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THE TIME TRAVELERS BOYFRIEND ~Annabelle Costa

“He wants Claudia to use the machine to travel back in time and stop the accident that landed him in a wheelchair over a decade ago, and prevent the trajectory of events that he believes ruined his life. When Claudia reluctantly agrees to become the first human time traveler, she knows she’s making a big gamble. If she succeeds, she could have the happy ending with commitment-phobic Adam that she’s always dreamed of. But if she fails, it could mean the end of the universe as she knows it.”  AMAZON


Any book that gives me a chuckle on nearly every page is a wonderful read to me.  THE TIME TRAVELER’S BOYFRIEND was just such a book.  I loved the tongue in cheek references, the premise of the story, the lessons to be learned, the worry of Claudia, the hunky, kindness of Adam, the craziness of the parents and the tick tocking bunny.  THE BITCH, well what an incredible character!

I immediately sent a copy to all three of my daughters and to one friend of the family who is also 30+ years old.  I thought this book was better than chocolate or jelly beans. Everyone I know can enjoy a love story.

The book took me 4 hours to read and I enjoyed every minute.  I do not think I would offer it up to either of my book groups; it is a perfect read for the beach or lawn chair with a glass of wine, and it is so clever and creative – the truth is just delightful and the moments of sarcasm are not off putting.  THE TIME TRAVELER’S BOYFRIEND is just delightful.

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TRINITY STONES: There Are No Coincidences, Only Destinies to Be Fulfilled ~L.G. O’Connor


The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles

“Dear One, life is rarely as obvious or convenient as it is portrayed in books and movies.  Real life is messy, Cara.  Nothing comes wrapped with a neat bow.  The thing you need to understand is that wrapped within your humanity is a spark of the divine.  It’s that spark that will lead you into battle.”

TRINITY STONES is a very good read and I enjoyed the fresh perspectives on being in investment banking and how a woman’s life changes as she approaches her thirties.  Cara is just such a person, who dedicated her dating energies to her student day’s partner – Dr. Kai Solomon who married someone else and moved to San Francisco 6 years ago; she put all her energies into work.  They speak on the phone each Wednesday and remain friends.  Dr. Solomon shares life with a 5 year old daughter and his wife and is a researcher.  Cara has a good job and a great friend, but no one new has entered her dating scene.

Cara is celebrating her 27th birthday and Kai forgets to call, the heel of her designer shoe breaks off and several strange, awful people approach her on the subway and in the street.  Actually, her day is full of extremely unusual and weird events.  Abnormal events.  Her best friend does come through and her Grandmother Hannah sends her an amazing inheritance.  This will lead her to a new home, to some great mentoring, a new man in her life – Simon Young, a guardian Angel, and a Messenger – Michael, who is a Martial Arts instructor.    A delightful dog, Chloe an important protector which shares the adventures that are headed her direction.

There is quite a bit of information about Anxiety Disorders and Cara and her best friend Sienna both share in this malady. Panic Attacks are experienced a number of times in the story which is about the contemporary War beginning between GOOD and EVIL.  TRINITY STONES is the first book in a series about this war and many of the names and characters are introduced for the ongoing series, along with devises, philosophy, and adaptations.  Cara will need both Dr. Kai Solomon and Simon Young to win the first round with the Devil and his consort.

The sex was full of tension for a 100 year celibate Angel, and that would try anyone’s soul, but I have to admit for me, it got a little boring and I found myself speed reading several “all sex” chapters, and yet I know most readers will love this part the best! I would not want my Middle School child to read this one – definitely adult fiction.   I was a tad bit disappointed in the philosophy behind the Good and Evil debate, it was not as deep or creative as I would have liked and I am a bit tired of Catholic Doctrine and traditional concepts.  I do not think that this will hinder most folks from enjoying the read.   Cara is not a wimp female; she does her part well, except in those pesky Panic Attack moments.

There is an element of play in TRINITY STONES and once again stilettos need to be shed for more practical warrior shoes, still with great design.  The writing is good and this story could be complete within itself.  All the characters are beautiful and some beefy for this dreamy fantasy.  I’m just saying that being flown in an Angel’s hug to my destiny, might be just the thing for the perfect adventure experience.

tlclogoI received a copy of this book from TLC Online Book Tours   and the L.G. O’Connor for review.  TRINITY STONES was a very good read.

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Author wants to share with the reader that pronunciations of names are available on her website
www.lgoconnor.com
www.Facebook.com/lgoconnor1
https://twitter.com/lgoconnor1
www.TrinityStones.com
Goodreads

2 more important sites:
American Depression and Anxiety Association
National Institute of Mental Health

“Anxiety Disorders also affect one in eight children, and the average age of onset is eleven years old.  Anxiety Disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.”

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THE IDEA OF HIM: A Novel ~Holly Peterson

“I yanked open the curtains to let the early morning light shine in, while I forced myself to start working on my screenplay. I thought about something Helen Gurley Brown, the founders of Cosmopolitan, who looked fabulous into her eighties, once said: The greatest love in your life should be your work, not your man.”


Allie Crawford, the hero of THE IDEA OF HIM, is a screenwriter, a mother, a wife and a charming, intelligent 34 year old woman who is working for a prestigious PR firm in New York City.  Her husband is CEO for an arts Magazine which is having great difficulty during the recession and with all the changes in publishing; he is a born charmer.  Allie is making the stable funds in the relationship, being the supportive wife, keeping the children on track, not able to focus on her love of writing, and figuring out that all that is happening in her life is off center.  Her noisy, demanding boss is not making life any easier and she is creating a new film festival in the City.  She is also sorting out her relationship with her father, who died in a plane crash when she was 16; Allie survived the crash as did her best friend James.

Allie’s husband has confessed to a spontaneous, short term affair and she is reeling from this reveal and working on trust, when a very attractive woman confronts her with some very disturbing news about some illegal activities connected to the film festival, her boss, and a wheeler-dealer Texan who has just been released from Prison.  The pressure is on and this brings up Allie’s look into her father’s life and what she is reviewing about their relationship and her mother’s alcoholism.  There is always that wonder if she should have married the high school sweetheart instead.

I would name this book a great rainy day or beach read and it was good story telling.  The story line was interesting and even through there was enough money, everyone was not over the top wealthy and there was good representation of the financial dilemmas nearly everyone is encountering.   The story had a good mystery to solve and lots of self-study and self-realizations.  It moved smoothly along and held my interest well.  THE IDEA OF HIM was a very interesting read.  I think most of the members of my book group would enjoy this book, but we would not use it as a book group discussion book – more likely THE IDEA OF HIM would be a personal read.

When do you stick with a marriage and when does one give up on a marriage is definitely a theme in this novel.

“Holly Peterson is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES and international bestseller, THE MANNY. She was a contributing editor for NEWSWEEK and editor-at-large for Tina Brown’s TALK magazine.  Prior to those positions, she was an Emmy Award-winning producer for ABC News for more than a decade.”

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Holly Peterson Online
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INCENDIARY GIRLS: Short Stories ~Kodi Scheer

“A fresh take on the vagaries of the human body and the human spirit.  Scheer spins inventive tales, laced with a dose of magic.”   Danielle Ofri, MD. PHD; author of What Doctors Feel


INCENDIARY GIRLS is a gathering of short stories, primarily about women, the power of healing, science and medicine and the quirkiest, magical twists I have enjoyed placing before my eyes.  I have always known that I love to read but I didn’t know how much I loved the short story genre until I began reading Scheer’s book.

Recently short stories have given the characters a huge roster of problems to deal with and then often left me puzzled or wanting something more.  INCENDIARY GIRLS gave me enough of the character to truly engage and enough weight to the dilemma of the story to make me think and speculate but not enough to keep me awake all night.  I could relate to each of the women and had a laugh out loud moment of sheer delight with several of them.  The young woman victim in a genocide experience in 1915 defeating the Angel of Death, who is the narrator, at the age of 12 just touched many empathetic buttons  and I was so thankful to have read each page and found a sigh of recovery.

In our busy world, I truly believe the short story can activate our minds with finesse and charm; keeping our thinking skills well exercised.

The Story Titles:

  1. The Fundamental Laws of Nature
  2. Transplant
  3. Miss Universe
  4. Gross Anatomy
  5. When a Camel Breaks Your Heart
  6. No Monsters Here
  7. Salt of the Earth
  8. Modern Medicine
  9. Primal Son
  10. Ex-Utero
  11. INCENDIARY GIRLS

I just have to share this quote from the words of praise on the inside cover – do not know the author “In Scheer’s hands, empathy and attachment are illuminated by the absurdity of life.  When our bodies betray us, when we begin to feel our minds slip, how much can we embrace without going insane? How much can we detach ourselves before losing our humanity?  Scheer’s stories grapple with these questions in each throbbing, heartbreaking moment.”

I am sure both of my book groups would find weirdness in these stories, and that the discussion which followed would be animatedly connecting.  I am sure that medical students would find a special interest in these shorts!

Short Stories are great brain nutrients!

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tlc logo An unproofed e-copy of this book was sent to me for review by TLC Online Book Tour and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. It was a delightful privilege to review the short stories found in – INCINDIARY GIRLS.

Kodi Scheer Online
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