Tuesday, June 15, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson




 I enjoy British country manor murder mysteries set in the 1920s and The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson was an excellent one. Charles Knox returns to England from Africa, where he made his fortune. His best friends brings him to a party where the host dies. Oh, and the host’s wife is Charles’ ex-fiancĂ©. Well written in 1920s style, an American woman sleuth emerges to prove it was murder, and leads the way to discover the murderer. Nice, easy read, with great characters and the beautiful English countryside. 


















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Monday, June 14, 2021

ART: Atomic Heron by Texas Collage Artist Parker Kaufman




 Atomic Heron

Tropical Bird Collage

by Parker Kaufman

12-21-2020

Oh, my photo of this beauty does not do it justice! The bright yellow background makes this stylized, high-powered heron pop with an Art Deco vibe to make you feel sunny all over on a cloudy day. 

Anyone else have the urge for a mixed drink with a little umbrella in it?







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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Schedule: June 14 - 18, 2021



 Mon., June 14 - ART:
Atomic Heron
by Parker Kaufman
Tues., June 15 - BOOK REVIEW:
Murder in the Manor
Murder at Sissingham Hall
by ClaraBarton
Wed., June 16 - INTERVIEW:
Canadian Inspirational Author
Wendy Russell-Sheppard
Thurs., June 17 - ENTERTAINMENT:
To The Lake
(Netflix)
Fri., June 18 - BOOK:
June Green Leaves of Deceit
A Cat Collier Mystery
by Carol Ann Kauffman









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Friday, June 11, 2021

BOOK: Dark Return by Carol Ann Kauffman


 

Dark Return is the much-requested sequel to my bestselling sci-fi/fantasy romantic adventure set in post apocalyptic times.

Dark Return, the sequel to Belterra, Time After Time, and takes place about ten years afterwards.

When Belterra was populated long ago by a select group of humans sent here by the ancients in the hope of saving the human race, the indigenous race of bat-like creatures called the Batrach were forced into the ocean and underground sea caves by a giant force field.

The force field has now weakened. The Batrach have emerged from their watery prison and they want their planet back.


Excerpt:

“Neeka,” called Lira at her door. “I hate to wake you when you get so little sleep as it is, but you are needed.”

“What is it, Lira?” she asked, putting on her robe.

“Your father. He is ill. I can do nothing with him. Will you come and see what you can do?”

“Of course. I’ll be right there. Call Ana and Fen.”

“They are already with him.”

Neeka dressed quickly and made her way to her father’s bedchamber. She opened the door to find a very ashy gray looking Lord Mica. She edged toward the bed.

“Father, I hear you aren’t feeling so well. What exactly is bothering you?” she asked, noticing his breathing was shallow and rapid. His coloring was off, greyish, pale. She touched his hand and head. No fever, that was good.

“I am sick.”

“Yes, we got that part. Sick from…?”

“Sick from war, sick from death. Sick from looking into the face of the certain demise of our entire species. Sick from my inability to rectify this situation. My heart aches. My people look to me for leadership and guidance; they expect me to figure out a way to save us. I am the Warrior Lord, but I’m no good at this war stuff. We have lived in peace all of my life. I am no strategist. I can hold my own against any human adversary, but not these reptilian monsters. I am, my daughter, a blatant failure.”

“Ana, Fen, come here,” Neeka asked. “Help me.” She put her hand on his chest. Ana and Fen did the same. They closed their eyes and breathed deeply, sending their vibrations into his body. Soon Lord Mica was breathing easier and his coloring had returned to normal.

“May I speak with my father alone please?” Ana, Fen, and Lira left the room.

“Ashamed of me, Neeka?”

She sat down across from him and stared at him. This war had certainly aged him. 

“Of course not. You are the Lord of the Warrior Clan, a man of healing and finesse. You know the ways of natural healing, of crystals, and light therapy. You know the natural cycles of the sun and the moon. You know the paths of the stars in the sky. You can predict the weather. And you can sense danger by sniffing the air. You know how to communicate with the plants and animals of our kingdom. You can handle any human problem that comes our way.”

“However, the problem facing us right now is non-human and I cannot understand or communicated with these damn bat creatures.”

“What does Lord Jamit say?”

“He’s praying. He’s cloistered himself away in prayer. He’s been praying for three days now.”

“How about Lord Milo?”

“Ineffective little punk. He never was leadership material. He takes orders well, but there’s not an original thought anywhere in his head. And Braedon? He’s the only one among us all who is a true leader and a strong fighter. He’s out there on the front line from dawn to dusk, doing battle with these beasts day in and day out. When I do see him, he looks so tired, so exhausted. Your husband needs rest. And maybe some loving attention from his wife. Your man needs time to replenish himself. Where is he?”

“He wasn’t home when I got back from the hospital. I really don’t know where he is.”

“Well, I do, daughter. He’s out there. If he’s not fighting, he’s carrying back the wounded before they can be eaten. He cannot go on like this. Insist that your husband rest. Take him by his ear and put him to bed.”

“Yes, Father, I will, just as soon as I find him. Now, back to you. Let’s see if I have this right. You’re having premonitions of impending doom.”

“Yes”

“You feel there is no way out of this.”

“Yes”

“You feel as our leader you have let whatever’s left of the human race down.”

“Yes”

“You feel we’re all going to end up dead.”

“Yes,” he shouted.

“And you’re making yourself sick over this.”

“Yes,” he whispered.

“Oh, Father, you are anything but a disappointment, to any of us. Yes, we have our problems. I, too, have had nightmares and premonitions that these beasts are gaining strength and have the definite edge over us in this fight. But, I know you’re going to find a way to pull us out of this. And you are not alone. You have your wonderful sons, the love boys, Lars and Omer and Vin and Emil by my stepmother, Lady Tela. You have your own personal fire-breathing dragon, my daughter, your granddaughter, Ana. You have Fen, My I’m-not-sure-what, but I know I’ve loved that young man since I first laid eyes on him as a sickly, lost, orphan child in Northford, and he grows more mature and intelligent and wise with every single passing day. You have Lira, the third woman you’ve bowled over with your kind, gentle, and loving ways. She is the absolute epitome of patience and devotion to you. And you have Braedon, my fantastic War Lord husband, and me, your wild, impetuous daughter. You aren’t carrying this burden by yourself.”

There was a knock at the door.

“I brought you some tea, My Lord,” Lira came in with a tray. “It will calm your nerves.” She poured and handed him the cup. He drank it down quickly. Lira stroked his head and smiled at him.

“Rest now, Father. Things will look better when you awaken.”

He nodded.

“Sleep, now, My Lord,” said Lira.

“I can’t sleep. I wish I could sleep, but I can’t, I’m so…”

“Of course you can, My Darling," said Lira. "I drugged your tea."








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Thursday, June 10, 2021

ENTERTAINMENT: Invisible City (Netflix)







This Brazilian series based on Brazilian mythology was a bit of a slow starter. What kept me watching was the stunningly beautiful jungle scene cinematography. Once the pace picks up, you barely have a minute to look away. Murder. Creatures. Caught between two worlds.  
Today vs. Yesterday. Good series, don't miss it. 
 
 

















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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

BOOK: Pennies From Across the Veil by Dennis Higgins


 The Seemingly paranormal phenomena recorded in this book 
are entirely based on actual events.


Pennies From Across the Veil is a love story… about death.


Karl Himmel tells the story to an unknown presence of how he met, fell in love, and married the woman of his dreams, Jenny Engels. But at the time of the telling, Karl and Jenny find themselves on different sides of the veil—the separation we call death. But not even death can stop true love. Powerful signs come to those from loved ones who have passed. They can be found any and everywhere; we just need to look for them. The most significant for Karl and Jenny was the finding of numerous wheat-back pennies. However, could there have been many others, and did these signs have a deeper meaning?

 

Of all the books I have written, none are as important to me as Pennies From Across the Veil. Its influence comes from every person I ever knew, loved, and who happened to die. With each and every person I ever knew who passed from this world to the next came signs, dreams, and occurrences, especially right afterward. Then I discovered it happened to other people as well. Sometimes the similarity of the events was striking. There were often common themes, such as butterflies, feathers, late-night phone calls, and yes, pennies. I was deeply moved to take all these experiences and combine them into one romantic love story about death. This is not a ghost story but a story of love, passion, and survival. 

 

Link: Pennies From Across the Veil - Kindle edition by Higgins, Dennis. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ AmazonSmile.

 

Award-winning author Dennis Higgins is a distant relative of Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier. He has traveled the world over, collecting story ideas. As a native of Chicago, Illinois, Dennis Higgins has a passion for things that are gone but not forgotten, a romance with the past. For him, time travel is the answer. If not for real, then in the pages of his books.

 

He now lives in the Chicago suburbs with his lovely wife and their Lhasa Poo dog, Dom Perignon.

 

Among his influences are Richard Matheson, Jack Finny, Dean Koontz, Joan Wester Anderson, Peter S. Beagle, and Audrey Niffenegger.

 

Author of Pennies From Across the VeilParallel Roads (Lost on Route 66), the Time Pilgrim series: (Katya and Cyrus, Almost Yesterday, and Tomorrow's Borrowed Trouble), Steampunk Alice, The Old Scrapbook, The Writer’s Apprentice, Christmas Returns to Pottersville, Confessions of an Internet Scammer, Goes to Eleven, and The Automated Wife.

 

Current work in process: Steampunk Lacey (Sequel to Steampunk Alice)

 

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could give it 10 Stars!

Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2016

Incredibly beautiful. This book is a soul toucher. It drew me in from the beginning and wouldn't let go. Poignant and sweet, it will take you from happiness to anguish and back in a heartbeat, and you will never be the same. Pennies From Across the Veil is an affirmation of love and also reaffirms that nothing and no one who is loved is ever truly lost. Awesome Read!

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Get your Kleenex ready

Verified Purchase

Pennies from across the Veil is a great story, and I recommend it highly.
One of the sweetest love stories I’ve read in a long time, but this one is different in so many ways.
I was confused a little at first, because we’re being told a story through the eyes of the main character- who is obviously not alone.
All in due time, you’ll figure it out just as you are flung deeper and deeper into the lives and minds of Karl and Jenny.
The signs, symbols, and truths are melded together perfectly to allow the reader to accept the depth of what they’re reading.
The characters are real and I enjoyed getting know them all.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A penny for your thoughts

Verified Purchase

I have read love stories. I have read ghost stories. Now I have read a present, afterlife love story.

Dennis, you engaged my heart and my eyes in a beautiful mystery of life and death. I believe and yet you have helped expand my own thoughts of after. This story had me lose sleep and some productivity. ... which -to me- is the best recommendation for a book!



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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: The Body in the Marsh by Nick Louth




I’ve read 71 books this year and The Body in the Marsh, DC Craig Gillard Crime Thriller Book 1 by Nick Louth, was the best I've read in a long time. It had me reading far into the night as the intricate plot twisted and turned through a most memorable murder mystery. This book had it all, from warm and fuzzy to stomach-turning, well developed normal characters doing their job, a far amount of forensics, and good, solid writing. I highly recommend this book.







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Monday, June 7, 2021

ART: Wood Sculptor Jeffrey Michael Samudosky


 














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Sunday, June 6, 2021

SCHEDULE: June 7 -11, 2021


 
Mon., June 7 - ART: 
Wook Sculptor 
Jeffrey Michael Samudosky
Tues., June 8 - BOOK REVIEW: 
The Body in the Marsh
by Nick Louth
Wed., June 9 - BOOK:
Penniesw From Across the Veil
by Dennis Higgins
Thurs., June 10 - ENTERTAINMENT:
Invisible City
(Netflix)
Fri., June 11 - BOOK:
Dark Return
by Carol Ann Kauffman







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Friday, June 4, 2021

BOOK: Belterra (Time After Time) by Carol Ann Kauffman


A Coming of Age Fantasy, 

Sci-fi Romantic Adventure


The Time After Time Series follows a pair of unlikely lovers on their adventures through their many lifetimes together. 

This time the couple is reborn on an alien planet, Belterra. The law forbids not only intermarriage, but interaction between the four clans is discouraged.
Will fate guide them to each other?

Braedon, Lord of the Soldier Clan of the East, often dreamed of a beautiful blonde woman. When he rode into the lavender fields of the West searching for her, he had no idea if she was even real. But there she was, Neeka, daughter of the Lord of the Warrior Clan, waiting for him.

He reached out to her and she accepted his hand, as memories of their previous lives flooded their minds and love warmed their hearts.

Fate can’t keep them apart. What they have is more than love. They’re eternal soulmates. Their everlasting love survived many lifetimes but never without sacrifice and heartache. This lifetime will not be any different.
Can one person make a difference?

Against all odds, the hatred among the clans, her father’s disapproval, and the power-hungry, evil scientists, Neeka fights for their love and the right to be together, changing not only their lives but the course of life, love, freedom, and the political structure of their planet forever.


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