Friday, May 4, 2018

Child of Dust by Shoba Sadler

Child of Dust by Shoba Sadler
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Beautiful but spoilt Vietnamese socialite, Cao Kim Lye, learns of her parents sudden death from the dashing Amerasian family chauffeur, Bryan Nguyen.

Kim steps out of a world of crystal and chandelier to enter the dust and chaos of the working-class. She finds herself living under the roof of a shop cum living quarters with Bryan and his adoptive family.

Ever conscious of the privileged class, Kim struggles against the emotional ties she forms towards Bryan, the reluctant saviour, who considers her an unnecessary hitch to his already complicated life.

He still bears the scars of abandonment by his mother and his American GI father when U.S. troops pulled out of Vietnam.

Eventually Bryan and Kim's powerful attraction to each other begins to break down the walls between them, but is their attraction enough to blossom into a love that can sustain?

 About the Author

Shoba Sadler has been a freelance journalist for 20 years and founder of Agape magazine in Malaysia. She is a versatile inspirational author who writes in multiple genres. She has pioneered a new genre in inspirational multi-cultural writing with her novel Child of Dust and some of her many award-winning short stories can be read here http://shobasadler.com/free-reads/

Her passion for writing is matched only by her passion for cooking with farm fresh produce. She lives a healthy lifestyle on a farm with her husband, Kevin, a talented musician, who also loves to surf and ski. They grow their own vegetables and fruits and share their home with a multitude of animals and wildlife. They are passionate about buying directly from local farmers who practice organic farming.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Icing by Debra Brice

 Icing by Debra Brice
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Some people can only dream of living out their fantasies. Cupcake shop owner Denie Shaw is the exception to the rule. This young, witty and charming woman seems to have a perfectly balanced life.

Years of making bad relationship decisions had given Denie, owner of Icing, the opportunity not only to become a strong, successful business woman, but also managed to involve her three best friends in her crazy cupcake adventures.

Denie’s sweet life gets turned upside down when she meets her crush, Tom Billingsly, right wing for the Cleveland Monsters hockey team. Together, Denie and Tom strike up a relationship that seems to have all the right ingredients.

Will Denie allow the fear of heartache to guide her choice, or will she take the leap of faith and trust God to provide a solid recipe for her life?


About the Author
 Debra Sue Brice lives in Ohio with her competitive show horses and a kitchen full of desserts. Her fictional characters closely follow the real life adventures of her and her best friends. When not riding, writing or baking, Debra Sue is a first grade teacher and loves spending time with her family.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Kara's Quest by Pam Funke

Kara's Quest by Pam Funke
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 Run, is all Kara Ravencloud can think about as she sprints through a field of corn. Someone is after her, but Kara has no clue as to who. This is the dream she has night after night. Is this a warning of some kind?

In the small town Kara lives in, quests are being given to children who are becoming. Kara isn't quite sure what that means until it happens to her. The elders give Kara a quest that sets her up for failure. Who wants the Ravencloud family banished from the colony and why?


 About the Author

 Pam Funke is the grand-daughter of a Pastor and was brought up in the church. Her love of reading led her to write for the enjoyment of others. She is the author of the Best-selling Apocalypse series. She lives in Georgia with her family.

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General Giao of Child Of Dust


Kevin Sadler is at General Giao's residence in Hanoi, Vietnam. He waits patiently in his study. General Giao enters with his personal aide, Hong Viet Long, both in military attire.
 
Kevin: Good morning General Giao. You can't imagine how stoked my wife is to chalk this interview with you but she couldn't make it. I;m here instead. Crikey, all this military protocol is a Larry Dooley.
 
General Giao: Are you American? Did I not make it clear that I won't give interviews to Americans? We won the Vietnam war, do you hear me? We sent the Americans fleeing.
 
Kevin: What?
 
General Giao speaks to his personal aide beside him in Vietnamese while Kevin looks on a little worried.
 
Kevin: Excuse me, sir, I flew down from Australia to Vietnam on 24 hours notice just for this interview.
 
General Giao: You're not American?
 
Kevin : No, sir.
 
General Giao: So why did you say Larry Dooley?
 
Kevin: I'm Australian, sir. It means take a beating.
 
General Giao consults his aide in Vietnamese again.
 
General Giao: Long says we have no quarrel with Australia.
 
Kevin: Fair dinkum. Aussies are easygoing blokes. You couldn't cop it with us if you tried.
 
General Giao: You will speak English if you want this interview to proceed.
 
Kevin: No worries, mate...I mean General Giao...sir. So first question - why are you against your niece getting married to Bryan Nguyen?
 
General Giao stood up so suddenly his chair nearly toppled and Kevin jumped out of his chair in fright. Long, his aide grabbed his shoulders and whispered something in his ear that seemed to calm him down. The General tidied his uniform and with a regal wave of the hand invited Kevin to take his seat once more. He complied, a little indignantly.
 
General Giao: Long tells me you might know where they are.
 
Kevin: Err... actually I don't.
 
General Giao: You said they are married!
 
Kevin: I don't know that either. I meant if they get married, would you be against it?
 
General Giao: What kind of question is that? Bryan is a Bui Doi. A child of dust. How can my niece marry that scum of the earth?
 
Kevin: I have heard these illegitimate children of American GIs are called all sorts of derogatory names. They are shunned by your society. Aren't they Vietnamese too? Do you think that's fair?
 
General Giao: They are children of the enemy. Now where is my niece hiding?
 
Kevin: I was hoping you could tell me as I would like to set up an interview with her too.
 
General Giao: You are testing my patience. Move on to the next question.
 
Kevin: When was the last time you saw your niece?
 
General Giao: She visited my daughter in this house when my first grandchild was born.
 
Kevin: This house? Where this interview is taking place now?
 
General Giao: Yes.
 
Kevin: Did Bryan come too?
 
General Giao: I wish he did. I would have arrested him.
 
Kevin: On what charges? Your niece, Kim, once said you threatened to have Bryan's family members arrested for being Christian. Is being Christian a crime?
 
General Giao: So you do know where she is?
 
Kevin: No. That information came from your daughter, Trang.
 
General Giao: Impossible!
 
Trang: Yes, it was me, Bo.
 
[Suddenly everyone in the room became aware that Trang had entered. She was standing near the doorway]
 
Trang: This hatred has to end. Kim and I are like sisters. You should not have driven her away.
 
General Giao: [looking at Kevin] This interview is over. Long will escort you out.
 
Trang: No. Let him stay. I want him to publish this interview. I want Kim to read it - wherever she is. I want her to know we love her.
 
Kevin: [addressing Trang] So you are not against Kim marrying Bryan Nguyen?
 
General Giao: [shouts] Don't answer that question! Guards! [guards enter] Escort my daughter to her room.
 
Guards leave our study room with Trang.
 
General Giao: You will not write anything about my daughter's outburst in your publication.
 
Kevin: I'll write the truth. You can't intimidate me.
 
General Giao: Maybe a day or two in a police lock-up might change your mind.
 
Kevin: Hey...no need for that. I'll stick to the cue, matey, which reminds me, I have a plane to catch. I'll be on me merry way. [Skedaddles out of the room]

Sunday, March 25, 2018

K.N. Lee's Dragon-Born series continues

War of the Dragons by K.N. Lee
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Dragons. Magic. War. In a mystical world where Dragons reign, one mysterious duo of wizards rise from the shadows to even the battlefield.
 
New York Times bestselling author, K.N. Lee presents the fourth installment in the fast-paced, thrilling epic fantasy adventure that swept the world away with the #1 international bestseller critics are comparing to Rick Riordan's young adult novels, Half-Blood Dragon.

 The lines are set. Wizards versus Dragons, and as queen of Withrae, Rowen finds herself faced with the fate of the kingdom in her hands.

Her crown binds her to the palace, even someone she loves dearly is kidnapped by the Trinity brothers who rule in the southern islands of the human realm. She must find a way to protect her family without abandoning her duties. There's one young man who can help her, the scribe who once worked for her father. Together, they hatch a plan to stop the war, protect both the humans and the Dragons, and prevent the prophecy Rowen has always dreamed would come true.

The end of the world.

As a curse plagues all of Draconia, preventing its people from shifting in their Dragon form, Rowen and Rickard will come face to face with their darkest nightmares, and the truth of the red dragon from Rowen's prophecies will be revealed.

Embark on a magical journey packed with heart-pounding action and a dash of romance that fans compare to George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, Sarah J. Maas's Court of Thorns and Roses, and Pirates of the Caribbean.


The dragon-born series is the first thing that I have ever read by author K.N. Lee and I must say that I am impressed. Though I am a late reader of the series, it worked out to my advantage. I did not have to wait and wait for the next installment in the series. So yes, I have read books 1-4 back to back. I do believe War of the Dragons is my favorite book thus far. The subtle love stories entwined with action and adventure creates a marvelous story. I was rooting for several characters while others simply make me dislike them. Only a good story and a good author can accomplish that. War of the Dragons was so exciting I couldn't put it down. Then just when things seemed as though I could stand it no longer, it ended. (frown) Why is it over? Guess I have to wait until the next book comes out.