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New Review of Tatia’s Tattoo

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Latest review of Tatia’s Tattoo. Many thanks to Candace Hodges:

Take a look into the life and horrible series of events of Tatia, a 12 year old lost in the life of human trafficking. She was a survivor from birth, but her strength saw her through.

Emory is not far from the horrors of this life, as it is happening in Tyler and Dallas and probably many places in between.

This book, written by a beautiful woman in our church, will take you inside the horrors, make you cry, (I definitely cried many tears), have a few laughs and really make you take a look into yourself and your walk in faith. John and I couldn’t wait to read another chapter each day when we got home from work, and then had to fight hard to put it down when we knew we had to sleep. Excellent realistic fiction but educational to those who don’t realize just how bad the problem is.

For the Silent is an organization that helps get these young victims out of their situation. Consider donating to the cause.

Can’t wait for her next book in this series. Looks like it will be just as captivating.

BookPros https://www.bookpros.com/books/15

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Tatias-Tattoo-Linda-Brendle/dp/1945455829

Barnes and Nobles https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tatias-tattoo-linda-brendle/1128875122?ean=9781945455827

Blessings,

Linda

Book Review: The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper (Damien Dickens Mysteries Book 3) by Phyllis Entis

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Genre: Cozy Mystery

About the book:

A dodgy travel business
A journalist in danger
Tainted chocolates
Hotel/casino magnate Derek Turpin is flexing his muscles in Atlantic City. Even the cops are not immune to his influence. Can Damien and Millie thwart his unsavory plans?

My review:

The ChocolateLabradoodle Caper was my first venture into the world of Damien and Millie Dickens, but it won’t be my last. I very much enjoyed meeting the wide variety of characters created by Phyllis Entis and following their adventures. Dick and Millie, partners both in marriage and a detective agency, attempt to find out who tried to murder their journalist friend. In the process, they endanger their lives and their marriage and take the reader on a wild ride from the U.S. to Canada and back again. I want to go back and read the first two Damien Dickens Mysteries, and I look forward to future offerings from Entis.

About the author:

Phyllis EntisPhyllis Entis is the author of the Damien Dickens Mysteries series, which includes The Green Pearl Caper, The White Russian Caper and The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper. Her debut novel, The Green Pearl Caper, was a Library Journal SELF-e Selection. Phyllis is a free-lance writer and retired food safety microbiologist with degrees from McGill University and the University of Toronto. In 2007, ASM Press published her non-fiction book, Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives.

Phyllis lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California with her husband and their Australian Cobberdog, Shalom. When she’s not writing, Phyllis usually can be found walking around town, browsing in the local library, or enjoying her garden.

Buy the book on AMAZON 

Where to find the author:

Amazon author’s page 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Website 

Blessings,

Linda

Recent reviews of A Long and Winding Road | by Linda Brendle

CoverSome special marketing this year for A Long and Winding Road has resulted not only in lots of new readers but also in a number of new reviews. Here are some excerpts:

5 stars: Heartfelt by JaneReads * January 2, 2018 *  A Long and Winding Road takes you along on a heartfelt journey in a caregiver’s tale of love.

5 stars: Life as we will know it by Prairie House * January 14, 2018 * This is a very well-written book relating the humor, sadness, and inspiration of dealing with aging parents with memory problems. I also could relate to the relative simplicity of living in an RV and the joy of wanderlust. (more…)

Recent reviews of A Long and Winding Road

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The July re-release of A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos has stirred up new interest in my story of the chaos that happens when four people, two of whom have Alzheimer’s, spend fifty-three days in a 400-square-foot box on wheels. Following are two recent reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars heartfelt

Byjaneon January 2, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Caregiver for her parents, Linda Brendle takes her Mom who has Alzheimer’s and Dad with vascular dementia on a seven-week road trip in their RV. Together with Linda’s husband David, they travel a 16-state circuit in an eight-year old forty-foot American Eagle motor home, stopping to visit with David’s mom Betty and his sister Sharon, Linda’s son Christian and his wife Amy, grandson Mattias Christian Piatt, Grandma Suzie, Aunt Fay and her family, Linda’s brother Jim, his wife Jo Lynn, and other family and friends.

Ms. Brendle writes “…there are nice people everywhere. You just have to keep your eyes and your heart open.” “Life on the road and caregiving are both full of surprises.” A Long and Winding Road takes you along on a heartfelt journey in a caregiver’s tale of love.

Donna L. Young

5.0 out of 5 stars God’s greatest gifts can often be found on a Long and Winding Road.

January 28, 2018

A Long and Winding Road by Linda Brendle was a pleasure to read! From the very first chapter, I was hooked. I often found myself giggling my way through the many similarities that drew me in. Much like the author, I married a Navy Man, road on the back of my husband’s motorcycle, lived in an RV and for the past year worked with seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia. With so much in common between myself and the author, including our Faith in Jesus Christ, at one point I began to wonder what God was doing when He created the two of us.

I wasn’t able to read the book cover to cover. Yet, each time I picked the book back up, I was immediately lost in another familiar story and left smiling. All of my favorite moments involved an honest interaction between the author and a family member. My favorite moment was an early morning feeding session when author heard her baby boy, Christian crying. While rocking and feeding him, she says, “I love watching his blues smile back at me as I talked or sang to him, and laughed when he stuck his fingers up my nose or mouth.”

Blessings,

Linda

Book Review: Earth to Centauri: The First Journey by Kumar L

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About the book:

The year is 2095. Voyager 1, launched in 1977 with its golden record, has been found by someone. They’ve sent a signal back to Earth.

With a newly constructed faster than light spaceship ‘Antariksh’, Captain Anara reaches the source of the signal, the nearest star to Earth – Proxima Centauri. Her crew includes novices such as Lt. Manisha, and seasoned professionals, including Commander Ryan. But before she can even meet with the aliens, Anara must clear obstacles on her own ship, including a recalcitrant Artificial Intelligence and inexplicable radiation, which threatens the safety of the mission.

The implications of what they find on planet Proxima B will resonate far beyond this first journey exposing Earth to dangers on an unimaginable scale. And then Captain Anara finds out that there was a secret buried aboard Voyager 1 by its creators.

My review:

SciFi is not usually one of my preferred genres, but I thoroughly enjoyed Earth to Centauri: The First Journey. This fast-paced space adventure reminded me of the original Star Trek series and kept me turning the pages. As a fan of flash-backs in my own writing, I enjoyed the way the author used them to weave the back story in with the main narrative. The characters and the interpersonal relationships were a little flat, also reminiscent of the Star Trek crew. In addition, there were a few missing prepositions and articles as well as a few incorrect idioms that made me aware that English is not the author’s first language. Still, I would not hesitate to recommend this book to any reader who is looking for an entertaining read, and I look forward to the next journey from Earth to Centauri.

 

About the author:

Kumar L Head ShotKumar is an engineer by education and passionate about manufacturing. He has spent decades in a full time corporate role. He is a tech enthusiast and social media newbie. He loves travelling and is fluent in 7 languages. With a Utopian outlook on the future and a desire to make science fiction a bit more realistic, he has brought out his first book ‘Earth to Centauri’.

Surprisingly, his books on science fiction are simple and easy to read and understand for a wide range of age groups. They are based on themes of adventure, thrill and drama with a positive outlook at what the future may hold for humanity.

He is currently working on the second book of the series to be released in December 2017 and translations of his first book to reach a wider audience.

He can be reached on Twitter  or on Facebook 

Buy at Amazon

Blessings,

Linda

What People Are Saying about A Long and Winding Road

people-are-sayingDuring the past couple of weeks, I’ve shared reviews that several bloggers have written specifically for the blog tour. Today I thought I’d share what some other people are saying about A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos.

 Here are three endorsements that were written for use on my book cover:

 “In her book, A Long and Winding Road, Linda Brendle has a touching way of drawing you into the moment. Her imagination, energy, and insight into the issues of life including caregiving for others provide tools for taking positive action in whatever situation you find yourself. As you read, you’ll be encouraged, enlightened and equipped with practical solutions to create change in your life and the lives of those you care for. I wholeheartedly recommend it!”

Edwina Patterson

Founder: Redeeming the time, Author, Speaker, Radio Host

www.redeemingthetime.org

 

“If you’re caring for others, and you feel hungry for someone to see, hear, know and care, read A Long and Winding Road. Linda Brendle has been pressed in many of the ways you have—and in some that you’ll be glad you’ve dodged!—and she knows what your life is like. You’ll find hope in these pages.”

Margot Starbuck

Author of The Girl in the Orange Dress

 

“Walking the path of Christ in the world requires profound transparency and heartfelt vulnerability. Linda Brendle’s (AKA my mom’s) book models this, as also reflected in her life, in a way that sets an inspiring and humbling example for the rest of us.”

Christian Piatt

Author, Musician, God Nerd

www.christianpiatt.com

Here are quotes from two Amazon reviews:

 “This is the first non-fiction book I’ve read. *GASPS* A long and winding road by Linda Brendle caught me by surprise. I’m young and have kids, but I don’t care for my aging parents, not yet. So, I was not ready to be taken on a journey with her. I recommend this book to anyone with parents who are aging, but I also recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story they can learn from.”

Angela

 “I smiled…related…received insight…felt the tension and sadness…saw joyful trust in a faithful God. Mainly, I was able to come to know and love the characters in this memoir. Linda is down home child of God who invited me into her private life in a simple telling of her life experiences. I enjoyed relating each day’s story with the scripture verse that introduced it.”

Betty

Finally, here are two comments from personal friends:

 “I’m reading your book on my Kindle app. I feel like I’m right there with you…75% through your book. I need you to write another one real quick…I realized a problem I’ve been struggling when I read about you being in the moment.”

From several texts.

 “You write in such a way that makes me feel that I am living the experience.”

From a Facebook message.

I’d love to hear what you thought about the book. Leave a comment here or email me at lindabrendle@yahoo.com–or if you’re so inclined, post your own review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Blessings,

Linda

A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos

Available now at:

B&N // Kobo // iTunes // Amazon // Smashwords // Google Play

About the BookSometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and, instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve.

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