Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Review Spotlight - Unelmoija:Paradox by Elle Boca

Unelmoija: Paradox by Elle Boca is the last book in the Weeia Series and in my opinion, the very best one in the Weeia collection.

In this latest novel, new characters are introduced and several characters from the previous books are expunged - some more nicely than others.  Amy and Kat are back in Miami, but this time with their grandparents from Maine helping them through the premature death of their mother. Duncan and Amy are still a couple in love and work well together in life and in all things Weeia.  Vlad and his father, Klaus come back on the scene to cause major troubles for Kat and Amy along with the possibility of further human casualties if Amy cannot convince Klaus to change his devious plans. After many dead ends, Kat and Amy finally enlist the help of their father (the Enforcer for the Weeia) and a suspenseful, thrilling ride ensues that takes everyone on a wild and dangerous journey.

From the previous four books, topics and events are brought back to the surface and questions are answered about Amy's ever-growing super-human powers. Amy has many abilities and all become honed to help fellow Weeia and humans alike. Aside from her other abilities, time travel becomes a very real option for Amy and her family when all else seems lost.  Most all of the loose ends from the past installments of the series are tied up quite nicely and come together in a surprising ending that gives the reader a tremendous amount of closure to the series as a whole.

If you have read the entire series up to this point, you will not want to miss Unelmoija: Paradox!

The First Four Books in the Weeia Series:

About the Author: 

Elle is the author of the Miami Weeia urban fantasy series about super-humans. Elle makes her home with her king cat husband in South Florida. When not writing and creating fantastical beings she likes photographing nature and wildlife, eating baked goods, watching movies, and dreaming of going on safari. Growing up the only child of a monkey mother and a rabbit father she learned to keep herself entertained and spend time reading.

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For the latest, also visit Elle at her website.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fade to Gray is FREE!

Fade to Gray is permanently free on Amazon (US only).


Fade to Gray is a hilarious account of one woman's attempt to transition to gray as easily and as quickly as possible. From the decision to let Mother Nature be her hair colorist to the final "colorful" outcome, follow the author as she spends many funny and agonizing hours in the hair salon to get a "natural look". This is one coming of (old) age story that will have you crying tears of laughter to the very last page.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Book Review Spotlight - Christopher Meets Buddy by Debra Shiveley Welch


Christopher Meets Buddy by Debra Shiveley Welch is a beautifully illustrated story about a young boy (Christopher) and his desire to have a bird for a pet.

The story is delightfully told from the search for the perfect bird to caring for and feeding of it once it becomes a member of the family. The enthusiasm of young Christopher was comical at times throughout the story and moved the story along at a good pace for younger readers. I especially liked the chapters with the gorgeous (watercolor) illustrations of the birds. It is breathtakingly beautiful artwork.

As a hobby farmer, I have ducks, chickens and turkeys - I love all animals whether furry or feathered and thoroughly enjoyed reading this wonderful children's book. I learned quite a bit about pet birds from the contents and would definitely recommend it to those who are considering bringing a pet bird into their home. It should also be recommended reading for children who want to have a pet bird, so that they can understand the time and responsibility that is involved.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Flash Fiction Challenge - Indies Unlimited


I decided to enter the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge this week - after a little prodding from a fellow author.

For those who do not know what the challenge is about, I will give  you a little summary.

You are given a starting point to the story and must finish it within 250 words. Yes, it is that easy ... or that difficult.

The prompt this week:

George walked the halls of his old high school with the lavishly-wrapped package in hand. He’d seen it in the airport and immediately knew it would be the perfect gift for Mrs. Davies – his English teacher during his senior year. George grinned as he smoothed the lapel of his Armani suit. She’d told him he’d never amount to anything. He’d already proved her wrong, and then some. Now, he couldn’t wait to see the look on her face when she saw him…and opened the gift. He knew the twenty-six dollar sign was going to be worth every penny…

My entry:

George reached the office that he was certain still belonged to Mrs. Davis. Turning the doorknob as he knocked and slowly peeked in, he couldn’t wait to see her reaction.

“Can I help you?” an elderly man asked from behind a filing cabinet.

“Is Mrs. Davies in today?” George disappointedly questioned as he fumbled with the sign and the airport gift in his hands.

“Mrs. Davies no longer works here. What brings you here, son?”

“Well, I thought I would pay Mrs. Davies a visit since she was one of my favorite teachers in high school …” George stammered as he tried to make up a good lie.

“Wait, I remember you,” the old man exclaimed, “you’re George Smithfield from my English class a few years ago.”

The old man began to tremble – like Mrs. Davies had on the last day of school when George had told her what a witch she was for failing him in English.

Not graduating on time still angered George. But, in a stomach-churning change-of-heart, George realized that he had made a monumental mistake in coming back.

Regaining his composure, Mr. Davies calmly said, “I guess no one told you about my gender reassignment surgery.”

“Well, um, no,” George murmured as he desperately tried to hide the sign and the box containing the coffee mug engraved with “if the broom fits, ride it”.

Flush with embarrassment, he left the office. As the door closed, George could hear the wicked laughter.

He had failed again.

**Updated on 3/6/2015 - I won. :-)