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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Amble, The Very Slow Ambulance" By Gayle T. Gale

Amble, The Very Slow Ambulance is a story which can be shared with all ages. The illustrations are very expressive and the story is one of friendship, making promises, trying to keep those promises, and knowing when promises have to be broken to help someone else. As I read Amble I was drawn into the story, and needed to find out how Amble would deal with his conflict between being an ambulance and keeping his promise to his friend. I read this book to a two year old, who like the little boy in the story, is also afraid of sirens. By the end of the story she was making siren noises, and kept mentioning Amble helped Jeffery. Later on a walk we saw and heard an ambulance. This little two year old made the comment that the ambulance helps people. Books should leave a lasting impression on readers, and Gayle T. Gale's book does just that through the descriptive language, plot, and message of friendship.

Story Summary:
Amble was written over forty years ago by a concerned Auntie, an Emergency Medical Technician, when her nephew confided in her that sirens "scare me to death" The story is about Amble The Very Slow Ambulance and how he overcame his concerns about keeping a promise that he made to a friend, how he became a member of a REAL team and how he kept his job while making his friends happier. After many years, the story continues in print to encourage youngsters and others to overcome fears, become a team player and to help their friends.

About the Author:
Publishing her very first book at the age of 78, Gayle Gale is now a widow, having been married 59 years to Ron who was a retired Highway Patrol Sergeant. They served together as E.M.T. Instructor/trainers, CPR and First AID instructors and were on call and running with the local volunteer ambulance units in the small communities where they have resided. They are the parents of six children, grandparents of many and great-grand parents of many and more to come. Gayle has written many stories, plays and poems throughout her life, most of them to encourage, uplift or honor her friends. She retired from a nursing career after 40 years, and still enjoys, camping, hunting, fishing, sports activities and horses with her family. She resides in Midway Utah and loves it when her family will take her for a vacation in car, boat or plane. She continues to write . . .

Product Details

  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: XLIBRIS (August 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499061056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499061055

  • I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Finding Sheba by H. B. Moore

     I have yet to be disappointed in any novel by H. B. Moore, and Finding Sheba was no exception. Heather has a way of taking information and seamlessly creating a story which holds your attention until the last period on the final page.

This is the description from Amazon:
"An ancient legend is reborn . . . One that might prove the Bible false. 
For centuries, historians have theorized the Queen of Sheba as only a seductive legend, and scholars have debated over the legitimacy of King David or King Solomon. When undercover Israeli agent, Omar Zagouri, stumbles onto a tomb in Northern Jerusalem he unknowingly finds the final clue that threatens to overthrow government claim to the Holy Land, pits wealthy collectors against one another, and sends ruthless archaeologists scrambling to find the queen’s secret burial place. An assassination attempt on the Coptic Pope, His Holiness, Patriarch Stephanus II, is only the first in the chain of lethal crimes. Omar must find a way to prevent the greatest discovery of the century from becoming the most deadly."
     Finding Sheba is full of intrigue, mystery, adventure, and love. The history of the middle East comes alive as the plot moves between the time of the Queen of Sheba and the three subplots in modern times. The characters are believable and the whole book will have you researching history, once you finish the last page.
    This is a definite must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and suspense mixed together. Be prepared to let other things go by the wayside as you dive into this novel, and experience a well written masterpiece, by a very talented author.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

My Review of
Paige by Annette Lyon

From the Back Cover:
After a bitter divorce from her unfaithful husband, Paige moves from Utah to California with her two little boys and vows to make a fresh start. She finds a job at a dental practice that helps her get back on her feet, but it's the friends she makes at her new book club who help her realize how strong she is and who give her support to carry on as she faces the challenges of being a single mom. She also meets Derryl, a wonderful, kind, attentive man who treats her right, something her ex never did. Yet Paige struggles to figure out who she is as a woman rather than a wife, how to help her boys adjust to a broken home, and whether she can ever trust a man or love again. As Paige leans on the book club ladies and Derryl's ever-present care, one thing becomes clear: healing from the past requires more than a change of address.

Paige draws the reader into the story from the first sentence, and held my attention throughout the whole book. I had a hard time putting it down to take care of my own duties. I found myself crying alone with Paige as she experienced her painful moments of sending her boys off to visit their father, and cheered for her as she found new friends in the book club. I enjoyed the journey of learning more about Paige, watching her growth as she learned to deal with her "new life", and getting to know the other characters through Paige's views. This is a book that will be read several times as I feel the need to visit a friend.

I am looking forward to the next installment in the series

Author: Annette Lyon
Publisher: Covenant
Published: August 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-60861-946-7
Genre: general fiction
Paperback: 238 pages
FTC FYI: Review copy, which did not affect my review

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josie Kilpack upcoming release

In conjunction with the release of Tres Leches Cupcakes the author, Josi S. Kilpack, and the publisher, Shadow Mountain, are sponsoring a contest for free books. To enter, leave a comment in the comment section of this blog before September 16th, 2012. Winners will be announced and notified September 17th 2012.
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Daisy, the second book in the Newport Ladies Book Club series, is by Josie Kilpack. I quite enjoyed reading about the same time frame through the eyes of a different character. Seeing Daisy, reluctantly, at first become a part of the book Club, and watching her grow and share her problems with the other ladies, was an enjoyable read. The trials which she goes through, while different from my trials have helped me to find a perspective and appreciate the growth my own trials have brought into my life. I had a hard time putting down the book to get other things done, sort of like when you visit a friend and you don't want to leave your friend's side.
I'm looking forward to the next book in this wonderful series of four books written by 4 talented authors.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Royal Elf of Abalon Book Tour

Anna del C. Dye has once again written a book which draws the reader into another believable world. An overprotective mother who is queen, a princess who desires to experience life and be with her love, elves who are needed to "save the day", and a kingdom and destiny for an unprepared princess are all elements in this stand alone novel in Anna's elf series.

Even with other things needing my attention, the story line, characters, and conflict kept me reading and letting other duties fall by the wayside.

This book is worthy of J. R. R. Tolkein, who is the inspiration for Anna's Elf series. A wonderful book which is one you can feel good about reading with your family no matter how old or young. Enjoy!

Other Books by Anna del C. Dye include:

Anna del C. Dye was born in Valparaiso, Chile amongst some of the world’s most famous beaches. Anna resides in Taylorsville, Utah. She and her husband Rod are the parents of three princes and a princess. Anna is an accomplished, multi-award winning author. She received the Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry. She was awarded a Bronze medal for Elfs in a Conquered Realm. The first page of her A Kingdom by the Sea received a second place. Her short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won an award in the Oquirrh Writers contest and was published by Kalkion Magazine. Her article, A New American Mother, was published by Desert Saints Magazine. Other articles about family and relationships have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB® of Salt Lake Valley-West. She is the author of The Silent Warrior Trilogy, Curse of the Elfs, and now A Royal Elf of Abalon. Anna has also published an electronic book for fifth and sixth-graders name Emerine’s Nightmare.