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!

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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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A Year In The Company Of Freaks

I liked this. It is set in the early 70’s and I was just a little kid then. Strange to think there were so many things going on in the world that I had no idea about.

 Of course this is also set in California, which is half the country away from where I live. The characters came from all over the place, the middle of the country, the east coast, even Alaska.  I think I would have liked most of them, except maybe the ex-girlfriend. But even she had her reasons for being how she was.

 

This book is well written and makes you think about how you view other people.  It kept my attention and was easy to read.

About the book:

Book Title: A Year in the Company of Freaks by Teresa Neumann
Category: Adult Fiction, 515 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: All’s Well House
Release date: Dec 21, 2015
Tour dates: Sept 11 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (Little violence and profanity, no f-words, no sex, but some drug use)

It’s 1972 and a seismic clash-of-cultures is rattling northern California. In the redneck town of Trinity Springs, rumors of hippies migrating up from San Francisco have residents bracing for an invasion. When Italian-American hometown boy and Berkeley graduate Sid Jackson is busted for growing pot on his deceased parents’ farm, locals suspect the assault has begun. Will a crazy deferral program devised by the sheriff keep Sid out of prison? Or will a house full of eccentric strangers, a passionate love interest, and demons from his past be his undoing?

A “disarmingly appealing” tale of discrimination, transformation and restoration, Freaks is bursting with intrigue, drama, comic relief and romance. Reviewers agree this five-star, coming-of-age classic “very much reflects the attitude and mood of the times.”

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“This coming of age story will draw the reader right in. Teresa Neumann demonstrates how much she values relationships in her writing … a precious skill. I held my breath all the way through to the final few pages. Five stars!” — The San Francisco Book Review

“As it relates to the complicated clash of culture and counterculture, Freaks acts as an authentic, strongly Seventies book. Northern California works as a strong presence in the novel that is vivid and omnipresent, but never overwhelming. Sure to intrigue and entertain, Freaks will have its digs in you before you realize how involved you’ve become.” — The Manhattan Book Review

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Author of highly-acclaimed “A Year in the Company of Freaks,” Teresa was raised in a large Midwest family and now lives in Oregon. She is also the author of “Bianca’s Vineyard,” and its sequel, “Domenico’s Table.” Both books are based on the true stories of her husband’s Italian family in Tuscany. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and all things Italian, Teresa loves playing the fiddle with other musicians.

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Cover of Perfectly You by Robin Daniels.I liked Perfectly You by Robin Daniels.

The characters were pretty cool for the most part. There were a couple of spoilt brats in there, but has there ever been a school that didn’t have at least one of those?

I like stories where things are not really as they seem to be. Several of the teens in this book turn out to be more than I thought they were. Which is pretty realistic, because you can’t always tell about people, just from seeing them around.

People who look like bums turn out to be millionaires. It goes the other way round too. Some folks like to pretend to be way richer than they are, or to like things just because it is “popular”. The coolest people are not always the coolest looking ones.

Fun read. Check out the excerpt below for an example.

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Ivy Nixon is the student body Vice President at Franklin High School. Each year, the school holds a date auction to raise funds for the senior class graduation party, and this year, Ivy’s in charge. Planning the event is a huge task and Ivy is determined to prove she can get the job done right. Unfortunately, she’s still one participant short and her deadline is looming.

Andy Walker, her cute but socially reclusive art class table mate, is her last resort. He may not be popular, but he’s funny, talented, and full of surprises. With a makeover and some major social marketing, Ivy is sure he could fetch a decent price at the auction.

Andy reluctantly agrees to help, but the more time Ivy spends with him, the more her feelings shift from professional to romantic in nature. To top it off, she’s done her marketing so well, that other girls are starting to notice Andy too. Come auction time, will Ivy be able to let him go to the highest bidder? Or will she find a way to keep him for herself…

Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels set at the same high school. It contains minor language, innuendo, and crude humor, some steamy kissing, a party scene where underage drinking is taking place, and a brief but tasteful conversation about sex. The author has attempted to write characters who make good choices in questionable situations, in effort to keep the content appropriate for teens. This book contains no sex, written or implied, and no explicit language. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

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“What about tonight?” Andy suggested.
“I suppose I could get away for a minute. What did you have in mind?”
“I’m not ready for another argument today…so, do you like cheesecake?”
“Um, hello? I am a girl…” I responded playfully.
“Of course.” He laughed, smacking his forehead. “How could I forget?”

 

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Robin Daniels is a wife, mother of five and avid consumer of books. She loves reading SO much that she was actually grounded from it as a twelve year old. No Joking! Her mom caught her reading when she was supposed to be cleaning, which was a common occurrence. At that point mom took the books and instructed her to go watch TV or play outside like a normal kid.

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The Pursuit of Lady Harriet by Rachael Anderson.

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious?

Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she’d begun it.

Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor. Recently returned from war, the lieutenant is everything that Harriett’s previous suitors were not. He’s arrogant, ungentlemanly, irritating, and challenges her at every opportunity. When he goes too far, Harriett decides that it’s time to turn the tables on him. But as she sets out to put the lieutenant in his place once and for all, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye, and when it comes to matters of the heart, she has no control whatsoever.

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The corners of the man’s eyes crinkled in a mild show of amusement. “Lady Harriett, I presume?” Rather than look at her with appreciation as most men did, he appeared amused.

At her nod, he tucked his hands behind his back, remaining a few steps above her. “I am Lieutenant Christopher Jamison, an old friend of Jonathan’s.”

“I was expecting you days ago,” she answered. “Lord Jonathan charged me with the unhappy task of informing you he and his new bride are currently away on their wedding trip. He is sorry he cannot be here to meet with you and has asked that I relay his apologies.”

“May I inquire as to how long they will be away?” he asked.

No, you may not, she wanted to say. Her neck was beginning to ache from looking up at him, but she forced her gaze to remain steady. “They expected to be gone a fortnight, sir.”

“And they have been gone how long, exactly?”

She felt an unaccountable hesitancy to tell him. “A week.”

“Ah.” He sounded disappointed but seemed to take the news in stride, glancing at Charlie as though wondering whether he ought to retrieve his horse or not. Harriett prayed that he would.

When his gaze strayed back to her, he took the unwelcome, and ungentlemanly, liberty of perusing her figure. When his eyes met hers again, his lips twitched into a slight smile. “Forgive me, my lady, but you appear to have had a run-in with a mud puddle and lost.”

How kind of him to point that out. Harriett kept her hands at her side rather than attempt to brush the dirt from her face and pelisse yet again. The damage was done, and no amount of brushing or shaking would remove the muck. What she needed was a hot bath and a change of clothes.

“Actually, sir, I was merely an innocent bystander.”

“Indeed?”

She picked up her skirts and ascended the steps, stopping on the stair above him so that she was eye level with him. “Are you always such a reckless rider, sir? Do you not pay heed to your surroundings?”

“Of course I do.”

“If you had, you would have seen me standing at the side of the road and, I would hope, thought to slow your animal down so as to not splash mud all over my pelisse.”

Her chilly set down did not have the desired effect. He did not appear the least bit repentant. Rather, he looked ready to burst into laughter. “And your face, apparently.” He leaned forward and squinted. “If I’m not mistaken, there is a splash or two of mud on your bonnet as well.”

Harriett glared at him. “How observant you are, Lieutenant Jamison. One can only wonder why you didn’t put that skill to good use earlier. If you had, perhaps my pelisse, face, and bonnet would still be clean.”

“I am always observant, my lady,” he said. “But might I suggest that if you would like to be noticed at the side of the road, you should wear a color that does not blend so perfectly with your surroundings. That particular shade of green looks quite lovely on you, but only someone with the eyes of an eagle would have spotted you in front of a landscape of evergreens.”

Harriett opened her mouth to respond, but no words were forthcoming. The man did not even attempt to behave like a gentleman. How could he be so . . . so . . .

“Have you no apology to offer, sir?” she finally spluttered.

“Oh, did I not apologize? Forgive me.”

“For what? Forgetting to apologize or for not doing so in the first place?”

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Cover Reveal: The Missing by Jerico Lenk

 

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It is 1890, and London has secrets. For sixteen-year-old Will Winchester, born Willow Winchester and raised as a young man, the safety of his own secrets rests one atop the other. Hiding his gender queerness is important. But so is hiding the ghostly voices of the Missing, which Will hears when no one else can … until the Spiritualist Black Cross Order of Occult Occurrences wants him in their service to keep peace between London’s living and dead.

The freedom to be himself may come with a price. Working alongside a patchwork team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about the ghosts who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself. Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?

The Missing by Jerico Lenk
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books

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Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.

Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.

His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6×6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.

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I got into Infusion pretty quick. After all the action starts right there on the first page, with Rachel lying on her back in the rain after being shot.

The action was pretty much non stop from then on too. It kept my interest all the way through to the end. Especially with the unexpected little twists that popped up.

I liked the idea behind the whole story too. That there are “aliens”? that would love to take over our world, and make an even bigger mess of it than what we are doing ourselves.

Good read.

Excerpt:

If I’d known I was going to die on my sixteenth birthday, I probably would’ve spent a little time on my makeup that morning. As it was, I lay in the field, cold, and all I could think was that I hadn’t even bothered to run a brush through my hair before I left. I mean, at the very least, I could’ve worn earrings. It started to rain, softly at first, and I felt my teeth chattering. No, not felt. Heard. I heard something else, too. Jared sobbing. Loudly.

It was funny—I’d known him all my life, and I’d never heard him cry before. Would he be crying so desperately if he hadn’t been the one who shot me?

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Infusion by Alyssa Thiessen
Publication Date: July 14, 2017
Publisher: Peasantry Press

Rachel is ordinary. Average. Utterly unremarkable… until her best friend shoots her on her 16th birthday and a stranger brings her from death’s doorstep with an infusion of his own DNA.

Then everything gets weird.

She heals impossibly fast. She senses the thoughts of others. She sees places and horrifying creatures that couldn’t possibly exist, and her new friend Tyler is convinced she’s destined to save the world from their invasion.

Can she trust him? Can she trust herself? How’s she supposed to stop inter-dimensional invaders when she can barely deal with high school?

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Hello Readers!

We are so excited to introduce you to a new title coming February 2018 from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan!

I Stop Somwhere by T.E. Carter is described as THE LOVELY BONES meets ALL THE RAGE. Got your attention yet?

They definitely got MY attention. This one I want to read. I needs to know what happened! I’m glad it is available to pre-order. What do you think?

 

Here’s what readers have to say:

 

“an unputdownable mystery. Don’t miss it.”Hayley Chewins – Author

“Visceral with both rage and tenderness and impossible to put down.” – Amelinda – Goodreads Reviewer

“unapologetic and gorgeous and raw”Rachel Solomon – Author

“powerful and profound and makes you think” – Amanda Searcy – Author

 

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THE LOVELY BONES meets ALL THE RAGE in a searing, heartbreaking contemporary story of a lost teenager, and the town she leaves behind.

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But then the unthinkable happens and Ellie is trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

TE Carter’s stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture but also makes you slow down and think about what it is to be human.

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
Publication Date: February 27, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

 

Nobody noticed me as I cut through the room. I made my way outside, into the cold. Spring was playing games with us. Weeks earlier, it had snuck in overnight, erasing our memory of winter in a matter of hours. When we’d gone to bed, winter had lingered in the snowbanks and in the way the trees still hunched over from the weight of it. And then suddenly, spring. We woke to birds singing, birds who appeared to have been shipped overnight on a secret train, and we remembered music.

But now, winter was trying to force a comeback. Everyone outside stood looking at the pool, wondering what happened. I was shivering, wearing a skirt and thin shirt I’d borrowed from Kate when spring was still a promise.

I saw him from the periphery. From the in-between where the people inside faded into the background, but the people outside were only figures in the night. It made sense; I was a periphery girl.

“Hey,” I said to his back.

When he turned to look at me, I swear the light from the porch surrounded him. But I think I made that up. I think I want to remember him that way. I want to believe there was something that made him special. I want to believe that loneliness doesn’t just mess with our hearts.

“Ellie! You came,” Caleb said.

“I said I would.”

“I know. I wasn’t sure, though. I worried. You’re late.”

I’d walked to the party, after telling my dad I was going to a friend’s. He wouldn’t have stopped me from going to Gina Lynn’s. I didn’t have other friends, so it wouldn’t have made a difference if I’d said her name. But, for some reason, I lied. I lied and I don’t know why I did.

“Yeah, well, I was doing things.”

He laughed. “Mysterious things. Of course. I’d expect nothing less from my Elusive Ellie.”

My. I heard it. The claim he laid on me. I smiled at the word.

He moved closer and I stepped back. It was automatic. Since earlier in the week, by my locker, I hadn’t stopped thinking about the possibility. But now that he was close again, I was scared. I was afraid of the way I knew I’d hurt if he waited months to talk to me again. I didn’t want to fall for a guy just because he’d smiled at me and said my name a few times. I was afraid of what would happen if there was more to it than that, but I was also afraid of how I’d feel if there wasn’t.

“I don’t think I’m supposed to be here,” I said.

I’d always imagined being wanted. Of someone loving me. Choosing me. But here was this boy and if he kissed me, I knew I’d always worry about going back to not being wanted.

 

TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, obsessing over Game of Thrones (she’s one hundred percent Team Lannister), playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.

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A Room Full Of Books

I have a room full of books. Some of them are books I have had since I was in middle school. Some I have read multiple times, others only once or twice.

Bookshelves on one side of my "library" and "hatchery" room.
The room is also a hatchery (guinea keets) and cannot be kept clean while the little boogers are in there.

There were more books once. I had to leave a lot of them behind when my first husband ran off, and I had to move. I didn’t have room to take all my things.

I have also had to clear the shelves to make room for new books. That or get more bookshelves and my hubby said no to that.

Childhood

I still have the Little House on the Prairie books. I reread those every so often, and I still love them. My favorite of those is Little Town on the Prairie. Laura is pretty much grown up at the end of that one.

I used to have all the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. The Trixie Beldon set and the Donna Parker books too. I loved those.

I had a lot of those cheap cardboard back books about horses and dogs. Don’t remember the name of the set but there was a whole lot of them you could collect. This set included some about Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone too. Good books, just made cheaply.

I also had some of  the We Were There books. Those were historical stories. I only remember the ones about The Battle of the Alamo and The Oklahoma Land Rush.

My fourth grade teacher introduced me to Science Fiction/Fantasy. We had to do a book report and got to pick a book off a pile on her desk. By my turn there were not many left. One of them was The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein. I picked it. Ended up in the school library checking out every book they had by him , but there wasn’t many. The public library had more.

The same section of the library had books by Andre Norton, Gordon Dickson, and quite a few others.

Teen and Young Adult Years

I had every single one of the Xanth books by Piers Anthony.

At the time there were about 20 books in that series, I think. Not sure because he kept writing them.

I haven’t read the newest ones. Just haven’t been interested enough, and there are other books I would rather spend my limited book buying budget on. They are wonderful fun books though. If you haven’t read them you should consider reading at least one. They are funny. And there are Puns, lots and lots of puns. If you don’t like puns don’t bother, because you would just find it punishing. Really.

Anne McCaffrey! I loved her. I bought just about every book she ever wrote. I bought the cheaper paperback books, so the money would go farther. I loved the Pern books. I still have every one of those.

Oh and Orson Scott Card! Enders Game was one of my favorite books for years. It was the first book that ever ticked me off so much that I threw it across the room. Good read. I have that whole set too, and quite a few of his other books.

I also used to love to read horror type books. I loved the ones where nature went haywire and caused disasters. There was one about roaches eating people. Don’t remember the name of it or who wrote it. I still read Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I used to read a lot of Robert Mccammon, his Swan Song is worth a reread (or two). This picture is of the the two shelves with my set Horror type books.My set of Dean Koontz and Stephen King books.

I went through a Harlequin Romance period in my early teens. During that time all I read was romances, mostly Harlequin, but those got me into historical romance where I found Georgette Heyer. I collected the paperbacks of her books, which I still have and reread when I’m feeling yucky.

Middle Age

These days I’m into more upbeat type stuff.

I love The Red River of the West series by Lauraine Snelling, and Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke. I have reread the sets several times. Both authors have written some stand alone clean historical romance, and those books are good too. My set of their books is on the top of the shelves on one side of the “library”.  It also has my Little House Books (blue on the far end).

My set of books by Laurane Snelling and Janette Oke, the Little House books.

I have read more young adult books in the last few years than I ever did as a young adult. They are very enjoyable and for the most part turn out well.

I love the Safehold series by David Weber.  It is about people overcoming adversity. It is about building. Of course it also has war and death and disaster, and bad guys. There are other series he wrote that are really good.

I have been reading more fantasy and science fiction. L. E. Modesitt has some wonderful fantasy books that are great for rereads. His Recluce and Imager series are very good.

John Ringo has some great stuff out that I like to reread. I have read the Black Tide Rising books several times now, they would make a wonderful T.V. series. He and his backers are trying to get the funding for a proof of concept film right now. Check out their Fundraiser.

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This post came out of trying to remember what my favorite books were for my new post series. I’m thinking about dividing the posts into time sections for childhood, tween to young adult, older adult, and current favorites. How’s that sound to you?

The length of this post indicates that I’m gonna have to sit down and make a list. Otherwise I’ll forget some of the older ones. Going through my library won’t work because some of the books I used to love are not there anymore. Besides the ones lost moving, there are only so many books you can fit on a shelf. Once the shelves are full you either get rid of some books or start filling the floors.

I could easily become a hoarder of books, if I didn’t have family. If it was up to me the whole house might be stacked full, floor to ceiling. So I suppose it is a good thing it is NOT up to me.

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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.

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.

Becoming Lin By Tricia Dower Blog Tour Review

Cover of Becoming Lin by Tricia Dower Becoming Lin by Tricia Dower is a pretty good read. It is not the sort of book I usually go for.

It is really more about self discovery than anything. Something everyone will be somewhat familiar with even if you haven’t ever had the sort of problems she had.

She thought marriage was gonna be freedom and found out it wasn’t really. She had to learn to be free in herself. She had to do it at a time when things were changing a lot too.

The background for the story was interesting. That was back when the big civil rights stuff was going on.

About the book:

It’s 1965. Twenty-two-year-old Linda Wise despairs of escaping her overprotective parents and the town of Stony River where far too many know she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. Deliverance arrives in the form of marriage to the charismatic, twenty-six-year-old Ronald Brunson, a newly ordained Methodist minister who ignites in her a dormant passion for social justice. He tells her war and racial discrimination are symptoms of the “moral rot” destroying the country, conjuring up something dark and rancid in her mind, thrilling in its wickedness. He sweeps her away from New Jersey to serve with him at a church in a speck-on-the-map prairie town in Minnesota. What lies ahead for her over the next seven years is the subject of Tricia Dower’s penetrating study of a marriage and a woman’s evolving sense of self as she confronts the fear that keeps her from an unfettered future. Becoming Lin conjures the turbulent era of Freedom Riders for civil rights, Vietnam war resistance, the US government’s war against the resisters, the push for equal rights for women and the unraveling of the traditional marriage contract—an era that resonates today in tenacious racism and sexism, perpetual war and wide-reaching government surveillance.

Prices/Formats: $12.99 ebook, $22.95 paperback
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical, Coming of Age
Pages: 240
Release: March 20, 2017
Publisher: Caitlin Press
ISBN: 9781987915075

You can buy it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, IndieBound,  and Bo0ksaMillion.

About the author:

TRICIA DOWER hails from Rahway, New Jersey. You can find her on the “Rahway’s Own” website with other individuals the town has recognized for innovation and creativity. A graduate of Gettysburg College and a Phi Mu, she built a career in business before reinventing herself as a writer in 2002. Her literary work has crossed borders and won awards. She expanded a story from her Shakespeare-inspired collection, Silent Girl (Inanna 2008) into Stony River, which was published in both Canada (Penguin 2012) and the US (Leapfrog 2016). She gave a character from Stony River her own novel in Becoming Lin (Caitlin Press 2016), now available in the US.

The Vancouver Sun says, “Some of the most powerful and eloquent novelists of the 20th and 21st centuries…including Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence and Ethel Wilson…open up what had been cloaked in silence, the oppression of women and their self-discoveries in resistance. We can now add to this important liberation canon the name of Tricia Dower.”

A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Dower lives and writes in Brentwood Bay, BC.

You can visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and her website.

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