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Before We Died by Joan Schweighardt

Before We Died

Title: Before We Died
Series: Rivers, #1
Author: Joan Schweighardt
Genre: Historical Fiction, Action & Adventure
Publication Date: September 15, 2018
 

40102009Two young men battle corruption, the forces of nature, and their own weaknesses (including the issue of their love for the same woman) in the deepest part of the Brazilian jungle:

 
In 1908 two Irish American brothers leave their jobs on the docks of Hoboken, NJ to make their fortune tapping rubber trees in the South American rainforest. They expect to encounter floods, snakes, malaria, extreme hunger and unfriendly competitors, but nothing prepares them for the psychological hurdles that will befall them.

 
BEFORE WE DIED, the first in a three-book “rivers” series, is a literary adventure novel set against the background of the South American rubber boom, a fascinating but little known historical moment.

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Author Information:

joan-schweighardt2Joan Schweighardt is the award-winning author of The Accidental Art Thief, The Last Wife Of Attila The Hun, Virtual Silence and other novels.

Joan grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey and lived in Broward County in Florida and Ulster County in New York before moving to Bernalillo County, New Mexico. In addition to her own book projects, she writes, edits and ghostwrites for private and corporate clients.

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Zenobia by Russ Wallace

Challenging a Legend ( book 2)

 

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Day 16 CoverSequel to the award-winning Zenobia – Birth of a Legend.

The continuing saga of the deadly young warrior who will one day challenge Rome for the supremacy of her world. As the dynamic girl continues her education in Egypt, for a time she is diverted from her warrior path. Complicating Zenobia’s life is a budding romance with her brilliant and charismatic instructor. The challenge – he is the scholar, she the warrior. Can they blend their worlds to become the most exciting couple in Alexandria?

Learning of a slave trade in kidnapped young women, Zenobia determines to free the oppressed. Warrior skills will not be enough. Her new challenge – to become a pirate, then a temptress in her fight for justice.

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Russ Wallace is a long-time student of history and religion. He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived.

He is working on future books in the Zenobia Book Series. Zenobia – Birth of a Legend won a 2012 IPPY award in Historical Fiction.

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10 random facts about Russ Wallace:

  1. Russ loves humor. You might even consider him an amateur stand-up comedian. Whenever opportunity allows he loves to share this talent with others. Russ’s wife Ruth says when they cruise; Russ enjoys doing his stand-up comedy on talent night.

  2. Russ was a string cheese sales person, he had a cleaning business but most of his life he designed and built houses. All before he was a writer, of course. 

  3. Russ is a great gardener and landscaper- wherever he lives you are sure to find lots of trees, plants, and flowers all around.

  4.  We say Russ is a world traveler and we mean it, he has visited over 37 different countries.

  5.  Favorite food? Peanut Butter

  6. Favorite movie? Gone with the Wind

  7. Favorite book? Bible

  8. Russ grew up in the suburbs of Chicago

  9. Russ loves finding good deals and is a garage-sale-enthusiast

  10. One of his favorite vacation spots is Hawaii

 
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Zenobia:Birth of a Legend ( book 1) by Russ Wallace

 

Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 15

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Zenobia by Russ Wallace

Birth of a Legend ( book 1)

 

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Day 15 CoverIn the 3rd century, a girl of uncommon abilities was born in the desert wilderness of Syria. Rescued from death by her courageous mother, Zenobia masqueraded as a boy to stay alive. She grew up to become one of the toughest, deadliest women who ever lived.

The first book in the series traces Zenobia’s life from age nine to fifteen, setting the stage for her amazing rise to power. It includes the beginnings of her legend and her budding romances.

No one who reads her captivating story will ever forget Zenobia!
 

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Russ Wallace is a long-time student of history and religion. He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived.

He is working on future books in the Zenobia Book Series. Zenobia – Birth of a Legend won a 2012 IPPY award in Historical Fiction.

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Top Ten List:

10 top favorite things:

 

  1. Being with my wonderful wife of 54 years

  2. Studying the Bible

  3. Writing

  4. Playing chess and other strategy games

  5. Peanut butter, nuts and dark chocolate

  6. Watching movies

  7. Favorite color- Green

  8. Favorite animal- Dog

  9. Reading history books and novels

  10. Vacationing in Hawaii 

 
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The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram

Chronicles of the Stone: Book 1

 

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In this exciting Middle Grade adventure set in Egypt, a 5000-year-old mystery comes to life.

Scarab cover frontA scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs.

Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler.

They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out!

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authorI am a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir….

Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. I have now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in my MG adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3!

I also teach online novel writing for aspiring authors and I find that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds me enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. I love doing research for my book series. I love animals and have written two animal rescue stories. I have two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

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Top Ten List:

My Top Ten (in no particular order):

  1. Travel
    I have been fortunate enough to visit many countries but there are still more on my list.

  2. Animals
    I love animals and wish I had tons of money to donate to many of the causes I read about. One day, I will!

  3. Movies
    I LOVE movies. Detective, thrillers, animal feel goods, historical series, adventure, action, marvel character movies, I love it!

  4. Books
    I LOVE books, of course, and still have many of my old childhood favourites inherited from my parents and grandparents.

  5. Music
    Listening to music, mainly classical and movie themes, is very relaxing.

  6. Theatre and ballet
    Would you believe it I started out studying drama at university, went to drama school in London and mime school in Paris, came back home and ended up in writing and publishing.

  7. Writing
    Not just writing middle grade adventures though. I have an alter ego named Arabella Sheraton who writes Regency romances and has actually written more books than I have. Arabella is the proud author of eight books so far. Do I have a problem wearing two hats? Not at all. I love jumping into a historical fiction romance and having fun.

  8. Antiques and collectibles
    I have inherited so many beautiful antiques (furniture and collectibles) but that hasn’t stopped me browsing flea markets and antique shops to enjoy the beautiful items of yesteryear and sometimes buy.

  9. Friends/family
    Getting together with good friends is something that can’t be beaten. I love having friends/family over and making a great dinner for us to enjoy.

  10. Giving talks on child literacy
    I didn’t start off as an expert on child literacy, but after I fostered and later adopted my daughter Mabel (a disadvantaged young African girl) I had to learn pretty quickly because she came to me just about illiterate at age eleven. From my experiences in teaching Mabel to read, I then was asked to address many institutions and groups on the topic. I enjoy helping parents and teachers to get kids to love reading.

 

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Five on Friday

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Five Books – Five Authors – One Genre

Looking for a new book for the youngsters to read this weekend?
Try one of these…

I have three books for older children (and the young at heart) plus two for younger children!

 

Title: The Dragon Dreamer
Author: J.S. Burke

22886684The Dragon Dreamer is a fast-paced adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and unexpected friendship. It’s a young adult science fantasy layered for ages 9 to 99+.

Arak is different, a worthless dreamer, bullied by other young dragons. Determined to prove himself he leaves the clan and flies far over the sea on a dangerous quest. He’s caught in a fierce storm and crashes, suffering serious injuries and the loss of his trance-stone. A fearless, shape-shifting octopus named Scree finds and heals him and an unexpected friendship begins. Arak returns to the Winter Festival, where dragons carve glaciers with fire and toss lightning bolts in the clouds. When an undersea volcano erupts, it triggers a towering tsunami and a deadly chain of events. Can Arak use his secret gift to save the dragons?

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My review:

The author cleverly mixes fantasy with fact in this delightful and original story which is appropriate for all ages, including adults.
The friendships between the different species are as engaging as they are inspiring. They learn to communicate, respect and trust each other as they experience some tough and demanding adventures
The world(s) in which they live are wonderfully described as are the creatures that inhabit them. The characters have human qualities and emotions, and are easy to relate to.

 

Title: How Maxwell Grover Stole My House
Author: C.E. Vance

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What if every fear you ever had about your creepy next-door neighbor turned out to be true?

10- year-old Zeke Langley has become the target of his nasty new neighbor, Maxwell Grover. For reasons known only to him, the unsavory stranger seems determined to make Zeke’s life miserable and force his family out of their home.

Inevitably, Zeke and his best friend Winks set out on a journey to discover what Grover is hiding. What they find sends them down a road they never imagined … and on a mission they may never return from.

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My review:

Although aimed at an audience much younger than I am, I enjoyed every minute of this book.
It was well-written, with age-appropriate language and some great gross-out moments.
The children in the story were likeable and acted their age during their adventures. The villain of the piece was disgusting and scary, but not too much for the younger reader.
A fun read that you and your kids will love.

 

Title: Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon
Author: H.L. Burke

24626870Thaddeus F. Whiskers is a pampered palace pet, a kitten enchanted to never become a cat. Princess Clarice loves him, for in the entire kingdom, there is no other kitten as cute or as clever. He leads a life of cushions and cream until a wizard’s “gift” results in his banishment. Determined to make it back to the princess he loves, he escapes into the wilderness where he discovers the lair of a dragon.

Grandious, the dragon, doesn’t care about anything besides himself. He wants to be left alone with his treasure. However, there is something about Thaddeus that has him entranced. He finds himself opening his home and his heart to the little cat.

Thaddeus is a small creature in a big world. Between him and his beloved Princess stand conniving wizards, would-be-step-mothers, and rampaging rats. However, when danger threatens both Clarice and Grandious, Thaddeus won’t allow his size to get in the way of saving his friends.

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My review:

A delightful story for youngsters, although I believe we are never to old for a good fairy tale.
It has all the elements of a great fantasy story… a sweet natured princess, an eternally young kitten, a ferocious/friendly dragon, an evil queen, an incompetent wizard and much more.
A wonderful read for the young and the young at heart.

 

Title: Girlie and the War of the Wasps
Author: Claire Plaisted

30053948Girlie is a young blue ladybug who sees her best friend kidnapped. Venturing after her, she discovers some naughty wasps who need to learn about healthy eating. Along the way, Girlie meets many different characters, some who are helpful and some who aren’t.

*40% of sales going to ‘chasing a cure for type 1 diabetes.’

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My review:

A thoroughly enjoyable book, for children of all ages.

The story is adventurous and interesting, and the illustrations were delightful.
I liked how the ‘lessons’ in healthy eating, bullying and discrimination were worked into the story without being preachy!

 

Title: Gloria and the Unicorn
Author: Wanda Luthman

34797852Adopted by a loving owner of a children’s home, Gloria still has a lot to overcome. She has a droopy cheek on one side of her face. Then, she overhears a terrible secret about her past that she doesn’t want anyone to know. To protect her from bullies, she is kept out of school. But, Gloria wants to learn to read more than anything in the world. She feels she has no one to turn to until a magical unicorn named Sir Louie befriends her. Can he help her learn to love and accept herself? And when Sir Louie suddenly disappears, will Gloria think he has rejected her like everyone else or realize his life is in danger and he may need her help?

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My review:

A lovely children’s book with a wonderful message.

The book encourages its readers to be happy and to love themselves.

Gloria looks different from other children, but thanks to Sir Louie, a magical unicorn, she learns to accept that it’s ok to be different.

 

 

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Beyond the Vale by Kerry Alan Denney

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Title: Beyond the Vale
Author: Kerry Alan Denney
Genre: fantasy / adventure
Publisher: Burning Willow Press, LLC
Publication Date: December 23, 2017

 
Beyond the Vale front coverThere’s no rest for the weary in the afterlife: We all must earn our passage to the next world . . . or pay the ultimate price.

Logan Leonard comes to his senses with his memory full of holes, and a half-familiar woman asks him if he remembers how and why he died. She tells him he must earn his passage to the next level, leads him through doorways to impossible places with surreal landscapes and bizarre inhabitants, and sends him into pictures that are portals to his past. Logan meets his spirit guide in the form of a friendly dog, finds and then loses the woman of his dreams, and battles a madman who has enslaved the entire populace of the afterlife world.

Then menacing shadows come to claim Logan, and suddenly the stakes are his own immortal soul—and the souls of everyone he loves. All he has to do to earn his passage is rescue the woman of his dreams, defeat the shadows and their master, and correct the mistakes he made that ruined his life. If he fails, everyone will burn.

Because the punishment for failure is a one-way ticket to Hell.

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      The shadows grew more distinct as the torches dimmed. He did his best to ignore them, but he suspected he would always see them, forevermore in the corners of his eyes, like a door that, once opened, could never be closed again.
      Maybe they were a part of everything around us, always waiting to welcome us into desolation. The ghostly guides to reckless abandon and ultimate surrender, the blissful letting go of responsibility and accountability.
      “Forget that,” he mumbled into the darkness as the oldest torch sputtered. He cleared his throat and spoke up, as if the shadows were his audience and he was an actor in a play. “I may have cobwebs in my central processing unit, but this old boy doesn’t throw in the towel that easy, bitches. So come on. Give it your best shot.”
      Another torch sputtered, and he wondered how long he’d been sitting on the edge of the cot. He remembered Ashley warning him that darkness would be more frightening than it had ever been before, and stifled a shudder.
      He was certain that, as with Kelly, Ashley had not lied to him once, and never would, whatever her warped perception of truth may be. Neither would Jessica, or Bob—wherever he was—or Ringo, if he had a voice to try it.
      If Ashley was right, a deeper darkness was about to descend upon him.
      He watched as the third of the four torches fluttered with lighter blue flames around its bottom edges, striving to keep the fire burning as the last of its life was expelled.
      He chuckled, realizing how simple it all was. All he had to do was turn off the world, spare the children, win the girl, stop the madness, slay the dragon, earn his passage, and find his way back home.
      “Piece of cake,” he muttered as the fourth torch flickered. Darkness was almost his to claim now, equally ready to claim him. It crept upon him with a vengeance, echoing Ashley’s certainty.
      
Death is not dying, my friend, Bob had said. And dying is not death.
      
Laugh in your next last breath, Jessica had told him. It’ll make dying a second time easier.
      
Do you realize now that every moment is precious? George had asked, and added, Just remember that shadows hide in the light too.
      “Shadows in the light,” Logan said as the last torch sputtered. He gave in to the voices, determined to defeat them, and looked down at the planks under his feet.
      The darkness was all his now, and he was a part of it. Ready to kick its ass again.
      Except for one tiny, minor thing.
Without the torchlight, a familiar pale blue luminescence pulsed from below. It seeped through the cracks between the floorboards. He’d seen it before, recognized it for what it was. He sucked in a sharp breath and started laughing again.
      “Kane, you son of a bitch,” he sputtered like the light of the last torch giving out. “You knew all along, planned it this way.”
      Whoever had built this old-fashioned town had founded it upon a quatrocyte deposit, unaware of the doom they’d pronounced upon its citizenry.
      Trying to hold his breath was pointless, and he breathed in the omnipresent gas of madness.

 

Praise for Beyond the Vale:

“Pure, uncut genius. Mind-blowing literature from the wicked mind of a master.”

– L. Bachman, award-winning author of The Blasphemer series

“Kerry Alan Denney twists time and reality to bring us a compelling story of regret, forgiveness, and redemption. Rarely have I seen this type of depth offered in such a fast-paced, action-packed book. Throw in a healthy sprinkling of Denney’s wit and some shadow creatures and spirit guides, and you have the perfect ingredients for a tale that will satisfy even the greatest of literary appetites. Eat up!”

– Mark Reefe, author of The Road to Jericho and El Sendero

“Every time I begin a Kerry Alan Denney book, I’m reminded that I’m entering the mind of a master of his craft. Beyond the Vale takes the reader on an odyssey almost as epic as Homer.”

– James Master, author of The Book of Roland

Author Bio:

Kerry Alan Denney aka The Reality Bender_jpegColleagues and readers have dubbed Kerry Alan Denney, The Reality Bender.

The multiple award-winning author of the post-apocalyptic/ urban fantasy A Mighty Rolling Thunder, the paranormal thrillers Marionettes, Soulsnatcher, and Dreamweavers, and the post-apocalyptic sci-fi/ horror thriller Jagannath, as well as numerous published short stories, Denney blends elements of the supernatural, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror in his work: speculative fiction at its wildest and craziest. With joy, malicious glee, and a touch of madness, he writes reality-bending thrillers—even when the voices don’t compel him to.

He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia with Holly Jolly, his 11-year-old Golden retriever and veteran professional Therapy Dog, where he’s currently writing his next thriller . . . and deciding who to kill in it.

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Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez

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Title: Superhero High
Author: T.H. Hernandez
Publication date: 2018
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
 

Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.

When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.

With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.

But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.

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Author Bio:

T.H. HernandezT.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.

She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.

When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”

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