First book in the Live and Learn romance series. After her multi-millionaire father’s death, Eleanor’s life is forced in a different direction. Whilst her mother and sister inherit money, Eleanor inherits her father’s corporate design company. Becoming the head of a high-end corporation is a real wake up call, and it is about to change her life in more ways than one. Here she will come face-to-face with a choice of two very different men, from very different backgrounds. Who will she choose? There is David; the blond haired, blue eyed, chief designer, with a way with words and a charm that cannot be compared. He knows how to woo Eleanor, and won’t stop until he gets what he wants. Then there is Stephen; the dark and handsome chauffeur, who has a sensitive side from a past that is unfamiliar territory to her. But both men harbor secrets of their own, and Eleanor is about to find out who is really on her side. Her father always warned her not to mix business with pleasure, but that advice is about to go unheeded. With her heart overruling her head, she is about to find out that depending on the potential suitor’s hidden intentions, love can either make or break you… Step inside the world of love, lust, secrets, and lies, as Eleanor’s story starts here, and you are taken on a journey into the life and trials of being a millionairess. Not everything is always as it seems, and we always, live and learn.
Live and Learn by Amanda Vint is the story of a young woman named Eleanor. Eleanor’s life suddenly changes when she inherits her father’s corporate design company. She is now the head of a high end corporation, and her life is turned completely around has she faces the challenges. Not only has she become the sole inheritor of the company but she also has two very different men pursuing her. One is David: the charming blond haired, blue eyed, chief designer. The other is Stephen the dark and handsome chauffeur. The two men are very different from one another and Eleanor is unsure of each one and who she can entirely trust. Eleanor’s world is one of love, lust, secrets and lies. She is a millionairess with much responsibility and mixing business with pleasure. She falls in love but can she trust him. Who can she trust? Who will she choose? This is her story.
I loved Live and Learn by Amanda Vint. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. It is a romance story filled with intrigue and twists and turns. Eleanor was left the family business after her father dies. She falls in love but can she trust it? This is a very engaging story and I was captivated by the plot and characters. Amanda Vint has composed a very delicious novel filled with love, lust, secrets and lies.
The descriptive writing is impressive and I felt like I was there experiencing and looking onward as the story unfolded.
The characters are pleasing and well developed. They are woven into the storyline with skill and aptitude. I was especially impressed by the dialog between the characters. I loved the main character Eleanor, she is strong and capable but has to make some serious decisions. The premise for the story is unique and the writing is superb. Amanda Vint has an original voice and I am looking forward to reading more by her. Live and Learn is the first in the series with more books that follow in the Live and Learn series.
Live and Learn is engrossing, captivating and unputdownable. I highly recommend it to all romance lovers that like dramatic plot twists. Live and Learn is a real page turner and a must read romantic novel.
Gallowglass series book one by Jennifer Allis Provost
Karina didn’t set out to free the Seelie Queen’s gallowglass. Now she’ll do anything to keep him.
After Karina and her brother, Chris’s, lives fall apart in separate yet equally spectacular ways, they leave New York behind and head to the UK. Karina buries herself in research for her doctoral thesis, all the while studiously not thinking about the man who broke her heart, while Chris—who’d been a best-selling author before his ex-fiancée sued him for plagiarism—drinks his way across the British Isles.
In Scotland, they visit the grave of Robert Kirk, a seventeenth- century minister who was kidnapped by fairies. No one is more shocked than Karina when a handsome man with a Scottish brogue appears, claiming to be the Robert Kirk of legend. What’s more, he says he spent the last few hundred years as the Gallowglass, the Seelie Queen’s personal assassin. When they’re attacked by demons, Karina understands how dearly the queen wants him back.
As Karina and Robert grow closer, Chris’s attempts to drown his sorrows lead him to a pub, and a woman called Sorcha. Chris is instantly smitten with her, so much so he spends days with Sorcha and lies to his sister about his whereabouts. When Chris comes home covered in fey kisses, Karina realizes that the Seelie Queen isn’t just after Robert.
Can Karina outsmart the Seelie Queen, or is Robert doomed to forever be the Gallowglass?
Karina and her brother Chris live in New York where they both experience loss and their lives begin to fall apart. Then, Karina receives a grant to work on her doctoral thesis in Scotland. So they both travel to Scotland where their lives change forever. Scotland is full of beauty and intrigue. It’s here where Karina and Chris experience much more than they could have dreamed of. The magic of Scotland becomes much more than a place for Karina’s doctoral thesis.
While Karina and Chris are visiting the grave of Robert Kirk, a seventeenth- century minister who was abducted by fairies. Suddenly a handsome man appears claiming to be Robert Kirk of the same time lorn legend. He declares that he has been the Seelie Queen’s Gallowglass and personal assassin for the past 300 years. Karina is skeptical until they are attacked by demons. Then the fantasy becomes real and Karina is in the midst of the whole ordeal.
In the meantime, brother Chris is drowning his sorrows in alcohol. Until he meets Sorcha and becomes instantly attracted to her. Karina then realizes that there is much more to the Seelie Queen’s motivation and evil designs.
When Robert applies the magical fairy ointment to Karina’s face, she is able to see beyond the earthly realm, curses and spells, but the ointment also has some side effects that aren’t so good.
Will Karina help free Robert from being the Gallowglass forever?
Gallowglass is an exciting paranormal, romance, fantasy that readers will indulge their minds, souls and emotions in. It is filled with adventure, magic and mythology. Scotland, in and of itself, is an enchanting place and in this story it becomes even more magical, mysterious and captivating. There are fairies, demons, pixies and all sorts of creatures, good and bad, to be had in this fantastic otherworldly tale.
There are many fiery battles that the character Robert must face and these battles are written with animation and a fine descriptive style and voice. I could just imagine the complexion of the large creatures he faced. I was caught up and captivated from the beginning to the fulfilling end. It is fast paced, full of action and engrossing.
I loved the characters, they are fabulous and well developed. Karina’s personality shines and the narrative between the sister and brother, Karina and Chris, was written very well and I found it to be very appealing. I fully connected with the characters and felt drawn to them and marveled in their quests.
Jennifer Allis Provost writes and composes a very descriptive piece of work in Gallowglass. The scenery, battles and creatures are well defined and extremely vivid and exciting. There is romance, magic and legends to be found in this highly recommend novel.
The premise of the story is unique and original, I haven’t read anything like this before. It’s full of creativity and has a fresh plot and storyline with genuine characters.
Gallowglass is an absorbing story that will capture reader’s attention from start to finish. It is highly entertaining and gripping, as I couldn’t put it down.
I highly recommend Gallowglass to all urban fantasy, paranormalromance lovers out there, and am looking forward to the next book by this excellent author Jennifer Allis Provost.
Books for Kids: Mother’s Day with Snowman Paul (Rhyming Picture Book about Mother’s Day and Earth Day), Beginner Readers, Bedtime stories. (Snowman Paul Book Series, vol. 9)
The best mother on earth!
From the author of the award-winning Snowman Paul series, comes this life-affirming volume which celebrates mothers, Mother Nature and the nurturing instinct we all share. The heartwarming, rhyming text is perfectly matched with gorgeous watercolor illustrations which show the timeless love between a mother and her child. The book honors Mother’s Day while it teaches that everyone on earth is part of one big family..
Dan and Snowman Paul are getting ready to celebrate Mother’s Day in grand style! But who is Snowman Paul’s mother and how can they both celebrate Mother’s Day together? Join Snowman Paul and Dan in this charming new adventure where they explore the meaning of Mother’s Day and Earth Day and in the process they learn new things about how families and nature work.
Snowman Paul declares to Dan that he has the coolest mother of all. “She holds you when you need a hug/She heals you when you catch a bug/She’s nourished you with love since birth/She is the best mother on earth”. Dan agrees but then he asks Paul: “What about your mother, Paul? Who is your mother?” Snowman Paul’s answer is both wonderful and instructive. Then Paul recounts the day when Dan made him into a snowman, after the big snow storm. Paul adds that he is part of the family of Mother Nature and that we are all a part of the family of Mother Nature. And that there are many mothers of many kinds, and all are important.
Yossi Lapid has hit it out of the park with Mother’s Day with Snowman Paul, a special tribute to mothers everywhere. Dan thinks about how special his own mother is and how she nurtures him by doing several motherly things. This really hit home with me as a mother and grandmother. It will help young children to reflect on how special and important their own mother is-just in time for their own Mother’s Day celebration. It shows children that they should appreciate, love and respect their own mother for who she is and what she does for them.
But awarding winning author, Yossi Lapid, doesn’t stop there. He magically adds in the importance of how we are all connected, like brothers and sisters, by Mother Nature. And how Mother Nature is the mother of all things on our beautiful planet.
The whimsical rhyming, large fonts and simple short sentences makes this book perfect for young children and early readers. It is written in a way that will hold the child’s attention and give them another important and valuable lesson in life. All of Yossi Lapid’s delightful books for children have valuable heartfelt easy to understand themes and lessons to them. His books are charming and enchanting and this one, Mother’s Day with Snowman Paul, is especially compelling and special.
We can’t read a story by Yossi Lapid without recognizing the beautiful fanciful watercolor illustrations by Joanna Pasek which gives the entire book a very special theme with a delightful visionary appeal, that children will and do love.
If you haven’t discovered Yossi Lapid’s children’s books, then now is your chance to get one and read it to your child and find out how enchanting and special they are. Once again I read this book to my own grandchildren and as usual they loved it and had me read it over and over. We are gaining quite a collection of all of Yossi Lapid’s Snowman Paul series books. The children never tire of them. They are unique, heartfelt and essential for children to learn important lessons in life, written in a simple easy to understand style.
I highly recommend Mother’s Day with Snowman Paul to all young children and early readers everywhere.