Into Winter: The Armed Invasion (The Four Seasons Series) by Larry Landgraf

Author Larry Landgraf introduces us to the third volume of the Four Seasons series Into Winter: The Armed Invasion:

The ruthless dictator of Corpus Christi, Sandra Hawkins has blood in her eyes as she plans revenge against Peaceful Valley. Sean Lin discovers her plan, but does the small community stand a chance against her heavily armed and well-trained army? The valley’s residents are wary hunters skilled at camouflage and stealth, but will toughness and smarts be enough to save their way of life from overwhelming force?


I love this series! This is the third book and I am really enjoying the solid story that Larry has crafted. He has such depth of character for all of the people in Peaceful Valley and beyond. I feel like I really understand and identify with so many of the residents. Larry has a great balance of dialog, action, and narration, the story moves along so nicely with just the right amount of detail.

You can read this story by itself, of course, but the reading will be ever so much richer if you read them in sequence. You are in for a treat either way!

Into Winter: The Armed Invasion gets 5 STARS! Thank you, Larry, for so much pure reading pleasure!


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Bob by Tegon Maus

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Author Tegon Maus introduces Bob to us:

After 27 years as a newspaper man, Peter Anderson’s career is slipping away, at least it was, until he stumbled upon the story of a lifetime. Sent to do a fluff piece about lights in the night sky over Arizona, he discovers far more than he ever expected when he comes upon a mysterious young woman held prisoner in a basement. After helping her to escape, she disappears before he can learn the truth about who she is or where she came from. His search for her leads him back to the lights in the sky and leaves him with more questions than answers. The only thing he knows for certain . . . the only thing he can count on are the two words offered repeatedly by his friend and guide . . . “IS BELT.”


Ha ha ha. Sorry, I can’t stop laughing!  Ha ha ha. This is the funniest book I have read in a long time. “Is belt.” I am not going to forget that ever. I will laugh to myself or smile every time I think of Bob.

I don’t think Peter Anderson needed much help finding trouble. Bob took him to a whole new level of Trouble, and I was laughing all the way. Let me suggest you read this book in private, unless you don’t care how people look at you when you are in the middle of a big belly laugh. I am not going to spoil this book, you already know it is sci-fi from the cover. The rest you should discover on your own.

I like Tegon’s writing, he shows himself adept at the craft. He handles POV well and includes lots of action and dialogue to move the story along. This is a well written book.

Here is my problem, I found a small handful of errors. I normally do not give more than a 4.9 star rating when I find errors. Bob is so well written, it is so funny and a true pleasure to read, I have to give it FIVE STARS!

My side still hurts, thank you Tegon!


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Confessions of a Walk Away Wife By Adaora Allure

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Author Adaora Allure introduces us to Confessions of a Walk Away Wife:

In taxis weaving through the morning rush 7,000 miles from home, on the way to work as a teacher, long black dreadlocks, dark rose satin bomber jacket and black skinny jeans, listening to neo-soul with my twin flame waiting for me at home. This is how I ended 2016, a far cry from the overweight, ceaselessly unhappy, couch locked dreamer that began the year. Entitled Confessions of a Walk Away Wife, my memoir chronicles the immense personal changes I needed to make to get back to truly living, the love of my life who never let me forget who I was and could be, the Army Vet ex-husband who lost himself and brought everyone he loved down in the process and my recently widowed mother who transformed into a tipsy, carefree party girl.


This story of loss, pain, and recovery is very intense and personal. The author didn’t excuse herself or anyone else, the honesty is very refreshing, almost brutal at times. Her moments of joy are described just as intimately as the pain-filled interludes. The hard work she did to return to her true self is inspiring.

The writing is very crisp and a pleasure to read. Even though there is quite a bit of narration, inner dialog, I never felt distant from the story. This book was a real pleasure to read and gets 4.5 stars! The score would have been higher, but I found quite a few spelling errors.


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Roofing Ripoff: Why Your Asphalt Shingles are Falling Apart and What You Can Do About It by Tim Carter

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Contractor, Master Plumber, and author Tim Carter introduces his book Roofing Ripoff:

Tim Carter’s newer asphalt shingle roof failed long before it should. Is your shingle roof in bad shape too? Will you have to spend thousands of dollars soon to put on a new shingle roof? Carter, the founder of, decided to ask his 51,000-plus newsletter subscribers if they had problems too.

He was flooded with stories from people just like you from all across the USA. Tim decided to find out why shingles were failing long before they should. The top shingle manufacturers, and the association that represents them, failed to produce the answers Tim needed. He decided to investigate and what he discovered will shock and anger you.

The good news is that while writing this book, Tim discovered a simple way to extend the life of your roof shingles by decades. Open the pages of Roofing Ripoff now and allow Tim to take you on a journey uncovering the deep secrets of why your shingles, and money, are headed to the landfill.

This is an amazing expose of an industry depending on planned obsolescence to fuel growth and not standing behind written guarantees.

This book is well written and entertaining as we accompany Tim trying to find out why his shingles and your shingles are falling apart before the warranty is expired.

I enjoyed this book a great deal and cannot recommend it highly enough.

A big THANK YOU to Tim for bringing this problem to light, discovering a solution, and 5 stars for the book!

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Unraveling Reality: Behind the Veil of Existence By Ishi Nobu

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Author Ishi Nobu introduces us to Unraveling Reality: Behind the Veil of Existence:

Through colorful, illustrative stories that come from digging down to the roots of physics and biology, Unraveling Reality exposes the very nature of existence. Dissecting actuality, Unraveling Reality presents how the world really works, and why. It is a worldview consistent with the wisdom of enlightened sages from time immemorial, yet brazenly bolstered by modern science, with discoveries considered inscrutable. The conclusion of Unraveling Reality will astonish you, and may change your own world, for you can never unlearn the truth.

Unraveling Reality is the opening salvo in the magnum opus Spokes of the Wheel. A comprehensive education for the inquisitive adult, the Spokes series covers the following disciplines: cosmogony and cosmology; Earth science, including geology and ecology; physics; chemistry; biology, including abiogenesis, genetics, life’s history, and evolution; human physiology, diet, nutrition, and health; psychology and sociology, including history of; technology; economics, including history and theory; the human impact on the Earth (environmental ecology); and politics, including history of both theory and actuality.

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I enjoyed this book a great deal. He makes an interesting case for Eastern Mysticism using many current areas of scientific investigation. He does an admirable job of pointing out the apparent weaknesses of many methods of systematic inquiry in the physical sciences. That research scientists have biases and assumptions that they are not always aware of is clearly brought forth.

Those who are interested in the intersection of science and religion will enjoy this book. The author provides a glossary, index, and biographical information about many of the people mentioned in the book. Information that is helpful to readers of all levels. This is the first of several in a series.

I give Unraveling Reality 4.5 stars; the score would have been higher except for the handful of spelling errors I found. I was provided a copy in advance of publication for the purpose of this review.

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Once Upon an Earl by Rosie Chapel

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Multi-genre published author Rosie Chapel introduces Once Upon an Earl:

As we all know love has a habit of striking at the most inopportune moments and that sometimes fairy tales happen when we least expect them.

Giles Trevallier, 5th Earl of Winchester – tired, cold and very wet – was lamenting his decision to try to outride the storm. Escaping from the hustle of the city, Giles was looking forward to a few months of peace and quiet, while he managed his vast country estate. Now all he wanted to do was to get home, change into dry clothes and sit in front of a roaring fire with a hot meal and a large tumbler of whisky.
Fate, however, had other ideas and was about to intervene in the guise of a bedraggled female, who literally dropped at the Earl’s feet, soaked to the skin and more dead than alive; her sudden appearance turning his neat, orderly and, to be honest, rather boring existence completely upside down.
Waking, briefly, in an unfamiliar room and in the arms of a very tall and dangerously handsome stranger no less, the young woman has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there. Under the tender care of the Earl’s household, she slowly starts to recover, eventually recalling that her name is Willow, although everything else continues to elude her.
Following discreet enquiries into his unexpected guest – whose face haunts his every waking moment, Giles is shocked to discover that she is rumoured to be responsible for a fire that destroyed her family home and that her father’s body is presumed to be one of those recovered from the ashes. Suddenly this most respectable Earl is faced with the possibility that he is harbouring a criminal.
While trying to unravel the mystery surrounding her, Giles realises that he is falling hopelessly in love with Willow, who unbeknownst to him is fighting similar emotions. And as with anything involving the heart, a thoughtless word or gesture has a tendency to thwart even Fate’s best-laid plans.
Have Willow and Giles any chance of a happy ever after or will all manner of obstacles, such as misunderstandings, whispers of scandal, secret documents and foreign agents force them apart?

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I admit that I am a regency romance newbie. I have reviewed a couple other romance books before, but it is not my first genre choice for a new read. That being said, I was thoroughly smitten with this story. Rosie is so good at painting the story in my head with scenery, smells, and sounds, she stimulates all the senses. She makes great use of dialog and action balanced with narration. She handles POV quite well, all her characters come across as very real.

This steamy historical romance will provide several hours of enjoyable reading.

I have not once been disappointed with any of Rosie’s writing and this is no exception. I give Once Upon an Earl a score of 4.7 of 5 stars! The score would have been higher except for the handful of spelling errors I found.

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More Jokes 4 Mathy Folks by G. Patrick Vennebush

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Humorist and author G. Patrick Vennebush introduces us to More Jokes 4 Mathy Folks:

The description for the first book, Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks, fits for his second book, More Jokes 4 Mathy Folks. 

Who says math can’t be funny? In More Jokes 4 Mathy Folks as in Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks, Patrick Vennebush dispels the myth of the humorless mathematician. His quick wit comes through in this incredible compilation of jokes and stories. Intended for all math types, both More Jokes 4 Mathy Folks and Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks provide a comprehensive collection of math humor, each book containing over 400 jokes.  This too is a book that all teachers from elementary school through college should have in their library. But the humor isn’t just for the classroom―it also appeals to engineers, statisticians, and other math professionals searching for some good, clean, numerical fun. From basic facts (“Why is 6 afraid of 7?”) to trigonometry (“Mathematical puns are the first sine of dementia”) and algebra (“Graphing rational functions is a pain in the asymptote”), no topic is safe. As Professor Jim Rubillo notes, “Math Jokes 4 Math Folks is an absolute gem for anyone dedicated to seeing mathematical ideas through puns, double meanings, and blatant “bad” jokes. Such perspectives help to see concepts and ideas in different and creative ways.”

I am so happy to say I was able to keep my promise! I told you that a sequel to the first book “Math Jokes for Mathy Folks” was in progress, and here it is!

This book is all new material. Who would have realized math could be so funny? The proof is here and I laughed a lot! There is something for all ages and levels of math fluency. Just ignore the stuff you don’t understand and enjoy the rest.

I laughed a great deal and you will too! This book gets a matching 4.8 stars of 5!

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Man In The Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell

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Multi-book author Sean Ferrell introduces us to Man In The Empty Suit:

Say you’re a time traveler and you’ve already toured the entirety of human history. After a while, the outside world might lose a little of its luster. That’s why this time traveler celebrates his birthday partying with himself. Every year, he travels to an abandoned hotel in New York City in 2071, the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and drinks twelve-year-old Scotch (lots of it) with all the other versions of who he has been and who he will be. Sure, the party is the same year after year, but at least it’s one party where he can really, well, be himself.

The year he turns 39, though, the party takes a stressful turn for the worse. Before he even makes it into the grand ballroom for a drink he encounters the body of his forty-year-old self, dead of a gunshot wound to the head. As the older versions of himself at the party point out, the onus is on him to figure out what went wrong–he has one year to stop himself from being murdered, or they’re all goners. As he follows clues that he may or may not have willingly left for himself, he discovers rampant paranoia and suspicion among his younger selves, and a frightening conspiracy among the Elders. Most complicated of all is a haunting woman possibly named Lily who turns up at the party this year, the first person besides himself he’s ever seen at the party. For the first time, he has something to lose. Here’s hoping he can save some version of his own life.

Can a man stop himself from killing himself in the future?

I love sci-fi and especially those stories about time travel. Sean takes a common plot device and uses it in a most unusual and entertaining fashion. This is a story that delivers a great deal of fun and intrigue as #39 tries to keep from becoming the very dead #40. People who love whodunits will enjoy this book a great deal as well as hardcore fans of sci-fi.

Some very nice writing, Sean easily paints a clear picture with setting, action, and dialog. He manages POV in what could be a very confusing scenario.

I enjoyed the book a lot, found one spelling error. I give this book 4.6 stars.

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The Plan by Raven H. Price

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Multi-book author Raven Price introduces us to The Plan:

As a young child, Rachel Parody has a very special relationship with Jesus. By his side, she explores a magical place, is comforted, and encouraged to not live in fear. Over time, Rachel and Jesus lose contact and evil demons use their time of separation to steer her into the ways of the world. Not until her heart is completely broken and her mind is convinced she is headed for hell will she seek a face-to-face encounter again with her Savior. At the age of thirty-four, Rachel learns to rely and depend on her childhood friend once again. He teaches her the truth and then introduces her to the love of her life.
Because of her horrific past, many years later, Rachel’s need to be a good example for young women in her church drives her to worry over their romantic influences. When she notices a series of books and movies enslaving them with lustful desires, her interest gets piqued. After investigating the books, these stories don’t repulse her but become a catalysis for Rachel to share the love of Jesus with these girls. But the fantasy appeal of the characters enthralls the girls more than helping them see there is a true immortal named, Jesus. She tried many ways to share how this love story between a mortal and a vampire was written from references out of the Bible’s ‘Song of Solomon.’ but no one would listen.
Once Rachel realizes her efforts were futile, she asks Jesus to calm her obsession and send someone who could reach the younger generation with His loving nature. Instead of sending Rachel help, Jesus convinces her to write her own story. Exposing her past was not in Rachel’s plan, but giving her life away as an example was His.
Will Rachel tell everything?

This book details some of the in-the-trenches warfare in the battle between Good and Evil over one human soul. It describes the planning, efforts, and effects spiritual forces can have on people. We make choices in our lives without always being aware of being manipulated by these forces.

Raven has made some deliberate choices in the structure of the book and makes this work very well. She explains it succinctly in the Prologue. The author handles POV with great dexterity; there is no head hopping allowed and I appreciate the clarity it brings to her book. Her book is easy to read.

This story is about Rachel, a person growing into a complete commitment in her spiritual life. Many are seeking their way along a spiritual path and this book brings some much-needed light. I greatly appreciate the steps she went through as it mirrored many of my own steps.

I loved the book for many reasons, it gets a score of 4.7 of 5 stars! The score would have been higher except for a double handful of spelling errors.

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Book Review of Advanced Twitter Strategies for Authors

I recently read Advanced Twitter Strategies for Authors by Ian H. Sutherland in the hopes of learning how to build my audience a little faster than currently. It’s a good book with lots of helpful information on growing your Twitter followers and staying active without spending massive amounts of time on Twitter. However, it could use some updates. When I checked on the current prices and features of some of his recommended tools, I found that the price had significantly changed on some of them and that the features offered had been reduced in some instances. One, in particular, was RoundTeam. The price is higher than he states in the book and you get fewer retweets in a 24 hour period than what is stated in the book. He also recommends using Socialoomph, Tweepi, Paperli, and URL shorteners for prettier links. From reading this book thoroughly and investigating the sites he recommends, I think there will be times when it will take more than 15 mins a day if you implement all of his suggestions, especially those in the once a month section. Also, since I follow this author on Twitter I have noticed that his account has been suspended by Twitter (most likely for spam) several times. In fact, at the time of this writing it is suspended. Therefore, I would be cautious of following all of his advice on this and make frequent checks on your Twitter account if you do to make sure your tweets are not too similar too often. There is an end note that says the author is still collecting data on this subject and may use it to make an updated or second book. I hope he does. I have implemented some of his suggestions. I will see now if they work. Overall, I think it is still worth the money and time invested to read this book. I also think the author is on the right track of streamlining social media for authors, but a little more work may be needed yet to perfect it. I rated this book 4 stars on Goodreads and Amazon.

Advanced Twitter Strategies for Authors: Twitter techniques to help you sell your book  - in under 15 minutes a day! by [Sutherland, Ian H]

Review written and posted by Elizaveta Katrinova