The Merit Birds by Kelley Powell: Book Release May 2, 2015.
Uncategorized / May 1, 2015

[1] Book Review by:View Post Sharon Powers.      I grew up in the Sacramento Valley in California. I love driving down the roads smelling the different seasons as they come and go, the rice paddies, the sweet smell of harvest time as the alfalfa is cut, the corn and sunflowers harvested, and the tomatoes shipped off to the cannery. I love the wet earthy smell after a rain and crazy as it seems, I even love the dry, hot valley summer sun. And though the terrain is somewhat flat until you get to the coastal mountain range, I have come to love the wide open landscape and the many oaks that populate the valley and foothills. [2]      I have traveled to other places, like Ireland, where the beauty of the landscape cannot be denied. Yet, I always long for home, so here I am. I live where the sights, smells, and sounds are engraved on my mind and fill my memories with their delights.      In our story, today, The Merit Birds, by Kelley Powell, we meet Cameron (Cam) who loves his home in Ottawa, Canada. Cam loves his basketball team and the welcome familiarity of…

The Horse Healer: A Novel. By Gonzalo Giner. This new book was released 04-14-15!
Uncategorized / April 15, 2015

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      As a young woman, my favorite novel was, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell; I read this book more than thirty times because of my love for the story and, of course, for my love of horses. I was what people called, “horse crazy.” My bedroom had books about horses, Breyer horse statues, horse magazines, horse stickers, and, of course, I watched horse movies whenever I could (International Velvet starring Elizabeth Taylor, etc.). I told everyone that I was going to grow up and have a horse farm, and later, that I was going to be a veterinarian. [Image: 2] [Book: 3]      It was no surprise to anyone in my family that by my teenage years, when I had earned enough money, I was able to purchase a horse. I was able to bring to my family’s home in the country, a beautiful black mare that I named “Beauty.” My Beauty stood about 14.5 hands high and was a Quarter Horse Mix. Unlike “Black Beauty,” from the story, my Beauty didn’t have any white markings. Oh, but did I love her.      I would hug Beauty around the neck and…

Prey: a Novel by Michael Crichton [CD Edition], Book Review by Sharon Powers. Today, we take a look at Michael Crichton’s book, as we ask, “Is one form of listening [CDs, Kindle, Audio] better than another?”
Uncategorized / March 29, 2015

This edition of Prey is the downloadable edition from Audible. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      We were on the road headed to my daughter’s house for my grandson’s fun- eral. The radio was- n’t working because all around us were hills. Everyone in the car complained that they were bored… apparently no one had thought to bring along a book to read or a CD that we all could have enjoyed.       Finally, not able to take any more complaining, I stopped at a roadside super service station. First, I got out of the car and filled it up with gas. Then I went inside to see what I could find to still the complaining.   This is the box I purchased–except the cellophane wrapper has been removed. I paid $14.95 for the book. [2]      I poured over the CD racks  looking for a few that had enjoyable music (I knew I would need more than one) until, that is, I found the section with books on CD. Then I was almost immediately disappointed since it looked like all the good books were gone. Still, I decided to browse through them quickly to see if anything interesting…

Insurgent: The Divergent Series, Book 2, by Veronica Roth. This Eagerly Awaited Book-to-Movie now out in Theaters!
Uncategorized / March 18, 2015

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Last year on March 21, 2014, the movie, Divergent, came to the big screen; this year, in just a few short weeks, on March 20, 2015, Veronica Roth’s second book in the Divergent series, Insurgent, becomes a book-to-movie, and will open in theaters.      For fans of the Divergent series, as the date for the opening draws near, the long-awaited movie promises to satiate desires to see the book come alive on the big screen. And, although one can never tell whether or not an adaptation of a book to a movie will be a good one, at least fans know that book one’s adaptation was successful. This means that hopes are high for a repeat of success and that the movie will be as exciting as their enjoyment of the book.      Let’s begin our look at Insurgent, by Veronica Roth, by garnering a look at the synopsis. This a good place to begin, so everyone will know what the book is about. SYNOPSIS OF INSURGENT: [2]      At the end of Divergent, we learn that Tris, Four (Tobias Eaton), Caleb (Tris’s brother), Marcus (Four’s/Tobias’s father), and Peter (from…

In Search of Lost Dragons by Elian Black’Mor and Carine M. This WONDERFUL! Book was just released on 02-03-15! Check it out in this review!
Uncategorized / March 1, 2015

[1]  Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Like many little girls, I loved to read about dragons in stories. As an adult my fascination, admittedly, has dimmed a bit–it happens to all of us as we grow into adulthood and responsibility. However, I found my excitement with dragons rekindled when I read a story about a blue egg delivered to a young boy; the boy bonded with the dragon, Saphira, and he became a dragon rider. [(Eragon) 2] My Glaedr is 10″ tall and has a 12″ wingspan.      I was at a Barnes & Noble on the publica- tion date of an- other one of Christopher Pao- lini’s books, saw a stuffed Glader [2] sitting on top of a stack of books, and grabbed it–it was the last one! I still have the golden dragon–it is on guard duty at my house–so trespassers and prowlers, BEWARE! Guard Dragon, on duty! OK. Enough of my lame jokes….     The hero dragon, Glaedr from Christopher Paolini’s, Brisingr. [3]      The only other dragon items I have in my home are (1) a pop-up book about dragons that was given to me as a gift. It is a beautiful book…

Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars by Kevin Hearne. Book Released 03-03-15! Book Review by: Sharon Powers.
Uncategorized / February 25, 2015

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. [1]      We could say, “Once Upon a Time.” But, however we say it, Star Wars has become a legendary story, a myth, that has become part of cultures around the world. The Star Wars stories are far from over. As you can see, we have a brand new story to add to the expanding mythos surrounding the Skywalker Clan and the Jedi Knights. The author of this new novel is none other than Kevin Hearne, well-known author of the Iron Druid series. Kevin Hearne is absolutely one of my favorite authors.  [f2]      I was captivated when I first picked up Hounded, The Iron Druid Chronicles (Book 1), and immediately was entranced by Atticus O’Sullivan who wielded a magical sword Fragarach, and later on, Granuaile (who eventually becomes an Iron Druid); but the character I loved most was Oberon, the sausage craving canine, of the Irish Wolfhound variety–you’ve just got to LOVE Oberon!       Anyway, when I saw that Kevin Hearne was authoring this new Star Wars book, I readily volunteered to be one of the privileged few who would read the novel and present an impartial review…

Saint Odd: The Climax of the Entire Odd Thomas Series; Also, The Prequel: You Are Destined to be Together Forever [from the Odd Thomas Series], by Dean Koontz.
Uncategorized / February 21, 2015

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      It is here, at last. Saint Odd. The Climax of the entire Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. The long-awaited novel everyone has longed for; on one hand we get to read about Odd, again, but on the other hand, we fear both Oddie’s death, and that the final book won’t tie up all the threads that were woven throughout the series, and that we will hate the ending (for not living up to our expectations).      Here follows a quick recap. These are the novels that preceded this final installment of Odd Thomas: ODD THOMAS: THE JOURNEY A short and poignant story about young love. Learn about the catalyst that shap- ed Odd and Stormy’s lives.[2] (.5) A prequel: You Are Destined To Be Together Forever, Odd Thomas Series Prequel:       The prequel that readers longed to read, takes us all the way back to the beginning–Odd’s pivotal relationship with Stormy Llewellyn. Read this short story to learn about the prophecy that made the young couple believe that they would be together forever. When a carnival came to town, the pair go to visit the “Gypsy Mummy,” a prognosticator that dares them…

Don’t Point That Thing at Me: The Mortdecai Trilogy, Book 1, by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Big Screen Limited Release of Book-to-Movie: Mortdecai, was on 01-23-15!
Uncategorized / January 29, 2015

The first book of The Mortdecai Trilogy, is Don’t  Point That Thing at Me. Book 2, is After You With The Pistol, and Book 3, Something Nasty in the  Woodshed. The trilogy, The Mortdecai Trilogy, may also be purchased in the paperback format, apt- ly enough, under the title, The Mortdecai Trilogy.[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.    Don’t Point That Thing At Me, by Kyril Bonfiglioli had movie rights purchased and was made into a movie that opened in theaters this week, Friday, January 23, 2015. The movie, entitled simply, Mortdecai, from the name of the protagonist of Kyril Bonfiglioli’s book, is very loosely based upon Bonfiglioli’s book.       Many changes were made in order to adapt the book to the silver screen. Writing the screenplay for Mortdecai, was Eric Aronson, who also received writing credits for the movie, On The Line. Directing the movie was David Koepp, notable director of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit; Angels and Demons; Spider Man; Jurassic Park; The Lost World: Jurassic Park; Carlito’s Way; Stir of Echoes, and many other popular movies.      Before we delve any more into the book-to-movie, both book and film, let’s take a look at the synopsis for Kyril Bonfiglioli’s book….

The World Made Straight: A Novel by Ron Rash–Book-to-Movie–Out Now in Limited Release!
Uncategorized / January 20, 2015

This is the movie edition cover of Ron Rash’s novel, The World Made Straight.  [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      It was reported that on, “Jan. 18, 1863, troops from the 64th North Carolina Infantry under the command of Lt. Col. James Keith lined up 13 men and boys, ranging in age from 13 to 60, made them kneel and shot them at point-blank range.” One of the captured was a 13-year-old boy by the name of David Shelton. [2]       Before being shot, the boy pleaded with his captors saying, “You have killed my father and brothers. You have shot my father in the face. Do not shoot me in the face.” The soldiers fired, killing four more of the captives, and wounding young David in both arms.  [3]    David then, in close proximity to one of the executioners, grabbed the soldier by the legs and cried out, “You have killed my old father and three brothers, you have shot me in both arms….I forgive you all this–I can get well….Let me go home to my mother and sisters.” [2]      Though his cries were pitiful, the soldiers hauled David back to the firing line next…

Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life by Sally G. McMillen–New Biography Book Release–Date: 01-29-15
Uncategorized / January 14, 2015

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      I came home from grade school so excited because our teacher had read to us today about a woman who had lived during the time of the Civil War. Her name was Elizabeth Blackwell, and she was the very first woman to become a doctor in the United States. What had so enthralled me as a grade school girl was just how much determination she had.       My teacher told us that Elizabeth Blackwell had to apply over and over again to get into medical school and even then her struggles didn’t end. She steadfastly kept her goal in sight and determined nothing would stop her–including some men who didn’t want to see a woman in the medical profession. It seems the men at that time thought that women belonged at home, taking care of the children. I thought that she was an extraordinary woman and came to admire her greatly. Lucy Stone giving a speech. [2]      As I began reading Lucy Stone’s story, I began learning many things about her. Things, I thought, that seemed similar to what Elizabeth Blackwell had gone through. No. Lucy Stone didn’t become a…