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Blog Blitz: The Bus Ride by Joanie Chevalier

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog blitz for the novella The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure by Joanie Chevalier.  There is also an **international** giveaway going on for a signed copy of The Bus Ride!

Book Description:

When Devon discovers his car stolen, he must find transportation to get to his destination before the deadline to get what’s rightfully his: the urn containing one-fifth of his deceased momma. He hops on Bus No. 255 and changes the course of the route. As the passengers’ personalities and needs emerge, they go from being strangers to a bonded family within hours as they fight for each other, and themselves… in more ways than one. Funny and sentimental, this story will grab your heart as you cheer everyone on Bus Route No. 255, maybe even the busnapper.

Meet the passengers on Bus No. 255, an unlikely group of people who have no choice but to try to get along and survive when their bus gets busnapped. Meet Devon, who has a deadline he must meet, or risk losing what’s his; Doug, a dreamer of a better life, but first must face a sad truth; Frankie, a life full of loneliness, but unexpectedly becomes a hero; Gloria, a woman who finds validation in the most unexpected place; Autumn, a girl who desires a family, and a sense of belonging; Dave, a man seeking justice and equality, learns to love himself as he is; and the Garcia family, whose family ties brings them to the brink of danger. Follow these passengers as they each fulfill their destinies, together.

The Bus Ride:  A Zany Busnapping Adventure
Author:  Joanie Chevalier

Published: November 2, 2019
128 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 29-30, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this one up and it ended up being a very pleasant surprise! Though it is a short novella at 128 pages, this is a complete story. I became engrossed in the story and wanted to know how it was going to end.  You are caught up in every character’s life story and even begin to root for the busnapper.  Each distinct character ends up with a unique to them nickname during their situation, and not all characters end up being what they seem!

The Bus Ride is an entertaining and quick read that takes place over a very short time period. Take some time and pick up The Bus Ride and next time you get on a bus you may see your fellow riders in a different light!

**Buy The Bus Ride here.**

About the Author:

Joanie Chevalier is a multi-genre Indie Author; Founder & Editor of RAC Online Magazine: Promoting and Encouraging the Reader/Author Connection; and Founder of Our Indie Author Room FB Group, a place where writers in all stages of their career go to learn, inspire, and teach.

Joanie loves the outdoors and nature, reading and supporting fellow indie authors. Her writing is a blend of everything she likes to read: suspense, horror, crime, psychological, non-fiction, and a good short story. She thinks her two Chihuahuas look adorable in sweaters.

Contact Joanie:
Amazon Author Page
Twitter: @JoanieChevalier 
Goodreads
RAC Website

**International Giveaway**

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Blog Tour: XYZ

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for XYZ by William Knight. This one shows the differences in the generations out there (X, Y, and Z).  **There is also an international giveaway going on!**

Book Description:

Jack Cooper is a depressed, analogue throwback; a cynical, alcoholic Gen-Xer whose glory days are behind him. He’s unemployed, his marriage has broken down, he’s addicted to internet hook-ups, and is deeply ashamed of his son Geronimo, who lives life dressed as a bear.

When Jack’s daughter engineers a job for him at totally-lit tech firm Sweet, he’s confronted by a Millennial and Zoomer culture he can’t relate to. He loathes every detail – every IM, gif and emoji – apart from Freya, twenty years his junior and addicted to broadcasting her life on social media.

Can Jack evolve to fit in at Sweet, or will he remain a dinosaur stuck in the 1980s? And will he halt his slide into loneliness and repair his family relationships?

XYZ is for every Gen-Xer who ever struggled with a device, and for everyone else who loves emojis … said no one ever.

XYZ: One Man, Two Kids, Ten Devices, and an Internet-Sized Generation Gap
Author:  William Knight

Published: July 13, 2019
216 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 16-25, 2019

Jessica’s Review:

XYZ covers three generations of people and the author determines the generations as these:

Generation X: ‘Gen X’ Born 1964-1980
Generation Y: ‘Millennials’ Born 1981-1996
Generation Z: ‘Zoomers” Born 1996- Present day

These years of generations vary based on who you talk to. I was born in 1980, so I am fortunately NOT a Millennial in this case!  I like to define myself as Generation Confused: I don’t fit in with GenX’ers, but I am definitely NOT a Millennial!  I thought Millennials were younger (IE: in their 20’s and not as old as they actually are, what a shock to me).

This being said, I am not the target reader of XYZ.  I would say the target reader would be a male middle ager/GenX’er, same as our protagonist Jack.  Any male reader of that age would identify with him: Reaching middle age and feeling alone and all of these younger ‘workers’ and the things they do with their phones: emojis, ‘jazz hands’, constant need for social media connection versus real life connection, etc.  Jack 100% does not fit in!  Besides work, Jack’s family life is in disarray. Until this book I had not heard of ‘jazz hands’, so this was a new one on me!  Am I already out of touch at 39!?!?

It can be a funny novel and reading about the younger workers, I just rolled my eyes.  What is the world coming to!?!?  Are younger people all about the digital age, and forget about ‘real life’ where we all actually exist!?!?!?  Omg…… I AM getting old!  XYZ is an entertaining read that will appeal to the older Gen X’er, and maybe those younger.

Fair warning: There is foul language throughout the novel, so that might deter some readers.

But don’t give up hope for Jack: There is a satisfying and happy ending!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

William Knight is British born writer and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. He’s chased a portfolio career which began in acting, progressed to music, flirted with handbag manufacturing and was eventually wired into technology in the late nineties.

“I had my first feature published in Computing magazine back in 2003 and subsequently wrote about the many successes and failings of high-tech for the Guardian, Financial Times and the BBC among many others publications. I now work as an IT consultant, and write blistering content for technology firms :-)” says William

The Donated (formerly Generation), his debut novel and a Sci-tech Thriller, started in 2001 and was ten years in development. XYZ, “A mid-life crisis with a comic vein”, took far less time. “But I think it’s funnier and better. Yay. Jazz hands!”

Contact William:
Website
Twitter @_William_Knight

**International Giveaway**

Win $10 Amazon voucher and a signed copy of XYZ

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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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
Smashwords

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:

Website
Instagram: @iknowdino
Twitter: @iknowdino
Pinterest
Tumblr
YouTube

 

 

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