Jan 13, 2016

Reviewer's Choice Awards - Beck Valley Books (Guest Post)

2015 brought us so many fabulous books, both stand alone reads and part of wonderful series, here are the reviewers top three favorite series..... 

Top 3 Book Reviewers SERIES Choice for 2015

Dec 30, 2015

Lost & Found - Brooke Davis

It will be my birthday soon, and that brings all sorts of memories. I was having a barbecue with my in-laws and my brother rang up to wish me a happy birthday. He popped around and sat down with us for a drink and a feed and a laugh as always. He’d just come back from an amazing trip to India, Nepal and Thailand. He brought me a pashmina, purple of course. Three days later he died. The first time I got to wear it was to his funeral.

There are only a few people I am really close to, and who truly know me. These are the ones that get under my skin, and I can be so mad at them and love them fiercely at the same time. My family, my husband, my kids, my siblings.

When we were growing up, my brother would punch me, but never let anyone else hurt me. He would tell me beautiful, long stories and then tell me I was annoying when I wanted to hang around him all the time. The three of us siblings would all jump into bed together to wait for Father Christmas, or because we were in trouble. If Mum or Aunty got mad at us, we would plot ways to run away from home. He would hide and I would bring him supplies. We laughed at “in” jokes between siblings that no one understood, from the Goodies, The Young Ones, movies we’d watched, stories we’d told, adventures we’d had. All the cool stuff I got to do was because my brother would take me. A Kiss concert, a camping trip, the pub even though I was still 17.

I never understood about sudden death, and how it knocks the wind out of you for weeks, months… forever. Everything becomes divided into “before my brother died” and “after my brother died”. Grief gets hold of you in inexplicable ways. The stages of grief you experience can’t be found in any text book, and they aren’t linear. You are sad, then angry, then accepting, then in denial again, then angry and sad at the same time - all over the place.



This is exactly the theme that Dr Brooke Davis explores in her book, entitled Lost & Found. I may have been almost 50 before I experienced a sudden death of someone very close, but Millie is just seven. She’s recorded twenty seven dead things, and one of them was her Dad.

When he mother leaves her at a shopping centre, and doesn’t return, Karl and Agatha decide to help her find her mother. Three lost people, all in different stages of grief, yet all in it together.
Millie’s mother, a woman in crisis, is barely visible in the story and yet, she has an important story.
This powerful novel explores these themes, and more. It explores life. What it is to be young and not know things, while also knowing too much for your age. What it means to be old and yet still think and feel as you did when you were younger. Friendship, and family and the kindness of strangers, come together in a tale of eccentric and yet familiar characters.

I heard Dr Davis speak at a Curtin Alumni breakfast, about writing her novel to obtain her PhD. I bought a copy of her book, and had it signed. I put it on my “To Be Read” list, and promptly forgot about it. It was waiting there for me… this year… when I needed it… and when it would speak to me the most. 


Dec 3, 2015

"Family Secret" by Kay LaLone.

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the newly released young adult thriller, "Family Secret" by Kay LaLone.

 

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About the Book

Title: Family Secret | Author: Kay LaLone | Publication Date: September 29, 2015 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Pages: 229 | Recommended Ages: 12+ Summary: On the road to solving his mother’s murder, sixteen-year-old Thomas Patrick Henry discovers a secret his father has kept from him for years. Tom thought Dad’s secret put him in danger, Mom’s secret is far worse. Magic. Witches. Ancient Book of Spells. Magical Amulet. Ghosts. Demons. Tom never thought these things existed until he is face to face with them. There is nothing else to do but destroy the demons before someone else Tom love dies. He already lost his mom and a close friend because this secret was kept from him. No one else will die. No one else will be possessed. Tom faces his demons. A mother’s love gives Tom the strength to slay his demons.

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Rafflecopter  Giveaway after the jump.

Oct 31, 2015

National Novel Writing Month 2015



National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges you to write 50 000 words in the month of November. I have been writing such a lot of technical writing in the last few years, and I want to go back to collecting personal histories and folklife. So I am challenging myself to NaNoWriMo to increase my creativity.
I have also been doing some art, colouring and other creative pursuits to broaden myself in this way. It's really helped with my mourning time.

Aug 22, 2014

cAT tHURSDAY -im redy for my close up

hai hoomans

my stoopid mum is sooo busy wiv the stoopid hooman grand kitten.
i say stoopid becos that kitten sed woof the other day.
woof!
i cant beleve it!
she cant even lern miaow lik a normel hooman kitten shuld.

eny ways i got Uncal Rob to tak my pitchers cos my hooman wont tak eny.
she just taks pitchers of the hooman grand kitten all the tim!!!

look how adorabul i am!
worshiip me.

luv Jigglypuff
xx


May 28, 2014

Summoned by Rainy Kaye


Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.

Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can't tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn't the type to tolerate secrets.

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl's ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.

Summoned is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.


Apr 17, 2014

Cat Thursday - Time for a Break




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

Like a lot of people, I have been dealing with a plateful of interesting challenges. I think I just need a break to have time to breath and to look after my health. I hope everyone has a nice break if you are on school holidays.  If not, I hope you get some hugs to see you through.




 

Book Blast - The Necklace of Goddess Athena


Book Blurb

Efimios is an ancient Greek and an unsung hero of Athens. He has saved the city countless times by undertaking time-travelling missions as instructed by Goddess Athena herself. Now an elderly man, he sends his son Phevos and his adopted daughter Daphne on a time-travelling quest to modern-day Athens. Mysterious as always, he only advises his children to look out for the signs without offering any explanations. Mystified, yet eager to obey their father’s will, Phevos and Daphne settle down in this new world, having been offered assistance by two orphaned siblings: Ksenia and Manos. New friendships and romantic love change their lives while their father’s covert purpose is gradually revealed. As the youngsters continue to unravel the secrets of their family past, inevitably they get caught up in the ongoing conflict between two Gods, one of which becomes their protector and the other, their worst nemesis. Who will prevail when the rival Gods meet again and will the mortal bystanders survive to tell the tale?

Apr 15, 2014

Mortal Enchantment Cover Reveal & Giveaway.

Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for

MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!

Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a 

$50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!!!

On to the reveal!



An Element of Time & Giveaway (US only)




"A vampire and a slayer walk into a bar... Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but for Veronica and Mackenzie, it's the beginning of the rest of their lives... "

The world has seen its fair share of evil, but Veronica Chase had no idea such monsters truly existed. Werewolves, poltergeists, witches... even vampires. Ignorance was bliss. But her reality was crushed on that horrid day her family was taken away from her. Now, Veronica has devoted her entire life to hunting those very creatures, searching for the werewolf pack that murdered her parents in hopes of finding her abducted sister. Nothing will get in her way of settling the score for the hand she was unjustly dealt. That is until her newest assignment brings her to her knees. 

After one hundred and eight years on earth, Mackenzie Jones thought he had seen it all. With the exception of daylight of course, but that's what comes with the territory being a vampire and all. Perpetually damned to live his life as a bartender in the shadows of the night, nothing has sparked his interest lately. Just once he wished something exciting would happen in his mundane life. Little did he know, his wish was about to come true. Walking through the door to his bar, and into his heart, Mackenzie allows love to take the wheel for the first time. There's just one slight problem. She's there to kill him.