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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 Wednesday

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Comment by Beck Valley Books on Tuesday

Our book review of Bronze Fox by Diana Green (Rifters Book One) 'A wonderful story that has charm, excitement, some romance and two characters that you cannot fail to love. '.....

"This was my first introduction to shape shifters and the rifting world and I couldn't have picked a better read as I had company with the delightful character Etty.

Etty lives a hard underprivileged life, until she meets Tobias, she doesn't know it yet but he is a highly regarded shape shifter. Not only is Tobias handsome, caring and completely well mannered, he lives an exciting and dangerous life and sees so much potential in Etty that he wants her as his assistant. With the thought of more money than she could ever imagine, her ill father being cured and the excitement she has only ever dreamed of, how can she refuse. Yet the decision also lays in the hands of the rifting council, as Etty is from the streets, another class entirely from them, will they welcome her and put the rifting world's safety in her hands?

Whether they do or not (you will have to read it to find out) Etty and I begin our travels into an unknown world together, as she learns I learn, and it's a brilliant read. They begin their first mission together in pursue of the children's slave trade gang, passing through unknown portals into different worlds as they go. In the path of these hunters dangers arise in every corner.

Of course as handsome as Tobias is, there is a special connection between the two, more than being on a mission together, but would that compromise their working together and being successful or do they ignore their hearts for the welfare of their country and the rifting world? All will be revealed!

A wonderful story that has charm, excitement, some romance and two characters that you cannot fail to love. I loved Etty and Tobias's relationship and their difference in class, working together to succeed on their very first mission, it had me turning page after page to see what happens next.

Whether your an avid fantasy fan or like me this is your first read of this type of story, I think you will love it."

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Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 24, 2015 at 9:35am

Book Review & New Release - The Judge's Story by Joyce T Strand Author​ 'An excellent read which will touch the hearts of everyone who reads it.'.......

"The author has read the casenotes of a 1930 judge and created an excellent novel. Mark Twain meets Harper Lee is the best way to describe the authors writing and storyline in this book. An excellent read which will touch the hearts of everyone who reads it.

It will make you think about how you treat and make decisions about the people you come into contact with. She uses the judge thoughts to remind us that not everyone has been taught right from wrong by their peers and follow the only way they know. The novel also tries to show us with the right treatment and lessons and someone to believe in them people can be put on the right path and atone for previous misdemeanours.

In times of the papers reporting bad news this book is a timely reminder that if time is given to help people the problems for the future can be solved. A book that will and can inspire you to do more and will have a positive impact on your life."

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Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 23, 2015 at 12:42pm

Our Book Review of Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster (Harborside Nights Book #1) 'You will feel a rollercoaster of emotions as you feel that your right there, in the moment of this emotional and passionate romance'.......

"After reading so many great reviews of Catching Cassidy I couldn't resist the urge to read it myself and I am so glad I did or I would have missed out on such a moving and totally enjoyable story.

The main characters, Wyatt, his sister Delilah and their best friend Cassidy, have all known each other since childhood, now left college they are ready for the next step in their lives and careers. They have such a warmth and beautiful bond of friendship between them that it's so easy to fall in love with them.

Sadly instead of enjoying this time, Wyatt and Delilah's parents suddenly die in a car crash leaving the devastated brother and sister to pick up the pieces and take the reigns of their parents bar in Harborside, with no experience and the overwhelming grief to live with. Just before this happens Cassidy escapes the cheating arms of her boyfriend with the help of her two best friends and they had decided to spend the summer together, although now with heavy hearts in Harborisde.

As we arrive in beautiful setting of Harborisde with the trio of friends, you immediately feel the trendy, caring, laid back vibe of this close knit beach community and are introduced to their amazing friends. It was great to be in their company as they rally round to help Wyatt and Cassidy.

I was particularly drawn to Wyatt's character, although I loved Cassidy, what Wyatt was going through and how he felt he had to carry all the burden on his shoulders, while putting his own needs and grief under the carpet, was extremely touching. His grief made me want to reach out to him and tell him everything would be alright. The author, I feel, did an amazing job of incorporating the sensitive stages of grief within the story and all the emotions felt, it certainly sparked reminders of my own past loss while reading it.

Such a loss can shake your world and for partying Wyatt, it becomes clear what is important to him and what really matters in life. Realizing after all these years of caring and protecting Cassidy the reason is he simply loves her more than anything else in the world. Cassidy secretly has the same feelings for Wyatt but the with heavy hearts and vulnerability these childhood friends struggle to come to terms with how they now feel, not wanting to act on these feelings or let each other know and ruin their special bond of friendship by the unknown of a relationship. For others the undeniable love and passion between them is obvious, it's just a matter of time. At one point I almost had to have a word in Wyatt's ear myself but his actions stopped me.

I was literally turning the pages almost faster than I could read them, as the explosion of true passion and feelings took over. You will feel a rollercoaster of emotions as you feel that your right there, in the moment of this emotional and passionate romance. A wonderful end to a wonderful story and as I was teased to a glimpse of Book 2, Discovering Delilah, I am now craving more."

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Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 22, 2015 at 9:41am

My First Travel Books: The Seven Natural Wonders of The Earth by Anna and Frankie Othitis Authors -"My First Travel Book"​ 'Both children felt like they were taking this journey with Captain Frankie and they were hooked.' reviews Family, Love and Other Stuff​

"I have a 6-year-old and a 5-year-old, so I thought this would be the perfect book to add to our homeschooling geography lesson. My First Travel Books: The Seven Natural Wonders of The Earth by Anna Othitis is engaging and a great way to get kids excited about learning.

Beautiful pictures, lyrical descriptions of each Natural Wonder, along with follow up questions at the end of each description keep the kids interacting with you as they read along. The fact that it is told as a travel story and puts you in the plane with Captain Frankie, really made it real for the kids. Both children felt like they were taking this journey with Captain Frankie and they were hooked.

My son’s favorite Wonder is the Harbor at Rio de Janeiro and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. My daughter’s favorites were The Great Barrier Reef and Mount Everest. This quick and easy read is perfect for younger children and those wishing to share an introduction to The Seven Natural Wonders of The Earth.

I have not read the first book in this series, but I’ll be purchasing it because my kids were so excited about this one."

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Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 19, 2015 at 3:53am

Free for a limited time!! Oliver and Jumpy by Werner Stejskal (stories 16-18) plus Book Excerpt from Story 1

These illustrated cat stories are all about “Oliver and Jumpy”, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together. Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available. Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession. Love you all! Meow! 
Story 16: Who am I? - Oliver loses his memory. 
Story 17: Up the Tree - Oliver explores a tall tree and meets many animals there. 
Story 18: Moon Crystal – Oliver and Jumpy are flying to the moon.

Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 18, 2015 at 3:57am

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Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 15, 2015 at 12:12pm

NEW RELEASE Three Silver Doves (a Paige MacKenzie Mystery) by Deborah Garner - Author is reviewed by Miki's Hope 'This is a clean, cozy mystery you will not want to miss!!' .......

"The first time I heard of Deborah Garner was when I bought, read and reviewed Cranberry Bluff. When asked if I would like to read Three Silver Doves I immediately accepted. Three Silver Doves is actually part of a series, "A Paige MacKenzie Mystery. I have not yet read the others but this read well as a stand alone-even though it does make references to the others on occasion. It is also a quick read!!

Paige MacKenzie is a NYC reporter who often travels on assignment. Her editor asked that she go and check out a mineral springs resort in Tres Palomas, New Mexico-- Aqua Escantada. Deciding she could really use a vacation she extends her visit beyond that which it would take her to write an article on this resort.

It seems Paige is notorious for getting her nose where it doesn't belong and her long distance boyfriend (she is not sure he is her boyfriend) tells her to stay out of trouble. The trouble all starts when Paige is awoken by banging in the middle of the night and goes exploring---then she sees a "copy" of a beautiful piece of jewelry which a local artist really made---so much for staying out of trouble---

The secondary characters are great--and lend a lot to this novel. This is a clean, cozy mystery you will not want to miss!!"

Find out more on the #book and author here...

Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 14, 2015 at 7:42am

"I loved, loved, loved this book of wonderful dark yet uplifting, spiritual and emotional, thought provoking short stories." our book review of Book Review - Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion by Madhu B. Wangu​

"I loved, loved, loved this book of wonderful dark yet uplifting, spiritual and emotional, thought provoking short stories. I loved the depth of each story, like a challenge, making me think what lesson I had learnt from each, I couldn't wait to read more to find out what the next story would be about.

Part fiction, part memoir, each powerful story wraps itself around Indian culture, traditions and the love of art, with unforgettable characters, this was a truly fascinating and enjoyable read. My favorites if I have to pick had to be The Blackened Mirror, which really gripped me, next was the powerful, emotive story of love, loss and hope in A Precious Gift with every word seeming to pull at my heartstrings and finally Gauri's Freedom which had me hooked too. One story that really stood out was The Secret Healer, this had my emotions all over the place, such a sad story, which suddenly went off in a completely different, unexpected and painful direction and then ends up filling your heart with joy.

I found myself nodding in agreement, smiling, gasping as I read these short stories. Such wonderful writing by this author, they were like a cleansing of the soul, triggering your mind to think more about each one, or reminding yourself that love changes everything, seeing the true beauty of life, opening your heart and mind and don't be judgemental in life and how easy it can be to stretch the hand of friendship that can change somebody's life.

I also enjoyed reading, at the beginning of the book, about the author's fascinating life , her passion for art and how she was chastised in life for wasting her time on her love of it, the sadness in her life which helped create the some of the stories and especially about her involvement in Vipassana meditation. At the end of the book you are also treated to a chapter of the author's novel, An Immigrant Wife, which again really caught my interest.

This was definitely a book I will read again and probably again!"

Read all about the stories in the book, the author & enter the #giveaway too here...


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