“Uplifting Children’s Book” – I Wish I Was A Brownie – by  Marsha Casper Cook 

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Chippy isn’t happy with who he is and wants to be a brownie. With help from his teacher, Mrs. Chipster, he realizes he can be happy with who he is if he believes in himself. Children will not only relate to what has happened to Chippy they will be pleased as they see sad Chippy become happy being himself. This is a heartwarming storybook for early readers, reading aloud at home, and as a bedtime story. Self Esteem is very important no matter what age. Kids will be learning without feeling this is a message.

This is a great book for grandparents to have on their bookshelf so they can spend time reading together.

If you also get the audiobook children will love hearing the words as they read.

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Judy K. Snider

Uplifting Children’s Book

The illustrations on the cover and in the book are adorable. Kids can relate to wanting to be something other than they are, and then the
joy of finding out they are wonderful as they are. It also is helpful to promote talking about bullying and feelings about wanting to “fit in”.
The end of the book is happy and hopeful. I really enjoyed it.

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“A work of exceptional talent” – Marika (The Chronicles Of Tonath Book 3) by Mari Collier

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Tonath is a planet in danger of being torn apart. Only one can inherit the knowledge to one day save the Tonathian people, and her name is Marika.

It’s been seventeen years since her father passed. Coming of age, she inherits a cattle hold, a trust account, and many gifts. One special gift is a chest, which comes with instructions that will guide her to the Bergman Mountains.

With a spaceship and the knowledge of three ancient civilizations, will she have time to access it all.. or will the Star Shifts hide the information, and drive her into the arms of her childhood love?

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Kenna McKinnon

A work of exceptional talent

The love story of Marika and Dickon will ring in my mind long after the Star Shifts are over and the book comes to an end with the haunting final words.

21st-century science can indeed explain the catastrophes that overwhelm the planet Tonath at irregular intervals when space/time shifts. Although the previous novels in this series must better explain the lineages and genealogy of the aliens with two hearts, Marika stands alone as a work of exceptional talent.

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“Beautiful story of life” – Religion of Trees by Lisa L. Borm

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When a child is born on Harding Street, Millicent plants a tree in the family’s yard. The babies connect on a spiritual level and are shaped into the adults they become by the comfort of their birthday trees. The old woman is rejuvenated by her Sycamores and depends on them for her survival. A bond is formed between the trees and residents of Harding Street promoting love and reconciliation.
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“Kudos to the author once again on capturing my imagination.” – Eyes Beyond The Wall by Gary D. Henry

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Meet the Calvert’s, a family both blessed and cursed since the 1600s. Their first-born’s have always been males who excel at whatever business endeavor they take on—but die young, in strange circumstances, soon after they reach the pinnacle of business success. The females born to the Calvert’s cannot bear children and die young because of ill health. The latest couple in this long line of brilliant and tragic family members is Perry and Jessica Calvert. They, as generations of Calvert’s, attempted to break the evil curse. They just might… Meet Max and Terri Porter, Perry’s best friend, and younger sister. Frightened for business success himself due to his family’s curse, he planned on using his formative skills to make Max’s business dreams and plans succeed, while he comfortably stayed a silent partner.
The Porters were also godparents—the second parents—to Perry’s daughter, Connie. Because Perry’s firstborn was a daughter, he thought that it broke the long-standing family curse. However, he created another, more cruel curse, for his daughter to endure. Max buys a castle in upstate New York, where both families shared memories and lives. But this castle, built by Alonzo Antonelli in the mid-eighteen hundreds, holds dark mysteries and hidden rooms and fables of hidden treasures that lied within. Subsequent generations of sons of the Antonelli family disappeared mysteriously within the walls of the manor attempting to find the treasure. What’s behind the walls of this house that caused such pain to three families?
Accompany Connie, Perry’s daughter, as she goes on a search—a quest—to stop the curse, and to unravel the mysterious Antonelli disappearances. She accused fate for her many tragedies in life and gallantly fought it to change her lot in life and by doing so destroying the curse. She set out to rescue the castle from that unseen and unknown entity –fate.
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Crysmisty

Curse you.

Eyes Beyond the Wall is a different kind of book in which it starts out as historical in explaining a family line and the wealth they incur. A curse will plague the family. That part I will let you read about and not spoil it for you. Everything seems to run wonderfully until Constance comes along. A roller-coaster of emotions are evoked in this drama/thriller. Sometimes I had to wonder where the author got his material. But then I figured his muse hit him at different times and made the book a success. A lengthy read with well-developed characters. I recommend this book for a rainy weekend read. Kudos to the author once again on capturing my imagination.

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“This is a real page-turner” – Undiscovered by Dellani Oakes

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 Kent Griswald is a high powered movie executive known for his micro-managing and aggressive supervision of a movie from beginning to end. He’s not well-liked professionally or personally, so when someone puts a knife in his chest, no one is terribly surprised. However, someone also took potshots at his younger brother, Connor, who has no enemies.
Detectives Walter Scott and Vanessa Weinstein are called in on the case, ready for action. Unfortunately, Detective Scott hadn’t counted on the eyewitness, Cadence Stuart. Pretty and personable, she’s also terrified that the killer may come after her next. It’s up to Scott to protect her from the tall, dark killer. Unfortunately, so far, the killer’s identity and whereabouts are Undiscovered.
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“Joel meets Courtney and finds he’s falling in love but has his reservations” – Standing on His Own (New Beginnings Book 2) by Trish Edmisten

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When his best friend decided to join the Army after high school graduation, there was no question Joel would join too. Best friends since kindergarten, the two of them did everything together, and this was no different. A routine mission changed their lives forever. Slade ended up paralyzed while Joel lost his leg. Joel never expected to live with one leg, but he wasn’t going to let it break him. Like he did with everything else, he adapted, and he accepted that he was never going to find love. Women might want to sleep with a war hero, but they sure as hell don’t want to live with and take care of one. That theory proves true until Courtney comes along. Beautiful, independent Courtney with her wicked sense of humor is the perfect woman for Joel. All he has to do is trust her enough to accept that he doesn’t have to stand on his own anymore.
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Viv Drewa

Edmisten has a wonderful gift!

I love how Trish Edmisten brings her characters to life and puts them in realistic situations. This is the second book I’ve read by her.
Joel is self-conscience about his missing leg, but his best friend, Slade, is paralyzed and will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. They joke and tease each other but when the PTSD hits they’re there for each other.
Then Joel meets Courtney and finds he’s falling in love but has his reservations.
I couldn’t put this marvelous book down!
I highly recommend Standing on His Own!

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“It kept me hooked and not wanting to stop until the end.” – Viral Dawn: (Viral Series Book 1) by Jade Lazlow

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What if your world changed in a split second, destroying everything you thought you knew and thrusting you into a world where your very survival depends on every move you make, every decision, and every step you take? Every. Move. Matters.
An explosion at the army depot unleashes a deadly cloud carrying a genetically engineered virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. High school senior, Casey Williams has taken refuge at the school with friends and others who managed to survive the blast and ensuing viral outbreak. They’re safe. For now. But supplies are running short, and tempers are running shorter as Casey realizes the time is coming they will need to get out. She is determined to lead her friends to safety only to discover that she’s led them into even greater danger. Determined to save her friends, she fights the living and the undead in her quest to survive.
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Amber Hall

Great start to the series.
This was a really fun and fast read. It kept me hooked and not wanting to stop until the end. It does start off slow but the authors building a lot of backstories which is really nice. A lot of reviews are saying its too short but that really isn’t the problem. Its the first book in the series and it’s over 200 pages. The problem is you get to the end of this one and you want book 2 so you can know what happens next.
The character building in this story is amazing. You really get to know Casey and feel for her. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who’s a fan of zombie novels. YA or not its a great story. I cant wait to see where the rest of the series goes.
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