperger’s Syndrome from the child’s point-of-view
 
 

The title – Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons) – is the first thing that grabbed my attention, and then the happy innocence of the little boy on the front cover. 

For anyone not familiar with Asperger’s Syndrome, this book is such a great way to learn more about how it affects a child. The whole story is told through the voice of an eight-year-old boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Connor is happy, smart, eager, energetic, and gets into trouble easily because of how differently he relates to his surroundings. He doesn’t mean to, it just seems to happen. And it happens in innocent funny ways. The way Connor tells it is both amusing and informative. For example: after one incident at school, when he was sent – yet again – to the principal’s office, he dashed immediately to his favourite blue chair. It was smooth and calming for him. Obviously he had been there enough times before to have tried all the chairs, but it was not said that way, the reader understood it from the way Jodi Carmichael had Connor tell his experience.

Here are the chapter titles:

  1. Mrs. Winters Does Not Like to Be Interrupted
  2. Girls Are Confusing
  3. Mr. O’Brien Does Not Believe Rules Are to Be Broken – Ever
  4. Smooth Things Are Calming
  5. Lunch Time Can Be Tricky
  6. A Library Voice Is Even Quieter Than an Inside Voice
  7. Stools Are for Standing on and Chairs Are for Sitting On
  8. Even Numbers Rule!
  9. Mrs. Rosetti Has the Best Smiley Face
  10. Feelings Are Confusing
  11. Not All People Are Dog People
  12. A Code Yellow Is Serious Business
  13. Stomach Swirls Can Be Both Good and Bad at the Same Time
  14. Kids Love Dog Tricks

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons) by Jodi Carmichael is a very well-written book that educates while it entertains, while the illustrations by Sarah Ackerley add a wonderful dimension. Having the opportunity to see the world from Connor’s perspective is enlightening. Both children and adults can enjoy this chapter book and learn from it.

You can find Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons) listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

 

 

A heads-up: Hurricane or tropical storm coming

I just want to let you know that Hurricane Arthur is on its way up the east coast to beautiful Nova Scotia, due this morning, Saturday. By the time it hits here it is expected to have downgraded to a tropical storm, which means lots of rain along with the wind. Hopefully, there will be no injuries during this weather event.

rain and windWith all that nature-busyness in the form of a summer storm going on I could lose my internet connection, so I may not be able to respond to emails and comments on my blog until things get back to normal. If it happens to interfere with the draws for Walter Danley’s book, I will take care of them once power is restored.  Thankfully, my pre-scheduled posts, including this one, will still activate.

IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE BE SURE TO COMMENT ON MY INTERVIEW WITH WALTER DANLEY TO ENTER THE DRAWS. WALTER IS LOOKING FORWARD TO ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS YOU MAY HAVE FOR HIM.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)