Book Review Cubicle to Cuba


cubicletocubacoverhighresTitle: Cubicle to Cuba: Desk Job to Dream Job

Author: Heidi Siefkas

Genre: Travelogue

In this introspective travelogue, author, speaker and adventurer Heidi Siefkas shares her transition out of the corporate world’s Cubicle Land to life on the road in Cuba and beyond. Heidi highlights another side of Cuba as well as perspective gained from years of travel to the once-forbidden island. Along the way, she seizes opportunities for adventure in Kauai, Italy, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, and other far-flung places, but always returning to Cuba for more.

Not unlike her previous books When All Balls Drop and With New Eyes, Heidi tells this story with a good dose of sass and humor in her signature down-to-earth vignettes.

Cubicle to Cuba will teach you about Cuba, but it will also inspire you to think outside the cubicle, travel more, and embark on your own Life 2.0 full of adventure.

Have you ever wanted to just leave everything behind and start anew somewhere else, another, unexplored part of the world? That’s exactly what author Heidi Siefkas does in this book. I’ve wanted to do this about a million times, but never had the courage to, so I applaud her for for her courage in trying something so bold!

It’s a very inspiring book, full of humor, very witty, and it makes me want to travel! Now to find some money to finance my trip, haha.


Release Blitz A Place to Belong


About the Book

place-to-belong-largeTitle: Place to Belong

Author: Claire Boston

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sean Flanagan has spent a lifetime alone and rejected, constantly hiding who he really is.

With a father who deserted him and a mother who despised him, Sean didn’t think things could get much worse … until he was kicked out of home for being gay. Now he’s discovered he has three half-sisters on the other side of the world. This might be his last chance to find people who will love and accept him. But he’s terrified that if they find out who he really is then they’ll reject him like the rest of his family.

Sean arrives in Houston and is stunned by the warm welcome he receives from his sisters. He begins to hope that maybe this time things will be different. That’s when he meets Hayden Johnson. To follow his heart means risking everything with his newfound family.

Hayden is tired of endless dating. He’s looking for a man to love, someone to spend the rest of his life with. His boss’s new brother ticks all the boxes on the attraction scale, but there’s just one problem – he’s not gay.

Will Sean let his fears rule him, or will he let in the chance of love and find a place where he belongs?

Author Bio

headshotClaire Boston is the best-selling author of The Texan Quartet. In 2014 she was nominated for an Australian Romance Readers Award as Favourite New Romance Author.

Her debut contemporary romance novel, What Goes on Tour caught the attention of Momentum’s Joel Naoum when her first scene was read aloud at the Romance Writers’ of Australia (RWA) conference in 2013. This led to a four book contract for The Texan Quartet series.

Claire is proactive in organising social gatherings and educational opportunities for local authors. She is an active volunteer for RWA, as a mentor for aspiring authors and the reader judge coordinator.

When Claire’s not writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.

Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth, with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her grubby, but adorable Australian bulldog.


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Book Excerpt Zoysana’s Choice



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“People and animals do not walk a straight line through the forest. They follow natural openings or paths made by others. Immediately around the cottage, these paths of least resistance through the brush all lead away to either side. It would be virtually impossible for a stranger to stumble on us.”

Varli was taking all this in. “What about in the winter? Isn’t there snow here?”

“There is, and then the risk will be greater, but very few people wander in the woods at that time, so it all evens out.”

She gestured him to take the lead. “We’re getting close, now. Look around. See what you can find.”

Leading his horse, Varli stepped ahead of her and moved forward. After a few steps he turned to see Zoe following, her finger pointing off to the left. “We were headed that way.”

“No, I’ve been going in a straight line.”

“Then the forest is moving. That way. Try again.”

A moment later her finger was off to the right.

“Over there?”


“All right. I know what’s going on, and I still can’t find it. I believe you. So will you show me?”

“You did quite well. You made it within a spear-cast. Look around.”

He complied, then shrugged. “Just looks like forest to me.”

She pointed. “Up there. What do you see?”

He stared. “Flowers. Wait a minute. Why are there flowers up there?” He bashed his way through a screen of brush. “The roof! It has flowers growing on the roof!”

Taking a deep breath, Zoe pushed through after him.

The clearing was overgrown with brambles and small bushes. The training posts were weathered and loose in the ground, but still strong enough for tethering the horses. Zoe had expected the house to seem smaller, but she was shocked at how shabby it looked, in spite of the profusion of flowers growing on the roof. Ten years of summer sun and winter frost had performed their usual role. She showed Varli the special twist required to release the primitive-looking latch and eased the door open.

The emotional impact hit her with almost physical force. Except for a thick coat of dust filtered down from the sod roof above, the room was exactly as she had left it all those years ago.

She had insisted, before she and Barent departed, on leaving everything exactly as her grandfather had taught her, as they had always left it: kindling on the hearth, chairs set in to the table, utensils placed on the shelves and hangers. She had stood at this exact point in the doorway, looking around for the last time to be sure that it was perfect. And now she stood there again, tears pouring down her face at the memory of the little girl who had done everything she could in the vain hope that her grandfather would somehow approve and return to her, if only she performed the task well enough.

About the Book

Title: Zoysana’s Choice

Author: Gordon A. Long

Genre: Fantasy

Discovered as a child living alone in the forest and growing up an orphan of mixed parentage, but under the protection of the king’s youngest son, Zoe is appreciated for her own merit by everyone, from the royal family to the lowest kitchen wench. But her secure nest is shattered by conflict in the king’s family, and soon she will have to decide where her loyalties lie.

She flees to her former home in the mountains, where she finds many answers, but not to the questions she is asking.

Then she is offered the chance to visit Kyabra, the home of her grandfather, to learn about that ancient culture.

But all of these travels come to naught when she hears of war at home, and she returns to Petrella to be faced with a decision that could stop a war and change the lives of thousands, but only at the greatest personal cost.

This is the first published work of a 7-book saga of standalone novels tied together by characters and setting. Books 4 to 7 are sequential, and Books 1 to 3 happen 400 years earlier.



About the Author

Brought up in a logging camp with no electricity, Gordon Long learned his storytelling in the traditional way: at his father’s knee. He now spends his time editing, publishing, travelling, blogging and writing fantasy and social commentary, although sometimes the boundaries blur.

Gordon lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, with his wife, Linda, and their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Josh. When he is not writing and publishing, he works on projects with the Surrey Seniors’ Planning Table, and is a staff writer for <>



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About the Book

_cropped-final-emergebeyond-paperback-page-001Title: Emerge Beyond Circles

Author: John Geers

Genre: Fantasy

Thuban-Pol is the latest in a lineage of Siberian witches. Their eternal aim is to guide humanity to true love. Their guiding tenet, “For love to bloom, these three endure: sacrifice, perseverance and suffering. But the greatest of these is suffering.” Since the dawn of humanity, they have summoned countless couples, inflicting suffering with the intention to grow true love. They have never succeeded…but now they have their best opportunity in two couples from Wisconsin.


Author Bio

John Geers drew inspiration to begin his debut novel from a dream he experienced.

 Hours spent in the caffeinated air of his favorite coffeehouse proved to be the perfect place to complete Emerge Beyond Circles.

John is a middle school literacy educator, where he inspires and is inspired by the writers of tomorrow. He is the founder and facilitator of his school’s Creative Writing Club. He is also a columnist for the online magazine Elephant Journal.

He loves a good story, being on the water, and witty puns. He can be found hiking the wilderness, biking big hills, sipping dark coffee, and looking for a chair in the mall.


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New Release: Legacy of Luck


About the Book

legacyofluckbychristynicholas500Title: Legacy of Luck

Author: Christy Nicholas

Genre: Historical Fiction

Irish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie. When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father. Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.

Author Bio

christy-jackson-nicholas-authorMy name is Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon. I do many things, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing and photography. In real life I’m a CPA, but having grown up with art and around me (my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected me, as it were. I love to draw and to create things. It’s more of an obsession than a hobby. I like looking up into the sky and seeing a beautiful sunset, or a fragrant blossom, a dramatic seaside. I then wish to take a picture or create a piece of jewelry to share this serenity, this joy, this beauty with others. Sometimes this sharing requires explanation – and thus I write. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. I do local art and craft shows, as well as sending my art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.




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Book Review The Great Connection


great-connection-high-resolutionTitle: The Great Connection: Worlds in Waiting

Author: Garry Abbott

Genre: Science Fiction

Score: A

Following an unfortunate incident involving a delivery drone, a fishing net, and a very tall tree; Raif Masters finds himself forced by his overprotective alpha parents to spend his last school holiday exploring extraterrestrial worlds in ‘The Great Connection’: a real-time simulation of the observable universe, rendered into virtual reality home entertainment.

But Raif, a “child of three”, is not alone. Terry, bound to the service of the Masters family, is looking forward to a very early retirement after one last summer looking after his young charge.

Together they meet Cinder, a fellow simunaught who is seeking a crew to share a secret discovery from the other side of the galaxy that could change the life of the Masters, and the future of the Earth, forever.

But are some discoveries best left unconnected?

I asked virtual reality glasses for Christmas. I got socks instead, but at least I could enjoy virtual reality in some form through The Great Connection: Worlds in Waiting. Imagine that you can travel to the end of the observable universe from the comfort of your living room. That’s the concept of this book, and it’s rather interesting. The characters are likeable, and you get a real sense of their changing relationships as the story goes on.