Dec 9 ~ Featured Book: ‘Blue Light Christmas 2: A Cry for Elf’

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 6 is ‘Blue Light Christmas 2: A Cry for Elf’ by Tobey Alexander. 

This is the second in Tobey Alexander’s Christmas books for kids that delivers profits to charity. 

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 6 is ‘Blue Light Christmas 2: A Cry for Elf’ by Tobey Alexander. Tobey Alexander Blue Light Christmas 2

This is the second in Tobey Alexander’s Christmas books for kids that delivers profits to charity.

It’s another Christmas and what was supposed to be another normal shift for Constable Tim Tinsel. Fate, it would seem, has a different plan. Just about ready to leave for his shift, Tim finds himself needed once again to save Christmas. This time Santa needs Tim to come to the North Pole, and along for the ride is Tim’s daughter, Eve. Can they help save Santa?  Ultimately once again….Christmas hangs in the balance in a wild new adventure. 

All author profits will be donated to Care Of Police Survivors charity.

These stories were created to help create a face to the uniform. Tobey Alexander Blue Light Christmas 1
There are always those within the Emergency Services that have to work those key events, Christmas being just one of them, which is where the idea for the Blue Light books came from. Blue Light Christmas is a family story, to entertain and at the same time raise money for COPs charity.

Available in eBook and Paperback with pricing to match the same profits to go to COPs.

Find Blue Light Christmas 2 at Amazon.

Blue Light Christmas #1 is there, too!

December 6 ~ Featured Book: ‘Tempus Fugit’ by Timothy Casey

This humorous sci-fi romp is a brand new release. It’s Timothy Casey’s debut novel, so I hope everyone will show ‘Tempus Fugit’ some extra love today. 

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 6 is ‘Tempus Fugit’ by Timothy Casey.

This humorous sci-fi romp is a brand new release. It’s Timothy Casey’s debut novel, so I hope everyone will show ‘Tempus Fugit’ some extra love today.

Timothy Casey Tempus Fugit


Wasting Time Travel has never been such fun!

Veerle and Myst Solassen – two debutante princesses who love to dance and party – are out to find a space pirate who has done them wrong.

There’s enough here for everyone of age to enjoy! Time Travel, Sex, Humor, Heroics, Thrills, Disco, Sex, Space Piracy, Gender Bending, Aliens really loving to have Sex and some light Opera, too. 

It’s One Hell of a Ride! That’s what She said!

I found it at Amazon.

 

December 3 ~ Featured Book: ‘The Gift’ by Rhonda Hopkins

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 3 is ‘The Gift’ by Rhonda Hopkins.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 3 is ‘The Gift’ by Rhonda Hopkins.

Given that this is an Advent Event, it’s good to be able to offer you some lovely Christmas and holiday themed books to read. This one looks heartwarming and inspirational, with a family theme that many can relate to.

Rhonda Hopkins The Gift

Sometimes, the best gifts are unexpected.

When workaholic Robert Chalmer’s wife leaves to take care of her sick mother for two weeks, he is left with all the responsibility… including his seven-year-old daughter. With Christmas fast approaching, Robert must find a way to reconnect with what is most important in his life, or risk losing it forever.

THE GIFT is a contemporary heartwarming short story set in Fort Worth, TX about family, love, and second chances.

I found it at Amazon.

 

Book Review: ‘100 Wild Mushrooms’ by Eva Pasco

Eva Pasco 100 Wild Mushrooms

‘100 Wild Mushrooms’ presents readers with one hundred chapters of nostalgia and memoir from the 1960s. Food, music, TV shows, comic books, toys, fashion, crazes, world events, celebrities and recollections of personal experience combine to form a most enjoyable trip down memory lane.

I really enjoyed the diversity and range of the topics in this book. Not content to merely entertain me, these memories carried me away to a different time where life seemed much more straightforward than it often seems to be today.

Written with good humour and warmth, This is a delightful collection that will appeal to a wide audience, especially those who were there but may not always remember much!

In Eva Pasco’s own words, “simply remembering a few of our favourite things meandering along Memory Lane is a trip worth taking.”

Golden Acorns
I’ve given this book a lovely Golden Acorn Award.

‘100 Wild Mushrooms’ is available on Amazon.

December 2 ~ Featured Book: ‘Aaspa’s Eyes’ by Jane Jago

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 2 is ‘Aaspa’s Eyes’ by Jane Jago.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 2 is ‘Aaspa’s Eyes’ by Jane Jago.
Jane Jago Aaspa s Eyes

This is a YA paranormal/urban fantasy novel with a really interesting premise.

If Aaspa was human, having blue eyes wouldn’t matter. But she isn’t, so it does. And when she finds out how she came by the colour it rocks the foundations of her world. Can she emerge from the web of spite and rumour with her head held high? Or will her enemies manage to use the secret to lever her over the edge into insanity?

‘Aaspa’s Eyes’ is available at Amazon.

December 1 ~ Featured Book: ‘Newgrange’ by D.J. Doyle

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 1 is ‘The Celtic Curse: Newgrange’ by D.J. Doyle.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 1 is ‘The Celtic Curse: Newgrange’ by D.J. Doyle.

This brand new release looks fantastic.

Mystery, a quest, horror, Celtic legend… this ticks all the boxes for a great weekend read.

D.J. Doyle The Celtic Curse Newgrange
Haunted for years by dreams of death and mysterious rituals, Jess Young travels to Ireland in search of answers. Her search becomes a race against time when her friend is abducted by Celtic Druids bent on resurrecting the Morrigan; the Celtic goddess of war and death.
Jess must seek help from an ancient Order of Christians and some unorthodox Catholic priests before time runs out for her friend . . . and the world.
Whom can Jess trust while being hunted by the Celtic Druids of our time? If Jess follows her destiny, is the fate of mankind safe in her hands?

 

I found it at Amazon.

 

Celebrate Advent with Book Squirrel!

Inspired by the wonderful traditions around the world that involve some way of counting down to Christmas, Book Squirrel is going to be buying and featuring a terrific book each day from December 1-25. 

Book Squirrel Christmas

Hi friends!

Inspired by the wonderful traditions around the world that involve some way of counting down to Christmas, Book Squirrel is going to be featuring a terrific book each day from December 1-25.

Because he wants this to be as fulfilling for others as it is for him, he’s going to follow these simple rules that he has made for himself:

  • Buy each book. Authors need to buy Christmas gifts and food, too.
  • Give preference to Indie authors.
  • Promote each day’s chosen book using the hashtags #BooksForChristmas and #BooksWorthReading
  • Books do not have to be Christmas or winter themed. He will choose whatever interests him.
  • Each book will be reviewed and promoted by Book Squirrel in coming months.

If you want to see which books are chosen, make sure you’re following this blog and/or  Book Squirrel’s Facebook page.

If you’d like to join Book Squirrel and do the same, leave a comment here or on one of his posts on Facebook about this bookish Advent countdown to let him know. He won’t expect you to read the same books as he does, but he would be delighted if you would follow most of the same rules!

 

 

Book Review: ‘Fractured’ by Nikki Landis

Although it belongs to a series, this book works well as a standalone story. Prior to reading ‘Fractured’, I had not read any of the full novels in the series to which this story is a companion, but I now plan to do exactly that.

Nikki Landis Fractured

A short companion story to Landis’ The Fight For Light series, this is a powerul and deeply moving story. In one sense it might be interpreted as a love story, but it is far more than that – it is a tale of sacrifice, resistance and hope against hope that one day, the darkness might not always win.

In this, I found ‘Fractured’ to be a profound story to which I could relate in a very personal way.

Much of my own poetry is an expression of that same hope: that the demons and the darkness might be overcome. It’s an age-old story, but Nikki Landis has crafted it in an original and compelling way. Her characters are complex and flawed, and her exploration of how fascinating evil can be is incredibly perceptive.

Although it belongs to a series, this book works well as a standalone story. Prior to reading ‘Fractured’, I had not read any of the full novels in the series to which this story is a companion, but I now plan to do exactly that.

Silver AcornsThis is an excellent read that can be completed in one day if desired, or enjoyed over a longer period without losing track of the story.

Nikki Landis The Fight For Light SeriesI’m giving it a lovely Silver Acorn!

Fractured and all of Nikki Landis’ books are available on Amazon.

Book Review: Waking The Dragon by Susan Day

A delightful and fun read for kids and families.

‘Waking the Dragon’ is a fun and exciting adventure story for kids, revolving around a group of dogs who work undercover as dog rescuers in an organization that is the kid-friendly canine equivalent of CSI.

The story is written with good humour that kids will enjoy, and a plot that will keep them guessing. The characters are engaging and likeable — even the cats, who harbour less-than-honourable intentions!

One aspect of this book that I really appreciated is the Australian element that appears in both the settings and the storyline. In a world full of books set in America or major world cities, it’s very refreshing to find a kids’ book set in one of my favorite regional Australian cities. This is great for Australian kids, but should also add interest for readers from other countries in which Australia is a source of interest and fascination.

Waking The Dragon is Book 10 in theAstro’s Adventures series by Susan Day.  This book – in fact, this series of books – would make a great addition to any school or local library, and would be a wonderful choice for both individual and family reading at home.

Find ‘Waking The Dragon’ on Amazon.

Book Review: ‘The Rite Of Wands’ by Mackenzie Flohr

Mackenzie Flohr has created a beautiful world of magical kingdoms in which ambition and conspiracy work to undermine the rightful order and overthrow the rule of the rightful king.

The story is populated by beautifully complex characters, among whom Mierta McKinnon and Orlynd O’Brien take the lead roles. Very few of the characters are transparent at all, so the story keeps on developing interest and intrigue as it progresses. The very fact that Mierta is so complicated and driven a character draws the reader into his thoughts and aspirations, and engages one deeply in the events of the story as they unfold.

It would be too simplistic to say that this is a story of a battle between good and evil. It may be so, but there are nuances and shades of truth and revelation, and of injustice and vindication, that obscure some elements of the characters and of the story so that the reader is never really able to foresee or predict what is yet to come. In this story, the only thing that is sure is that anything could happen. 
The story finished at a logical point of resolution, although I really didn’t want it to. A number of questions, both incidental and central to the story, remain to be answered in future books. I’m very keen for the next book!

All in all, this is shaping up to be the series I have been waiting for since I finished reading Harry Potter the seventh time over. It’s not more of the same – the world, the characters and the problems they face are very different, but The Rite Of Wands does capture the imagination in the same fantastic, magical way.

The Rite Of Wands is available for Kindle and in paperback on Amazon.