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Monday, 23 May 2022

Book Blast & Giveaway - The Natural Genius of Ants by Betty Culley



The Natural Genius of Ants
Author: Betty Culley
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2022)
Language: English
Hardcover: 240 pages
ISBN-10: ‎0593175778
ISBN-13: 978-0593175774

Book Description:
Praise for THE NATURAL GENIUS OF ANTS

"Endearingly executed, this gentle tale will see readers applauding as they reach the end." —Booklist, starred review

"Quietly and emotionally intelligent, this tale satisfies." —Kirkus Reviews

"This hopeful story that explores the reality of hardship and mistakes amid themes of forgiveness and resilience.” —Publishers Weekly


A summer ant farm grows into a learning experience for the entire family in this lyrical coming-of-age story from the award-winning author of Down to Earth.

Harvard is used to his father coming home from the hospital and telling him about all the babies he helped. But since the mistake at work, Dad has been quieter than usual. And now he is taking Harvard and his little brother, Roger, to Kettle Hole, Maine, for the summer. Harvard hopes this trip isn’t another mistake.

In the small town where he grew up, Dad seems more himself. Especially once the family decides to start an ant farm— just like Dad had as a kid! But when the mail-order ants are D.O.A., Harvard doesn’t want Dad to experience any more sadness.

Luckily, his new friend Nevaeh has the brilliant idea to use the ants crawling around in the kitchen instead. But these insects don’t come with directions. So the kids have a lot to learn—about the ants, each other, and how to forgive ourselves when things go wrong.

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About the Author
Betty Culley’s debut novel in verse Three Things I Know Are True, was a Kids’ Indie Next List Top Ten Pick, an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee, and the 2021 Maine Literary Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature. Her first middle-grade novel Down to Earth is inspired by her fascination with meteorites, voyagers from another place and time. She’s an RN who worked as an obstetrics nurse and as a pediatric home hospice nurse. She lives in central Maine, where the rivers run through the small towns.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway - Siren's Song by Erin Ashley Tanner

Siren’s Song
Author: Erin Ashley Tanner
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2022
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
Cursed with a voice that can kill, Aariyaa Milan is a mermaid princess denied her song. An outcast among even the magical Mer, the only thing she desires is to be accepted, but fate has other plans. When she unexpectedly saves a human from drowning, Aariyaa soon finds herself irresistibly drawn to the handsome Jason, oblivious to the fulfillment of a curse that she has unknowingly set in motion.

Shortly removed from a broken engagement, the last thing Jason Michaels expected was meeting a real-life mermaid. Between an ex that won’t quit, and a colleague determined to steal his job, Jason has his hands full. But when his chance encounter with Aariyaa leads towards forbidden love, things go from stressful to even more complicated.

Forced into a betrothal with a neighboring Prince, Aariyaa now has her grandmother’s prophecies of doom, to deal with as well. With time running out, Aariyaa is forced to leave her watery world in search of the one human that might be able to help her break the curse and her engagement…Jason. But between Jason’s amnesia and the unholy alliance of his colleague and ex determined to separate Aariyaa and Jason, breaking a curse might be the lesser of two evils.

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Sunday, 22 May 2022

BOOK REVIEW: Windy City Ruins (The Talisman #3) by Brett Salter

Windy City Ruins
Series: The Talisman, Book 3
Author: Brett Salter
Genre: Middle-Grade / YA Fantasy / Adventure
Publication Date: 1st August 2018

Book Description:
It’s just a simple trip to New York. What could possibly happen to our loveable heroes THIS time? Faster-than-sound reptiles? Exploding Minotaurs? Generational secrets coming back to haunt them? Expect the unexpected in this third installment of The Talisman Series, “Windy City Ruins”. The war for Earth is creeping steadily closer, and Rome’s team is in a mad dash to figure out the Talismans before it’s too late. Can they amass enough talent to help them defend the realm? Or will The Tyrant King’s heinous minions sweep them off course and leave Earth ready for the taking? Windy City Ruins is the third installment of the Talisman Series.

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MY REVIEW

Just when you think life couldn't possibly get anymore dangerous for the young dragons and their riders, the Darkbrands up their game and hit the gang hard. Rome and Julian are back with another wild adventure, fighting to protect their world alongside their army, which is still in its infancy but slowly growing as they travel from one continent to the next seeking alliances in a bid to destroy The Tyrant King once and for all.

After their trip to Somerset, England, the boys and Mrs Case head to New York to seek information about the Darkbrands plans. They are to meet a contact named Beacon, someone they hope will be an ally. They soon discovery they contact is in fact three siblings, Stratus, Skye and Marin, who share a lot in common with Rome. Beacon take the gang to their safe haven in the "Windy City" in Chicago where they divulge all they have on the Darkbrands movements. Soon the boys start to wonder if they can truly trust their new allies as it appears Stratus might have ulterior motives for meeting with them. Could Beacon be working for the Darkbrands.

With the Darkbrands closing in on the gang and seeming to know everything about them, the gang start to wonder if there is a traitor in their midst. Do the Darkbrands  have a dragon on their side? Could the enemies they are fighting be closer to home than they think?

Having not performed The Great Synergy correctly and with the Darkbrand seeming to always be one step ahead of them, Julian and Rome find themselves in quite a vulnerable situation and have to tread very carefully when deciding who to trust.

WHAT I LIKED

The story just keeps getting better and better as the boys get closer to uncovering the truth and mystery behind the Darkbrands, and I love the adventure Salter takes us on across the world. There is never a dull moment. It's action-packed adventure all the way from start to finish. The supernatural, magic and adventure all rolled into one enchanting tale of friendship, loyalty and a strive for survival.

I liked that we got to learn a lot more about the 9 Talismans and how The Great Synergy first came to be. I also liked the new characters we were introduced to. The team keeps expanding and while we haven't experienced the full force of what the gang is up against, the fact that they are recruiting for allies reminds us of the danger ahead.

The characters are all distinct, so it's always easy to know who we're engaging with even without a mention of a name. You always know when Rome is speaking compared to when Julian is speaking. The same goes for Mr Jones and the others. The personalities are different, but they blend together well. I liked seeing how Julian's humour is rubbing off on Rome on their visit to Julian's home and his interaction with Julian's father. It was nice seeing a more playful and relaxed side to Rome as he's always very serious and worried about everyone.

Julian's character is still coming along and developing slowly, but I do see some change in him. There's more background information revealed in this book that makes you understand Julian a little better. His mannerism towards Mr Jones is still somewhat discourteous but not enough to make me dislike him. He is still one of my favourite characters in the book. I love his humour, so I hope that trait of his remains as his character continues to develop.

WHAT I DISLIKED

The secondary characters need to be fleshed out a little more to make them more memorable and more engaging. I love Mr Jones and I want to love Mrs Case, but I haven't quite connected with her just yet. The same goes with Krysta and Camela. They are likeable characters. I just haven't formed a bond with them as I have with Rome, Julian and Mr Jones, and I would love for that to happen. Right now, all I'm getting from Camela is snide remarks towards Julian and with Krysta just a few flirtatious exchanges between her and Rome. These girls are fierce fighters, as we witnessed in the previous book, but I felt as though they were neglected somewhat intros book. They have a lot more to offer, and I hope they get more chances to shine in the upcoming books. The same goes for Mr Jones and Mrs Case.

I'm not sure if it was just my copy, but the formatting of the book made it a little hard to maintain a smooth flow. The title keeps appearing in-between sentences and some words were separated in different lines. It just disrupted the flow at times.

VERDICT:

The story keeps getting better and better with each book. This is turning out to be quite an enjoyable series, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who loves a wild fantasy adventure.

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BOOK REVIEW: I Just Want to Flip by Jelp Shinholster

I Just Want to Flip
Author: Jelp Shinholster
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: 18th September 2021

Book Description:
Can you do a backflip? Well, for 7 yr. old, JD the answer is no but he would surely like to someday but he has one big obstacle. He has to persuade his father who loves playing "traditional" sports like basketball, football and baseball to allow him to try out this niche sport called gymnastics.

Join in the adventures of JD as he grows his skills and embraces his passion for gymnastics. This is a perfectly illustrated book for children to learn the importance of dedication, hard work and patience. Also reminding parents that every child is uniquely gifted and should be given the opportunity to follow their dreams.

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MY REVIEW

I was on Amazon purchasing another book when this cover just popped up before my eyes, and I just loved the cover, so I had to download it. This story is very inspirational for everyone who wants to take a risk and follow their hearts instead of following the footsteps of others, but it's also inspirational for ethnic minority groups who, despite the great success of recent gymnasts such as Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles and Sunisa Lee, are often underrepresented in gymnastics.

I loved how the author portrayed JD's passion for gymnastics with simple flips and then how his passion grew when he realised there was more to gymnastics than flipping. Clearly, being unfamiliar with gymnastics, JD's parents were reluctant to join him up, but it's their support and the fact that they took the time to do their research that makes you root for them as parents and admire and appreciate their determination to make their child happy. Even though JD's father and brother are interested in basketball, he sticks to his guns and pursues gymnastics. He is a very brave kid and a positive representation for young children who are reluctant to express and accept their difference.

VERDICT

A charming tale of family, acceptance and going after what the heart desires. This book is sure to inspire all children who feel somewhat different in the choices they make and their interests and encourages them follow their dreams.

RATING


Source: Own copy

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Love’s Last Kiss by Sharon Wray

Love’s Last Kiss
(a Deadly Force Novel)
Author: Sharon Wray
Publication Date: May 17th, 2022
Genre: Adult Romance Suspense

Book Description:
Is love worth risking everything for?

Rose Guthrie, a reluctant erotic dancer, hasn’t trusted anyone since her parents’ death. Yet, to make money for her brother’s heart transplant, she agrees to deliver a sealed box to a mysterious buyer. Until the box—and the seller—disappear. Not surprised by the betrayal, her situation becomes more dangerous when she learns that a brutal arms dealer, known as the Prince, also wants the box and will kill everyone she loves for it. With one clue left, she breaks into Doom—Savannah’s violent, illegal fight club. Unfortunately, Doom’s referee—the sexy, ex-Army Ranger, Kade Dolan—stands in her way. Although she harbors a secret attraction to Kade, she can’t let him stop her. If she doesn’t deliver the box on time, she’ll lose everything. Including her own life.

Rose doesn’t trust disgraced Army Ranger, ex-con Kade Dolan, but that’s okay—he doesn’t trust himself either. Why? Because he lies to everyone about everything, including his time in Leavenworth and his job as an illegal fight club referee. Then there are his two side gigs. The first as an informant for the Prince, the leader of a secret, two-thousand-year-old private army. The second, loving from afar the beautiful, secretive Rose Guthrie. After the Prince discovers Rose is the courier of a lost 18th century artifact, he orders Kade to help her find the box before their greatest enemy does. If they succeed, Kade must return it to the Prince. If they fail, Kade must kill her.

Betrayal or death. When faced with an impossible choice, Kade can’t lie anymore, at least not when it comes to what he’s about to do the woman he loves. But when Rose uncovers Kade’s lies, they learn a terrible truth—the 18th century box holds a secret far deadlier than they imagined. A secret that could destroy them all.

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Friday, 20 May 2022

Pre-Order Blitz & Giveaway - Arcadia: The Complete Collection - 10th Anniversary Edition by Al Stone

Arcadia: The Complete Collection – 10th Anniversary Edition
Author: Al Stone
Publication Date: 7th July 2022
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:
AN UNTOLD PROPHECY, A BROKEN COVENANT AND A FALLEN ANGEL AS AN ALLY.

WILL CHARLIE SURVIVE?

Arcadia, 10th Anniversary Edition is a complete collection, featuring three full-length novels in a single volume for the first time. A young-adult fantasy series full of magic, mythology and adventure. Perfect for fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Lord of the Rings.

Talisman Of El
They have always been here … watching in silence. Now both worlds are about to collide.

Charlie Blake has always known he was different. He hears what others don’t. He sees what others can’t. In his quest for the truth, he discovers he is the physical embodiment of a powerful ruler and finds himself locked in an ancient battle between good and evil that threatens the life of every being on Earth.

Blackout
Hold your breath. It’s contagious.

Saving mankind becomes near impossible when Charlie’s visions start to invade his reality. He can no longer identify what’s real. When he starts exhibiting symptoms of a deadly disease, he faces a race against time to find a cure, but shocking revelations makes him question where his true allegiance lies.

Ground Zero
Mankind’s only hope is not human. Approach with caution.

26,000 years ago, a supernatural apocalypse almost wiped out civilisation. Now that time has come again and no one is destined to survive. Charlie Blake is determined to stop the apocalypse, but fate might not have the same agenda. Is Charlie destined to save the world or destroy it?

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Pre-Order Campaign - Arcadia: The Complete Collection - 10th Anniversary Edition by Al Stone

ARCADIA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

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Pre-order a copy of Arcadia: The Complete Collection – 10th Anniversary Edition and submit your purchase receipt by 7th July 2022 for a chance to win a $50 Amazon eGift Card and more!

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Tuesday, 17 May 2022

BOOK REVIEW: The Seeing by Lashay Davis

The Seeing
Author: Lashay Davis
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: 22nd March 2022

Book Description:

Have Your Child Discover That True Friendship Knows No Bounds, Gender, Race, or Nationality! - A Picture Book to Inspire Your Little Ones to Love Their Friends Grow Into Respectful Adults

In which world do you want your child to grow up?

In a small village, every child gets special glasses at the Seeing.

But soon after the Seeing, the children stop playing with each other. Selina, Lauryn, and Ram are three friends that quickly find out why the children have turned on each other.

It’s the Glasses!” cried Lauryn. “They make everyone see their differences as a problem instead of something beautiful!

In this book, your child will discover:

  • An enlightening story: Go on a journey with our three friends as they set out to let everyone know that being different isn’t something to pull us apart, but rather, something that should bring us together!
  • They are special: Teach your child that there’s nothing wrong with being different from others and that their uniqueness should be celebrated, not hidden away.
  • An introduction to mature topics: This book is a great opportunity to begin teaching them about racism, inclusion, and tolerance! Have them know that these topics aren’t taboo and are good to talk about.
  • The real world: Open your child’s eyes to the real world and have them see it in all of its glory! Have them grow into respectable and friendly adults that do not tolerate discrimination.

Make reading time with your young ones special and educational. Teach them important life values while still having fun with them!


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MY REVIEW

I love the book title. I didn't know what to expect before picking this up from BookSirens. I just saw the title and the cover and decided to select it to read. I'm glad I did, because it's a eye-opening book that reminds you how narrow-minded and prejudice you can be even without truly realising it and realising the damage you're causing to yourself and others.

The Seeing follows three friends, Selina, Lauryn and Ram, who love one another unconditionally and enjoy one another's company. They are worried about the upcoming ceremony known as The Seeing as they have witnessed the best of friends no longer engaging with each other after completing the ceremony. The ceremony involves receiving a pair of glasses that will make you see the world in a different light. Soon you start to question everything about your friend, from their dress sense to their accent and names, things you once found unique and beautiful. The peaceful harmony that used to surround the town is overshadowed by these new glasses that promises to improve one's vision.

I love the way the book portrays the distinction between hatred and misunderstanding and how one can be mistaken for the other. This is portrayed well between Lauren and her mother, who was very reluctant to change back to the old ways where everyone was in harmony. The themes in this book are important and very relevant. When there's such a thing as individuality (even identical twins aren't a complete replica of each other), someone's difference cannot be used as a tool to discriminate against another person.

There were times when the text was a little hard to read. There was a page where I couldn't read the second half so I have no idea what it said. It appeared there was a white glow around the text, which conflicted with the background image.

VERDICT

This was a wonderful tale about friendship and learning to accept one another for our differences. It's definitely a book everyone should read.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Love List by Elana Johnson

The Love List
Author: Elana Johnson
Publication Date: May 17th, 2022
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Beatrice Callahan loves lists. Sometimes she even makes a to-do list of things she’s already done, just to go check, check, check and feel accomplished. So it’s easy to understand why, when her divorce is finally final and her ex is all moved out, Bea takes a cool, close look at her life…and makes a list.

It’s not exactly a bucket list.

It’s a love list.

Bea loves the outdoors, so she puts visit 10 National Parks on the list.

She loves animals, and on goes get a puppy.

She loves the beach, and she adds take a dream vacation to the list, and decides to do that one first. After all she’s been through and all she’s lost, she needs time to relax, rest, and reset.

On the first day she arrives in Hilton Head Island, she meets Grant Turner, the man whose house she’s renting for her fabulous beach vacation. He’s just there to make sure she settles in properly and has enough towels.

But when Bea asks for recommendations around the island, Grant quickly becomes her tour guide and then a friend and then…more than friends.

Bea turns to her lists when things get confusing and her love list morphs once again… Can she add fall in love at age 45 to the list and check it off?

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Monday, 16 May 2022

Cover Reveal - Zulu by Sybil Bartel


Zulu
(The Alpha Elite, #4)
Author: Sybil Bartel
Publication Date: June 14th, 2022
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Navy SEAL.

Sniper.

Mercenary.

The Navy trained me to be the best, but the Teams turned me into a deadly weapon. Every mission honing my tactical skills, I never missed a shot. Living for my brothers and the Trident I’d earned, I didn’t look past my next deployment.

Then my friend and former teammate made me an offer—private sector, government contracts, combat missions and the chance to fly my own jet. Retiring from the Teams, but not the mission, I joined Alpha Elite Security.

As second-in-command at AES, I demanded precision because I didn’t do things the wrong way. Until a mysterious brunette walked through the door, and everything went FUBAR.

Code name: Zulu.
Mission: Exfiltrate.

ZULU is a standalone book in the exciting Alpha Elite Series by USA Today Bestselling author, Sybil Bartel. Come meet Zane “Zulu” Silas and the dominant, alpha heroes who work for AES!

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About the Author
Sybil Bartel is a USA Today Bestselling author of unapologetic alpha heroes. Whether you're reading her deliciously dominant mercenaries, bodyguards or military heroes, all of her heart-stopping, page-turning romantic suspense novels have sexy-as-sin alpha heroes!

Sybil resides in South Florida and she is forever Oliver’s mom.



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Sunday, 15 May 2022

BOOK REVIEW: Thursday by Ann Bonwill

Thursday
Author: Ann Bonwill
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: 1st June 2022

Book Description:
When a little girl learns about her parents’ divorce on a Thursday, it ruins her favorite day of the week. But her stuffed-unicorn friend steps in to help, taking her on adventures to cheer her up and staying by her side to comfort her when feelings are hard. Then, slowly, the little girl and her unicorn friend awaken to the natural world that surrounds them as life continues to shift and change…until the day that Thursday can become just Thursday again. Told with great sensitivity and beauty, this is a book of healing and hope for children experiencing divorce and a testament to the power of friendship in helping us to overcome life’s biggest obstacles.

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MY REVIEW

This was a very moving story indeed. A young girl gets devastating news on her favourite day of the week, Thursday, that her parents are getting a divorce. This shattering news causes the young girl to withdrew as she tries to accept her new reality. Her stuffed unicorn comes to her rescue, showing her how to cope with change and how to adapt to her new reality.

I saw this book on Amazon First Reads and the cover just won me over, so I thought I'd give it try, and I'm glad I did as it won me over right from the get-go. It's very magical in parts but it's also a very serious book with an important subject matter, which I think the author handled with care.

WHAT I LIKED

I loved the colourful illustrations and the varying emotions expressed throughout, showing children who have to deal with these situations that they will go through ups and downs and how to deal with those moments as they come. I also liked that it showed progress and transition of the young girl's state of mind and her transformation from start to end. Although it was a short read, I felt as though we were taken on a long journey. It was well executed in terms of giving us a beginning, middle and end. It didn't feel rushed or incomplete. It matched the theme of the struggles of coping with divorce. You can't rush these things. The healing process takes time, and that's exactly what this book expressed. It's an important lesson to learn surrounding this subject matter. It's necessary to get it across to the readers that getting back to a semblance of normality after divorce is a climb, and that's exactly what the author shows us.

WHAT I DISLIKED

I don't know if it was just on my end but the text was so small and I couldn't zoom in. It would have been nice to have bigger text, something easier to read considering the target audience.

I'm not sure how effective using a stuffed animal will be compared to using actual people as support, but the stuffed unicorn as the girl's aid and guide just made the story feel a little surreal at times. I appreciated the metaphor behind it all and the need to express the young girl sinking into a disillusioned state, but I just felt the use of a stuffed animal was a little impractical for such a heavy subject matter.

I also didn't like that the parents appeared distant, or at least they didn't feel prominent in the process of helping the little girl through her struggles. Given the role they play in family breaking apart, it would have been nice to have them engage a little more with the little girl, to acknowledge her struggle. Perhaps it was the author's way of showcasing that parents often disregard the level of pain caused to their children when they divorce, or at least perhaps they aren't aware of the extent of help some children need following divorce. Perhaps that's why there was a lack of interaction between the little girl and her parents throughout the book? I just didn't like the lack of comfort and support she received from her parents.

VERDICT

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read that is very relevant and much needed. I would definitely recommend it for the entire family as going through issues such as divorce and family separation requires unity and a lot of support.

RATING


Source: Amazon First Reads

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Guardians of the Sea by Eva Pohler

Guardians of the Sea
(Vampires and Gods, #3)
Author: Eva Pohler
Publication Date: May 14th, 2022
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

After enduring Delphine’s dangerous training regimen, the young gods and demigods embark on a mission to take down the corrupt shipping company once and for all, to liberate victimized communities up and down the Mediterranean and nearby seas. But unforeseen conflicts cause the young gods and demigods to question the nature of their mission, their purpose, and their relationships with one another.

In the face of impossible choices, how important are love, loyalty, and friendship? Moreover, how far should one go to defend those who can’t defend themselves? Should one sacrifice everything?

Read the surprising conclusion of The Vampires and Gods Series. For lovers of Greek mythology, paranormal romance, and action adventure stories.

Here’s what readers are saying about this series:

“Vampires and Greek Mythology combined in one fabulous adventure!”–Brie Strauss, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

“I absolutely cannot wait for more Adventures. I tried not to read so fast but honestly I couldn’t be patient. This book blew me away and I honestly just need more.”–Southernmermaid85, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

“Must read!! Anything this author writes is amazing to read. It’s what got me into loving anything about the greek gods! And her vampire series is so interesting as well! This book combines both and draws you in!!”–Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

“Everything I’ve come to love and expect from Eva’s book, was to be found in this latest episode, constant drama, intrigue and adventure, not forgetting the romance. Can’t wait for more!”–Traceyann, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

“I really liked the new characters that were introduced in this book. The story was interesting and had a lot of twists and turns.”–Kathy E, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

If you like enemies-to-lovers romance and heart-breaking love triangles combined with fast-paced, high-stakes action, then this series is for you.

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Monday, 9 May 2022

Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway - They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark

They were just kids, barely not teenagers, madly in love and desperately wanting to be a family, but war and a B29 got in their way…



By Roger Stark


Release Date: September 1, 2021
Publisher:  Silver Star Publishing
Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-0578855288; 333 pages; $17.43; E-Book, $2.99



18-year-old Pvt Dean Sherman goes to church with a friend in Salt Lake City. He meets 16-year-old Connie that will become his wife. After Pearl Harbor Dean applies for pilot training and is accepted. Dean joins Connie's Mormon Church and they secretly become engaged.
By the time Dean has commissioned a pilot, Connie is 18 and they marry and are together for a year and a half before he ships out as an Airplane Commander of a B-29.  Connie is pregnant with their son, Marvin.

A Japanese family is introduced, the Kyoshis. She is an important member of the Community Council he is a builder of water guns used in fighting fires and is the neighborhood fire captain.  A son Reo will go off to war and train as a fighter pilot. 12-year-old Son Riku has a reappearing role in the story concerning the B-29's bombing of Japan. They also have 6-year-old twin sisters that are sent to Hiroshima early in the story for their safety.

The crew of 44-69966 arrives in India after a month of flying. Letters start arriving for Connie. Discussion of the B-29s development of strategic purposes is explained.
In Japan Reo Kyoshi goes off to war and the Firebombing of Tokyo occurs. 15 Square miles burned down to the sidewalks. 100,000 casualties and a million people homeless. The Kyoshi survive the conflagration but lose their home.

Marvin is born. Dean returns to duty and his plane is transferred to the Marianna Islands in the Pacific. Some 67 love letters are exchanged between Dean and Connie.

Dean’s plane is shot down over Nagoya Japan, the crew is captured and sent to Tokai Army Headquarters. Connie keeps writing letters that cannot be delivered. She has no idea he is in a Japanese prison.

Prison conditions are horrible, beatings and interrogations constant. Connie receives the war department telegram listing Dean as MIA.

A sham trial is conducted the crew is found guilty and their sentence is carried out the next day.

Almost 50 years later, Dean comes to Connie in a dream/vision and confirms his love for her and that they will yet have a life together.

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