Book Review The Vineyard


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Author: Michael Hurley

Genre: Literary Fiction

Rating: A+

From Michael Hurley, winner of the Somerset Prize for his debut novel, THE PRODIGAL, comes a complex and ambitious, allegorical tale of old money, young passion and ancient mystery in a classic New England seaside village.

Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as “the fisherman” threatens to change everything they believe about their world–and each other.

“Hurley writes beautifully,” says Kirkus Reviews, “especially when describing island and nautical life.” Publishers Weekly praises “his well-crafted prose.”

In this complex, allegorical story, three women meet each other again after ten years. College best friends, they’re all quite different, and each of them is wounded in her own way. The three come to Martha’s Vineyard for vastly different reasons, and there they meet the ‘fisherman”, a reclusive poacher who threatens to change everything they believe about each other, and about the world.

Literary fiction at its finest, this story combines spellbinding writing with an interesting plot and characters. Without giving too much away, I was confused and then awed by the role of the ‘fisherman’, and the consequences his appearance had on the main characters.


Book Review River Card


22583680Title: River Card

Author: Joan Destino

Genre:  Psychological Thriller

Rating: A+

“Who was she trying to fool? Herself? A little late for that. She had to win; her survival depended on it.”

Do you have what it takes to lose it all? Find out in Joan Destino’s stunning debut novel, “River Card.”

Georgia Kassov Cates is a business woman, a wife, a mother…and a gambling addict. Desperate to recoup a devastating string of losses, she risks it all for one last game- a game that’s abruptly halted when the Las Vegas casino succumbs to a freak blackout.

Georgia meets some fellow patrons of the Las Vegas casino, including the wealthy Melanie Nallis, a woman haunted by her horrific childhood;  Zivah Koski, an enigmatic elderly holocaust survivor; Phillip Vance, a billionaire casino developer; and Milt Braverman, a professional poker player.

As they get to know each other, a connection is slowly revealed: postwar Germany, a time and place that is reflected in” River Card’s novel-within-a-novel, “Alexandra.”

Alternating between the opulence and depravity of 1940s Germany, and the glamor and baseness of 1990s Las Vegas, “River Card” reflects Georgia’s mounting fears-both past and present-as she plays one last hand…

As an occassional poker player and enthusiast, I loved this book. It combines the world of poker with a suspenseful story about a woman’s struggles as she plays the most difficult poker game of her life. I finished the book in one sitting, and found it an engaging, enjoyable tale, perfect for thriller fans.

Book Review Telemachus and Homer


21233098Title: Telemachus and Homer

Author: Scott Locke

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: A

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For every boy who grew up in his father’s shadow and every girl who has been underestimated, there comes a time to look within themselves to see if they have the strength to meet the challenges of the lives.  For Telemachus this time arrives soon after Odysseus returns from his twenty year absence, when Telemachus comes to appreciate that his own life needs to be about more than waiting for his father to guide him.  On the verge of embarking on an adventure, he learns that his community has been threatened and realizes that he does not know how to help.  Swallowing his pride, he recognizes that Homer, a young blind woman is a necessary ally.  Homer, like Telemachus has something to prove, for although she is respected for her knowledge, she feels unfairly defined by her community.  Together, as the people of Ithaca’s last hope, they begin their quest.

I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology and such, yet I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Telemachus and Homer. The book proved to be an engaging, intriguing read about a young woman named Homer who is blind and holds great knowledge, and the struggles of Telemachus a young boy who feels he’s spent most of his life living in his father’s shadow. When Ithaca is in danger, they’re the community’s last hope.

I did find some references to the Odyssey, which is fun for people who’ve read it, but if you’re not familiar with it, you absolutely don’t need any previous knowledge to start this book. At its core, it’s a story about two people struggling to find who they want to be – one has lived his entire life in his father’s shadow, the other is defined by the community to be someone she’s not. The characters were very intriguing, and the plot enjoyable. An engaging book.


Book Review Broken


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Author: Tanille Edwards

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: A

Meet Milan, a young supermodel with a disability from New York’s Upper East Side, who falls deeply in love as she is coming of age. In this romantic drama, the emotional conflict of a girl’s inner soul is revealed as she deals with a first love, the pain of loss, and the pleasures of stardom, all while coping with a lifelong secret. In the world of Milan, the people are real, the situations are rolling, and the truth is often concealed. Broken is a racy circle of sisterhood, laced with a touch of earthiness, glamour, wealth, and fame.


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Milan is a young supermodel with a disablity. In “Broken”, Milan deals with first love, stardom, and more, all while hiding her disability that she’s deaf. The book is quite realistic, and Milan is an engaging, entertaining and sympathetic character. The writing isn’t flowery or overly descriptive – instead it’s quite fast-paced, and seems a suitable style for  a YA novel. The book was a quick read and I enjoyed the story and characters. The romance was great too, holding all those delicious promises of first love.

Release Christmas is Murder



Chapter 1

“Winter Wonderland”

The snow was coming down as if it were a Hollywood movie set. The flakes were large and falling steady, casting enchantment over the ever-forming winter wonderland. It was the perfect day to pick a tree, and Sara was thankful for her father’s recent purchase of a pickup. She and Sean never would have strapped a tree to their Mercedes.

Her parents themselves came part-and-parcel in exchange for the use of their truck, which for Sara only made things more ideal. After all, the holidays were about family, and Sara wouldn’t have it any other way.

Her thoughts briefly traced to Beth, her birth mother’s sister. She would have loved to have her come along, but she was having a hard time adjusting to a new medicine her doctors had started her on. Although, they figured she’d be good enough to take part in the festivities by the time Christmas arrived. It was a compromise Sara was willing to make. It was better to have her for the actual celebration than for the preparation.

“Darling, this one is perfect.” Sara rushed over to the evergreen, dragging Sean along with her. She let go of his hand and caressed its foliage with her mitts.

He leaned down and rubbed his nose against hers. “I agree.”

“Oh, Sean.” She pulled back, a full-fledged smile on her face. “I can already see it in front of the main window.”

“The window?”

“Where else would it go?”

“I was thinking next to the fireplace.”

She visualized the setting. Stockings hanging from the mantle, with a red carpet, for the season, was spread in front of the gas fireplace, and presents overflowing beneath the tree. She had to concede to his idea. “Yes. It would look good there.”

“You doubted me.”

“No, I…” She giggled. “Never.”


About the Book

christmas is murder fun Final FrontTitle: Christmas is Murder

Author: Carolyn Arnold

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Do you love Christmas and cozy mysteries?

“Christmas is Murder” is a touching–and comical–seasonal cozy. It will have you wanting to stoke the fire and top up that glass of eggnog.

Albany’s the perfect image of a winter wonderland, and Sean and Sara’s friend Jimmy is going to be Santa Claus for the upcoming Christmas parade. The trees and decorations have been selected and the gifts have been purchased. The season has truly cast its magical spell–until Sean and Sara’s neighbors die in a horrible house fire.

While the fire department ruled holiday-related hazards as the cause, Sara suspects there’s more to it. Her determination to find the truth has her and Sean toeing the line between what’s legal and what’s not.

As they sort out fact from fiction, the McKinleys make the final decision about whether or not they should open a private investigation firm.

Author Bio

Carolyn Author Photo 2013 ColorCAROLYN ARNOLD is the bestselling author of the Madison Knight series, the Brandon Fisher series, and the McKinley Mysteries. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said “tell me a story.” Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

Her writing has since been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada, and she currently lives with her husband and two beagles in a city near Toronto.

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Promo Post Blood Bewitched



About Blood Bewitched

AA BLOOD BEWITCHED MEDIUMTitle: Blood Bewitched (The Progeny Series #5)

Author: Ashlynne Laynne

Genre: Paranormal Romance

“Nothing in life is a coincidence.”

Forces are aligning in Shauna Rousseau’s life. A gifted Wiccan warrior and unique true half-blooded vampire, she is fate personified with an incredible destiny to fulfill. The ultimate war between good and evil is brewing, a revolution that will change our world forever.

Sides are being chosen, but Shauna has some unfinished family business. With her siblings and husband by her side, the pregnant newborn travels to Louisiana to shake her family tree. Lies are uncovered that will irrevocably damage the siblings’ lives.

Everyone has a past. It’s time for Shauna Rousseau to face hers.

Author Bio

AA_ASHLYNNE_LAYNNE_LOGO_SMALLAshlynne Layne is an award winning songwriter, poet, and author of erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. She’s always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing night stalkers of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny.

Ashlynne loves writing on the edge—combining the erotica and romance genres—and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on books six and seven of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Alterity Series, and a novella spin off. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write exclusively one day soon.

She lives in the Carolinas with her husband and son.

More about Ashlynne

Zodiac: Leo

Favorite Music Genres: Alt Rock, 90’s Grunge, Pop

Favorite Musical Acts: Maroon 5, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Adele, Rob Zombie, Robin Thicke, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Drake, Justin Timberlake

Favorite Movie Genre: Horror

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Authors: Stephen King, Anne Rice

Foods: Yogurt, Chocolate Milk, Chicken Alfredo

About The Progeny Series

At its core, The Progeny Series is simply about a man and woman who fall in love. The fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors. This series encompasses a family dynamic of which we’ve never seen.

The Rousseaus share a common mortal and immortal bloodline, but loyalty is the thread binding this vampire clan. Shauna and Ascher’s dissuaded love only strengthens the family bonds. Their unique union transcends bloodlines and completes the prophecy, defying the beliefs of centuries old covenants while shattering the wall between the Wiccan and vampire worlds that have existed for ages.

This series is erotic paranormal romance intended for adults and contains strong sexual content, adult sensuality, language and themes.

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Promo Post Hunter No More



About The Book

Hunter No More CoverTitle: Hunter No More

Author: G.D. Tinnams

Genre: Science Fiction


The Hunter Class Spacecraft designated ‘The Amberjack’ disappeared during a routine mission to Seek, Locate and Destroy the enemy Machine Mind contingent known as ‘The Ochre’. Conclusion: It was either destroyed by the Ochre or went rogue for reasons unknown. If sighted, approach with extreme caution.

On the planet Borealis, a violent revolution forces Samantha Marriot and her parents to flee their home for the relative safety of ‘The Rainbow Islands’. Once there, Sam discovers a secret her father has been keeping from her all her life, a secret that will change everything.

Meanwhile, The Machine Mind Hierarchy of Earth dispatches a ship to rid themselves of the planet’s troublesome human population. The only hope of a defence lies with a damaged binary Hunter unit that has long since abandoned both its programming and weaponry.

In order for the unit to succeed it must call upon the aid of an ancient enemy, and prove, once and for all, that it is a Hunter no more.


Author Bio

GDTinnamsG.D. Tinnams has worked as a barman, a call centre operator, an IT support analyst, and a software tester. But during all this time he was also an insatiable reader of science fiction and fantasy books like Susan Cooper’s ‘The Dark Is Rising Sequence’, Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’, Robert Charles Wilson’s ‘Blind Lake’ and Greg Egan’s ‘Permutation City’. He is very fond of weird, mind-bending stories and decided quite early on to try writing some. ‘Hunter No More’ is his second novel.



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Book Excerpt from Birthday Experience



The following excerpt is for adults only. Please don’t read on if you’re not at least 18 years old.

Book Excerpt

“Sam, I wouldn’t mind, if you want to help me ‘get off’.” I was surprised, but pleased. Again.

Our heads must have been less than a foot apart, but I could see only black. I whispered, “You ‘wouldn’t mind’, or you would actually ‘like’ me to get you off?”

Linda chortled, “I would like that. If you want to.”

“Of course!” I realized my voice was too loud, as I had spoken during a soft passage of the music. I whispered, “Linda, it would be my pleasure to do that for you.” And, of course, I meant it. I awkwardly moved myself down toward the foot of the bed, and held the waistband of Linda’s underwear in both hands, then slowly pulled them down, as Linda bent her legs, and held them up, allowing me to take her panties off her. I handed them to her, so that she would know where they were later. Before she put her legs back down, I held her ankles, separated them, and sat in the center of the bed, near the foot, my legs along each side of her; then, I draped her legs over my thighs. She rolled her knees outward, her legs circling around each side of my waist. Our genitals were only a few inches apart, but not touching.

Had the lights been on, this would have been a very revealing position; I imagined us in this position, as I waxed Linda’s pubes. But it was pitch black, only the feeling of Linda’s legs around my waist confirming that she was actually lying in front of me. I visualized her body, gaining a degree of proprioception of our linked forms. I leaned forward, my hands grasping Linda’s hips, massaging and then sliding up the sides of her body as far as I could reach. I held her breasts in my hands, lightly cupping them, and grazing over her nipples several times with my thumbs. I then lightly pinched both her nipples, and ran my palms over them, in circular motions.

My hands slid down Linda’s body, alongside her patch of pubic hair, and continuing along the insides of her thighs. Linda moaned softly, and I wondered whether Kathy could hear us. Or whether Linda cared. My hands lightly followed Linda’s contours, moving up the insides of her thighs, and across her mons. Then, they moved slowly downwards, on either side of her clit, my thumbs separating her labia. I rested my left hand in her folds, moving infinitesimally, my middle finger sliding along her lips, and eventually settling within them. My right hand moved up, my palm now applying pressure over her hood.   I slightly increased the pressure of both hands against her body, my left middle finger settling farther into her womanly folds, while my right hand began making tiny circular movements while maintaining the position and pressure of my palm over her hood.

Linda was now slowly thrusting her pelvis, as my minimal motions and gradually increasing pressure began to have an effect on her. I could feel a hard knob forming under my palm, and I slid my hand up, so that the heel of my hand was now doing the stimulating, Linda’s patch of pubic hair now in my palm. I kept up the circular motion, and added a rocking motion, using Linda’s hard button as a fulcrum.   Linda’s motions increased, correspondingly.

I considered going down on Linda, and using my tongue on her clit, but decided – as she seemed to be doing very well – to keep my contact ‘non-sexual’; at least using our original definition of sex as ‘body fluid transfer’; now excluding oral-oral contact. Of course, I knew that Kelly and Julie were probably having orogenital contact at this moment. I hoped that Kelly was finding the experience to be as much of a turn on as Julie’s masturbation scene had been. I also couldn’t help wondering how different Kelly would find her ‘play’ with Julie to be, compared to that with Fiona.

My circular motions over Linda’s sensitive tissues quickened, and the middle finger of my left hand bent slightly, and then advanced halfway into her. Linda was becoming nicely aroused, and was now sufficiently lubricated so I pulled my finger back … and inserted two fingers, slowly advancing until they were deeply inside her. Linda’s vaginal muscles tightened around my fingers, clenching and unclenching, as I slid them slightly in and out. Linda’s breathing was becoming ragged, and I pushed my two fingers against her anterior vaginal wall, adjusting the position very slightly, until Linda drew in her breath. I held my fingers there, pulsing the pressure both inside with my fingers, and outside with the heel of my right hand.

I very slowly rubbed my fingers against the wall of Linda’s vagina, moving no more than half an inch in any direction, but gradually increasing the pressure. I wondered whether she might actually achieve a ‘squirting’ orgasm … that might require re-making her bed with fresh linens. As I held my fingers inside her, I made a ‘V’ with my right hand (remembering my earlier thought of the Vulcan greeting), positioning my fingers on either side of her clit, still over her hood. Linda thrusted more, and finally emitted a squeal that she was quick to quench … but not quick enough, as I heard Kathy chuckle in the next bed.

Linda’s orgasm continued to build, as she thrust her hips, clenched her muscles, and creamed my fingers with her thick secretions. I held my fingers perfectly still, while applying gentle pressure to her G-spot. My right hand remained in position, and I moved my fingers as if playing a trill on the piano. Linda continued thrusting, her legs squeezing my waist, and her butt lifting off the bed. She was now moaning, evidently unaware of or uncaring about the others in the blackened room. The soft music continued, only partially masking Linda’s sensual sounds.

About the Book

Cover Birthday SMALL 140928Title: Birthday Experience

Author: Simone Freier

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Beyond 50 Shades … Way Beyond!

BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE is an intimate exploration of kinks and fetishes by an unlikely couple, with thoughtful and philosophical discussion by the characters, and graphic descriptions of their erotic adventures.

Kelly’s birthday party promises to be an epic event for Sam, Kelly and a few of Kelly’s closest friends.  An atmosphere of openness and adventure leads to new sensual experiences for everyone.  Sam has planned some games that will push the limits of the guests, and a special role-play performance will take Kelly beyond her dreams and to the edge of her courage.  Fantasy and reality meld into a surreal experience, as Kelly opens her friends’ eyes to new possibilities.  And they surprise her with their openness.  Kelly’s birthday is a celebration of intimacy, trust and love among friends.

The Experiences series is an epic love story of erotic relationships and sexual desires.  Written in a ‘literary realism’ style, the series introduces Sam in the prequel, and the blossoming of his intimate relationship with Kelly as the series progresses.  Fantasies and real-world adventures coalesce to mold a unique bond between unlikely lovers.  Where needs are mutually satisfied in an open, creative and trusting environment.  Where physical and mental boundaries are pushed.  Where the concepts of love and sex are never confused, but sometimes confusing.  Where openness is required and intimacy is expected.  And where fair-is-fair, regarding the punishment of transgressions.

Contemporary erotic romance: Suitable for mature readers, aged 18+ years.

Experiences:  Book 4 is 104,000 words, 19 chapters, 345 print pages

Acclaim from reviewers:

 “Pure adult fun!”

“Birthday Experience is about far more than just sexual play and fantasy”

“Exciting read!”
“Full of surprises for the reader”

“A skillfully written and powerful story whose characters are filled with life”

“I truly enjoyed reading this Experience”

“This is a very intriguing novel”

“Simone Freier shows her skill as a writer to bring [this story] to life”

“Definitely an original work, well-written”
“If you liked 50 Shades of Grey, don’t miss out on this.  5 stars!”

 “Not only does Birthday Experience surpass 50 Shades, but the storyline itself is way more enjoyable”

“I found myself glued to every page in the book”

“It has been exciting to watch the characters grow over the past four books”

“I can only hope there will be more to follow”

“[Kelly’s birthday] is an over the top event, with more new experiences than imaginable”

“It combines sex, fantasy, and romance, and is sure to open your eyes a bit more”

“A real and enjoyable story”

“It has been exciting to watch these characters grow over the past four books”

“The dialog is great, and the characters are amazing”

“A great read, and recommended to all fans of erotic romance”

“It’s erotica that holds nothing back”

 “If you enjoy any type of erotica, then this is a MUST have”



This work contains mature content, including graphic sexual descriptions and scenes, and is provided for adults only. The Experiences series contains scenes of psychological and physical submission, discipline, and medical fetish.  The characters explore various fetishes, which evolve throughout the series.  ALL CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK ARE 21 YEARS OLD OR OLDER, and all activities are consensual.

Author Bio

SimoneFace Small 140811An adventuress and traveler, Simone is a sensual being who loves to read stories that excite her.  She takes exception to authors who promote their works as ‘dirty’, ‘filthy’, or ‘smutty’:  She believes that sex is wonderful in all of its incarnations, and doesn’t shy away from graphic descriptions of realistic sexual experiences, no matter how messy.  Her writing is mainly in the ‘literary realism’ style – i.e., it is wild (even outrageous) … but could really happen to you!  She values openness in relationships, and demonstrates this through her characters.

Prior to becoming an author, Simone was a nurse.  One of her pet peeves is reading erotica that gets simple anatomy wrong!  She is continually bewildered by women who haven’t explored their own bodies.  Another pet peeve is the mostly hung-up Victorian society prevalent in the U.S. and U.K., and she tries to do her part to change that by introducing people to new sexual and sensual experiences through her erotic writing.  The activities in Simone’s books are quite realistic, as she has participated in most of these in ‘real life’, as surreal as it may seem.

Simone is currently completing the Experiences series, which will run an estimated 1,000,000 words!  That is why she refers to it as an ‘epic’ romance, although each volume is intended to stand on its own, with a ‘happy for now’ ending.  Experiences combines literary style and philosophical discussion by the characters with graphic portrayal of sex in all of its kinks and fetishes.  You may not like all of the things Simone’s characters do … but neither do they.  Their exploration of new experiences will hopefully motivate some readers to explore their own sexuality to a greater extent.

Simone loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.   In fact, she hopes you will feel ‘free’ sexually and spiritually, as well.  Please follow her on social media and her blog.  On her website, you may interact directly with the main characters in her books, including asking them questions in order to understand their perspectives in more depth.

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Book Excerpt from Telemachus and Homer



Book Excerpt

Hera’s garden was beautiful. Every species of plant on the planet was represented, and there was a flower for every conceivable color and scent. Each gentle breeze brought a kaleidoscope of aromas to one’s nose, and it was so refreshing that it distracted Amaryllis and Homer from their reality, but only for a moment.

“Oh, no!” Amaryllis screamed.

“What?” asked Homer, not realizing that they were separated from Telemachus, and Manos.

“Telemachus! Manos! They are not here!”

“What?” Homer said incredulously.

“They collapsed on the rocks as they tried to enter Hera’s garden, and they are not moving.” Amaryllis was glad that Homer could not see, because Amaryllis could not determine whether Telemachus and Manos were even breathing. “Stay right here, Homer, I will go check on them.”

“No!” Homer yelled, reaching in the air, hoping to stop Amaryllis from leaving Hera’s garden.

“I’m not leaving them.” Amaryllis argued.

“You have no choice. You can only enter Hera’s garden once. If you leave, you won’t be able to re-enter, and you know that we need to obtain the sphylem sap.”

A tear rolled down Amaryllis’ cheek. She was forced to choose between leaving Telemachus, whom she promised to protect with her life, and leaving Homer, Ithaca’s only hope for a future. She had promised Odysseus that she would protect his only son. She had promised that son that she would carry out their mission should he fall and would protect Homer. She had promised herself that she would not fail. She wanted to honor all of those promises, but that goal was becoming increasingly difficult to attain. “Then let’s hurry,” Amaryllis said without emotion.

“Agreed. Can you see a waterfall?”


“Lead me there.” And the two began their own journey, without either Telemachus or Manos.

About the Book

21233098Title: Telemachus and Homer

Author: Scott Locke

Genre: YA Fantasy

For every boy who grew up in his father’s shadow and every girl who has been underestimated, there comes a time to look within themselves to see if they have the strength to meet the challenges of the lives.  For Telemachus this time arrives soon after Odysseus returns from his twenty year absence, when Telemachus comes to appreciate that his own life needs to be about more than waiting for his father to guide him.  On the verge of embarking on an adventure, he learns that his community has been threatened and realizes that he does not know how to help.  Swallowing his pride, he recognizes that Homer, a young blind woman is a necessary ally.  Homer, like Telemachus has something to prove, for although she is respected for her knowledge, she feels unfairly defined by her community.  Together, as the people of Ithaca’s last hope, they begin their quest.

Author Bio

Scott Locke is a graduate of Brown University with a concentration in biology and of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he earned his J.D.  Scott has published many articles on various aspects of intellectual property.  Telemachus and Homer is Scott’s first publication of fiction.


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Book Review Rani in Search of a Rainbow


RISR-cover-hrTitle: Rani in Search of a Rainbow

Author: Shaila Abdullah

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Rating: A

Displaced by the Pakistan floods, Rani’s family has taken refuge at a relief camp where they are doing their part to help other flood victims. Eight-year old Rani wants to assist but doesn’t know how. Heeding the advice of her father to help in a way only children can, Rani embarks on a journey to bring true joy to a dear friend on the occasion of Eid.

Rani and her friends love playing in the rain, but when the rivers start to overflow and the adults get worried, so does Rani. Turns out the rain just doesn’t stop – in fact, it’s more like a flood. Helicopters come to take Rani and her family to a relief camp, along with several other families. All kinds of things happen in the relief camp – a baby is born, Rani makes friends with Juju, a boy living in a nearby tent whose family only managed to escape with the clothes on their back, and couldn’t bring anything else. And then it’s the celebration of Ramadan Eid. Back home, Rani loved the holiday, but here in the camp, she almost forgot about it! And when her friend is in trouble, Rani knows just the way to help him out.

The story is delightful, and the illustrations are lovely, with bright colors that kids will love.