10 Statements – Luciana Cavallaro

 

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, she was inspired to write Historical Fantasy.

She has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history. Today, you will still find Luciana in the classroom, teaching ancient history and promoting literature. To keep up-to-date with her ramblings, ahem, that is meanderings subscribe to her mailing list.

You can also join her street team http://eepurl.com/bjVhkL.

 

Find me…

Website:  www.luccav.com

Mailing list:  http://eepurl.com/brIbFf

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luciana-Cavallaro-Writer/304218202959903

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ClucianaLuciana

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6567841.Luciana_Cavallaro

 

My personal mottoes:

“Persevere until you bleed!”

“Keep your goal always at the forefront of your mind, and never give up!”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… waking to the alarm at 5am, showering, eating breakfast and driving to work at 7am! Spend the day teaching high school students, attend meetings, head home, exercise, shower, get dinner ready, prepare lunches, then eat dinner, spend an hour or two in the office, sit and watch a little TV before hitting the sack!
  2. I lose track of time when I am writing, creating promos on Canva, reading and being out taking photographs.
  3. I have always… loved drawing, working with clay, reading and writing!
  4. I have never… smoked a cigarette.
  5. Home means to me… being safe, secure and surrounded by my family.
  6. I am inspired by… extraordinary people who endure so much to overcome their disabilities and disadvantages in life, and live it to fullest without bitterness.
  7. I would like to meet… Cleopatra. She achieved so much in a world dominated by men.
  8. My worst character trait… lack of patience, which I am working to be better at!
  9. My best character trait… generosity and listening to people.
  10. The best advice I was given… “No-one knows anything.”

 

Search for the Golden Serpent
(Servants of the Gods, Book 1)

Evan has been having some very strange dreams.
The Perth-based architect dismissed an unexpected phone call from an entrepreneur in Greece, asking him to restore his family home, as the ravings of a crank. Until, that is, the dreams begin, each more vivid than the last. A dream encounter with a mysterious character called Zeus sees him catapulted back in time to 500 years before the birth of Christ.

Evan finds himself quickly embroiled in a plot to prevent the birth of Christianity, an unwilling player in an epic struggle between the old gods and the new, fighting for his life.

Print length:  426 pages

Published:  2015-03-27

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Accursed Women

Five stories, five women, five legends.

Phaedra, a Minoan princess, marries out of duty and to safeguard her precious home. She falls in love with Hippolytos, her husband’s son and asks the Goddess Aphrodite for help. He spurns her affections.

The Trojan War, one of history’s greatest stories ever told. What if the legend as told is wrong? History is told by the victors, and facts changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy?

Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods.

Created by the gods as a gift to humanity, Pandora is the first woman on Earth. Did she know what Zeus intended when he presented an urn as a wedding dowry to her husband? Neither she nor Epimetheus knew what it contained, but they were told never to open it.

All Medousa wanted was a life of love and acceptance but one fateful night it changed. While she’s alone in the Temple of Athene tending to the sacred fire, Poseidon pays a visit. No human can stop an immortal from taking what they want.

Print length:  218 pages

Published:  2013-12-02

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10 Statements – Terry Lynne Hale

 

Terry Lynne Hale is an author and freelance writer with a passion for, well, a lot of things! She is passionate about reading, writing, the Internet, family, friends, pets, vibrant health, the environment, wildlife preservation, protecting 2nd amendment rights, and death with dignity-to name some passions.

Her first book, Ageless Internet – Internet Basics for Boomers and Seniors, won the 2012 Indie Excellence Award in its genre.

This year she self-published The Straightforward Internet – Your Simplified Guide to Exploring Everything from Basics to Social Media to the Deep Web, geared for Gen-Exers and everyone else who’s been reluctant to embrace all that the digital universe offers. The Straightforward Internet earned her Indie Reader Approved status with a 4 star review.

Hale became interested in alternative health and optimal nutrition when she embarked on self-employment in 2001. In addition to freelancing, she became a wellness consultant and has voraciously studied the work of many doctors, authors, nutritionists, and scientists since. Her calling has revolved around helping, and sharing information that benefits others.

Hale lives in Kansas City with her husband and their extremely willful cat, Stinker. Her 3rd book, Interview 2017, is scheduled to be published later this summer.

 

Find me…

https://terrylynnehale.com/

The Straightforward Internet on Amazon

Ageless Internet on Amazon

https://www.linkedin.com/in/terrylynnehale

https://www.facebook.com/care2ShareTer/

 

My personal mottoes:

“To Thine Own Self Be True.”

“This too, will pass.”

10 statements

  1. A typical (work) day begins with… coffee – doctored with a touch of milk and Pure Monk fruit sweetener.
  2. I lose track of time when engrossed in a creative project.
  3. I have always… gotten back up after being knocked down.
  4. I have never… been pregnant but have been blessed with many fur-babies in this lifetime.
  5. Home means to me… my sanctuary.
  6. I am inspired by… music, sunrises, sunsets, the mountain, and the ocean.
  7. I would like to meet… author Steven Pressfield.
  8. My worst character trait… impatience.
  9. My best character trait… persistence.
  10. The best advice I was given… was by my oldest sister after my first divorce “Everyone is entitled to make their own mistakes.”

The Straightforward Internet

Did you know the average human attention span is 8 seconds? Did you know it was 12 seconds in Y2K? Did you know that a goldfish has a longer attention span by one second? Great Scott!

The Straightforward Internet is an easy-going read, intended for the Gen-Xer – formerly reluctant to accept the Internet but now knows it’s here to stay – AND the technologically competent Gen-Xer who grasps the fluid landscape of the Digital Universe and wants to keep up with it! And this book is intended for anyone else who falls into one of these categories.

The Straightforward Internet covers a lot in a few pages (that attention span thing..)

Are you looking for Basics like:
* Internet, and device (desktop/laptop/smart phone/tablet) basics?
* differences between DSL, Satellite, Wi-Fi or 4G?
* how to spot and avoid scams?
* how viruses spread and how to protect your identity from thieves?
* Instant Messaging, and emails that disappear?

Are you fascinated by Intermediate subjects like:
* social media and dating sites?
* Internet auctions?
* photo, and media sites?
* cloud storage, and zip utilities?
* the naughty side of social media, illegal auctions, and shock sites?

Are you intrigued about Advanced information like:
* Easter Egg Hunts?
* catfishing?
* Virtual Private Networks (VPN)?
* the Darknet Marketplace?
* the economics of Bitcoins and how to use?

You’ll get answers to these topics and more in The Straightforward Internet.

If you are one of the millions that appreciated the film Back to the Future, you will enjoy the friendly, easy-going writing style of this author. Join her on a cyberspace exploration (with occasional reflection on the experiences of Marty & Doc.)

Print length:  110 pages

Published:  2017-02-03

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/478Za7

 

Ageless Internet

THE WONDROUS WORLD WIDE WEB – SIMPLIFIED!

Ageless Internet is a simplified guide to the wondrous world wide web. Geared for Baby Boomers and Seniors, this book will benefit anyone who has stood on the cyber sidelines too long.

Like ROUTE 66, the famous 2448 mile highway that ran through 8 states connecting farmers and vacationers from the 1920s through the 1950s, the Information Superhighway is just too cool to miss!

Your daughter “friended you” on Facebook, your nephew sent a Tweet, your granddaughter wants to use a webcam to keep in touch in real time, and your sister wants to keep you in the loop via email. The 21st century seems overwhelming. Relax, the solution is within reach.

YOU WILL LEARN:

* Which security programs will keep you safe online
* Terminology you need to know to have fun on the Net
* How to effectively and efficiently perform an Internet Search
* How to maximize your productivity online
* How to separate authentic review sites from affiliate landing pages
* You will learn about websites of interest to Boomers and Seniors and much, much more!

Whether for yourself or a loved one, Ageless Internet simplifies a complex world, navigating the Net so you can enjoy the Wondrous World Wide Web.

Print length:  134 pages

Published:  2012-03-09

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/3nOYl6


 

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Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift (#1) by Deborah A. Bowman #BookReview @Bowmanauthor

 

The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” is based on life in Colonial Massachusetts from 1630 to 1648. Annie’s message is timeless. Her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” as we watch the treatment, abuse, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs in today’s modern society. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Yet, have perceptions changed that all that much? Have they changed enough? The answer is a resounding, “No!”

Annie came to me in an age regression that somehow slipped into a past-life regression by an Instructor of The National Guild of Hypnotists. Instead of returning to my childhood—WHAM! like hitting a brick wall—I was in someone else’s body, crushed in a pitch black hole, surrounded by wood and earth. This is how I met Annie; or rather I should say, I became Annie.

The Colonists laughed at Annie’s dwarfed appearance and sluggish way of talking. My conscious mind of the 21st century, however, realized that Annie was mentally slow, stunted in growth, and lacking in social and emotional development. I also knew she was innocent and childlike as well as an incredible telepathic savant, blessed with a gift from the Spiritual Universe. Hence, began a quest that has spanned years. I made amazing discoveries about a time in American history that many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done with the Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. This story of love and faith, coupled with the inequality of different people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about an unusual child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift.”

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Metaphysical
> Historical Fiction > Scottish
Books > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Metaphysical & Visionary
Series: #1
Length: 275 pages
Release date: 2017-01-02

 

Teaser


“Does the wee one yet breathe?” Frances blurted out.

Agnes reached down – she just couldna’ help it – and wrapped the small babe in The Blackbain Plaid, cuddlin’ the wee lassie in her arms. “She’s burnin’ up with fever!” Agnes exclaimed. “Why have ya’ taken her from the Mutha‘? Ya’ said James and Mary? This is my? Mine own…”

“Granddaughter,” Lachlan finished for her.

The vision Agnes had seen a mere thread of, less than a minute before, came back to her full-force and crystal clear. She saw and recognized the two bodies in the soiled bed.

“Nay, naught my Mary!” she screamed. Lachlan grabbed The Tartan with the baby as Frances rushed forward to catch the old woman and ease her down to the packed earthen floor.


My Opinion

This book leads you back in time, introducing you to Agnes Blackbain and her granddaughter Annie.

With Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift, Deborah A. Bowman has written a story that will stay etched in your memory. It is a very unusual and captivating read, drawing you into Annie’s world. During a regression, Deborah A. Bowman encountered Annie – who then became a part of her. She carefully develops the story about Annie and the people around her, painting a clear picture of Annie and life in New England (1630 – 1648) while the story evolves. Annie is likeable, complex, and hopeful. The story comprises historical elements (among others the Puritans, Salem, witches); it has a steady pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow. I have been keeping my fingers crossed – hoping the best for Annie – sometimes smiling, sometimes having to cry.

This is a book for you if you like historical fiction, the metaphysical, food for thought, and if you like intense female characters.

A sequel has been announced and – I am looking forward to reading it.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Dark, hopeful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Deborah has a 20+-year history as well as formal education in writing, editing, proofreading, and publishing. She believes strongly in helping first-time and seasoned writers alike create quality books and eBooks at clasidconsultantspublishing.com. She does free reviews and critiques. “Books are timeless; readers are forever.”

Deborah has various upcoming projects, but is always happy to hear from you and connect on social media.

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Deborah Bowman
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bxqZRJ

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift?  Or – if you did not yet read Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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A Strange Companion by Lisa Manterfield #BookReview @LisaManterfield

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Kat Richardson isn’t running away from grief; she’s just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she’s sure it’s gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she’s ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen—a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student—appears to be a kind, funny, and very attractive option.

But the arrival of Kat’s newly adopted niece, Mai, forces her home to northern England, where she runs headfirst into all the memories of Gabe she’s tried to leave behind—and discovers that Mai stirs up an unnerving feeling of déjà vu. Before long, Kat’s logical, scientific beliefs about life after death are in battle with what she feels to be true—that reincarnation is real and Gabe has come back to her through Mai. The question now, is why?

Taking on the topics of love, loss, and how we deal with grief, A Strange Companion is a twisted love triangle among the living, the dead, and the reincarnated.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death
> Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Emotions & Feelings
Books
> Teens > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death & Dying
Series: n.a.
Length: 297 pages
Release date: 2017-04-04

 

Teaser


…I spotted a picture that made my heart do a tap dance in my chest. There, staring out at me from the wall was the picture of Gabe and me, a copy of the one I kept hidden in my wardrobe. It felt out of place on my brother’s wall, as if the image belonged only to me and my memories.

In my arms, Mai leaned towards the picture. Her eyebrows twitched and in an almost imperceptible move, her lips pursed into a decisive bow. Her wispy black eyebrows bunched together as she turned to consider me. She reached out and rested her hand on my cheek. I was about to smile and rest my hand over hers when she moved it across my face and drew her thumb along my jaw line, just the way Gabe had done.

She looked me dead in the eye. And then she said, “Sun.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Kat Richardson, still grieving for Gabe. She only returns to her hometown when her brother’s adopted daughter from China arrives.

With A Strange Companion, Lisa Manterfield has created a well elaborated story focussed on Kat and her dealing with grief. It was easy to get into the story; especially if you have lost a dear one, you understand at least some of Kat’s take on things. Kat is of sufficient depth, likeable; I had the urge to support her, help her cope. Lisa Manterfield created a remarkable story that offers food for thought on a serious topic. The story proceeds at a steady pace, carefully portraying Kat and her feelings; it comprises some interesting turns, and has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like thoughtful stories covering a person’s coping with loss and grief, as well as carefully elaborated plots with likeable characters.

Recommended.

A quote by the author: “I’m Lisa Manterfield and I love telling stories.” – Having read this book, I can whole-heartedly confirm this – it shows.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some hints)

 

About the author

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. Learn more at http://lisamanterfield.com/.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about A Strange Companion?  Or – if you did not yet read A Strange Companion – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Lisa Manterfield

 

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Mission: ARMOR (A Division Eight Thriller, #2) by A.D. Starrling

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A man tortured by his past. A woman determined to save him. A deadly assignment that threatens to rip them apart.

Eight months after falling in love with Alex Slade, the Army Ranger she rescued from an infamous drug cartel, U.S. Marine Lieutenant Vivian Thorpe is approached to be his second in command of ARMOR, the first team in a new shadowy black ops section called Division Eight. She agrees but has one condition: she will only give ARMOR six months.

With the deadline fast approaching, the pair find themselves heading to Africa with their team. Their mission: to assist an undercover CIA operative who may have unearthed the hottest lead on African arms trafficking in decades. When they fail to make contact with the agent, ARMOR discovers a chain of bloody evidence that leads them across the dark continent on the trail of a notorious arms dealer who may prove to be their toughest adversary yet.

With their enemy always one step ahead of them, Alex and Vivian must ignore the growing storm inside their hearts and call on all their strength and wit to lead ARMOR on one of the most dangerous assignments they have ever undertaken.

Will they survive long enough for Vivian to convince Alex that she is the perfect woman for him?

Mission: ARMOR is the second novella in the romantic military thriller series Division Eight from award-winning author AD Starrling. If you like action-packed, sexy stories with strong-willed heroes and heroines, then you’ll love this gripping new black ops series.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Men’s Adventure
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Military
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Terrorism
Series: A Division Eight Thriller, #2
Length: 145 pages
Release date: 2017-07-14

 

Teaser


‘What’s the role?’ said Vivian.

It was Alex who replied this time. ‘XO. You’ll be my second in command and one of the team shooters.’

Surprise flared in Vivian’s eyes for the second time. She drummed the fingers of her right hand on the armrest of her chair, faint lines furrowing her brow.

‘Six months,’ she said brusquely, stilling her fingers. ‘I’ll give you six months.’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Vivian Thorpe; months after rescuing Army Ranger Alex Slade, she is offered to be his second in command in Division Eight’s new ARMOR team.

With Mission: ARMOR, A.D. Starrling has created an action-packed thriller centred on Rachel Carter – the promising first novella in the ‘A Division Eight Thriller’ series. It is a compelling read, drawing you into Alex and Vivian’s team. A.D. Starrling paints a clear picture of Vivian’s mind while the story evolves. There are many facets: depending on the situations, she is vulnerable, strong, hot-headed, or clear-minded, she is of sufficient depth. The other characters are described as required; you learn enough about them as well.  The story comprises combat scenes, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fast-paced thrillers, combat, covert operations, two characters falling for each other in secret, and if you like believable characters with a mission.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😡
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

AD Starrling’s multi-award winning thriller series Seventeen combines action, adventure, science, and a dose of the supernatural to make each book an explosive, adrenaline-fueled read.

When she’s not busy writing and reading, AD can be found looking up exciting international locations and cool science and technology to put in her books, eating Thai food, being tortured by her back therapists, drooling over gadgets, working part-time as a doctor on a Neonatal Intensive Care unit somewhere in the UK, reading manga, and watching action and sci-fi flicks. She has occasionally been accused of committing art with a charcoal stick and some drawing paper.

Find out more about AD on her website www.adstarrling.com where you can also sign up for her awesome newsletter and never miss her latest release. You’ll also get a chance to read advance copies of her forthcoming novels, have access to sneak previews of her work, participate in exclusive giveaways, and get special promotional offers.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Mission: ARMOR?  Or – if you did not yet read Mission: ARMOR – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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