Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Angel's Bend by L.A.Dale

~ An Aussie Review ~

OK so this was my holiday reading pile at our holiday unit. I made a fair dent in it and that's why you'll see more than the usual amount of reviews popping up on my blog. Watch out for the top book on the pile, next time you see it on my blog, there will be a give-a-way attached. 

~The Review ~ 

Seventeen year old Lacey, completely ran off the rails after the death of her mother. To get her life back into order and complete high school, she moves to a small town to live with her aunt. She hopes to leave her past behind and start afresh.
            Lacey is lured to join a gang whose dress code is black clothes, black eye liner, black hair etc. She finds herself attracted to two very good looking boys in the town - Zac, the leader of the gang and Cam the guy who seems to be stalking her and tends to turn up when Lacey finds herself in trouble.
            In a mix of demons and angels together with God and Satan, the characters turn to tarot card reading and wicker to find solutions. Being a Paranormal Romance, this isn't the regular genre I choose to read, but it is a compelling story and literally couldn't put it down.
            L.A. Dale posted an invitation to read her book on Goodreads, I decided to check it out and purchased Angel's Bend through Amazon. This is the first full novel I've read in ebook format and as I sat down to write the review, I realise how much I like to hold the book in my hand and flick through for a quick revision before writing. Perhaps next time I plan to review an ebook novel, I might take some notes as I go.
           I have to say I still believe that nothing beats the feel of paper in your hand but I'm so ok with technology and look forward to buying loads more ebooks in the future. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Heidi's October by Penelope McCowen

~ An Aussie Review ~

Heidi likes to start each month with a list of new resolutions. To her, the annual resolutions made on New Year’s Eve, fall by the wayside too quickly. As Heidi writes her list for October, she had no idea of the bombshell her best friend is about to drop on her or that she will follow with an irreversible, inebriated blunder. After that one slip up, the future plays out the devastation of life changing consequences.
            Heidi runs from the pain and finds herself in deep conversations with an elderly family friend who introduces her to the ways of God. Heidi opens her mind to the possibility that she could be forgiven and get through the tragedy. But facing the ones she hurt seems all too hard.
            Heidi's best friend Annaliese is left burdened and isolates herself. Their relationship seems doomed because of an intoxicated mistake.
            Penelope McCowen's style of writing is easy to read and this story compels you to turn the page. I was in tears and laughter from very early in the novel and the high level of attachment to the characters didn't dissipate at any stage.
            Heidi's October is a charming Christian Fiction novel with romantic elements.   

Disclaimer - I purchased this book after seeing Penelope speak at the Word Writers Fair, Brisbane. It was a WOW book for me, so I felt compelled to review

Sunday, November 20, 2011

NaNoWriMo...can I make it?

I'm lagging.
And lacking solid writing time.
And since spending a day with the lovely Mary Hawkins, I want nothing more than to continue on with what I worked on last Friday.
But I will continue.
And hopefully I'll find a couple of good writing sessions
And then the third in the trilogy with be penned ...
Or typed...
Well, the bare bones of the novel will be out of my mind and safely saved and backed up for future developments next year.
But I can't help but look forward to December where I can freely clean up my WIPs.
At the moment I'm away from home with my family and enjoying this time creating memories.
I did take some photos....
But me of IT cluelessness...
Can't work out how to up load them
 (I think I'll leave blogging til I'm back at my PC) 

Are you loving the moment or looking forward to something?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Justice at Baragula by Mary Hawkins

~ an Aussie Review ~ 

When heavy illegal behaviour transforms a person to become hardened and detached, can justice melt away those calloused years and renew the beauty within? This is what Mary Hawkins explores in Justice at Baragula, the third in the Baragula Trilogy.

The first, Return to Baragula and you may have already read my review for Outback from Baragula - are all great books, but I have to say Justice at Baragula has become my favourite in the series.

In this novel, we return to the mountains of Baragula to two of the characters from the other stories, Brad and Madeline.

The now less than friendly Maddie has many secrets that begin to unravel when her pet cow is mysteriously found off the farm and fire destroys parts of her family property.

Bradley Hunter, the likable policeman from the previous stories, is out to solve the mysteries that have hardened his long time friend and childhood flame, Maddeline Huneysuckle.

This page turner novel is action packed with a hint romance where the characters questions their faith. Mary then delves into how the characters deepen their faith.

Mary Hawkins is a highly acclaimed author with more than 800000 books in print.Wow.. yes I had to read that figure twice.

And tomorrow, I get to hang out with Mary and work intensively on one of my novels.  I'm completely beside myself with excitement!

I'm off to fetch my learning hat! 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Intrinsically Unique

Have you ever thought about how intrinsically unique we are made? But what happens when you don’t fit the box? What if, from the outside your complex character looks simple?

Over the past year or so I’ve been called an ‘A’ type personality, a melancholy and several other boxed up personality traits that I don’t consider fit me well.
The most recent went something like this, ‘Because you enjoy writing, and you enjoy being home with your children (home schooling), you are an introverted type person.’

You see, I grew up in a house of introverts who were mostly melancholic. Being the youngest, I guess it was inevitable to outwardly pick up many of those traits.
When I look at the meaning of introvert and extrovert, I don’t fit either. I’m happy to be off in my mind creating stories, yet I get charged with energy while with people.
My sister and I discovered a term years ago that I think is a better fit – an Introverted Extrovert. Impossible? No. Unique? Yes.

Seeing myself through the eyes of others and knowing who I was created to be, has given me greater perspective as I embark on writing about two girls who seem outwardly quite simple yet inwardly they are uniquely complex. My hope is to let their uniqueness shine but in a simple way as to not confuse the reader.

Do you fit a personality box?

If you write, have you created a character that is uniquely complex yet simple to read about? Or do you try and keep your characters in standard boxed up personalities?

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Anything Shop

 The Anything Shop

~ An Aussie Review ~

The Anything Shop 
written by Dawn Meredith 
Illustrated by Lesley Vamos

This chapter book takes kids into the world of intangibles. Charlie is happy to trade the hugs he receives from his family for a new magical cricket bat.  After glorious praises for his new cricket talent, Charlie begins to miss his family’s hugs. He meets Sam, who didn’t like his family laughing at him and happily traded the laughter for a shiny new spy kit. Sam soon realised that not only had his family stopped laughing at him, they wouldn’t even laugh when he was trying to be funny. Together the boys set out to snoop on the owners of the anything shop, hoping to exchange the spy kit and cricket bat in return for their hugs and laughs.

This is a fun story for the early reader or a lovely book to read to children. With fun illustrations dotted throughout, it will urge even the most reluctant reader to turn the page. The Anything Shop opens the readers’ eyes to intangibles. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door

 by Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler

~ A Review ~

I believe that we all need to work out what faith we truly believe in. It’s easy to continue on with what our parents have taught us or sway to what our friends think, but until we really delve into our spiritual beliefs and question what is right, there is a huge possibility we’ve accidentally checked our brains at the door.

This book is aimed at youth and is broken into six sections: Myths about God, Myths about Jesus, Myths about the Bible, Myths about the Resurrection, Myths about Religion and Christianity, and Myths about Life and Happiness.

Each section discusses and challenges general comments that are heard from friends, society and media. The authors include concise details and add humour to make it an enjoyable read.  At the end of each chapter there is a healthy ‘Brain Food’ section, which encourages the reader to research for themselves.

This review is for the updated and revised edition of Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door, published in 2011. The original was published back in1992.

The only downside of this book is that it is written purely from the Christian perspective. Seeing things through others eyes can be just as informative.

This book is a very enjoyable read filled with inspiration and for me confirmation. I would recommend it to any youth as well as anyone who isn’t sure what they believe in.

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