Acorns

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As a child I took the acorn
From where it lay
On the forest’s lawn
As by way
Of the woodland path I went
Content
In my harmless play.

Shall I take
The acorn today
And break
The shell
I know so well?
The truth forlorn
Is that many an acorn
Have I broken in play.

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Photo Phriday – Watercolor by Alex Markovich

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Came across this lovely image and thought it was in my dreams! I’ve been looking at a similar church in Vladimir, Russia online the last few days: The Cathedral of Assumption, for my last Agnes Kelly Book. Great work, Alex. If you’ve ever visited the Assumption cathedral, please contact me. I’d love to understand the interior a bit better for my story! Check out Alex’s website, here.

Chakra Magic – New Title From Christine Keleny

Hey all, just had to share my newest title – Chakra Magic.

It’s a non-fiction book written for grade school children to teach them about chakras via 7 colorful fairies!

In this book children will learn (in an entertaining way):

  • the energy centers in the body have been a part of many cultures for a very long time
  • the color associated with each chakra
  • what the energy in each chakra can affect in your life every day
  • multiple ways to help balance your own chakras to help them work better

Included is a simple, step-by-step medication to help chakras work better. And as an added bonus, I’ve included an exercise to learn to actually feel your own energy.

Chakra Magic will out in hardcover and as an ebook soon. Currently it’s available as a paperback.

To celebrate, I am offering my last ebook – Narrow Escape in Norway – for only 99 cents! You can pick it up on Scribd or Amazon or ibookstore or B&N or Smashwords

I only have 2 reviews on Amazon so far and I’m looking for more reviews to help spread the word about Agnes, so now is the time to pick it up and let your voice be heard!

Narrow Escape in Norway is the anticipated second book in the Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure series. The first books is the multi-award-winning Intrigue in Istanbul

 

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

18143977I had heard of this title, so when I saw the audio version in the library, I picked it up.

Stats: Published in 2014, print is 531 pages, audio is narrated by Zach Appelman, 13 discs

Blurb: Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

What I liked: The writing is good; not too surprising since he’s a multi-award-winning author. Doerr obviously took a lot of time researching his information, which helps to put the reader into the lives of the characters at the time and place – not your typical WWII story. I like that the main character is blind.  It adds an interesting perspective and circumstances to the story. The jewel in the story is a different kind of subplot. Not exactly sure why it’s there but it does work.

What I didn’t like: It’s a bit slow. It took me about 5 discs until I finally cared enough about the characters that I wanted to continue listening. I guess when you’re a famous writer, you are afforded the luxury of taking your time getting your story going. Most authors aren’t given this luxury, but it’s nice that some are. Allows for more diverse reading options. I’m not sure I’d have made it through in the print version. The end drags a bit too, though it is nice to hear where each character ends up – I guess. I didn’t love it like many others did. But that’s what makes the world go round, doesn’t it 🙂

Rating: 3.5/5

Photo Phriday

Another lovely image from my friend Betty Davidson. Taken somewhere in Minnesota.

I tried to get a picture of a doe in a soybean field near my home. She was happily eating away with her two fauns, and all I could see was her brown neck and head among all the green plants. It would have been a great shot because she was being lit by the setting sun. Her ears were even bigger than this deer’s. I didn’t see the fauns until I stopped and they started to run (or leap) away from me, deeper into the field.