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Li'l Lingo Meets the King by Jori Sams

Li'l Lingo Meets the King by [Jori Sams]

 

Li'l Lingo Meets the King by Jori Sams
This children's book is written in English and s section at the bottom for Spanish.
Starts with a note from the author in how to really enjoy this book.
Colorful illustrations are on all pages, vibrant, brilliant colors
Colorful rhyming children's book about Lingo. She is on her way to meet the king.
It's a rainy day and she dreams of things while she practices on her bagpipes.
While then reading she wanders off in her mind to a new location.
Colorful pages show you what she is seeing.
She dreamed she was in the book herself.
Air was different, sky, roads and other scary places.
She goes from being in a scary forrest to sitting in a carriage holding the Crown Jewels.
There is so much for her to see as she notices a castle at the top of a hill.
She sees the Kings army and she was so curious.
So many muscial instruments greet her, gems and other precious things.
After greeting the king who has a place for her she then opens her eyes...
Such fun, silly at times, great feel good story. Fun, educational book for kids just learning about new words in Spanish.
Received this review copy from the uathor and this is my honest opinion.

Li'l Lingo Meets the King

 

 

 

 

 

Li'l Lingo Meets the King by Jori Aguilar Sams

 

 

 

Li'l Lingo Meets the King (English Only Version) by Jori Aguilar Sams
This children's book is written in English.
Starts with a note from the author in how to really enjoy this book.
Illustrations are bigger in this version.
Colorful rhyming children's book about Lingo. She is on her way to meet the king.
I't s a rainy day and she dreams of things while she practices on her bagpipes.
While then reading she wanders off in her mind to a new location.
Colorful pages show you what she is seeing.
She dreamed she was in the book herself.
Air was different, sky, roads and other scary places.
She goes from being in a scary forrest to sitting in a carriage holding the Crown Jewels.
There is so much for her to see as she notices a castle at the top of a hill.
She sees the Kings army and she was so curious about everything.
So many muscial instruments greet her, gems and other precious things.
After greeting the king who has a place for her she then opens her eyes...
Such fun, silly at times, great feel good story.
Received this review copy from the uathor and this is my honest opinion.

 

False Dragons by isabella steel

 

 

False Dragons by Isabella Steel

 

 

False Dragons by Isabella Steel
This book starts out with dedication page and then praise for author's works.
Like hearing about the legends and how they are told from generation onward.
I find there are quite a few characters in the story line with so many species of fairy beings. Am familiar with a handful of them but theis is a wide spectrum of them.
Good story to learn about them all and their personal attributes.
Like hearing of the quest/challenge they undertake and how they are able to overcome obstacles. They have a lot of power others do not have, magic, spells.
They are fighters and use their heads when it comes to strategic moves.
They must stay away from the dragons at all costs. I do see a few referenes to other fairy tales and like how they are hidden.
Kind of reminds me of an online game I used to play: you got the quest you went about to collect clues and stayed away from the bad guys. Used magic and spells when you had to move on through the quest.
Love library best as it holds many secrets and clues for the others who spend time there.
Conlficts and teaming up with others to present a stronger force.
If this was made into a movie I know I'd really enjoy it a lot more.
Good story.

 

 

 

Canadian Assassin by Ethan Jones

 

 

 

 

Canadian Assassin by Ethan Jones
Starts with a short synopsis of the storyline, praise for the authors works, , table of contents,
story itself and bonus story: Tripoli's Target Epigraph
I have not read any books in this series but like the author's style of writing from other series.
Dedication page then the story starts and we find Justin Hall imprisioned...
After they are able to escape Justin and his side kick Carrie are given another assignnment together, at the North Pole along with agents from another agency.
They are looking for clues about the icebreakers and where they came from, why they were there, and any other details.
During one outting they get out to investigate and the mole pops up with a gun. Removes all the others guns and takes the helicopter...
In Denmark there are groups discussing the tactics and they learn of a threat.
Like hearing from both sides of what's going on in their specific areas as it's all the same location.
I loved this story but I had to put an extra sweater on to finish it as the author made me feel as if I was there in wicked cold area.
Action, adventure, mysteries, travel, spies, romance, guns, copters, everything military but civilian as well. There is so much to this story.
Strategies and procedures and maneuvers as things go wrong they have backup plans to rely on.
Epilogue Carrie and Justin discuss with their boss the expedition they had just returned from and are handed a new assignment.
Sample chapters of Tripoli's Target is enclosed. North Africa, Libya area to gain some intel.
Acknowledgements are also enclosed. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. About the author is enclosed.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

 

Making Waves on The Aegean by Jori Aguilar Sams
I fell in love with this book for so many reasons: water, history, love and relationships, new words, religion and travel.
1. It's about the water, sea, sailing, mountains
2. It's about history of the area, in a fun way
3. Love stories and relationships
4. New words I learned along the way
5. Religion and beliefs of others, NOT forced on you or any pressure.
6. Travel, the sites, smells, sounds and colors are included.
Starts out with Jordan and she's aboard the schooner and we find out how she got there, the decisions and the things she gave up.
It's a volunteer position for several months as they prepare the schooner for the group of people who will come to learn about sailing.
She has no idea how to do much of the work she is told to do. She is not given instructions in how to do the work so she gets by and sometimes a lending hand from others helps the task get done.
Love the teamwork of the people where they all pitch in so everybody gets to relax at the end of the day.
She just is not getting along with Chip, the captain and she has no idea why. She is always given the most difficult tasks, the smelliest and he expects her to clean yards of rope with a toothbrush.
Others also see how she is treated and they know it's not fair.
Love how they all talk to one another, so many common interests. She is injured and knows she should have at least an x-ray done but no time off or money as she's not being paid at all.
She also does not get the sleep she needs, if she does have the time she can't sleep.
This is such an awesome tale and I hated to see it end as they all learn how to sail the schooner. Love the references to 'green lights' as things go smooth for once.
Love the descriptive details of the scenes, never knew there were THAT many shades of blue to describe the water. Sounds so peaceful and so beautiful.
Author makes you feel as if you are there with them and can feel the waves rocking the boat. She is able to meet with so many others who sometimes give her advice, some give her money, some food, and some just want to be her friend.
Throughout her whole life she doesn't feel treasured or good enough, and when she's just had the absolute enough of the mental abuse she has a decision to make, stay or get off the next stop.
Love how it ends with hopes of another story to follow where this one leaves off.
What a gem of a story, this book earns my best for the month when it's published, it's just so wicked good. There is something in here for everybody on so many levels.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Silicon Gambit

 

 

The Silicon Gambit (An Amy Radigan Thriller) by [Isabella Steel]

 

 

 

The Silicon Gambit (An Amy Radigan Thriller) by Isabella Steel
What I really like about this story is about a reporter that unearths a huge breakthrough as to why there is nuclear waste in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego.
It is also about so many others who at times the story is their own. Stories do collide and they are all encompassed into just one story after all. Lots of gems in this book!
There is so much action, fast paced at times and I had a hard time putting it down to do my chores and work. Did take several days, didn't want to miss a word.
There were new words for me also that I enjoy finding out about. Love all the new locations in this story. Besides the San Diego location there is also DC and other states and countries.
Quinn has his own story with his investigative samples of water. First Lady also has scenes and little does she realize that the attempts on a life may have been for her or the VP.
Like hearing both sides of the story and this book has that also. How things are done behind the scenes that come to furition later, sometimes sooner than you realize.
There are guns and tragedies, death, romantic affairs and love.
Characters are strong and brave and caring and got your six. So many emotions are displayed throughout the book: nursing wounds, caring for human life, fear, scared for your life and others and many forms of love.
I really feel this book would be good for a man or woman because there are so many aspects of it that each can relate to.
Very interesting story, love how it ends with promise of another in the works: Revenge is Reason Enough.
Twists turns and peoples names I recognize making it very plausible to me that this could really happen, those in government, high positions and other country interferences in the scheme of things. Love high tech and how things are made with latest technology.
Details are so well described, love to see this a s amovie, would be awesome.
First time reading this author and can't wait to read more.
I received this review copy from the author via LinkedIN and this is my honest opinion.

Montana Cowboy Miracle (Wyatt Brothers of Montana Book 4) by Jane Porter

 

 

 

 

 

Montana Cowboy Miracle by Jane Porter

 

 

 

 

Montana Cowboy Miracle (Wyatt Brothers of Montana Book 4) by Jane Porter
Book starts out with Cade and he's having dinner with his boss Dot. They live on the ranch and he's the manager. He's being told he has to leave for when her family come to stay for several weeks during the Christmas holidays.
He knows how the family is and now they will try to get money out of her and make her change the will. Past years they have valued the painting and other artifacts around the house.
He knows he has a few things he can work on, finding his sister and figure out who his father is. His DNA test shows he's related a rodeo cowboy so he's going to pursue that lead.
Cade doesn't like all the hoopla about decorating for Christmas but has helped Dot over the years with no compliants.
Story also follows MerriBee who is a death doula. I found this profession fascinating and didn't know it existed. Know about hospice but this career is a bit more. She's there at the end for many others and takes the month of December off to concentrate on her Christma house. Many others come to wish on the fence and admire all the lights and decorations.
She also rents out rooms and there is a mixup when Cade comes to town as the place he wanted was filled up so he ends up at her house. He can't stand all the merriment and finds another local B&B the next day.
He still helps her with the display she puts out and modifies the stand for the night. She takes in contributions to put baskets together for others less fortunate in town.
Love how she has just everything all set up in her garage with who is getting what. Others in town are so giving.
Problem is she falls on a patch of ice and injures her foot so she needs others to do everything for her. Cade moves back in while he pursues finding his relatives and leads to find his sister.
He is also in touch with the hands at the ranch daily and is ready to head back if they need him.
So much goes wrong for all of them in their pursuits .... it's the holiday season....
love how it all wraps up, so magical.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Royal Reversal by Shanelle Goldiene

 

Royal Reversal

 

 

 

Royal Reversal by Shanelle Goldiene
Not my typical genre but I love this new author and can't wait to read more of her works.
Almost like a fairy tale but the young woman is so mature it didn't come across as a 17 year old coming of age.
Story starts out with the backstory and we start hearing of how she is now a princess and why. So many hidden secrets come to light and some are not revealed yet...
Like the analogy between a princess and chess. Love learning about palace life and the obstacles Adalia has to overcome.
Adalia, known as Adelaide now is very keen, noticing things I would not have seen and putting the pieces together of other mysteries surrounding her new life.
She is being forced to take over where her twin sister left off when she was killed... She has help from her governess to learn about her sisters' life and many maids.
She trusts so many til she learns the truth about them. She was in love with many of them. Love when she learns of the letters her sister had written to others and plots to overtake comes to light.
Exquisite details of not only fashion, hairdo's but the jewelry. I can see the jewels sparkle in my mind.
Big turmoil comes to the palace after a big announcement and her life is in danger as her guards. Love the hidden passageways. So sad to those who had helped fight til the very end to keep others safe from harm.
Her solution to oust those who had betrayed her come to a head.
Love ending and twists in this book, SO unpredictable.
Mystery, romance, palace life, suspense, jewels and fashion, treaty that changes everything, keeping safe and alive...
Can't wait to read from this series. One of my top favorite books for this month.

Making Waves on The Aegean by Jori Aguilar Sams

 

 

Making Waves on the Aegean by Jori Aguilar…

 

 

 

 

Making Waves on The Aegean by Jori Aguilar Sams
I fell in love with this book for so many reasons: water, history, love and relationships, new words, religion and travel.
1. It's about the water, sea, sailing, mountains
2. It's about history of the area, in a fun way
3. Love stories and relationships
4. New words I learned along the way
5. Religion and beliefs of others, NOT forced on you or any pressure.
6. Travel, the sites, smells, sounds and colors are included.
Starts out with Jordan and she's aboard the schooner and we find out how she got there, the decisions and the things she gave up.
It's a volunteer position for several months as they prepare the schooner for the group of people who will come to learn about sailing.
She has no idea how to do much of the work she is told to do. She is not given instructions in how to do the work so she gets by and sometimes a lending hand from others helps the task get done.
Love the teamwork of the people where they all pitch in so everybody gets to relax at the end of the day.
She just is not getting along with Chip, the captain and she has no idea why. She is always given the most difficult tasks, the smelliest and he expects her to clean yards of rope with a toothbrush.
Others also see how she is treated and they know it's not fair.
Love how they all talk to one another, so many common interests. She is injured and knows she should have at least an x-ray done but no time off or money as she's not being paid at all.
She also does not get the sleep she needs, if she does have the time she can't sleep.
This is such an awesome tale and I hated to see it end as they all learn how to sail the schooner. Love the references to 'green lights' as things go smooth for once.
Love the descriptive details of the scenes, never knew there were THAT many shades of blue to describe the water. Sounds so peaceful and so beautiful.
Author makes you feel as if you are there with them and can feel the waves rocking the boat. She is able to meet with so many others who sometimes give her advice, some give her money, some food, and some just want to be her friend.
Throughout her whole life she doesn't feel treasured or good enough, and when she's just had the absolute enough of the mental abuse she has a decision to make, stay or get off the next stop.
Love how it ends with hopes of another story to follow where this one leaves off.
What a gem of a story, this book earns my best for the month when it's published, it's just so wicked good. There is something in here for everybody on so many levels.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Feeling Lucky by M S M Barkawitz

 

 

 

Feeling Lucky by M.S.M. Barkawitz

 

 

 

Feeling Lucky by M S M Barkawitz
This story surprised me along the way. Thought it'd be just a typical read, it's not that at all.
Exciting, moving, unpredictable and then some...
Story starts out with jackie and she's approaching a man she had slept with stating she was pregnant. She gets what she wants out of him and pays her pregnant girlfriend half of it.
Jackie also has noather on the line but he doesn't fall for it....and another who thinks she's his everything and more.
Lots of different scenes and story goes back wo when her mother was raising her, sometimes leaving her behind and she advanced her career.
She is thrown into the movie fiasco and I like how the events make a repeat performance later in the book.
While the whole pandemic is going on the story, on the west coast I can relive it all here on the east coast matching up events that occurred.
Being lesbian and the newborn is a surprise, covid and deaths. Love how she protects herself and had even taken classes.
Like how it ends, never saw that coming. So many schemes, half I didn't know even existed.
Was a wild ride for me! Love birthday party.
Received this review copy from the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

 

Christmas Past A Ghostly Winter Tale by John Adcox
Had not realized this was the next in a series I had read.
Story takes place in London during the Christmas holiday and she keeps David's picture on her night table, still NOT being able to say goodbye to him.
An urban legend of the holiday and she delves into the clues she's heard from others.
We also get exclusive information about David and his promise to return for Christmas Eve so they can hang their First Christmas ornament together and dance.
Feel like I've gotten two stories in one in this book, woohoo. Even if you are not familiar with Jessie and David you do get the story over a course of chapters that alternate about the ghost.
She hopes to reunite Sam with his Emily... Love that she bonks your hand on her head about the year of the uniform. She was looking so closely, too closely to even realize the year of the uniform.
Love how she takes matters into her own hands and makes things happen. Wow what a trip where the stories combine and to continue to her happy ending...
Great story, can't wait to read more from the author.
About the author and about the illustrator are included at the end.
Received this review copy from The Story Plant via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
#ChristmasPast #NetGalley

Spouse in the House: Rearranging Our Attitudes to Make Room for Each Other by Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby

 

 

Spouse in the House by Cynthia Ruchti

 

 

 

Spouse in the House: Rearranging Our Attitudes to Make Room for Each Other by Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby
Wanted to read this book as my spouse had been let go, they elimiated his position, back in january. He'd been with the company for 27 years.
Not going to retire til he's 66 1/3 so that leaves about a year left. After collecting unemployment and trying to keep up to date on computer things, that was his job, he got bored.
Tried getting him hobbies and he did enjoy a few but he will save them for when he does retire. We got a lot accomplished in the house while he was home, cleaning out things.
This book will be right up my alley as I've been there, survived it and no T shirt.
Book starts with praise from others and table of contents.
Story starts where the authors have alternating chances to state their facts. Sometimes you just have to laugh, if you've been there before.
There are a lot of sidenotes that I found very helpful along the way. A lot of comprising and trying not to step on each others toes.
I was lucky my spouse did go back to his old job-they renamed it something different and only out of work for 4 1/2 months. Now we know what to expect when he does retire.
Like conversations in the book also so you can see the other side of things.
What I found most helpful was inspriationsal charts at the very end. Never put things in columns before but it was so clear to actually see the words there.
Book ends with acknowledgements, a louse of a spouse, unsafe place and where to get help. This was eye opening for those who need it and for those of us who don't we may know others who can use this information.
Bible passages are included as well. Like questions at the end helping your spouse find his place in the house you are also living in.
Resources and notes are also included at the end.
Other works by the authors are listed. Very worthwhile book. So glad I got to read it.
Won this book in a contest and this is my honest opinion.

Royal Reversal by Shanelle Goldiene

 

 
 
 
 
Royal Reversal by Shanelle Goldiene 
Not my typical genre but I love this new author and can't wait to read more of her works.
Almost like a fairy tale but the young woman is so mature it didn't come across as a 17 year old coming of age. 
Story starts out with the backstory and we start hearing of how she is now a princess and why. So many hidden secrets come to light and some are not revealed yet...
Like the analogy between a princess and chess.   Love learning about palace life and the obstacles Adealia has to overcome.
Adalia, known as Adelaide now is very keen, noticing things I would not have seen and putting the pieces together of other mysteries surrounding her new life.
She is being forced to take over where her twin sister left off when she was killed... She has help from her governess to learn about her sisters' life and many maids.
She trusts so many til she learns the truth about them. She was in love with many of them. Love when she learns of the letters her sister had written to others and plots to overtake comes to light.
Exquisite details of not only fashion, hairdo's but the jewelry. I can see the jewels sparkle in my mind.
Big tumoil comes to the palace after a big announcement and her life is in danger as her guards. Love the hidden passagways. So sad to those who had helped fight til the very end to keep others safe from harm.
Her solution to oust those who had betrayed her come to a head.  
Love ending and twists in this book, SO unpredictable. 
Mystery, romance, palace life, suspense, jewels and fashion, treaty that changes everything, keeping safe and alive...
Can't wait to read from this series.  One of my top favorite books for this month.
 
 
 

Knits From Northern Lands 20 Projects Inspired by Traditional Knitting Techniques from the Scottish Isles to Scandinavia by Jenny Fennell



 
 
Knits From Northern Lands 20 Projects Inspired by Traditional Knitting Techniques from the Scottish Isles to Scandinavia by Jenny Fennell
Sample of 5 projects I received due to huge download of the total book contained a small section of the book.
Each pattern starts with a title and a brief paragraph of the item or facts  about the area.
Color full page photos are included along with more detailed photos of the design work.
Each pattern starts with a skill level, gauge, items you need: yarn and needles and what the model is made with.
Notions are also listed.
Charted patterns are included.  Pieces are sketched showing sizes as per size of the item..
Directions are given as how to start the project with detailed row by row instructions.
Abbreviations used in some projects are included in a chart format where they also tell you how to make specific stitches.
Stitch guide explaining how to make certain stitches are also included.
Diagrams showing these and other stitches are also included.
Charted instructions are included.  
I am a knitter for about 50 years now but would still practice the stitches in a trial run to make sure I was doing them right and to get into a comfortable rhythm.
Love the combinations of stitches telling a story on their own.
A KEEPER!
Received this sample review copy from Penguin Random House, Interweave via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
#KnitsFromNorthernLands #NetGalley. 
 

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder

 

 

Nomadland by Jessica Bruder

 

 

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
Love the tribute to Leonard Cohen, his words matter.
Story is about Linda and she's now over 60 and on the road traveling from one location to another while finding short term work.
She had raised two girls and had even moved in with them at one point but they downsized and no rom for her. She lives in her modified van and works seasonal jobs in America, heading to warmer climates in the winter, AZ where rent is cheap and she likes the job of tending to the campsites and facilities.
She has many friends and people she runs into yearly and has a wealth of helpful information about jobs, that either she's done or knows other who have done them.
Depression sets in when you are forced to work OT but are only paid for 8 hours and when you are told it will be 40 hours a week and lucky to get 20. You can't pay bills with lower money, never mind survive.
I had watched a movie about this woman on TV and although you can't hear her thoughts you can see her actions.
I would be terrified to live the life on the road, never knowing who was going to rob you, abuse you or kill you. With pandemic I feel things have gotten worse and its everybody for themselves out there.
Raised from a frugal mother who could cook a meal and feed others not in their immediate family they joke about the lack of hamburger in the spaghetti dinner.
Love the idea of the earth ship and how you grow food in the house and you do not need any utilities hooked up, the house sustain itself.
Book is so much more entertaining, giving you the history of living in vans, rv's etc like the Okies in grapes of wrath (love this mention) traveling to areas they could survive in.
Like how others have agreed to pitch in to help her with the adventure and living off the land.
Love hearing how she progresses with her dreams, plans and her earth ship. Wonder how it turned out.....
Love how smart she is and always listening to others on how they would do things, like building a water plant, using rain for crops, etc.
Travel, learning new things, way of the world when you live on the roads and public lands, fears of trafficking drugs, how to make ends meet.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 

 

 

 

Searching for Ganesha by Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

 

Searching for Ganesha by Paul Spencer Sochaczewski
This book starts out with a collection of Ganesha's and they are described using many factors:
description, medium, origin, date of creation, dimensions and the story behind it.
Praise for the authors works is included.
Other works by the author are listed along with reviews from many others.
Table of contents, introduction about collections and the story.
Like learning new things and this is one I had not realized came in many shapes, designs and from different materials.
Love that certain things like way the tusk is facing signifies something different to a certain group of worshipers, vs another group in another country.
Like all the detailed parts of the statues but especially the story behind them are fascinating.
With the descriptions I can picture them in my mind.
Resources are listed at the end along with about the author and his works.
High quality photos included throughout the book. Large file if digital format.
Quite large differences between Asian countries and small changes in idol statutes and what they mean.
Received this review copy from the publisher and this is my honest opinion.