Tuesday, June 19, 2018

G1016 Book Review of bitten by Alan Moore

Name of Book: Bitten

Author: Alan Moore

ISBN: 9781980200895

Publisher: Self published

Type of book: Italy, gore, mosquitos, art authentication, secrets, demanding sex drive, disturbing scenes, mafia, connections, two parallel stories

Year it was published: 2018


In the not-too-distant future, Italy is in disarray. It has voted to leave the EU in an attempt to regain control of its laws, finances and commerce. Even so, the country's economy is shrinking and its national debt rising. There is a marked escalation, too, in unemployment, bank loans and immigration. Production and service companies are in difficulty. The only thriving business areas are the black market and organised crime. There is discontent and protest on all sides. In Florence, the local Mafia boss, more accustomed to gunrunning and trading in plutonium, is involved in organising a silent auction for the sale of one of the world's most valuable lost paintings - a sixteenth-century masterpiece, which was appropriated in World War II by Stalin's Trophy Brigade. A British art expert is set to buy the picture on behalf of his client, a South American billionaire - yet surprisingly two Italian undercover intelligence agents, acting as antique dealers, submit the winning bid. All the while, human beings continue to harm the Earth by destroying land, sea, air, animals and trees. Global climate change, polluting the atmosphere, depleting the ozone layer: these are some of man's crimes against Nature. But time is running out. Nature has lost patience with humans. Unless something is done immediately to reverse the destruction of the ecosystem, Nature will retaliate by deploying the terrifying forces at her command. And as a first step in wreaking her revenge, she instigates a reign of terror by the deadliest creature on Earth.


Main characters include Claudia, an intelligent young woman who works for an institute in studying mosquitos. Claudia is also best described as having a voracious sexual appetite. There is also Claudias much older boyfriend who deals with books and has found out about a mysterious painting that might have been a Raphael, but is in the hands of a Russian mob. There are other characters, but it's a bit difficult for me to keep track of them.


Treat the earth the right way


The story is in third person narrative from what seems to be everyone's point of view. The two main plot points of mysterious mosquito attacks as well as the recently discovered painting weren't blended well at all, and personally it would have been better if there were two separate books instead of one where it left my head scratching. I like a little bit gore in a story, but not where gore was the main  focus. Instead I prefer more psychological/ mind games thrillers, and unfortunately the story really lacked those aspects. The story raises more questions than answers, and these questions are never answered.

Author Information:
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Meet the Author:

Born in Surbiton, Surrey in 1944, Alan Moore lives in Barnes, SW London, with his wife, Amber. They have two daughters and a son, who between them have two boys and two girls with another boy expected in May. Alan was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire and at London University, where, as an external student, he obtained a BA degree in English. Thereafter, for 25 years, he single-handedly ran his own book publishing company, which at one stage was producing up to 20 titles a year. Now, at the age of 74, he has self-published his first novel.

For me, this was a very disappointing read. First of all, i was aware that i will be reading something outside my comfort zone, but in some cases, i enjoyed a those reads a whole lot. However, there are cases where I don't enjoy the book, and unfortunately, this is one of the cases. Where to begin? I admire that the author tried to build up strong and memorable women personalities in his book, as well as having an intriguing plot of mosquitos and the mysterious painting, but the execution of the story begs to differ. As a woman, I found myself very uncomfortable when one of the female characters discusses her sexual life with her father, or at least assures her father that her boyfriend is for sex only.  And I also didn't like that most of the time when it comes to women, there is only focus on sex. To be fair the women did do other actions like work or try to understand the world, but numerous times the author often referenced their voracious and sexual appetite. The mysterious painting and the mosquitos epidemic wasn't tied up together at all, which left me wondering if it would have been better should the stories have split up. If you are looking for a story that contains too much gore, and doesn't focus on psychology, then this is the right read, but if you want a strong female lead with psychological thriller, look elsewhere.     

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1 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Spotlight for The Boy Who Dreamt of fire trucks by Alvita Mack

Book Details:

Book Title: The Boy Who Dreamt of Fire Trucks by Alvita Mack

Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 26 pages

Genre: Children's Books, Cars, Trains & Things That Go, Cars & Trucks

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: September 26, 2016

Tour dates: May 28 to June 22, 2018

Content Rating: G

Book Description:

This story is about a little boy who is fascinated by fire trucks. Throughout his early life, he has dreams about the adventures at the station and the exciting life of a firefighter. The little boy holds his dreams close until one day they become a reality.

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Alvita is a lover of writing, a teacher, and most importantly, a mom. Writing has always provided a creative outlet for which she finds sensible solutions. Having a son with developmental delays was very challenging for her. However, she used books and original stories to help him overcome the obstacles he faced at an early age. Alvita believes that the imagination is truly a key that unlocks the doors to an endless journey.

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Book Spotlight for Out of time by Thomas William Lowrie

Book Details:

Book Title: Out of Time (A ray Lafayette Novel) by Thomas William Lowrie

Category: Adult Fiction, 264 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Military and War

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: December 4, 2017

Tour dates: May 28 to June 22, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description:

Well, here I go again. All alone except for this suitcase of mine. I’m headed for a new place with new people. Not so bad considering it’s 1944. Lots of guys are in my shoes. We’re in the middle of World War II. Still not so bad. I’m a fireman in the Army Air Corps whatever they’re calling themselves these days. Once again, not bad at all. But I was born in 1963. There’s the bad part.

I was not born with the name Ray Lafayette, but that’s what they call me. I didn’t have kids or smoke a pipe. Hell, I didn’t even like coffee. I do now.

I was born into a different life than this, one with a lot of attachments. Now I carry my life in one bag. One really important bag.

In this time, people call me pal or buddy or sir, good lord they call me sir all the time.

I have friends in this time, and they are the best but do they know me like they think they do? Simply put, NO! Would they die for me? Every bit as much as I would die for them.

To say these folks are tough or strong is an understatement. Superhumans? I don’t think so. They were ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. I didn’t have heroes before this. I didn’t understand them until now.

Since this event has started, I have experienced many things I can’t explain. There is only one other person who has any knowledge of my situation, and I can’t find him. The last words from him were vos non unum, you are not alone.

There was a time I missed all the things that made my life easier as I thought. Here I have no cell phone, no internet, no rock music, no almost anything. As bad as that sounds, I’m not sure if I want to leave here.

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Thomas William Lowrie is a WWII writer and author who has published two military novels, He Was and Out of Time.

He has lived outside of Las Vegas most of his life, but his best memories are of the days fishing in South Texas. Summer vacations were the best. That is also where he found his best friend and wife, Tina. He could not have done any of this without her. Of course, Ray pecking at his brain for years had something to do with it too.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Book Spotlight of Poppy by Kat Flannery

Book Details:

Book Title: Poppy (The Montgomery Sisters, Book 2) by Kat Flannery

Category: Adult Fiction, 170 pages

Genre: Historical western romance

Publisher: Picco Press

Release date: May 18, 2018

Tour dates: May 28 to June 15, 2018

Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

Poppy Montgomery has always been good with a gun and could fight her way out of anything. Tough as nails and a sharp shooter, her beauty deceives the outlaws she’s after.

Hot on the trail of the Clemmons gang, a group of outlaws who rob trains and killed an innocent woman and child a few months before, she is determined to make them pay for the sin’s they’ve committed by bringing them to justice.

Pinkerton, Noah Shaw is investigating a ring of stage robberies and knows the Clemmons gang is behind them. Told to track down the infamous redheaded bounty hunter, Noah gets more than he bargained for when he arrests Poppy for assault.

Handcuffed together the pair must work together to stop the robberies, and figure out who is behind them. But what happens when love interferes and thrusts Poppy into discovering emotions she never knew existed? Will she choose the solitude she’s always known or Noah’s sweet embrace?

To follow the tour, please visit Kat Flannery's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing.

A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. Kat enjoys teaching writing classes and giving back to other aspiring authors. She volunteers her time at the local library facilitating their writing group. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career

Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been an Amazon Top 100 Paid bestseller. LAKOTA HONOR and BLOOD CURSE (Branded Trilogy) are Kat’s two award-winning novels and HAZARDOUS UNIONS is Kat’s first novella. Kat is currently hard at work on her next series, THE MONTGOMERY SISTERS.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Book Spotlight of Buckaroo Buckeye; A Little Nut with Big Dreams by Kristin Anderson Cetone

Book Details:

Book Title: Buckaroo Buckeye: A Little Nut with Big Dreams

Author: Kristin Anderson Cetone

Illustrator: Nadia Komorova

Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 36 pages

Genre: Friendship, Social Skills & School Life, Bullies, Growing Up & Facts of Life

Publisher: KLAC Enterprises, LLC

Release date: September 1, 2012

Tour dates: May 21 to June 15, 2018

Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Winner of the Mom's Choice Silver and OneBookAZ Awards!

There's a new cowboy in town! Hit the trail with Buckaroo Buckeye, a lovable little nut who falls from his tree in Ohio, as he dodges the bumps and bullies along the way in a magical journey to find his true place in the world.

Created by Reading Specialist Kristin Cetone, Buckaroo Buckeye teaches children 4-8 to: • Learn to ignore bullies

• Improve their self-esteem

• Connect with reading

• "Dream, Believe and Achieve" no matter their size!

Your child will be inspired by Buckaroo's determination in this touching story with unforgettable characters illustrated by Nadia Komorova. Get yours today!

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Buckaroo Buckeye grew out of author Kristin Anderson Cetone's imagination and joy of reading.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, she traveled many miles before putting down roots in the Arizona desert. Influenced by family, education, life experiences, and a desire to teach others, Mrs. Cetone discovered her purpose---just like Buckaroo Buckeye did.

Her true calling and passion is writing and helping others become successful readers. She created Buckaroo to encourage children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams while dodging the bumps and bullies along the way. Reading will help guide the way. Being a Reading Specialist, she has also created Nuts About Reading™ an informal, supplemental, online reading service. She shares her insights and suggestions to help parents strengthen their children's reading process and become successful readers.

Her joy now is to inspire and help kids to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

G992 Book Review of the secret to southern charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Name of Book: The Secret of Southern Charm

Author: Kristy Woodson Harvey

ISBN: 978-1-5011-5810-0

Publisher: Gallery

Part of a Series: Peach Bluff Series

Type of book: Georgia, secrets, marriage, hope, faith, mother/children relationships, friendship, south, summer, being for one another, MIA, tragedy, finding self, talent

Year it was published: 2018


A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
One of Southern Living’s Best Spring Break Reads

Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is "the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).


Main characters include the three sisters: Caroline, Sloane and Emerson as well as their mother and grandmother and Sloanes husband Adam. Other characters such as Carolines former husband and Emerson's first love also make appearances and also add more depth to the story as well as Ansleys love and the sisters' children. Like in previous book, Caroline is best described as extremsly status conscious, but while in Slightly South of Simple I rarely if ever saw her positive qualities, in this book her positive qualities are seen, which makes her a more rounded character. In previous book Sloane seemed to inhabit the role of being a mother with little to no dreams or ambitions of her own. However in this story, she is also complex, well rounded, fascinating, and is more than just a mom. Ansley has revealed some shocking secrets to the reader, which will cause others to see her differently, but she also seemed to pale a bit, especially when compare her to Sloane. Male characters were her, but it often felt as if hey were more in the background than anything else.


Mother's and sister's mean everything


The story is in first person narrative from Ansleys and Sloanes point of view, and it does immediately pick up after the cliffhanger from the previous book is revealed. The story is focused on Sloane, the middle sister who becomes afraid of traveling to New York due to a personal tragedy that happened in her life. I will be honest that when comparing Sloane to either Emerson or Caroline, Sloane is like the everyday average woman that I imagine many women can relate to because she is warmhearted, generous and very devoted to those around her. Ansley goes into more detail about her goals and ambitions as well as about her true love, and more stunning information about Ansley's relationship with her husband becomes revealed. There are cliffhangers and I am eager to see them resolved. 

Author Information:
(From the book)

Kristy Woodson Harvey is a born-and-bred North Carolina girl who loves all four seasons, especially fall in Chapel Hill, where she attended college, and summer in Beaufort, where she and her family spend every free moment. The author of Slightly South of Simple, Dear Carolina, and Lies and Other Acts of Love, Kristy is also the founder of hte popular interior design blog Design Chic.


While I really enjoyed Slightly South of Simple, the previous book that was written by the author, i also often got a sense that the book had a lot of untapped potential, especially when comparing it to her latest Peach Bluff addition. In The Secret to Southern Charm, Kristy Woodson Harvey is definitely in her element and isn't afraid to woo and seduce her readers to eagerly follow the heartwarming narrative of mothers and their children as well as grandparents, lost loves and true ones as well as the importance of sisterhood and family. I really loved every minute I spent reading the story and getting a deeper look at our favorite trio of sister's and their mother as well as the sister's own children. New secrets and problems are revealed in this intricate web of south, sisterhood and the roles we play.

This was given for an honest review

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G993 Book Review of before I Let You go by Kelly Rimmer

Name of Book: before I Let You go

Author: Kelly Rimmer

ISBN: 978-1-525-82084-7

Publisher: Graydon House

Type of book: Addiction, sisterhood, secrets, child abuse, surviving, thriving, loyalty, journal writing, religious sect, prohibitions, pregnancy, taking drugs while pregnant, laws, morality, choices, Alabama USA

Year it was published: 2018


The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.

As weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She’s in danger of losing her job, and her fiancĂ© only has so much patience for Annie’s drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhood, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?

Both candid and compassionate, Before I Let You Go explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break.


Main characters include Lexie and Annie, while secondary characters are Ladies fiance, the sisters mother and her second husband. Lexie is best described as extremely dedicated to her family as well as her job and is perhaps a role model for doing what she can  with what life has given her. Lexie is a bit of awe in of Annie's talents of creativity and takes her promise to her dead father very seriously. Annie, at first is best described as both a rebel and a future author before the narcotics. She is a voracious reader and is very loyal to her dead father. Unlike Lexie who tends to try to blend in, Annie does what she can to stand out and in return suffers innumerable consequences for her actions. Lexie fiance sounds a bit too perfect while their mother is far more complex, although the author hints at complexity but doesn't the it up with the story.


Secrets are deadly


The story is told in first person narrative from the sisters' points of view. Lexie discusses the present and how she is attempting to deal with Annie, while Annie writes in a journal about their past and how she got to where she is today. The author does a good job in keeping their lives apart and not letting one or another know each other's secrets. The questions about the sisters become answered to the reader, and because Annie refused to share her pain and secrets, it becomes a heartbreaking moment when he reader knows why she is struggling while others are in the dark. Although my little one was born in a place of happiness and love, this is a story that all mother's can relate to when it comes to cherishing their children.

Author Information:
(From the book)

Kelly Rimmer is the worldwide and USA TODAY bestselling author of vie novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.


I know; another five star book. In my defense, there comes a streak of good books and sometimes a streak of bad books. Previously I went through good and amazing stories, which I am currently reviewing, but now I am reading not so good or talented stories. Anyways, this book seriously deserves those five stars due to the emotional rollercoaster and questions and answers it asks, asking us to look deeply within ourselves and see which roles we fall into. Prior to this story, I took for granted that people who are addicts are just that- ill people. But getting to know Annie's heartbreaking story and seeing the devastation addiction causes her older sister, Lexie, has broken my heart into a million fragments. In other words, for me, Annie humanized the addiction and the terrible consequences addiction has on past and present generations. This is not a light and happy read, and the author doesn't shy away from the ugliness and brutality of addiction. But in the midst of heartbreak, there is hope and redemption for the addict, but only if we as the readers dare to listen and understand.

This was sent to me as a surprise for review

5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G1006 Book Review of Secrets and shadows by ROBERTA SILMAN

Name of Book: Secrets and shadows

Author: Roberta Silman

ISBN: 978-1-64008-900-6

Publisher: Campden Hill Books

Type of book: Holocaust, Germany, Berlin, blending in, marriage, 1989, 1940s, divorce, secrets, infidelities, secrets, betrayal, past, present 

Year it was published: 2018




A city of secrets, secrets that destroyed Paul Bertram’s once-idyllic marriage, secrets that have threatened to consume him, secrets that almost destroyed his very life.

When the Berlin Wall falls in 1989, Paul is finally compelled to confront his past. Seeking one last chance at redemption, he is pulled back to the city where he and his family almost perished.

But how? With whom?

In his anguish Paul turns to his former wife, Eve, and together they embark on a journey they never could have envisioned, a journey during which he is able — at last — to reveal the awful truths he has lived with for so long. A journey where she is able to face her own fears and flaws.

In spare, compassionate prose, Roberta Silman has created vivid, resilient characters who learn that friendship and love can also mean humiliation and betrayal, that kind intentions can lead to unimagined evil. Her portrayal of the growing tension and terror in Berlin leading up to and during the Second World War is unforgettable. She not only explores the many twists and turns of fate; she also shows how the atrocities of the Second World War can reverberate far into the future, long after actual events.

Past and present coalesce in this novel in mysterious, yet inexorable ways. As Eve and Paul face who they really were and now are, we see them accepting each other in entirely new ways. Despite the shocking denouement, both Eve and Paul realize that one of the most important aspects of being human is our ability to forgive.


Main characters include Paul and his ex wife Eve. Paul is best described as someone who has appropriate looks to escape being thought of as Jewish ( blonde hair and blue eyes,) and upon arriving to America, he did his best to assimilate into American life one way or another. Paul also has a complex history that he doesn't want to acknowledge nor talk about to those closest to him. Eve is an American born redhead of Jewish origins and has done her best to tolerate Paul's infidelities as well as his behavior, but being in the dark about his past caused her to leave him. She is loyal and will do whatever she can for her loved ones. She will also defend those who need defending. She is practical, sweet and often used to be in awe of Paul. While there are secondary characters and their roles are important, i feel it will be best that the reader meets them for himself.


There is more to life than black and white


The story is written in third person narrative from Paul's and Eves points of view, and the story is both told in past and present. The past is italicized while present is told in normal font. This is not a book one flies throuh, but it's a story designed to be read carefully, to basically peel away layers upon layers of onion, and to examine the evidence carefully from all sides. THE story is also best  described as slow paced with a lot of pondering and thinking.

Author Information:
(From the book)

Roberta Silman is the author of the story collection, Blood Relations, three novels, Boundaries, The Dream Dredger, Beginning the World Again, and two books for children, Somebody Else's Child and Astronomers. She si the recipient of Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The American Scholar, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other magazines and quarterlies both here and abroad. Her work received two National Magazine Awards for Fiction, The CHild Study Association Award for the Best Children's Book of the year, Honorable Mention for both the PEN Hemingway Prize and the Janet Kafka Prize. Her criticism has appeared in THe New York Times, the Boston Globe, and she is now a senior contributor to the online magazine ArtsFuse. She ahs three childrena and five grandchildren and lives with her husband in Boston and Western Massachusetts.


When I was in my early twenties, at one time I watched a Japanese drama translated as "grave of the fireflies" ( Hotaru no haka) which dares to ask a very difficult question: when there is threat or scarcity, who becomes worthy of survival and who is destined to die? In other words, what is the right path when one can't have it both ways? This book also dares to ask the same question with little or no clear answers: who deserves to live when there is threat to ones life? And will this " survival" become more than just "survival?" Told over a span of mere days with the fall of Berlin wall as a background, the story focuses on estranged couple of Paul and Eve, who have gotten divorced over five years ago. As Paul convinces Eve to see his childhood home, just like Berlin Wall, the walls come down, opening for a chance of possibilities and healing. This is a wonderful novel of questions and learning and exploring. It's also important to read it in small doses because in one blink important details can be missed.

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5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Book Spotlight for A Reason for Living by Julian Jingles

Book Details:

Book Title: A Reason for Living by Julian Jingles

Category: Adult Fiction, 382 pages

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: iUniverse

Release date: January 17, 2018

Tour dates: May 21 to June 8, 2018

Content Rating: R

Book Description:

It is the mid-1960s in Kingston, Jamaica, and the country is steeped in social, political, and economic inequities. Howard Baxter, the heir to a real estate empire, has no interest in seeking or managing wealth. Painting and deflowering Jamaican maidens are his passions. As he combs the streets looking for greater meaning in his pathetic life, it soon becomes apparent that Howard's journey will not be easy.

Bernaldo Lloyd, a member of the Baxter clan, is a medical student who is sensitive to the hopelessness of the Jamaican masses. Inspired by his close friend and Howard's cousin, Ras Robin Pone, and their ties with the Rastafari movement that calls for social and economic equity, Bernaldo is determined to overthrow the corrupt government. As Howard, Bernaldo and Robin become influenced by America's Black Power and Civil Rights movements demanding equal rights for African Americans, the women in their lives both love and criticize them. But when revolution breaks out, Howard finally discovers a purpose for his twisted life that leads him in a direction he never anticipated.

In this tale of love, passion, and self-discovery, two Jamaican men become caught up in a 1960s revolution that reveals injustices, oppression, and a purpose for one of them.

Praise for A Reason for Living:

“Riveting, touching on micro and macro relationships of love, sex and politics, and the search of Jamaicans for the essence of their existence, with many compelling scenes and very touching, sensitive dialogues.”

- Dr. Basil Wilson, New York Carib News

"A Reason for Living is a highly complex work that pits sense against sensibility. Emotions surge, transforming men in unfathomable ways. And as love and revolution march in lock-step, Jingles might well have earned a place among the region’s more interesting writers."

- Glenville Ashby, Kaieteur News

“The author, filmmaker, entrepreneur did not wile away five decades as a bystander but may have calculatedly used the hiatus to toil in order to reveal a compelling novel about the creative and volatile ‘60s in Jamaica.”

- Vinette K. Pryce, Caribbean Life

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Julian Jingles has had a professional career spanning 52 years writing for publications such as the Jamaica Gleaner, the New York Amsterdam News, JET magazine, the New York Daily News, and the New York Carib News. He began work on his novel A Reason For Living in 1966, a teenager just graduating from high school in Jamaica. In 1967 he went to work as a journalist at the Gleaner Company, the oldest published newspaper in Jamaica, and the Caribbean. He has written, produced, and co-directed three documentary films, production managed several music videos featuring Kool and the Gang, Steel Pulse, the Main Ingredient, promoted several music concerts, and a stage play, along with investing in several entrepreneurial projects in America, and Jamaica.

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Coming Attractions of June 2018

It seems as if June will be another month of spotlights and not much book tours, although I do plan on reading and reviewing some of the books I have finished. (By my estimate, I have about 40+ books to review, and they stretch from years ago!) So what are my summer plans? Am I planning on traveling to anywhere? Physically no, but through imagination oh yeah, I have a long itinerary planned. First here are book spotlights as well as some book tours. Next will be possible reads, followed by reads for Fresh Fiction. Enjoy the month of June and be careful!

Book Tours and Spotlights:

A Reason for Living by Julian Jingles (Spotlight, June 1st, 2018)

The Artist and the Soldier by Angelle Petta (June 4th, 2018)

Buckaroo Buckeye: A Little Nut with Big Dreams by Kristin Anderson Cetone (Spotlight, June 8th, 2018)

Poppy (The Montgomery Sisters, Book 2) by Kat Flannery (Spotlight June 12th, 2018)

Out of Time (A ray Lafayette Novel) by Thomas William Lowrie ( Spotlight June 18th, 2018)

The Boy Who Dreamt of Fire Trucks by Alvita Mack (Spotlight, June 18th, 2018)

Bitten by Alan Moore (June 19th, 2018)

Doom, Gloom and Pursuit of the Sun-Antoine F. Gnintedem (June 21st, 2018)

Secrets of the Island by Linda Hughes (June 22nd, 2018)

Hopeful Reads:

The Room on Rue Amelie- Kristin Harmel

Flight of the Sparrow-Amy Belding Brown

Don't Know Much History; Everything You Need to Know about American History but never learned-Kenneth C. Davis

Not our kind- KITTY ZELDIS

How HITLER WAS made- Cory Taylor

Eagle and crane- Suzanne Rindell

Trial on Mount Koya-Susan Spann

The Unity Game-Leonora Meriel

For Fresh Fiction:

California Summer- Anita Hughes (E-book)

After nightfall- A.J Banner (E-book)

The Wild Inside-Jamey Bradbury (E-book)

The second sister Claire Kendall

Rainbirds-Clarissa Goenawan

Summer Hours at the Robbers library-Sue Halpern

Speak no evil-Uzoodinman Iweala

June 2018

A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
The underground river- MARTHA CONWAY
SR: June 15th 2018
SR: June 4th, 2018
Doom, GLOOM, and the pursuit of the sun- ANTOINE F GNINTEDEM
SR: May 23rd, 2018
FR: June 14th, 2018
My mother's son- David HIRSHBERG
SR: May 21st, 2018
The secrets of the island- Linda Hughes
SR: June 14th, 2018
Bitten- Alan Moore
SR: May 23rd, 2018
FR: June 15th, 2018
A gentleman in Moscow- Amor Towles
SR: May 8th, 2018
FR: June 6th, 2018

Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz
SR: February 10th, 2014
Don't know much about history; everything you need to know about American history but never learned- KENNETH C Davis
SR: June 6th, 2018
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