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G1140 Book Review of 120 Days by Ronald L. Ruiz

Name of Book: 120 Days

Author: Ronald L Ruiz

ISBN: 978-1-937484-67-5

Publisher: Amika Press

Type of book: Law, lawyers, relationships, ambition, romance, forbidden deeds, attractions, court rooms, California, OWN VOICES, modern times, interracial relationship, American female/ Hispanic male

Year it was published: 2019


Barbara Blake is a bright, young, attractive, and ambitious defense attorney. Alejandro Soto, an inmate already serving two life sentences for the brutal murder of a drug dealer and the man’s mother, is on trial for a third murder, one he did not commit but that could well result in the Death Penalty. When Blake and Soto meet in the San Cristobal, California courtroom, they begin a 120-day journey that will invariably alter both of their lives. Together, they spiral ever more deeply into the dark heart of a quintessentially American story of sex and love, truth and lies, justice and prejudice, crime and punishment, and, ultimately, life and death.


There are…

G1085 Book Review of The Exile by Gregory Erich Phillips

Name of Book: The Exile

Author: Gregory Erich Phillips

ISBN: 978-1-63393-765-9

Publisher: Koehler Books

Type of book: Housing crisis, immigration, American dream, 2007-2008, South America, Columbia, secrets, romance, younger male/older female, white male/Hispanic female, Phoenix Arizona

Year it was published: 2019


Leila stepped off the plane in Colombia, recognizing the familiar air. She couldn't believe she'd been deported. It had to be a mistake. She had to find a way back before it was too late, before the people she fled from years ago were aware of her return. It had all been going so right. A successful career working for one of the top mortgage brokers in Phoenix. Love. Leila had all the elements of her life just where she wanted them. Then everything began to unravel, precipitated by the 2008 mortgage meltdown, and a romance that quickly spiraled out of her control. The Exile is a heart-wrenching love story that crosses cultures and borders, shedding light on the ch…

G1056 Book Review of Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein

Name of Book: Wunderland

Author: Jennifer Cody Epstein

ISBN: 978-0-525-57690-7

Publisher: Crown

Type of book: 1930s to 1989, dual timeline, Germany, life as Mischling, friendship, family, relationships, secrets, life post WW2, America, living, estrangement

Year it was published: 2019


East Village, 1989
Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a German orphanage during the war's final months? But now Ilse's ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother's letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew.

Berlin, 1933
As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and Renate find their friendship under siege--and Ilse's in…

Matt's Swirly World - Helping Parents Raise Mindful Kids, Understand Tantrums and Relief Stress& Anxiety (Growing Up & Facts of Life Emotions Feelings) by Madeleine Matthews/Illustrated by Cristina Diana Enache

Book Details: Book Title:  Matt's Swirly World - Helping Parents Raise Mindful Kids,
Understand Tantrums and Relief Stress& Anxiety (Growing Up & Facts of Life Emotions Feelings)  by Madeleine Matthews/Illustrated by Cristina Diana Enache
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7)

Genre:  Children's book - emotions and feelings

Publisher:  Independently Published
Release date:   August 30, 2019
Tour dates: July 29 to Aug 16, 2019
Content Rating: G

Book Description:When children are young their emotions come in peaks and valleys. Sometimes they’re super excited, sometimes they’re sad, and sometimes they lose control and express themselves by throwing a temper tantrum.

These outbursts of emotions are common for parents and kids of all walks of life and can be leveraged by parents who want to teach impulse control, improved behavior, and better mindfulness.

Matt’s Swirly World was written to help parents understand the “why” behind a tantrum as well as what’s going on inside their…

The Emperors of the Deep by William McKeever

Book Details:

Book Title: Emperors of the Deep by William McKeever

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 320 pages

Genre: Environment, Ocean Wildlife, Marine Life

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release date: June 25, 2019

Tour dates: June 25 to July 12, 2019

Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Intense underwater moments and descriptions of interactions with Sharks both in diver and hunting situation)

Book Description:

In this remarkable groundbreaking book, a documentarian and conservationist, determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, explores in-depth the secret lives of sharks—magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans and ultimately the planet.

From the Jaws blockbusters to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Safeguard the Seas founder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much…

Coming attractions for August 2019

For some years, I have been reading 5 books at once, thinking that it will help me finish books faster. In truth, I don't think it worked that well, so I have only began to read 2 books (well 3 if you count e-reader) and let's see if that assumption will help me finish books faster. So far I think I'm finishing them faster than 5 at once. Here are some book tours and book selections that I promise to do this month.

Book Spotlights/Reviews:

Matt's Swirly World - Helping Parents Raise Mindful Kids, Understand Tantrums and Relief Stress& Anxiety (Growing Up & Facts of Life Emotions by Feelings)  by Madeleine Matthews/Illustrated by Cristina Diana Enache (August 1st, 2019)

120 Days by Ronald L. Ruiz (August 23rd, 2019)

Possible Reviews:

Alice and Gerald; a Homicidal Love Story by Ron Franscell

The Devil's Wind by Steve Goble

Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein

Promised Land by Martin Fletcher

The Exile by Gregory Erich Phillips

Planned Reads:

The Book of Unknown American…

August 2019

Without her- Rosalind BRACKENBURY
SR: August 2nd, 2019
FR: August 15th, 2019
A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
Like water for chocolate- Laura ESQUIVEL
SR: July 26th, 2019
FR: August 2nd, 2019
The body in GRIFFITH PARK- Jennifer Kincheloe
SR: August 15th, 2019
FR: August 23rd, 2019
The peacock summer- Hannah RICHELL
SR: August 23rd, 2019

Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz
SR: February 10th, 2014
Caligula the mad emperor of Rome- Stephen Dando-Collins
SR: July 30th, 2019
FR:  August 10th, 2019
The new evil; understanding the emergence of modern violent crime- Michael H STONE, Gary BRUCATO
SR: August 10th, 2019
FR: August 20th, 2019
No past tense; love and survival in the shadow of the holocaust- D.Z. Stone
SR: August 20th, 2019