I have to warn this post contains lots of gorgeous book pics. Holiday Gift Ideas, (because I’m not the only person that panics, right?)

​It’s holiday season. What better than to hark back to some old reviews & outstanding reads & give you some gift inspiration. 


POETRY 


Life, Sex, & Death A Poetry Collection (Volume 1) David Ellis

I described this book as a treat,  others have said his poetry is captivating, inspirational, and be wowed! said one reader. It’s available on KU and only 0.99 to buy. 

David Ellis’ site hosts an array of author interviews, which have introduced me to many different writers. 

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This book is an International Award winning volume, having won an award in the Readers’ Favorite 2016 Book Award Contest for Inspirational Poetry Books. 
It is a collection of poetry spanning a variety of themes, with the dominant ones being Love & Romance, Inspiration and Philosophical musings. 
Life, Sex & Death represents David’s first full length collection of emotional contemporary poetry that celebrates time honored themes and finds new and interesting ways to present them. 
His work is uplifting, sensual and at times tries to connect on some base instinct level with the reader. 
His style is distinctly his own yet in these pieces David evokes and echoes the playful spirit of his poetic heroes such as Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Leonard Cohen, Cecil Day-Lewis and modern musical contemporaries such as Nick Cave, The Kills, Chris Cornell, Katy Perry and even Weird Al Yankovic (yes, really!) to name but a few all feed the elective vision and vibes of his work. 
He aims for Life, Sex & Death to be a trilogy and a triumph for modern poetry, accessible to a large number of age groups and one worthy of taking pride of place on any bookshelf. 
Find your favourite poem today, be it filled with seriousness or off-beat humour.


THRILLER


Nest Terry Goodkind 

While I didn’t enjoy this book, it had some passages of note, & other people have said it is chilling, thrilling, and gripping. 

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind reinvents the paranormal thriller with a provocative, page-turning confrontation with true evil.
In the wake of her brother’s brutal murder, Kate Bishop has a lot of questions. Why was her brother keeping a man chained in his cellar? What was his relationship with the detective now leading the investigation into his death? Could his murder be connected to the death of their reclusive uncle two weeks earlier?
One man, the enigmatic author of a book called A Brief History of Evil contacts Kate saying he has the answers to her questions – answers that will expose her to the nature of true evil. Kate, he says, has a hidden talent, a talent that has marked her for death at the hands of humanity’s super-predators…
An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a dangerous journey to the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human – a place few have ventured and fewer still have survived.


HISTORICAL FICTION


A Still Small Voice John Reed

Highly recommendable, I gave it five stars, taking us back to 1859 & the time of the Civil War, of simple days, of countryside life , & romance. John Reed has written a number of excellent books: poetry, stories, Shakespeare, etc.

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A spellbinding novel of love and war from “a young writer of great promise.”

— Paul Auster
Written with a storyteller’s grace and a poet’s touch, John Reed’s powerful first novel is a true adventure of the heart — at once a passionate love story and a sweeping historical saga set against a vivid backdrop of the Civil War….
The year is 1859 as seven-year-old Alma Flynt arrives in the Kentucky town of Cotterpin Creek to begin a new life. There, Alma will have as friends, neighbors, and benefactors the magnificent Cleveland family.
With their sprawling mansion and gleaming thoroughbred horses, the Clevelands are a wonder. But from the beginning, one Cleveland draws all of Alma’s attention: the youngest son, John Warren.
Alma knew they were meant for each other from their first meeting. But everything changes as war descends on Cotterpin Creek, taking John Warren to battle and sweeping his family into the chaos.
Against this turbulent backdrop, Alma will come of age. And when the fighting is over, the story of a brave young man riding off to battle becomes a haunting journey of vengeance and redemption. And for Alma, yet another journey begins on the day a tormented young soldier staggers back into her life.


CHILDREN’S 


Jorie and the Magic Stones A. H. Richardson

This book in many ways reminded me of Narnia, or Harry Potter, & is as just as good. I was enthralled by the story of Jorie, & her quest to find the missing stones that takes her into a magical world of dragons & villains. A joy to read. 

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When Marjorie went to live with her frosty maiden aunt, she couldn’t imagine the adventures she would have with dragons — good and bad — and all the strange creatures that live in a mysterious land beneath the Tarn. The spunky 9-year-old redhead forges an unlikely friendship with an insecure young boy named Rufus who lives with his crusty grandfather next door. When Jorie — for that is what she prefers to be called — finds a dusty ancient book about dragons, she learns four strange words that will send the two of them into a mysterious land beneath the Tarn, riddled with enchantment and danger. Hungry for adventure, the children take the plunge, quite literally, and find themselves in the magic land of Cabrynthius. 
Upon meeting the good dragon, the Great Grootmonya, Jorie and Rufus are given a quest to find the three Stones of Maalog — stones of enormous power — and return them to their rightful place in Cabrynthius. Their mission is neither easy nor safe, and is peppered with perils in the form of the evil black half-dragon who rules the shadowy side of the land. They have to deal with a wicked and greedy professor, the tragic daughter of the bad dragon, caves of fire, rocky mountainous climbs, and a deadly poisonous butterfly.
Jorie must rely on her wits and courage to win the day. Can she do this? Can she find all three Stones? Can she save Rufus when disaster befalls him? Can she emerge victorious? She and Rufus have some hair-raising challenges, in which they learn valuable lessons about loyalty, bravery, and friendship.

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