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  • Again on March 06, 2011

    First, I want to thank LibraryThing and Diana Murdock for the opportunity to read Again by Diana Murdock. This short novel by Diana Murdock is based on two main characters in different time eras. Both of the main characters have men in their lives that are possessive and the women are looking for passionate romance; the knight on a white horse type of man. The story is about a woman's feelings for real love. The men in the novel are all physically fit and are described as such. Eryn is the modern character and is a successful photographer; she is married to Bryce. Lady Catherine is the medieval noblewoman and it is assumed she will be married to Galen, someone she has known since childhood. Eryn has recurring dreams that bring her back to the time of 1501, the time of Catherine. The chapters switch back and forth between the two women. Both of the main characters have similar happenings in their lives. The book is somewhat based on reincarnation. A book called Twin Souls- Life Beyond Life and a necklace sent to Eryn by her brother are some mentions of the view of reincarnation. I liked the short novel but would have liked more substance in the writings. I received this complimentary ebook to read and review from LibraryThing. The opinions are my own. Leona Olson ( )
  • When You Wish on April 07, 2011

    Review of When You Wish by Lori Handeland A story of Doctor Daniel Chadwick and Grace Lightfoot competing for a grant on the projects they both feel are important. The grant will come Mrs. Cabilla who will make the final decision. The challenge comes when the two main characters are supposed to work together for two weeks before it is decided who will get the grant. Grace has a different outlook on life than Dan; she is free spirited and he is reserved. Her project is Project Hope and his is a medical research project. Dan's family has disinherited because he went into the wrong field of medicine and Grace was still angry at her father for letting stress kill him (my feelings). He was Ojibwe and his wife Irish. The Ojibwe believed in taking care of family and so he took care of his three sisters who loved in the same house as Grace. They are wonderful characters and I really see them as characters. There is also Olaf, a Norwegian, who protects Grace from "bad men". Again, the author brings the flavor of her home state of Wisconsin. I live in Minnesota but was not raised here so I had to learn these things of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The labatory for Daniel is on a old Boy Scout Camp in Wisconsin; my sons went to Tomahawk Scout Camp in Wisconsin. There is Lake Illusion in the book and Wisconsin is full of lakes. Lutefisk is mentioned in the book and it is a cured fish eaten traditionally by Scandinavians. Mosquitos are thick when there is a lot of rain and so true. I learned in one of her book why Wisconsin is called the Badger State. I like this type of information in books; it makes the book more personal. I think that Lori Handeland does a good job of her descriptions; the reader is almost there. The story is about an oil and water mixture from the two main characters they get along and then don't get along. The reader wants to know what really is going to happen at the end. Some steamy kissing scenes but not bad. A good read for the airplane or sitting outside now that (hopefully) Spring is coming. The e-book can be purchased on Smashwords.com for $1.99. The authors's site is www.lorihandeland.com. This will also be posted on my blog: mnleona.blogspot.com and librarythimg.com I received a complimentary copy of When You Wish to read and review. The opinions are my own. Leona Olson
  • Tentacles: An Anthology (sci-fi monster short story collection) on Aug. 13, 2013

    Tentacles: An Anthology Smashwords Edition Copyright Eva LeFoy 2012 Copyright D.R Larsson 2012 Copyright Haley Whitehall 2012 Cover Art by Melody Simmons This is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, and dialogue are products of the author’s imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entire coincidental Table of Contents Title Page Blurbs Copyright Solar Pioneer by Eva LeFoy Mr. Sweede by D.R Larsson Zaural by Eva LeFoy The Sacrifice by Haley Whitehall Author Bios: Eva LeFoy Eva LeFoy writes and reads all kinds of science fiction, steampunk, and romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, yoga and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her day job and travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her weird and dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers. D.R Larsson D.R. has been around the block a time or three, often in different time zones and different centuries. He grew up in costume at a historic site and couldn’t remember if it was 1876 or 1976. Later he studied everything. Music, history, education, psychology, sociology, geology, chemistry and anthropology, then spent 20 years as an archaeologist. Now, by day he works as a research assistant in a high tech industry. By night, among other things, he writes. This is his first foray into the public with his fiction. Haley Whitehall Haley Whitehall has been writing stories since the age of four. She has a history B.A and normally writes gritty 19th century novels and offbeat historical romance. This is her first venture into science fiction. It was fun and challenging. She plans on writing more cross-genre short stories in the future. Blurbs Four short science fiction stories of tentacle monster mayhem and destruction to keep you awake at night wondering if you’ve already been the next victim… --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Solar Pioneer by Eva LeFoy During the ten-year war, a remote scientific station on the edge of the galaxy has all but been forgotten. Tired of the war, cruiser pilot Coop takes the mission to re-establish contact with the team, but soon has to rescue himself from the clutches of a crazy scientist and a monster capable of keeping alive forever his wildest nightmares. Science Fiction Horror. 6,400 words. Leona's Review: I did not care for it and the language did not help my opinions. Strange and uncertain what was happening. Sorry, but not my cup of tea. I give it a 1 star. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mr. Sweede by D. R. Larsson Through a telescope, some galaxies may not look like much, but the full spectrum of beings still lurk within. Some live, learn and love within it. Some are travelers. Some hunt. But not all hunters look like predators. Some look just like us. Some were our best friends. Mr. Sweede was everyone’s best friend. Or so they thought… Science Fiction. 3,000 words Leona's Review: Definitely science fiction. Language was fine but the story lost me. A 2 star because the language was better. I thought at the beginning of the story there would be some substance. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zaural Captain Zaural Shuri is sent to respond to an emergency hail on Andvari, a colony of former inmates, after a colonist is killed by the planet's indigenous species. Once there, she must battle her ex-boyfriend, bizarre creatures, and her own fears to unravel the tangled web of clues before she loses her grip on reality. As if reality was ever what it seemed. Science Fiction with mild adult sexual content. 11,000 words. Leona's Review: This story had a lot of action but again, not my interest. I will give it a 2 star for the imagination. Language kept it from a 3 star. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Sacrifice One night Aveda, a scullery maid, is dragged out of bed by ruthless pirates and hauled on board their ship. She fears she will be sold into slavery or worse, but their plan is even more sinister. Down below, a monster she never imagined existed awaits the decision that will change her life forever... Science Fiction/Historical. 2,500 words Leona's Review: This story was one I could understand at the beginning and it ended with some humor. Not great but still deserves a 3.5 star because it was easy to read and language was fine. A very short story and quick to read. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I read these stories in the past and did not do my review so re-read it. I was not too impressed. There was a lot of imagination in the stories though. I do appreciate the complimentary copy from Smashwords. Leona Olson www.mnleona.blogspot.com