Thursday, 15 June 2017

Book Review: Sign of the Green Dragon by C. Lee McKenzie

General Information

Publisher: Self Published
Date of publication: 7th May 2016
Author: C. Lee McKenzie
Number of pages: 182

Plot summary: (blurb)

Three plucky sleuths. A crumbling skeleton. A buried treasure. After six months in a new school, Sam’s finally fitting in. He’s the one kid with enough talent to hit the winning home run and bring the baseball trophy back to Haggarty Elementary. But Sam’s guardian is shipping him off to boarding school before that can happen. When team mates, Joey and Roger, hear his bad news, they plot to hide him until the big game. Their secret cave is a perfect place until an earthquake shatters a wall and reveals a wooden chest with a red-eyed dragon carved into its top. Inside, a bony hand clutches a map with a note, promising treasure. With Joey and Roger, Sam sets off to track down the clues and hopefully discover treasure. When some puzzle pieces start to make sense, the boys become lost in a labyrinth of underground tunnels, trapped by dangerous thieves and sealed inside an airless tomb.

Positive points

This was a great adventure story for kids. It was well written and well paced, with plenty of twists and turns to keep young minds entertained. It reminded me of the type of adventure I would have love to go on as a kid AND as an adult. Funny enough, I just got myself a metal detector to go on a real treasure hunt myself and this story was the perfect inspiration.

Negative points

I didn't really find anything negative with this story.

What makes this book unique

I loved the oriental dragon aspect bringing the two cultures together to add even more mystery.

Overall impression

A great fun-filled adventure that was a mix between Indiana Jones and The Pirates of the Caribbean.

My rating:

Book links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Meet the author, C. Lee McKenzie

My Passions: 

Besides reading and writing, I love to do two things: I love to hike. I love to practice Yoga. Well, three things if you count eating. I love to eat. That’s why I love to hike. Might as well make it four things, because I love to spend time with my family and friends. Wait! I love to grow my own salad. And cats—I love to grow them too, so now I’m up to six things I’m passionate about. I know there’s more, but I’m out of space and you don’t need to be bored.

My Favorite Books:

Anything with Hobbits.

Anything Stephen King writes, except I don’t like some of those stories at night when I’m alone or even if I’m not because I’m a real sissy in the dark.

Anything with a dragon in the title or on the cover.

Barbara Kingsolver’s books.

Edgy Joyce Carol Oates books.

E.B.White’s Essays, and stories that start, “Once upon a time . . . .”

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Monday, 12 June 2017

Book Review: Bellanok - A fantasy novel by Ralene Burke

General Information

Publisher: Self-published
Date of publication: October 24, 2016
Number of chapters: 36
Author: Ralene Burke

Plot summary: (blurb)

A haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in.

With evil darkening the mountains to the north, the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm of Bellanok to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life.

Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He's tired and frustrated--a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior.

Fauna must open Brian's eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven's secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.

Positive points

This was a great fantasy adventure aimed at the Christian fiction market. I loved the realistic characters that really brought the story to life. The story was filled with all kinds of mythical creatures brought together in a battle between good and evil having to fight against impossible odds. I really enjoyed the story never knowing where the story would go in the many twists and turns. A great book by a great author!

Negative points

I wasn't quite sure of what age group this story was aimed at. It read similar to a children's fiction story, but with adult main characters. Not that that is actually a negative point, but the only negative thing I could come up with.

What makes this book unique

For me it was the first time I have read a fantasy aimed at Christian fiction market so this was unique for me.

Overall impression

If you are a lover of fantasy but don't like in-depth descriptions of blood and gore then this will be perfect for you! A great adult fantasy.

My rating

As I don't have anything really negative to say about this story, it has to be five shiny stars!

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Meet the author


On the day I was born, the doctor’s told my parents I probably wouldn’t live. I had a large tumor in my neck, and it was growing by the hour. When they finally removed this man-fist-sized tumor, the experts said I would be mentally and physically handicapped for the rest of my life, unable to care for myself.

Boy, did we prove them wrong!

Today, I not only take care of myself, I balance a husband, 3 kids, a career, and homeschooling. Granted, there’s often plenty of dirty dishes in the sink and toys on the floor, but who cares? I’m wrangling Spiderman, teaching princesses to sing, and pursuing my passions—what’s better than that?

I became a Christian when I was young. The miracle surrounding my survival pretty much sealed the deal. And, except for a few rebellious years, I’ve spent my life pursuing His calling—to change lives with the written word.

This calling started out in fiction novels, where I spin fast-paced tales of angels and demons, fantasy worlds, and the broader calling of every human being.

But the passion didn’t stop there!

The deeper I delved into the publishing world, the more I realized that I loved critiquing and editing—and I was pretty good at it. So, I took some classes, joined a couple of organizations, and committed part of my career to making other writers’ work SHINE!

Finally, there was only one natural outlet for my addiction to social media—get paid for it! So, I’ve been studying up on the various platforms and the mental marketing tactics in an effort to help other writers and publishing-related organizations grow their social media platforms. It’s a lot of fun.

So, join me on this crazy journey we call life, business, and the pursuit of happiness! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, weigh in with your opinions, or share your knowledge. I love hearing from people! (There’s a lot of love, as you can see.)

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