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The Gypsy Thorn

The Gypsy Thorn

The Gypsy ThornWhen I first read Midnight Assassin: A Tale of Lust and Revenge, I thought it was a great series starter and wanted the next book immediately. The author, Sherry Rentschler, just released The Gypsy Thornwhich I bought directly from her at a book fair. The Gypsy Thorn provides the “back story” to Midnight Assassin and introduces other characters that will appear later in the series.

I made plans to attend the book fair months ago when I found out Ms. Rentschler was going to be relatively close to my hometown. I drove an hour each way to attend, and I’d do it again. In a heartbeat. Pun intended. Ms. Rentschler is as charming and spicy as I imagined from reading her blog. While talking to Ms. Rentschler, she indicated that Midnight Assassin was a novella to test whether readers would enjoy a new vampire series. Take it from me, Ms. Rentschler, the answer is a resounding “YES!”

I read The Gypsy Thorn in one afternoon and now have to suffer withdrawals while waiting for the next book in the series to be released. I’m not going to recap “the story” here in my review because I’d rather use the space to tell you to go buy both books. Why are you still reading? Go now.

For those of you still not sold, I was already a vampire fan before starting this new series. However, if I weren’t, I would have been “converted” after Drahomira’s bite. She is strong, resilient, beautiful and smart – my kind of lead female character. Couple that with Ms. Rentschler’s descriptive storytelling and readers are in for a treat.

I highly recommend reading Midnight Assassin before The Gypsy Thorn. You will love them both! (Where is the happy face emoji with vampire fangs when you need it?) It was quite fun talking to Ms. Rentschler at the book fair because I found out The Gypsy Thorn is a prequel to Time and Blood. I’m counting the days, but I won’t be holding my breath though because I would need Drahomira to make me into a real vampire to survive until October.

To connect with author Sherry Rentschler, go to her blog .

Forever your fan, Ms. Rentschler! ‘Til we meet again.

Update: This post originally reported that the next book would be called The Evening Bower. It is actually called Time and Blood, #1 in the Evening Bower series, and has been changed in the post.

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Just Be with Bizzy Bee

Just Be with Bizzy Bee

Just Be with Bizzy BeeI downloaded Just Be with Bizzy Bee by Hilary Hawkes because I’m interested in learning to practice mindfulness meditation. Although I’ve only had limited exposure to the subject, I decided to compare this children’s book to what I’ve read elsewhere. This book is an excellent tool to teach children how to recognize the differences in their emotions and calm to themselves when needed. The mindfulness/relaxation technique included at the back of the book was quite helpful. Parents might want to try this to at night to help their children fall asleep, as well.

The concepts are presented in a picture book format, but I highly recommend this book for people of all ages. If we’d all take several deep breaths and calm ourselves, the world might be a much nicer place.

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An Early Frost by Jenna Brooks

An Early Frost

An Early Frost by Jenna Brooks is the sequel to October Snow.  While October Snow is more about how three women’s friendship is challenged and grows once two discover the other is being abused,  An Early Frost is a love story where domestic violence is a subplot.  Ms. Brooks artfully continues the story of Dave and Sammie and develops the newly formed relationship between Will and Maxine.

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The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo’s Howliday

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo’s Howliday

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo's Howliday

I’d like to thank Mother Daughter Book Reviews for organizing the book review blitz for The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo’s Howliday.  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theater

Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theater

Barbara Ann Mojica has created yet another educational and fun children’s book with her newest release, Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theater.  This book, the fourth in the series, relates the history of Ford’s Theater from its beginning as a church, subsequent evolution into a theater, sad location of Lincoln’s assassination to its final purpose as a preserved historic site. Fitting the era, the  terrific illustrations are presented in vintage sepia, black and white. Bright colors splash the pages to appeal to children.  History truly is fun with this series.

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