Artist Spotlight: A Beautiful Piece by CallowLily 

Autumn is in the air. I’m thinking of the season of the harvest. Colourful leaves. Scarecrows. Pumpkin patches ripe for the picking. Crops being reaped.

The sweet, sweet colours of fall foliage surrounding me. To me, this piece defines Autumn. Such gorgeous colours, it as though I can feel the crisp air on my face as I gaze at this divine piece of art. A blend of unique colouring and in my opinion, a Goddess of Samhain has come to life!

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Monument 14: Sky On Fire Review

Monument 14: Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne


Published May 2013


Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope.

Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .

Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . .


The story begins with a bit of a recap of the first book presented in the form of a letter from character-to-character. This book, much like the first is driven on suspense. Each chapter ends with high action and cliff-hangers. I loved the fast flow of the story. Yes, as I noted in my review of Monument 14, the writing is a bit elementary. But, again, it is YA, and it is perfect for the target audience. So, really there is nothing wrong with it. As a seasoned reader, I always make a point of writing style and polished prose, so my inner editor had to make that comment!

While it is a short read, it is not short on action. This fun book is jam-packed with action, suspense and thrills. It is a fun twist on the common trend of “apocalyptic, dystopian” stories.

Sky On Fire proved to be a fun and exhilarating read, but I still preferred the Monument 14. Sky On Fire showed the growth of the characters, and a few were quite disappointing. Specifically, the female characters.

I have high hopes for the next entry!

Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy.

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Book Review: Black Cats at Halloween

20840387_10158990703780198_1674814103_nBlack Cats At Halloween by Laughing Elephant22631883Published: September 1st 2014

1600108_10152164384975908_207743490_nThis addition to our popular series of shaped books for children is a happy story about the activities of one of Halloween s most durable icons the black cat. It shows how fully they enter into the spirit of the holiday. We see black cats with their fellow Halloween icons jack-o-lanterns, witches of all varieties, and owls. FullSizeRenderThey join children in their trick or treat rounds, and do their best to be scary. Some wear costumes, and in the spirit of the holiday, frolic and dance. Black kittens join the celebration with their feline elders. We have illustrated this charming book with a variety of vintage Halloween images, including rare vintage postcards.”

1600167_10152164384800908_58508561_nIf you’re like me, and a little bit bonkers for Halloween—you need this book. At a mere 16 pages, every page packs a significant punch. This is a gorgeous collection of vintage Halloween images that can be appreciated by readers of all ages.FullSizeRender-1I wish I had lived in a different era. Seeing these gorgeous old images makes me appreciate the past ‘golden ages.’ The images and captions are so charming they will surely warm your heart.FullSizeRender-2This is a fun book to read aloud on chilly October nights. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.FullSizeRender-3



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Writing Prompts: What Do Books Mean To You?


We all read for different reasons; some for mandatory studies, some for research and some for the simple love of reading. The vast array of reasons for reading made me ponder, and ta-dah, sparked another prompt:

What do book means to you?

Books have been my life preserver
Words on a page a reliable constant

In a world where things
Change dramatically and forever

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Poetry: Time Will Stop

Time Will Stop

The true nature of my loss was revealed.

Understanding flooded in.

Everything before had been a fantasy.

A routine and frenetic mimicry of sorrow.

Never really grasping it.

Never really letting the truth take hold.

At dawn I began to cry.

This semi-darkness marked the sprouting of the seeds of grief.

Without the fantasy of your continued existence.

Time will stop.

My world.

My life as I knew it.

Will meet its end.

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Words of Wisdom: Inspire 

One of the most inspiring acts we can do for one another is to pursue our dreams. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Let nothing come between you and accomplishing the dream of making your goal a reality.

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Poetry: I’ll Never Accept You’re Gone

image2-1There is nothing unique to my sufferings.

Every family has lost someone.

Every person has suffered a broken heart.

Life is supposed to move on.

But it hasn’t for me.

The bitter winter slipped into Summer greenery.

Which changed into the copper and gold of Autumn.

Time has stretched and shrank.

It does not stay fixed when I most needed it too.

The world has changed.

And still I become less able to accept your death.

Less willing to believe you’re gone.

I navigated through all the appropriate emotions.





Yet grief still holds me firmly in its grasp.

I am unable to do anything about it.

Face to face with the most ruthless persistent villain of all


I now believe

It is possible

To die

From a broken heart

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