Review: Making Bombs for Hitler

Making Bombs for Hitler
Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Making Bombs For Hitler” by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch will take you into a world that you could never imagine was real. How could such cruelty to fellow human beings exist? Although, “Making Bombs for Hitler” is a fictional account of young Lida’s survival in the Nazi camps, it is based on historical facts and stories gleaned from those who actually survived those times.
As I read through the pages, I was numb. I could not even shed a tear, I was so angry at the inhumanity that was brought on by war.
We sit in a country that is peaceful, where no matter how poor we are, there is still something on our plate at mealtime that resembles actual food. The one thing that kept crossing my mind, though, as I read what Lida experienced, was, how many nine year olds today would even know how to survive such devastation. Let us pray they never have to. Let us pray that any person who picks up this book and reads it, will think twice about the glories of war, for in war, there is really no glory.
My tears finally did come, at the end, when Lida was reunited with her sister. A happy ending for a story that had to be told, but should never have happened. Well done, Marsha.

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Review: The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A young girl, Puck, who loves horses more than life itself; her “ordinary” mare, Dove; a strange young man, Sean, who has a way with the horses from the sea … what more could I ask for …

The Scorpio Races weaves a love story and an old legend into a beautiful tale of survival and winning against the odds. Puck is the first female ever to sign up for the big race,and she dares to race on her ordinary mare, Dove, not one of the water horses. And, she must win this race in order to be able to keep the house that her parents left to her and her brothers. Enter Sean, the young man who works magic with the water horses, and his beautiful water horse stallion, Corr. They are the returning champions.

The Water Horses are creatures from the sea, and they are of a very vicious nature, not to be trusted. Will Puck’s Dove even stand a chance racing side by side with these boodthirsty monsters?

As the story unwinds, Sean is enamoured with Puck’s courage and love for horses, and he extends his help to her to prepare Puck for the big race. Will she win … and what is the sacrifice of winning, if she does … for that information, you will have to read the story 🙂

A well recommended read …

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Review: The Accident

The Accident
The Accident by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A friend lent me “The Accident” because of the style the book was written in – first person and third person. When I first started reading, it was only for research to see how that method might work for me in the writing of my third novel in my vampire series…
However, Linwood Barclay’s story drew me into it, quickly, forcing me to keep turning the pages as the lives of Glen Garber and his little girl, Kelly,are literally torn apart by the tragedy of the death of their wife/mother. Glen cannot believe his wife would drink and drive, but the police report said she did, and that she caused the death of two other people. Kelly was being tomented at school, for what her mother did. And then things got worse … other people died … people with connections to Glen’s wife, Sheila … money … counterfiet purses, drugs, building materials … a ring of deception … who to trust, anymore … friends? … co-workers? …
Glen follows the clues, hitting roadblock after roadblock, not sure he believes them to be quite right … but the evidence is in front of him – evidence doesn’t lie – or does it?
“The Accident” is a page turner, from page 1 to 386. Well done, Mr. Barclay.

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Sneak Peek :-)

Well, it is almost time to set the keyboard aside on weekends and hit the road again. Book two in the “Night’s” vampire trilogy, “Night’s Children,” has gone live!

“Night’s Children” is the continuation of Virginia’s story as she deals with what for most of us would be considered everyday life. But, for Virginia and her half-vampire child, the son of Count Basarab Musat, king of the vampire world, it is not quite like our everyday lives. Virginia is forced to stay indoors during daylight hours, unless she covers Santan completely. She cannot socialize with other young mothers – how would she explain her son’s oddities to them? She lives in the constant fear that the count will return for his son, and strip him from her arms. Yet, at the same time, Virginia longs to return to the count’s arms. In essence – Virginia is torn between the two worlds – vampire and human. In the end, which one will she choose. I am afraid you will have to wait until book 3 for that answer, but, in the meantime, pick up a copy of “Night’s Children” and if you don’t have your copy of book 1 in the series, “Night’s Gift,” feel free to get one of those too.  Both books are available at your favorite book store, or on-line retailer. If you wish a personally signed copy, you may order from my web-site

Have a wonderful day, everyone – happy reading – may the goddess of ideas forever be at your finger tips, speeding them along the keyboards!