Friday, April 6, 2018


Welcome to my stop on the fun tour!


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Nina’s once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina’s mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.
All Nina’s got left is her final photography assignment shooting images for the book 32 Ways to Make Lemonade. Well, that and the attention of a younger man, but Oliver’s on-again-off-again romantic interest in her ebbs and flows so much she is seasick. And then Jack, her ex-husband, shows up, wanting to get back together.

As Nina struggles to find a way through her complicated relationships and uncover her true path, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.


I really do love being able to review books.  Reviewing for Shadow Mountain Publishing is always great.  I have loved everything they have sent me and this book is no exception.

This story takes you on a roller coaster ride in emotions.  There is so much heartache and loss in this book that it kind of tears at your heart strings.  BUT, there is also so much, love, forgiveness, and second chances, that your emotions are all over the place.  I LOVE it when a book can do that for me.

I don’t want to give too much away so I am just going to tell you a little about the characters that I love in this book.

Nina – Is looking at life as a single mother now.  She thought her whole live was going to be perfect.  Perfect house, perfect husband, perfect child.  Then life happens.  Nina, is a photographer, and most of her work is made up of taking pictures of food.  She can hear the talk around the office that it might get sold….so she has uneasy feeling easy feeling at work also.  Nina also has a 15-year-old daughter named Cassie, who doesn’t seem to like Nina at all.  Nina, and her sister Lola, are close and Lola seems to keep Nina grounded.  Then walks in Oliver.  Just in case her life wasn’t messy enough, in walks a yummy young man who is interested in her.  Nina has also recently lost her father.  Her life is a train wreck that you cannot turn the pages fast enough to see how it turns out.

Lola, Nina’s sister, is my favorite character out of all of them.  Nina, may be the MC, but Lola is still my favorite.  I love her outlook on life, and her beautiful ability to forgive and love.  She has a little problem with memory that I don’t want to talk too much about, but sometimes she forgets things at the most inconvenient times.  Lola is dating Chris, and well, let’s just say…. mmmmmm mmmmm.  Everyone around Lola is careful about what they say and do, because they are fearful that it will send her into some kind of memory loss or remembrance.  Neither of which any one wants.  Lola is so beautiful.  Really, I just grew to love her so much in this book.  I need to use her outlook on life every day!

Ray, is Nina’s brother.  The troubled soul.  The tortured soul, and the convicted soul.  Ray, has spent his whole life pulling away from everyone he loves, and one of those times it lands in in prison.  Ray, is the bad boy all the girls go for.  Well, that is what he wants everyone to think about him.  He is no good.  He doesn’t deserve to be loved.  He is a screw up.  Ray, really isn’t as bad as he makes himself out to be.  I couldn’t help be drawn to this tortured young man.  He lived his life doing everything he could to make those who love him most hate him.  He came and went as he pleased, and usually caused havoc when he was around.  Ray’s story is probably my favorite part of this book.  Lola, favorite character, and Ray’s story just made me see what so many other people I know might be going through.  It is sad and beautiful at the same time.

Cassie, is Nina’s daughter, and I don’t like her at all.  Yes, she is angsty teenager, but I still don’t like her.  She is a good character to not like 😉.  I feel bad that I don’t like her, but I don’t like any angsty teenager, so I guess it’s no a surprise I didn’t like her.  Most of the time I just wanted to smack her in her face.  But hey, the author did a great job of writing a character I loved to hate, so I guess that is great.

Jack, is Nina’s ex-husband.  I still haven’t figured out how I feel about him in this story.  I am still processing if I like where things went with him.  He’s a great dad, and seems to be a good guy, but I am still on the fence about him.  I would love to hear what you guys think about him though!

There are some other great characters in this book but these are the ones I chose to talk about.  I decided I didn’t want to talk about Nina’s mother, because the jury is still out on her as well. 

You should pick this one up.  It has so much to it.  It’s full of twists, and surprises, and second chances at life.  Who doesn’t need a second chance once in a while.  The author did a wonderful job bringing these characters to life for me.  I could feel their emotions while I was reading, and there is nothing better than that.  I felt like I was a fly on the wall during this whole book.  Right there in it, but no one could see me.  It was wonderful.  I hope you take the time to read it.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.





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Amy Willoughby-Burle is a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us. She is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Out Across the Nowhere and a contributor to the anthology Of Mist and Magic.


Sunday, April 1, 2018



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Fourteen-year-old Ozzy lives near Portland, Oregon, and is desperate for help. His scientist parents have been kidnapped after discovering a formula that enables mind control. Their work was so top secret Ozzy is afraid to go to the police, but without help, he fears he’ll never find his parents. Then he stumbles across a classified ad in the local newspaper that says “Wizard for Hire. Call 555-SPEL.” Ozzy has read about wizards in books like Harry Potter, but wizards couldn’t actually exist today, could they? After Ozzy meets the wizard Labyrinth–aka Rin–he’s even more skeptical.

Sure, Rin dresses like a wizard, but the short robe and high-top tennis shoes seem unorthodox, as does Rin’s habit of writing notes on his shoes and eating breakfast for every meal. Plus, Rin doesn’t even cast any magic spells, which means that the unexplained coincidences that start happening around Ozzy are just that–coincidences.

With the help of a robotic-talking raven invented by Ozzy’s father, a kind and curious girl at school who decides to help Ozzy, and, of course, a self-proclaimed wizard who may or may not have a magical wand, Ozzy begins an unforgettable quest that will lead him closer to the answers he desperately seeks about his missing parents.


This was such a great book.  Our main Character Ozzy and his family move to Portland, Oregon to to live in the solitude of the mountains.  The first day Ozzy is allowed to go behind the cabin by himself to the little river, he hears screaming.

He runs back to the house in time to see people dressed in green taking his parents away.  Ozzy was only 7 years old.  He was so scared and alone, but quickly learned how to take care of himself.  Seven years after his parents go missing, Ozzy finds an interesting box from his father, he decides it's time to go and search for answers.

This book had a lot of funny things happen.  Ozzy not being around people for seven years, made him a little odd, but he didn't have any idea why people thought that.  I love how confident he was because he didn't know any better.  I wish all kids could be this confident.  Knowing that it doesn't matter what the world thinks, just that they be a good person.  

When Ozzy goes looking for answers it doesn't quite happen like he thought it would.  He sees an add in a local newspaper that says "Wizard for Hire", so he of course had to see if it was real.

Then we get to meet Rin.  Now he is a great character.  In his funny clothes and eccentric personality make him one of a kind.  Ozzy meets him tells him he is searching for his family and their alliance begins.  

With the two in search for his parents, a fun adventure starts to take place.  With Ozzy's bird that he found that is father made the three of them made for a very unlikely crew.  They worked well together, yet Ozzy wasn't always convinced that Rin was a "real" wizard.  

This was such an interesting book.  I loved the characters, and the setting.  I loved the world that Ozzy lived in and the one Rin seemed to live in.   Skye's writing is amazing, and so much fun to read.  It's one book I think I am going to have to read with my son, because it's great for middle grade kids.  It's full of adventure, and interesting happenings.  

I hope you will take the time to read this one.  It was such a great ride.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.





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Obert Skye is the bestselling author of the Leven Thumps and Pillagy series. He is also the author of the comic novels, The Creature from My Closet. Obert lives in a constant state of wonder. He has a keen sense of smell and is the owner of a great deal of curiosity. For further information about Obert’s current whereabouts or state of mind, visit