Fantasy and Reality Collide in ‘The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons’ [REVIEW]

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons

A boy’s father dies in a freak accident. Or did he? When Ian learns the truth about his dad’s demise, he is forced to confront the unexpected truth in Dan Elish’s The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons. (Illustration by Sam Shearon)

Having tutored fifth grade students in the past, I am always on the lookout for stories which will captivate the imaginations of young readers. When Dan Elish’s The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons crossed my desk, I knew this would be a great title to add to my arsenal of middle grade fiction as soon as I started to read it.  Read more of this post

‘Designer You’ Is A Celebration of Life [REVIEW]

Blueprints

When a woman loses her DIY guru husband in a freak accident, she must learn to repair her life and her business in Sarahlyn Bruck’s Designer You. (Photo by Dawn Peterson, Flickr)

She is no stranger to rebuilding things. After all, she’s a home renovation expert. But when her life crumbles around her, will she be able to pick up the pieces and start over? Find out in Sarahlyn Bruck’s debut novel, Designer You.
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Escape to Beautiful Honeymoon Harbor in ‘Herons Landing’ [REVIEW]

Boats in Gig Harbor, Washington at sunset

JoAnn Ross welcomes readers to her latest series set in the picturesque Pacific Northwest’s Honeymoon Harbor. (Photo by John Westrock, Flickr)

Busy with her big city life, a young woman takes a break and returns to the sleepy seaside village where she grew up and soon realizes just how much she misses it. Not only that, she discovers what truly makes life worthwhile and which dreams are most important. Take a pause from your own hectic life to enjoy JoAnn Ross’s brand new Honeymoon Harbor series and its debut novel, Herons Landing.  Read more of this post

Romance, Magic, and Enlightenment Await You at ‘The Paris Wedding’ [REVIEW]

Paris

Is Paris ever a bad idea, even when it is to go see your first love marry someone you’ve never met? (Photo by George Estreich, Flickr)

Shortly after receiving a devastating blow that shakes her carefully constructed world, a young woman receives an unexpected invitation to Paris. Even as she tries to sort through a bevy of emotions, her family encourages her to make the journey. But is she up for watching her first love get married? Find out in Charlotte Nash’s gorgeous new novel, The Paris Wedding.  Read more of this post

It Only Takes ‘Two Steps Forward’ To Begin A Journey of Self Discovery [REVIEW]

Camino de Santiago

Still reeling from unexpected changes in their lives, two people find their way on a pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago in Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist’s Two Steps Forward. (Photo by Marcin Bajer, Flickr)

Perfect strangers are about to take the journey of a lifetime for very different reasons. But one thing is guaranteed, by the time they reach their destination, both of them will be changed in ways that they never saw coming. Lose yourself in the pages of Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist’s transformative tale of love, loss, laughter and redemption, Two Steps Forward. Read more of this post