Month: February 2017

The Magician’s Workshop – Book Tour

About the Books:


The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One



Authors: Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr

Published by: Wondertale, California

Publication Date: November 8, 2016

ISBN: 1-945353-11-2

ASIN: B01MQGHGBH

Genre: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic

Ages: 12 and up.

Length: 85,000 words / 290 pages
Book Links:
Amazon * Goodreads
Synopsis:
Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two

Authors: Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr

Print Length: 273 pages

Publisher: Wondertale

Publication Date: November 22, 2016

ASIN: B01N988TW7

Genre: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic

Ages: 12 and up.
Book Links:

Amazon * Goodreads
Synopsis:
Return to the world of The Magician’s Workshop: Where Dreams Become Reality.

In Volume Two, the Festival of Stars has finally arrived, and the Color Ceremony is about to commence. As children from all over the islands gather to stand before a puller, one question remains: who will have a Color, and who will be found void?

Rejoin your favorite characters as they step forward and receive a label that will have the power to dramatically alter the course of their lives forever.


About the Authors:


Christopher Hansen

The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday. “Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all the time and all around us, if you know where to look for them.” Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris began searching for this magic, prepared to be surprised and amazed by it. And he was: he found Wonder! Now he’s chosen to write stories about it.

J.R. Fehr

When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.

Contact the Authors:
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But me

Life is in a mess,
Like gutter with wastes,
I feel so inadequate, so inadequate,
Self doubt and insecurities filling me up,
That’s when I see it blazing,
That bridge,
So big, so big,
But on fire,
The Bridge between my dreams and reality,
Extinguisher? Water?
No, nothing can put it off,
Hopelessness fueling it,
Fueling it continually,
No, no, no one can stop this fire,
No one but me, 
But me…….

This poem is in response to:

https://scvincent.com/2017/02/23/thursday-photo-prompt-bridge-writephoto/

A Country Practice_Blog Tour – Book Review

A COUNTRY PRACTICE
By Judith Colquhoun

BLURB:

A heart-warming, poignant and engaging tale about the doctors, nurses and patients of the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital, and their friends and neighbours.

A Country Practice follows the dramas, loves, secrets and dilemmas of the people in an Australian small country town. There is romance, humour and tragedy for the medical staff of the local hospital, and the rural community it serves.

A desperate woman arrives at the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital in the final stages of labour. Can Dr Terence Elliott overcome his demons to save both mother and baby?

Simon Bowen, the newest doctor in town, is frustrated at being seen as an outsider by the tight knit country people. Will he succeed in winning them around ‒ especially young vet Vicky Dean?

Vicky’s mum, Sister Shirley Dean, is courted by widowed police sergeant Frank Gilroy. But is he the man for her?

Young married couple, Brendan and Molly Jones arrive in Wandin Valley. Are they prepared for the realities of country life?

Meanwhile, a teenager in love clashes with her father and a serious car accident reveals a surprising secret about two of the town’s residents.

Based on the award-winning, international hit television serial A Country Practice, this new series of novels follows the lives and loves of the rural community of Wandin Valley, South-Eastern Australia. Set in the early 1980s it is a nostalgic look at country life, yet with all the same joys and problems we face today.


REVIEW

I highly recommend this book. Maybe this is the first time I am doing this, recommending the book in the very first line, because I want you people, all my readers to definitely read this beautiful novel.

This novel tells the story of you, me, us, the ordinary people. You maybe a teenager, a single mother, a single father or a young couple trying to adjust in a new place, you maybe anyone, but I guarantee you, that you will be able to relate to this story, find a piece of your mind, your soul in one of the parts of this awesome novel.

This is Jenny’s story, a 15 year old girl and her father’s, a single dad trying to meet both ends. This is also Terence’s story, a senior doctor, a country GP, he is an expert, a real good person at heart. This is Simon’s story, a young doctor under the shadow of Terence, who is trying to create a influence in this Countryside and not quite managing. Then there is Brendan and Molly’s story, two people trying to adjust in Wandin Valley. Also this is Shirley’s story, a country nurse, Marta’s story, the matron and many others. 

From the very first page I was able to relate to all the characters. This story is told through many point of views, the narrator jumps from one person’s head to another and you get a piece of everyone’s mind, what they think, what they feel. Pain, anger, joy, many human emotions are shown through all these characters. 

‘‘People are sometimes driven to choices which others find incomprehensible. We have to accept that.”

There were so many beautiful moments in this novel, that I was literally sad when this book ended because I just wanted more, I wanted to live their life a little bit longer.

In mere 220 pages, the author weaved so many different lives and there beautiful stories together. Seriously praiseworthy.

Overall I would say, A Country Practice is a beautifully written novel with well built characters, that I am asking you to buy just now to loose yourself into this heartwarming tale.

LIFE AT 17 RATING:

🎐🎐🎐🎐🎐

(5 stars)


LINKS:


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25764168-a-country-practice?ac=1&from_search=true

www.acountrypractice.info

Purchase:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Country-Practice-New-Beginnings-ebook/dp/B00Z37ROM2/

https://www.amazon.com/Country-Practice-New-Beginnings-ebook/dp/B00Z37ROM2/

https://www.amazon.com.au/Country-Practice-New-Beginnings-ebook/dp/B00Z37ROM2/


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Judith Colquhoun was born in Queensland and grew up in Sydney. She studied production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and soon after graduating, love and a job took her to Melbourne. Later, she lived in London for a time, spent many years in country Victoria and long enough in Italy to fall in love with the Mezzogiorno. She is now back in Melbourne and may even stay there.

She started writing when she was six and from the age of twenty-three has always earned her living from it in one way or another. She was a scriptwriter for far too long, writing countless hours of television for many of Australia’s most popular shows, including Neighbours and Home & Away. Her output included one hundred episodes of A Country Practice.


Judith has worked as an editor and script producer, and in Italy was a script consultant on the serial Un Posto Al Sole. She has won five Awgie Awards and in 2007 was made a Life Member of the Australian Writers’ Guild.


In 2009 she finally gave up scriptwriting to attempt a novel. Thicker Than Water, which is largely set in southern Italy, was published in 2014. It was Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers 2014 National Literary Awards.


She has written three novels based on the stories and characters of A Country PracticeNew Beginnings, To Everything a Season and Silver Linings.


Judith is married with two children and three grandchildren.

Not For You

You inflict pain,
Again and yet again,
Want to see me cry?
Red eyed me?
You want to see the weak me,
Break my rhythm,
Shift me off track?
No you won’t get a chance,
No you won’t.
Because,
I am vulnerable yet strong,
I might cry in the darkness of sky,
But only to relieve me,
To break all bonds with past,
To move on.
But you won’t see me shake,
No you won’t see me budge,
No the weak me is not for you.


This poem is in response to:

https://artandlife11.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/bs-poetry-challenge-4/

A Way Back Into Love_Release Day Blitz

~ Release Day Blitz ~

A Way Back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher

21st February, 2017

About the Book:


Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love… Well, that makes complicates everything complicated. When you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life is turned upside-down when she realizes she’s in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home… to the man she left behind?

Book Links:
Goodreads * Paperback * eBook

Read an Excerpt:

Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.

“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”

Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”

Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”

Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.
About the Author:

Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.


Contact the Author:
FB Page * FB Profile * Twitter * Wattpad

As You Lay Sleeping_Blog Tour-Book Review



As You Lay Sleeping
Katlyn Duncan
Published by: HQ Digital
Publication date: February 22nd 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

I did it all for you…

Cara’s boyfriend is dead.

When fingers start pointing at her, she knows she’s in more trouble than she originally thought. Because Cara can see that something isn’t right.

As her carefully constructed life begins to crumble, Cara isn’t sure who she is anymore.

But maybe that’s exactly what someone wants her to think…

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REVIEW

As you lay Sleeping is from my favourite genre Mystery and Thriller so any book I read from this genre, I do it with a lot of expectations and I would say, this book did meet all of them.

Cara’s boyfriend Joe dies the day she and Joe decide to break up. Initially Cara thought that he died due to drug overdose, but the detective in charge is not easily convinced and suspects foul play. Ryan, Cara’s old acquaintance arrives, he befriends Cara again and soon they go on murderer hunting together.

The story is quite unpredictable. The clues that they get are very unlikely ones, something that I had not heard off before. So it kept my interest totally glued to this novel. From the time Cara and Ryan start murderer hunting together, it was really difficult to keep down the novel and I just wanted to keep on turning the pages and read more

  “My legs kicked out and my arms flailed as my body                                           plummeted into the water. My breath caught in my throat.”~Cara

I liked both Cara and Ryan’s character. Also another thing I want to say, is that this book also provides an insight into the teen life, their superficial friendships and their desire to fit in. This novel also had a sweet and cute teenage love story, which was another plus point for me, given that I am a person who likes a bit of romance in Mystery novel.

Overall I would say that I don’t have any complaints, this novel is very engaging and I absolutely recommend it to all mystery lovers.

 LIFE AT 17 RATING:

🎐🎐🎐🎐🎐

(5 stars)

Author Bio:

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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