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Book Tour: The Nutcracker Conspiracy

The Nutcracker Conspiracy - Lauren Carr

Are you a fan of Murphy and Jessica? Then do not look much further than that of Lauren Carr. The Thorny Rose Mystery is picked up once again. We find that Murphy and Jessica are in the thick of things once again in “The Nutcracker Conspiracy”.

The plot seems to be interconnected a bit. Is it just that or is it two different things but involvement. This book seems too real like it really as if I am in real-world experience in my time. There seem to be Jessica who seems to in the middle of defending her friend Amy and her friend Kenneth. When her house is blown up and her husband is killed? Is it Amy that plotted it or is it someone else?

Murphy seems to be trying to find out who killed not one person but several different people. I seem to like this what my real-life government might be doing in a fictional tale. I hope not. But the plot seems to involve more than just the murder but also doing something called a spy ring?

What is the PEAA group? Will Murphy and Jessica come out of this okay and survive? This book has it all. It got surprises and twists and turns from beginning to end. We even get Chris Matheson involved to a point. What is going on? What happens with the President's assassination attempt?

Review: I Go With God

I Go With God -  Jill Ferrie

I Go With God is a good decent book for young children. The pictures are clear and tell the story. The plot I believe the story is being sick and prayer. Then again it could be just about Prayer.

This little boy seems to learn some things and that asking god is a good thing to do. It also seems to be something you may be able to go anywhere. The pictures are the story. The message is that you can pray to go and ask for help.

It book that could to read your child or children. They can learn about faith and prayer. This is what I got mostly from the book. The angel thing is sweet and I got that they could be helpful though. The concept of them angels maybe what a bit confusing. The idea was not to bad. The angels' message on one of the pages is really good. I understood that and the rhyming of it. Done well.

The art is clear. You get the boy want to help himself and also his pet fish. He asking the one for that help. The topic is decent and something any child or children would go through. That sadness and being sick.

Book Tour: Ianna Phantom

Inanna Phantom - Hawk MacKinney

Well, Book 3 of this series “Inanna Phantom” was better a bit better with the action. Though I say is a 4.5-star rating for me. The story was good. I like that it completed showing the progression of the families from book one through book 3. Though this time is set on the families more so then it did one other.

The most action takes place on League sides and Eorthe (Earth). The main being David and Eklam being the main ones trying to solve the league and saving the world. With the help of Myr in the mix of it. We get most of the action with link net and ripped intrusions though out.

Why and does he the one wanting the power want to destroy all worlds? There is one surprising creature and I like that. Will he help save the league and Lantaarn worlds or will it hurt? We do see what can happen when things are put into the wrong hands.

Book Tour: The Missing Planets

The Missing Planets - Hawk MacKinney

In Book 2, “The Missing Planets”, We land inside a planet called Terato. We meet a new young man named Ek to all his friends and family. Though is full name is Eklam.

This story continues a story plot of a different kind of war but one that affects all the planets in the Solaris world. If you recall the first book is called “The Belikovat Events” well, it mentioned and referenced throughout the book. This is when it connects the two books.

Does Terato have a history of invaders of their own in their history of life? This one likes to attack planets and destroy life and create extinction? They seem to want to help make sure that Earth or to them Eorthe. The planet they so want to warn and need the help of is called “Eorthe-Lanartan”.

This story is well written. I enjoyed the way it is different. It a way to connect the first book to the second. Though it mostly takes place on Terato and with the help of Korvo. Though Korvo does not much he seems to help Ek with what going on and also helps with guiding him and his planet, He does not overstep. He lets Ek lead his teams and make decisions.

Book Tour: The Missing Planets

The Missing Planets - Hawk MacKinney

In Book 2, “The Missing Planets”, We land inside a planet called Terato. We meet a new young man named Ek to all his friends and family. Though is full name is Eklam.

This story continues a story plot of a different kind of war but one that affects all the planets in the Solaris world. If you recall the first book is called “The Belikovat Events” well, it mentioned and referenced throughout the book. This is when it connects the two books.

Does Terato have a history of invaders of their own in their history of life? This one likes to attack planets and destroy life and create extinction? They seem to want to help make sure that Earth or to them Eorthe. The planet they so want to warn and need the help of is called “Eorthe-Lanartan”.

This story is well written. I enjoyed the way it is different. It a way to connect the first book to the second. Though it mostly takes place on Terato and with the help of Korvo. Though Korvo does not much he seems to help Ek with what going on and also helps with guiding him and his planet, He does not overstep. He lets Ek lead his teams and make decisions.

Would Any one like to help me out- I would love your help with creating a game

I would love for you to help me be creating List of Book Genres and Phrases or whatever book Related Phase you would do to choose your next read or your TBR Book.. I started it but I need to your help in filling it out.

 

Add what you do you pick your next read or TBR Book.. I want to create something that uses these your way of picking or choosing your TBR Book or Book to read next. Please add them to this document

 

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Book Tour: The Bleikovat Event

The Bleikovat Event (Vol I) - Hawk MacKinney

This story is well written. You get the grip of the story soon as it started. It about a battle between two clans. It is worth reading. I will warn you that it is not suitable for anyone under 18+. It got some graphic scenes. It rated PG13 by the book tour company but I would have at least stated it for 14 years and up. Maybe even 18 and up. That is me. Parents have the right to choose and decide if it worth having their child or children reading this book and their maturity.

There seems to be a war that on though out the book. It a battle between Beakovats and Feldovats. If you read on you will find that they refer the Feldovats as Feldon. This where most of the fighting goes on which is along the Feldon River. Will it happen to Feldovats? Will, they survive? Bleikovats are invading lands.

The  Feldovats end up in Eedov City facing their enemy. What happens when they escape on the Maalon freighters and heading a new life? Some Bleikovats are so bent on destroying all of the Feldovats and the Klarvkons. That this brings on a different kind of war?

Book Review: Christmas in London

Christmas in London: A Novel - Anita M. Hughes

This book I thought would be more about one couple getting to know each other and the other being a young man they get together and see more of London at Christmas. This did somewhat happen though not the way I pictured it.

 

It about two women, one a pastry chef and the other network producer. The one named Kate was a better storyline that kept me reading. I was half attempting to not complete reading it and making it DNF. It was boring to read. It was a romance. There was not much going on about this cooking show. The woman Louisa was more worried about her dreams. She did not see that she had two men falling for her. If the author had made it more about cooking and her recipes. I would then see how Louisa was acting. No, that not what I got.

 

The subplot with Kate seems more like what I was expecting. Her penning for her love and see London with her lost love. She runs into him at the hotel and spends the week sightseeing. This story is a better storyline and more enjoyable. I enjoy meeting Trevor. Their story was more of a love story and seeing their experience in London at Christmas.

 

I enjoyed hearing about some of the places in London. Imaging the couples there experiencing London during Christmas. Kate and Trevor's story is one that I would have read more about. Trevor and Kate have a history together. Reading about St. Andrews and their past. I may be happy to read. I was could picture the area. Scotland and some of the landmark the best parts.

24 Festive Task - Door 8: International Children's Day (Complete)

Door 8 - International Children’s Day (Task 1)What was your favorite children’s book growing up? Your favorite middle grade book?

Door 8 - International Children's Day (Task 2): Rediscover your childhood with a yo-yo, a slinky, - whatever toy you loved from childhood you still have access to, or make and blow some bubbles! Take a picture and share your fun with the rest of us.

Door 8 - International Children's Day (Task 3): Make some art – draw a picture, or color one in and share the results with us. Free printable bookmarks can be found on Google images

Door 8 - International Children's Day (Task 4)As a kid, did you enjoy visiting amusement parks and carnivals? Which were your favorite rides or shows? Do you still have any photos, or is there a memorable event you’re happy to share? – Alternatively, if you’re a parent now: Do you visit amusement parks / carnivals with your kids?

Door 8 - International Children’s Day (Book): Read a children’s or YA book or a book where children or teenagers play a significant role, or written by an author who was under the age of 18 at the time of publication.

24 Festive Task - Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day (Complete)

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 1)Pick your Ponies (Il Paradiso placed 3rd) - one of the horses I picked. (+1 Bonus Point)

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 2): Roses are the official flower of Flemington Race Track; write your own “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” poem for one of your favorite or most hated books of all time.

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 3)Aussies shorten everything, so Melbourne Cup Day is just called “Cup Day” – post a picture of your favorite cup or mug for your daily fix of coffee, tea or chocolate.

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 4)Prepare your favorite dessert – in a cup! Post a photo of it for us to enjoy vicariously.

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Book): Read a book about horses, with a horse or with roses on the coverabout gardening, or set in Australia, or written by an Australian author.

24 Festive Tasks 2019 - Update #16

 

 

Door 1- Dia De Los Muetos (Task 1): Compose a limerick or short poem in honor of a favorite book character.

Door 1- Dia De Los Muetos (Task 2)If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to a favorite dish – and / or make yourself a margarita – and share a photo

Door 1- Dia De Los Muetos (Task 3): Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.

Door 1- Dia De Los Muertos (Task 4): Do you have any traditions or mementos of happy memories of a loved one that you feel like sharing?

 

Door 2- Japanese Culture Day (Task 1)Tell us about a cultural festival or event in the area where you live.

Door 2- Japanese Culture Day (Task 3)Try your hand at folding a paper crane. Instructions: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Paper-Crane-1/

 

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 1)Pick your Ponies (Il Paradiso placed 3rd) - one of the horses I picked. (+1 Bonus Point)

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 2): Roses are the official flower of Flemington Race Track; write your own “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” poem for one of your favorite or most hated books of all time.

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 3)Aussies shorten everything, so Melbourne Cup Day is just called “Cup Day” – post a picture of your favorite cup or mug for your daily fix of coffee, tea or chocolate.

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 4)Prepare your favorite dessert – in a cup! Post a photo of it for us to enjoy vicariously.

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Book): Read a book about horses, with a horse or with roses on the coverabout gardening, or set in Australia, or written by an Australian author.

 

Door 4 - Guy Fawkes Night (Task 1)Make a list of the top 3 treasonous crimes against books that an author can commit.

Door 4 - Guy Fawkes Night (Task 2)Start a revolution: What one thing would you change about the book reading world? (Be it publishing, distribution, editing, cover art, bookstores – anything having to do with books.)

Door 4 - Guy Fawkes Night (Task 4)How do you order the books on your shelves?

Door 4 - Guy Fawkes Night (Book)Read a book set in the UK, a political thriller, a book involving any monarchy or revolution, a book about arson or related to fires and burning, a book whose plot involves costumes / fancy dress, or that has masks on the cover, or that is self-published.

 

Door 5 - Bon Om Touk (Task 1)List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads.

 

Door 6 - Veterans / Armistice Day (Task 1)Sunrise services are a staple of this day: Take a picture of the sunrise where you live and share it with us.

 

Door 7: International Day of Tolerance (Task 3: The French expression for tolerance towards others is “laisser faire, laisser aller” (roughly: “let them do as they want, let it go”). Have you ever “let go” a book (e.g., given it away or decided not to yield to the temptation to buy it) and later regretted that choice?

 

Door 8 - International Children’s Day (Task 1)What was your favorite children’s book growing up? Your favorite middle grade book?

Door 8 - International Children's Day (Task 2): Rediscover your childhood with a yo-yo, a slinky, - whatever toy you loved from childhood you still have access to, or make and blow some bubbles! Take a picture and share your fun with the rest of us.

Door 8 - International Children's Day (Task 3): Make some art – draw a picture, or color one in and share the results with us. Free printable bookmarks can be found on Google images

Door 8 - International Children's Day (Task 4)As a kid, did you enjoy visiting amusement parks and carnivals? Which were your favorite rides or shows? Do you still have any photos, or is there a memorable event you’re happy to share? – Alternatively, if you’re a parent now: Do you visit amusement parks / carnivals with your kids?

Door 8 - International Children’s Day (Book): Read a children’s or YA book or a book where children or teenagers play a significant role, or written by an author who was under the age of 18 at the time of publication.

 

Door 9 - World Philosophy Day (Task 1)Share your reading philosophy with us – do you DNF? If so, do you have a page minimum to read before you declare it a DNF?

Door 9 - World Philosophy Day (Task 2)Share your reviewing philosophy with us – how do you rate a book? Do you have a mental template for reviewing? Rules you try to follow, or rules you try to break?

Door 9 - World Philosophy Day (Task 3)How do you stay zen / sane over the holidays or in other stressful periods?

Door 9 - World Philosophy Day (Task 4)Did you love or hate the books you had to read for school? Looking back, which ones (good or bad) stand out to you the most?

 

Door 10 - Russian Mother's Day (Task 3): Until WWII, the most famous part of the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo near St. Petersburg was the so-called amber room. It was looted, lock stock and barrel, by the Nazis, and has since vanished from the face of the earth, with its fate a complete mystery to the present day. Let your imagination run wild: What do you think may have happened to it? (Kidnapped by aliens? Spirited away by dwarves and hidden in a secret cavern deep below the face of the earth? Sold, piece by piece, to finance … what? The Nazi war effort? The restoration of the Romanovs to the throne of Russia? Stalin’s pogroms? What else?) Don’t hold back, we’d love to know!

 

Door 11 - Thanksgiving Day (Task 1): If you have kids or pets, tell us about something “bad” they did that was so funny you couldn’t help but forgive (“pardon”) them. If you have neither kids nor pets, was there such an event in your own childhood – or with kids or pets in your family or circle of friends?

 

Door 11 - Thanksgiving Day (Task 2)Tell us: Of the books that you read this year, which are you most thankful for, OR was there one that turned out to be full of “stuffing”? Alternatively, which (one) book that you read anytime at all changed your life for the better?”

Door 11 - Thanksgiving Day (Book)Read a book with an autumnal cover, set in New England, where a turkey shows up in the story, with a turkey or pumpkin on the cover, or with the theme of coming together to help a community or family in need.

 

Door 12 - St. Andrew's Day (Task 1)Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?

Door 12 - St. Andrew's Day (Task 3)St. Andrew was a fisherman by trade: Which book(s) from your TBR that you read this year turned out to be the year’s greatest “catch”?

 

Door 13 - Advent (Task 1): Share a picture of your advent calendar.

Door 13 - Advent (Task 2)Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition?

 

Door 14 - St. Nicholas Day (Task 1): Write a book wish list to St. Nick / Santa Claus for books that you’ve been eyeing but can’t justify the expense of purchasing. (E.g., art books? Collector’s editions? Boxed sets?)

 

Door 15 - International Human Right's Day (Book)Read a book featuring a strong female character (or characters), by an author from any minority group, a story about a minority overcoming their oppressors, or revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused, a book set in New York City, or a book originally written in a language other than English and / or your mother tongue or by anyone not Anglo-Saxon.

 

Door 16 - St. Lucia's Day (Task 2): Compile a list of five or more carols, poems, short stories, novels or other pieces of writing that feature sleigh rides.

Door 16 - St. Lucia's Day (Task 3): Trolls, gnomes, dwarves and similar beings (some evil, some less so, almost all of them mischievous) are a staple of Scandinavian mythology and folklore, as well as other folklores and mythologies around the world and, of course, fantasy and speculative fiction. Who is your favorite such creature and why? (No matter whether mythological, fictional or from whatever other source.)

 

Door 17 - Winter Solstice (Book): Read a book that takes place in December, with ice or snow on the cover, where all events take place in a single day or night, that revolves around the solstice, set in Persia / Iran, China or the American Southwest or prominently featuring Persian / Iranian, Chinese or Native American characters, or a collection of poetry.

 

 

Door 18 - Hanukkah (Book): Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.

 

Door 19 - Festivus (Task 1): The annual airing of grievances: Which are the five books you liked least this year – and why?

 

 

Door 20 - Christmas (Task 2): Watch a favorite Christmas movie.

Door 20 - Christmas (Book): Read a Christmas book.

 

Door 21 - Kwanzaa (Book)Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, with a green, red, or black cover, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (Lion, giraffe, cheetah, etc.).

 

Door 22 - New Years Eve (Task 1): Tell us: What are your reading goals for the coming year?

 

Door 23 - Hogswash (Task1): Glingleglingleglingle: if you could wish any kind of god(dess) or fairy into existence, what would they be in charge of?

 

Door 24 - Epiphany / Twelve Night (Book)Book: Read a book featuring three main characters, about traveling on a journey to a faraway place, a book that’s part of a trilogy, with a star on the cover, with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title, or concerning kings or spices.

 

Total Points: 49 Points

24 Festive Task - Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day (Book)

Book: Read a book about horses, with a horse or with roses on the cover, about gardening, or set in Australia, or written by an Australian author.

 

The book is called Leota's Garden. It got flowers on the cover and I think it about Gardening a bit or somewhat

 

 

 

24 Festive Task - Door 4: Guy Fawkes Day (Book)

Book: Read a book set in the UK, a political thriller, a book involving any monarchy or revolution, a book about arson or related to fires and burning, a book whose plot involves costumes / fancy dress, or that has masks on the cover, or that is self-published.

 

The Book Chosen for this book is Christmas in London. It take place in London which is part of the UK

I am sure it would work with a few others tasks on this fun game

 

24 Festive Task - Door 8: International Children's Day (Task 3)

Task 3: Make some art – draw a picture, or color one in and share the results with us. Free printable bookmarks can be found on Google images

 

Here is what I colored for this Task,

24 Festive Task - Door 13: Advent (Task 1)

Task 1:  Share a picture of your advent calendar.

 

Here is our new advent Calendar

24 Festive Task - Door 20: Christmas (Task 2)

Task 2: Watch a favorite Christmas movie.

 

My favorite Christmas Movie is the Polar Express. I will be watching it at some point.

Currently reading

Amish Values for Your Family: What We Can Learn from the Simple Life
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Charles Towne Belles Trilogy
MaryLu Tyndall, M.L. Tyndall
Progress: 963/960 pages