It’s been a pretty crazy year with lots of ups and downs, time-sucking workload and changes that screamed the expression, “Want to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans!”
Having said that, it might be a tad risky to lay out more of them-plans, that is-so I’m going to call it an update. Wink! Wink!
As some of you know, I’ve had some difficulty this year with writing and typing, given some wrist orneriness, and so some things had to slow down. While I wasn’t typing a lot, I tried to make up for it on the reading side, the result being a pile of books on my desk for reviews. It’s kind of exciting!
I thought it might be fun to show you ahead of time some of the books I’ll be reviewing in coming days and weeks. And not to worry, I’m also working on a bunch of other reads, so I have plenty more to come!
I would like also to offer a great big thank you to the authors, who have been waiting a tad bit longer than usual for their reviews, and they have been absolutely grand about it.
Check it out ….
The Wind by Lars H.D. Hedbor
The American Revolution Reaches the Gulf Coast
Gabriel is a simple sailor, doing the bidding of his captain and king, when he is swept up in a storm that changes his life in ways that he could never have anticipated.
Carlotta yearns for her lost home, and is searching for her lost husband, but both remain elusive in a world that has been turned upside-down by forces far outside of her control.
When the storm that is Governor Bernardo de Gálvez breaks over them both, neither will ever be the same — and nor will their world.
Savior by Martha Kennedy
Imagine living in a world where depression is not regarded as a disease, but as Satan trying to steal your soul. Imagine turning to your priest. He counsels you to take the Cross and travel thousands of miles to the Holy Land to kill people so you can be free of Satan forever. Imagine you believe this so fervently that none of the rational arguments offered by your parents, your friends or your beloved persuade you otherwise. The journey costs everything except the one thing you hoped to lose — your life. This is that story. Set in the world of the thirteenth century with its music, constant warfare and always-present God, fate takes Rudolf and his adventure-seeking brother, Conrad, from their home in the Albis Mountains near Zürich, to one of the final battles of the Crusades – the Battle of La Forbie.
Kennedy’s newest novel, The Brothers Path, is a loose sequel to Savior. It relates the experiences of the same family three hundred years later.
Hysterical Love by Lorraine Devon Wilke
Dan McDowell, a thirty-three-year-old portrait photographer happily set to marry his beloved Jane, is stunned when a slip of the tongue about an “ex-girlfriend overlap” of years earlier throws their pending marriage into doubt and him onto the street. Or at least into the second bedroom of their next-door neighbor, Bob, where Dan is sure it won’t be long. It’s long.
His sister, Lucy, further confuses matters with her “soul mate theory” and its suggestion that Jane might not be his… soul mate, that is. But the tipping point comes when his father is struck ill, sparking a chain of events in which Dan discovers a story written by this man he doesn’t readily understand, but who, it seems, has long harbored an unrequited love from decades earlier.
Incapable of fixing his own romantic dilemma, Dan becomes fixated on finding this woman of his father’s dreams and sets off for Oakland, California, on a mission fraught with detours and semi-hilarious peril. Along the way he meets the beautiful Fiona, herbalist and flower child, who assists in his quest while quietly and erotically shaking up his world. When, against all odds, he finds the elusive woman from the past, the ultimate discovery of how she truly fit into his father’s life leaves him staggered, as does the reality of what’s been stirred up with Fiona. But it’s when he returns home to yet another set of unexpected truths that he’s shaken to the core, ultimately forced to face who he is and just whom he might be able to love.
Far from the Spaceports by Richard Abbott
Quick wits and loyalty confront high-tech crime in space.
Welcome to the Scilly Isles, a handful of asteroids bunched together in space, well beyond the orbit of Mars. This remote and isolated habitat is home to a diverse group of human settlers, and a whole flock of parakeets. But earth-based financial regulator ECRB suspects that it’s also home to serious large scale fraud, and the reputation of the islands comes under threat.
Enter Mitnash Thakur and his virtual partner Slate, sent out from Earth to investigate. Their ECRB colleagues are several weeks away at their ship’s best speed, and even message signals take an hour for the round trip. Slate and Mitnash are on their own, until they can work out who on Scilly to trust. How will they cope when the threat gets personal?
Gang Warfare: As War Clouds Tower, Sweets Turn Sour by Peter St. John
Gang Warfare is a novel for all readers from nine to ninety-nine.
An orphan, evacuated from the World War II bombing of London, comes to live with his pious aunt in an English village, and a bag of liquorice allsorts is knocked out of his hand in the school playground. This trivial incident ignites a series of events leading to a breakdown of relations in the local community.
The newcomer is accused of assault, threatened with an appearance before the School Board, and is arrested for theft. He acquires a black eye, is blackmailed, and cheated of money.
The villagers take sides and become increasingly quarrelsome. An air-raid destroys part of the village. What eventually happens to them is another story.
How to Destroy the New Girl’s Killer Robot Army by Mick Bogerman
Don’t antagonize the new girl at school.
She might just create robot soldiers to enact her revenge and terrorize your friends and family. Well don’t let their sharp teeth and quick speed intimidate you. Just follow my simple steps for How to Destroy the New Girl’s Killer Robot Army.
Wimps should put this book down and hide under the bed instead. I hope you last out the night. But if you’re brave enough, come join me in thwarting booby traps, disarming deadly weapons, and dodging flesh-searing lasers as we set out to destroy a lot of nasty metal minions.
When the Jungle is Silent by James Boschert
Set in Borneo during a little known war called “The Confrontation,” this story tells of the British soldiers who fought in one of the densest jungles in the world. Jason, a young soldier of the Light Infantry, is stationed in Penang, an idyllic island off the coast of Malaysia. He is living aimlessly in paradise when he meets Megan, a bright young American from the Peace Corps who challenges his complacent existence. Their romance is interrupted when his regiment is sent to Borneo. Ill prepared for the grim horror of a war in the jungle, he finds himself “up country,” close to local populations of Iban headhunters, and in the path of a determined Indonesian offensive. Fighting erupts along the border of Sarawak and Jason has to learn to survive in a world gone mad. He is forced to wake up to the cruel harshness of real soldiering while he endeavors to stay one step ahead of the Indonesians, who are combing the jungle. The jungle itself, although neutral, is deadly enough.
The Prize by Lars D. H. Hedbor
Caleb’s father is serving with Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys as the long-anticipated open war against the British rages up and down the length of Lake Champlain. Between his duties on the family farm and constant worry about his father’s safety, the young man’s attentions are already fully occupied when a fateful encounter with an unlikely neighbor changes everything. Pulled into new intrigues and new friendships, Caleb finds himself on a path that changes his life – and which will affect the outcome of the whole war.