Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review - The Mine by John A. Heldt

The Mine (Northwest Passage #1)The Mine by John A. Heldt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Would you walk into an abandoned mine? If so, what would you expect to find? Would to expect to find a weird glowing blue light, find yourself walking out of the mine into the past, find yourself becoming friends with your grandmother, or how about finding the love of your life?

Joel Smith is the kind of person to walk into an abandoned mine.  He didn't expect any thing out of the ordinary, but yet it all happened.  He found himself back in 1941, and in a circle of young friends that included the woman who would become his grandmother.  Joel is fortunate enough to know quite a bit about the history, it helps him adjust to his new surroundings. Besides finding a place for himself, Joel finds the woman who could very well be the love of his life.

Things aren't so easy for Joel.  Faced with the knowledge of the future does Joel risk changing that future by sharing information.  When he finds an opportunity to return to his own time, does he risk it?  What if it doesn't work? Can he leave behind the love of his life?

If these questions intrigued you, then you have to read this novel.  It was a fun read and I really enjoyed the characters and the story.  I started a similar story years ago, similar in that there is a person, a mine, and a trip to the past. Seeing how John handled his character's journey and transition to the time period was what interested me to this story.  I really like how he handled both and how he wrote an accurate description of how Joel adjusted.  Well accurate in how I feel someone who found them selves almost 60 years in the past would adjust to that situation.

This was the first book in John's Northwest Passage series.  I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books:
The Journey
The Show
The Fire

Review requested by author. Review is my own views.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday - 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging

Not the typical book I post book trailers for, but I found myself drawn into the videos for this one.

Let me start at the beginning...I had nothing else to post so I went on the hunt for a book trailer. I ended up on YouTube and on the page for Simon & Schuster.  As I clicked and watching book trailers, and authors talking, I saw a video that said "5 Ways to Slow Aging in Your 50s" but paid it no attention.  Then after a few more videos I saw "5 Way to Slow Again in Your 20s" and watched the video.

#1 - Don't do it nearly enough - trying to really get into a better routine
#2 - Don't do it nearly enough - trying.
#3 - Nope, but I'm going to look into it, helps with anxiety.
#4 - This one I have done! Whoo-hoo (just got to remember to floss everyday).
#5 - Nope - I exercise more than I wear sunscreen.

I failed the no aging in my 20s. But no fear, there was a video on the side panel that read "5 Ways to Slow your Again in your 30s"

I clicked on the video and hoped Dr. Mike could help since I averaged about 2 of those 5 things in my 20s (no more than 3 at the same time).

He gives a lot of good tips and it looks like has made a number of videos for Simon & Schuester. As I reach the end to my 20s I have been thinking about aging and changes I'll need to make as I move into my 30s.

I'll be checking out this book.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Austen in August Wrap-Up

I know this is a bit late, but August turned out to be a lot more than I could deal with, and I never got the chance to finish reviewing and wrapping up the reading event.

I finished two books:

Pirates and PrejudicePirates and Prejudice by Kara Louise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen FandomAmong the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom by Deborah Yaffe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I only got to review the one book, but I'll be reviewing Among the Janeites soon (hopefully).

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mini Reviews: Dead Sexy Dragon and In His Command

I received ebook copies of both books from Netgalley.

I felt that both of these books had the potential to be great books to kick off their perspective series. Both authors have created an interesting world that as a reader I would love to explore through their books.  However, the books were a let down.

 Dead Sexy Dragon (Dragon Heat, #1)Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This world of dragons is intriguing. I haven't come across a dragon shifter outside of a novel in the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter series.  The author has this great world to play with and she just hits at it's existence. I would have loved to have some more background into the life of the dragons.

The pace moved too quickly.  Things that felt as if the characters should have more resistance or adjustment period too, where easily accepted. I think if the pace had been slowed the story could have been flushed out a little bit more.

Another thing that I would have liked to seen, is a lead into the next novel. At least introduce the next hero or heroine, and more than just a brief appearance.  Give me a reason to want to pick up the next novel.

 In His Command (Don't Tell, #1)In His Command by Rie Warren
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Whereas, Dead Sexy Dragon felt too rush, this novel felt too long.  If half the sex scenes were cut, this book would have moved quicker.  There was a lot of world building, but it was done in a way that left me lost and confused at some points.  It was interwoven with back story that sometimes felt as if it bogged down the forward progression of the characters.

There were also a few points where actions during a scene were confused and didn't seem to fit together properly.  Parts of this book just seemed disjointed and it made it frustrating to read. I kept wanting to put the book down, but I wanted to see where the plot was heading.

I probably will not be reading the next books in these series.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Recommendation: The American Craft Beer Cookbook by John Holl


The pleasure of going to the local pub or craft brewery for a pint and a delicious meal can now be recreated at home with John Holl's collection of 175 recipes that all taste amazingly great with beer. From pub grub and barbecue to regional specialties and even breakfast fare, many of these dishes use beer as an ingredient, and all of them can be paired with your favorite brews. The recipes were contributed by brew pubs, craft brewers, and other beer lovers across the United States, and you'll love the new twists on traditional favorites, such asSlow-Cooked Dopple Bock BBQ Meatballs and American Wheat Beer Steamed Clams, as well as unexpected recipes like Crawfish Bordelaise, Chopped Reuben Salad, Beermosas, Beer Ice Cream Floats, and Chocolate Jefferson Stout Cupcakes.

Why I'm recommending it:

I recieved an e-book copy from Netgalley.

I've find it weird to be reviewing a cookbook, but this one drew my attention. I have a friend who is crazy about craft beers.  When we go out she scours the craft menu, requests tastes of different ones before picking her drink for the night.  This friend also enjoys cooking and I thought this book would be a nice addition to her kitchen.

I bookmarked a number of recipies, in the hope of trying one or two over the summer.  I never got the chance to try a mimosa or an ice cream float made with beer.

The book was filled with information about the beers and the recipies and the pubs/breweries that serve them.  I'd like to go to some of these places to try the food and beer.

I'm planning on buying myself and my friend a copy of the book, so hopefully when I get the chance to try a recipie or two I'll be able to update on how they turned out!