Our Book Review – Pieces Of Heaven (Heaven and Hell #2) – Natasha Madison


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** Review by Gayle from Bloggers From Down Under **

Meet Mick.
Young, independent and sinfully delicious.
He’s a detective searching for missing girls.
They have been taken, and it’s his job to make sure he finds them.
He won’t stop until he does.
But what Mick doesn’t realise is the hunt for these girls will ultimately change his life.

Meet Marissa.
Her teenage daughter is missing.
Gone without a trace.
Marissa needs the police to help her.
But what Marissa doesn’t realise is the hunt for her daughter will ultimately change her life.

Meet Lori.
She’s been taken.
Chanied and used, she can’t see a way out.
She just wants to go home.
But what Lori doesn’t realise is her saviour will ultimately change her life.

This is Mick and Marissas story.
This is Loris story.
This is their story, their voice.

Well guys Natasha Madison has done it again. Her second novel to date Pieces Of Heaven was sheer brilliance. Again I was completely transfixed, losing myself page after page. I couldn’t put it down.
Emotional….God this book was highly emotional. I laughed, I cried, I held my breath.
Action packed….What a roller coaster ride. Not once could I pick what was going to happen next.
Raw, gritty and at times dark and confronting.
Heartbreaking, breathtaking.
Simply put….Beautiful.

Guys I seriously can’t rate this book high enough. If dark and gritty, raw and emotional, action packed with a twist or two and sassy and sexy is your thing, then you definitely need to read this.
Believe me you will not be disappointed.
Natasha Madison….Thank you for giving me the opportunity to lose myself with your words.

5 stars.

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Our Book Review – The Last Summer Girl by S.C. York


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** Review by Kylie from Bloggers From Down Under **

I’m not sure where to start with this review. But the author has asked for an honest review, so here goes.

While the bones of this story is as old as time itself, summer,friends, beach parties, rich boy meets working class girl, falling in and out of love etc etc, somehow this story missed the mark.

It really did feel, as I was reading it, that some big, huge revelation was to take place, only to peter out as quickly as the tide….

It took me while to read, only because, while I had hoped the story was going to take another more exciting path, sadly it didn’t….

The only good thing I can take from this read, is the authors detailed description of various landmarks scattered along the coastline..

Unfortunately I can only rate this read 2/5 stars.

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Our Book Review – Grace – A Disgrace Trilogy Novel by Dee Palmer


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** Review by Kylie from Bloggers From Down Under **

Having devoured this book in a little under a day, I was a little apprehensive to write my review. Not because I disliked the story, because I didn’t. Jason and Sams story once again demanded my 100% attention and had me riveted, intrigued and somewhat a tad sad. Why?
Because this is it folks!! The end! But what an ending it is. No spoilers here, just pure admiration for Dee and her extraordinary ability to tell an amazing story. A story that grabs you by the “bullocks” and takes you into the lives of Jason and Sam.

I’m not going to lie, I’m going to miss them both 💔💔

Sensational, riveting an absolute must read

5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Our Book Review – Gravity by Lauren Runow


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**Reviewed by Mel from Bloggers From Down Under**

One kiss is all I need.
One kiss and I’ll be freed.
One kiss was all we agreed.
One kiss is all I need.

You have been best friends since you were 8 years old.
He’s the love of your life.
Your soul mate.
The other half of you.
Your Gravity.

Lily has a great childhood loving parents that adore her that are always there for her but her best friend next door Trevin isn’t as lucky as her.

Trevin has a beautiful mum but a terrible dad that always drinks beats on him and his mum when his drunk. He constantly puts Trevin down and tells him he is a loser and good for nothing. Trevin has a chance to go to college on a scholarship for baseball but that chance was taken from him.

By the man that’s called his father, not only did he take his dream of baseball away from him he also took the one person other than Lily that loved him unconditionally, the person that always tried to protect him….. His mother Julie.

He adored his mother but he was made to lie about how she died to cover his fathers A%^$ and save his own from his father. Trevin will never forgive him for it.

Hate, disgust, but mostly fear.
That’s what i feel whenever you’re near.

After getting a big break Trevin is off to be a big rock star Lily is so proud of him but misses him dearly, she feels lost without him but she needs to live her life and continue to achieve her own dreams.

Why did you push me to be my own?
Why did you love me enough to care?
Now I’m here all alone
Floating in the middle of nowhere.

What happens when you cant live without your other half.
Your best friend.
Your soul mate.
Your Gravity.
Will Lily and Trevin world collide?

The love that Lily and Trevin have for each other is beautiful and to watch them grow and Lily always standing by Trevin no matter what is amazing and at parts heartbreaking to read.

We loved the way these 2 characters grew together and matured and how the love only grew stronger as they aged no matter where they were in the world.

Will this be enough?
Will she finally see me for who I really am?
I’ll pour my heart and soul into a song
Because I know our love will never be wrong.

Thank you Lauren for taking us on the journey of Lily and Trevin.

4 Stars

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Our Book Review – Flightless by L. Duarte


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**Reviewed by Melinda from Bloggers From Down Under

When we are born, life makes no claim that it is going to be simple or easy.

What would it feel like to be abandoned by your own mother?

Left to die.

Just born.

All alone.

Covered by leaves.

In a graveyard.

Left, abandoned, naked, bare, hungry, crying, exposed.

This was Grays story, a story about Love, forgiveness, heartbreak, death, abandonment, hope, self worth, a story about learning to forgive those who need forgiveness a story about defying the odds, a story about the love of soul mates and no matter how much time passes true love will always find a way.

Gray isn’t perfect she has many flaws as we all do but she thought by leaving her home town and her mamma it would help hear shattered heart.

I realize I am an imperfect person living in an imperfect world.

Gray didn’t have the perfect start to life she was abanded by her own mother at a graveyard where her biological mother gave birth to her, she was found by chance by a dog called sunshine and taken to hospital to where she would meet her mamma.

“ONCE UPON A TIME , there was an unborn baby girl placed in the wrong tummy.

Gray had a great childhood but she always seem to go back to the graveyard it was her place her solace.

Fate came into play and Galel was injected into her world.

Galel and Gray had an amazing connection but they also had dreams, Gray’s dream was to go to Julliard his was to be a doctor.

The arrival of the acceptance to Julliard Gray was excited to tell Galel but she wanted to do it in person never did she expect to see what she was about to see.

Grays world crumbled.

Her hopes and dreams gone.

The man she loved had broken her.

She left.

To never return.

I had turned into an empty vessel. I was devastated— without a purpose.

Until the day her mamma called to bring her home.

She had to go to the one place she hated, the one place she never wanted to return to.


Cause that’s where he was.

Galel, the man that broke her.

The man that made her who she was today.

10 years later.

We lose our way in this maze we call life, and we spin like a lost satellite. No aim. No purpose.

What do you do when you

ome face to face with the man you love and hate at the same time?

The man that you cant forgive for shattering your heart?

But you have to put it all aside for the sake of your mamma.

Happiness must be felt with the heart. It must be allowed to embed within us, bleed into the very fabric of our souls.

This book held me captive from the first few pages, i was scared to turn the page at some parts i could feel the hurt and the emotion coming from Gray, her mamma and Galel. I was taken on a magical heartbreaking journey of the love story that is far from perfect but beautifully magical (If that’s even a word).

I have never read anything from this author this was my first and surely wont be my last. the way this author writes is like magic, half way through the book I wasn’t sure if I loved it or hated the writing style but after I had finished and everything came together and I read some of the quotes I realized I love the book, I love the quotes and I love the magic of the story I loved the roller coaster of emotion. I was taken on there journey with them.

Congrats L. Duarte on an amazing book I cant wait to read more of your work!!

5 Massive stars

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Our Book Review – Chasing Fireflies by Paige P. Horne


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** Review by Kylie from Bloggers From Down Under **

When I was given this book to read and give an honest review, I had no idea what I was in for. The note from the author had me pretty hesitant to even start. You see, this book is not only a beautiful love story, but also about a pretty taboo topic…… depression. Why my hesitation? Because I am a sufferer, and have been for the better part of 10 years. I have suffered in silence, sometimes thinking that I didn’t matter. But I can sit here today and say that I am not cured, but I am loved and hell yes, I do matter.

There have been many books skirting the issue of depression and the effects it has on everyone around the sufferer. But, and please forgive me if my words come across as too strong, finally, finally here is the book I’ve been waiting for. It handles this illness with the dignity it so deserves. It gives the perspective from not only one side but from all involved. It gave me hope and made me see that there are people out there who are just like me, that I am not alone, even in a room full of people.

It had me jumping up and saying out loud, “this is exactly what depression is like”, where before I had no words to describe it.

Paige, from the bottom of my heart, THANKYOU. This little book of yours is simply outstanding. If I could rate it higher, believe me I would.
I highly recommend this wonderful, heartbreaking and insightful story.

Bravo Paige, Bravo xoxoxo

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Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton


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Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton


Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. A Children’s Story. For Adults.

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”
—Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”
— Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” –Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review

Excerpt from Chapter 13, “Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My Fiancé”

Scene Prologue: At this point in the story, Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, is twelve years old. An android named DotCom (his name is a recurring pun throughout the novel) installed a port in her upper spine and has directly downloaded data into her brain for the last several years. His ship is hidden in a cave in the Woods behind the family’s house in the hollow. DotCom was sent to Earth to train and recruit Lacy Dawn to save the universe from an imminent threat, but was recalled due to slow performance. In this scene, DotCom has returned to Earth and Jenny, the mother, meets him for the first time.


…..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn’s name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.
I hear her voice. Why won’t she answer me?
“Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.
Nobody responded. The trees weren’t supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree.
I will always love you guys.
Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.
Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front.
Jenny looked to the left of the path.
There ain’t no cave Roundabend, but there it is.
She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face. Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn’t exit and into a blue light that did.
“All right, you mother f**ker!”
“Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you’re supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story).”
DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner. Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.
“Grrrrr,” emanated from Jenny. It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn’s dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house. It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate. No one moved. The spaceship’s door slid shut.
“Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.”
“You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.
Stay between them.
“Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I’m old enough — like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend — what you call it — my fiancé.”
“You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.
“MOM! Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.”
Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.
He ain’t got no private parts, not even a little bump.
“DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.”
Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.
“Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”
I will need much more training if I’m ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.
“Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”
Jenny’s left eye twitched.
DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…
…(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There’re a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain’t complained since the shots started — not even with an upset stomach.”
“He’s a doctor?” Jenny asked.
“What’s your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know. You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that’s different — even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.”
“Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said.
Mommy’s right. Maybe I need a different argument.
A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them.
“What’s that?” Jenny asked.
She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.
“But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.
“Mommy, I’m so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn’t talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he’d be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain’t had no chance to talk. All I know is that he’s home and I’m sooooo happy.”
“Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more….
It’s unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that’s a good sign. Maybe she’s right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They’ve been together for a while and I ain’t seen a mark on her. That’s unusual too. He ain’t got no private parts and that’s another good thing. Hell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I’d better play it smart. I don’t want to lose my baby.
“What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked.
“I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”
“My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition — the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said.
They both glared at him.
“Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said.
“Okay, Mommy.”
“I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her.
“I love you too,” DotCom said.
Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile — at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.
Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up. My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”

Excerpts of Two Book Reviews – Gold Medal Awards

Awesome Indies:
“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.”


Readers’ Favorite:

“…Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved… Robert Eggleton is a brilliant writer whose work is better read on several levels. I appreciated this story on all of them.”


About the author:

Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next — never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency.

Today, he is a recently retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. The second edition of Rarity from the Hollow was release on November 3, 2016. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.

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