Friday, January 30, 2015

Review: Mary Mary Quite On Raising Children (And Other Mind-Altering Substances)

Mary and her hubby, old Hunk, raised five kids, assorted grandkids, three dogs, two cats, various reptiles, rodents galore, a boatload of fish, and a Mexican tarantula named Mad Max. It was crazy. But their drug of choice has always been laughter. A former AP English teacher and freelance writer, Mary earned her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA in 2004, then worked in development for a small production company with projects at Sony, Disney, Lifetime, and Hallmark Hall of Fame. Next, Mary turned her talents toward funny stories about family life - aka "domestic humor." Thus, the MARY MARY QUITE series was born. Mary met artist David J Condry in 2011 and their collaboration led to 22 full-page illustrations and David's cover design, all of which are works of art, in their own right. Currently a Denver resident, David is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. A husband, a father, a lover of people, and an artist. David's favorite subjects have always been human beings - as evidenced in his delightful illustrations of the characters in this family-friendly book.
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Mary Mary Quite: On Raising Children (And Other Mind-Altering Substances) (Huckstep Enterprises, DBA Busy Bee Publishing, 2014) is a book of humorous essays about parenting and surviving to laugh about it. Written by Mary Huckstep and beautifully illustrated by David Condry, the book takes on topics ranging from child-leashing to staging a home for sale.  If you're interested in some parenting humor without the seemingly obligatory dose of snark, Mary Mary Quite: On Raising Children is a quick, fun read.

I received a complimentary copy of Mary Mary Quite to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Risen

Imprisoned on the dead moon of Bina, trapped at the bottom of the cold Hixom Sea, locked in a cell in the flooded Desa and blinded & defeated in the Eastern Provinces, the ruling class of Darracia is defeated without hope. In the stunning conclusion of the Darracia saga, V’sair, Tulani, Zayden and Reminda must dig deep and find both strength and faith to rise from the depths of the impossible and restore order to their home planet from Lothen, Staf Nuen and the evil armies of Geva.
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Risen: The Battle for Darracia (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014), the final book in Michael Phillip Cash's Darracia Saga starts off a little slow.  It seems to take Cash a few pages to find his rhythm.  Once he does, the action is non-stop.  All of the major characters receive a highly satisfactory endings to their story arcs.  I've already confessed that I am not the biggest fan of science fiction.  However, Cash delivers a blend of science fiction and fantasy elements that I really enjoy.  I definitely recommend Risen and the entire Darracia Saga.

I received a complimentary copy of Risen: The Battle for Darracia to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: Deadline Yemen

Called to Yemen to help her old friend Halima, correspondent Elizabeth Darcy combines work with the chance to repay an old debt. But the narrow, mysterious streets are populated with armed men and veiled women; who can tell friend from foe? Her first priority is to help Halima’s young brother Ali, who has become involved with religious extremists. But murder dogs her footsteps, and she is under police surveillance. Abducted along her investigative trail, Elizabeth is drawn into the terrorists’ web. She must work with two men—one Yemeni, one British—who are on a mission of their own. What are their plans? And why have they all ended up in the remote Hadhramaut wadi where the Incense Road once began? Elizabeth pieces together the plot, hoping she’s in time to save Halima and Ali. But can she save herself as well? 
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Peggy Hanson's Deadline Yemen (Wildside Press, 2013) is a mystery brimming with danger and intrigue, With masterful attention to detail, Hanson immerses the reader in the exotic Yemeni setting. With her penchant for trouble and attachment to Jane Austen, Elizabeth Darcy is a superb character. I can't wait to see where her adventures take her next.

I received a complimentary copy of Deadline Yemen to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.