Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: A Dream Called Marilyn by Mercedes King






Title: A Dream Called Marilyn
Author: Mercedes King
Publisher: Triumph Productions
Pages: 177
Genre: Historical / Modern Historical / Psychological Thriller
Format: Kindle




In the summer of 1962, nothing could prepare Dr. Charles Campbell for his first meeting with new client, Marilyn Monroe. A reputable L.A. psychiatrist, he’s been hired by a studio executive to treat and subdue the star, no matter what it takes. Although he’s been warned about Ms. Monroe’s unpredictability, she’s not what he expected. Gaining Marilyn’s trust means crossing doctor-patient boundaries, and trying to separate fact from Hollywood-fed-rumors proves destructive to both Charles’ career and his personal life. As Marilyn shares her secrets and threatens to go public with information that could destroy President Kennedy’s administration, Charles’ world turns upside-down. He sinks deeper into her troubles than he should, but Charles becomes determined to help her, even though it means endangering Marilyn’s life and risking his own.



My Thoughts 


A Dream Called Marilyn was the book for me from the start. I felt a great connection with the plot, and characters its to good to be true. I fell in love with the beauty of the cover and could see different emotions reflect through the painting or drawing. The authors writing style had me very amazed because of the effort that could reflect through the words. King is a darn good author who's works you cannot just past up and never return to. She has compassion through her words and I never felt that in a while. It brought me into a happy place I didn't want to leave. Looking for a great thriller that has you guessing, has you on your toes, has you confused about everything good? Read it. Love it. Enjoy it.



The Author 

Mercedes KingA founding member of Sisters in Crime Columbus, Ohio (affectionately dubbed SiCCO), Mercedes King can be found elbow-deep in research, reading, or enjoying the local bike path. Combining her love of pop culture with history, she created A Dream Called Marilyn, a fictional take on the last weeks of Marilyn’s life. With an unquenchable thirst for a bygone era, she’s also written O! Jackie, a fictional take on Jackie Kennedy’s private life–and how she dealt with JFK’s affairs. Short story fans would enjoy The Kennedy Chronicles, a series featuring Jackie and Jack before the White House and before they were married. Visit Mercedes’ website at www.mercedesking.com to find out more.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Review: South of Rising Sun by D. J. McCall

In a Legendary, Forgotten Town, Destiny Awaits . . .

U.S. Marshal Alistair Taggart has spent almost seven years protecting the citizens of Bleeding Kansas from the lawlessness surrounding its push to achieve statehood. Now, Kansas has entered the Union as a free state, but the violence threatens to continue when the Civil War erupts only three months later.

During one of Taggart's regular visits to the former Kansas territorial capital of Lecompton, local rancher James Harper enlists the marshal's help to catch the cattle rustlers intent on stealing his livelihood. But Kansas is just beginning its reign as the wildest state in the Union, and Taggart must also deal with Jayhawkers, highwaymen, unpredictable weather, and those hell-bent on revenge. Taggart finds his job further complicated by a runaway slave and animals gone delinquent, along with his own concerns that age may finally be catching up with him.

Solving the case will prove harder than Taggart ever imagined, and its resolution will cost him dearly. Sometimes, justice only comes with a price...
 




My Thoughts:


Looking for a Western book to read, try this book by J. D. McCall, because it opened my eyes into a world that I didn't know could be so captivating. At first the plot kind of confused me because I didn't know what to expect or how to react? But trust me McCall knows what he's doing and didn't disipont me. Reading the book, I felt like I was with the characters and well and it was so imaginative. There's so much I want to spoil but I'll contain it for you. Get this book and have a blast reading again and open up to a wider range of genres that you thought wasn't for you, well I have news for you think again. Now I will sat when I was reading the book, it did take a while for me to be fully into the book and I didn't give up, it was so good I had to try my best not to finish the book and let it all be over before I knew it. At last I had to or else this review would be possible. It not only has a stunning cover but has a great confusing mind blowing plot. 



The Author




Blog Tour Book Review Queen of Sparta by T. S. Chaudhry





Title: The Queen of Sparta
Author: T.S. Chaudhry
Publisher: Top Hat Books
Pages: 383
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle



THE QUEEN OF SPARTA begins on the Banks of Indus, and takes the reader through time and space to Greece, Tuscany, Rome, and the Baltic coast of northern Europe and attempts to link some of the main cultures of that time period. "In the novel, I tried to present the conflict through the eyes of two protagonists," Chaudhry states. "The Greek viewpoint is presented through Queen Gorgo, and the opposing one is represented by Prince Sherzada, who becomes her prisoner. The whole story is also a deliberate attempt to confuse ‘the possession' of history because, actually, history belongs to all of us." THE QUEEN OF SPARTA informs the reader about the politics of ancient Greece in the 5th Century, B.C. and about Sparta, its people, and its culture; the book also describes what made the Spartans great while sharing the flaws and contradictions within their society. Chaudhry notes that "fiction is art immitating life. That is how I see the relationship between historical fiction and history. History has wonderful stories to tell. And it gets more wonderful the further in the past you go where evidence is sparse, but the realm of creativity is rich. I love to find out how things happened the way they did. Ancient history provides us with a rich variety of potential answers that are always fun to explore."


My Thoughts:

Looking for a captivating vividly imaginative book. Try Queen of Sparta. This book is a great historical book to snuggle up with and get deeply captivated you just cannot put it down. Now there were some pros and con's about the book that I must inform you on. The book did start off a little slow but don't worry it pulled through in the end. I haven't read a lot of historical fiction but this has been one of few that I have enjoyed reading. The plot was very captivating and just made me want to visit Greece and learn something new about a different culture. If you haven't read Chaudhry's work stop what your doing and give this book a go. I'm positive there won't be any disappointments and the only one you might face is that your sad you've reached the last page and want more from this book, author, and publishing group.


The Author:


 Cornell University, a master's degree from Harvard University, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Formerly a Pakistani diplomat, Chaudhry currently works for the United Nations on peace and security issues in Africa. THE QUEEN OF SPARTA is Chaudhry's first novel. He came up with the idea to write a story about Queen Gorgo being the architect of the Greek resistance against the Persian invasion while reading Herodotus for his A-Level examination in England several decades ago. "As a lover of history, or a ‘history-buff,' I have always enjoyed reading both fiction and nonfiction about this period." Chaudhry is currently working on a "prequel" to THE QUEEN OF SPARTA based on events leading up to the Battle of Marathon, called Fennel Field. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: The Redeeming Power of Brain Surgery by Paul Flowers





Jesse Tieter, M.D. has carefully constructed the ideal life. But lately, neither his Chicago-based neurology practice nor his wife and son are enough to suppress the memories that have haunted him since he was a little boy. He can’t stop thinking about that summer day in 1967 when his father died. So Jesse is heading back. Back to the town and the place where a long-repressed horror occurred. Back to make sure his twin keeps the family’s secret buried. But what will he uncover along the way?






My Thoughts

Now when I say this is a captivating book, I kid you not. Going into this book I had high hopes and I'm please to say that the author didn't let me down. I was fully captivated and was looking for a great book to get me back into reading more. Jesse was a great character and I enjoyed him very much. I imagined myself in his shoes. I felt every emotion he felt and believe it over not I was scared for Jesse to relive an even just like that. If you haven't read any of Flowers books, try this one. No disappointment found by this reader at all. Great book to enjoy and dive right into, which is like a mix with 1000 Ways To Die and a scary movie.



The Author



Paul Flower is an author, advertising copywriter/creative director and a journalist.
He has written and produced award-winning advertising for print, radio, television, outdoor, the Web––really, just about every medium––for business-to-consumer and business-to-business accounts.
His news features have appeared in regional and national magazines. His first novel, “The Redeeming Power of Brain Surgery,” was published in June 2013 by Scribe Publishing. Visit Paul’s website at paulflower.net.
  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Book Review: The Nurses by Alexandra Robbins

Pages: 369
Genre: Non- Fiction 
Format: ARC; Paperback 
Sources: Publishers
Publishers: Workman 

In this lively, fast-paced narrative, Robbins, author of Goodreads' BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR, draws readers into a brilliantly captivating in-depth investigation of the extraordinary working lives of nurses and the shocking behind-the-scenes secrets that present and future patients and their loved ones need to know. The Nurses is told through the real-life stories of four women in different hospitals: Molly, funny, well-loved, and confident enough to quit a longtime job after her hospital ramps up its anti-nurse policies. Lara, a superstar nurse who tries to battle her way back from a near-ruinous prescription-drug addiction. The outspoken but compassionate Juliette, a fierce advocate for her patients. And Sam, a first-year nurse, struggling to find her way in a gossipy mean-girl climate she likens to “high school, except for the dying people.”


My Thoughts: 

I was mainly interested in this book because I thought it would be like the hit TV show "Untold Stories at The E. R. ". At times, I myself was interested in becoming a nurse and help taking care if sduck patients. But I don't like seeing blood nor handling it, so this book was good to see and imagine it from someone else's perspective and enjoying it dearly. If your thinking about becoming a nurse check out this book by Workman and give this book a go. It is filter with detailed description and great information. 


The Author:
 Alexandra Robbins is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post and other publications. The recipient of the Heartsongs Award for contributions to the mental health of children and young adults, Robbins has appeared on numerous television shows, including 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Oprah, The View, various CNN programs and The Colbert Report.

Book Review:How to Destroy the New Girl's Killer Robot Army (Slug Pie Story #3) by Mick Bogerman

My Rating: 4\5 
Genre: Middle Grade 
Format: Paperback
Sources: Author 
Publishers: Slug Pie  


When Savannah "Van Demon" Diamond comes to town she ruins everything for Mick. She takes over his favorite hang out, outruns him in gym class, and worst of the worst—his little brother has a crush on her. Devising a plan to get her kicked out of school and moved out of Beachwood is simple. Dealing with Savannah’s mind-blowing revenge is Mick’s most challenging adventure yet.
Join Mick as he thwarts insidious traps and deadly weaponry, fighting against the most cunning of enemies. Catastrophe looms for all of Beachwood unless Mick can put aside his pride, join forces with his rival, and destroy the new girl’s killer robot army.
 



                        My Thoughts


Can I just say what another funny, adventurous book written by Bogerman. This series us beyond amazing. I laughed so much and the last book so far was a great tie in. Savannah was so much fun. Tormenting Mick made my day. The writing style as I always say surprises me every time. I recommend all the books to middle grade children because Muckj's stories always surprises me no matter what adventure he embarks on, I can honestly say, he has put a huge smile in my face and has made me laugh with his great sence of humor. Slug Pie books will always leave you wanting more adventure, fun, excitement, enthusiasm and so much more. 


                  


Mickey "Mick" Bogerman has lived in Beachwood, North Carolina all his life. Mostly he tries to stay out of trouble, but mostly trouble seems to find him anyway. He has a knack for antagonizing scary creatures and girls, not necessarily in that order.Mick's favorite subjects in school are science (slime, rockets, bugs, and rocks-- what's not to like?), gym class (running, climbing, throwing-- more stuff to like), and reading (yay Mr. Corcoran lets him read whatever he likes-- like comic books).Speaking of comic books, Mick's favorites are X-Men, Demon Knights, Spiderman and Batman.

Book Review: Born Without Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Pages: 306
Genre: Memior
Format: ARC; Paperback 
Sources: Publishers
Publishers: Little, Brown 

 Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work. 

My Thoughts:

This was a touching and so heartwarming. Everyone goes through struggles in life and we can always overcome. Its great when I see authors sharing there stufgles and being brave about there feelings that they went through. I cannot tell you how many times I teared up, not because I felt sorry for the authors struggles but just the braveness of her heart. The author is a brave and wise person that you just have to love how she can impact anyone's life, and things can change if you want what's best for you.

The Author: 

Kate Mulgrew is a theatre, television and film actress. Two noteworthy roles include playing Mary Ryan in the soap opera Ryan's Hope and the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway, the first female captain of a Star Trek series. She is also a audiobook narrator. She is the mother of two sons and one daughter and is active in raising funds for Alzheimer's research.

Blog Tour Book Review: Escape Through the Wilderness by Gary Rodriguez







Pages: 254
Genre: Middle Grade 
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Pump Up Your Book 
Publishers:
My Rating: 3.5\5 




Sixteen-year-old Savannah Evans walks with a slight limp thanks to a gymnastics’ accident that dashed her Olympic dreams, but didn’t stop her from attending an adventure camp in Idaho. At Camp Arrowhead, she quickly befriends Jade Chang and Rico Cruz, but Conner Swift taunts Savi because of her injury. When the four are teamed together for an overnight white-water river rafting adventure, Savi refuses to get in the same raft with Conner. Unfortunately, the director will not reassign her. A fun expedition down the river turns into a nightmare when their raft slams into a huge rock and their adult guide disappears down the river. Without their guide and desperately trying to steer an out-of-control raft, they pass the “last chance” marker and enter the larger rapids. With Jade pinned between the raft and a rock, and Rico clinging to a lifeline, Savi must cut the raft free. When the four drag themselves out of the river, they’re bruised, beaten, lost, and twenty-five miles from camp. Because of late-night campfire tales of Vexel, a vicious animal that roams the nearby woods, Savi and the others are terrified. Savi becomes the unlikely leader who tries to guide the group back to Camp Arrowhead. Limited supplies, injuries, and the constant threat of Vexel—who Savi fears is stalking them, complicate the harrowing return trip. Readers will enjoy dramatic survival scenes and the group working together, solving problems, and learning to overcome adversity.



My Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to loving this book but I didn't. The storyline was great. I have never read anything like the book and I like of connected to the plot. I was excited along with the idea of reading a middle grade book, but the book wasn't for me. The main character at first was pleasant. She was nice, sweet and caring. I also like that the author added that she had a accident in life and that's why Savannah limped. But after a while the book became to predicable. The cover was flawless and it deserves credit. The jokes the author tried to have I laughed a bit but then, I was kind of lost, on what he was trying to make the readers connect to. The climax brought the book back to life when they were all stuck together and needed each others help to survive by themselves. Over all I wanted to enjoy the book a little more but I'm not complaining much because the story was indeed nothing like what I have ever read.

The Author: 

My name is Gary Rodriguez, and I live in California. I’m the president of LeaderMetrix Inc., a consulting company that specializes in senior-level executive coaching, organizational development, and conflict resolution. Previously, I worked for eighteen years in the radio business as an executive where I spent several years as one of the original managers of Infinity Broadcasting. Following a successful radio career I became the president of a non-profit organization for a season. As a young man, I spent a tour of duty in the U.S. Army where I was recognized as the youngest Drill Instructor in the Army’s history at age 18 years. I was also awarded the Silver Star (the nation’s third highest award for valor) while serving in a combat zone. Over the past few years, I’ve written three non-fiction books and then I decided to write a novel. My first book, Purpose-Centered Public Speaking, was published in 2009 and was re-published this summer (2014). Then I wrote a companion workbook designed to help people implement the principles taught in my first book. Next, I wrote Overcoming The Fear Of Public Speaking. And this past year, I wrote my first novel, Escape Through the Wilderness. 

Blog Tour Book Review: Picnic Provence by Elizabeth Bard


Pages: 354
Genre: Memior
Format: ARC; Publishers 
Sources: Publishers
Publisher: Little, Brown 
My Review: 4.5\5 




Filled with enticing recipes for stuffed zucchini flowers, fig tart and honey & thyme ice cream, Picnic in Provence is the story of everything that happens after the happily ever after: an American learning the tricks of French motherhood, a family finding a new professional passion, and a cook's initiation into classic Provencal cuisine. With wit, humor and scoop of wild strawberry sorbet, Bard reminds us that life-in and out of the kitchen-is a rendez-vous with the unexpected




My Thoughts: 

Looking for a great book gilt with recipes, well this is the book for you. Going back 10 years with the author was great. I never had so much fun reading a memoir in a while and now, I'm hooked on memoirs. I love Paris so I was glad that this book had something to deal with it. Bard takes us readers on a journey of a lifetime that many people should give give a chance and see if the book is for you. If your a fan of trying new foods give this book a chance. I was kind of skeptical if I should read this book because I really don't try new foods, but Bard convinced me to go out of my comfort zone and give food a shot since that ijs my favorite subject to talk about.

The Author: 


Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist based in Paris. She has written about art, travel and digital culture for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Wired, Time Out and The Huffington Post. She makes a mean chocolate soufflĂ©. 

Blog Tour Book Review: The Princes Doom by David Blixt




Pages: 720
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback
Sources: Historical Fiction Blog Tours 
Publishers: Sordelet Ink 






The explosive fourth novel in the Star-Cross'd series! Verona has won its war with Padua, lost its war with the stars. The young prodigy Cesco now turns his troubled brilliance to darker purposes, embracing a riotous life and challenging not only the lord of Verona, but the stars themselves. For once Pietro Alaghieri welcomes the many plots and intrigues of the Veronese court, hoping they will shake Cesco out of his torpor. But when the first body falls, it becomes clear that this new game is deadly, and will only to doom them all.



My Thoughts: 

Looking for a great action packed historical mystery book, well this book is for you. I was a but sad that I couldn't get to read the first book but that didn't stop me from trying to read the next. The book is time consuming but its totally worth it. It got me to give up technology and just focus on reading this book. I've been raving about the book to my book club members and there absolutely amazed by his great this book is. If you think mystery books are boring well think again. It teaches you about history but has great adventure blending in between the pages. The characters were perfect along with the writing style. Everything was vivid to me and I have no complains. I enjoyed the book, author, everything and I'm sure you'll be thrilled to. Along with if your obsessed with maps, this books has everything you'll need.


The Author: 


Author and playwright David Blixt’s work is consistently described as “intricate,” “taut,” and “breathtaking.” A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the early Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS’D series, including THE MASTER OF VERONA, VOICE OF THE FALCONER, FORTUNE’S FOOL, and THE PRINCE’S DOOM) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY’S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as inept spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history. As the Historical Novel Society said, “Be prepared to burn the midnight oil. It’s well worth it.” Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, David describes himself as “actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order.”

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Halo Found Hope by Helouise Matzelle

Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room---was there any hope?

A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life... and her family waited.

Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn't feel half of her face, couldn't hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn't even tell anyone that she felt hopeless... or could she?

Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles. Helo's story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo's story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn't need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1EkIiLh


My Thoughts: 

Halo found hope was a touching heartwaring book to read. It opened my eyes to see what the author had done and went through to get where she is today. I cannot say that I feel sorry for them, because they had the marcile of hope of God. To read such a tremendous story opened my eyes to the things I take for granted, even the smallest of things. God will make a way even if the money isn't there or your going through struggles. There are people out there suffering from many types of illnesses and while you complain about it they give thanks for what some people call the simplest of things. This book will change your life to see how a tumor effected a family, but pulled through no matter the odds they face.


The Author: 


Helouise "Halo" Matzelle led a charmed life until receiving a shocking diagnosis in 2011 of a rare brain tumor sitting over the main artery in her brain. Matzelle's passion is helping those who face various challenges and afflictions discover where true hope is found. She resides in Redmond, WA, with her husband and their three children. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Believers by Tamara D. Taylor









Title: Believers:
Truth in Deception
Author: Tamara D. Taylor
Publisher: Tamara D. Taylor
Pages: 330 Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback/Kindle




Mary lives in a world of the future where an anti aging drug has torn society apart, creating an insurmountable divide between the wealthy and the poor. Her life is thrown sideways after she receives an unsolicited promotion at work, which leaves her as assistant to one of the most notorious playboys of the wealthy elite. Mary struggles to find solid footing in a world that drastically conflicts with her humble upbringing. Her moral compass is tested as she finds herself falling in love with a man she knows she should not trust, compromising her relationship with her childhood sweetheart. After her life is threatened, she fears for her safety and that of her family. Will she be able to guard her own secrets to prevent even further danger? Will death be the consequence of falling in love with the wrong man? "This is a great book. It contains a world that is dark and focused on the comforts of the select elite and a world of hope and love for those less fortunate... all coupled with action and anticipation. Great combinations in my opinion! I can't wait to read the next book!" -- California Mom

My Thoughts: 

Looking for a dystopian book to read, well this is the book for you. Gilt with adventure and suspense Taylor takes you into a world of excitement and unexpected twist. I haven't read much dystopian books, but this book shocked me. Not only the beautiful cover, but the writing style of the author and how I could connect with what she was writing about. Mary's character was so good. She just embarked on this wonderful journey and I wished that I was her in the book. She's everything that I like in a character and much more. This dark twisted journey that Mary has to go on will leave you wanting more and wanting a series to be started.



The Author: 

Tamara D.Taylor was born and raised in the East Bay of California until she moved to Omaha, Nebraska to attend Creighton University. Today, Tamara still resides in Nebraska where she and her husband, John, are raising their five young children. A life long lover of all forms of the written word, Tamara is an avid reader, and has been writing short stories and poetry since elementary school. After watching her son struggle with succeeding in school, she decided to finally write the novel she had been thinking about for years in an effort to show her son that no dream is too big to achieve.  

Blog Tour Book Review: Just Wanted Love: Recovery of a Codependent, Sex and Love by D.J. Burr








My Rating: 4\5 
Pages: 232 
Genre: Non-Fiction 
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Pump Up Your Books 
Publishers:Able Counseling Service 



D.J. Burr is a man on a mission; successful business owner, highly respected psychotherapist and survivor of a dysfunctional life. At a young age, all he wanted was to be loved, but instead found himself targeted by a sexual predator. D.J. slipped into a life of addiction and clawed his way through broken relationships and seedy sex clubs--looking for love in all the wrong places. D.J. will take readers on a roller coaster of emotions as he details his search for grace and love. 

                         My Thoughts 

Burr was amazing to open up and tell his own issues he felt with. Not a lot of people can come out and idmit there mistakes and ask for help to make sure you don't go down the wrong path. Reading his struggles that he went though it me thinking about my mistakes that I made and how I can ask or help even the simples of things and you should to. Don't be scared to admit that you have a problem ask for help no matter how embarrassed you might feel just know you can overcome those obstacles you faced with. Help others out there that might have the same or similar problems as you. It's okay because we all make mistakes or choices where not proud to admire, but at the end of the day you can say " yes I did it and I'm moving above and beyond what I did in the past". If you struggle with something in life and want to know how you can overcome and take the steps to recovery, then give this book a go. It opened my eyes to something deeper than what I thought. 

                           D.J. Burr



Darrett “D.J.” Burr is a licensed mental health counselor in the Washington State; national certified counselor and a specialist in problematic sexual behavior. He has been in private practice in Seattle, WA for five years. D.J. is the co-founder, owner, and Executive Director of A.B.L.E. Counseling Services, LLC.D.J. is the creator of ABLE Affirmations, ABLE Life Recovery, and the ABLE Care Clinic. D.J. published Unfinished: A GLBT Domestic Violence Workbook while completing his Masters in Community Counseling at Argosy University-Atlanta in 2009.Born in raised in Marietta, GA, D.J. has been known to many as a survivor. His childhood was less-than-nurturing. D.J. spent the majority of his early years tending to other’s needs and wants; not knowing what his were. He kept fighting for more–more understanding of himself.Unfortunately, D.J. lost focus after being targeted by a sexual predator. D.J. lapsed into addiction to numb the pain of the molestation, broken relationships, dysfunctional family of origin, and loss of his childhood. However, the addiction did not stop him.Over 15 years later, D.J. has learned to live life instead of surviving life. D.J. found answers to his long unanswered questions, primarily, who loves me? Twelve Step recovery and rigorous honesty saved D.J. from a life of addiction. He can now say, “I love myself.” Loving himself allowed D.J. to stop chasing unavailable people, places, and things. He now focuses on his recovery, which impacts every facet of his life.D.J. enjoys writing, watching movies, especially horror/suspense. His favorite band is Nickelback. His favorite R&B group is Destiny’s Child. D.J. is also a huge fan of old 80s-90s cartoons like Transformers.

Blog Tour Book Review: The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray


Pages: 288
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Litfuse Publicity 
Publishers: Avon Inspire
My Rating:4/5  


Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she's pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love---the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author's new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she's happy because she's away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona's real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her---and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona's faced with two vastly different futures.

DISCLAIMER I SIGNED UP TO DO A FULL HONEST REVIEW ON THE BOOK ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

My Thoughts 

I'm not Amish, but it was great to see it from a different perspective. Leona had a tough decision to make, and what path was she going to take. I liked that about the  book. I don't really know much about Amish people and there background but the way how Shepard wrote the book, I could understand more about them. A lot of people treat them so differently but I just look at them as humans with emotions and feelings. Leona had to choose between the man she wants to be with and the man she has to marry. This was a twisted love triangle that just needed to be read. Itsvfun going along andngettingvto know the two men's personalities and she who she would want to spend the rest of her life with. The end supprised me, because it was so jaw dropping. I won't spoil much but I all I will say is if being supposed isn't your thing it think again or read between the lines.

The Author


Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.