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New Book Release – The Dream Protocol: Descent

New Book Release
The Dream Protocol: Descent by Adara Flynn Quick

The Dream Protocol: Descent
Publication date: May 18th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

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Check out the information and excerpt below to see if The Dream Protocol: Descent is what you’re looking for! If you have an young adult in your life be sure to share with them also. 

Synopsis:

WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T GET OLD. In fiery young Deirdre Callaghan’s home of Skellig City, no one has dreamt their own dream in over a thousand years. Dreams are produced by the Dream Makers and sold by the Ministry, the tyrannical rulers of the city. In Skellig City, years of life are awarded equally and the ruined are cast away beneath the city on their 35th birthday.

Unbeknownst to the Ministry, Deirdre’s handsome friend Flynn Brennan is afflicted with a terrible disease – a disease that accelerates the aging process. Knowing his fate if the Ministry should ever discover his illness, Flynn has lived his whole life hiding from their watchful eyes. When Flynn’s secret is finally discovered, Deirdre is determined to free him from the Ministry’s grasp. But to save him, she will have to reveal herself to a shadowy enemy…one that none of them even knew existed.

Excerpt:  Copyright © 2016 Adara Quick

          It was a rare moment on Skellig Michael. The mist-drenched rocks of the isle were illuminated by a ray of sudden sunlight. Pools of water caught in the rock crevices reflected the light skyward. For an instant, the island glistened like a thousand gems cut from the earth. For a moment, it was something beautiful: a lighthouse promising safety through the dark. And then, above the island, the clouds rushed back in. The island returned to its true form, a black shape jagged against the horizon. There was no safety to be found on Skellig Michael, where deep down in the dark and the damp it was custom to take a life before its natural end. Below the waterline of the island, thousands of feet under rock and concrete, Maeve O’Brian watched a timer tick away the last minutes of her life.
          A thousand years ago, a great hole had been dug through the center of the island known as Skellig Michael. Into the hole was poured steel and concrete and the sweat of thousands to build Skellig City. When they finished their great work, the top was sealed again for the city dwellers had no need for the birds in the sky or fresh air upon their faces. The peace of their wild, natural land was denied to them. With the passing of time, the old country was lost. Anything they desired was provided in sleep by the Dream Protocol. Through the rooms and halls of the great concrete city, the dreams floated on invisible networks to the dreamers. As the decades rolled by, many more things were stolen from them. One of these was the number of years that could be lived.
          On the lowest level of their underground home, the citizens had gathered to witness the Ritual of Descent for Maeve O’Brian. The rite began as it had for generations, in a room filled with the smell of bodies crushed against bodies. Too many people were forced into the small space, a reminder of limited resources in their underground home. The clothing of the crowd was another marker of their dwelling, a sign of the order that ruled the place. At the top were the Minister and his Dream Drone soldiers, all dressed in crisp red uniforms. The spider was the insignia of the corporate state, and the eight-legged creature was stitched in gold thread on the left side of each jacket. Next in the power structure were the Dream Makers, clothed in orange hooded robes with wide, flowing sleeves. Their mark was the Maker’s amulet that hung around their necks. Last in line was everyone else, dressed in worn grey clothing that had seen too many patches and repairs. The threadbare grey rags did little to ward off the cold, but the huddled mass of people provided them a welcome respite.

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Author Biography:

Irish-American author, Adara Flynn Quick, is the writer of The Dream Protocol series.  Early in her career, Adara was fascinated by dreams, the unconscious, and the healing stories of many cultures.  As a contemporary author, she writes young adult literature that brings ancient myths and legends into futuristic worlds.  She is an accomplished visual artist and uses her background as a psychotherapist to inspire the finest and darkest moments of her characters. 

Driven to distraction by her computer, Adara writes all of her stories longhand.  Pen and paper are two of her favorite things.  The author tortures her husband with a passion for downtempo electronica and too many pillows.  She is a firm believer that there are never enough pillows.

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Bedtime Snuggles

Bedtime snuggles are the best kind of snuggles.

They are the kind of snuggles you get when a tiny person feels completely safe and relaxed in their own little world. The kind that says, ‘I might have been kind of crabby today, Mommy, but I love you and I know you love me.’ The kind that tells you that you must have done something right, even on those days when you’re not so sure.

I love bedtime snuggles.

At our house, we have something of a bedtime routine. Not a strictly timed routine, but an order of operations, so to speak.

Our normal order of operations goes: bath time, reading time, bed time.

Bath time is usually Daddy/Dragonling time. During the first year, when I was home with her, we started this because then Daddy had dedicated time to spend with her every night. Now that he is home with her and I am working we’ve kept it the same mostly because it is part of the routine.

After her bath, Dragonling gets a little massage when we put on her lotion and then into pajamas she goes.

Once the pajamas are on, responsibility for bedtime switches over to Mommy.

Bedtime is my favorite time of day with Dragonling. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking her to the zoo, playing in the park, and all the playtime at home, but I love bedtime and not just because it means I’m closer to some uninterrupted Me-time.

Dragonling loves books, just like her parents, so I can be assured to get to read at least 3 stories before bed. Sometimes it’s the same story three times, but that is still three stories of snuggle time. Occasionally we add 15-20 minutes of tv watching before stories because Dragonling also likes to cuddle while she watches her favorite show, Puffin Rock.

After stories are read comes the time for more snuggles while I rock her to sleep.

We turn on her fountain and noise machine, shut off the light, and sit down in the rocking chair. She usually puts her head on my shoulder and wraps her arms around my neck and buries her nose under my chin. My favorite time…

I say her bedtime prayer with her,

Jesus, tender shepherd, hear me;
Bless thy Little Lamb tonight;
In the darkness, be thou near me;
Keep me safe ’til morning light.

Then we sing together until she gets too tired and then I sing some more. Most of the time the melodies are to songs I know, but I almost always make up the words as I go. I sing about what we did that day or the things we’ll do tomorrow. I sing about all the people who love her. I sing about the hopes and dreams I have for her. I sing because singing makes me happy and at ease and I want that for her too.

When I’ve sung all the words I have for the day sometimes I just sit with her, in the rocking chair, and think about life for a while. Sometimes, when she’s restless and can’t get comfortable, I lay her down and tuck her in. But every time, I tell her I love her and I kiss her goodnight.

Goodnight, goodnight.

Sometimes bedtime is the only true quality time I get to spend with her because life moves fast and time goes faster than I want.  Last night I realized that, since she was born, I have put my daughter to sleep every single night.

Six hundred forty-four nights… 644.

Being a Mommy is the most important job I have and I would not trade it for the world.

Count your blessings.

Goodnight, goodnight.

 

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Children’s Book Review: Nurtured and Nuzzled

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The Math Lovin Momma Reviews: Nurtured and Nuzzled

Recently I got the chance to read and review “Nurtured and Nuzzled by Mike Speiser. This is an adorable book intended for children from newborn to age five. (Of course, you don’t have to stop reading it when your child turns 6, but it is definitely written for a young audience.)

Nurtured and Nuzzled” is written in English and Spanish. So it’s a great way to introduce your child to another language and maybe even become a little more bilingual yourself! 

The illustrations are bright and cheery with just the right amount of detail to keep the interest of a small child. Dragonling loves to point out the animals on each page, with special attention given to the babies, of course. She especially enjoys the page with the mother breastfeeding the baby, that page gets some extra “Baby? Momma? Baby. Momma.” when we read.

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Although this is not a board book, the pages are thick and durable so they stand up to the rough handling of a toddler, which, at least in this house, is a very good quality to have. We are hard on books. They get read over and over, Dragonling drags them around the house to various locations to find the best “reading” light. Cats sit on them. Occasionally they get shoved under the couch or the TV stand. Covers and pages bent. This book has held up and, so far, seems to show little wear and tear. 

Nurtured and Nuzzled” can be purchased from Platypus Media or from Amazon for $9.95.

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I received this book complimentary in exchange for my honest review. I only review items that I would consider purchasing for myself or my family.

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Willakaville: Amazing Adventures of Astronomical Awesomeness


 

Willakaville: Amazing Adventures of Astronomical Awesomeness is a short story collection. Every story in the collection will have you spell bound with the unique characters and their adventures. The author, Matthew Heinecke, obviously has a brilliantly vivid imagination. I cannot wait to read more of his creations!

In each story the characters have to tackle an odd and unique problem. One story has a tomato attacking the town, another has a villain that makes the citizens be mean to one another.  One day there is an alien attack and the next the people are eating only mushrooms. The citizens of Willakaville are always in line for an adventure of some kind!

This may be a children’s book but I really enjoyed all the adventures too!

If you want to get your own copy click below and download it directly to your Kindle!

Willakaville: Amazing Adventures of Astronomical Awesomeness

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M.K. McClintock Book Blast

Below you will find brief reviews and information about some good books from M.K. McClintock. Enjoy!


Alaina Claiborne

Alaina Claiborne is book one of the British Agents series. I enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking to read more from this series in the future. McClintock does a great job of combining elements of mystery with elements of romance, neither overshadows the other. I’m not usually a big fan of “romance” novels but this one was well written and the romance part of the story line wasn’t the only focus of the story.

Watch the official book trailer here:

Here is the book description from the author:

How far would you go to avenge your family and save the one you love?

In nineteenth-century England, Alaina Claiborne had a loving family, a cherished friend, and devoted servants. She spent her days riding across the grassy hills of the English countryside, joyful and at peace.

Then tragedy strikes and her world is forever changed. Searching for those responsible is her only focus . . . until she meets Tristan.

Tristan Sheffield, a man of many talents, searches out those who don’t want to be found. His past is filled with secrets and deeds he would rather leave deeply buried. However, when his life unexpectedly entwines with Alaina’s, he soon discovers they share more than a mutual desire to catch a murderer.

​On their hunt for a man driven by greed, Tristan and Alaina find that love is the greatest weapon against evil, and they’ll stop at nothing to survive.

Blackwood Crossing

Blackwood Crossing is book two of the British Agents series. Just like book one the blending of the mystery and romance genres was done very well. There is currently one more book in this series with an anticipated new release coming sometime in 2015 or 2016.

 

This is the video trailer for the book:

Here is the book description from the author:

If you had to make a choice, would it be loyalty or love?

Torn between loyalty to her family and refusal to marry a laird she despises, Rhona Davidson accepts a dangerous proposal from a man she knows only as Blackwood.

Leaving behind a life of leisure, Charles Blackwood bravely serves his country with honor and the skill of a trained British agent. When his newest case returns him to the wild Highlands of Scotland, he is faced with a choice between killing a man and saving the only woman he has ever loved.

Charles and Rhona join their lives, only to discover that their choices will result in bloodshed, unless they can uncover a truth long buried, deep in the Highland soil.

The Montana Gallagher Trilogy

The Montana Gallagher Triology is made up of the books Gallagher’s Pride, Gallagher’s Hope, and Gallagher’s Choice. These books are also historical romance but instead of mystery they fall into the western genre. Westerns are generally not my thing.

Once again I was pleasantly surprised with the writing of these books. I probably won’t go searching out the rest of the books about the Gallaghers but as far as westerns go, I have read much worse. I had a hard time really getting into these books, but I think that stemmed more from my aversion to westerns than the writing style.

Here are the book descriptions from M.K. McClintock:

Gallagher’s Pride: Book One

She was a on a quest of discovery. He was on a quest for revenge. Together they would discover a second chance.

Brenna Cameron travels from Scotland after losing someone she loves in search of family she didn’t know existed. Alone now in the world, Brenna makes an arduous journey, following the trail of discovery to Briarwood, Montana. Here she meets Ethan Gallagher, and the rest of the Gallagher clan. Only with their help is she able to discover lost family, heal old wounds and embark on a treacherous confrontation with a man who destroyed her family. As head of the Gallagher clan, Ethan has more than enough to occupy his thoughts and time-he didn’t need the complication of Brenna Cameron and he certainly didn’t need the trouble that came with her. Ethan takes on the unwanted duty of self-appointed protector to the headstrong Scot, only to discover there is such a thing as second chances and more to life than revenge.

Gallagher’s Hope: Book Two

She sought a new beginning. He sought what he didn’t know was missing. Together they would discover hope in unlikely places.

Isabelle Rousseau must escape New Orleans and the memory of her family’s tragic loss. With her younger brother in tow, she accepts a position as the new schoolteacher in Briarwood, Montana. Desperate to keep what’s left of her family together, Isabelle joins her life with a stranger only to discover that trust and hope go hand in hand. Gabriel Gallagher lived each day as it came believing he had everything he could possibly want . . . until a determined woman and her brother arrive with a little luggage and a lot of secrets. It will take a drastic choice to protect her and give them both hope for the future.

Gallagher’s Choice: Book Three

He finally had a family to call his own. She now knew what it meant to risk it all. Together they had a chance to find peace at last.

Eliza Gallagher is tough, resilient, and rides a horse like she was born in the saddle—all necessary qualities for someone who runs a cattle ranch. She has more to avenge than any of the Gallaghers, and she is counting on those skills to finally find the justice they all seek—until she realizes it could cost her everything and everyone she loves. Ramsey Hunter finally knows what it is like to have a family and what it takes to keep that family together. He knew coming back wouldn’t be easy, but he never imagined what he would have to risk to keep it.

Visit M.K. McClintock’s website for more information about these and other books.

To purchase any of these books visit Amazon.

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