Coming soon: Journey to Freedom

Journey to Freedom cover
A mini fantasy collection

I am excited to announce a new book will be released soon. Journey to Freedom is a mini fantasy collection of four short stories.

The common themes in the stories are oppression and struggle. The main characters crave freedom, but can they find what they are looking for?

More details to follow in coming weeks, but today I will reveal the front cover.

If you are interested in receiving a free review copy of the ebook version of the book, please use the contact page and let me know which format you prefer (ie epub, mobi, pdf).

eBook Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb: Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . . . Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

My review: I was searching my local library ebooks and discovered this one. There was something about the cover and the blurb that pulled me in. I borrowed it and started reading immediately and read half the book in one sitting. And the second half of the book in a second sitting.

It’s the story of a china rabbit. He’s a bit stuck up, putting himself above all others. But life teaches him a lesson, and he learns what’s important in life.

I enjoyed this story. It was short and easy to read. I especially liked that it held my total attention while reading. However, more than that, it spoke to my heart and made me ‘feel’. It left me with blurred vision and the need to tell my loved ones that I love them. The author did an exceptional job writing this story. I recommend this book.

Ebook review: The Case of the Claymore Diamond

The Case of the Claymore Diamond (The Math Inspectors #1)

The Case of the Claymore Diamond by Daniel Kenney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb: When the Claymore Diamond is stolen from Ravensburg’s finest jewellery store, Stanley Carusoe gets the bright idea that he and his friends should start a detective agency. 

Armed with curiosity and their love for math, Stanley, Charlotte, Gertie and Felix race around town in an attempt to solve the mystery. Along the way, they butt heads with an ambitious police chief, uncover dark secrets, and drink lots of milkshakes at Mabel’s Diner. But when their backs are against the wall, Stanley and his friends rely on the one thing they know best: numbers. Because numbers, they never lie. 

Join Stanley and his friends in this smart and funny first mystery in The Math Inspector series, perfect for kids ages 9-12. 

My review: I wanted something to read that was quick and easy. Something that held my attention and just took me for a ride, without having to work for it.

I saw this ebook and liked the premise, so decided to give it a try. Maths isn’t my thing and I was a bit concerned that might be an issue, but it wasn’t.

The author kept the pace going. The inspector team worked well together and I enjoyed the humour and the mystery side of the storyline. The book includes some black and white illustrations, which I felt complemented the story, and gave the author’s impression on what the four main characters look like. Again, I have no issue with that.

My only issue is that while the first ebook is free, the second ebook costs $6.49 for Australians to purchase, and that is expensive (in my opinion) for a digital book. I refuse to pay that so will be leaving the series here, which is a shame.

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The Land of Miu Series

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eBook Review: Gone with the Ghost

Gone With The Ghost (Murder By Design #1)

Gone With The Ghost by Erin McCarthy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb: Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it’s not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that’s exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn’t cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is…

Ryan claims he didn’t commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Ryan’s counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.

An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan’s former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day… and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.

My review: I’ve had an hankering to read a cozy mystery lately, so when I saw this ebook being offered for free, I thought I’d give it a go.

Imagine waking up one morning to find your dead best friend standing in your kitchen asking you to solve a murder, their murder. That’s the basis of this book.

Whilst the book was entertaining and amusing, the main character’s obsession with breasts (hers as well as every set she sees) really irritated me. It was over the top. Too much. I got sick of reading about double Ds and how tight or wet her t-shirt was. Enough already. It almost made me stop reading. Almost.

Right, now that’s out of my system, back to the review.

As I was saying, the book was entertaining and amusing, for the most part. I enjoyed the other aspects of the main character, and the other characters felt easy to identify, even the dead one. It was good to see the ghost own up to how he stuffed up his life too. That was important, in my opinion.

I especially liked the mystery. There were a couple of instances where I gasped and thought “no one would act like that … or do that”, if they were in the same situation. If I received a text message like that, there’s no way… (I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll stop there.)

The mystery was well done, in my opinion. I didn’t make the connection. Didn’t come close, so that’s a good thing. I liked how the clues were there. It all came together in the end.

And something else I liked about the book, was the author’s writing style. Not the DD thing, but the way she strung sentences together. The humour and serious stuff mixed well together, complimented each other. It was well written. I felt connected enough to continue passed the irritating stuff and read right to the end. And I even feel connected enough to look into getting the second book and that’s saying something.

I recommend this book, especially if you are looking for something light-hearted to read.

eBook Review: The Black Star of Kingston

The Black Star of Kingston

The Black Star of Kingston by S.D. Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb: A century before Heather and Picket’s adventures in The Green Ember, a displaced community fights for hope on the ragged edge of survival.

My place beside you,
My blood for yours.
Till the Green Ember rises,
Or the end of the world.

Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar face old fears and new enemies, forging a legend that will echo through the ages.

Old wars haunt. New enemies threaten. An oath is born.

A hero rises.

My Review: Black Star is set 100 years prior to Heather and Pickett being born, so I found myself in a dilemma. The author recommends that after The Green Ember, we should read The Black Star of Kingston. However, for me that would mean leaving the characters I had grown attached to and starting again with a new set of characters. That didn’t sit well for me. I like to stay with the characters I know.

But I started reading Black Star. I did so with a little defiance in the back of my mind. If I didn’t like the new characters, I’d dump Black Star and return to Heather and Pickett’s story.

Black Star started out well, and carried me right through to the end of the book. It was a much faster, smoother read, in my opinion. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that I enjoyed this set of characters more!

This book felt more natural. I’m not sure why that was. Perhaps the author didn’t feel the need to “set up” the world and the characters for the reader, because that had already been done in The Green Ember. Whatever the reason, I really, really enjoyed Black Star.

Now I have another dilemma. Do I stick to the Tales of Old Natalia series or return to The Green Ember stories. Decisions, decisions.

eBook Review: The Green Ember

The Green Ember (The Green Ember #1)

The Green Ember by S.D. Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb: Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.

Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?

My Review: I chose this book to read for a couple of reasons:

  1. the book cover is great, and
  2. the rabbits on the cover made me think of Watership Down (which I loved).

Yes, there are rabbits in Watership Down and there are rabbits in The Green Ember, but I wouldn’t say the books are similar apart from that. The rabbits in The Green Ember wear cloths, build ships, make furniture and live life like a human.

That’s not a bad thing. The Green Ember is not Watership Down. Just like Watership Down is not The Green Ember. They are both stories involving rabbits. They are both different from my normal read in some way. I enjoyed them both, for different reasons.

The Green Ember started with a kite game. It didn’t last long, but it did take a little while for the action to start. However, once the story really begins, it was interesting. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. I believe in going with the flow and being accepting. Why shouldn’t a rabbit carry a sword? In their world, they can and they do.

Heather and Pickett are adorable. They display manners and loyalty, and portray a family unit that protects and care for each other. I like that because I think many books for younger readers sometimes step away from these things. And I believe young readers need to be reading exciting adventures, along with good morals.

As is often the case with a first book in a series, there is a lot of set up happening, which can slow an adventure down. However, the second half of the book moved much faster and gripped me much more.

As I said, I enjoyed this book. I will be reading more. In fact, I have already completed Black Star (review to follow soon) and I’m into Ember Falls now. Recommended.