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Review: The Rule of Knowledge

rule ofThe Rule of Knowledge by Scott Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: I own paperback copy that purchased myself (and signed by author) 🙂

It was one of those days where you just happened to bump into the author at the bookshop… I purchased this book for no other reason than to support a local author. The book has caught my interest a few days prior somewhere online mainly due to the attractive cover and the promising adventure into ancient times. I must admit a partiality to biblical times, primarily due to my faith.

The story alternated in between the present time where Shaun Strickland, an academic nobody, was enticed away from home, and biblical time when Jesus lived, performed miracles, and was about to die. Usually with such alternating stories, I would feel the pull of interest towards one story than the other but not in this case; I didn’t feel the need to skip a chapter first to see what will happen with one storyline. The stories were woven in a way that the information were dropped in the time when we needed it.

In both stories, the main characters have their own mission on which the peace, the security, of the world depended upon. Whilst one was acutely aware of this fact, the other was driven by the thought of revenge. Both faced dangers, from known and unknown sources, which could come at them from any direction. The Rule of Knowledge is a thrilling, action-packed, fast-paced read; full of car chases, shooting guns, explosions, and even disguises.

I was pleasantly surprise with 2 factors: time travel and the favourable lean towards Christianity. I love my time travel stories and I had no idea this was one! If you like your time travel with a bit of a science-y background, this may appeal to you…

‘I understand what you are saying,’ he said. ‘I too do not always understand the way in which the Almighty works, but I know that the limitation is mine. It is I who do not understand in the same way a dog does not understand where or why its master goes away every day, needing to work to pay for the food he comes home to provide. Understanding changes. Knowledge changes, but men were killed for claiming so because the people did not understand. It is the understanding that changes, not the thing. I cannot answer that for you; it is no my place to. Each of us must come to our own conclusion.’

 

The boundaries of Shaun’s beliefs squeezed outwards under the pressure of the new information. Why was it so hard to, believe? Did he want there to be nothing beyond what he could understand? Did he want there to not be some sort of God? He examined himself and realised that he had shut himself off to even the possibility for one simple reason; it meant that he was wrong.

This book is in a way similar to Da Vinci Code in that it’s a conspiracy theory which involved a worldwide belief, Christianity. It is, I found, dissimilar (aside from the time travelling bit) in the attitude towards Christianity. I was very conscious, in reading Da Vinci Code, of all the kerfuffle it has induced in the world –and therefore noted the somewhat antagonistic view of Christianity where the Vatican was basically just evil. In The Rule of Knowledge, the Vatican has the truly faithful and the power hungry; whilst not perfect, it seems balanced. There were other factors as well which makes me wonder whether the author himself is a believer. The ultimate purpose of time travel here is definitely something we’ve all wondered about!

This book is highly recommended to those seeking a fast paced book with mysteries, pieces of history and bits of time travel thrown in. I, myself, am hoping for more of the kind from the author.

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Review: All Our Yesterdays

all our yesterdaysAll Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
My rating: 5 of 5 star

Source: eARC courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing via Netgalley

It’s easy to see why this book appeals to me… time travel! Yup, there’s no keeping me away 🙂 On the other hand, I really didn’t look into this book too much and so didn’t really have any sort of expectation other than being a quick entertainment seeing that it was a YA book. However, I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I loved this book.

Despite the miserable situation in the beginning, Em and, especially, Finn, easily found their way into my heart. Their conversations were what kept each other going in their isolation and Finn always find a way to lift Em’s heart and courage. It was a bit of a mystery why they are there and so was Em’s fixation on drains. I found the drain obsession to be a bit funny actually as my toddler was scared of the bathtub’s drain for quite a while thinking that he’d be sucked in there too; what Em found though gave her and Finn a purpose, a mission. Neither Em nor Finn are Bond materials but they know what the future holds and this is what drives them regardless of their conflicted hearts.

The story is told from 2 perspectives, not really of opposite sides but this gives us, as readers, an “in” and therefore, a full rounded view, to what’s happening inside and out. This brilliant storytelling combined with an unstoppable plot made an un-put-down-able book! All Our Yesterdays not only contained time-travel, it also contained suspense, action, mystery, romance –all components I loved in a novel. Whilst the book could be a stand-alone (I was quite happy with the ending), I really do want to hang out with these characters again so I’m really glad to find that there’d be a sequel 🙂

Thank you, Bloomsbury Publishing via Netgalley, for the privilege of reading & reviewing galley.

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Review: Dream of Time

dream of time

Dream of Time by Nancy J. Price
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One sure fire way to get me to read a book is by telling me that it’s a time-travel one. Of course, due to my obsession I’m also sensitive to any title which may be interpreted in such a way. Thus I stumbled upon this little gem on Netgalley (Cheers!).

Robin is such an amazing character! She is definitely intense but also courageous, resourceful, and determined. I feel tired just thinking of the things she has to do. Living one life is enough for me but living two lives, Robin is truly a super-woman. She did pretty well living 2 lives for a while although the strain “time travelling” of it will kill any human. (You’d understand this when you read this book and find out how she time-travelled)

I love Travis! He is definitely a dreamy gentleman. *sighs* He was gentle, considerate, thoughtful, and totally charming. Interestingly, there was another side of him that was quite violent though according to the times and his position, it seems to be an acceptable thing.

As the story is told alternatively between the ‘now’ and the ‘past’ although there are a lot more in the past so at times, it really feels like Robin’s present time and her children are not real at all. Understandably, there was a big mystery in the past which needed solving and that’s the focus of this book. It’s more of a mystery-historical-time-travel-fiction; the mystery is the reason Robin is being sent to the past and through that, we get to enjoy the historical perspectives of San Francisco. The only thing I felt was lacking was the actual mechanics of the time-travel – it was sort of explained in a sort of divinely unexplainable way so it fell short with me.

This book was very much a fun book to read with enough humour and romance to make it into a light relaxing reading that doesn’t require you to think too much.

Thank you Synchronista via Netgalley for privilege to read & review eGalley

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Review: Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It looks like I’ve got a really good start, this year, in catching up with the Aussie lits. This is another classic which pretty much everybody has read but me! Seriously, looking at the cover, I thought it’d be something creepy (a quote at the back of the book reads, “It’s Beatie Bow – risen from the dead!”) but it’s not at all creepy! It’s a time travel tale which I adore and I love this book!

Abigail Kirk is not perfect. She was hurt deeply years ago and has never let go. She felt that she should and she wanted to but she doesn’t know how. It took a trip in time for her to learn about love and what it means to love. The ending, whilst pretty predictable, also carried a twist which I didn’t expect.

The story is set in Sydney’s Rocks area and I had in my head through the book the images of cobblestones paths, sandstone buildings, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge… One of the loveliest places around! This is one of the factor of my loving this book because I can see it clearly in my head as I know the place well 🙂

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Blog Tour: Across The Winds of Time -a Review

While on a genealogical research journey through the Midwest, Molly Hamilton impulsively buys a 100-year-old Victorian house in the middle of a cornfield, and falls in love with the house’s owner…the original owner, that is. Can he be a ghost? The handsome, intriguing attorney certainly feels solid—and somehow her soul knows she has always loved him.

Darius Ferguson has no idea how he has come to present-day Iowa. The last thing he knew, the year was 1880, and he had just buried his fiancée, who happens to look exactly like Molly. He cannot separate the two women in his heart—to him, they are one.

In spite of being drawn to him, Molly thinks Darius is unhinged. Darius wonders if he has joined his fiancée in purgatory. If time travel is possible, will love be enough to build a future together?

My Blurb

This love story is woven between a swoony 20th century heroine and a true blue 19th century ‘gentle’ –man.  Does this description make you smile or cringe?  A bit of both to me!  These days (maybe I’m turning into a bit of a cynic) I don’t handle swoony heroine that well but…  Molly is just one of those likeable female and her swoony-ness is written in such a way that it’s more sniffy funny than roll-the-eyes-here-we-go-again type of swoons.  And seriously, having a gorgeous gent ready to catch you when you fall… which one of you will not fall for him, hhmmm?

I have really enjoyed this light-hearted romance which reached through time.  I just can’t get enough of time travel!  There was one thing I really liked about this book which I can’t mention just cuz it’ll spoil it for you :(.  For a novel where it’s just the two of them most of the time (most other characters flow in and out pretty quickly), it was Not boring…  Her modern-ness and his old-fashioned-ness provided more than enough amusement plus the uncertainty of their future together (when, how, if ever…) certainly drew me to the story.

A perfect beach read #amwishing #atthebeach

About Author

Bess McBride made her first serious writing attempt when she was 14. She shut herself up in her bedroom one summer while obsessively working on a time travel/pirate novel set in the beloved Caribbean of her youth, but she wasn’t able to hammer it out on a manual typewriter (oh yeah, she’s that old) before it was time to go back to school. The draft of that novel has long since disappeared, but the story is still simmering within, and she will finish the adventure one day soon.

Bess was born in Aruba to American parents and lived in Venezuela until her family returned to the United States when she was 12. She couldn’t fight the global travel bug within and joined the U.S. Air Force at 18 to “see the world.” After 21 wonderful and fulfilling years traveling the world and gaining one beautiful daughter, she pursued her dream of finally getting a college education. With a license in mental health therapy, she worked with veterans and continues to work on behalf of veterans. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary, light paranormal/fantasy and time travel romances and currently has eight novels published. She can be contacted through her web site at http://bessmcbride.com/ or blog at http://willtravelforromance.blogspot.com/.

GIVEAWAY

Bess is generously giving away the winner’s choice of a backlist eBook to one commenter at every stop, and a $25 Amazon gift card to one random commenter during the tour.  Do check the tour schedule to visit & comment on all stops!

PS: Sorry, folks, it appears there are some technical glitches that I can’t see!  Everything seems to be fine from my view but I’ve heard that the links aren’t working for basically everyone elses & you can’t leave comments either.  I’ve tried clearing up my cookies & caches & even changed the theme, in case there was an issue with the earlier theme (which I’ve only changed to a couple of days ago).  I’ve logged a ‘help’ post with WordPress but for now…  Sorry!!

Blog Tour: The Sun, The Moon, and Maybe The Trains -Interview + Giveaway

Welcome to the second stop on this tour.  I thought the title really intriguing and when I found out it’s about time travel and plus he went forward in time, well… I’m a goner, really!  For this stop, we’re going to get to know the author, Rodney Jones, a little and then you’d find some details on the book & giveaway.

While a past resident of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, New York, and Vermont, Rodney Jones now resides in Richmond, Indiana, where he whiles away his days pecking at a laptop, riding his ten-speed up the Cardinal Greenway, taking long walks with his daughter, or backpacking and wilderness camping.

His list of past occupations reads like his list of past residences, though his life-long ambition was to be an artist until he discovered a latent affinity for writing.

“In art,” Rodney says, “I was constantly being asked to explain images constructed from a palette of emotions and ideas, which usually required complex narratives to convey their meaning, if there even was a meaning. In writing, the words are creating the images, images are telling a story, the story is evoking feelings. I like it. There’s nothing to explain.”

Rodney’s interests include: art, science, politics, whiskey and chocolate, music (collecting vinyl records), gardening, and travel.

My Top 5 (time travel) destinations

1962, The Cavern Club, in Liverpool, England. To hang out with The Beatles—before they were famous, before anyone in the US had even heard of them.

1963, Selma Elementary, Selma, Indiana. To be witness to my fawn-eyed self, fumbling in the presence of the first girl I ever loved.

1450 BC, Memphis, Egypt. Sightseeing that strange and amazing world during its zenith.

1776, Vienna, Italy. I’d attend as many of Mozart’s public performances as possible. I hope I can take bottled water with me, though.

1619, Plymouth, Massachusetts. I’d do my utmost to educate the local natives regarding the hearts and minds of the pilgrims who would soon be arriving. Don’t be suckered by their presumptive powers and hypocritical gestures.  Call the shysters out for any and every suspicious word.

Oooh, Ancient Egpyt!  That’d be my Top most destination!

When inspiration hits at the busiest point of the day, I…

Inspiration nearly always strikes me during the least busy moment of the day, that moment just as I am about to drift off to sleep. How annoying. I lie there in my bed thinking, ‘This could be the greatest idea I’ve ever come up with.’ If I don’t get up, power up my laptop, and write it down, I’ll very likely forget it. I know I’ve lost a great idea or two by not taking immediate action. Whereas, when inspiration hits during a busy point in the day I have no problem retaining it until I get a chance to put it down.

10 of my favorite words and their usefulness:

Profound: There may be bigger words, but off the top of my head I can’t think of any that are as expansive or reach the depth that  ‘profound’ does.  ‘… his profound love for her … her profound hatred of him …’ like a climactic extreme. It’s a strong word, which should be used most sparingly, once per novel.

Suffer: I like ‘suffer’ when used to express a variety of emotions. I suffered
a dreadful longing for Knob Creek. Suffering the love of a woman I could never touch, etc..

Liquid: My favorite noun. What a beautiful word. Lick-quid. I simply like the sound of the word. I like saying the word out loud. I can write ‘a liquid moon,’ for example, and the reader imagines seeing a full moon reflected wet and squiggly off the quiet surface of a pond.

Incandescent: Here again is a seldom used, though lovely adjective. Like ‘liquid,’ I find the sound of the word pleasing. Embers becoming incandescent in the wind. The tip of her cigarette glowed incandescent with the suck of her puffy red lips. Ha!

Epiphany: Is there anyone who does not recognize the beauty of this word and its meaning. Please do not spoil it with overuse. If one of my characters has an epiphany, it is usually a profound moment for them.

Sorrow: “The sweet smell of a great sorrow lies over the land…Pink Floyd. Like ‘profound,’ this word can evoke a feeling of great depth, and if used correctly, empathy.

Placid: The hound dog lying placid in the sun offers this quote from Office Space: “It’s not that I’m lazy; it’s just that I don’t care.”

Whatsoever: I mean, how does this happen? Three words are used so frequently that they become one? That’s pretty cool, I think.

Yearning: I’m a romantic.

Schmuck: My all-time favorite word rhymes with schmuck, but I wasn’t sure it would be appropriate to explore here. Schmuck, though, is one of those words whose meaning is clearly evident in its usage.  No need to look it up. I however have yet to find a place for it in any of my stories, but I’m far from done.

Bufadu: A extremely rare word. So rare, you won’t find it in any dictionary. It’s the name of the planet on which my story Entwined takes place. It literally means beautiful, and originated in the mind of a dear friend’s young niece. You are so bufadu … toooo meeee.

Oblivious: An often overlooked state of mind. I like the qualities the word can imply as much as its literal meaning. Plus I love the sound of the word.

Udderly: A little known adjective, which means: Anything that might dangle in a loose or limp fashion, and may perhaps sway and jiggle when in motion. ‘His speech was udderly amazing!’

Hootenanny:  Just look at this word. Say it out loud, for crying out loud. It’s bloody fun! It’s a happy word.

Did I miscount?

Aaaah… Err, maybe just a bit…?

What would it take to convince you that the woods you just left is a hundred and forty-four years distant from the one you entered?

Ten years have passed since the Civil War broke up John Bartley’s family. Living with his aunt and uncle in the tiny village of Greendale, Vermont, isn’t filled with excitement for a seventeen year-old.

Until John walks into the woods one day and stumbles into 2009…

Fortunately, he chances upon the outspoken Tess McKinnon. To earn her trust, he must first convince her that he is neither a lunatic nor a liar. The proof he needs is buried at the end of a mountain road, where the ruins of Greendale lie just beneath a layer of dead leaves and moss.

What became of his home? Why is there no record of its existence?

Available at Amazon (kindle), Smashwords, Amazon (paperbook), Barnes & Noble (nook), Kobo

Tour Schedule & GIVEAWAY

Do check out the rest of the stops and enter the giveaway at Red Adept Publishing.  There are a stack of prizes including 3 Amazon GC for $10, $20, & $30 and some swags (swags are limited to US residents only).