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G667 Book Review of At the Sharp End of Lightning by N.R. Bates

Name of Book: At the Sharp End of Lightning

Author: N.R. Bates

ISBN: 9780993190520

Publisher: Self published

Type of book: fantasy, hemophilia, England Wales, oceanlight, sprites, mysteries, pollution, time travel, 1970s, 1200s?, the chosen one, no connections between worlds

Year it was published: 2014


AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING is the tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. The intertwined worlds of Oceanlight and Earth are no longer hidden from view of each other. In one realm, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her family and she encounters a deadly blue haze at sea. Escaping the poison makes her realize that her world, Oceanlight, is experiencing sudden and catastrophic environmental change. Meanwhile, in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth with haemophilia, is nearly murdered …

G680 Book Review of The 6:41 to Paris by Jean Philippe Blondel, Alison Anderson

Name of Book: The 6:41 to Paris

Author: Jean-Phillipe Blondell

ISBN: 978-1-939931-26-9

Publisher: New Vessel Press

Type of book: France, Paris, first love, reunion, train, lives, pride, modern times, chance meetings, connections, friendship

Year it was published: 2013 (translated 2015)


Cécile, a stylish forty-seven-year-old, has spent the weekend visiting her parents in a provincial town southeast of Paris. By early Monday morning, she's exhausted. These trips back home are always stressful and she settles into a train compartment with an empty seat beside her. But it's soon occupied by a man she instantly recognizes: Philippe Leduc, with whom she had a passionate affair that ended in her brutal humiliation thirty years ago. In the fraught hour and a half that ensues, their express train hurtles towards the French capital. Cécile and Philippe undertake their own face to face journey—In silence? What could they possibly say to one another?—with the reader gaining entrée to t…

Book Blitz: Debt by Rachel Dunning

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Over 400 Pages
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DEBT By Rachel Dunning
Expected Release Date: March 2016
What’s it about?
The Debt Collector
I pay my debts, and I expect others to. I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused. And I paid for that refusal. So did my sister. So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived. Another debt. I paid for that one too. I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her. Besides, trouble is my middle name. Kyla Hensley I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My fa…

G669 Book Review of Kings or Pawns by J J Sherwood

Name of Book: Kings or Pawns

Author: J.J Sherwood

ISBN: 9780986287701

Publisher: Silver Helm

Type of book: elves, fantasy, political games, control, domination, wars, manipulation, friendship, roots, powerless, mysteries, division, corruption

Year it was published: 2015


The first book in JJ Sherwood's Steps of Power epic fantasy series. The Kings, Book I: Kings or Pawns is a political intrigue that spirals into an action and adventure series as the final events unfold.

8,994 P.E.-The elven city of Elvorium has become corrupted to the core by politics. With his father dead and The Royal Schism at his back, Prince Hairem becomes the king of the elven world on Sevrigel. Young and daring, Hairem is determined to undo the council’s power, but quickly finds his loyal council members brutally murdered by an assassin loosed within the city.

As corruption and death threaten to tear the city apart from within, the warlord Saebellus threatens the city from without, laying siege to Sevrige…

Book Review for Tree of Souls The Mythology of Judaism by Howard Schwartz Book 2 Part 15.15

General Information:

Name of Book: Tree of Souls

ISBN: 9780195086799

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Year it was published: 2004

Overall theme:

"With only one God, heaven would be a barren place, at least in mythic terms. Yet the actual Jewish view of heaven is quite different. There are seven heavens, filled with angels and other divine beings, such as the Messiah [Not jesus!], who is said to have a palace of his own in the highest heaven. The clestial Temple can be found there- the mirror image of the Temple in the earthly Jerusalem- as well as an abundance of heavenly palaces, one for each of the patriarchs and matriarchs and sages, where he or she teaches Torah to the attentive souls of the righteous and the angels..." (xliii)

"Drawing on the full range of Jewish sources, sacred and nonsacred, ten major categories of Jewish mythology can be identified: Myths of God, Myths of Creation...Each of these categories explores a mythic realm, and, in the process, reimagi…

G671 Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession; Understanding Our addiction

Title of the book: Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession; Understanding Our addiction

Author: Michael S Levy

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Publishing Date: 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4422-4312-5


Celebrity culture surrounds us. We are inundated with information about actors and actresses, athletes, musicians, and others who have become famous or infamous. Although we never will likely meet or get to know them, our interest in them seems boundless. We are literally obsessed with being entertained as well as with the people who entertain us.

Who our celebrities are has also shifted; in the past, celebrity status was bestowed on men and women of great accomplishment, those who had given the world something to be proud of and to celebrate. Conversely, today s celebrities are generally people involved in entertainment from TV newscasters to people who appear on reality television programs, as well as some who are simply famous for being famous. What remains an enigma is why we, as a society…

First Impressions: E-Reading G136. Clotho's Loom: A Novel of Literary Romance and Realism by Shawn StJean

Name of Book: Clotho's Loom: A Novel of Literary Romance and Realism

Author: Shawn StJean

ISBN: 9781479271528

Publisher: Glas Daggre Publishing

Year it was published: 2012


CL has gone to the second round of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and has been awarded the IndiePENdents Seal of Good Writing.

William Wyrd, an introverted history professor at long remove from his youthful days as a marine sniper, is drafted to serve overseas in the U.S. military at age thirty-nine. Already in a relationship made tenuous by the demands of dual professional careers and their own dearth of interpersonal experience, he and his wife are completely estranged by the blunder on the part of the government. But is this merely human error at work, a bad mix of circumstances—or tangling of the skein of Fate? In the tradition of Robert Ludlum's Bourne Identity and follow-up novels, this literary action-adventure tale tests whether one's present choices, and even ultimate destiny, nee…

First Impressions: E-Reading G132 13 Years in America; One woman's pursuit of an American Dream

Name of Book: 13 Years in America;  One woman's pursuit of an American Dream

Author: Melanie Steele

ISBN: Createspace

Publisher: 9781475215663

Year it was published: 2012


13 Years in America is a story of hope, sacrifice, and the modern search for happiness that is at once a moving personal journey and a sharp, hard look at the American Dream.

After moving to the United States from Canada, a free-spirited young woman rejects the status quo and embarks on a journey to discover what it means to be truly happy and fulfilled in the Land of Opportunity.

Her 13-year search spans half a dozen states, a bunch of fearless adventures, and ever-increasing crises, divisions, turmoil, and discontent. Through it all, she holds on to her fearless pursuit of happiness and fulfillment against ever-decreasing odds.

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From the pages I have read so far, the story does sound interesting, but…