Articles for the Month of June 2013

A great rhyming dog story for children by Olyn Warfield

Omar Blue and K-9 Town, U.S.A. by O. Warfield

 

http://www.amazon.com/Omar-Blue-K-9-Town-USA/dp/1452892318/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351242910&sr=8-1&keywords=omar+blue+and+k9+town+usa

Available in paperback and Kindle format.

 

Written by a new American writer, this book tells the tale of Omar Blue a Blue Doberman and his pack.
When Omar Blue decides to settle down, he picks a place and names it K-9 Town, U.S.A.
With his best friend Major Diggs, a Lab-Dalmatian cross and the pack of about 50 assorted breeds of dog they build a community with true pack spirit, teaching their puppies right from wrong, protecting each other and building relationships.
This book, cleverly written in rhyme, is so easy to read, and each chapter teaches different values to its readers, through the adventures of the various dogs.
As a dog lover it was great for me to see the different characters, and traits of the various breed types portrayed in the stories.

I can’t wait to read book 2, “Led By An Eagle,” which has recently been released on Kindle ebooks.

Wonderful children’s book about adoption and the importance of family.

The Adventures of Koko and Joey: Family – written by Karen Below and illustrated by Mike Motz

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Koko-Joey-Family/dp/1479219673/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351173208&sr=1-1&keywords=the+adventures+of+koko+and+joey

Available in paperback and kindle format

 

This is a lovely, beautifully illustrated story for children, which focuses on adoption and the true meaning of family.

When the Roo family on a stroll encounter Mr. Kookaburra, he comments that one of their family members looks very different.

Koko uses the opportunity to explain that she’s adopted. When Mr. Kookaburra wants to know more, the Roo family teach him about the love they share for each other and the true meaning of family.
This is the first in a series of children’s books focusing on adoption by this talented author.

 

 

 

Bird book – Australian parrots (Birds are awesome)

Todays blog book is Australian parrots (Birds are awesome) by Kimberley Jane Pryor.

Australian parrots (Birds are awesome!)

Available on Kindle.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Australian-parrots-Birds-awesome-ebook/dp/B007RJJNPU/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

 

Australian parrots is a beautiful book, full of colourful photographs and interesting information.

Whether you would just like to identify more species, or learn more about their differerent feeding requirements, their behaviour and breeding, this book is essential reading.

Kimberley has written this book for young people who are interested in these clever, beautiful birds, and would like to know more.

If you love birds, wildlife, nature, pets or just learning about the natural world, you will love Kimberley’s books which are bright, colourful and full of information.

Children’s Book – My Snake Blake

Todays daily blog book is – My Snake Blake  by Randy Siegel, illustrated by Serge Bloch

 

http://www.amazon.com/My-Snake-Blake-Randy-Siegel/dp/1596435844/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350983103&sr=1-1&keywords=my+snake+blake

This is a colourful, hardback book with a great story which is beautifully illustrated by Serge Bloch.

When you’re a kid and it’s nearly your birthday it takes a very special dad to buy you a bright green snake, especially when mom doesn’t approve.

But not just any snake, this one’s extra smart. Incredibly, he announces his name is Blake, writing it with his very long body which is excellent at spelling! He’s brilliant at homework and so very useful that before long he’s manages to make himself invaluable to the whole family, even his mom.

Snakes might not be the most popular of pets, but in this kid’s book, Blake is the best in the world.

The Starlight Club 4 by Joe Corso

 

The beautiful and the dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 It’s Thanksgiving, a great time for family and yet again we are transported back in time to 1962 by Bobby Valentine as he relaxes after dinner and settles down to tell his daughter Lynn a bit more about what life was like way back then.

Despite popular belief, Red Fortunato is not dead, he has survived, and what’s more, he’s determined to rebuild The Starlight Club and have Frank Sinatra perform there on opening night.

He’s a man used to giving orders and being in control, however, even he is surprises when he attends a business meeting and finds himself with Marilyn Munro in his arms.

This action packed story is full of sex and corruption, set in the dark world of politics with the writer throwing a new light on Marilyn’s death, the political intrigue surrounding Jackie and Bobby Kennedy and suggest there was a potential threat on Richard Nixon’s life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent story, which contains many of the familiar, if not lovable characters, from the Starlight Club series.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-Joe-Corso/dp/1482546655/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372419369&sr=8-1&keywords=The+starlight+club+4

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-4-ebook/dp/B00BOEOXV8/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1372419369&sr=8-1&keywords=The+starlight+club+4

also on Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-starlight-club-4-joe-corso/1114998913?ean=2940044410152

Great Action Adventure -Rumors Of Savages

 

If you’re looking for a really good action adventure book I would like to recommend Rumors Of Savages by Carrie Regan.

It is available in paperback and Kindle format.

 

Rumors of Savages

 

http://www.amazon.com/Rumors-Savages-Carrie-Regan/dp/1436389917/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350897175&sr=8-1&keywords=rumors+of+savages

 

I read through the night because this book was simply impossible to put down.

Rumors of Savages follows a TV Adventure channels attempt to ‘rescue’ a lost anthropologist, the twists and turns make for a fantastic adventure story.

I read afterwards that this author has had real experience in the field working around the world for National Geographic Television and as a Peace Corp volunteer in West Africa. This really enhanced the book,  providing amazing descriptions of a world most of us will never know.

Move over Indiana Jones and Congo, this must surely be a film makers dream come true!

Agabus & The Golden Spear by Greg Messina

 

A lovely children’s story with a very special message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a lovely captivating story, written in rhyme.

As children follow the adventure of Agabus one stormy night, they not only enjoy a great story but also learn how he overcomes his fears and finds inner strength and knowledge.

I thought this was a lovely book, beautifully illustrated by this talented author and I hope Agabus has many more adventures.

Available at Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Agabus-Golden-Spear-Greg-Messina/dp/1490330712/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372323930&sr=8-1&keywords=Agabus+%26+The+Golden+Spear

On Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DGHYSJ8/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1372323930

and at Barnes & Noble here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/agabus-the-golden-spear-greg-messina/1115671484?ean=9781490330716

 

France and history combined.

One of my favourite authors has got to be Susie Kelly.

I fell in love with France on my first visit, a school trip to Paris, aged 14 and the love holds fast to this day.

When Susie Kelly released The Valley Of Heaven And Hell – Cycling In The Shadow Of Marie Antoinette I knew I would enjoy it because I have always been very interested in this period of French history.

 

The Valley of Heaven and Hell - Cycling in the Shadow of Marie-Antoinette

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Valley-Heaven-Hell-Cycling-Antoinette/dp/1447815955/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350826628&sr=1-1

Available in Paperback and Kindle format

Susie and her husband’s adventures on this epic cycle ride had me captivated, from their start at Versailles, the horrors of cycling in Paris to her descriptions of the places she visited and the histories behind them as they followed the final journey of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.

I learnt so much about a part of France I have never visited, the bravery of the French resistance during the wars and the Champagne houses.  I have visited Paris a couple of times since that first school trip but I have an overwhelming urge to go back again and look at some of the places I have missed, armed with more knowledge.

My daughter and I visited the Palace of Versailles this summer and found it absolutely breathtaking, truely spectacular and it was definately the most amazing palace I have ever seen, hopefully soon I will get to Paris again and then perhaps some of those other wonderful places Susie visited.

Yet another great book from one of my favourite authors.

Get Your Book Noticed.

After a lifetime of reading millions of books, which one do you pick for your very first entry in your Book Reviewer blog?

This was something I considered long and hard before picking Broken Cats and Cowboy Hats by Roger Knowles.

Broken Cats & Cowboy Hats

http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Cats-Cowboy-Hats-ebook/dp/B00515LOKO/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

This book is an incredible insight into a life, moulded at birth by family, circumstances and events totally out of the person’s control.

Mark Doughty became the person he did through a series of events both intentional and unintentional, the result of which was to mould an innocent baby into a very different man.

By picking on a young girl, he sets in place a chain of events, which will change the lives of everyone involved with him.

Incidentally, if anyone had told me my reaction to the end of the book at the beginning I would never have believed them.

I downloaded this book so I could read all Roger Knowles books, I didn’t know what to expect and I hadn’t read any reviews. From the start I realised it wasn’t the sort of book I would ordinarily have picked, but, it was a tale that had a right to be told. There must be many people to whom this story will ring a bell, far more, I imagine than I would like to think.

I can only say well done to Roger for writing such an amazing, if harrowing piece of work. I hope others will read it because, it gives those who do, an insight into a world hopefully they may never experience.

PLEASE NOTE

This book is only available as a kindle book, as are all Roger Knowles books.

Roger suffers from CFS/ME and his books are sold to raise money for and awareness of CFS/ME.

 

 

 

 

Now for a children’s book.

Peggy Krause is a brilliant writer and her first book Finding My Molly is great for animal loving children.

It is the first book in The Kitty Trilogy and is available in paperback and on Kindle.

Finding My Molly

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Molly-Kitty-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B007O19BLC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350732906&sr=1-1

Soupy is a house cat, but that doesn’t stop him having lots of cat friends who visit him each day. He loves his human-kitten Molly, but one day the door is left open and he cannot resist a peek….

After a terrifying experience he finds himself lost, hungry and alone in a forest. Eventually he finds a friend and then unexpectedly becomes dad to a strange looking kitten. Molly, his human-kitten and his cat friends are searching frantically for him but with the responsibility of caring for the strange kitten, Soupy has to abandon his desire to return home, his strange kitten needs him more.

Peggy has in this lovely story gently explained the concept of taking responsibility and caring for others. After reading it, it is easy to see why it is on the National Humane Education Society’s recommended reading list.

MORE BOOKS FROM PEGGY KRAUSE

Book 2 in The Kitty Tales Trilogy – The Scruffy Little Crumb-Grabbers

Book 3 in the Kitty Tales Trilogy – Wild Beau and Her Kittens

 

 

Delicious Salads, Dressings and Dips by Gabrielle Raiz

A wonderful celebration of salad vegetables, dressings and dips.

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I openly admit to loving salads which is why I purchased this book, however, nothing could have prepared me for the inspirations I found within.

The author has provided a cornucopia of ideas, including different ways to cut the salad vegetables, fruits, nuts and more, how to use in them, and suggested dressing accompaniments. There are recipes provided for all tastes and cultures using traditional western produce and other more unusual ones.

This book is a must for salad lovers, with it’s many new ideas, and may well be a good way to encourage children to eat salad and vegetables  because they are presented so differently.

 

Available in Paperback at Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/132-Delicious-Salads-Dressings-Dips/dp/0980531977/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371732669&sr=1-1&keywords=132%2B+Delicious+Salads%2C+Dressings+And+Dips+%28Gabrielle%27s+FUSS-FREE+Healthy+Veg+Recipes

 

Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Delicious-Dressings-Gabrielles-FUSS-FREE-ebook/dp/B00BQTE3PW/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1_NSBV

The Comeback by Joe Corso

 

A short story for baseball fans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Wagner is enjoying his retirement from baseball when he receives a call, and he is offered a fortune to return to the game, but will he?

The story, which follows, is one of sportsmanship, loyalty and one man’s determination to do what is right, against the odds.

A very enjoyable short story set in the world of top class baseball, which will be loved by all baseball fans.

Available from Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/Comeback-Joe-Corso/dp/1489579214/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1371488765&sr=8-1&keywords=The+comeback+by+joe+corso

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Comeback-Joe-Corso/dp/1489579214/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1371488765&sr=8-1&keywords=The+comeback+by+joe+corso

 

Asian Recipes – 50 Tasty & Easy Made Unique Exotic Recipes (With Images Of Each Dish And Chef’s Note) by Charles Ho

Asian Recipes - 50 Tasty & Easy Made Unique Exotic Recipes (With Images Of Each Dish And Chef's Note)

 

I’ve loved cooking Indian, Chinese and Thai recipes for many years and so was drawn to this book automatically, however, once I downloaded it, I could not believe the amazing variety of recipes it contains, Filipino, Malaysian, Vietnamese and much more.

The recipes are detailed and contain pictures, which I always think is a real plus in a recipe book, and the addition of ‘Chef’s Notes and Tips’ is a great idea and very useful.

I would recommend this book to novice and expert cooks alike who want to create samples of different cultures cuisines.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1479195324/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Asian-Recipes-Unique-Exotic-ebook/dp/B00873CMI0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1371199638&sr=1-1&keywords=Asian+Recipes+-+50+Tasty+%26+Easy+Made+Unique+Exotic+Recipes

Educating Horses by Tony Sandall

 

A must for anyone interesting in firmly but kindly educating horses.

Educating Horses spiral bound

Coming from the UK where catching wild horses is not common, although not unknown, the method used in this book was unfamiliar to me, however, in a very short period of time I became extremely impressed by it.

The training and handling of the horse is carried out in a safe environment for both horse and handler, the lessons are taught in a kind but firm manner, methodically and consistently. This method of training teaches the horse to learn and accept new experiences, calmly, providing a good foundation for its future schooling.

There is a very good section for the rider with useful tips on how to improve riding skills, balance, and understanding of your horse.

I thought personally, that the chapter on reschooling was excellent. The author tackles problem horses in a practical way, tough love perhaps, but understandably very necessary, as anyone who has had experience of the strength and determination of these wonderful, majestic animals first hand will know.

The last few chapters are full of valuable information on boxing, shoeing, stitching tack, knots etc.

The author has a lifetime’s experience of training and riding horses and this  has enabled him to write this invaluable book with its clear instructions and multitude of photographs.

In conclusion, I would recommend this very interesting book to anyone with a love of horses. 

Available either in Softcover or Spiral bound from the author’s website http://www.educatinghorses.com/buy-the-book/

FIRE: Box 598 by Joe Corso

NEW SHORT STORY – Compelling Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has dates they remember, for various reasons, good and bad. This short story is the harrowing personal account of events, which started on the evening of October 17th 1966 in the New York Fire Department.

In this story, we follow the narrator through a routine evening at the department, which suddenly changes as a fire is reported. As it grows out of control, more engines are called to assist and we follow the horrific events of that fateful night.

This short book takes the reader through a rollercoaster of raw and honest emotions, as the narrator allows us a glimpse into life as a firefighter, and a world where comradeship is paramount, decisions must be obeyed, and sometimes tragedies happen…

Everyone should read this story, is one I’ll never forget!

Available on Amazon Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/FIRE-Box-598-ebook/dp/B00D1CAD9W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370244974&sr=8-1&keywords=FIRE+Box+598

Available in Paperback soon.