Dorothy Place – Author of The Heart to Kill (Guest Post)

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As of June 30, 2017, SFA Press is offering a thirty percent discount on the novel, THE HEART TO KILL, by Dorothy M. Place. This story, about a horrible crime and an enduring friendship, was awarded gold by the Literary Titan book reviewers and Sarah, the protagonist, was nominated as one of the five best characters (2016) reviewed by “My Train of Thoughts.” To read about the book, how it came to be written and to take a virtual tour of Eight Mile Junction, the town in which the story takes place, please visit the author’s website, www.dorothymplace.com.

To order the book and obtain the discount, please visit the following URL: http://www.tamupress.com/product/Heart-to-Kill,8673.aspx and enter the code 3B in the appropriate box.

Fate by Garfield Whyte

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Title: Fate

Author: Garfield Whyte

Genre: Family Drama/Romance

Rating: ****

Review: The prologue to Fate  was great, it creates an intense desire to read more about the characters we are meeting and find out what happened to the baby that is being given away in this heart-breaking opening scene. I think this was the perfect place to open the novel because it has equal amount of heart-break and hope and it also immediately captivates and pulls us, the readers in.

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Human Caused Global Warming – The Biggest Deception in History (Revised and Shortened Version) by Dr. Tim Ball

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Title: Human Caused Global Warming – The biggest deception in history

Author: Dr. Tim Ball

Genre: Non-fiction/Science/Climate

Rating: ****

Review: In his preface of Human Caused Global Warming, the author Dr. Ball sets out what he is going to explain throughout the book. This is the “who, what, when, why and how” of the Global Warming deception. In the preface Dr. Ball talks, briefly about the harrowing repercussions he has personally faced for exposing the Global Warming deception these include law suits and death threats. One of the very first things I noticed while flicking through the book is that Dr. Ball uses many images and diagrams to illustrate his points. This is a huge help as many “ordinary” people like myself find that images and diagrams make it easier to understand the scientific explanations. As such, this handy book is made more accessible to “ordinary” people rather than just being for those in the scientific community – like so many other books on this complex, debated topic.

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The Jealous Flock by Ashley Borodin

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Title: The Jealous Flock

Author: Ashley Borodin

Genre: Literal Fiction

Rating: ****

Review: The opening to The Jealous Flock was good, we meet Martin and his family during an ordinary day. I liked how race and religion where introduced from the offset as Doris’ mother is from Azerbaijan and they are Sufi. Sufism is the mystical Islamic belief and practice in which Muslims seek to find the truth of divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God. We follow Martin, Doris and their son John in their respectively job in publishing, PR and politics and how they cope with these pressures as well as other external factors. John unlike his parents wants to break away, leave his job and move country while Martin and Doris work harder and stick through the rougher times.

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Chemistry by Weike Wang

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Title: Chemistry

Author: Weike Wang

Genre: YA/Science

Rating: ****

Review: The opening to Chemistry was good, it is told in a third person perspective which isn’t my favourite to read but I was intrigued by the scientific aspects of this novel. The protagonist is worrying about her life especially her relationship with Eric as he keeps asking her about marriage and children but these things don’t fit into her analytical life. She also finds her passion for chemistry waking as times goes on and she re-analyse her life and where she wants to go in the future.

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May Memo-Pad Reviews

So I read 39 books this month with was great aimed for the full 40 in June.

41ckgj3+8tLWonder by R. J. Palacio ***** – The opening to Wonder was great we meet August we has a facial deformity and is having to live with that and the pressure of going to school for the first time as August has been home-schooled for most of his life. I loved watching August interact with his parents especially his father and how they have to word every conversation carefully to avoid putting too much stress on August, in reality though August does have a very normal home life and school seems strange and scary for him but he is excited in his own way. On a tour of his new school August meets Jack, Julian and Charlotte; Jack and Charlotte are helpful and nice towards August although Julian is quite rude and a little mean to August but he tries to not let it hinder him or the new experience he is going to be facing very soon.

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May Wrap Up

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1. Wonder by R J Palacio – My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’ Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

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