Sunday, June 7, 2015

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume Five) by Mary Ann Bernal



In her quest for immortality, Lilly considers a Satanic covenant before the portal closes on All Hallows’ Eve in Bloodlust. When Felicity meets exotic Seth on a flight to Luxor, her fairy tale vacation is threatened by tomb robbers in Illusion. Manhunt finds Tami and Mick suspecting the newest member of their team while planning one final heist at the Diamond Exchange. Dr. Brenda Lancaster must develop a cure for a mutated pathogen before mankind becomes extinct in Pandemic. Angela plots her husband’s death in Revenge, unaware it may cost her the freedom she seeks.


                                  My Review


Mary Ann Bernal’s Scribbler Tales Volume Five is filled with smart, suspenseful, riveting, and edge of your seat stories. Each one is a gem upon itself. I enjoyed their twists that I didn’t see coming. Very unique pieces that took me outside myself and welcomed into extraordinary adventures.


Bloodlust starts this thrill ride off in a bang. There is an intensity to the story that made me want to read at a faster pace. Grabbing and imaginative.

 In Illusion, we travel to another country, the Ancient City of Thebes where romance is a must! Though Felicity could not believe her good luck, she would have to re-think that. Could this man be too good to be true? Then in Manhunt, another dark story which is swift and moves like lightning. As sinister as they get.

Pandemic is a surprising story that captivated my senses. Loved the mystery and the dark side of life which reminds you that anything is possible. 

Revenge rounds this novel up nicely. A wicked tale of deceit and nothing is as it seems. A smart thriller that pulls you right in.

All these tales reads like a clever mystery suspense movie in living color. A page turner that was comfy to cosy up to on a chilly winters night. Love this stunning series. 


Quote from Revenge~

“Even though Angela never challenged her husband about his illicit dealings, Jack was aware his wife had overheard a conversation involving a shipment of heroin.  Assuming his wife accepted the situation, it was business as usual until Angelia had tried to divorce him.  At that point, Jack’s demeanor changed when they were alone and soon, Angela started to fear for her life.”






In “Desperate Measures,” you will learn of human cloning experiments gone awry. “Forbidden Lore” beckons Arianna and Ethan into a haunted cemetery where you
will discover how they survive the night. Star-crossed lovers who refuse to accept the inevitable rise to a surprise ending in “Forever Lost.” In “The Hourglass,” the weakness of human character is exposed when Flair makes a covenant with the Devil. “Sail with Me” is a slice of life read about the confessions of a military brat who changes his life against all the odds. 

My Review

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories by Mary Ann Bernal, all dark, are written in such a way that you have to read more. The author crafts stories that pull her readers in. Wanting more but getting just enough. There is great skill that goes into her stories but she seems to write with ease. The words flow effortlessly. This is a smart collection that kept me guessing. Slices of life that no matter how far fetched feel authentic.

Desperate Measures is sharp. Hauntingly realistic. This is an interesting story about cloning. Quite chilling and entertainingly good.

Forbidden Lore is the story of Ethan and Arianna a married couple who met on 9 11. This is an intriguing story that kept me guessing and glued to the page. Nothing is as it seems and I was brought into the mystery that was Forbidden Lore.


Forever Lost is such a beautifully written, emotional tale that played out like scenes in a movie. There is love and there is deceit. This is a love story.

Sail with Me caught my attention. I love the conversational style of this story. Right in your face. A story of a military brat. This is Aaron’s story. A coming-of-age story of sorts. I was very touched.

In The Hourglass Flair knew her fate. She watched the hourglass knowing Death was at her feet. Flair held the secret from her husband Brice. This is a beautiful creative story that moved me.

Quote~

“Death’s laughter echoed sinisterly throughout the eerily still cave that rocked beneath the thunderous roar of nature’s wrath as the tempest raged outside.  Flair glared at her nemesis as she removed the dagger on Brice’s belt and flashed it before her amused opponent.”


Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume Two)

Madeline’s personal feelings clouds her judgment in Broken Promises where she must choose between love and obeying the law. When the guilty walk, a vigilante executes the criminals in Deception. Endgame finds a government researcher running for her life after discovering a horrific CIA secret in the isolated facility. A modern day Don Juan’s life is turned upside down in Malice when he is falsely accused of rape. In The Portrait, Holliday is obsessed with a formidable ancestor whose spirit wishes to possess her soul. 


 My Review

Mary Ann Bernal’s second volume of Scribbler Tales is filled with stories of human nature at its finest and certainly at its worse. These pieces are sure to intrigue and inspire. The writing is flawless and the characters were all unique and yet life-like.  The author has a way with words and setting a scene that makes you feel that you are among the characters. Her stories bring you to another place and are always a good escape into the unknown.

Broken Promises is a story about Madeline who has romantic feelings for her boss Nathan. This is a great story of deceit. The turns had me emotionally involved. I was swept away into the drama.

In Deception what happens when a movie star is murdered will surprise you. Waiting for this killer to make a mistake. It’s just a matter of time. This is a mystery that I was hoping would be solved.
Endgame is a wildly entertaining story where nothing is as it seems. Grabbed my attention and held on until the end. This is a pretty incredible story.
In Malice Andrew seems to have a lot to offer. No problem getting the attention from the opposite sex. He loved the chase but grew tired of his conquest. Somehow to his misfortune.
The last story, The Portrait is a powerful read. Evil lurks! What will a woman do to preserve her dynasty? Great fun.

Quote from Endgame ~

"Sandy was running on pure adrenalin, her breathing was shallow and rapid as she edged closer to the road.  She was almost there, she could see the pavement and lights - car lights.  The car screeched to a halt as Sandy ran into the road, but the driver was not quick enough on the brakes, and she fell unconscious to the ground."


 When a highly classified schematic of a prototype engine is stolen, the evidence points to an inside job in Hidden Lies.  In Nightmare, Melanie’s childhood demons carryover into adulthood when she returns to her ancestral home.  Detective Newport races against time to apprehend a killer targeting prosecuting attorneys in Payback.  The Night Stalker is not a figment of Pamela’s imagination as she tries to convince the police that her life is in danger.  While trying to identify a serial arsonist, a Fire Marshall suspects a highly decorated firefighter in Turning Point.



                                 My Review

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume 3) by Mary Ann Bernal is another great read. So enjoyed the compelling stories that are unique, well-written and filled with mystery. If you haven’t read Scribbler Tales you should pick up any one of the volumes. They are all worth it for entertainment value. The twists kept me guessing all the way through. I love that!

In Hidden Lies the intrigue starts out right away. The story plays out effortlessly. 

Deception is a story had my heart racing and kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through.

Nightmare is a spooky story that was just as much gripping as it was emotional. I love how these stories come together. So smooth and unexpected. Always a big “wow” moment! That is what makes them so good. 

Payback is action packed and takes you right in. There are questions that need answers. Could it be murder?

In the Night Stalker, suspense continues. Lured into another dramatic episode. Had me gasping out loud. 

Lastly, Turning Point is a compelling story that pulls its reader in. Revenge is the word. Are there any good people left in the world? This story might make you wonder.

Quote for The Night Stalker ~

Pamela was quite unnerved by the time she arrived home.  She parked in the driveway, looking at the second floor while walking to the front door.  That was when she noticed the curtains flapping outside the window of her bedroom!  Fumbling with the keys, Pamela finally opened the door, ran up the stairs and burst into her room.  Someone had been in the house, her house! And they wanted her to know it.  Everything was as it should be, the furniture, the closets, the only difference being the open window, which was always locked.



"Scribbler Tales is a unique mix of genres in one anthology rich with tension, humanity and genuine emotion. Unconventional settings and unexpected twists are bound to leave you pondering long after you close this book.” 

My Review

Scribbler Tales (Volume 4) by Mary Ann Bernal is rich with stories of greed, deceit and murder. I was instantly heaved into the suspenseful worlds the author has created. Leaving me speechless at times and always wowed. The roller coaster ride is a rocky one which left me wanting more. I so enjoyed the smart twists and the unexpected turns.

This book opens up with Abducted, a brilliantly told tale of messed up priorities and corruption. Insightful and intoxicating. While Cunning kept me on the edge, my curiosity was sparked with the paranormal aspects that took me by surprise.

In Enamored, biological age was of little importance as long as the mind remained young. This intriguing escape captivated my senses and drew me in. I loved this tale with its romantic undertone and mystery.

Then there is Reckless that is totally rapturing. There is a killer on the loose and the police are preparing for a standoff. Only if they can find their suspect! There is more to this story than meets the eye.

Lastly, Safeguard is an unexpected story. Sarah was lucky to be alive, yet nothing is as it seems.

I devoured this book in no time. Quick enough to move onto another Mary Ann Bernal novel. Would highly recommend!


Quote from Enamored ~

“Lady Margaret admired herself in the mirror, pleased with her appearance as her well-kept body hid her age well.  And why not?  She had the money and the wherewithal to remain ageless in a youth-oriented society.  Jane Fonda and Cher were still in their prime, and one must not forget Helen Mirren being voted the sexiest woman alive a few years back.  Biological age was of no importance, if one remained young in thought, word and deed.” 


Bio

I fell in love with medieval England after I read Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. Then came the great Hollywood epics such as Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, The Black Shield of Falworth and The Vikings, to name but a few. Add to the mix Camelot and an incurable romantic Anglophile was born!
The Briton and the Dane novels are set in Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain when the formidable Vikings terrorized the civilized world. The epic adventure runs the gamut of deception, treachery, intrigue, and complicated relationships during a time of war and conquest. Resource material such as book club discussion items, glossary of terms, period maps and character lists are available for download at http://www.maryannbernal.com.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

I Once Had a Farm in Ireland by Siggy Buckley


Book Details
Title: I Once Had a Farm in Ireland
Author: Siggy Buckley
Genre: Memoir
Format: eBook
Length: 233 pages
Cover Designer: Tayyana Bano
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Regular Price: $2.99

Synopsis

A wheelbarrow, a cable drum, gardening tools, and a pickaxe are unusual items on a wedding registry. They are what Mac and Siggy, a German professional couple, need to fulfill their dream of organic gardening. When Chernobyl blows up a few years later, they are scared enough to undertake fundamental changes in the lives of their young family to seek a simpler and healthier lifestyle in an unspoiled country.
They buy a farm in Tipperary, Ireland. They give up their jobs, friends and home to raise their children in an unpolluted environment. Although Siggy shares her husband’s environmental convictions, she would prefer a warmer climate, maybe an olive farm in Tuscany.
A period of intense learning and acquiring new skills follows: how to raise chickens, pluck geese, breed cattle and sheep, and how to grow all kinds of vegetables. Soon they find out that farming means a never ending workload. They almost kill themselves ─and each other─ to produce healthy food.
I Once Had a Farm in Ireland not only gives advice for budding organic gardeners but it is also the story of a woman who sacrifices her own ideals for the sake of her family until she discovers her own dreams.



Excerpt

“So what was I doing on an Irish farm? I was a German city girl and a high school teacher. My then-husband — let’s call him Mac — was a CPA and accountant with a legal background and also German. We had strong leanings towards the Green party, sympathized with most environmental movements; we were both scared by news of deteriorating environmental conditions all around us at a time when we started a family. We cared about what was in our food, worried about the poison of the day, food additives, E-numbers, growth promoters, and chemicals — you name it, the whole shebang. That’s what a lot of German people did at the time, in the eighties. Like so many others, our awareness about the environment had been given a jumpstart by the nuclear disaster around Chernobyl and we were downwind.
We had gone green as far as we possibly could. We had been members of Greenpeace and environmental activists for years. How much more can you do as an individual to achieve your goal of a healthy lifestyle? Escape to a remote island?”



Endorsement

“As the descendant of central Virginia agricultural families, I relate to the candor of Siggy Buckley’s words – “For almost ten years, we nearly killed ourselves — and each other! — producing healthy food.” Buckley’s book I Once Had a Farm in Ireland: Living the Organic Lifestyle is a ‘must read’ for any one who considers or views modern day homesteading as idyllic. For, enabling an organic life-style as Siggy found, can be an all consuming life altering experience. —- Sylvia Hoehns Wright, an eco-advocate, challenges all to ‘Move from eco-weak to eco-chic – green life’s garden, one scoop at a time!”
Sylvia Hoehns Wright is a nationally recognized eco-advocate, contributing writer and communications specialist; in her spare time she is a passionate historian and member of the American League of Pen Women.(www.NLAPW.org). To learn more about Wright’s eco-legacy: Wright’s eco advocacy, visit web site www.TheWrightScoop.com
Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Magnificent Story, Straight From The Heart May 28, 2015

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About the Author

Educated in Germany with a Master’s Degree in English, Siggy Buckley lived in Ireland for over 15 years, first teaching at the University of Limerick as an adjunct professor, while building up an organic farm. She later ran her own businesses in Dublin before coming to the USA in 2003. In 2005, Siggy married an American and pursued her life-long dream of writing.

Publication History

Memoirs

Next Time Lucky: Secrets of a Matchmaker (self-published with Createspace 2012)
Next Time Lucky: How to Find your Mr. Right, 2nd extended edition (self-published with Lightning source/Ingram) 2014
I Once had a farm in Ireland: Living the Organic Lifestyle (self-published May/June 2015, Lightning Source) and all on Kindle.

Short Stories

There is No Going Back (Self-published 2014) Kindle edition
Mother Knows Best (Self-published 2014) Kindle edition

Poems

Special K, published on Akashicbooks.com

In the News

Book trailer on Next Time Lucky
Book Trailer for I Once had a Farm in Ireland
On YouTube Interview with IT Matters Radio
On TV on Dating advice; on Home Swapping
Spreecast blog talk radio: It Matters on Home Swapping
Siggy Buckley appeared several times on local NPR with Melissa Ross’ First Coast Connect and On First Coast Living (Local TV ─ NBC) and had numerous interviews on blog talk radio. Her experience as a former Irish matchmaker makes her a welcome guest for local paper interviews. She also wrote articles for www.Opednews.com and www.Americanchronicles.com.


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