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Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly RingMunich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring


Publisher: Whole Sky Books (November 14, 2015)
Category: Historical Fiction,  WWII, Germany, Family Saga
Tour date: Feb 1-Mar 31, 2017
ISBN: 978-0996546980
Available in Print & ebook, 356 pages

The Munich Girl

Description of Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring


The Munich Girl: A novel of the legacies that outlast war.

The past may not be done with us. What secrets is a portrait of Eva Braun hiding?

Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends.

Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart, to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.

Fiction Finalist in 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Awards

My Thoughts Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring


Anna Dahlberg’s mother, Peggy has asked her to come over to talk.  She has something important to tell her.  However, Peggy dies before Anna can get there.  What did she want to tell her?  Not long after, Anna moved into her mother’s house with her husband, Lowell. Lowell has been writing a book about Hitler and also owns a magazine called “The Fighting Chance”.  Although Anna has a job lined up, Lowell demands that she write some articles for the magazine to help the promotion of his upcoming book.

A German man by the name of Hannes runs the magazine for Lowell and he respects Anna’s work, unlike her husband.  Anna and Hannes decide that she should write an article on Eve Braun, Hitler’s mistress.  She gets to work with research and is surprised at what she finds.  It turns out that Eve was friends with Anna’s mother.  As she digs deeper, Anna unearths many family secrets.

The Munich Girl is told by Anna and her mother, Peggy, via a manuscript Anna found.  It shifts back and forth from the 1990’s to World War II.  It is a story of the self discovery of Anna Dahlberg, lost family, history, romance, and of course, the real life person from history, Eve Braun.

I was a bit worried about how I would feel reading about Hitler’s mistress.  How could anyone have cared for the monster, let alone slept with him, willingly.  However, woman throughout history have made poor choices in men.  I included, my first husband was not a nice person.  So over the course of the book, I did build some sympathy for Eva.  I would have liked an author’s note at the end of the book to find out if that sympathy was really warranted.  I loved Anna’s character and how she developed and grew over time.  Actually all of the characters were well drawn out.  The sense of time and place were also well written and Phyllis Edgerly Ring’s descriptions of World War II Germany were excellent.  I highly recommend ‘The Munich Girl’!

4.5/5

I received the Kindle ebook for my honest review.

About Phyllis Edgerly RingMunich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring


Author Phyllis Edgerly Ring lives in New England and returns as often as she can to her childhood home in Germany. Her years there left her with a deep desire to understand the experience of Germans during the Second World War. She has studied plant sciences and ecology, worked as a nurse, been a magazine writer and editor, taught English to kindergartners in China, and served as program director at a Baha’i conference center in Maine.

She is also author of the novel, Snow Fence Road, and the inspirational nonfiction, Life at First Sight: Finding the Divine in the Details. Her book for children, Jamila Does Not Want a Bat in Her House, is scheduled for release by Bellwood Press in early 2017.

Blog: http://phyllisedgerlyring.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhyllisEdgerlyRing?ref=hl
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Recovered (Shapeshifters' Library #3) by Amber PoloRecovered (Shapeshifters’ Library #3) by Amber Polo


Publisher: Wordshaping Press (November, 2016)
Category: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Dogs, Werewolves,  Humor, Pet Rescue
Tour date: Feb 1-Mar 31, 2017
ISBN: 978-1539059813
Available in Print & ebook, 224 pages

 Recovered (The Shapeshifters' Library #3)

From the Award Winning Author:

Bliss D. Light believes she’s an ordinary children’s librarian…until she grows a tail.

Now her life is filled with more magic than any fairy tale she reads the children at the Shipsfeather Library. Bliss’s newly discovered dog-shifting ability allows her to change into a sleek white Greyhound but leaves her yearning to dig up her heritage and track down the dog-shifters’ lost library. Her best friend Harry, disgraced werewolf/dog-shifter mix, smitten with Bliss and eager to redeem himself, insists he accompany her.

Tailed by the devilish werewolf duo of Harry’s supercilious ex-wife Sybilla and bad boy Blaze, their cross-country quest takes them up ancient mounds and into extreme danger.

Chased by federally-funded dogcatchers, sold to a racetrack, and forced to fight wolf-dogs is no walk in the park. Aided by dog rescue advocates and a bookstore cat, Bliss and Harry never lose sight of their goal—or each other.

Series Description Shapeshifters’ Library  by Amber Polo


Dog-shifting librarians nose to nose with book-burning werewolves!

Light fantasy series for the dog lover who lusts for books and adores libraries. Comic villains, smart sweet heroines, and brave intelligent heroes share a world where dogs talk and librarians battle werewolves to protect knowledge.

My Thoughts Recovered (Shapeshifters’ Library #3) by Amber Polo


I don’t read novels with shapeshifters very often but ‘Recovered’ makes me think perhaps I should!  I tend to stick with more serious books however; my mood tends to get dark at times.  I think reading more fun novels like this would brighten my mood.  ‘Recovered’ made me laugh and smile a lot!

Librarian, Bliss D. Light comes to realize she sometimes becomes a dog.  Yes, the kind with four legs and a tale, a greyhound, in fact. J Thus begins her adventure with her friend Harry, a werewolf/dog-shifter mix on their search for the dog-shifters’ lost library.  Along the way they encounter all kinds of hurdles including Harry’s ex-wife, dog catchers, being forced into dog fighting, and being sold to a race track, among other things. 

It sounds crazy, I know but it is crazy good!  I got so caught up in the story that I could not put ‘Recovered’ down and had to stay up into the wee hours for the morning to finish it.  This book was so well written in the expert hands of Amber Polo.  It’s full of fun quirky characters that are well developed and that I will not soon forget. 

‘Recovered’ is the third novel in her ‘Shapeshifters Library’ series but the series can easily be read out of order as they are loosely linked.  I now have the first two books on my list to read. Highly recommended!

5/5

I received the ebook version for my honest review.

About Amber PoloRecovered (Shapeshifters' Library #3) by Amber Polo


Amber Polo’s lifelong love of libraries and dogs led to a fascination with lost ancient libraries and curiosity about why werewolves outnumbered dog-shifters in literature and inspired her urban fantasy series The Shapeshifters Library.

The mystical side of Sedona became the comic paranormal setting for Hearts in the Vortex. One day a plane flew past her office window and she turned her pen to her own airpark backyard and Heads in the Clouds was the result.

Author of award-winning fantasies and Arizona romances, Amber relaxes stressed writers and readers. Relaxing the Writer offers a catalog of suggestions and simple exercises while her calming CDs help (almost) anyone relax and find restful sleep.

After living in seven states, she’s settled in a small Arizona town.

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Healing of Howard Brown by Jeb Stewart HarrisonHealing of Howard Brown by Jeb Stewart Harrison


Publisher:  Create Space (August 16, 2016)
Category: Literary Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Family Saga
Tour Date: January & February, 2017
ISBN: 978-1530900282
Available in: Print & ebook,  336 Pages

“This is your last chance to do something right, son. Don’t screw it up.”

With these words ringing in his 60-year old ears, Howard Brown, Jr., sets out from Kentfield, California to find his wayward and possibly psychotic sister and return her to their dying father’s bedside. The search leads him to the Brown family’s ancestral home near St. Francisville, Louisiana, where his Southern cousins have apparently conspired with his sister to bilk him out his inherited, potentially oil-rich property. At the same time, he discovers that a long dormant birthmark in his sternum is a portal to the land of the dead. His consciousness is suddenly inundated with terrifying visitations from a rogue’s gallery of twisted ancestors, until he fears that he is just as crazy as his sister and everybody else in their labyrinthine family. Wounded to his core, doped up and strung out, Howard discovers that his salvation is beating loud and clear, within his own weary heart, and that all he has to do is listen.

The Healing of Howard Brown is a capacious and energetic narrative of self-discovery, delivered with an authentic voice that is supple, smart, somber, witty, ironic, self-revealing, self-doubting, and wonderfully lyrical. Themes of family, trust and responsibility to others, the national as well as personal past, and the life of the spirit resound throughout, with a cultural resonance involving class and race, the North and the South, the definition of masculine identity, and, centrally, the nature of mature love in a multitude of relationships-husband-wife, brother-sister, father-son- in the face of a debilitating mental illness that runs like a poison vein through the family tree.

 My Thoughts Healing of Howard Brown by Jeb Stewart Harrison

This novel opens with the patriarch of the family on his death bed.  The family is around him but his daughter just ups and leaves, actually disappears.  As the man dying seems to have taken his last breath, he all of a sudden sits up and tells his son, Howard to go find his sister, Sisi,  Thus begins Howard’s journey of self discovery and family secrets.  

Howard starts out from California and goes to his cousin’s in Louisiana where he had heard Sisi had been. While there, Howard makes many discoveries including that his cousins were conspiring with Sisi to scam Howard out of his inheritance. There are many complex issues at play in this family drama, treated expertly by Jeb Stewart Harrison!

The Healing of Howard Brown is very unique in literary quality and humor.  I loved the writing, vivid descriptions, the quirky characters, and the laugh out loud moments!  I also enjoyed the pop culture tidbids, like the mention of ‘Lost In Space’. This is a moving meditation on life, self-discovery, and family.  I recommend it highly! I can’t wait to read more by Jeb Stewart Harrison!

5/5

I received the ebook version for my honest review.

About Jeb Stewart HarrisonHealing of Howard Brown by Jeb Stewart Harrison


Jeb Stewart Harrison is a freelance writer, songwriter, musician and painter in Stinson Beach, California. After many years as an ad agency copywriter, writer/producer, creative director, and director of marketing communications, Jeb now writes fiction and creative non-fiction, along with commercial works for hire.

Jeb’s debut novel, Hack, was published by Harper Davis Publishers in August 2012. In 2015 he received his MFA from Pacific Lutheran University at the tender age of 60, and followed up with the publication of “The Healing of Howard Brown” in August, 2016. He also records and plays electric bass guitar with the popular instrumental combo The Treble Makers, as well as Bay Area favorites Call Me Bwana.

Jeb was born and raised in Kentfield, California, and has lived in Boulder, CO; Missoula, MT; Hollywood, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; Indianapolis, IN and Ridgefield, CT.

Website: http://www.jebsharrison.com/
Blog: http://adventuresinlimboland.blogspot.ca/
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