Sale Alert: Ravenswood Publishing Christmas $.99 Sale!!

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Hello everyone!! Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season so far. I wanted to take a moment and alert everyone to a pretty rad sale going on at Ravenswood Publishing. All of their E-books are on sale for just $.99 cents until January 1st. I’ve had the pleasure of reading and reviewing quite a few books from this publishing company over the last two years and I have read some really great books published by them. You can click on the graphic above to be taken to their site!

I have some reviews and posts coming up this week so I will see you all then! Have a wonderful Monday…I also hope the weather is treating all of you kindly!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

product_thumbnailRarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing
Page count: 284 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: 2nd edition published September 30, 2016
Rating – 4 stars

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. The second edition is scheduled for release in October 2016.

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”—Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.” –  Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” —Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review

Good afternoon everyone! Today I am bringing you a review of a book that I received from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Once I read the synopsis for Rarity from the Hollow, I was immediately intrigued. It sounded like nothing I had ever read before and I was definitely right about that.

Rarity from the Hollow is a science fiction story told mostly from the perspective of young Lacey Dawn, although we do get glimpses into the psyche of the other character’s in this story like her mom, dad, Tom and Dot Com. They live in the Hollow which seemed like a low income/low education area, also the kind of area where one grow up and no one really expects anyone to leave. But Lacey Dawn is altogether different than really anyone else on earth and has been evolving across time so that she can save the galaxy. I liked the idea of this little girl from the Hollow, who has been through some shit, ending up being everyone’s last hope for salvation.

This book wasn’t ever boring or predictable, it went places that I would never have seen it go. It got weird and quirky towards the middle/end of the book. I definitely loved the science fiction feel of this book but it was a different science fiction than what I am normally used to. I’m still really new to the genre so when I read science fiction I’m expecting something really technical and super spacey like The Martian but this book is really quirky. Some have classed it in the same sub genre as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which I have not read (it’s on my to do list) but from what I know about that book it totally makes sense.

It is pitched as a children’s story for adults, mainly because the perspective is that of a young child and it is at times fantastical. I totally agree with that categorization. It’s definitely not for everyone and it is pointed out on Goodreads that the easily offended may not necessarily get it. I agree with that as well. There are alot of sexual references in this book and I did find it odd when the other character’s confided sexual things to a child, even if this child is supposed to be leagues ahead of her age mentally. I think that was hard for me to get around. The book does deal with alot of tough issues like child abuse, substance abuse and PTSD, all hard to read about but very present in our society so it’s important to recognize that these things are very real and this book reflects that.

This book was a heavy read for me (although I did also find humor in the book as well) not only because of the tough subjects it deals with but also because the story as a whole took some time to let me go. A day after I finished it, I’m still thinking about it and the topics it brought up in my mind. I also found the science fiction elements of it fascinating like trips to Shptiludrp, which I thought was a clever name for the planet. I have also never been so fascinated and grossed out at the same time (when I was reading the part with the roaches). I’m giving this book a four star review, it was super interesting and altogether different and unexpected. Fans of quirky science fiction with some social commentary may enjoy this book.

If you would like to purchase a copy you can do so at one of the follow links:

The paperback edition can be purchased at : http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-eggleton/rarity-from-the-hollow/paperback/product-22910478.html

http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rarity-From-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton/dp/1907133062
http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow

 

51d35vxrmal-_ux250_About the Author

Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.  http://www.childhswv.org/

Blog Tour Book Review: Finding the Raven by Patty Dickson Pieczka

ftrbannerftr2kindleTitle: Finding the Raven by Patty Dickson Pieczka
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher: White Stag, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Page count: 292pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: June 15, 2016
Rating – 4/5!!

When Julia Dulac’s father is murdered onstage and her inheritance is swindled away, she must work through her grief and fear of poverty to find both the killer and a means of survival with help from the Raven, a black crystal that reveals images of past and future truths. While having the crystal appraised, Julia finds love and her life takes unexpected turns through mystery and betrayal against the backdrop of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Through the boarding house window, Julia overhears an argument between Rose and her wealthy father over Rose’s illegitimate pregnancy. He drops Rose off, saying he will return in one year, that she must be either single and childless or respectably married. Though from completely different backgrounds, Julia and Rose become fast friends, facing lessons of survival and redemption as their fates become irrevocably entwined.

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Happy Tuesday! Today I am bringing you my review of Finding the Raven by Patty Dickson Pieczka. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review of it.

Finding the Raven follows the story of two young women who find their world’s torn apart, one by a surprise pregnancy that causes her parents to send her away and another by the unexpected death of her father. They find themselves in the same city at the same boarding house and they fast become friends that help each other find their way in the world on their own.

I have had the good luck of reading some really good books lately and Finding the Raven is definitely among them. I thought that the cover to this book was beautiful and I was also pulled in the by the description. Having not read much historical fiction lately, it was easy for me to get wrapped up in this book from the beginning. Altogether it took me about a day to read, which is pretty fast for me because I had to read it during my breaks at work and such, so as you can tell I found it pretty difficult to put this book down.

I definitely loved the multiple perspectives used in telling the story but my favorites of course, were that of Julia and Rose. I loved seeing their friendship blossom and just really loved seeing their individual stories and the struggles they overcome. While I don’t think they are the most complex characters, I thought they were both pretty enjoyable and their struggles fit with the time period this book takes place in.

The ending fell a little flat for me and seemed a little rushed compared to the rest of the book but I did enjoy it and would definitely be up for reading more from this author! I think a second book would definitely answer some of the questions I still had about Julia and Monroe’s ending, as well as the crystal and the ravens but I’m not sure if that is a thing. Overall, this story was absorbing and enjoyable. I recommend checking it out and I am giving it four stars. I feel like it was historical fiction with a little light fantasy, I found that blend to be really interesting and it worked really well. I thought the description of the fair was intoxicating and I would have loved to see a little more of it. If you are looking for an absorbing historical fiction read with light fantasy elements, you may enjoy this story!

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Patty Dickson Pieczka’s second book, Painting the Egret’s Echo,, won the Library of Poetry Book Award from Bitter Oleander Press. Other books are Lacing through Time, and Word Paintings. Winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Contest, the I SPS contest, and the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, she’s contributed to over fifty journals and graduated from Southern Illinois University’s creative writing program.

EMAIL: FindingtheRaven@hotmail.com

AUTHOR LINKS: http://www.pattywrites.net/
http://www.facebook.com/pattydicksonpieczka

AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Raven-Patty-Dickson-Pieczka-ebook/dp/B01E11ILY0

AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Raven-Patty-Dickson-Pieczka-ebook/dp/B01E11ILY0

AMAZON CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01E11ILY0

BARNES & NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/finding-the-raven-kitty-bullard/1123657480;jsessionid=6D2E956E5FEC7A2DCE1CFE1E6DB8D898.prodny_store01-atgap10?ean=2940153188065

KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/finding-the-raven

GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Patty_Dickson_Pieczka_Finding_the_Raven?id=wevuCwAAQBAJ&hl=en

iBOOKS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1101994244

CREATESPACE: https://www.createspace.com/6173526

 

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Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 46-48 by Werner Stejskal

51eDMHwMjdLTitle: Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 46-48  by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Children’s Picture Books
Length: 39 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date:   May 1, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5 – we loved it

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Love you all! Meow!
Story 46: Saving Fairyland – The queen of fairyland asks Oliver to help them against the magician.
Story 47: Cat King – Oliver becomes a king for a short while, and even gets married.
Story 48: Gnomes – Oliver’s oak tree receives surprise visitors.

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Happy Sunday! This weekend I had a slumber party with my nephew and niece. My nephew has gotten really into reading lately and my niece not so much so we decided to read Oliver and Jumpy, stories 46-48 before going to sleep last night. Like every other Oliver and Jumpy book we have read together, this book contains three separate Oliver and Jumpy adventure stories Saving Fairyland, Cat King, and The Bee Gnomes. This is one of my most favorite things about these books because I feel like you get a really good three stories in one deal. It’s hard to beat that. My nephew and niece are also really familiar with Oliver and Jumpy now because we have read a few of the books in the series and they really enjoy them so they were happy to read another one this weekend, so happy that they didn’t fall asleep until we read through all three of the stories in this book.

In Saving Fairyland, Oliver and Jumpy are approached by the Fairy Queen who implores them for help saving her kingdom from a troublesome giant and a fearsome wizard who are wreaking havoc on their fairy lands.

In the cautionary tale, Cat King, Oliver and Jumpy explore Ghost Castle and happen upon a statue of Oliver. When his stone court comes alive and begins to shower him with attention and feasts, he goes along with it until they realize that he is not really their king and he learns a valuable lesson.

In The Bee Gnomes, Oliver encounters Bee Gnomes that have been helping to clean his home. Their tree homes were cut down by big machines rendering them homeless so Oliver agrees to share his tree with them and they all live in harmony thereafter.

We loved these little stories and they went by really fast. I loved the level of detail that was included in Saving Fairyland. I thought all of the stories were charming and I appreciate the lessons included in the second and third stories. I REALLY appreciated the storyline of The Bee Gnomes. My niece and nephew weren’t very familiar with the cutting down of trees so it was a good way for them to be introduced to it and its implications and prompted a few questions. Also, the illustrations are positively enchanting and colorful!

I definitely recommend this series of books if you are looking for cute stories for your kids to get into or to read to them at night before bed time, although like my nephew and niece they may not actually get to sleep right away. Five stars to another Oliver and Jumpy book! Looking forward to more Oliver and Jumpy adventures! You purchase a kindle copy on Amazon at this link: Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 46-48

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Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!

Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!

Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 40-42 by Werner Stejskal

51NUQyNI+TL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 40-42 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Picture Books
Format: Ebook
Publication date: February 1, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5

The cat and kangaroo picture book with bedtime stories for children

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Depending on your device, there is pop-up text available. Love you all! Meow!

Check out the Free INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES to see how beautiful the illustrations are!

Story 40: Elephant Heaven – Oliver saves the elephants.
Story 41: Waking the princess – Oliver gets the chance to kiss a princess.
Story 42: Space Ball – An alien visits Sillandia.

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Happy Sunday everyone! I thought I would finish off this week with a picture book review! I don’t read and review many picture books but I do enjoy it when I do. I normally try to read them with my little niece but this group of stories I actually read and enjoyed on my own. I’d like to thank the author, Werner Stejskal for giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

I have read two previous picture books in the Oliver and Jumpy series and enjoyed both of them and this collection was no different in that regard. If you are new to the Oliver and Jumpy series fear not! Each book in the series includes a short introduction on the characters and what the series is about. Basically it is a series of adventures of the elegant tomcat Oliver and his kangaroo friend Jumpy. There are a lot of things that I enjoy about this series – the fact that we get to see tons of different animals, the fact that the adventures are so varied and fun, and the imaginative situations Oliver finds himself in and how he gets himself out of them.

I really loved this particular set of adventures. It was hard to pick my favorite but I think my favorite in this group was Space Ball because not only are kids seeing a fantastical situation but they are also learning the value of uniqueness and how to be welcoming to those that seem to be or look different than you.

In the first story Elephant Heaven, Oliver and Jumpy help a group of Elephants find a new home across the mountains. In the second story Waking the Princess, Oliver ventures out on his own to fulfill the prophecy that will wake a sleeping beauty (a fun twist on classic fairy tale). Finally, in the third story Space Ball, an alien from another plant comes to Sillandia to take a much needed vacation and learn from the natives of Sillandia.

These stories were imaginative, fantastical and fun. The illustrations were beautiful, I especially loved them in Waking the Princess, which is where the cover from this group of stories comes from and is probably my most favorite cover from the series so far. Something that I always enjoy in these stories as a whole is, even though the stories may sometimes have a different illustrator, they always look so seamless. It’s easy to tell that alot of care and thought has been put into these books.

If you have children that love to read or even love to see colorful pictures in books, I definitely recommend getting into these series. It is an ongoing series so I think kids will love the fact that since there are so many adventures they can see their favorite characters over and over in different situations.  Kids will find them fun and bright and will have a ball with the animals that make appearances in the stories and the wittiness of Oliver. They are always charming!

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon at Oliver and Jumpy – Stories 40-42

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Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!

Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!

Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 37-39 by Werner Stejskal

25120276Title: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 37-39 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Picture Books
Length: 33 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5

This is book 13 of the series “Oliver and Jumpy”. Currently there are 13 books available. This book includes Stories 37-39. Oliver is an elegant tomcat and Jumpy is his kangaroo lady friend. Oliver likes to travel in Jumpy’s pouch. They both experience many adventures together.

Story 37: Rescue in the Picture. Oliver travels in a unique way.
Story 38: Wet Cat. Oliver does not like to get wet.
Story 39: Down River. A rough river ride.

These stories are superbly illustrated and serve some educational purposes as well. Great for mums to read and explain to their little ones. The B&N version includes audio, while the Amazon book features popup text.

 

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Hello everyone! A few weeks ago I shared a picture book review for Oliver and Jumpy, stories 31-33 by Werner Stejskal that I read with my niece and that we both really enjoyed. I am happy to share another set of adventures in this series, stories 37-39. Full disclaimer, I received a copy of this picture book form the author in exchange for my honest review of it.

Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 37-39 were just as fun to get into with my niece as the first set we read together. In Rescue in the Picture, Oliver and friends jump into a painting to the ultimate vacation that ends up going in a direction they never would have guessed. In Wet Cat Oliver and Jumpy continue their island adventures but not all goes according to plan. Finally in Down River, the trio go on a boat ride only to be rescued by a flying dinosaur! All in all, they come to find out that there really is no place quite like home!

Once again we thought these stories were each super cute and my niece loved the variety of animals to talk about and laugh over. She also loved all of the new words she was being introduced to when reading these stories. We both loved the illustrations, they are bright and lively. I love the colors used and the way the characters and scenery are all illustrated. I particularly love that even though the illustrators are different, the flow of them always stay pretty similar. I just how lively the characters are written and illustrated, it makes for a fun reading experience.

We had a few laughs and enjoyed the sense of danger when Oliver gets thrown overboard and when they fall down the waterfall. I’ve really enjoyed reading these with my niece, she loves the pictures but mostly loves to hear what silly adventures the trio goes on next. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone whose kids love stories of animals going on adventures.

As an added bonus I also read another book from the author detailing how he gets his books ready for publication. I thought it was a really interesting fast read and was full of information that would be extremely helpful to people who are looking to publish their own picture book, or even those wanting to publish a book in general. Even if it’s not a picture book you are wanting to publish I still think the information he supplies in the book has some really great, sound value that has been tested and proven through the author’s own experience. It is a super light read and just really made me appreciate the process alot more. It is called How to Make and Publish a Children’s Picture Book: How I Created and Promoted my Picture Book Series. Also, I really felt like reading this book gave me such an appreciation for the author’s hard work and I saw his books in a totally different light. I enjoyed them already but it just added another layer of appreciation for me. You can purchase these two books by clicking on their titles above!

I hope you enjoyed these two reviews and I will be back in a few days with more reviews and posts! Have a great Tuesday and happy reading everyone!

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Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!

Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!

Book Review – Great Lakes: The Saga of the Inland Seas by Lilly Kirckof

GLKINDLETitle: Great Lakes: The Saga of the Inland Seas by Lilly Kirckof
Genre: Fiction – Historical fiction
Length: 726 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: November 30, 2015
Publisher: White Stag, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating – 4/5

Great Lakes, the novel is a tale as wide and deep as the lakes themselves; a rare combination of history, romance and, “what just might have been,” rolled into a read so fascinating it is literally impossible to put down.

From the earliest days of the old “wind wagons” to the steel behemoths of today, Great Lakes, sails into the drama, mystery and outright treachery of the dark side of navigating the lakes. Screaming “nor’easter’s” and back-stabbing corporate boardrooms all form part of the novel’s captivating saga of the sweetwater seas.

As an historian reading “historical novels” has always been like scraping fingernails down chalkboards for me. The plot may have been believable but the scope of the times was so misunderstood and characters mere poorly constructed cardboard cutouts, the book invariably collapsed of its own ponderous ineptness.

By contrast Great Lakes, is everything a historical novel should be; rich in history with an overarching storyline balancing nicely between fact and fiction, believable characters, a narrative rarely told; all set against a backdrop that while we think we understand it, surprises keep emerging from the shadows.

Great Lakes, the novel is certain to become a classic for the inland Seas.

~~ Fred Stonehouse

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TGIF! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Great Lakes: The Saga of the Inland Seas by Lilly Kirckof. Thank you to the author and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Great Lakes: The Saga of the Inland Seas is a historical saga centering around the Great Lakes and the Gilster family.

I am generally a fan of historical fiction but I have only read a few that centered around seafaring life so I wasn’t sure if I would like this book. I went into my reading of it without any expectations and was pleasantly surprised to find that I rather enjoyed reading it. It is definitely NOT light reading as it definitely is a story that is epic in scope and has a bit of length to it as well. I have read books about families but I don’t believe that I have ever read a family saga and I must say that I rather quite liked it.

I loved the writing. I am a huge fan of detailed and somewhat dense writing. I love the storytelling aspect that we get from that kind of writing that really builds up the world and paints a history rife with descriptive elements and events, I especially enjoy this in fictional stories that are based on historical events or settings. That really makes a story like this feel real to me. This book had that kind of writing and I really enjoyed it.

While I can’t say that I am a great fan of maritime literature, I can definitely attest to the fact that I thought this book enjoyable – there were quite a few aspects that I enjoyed like the danger and the romance that this type of lifestyle possessed.  I ended up giving it four stars because I enjoyed it greatly. I will admit that I didn’t get into right away with the prologue but I did start getting into it in the first chapter so that is still pretty good! I think historical fiction fans, especially of lengthy dramatic historical fiction sagas would definitely enjoy this! You can purchase a copy at one of the links below!

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About the AuthorLK!

AUTHOR BIO:  Lilly Kirckof is a Mechanical Piping Estimator and builds cars in her spare time. She recently completed, with help, an “Eleanor” Mustang from “Gone in 60 Seconds.” She is a certified Nitrox diver under Richie Kohler and an SCCA GT1 race car driver. She is currently writing her next fiction novel.

 
AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016CN544A
AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B016CN544A
BARNES & NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/great-lakes-lilly-kirckof/1120032353?ean=2940150811492
KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/great-lakes-1
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