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Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia by Bryanna Plog

Summary: If you’re looking for a book about Colombia that involves harrowing escapes from FARC guerrillas or tales of drug smuggling… this is not it. In­stead, MISSPELLED PARADISE gives an honest and light­hearted look at the history, culture, and diversity of a country that may be struggling with poverty and a civil conflict, but celebrates its joy with blasting street parties named after the stacks of amplifiers, tiny watery beers, and a never-ending parade of beauty contestants.

As a volunteer middle school English teacher in an impoverished Colombian Caribbean community, Bryanna Plog recounts with dry humor her year traveling Colombia’s cities, deserts, and rainforests (fairly successful ventures), her attempts to hold class on a regular schedule (less successful), and her quest to eat meals that didn’t include rice (a complete and utter failure).

From the high rises of Bogotá, to the small island town of Santa Ana, from the deserts of the Guajira peninsula and the northern-most part of South America to the jungles of the Amazon rainforest far south, learn, be surprised, and laugh out loud as you journey through a reinvented Colombia.

 

I have wanted to go to Colombia since I was 23 and worked with this ridiculously cool kid named Andres.  Andres was from Bogota and he used to tell me how things were different and someday the world would see that.  Andres went off to Purdue and I have not seen in him in over a decade… but his passion for his home has always stuck with me.

Here is the funny thing though, up until about two years ago… I always spelled Colombia… Columbia.  So when I saw this book I laughed the moment I read the title and knew I needed to read it.

This book has be me laughing at 3 am and I could not put it down.   The book touched on some serious subjects like poverty, lack of education and drugs but she did it in such a refreshing way that I felt like I was sitting in front of her having a conversation about her time in Colombia.

The author is a fantastic story teller and I bet after you read this novel you will want to go to Colombia too, or at least be way more curious about this country that you were before you read it.

Such a fantastic read I highly advise you read this one…. asap.

 

A School for Dragons by Amy Wolf

 

A School for Dragons
by Amy Wolf
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: April 11th 2017
Red Empress Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

Mattie Sharpe—seventeen and bored in L.A. —is getting into trouble. She gets into even more when she’s whisked to Cavernis, a world teeming with dragons. But these are dragons as you’ve never seen them: they are fussy gourmets; work as lawyers & CPA’s; and attend their school ASH, where they take classes like TNS (“Tails, Nails & Scales”).

Reuniting with her childhood friend, Mattie learns why she’s been brought there, and even heads ASH’s rowing team, Skull & Bones. She learns how to be a knight from the mysterious Eli, a small mute dragon…or is he?

 
 
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About the Author
Amy Wolf has published 38 short stories, including two in Realms Of Fantasy, and one in Interzone. Her memoir, Don’t Let Me Die In A Motel 6, is a humorous account of her years after the Great Recession (and is available on Kindle).

Amy started her career working for the Hollywood film studios, where she was a script writer/reader. She is currently a refugee from Los Angeles living in Seattle.

 
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Shearwater by D.S. Murphy @Creativindie @yaboundtourspr

Shearwater
by D.S. Murphy
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Mermaids
Release Date: January 26th 2017

Summary:

They found the dead girl on my birthday.
And I’m not entirely sure that her killer isn’t the boy I just tried to kiss.

The longer I spend in Ireland, the deeper my life seems to unravel. Whisperings of a dark secret that caused my mother to flee from her homeland. Run-ins with a pair of undeniably handsome and strangely mysterious guys. A sleep-walking adventure that nearly got me killed. The nearness of the moon and the ocean would be almost romantic, if I wasn’t being hunted for powers I didn’t know I possessed.

Not everything in mythology is just a story.
Not every fairy-tale is harmless.
Magic is very, very real… but so are the monsters from your worst nightmares.

Now I’m being chased by immortals, hunted by wizards, and forced to pick sides in a supernatural war I want no part of.

I might be the only one who can stop it.

But it will mean giving up the one thing my heart can’t bear to lose.

 
Shearwater is on sale for only $0.99! Buy a copy HERE!
 


About the Author

I wrote my MA thesis on Harry Potter and am working on my PhD in literature, while secretly writing YA fantasy novels and designing book covers. I blog about self-publishing, book design and book marketing, and am renting a castle for Nanowrimo 2016. I hope you like my writing!

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GIVEAWAY:
You can enter to win a paperback copy of Shearwater HERE!

 

Review: Into the Badlands

Alright I admit, this show is currently on Season 2… and I am way late to this party, but better be late to a party then never show up.  Am I right?

I am a huge lover of all things The Walking Dead, so when I missed a couple of episodes while I was in China I had to watch on the AMC app.   The app was constantly advertising this show Into the Badlands and me being a huge TV nerd I had to investigate and see what is up.

Guys, this show is so damn legit.  Like I am obsessed with this show.

Here is the premise we are in some society or alternate reality (I can’t decide which) where guns are outlawed and barons have taken over.   Are these barons nice??? uh no.  They are brutal badasses that have these warriors that are bad ass working for them.

One of these bad ass warriors has the cheerful name Sunny.   The story pretty much chronicles around Sunny and his shenanigans that he finds himself in.

That is a very dumbed down version of this TV show, this show is in fact so much more that once you start watching you will not want to stop.  The fight choreography and cinematography is awesome.   The story line will keep you engaged and you will not want it to end.   You will love the characters and have a tough time hating the bad guys.  Also, are the bad guys really bad??? You will have to decide because this show will keep you guessing and give you a hell of a fun ride the entire time you are watching.

First season is on Netflix, so if you stream Netflix you really don’t have an excuse.  It is a damn good show that will keep you highly entertained.