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A Must Read Good Night Book for Any Child Afraid of the Dark!***************************************************
Does this sound familiar to you? "I am afraid of the dark!"
That's what Robin calls out every night, even after Mom reads him a bedtime story,
tucks him in for the night, and gives him his last drink of water.
But one night as Mom reads Robin a new book,
he meets a new friend, Sunbeam, and his nights are never the same
as they travel on a special adventure.
"I Am Afraid of the Dark!", the first book in the Adventures of Robin and Sunbeam series,
is a sweet good night book written for children two to six years of age.
Filled with beautiful illustrations, this book will help your child discover
that bedtime is not something to be afraid of.
Your little one can even have fun finding the small elephants hiddenthroughout its pages or coloring in the free downloadable coloring booklet
available with your order.
If your child won't stay in his or her own bed through the night,
this is the book for you!
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"I’m marrying him because I admire his intelligence and his compassion. I’m marrying him because he’s part of me already. Because he’s the one person who has always known my heart. Because I would trust him to know what I needed if I couldn’t figure it out by myself. "
"And the longevity of grief, the endlessness of it, settled into my future reality."
"Mark’s mother plugged the boy’s IV pump into the wall outlet while I examined him. Funny how the mothers always did that, jumped right in, learning whatever they needed to know to take care of their children."
"There is uncertainty in hope, but even with its tenuous nature, it summons our strength and pulls us through fear and grief—and even death."
Priscille Sibley’s The Promise of Stardust is a haunting and unforgettable debut novel about life and death and love, set against a moral dilemma that may leave you questioning your own beliefs.
Matt Beaulieu has loved Elle McClure since he was two years old. Now married and expecting their first child, Elle suffers a fatal accident. To keep the baby alive, Matt goes against his wife’s wishes and keeps his wife on life support. But Matt’s mother thinks that Elle should be euthanized, and she’s ready to fight for what she believes is the right thing.
A stunning, compassionate examination of one of the most intricate ethical issues of our time, The Promise of Stardust, will stay with you, long after the last page has been read.
“For never was a truer story of love conquering woe than this of Molly Juliet and her Romeo.”
"Why does any human want anyone? My body recognizes you as something that’s good for me. My mind recognizes you as someone who’s right for me, and my soul recognizes you as someone who is meant for me.”
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At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot.
She knows Descartes and Kant.
She knows academia and Oxford.
She knows that the people who love you leave you.
She knows how to be alone.
But when Molly leaves England's grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn—she didn't know a summer could be so hot, she didn't know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn't know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.
When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realises that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever...
Mature New Adult novel—contains adult content, highly sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up*
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Dan Amenta wakes up one morning to discover the world has changed...the Apocalypse has arrived.
Death, destruction, and disaster are spreading around the globe. Yet Dan and his family remain untouched. He begins to fear they are the only three people left alive on Earth. They are not.Efforts to survive and make contact with others reveal disturbing truths about the human extermination. Dan finds Laura who discloses even more. Her presence - a young, sexy, disruptive girl - adds questions about what is moral and ethical in this new reality.
Then supernatural experiences reported by other survivors force Dan to seek explanations from his own past. Memories of childhood hallucinations strike him with sledgehammer force, bringing him face-to-face with a secret millions of years old. Planet Earth is in the hands of an older power, one Dan never envisioned and dares not disobey...
"Even with the best of intentions, cruelty is just around the corner."
~ Guest Post by Becky Monson
Every once in a while I get a review of my book that says it was predictable. Um… yah. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t all chick-lit predictable?
Essentially, there’s a formula for chick-lit. It varies from book to book and writer to writer, but it basically stays the same. There’s the heroine/hero, there’s the love interest, there’s the drama, and then there’s the happily ever after.
I wonder in their remarks that it was predictable, were they looking for something unpredictable? Maybe a not-so-happily-ever-after? Let me tell you what would happen if I wrote a book with a not-so-happy ending. Ten percent of my readers would think “huh, that’s different”, and the other ninety percent would throw the book across the room (unless it was on their kindle, and then they would very gently, but sternly, delete it from their files, never to be seen or read again).
I also wonder, if by unpredictable, are they looking for something more realistic? Now, I don’t know about you, but when I read, I’m not looking for “real”. I have enough “real” in my everyday life. When I read, I’m looking for an escape - a way to go on vacation, without actually having to go on vacation. So for me, I like the predictable. I look forward to it. I know that when I open Sophie Kinsella’s newest novel that there will be a happy ending and that makes me want to read it.
After all, isn’t the joy in the journey? How will they get from A to B? How will the love blossom? How will they work through whatever drama will be thrown their way?
So is chick-lit predictable? Yes. And I would like to keep it that way, thank you very much. If you are looking for something less predictable, might I suggest a mystery, or a biography. Perhaps a dystopian novel would do the trick (I’ve thrown a few of those across the room). But let’s keep chick-lit the way it was meant to be: predictably lovely.
By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.
Becky runs a large on-line book club called "This Chick Reads". Check it out on Facebook!
To find out more of what Becky is up to, check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeckyMonsonBuy her book:ON AMAZONON BARNES & NOBLE
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TSR Says... At first glance, the cover for this novel and the blurb are intriguing. But from the moment I started to read PHOENIX, I realized that a pretty cover and smart blurb were not the only things great about the book. From the prologue, I was hooked. I loved the opening scene with Phoenix. It was so strong, dark, masculine, and made you want to read more. The rest of the book was every bit as good. The love story between Phoenix and Eve was great, making for a really nice, quick read. The voice in this book really captivated me and overall I was very impressed with this author and her writing style. I would certainly pick up another Raine Anthony novel.
In a small town in Cornwall, a fighter and a schoolteacher meet.
Dangerous. Bad News. Killer. This is what Phoenix sees when he looks in the mirror.
Shy. Timid. Afraid. This is what Eve sees in her own reflection.
But when Eve looks at Phoenix she sees a strong, handsome, sensual man. And when Phoenix looks at Eve he sees a beautiful, untouchable, heavenly creature. Together they will help each other to escape the labels they have lived with for so long.
Will the ghosts of their pasts return to hinder their happiness?
Or will true love lead to freedom?
Phoenix is a story of two lonely souls trying to find solace in one another’s hearts.
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READER REVIEW: "Elson has also written in a great feeling of supernatural and human menace. This is a world where angels and demons are very much like the ones you might have learned of in church--which is great when your guardian angel is protecting you, but horrifying when a demon has diabolical plans for you." -- Kim
Maggie Brock has everything under control. Even her divorce, though painful at the time, only registers as a minor blip in her carefully constructed universe. Her life in Prairie Oaks has once again returned to a smooth, predictable pace…until an angel shows up in her bedroom.
The angel is just as bewildered as Maggie about why he’s been sent to her, but their unsuccessful efforts to gain understanding of the mystery fade to the background as their relationship grows. Soon, Maggie’s biggest problem becomes the angel himself, as her feelings for him develop into something less than saintly.
While Maggie struggles to keep her desires pure, a nefarious being lurks in the shadows of Prairie Oaks, watching and waiting for the opportunity to fulfill his ambiguous purpose. Preying on her conflicted emotions, the demon manipulates her at every opportunity, but the one to deliver Maggie directly into his hands is the last person she’d expect.
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In Blood Vine, bites are an inconvenient bliss, exiled vampires are wasting away, and the fate of their kind depends on the perfect PR campaign.
When public relations pro Zoey Porter arrives at an enchanting California winery, she discovers her sexy new client is the almost one-night stand she can't forget. After her husband's suicide, Zoey has vowed never to risk her heart again. But can she walk away from the intriguing winemaker a second time?
Driven from Croatia by his ancient foes, vampire Andre Maras has finally made a blood-like wine to cure his fellow refugees. Now he needs Zoey's PR expertise to reach them. After his wife's death, Andre has a vow of his own—never to risk another painful blood bond. And one taste of the tempting Zoey would bind him to her eternally.
His secrets stall her PR plans. Her jealousy is stoked by the blissed-out beauties leaving his bedroom. At every turn, he utterly fails to resist her. When she discovers he is a vampire, will she be lost to the golden-eyed Hunters, or lose herself to the emptiness in her heart, before she can help him save his kind?
Guest Post by Helen Carey
I was talking to an elderly lady yesterday who complemented me on the accuracy of my wartime novels. ‘It must have been especially hard for you to get them right,’ she said. ‘As you weren’t there at the time.’ And that made me start thinking about how ‘right’ historical novels ever really are.
Clearly all historical fiction is fabricated in some way. Hilary Mantel was not present in the Tudor court (as far as we know), nor did Steven Saylor ever don a toga and wander the streets of ancient Rome. Mary Renault was never pally with Alexander the Great, and I wasn’t even a twinkle in my mother’s eye during the Second World War.
So would it have made any marked difference to my novels if I could
remember cowering under a Morrison shelter as a child?
Personal memories are clearly useful, but we also all know that memory can be faulty. People often ‘remember’ things that other people have told them, or that they have read about. Our recollections are always in some way overlaid by our own ‘world view’. My sister’s memories of our childhood often don’t correspond with my own (I’m quite sure I never pretended to be a puppy living in the wardrobe!) I have equally found in my own research that people’s retrospective view often varies wildly from letters and diaries written at the time. For example, the post war mantra of ‘We all pulled together’ sits oddly with numerous diary gripes about petty theft, looting and prejudice.
Received wisdom and the wisdom of hindsight is often a problem for historical novelists. I believe that a crucial part of the writer’s job is to re-explore the era and to re-examine what people really were
feeling, thinking and doing at the time the novel is set. The most effective way to do this is to study the history, investigate different reports of specific events, read diaries, letters, magazines, newspapers, listen to old radio shows (I still giggle at the idea of the indefatigable Sandy Macpherson and his everlasting organ!), and yes, if possible, to talk to people who were there.
When you pull all this information together you get a real feel for the specific era you are writing about, but of course, even then, it is still only background material. The key skill of any successful novelist is the ability to create three dimensional, empathetic characters and to weave them into a plot which will not only transport readers to the time and place of the story but will also give them a compelling reading experience.
So, yes, when writing any type of fiction it’s clearly vital to get it as ‘right’ as is humanly possible, but I don’t believe it’s necessary to have ‘been there at the time’ in order to create a sense of authenticity. If that was the case the number of historical novels on our shelves would be very limited – and science fiction novels nonexistent!Visit this author to read posts like this and much more!http://www.helencareybooks.co.uk http://helencareybooks.wordpress.com http://www.twitter.com/helencareybooks
Back from my holiday in the south of France – tanned in places, burned in others, but otherwise well-rested from 10 days spent paddling in the Med. I also managed to get plenty of reading in – I’m currently halfway through Denise Mina’s Gods and Beasts
, but want to concentrate in this post on my other choice, Bad Blood
I went for John Sandford thanks to Ken Bruen, who references him in The Guards
. When I visited my local library Bad Blood
was the only book of Sandford’s they had, which as it turns out was a terrific place to start. The novel is pacy, exciting and unpredictable, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into more of Sandford’s work. Bad Blood
features investigator Virgil Flowers, attached to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (which sounds fictitious – at least to me – but isn’t: check out theirwebsite
and learn, as I did, that they were the first US agency to identify a suspect based solely on DNA evidence. Impressive, non?
). Flowers was originally created as a supporting character in another series of books, but Sandford liked him so much he gave him a promotion. There have been seven Flowers novels so far, and Bad Blood
sits slap bang in the middle of the series.
I liked Flowers immediately – he’s a terrific creation. Determined, charming and quick-witted, he’s also a man with a past – the son of a church minister, he’s as ready with a Bible quotation as in applying pressure in more direct ways (throughout the book, he’s referred to more than once as ‘that fuckin’ Flowers’
). There’s more than the touch of the cowboy about him – a stereotype he plays up to, especially in his developing relationship with the local female sheriff, Lee Coakley. ‘She had a glint in her eye,’
Flowers thinks at one point. ’And she carried a gun. He liked that in a woman, because it sometimes meant that he didn’t have to.
Coakley is investigating a murder, which has been dressed to look like an accident. When the suspect in turn dies in jail, and one of her deputies appears to be responsible, Coakley realises she needs some outside help. She approaches Flowers and, working together, they uncover a series of crimes which quickly blossoms into a much wider (and darker) conspiracy.
In contrast to its complex plot, Bad Blood
is very economically written – it’s a very lean book, largely thanks to Sandford’s extensive journalist experience. He rarely repeats himself, and also keeps nothing deliberately hidden; everything that Flowers learns is laid open for the reader, so we see the investigation progress alongside him. Indeed, this is made explicit through a recurring scene, where Flowers visits the local diner and updates the locals on how the investigation is progressing. Coakley is initally sceptical of this approach – ‘What? You’re a talk-show host?’ -
but Flowers sticks to his guns. He said, ‘What good does it do to keep the information private? The killers know everything we do. Why shouldn’t the tax-payers know it?’ She said, ‘Well.’ Thought about it, then said, ‘It doesn’t seem law enforcement-like.’ ‘That’s a problem for law enforcement,’ Virgil said. ‘You can get a lot more done if you ask around, and spread the joy.’
All of this has the effect that we’re looking over Flowers’ shoulder, which of course draws you deeper into the story. Bad Blood
is one of those rare novels that I put down only very reluctantly. When I wasn’t reading it, I spent a good amount of time thinking about it, and where it would take me next. And yet, in spite of his (and Flowers’) openness, Sandford still has plenty with which he can surprise the reader. I raced through the book, keen to know how it would finally turn out.
At times, this eagerness was in spite of the subject matter. The subject of the investigation in Bad Blood
is extremely dark, and concerns child abuse within the context of an organised religion – although there’s nothing remotely religious or spiritual about the crimes Flowers uncovers. As someone with my own children, there were several occasions where I had to put the book down, and take a breath. Sandford doesn’t dwell on these crimes but they are still shocking, and again have the effect of increasing the reader’s empathy with Flowers’ ongoing investigation.
Sandford paints the rural setting extremely well; I have to confess that I had no idea where Minnesota was before I started reading the book. Early on, Sandford describes the landscape Flowers is driving through on the way to meet with Coakley – ‘The countryside was nothing but farms: corn and beans and corn and beans and corn and beans, and over there some wild man had apparently planted wheat or oats, judging from the stubble; the countryside all black trees and brush and white snow and houses and red barns.
‘ There’s a lonely, apocalyptic feeling to the book, heightened by the religious undercurrents; and whilst Flowers does eventually get his perpetrator, the resolution is neither straightforward nor wholly reassuring. The end of the novel is lit up with fires burning across the empty Minnesota landscape, and neither Flowers nor Coakley escape completely unscathed.
But I’m glad that they do, and also that they are another six Virgil Flowers novels for me to work my way through. I’d recommend Bad Blood
- or indeed anything else by Sandford – in a heartbeat, and I’m hoping there’s more of his work in the library when I pay them a visit with the kids tomorrow.
John Sandford’s website is at johnsandford.org