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The Burning Sky–A Goodreads Review

The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Iolanthe just wants to ensure her guardian, a drug addict, keeps his post when she calls lightning down, alerting the Bane’s minions to her presence as the Elemental Wizard destine to bring down the Bane, making her public enemy number one in Atlantis and the Domain.

Luckily, Prince Titus’s mom warned him about Iolanthe in the prophesies she kept before her death, so when Titus sees the lightning, he charges to the rescue on a magical steed. He gets to Iolanthe seconds before the minions arrive, and the game is afoot. The two flee to Victorian England, where they must rely on deception and their wits to evade plot after plot. At one point, even the Prince’s allies attempt to kill Iolanthe. Will the intrepid pair fall in love? Defeat the Bane? Or be captured by his Inquisitor and her minions?

Prince Titus is dedicated to protecting both Iolanthe and his Domain, but he pretends to be callow and stuck-on-himself while Iolanthe is talented, resourceful and incredibly stubborn, which creates many delightful bits of banter as she wants no part of the Prince’s suicidal plans to take down the tyrant.

The humor, the historic details, the magical world and the awesome characters you can root for make this story a page-turner. I seriously can’t wait to read the next novel in this series, or any of Sherry Thomas’ books. Wow can this author write.

If you like fantasies with romance and humor, I bet you’ll love this book.

I purchased and listened to this digital download offering from Audible. Then I bought the paperback version–that’s how much I like this story.

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Peonies

Every June I look forward to my peonies blooming. My grandmother had a pink tree peony, so I planted one in my garden. Every year when it blooms I think of her.

To honor Grandma and peonies, I’d like to share thirteen facts I’ve researched.

  1. Peony flowers can be 10 inches in diameter.

2. When Marco Polo saw peonies in China, he’s said to have described them as, “roses as big as cabbages.”

3. When they open, the huge blossoms can be so heavy that they cause their stems to droop over, so most gardeners use ring-cage supports.

4. If you grow peonies, it’s likely you’ve noticed that ants crawl all over the buds. Gardeners have theorized that peonies need the ants to open. Although scientists might disagree with that, they do note that the buds produce a nectar that attract ants.

5. Gardening websites observe that the ants help the peonies by attacking and/or devouring other insects that could harm the peony and that once the peony blossoms open the number of ants crawling on them decrease. That said one website recommended gently shaking the blooms before bringing them into the house.

6. According to several sources, peonies symbolize happy marriages and good luck in China.

7. Perhaps because this symbolism or perhaps because of their sheer beauty, peonies are popular wedding flowers.

8. Probably the most common color for peonies is pink, but they come in hue except for blue.

9. When I moved into my current home, the peonies under the elms were just green-leaved bushes. After a couple of years of them not blooming, I decided to move them to the sunny rose garden and discovered that even three feet down I hadn’t found the end of their roots. I was surprised, yet if I’d done research at the time, I’d have learned peony roots can be six to eight feet in length.

10. I moved the peonies because I’d learned that they don’t bloom well in the shade.

11. They need full sun to thrive, so it’s important to consider how close they are to developing trees when you plant them.

12. Another surprising fact about peonies is that they can live for hundred years.

13. And once you’ve picked them, their blossoms, usually last about five days.

Peonies are one of my favorite flowers partly because of Grandma and partly because of their huge and lovely blooms. Just when I think I’m growing my favorites, another peony variety catches my eye. Do you like peonies? What’s your favorite color?

 

Sources

English, Micaela. “12 Facts Every Peony Enthusiast Needs to Know.” Town & Country, Town & Country, 7 Oct. 2017, www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/news/g1236/12-peony-facts/.

Noelle, et al. “Flower Garden: Little Known Facts About Peonies.” Birds and Blooms, 13 June 2014, www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/flower-garden-little-known-facts-peonies/.

Paula, et al. “Growing Tips for Peonies.” Birds and Blooms, 24 Nov. 2011, www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/growing-tips-for-peonies/.

“Peony Facts.” Math, www.softschools.com/facts/plants/peony_facts/2152/.

OTHER THAN is a Double Finalist in the 2018 Prism Contest

 

I’m thrilled to announce that Other Than is a double finalist in the 2018 Prism Contest.

This means a lot to me. I’ve many close sisters and friends in the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers, and without their support, I wouldn’t have published.

Congratulations to the other finalists.

2018 PRISM Finalists

 

The Chalk Man–A Goodreads Review

The Chalk ManThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Eddie “Munster” Adams’ dad often warned him not to assume things, and the author means for readers to take this to heart—one of the reasons this book is such a fun read. Its plot surprises again and again.

The story’s a lot like Stand by Me in that it features a group of 12-year-old friends: Eddie, Hoppo, Nicky, Fat Gav, and Metal Mickey and a series of macabre events—two freak accidents, a beating as well as an ax murder Stephan King might have penned. The chalk men symbols that the friends invented lead to the body. And guess what? The victim’s head is missing. (Not to be found until the very last pages in the tale in what is yet another well-plotted twist.)

The murder and the investigations haunt the group of friends and the town of Anderbury. Eddie is at the center of all. He’s never put the events of his twelfth summer, when the ax murder occurred, and now, in midlife Eddie’s a single teacher who nurses a drinking problem and still lives in his family’s home.
The story alternates between 1986 and the present, but in both timestreams the quirky characters and the sinister mysteries held my attention.

If you like whodunnits, as well as story twists, this novel will definitely be worth your time.

Just so you know-I borrowed this book from my local library.

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