Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: A Message for Grandma

34763130 A Message for Grandma by Carol Breckenridge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a gentle story about Alice, a young girl living in western Pennsylvania in the 1890s. Alice's mother sends her with a message to her German-speaking Grandma on the other side of the family farm. Alice speaks only English. As she walks across the farm repeating the message so that she will remember, she mangles it more with each new experience. Happily she gets it right at Grandma's house.







My Monday #9

Wow! A lot's happened in the last week!

I got another stack of books from the library, mostly manga this time, that I am slowly working my way though. I fell in love with audiobooks (seriously any Norse mythology fans, check out Runemarks by Joanna Harris! It's SO good!) and would love to find out where to get audiobooks for review, since I've decided to start reviewing them here! (Yay!)

I also started a blog tour business! (It's still weird to say that!) Reading Adventures Book Tours and am looking for both authors and bloggers interested in signing up! I already have one SciFi title for review, and a few tours that will launch in October.

I also got paid, so I'm going to get my printer and get my candle business back up! It's been so long đŸ˜± but as soon as I get my printer I'll reopen Tangent Adventures I am still out of some of the fragrances, and will be focusing on restocking those before working on new ones, but I'll have most of them to work with.

Whew! Plus, I also went to the library today, then walked to the bank. (Surprisingly I didn't get any books! But in truth I'm glad, as I wouldn't have been able to carry them around town 😀)

I also found out about the Kid Lit Exchange, which I shared here a few days ago.

I also accepted a few more review requests, and was Auto-Approved for two more publishers on NetGalley! (Not any of the major ones, but still, I'll take it) August will be my month to read ARCs so there will be a lot of ARC reviews coming up. I'm trying to read though those coming out in the next month or two first, then work on those already out. I have 5 (yes FIVE!) from First to Read that expire the end of August that I will be reading first! Since I've been listening to audiobooks, I snagged a few more on OverDrive, and also started my free trial on Audible I grabbed Harry Potter #1 after hearing so many good things, but I have no idea what I want to buy with my other credit. I'm tempted to buy Runemarks haha, but since I can get it again from the library, I really want something equally amazing that my library doesn't happen to have...any ideas?

Well I think that's it for now. Wow! I've been busy, hoping to rest and read most of this week, then hopefully I'll be making candles next week, yay!

How has your week been? Anything exciting happen? Any book hauls? I'd love to hear from you! (PS, I follow back, if you let me know you follow me, and I am happy to visit your blogs!)

Review: Runemarks

1877314 Runemarks by Joanne Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Seven o’clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again. . . . Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith’s world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, fairies, goblins, magic, glamours–all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The “ruinmark” she was born with on her palm proves it–and makes the other villagers fearful that she is a witch (though helpful in dealing with the goblins-in-the-cellar problem). But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy’s mark not as a defect, but as a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap of forbidden magic One-Eye can teach her if she is to survive that destiny.

ARC Review: My Wounded Island

34412181 My Wounded Island by Jacques Pasquet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There's an invisible creature in the waves around Sarichef. It is altering the lives of the Inupiat people who call the island home. A young girl and her family are forced to move to the center of the island for refuge from the rising sea level. Soon the entire village will have to relocate to the mainland. Heartbroken, the young girl and her grandfather worry: what else will be lost when they are forced to abandon their homes and their community?
Addressing the topic of climate refugees, My Wounded Island is based on the challenges faced by the Inupiat people who live on the small islands north of the Bering Strait near the Arctic Circle.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday's Spotlight: Howl's Moving Castle


6294 Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle #1) by

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

 

 

Review: The Buried Symbol

29910761 The Buried Symbol by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Discover a lost magic, long buried and forgotten…

Without a rune marking his role in society, Brock is doomed to an existence below the lowest rung of the social ladder. Unwilling to accept his fate, the teen risks his life to obtain a fake rune that marks him as a member of the Empire's ruling class. He then embarks on a quest to join an institution where the Empire’s future leaders are trained.

As a student of the Academy, he soon uncovers a chain of secrets kept hidden for centuries, secrets that expose cracks in the foundation of Empire society. Among his discoveries is a powerful magic, long buried and forgotten.

Brock’s compassion and sense of justice are seeds that sprout tight friendships and a blossoming romance. An unwillingness to be bullied earns him a dangerous enemy, becoming a feud that escalates to a climactic showdown.


Sunday's Spotlight #8: Molly Spungle: The Secret of Red Stone (Excerpt)


Molly Spungle:The Secret of Red Stone
  A middle grade novel  by

Synopsis: Molly, a young Spungle fairy, finds herself in deep trouble, wandering lost and alone through a strange forest. Her idyllic life shattered, Molly is in grave danger from an evil sorcerer who will stop at nothing to possess her magic. With wings so damaged she cannot fly, escape becomes even more impossible. Her magic fading fast, the young fairy wonders if the mysterious red dragon she meets can help her out of her predicament. What will it take to free him from his imprisonment by the mystical red stone?




EXCERPT:

The first movement of the red dragon was slight, but rapidly increased. Mighty
muscles rippled through his legs and back as he stood, shaking off any lingering red stone.
Huge wings, already unfurled, moved through the air, creating a strong gust of wind that
almost knocked Molly off her feet. The dragon drew them close to his body, folding them
like fans. Drawn taut between long hinged bones, the dragon’s wings emerged from
muscular shoulders which were powerful and imposing. The horns running down the length
of the dragon’s neck looked sharp and dangerous.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sale Blitz: The Gryphon Series


Title: The Gryphon Series
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:
Embrace the call of destiny with the Award-Winning Gryphon Series written by Stacey Rourke. Fate and sacred calling have landed nineteen-year-old Celeste Garrett in the middle of a demonic war, with nowhere to run. Journey through the chronicles of this Young Adult adventure which includes four full length books, and two bonus novellas.

The Conduit
Embrace
The Sidekick Chronicles, Vol I
Sacrifice
The Sidekick Chronicles, Vol II
Ascension

RONE Award Winner Young Adult Fantasy 2012
YATR Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Best Teen Read 2013

“Another fantastic, awesome, laugh-out-loud funny addition to the library of ‘falling in love’ with Stacey Rourke books! It’s different, and a great example of some pre-Twilight era YA Paranormal books, where angst was minimal, family was important and adventures were up front and center.” -InD’Tale Magazine

“Celeste is a well-rounded character and a spunky, sassy protagonist. Though she is a superhero, she commands compassion because she is so human and vulnerable, flawed and weak in spite of super powers. She has the demands of a job, sibling feuds, family issues and the weight of the world on her shoulders.” -IndieReader



RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 

Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.

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Thank you! (July Wrap Up!)

 (I'm posting this a little early, but will update if needed, I'm just super excited and had to share!)

July has consecutively been my best month for views for the SECOND time! Thank you all who read, view, comment, share, and follow my posts! It really does mean so much to me!

Here are the stats, and I'm ecstatic! Not only was July my best month this year, but it beat last year's stats! (Granted, not by much, but small steps is still progress!)

Not only that, but I know I went inactive last Fall/Winter due to RL getting in the way and illness (which I have mentioned here before). This year I am doing much better, and hope to not only stay active, but to be able to keep the content interesting and relevant, as well as posting as many reviews as I can manage each month, because reviews really do matter!

Below is the stats for each month (Though taken a few days early, so this years will be a little higher by August! (Taken July 29th, may be updated if I can remember XD) I don't share back office stuff...like ever, but I am so proud of these numbers, and thank you to the 36 people who follow me!



Now, onto the fun stuff!

July Reads: 3
Manga/Graphic Novels: 9
DNF:1
Audiobooks: 1
DNF Audio: 1
Total Read:  13
Reviews written: 31
(Most were from books read in May/June that I didn't get around to reviewing due to moving)

Library Hauls: 25 print books, 4 Audiobooks, unknown number of digital books (I'll start keeping better track of this! ;)
Review Requests Accepted: 8
Review Requests Completed: 5
Book Hauls: 4 print books, 1 Audiobook

This is my latest library haul! I'm planning to fly though these this weekend, so I'll update the monthly stats later.

And my best picture this month (and I believe my best to date!)



Shout Out!: Kid Lit Exchange

 (Picture is not my own, but belongs to the Kid Lit Exchange group)

AH! *fangirls!* I am SO excited to tell you about this amazing group! I found them on instagram last night and it's perfection! It's a group of reviewers, mostly teachers, librarians, and parents, but also a few bloggers like me, and they pass around children's books (from picture books, to middle grade and even YA!) with the hopes of getting the titles and authors more awareness and reviews.

I can't say enough good things about this idea, but I LOVE it will have to do! I immediately signed up and requested my first book today! I'll also be sending in some of my own review copies to pass around and share the love! If you think this is something you would enjoy (and who wouldn't?!) then you can find all the info at @kidlitexchange on Instagram and Twitter!

You have to pay USPS media mail shipping, and have read and reviewed the book(s) requested (if you liked them) preferably 2 weeks (or sooner) after receiving them, but you can control how many are sent to you as you must request each title you are interested it, so it's only a few dollars per book! A GREAT deal, and it really helps new and lesser known authors and publishers by getting the word around!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: Silver And The White Lions

35845971 Silver And The White Lions by Jenny Vassallo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Silver is a beautiful, large Maine Coon cat who remembers that in a previous life he was a white lion cub.
He lives with several other cats who encourage him to tell them the story of his past life.
He begins with memories from his childhood as a cub, when his dad, King, told him how all the lions had arrived at King Rock.
King had been born with a mission in life, which was to travel to a place where he would find a very special white lioness with blue eyes. She was destined to become his mate and together they would fulfil an ancient African prophecy.







Review: Helping Daisy Grow

35496423 Helping Daisy Grow by Layla Ford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this heartfelt story you will meet a courageous worm named Inch, who forms an unlikely friendship with a flower. When Inch finds out his flower friend, Daisy is in trouble, he is determined to help her even if it means he has to face one of his greatest fears. Will Inch come up with a plan to save Daisy and get her the sunlight she needs before it is too late? Read this adorable story to discover whether a tiny worm really can become a hero.
Helping Daisy Grow was written to inspire young children to believe you can accomplish anything if you are willing to try.


Book Beginnings #1: An Inheritance of Ashes


* Book Beginnings is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader, where every Friday, bloggers post the first sentence (or few sentences) of their current read, as well as their first impressions of the book! *


I'm going with An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet since I haven't heard about it anywhere else, and stumbled on it by chance, but am really enjoying it!

Promo Blitz - The Supernatural Pet Sitter

Children’s Fantasy
Date Published: July 2017

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Pepper Neely is no stranger to dangerous situations. In The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief, the young gnome defeated an evil witch who was stealing magic from the Familiars that Pepper took care of. She wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of a pack of werewolves, who endured painful, fiery spells to save Pepper’s life.




Now Pepper is determined to repay the werewolves for their sacrifice, no matter what it takes. She decides to break the centuries-old curse that keeps them in wolf form. At first she keeps her plans a secret, but it’s not long before Pepper realizes she will need all the help she can get to end this curse. Magic is everywhere as enemy witches cast dangerous spells to stop Pepper.

Pepper and her family must trust the local witches and work together with them to fend off the deadly spells, find the curse, and break it—before the hostile witches get the best of them.


Other Books in the The Supernatural Pet Sitter Series:

Published: March 2017

Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.
Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.
In order to protect the animal's magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.


About the Author
Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. The Supernatural Pet Sitter is her debut children's series. Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

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Review: Eats with Sinners: Loving Like Jesus

35254026 Eats with Sinners: Loving Like Jesus by Arron Chambers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you want to follow Jesus on the incredible journey of sharing Him while sharing life with others, it's time to eat with sinners--people just like you . . . and me.

As long as people have been sharing their faith, there have been critics. Even Jesus dealt with naysayers as He spread His gospel: "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them" (Luke 15:2, NIV). Sometimes we worry about our reputation when we spend time with non-Christians. But more than that, we worry about the time we spend with non-Christians: Will we understand each other? Will I offend them? Will they offend me? How long will it take before this relationship falls apart?

Every meal Jesus ate, He ate with sinners. And over food and drink, through stories and insights and observations and conversations, people let their guards down, and sinners came to know the love of God and the hope of salvation. Now revised and updated, Eats with Sinners helps you to let your guard down so the love of God can get out across the table to your non-Christian friends.

Review: Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move

32988108 Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move by Bekah Difelice
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 Home, by definition, is where you feel comfortable, where you are established, where relationships are worn in and familiar. It is where you are known, a place to belong. It is a universal longing, but an elusive destination.

Why does life often move us far from this secure, primal comfort? We transfer to different locations or simply live unsettled in our own hometown. We rebuild, make new friends, find new jobs, and forge new ties. Our blanket of security becomes a whole host of unknowns. Underneath it all, sure as the evening taps, there is a homesickness for belonging.

What if this homesickness is not just a series of challenges to be overcome, but a vehicle for God to draw us to Himself? What if God is orchestrating our circumstances to bring us into the knowledge of who He is? What if all along He is inviting us home?

Is it possible to build a home in a life that marches to the cadence of constant change and transition? In Almost There, Bekah DiFelice, a military wife familiar with the impermanence of home, offers encouragement and wisdom to those who struggle with a search for belonging in a world where home is constantly shifting. God, the grand home builder with an eternal guarantee, invites us to build a home that resides in the privacy of our hearts, a settlement that is fundamentally immovable. If we put roots down in a God who is unchangeable, He promises to be a steady anchor in the unpredictability of life.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday: The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braid

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids by Michael McClung
My rating: 5 of 5 star

*Winner of the Self Published Fantasy Blog-Off, Hosted by Mark Lawrence*

 "They butchered Corbin right out in the street. That’s how it really started. He was a rogue and a thief, of course. But then, so am I. So when he got himself hacked up in front of his house off Silk Street, I decided somebody had to be made to pay. They thought that they could just sweep him away like rubbish. They were wrong."

Amra Thetys is a thief with morals: She won't steal from anybody poorer than she is. Fortunately, anybody that poor generally doesn't have much worth stealing! But when a fellow thief and good friend is killed in a deal gone wrong, Amra turns her back on burglary and goes after something far more precious: Revenge.



Review: Arena

30687917 Arena by Holly Jennings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from Blogging for Books for review. This in no way effects my review*

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV. She's died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier...

The RAGE tournaments the Virtual Gaming League's elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a fight to the digital death. Every kill is broadcast to millions. Every player leads a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world until one of her teammates overdoses. Now she s stuck trying to work with a hostile new teammate who s far more distracting than he should be.

Between internal tensions and external pressures, Kali is on the brink of breaking. To change her life, she ll need to change the game. And the only way to revolutionize an industry as shadowy as the VGL is to fight from the inside.


Spotlight: Rarity from the Hollow

Rarity from the Hollow
by
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. A Children’s Story. For Adults.


“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


"…Brilliant satires such as this are genius works of literature in the same class as Orwell’s 'Animal Farm.' I can picture American Lit professors sometime in the distant future placing this masterpiece on their reading list." -- Marcha’s Two-Cents Worth 







Excerpt from Chapter 13,Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My FiancĂ©”

Scene Prologue: At this point in the story, Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, is twelve years old. An android named DotCom (his name is a recurring pun throughout the novel) installed a port in her upper spine and has directly downloaded data into her brain for the last several years. His ship is hidden in a cave in the Woods behind the family’s house in the hollow. DotCom was sent to Earth to train and recruit Lacy Dawn to save the universe from an imminent threat, but was recalled due to slow performance. In this scene, DotCom has returned to Earth and Jenny, the mother, meets him for the first time.  

*****

            …..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn's name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.
            I hear her voice. Why won't she answer me? 
            “Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods. 
            Nobody responded. The trees weren't supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree.
            I will always love you guys. 
Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.   
            Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front. 
            Jenny looked to the left of the path.
            There ain't no cave Roundabend, but there it is. 
            She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn't exit and into a blue light that did.
            “All right, you mother f**ker!”
            “Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you're supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story)."
            DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.   
            "Grrrrr," emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn's dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.
            “Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.”
            “You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.
            Stay between them.
            “Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I'm old enough -- like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend -- what you call it -- my fiancĂ©.” 
            “You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce. 
            “MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.”
            Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.
            He ain't got no private parts, not even a little bump.   
            “DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancĂ©, DotCom.”
            Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.  
            “Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.” 
            I will need much more training if I'm ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.
            “Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”      
            Jenny's left eye twitched. 
            DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…    
            …(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There're a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain't complained since the shots started -- not even with an upset stomach.”
            "He's a doctor?" Jenny asked.
            “What's your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that's different -- even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.”
            “Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said.
            “So?”
            Mommy's right. Maybe I need a different argument.
            A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them.
            "What's that?" Jenny asked. 
            She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.
            “But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.
            “Mommy, I'm so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn't talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he'd be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain't had no chance to talk. All I know is that he's home and I'm sooooo happy.”
            “Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more…. 
            It's unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that's a good sign. Maybe she's right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They've been together for a while and I ain't seen a mark on her. That's unusual too. He ain't got no private parts and that's another good thing. Hell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I'd better play it smart. I don't want to lose my baby. 
            “What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked.
            “I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”
            “My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition -- the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said. 
            They both glared at him. 
            "Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said. 
            “Okay, Mommy.”
            “I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her. 
            “I love you too,” DotCom said.
            Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile -- at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.   
            Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up.  My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”



Excerpts of Two Book Reviews – Gold Medal Awards

Awesome Indies:
“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.”




Readers’ Favorite:

“…Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow 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… Robert Eggleton is a brilliant writer whose work is better read on several levels. I appreciated this story on all of them.”


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Public Author Contacts:
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About the author:
Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment. 

Raising Awareness: 
This book is also special in that the author proceeds support child abuse prevention.