Archive | September 2016
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When Angels Fly Sale!! .99 Cents
When Angels Fly sale is almost at the end…. still only .99 Cents!!
Award-winning novel, and a story that tears at your heart-strings; marvel a mother’s love in the face of awful circumstances.
Award winning bestselling author: A child said, “I want to go to heaven, Mom”. How would you respond?
“Compelling, emotionally honest, painful and inspirational saga.”
“A Five Star book that moved me to tears & helped me understand the power of a mother’s love.”
Review – Novy’s Son: The Selfish Genius by Karen Ingalls
Novy’s Son: The Selfish Genius by Karen Ingalls
First a bit from the author on Amazon, “From his early childhood, Murray Clark sought love and acceptance from his father, who was raised as the bastard child of a famous artist. Murray struggled with jealousy toward his younger brothers, and he questioned the morals and values of people around him.
As an adult, Matthew lived life his way, with years of lying, womanizing, and heavy drinking. Though married four times, did he ever find unconditional love? Would Murray’s high intelligence, his love for his two daughters, and his unique philosophy of life help him rise above his demons?”
Make no mistake; this book is a compelling read. Ingalls has written a biographical account of her father, from a young child until his death at age 94. Matthew Collins tried to win acceptance from his own father, who was extremely disapproving of Matthew. I felt sorrow for Matthew as his parents only dealt out negatives as he was growing up or Matthew as his parents only dealt out negatives as he was growing up amid half siblings. Neither parent fostered self-esteem in Matthew. He was left bereft of the love that he felt his half-siblings received. With the birth of each new sibling, the deeper the chasm grew, and the relationships became more strained. Although his mother loved him, Matthew built a wall so that he was walled off from seeing/feeling/sensing that love and they never truly bonded. Being sent to live with other family while his mother was pregnant with another baby was destructive to him, especially at such a young age however, it wasn’t his fault that his mother was frail. If Matthew did something wrong, or that his parents perceived as wrong, they would strike back at him with how proud they were of his rather famous grandfather. He tried and tried again to make his parents proud of him. Ingalls brought out the parenting styles of 1920s California in a richly woven narrative. This unhappy childhood followed him into adulthood, and manifested itself in numerous ways.
As an adult, things never worked out the way he thought they would, and negatives kept happening. Over and over a job was lost, a boss was angry, marry, then divorce, and the cycle would repeat. Even his own children were left out and neglected, and he appeared to be paranoid. He tried to make things go the right way, but he was his own worst enemy, and he could only blame himself. Motivation was absent, and he became an alcoholic as well as a sex addict. Ingalls portrayed his shattered life in an engrossing style. In places, my heart broke for this forgotten child, and in others I disliked Matthew for his actions and choices. Ingalls has certainly taken his character and fine tuned it in such a way that one must appreciate just how she could draw the reader into this man! I believe everyone can relate to a tiny part of this man. This is a well written story that evokes many emotions. I highly recommend this book!
New Five Star Review From Gwendolyn Plano
Heartbreaking and Courageous…..
By Gwendolyn Plano on September 24, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There are no answers for some of life’s sorrows, no rationality for its pain. In this book by authors S. Jackson and A. Raymond, the reader is brought into the heart of sorrow through the loss of two children. The pathway to this sorrow is difficult to traverse, because it is fraught with domestic violence (parental and spousal) and with medical errors. Tragedy touches into horror.
The writers present their journey through a day-to-day diary. For those who have walked this path, the despair and helplessness will be familiar. For those who have not known the same sorrows, the diary may overwhelm. I commend the writers for their courage to embrace life without the little angels who once brought so much joy.
I Was Chosen – David A. R. White
Welcome – David A. R. White Book Launch Team
You have been selected to be part of the
Launch Team for David A.R. White’s new book
Between Heaven and Hollywood:
Chasing Your God-Given Dream.
On behalf of David and his team, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to you for your support by investing your time in this launch. It means a lot and we’re extremely grateful.
My name is Daniel Decker and I’ll be serving as your launch team manager. Nice to e-meet you. : )
David will interact directly with the group too but I’ll be the one primarily responsible for getting you all the details that you need to help support the launch in the most impactful way.
The rest I can’t mention. Such an honor. I LOVE David A. R. White and Andrea Logan White’s movies!
New Apple Awards Release 19Sept2016
New Apple Awards released their winners list and ‘When Angels Fly’ can be found at this link. New Apple Awards Memoir Only one of the two books below could be chosen as ‘Medalist Winner’ and we are happy just to be in the top two books, and to have won ‘Official Selection’.
Latest Five Star Review!
By Robert Kimbrell on September 17, 2016
For several moments I sat at my laptop, trying to think of something that hasn’t already been said. There are many great reviews, and it is easy to see many hearts have been made tender by reading this.
First, I am so glad this story has been written down and shared. As the father of two wonderful daughters, I cannot begin to imagine the horror that took place in this mother’s life. How any man can be so evil is beyond me. Thank God for men like Matt, however.
There are a few happy moments in this story that made tears of temporary joy hint from behind my eyes: when Eli was able to drink apple juice without choking; the late-night trip mom took to get watermelon her son craved; when Eli and Noah played, as much as they could, in the hospital together. But sadly these moments too quickly moved aside, and the harrowing acts by a despicable grandmother and truly evil husband and father darkened the story. But this is real. That is partially what attracted me to this book. There is a time for the raw truth, it keeps one grounded.
To me, this book was more than a succession of events. Often, I felt like I was sitting across from the mother at a diner. My mind fades to gray images as she recollects her story from years ago. She opens her heart, and I listen to her thought process in awe. The mother is amazing for hanging on for dear life, even when it surely felt the bottom had fallen away and there was nothing to believe in anymore. She was there for her son regardless of all else. If you don’t believe evil exists, you will after reading this. Above all, little Eli shows strength and heroism, and despite the bitter end, he triumphed over life.
Review of Vigilante Annie Scarlotte by Robert Kimbrell
Vigilante Annie Scarlotte (Vigilante Annie Series): Book One
I have just finished reading Book One of this series by Robert Kimbrell. First is the author’s blurb on Amazon.
“It was only months ago when Annie was overtaken by a mysterious illness. Now, the story begins with Annie relishing in the afterglow of her first feeding of fresh human blood. She has found the cure. But there is much more to Annie than being a bloodsucker.
The story unfolds when Marcus, Annie’s boyfriend, argues with her over keeping a journal with incriminating evidence. Because Annie has yet to find her birth mother, and has never known her real father, Annie grows closer to a father figure named Larry. There is bubbly Elisa, who for some reason went silent months ago; and there is unplanned drama for
Annie and Marcus when her target is Congresswoman Kim Bardner.
Annie’s story is full of romance:
“Meet me in the shower.”
“Sorry, Miss,” the stranger said with a monotone voice. “Thought you might be someone I know.”
“Act like you belong. Breathe, relax your shoulders and smile.”
“Pay no mind to me, lovebirds, just getting water.”
“Forgive me, Marcus. A woman like this gets more than a handshake.”
You will instantly be drawn in by this new and original story!”
This book isn’t my normal genre that I prefer to read, yet Kimbrell had me hooked at the first chapter. Characters are supported and Kimbrell leaves nothing out when describing a scene or person, and the book is a nice fast pace. I found myself more drawn to the vigilante portion of Annie than the vampire; although I must say she only goes after and feed’s on the bad guys. Kimbrell has written this book in a manner that keeps one’s interest throughout! Annie has a counterpart in Marcus. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I will say it’s a good thing I don’t use coffee creamer. The story is short but not so short that one feels cheated out of a full length book. I think this book is great for the YA genre. Kimbrell’s writing leaves one wanting to read the next book in this series. I rate this as a high five star!
Gwen Plano Hosted Me On Her Blog
Gwen is a lovely lady and she hosted me on her blog to help promote our first book, a memoir, When Angels Fly.
The link to her blog is here, and thank you Gwen!
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