Tuesday, May 16, 2017

KID LIT BLOG HOP-May 2017



Hello, welcome back to another month of terrific children's literature. We welcome you to the May 2017 Kid Lit Blog Hop. This hop takes place every 3rd Wednesday of the month. It is designed to engage a  group of people who love everything that has to do with children's literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!


Have you seen the  Kid Lit Blog Hopper Facebook fan page? This page has all the news and information related to the hop plus ongoing posts, giveaways, news articles, etc. related to Kid's Lit. Check it out and of course, please like the page.


So for our hop, please make sure that your posts are related to Children’s literature only and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) If you are an author, feel free just to link to your blog. Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please follow the co-host and visit at least the one or two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.

Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post. Note: Make sure you have the newest badge as the old one goes to the wrong page.
We would also be grateful if you tweet and/or posted on Facebook about the blog hop. Let’s grow this wonderful community.


Thanks for sharing your great children's books with all of us! The hostess will be around to see you.
Happy Hopping!
BeachBoundBooks, co-hostess
                                                    Pragmatic Mom, co-hostess
Jump Into A Book, co-hostess
Spark and Pook, co-hostess
                                             Carpinello's Writing Page, co-hostess


Monday, May 1, 2017

#Review: Ashes by Steven Manchester #AdultBooks


Summary:
Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life and death has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other s company. It s either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he s left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.

At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal."


My review:
Steven Manchester is by far one of my favorite authors. His newest book, Ashes, did not disappoint and was exactly what I would expect to come from this brilliant author.

This tells the story of two men, brothers, who couldn't lead more different lives. Both must come together to lay their estranged father's ashes to rest. The story is a rollercoaster ride with a cross-country trip that could either make or break the two of them. Along the way, they discover heartbreak, loss, and reconciliation that made this reader's head swim.

This book was a tough read for me because I could fully relate to the characters. I lost my Dad, although a good man, unlike the "Dad" in the book, six years ago (as of this review). I traveled to lay his ashes in, ironically, a similar place as the characters did in the book.

However, it is the author's weaving of words that made me continue to read. This book certainly made me laugh and cry. He is a master and I highly recommend this excellent book! 5 stars!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.  The review here is 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon

Where to find the author:

Steven Manchester



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