Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson Book Review by Dawn Thomas 232 Pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: September 17, 2018 Fiction, Missing Person, Friendship Hank is coping with the loss of his wife Becka. He and his friend Norm are bachelors in a retirement community where women outnumber men three to one. One evening, Hank gets an unexpected visitor. A beautiful Vietnamese woman is standing in the lobby. As Hank gets closers, he r...

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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier Book Review by Dawn Thomas   311 Pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books Publication Date: June 12, 2018   Mystery & Thriller, Suspense   Georgina Shaw is a young successful executive at a pharmaceutical company. She is engaged to the owner’s son and has everything going for her. Her life comes crashing down when actions from her past emerge. Angela Wong is a beautiful sixteen ...

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The Trouble with Harriet by Dorothy Cannell Review by Dawn Thomas   316 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: June 13, 2017   Mystery, British, Women Sleuths   Ellie stops by a Gypsy woman to have her future told. The woman tells Ellie that she shouldn’t be upset or surprised when her father shows up. Ellie’s father has been absent for most of her life with the exception of the occasional letter...

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The Fall by Steve Taylor Review by Dawn Thomas   352 Pages Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd Release Date: June 29, 2018   Historical, Cultural, Ancient Civilizations, Modern Civilizations, Sociology   This is an amazing book. I had many eye-opening moments while reading. The author discusses how the ancient people were peaceful until about 6,000 years ago. He provides historical information that details “The Fall” and the di...

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The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson Review by Dawn Thomas Paperback: 280 pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books (May 1, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1938288203 ISBN-13: 978-1938288203 Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Political Thriller Will Munoz is a San Francisco attorney who represents high paying slick clients. While sitting in a deposition, he asked himself how he became this person. He receives a troubling letter from his mother that leads...

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Book Review Ashes in the Ocean by Sebastian Slovin Review by Dawn Thomas 222 Pages Publisher: Nature Unplugged Release Date: March 17, 2018 ISBN-10: 0692051198 ISBN-13: 978-0692051191 Non-Fiction, Memoir, Suicide, Family Relationships, Counseling, Psychology, Grief & Loss The subject of mental illness does not get enough discussion. Families that are touched by suicide are never the same again. Most times, the ones left behind do not get res...

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Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 348 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: July 4, 2017 General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction, Relationships, Family Dynamics Carlos and James have something in common. They share the same body but not the same memories. James is suffering from a psychological fugue. In this state, James disappears and Carlos emerges. He lives in Mexico with his t...

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Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 304 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: August 1, 2016 Series: The Everything Series General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction, Family Dynamics Aimee should be happy on her wedding day. Instead she is planning her fiancé, James’, funeral. Her whole world is spiraling out of control. A woman approaches Aimee and tells her James is still alive. Aimee doe...

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Designs to Color by Betty Schaffner Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 3 stars Pages 23 Publisher: Tallfellow Press Release Date: February 17, 2016 Nonfiction, Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, Teens & YA This book is a combination of a coloring book with Zentangle images. Some of the pages use thick lines with large coloring areas while others are more detailed with thin lines. Most of the images are are abstract geometric shapes. Many of the images have b...

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Blue Ribbon Canning by Linda J. Amendt Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 268 Pages Publisher: Taunton Press Release Date: April 28, 2015 Nonfiction (Adult), Food & Wine, Cooking For years, I have wanted to can and make preserves. I tried twice with disastrous results. When I saw this book, I had hope and was inspired to try it again. The book begins with detailed sections on ingredients, equipment, and techniques. The author provides hel...

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Book Review: The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston
Fiction , Imbolc , Literature , Spirituality , Uncategorized / February 1, 2014

The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle ColstonBook Review by Dawn Thomas 326 pagesPublisher: Michelle Colston (August 13, 2012)ISBN-10: 0985323906ISBN-13: 978-0985323905Literature/Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction When I read the blurb about the book I knew it was going to be great. The story opens with a glass of wine and a quiz in a magazine. The result of the quiz was just the beginning of the story. She finds out she is “stylish bu...

Book Review: The Circle Book One of The Sidhe by Cindy Cipriano
Uncategorized / December 22, 2013

ISBN 9781922200044 186 Pages Odyssey Books Children’s Fiction, Sci Fi & Fantasy I enjoyed this book even though it is considered a children’s book. Calum and his family are Sidhe. Before the book begins Calum’s cousin, Finley, disappeared while they were out playing. He wants to find Finley and bring him home. His mother owns and runs an old bookstore called Siopa Leabhar which is Gaelic for “shop of books.” The bookstore ...

Book Review: Mind Body Home Transform Your Life One Room at a Time by Tisha Morris
Uncategorized / December 22, 2013

ISBN: 9780738736945264 PagesLlewellyn BooksAvailable December 2013Health, Mind & BodyI was very excited when I read the summary of this book. I have been interested in Feng Shui for a while and found a way to introduce it into my daily life. I began seeing my home from a different perspective. I am lucky and was able to build this house. We bought the lot, selected the builder, planned the layout of the rooms, and picked out the fin...

Book Review: The Song of the Shaman by Annette Vendryers Leach

Book Review by Dawn Thomas The Song of the Shaman Annette Vendryers Leach Publisher: MindPress Media Print Length: 257 Pages Published Date: August, 1, 2013 Literature/Fiction (Adult), Religion & Spirituality Sherri is a single woman whose biological clock was calling. She goes into labor in the backseat of a taxi cab in New York City. Her son, Zig, is a special child. He tells her stories about when he was an Indian. Sherri does no...

Book Review: Water by Terra Harmony

Book Review by Dawn Thomas Water Book One of the Akasha Series by Terra Harmony Print Length: 290 Pages Amazon Digital Services New Adult, Sci Fi & Fantasy Kaitlyn Alder was snowboarding when an avalanche came crashing down on her. When she wakes she finds herself in a small room. She doesn’t remember anything since the snow was burying her on the mountain. She makes a break for it out a window and runs for her life. When caught s...

Book Review: Chameleon: The Choosing by Maggie Faire

Book Review by Dawn ThomasChameleon: The Choosing by Maggie FaireWindtree Press (July 2, 2013)Print Length: 224 pagesSci-Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA The book picks up where Chameleon: The Awakening ended. Camryn needs to bond with a Thunder Dragon. She is faced with a test to get to the dragon nest. She faces adversity and death of a friend. She leaves the nest in tears full of sorrow. She meets her dragon and begins a training reg...

Book Review Chameleon: The Awakening by Maggie Faire

Book Review by Dawn ThomasChameleon: The Awakening by Maggie FaireWindtree Press (May 21, 2013)Print Length: 288 pagesSci-Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA The book begins with a prologue. Fia , a Mazikeen, and Nakani, a Quatcho, traveling through the forest. Fia is heavy with child and is looking for the Life Tree to give birth. They were shunned from their tribes for their relationship. Once Fia became pregnant no one offered to witnes...

Book Review: The Triskele by Lowri Thomas
Celtic , Fantasy , Sci Fi , Uncategorized / July 31, 2013

The Triskele (The Bwy Hir Trilogy)Author: Lowri Thomas Price: $2.99 Print Length: 334 pages Publisher: Lowri Thomas (December 2, 2012) Sold by:Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English ASIN: B00AHGSOWI The story is set in modern times Wales. The Triskele is made of three parts: The Host, the Pride, and the Chosen. The Host (the male) and the Pride (the female) are Bwy Hir, an ancient race of giants referred to in the bible as Neph...

A Square for A Welcome Blanket

There is a woman in MN adopting a child. She wants to give him/her a welcome blanket similar to the one that was given to Sierra in A Reckless Witch (from the A Modern Witch series by Debora Geary). I finished this square tonight. It is 12″x12″ single crochet and cranberry. I am very excited since this is the only the third project I have done. Not to bad for a beginner....

Book Review: Cats, Daffodils and Dragonflies by Laura Stamps
Poetry , Uncategorized / March 20, 2013

Book review by Dawn Thomas Cats, Daffodils and Dragonflies by Laura Stamps I met Laura some years back when she was publishing the first book in her Witches of Dixie trilogy. I enjoyed all three of the books in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed those books. When Laura told me she was publishing a book with her early poems, I was anticipating its release. While Laura is best known as an erotic novelist, her poetry is so different. The emo...