Thursday, August 30, 2018

Book Reviews for the Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm by Caitlyn





I was hooked immediately with this book, I even began to read it aloud to my family. It’s totally different from anything I’ve ever read before and I loved it! The added pictures helped to enhance my reading experience, as well as, keep my younger children entertained.I loved the ideas that are taught in this book and I love the way the unicorn’s have human traits. They have fitness rooms, hair salons, and can even be allergic to things, but it all adds to the magical factor in the story.Blue’s journey was interesting to read and made me realize there is so much about this book that I absolutely loved. I can’t wait to read it a second time! It was “scrumdiddlyumptious”!

Get the full color illustrated soft cover book for your home library at Amazon.


Book Discovery - Year 1983 - Ariel by Steven R. Boyett

Book Discovery

Year 1983



Ariel
By Steven R. Boyett

Ariel may've gone out of print after its 1983 debut, but fans haven't let it fade away. For years, used copies have been making the rounds, commanding a premium auction price & making a profit for used book dealers. Now, you can not only get your own fresh, updated version, you can get it as an ebook.

At four-thirty one Saturday afternoon the laws of physics as we know them underwent a change. Electronic devices, cars, industries stopped. The lights went out. Any technology more complicated than a lever or pulley simply wouldn't work. A new set of rules took its place—laws that could only be called magic. Ninety-nine percent of humanity has simply vanished. Cities lie abandoned. Supernatural creatures wander the silenced achievements of a halted civilization.

Pete Garey has survived the Change and its ensuing chaos. He wanders the southeastern United States, scavenging, lying low. Learning. One day he makes an unexpected friend: a smartassed unicorn with serious attitude. Pete names her Ariel and teaches her how to talk, how to read, and how to survive in a world in which a unicorn horn has become a highly prized commodity.

When they learn that there is a price quite literally on Ariel's head, the two unlikely companions set out from Atlanta to Manhattan to confront the sorcerer who wants her horn. And so begins a haunting, epic, and surprisingly funny journey through the remnants of a halted civilization in a desolated world.

Get it at Amazon.



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store - Unicorn Lamp

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store

Where you'll find unicorns, more unicorns and nothing but unicorns!  Visit now.

Unicorn Lamp


Unicorn Book Feature - The Thirteenth Unicorn by W.D. Newman

Unicorn Book Feature


The Thirteenth Unicorn

Book #1 In The Ben Alderman Series By W. D. Newman

While spending the summer with their grandparents on a remote farm in South Carolina, Ben Alderman and his sister Casey uncover a hidden world of magic; a world their grandmother is secretly visiting. It is a world where elves and dwarves are locked in mortal combat against a witch who is trying to free the last surviving wizard from exile. The witch has been defeated once before but with the combined power of the wizard, no one will be able to stand against them. Much to Ben's dismay, he learns that he is the one foretold in the ancient elfin prophecies to bring about the downfall of the witch and save this exciting new world from destruction.  Get it at Amazon.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Lone Star Book Blog Tours - The Grand Duke From Boys Ranch by Bill Sarpalius












THE GRAND DUKE FROM BOYS RANCH
EUGENIA AND HUGH M. STEWART '26 SERIES
by
BILL SARPALIUS
foreword by Bill Hobby

  Genre: Memoir / Texana / Politics / Eastern European History
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
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Date of Publication: April 16, 2018
Number of Pages: 336 pages w/50 B&W photos

As a boy in Houston, Bill Sarpalius, his brothers, and their mother lived an itinerant life. Bill dug food out of trashcans, and he and his brothers moved from one school to the next. They squatted in a vacant home while their mother, affectionately called “Honey,” battled alcoholism and suicidal tendencies. In an act of desperation, she handed her three sons over to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch north of Amarillo.

At the time, Bill was thirteen years old and could not read. Life at Boys Ranch had its own set of harrowing challenges, however. He found himself living in fear of some staff and older boys. He became involved in Future Farmers of America and discovered a talent for public speaking. When he graduated, he had a hundred dollars and no place to go. He worked hard, earned a scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and obtained a college degree. After a brief career as a teacher and in agribusiness, he won a seat in the Texas Senate. Driven by the memory of his suffering mother, he launched the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in an effort to help people struggling with addiction.

Sarpalius later served in the United States Congress. As a Lithuanian American, he took a special interest in that nation’s fight for independence from the Soviet Union. For his efforts, Sarpalius received the highest honor possible to a non-Lithuanian citizen and was named a “Grand Duke.”

The Grand Duke from Boys Ranch is a unique political memoir—the story of a life full of unlikely paths that is at once heartbreaking and inspirational.

PRAISE FOR THE GRAND DUKE FROM BOYS RANCH: 

“The autobiography of Bill Sarpalius reads like a 20 -century version of the American dream – equal parts heartbreak and inspiration, culminating in an unlikely political career capped by three terms in the U.S. Congress.” -- University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs


“The Grand Duke from Boys Ranch is an inspiring tale of perseverance and personal courage.” -- Si Dunn, Lone Star Literary Life

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Bill Sarpalius talks about being a Rodeo Houston Scholar.





BILL SARPALIUS represented the Texas 13th Congressional District from 1989 to 1995, and from 1981 to 1989 he served in the Texas State Senate. He currently is a motivational speaker and serves as CEO of Advantage Associates International. He divides his time between Maryland and Houston, Texas.


MEET THE AUTHOR! 
BARNES & NOBLE, #2665
2:00 PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
2415 Soncy Road
Amarillo, TX 79124




CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:
8/21/18
Notable Quotable
8/22/18
Review
8/23/18
Excerpt
8/24/18
Video Interview, Part 1
8/25/18
Review
8/26/18
Excerpt
8/27/18
Scrapbook Page
8/28/18
Review
8/29/18
Video Interview, Part 2
8/30/18
Review



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Blue Unicorn Book Review by Sherry Fundin







There’s no place like home…OSM means awesome.He is supposed to be their savior. But how can that be possible? He has no magic.He feels an outsider, he just doesn’t fit in. Does anyone feel a touch of Rudolph in this?The fun, colorful, imaginative illustrations are wonderful, filled with fantastical creatures, both good and bad.Each creature is unique, individual, just like in real life.Is there such a thing as a fish unicorn? If so, imagine the possibilities.Set your imagination free.The Blue Unicorn…reads like old time fairy tales…where life and death choices are made…And …maybe, you will learn why you never see a unicorn.This magical fantasy filled with fun and humor, sadness and happiness, and lessons learned. We are not alone.

Get the book at Amazon.


Unicorn Book Feature - The Third Wish by Deby Adair

Unicorn Book Feature


The Third Wish: Dream's Honor

By Deby Adair

The Third Wish: Dream's Honour (The Unicorns of Wish #3)

An ancient feud and a race for power… who will have the final victory? And what of the unicorns… which destiny will they be keeping?

Can the mighty unicorns conquer the arch enemy who has stalked them throughout time? And is it even possible for Rielle to find her dream?

How will the trusty troupe that Rielle has come to cherish learn to use everything in its power to keep evil from destroying the ultimate prize? Can the brave, loyal band safeguard the secret hidden within the walls of an unyielding icon… and if so, what will be the price to pay for doing so?

In this powerful, touching and thought-provoking book, the fate of each character unwinds to reveal the gripping destiny of Rielle and the company of fascinating characters that become entangled in her adventure!




Monday, August 27, 2018

Uncaged Book Review - Eclipse of the Beginning by J. L. Hendricks



Uncaged Book Review
Eclipse of the Beginning by J.L. Hendricks

Uncaged Books is a great place to read some good science fiction and fantasy book reviews.  This clean young adult urban fantasy review was written by Cyrene who runs the emag.

You can buy the book at Amazon.


Blue Unicorn Book Review by Elf2060







“The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm” written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Dasguptarts is a lovely children’s story that blends fantasy and a bit of science fiction in a sweet tale. The gentle reminders of the importance of acceptance and maintaining a sense of self worth are artfully woven into this fun adventure tale. The brightly colored illustrations underscore the fantastical creatures that populate the tale while elements of science are slipped in through descriptions of the types of metal horns utilized by various unicorns and fun words such as didgeridoo are woven into the story. The story can be read on multiple levels, from very simple for a young child to an older individual who can appreciate the nuances and inside jokes such as where the ice cubes originate. Those who enjoy the story should make sure to pay attention to the author’s notes at the end which detail accessory items including a coloring book as well as provide an illustration of a unicorn’s parts and a fun activity.

Get the book at Amazon.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Book Discovery - Year 1988 - The DragonBone Chair by Tad Williams




Book Announcement
The Dragon Bone Chair by Tad Williams

I stumbled upon this book in The Fantasy Book Club on Facebook and followed the links to see what I could learn about it.  One of them brought me to a Wikipedia page for the book which has a lot of interesting information.  Check it out.

The Dragonbone Chair is a fantasy novel (written in 1988) by American writer Tad Williams, the first in his Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy. The saga follows a young man named Simon as he is caught up in an epic adventure. You can get it at Amazon.



Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store - Unicorn Wrist Band

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store

Where you'll find unicorns, more unicorns and nothing but unicorns!  Visit now.

Unicorn Wrist Band


What Old Books Are Worth Reading?




Although my love of books mainly spans science fiction and fantasy which were written from the time of Jules Verne (around 1860) on, that doesn't mean I don't have a great appreciation for everything that came before.  In fact, many books today were inspired by legends and fables and even old historic tomes.

Brian Feinblum of Book Marketing Buzz blog has written a fine article presenting the question, "Which Old Books Are Worth Reading?"  I think this article is very much worth reading. It certainly makes you think.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store - Enamel Unicorn Necklace

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store

Where you'll find unicorns, more unicorns and nothing but unicorns!  Visit now.

Enamel Unicorn Necklace


Daily Science Fiction Magazine - Dispell by Preston E. Dennett




Do you like your science Fiction and Fantasy short and sweet?  Subscribe to The Daily Science Fiction Magazine to get a daily story via email.  Here's a sample of fantasy/magic-and-wizardry:

Short Fantasy Story by 
Preston E. Dennett

"You need what?" I asked, unsure I'd heard her correctly. I'd done love spells more times than I'd care to say, but a hate spell? A stunningly attractive woman stood before me. She had a rather plain look, but there was something indefinably gorgeous about her.


Visit Preston E. Dennett's Amazon Author Page for more information about his books.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store - Unicorn Beanie Hat

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store

Where you'll find unicorns, more unicorns and nothing but unicorns!  Visit now.

Unicorn Beanie Hat