Welcome Fellow Book Dragons

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. G.K. Chesterton

My name is Drakon T. Longwitten. This is my introduction to you, fellow Book Dragons. Like myself, you may also devour books. I will have a Gem each day, a different facet, a bit of a menu if you will, to help you plan your next literary feast, the next Gem in your Treasure Chest.

Because we Dragons lead such busy lives, damsels to capture, knights to roast, villages to terrify….I am going to give the days of the week monikers, then you can follow at your leisure, perhaps while picking a well roasted highwayman from your canines.

We will also have giveaways and contests on my Facebook page, Tales From The Book Dragon.

Mystery Monday: Dedicated to Mysteries, Thrillers, Suspense

Tea Time Tuesday: Dedicated to Cozies, Light Romance, Comfort

Whimsical Wednesday: Dedicated to Oddities, Journals, Art, Music

Throwback Thursday: Dedicated to History, Classics, Memoir

Freakish Friday: Dedicated to the Macabre, Monsters, Magic

Saturdays Child: Dedicated to Faery Tales,Creatures, Pretend

Sacred Sunday: Dedicated to Our Creator, Faith, Hope, Charity

I hope this brief missive has peaked your interest. I hope you drop by at least once a week or more. The best Authors will be here. . .I will also be opening my Treasure Chest and giving away some of the contents at times.

You can drop me a line and let me know how you like the fare, suggest menus for my feasting or if you are an author (my favorite taste in people) please email me at talesfromthebookdragon@gmail.com

See you soon..until then fly high and fan your flames!

Whimsical Wednesday

5 Flames

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday my Wonderful Wordy Wyverns. Today’s Gem is a Diamond the size of the Ritz with just as many facets and in the light will knock your eyes out. It is all too often envied more than the Sorcerer’s Stone or the Arkenstone of Thrain. Women especially delight over it and men will do everything to capture the woman who has it, killing for it, to bask in it’s glow. It’s curse makes the Hope Diamond look like a mere spell taught by a teacher of The Black Arts to his Hogwart’s First Years. This is “Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls, ” cultured, created and formed exquisitely by Gem Maker Marlene Wagman-Geller.

I was asked a question today. “What would you do if you had a billion dollars?” A week ago, a week before I read this book, I can assure you my answer would have been quite different. Dear Marlene has pulled the, pardon the pun, scales from my eyes. “Women of Means” is a book filled with the stories of the richest royals, heiresses, eccentrics and other ‘poor little rich girls’ in history. Many you know. You have heard their names, bought their products (whether you knew it or not) or watched their lives play out in the evening news. If you are over 40, you have probably salivated, wanting what they had. Let’s do a bit of name dropping here: Gloria Vanderbilt heiress to a fortune, designer of the first designer jeans, and mother to the now famous Anderson Cooper. For the over 50 set, remember Sunny Von Bulow? I love the way she is portrayed as the modern Sleeping Beauty. I had never thought of her that way until now. The Guggenheim Museum? Ah, there is little Peggy Guggenheim, who grows up to discover the famous Jackson Pollock and collect dogs and paintings and lots of men. Let’s try one more. Do you love Downton Abbey? What a silly question, you are my Book Dragons, of course you love Downton Abbey, so you have of course heard of Almina Victoria Marie Alexandra Wombel, dear Julian’s basis for Lady Cora Crawley. What did all these women have in common?

Money, inherited money, the vast sums of which would make most women pass out if they thought about what they could do with it, if they thought about it longer than as a passing fancy. Imagine being born to wearing silk’s, satin’s, lace, only ever leather shoes, fur coats, never cloth, the best of everything. Never ever watching your parents trying to make ends meet. But then perhaps rarely ever seeing your parents at all. These women often knew their nannies, butlers and chauffeurs better than they ever knew their parents. Often shuffled off to boarding schools they often lost touch with grandparents or extended family they might have had a relationship with. Or worse yet, over protective or tight-fisted family who held everyone a slave simply with purse strings instead of balls and chains.

Some of these women tried to marry their way out. One took up such a bohemian lifestyle her parents completely disowned her. One painted portraits of her mother as beheaded. Another was killed by her own offspring when he ran a knife through her heart. One sat on the vast L’Oreal Empire quiet and reserved until her 90th year when all Hell broke loose in a scandal.

In the pages of this book are extravagances beyond imagination and heartaches beyond bearing. Adventures that would have made Jules Verne envious and parties that would have made Paris Hilton at her height weep with joy. Sorrows that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy and tragedies that only Job, himself, would have understood. If you only read one true book this year with stories of real women, doing real things, and sometimes actually thriving, this is it. It’s like walking into a closet in an old manse and finding a pile of famous diaries. You will be sorry if you don’t. I guarantee it. It’s currently available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N8G5XN1/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 If you have that person on your gift list who loves steamy romance novels, hot gossip, can’t get enough of day time talk shows or Hollywood News…this is the book for them! And check out Marlene Wagman-Geller’s other titles. I know I’m going to!
Remember, there is still time to get in on the November Facebook Giveaway! Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Tea Time Tuesday

5 Flames

It’s Tea Time Tuesday once again my Mammoth Manuscript Munchers. I hope your day went well. Today’s Gem is the color of Copa d’Oro, Cup of Gold, a beautiful Mexican flower. This Gem is white with a beautiful golden center. It is also the color of cocaine, which so many seem to think will make them gold and all their troubles go away. Hold it in your gloved claw and it is heavy, a cumbersome burden to bare. Do not touch it, it is Death to all who seek it out.

Our Gem Maker is Jeanine Kitchel who has lived in Mexico, built a house and business there at one time. She brings us “Wheels Up: A Novel of Drugs, Cartels and Survival”. Her characters are realistic. They are not over the top, like some cartoonish Hollywood version of Cartel overlords. These people are smart, ruthless and deadly, just like the product they sell. But for the past few decades it has not only been drugs they sell. Drugs can be gotten on the relative cheap, but can only be sold once. They have thought up a new investment, a new game, a game that hurts, a game to the death: Human Trafficking. This game effects us all.

Kitchel’s main character, Layla, has become the head of her family’s cartel, the Culiacan Cartel. The former head, her uncle, El Patron, is in prison for a very long time. His partner, Don Zoyo, has been running things until he named Layla as his successor. Normally a woman would not be named, but Reynoldo, Layla’s brother had been killed while running the cartel and Layla was the only choice. She was a good one. She’d kept the books prior to her promotion. She had a mind like a computer, she was smart, savvy and quick to learn. Her time has come.

One night in Guatemala at Don Guillermo’s Villa she is there with her body guard, Carlos and her Canadian partner, Clay. They are to make the final arrangements for a huge cocaine shipment. Layla makes a terrifying discovery, one she cannot ignore. Human trafficking is going on in a form she cannot ignore. She lets her temper get the better of her and she shows her hand at supper in Guillermo’s Villa. A dangerous move and this is when everything gets rolling. Put on your seat belt, keep your hands inside the ride at all times, this is about to get dangerous.

From this point on the action does not stop. A plane crash, assassination attempts, every cartel everywhere is out to get Layla and her men. I loved this book. Never a dull moment. I never like drug dealers in books. I think Layla is growing on me and it scares me a bit. I do hope Jeanine writes a sequel because there are questions to be answered, bad guys still breathing and relationships still up in the air. There is still a chance for this Cartel Queen to be rehabilitated.

If you are looking for a book to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is it. It is available now on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Wheels-Up-Novel-Cartels-Survival/dp/0692064699/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= and is available in both Kindle and paperback. Get it today.

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble book dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Mystery Monday

5 Flames

Hello my Fellow Book Dragons on this snowy November Evening. A special thank you out there to all our Veteran Book Dragons. Thank you for serving your country so well, for protecting our freedoms, may we never take for granted that we can sit and read in peace because you fought for us, served to keep our peace, that you sometime, somewhere did your bit and for that we thank you. Bless you. In honor of you, our Gem this evening is a beautiful Poppy Red. Look how it sparkles and shines. If you look very closely, it has what at first seems to be a flaw, but in reality seems more to be a bit of magic. See it? It seems to be two figures side by side, trekking, one taller than the other, one on two legs, the other on four. It lights up from the inside. The figures are black in relief. Continue to concentrate and until you can see them (if you are fortunate enough) while I talk about our Gem.

Our Gem Maker is Paula Munier. She has brought us this fine offering of a Veteran MP named Mercy Carr and her deceased fiance’s Bomb Sniffing K-9, Elvis. Mercy’s true love, Sergeant Martinez, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Elvis had developed PTSD and Mercy, herself had been wounded. You can read about how she and Elvis, the Belgian Malinois, found each other in Munier’s first Gem “A Borrowing of BONES”, but you don’t need to read that tale to enjoy this one.

In this tale, Mercy goes looking for Elvis who has gone looking for a wayward arrow in the woods, which she and a friend lost target practicing. What they both find is the body of a woman, shot straight through the heart with an arrow, though not the one Elvis was looking for. The woods is on the estate of a very rich man, Daniel Feinberg. Not only is he a very rich man, he is one of THE richest men in Vermont and beyond.

From there we meet Henry, nine years old, who may or may not have witnessed the murder, Feinberg and his weekend guests, his Game Keeper, Gunnar and a host of others including Game Ward Troy Warner and his own dog Susie Bear, a huge New Foundland with a penchant for finding objects and nine year old boys.

Here is the puzzle for this mystery. Was this a murder? It’s October, it’s hunting season in Vermont. Four million acres of forest. Not only are there licensed responsible hunters out there, poachers abound. The victim had enemies. Enemies she knew, and one’s she didn’t. Where does One start to look? The only thing to do is a blind search.

Blind Search is one of those rare books where you feel you are part of the story. Not easy for a Dragon to do, but she did it. Think Agatha Christie and James Patterson had a love child, and you get Paula Munier. I loved this story. The side characters like Grandma Patience and her friend Lillian are people One knows. In Feinberg’s cast of weekend guests are those you’d sit down and have a cuppa with and those you’d not mind seeing walk off the edge of a cliff. You want to hold that little nestling in your lap and make all the Baddies go away, especially a Detective named Harrington. Who is he? Was it a murder? Who did it? Well you will just have to read the book, now won’t you? And you will want to. I gave this book 5 Flames. It’s on sale now on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NTMV3YR/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Minotaur Books, in exchange for an honest review.

Sacred Sunday

5 Flames

Salutations this Sacred Sunday. Our Gem this evening goes hand in hand with our current season. Amber in color as the colors in Autumn, it shines with a quiet brilliance and is often over looked in the rush of the season. This Gem is the Power of Thanksgiving by Gem Maker Joyce Addo-Atuah.

Her book is not only about giving thanks and being thankful. It is about what having these things as a constant attitude can do for us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. No, this book does not promise a solid gold Cadillac will suddenly appear in your drive way, job offers making millions will come your way or that your children will straighten up and fly right. What this book does tell you are biblical principals and scientific evidence that show what happens when One begins to be grateful for what One has.

Dr. Addo-Atuah has a very common sense approach. By not wallowing in a constant state of the next thing, what I haven’t got, what do I achieve next and so on, and instead, looking around at what I do have, what I have achieved so far, etc. and being grateful for it, we change who we are and how we approach the rest of our lives.

When a bad situation comes our way, let us immediately take stock and be thankful for what we do have. Are our children healthy? Does the car still run? Is there a roof over our head and food in the pantry? Be thankful for these things, this will de-stress us, calm us and allow us to think more clearly. When we show other’s gratitude and thankfulness we show them that there is another way to function in life, other than being stressed out, anxiety ridden and depressed. Does having an attitude of thanksgiving mean we will never be any of those things? No, but it reduces the likelihood we will live there.

And that attitude spreads. If we are more positive, chances are others around us, even if only while in our presence, may be more positive as well. This may very well turn the tide for us. Employers and other powerful people are like anyone else, they like being around people who are positive, who can see the good side of an issue and who also want people who do not seem constantly stressed like they are. So if, because you are positive, you find more opportunities coming your way, this may be why.

There is also a section on why it is important to teach your children this from a young age. It makes a huge difference in their own attitude and opportunities. Not only in school, but in making friends, socializing outside of school and other opportunities. If you or someone you know is struggling with these attitudes, get them this book. If it available now on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/POWER-THANKSGIVING-Contentment-Fulfillment-Well-Being/dp/0960007512/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

It’s even free for a limited time on Kindle Unlimited. Until tomorrow I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday’s Child

4 Flames

Salutations my Serpentine Sisters and Brothers. Welcome to this evening’s Saturday’s Child. This evening’s Gem is not a book, it’s an event. This Gem is mercurial, silvery, slippery, constantly moving. Beautiful, and it seems to have bubbles running through it. Hold it up to your ear and you can hear the sound of children’s laughter one minute, pull it away and watch it cloud over and you hear the sound of a Dementor, toss it back in it’s box and shut the lid, open it again and you hear the ear piercing scream of a mandrake and the thing has turned green. It’s never ending in it’s ability to change. Amazing. There is only one place to find it – Ironton, Ohio. This is WizardFest 2019.

Our Nestling and I and our three Grandnestling’s went today. We had a grand old time. We met Headmaster Dumbledore and Professors McGonagall and Snape. Hermione, Harry, Ron and Fluffy (myself and the middle grandnestling sang him (them?) to sleep) and many more. We each sat under the Sorting Hat and yours truly ended up in Ravenclaw, can you believe it? We met some wonderfully interesting people today besides all the folks from Hogwarts!

The lovely Brookbend Prather (Whispering Wind) who creates Dragons! Yes! Dragons..some of the loveliest renditions of our kind I have ever had the honor to see. So realistic were her works of art that I immediately wanted one to bring home. This woman is amazing. In her other life before she was a Dragon Creator extraordinaire, she was a heroine, but that is her story to tell and not mine. I was honored to meet her.

Next on our WizardFest adventure I met Tale Teller, D. Wayne Harbison, who gifted me a book in exchange for an honest review. You will be seeing his tale “Shadow on the Road Not Taken” in a future column right here! He was such a kind man and you could tell right away, by the magical twinkle in his eye, that he was a story teller! As soon as it was in my claws I could tell this was going to be a good one!

At the “Enchanted Emporium” I saw the loveliest cloaks and pendants. Magic boxes and all things bright and beautiful. I have always wanted a cloak and now I know where to get a really nice one. They are opening a shop in December. The most magical month of the year! How appropriate!

There was also a quaint stall in the market place called “Granny’s”. They sold all kinds of things ..like Witch Lights, and Magical Locks and Keys and Dragon’s Eggs. I, myself, purchased a Dragon’s Egg with a replica baby that looks very like our own little nestling when she was hatched. It lights up inside and is quite beautiful.

There was Butter Beer, for what would life be without it? Broom Makers, those ever so lovely modes of travel for our non-winged friends. Always looks so uncomfortable to me, thank heaven for my wings! Then there was the Hungarian Wand Shop..wands for every hand, head and heart!

Lastly, we popped in a shop for a brief moment. They were doing a bit of lunch called “Tea With Hermione”, I believe it was to look like Professor Unger’s office as it was very pink. It wasn’t quite as Potter-esque as it was Disney, but if you are in the area and have little girls and would love to do a birthday party this would be the place. They are very, very kind. The name of the business is “Fairytales and Wishing Wells”.

This was Ironton’s second year with WizardFest and it was so much fun! I gave it 4 Flames. They are adding things each year. So let’s talk about some technical things. There were lots of vendors. Prices were varied greatly, which was nice. There were lots of restrooms, which was also nice, especially since there were so many families. The Cos-Play folks were in constant motion, walking, willing to do photo ops for free. Ramps were spaced along the sidewalks which was very convenient for those with buggy’s, wheelchairs, etc. The streets were immaculate. Everyone associated with the event was as pleasant as could be.

Things to be improved upon: when I bought tickets I read what was included. And many things were listed. One of those was tea leaf readings. It said, “Included with admission”, however, when we got to that table, tea leaf reading was $20. It was a bit disappointing. They just need to be a bit clearer about what was included and what was merely accessible with admission. A few other things: wheelchair rental would have been nice, a place to eat that looked like the dining hall at Hogwart’s would have been fun rather than that little tea room, which was very cute, but suited better for very small children rather than older ones.

That said, we are going again next year. We are very excited to see what the wonderful Wizards in Ironton will whip up for everyone in 2020. We all want to say thank you for putting on such a great event. This Dragon and family will be back again roaring to go!

Until tomorrow I remain, Drakon T. Longwitten, your humble Book Dragon

Freakish Friday

4 Flames

Welcome to this week’s Freakish Friday my Fellow Book Dragons. On this cold November evening we open a bag of mixed Gems by Gem Maker M. Ennenbach. They vary in size and color, shape and atmosphere. Some are blood red, others a grayish-blue, others bluer still, some are green. All are poisonous. Some have the stink of Hades sulfur. We must be careful with them. They must all go back in this bag, you see, we cannot let even one get away. We cannot trust them on their own. That’s it..give them all back and I will lock them away, then we can discuss them.

Notches is one of those nasty ( and I say that in the nicest way possible) story collections that grabs One by the eyeballs and belly from the get go and doesn’t let go until One has read the entire book. I enjoyed all of these stories immensely except the last three. There was too much profanity and pornography, though the very last story had an extremely interesting twist and so I was more forgiving of it. But that was only three and there are eight other stories in the book that I will read again. There are five of those eight that I will definitely read each year at Halloween and of those five there are three that I will hold in my heart as three of the best horror stories I have every read. I am going to talk about one of those in more detail and then there is a paranormal romance poem that I will treasure and read to with my granddaughter because like myself and her mother, we love Greek Mythology.

Ennenbach recalls for me H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson and M.R. James. His story ‘Blue’ is one of those where Ennenbach seems to have channeled the great English horror writer, M. R. James. Ennenbach takes us back in time to the late 1800’s. It is late Autumn. We find H. writing to his beloved wife Matilda that the surveyors he works for are making slow going of a job for their mining company bosses and it seems the Appalachian Mountains may be their home for the winter. He cannot stop having bad dreams, neither can the other guests of the inn where he abides. It seems a little “blue” girl haunts them, floating outside their windows and tapping all night long in their dreams. They awake to find nothing. They laugh at the one person brave enough to tell of his dream, but it is nervous laughter, because they have all had the dream. Who is this blue girl, is she just a figment of cabin fevered men wanting to leave the mountains and go to where it is not dark at 3 p.m. each day? Is she something more? You will have to find that out for yourself.. this Dragon doesn’t do spoilers.

In ‘Persephone’ Ennenbach has shown genius in taking the story of Persephone, Hades and Demeter and turning it into one of the most entertaining stories I have ever read. Persephone is not the one from my Greek professor’s dry lecture all those years ago. She is vibrant,smart and a woman to be admired. I shall treasure my copy of “Notches” for a long time to come, all because of this poem and the story ‘Blue’. This poem gave me chills. I read it and have read it and Blue through again since I finished the book.

If you want stories to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, stories to make you laugh out loud (all the while being really glad you aren’t in them) and stories that make you say, “YES! You deserved that!” to some really nasty villain.. then you must really get a copy of “Notches”. The cover is one of those that really does give you a good idea of what is going on inside the pages. I can’t wait to see what Mr. Ennenbach has for us next. But I am going to do it from way over ….here. You can get it now on Amazon for only $2.99 on Kindle. Holidays are coming, if you know someone who loves horror…this is a great stocking stuffer as it’s also in Paperback.

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Throwback Thursday

5 Flames

Welcome back my fellow Book Dragons. It is once again Throwback Thursday. This week we go back to the 1980’s when Cocaine was King and Miami was his Palace. Our Gem this evening is powder white, it’s crystal’s catching the light, it’s veins of red seem to pulse and glitter with each facet. The longer we look at it the more enticing it becomes. Let us remove it from it’s box. It feels heavy and foreboding. The smell, oh what is that smell? Death my friends.. death is in the air around this Gem that so many are willing to risk everything for.

Our Gem Makers are two men, retired DEA agents. Steve Murphy and Javier F. Pena. They come from small town backgrounds. Both tell us their stories of how they started in law enforcement and ended up on the trail of the most notorious drug kingpin in recent history. Pablo Escobar. That is a name that should be familiar to all of us, if you are over the age of 18, surely you have heard of Pablo. Pablo who was considered a Robin Hood by some and Satan by others. Pablo was good at spreading his money around when it suited his purposes. For example, in poor neighborhoods when he wanted all eyes and ears watching out for him. He provided food and festivals, medicine and merchandise. Pablo would then turn those same neighborhoods into hell holes where the same families who had loved him, began to hate him. He turned their daughters into prostitutes and their sons into drug dealers and his soldiers. Their houses became safe houses. ‘Robin Hood’ demanded a steep price for his generosity.

Murphy and Pena go to great lengths to break down Escobar’s cartel, his associates and show us just how Columbia worked when Pablo was in full power. It was not pretty. Breathing wrong could get a person killed. People disappeared. In a raid on the Supreme Court over an extradition treaty with the United States that would allow members of cartels, actually any drug dealer to be extradited to stand trial in the U.S., 11 of 25 judges ended up dead, dozens of soldiers, several of Escobar’s men and another 10 people simply disappeared and have never been found. He ran for office and won. He assassinated politicians and their families. He kidnapped and tortured people. He would coax people to his house for parties and then they “disappeared”.

Escobar put hits on DEA agents. Pena was ordered to leave his apartment once taking only his gun because Escobar’s people had figured out the apartment he lived in. They did not play games. But in the end, they got him. I’m not going into detail. To do so would be to spoil the suspense. This book is gripping. Even if you have watched the show Narcos on Netflix, this book is better. There is more detail and you really get to know the agents. I loved it. If you are fan of true crime, which I am, I love watching bad guys get busted, you will love this book.

You can get it now on Amazon and by pre-ordering and save 48% off the hard back price of 28.99. It’s only $14.99, and a great Christmas gift for the true crime lover on your list! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P8H7YCQ/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Until tomorrow I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press through Goodreads.

Whimsical Wednesday

3 Flames

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday my fellow Book Dragons. Today I bring you not a Gem, but a semi-precious stone. It is cloudy and discolored. Dark, almost black, but nearer a deep blue. It gives off a feeling of loneliness and one doesn’t want to hold it long. The creator is Jon Sands. It is a memoir and yet, it is not.

The poems are alright, some are pretty good. One, more of an essay, is very good. But for the most part I could not sink my teeth nor claws into these because nearly everyone contains an expletive. This, for me, is not poetry. Poetry for me, must touch my heart, my soul, it must, on some level connect with the every spirit on some level. This book fails to achieve that for me.

I believe there is a time and place for strong language. It may be to give emphasis, to strike a chord where no other word would do the same. When strong language is constantly cast about, it becomes boring. Strong language for shock value shows me a vocabulary that is wanting. I was less than impressed and as I have now made that clear. Let me talk about the one poem/essay I did like.

It is called ‘Above Ground’ and it is about a message the author sent on Facebook to a girl he’d had an embarrassing incident with when both were in their early teens. He’d wanted to apologize and get it out in the open. It had bothered him all those years. He is surprised by her reaction. Her kindness about it, the fact that had they both been honest and not afraid of what other people thought, they might have been able to have forged a relationship or at the least, a friendship. I loved it’s honesty and the way it shows how people change and grow over time. The way the things we think as teens will be the end of the world are not, in the grand scheme of things that important at all.

If you are from the Cincinnati area, as the author was growing up, you may find this interesting as he mentions many of the places, streets and happenings there in the late 80’s through the late 90’s. Please do not forget to check out my November Giveaway!

Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

I received a copy of this book from Beacon Press through a Goodreads giveaway.

Tea Time Tuesday

4 Flames

Top of the evening to you, my fellow Book Dragons! I do hope Tea Time Tuesday finds you well and having had a good day. This Tea Time’s Gem is pure white, crystallized like ice and snow. It is beautiful as it sparkles in the light, especially the light of a Christmas tree. See how it’s brilliance makes you smile?

Our Gem Maker this evening is Jenn McKinlay of cozy mystery fame. This is her second in book in the “A Happily Ever After Romance” Series. This sweet romance is set at Christmas time with Savannah helping her friend Maisy still working on getting her book store “Happily Ever After” off the ground. Savannah is not in a very Christmas-y mood. She hates Christmas to begin with. And her sudden career crash hasn’t helped things. She is still devising ways to get back at the executive who ruined her wonderful career in New York publishing, and who can blame her? It’s hard to turn the other cheek when you are publicly humiliated, robbed and then canned. But Savannah has time. She has gone back to Fairdale, North Carolina to help her best friend Maisy get this book store off the ground and make it a rousing success. There is just one fly in this ointment. Well one Fly Guy.

Enter Quino, aka Joaquin. Handsome, built, kind, compassionate, loves kids, his younger sister, truly cares for the people in his life and loves Christmas. He’s perfect. He’s the kind of guy other women would feel blessed just to have him say hello to them. Not Savannah. She sees him as an impediment to getting back to New York and civilization. He sees her as his future wife. She can’t NOT think about him when he’s within kissing, uh, I mean spitting distance. He thinks about her all the time. What can go wrong? Or better yet, what can’t go right?

This was a lovely Christmas romance. It will make you want to pull out the tree, the lights, the Bing Crosby and Harry Connick, Jr. albums, the tinsel and sugar cookies. The secondary characters are wonderful and none are a waste of space. They add to the atmosphere, and Savannah and Quino would not be who they are without them. You will not need tissues (okay, not many) and you will find yourself laughing out loud a time or three. When was the last time a romance novel did that for you? I only gave it four flames instead of five because the book is so sweetly written that the intimate scenes seem a bit, well, explicit when I got to them, but that is me and I am old fashioned. I am sure others will think I am being old fashioned when they read them.

If you are looking for a read to get you in the Christmas Spirit, this is it. And when you buy it, buy a second one for that Secret Sister on your list and drop it on her desk. She will love you for it. Enjoy! Remember to check my Facebook page for our November Giveaway Instructions. And to check out 11/2 for the new Professional Blogger’s Journal on sale now on Amazon. 300 Entry Spaces should get you through the next year and perhaps a bit more!

Until tomorrow I remain, Drakon T. Longwitten, your humble Book Dragon

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Mystery Monday

5 Flames

Welcome Fellow Book Dragons! Our Gem this Mystery Monday is black with veins of orange and smells of heat, copper and gun powder. It is Gem Maker Jonathon Maberry’s RAGE. This is the first in his Joe Ledger International Series. This is my first time meeting Joe Ledger and his team. I was impressed.

I read the first six chapters and felt as though I were caught on a fast moving train. The action did not stop for the first 15 minutes I was reading. It was amazing. I haven’t read a book like this in ages. I loved it.

Joe and his international team remind me of the books I have read about spies in the O. S.S. in the days of WWII. Everyone has a nickname and a specialty. Everyone is needed and there is no one there who is ballast, well except maybe Harry, but I won’t tell, you’ll have to read and find out for yourself.

The bad guys in this one are REALLY bad. They remind me of the old Ian Fleming villains. Nothing is to over the top. These people are sadists. I think we forget they are out there. They manipulate, they order, they destroy and all too often they have more money than Bill Gates or Croesus (depends on how the stock market is doing that day, I’d guess).

The villain’s in this one want a reunified Korea or no Korea. No in-between. No compromise. All or Nothing Game. They have a bio-weapon. Nasty little thing. It turns people into mindless, cannibalizing zombies. They laugh. They laugh and laugh and laugh while munching on their neighbors, friends and family. This is not your ordinary tummy bug.

Joe and his team must stop them, they must put an end to this. Can they? I hope so. I’m not telling. This is my first Joe Ledger novel, as I said. It will not be my last.

Our November Giveaway is a $10 Amazon Card and a Surprise Goody Bag. I will be posting details on how to win it tomorrow :)… Until then, I remain, your humble Book Dragon, Drakon T. Longwitten

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