Tuesday Book Review: “The Pigeon Prince”

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The Pigeon Prince

by M.R. Warriner

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478788805

Synopsis*:

Paolo is a young pigeon in Venice who craves to become human. He gets his chance during the annual carnival when he disguises his identity with a magnificent costume that makes him look like a human. Walking among people, he concludes that they, in turn, really want to be birds! Paolo realizes that he is perfect just the way he is, and has always been what he desired most to be: someone special.

M.R. Warriner’s The Pigeon Prince richly illustrated by Italian artist Francesco Dibattista, is a great way to teach elementary school children that they can be happy in their own skin. Facts pages lend an educational component to this charming story of adventure and self-respect.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Meet Paolo Piccione, one of the famous pigeons of St. Mark’s Square, in new book—a lyrical allegory in the form of a lavishly illustrated children’s story.

M.R. Warriner is a business executive turned author who advocates self-discovery as the path to individual and team fulfilment. His new juvenile fiction book, The Pigeon Prince, has been published by Outskirts Press—the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company.
Venice is a magnificent city, especially if you’re a pigeon. Not only do the people of Venice feed the birds, but tourists at St. Mark’s Square lay birdy banquets at their feet! But there is one bird, Paolo Piccione, who yearns to be more than a pigeon….
This beautifully illustrated, lyrical story tells the tale of Paolo, a prince among pigeons who wants to be human, and the grand adventure that leads him to realize it is silly to long to be something he is not. Both children and adults will enjoy this tale of a Venetian pigeon’s journey to self-discovery.
About the Author: M.R. Warriner traveled the world in search of lessons to develop the talents and shape the cultures of teams with dreams. As a people executive for both start-ups and legends like Disney, Gallup, and Marriott, he helped birth fifteen innovative enterprises. His senior quest is helping teams redefine and reshape the idea of great companies by grounding them in universal principles of faith. The Pigeon Prince is his debut book.

– Review on YAH GOTTA READ THIS

 Other Reviewers Are Saying …

The Pigeon Prince is a universal tale of longing to be different than one already is. The story is sweetly told, gorgeously illustrated, and has the timeless lesson of realizing that you are already the best “you” that can be. Bonuses include a glossary of terms, and fun facts on pigeons. This beautiful book makes a lovely gift for children and parents who encourage them to excel at being themselves.

– Amazon Reviewer Ann M. Peterson

A wonderful story with a great message along with beautiful illustrations. My daughter and I enjoyed it the first time and will many more times to come. The history and fun facts at the end were particularly enjoyable.

– Amazon Reviewer Shane Vaughn

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Tuesday Book Review: “Dine Fine, Forget Frugal”

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Dine Fine, Forget Frugal

by Chef Jonathan Ho

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478765158

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Synopsis*:

Food…Everyone’s First Love… Frugal cooking, imitation ingredients, or family meals in a few minutes…appropriate for some, but not for me. A delicious dish crafted with natural ingredients, time, and technique will win their hearts (and stomachs) every time. If you want to impress your family, friends, and guests with wholesome and unique dishes you’ll love this cookbook! With today’s Internet, it seems a shame not to take advantage of fast shipping from distant markets and vast access to new, exotic ingredients rife for the picking. These far-away foods may be a bit pricier than something you can pick up at the corner store, but getting hold of these delectable morsels is well worth the effort. The recipes in this cookbook aren’t fast and frugal, but they are works of culinary art you’ll be glad you got your hands on. Life is too short to deprive yourself and your loved ones of a little wholesome indulgence…

You deserve it!

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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A fusion chef presents 30 high-end hors d’oeuvres. “I’ve committed my career to celebrating the US culinary melting pot,” Ho (That’s the Spirit, 2012) declares. He grew up in Hawaii, where he helped in his father’s Honolulu restaurant, and at age 16 moved to Pennsylvania’s Amish country. Both influences are evident in his recipes—“Hapa-Ham” Burgers and Rock Salt Plum Ribs; and an unusual take on Pennsylvania Dutch chicken and waffles—alongside a range of other American food cultures, including Tex-Mex, Southern, and various Asian cuisines. The book focuses exclusively on appetizers and soup shots. Even familiar foods like macaroni and cheese are reworked with piquant flavors to make them special-occasion dishes—in this case, using a blend of fine cheeses and adding crab meat, saffron, and caviar. Ho delights in blending the traditionally savory and sweet in playful combinations that will be “confusing to the palate,” like filling a donut with chicken, beans, and cheese, or flavoring a potato-corn cupcake with vanilla and chamomile tea. One of the best examples of the fusion food approach is his “terichanga,” a fried burrito stuffed with teriyaki-marinated rib eye beef and topped with mango-avocado salsa. Best not to look too closely at the nutritional information—the figures are slightly alarming, even for amuse-bouche serving sizes. Each recipe is accompanied by an appealing color photograph, background information, substitution advice, and details on how to source unusual ingredients. Some explanatory notes (for hoisin sauce, Berkshire pork, and the Amish) are repeated in multiple recipes; they could all be collected into a glossary at the end. Fractions would be more useful than decimals when measuring ingredients, and the ornate font becomes a challenge to read. But these small quibbles cannot detract from the quality of these truly indulgent dishes. In many cases, the ingredients are so expensive that these recipes are likely to be reserved for a blowout dinner party, perhaps around Christmastime—a perfect occasion for Turkish-style reindeer meatballs. A final section of musings gives strategies for creating harmonious dishes and pleasing picky eaters. A mouthwatering collection of decadent appetizers.

– Review on Keoni Cookbooks


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Tuesday Book Review: “e-Love”

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e-Love: Escapades in Search of Romance in the Digital Age

by I. A. Nova

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478776727

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Synopsis*:

Swipe right for E-Love, I. A. Nova’s charming, witty tale of love in the digital age. After being dumped by the man she thought was her one and only, Claire, a romantic, finds herself looking for love online.

A romantic using an online dating site? What could go wrong?

To Claire’s surprise, after only a few missteps, she meets Ian, an enigmatic musician and horseman. Their love burns bright and true.

For a while.

Once again, Claire finds herself alone, but this time she understands that romantic love is not the only thing that can fill the space in her heart. She decides to make her way to Africa, where she will fully devote herself to helping others by volunteering at an orphanage.

Claire’s life is not done twisting and turning, though. The online world is infinite, and so are the paths our real lives can take. After a chance encounter, Claire finds herself at a crossroads. Which way will she swipe this time?

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Nowadays new technologies have affected all spheres of life, including love. Virtual love supplanted the real, affecting the quality of relationships and values between women and men. True love has become sort of a ghost and found its place in the imagination and hopes of desperate cyberspace voyageurs. Claire is one of them. She is bathing in the rays of loneliness and disappointment, living through truth and lies, tears and joy, occasionally sharing the mystery of her heart with her dear friend. The book is about a chapter in a life of a young, intelligent, and divorced woman who realized that “the world is made for couples” and in her efforts to find “the One” dives into the world of online dating. She discovers not only surprises that come along with online dating but also herself, the new Claire, who is ready to share the warmth of her heart at any distance in the cyberspace in order to find true feelings in the second world, which is the reality. Unfortunately, virtual love hurts the real heart. Will Claire be able to say goodbye to e-cards and e-flowers ending online love games and textationships and lay a solid foundation for the lasting and beautiful relationship with someone from the real world; or will she drown in the gigabytes of virtual memories and affection? It is for the reader to find out.
I highly recommend this book for both women and men. It will grasp your attention to the last page. Witness the richness of imagination intertwined with bitter reality that single women often face when exposing their souls to e-love. The book is well-written and contains numerous scenes that will make you laugh and cry (the scene with the river otters made me cry and feel so much for Claire). I read this book non-stop for 8 hours and, in the end, I wanted to know more. I think the author should consider writing the second part, and, in my opinion, the story is an excellent choice for a modern romance movie.
Single men, who face difficulties in finding a partner online, are recommended this read because they can learn more about the mysterious mind of a woman in search of love, her inner desires, and what she really wants in a man. The novel reveals the author’s mastery of interpreting the matters of the heart and explores the mind of a single woman. Very compelling and details-rich story. Impressive debut by a new and talented American author who, no doubt, should be noticed and rewarded. I.A. Nova rocks!

– Review by Natasha R on Amazon

 

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This isn’t a short book, but it reads quick. It starts off quickly and keeps going all the way to the end — never slowing a bit.

If you’re looking for a quick, clean, fun look at a woman’s journey through the tangled mess of internet dating, this is a good choice.

The only thing I didn’t like was the end. I didn’t know if Claire ended up with Ian, Yves or just went to Africa by herself. The story just sort of ends… with that question hanging in the air… and I prefer endings where everything is wrapped up neatly with a bow.

But, regardless… I enjoyed the heck outta this little book. It’s probably one of the sweetest reads I’ve had in a long time.

– Amazon Reviewer J Carl

I recently had the pleasure of reading “E-Love” by I. A. Nova, and was happily surprised. The readers follow the “online” adventures of Claire, the main character, whose great personality and determination takes her on a roller coaster ride of emotions and experiences. The story is eloquently written, filled with twist and turns, and presented with a touch of humour. Everyone can easily identified with Claire and her adventures, frustrations, and hopes that comes with joy of “finding love” online and in life! I highly recommend this book! 🙂

– Amazon Reviewer Vic

 


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Tuesday Book Review: “Asunder”

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Asunder: A Novel of the Civil War

by Curt Locklear

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478758525

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Synopsis*:

Thrust into the middle of Civil War battle, with both Union and Rebel protagonists and antagonists, Asunder, the first in a trilogy, is a story of love and loss and of families torn apart. Thoroughly researched, the novel presents numerous complex, memorable characters struggling against incredible odds in an epic spanning from Texas to New York.

The story begins in frigid February, long after the battle. Cyntha Favor, an abolitionist and ardent believer in Spiritualism, searches the battlefield in hopes of finding her husband’s grave. Having received erroneous reports of his death, she hopes to free his tormented soul.

Sara Reeder, initially naive and an ardent supporter of the Southern cause, is thrust into the battle maelstrom. An excellent horse-woman, she rides to warn the army of a surprise attack, but is too late. With battle all around, she aids wounded Union soldiers, and her zeal for the war changes forever. In early 1861, both armies wore an assortment of uniforms. The Union had not adopted the standard blue uniform. Cyntha’s husband, a Union soldier, Iowa Grays volunteer, Joseph Favor, is found unconscious by Sara. Nursed to health by Sara and her father, Lucas, he awakens with no memory, unable to recall even the battle. The Reeders perceive him to be a Confederate.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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I have studied the Civil War for decades and this book is an accurate portrayal of that time period.  The author really brings to life the world of the 1860’s Missouri.  The characters of Joe, Cyntha, Sara, Lucas and Dred, amongst others are very well crafted and quickly a reader finds himself caring for what will happen to each character.  The story runs in relatively three distinct plot lines that are deeply interwoven.  The author very accurately portrays not only that war is killing and death but he also amazingly brings to light the fog of war. I have rarely seen anything outside of unit battle diaries that offer such a succinct feel for that key aspect of war.  I really enjoyed Joseph in the army and Sara and her family not to mention Cyntha and her protector Josiah.

It was not clear to me as a reader that this was part one of three until late in the book.  Further, I was more than disrupted by the constant flash backs and flash forwards.  It was extremely confusing at times to go from six months ahead to five months back to three days later to six months back, etc.  Had this book been crafted in a smooth chronological order, it would have been 5 stars.

I personally found the portrayal of the river pirates and the Jayhawks to be too realistic and offensive.  Fans of Games of Thrones/Walking Dead/Vikings will appreciate the lawlessness and disgusting behavior.  I could do with much less of it.  There is enough in the basis of the story with the war and all the turmoil and drama without the extra aspects.

A worthy read and now I must read part two to see what happens to Cynthia as she tries to find her brother.

– Review by N. N. Light on the POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing blog

 

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I read a lot of Civil War novels by best-selling authors and those new to the genre like Mr. Locklear. I’m happy to give Asunder five well-deserved stars. It’s easy for writers of first novels to lean on clichés and tired vignettes to tell their story. It’s easy to let the action carry the plot and forget to develop fully rounded characters. Not so with Asunder. The tale begins with a mostly unknown major battle in the often overlooked state of Missouri and dives immediately into the lives of several interesting people, civilian and military, women and men, slave and free. I recommend Asunder to any reader who wants a great story about likable characters cast into terrible situations. I’m ready for the second book of the trilogy.

– Amazon Reviewer Philip T McBride

I love historic fiction but have to be careful as when I find a good book I tend to stay up too late reading. This book did not disappoint so I have had some long days after nights where I can’t put it down. I am about 3/4’s of the way through and could not wait to write a terrific review. If you like reading about the Civil War you will enjoy this read leaning about battles, ship wrecks and seances.

– Amazon Reviewer Barbmom

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Tuesday Book Review: “Population Control: The Life & Crimes of Terryn Masters”

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Population Control: The Life and Crimes of Terryn Masters

by Amy Cottrell

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478758525

Synopsis*:

When Terryn Masters was offered an opportunity she couldn’t pass up, a means of survival and a way off the streets, she never thought it would mean being asked to kill the identical twin sister she didn’t even know existed, the only link to a mysterious past she’d give anything to uncover. After an unfortunate life of bouncing haphazardly through the foster care system, Terryn Masters finds herself as a young adult braving the unforgiving streets in the dead of winter. Just when she thinks her luck has completely run out, a beautiful but secretive Winnie Alexander approaches her and offers her the chance to not only get off the streets, but a chance for a life of privilege and luxury, one like she’s never imagined.

There is, however, a catch, and it’s a big one. In exchange for the new penthouse and fancy car, Terryn must become a slave to The Agency, a secret government entity founded during The Great Depression to control the United States’ population. She must agree to kill American citizens, targets picked at random, in order to keep the necessary economic balance. Merely as a means of survival, she reluctantly accepts Winnie’s proposition. After months of training and a torrid affair with Winnie, Terryn, who has been groomed to look like a lady but think like a killer, meets and becomes seriously involved with an older and irresistible Agent Wade Warner, who further complicates her already complex existence.

While struggling to come to terms with her violent occupation and simultaneously juggling two lovers, she gets an assignment that is not only impossible, but the key to uncovering who she is and where she came from. The sinister Agent Mercer, the very agent who trained Terryn to be the skilled killer she has become is also dangerously obsessed with Winnie and sends Terryn on a mission to kill the identical twin sister she knew nothing about, turning her world completely upside down. With The Agency hot on her heels, she goes on the run to save hers.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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This book was so cleverly written– so many twists and turns. It was so descriptive–I felt like I was there with the characters. I could not put it down. I will definitely recommend this book to everyone!!
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– Review and image by Paige Freeman

 

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This book not only grabs your attention from the very first chapter it keeps you focused all the way through!!! I could not put this book down.. I read it in 8 hours!! Anxiously waiting for more from Amy Cottrell!!!

– Amazon Reviewer k jones

You can not put this book down. Every page is filled with excitement. You will enjoy this book. Can’t wait to see if the author can bring it again.
Looking forward for the sequel.

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Tuesday Book Review: “The Still Sad Music”

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The Still Sad Music

by Shawn Merritt

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478787570

Synopsis*:

The Still Sad Music, resembling in style works by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a gripping novel about the erratic life of Jeffrey Killingsworth, a fascinating, tragic figure who essentially staggers through life victimized by misfortune, persecuted by mental illness, and ravaged by drug addiction. In a state of constant crisis, Jeffrey is forced to consider several different lifestyles that will all produce very different results. Will he escape the madness? Will he choose to live cleanly and learn to cope with his misfortunes or will he continue to numb the pain with drugs and ultimately die for his addiction?

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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The Still Sad Music documents the erratic life of Jeffrey Killingsworth, a fascinating, tragic figure who staggers through life victimized by misfortune, persecuted by mental illness, and ravaged by drug addiction. In a state of constant crisis, Jeffrey is forced to consider several different lifestyles that will all produce very different results. Will he escape the madness? Will he choose to live cleanly and learn to cope with his misfortunes, or will he continue to numb the pain with drugs and ultimately die for his addiction?
Author Shawn Merritt is currently enrolled in the English Literature PhD program at Georgia State University, and will graduate at the end of spring 2018. The Still Sad Music, his debut novel, is a dark and enthralling tale reminiscent in style of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

reviewed by Asli Fratarcangeli of Yah Gotta Read This

 

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I thought the book was excellent, an exciting emotional roller coaster, with great character development and a theme that impacts one’s soul.

– Amazon Reviewer

Powerful,riveting, very well written. I highly recommend. It will touch your soul.

– Amazon Reviewer

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Tuesday Book Review: “The Silver Moon”

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The Silver Moon: Sadie Wheaton

by Charita Padilla

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781432798611

Synopsis*:

This book is about Sadie and her three friends, who are very interested to do magic of their own experience. But they are curious: how to do it? What would work or not? Sir Winterland knows that one of the girls does have a very special gift in her and also knows that her parents had been experimenting with the Witchcrafts durnig their lives. Sir Winterland decides to invite Sadie and her three friends to attend his school and to learn an exciting experiment that they never knew before. This story is about Magic, Excitement, Adventure and many sensational feelings. You may see it clearly.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Sadie Wheaton and her three friends have always been close, but they’ve bonded even more strongly during their experiences together in Wizard School.

Now in their third year, young Sadie discovers that she has a rare gift … she can cast a very special spell.

Sadie’s talent is noticed by someone who does not have her best interests at heart … someone who wants to control Sadie and use her gifts for selfish gain.

The Silver Moon is a funny, suspenseful, enchanting story that will have you on the edge of your seat, and eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

reviewed by Beth of Beth’s Book Reviews

 

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

I think it is very detailed. I love their expressions in the book and it is really funny and serious; at points my son actually likes it too cause they’re talking about wizard school and I think he thinks it reminds him of Wizards of Waverly Place in a way, so he has been wanting me to read it more and more and I am enjoying it so far, and I usually don’t read books but this one I must say is very funny and serious and is really well. I hope you guys enjoy it; I’m only on page 52 but I’m a mom taking care of a boy by myself, so, but he has been showing interest in the book and he’s only 6yrs . I hope you guys check it out and buy it I know I’m glad I did 🙂

– Amazon Reviewer Lins B

No one likes to be used, as tempting as it can often seem. “The Silver Moon” is a novel of fantasy, following third year wizard Sadie Wheaton as she finds that she has her own special magical talents, but there are those who want to use her for their own selfish purposes, and Sadie must confide in her friends to keep her will her own. “The Silver Moon” is a riveting read for young adult fantasy readers, much recommended.

– Buhl’s Bookshelf at the Midwest Book Review

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