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6 11, 2016

Review: Over the Underworld by Adam Shaughnessy

By | November 6th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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over the underworld book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Over the Underworld is the second book in the Unbelievable FIB series for young readers. I thought it was a very fun book and I might have to find the first installment to see how the adventures started. We have a couple young friends, ABE and Pru, who the previous summer helped Mister Fox save their hometown. Mister Fox is in charge of the Fantasy Investigation Bureau or FIB for short.

It’s been almost a year since they saw Mr. Fox and Pru is not happy about it. She enjoyed her time as an investigator and wants Mr. Fox to come back and need them again. Her father was a police officer and died on duty–investigations make Pru feel closer to him.

25 10, 2016

Author Interview: J. R. R. R. (Jim) Hardison

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: |1 Comment

fish wielder book coverPlease welcome J. R. R. R. (Jim) Hardison as he answers a few questions about his new book, Fish Wielder!

Q. How did you come up with the idea for Fish Wielder? Did it develop over time, or come all at once?
A. I wrote the first rough draft of Fish Wielder when I was 15 years old and reading a lot of Conan the Barbarian stories. It seemed like he was always feeling the heat of battle surge uncontrollably through his barbarian veins and accidentally rescuing scantily clad princesses who were then magnetically drawn into his powerful, battle-scarred embrace. While I ate that stuff up with a spoon, it also seemed ripe for a bit of parody because it was just so…big. I had also just finished reading Bored of the Rings by the Harvard Lampoon, which I thought was absolutely hilarious.

28 09, 2016

Guest Post & Giveaway: Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper by Sara Dahmen

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |13 Comments

doctor kinney's housekeeper book coverPlease welcome Sara Dahmen, author of Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper, who’s virtually visiting Luxury Reading to talk about the research behind her books. 

Sara has a special giveaway for Luxury Reading visitors–enter below for a chance to win a copy of her book as well as some American-made, pure and organic cookware inspired by the book itself!

by Sara Dahmen

I absolutely completely dislike (hate?) talking about my books. Isn’t that the strangest thing for an author to say? We’re supposed to be proud and, perhaps, a bit egotistical about our work, right? But I’d rather sit down and hear about your books than mine.

Please, don’t read mine in my line of sight, or aloud, or ask me about the story. It’s one of the few times I’ll blush, stutter and sound completely inarticulate. All my loquaciousness flees.

Now the upside to that is that I get to meet a ton of people. I get to learn what their story is, and what makes them tick. What is their passion, what is their expertise? What drives them to write? Who are they?

26 09, 2016

Giveaway: I’ll Stand By You by Sharon Sala

By | September 26th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |0 Comments

saving jake book coverPlease welcome Sharon Sala who is touring the blogosphere with the latest installment in the Blessings, Georgia series, Saving Jake

Enter to win a copy of I’ll Stand By You below (open to US residents only)

Dear Reader:

I welcome you to Blessings, Georgia, the best small town in the South.

No, there aren’t any secrets kept here, and yes, everybody knows your business, but when bad things happen, good people come to your rescue.

I grew up in a place like that—-a place everyone should live in at least once in their lives, but since that’s not possible, I’m offering the next best thing: stories about that way of life—-touching stories, funny stories, stories that will break your heart on one page and heal it on the next.

3 09, 2016

Review: Worry-Free Living by Joyce Meyer

By | September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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worry free living book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

In Worry-Free Living, Joyce Meyer has written a guide to erase worry from our lives – if we are ready to trade our hard won (and often unrealistic) anxiety for lasting personal inner peace. The book is a small pocketbook that fits into a pouch, shoulder bag or briefcase easily, and it has five sections that give us information on how to ease our cares. It is definitely faith-based, as are all of Meyer’s books, and the sections cover choosing peace, leaning on the Lord, resting in God, trusting in God’s plan and casting away your cares.

Meyer starts the reader off using biblical references and she continues this practice throughout the book, to show the reader how to express a glad heart, relinquish fear and anxiety and rejoice in the day that the Lord has made. Instead of worrying for our futures, we should seek God and have confidence in God’s plan.

26 08, 2016

Review: The New Trail of Tears by Naomi Schaefer Riley

By | August 26th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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the new trail of tears book coverReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

I must admit, beyond the basics, I know very little of American Indian history or their current situation. Prior to reading this book, I have never heard of the original trail of tears. I moved to the United States when I was 12 and even though I began my education here in the 7th grade, for some reason all history lessons I ever had were centered around Europe, or Middle East, or the beginning of times, etc.–never American history.

The overarching goal (at least in my opinion) of The New Trail of Tears by Naomi Schaefer Riley is not to just list off the statistics, – the poverty rates, and the suicide rates, and the violent crime rates on Indian reservations – but to shed some light on why those statistics are a reality.

12 08, 2016

Review: The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan

By | August 12th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , |5 Comments

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sport of kings book coverReviewed by Nikhil Sharma

C.E. Morgan’s The Sport of Kings is engrossing, a tough-read, but falls short of being majestic. The book isn’t about raising horses, or breeding them, but about race and its role in shaping lives in an era in which racial integration wasn’t even heard of. The writing is heavy-set, with meandering sub-plots of the past linking to the present. Henry Forge converts his father’s farmlands into breeding playgrounds for the thoroughbreds, and gets into a conflict with his father; but it is not that straight – there’s incest (him and his daughter); Allmon (an African-American guy) impregnates Henrietta, Henry’s daughter, who dies while giving birth. It is telling to know what Henry feels about this: having to lose his daughter because of a man he despised.

26 07, 2016

Review: The Dust That Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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the dust that falls book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

The Dust That Falls from Dreams is a story about the history of England leading into and out of the First World War and a story about “the Pals”. The Pals are a group of children who grow up together south of London: Daniel and Archie Pitt, Ashbridge; Sidney, and Albert Pendennis; and Sophie, Ottilie, Christabel and Rosie McCosh. The Pals are childhood chums who do everything together until life and war intercede.

Although beautifully written, it is difficult getting into The Dust That Falls from Dreams. Louis de Bernieres has a flowing narrative way of presenting history, but it wasn’t until the end of the third chapter or beginning of the fourth when I began to feel I was reading about characters and not just history.

23 07, 2016

Review: Revolutionary by Alex Myers

By | July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , |0 Comments

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revolutionary book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

It is 1782 and the war for freedom has been going on for many years. The fight between the colonies and England is drawing to an end, but some battles are just beginning. In his fictional account, Revolutionary, Alex Myers introduces Deborah Sampson, a young indentured servant, who has more aspirations in life than just being bound to a life of service in a family. She is not free to make her own life, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming and noticing that the young men in society have much greater freedom and autonomy than women. When a recruiter for the army comes to town, she makes a bold move. Dressed as a young man, Deborah enlists. With the promise of a better pay and the opportunity to venture forth freely, she begins a daring adventure of a young woman living among men, fighting alongside them while maintaining all appearances of being a man. There is the constant threat of being discovered. Is the choice she made worth it?

6 07, 2016

Review: Murder on the Hour by Elizabeth Duncan

By | July 6th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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murder on the hour book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Murder on the Hour is a cozy mystery with amateur detective Penny Brannigan in the mix of another unsolved crime in her intimate town of Llanelen, located in Wales. This isn’t Penny’s first brush with crime or detective work, this is the seventh book in the series, but a new reader does not need to start at the beginning of the series to enjoy Penny or the story. The residents of the sleepy, close-knit town are thrilled when they discover that a traveling version of Antiques Cymru, like Antiques Roadshow, has chosen them for the next taping. All of the residents are quick to rush home as news spreads in order to choose their most prized possessions for evaluation on the show. No one in Llanelen could ever have thought that a taping of a television show could lead to murder in their quiet village.