Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book Spotlight: Beyond the Spiral Gates


Contemporary Fiction


Wickfields was the name of an institution that housed children deemed too dangerous to live in regular society.

Beyond the Spiral Gates is a raw coming-of-age odyssey, a first-hand account of one boy's experiences at the archaic Wickfields School for Criminal Children. From the idyllic sun-drenched fields of Hayvern to the shadowy hallways of Wickfields, the story delves deep into the epicentre of the human psyche. Starting in the present day with the protagonist as an elderly man and chronic insomniac who struggles to come to terms with his own mortality as he confronts the demons of his youth spent at Wickfields, the story spins us back through the years to where it all began. It’s a tale of self-exploration, a redemptive narrative as well as a harrowing love story that does not spare raw emotion as the protagonist grapples with the trauma of the events that shaped that period of his adolescent life. Beyond The Spiral Gates is a gut-wrenching account of one boy’s journey of self-discovery, told in an unflinching and engaging voice.

Beyond the Spiral Gates is available from Amazon. Be sure to also add it to your Goodreads shelves

About the Author:

Mutch Katsonga is a songwriter and musician as well as an author. He has lived, worked and performed in the UK, USA and Australasia. He majored in Creative Writing and Journalism at Griffith University, Australia. He is also a qualified Mental Health Professional and has worked in various youth and rehab services. Beyond The Spiral Gates is his debut novel. He continues to record, perform and release his original music, which is available online under his stage name Indie Soull.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: The Company of Demons

The Company of Demons The Company of Demons by Michael Jordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

John Coleman is a lawyer who is haunted by the fact that his dad spent years working on a serial killer case, only to commit suicide because of it. In the present day, Coleman's worst nightmare has come true--the Butcher is back and killing again. Not only that, the Butcher has taken to killing some people close to Coleman.

This book tries to work with three very different storylines: the Torso murders, the Butcher, and issues with a Mexican drug cartel. John Coleman seems to be in the middle of it all, and even though he is not a cop, somehow always seems to show up at crime scenes to the point where the cops just throw up their hands and start talking to him about things they should be keeping close to the vest.

On top of that, as a reader you'll definitely grow to hate John Coleman. He's not a bad guy, but every decision he makes is bad. And when he has to face the consequences of his bad choices, he thinks he should immediately be forgiven by those he hurt repeatedly. While it was a decent thriller, it doesn't quite leave you satisfied at the end, mostly because you end up rooting for those who are after the main character, rather than wanting the main character to triumph.

*Book provided by BookishFirst

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Spotlight: Last Wave




At 147 years old, Acharon and Sovelet have lived a long and mostly idyllic life. The slow journey into humanity's’ extinction is accelerated by a friend’s suicide and Sovelet’s diagnosed lung disease.There's nothing Acharon can do for their friend. But, can he save Sovelet? To do so, he’ll have to get her to the city’s automated medical facility before her lungs fail.

An aged infrastructure, decaying buildings, and overgrown streets complicate their journey through the city. The difficulties are compounded when they draw the attention of a pack of wild dogs. Things look their bleakest when Acharon discovers the bio-cartridges Sovelet needs to print her new lungs are missing. A sinister message reveals the name of a long-dead thief determined to have his revenge.

Now, Acharon must brave the enclave at Huntington Park where the last humans on the west coast lived. The enclave is a place of painful memories and natural dangers that must be vanquished. If he fails to find the cartridges, or even survive the journey, they both may die. Alone.

You can purchase Last Wave from Amazon.

About the Author: 

Earl T. Roske is a writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a small daughter, a large poodle, and a very patient wife. His work runs mostly to the science fiction genres and occasionally into fantasy. He's known to write a play from time to time.

For more information, check out Earl T. Roske's Facebook page, on Twitter, or website.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: The Book No One Wants To Read: A funny interactive activity book that gets reluctant readers reading

The Book No One Wants To Read: A funny interactive activity book that gets reluctant readers reading The Book No One Wants To Read: A funny interactive activity book that gets reluctant readers reading by Beth Bacon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the funniest children's book I've read in awhile. It immediately draws the reader in and makes it feel like a one-on-one interaction with the book. It's cute, relies on very little illustrations, and I think it would convince any reluctant reader to give it a try.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: Herding Cats

Herding Cats Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sarah Andersen is back with another collection of Sarah's Scribbles, and like the first two, this one doesn't disappoint. This collection provides cover of the usual topics readers have come to expect from Andersen, including being an adult(ish), dealing with whatever life had to throw your way, other people, and the importance of being yourself, even when it's not the easiest option. Although most of these comics are available online, it is fun reading them within a collected work.

Like the second collection, this book also delves into personal topics with essays. This book has an essay on being creative in a connected world, and it provides good advice to artists (and creatives in any medium) that struggle to share their work and deal with the inevitable heckler in the audience. Funny and inspiring collection for anyone who loves Andersen's work.

*Book provided by NetGalley

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Book Spotlight: The Career Kickstart: Your 28-Day Action Plan for Finding Your Dream Job




J.G. Somers, a prolific writer and author, has completed her new book The Career Kickstart Your 28-Day Action Plan for Finding Your Dream Job: a perfect discussion for individuals seeking for better opportunities in their career; this book talks about the basic rules and mindset when looking for a job to either jumpstart or upgrade one’s curriculum vitae. 

Author Somers emphasizes that a healthy work environment will yield to a more productive employee: “Most of the people that I’ve worked with that disliked their job didn’t hate their work environment but, rather, hated what they had to do day in, day out. Within a month or two of finding a new job with the same responsibilities, they would be unhappy, switch to another company, and again the cycle would continue. Every few years or so, look inward and ask yourself who have you become, where your interest lies now, and what potential opportunities are out there. The following insight isn’t just for the unhappy employee but for every one of us.” 

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, J.G. Somers’s engaging account is the perfect tool for new graduates and people looking for the perfect company that fits their skill set and qualifications. It also provides tips on how to make an effective resume, compose a convincing cover letter, and what to do during a job interview in order to nail that position and hear the sweet words “You’re hired!” 

Readers who wish to experience this fascinating guide can purchase The Career Kickstart Your 28-Day Action Plan for Finding Your Dream Job at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, Kobo, or Barnes and Noble

If you have read The Career Kickstart, make sure that you leave a review!

About the Author:

J.G. Somers is the author of The Career Kickstart: Your 28-Day Action Plan for Finding Your Dream Job.

Like many people, Somers found that what she studied in college and what type of job she actually wanted ended up being two very different things. However, through careful planning, bold action, and focused goals she has managed to successfully transition between several different careers.

Somers originally graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. However, she ended up spending years working in higher education and state government in human resources and as an analyst.

Later, Somers transitioned again, earning her MBA and working as a senior business analyst. Along her personal journey she has had the opportunity to help others find their dream job.

Her varied work and educational background have shown her the power of standing out from the rest of the job candidates and how you can show recruiters and hiring managers that you are their perfect candidate.

Career Kickstart is an action-oriented guide that helps job seekers understand the mindset of the people they will be interviewing with. It also helps job seekers sharpen their resumes, cover letters, and interview skills gradually. Somers takes the overwhelming process of job seeking and breaks it down into small, manageable steps.

Job seekers will find that after working through Career Kickstart they have the confidence and the skills to get their dream job.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January's TBR

New year, new chapters. My Goodreads reading goal is set to 88 books this year, and as I say every year, I'm going to trying and make this goal with as few children's books as possible. Here are the books that I hope to start (and finish) in January. What are you reading this month?