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Started by Leigh Smith Sep 27, 2011. 0 Replies

Happy tuesday lunch time.... You know i was thinking about my mum, she anoys me to no end, we are very much the opisits of each other! Where my daughter and i are very much the same! My mother:-…Continue

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Comment by Beck Valley Books on April 16, 2014 at 11:47am

Memories on Canvas from CanvasDezign Review & #Giveaway 

#Win your very own Canvas Print - open to UK


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Comment by Beck Valley Books on April 10, 2014 at 1:57pm

#Book Review - Scattered Links by Michelle Weidenbenner plus $50 Amazon GC #giveaway

"A deeply moving story of an innocent young girl called Oksana, through no fault of her own, lives in a poverty stricken part of Russia called Kazak. Living with her pregnant alcoholic mother and her aunt they are driven by hunger they steal and beg what they can, her mother and aunt turning to prostitution just to keep a roof over their heads. I say a roof but where they live is a cold concrete derelict squatter. When her mother gives birth, knowing that her aunt cannot afford another mouth to feed Oksana has to make a desperate heartbreaking decision just to survive. Following which without any warning or farewell to her mother, her aunt drags both Oksana and her baby sister to an orphanage with absolutely no intention of returning.

With feelings of abandonment they enter a world of further lost hope with only one intention of being reunited with their mother. Life in the orphanage is harsh but in time her baby sister Natalie is adopted by an American couple but Oksana rushes in tears to the meeting not to be parted with yet another family member, luckily the couple see the heartbreak and make the decision to adopt both. But can Oksana overcome her feelings of betrayal to her mother and allow the love of this family to be part of her? Can she believe in what they say and trust them, after such a harsh upbringing in Russia? 

The way the author progresses with the story compelling, you cannot fail to be touched by reading this book. You are drawn to Oksana, feeling her desperation throughout this truly emotional read, the sadness of a child in a horrid and cruel adult world is immense. Yet joys of hope as her life takes a positive turn if she could only accept the genuine kindness from the people around her. 

What I didn't realise while reading the book is the whole story is based on the author's own adoption experiences, bringing the strong harsh truth of Russia's orphans to light, which inspired her to write this brilliant work of fiction.

Completely and utterly recommending this high quality read by, you will not want to put the book down."

Read more over at our Beck Valley Books

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Comment by Beck Valley Books on March 30, 2014 at 12:59pm

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SIGNED BOOK Giveaway - Curse The Moon Cold War Rising by Lee Jackson

5 LUCKY WINNERS will each receive a
SIGNED BOOK to US Winners or
PRINTED BOOK to CA / UK winners
Lee Jackson Brings Heat To The Cold War.

His code-name is Atcho. He leads guerrilla fighters through the US-supported insurgency that rages at the Bay of Pigs in the early days of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Captured and cast into the island’s worst dungeons, Atcho learns that a phantom-like officer of the Soviet KGB shadows him. Inexplicably released from incarceration and still dedicated to his country, he battles through the bowels of the Kremlin in Moscow, into the granite halls at West Point, and finally to highest levels in Washington, DC. Atcho’s rise opens doors into US National Defense even as the seemingly omniscient KGB officer holds unflinching sway over his actions. His public life clashes with secrets that only he and his tormentor share, isolating him in a world of intrigue among people whom he is determined not to betray – and then he finds that he is the trigger that could spark thermonuclear war.
Comment by Beck Valley Books on March 27, 2014 at 6:07am

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Book Review - Curse The Moon Cold War Rising by Lee Jackson

Our Book Review
When this novel arrived through my letter box I just had to read it immediately and I was not disappointed.   It is based around Cuba and the Fidel Castro takeover of the island, which is one of my favourite periods in history.  This book had me hooked from page one to the end, every page was full of action, suspense and mystery which made me want to follow the Heroes plight and journey.

The story and characters make an exceptional read.  The main character is caught up in a web of intrigue and entrapment and an unknown source is holding sway over his actions and future which adds extra spice and excitement to an excellent thriller.

Excellent emotive writing really makes the characters spring to life and you really join in with their personal struggles making the reader wanting to whisper in the ears of the characters to help them through.  The research and knowledge that the author has really shines through and the descriptive images that are portrayed makes you think that you are wherever the action is taking place.

An excellent read full of historic content and questioning what was really going on the island of Cuba and who really did pull the strings, the Americans or the Russians, leaving the poor people to fight for survival.

This is one of the best books I have been asked to read and review for a long time and this author is definitely going to be on my list and if you like an excellent novel please read this one.

Our Rating
'a very easy'
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Comment by Beck Valley Books on March 17, 2014 at 12:50pm

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Beck Valley Books ‪#‎book‬ review On The Inside by Kim Cano 'an extremely easy 5***** review'

I was intrigued and looking forward to reading this book as it's not the normal story line I tend to read, what a sheer delight this story was, I truly didn't expect it to grab my attention the way it did.  Every single spare moment I had found me picking up the book to to read more and follow the characters story, I loved it.  
The authors superb writing led me quickly and easily into connecting with the characters in the story. The main character is Kristen, a mother of two boys, frustrated with her life turned to drink and started to steal money from the family firm she worked for.  At first she stole small amounts but eventually led to stealing a total of half a million dollars with the end result being sentanced for 17 years in a woman's prison.  The only thing that kept her going at the beginning was the kind and loving letters she receives from her sister-in-law Olivia keeping her up to date on the life outside, her sons were both too young, her husband too angry and her parents simply too busy.  Kristin starts to realise what she has lost and you follow her emotional growth of character through her activities inside and her bond with the other cellmates.  
Each cellmate has their own storyline that I strangely found myself understanding why they had found their way behind bars, my general view tends to be that people in prison are there because they deserve to be without giving a second thought about the background of their crime, this certainly made my question that. I loved each and every character and the interactions and stories that followed them, reading about the emotions that prisoners have and the sadness when they lose their cellmates.  I find myself wanting to say so much more about them but that would really spoil the whole book for you to read and enjoy yourself.
One character I really liked to read about was Lakeisha, a prison officer who spent her days sorting through the inmates mail, checking for any contraband, as she merrily enjoys reading about the soap opera of the inmates lives and how she gets emotionally connected herself.
There was plenty of emotion in the story, some heartbreak, some 'oh no' moments and some joyful times. Some intimate scenes are also included in the story for those that may be offended.  I have to be honest and say that I actually held off reading the last three chapters of the book because I simply did not want the book to end, that was just how much I was enjoying it.   Eventually Kristin's sentence comes to an end and I found a couple of happy tears in my eyes reading the end of book.
Kim Cano is a truly talented author that I will absolutely be following from now on. I applaud her for her bravery on tackling the subject so close to her heart, based on her own family tragedy and find myself wondering if she knows just how much of a difference she is making to her sister in laws life.
On the Inside
Comment by Beck Valley Books on March 17, 2014 at 11:44am

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Book Review - The Long Goodbye by James Robinson Jr, Johnson Family Chronicles, Book 2

Our Book Review
This was a great light hearted read that made me chuckle right from the beginning as it follows the antics of a family attending a close friends wedding.

The story centres around Samuel and his wife Tabitha, Samuel's parents Maxine and Samuel Snr, not forgetting about good old Uncle Ray.  I'm sure every family must have an Uncle Ray with his loud, life and soul of the party ways.  The wedding they are attending is for the daughter of Maxine's closest friend Gail. Although there is already tension in the air before the wedding has even started as the previous wedding they attended for Gail's other daughter ended up with the bride running off with her lover before the 'I do' part.

All in not well behind the scenes of this family trip though as feelings of sadness, lack of love and affection is multiplied by drink, leading to crazy events and creating temptation. 

I loved the humor throughout the story, well what I took as humor, maybe I was just enjoying the book too much!   The author's writing had the story flowing really well, it was down to earth almost familiar in some areas in the way families engage and react to each other. 

There are some swear words in the story that I did feel were unnecessary but it didn't really affect the overall read.

A quick, enjoyable read that was a great tonic, I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I feel that there is much more to come with this family.  Looking forward to reading more from this author.

Comment by Beck Valley Books on March 7, 2014 at 6:08am

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On The Inside by Kim Cano Giveaway

2 LUCKY WINNERS !!

1 Winner will receive $20 Amazon Giftcard - Open Worldwide 
1 Winner will receive a Signed Book from the author - Open US/CA
Ending on Thursday 3rd April at 11.59pm EST
Comment by Beck Valley Books on March 5, 2014 at 6:02am

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Three lucky winners will each receive ebooks for Lovers at Heart & Destined for Love (Book 1 & 2 of The Bradens) by Melissa Foster
Ending on Thursday 27th March at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide
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Comment by Beck Valley Books on March 4, 2014 at 5:48am

The Brand New 'Remingtons series' Game of Love by Melissa Foster has been reviewed by Espacular Aiesa and calls it an 'electrifying book' 
Book #1 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10

"Well, Let me be blunt… Just looking at the cover had me hooked! I got my copy for review, but I guarantee if I saw this baby on the shelf, I would snap it up in a split-second. Kudos to the cover designer. 

Now as for the book. I have to say it lived up to the cover really well. Ellie Parker and Dex Remington’s first encounter was a romance of comforting love that ended abruptly. Raised in foster care, Ellie did not trust easily. Dex became her anchor. Dex is broken when she leaves without a word goodbye. Ellie left and spent the next few years a guarded and ready for flight. Dex spent his time locked in keeping his feelings close and people at a safe distance from his heart. Fast forward to present day and a chance encounter. Will they overcome their solid defenses and fall in love again? The journey to find out is a bit spicy and energetic. Go ahead… I dare you to read this electrifying book! Can’t wait til the next book in this series!"

Find out more about 'the Remingtons' plus enter the brand new #giveaway here !!
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Comment by Beck Valley Books on March 3, 2014 at 6:03am

SIGNED #BOOK #GIVEAWAY - Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey by Alexandra Bogdanovic

5 WINNERS - Open Worldwide !!

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Meeting the man of your dreams, falling in love and getting married. It sounds like every woman’s dream. But what if you suddenly found out that your husband self-identified as and wanted to become a woman? That’s exactly what happened to Connecticut-based reporter Alexandra Bogdanovic. 

As the daughter of music and television icons, Sonny and Cher, Chastity Bono grew up in the public eye. So it was shocking to people everywhere when she became Chaz. Her decision to “become” a man made headlines around the world, but Bono is not alone. Transgender men and women frequently appear on television talk shows and reality programs to share their stories. In doing so, they inevitably get the attention they seek; although it may not always be the kind of attention they want. 

While many come forth in an effort to promote tolerance, acceptance and understanding in mainstream society, their decision to live as – or in some cases have surgery to become – the opposite gender often sparks curiosity and visceral reactions born from ignorance. 

Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey, a new book from author Alexandra Bogdanovic, tells the other side of the story. Part tragedy, part comedy, part love story, the book tells the story of the author’s real life experience of meeting a man, falling in love, getting married and finding out her husband wanted to become a woman. This book is the story of what happened after she learned the truth. 

 

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