Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Delwyn of the Realms by Kelly Proudfoot @ValiMyers4eva

Today’s team review comes from Sterna, she blogs at https://sternakruger.wordpress.com/category/book-reviews/

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Sterna chose to read and review Delwyn of the Realms by Kelly Proudfoot.

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Delwyn of the Realms – Storming Archives – Book 1 by Kelly Proudfoot

 

Newly released from the psych ward, freshly divorced, haunted by her dreams and mental splintering all Delwyn wants is to head somewhere safe to rebuild her shattered life. She is welcomed with open arms by her Aunt Gwen on her farm, a place that has always invigorated Delwyn, made her soul sing with its fresh clear and clean air and water. She realizes that running away to her Aunt’s was fine when it came to hiding from her earthly problems, but her psychological issues would always find her. She could never escape her destiny.

 

Delwyn stumbles into dream world and her whole world changes. Trying to keep a balance between normal life on the farm and her escapes through the magic mirror she fights for sanity, healing and acceptance.

 

Being at odds with reality and venturing further and further into realm of dream world finally pushes her over the edge and she ends up in hospital once again. Her mirror gets smashed and her soul almost destroyed…will she be able to pick up the pieces and return to normal life with her Aunt and Greg or will her destiny forever haunt her…

 

Not for the faint-hearted – a foray into dreams, realms and astral travelling. Questioning our basis of what is real and acceptable and the lengths our fear will let us go to to maintain normal. Striking, rich analogues, touching on our baser instincts, leaving touches of the knowledge of shared consciousness that we all subconsciously connect with during dream time. The writer forces us to questioning our basis for psychological analysis, labeling personalities, traits and abilities. This tale takes the reader on a scary, eye opening journey through realms with Delwan and Varun, moving three steps forward, two steps back, breaking old patterns, learning to trust her core and accept her being different, all the while seeking her snow capped mountain.

 

A magnificent tale…warm, heartbreaking, funny and vivid…can’t wait to follow Delwyn and Greg onto the next journey…

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

A Wizard Of Dreams by Robin Chambers

A Wizard of Dreams (Myrddin's Heir, #1)A Wizard of Dreams by Robin Chambers

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gordon Darling was an extremely early developed wonder child. Speaking words at just mere months old and building complex models before he was five years old. He has an imaginary friend called Zack who helps and guides him. They can communicate telepathically which helps in the presence of others.Together they travel in Gordon’s dreams. In the real world, Gordon is so advanced that when he goes to Nursery he becomes the teacher’s assistant and with Zack’s help they teach bullies lessons and help out the victims. Gordon becomes a silent hero and this continues as he transfers to Primary school.

During Gordon’s dreams they travel to a castle filled with fairies, and take part in a story not far from the tale of St George and the Dragon, the author talks of Mr Ben and Gordon fights a giant Action Man. In another dream they travel as explorers across the universe in Star Trek fashion meeting Gorilla’s on a planet echoing Planet of The Apes. There are special mentions for Jurassic Park and Scooby Doo too.

Gordon loves learning and with Zack’s help he is quite the walking, talking book of knowledge. He happily teaches children and adults with his vast knowledge. I particularly enjoyed the family holiday to Cornwall. Discovering the family history from a gruesome tale of witches and ghosts. However to have the boys then riding broomsticks, purchased from “Coincident Alley” in Chester, then adding a headless Noblemen and a headless hunt plan to haunt the family Hall, took my attention from this book and made me start to think of a very famous series.

After meeting his sixteen times Grandmother, Gordon is led to his next adventure and one where Gordon will move out of his body further to travel without Zack, a tale where he meets King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and one known as Myrddin who is described as resembling Gandalf or Dumbledore. Gordon must retrieve a magic torque or necklace which he will be trained to use to grant him wishes to those with virtuous desires.

We leave Gordon on the brink of starting Secondary school where his adventures will continue. My e-version of this book ended with 85% completed and there then followed pages of explanations for each chapter. They covered scientific words used, sayings, quotes, adjectives and much, much more.

I have really struggled with this review. The book’s audience is said to be from ten to one hundred, a vast age range to capture. At times it felt like “fan fiction” with so many mentions of films, books or TV series. Was Gordon going to be the next Superman/child? Or was he going to stay forever a child with the surname Darling in a land of dreams? I wondered if the younger audience would know of Mr Ben, Dad’s Army, Star Trek , Greece (The Movie) and Planet of the Apes. I understand that by giving similarities to children of books and characters they already know may help them understand a story.

Then as an adult reader I felt that Gordon was preaching at us or teaching us as if we were all still in school. I wanted a newly created world and I did like the cottage in Cornwall, the trip to the Eden Project became educational rather than interesting until Gordon took off and left Zack in his body. I wasn’t grabbed by this book, I kept putting it down. I know this book has received several 5* reviews, I have actually asked an 11 year old avid reader for their thoughts on the book as with any review by a reader not in the target market, the review can become discoloured.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Guest Author Susan Scott

 

Today our guest is Susan Scott, author of yesterday’s book In Praise Of Lilith, Eve And The Serpent In The Garden Of Eden And Other Stories. Here is a link to the post http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5oo

Susan Scott

Let’s find out more about Susan and her writing.

* Where is your home town?

 – I live in Johannesburg South Africa.
* What inspired you to put together this collection of essays?
– 5 of them are personal, 2 are quasi academic and as you know they are deeply psychological. From my studies in clinical psychology at university and ongoing study of C.G. Jung and other in-depth psychologists and writers, I realised more and more the value of self. I wanted to show how the seemingly mundane contains the sacred within and that there is universality in this.
* Can you briefly tell the readers what you learnt from creating your secret garden?
– When I committed to this project, it was very interesting to me how it began to unfold. In my instance I said ‘yes’ to the call of the yearning of creating my own secret space and began the action of implementing it. It is like saying ‘yes’ to the psyche and then experiencing the support that comes. As I cleared weeds and brush, sticks and stones, deadwood and dug deeper to prepare the soil and space, I thought how akin this was to clearing the psyche – getting rid of deadwood that no longer serves one and making way for new life, new energy and room for other things to grow – in the psyche. The ego took a back seat while I was doing this hard, physical, yet meditative work, and I found it liberating clearing useless deadwood in my psyche which made room for new energy to emerge.
* What sort of rubbish were you finding on the beach? How did it make you feel?
– the same sort of rubbish that one finds on pavements in towns and cities and even out in the country. Broken glass, plastic bottles and bags, fishing line caught up in rocks, rusting tins, cigarette ends, bottle caps, styrofoam containers. I felt pretty despairing about this care-less, thoughtless and destructive acts of discarding unwanted, non-biodegradable trash onto erstwhile pristine beaches or anywhere else. I wondered why it is that there is so little respect for Nature and all she gives us. Why make ugly what is beautiful? Is it some sort of destructive act against our own selves, this thoughtlessness and un-caring?
* Can you tell the readers who Lilith was?
– According to the Midrash (early middle ages exposition of the Bible by Jewish scholars), she was the first wife of Adam in the Garden of Eden, made from the same dust and clay and at same time as he, therefore they were equal. She was expelled from the Garden for refusing to be subordinate to Adam. She has both divine and demonic powers. Folk lore sees her as a demon, wreaking revenge for her banishment wherever she passes. In our contemporary lives and as women she is seen as daimon, or inner wise voice.  She’s been likened to the Black Madonna. Her repression still reverberates – as does her return. She needs to be redeemed through conscious awareness of her. We each have a light and dark side in simplistic terms and much of the wounding that comes from repression inter alia needs healing in order to be as whole as possible.
* What do you believe her role was in connection to Eve?
– Lilith spent a long long time in the depths of the Red Sea lamenting her repression and exile. Anything that is repressed will re-appear. Lilith appears in disguise as the serpent, and approached Eve in the garden when she saw Eve languishing against the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (the first appearance of the opposites, central to in-depth psychology – and all of us). She offered Eve the apple, which Eve accepted. In psychological terms this can be seen as the way of rising from that undifferentiated state of unconsciousness, and into another world, albeit it a world of pain and pleasure, joy and grief, light and dark – a world of opposites, contained within us all. Our task is to find a way of uniting or finding a balance between those opposites. Lilith gave Eve the opportunity for consciousness, away from unconsciousness, blissful it may have been in Paradise. Both women said ‘no’ to injunctions, and both were consequently banished and repressed. Both were trailblazers whose trails are still deeply felt.
* Can you tell us briefly where our dreams come from?
– They come from the very person having the dream. And more specifically from the dreamer’s unconscious, that deep limitless reservoir. An ordinary event may be the hook on which the dream is hung, but they are worthy of deep consideration no matter in which way they present themselves to the dreamer. I like the saying from The Talmud: ‘An unexamined dream is like an unopened letter’.
* What made you decide to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?
– I didn’t decide, it was decided for me. I signed a document in a wonderfully reckless moment at a birthday lunch. The hostess put a pen in my hand with a document in front of me stating the intention to climb the highest mountain in Africa the following year. My name along with hers and one or two others was at the bottom of the document. The hostess said ‘SIGN!’. So I did, little knowing …
* What were the worst/best bits of the mountain climb?
– There were so many bests. Without doubt, summitting! Actually being there at the top! Such an expansive feeling! Doing this with friends and the camaraderie among us, while each struggled in unique ways, is paradoxical in its way and is a lasting memory. The most difficult was for me coming down the mountain. For me that was unbelievably tricky. I’d forgotten that once you get up, you have to come down …
* Where can readers find out more about you?
– my website is probably the best bet. I’d love to connect with your readers. And thank you very much Rosie for this opportunity to express myself. It’s such a kind gesture to widen the field. I know we’re all very grateful.
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Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
Thank you Susan your book is full of deep and interesting topics.

Letter F on the A to Z April Challenge

Today is letter F on the A to Z Challenge. My book today is “Finding the Right Time” by Stephanie Hurt. Genre: Romance

Stephanie has previously been a guest author on this blog and you can find out more about her here, http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2QW

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Lily has a dream that’s followed her since childhood. She’s standing on a porch watching a handsome cowboy walk toward her smiling, but she wakes before he reaches her.  The moment she moves to Savannah she realizes the dream is from another time, another life. She has to choose between two men, two moments in time. Finding The Right Time is a haunting love story that pulls you in to the struggles of time travel and reality.

Can dreams tell you about your past life? When Lily moves to Savannah to start her new career she moves into the very house she’s dreamed about since childhood. The landlord is a little too familiar and the cemetery on the property carries memories from her past. When she slips into the past everything comes back, even the man from her dreams. Can Rafe keep her in the past or will she slip from him again? Will their love transcend time? This is a powerhouse of romance that will keep you guessing until the end.

Stephanie  Hurt

Places to find me:

www.stephanie-hurt.com

Twitter:  @StephanieHurt4

https://www.facebook.com/StephaniePayneHurt

All of my books are available on Amazon, Smashwords, Allromanceebooks.com, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Diesel, Oyster Ebooks, Apple iTunes, and CreateSpace.

Here are some randomly chosen links to other bloggers taking part in the challenge, please find time to visit their sites too.

http://nedyfay.wordpress.com/

http://wannabewriterlife.wordpress.com/

http://www.writer-way.blogspot.co.uk/

During the challenge we are asking people to comment on as many blogs as possible, all supportive comments are very much appreciated.

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A Girl Of The Paper Sky by Randy Mixter

A Girl Of The Paper SkyA Girl Of The Paper Sky by Randy Mixter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Girl of the Paper Sky is a haunting tale. Is it a land of dreams? Is it a parallel Universe? Or is it a soul flying free? Generations of select people have what it takes to visit the land of the Paper Sky. There an evil presence lurks, threatening the town of Clarksdale. Lori enters the land through her dreams, she sees beautiful colours, paper birds and a bad scarecrow. Whilst sharing her experiences she finds that people take on the persona of paper birds in her dreams. Lori is powerful and she can make contact with others while she dreams, saving lives. Years pass, but the haunting memory of the Paper Sky always remain. The vast steel works which dominates the town is a dangerous place where wages are high, but so are accidents. It’s always the steel works pumping out clouds of sooty ash which continue to threaten the town, the people and now Lori and her family. She must put an end to the evil, drawing on her own deep love for those around her. This was a beautiful short story full of vibrant colours, dreams and paper birds.

Find a copy of this book here on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, kindle version available from 10th January 2013

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Guest Author Sarah Solmonson

Today my guest on the blog is Sarah Solmonson, please join me in welcoming Sarah to the blog, here are Sarah’s replies;

1) Tell me your name

Sarah Solmonson

2) Where do you live?

Less than a mile from the beautiful Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota.

3)When did you start writing?

In kindergarten I used to think I was writing when I added words to my books. I still have a stack of construction paper books from the first grade – the collection grew from there!

4)What type of books do you like writing the most?

Narrative non-fiction

5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing.

1. Secret to meeting word count goals? Place bum in chair and write. It’s that simple. 2. Never stop learning. Read craft books, read blogs, study from the best of the best who have paved the way. 3. Promote and cheer on others 90% of the time, promote yourself the other 10%.

6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it?

The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult. 3/10. I actually yelled at the book a few times and threw it across the room once.

7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it.

Taking Flight

http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Flight-ebook/dp/B009T631WA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1363835981&sr=8-2&keywords=taking+flight+sarah+solmonson

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Taking-Flight-Sarah-Solmonson/dp/1480121789/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368385271&sr=8-1&keywords=Taking+flight+by+Sarah+solmonson

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For the next thirty minutes I was untouchable in my joy. The sky was clear, the sun already tempting me to spend another day at the beach. I had my best friend by my side and a boy who loved me. It was about this same time that you were inching down the runway, lifting off the ground for one of the hundreds of take-offs the FAA required your experimental aircraft to make before you could expand the distance you were permitted to fly. It was about this time that everything changed… David Norton lived for two things: family and flying. With the help of his wife, Jan (self appointed parts manager) and teenage daughter, Sarah (lifelong co-pilot), David worked for six years building his very own airplane in his basement workshop. His dream became a reality in the spring of 2000 when N256DN took its first flight. Three months later, David was performing a routine take-off when a fluke change in wind brought his plane down. David was killed instantly. Jan and Sarah were thrown into a whirlwind of grief and depression that nearly destroyed the family David so dearly loved. I was unhealthy in every way a person could be, intensified by the fact that I kept pretending to be fine. Or doing my best to pretend, to fit into who I was before. I cared about nothing but went through the daily motions of school, homework, and hanging out with friends, as though these were still the most important parts of my life. I felt like I was outside of my own body most of the time, watching from the side-lines as Sarah smiled. Now a grown woman with a family and dreams of her own, Sarah looks back on the depression and darkness of teenage grief and the unthinkable transformation of her family following her father’s death. Taking Flight is a journey through loss, a story of love, and a lesson in following your dreams – no matter what the cost. Life is beautiful and brief – get your copy of Taking Flight today and find the inspiration to touch the skies of your dreams.