Saturday, December 27, 2014

Recent Book Reviews and Recommendations

The Most Uncommon Cold I - Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Kevin Turner is a reporter on the run from...Yikes!
As if the world isn't weird enough, this author
creatively invents a horrific setting full
of human ‘shells’ that/who(?) follow him to the Gerald
Ford school where his wife works and a
church where he intends to find solace, only to end up
at the police station where Detective Lawrence
wants to know what’s going on. The flashbacks and memories
kind of tangle with the action but the characterizations and
descriptions are great.

Fast paced and graphic, it’s not the stuff I normally
read but someone recommended it and I’m glad to have read
it. For some strange reason my favorite part
had to do with a giant burrito. Perhaps recalling my own days
at a newspaper when I had to hurry in to a
store for lunch, grab a burrito and eat it in my car before
deadline. Something about deadlines does sound
zombie-ish and the terror of missing a deadline is worse than
any growling hunger. Anyway, that part made
me chuckle and sympathize with Kevin. I liked this book but
it seriously gave me nightmares.

White Fang

17 used & new from $2.84

Perhaps I’m late in the game having finally read
 JackLondon’s storyWhite Fang and yet I feel that now that I’m older
I appreciate the hardship this
combination wolf /dog endured. White Fang’s trials are
interpreted with eloquent, yet graphic detail.
The miraculous transformation is almost mortifying for
the proud son of a she-wolf.
Lured into many bloody battles, the story winds from
Northern tundra, to forest, camp,
river, cabin and finally a stately home in California....
London’s instincts and soulful accounts of
feelings, dreams and travel from White Fang’s perspective
made me reflect on my own rescue dogs
and how they must have felt when they faced commonplace
situations and obstacles in their lives.
If you are a dog lover, then you owe it to yourself to read
this book!

Eula May and the Flim Flam Nun

10 used & new from $7.40

Eula May is in big trouble and every
chapter will make you want to find out how she’s
going to get out of that trouble. Just when you think, 
you've solved the crime in your head
there’s another twist to the story and pretty soon, you
feel like you’re playing Clue and losing, 
all while having a great time. This is Amy Fremgen’s first
novel and I have to say it’s well written
and hilarious. If you enjoy the classic who-done-it,
interspersed with a lot of humor, you’ll love this
book just like I did. I recommend it highly!!

LOVE SHAKES: A ROMANCE (BOXED SET) (New Adult Seduction Series)

The story starts out with the characters literally being 
tossed together during a California earthquake,
while riding in an elevator. After they're rescued, 
the story gets pretty steamy and they come face to face 
with some major issues involving trust. Once I got past what
I personally thought sounded juvenile--things
like `popped my cherry' and `boy toy'--I tried to understand
the writer's focus about psychology
and how important therapy can be to people who have suffered
abuse. It's a good message--but back to the story: 
Will Tristan go back to his prostitutes?
Will Joanne run into Michael's arms while at the conference and
forget about Tristan and his insecurity?
Read Love Shakes and find out!

Learning at Home

This book surprised me with tons of resources, links and
fabulous advice for teaching children
not only how to learn but to have fun while learning. At first,
I thought it was going to be about
home schooling but instead it was a plethora of parties, games 
and hot chocolate, crafted to be less
about the classroom and more about the family. The author takes
a monthly look at all the possibilities
that might intertwine with the lessons taught at school and 
embellishes the teacher’s groundwork with deeper
questions and fun projects that even the parent’s will enjoy.
It’s about how to keep children engaged,
entertained and interested in reading, learning and spending
time with others.

If you know a parent who worries about video games and mobile
apps taking control of their child,
then you need to get them this book right now!

Corpus Delectable (Marcy Pantano Mysteries Book 1)

She’s a crime reporter turned consultant.
She lives in a seaside condominium and dresses in khaki pants
when her boyfriend’s out of town. Of course, when he’s around
she’s wearing something sheer but not for long. 
After all, he’s a very busy, good-looking photographer who can
skip out in a heartbeat.
Thank God, he’s in love. Meanwhile, Marcy is the coolest chick
in literature—kind of a female
and very perceptive, Clint Eastwood.
Billington writes this character
as if he knows women inside
and out--not just any woman-- 
but the tough and beautiful kind that
get things done.

If you enjoy exciting stories with 
mounting suspense then you’ll love
Corpus Delectable.
Reminded me of those puzzles where you connect all the dots. 
There’s a lot going on and a lot of dots
but Marcy plans on stringing
everything together so
she can figure things out. When her friend, 
a restaurateur by the name
of Paul, goes to jail for a crime
he couldn't possibly have committed, Marcy
becomes ‘Dirty Harry in a
dress.’ Well almost. 
She’s asking a lot of questions and getting 
deeper and deeper into a
dangerous situation. 
Will she figure out what happened? Will she live
through this ordeal?

Billington pulls you into this mystery until you’re worried sick
about Marcy.
I loved the author’s smooth and easy writing style and dragged 
it out as long as I could, 
but alas, the book ended and now I know what happened and since
you don’t, I recommend you order your copy today!

Chaysing Dreams (Chaysing Trilogy Book 1)

Have you ever started a great book and thought,
“I’m not sure I’m going to like this?”
Maybe it was the use of the first person or
the fact that it seemed too familiar. Was I scared?
The author begins the tension slowly with detailed 
descriptions of the main character’s daily routine,
her friends and her volunteer work.
Very cleverly, her book pulled me right back into high
school,reminding me of my own volunteer work and my own rotten
In other words, I connected with Miss Williby’s character.
Furthermore, my wonderful husband swears he saw me in his dreams,
as a young man and knew he had to find me!
 Miss Williby’s writing is so believable
that I could feel the emotion and her pain.
Every time I came to the word “I,” it made me worry. No, it’s not
me but could, don’t worry...yet 
Perhaps that’s how I define great writing.
It became apparent that I LOVED this book and looked forward to
reading more. 
The more I loved the book, the more I hated the boyfriends.
I’m still mystified about Jack and perplexed about Jim/ Chris.
Truth is I still don’t trust Chris but Tessina did—big time—in fact,
those are some embarrassingly juicy love scenes.
Meanwhile, it looks like there are sequels that will hopefully
answer some of the lingering
questions about her parents and the biological tampering. 
When the end rolls around you’ll be out of breath! What will
Tessina do next? Will love survive?

(These reviews can also be found on Amazon where
 you can purchase any of these wonderful books!)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas From Intangible Hearts!

The desert wind blew me aside,
It fluttered my heart
Filled me with sighs....

(Screeching to a halt)
Before I suck you into another poem-
Let me just say I’m very happy to have found a new place-
A comfortable new home--
Where I've managed to reunite with old friends--
Hope to keep my desert friends--
And look forward to maintaining my
 wonderful Online friends too!
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and 
massive freight cars full of success in the coming New Year!

At Christmas, let us rejoice because of this special birthday!!
If you believe--
He will untangle your worries-
One flickering light at a time.

Greetings from Fiona-(Still on the 'Naughty List'.)

Now for the POEM: 
(Once you've poured the nog, wassail or wine on Christmas Eve,
 you might want to use an Irish blessing
 or read my humble words below.)

A toast to the
That feeling poets try to describe.
That secret--
 Lover’s share--
Undisclosed truths of the wise.
And real friends—well—
Need no laundry list of whys-
Need no litany of reasons—
Texting, emails-- trips to and fro-
Because friends—
The ones that count—
 Already know.

                                                                                      ----Eve Gaal

Monday, December 8, 2014

What Did Mac do With Penny?

From Chapter 56 of Penniless Hearts....
Channel 9 News
"I should have brought a first aid kit.” Now he needed to figure out the shortest path back to the television news chopper. “Those bruises are going to hurt.”
“Don’t remind me, they hurt now,” Mac groaned, still smiling at his friend. “I've been crawling and climbing so much my hands are bleeding.” He held up both palms, “I‘m so glad you came to find me.” Mac’s hands were black like charcoal with blood oozing through rough blistered skin.
“I have my selfish reasons,” Darin sniffed, pointing over the edge. “Do you think you could walk around this hill?” He pointed to the rocks between Mac’s  helicopter-wreckage and where they stood above the waterfall. “The chopper pilot from the studio is waiting about four hundred yards from your crash-site. It’s not far. I’ll hold you the best I can.”
“Going down will be tricky, but if I don’t have to go fast, I think I can make it.” Grabbing Darin’s shoulder, he pulled himself up and asked, “Hey, what’s with saying you have your selfish reasons for coming up here? I thought I was special.” Darin encircled Mac’s waist before taking a step.
“Penny, remember? I sent you to get her, well did you?”
Mac stopped to catch his breath, but for a moment, his face looked blank. “Oh her, yeah--well a whole lot of things happened since….”
Darin looked away. He wanted to let go, but Mac clutched his shoulders tightly. “You can tell me Mac,” he said with a somber look on his stubbly face. “Is she alive?” Darin tensed up, waiting for the awful news. Smoke and nerves made him cough again.

Hope this short little piece makes you want to read more. I'm trying to illustrate that Penniless Hearts has excitement, adventure, fantasy and mystery wrapped into a romantic and humorous fairy-tale. In other words, it has something for everyone and with Amazon having special deals during the holidays, you might want to get a few print copies for gifts! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

English vs. Italian Sonnets

One type of poem you may have studied in school is the sonnet. Typically, they have 14 lines and the rhyme sequence differentiates an Italian sonnet from an English sonnet. The Italian sonnet line-rhymes are as follows: abbaabbacdcdcd.  While I prefer writing free verse, thought I’d try my hand at the English sonnet with a tribute to my dad.

To My Father

The writer tapped loathsome keys,
Like the painter at an easel,
Thawing, aching polar freeze,
                    Inspiring friends or the occasional weasel.   
              The man deliberately changed a life-
Painfully leaving more than gold--
Humorously topping strife,
Fearless as hell, instilling the bold.
Valiant knight pushing towards the task--
“It will come, not now but someday--
Search for the right words and ask--
Clear the mind--write a story--you have much to say.”
Prayers for strength of pen,
From Heaven’s gate—from man of men.

 -Eve Gaal

Do you write poetry? The verse sequence for the English sonnet is ababcdcdefefgg. 
Have you ever written a sonnet?