Review of Peter M. Parr’s Escape to Redemption

 

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*Disclaimer – I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.*

51fflbjkv5lTitle: Escape to Redemption
Author: Peter M. Parr
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Date of Publication: June 24, 2016
ISBN: 10-178535227X
Paperback: $13.99
Kindle: $7.99

Escape – break free from confinement or control

Redemption – the action of being saved from evil

This book is comparable to Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1866 Crime and Punishment which explores redemption through suffering.

***I rate this book 4 stars***

A revengeful scare tactic goes wrong and ends in murder.  It wasn’t suppose to happen.  Now what?  The stranger with the dog saw everything.  He will go to the police.  She had to run, had to escape.  She was a young woman with her whole life to live.  She wouldn’t go down for murder and definitely wouldn’t take the rap for two murders.

Josie was freaking out and her friend Snaz, who thought he was her boyfriend, didn’t know what to do. With the flee instinct in high gear, Josie fled England for Poland leaving Snaz behind to fend for himself.

While in Poland, Josie tries to carve out a new life for herself by lying.  The thing with lying is that once the lie is told, it must be followed by additional lies to keep up the pretense.  Then, one must be able to keep up with the lies they told and so goes the vicious cycle of lies.

With the fear of living a lie and being found out and a guilty conscience about the murders, will Josie find redemption?  Or will she live the lie until her dying days?

 

 

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About the Author:

Peter M. Parr works part-time as a civil servant, which gives him time to indulge his passion for writing. He facilitates workshops to encourage people to reflect on what truly matters. He lives in Hastings, England, overlooking the sea. Escape to Redemption is his first novel.

Website: http://www.thingstoremember.org.uk/

 

Escape To Redemption Web Tour Schedule

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The Pulp and Mystery Shelf Aug 29 Interview

Bookishly me Aug 30 Review

Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings Sept 9 Review

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Lisa’s Writopia Sept 19 Review & Guest Post

Girl Who Reads Sept 20 Review & Excerpt

Ashley’s Bookshelf Sept 23 Review

JBronder Book Reviews Sept 26 Review & Excerpt

Bassgiraffe’s Thoughts Sept 27 Review

Cindy’s Notebook Sept 28 Review

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How to Attract the Relationship You’ve Longed For

bookblitz bannerIn Search of The One: How to Attract the Relationship You’ve Longed For

By Randy Siegel

Genre: Self Help – Relationship, Family, Parenting

img_8954Are you longing for your soul mate…the perfect life partner…“The One”—but aren’t sure how to attract the right romantic relationship into your life?  Or perhaps you’re already in a relationship—even a long-term one—but you secretly wonder if there might be someone out there with whom you’d be better suited? Cinderella, don’t give up on the prince!

Drawing from personal experience as well as insight from a wide array of experts, In Search of The One: How to Attract the Relationship You’ve Longed explores how to:

Debunk the myths around “The One” and stop savior seeking.

  • Examine the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual components of longing for a romantic relationship.
  • Convert longing into loving so that you can become your best self and live your best life.
  • Attract or rebuild a relationship so great that you could only imagine it until now.

In In The Search for The One, Randy Siegel explains that the true source of all longing is to be seen, heard, understood, and loved for all we are. By redirecting our focus on three psycho-spiritual paths—the evolution of the unconscious to the conscious self, the defended to the authentic self, and the higher to the divine self—we can find peace and grow personally while attracting a special kind of romantic relationship—a spiritual partnership—into our life.

The distance between longing and love is not as great as you might think.

 

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Randy Siegel believes that love and work give us the greatest potential for growth because that’s where our inner challenges are most visible. Since 1998, Siegel has inspired thousands of professionals worldwide to “stand in their power by becoming the full expression of all they are” for such organization as the Recording Academy (The Grammy Awards), State Farm Insurance, and the American Alliance of Museums.

Siegel has written five books including Break Up, Wake Up, Move On: From Broken Heart to Open Heart: Prepare for the Partner You’ve Always Longed For. He’s written articles for Balance Magazine, the Washington Post, and other publications and is frequently quoted by the media. Siegel, his partner, Don, and their dog, Loodle the Poodle, divide their time between Asheville, North Carolina and Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

 

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Play the ball where the Monkey drops it

Back in the Spring I was talking with a Psychologist about life in general.  They mentioned that one of their clients described their own life like this.

**Client Speaking–not exact words**

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In my country there is a golf course that was built along the edge of the woods where the monkeys live.

When people would hit the ball down the fairway a monkey would go get the ball and move it.

Over time the golfers got tired of the monkeys and asked that they be removed.  The monkeys were rounded up and taken elsewhere.

For a while all was happy at the golf course, then the monkeys returned.

Since it did not work to remove the monkeys, the golf course staff built a tall fence at the edge of the woods.

That worked for a day or so, then the monkeys realized they could climb over the fence.  And once again started moving the balls on the golf course.

People grumbled so much that nothing was working to keep the monkeys away.

four-seasons-golf-courseSo, the golf course staff put up a sign that read “Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It.”

**End of Client story**

Life is like that.

Ever changing throughout the day.

Sometimes everything goes smoothly and other times we change our plans.

Sometimes we work so hard to do something to find that the end result wasn’t what we wanted and that we had wasted a lot of energy in the first place.

Therefore, we should take time to step back from our troubles and see if they are something we can change or something we roll with the punches/play the ball where the monkey drops it.

 

 

Note – photographs were taken from Google Images.

 

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Crop Dusting

img_0447One evening in May, my hubby and I watched a crop duster spray a field.  We were thankful that it was not spraying near our home.

We know folks who had trees and shrubs destroyed when a crop duster was spraying one of their neighbor’s fields.

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Sunflowers in Bloom

The state flower for Kansas is the sunflower, hence “the Sunflower State.”

The wild sunflower is a bushy type of flower and now they are in bloom.

Here are a few photos taken on my farm.

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It’s Been A While, Again

Every time I think I am going to get back to everything about books, I find my time taken up with something else.

Have you every found that this happens to you?

So, instead of just books, I will be adding other things to keep this blog going and perhaps something I post will inspire you to write or not.

The other things I find myself doing include crafts – making garden totems, sewing-usually quilting, gardening, cats, chickens, dog, the farm, church, volunteering, etc.  You know, the stuff that takes all your time and makes it go by so fast your head spins.

picture-049-copy                                                                     This is Abby – Abigail Adams.  She is my oldest cat, age 13.  I got her when she was 1 year old. She lets the others know that she is Queen Cat and they better not get in her way.  She lives mostly outside where she spends the night in the Catio and days roaming the farm.  Sometimes she comes inside to take a nap.

 

 

 

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This is Morgan Freeman.  He is 1 year old and the most sweetest cat  I have ever owned.  I  got him when he was a few weeks old. He loves to be close and likes to be petted.  Like Abby, he lives mostly outside and spends the night in the Catio.  He too, comes inside for nap times.

 

rogueThis is Rogue.  She was adopted in February of this year and is about 2 years old.  She acts like she is Queen Cat, but she doesn’t fool Abby one bit.  She is still finding her way among the clowder (pack of cats) and trying to establish where she fits in.  Rogue lives mostly outside and spends the night in the Catio.  She too, comes inside for naps.  She is a big lap cat.  Wherever you go, she wants to be.

These are only 3 of the cats that live on our farm.  I will write about the others later.

 

chloeThis is Chloe.  She is approximately 10 years old.  We got her about 3-4 years ago.  She had a stroke in the Spring and is doing well, just not back to 100%.  Chloe is part Rottweiler and part Labrador.  She lives mostly outside in a big covered kennel.  Her dog house is insulated and there is a huge tree close by for shade.  She likes to come inside sometimes, however, she prefers the outdoors.  Since her stroke, Chloe is not as active as she once was, however, she still wants to get in her daily walk with Dad.

What do you think about her eye mask?  LOL!  That is her natural coloring.  The only thing she is wearing is her collar.

And, as you can see in Chloe’s photo, there is a chicken in the background.  Yep, we have chickens too.  I will write more on them another time.

Well, that is it for today.

I think I shall call this – Seawall Therapy…because the name of the road I live on is Seawall Road.

There is a story in the road name that I will tell you sometime.

Cheers,

Cindy

 

 

 

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What if your “soul mate” was a monster?

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Girl from Jussara
By: Hettie Ivers
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal RomanceGIRL_FROM_JUSSARA_FINAL

What if your “soul mate” was a monster?  Would you embrace your destiny?  Or chop his head off in his sleep?

After escaping the supernatural beast who claimed to be her fated mate, a pregnant, 16-year-old Lupe finds refuge with the Reinoso werelock pack, forging a complicated love-friendship with both the pack’s charming, former Alpha, Alcaeus, and the dark and enigmatic pack doctor, Kai.

This is the story of Lupe and of how she managed to get Alcaeus and the rest of the Reinoso male werelocks so well wrapped around her little finger.

Prequel to “Slip of Fate.”  May be read as a standalone or as part of the Werelock Evolution series.

**Mature Content Warning** – This story contains violence, dark subject matter, strong language, and sexual situations and is intended for adult readers.

Author Photo_300x300Author Bio:

Hettie Ivers loves to tell stories—the more twisty, darkly humorous and smutty, the better!  A workaholic insomniac with an overly active imagination, Hettie began writing as a distraction from the real life corporate mergers that were giving her nightmares.

As a dog lover and lover of hot men, she thought it’d be fun to write about both—combined into one paranormal package.  Hettie favors stories in which realistic, relatable characters must navigate fantastical, larger-than-life circumstances. She’s a sucker for sexy antiheroes, underdogs, and flawed protagonists, and she enjoys fresh spins on classic tropes with a sprinkling of satire.

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Review: Men of the Cross by Charlene Newcomb

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Title: Men of the Cross, Book 1 of Battle Scars

Author: Charlene Newcomb

Published: May 5, 2014

Published By: Blue X Entertainment

ISBN-13:  978-0692205945

Number of Pages: 354

Cost: $10.99 (Paperback)

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

There have been many books written about and several movies made about the crusades. Some movies include: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Arn-The Knight Templar (2007), Saladin, The Victorious (1963) and The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross (2009).  Books written about the crusades include: Jan Guillou-The Knight Templar (1999), Sir Walter Scott – Ivanhoe (1820), Angus Donald – Holy Warrior (2010) and now Charlene Newcomb – Book 1, The Battle Scars Series Men of the Cross.

In Book 1 of Battle Scars Men of the Cross, author Charlene Newcomb created a mixture of war, action, adventure, post-traumatic stress disorder and a same sex relationship with a dash of romance and a subtle pinch of politics and religion.

When King Richard the Lionheart put out a call for brave men to join the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Henry de Grey believed it was his duty for God, king and country to answer that call. While he had never been to battle, he was ready, if it was God’s will, to die on the battle field defending the cause.

Stephan L’Aigle, a seasoned and hardened Knight had been seventeen years old when he took up the Cross for Richard, not the Pope or the Church. Readers get a hint of Stephan’s character early in the story: “He ignored the throng of men around him and focused on Henry.  That gaze unnerved Henry…” “You should stay and keep me warm.”  And later when a woman propositions him: “I can help.”  “I am afraid you have the wrong man, dear lady” Stephan replied.

While Henry and Stephan are the two main characters in Men of the Cross, readers will be introduced to Robin du Louviers, Little John, Allan and Marian.  If these names sounds familiar then rest assured they are who you think they are: Robin Hood, Little John and Allan (the outlaws and Merry Men) and Maid Marian.

The book reveals the amount of research that Newcomb put into her writing. A bit of her research included clothing of the time, sights and smells, behavior of the horses, the clank of swords, the sound of stone throwers and the nightmares of the Knights.

I give this book “5 Stars.”  I found Men of the Cross to be very different from other books that I have read about the Crusades and absolutely different from any movie that I have ever seen about this time period.

I recommend the Battle Scars series for anyone who is interested in the Crusades, historical fiction, same sex relationships, action, adventure or just a different kind of book all together.  I believe you will enjoy the characters Henry de Grey, Stephan L’Aigle and Robin du Louviers.

Movie producers and directors looking for a new twist on the Crusades should read the Battle Scars Series and turn it into a movie or a mini-series.  Personally, I believe this to have BLOCKBUSTER potential.

Book 2, Battle Scars Series, For King and Country now available.

Book 2, Battle Scars Series, Swords of the King, available 2018.

 

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About the Author: From the Authors Amazon Page

Librarian.
Navy vet.
Mom to 3 grown, amazing children.
I live in Kansas. Yes, Toto. Kansas.

Born & raised in South Carolina, I wanted a life of adventure and travel. I realized my dreams of hitting the big time with the all-girl rock band Liberation were just that – dreams. And becoming an astronaut wasn’t in the cards. So I joined the Navy to see the world and spent six years as a communications technician/voice language analyst. I fit college into my life (BA in History, and many years later an MA in Library Science). That desire to travel in space translated into writing science fiction: I published 10 short stories in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I have written two novels, one a contemporary drama, Keeping the Family Peace; the other, Men of the Cross (book 1 of Battle Scars), allows me to share my love of history with readers.

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Spotlight, Author Beem Weeks

BEEM WEEKS PICWhat’s To Be Gained From Writing Short Stories?

 Why write short stories? The answer is really quite simple: Short stories offer instant gratification for both writer and reader. A short story can be written in a day or two. It can be read in a matter of minutes. I love the work and research that goes into writing novels, but the short story is probably my favorite form of writing.

I began writing short stories when I first learned to construct a proper sentence—which goes back to about age eight. I’ve written nearly a hundred pieces over the course of my life, though most of those have been lost to time.

Anything can inspire me: An experience, a memory, an overheard comment. Our world is awash in ideas and inspirations—if only we choose to look for them. Often, I’ll be doing some mundane chore, like mowing the lawn, when a glimpse of a scene will enter my thoughts. This is how the idea for Lost Boy came to me. Lost Boy tells the story of an old man bothered by the noise created by the little boy’s trampoline next door. The idea came to me while mowing the lawn. The children next door have a trampoline, which, at times, can be quite noisy. I added the twist at the end, which led the old man to miss that sound of the squeaking springs once they ceased. I won’t give away that ending, but I am happy to say it’s just fiction.

A short story can cover many years in the lives of the characters. It can also be a single scene, a moment caught in time. I contributed a piece entitled Sweetie Girl to an anthology called Rave Soup for the Writer’s Soul. This story is a mere scene in the life of a woman struggling to care for her Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother. The shortest pieces can sometimes say as much as any novel. Hemingway wrote a quick-fiction piece: (For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.) That simple line opens up all sorts of possibilities. I imagine a young couple that never got to dress their baby. These are words that convey devastating things.

I jot down ideas on Post-It notes that are stuck all over my desk. When time allows, I begin working on one of those ideas. Some stories are written in a single afternoon. Others germinate over a few days. With the internet, and web sites like Authors Den and Koobug, getting those short stories in front of readers is relatively easy in today’s world.

I enjoy writing about all sorts of subjects in my short pieces: Quirky characters, dark characters, real life situations, things lost and found, and the just-plain-made-up stuff. In Peepers Creepers, a shy girl wanders her neighborhood late at night, peeking in windows—not for any perverted reasons; this is just her way of getting to know people. In the story Rave On, a simple trip to a rave party reveals something very dark about one of the attendees. In Mr. Woodlick, an old man divulges a long-kept secret to the kid next door; a secret that could change the boy’s life. When Jesus Left Birmingham is based on real life events surrounding the early 1960s civil rights movement.

The idea for a published book of my short stories came from readers. Those suggestions planted the seed that grew into Slivers of Life, a collection of twenty pieces written over the past fifteen years. The title itself is a metaphor for each brief moment of life these stories represent.

Do I have personal favorites? Though these creations are indeed like my children, I do have those I prefer above others. Forget Me (Not Fade Away) is one I am really proud to have written. It deals with loss on many different levels: loss of a child, loss of dreams, loss of a marriage, loss of memories through Alzheimer’s, loss of faith. But at the end, the main character finds a little scrap of hope onto which to hold. Another favorite is A Life Lived (In Under 600 Words). It began as an exercise and became a short story of boy-meets-girl, boy-marries-girl, boy-loses-girl, all under 600 words.

I try to write about reality. However, from time to time, the otherworldly has crept into a few pieces: a girl vampire, a reincarnated boy, a thief from the sky that just cannot be explained. Fiction allows for these digressions into the unreal. With the short form of storytelling, there doesn’t have to be a standard beginning, middle and end. It can be a simple scene, a dialog between a mother and her daughter on why boys are no good. The key is to just have fun with it.

51mJUzQHKZL81LhAS-B61LYou can purchase Slivers of Life on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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Twitter: @BeemWeeks

Website: https://beemweeks.wordpress.com/

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Revise with Confidence

downloadJoan Dempsey has some resources that writers might need.

Do you know the proper way to use a hyphen in your writing?

Do you know how to write good dialogue?

Do you know how to cut the clutter from your writing?

Do you have problems writing character’s expressions?

Whatever the problem you have with writing, there might be an answer at Joan Dempsey’s website.

It is always good to check out different resources.

Happy Writing!

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