Sunday, April 23, 2017

Book Review Red-tailed Hawk



A coming of age story, a tale of a young woman's quest to discover the source of her own longing and to understand the mystical legacy of her family

From the back cover

Red-tailed Hawk by Nancy Schoellkopf:

SUMMARY

When Mariah Easter encounters a large hawk in her urban midtown neighborhood, her father Charlie is concerned. He can see a wild and mystical path opening before his daughter, a path he himself would never be able to resist. 
The hawk soon reappears: engraved with its twin on a golden thimble that has been an Easter family heirloom for generations. After the thimble is stolen at a funeral reception, Mariah and her mother Samantha set off on a road trip to find it, a journey that will bring healing to the grieving family and change Mariah's life forever.
Red-Tailed Hawk is a coming of age story, the tale of a young woman's quest to discover the source of her own longing and to understand the mystical legacy of her family.

Book Details:

Book Title:  Red-tailed Hawk by Nancy Schoellkopf
Category:  Adult Fiction,  210 pages
Genre: Literary / Women's Fiction with magical realism
Publisher:   Butterfly Tree Publishing
Release date:  February 1, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There are a few non-explicit sex scenes, and a bit of profanity)

REVIEW

This book is the second book in the series by Nancy Schoellkopf.  This book is a stand a lone novel so you do not have to read the first one.  This book falls into the genres of women fiction, magical realism, and literary.  

This book written is like a life story.  This book revolves around the character of Mariah Easter.  As the book progresses we see Mariah and the other characters.    The story is beautifully written.  The author knows how to draw in her readers.

The cover is beautiful.  I love the richness of the red.  

I still do not like that there are some sex scene though they are not explicit. 

I do recommend this book for those who enjoy this type of genre.  It is a refreshing book.   Nancy did a wonderful job.  I would give this book four out of five stars.  I am glad to have the privilege of reading this book.

I received this book from iRead book tours for an honest review.



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Book Review: Yellow-Billed Magpie

Literary Flits: Yellow-billed Magpie by Nancy Schoellkopf + Giveaw...:


SUMMARY

Unlike their black-billed cousins, yellow-billed magpies are rarely found outside California’s central valley. So when they begin showing up in Samantha O’Malley’s dreams, she wonders: are they calling me home?

Disappointed by failed fertility treatments and the break-up of her marriage, Samantha returns to her home town and slips into old habits, resuming her teaching career, even hooking up with an old lover. But she also renews her friendship with Craig, the school custodian she honors as her spiritual guide. The work they do together with Samantha’s special education students will lead her to discoveries she never thought possible.

Yellow-billed Magpie is a love story, a spiritual journey, a quest to look beyond appearances to the mystical rhythms that guide the human heart.

REVIEW

This book revolves around the character of Samantha O'Malley. This novel has a different style (especially from what I normally read), but it was refreshing. The scenes were so vivid in this book. Nancy Schoellkopf did such a wonderful job creating such a lifelike environment. The reader will feel like they are in this world the author has created.

In this book there is a bit of a spiritual side along a love story. We see Samantha meeting an old boyfriend and her starting a teaching career with special education students. Craig her lover interest in the school custodian. These two really do work together to discover new things.

It is a beautiful book. This does include the cover. I do recommend this book. It is beautifully done. The first sentence grabbed me. This is not common for me. I do wish (even though they are not explicit) there were no sex scenes.

I give this book four out of five stars.

I received this book from iRead book tours for an honest review.

Book Details:

Book Title:  Yellow-billed Magpie by Nancy Schoellkopf
Category:  Adult Fiction,  214 pages
Genre: Literary / Women's Fiction with magical realism
Publisher:   Butterfly Tree Publishing
Release date:  October 2015
Content Rating: PG-13 (There are a few non-explicit sex scenes, and a bit of profanity.)



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Nancy Schoellkopf
About the Author:

​Nancy Schoellkopf is the author of Yellow-billed Magpie, the first in her Easter Family series. Nancy has been telling stories and writing poems for many lifetimes. It goes without saying that she'd need a second income, so this time around she has happily taught amazing children in special education classes in two urban school districts in Sacramento, California. A full time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of family and friends.



Connect with the author:    Website  ~   Twitter  ~   Facebook

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

April 3 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Red-tailed Hawk
April 3 - Sharing Stories - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 4 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Yellow-billed Magpie / giveaway
April 5 - Books, Dreams, Life - book spotlight / interview
April 5 - Blätterflüstern - review of Yellow-billed Magpie
April 6 - Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin' - book spotlight
April 7 - Books for Books - review of Red-tailed Hawk
April 10 - Literary Flits - review of Yellow-billed Magpie / giveaway
April 11 - Library of Clean Reads - book spotlight of Red-tailed Hawk / giveaway
April 12 - Bookworm for Kids - review of Yellow-billed Magpie / giveaway
April 13 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Red-tailed Hawk / giveaway
April 14 - Rockin' Book Reviews -  review of Red-tailed Hawk / guest post / giveaway
April 17 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Red-tailed Hawk / giveaway
April 17 - Book Reviews Nature Photos - review of Yellow-billed Magpie
April 18 - My Journey Back - review of Yellow-billed Magpie / interview/ giveaway
April 18 - Haddie's Haven - review of Yellow-billed Magpie / guest post / giveaway
April 19 - Books for Books -  review of Yellow-billed Magpie
April 19 - Blätterflüstern -  review of Red-tailed Hawk
April 20 - Literary Flits - review of Red-tailed Hawk / giveaway
April 20 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Yellow-billed Magpie
April 21 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Red-tailed Hawk
April 21 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Yellow-billed Magpie / interview/ giveaway
April 24 - Teresa Edmond-Sargeant - review of Red-tailed Hawk / interview / giveaway
April 24 - Bookworm for Kids - review of Red-tailed Hawk / giveaway
April 24 - Book Reviews Nature Photos - review of Red-tailed Hawk
April 25 - Haddie's Haven - review of Red-tailed Hawk / giveaway
April 25 - Jorie Loves A Story - review of Red-tailed Hawk / interview
April 26 - My Journey Back - review of Red-tailed Hawk / giveaway
April 26 - Kristin's Novel Cafe - book spotlight of Yellow-billed Magpie / giveaway
April 27 - Kristin's Novel Cafe - book spotlight of Red-tailed Hawk / giveaway
April 27 - Puddletown Reviews - review of Red-tailed Hawk / giveaway
April 28 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Red-tailed Hawk/ giveaway

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tale as old as time- Beauty and Beast themed Wedding

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Many girls including me dream of their future wedding.  So many themes from Country chic to traditional fairytale princess and so on.  Even though this would not be my dream wedding I thought to look up wedding theme ideas from Beauty and the Beast.  The new movie came out not to long ago and she is probably my favorite Disney princess. 


Here are some ideas I found


The Dress



There are many different styles from some being white to them going with yellow.


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Next the Venue

Cannot have a wedding without a location


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Bouquets always a must

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Centerpieces

I imagine most of these are pretty pricey


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Bridesmaid/ Flower girl dresses

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Zalipie Poland Flowers

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Okay I do not normally like to post random things like this.  It is just something that popped up on Bing (by the way I prefer Google I just use Bing to earn points). Zalipie Poland Flowers came up




Here is what country living has to say about them. (with me summarizing the article).




Zaplipie is a small town in Poland located around 60 miles east of Krakow, Poland.  Everything is painted with flowers from the church to houses to chicken coops.


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Legend has it that the villagers painted their houses to cover the soot and smudge from their wood burning fireplaces.   




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