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My Review & Book Release: Just Me, Wrigley by Savy Leiser

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Just Me, Wrigley (Furever Home Friends #3)
Written & Illustrated by Savy Leiser

Wrigley loves to dance! She can shake her tail all over the animal shelter. But for some people, Wrigley’s rhythm isn’t enough.

Wrigley is a mutt; nobody knows what breed she is. When people come to the shelter looking for Dalmatians and labs and schnauzers, Wrigley wonders when it will be her turn.

Can Wrigley find the confidence to accept her mixed-breed identity and dance her way into a forever home?

 

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Just Me, Wrigley is the third book in the Furever Home Friends Series. I’ve had the privilege of being able to read and review them all. As a dog lover, owner, trainer and rescue advocate I absolutely love what Savy does with these dogs, and their stories! Not to mention, I adore how she uses these dog’s stories to teach children valuable lessons! It’s done beautifully! These books can be used for parents to read and discuss the questions at the end to get their children to open up about some very important feelings children deal with today. The books could be in the library, a lot of libraries now have a children’s reading time and this would be a wonderful book to read and discuss the questions with the children. My library has a dog that comes to one of the children’s reading hours, once a week. So I’m donating the first two books for that, and I will definitely be adding this one!
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Wrigley the dancing dog becomes insecure about who he is. He feels he needs to be like the other dogs, the lab or the schnauzer, to be adopted. But in the end he learns that it’s by being true to himself, it’s then that someone notices him and wants to give him a forever home. It’s a beautiful, touching story. By the end you want a Wrigley of your own!!
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Now, I HAVE to mention the artwork!!! It was so creative and well done!! It was fun and would definitely entertain those young brains, that are so creative and notice all the detail. I kept noticing certain pictures that I thought would really look nice framed. Savy Leiser did all the art work herself and this is the first book she’s illustrated. She’s a very talented lady. Savy, I’d suggest some of these as prints for sale, or bookmarks….or something!! They’re beautiful!!
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This is definitely a quality children’s book. I highly recommended it and give it all the stars I can!!!!

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Savy Leiser Head ShotsAbout the Author
Savy Leiser is a Chicago author with a strong passion for storytelling and an itching need to correct people’s grammar. In February 2016, Savy released her first book, a young-adult comedy called The Making of a Small-Town Beauty King. Her new children’s book series, The Furever Home Friends, was successfully funded on Kickstarter, and is now available to buy! The next Furever Home Friends book will release August 11, 2018. Her newest book, a new-adult novel called Sculpt Yourself, will be releasing in fall 2018 through Represent Publishing.

Savy also works as a writer for Halftime Magazine and teaches creative writing workshops at Open Books in Chicago’s West Loop. She holds a B.A. in Communication and a certificate in Creative Writing for Media from Northwestern University. Go ‘Cats!

Savy is currently working on earning her Master’s in Writing & Publishing at DePaul University.

Savy has a serious, incurable case of dog fever, which causes her to melt whenever she sees a cute dog. Fortunately, Chewie helps keep her dog fever in check. Her hobbies include screaming at Wildcats football games, marathoning Star Trek, impulsively getting tattoos, eating donuts instead of balanced meals, writing bad love poetry, doing weird photography of dolls, and listening to 80s one-hit wonders.

ZENKA by Alison Brodie

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Revenge, murder and meeting the Family at Christmas

When London mob boss, Jack Murray, discovers he has a son, his joy is short-lived: Nicholas is not a chip off the old block; he’s a nurse whose patients call him an “angel”.

Jack is not happy. He needs someone with balls – not a halo – to inherit the Firm. Zenka takes charge. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts she will bring out the gorilla in Nicholas. Her tactics are unusual, and illegal, and things soon start to spiral out of control.

“Don’t vorry, Jack. Ven I am finished vith Nicholas he vill be dog’s bollocks just like his papa” –Zenka

Add to TBR  here

Buy a copy  here

MY THOUGHTS:

Alison Brodie is a new to me and I am really impressed!! I REALLY look forward to what she has coming next. Alison, I will be staying with you for the ride!!!

ZENKA is fun, exciting, hysterically funny and filled with some pretty intense scenes!! It’s a wild and fun ride!! I was giggling, laughing, and snorting out loud throughout the book!! A bit awkward if you’re out in public. I loved the characters and really got invested. There were times I had tears running down my face (not from laughing) because I was happy for the characters or my heart went out to them. It was just such a beautifully written story! Not to mention the accents!! I LOVED the accents!!! ZENKA’S was the most fun! She is Hungarian, and a fiesty one at that! It vas so much fun to read vhat she says in book!! Lol. Every once in a while between chapters she writes to her friend, Alina, in Hungary. Those letters usually reveal what ZENKA is thinking, and things we wouldn’t know otherwise. But she’s pretty funny in those letters. I love ZENKA…she just cracks me up!!
I JUST WANT TO SEE THIS BOOK AS A MOVIE, I WOULD LOVE IT!!!!

Oh, there’s also Cockney slang. But Alison, so obligingly, put a Cockney translation page. I bookmarked it on my kindle so that I could easily refer back to it. I didn’t have to very much though, you catch on real quick.

I would recommend this book to everyone, unless you hate to laugh…then don’t read it!! Haha….no, really…READ THIS BOOK!!! YOU’LL LOVE IT!!!!

Small Five Stars

4269A9C7-4E1B-402A-9723-A12400B623BBAlison Brodie is a writer and animal rights activist.
Her books have been published in hardback and paperback by Hodder (UK), Heyne (Germany) and Unieboek (Holland).

Alison has gone indie. Here are some editorial reviews for her recent books:

BRAKE FAILURE: “Masterpiece of humor” –Midwest Book Review

THE DOUBLE: “Proof of her genius in writing fiction” -San Francisco Book Review.

ZENKA is now released!
“5* I absolutely loved it” -Being Anne Book Blog
“5* Brilliant” – Ali the Dragon Slayer
“5* I can’t recommend highly enough” -Book Bloggers From Down Under

Please help me support a fellow blogger and writer!!

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My friend Candace Robinson, known here as , Literary Dust needs the help of this community. As many of you know, struggling to make it as an indie author can be quite difficult and sometimes a little help is needed. You might know her from her blog, or you might recognize her books, which I have reviewed on here before.

She’s releasing the second book in her Glass Vault Duology, it’s called The Bride of Glass. It’s a little horror (not gory and not terrifying), fantasy, action-packed, and even a smidgen of romance. Anyway the cover release is coming out on August 24th and I will be doing a blog post on that. But I’m not here to ask you to buy or read her books.

As a fellow blogger, can you do her a huge favor. It’s not a huge deal. She’s trying to get the word out using Thunderclap. All you have to do is click HERE. When the link opens just click support and share the link to Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr, or all three. Whatever you can do is GREAT!!! Thank you so much for reading this post and for being willing to support a member of this blogging community!!

Hearts are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

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Although it’s been a couple of weeks since I read this book, I haven’t been able to shake it.  Hearts are Like Balloons is the kind of book that, after you read it, it stays with you. It gets under your skin and doesn’t let you go. I say this in a good way. In the way where you want to pick the book back up and read it all over again. It follows you around, bringing up scenes in your head and you find yourself feeling emotions all over again. A couple weeks out and this is still happening to me. I was deeply affected by the beginning when May lost her father. I felt as though I was going through it with her, along side of her. I felt the same as things in her life shifted, when she met Violet and Niko. Candace Robinson knows how to write characters in such a way that they really come to life off the pages. I am a very character driven reader, so this is very important to me for me to really enjoy a book

Speaking of the characters, May was a very strong young girl who experienced a lot at a young age. I liked May a lot. I liked her wit, her strength, her passion and she really had a wonderful heart. Niko…sweet Niko…the perfect boyfriend for May. There   really isn’t anything negative I could say about Niko…he’s just about perfect. Just about. Jessie, May’s best friend. The bestest of best friends. Jessie was great. Violet, Niko’s purple loving sister. Violet is a bit of a crazy artist, but also a good sister and a good friend to May. Jana, May’s mother. May and her mom have been through a lot, but remained close through it all. Jana was a really good mom.

I loved this book!! This book touches the heart. It will make you cry, laugh, smile, cry again, laugh some more….you get the picture. ALL THE FEELS!!!! This deserves more than 5 stars for me and one I won’t soon forget!!

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This is the playlist for Hearts are Like Balloons:

  1. P!nk – Try
  2. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This 
  3. Snow Patrol – New York
  4. Sia – Breathe Me
  5. CHVRCHES – Recover
  6. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work
  7. Ryan Adams – Wonderwall
  8. The Cure – Lovesong
  9. Jewel – You Were Meant For Me
  10. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back

Find Hearts are Like Balloons at Goodreads & Amazon:

Goodreads

Amazon

Mainstream vs Indie Books

As I sit and write my very first blog entry, I wonder at all the reviews I’ve written on Goodreads and wonder how good they actually are. But, pish posh, I am going to get lots of practice and I’m sure much constructive criticism, am I right?

Starting a blog is something I have thought long and hard about. But, I read a lot of indie authors and believe so much and helping them get the word out about how wonderful their books are. There’s a lot of great mainstream books, and a lot of not so great ones. Boy, let me tell you, there are a whole lot of extremely talented indie authors out there who just haven’t gone into mainstream. I want to share them with all of you. Of course, you’ll still see me reading some mainstream books. I’ll read anything out there that sounds good, and especially if it has good ratings! But there is this really beautiful community that you all don’t want to miss out on. Some really talented and dedicated folks. I would like to introduce you to some in the next few blogs.

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