Book Review: ‘Father Winter’ by Eric Tanafon

This Yule story is fantastic in both senses of the word. In ‘Father Winter’, Eric Tanafon takes the reader on a magical journey to the Great White North in which ancient mysteries and secrets of life are revealed.

Eric Tanafon Father Winter

I chose this book because I enjoyed Tanafon’s ‘Robin Hood: Wolf’s Head’ so much. I was delighted to discover another gem that I could treasure. Once again, I found the author’s writing is so expressive and evocative that the story played like a film in my mind as I was reading, especially the northern night scenes.

The characters are beautifully crafted and seem to spring to life off the page. Connor is a troubled teen and Holly his younger sister who just wants Connor to be on Father Winter’s “good” list. Through their respective journeys, they encounter a variety of people and creatures who help them to discover and achieve what they need to, each in their own different way.

Golden Acorns

I can’t recommend this book highly enough for any day of the year, but especially for December reading.
I’ve given it a delicious Gold Acorn.

‘Father Winter’ is available on Amazon.
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December 6 ~ Featured Book: ‘Tempus Fugit’ by Timothy Casey

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 6 is ‘Tempus Fugit’ by Timothy Casey.

This humorous sci-fi romp is a brand new release. It’s Timothy Casey’s debut novel, so I hope everyone will show ‘Tempus Fugit’ some extra love today.

Timothy Casey Tempus Fugit


Wasting Time Travel has never been such fun!

Veerle and Myst Solassen – two debutante princesses who love to dance and party – are out to find a space pirate who has done them wrong.

There’s enough here for everyone of age to enjoy! Time Travel, Sex, Humor, Heroics, Thrills, Disco, Sex, Space Piracy, Gender Bending, Aliens really loving to have Sex and some light Opera, too. 

It’s One Hell of a Ride! That’s what She said!

I found it at Amazon.

 

December 5 ~ Featured Book: ‘The Red Rider’ by Randall Allen Dunn

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 4 is ‘The Red Rider’ by Randall Allen Dunn.

A reinvention of the traditionally loved Red Riding Hood, this captured my attention with its striking cover and fascinating promise of a fairy tale blended with the story of a Joan of Arc type figure.

Randall Allen Dunn The Red Rider

Little Red Riding Hood is heading back into the woods to meet the big bad wolves… but she’s not little anymore.
Having survived a childhood attack from a savage wolf, 16-year old Helena Basque remains disfigured with triple scars across her face. Bullied and plagued by nightmares of a supernatural wolf that spoke and stood upright, Helena urges her father to teach her how to hunt and defend herself. When she loses her parents and young sister to the wolves, receiving no help from the French government or her local priest, Helena sets out on her own to avenge her family.

Armed by her friend Pierre with a repeating crossbow and other unique weapons, Helena takes a stand against the creatures, donning a red cloak like the one she was once forbidden to wear. She soon discovers a mysterious cult of werewolves with secret plans to seize control of Versailles and the entire French nation.

Isolated and determined to accept whatever fate befalls her, Helena wages a one-girl war against the monsters as a strange and unlikely hero, refusing to surrender or slow down until she destroys the beasts. Every last one of them.

I found it at Amazon.

 

December 4 ~ Featured Book: ‘A Steampunk Christmas Carol’ by Angelique S Anderson.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 4 is ‘A Steampunk Christmas Carol’ by Angelique S Anderson.

I’m always excited to find a new perspective on traditional Christmas stories. There is no doubt that this book promises exactly that!

Angelique Anderson A Steampunk Christmas Carol

Professor Langdon has taken over Octagon Inn, and the lives of those around him. Selfish and greedy, no one can do right by him, and he even goes so far as to cut the wages of those working at the inn. 
Lord Adrian and Lady Wylie are still mourning the loss of their friend, Professor Cornelius, and are sure that the dreams Adrian had for his esteemed steam-powered carriage setting the precedence for transportation in 1850’s New York, are a thing of the past.  Professor Langdon has his own agenda with Adrian’s carriage. 
Can a down-trodden ghost and three of the celestial beings known as the Immortal Ones, along with a feisty dragon, change Langdon’s heart and mind, in time for the Christmas season?
Find out in this fun steampunk twist on a classic tale!

I found it at Amazon.

 

December 3 ~ Featured Book: ‘The Gift’ by Rhonda Hopkins

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 3 is ‘The Gift’ by Rhonda Hopkins.

Given that this is an Advent Event, it’s good to be able to offer you some lovely Christmas and holiday themed books to read. This one looks heartwarming and inspirational, with a family theme that many can relate to.

Rhonda Hopkins The Gift

Sometimes, the best gifts are unexpected.

When workaholic Robert Chalmer’s wife leaves to take care of her sick mother for two weeks, he is left with all the responsibility… including his seven-year-old daughter. With Christmas fast approaching, Robert must find a way to reconnect with what is most important in his life, or risk losing it forever.

THE GIFT is a contemporary heartwarming short story set in Fort Worth, TX about family, love, and second chances.

I found it at Amazon.

 

Book Review: ‘100 Wild Mushrooms’ by Eva Pasco

Eva Pasco 100 Wild Mushrooms

‘100 Wild Mushrooms’ presents readers with one hundred chapters of nostalgia and memoir from the 1960s. Food, music, TV shows, comic books, toys, fashion, crazes, world events, celebrities and recollections of personal experience combine to form a most enjoyable trip down memory lane.

I really enjoyed the diversity and range of the topics in this book. Not content to merely entertain me, these memories carried me away to a different time where life seemed much more straightforward than it often seems to be today.

Written with good humour and warmth, This is a delightful collection that will appeal to a wide audience, especially those who were there but may not always remember much!

In Eva Pasco’s own words, “simply remembering a few of our favourite things meandering along Memory Lane is a trip worth taking.”

Golden Acorns
I’ve given this book a lovely Golden Acorn Award.

‘100 Wild Mushrooms’ is available on Amazon.

December 2 ~ Featured Book: ‘Aaspa’s Eyes’ by Jane Jago

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 2 is ‘Aaspa’s Eyes’ by Jane Jago.
Jane Jago Aaspa s Eyes

This is a YA paranormal/urban fantasy novel with a really interesting premise.

If Aaspa was human, having blue eyes wouldn’t matter. But she isn’t, so it does. And when she finds out how she came by the colour it rocks the foundations of her world. Can she emerge from the web of spite and rumour with her head held high? Or will her enemies manage to use the secret to lever her over the edge into insanity?

 

‘Aaspa’s Eyes’ is available at Amazon.