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Dead Rules – Review

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About the book:

Till death

Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever.

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But Jana’s destiny was fatally flawed. And now she’s in Dead School, where Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with his beguiling blue eyes, mysterious smile, and irresistibly warm touch.

Us

Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other. There was no room for Mars in Jana’s life—or death—story. Jana was sure Michael would rush to her side soon.

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But things aren’t going according to Jana’s plan. So Jana decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true—no matter what rules she has to break.

About the Author:

Randy Russell believes in ghosts. He conducts an annual ghost seminar for the State of North Carolina and can be found most summers sharing true ghost stories at visitor centers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He wrote Dead Rules because he believes ghosts should be allowed to share their stories of encounters with humans. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Sam’s Review:

A good girl goes bad in a desperate attempt to get her boyfriend back in Randy Russell’s Dead Rules. Jana Webster has died. She’s now at Dead School, and one of the “risers”.

Risers are what dead people start as. You misbehave though, and you’re on your way to being a Slider, someone who’s a ghost, but at the same time they aren’t. In other words, they can materialize, be seen by the living, and interact with things in the living world, which Risers and Grays (suicidals) can’t do.

Jana needs to become a Slider if she wants to get her boyfriend, Michael Hynes, back. She has a plan to kill him so that he can be with her forever. She’s incomplete without him, and he’s incomplete without her, or so she thought.

I have several things to say about this book, the top one being, “Holy fudge! This girl’s crazier than I am!” Other than that, I enjoyed this. I even read it while playing Minecraft. That’s saying something considering how large my attention span is (probably about the length of my hand.). In fact, most of my Minecraft time was spent reading the book. There was very little swearing, but this is definitely for young adult readers.

The genre is paranormal, the characters are fun, and I enjoyed the plot.

Buy the Book:

Thrice Read Books has one hardback edition for sale here.

This book is also available on Amazon in Kindle, hardcover or paperback here. [Affiliate Link}

The Mussorgsky Riddle – Review

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About the book:

Genre: supernatural thriller

Series: Fugue & Fable #1

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release: January 12, 2015

Cover Artist: Polina Sapershteyn

Find Online: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

Psychic Mira Tejedor possesses unique talents that enable her to find anything and anyone, but now she must find a comatose boy wandering lost inside the labyrinth of his own mind. Thirteen-year-old Anthony Faircloth hasn’t spoken a word in almost a month and with each passing day, his near catatonic state worsens. No doctor, test, or scan can tell Anthony’s distraught mother what has happened to her already troubled son. In desperation, she turns to Mira for answers, hoping her unique abilities might succeed where science has failed.

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At their first encounter, Mira is pulled into Anthony’s mind and finds the child’s psyche shattered into the various movements of Modest Mussorgsky’s classical music suite, Pictures at an Exhibition. As she navigates this magical dreamscape drawn from Anthony’s twin loves of Russian composers and classical mythology, Mira must contend with gnomes, troubadours, and witches in her search for the truth behind Anthony’s mysterious malady.

The real world, however, holds its own dangers. The onset of Anthony’s condition coincides with the disappearance of his older brother’s girlfriend, a missing persons case that threatens to tear the city apart. Mira discovers that in order to save Anthony, she will have to catch a murderer who will stop at nothing to keep the secrets contained in Anthony’s unique mind from ever seeing the light.

About the Author:

Darrin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq.

His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves–classical music and world mythology– and is slated for publication by Curiosity Quills Press on 12 Jan 2015. He is currently hard at work on his next novel.

His short stories can be found in various publications, many of which are available through Amazon, and most of which have been collected in his two short story compilations – Necromancer for Hire: The April Sullivan Chronicles & The Sicilian Defense and Other Dark Tales – also available on Amazon.

Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion.

He is represented by Stacey Donaghy at Donaghy Literary Group.
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Jenn’s Review:

Admittedly, this book took longer to read than I anticipated – but not because it lacked the usual attention-pulling elements.

I generally try to stay away from murder mysteries. They tend to leave me feeling disturbed at best, anxious and overwhelmed at worst. I dove into this series, however, because of two elements: The paranomal/psychic and the classical composer element.

This mystery is less about the murder of a teenage girl, and is far more about the psychic’s journey through herself as she tries to help a young boy unlock his mental prison that he’s exiled himself to as a measure of coping with emotional trauma. 

Larger than the mystery of the missing girl, is the mystery of why young Anthony mentally locked himself up and how Mira can so easily walk in his mental-scape.

This book sucks the reader in, both with the unusual use of clairalliance by Mira (clairalliance being a gathering of psychic knowing through scent) and the trip through Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. 

This story doesn’t end on a cliffhanger by any means, (other than some romantic prospects that are secondary to the main plot), but I just finished the book and had to race out to my laptop to write the review, so I could start on book 2 of the series, The Stravinsky Intrigue.

For an added twist, listen to the classical piece that serves as Mira’s guide through Anthony’s mind. It serves as an excellent backdrop to the vivid imagery that Kennedy supplies in his writing.

Definitely a meandering, suspenseful read worth its weight in time.

Sam’s Review:

The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy was very interesting and captivating. Mira, the heroin, was very brave, and she’s a physic who’s desperate to help a young boy by the name of Anthony, who is nearly comatose. When she enters his mind, she learns that he knows who killed his brother’s ex.

Very powerful and very good, The Mussorgsky Riddle will draw you in, if you don’t mind being in a messed up dreamscape, that is. If you don’t mind that, but rather enjoy it, it’ll please you to the very end.

Some of the things that I didn’t like was how it was confusing at times. Moments like those were very little, but still. Baba Yaga was a very interesting character, and an unexpected plot twist happened near the end. I guess that that’s the whole point of a plot twist.

Buy the book:

This book is available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, audiobook and MP3 CD formats here. [affiliate link]

Other books in this series:

The Stravinsky Intrigue (Review coming soon)

The Tchaicovsky Finale (Review coming soon)

The Stravinsky Intrigue – Review

Sam's Teen Read Corner review of The Stravinsky Intrigue by Darrin Kennedy

About this book:

Nine months have passed since psychic Mira Tejedor last walked the halls of Anthony Faircloth’s adolescent mind. All but family now, Mira is relocating to Charlotte, NC, not only for a much-needed change of scenery, but to further her burgeoning relationship with Dr. Thomas Archer. On the eve of her move, however, a new threat emerges.

Young girls from every corner of Charlotte are falling catatonic, a condition eerily similar to the illness from which Mira rescued Anthony the previous fall. Mira reluctantly agrees to help Detective Calvin Sterling with the case and soon finds herself pulled into a new pair of fantasy worlds, both borne from the brilliant mind of Igor Stravinsky.

In the world of The Firebird, Mira becomes the warrior Ivanovna and battles an immortal evil threatening to steal the girls’ souls for all eternity. In the Russian fair from Petrushka, she assumes the role of Ballerina, one of three magical puppets who dance at the whim of a cruel Charlatan. Torn between Moor and Clown, bizarre doppelgangers of the two vastly different men in her life, and threatened at every turn by a sorcerer who craves her very essence, Mira must navigate the cruel deceptions of both worlds and win, or her life and the lives of a dozen innocents will be forfeit.

Sam's Teen Reads Corner reviews Darrin Kennedy's paranormal suspense novel "The Stravinsky Intrigue"

About the author:

Darrin Kennedy - Author of the Fugue and Fable series

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. His short stories can be found in various publications and he is currently hard at work on his next novel. Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known to strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion.

Sam’s Review:

The Stravinsky Intrigue by Darin Kennedy is the sequel to The Mussorgsky Riddle, and it doesn’t disappoint this reader of the series. Mira is back on the case once more as she tries to find the one who the six comatose girls in the hospital. Taking more trips into the Exhibition, she discovering that instead of having all of her old friends, she’s caught in The Firebird, The Rite of Spring and Petrushka.

Once more, this book was incredible and fun to read, and there weren’t as many confusing moments in it, which is great. And just so you know, Mira won’t be the the main character in the next book. Sorry.

**Jenn’s note: This isn’t classified as middle grade or young adult. Since there isn’t much bad language or graphic violence in book 1, I let Sam tackle this series when she asked, because she is pretty good at knowing her own limits when it comes to lit. 

Buy the book: 

 This book is available from Amazon in paperback, audiobook and Kindle formats here. [Affiliate link]

Other books in this series:

The Mussorgsky Riddle (Book 1)

The Tchaikovsky Finale (Book 3)

The Orgasmic Way – Review

Book Review for The Orgasmic Way by Adana Washington - Metaphysics, Law of Attraction, Personal Development

About the book:

A lot of people drag their feet through life, wondering when the fun part will start. They dread waking up every morning, because they are so miserable in their everyday lives. Nothing is fulfilling. Not very much about their daily routine excites them. And years down the line, they’ll be doing the same exact thing, because they believe it can’t get any better.

But you want more than that. You want passion and excitement. You want to look forward to your day, and know that your work has meaning, that you’re expressing your creativity, and that you’re manifesting all that you desire. You want to feel good about yourself and what you want, and you want to make things happen that seem impossible, but would feel so damn good.

You want to live the Orgasmic Way.

The Orgasmic Way is about achieving pleasure and satisfaction in your everyday life. You are not here to suffer and be miserable. You are here to shine, to feel joy and excitement, and to experience all the wonderful things that make you feel good in this life.

Living the Orgasmic Way will help you:
Banish your broken beliefs and create new empowering ones.
Embrace your Shadow and find your Light.
Get to the heart of what you want and how you want to feel.
Bring your point of focus to the things that you truly want in life.

The Orgasmic Way is a guide filled with all kinds of observations, inspirations and instigations to help you channel the power of your Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras in order to manifest the life that you want to live.

Jenn’s Review:

Lately, I’ve been diving really deep, and I mean really deep, into the laws of Attraction and Manifestation; and recently I was invited to an online class about using the lower chakras and sexual energy for manifestation. (If you are utterly lost at this point, I get it – I teach and mentor on these topics over on my other website.) That class piqued my curiosity, and sent me racing to Amazon to see what books I could find on the topic.

This was the first of the books I looked at that I actually bought and read. It’s a diminutive 132 pages, and isn’t well edited (missing punctuation and words abound, and the few graphics seem to be missing from the Kindle edition), but the information is good.

I had planned on reading a chapter a week, as I do with many of my personal development/business development books, but I ended up caught up in this information, and finished it in about 2 days (of 1-1 1/2 hour reading sessions). Contrary to the title, this is not a book all about sex. In fact, she doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about orgasms at all, though she does cover creative energy and manifestation in depth, which led me to a number of “Ah-HA!” moments. [such as the subtle connection between the sexual revolution and the technological revolution…]

If you are a student of the Law of Attraction and the Law of Manifestation, this is a must-read, especially if you are stuck. The in-depth work that the author leads the reader through near the end are of significant benefit toward finding your manifestation blocks.

Book Review for The Orgasmic Way by Adana Washington - Nonfiction, Metaphysics, New Age, Law of Attraction

Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats here. [Affiliate Link]

The Tchaikovsky Finale – Review

Sam's Teen Reads Corner book review of Darrin Kennedy's The Tchaikovsky Finale

About the book:Psychic Mira Tejedor lies comatose in the wake of her second battle with the devious Madame Versailles, but her sacrifice was not in vain. Though at great cost, her nemesis is no more, her love has returned to the land of the living, and twelve innocent girls are back with their families. Still, young Anthony Faircloth can’t escape the notion there must have been another way.

Obsessed with freeing Mira as Mira once freed him, Anthony works to rekindle their special link and soon meets with more success than he knows what to do with. Two distinct worlds, both forged in the imagination of Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, threaten to consume his life. By the still waters of Swan Lake, Anthony assumes the guise of a man named Benno and must help Prince Siegfried defend the Swan Princess, Odette, from the machinations of a dark sorcerer. In the Stahlbaum house, he takes on the role of a boy named Fritz who, under the command of the Nutcracker Prince, must save his sister Clara from the onslaught of the Mouse King and his army of rodent soldiers. At the intersection of the two disparate settings lies yet another mystery: both Odette and Clara wear Mira’s face. And these intertwining perils are but shadows of the real danger.

Back in the real world, a menacing figure from Mira’s past has escaped from prison and now stalks her on both sides of the veil of dream. Anthony must bring Mira out of her catatonic state so that she can fight one last time, or her life and the lives of all she loves will be lost.

Sam's Teen Reads Corner reviews Darrin Kennedy's paranormal suspense novel "The Tchaikovsky Finale"

About the author:

Darrin Kennedy - Author of the Fugue and Fable series

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. His short stories can be found in various publications and he is currently hard at work on his next novel. Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known to strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion.Sam’s Review:

The Tchaikovsky Finale, by Darin Kennedy, is the last book in the series. Told in Anthony’s point of view, we learn that he remembers more about the Exhibition and the other mindscapes than he lets on. In order to repay Mira, he’ll be the one trying to find her in her comatose state.

This time dealing with The NutcrackerThe Swan Princess and Sleeping Beauty, he finds that Mira has no recollection nor knowledge of her life outside of her comatose state. Madame Versailles isn’t as defeated as believed, Mira’s ex and his fiancè show up to take care of Isabelle, Mira’s daughter, and the man that Mira busted big time is out for his revenge. All in all, helping Mira is harder than Anthony expected.

Heart pounding, with a couple of humorous breaks here and there to break the tension, this book is captivating, but an easy read at the same time. It is very interesting to hear things from Anthony’s point of view for once, and it gives me a greater vision as to what it’s like to share a dreamscape with another person, which is basically what’s going on between Anthony and Mira.

**Jenn’s note: This isn’t classified as middle grade or young adult. Since there isn’t much bad language or graphic violence in book 1, I let Sam tackle this series when she asked, because she is pretty good at knowing her own limits when it comes to lit. Buy the book:This book is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions here. [affiliate link]Other books in this series:The Mussorgsky Riddle (book 1)The Stravinsky Intrigue (book 2)

Meditation: How To Meditate To Get Rid Of Stress, Anxiety, Depression And Feel Happy – Review

Book Review Meditation How to Meditate to Get Rid of Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Feel Happy by Will Huynh

About this book: 

According to Zen Buddhism, life is full of suffering, which is brought about by our attachment to things and people. We all have those moments when we feel we are just about to give up in life (we are depressed), feel stressed by our past, and are anxious about our future. This is just normal to everyone around the world. But while some of us can handle the stress, anxiety and depression that comes with the challenges that life throws at us, there are those instances when we feel we cannot just handle it. During such times, we become angry with ourselves, situations and the people around us. We lose hope in our future and no matter how much we try to fake a smile, it just doesn’t work. 

Well, do you know that you could end up committing suicide if you continue harboring stress, anxiety, and depression? And even if you don’t commit suicide, the simple fact that you are constantly depressed, anxious and stressed puts your body on overdrive, which means that you are likely to end up suffering from various health complications including but not limited to hypertension, heart disease, obesity, digestion problems and a lot more. Well, if you’ve already started experiencing those and want to change your live for the better, you probably need to start thinking of how to introduce meditation into your life. If you are new to meditation, you are likely to think it isn’t something you should even try because it is for the monks. Well, this isn’t true. In this book, I will show you how to meditate to fight stress, depression, anxiety and restore your happy self. Here is what this book will teach you:

Here Is A Preview Of What You Can Expect To Learn:

  • A Basic Introduction To Meditation And How It Is Helpful
  • How To Prepare For Meditation
  • How To Meditate For Stress, Anxiety And Depression Relief
  • How To Develop An Easy To Follow Meditation Habit That Can Transform Your Life
  • The Different Benefits That You Can Get If You Implement Meditation In Your Life
  • How To Exit Your Meditation Sessions Without Watering Down The Benefits You Would Otherwise Derive From Your Meditation Sessions
  • Important Tips You Need To Incorporate To Guarantee Maximum Meditation Experience
  • And much, much more!

Jenn’s Review:

Every so often, I go on book buying binges (read – I love finding free Kindle books on Amazon!), and I bought this particular little book several months ago, and sat down with it recently.

The author sets out valid arguments about meditation and its benefits in concise language that is easy to understand. He lays out a solid case in favor of why meditation is so good for you, and briefly talks about different ways to meditate.

However, where I got a little hung up (I’ve been meditation for years, but I don’t profess to know it all, by any means), is his suggested procedure for meditation. If I were a newbie to the idea of meditating, knowing myself, I would never end up on a cushion, getting down to the business of meditation, because… It would take me 3 hours to get through all the set up steps, I’d never find a place totally free of distraction to pull this off, and between starting the process and getting to the actual meditation, I’d have to tend to something else for my family.

In a nutshell, that part of the book, is a little overblown and over-complicated in my opinion (I’ve read and am reading, much better books on meditation and mindfulness where this area is concerned – reviews to come if they aren’t already done).

On the other hand, if you’re debating whether to begin a meditation practice, or whether meditation is right for you, this isn’t a bad book to start with, and the price makes it accessible to everyone (as of this writing, it is still free for both Kindle and audio versions).

Thrice Read Books' Review of Will Huynh's Meditation: How to Meditate to Get Rid of Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Feel Happy - Self help, Personal Development, Nonfiction

Buy this book:

This book is available in Kindle and Audiobook formats from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Biohacking: A Beginners’ Guide to Successfully Employing Biohacks to Improve Your Health, Life & Wellbeing – Review

Book Review for BioHacking: A Beginner's Guide by Seth Laron - Personal Development/Nonfiction/Self Improvement

About the book:

Are you looking for a common sense approach to feeling healthier or reducing stress in your life? Then biohacking is for you.

Too many of us in North America today are battling some form of ill-health. Whether you are struggling with anxiety or your weight, you have probably tried it all—the latest fads and self-improvement books. But you probably have not tried “biohacking”.

”Self-trackers are pushing the limits of personal health.” Mark Moschel, Chief Technology Officer at Factor 75

“Biohacking” or the act of tracking your body’s statistics, such as heart rate, blood pressure and so on, is the latest and easiest form of self-improvement available. It has taken off with the advent of the various devices, but at its core it can be used even without such things. It is about common sense and listening to your body. In this book you will learn:

Preview:

  • #1 how to use the principles of biohacking to improve your mood
  • #2 how you can biohack your diet to be healthier and lose weight
  • #3 how meditation is one of the best forms of biohacking you can do for yourself.

Jenn’s Review:

This is another of those little books I picked up on a Kindle spree a few years ago, and dusted it off the other day while cleaning out some of my Kindle clutter. (I go on these huge binges of buying, and then… see my blog at Sage Wolfsong for more info on my battle with clutter of all kinds)

I’d heard of Bio Hacking before buying this book, but hadn’t really done much to understand what it was, or how it might be helpful. I could guess at it based on context (all the other “life hacks” out there), but some things get under my skin and pester me until I do something with them.

So, I sat down with this brief book (it’s less than 100 pages) to learn a bit about biohacking. 

Good stuff, really. The author lays out a clear, concise map of what biohacking is, why it’s useful and how to include it in your life. If you want to understand what changes you need to make and why those changes are significant, this is a great place to start – not terribly detailed or technical, a quick, light read with a powerful punch.

And an awesome value!

Book Review for BioHacking: A Beginner's Guide - Personal Development, Self Improvement, Health

Buy this book:

This book is available in Kindle format on Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher – Review

Children's Fantasy Book Review by Sam - Ronaldo The Phantom Carrot Snatcher by Maxine Sylvester

About the book:

Ronaldo and Rudi discover friends come in all shapes and sizes as they embark on a superhero mission to help a lost wolf cub called Ernie find her pack.

Rudi comes up with a plan to find the pack and deliver a message during a speed test at flying school; but Ronaldo isn’t totally onboard with the idea. He desperately wants to break the speed record and the plan means jeopardising his chance of becoming champion.

Will Ronaldo go for glory… or will he discover the true meaning of friendship and sacrifice the race for Ernie?

Bumbling Wing Commander Blitsen, head of The Reindeer Flying Academy, and mischievous brothers, Dasher, Comet and Prancer also feature in this fun tale of bravery and friendship.

Published 23 November 2016.

About the Author:

Maxine Sylvester - Autho of the Ronaldo series, including Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher

Maxine Sylvester was born in London, England. She grew up with a passion for Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear. She also loved anything Disney and enjoyed drawing the characters. Maxine’s love of ‘fun’ art grew and she had the privilege of being mentored by cartoonist and caricaturist, Steve Chadburn. She completed further studies in children’s book illustration with talented artist and illustrator, Jan Nesbitt.

She is currently working on the fourth book in the Ronaldo series, due for release in Autumn 2018.Social media for Maxine:

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Sam’s Review:

Ronaldo and the Phantom Carrot Snatcher by Maxine Sylvester is different from my usual teen read, but enjoyable nonetheless. Telling the tail of two reindeer and a wolf pup, I loved the story it told.

This book is the second in a series. Ronaldo (AKA Ronnie) and his best friend Rudolph (AKA Rudi) don’t know what to do when Ronnie finds a lost wolf pup named Ernie (just so you know, Ernie’s a girl) behind his house.

Rudi comes up with a brilliant plan to find Ernie’s pack, but Ronnie will need to go to the forbidden forest. Ronnie agrees to do so, but at the same time, he has plans to break the speed record. But he can’t do both at the same time. As it is, he’s taking a risk, and could get expelled from flight school if he’s seen at the forest.

Fun to read, easy to understand, and filled with good illustrations, this children’s book was a fun break from my usual teen read. It’s cute all the way through, and filled with humor.

Sam's Teen Reads Corner reviews Maxine Sylvester's Ronaldo The Phantom Carrot Snatcher - Children's Fantasy Fiction

Buy the Book:

This book is available in Kindle format from Amazon:

Amazon US [affiliate link]     Amazon UK 

Other books in the series:

Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy (rel Dec 2015) [affiliate link]

Ronaldo: Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza (rel Oct 2017) [affiliate link]

Check out all the reviews for Maxine Sylvester’s Ronaldo series here.

When it all Goes Still – Review

When it all Goes Still - blog post book review

About the book:

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When it all Goes Still by Allison Mullinax

Time Traveler Romance published by Fiery Seas Everlasting

May 15, 2018

Traveler is arrogant, rebellious, and the most skillful Observation Agent within the division. His refusal to follow the agency rules finally catches up to him and a girl witnesses him time-travel.

Johanna Martin is a witty adventurous runner recovering from the tragic loss of her parents. Confused by the dark-faced stranger and what he was doing at the local state park, she is unable to ignore the effects it has had on her.

With his life and reputation at risk, Traveler must choose… Johanna or his life?

About the Author:

Allison Mullinax - Author of When it all Goes Still and Break the Line

North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

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Jenn’s Review:

 Allison Mullinax hits another home run with When it all Goes Still, her latest release from Fiery Seas Publishing. Both witty and intense, Still is told in an entirely different style than her first release, Break the Line.

Our hero for this story, Traveler, is mysterious and edgy; our heroine, Johanna, is a force to be reckoned with, despite her recent heartaches. Regardless of their instant attraction, their relationship is against all the rules, and they try – oh how they try – to stay away from each other. (How far away? A few hundred years, give or take…)

This book is written in first person POV, present tense. I know that isn’t often a first choice for readers, but I believe that it was the right choice for this particular novel. The plot is tense and twisty with surprises (something I think we can assume will become a hallmark for Ms. Mullinax), and it pulls readers in to keep turning the pages.

In short, When it all Goes Still, is another winner from Allison Mullinax. Intense, well-rounded characters move quickly through a riveting plot. This is a heart-breaking and sweet story in the time-travel romance department.

New Release book review for When it all Goes Still by Allison Mullinax on Thrice Read Books review blog

Buy the book:

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Check out our interview with Allison.

See our review for Break the Line, also by Allison Mullinax.

How to Use Your Creative Imagination – Review

Jenn's Review of How to Use Your Creative Imagination by Roy Eugene Davis on the Thrice Read Books blog

About this book:

An enlivening Power is nurturing the universe and we can learn to be responsive to it.

Because you are a spiritual being, you already have the ability to remove or transcend all limiting conditions that may have, until now, opposed your endeavors to live freely, enjoyably, and effectively. As this is accomplished, the necessary resources and supportive events, circumstances, and relationships for your highest good will be spontaneously provided and your spiritual growth will be rapid and satisfying. Creative imagination and skillful living will enable you to live as you deserve to live.

About the author:

Roy Eugene Davis was born in 1931 in Leavittsburg, Ohio, approximately 40 miles south of Cleveland, and grew up in a farming community. In his early teenage years he frequented the public library, reading books on psychology, philosophy, and yoga. When he was 18 years of age, he read Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi and immediately sensed a spiritual connection with Yogananda and the kriya yoga tradition. In December 1949, he traveled to Los Angeles, California, to meet his guru (teacher) and was accepted for monastic discipleship training.

Mr. Davis was ordained by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1951 and was appointed as the minister of the Phoenix, Arizona, Self-Realization Fellowship Center in March 1952. In late 1953, aware of a need to learn to live effectively in the secular world, he withdrew from the organization–but not from his relationship with the kriya yoga tradition or his commitment to serve. After 2 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Fort Riley, Kansas, he began his mission as an independent teacher. Since then, he has taught in more than 100 cities in North America and in Japan, Brazil, Europe, West Africa, and India.

Some of his books are published in 10 languages and in 11 countries. He is also the publisher of Truth Journal magazine and writes monthly lessons for CSA members around the world.

Jenn’s Review:

For those of us that create as part of our chosen vocation, creativity can be a spiritual practice. In his short book, How to Use Your Creative Imagination, Mr. Davis lays out a simple framework for treating your spiritual practice as a creative practice.

Creative Imagination is a clear, concise read that can easily be finished in an afternoon (it’s only 29 pages in Kindle edition), and is worth saving for regular rereading.

Mr. Davis has extensive spiritual training, and this shows in this book. While he makes a number of valid points, I found his writing to be a bit preachy and judgmental at times. Despite those few moments, this is a worthy read for anyone embarking on a creative or spiritual journey (the two are intertwined and inseparable).

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