Book Review: “Milele Safari-An Eternal Journey” By Jan Hawke @JanHawke #RRBC #IARTG

Hello, and welcome to my Book Review of “Milele Safari: An Eternal Journey” by Jan Hawke.jan-hawke-book-cover-milele-safarii

Meet Jan Hawke.

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Meet Jan Hawke.

I live near Launceston in Cornwall UK with Toby and Benji the Springer Spaniels – it’s a tie between the boys as to who’s maddest, but as I outrank all of them in being weird anyway it’s not open to debate really.

I’m physically lazy with things that don’t hold much interest for me (so that’s mostly housework and, increasingly, cooking…), but I love where we live, mainly because I chose it for being so quiet and off the beaten track, very close to the moors and quite near to the sea.

I also love books, both to write and to read, the latter of which can be very eclectic (I enjoy Julian Barnes, Kate Atkinson, Jeanette Winterson and will happily admit to Jilly Cooper too) but in the main I’m heavily into SF&F, particularly Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Julian May, although I can pass on Zombie Apocalypses fairly easily…

…how I’ve chosen to write about Africa for my first novel may be something of a surprise to my friends, but if you read it you may find that all of the above information manifests in there somehow!

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Milele Safari – An Eternal Journey …twines around a single day, in an unremarkable border village that snuffs out the lives of four people and shatters many others, only to draw the survivors back to a different time and, perhaps, a hope of atonement and peace. Step out on the journey and discover an Africa that could have been, is and might one day come to be

My REVIEW. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book at first demanded my attention and then utterly commanded it .

Much has been said in previous reviews of this book that may lead a new reader into the false illusion that it is not an easy book to read.

It is the subject matter that is the gut wrenchingly difficult undertaking here. It is not this authors’ unique way of expressing and exposing the storyline, for author Jan Hawke in this her first sojourn into sharing her skill, has a richly compelling voice.

The author has a distinct style, a way of weaving and inter-weaving the enormously difficult task she undertook at the outset to make Milele Safari, if not less harrowing, then harrowing with a sense of real purpose and a clear direction.

Your comfort zone may well be breached. If you are looking for a read that gives breathtakingly stunning visual images, yes … you will find those inside these pages in rich abundance. By the same token the authors ability to craft the horrors of Genocide, to re-create the emotional impact of overwhelmingly brutal acts of man’s ultimate betrayal of his own species will not spare you. My emotions were flayed raw by its telling.

This author gives you no easy fix. Such is the fabric of her characterizations. Each one is significant. Each has a component  necessary to the telling. The sharing of insights from differing perspectives and even those of differing species raises questions, we may be unwilling or unable to answer.

If you undertake this journey with a need to learn and explore, if it’s taken with a willingness to open your mind and your heart, you will not be disappointed.

I will be seeking out further writings from Jan Hawke. I believe she will become a force in writing to be acknowledged and widely read.

Bravo.

 

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Talent Spotter #10. In celebration of an upcoming new release! By Author, Jeff Lee.

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I’m delighted to present Author Jeff Lee, One of my all time favorite comedic writers!

Jeff has a brand new book coming soon, in celebration of that event he is giving away a copy of his well received and hilarious book ” Ladies Farewell Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour.” to one lucky reader who comments below.

Hold on to your hats, folks … here we go!

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The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour

Vonda Mae Ables could never hurt a soul. Now she’s on the lam in a huge RV, with her best friends, gallons of Chardonnay and a stiff in the freezer.

Vonda has suffered her alcoholic boyfriend’s abuse for twenty years. But when she finally stands up for herself, she overdoes it and crushes his skull with a football trophy. Rather than turn herself in, she enlists her friends to help ditch the body. They stash the boyfriend in the freezer of his humongous RV and take off for Arizona, planning a quiet desert burial. Unfortunately, the plan goes more sideways with every mile. Vonda finally finds a likely place to plant the dead SOB, but now he’s frozen solid and stuck in the freezer.

Exhausted from their day of digging and unsuccessfully trying to extricate him, the women stop at a local cafe. While they’re drinking dinner, a gang of Harley-riding repo guys makes off with the RV and a Good Samaritan reports the theft. Vonda panics when the police arrive to investigate, knowing if the cops recover the RV and discover what’s in the freezer, she might have to turn that old trophy on herself.

Imagine THELMA AND LOUISE meets Lucy & Ethel — It’s about good friends, good wine, manslaughter and the lengths we’ll go for those we care about.

Here’s what just two reviewers had to say!

5 stars  “Quick – someone make this into a movie!!!”

From Mandy Ward “The Tiger Princess” (South Wales)

“…The story itself revolves around the active membership of the Newbury Park Ladies’ Temperance Club. Vonda, Kay and Francine are three close friends who support each other through the thick and thin of daily life, accompanied by as many bottles of wine as they can drink together.

 Vonda is married to Jack Thibideau and after one particularly nasty encounter with Jack’s taste in porn and alcohol, coupled with many good reasons for divorcing the guy, Vonda picks up a nearby trophy and does to Jack what any thinking person would like to do…

 The hijinks start after Francine and Kay find Vonda and decide to take her on a road trip in Jack’s luxury RV. They stuff Jack’s body into the RV’s onboard chest freezer and disappear into the night.

 This is one book you are going to find yourself snorting, cheering and laughing aloud at!

 Be prepared to have to read pieces out or explain what you are reacting to, or alternatively, you could suggest that the inquirer read the book themselves. Either way, it is a rollercoaster ride of emotion and entertainment from beginning to end.

 Jeff Lee has really captured the whole road trip movie feel and his characters are perfectly crafted, drawing you into the story and making you care about them in so few words. His descriptions at each pitstop they take and the encounters they have keep the story flowing nicely, especially after Fish and his Sidekicks get involved…

 This is a book that I think will lift the spirits no matter how many times you read it, and one that I can seriously see becoming a box office blockbuster.”

Review #2:

5.0 out of 5 stars “The Most Loveable Winos & Cast of Characters Ever!!!”

From D. D. Scott

I bought this book because I luuuvvved Author Jeff Lee’s blurb:
Thelma and Louis meet Lucy and Ethel

Great concept, right?!

But I fell in love with this book…and now have it on my cyber Keeper Shelf…because The Ladies Temperance Club is the most loveable bunch of quirky-crazy winos I’ve ever read!!!

And the secondary characters – Trailer Park and Diner Queen Ruby and her no-teeth, sweet-as-sugar hubby, Detectives Farley and Sturm, and the superfab Area 51 alien-hunting Icelandic boys – are a hoot and then some!!!

Not to mention the A-mazing one-liners throughout the entire book which had me LMAO from page one ’til The End.

Oh, and what’s not to luuuvvv about the well-endowed ceramic planters gracing the dashboard of the quirky-crazy winos’ RV?!

Rumor has it, Jeff is writing the sequel, and I know I’ll be one of the first to buy it!!!

And my own review!

Be warned..this book will make you laugh till you cry!


Format: Kindle Edition

This book should come with the attached warning…”Do not attempt to read this novel whilst drinking any form of liquid; it is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and spurt the contents of your drink over the nearest available clothing/electronic equipment/intended mother-in-law.

I love a book that makes me smile; I love a book that makes me laugh…This book made me embarrass myself on a crowded commuter train…I snort when I laugh that much, what can I tell you?

Meet the three female rogues…Vonda, Fifty something and making every day count for something… including murdering the low life son-of-a-sleazebag that has made her life intolerable for twenty years. The miserly, scamming, dysfunctional, short, nasty piece of work named Jack Thibideau. He earned his early demise, and then some.

Francine: Ahhh…my personal favorite, innocent, loyal to a fault, funny without attempting to be and just plain lovable. Watching her evolve is a joy to read. She is one of life’s survivors seemingly a quiet soul with no insight in how to stand up for herself.

Meet Kay; Smart mouthed, sassy, and a friend to the end.

These three diverse women take off in an RV that takes up a city block…on a journey to lay the body of Jack Thibideau, stiff {for the first time on his sicko life}, and slowing freezing in the underbelly of the van somewhere where he can defrost and decompose in peace {Not that he deserves it.}

The journey is a delight; author Jeff Lee has drawn each and every character with an artist’s eye for detail, dialogue, and clever characterizations. His observations of people are acerbic and acutely accurate.

Every character no matter how minor the role they play becomes clearly visible to the reader, you see them, hear them and in many cases smell them as they are intertwined in a cleverly plotted fast-paced delight of a book.

What pleases me even more with Author Lee’s work is that the plot is carefully drawn with seeming ease, comedic writing is hard to maintain, the timing has to be perfect and seemingly effortless… yet it it is one of the most difficult genres to write well.

This is a gem. Written beautifully.

The evolution of the characters is paced well, each of our central figures begin to change; they grow along with the story. I care about these women; I want the ending to see each of them happy. That is the mark of an Author that shines…someone that stands out from the crowd; Jeff Lee made me care for these folks. He is a fine writer, and I have no hesitation in giving this a 5 star rating, and happily recommending it to all those who enjoy a damned good laugh and more importantly a good story well told.

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 Links to find Jeff Lee.

Amazon link: Purchase Here on Amazon U.K

FB Author Page: on.Jeff Lee on Facebook

REMEMBER..1 lucky reader will win a kindle copy of This book. Just be certain to leave a comment below.

And! Be warned … the LATEST book in the series is on its way…(Hurricane Kretschman) will be available soon!

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Talent Spotter #4. My guests, Hannah Warren. Sheila Belshaw. Mary T Kincaid. Jason O’Hara & Viktoria Faust.

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I love promoting Talent! I love being part of a world where people explore the realms of inner thought. I love a world where escaping is as simple as opening your eyes and your mind.

With that in mind please welcome my first guest today

Hannah Warren

The Cottage on the Border. (The Jenna Kroon Series)

Talent Spotter Hannah Cocer Cottage on theJenna’s earliest memory is of her mother’s feet dangling in dust motes, as a three year old left orphaned while her mother’s corpse hung from a beam. Her mother committed suicide, that’s how she escaped and freed herself. When her own life falls apart Jenna’s earliest memory becomes her anchor, she too wants to be free.

Vincent Van Son is Jenna’s adopted brother, her psychiatrist, perhaps her only friend. He takes her to the Cottage for recovery, determined to rescue his sister from herself after her failed suicide attempt. The cottage on the border is at Oud Land, and is the location of many dark secrets.

Jenna’s close call with death leaves her open to the psychic world, and in this cottage in the onset of a misty winter, Jenna hears them, the voices of the past, memories of what happened on the border. It becomes a journey to herself. She has to listen, to witness, she has no choice. Their stories are her story, and it is a long heritage of murder, deceit, ethnic discourse and betrayal.

Perspective returns to the introspective prima ballerina, she has learned the truth of her family, of this cottage of psychic confessions. She alone emerges from the rubble of six decades of troubled family history, a lone phoenix.

The Cottage on The Border is a tale of murder, mystery, intrigue, familial despair, heartbreak, and spiritual resurrection.

Links:

Amazon link to book: https://www.amazon.com/Cottage-Border-Jenna-Kroon-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00XHWE9OG?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc
Website: www.hannahwarrenauthor.com
FB author page: https://www.facebook.com/HannahWarrenAuthor/?ref=bookmarks
Amazon author page: https://www.facebook.com/HannahWarrenAuthor/?ref=bookmarks
Tirgearr Author page: http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Warren_Hannah/index.htm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hannah_war

 

My next guest,  is Author …

Sheila Mary Taylor aka Sheila Belshaw

Golden Sapphire.

GOLDEN SAPPHIRE

A love story set in Stone

Samantha King has dedicated all her young life to mining sapphires in the Gemfields of Queensland – and at a cost. Her husband is killed in a mining accident trying to get her the biggest sapphire he can find – a magnificent golden sapphire she finds clutched in his hand when his battered body is recovered. Determined to make his sacrifice worthwhile she pledges to establish the golden sapphire as a symbol of love – a stone to rival the diamond. A stone every woman in love would want.

 But how?

Where there is one such sapphire, there are probably more. And they probably stretch into Old Dan’s concession, adjacent to her own … but unreachable because Old Dan is her dearest friend …

Five years later when Old Dan dies, his nephew, Mark, a prominent London jeweller – young, arrogant, confident, distinguished – comes to Queensland to wrap up his affairs and sell his uncle’s claims, but becomes fascinated by his uncle’s fabulous collection of sapphires. And by Samantha.

But Samantha is only interested in acquiring Old Dan’s mining rights. Is there some way she can persuade Mark to sell them to her?

And is there some way Mark can persuade Samantha that life is not just about sapphires?

Purchase Golden Sapphire on Amazon .com

 

Please welcome my next guest…

Author Mary T Kincaid

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 Is everyone supposed to always conform  to expectation.? Mortimer couldn’t? What if there is another world waiting for us? Would you reach for it? Mortimer did. Would you explore? Can you hear the music of another parade?

Purchase Mortimer Here

 

Please welcome my next guest

Jason O’Hara

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Cris Juarez watches as vampires rise to power, sweeping mankind out of the way with a war that destroys the peace she had known. Now, with the help of a werewolf named Grady, a tech wizard known as Angel, and two immortals known as Grigori, she learns the dark truth and why the world she knew ended. Now it is up to her to bring the vampires’ reign of terror to an end. But first, she needs to learn how to fight. In this, book one of the Angel of Death saga, She begins her journey. Will she survive it?

Purchase Here

Please welcome my next guest …

Viktoria Faust

Viktoria’s book is named  RECYCLED, no cover available, however the cover below is from her other work. The synopsis refers to RECYCLED.

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RECYCLED.

Humanity lost its ability to procreate, but stayed creative in ways to keep itself alive. Not to the satisfaction of all what was left of human kind.

Recycled available here

 

And one of my own books,

Author S. Burke

Spine chilling suspense
A chilling psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

In Book 1 of the ‘Unintended Consequences’ series Acts Beyond Redemption takes you on a twisted, deadly ,journey.
Mike Matheson is head of a Special Task Force set up by the F.B.I to track down and apprehend the serial killers responsible for 18 brutal murders.

He and his team are exhausted, frustrated, and ready to burn out after almost five years and no leads.

Nothing in their experience has prepared them for this. Nothing in their imaginations could conceive of the truth hidden in plain sight.

Someone on the inside is deflecting their weary eyes away from a truth too incomprehensible to be permitted to exist.

Revealing it and those that set it in motion would bring the most powerful country on earth to its knees. The corridors of power shake.

Who will be buried in the shattered remains of a country where freedom and honor are treasured above all things?

Just how far will those elected to protect and defend go, to keep the American dream alive.

Purchase on Amazon.com here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Talent Spotter’ #3.

Welcome to Talent Spotter #3. Again I’m delighted to welcome a marvelous collection of Authors.

If you care to join in and wish to be promoted on Talent Spotters, the details are at the conclusion of this post.

Please …Welcome, Author Kristen Stone.

             If the world hadn’t changed –

2019. Great Britain prepares for the election of a new prime minister, but just how great is this green and pleasant land? Who holds the power? Can the working man ever affect real change? Or are we destined to repeat the mistakes of the past in a perpetual re-telling of history. As today’s disenchanted, yearn for a rose-tinted yesteryear, the Smith family simply wish for a life without poverty and suppression, a world without the threat of war and disease in which they and their children might flourish amid fairness and equality. But things are rarely that simple… In this unique dystopian glimpse at a world unchanged by labour laws or advances in technology, we discover just how un-halcyon our days would actually be -If The World Ha’tdn Chagned.

 

 A dystopian future … Entrenched in the past.

Historical notes

Not until 1918 were all men given the vote. 1918 Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act, so this act was never passed.

 You will find Kirsten Stone on each of the following links

KINDLE UK http://dld.bz/eEmcG

KOBO  http://dld.bz/eErpv

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SCRIBD  http://dld.bz/eEmdp

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 Paperback is available at Lulu and coming everywhere else soon.

Please …  Welcome, Author, David Rix.

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A Suite in Four Windows

A fusion of modernist music and horror story.

Four Windows.  Four View of the city from the Haunted House.  Four music students working hard to analyse a unique and extraordinary musical composition.  Four minds about to take a ride through derangement and beyond as the clouds gather over the city of London.  From The Night of the Electric Insects through the Songs of Bones and Flutes all the way to God Music and the return trip, George Crumb’s Black Angels paints a unique picture of good and evil, madness and ethereality.  But listen too hard to it and it can do things to you – especially as the skies turn yellow and lightning flickers like burning alcohol in the distance.  As the sounds shriek out into the night, who shall fly and who shall fall?  Who shall look up and who shall look down?  And when the music whispers into silence – what shall be left?

Contact David,  on the following link.

 http://www.snugglybooks.co.uk/a-suite-in-four-windows/

Please … Welcome, Author, Chuck Lovatt.

“The Adventures of Charlie Smithers”

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THE NUMBER 1 BEST-SELLER!

Harry Flashman, step aside, old son. Make way for Charlie Smithers.

“Poetic prose and humorous undertones that are wildly entertaining.” ~ Serious Reading

The time is the nineteenth century. The place, the Serengeti Plain, where one Charlie Smithers – faithful manservant to the arrogant bone-head, Lord Brampton (with five lines in Debrett, and a hopeless shot to boot) – becomes separated from his master during an unfortunate episode with an angry rhinoceros, thereby launching Charlie on an odyssey into Deepest Darkest Africa, and subsequently into the arms of the beautiful Loiyan…and that’s where the trouble really begins.

Maasai warriors, xenophobic locals, or evil Arab slavers, the two forbidden lovers encounter everything that the unforgiving jungle can throw at them.

“A truly engaging read that will keep anyone’s attention from the hilarious beginning until the last word. I highly recommend this 5 star novel.” ~ Chapters & Chats

PURCHASE ON THIS LINK.

 http://mybook.to/tacs

Please … Welcome, Author Taylor Morgan, writing as Phoenix L. James.

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“One choice can change your life…”

Rising from the ashes of her shattered past, Annie Clarke finds redemption in an unlikely place where she has a second chance to start over. With a sense of justice burning within, Annie’s mission is to rescue her little sister. But Annie’s journey is thwart with danger as secrets, lies and corruption seem to prevent her from ever knowing true happiness. Detective Oliver Bradley follows his heart – not the rules. As a third generation New York City police officer, Oliver is tortured by a past that he keeps secret. Living a lonely life, Oliver’s heart leads him astray. When his path crosses Annie Clarke’s, she causes him to rethink and question everything he ever knew about the law. Can Annie and Oliver rescue Annie’s little sister and extract justice from the corrupt system before the one man who has manipulated their lives destroys their future? “A story of healing, courage, love, and strength to rise above adversity and defy the odds. A must read that will touch the human.

This book is also available in Large Print.

PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE.

 

Please … Welcome, Author, RICHARD MCSTAY

SURVIVORS OF FLIGHT 387

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A mechanic who’s been to prison and a highly skilled plastic surgeon are certainly an unlikely match. Richard Buchanan, wrongfully convicted, is now looking for a new start by taking a job in China. Dr. Susan Ryan is taking a break from her controlling family and fiance to do some charity work in Bangladesh. But their plans go awry when their plane crashes into the Pacific and they are the only survivors. Only their ingenuity in building a make-shift raft from debris keeping them alive. After a week of eating raw fish and battling the weather and sharks, they reach a small island, thinking they’ve returned to civilization. But they’re wrong – they only find more problems. They get to know each other and fall in love as they fight off storms, injuries, and drug-dealing pirates who want them dead. If they succeed in returning to civilization, can they also fight public opinion opposing their love?

Purchase Richard’s work on the following links.

 

 

And take a look at:

“Acts Beyond Redemption” My Book. Author S. Burke.

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“For those that enjoy a gripping, fast-paced, Psychological, Thriller. Buckle in … It’s one hell of a ride? Reviewer on Amazon.

In Book 1 of the ‘Unintended Consequences’ series Acts Beyond Redemption takes you on a twisted, deadly ,journey.

Mike Matheson is head of a Special Task Force set up by the F.B.I to track down and apprehend the serial killers responsible for 18 brutal murders.

He and his team are exhausted, frustrated, and ready to burn out after almost five years and no leads.

Nothing in their experience has prepared them for this.

Nothing in their imaginations could conceive of the truth hidden in plain sight.

Someone on the inside is deflecting their weary eyes away from a truth too incomprehensible to be permitted to exist.

Revealing it and those that set it in motion would bring the most powerful country on earth to its knees. The corridors of power shake.

Who will be buried in the shattered remains of a country where freedom and honor are treasured above all things?

Just how far will those elected to protect and defend go, to keep the American dream alive?

Available here on Amazon.

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