My Review of Saints in the Shadows

Saints in the Shadows-my review

 
Product DetailsI gave this book four stars. It kept my interest and was an easy read. A book by Alana Cash about a young woman that refuses to admit it by she is physic. Here is the synopsis:     

The book is set in New Orleans and Manhattan and it’s about Maud Strand who moved to New York because she’s mourning the loss of the her father in an accident.  Maud has a secret, a secret buried so deep in her psyche that she can’t even remember it, but it’s running her life.  She’s drifting in New York when she meets Lina Strand aka Madame Budska a physicist turned psychic to the elite.  Madame Budska’s clients are a billionaire hedge fund manager, a political kingmaker, a TV celebrity, and a crazy Princeton professor. Is she a “real” psychic or a charlatan?  Actually not, but she’s kind of wonderful.  More like a fairy godmother who nurtures damaged people without judgment.
 
After a few months acquaintance, Lina asks Maud to take over the Madame Budska business while Lina goes off for what she called “the big reveal.” She trains Maud as a psychic to “listen until you hear”, “look until you see.” It’s the act of listening helps Maud unlock her mind and remember the secret that has kept her adrift in grief.
 
Beyond revealing secrets and the process of grief, Saints in the Shadows dabbles in provocative subjects such as religion, psychic phenomena, economics, morality, masochism, history, and a bit of romance with an NYPD detective.
You can like Madame Budska (pictured above) on Face book at http://on.fb.me/XI2pTn
 about the author: Bio:  Multiple, international  award-winning author and filmmaker, Alana Cash is an adventurer.  She’s played castanets with a gypsy band in war-torn Serbia and slept in a KGB interrogation room in Prague.  She’s been to a bullfight in Mexico, swimming in an underwater tunnel in Texas, and parasailing in Acapulco.  She wore a bulletproof vest on a ride-along in an NYPD patrol car, and she kissed a man on the catwalk of the Norman Bates Psycho house at Universal Studios.  
 
The book can be purchased here:  http://amzn.to/1wlZmj7
My blogs are found here:  http://4yearsinbrooklyn.blogspot.com/  (Brooklyn blog)
 
                                                 http://howyoulovetexas.blogspot.com/ (Texas blog)
 
What intrigued me to read the book was this statement by the author trying to see if I would review the book, so I did.
“The book was inspired by a chance meeting (on a plane) between my son and a “psychic” working with a world-renowned television celebrity.  I asked myself:  What would very powerful people ask a psychic?  And I wrote this book.

 

About me:  I’m a multiple, international award-winning author, teacher, and filmmaker.  I was honored to be part of “A Writer’s Exchange”, the PBS series that was translated into 8 languages and aired for 10 years.  I have been acknowledged for my documentary work, which addresses women in the sciences (physics, chemistry, psychoanalysis). My films have been distributed worldwide and aired on public television in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.”  

 
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my review of “Here Lies Love”

Here Lies Love by Dan Thompson-my review

I gave this book four stars for being well written. Dan paints a picture with words of a world where compassion for fellow humans barely exists in a darken world. I could have easily given it five stars but I couldn’t say I loved it because of the horrific things that occur in the story. I will just say, this is the type of book that makes you feel. Dan makes you feel the pain and terror Here Lies Love eBookeveryday life would be like if the world went dark. Through the story there is glimmer of hope for mankind yet Abbey, the main character does not see it. I recommend this book to anyone enjoys reading about a cruel world where there is little hope, few places where there is life. Other places are filled people mainly living to just exist. Abbey has a hard time staying in the present and deciding if life is worth living. She floats between her terrible past and the events that occur daily trying to determine whether to live or die.

HLL Banner When she is sold by her father, Abbey discovers that nightmares can occur when you’re awake. Trapped inside a wooden cage, Abbey is forced to listen to the horrors and atrocities above; time ticking down until it is her turn. But Abbey isn’t prepared to become a victim; she will escape.

Although, what Abbey isn’t prepared for, is how harsh and unfair the world can be. With the sun turning its back on humanity long ago, life gives no opportunity. The only thing Abbey can do is learn to survive. To exist. And that means stealing any opportunity that comes her way. Haunted by the unpleasant memories bestowed upon her only nurtures Abbey’s paranoia, until she realizes that to truly live in the world, she must confront the person who was responsible for her misfortune – her father.

Here Lies Love is a New Adult tale of actuality, of facing up to the fact that love comes in many guises. Can Abbey find the one glimmer of the hope or will she be overcome with the darkness of revenge? 

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Dan lives in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (England) with his young daughter and his shabby dog, Skye.

He is the Author of the charity poetry book Life is all but a vast array of Colours and phobia Novella The Caseworker’s Memoirs. His first full length novel, A YA Fantasy entitled The Black Petal will be available soon. Here Lies Love is his first foray into the NA and Dystopian genres.

A lover of YA and fantasy fiction, you can often find him writing on his blog, writing book reviews and connecting online with other writer-type people and interviewing authors. Dan grew up reading Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series, secretly coming up with his own inventive adventures, and R.L Stine’s The Goosebump series, before turning to the works of Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer and Marcus Sedgwick and slipping away into alternate realities. He also loves a good Historical Thriller too. Deborah Harkness, Danielle Trussoni and Dianne Gray are some of his favourite authors who write for adults.

Why not join me online and come and say hi? You can find me at the following places.

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Guest Post- Shirley Harris-Slaughter

Blog Guest Shirley Harris-Slaughter- Author of “Our Lady of Victory”

SHIRLEY HARRIS-SLAUGHTER BLOG TOUR

AUTHOR BIO:

My name is Shirley Harris-Slaughter.  I have been a published author since 2007. I got the urge to write when I realized that no one else was going to save our history. It was up to me. So I wrote Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community.Something that started out as just a timeline of events honoring the pioneers of this West Eight Mile Community, turned into a narrative history. Like most of you I am an Indie author struggling to get recognition in a crowded field. Thank goodness for Rave Reviews Book Club!  It’s all about supporting and helping authors. I joined and participated in the creation of this wonderful outlet for our works.  Rave Reviews is the brainchild of Nonnie Jules, Founder & President. She took the time to read my book and give an honest review.

She does the “President’s Pick” in “Reviews In The News,” a weekly newsletter published on the Rave Reviews website, where my book was recently selected to be profiled. We now have #PUSHTUESDAY, and a new promotion “Who’s On the Shelf” with Nonnie Jules   to recognize our member-author’s works, a mentorship program and so much more.

To date, I can add “Spotlight” Author & “Who’s On the Shelf” to the  list of promotions I have been a part of through Rave Reviews Book Club.

I am also a community activist and from time to time I put my name on petitions to stop something or another, or call my representatives if that’s what it takes to get something done. My latest campaign is about the POTHOLES that are driving us crazy here in Michigan. So I started a petition drive and I NEED 500+ SIGNATURES to make an impact, preferably from the citizens of our great state. If you can’t sign it but know someone here in Michigan, please share this… https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/infrastructure-that-s-falling-apart-filling-potholed-roads.

Thanks for allowing me to share with you!

Book Blurb:

OUR LADY OF VICTORY – The Saga of an African American Catholic Community is a compilation of memories, records, photos and interviews.  The author recalls growing up in the legacy of Mother Anna Bates. 
Follow the tale of the infamous wall…built to separate blacks from white residents and how it almost impeded the development of the area.  It’s the story of a thriving Catholic community in spite of regressive government policies; on the verge of developing strong Catholic roots but doesn’t quite make it.
This is the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community.  Don’t run from the information housed inside the covers of this book because the mere mention of black and white being divided makes you uncomfortable.  Run towards this historical narrative because, whether black or white, yellow or brown, if we don’t know the history, we are surely destined to repeat it!  I dare you to read this book and walk away unmoved!

BOOK TRAILER:

http://youtu.be/aF3ZBZFn3AY

Author Page:  http://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/our-authors/author-shirley-harris-slaughter/

Email: sharrislaughter@gmail.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/sharrislaughter

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sharrislaughter3

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/historybuff

PURCHASE LINKS…
Amazon Kindle:http://www.amazon.com/kindle/dp/B00KDO1MSM/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_eos_detail
Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4751309
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SHIRLEY’S BLOGS…
http://shirleyslaughterblog.wordpress.com/
http://olvremembered.wordpress.com/

The book sounds interesting, especially since I love history. check it out at this link, I may do a review on it in the future even though Nonnie Jules has done one five star review already. Shirley is having a Rafflecopter on Facebook. drop by and win something. She is having a live Facebook chat today until 1:00 pm (CST).    

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Summer of 1962- hellion year

 

Hellion Years post #2

 

This is my second post covering one summer after my father passed away and my mother worked two jobs.  In rural Arkansas, children over the age of ten were allowed to babysit children younger. Now days they have to go to a child care center but when I was growing up, those were almost non existent (only in large cities). Anyway, we borrowed an old wagon and took it up the hill from our house riding it down. All five of us thought it was a thrill and fun. My younger brother told my mother when she came home what we did and me with my older brother Robert were in trouble for doing so. Mom was quick to use a switch to teach us the error of our ways. Robert and I decided to teach Carl a lesson for telling Mom anything we did during the day and getting us in trouble. Carl had one advantage over Robert and I, he could run faster than us even though we were bigger and stronger, so we devised a plan to capture him. The next day, we borrowed the wagon again. Carl stayed away from us, leery of what we might do, so we all rode down the hill like the day before. Carl didn’t ride the first time but seeing all the fun his sister’s had riding down the hill with Robert and I steering it with ropes, he joined in. Soon, he forgot all about staying apart from us, he even helped push the wagon back up the hill for his fateful trip. Robert and I grabbed him taking him over to the rear wagon wheel and had our sister Mary bring the ropes from the steering. We tied him to the wagon wheel never thinking about what if his hand went under the steel rim, it could be broken or cut off if pinched between a rock and the rim. Once, we had him securely tied, we had Mary move the rock placed in front of the wheel to keep it in place. Normally, we let the wagon start moving by gravity, nice and slow. Sometimes after Robert removed the rock, we would have to start rocking the wagon to get it to move. This time, both Robert and I pushed it with all our might. Moving slow like normal, the wagon would follow the ruts in the road down to the flat area. that was why it had been easy to steer with the ropes. Now, there were no ropes or anyone steering, plus we had it going faster when it hit the ruts. Instead it left the road and headed into an empty field. Empty of houses or trees that was. All awhile Carl was screaming at us promising us payback. Lucky for us and him, it rolled to a stop before hitting any houses or buildings on the other side of the field. Unlucky for Carl, it stopped in the middle of a brier patch (blackberries) with him almost upside down. Robert and I left him there, taking our sisters to the neighbors so we could make the two mile walk into town to get our newspapers to deliver. I think he was still there when Mom came home from her daytime job to make our dinner. We told our sisters we would beat the crap out of them if they untied him. My mother had a just punishment for us when we came home from delivering our papers. read about in my next Hellion Years post #3- follow my blogs at  http://booksbyagmoye.blogspot.com  or at https://lightningbooksbyagmoye.wordpress.com

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Harmony Kent in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?”

Take a look at this up and coming author!

Rave Reviews By Nonnie Jules

Hello and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules!  Since we are a book club, we had to offer something that included a book shelf.  A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories.  Here on this “SHELF,”  we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask.  We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but no one has dared to cover them.  WE get personal!  Because when you sit on the RRBC“SHELF”, YOU are an open book!

Today I have with me on the “SHELF” RRBC’s  ADMINISTRATIVE ASSTAuthor, HARMONY KENT!!!

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My Hellion years-revisited, Yikes

My Hellion years! Yikes!

 

I can’t believe I am actually going to post this, but here goes. My father died when I was eleven and my mother had to work two jobs just to feed us. My father left six children behind so it was quite a chore for my mother. She was forced to take minimum wage jobs, having no working skills and no industry to speak of in town. Being next to the oldest, my brother Robert was one year older with sister, Mary three years behind me, my younger brother, Carl came next. Then my last two sisters, Barbara and Gloria K.  Gloria was just over two when my father died, staying with our grandparents. She didn’t get to share in our misadventures, if you want to call it that. The summer my father died, things went okay, but the following summer was when our horns stuck out (Little Devils). Here is our first adventure: We lived at the bottom of the hill with our Uncle Claude at the top, with a couple of other places between his house and ours. While Mom was at work, she depended upon us to watch over the little ones except for Gloria. We found an old abandoned wooden wagon with steel rimmed wood spokes. It was left over from one of the old timers that no longer used it. The five of us pulled it to the top of the mountain, then Robert and I would allow the three younger ones to hop aboard and we would take them down the mountain as fast as our little legs would carry us. As you can imagine, Robert and I nearly was run over by the wagon when the inertia of coming down the steep hill pushed it. After the first trip, Robert and I removed the wagon tongue and installed ropes to steer it down. We had about five or six rides before Robert and I had to leave, taking the younger ones to a neighbor so we could deliver our afternoon newspapers. Mom came home after her day job and Carl told on us. We were in trouble for using someone else’s property without permission and putting the younger ones in jeopardy. They were enjoying it, so what the heck. The next day, Robert and I decided to punish Carl for being a rat. We had seen in some movie one of the characters tied to a wagon wheel, so we decided to tie him on the wagon wheel and push him off the hill with no one steering it. We tied the ropes thinking it would follow the ruts in the dirt road down to the bottom of the hill. In tomorrow’s post, I will tell you what did happen on my Hellion year’s Post #2 

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