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Blog Tour: 50 Dinosaur Tales and 108 More Discoveries From the Golden Age of Dinos

Today I am part of the Blog Tour for 50 Dinosaur Tales by Sabrina Ricci and I will be sharing my review. If you are a dinosaur fan and enjoy reading facts on newly discovered dinosaurs, then this is the book for you!

Book Description:

Gualicho takes a bite out of the ornithopod’s back as it runs away from her, causing it to stumble and fall. She jumps on top of the body and rips open its neck with her teeth. The ornithopod becomes still and limp.

Satisfied, Gualicho begins to feast. But, after only two bites, she senses something is wrong. She lifts her head and sees a Mapusaurus making its way toward her.”

About 50 Dinosaur Tales

Blending fiction with fact, 50 Dinosaur Tales imagines the way 50 newly described dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous lived in their natural habitats.

Also included is a list of fun facts for each dinosaur story, and facts about 108 additional dinosaurs.

If you want to hear more about new dinosaurs as soon as they are discovered, listen to the weekly podcast I Know Dino.

50 Dinosaur Tales: And 108 More Discoveries From the Golden Age of Dinos

Author: Sabrina Ricci with Garret Kruger
Published: September 30, 2018

319 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

If you are a dinosaur enthusiast then this is the book for you! I grew up reading as much as I could about dinosaurs, watched all things dinosaurs, had dinosaur toys and absolutely loved (and still love) all things Jurassic Park! I even wanted to become a paleontologist for a while as I was growing up.

50 Dinosaur Tales is written by Sabrina Ricci who also has a weekly podcast with her husband Garret called I Know Dino. In 50 Dinosaur Tales, we learn all about the dinosaurs that were recently discovered in the last few years. The dinosaurs were sorted by continent (which is easier said than done as the continents have moved from their original locations).

There are 50 short stories about various dinosaurs and the stories chronicle ‘everyday life’ of these animals, blending fiction with facts. The stories even show the dinosaurs interacting with each other. There are also some facts mentioned for these dinosaurs after the stories. If you want to learn more about these creatures and are reading an e-copy of the book, there are links to the podcasts you can go to learn about the dinosaurs and a list of resources if you want to look into the information yourself.

The short stories would be perfect for younger kids wanting to learn about dinos, but the rest of the information may possibly become tedious for those younger readers. There is also a picture that accompanies the short stories.

There are a wide variety of dinosaurs presented and you will learn about them! There is no way I am going to even attempt to pronounce the names of these creatures as it would be impossible! And OMG, there is a dinosaur called Thanos (Thanos simonattoi) who is referencing a particular villain… If you know your Marvel characters, then you know who I’m talking about…

Everyone has a favorite dinosaur and my favorites tend to be the carnivores. As you read, maybe you will discover a new favorite that is lesser known.

Thank you to Ms. Ricci for bringing us her knowledge and love of dinosaurs to the page!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Apple
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Google Play
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About the Author:

Sabrina is a writer and podcaster. She loves nerdy things, like technical specs and dinosaurs, especially sauropods. When she’s not writing, she’s podcasting with her husband at I Know Dino (iknowdino.com), a weekly show about dinosaurs.

Contact Sabrina:

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Instagram: @iknowdino
Twitter: @iknowdino
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VIDEO Sunday Series Review of Asylum I & II by Sian B. Claven

Today we bring you Kim’s series review of Asylum I & II by Sian B. Claven.  This time the review is different: She did a video review! Kim felt she could bring better words talking versus typing.

**DISCLAIMER**
These books will NOT be for everyone: Proceed with Caution!

Books in the Series:
Asylum I
Asylum II


Asylum I
Published: February 15, 2019
253 Pages

Hans is a brilliant doctor, sent to an Asylum in the middle of nowhere to continue his post-world war experiments on the insane.

Karen is a bubbly nurse whose sole intention in the world is to do good and help those that cannot help themselves.
Good intentions cross into power hungry mania in this horrific tale of how all their failed experiments come back to haunt them, and how the Asylum holds its own secrets.

“Asylum makes your hair stand on end. This is creepy and dark, yet incredibly fascinating. To delve into the mind of the ‘scientist’ at this asylum is to find sheer madness roiling in those depths, as well as utter self-delusion. The very stones of this madhouse is drenched with horror … a clever and twisted MUST read!”- Elaina J. Davidson

Asylum II
Published: June 15, 2019
169 Pages

For cop killer Bradley Walker, pleading insane was the easiest get out of jail free card he ever played. Left in the hands of the cops to decide where he is sent, he is dropped off at an Asylum in the middle of nowhere. All is not as it seems and Bradley is left questioning his sanity when the orderlies, nurses and doctors all around him appear more insane than the patients.


Kim’s Rating of the Series: 4 Stars

Kim’s Video Review:

 

Purchase Links:
Asylum I
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Asylum II
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Author Spotlight: David Nora

Today we bring you an Author Spotlight for David Nora and his debut published novel Slasher Crasher. Kim will also be sharing her review. 

When David Nora isn’t writing silly horror stories about his high school friends, he’s trying to inspire future generations of children as a social studies teacher of the blind/visually impaired. He lives in New York City with his beloved stuffed polar bear, Po Po. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram at davidnorajr [all one word, lowercase]. Your support of indie authors is greatly appreciated.


Slasher Crasher

Published: August 22, 2019
348 Pages

It was the night HE tried to go home…but got caught in THEIR drama…

It’s Halloween. Nick Roesch, a towering figure of evil and stupidity, escapes from the upstate New York mental hospital he’s been committed to for the past five years. Planning to return to his childhood home, where he brutally murdered his babysitter’s boyfriend, his plans are halted when he crosses paths with an even more terrifying beast—two high school friends with some serious beef. Caught in a battle of loyalty that has been brewing for ten years of their friendship, the two girls, Kathleen Strife and Betsy Coleman, force the feud into a savage showdown, pitting the escaped monster against each other. Who will survive this epic death-match, and is it totally wrong to fall in love with the murderous lunatic who just tried to kill your ex-best friend with a machete?

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
Black Rose Writing


Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Kim’s Review:

I found this book on Instagram and was drawn to the cover. Once I read the description, I knew I wanted to read it. This book is pretty entertaining! Obviously it needs to be taken for what it is, a classic 80s horror tale filled with extremes. Unfortunately, my one criticism is one of those extremes. I really hated Kathleen. No wonder no one liked her at school, she was disgusting! But everyone else was pretty in line with those cheesy 80s horror movies and it worked really well. The story was interesting (though slightly too long), the characters were engaging and believable, and the writing style was easy. There was only one point where I thought that the book was dragging on, but that passed quickly and I liked the story arc. There were some twists that were unexpected to me and I liked them! The ending was awesome! David was the best part of the book. He simultaneously added humor and a seriousness that made the story richer.

Overall, this was an engaging and entertaining read that I would recommend to anyone who loves campy horror. Not good for teens due to a lot of language and adult themes. I’m very glad I read it!

Contact David:
Twitter: @davidnorajr
Instagram: @davidnorajr

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