The second book in the Sedulity Saga continues with the epic story of the cruise ship Sedulity as she recovers from the impact of an asteroid hittingThe second book in the Sedulity Saga continues with the epic story of the cruise ship Sedulity as she recovers from the impact of an asteroid hitting the Pacific Ocean a mere one-hundred miles from her position. While the captain tries to make the best of a rag-tag band of crew and passengers as they deal not only with their injuries and loss of loved ones, the rest of the world is bracing for the aftermath of the impact. Giant tsunamis and earthquakes deal death-hands to countries, towns, and ports along the Pacific Rim. What meteorologists are loath to divulge to the general public is that Earth is now on the brink of another ice-age, like the one that caused dinosaurs to become extinct. By alerting the general public of all nations what to expect they fear mass panic as people try to flee their homes in search of a warmer climate. But is there such a place that won't feel the ravages on the oncoming ice age?
This book reveals the aftermath of the all too real scenario of a possible asteroid impact on our Earth. Additionally it sets up a bleak future for mankind with the impending ice age if scientific calculations are to be believed. The epic destruction of not only coastal towns but the wiping of entire countries off the map makes for a sobering read. However, I feel that there is a lot more to come as our intrepid band of cruise ship passengers makes for the only known port on the Pacific - Darwin, Australia - in a race against time as large underwater tsunamis are headed in the same direction.
I found Sedulity 2: Aftershock to be as seat gripping as the first book in the series. While there is a lot of meteorological terminology and scientific references, these are set forth to shore up the fact of the impending ice age and what it can do to mankind. I did not find it boring in the least and was happy to see some of the characters I bonded with in Book 1 make a return. While this book is somewhat shorter than its predecessor, it does connect the dots for the reader. We begin to understand the reasons why those in command make the decisions they do and how those decisions can affect the future of Earth.
I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to the next in the series....more
I have been on numerous cruises on numerous cruise lines and made many friends among the various crews. So I was interested to see how the crew memberI have been on numerous cruises on numerous cruise lines and made many friends among the various crews. So I was interested to see how the crew members in Mr. Kinser's book see life aboard ship. While I already knew that crew cabins and crew areas are not like the ones we passengers luxuriate in, I was also surprised to learn some the lingo the crew members use. If you want to know what "red alert" means you must read the book - I won't give it away.
The author covers five years of working on board various ships and I was laughing out loud at the descriptions of what some cruise ships try to pass of as decor, reference the Kitty Lounge in this book. Descriptions of food served to the crew is fairly accurate although I have personally heard it isn't as bad as the author would have you believe. But now I know why some of the crew have asked me to smuggle them something from the passenger buffet.
Although six months might not seem long, when they are spent working on a ship they can be the source of cabin fever (or something similar). The fun descriptions carried the book for me and although I also believe a published work can be an author's voice when speaking for the downtrodden (crew), I felt as though it detracted a bit from a 'light-hearted' book.
This book would be a perfect gift for the cruiser in your life. ...more
Oliver, the elegant gentleman cat, recounts three adventures. He takes the young reader on a fun-filled day of playing in the snoChallenges for Oliver
Oliver, the elegant gentleman cat, recounts three adventures. He takes the young reader on a fun-filled day of playing in the snow and building a snowman. The next story is a recounting of how he got to play with his siblings during his kitten hood. In the final story Oliver tells the young reader a out hatching time for those animals who lay eggs. All in all, a very interesting trio of stories sure to capture the attention of readers young and old. Illustrations by Matt Alfonso bring to life author Werner Stekjal's words. Highly recommended....more
In the first volume of this series, we learn more about Oliver. He is a most elegant cat who thinks highly of himself. ButThe Start of Many Adventures
In the first volume of this series, we learn more about Oliver. He is a most elegant cat who thinks highly of himself. But he is a wonderful role model for youngsters as he demonstrates how he brushes his teeth and takes naps. He also teaches that it's okay to have allergies since he's allergic to eating birds and mice. Three fun stories start off the series....more
This introduction to the Oliver and Jumpy series of books is a sneak peek at the characters and a few of the stories Oliver and hisIntroducing Oliver
This introduction to the Oliver and Jumpy series of books is a sneak peek at the characters and a few of the stories Oliver and his friends will encounter in the books that follow. With illustrations that bring the characters to life, you and your children will be delighted....more
I have many friends with grandchildren and great-grandchildren and I like to find new and different children's books to recommend. Let me be perfectlyI have many friends with grandchildren and great-grandchildren and I like to find new and different children's books to recommend. Let me be perfectly clear - I highly recommend the Oliver and Jumpy stories.
Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat and Jumpy is a kangaroo. They are best friends. Joey is Jumpy's baby kangaroo.
In this, the third book of the series, there are three stories to capture the imagination of young readers. What fascinated me was the detail of the illustrations. They are fantastic. Together the story and illustrations make for a first class read. Youngsters will be captivated by Monkey Island and Fairy Castle.
I've looked at the other books in this series and believe they will be just as highly rated. In fact the introduction, at the time of my writing this review, is free for Kindle. This is the perfect time to introduce Oliver and Jumpy to your little readers.
I wish this would be available in print so they could be passed along....more
I've been writing now for over ten years and have read dozens of self-help books about publishing and marketing. This is the first book that 'rang truI've been writing now for over ten years and have read dozens of self-help books about publishing and marketing. This is the first book that 'rang true' for me. It is written from the author's point of view and covers topics I'd forgotten about because they seemed insurmountable. But the truth is that the more books/short stories/articles one writes, the better one gets at their craft and the more likely it is for one's works to be discovered. I liked the fact that I could jump around and find the chapters most suited to me but I must admit I read the book from cover-to-cover. In fact, I first bought the Kindle version but bought the print version just so I could mark it up. (I still don't know how to use the highlight feature on my Kindle.)
I highly recommend this book and have already put a few of the suggestions I found there into practice ...more
Let me say upfront that I am not a reader of Urban Fantasy so I'm a bit out of my league here. This story introduces the reader to Robin - better knowLet me say upfront that I am not a reader of Urban Fantasy so I'm a bit out of my league here. This story introduces the reader to Robin - better known amongst the inhabitants of the underworld as Executioner. We also meet Beth - Robin's roommate who also happens to be a witch. The story opens with Robin doing away with several vampires. She dispatches them with speed and efficiency. Later on the same night, she and Beth are in a bar when she meets the love of her life - Gordon who is a demon. It appears to be love at first sight.
Somewhere along the way, Robin meets an unruly gang of vampires who happen to be the minions of Lilith (better known as the Mother of Evil). I liked Lilith because she was a strong character who knew her mind. Next to Lilith, Robin seemed like a child playing at her job. Add into this mix Gordon who, because he is in love with Robin, sets aside his demonic ways for a bit. When Robin turns down a proposal by Lilith, what ensues is the manifestation of pure evil.
I must admit I had some difficulty following the story as I'm unused to this genre but I found the book entertaining. Readers of Urban Fantasy will revel in this introduction to the series and will surely anticipate the next installment. ...more
When one lives to the age of 100, there are many secrets that one keeps. This is true of Josephine Rimaldi, the central character of The Italian Wife.When one lives to the age of 100, there are many secrets that one keeps. This is true of Josephine Rimaldi, the central character of The Italian Wife. The story chronicles Josephine's life as she follows her husband to America, raises her children (giving one up for adoption in the process), and watches her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow. The reader is allowed inside Josephine's mind as she moves through the years, always watching and waiting for the return of those she loved and lost.
The story seemed disjointed as the author made each chapter (or vignette) a stand-alone story without any segues between the chapters. Josephine goes from being the central character at the start of the novel to being almost a footnote at the very end. The descriptions of Italian daily live seemed authentic to me as they changed through the decades. I especially enjoyed the era of the 1970s through the present day as they brought back some vivid memories for me - but this part of the book was the only thing I truly enjoyed.
Unless you're a fan of Ann Hood's other books, don't waste your time on this one. ...more
The author has created a book from the life story of her grandmother - Maude. It is a tale that will grab you by the collar, sit you down, and won't lThe author has created a book from the life story of her grandmother - Maude. It is a tale that will grab you by the collar, sit you down, and won't let go until you've turned the last page. Life at the turn of the century was difficult at best, especially for girls who were expected to learn all the day-to-day ways of making their man (husband) happy - cooking, cleaning, washing, mending, gardening, milking the cow, cleaning the outhouse, and still find time to welcome him into their waiting arms at night.
Maude's story begins in the early years of the 1900s. We follow her through the happiness of her first marriage at an early age, through her move to a new home far away from family and friends, and on to her love for her grandchildren. The character of Maude is as complex as any other I've met. Her story is compelling. And while I'm sure we all have a family story that is similar in many ways, this one is worth reading. The story is well written and easy to follow. The descriptive passages are detailed but never bog the reader down with too much flowery prose.
You'll find yourself entranced with Maude's family. A perfect book to travel with. ...more
Charlotte Mallory is a well-respected surgeon in Richmond, Virginia. Her brother Jack is a successful author. The Mallory name has been a part of VirgCharlotte Mallory is a well-respected surgeon in Richmond, Virginia. Her brother Jack is a successful author. The Mallory name has been a part of Virginia's history for about two hundred years. And while Jack is holed up in his office writing his next bestseller, Charlotte is honoring the Mallory name as she's done for the past twenty years by taking part in the annual recreation of the Battle of Cedar Creek. We first meet Charlotte dressed in her Civil War uniform and wearing a beard - she is the living embodiment of her great-great-grandfather Carlton Jackson Mallory who was a surgeon attending the wounded at Cedar Creek during the war. Please note that to Southerners it is not called the Civil War - it was, and remains, the War of Northern Aggression. On her way to the re-enactment Charlotte takes a moment to sort through her mail before leaving her car and opens a small box sent to her by a law firm in Scotland. Inside she finds a beautiful vintage sapphire brooch. She tinkers with it and opens the secret compartment to reveal some old Celtic writing. As she reads the words aloud she is enveloped in a mist and finds herself back on the battlefield of Cedar Creek but the year is now 1863. With live bullets whizzing around her head she runs for cover. What follows, dear reader, is a most astounding, vivid, action packed historical story that will keep you turning pages until the very end. Oh, and don't forget the romance that holds the entire story together.
I can't find the right words to praise the writing of Katherine Lowry Logan and I won't bore you with a litany of words. I will urge you to pick up The Sapphire Brooch and read it for yourself. Our heroine Charlotte and the man whose life she saves, Braham, are wonderfully complex characters that will have your rooting for them when you're not trying to shake some sense into them. A full cast of characters including President Lincoln and his staff populate the book and bring the era of the Civil War to life. For me, the icing on this slice of history, is the reappearance of Elliott Fraser who first made his appearance in The Last MacKlenna (you'll recall from my review of that book that I consider Elliott the new Rhett Butler).
All of Ms. Logan's books are rich in description, place setting and action. Don't miss any of them! I look forward to The Emerald Brooch. For a last bit of praise I will say I would rate this book more than five stars. Katherine: When I grow up I want to write like you!
I absolutely love stories with a touch of history and the paranormal. So I was excited to win a copy of Adrift from the author's giveaway. The story bI absolutely love stories with a touch of history and the paranormal. So I was excited to win a copy of Adrift from the author's giveaway. The story begins with Heather, who has recently lost her father. She is lonely and miserable and rattling around the house they both shared. Heather's has had no social life since she had been her father's caregiver. On a whim to escape the encroaching depression, she throws a packed suitcase into her car and sets off on a drive along the California coast to parts unknown. By late afternoon she arrives at the tourist village of Crescent Bay. In short order (a day or two) she becomes friends with Sarah, owner of the local B&B. At this point fate steps in and takes over. Or is it the ofttimes seen ghost who inhabits the abandoned and dilapidated lighthouse and keeper's cottage? Meanwhile, Sarah convinces the town council to have the lighthouse renovated as a means to bring in tourist money. The company selected to offer a bid has sent their top guy Daniel - literally he is the president of 1906 Renovation that specializes in lighthouses. As fate would have it Daniel and Heather are instantly attracted to each other. There is plenty of flirtatious banter until the ghost of the lighthouse steps in.
I enjoyed this story very much and could easily see it as a made-for-tv movie on one of the chick-flick channels. The action moves along fairly well and there are several secondary characters that provide lots of interest, i.e., Michael and Jennifer. There are several areas that I would have liked to know more about. Mainly, who is the ghost and why is he/she so adamant about keeping Heather and Daniel apart? A bit more backstory could have been easily included. I'm hoping that since this is the first book in a trilogy that the answer will become more evident in one of the other books.
A good read for those who like something light.
Caution: This book has an abundance of typos, grammar mistakes, and formatting errors. Althought the author claims that the book was edited, I respectfully disagree. ...more
I have read many stories about the harsh realities suffered by the Jews during World War II. Nothing I've read comes close to the story of Rena's PromI have read many stories about the harsh realities suffered by the Jews during World War II. Nothing I've read comes close to the story of Rena's Promise.
We first meet Rena at her home in North Carolina and learn to love her vivacious manner and the loving interchange between she and her husband John. We also meet the author Heather Macadam, whose job was to take Rena's long-held memories of Auschwitz and put them into a contemporary book. The author's goal was to keep the memory of those Polish Jews alive for future generations.
As Rena tells her story we are immediately taken back to the wonderful yet strict life Rena and her sisters had in their hometown of Tylicz, Poland (a rural farming area). Slowly their lives change until at last the invading Nazis take control. What follows is an almost daily accounting of what happens after Rena turns herself in to the Nazis; she believes that since she is a strong farm-bred young woman who is accustomed to working long hours in the fields that she will volunteer to work in the labor camps and thus spare her family and friends any undue attention and scrutiny. She dresses in her best clothes and presents herself to the Nazis, hoping to prove to them that personal dignity can not be taken away. The next three years prove to be the undoing of Rena as she clings to her younger sister Danka. It is only the closeness of the sisters that keeps them from losing their sanity - although at times they come very close to doing so. I will not elaborate on the atrocities that they suffer. The reader needs to experience them firsthand through Rena's memories.
At times in Rena's narration, there are shifts from present day to that horrendous time as her memories take hold and pull her back. One can sense the way she is compelled to finish her story in order to exorcise some of the violent hatred from her very soul. This book can be described by me as compelling, powerful, gripping, and encompassing. I could not put it down.
There were times when I felt the fear, degradation, and pain that Rena and Danka suffered. And in all of my reading about World War II, never have I been so moved by the Allies' liberation. I could not stop the tears from falling even though I knew that Rena had survived.
The book concludes nicely with a follow up of the other people we meet through Rena's story. I wish I could give this story more than five stars. I highly recommend it ...more
Synopsis: While the wealthy Newkirk family is preparing to celebrate Christmas Eve, Jakub Bobrowski is finishing up his work for the day and looking fSynopsis: While the wealthy Newkirk family is preparing to celebrate Christmas Eve, Jakub Bobrowski is finishing up his work for the day and looking forward to his own Christmas Eve with his wife and children. But before Jakub can do that he must make the long journey from Bridgewater's stables to his own small apartment some thirty miles away. Throughout his journey home he weighs the responsibilities of providing for his family as he tries to come up with new ways to increase their income; yet mere steps away in the Bridgewater manor house a completely different lifestyle contrasts with his own. When he receives some happy but unsettling news on this Christmas Eve his plans for the future are changed. But an Old World resilience shines through and when his young daughter gives him pause, he realizes that life isn't always better when you're wealthy.
I wrote this short story as a companion to The Bridgewater Chronicles and hope fans of the Newkirk Family will enjoy the message it delivers....more