A-Z PE Challenge Day 6 (F)

This challenge is to post a different blog daily starting with the letter from A to Z.

Today we are celebrating the fascinating letter F!

The Blog dejour is:

Following the Golden Quill

The blogger behind Following the Golden Quill  is Vik Tory Arch.  This blog keeps me returning because it is so eclectic. There is one thing that will draw me in and that is, being eclectic.

Vik uses all types of prompts for her writing. Photo prompts, daily prompts as well as challenges.  I enjoy the quote page. It is filled with lovely quotes that pick me up.  Now if that wasn’t enough to interest you, there are craft ideas that are adorable.

This is your one stop shop for bloggers. I really applaud Vik for the work involved in The Golden Quill.  You should take a look an even follow this blogger.  Amazing writing, book reviews, and baking are in store for you here.

Vik has been nominated for many awards. Liebster and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award just to name a couple.

As mentioned, there are many types of writing shown on the blog. I found this story to be quite enjoyable. I love this time of year.  The five line story captured it perfectly.

The autumn leaves crunched and broke, when Regina walked on them.
She inhaled fresh chilly air, filled with smoke and spices.
Somewhere deeper in the forest a crow called.
She twirled on the fallen leaves.
“The autumn is finally here.”

Enjoy your special letter day today. Vik Tory Arch . Today is all about you!


About the A-Z PE challenge.

This is a fun way to showcase blogs that you like and people that you want to know better. Come join us on the 26 day challenge!

This challenge was created by gapawa.

He came up with the A-Z People Edition challenge and it is an awesome idea. If you want to join in the fun, then just join in.There is no set date or month. Just 26 days of your choosing. Here is the link to the instructional blog you can visit

Here is a Quote from his blog explaining his motivation for this fun challenge.

” This is the people edition! So on the first day you find someone who’s screen name starts with A and you check out their blog. The idea is that you read through some of their posts, introduce yourself and give them some feedback. Then, write your post of the day and publish it, describing who the person is and your experience finding and interacting with them, what you thought of their posts. What you came away with. I think it could be fun:)”

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A-Z PE Challenge Day 5 (E)

This challenge is to post a different blog daily starting with the letter  A going  all the way to  Z.

Today we are celebrating the Exciting letter E!

The Blog dejour is:

Eye-Dancers

On this official 5th day we are going to find out about the website named Eye-Dancers. The blog is all about the book, which is a Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel. That blog is centered on the book.  The name of the blog comes from the eBook and Paperback novel, Eye-Dancers. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo

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Looks good, huh?  I like the cover. Today we are going to find out more about the  man behind the story. Please meet the  author, Michael S. Fedison. He likes to be called Mike, so from this point on, we will call him Mike. The great thing about Mike is that he is doing that very difficult task of writing a sequel right now.  Continuing the story of the 4 main characters in Eye-Dancers.

The premise of the story sounds very interesting and promotes the idea of believing in possibilities, and friendship.

But let’s get to know more about the man behind the books.  As stated, his name is Mike and his desire to write, and write well comes through so strongly in his blog. He also has a fun way of expressing his worries, doubts, and concerns over starting a new writing venture.  All writers have faced those fears and concerns. When he faces them he finds a sit-com from the fifties, or a recent dream, or even the morning greeting from a former co-worker to bring the emotions to light and address them. It is a real pleasure to read his bog entries.  It is enlighten in my own journey as a writer. It is healthy to see his beautifully sculpted blog entries that also help me over my insecurities.

Take a look at his blog, I hope you can find the little jewels like I do. Here is one example:

Even then, as a junior high student, I knew that, for me, writing was akin to breathing.  I couldn’t imagine a life without it.  But most of my stories as a kid were adventures, space explorations, without much depth or emotion.  I sensed I was arriving at a crossroads.  The way I felt lying there, the thoughts swirling in my head, the ideas and motivations abounding, I wanted so much to be able to convey it all in a story, through the power of the written word.

 

Enjoy your special letter day today.  Mike @Eye-Dancers . Today is all about you!

 

For those that may have noticed my little faux paux yesterday, I apologize. I missed that I did 2( D )days. That’s what happens when you know too many amazing D blogs. I will go with that excuse and not mention my sick dog, Arrow, or my “mental health” day yesterday.midis_crazy1

 


About the A-Z PE challenge.

This is a fun way to showcase blogs that you like and people that you want to know better.  Come join us on the 26 day challenge!

This challenge was created by gapawa.

He came up with the A-Z People Edition challenge and it is an awesome idea. If you want to join in the fun, then just join in.There is no set date or month. Just 26 days of your choosing.  Here is the link to the instructional blog you can visit

Here is a Quote from his blog explaining his motivation for this fun challenge.

” This is the people edition!  So on the first day you find someone who’s screen name starts with A and you check out their blog.  The idea is that you read through some of their posts, introduce yourself and give them some feedback.  Then, write your post of the day and publish it, describing who the person is and your experience finding and interacting with them, what you thought of their posts.  What you came away with.  I think it could be fun:)”

AudioBook Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finding Cinderella is one of the best books I have ever read. The story is so unusual and so beautiful. This is a novella from the Hopeless series, but it can certainly be read as a stand alone book. I have not read the other books in the series and I followed along just fine.

At the first of the book you meet two people that do not know one another in a dark closet. They first meet when Daniel slips into the maintenance closet to hide during fifth period and he stumbles over a crying girl. After an hour of talking they meet again a week later. That is when they share a sweet tender hour making love in that closet. One time only after pretending that they are in love. The girl has never had anyone make love to her, the boys from school have only had sex with her. It is so sweetly and so beautifully written.

The words took my breath away. His words to her were so touching. Her words to him were equally as emotional. They seem to know exactly what they could love about one another.

They do not know one another, did not see the other, and have no contact after that one hour in the closet.

A year later a new girl comes into Sky’s life and when Daniel meets her he finds himself drawn to her in an inexplicable way. Since his friend, Sky’s brother, has told him he couldn’t’ hit on Six they decide to pretend to hate each other. That provides some really adorable conversations.

I just loved the words that were in this book. The emotion was so electrifying. I was almost in tears in several places in this book.It touched my heart so.

I would highly recommend this book. It is a beautiful romance. There was humor when you least expected it and it was just wonderfully written. I can’t say that enough it seems.

I listened to it on Audiobooks through Audible and the narration by Jason Carpenter is divine. His voice is age appropriate and his inflection brings these beautiful words to life. The entire package was worth about 10 stars. Unfortunately I can only give 5 stars.

The book is told from the male perspective and having Jason reading was perfection.

The book Finding Cinderella is available in Paperback, on Kindle and in Audiobook at Amazon

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A-Z PE Challenge Day 4.1 (D)

This challenge is to post a different blog daily starting with the letter  A going  all the way to  Z.

Today we are celebrating the Dual letter D!

The Blog dejour is:

MOTIVATION with DEHAN

Dehan is a beautiful woman that loves to share her motivational thoughts as well as beautiful thoughts on love. I always enjoy seeing that she has posted a new post. She has such a kind and loving heart.

Dehan also writes on Peopleperhour. She is quite talented at writing. Her posts are spiritual and lovely. She concentrates on Motivational Tweets, Inspirational Stories as just spreading the love.

I hope you will visit her page and get to know her. She is a wonderful addition to the people  that follow me and I follow.

This quote expresses Dehan’s philosophy in her own words:

“You will always find something motivating that will rejuvenate and uplift your spirit each day. My intention is for you to find peace and happiness in everything you do no matter what is happening around you.”

Dehan Taylor this is all about you. Enjoy your special letter day!


About the A-Z PE challenge.

This is a fun way to showcase blogs that you like and people that you want to know better.  Come join us on the 26 day challenge!

This challenge was created by gapawa.

He came up with the A-Z People Edition challenge and it is an awesome idea. If you want to join in the fun, then just join us.  Here is the link to the instructional blog you can visit

Here is a Quote from his blog explaining his motivation for this fun challenge.

” This is the people edition!  So on the first day you find someone who’s screen name starts with A and you check out their blog.  The idea is that you read through some of their posts, introduce yourself and give them some feedback.  Then, write your post of the day and publish it, describing who the person is and your experience finding and interacting with them, what you thought of their posts.  What you came away with.  I think it could be fun:)”

Book Reviews: 5 Children’s Read Along Books by Various Authors

My Dinosaur is Scared of VegetablesMy Dinosaur is Scared of Vegetables by Lily Lexington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book is a delight to read with a small child. Everyone loves dinosaurs and so it keeps the child entertained as they learn that vegetables are a good idea for a healthy body.

The Dinosaur is a great addition to the book. He trembles at the sight of vegetables and the telling is very funny.

I loved personally that it was in rhyme. It is hard to have such a full inventive story in rhyme.

My Dinosaur is Scared of Vegetables is available as a paperback, Kindle and through KindelUnlimited at Amazon

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Book Review: Spraaks At the Carnival by Wolfe and Co.

Spraaks At the Carnival: Puppet Theater Books Funny Values Picture Story for Early & Beginner ReadersSpraaks At the Carnival: Puppet Theater Books Funny Values Picture Story for Early & Beginner Readers by Wölffe And Co
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great little book that teaches the difference in sizes. It is really well done. I liked how the illustrations looked like a child’s coloring page. That is appealing to the child in my house.

It taught easily and in a fun way. The carnival aspect will be a fun adventure for the child as they read along.

This book is available on Kindle and through Kindle Unlimited at

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Book Review: Shapes for Boys by Celestial Noot


Shapes for BoysShapes for Boys by Celestial Noot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very cute little book that will teach the basic shapes for small children. The colors involved and the shapes are really well drawn and the simplicity is perfect for little children.

There are three boys, Chaz, Cade and Cody. They provide little boys with the tools to learn their shapes. This bundle pack is wonderful if you have a girl and a boy.

This book is available on Kindle and through Kindle Unlimited at Amazon

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Book Review: Shapes for Girls by Celestial Noot

Shapes for GirlsShapes for Girls by Celestial Noot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very cute little book that will teach the basic shapes for small children. The colors involved and the shapes are really well drawn and the simplicity is perfect for little girls.

The three girls, Cammy, Cindy, and Chelsey are really cute! They teach girls the shapes in a very cute way.

This book is available on Kindle and through Kindle Unlimited at Amazon

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Book Review: Katie and the Roller Skates by Barb Asselin

Katie and the Roller Skates (A Read-With-Me Book)Katie and the Roller Skates by Barb Asselin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great story about a little girl that was visiting her Grandmother in the city. She spends the day in the park and begins to miss her home and her friends.

This book has a very sweet lesson about making friends and being a friend to new people. It is a great little read along book. It was a big hit here with the colorful pictures and the lovely story.

This book is available on Kindle and through Kindle Unlimited at Amazon

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A-Z PE Challenge Day 4 (D)

This challenge is to post a different blog daily starting with the letter  A  all the way to  Z.

Today we are celebrating the delightful letter D!

The Blog dejour is:

Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

We are going to meet Kent Wayne. The writer behind the blog. Kent has written three books thus far. The first is called Echo, Approaching Shatter. It is a science fiction dystopia book.

He has also written Echo Volume 2, The Taste of Ashes. Both of these books are already available on Amazon.

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Volume 3 is to be called Echo, The Dialectic of Agony.

I have found Kent, to be a prolific writer.

What I have learned about Kent Wayne, is that he is a military veteran. He also loves dogs and the mysticism of religions.

There are many Musings on his website that I enjoy reading. They show a bit of his personality and his belief system. Here is one such Musing.

Why do sages speaks in riddles and parables?  IMHO, it’s because verbal communication is an imperfect medium.  

(You gotta twist up words to untwist existence.)

I enjoy going to his site and seeing what he is thinking today and how he is promoting his books. He is active on Facebook and  Twitter. I hope you will pop over to his page. He is not home right now, he is visiting with a friend.  But he will be back in June.

Kent Wayne this is all about you. Enjoy your special letter day!

About the A-Z PE challenge.

This is a fun way to showcase blogs that you like and people that you want to know better.  Come join us on the 26 day challenge!

This challenge was created by gapawa.

He came up with the A-Z People Edition challenge and it is an awesome idea. If you want to join in the fun, then just join us.  Here is the link to the instructional blog you can visit

Here is a Quote from his blog explaining his motivation for this fun challenge.

” This is the people edition!  So on the first day you find someone who’s screen name starts with A and you check out their blog.  The idea is that you read through some of their posts, introduce yourself and give them some feedback.  Then, write your post of the day and publish it, describing who the person is and your experience finding and interacting with them, what you thought of their posts.  What you came away with.  I think it could be fun:)”

Audiobook Review: Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper

Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #1)Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Narration *****
Story *****
Overall *****

Stealing Shadows is the first in the Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series. This is where you first meet Bishop. Actually you don’t really get to see much about him at all until the last third of the book.

First we meet Cassie Neill, we meet her as she is searching for a killer while sitting in an office. That is because Cassie is a psychic. She is helping out the police as they seek out a serial killer. She helps them by getting into his mind and seeing through his eyes. She has the gift that has passed down in her family as long as she can remember.

Things go really bad in California, so she relocates to North Carolina when she inherits her Aunt’s home. There is some history between the family that makes the inheritance an unexpected opportunity for Cassie.

After living in seclusion for about six months, she starts seeing and hearing things that make her positive someone is about to be killed. She goes to the former Judge, Ben Ryan. He is well respected in the town that is named Ryan’s Bluff, after his family. When she meets him Cassie offers her services. She also contacts the sheriff Matt with the same information and he is clearly not impressed with her. When the girl’s body is located, she is initially a suspect. She begins a life and death struggle to race a serial killer before he can continue killing.

This book had me anxiously waiting for what was going to happen next. the beauty of the words would sometimes make me forget that we are talking about a cold blooded killer and the chase for him. When Kay Hooper describes things like she does. such as Cassie’s eyes, you just see them, vividly in your mind.

It is also pretty intense when you read what is going on in Cassie’s mind as she connects to the murderer’s mind. It is really an extremely engrossing book. It keeps you involved and you find yourself worrying about the townspeople. Just when you think you have it figured out, Twist!

The characters are so well formed. When they talk to one another it is like sitting in on an investigation. It is like you are part of the team. I found this book to have some of the best dialog I have read.

The suspense was ripe and delicious. The characters were down to earth, flawed and yet special in their own right. I did not exactly know how it was all going to work out until the very end of the book. I was holding my breath and hoping for an acceptable outcome.

I considered it a great book well deserving of the 5 stars.

I listened to the Recorded Books recording of this book. It was phenomenal. The narrator, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis was so spot on with her male and female voices. There were southern accents that sounded real not over the top. There were many men’s voices that were each unique and masculine. The narrator really earned her 5 star rating from me. This is my second Kay Hooper book and I have loved them both. She sure brings the intrigue to the game.

The audiobook is avaiable through Audible.com The book is available in paperback, Hardback and Kindle format at Amazon

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