Say ‘Hello’ to Author Stephanie Collins.Stephanie is Rave Reviews Book Club Member of The Month for OCTOBER.

Please say welcome to author Stephanie Collins. Stephanie is The Rave Reviews Book Club Member of The Month for OCTOBER.

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IN HER OWN WORDS:   I am a hard-working mother of 4, a loving wife, and an unsuspecting author of a true medical drama/unconventional love story called “WITH ANGEL’S WINGS.”  This is my story. I wrote therapeutically as I was introduced to/initiated into life as a special needs mother. Years later. friends, therapists, and nurses convinced me to share my tale. All names were changed in the book, out of respect for those who would not appreciate being mentioned by name, but aside from names, the story is 100% true. If, after reading “WITH ANGEL’S WINGS”, you are left with questions, please do not hesitate to ask. On the book’s website (www.withangelswings.net) there is an “Ask the Author Forum”, and all questions and feedback are more than welcome.  Also on the website, are an epilogue, “deleted scenes” and “real life” pictures that correlate with each of the book’s chapters.

 

“WITH ANGELS WINGS”

rrbcmom-stephanie-collins-book-cover With Angels Wings is the true story of Laura, a young wife and mother of a three-year-old daughter. Her husband, Kevin, a marine, is deployed overseas, leaving Laura to give birth to their second daughter and handle the two young children on her own.

Thirteen days after the birth of her youngest, the pediatrician detects a heart murmur. That leads to just the first of multiple diagnoses for both of her daughters, sending Laura on an unexpected and emotional journey into the world of parenting medically-fragile, special needs children.

Right when Laura fears she will break under the incredible pressure, she encounters the beauty of true love, in a most unexpected and unconventional way.

Here are just 2 of the over 100 reviews.

 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Chilling and Shocking Story of Love and Compassion, September 15, 2016

By Larry Landgraf

This review is from: With Angel’s Wings (Kindle Edition)
When it comes to ‘your’ kids, nothing is more important. As a parent, I know that. You always expect a new birth to be perfect and most of the time they will be. But what if the unexpected happens? Laura is ready to welcome her newborn into the world, but there is a problem in the delivery room. The nurse is taking too long to introduce me to my baby, she thinks. Concern…then panic…this is only the beginning. Her husband is halfway around the world on a ship. Emily is waiting with family for her mother to bring her new sister home.

The story is very well written from a mother’s point of view. I enjoyed every minute and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. Actually, I hated it because of the pain Laura and the kids went through, but that’s why I loved the book. It is a story which shouldn’t happen to anyone, but this happens every day. It is a story that needed to be told. Every prospective parent, whether it’s your first, second, or third child, should read this book. It’s always good to be prepared for the worst. If you have a relative with a special needs child, you should read this book as well.

I wasn’t certain there could be a happy ending to this story, but the author ended it on a high note. The story was not a cliffhanger, but the story is not over. I am curious as to what lay ahead for Laura, Emily and especially little Hannah.

AND This…
 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟   I thought this was a beautiful, heartbreaking,
September 9, 2016
 This review is from: With Angel’s Wings (Kindle Edition)
I thought this was a beautiful, heartbreaking, and deeply human story. It was tough knowing that it was a memoir and the characters that you loved were truly hurting in this world. (And others, whom you despised, should have been hurting and weren’t.) But it was also an incredibly inspiring story of a mother’s strength and even the strength of a select few beside her. It had a great love story that kept me up several nights past my normal bedtime. I truly wanted to read and know that Laura would get a breakthrough! I turned every page, anxious for another small win, working in her favor. This story teaches faith and resilience. It also teaches you to feel incredible gratitude for being blessed with a healthy family. No one should have to endure such tough challenges. My eyes have totally been opened.

With Angels Wings Website here

On FACEBOOK here

Purchase HERE on Amazon

Book Review: Novy’s Son by Karen Ingalls.

 

Please join me as I review Novy’s Son by Karen Ingalls.

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From his early childhood, Murray Clark sought love and acceptance from his father, who was raised as the bastard child of a famous artist. Murray struggled with jealousy toward his younger brothers, and he questioned the morals and values of people around him.
As an adult, Matthew lived life his way, with years of lying, womanizing, and heavy drinking. Though married four times, did he ever find unconditional love? Would Murray’s high intelligence, his love for his two daughters, and his unique philosophy of life help him rise above his demons?

MY BOOK REVIEW. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I love reading, and finding an author I’ve never read before is always a time of excitement and anticipation.

It has been a long time since I’ve become so immersed in a book. The total commitment that Author Karen Ingalls has to her characters shines through immediately. The connection is a strong one, and this author has lovingly attended to detail.

I’ve read other reviews, and I concur that the central character of Murray is easy to loathe, his behavior towards others is utterly selfish, and his inability to show loyalty to anyone or anything makes him easy to despise.  However, I also found that despite all of his unrecognized, sociopathic lack of conscience, despite the utter selfishness and disregard for the needs of his family there is something oddly comforting about the hard, cold reality of Murray.

There are people just like Murray, people you may well recognize as you read, who fail to react to the very crisis they have themselves created; stumbling forward without regret; living without remorse as if everyone elses life exists purely to satisfy their own narcissistic emotional blindness.

As the decades unfurl this author invites you to witness the train wreck approaching, as Murray selfishly burns out whoever dares to love him. The scattered remains of his family nurse their collective wounds and watch on helplessly as he lurches from one addiction to the next. Murray had no idea how to feel compassion for others. He was far too busy imagining how people were scheming against him. His every failure shrugged off with a casual disregard for the scattered hearts damaged by his lack of one.

The time frames are so clearly visible; the social mores and edicts of each decade unfolding in a wonderful kaleidoscope of sound and color. You are taken to that time, that place and the author ensures that the journey is memorable.

This book is more than just a brief journey into the life of an ultimately selfish and self-destructive man. It is an exposure of raw nerve endings; it lays the human heart and soul on the line and you the reader watch as the predators attack. I found it to be riveting and quite unforgettable.

 Purchase NOVY’S SON here on Amazon

Karen Ingalls other books all here on Amazon

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Welcome and say, Hi, to Children’s book author; Maretha M Botha. A marvelous collection to add to your Christmas or any other list for the younger folks.

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Maretha Botha – Librarian, Children’s author/illustrator and self-confessed bookworm, chocolate and black coffee addict, animal and bird lover, occasional gardener and hiker on the moors. Her children’s (9-12) series of illustrated books called, “FAUNA PARK TALES” is based on “African Adventures of Flame, Family, Furry and Feathered Friends” a September 2013 GOLD MEDAL WINNER on Authonomy, a HarperCollins writers’ website.

The first three books of “Fauna Park Tales: An African Adventure” are available as eBooks and black/white illustrated paperbacks.
A 210 page, Gold Band DELUXE COLOUR ILLUSTRATED EDITION – “Tales from Fauna Park, An African Adventure: Flame and Hope” is available and will also be enjoyed by better readers (9-12) who still like seeing illustrations

What Maretha has to say about writing books for children.

http://myBook.to/ flameandhope

Even though there are many challenges as far as writing a book is concerned, one somehow gets beyond the difficulties of that first manuscript.  Then, once it has been edited, re-edited and formatted to perfection, it finally goes live on Amazon with accompanying congratulations and of course, cracking a bottle of Fifth Avenue Cold Duck, or whatever one prefers.  Inevitably, the bubbles disappear and then the reality sets in: marketing, maintaining an author platform and much more.  I realise now just how difficult it is for children’s authors to obtain reviews on Amazon. They have the extra bits, the extra rocks, or . . . extra mountains as obstacles in their quest to get reviews.

You might ask, What is she talking about?

I’m talking about the fact that the very ones we write for cannot tell us directly how they feel. They can only do so via their parents, grandparents, older siblings, carers or teachers – the adults in their lives – mostly busy with life’s ups and downs. Therefore, finding time to write a review on behalf of their children, becomes more challenging whichever way one looks at it. So what are readers saying about Fauna Park Tales?

“An engaging story told in well-crafted prose. Ideal material . . . enhanced by high-quality illustrations. If you and your child love animals and adventure . . . then this book is sure to appeal.”

“Good read. When I have kids of my own, I reckon they’ll love Maretha’s Fauna Park series.”

“What a wonderful story, a bit sad at times, but all in all a great tale told from the perspective of Flame aka ‘Jack Old Boy’.”

The ideal reading age for this series is 9-13.  Preteens will enjoy escaping into an imaginary world where many bush creatures always have hope that everything ends well when the sun goes down. Nevertheless, these stories are perfect to be read before bedtime to younger children and I’ve been told that many older readers had their “inner-child” resurface while reading these stories!

Here are a few of the latest reviews which I hope will inspire you to buy the series – available as eBooks, black-and-white paperbacks as well as a Deluxe Colour Edition – for a beloved child.

1. A retired teacher – still very involved in education. She refers to herself as ‘Dragon’ – I wonder why?🙂

on 12 August 2016
Maretha sent me Flame and Hope & Friends and asked me to comment. Oh dear! I don’t like anthropomorphic stories. I need not have worried, these stories are charming and the animals have the characteristics of animals and don’t behave like little people – not a pinny or waistcoat in sight. A moral message gets across subtly with no preachiness. I think younger children will enjoy having these stories read to them, and grown ups will enjoy reading them. Older children will be able to read for themselves and will enjoy the made up words such as Humanlang and Faunalang. They will also learn something about Africa.
2. This is a critical review by a fellow author.
on 4 July 2016
Having lived in southern Africa on the edge of a game reserve, Maretha Botha has first-hand experience of life in the region, and draws upon it to inform her stories. She is a champion of conservation, and keen to help young ones appreciate the importance of looking out for, and seeing the plight of many creatures, especially those in the wild.
Though this is a children’s book, it will be enjoyed by animal lovers of any age. It’s an entertaining adventure story that parents will enjoy reading to younger children, or will be appreciated by older independent readers. It’s thought provoking using the descriptive imagery of Africa to set the scene for the series to develop.
Flame and Hope are best friends, and the stories are told through the eyes of Hope. Since Hope is a bird perched high in an Acacia tree, he has an uninterrupted view of the remote cattle farm where Flame, a dog, lives. Flames and Hope are also friends with many other and varied animals and birds that live in the vicinity. On occasions the creatures gather around the tree where Hope is perched, and from where he recounts tales of past goings on.
This is a great writing device, and Maretha uses it well. Although the stories are engaging and well told, I have a slight reservation with the book for the newly independent reader: typically eight years old and upwards. Having said that, Roald Dahl’s Gobblefunk added over a thousand words to the English language of no relevance or meaning and his books are highly successful. Unlike Dahl, Maretha does include a dictionary in her book to help with pronunciation – look out Roald, you have a new contender chasing your heels…

3.  5.0 out of 5 stars

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on 7 July 2016
It has been many a long year since I last read a children’s book to my son, but, had the likes of this been available some 40 years ago, then I could not have done better. I liked Hope and Flame, the story that they told, and of course all of the porch animals who came to life in both words and pictures. A great start to a series by a talented author. Well done!
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on 28 June 2016
Just finished reading this and all I can say is WOWSERS! I know I’m not the age group that it was written for, but I loved every word of this book! If you’ve got a tween in your life and they love animals then get this book for them!
It’s an original book and drags you into every page, so that you don’t want to stop reading it!
If you’re an adult after a quick read for a few hours, get this book. If you’re a child, ask your parent or carer to get this for you… you won’t regret it!
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Here’s a happy recipient of the first three books of”Friends: An African Adventure” is the second book of the series called “Fauna Park Tales” based on “African Adventures of Flame, Family, Furry and Feathered Friends”, a GOLD MEDAL WINNER on Authonomy, supported by HarperCollins.
The following is an excerpt from the HarperCollins Children’s Editor Review:

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“A vivid and engaging world of animal characters . . . the use of cleverly animalised verbs is very creative – Dolly Cat’s ‘whispurr’. The exploration of interrelationships between animals is a very successful topic in the children’s literature genre, and you have created some great personalities – the stubborn goat ‘Plump-Grump’ and the conceited ‘His Handsomeness, King Rat’ being some of my favourites . . .”

Life takes strange turns for Flame, a puppy born in the African desert. Adopted by a free-range cattle farmer, the pup faces the challenge of proving himself to more than one of his new family.

As Flame grows into a strong and brave dog, he finds friendship with many loyal furry and feathered friends who teach him to keep The Promise – protecting the helpless ones in Fauna Park, a secret sanctuary within the boundaries of the farm. This ordinary desert dog becomes a hero when, to keep his promise, he saves a zebra foal from a fire.

These stories are perfect to be read before bedtime to younger children. Preteens will enjoy escaping into an imaginary world where many bush creatures always have hope that everything ends well when the sun goes down.

Visit Maretha’s author page at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maretha-Botha/e/B00MOORJAO/

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