Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Inspirational Authors

Four reasons for you to check out Dakota Douglas' Blog today:

1) It's about Authors.

2) They're being Interviewed.

3) These authors discuss what Inspired them to write their newest        

4) Oh, and one of the interviews is about Me.

I think that covers it. Click the link below to read my inspirational tale of being inspired.

Inspiration is a Click Away!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Study in Steel

4/5 Stars

The world has changed. Humans are a thing of the past. They began surgically implanting technology into their bodies becoming more and more like cyborgs than humans until the world came to war. Humans were wiped out and human-like creations took their place. These cyborgs feel desire, a need to work and be productive members of society, holding a semblance of human ideals and purpose, though they are also flawed. There are addicts struggling to over come the need for their next hit, hoping they don't shut down in the nearest ditch, becoming spare parts. Outlaws hide human contraband from the moderators who deal out extreme punishment for all things human. And then, there are those who can't stop the growing feeling that their tech is malfunctioning, being unable to feel satisfied with their jobs like all those around them. 

Vera and her team have their own job to do; find a piece of ancient tech. Their client wants the job done discreetly and her team know how to do that best. Just as the job seems a success, the team is blindsided by the unexpected. A team member decides their troubles are out of his league and quits, their boot drive team member gets unexpectedly wiped of its memory, and Vera, their leader has the uncontrollable need to find out what went wrong.

A Study in Steel is a great futuristic action story. The team has great chemistry and their world is unique and interesting to read about. I couldn't put the story down. The book was a little too clean cut, events working out just in time, the team always has a way out, but still a very enjoyable read.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Let's Get Pinteresting

Hey guys! 

I would love to hang out and share ideas on Pinterest,
You can check out my current DIY projects and check out my favorite books.
Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Daniel the Draw-er

5/5 Stars

Daniel is a draw-er. Or at least according to his sisters dense, and a bit rough, boyfriend he is. Daniel prefers the term artist, but he's not about to set the record straight. His arm is too sore and sure to fall off from all the "buddy" punches he receives on a regular basis. Daniel keeps his head down and uses stealth mode (Armadillo!) to stay out of his sister's boyfriends way.

Daniel also has one friend, Annie, and that's all he believes he needs. His mom pressures him to make new friends, everyday asking if he made any new ones at school that day, but Daniel already has one so why find another? (Moms, they're so demanding)

On one particularly fateful day, Daniel was drawing his newest creation, (A cat with a jet pack! Awesome!) when his pencil breaks. In a world of pens and computer animation Daniel has trouble finding a replacement for his broken pencil. Pushed to extreme measures, he goes to the attic.

In that place of abandonment and restriction (you open one or two mint condition toys up there from your dads old toy box and you're banned from the attic forever) Daniel finds a pencil lovingly wrapped and packed away in the safety of a wooden box and takes it to finish his drawing. What could go wrong?

With this pencil, Daniel finds his drawings come to life! He draws all the things he ever wanted and best of all he has his best friend Annie to share it with. Though, he doesn't seem to share as well as he thinks he does. With great power comes great responsibility and when Daniel comes too close to losing his best and only friend he struggles to find a way to fix what damage has been done.

Daniel the Draw-er is a great young readers book. It's a short read making it perfect for beginning readers with an exciting and imaginative story. I read it straight through and I know my nephew will too. Lots of good lessons, sharing, acceptance, how to help a friend in case of bullying. Written from Daniel's perspective, every reader can follow his story on a first hand account and learn from his mistakes. It's great to have one best friend, but it's even better to have more.

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