Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Intelligent Design: Revelations Review




Intelligent Design: Revelations

By J.M. Erickson 

Intelligent Design: Revelations is a science fiction novella that looks at the origins of our existence as a species, and our place in the universe. The story begins on the planet Mars during its apex where the balance between technology and nature is achieved. All is well until the Gemini planetoids between Mars and Jupiter fall out of their orbits and are set for a collision course. Master Architect Janus and his peers set forth a plan to not only preserve as much of their culture as possible, but the majority set out to find their Creator. Over six million years later on planet Earth, Lieutenant Colonel David Farrell is baffled by a conspiracy that not only cuts through the US's security as if it were non-existent, but also defies the laws of nature and the rules of science. FEMA Director Roberta Josephine Riesman's period of mourning her soul mate's sudden death is cut short by an assignment that requires her to spy on an old friend. Thrust in the middle of a mystery that involves the greatest natural disaster encountered by humans, Riesman discovers that the very core of human existence is about to be challenged. Earth is not prepared. Reluctantly, she is confronted with a choice – walk away to live in France with the memories of her paramour, or take the challenge to make a difference. 

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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN***

Andrea Perez is on the verge of discovering how to bend light, when the head of NASA’s search for intelligent life division approaches her. He informs her that there has been evidence of something intelligent just out of sight behind the sun. The problem is every piece of data seems to disappear or become corrupt, along with each scientist working on it. This begins the first day of Perez’s new life where she also disappears from the human population, and world. She is taken to a world known as Terra, and spends the rest of her life there working on keeping the planet invisible to earthers.

I didn’t quite understand the first half of the book. There was a bit of technology talk that was over my head, and didn’t really keep me interested. At the halfway point was when it started getting interesting to me. I finally warmed up to Andrea when she became more comfortable on Terra. I was intrigued with the story as it seemed quite possible for all this to happen. Personally though, I don’t believe that there was no God, and that we are alien descendants. 

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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me to review.


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J.M. Erickson earned his bachelor's degree from Boston College, majoring in psychology and sociology, masters degree from Simmons School of Social Work, and post-graduate certification program in psychological trauma, clinical assessment and treatment from Boston University.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Eclair Goes To Stella's Book Tour


NEW RELEASE........CHILDREN'S BOOK BY MICHELLE WEIDENBENNER


Hi, I’m Éclair and I’m seven. My sister Meggie is two. When mom got sick we had to go live with Stella, my dad’s mom, the one with maroon colored hair. I begged Dad not to make us stay with her because she beat her horse and was going to eat her rooster, but he didn’t believe me. Even after I pretended I was going to barf, he left us with Stella.


So there we were, Meggie and me, on a strange pink farm with a skinny horse, a mean rooster, and Stinky Stella who had a living room filled with dead deer heads.

What would she do to us?

Would we end up on her wall too?

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First – Third grade GIRLS. 5 – 9 year olds



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“Do you want to name her?” Stella said. 
I squeezed my eyes to think again. “Star. She looks like a movie star.” 
I love it.” Stella reached up to give me a high-five. “Star, it is.” 


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Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with five brothers.  She enjoys writing her novels and encouraging writers and readers alike. She is living her dream writing stories of real people searching for their dreams and confronting their fears, showing the passion of the characters' plights, often giving her the ability to show the reader the 'other' side of the story. When she is not writing she enjoys life on the tennis court and is known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

Her debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, a geocaching mystery. was launched in July, 2013 and has been an Amazon best-seller in the crime/thriller category.  Her other works include: Willow, Scattered Links, Kelly’s Story, Eclair Series, and The Vision in a Kiss.  She has won contests in both The Writer’s Journal and The Writer’s Digest. Love is Just a Word (Scattered Links) was a bronze medalist is the 2010 Frasier Contest, a 2011 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest, and won the Aspiring Writer’s Contest withe THE READING ROOM, 2013.


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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF ECLAIR GOES TO STELLA'S***


When Emily Clair, learns that she and Meggie, her two-year-old sister, have to move to Indiana to live with their grandma, she is not happy at all. Her dad explains to Éclair (that’s what he calls her), that her mom had to leave because she was sick, and that his job involved traveling. Until he could find another job, this was the only solution.

When Éclair meets Stella, as grandma likes to be called, she immediately dislikes her. Éclair thinks Stella smells and that she mistreats her farm animals. As she slowly gets to know Stella, Éclair finds out how wrong she is.



This story as told by Éclair shows the innocence of a seven-year-old's thoughts and fears, and takes you back to a time in your own life when everything unknown was scary, but wonderful at the same time.

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Artist Book Review





Artist (Remote Psychic Thriller Book 3)

By Eric Drouant 

It's Just a Love Story with a Deadly Twist
Cassie Reynold is psychic, heartbroken, and struggling to build some kind of life. When she begins training as a government assassin, the assignment puts her in the middle of a series of murders in New Orleans. It also puts her in contact with Kurt Dupond, a seasoned Homicide Investigator with more to offer than advice. Now Cassie must decide how to live and perhaps just as important, how to kill. 

A series of brutal murders in New Orleans sets Cassie on a collision course with a serial killer. It's her first assignment on a murder case, part of the initial training that sets her on a path toward becoming a government assassin. Along the way she meets Kurt Dupond, the Homicide Investigator tasked with finding the "Artist". When sparks start to fly between Cassie and Dupond, she must cast off the pain of the past while dealing with the pain, and promise, of the present.

"Artist" Book Three of the Remote Series see Cassie Reynold begin a new life with remnants of the past still clinging to her psyche. Moving forward won't be easy. Living in the past isn't possible.

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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF ARTIST***

Cassie Reynold is an unknown government assassin trainee. Needing the experience of a working police department, she is able to work with and learn from the best homicide detective in New Orleans, Kurt Dupond. And with a serial killer on the loose in the Crescent City, there is much to learn. But exactly who is doing the learning, Cassie or Kurt?

I liked Cassie’s personality, and the chemistry she and Kurt had. Although I was expecting her to do a bit of psychic work, it never came. That was disappointing for me. That was my reason for reading the book.  This is the third in a series, but the first that I have read. I did enjoy it enough though, to go back and read the first two. I was impressed when I caught the author’s name as one of the street names. How clever. I especially liked when the author gave mention of some Mississippi towns that I am personally familiar with. 

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Eric Drouant lives and works in Slidell, Louisiana. He is the author of The Remote Series, a continuing Action and Adventure series with heavy doses of the thriller element, paranormal, and psychic ability. Other works includes short stories and commercial web work. 


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Bone War of Mccurtain County Review





The Bone War of Mccurtain County

By Russell Ferrell

In the 1880s, during America's first Gilded Age, two eccentric and aristocratic scientists, Othniel Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, engaged in an anomalous, competitive trek to outdo each other in a paleontological contest of numbers - a bone war. This war, fought in the vast panorama of the American West, was an invidious contest of egos and wills to decide who could recover, identify, and document the most prehistoric fossils from an unrecorded past. This competition spurred the greatest spree of fossil discoveries in history, at least until America entered a second Guided Age one-hundred years later in the 1980s, as new technologies and finances propelled another round of bounteous fossil discoveries. During this second American Gilded Period, an improbable bone war in provincial southeastern Oklahoma was fought over ownership rights to one of the single greatest fossil discoveries of the century, indeed, of all history. This war was fought between two local naturalists against entrenched paragons of institutional dominance - a giant corporation, two major universities and cloistered academics, the state legislature, and a wealthy fossil tycoon. Cephis Hall, an Arkansas hillbilly, and Sid Love, a Choctaw Indian, dug their prize from a corporate waste-holding pit near the edge of the Mountain Fork River. The discovery set in motion a chain of events that would alter their lives forever as they embarked upon an epic journey and conflict against mighty foes in a David versus Goliath scenario. Cephis Hall and Sid Love faced a whirlwind of controversy as they found themselves at the crossroads of science, politics, and religion. Powerful people and institutions wanted to confiscate their treasure. A tale of mystery, adventure, and nature - Indiana Jones southern style. Buried treasure, dinosaurs, greed, corruption, moonshine, pot fields, quartz crystals, and an unauthorized version of the American Dream. This amazing true story is stranger than fiction. 

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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BONE WAR***

In 1983, Cephus Hall and Sid Love uncover dinosaur bones in lower Oklahoma. It takes them three years to painstakingly unearth what becomes one of the greatest dinosaur specimens in paleontological history. What ensues will be several years of legal wrangling to retain ownership of the skeleton.

The beginning of the book concentrates on the peoples and industry of the region. I enjoyed learning how the terms “hillbilly” and “okie” came to be. I could relate to the laid-back, country feel of the people. The author then goes on to explain how bones become fossils. I was amazed to find out that only a small fraction of creatures that ever lived become fossilized. I had always thought it to be a far greater percent.

The story pulled me in the further I read. It was so engrossing and at times suspenseful, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The writing style of the author was to draw you in with the ongoing story, but then take off in another direction with meticulous details that explain something or someone that was mentioned. This became aggravating to me because it was always in the middle of an interesting turn of events. I was ready to find out how Cephus and Sid’s story ended. I was fascinated throughout it all.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Dream Man Book Tour and Giveaway



When Samantha, a home health nurse, has her first orgasm after waking from an erotic dream about Greg, a scientist and son of her newest patient, she’s both captivated and confused.

Greg’s the opposite of her type, but Samantha feels compelled to get to know the eccentric workaholic, and she soon discovers it’s futile to fight chemistry.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**


"After reading this book I’ll never be able to look at a nerdy guy without blushing. My Dream Man by Marie Solka sizzles.” ~ author Deborah Brown

"I've always thought smart guys were hot. This book proves it. I also loved the relationship advice Sam's elderly patient gave her. She was a riot. My Dream Man is definitely a fun read." - review from Amazon


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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF MY DREAM MAN***

On Samantha’s first visit checking in on Mr. Vardo, a new patient, she meets his son Greg, Wearing a pink terry cloth robe, Greg seems a bit odd, rude, and disinterested, but she didn’t ponder much on it. She got acquainted with Mr. Vardo, took his vitals and information, and then finished her shift. That night Samantha has a tantalizing dream involving Greg. This begins her obsession of him. Mrs. Myszkowski, another patient, starts giving Samantha dating lessons, drawn from her past experience. It doesn’t take long for Samantha and Greg to fall in love. They become engaged but a secret from the past threatens to tear them apart.

If you like reading scintillating books, this one will not disappoint. Sam and Greg were made for each other. It made me remember all those insecurities that you get at the beginning of a relationship. I loved Mrs. Myszkowski, and had a strong image in my mind of what she looked like. I got a kick out of the “sex on wheels” reference. I was so afraid that she was going to die before the ending, and I did not want that. She was my favorite character, and really gave dimension to the storyline.  As long as you don’t mind reading steamy sex scenes, this is a great read.

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Marie Solka is the pen name of women’s fiction author Kim Cano. While Kim writes emotionally-charged book club reads that often bring readers to tears, Marie pens steamy romance. My Dream Man is Marie’s debut novel. Marie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.

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