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Book Spotlight: Monster Like Me by Wendy S. Swore

One Book Two proudly presents a spotlight on Monster Like Me by Wendy S. Swore published March 5, 2019.

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Title: A Monster Like Me
Author:  Wendy S. Swore
Genre: Young Adult
Released: March 5, 2019
Publisher:  Shadow Mountain Publishing
Book DescriptionThere are trolls, goblins, and witches. Which kind of monster is Sophie?

Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie’s new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what about Sophie? She’s convinced she is definitely a monster because of the “monster mark” on her face. At least that’s what she calls it. The doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie tries to hide it but it covers almost half her face. And if she’s a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster on the inside, too.

Being the new kid at school is hard. Being called a monster is even harder. Sophie knows that it’s only a matter of time before the other kids, the doctors, and even her mom figure it out. And then her mom will probably leave — just like her dad did.

Because who would want to live with a real monster?

Inspired by real events in the author’s life, A Monster Like Me teaches the importance of believing in oneself, accepting change, and the power of friendship.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:

Sophie’s story is dear to my heart because I know how it feels to be bullied because I looked different from everyone else. When I was a child, I
had a hemangioma on my forehead that stuck out so far my bangs couldn’t
cover it, no matter how hard my mother tried. Because the tumor was
made up of blood vessels, I could feel my heart beating inside it when I was
playing hard or really upset.
The incident at the grocery store where the hydra lady says,
“Hey, look kids! That girl doesn’t need a Halloween costume. She’s already got one!” is an exact quote of what a woman once said to my mother and me. Another woman told a classroom full of kids that I had the mark of the devil. Kids asked if it was a goose bump, or hamburger, or if my brains had leaked out. My dad had to chase away some bullies who had followed me home, called me names, and pushed me into the street. Sometimes, after a bad day of bullying, I wished I could just rip the mark off my face and be like everyone else—but it was a part of me, and wishing didn’t change that.

My parents decided to take an active role in educating the people around me so they would know what a hemangioma was and understand that it wasn’t icky, or gross, or contagious. Whenever we moved to a new place, my dad would go with me to the elementary school and talk to the kids about my mark and let them ask questions. After those talks, kids befriended me and noticed when bullies came around. Like Autumn, my school friends would speak up when they saw someone being mean to me, and sometimes they would stand between me and the bullies until they left me alone. I didn’t let the bullies stop me from doing what I wanted to do. I climbed trees, went swimming, wrote poetry, brought my tarantula and snakes to show-and-tell, and played in the tide pools.

This is my message to anyone who experiences bullying: Don’t let the bullies define you! I’ve been there, I know it hurts to be teased, but don’t let it stop you from doing what you want. Find something you enjoy—a hobby, talent, or challenge—and practice that skill. Know that someone out there, maybe even someone in your same school, needs a friend as much as you do. Be that friend. Stand up for each other. And know that you are not alone.

You can always find me at WendySwore.com, and I would love to hear your stories and what you thought of the book.

Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb

A family man made to kill others.  How will Eve find those responsible?  Leave it to a tough little girl to give her a leg up and catch the monsters.

Title: Leverage in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #47
Publish Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Source: reviewer purchased
Publisher’s Description: Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building.

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter – but what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This was a nasty case.  Fathers forced to save their families by being a kamikaze bomber.  I was wrapped up from start to finish.  It sounded like a simple case, but nothing is ever simple when Eve Dallas gets put on a case.  A family man gets put into a position that he feels he has no choice and the result is a boon to the killer.  Sick, sick people.

The big thing about this case is the absolutely waste of human life for the killer’s own justification.  It was a satisfying ending AND Roarke helped seal it up instead of Peabody.  Yep, Delia and Ian were at the Oscars.  Yep, the Icove Agenda is still getting accolades and Eve hates the publicity.  I got to see a lot of the secondary characters and I love the interaction between all of them and Dallas.  Mavis gets to perform at the Oscars and Nadine throws a party afterward.  It was a great reward after a horribly difficult case.

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Dark in Death by J.D. Robb

Another interesting case for LT. Eve Dallas.  Seemingly unrelated deaths, but how do they fit together?  Leave it to the woman who can see through murders.

Title: Dark in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #46
Publish Date: January 30, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Source: reviewer purchased
Publisher’s Description: It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I have loved Eve Dallas and Roarke for years.  You’d think that with nearly 50 books in a series, a reader would get tired of the characters.  Hell, no.  If you’d never read the In Death series by J.D. Robb, a/k/a Nora Roberts, it’d really serve you well to try them.  They are all on audio, so I do other things while listening.

Here’s a little background on the In Death series.  I love them because the protagonist, Eve Dallas, is gritty, hard edged woman who isn’t keen on bullshit.  If you happen to be a woman like Eve, you’ll know that it’s hard to make friends because people don’t really like straight talk.  They’d prefer it soft and flattery is their friend.  Eve isn’t like that.  That’s why I love her.  She is also got a heart and is learning to think of others.  Through out her early years she was abused and the word abused is a pretty word compared to the action.  That’s what made her tough.  She also thinks in black and white until she meets Roarke.

Roarke spent his early childhood in the same sort of circumstances as Eve, so they understand the concept.  Roarke is the description of self made man.  He was a street urchin now turned billionaire.  Hard to believe?  Not after you read the books.  There are some books in this series that deals with the bad emotional baggage as well as descriptive memories of the abuse and hardship these two characters have endured.  If you like contemporary fluffy romance, this is probably not for you.  This is a series that is not afraid to go to the darker side of abuse and how it effects the people that have suffered through it.  I love this series because it has elements of that abuse (that is relatable if you’ve gone through it in any degree), a murder mystery and super satisfying takedown of the perpetrator as well as a romantic romance.  Eve is not romantic but Roarke is.  He cherishes Eve.  He does for Eve.  He takes care of her and loves her even when they get into knock down, drag out arguments.  Oh, yes, this is not a perfect pairing – which I love since it feels more realistic.  They both are very strong willed and fall back on their old habits of protecting themselves.  They always work things out and admit wrong when they figure it out.

Ok, on to the book.  This is a fascinating book since it incorporates the author of a series much like the In Death series.  There is sex.  There is swearing. There is some blood and violence, but it’s nothing that can’t be handled.  I mean the protagonists are fairly gritty so if you can handle that, you got it made. Also, there is a satisfying ending.

I can’t say much about the book that hasn’t been already said.  I love it.  It’s great.  Yada, yada, yada.  Basically, what I’m saying is it really doesn’t need a review.  If you’ve made it to book number 46, you know it’s gonna be super.  Ok, if I was going to review it, I’d say it was stand out.  It feels like all the others when I say that a lot of time and energy went into developing this book.  There are fleshed out characters and if you are into audio books, the narrator, Susan Erickson, is premo, bodacious the bomb.com!

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Book Spotlight: Seven at Sea by Erik Orton and Emily Orton

One Book Two proudly presents a spotlight on Seven at Sea by Erik Orton and Emily Orton to be published March 5, 2019.

 

Title:  Seven at Sea: Why  a New York City Family Cast Off Convention for a Life-Changing Year on a Sailboat
Author: Erik Orton and Emily Orton
Genre: Memoir
Released: March 5, 2019
Publisher:  Shadow Mountain Publishing
Book DescriptionWorking the night shift as a temp in a high-rise cubicle, Erik Orton knew something had to change. He felt the responsibility of providing for his wife and their five children—the youngest with Down syndrome—but craved a life that offered more than just surviving.

Watching the sailboats on the Hudson River during his sunset dinner breaks, Erik dared to dream. What would it be like to leave the hustle of the city and instead spend a year on a sailboat, somewhere beautiful, as a family? Despite having no sailing experience, his wife Emily’s phobia of deep water, and already stretching every dollar to pay rent and buy groceries, the family of seven turned their excuses into reasons and their fears into motivation. Sure, they would miss their friends, they could go broke, they could get injured or die. Worst of all, they could humiliate themselves by trying something audacious and failing. But the little time they still had together as a family, before their oldest daughter left for college, was drifting away. The Ortons cast off the life they knew to begin an uncertain journey of 5,000 miles between New York City and the Caribbean, ultimately arriving at a new place within themselves.

A portrait of a captivating and resilient family and a celebration of the courage it takes to head for something over the horizon, this is a deeply compelling story—told alternately by Erik and Emily—for all those who dream of leaving routine in their wake. 

Book Spotlight: Waiting for Fitz by Spencer Hyde

One Book Two proudly presents a spotlight on Waiting for Fitz by Spencer Hyde to be published March 5, 2019.

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Title: Waiting for Fitz
Author:  Spencer Hyde
Genre: Young Adult
Released: March 5, 2019
Publisher:  Shadow Mountain Publishing
Book DescriptionAddie loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with her dog, Duck, and watching The Great British Baking Show with her mom. It’s one of the few things that can help her relax when her OCD kicks into overdrive. She counts everything. All the time. She can’t stop. Rituals and rhythms. It’s exhausting.

When Fitz was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he named the voices in his head after famous country singers. The adolescent psychiatric ward at Seattle Regional Hospital isn’t exactly the ideal place to meet your soul mate, but when Addie meets Fitz, they immediately connect over their shared love of words, appreciate each other’s quick wit, and wish they could both make more sense of their lives.

Fitz is haunted by the voices in his head and often doesn’t know what is real. But he feels if he can convince Addie to help him escape the psych ward and everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.

Waiting for Fitz is a story about life and love, forgiveness and courage, and what’s necessary to let go and learning what is truly worth waiting for.

 

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