The Necromancer’s Daughter Book Tour: Day 9

Welcome to Day 9 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!

I hope you enjoy:

~ A lovely community of bloggers.

~ My favorite book from my host’s list, along with my review.

~ Something to make you smile. 

~ Something short and different about The Necromancer’s Daughter (follow the link below).

~ Leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered in an end-of-tour drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The more tour sites, the more entries!

Day 9, here we go!

Harmony Kent’s Blog: Dissonance

Harmony has a fascinating backstory as a person, and very active blog with book reviews, new releases, short stories, and poems. She’s also an award-winning author and a member of the team at Story Empire, a place where she shares her writing knowledge for the benefit of other writers.

She writes in multiple genres from fantasy to post-apocalyptic sci-fi, thrillers, mysteries, and erotica (to name a few). She also has a couple of anthologies of poetry that I highly recommend: Slices of Soul and Life & Soul. I haven’t read all the books in her long list yet, but I’m working on it.

Here’s my review of her first poetry collection:

Slices of Soul by Harmony Kent

My Review: I picked up this book after learning that the author spent 13 years in a Zen Buddhist Temple. I was curious about how her experiences influenced her poetry. The poems are divided into seven sections beginning with Shaved Head, Short Hair, and Long Hair, representing the journey from the monastery back into modern life.

“The Path”

The ten directions all merge into one
this winding road leads nowhere
and goes straight there

Many of the poems read like koans, statements used for meditation. The poems are simply written and it’s easy to appreciate how they reflect of the author’s journey of change and discovery. Several favorites are Rebirth, Diamonds, Waterfall, and The Alchemist. A lovely collection that I read in less than an hour.

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If you have a chance, head on over to join The Necromancer’s Daughter tour at Harmony’s blog: Dissonance

The Necromancer’s Daughter Book Tour: Day 8

Welcome to Day 8 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!

I hope you enjoy:

~ A lovely community of bloggers.

~ My favorite book from my host’s list, along with my review.

~ Something to make you smile. 

~ Something short and different about The Necromancer’s Daughter (follow the link below).

~ Leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered in an end-of-tour drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The more tour sites, the more entries!

Day 8, here we go!

Marcia Meara’s Blog: The Write Stuff

Marcia’s blog is a great place to be a guest, much like I am today. In fact, her logline is “Writers helping writers.” She offers her site for Guest Post Tuesdays, and she runs some wonderful features like Ten Things You May Not Know About (blogger), and First Line Fridays. She shares some great humor every week as well as updates on her projects and life in general.

She’s also a writer of some outstanding books (Wake Robin Ridge series and Riverbend series) mostly suspenseful thrillers with a bit of the paranormal thrown in. She’ll make you fall in love with her characters. Naturally, I’ve read all her books!

Here’s my review of an all-time favorite:

A Boy Named Rabbit by Marcia Meara

My Review: I fell in love with a little boy named Rabbit. OMG. This book is so wonderful, I can’t recommend it enough. Rabbit is ten years old, and for his entire life, he’s lived in the deep forest of the Blue Ridge Mountains with his grandparents. They took him there when he was a baby to keep him safe from the “bad people.” When his grandparents die, he starts a solo journey to find a place he belongs.

Rabbit enters the lives of Sarah and Mac Cole and what follows is a story of love, loss, and discovery as Rabbit learns about a whole new world. He’s never seen electricity in action or ridden in a car or listened to music! He’s an amazing character—inquisitive, funny, heartbroken, and wise beyond his years. As Rabbit transforms, the characters around him transform as well.

There’s danger in this book, a bit of paranormal “sight,” and kindness galore. My investment in Rabbit was intense, and I couldn’t stop rooting for him. Though Rabbit is the star of this literary show, the other characters are well-rounded and emotionally authentic. The writing is exceptional with spot-on dialog and an excellent pace. I couldn’t put the book down and got all teary with happiness at the end.

Though this is Book 2 in the Wake-Robin Ridge series, I’m not sure it’s necessary to read Book 1 first, though it wouldn’t hurt. I enjoyed that book too. Interested in something thoroughly original, engaging, and tender? A Boy Named Rabbit will steal your heart.

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If you have a chance, head on over to join The Necromancer’s Daughter tour at Marcia’s blog: The Write Stuff.

The Necromancer’s Daughter Book Tour: Day 7

Welcome to Day 7 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!

I hope you enjoy:

~ A lovely community of bloggers. My hosts are bloggers who are always willing to lend a hand, share a laugh, and build a friendship.

~ My favorite book from my host’s list, along with my review.

~ Something to make you smile. 

~ Something short and different about The Necromancer’s Daughter (follow the link below).

~ Leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered in an end-of-tour drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The more tour sites, the more entries!

Day 7, here we go!

Jacqui Murray’s Blog: Word Dreams

Jacqui’s popular blog is a wonderful resource for writers. She’s a voracious reader and reviewer of indie books, and she posts all kinds of writing tips including technical solutions, genre information, and lists of descriptive words, to name a few.

She’s also a writer, and though she’s written modern-day suspense novels, she’s since found her niche in the fascinating genre of prehistoric fiction with trilogies taking place at 850,000 and 1.8 million years ago. Her research shines and the stories are nothing like anything I’ve read before. Needless to say, I’ve read all of her books!

I’m currently reading an advanced copy of Natural Selection (Dawn of Humanity, Book 3). Here’s my review of Book One and a great place to start:

Born in a Treacherous Time by Jacqui Murray

My Review: Move over Jean Auel (Clan of the Cave Bear) for Jacqui Murray. I went to bed right after dinner last night because I had to finish this book and would have stayed up all night to do it. What a fabulous read.

Born in a Treacherous Time takes place at the very start of mankind’s development – we are inventive, communal, thoughtful, emotional beings, but still deeply rooted in our animal origins, fully integrated into the harsh volcanic landscape and with the creatures who share our world. Survival is an ongoing challenge and hunger a constant companion. Overlaying the struggles of daily life is the threat of man-who-preys, the next generation of mankind.

The story follows Lucy (Woo-See) through a period of years. She’s a strong character, a healer, and a hunter who’s eager to learn new skills that make her an asset to her group as well as an outsider. There are a number of compelling characters, fully developed and distinct, with a wide range of personalities.

No doubt, Murray did her research, but so little is known about this time, that I’m certain she had to employ her imagination as well. The world-building is meticulous. Murray deftly presents a world as seen through the eyes of those who inhabit it. She created words (and hand signals) to describe the landscape based on the characters’ observations: “Night Sun” instead of moon, “Fire Mountain” instead of volcano. Her attention to creating a logical and detailed reality is stunning. I was honestly enthralled.

The world-building extends to characters as well, and I loved that none of them had “modern” sensibilities that would have tainted the story’s believability. No one is squeamish about raw food or bodily functions, and death is viewed as a natural occurrence. The characters have many of the natural abilities and acute senses of the animals living around them, yet unlike their animal cousins, their understanding of the world grows with each experience.

Best of all, as a reader I became quite attached to these primitive humans, empathizing with their struggles, losses, and choices. There is a depth of emotion, spirit of community, and generous nobility that stretches through the hundreds of thousands of years to our current lives. A captivating book that I recommend to any reader who enjoys adventures, exquisite world-building, or works of historical fiction and prehistory.

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If you have a chance, head on over to join The Necromancer’s Daughter tour at Jacqui’s blog: Word Dreams.

Calvin & Hobbes by Sam Watterson

The Necromancer’s Daughter Book Tour: Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!

I hope you enjoy:

~ A lovely community of bloggers. My hosts are bloggers who are always willing to lend a hand, share a laugh, and build a friendship.

~ My favorite book from my host’s list, along with my review.

~ Something to make you smile. 

~ Something short and different about The Necromancer’s Daughter (follow the link below).

~ Leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered in an end-of-tour drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The more tour sites, the more entries!

Day 6, here we go!

Elizabeth Gauffreau’s Author Blog

Liz and I both have roots going back to Vermont, and something about her stories, photos, and poetry always strike a chord with me. She writes fiction and poetry and says she’s “drawn to the inner lives of other people–what they care about, what they most desire, what causes them pain, what brings them joy.” That certainly describes her beautiful writing. You can also find interesting book reviews at her place.

She has two books in publication and a bunch of writings in literary journals and magazines. I’ve read both of her books and followed the links to many of her stories, all of which I can highly recommend.

Here’s my review of Liz’s poetry book:

Grief Songs by Elizabeth Gauffreau

My Review: This book of poetry is no more than a half-hour read, but what a lovely way to spend my time. Most of the poems are tankas, short syllabic forms of five lines, and Gauffreau is a master of this style. The collection is a beautiful tribute to the author’s family and includes heart-wrenching, poignant, humorous, and sweet poems about childhood, family, love, and loss. Grief is the thread that connects the poems together, sometimes overtly, but more frequently as a remembrance of treasured moments with people missing in Gauffreau’s life.

A family photo precedes each poem, and the combination of the two adds depth to both. Though the poems are intensely personal to the author, it was easy to relate many of the experiences to my own family and the universal human journey that families undertake. I jotted down my favorite titles and suddenly realized I’d written down half the book. I highly recommend this short collection to readers who enjoy poetry that speaks to the heart.

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If you have a chance, head on over to join The Necromancer’s Daughter tour at Liz’s blog: Elizabeth Gauffreau.

The Necromancer’s Daughter Book Tour: Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!

I hope you enjoy:

~ A lovely community of bloggers. My hosts are bloggers who are always willing to lend a hand, share a laugh, and build a friendship.

~ My favorite book from my host’s list, along with my review.

~ Something to make you smile. 

~ Something short and different about The Necromancer’s Daughter (follow the link below).

~ Leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered in an end-of-tour drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The more tour sites, the more entries!

Day 5, here we go!

Pete Springer’s Author Blog

Pete was an elementary school teacher for much/most of his working career, and it’s easy to see how much he loved his work. He’s a people-person, often sharing personal stories about kindness and the people who have made a difference in his life as well as the lives of others. It’s hard not to be inspired by Pete’s big heart.

He’s also the author of a book that shares the wisdom he gained from years of classroom experience. And I have the inside scoop that he has a middle-grade fiction book due out in the near future.

Here’s my review of Pete’s book about teaching:

They Call Me Mom: Making a Difference as an Elementary School Teacher by Pete Springer

My Review: I was impressed with this highly accessible, entertaining, and informative read. A long-time educator, Springer shares his practical experience and the wisdom gleaned from working with children within the educational system. My impression was that the book is geared toward new teachers as it offers ideas about setting up a classroom, dealing with colleagues, administrators, students, and parents.

As an early childhood mental health counselor, I was most interested in Springer’s thoughts about discipline. I was glad to discover a thoughtful, holistic approach to children and their challenges in light of the stressors in their lives. Springer highlights a number of strategies that would be helpful to parents as well as to educators.

Most of the chapters provide concrete and anecdotal examples of Springer’s approach in action. He touches on cultural diversity, grief, problem-solving, and other life experiences that are part of a child’s broader education. My favorite chapters were Memorable Students and Funny Moments at School. These two chapters are testaments to his success as an educator as well as to the joy and value of teaching in general.

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If you have a chance, head on over to join The Necromancer’s Daughter tour at Pete’s blog: Pete Springer’s Author Blog.

The Necromancer’s Daughter Book Tour: Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!

I hope you enjoy:

~ A lovely community of bloggers. My hosts are bloggers who are always willing to lend a hand, share a laugh, and build a friendship.

~ My favorite book from my host’s list, along with my review.

~ Something to make you smile. 

~ Something short and different about The Necromancer’s Daughter (follow the link below).

~ Leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered in an end-of-tour drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The more sites, the more entries!

Day 4, here we go!

Teri Polen’s Blog: Books and Such

Teri is an author of sci-fi and horror short stories and novels, and she recently released the second book in The Colony Series (The Insurgent), which I highly recommend. She’s also an avid book reviewer of indie books as well as books acquired through NetGalley. She leans toward sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, horror, thrillers, and mysteries, but her reviews certainly aren’t limited to those genres. She keeps my kindle on the chunky side.

I’ve caught her short stories in anthologies, and I’ve read all of her books. I wish she’d write them faster! Here’s my review of the first book in her The Colony duology:

Subject A36 (The Colony Series) by Teri Polen

My Review: I should never have read this book, because now I have to wait for the next one in the series, and that’s going to be torture! This read is sooo good.

Asher, the first-person protagonist, is a 17-year-old member of a resistance group fighting the Colony. The Colony steals attractive children (and adults) from outlying communities and kills them by stripping their DNA to serve the vanity of its citizens. Asher’s group is part of a larger network focused on freeing Colony captives before their DNA is harvested.

The plot moves along quickly and requires some suspension of belief as these teens have exceptional skills. There are twists and turns and secrets that I didn’t see coming and thoroughly enjoyed. This isn’t a story that gets bogged down with description. The science and technology are developed just enough to be believable.

The characters are beautifully crafted, and there’s none of the annoying teen angst and dumb choices that I find in many YA stories. These characters are in dangerous situations and maturity is a matter of survival. I enjoyed the authenticity. The somewhat heavy backstory in the beginning pays off as the characters develop and the events become more and more emotionally charged. Asher, his friend Noah, and lover Brynn make up the three main characters. I liked all three but was particularly enamored with Asher. I thoroughly believed his inner world, emotions, and choices. He’s a noble character, faced with tough decisions. I was hooked.

Then the book ended with a cliffhanger, and I had a literary heart attack. Highly recommended to YA and adult readers of sci-fi. Get ready for an intense adventure.

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If you have a chance, head on over to join The Necromancer’s Daughter tour at Teri’s blog: Books and Such.

The Necromancer’s Daughter Book Tour: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!

I hope that each tour stop offers something fresh and fun. Here’s what you can expect:

~ A lovely community of bloggers. My hosts are bloggers who are always willing to lend a hand, share a laugh, and build a friendship. Enjoy!

~ They’re talented too!  Before I send you off to each tour stop, I’ll share my favorite book from the blogger’s list along with my review.

~ Something to make you smile.  I’ve been collecting memes to leave you with a grin.

~ You’ll find something short and different about The Necromancer’s Daughter: a snippet, a tidbit about a character, some thoughts about the story, or the struggle writing it. (Follow the link below).

~ And last but not least, if you comment on my host’s site, your name will be entered in an end-of-tour drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The more sites, the more entries!

Day 3, here we go!

Author D. L. Finn’s Blog

Denise is a writer and poet who’s also a voracious book reader and reviewer. Her love of nature and its creatures comes through loud and clear in her stories and poetry, as does her gracious, positive spirit. She’s a member of the Story Empire where she shares her expertise on the craft of writing through a wide range of articles. Her blog is a great source for indie book reviews, info on new releases, and her own syllabic poetry.

I’ve read almost all of her books, and she writes in a wide range of genres from poetry collections to horror, suspense, and gentle YA tales.  Here’s her latest:

A Voice in the Silence by D. L. Finn

My Review: Drea, a recent widow, lives alone in her home far from town. There’s a serial killer roaming the area and a winter storm on the way. But what initially finds its way into her home isn’t a murderer, but a trio of animals who’ve escaped from a lab—a dog, a cat, and a rat. And before she knows it, they’re doing things that no animals should be able to do. They talk.

Suspension of disbelief was a necessity for this book. In some ways, the fantastical abilities of the animals gave the story a whimsical, childlike innocence. But that quality is countered by the presence of a serial killer outside in the storm, and the suspense intensifies when Drea finds his footprints in the snow. With the help of her animal family, a ghost, and a caring police officer, she just might get through the storm alive.

Three major plot lines thread through the story, and each comes to its own satisfying climax rather than all resolving at the end. The main protagonists are well-rounded characters, and that includes the animals. My favorites were Drea, Adam, and Charlie the dog. The villains range from mentally ill to completely deranged. The story unfolds primarily from Drea’s perspective though the overall POV is omniscient.

The pace is good, and the descriptions gave a clear picture of the action and setting. There’s a romantic undercurrent and some violence, including an off-stage suicide. Overall, I’d say this book is suitable for YA and adult audiences, and I recommend it to readers who enjoy paranormal stories and want to try something whimsical, suspenseful, and entirely different

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If you have a chance, head on over to join The Necromancer’s Daughter tour at Denise’s blog: Author D. L. Finn.

The Necromancer’s Daughter Book Tour: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!

I hope that each tour stop offers something fresh and fun. Here’s what you can expect:

~ A lovely community of bloggers. My hosts are bloggers who are always willing to lend a hand, share a laugh, and build a friendship. Enjoy!

~ They’re talented too!  Before I send you off to each tour stop, I’ll share my favorite book from my host’s list along with my review. There’s room in your chubby kindle, right?

~ Something to make you smile.  I’ve been collecting memes and images to leave you with a grin.

~ You’ll find something short and different about The Necromancer’s Daughter: today, a short note about the inspiration for the book and the title. (Follow the link below).

~ And last but not least, if you comment on my host’s site, your name will be entered in an end-of-tour drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Multiply your chances by leaving a comment on each post of the tour.

Day 2, here we go!

Colleen Chesebro’s Wordcraft Poetry Blog

Colleen is one of those writers, poets, editors, and bloggers that makes me wonder where she finds time to sleep. Her poetry blog is ranked among the top ten at RankedBlogs.com!

Wordcraft Poetry is how I know her best. “Colleen created Word Craft Poetry as an uplifting community where poets can learn the basics of writing Japanese and American syllabic poetry by sharing their own poetic inspiration within a weekly poetry challenge.” It’s super fun to learn about the forms and participate in Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday challenges. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what she offers. Check out her site for book recommendations and flash fiction too.

I’ve read all of her books as well as the anthologies that she’s created with her Tanka Tuesday participants. Her work includes poetry, short stories, a YA novel, and a “must have” book for poets wishing to craft syllabic poetry, which I’ll share here:

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry by Colleen Chesebro

My Review: This book is a must-have for writers of syllabic poetry. Chesebro has the experience and credentials to have crafted this easy-to-follow and detailed look at twelve forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry, as well as their variations. Styles range from the well-known haiku and tanka to the less familiar gogyohka and etheree. Though written for poets beginning their exploration of these beautiful forms, I learned quite a lot (and I’ve been writing several of the forms for years).

Chesebro’s explanations not only include the technical aspects of each poetic form, but a quick history, the style’s creative intent, and tips for finding inspiration and for writing. These aspects of each poetic form are conveyed in a concise manner, and each section is followed by examples of her poetry and the poetry of authors I’ve enjoyed for years. The poems not only illustrate the preceding lesson but are beautiful in their own right.

The quality of this book and its citations make it useful as a “textbook” on the craft of writing syllabic poetry, appropriate for academic settings. Chesebro’s conversational style, easy-to-understand explanations, and poetic selections also make it accessible to a wide range of learners. The book’s format lends itself to lesson planning for young poets.

Highly recommended to poets who are just starting out or who’ve been writing for years. An excellent learning tool filled with wonderful examples of the forms.

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If you have a chance, head on over to join The Necromancer’s Daughter at Colleen’s blog: Wordcraft Poetry.