Hook’s Tale By John Leonard Pielmeier

Interesting retelling of the Peter Pan story.

This time it is being told from the perspective of Captain Hook. Lot’s more back story is included, we learn a lot about where the characters came from and how they got there.

This is not as easy to read as the original story of course. That was more of a “fairy tale”. This is more of a “history”.

It will change the way you see the characters. So if you think of Captain Hook as the “bad” guy,  you will probably change your mind after reading this.

About the book:

Hook’s Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself by John Leonard Pielmeier

 

A rollicking debut novel from award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier reimagines the childhood of the much maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan, and the story behind the swashbuckling world of Neverland.

Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a “dour Scotsman” whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time.

Cook’s story begins in London, where he lives with his widowed mother. At thirteen, he runs away from home, but is kidnapped and pressed into naval service as an unlikely cabin boy. Soon he discovers a treasure map that leads to a mysterious archipelago called the “Never-Isles” from which there appears to be no escape. In the course of his adventures he meets the pirates Smee and Starkey, falls in love with the enchanting Tiger Lily, adopts an oddly affectionate crocodile, and befriends a charming boy named Peter—who teaches him to fly. He battles monsters, fights in mutinies, swims with mermaids, and eventually learns both the sad and terrible tale of his mother’s life and the true story of his father’s disappearance.

Like Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, Hook’s Tale offers a radical new version of a classic story, bringing readers into a much richer, darker, and enchanting version of Neverland than ever before. The characters that our hero meets—including the terrible Doctor Uriah Slinque and a little girl named Wendy—lead him to the most difficult decision of his life: whether to submit to the temptation of eternal youth, or to embrace the responsibilities of maturity and the inevitability of his own mortality. His choice, like his story, is not what you might expect.

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About the Author:

Picture of author John Pielmeier. John Pielmeier is a three-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated playwright and screenwriter. His successful plays, television movies, and miniseries include Agnes of God, Gifted Hands, Choices of the Heart, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, and successful screen adaption of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth. He has received the Humanitas Award (plus two nominations), five Writers’ Guild Award nominations, a Gemini nomination, an Edgar Award, the Camie Award, and a Christopher Award. He is married to writer Irene O’Garden and lives in upstate New York. Hook’s Tale is his first novel.

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The Waystation By Laurie Jameson

The Waystation by Laurie Jameson.This is a well written and easy to read book. I liked it.

It is about what happens to people after they die.  In this story the good folks, or at least those not really bad, stop at The Waystation, on their way to heaven.

Some stay for a while. Some move on quick.

Bad guys have to drive the good folks to the gates. Makes for an interesting situation.

Some really neat characters. For the most part I agreed that they got what they deserved.

About the Book:

Welcome to the Waystation, a place where time has no meaning. Consider this your first stop after exiting your life. Everyone passes through here on their way to one place or the other (if you know what I mean).
People die every day. They choose a life of crime, love the wrong person, see things they shouldn’t, or maybe they simply grow old. There’s no escaping it. Death comes to us all eventually, so there’s no point in running. But be encouraged; death is not the end.
Behind every death there’s a story of life, love, and sometimes tragedy. I’d like you to meet Cara, Rachel, Tony, Marco, Sarah, Samuel, Loreli and Wren…this is their story. Come on in and I’ll tell you all about them. Sit down and have a piece of pecan pie and a cup of coffee, or maybe a glass of sweet tea. We’ve got sandwiches if you’re hungry. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, just ignore that nasty smelling mist you see creeping along the ground. And don’t worry about the screams, they’re not here for you.
In a cross between hard crime fiction and a spiritual parable, The Waystation takes you on an odyssey from the darkness of this world, to the serenity of the afterlife. It carries you from the ugliness of the drug business, racism, abuse, and murder, to the joy that comes when all that ceases to matter anymore. Existing as a stopping point on the journey between life and death, The Waystation is a place to rest and prepare for your real life to begin.

 

About the Author:

Laurie Jameson never had any intention of becoming a writer. She stumbled on it quite by accident after having a rather intense dream and telling her husband it would make a great book. He talked her into writing it by presenting her with a new laptop and telling her to get on with it. Five years, lots of tears, many glasses of wine, way too many toffee peanuts and too many chicken enchiladas later, success.

 

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A Brush With The Beast By Richard Sones

A Brush with the Beast by Richard Sones cover. I had trouble getting into this one. It got a bit confusing to me with the character changes.

 

The characters were interesting. Especially Sarah. I liked her. I think it really sucks how people who have been in trouble get treated. It seems no matter how hard they try, other people just won’t let them get past whatever it was.

 

I was really glad she ended up finding a Bible and learning that everyone in the world isn’t mean and out to get her.

 

The idea of the super computer in this book is really cool. I always wondered exactly how the anti-Christ was supposed to be able to keep track of all the people in the world, even with half the population dead, that is still a lot of people. A super computer (or two) would do the trick.

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You will laugh, cry, and cling to the edge of your seat as you follow this thrilling, international adventure, and epic battle between the ultimate good set against the ultimate evil.

A brilliant and exceptionally talented IT executive, Nick Gooseberry, is at his wits’ end trying to rid himself of chronic debilitating pain. In desperation he turns to The Order, a shadowy organization that promises him freedom from pain and much more. With The Order’s help behind the scenes, Nick lies and blackmails his way into the highest levels of government while plunging into the blackest corners of hell until he sets his sights on ruling the world.

Sarah Johnson is a thirty-something ex-con that the system abandoned in a small town in Texas. As a dime store cashier, her biggest worries are what to eat and what to wear, but she’s always late for work. Her boss decides to get rid of her for good by sending her back to prison, enticing her with a shortcut to riches. She meets the Lord along the way and manages to escape from the authorities, but the fact that she’s pregnant attracts the attention of the Beast. After being whisked to the other side of the planet, her biggest worry becomes surviving.

A Palestinian schoolboy who witnessed the death of his parents grows into a world renowned terrorist driven by his thirst for revenge on his family’s murderers. He hates Israel and their number one ally, the United States. Known by his Arabic nickname, Fanak (the Fox), he orchestrates terror on every continent never realizing that he’s a puppet of the Beast.

The gripping plot, tender moments, plights and ambitions of each character will draw you in to this page turner you won’t be able to put down.

About the Author:

Richard Sones grew up as a citizen of the world. Moving every three to twenty-four months from continent to continent, he was exposed to many cultures. As an adult, he continued his tour of the world as a chaplain in the U.S. Army having served 28 years. As a consequence of many deployments, he has first hand knowledge of many varied customs and peoples. Happily married now 38 years, he is a father to four and grandfather to another four. He is still in ministry as the chaplain of a major hospital in El Paso, Texas. He lives just outside the city in the semi-desert where he has time to write, build things in his wood shop, play his guitar, and tinker with the yard. His latest novel, A Brush with the Beast, was published in June 2017 and is available for sale on Amazon.

 

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Sparked By Helena Echlin And Malena Watrous

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Cover of Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous. Interesting from the get go. It starts with Laurel waking up to find her sister gone. Things pretty much stay exciting from that point on.

Some of the stuff that happens is just weird. That comes from the “gifts” the kids have.

You might think having that sort of gift would be really neat, but it can also be a lot of trouble. It seems that people with gifts are always having to use them to right wrongs and be heroes.

Even if you didn’t, I’m not sure I would want to be able to hear what people were really thinking about.  And feeling like you “have” to use it, wouldn’t be much better than being addicted to something.

These kids handle it all pretty well though. One good thing about being young. You tend to take things in stride. Adults would be gibbering.

About the Book:

Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Geek & Sundry

Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.

Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.

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The knocking woke me up from a dead sleep.
Whack, whack.
I sat up, blinking myself awake. The sky outside our porthole-shaped window was still dark,
the silhouettes of the redwoods just a shade blacker. Rain lashed at the glass. Wind rocked the
Airstream back and forth.
Whack.
There was that knocking again. I leaned over to wake Ivy. Our beds were so close, they
practically touched—
But Ivy wasn’t in her bed.
Whack, whack.
She must have snuck out and forgotten her key. I needed to let her in fast. Our mom was a
heavy sleeper—especially if she’d smoked a “medicinal” joint before bed—but there was a limit
to what she could tune out.
When I eased open the accordion door to the bedroomette, a river of cold air whooshed
over me. I hurried to the front of the trailer, where the door was wide open, banging in the wind.
I stepped out onto the top cinder-block stair, straining to see through the rain. “Ivy?” I called
into the darkness, but no one answered. The icy wind cut through my pajamas and I shuddered,
wrapping my arms around myself. Ivy must have left the door unlocked, and the storm had
blown it open.
Still, it creeped me out.
I wasn’t used to living in a tin can on the edge of civilization. Our new property bumped up
against the state park. We had no neighbors for miles, but hikers, poachers, and the occasional
homeless person liked to use our land as their playground. Mom said that we were safer out
here than if we lived in some apartment in town. Statistically, there were fewer weirdos in the
vicinity.
But all it takes is one.

About the Authors:

Promotional picture of authors Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous.
Hello! We are both novelists, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl’s sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn’t resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)

We’ve both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called “the Vortex.” One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: “My apartment is a pigsty and I haven’t eaten all day. #inthevortex.” We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there’s romance. You have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn’t that the case with all the best kisses in books?

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The White Dragon By Anne McCaffrey

Cover of The White Dragon The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey is one of my all time favorite books.

The GoodReads page says the book came out in 1978 so the mass market paperback was probably a year or so later, pretty sure it came out before I graduated high school.

It may have been the first of Anne McCaffreys books I ever read. I’m not sure, because I read a lot, and she had a lot of books out, but this book was the first one that got my attention enough that I took note of her name and remembered it. After that I looked for books by her, and waited for the new ones. Bought every single one of them too.

I loved this book enough that I went hunting for the other books. Got all the ones available at the time, and bought every other book in the series as soon as I could.

Now I did mostly have to wait for the mass market copies, because: Money. You can get more books that way. We were not rich, but I did have some money, and my mom allowed me to spend it however I wanted. She loved (still does too) to read, and understood the desire for books, and if I wanted to use my money for books instead of clothes or whatever, that was ok, or at least tolerable.

Checked my shelf and looks like the paperback copy got donated a while back when I was clearing my shelves. I now have an omnibus copy (hardback that has all three). Not quite the same but almost, and it does give me more room on my bookshelf.

I have re-read this book (and the whole series) multiple times over the years. It is still good!

I love the whole underdog thing. Or undergragon in this case.  The White Dragon is named Ruth and is much smaller than all the other dragons. His rider gets teased for years about his “runt”. But they rise up righteous and prove everyone wrong. It is a wonderful story!

If you haven’t read it you should. Even if you don’t generally like fantasy type stuff. Give it a chance. It is worth it!

About the book:

Never has there been as close a bond as the one that exists between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth is a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thinks he is a runt who will never amount to anything.

But Jaxom knows better, knows he can teach his dragon to fly and destroy the deadly silver Thread that falls from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxon and Ruth train in secret. Their illicit flights seem but a minor disobedience – until they find themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest danger of all…

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People Of Dirt By C. C. Hogan

Cover of People of Dirt by C. C. Hogan. I loved this book too. People of Dirt is even better than Dragons of Dirt.

I laughed. I cried. I did NOT want the book to end.

You will cry reading this one. If you don’t like to cry when reading, then don’t even bother with this one, because it IS GONNA HAPPEN!

I got mad about that too. Wanted to go find Mr. Hogan and kick his butt up and down the street, and around the block.  I got over that. Mostly. I mean really, you can’t have a war and no one dies. It just doesn’t happen so if you gonna read about war, you best be prepared to mourn.

There is a lot of fighting in this book. There are bad people who just DO NOT want the world to be a better place. Plenty of them in this story. They mostly get whooped. Eventually. The story is in the getting there. Lots of interesting stuff in this one.

It is a really good read! Hard to say much about it without spoilers. So go get a copy and read it! There is an excerpt you can read here.

I’m hoping this isn’t really the end. I’m pretty sure there’s more story to be told. If he decides to tell it, I’m gonna read it.

About the book:

Don, the capital of the beautiful country of Sarn is besieged by the armies of Lefton and Tol Nalan and the icy winds that are blowing down from the north.

Preland is in the grip of the worst winter anyone can remember in hundreds of years, and from beyond the Red Mountains, a wagon train arrives, sent by the king of Wone. The people of the north are freezing to death and running of out of food. They need help, help that only the dragons can provide. But it will take hundreds of them; Mistry must send to Angyn for help.

And beyond the storms, the vile True Path are allying with Categan. When the winter is over, they will head south intent on wiping out the dragons and building their new empire.

Not for the first time, Silvi finds herself at the front, being compared to her great father, General Johnson Farthing. But can this young woman lead an army? Can she defeat this terrible foe?

People of Dirt is the dramatic finale of Dirt, series two.

About the Author:

This bit is from the Dirt website-

C.C.  Hogan is addicted to writing and loves telling stories whether that is a fantasy like Dirt, about young people in The Stink or in music and poetry.

He is a Londoner by birth and writes full time.

Find out loads more at his Blog.

This bit is from Goodreads-

One way or another I have spent far too many years playing with words; by too many I mean I am completely addicted now and can’t do anything else.

I have been in the media most of that time, cooked quite a lot of the time and played guitar some of the rest of the time.

I am medium height, not pretty and talk far too much. You will only want me round to dinner if I agree to cook it for you.

I love lovers.

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Dragons Of Dirt By C. C. Hogan Review

Cover of Dragons of Dirt by C. C. Hogan.I loved this book! It is as good or maybe even better than the first book Girls of Dirt.

This one is a continuation of the story. It has a lot more of the Dragons in it. Dragons are everywhere! Very cool dragons they are too.

These dragons are pretty much like people. They like tending gardens, olive groves, fishing, making beer, and drinking beer. Any idea how much beer a dragon can drink?? Lots. They better make it themselves or there won’t be enough.

This book has a lot of fighting going on. The good guys are trying to improve things for everyone. The bad guys only want things to be good for them. Which is pretty much business as usual, even in our world. Too bad we don’t have dragons here, even if they don’t eat people.

Anyway…this second book has lots of adventures, training people to fight, big battles, small battles, a few mysteries, even Romance! It has a bit of everything.

I was really glad that Mistry finally found someone else to love. That was way cool. So has Silvi. Ferret is still a bit shy but maybe she will get there too.

I will be starting on the third book soon and then the reading the first series.  My mom tells me the first series is better than the second series, so I’m really looking forward to that.

If you haven’t read these books yet, you should! The first book in each series is FREE so you don’t have any excuse not to try. None of them cost much and you can buy them here or through the links on the World of Dirt website.

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In the hills above Meressa, on the southern coast of Preland and in the ruined town of Ponack, dragons are now returning and setting up small, optimistic communities.

Mistry must now work to put the rest of her centuries-old plan into action, but nothing can happen until they find the descendant of the Cwendrina.

But while Silvi and Ferret travel across Preland with Be-Elin and Mab-Abin, two old enemies are rising across the Yonder Sea in Bind.

Whether or not they are successful in their search, they will have to confront the warring Keffra-See and the memory of the Haftens.

For Silvi Farthing, it will mean a trial by war that will tear her soul in two.

The saga continues with Dragons of Dirt.

“I have done as you and Be-Elin asked and as I promised myself I would do.” He turned to the small women, his eyes bleak. “Why does it hurt so much?”

Mistry took his hands in hers, reached up and wiped the tears from his face. “Good deeds hurt the most, Edver. And good people feel the pain most of all.”

About the Author:

This bit is from the Dirt website-

C.C.  Hogan is addicted to writing and loves telling stories whether that is a fantasy like Dirt, about young people in The Stink or in music and poetry.

He is a Londoner by birth and writes full time.

Find out loads more at his Blog.

This bit is from Goodreads-

One way or another I have spent far too many years playing with words; by too many I mean I am completely addicted now and can’t do anything else.

I have been in the media most of that time, cooked quite a lot of the time and played guitar some of the rest of the time.

I am medium height, not pretty and talk far too much. You will only want me round to dinner if I agree to cook it for you.

I love lovers.

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Black Dawn By Mallory McCartney Blog Tour

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Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing

The end of an Empire, the rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long-lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows

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Jaxson sat on a wooden perch, his chin resting on his hands as he stared longingly onto the horizon. She spoke softly, “Go to bed, Jaxson, I have it from here.”

Snapping to attention, he jumped slightly, not having heard her come in. “Nyx, you scared me a bit there. How are you?”

She winked at him. “Needing some starlight and an endless night.”

Nodding solemnly, Jaxson hopped down. Before leaving, he placed a burly hand on her shoulder. “We have to be prepared not to give up hope. For Alby.”

His words were like a weight anchoring onto the ocean floor. Nyx climbed up on the perch as Jaxson left, the door swinging closed behind him. Nyx closed her eyes. She could move forward with this. It was already too late. She had pushed Memphis to make his decision. He believed in Emory like he had never believed in her. He had and would always choose Emory. Her chin wobbled as her eyes snapped open. There was no going back now. She silently said goodbye to the man she loved as her eyes searched the land stretching out in front of her. To her left, the woods, and beyond that, an escarpment of mountain terrain…and Adair. It was as simple as breathing as Nyx reached out, her mind brushing against a thousand consciousnesses. A thousand whispers sounded back to her. She searched only for one. She didn’t have to wait long.

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Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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The Tick Tock Man By R. M. Clark Blog Tour

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The Tick Tock Man by R.M. Clark

Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books/Tantrum Books

When the clocks in town stop, thirteen-year- old CJ discovers an unusual “clock world”; where most of the citizens are clock parts, tasked with keeping the big clocks running. But soon the seemingly peaceful world is divided between warring factions with CJ instructed to find the only person who can help: the elusive Tick Tock Man.

With the aid of Fuzee, a partly-human girl, he battles gear-headed extremists and razor-sharp pendulums in order to restore order before this world of chimes, springs, and clock people dissolves into a massive time warp, taking CJ’s quiet New England town with it.

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Where did you get the idea for the “clock world”? It certainly sounds different.

I was sitting in a parking lot one day and I noticed that the large, analog clock on the tower of the building across the street had stopped and I wondered why. Driving home, I noticed another big clock had stopped. Hmmmm, I thought. Very strange. That night, I conceived an imaginary world of citizens who are tasked with keeping all the clocks in town running and also a reason for the clocks to stop. Just to be different, I gave the “clock world” German in origin and made the towns in it look like German villages like you would see on top of a fancy cuckoo clock. I was fortunate that real clock parts like fuzee, ratchet, strike, verge, and hammer made for excellent character names, and real German geographic names like Furtwangen, Kinzig, Murg and Enz easily fell into place for this story.

I added some conflict, a little adventure and, just like that, The Tick Tock Man came to life.

So why did all the clocks stop? You’ll have to read The Tick Tock Man to find out!

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Promo picture of author R. M. Clark.R. M. Clark is a computer scientist for the Dept. of Navy by day and children’s book writer by night. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

 

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Girls Of Dirt By C. C. Hogan

Girls of Dirt cover.Girls of Dirt by C. C. Hogan is a wonderful adventure! I loved this book! I started reading it right after breakfast the day before yesterday. I ended up not doing much of anything at all besides reading. All day!

The animals are lucky I remembered to feed them. I had to stop when the kindle quit. I had forgotten to charge it. Ticked me off.

Of course I couldn’t have done that if the hubby wasn’t out of town. He would have been fussing at me. It was a great day lol.

Now keep in mind this is a BIG book. I love big books. If they are good. Because I never want the story to end. In this case there are two more books in this series to read. So I’m happy about that.

This one is about girls. Well one of them is a girl. Not yet eighteen when the story starts. The others are more grown up, but still seem pretty girlish which is about right. I still feel like a girl most of the time and really have no intention of growing up. So there! :p

AND!! AND!! There be DRAGONS! Yea Dragons. I love dragons. Especially these dragons. They are not grown up either lol. And some of them are smart alecks.  All of them are good people (dragons?). I liked them.

The girls and the dragons end up trying to save the world from jerks. Which I’m all for. Wish they could come here. That would be way cool. I would love to ride a dragon.

It isn’t all sweetness and light. There is an attempted rape scene, some bloody battle scenes, and some really bad people to deal with.

Very good read! You will laugh, you will cry, you will cheer them on. You WILL want to read the other books in the series. They don’t cost much though and you can buy them here or through the links on the World of Dirt website.

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It is five hundred years since the end of the great wars, and Pree and Farthing’s hopes of a new world are in tatters. The dragons are nothing more than children’s tales, the population of Dirt is smaller, tiny countries are ruled by greedy kings and humans are poorer and struggling.

But on the Isle of Hope, the weather is warm, the life is good and Silvi Farthing, the seventeen-year-old descendant of Johnson and Mistry, is making cheese and keeping goats.

But her little dream of independence is about to be turned upside down by her misogynistic and violent brothers, and she is not convinced that her rescuer is not actually worse!

So begins a new chapter in the story of Dirt as Silvi, Be-Elin, Mab-Abin and the Ancient Ferret, Weasel’s daughter, work to bring back the dragons, and look for a country where they will be accepted by the people and can help build a better future for all of Dirt.

Includes a recap of Series One.

About the Author:

This bit is from the Dirt website-

C.C.  Hogan is addicted to writing and loves telling stories whether that is a fantasy like Dirt, about young people in The Stink or in music and poetry.

He is a Londoner by birth and writes full time.

Find out loads more at his Blog.

This bit is from Goodreads-

One way or another I have spent far too many years playing with words; by too many I mean I am completely addicted now and can’t do anything else.

I have been in the media most of that time, cooked quite a lot of the time and played guitar some of the rest of the time.

I am medium height, not pretty and talk far too much. You will only want me round to dinner if I agree to cook it for you.

I love lovers.

Sounds like my kind of author. I don’t care if they are pretty or not. Just saying.

Visit the website for A World Called Dirt, check it out on Goodreads too. While you are at it follow C.C. Hogan on Twitter and Facebook.

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