Friday, 23 March 2018

Debra Schoenberger's Walk With Me (Book Review and Author Interview)

Title: Walk with Me
Author: Debra Schoenberger
Genre: Adult non-fiction / Photography

Pages: 104
Publisher: Blurb
Release date: December 26, 2017
Content rating: G

My Review of Walk With Me

Debra Schoenberger's Walk With Me is a collection of photographs that portray many facets of life.
Through the lens of her camera (whether phone or dslr), Debra shows the colour and variety that we live amongst day in and day out, and almost always take for granted.

One of the recurring tropes in Debra's pictures that fascinated me is people travelling - some exhausted, others excited.
Most photographs in this collection tell stories of everyday life, the struggle and the fun of it.

In the shoes that the photographer has captured, I imagined the persons wearing them. Shoes do tell a lot about the person, they say.

From the wares at the display of a shop and graffiti on walls to empty benches which seem to tell stories of their own to shots of nature, Debra's collection is a pleasure to delve into and imagine the tales hidden in them.

My Interview with Debra Schoenberger

Me: What are the locations of the photographs? You have mentioned that some are of your 'small island city of Victoria' and I could identify a few from Mumbai. Any other places in this collection?
Debra: They are Montreal, Florence, Venice, Rome, New York, Tibet, Beijing, Canada, New Jersey and New York, Mongolia, Delhi, Amsterdam, Paris, Iceland and others.

Me: Do you usually plan your shots, or are they 'go with the flow, capture the moments' kind?
Debra: They are mostly happy accidents. :D

Me: There are quite a few shoes pics in your collection. One can see a lot of the person(s) and their story in them. Any particular reason for the fascination?
Debra: I love shoes! A pair of shoes can tell you a lot about a person.

Me: There are a couple of black and white monochromes. Any particular reason for going retro with them?
Debra: I often see a scene in my mind and if it's in black and white I will take the picture in colour and then change it into black and white.

Me: Are any of them personal pics?
Debra: I'm not quite sure what you are asking - selfies? My selfies are pretty bad so I don't take that many.

Me: Any one favourite of the collection?
Debra: Not particularly, I love all my pictures, there is a memory behind every one of them. Sometimes I'll walk into a scene and say "oh wow" and hopefully nothing happens before I have a chance to take the picture. I don't catch all of these "wow" moments but they're still in my memory.

Me: You mentioned that you take a lot of uour photographs with your phone. But given a choice when you plan a 'photography walk', do you perefer to carry your camera?
Debra: Yes, of course. I prefer to carry one of my three cameras. They are all very heavy so I usually come home a bit tired and happy if I was able to take some great pictures.

Me: What stories do the empty benches, and seats, and chairs tell you?
Debra: Lol, I didn't realize that I had so many! Hmmm, sometimes I like the composition of a scene or maybe it brings back a memory.

Me: Thanks a lot Debra for taking time to answer my questions.

Book Description:

Whenever I'm asked "which is the best camera?" I pretty much respond: "the one you have on you." In fact, most of the images in this book were taken with my cell phone simply because I always have it with me.

This is not only a book about street photography but a visual diary, or collection of quirky, unusual and sometimes just plain weird photos I've taken over the course of the last decade.

As a street photographer, I need to be an assiduous walker. My sneakers often take me to little known, hidden corners, seaweed strewn (and sometimes stinky) beaches and really cool back alleys of my rather small island city of Victoria, BC.

I've also included images of curiosities I've seen throughout my travels.

Everyone sees the world differently and this is my collection of the quirkiness that I call life.

To read reviews, please visit Debra Schoenberger's page on iRead Book Tours.

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About the Author / Photographer:

Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera

"My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.

I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor's favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I'm always looking for the unusual.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest

Other photobooks you may want to add to your collection:

Montreal by Debra Schoenberger

To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger

India by Debra Schoenberger

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

The lingering pain (Book Review: Vikram Kapur's The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984)

Title: The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984
Author: Vikram Kapur
Genre: Historical Fiction

As the author introduces us to the serene Delhi of 1984, there are many small details that, being a Delhiite, I can relate to. The Defence Colony bunglows, the hangouts at Chanakya Cinema and Nirula's (there were not very many places to go to back then), the University Special, and more.

Vikram Kapur's poignant novel begins in the year 1984 at a time before the four digits evoked painful memories and strong emotions.
And the biggest problem is a rather routine one - inter-religion love marriage.

Operation Bluestar changed things. 

The author comments "Most Hindus believed it was warranted; most Sikhs disagreed"... I realize that it holds as true today as it did in 1984.

And because the plot of the book has us getting the viewpoint of both a Sikh family and a Hindu family closely, the thoughts of both find a place in this book.

There is a parallel drawn between Partition, and the situation in Punjab in 1984 and what followed after that. 
Now that I think of it, I am surprised that I did not hear this comparison being made by any of my grandparents. All four of them had seen both Partition (they had moved from Pakistan in 1947) and '84 riots.
None of them are here now. So can't ask the question.

This books touched many chords with me. I am from Delhi. I am a Sikh. 

I was eager to read this book because of 1984. I was 7 years of age in 1984. I have vague memories of seeing burning buildings from the terrace of our house. I don't remember being worried. I can't even begin to imagine how terrified the grown-ups must have been.

For me personally, reading this book was a distressing experience. It took me a while to get my thoughts in order to write about it rationally.

As I was reading this novel, as the incidents of 31st October to 3rd November unfolded, I was restless for 4th November, because I knew the terror would end as 4th would dawn. 
What was it like without knowing this? What was it like to live through it? I have asked these questions a lot recently.

Not that the discussions about 1984 are too rare. They do crop up off and on. 
But after reading this book, the first question I asked family and friends, who were grown-ups back then, is a question I had never asked before. The one question that lingered in my mind after reading The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984 - "How do you stop being afraid?"
I felt restless and upset reading the '84 riots, even though I know things will return to 'normal'. 

"What made people agree to forget and go on as before? For no matter how hard you tried, you couldn't forget." 

A few Punjabi phrases used in the book don't find a translation anywhere in the book. Much as I loved them, I wonder how a non-Punjabi speaking reader would react to them. 
You won't miss the anything about the story even if you don't understand them. And the fact is that no translation can give you the impact that the slang does, I guess is a good reason for leaving them untranslated.

Vikram Kapur's The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984 is a must-read, not just to know about 1984, not just to feel the emotions of living through the riots and the after-effects of it, but also because it is a story that could be true for any community, any place.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Romance in Small Towns - Harlequin (Book Reviews)

Title: Always the Hero
Author: Anna J. Stewart
Genre: Romance

Anna J. Stewart's Harlequin Romance Always the Hero is a pleasing story based in a small-town, Butterfly Harbor. 

Deputy Matt Knight hasn't been around for long and is struggling with lingering issues from his past, trying to make a fresh start. 
When the story starts, he has already made mistakes in his relationship with Lori Bradley. There is a charm in Matt's struggle to do the right thing, as his intentions are always good, but his actions have a tendency to lead to misunderstandings.
In the author's words, Matt is "Burly, a touch of Southern good old boy and a former soldier who has seen more than his share of tragedy. He's as honorable as they come, sometimes to a fault."

Lori's life is more or less an open book for the residents of Butterfly Harbor. Struggling with her body image issues, Lori is a warm person. The author has handled Lori's insecurities sensitively, getting the message across.
Lori is not your typical romance heroine. She is not picture perfect and is a bit of a pushover.

In the process of getting the town back on its feet, Anna J. Stewart weaves a story with Sherrif's department, a difficult mayor, an upcoming festival, and more. 
There are natives who have returned after years, others who are new to the community, and many who have been around all along.  

This was the first book in the series that I read. When one comes across happy couples in a series, it is assumed that they have had their story, and I am sure it would be fun to get glimpses of their happy lives if has read the book in which they were the central characters.
Some have had their stories, others you can look forward to.

Always the Hero is not just a romantic story. It is also about discovering oneself, about issues of body image, confidence, the struggle of war veterans, and most of all, the charm and community feeling of a small town.

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Title: Marrying the Wedding Crasher
Author: Melinda Curtis
Genre: Romance

In Melinda Curtis' Marrying the Wedding Crasher we are introduced to Harley O' Hannigan and Vince Messina away from the Harmony Valley, the small town that is the setting for this story and the series.

Harmony Valley was Vince Messina's home at one time, but he has not been back for long. He has secrets that he has kept from his family, there are lies he has told, but now he is expected to be back for his brother's wedding.

Harley O' Hannigan comes with her own baggage of secrets which have her struggling on professional and personal levels.

The fun starts when Harley agrees to attend Vince's brother's wedding as his plus-one.

Harmony Valley with it's nosy, warm and interesting residents, and with the many memories that it holds for Vince makes for a difficult place in which to pretend to be a couple.

The relationship between the two has the attraction that neither can handle which leads to tussles, and repartees, as an effort to mask the attraction.

Marrying the Wedding Crasher has you feeling the pain of a man who took up too much responsibility for his age as a kid, and continues to be crushed by it even as a grown up.
Far-fetched dreams find a parallel in the impossible architectural designs of Harley.

As Vince comes home both figuratively and literally, and as Harley finds the confidence to deal with her problems with Vince's help, Marrying the Wedding Crasher makes for an enjoyable read. 

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Both Always the Hero and Marrying the Wedding Crasher are small-town romances. There is both the coziness of old friends and the suffocation of everyone knowing everyone.
There is the warmth of good people and the jealousies of the mean ones.
And there is the fact that even if one lives so close and assumes that everything about everyone is known, there can be surprises.
All is not what it seems.

I read Harlequin romances after years. There is a charm to these romances. I have gone back to them often. It is like going back to the security of a story that you know won't surprise you too much. You know it will end well and there is a comfort in escaping into it.

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Emotions behind big money deals (8 hours: Upendra Namburi) (Book Review)

Title: 8 Hours
Author: Upendra Namburi
Genre: Fiction (Corporate Thriller)
Published by: Westland Ltd.
No. of Pages: 282
Cover Price: Rs. 350

1. I don't understand much about multi-million dollar deals. What little I do know is from movies and books... and news, especially when a bank I have an account in, is part of an 11,000 crore fraud.
2. The huge figures of hundreds of crores, and millions, and billions are just that to me... huge figures. I find it impossible to even imagine what it's like to deal with that kind of money.

It is important to mention these points beforehand because I realize that anyone who is knowledgeable about these things may find more to like (and, maybe, criticize) in this time-bound thriller of Upendra Namburi.

8 Hours is third in a series of Number novels by Upendra Namburi and the second that I have read.

Aratrika, the protagonist of 8 Hours is described as a 'Corporate Czarina' in the book. She is the Managing Director of ARYA, the company that is on the verge of possible collapse. Important decisions are to be taken in the 8 hours documented in the pages of this novel.
Aratrika has inherited the business from her father, Madhusudhan Reddy and worked hard on fitting into and expanding the male-dominated, unorganized business. 
She has an impress-hate relationship with her father. Much as she hates him for being the insensitive, abusive person that he is, she always has a need to impress him.
The Reddy family is a dysfunctional one, the craziness of which just keeps coming up with new surprises.

In the 8 hours of the night, the story moves back and forth from past to present, giving us glimpses into what has lead to the present.

8 Hours is packed with raw emotions. Too many of them, I felt at times.
The different characters of this book have distinct idiosyncrasies. The author has given an emotional touch to the practical business deal, because of which it is difficult to predict what path the deal and the lives of those involved will take.
As a character in the book says, "Life would have been much simpler if it had been just about the money". Had the decision been about only money, the choices in 8 Hours would certainly have been much simpler and much less interesting.

There is some violence in 8 Hours and it made me cringe. If it is supposed to convey the 'anything goes' attitude of the corporate world, the animal attraction, the conscience-less world, it certainly did manage to do so.

I do feel that Aratrika's character could have been portrayed better. You get introduced to many aspects of her life. Her past and present, her pain and her ruthlessness. But something was missing. I felt I still didn't understand her.

The fast-paced plot of 8 Hours is full of quick, short conversations, and abrupt phone disconnections. 
One of the problems that I faced was with the many conversations, where I lost track of who is saying what. The quick repartees had me going back to the beginning. If this person said this line, the other one the next one. And counting to the 7th or 8th one, finally figuring out who said what.

8 Hours reads like a Bollywood movie - a mixture of many paradoxes. 
Anything is possible.
8 hours of people changing sides, and quick conversations having huge impact, is rather mind-boggling. 
At times, it felt like things in 8 hours just happen, and because there is tons of money, unimaginable power, and craziness involved, it is justification enough.

I watched the movie Fargo recently. Towards the end, the police chief Marge Gunderson asks, "...for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know... I just don't understand it."
That is the thought process I can relate to. So 8 Hours for me is a peep into a world which I realize exists, but I cannot be too affected because I am asking 'why' half of the time. Why do it at all? But it is like quicksand, I realize. Shouldn't have taken the first step but you didn't know.

I understand emotions. Money, that too of the kind of amounts here are beyond my comprehension. It is the emotions that kept me hooked to the book. Emotions and the fact that 8 Hours is fast-paced, easy to read.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Always the Hero: Anna J. Stewart

Always the Hero by Anna J. Stewart

He never relied on anyone but himself...but he needs her now! Butterfly Harbor deputy Matt Knight wants two things: to date Lori Bradley and the chance to adopt Kyle, a troubled teen. Wounded in Afghanistan, Matt knows he can't move forward anchored to the past. But once he regains the guarded hotel manager's trust, will his need to protect those he loves cost him a future with this extraordinary woman?

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Praise for Anna J Stewart “The talented Anna J Stewart delivers every time.” ~NYTimes Bestselling Author Brenda Novak “Anna J. Stewart will tug at your heartstrings more than once while leaving you utterly besotted with her characters.” ~The Romance Reviews

Matt Knight was all about doing right by people. Especially those he cared about. But there wasn’t any moving forward, not with his life, not with Lori, as long as he was still anchored to the past. The phone rang. Before Matt could reach for the receiver, Jasper answered. “It’s for you, Matt. A Chris Walters?” “That’s Kyle’s caseworker,” Matt said as he picked up his extension. “Chris? Kyle okay?” “Doing well, actually.” The social worker’s encouraging words belied the tension in his voice. “We’re still on track for an early release. For now at least.” “What’s that mean?” Matt squeezed the receiver so hard his fingers tingled. “What’s going on?” “The judge in charge of Kyle’s case is retiring. His replacement is reviewing all the cases ahead of time and, well, since we’re jumping beyond fosterage to adoption, she has some concerns about your living situation.” “What’s wrong with my living situation?” Matt asked. “I’ve got a room ready for him, he’ll have a part-time job with the sheriff’s department, and most importantly he’ll have more stability than he’s known in years.” “I’m on your side, remember? You don’t have to convince me. She’s not denying your petition, Matt, but she has suggested a female influence in the house wouldn’t be a bad thing for Kyle. And given your marital status...” “That’s about to be resolved.” Matt looked down at the papers on his desk. “I filed the divorce papers and am getting ready to sign them as we speak.” “Okay. We’ll have to see how that plays with the judge.” “Given Kyle’s last female influence was too hopped-up on prescription meds to give him a second thought, I wouldn’t think this would be any judge’s first concern.” Matt hated to speak ill of Kyle’s mother, but the truth was the truth. “It’s a concern, Matt. And the judge only suggested it would be in your and Kyle’s best interest if there was someone in your life to help bring a bit of balance. Even if it’s just a girlfriend, which brings me to what we talked about before. She’s going to want to call Lori as a character witness.” “Lori? How does she know about Lori?” The last time his heart had pounded this hard he’d been dodging bullets. “Because I listed her in my report. You said you were dating her, that you thought it was getting serious. Are you telling me something’s changed?” Changed? Other than Matt all but ignoring her the last few weeks while he got his head on straight and cleared the emotional deck? “No, nothing’s changed,” Matt blurted before his brain could catch up with the panic seizing his chest. He’d made a promise to Kyle, and Matt Knight never made a promise he couldn’t keep. “We’ve been seeing each other for a while, off and on.” Most recently off. All the more reason to remedy that. “She’s completely on board with me taking Kyle in.” “So you’re okay with her listed as a character witness? She’ll back up your statement should the judge want to call her in during Kyle’s hearing?” “Yeah, of course.” Matt swallowed the lie. Well, it wasn’t a lie exactly. Lori did know about Kyle but Matt’s current relationship with her might be a bit, well, up in the air. “Have they set a date yet for the hearing?” “Um, yeah. Hang on, I’ve got that right...” The sound of shuffling papers scraped against Matt’s ear. “Three weeks from Monday. Looks like the judge has us penciled in for two in the afternoon.” Matt scribbled the date on his calendar, noting that was the same day as the big welcome dinner that opened the Butterfly Festival. That would take some juggling given it was all hands on deck in town for the department. “I’ll be there.” Somehow. “I thought I’d come up and see him in a couple of weeks. Need to figure out my days off.” “You’re on the visitor’s list for anytime,” Chris said. “I’m glad you told me about Lori. This will go a long way with this judge in approving Kyle’s placement.” “I hope so.” With Kyle’s troubled past, the only other placement option for him would be a group foster home or to extend his stint in the detention center he currently resided in. “Let me know if there are any more changes.” “You got it.” Matt hung up. Why was it, even when he had the best of intentions, he ended up messing things up? At least now he had even more of a reason to apologize to Lori. As much as he wanted her back in his life, he needed her. Kyle needed her. Unease settled in his gut like a stone. He hated lying. To anyone. But especially to Lori Bradley. “Everything okay?” Jasper asked. “Is Kyle still getting out?” “He sure is.” Matt picked up his pen, clicked it open and scratched his name on the divorce degree. A few seconds later, he set the sealed envelope on the counter, where it would go out in the afternoon mail.


Author Anna J. Stewart

USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart writes sweet to sexy romance for Harlequin's Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense lines. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily ever afters for her independent heroines. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her). When she's not writing books or her monthly blog for USA Today’s Happy Ever After, you can find her at fan conventions or at her local movie theater, or building her client list for her content editing services.

Marrying the Wedding Crasher: Melinda Curtis


Marrying the Wedding Crasher by Melinda Curtis

This bachelor’s pretend girlfriend just made a shocking discovery— She’s pregnant! Although they dated for only a month, Harley O’Hannigan just agreed to be Vince Messina’s plus-one at a Harmony Valley wedding. Big mistake, given her deepening feelings for the tall, dark, unavailable bachelor. And what about Vince’s long-buried family history? Then there’s the growing secret that could transform this pretend relationship into the real thing…

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Praise for Melinda Curtis: "Wonderfully entertaining!" Jayne Ann Krentz, NYT Bestseller (referring to Playing for Love) "Reading Slade and Christine's story reminded me of why I enjoy romance. SEASON OF CHANGE has found a place on my keeper shelf!" Brenda Novak, NYT Bestseller


Warm hands engulfed hers, not the slightest bit vengeful. “Harley?” A gentle voice, one she should be able to identify if her head didn’t feel like someone had stuffed it with thick insulation. “You’re safe. He’s gone.” Harley opened her eyes on a shuddering breath. A familiar face greeted her. Vince. They both worked for Jerry, remodeling houses. Vince. Friendly black eyes, a sturdy nose and black hair. That black hair. It had required a second glance when they’d first met. He had fantastic hair. The kind of hair Disney gave its princes. Her heart was racing for the exit and her hands had started to tremble in his. Vince’s hands, not Dan’s. Vince. He drove an old truck, not a new Ferrari. He’d offered her carrots once when he’d heard she’d forgotten her lunch on a remote job site. He’d bought her a drink after work one day, which had led to him buying her dinner—more than once—and then the infamous weekend away where he’d learned she’d quit being an architect. Not that he’d understood Harley and her inability to pick herself up after one undisclosed setback. He may have been seven years older than her, but that didn’t mean he could be judgmental about her career choices. Note to self... I’m not safe with Vince, either. “Hey.” Vince gave her hands a gentle squeeze. “Are you with me?” With him? She would’ve followed him anywhere a few weeks ago, before the let-me-tell-you-what-to-do-with-your-life debacle. Vince moved to sit next to Harley, tucking her beneath his arm, next to his bulky tool belt. “Breathe in. Breathe out.” Sounded easy enough, but that heart of hers was hammering against her lungs, making her pant. Vince holding her wasn’t helping her recovery. Not that she moved away from him. Not one inch. “Like this.” Vince took Harley’s hand and placed her palm on his sturdy chest. She could feel his heart beat nearly as fast as hers, but she could also feel him fill his lungs with air. “Breathe in. Breathe out.” Vince was big and warm and calm, and completely different than Dan. He’d never be a slave to fashion. He’d never take credit for someone else’s work. He’d never put his hands on a woman with intent to do damage. In a distant part of her brain, somewhere where things weren’t pounding, Harley’s mother recited one of her Southern lectures. Life is hard, baby girl. You need to find yourself a big, strong man to lean on when times get tough. Finding big, strong men was something of a specialty of Harley’s. It was finding the ones she could lean on forever that eluded her.


Author Melinda Curtis

Melinda Curtis is an award-winning, USA Today Bestseller of over 40 romances. She writes sweet romance for Harlequin Heartwarming, sweet romantic comedies and sexy sports contemporary romances. When not working on DIY projects around their home, Melinda and her college sweetheart enjoy watching Duke mens basketball and visiting their three kids and one grandchild. Sign up for her mailing list to receive two free reads.


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper: Fiona Ingram (Promo Post)

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children's adventure book written by Fiona Ingram, Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper (The Chronicles of the Stone). The tour will run from February 26 - March 19, 2018.

About the Book

Title: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper (The Chronicles of the Stone, Book 3) | Author: Fiona Ingram | Publisher: Bublish, Inc | Publication Date: November 17, 2017| Genre: Children's Adventure | Number of Pages: 318

Description: Continuing the adventure that ended in Britain just a short while ago, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair, with their friend Kim Maleka, are now hunting for the third Stone of Power, one of seven mysterious stones lost centuries ago. The third stone might be located in an ancient city, hidden in the depths of the Mexican jungle.When their small plane crashes in the jungle, Adam, Justin, Kim, and James are rescued by an uncontacted tribe. James, who is wounded, must stay behind as the kids, with only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the city. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task.

Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on in search of the lost city of stone gods. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

Other Books in the Series

Book One: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

A quest filled with danger... Seven ancient Stones of Power... Two young heroes...

This action packed Middle Grade/tween adventure tests the courage of cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair from the moment they arrive in Egypt. Can they survive a harrowing journey to discover the secret of the sacred scarab while being pursued across the desert by a deadly foe?

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is the kind of adventure readers love! The fast-paced action, the evil villain, the secrets of the past, and the mysterious ancient setting make this a sure-hit favorite for both young and young at heart explorers.

Book Two: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur

Description: A modern day adventure as our protagonists search for Excalibur and the treasures it holds! This is a must-read for Middle Graders keen on action, adventure, and Arthurian stories! Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?

Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. As their adventure unfolds, they learn many things and face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped.

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About the Author

I am a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. I have now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in my MG adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! I also teach online novel writing for aspiring authors and I find that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds me enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. I love doing research for my book series. I love animals and have written two animal rescue stories. I have two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

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