26 November 2018

What Travelers Leave Behind & This Week in Weird News

So, I'm always trying out new things on my blog and I figured why not share the weird news that I've found across the web this week. This week I've discovered the spooky cry of sailors, travelers that leave behind wheelchairs at the airport, and a family in search of their peacock.

The Weird Things We Leave Behind

An Australian airport is hosting an auction for the items left behind by travelers, one of which includes a nearly brand new wheelchair as well as jewelry and other items. The reasoning is for so many valuable pieces being left behind is the high emotions that usually run through an airport. I can imagine and while I don't travel often, but when I do, I try to travel as light as possible (if I can). And if you are the type to be endlessly curious like me, you can actually find some weird things up for auction. Check out this website that shows you a variety of auction sites!

How Do You Catch a Peacock

A couple is trying to figure out the best way to catch their peacock that has run away with a group of turkeys (this is a children's book waiting to happen). Apparently, the peacock got cold and lonely and found some turkeys to run with (who I can only assume were running away from the looming Thanksgiving day).

Ghosts or Prank?

This story screams of a Nancy Drew mystery or maybe Scooby Doo. Apparently, Norfolk fishermen are hearing cries for help in the waters of North Norfolk. What makes this more than just your average haunted waters tale is the fact that years and years ago a ship crashed and the captain of the ship drowned and cursed the local fishermen for not going out to help him. So, now when the fishermen of Norfolk in the present day hear cries in the sea, they go out for help. When they do, the cries move to another location in the sea. I'll let you decide what it could be.




25 November 2018

A Book to Read if You Love Historical Fiction: My MacArthur by Cindy Fazzi

Are you a fan of historical fiction novels? Well, I have for you one that you definitely need to check out. It's called My MacArthur by Cindy Fazzi, based on the relationship between Douglas MacArthur and Filipino actress, Isabel Rosario Cooper.

Here's a bit about the book (courtesy of the author):

The year is 1930. The place: Manila. Douglas MacArthur is the most powerful man in the
Philippines, a United States colony. He’s fifty years old, divorced, and he falls in love at first sight with a ravishing young Filipino woman. He writes her a love note on the spot. Her name Isabel Rosario Cooper, an aspiring movie actress. One glance at his note and she thinks of him
my MacArthur.

MacArthur pursues his romantic obsession even though he’s breaking numerous taboos. She reciprocates his affection because he could open doors for her financially struggling family. ThatMacArthur happens to be handsome compensates for the fact that he’s as old as her father.

When MacArthur is appointed the U.S. Army chief of staff, he becomes the youngest four-star
general and one of America’s most powerful men. Out of hubris, he takes Isabel with him to
America without marrying her.

Amid the backdrop of the Great Depression, MacArthur and Isabel’s relationship persists like "a perilous voyage on turbulent waters,” as she describes it. In 1934, after four years of relationshipMacArthur leaves Isabel for fear of a political scandal.

The general goes on to become the iconic hero of World War II, liberating the Philippines and
rebuilding Japan. Isabel drifts in Los Angeles unable to muster the courage to return to Manila.

What I Thought;

I'm not normally a fan of historical fiction but reading about Isabel really made me glad to discover this book. She was determined and I could completely relate to how much she wanted to get out of the spot she was in. Unfortunately, things didn't quite work out how she wanted. The characterization of Isabel felt very real to me and while this wasn't your standard happily ever after, I was still glad I read this book.

If you love historical fiction novels, I highly recommend My MacArthur by Cindy Fazzi. You will definitely love how the author depicts this complicated, rocky roller coaster of a relationship!

My MacArthur is now available to purchase on Amazon.com as an e-book (and print) as well as at Barnes and Noble.

About the Author


 Cindy Fazzi is a Filipino-American writer and former Associated Press reporter. She has worked as a journalist in the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. My MacArthur, published by Sand Hill Review Press, is her literary debut. She writes romance novels under the pen name Vina Arno. Her first romance book, In His Corner, was published by Lyrical Press in 2015. Her second romance novel, Finder Keeper of My Heart, was published by Painted Hearts Publishing in 2018. Her short stories have been published in Snake Nation Review, Copperfield Review, and SN Review.

You can find Cindy at -

Author Website: https://www.cindyfazzi.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CindyFazzi

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cindyfazzi/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cindy-Fazzi-779654065440439/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/862157.Cindy_Fazzi


GooglePlus: https://plus.google.com/+CindyFazzi/about

This book was part of WOW! Blog Tour and if you are looking for book promotion, be sure to send me an email to npyles[at]wow-womenonwriting.com. Want to read great books like this one? Make sure you send me an email to that same email address!

I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. 

19 November 2018

Book Spotlight: Story Bends by S.D. Henke


I'm excited to join in this blog tour for S.D. Henke! Read the book summary and then the excerpt below!

Story Bends
Published October 9th






What if your only escape from death was to meet it half way?

If the voices called on YOU...

Needed YOU...

Brought YOU in between the Bends of time where all faith is lost to those who wait. Your etchings hold the secrets to guide them on their way. Yet, there will be no safe passage if evil finds you first and you have no toll to pay.


I have for you an excerpt of the book:

“These pictures are different, Edvood. The likeness of the tall one reminds me of my late husband.” She inhales.
“He’s a bright burly one, that Siegfried,” I say.

“And the girl, Tilly, she is lovely, no?”

“I suppose if you’re the sort who can appreciate a bramble of thistle stuck in your shin, then yes,” we both laugh.

“I would have liked to have met them, Edvood. The giant, the mouse and your tiny dancer.”

“Quite the baffling bunch,” I say.
“It is good that you’ve drawn these.”
“I don’t ever want to forget them.” My hand lands softly on the image of Fritz. I trace my pointer finger around the cock-eyed frizzle of dark hair on his head. I aimed to capture his true age in his closely cinched wizened eyes. I’d think he was scowling if I didn’t know any better. “This is the way I always wish to remember him.”
“I think that you have helped them as much as they have helped you, Edvood. This love for your friends and these Bends is eternal. It is never forgotten.”
“What if I can’t save them in time?”
“What may come to be is not written yet. Just like the pictures in your journal that you have come to understand, we will not know until it is time that we must.”
“I owe them more than a meek pillar of hope for what they’ve given me.”
“All pillars have the foundation to stand and hold their ground when it matters most.”
“Another speech at the pulpit,” I mutter.
“It isn’t a question of faith, Edvood. It is what speaks to whatever is in us that is part of the greater question. Nothing, not God, not a miracle, just what is inside you. You yourself are the miracle, Edvood.”
“You never question things, do you?”
“Never is a blinding word, Edvood. It cuts off our access to the many paths that lay before us. I say, better that we choose. Each and every day, we have a choice to make.”
“I sincerely hope you’re right.”


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I began making my first connections to story in the early days of my childhood. Raised by my mother who ran an in-home daycare was where my imagination could run free and unencumbered. It was a safe zone and I learned from that experience the power of unconditional love.But my story wasn’t always filled with happy ever afters, and I came to understand that there are some sorrows and trauma that are part of all of us. As love and joy are universal, so is pain and suffering. Through the magic and alchemy of story, we can reach farther and heal our wounds.

I started my teaching career nearly 20 years ago and knew from the moment I began that this was my true calling. Teaching was in my bones and so, naturally was the little nip of my conscience for storytelling. I work to build strong, long-lasting relationships with my students. In fact, I began on this path toward a writing career because of the imprint they’ve had on my spirit. What I didn’t know was what the Muse had in store for me as the children I still come into contact with today continue to inspire the stories I write.

My greatest loves are exploring nature and spending time with family and friends. Whether I’m splashing it up on the local reservoirs, rafting down the Poudre River with my husband, two boys, and our dog Sophie, or shaping young minds in my classroom, I consider myself lucky to call Fort Collins, Colorado my home.







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03 November 2018

Book for Fans of Arthurian Legends (Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello)


Do you love the Arthurian legend?

Do you have a reluctant reader in your life?

Are you a huge fan of middle-grade fiction? 

Well, if you said yes to any of those things then you need to check out the book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello. Here's a bit about the book (courtesy of the author) -

His one desire...To be a knight.
His future queen...At times reckless.
Best friends…Bound by Friendship and Loyalty.


When their adventure turns deadly & dangerous, Guinevere & Cedwyn find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle. Not only are they in danger, but so are the kids of Cadbury Castle. Renegades—foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess—steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more  danger. As the plan quickly unravels, Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality.


Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is available as an ebook or in print at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and IndieBound.


What I Thought

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! First, I am a young adult and middle-grade fiction fan and love being exposed to new books in these areas. I think I've become a huge fan because I've been particularly stressed out in my personal life the last couple of years and as a result, I gravitate to books for these age groups. 

Anyways, Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is part of author Cheryl Carpinello's Tales and Legends for reluctant readers. I can tell immediately it's for the reluctant reader because it's fast moving and captures your attention immediately. 

Also, it's so obvious in this book that the author loves the Arthurian legends. She captures this time period so perfectly. This truly made me want to learn more about it and read even more books about this legend (which I know little about!). The plot kept my attention and I really got attached to these characters.

And I have to say the ending really makes me want to read the next book. It was so awesome to see Cedwyn and Guinevere mature and grow as characters. I thought that was well done.

Anyways, I encourage you to pick up this book! It was a fantastic read. While this is book two in a series but I never missed out on what happened before.

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is available as an ebook or in print at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

By the way, this book is part of the WOW! Women on Writing tour. If you want to read and review amazing books like these, send me an email at [npyles86] at gmail dot com. If you are an author and are interested in WOW's blog tours, send me an email to that same address.

 I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
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