Derailed by Mary Keliikoa – Book Review

Derailed by Mary Keliikoa is a very good mystery novel I read in the recent times. The author succeeded in capturing my complete attention to the book from the start till the end. 

Kelly Pruett is a private investigator who inherited the PI business from her father. When Georgette comes knocking on Kelly’s door requesting her to investigate the death of her daughter Brooke, Kelly immediately accepts the case in order to honor her father’s last wish. 

Brooke is said to be hit by the local train and the case is closed by the police. Kelly starts her investigation from scratch basing on Georgette’s suspicions. Apart from the PI life, Kelly is grieving her father’s death, coping from the divorce and taking care of her deaf daughter. 

Many surprising truths uncover during the investigation. Brooke happens to be an entirely different person from what her parents assumed her to be. The story is about the path Kelly takes in spite of all odds and how she solves the mystery. Kelly never gives up though she is threatened and attacked by the killer.

I must applaud the author for building such a strong and intense female protagonist. Kelly is the HERO of this novel. I like Kelly’s determination, courage and intelligence. This book is a wonderful read for any mystery lovers. 

I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Triumph Over Fear by Elaine M. Edwards – Book Blast


I’m happy to be participating in author Elaine M. Edward’s Book Blast today for her latest release, TRIUMPH OVER FEAR, A Psychological and Spiritual Journey.

The author is offering a giveaway at each tour stop. More information on the giveaway is listed below.

* Paperback: 177 pages
* Publisher: Independently published
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1795460911
* ISBN-13: 978-1795460910

Triumph Over Fears offers hope and insight for anyone held back by difficult emotions that prevent them from living up to their potential and experiencing joy. Part memoir, part psychology lesson, and part metaphysical wisdom, it is an eclectic, inspiring personal story of someone who went from agoraphobic, afraid to go out in public, to a real adventurer and world traveler.

The 84-year-old author draws from her personal experience as well as the many people she has known, worked with and helped over the years, including decades of working with students, colleagues, family, and friends, and most of all herself. She delves deeply into the sense of existential guilt that pervades the human condition and offers guidance on how to overcome this.

Her journey is unique, but much of what she has learned is universal. At its core, it is a story of hope. At its core, it is a story of hope and a testament that transformation truly is possible. Because of its eclectic mix of the psychological and the spiritual most anyone will find some nugget of gold or gem of truth that speaks to them. Some of the concepts might seem very familiar, and other ones might be completely new to readers.

The author encourages those who are seeking freedom from fear to walk with her on her journey and let her share with you how she went from being very frightened and very limited in her life, to very confident and very brave.

TRIUMPH OVER FEAR can be purchased at Amazon.

For those who aren’t familiar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her.

Elaine M. Edwards graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. degree in Primary Education, taught primary grades for eight years, and spent 18 years as a high school Learning Disabilities teacher.

During her career as a teacher, she earned two Master’s degrees, in Learning Handicapped Education and in Counseling Psychology, from Santa Clara University.

She has been dedicated to understanding human behavior and discovering how deep transformation can occur. She has studied the Twelve Steps, Christianity, Science of Mind, and many other sources of psychological and spiritual wisdom.


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Author Elaine M. Edwards is giving away a copy of TRIUMPH OVER FEAR at each stop on her Book Blast.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. If the widget doesn’t show up, just click HERE and you’ll be directed to the widget.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Elaine on her three day Book Blast HERE. You never know what you might find out. By visiting all the stops, you have more chances to win. Can you imagine writing a book at age 84?

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The Tree of Life by Nick Blackburn – Book Review

The Tree of Life is a beautiful book written by Nick Blackburn and illustrated by Julianne Vermilion. While the writer writes beautiful poem about life, the illustrator wonderfully presents the visual of the poem in incredible illustrations. I could not believe that the illustrator is hardly 20 years old. She added great beauty to the book.

The Tree of Life is a short book, I completed reading it in just one sitting. The author talks about subjects like life, soul, universe, etc. He depicts the fact that we all are part of this huge universe who keep coming back in one form or another to fulfil the purpose of our lives. The eternal spark, its journey and destination are written well in the poem. The poem also teaches us that we can learn our lessons even from children and young ones and that age is just a number. Though this poem is small, it makes great sense in a larger perspective.

The book also includes the story of the author and how his student inspired him to come up with this meaningful visual poem. Every page has illustrations that have deep meaning. I must say, this is the most colourful book I read in the recent times. 

The book is very different and refreshing. I received the advance reviewer copy of the book from LibraryThing for an honest review. I enjoyed reading it.