‘Lord of the Privateers’ Is An Unforgettable Swashbuckling Epic [REVIEW]

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One woman faces her past and sails the savage seas to rescue her cousin from harm in Stephanie Lauren’s Lord of the Privateers. (Painting by George Hyde Chambers)

A governess has gone missing in the wilds of Africa and now one woman will do whatever it takes to snatch her out of harm’s way. Yet the biggest obstacle isn’t sailing to a distant colony, but summoning the courage to face a man from her past and the unresolved tension between them. Love and danger lie before her in Stephanie Laurens’ last installment in “The Adventurers Quartet,” Lord of the Privateers. Read more of this post

Warning: ‘Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom’ May Captivate Young Readers [REVIEW]

Dr. Fell and Jerry

Although some of the neighborhood children might be fooled by creepy Dr. Fell, Jerry thinks the old man is up to something. (Illustration by Will Terry)

For years, the abandoned old house at the end of the block has been the neighborhood children’s playground. It has also provided fodder for plenty of speculation and more than a little gossip. When an elderly stranger moves in, his presence sends the whole community into a tizzy. Who is he? Why is he here? Where did he come from? And perhaps most important, what is he up to? Find out in David Neilsen’s debut novel, Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom. 
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Eggplant Lasagna [RECIPE]

Eggplant lasagna

Our eggplant lasagna is so delicious, your family will never realize it is actually healthy too! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

 

If you don’t cook with eggplant, you’re missing out. Not only is it full of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and copper, but it is also a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate and vitamin K. This dish uses four whole eggplants, which are typically in season this time of year and can be purchased pretty inexpensively. Best of all, they combine here to create a new spin on an Italian classic, but without the noodles and the extra carbohydrates that come with them. If you are making this dish for someone who is vegetarian, simply eliminate the chicken sausage from the recipe. Either way, it’s full of wonderful flavors and will satisfy your comfort food cravings! Read more of this post

Discover the Most Dangerous Animal of All in James Patterson’s ‘Zoo 2’ [REVIEW]

Lion eating

Ferocious animals started preying on man in James Patterson’s Zoo, but in the sequel, these beasts have met their match. (Photo by Mathias Appel, Flickr)

All around the planet, animals are turning on mankind with uncharacteristic ferocity and unrelenting bravado. The world’s top scientists think they know why it is happening and are scrambling to discover a cure that will halt the outbreak of animal violence in its tracks. To date, mankind has been safe as long as they stay away from the animals. But new evidence shows that could all be changing in James Patterson’s Zoo 2, written with Max DiLallo. 
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Steph Jagger’s ‘Unbound’ Takes Readers On A Journey of Self Discovery [REVIEW]

Steph Jagger in New Zealand

Steph Jagger in New Zealand when the clouds rolled in and everything started going downhill. (Photo courtesy Steph Jagger, Facebook)

What does snow have to do with self discovery? Steph Jagger explains in her new memoir, Unbound, as she seeks to unleash her authentic self and stop fulfilling the expectations others set for her. Read more of this post