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Lakota Honor – PROMO Blitz
By Kat Flannery
Historical/Paranormal/Western Romance
Date Published: 5/30/2013

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Fate has brought them together, but will a promise tear them apart?
In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin—crazy women. What she doesn’t know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.
Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
EXCERPT
Colorado Mountains, 1880

The blade slicing his throat made no sound, but the dead body hitting the ground did. With no time to stop, he hurried through the dark tunnel until he reached the ladder leading out of the shaft.

 He’d been two hundred feet below ground for ten days, with no food and little water. Weak and woozy, he stared up the ladder. He’d have to climb it and it wasn’t going to be easy. He wiped the bloody blade on his torn pants and placed it between his teeth. Scraped knuckles and unwashed hands gripped the wooden rung.

The earth swayed. He closed his eyes and forced the spinning in his head to cease. One thin bronzed leg lifted and came down wobbly. He waited until his leg stopped shaking before he climbed another rung. Each step caused pain, but was paired with determination. He made it to the top faster than he’d thought he would. The sky was black and the air was cool, but fresh. Thank goodness it was fresh.

 He took two long breaths before he emerged from the hole. The smell from below ground still lingered in his nostrils; unwashed bodies, feces and mangy rats. His stomach pitched. He tugged at the rope around his hands. There had been no time to chew the thick bands around his wrists when he’d planned his escape. It was better to run than crawl, and he chewed through the strips that bound his feet instead. There would be time to free his wrists later.

He pressed his body against the mountain and inched toward the shack. He frowned. A guard stood at the entrance to where they were. The blade from the knife pinched his lip, cutting the thin skin and he tasted blood. He needed to get in there. He needed to say goodbye. He needed to make a promise.

 The tower bell rang mercilessly. There was no time left. He pushed away from the rocky wall, dropped the knife from his mouth into his bound hands, aimed and threw it. The dagger dug into the man’s chest. He ran over, pulled the blade from the guard and quickly slid it across his throat. The guard bled out in seconds.

He tapped the barred window on the north side of the dilapidated shack. The time seemed to stretch. He glanced at the large house not fifty yards from where he stood. He would come back, and he would kill the bastard inside.
He tapped again, harder this time, and heard the weak steps of those like him shuffling from inside. The window slid open, and a small hand slipped out.

“Toksha ake—I shall see you again,” he whispered in Lakota.

The hand squeezed his once, twice and on the third time held tight before it let go and disappeared inside the room.

A tear slipped from his dark eyes, and his hand, still on the window sill, balled into a fist. He swallowed past the sob and felt the burn in his throat. His chest ached for what he was leaving behind. He would survive, and he would return.

Men shouted to his right, and he crouched down low. He took one last look around and fled into the cover of the forest.
About the Author
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Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She’s been published in numerous periodicals. Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been on Amazon’s Bestsellers list many times and was #62 over all their titles. LAKOTA HONOR and HAZARDOUS UNIONS are Kat’s other two books and both have made bestseller lists. Kat is currently hard at work on her next book.

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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – my review

Overview (via Goodreads):
In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life — the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.


Details:
152 pages
First published in 1922

Author’s page in Goodreads:
Hermann Hesse

My opinion:

I read this book some years ago in the beginning of my own spiritual discovery. Before started reading it I expected something completely different. Some people I met at that time were always saying I should read it and it made me feel interested and curious.
 
This book traces Siddhartha’s journey for enlightenment; a story of a soul’s quest to get rid of his ego. I think this is a book that everyone can read, not only people interested in religion or in a spiritual quest. Have an open mind and don’t expect anything. 
 
Don’t expect this to be an easy to read romance.
 
Siddhartha is a rare book. It plants a seed deep in your heart and it grows inside your soul. I want to read it again because I think I’ll have a different understanding about what it says.
 
The writing is incredible, lyrical. I have to be honest and say that I got confused in certain bits and had to read it a second or third time. However, it doesn’t make it less beautiful or less interesting.
 
Many people have a bad opinion about this book. Like everything, some people will like it and some people will hate it. Some people will be disappointed, other people, like me, will be happily surprised and have a great experience while reading it.
 
The author is a teacher. I read one other book he wrote; there’s a specific one I really want to read. The second book I read was what I needed to be sure I want to read more of this author. His words reach my heart and unlock it. For me, he is a spiritual guide, but not all people have to read his books having the same perspective as I do.
My rating:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – my review

Overview (via Goodreads):

HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH. It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES




Product details:
Pages554
Published September 8th 2007 by Black Swan
(first published March 14th 2006)
ISBN 0552773891 (ISBN13: 9780552773898)
Edition language English

My opinion:

Since I’ve first heard about this book that I had doubts about what I would think about it. I read some books about the Nazi Germany and I liked most of them, but the stories start to be pretty similar. Nevertheless, I always felt curious about this story.
This story is narrated by death. It’s the story of a German girl named Liesel who grows up during World War II. We read about her life with her new foster parents. Papa teaches her to read and calms her down when she has nightmares. Mama does the laundry for rich people in town, and she swears a lot but she has a big heart. The girl becomes friends with Rudy, her neighbor, a boy with “hair of color of lemons”. She goes to school with him and they have some adventures together. He also helps her the best he can. 
Later in the book she also makes a new friend: a Jew named Max, one of my favorite characters. He gives Liesel the perfect gift with the few things he has.
There are several interesting characters in the story, but I’ll not write about them all because I don’t want to ruin it for you. Every character is really well built and they could be real.
Death, who is trying to understand the human race, narrates the story with insightful observations and dry humor, which made me smile. Death is a strong character, imaginary but so real at the same time because of what this characters feels: the emotions, the sensations, the thoughts.
Zusak is a brilliant writer. He makes the reader think about compassion, family, war and atrocities. He wrote the perfect words for every sentence, for every chapter, for every scene, and the reader has to let the imagination go wild.
It’s a book with a slow development. It was a slow reading, but not painful. It was slow because it tells the reader the details, but it’s not boring. The descriptions are amazing, you can almost feel it as real.
Liesel is adorable. She is a strong little girl who lives in one of the most tragic moments of our history. Although she may seem fragile, she has already been through some painful moments, and she’ll have to deal with more during the story we read. She can always find a way of fighting.
After reading so many book about the Holocaust and the Nazis, sometimes it’s hard for me to read about those times again. Weather the story is original or not, it always has a little but of the same old details.
One of the reasons I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because sometimes I had the feeling I was reading a collection of short stories and not a whole novel. Another reason is I didn’t feel attached to this book like I felt for others, which I wanted to read without stopping. The book is brilliant, the story, the way it’s written… I just felt something was missing.
 
My rating:

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin – My review

Note: I received from the author a free e-book copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. Here it is.

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When news of Wilde’s conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. It is a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.


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My opinion:

One can survive everything nowadays,
except death, and live down everything
except a good reputation.” Oscar Wilde
 
And after this quote, the story starts.
I started reading it last night, about 1 am, and I couldn’t stop reading it until my eyes were hurting because I was too tired and sleepy. Today after lunch I opened it again and couldn’t stop until I was finished. I read it in less than 24 hours, which is a record for me when reading a digital book, but I just couldn’t stop.  I needed to know what was going to happen next. 

I think Oscar Wilde’s quotes we read along the book, in the beginning of each chapter, were really well chosen,  perfect really.
 
Telling a story about a time in the past, we can read about prejudice and reputation, hate and love, friendship and love; but this book doesn’t only talk about the past: we can read about issues that still happen and matter nowadays. 
It’s a book that makes the reader think about all the stereotypes created by society. Sometimes, even without noticing it, the reader is encouraged and challenged to think about his or hers own ideas of right and wrong, good and bad.
The writing is marvelous. I love the descriptions of the environment that surrounds the characters and the way we get to know them. The writing is easy to read, and at the same time makes us feel interested.
The characters are really well developed. You can identify with some aspects of the characters, you can see people you know in the characters. They could be your neighbors, the people you see on the streets, the people on the bus, because they are so real.
Some of the characters, with their ideas and comments, really annoyed me… and that’s good! It means the book touched me, moved me inside.
I read this book in the computer, and I was kind of afraid because I’m used to read paperbacks and I thought the reading would be slow and difficult (not because of the book; the book seemed really interesting to me from the beginning. But because I had to make an effort to read it on the computer). But once I started reading it, I hardly could stop.
 
The main character is Mildred, a woman with masculine appearance, who isn’t pretty and is a target of people’s gossips. She lives with Edra, her beautiful an feminine cousin, with who she has a special relationship.
 
As a person, but also as a nurse, there was something that touched me in the beginning of the book, when we read about Charley for the first time. What he said about his wife, that he didn’t want her to be in peace, he only wanted her to be there with him again, like before, like always… I hear people saying this. Death is a difficult thing to deal with. And what he did with his wife’s body, it can happen. It’s sad, I know; maybe even wrong, I don’t want to put this in those terms but everyone has the right to think that way. But we read about it in the newspaper (I can perfectly remember it happening once or twice not long ago here in Portugal).
 
There’s something about Edra’s past (you have to read the book to know what it is) that made me feel angry. It’s something that still happens a lot nowadays and something that every woman is afraid of. What happened to her had a big impact in her relationships, as we can read in the book and understand by the way her character was built. I could write lots of things about this, but I don’t want to. I want you to think about it if you read the book.
 
Max Dunlap and the way he sees Mildred’s and Edra’s relationship is a really amazing detail to the story: just the way a father (or a mother) who is a bit alert to his daughter’s would think.
 
And all the gossips around everything, isn’t it real too? We can see how everything starts, how people in the book are sometimes anxious to start talking, to judge other people, and how it can mess with someone else’s life.
 
Also Mildred’s plan that included Charley and then the way their relationship develop, as well as the relationship with Edra and Charley is quite interesting and I think it was a really good idea considering the time the story takes place.  Charley isn’t the man Mildred thinks he his and the plan goes wrong. Edra’s attitude towards him, rushing him to leave on his first visit to their house, is the attitude some of us would have if we were in her place. Charley’s doubts and thought and actions towards Mildred’s silence are also very real and I felt kind of pity for him. But Edra starts to understand Charley is a friend and as she starts to free herself from her insecurities about him, we can understand a growing friendship between Edra, Mildred and Charley.
 
There are lots of things this book talks about that I could write about here, some other characters I could talk about, but I’m not going to. These are some of the things that caught my attention most of the time, the characters I liked the most, and that’s why I decided to be more specific about them.  Also Oscar Wilde’s story line is also very interesting, as well as what the characters of the book thought about what happened to him. This is a book that can describe society really well, not only the society of the past but also the society of nowadays.
 
I loved the ending. I had that feeling of “everything turned out well”.
 
I don’t know if everything I wrote can express the real ideas of the author when she wrote the story. This is a result of my own meditation about each chapter of the book.
I can’t tell you much more, or I’ll ruin the story. You should read it!
For me, it’s a book that I know I’ll read again.
 
I don’t know if all of you will agree with what I think about the book. The truth is that this book talks about subjects that interest me, issues that should be target of reflection and meditation, and this is why I think it is so perfect. It talks about subjects that really matter. A book that made me feel so many emotions in so little time has to be really good.
I have to congratulate the author, Paulette. Thank you for emailing me and giving me the experience of reading this book.

Okay, I’m going to stop writing about the book now… This review is for sure one of the longest ones I wrote. I felt that I had to be really specific on my opinion about this book (and to be honest I took some notes while reading it so I wouldn’t forget to write about everything I wanted), and apparently I got carried away. But I can’t change anything I wrote, so… I’ll post it the way it is.

My rating:
 
 
 
 
 
About Paulette Mahurin, the author (from Goodreads)
 
Paulette Mahurin is a nurse practitioner, specializing in women’s health in a rural clinic in where she lives with her husband and two rescued dogs. She also taught in several college level nursing programs, including UCLA, where she had a Master’s Degree in Nursing from their nurse practitioner program. Her two passions are writing and rescuing dogs.While in college she wrote and published two award winning non-fiction short stories. 
 
All profits from her book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Center, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA.
 
Buy a book. Save a life.
 
 
All Profits Go To Animal Rescue: The first and only no kill animal shelter in Ventura County, CA. where the author lives, Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center.
 
PRESS ARTICLE: VC STAR Sept. 9, 2012 Sunday Life Section: click here to read it.
 

Little Bee by Chris Cleave – my review

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Overview (from Barnes & Noble)
 
WE DON’T WANT TO TELL YOU TOO MUCH ABOUT THIS BOOK.
It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it.
Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this:
It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific.
The story starts there, but the book doesn’t.
And it’s what happens afterward that is most important.
Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don’t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.
 
Product Details (From Barnes & Noble)
  • ISBN-13: 9781416589648
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)
 
 

My opinion:

I completely agree with the Barnes & Noble overview. The best thing to do is not to tell too much about this book. It can ruin it’s magic.
I really want to tell everyone about it. I read it last year, during the 2011 summer, and I still feel that excitement I felt when I finished reading.
It’s amazingly beautiful. One of those books that I love so much that can move the readers emotions, making cry, laugh, feel sorry, worry… You almost feel the characters (especially the main character, in this particular book) are real.
In my opinion, Little Bee is one of the best books I’ve read.
I highly recommend it. When someone asks me about a good book to read, I often tell people about this one, and all I hear when they finish it is that it was a good choice.
The writing is easy, fluid.
If you didn’t read it, then do.
I can’t tell you more.
My rating
(and I think that this is the first time I give):