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Saturday, May 8, 2021
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*A Delightful And Haunting Tale*
I really enjoyed this story story. It offered a lot in only a few pages - mystery, paranormal intrigue, and emotion. There was nothing predictable about, and I thought about the characters long after I read it. Without giving anything away, I struggled between wanting to know more and being thankful I knew less. LOL
If you love supernatural sci-fi books, you will want to pick this one up. You won't be disappointed!
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Friday, May 7, 2021
A NOVEL IN THREE ACTS
Released and published by Lucid House Publishing, this book is available worldwide in paperback and ebook!
In the colorful artistic underworld off-Broadway, Cammie, a dancer in her mid-thirties, has just landed her first part in a show since coming to New York City. Yet the tug of familial obligation and the guilt of what she sacrificed to be there weigh down her dancing feet. Her lover, Tom, an older piano player, came to the city as a young man in the 1980s with a story eerily in tune with Cammie's own. Through their triumphs and failures, both learn the fleeting nature of glory, the sweetness of new love, and how a dream come true isn't cherished until it passes. The bright lights of the stage intoxicate, while degradation and despair lurk close behind the curtain. Their sagas are marred by two pandemics, AIDS in the 1980s and COVID-19 today, which ravaged the performing arts community, leaving a permanent scar on those who lived through them. The poignant intersection of their stories reveals a love affair unbound by time, reaching across decades through the notes of a piano's remembered song.
This remarkable literary novel is the first to address the devastating impact that the pandemic has had on New York City’s performing artists. In this compelling work, Gregory Erich Phillips, an award-winning author, addresses timely topics such as racial prejudice and prejudice against the LGBT community, interracial romance, drug and alcohol addiction, depression, along with classic struggles like sibling rivalry and family drama.
From a prolific literary family, Gregory Erich Phillips tells aspirational stories through strong, relatable characters that transcend time and place. His debut novel, Love of Finished Years, won the grand prize in the prestigious Chanticleer Reviews International Writing Competition. His second novel, The Exile, won first prize in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. Gregory is also an accomplished dancer and musician who has performed on stages in New York City, San Francisco and in Seattle, Washington, where he lives.
The First Friday In May:
NATIONAL SPACE DAY
It's National Space Day - a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the brave, intelligent, and determined men and women who made it possible for our species to go from terrestrial beings to extra-terrestrial ones. This is a time to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in our young so that they can continue the work of the pioneers. I, personally, find this to be more exciting since we now have a Space Force.
I've always been fascinated by space and history. Futurism is intriguing, as well, though incredibly subjective LOL As I enjoy this observance, I encourage my fellow bibliophiles to check out the following books - they are the stories of people much smart than I, for sure!
Thursday, May 6, 2021
A Collection Of Short Stories To Entertain Throughout The Year
Four couples. Four seasons. A lifetime of love.
Still in mourning three years after her husband’s death, Caroline Ballard’s solitary life in rural Kentucky is disrupted by a broken water line, of all things. As if the lack of running water wasn’t bad enough, her immediate attraction to plumbing contractor Rick Spencer unearths emotions long thought buried. Opening her heart to love for a second time, a malicious lie told by his ex-wife threatens to end the budding relationship before it begins.
Having adopted her four-year-old daughter, Lily, at birth, Taylor Brightman is suspicious when former Marine Sergeant Grant Cutler appears on her Nantucket Island doorstep claiming to be the girl’s biological father. Wary of his motives, his good looks and charming personality win her over, but can she trust that she won’t lose custody along with her heart?Aspens in Autumn
Ramsey Fiorentino is having a bad day. On the run for her life after witnessing a murder, she’s being pursued by none other than Bishop Hamilton, a private investigator hired by the person who committed the crime. When he catches up to her and the truth comes out, they flee to the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona to hide, but it’s only a matter of time before their newfound romance is tested in the wake of a deadly confrontation.
Snowflakes in Winter
When New Hampshire State Trooper Alex Ballard becomes stranded during a blizzard in the middle of the night, he seeks refuge at a local bed and breakfast, surprised to discover the owner, Chloe Mancuso, is the sole occupant. A passionate night spent in each other’s arms ignites feelings neither thought possible, but there’s someone else with his eye on Chloe and he’s not willing to share.
PRAISE FOR SEASONS OF LOVE:
"...each story is drastically different from the others. I enjoyed how each season also had you feeling their pain and/or adventure."