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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Thursday, March 31, 2022

An Open Letter to Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland : We Need To Take Action For Grizzly Bears In The West Before It Is Too Late!

 


Dear Secretary Haaland,

I'm emailing you today to request that you keep the Endangered Species Act protections for our grizzlies in the lower 48 States. These beautiful animals have not made the comeback that some say. If the hunt is allowed to happen, we might as well say goodbye to these wonderful creatures.Without this protection, the species could be in danger of not surviving. Their territory is already being so encroached upon that they are struggling to find the food and space to live.

You have such a hard decision to make but I hope that you will realize how Grizzlies and our gorgeous wolves must have federal protection. Bear hunters don't care about these animals and their souls. All they care about is the thrill of the kill and having a huge trophy to stuff at the end. Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon is terribly wrong about his reasons behind why he wants control over the Grizzlies. He himself is a hunter and that says it all to me in my humble opinion.

The Mortality rate of the Grizzlies was discussed in an article in "The Sheridan Press" in November of 2021.

"Grizzly bears are dying at a record pace in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 

There have been 63 known grizzly bear mortalities in the three-state area in 2021, according to the study team, with 42 deaths reported inside the primary conservation area for the species.

Of the deaths within the Demographic Monitoring Area (DMA), 30 were in Wyoming, including 18 euthanized in management decisions. There were also 21 deaths reported outside the DMA, including 13 management removals in Wyoming."

I pray that you will see the need to veto this petition and let him and other trophy hunters know that these animals are not for them to kill. These Animals have a greater purpose. They are part of keeping the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in balance. Predators are an important part of a healthy ecosystem. Predators remove vulnerable prey, such as the old, injured, sick, or very young, leaving more food for the survival and success of healthy prey animals. Also, by controlling the size of prey populations, predators help slow down the spread of disease. The impact of a predator on prey is balanced. If a predator is removed from the ecosystem, the population of prey tends to surge and have damaging effects on other areas of the ecosystem such as vegetation or other small game if the prey is carnivores. I studied about this important information and I've been teaching it on a 2nd- grade level to my students. If my 2nd graders understand the importance of balance in an Ecosystem, then Governors should also be held accountable to learn understand this very important scientific concept.

Thank you so much if you have read all of this. Please, think about what I wrote and do the right thing and keep the Grizzlies protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Sincerely,
Sheila Staley
Animal Advocate and 2nd Grade Teacher


If you'd also like to help, please contact Secretary Deb Haaland
HERE:
Contact Deb Haaland
Phone: 202-208-7960
Email: Deb.haaland@doi.gov



***The group, Bear Defenders posted this on Facebook and what they said was very powerful.***

De-listing grizzly bears is not the answer to any problems, and is by no means a way to "celebrate" their years of conservation. We need stronger laws and rules to abide by while in grizzly territory. Every year, dozens of grizzly bears are killed- be it by car, ranchers, wildlife officials or poachers. We encroach on their homes and give them little space to roam and live without running into humans. Grizzlies are continually faced with man-made obstacles and de-listing them is not the answer. Hunting them is not the answer. Not now, not ever.

You can reach them @ https://www.beardefenders.org/

All photos borrowed from Bear Defenders FB page.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

The Nabob's Daughter by Jess Heileman-Regency Book Review



The Nabob's Daughter by Jess Heileman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


My Review
What an utter delight this novel was. There are so many beloved characters from Honora(Nora) and Graham, Graham's sweet sister Judith, Alecia, and Inayat, the Indian woman who helped raised Nora. Strong, vocal, and sometimes impetuous, Nora wasn't always easy to get along with, but I loved the way that the charming and witty Graham was able to give it right back. There were never two people more meant to be together than this couple. Their chemistry leaps off the pages and I loved watching them fall in love. Even with Nora's strong views about not being sold off into marriage, she always had ideas about how she'd change her situation.

This isn't just a love story. There are many side stories of racial/societal inequality, dyslexia in the early 1800s, and the whole story of how Graham's family estate had fallen into financial ruin. Speaking of that, I really liked how Nora's scholarly upbringing allowed her to be able to help Graham and his family. He needed to find his place as the heir someday running the estate as his father had never taught him. It was nice to see so many small storylines resolved by the end.

This Regency novel was so unique that it really stands out when compared to others. The cover is gorgeous and the characters and their appeal will captivate readers.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Even The Dog Knows: A Novel By Jason F. Wright-Blog Tour Review


 Book Details

Publication Date: 3/8/22

Hardcover

ISBN: 9781629729909

Retail Price: $26.99

Page Count: 336

General Fiction

Cover illustration: Sheryl Dickert Smith/Shutterstock

Book design: © Shadow Mountain

Art Direction: Richard Erickson

Design: Cheryl Dickert Smith

                          ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy 

                         from the publisher. All opinions are my own***




Book Summary


A family’s old, beloved dog takes a final road trip to help his humans find forgiveness and healing.


Meg Gorton finds herself alone and lonely in Florida. Three years earlier, she had packed what she could fit into her sister’s car and asked her estranged husband, Gary, to take care of Moses, their beloved black Labrador. Things between Meg and Gary hadn’t been the same after the loss of their only daughter many years ago. Even after raising their grandson, Troy, it was clear that if Meg wanted a new beginning, she would have to do it alone.

 

Haunted by the tragedy of his daughter’s death, Gary is stuck in his life in Woodstock, Virginia. He still owns and drives the bus for their hometown minor league baseball team, and he still thinks about the day his wife drove away.

 

Everything changes when Meg contacts Gary with a request to bring Moses to visit her one last time before the old dog passes on. Gary is reluctant, but Troy thinks it’s an excellent idea. They could even travel together in Gary’s bus. Along the way, Gary takes a detour to visit Troy’s ex-girlfriend, Grace. Gary might not know how to fix things with his wife, but he knows he doesn’t want Troy to make the same mistakes he did.

 

Although Moses is just a dog, he’s very observant. It doesn’t take long for him to figure out they are going on to see Meg. He knows he’s an old dog and that his time is near, but he also knows his family needs his help.

 

Even the Dog Knows is a novel that will take readers on a thousand-mile journey to find forgiveness, understanding, healing, and the meaning of true and lasting love.



My Review

Yes, he's done it again. Author Jason Wright has written a book that hits you straight in the heart and makes you feel all of the feels. With dynamic, flawed characters that come alive, stay with you, and feel like old friends at the end of the book. I seriously had a hard time putting this novel down.


So many themes run through this book that at least one of them will be relatable to all readers. I know many truly touched me, such as forgiving, finally allowing yourself to grieve, letting the past go, and learning to love without any demands. Each character in this book, even the dog Moses, had things to learn, ponder on, and accept. Gary and Meg had been through a lot, especially after the death of their only child, Mallorie. Having raised their grandson Troy as their own, their lives became lost in the everyday shuffle. There was so much regret in their hearts for various reasons.


I loved the road trip on the old baseball bus. The interactions and dialogue in every chapter were humorous at times and brought me to tears in the next chapter. Gary seemed to have a way that drew people around him, even with his gruff exterior. Troy was happy to be back with his family but was unsettled as he tried running away from his past. Moses the dog, just wanted all of his people back together as one big happy family. Meg is searching for healing in her life as her golden years pass by. Every character is searching and finds their own path to healing and peace. Even The Dog Knows is an excellent read that should be read by one and all.



Meet Author Jason F. Wright

JASON F. WRIGHT is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author. He is also the host of the popular podcast Wright Where You Are. He writes an occasional column, which as appeared in over one hundred newspapers, magazines and websites across the United States including the Washington Times, the Northern Virginia Daily, the Chicago Tribune, the Deseret News, Forbes, CNN.com, FoxNews.com and others.

 

Jason grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, but has also lived in Germany, Illinois, Brazil, Oregon, and Utah. In 2007, while researching Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley for a novel, Jason fell so in love with the area that he moved his family to Woodstock. He is married to Kodi Erekson Wright. They have two girls and two boys they love, and two grandchildren they love even more.

 

To invite Jason to your book club, school, church, conference or another event, connect online: jasonfwright.com, facebook.com/jfwbooks, Instagram.com/jasonfwright.

 

You can also reach Jason through a handwritten letter: PO Box 669, Woodstock, VA 22664. He answers—eventually!—every single one.

 

For author interview requests, please contact Callie Hansen at chansen@shadowmountain.com



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Praise for Even The Dog Knows

Praise:

 

“Jason has gone back to his roots. Even the Dog Knows is a compelling relationships story of secrets and second chances, hurt and healing, doubts, and detours. But above all this fast-paced road trip journey is about what matters most—family.” 

—Glenn Beck, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host and Founder TheBlaze.com 

 

"Outstanding and brilliant. This heartfelt story is packed with laughter and tears and takes readers on the road trip of a lifetime, reminding us of the most important things in life. Sure to be an instant classic that cries out for repeated binge reading."

—Rebecca Connolly, author of A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice


"Jason Wright's new masterpiece is an example of how family, love, and friendship can save us in times of great woe and trouble. EVEN THE DOG KNOWS delivers twists and turns within a heartfelt tale that teaches us how to work through our most harrowing times. Here's the quick takeaway—read it!"

—Herb Scribner, Deseret News


"Join a team of relatably flawed characters who will quickly feel like family along this hopeful journey of regret, reconciliation, and the chance to find beauty through grief and love through loss. As readers have come to expect from Jason F. Wright's novels, this latest tale, EVEN THE DOG KNOWS, keeps the curveballs coming until the very end."

—Josette Keelor, The Northern Virginia Daily


"Takes you on a literal road trip of a struggling family who’s dealing with heart-aching loss. Readers will become immersed in the lives of Gary and Meg, their grandson Troy, and their dog Moses who brings healing, second chances, and forgiveness to the family. A delightful and poignant read that will remain with you long after the final page.”

—Heather B. Moore, USA Today bestselling author


"Themes of forgiveness, faith, and grace make Even the Dog Knows a good addition to a robust inspiration-fiction collection."

Booklist


"A series of mishaps and misadventures follows a motley crew as they travel to Gulf Breeze, Florida, aboard a baseball team bus. Meanwhile, in Gulf Breeze, the object of their journey has a few surprises to share which will make the destination meaningful and worthwhile."

Gulf Breeze News



Friday, March 18, 2022

Royal Captive-Fate of Eyrinthia Book 3 By Heather Frost- Blog Tour Review and Book Excerpt

 


BOOK DETAILS

TITLE: Royal Captive (Fate of Eyrinthia #3)

GENRE: YA Fantasy Romance

RELEASE DAY: March 18, 2022



 

 

 

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

https://www.heatherfrost.com/post/royal-captive-blog-tour-schedule

 

 

 

BOOK BLURB:

A DECOY trapped in a dangerous lie

A SERJAH searching for the truth

A PRINCE caught in a deadly game

A WORLD choked by secrets

 

Abducted during a devastating ambush, Clare is now the captive of ruthless mercenaries. Dragged through the wilderness while grieving a heart-rending loss, she must maintain the illusion that she is the princess. Because if she lets the mask slip, even for a moment, the Mortisians will have no reason to keep her alive.

 

After arresting traitors close to the crown, Desfan fights to rebuild his court, knowing that the imminent arrival of the Devendran princess will further upset the precarious balance in Mortise. But Desfan’s world is rocked when he discovers a rumor that rewrites the most devastating event in his life. He will stop at nothing to find the truth–no matter where it leads.

 

As Grayson struggles to find his footing in Mortise, he discovers new friends and enemies. His life is further complicated by the tenuous alliance with his spymaster brother. With secrets deepening around him, Grayson must decide where his loyalties truly lie. Through it all, his heart remains in Ryden with Mia. Unfortunately, his love for her is no secret, and the Black Hand is a coveted weapon . . .

 

Eyrinthia holds its breath as allies and enemies collide. Secrets. Lies. Betrayals. Nothing will be the same.


My Review

 Royal Captive is the third book in the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Every book has been so exciting with a plot that was shocking at every turn. This new book is no different in that aspect. All I can say is, hold onto your hats. I also must warn readers that it is vital to have read the first two books before this new book. There are so many characters from so many lands, and in varied situations, that you would be totally lost. The great thing is that this is a wonderful series so reading all three books is a great enjoyment.


There are so many characters that I have grown to love in this series. As readers understand more about their lives and backgrounds, it's truly hard to only have a few favorites. I still love Clare so much and her fighting spirit. Her bravery and concern for others make her stand out in this series. I also still have a great love for Bennick. Prince Grayson is strong as he's in a new situation and finding his way with new people in a new setting. Oh, how my heart hurts for him. Mia has also stolen a part of my heart with the hard life she's lived. On the other hand, there are so many villains and people hiding in the gray area, that the themes of "Good vs. Evil" are very real in Royal Captive. This book is not for young readers. In fact, the violence has increased in this book, but the stakes are even higher so it makes sense.


There is so much angst in this book it actually made my stomach hurt at times. As for the ending of this book? Call me gobsmacked because I didn't see "that" coming! Why? Well, Author Heather Frost knows how to make us come back for more, and I will be waiting anxiously to see how all of this turns out in book four.


 

 

PURCHASE LINKS:

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09PMHXFB1?ref

Amazon Hardcover: https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Captive-Eyrinthia-Heather-Frost/dp/1734891955/ref

B&N Hardcover: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/royal-captive-heather-frost/1140984740?ean=9781734891959


Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60134000-royal-captive

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Royal Decoy (Fate of Eyrinthia #1) is currently FREE on Kindle during the tour in EVERY marketplace, not just the US. Wahoo!

Grab it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085299HQN

 

***The series is also available on Kindle Unlimited!***

 

Meet Author Heather Frost 


Heather Frost is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Her books have been Whitney Award Finalists and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework. When she's not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com.

 

 

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PRE-ORDER GIFT: THE CAPTAIN AND THE TROUBLEMAKERS


 

Pre-order ROYAL CAPTIVE (Fate of Eyrinthia #3) in any format, then fill out the form below to receive an exclusive short story: The CAPTAIN AND THE TROUBLEMAKERS.

 

About the Story:

When Wilf steps in for Bennick’s father during an important rite of passage at the military academy, he gets more than he bargained for. Eleven-year-old Bennick has a fight to pick with another student—a boy named Venn Grannard . . .

 

The story will be emailed to you after ROYAL CAPTIVE releases on March 18th. Here is the link to the form: https://forms.gle/nDubVYVaB7EPYRfh8

 

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Excerpt FRom Royal Captive

A thickly-built man stepped in front of Clare, blocking her view. His eyes scanned her face, noting the salty tracks left by her tears, the firm set of her jaw. A slow smile spread across his lips, but there was nothing human in his gaze; it was dark and cold. “You really are beautiful, Princess,” he said, his voice a low rumble as he spoke the trade language. “Just like the rumors say.” His fingers moved for her cheek and she jerked back, though there was nowhere to retreat; the man holding her from behind was a solid wall at her back, trapping her.

Callused fingertips ghosted over her skin, the light touch making her shudder.

The man’s grin hiked as he pulled back his hand. “I am Salim. One thing you need to know about me is that I keep my word. If I say I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill you. If I say I’m not going to kill you, then I won’t. Do you understand?”

Clare stared at him, forcing her spine to remain rigid, her knees locked. She would not give him the satisfaction of getting another reaction from her. “Yes,” she managed to say.

“Good. It’s important you know I’m a man of my word.” Salim rocked back on his heels, his hands going to his hips. “Now, we’re going to be traveling quite a distance together. We’ve been offered a great deal of coin, and I’m itching to get paid, so we’ll move light and fast.” He glanced toward Vera, and his mere acknowledgement of her had Clare’s gut dropping. “Is she your maid?”

“Yes.”

“You care about her?”

The tears in her eyes were unwanted, but she couldn’t blink them away. “Yes.”

“All right, no need to get emotional. Now, I mentioned how keen I am to move quickly? Well, if you do anything to slow us down, I will kill your maid. You do anything I don’t like, I’ll kill her. You try to escape? I’ll kill her.”

Clare’s fingers clenched, rolling to fists at her sides. “Threats are unnecessary. You can let her go. I won’t try to escape.”

Salim clicked his tongue. “But I’m sure you’re used to having servants, and I wouldn’t want to make things uncomfortable for you.”

Around them, men snickered, the sound menacing. Fates, there were so many of them.

She tried to ignore them, keeping her gaze focused on Salim. “I promise I’ll do everything you say if you let her go.”

“You know,” the man said, tapping a finger to his bearded chin. “I think you’ll do everything I say if I keep her here.” His head angled to the side as he studied her. “I’ve heard you have defensive training, but I would urge you not to use it. Best not to risk your maid. And I’ll be asking now for any weapons you might have.”

His eyes bit into her, and he wasn’t the only one watching. Waiting. Completely surrounded, Clare knew there was nothing she could do with the blade strapped to her calf. So when the man holding her dropped his arms, she didn’t hesitate to turn it over, still in its sheath.

Salim passed it to one of his men, and then he lifted a dark eyebrow. “Is that all?”

Clare nodded, though her heart pounded and the silver bracelet on her wrist burned. The hidden garrote was an exact copy of a bracelet Serene had; Bennick had given it to her, and it could prove useful later. She would not give it up.

Salim, it seemed, was not a man who trusted easily. He looked to the man standing behind her. “Search her.”

Large hands brushed over her, and it took every bit of restraint Clare had not to strike out at him. His palms swept over her arms, waist, hips, and dragged down each leg. Her entire body trembled from fear, revulsion, and anger. When his fingertips strayed over her bracelet, she fought to keep her body from tensing. Especially when he hesitated, looking to Salim.

He merely shrugged. “Let her keep her pretty things for now.” His smile turned mocking. “I would hate to upset a princess.”

The man’s search continued, and he dipped a hand into her pockets.

Clare stiffened when he drew out the small tin soldier she always kept with her. It was dented, the blue paint scratched. Mark, her youngest brother, had given it to her when she left home, to protect her. Her heart ached to see a Mortisian criminal hold something so precious.

“An odd thing for a princess to carry.” Salim held out a hand, and Clare took an involuntary step forward as the toy soldier was dropped into his palm.

One of his men grabbed Clare’s shoulder, halting her.

Salim grinned, inspecting the tin soldier. “Interesting. A battered children’s toy is worth more to you than your dagger, or even that fancy silver bracelet.” He stepped forward, and Clare tensed as he leaned in until their noses almost touched. “I won’t kill you, Princess. I wasn’t hired to do that. But there are ways I can punish you, if you defy me.” Clare felt him slip the tin soldier back into her pocket, and it took all her willpower not to shiver as his head shifted, placing his mouth at her ear. His breath was hot and foul against her skin. “Never forget—I hold everything. You have nothing.”

He drew back, the corner of his mouth twitching. “Take a moment to see to your needs. You’ll forgive me, but I think we’ll bind your hands afterward, just to be safe. Then we’ll be on our way. We’re riding through the night.” He glanced over the group at large. “Lay your best trails to deceive any followers.”

Men nodded, and some immediately broke away—tending to horses, or digging out some food to eat. The clearing was suddenly bustling, and Clare felt the moment the man behind her moved away. Salim watched her, as if waiting for her to realize that even if she wasn’t being physically held, she was still their prisoner.

Clare stared at him, attempting to crush her rising panic. These despicable men would kill her and Vera the moment they realized she wasn’t the princess. All the lessons in etiquette, dancing, how to hold a teacup—none of those things had prepared her to be Serene’s decoy here. She was surrounded by enemies, trapped in a hostile kingdom, and Bennick was not coming for her. The thought was a knife in her chest, and she knew if she did not have Vera to take care of, his death would have crippled her. She had just lost Eliot. Her brother’s death had broken something inside of her, but Bennick . . . She wanted to sink into her grief, but she couldn’t. For Vera’s sake, she needed to bury her emotions. She needed to become Serene completely. The cool, untouchable version of the princess that Clare had first known.

It was the only way to survive.

She straightened her shoulders and lifted her chin, adopting the now-familiar mannerisms like they were a shield—a weapon. “Where are you taking me?” She was prepared for him to threaten her or refuse to answer. She was not prepared for the amusement that crossed his face.

“I’m taking you to the man who bought you, Princess,” Salim said with a smile. “I’m afraid he wants to kill you himself.”