Powder Monkey by Donna McDine & Giveaway (US-Print, Int’l-eBook)

September 19th, 2014

Powder-MonkeyPowder Monkey is the second book by Donna McDine that has taken me on a journey to the past.  This 23 page book for young readers packs an emotional punch that holds you in its grip from the first word to the last and the beautiful illustrations by K.C. Snider really bring the story to life.

Twelve-year-old Tommy Kitt and his older brother are forcibly taken from their parents and the only life they’ve ever known by the Royal Navy Press Gangs and forced into hard labour on a ship at sea.  Tommy is understandably overwhelmed and scared and that feeling is only reinforced by the often harsh treatment of the young boys.  Tommy learns quickly though that the best way to stay out of trouble is to do your work without complaint.  For Tommy his days consist of cleaning toilets and the mangers below deck where he most likes to be as it is peaceful.  However they also have to train for battle and finally that day comes and Tommy follows his role as a powder monkey running back and forth to bring gun powder to the sailors.  Most certainly this isn’t the life Tommy wants but he’s determined to stay alive and do that he knows he has to follow the rules.

Powder Monkey may be short but it tells such a poignant story in those few pages.  I felt Tommy’s fear and hopelessness and also his hope at a better future down the line.  The book is recommended for 8-12 year old kids but I think I’d put it towards the 12 year age range only because it is more of a dark tale and maybe a harder read for the younger ones.  Yet at the same time it’s important for young children to learn about history and how much different life was for some kids in times past.  For me it was enlightening as I’d never heard of the Royal Navy Press Gangs or the term powder monkey so I was able to learn something that led me to wanting to know more.

Once again Donna McDine highlights a time in history with the Royal Navy Press Gangs and how children were affected by it.  A recommended read for parents and children that could lead to some really important discussions and life lessons.

 

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The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine & Giveaway (US-Print, Int’l-eBook)

September 17th, 2014

goldenThe Golden Pathway by Donna McDine is a beautiful little children’s book with a very important message of compassion, caring, and bravery. The story takes us back in time when slavery existed and introduces us to one very courageous young boy. As the story unfolds there are lovely full page color illustrations by K.C. Snider that help tell the story as well and I must say I was captivated by them as I’m sure children will be too.

David lives with his Pa and Ma on their homestead and tries very hard each day not to anger his father who seldom has a kind word for him. Worse still are the screams that come from the barn when David’s father beats their teenage slave Jenkins. Later when David should be asleep in bed he sneaks out to the barn to clean the wounds that his father has inflicted on Jenkins. David hates the unfairness of it all and can’t understand this horrible treatment. So despite his abusive father and the danger to himself David not only befriends Jenkins but also helps him escape his circumstances by leading him to safety.

This book is a wonderful teaching tool introducing children to the horrors of slavery. A parent and child can read this together and then discuss the various topics that arise throughout this book that will lead them to a better understanding of a time long past and the Underground Railway that led many to freedom. I really enjoyed the book, for despite the sobering topic there is also the hope and inspiration that comes through on every page because of the courage of this one little boy.  Highly recommended!

 

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Come Dancing by Leslie Wells & Giveaway (eBook – open Internationally)

September 15th, 2014

COMECome Dancing by Leslie Wells takes us back to the 80′s when cell phones didn’t exist, people still read print books, and listened to actual records. Come Dancing is not only a step back in time but also a peek into the world of rock and roll, publishing, and a hot and steamy romance to wrap it all up!

Julia, in her early twenties, is a publisher’s assistant and of course a huge book lover. Her dream is to become an editor but at this point she doesn’t know if that will ever happen. Her love life really isn’t going all that well either. Having been dumped by her latest boyfriend as he went back to his wife she’s wondering if love will ever come her way. On a night out with her friend Vicky she meets Jack. Jack is a rock star and certainly not anyone she would ever imagine would be interested in her. Yet he is.  And that is exciting to her.

As Jack and Julia get to know each other Jack knows that Julia is unlike any girl he’s known before. For Julia this is all so different. Jack takes her to fancy restaurants, nightclubs, parties, and even to his concert. She is really falling for him and yet she can’t give all of herself to him. If her past with men has taught her one thing it is to be careful. She doesn’t want to be hurt again. The more time she spends with him though she falls deeper and deeper into a heated romance such as she’s never had before but along with that comes the despair she feels when he doesn’t call or she hears about yet another woman that he’s been with. Can two so very different people really make a relationship work?

I enjoyed Come Dancing. It is an easy read and a good way to pass an afternoon. I found the beginning a bit slow going but as the story began to build I found myself much more invested in it. I also loved that it took place back in the 80′s as it was fun to go back to that time and realize just how much things have changed. For me I would have liked to read more about the publishing world and a little less of the bedroom antics but that’s a matter of taste. Overall though I liked the characters, the story, and especially the ending – it was a fun read and I adored Jack and Julia! For my readers who shy away from the extra steamy stuff though be warned that this is one of those reads. For those who love them – well then you’re going to love this one !

 

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The Night Visitor by Dianne Emley & Rafflecopter Giveaway

September 11th, 2014

nightI don’t imagine it’s any surprise now to anyone who reads my blog that I really enjoy paranormal stories so of course The Night Visitor by Dianne Emley was right up my alley!  From the first page which starts with a bang to the last page I was hooked.  I love a good mystery/thriller and the added paranormal elements really heightened my enjoyment of this novel.

Starting with a chilling murder we fast forward five years and right into the life of Rory.  Rory, whose sister was murdered that fateful night and her fiancee Junior who was left in a coma and deemed responsible for that murder.  Oh gossip abounds that there was an affair and all sorts of things but Rory doesn’t believe for a second that Junior killed her sister.  Either way Rory has moved on with her life and is busy running a cosmetics company and is engaged to a wonderful man.  Yet in one instance the past comes rushing back with a vengeance when Junior’s brother attempts to murder Rory in an act of revenge.

Then there are the visions that Rory is having.  At first she isn’t sure what they mean but it quickly becomes apparent to her that she is seeing scenes from the murder.  But how?  Soon enough she realizes that it is Junior – Junior who is in a coma – is showing her what happened that night.  She can’t keep Junior out of her mind and even more terrifying her body starts to exhibit the same things that Junior is experiencing and it isn’t long before everyone thinks she is losing her mind.  She knows that she has no choice but to solve the mystery that shrouds that night – to clear Junior’s name.  As she delves deeper and deeper into her search it also leads her to learning more about her own family.  Secrets and lies that threaten to shatter her world.  Will Rory find out the real truth behind that night before it’s too late?

The Night Visitor is a well written novel with an intriguing plot and enough twists and turns that entice and keep the reader guessing.  I didn’t figure it out until the end which is unusual for me but made me like the book even more.  Recommended for those who enjoy murder mysteries, thrillers, and of course the paranormal! Yours truly enjoyed it a great deal!

 

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