Wednesday, 29 September 2021

ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon

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Book Details:
Book TitleZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 350 pages
GenreMystery, Humor
Publisher:  Zither Studios
Release Date: April 20, 2021

Content Rating:  G.

"A zany rollicking mystery adventure as compelling as it is hilarious." ~ Independent Book Review

"Hanlon’s humor shines bright and will leave fans of such madness wanting more." ~ Publisher's Weekly
Nominated for the prestigious Audie Award, Best Fiction 2021
Book Description:

A nutty religious cult rustles a herd of prime gazebos (huh??) and it’s up to bumbling P.I. Mars Candiotti to rescue them. Wannabe author Mars chronicles his quest in Jeffrey Hanlon's rom-com mystery Zither.

Guided by his magically prescient IHOP waitress, Mars strives to mitigate the shocking global consequences of the gazebo heist, even though he has no idea what the word mitigate means.

As Zither swallows its own tale, Mars finds it increasingly tricky to distinguish between real people and his rambunctious fictional characters. Zither becomes the romper room where his reality meets fantasy - and get frisky with each other.

Mars’ international odyssey leads to an explosive conclusion in Panama. Teevees around the world tune in to watch live coverage of “Carnage in the Canal”.

And amid the lunatic havoc that is Zither there is (of course!) an epic love story as Mars meets Marian, the brainy librarian he had dreamt of. Marian says his books are "slapstick existentialism with subjective reality couched in parable". (This is news to Mars). But is Marian real, or just another illusion in Zither World?

And in Mars’ klutzy (yet endearing) courtship of the enchanting Marian will he ever muster the nerve to ask her for a date???​

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I was born in a Southern California beach town.

My family moved to Northwest Oregon when I was 7. Or maybe when I was 8.

Had we stayed in the Beach Boys town, and knowing myself as I do now, I suspect I would have grown long hair, started a rock band, and been heavily into drugs. The rock band would probably have been pretty good. The rest of it, not so much. I’d likely have joined the ranks of those like Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.

We moved to a mountaintop. The last five miles to get there were gravel. The final two miles were steep and to the end of the road.

That’s where we lived: the end of the road, 22 miles to the nearest town.

Our closest neighbor, about a mile down the road, was a hermit who lived in a shack. He had a goat. About once a month the goat would visit us. Then the hermit would show up to retrieve his goat. I think the goat liked us better than the hermit, which is why the goat kept showing up. Goats are funny animals. I think they aspire to be house pets.

And speaking of animals, we had cats. Lots and lots of cats. Because we were remote and at the end of the road, unkind people – and ‘unkind’ is the kindest description I can use here – would dump their unwanted cats on or near our property. The cats would find our house. We gave them Fancy Feast and our love, and in turn they loved us.

My childhood friends didn’t visit too often. That was at least partly because when they did show up my father would say something like this: “Great! We have a job that could use an extra hand. Won’t take more than five minutes.” Well, that five minutes usually turned into an hour or two – volunteer labor! – and that friend would seldom visit again.

So my favorite childhood playmate was a 2000 pound Hereford bull, a big boy with horns spanning three feet. I’d go out in the pasture and the bull would strike a pose not unlike what you’ve seen in the movies where the bull was ready to charge, head down, eyeing me. But he wasn’t going to charge me. He just wanted his forehead scratched. And so I would scratch his forehead. He liked that, shaking his head every so often to show his approval. Then we’d elevate to a game that the bull might have called ‘Let’s see how far we can toss this little kid!’ and I’d place my right hip against his massive head and he’d toss me into the air like a sack of flour. Over and over, farther and farther, higher and higher. I could have done that for hours – I can fly! – but after a few tosses the bull would grow bored with the game and wander off. Probably to chase some cute heifers.

The nearest library was 30 miles away, and we ventured there often. It was a majestic old building, and the Grand Room had books on all four walls with reading chairs in the center. But that was not where I wanted to be. I figured all those books were popular books or books I was supposed to read. I wanted something different, so I would enter the room with a small sign that said ‘Stacks’. It was row after narrow row after row of books, floor to ceiling, dimly lit, dusty. It was like entering a cave. Filled with treasures!
It was in those Stacks that I discovered the likes of Kerouac and Heller and Huxley and Fowles and Steinbeck and Ellison and Bradbury and Hemingway and many many others.

As Stephen King said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

And those, each in their own way, was the inspiration for the first book I wrote at the age of eight or nine: ‘Pond Scum’.

It was illustrated.
Jeffrey currently lives at an undisclosed location on the shores of the Caribbean where he spends his days in shorts and sandals making up stories.

He has a pet goat.

connect with the author: website 


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Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Meda: A Tale of the Future by Kenneth Folingsby

Meda: A Tale of the Future by Kenneth Folingsby
Self published in Glasgow in 1891. Republished by ForgottenBooks in July 2018.

How I got this book:
Downloaded the ebook from ForgottenBooks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meda: a Tale of the Future, was written during the year 1888. Some friends having seen the MS expressed a desire to have printed copies. To gratify the wishes of these indulgent readers this little book has been printed. If a copy should by chance fall into the hands of any "outside friendship's pale", the author would crave mercy at their hands.

Meda is a quaintly strange tale apparently narrated by a man who, as the result of losing consciousness due to overwork, finds himself suddenly thrown forward in time to the distant future. Observing a great city crumbled to ruins, its stonework in heaps and all its ironwork vanished, he fails to recognise the Glasgow of the year 5575. Fortunately encountering future people with whom he can communicate in Latin, not understanding their futuristic English of course, he is taken to meet one of their leaders, a scholar of ancient civilisation, who is delighted to encounter a Specimen of old Britain. In true Victorian literary style, this scholar then spends most of the book explaining future life, culture, art, music, philosophy and science to our hapless traveller, before a brief ill-fated romance curtails his visit.

In its style, Meda reminded me of works such as The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish, albeit with a humorous lightness that I particularly enjoyed. Its uncanny prescience contrasts with other ideas that are glaringly dated. Folingsby describes solar lighting and has his characters discuss the folly of runaway fossil fuel consumption, the unsustainability of consumer-driven society, and the inherent disaster of giving power to self-interested populist politicians. In fact there's several paragraphs that could easily have been written last week about Brexit Britain instead being science fiction from a hundred and thirty years ago. Alongside this however is an assumption that social class (and therefore intelligence) is determined almost solely by birth and, in common with Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, that only perfectly healthy people should be allowed to marry (having children outside of marriage being, of course, completely impossible!). I had fun trying to get my head around some of the more outrageous science, especially the idea that human physiology could evolve so drastically in just three thousand years. Meda is very much a book of its time and I would have preferred three-quarters storyline with one-quarter description instead of the other way around, but I'm still glad to have had the chance to read this antique adventure.

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Monday, 27 September 2021

Spirituality, Healing and Me by Ilana Estelle + #Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title Spirituality, Healing and Me
Author:  Ilana Estelle
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 288 pages
Genre:  Self-Help
Publisher:  RedDoor Press
Release date:  Sept 16, 2021
Content Rating:  G.
Book Description:

Everyday life has never been more challenging and it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and who we want to be. In Spirituality, Healing and Me, Ilana Estelle draws on her experiences of emotional, mental and physical disability to show how tuning into our spiritual side can improve well-being, heal our minds and set us firmly back on track.

Ilana shows how focusing on values such as understanding, empathy, compassion, tolerance, kindness, creativity and acceptance can help us find our inner calm.

Packed with inspiring messages and real-life vignettes, Ilana’s book shows how spirituality can help us navigate even the roughest waters.
•Improve emotional balance and wellness
•Boost confidence and self-esteem
•Stay self-aware, grounded and patient
•Appreciate life and each other
•Accept changing circumstances
•Enhance positive emotions and personal healing


Also Available by Ilana Estelle:  

Living with cerebral palsy is enormously difficult. But what if you never knew you had it? This is the incredible story of Ilana Estelle.

Meet the Author:

Ilana was born with a disability she didn’t know she had until the age of 46, when through her medical notes she discovered she had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2.

That discovery turned out to be a unique and life-changing experience that has forced Ilana to stand back and look at her life experiences differently. On her late diagnosis, Ilana set up her website The CP Diary and uses her experiences to explore her emotional and physical health, with an inspiring message advocating resilience and change.

Ilana likes to spend her days writing and blogging about anything that contributes to her health and well being. She is an animal advocate and is passionate about environmental issues. When she is not writing to tending to her blog, Ilana enjoys days out exploring the Yorkshire countryside. Ilana lives with her husband and their much-loved cat, in Yorkshire. Her grown up son and daughter both live in London.

Connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ pinterest ~ goodreads
Tour Schedule:

Sept 20 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sept 20 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / guest post / giveaway
Sept 20 - Kam's Place – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me
Sept 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Sept 22 – Laura's Interests – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway

Sept 22 - Kam's Place – book review of Cerebral Palsy: 'A Story' Finding the Calm After the Storm
Sept 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway
Sept 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Cerebral Palsy: 'A Story' Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Sept 27 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Cerebral Palsy: 'A Story' Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Sept 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sept 30 – Fur Everywhere – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
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Oct 4 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway
Oct 5 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Oct 6 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review of Cerebral Palsy: 'A Story' Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Oct 7 –
 Cheryl's Book Nook - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 8 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Enter the Giveaway:
Win print copies of Ilana Estelle's SPIRITUALITY, HEALING, AND ME and CEREBRAL PALSY (2 winners/USA only)(ends Oct 15)


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Sunday, 26 September 2021

The Afghanistan File by Prince Turki AlFaisal Al Saud

The Afghanistan File by Prince Turki AlFaisal Al Saud with Michael Field
Published by Medina Publishing on the 6th September 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Afghanistan File, written by the former head of Saudi Arabian Intelligence, tells the story of his department’s involvement in Afghanistan, from the time of the Soviet invasion in 1979 to the attacks on September 11, 2001. It begins with the backing given by Saudi Arabia to the Mujahideen in their fight against the Soviet occupation, and moves on to the fruitless initiatives to broker peace among the Mujahideen factions after the Soviet withdrawal, the rise to power of the Taliban and the shelter the Taliban gave to Osama Bin Laden.

The extraordinary difficulties that Saudi Arabia and its allies faced in dealing with the Mujahideen are a central feature of the book. Prince Turki found them magnificently brave, but exasperating. On one occasion, in trying to arrange peace among them, he got permission from King Fahd to open the Kaaba in Makkah, and had the leaders go inside, where they were overcome with emotion and swore never to fight each other again. A few hours later on their way to Madinah, they almost came to blows on the bus.

Prince Turki’s account gives details of the Saudi attempts in the 1990s to bring its volunteers out of Afghanistan – with chequered success – and his negotiations with the Taliban for the surrender of Osama Bin Laden. The book includes a number of declassified Intelligence Department documents.

Prince Turki explains that the nihilistic, apparently pointless terrorism that has been seen in the Middle East in the last twenty years had its origins in Afghanistan with Osama Bin Laden’s deluded belief that he had helped defeat the Russians. There is no evidence that he ever fought them at all. Soon after the attacks on 9/11, Saudi Arabia discovered that it had a homegrown terrorist problem involving some of the returnees from Afghanistan. Many of the huge changes that have taken place in the Kingdom since have stemmed from the campaign to tackle this. 

I saw that The Afghanistan File was available for review from NetGalley in the week recently when news reports announced the Taliban's retaking of Kabul so I found my reading influenced by a sense of an somehow inevitable cycle within the country.

I was pleasantly surprised by just how readable a book The Afghanistan File is. I don't have a political background, but I had no problem in following its diverse threads. Prince Turki obviously has a deep understanding of the late twentieth century history of this beleaguered nation and, writing in collaboration with Michael Field, he has produced a very accessible account of his quarter of a century's involvement in attempting to resolve its troubles. Having read novels and memoirs by a number of Afghan authors over the past few years, I had built up a somewhat confused picture of Afghanistan's military and political progression. The Afghanistan File clarified these impressions while also giving me a wide-ranging overview of the different factions both within Afghanistan itself and across the involved international community. Prince Turki takes time to describe nuances of policy, context and individual characters so his detailed narrative makes a lot more sense than the usual oversimplified Western reports. I highly recommend The Afghanistan File for anyone interested in Middle Eastern affairs, the aftermath of colonialism, and the sociological causes of present-day terrorist ideologies.

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Saturday, 25 September 2021

The Colour by Rose Tremain

The Colour by Rose Tremain
Published by Chatto and Windus in 2003.

How I got this book:
Borrowed a paperback copy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek he is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new gold-fields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of 'the colour', are violently rushing to their destinies. 

By turns both moving and terrifying, The Colour is about a quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and explore the sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of happiness.

I first blogged this review on Stephanie Jane in November 2015.

The Colour by Rose Tremain was recommended to us by our friend Frances who was lucky enough to actually visit Hokitika in New Zealand. Therefore, when I saw a copy at Dave's daughter's house I was very keen to borrow it! Both Dave and have now read The Colour and we both loved the book.

Set in 1860s New Zealand at the height of a gold rush, Tremain manages to brilliantly evoke not only the enthusiasm and dedication of the early white farming settlers but also the madness and extreme endurance of the gold prospectors. I was impressed by her descriptions of the stunning landscapes as well as the contrasting living conditions across South Island. The characters are wonderfully well-drawn too. From underestimated Harriet to hard-done-by Lilian, selfish Joseph and opportunistic Will. Even minor characters such as Lily are perfectly real and believable and the racism shown towards Chinese settlers was depressing to read. I liked the interweaving of Pare's Maori narrative and wondered if an actual Maori folk tale was behind her story or if it was a parallel of the Maori loss of New Zealand to the colonising Europeans.

The Colour is an easy book to read, but one which I think will remain with me for quite a while. I found it difficult to put down and so finished in a day. I am now wishing I had made it last longer!

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Friday, 24 September 2021

All Men Love Leah by Ksenija Nikolova

All Men Love Leah by Ksenija Nikolova
Published in South Africa by Kingsley Publishers today, the 24th September 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy via Rachel's Random Resources

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All Enzo wants is a reason to believe it’s all worthwhile. Stuck in a world that doesn’t fulfil him, he meanders through his days feeling empty, lost, and left out of the real world that is moving by without him. He is cynical but gifted, and when he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Leah she turns his universe upside down.

Leah and Enzo are exact opposites, but she is drawn to his darkness just as he is drawn to her light. She is a woman who lives by her own expression and challenges his dismal character down to its most frightening corners, awakening in him something he didn’t know he had the capacity to experience.

But everything is not what it seems. There is a secret that threatens the happiness that Leah represents in Enzo’s life. She is the one who embraces his flaws and uncovers his bravery by teaching him to love, and for the first time in his life he feels like a real man, but in the end, will Enzo survive Leah’s heartbreaking truth?

I got a different impression from its synopsis and cover art of what kind of book All Men Love Leah would be so I was delighted to end up enjoying the read even more than I thought I would. I expected a light, sundrenched romantic tale and, while the novel's glorious Pisa and Florence locations did fulfil my sun expectations, the story is actually a pretty deep stream-of-consciousness narrative illustrating how mental health problems can distort people's perspectives and understanding of the world around them. I loved how Ksenija Nikolova drew me in to the initial scenario, then skewed it just enough for me to realise that I would not be able to trust everything - or possibly anything - Enzo told me. I'm always impressed by authors who can tell a convincing 'unreliable narrator' story and Nikolova has a real talent for this. She also has a disturbingly authentic appreciation for how Enzo relates to his reality. I did find the scenes with Enzo's parents less believable because their dialogue seemed unnaturally stilted, but Enzo and Leah's romance is beautifully portrayed. I found myself rooting for them to overcome all the obstacles in their way.

Meet The Author

Ksenija Nikolova is a Macedonian fiction author and she has been writing since she was little. Her books abound with emotions, where characters’ internal lives and battles are deeply described. She uses her voice in her books, to raise mental health awareness and to diminish discrimination and narrow thinking. 
She is the author of six books, and “All men love Leah” is her first book translated and published in English language. She says she wrote this book in her darkest moments, but also it was this book that brought such light to her life.   

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Humanity's Cry For A Change by Kate Heartsong + #Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Humanity's Cry for Change: Actions You Can Take to Create a New Earth by Kate Heartsong
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 216 pages
Genre:  Inspirational/Motivational
Publisher:  Joyful Radiance, LLC
Release date:  July 2020
Content Rating:  G. No bad language, religious expletives, sex scenes, drug use or underage drinking; also no violence (other than reference that there is a lot of violence happening on the planet).

Book Description:

Many people worldwide are anxious and in pain. They want relief! With chaos in both our individual lives and across the globe, humanity is hungry to learn about why there's all this upheaval and what we can do to positively change ourselves and humanity.

Humanity's Cry for Change has the answers to these, and other important questions that people are yearning to explore and resolve.

Also discover:
  • the science that proves we are all interconnected, and why we must now live with Oneness consciousness to create a new earth and to survive.
  • Valuable exercises that will help us awaken from our dream of separation, walk our authentic life, experience personal healing, raise our vibration, and more.
  • Ways for businesses to create sustainable, collaborative and wholistic systems for the well-being of all.
  • How to create a new earth, one that offers kindness, respect, collaboration, love and peace.
Have hope and lighten your heart as you step onto this journey of positive change and healing; realize that as you do this, everyone benefits and that together we can create the new earth!

Buy the Book ~ Amazon UK

I've unintentionally found myself reading two books focused around similar themes of spiritual self improvement and growth this week, firstly the novel, The Seeker's Garden, by Isa Pearl Ritchie and now Kate Heartsong's nonfiction work, Humanity's Cry For A Change. It must be a sign!

Through this book, Heartsong approaches the question of how, as individuals, we can move towards a better world by explaining her vision of interconnected humanity, influencing each other for better (or worse) by the positive (or negative) energies we exude. The first half of Humanity's Cry For A Change explores concepts such as universal energy cycles and the dawning of a new age, the Age of Aquarius, which I found interesting, although the reinforcement of her message did become a little too repetitious after a while. I could understand how I personally could feel included in efforts to move towards this new harmonious world and was certainly keen to attempt several of the meditation and mindfulness exercises Heartsong suggests within the second half of Humanity's Cry For A Change.

Unfortunately, Heartsong does fall into the trap of quoting as facts other authors' misinterpretations of earlier scientific studies, then going on to extrapolate theories which aren't actually supported by the original science. The infamous Hundredth Monkey Effect study is an example of this. Consequently, I felt her personal opinions and testimonies drew my attention more effectively with her evident enthusiasm sparking my desire to experience the Oneness Living movement for myself. Humanity's Cry For A Change pulls together ideas I have previously considered (but only briefly actioned with minimal commitment in the past) such as the meditation regime suggested in In Love with the World by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and the daily mindfulness ritual of Marielle Smith's 365 Days Of Gratitude Journal. That these linked ideas keep being returned to my attention can't be simply coincidental. I have chosen the two of Heartsong's meditations that seemed the most accessible for a newbie - opening my heart space and sensing chi - and have set aside time these past few days for them, alternating between the two. I understand that it will take time to become proficient, but I am already encouraged by my attempts.

Meet the Author:

For over 20 years, Kate Heartsong, author, Reiki Master/Teacher, entrepreneur, speaker and coach, has been receiving profound insights while meditating. She is passionate about supporting her clients, audiences and readers with these insights, along with the wisdom from her vast life experiences and education. She does this through empowered coaching, workshop facilitation, writing articles, coauthoring, speaking, and through her two books, Humanity’s Cry for Change and Deeply We Are One.

Kate has also been teaching self-confidence, meditation and Reiki workshops for over 15 years, with many successful client results.

​In addition to this, Kate is one of 91 coaches worldwide, who are on the new Google Play Store app called Ingomu, empowering her learners with her topic called Positively Change Yourself and Humanity.

Connect with the Author: website ~ Twitter ~ Linkedin ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ goodreads 

Tour Schedule:

Sep 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 14 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 – Rajiv's Reviews - book review 
Sep 16 – Kam's Place – book review
Sep 17 – Books for Books - book review 
Sep 20 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 21 – Gina Rae Mitchell - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 23 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Sep 24 – A Mama's Corner of the World - book review / giveaway
Sep 27 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Sep 28 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Sep 28 - 
Cover Lover Book Review - book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Books and Zebras  - book review
Sep 30 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:
Win ONE-HOUR OF LIFE-COACHING with Kate Heartsong, plus one copy (print or ebook) of HUMANITY'S CRY FOR A CHANGE (3 winners/USA only) (ends Oct 7)



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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

The Piper's Story by Wendy Isaac Bergin

The Piper's Story by Wendy Isaac Bergin
Published by Clay Bridges Press in January 2013.

One of my Top Ten Books of 2015 and my ninth book for the Read Scotland Challenge 2015

How I got this book:
Downloaded when it was featured in a Noisetrade newsletter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A clairvoyant Scottish piper’s visions in WWII lead to a devastating encounter with a supernatural being. This marks the beginning of a generational demonic oppression that climaxes fifty years later in a grand old house in the Pacific Northwest, when his grandson must also confront a supernatural foe in a life and death battle.

I first blogged this review on Stephanie Jane in November 2015.

I chose to take a chance on this novel because I liked by the cover art and was intrigued by the premise which struck me as being different from the horror norm. The Piper's Story is quite different and is one of those books which is tough to pigeonhole into a specific genre. There are horror elements, although not graphically gory ones, and an interesting historical storyline. Romance features too, and a wonderful fairy tale sense which I found reminiscent of some of Neil Gaiman's writing and particularly enjoyed. The whole novel certainly has a literary feel to it.

We begin by being swept into the horrors of Second World War battles in France where a young Scottish piper is left for dead and must stagger, blind-mute and alone, towards Dunkirk. He has witnessed unimaginable hatred and violence leaving him haunted by a vision. Decades later his grandson, Neal, starts also having horrific visions, but thousands of miles away and from another time. The family's sixth sense has been passed to him too and Neal must find the source of his nightmare before time runs out for his young son.

Bergin's descriptions of her monstrous creations are perfectly executed to create a truly threatening atmosphere and I found it difficult to set this book aside for just a moment. I had to keep reading! She intertwines romantic scenes and some great humorous moments as Neal fights his attraction to travel shop owner Sarah. And there are some heart-breaking moments as Neal's marriage to fun-loving Vicky begins to implode. I absolutely loved The Piper's Story. Its multi-faceted plots are well-thought through and I would love to read anything further that Bergin writes.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu + #Giveaway

Join us for this tour from September 7 to September 27
Book Details:
Book Title:  Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
GenreChildren's Picture Book 
Publisher:  Yobe Qiu LLC
Release date:  January 2020
Content Rating:  G
Book Description:
"Our Moon Festival" is a beautifully illustrated children's book celebrating the unique ways the Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities celebrate the Moon Festival. The story highlights different families and their traditions as they observe Zhong Qiu Jie, Tết Trung Thu, and Tsukimi!

Meet the Author:
Yobe is an educator, entrepreneur and mom who lives in NYC. As an educator, she focused on teaching families to embrace love, diversity and different cultures. Through the years working in the classrooms and closely with other educators, she noticed the lack of multi-cultural resources that represented children of color. That is when Yobe decided to create multicultural children stories that feature Asian children, families and cultures!
Yobe loves spending time with her daughter, reading to children and taking long walks during the day!

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
Tour Schedule: 

Sep 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Sep 7 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Sep 7 - Kam's Place – book review
Sep 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Sep 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 9 - I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 10 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway
Sep 13 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Sep 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 14 - The Adventures of a Traveler's Wife – book review / giveaway
Sep 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / giveaway
Sep 15 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 16 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 16 - Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Sep 17 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Sep 20 – Fictional Vixen – book review
Sep 21 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Sep 21 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 22 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight 
Sep 22 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 - Laura's Interests – book review / giveaway
Sep 24 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Sep 27 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

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