Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg– Book Review


Book: Joyful Trouble
Author: Patricia Furstenberg
Independently Published with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
ISBN: 978-1521089576
ASIN: B07227P973
Publication date: 17 April  2017
180 pages
Target audience: 6-10
Genre: Children's, Animals, Historical, Humour

Synopsis:

A humourous read about an incredible dog and how he had found his true, yet unexpected calling.
A dog. A friendship. A purpose.
When a Great Dane arrives in a navy base nobody expects him to win everybody’s hearts, although breaking some rules along the way. But things soon turn sour as somebody threatens to put him to sleep. Who will stand up for this for-legged gentle giant?
Tackling universal themes and voicing animal rights and the importance of fighting for what is right.

Book Review by Nadaness In Motion

Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg is a fun, fast-paced read about a Great Dane named Joyful Trouble, who befriends seamen on a naval base in South Africa and is later added to the base as a member.

The book opens with Ana and Tommy, who are nine and five, respectively, who ask their grandfather to tell them the story of Joyful Trouble.

"Doggies! I want to see the custard Danish!"
"Great Danes, Tommy. They are Great Danes."

The Great Dane easily befriends the seamen, but its unpaid rides on the train anger the ticket collectors and officials, who ask that he be put to sleep so they can get rid of him. 
"The poor dog was in trouble for being a friendly, four-legged creature."

What happens after that is beautiful and according to the author based on a true story.

Joyful Trouble is enlisted as "ordinary seamen" and becomes part of the navy.

I liked how Patricia Furstenberg weaved the story of Joyful Trouble as a story within a story.

There are intermittent parts where the children ask questions, express worry or excitement about the events of the story and so on, which reminds the reader that they're not just reading about the dog but about other people as well. It also provides some comedy, especially when Tommy jumps in.

"Choo-choo train!" Exclaimed Tommy and he was soon a train himself, running along the living room, following the carpet lines like imaginary train tracks.

The characters are adorable, especially Tommy, whom I absolutely loved. He's super cute and funny and makes the book light, whereas his sister Ana is the grown up one who keeps asking her father to tell her more about Joyful Trouble and his adventures.

"I knew what was at stake."
"'Steak!' Exclaimed Tommy suddenly, wide awake. "I'm hungry!"

It is worth mentioning that the novella has several tales about Joyful Trouble, from the day the grandfather as a young seaman meets the dog till the day Joyful Trouble dies (which made me cry).

Overall, Joyful Trouble is a must read for all ages.

Overall rating: 5 stars

Note: I received a free copy of Joyful Trouble from its author Patricia Furstenberg in exchange for an honest review.


Connect with author Patricia Furstenberg via her Author WebsiteAmazon UKAmazon USHuffington Post SAGoodreadsTwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Takhayyal writing prompt 66: A Demon Ally?

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen, Artists, Poets, Writers, Authors, Dreamers, Friends and Family; Welcome EVERYONE to Nadaness In Motion's bi-weekly picture-prompt writing challenge Takhayyal.

Friend or foe?

I came across this and didn't know what to make of it, other than to put it up as a writing prompt and see where it will take us writers.




Arabic for Imagine, Takhayyal is a challenge for writers of all ages and genres; a place to spark creativity and explore new genres.
Your post can be in English or Arabic, prose, poetry, short story, flash fiction; you name it and write it.


General rules:
·        No nudity, violence, and/or abuse.
·        Leave the link to your post in comments below OR post your piece as REPLY to this post
·        Your piece MUST be inspired in some way or other by the above picture
·        Multiple entries allowed
·        It is not required but it is a nice and encouraging gesture to comment on others' pieces.
·        Feel free to add your Twitter handle (@....) so I can tag you in my tweets!


 Let's IMAGINE!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Cleansing the Anger - Poem by Nada Adel Sobhi



No matter how hard I try
Anger resurfaces,
Moving slowly,
Dominating my thoughts,
My dreams, my fantasies,
Putting me on edge,
Slowly gnawing at my mind,
And worse my soul.

Anger at others

I've done my part
And more
Yet it's not enough

It seems nothing
Ever really is enough

But the emotions,
Angry black and red,
Control my mind,
Burying my happiness,
Searing through me like a saw,
Weighing on me like dumbbells,
Pulling me down every time I rise.

I was kind,
But in my kindness
I must have been blind.

Or whosoever I bestowed with my care
Devoured it, wanting more.
Craved it, never satiating,
Never getting their fill.

And I gave
And I gave
And I gave

Till I was out.
Spent.
Empty.

How long till I replenish
What was taken from me?
How long till I rid myself
Of fury and disappointment?

How long?

ANSWER ME!


By: Nada Adel Sobhi




Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Immortalized in Ink by Aria Glazki – Book Review


Immortalized in Ink by Aria Glazki is a collection of 36 short stories and flash fiction pieces. 

The collection begins with the centre piece and 10-star opening story "Immortalized in Ink". I've read it before in Scripting Changes' anthology Beyond the Words and adored it. I still loved it and can't get enough of it.

"They say the pages give you lives – open the cover and step through. Escape into the words and find your solace, or adventure. Every you never knew you needed exists within a book."

Glazki denotes from the beginning that the pieces in the collection were mainly part of the Flash! Friday flash fiction writing challenges, which used images to inspire writers, although many of the pieces have long since been revised. On that line, I must note that in some of the stories I felt I wanted to see the image that inspired them, sometimes because I didn't get the story the first time I read it and sometimes because I felt it would make more sense if I knew the source of inspiration.

Still, I must highlight that most of the pieces are easily read as standalones. With or without the picture that inspired them, the flash fiction pieces are easy to read and don't have many – if any – cliffhangers.

I've said it once before – possibly in another review – and I'll say it again: I adore Aria Glazki's writing and style. She has a way with words and Immortalized in Ink is evidence of that.

"Regenesis" took my breath away! Fantasy mixed with excellent visual and the overall theme of rebirth. 10 stars to this one!

"A wash of life carpets the scars of war etched into the land."

"Flight Plan" is an action-packed five-star flash fiction piece. Loved it and highly recommend it.

"Perspective" is a stunningly beautiful piece that artists and writers can relate to. Another five stars to this one.

One of the pieces that mixed several themes is "Heritage", a dash of the paranormal with art and excellent writing. A must read.

I also loved the way Glazki built the pressure in "Lookout". My breath picked up and I was about to start biting my nails!

I've read "On the Job" during the Flash! Friday challenges but I loved all over again. The piece titled "News to Share" is very emotional and made me cry.

Other recommended stories in Immortalized in Ink include: "Beloved", "Winter's Refuge", "Legacy", "Winter Promise", "Untethered" and "Institution".

One of the things I liked about the Immortalized in Ink collection is the fact that several stories handled the theme of writing or art - "Perspective" and "Heritage" are among those - while some had paranormal elements. I also liked several of the dark pieces in there.

Last but not least, "Be a Man" is a story I've read before, but is by far one of my favourites for Aria Glazki. Simply, it's a 10-star piece.

"I've lived a thousand lives, and none at all. Each time the cover opens, the path begins anew, an invitation to the reader to walk, hop, duck, devour, run – or linger. Meander through new minds." – From "Immortalized in Ink"

Overall rating for Immortalized in Ink: 4.5 stars

Note: I normally use British spellings on my blog but since this is a book name so I decided to use its original spelling "Immortalized in Ink" to avoid confusion in case anyone decides to search for it on Goodreads or elsewhere.

Check out my book review of Beyond the Words, where Aria and I have pieces, and feel free to purchase a copy to support literacy. (You can find my poem "Words" in that anthology)

The anthology Breaking Free features "Be a Man" by Aria Glazki and my poem also titled "Breaking Free". You can hear me recite my poem at a local poetry event here (start at minute 2:13)

My first ever read for Aria Glazki was her poetry collection Life Under Examination. Check out my five-star book review here.

About the Author:

Aria Glazki's first kiss technically came from a bear cub. Though no fairytale transformation followed, she still believes magic can happen when the right people come together—if they don’t get in their own way, that is. So now Aria writes heartfelt romances about relatable people overcoming real-world obstacles to build love that lasts.

Available now are steamy paranormal Mortal Musings, sweet contemporary Mending Heartstrings (now FREE on Kindle Unlimited!), and spicy contemporary Tasting Temptation. All of her novels are standalone stories, so you can pick just one or read them all!

Learn more about Aria's books on her website, or catch all the exciting moments by signing up for her newsletter.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Dead Air and Double Dares by Janis Thornton - Book Review



Dead Air and Double Dares
by Janis Thornton

Dead Air and Double Dares by Janis Thornton
Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing (18 June 2017)
Number of Pages 310
E-BOOK ASIN: B071L28F34

Crystal Cropper, editor of the Elmwood Gazette, has added incentive in finding out who killed Horace Q. Ogilvie, owner of the local radio station and the most reviled man in town. Horace turns up dead minutes before he is supposed to broadcast his next malicious editorial, designed to destroy yet another Elmwood luminary. Fortunately for the police department, Horace's list of future targets provides an abundant pool of suspects. Unfortunately for Crystal, her name is at the top!



Book Review by Nadaness In Motion

"There's not a single, solitary person in this town who Horace Ogilvie hasn't ticked off, insulted, or ruined – or at least tried to."

Dead Air and Double Dares by Janis Thornton is the second book in the Elmwood Confidential Cozy Mystery series. The book opens with Elmwood local Gazette Editor-in-Chief Crystal Cropper going on a short plane trip with the local mechanic Clip Parker and nearly crash landing near the courthouse.

The pair is confronted by none other than the town's most obnoxious person, who also happens to be the owner of the local radio station, Horace Q. Ogilvie, and who fortunately for most but unfortunately for himself turns up dead with all the evidence pointing to Clip.

"Horace Q. – that's Q as in Quackish, Quirky, and Quantifiably Disagreeable."

With so many people having so much hate for Ogilvie, Crystal has her hands full because anyone and everyone can be a suspect. And she tops the suspect list.

Although the evidence points to Clip as being the killer, particularly after his run-in with Ogilvie, Crystal doesn't believe it and rushes to clear his name. Only problem is the sheriff can't find Clip to charge him and he's not picking up his phone.

"Please, let's not call it snooping… snooping almost makes my courtesy inspection sound like meddling."
 
Dead Air and Double Dares has an array of fun, friendly, intelligent and interesting characters. There is Crystal, the protagonist, her informant and former housemaid for half the town, Gertie, and her friends. Gertie is definitely my favourite in the entire book, with her sarcasm and intelligence.

One of the things I liked, being a news editor myself, was Thornton's inclusion of some of Crystal Cropper's articles and editorials in the story, highlighting her journalistic style, news and criminal jargon. I loved it and learnt a lot from it too.

"Apparently, there had been no end to the man's malevolence. Would it have killed him to mind his own business? I thought not."

The characters in Dead Air and Double Dares are relatable, particularly Crystal who reminded me of a former manager, especially with her commitment to "real journalism". Despite the age difference, I connected a lot with Crystal. I loved the ever-skilled Gertie.

Janis Thornton has created a well-crafted and exciting mystery, with a wonderful cast of characters or better yet suspects. Thornton kept me interested and guessing till the end. Five stars for the finale and the results.

The language was simple and the imagery used was well-placed and fun. There was some character development for Crystal, particularly in the instances she couldn't wrap her mind around certain ideas or aspects. Still, Crystal is a well-developed character. Her interactions with her new part-time teen assistant were hilarious, especially when the assistant attempts to explain the internet to the sixty-something year-old Crystal, who hates technology.

"After living ninety-one years, Ogilvie could have died from any number of age-related health issues, all of the natural. But instead he died at the hand of a killer."

Overall rating: 5 stars


Note: I received a free copy of Dead Air and Double Dares by Janis Thornton through Lori Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour in exchange for an honest review for the blog tour.





About This Author


Janis Thornton is a freelance writer, personal historian, and award-winning journalist. She is the author of two local history books, Images of America: Tipton County and Images of America: Frankfort. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Indiana Writers Center, Association of Personal Historians, and the Midwest Writers Workshop Planning Committee. She lives in a small Indiana town not unlike Elmwood. Dust Bunnies and Dead Bodies is her debut cozy mystery.

Purchase Link - Amazon

Connect with Janis via her Website, Facebook and Goodreads.

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