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Book Review: Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer

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Title: Remember to Forget
Author: Ashley Royer
Publisher: Blink YABooks
On Sale Date: April 5, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-310-75171-7

Synopsis: 

In Remember to Forget from Watty Award-winning author Ashley Royer, Levi has refused to speak since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, and can’t seem to come out of his depression and hindering self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to America seems completely daunting, Levi passively accepts his fate, but once he lands faces personal struggles and self-doubt at the same time he and his dad battle through resentment and misunderstanding. And then, while at therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.’

About Author:

Ashley Royer attends high school at a public school north of Boston, Massachusetts.  She began writing on an online social media platform when she was thirteen, and her uploaded stories currently have over thirty million combined reads.  When Ashley is not writing or in school, you can find her working at a retirement community or making videos on her personal YouTube channel, callmeashely98.

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Book Review: The Road Home by Kathleen Shoops

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Title: The Road Home
Author: Kathleen Shoop
Published: June, 2015

Find your way home…

1891—Living separately for three years, fourteen-year-old twins, Katherine and Tommy Arthur, have done their best to make each boarding house feel like home. But unrest grows as they are driven to questionable actions just to survive. Meanwhile their desperate mother is confronted with breaking yet another promise to her children. Then a miracle descends. Hope rises on a cold, rainy night and changes everything. If Jeanie could just get word to Katherine and Tommy, she knows she can set their lives right again. Agitators, angels, and dangerous “saviors” illuminate the Arthurs’ unmatched determination and smarts.

1905—Though she tries to forget the awful years that hurt so much, the memories still haunt Katherine. Now, tearful mourners at her mother’s funeral force her to revisit a time in her life that both harmed and saved her in the most unexpected ways. Tommy grieves his mother’s passing as well. He too is thrust backward, compelled to rediscover the events in his life that shaped the man he has become. Will he commit to reconstructing his broken life? The Arthurs come to understand that forgiveness is the only way back to hope, the only way to find all that was good in the misfortune that transformed their lives forever.

About the Author:

I have a PhD in Reading Education and have worked in schools for over twenty years. I work with teachers and their students in grades k-8 and am lucky to learn something new from them every time I walk through their doors. This experience was a huge help in writing LOVE AND OTHER SUBJECTS–a quirky, post-college coming of age story with a splash of fun romance.

My first novel, The Last Letter (2011 IPPY Gold Medal–Regional Fiction, Midwest, 2011 Indie Excellence Finalist Award for Historical Fiction and Regional Fiction, 2011 International Book Awards Finalist for Historical Fiction and Best New Fiction), was a fascinating trip through history, punctuated with fictional characters and events. The idea for the story grew from my great-great grandmother’s letters (see My Dear Frank for the complete set of letters!) written during the year of her engagement to Frank Arthur. The beautiful letters are the inspiration for the novel, the seed from which The Last Letter’s characters and their voices grew.

I’ve also written women’s fiction–LOVE AND OTHER SUBJECTS– and have written another historical fiction novel, AFTER THE FOG, set in 1948 in Donora, PA. AFTER THE FOG is also an award winning book–A finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, a silver IPPY and WINNER in the literary category of the National Indie Excellence Awards.

I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again and Return to Love (Endless Love series) Thank you so much for the time you take to read.

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Book Review: Rooville by Julie Long

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Title: Rooville
Author: Julie Long
Publisher: SparkPress
Pub Date: September 2015
IBSN: 978-1-940716-60-2

Synopsis from the back cover:
A New Age twist on the age-old question: Can you ever go home again?

TV weatherman Owen Martin is relieved to leave Southern California- the monotonous, mild climate; the hip, holistic trends-and head home to Iowa, back to the four seasons and the simple life he knew before his father died.  But he can’t predict the atmospheric pressure awaiting him: The town his family founded has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and all things alternative.  There are mass meditations and dosha discussions, a vegan cafe has replaced the burger joint, and all the doors now face east.  Far worse, however, is what the meditation mayor has planned for the Martin family’s farm.

In a Town dived between “Regular” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is sure where he stands-until he falls for levitator.  Before he knows it, he’s caught in a veritable tornado of midwesternness vs. mindfulness.  Can he save the farm, get the girl, and reunite the town?  Maybe…if he’s willing to forecast a change in the weather.

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